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Apr 082015
 

Hi friends! How is everyone today? Even though the weather is kind of crappy here, I’m in an oddly chipper mood. I’m not really sure why, but I’ll take it!

Since today’s Wednesday, I thought I would once again take the opportunity to join Jenn and tons of other bloggers from around the web in the good old What I Ate Wednesday linkup. Today Arman from The Big Man’s World is hosting the linkup. Thanks, Arman!

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Let’s take a look at my Monday, shall we?

Workout

My day began with another 6:00 am spin class at Revolve DC.

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I have to admit when I crawled out of bed at 5:15 I was feeling pretty miserable, but as soon as I got changed into my spin gear and took Jack for his walk I felt much better. By the time I arrived at the studio I was ready to sweat, and sweat I did.

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For whatever reason this workout felt extra tough on Monday, and I was totally red-faced and dripping by the time I headed back home. Lovely.

Breakfast #1

Once I got home, I drank a glass of fresh juice which included beets, carrots, lemon, celery and ginger.

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It was a tasty batch, but very lemony since we had a few lemons we needed to use up. It almost was more like lemonade than veggie juice!

Breakfast #2

After a much-needed shower, I dug into my second breakfast of the day: a bowl of 1/2 vanilla almond and 1/2 multigrain Special K cereal, plus skim milk and some raisins tossed in.

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Raisin Bran is one of my favorite childhood cereals, but I never buy it because it’s loaded with added sugar (you can even see the sugar coating the raisins). I don’t know why it took me this long to realize that if I added my own raisins to a regular bran-type cereal, I could make my own lightened up Raisin Bran. Duh! I can be so dense sometimes. Anyway, this is a really delicious combination that I’ve been enjoying all week. 🙂 Plus we are out of bananas at the moment, so raisins are a good way to make my bowl a bit more interesting.

Snack #1

As much as I love Special K cereal for breakfast, it does absolutely nothing for keeping me full. At around 10:30, I dug into half of a peanut butter crunch CLIF bar.

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I bought these CLIF bars on a whim at Costco a few weeks ago, and I have been absolutely loving them. In addition to the peanut butter crunch flavor, the box also came with chocolate chip. Both flavors are awesome!

These bars are great because they have 11g of protein, making them great for post-workout snacks. Granted I waited a little while after my workout to eat it, but at least I got that protein in! These are seriously delicious.

Lunch

At noon, I headed out into the gorgeous sunshine to meet my friend Claire for lunch. The weather was absolutely beautiful on Monday!

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Claire and I began working together back in 2012, and we have been close friends ever since. She recently got a new job near me in Silver Spring, and we are planning to have lunch together at least once a week. I’m so happy I’ll get to see her more!

We decided to head to Potbelly since she had two coupons for free sandwiches (woohoo!) and I opted for my usual turkey and swiss on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Yum, yum, yum.

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I had no problem finishing this off.

We sat outside since the weather was so nice, and had a great time chatting about her new job. Claire also lives in NoMa – the area Fabio and I are thinking about moving to – so I asked her about a million questions about the neighborhood. So nice to have a good resource!

Snack #2

After work I met Fabio at the dog park, which was so nice. On my walk over from the metro, I munched on the other half of the peanut butter CLIF bar (unpictured).

This winter we really didn’t make it to the dog park much, and on Monday I realized how much I missed this little routine. It’s just so nice to spend some time outside in the afternoon with my little family!

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Dinner

After the dog park we headed home, where I whipped up a quick dinner. As I mentioned, we had some lemons to use up, so I made this creamy lemon pepper orzo with chicken, and tossed in a fire-roasted red pepper that we had hanging out in in the fridge.

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It was delicious, and Fabio and I both gobbled it right up. There was also a ton of orzo leftover, which I have been adding to my salads all week. So good!

After dinner Fabio worked on his taxes, while I played around with fitting our furniture into our potential new apartment.

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Unfortunately it looks like not all of our furniture will fit, but all the important stuff is in there! I’m hoping to chat with Fabio tonight to make a decision one way or the other, so we will see what happens.

Question of the day: What did you miss most about spring?

I have to say the green trees, the longer days, and just being outside!

 Posted by on April 8, 2015
Mar 252015
 

Hey there, friends! Today I’m coming at you with another edition of What I Ate Wednesday, my favorite way to share what I’ve been eating lately. It looks like Laura from Sprint 2 the Table is helping Jenn with the hosting today. Thanks, Laura!

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Today we’re taking a look at Monday’s eats and workout. Let the WIAW fun begin!

Workout

Monday morning began with a 6:00 am spin class at Revolve.   I don’t know about you, but I always like to get a really good workout in on Mondays to set myself up for a successful week.

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Revolve is one of the studios on my ClassPass plan, and since my podiatrist finally gave me the ok to incorporate spinning into my fitness routine again, I obviously jumped right in. Since I still can’t run or do anything high impact, I’m planning to rely on spinning for my main form of cardio while my foot finishes healing (five more weeks!).

I had been to Revolve once before (you can read my full review of the class here), and like last time, I loved it.

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It had been so long since I had a workout that really made me sweat like that, so I was literally on cloud nine as I huff and puffed away on my bike. (Swimming just isn’t quite the same.) This studio is also really close to my apartment, so I’m sure I’ll be back again really soon!

Breakfast #1

Once I got home, I quickly downed a glass of green juice and stretched my legs a bit more.

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This batch was made with celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, apples, kale, spinach, pineapple and mango. The pineapple and mango gave this batch a really delicious and sweet taste. Yum!

I also re-hydrated by finishing off the rest of the water in my water bottle. 🙂

Breakfast #2

Once I had showered/cleaned up, it was time for breakfast #2! I decided to make a two-ingredient pancake to use up one of the overripe bananas in our fruit basket. (See my tips for making a two ingredient pancake here.)

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Why yes, that is the sleeve of my fluffy white bathrobe, thank-you-very-much. 😉

When it was done, I slathered some peanut butter on top and dug in while watching the Today show.

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Delicious!

Lunch

Like clockwork, my body was ready for lunch at 12:15. I headed to the kitchen at work to heat up some leftover brown rice and curried chicken, and throw some dressing on a side salad.

