weekend report

Greetings, Monday! I’m one tired girl, but it’s all thanks to a great weekend.

Things got started the right way after work on Friday with a margarita and some chips and salsa with some friends. After, I watched some Netflix and happily slumbered my way into Saturday morning.

I had a hankering for some bacon, so I delayed breakfast in favor of grocery shopping and it actually helped beat the crowd! Breakfast was all the more delicious. After some hydration, I headed to the gym and knocked out a killer workout that involved strength training and a HIIT-inspired run. I was a sweaty, but happy mess.

I got a lot of chores done, including meal prepping for Monday, which always feels satisfying.

That night, I headed to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to take in a viewing of The Wizard of Oz. With some wine, cheese and crackers, popcorn, and friends, it was a great night. And a beautiful one to sit under the stars.

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I actually thought this picture was a lot nicer when I snapped it, but I guess it gets the point across…

On Sunday, I was up bright and early for a day at Disneyland to celebrate my cousin’s birthday. There’s nothing quite like Disney that makes you both walk and eat a ton.

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It was a great day, into the night, but I was a tired girl by the end of it.

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power of positivity

I think I mentioned how I’m trying to be more positive and one of the things I’m doing to help myself is writing down one thing that makes me happy every day. I have a new planner that I’m filling in with my positive thoughts. It can be as simple as eating a cookie and as complex as… whatever successes might be coming my way this year.

I also wrote a note to myself at the end of my planner to remind me of how far I will hopefully- in a good way- end up by the end of 2017. Time will tell.

For breakfast, I microwaved oatmeal. Oats, milk- but not quite enough, walnuts, raisins, and banana.

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My snack was an egg on toast and cheese.

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Lunch was more ravioli, chicken sausage, and veggies, which is the last of my batch.

Finally, for dinner I grilled up some steak and tossed them into tacos. Spinach and tostitos made the dish sparkle.

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Dinner was a perfect refuel for my lower body workout. Boy did I crush my legs. My body and mind much prefer upper body workouts, but there’s no denying how much more I sweat. I finished with some core and cardio on the bike.

Have a great weekend! I can’t wait to see what adventures await.

These Legs Were Made For Walking

My  poor legs are so tired at the end of the work day that the last thing they want to do is run. At least, that’s what I’m going with.

For my Tuesday night workout, I hopped on the treadmill (ugh) and did a 5-4-3-2-1 run/walk. Walk for 5 minutes, run for 5 and so forth. My body wasn’t happy but it made it through. I ended my cardio with a quick Tabata HIIT Training, four minutes, 20 second sprint and ten second rest.

My body did enjoy the Yoga sequence I worked through after. At least I’m still flexible!

Food was a success, starting with this omelet, toast, and fruit.

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A little bowl of oats with a spoonful of peanut butter, jelly, and blueberries made my first snack of the day.

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Lunch was another bowl of quinoa, chickpeas, red pepper, zucchini, and carrots with soyaki. I also had a cheesestick and a handful of wheat thins to accompany it.

My second snack of the day fueled me through my workout. A salad with lettuce, cucumber, carrot, a dash of shredded cheese, deli turkey, and a handful of almonds on the side.

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For dinner, I baked some chicken tenders and zucchini sticks and matched them with spinach rice and broccoli. Before the white sauce:

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After the white sauce:

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The “white sauce” looks more brown because I used whole wheat flour instead of white.

In other news, my first LA radio station is one that plays Christmas music non-stop. I make my mother proud.

 

Run (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

Even though yesterday felt like Wednesday, and I kept being letdown when realizing the truth, today is Wednesday so maybe the week is finally catching up with me.

I’m super excited because in a few short hours, I’ll be attending the Ingrid Michaelson concert in town. Ingrid’s music “gets me” and my emotions and I listen to her when I’m writing, feeling sad or lonely or overwhelmed, or want to be inspired. Yay!

Breakfast of Champions is below: scrambled eggs, English muffin with peanut butter, fruit.

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The soup I told you about is tasty! Mint spices the dish in a way I didn’t think possible, but this is why I follow most recipes instead of create them…yet. I paired the soup with half of a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Shrimp tacos! I didn’t snap a picture of the huge salad that accompanied it, mostly because it didn’t fit in the shot, but also because I was too hungry to wait. I cooked the shrimp in olive oil and only needed a dash of soyaki- it spreads far and wide- to flavor them. Quick and easy!

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Last night’s workout was an uninspired run that my body kind of hated. Running is so fickle to me, especially on the treadmill. The gym was hot and crowded and so I already had forces working against me, but I pushed forward, and did what needed to be done. 4 miles later and I was a sweaty mess, finishing my workout with a quick Yoga flow before calling it a night.

Have yourself a great Wednesday- we’re halfway through the week!

Bike Riding and Weird Massages

My weekend once again was the perfect combination of active and relaxing, starting with Friday night.

