The Worst Date Of My Life

Hey guys! Thank you so much for the warm welcome back to the blog and giving me feedback on what you’d like to see me talk about going forward!

It seems as if the majority of you are rooting for more a lifestyle blog, which is 200% okay with me, as I feel over the last 1-2 years, that’s what it turned into. Your biggest request were more dating stories, followed up by just daily living and the balancing act of nutrition & fitness with life.

I think I can cover that for you guys!

I’m not sure about you, but I know that my favorite types of posts to read from other bloggers are just about their daily life. Aka, I’m the nosiest human being on earth and want to know the innermost details of their life.

To be honest, one of the reasons that I took a step back from blogging was because I wanted to date without having to tell people that, “oh yeah, I have a blog, and if you get sucked into my life, you will be mentioned in some capacity.” This blog is the disclaimer of my life. You have a child? Great, well I have this blog. It just started getting old. Once my disclaimer was made public, I then had to wait to see if they’d text me back after reading my blog. I felt like I had to pass a test. And you know what, now there are zero effs given. The way I talk on my blog is how I talk in person. This blog is me unfiltered; sort of, only because my Mom and aunts read this and I need to protect their precious ears.

Maybe instead of looking at this blog and dating as me trying to pass the test with a guy, it should be me testing the guy. If he can handle the blog, he can handle me.

This is me. In all of my glory. Take it or leave it. But seriously, someone has to take it, because I cannot be a single cat lady for the rest of my life.

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So you said you wanted dating stories, well settle in because I have a dating story for you. In fact, it just so happens to be the WORST DATE that I’ve ever been on.

Let’s rewind to April 2016. I’m just a lonely girl, flipping through my matches on eHarmony, when this dark haired gentleman strikes my fancy. We go through the steps required of you by eHarmony, and before you know it, we are sending novel emails back and forth. We make plans for our first date. He comes up to visit me from Boston. We grab coffee, go for a walk, grab dinner, go for a walk. He tells me that he’s looking for a wife and not a girlfriend at this point in his life, and I’m all like, “sign me up!” because homegirl is ready for that stage of her life.

On paper, he is perfect. In person, he seems perfect.

Our first date has ended, and we like each other enough to plan a second date on the following Tuesday night. Homeboy lived in Boston, which for non-locals, is an hour from me. His office was halfway in between that, so since he had to drop something off in the office, he said he could just drive to me. Okay, great! Now this guy was an engineer, so it was my understanding that he worked at a desk, doing all the smart stuff, like drawing and all of that nerdy engineer mumbo jumbo.

Homeboy gets to Manchester around 2:30pm and tells me that he’s going to work until 5 in his truck in a Starbuck’s parking lot. I feel bad, but he brought it upon himself. We decide on dinner plans. I wanted Mexican, he wanted to cook together. Well fine, you win. Now let me just say that I felt completely comfortable with this guy; remember, I already decided that I was going to marry him. Ha. I was wrong. I had no issue with him coming over to my apartment. I felt safe and trusted him. Well around 3:30, he texts me and asks if he can use my shower.

What the what?!

Taken aback, and being the nice girl that I am, I said fine. But this is so wrong on so many levels! Not only was this guy way too comfortable before the 2nd date, but he should have chosen a night where he didn’t need to shower after work, or just have let me go to Boston like I had offered.

Okay so whatever. Dinner was steak, sautéed veggies, and a potato for him. Knowing that my veggies take about 30 minutes to cook, I started to cook them while he showered, thinking that he’d be in and out in 10ish minutes. He could cook the steak and the timing would be perfect.

Well. Life is not always rainbows and butterflies and doesn’t go as planned.

45 minutes later he emerged from my bathroom.

In pajama pants.

FLANNEL PAJAMA PANTS.

But what on earth were you doing in my bathroom for 45 minutes? I’m not even in there for that long!

At this point I’m speechless, with so many f bombs and throat punches circling my mind. Not only that, but he brought an overnight bag and his electric toothbrush. And he mentioned that he really enjoyed using my pumice stone. Absolute gag.

Who is this person and what the eff is my life? What else did you use of mine? Needless to say, I deep cleaned my bathroom and bought all new toiletries the next day.

