*Exhale*


Hello, bloggies!!!  SO much has happened in the last few days I feel like we need a “previously on…Healthy and Fun” montage.

SO, where did we leave off.

For the first time in my LIFE I am officially on my own. Just recently moved into a house that I will be renting until September.  Fully furnished/ready to go.  It is AMAZING.  I am here…all alone.  I could walk around the entire house in nothing but my birthday suit, and no one would be the wiser (aside from some very confused dogs.)  Pictures of the new pad coming, I promise!

Also, in more exciting news….yesterday was both the Eight To The Eight’s interview process as well as Kathy Griffin live in Knoxville!!!  (insert girl squeal here, please.)

It was so odd being a “judge” for a competition like this.  I used to watch American Idol and think “those judges have it so easy!!!  Why do they need to take breaks?!?!”  Let me tell you.  After asking the same questions 400 times in a row, and sitting in one very uncomfortable seat….it gets exhausting!  Added to the fact that we had about 35+ 10 minute interviews (both couples and individual applicants) with literally about 15 seconds between.  Sheeeeeeew.

That being said….it was totally humbling, and one of the most rewarding/emotional times of my life!  Seeing all these people really putting themselves out there and admitting they need help becoming healthy really just puts things in perspective for me.  We had AMAZING applicants, and I have no idea how we are going to narrow it down to 8 teams.  No idea.  We are meeting for dinner tomorrow to go over applicants one more time (this time with included pictures!) and hopefully we can all come to a decision.

After interview time….one gal was on my mind:

Kathy Griffin LIVE anyone?!?!?!?!

Also, unknown to us….it was being taped for her new stand up special “Kathy Does The Bible Belt” on Bravo June the 8th!!!!  Score!  Make sure to watch/DVR and look for your favorite Blogger Boy doubled over in tears of laughter.  ;-)

When she started to rip on the show Hoarders…I lost it.  This show is one of my guiltiest pleasures…..and she had everything spot on, including the “cat skeletons” in these peoples homes!!!  If you don’t know what the beauty of Hoarders is………enjoy.

Yea…..fun times.  ;-)

On the way to Kathy, I munched on a variety of fun eats that I had packed for the road!

This bad boy was a banana/jam/almond butter wrap.  Booyah!

What can I say???  A days worth of interviews works up an appetite!  Starbucks was involved for hydration.  Have I mentioned the love affair I am currently having with the Passion Fruit Tea?!?!

There was also a run in with the infamous booty.

No explanation needed on the deliciousness of these green guys.

And because I wanted to keep the doctor away…

Before we knew it, we had arrived at the Tennessee Theatre!

Look at all the Kathy Fans!!!!  They were wrapped around the building!

Gotta have the signs…

Unfortunately….this is where the camera went bye bye.  They were militant about no cameras due to it being a TV film production, so I wasn’t able to snag any action shots.  In true Kathy fashion…she was absolutely friggin’ HILARIOUS.  Take my word for it.

On the way home from KGriff, I munched on my favorite Luna Bar:

Perfect end to a wonderful evening!!!

This morning was a scorcher!!!  It seemed to already be in the 80*’s at breakfast time….at which point, the Barrel was calling my name hardcore.  ;-)

Their oatmeal is fannnnnnnnntastic.

Can’t go wrong, right?!

At this point, I went into crazed-man packing mode…and started getting ready for the move.  I was shocked at how much junk I have actually accumulated.  Are you ready for the number of tennis shoes I had at the bottom of my closet?!?!?!?!

….seriously….get ready.

*27* PAIR!!!!!!!  What.  The.  Heck.

WHY does anyone need this many shoes?!?!  I didn’t even realize I had that many!  Needless to say, alot went in the donation pile, and did not make the move.  Perhaps I am more of a “Hoarder” than I gave myself credit for.

Lunch was somehow crammed in my face between clothes/random items being shoved into the car.  Huge bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch with raisins, chia seeds, and Almond Milk:

Once my car was filled to the brim with clothes, shoes, and more shoes ;-) I headed to my other gym for our FINAL group run.  It was very sad because this program has been amazing!!!  The “beginner” group has progressed so much, and I am so proud of all of them!!!  Also, it was an absolute scorcher out there today…and I never once heard a complaint.  You guys rock!!  Our big race is this Saturday…cannot wait to run with them and push them along…they will kill it!

After the running program, it was time for a much needed dinner with Maggie, and her adorable nephew, Greyson!

