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Smoky Mountain Half Marathon Training!

Good morning, and happy Friday! I have a bunch of fun things to share today, so let’s get started!


Yum! The nearby Whole Foods has the most delicious figs in their produce section! I’ve been throwing them in to a bunch of my meals and snacks throughout the week.

The other day, I had sliced figs, Greek yogurt, and this new NoGrainOla snack I found.  NoGrainOla is made from almonds, carrots, dates, and coconut. It’s a perfect snack and is low in sugar :)

figs and nograinola

Then, this morning I had the brilliant idea to make a sweet frittata with figs, gouda, and cinnamon.

Here’s the quick recipe:


  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 figs, sliced
  • 1 gouda babybel (or a higher quality gouda…I’m sure that’s better!), sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Mix cinnamon in with scrambled eggs. Heat coconut oil in an omelet pan over medium heat. Pour in scrambled eggs and allow to cook for about one minute. Lay slices of figs and cheese into the eggs. Cover with a lid and cook for 5-7 more minutes, or until egg is cooked through.

fig and gouda frittata

Now that delicious food has been covered, let’s talk half marathon training!


smoky mountain half website

Those who know me well know I LOVE the Smoky Mountains. They’re like a fairytale land, and I’m always in awe of the park’s beauty. So when Ryan sent me this race day video (which I included below!), we decided that night we should do the race. Here’s the catch…it’s in less than two months.

The Appalachians are so beautiful that I don’t even care that this won’t be my best race time. I’ll run slow and steady while enjoying the scenery. I am SO EXCITED.

Last week, I made a training plan that gives me eight weeks to train, not including a final easy week before the race. Take a look:

half marathon training plan

Those of you who are more seasoned half marathon runners might point out some mistakes or some abnormal training choices, but that’s okay. I’ll be running near the SMOKY MOUNTAINS. My plan is to run at least three times a week. I included two cross training days, one of which is an optional run day. So, sometimes I’ll run four times a week. I generally run more than that when training for a half-marathon, but because I’m not really in distance-running shape I want to be careful and not injure myself. (Last time, I ran on a stress fracture…not something I recommend.)

September is going to be packed! We have the race, then my brother-in-law and future sister-in-law’s engagement party in New Orleans the following weekend, and my parents come to visit us in Georgia the weekend after that! It’s a busy month, but we’re excited :)

What fun things are you looking forward to this Fall?

Jillian Michaels Workout & Smoked Salmon Salad

Today, everything happened the way it should have. Why does this matter? Well, like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my life has been a bit of a mess recently. Ryan and I moved into our house, and I began a new school semester in an online program…but I had no steady source of internet so I couldn’t keep up as well as I would have liked.

I also took a Paleo break because for a solid three weeks I didn’t have a functional kitchen. So today’s activities marked everything falling back into place where it belongs :)

And that’s why it’s okay to take breaks and be forgiving of yourself and your situation. Life happens in cycles, and normalcy will eventually return!

WORKOUT – via Jillian Michaels!

I still haven’t found a gym or bootcamp nearby, so I will be some including some runs, walks, workout DVDs, and Amazon Prime free workouts into my routine for the time being.

jillian michaels 30 day shred

Today I did level 3 of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. I don’t use the DVD has a full-out workout program. (That sounds boring.) But it’s perfect when you have some time to squeeze a good cardio/strength combo workout. It’s so efficient! It has some challenging exercises (linked for reference!)

It’s a great strength workout to include after a walk or run. But don’t underestimate the challenge! If you do all the jumps full-out, you’ll feel the burn :)

jillian michaels quote

She has a lot of intense quotes, but this one of her few “every man” quotes :)


After taking a test for my action research class this morning, I was looking for a quick lunch before my workout and house cleaning.

I sort of experimented here, and my concoction turned out well! Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 2oz smoked salmon, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 3/4 cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced

Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl!

Before adding yogurt sauce:

After adding sauce:

The smoked salmon salad was filling and nutritious, perfect for getting me through my workout, house cleaning, through to dinner!

