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May 302017
 

Helloooo! How was your weekend? For those who celebrated Memorial Day, I hope you had a nice day off from work! My weekend was spent in Ocean City, MD, with some of my best friends, and it could not have been better! Here’s a look back. 🙂

Friday

I was allowed to leave work at 2 p.m. on Friday, so you better believe I was walking out of there right when the clock struck two (or 2:05 according to my snapchat – lol). Fabio was downstairs waiting for me in the car so we could hit the road right away!

Traffic wasn’t bad at all, and we were able to make it across the Bay Bridge without any backups. Woohoo!

After crossing the bridge, we dropped Jack off with my grandparents who were kind enough to watch him for us over the weekend, and after another hour and half or so of driving we arrived!

We stayed at Bianca’s (my Maid of Honor!) aunt’s condo on the bay side of Ocean City, and as soon as I got there I swooned over the view from the balcony.

So beautiful!

Upon arriving and having a celebratory glass of prosecco, we changed into some nicer clothes and prepared to head out for dinner. Of course we had to take some photos on the balcony first!

How pretty is this sunset behind us?

Only two more weeks until this guy is my husband! Eek!

Then we also got some pictures with the girls! Here I am with Hana, another one of my besties and bridesmaids!

We’ve all been friends since high school, and I’m so lucky that through group texts and technology we still talk every day.

Bianca’s boyfriend, Squalls (real name = Pasquale) was there too! Group selfie!

After we were done with pictures, we headed over to Macky’s for dinner. We snagged a table outside and were treated to this awesome view.

Seriously, how pretty is that?! I especially love the couple taking a selfie in the bottom left corner (upon zooming in after taking this picture, I realized it was Bianca and Squalls. 😉 Ha!). But then again, we took a selfie like that too, you just can’t see the sunset as much.

But then again, we took a selfie like that too, you just can’t see the sunset as much.

It was too pretty not to!

For dinner, I got a Caesar salad with a crab cake on top and it was quite delicious! I was also super impressed with the service at Macky’s, which I expected to be very slow since it was so crowded, but that wasn’t the case at all. Our server Chase took great care of us!

After dinner, it was time for dancing! We spent the rest of the evening navigating a very crowded dance floor but I loved every second of it. 🙂 Love these girls!

Saturday

Saturday was Seacrets day! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Seacrets, it’s a gigantic bar (well, technically 16 bars or something like that) that’s half in the bay and half in the sand. Memorial Day is always their busiest day of the year, so even though we knew the line would be long we decided to brave it anyway.

Well, after two hours of standing in line we finally made it in! At least standing in line is actually kind of fun when a) there’s some amazing people-watching and b) you’re with your best friends. We weren’t in any rush, so it was actually not bad!

As soon as we made it inside we immediately ordered a round of orange crushes. Woohoo!

There was one concert area that was absolutely mobbed with people, so we decided to bypass them with a secret (seacret? Lol. ) sky bridge. 🙂

It was a cute opportunity for a photo opp too!

Eventually we made our way over to the water – which is always my favorite area of Seacrets – and nabbed a table on the sand.

Success!

We spent the next few hours drinking orange crushes and “pain in the ass” drinks, and dancing/talking/snapchatting/enjoying each other’s company.

Apparently I took the most pictures with Hana since she was sitting right next to me, but I promise the others were there too! 🙂 It was such a fun day and waiting in the line was definitely worth it.

We wound up taking it easy Saturday night and ordered pizza and watched Split from Redbox. It was a pretty weird movie, and although I’m not sure I would recommend it, it still kept me engaged and entertained. It was a fun night in!

Sunday

On Sunday morning, I headed out for a solo run! I wound up making my way to the boardwalk and back, and covered about four miles.

It was a beautiful morning for it!

Then I walked another mile or so with Bianca and Hana to Dunkin Donuts for some iced coffee and breakfast before we ladies headed to the beach! (The boys were golfing, which suited everyone just fine. 🙂 We love girl time!)

It was a nice and sunny morning, and we actually wound up getting a decent amount of color! At one point the clouds came out and Hana and I decided to do a little yoga. 😉 Haha!

Soon rain clouds rolled in and it started drizzling so we headed back to the condo. We decided to clean up the house a bit and when the boys arrived back at 3 p.m. we decided to hit the road to get a head start on traffic.

