Last Friday night…

… I was at my apartment, eating cheezits (reduced fat, of course), watching the VMA’s (re-play, I forgot to watch them live) and impatiently awaiting the arrival of one of my best friends from High School.

This Friday night… I plan to go walkjogging (this is my new name for my workout: “jog as much as I can until I have to walk, then jog more”), tidy up my apartment, watch bad TV, and eat Outback curbside to go. My life is so thrilling – these Friday nights will become more of a regular thing once Fall TV starts again (Grey’s Anatomy and I typically spend our Friday nights together, thanks to my sweet dear TiVo). I have not done nothing at my apartment on a weekend in so long – I have hardly been at my apartment on a weekend since I moved here. Believe it or not, I am looking forward to my super lazy Friday. It will be nice to relax (unless someone wants to take me on a date, just sayin’). The weather is cool enough now that I haven’t had to have my AC on, just windows open (my wallet will thank me when the power bill comes). Warning: more random thoughts to follow.

So, yesterday I went walkjogging and had several ipod fails. I have a 75 year old ipod, the first generation video. Yes, that big bulky thing and I still lug it around. It just has so much good music on it! I don’t think an armband holder for these ipods exists anymore, so I went with the alternative.

I decided to get me an ipod shuffle. One of those teeny tiny things that just clips on to wherever. No more shoving the ipod in the awkward back pocket of the yoga pants, or down the sports bra or wherever it so will stay put for an entire workout. These are pretty cheap, but I got mine for free! Thank you Wells Fargo credit card points – I probably spent far more money to accrue the points than the ipod would have cost, but hey – it’s free.

On the note of spending money, I bought myself some new Bumble and Bumble shampoo today. I am obsessed with Bumble and Bumble products. OBSESSED. They make the best shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. And they usually have some good giveaways and free shipping on their website if you sign up for their emails. I’ve been having some scalp issues lately, and per some reviews on this shampoo, I hope it helps. I am also going to the dermatologist next week (so close to meeting my deductible for the year…) so hopefully I’ll have a better solution to my scalp woes. Oh, my whole point to this story was that B&B does free gift wrapping – so I ordered a present to myself and got it gift wrapped. I love getting packages in the mail! I love getting mail in general.

In other news, I am really feeling good about my new healthy living plan. Walkjogging is making a difference – the scale hasn’t budged but I have noticed that things are tightening up in the right places aka I am creating new muscle! I just need to keep it up. Part of a healthy living plan also is to treat yourself and I am certainly doing that today.

Lunch was Eez Fusion & Sushi – I honestly was a little peeved. As soon as I got the menu, I said “why do I even bother to open this anymore?” since I always order the same lunch (yellowtail hosomaki combo, side of spicy mayo, side salad with ginger dressing). Well thank goodness I opened it. I immediately noticed that they raised their prices and changed their options on their lunch combos (lunch was up $1.00 and there was an additional $1.00 upcharge if you wanted miso soup or ginger salad). I still ordered the yellowtail hosomaki but got seaweed salad instead. Their sushi is some of the best I have ever had, but the price increase and lack of selection really has me down.

Needless to say, Eez will no longer be my lunch spot of choice. While they do have the best sushi around, I am a bit irritated at their price increases and the selection decreases. Also, the service sucked (today – it usually isn’t this bad). Our waiter dilly-dallied for like 45 minutes, we were just (im)patiently awaiting our checks. Finally he goes, “oh are you guys on your lunch break?” and picked up the pace and actually swiped our cards. I am usually a 20%+ tipper – not today. I drowned my sorrows in a bowl of TCBY froyo. It’s not my fault it was within view of the lunch venue. Needless to say, today is a “treat myself” day and tomorrow is back to normal (ideal but not realistic)… Guaranteed back to normal on Sunday 🙂 As long as I keep up my walkjogging, I feel like I can eat reasonably and healhfully and have some splurges. I am less tempted with cravings than I ever was while I was on Weight Watchers – not that I deprived myself then… and I am not now. I just need to be less focused on the scale and more focused on the fitness. Slowly but surely transitioning my mindset in that direction.

Hopefully my weekend will officially start soon – the faster I can get walkjogging with my jumbo ipod out of the way, the faster I can start my relaxing on the couch!