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So he cooks the steak. My veggies are so cold. And then I tell him that he’s not sleeping over, to which he gives me the most confused look ever. He said thought he would just sleep over and leave at 5 when I leave for the gym. Nope, you aren’t. I was firm and unwavering. I’m not even joking, he went back and forth on me on this sleepover topic, and every time, I firmly said no.

I have never wanted someone to leave as badly as I wanted him out. We ate in silence. The only thing discussed was his potato. Haha.

After our silent dinner, he changed and got the hell out of town.

Thankfully I never heard from him again, and I have a feeling that homeboy learned quite the lesson.

Here is my rule on sleepovers. You never have sleepovers unless the other person invites you to spend the night. In advance. If I’m going to sleepover, then I know in advance that I’ll be spending the night.  I’m not the type of girl who will sleepover and then brush my teeth with my finger and toothpaste the next morning. I’m only a smidge classier than that.

Never assume. It’s the #1 way to ruin your chances with someone.

Right after he left, I immediately fired off texts to my best girlfriends.

Never have I ever wanted or needed to punch a wall as badly as I did then. Since no man is worth paying to repair a wall, I think I just went and ate peanut butter out of the jar.

And that, my friends, is the worst date of my life.

And for both the men and women reading this, when someone tells you “no,” you respect them the first time. Also, don’t break out your flannel pajamas until at least the 5th date.

In the comments below, tell me what your worst date was!!!

Learning How To Blog Again & Let Me Update You On My Life

What is this blog thing, and how do I publish a post? It’s been about a month and a half since I last logged into this sweet child of mine, and to be honest, I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever about taking a step back to simply live my life.

A lot has changed since then, and at the same time, not a lot has changed. I’ve done a lot of living, consisting of traveling, dating, spending time with family, and having plenty of girl time.

After receiving several comments about if I stopped blogging for good, and having my dear friend Sarah practically twist my arm at the gym about blogging, I finally felt that the time was right to make my return.

So why the blog comeback? Well, about 4 months ago I had made a decision to pursue something that would require about 2-3 years of dedication and extreme focus to complete, and while it was something that I wanted to do, ultimately, I decided that in the next few years, marriage and starting a family were something that I also wanted, and weighing the two, I found that living a fulfilling life and getting out and meeting people was more important. So my plate is free of an unbearable workload, and since making that decision, I have been living my life to the fullest.

imageNow, I’m nowhere near this marriage thing and I’m pretty single, but I’ve been dating a lot, and it’s been a lot of fun! Staying out late on a work night eating and throwing back beers (hello rebel!), going to ball games, playing mini golf, staying up into the middle of the night just talking… it’s been fabulous!

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I’ve been living my life for me, and it’s amazing how once you find out who you truly are, don’t settle in life/love/happiness, that you are finally able to start living life to the fullest. I’ve got that going for me, and life is just so good.

So what have I been up to besides dating? Traveling!

At the end of May, I traveled to Nashville to visit Ryan and Chelsey (my brother and SIL, for those not in the know), for about 4 ½ days.

We swam. Why is Nashville so disgustingly humid?!imageWe antiqued.

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We went to downtown Broadway.

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And while Nashville is cool, I didn’t fall in love with it like I was hoping to. Just further proof that my home and heart is in New England.

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I also just got back from a trip to Iowa, where I almost mounted a pig.

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And I hugged an ear of corn.

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I celebrated the birth of my best friend and gym partner, Ashley, with her family, who treat me as their own. I love them!

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I enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day with my parents.

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And quality time with Lindze, Mike, Lucas, & Brinkley.

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And this weekend, I celebrated my cousin Nikki’s bachelorette in Ogunquit, ME.

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Beach day with the girls and cousins.

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Cocktail cruise before throwing down a burger and fries. #CleanPlateClub

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And accidental trolley rides.

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Sarah told me that I would know when I would be ready to start blogging again, and I am. I was excited simply typing this post up, and I cannot wait to settle into a realistic blogging routine.

Going forward, I would love to hear what kind of posts you would like to see me write. I know that I personally don’t really care to read about people’s workouts, simply because I have my own routine down pat, but maybe that’s just me. So here is your chance to tell me what you want from me! Do you want to see what I’m eating, workouts, dating stories, day in the life posts, random things, macros/fitness progress? Lay it on me!