We stopped by my grandparents’ house on the way back to pick up Jack, and they convinced us to join them for dinner and then spend the night since we were already tired of driving. We had a fun evening catching up with them and I felt so happy that we decided to spend some extra time with them. 🙂

Monday

We came home on Monday morning (avoiding any traffic – hooray!) and spent the entire rest of the day doing wedding planning stuff. Oof.

At least we got a lot accomplished!

Question of the day: How did you celebrate Memorial Day? Have you ever been to Seacrets?

 Posted by on May 30, 2017
May 262017
 

Helloooo! How are ya? I’m feeling pumped because it’s almost time for a three-day weekend where I’ll be spending time at the beach with some of my best friends! Woohoo! But first I have to make it through half a workday before we can hit the road. I hope the time goes quickly!

Overall I had a really nice week, despite some super rainy and gray weather. The sun barely came out all week! Anyway, here’s a look at my workouts.

Saturday, May 20 – Saturday was a rest day that I spent traipsing around vineyards in Virginia with some of my best girl friends!

Sunday, May 21 – I wasn’t feeling so hot on Sunday after all the wine the day before (oof) so I thought going for a short run might help. I only wound up going a mile, but it really did make me feel much better after! My headache was pretty much completely gone after that.

Monday, May 22 – I was planning to complete one of my Kayla Itsines workouts at the track on Monday, but when I woke up to pouring rain I decided to move my workout indoors. I knew I still had to walk Jack and would get wet regardless, so I took him on a one-mile warm-up run that was extremely wet. When we came inside, I chose a Kayla workout that didn’t require too much space and got to work! The one I picked included burpees, jumping lunges, push-ups, squats, mountain climbers, V-ups, and more. It was a good one!

Tuesday, May 23 – On Tuesday, I drove over to CorePower Yoga for my favorite Sculpt class with Monica. I swear, she kicks my butt every time! I still think she’s the hardest CPY sculpt instructor I’ve ever had. Her plank series is insane!

Wednesday, May 24 – Wednesday it was finally not raining (though it was still chilly and gray out) so I took Jack for a three-mile run along our favorite path. It was nice to get outside!

Thursday, May 25 – On Thursday, Fabio and I headed over to BodyMass Gym for another one of their bootcamps (we’ve been loving them lately!) and this time we were joined by one of my college besties, Lauren! Lauren lives really close to the gym and is also on ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off), so the night before class I texted her to see if she was free to join us. To my delight she was, so on Thursday morning she joined us for a fun class that included a mix of upper body, core, and leg exercises (so many jumping lunges and lunges on the slider!).

It was especially fun chatting about wedding stuff with her since she and I met right before Fabio and I met in 2008, so the three of us all know each other really well. 🙂 So fun! Thanks for joining us, Lauren!

Friday, May 26 – Tomorrow (it’s Thursday night as I type this) I’m signed up for another bootcamp class with my friend Kathleen at Urban Athletic Club (Anne is out of town this week). It should be good!

*Edited to add: Omg I did MORE jumping lunges in today’s class. Help!

And one other thing happened this week that I wanted to share with you all – my coworkers threw me a surprise bridal shower!

I thought I was on my way to a regular meeting, and when I got to the conference room I saw that they had set up a whole spread complete with decorations, balloons, adorable snacks, and even some presents.

How sweet is this?! They also somehow found my registry, so they got me one gift from there and then a few other personal gifts. They are the best!

After opening presents, we played a couple of games! For the first game, my coworker Dani played about 10 seconds of a song with “love” in the title and you had to guess the name and the artist (each answer was worth half a point). It was so fun!

Then my other coworker Carly said she had another game that was just for me – uh oh! It turns out she had contacted Fabio (my coworkers are very sneaky) and asked him a bunch of trivia questions like “where does Chelsea want to retire” and “what is Fabio’s most prized possession” and then I had to guess what Fabio’s answers were. It was hard, but I did a lot better than I did at my regular shower. 🙂

It was so fun, and so unbelievably thoughtful. I am truly lucky to be blessed with so many wonderful people in my life!

After the party, I moved all the decorations over to my desk. 🙂

Hooray indeed! 🙂

Question of the day: For those of you celebrating Memorial Day, what are your plans?

 Posted by on May 26, 2017
May 242017
 

Hi friends! How is your week going so far? Sorry for the delay in posting my weekend recap; things have been extremely busy on the wedding front (and work-wise, if I’m being honest), so it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and write.

On Sunday evening for example, which is normally when I would write my weekend recap post, I was busy planning out which hotel rooms each of our guests will be staying in. It was like planning a seating chart, only with hotel rooms. It was kind of fun, but also a lot of work!

