Being Spontaneous: A Healthy Blogger Weekend

Yesterday morning I hopped on the bus to DC to meet up with Coco. I’m on the bus back now (Sunday night). We had a lot of fun; I got to hang out with Coco and her husband (!). Next time Bobby will come along with me and we will go hiking and pick apples. It’s fun doing things with other married people.

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Being spontaneous and being with a good friend is a great way to break out of a normal routine. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my daily regimen that I forget to stop and do something different. A weekend getaway is great for that.

A Perfect Blogger Saturday

On Saturday we walked a lot (5-6 miles). We had a yummy Malaysian lunch, we walked through Georgetown, we saw Eat, Pray, Love, and we ended the night with Vietnamese food. This is one dish from lunch (a noodly salad). I would have taken more pictures but I was too wrapped up in hanging out and good conversation!

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A Blogger Inspired Sunday Breakfast

This morning we (we = Coco) made HEAB’s coconut pancakes. They were awesome. Unfortunately my stomach has been acting weird and bloaty all weekend so I wasn’t very hungry, but I did have a decent amount of these, plus some cherries. Coco said she changed the recipe slightly, but I don’t know the modifications. You will have to ask her.

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We walked off breakfast by strolling through the touristy part of DC near the Whitehouse. Coco had gone running there this morning too before I woke up! (Maybe it wasn’t there… somewhere around there though. She is starting to taper for her half-marathon this weekend.) Think we did around 6 miles of walking. Walking = best way to exercise (in my opinion).

A Say Yes to Salad Lunch

Lunch was green and compost-friendly at Sweet Green (salad of romaine, edamame, cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, and sauteed mushrooms with some yummy creamy dressing). Our salads came with the best bread ever, which we both finished. Sweet Green was great – everything is labeled if it’s vegan, you can compost everything (even that “plastic” cup), and the food was delicious and satisfied my salad craving. I can never get enough salad. Ever.

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I am now finished with my dinner (Whole Foods prepared food) and dessert (apple and a Chinese candy from Coco) because this bus’s internet is so slow and it has taken me over an hour to write this. I guess that’s why it’s free because I would not pay for this.

I am off to sleep, or read my magazine (Women’s Health), or do some pondering. This weekend was so fun! I’m in a great mood and I can’t wait to continue my great mood this week. Upcoming…

  • Skincare (this is your last chance to ask me any specific questions! So far I am going to chat mainly about oily skin, but I am open to answering more – please comment below)
  • Exercise inspiration
  • Yoga guest post
  • Food/bread inspiration
  • (not necessarily in that order!)

What did you do this weekend? Do you have plans for Labor Day tomorrow?

I’m hoping to meet up with some more friends and spend some quality time with my husband (who I missed very much while I was in DC). Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder.

21 Comments on Being Spontaneous: A Healthy Blogger Weekend

  1. Kim
    5 September, 2010 at 8:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds like a great weekend so far :) Boy can I relate to this: “Being spontaneous and being with a good friend is a great way to break out of a normal routine. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my daily regimen that I forget to stop and do something different. A weekend getaway is great for that.” So true!

    I also agree that walking is a great way to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising (plus, you get to sight-see in the process). I love DC!

    How was “Eat, Pray, Love”?

    • Maggie
      5 September, 2010 at 9:18 pm (4 years ago)

      @Kim: I thought it was quite good! I mean, the only complaints I had also applied to the novel. (Mainly that it was kind of selfish / naive of her to do this trip in the first place. Isn’t there some saying about how the things you dislike in others are things that you dislike about yourself?) I love Julia Roberts too ;) She is probably my favorite actress. I’m not sure why it got such horrid reviews.

      • Kim
        5 September, 2010 at 10:39 pm (4 years ago)

        I felt the same way about the book! In a way, I was kind of jealous of her too, while also being turned off by her “selfishness.” Interesting, huh?

  2. Heather Eats Almond Butter
    5 September, 2010 at 9:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Maggie,
    What a fun weekend – so fun that you and Coco are both now married. You just sound so happy ever since your wedding. So in love. :)

    I’m honored that one of my recipes fed not one but two bloggers that I am quite fond of, and I’m glad you enjoyed them even if your belly wasn’t feeling 100%.