Tell me what you’ve been up to!

Life As Of Late

Long time no talk! I’m surprised I even remembered my username and password to log into this little blog of mine, ha! I honestly did not mean to take over a week off, but ya know what? I did. It was refreshing. And I don’t feel bad about it! Actually, I did feel bad when my Mom called me out over the weekend for not blogging. She said I was probably disappointing my fans, in the nicest way possible, of course. I don’t think I have fans. I just have people that are just as nosy as I am and like knowing every little thing about people’s lives, haha!

So let’s play a little bit of catch up.

Since we last talked, I ran a St. Patrick’s Day race. They made me Irish for the day, and made me Allie O’Lewis! My new last name must have brought me luck on race day. I’ve run this race 3 years in a row, each time getting a faster time. Well this year, I actually beat my time from 2015 by a minute and 8 seconds. Looks like all of my speed work is paying off!

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I ran it with Ashley, my gym buddy and partner-in-crime. She blew last year’s time out of the water too, and I’m almost positive she ran it about 2 minutes faster! This girl is by my side at the gym pushing me harder and making me laugh 5-6 days of the week, and I wouldn’t change a thing. We are starting an accountability program as of today to work towards our goals, which just happen to be the same.millennium-running-st-patricks-day

I’ve been obsessed with all things veggie. I’ve added cauliflower crumbles to my oatmeal for volume and veggies, and am back at it with spaghetti squash!spaghetti-squash

Rice cakes with protein pudding has been my new favorite snack. I mix 8 grams of sugar-free dry pudding mix with about 20 grams of protein powder, with water, and top 1 or 2 rice cakes with it. Add a bit of sprinkles for crunch, and it’s a great snack! I’m also guilty of just dunking the rice cakes in peanut butter. Sometimes you just have to live your life.image

Speaking of living my life, that’s another reason I haven’t been blogging much. I’m living my life away from the computer and internet. I’m doing things that will better my life, I’m dating again, and it’s SO MUCH FUN! Oh, and on my birthday, I chopped my hair off! I am obsessed with it, and feel like there’s a whole new level of sass to me.image

This was my favorite Easter ever. I laughed so much. I also enjoyed quality time with all of my cousins. I feel as if some holidays I only get to truly talk in depth with 1-2 cousins, but not at Easter, and I think that’s why it’s my favorite holiday. I’m so blessed that my cousins are some of my closest friends and that we can talk about anything and everything together.image

Lindsay just started a Whole30 on Monday, and she is going to do so well! I’m kind of wanting to do another Whole30 again simply because she inspires me!

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My goddaughter Brinkley continues to steal my heart every single day. image

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Life is really great right now, and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier than I am right now. There’s something to be said about walking by faith and not by light. If you let go of the reigns that you’re trying to use to control your life, you’ll be a lot more happier and carefree. That is what I have done, and life seems to be wonderful.

I know that I’ve said that I’ll get back into a good blogging routine, but with spring here and more activities and time being spent outside, I truly plan on getting back into a good schedule, even if it’s only 2-3 posts a week. Sometimes you just need a break from blogging or any type of activity, and I feel as if the winter was a good time for me to do that! Have a great day! 🙂

What have you been up to lately?!

Tell me something that’s making you happy?

Weekend Recap Via Pictures

Monday. Eww.

I’m really not thrilled that the weekend is over, but, this week brings new beginnings, and to that, I am incredibly excited and nervous. Since I don’t have too too much to share about my weekend, I decided that I would give my weekend recap in pictures of things that I purchased!

The end of last week left me feeling under the weather. Thanks to my coworker who was brought to urgent care on Friday for vomiting and passing out at work, I started my weekend feeling a bit crappy. On Friday night, since I felt like death had runneth over me, and was expecting a sick Saturday, I bought several sick staples at Hannafords. Well, more so the pretzels and ginger ale were sick related, and the rest were all cravings or staples.

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Dinner, just because.

