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Gameday Returns

Happy GAMEDAY! College football kicks off this weekend and we’re heading to the first Georgia football game of the season today!

When you grow up in Georgia,  it’s pretty hard not to become a University of Georgia football fan. Bulldog football is literally a religion in this state and engrained in you from a young age. If this tells you anything, the first gift that we buy for any of our fellow Georgia friends who are expecting is always some sort of Bulldog onesie, bib or socks.

Brandon and I both attended the University of Georgia. We met our junior year and  he’s been my gameday date ever since. 😉 (When you’re in school it’s a big deal for guys to ask girls to be dates for football games…silly!)

The first game this year is actually in Atlanta and not Athens because it’s the SEC Kickoff Game. It’s going to be weird to be in the Georgia Dome instead of Samford Stadium but I’m still excited to see the Bulldogs play!

I left work a little early yesterday so that we could hit the road to Atlanta. Car snackage (that prevented me from eating junk like the Flaming Hot Munchies that my husband purchased at a gas station!)  included…

Leftover quinoa with spinach, avocado, feta and greek yogurt.

And a Gingerade Kombucha…mmm…

I got a little bored during the trafficky four-hour trip so I started taking pictures of Sullie and playing with Instagram.

Our friends were having a cookout so we went straight there when we finally arrived in Atlanta.

It was so good to have everyone together again. My friend Meghan and her fiance Josh even flew in from San Diego for the game (and that’s Meghan with Brandon…not Josh, obviously!).

Dinner was delicious and we joked about how far our parties have come…what was once Bud Light and pizza has now become craft beer, wine and good home cooked food.

There were burgers and hotdogs but I loaded my plate up with the sides. I also baked salted fudge brownies and peanut butter chocolate chip bars but didn’t snap a picture…although I did eat quite a few!

My sweet pup wasted no time making herself at home and was more than happy to help with clean up efforts. Does anyone else’s dog lick the dishwasher. Sullie is a freak about it!

We finally headed to my parents house around midnight and crashed. I slept really well but I was wide awake at 7:30 so I decided to get a run in before everyone got moving.

I had a great run and got in almost five (super hilly!) miles.

Breakfast was plain greek yogurt with honey, a sliced apricot, toasted walnuts and dried fruit. I also had a slice of Great Harvest Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Walnut toast.

Time to get decked out in red and black and meet our friends for a day of tailgating and football! 😀 😀 😀


Are you a college football fan? If so, who is your team!?

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  • Jessica September 3, 2011, 11:19 am

    I went to UGA and I’ll be at the game today too. GO DAWGS!!

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:29 am

      jessica – sad that we lost but still a fun day! go dawgs! 🙂

  • JennyV September 3, 2011, 11:33 am

    IOWA!! 🙂

  • Laura @ southern girl bakes September 3, 2011, 11:38 am

    I’m a Georgia girl (and grad) too! Go Dawgs! I won’t be at the game… just watching from home.

    And if you like OAR, they’ll be playing at Centennial as part of the Kickoff Game this afternoon.

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:30 am

      laura – great to hear from a fellow bulldog fan. sad that we didn’t win last night but still glad that football season is back!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 3, 2011, 12:04 pm

    I’ll trade rum buckets at the Pike house for home-cooked food and wine any day! Have so much fun- I know a ton of people who will be at the dome, and I’m sure it will be a BLAST even if it isn’t in Athens 🙂

    Wish I was there, too!

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:31 am

      haha…you know that i spent my fair share of time at the pike house too…things have definitely been stepped up a bit since those days 😉

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 3, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Oh, and duh, GO DAWGS!!! 🙂

  • Jessica W. September 3, 2011, 12:57 pm

    GO DAWGS! I graduated from Georgia in 2002! I’ll be watching the game from my in-laws’ house in Charlotte. Have fun in ATL!!

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:32 am

      jessica – great to hear from you! sad that we didn’t win but still so much fun to cheer on the dawgs!

  • Melissa September 3, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Go Dawgs!!! Enjoy the game!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad September 3, 2011, 3:56 pm

    my school didn’t have a football team but basketball is HUGE. so, i (sorta!) know how you feel!

    enjoy the game and your weekend!