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The curried chicken was actually a premade meal from Costco that Fabio and I had for dinner one night last week alongside some rice. It was really tasty, and next time I’m at Costco I’m planning to pick up another container for nights when we have a lot going on and need a quick dinner. It was so good!

Snack

I got hungry again around 3:30 (again, like clockwork) so I dug into a blueberry Chobani.

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I wish I had had some granola to throw in there, but it was still good by itself.

Dinner

For dinner I made a stir fry!

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Included in the mix was quinoa, chicken, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, onions, and garlic. It was all tossed together in a yummy Thai sriracha peanut sauce we had leftover from making these cauliflower lettuce wraps.

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It was so good and even though I was expecting to have leftovers to take for lunch, Fabio and I both wound up having seconds so there wasn’t enough left. Womp womp. That’s how you know it was a good dinner though!

Question of the day: What do you do to set yourself up for a successful week?

In addition to getting a good workout Monday morning, I use Sundays to set myself up for a good week by cleaning the apartment, planning our meals, and buying our groceries. Sometimes I’ll also put together bases for lunch salads, but not always. 😉

 Posted by on March 25, 2015
Oct 242014
 

*Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter my gummy bear giveaway! Details available here.*

Hey friends! Happy Friday! I’ve had a few fun things going on in the last couple of days, so let’s catch up shall we?

Revolve DC

Yesterday morning I went to a 6:00 am Body Ride class at Revolve DC. Have I mentioned lately how much I am loving trying out new studios as part of my free month of ClassPass? Well, I’m saying it now. It’s awesome! I could get used to this for sure.

Although there are tons of classes available through ClassPass, I constantly find myself drawn to ones with morning classes (you know me) that are about 10-15 minutes from my apartment. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised at the variety of options!

This week there was a morning spot available at Revolve DC, and since I had heard about Revolve from a lot of friends and fellow bloggers, I decided to check it out.

Before heading over to Revolve, I did some quick research on The Fit Crasher to see what I was in for (I learned my lesson after not researching reformer pilates) and I’m so glad I did! Once I read Meaghan’s review I realized there was plenty of street parking available near the studio, so I decided to drive instead of run there. This decision allowed to me to sleep in for an extra 5 minutes which was oh-so necessary. 😉

When I arrived at the studio about 5 minutes before class started, I was greeted to pumping music and a flurry of activity. By the time I arrived, I was one of the last ones to get settled! You definitely want to arrive early for this class; they start right away.

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After signing in and filling out a quick waiver, I paid the $2 rental fee for a pair of spin shoes. Then I dropped off my bag in one of the combination lockers (love!), filled up my water bottle from their filtered water fill station (love!), and headed into the class.

Mara was my instructor for the day, and she was nice enough to come over and help me clip into my bike pedals since I am a newbie to clip-in bikes and had zero clue how to do it. Whoops. I’m so glad she was there to help!

Then as the music was pumping, the lights turned down low and the class began. I really enjoyed the darkness of the spin room – it helped you focus on your form and speed instead of worrying about how much the person next to you is turning up her bike resistance or staring at your reflection in the mirror and thinking about how you look like a sweaty sleepwalker, since it is 6:00 am after all.

For the duration of each song, Mara would guide us through different exercises. From one minute sprints with 30 second rests, to gradually “climbing” a hill for a whole song until you could barely pedal by the end, there was a lot of variety.

About mid-way through the class we brought out the weights that were hanging by the bottom of our bikes, and completed a great upper body circuit. I don’t know if it’s just been a while since I’ve worked out my arms in a new way or what, but my shoulders were burning! In the best way, of course.

After this we did a bit more sprinting in and out of the saddle, and then the class was over. Just like that, 45 minutes later, I was dripping in sweat and feeling like I just had a really great workout.

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Fit Crasher Happy Hour

Then last night after work, I met up with my fellow DC Fit Crashers!

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We’ve been blogging together for a couple of months now, and although I’ve met a couple of the crashers at fitness events here and there, and had met them all via Google hangout, it was nice to get us all together for a happy hour. Unfortunately Maggie got sick and wasn’t able to join us (feel better, Maggie!) and Meaghan was in New York so she obviously couldn’t join us, but it was great to get the rest of the group together.

We wound up meeting at Bar Charley, a nice bar in the middle of the DuPont Circle and U Street neighborhoods, which had some delicious food and hand-crafted drinks.

I wound up ordering a “shoulder to the wheel” for my cocktail, which was made up of  tequila, allspice, lemon, egg white, and whole bunch of other things that I couldn’t name. It was sweet and fruity – but not so much as to give me a headache – and I adored the frothy egg white on top. Yum.

As far as food goes, we decided to go with two of the “poutines and fries,” which were essentially french fries with delicious gourmet toppings. We got the Chesapeake (fries with Old Bay gravy (!), blue crab, and ricotta salata) and the Catalin (fries with avocado and some kind of chorizo, topped with a fried egg). The Catalin was really tasty, but the Cheapeake? Wow. As someone who was born and raised in Maryland, you better believe I was all over that. Yum.

Overall the food and drinks were great, and it was so nice to put faces to names and get to know this crew a little better 🙂

Run with Anne

This morning I met up with Anne for our weekly run! We decided to skip the track today since she’s running the Marine Corps 10K this weekend and wants to save her legs. Works for me!

We met in Courthouse at 6:00 am and decided to run into Georgetown, which is one of my favorite routes. It was a good one for today too since it was so dark and all the sidewalks are pretty well-lit (compared to some of our other favorite running trails which would have been pitch black).

It had been a little while since I’d seen her (we skipped last week due to thunderstorms) and we had so much to catch up on! We had so much fun chatting along the way.
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I always love running through Georgetown, even when it’s this dark out!

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After two miles we turned around and headed back up to Courthouse. Our pace was a little slower than usual (around 9:15 overall), but we stayed steady up through the mile-long hill of death home, which was really great. Once we were back, the sun was finally starting to rise, but we were too far from the water to see the sunrise. Boo. photo (1)

After our run we spent about 15 minutes walking for our cool down, which was so nice. It’s always so fun running and chatting with Anne!

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Good luck to anyone running the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend!

