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Chelsea

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
May 042017
 

Yesterday was the American Diabetes Association’s annual Get Fit Don’t Sit Day, which is an opportunity to encourage Americans to get up and move throughout the day. This year I was actually in charge of planning Get Fit Don’t Sit Day at my office (!!), which means I got to coordinate lots of fun fitness activities for our staff to participate in for free. 🙂

Before I get into a recap of all of that though, let me tell you a little more about the day itself. In addition to getting the recommended amount of structured exercise (30 mins per day, 5 days per week), the American Diabetes Association recommends incorporating light physical activity (like shaking out your legs, stretching your arms, standing up, etc.) every 30 minutes during the day to break up time spent sitting. New research is coming out every day showing how bad sitting is for your health (some say sitting is the new smoking), and this day is our opportunity to encourage people to get moving.

To help spread the word about the day, we developed a downloadable e-toolkit for companies and organizations to use to encourage their employees and members to be more active, complete with activation ideas, customizable posters, animated GIFs, and more. We had a lot of toolkit downloads (though numbers are still rolling in) so overall the day was a success!

And of course, if we’re going to encourage other companies to make healthy options readily available to their employees, we had to do the same! This is where most of my planning came in, which was so much fun. I basically got to set up a day full of free fitness activities for staff, and it turned out great!

First, we were allowed to wear athletic clothing to work.

We usually have to wear business casual, so it was fun walking around in leggings and sneakers all day!

Then at 11:00 a.m., we had our first event of the day: a class taught by an instructor from the Pentagon City location of Pure Barre! We didn’t have any budget for these activities, but through a friend of a coworker, we were able to have the instructor come in for free. Thank you, Pure Barre Pentagon City!

The class took place in one of our conference rooms, which meant that the days leading up to Get Fit Don’t Sit Day I had to test out the sound system, move all the conference tables and chairs out of the way, and figure out all sorts of logistical issues like waivers and insurance policies. Yuck. At least it was a good learning experience for me!

The class itself lasted 45 minutes and took us through a pretty standard Pure Barre routine. It was really hard, and my muscles were definitely burning throughout the class. We even had a few guys take the class with us (two of whom didn’t have gym clothes so they did it in their work outfits – lol) and they were shocked by how hard it was. Barre is not easy!

After barre was over (and after putting all the tables and chairs back into place – oof!) it was time for a staff wellness walk! A big group of us headed outside to walk the streets of Crystal City and explore a couple of nearby parks. It was a beautiful day for a walk!

We wound up walking up to Long Bridge park–which has a really nice view of the Washington Monument– before turning around.

Walking crew!

We wound up covering about two miles, which was so nice during the workday!

Last but not least, we had a free bootcamp class at the Crystal Park Sport & Health for staff! This gym is actually located in our building, so they were willing to partner with us to teach a free class. Thank you, Sport & Health!

Since I coordinated all the events I had to participate in them too, which meant it was a very busy day fitness-wise! Truthfully I was a bit tired at this point, but I powered through. 🙂

The bootcamp lasted 45 minutes and took us through a series of cardio and strength-based exercises.

It was a good one!

By the time I was done with all of that, it was around 3:15 p.m. and I was finally able to sit down at my desk and get some work done. Phew – Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is exhausting! But, I know how lucky I am to have a job that I truly love that also values my health and allows me to be involved with such fun projects that are also so important to me. Thank you, American Diabetes Association!

Question of the day: How often do you get up and move during the day?

 Posted by on May 4, 2017
May 022017
 

On Saturday afternoon, my dad and stepmom threw Fabio and me the most amazing (co-ed) bridal shower BBQ. It was so much fun and everything was absolutely perfect! In addition to all the hard work from my dad and stepmom, my cousins and bridesmaids helped to make the day a success, complete with amazing favors and decorations. Of course it wouldn’t have been a party without everyone who made the trip out to come celebrate with us. We are so thankful to have such amazing people in our lives! Here are my photos (with just a few words/captions) from the day!

Signs courtesy of my little sister. 🙂

Opening up gifts from Grandma and Grandpa. They are too generous!

My Maid of Honor!

Bridesmaids! (Some of them, anyway. I have 10!)

And of course, the handsome groom!

The cutest grandparents. 🙂

Sloppytown gurlays and our guys!

A boomerang in the making.

Friends since first grade <3

Matching with the flowers 🙂

And here comes our baby…

…and his tongue. LOL!

Time to party!

