Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Confessions and Such 10/25

Hello lovelies!

It is Friday morning and it actually feels like fall in ATL today: the sun is out and the air is crisp and I have about 14 sweaters begging me to wear them ;)

Anyways, lets move on to a little confessional (Linking up with the lovely Leslie and the ladies of 5 on Friday!!).

1. I confess that I ate oatmeal for dinner last night. On my couch. While watching How to Get Away with Murder. I didn't get home until 9:30 and I was too exhausted to cook. I took a shower and whipped up some oatmeal with half of a can of pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice in it. I loved every bite.

2. I confess that I only went to the gym twice this week. Sometimes after a race, my workout mojo dies a little. And why push it? Sunday will mark two weeks since the marathon, and I plan to be more motivated then.

3. I confess that I have only baked one pumpkin treat this fall. With AR & I's cleanse-ish thing, sugar is out the window and my baking is taking a hit. But I found this recipe for pumpkin butter that I plan on exploring this weekend.

4. I confess that I have been engaged less than two weeks and already looked at one wedding venue. And I plan to see another today. Places fill fast, I need to be on it... right? Here are some wedding looks I am loving right now:
Love this as a save-the-date pose

These colors are so different and gorgeous for a fall wedding!

Someone help me find a venue where I can hand a parachute like this!

5. I confess that I am obsessing over the "bronde" hair trend. I am getting my hair done this morning and here are some of the looks I am loving:

Have an awesome weekend!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WIAW (cleanse time!)

So I am on a cleanse.

This is not an I-wanna-get-skinny cleanse. It is a marathons-give-me-unrealistic-expectations-about-food cleanse. I want to reset my tastebuds in time for the holidays :)

If you are just stopping in, let me help you catch up!

- I ran the Chicago Marathon about a week and a half ago. And got a PR!
- I got engaged and am THRILLED.

Back to the cleanse. AR and I decided we would do this together about a month ago while eating pancakes and drinking sugary lattes. Our bodies needed a recharge. Sometimes, in an effort to increase my calories, I reach for bad things. Like cheese and sugary treats. And it isn't like it makes me gain weight, but it doesn't leave my body feeling strong.

So, the rules of the cleanse:
- no meat (we are doing seafood though)
- no dairy
- no refined sugar
- no white flour
- no alcohol (except wine. because duh.)
... for 21 days. 

Why the seafood? Because AR's travel schedule means he eats out every meal, M-Th. He needed more option.

Here are snapshots of our meals:

Homemade Cinnamon Pecan Granola (I tried a new recipe from Deliciously Ella and LOVE it! I left out the raisins, but otherwise followed this recipe). We are enjoying it with coconut "yogurt", fruit, and almond milk.

Eggs. LOTS of scrambled eggs with veggies in them. Usually enjoyed with toast and/or fruit.

Pumpkin oatmeal. I add a half of a cup of pumpkin puree to my water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, I add the oats, chia seeds, and pumpkin pie spice. Sooo yummy.

Out: On Sunday, we went out and I had whole wheat pancakes with real maple syrup and scrambled eggs.

Morning Snacks
Lots of Arden's Garden juices, teas, and sometimes crackers.

Salads with veggies burgers

I made a kale salad with thick avocado dressing. For the dressing, I blended half of an avocado, 2 Tbs of rice wine vinegar, 2 Tbs of olive oil, salt & pepper. I tossed it with chopped veggies and kale. Yumm.

Vegetable soup with crackers

Veggies and hummus, wrapped in a whole grain tortilla

Afternoon snacks
Vega protein shakes. These are a LIFESAVER. the powder is expensive, but so worth it. I mix it with almond milk, ice, and a banana. Each scoop has 15g of protein, half of your days vitamins, and 3 servings of green vegetables! It is a little pricey, but when calculated out by each shake, it costs no more than a almond milk latte at the coffee shop!

More veggies and hummus

Apples/Clementines/Berries. Sometimes with nut butter :)

Nuts (usually pecans or almonds)

Homemade Chickpea Curry Burgers (this recipe), served with sweet potato fries and steam kale.

Shrimp creole with brown rice and broccoli. AR made this over the weekend while I studied and it was yummy!

Baked potato stuffed with roasted mushrooms, broccoli, and pepper. Topped with Smart Balance (a god sent).

Out: Baked salmon with roasted vegetables

The results: 

How do I feel? Great. Fruit seems so much sweeter and I am doing a better job of thinking of creative options for meals. AR still feels a little hungry, so we need to find more snack options for him.

What about the no sugar? I miss sweets. I want some chocolate SO badly I could scream. But it is okay. We all know I am a sweets-freak, so this is good for me.

How much longer do I have? Today is day 9, so I have 12 days left!

Linking up with Jenn for some What I Ate Wednesday fun - thanks Jenn!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Check In & Weekend Highlights!