Questions of the day: How do you feel about spin classes? Do you have a signature cocktail?

 Posted by on October 24, 2014
Oct 142016
 

Hellooooooo! Happy Friday to you! How was your week? Mine was one of the best I’ve had in a while; I think having the new job really reset my intention and motivation, and I felt so happy every single day. Yay!

Here are some of the items in particular that made me smile. Please play along in the comments below!

Favorite Fall Change

Now that cooler weather has arrived, we have been leaving the window on our storm door open to get a fresh breeze inside. This was obviously something we couldn’t do when it as a million degrees outside, and last weekend when we figured out how to open that particular window on the door it was SO nice having a breeze come through the living room. Plus, Jack absolutely loves sitting by the door and sniffing all the bunnies that seem to hang out on our patch of grass or the sidewalk.

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I think they just like teasing him!!

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Favorite Update

Do you guys remember the travel wall that we had in our old apartment? It was definitely one of my favorite features in our old place, and I loved seeing pictures every day that brought back such happy memories.

Well we’ve been on quite a few trips since we last updated it, so before we hung the frames in our new house we wanted to add some more pictures to the collection.

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Unfortunately Ikea discontinued the black frames that we used last time, so we are going with a similar-looking white frame this time around. The frames will be almost evenly split between black and white, so hopefully it won’t look too crazy.

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We’re planning to have the frames going up the stairs, and are going to try to get the pictures hung this weekend. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t look too much like a hot mess!

Psst – we are also getting our recessed lighting put in downstairs on Monday and I could NOT be more excited. #adulting

Favorite Dinner Out

Our good friend Jason (also one of Fabio’s groomsmen) just started a work project in McLeans, Virginia, so he’ll be in town a lot for the next few weeks. Yay!!

We decided to meet up with him for dinner on Tuesday at Earl’s Kitchen and Bar in Tysons Corner, and it was really good! We all agreed we loved the atmosphere, and although my warm kale salad was just ok, Fabio’s burger was AMAZING. I only had one bite, but it was one of the best I’ve tasted in a long time!

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I can’t wait to have more dinners with Jason during these next few weeks! We are also planning to go to a few fitness classes together since he’s a gym rat like me. I can’t wait to take him to all my favorite spots!

Favorite Switch Up

This week I switched things up a bit by heading back to November Project! I hadn’t been in ages, but I decided to go after hearing that some folks from my job would be there to promote an event we have coming up. Cool!

I dragged Fabio with me (despite his protests) and we arrived at the Lincoln Memorial for the free workout just as the sun was starting to come up.

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We spent the next 30 minutes running up and down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with tons of other DC fitness fanatics, and also mixed in a couple of runs around the Memorial, squats, and push-ups.

About midway through we were called off the stairs (per National Park Service rules we have to be off the steps by 7:00 a.m.) and I took that opportunity to snap a picture of the sunrise. So beautiful!!

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After that, we did some tabata work on the ground including burpees, mountain climbers, and super mans.

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All the burpees.

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Before we knew it, our workout was over and it was time for the announcement from my coworkers!

The event they were there to promote is called Game on Greater Washington, and it’s a fun event at FedEx Field (the Redskins stadium) on Saturday, Oct. 22 to raise awareness about diabetes. The morning will start off with a 5K (both a run and a walk), and cycling events at varying distances. Then there will be a huge party at the stadium with live music, a zipline, an obstacle course, a climbing wall, moon bounces, and more. I think it’s going to be so much fun!

To promote the event, my coworkers were joined by former Redskins cornerback, Fred Smoot.

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It was awesome that Fred came to November Project and helped pump everyone up for the event!

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Then my coworkers handed out bananas and water bottles that had stickers with the event information printed on them, and then it was time for us to head home. What a successful morning! I felt so proud to work for such an amazing organization that’s out there making a difference. 🙂

Favorite Thought-Provoker

I took a spin class this week at Revolve, and though I’ve been there a bunch of times I just wasn’t feeling it this time. I think it was a mix of the instructor and her playlist, but I just kept feeling like I could have taught a better class myself.

Now I’m toying with the idea of looking into getting spin certified and possibly becoming an instructor. I know it would be a lot of work so it’s not a decision I’m planning to take lightly, but I want to at least start researching. Maybe? What do you guys think?

Favorite Oops

Last week, I placed an order for a Blue Apron delivery. Then I got an email saying my payment to HelloFresh had been processed. What the heck?

Apparently a while back when we ordered HelloFresh I must have just paused my account instead of actually canceling it, so we received another box of food from them. (This happened to me before with Blue Apron too. Will I ever learn?)

So this week we had not only a delivery of food and recipes from Blue Apron, but one from HelloFresh too. Yikes! Needless to say, we’ve had a lot of yummy dinners this week, and will continue to enjoy some next week. 🙂

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Favorite Burn

Fabio’s coworker just started a candle company called Winoscandles made from old wine bottles, and she kindly gifted me a vanilla flavored one with coffee beans. We’ve been enjoying it every night this week!

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Favorite Spooky

The fog was very spooky around here this week, and one particular morning when I took Jack to the park I was feeling very Halloweeny. Look at that fog!

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Sheesh!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today! Have a great weekend!

Question of the day: What’s one thing that made you smile this week?

 Posted by on October 14, 2016
Sep 242015
 

Hi friends! I’ve been working from home for most of this week (Tuesday – Thursday) because the Pope is in town! Traffic and the metro is supposed to be crazy, so most of DC is working remotely. And you know what that means?? I’ve been spending lots of time in PJs with a makeup-free face. 🙂

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Plus a furry working companion!

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How sweet are my new PJ pants that my dad brought me back from Alaska? Of course they’re not as great as actually going to Alaska, but I had enough traveling of my own lately. 🙂 Fabio is working from home too, so we’ve been having a lot of fun! Can I work from home every day?

On Monday I did make my usual trek into the office, where I decided to take advantage of our office gym! I had packed my gym stuff up the night before, and I guess I grabbed the wrong shirt because when I put it on it was way too big.

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Fabio and I have that same shirt from our first half marathon, so I always wondered if I would mix them up one day. Well, I did. Womp womp. Oh well, it still got the job done.