My amazing friends hung up a bunch of pictures of Fabio and me together, some of which went back to our first couple of dates in 2008.

We had so much fun looking at them all!

My cousins put together these amazing mason jar favors with our names and wedding date etched onto them. Each one also had a recipe card and the ingredients to make a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies! (I can tell you they are delicious because we wound up making ours on Sunday!)

Then Fabio and I played a newlywed Q&A game with white boards.

We “cheersed” and kissed before we got started. Haha!

Then it was game time! It was actually pretty hard, and we got a lot wrong. Hopefully that doesn’t mean anything about our upcoming marriage?! Lol!

I love that Fabio guessed “Saturday” Night Lights for what TV show I binge watch when I’m by myself. Good guess, honey! Haha!

When it came time to guess Fabio’s favorite Yankee player, I really thought I had it in the bag with Mickey Mantle. Which, obviously, you can tell by my face. Haha!

When I sent this picture to the best man (who wasn’t able to attend the BBQ), he said he would have guessed Mickey Mantle too. Maybe we know Fabio better than he knows himself, haha!

Hi mom and Aunt CC!

After the game, the party continued! Fabio’s family came from all over for the party, with some of them even flying in from South America (specifically Colombia and Bolivia). It was so, so wonderful to celebrate with them.

Diane and Alex were there with their little guy, Charlie…

…and their other little guy was there too!

Soon enough it was time to cut the cake.

We gave some to Jack, which I’m sure won’t surprise you.

And we spent the rest of the evening dancing and playing beer pong!

Again, none of which should surprise you. 🙂

The end.

Question of the day: What’s the farthest distance someone in your family lives?

 Posted by on May 2, 2017
Apr 282017
 

Hi friends! How was your week? Mine was a busy one – work is especially crazy right now and I have a bunch of things going on in my personal life too (like uh, planning a wedding) – so I’m definitely ready for this week to be over. Plus, I have my bridal shower this weekend (which is really more of a couple’s BBQ) and I cannot WAIT to see everyone. That also means we have family in town, so things are a bit hectic around here. Phew!

Anyway, let’s chat about my workouts this week!

Sat., April 22 – Saturday was a rest day! I was planning to get in a quick run with Jack before we headed up to Philly for the weekend, but when I woke up and saw that it was freezing cold and rainy and I changed my mind. Sleeping > running in the cold rain.

Sun., April 23 – Rest day! This day was spent soaking up the last moments with our friends in Philly, and then making the drive home.

Mon., April 24 Three mile run with Jack! The weather was pretty crappy again on Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday…), so I was proud of myself for making this run happen. With the weather being so dreary and wet, I really wanted to stay under the covers!

Tues., April 25 – As you already know, Fabio joined me for a spin class at FlyWheel on Tuesday! I really liked the music the instructor, Laura, played and felt like it did a great job of getting me energized for the day. At the end of class I saw that my “Fly” score was 256, which is about average for me.

Wed., April 26 – On Wednesday, I joined the girls, Anne and Kathleen, for a bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!). We had Graham as our instructor again this week, and he absolutely killed us with burpees. If my math is correct, we wound up doing 60 by the end of class. UGH!

We also did a bunch of wall balls, overhead presses, mountain climbers, upright rows, sprints/running drills, and pull ups. It was a hard one!

At the end of class, Graham snapped a photo of us doing a chin-up hold. We were cracking up because Kathleen looks like a chin-up model in this picture. Haha!

You can’t see our feet, but I promise we are holding this!

Thurs., April 27 – On Thursday, Anne and I popped into BodyMass Gym again for their Blast class. This time we had Chase as our instructor, who we liked a lot! Anne and I agreed that the instructors at this gym are very professional and do a great job of correcting your form and pushing you to work harder in a very encouraging way. We also LOVE the music at this gym, which included a ton of throwbacks from the early 2000s.

Our workout consisted of a warm-up and three circuits, each with three exercises, completed three times. We also did a rapid-fire HIIT circuit at the end. It was a good one!

Another thing I like about BodyMass Gym is their resident dog, Flex!!

After class was over, Anne and I stayed behind to stretch/foam roll and we got to play with this cutie. Apparently when they adopted him, his name was Porky! They knew that wouldn’t work for a gym owner’s dog, so they renamed him Flex. Haha!

Dogs make me happy. 🙂

Fri., April 28 – Rest day!

Question of the day: How do you motivate yourself to get out of bed to work out when the weather sucks?

