I’m Allergic to Apples But I Still Eat Them

A real daredevil I am…

My weekend started early Friday afternoon when I got off work and finished up a killer workout. I ate lunch and cuddled up on the couch watching old episodes of Will and Grace with this guy.

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That night, I went out to dinner with some work friends before heading to bed and preparing for another early morning at work.

Once I finished work on Saturday morning, my friend Stephanie picked me up to see our other college friends Erin and Katie. It’s been awhile since the four of us got together and we had a blast apple picking, laughing, and chatting.

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And eating apples… I’m slightly allergic, so I stuck to one and felt fine. Erin for the photobomb win!

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Even though it was not quite a fall day (hot!), we enjoyed being outside and snacked on apple cider donuts.

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That night, a few of us saw It, which was creepy and a little confusing, but fun! I’m ready for the Halloween season!

Sunday started like this.

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Kittens apparently do not have sense of personal space.

After grocery shopping with mom, I whipped up some french bread pizzas for a game day lunch.

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Both the Red Sox and Patriots had come-from-behind wins and though I’d prefer them just to do well from the beginning, those types of games are more exciting.

When the sun went down a bit and the air cooled, I headed to the track to fit in a 3-mile run. I started re-watching Big Little Lies because my mom hasn’t seen it yet and it’s still amazing.

Now we’re back to Monday- make it a great one to kick off this week!

life with a cat (and work and stuff)

Hello, party animals! We’re onto the second half of the week and I’m already excited for the weekend because I have some fun times planned with friends. Unfortunately, we’re not quite into the fall weather yet, but I suppose anytime it’s not snowing is a win.

I hope you can all strive to be as comfortable as this dude.

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So far the week has been usual. I went through an excellent arms workout on Monday, targeting the biceps, triceps, and shoulders before doing a core stint and a sweaty half hour ride on the bike. After a client, I headed home and did some chorse-y type things before heading back to work.

Tuesday started much in the same way except I had a client before my workout. This workout was quad and glutes centered, which means a lot of squats and lunges! After, I worked on my core and hopped on the treadmill for a run that left me dripping in sweat- my favorite mark of a great workout. Once I was home, I flitted around starting dinner prep and other things. It was an early night to bed for me because of my early call time on Wednesday mornings!

The second half of the week is actually busiest for me as there’s a lot of running back and forth at the gym. I worked until 9:30, did my cardio, had another client, then finished up my workout with strength training- chest, back, and core! After lunch and some playtime, it was back to work.

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That’s all for now, folks!

Homesick in the City

It’s rare when it happens, but sometimes you need an unscheduled rest day! I was tired after work and was looking forward to going home, so I did. I know I’ll get back to it today, twice as hard, so I won’t sweat it (Ha! Punny).

I started my day with this bowl of oats:

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And ended it with this snap shot:

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Yesterday, I was feeling particularly homesick. When I keep busy it’s easy to forget, but in quiet moments, I remember how far away I am. I miss my people! On top of that, Facebook “reminded” me it was my birthday coming up and I should send out invitations to celebrate. Thanks a lot, Facebook, because I don’t have that many people out here to celebrate with, jerk face. I know I’ll still receive lots of love, but it’s not the same!

I also really miss fall in New England. It’s hot hot HOT here and everyone’s all “oh, it’s getting so chilly.” Insert side-eye emoji here. Yeah, I know, I’ll be one of those people in a few short months. But still. At least when it snows a lot back home, I’ll still be warm.

Happy Thursday!

Reflections

September has always felt like a fresh start thanks to countless years at school, but this one passed by in a blur thanks to my move. It strikes me how 2016 has been such a bizarre and impactful year in my life, both good and bad, from the very beginning. I lost my beloved cat and  aunt, both who I still can’t believe are gone. I became a personal trainer. Made new friends. Moved across the country. Started a new job. And I’m sure there are many other factors that have gone into this year. I’m not sure what’s to say about it other than a person’s ability to adapt is weird and empowering.

Tuesday’s most exciting part of the day was the fact that I mastered how to make a latte. My mom insists the foam makes a woman, but I was just focused on getting the milk to look like that. Yay me. Listen, it’s pertinent to my job.

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Breakfast was a yummy bowl of oats with almond milk, banana, raisins, walnuts, honey, and cinnamon. The picture makes me want to eat more right now.

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Lunch was another serving of quinoa and red beans with Brussels sprouts and spinach. No picture was snapped, but it looked just like it did yesterday.