For my workout, I made sure to print something out ahead of time because I knew otherwise I would spend the hour wandering around aimlessly and not actually get a good workout in. I wound up running one mile on the treadmill as my warm-up, and then completed the following:

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It was a good one, and didn’t take too long either. After my workout I headed into the locker room to take a quick shower, when I realized I had forgotten a towel! Ah! I wound up bringing about 10 paper towels into the shower room with me and using those. Ugh. Not fun. I won’t make that mistake again! It was pretty comical though. 😉

Then on Tuesday I took full advantage of not having to commute to work by taking a 7:00 am class with Anne. Usually 7:00 am classes are too late for me if I want to get to work on time, so this was such a luxury!

We decided to try out a Metabolic Resistance Training class at a new-to-us studio in Georgetown, Definitions, and we were so impressed! The class was recommended to us on ClassPass based on classes we’ve taken previously. I love that new feature!

When we arrived at the large office building that houses the gym, a Definitions staff member was waiting for us in the lobby with an iPad for us to sign in. Then he escorted us to the gym entrance and introduced us to the owner, who showed us all the features of the gym. I hate when I get to a new gym and I have to wander around looking for everything, so I definitely appreciated the hospitality! No one knew we were bloggers either, so this is how they treat all their customers. 🙂

Then we were led to our workout space for the morning, a rather small but efficient room that totally took advantage of its small size. They had TRX equipment looped on to random ceiling poles and resistance bands clipped on to the shelves. So smart!

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Then our instructor for the day, DeShay, led us through an awesome workout! Here’s what we did:

Circuit 1* 

  • Station 1: row, lunge with dumbbell row
  • Station 2: ab roll ups with a sandbag, pushups with a band/plyo pushups
  • Station 3: sandbag shoulder lifts, side-shuffle

Circuit 2*

  • Station 1: row, squat jacks with medicine ball
  • Station 2: step ups, resistance band pulls
  • Station 3: battle rope, TRX squat jumps

*Complete each exercise for 45 seconds, with 15 seconds rest in between. Repeat each exercise three times before switching stations.

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Phew! What a tough workout! Anne and I were both red-faced and sweaty by the end.

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Those battle ropes are harder than they look!

We had such a great time and will absolutely be back! Definitely check this place out if you’re in the area. 🙂

Yesterday I enjoyed a nice rest day (although Fabio and I did take Jack for an extra long evening walk) and then today I was back at it with another ClassPass class!

This time I checked out the cycling class at Sculpt DC. I had been there once before for an awesome rooftop yoga class for the launch of ClassPass DC, but I had never tried their cycling class.

When I arrived, I was treated to this beautiful sunrise.

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So pretty! Also, the streets downtown were totally deserted, which I found weird. I guess everyone was working from home like me, or else congregating wherever the Pope was scheduled to be? Weird.

I thought the class was pretty good, but I didn’t like it as much as some of my other favorite DC cycling classes (FlyWheel, Biker Barre, Wired, Revolve, etc.). The instructor was really nice, but her music didn’t totally wow me, and some of her moves – while innovative – weren’t really for me. For example, during one song she turned off all the lights and encouraged us to do whatever we wanted. Luckily she picked a song with a great tempo for this, so I just cycled along to the beat. I didn’t really enjoy all that freedom though, and couldn’t help thinking that the reason I go to a spin class is for instruction. I can cycle however I want from the gym in my building.

Still, I liked the studio a lot and am planning to go back soon to try again. I was still a sweaty mess when I left, which is always a good sign!

Food!

Ok, now let’s talk about my meals lately. On Monday it was cold and rainy, so I brought back an old favorite: oatmeal!

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For those who don’t remember (it’s been ages since I’ve made this, after all) here’s how I make my oatmeal: mash up a ripe banana, add 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup milk, 1 egg white (when I feel like it), vanilla and cinnamon to a bowl. Mix well and heat for one minute in the microwave. Stir, and heat for one minute more. Let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up/cool off, and then add toppings! I like a lot of toppings so I usually go for some kind of nut, nut butter, and dried fruit. De-lish!

I also made a really delicious egg scramble for us this morning which included farm-fresh eggs, swiss chard, tomatoes, onions, jalepeno (from my mom’s garden!), and black beans. I topped it off with avocado, green onions, and cilantro.

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Such a tasty breakfast! I wish I had time to make this every day.

I’ve also been munching on a ton of apples lately; I got some really tasty ones in my Relay Foods order on Monday and now they’re almost gone. 🙁 Apples are just so good right now!

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Of course you know what goes well with apples? Cheese. 🙂

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I think our time in Paris spoiled us a little bit because Fabio and I have been wanting cheese and wine every day. While I definitely don’t think it would be good to get into the habit of doing this, I don’t have a problem with enjoying some cheese and an alcoholic beverage after work every once in a while. It makes us both so happy!

For dinner on Monday I made a big pot of homestyle chicken noodle soup with plenty of fresh herbs on top. Like I said earlier, it was a really gross rainy day on Monday so this was perfect.

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Having leftover soup for lunch hasn’t been bad either!

Then on Tuesday Fabio offered to make dinner which – no surprise – wound up being steak. I cooked up some black beans, brown rice, and quick guacamole to go with it.

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Yum!

Aaaand now we’re all caught up. 🙂

Question of the day: What did you eat for dinner last night?

 Posted by on September 24, 2015
Apr 222015
 

Hi friends! Happy hump day!

It’s been forever since I’ve written a day in the life post, and I always enjoy reading them on other people’s blogs, so let’s take a look at my Monday day-in-the-life style, shall we?

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Linking up with Jenn and Meghan for What I Ate Wednesday too. 🙂 Thanks for hosting, ladies!

5:05 am – First alarm goes off. Snooze!

5:10 am – Second alarm goes off. Snooze one more time.

5:15 am – Ok, time to get up. Jack knows when I’m done snoozing, and instantly comes into the bedroom to tell me good morning. I use the bathroom, brush my teeth, and put on my workout gear I laid out the night before.

