2013… that’s going to take some getting used to! I predict that I will spend the entire month of January drawing a little curvy line on the bottom of the number 2 to turn it into a 3.
New Year’s was great this year! We got together with a few friends over at one of their houses and had lots of festive food and drinks, and I actually stayed awake until midnight (but promptly passed out a few moments later). I took it easy on the beverages, but still felt a little “blah” the next day. That could also be from sleeping in so late and the fact that the weather outside was icky and gray. Greg and I could have easily just laid around all day, but instead we finally got up and made some breakfast. Over a little too much indulgence the night before, it felt good to eat a little more mindfully the next day!
The day began with this.
And there was a lot more water throughout the entire day.
I made a PB&J smoothie for breakfast, which had frozen banana and strawberries, peanut flour, almond milk, guar+xanthan gum and ice.
I added a little bit of spinach after I took this picture, because the color was much prettier before it was added. I also cleaned off my Vitamix once I saw how dirty it was!
For years, we’ve gone hiking on New Year’s Day. Luckily, the weather has always been on our side. It was cold out, but actually pretty perfect for hiking. So, after breakfast, we headed down to one of our favorite places to hike in the DC Metro area: the Billygoat Trail!
Greg and I love this trail because there’s quite a bit of rock scrambling. It challenges your balance, coordination and confidence for sure!
This is my favorite part of the trail- a super steep rock that you either have to climb up or down, depending on which trail you start on. It’s a lot easier to go up (which is what we did).
It’s typically super crowded on weekends, but today was definitely a lot lighter. There were a few kayakers out though!
I had packed a very simple picnic lunch… one which seems to be our standard fare for picnicing. We waited until we were almost near the end of the trail to eat and climbed up on a rock to enjoy a great view.
Any meal that you eat during a hike always tastes like the best meal ever.
For dinner, I cooked Greg his usual birthday request: filet mignon, mashed potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts with bacon. (This was his plate.)
Since I prefer sweet potatoes to white potatoes any day, I had one of those instead.
There wasn’t any birthday cake, because Greg’s not a big fan. That was kind of a relief to me, as I’ve had more than my fair share of sugar over the last two weeks! It felt good to go back to my standard “dessert.”
A Concorde Pair (best ever!!) and a glass of Candy Cane Lane tea.
2013 is off to a delicious start!