Sunday, May 3, 2015

Day 15 of #runningfromsugar

Whoa!

Today is DAY 15 of #runningfromsugar!

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I can’t believe it.

This week flew by without any issues or cravings even.  I think I am over the hump. It is also getting close to “that time of the month” and I am not having ANY cravings!

We had a super busy week with work and meetings.

That translates in to I did not go to the gym until Friday and I did not prep any food until Thursday.  I did, however, walk our dogs two days in a row. (that counts doesn’t it?)

When I did make it to the gym, it was AWESOME!

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For food prep: I made all the fixings for burrito bowls: chipotle/lime brown rice, black beans, grilled chicken in a roasted tomato/garlic sauce, pico de gallo, and sautéed bell peppers and onions

It is so nice having all that prepped and in the fridge so all I have to do is chop up some romaine lettuce and put it all together.

How is everyone feeling this week?  Cravings?  Energy level?

Happy May!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What’s Up Wednesday ?!?

Today I am participating in a Linky Party, hosted by Shaeffer, Shay and Mel!

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Oh man, that’s a whole lotta questions, here we go…

What we’re eating this week…

That’s a good question. I had big plans on Sunday to get meal prep done for the week and then didn’t do it.  Since I woke up Monday morning, I have been buried in work and eating anything that was easy.  So, today it is my goal to get chicken, shrimp and veggies grilled, cilantro/lime rice made and some fresh pico chopped up for burrito bowls.  Justin and I both enjoy those, so I plan to be eating those a lot for the next several days!

What I’m reminiscing about…

Well, since my friend, Kristen, just posted a picture on Facebook, I am thinking about how I competed two years ago in two figure competitions.  Wow, what a year!  There was a group of us that were all competing and got together, at least weekly, for workouts and lunches and therapy.  It was so fun and such a powerful group of women. I made friendships for life during that competition season.

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What I’m Loving…

Kansas City Weather!  We have had the most beautiful weather the past two days. It rained on and off all weekend and it has made our grass and trees so happy.  Everything is lush and thick and green with life.  The sun has been shining and it’s the perfect Spring temperature.  I LOOOOOOVE IT!

What we’ve been up to…

Pretty much #runningfromsugar, our weekend staycation and the past two days PAPERWORK.  Friends, I wish I could convey in words the amount of paperwork that is required in a group home.  I mean, really, we all should keep notes on our lives the way Justin and I do for the three people in our group home.

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What I’m Dreading…

I can’t really think of anything I am dreading.  I guess, kids being out of school for the summer! (isn’t that terrible!?!)  I love summer, but summer also brings all the teenagers out driving around, texting, talking on the phone and clogging up my streets. 

What I’m Working on…

Well besides group home stuff, I am working on the Girls on the Run end of season stuff. We have our practice 5k next week, so I am working on getting some items donated for goodies bags and snacks.

What I’m Excited About…

I am excited about giving all our Mom’s their Mother’s Day gifts.  I also can’t wait to share the gifts with you! (psst: you have already seen the gifts).  I am also excited about Mother’s Day weekend in general.  It’s a busy one with lots of family and friends!

What I’m Watching/Reading…

We watch Survivor and I like The Voice. Justin and I aren’t great TV watchers.  We always have the TV on but we are usually playing on our computers or reading or whatever else we can find to do while keeping one ear on a show.  Oh, two shows that we will always stop on when channel surfing: Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.  I am reading Melanie Shankle’s “Nobody’s Cuter than You”.

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What I’m listening to…

In the car, I usually listen to Pandora Yoga channel or, put my iPhone Music on shuffle.  My play list for the gym is:

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What I’m wearing…

These Jeans!  Still wearing them anytime I leave the house.  Did you buy them yet?  Go buy them and then leave a comment on how many times you wear them in a row. 

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What I’m Doing This Weekend…

I am going to go to the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair.  My sister, Vann, will have a booth in the fair along with other local vendors.  I went last Fall and was really impressed so I’m looking forward to going back this weekend.  If you are local, you should go too!

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What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month…

I am looking forward to the Girls on the Run 5k.  I am also looking forward to attending my FIRST KC Blogger Meet Up!  I joined a local group of Kansas City bloggers and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone at next months meet up.

What Else is New…

I am going to pick up my reward for making it 10 days #runningfromsugar from Lululemon today as well as some products from Rawxies.  I learned about Rawxies at the Go Blog Social conference last month when the owner was one of the presenters. They were the first local company I thought of when seeking donations for our GOTR team goodie bags.  They immediately got back to me and were happy to donate.

I also plan to purchase one of these adorable tanks while there.

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I figure if the words are printed directly on my chest, I might actually follow them!

So that’s it!

I’m off to link up on Shaeffer’s page and I hope you click on over to check out some of the bloggers that have linked up on

What’s Up Wednesday?!?

hosted by Shaeffer, Shay and Mel

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Day 10 of #runningfromsugar

Today is Day 10 of #runningfromsugar!