5:30 am – Take Jack for a walk. It’s raining, so I get wet and he gets muddy. I listen to a “How Stuff Works” podcast on the Paleo diet (read my podcast recommendations here) and learn that skim milk is very processed and not that good for you. Interesting, but not very helpful as I have a huge jug of skim milk in my fridge from Costco that needs to be used up. Womp womp. Maybe I’ll stop buying skim milk? What about all those extra calories in whole milk – worth it or not? I ponder all this while we walk.

5:42 am – Quickly towel off and feed Jack, pour water into my water bottle, and hit the road. It’s time for yoga!

5:56 am – Arrive at CorePower yoga in Georgetown, and have a terrible time parallel parking. (This is why I always make Fabio drive.) Run inside and check in, grab my weights, and roll out my mat. Once my mat is rolled out it’s 5:59 and the instructor gets started right away. Phew. Perfect timing.

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7:01 am – Come out of savasana feeling great. This Sculpt class was really tough, and our instructor had us doing burpees, jumping jacks, and tuck jumps in the midst of our yoga practice (not that I could fully do all the high impact moves since I’m still recovering from foot surgery, but I did as much as I could). Head home looking sweaty and red. Awesome workout.

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7:15 am – Arrive home (later than I would have liked – now I’ll have to rush) and chug a glass of fresh juice made with beets, pineapple, celery, cucumber, lemon, apple, and ginger. Yum. Quickly hop in the shower.

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7:35 am – Eat a quick breakfast of Crispix cereal, Special K cereal, and a banana in skim milk while I let my hair air dry. Remember the podcast about the skim milk. Ugh.

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7:50 am – Time to leave for work! Didn’t have time to try my hair – whoops! Say goodbye to Fabio (who is still sleeping) and Jack (who is looking for squirrels out the window) and walk over to the metro. Say good morning to the woman handing out the newspapers. Wonder where Vladamir, the trash guy that I usually say hi to, is today. Get on the train like I do every morning. Get excited when there’s a seat. Read my kindle and think about how much better my commute is going to be when we move to DC.

8:50 am – Arrive at work! It’s my turn to work on our organization’s weekly newsletter (my manager and I switch off weeks) so I work on that all morning. I send it off to my manager for review at 12:30, and then catch up on emails and other assignments.

1:45 pm – My manager and I have a working lunch date, so we take our notebooks and papers outside to the little deli across the street (it’s stopped raining, thank goodness). We both order the chicken Caesar salad wrap because it’s DELICIOUS. I love that the chicken is hot, the lettuce is cold, and the crutons in the wrap are crunchy. Perfection!
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Old, recycled photo, but you get the idea.

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Yum!
3:00 pm – Finally make it back into the office (we wound up covering a lot of ground during our lunch meeting) and spend the rest of the afternoon preparing to ship materials to an upcoming conference. The materials include BMI wheels and posters about the importance of treating obesity, and will be given away for free to doctors at the conference. Even though getting them ready to go out is not my favorite task, I love what we’re doing. Being able to help doctors treat obesity is great! No snack today because I’m too busy.

4:45 pm – Time to go home! When I get outside I call Fabio, and we decide to meet at the dog park since it’s a nice afternoon. I spend another hour reading my kindle on the metro, and then get out at the Clarendon stop and walk over to the park. Jack runs right over to me when I get there, making me feel like a proud mom. 🙂

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6:45 pm – Arrive home and get dinner started. While the chicken is in the oven, I spend some time working on the blog and getting posts ready for the week. I take a little longer than usual, and Fabio whines that he’s hungry. Oops. Better get on with the cooking.

7:45 pm – Sit down to eat! Tonight’s dinner is oven “fried” chicken with curried quinoa and broccoli.

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It’s delicious and Fabio and I both have no problem clearing our plates. While we eat, we watch the Game of Thrones episode that we missed on Sunday. So freakin’ good.

It’s thunder-storming out, which makes everything super cozy.

9:00 pm – Fabio turns on a baseball game and I read my kindle a bit. I dig into the chocolate frog my family brought me back from Disney World, and am sad to see I got a Salazar Slytherin card inside. Seriously? Come on, no wants him!

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Bummer. Couldn’t I have gotten Nicholas Flamel or Viktor Krum or something??

10:15 pm – Head to the bedroom and lay out my workout gear for tomorrow (I’m taking another spin class at Revolve) and figure out what time I need to get up. Try to stay awake while reading. It doesn’t really work.

10:25 pm – Turn off my light and say goodnight to Fabio and Jack. Asleep in seconds.

Question of the day: What was the highlight of your Monday?

I’d have to say it was either my morning workout or my time at the dog park!

 Posted by on April 22, 2015
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Hey there! I hope your Mondays are all off to a fabulous start!

I had a nice weekend which included a road trip, lots of time with Fabio’s family, and some fun at home. Let’s take a look!

Friday

After work on Friday, Fabio, Jack, and I made the five hour journey up to New York, where we planned to spend some time with Fabio’s family. The roads were really wet and gross, but luckily we made it to the big apple without any issues. When we finally arrived at Fabio’s dad’s house around 12:30 am, we were pooped. Time for bed!

Saturday

All the gross rain on our way up to NY was actually snow in Queens where Fabio’s dad lives, so Saturday morning we enjoyed a nice walk with Jack around the neighborhood to check out the pretty snow-covered trees and cars. It was a really pretty day (nice and sunny!) so a long walk was a great way to kick off our weekend.

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Whenever we are in Queens, Fabio points out where certain things happened during his childhood (e.g., “This is where we used to play baseball” and “I used to leap over this neighbor’s fence when we would play tag” etc.). It’s always nice to see his old stomping grounds!

A little while later Fabio and I got ready for the day, and then headed out to run a few errands. First up was a stop at a pizzeria!

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Fabio is not a huge fan of breakfast foods, and would often choose to skip breakfast altogether and go right to lunch (he’s crazy). I can’t usually get down with this approach, but when we’re in New York and only have a few meals there, I can be convinced. We just don’t have enough time to eat all of our favorite New York foods! (I seriously wouldn’t have minded a bagel though…)

Anyway, at the pizzeria we each got two slices: cheese + “grandma” slice for Fabio, and cheese + buffalo chicken for me. Plus a side of garlic knots (my favorite!).

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Gahhh I could move to New York just for this.

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So good!

