Hi, Bozeman. It’s me, Christine.

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends! I hope you are all enjoying some R&R and taking some time to yourselves. got to spend this weekend celebrating Miss Becca’s bachelorette party in Bozeman, Montana!

I know I have mentioned Becca before but she is one of my best friends. She is getting married October 6th and I cannot wait. We picked Bozeman because it is a local college town and we knew that people there would be down to party (def a perk that it is only 2 hours away).

We rolled in Saturday afternoon and went straight to Target to buy some booze to pregame. Unfortunately, I can’t drink because I am on prep but I was totally a cheerleader for these girls. Of course we took pictures before heading to dinner.

We didn’t make reservations anywhere for dinner, why? we don’t know, so we ended up going to a place called Teds. Their food was amazing. Becca and I both had bison filet and it cut. like. butter. I have never been that impressed with a steak in my life!

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I ordered asparagus and squash casserole as a side. And there was a garlic glaze that sat on top of the steak. I love the presentation of it all; almost too cute to eat! We got a few ‘before’ pictures of the bride but didn’t get any ‘afters’ (maybe just a few in-betweens).

 

We went to a bar called ‘Rocking R’ to hang out until 11pm (which I guess is when the party starts in Bozeman?) The ladies had a few drinks there and we just kinda watched the Bozeman vs. Washington game and chatted until around 11pm and then headed out to the next bar! I don’t really remember the names of any of the other bars but the girls had me rolling. They were being so funny and apparently when Becca starts to drink, she wants to hook you up with every boy in sight. None of us came home with boyfriends soo… good luck, Becca. Better luck next time.

Around 1:30am we decided to head home. Well, Taco Bell and then home. Becca found a bachelor party walking down the street and they were carrying a pizza, she LITERALLY convinced these boys to give her some pizza. I was driving and I couldn’t stop laughing on the way back to the hotel.

The next morning we all woke up and decided we needed food STAT. We went to this place and there was over wait .. we then stumbled upon the Cateye Cafe and I was over the moon (for obvious reasons). The entire restaurant was decorated in cats. I couldn’t think of a better way to decorate, honestly.

THEY CALLED THE BATHROOM THE LITTER BOX FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. They had little cat books and games lining the windows so you would be entertained the entire time you were there.

After breakfast we walked downtown Bozeman to do some ‘light’ shopping (more or less, I’m the only one that bought anything and it was totally a romper).

On the way back we allowed Britt to pick the music. Therefore we listened to Eminem the entire time. I didn’t realize that his music was as deep as it was but I got an entire life lesson of Marshall Mathers. SO, if any of you want to challenge Britt to a Eminem rap battle, I would totally be down to watch.

Right now, I am wrapping up my Sunday snuggled up on my couch with my roommates watching Halloweentown. Most people know that I ‘like’ Halloween and Fall but I do tend to take it to the next level sometimes. We are already trying to decide what to be for Halloween because my friend Jayde and I are throwing a small Halloween party bash!

Anyways! Need to get off the computer to finish watching the movie with my friends. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post!

Tata, friends!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your favorite rapper?

What is your favorite season?

Where is the best place you’ve been for a bachelor/bachelorette party?

 

Coffee, walks & the Bachelorette

This week has been C R A Z Y busy so far! Thus, I decided to post TWO posts this week to make sure that I didn’t leave anything out. I was so excited on Sunday evening because I got a gift in the mail (the best kind of gifts). I ordered a Fitbit Alta! I really wanted something that would tell me how active I was being during the day.

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It’s dark purple with interchangeable bands! It tells me my text messages, phone calls, active minutes, calories burned and steps taken. The active minutes was confusing to me at first but it is when you haven’t stopped moving for more than 10 minutes. ANYWAYS – I love it and can’t wait to share more about it after I wear it a few more times.

Monday morning was a good friend’s birthday, Natalie. So in honor of her birthday we woke up early to go for coffee and take a walk on the rims. One thing I love about Natalie is she is always wanting to do something adventurous. The coffee shop we decided to go to is a new coffee shop in Billings, Black Dog. The exterior and interior of the joint was very cute and I decided to get an americano with a splash of almond milk.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t the biggest fan of my coffee but I was happy to venture out and try something new! I love local shops! Since I work in a coffee shop I always love to try new things (especially our mess ups). Since I’m on prep I can’t really have an entire thick caramel, vanilla, latte made with half and half with a whip cream on top (I just made that up – but people order that!), so it is always nice to just take a sip of these drinks to try new things! Usually I get a coffee called a bee-sting. I get a quad shot over ice with honey, cinnamon and a splash of coconut milk.

One thing to mention about coffee if you are trying to cut weight, get in shape, or whatever, is that what you are drinking can really affect your fitness goals. Getting half the syrup or switching up your milk can be very beneficial in drinking coffee! Sometimes you should drink that extra flavor pumpkin latte. But when you are trying to reach a goal it can be detrimental to your diet.

