DITL 6/16/18 Full Saturday!

Hi there! How was your weekend? I’m sorry I didn’t post more often last week! It was really just a blur of packing and taking Indy out for walks. Nothing too blogworthy! Our house is over half-way packed, and I need to buy more boxes this week!

I got to start having some fun again yesterday. Indy and I started with a walk up to Weaver Street before I changed and drove to Franklin Street Yoga. FSY is hands down my favorite yoga studio. I wrote a blog post on FSY years ago.. (in 2014) click here to read it! I met Bria for the 9:15AM class with Patrick (one of our favorite instructors). We walked across the street to The Purple Bowl after for a late breakfast/early lunch. I ordered their avocado toast and an iced coffee, and Bria had their almond butter toast with a green smoothie. It’s an awesome local place and I recommend you trying it! 


After brunch I went home to check on Indy (walk number 2) before driving to Fit on Main for my last training session with Lauren. We did a lot of the exercises from my training program (Barbell Incline Chest Press, Dumbell Front Raises, Standing Cable Tricep Push Down, 90 Degree Lateral raises, Dumbell Bench Press, Dumbbell Pull Over, Dumbbell External rotation, Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extension) but then she had me try some a couple of moves I’ve never done before. Try these two at home (but make sure you have a mat beneath you! 

 Wall Planks;  Try to hold for a minute. USE YOUR CORE. Try for 3 sets with a 1 minute break between sets. 

Wall Planks;  Try to hold for a minute. USE YOUR CORE. Try for 3 sets with a 1 minute break between sets. 

This didn't have a name.. so I'm going to call it "Wall Walks"

I was sore, exhausted and hungry after our training session, so I met my friend Leighanne at a new place on Franklin street for a later lunch at Hops. I had their cauliflower/ mushroom burger with a gluten free bun. It was hands down the best veggie burger I’ve ever had.

 I told Alex we have to go together before we move! 

I told Alex we have to go together before we move! 

I came home back to Indy and we had another walk around the neighborhood before showering and packing another box. Alex is on call this weekend so I just microwaved a frozen meal from Trader Joes for dinner. Alex was home by 8:30PM. We watched the newest season of Goliath until we fell asleep. Do you watch that show? Definitely bingeworthy. We finished season 2 in 48 hours!

Alex graduates from residency in 5 days, and we move in 9! It's a big week, and I hope yours is amazing!


DITL 6/11/18: Checking boxes and filling boxes

My time in Chapel Hill is really winding down! I was up by 6:45 AM (slept in a bit!) to take Indy on a little run before it got too hot. By 7:30 AM it was already pushing 77 degrees and the humidity is unbearable here! After our usual two miles I dropped her off at home before I ran 2 more. A solid 4 miles felt good today, and it’s all I can handle in this heat!

I had large Jazz apple before our run, and after it I made toast with sunflower seed butter, a sliced banana and a sprinkle of mixed nuts.


I showered and then continued listening to “When Life Gives You Lululemons” on my audible app while loading more moving boxes. Packing is such a workout! I'm just glad I can space it out. I can't imagine packing non-stop for a day. 

Around 10AM I had a bowl of Angie’s pop corn and a protein shake before getting started on more "to do" items. They included: scheduling "shut-offs" for utilites, e-mailing our current landlord about our intended move-out date, e-mailing with the House Hunters producer about our next scheduled block of filming, and looking into hotels in Asheville. I need to start reserving some "blocks" of hotel rooms for the big day! 

I took Indy out for a second (shorter) walk before driving to Durham. I met my friend (and Pure Barre manager) Kristen for lunch at one of my favorite places, Happy and Hale! I love their avocado toast, and needed a protein boost so I ordered their toast with extra tofu on top. 

 Toast with avocado mash, capers and tofu

Toast with avocado mash, capers and tofu

On my way home I stopped by the grocery store to stock up the fridge and picked up a cliff Builders bar for a snack. I worked on my laptop for a couple of hours before driving up to Weaver Street to pick up something for dinner from their hot bar. They always have amazing fresh and seasoned veggies! 


Alex and was home shortly after dinner. We walked Indy around the neighborhood for her final loop of the day together.  I'm propped up in bed; relaxed and feeling productive! Less that 2 weeks left in Chapel Hill! I'm just doing my best to soak it in :) Until next time!


DITL 6/6/18: another trip to Asheville and my favorite falafel spot

I’m back in Chapel Hill after spending just another 24 hours in Asheville! It’s good to be home (and to know that I’m not driving another 4 hours tomorrow)!

For breakfast yesterday I just used what we had.. obviously we didn’t have time for grocery shopping over the weekend! I toasted a couple of frozen waffles, covered them with almond butter and sprinkled on trail mix. 

 Easy and nourishing!

Easy and nourishing!

I sipped on a protein shake (still on the Evolve kick for now) while walking Indy, and took a Larabar (peanut butter cookie) with me on my way to the gym. Workout included: Barbell bench press, Barbell Overhead Press, Flat Bench Dumbell Chest Fly, Incline Pushups, Skull Crushers, Alternating Dumbell Shoulder Press, Dumbell Lying Down Tricep kickbacks and Dumbell Lying Down reverse Flys. (Direct message me for sets, reps and/or resistance).