    I love weekend getaways, especially to see a good girlfriend. As much as I love my hubby, I need girl time! Sounds like a great weekend – lots of walking, a good friend, and good food. Perfect! :)

    Chris and I drove home from Michigan yesterday and spent today putting our house back together. I loved being able to take an extended vacation, but all the mail, etc. was piled sky-high, and so the first day back is always hard. I feel so unorganized, but thankfully, tomorrow is a holiday, and I’m hoping to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Oh, and speaking of mail, we got your sweet thank-you card. :)

    Have a good week!

    • Maggie
      5 September, 2010 at 9:21 pm (4 years ago)

      @Heather: Yay! There is something else coming too… Hope it gets there soon. It’s a package (but there is another card as well) ;) Heh. I had forgotten I mailed a thank you too.

      It is definitely hard to come back after vacation. But it is great to come back when you have an extra day to get things back in order! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

  3. Eden
    5 September, 2010 at 9:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Can you guys come to LA to hang and cook with me??? I wrote a mean review about Eat, Pray,Love but at least you enjoyed it. I had to pee most of the time and its long so I was miserable. PS, did you see that whole article in womens health about yoga???

    • Maggie
      5 September, 2010 at 9:29 pm (4 years ago)

      @Eden: I would love to cook with you! You can teach me all the proper cooking techniques that I am probably butchering ;) Yes, I actually had to pee the whole time too which sucked and my intestines were being all pissy. I am reading the article right now! The one with the very thin woman right?

  4. Eden
    5 September, 2010 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

    yup! but that whole sequence they give is sorta lame…..maybe I’m too picky about it cause I teach yoga. Women’s health always takes such beautiful food pictures, I liked the section with the asian ingredients in this issue as well!

    • Maggie
      7 September, 2010 at 7:16 am (4 years ago)

      @Eden: I made the soba jap chae (but different of course) and it was freakin awesome! I am posting it this morning. So good. So so good.

  5. Agnes
    5 September, 2010 at 11:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi!
    Regarding the upcoming skincare post, I would love to hear your opinion on breaking-out on a very clean vegan diet. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • Maggie
      7 September, 2010 at 7:17 am (4 years ago)

      @Agnes: Check back Thursday AM! My initial thoughts might be that it’s due to not enough fat, or too much stress, but there are a few other things that I will chat about in my post Thursday.

  6. Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)
    6 September, 2010 at 4:14 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely weekend! I worked but still hung out avec mes amis.

    Ok, SKIN QUESTION! I used to have perfect skin. Now, I have mild acne. A facialist said it was probably my birth control. However, this one works better for me in all other areas than previous ones I’ve been on. And skin recommendations, or should I just switch?

    • Maggie
      7 September, 2010 at 7:19 am (4 years ago)

      @Mimi: Oo good question. I will definitely answer this in more detail on Thursday AM, but my initial reaction would be to try going off of birth control for a month or two and see what happens. There is a non-hormonal IUD (forget what it’s called) that I’m going to be getting soon and it sounds better than the pill. (I had a bad pill experience, so I’m kind of anti-pill.) But aside from that there are a lot of other things it could be, like stress, not enough moisture (even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize), etc… I will list a bunch of things Thursday!

  7. April
    6 September, 2010 at 6:50 am (4 years ago)

    Hooray for being spontaneous! I always panic when I do that but then afterwards I feel I should do it more often :) I’m glad you two had a great time!

  8. Abby
    6 September, 2010 at 10:15 am (4 years ago)

    Fun! I think it’s kind of neat how your friendship has evolved into that of two married couples ;) I haven’t seen the movie, but I agree with your assessment of the novel. While I enjoyed the concept of honoring yourself and blah blah blah, I did find her actions a bit too selfish for my liking. Maybe it’s because I was jealous she had the opportunity? ;)

    At any rate, it does look like a very fun weekend. Of that I am sure I am jealous ;)

    • Maggie
      7 September, 2010 at 7:20 am (4 years ago)

      @Abby: I’m definitely jealous of her. If I could take a year off and go gallivanting around the world, I would so do it!

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