Question: Are there certain at-home workouts you love?

Smoky Tomatillo Chicken Recipe

It’s another rainy day here in Decatur, but I really don’t mind. Now that I have to water a real, grown-up garden, front and back, I LOVE the rain :)


Once the rain stopped, Ryan and I went for a 5 mile walk on the Cherokee trail in Stone Mountain. This place is really underrated. Sure there’s a goofy theme park with strange “Western” shows, but the natural areas, which dominate most of the park, are absolutely beautiful!

Here are a few pictures of the Cherokee Trail:


We didn’t expect the hike to be so pretty! For half of the hike, the trails follow two lakes. For about a quarter of the hike, you’re hiking along the edge of Stone Mountain. You cross the one mile walk up trail that climbs 825 feet in that one mile, so if you’re looking for more of a challenge you can finish your hike with a climb to the top!

After this beautiful hike, Ryan and I were pretty hungry. Tonight’s dinner was a Smoky Tomatillo Chicken recipe that is simple and full of flavor!


smoky tomatillo chicken recipe

Smoky Tomatillo Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 16 oz jars salsa verde
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 5-6 drops of Chalula hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional Ingredients
  • salsa
  • cabbage leaves
  • tortillas


  1. Heat a large skillet with coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Cut chicken into large chunks (optional, makes cooking and shredding easier).
  3. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on one side. Flip over, cover skillet, and cook for 10 more minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  4. Set chicken aside to cool.
  5. Combine salsa and remaining ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Shred chicken and add to salsa mixture.
  7. Add all ingredients into a large sauce pan, and warm over low heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve over cabbage leaves (for Paleo) or tortillas (for everyone else!). Add more salsa, if desired.

It’s simple to prepare, smoky, a little spicy, and very yummy!

Question: What’s your favorite easy chicken recipe?

Paleo Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita Recipe


I’ve only stopped following the Paleo diet twice since I began this fun journey a year and a half ago. The first time was a three week period that included my wedding, my honeymoon, and a trip to another friend’s wedding, all one right after the other.

It’s funny how exactly one year later I took my next three week break. Ryan and I celebrated our anniversary, I moved a car-load of boxes to Georgia, discovered a little bit of Decatur with my friend Sarah, went to a friend’s wedding, and continued to drive back and forth between Georgia and Texas until the final move last week. Even then, I wasn’t able to go right back to the diet because hunger trumps all things in most situations! Pizza and sandwiches were consumed and enjoyed.


I went for my first regular grocery shopping trip today, so I think my three week hiatus has finally come to an end! Three weeks is a long time, enough to break my good habits. I need to get back into an exercise routine and back into the weekly meal planning and grocery shopping routine. The key (I believe) is to take it slowly and be very forgiving of yourself!

Now let’s talk about margarita recipes!


watermelon grapefruit margarita recipe

It’s officially summer, and there’s nothing like a cold margarita made with fresh ingredients! What exactly makes a margarita recipe Paleo? Well, it’s all in the quality of tequila! If you use 100% agave tequila, you might be doing yourself a lot of favors!

100% agave tequila:

  • Will save you from hangovers
  • Has properties that lower cholesterol
  • Has properties that lower blood pressure

Of course this doesn’t mean we can go ahead and replace water bottles with agave tequila, but it’s nice to know that not all forms of alcohol are out to get us!

watermelon grapefruit margarita


This recipe includes fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, pureed watermelon, agave syrup (which can easily be left out), and 100% agave tequila.

This margarita recipe is one of three recipes that I have contributed to the blog It Is A Keeper; this means I can’t post the recipe here, but follow this link for the exact measurements :)

When you try it, let me know how it goes!

Tomorrow I will have a delicious recipe for Smoky Tomatilla Chicken Tacos! Come back tomorrow for the details :)


  • What do you do to get back on track?
  • What are your favorite fresh fruits to put in margaritas?