Anyway, I did have a really nice weekend that included a mini bachelorette party with some girlfriends, so I wanted to make sure to still get a recap in. Here’s a look back!

Friday

Our Friday night began with a few errands to pick up supplies for the wedding, including welcome bag items, alcohol for the after party, etc. I think we finally have everything we need, though we are seriously lacking space to store it all in. Yikes.

We also kicked off our Friday evening with some tequila from my wedding basket! This one was supposed to be for the seating chart, but that night we started working on the hotel room assignments which we figured was pretty similar. Plus there’s still plenty of tequila left for when we actually do tackle the seating chart and escort cards, which will be in our very near future. Gulp. We need to get on that.

Fabio used the tequila to make us each a margarita, and they turned out great!

To go with our margaritas, I made us some Caesar salads with salmon.

I even made homemade croutons by toasting a random hamburger bun we had on hand and sprinkling it with salt, pepper, and garlic salt – I guess the margarita had me feeling creative. Ha!

After dinner, we hung out on the couch watching Netflix, which was my definition of a perfect Friday night. Our favorite furry companion joined us.

He has absolutely no sense of personal space – these are my legs he’s laying on. 🙂

Haha!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I met up with some friends for a mini bachelorette party! I had invited these ladies to come on my March bachelorette party in Florida, but due to tight budgets/limited vacation time/other obligations they weren’t able to come. Luckily, they are awesome friends and decided to plan a mini, local bachelorette party for me instead! This group of ladies includes friends that I used to work with ages ago, and my stepsister Maggie even joined us as well! Woohoo! They’re the best. 🙂

We started off our day with breakfast at Northside Social, my absolute favorite Arlington cafe/breakfast spot. I got the smoked salmon (yep, more salmon) and poached egg sandwich and it was delicious!

Then we headed off to a couple of vineyards for a fun day of wine-tasting! We started at Hillsborough Vineyard, which featured some beautiful views! 

My favorite wine at this vineyard was Ruby’s Blush, a delicious rosé. Yum! Claire was a sweetheart and bought me a bottle to go. Thanks, Claire!!

After our tasting, we moved outside where we enjoyed some snacks that the girls brought (goat cheese brie, hummus, crackers, carrots, and chocolates – perfection!) and enjoyed the views.

Eventually, it was time to move on to vineyard number two: 868 Estate Vineyards! This vineyard was pretty crowded and we wound up doing our tasting standing up at the bar, which was fine but not as nice as the ambiance at Hillsborough.

One of the options for this wine tasting was the “truffle tasting” which came with different chocolate truffles for each wine. Yum! We got one of these to share and wound up cutting the truffles into little pieces so we could all try some. The wine was good, but I mostly remember loving the truffles. 🙂

On our way out, we randomly bumped into my cousins Yasi and Niloo, who were also vineyard hopping! It was so nice to see them, even if it was only for a minute.

Then we headed over to Breaux vineyards, which was definitely the biggest vineyard we went to that day. The grounds were so beautiful!

It was a little chilly by this point so we all huddled together, but it was so pretty out that we didn’t want to move inside. We were having too much fun!

After this vineyard, we decided it was time to call it quits, and my friends came back home with me where we ate dinner and eventually said our goodbyes.

I can’t thank my friends and stepsister enough for taking the time to plan this special day for me! They really are so thoughtful, and I had a blast with all of them.

Thank you also to Shriya and Maggie for being our designated drivers and not minding when the rest of us had too much wine. 🙂

If you’re ever looking for vineyards to visit in the Loudoun County area of Virginia, I definitely recommend these three! They were all about three minutes from each other, which made popping from one to the other so easy. What a fun day!

Sunday

On Sunday, we made a quick drive out to Bethesda to watch my favorite little person’s playoff lacrosse game!

Though Nicole’s team didn’t win, I’m so glad we went and were able to watch her running around in her element. Now that she’s getting older (12!!) it’s really fun to watch her interact with her friends and get more involved in sports!

Go Nicole!

And, as you already saw, our Sunday afternoon/evening was spent working on wedding stuff. I really hope to be able to keep up with regular blog updates throughout the next two weeks before the wedding (!!!), but it’s definitely getting more and more difficult. I’ll do my best though because I really want to document this fun time in our lives!

Question of the day: Have you been to any good vineyards in Virginia? If so, which ones?

