A Rainy New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day was a rainy one in Ocala.

Hunter rain boots green

But we managed to make the best of the dreary weather and ventured outside a few times!

Ryan and I spent the first half of the day running around town and finishing up some holiday exchanges and returns before grabbing lunch at Panera.

I selected the You-Pick-Two option and enjoyed a hot bowl of vegetable soup with a turkey and wheat berry salad.

You Pick Two

It was delicious! I left feeling satisfied and not overly stuffed.

Once we arrived back home in the middle of the afternoon, we could tell Sadie was going crazy from spending so much time inside, so we decided to brave the rain and take her on a wet hike.

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We covered three miles and stuck to the trails that were shaded by trees so we didn’t get too soaked. The rain only started really pouring for the last five minutes of our hike and we made sure to take advantage of the towels I packed in my car when we were done. The fluffy towels quickly became Sadie’s new best friend since she loves the attention that comes with us toweling her off and snuggling her to keep her warm and dry.

By the time we made it back home, it was time for dinner! We spent the rest of the evening lounging on the couch, streaming the UCF game off the internet since we don’t have TV at all anymore (WOOHOO Knights!!!!) and eating banana soft serve that I made by blending frozen bananas with a splash of coconut milk.

banana soft serve

Oh so good!

After a day off work yesterday, I feel all messed up and I keep thinking today is Monday, not Thursday. Now it’s off to the gym to work and teach. Catch ya later!


  1. says

    It’s the cold front that is coming through Florida woot woot!
    It was hot here and muggy but we took the baby to the park and tried to enjoy the outdoors to the extent we didn’t melt.
    All day yesterday I felt like it was Saturday and now I feel like I got forced into coming to work on a Sunday. Not good! :)
    Hope you have a great day!


  2. says

    I love that Panera does that! It was one the things that made me fall in love with it. And yum that soup looks like Salsa to me, and I love salsa a little too much haha :). My dog is the same way, she loves being towel dried, and she loves running away with the towel on her head haha.


  3. says

    We have snow instead of rain! I don’t know which one I would rather – it is a blizzard here right now! We don’t have cable anymore either and watch everything online! It really helped to cut down on monthly expenses!


  4. Jackie says

    Hi Julie,

    Do you know of any good Juice bars in or around the Ocala area? Just started juicing but I’m very busy and want to find options in case I don’t have time in the morning on occasion.


  5. says

    I kind of like random days off in the middle of the week, you go back feeling like a Monday and then before you know it it’s the weekend again! Glad miss Sadie got out on a nice hike even though it was raining.


  6. says

    Awesome inspiration taking a hike in the rain! I took my two furballs outside in the blizzard yesterday and after a few minutes they turned around and pulled me home!

    Just curious – about how long did it take for your blender to get to that consistency? I’ve tried it once but ended up with chunky banana soup!


  7. Kate says

    We don’t have cable or satellite anymore either!!! I would love to know more about how you are streaming. We are using apple TV and loving it but not getting any sporting events!!! Happy New Year!!!


  8. says

    Great Post! Our New Years was raining as well in Puerto Vallarta. We made the best of it by dancing in the rain to bring in the new year. “Fitness is not about being better than someone else…but it’s about being better than you used to be.” Happy New Year!


    • says

      I honestly like it much better. I felt like we were watching mindless TV just because it was there. We have Netflix, so we still watch TV, but it’s more “purposeful” watching where we’ll sit down together to watch a movie or a show, if that makes sense. I DO miss Bravo though! :)


  9. says

    It is raining like crazy here on Van Isle, but I actually don’t hate it because I enjoy running in the rain. The only thing I don’t like is when my dog gets all wet and muddy.


  10. says

    I am near central Florida too, and I don’t mind the rain but I really wish we would get a cold snap! Being able to wear sweaters and boots for more than just one day would be a nice change.


  11. says

    All these day offs are messing my schedules, I’m totally lost on what day it is!
    I love that you went hiking even though it’s all wet outside. My dog won’t go out at all when it’s raining, wish she acted like a princess in other occasions… And I can’t get my man out either, to tell you the truth ;D


  12. says

    Yesterday felt like a Sunday big time… I’m so happy when I remember its Thursday not Monday too. Love banana soft serve= cheaper, faster and healthier than froyo! :)


  13. says

    Banana soft serve is the bomb!!! Haven’t had any since the summer…it’s been to chilly but now you’ve ignited a craving. We had lashing rain all day here yesterday as well…the even cancelled all the New Year’s Day swims because the sea was so rough.


  14. Katerin says

    I used to have a couple pairs of Hunter boots until they all started to all apart :( So I searched and searched for cute but effective rain boots and I fell in love with Le Chameau rain boots! They are a little more expensive, but they are way better quality and have lasted a lot longer than my Hunters!


  15. says

    We don’t have a dog but my car loves getting does off with a big total when she’s all wet and comes back inside from the garden. I seriously think she is more dog than cat!


  16. AJ says

    Your Panera combo is my favorite! I love that salad and I always get the garden veggie soup. I love the pesto (when they remember to put it on there!)



  17. says

    As I’ve been traveling for 6 months now while fitness training online. I am really digging hostels. I hadn’t stayed in them much in the first 5 months but have quite a bit in Guatemala and are starting to like them. The community and cheap price.



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