Trail Running, Food, and Brand Love

Hey! How’s everyone on this fine Thursday…wait, it’s Thursday? WOW, this week is flying by!

What have I been doing?

Um…trail running!

What? You don’t? Don’t you know its like the coolest thing ever? If you can’t trail run though, I totally understand.

Actually, I just started getting into it. I’ve always loved it. For example, for my 17th birthday a couple years ago, I asked to go trail running. No presents! But, it’s always been hard to do it consistently so I’ve given up several times.

It’s way easier to go trail running when Alabama Outdoors hosts a trail run for us crazy runners, or that I’ve been able to venture out to Oak Mountain to find some places safe enough for me to run. As I’m starting up on training for my next half marathon, I thought some trail running would be a great addition to my runs…so yep, just having fun!

On another note, I’m also keeping my eats clean and just making dreams happen like any driven individual.

For breakfast yesterday, I wish I had a picture! Wow, it was good! I had 2 scrambled eggs on top of toast and jelly. Like, how can you get better than that? It’s just so good!

I had an interview around 11:30 and got back home about 12:45ish and decided on some yogurt for lunch. Which, I also didn’t take a picture of. So, whyyyy am I sharing this? “Audrey, GOSH, you’re so lame!”

Well, you know what? I’ll do better with dinner!

Dinner included a delicious plate of organic pasta, turkey pasta sauce, pesto, more pesto on toast, and lots of broccoli and squash that was from our garden.

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Dessert was a yummy Paleo Coconut Flour Cupcake (no frosting Sad smile)

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And for breakfast this morning…I had the best overnight oats ever!

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For workouts, I didn’t do much. I was so sore (in the booty) from the crazy trail run at Red Mountain yesterday. So, just pushups and planks and sitting on a yoga ball was totally workout enough for me.

Brainstorming on a cookie recipe…so stay tuned on that. You can always follow me on twitter or instagram to see what I’m up to during the day if you’re up to that sort of thing…maybe…maybe not.

Also, just because it’s Thursday, I’m going to throw out a few of my favorite rising brands because…well, it’s Thursday and I’m up for anything that’s positive! Right-O!

First, I gotta give these girls a huge high five for being so positive, driven, passionate, and creative! The Sweet Note Bagel ladies who have created an amazing brand of gluten free bagels that are healthy and delicious. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these! Crossing my fingers that they come to Alabama soon so I can buy some but for now, I’m good with online shopping! Hello, if you are a Birmingham Foodie, can you get a local store to start carrying these!?

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There’s just something so wonderful and inspiring about seeing others so excited about their work and to see them go after their goals!

Other favorite thing right now, is a local fitness magazine, Fit & Well Birmingham! I got pretty excited when they released this magazine. We definitely needed something like this over here and the wonderful tips and healthy locals contributing to the magazine, is great!

You can check them out right here—> Fit & Well Magazine

Questions:

  • Comment down below with your favorite rising brand or small business!
  • What’s better: Scrambled or Fried eggs?
  • If you had to pick between yoga and hiking, which one would it be?

As always, I love your comments! Thanks for reading, lovelies! Headed to run this beautiful morning!

xx Audrey

P.S. Does anyone else sit on a yoga ball while blogging or working?

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Friday Night Fun…kind of

Happy Saturday everyone!

I’m supposed to be running, but never woke up at 5 AM, so I’m blogging instead. I’m running in a little bit though!

Yesterday, I did nothing! It was one of those days where I blogged late, kept reading other blogs, commenting, job searching, etc…

I did however eat! Thank goodness for stomach grumbling or I might have forgotten.

Breakfast

I had cinnamon overnight oats with crushed cinnamon Puffins on top

Lunch

I was craving a toasted Ezekial turkey sandwich with our homegrown tomatoes and fresh lettuce.

Secret ingredient? A little pimento cheese spread on the bread and brown spicy mustard!

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Dinner

Lydia (my sister) and I decided to hit up Panera bread for a salad!

We also tried to take a selfie together, didn’t work.

We always get the Pick Two because one thing is not enough!panera bread

(I do not consider PB a very healthy place, but better than McDonalds. I also consider this to be my cheat meal this week)

After that, we walked over to Best Buy to look at laptops (because I need a new one).

I’ve had my laptop since 9th grade…hello, I’m graduated now! Need a new laptop before this one dies on me.

I think I really like this one though…hear good things about it.

WINNING!

I entered Sarah’s Gymboss Interval Timer giveaway a couple weeks ago and while I was on vacation, I got an email that said I won! The timer came in a couple days ago and I’m super excited to start using it! I wish I had another one to giveaway! That would be awesome!

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Well, I’m off to run and then celebrate my brother’s birthday!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

XX Audrey

WIAW 8/14

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

Peas and Crayons

Thanks again, Jenn, for hosting!

Breakfast

I started my day off with overnight oats! I was actually going to start my day off with a run and then eat my overnight oats…but plans change!

I had cinnamon overnight oats with chia seeds, almond butter, and half of a banana.

Overnight oats never get old, you guys.

Right after I ate, I got ready to go shopping with my sister and mom. My sister, Lydia, is going into 8th grade and we headed over to Kohl’s and found her some really cute back to school clothes. Thanks Lydia for letting us pick everything out! HAHA! I love making outfits for other people!

Lunch

After two or more hours of shopping, we forgot about lunch, so we drove to Jason’s Deli to eat a light organic late lunch!

I got the Spinach wrap with mushrooms, avocado, cheese, cilantro, chicken, and salsa. Fruit on the side!

I’m not going to lie, I had a little of the free soft serve ice cream they have that’s for free. Did not take a picture because it took me like two seconds to eat. Sorry.

Oh yeah, It was Left Handers Day yesterday! (I’m obviously a lefty, so that’s why I celebrate it)

After eating, we walked to The Fresh Market (best place ever) and sampled some organic coffee while we grabbed a few things (including dinner)

Dinner

We wanted roasted chicken so that is what we got. And cornbread

Zucchini and Tomato Feta salad

Broccoli Cranberry Almond Slaw

We had baked sweet potatoes at home so we had a pretty good meal!

We sat around the dinner table talking and laughing away for probably an hour!

We were looking up name meanings and this is what Audrey means: “noble” + “strength”

COCOZIA

I want to thank Cocozia Coconut Water for sending me samples to try out!

I’m really excited because coconut water is so good and good for you. I workout and run so much that I usually always have it on hand. Its helped me out a lot.

I will be letting you all know how good this stuff is!

Questions:

  • What does your name mean?
  • What is your favorite grocery store?
  • Do you drink coconut water?