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Happy Veterans Day + Weekend Part Two

I have so much thanks and gratitude for all of those who have served and are currently serving our country. Both of my grandfathers served in the military (one was a West Point grad!) and my mom has been a social worker for the V.A. for over 20 years now. She has worked in multiple capacities ranging from drug and alcohol counseling to running homeless programs to serving as a case worker and making home visits to vets to help them stay on track and with anything they need.


Here in Charlotte I am so proud to share that Y2 Yoga participates in Yoga for Vets year round. This program is meant to help vets combat returning home and war-related stress through yoga. What an amazing program.

So picking back up with the weekend updates…


I had pretty much the best Saturday night ever. I worked until about 6:30 and then made a cheese plate with this selection from Trader Joe’s.


I don’t think anything can top truffle cheese.


After cheese I had a glass of wine and an appetizer before an 8 p.m. massage. These are zucchini chips.


Going into the massage I was having a lot of tension in my neck and IT bands. The massage was everything I wanted it to be and more. My therapist was great and I left a little after 9 p.m. feeling relaxed and unknotted. I came home and watch We Are The Millers before passing out for the night. Highly recommend this movie. It was so funny and an easy watch.


I taught my 9:15 a.m. yoga class at Y2 on Sunday morning and then hit up Whole Foods for brunch which became more veggie plate lunch for me. I loved everything on my plate!


I spent the afternoon cleaning and working before heading out for a 4.25 mile run. The weather was awesome. We had a staff brand training meeting at the studio and then I came home and made dinner. Wild caught salmon salad with mixed greens, golden beets, toasted pecans, goat cheese, avocado, dried cranberries and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I toasted a piece of sourdough on the side.

Lots to knock out this afternoon including a photo shoot! 😛 Off to be productive.

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles November 11, 2013, 1:14 pm

    I had lunch at Whole Foods yesterday too and OMG – the vegetables I piled into my box were so delicious and I am still thinking about them!

  • Shashi November 11, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Delish weekend eats! Your mom is a wonderful lady!

  • Alyssa November 11, 2013, 1:38 pm

    That salad looks amazing! Motivating me to add some salads to my weekly menu this week! Tough when it’s chilly 🙂 I also love the Y2 yoga for vets program. Wish more places would do this! Awesome!!

  • April November 11, 2013, 3:21 pm

    That salad looks divine! Would you share your recipe for the salmon and for the homemade balsamic vinaigrette? 🙂

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy November 11, 2013, 3:30 pm

    You can’t beat a good cheese plate!

  • She Rocks Fitness November 11, 2013, 3:55 pm

    So grateful for our service men and women. I think sometimes we take our freedom for granted and it is great to see so many people paying tribute to them today and everyday. That yoga photo of them is AWESOME! Ah a delicious cheese platter…Nom Nom!

  • Danielle Diede November 11, 2013, 4:24 pm

    Very nice tribute to the Veterans, that is always nice to see support for them. Also, I would really love that homemade balsalmic recipe as well! 🙂

  • Katherine November 11, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Oh my goodness does that salad ever look delicious! Just wondering how you seasoned/cooked the salmon? Definitely plan on recreating this!

  • Brittany @ Proteinandpumps November 11, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Oh a massage sounds fabulous right now…it’s been too long. Can’t wait to read about your photo shoot fun!

  • Emi November 11, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Jen, wondering if you’ve seen this article (http://m.theatlanticwire.com/business/2013/11/lululemon-founder-knows-liberated-women-caused-breast-cancer/71373/) based on comments by Lululemon’s founder. It sure changes my view on Lulu and I hope ambassadors have a way to respond to such degrading, chauvinistic remarks by the company’s founder.

    • Julia November 12, 2013, 8:30 am

      I read a similar article on the Lululemons founder as well, disappointing for sure! I, too, am a bit curious as to how Lulu ambassadors are reacting or feeling as I am sure his viewpoints are in stark contrast to yours and your co-workers and what you guys represent!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen November 11, 2013, 9:19 pm

    That looks like an amazing program for War Vets to be a part of. The cheese plate, veggie plate, and massage all look fabulous as well! Yay for another awesome weekend 🙂

  • Jessica November 11, 2013, 11:58 pm

    What a great idea for the Vets- a treat for the body and soul, the latter of which is too often ignored! It was good to see your tribute today 🙂

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