It Finally Happened…

by Sarah on August 2, 2013 · 17 comments

It finally happened…

Papa Smart I  discovered the best, most perfect, most delicious way to cook sweet potatoes.

Tossing chunks in a bit of olive oil, some spice, and some salt and pepper, then grilling them produces what can only be described as a Sweet Potato Marshmallows.

Pillowy clouds of beta-carotene that I will never be able to recreate unless I obtain a Weber kettle grill in the near future.*

*Or any grill at all.


It finally happened…

Papa and Stepmama Smart reached the pinnacle of grilled pizza perfection.

I just don’t even know how to tell you the puffy, chewy, yet slightly crisp joy that was the crust.

And goat cheese? With pesto? And roasted vegetables?

I mean. Really.


It finally happened…

I stuck my face into the pulled pork BBQ at Whole Foods.

Kidding. Kidding.

(But the smell of it. Oh LAWD, the smell of it…)

I’m still an herbivore.

Who eats fish.


It finally happened…

I just don’t care about labels anymore.


It finally happened…

I have accepted the fact that I will never be able to get certain Charlottesville delights for a VERY long time.

or go to the farmers' market...

Like my favorite No Bull burgers.

Or the best kombucha IN. THE. WORLD. (I am not even joking.)

And why did they have to start making Tuscan Sourdough at Great Harvest JUST when I decide to go back to school?

olive oil from france just made this...divine

Not to mention the Green Goddess dressing from feast! that I didn’t discover until it was much too late.

[But I have a cooler ready to at least get SOME down to Alabama with me…]


It finally happened…

I looked into the mirror on more than one occasion and thought:

I feel strong.

thank you best body bootcamp?

I feel good.

I feel healthy.

this was from a while ago. but i just really like the photo. hashtag: narcissism.

And the fact that the number on the scale has inched up quite a bit since I stopped counting calories…well I’m trying not to let it bother me.


It finally happened…

Two weeks post-wisdom teeth surgery, I can eat nuts again!

And apples!

And cereal!

And raw vegetables!

And corn on the cob!

Some of these things are more difficult than others…

…but my lack of wisdom (teeth) isn’t keeping me in the land of soft foods any longer!


The other, unexpected, result of getting my wisdom teeth out is I have finally started flossing every day. My teeth have never been given so much attention.


It finally happened…

I had the breakdown.

I knew it was coming.

Monday night I finally had a blubber fest of nervous tears about my move, my new career path, my new life.It involved the phrases, “I’m not scared of the work, Mom; I’m MADE for this work!” and “I’m going to have to celebrate my birthday by myself.” and “I’m going to be 29 and aloooooooooooooone.”


I’m trying to keep in mind Lindsay‘s words–which came to me just when I needed them: “Learn... to focus on what you are becoming rather than what you are lacking.”

I feel a bit better now, which is good.

Because it finally happened…

Moving day is here!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany (healthy slice) August 2, 2013 at 7:14 am

It sounds like so many wonderful things are going on and you are stronger and more prepared for what the future brings than you think. You’re going to be amazing.
And remember, you can always order NoBull burgers online 😉
So excited for you!!


lindsay August 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

you will not be alone on your bday, we are all there in spirit. cheering for you! celebrating you! Because we LOOOOOVE YOU!

now.. about this kombucha.. I NEED


Kaila @healthyhelperblog! August 2, 2013 at 8:14 am

TOTALLY thought this post was going to be about eating BBQ LOL But I am so happy for all the things that are happening to do you right now! You will do great on your new path and you really are MADE for your new career! :)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 2, 2013 at 9:13 am

I am so, so happy for you… in so many way. First of all the nuts – we alllove to eat nuts! And the happiness and feeling strong. And the MOVE! You are living out your dreams. It doesn’t get better than that.

Love you!


Emily August 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

So excited for you and your new adventure! Enjoy every minute and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you.


Danica @ It's Progression August 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

I love this post….Change is so so scary, trust me, I’m right in the depths of it now, too! (as you already know : ) But I believe whole-heartedly that amazing things are coming your way! And not by chance either, girl, because you’re making them happen!


Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

Yay!! So many exciting things, so many changes, so many opportunities to GROW! Keep it up, and hang in there! :)


Heather @ Better With Veggies August 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

So much fun!! You’re ready for the challenges ahead of you, I know it!!


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I’m sending you so many happy, wonderful thoughts! I miss you friend but you are meant to do great things and WILL do great things!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl August 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

It has been awhile since I have seen anything that looks as good as that grilled pizza. Holy yum!!


Ttrockwood August 4, 2013 at 12:52 am

I am SO excited for you!!!!
And i am so proud of you for kicking the calorie counting- your sanity is much more valuable than any number or chart and i am sure that you are a much more healthy and happy person for it.
I suspect you will make friends quickly and thrive at school :)


Gina @Health, Love, and Chocolate August 4, 2013 at 4:48 am

I am ALL about the sweet potato marshmallows. Although let’s be honest, I tend not to discriminate when it come to orange tuber/squash type items…


Brittany @ Freckled Nettles August 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

So many wonderful milestones that you are approaching. I’m so happy for you! Keep kicking calorie counting and such right in the booty. I know I’m right there with you. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend, Sarah!


Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

Oh friend.. you are going to be great! maybe I can come down close to your bday and celebrate?? I’m so excited for you!
Grilled sweet potatoes… please come show me anytime on my grill!


Melissa @ Treats With a Twist August 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I had a birthday breakdown.
First, before I tell you, I am SO happy that you love yourself so much!!!
Now, I had a birthday breakdown. My birthday plans got cancelled, for the THIRD time. It’s officially down the toilet.
So pretend that we’re together. Celebrating OUR birthday.


Phyllis Hunter August 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Oh my gosh! I just saw your post. I had no idea! All great good luck in your new path. If you need anything, just let me know and we will have it in the mail the same day. Have a wonderful time and please come to see me whenever you are back in Cville.


Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 29, 2013 at 2:55 am

Oh honey!!! Oh my gosh! I want to hug you SO much right now!! I love you and miss you and ugh, I have tears in my eyes!! So much…oh I just can’t form words! *hugs*


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