Deliciousness in Dallas

Have I mentioned that I loveee having visitors in town?!

I’ve been pretty lucky having almost all of my best friends come visit me in Austin in the past year. I love showing people my new city.

Right now, my parents are in town for an extended Labor Day vacation. They arrived last Friday and will be here until Sunday. They’ve been to Austin a few times now, so there’s no pressure to do “touristy” things. It’s been nice just hanging out!

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I’m Back! With a 10 Day Sugar Detox

Something has to change, guys.

A few people asked me why I hadn’t posted in over a month (and I love them for noticing/caring). The reason why? I had nothing to say. I would have felt like a phony writing about health when the reality is me eating, drinking, and skipping workouts.

I’m probably exaggerating. Over the past few weeks, I’ve still cooked healthy meals for myself. I’ve exercised 5-6 days a week. I’m conscious of every decision I make, good and bad.

healthy foods while i've been gone

I’ve written before about finding a balance between being healthy and enjoying life, especially in a young, hip city like Austin. So much revolves around eating and drinking.

I can’t feel guilty for enjoying myself. But I still feel like crap. My body needs … something. A reset. A detox. Maybe just a slap in the face. 😉

Which brings me to this: My 10 Day Sugar Detox.

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When Your Day Doesn’t Go As Planned

I am someone who likes plans, lists, and schedules. I take comfort in outlining my to-do list, and satisfaction in checking things off. But some days, things just don’t go according to the plan.

For me, it’s easy to shut down when this happens. But lately, I’ve been trying to roll with the punches and be okay with Plan B.

Wednesday was a classic example of this, over and over. Here’s how it went down, and how I dealt with it.

The Plan: Wake up early and work out.
The Reality: Instead, I chose to sleep in.
The Reason: I was out late on Tuesday, and sleep is just as important as a work out some days.
The Next Step: Plan to fit a workout in later in the day?

The Plan: Eat my salad for lunch.
The Reality: I went to the mall with a coworker over lunch, and chose mall Chinese instead.
The Reason: I’m so thankful for work friends! I typically try to make healthy choices for lunch, but some days you just have to say “yes.”
The Next Step: Save the salad for tomorrow.

The Plan: Fit a workout in after work.
The Reality:  My manager invited the team over for margaritas. Such a sweet gesture!
The Reason: Teammate bonding is important. How could I skip?
The Next Step: Unplanned rest day it is. Get back on schedule Thursday morning!

The Plan: Tilapia, green beans, and sweet potato for dinner.
The Reality:  I got home from running errands 9 PM and was starving. Fish was the last thing on my mind, so I had toast with peanut butter and raw fruits/veggies. Random but awesome!
The Reason: Honor your cravings!
The Next Step: Save the fish for tomorrow and plan to get back on track, meal-wise.

I’ll be honest. When plans change, it throws me out of my comfort zone. But I’m proud of the progress I’ve made in being flexible and rollin’ with it!

Your Turn-

  • What do you do when your day doesn’t go as planned?
  • Speaking of PLANS, any fun ones for the weekend? : )

Lately I’ve Been…

Let’s catch up, shall we?

Until I’ve perfected a recipe to share with you, or am ready to go on another mini-rant, I’ll probably fill up my blog with a whole lot of randomness. It’s my style, what can I say?

I grabbed this survey from Emily at My Healthyish Life. An honest and passionate runner, celiac, and all around cool lady, Emily’s blog is one of my favorites. Check it out!

So! Lately, I’ve been…

Making: my apartment feel more like home, by adding touches of art & new linens.


I painted this! Go me!

Cooking: stir fries and healthy pancakes.

Drinking: coffee, water, repeat.

Reading: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. It’s so good. First book in over a year that I cannot put down!


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Saying It, Living It

It’s all about balance,” “everything in moderation,” and “you only live once!” are phrases that I’ve found myself saying to my coworkers recently. I even went so far as to tell a friend “I don’t perpetuate negative body talk.” I couldn’t believe that came out of my mouth!

Later, I wasn’t sure if I was proud of myself for addressing the pattern I had been seeing, or embarrassed that I sounded self-righteous.

I’ve come a long way in achieving balance in my diet & exercise. I’m still not where I want to be. So it’s not always easy for me to be in an environment that upsets the balance (even unintentionally).

Sometimes people’s conversations at work can be difficult for me. I overhear people lamenting the junk food they ate, pining over the cookies in the kitchen, or discussing their latest diets.

Even if they have the best of intentions, the nature of these conversations can upset me. I start comparing and analyzing what I’m doing as compared to what others are doing.


Most of the time, I try and tune these conversations out. There’s no sense comparing or competing, because everyone’s situation is different. But when I do chime in, I try and add positive encouragement, like “It’s all about balance!”

Now, the hard part is internal: saying it vs. truly living it.

Your Turn-

  • How do you deal with others’ negative body talk, or missed-the-mark diet advice?

Highlights of Home: 24th Birthday Weekend

A vacation to your hometown is still a vacation, right?

