Abigail Joy Dougherty: Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Expert & Lover of Life
2013, Blog, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Pure Barre

Cheers to the Weekend!!

Happy Weekend Sparklers!!!

SPARKLE!

This weekend, per usual, went by way too quickly!

Friday was productive and fun – a perfect combo in my mind.  I started out the day with a li’l cardio workout at the “new” gym and a spectacular Barre torture/class 🙂  Cardio was ~25 mins on the elliptical and 20 mins on the “stairway to hell heaven” followed by a quick trip over to Pure Barre – I just love that place!! Came home, answered emails,waited for a delivery from Crate and Barrel (!!!), got ready and headed to a meeting in North Tampa.  A wonderful new colleague suggested we meet at Organic Life Coffee and Bakery. They served delicious tea, coffee and all kinds of treats!! I had such a great time trying new things and talking all kinds of nutrition tips and tricks.

Tip of the day: Play around with plate size – try using the salad plate for meals instead of the dinner plate! This changed my life – the same portion size looks a whole lot bigger on a small plate than on a biggie! Try it on for size 🙂

Same Portion!!

I digress, back to the awesome coffee shop!!

Isn’t it cute?!

Watermelon green tea and my matching mani/mug! I couldn’t help myself!!

After the meeting, I headed to Quest, Inc to finish up a few things I couldn’t on Wednesday and then raced home to finish up another blog post… what was I thinking with this whole blog thing…?? 😀

Patrick got home from work ~5pm and we promptly hopped in the car to head to Gainesville to CELEBRATE some amazing friends’ recent ENGAGEMENT!! Yayay!! Pictures were taken but sadly they were dark and did not do the evening justice.  We went to an amazing restaurant, Sisters – I feel like I cannot visit Mike and Donna with out a trip to Sisters, I’ve never had a bad dish or drink there. They had an amazing live band, delicious food, wine and homemade desserts!! My friend Donna and I shared two entrees, the Meatloaf and a Vegan Panang Curry — Both amazing and yes, a weird combination!! 🙂  It’s all about balance right!? Dessert was PB&J Cake and Carrot Cake accompanied by cheap sparkling wine Champagne – One must have bubbly for a celebration such as this! Classy… That’s how Patrick and I roll 🙂

I stayed up WAY too late and had a little too much dessert and wine.  I’d love to say I am free from indulging a little too much but I cannot — I am VERY human and LOVE dessert.  Life is way too short to feel guilty about too much wine… at least every-once-in-a-while 🙂

JOKING!

Saturday, we woke up super late for us ~9am at our friends house to breakfast on the griddle!! Seriously, they made egg souffle’s (in muffin tins), pancakes and bacon!! And I thought we were treating them?! It was amazing!

We headed back to Tampa and got home around 1:30pm.  We had a delicious lunch – I had an open faced tuna sandwich with carrots and Late July Chips in Mojo – try these chips if you haven’t yet!

Tuna sandwich, veggies and Late July Chippers

After lunch, we put up our recent piece of artwork/print and admired it for like 30 mins, cleaned up — because you can’t have a dirty condo with a recent beautiful addition… Hahah, we’re such dorks! I tried to catch up on some accounting for the latter half of the afternoon and then we headed out for nice 6 mile jog.

It was absolutely beautiful outside. I thought a lot and prayed for family and friends up north weathering the storm!! I know how blessed I am to be here in Florida – especially during the winter months. The sun changed my life – NO JOKE!!

Dinner Saturday night was an accidental MAJOR success!! I was being lazy after the jog and did NOT want to have to run to the grocery store.  I thought about this almost the entire job — how to fashion a dinner out of what was in my fridge…  Homemade Naan Pizza!!

It wasn’t exactly the healthiest thing I’ve made at home but I didn’t have to go to the grocery store AND it was a whole lot better than going out!

I pulled out some packaged Naan that I had in the freezer for who knows how long – totally crossing my fingers it was not freezer burned…  Topped it with a little homemade marinara (petite diced tomatoes, garlic, a pinch of salt and blended), 2% cheese (we had cheddar and it was actually quite good), Alfresco Spinach and Feta chicken sausage, mushrooms, and onions with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

Baked at 400 degrees for 12 minutes

And I quote “I was expecting to be a little disappointed by this homemade pizza but this is the best I’ve ever had” per Patrick

Oh ye’ of little faith 🙂 JK I’ve made WAY mediocre homemade pizza before! Ha

Perfect portion for me – half of the naan pizza with a giant salad!

Dinner with me and Patty!!

Make this naan pizza!!

Questions of the day:

Are you a weekend workout warrior or do you take the weekends off?

What is your favorite takeout meal to make at home?

 

 

5 Comments to “Cheers to the Weekend!!”

  1. I am totally a weekend warrior! Love to be active on the weekends whether it’s Pure Barre, or doing a fun outdoors activity with my family! I always say that you don’t need to go to the gym to have a great workout, and I love that physical activity can be fun and good for you at the same time!

    What is your favorite takeout meal to make at home?
    PIZZA! I love the stuff to death, but making it at home saves a lot of calories by cutting down the grease factor. I also like that I can add whatever veggies I want as a topping. It’s way more fun, and yummy to get your daily servings of veggies on pizza!

    Loving the blog Abigail!! Can’t wait to follow this weekly. <3

    • Elise!! Yes, I completely agree!! Weekends are such a great time to work in the FUN “workouts” — the ones that don’t actually feel like working out 🙂 I just can’t get over how much fun I’m having at Pure Barre – Life changing!! <3
      Okay I feel like a dummy but what does LTB mean?! (Insert embarrassed face)
      Thank you so much for your kind words and support!! It truly means SO much!! See you soon!! XO

  2. I just found your blog and love it, great job! I’m from Tampa too:)

    My husband and I recently had the same revelation about Naan pizzas, we’d expected them to be like a pita bread pizza (never as good) but were astonished. We used to be Publix pizza dough devotees and it’s just not worth the effort to roll it out anymore. The naan is such a great crust.

    • Hey Rachel!! Thank you for reading and for your kind words! I am really having fun with this!! 🙂
      Seriously, Naan Pizza – AMAZING!! I am reading your blog too! Love it!! 🙂 Let’s definitely be in touch! 🙂

  3. Looks amazing!!!

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