 Posted by on April 28, 2017
Apr 262017
 

Hi friends! It’s been ages since I’ve posted  What I Ate Wednesday post – essentially a post where I talk about all the things I ate in a day – and I recently decided I miss posting about the random food I’m eating. So today I’m bringing it back! Here’s a look at everything I ate (and my workout) from Tuesday.

My morning started bright and early (dark and early? It was rainy and gross out) with a 7:00 a.m. class at FlyWheel in Dupont. Fabio joined me, which is always a welcome treat. We had a new-to-us instructor named Laura, and we both agreed we loved her music! It was a great class, as usual. Here’s a post-class, sweaty, car selfie for ya. 🙂

Here’s a post-class, sweaty, car selfie for ya. 🙂

When I made it into work around 9:00 a.m., I dug into breakfast! This consisted of fat-free cottage cheese, strawberries, and blueberries. I’ve been loving this breakfast lately! Question: where do you all land on the fat-free vs. full-fat debate? I go back and forth.

For lunch, I had a salad – which I’m sure surprises no one since I eat one almost every day. Lately though, I’ve been buying the Dole chopped salad kits (I especially like the sunflower seed one and the sesame Asian one) and mixing them in with my regular mixed greens throughout the week. It makes my salads a little more interesting! I’ve also been eating my salads with hardboiled eggs for protein lately instead of chicken. Yum!

At around 4:00 p.m., it was time for a snack: a Chobani flip with banana yogurt, slivered almonds, and chocolate chips. I’ve been eating a ton of yogurt lately (trying to get more protein in my diet), but this was my first time in a while buying the flips. This flavor was pretty good, but not as amazing as some of the peanut butter varieties I’ve tried. Those things are like candy!

Ever since Fabio and I made room for our small grill in our front yard, we’ve been grilling everything. For dinner, we enjoyed grilled flank steak and asparagus plus roasted sweet potatoes with a spicy curry rub.

This meal was a little savory, a little spicy, and a little sweet. Delicious!

Right before sitting down to write this post, I treated myself to a bowl of the low sugar ice cream I mentioned the other day, which again is just meh. I’m obviously still going to eat it though. I mean, there are cookie dough chunks in there! 😉

And that’s a wrap for my Tuesday! Overall, it was quite a delicious day of eating!

Question of the day: How often do you eat dessert?

I always want something sweet after dinner, but lately I have been pretty good about resisting temptation and only eating a dessert when it’s more of a special occasion. Not today though!

 Posted by on April 26, 2017
Apr 242017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Ours super fun, and was spent mostly in Philadelphia! One of Fabio’s good friends/fraternity brothers, Jake, works at his family’s jewelry store called Sydney & Rosen in Philadelphia, which has been in business for more than 70 years! Fabio got my engagement ring from Sydney & Rosen back before he proposed, and we always knew we’d be back to buy our wedding bands there too. Way back in January we coordinated with Jake to figure out when we should come up to buy our bands, and the weekend sort of snuck up on us!

More on that in a minute though – let’s stick with the order of events and talk about Friday first.

Friday

It was a beautiful evening on Friday, so after walking Jack, Fabio and I decided to walk to get something to eat for dinner. We decided on one of our local favorites, Taylor Gourmet, since Fabio could get a breaded chicken sandwich and I could get something a little on the healthier side. 😉 I got “the parker” salad, which came with chicken, dried apricots, barley, and watermelon radishes, among other things. It was delicious!

We took our food home to eat because we are right in the middle of binge-watching the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Is anyone else watching?? It’s so, so good.

A little later in the evening we took a break from our binge to pick up some sweet treats from the grocery store: enlightened ice cream for me and Snickers ice cream for Fabio. Plus wine. 🙂

The englightened ice cream was just ok – it’s supposed to be lower calorie/lower sugar/higher protein, but I thought it also tasted like it was all of those things, so I’m not sure I’d buy it again. It’s still ice cream though, so I was happy. With ice cream in hand, we watched another episode of the show before calling it a night around 10:30.

Saturday

On Saturday morning it was time to head up to Philly! Our amazing friends Jojo and Jadd agreed to watch Jack for us and, after dropping him off and then sitting in loads of traffic due to some rainy weather, we eventually arrived at Jake’s jewelry store in Philly.

After saying hi to Jake and his fiance Greg (another one of Fabio’s fraternity brothers), it was time to get to business. I had sent Jake some pictures of wedding bands I liked, and he had a couple picked out for me that he thought I might like. He nailed it, unsurprisingly. I decided to go with something similar to the ring in the photo below, only with slightly smaller diamonds.

