Here are some highlights of both trips:
|Nick and Erin got married!|
|Dr. Peter's Retirement Party|
|Meeting my second-cousin-in-law Will|
|Drinking the most delicious Ginger Ale|
Side Note about Northern Neck: I texted that picture to one of my best friends Kristie (the one I went to visit in Seattle) and found out she was in Richmond, too! What a great surprise to get to see one of my favorite people when I wasn't expecting it!
|Food Truck Fun with Franny, one of my Westview friends|
|Playing Battleship with my brother and dad (I won both games!)|
|Putt-putt at the beach|
|Completed my long run, even on vacation!|
|Sharing our wedding cake topper to celebrate our anniversary early with my family|
|Gorgeous beach sunset|
|Playing Farkel with the family!|
|Dad, Mom, Aunt Melody and Uncle David playing Bocce Ball|
|Joe and me on the beach|
Anyone remember that I signed up for the Clean and Lean Challenge hosted by the wonderful Amanda? Yeah, I almost don't either!
Quite honestly, I haven't really made clean eating and core workouts a focus this month. Traveling always makes healthy eating and exercise challenging for me, much less eating clean while I'm not in charge of all of my meals!
I'm disappointed that I didn't fully participate in this challenge, and I feel like I missed out on some great support and information provided from the other participants via the Facebook group.
BUT there are a few positives to signing up for the challenge:
- I learned more about what clean eating actually is. I've seen "clean eating" posted everywhere, but I never really knew the official definition. I also learned how I can eat clean without completely breaking the bank. Don't worry, I'll be sharing all of this information with you soon!
- Amanda sent some great e-mails with links to resources for meal plans, clean eating ideas, and great core workouts. One particularly helpful e-mail for me discussed sugar cravings and what to do to curb them. I easily give in to those cravings, and the information she provided really helped me think about things I can eat instead of something sweet.
- I have made some steps toward healthy eating. I really have tried to up my intake of fruits and vegetables. I've even tried some new-to-me vegetables and side dishes with dinner (especially when eating out at restaurants)!
We have little to no breakfast food in our house right now, so after running an errand I swung by Dunkin Donuts to get something to eat. I knew coffee was on the menu, and I really wanted a chocolate glazed doughnut as my breakfast. Instead, I saw the Veggie Egg White Flatbread on the menu and opted for that. After checking the nutrition facts, I'm pretty pleased with my choice:
After making my grocery list for the week, I think the cleaner food choices will continue!
Question for you: What's a cleaner eating choice you've made lately?
Now that I'm home, the blog will get back to regular posts! Thanks for bearing with me while I was gone. See you tomorrow :)