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Fast cars and a yard of bricks

Well, hello there!

I am nearing the end of a really great weekend, that began with a trip to Indianapolis and ended on the couch with my dog watching the “Halloween” remake from a couple of years ago. I’m a big fan of the original but I love Rob Zombie, so I guess I can say it’s okay. The first half is pretty awesome though.

Anyway, on Friday morning I got up at 5 a.m., ate a quick bowl of oats + almond butter and hit the road with my best friend Courtney for the two hour trek up to Indy. We stopped at Speedway for coffee first too. Haha, Speedway on the way to an actual Speedway 😉

Chevy Day was a major success! We got to see two practices, a Q&A with Tony Stewart and lots of other fun displays and people watching. For lunch, I ate an almond butter sandwich I packed in my purse (they let food in thank goodness) and a bag of Sun Chips. I also had some mini Larabars stashed in my purse for snacks.

It was hot, though not nearly as hot as last year, and we were parched and tired of water, so we invested in some frozen Lemon ices, which were totally yummy, even if they contained over 60 grams of sugar (eek)!

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It really quenched it though!

We were so blessed to have friends we could stay with in Indy and they so graciously fed us both dinner and breakfast the next morning. On the way to their house, we couldn’t help but notice this amazing place…

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I had never been to one before!! And now we want one at home! 😦 I wish we hadn’t been limited to stuff that has to sit in a hot car all day or else I might’ve made some major purchases!

We arrived to a lovely grill out dinner, which really hit the spot after a long day of traveling, loud car watching and sunshine (thank goodness for spray sunblock, it’s the best).

I had a bratwurst with onions and ketchup, corn on the cob, some chips and a lovely fruit salad. Behold.

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Over the course of the rest of the evening, I had two chocolate chip cookies, two Miller Lites and half of this bad boy that we picked up at Super Target.

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It was some chocolate brownie peanut butter thing with peanut butter cups and chocolate drizzle. Heaven in a plastic container for $2.49.

Yowzah, I’m definitely an emotional eater, I think I was tired, not to mention everything just looked so darn good.

The next morning, my friend made some amazing pancakes, that I topped with half a banana and a small drizzle of syrup. I also had a not pictured yogurt for some protein.

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At the track, I munched on another mini Lara since the pancakes didn’t hold me over too long. When it was time for lunch, I only had one thing on my mind…

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I think the reason for not eating stuff like this on a regular basis is that it really is a special treat when you get to. It wasn’t the best tasting food I’d ever had but it definitely satisfied a craving and it will be a long while before I have it again 🙂

On Saturday, we watched qualifying, which was delayed by 4 hours thanks to some lovely rainstorms. But it definitely cooled the weather off so that helped 😉 We also got to see a lot of drivers walk by and got some autographs!

We left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (aka the Brickyard) around 4 in the afternoon, so we stopped for dinner on the way home. We tried to find something we didn’t have at home, but we settled on Max & Erma’s because we were just ready to eat and options were limited. Plus it was the same place we ate on the way home last year so it was like tradition!

I got half a chicken salad croissant and a bowl of chicken tortilla soup.

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It was a really great meal and we had an amazing waitress which made it an even better time. I think we just might have to hold up this tradition!

On the way home, I snacked on some peanut M&M’s…needless to say this was an indulgent weekend! I’m looking forward to getting back to more balanced eating and exercise this week 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed your weekend as well…”see” you soon!

Weekend catch-up

Friday

Afternoon snacks – Kashi bar + Mozzarella cheese snack

Dinner @ McAlister’s Deli…turkey deli sandwich with chicken tortilla soup!

New camera pics begin!!

Dessert – So Delicious vanilla non-dairy ice cream, Cocoa Beach granola, and 1 tbsp cinnamon raisin PB

Saturday

Walked 7.2 miles at the mall with my family! They absolutely rock, can’t wait for the 10K this weekend. The work out definitely deserved this…iced coffee with nonfat milk 🙂

Grilled cheese with habanero ketchup, green giant veggies, ripe & juicy pear…a perfect meal.

A later dinner called for an afternoon snack…honey roasted peanuts.

Dinner @ Jimmy John’s…a #6 (Vegetarian) without mayo and a huge pickle! I got the french bread, which is technically not crap-free but ok to have once in a while. It really hit the spot, so it was worth it.

Dinner Part 2 / Early Dessert – Tall nonfat Caramel Macchiato!

Sorry...discreet cell phone pic as not to blind my husband driving!

Sorry...discreet cell phone pic as not to blind my husband driving!

Went to a bar to watch a local band with some awesome peeps. Drank tons o’ water and worked up an appetite for this by the time we got home!

It seems like since I went Crap Free, I have been doing way more awesome on the weekends, staying balanced and not as much late night munching going on…

Sunday

Apple Cinnamon Raisin PB oats (made with 1/2 water, 1/2 soymilk)

So good, had to take another pic…

Lunch @ Max & Erma’s…more discreet camera phone pics, sorry…half hula salad and cup of chicken tortilla soup, weekend eats were very tasty!

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I picked off the tortilla strips because I didn’t need them!

I was dragging so much by Sunday afternoon and I still had quite a full day ahead of me. So, I went a little crazy and with the warm weather decided to get a frappuccino! Don’t worry, it was still light, mocha light in fact, yay!

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After I consumed this, I did get more energy and managed to get everything I needed to done. I hate to rely on caffeine like that but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, ya know? Today was my “rest” day but I did so much cleaning and other household chores that I felt like I got a workout.

Went home and took about a 45 minute nap which was just right 🙂

Made a quick dinner before going to a church event with my dad!

Boca veggie burger (which I’m happy to report has way less ingredients than that Morningstar), with 2% cheese, spinach & light mayo on whole wheat, green giant veggies.

The speaker we went to see was awesome and I told my dad afterward, it was no coincidence that I was there. The message dealt with a lot of things I was struggling with and gave me lots of comfort. At one point, I looked up and said (to God): “You’re good.” I feel so much better about things now.

Dessert (and a PB snack) consumed while watching “Big Love” and “United States of Tara” with the husband:

Back to the grind…