Here is just a quick look at a Venti Starbuck Vanilla Bean Frappe vs. a Mcdonald’s hamburger. The three things that I always look at when before I eat something is carbs, fat and protein. To me, calories are not as valuable because if I am hitting all my macronutrients then my caloric intake should be fairly low regardless.

Back to discussing Natalie’s birthday! Here are a few pictures of our walk on the rims!

We had so much fun on our walk! Sidney (Nat’s roommate) and I got Nat a Fitbit for her birthday so we are now twins! The rest of the day was pretty mellow, I just went to volunteer at the crime center downtown and had to work that evening! The silliest thing happened when I got off though (aka, a not so funny story). I went to the gym for a late night session and my key FOB wouldn’t work! I was so sad. It definitely put me in a funk before I went to bed that night and I felt like I didn’t sleep as well because of it. I always sleep better when I’m completely exhausted from the day and I still had some pent up energy.

Tuesday I woke up and was ready to rumble. I wanted to make it to talk to the ladies at the gym early but actually didn’t end up going until after I got off of work! I wanted to workout after work but did not want to run home beforehand because it is SO HARD for me to get motivated once I am already home. Therefore, I took tuna packets togo so that I could eat them in my car before my workout!

I was so pumped to be back in the gym that I did a HIIT circuit and some lifting. I always keep my BCAAs close. BCAAs are so good to workout with because they help with soreness and the recovery process of your muscles (and also taste delicious).

It was the second day wearing my Fitbit all day and I reached 15,000 steps! I feel like Tuesday was not even an active day but I had 54 minutes of non-stop movement (cardio) and felt pretty proud with my end of the day check in.

The past few days I have been listening to a good friend of mine’s podcast. If any of you are interested in movies then you have to check it out here. Him and his brother discuss movie reviews in a very funny and witty way. It is even good to listen to when you haven’t seen the movie and it kept me enthralled the entire time I did cardio. I am always looking for new podcasts to listen to so if anyone has good podcast ideas, please share them in the comments!

After my workout I did some stretching. Stretching is so. good. for. you. Did you hear me? So. good. for. you. When you stretch you are increasing your range of motion in your joints. When you don’t stretch, muscles are tight and will have more of a tendency to tear. Stretching lengthens your muscles and can be truly relaxing to get into a good mindset before a workout.

After the gym I went home and watched the latest Bachelorette episode and boy was I bummed. I was already a day behind so I knew who was going to be the winner (I also looked it up a couple weeks ago because I am very impatient). WHY DID PETER NOT WIN?! I am so sad for him I hope that he will be the next Bachelor .. except he doesn’t want to get married so that would ruin the point of the show? Anyways, I was upset to see how Rachel treated Peter in the end but I do have to realize that it is reality tv and a lot of it is done for the viewing. I will FOR SURE be tuning in for BIP (Bachelor in Paradise) though. I am devastated to see that Dean will be making an appearance on there, low-key obsessed with him, but as long as my girl Raven shows up – I’ll be happy.

Back to business, Wednesday was a great day. I love Wednesdays more than any other day in the week. I feel like the week is halfway over and it doesn’t hurt that it is usually my day off. I spent the day food prepping but did end up going to lunch with a friend. Prepping can be hard during the summertime because there is so many events, lunches, dinners, birthdays, etc. But pretty much everywhere you go there will be always be healthy (ish) options. As long as you aren’t going completely H A M you will be okay. Sometimes it is needed to treat yourself.

I made soup for this weeks prep and I’m so excited to try it. I also do not know what I was thinking but I accidentally bought regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes, what? (But on the real, the bag looked the same and they were next to each other in the store). So I soaked the potatoes for about 20 minutes, peeled them and cut them into fourths. After that, I set the oven to 450 degrees and roasted them for 35 minutes! They came out a littttle crispy but hopefully when I microwave them they’ll be good.

I think soup should be an every season thing. I found this squash apple bisque and I can’t wait to try it! I will totally pair it with some chicken for some extra protein. Lately, I’ve been so on-the-run that I have been eating tuna packets DAILY. I don’t always have time to take two hours to prep, like everyone else – I only have 24 hours in a day. So when I stopped by the grocery store I made sure to pick up some of my quick go-tos for the week.

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I grabbed some tuna packets, yogurt and some rice cakes! I always keep Lenny and Larry’s cookies close. I always have sweet cravings and they are perfect for that.

Before I jet out for the rest of the day, I just wanted to share a quick plyo-leg workout.

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Have a wonderful rest of your week, friends! I hope to catch up with you all soon.

QUESTIONS:

What did you guys think about the Bachelorette results?

What is your favorites go-to snack?

Do you think that soup should be an every season item?