Yep. That’s my couch/nesting area. Doesn’t it look so comfy? What is everyone else doing this weekend to relax??

Blogging from bed.

Alright so I have been MIA for a while – don’t be mad! I’m back!!

The past week or so has just flown by. I’d like to say how happy I am that today is Labor Day and that I have spent the majority of the past 24 hours in bed or on the couch watching TV. So, I did some school work, grocery shopping, and laundry here and there but I have mostly been relaxing – I don’t know when the last time I just relaxed was. I have been going, going, going since I moved here that I haven’t even really had a weekend here.

This weekend was great, but let me back up first… the week was pretty good. Like I said, it went by really fast. One of my friends from work came down from Chicago and several of us went out on Tuesday night to the Rusty Rudder, which is a restaurant/bar on the lake. Definitely a fun atmosphere, but it has an amazing view. The food was pretty good, and the drinks were deliciously cheap. See photos below:

The rest of the week was pretty basic: work, workout, cook, sleep, repeat.

Check out one of my latest creations – a veggie “tostada.” I couldn’t figure out a better name for it. Basically its a tortilla with fat free refried beans, sauteed peppers and onions, a light sprinkling of cheese, spinach, salsa, and sour cream. This is my new favorite (easy) meal. It basically has no prep involved.

Ok so life was pretty routine until Friday! My friend Keena from DC arrived for the weekend and brought her friend Jacci from college with her. It was so great to see Keena – we go all the way back to high school and she is a very special friend to me. It meant a lot that she came here to spend her long weekend in Charlotte.

Friday night Keena and Jacci went out; I opted to stay in and go to bed early because I knew we had a big Saturday ahead of us. Also it was raining and gross out. Woke up pretty early on Saturday (they did too – yay for working..) Keena and I got Subway breakfast (read my love for Subway breakfast here). We then went to the pool – unfortunately it was shady and kind of cool, but it was a great opportunity to use the hot tub and we had the pool all to ourselves. My friend Kristen who lives here was able to join us. The pool was short lived. We decided to go get ready for the tailgate extravaganza. Tailgating is definitely the most fun part about a football game – ECU was playing USC at Panther Stadium. Gave me an excuse to pull out my purple dress and celebrate.

Disclaimer: for some reason I was not camera happy on Saturday and I unfortunately do not have any pictures.

We first went to Tavern on the Tracks where we all got the infamous black bean burger as well as chips and salsa. So delicious. I have realized I just need to split that burger with people – half is the perfect amount to keep you full for a long time. So after our meal, we went next door (literally) to The Gin Mill. I love living in close proximity to delicious food and fun bars. They were having a tailgate party and yes, I was forced to play cornhole. I didn’t fail miserably, but let me again reiterate, any games involving balls/bags/bats/throwing are not my forte. Definitely had fun though. Then we ventured out to the actual tailgate and wandered around for a while. Came back to my apartment and we had a tough decision to make: stay in or go back out? Well for some reason we decided going back out was a good idea (and it was so fun… I am glad we did). We were going to go back to the Gin Mill but ended up at RiRa uptown. Super fun bar, nice rooftop porch. Since we had been out and about alllll day, we decided to call it an early evening and left there around midnight.

Yesterday we ordered pizza for breakfast (nom nom) and veg’ed out basically all day. It was wonderful. Jacci hit the road to head back to Raleigh and Keena and I got in bed to watch lifetime movies and other bad TV. It was exactly what I needed!!! I really enjoyed our girl time together this weekend. Also, Keena and I have a mutual love for food. Good food. So we decided to cook!

This recipe from Gina’s Skinny Taste was absolutely delicious: Chicken Rollatini Stuffed with Zucchini and Mozzarella. If you haven’t been to this blog yet, go there now! She has such great and healthy recipes… granted I ate more than one serving of this one 😉 but, it was still good. Keena fixed us some tomato and mushrooms sauteed in garlic butter and I tossed up my “almost-famous” Spinach and Raspberry Walnut salad.

Now I am laying in bed, watching bad TV and blogging. I put in my dues of cleaning, housework, and schoolwork today so I am going to take the rest of my day off to relax and listen to the storms. Thank goodness this week is a short week. Let’s hope it flies by and I can enjoy another relaxing weekend.

Tomorrow I get my farmshare – expect more recipes this week… every Tuesday is like Christmas when I get that thing!!!