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Memorial Day Weekend “Staycation”

Three-day Memorial Day weekend was a huge success. I ate good food, relaxed by the pool, spent time with friends, did yardwork, QT with Sullie, taught and took yoga, CrossFitted and more. Now you know why I haven’t been around to update all weekend! I figured y’all were out having fun too so here’s an end of weekend check-in.

Friday night dinner was a burrito bowl with black beans, rice, ground turkey in taco seasoning, tomatoes, avocado, plain Greek yogurt and salsa.

Sullie and I enjoyed absolutely beautiful weather here in Charlotte and spent as much time outside as possible. On Saturday morning I ran and then took a yoga class from one of my favorite teachers who just happened to be subbing and then met a friend for lunch. We sat outside and caught up for an hour and a half! It had been a while!

I subbed out my Saturday lunch yoga class so that I could enjoy the day but I subbed for a friend at 5:15. Class was awesome! I was in a great mood thanks to a relaxed day. I came straight from the pool to teach yoga. I showed up at the studio in my bathing suit!

Saturday night dinner was pizza at Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar. I had the house-made lamb sausage pizza with goat cheese and eggplant. I love the fluffy crust with the big air bubbles. Pizza always hits the spot!

It’s so right to have ice cream when you eat pizza. I couldn’t resist a stop by Whole Foods for cookies and cream gelato after dinner. I had been craving ice cream all week and this did the trick.

I taught yoga on Sunday morning and then met a friend for coffee. When I got home I whipped up a quick brunch of sauteed spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes topped with two eggs and goat cheese. I had sliced avocado and strawberries on the side.

Brunch was followed by a crazy streak of productivity…I cleaned out the cabinet under the sink where I keep all my cleaning supplies, cleaned the kitchen, did two loads of laundry,ย vacuumedย the whole house, mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors and ran three miles. Then I went to the pool!

After pooltime I showered and went to Vivace for a yoga party to celebrate the new teacher trainee’s graduation. Seasonal salad with mixed greens, tangerine, cheese, pistachios and white balsamic vinaigrette.

And seared sea scallop risotto. Vivace always has this dish but it changes seasonally. It’s one of my favorite food combinations of all time so I always order it. This one featured saffron risotto, grilled asparagus, watermelon radish and arugula. It was beautiful!

This morning I went to Metro to do the Memorial Day Hero WOD. We did the Lumberjack 20.

20 Deadlifts (275lbs)
Run 400m
20 KB swings (2pood)
Run 400m
20 Overhead Squats (115lbs)
Run 400m
20 Burpees
Run 400m
20 Pullups (Chest to Bar)
Run 400m
20 Box jumps (24″)
Run 400m
20 DB Squat Cleans (45lbs each)
Run 400m

Yeah, that’s a lot. I finished in a little over 32 minutes and was the last to finish. It was tough and my body was like “no thank you” to CrossFit at 9 a.m. this morning.

Post-CrossFit recovery included a smoothie with strawberries, banana, mango, peaches, almond milk and protein powder.

I was crazy productive again today. After CrossFit I got my car washed and then went to Home Depot where I bought flowers and herbs. I spent almost FOUR hours in my backyard this afternoon cleaning the patio, clearing out beds, bagging leaves, planting things, etc. I am bug bitten and covered in dirt right now but it felt good to get it all done!

Cute flowers in the flower box on the back porch.

And flowers to brighten up the front porch!

Now I’m off to watch Hangover 3. I am so ready to shower and sit down! ๐Ÿ™‚

Did you staycation or travel? How was your Memorial Day Weekend?ย 

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  • 1
    Leslie Ann May 27, 2013, 6:05 pm

    We saw Hangover 3 last night – so inappropriate at times (“GAH why am I laughing?!”), but also hilarious:) We have a Wolfgang’s here in G’boro; my guy keeps wanting to try it! Looks like a great weekend!

    • 2
      Jen May 28, 2013, 12:17 pm

      omg, that first scene with the giraffe was too much! try out wolfgang puck. the pizza isn’t my favorite ever but cool ambiance and the salads/apps/desserts are killer.