After work, like a champion, I headed to the gym and ran it out on the treadmill. This week, I wasn’t as tired as last, and I had a solid run before finishing it off with a quick Yoga flow. For dinner, I stir fried up some chicken, veggies, and brown rice.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what bad zucchini tastes like, it is not good. Luckily, I didn’t cut the zucchini into too small bites and I was able to scrape it out of the plate!

Some old Saturday Night Live episodes later and it was time to fall asleep, cus this girl was tired! Working 9-5 is hard, ya’ll.

On Saturday, I met up with a friend-of-a-friend for brunch before going to the gym to knock out a lower body workout. I biked over on the beautiful afternoon, then biked on over to a reflexology massage place for my sore feet. My feet were so swollen on Tuesday of this past week, they didn’t fit properly in my sneakers. This massage was $20 bucks, so I was weary of the quality.

Let’s just run this down for you:

An older man began my experience by massaging my forehead. As we know, I have a large forehead, so a long time was spent on this area. At one point, the gentleman began tickling my outer ears, which I thought was strange, but then he stuck his fingers in my ears, and I learned a new definition of “strange.” It was weird, but I didn’t hate it?

The man was clearly head honcho of this establishment as other workers kept coming over and talking to him, which was unsettling in an otherwise quiet situation. At one point, I thought a woman was trying to tell me to do something, so I opened my eyes and the woman hushed me, apologized, then stuck her hand on my forehead for a long time. I was then blind-folded, which I think was to hide the fact that a new worker took over my footwork, though I will tell you, once you’ve had giant, calloused fingers in your ears, you can decipher the difference of the petite, gentler touch of soft hands.

As mentioned above, my forehead is gaping, so it elevated the blindfold to the point of which I could see clearly. It was good that I distinguished this new individual as female when I was then planked on so that the massager could recenter my hips (or whatever the hell it was she was doing?) After some hand work, I rolled over and got all the sore spots in my shoulders and back worked out.

Listen, it was a weird experience, but it worked. For $20 bucks, I will accept your strange scenario and tip you for it.

It was dinnertime when I finished, so I pedaled over to my “local” taco shop before heading home to read and work on a new project. After some grocery shopping, it was time for bed.

Sunday is a great day to be outside seeking adventures. First up, was hike time. I actually went to the same place I did last week, this time with a meet-up group. The day was cooler, but in no means cool, and overcast, which made it great to be active.

Stopping at home for a few minutes, it was time to take my bike out for its first long journey. 18 miles is no joke. I’ve got a bike path, down the street from me, that leads to the huge Southern California coastal bike path that is remarkable. There are no words to describe the views and the feelings inspired by pedaling down this path.

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My intention was to go to Santa Monica and believe me, I kept waiting to see the enlightening sight of Santa Monica Pier, but as I rolled and rolled, I still couldn’t see it and I almost cried. At a stopover for a water and lunch break, I typed in my GPS location and realized I had ridden in the complete opposite of Santa Monica and had made it to Manhattan Beach. Since Manhattan (New York) is my favorite place in the entire universe (other than home), and I had never been there before, it was fitting.

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On my way back, I prayed for no hills, and had to stop to capture the above picture. I mean, what?

Back at my apartment and nursing my sore quads, it was time to meal prep for the coming week. Soup! It’s not appropriate in the warm, sunny SoCal environment, but back at home in Boston, it’s fall and prime time for soup.

I’ve had these lentils in my cabinets since back home, so it was time to cook ’em. I found the recipe online and added my own touches, such as doubling the recipe and adding zucchini.

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I had enough for four lunches of the week and enjoyed the remnants for dinner, paired with brown rice and a dash of cheese.

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Now I’m all cozy, full, and super sweaty.

It’s Monday, but let’s live like it’s Friday!

Mondays Scream for Ice Cream

The most exciting thing I learned yesterday is the Haagen Dazs makes the best java chip ice cream I’ve ever had. I don’t know if eating it too late at night will affect my sleep yet, but it’s worth it. Yum!

You’re welcome to all the people I wanted to text about this development at 9:00 pm my time and midnight their time for refraining.

Breakfast was a disappointing breakfast sandwich, but I suspect only because I have high standards. At home, I found the most delicious chicken sausage patties and paired them with egg whites, cheese, and an English muffin. Here, I had to settle on eh turkey sausage patties (lacking flavor) with the standard egg whites, cheese, and a Trader Joe’s version of english muffins which are too doughy.

Don’t feel too bad for me as I ate it before even snapping a picture.

Lunch:

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Beneath the cheese, black beans, and rice, you can see green sticking out. That would be spinach and there’s red pepper somewhere in there as well.

I was quite proud of myself on dinner. Grilled chicken, asparagus, and pasta to be swirled with marinara and paired with a salad.

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My gym time included strength training the upper body- biceps, triceps, and shoulders- along with some core action and cardio on the spin bike. Unfortunately, it was dark by the time I got home from work and couldn’t take my actual bike out for a spin.

Monday was one of those days I woke up ready for bed, but it was a good day and now we’re onto Tuesday, just that much closer to the weekend!

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!