Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Howdy, folks! Today I'm linking up with some great bloggers to share what I've been up to. I've been a bad blogger again, but I strive for grace not perfection :) Here we go...

What I'm eating this week...

Okay so after looking through my iPhone for pictures of what I've been eating, I deduced that I only take pictures of the "bad" food I eat! I started my diet last week and have stayed on track but haven't taken any photos of my healthy eats. More on that to come later. So pre-diet my roommate and I celebrated Valentine's Day single gal style with donuts in the morning...

...And delicious pasta with my favorite vegetable, Brussels sprouts.

Then my healthy week kicked off. I've been eating a lot of bananas chopped up with raw almond butter and cinnamon. It is so delicious and I find myself craving it.

To make it through this new lifestyle change, I've decided to make Friday night my cheat nights. I get to go eat a delicious meal, spend time with friends, and try new restaurants around Charlotte. Our first Friday night dinner did not disappoint. I caved and got a glass of bubbly to go along with our appetizer of Pimento cheese and baguette.

For my entrée, I had a good ole southern meat and three.

Other than that, I've been eating a lot of fruit! More to come on my diet soon.
What I'm reminiscing about...

I'm reminiscing about my time in DC. I absolutely love it there and could totally see myself living there one day. I blogged about my trip here.

What I'm loving...

So I recently took the plunge and decided to try contouring. This is pretty basic contouring because as much as I love makeup, contouring intimidates the heck out of me. At Sephora, I found a great contouring stick that has the shadow on one end and the highlight on the other so it's pretty idiot-proof. Also, it's the right pigmentation for contouring. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

I'm also loving that I pulled out my old Fitbit. I have to say though, I've become obsessive about getting my steps. Picture this...last night I needed to get some steps in and it was cold outside so I went to Publix and walked the aisles. I should feel shame, but I don't :)

What I've been up to...

I've been working out. A lot. And walking a lot.

I've also been spending time with babies...makes my heart happy!

What I'm dreading...

I'm dreading losing the weight I want to lose. I don't have a ton of weight to lose so it's going to be a lot of work and patience to watch it come off. Also, let's keep it real...I'm dreading doing my taxes. #Adulting

What I'm working on...

I've been working on studying for the GMAT. Grad school here I come! Also, working on some blog ideas. I'm thinking I might do a Day in the Life post to remember this phase in my life.

What I'm excited about...

These cuties are visiting me this weekend!!

What I'm watching/reading...

I'm sure I'm about to feel the wrath of a lot of judgment butttt oh well. I love the 50 Shades of Grey series. I know it's trashy and scandalous but I've really enjoyed it. When I read I like to get lost in the story and it's an easy read that does that for me. So when I recently saw that Grey was on sale at Target, I swooped it up. It's the series based off of Christian Grey's perspective. Is it the most important read of my life? No. Do I enjoy it? Yep.

I've also been watching the OJ Simpson case mini series. It's riveting in my opinion. That all went down when I was so young so to me it's a very new story. Obviously, like the rest of the world I know the outcome but the details leading up to it are new to me.

**I wanted to attach pictures for this but can't because I can't save pictures and move them outside of the network. My bad for procrastinating this post...*

What I'm Listening to...

Lots and lots of rap music that my Mother would not approve of :) I've also been enjoying The Chainsmokers lately. They are great to workout to. Y'all should check them out!

What I'm wearing...

Lot's of black...sorry, Mom!

But mostly, I'm wearing workout clothes or work clothes. Here are 2 new work dresses that I'm loving this week.

Not sure why I stuck my tongue out :)

What I'm doing this weekend...

Well, my parents are coming to visit! I have lots of fun plans for us. We're going to go to my favorite salad shop, go to a local interactive zoo, have a yummy dinner with a view of the skyline, and wrap it up on Sunday with church and brunch. I'm excited about showing them my city! For those who are local and/or familiar with Charlotte we're going to Chopt for lunch, Dresslers for dinner, and The Asbury for brunch. :)

What I'm looking forward to next month...

Honestly, I'm not really sure. Looking forward to continuing to push myself in the gym and solidify my new lifestyle. But other than that, I'm looking forward to seeing wha
t March throws me!

What else is new...


Favorite Easter Tradition...

My family really doesn't have Easter traditions. I'm looking forward to going to the Easter service at my new church here in Charlotte, though!

Okay, well that was fun! A lot of information about yours truly thrown at you! I'm sorry for posting this late today. See you back here later! xo
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  1. Dresslers is hands down our favorite place in Charlotte the crab cakes are amazing. And there is a groupon right now ;). Enjoy your visit

    1. Can't wait to try it now! I was nervous about trying a new place but you've made me excited now :)

  2. Your food is so delicious, now I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!

    Way bummed I missed you while you were in DC, you were right in my neck of the woods. Great job contouring, LOVE the lip color!

    1. haha I feel your pain, friend!! When I have downtime at work and am scrolling through Pinterest all the food pictures make me hungry!!

  3. The banana and cinnamon looks delicious! I think I'll try that combo :) And I love those dresses!

    I hope you have a great weekend with your parents! So fun!

    - Seri

    1. Yes, definitely try it!!! It's my new vice :)

  4. 1. Those dresses are gorgeous on you.
    2. You have like the perfect face for contouring!
    3. I had a FitBit for a little while and did crazy stuff like that too - everyone does ;)
    4. Banana, almond butter, and cinnamon is my FAVORITE. Isn't it crazy when you start eating good stuff, you end up craving it too???
    5. Have so much fun with the parents this weekend!

    1. First of all SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU BACK! Thanks for all your compliments! It is crazy how when you cut out processed sweets, fruit tastes so much better!!! Just like you said in your sugar detox post :)

  5. I keep seeing this prompt on people's blogs and I love it!!! So bananas with almond butter sounds so good! I bought almond butter in an attempt to be "healthier" and then tried it and i was like.... haha so I'm going to put it on bananas! SMART! And contouring on point! I've been trying to contour lately, too! It's taking lots of practice but I think I am finally getting the hang of it haha makes such a difference! Good luck on the GMAT when you take it, too!! That is soooooo cool/exciting and obvi you'll pass!! I'm making this comment way too long haha so I will end by saying have so much fun with your parents this weekend!!

    xo Candace
    Lovely Little Rants

    1. Put it on bananas and add cinnamon. It seriously is so delicious! Contouring still scares me but I plan on trying again soon! I really notice a difference too. I hope the GMAT goes well's to hoping! I appreciate and love the long comment...thanks for stopping by :)

  6. 26 degrees seems warm compared to our -9 degree valentines. Also, I totally only see pictures of good foods. Where are the bass ones? Ha

    1. Maybe I should've clarified...bad for you foods :) -9 degrees kinda makes me want to cry!!

  7. Killed it with the contouring! Gorgeous! I've missed you and what's up wednesdays!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

  8. 'Rap music that my mother would not approve of' cracked me up! I looove Roses by The Chainsmokers (I know the radio keeps playing it...but I'm not sick of it yet) so I should check out their other stuff. I recently pulled out my old Fitbit too and I'm obsessed! The other day I went to the grocery store and I was pushing my cart one-handed...because if my Fitbit hand is on the cart I'm not getting credit for steps! Haha. And of course I had one of the carts that keeps veering one way, so it was a challenge!

    1. It drives my mother crazy that I listen to "garbage" :) I love Roses.. you should check out Kanye haha sounds funny but it's good! I lol'ed about you pushing the grocery cart. That's what a Fitbit does to you!! Thanks for stopping by!