Since it was National Taco Day, I decided to make more tacos for myself. This time, I grilled up some cod and served it over a medley of zucchini noodles and red pepper. Topped with soyaki and some hummus on the side.

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I’m doing pretty good for myself cooking. According to the scale at my new gym (that I don’t know if I trust or not), I’m down four pounds since I’ve moved. I’ve felt lighter and my clothes fit nicely, so I’ll roll with it.

I’ve remained solid in the exercise department even though it’s not my livelihood at the moment. Tuesday’s workout was a run/walk combination that ended with four minutes of HIIT that left me breathless. After a little yoga, I called it a night!

I already prefer working out in the evening to waking up before the sun, so long as I go to the gym before heading to my apartment. Routine, people. It’s a beautiful thing!

Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week!

It’s Fall, Ya’ll

Let’s start with yesterday’s lunch of leftovers. I enjoyed short ribs and macaroni and cheese with a fall vegetable medley of goodness. Lunch was fancy because my dinner consisted of a peanut butter and jelly with yogurt and veggie sticks. Not that it wasn’t delicious, it just wasn’t a gourmet meal.

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This morning’s breakfast came in stages thanks to an early workout and work call. I rolled out of bed to my alarm a little sad and weary, but once I got moving, I felt great! My metabolism got a jolt thanks to a peanut butter wrap, a tall glass of water, and a cup of coffee. Post-workout, I ate a hard-boiled egg, a cheesestick, and a banana. Later on, I followed that up with some almonds and raisins.

I’m in the process of mixing up my workouts, so today’s consisted of a series of grueling circuits that left me feeling strong. First came a core-centered warm-up rotational lunges, elevated hip lifts, reverse crunches, sit up extensions on the stability ball, and stability ball tucks. The second circuit included kettlebell swings, step ups, side box jumps, weighted split squats, and tricep push ups. My final circuit was strength heavy with deadlifts, bench presses, high pulls, front raises, and rows. For my cardio, I hopped in the pool for a half hour swim.

After work, I was ready for lunch! I had grilled chicken and a salad on hand, so I tossed everything together and heated up a small plate of macaroni and cheese to enjoy on the side.

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I headed back into work for a few hours after some studying and came home to fix myself dinner. Can we talk about how good turkey meat is for tacos? We don’t make it often, but it is delicious! I fancied mine up by grilling two tortillas with cheese, throwing on the meat, and topping them with baby spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, and peppers. Oh my God they were so tasty and satisfying! Also, kind of beautiful.

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Speaking of beautiful, can we talk about this weather? I try not to mention weather too often because there was a period there when I was only talking about weather. But it has been so nice this week! Even though the nights are so dark so early. Oh, happy days. At least the holidays are coming up because the festivities make it easier to bear. Anyways, I snapped this picture on my walk yesterday. The trees have been spectacular!

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Kind of makes me excited for Thanksgiving!

I’m Onto You, Suzanne Summers

I had a dream two nights ago that Suzanne Summers was stalking me, so you better believe I’ve been checking over my shoulder whenever I leave the house. We were cool Ms. Summers, don’t pull a Liza on me.* In the dream, we were participating in a Hunger Games-esque event, except it had nothing to do with death. If I remember correctly, then if Suzanne “tagged” me, then I had to go live outside in nature. This all seemed very plausible in my dream, but now makes no sense at all.

*If you forgot that Liza Minelli stalks me, then lucky you. It’s a thing. I’m sure I’ve written posts about it before. She’s remained stagnant as of late. Let’s not jinx that.

Anyways….is anyone else slightly alarmed that it’s already October 21? I’m sorry, but I thought it was still July of 2012. Time is flying! I better step up my studying because my test date is approaching.

Here are some eats from the past few days we’ve been away from each other.

Scenes from my dad’s birthday dinner Act I. Act II actually doesn’t have a picture, but my family went out and it was fun, happy, and delicious.

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A very interesting looking meal with waffles, scrambled eggs with a chicken sausage, and a big bowl of berries. My breakfasts are often big meals because they fuel me for my workouts and because it’s the best meal of the day.

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This stir fry was impressive. Steak, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, and spinach over rice with ginger sesame dressing drizzled on top.

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Peanut butter toast can do no wrong.

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Grilled tilapia, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, and rotini. Yum!

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This morning’s plate of cakes. I can’t get enough of these!

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Workouts the past few days included grueling strength training sessions, lap swims, spin classes, long runs (slightly painful thanks to new shoes which I’ll debut tomorrow!), and core workouts that left me with sore abs whenever I sneeze (I sneeze a lot, ouch!).