After our pizza breakfast/lunch, we headed over to a couple of stores to look for a birthday gift for Fabio’s niece Sofia, who recently turned three. Her birthday party was actually the whole reason for the trip, and we had a fun time looking adorable kids’ stuff at the stores. Eventually we decided on a gift, and then headed over to the birthday party location,  Chuck E Cheese!

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Ah yes, the most insanely crowded kiddo wonderland there is. I’ll try to resist telling you how I really felt about the location (omg so many kids – the smells – the giant mouse – the germs – ahhhhh) because the day was really all about the birthday girl.

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There were about 10 other kids gathered at the table to celebrate Sofia’s birthday, plus a ton of family friends and relatives. Although the entire area was really loud and crowded, I think the birthday girl had a lot of fun!

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Here she is with Fabio’s mom (aka Grandma!) who was visiting from Bolivia! It was so nice to see her and catch up!

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After the kids had pizza and fruit punch, “Chuck E” himself came over to wish Sofia a happy birthday.

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Then it was time to blow out the candles on the cake! I think there might have been a little too much stimulation by this point, haha.

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Then we all got to enjoy a piece of delicious, sugary cake.

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Who can say no to cake?

Once the main birthday party festivities concluded, Fabio and his cousin Steve hit the arcade for some games of basketball and football.

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They were both really competitive with each other, and it was so funny to watch!

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Overall we had a really nice afternoon with Fabio’s family. 🙂

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Later in the evening we relaxed at Fabio’s dad’s house, where he made me a delicious mug of herbal tea.

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While I sipped the hot tea, Fabio’s dad brought out tons of old family photos for us to browse through. Here are some of my favorites!

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How cute are Fabio’s old dogs, Fluffy and Muneca?

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This one is the absolute best – just look at little Fabio’s face!

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Hahaha!

Sunday

When we woke up on Sunday morning we were ready to head home, so we hit the road by about 9:00.

We made excellent time, and got back to the DC area around 1:00 pm. When we got back to Virginia the weather was really nice and sunny, so we let Jack stick his head out the window.

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Now that is a happy pup. 🙂

Once we got home we relaxed a bit, cleaned the house, and then got ready for our friend Ciro to come over to watch a soccer game. Look at Jack watching for Ciro out the window. What a nut!

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(Don’t mind the crazy couch cushions, it’s impossible to keep them straight when Jack walks all over them!)

While the boys watched the game, I played around with the new Fitbit that Fabio’s dad gave me. So far I’m loving it, and will be sure to write up my thoughts!

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Then I made us an early dinner of baked buffalo wings with a Greek yogurt dipping sauce, per request from the boys. 😉

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After the game we enjoyed the last of the sunshine at the dog park!

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The rest of the evening was spent watching Maryland lose (noooo!) and working on this post.

The end!

Question of the day: What is your favorite birthday memory from when you were a kid?

I am torn between a Chuck E Cheese birthday party where my mom made me a Cinderella cake, or a teddy bear themed party at home where she made me a huge teddy bear shaped cake. Funny how both of these memories revolve around the cake. 😉

 Posted by on March 23, 2015
Mar 202015
 

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Today I wanted to chat about my recent workouts, as there’s been a bit of an update.

On Tuesday I had another appointment with my doctor to check the progress of my foot recovery after my surgery. I was really hoping he would give me the all-clear to start running and jumping again, but unfortunately he’s making me wait another six weeks. Boo. On the up side, he did clear me for more intense exercises like spinning and using the elliptical, so I decided to sign back up for ClassPass and get my sweat on again! (He also cleared me to wear heels to a wedding I’m attending at the end of April. Woohoo!)

As some of you may remember, I had a free month of ClassPass membership back in October after attending and blogging about their DC launch.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ClassPass, it’s essentially an alternative to a gym membership that allows you access to a variety of boutique fitness classes in more than a dozen cities nationwide (check out the full list of cities here). There are more than 1,000 classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.

ClassPass is $99 a month, and allows members to take unlimited classes at studios within the ClassPass network. It’s worth pointing out that while a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can only visit the same studio three times per month. Overall I think it’s a pretty good deal, and it’s definitely cheaper than paying a drop-in fee each time.

Since I won’t be running for at least another month, I thought this would be a perfect time to check out some of the spin/barre/yoga/pilates studios that DC has to offer.

First up was a class with Barre Tech in Clarendon on Wednesday morning. I actually had taken a short class with Barre Tech last summer during the Washingtonian Fit Fest, where they handed out a free pair of their grippy socks. I’ll admit I felt pretty cool walking into my first class there already owning a pair of their socks. 😉

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Before I headed over to the studio I made sure to read the class’ review on The Fit Crasher so I would know what to expect. The post was super helpful, and if I hadn’t read it I think I would have had a hard time finding the studio and parking lot. (P.S. Now that I’m back to doing more studio workouts, I plan to jump back into blogging over at The Fit Crasher soon. Stay tuned!) 

I arrived at the studio a few minutes before the 6:00 am start time, and while I grabbed my weights and ball I told the instructor about my foot injury. She showed me some modifications I could make if I needed to, but said that for the most part she didn’t think my foot would be a problem. Woohoo!

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The class itself was really good, and although I missed the feeling of getting a sweaty cardio workout, I really enjoyed the burn in all of my muscles instead. I definitely felt like I worked my whole body, and my muscles were shaking and quaking during various sequences. I know barre is really good for toning/shaping your muscles, so I’m trying not to dwell too much on the fact that I miss boot camps and running.

Then last night, I hit up Edge yoga for a class with Anne! Technically this class wasn’t part of ClassPass (we took Mark’s mixed levels yoga class) but there are plenty of other classes at Edge that are on ClassPass that I plan to take advantage of now that I’m signed back up.

Once again I really enjoyed Mark’s class and teaching style (you can read my full review of his class here) and he even helped me get into the headstand pose that Anne perfected long ago!

(This is an older pic of Anne doing the headstand last time we went together.)

Anne said that she started learning the pose the same way, and she thinks that within a few more classes I can have it mastered. Sweet!! I can’t wait. 🙂

After yoga we had a nice dinner together at SweetLeaf (aka fake SweetGreen) where we chowed down on some tasty salads.

