In The Street + In The Woods

Ahhh…. what a weekend. So sorry to see it end- but it gets me so excited for fall weather, and all of the fun stuff coming up over the next two months, including:

- attending this conference and getting to see this gal and this gal

- a possible overnight trip to Rehoboth Beach and finally touring this brewery (I’ve been to two of the restaurants many times, but never the actually brewery in Lewes!)

- heading to Boston for my step-brother-in-law’s wedding, and finally hanging out with my friend Amanda (!!!!!!)

- cheering this gal and her hubby on during the Marine Corps marathon (by the way- check out my guest post on her blog here!)

… and lots of apple pickin’, pumpkin carvin’ and beer drinkin’, fall-lovin’ activities!

…but let’s get back to this past weekend for now.

Saturday started the way that all Saturdays should- sleeping in and not waking up to an alarm. After a lazy morning, Greg and I eventually made our way out of the house and hit up the farmer’s market and then went straight over to the In The Street festival downtown. This event happens every year, and I’ve been going since I was a child.

They block off about 9 blocks of the main street downtown (Market Street), which is filled with music, food and local businesses and vendors. It’s pretty cool! And luckily this year it wasn’t too crowded or hot out, like it has been in the past. Almost immediately upon arriving, something caught my eye: a local Acupuncture business giving free mini sessions! Acupuncture is something that I have always wanted to do, so I stepped right up. You get just a basic “stress point” trial and sit in a chair for as long as you wanted- and you got a free appointment for doing so.

Greg wasn’t interested in trying it- I guess he was afraid of the needles. :) It didn’t hurt at all though- just a little tingly at first. I had little needles on the top of my wrists, hands, knees and ankles.

Ahhh… I could have sat there all afternoon! I felt the tiniest bit nauseous for a moment, and then I just felt good… and sleepy.

About fifteen minutes later, I actually did leave that chair- and I booked an appointment for TODAY. I’ll be sure to report back on how that all went tomorrow.

Right as I got up out of the chair, I spotted my friends Sara and Kim, along with their families, so I ran over to join them.

Both of these gals take my Bodypump classes on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, so it’s always fun to see each other when we’re not all sweaty and in gym clothes.

Sara’s lovely little girls were there too, and are always ready to pose for a picture.

I love those little goofballs!

Kim is expecting her first child this winter- so exciting!!

We walked around a little bit more and checked out the various vendors…

There were SO many good food vendors around, but the skies started getting really dark, so we thought it would be best to just head back  home.

A crazy storm came through, but was pretty much over by early evening. Greg and I had planned on making some meatballs for dinner and headed out to the store to grab a few missing ingredients. On the way, we passed the Vietnamese place near our house and both agreed that Pho would be so much better. So, we made a quick change of plans and got carry-out.

Ahhh… it was so nice to have this awesome meal and not have to make any of it (except for a little assembling of course). I always order Pho Ga (chicken) with a side of steamed broccoli. The broccoli added to the soup is SO good- I highly recommend it. We also always get an order of summer rolls, which are to die for.

My “Vietnamese Chicken Soup”

SO filling. SO tasty. I have missed not having Pho in my life all summer.

We watched Forks Over Knives after dinner, which I’ve been wanting to see (and read!) forever! As you know, I’m not vegan, but I am definitely a fan of a plant-based diet for myself, with most vegetables, legumes and grains (I know this makes Paleo-people gasp!) with a little bit of meat. Greg and I both really enjoyed the movie, and it makes me want to try a vegan experiment in our house. I’m not really one for eliminating anything from my diet that I enjoy eating, but I am curious to see if removing all animal products (including eggs and dairy- definitely the hardest for me to give up) would make me feel more energized and improve any other health aspects. I’ve done this just for a couple days in a row in the past, but it would have been a lot different if Greg was on board. For the first time ever, he actually seems interested in trying it out… hmm…. stay tuned for details about that later. :)


Sunday started too early. I was up at 7 am to hit the gym for a bit before teaching my Spinning class at 8. I had designed this little workout the night before, and was excited to try it out!

After 3 quick rounds of that, I was a hot, sweaty mess! Add 22+ miles from Spinning, and I was feeling good!

I quickly rushed home to shower and change and head out to meet some friends for a hike down at Black Hills Park. Greg went too- but not to hike- he rides trails down there, and it was a perfect day to be on the bike!

I met up with Ashley and Katy- and it was so good to see them! I am not very familiar with that side of the park, so I really didn’t know anything about the trails. We just kind of picked a starting point and kept walking- and it worked out nicely!

It was SUCH a beautiful day. It was really great to hike with these two girls, and I always really enjoy spending time outdoors with friends.

Greg has biked all over the park on some dirt paths, and then met up with us right at the end. :)

We left the park and parted ways with the girls to do a little grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I spotted something at Trader Joe’s that I KNOW many of you will be excited about.

Even though I am not a fan of flavored yogurt, I had to get one to try out- and had a quick bite of it as soon as I got home. It’s pretty high in sugar (but probably not much higher than other flavored yogurts, I guess)- but doesn’t taste overly sweet. I’d probably still mix it in with some plain Greek yogurt when I eat it.

We got home mid-afternoon, and Greg quickly retired to the couch to catch the New England game, which he had DVR’d (he had been avoiding Facebook all day as to not see any spoilers!)- and his team won! We’ll see how my Ravens fare tomorrow night….