Hey All,

It is Monday. We all know what that means... we slide back into our weekly duties while reliving the fun of the weekend.

Here are some highlights:

- I went and saw Gone Girl! AR and I went on Saturday night and it was incredible. Such a good movie. We don't see movies in theaters often (We counted 3 in the last 18 months... including Gone Girl, lol), but this one was so worth it.

- We survived week two of our cleanse. We are avoiding meat, dairy, refined sugar, beer/liquor, and white carbs. Honestly, the sugar has been the hardest part. I would kill someone for a chocolate chip cookie some times - jk :P But I am subbing with fruit and tea with honey. Even after only one week, fruit seems SO much sweeter.

- We bought pumpkins. A nearby church sells them to raise money for their youth group, so AR and I grabbed 4. Sadly, I had too much studying to do this weekend, so we didn't carve them. I plan to carve them this weekend and I will be sure to post pictures.

- Wedding planning.... ahhhh!!! We started looking at dates and locations... more to come on this soon.

- I went on my first post-marathon run. It felt amazing, but I was sore afterwards. I only did about 3 miles, and I couldn't believe how happy it made me. Running is seriously my happy place.

Have you seen Gone Girl? Did you like it? 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

A proposal {the story}

Happy Saturday!

I’m sharing my story from last Saturday on the blog this morning. If you are stopping back by from yesterday’s link-up – thank you!

Last weekend AR and I went to Chicago for the Chicago Marathon. While on the trip, we planned to visit my alma mater. Though we have been dating for years, I have never taken AR to my college – in fact, I haven’t been back myself since graduation day in 2011.

We missed our train to head over to campus, so I wanted to just skip the visit, by AR insisted we still go. I couldn’t really figure out why he cared so much, but I said okay and we grabbed a cab over to my campus.

To give you some background, I went to school at a very small, very old college on an arboretum. As you might imagine, the campus is absolutely gorgeous in the fall – the sidewalks are all lined with trees in bright shades of gold, yellow and red. I think AR was surprised when we got out of the taxi by the size of my school. I told him it was small and he thought I meant that it only had one building, haha!

We walked around some of the buildings and I took him to the old chapel in the back of the campus. The chapel is stunning and people book it 2 years in advance for weddings. As we walked through it, we started talking about getting married. This is not an unusual conversation topic for us, so I didn’t think a thing.

But when we walked out on the steps, he got down on one knee and the rest is history.

I may or may not have been crying... ;) 

I know you are wondering so…

How long have we been dating? We celebrated 3 years in June!

How did AR and I meet? At a coffee shop in Houston, TX. I was there for Teach for America and had just moved two weeks prior. I randomly pulled into a coffee shop and set my stuff next to a cute guy in a baseball cap. We chatted all afternoon while we both worked on things and he asked for my number when I left. We went to dinner the next weekend. And here we are, almost three and a half years later!

Did I have a feeling AR was going to propose? Honestly, NO! I mean, I knew he would eventually, but I did not think it would happen any time soon.

Outside of our hotel after our eventful evening!
Did I pick out my ring? Nope, it was all him and he did a perfect job. He had asked me several times about what I liked and he knows my taste well J

When is the wedding? No idea! I am going to start working on that at some point, though balancing it with law school may be a challenge. 

What did we do after he proposed? I was in total shock. We walked around some more and talked about everything. We road the train back to our hotel and grabbed dinner. We told our families the next evening, but it was special to have it just be us for a while. 


Friday, October 17, 2014

5 on Friday {I am getting MARRIED}

1. I am getting married!!!!!

AR and I are engaged!!! He proposed last weekend while we were in Chicago and it was absolutely perfect.  He popped the question the night before the marathon and we told my parents the next afternoon... it was so special and more than I ever imagined. I will have a post sharing all the details tomorrow :)

2. My fiancé is the best
Can I just have a moment to say how incredible AR is? We have been together for almost three and a half years and I am still smitten.

I was completely surprised when he proposed - no idea how he kept that from me for so long!

3. The Chicago Marathon
...was absolutely amazing. That race is so incredible - it is well organized and well cheered for ;) I loved every mile and am planning on registering again for next year. If you are considering a marathon, I highly recommend Chicago. The course is flat and the scenery is gorgeous. This link has some beautiful pictures from last weekend.

4. I got a PR :)
I beat my previous PR by over 9 minutes last weekend :) The best part? I didn't feel very sore! Tuesday was a little rough on the stairs at school, but other than that, I feel good. In fact, on Wednesday, I considered going running. Don't worry - I paused and said "Hannah, don't be crazy." I think it is a sign that I trained well. My body is so used to the hills of ATL, it was relieved to run on a flat course.  You can read my race recap and see all of my pictures here.

5. Wedding planning blogs?
Alright ladies, now that I have a wedding to plan - what are your best wedding planning blogs/websites/resources? I am going to need some serious help!!


Linking up with the lovely ladies of Five on Friday!