 Posted by on May 24, 2017
May 192017
 

Hey friends! Did you have a good week? Mine was a good one, complete with a fun work conference at the Newseum (along with a post-conference happy hour on the roof overlooking the Capitol!) and a meeting with our HOA board that we took outside since it was such a nice evening. Sometimes little things like that can make a big difference in an otherwise boring week!

I also got in a bunch of good workouts this week, though I didn’t get many pictures (blogger fail). Here’s a look!

Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14: These were both rest days! I thought about going for a run with Jack on Sunday morning since Fabio was out playing golf and I had some extra time to myself, but I decided to take him on an extra long walk through our local park instead. It was still nice to be out and about!

Monday, May 15: On Monday, I took Jack for a one-mile warm-up run and then headed to the track to complete a Kayla Itsines circuit workout. I have been loving these workouts lately since they’re quick and easy and I can do them outside without having to go too far from home.

Monday’s circuit included step-ups, step-up/lunges, walking lunges, jump rope, burpees, and more. It was a good one, and once again I was happy to just be outside in the sunshine. What a perfect way to start the day! 🙂

Tuesday, May 16: On Tuesday, Fabio joined me for a class at Bodymass Gym in Court House via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off). I’m so glad we discovered this fun bootcamp-style gym so close to home!

Recycled photo from last time we went

Our instructor Chaz took us through a bunch of circuits with exercises like goblet side lunges on sliders, push-ups, and more. Halfway through class Chaz challenged me to use a heavier weight, which is one thing I really like about these classes. The coaches definitely push you in the best possible way! I was pretty sore after this workout, especially my upper body. Ouch!

Wednesday, May 17 – Wednesday’s workout featured a class at Urban Athletic Club with my favorite workout buddies Anne and Kathleen. It was a good one, like usual, and I especially enjoyed the series of outside sprints since it was such a nice day out. Also, if any of you read Anne’s blog, you might have seen that she shared some exciting news this week!! 🙂 Congrats to Anne and Matt! <3

Thursday, May 18 – Thursday was a rest day since I had a work conference and had to be downtown by 8:30 a.m. I could have gotten up earlier for a class, but I decided to sleep in instead! It was a good decision.

Friday, May 19 – I have an early morning meeting tomorrow (it’s Thursday night as I write this) so I won’t be taking a class, but I do plan to get in a three-mile run with Jack. It’s been a while since I’ve run that route with him (a week? two weeks?) so I’m looking forward to it!

The end.

Question of the day: What was your favorite workout this week?

 Posted by on May 19, 2017
May 172017
 

Hi friends! How is your week going? Mine is another busy one, and I don’t see things slowing down until after the wedding. Oh well, I’m just trying to enjoy this “fun” time while it lasts!

I have a bunch of random thoughts floating around in my head today, so I thought I’d share them with you now, as well as talk about some of the food I’ve been eating lately (in sort of a WIAW style). Ready? Here we go!

Breakfasts during the week have been one of two things: cottage cheese with fruit…

…or some type of protein bar. Lately, I’ve really been enjoying RXBars and Think Thin bars. They’re easy to grab on the go and taste good too!

Lunches have mostly been salads made with Dole salad kits! I know I talked about these a little while ago, but what I’ve been doing is buying a Dole salad kit (I like the Asian sesame or the poppyseed ones) and then, since each kit has three servings, I’ve been dividing up the dressing, toppings, and veggies into thirds. I put the salad dressing into little tupperware containers and the crunchy toppings into little Ziploc baggies, which makes everything easy to grab when I’m making my lunch. This salad below (which was huge!) had mixed greens, veggies and toppings from the Dole salad kit, feta cheese, and two hardboiled eggs. It was delicious!

When I’m not packing a salad I’ll usually have leftovers from dinner or a salad from SweetGreen, my favorite!

Speaking of dinners, we’re still using our grill a ton!

We’re using it for everything from burgers to chicken to veggies, and it has been so wonderful. Especially with all the wedding planning that’s been happening in the evenings, it’s been nice to have a quick and easy (and delicious!) way to get dinner on the plate.

While we’re talking about food, I wanted to quickly tell you guys about the snack box I received from SnackNation, a website that allows you to order a box of snacks based on a specific food profile.

So, for example, if I wanted snacks that are high protein and low carb, I could use the search filter and order a box of snacks that fit those exact needs! The company was kind enough to send me a box, and I can’t wait to dig into all the goodies.

