A Blacksburg Summer Weekend

So, back to that week day grind we go.

As I was driving to work this morning (after a kick start workout and protein packed breakfast of course!), the song “She Works Hard for the Money,” by Donna Summer, came on and it got me in the independent working woman mindset. Woo! Girl power!

Monday always seems to be that lovely reality check. Lucky for me, my Mondays consist of a full day of work and then a four hour class in Reston. So maybe more unlucky…

I shouldn’t complain too much though, because my last in-class session was tonight. Alleluia!

Looking back just a few short days ago, my weekend trip to Blacksburg was so much fun. It was so good being back in my college town hanging out with some friends that had also made the trip down that weekend and those who were staying there for the summer.

A few trip highlights:

A good ‘ol about-to-leave-for-Blacksburg selfie, stoked for the weekend ahead of me. An event or trip to look forward to always seems to make the work week go by just a little faster, and can also you keep motivated in your work outs! AKA be a social butterfly!

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Here is my friend Bong and I jamming on our ride down, 4 hours worth! You can’t tell here, but we are quite the car dancers. Our fellow Route 81 drivers can stand as witness.

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For dinner on Friday night, we ate at Gilly’s, a vegetarian restaurant in Blacksburg known for their fresh, local food.

I couldn’t resist getting the black bean burger. I knew at a place like this, it had to be good.

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It came with a super refreshing non-mayonaise cole slaw. It reminded me exactly of my mother’s infamous cole slaw. No mayonaise=no problem in my book. I’m assuming it was a mix of olive oil, vinegar, and light salt/pepper over the cool, crisp veggies.

The burger was fabulous and the chickpea roll was also quite tasty.

On Saturday morning, we headed to the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market, where my good friend Lauren, who’s spending the summer here, has been working. We all loved seeing her do her thing. Plus, farmer’s markets are the best. Um, free samples galore? Yes please.

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We actually went river tubing after that, but unfortunately, my phone was not invited on the open water. Good thing too.

Tubing on the New River is something all Hokies have to do. I definitely want to go back next time I’m down, and definitely early Fall. So relaxing, and I finally got a little color. Gotta love that Vitamin D!

This is a little visual for you of the New River itself, where the casual floating took place.

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So while I was in Blacksburg, my little brother, Kyle, or rather not so little brother, age 15, was up in Maryland at Paul Rabil’s Top 50 Lacrosse Camp. Little did I know, my brother was selected as one of the few from the area to go and play for the day with the sport’s top player.

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I only know how big of a deal Paul Rabil is from my brother constantly talking about him, so when I heard about this, I was impressed.

He even snagged a pic with him.

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Go Kyle! I’m a proud sista.

If that wasn’t enough,  he’ll be at lacrosse camp all week in Lynchburg and will immediately be driving up to Delaware for a weekend showcase invitational thing he was also specially invited to.

I wish I was as cool as him…

Green Choco Shake

When I got back from my trip, I made my first green protein shake. MMMM.

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You definitely can’t taste the spinach at all. It’s like you’re drinking green chocolate. It’s great.

  • 6 oz. Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 scoop Designer Gourmet Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 2 handfuls of spinach (condensed as much as possible)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tb chia seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon

So back to Monday…

Professional attire of the day: (with the added pleasure of the duck face)

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  • Context Black Quarter Sleeve Button Up Sweater
  • Forever 21 Tank (highlighter yellow)
  • Forever 21 B&W Checkered High Waisted Skirt (Yes, the skirt is a little short, but then again I got it in 8th grade. Awk.)
  • BCBG Black Leather Flats
  • MK Silver-Gold Bracelet Watch
  • Francesca’s Silver Know Stud Earrings

Lunch:

After I thoughtlessly packed myself greek yogurt for lunch, I ran out to grab something I hadn’t already had a few hours prior (main ingredient of protein shake).

So Cava Mezze stole the show! A new favorite of mine.

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  • Super greens (spinach, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts finely chopped)
  • Grilled chicken
  • Quinoa tabbouleh
  • Diced cukes, tomatoes & onions
  • Scoop of hummus
  • Fresh mint

I loved my to-go bag. Maybe I was reading too much into it, but in so many contexts, it’s the truth.

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The reason I am so passionate about health and keep up with this blog is because I believe that your health, or what is going on inside your body, is what is important. You can be as beautiful on the outside as you want, but the inside of you determines everything.

Also, don’t judge a book by it’s cover and yada yada…

Even though I’m pretty sure they were just trying to be clever and cover for their rather plain to-go bag…

Either-or.

Dinner:

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  • Asian baked salmon w/ chile peppers
  • Lettuce

My mom and I both agreed this was pretty much a salmon lettuce wrap in different form. Once we separated the salmon into small pieces to eat it, it was pretty much salmon lettuce wrap nachos. If you can visualize that…

Well I know that was a long one, but a weekend recap was in order.

I hope everyone’s week starts out productively and healthfully. Remember- it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

CHOW!

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