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Since I am addicted to pineapple BCAAs, I stocked up on a new container of it.image

Along with a pb&j protein bar, which I actually bought on my lunch hour on Friday. This bar is SO good!!image

Since I woke up feeling “okay” on Saturday morning, I hit the gym with Ashley for a low-key workout. We did back/shoulders, and low-impact cardio. If I ran, I thought that I might get sick, so I avoided that, as much as I wanted to. I quickly made a shake, showered, and headed out to Brinkley’s 1st birthday party. While I didn’t buy anything this weekend for her, she’s just too cute not to add this picture.image

Later in the afternoon, I hit the road for a date. I actually really wanted to cancel my date because I felt exhausted and not the best, but after receiving two really sweet text messages, I just didn’t have it in me to cancel on the guy. So, I grabbed an energy drink, for the first time ever, and blasted my music for the drive. Either it was the drink or the company, but I had one of the best dates in years. I really just wanted a quick dinner and to be on my way, but before I knew it, 3 hours had passed by. An appetizer, dinner, and dessert later, and we were kicked out of the dining area and were asked to spend the rest of our time in the bar. I was left speechless for the first time ever on a date when this southern gentleman, with accent, told me during dinner that he was having a really great time with me. What? Thank you! I never know during a date if a guy is enjoying my company, so for him to come right out, left me completely speechless. And for the record, I am incredibly happy that I said yes to this date.image

Saturday night was a late one, and since I was incredibly exhausted, I opted out of an alarm and out of a Sunday workout. I slept until 8:30, worked from my couch until 11:30, and then headed out for gas and an afternoon of errands.

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Broccoli bigger than my face, since I’m addicted! And then from 3-6:30, I worked the day away, before settling down with Grey’s Anatomy.imageWhat did you buy this weekend?

How was your weekend? What did you do?

Catching Up & No Longer Just Living On The Weekends

2 posts in one week? I’m wondering if you’re just as surprised as I am! It’s been a crazy few weeks over here, and lately I just have had no desire to hop on my laptop after work to type up a post. That and I haven’t had too much to talk about.

I am going to do my absolute best to stick to a 3 day a week posting schedule. After eating like a complete B, I’ve snapped back to reality and have had a really amazing week on this current cut that my coach has me on. I’m feeling better than ever. My clothes are fitting better and the number on the scale is going down.

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Last night after work I threw on a pair of heels and headed out for a glass of wine and pizza. I’m doing my best to not just live and have fun on the weekends, so saying “yes” to weeknight plans has been occurring more often lately. It’s helping me find a balance with my workouts, work and social life.

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Like on Monday night, after work I had dinner in Maine, and since I didn’t go to bed until close to 11 pm, I chose to sleep in until 7 am and skip the gym entirely on Tuesday. Somehow my pants fit better after a night of eating chips & salsa, tacos, a Mexican frosty with fries, and not working out the following day. I can get on board with that!

What else can we ramble on about?

This tub of pineapple BCAA’s are my new kryptonite. I drink it after my workout and before bed. I know it’s meant for during a workout, but this is when I like to drink it. I drink it shortly after dinner for a hit of sweetness, and it makes my belly feel incredibly full, which hasn’t left me wanting to eat dessert. Also, that candle. It was part of my Valentine’s Day gift from my parents, and I am obsessed!

imageI’ve finally had the motivation again to meal prep, and my current favorite meal is chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli, dosed in this ranch seasoning. It really takes broccoli up 15 levels, and I’ve found myself wanting broccoli with this ranch seasoning for dessert. It is that good, and I am that weird!

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And that’s about it! I’m truly going to make a plan to blog 3 days a week, starting next week, so I will see you on Monday!

What are your weekend plans?

What made you happy this week?

Fitness Plans & The Truth About Dating

Hi there my friends! I’m surprised I’m popping in today with a post because I’ve really had zero desire to blog lately. All I do during the winter is eat, sleep, workout, and work… and on weekends I play. I live a boring life, and now that I am practically retired from dating, what the heck am I supposed to talk about.

I will just have to dedicate posts to my ramblings, like yesterday I voted in the NH Primaries.

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I have been working with a new coach the past 3 ½ weeks. Katie is programming both my workouts and my macros. In regards to workouts, she is going to turn me into a better runner, so she has specifically programmed strength workouts and training runs. I love it. I feel as if I have found a coach who is perfect for me, as she, as well, has a love for both lifting and running. I have about 8 weeks left in this cut she has me on, and I’m excited to see results!