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Anne opted to make her own salad, while I ordered the Asian chicken salad without the crispy wontons. My salad was pretty good but hers looked way better; I think next time I’ll make my own too. 😉

Anyway, I’m so excited to be back on my ClassPass membership so I can try out new studios in the DC area. Next week I have a spin class scheduled at Revolve and a power yoga class scheduled at Core Power Yoga with a couple of my old coworkers who are also on ClassPass. Can’t wait!

Note: If you sign up for ClassPass before March 24 using this link, you’ll get a $25 credit to your account! Awesome deal!

*Disclaimer: this post was not sponsored in any way, but does include affiliate links. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thank you for your support.* 

Question of the day: Which do you prefer – boot camps, running, spin class, pilates, yoga, or barre?

 Posted by on March 20, 2015
Nov 052014
 

Hi friends! As I mentioned, I’m in Boston today for work, probably running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Since I don’t have too much time to chat today, I’m leaving you in the hilarious hands of one of my best friends Megan, who will tell you all about how she makes healthy choices while working at her dream job. Seriously, her job is so cool. Read on for more!

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Hi Everyone! SO excited to be here.  As an avid reader of CET, I’m so pumped to be writing a guest post on the blog. My name is Megan, and I have been friends with our girl Chelsea since freshman year of college and am also a proud member of Sloppytown. 😉

I live in NYC, home of extremely miniature, overpriced apartments and dollar slices. While I do not yet have a blog of my own, I enjoy a lot of healthy living blogs and endeavor to maintain a balanced lifestyle myself. However, between the city and my job this can be very difficult.

I work for a website called BuzzFeed. Have you heard of it? If not click that link, you won’t regret it. If you have heard of it, awesome. At my job I get to see cool things like this…

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(Sorry for the Snapchat screenshot but that’s Amy Poehler and she was perfect.)

Which, is pretty cool and exciting. But, besides for the occasional celebrity, a lot of office excitement revolves around, what else, food. We have a lot of food in my office…all the time. It’s definitely not all healthy – but it’s all free.

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See where I’m headed here? When you’re busy and short on time and around amazing, free food, healthy choices become more and more difficult.

I have experimented with eating food that is unhealthy during the workday and it has never ended well. I mean never. I typically start to feel slugglish, unmotivated and weirdly even more hungry. And hungry for candy or chips, which, of course, I have easy access to and it’s all downhill from there. So I thought I’d share what I go for when faced with the decision of how to make food choices. Below is a sample of an average workday’s eats…

Breakfast

Luckily we have a healthy breakfast option: Chobani! I typically have one everyday and if I get sick of it I bring oatmeal.

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I usually choose the plain flavor and add honey, it’s much better for you without the sugary ‘fruit’ they add in. Sometimes I add granola and fruit, or have a bar on the side. If it’s a bar kind of day I go for this:

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Over This:

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The best way I can describe Fig Bars is that they are essentially ‘healthy’ Fig Newtons. The ingredients are simple, they’re 100% whole grain and they’re delicious. Nature Valley bars have more ingredients and less nutritional value, also, the original Oats ‘n Honey is the cleanest among their products; it’s a slippery slope as you get into different flavors.

Lunch

We often have catered lunches at work. It’s a nice perk, but it makes eating healthy very, very hard. This week we got Mexicue delivered, which is Mexican BBQ. It’s ahhmazing, but also full of fat and salt and things that are bad. ::Sigh:: But, I’m not one for deprivation so I here’s how I tried to keep it healthy-er.

What was on the Menu: Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork, Rice and Black Beans, Iceberg Lettuce, Cojita Cheese, White Cheddar Cheese, Tortilla Strips, Pico De Gallo, Creamy Chipotle Sauce, Fire Roasted Corn Salsa, Spicy Lime Dressing, Chili Citrus Vinaigrette, White Flour Tortillas

What I skipped: Rice, Tortilla, Tortilla Strips, Pork, Cheese

Why I skipped: The carbs, for me, were unnecessary and I don’t need them with so much else to work with in the mix. I chose the chicken over the pork because typically this chicken has less calorie and fat content than pulled pork and while smoked meat = tons of sodium, the chicken was overall less greasy. I skipped the cheese simply because I wanted the sauces, which is a trade that makes sense to me. I know Creamy Chipotle Sauce is fattening, it is most likely made with mayonnaise, but I also know that I love it. The trade-off seemed fair, choosing one of the two potential added fats.

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Protein + vegetables + fats = kept me full but not too full.

Snacks

On a day like today (when I’m not bringing a healthy lunch from home) I keep the afternoon light. We do have some fruit, so an apple is great.

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And if I really want something else, maybe chips, I’ll go for this:

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Over this:

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PopCorners are delicious and have only 3 ingredients and 3g of fat in the Sea Salt flavor. They’re made from corn and taste like a popcorn/chip combo – yum. The thing about Veggie Straws is that they have nothing to do with veggies; it’s a little misleading. Veggie straws also have more than double the ingredients (the first three being Potato Flour, Potato Starch, Corn Starch) and each bag contains 7g of fat. With the empty calories/fat that chips provide, I like to choose the one that has less.

With limited time on my hands, I need snacks that are readily available to me. And working with what we have at the office can be a slippery slope but it’s just about making the best choices (to avoid gaining the ‘BuzzFeed 15′). 😉

Thanks for listening to be blab on and thanks to Chels for letting me! It’s been a dream contributing to CET.

Thanks, Megan! I can’t imagine having access to all those delicious free snacks all the time. Gahh!! I think Megan does a good job at picking smart options though. 🙂

Question of the day: How do you handle free food (snacks, catered lunches, etc) when they’re available at your job?

 Posted by on November 5, 2014
Apr 012013
 

Hey guys! Guesssss whaaaat? I finally heard from SlimKicker about the winner of the food scale giveaway! Thank you to all who entered. You guys had some really fantastic ideas. The winner is…

Great idea, Chammy! Please send your shipping information to team@slimkicker.com and they will send the food scale over to you!

