Birthdays and Leg Days

I want to start off with a Happy Birthday message to my Auntie Bea! We had a party to celebrate a few months ago and another small one this past weekend because when you are as great as her, you deserve a whole year of celebrations!

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Do you know what’s really fun? The day after Leg Day, when you can barely hobble out of bed and down the stairs. Fortunately, I’m always hungry in the morning, so the call for eggs was too strong for me to ignore.

Let’s take a look at that workout.

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In total, it took about an hour and twenty minutes to get through it all. So yeah, I’m sore, but it was a kickass workout!

On the workout menu today is a run that will have to be taken to the treadmill thanks to the rain and griminess outside. It might sound crazy, but running is actually a great way to stretch out those legs!

Happy Wednesday!

 

Scenes From A Weekend

What a way to start a Saturday morning: 50 degrees in February!

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Some people look super cute and glistening when they run. I look:

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Start of girls night!

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The best way to make a large head look small is to turn it into a head sandwich.

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Yeah, this girl actually used a map to get us to the bar.

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I just really wanted to dance, it was overwhelming.

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Tasty!

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I finally danced, on my own terms.

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We’re finally warming up, Coconut and me.

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No day is complete without food.

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And more food.

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I’ll be better about blogging. Promise.

Get Moving!

I am a bad blogging lady and I am sorry. Please let me make up for it by regaling you with some ridiculous antics that make up my life.

Looking back at the weekend, I spent a lot of time working, which is fine because I love what I do. Saturday was particularly elongated, but I had gone to Lush for the first time on Thursday in anticipation of this and was looking forward to a bubble bath and face mask. It also happened to be freakishly cold these past few days, so there was a lot of anticipation building into this bath. I watched as water began filling up the tub and steam started billowing from the heat. It would never come to fruition as the stopper wouldn’t work. No matter how much duct tape I applied, the tub would not fill more than a few inches. To say this was sad is an understatement, however, I did happen to have a nice, warm heated blanket, cup of cocoa, and sturdy house surrounding me and so I can’t complain much. Just consider this another but of course in my life!

On Sunday night, when the cold was its coldest- and at some point you have to think cold is just cold and all the same, but it’s not- I had a cup of what I thought was lemonless tea, but as I took my final sip, I almost choked on a lemon seed. Apparently, the dish washer needs to be more vigilant in its cleansing. Ew! The good on Sunday is I saw How To Be Single with my friend Molly and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. For dinner, we ate yummy burritos. I filled mine with grilled steak, chopped veggies, black beans, and a dollop of sour cream. SO good! I also enjoyed some popcorn during the movie since the theater uses real butter.

I am left with only two pictures of my meals to share and one of them happens to be my breakfast from this morning. I can’t feel too sorry about this.

First, this dish was actually a Trader Joes’ frozen meal, chicken tikka masala with rice. I juiced it up by adding grilled zucchini, red bell pepper, and spinach to the mix.

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Next up, this morning’s breakfast of eggs, toast, bacon, and fruit. Pretty much a perfect combination.

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This weekend, I also spent a good amount of time reformatting my workouts. I decided to split the strength training pieces differently- arms and shoulders, legs, chest and back- with core and some amount of brief and high intensity cardio each day, a day of total body strength training, two longer and moderate forms of cardio, and a rest day! Sunday got things started with the arms and shoulders, which were sore but not overly so. Yesterday’s workout was leg centered and they are definitely sore today! I think all the box jumps and jump roping really put me through the ringer!

Here’s a sneak peak of the arms and shoulders heavy workout. I performed each exercise in circuit fashion by muscle type in 4 sets of 12 reps. For the ropes, I did 30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest for 5 minutes and finished up on the rower for 12 minutes.

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This workout took about an hour and fifteen minutes, which is approximately what I do on the regular now- no more two hour sessions for this chick! I love putting together new workouts because it’s important to keep the body guessing, but it’s also just more fun to do!

Get moving!

Snow Day Does Not Mean Rest Day

The snow may have held captive many people yesterday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. For instance, binge watching The Office and sipping on a hot mug of cocoa, or having shoveling parties with the neighbors. Best of all yesterday, was the kickass workout I put together to raise that heart rate. I keep harping on moderation, but really, there’s power to it.

Here’s a glimpse:

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I wanted to do a full body attack, so I incorporated four different circuits that would best get me there- legs, arms, core, and cardio. This was a complete equipment free workout that helped work up a sweat, except for jump roping. The jump rope is an awesome tool that is killer and inexpensive, so I highly recommend investing in one.

Breakfast yesterday was scrambled eggs with cheese and toast, which I happily dug into without taking a picture. Whoops.

For lunch, I had a cup of soup and this pulled pork taco I threw together using a whole wheat tortilla, leftover pulled pork, and fresh chopped veggies.

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This was enormous and filling, so I wasn’t starving when it came time for dinner. I kept portions small with chicken, rice, stuffing, asparagus, and spinach.

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This morning, the toaster was out of commission, so I had to get creative with breakfast. This bowl of kefir filled to the brim with berries and red grapes got things started.

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I paired this with a bowl of Raisin Bran with chopped banana. Now off to get some work done.

 

Snow In February, WHAT?!