  • Mary Ann September 3, 2011, 4:02 pm

    Enjoy the beginning of football season. I’m writing from Buckeye country so we are going through a bit of a transition (thanks Tressel) and hope the magic will return sooner with our new coach. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. You are doing a fantastic job mixing your personal journey with great nutrition and fitness advice. And I love to see pictures of Sullie. Have a great long weekend.

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:34 am

      mary ann – i am sorry about what’s going on with your team right now and hope that things get back to normal soon.

      thanks for the kind words about my blog. i’m really trying to work to make it a little more fitness focused versus just “this is what i do” so stay tuned! 🙂

  • Sana September 3, 2011, 4:03 pm

    I love hearing about how you and Brandon met, too cute!

  • Nancy September 3, 2011, 4:15 pm

    Grew up in south Georgia & love the Dawgs! Even have an adorable mutt named Georgia…I bet she & Sullie would be good friends. 😉 I actually live in Gator-land now, so I’m all alone rooting for the Dawgs down here…even my husband is a UF fan. But they’re still my team!

    I have been reading your blog for over a year, but I have yet to comment. Nothing like football to get a comment out of me! You are such an inspiration for healthy living…I really enjoy reading & look foward to your daily updates. 🙂

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:35 am

      nancy – thanks so much for your comment. it is great to hear from you! love that football brought the comment out. very appropriate for us SEC fans, huh? 😉

      you are brave for maintaining your bulldog status in gator-land. stay with it! 🙂

  • Allison September 3, 2011, 4:31 pm

    I LOVE college football. I’m a Gator fan, although I’m rooting for Georgia tonight. My boyfriend is from Georgia but sadly is a notre dame fan (wish he was a UGA fan for some SEC rivalry). Have fun at the game tonight. Oh, and my dog does the same thing to the dishwasher.:-)

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:36 am

      allison – thanks for commenting even though we are arch rivals! 😉

      that would be fun if your BF was a georgia fan…would make for fun GA/FL games!

  • Alexandra Armentrout September 3, 2011, 5:11 pm

    i love hearing about you and brandon’s early dating days too! you guys seem so cute! and i’m a virginia tech hokies fan!! woo!

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:36 am

      aw, thanks. maybe i’ll share a little story on how we met one day.

  • Megan@eatmybeets September 3, 2011, 6:14 pm

    I purchased my first ever kombucha drink today! And it was the same as your’s – Gingerade. So good! I love the zing it has. I ilk ethe old picture! It’s funny to look back and see how you’ve (the general you’ve) changed over time.

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:37 am

      megan – this was my first time trying the gingerade flavor. i usually just get gingerberry but i really liked it!

  • Cate September 3, 2011, 7:27 pm

    My whole family (except for me) graduated from University of Oregon so I pretty much have to love the Ducks! I sometimes wish I’d gone to a school where football was a bigger deal…my college had a team but they were really bad and nobody at school cared about their games

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:38 am

      cate – i was exited to see your comment yesterday. the first thing i thought was, “i guess she’s not in labor yet!” 😉

  • samantha @ the more i run September 3, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Am I the first Auburn fan to comment? War Eagle! 🙂

  • lori September 3, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Auburn grad and fan here! War Eagle…but pulling for UGA as I type this!

  • Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 3, 2011, 10:51 pm

    YAY!! I hope y’all are having fun watching the game. I was at the IOWA game this morning and really enjoy college football. My boyfriend and I wont make it back to IOWA for many games, but we never miss watching the Hawkeyes on TV. Today was fun, despite the rain delay.

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:38 am

      we don’t make it back for many games either so we try to really soak it in when we do!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 3, 2011, 11:43 pm

    RTR 🙂

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:38 am

      oh matt, i had a feeling i would hear from you! 😉

  • Holly @ Pink Runner September 4, 2011, 10:41 am

    I just had a Gingerade yesterday 🙂 I think that and Gingerberry are my absolute favorite! You’ve got me addicted!

    • Jen September 4, 2011, 11:39 am

      i love the ginger flavors too! they are my faves!

  • Rhona @ Redwinerunner.co.uk September 5, 2011, 7:03 am

    Texas Longhorns baby! Hook ’em!
    I miss College football so much…along with everything else about living in Texas, obviously. One day I will earn enough money to happily pay the £40 a month to get ESPN America so I can watch football again here in Scotland.

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