Thank you, SnackNation! You can also get your own snack box for 20% off with the code SNACKBOX20 at checkout. Enjoy!

And since we’re talking about random deliveries I’ve received lately, check out this awesome map art of Washington, D.C. I got from the kind people at Modern Map Art!

This beautiful map includes areas of Virginia, D.C., and Maryland, and Fabio and I had fun pointing out all of the places where we’ve lived.

I can’t wait to get this one framed! I definitely recommend Modern Map Art for anyone who’s looking for a custom piece of art to represent your city. They have a ton of other cities too! Thank you, Modern Map Art!

Ok, and now, what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for – the best trick you could ever teach your dog. 😉 I know I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but we have an issue in our house with spider crickets. There’s not a lot of them, but every once in a while I will stumble upon one and it totally catches me off guard/grosses me out.

Then a while back, Fabio trained Jack to kill spider crickets, and it has pretty much solved our problem! Yes, some mornings I will come downstairs and see something on the carpet, only to realize it’s a dead one (I guess we need to train him to put them somewhere after he kills them?) but I’d much rather have that than a live one.

Earlier this week I turned on the light in the kitchen to do some dishes, and a spider cricket/spider/some kind of bug crawled quickly across the counter and jumped onto the floor. I screamed (naturally), and Jack came running into the kitchen to see what was wrong. He instantly saw the bug on the floor, killed it for me, and then waited for his treat. YES! This dog is the best. Haha!

Question of the day: If you have a pet, what’s their coolest trick? If you don’t, what would you want to train a pet to do?

 Posted by on May 17, 2017
May 152017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? For all the mamas out there, did you have a nice Mother’s Day?

Fabio and I spent pretty much the entire weekend running errands for the wedding, and while I’m not sure it could be called “fun” exactly, I tried to stay present in the moment and remember that I’m going to miss all this wedding planning once it’s over. Here’s a look back!

Friday

Our Friday evening began with a few errands – we stopped by Michael’s to pick up some mason jars, a flower girl basket, and a couple of other little craft supplies for the wedding, and then we stopped by Ross where we purchased some new suitcases for our honeymoon. 🙂

Fabio’s is Nautica and mine is Samsonite (both are carry-on size), and both of them were a real steal at less than $75. Woohoo!

When we got back home, we dug into some dinner that I threw together: chicken parm burgers and roasted veggies. Dinner = done.

It was delicious too!

We spent the rest of the evening watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix, which is SO good. If you’re looking for a new show to binge-watch, try that one!

Saturday

Saturday was a cold and dreary day, and Fabio and I got to sleep in until around 8:30 before eventually crawling out from under the covers. We were dog-sitting our neighbor’s dog Cassie over the weekend, so we took her and Jack for an extra wet walk outside.

She’s such a cutie!

Jack was happy to have her there too. 🙂

Then Fabio made us some breakfast of Colombian arepas with ogado (a sort of tomato/onion sauce) and coffee. Yum!

After we ate, it was time to tackle some crafting activities, namely tieing ribbons around our mason jars so they can hang from shepherd’s hooks during the wedding ceremony, and decorating the flower girl basket.

As soon as we were done, Fabio and I cleaned ourselves up and headed out for an appointment with our wedding coordinator.

I can’t remember if I mentioned this on the blog or not, but our old wedding coordinator left on medical leave at the beginning of March, and it now looks like she won’t be coming back. After talking to the new coordinator on the phone last week for more than an hour, we thought a face-to-face meeting might be helpful. It turns out it was – we wound up talking with her for more than two hours to go over everything! We literally had to start at square one which was exhausting and frustrating, since our old coordinator already had all of that knowledge. Hopefully things are where they need to be now.

After that, we drove another 45 minutes away to drop off the mason jars and flower girl basket at our florist’s shop, before heading back toward home to meet up with my family at the Outback in Annapolis for dinner. Phew!

The dinner was to celebrate my sister’s 12th birthday and Mother’s Day, and it was so nice to spend time with family after a somewhat stressful day.

I got the steakhouse salad for my meal, which was delicious despite some giant chunks of onion that could have been sliced a little smaller.

After we ate, the birthday girl got a slice of cheesecake! 🙂

I can’t believe how big she is these days. Where did my little sister go?!

Sunday

Sunday was another day full of wedding-related activities! Fabio played golf in the morning while I worked on some thank you cards from our shower, and when he got home we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping for items for the hotel welcome bags, after party, etc. etc. etc.

