Exploring Chattanooga

stringers ridge overlook - chattanooga

On Saturday, I asked our sitter to come over to watch Waves for a few hours so Greg and I could go on a little day date. We decided to go hiking at Stringers Ridge which ended up being a lot of fun. It’s an awesome group of hiking and biking trails and it’s seriously right downtown, so it takes maybe 5 minutes tops to get there. The weather was beautiful on Saturday and it was really nice to get a quick and fun hike in.

That picture up there is of downtown Chattanooga. I can’t wait to hike back up there when all the leaves are changing colors because I hear it’s beautiful.

stringers ridge overlook - chattanooga

velo coffee chattanooga

After hiking, we headed over to the southside to explore. First, we stopped at Velo Coffee where I had an iced coffee that was amazing. I didn’t even need to add any milk because it was so smooth with no bitterness. I’d never been to this coffee shop before, but kept hearing great things so I was happy to get to check it out. The two women working were so sweet and made excellent coffee. It was so good we even picked up a pound of beans to use for pour overs at home.

the local juicery chattanooga

After we finished our coffee, we went to The Local Juicery where Greg got “the triathlete” juice and it was really good. They were so friendly there and gave us some hiking trail recommendations, as well as samples of another juice—the Living Green—which I loved. It had ginger in it which is always great in juice.

Then after that we just walked around for awhile and checked out the neighborhood. It was a really nice start to the weekend. We went up to Knoxville afterwards to spend time with family which kept us busy. I’m still trying to recover from the weekend. I just can’t hang like I used to 😜

Tomorrow I start physical therapy. They were able to figure out that I have tendonitis of the long head of the bicep. I’m really looking forward to meeting with the PT and hopefully start feeling better.

I hope you all are having a great day :]

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Lately & Other Random Things

>>> I saw this survey on Sam’s blog, Grapefruit & Granola, and totally stole it for today’s post.

pour over coffee at home

Loving » This coffee and making pour overs in the morning. First, this stuff smells and tastes incredible. I first heard about it from this post on Door Sixteen and bought some the next time I was at Trader Joe’s.

Watching » Right now, Waves is watching an episode of Littlest Pet Shop. Greg and I just started watching the tv show Daredevil on Netflix and it’s not bad. I’ve been putting episodes of Gilmore Girls on for background noise lately, but that’s been happening for 10 years now 😜

Listening » I’m still listening to all the songs on my old iPod I found. Here are some favorites (all of these are unedited versions, btw. lots of dirty words in some :p): Modest Mouse – Heart Cooks Brain /// Haujobb – Dream Aid /// Pigface – Insect/Suspect /// Jade – Every Day of the Week /// Lil’ Wayne & Curren$y – Dead Presidents /// The Coup – Breathing Apparatus /// Atmosphere – Angelface

Reading » Okay, don’t laugh. But I just started reading Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar. Now, this is a book aimed for middle schoolers and well, my math skills are not good, so this is where I’m starting. Waves will be starting school before I know it and I really want to be able to help her with the basics whenever she comes to me for help. So I decided I better start brushing up on it now.

Focused on » Getting back into working out. I’m going to write a post on it later, but let’s just say I fell into a serious rut. Waves started refusing to sleep in her bed/waking up insanely early/going to bed late and bedtime was generally just a big mess. I was exhausted and vegging out on the couch took priority over working out. Also, I’ve been dealing with shoulder pain since January which bummed me out.. there’s been a lot of excuses over here lately. Last night I did some dancing along with ClubFITz last night. Dancing can always get me out of whatever funk I’m in, so this is a good “back to it” workout.

Wondering About » How my doctor appointment will go today (see next question)

Putting Off » Seeing a doctor for my shoulder injury. I’ll have a few days/week in a row of no pain so I figure things are getting better, but then it comes back worse than before. I finally have an appointment today so we’ll hopefully figure out what’s going on.

vegan blt

Craving » I’ve been making these “BLT” sandwiches a lot this week and could totally go for another right now. I used this recipe to make tempeh bacon, which I put on the Arnold brand “health nut” bread (it is so good!) along with avocado and tomato. MMM! It’s so good.

reasons fall is the best

Anticipating » Summer is my favorite season by far, but I have to admit that this year I’m actually looking forward to fall. But not winter. Nope. Never gonna like it.

Enjoying » I can hear Waves in her room singing nursery rhymes and it’s adorable.

Have a great day!

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This Week’s Whole30 Meal Plan

this week's meal plan

We were in Knoxville over the weekend to visit family and had a great time. We were even able to go out for a date night thanks to grandma :] We went out and got sushi at Tomo – I had inari, seaweed salad, and agedashi tofu and it was all awesome! Greg was able to get tuna and salmon sashimi. It’s hard finding restaurants with Whole30 compliant meals for him, but this was one.

Now it’s time to get back into meal planning. I have to say that I’ve really been getting out of my comfort zone when it comes to cooking and preparing meat. After being a vegetarian for 14 years, it’s been a learning experience for sure. Even though I recently added small amounts of meat back into my diet due to health problems (diagnosed with hypothyroidism after pregnancy, among other things), I still get a little grossed out sometimes when preparing foods. That or I just have no clue if I’m preparing it correctly, so that’s why I’m sticking with really simple recipes for the time being.

Although, this week I am making a pot roast in the crockpot which is something I’ve never made before. I’ve only cooked chicken and fish so this will be a new experience. Here’s all the recipes I’m planning to make this week:

Monday: turkey chili

Tuesday: crockpot pot roast

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: chicken tortilla soup with roasted plantain chips

Friday: Italian turkey meatloaf, mashed cauliflower, and peas

Now it’s time to go grocery shopping! I hope that you all had a great weekend and have a happy Monday :]

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