Hooray!

We made it to our first reward!

I almost let it slip by as I have been buried in paperwork since 8 o’clock yesterday morning until about 1 o’clock today!

Thankfully, Tammy posted about it on Facebook which reminded me that tomorrow I get my first reward!  I’ll be picking that up tomorrow fo sho.

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What is your reward for lasting 10 days on #runningfromsugar?

Monday, April 27, 2015

KC Staycation, Westport Edition

Our Kansas City staycation was so fun this weekend!

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We left our house pretty early for a Saturday and headed straight to Beer Kitchen for breakfast. One of the things I was most looking forward to, besides having a break from our group home responsibilities, was eating breakfast at new (to us) places.

Oooooh my goodness, it was so good!

There was a line when we arrived, with people waiting outside, but we managed to get seated very quickly.

The first thing Justin saw, made his mouth water, and arrived at our table shortly after being seated.

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A sizzling pan of pork belly.  Anything with the name “belly” in it creates some emotions in me immediately, but I let my piece continue to cook until it was sufficiently burned on both sides and resembled more of a texture of meat than fat.

Justin hated to see a piece get wasted on me eating it because he LOVED it!  I loved the presentation.

Justin ordered Chicken and Waffles for his main course.  It came with a side of gravy and syrup.

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It was super good.  He let me have a bite!

I ordered the Black Forest Dutch Baby.  It is a baked pancake topped with black forest ham, gouda, tomatoes, a fried, runny egg and hollandaise; with a side of potatoes.

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Oh Mama. I wanted to stay there all day and keep ordering this meal over and over.  It was so GOOD!

We headed to our hotel to check in after brunch, AC Hotel by Marriot.

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Wow, not a negative thing to say about this place.  Classy, modern and super friendly!  There was plenty of parking in their private parking lot.  Upon walking in the doors, we were greeted by the General Manager who checked us in quickly, letting us know about their amenities and what was located close by in Westport to enjoy.

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The rooms were modern and minimalistic.  They felt very clean and fresh (if that makes sense).  I think the floor is why I got that feeling.  There is something about not having carpet that freshens up a hotel room.  The bed was super comfy and there were two bottles of water waiting for us.

After relaxing for a bit and waiting for the rain to stop, we walked to get some lunch at The Local Pig.

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It has a really cool, laid back atmosphere.  We started with drinks.  Justin ordered a Peanut Butter Stout by 4 Hands and I ordered one of their specialty cocktails, Victory Garden (cucumber, fennel, bourbon, tarragon and honey).

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My drink was tasty and fresh, and basically a salad. Justin’s drink stole the show and changed my entire outlook on dark beers.  My next drink was a 4 Hands Peanut Butter Stout as was Justin’s and then they ran out.  That was probably for the best.

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I also tried a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.  Also very tasty but more bitter than the peanut butter.

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We thought we would start with the Charcuterie since it is a meat market.  All their meat comes from within a radius of 100 miles.

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It was super good and gigantic! We didn’t end up ordering anything else.

We had big plans to walk around Westport, but it started to rain again, so we headed back to the room.

After a couple hours of relaxing, we were ready to get out for the night.  The plan was to have drinks and maybe a small plate at our bar and then head to Port Fonda, which has been on our radar for a while.

Ummmm, the bar tenders were so fun and the bar had such a comfortable, laid back vibe…

we never left the bar!

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I was on a dark beer kick, so I stayed with it and ordered the  Buffalo Sweat, Oatmeal Cream Stout. We ordered kale chips and a salad for our small plates.

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We had a great time chatting with the bar tenders and other people sitting at the bar.

Annnnnd we were asleep by about 8:30pm.

(in our room not at the bar)

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Evidently, we needed some sleep.

We took our time Sunday morning and checked out at the normal hour.  It was raining, again, so we hopped in the car in search of brunch.  Parking was not happening in Westport, with how far we would have to walk in the rain, so we headed north, toward home.  We stopped at a couple places and the wait was super long.

We ended up at Trezo Mare, which we didn’t even realize had a brunch.  I’m pretty happy to learn of a new place with that option.  I ordered the biscuits and gravy with a side of scrambled eggs.  They are not your typical biscuits and gravy so that was a little weird for me.  They use an italian sausage and cheddar biscuits.  It was good just not your typical breakfast biscuits and gravy.

We arrived home

after Noon and with some very happy dogs and a cat to greet us.

I am so happy we spent the night in Westport in the AC Hotel by Marriot and ate at a couple new to us restaurants.  If you are planning a trip to Kansas City or are local and need a night out, I highly recommend staying at this hotel.

Be prepared to leave the hotel for your meals.  They do have a European-style breakfast buffet for an additional charge and small plates in the AC Lounge in the evening, but there is no actual restaurant in the hotel.  There are so many restaurants within walking distance, you won’t go hungry.

It was fun to relax with my favorite person and just get away from all our responsibilities for 24 hours.

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For those that are local, where is your favorite place to eat in Westport?

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