Who needs a high chair when you have a perfectly good lap?!  ;-)

Went to one of our favorite locations, Jack’s Grill!  Bonus was when we showed up for all day brunch!

Check out this description, and tell me your not in L-O-V-E.

I am not a fan of the flash!!!  It made the broccoli look extremely odd.  Darn you, low lighting!  ;-)  You get the general idea.  Pretty darn delicious.

Now I am in my NEW home…trying to get everything put away.  Decided blogging was my #1 priority.  I don’t know if that is a good thing, or an extremely sad thing…but it is what it is.  ;-)

Night bloggies!!!

Did I mention I am literally within WALKING distance of the YMCA now?!?!  Bring it on Monday.  I don’t even need a car.  :-)

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  1. All day brunch = win!

  2. Michelle

    That’s so exciting that you are in your own home and that you can walk to the YMCA. Greyson is absolutely adorable!!!

  3. Luna Peppermint is my favorite bar too. :)
    Awesome…on your own now..so exciting! I would definitely parade around in my birthday suit…duh!

    • It’s so weird. I have NEVER been alone. I don’t know what to do with myself!!!!!

      I heart that bar. It always makes me sing: “Lets have some fun, this beat is sick….I wanna take a ride on ya peppamint stick” hahaha

  4. Matt

    Congratulations Tyler! You’ll love being on your own. We saw you running along State Or Franklin tonight. I would have yelled, but you know I’m not the yelling type…lol…also tried Mellow Mushroom, pretty good.

    PS. Did you run into Jenny at Kathy Griffin? She was there too. :D

    • hahaha, you are totally not the yelling type, but thats ok. ;-)

      What did you get at the Mellow?!?! Their Tempeh Hoagie is officially my BFF.

      I didn’t see Jenny!!! Looked for her, though. See you in Spin tonight?! Come to Express Sculpt if you get bored. ;-)

      • Matt

        I almost got the Tempeh Hoagie, but chickened out at the last moment and got the avocado instead. It was really good, but could have used a lot more avocado. No Express Sculp for me…I have a date with Walmart…ugh…lol. I might do H.I.I.T. in the morning though…may as well, I never sleep anymore! See you in spin. :P

      • Oh come on Matty, you know you want some fermented soy beans!!! ;-) PS I am not teaching this week in the mornings, I had thought I was…but Vickie Austin is going to finish out this week, and I will start next!

  5. Congrats on the move! I am doing a move of my own in 3 months – grad school! Possibly even living in a dorm (single room, at LEAST semi-private bathroom)!!

    I am so going to have to try Cracker Barrel before I move. I want to try the oatmeal breakfast and another time the pecan pancakes.

    I have a random question for you – How long does it take you to post a blog post? It seems to take me forEVER when I try to post. Do you post directly with WordPress, or use some other blogging software? I’ve been slacking in my blogs, but wanna get back into it. The idea of uploading all the pics one-by-one again is daunting, though.
    Thanks!
    We missed you <3

    • Probably abouttttttttt, 20 minutes??? My pictures upload super quick..like 3 seconds per picture. haha. When I first started the blog, I had my image quality set wayyyy too high, and the pictures were taking like 2 minutes each to upload, which took a super long time. Once I toned the quality (size) down…..it cut my time down sooooo much it was ridic. PS the “size” of the image as read by your camera doesn’t affect the quality, just the size. For example, my old pictures could have been zoomed up to like 20x their size, which now they can’t. Thats the only difference.

      Pecan Pancakes first, Oatmeal second. Just sayin’

      Let me know about the time issue, maybe you need to scale back your picture size!!! Any more questions, just shoot me an email!

  6. Ian

    Congrats on the move, and KGriff is a beast :D

  7. that picture of you and greyson is adorable. love it.

    I’m so jealous of your YMCA proximity!

  8. Ahh congrats on the move! New houses are so exciting (and frustrating sometimes lol). Seeee jeally you got to see Kathy…Hello, she kills me.

    Shoes are kind of this mystery beast that multiply when you’re not looking. Every now and then I count and prune my shoe collection, but I’m riding high at over 52 pair … whooops.

  9. Jen

    Congrats on the move! Living by yourself is an awesome experience! I see some amazing things happening to you in the future. You’re working your tail off right now but it’ll pay off in the future…I just know it!

  10. Congrats on the move . . .I just called and will have the moving truck move my stuff from the apartment to the house on Friday! GAH!

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