We also hit up the grocery store, and by the time we were done with all our errands it was after 7 p.m. *sigh*

We did stop for some ice cream during the day though, and it honestly was kind of fun spending so much one-on-one time with Fabio. Even the most annoying tasks are better when we’re together!

Anyway, that’s about it for my weekend – lots of wedding tasks that I can now cross off the to-do list. I wish I could say I’m feeling relieved after doing all that, but there’s still so much more to get done!

To all the mothers out there, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Question of the day: Did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

 Posted by on May 15, 2017
May 122017
 

Oh man, this has been a week. Work is crazy, life is crazy, and I feel like I just need a minute to catch my breath. Phew! Hopefully things will be a little calmer this weekend.

Luckily I had some really good workouts this week, and I felt like they helped to keep me grounded and sane. I used to dread working out (back in the days when I used to work out in my living room after work – oof) but now I look forward to it as the one time of my day that I don’t have to think about anything else on my to-do list. I also know that a workout will improve my mood immensely. What a change!

Here’s a look at what I was up to!

Sat., May 6 & Sun. May 7 – Rest days! This weekend was spent traipsing around New York City with Fabio and our family and friends.

Mon., May 8 – On Monday, I took my workout over to the track at Washington Lee High School, which is right by my house. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and I decided to complete one of my old Kayla Itsines workouts on the track.

I positioned myself next to a bench so I could do some step-ups, and then got to work! My workout included weighted walking lunges, burpees, squat jumps, sumo squats, step-ups, and more. It was a good one! And it was so nice to be outside in the sun. 🙂

Tues., May 9 – On Tuesday, Fabio and I headed to a FlyWheel class via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off). We had Richard as our instructor, and his classes are always so hard. My total power at the end of class was 293, which was much higher than my usual 255ish. Clearly he pushed us on Tuesday! I was dripping in sweat by the end of class, and was feeling so happy to have such a good workout behind me. Plus, it’s always fun when Fabio joins me! 🙂

Wed., May 10 – Wednesday was bootcamp day with the girls! I met up with Anne and Kathleen at our favorite spot, Urban Athletic Club, for a 7 a.m. class. Unfortunately all the usual instructors were randomly out of town/unavailable that day, so we had a last minute fill-in instructor teach us. He was a nice guy, but I didn’t love the workout he took us through which included toe-taps on the medicine ball, cleans, skaters, push-ups, and just a couple of other moves. The one part of the workout that I did really enjoy was a quick jaunt around the neighborhood, and since it was such a pretty day out, it was nice to get a quick run in outside!

Thurs., May 11 – Thursday was a rest day for me since we wound up going to the National’s game with our friends Megan and JR the night before and didn’t get home until around 11:00 p.m. By that time the stress of the week had caught up to me (plus it was rainy and gross out on Thursday morning), and I was glad to have a planned rest day.

I love these guys so much!

Fri., May 12 – Tomorrow morning (it’s Thursday night as I write this), I’m planning to take the sculpt class at CorePower Yoga. It’s one of my favorite classes, and I’m really looking forward to it!

And that’s a wrap! I hope whatever you do this weekend is exactly what you want to be doing – whether that means it’s filled with lots of plans or none at all. 🙂

Question of the day: Have you been to any baseball games yet this year? This was our first one of the season!

 Posted by on May 12, 2017
May 102017
 

As of today, my wedding is officially one month away.

Eeeeek! To say I am freaking out would be an understatement; I’m feeling a whole flurry of emotions that range from incredibly stressed to unbelievably excited. And now that the countdown is on, body image is top of mind.

I’m one of those women who’s always looked forward to her wedding day and imagined what it might be like. Even from the time I was a little girl, I can remember thinking about *that special day* and knowing it would be the most perfect day.

Once we got engaged, I thought that as part of my wedding prep I would also lose a whole bunch of weight. Sweating for the wedding, and all that.

I’ll definitely be 10 pounds lighter by the time of the wedding, I thought.

Well here I am, one month out, nowhere near ten pounds lighter. And, I’m not freaking out about it.

As you may remember from last April when I tried to lose weight for our engagement party in New York, losing weight is not easy for me. I definitely have what I consider to be a normal weight range, and the best I was able to do then is get two pounds below that normal number.

I might have been two pounds lighter, but I still was eating my treats! Haha!

And in all reality, that’s probably where I’ll be for the wedding too. Right now I’m at the lower part of my normal range, and I feel like in one month I might be able to lose another pound or two.

