Hi friends! How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?
My weekend was busy, but with super fun holiday activities, so let’s get right down to business. I also have my weekly meal plan for you guys, as well as a half-marathon training check-in.
Friday after work, I hurried home and got ready to attend a holiday party for Felix’s work. It was the annual TJAG Holiday Party, and it was such a fun time, as always!
We spent the evening with some of our military friends and enjoyed cocktails and a photo shoot after said cocktails, which resulted in this:
I felt like I looked like Ms. Christmas in my 40’s-inspired skirt. The best part? It was only $20 from ThredUp and came new with tags. Bargain shopper for life.
Speaking of bargains…
Hop on this! You can seriously purchase an entire outfit for $50, and with all of the holiday events this month, you can keep lookin’ fresh without completely breaking the bank. I’m a huge fan of Thredp. Clearly. 🙂 If you purchase something with my code, comment and let me know what you bought!
All in all, Friday was such a fun way to kick off the month of December. I love accompanying Felix to military events, especially when we have an excuse to get fancy and mingle. It was a great time. Good job, Air Force!
Saturday started with an early morning wakeup and some blog work + coffee in bed, a.k.a my happy place. If you follow me on Instagram and caught my stories, you’d notice I had a little assistant by my side as well.
Originally, this day was supposed to be our 5-miler, but we opted to push the run to Sunday so we could get a jump start on our day.
First stop: the Holiday Market in Downtown DC!
The Downtown Holiday Market in DC is such a festive and fun way to shop local, support your community and get into the holiday spirit, and we had a blast walking around and stopping by each tent.
One of my favorites was an artist’s tent whose medium was wood and each were painted with inspirational quotes and words of encouragement. I absolutely loved it. I even got choked up a couple of times.
You can find more of her work here.
After browsing the market for awhile, we popped into Fado’s Irish Pub for some food, drinks and the Manchester United game for Felix. I enjoyed a Moscow Mule + pita and hummus and a jerk chicken sandwich.
We left DC around 3 p.m. to head back to Old Town, because we had a Holiday Boat Parade of Lights to catch with our friends!
We walked to the parade from our apartment and enjoyed seeing all of the boats decked out in beautiful light displays. If I’ve learned anything since moving to Old Town, it’s that if there’s an excuse to get festive, they will. #SoStarsHollow
After the parade, we grabbed dinner at one of our favorite pizza spots, Lost Dog Cafe, and I ordered one of my favorite sandwiches, which is BBQ chicken on a sub with muenster cheese, avocado and jalepeños.
Everything was going fine, until I made the bonehead move to ALSO order a vanilla milkshake.
Why was this a bonehead move, you ask?
BECAUSE I’M LACTOSE INTOLERANT.
You see, I’ve had an aversion to milk and dairy my entire life. Consuming dairy would leave me in crippling pain as a child, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s seemed to subside a bit. I’ve definitely been decking the halls lately and enjoying quite a bit of dairy in the form of cranberry-crusted goat cheese salad, eggnog daiquiris and Saturday night, a vanilla milkshake that made me question EVERY DECISION IN MY LIFE.
Long story short, I ran out of the restaurant for fresh air, ran back inside to the bathroom and then ran into my apartment building and spent the rest of the evening hating myself. And this all happened within twenty minutes of each other. I felt like Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids. TMI? Yes. Reality? Most definitely.
Lesson learned. No more dairy for me.
I woke up Sunday morning feeling so much better, and after having coffee and a homemade pumpkin scone, Felix and I hit the gym for our five mile run.
I watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Winter (because I am obsessed with Gilmore Girls in case you couldn’t tell) and breezed right through it. It was a strong run! I felt good.
The rest of the evening was spent grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning the apartment. We’re also trying to finalize our Christmas travel plans. We know we’ll be in New Orleans on Christmas Day, but we’ve kind of been itching to travel lately and are looking into a super speedy two-day trip to Toronto. Ever been? Have any recommendations?
Weekly Meal Plan
Breakfasts: smoothies, boiled eggs for F and homemade pumpkin and/or banana bread via Making Thyme for Health (MTFH)
Lunches: dinner leftovers + large salads
Snacks: fruit and Rx Bars
Dinners: stuffed peppers, farro salad with lemon tahini (also MTFH!), stuffed shells with cashew “ricotta cheese” and spaghetti squash with tofu and mashed sweet potatoes
Weekly Workouts + Half-Marathon Training Week 2
Week two is down and was a strong one! Here are the workouts I did each day. Note: Saturday was a rest day and Sunday was the 5-miler + abs in the evening.
I’m excited to enter week three on Monday! We have a 6-miler on Saturday and will be trying Gu for the first time. Have you tried Gu as pre-run and intra-run fuel? I’d love to know your thoughts!
That’s all I have for you, friends! I hope you have an excellent week and I’ll be back later in the week to check in! As always, you can follow me on Instagram for daily life happenings and like PBS on Facebook to stay in the loop with topics not mentioned on the blog.
Have a great week!
Question of the Day!
Do you have a food intolerance and a horror story to share? In hindsight, they can be kind of funny, right? #barfinginpublicrestooms
What was one highlight from your weekend?