A Weekend of Projects, Eats and Downtime

Happy Monday everyone ūüôā ¬†I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you’re at.

It was a quiet weekend in our household, filled with projects, fun with friends, some activity and lots of downtime.  Where should we begin?


Zach and I were hosting a couple friends over the weekend, both for dinner and to see the new home, so we were inspired by projects.  Quite a few projects.


Our first task was figuring out some storage solutions for our one small bathroom. ¬†We went to Target to check out our options, and ended up being a little creative with what we came out with. ¬†In the end, we now have a cute little shelf that includes area for small storage, and a hamper {which we are actually currently using to store clean towels…not how it’s intended but it works}.

While we both agree it was smaller than we thought it would be, we also like that it brightens up the small space and does add functionality.  Win win.


And secondly, after much ado with Pottery Barn, Zach and I built and put up our bar that really separates the living and dining area. ¬†While this project didn’t take too long, it really made a huge different in how our space feels {I promise, eventually I will do a house tour}.



Friday was a complete rest day, which equaled me being totally lazy and not knowing what to do with myself, ha.

Saturday: Zach and I ran a 10k around our neighborhood, which is the last run of it’s distance before the relay. ¬†Thankfully the heat was manageable and we were able to tackle this run without too many issues. ¬†Unfortunately, we did forget to stop and start the Garmin at multiple points, so we have no true context of splits, but let me tell ya I felt fast for the first 5k!

Sunday: Woke up and did my new favorite easy morning upper body routine and followed it up with the Advanced Yoga Routine (45 minutes) on Nike Training Club later in the afternoon.

{Taper is killing me . . . for reals}

Some Good Eats


LOTS of GF toast was consumed.  Lots


Delish eggs and fruit


Lots of fruit


Chips and homemade guac and salsa


And made from scratch GF cookies that were AWESOME if I do say so myself.



And lots and lots of downtime.


Lots ūüôā ‚̧

After a good mix of relaxing and downtime, Zach and I soaked up every last minute of weekend we have before a crazy short week.

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Zach did some gardening {the boy loves his projects}

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The furballs rested

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We ate left overs from the dinner party

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And watched some more of our current obsession while I enjoyed some hot tea to relax {gotta hydrate this week}

I love the weekend ūüôā

Are you enjoying the last few weekends of Summer?  

I Really Wanted Gluten. In a Bad Way.

Yesterday I faced my first REAL foodie challenge since working to cut gluten out of my diet about a month ago. Disclaimer:  I have had gluten in the form of beer and accidental small eats since going gluten free, I am aware of this.  But in the months time I have all but cut it out of my normal daily diet.  Just want to preface.

Dinner Last Night

Yesterday was a truly SNACKY day for me. ¬†I didn’t capture nearly all of my eats because most of them were just bites here and there from the fridge or cabinet, but good LORD something had gotten into me yesterday. ¬†Here’s just a sampling of my goodies.

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Woke up and started the day off well with a smoothie

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Had a bunch of trail mix that was left over from our hike but still totally delicious

And not pictured:  Cinnamon bears and gummies, Gluten Free crackers.  All day. 

By the time we got around to dinner, I knew I needed something nutritional in my diet, so I decided to stick with a salad and tuna burger.

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The salad started with garden greens, tomatoes, and crumbled soft cheese.

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And simply topped it with crumbed tuna burger and a piece of bacon.  It was actually really delicious, but MAN did I have some food envy when I saw what my hubby was making.

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Homemade pizza.  With fresh basil, tomatoes and bacon.

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Holy colorful, and holy YUM. ¬† Like I mentioned, this was the first time since cutting gluten that I really struggled with my choices, but in the end I knew my body was already unhappy with me for a week of snacking through training, and I stuck with my guns. ¬†But lemme tell ya, it wasn’t easy.

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My sweet tooth still kicked in later in the evening, but I wanted to be conscious about what I ate since I had been so off the wall with my eats earlier.    I ended up eating a piece of gluten free toast with honey roasted peanut butter and a couple chocolate chips.  This did the trick, and even tempted Zach so in the end I actually had 1.5 because I split another with the boy :).

Looking back on it, I think I struggled with my eats yesterday primarily for two reasons.

One:  It was a rest day.

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My biggest activity of the day was taking the pup on his afternoon and evening walk {but SCORE, I found this little free library a few blocks from my house.  How adorable is this?} and going to CostCo

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{Oddly enough normally I’m extremely tempted by samples but I wasn’t at all yesterday. ¬†Hmmmmm…}

And Second: ¬†I didn’t eat a REAL meal until Dinner.

Starting the day off by snacking, for me, just equals a ton more snacking. ¬†I know this and should have known better, but that’s OK. ¬†In the end, I stayed clear of gluten still and in reality didn’t do TOO much damage. ¬†I gave my body the rest it needed and maybe, I just wanted snacks. ¬†At least I ended the day on a healthy note.

This Morning

And thankfully the rest allowed me to wake up this morning and tackle a pretty solid 10k run, so it isn’t all bad.

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Ever have any snack triggers?

Do you snack/eat more in general on your rest days?