I drove home for lunch and put a couple of things together we had in the fridge. I microwaved a cup of Instant brown rice with quinoa and mixed it with a bag of steam fresh veggies, sautéed tempeh and topped it with salsa.

 Nothing pretty but I’m no pro food blogger ;)

Nothing pretty but I’m no pro food blogger ;)

I took Indy on a second walk, packed my car with as many boxes it could holt and hit the road (again) for Asheville. I spent the night unpacking my suitcase and boxes, while listening to an audio book on my phone (using the Audible app). I just downloaded “When Life Gives You Lululemons”. It was just released, and written by Lauren Weisberger (author of Devil Wears Prada). It’s really entertaining so far and the perfect background to packing/ unpacking/ driving! 

I was up by 6AM the next morning. I am going to love the chilly Asheville mornings! It was 60 degrees until 9AM! For a quick breakfast I had a Cliff Builders Bar with Vanilla Almond Butter on top. It’s a sweet mixture for breakfast and not usually what I do, but I didn’t have much in the house yet grocery wise and it did the jobI

 Tastes like a thin mint cookie

Tastes like a thin mint cookie

I drove to the Pure Barre Asheville studio to take Flavia’s (Studio Owner) Empower class. She is THE BEST. I love her classes, and it made me SO happy to see the studio, clients and teachers again! After class I met Flavia for lunch at one of my favorite places in Asheville Green Sage Café. I had their TLT sandwich (BBQ Tempeh, Lettuce, Tomato and avocado) with a side salad. I didn’t take a picture but I will next time! We talked about the teaching schedule for the summer, and when I can start teaching over there. I’m so SO lucky I can jump back into teaching so quickly. Once you stop for more than a month, it’s hard to get back into it! I plan to start teaching again by late July and will just take classes until then so I won’t get too rusty!

After lunch I hit the road for Chapel Hill. I stopped by the house to take Indy on a quick walk before meeting my friend Leighanne for dinner at Mediterranean Deli. One of the restaurants I’ll miss the most in Chapel Hill!


I ordered their falafel pita with eggplant and sautéed cauliflower. We sat outside and enjoyed Franklin Street! I was home, and exhausted by 8. I took Indy on one last walk before falling asleep on the sofa, until woke me up around 10PM and convinced me to go upstairs for bed. This week I'll focus on packing and checking off some "to do's" for wedding planning!



DITL 6/4/18: house hunters, wedding venues and wal-mart

What a weekend! Alex, Indy and I got home from Asheville a little before midnight last night. I’m exhausted but really excited at the same time. Filming for House Hunters is SO much fun! I can’t talk about the filming process very much.. but I can tell you some details about our weekend at least!

Saturday morning Alex and I woke up at 4 AM to finish packing, shower and hit the road for Asheville as early as possible. We met our producer in downtown Asheville by 11. The film crew put mics on us immediately and we hit the ground running. It took a little while to feel natural in front of the camera, but they had us doing fun activities around downtown so Alex and I enjoyed it. We took a break for lunch at Red Ginger (awesome Dim Sum restaurant), and filmed until 8:30 PM that night. Once we finished for the day we realized we had NOTHING in our house (not even a roll of paper towels) so we stopped by Wal-Mart on our way home. We picked up some soda waters, a broom, paper towels, paper plates and plastic cutlery along with 2 frozen pizzas. We weren’t home, eating dinner until 10:30 at night. I was so tired I could hardly eat, and I burned Alex’s pizza so badly the bottom was black and rock solid, and he had to just scrape off the toppings..(he must really love me).  We fell asleep on our air mattress (no furniture in our house) watching a television show on Alex’s phone (no wifi, no TV etc). It was a very memorable first night in our new home!

We were up and back at it by 9:30 AM on Sunday. We had a delicious lunch from a place called The Walk (in West Asheville). I had their tempeh avocado melt (sans cheese) and Alex had their burrito salad. Alex and I agree we are going to make that one of our usual hangouts once we move. We finished filming around 7PM, and on our way out of town we stopped by The Ridge (a wedding venue in Asheville). I have been seriously considering it for my wedding venue, and I wanted to see it in person, (see how it felt) before booking it (and putting down any deposit money). The Mountain View out there is stunning!

 Photo credit: The Ridge Asheville website

Photo credit: The Ridge Asheville website

The owner greeted us with glasses of champagne, and she answered all of my questions. I’ll look at their proposal this week, and most likely will be booking the it by next week! Alex and I didn’t make it home until 11:45PM last night. We took Indy on a little walk, then collapsed into bed. 

Today has been a sleepy blur, but I got a few things accomplished. I made it to the gym for a workout, ran 2 miles with Indy, went grocery shopping, picked up 10 cardboard boxes for moving, assembled them and filled a couple of them, and ran a load of laundry. I'm wiped! Tomorrow I’ll be driving BACK to Asheville to bring my first load of boxes to the house.  I’m excited to take a class at the Pure Barre Asheville studio Wednesday morning and meet Flavia (the studio owner) for lunch. I can’t wait to start teaching over there!