Lets Get This Party Started!

I’m baaaack!

My bridesmaid’s weekend has come and gone but boy did we have a blast! I have been on vacation since last Wednesday, hanging out in DC, traveling to West Virginia, relaxing at a cabin, chatting with my bridesmaids, and enjoying the beautiful March weather.

I am going to spread my bridesmaid’s weekend recap over the next few days as I have tons to share. I also have some exciting things coming up on Coffee, Cake and Cardio and can’t wait to share them with y’all.

Stephanie came into town late Wednesday night but the official weekend didn’t start until Friday.  Friday morning Becky, Stephanie, Neal, and I went to breakfast at Mancini’s to kick off the official start to the weekend.  Although Neal wasn’t coming to the cabin, I loved that he was able to join us for breakfast!  He’s such an awesome fiance!

I ordered the Greek omelet which came with potatoes and an English muffin.  The massive cup of coffee rounded out my meal.

Neal ordered the chicken fajita omelet with toast,

Stephanie ordered the southwestern omelet with toast,

and Becky ordered an egg sandwich with a side of corn beef hash.  I love, love, love Mancini’s and was happy to have it fuel the first half of our trip.  After a little grocery shopping and booze buying, we picked up Melissa from the airport and hit the road.

The drive to West Virginia from DC was uber short.  It took us just under two hours to get to Berkeley Springs, WV.  A stop at Dunkin Donuts was a must, but I must day, I have tasted the poison that is the turtle iced coffee.  Holy mama was that drink good.  It’s all I think about these days.  Right now I want one!

Once in Berkeley Springs, we did a little more grocery shopping and then headed out to our cabin, about 20 minutes from the town.

The cabin was older but had beautiful lighting and plenty of room for the 4 of us.

We had plenty of food for the weekend and only spent $120 on groceries for the 2 days… $30 a person, can’t beat that!

On the menu for the weekend was:

  • Friday night: Tacos, Mexican rice, sauteed peppers, and beans
  • Saturday morning: Yogurt, granola, and strawberries
  • Saturday night: Roasted veggie pizza and sauteed greens
  • Sunday morning: breakfast casserole, Mexican potatoes, and biscuits

We also had grapefruit and ginger cocktails, margaritas, and mimosas on the menu!  We started out Friday evening with a light and refreshing grapefruit and ginger cocktail by chef Becky.

Ingredients included:

  • Vodka
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Fresh ginger
  • Grapefruit sparkling water

Friday evening we settled in, drank a few cocktails, and shared stories.  It was a great way to start the weekend!

to be continued…


As I’ve shared over the past two weeks, I’ve really been struggling with my weight.  Although I’ve been logging my calories on My Fitness Pal and working out, I’ve still been eating more calories than I need to lose weight.  This weekend didn’t help at all but you know what, I had a wonderful time with my girl friends.

When I got back home last night I felt defeated.  How have I gotten back up to 230 pounds?  How haven’t I lost weight in prep for my wedding?  I had lots of things running through my head but Neal helped me realize that I’m doing a lot right, I just need to get  a hold of my triggers and figure out how to have control over my eating.  Together, Neal and I cleared my pantry of trigger foods (peanut butter, bread, sweets, etc.) and made a list of the foods I need to buy for the week ahead.  All I can do is jump back on the wagon and look ahead!

Neal’s and my professional engagement photos are in 14 days.  Will I lose 20 pounds in the next 14 days… NOPE, but I know that I can lose some and I can feel better than I do today.


Monday 25 minutes on Elliptical and 5 minutes on rowing machine
Tuesday AM Workout (haven’t decided yet)
Wednesday Cycle Bootcamp
Thursday ToneDef Cycle
Friday AM run with Neal
Saturday AM run with Neal
Sunday Fitness DVD

The week ahead is looking very bright and I want each day to be its own milestone.

One day at a time, one meal at a time, and one bite at a time.

Happy Monday!


  1. Stephanie says

    Yeah!!!! Awesome girls weekend. We laughed some of us cried, Lauryh Hill has that effect on me. I aplogize for not being a helper to you regarding the weight. I tried to keep taco night healthy. You are beautiful Ashley and remember peole love you because of your heart not the number on the scale. I will be praying for you and your goals. Ummmm amd the other margaritas were good too. JK.
    Love yoy!

  2. Katy says

    Don’t feel down on yourself, you are doing everything possible to get healthy!! So sweet how supportive Neal is about everything – he seriously is the best!!!!! That cabin is adorable and that grapefruit drink looks delicious!

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