It should be arriving in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Fabio also picked out a really nice ring, with lots of help from Jake. 😉

After ring shopping, we drove over to my good friend Kristen’s house where we’d be staying for the evening! We sat around chatting with her for a while before deciding to head over to Kraftwork for a late lunch. Kristen and I shared a tasty chicken sandwich. Yum!

After chatting for many more hours (it was SO nice to catch up with her one-on-one) it was time for dinner! Our friend Greg is one of the managers for the restaurant Double Knot, and since he couldn’t get off work for our visit we decided to come to him instead! He made a reservation for us in the lounge area of the restaurant, and I was honestly surprised when I saw how trendy it was. It was like a Japanese speakeasy!

The lighting was pretty dark, and we wound up having to use the candles on the table to read the drinks menu. It definitely had a fun ambiance!

My friend Sam, who also lives in Philly, joined us for dinner too. Love these ladies! 🙂

All of the food we tried at Double Knot was incredible, and Greg took such good care of us for the evening. It was so nice to see him and Jake! I love these college buddies. 🙂

After dinner, we walked over to McGillin’s for an evening of dancing. Kristen’s boyfriend Mark was there too! (He was supposed to be away on a business trip but wound up getting an earlier flight home and surprised her at dinner. So sweet!)

It was such a fun night, and Kristen I got a big kick out of the songs that were being played at the bar from artists like Celine Dion (My Heart Will Go On and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now) and Vanessa Carlton. Lol! There was lots of signing happening on our end, before the bar closed at 2 a.m. and it was time to go home. Phew!

Sunday

On Sunday morning, Kristen, Mark, Fabio and I met up with Jake and Sam for brunch at For Pete’s Sake, where I enjoyed some delicious chicken and waffles. After that, we stopped by Sam’s house for a minute since it was close by, and then Fabio and I hit the road!

Our drive home wasn’t too bad, and now we are relaxing for a bit before I’m sure we will continue watching 13 Reasons Why. I’m not sure a grocery trip is in the cards for us today, so we will see how we make it through the week without any fresh produce. Eek! Maybe we will go on Monday after work?

Question of the day: Are you watching (or did you watch) 13 Reasons Why? What did you think?

Edited to add: Ahh we wound up finishing it late tonight (Sunday)!! It was so good and now I’m so sad it’s over.

 Posted by on April 24, 2017
Apr 212017
 

Helloooo! How was your week? Mine was a good one and it went by really fast. Love when that happens!

I also got some good workouts in, so let’s take a look back shall we?

Sat., April 15 – Before heading over to Baltimore for Diane and Alex’s baby gender reveal on Saturday, I ran three miles with my favorite furry running partner, Jack! Through work, I recently heard about an app called Charity Miles that allows you to raise money for the charity of your choice with every walk, run, or bike ride you log through the app. I thought it was a really cool concept (and such an easy way to raise money for causes that are important to you!) so I gave it a shot on Saturday morning.

It was really easy to set up, and I loved knowing that my quick, three-mile run was able to make a difference!

Sun., April 16 – Rest day! I spent Easter soaking up lots of time with family. 🙂

Mon., April 17 – Another three-mile run with Jack! This time the Charity Miles app said “together we’ve earned $17,655,” so I was happy to see that more people had used the app over the weekend. I’m not sure exactly how much each mile adds to the donated total, but I still think it’s cool that a run I would have done anyway can help raise money for important causes!

Tues., April 18 – On Tuesday, Anne, Fabio, and I checked out a new-to-us bootcamp class at Bodymass Gym via ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!).

The class was conveniently located in Courthouse, and we didn’t have to feed the meter until 8:00 a.m. which was really nice. We wound up taking their Bodymass Blast class, which is a full-body workout with a mix of cardio and strength-based circuits. This is one of their smaller classes by design, which we liked since it gave us more time to work one-on-one with our instructor, Chaz. Chaz led us through a series of circuits with planks, push-ups, step-ups, goblet squats, burpees, lunges, and more. It was a really good workout, and we all agreed we’d happily return again soon!

Wed., April 19 – I did something a little different on Wednesday! I am trying to “save up” my ClassPass classes since I ran out so quickly last month, but I didn’t feel like doing another run either. Instead I packed up a couple of weights and a sweat towel and walked over to the tennis courts near my house!