When I told Katie my goals, I said that I wanted to get stronger, but also to be a better runner and really get my pace down, so she puts me through very complex workouts that will get me to my goal.

I’ve been in a total funk with my eating lately, and while I would say I was at 95% motivation and drive, I was missing that last 5% that would make it click, aka, that would have me hitting my macros spot on. I would do so perfect during the day, and after dinner when I was bored, I would eat. Nothing big. Just something small here and there, but even something small can derail you! I had a legit meltdown to Lindsay on Monday morning, and just letting it all out truly helped, and I swear, the moment after I barfed my emotions to her, it all just clicked.

So 2 days I’m feeling 100% driven, so let’s all cross our fingers that it continues.

What else can we ramble about? Today marks the first day of Lent. I’ve decided to give up unnecessary spending on workout clothes, shoes, clothing, random things, etc, along with giving up unnecessary nighttime eating. <– that will be hard, ha!

Also, I had to come out of dating retirement.  I swear, not even a week into being retired and I had to come out. Men really bother me, ha!

I don’t think my Mom approves of my dating retirement because she is #TeamBabies, and she asked if I was being too picky. I said, “Mom, I just want a guy to like me back, and it’s getting to be tiring.” Dating is not fun anymore. It’s hard to find a guy that wants more than just a booty call, and when he does want something more, for some reason, there is no mutual “likeness.” After awhile, it really starts to mess with your confidence, and you begin to pick yourself apart and start rattling off things that he “maybe” doesn’t like about you. Must be my hips, or my thighs, or maybe it’s my arms. Why did my face start breaking out? I swear it’s never like this. Maybe he thinks my way of eating is weird.. yadda yadda yadda, the list can go on and on until you don’t even recognize the girl in the mirror that you just self-destroyed.

And that’s why I wanted to take a step back from dating. Because I’m tired of meeting guys who only want one thing. I’m tired of continuous first dates, and being left with feelings of unworthiness. I’m tired of seeing my confidence get rocked and shattered. I’m tired of not being as happy as I was when I was confident and only relied on my own self-worth. And the worst part is, is that they’re not the ones saying these things… I am!

Hey Allie, guess what… sometimes you can go on one date and know that they aren’t the one you’ll marry. I have that happen a lot where I know the guy isn’t my future husband after one date, and men have the same right to have those feelings. So next time you think something is wrong with you, maybe you two just aren’t right for each other, and that’s all it is!

I want a man that wants to take me out. That asks me questions about big and little things because he genuinely cares. I want someone who likes me for me and that never makes me feel like I need to change or that I’m not good enough. So after this date, until I come across that genuine guy, I want absolutely nothing to do with dating, or guy’s ideology of what dating is.

And lastly for Lent, I am giving up tearing myself apart.

Time for me to end this post, as I just heard a knock on the door and it looks as if my sass and confidence has decided to move back into my apartment. Party time!

What I Did on Monday {{Recap}}

Cheers to a short work week, heck ya! I’m sitting here with my fingers crossed just hoping that this week will fly by, because all I want is to spend endless amount of time with my college girlfriends on a beach. With the countdown in full effect, I’m starting to really get prepared for the trip so that I’m not waiting until the night before I leave to get all of my essentials. Any who, here’s a look at my Monday!

After a late Sunday night, all I wanted to do was sleep in on Monday morning, but I still dragged my butt out of bed for an early morning workout. I got to the gym a few minutes after 6, and was extremely happy to see that roughly 6 people were there as well. It’s always the same group too that are there at 6 am on the weekend and on a holiday. One of the employees even made that comment to me last Saturday, that it’s always the same few dedicated people who come early when the rest of the world is sleeping. There’s just something so calming about killing a workout with less of a crowd, but with those that are chasing their goals.

So, my workout was a 20 minute HIIT run, followed by a tough back and bicep workout… with abs done at home!

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After my ab workout, I attempted making 2 protein shakes, but they just weren’t good, so I tossed that idea, took a shower and then dug into a bowl of banana oatmeal topped with peanut butter. I ate this while texting Lindsay about our respective Sunday’s.

