Saturday, March 11, 2017

Friends, Food, Fitness & Chai!

Happppppy Saturday lovelies!

It is a dreary and chilly morning in the good ol' Fort Smith today! I'm bundled up in my fuzzy blanket, a yummy candle is lit, and I'm wearing my adorable leopard PJ's. It's not even noon yet and I feel like I have already accomplished so much today. However, we'll come back to today in a bit-- but first, let's do a little recap of the week shall we? ;) 

Work has been really great this week! Like I've said before, working with awesome people every day really helps me not dread the week. So thankful for that! I am absolutely loving my new hours that I am working. It has REALLY helped me stay motivated with my daily workouts as well. As soon as I get off work, I head straight to the gym. I get there by 4:30 and I am usually done by 5:45. (When the massive crowds are starting to pour in.) I've really been thinking about trying morning workouts again too, but oh my-- That really takes some discipline! Ha! We shall see! 
(This was bicep day.. It was a killer!)

I've really been focusing on my weight lifting form this week. I want to make sure my form is perfect before getting in to heavier weights. I've also been focusing on doing more cardio. I. HATE. CARDIO. Let me just tell you, I will not sit here and try to make cardio out to be something enjoyable. I dread each and every time I step on that stair master-- However, I know it's good for me so I'm making a point to do it at least twice a week. 
(Insert snapchat picture of sweaty Charity after one of those dreaded cardio sessions..Ha!)

Moving on... One night this week I was REALLY craving pasta. Some people seem to think you can't have carbs when you're trying to lose weight. This is totally untrue. When I lost my first 30 pounds, I was eating pasta at least twice a week-- and in big portions! I whipped up some spaghetti and enjoyed every single bite. Another myth to weight loss is that you can only eat "clean foods". Although I do agree that eating nutritional food is better for you-- Girl, eat those sour patch kids if you want them! It's not going to kill you. I promise! (And that's exactly what I did this week..Heh!) 
(I thought I would share my favorite kind of pasta sauce when I'm cutting. It's super delicious! Also, for those of you wondering, I ate 4 oz. of spaghetti that night. That little scale in the background is my best friend!) 

After work yesterday, I decided it was past time to get my nails painted. I go to the same little place every few weeks and have them done. They aren't the most friendly people, but they're cheap! Ha! I've been trying out this new "dip powder" polish. I'm still not sure if I'm a fan or not. I'll keep you updated on it! ;) Following my nail appointment, I went and picked up my friend Jennifer and headed to meet my family for dinner. We ate at Whole Hog and it was delicious! Once dinner was over, Jennifer and I ran around town to find some gifts for my friends baby shower that I was going to today. (Nothing like waiting till the last minute Charity! *eye roll*) I think Jennifer and I had way too much fun picking out baby clothes-- we had a dinosaur theme going on with each piece we picked out!

That brings me to today! I woke up pretty early because the baby shower was at 10AM. On my way there, I decided to pick up a spiced chai from Sweet Bay. Not only was it delicious, but the super sweet person in front of me in the drive thru PAID for it. Thank you to whoever it was! It made my morning! <3

The shower turned out really good. Kevin and Brittany got a lot of super cute things for their baby boy that's due in April. It was also nice getting to visit with my friend Kevin-- we don't get to see each other as much anymore since we work in different buildings-- but it's like we've never missed a beat when we do hang out. That's how you know true friendship right there! :) Speaking of Kevin, here's a funny/embarrassing story: As I was sitting there talking to him today, his mom (who I have never met) comes up to me and points her finger-- "You there!" She goes on to tell me that she saw me at Whole Hog last night showing off my new Tory Burch purse to my family and talking about how I had a baby shower for one of my friends today. Hahaha! She said: "I thought you looked familiar and then I saw your little purse sitting there on the table and I was like YEP, THAT'S HER!!"  Anyways, it was funny and we all laughed about it. Note to self: Don't talk so loud in public... How embarrassing Charity! *hands over face*
(I guess I'll insert a couple pictures of the new bag here! Hehe The first picture is from when I first opened it--plastic and all! And then here's a quick snap from this morning! I love it so much!)

Tonight, we are going to eat dinner with Tyler's family at Doe's. I've actually been craving a steak lately so I'm pretty excited about having one tonight! After dinner, I plan on coming home, getting back in my comfy PJ's, and watching a movie! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

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