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Weekend Update and Meal Plans

Time for a quick update on this past weekend. First off, the big news of the weekend was that our house went up on the market on Friday! It’s the beginning of a new phase, and though slightly scary, very exciting! The best part is, I have to keep the house perfectly clean all the time…so it’s a great motivator and I LOVE living in a clean house! Read more here.

Friday night, we experimented and made a big batch of She Crab Soup! It was my first attempt and turned out splendidly.

Saturday, we slept in, then met our friends Dave & Rachel for a late breakfast at Janet’s Eatery in Greer. The food was pretty good, though I have to admit, I was disappointed that the cheese was the fake slices and the coffee was weak. Everything else was good. Then I went over to my friend Gina’s house to talk about JuicePlus+ and catch up on our lives (plus, she gave me a delicious pumpkin spice scone with molasses ginger icing and a splendid cup of coffee). Gina is awesome! She’s a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids, a beautifully landscaped yard, and has a passion for natural and organic cooking.

Saturday lunch, my sister and nephews stopped over. I heated up leftover she crab soup and we chatted, while she picked through the clothes and movies I’m getting rid of (check out for sale items here). Then we packed up and drove out to Bryan’s parents’ house for his nephew Isaac’s 2nd birthday! We had grilled turkey hotdogs with turkey chili, homemade slaw, mustard and onions, on whole wheat buns! Bryan and I both passed on the cake (even though it was carrot cake, one of my favorites). His mom asked, “What is with you people?!” We’re just trying to cut back on sugar in general. I ate sliced apples and a banana instead and was completely satisfied. And I didn’t have that horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach because it was trying to process so much sugar!

Sunday morning, Bryan made me organic waffles and 2 eggs with a cup of hot tea for breakfast while I studied our Sunday School lesson (we teach 4th grade). He had grits instead of waffles. Lunch was whitefish seared in a little butter and olive oil with Adobo, green beans with garlic, brown rice, and a small bowl of, you guessed it, she crab soup. I had a late afternoon snack and finished up Thursday night’s salad (romaine, avocado, broccoli, red pepper, onion, tomato, sunflower seed, and balsamic vinagrette). Then I made a delicious veggie stirfry for dinner (red pepper, snow peas, onion, cauliflower with garlic, rice wine vinegar and a little soy sauce). Bryan seared up some beef tips for the guys (Bryan’s best friend Joshua came over and made gingersnaps, and my cousin Ryan brought his roommates over to get off campus after church). A fun evening was had by all.

This morning, I started the day with a homemade pumpkin spice latte (8 oz. coffee, 8 oz. milk, 1 tsp. prepared pumpkin, and 2 Tbsp. or so of the molasses ginger icing from the pumpkin spice scone recipe above). I had a half of a multigrain pita filled with feta, mint and radishes for breakfast. Lunch will be leftover brown rice and fish with some Chinese veggies. Dinner is TBD. I have my personal trainer clients coming over tonight, so it will likely be a smoothie or cereal with fruit before heading to the gym with Bryan.

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did you cook something new this weekend? Let me know in the comments below.

Catching Up…

Wow! Lots has been happening since school finished up last week. It was amazing to finally have an absolutely free weekend! No house projects, no school hanging over my head, no plans! It was great! You saw the post about Nations Bakery in Lyman. That was such an enjoyable time with good friends! Bryan even said we may have to switch it up and go there instead of Panera for our Saturday brunch dates. I will be good and pick a heart-healthy and figure-friendly option, along with my columbian coffee, of course!

After church on Sunday, we decided to grab Ruby Tuesday’s for lunch (they have the best salad bar in town)! Then we went for a drive up to Brevard, across the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, and home again. It was very relaxing and a good chance to just chat. We finished the evening with some yard work. We’ve had a hard time fitting in yard work between afternoon showers recently, but we’re thankful for the rain!

We also finally found flights to Denver below $300pp, so we went ahead and booked a fall vacation! I can’t wait! We have so many friends out there now and it’s just so beautiful! Praying some of our friends from here can join us this time! I haven’t had a vacation since last Christmas, so I am definitely looking forward to it!

Monday, I met with a personal trainer client! We had such a great time talking and getting to know each other. I was able to give her some simple, practical tips for her health journey. Then we were able to go over to TJMaxx to check out their fitness equipment. I look forward to being her trainer! I think we’re going to get along splendidly. I was able to help her pick out a yoga mat and some resistance bands.

I found a punching bag and boxing gloves set for $17 at Ross, and put that together last night. Pumping up the punching bag took forever and was a real workout! I also found a great pair of wicking pants for $7 and picked up a set of resistance bands for myself.

Helping people on their personal health and fitness journey is so much fun! Our friends Dave & Rachel and we are going to check out (and hopefully join) ZX Fitness tonight! We decided that we should do something as couples other than just eat, so we’re planning on joining a gym together and working out together on a regular basis. It’s only $10pp/month, so I hope it’s as good as it sounds. I have another friend who already goes to this gym, and she loves it. The other plus sides are it’s literally around the corner from my house (as in, I could walk to it!) and it’s open 24 hrs./day! ZX stands for Zero eXcuses! I am very excited to check it out!