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I spent the next few hours prepping food for the week, while Kip Moore’s Wild Ones cd played in the living room. Obsessed with this cd! It was then on to my parent’s house, where I spent several hours laying on their deck working on my tan and reading. Smiles brought to you by the other Kip.

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Around 11:30 I enjoyed a banana with the new Pumpkin Spice peanut butter from Nuts ‘n More. I won this off of a Periscope, so it tastes even better since it was free. 🙂 It is SO good though, and I highly recommend it!

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After showering around 2, I dug into lunch, which was spaghetti squash with chicken and salsa. I’m trying to finish up the spaghetti squash from the end of last week so that I don’t waste any food!image

I then headed back to my apartment to drop off my laundry, throw a dress on, and head out for Starbucks & shopping.

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Newburyport, Beach Day, Pool Party & Dates

Happy Labor Day! Like most of you guys out there, I’m off from work today, most likely working out, frolicking in the sun, and going out! I’ll do a full recap of my day tomorrow, but let’s dive into what my weekend looked like with some pictures!… It was a fabulously fun weekend! 🙂

Friday

Date night out in Newburyport. I love this quaint little city, and eating dinner with views of the water wasn’t too shabby! The date… not so much fun haha!

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Saturday

I was up bright & early at 5 am… gross! I had a lot of trouble sleeping, but I still got up to get a 3 mile run in. Around 8, Lindsay and I headed up to Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, NH, our favorite little beach, for a day in the sun. When we arrived at 9, there were only a few people there, so we were able to snag our favorite spot.

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We placed our bags and towels down and then took a walk along the beach, where we took pictures of the ocean and of the beautiful houses.

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Found my dream beach house. One day, one day!

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In 6 days we will be taking this same picture but in the Bahamas! 
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Just being a diva & loving life! This picture makes me happy for so many reasons. I feel confident, sassy, extremely happy, and complete.image

We headed out late afternoon, and by the time I got home, I was pretty wiped out. I spent my evening watching The Kennedy’s with my new man candle, because this is almost like having a sexy man on your couch with you, ha!

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Sunday

6 am workout, which included a 1 mile warm-up run, a chest and tricep workout, and then finished it up with a 1 mile run around the track right across from my apartment. I actually wasn’t lazy and walked from my apartment to the track instead of driving over.

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After my workout and breakfast, I headed to the outlets to snag some of the Labor Day sales, and boy did I do good!

Anne Taylor- Top $29.99 // 3 piece necklace $16 /// Jewel necklace $5.99

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Gap — Monochrome wrap sweater $21.59 // Bikini bottoms $.78

The sweater is extremely soft and comfortable, so thank goodness for a cold work office, which means that I don’t need to wait until the chillier days for this piece.

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I think my favorite deal of the day were the bikini bottoms for a whopping 78 cents. I mean, how can you not buy them, especially when they fit perfectly! 

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American Eagle — Aviator sunglasses with pink accents $9.57

My current pair of AE aviators are getting a bit beat up, so for less than $10, getting a new pair was well worth it!

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After shopping, I quickly grabbed my bikini at my apartment and headed up to my aunt & uncles for a pool party!

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Love these ones!image

Cousins!

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To cap off my busy and non-stop weekend, I ended my Sunday evening with an evening out! So much fun!

What has been your favorite part of Labor Day weekend so far?

Did you go to a bbq, pool party, beach, shopping?

Lisha’s Bridal Shower, Aloha, Running & Rock Climbing

What a fabulous weekend! My favorite part of my weekend was celebrating my best friend Lisha’s bridal shower! All of my Friday night was spent running last-minute errands for flowers and balloons and little tid bits, so the fun didn’t start until Saturday.

I set my alarm for 5 am on Saturday so that I could get my workout in before the shower started. I knew I wouldn’t go after, so 5 am was the only option. It was so nice to only have to share the gym with 5 other people, and when 2 of the 5 are hunks, oh it makes it even more fabulous! I completed a 2 mile run and an intense shoulder workout!

After a quick shake and bowl of oatmeal, I got dressed and was out the door with my Mom at 8:45.

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We arrived at Danversport Yacht Club around 9:45, and immediately began set-up with the mothers and the other bridesmaids, Melissa, Dana and Catherine. We all know Lisha differently, so this was really only our 2nd time together, but we all ended up putting together a perfect and beautiful bridal shower. The center pieces were my favorite. I mod podged vases with glitter and filled them with 2 versions of hydrangeas.