In other news, I hung out with my family a lot this weekend which is always good for laughs and fun, enjoyed the nice weather with a few walks outside, cleaned and prepared for fall/winter (still more to do, ugh!), worked (it’s a blessing to love what I do), and lost a few years of my life trying to buy Star Wars tickets. For whatever reason, they are starting to premiere the new film BEFORE midnight, so my friend Stephanie and I have our tickets for 11:50. We like to stick to the idea of premiering a  movie at midnight, but in this situation, beggars really can’t be choosers. It is very exciting though and we are now two months away!

I can’t get over this picture:

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I also bought another decal for my computer. I like the subtlety of my Harry Potter one that fits right over the apple on the Mac, and I thought I was continuing this trend when I bought this new one. Not so much. It’s huge! I had to cut it.

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I think my nerd is showing just a bit.

Also, my coffee mug looks super creepy in that picture and it was unintentional!

Happy Wednesday!

Bones, Moon, Friends, Family, and Fun: Weekend Update

Hello and Happy Monday! I’m spending my morning memorizing bones in the human body. I’ve made a ton of progress in studying anatomy- as it pertains to personal training- and I have my friend Nouha to thank! Let’s recap the weekend to find out how.

I was unable to truly appreciate National Pancake Day on Saturday because I opened at work. I had to make due with some peanut butter toast and a banana.

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Not that I’m complaining because it was still a great meal!

After work, I headed over to Nouha’s house where she tutored me on some of the more harrowing subjects, mainly, the nervous system and skeletal system. While my textbook offered me a good amount of information, I was coming into it without a lot of knowledge, so I needed someone to help fill in the gaps and talk it out with me to make sense. I’m feeling a lot better about it now!

For lunch, we feasted on rotisserie chicken sandwiches, which I enjoyed with some cheese and mustard and a handful of tostitos. Thanks for your wisdom, Nouha!

By the time I got home, my legs were itching to go. Motivated from my great run last weekend, I was hoping I could work that magic again. Success! I headed down to a local track and took off for what ended up being a 7 mile run. I felt strong and proud, especially by the end, and I think I could have gone on a bit longer had I not had plans that night. I ended with a sprint for the last leg of the lap.

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The one thing I will say about running that sucks is how it leaves sores all over my body. This includes chafing- which didn’t happen thanks to my leggings!- and the points where my body rubs against the lines of my panties and bra. I don’t feel it during the run, but after it’s a bear. I need to research better ways to avoid/heal this phenomena, but if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know! As I grow stronger in running and realize that I can make it through longer runs, I’m wanting to go further with it and a lack of pain will be an enormous help!

For my recovery meal, I had dinner with my friend Rachel and indulged in a delicious cheeseburger. I took off the bun for the second half of it and enjoyed with a veggie-ful salad on the side. I didn’t want to detriment my gains so badly, but I was raring for that burger!

It was cold on Saturday night and I was more than happy to cuddle up under the covers with the chill seeping out of the window. Maybe that’s why I’m feeling a little sniffley today…

Sunday morning, I was up for grocery shopping. Before that, however, it was time to celebrate National Pancake Day a little belatedly with this plate of peanut butter goodness.

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With the groceries put away, I also folded laundry and chopped some veggies for dinner to throw into the crockpot before I went out to lunch with my mom. We ended up at a bar in a local pizza place to watch Tom Brady land his 400th touchdown pass- no big deal. Along with pumpkin beers, we shared honey chipotle wings and a red pepper pizza. Go Pats!

Back at home, I set up in the backyard for a study session. Out of the direct sun, I actually had to throw on a sweatshirt. To get in some extra steps as it was my rest day, we walked the dog some more before dinner.

Chicken cacciatore was on the menu and cooking for the majority of the day in the crockpot. It included tender chicken that fell right off the bone, a medley of bell peppers, mushrooms, and onion- which I actively ate around because I hate them. Some broccoli and angel hair pasta rounded out the meal.

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I was in the shower when I got the call about the moon, so I tossed on some warm clothes and headed out to see what the fuss was. I had high expectations, and it was pretty cool, though I thought the moon might look a little redder. It was fun to congregate out in the street and backyard by the fire pit to watch.

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Seemed a lot closer when watching in person.

This morning, I woke up and made myself some breakfast. Today’s choice was an omelet with cheese and chicken sausage. I paired it with two whole wheat waffles and a big bowl of fruit. Notice how I’m rocking the Halloween mug in the corner.

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For the rest of the day, I have a workout and studying before work. Hope everyone enjoys another great week!