From there I completed one of my old Kayla Itsines workouts (I did legs and cardio and used the bench for step-ups) and it was really hard! I hadn’t done one of those workouts in literally years, but I still had the PDF saved on my phone so it wasn’t hard to pull it up and quickly find the one I wanted to do. By the end of the two repeated circuits, my legs were burning and I was dripping in sweat! Success! This is definitely a workout I’ll have to add to my rotation more often.

Thurs., April 20 – On Thursday, I joined my buddies Kathleen and Anne for our weekly bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club! The coaches all tease us because we usually chat during class — don’t they know we use our workout hour to catch up? It’s basically like a coffee date without the coffee. 🙂 We still work just as hard!

This week’s class was taught by Graham, the owner of UAC who we hadn’t had for a while. It was a great class and included broad jumps, walking lunges, pull-ups, jump rope, wall-balls, deadlifts, bicep curls, sit-ups, and more.

It was a good one!

Fri., April 21 – Rest day!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today! I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Question of the day: When you’re not taking a class/going to the gym and you’re not running, what are some other ways you work out on your own?

 Posted by on April 21, 2017
Apr 192017
 

On Saturday morning, Fabio and I drove over to his sister Diane’s house for her baby gender reveal party! We were told to wear pink or blue based on our guess, and since Fabio and I knew that most of the family was rooting for a boy, we decided to represent team pink. We even brought some pink champagne!

We arrived around 11:00 a.m. and immediately got to work getting ready for the party. While Diane and her husband Alex finished getting ready for the day, Fabio and I joined his dad and other sister, Karen, at the grocery store to get some last minute party decorations.

It was a packed car with the four of us and all the balloons and flowers, but luckily it was a short ride!

When we got back to Diane and Alex’s house, we saw that Alex’s sister Michelle had set up the rest of the party decorations. We were ready to go!

How cute are these mini strollers and baby rattles? Michelle did such a great job with everything!

Team girl!!

Before we got started on the baby gender festivities, we set up a quick Easter egg hunt for Fabio’s niece, Sofia. The Easter bunny (aka, Fabio) hid eggs all around the yard!

Then we unleashed Sofia on the backyard! She was able to find all the eggs fairly quickly, though she needed hints for some of the tougher ones. 😉

Then we switched roles and Sofia hid all the eggs for the adults to find! Diane, Alex, Karen, Karen’s husband Martin, Fabio, and I all ran around the yard like crazy looking for eggs.

So fun!!

Sofia is a good hider. 😉

After the Easter egg hunt, Alex’s parents arrived and it was time to eat! We had a delicious spread of Greek salad, cheese bread, pita, dips, spanakopita, mixed veggies, chicken kabobs, pesto pasta salad, and pirozhkis (Russian pastries filled with ground beef). I wound up trying a bit of everything, and it was all delicious!

We all finished eating quickly because that meant it was time to find out the gender of Diane and Alex’s baby!

Their doctor actually found out the sex of the baby a week before, but Diane and Alex didn’t want to know the results yet so they had their doctor put the results in a sealed envelope, which they gave to a bakery. That way we were all surprised when they cut into the cake! Ready??

It’s a boy!!

Yayyy!!! Everyone was so excited, especially since most of the family was hoping for a boy. 🙂

Congrats, Diane and Alex!

Sadly, team pink was wrong. Boo! Haha!

But of course, we are just so happy for Diane and Alex and wish them a healthy pregnancy and delivery!

The rest of the afternoon was spent in the sunshine! We sat around drinking wine (well, not Diane), dancing with Sofia, and playing games in the yard.

This face!! LOL.

So fun!

Once the sun went down, we headed inside for cheese and fruit. How cute is this little plate Diane assembled?

The boys watched the Capital’s hockey game downstairs, while the girls felt the baby kicking!

This was my first time every feeling a baby move inside the womb and it was incredible! A little strange – like there was a little alien in there – but so wonderfully amazing. 🙂

Sunday

On Sunday morning we were up bright and early to meet my family for church! Fabio’s dad and Diane joined us, so it was nice to have our two families together!

Then we headed to my mom’s house for an amazing Easter feast. My mom really outdid herself with the spread!

My only contribution was this little bunny that garnished the plate of smoked turkey. It’s made with half a canned pear, a maraschino cherry, two raisins, two slivered almonds, and cottage cheese. It’s one of our favorite Easter traditions!

We stayed at my mom’s house for a few hours before eventually returning home in the late afternoon. It was a busy weekend for sure!

Question of the day: Have you ever been to a baby gender reveal party? How did the mom/dad-to-be make the announcement?

 Posted by on April 19, 2017