How is everyone this Monday? I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a happy Easter, if you celebrate it. My weekend was a bit more solemn than usual due to my grandfather’s recent illness, which I mentioned on Friday. Here’s a look back at my weekend…

Friday

Fabio and I left work early on Friday so that we could pick up my uncle David from the airport. He lives in Los Angeles and flew in on Friday afternoon to see my grandfather. We arrived at the airport minutes after he picked up his bag. Perfect timing.

Then we made the three-hour drive to my grandparents’ house in Hague, Virginia. Hague is a quiet little town right on the water, and although it’s a bit isolated and far away, it’s beautiful. (Fun fact: It’s also near Tappahannock, Chris Brown’s home town. You know the song, “I’m a country boy from Tappahanock, VA is where I reside…”)

When we stopped for gas along the way, I decided to pick up some snacks since it was nearing dinnertime and my tummy was grumbling. The options at the Exxon were quite limited, so I went with some peanut butter crackers and Fig Newtons. Not a bad choice! They were delicious and held me over until dinner.

Soon we were back on the road and approaching my grandparents’ house.

When we got there it was very subdued and although I was really happy to see my whole family, it was a very sad atmosphere. There were a lot of tears and we spent the evening just being with one another.

My stepdad whipped a delicious dinner for us all, since my grandmother was in no condition to cook (she was naturally very upset about the whole thing. Also, she reads my blog everyday. Hi Grandma! I love you!!).

My stepdad did a wonderful job and made us:

  • An arugula salad with broiled salmon and a poached egg
  • Pork roast with rosemary, sweet potatoes, and carrots
  • Cherry crepes

Everything tasted delicious and we all really appreciated the gesture.

We spent the rest of the evening sitting around drinking wine and passing around fun memories, most of which revolved around my grandfather. No one really wanted to go to bed because we were all feeling really sad and the wine and laughter helped us to forget about the sadness for a little while. We wound up staying up until 2:00 am, which I think was the only way for us all to cope with the hard time.

Saturday

In the morning we enjoyed some time around the house before we had to go to the hospital. It was a beautiful day and I spent some time walking around my grandparents’ grounds. They live right on the water which was nice and peaceful.

Soon it was time for breakfast and my uncle Steve took charge of cooking this time. He made us toast, bacon, and eggs with cheese, broccoli, and spinach. It was delicious and I enjoyed every last bite.

Soon it was time to head to the hospital, which I was somewhat nervous about. My mom told me that my grandfather was hooked up to a ton of machines which would look scary, and that he wouldn’t really be awake to talk to us. Even going in with that knowledge, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect.

Upon our arrival, we spoke with some really great nurses who are taking good care of my grandfather. One of the nurses even called into work on her day off to check on him. It was so comforting to know that he is being cared for by such attentive staff.

The nurse informed us that his surgery went well and they are trying to ween him off some of his medications. All in all, it seems like he is getting better but that this will definitely be more of a long-term situation. He’s still in the ICU and I don’t think he’ll be getting out of the hospital any time soon.

This has been extremely hard on my family, especially for my grandmother. She has spent three quarters of her life with my grandfather and being alone, for however long, is not going to be easy for her.

Right now my aunt and uncle are staying with her in Hague, but they will need to leave tomorrow to fly back to their homes. Since they are there now, my mom decided to come home on Saturday afternoon. She will likely go back down later this week, but she needed to get some things straightened up at home and at work ahead of time. This is definitely going to be a difficult time for my family.

Since my mom was driving back home, we decided to go with her. We arrived back at our apartment around 5:00 pm, after sitting through a few hours of traffic.

Fabio and I had a seven mile run on the schedule, which sounded awful after the emotional day, but we haven’t skipped a single run on our plan yet and I actually thought the run might be good for me to think about everything else that was going on.

The weather was beautiful and our run took us around the cherry blossoms (which haven’t bloomed yet) and along the Potomac River. It was really peaceful and I thought about my grandfather a lot. I think it was exactly what I needed after the emotional day.

Our pace wasn’t that great, but I didn’t really mind. I wasn’t worrying about it all during our run; I just wanted to keep going.

After our run, Fabio and I decided to spend a relaxing evening at home. We picked up Chipotle and rented Pitch Perfect on demand. It was a great way to spend Saturday night.

Sunday

At first I didn’t think my family would want to do anything to celebrate Easter since we usually spend that holiday with my grandparents and I didn’t think anyone would be up to celebrating, but it turns out my mom still wanted to go to brunch to help her get her mind off things.

She’s really close with her dad (my grandfather) and this has all been really difficult on her. If she thought brunch would cheer her up, then I wanted to do anything possible to help! Brunch it is!

First Fabio and I banged out a three-mile run on the treadmill at the gym. Treadmill = torture, but we were pressed for time and it seemed like the best option.

Then we quickly showered up and drove to my mom’s house. Jack was allowed to join.

Soon we arrived at my mom’s and sat down for a few minutes before it was time to leave for brunch. Then we headed to The Comus Inn, which is one of our favorite restaurants. It’s only a few minutes away from my house and features beautiful views of Sugarloaf mountain, a rogue mountain nearby. The food there is always excellent and I was excited to see what they put together for brunch!

I think going to something fun like brunch really helped my mom keep her mind off of things. She seemed really happy and we all had a great time.

The brunch was set up buffet style so I helped myself to a little bit of everything. After nibbling on some savory treats (including Eggs Chesapeake – aka Eggs Benedict with crabmeat – yum!), my mom and I split a waffle which we agreed was life-changing.

Neither of us eat waffles very often so maybe they are always this good, but we could not stop talking about how delicious it was. Of course, the butter, syrup, and whipped cream that we put on top probably didn’t hurt 😉

It was a great brunch and I’m really glad we decided to still go. It definitely helped lift the spirits of my family.

After brunch we hung out at my mom’s house for a while just chatting and spending time together. Eventually Fabio, Jack, and I headed back home to do some chores. Mainly we needed to tackle our exploding laundry baskets. Jack was happy to help.

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing, reading, and watching Game of Thrones (love that show!). It was a pretty subdued Easter, but I think it was exactly what my family needed considering the circumstances.

Please keep my grandfather in your thoughts and prayers and thank you so much for all your support!

Question of the day: How do you celebrate Easter?

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by on April 1, 2013