Even though the number on the scale isn’t showing the kind of progress I was hoping to see by this point, I’m ok with that for a couple of reasons.

First, I feel strong. I can feel my quads and hamstrings powering me through spin class and bootcamp squats, and I know my upper body can handle heavier weights now in my classes. Recently some of Fabio’s friends called me “jacked,”  which I took as a compliment even though I’m not sure they really intended it as one (I feel like guys don’t really like girls with big muscles, but mine does so who cares). I can see more definition in my abs, and I can see my performance improving in my classes. My body can do amazing things, and the scale is just a dumb number anyway.

And secondly, I like my life the way it is. I like eating healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during the week and getting lots of exercise in, but then still going out with friends on the weekend or enjoying a special meal out.

I truly believe a healthy lifestyle is all about balance, and I have to decide what’s worth a splurge and what’s not. When my coworkers go for milkshakes, it’s easy for me to walk with them and not get anything. When there’s delicious banana pancakes on the menu, but also a healthy egg and veggie dish, I’m ok with getting the eggs. But if there’s something I really want – a piece of NYC pizza or my mom’s amazing cheesecake – I’m going to eat it. And I’m not going to feel guilty about it or beat myself up about it later. Because I know that with my next meal, I can go back to my typical healthy choice.

So I guess that’s how I’m feeling these days, hoping that I’ll look my best during the wedding but also trying not to stress over a dumb number on the scale. Even if I’m not 10 pounds lighter, I know my dress will fit. I know my friends and family will tell me I look beautiful. I know that, at the end of the day, this is all really about my marriage (!!!) to Fabio, who loves me even when I eat the pizza and the cheesecake and who has seen me at every range of my weight.

Now someone please remind me of all this before my final dress fitting in a couple of weeks. K thanks. 😉

Question of the day: How do you handle weight loss/body image for big events?

 Posted by on May 10, 2017
May 082017
 

Well hello there! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was spent in New York City! Our good friend Hayden (also Fabio’s best man) recently passed the CPA exam to become a certified accountant, and his parents threw him a party in NYC (where he lives) to celebrate. Obviously, this meant we had to go up to join him!

Friday

On Friday evening, Fabio and I took the bus up to New York right after work. We took a 6:00 bus out of Rosslyn, and even had time to grab dinner from Panera beforehand. Sadly, I finished all my food really quickly, and then was wishing I had some extra road trip snacks to munch on (mostly out of boredom).

Our bus ride was super easy though, and we made it into the city in record time!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we headed downtown (we were staying at Aunt CC and Uncle Steve’s apartment on the Upper West Side) for a birthday celebration! Fabio’s cousin Nick happened to be turning 21 this weekend, so we joined him, his sister, and a bunch of their friends for brunch at Sons of Essex.

I got the breakfast tacos, which were delicious and came with eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Yum! Plus some delicious home fries on the side.

After brunch we weren’t quite ready to say goodbye yet, so we all walked over to one of my favorite bars, Hair of the Dog. It was pretty empty when we arrived, but I knew it would get crowded soon! And I was right – by the time we left around 4:00 p.m. you could barely walk in there!

Anyway, we had a lot of fun hanging out with Fabio’s cousins and getting to know their friends. I’m so glad we happened to be in town for the celebration!

Fabio’s cousin Ligia even bought her little brother – the birthday boy – some shots, which he was not too thrilled about. Lol!

But that’s what big sisters are for, right? And it was his 21st birthday. 🙂

Since Fabio and I knew we still had a long night of drinking ahead of us, we took it easy during all of this and drank our beers slowly and sipped lots of water. We aren’t as young as we used to be – we had to pace ourselves!

Eventually, we decided we better head back uptown, but not before stopping for a late lunch at the famous Katz’s Deli.

Fabio and I shared a delicious pastrami sandwich with mustard and some house-made pickles. Everything was delicious, as always!

After eating, we headed back to Aunt CC’s place and took a quick nap. Like I said, we can’t hang like we used to, and we knew we had a long night ahead of us!

At around 8:30, it was time for us to head out to the main event of the trip: Hayden’s CPA party! How cute are these two? 🙂

There were lots of fellow Sigma Nu brothers there, which of course made Fabio happy. It was so great seeing everyone!!

And their respective significant others. 🙂

We had a great time catching up with old friends, and celebrating with Hayden!

