Thursday, September 12, 2013

Trip to San Antonio!

I just returned from a lovely trip to San Antonio and I have to say that I am dead tired. My flight left at 5:30 in the morning and didn't return until midnight the next day. However, it was a really awesome experience! One of the major perks of what I do is that I get to travel and see the country and I had never been to San Antonio before.

Some things that I noticed:

#1 They have blackbeans with breakfast which is delicious choice
#2 Its a much smaller city than I would have imagined
#3 Everything is Tex-Mex meaning cowboy boot statues, bright and vibrant colors: reds, oranges, yellows

I think that the best part of the trip, besides the food, was that my hotel was overlooking a national landmark! The Alamo!

The Alamo! Much smaller than you would imagine

I was able to run in the morning around the Alamo for a solid 2.5 miles before starting a long work day and I have to say that I do not think that it trumped the quesadilla that I had for dinner but oh well! While on my run, I got to see a lot of the historical statues and buildings along the Alamo and  The RiverWalk which is an area that is filled with old restaurants and bars. As a matter of fact, I had dinner at the oldest restaurant in San Antonio that was located there but it was entirely too dark to take photos.

The Riverwalk

The oldest church in San Antonio

At the end of the day it was back to the airport but not without stopping on the way at a local place called Chacho's. Chacho's is pretty well known for their delicious margaritas! I got a strawberry one and I have to tell you, it was a little too good!

 I didn't get back into Charlotte until around midnight and didn't hit my pillow until 1:30am. I woke up my fiance in the process and scared the crap out of him getting in to bed. Oops! Such is the life of the weary traveler.

I indulged a bit in the local fair but tried to keep it as healthy as possible salads, meat, a hearty and healthy hotel breakfast and a solid run. All in all, I think a wonderful experience in a beautiful city!

Monday, September 9, 2013

LMWL Challenge Week #1 Recap and Tuxes!

Hello all!

If you read my blog last week, you already know that this week started the Sarah Jenks, 28- Day Live More, Weigh Less challenge. I wanted to give you a little recap and also, give a big thank you to my friends Nicole and Kat because I told them about the challenge and they are doing it too!

So, in order to actually be signed up to win prizes and stuff, I have to post photos of myself accomplishing the challenges on instagram and facebook. This means that I had to sign up for yet another social media site. So, if you want to follow me on instagram, look me up 'kenzieleigh18'.

So the challenges were set out like this, on Monday you get an email that gives you a small challenge every day to improve your health and happiness. Sometimes its watching a video they send, sometimes its food or exercise related.

Tuesday- Buy yourself flowers
Wednesday- Make a green smoothie
Thursday - Eat Mindfully
Friday -Watch a video they sent
Saturday - Hike
Sunday - Watch the sunset

Tuesday's challenge was to buy yourself flowers, which I thought was very sweet because I usually don't spend money on myself. It felt like someone was giving me permission to buy something nice for me and not feel bad that the money should go towards a student loan, the wedding or my savings account. A $10 bouquet of flowers can make all the difference!

Saturdays challenge was to take a hike and get outdoors so Kat, Nicole, Nicole's mom and her son, cute little baby SJ went on a walk/run in the park.

It was a really great time and was followed up by a trip to a new farmers market in Charlotte. I love hitting new farmers markets! I totally spaced on Sunday and got caught up in cleaning and laundry and so I didn't make it to the sunset but all the others were achieved!

Sunday I did something else for my mental well-being. I finally cleaned out my closet and shoe closet to get rid of all the crap that I don't wear anymore or is so old, it needed to go. Two garbage bags full to donate to The Sandbox.

Some of the challenges this week include things like only eating when you are hungry for a day, wear red lipstick and tell your body you love it. I am traveling for work this week and so I don't know how appropriate it will be to wear red lipstick so I might have to do some of these things out of order but still, this is an approach I haven't seen before to overall health and I like it!

For a wedding recap! We also checked a few other things off the old to-do list. We got the tuxes for the bridal party ordered and an email sent out to all the guys with the details for the wedding and their attire.

Here is a little sneak peak of how handsome Dwayne is going to look!

This week I am headed out to San Antonio for work and am looking forward to a little bit of travel and a change of scenery. Hopefully, I get some good pictures!