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Gifts, gorgeous cake, Alicia (Lisha) & JJ mugs.

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Maid of Honor & Bride-to-Be. LOVE my girl! <3

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I was pretty exhausted once we got home around 4, so I spent a few hours running a few errands {{returns & groceries}}, before settling in for a lazy evening.

I was up bright and early at 8, about an hour earlier than I had hoped, but I had a lot planned for Sunday, so an early day was in order. I immediately made a bowl of oatmeal, despite not being hungry, so that I could fuel up for my training run. I officially made a decision on my half marathon, so training has begun! I baked chicken in the oven for the week while I watched about an hour of The Big Bang Theory while my breakfast digested.

And then it was off! My training had 3-4 miles planned, but my legs felt the best that they have ever felt on a run. There was about an 80% chance of rain and the humidity was about 88%, so I was really worried what would happen on the run. I hit a slight side stitch around mile 3.5, but I worked on my breathing and it didn’t derail my run. I felt so good, and knew I wanted to keep going, so I pushed it to 4, and while heading home, I didn’t want to finish at 4.5 miles, so I did one little loop, and finished right at 5 miles.

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After my run, I showered, ate, did a little cooking, and was out the door for the first half of my Mom’s Mother’s Day gift. We went to see Aloha so that we could catch a chick flick and drool over Bradley Cooper. We both loved the movie! I would definitely see this in the theaters again, and will definitely be buying it on DVD when it comes out!

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Once I made it home, I had 30 minutes to grab a quick snack and change before R picked me up at 4 for a rock climbing date! No idea how he got me to agree to go rock climbing, but I did. When we arrived at Vertical Dreams, one of the guys took us over the a safety wall and taught us how to tie the necessary knots and to belay. R had his own gear, but this was new to me and I was feeling completely overwhelmed and immediately regretted my decision to say yes to rock climbing haha.

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Once we were given the okay to go climb, it was a lot less over-whelming. My first time up the wall I was absolutely nervous and by the time I got near the top, I was drenched in sweat from the heat and nervs. I’m so cute! We took turns climbing different walls, and about halfway through I really started loving it! After 2 quick hours, we headed out and grabbed dinner at the Tap House.

I didn’t get home until a little after 8, and after a 5 mile run and 2 hours of climbing, I was more than ready for bed. I finished up my book which I highly recommend, Summer Breeze, and was asleep by 9:30. All in all, it was such a fabulous weekend!

Have you ever gone rock climbing?

Did you run this weekend? How many miles? Trail/road/treadmill?

What book should I read next?

Friday Favorites: It Was a Fabulous Week

Hi guys! So happy that the weekend is already here! This week sure flew by, and it was 500X better than last week and in honor of a fabulous week, I want to share some of my favorite moments from the week!

Favorite Lunch:

Toast with homemade cinnamon sugar with an omelete. It was different from the norm, but good!

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Favorite Dinner:

Cheeseburger in a bowl! So easy, healthy and simple to make!

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Favorite Purchase:

SLAP Nutrition Peanut Butter Protein. Should be arriving tomorrow, fingers crossed!

Favorite Moment:

Monday night’s date. I smiled and laughed so hard all night long.

Favorite Workout:

Oh man, workouts have been on point this week! Speed work on Monday at the track, a killer leg workout on Tuesday, and a 3 mile run on Wednesday with negative splits. Really crushing workouts, so I cannot pick a favorite!

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Favorite Snack: 

The Pure Protein Chewy Chocolate Chip bar that I recently bought. It’s literally like cookie dough!

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Favorite Outfit:

Last night’s outfit for dinner at XO. A black lace dress with side cut-outs, paired with my fire-red Steve Madden heels.

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Favorite Gesture: 

Last night’s date. My date not only took the time to ask if I had food allergies or had any foods I didn’t like, and then not only planned the date, but made reservations at such a fancy restaurant. Not to mention, he researched and planned the date in a city 40 minutes away from him. I have to admit that I am loving this new crop of real men that I am meeting. Ladies, raise your standards and the good guys will find you!

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What was your favorite moment/meal/date of the week?