Ode to a Perfect Weekend

I looooove the weekends. That makes me unique, right?

This past one, I had the PERFECT weekend in my book.

Friday night started out with a healthy date with my friend Kelly. I stopped by my old office to say hello at the end of the day (where she still works) and we headed over to the gym for a quick workout. I ended up doing 20 minutes of intervals on the stairmill and then a quick strength training circuit and felt great. Afterwards, we grabbed some salads at Chop’t (the new seasonal Tabago Jerk Cobb has only 6 pts+ by the way and is DELICIOUS) and then headed to E Street Cinema to see Celeste and Jesse Forever.

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Though the movie doesn’t have the best ratings for some reason, I LOVED it. It was hysterical laugh-out-loud at some points, and touching to the point of tears in my eyes at others. A little depressing overall but really, really well done in my opinion.

Saturday I woke up bright and early and headed to Whole Foods to do a little shopping. I wanted to make this South Indian Lentil Stew I found on WeightWatchers.com and knew I would be out all day Sunday, so wanted to pick up what I needed first thing. After coming back from WF, I met my friend Jess at the gym and did 45 minutes of intervals on the stairmaster and led her through a strength training routine, which was fun! Afterwards, we did a little shopping, and then headed to meet up for our friend’s birthday in the late afternoon.

It brought me right back to college, party bus and all. We were supposed to go to Annapolis for a crab feast, but when we got there 32 people deep, they couldn’t make room for us. Next thing we knew, we got asked to leave for being too rowdy and ended up at Red, Hot and Blue, a barbeque place. It’s funny because there’s actually one in Arlington, which is just a quick trip on the metro from where we started, but we ended up traveling via bus to eat there. Whatever the case, we had a great time and it seriously brought me back to feeling like I was 21.

Sunday morning I had some exciting plans – my very first hike! Lauren had emailed me to see if I wanted to come up to Frederick for a hike and said that Ashley would join us. I jumped at the chance! My friend Tegan came with me for the hour drive up to Frederick, and before I knew it, we were at the start of the trail.

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We ended up doing a 5.5 mile loop which took about 2 hours, and I LOVED it. The views from the top were breathtaking!

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It was seriously the most perfect day. Since the ground was so rocky and uneven, I had to pay attention just enough to really be in the moment, but I felt SO relaxed. Plus, we were talking the ENTIRE time, so it went by so quickly and did not feel like even close to 2 hours.

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I can’t believe I waited so long to go for a hike!

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Is there anything you waited a long time to do for no good reason?

10 Comments on Ode to a Perfect Weekend

  1. Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer
    August 14, 2012 at 9:51 am (8 years ago)

    That does sound like a perfect weekend to me! I am actually going for my very first hike next week…around the NC mountains. I am nervous but think it will be relaxing once I get out there.

    • Beth
      August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am (8 years ago)

      Ahh so I am not alone!! You will LOVE it. I seriously can’t believe I waited so long!

  2. Lisa
    August 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm (8 years ago)

    So glad you liked hiking!!

    • Beth
      August 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm (8 years ago)

      i LOVED it!! I know you are a big fan, too 🙂

      • Lisa
        August 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm (8 years ago)

        Yep! I think it’s the best way to get some exercise.

    • Beth
      August 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm (8 years ago)

      Yeah we missed you!! I want to go again soon!

  3. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    August 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Whoa- I’ve never heard of that movie but I HAVE to see it!! I love Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg (and Elijah Wood!). Though I’ll probably have to wait until it comes to video…
    So glad that you enjoyed the hike! It was such a perfect weather day- and there’s no other form of exercise I’d rather do on days like that. And (duh) so glad we finally got to meet!

  4. Rebecca
    August 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm (8 years ago)

    I looove hiking! I did a great hike in the Adirondacks with my sisters-in-law just this weekend, about 6 miles and 2.5 hours, and it was exactly what you said–mentally stimulating but so relaxing at the same time. Plus it’s a great workout, and so intrinsically motivating!

  5. Deb
    August 15, 2012 at 3:43 am (8 years ago)

    I am dying to go hiking but have no one to go with. The closest thing I’ve ever done was wandering the trails through the CA redwood forests for hours. It was breathtaking to say the least! There’s something amazing about being surrounded by things so big and so old, and feeling so insignificant next to them.

    So glad you had such a wonderful weekend!


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