‘Twas an awesome weekend overall except for ONE thing. The mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder was in town this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday (just a few miles from my house) and caused such crazy traffic (due to very poor planning) that they actually canceled the event for Sunday! A group of my friends had been training for it since last winter and were SO pumped for it and were scheduled for an 8 am start time on Sunday- and didn’t get to do it. (They tried talking both Greg and I into signing up, but neither of us really loved the idea of jumping into an ice bath or running through live electrical wires…) There are a LOT of disappointed people around here (just check out the Tough Mudder Facebook page and comments!)- and many people sat in traffic for hours yesterday and missed their start time- and were not refunded. I am pretty sure that they will have to be- apparently tens of thousands of people didn’t get to do it.

Just had to mention that.

Have a fabulous week- it’s your last chance to enter the KIND giveaway, as I will choose a winner tonight!

What did you do this weekend? If you’re not vegan- ever think of experimenting with a vegan diet to see how it makes you feel? Would you ever do the Tough Mudder (or have you before)?


  1. What a packed weekend! It’s too bad about the Tough Mudder . . . I participated in the Dirty Girl Mud Run a few months ago. We had a blast! It was very well organized and a lot of fun. It’s not quite as intense as the Tough Mudder (more of an obstacle course than a torture chamber). :)

  2. You are really making me crave a hot bowl of noodle soup…for the first time in months, my apartment is actually cold! Time to break out my slippers and fleece!

    I would obviously support a vegan experiment. :) It’s hard to give up things like dairy and eggs, but I know I personally feel a million times better (lighter, more energetic) when I stick to a plant-based diet. I love love love frozen yogurt (much more than cheese), but my stomach just can’t handle it, and there are so many awesome non-dairy alternatives out there. Maybe commit to a couple of weeks without animal products and see how you feel? I’d be curious to see what you think!

  3. I have been meaning to watch Forks Over Knives for months now, I should get around to doing that. While I’m vegetarian (not vegan though), I do enjoy eating 90% plant based diet and only having eggs and fish on occasion. And my weekend was spent with my study materials…today I start diving into the tough stuff!

    • Oh man, isn’t the studying fun? I’ve been at it for about 6 weeks now, all day, every day. Only a few more weeks to go… I know it pays off though! (I just can’t wait to not be sitting in front of a computer all day anymore!)

  4. I’d be interested to hear how your plant-based experiment goes. About a year ago I watched Forks over Knives and went vegan cold-turkey. I was already eating a fairly plant-strong diet with the occasional piece of chicken/fish/turkey, skim milk in my coffee, eggs 1x/week, and maybe 1 hamburger a month.
    Oh my gosh – it was tough. I ended up eating a lot of high-calorie plant foods (beans, nut butters, etc) and gained about 5 lbs, became anemic, etc. I finally had to stop. I feel so much better now that I went back to my “normal” way of eating.
    I think it’s something that is really personal and you have to do what’s best for you and your body!

    • You nailed it with that last sentence! Everyone’s bodies are different and react differently to certain foods. I get really annoyed when people think that what works for them should work for every other person. That’s cool that you tried a vegan diet and now you KNOW that it’s not the best thing for you. At least you have an educated opinion!

  5. Ooooh that sounds like a lovely weekend! I don’t think I could ever (or would want to) give up eggs or dairy. It’s such a lovely staple in my life, & I think it’s slightly ridic to give up entire food groups. But that’s just me ;)

    YAY for a fun hike with friends!

    • I completely agree that giving up an entire food group that you love to eat is silly- I’m simply curious to see if I feel “better” or “more energized” from omitting certain things from my life. Trust me… I roll my eyes a bit whenever I hear someone who has just started Paleo preach to me about how “horrible” legumes and grains are for my body.

  6. Yay – can’t wait to hang out with you in October too!! I’m glad you guys enjoyed Forks Over Knives, it’s a great documentary and has changed so many lives. Can’t wait to hear more about your experiment! :)

    • I know that you are definitely someone that has felt BETTER from eating a plant based diet. Everyone reacts differently! I’m sure I’ll talking to you about this (at a vegan restaurant in DC).

  7. Ahhh! I’d be totally freaked out by the needles!!!! Scary!!! That workout looks awesome.

  8. I love acupuncture!!! It is so relaxing! I highly recommend it. I was vegan for years. Now, I do eat eggs and fish. I felt great on it. I am allergic to dairy anyway, and I don’t care for the taste of meat. I couldn’t imagine going without eggs now though!!

    • I love eggs. And I can’t imagine that I would feel any different (or better) if I didn’t eat them. I’m just curious to find out, though. I could definitely give up meat before eggs and dairy. No contest!

  9. Looks like a fun weekend! I’ve always been kind of freaked out by acupuncture. I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to needles though I’m typically getting my blood drawn at every doctor’s apt.

    You guys looked like you were having fun on your hike!

    • Needles don’t bother me- and the acupuncture needles are SO tiny and don’t go far below the surface. You should try it!!

  10. You’re going to cheer Heather?! I wanna come toooo! And I’m totally jealous of that Volt booth.

  11. Ohhhh come up here! You can stay with me! :) Just a quick little weekend getaway! :)


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