Hi there 🙂 This weekend was a blast, but today I feel like I need to recoup from it! Do you ever have that happen? I need a break from my break!
Yesterday for lunch we went to BJ’s Brewhouse for lunch with some new friends! We had some chips and salsa to start off with:
And at the recommendation of Ethan, we got the Buffalo Chicken Pizza:
It was really good! I’ve never had celery on a pizza before (and honestly am not a big fan of celery to begin with), but I enjoyed 2 slices. YUM! When we got home we got to call our moms and grandmothers and tell them all how much we love them and appreciate them 🙂 Then we might have taken a nap (oops!) and then played frisbee while the dogs ran around a field by our house. ‘Twas the perfect Sunday afternoon!
Since I am a fur-mommy, we celebrated Mother’s Day by visiting a new-ish restaurant:
Bagali’s New Orleans Inspired Italian! The first time we ever drove by we were intrigued by the “New Orleans Inspired” part of the sign. Growing up in Texas we always had pretty easy access to New Orleans, and if you’ve ever been there you KNOW that the food is absolutely heavenly: tons of spice, richness, and flavor! We started off with some Prosciutto-Wrapped Jalapenos:
Oh.my.word. The prosciutto was caramelized around the jalapenos, and those were stuffed with an herbed cream cheese. VERY different (in a good way) from the usual deep-fried jalapeno poppers! Next, Nate and I split the Beet, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Salad:
This was my first time to ever try beets, and I have to say that I was NOT impressed. I feel like all over the blog world people have been ranting and raving about how beets are this incredible food, both sweet and earthy, and the best accompaniment to salads EVAH. Not so in this case. I ate the whole thing because great goat cheese and toasted walnuts can cover a multitude of foodie sins, but I don’t forsee myself eating beets again for a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time! For dinner Nate ordered the Baked Ziti (sorry, the lighting was really dim):
I know that photo isn’t good at all, but this dish was amazing! I had about 2/3 before I decided I was full, but I should have stopped a little earlier than that. It was truffled ziti with a spicy, creamy, cheesy sauce and herbed bread crumbs. HOLY YUM! Bagali’s has great food and a great atmosphere; the only thing I would change is make the prices a little lower. It’s a great place to go on a nice date, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable suggesting it for a group of friends to eat out at because it’s more expensive than other good options out there. To finish off the night we rented It’s Complicated:
This was a good movie, but not nearly as good as I had really hoped. The best parts for me were the shots of Meryl Streep’s home and the parts that had John Krasinski (Jim from The Office) in them. Still, it was a great way to relax and unwind before going to bed!
This morning we got up early and got ready early since I was meeting with LeeAnn for my PT/chiropractic. Have I mentioned lately she’s awesome? Well, she is 🙂 Before we left I made myself a chocolate peanut butter GM:
This never ceases to be amazing! I took the time this weekend to cut up a bunch of bananas and put them in baggies in the freezer to make the GM-making process a lot smoother in the mornings. It definitely worked today! LeeAnn hasn’t released me to run just yet, but I think that’s probably a good thing. I would really like to be able to find a greater balance with my eating habits before trying to introduce a higher calorie-burning exercise into my life again. The thing is, I would justify eating crap because I would run, but I want to eat well because it makes me feel great, and run because it makes me feel great. It’s still a struggle to find a way to convince myself to make a change in my eating habits, but something I read on the Fitnessista’s blog this morning really struck a chord with me: “Change creates change.”
This was definitely something I needed to read. Last night I thought about ordering a huge salad, or even just getting some grilled chicken & veggies for lunch. I always THINK about getting something healthful at restaurants or friends’ houses, but have trouble following through. If I do that a couple times in a row, it really gets me down. And throw in a little less activity? Fuggedaboutit. It’s a cycle that I’m trying to break, but that quote really made me see that if I expect change to happen, I really have to change. Apparently I’m clueless sometimes…
Do you have a quote that has instigated a change in your life? What was it? And what change did it help you make? I’d say “change creates change” is definitely at the top of the list right now for me!