Redirecting energy, races, and Diners, Drive Ins and Dives

  Feb 1, 2016  |  #Thoughts

Hiiii guys. I hope you had a great weekend!

Luckily, the weather in Charlotte is warming back up after last week’s snow. It was 68 degrees yesterday! I made sure to get out and get some Vitamin D. I took these little guys on my walk. Always need fuel, right?

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So, intro question: how do you guys channel or redirect negative energy? Like frustration or lack of motivation, or even just “blah”? I found myself just feeling “blah” recently, with literally no energy to do a thing. But then, after doing nothing (can you really do “nothing”?) for a bit, I realized that really wasn’t what I was seeking after all, and that made me feel worse. I went for a run to clear my mind and found that did the trick.

I think it’s the endorphins from exercise that helped, and even the idea of challenging myself and having some time to just clear my mind and get out of the prior mindset. Usually, I keep pretty busy and there’s no time to even think about this, but I’m trying to have some “go to” activities on hand if the dark cloud feeling strikes again. What do you usually do to redirect your mindset or negative feelings?

Anyway, what fun things did you do last week or accomplish? Thanks to Meg for hosting Week in Review – here’s a little recap of last week and the weekend.

We crossed off TWO bucket list restaurants during Restaurant week, Copper and BLT Steak. Basically, BLT should be the bloggie’s namesake restaurant because we’re twinsiesss! However, they are an extremely classy bunch, located in the Ritz. Their normal menu does not appeal to my wallet, but Restaurant Week is such a great deal, it’s hard NOT to go.  I had some cauliflower risotto, some salmon with kombucha squash, and peanut butter chocolate mousse. This is everything in life, ya’ll. Must recreate ASAP.

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I stated some nutrition education materials for a few projects I’m working on. Timely, huh?

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We went to Pit Road Bar and Grille, a place that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. They have a bar and grill AND an indoor go-kart track. We tried these moon pie mini burgers because that’s what Guy Fieri had. I was a little hesitant at first, but I love chocolate and I love burgers – imagine both together. They were actually pretty amazing. I’d eat them again.

We planned on doing go-kart racing too at the same venue, but the wait was too long. Dangg, I was really looking forward to go-karting! Remember when laser tag used to be cool too?!

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I made an amazingly yummy tahini, kale and roasted chickpea salad. This was a win. I will share the recipe on Wednesday! Roasted chickpeas are da bomb diggity..

kale chickpea salad

I also made a huge brunch for 1 (table for 1?) with lots of pancakes and eggs. I woke up craving pancakes and a hangry girl needs what a hangry girl needs.

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I also watched the hubs compete in a 8k race and his team won! Prizes included growler’s to a local brewery, so we obviously headed over there after the race. Running and beer complement each other so well.

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I, myself, had a really good long run this weekend, but I also had a really horrible run this week. It’s funny how you can feel SO BAD during a run and then turn around and knock it out the next day. My ‘bad’ run had to do with a poorly picked and timed pre-run snack, which goes to emphasize how important those snack choices can be!

And, we completed a painting (This was on my bucket list). We made a little date night out of it, as part a “wine and design” night. We specifically picked this date because it was the Charlotte skyline!  It was the perfect atmosphere with trendy 90’s jams playing in the background and the teacher directing us on strokes and colors up front. Everyone’s painting came out so different but looked so nice in its own way. I’m proud of ours 🙂

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How do you motivate yourself during “blah” feelings?

Have you ever been to a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives place? What did you think?

32 responses to “Redirecting energy, races, and Diners, Drive Ins and Dives

  1. I like that Drive ins, Diners, and Dives show. I don’t know if I would have the courage to order the Moon Pie Burger. I like Moon Pies and Burgers, but I’m not sure about the combination of the two. Nice job on the paintings. I’ve always wanted to do a Corks and Canvas date night.

  2. I saw that episode of DDD! But, I don’ t know if I would be brave enough to try the moon pie burgers! But, the go karts would be fun! Your painting looks so cool! I agree with Tricia though – my husband is a paint contractor too, so I can’t ever get him to paint anything at home! LOL

  3. I’m going to have to pass on the moon pie burger because I’m not even a moon pie eater. BUT pass on over that PB mouse oh wow makes my mouth water just looking at all that deliciousness! I love salmon so I’d be down with that as well! I have to say you picked an excellent choice of taking a run to get you out of that slump, works for me every single time! I don’t even have to be out there long either! What a fun date night with you and the hubs, I don’t think I could get mine to do that. He’s a paint contractor so coming home to paint would not be at the top of his list lol! Thanks Sarah for linking up with us! I do hope you have a better week!

  4. i love restaurant week for that reason! and i discover a few eew restaurants that i like and wouldnt have other wise tried 🙂 also, i love your blog name!

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