Lol – my face after the bartender gave me a gigantic glass of rose. 😉

We stayed at the bar until around 12:30, at which point a couple of us moved on to another bar where we danced for a while. We wound up heading back to Aunt CC’s at around 2:30 a.m., which makes three weekends in a row of super late Saturday nights. Oof. I’m definitely getting too old for this.

Sunday

Fabio and I caught the early bus home on Sunday, and arrived back in Rosslyn by 2:30 p.m. We immediately headed over to my mom’s to pick up Jack, and she and my stepdad had an early dinner waiting for us.

We started off with these amazing fried cheese rosemary bread things that my mom has been making lately, which are insanely delicious.

Then we had homemade coleslaw, grilled chicken, and cheesy potato casserole. Yum!!

Plus my mom’s cheesecake for dessert, which was phenomenal and even better than I remembered. Holy cow.

After dinner we came back home, unloaded our bags, and finished opening up gifts from our bridal shower that arrived last week. As I write this (on Sunday night), I am surrounded by tons of cardboard boxes and packaging and trying to figure out how we will break all of the boxes down so they will fit in the recycling bin. Yes, #humblebrag but also, not an easy task. I’m hoping that Fabio will take care of it for us…which, I guess, is partly why I sat down to write this post right now isntead of dealing with it. 😉 Ha!

The end.

Question of the day: Pie, cheesecake, or cake?

 Posted by on May 8, 2017
May 052017
 

Hi friends! How was your week? I found it a lot harder to post this week – our evenings lately have been taken up with more and more wedding planning so it’s been hard for me to find extra time to sit at the computer to blog. I would imagine this trend will continue for the next few weeks until the wedding (eek!), so if I’m posting at off schedules or a little less frequently, you know why!

I’ll keep things short today since I’m also short on time. Here’s a look back at my workouts from this week!

Sat., April 29: On Saturday morning before all the bridal shower festivities, I got in a three-mile run with Jack. I actually hurt my lower back late last week during one of my workouts (I think I was rushing my deadlifts and not paying attention to form), and I was hoping if I ignored the pain and went for a shake-out run I might feel better. Ha! Can you see where this is going? Obviously, that’s not how life works and the run left me in a lot of pain, just in time for the party. Great. Luckily all the adrenalin and excitement of the day distracted me from it a lot, but anytime I dropped something on the ground and had to bend over to pick it up, I was reminded of this dumb mistake.

Sun., April 30: Rest day! After being up way too late and doing way too much dancing the night before, my back was seriously painful. When Fabio and I got home from my dad’s house and started opening up our presents, I could barely bend over at all. At this point, I was Googling just about every back stretch there is and doing lots of foam rolling, but nothing seemed to help.

Mon., May 1: Although I really didn’t want to take another rest day on Monday, I knew I had a lot of other fitness activities coming up during the week and I needed my back to get better. Rest day it was.

Tues., May 2: On Tuesday morning, Fabio and I headed to a Hot Power Fusion class at CorePower Yoga. This hot yoga class is a good one for stretching out, so I thought it might help my back. It seemed to, and I was feeling a lot better afterword. It was a great class too! There was lots of core work, which was challenging and painful (in a good way).

Wed., May 3: Wednesday was Get Fit Don’t Sit Day at my job, and I knew I had to participate in everything, back pain or no back pain, since I was in charge of all the events. I figured if things got too painful I could always make modifications or sit out during certain portions, though I really didn’t want to have to do that. Thankfully, I woke up on Wednesday pain-free!! Woohoo! All that resting was worth it.

I already told you about my workouts on Wednesday, but they included a Pure Barre class, a two-mile walk, and a bootcamp class at Sport & Helath. Phew! BTW, I’m the one wearing a green tank top and gray spotted leggings in all the pictures below, in case you are looking for me. 🙂

Thurs., May 4: On Thursday, I joined my favorite workout buddies Anne, Kathleen, and Fabio (two in one week! That must be a record for him…) for a bootcamp class at Definitions via ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!). It was a great class and included a whole bunch of circuit exercises like rowing, bent-over-rows, push-ups, wall balls, wall sits, ab work, jump squats, and more. I love these classes! The insturctors are the sweetest here, and always have the best old school music.

Fri., May 5: Rest day.

And that’s it for my week! I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am that my back improved in time for all the events on Wednesday. This was an important reminder for me to rest and take it easy when I’m injured!

Question of the day: When was the last time you had an injury, and how long did it last?

 Posted by on May 5, 2017