Thursday, June 18, 2015

Texas Forever, Y'all!

There are only two things that could have made our trip to Texas better. 1) No rain. Thanks, Tropical Storm Bill. 2) A Tim Riggins sighting. Texas Forever!

Seriously, we had such a fun time in Austin. We didn't get out as much as we would have liked due to the appearance of Tropical Storm Bill, but I had a great time catching up with Jeremy and Jarett. On Tuesday morning, we woke up to the puppies just being cute. So I have to share the cute puppy pics. I pretty much wanted to steal Olive and Brooklyn and take them home with me.

Later that morning, Jeremy took us down to the state capitol which was really neat. Apparently, it is the largest capitol building in use in our country. Definitely beautiful and ornate! Looking up at the dome from the inside was pretty impressive. We had a quick lunch at a really delicious BBQ place and then had to run home because it started pouring down sheets of rain. So we ended up back at the house, and I watched The Bachelor On's that for vacation for you? It was actually heavenly. Their guest bed is like a big, fluffy marshmallow.

Lucky for us, their was a break in the rain and we made it out for dinner at a local little joint called Sapo. OMG. You know how they say that Texas does everything bigger? Well, look at this HUMONGOUS tostada burger. That's right. I said tostada burger. Do you see the tostada in that burger!?? Sarah Thomas and my Be Healthy Challengers, if you are out there reading this post, I ate half of it and like three fries!!! Which was PLENTY. I had never had anything like it. Oh, and the guacamole was amazing.

Good thing I only hate half of that burger. Had to save some room for dessert, right!? The boys suggested that we grab a cupcake from Sugar Mama's down the road. Holy Moly. My dad and I split a Blueberry and Peach Cobbler Cupcake and a Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake. Holy Moly. Melt in your mouth cupcakes. Jarett and Jeremy ate Strawberry Shortcake and Carrot Cake. Mmmmmmm! After being fully stuffed, we laid around and watched PLL and Chrisley Knows Best. I had never seen Chrisley Knows Best, but oh my goodness. It is HILARIOUS. Where can I watch the past three seasons? Anyone?

Alas, we had to leave Austin. Tears. Until next time. Our next big stop was Santa Fe, New Mexico. We didn't want to do the entire drive in one day, so we decided to drive to Lubbock and stay the night there. Oh my goodness. You people were not kidding when you said that the drive through West Texas was boring. Eek! This was pretty much what my drive was like the entire 7 hours. I will say that I loved seeing some of the ranch signs on the way. I geeked out a little bit.

But, never fear! I occupied my time reversing the previous night's choices by eating fresh fruit and green bean chips! We spent a pretty uneventful night in Lubbock. The most exciting thing that happened was my workout I did in the fitness room. No one was in there, and I just blasted my music up high and did some weights and a little running. I am currently in New Mexico until Saturday! It is gorgeous so far. I will try to blog about it soon. I can't wait to tell you all about the antique salt and pepper shakes that I purchased. Until then!

Eating (Mostly!) Clean on the Road

Hey y'all!!! My dad and I are heading out west! I'm so excited I can barely contain myself. I have had several people ask me to keep them updated and to try and blog throughout the trip, so I am going to try my very best to update as often as I can! We left yesterday morning from Memphis and are currently in Austin, Texas. I came to Austin last summer for the first time, and I am so happy to be back and visiting with our fabulous hosts, Jeremy and Jarrett.

One thing that I have been the MOST nervous about is staying on track with my food and fitness on the road. I snuck some weights and resistance band in the back of the car, wondering if they will actually see the light of day. Lucky for me, Jeremy invited to his boot camp this morning. Yep. That kicked my butt. Thanks, Synergy Fitness, for allowing me to eat more breakfast tacos. Kidding. But, seriously....

I have splurged on some delicious Tex-Mex and BBQ so far down here, which I am sure that I will do at times on this trip, but I was DETERMINED not to stop anywhere on the road for snacks, lunch, etc. In an effort to be prepared, I did what any foodie would do. Peruse Pinterest. Read blogs. Stalk everyone else's social media pages. So, thank you, you clean-eating gurus for your tips and tricks for the road. This is NOT perfect, because I'm not perfect. But definitely better choices than I might have made a year ago. Here is what I ended up with.:

If you have any questions about any of the items in the picture, just ask! I will TRY to write about our time here in Texas later today or tomorrow!

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