I never thought I’d be so excited to go back to my small town, but spending my 24th Birthday/Memorial Day weekend back home in Pennsylvania was just what I needed.

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I arrived last Thursday night, and stayed until Tuesday afternoon. Spending time with my friends and family made it a perfect vacation. I couldn’t ask for more!

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My Favorite Ways to Work Out at Home

It’s my Friday! Tomorrow I’ll be hopping on a plane and flying to Pennsylvania to spend my birthday/Memorial Day weekend back home. I’m so excited.

Although I was just home for a quick business trip, this will be more of a vacation. It’s much needed. On my agenda is a whole lot of friends & family time, plus eating, drinking, and enjoying a few days without work.

While I’ll definitely be in vacation mode, that’s not to say I won’t also be getting some workouts in. I’ll go crazy if I don’t!

Here are my favorite ways to work out when I’m home:

  1. Running my old trails. Nothing beats running at home. I spent a lot of time out on the trails training for my half marathon, so it’s always good to be back. Plus, I know the area like the back of my hand, so I can just zone out and go for it.
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  2. Walking with my Mom. One of our favorite things to do is go for walks together. Hopefully the weather will allow for some good ones!
  3. Doing an exercise video. I’ve built up quite a collection of Jillian Michaels DVDs, all of which are waiting for me at home. They’re quick, tough, and effective!
  4. Yoga at my favorite studio. Lauren and I used to occasionally take a yoga class together at my favorite studio downtown. If our schedules align, I’m looking forward to meeting up with her for yoga, coffee and baked goods on Friday.
  5. Pickup games. Though it’s been a while since we’ve been able to get everyone together, I used to love playing pickup games of soccer or volleyball with a huge group. Flashback to summer vacations, for sure.

I’m hoping this weekend will be a perfect balance of relaxation & celebration. That’s what it’s all about, right? Let the fun begin! 8)

Sweets and Beets Your Turn:

  • What’s your favorite way to work out when you’re traveling?
  • Any big plans for Memorial Day Weekend? I’m SO looking forward to burgers on the grill!

Feeling Better + Feeling So Austin

Next Monday will mark my one year anniversary of moving to Austin. I cannot even begin to explain how this year flew, yet crawled by at the same time.


SO much has changed in the last year. In some ways, I feel like a different person. All in all, this year has been incredible and I’m thankful for everyone & everything who has helped me along the way.

Recently, I’ve been identifying with this city more than ever. I really feel like I’m starting to belong. To give you an idea of what that’s like, here are some recent moments where I’ve felt so Austin.

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Best Week Ever Part 2: Best Friends Reunited

Fresh off of my surprise trip home last week, I was excited to have a visitor in Austin. My best friend from college, Sophie, came down to visit for a long weekend.

We hadn’t seen each other in a little over a year, so it was so great to get together again. In just about 4 days, we did and saw SO much. I think she got a great representation of Austin! 🙂

Some highlights of the weekend:

  • Burgers @ Hopdoddy — we both opted for vegetarian burgers and raved about how good they were. I chose the ‘Janis Joplin’ special which included a hemp patty, avocado, sunflower sprouts and cheddar.


  • Post-hike happy hour @ La Condesa


  • BBQ @ Salt Lick — I love bringing out-of-towners here because of the great vibes. Pack a cooler, bring a deck of cards, and wait it out in the sunshine.


  • Hanging out @ Jester King Brewery

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  • Nitrogenated Cold Brew @ Cuvee Coffee


  • Walking around Zilker Park, McKinney Falls, South Congress, the Farmer’s Market, and the Capitol.


  • Lunch on the Whole Foods Roof (… obligatory.)


  • Staying in and just talking, sitting on the porch, watching movies, and listening to 70s music — it was kind of great to just relax & hang out. It’s been too long!

All in all, I’m just so thankful I was able to see my friends and family all within the span of a week.

Between going home and having Sophie come visit, it was an unbelievably amazing week. I’ll never forget how happy it made me!

Sweets and Beets

Your Turn-

  • Do you ever get visitors from out of town?
  • What city is next on your travel bucket list?

Best Week Ever Part 1: A Surprise Trip Home

Oh, hey, blog. It’s been a hot sec.

The reason why I’ve been so MIA is because I had the best week ever. 

Last week, work gave me the opportunity to fly home to Pennsylvania for 2 days! We have a client in my hometown that we needed to meet with, so my coworker and I hopped on a plane to the Northeast.


do you love this high-quality Snapchat pic?

I didn’t say anything because I was planning to surprise my parents & friends. Keeping it quiet was killing me! I kept feeling like I was going to let the secret slip.

My parents weren’t home when I got in to town, so I let myself into the house and was sitting on the couch when they got home. Needless to say, they were in shock. I kept saying, “Everything’s okay! Don’t have a heart attack!” Haha.


Home sweet home!

Though I’ll be traveling home again next month for Memorial Day Weekend, it was so, so great to spend some time at home.

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