Remember a week ago when it was in the 50s/60s, warm and sunny, and not snowing? Actually, I’m okay with snow because it’s February and I live in New England. Yes, driving in it can be scary, especially when you live on top of a few massive hills, or when you get stuck in a parking lot that hasn’t been plowed but you can’t be late for work- shout out to the plow man who guided me through that discouraging time! But then you drive around post-storm and this is what you see and you start to believe in heaven on earth:

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And there’s nothing quite like being comfy and cozy and warm at home, curled up with a book or rewatching The Office, one of my brightest decisions, and watching the snow accumulate (knowing that soon you will be cold and itchy and shoveling).

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Was that bitter? It sounded bitter.

After shoveling (great source of cardio and resistance training!), I headed to work. My post-work meal was dinner out with my friend Molly. I feasted on a blackened salmon salad made up of baby spinach, black beans, corn, and red pepper. Delicious! Even though it was cold and still a tad snowy, we went out for a frozen treat. I opted for the black raspberry frozen yogurt that was yummy!

On Saturday, I woke up early for work and then headed over to my aunt and uncle’s house for lunch. Like I mentioned, the ride over was amazing. My body was sore from all that shoveling and the rest of my workouts for the week, so I enjoyed my rest day and opted to stay in for the remainder of the night for a relaxing Netflix and writing evening. For dinner, I had leftover pasta, chicken meatballs, and so many delectable roasted Brussels sprouts.

Sunday morning started with some auntie and kitty time. I’m sure my sister and brother-in-law are thrilled that my mom and I stopped in to visit with Coconut, but they really have no choice. After, we headed over to the grocery store, with everyone else in the state, it seems. Yesterday, it was so beautiful out, so my mom and I took the dog out for a long walk to warm me up for my workout. My official workout consisted of strength training- biceps, back, shoulders, and core- followed up with HIIT cardio- burpees to box jumps and sprints on the bike. I’m fighting off symptoms of a cold and my chest was burning, so cardio was a little difficult.

Be on the lookout tomorrow for a new snowy day home workout that I am about to start planning! I happen to have a few exercise items at home that most people might not, but I will include some modifications that anyone can do! Just because it’s snowing and you’d rather stay under blankets, doesn’t mean you can’t get your heart rate up for anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. If you want that hot chocolate and couch time, you better earn it! Happy Monday!

Just A Thing

Happy mid-week! I’m only slightly ashamed to say that I’m excited that my favorite guilty pleasure TV show comes back tonight- Baby Daddy. I’ve discussed my adoration for the show before, so I won’t go into too much detail. It has a great cast (particularly Melissa Peterman from Reba), cute storylines, and isn’t terribly written (a huge plus for a sitcom like that).

I realize it has been awhile since I’ve posted some food pics so here we go! Let’s start with a black bean veggie burger two ways.

Numero Uno: A colorful and flavorful salad!

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Numero Dos: With rice and veggies!

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My favorite pancakes on a cloudy day. Oddly shaped this morning.

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Shoutout to my mom’s homemade chicken potpie and mashed potatoes from last night that was so delicious, I couldn’t capture its essence on camera.

As for exercise this week, I kicked things off on Monday with a strength training workout on the TRX straps. I don’t know much about TRX, but they appear to be so versatile, so one of my trainer friends helped me out a bit!

Even though I spent most of yesterday thinking it was Monday, I still had a great Tuesday workout. My strength training kicked my biceps, shoulders, back, and core before I hopped on the stairclimberI had been using that more often, then stopped, and coming back to it was whoa. Even though I’m super slow, it’s still effective.

I feel like I should have more to talk about, but this week has been moving in strange ways. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, it’s just a thing.

Workout planning time!

Oprah, I Miss You, Girl

This post is inspired by my thinking it would be funny if I posted about how I miss Oprah. While watching one of my shows, Oprah’s new Weight Watchers commercial kept popping up, so it inspired me. I mean, we really haven’t heard from her in awhile. But as the idea formulated in my mind, something stuck. Here is Oprah, one of the wealthiest, most popular people ever, struggling to lose weight. She has been her entire life. That means that this person suffers with body issues, insecurities, cravings, not wanting to exercise, and so much more that we all do too. It’s a natural phenomenon no matter how much money, time, and power you have. Her struggle, like our struggle, is real.

That’s important.

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What does this mean for us mere mortals? We’re doing the best that we can with all that we’ve got. Sometimes that’s just enough, more than enough, or not quite enough. And that’s okay.

Remember, every day is a new day, but also, every day is an important one. As long as we keep breathing, we keep living, and so life happens. There will be tasty morsels that sometimes we will forgo to have the veggie sticks instead, but sometimes, we’ll just want to have the damn chocolate cake (or in my case bowl of ice cream). Moderation. We will kick our own asses lifting our heaviest weights or running our fastest mile, or sometimes, we won’t find it in us to move our asses off the couch because Netflix keeps playing. Moderation. Motivation, inspiration, and mindfulness will guide our every movements and creativity and effort, or sometimes, it’s just enough that we get out of bed and through the motions. Moderation.

I think we get the point.

Oprah is on Weight Watchers because she wants to lose weight for whatever reason. Right now, she’s having success, but she’s had her failures too. So you, and me, without the fame, fortune, and power at our fingertips and without the ability to make $12 million from claiming we lost weight while still eating bread (because hey! I actually lost 100 pounds doing that too and kept it off), we’re doing just fine as we are. Forgiveness and moderation is a powerful thing. Let’s keep at it by embracing this world and ourselves for all that we are.

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