  • 3
    Danielle May 27, 2013, 6:35 pm

    I really admire you for saying the workout was a lot and you finished last! You don’t often see that humility on fitness blogs. Looks like you had a great weekend! I’m in Canada so we had our long weekend last weekend. This weekend was lovely. Full of relaxation, coffee, reading the newspaper, catching up on some work, walks outside, and yoga!

    • 4
      Jen May 28, 2013, 12:18 pm

      hey danielle – thanks so much for saying that. i have really learned with crossfit that it’s not always about competing with others and that some days i will be first to finish and other days last. it’s not worth killing myself on a workout or sacrificing form to get a faster time.

      your weekend sounds so lovely!

  • 5
    Addy @ Six-Kick Switch May 27, 2013, 6:51 pm

    OMG Jen, you make me feel so guilty and unproductive ๐Ÿ™‚ What a lot of good stuff!

    • 6
      Jen May 27, 2013, 6:55 pm

      don’t feel guilty! i am NEVER home and off work for three days at a time so i took full advantage! don’t worry, i got lots of downtime, pooling and sleep in too!

  • 7
    Jenn May 27, 2013, 7:40 pm

    I was visiting Charlotte last month and biked by Vivace, the outdoor area looked like it would be so nice for dinner & drinks. Now I wish I’d gotten a chance to try it, scallops & risotto are two of my faves!

    • 8
      Jen May 28, 2013, 12:18 pm

      our party was outside on the patio. it was the perfect weather for it! you should check it out next time you’re in town!

  • 9
    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 27, 2013, 7:51 pm

    I love Staycations – especially the productive kind! That was definitely my weekend as well. Just getting caught up on things and relaxing for the most part! Love all the food in this post too… that pizza and ice cream look pretty much amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 10
    She Rocks Fitness May 27, 2013, 8:40 pm

    Staycation and I LOVED every second of it! It was nice to not worry about traveling, sleep in, run, soak up the sun, eat good food, and just RELAX. It of course went by way too quickly, but let’s bring on the short week and look forward to warm sunny days! XOXO

    • 11
      Jen May 28, 2013, 12:20 pm

      i know! the best part of the long weekend is having a short week. i’m so glad you had a nice staycation as well!

  • 12
    Katherine May 27, 2013, 10:27 pm

    Wow- Jen! Looks like a great wk/end ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

  • 13
    Jo @ Living Mint Green May 28, 2013, 8:06 am

    Aw, it’s times like this that make me miss working for an American company. I got all the US holidays off!
    That scallop dish looks seriously amazing – actually, all of your food photos do. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 14
      Jen May 28, 2013, 12:20 pm

      it was definitely a good weekend of eating!

  • 15
    Linda May 28, 2013, 9:40 am

    Love Vivace’s scallops and the combination with the watermelon sounds delicious! I might need to get there sooner rather than later!

    • 16
      Jen May 28, 2013, 12:21 pm

      it was watermelon radish so not watermelon the fruit but it made for really pretty presentation. i can never get away from ordering the scallops when i go there. so good!

  • 17
    Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin May 28, 2013, 10:35 am

    Looks like an absolutely perfect weekend!! Especially the pool time and yoga. I had a great weekend too with lots of good food, friends, family, and relaxation.

    • 18
      Jen May 28, 2013, 12:22 pm

      hayley – so happy you had a relaxing fun weekend too! i need more pool in my life this summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 19
    Melissa May 28, 2013, 12:18 pm

    OMG every meal you pictured in this post made me drool. especially the first one with the taco seasoned turkey bowl. What a great idea. I am happy to have found your blog!

    • 20
      Jen May 28, 2013, 12:22 pm

      melissa – thanks! glad you got some inspiration from the food. thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 21
    Ashley May 28, 2013, 2:00 pm

    Sounds like you had an awesome holiday weekend! I, too, love spending time outside, planting flowers and especially herbs! There is something therapeutic about being out in nature!

  • 22
    Hilda May 29, 2013, 11:25 am

    You always have the best looking avocados!

  • 23
    J May 29, 2013, 5:37 pm

    Jen, I recreated your burrito bowl for dinner last night… and then leftovers for lunch. It was delish!! Thanks for the idea!

    • 24
      Jen May 29, 2013, 5:44 pm

      yay! glad it was a hit. i love bowl creations!

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