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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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[Printable version here]

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

  5 Responses to “Meals & Workouts Lately”

  1. Those battle ropes are hard! I tried out a bootcamp circuit class a while back and one of the stations was the ropes. The instructor was like “higher! higher!” I’m like “this is as high as it’s gonna get!” Sheesh. LOL. And last night I baked pesto salmon and asparagus. Yum! So easy too. (picture and link on my blog http://runeatsnap.com/eating-out-guide-chipotle/)

  2. this is a weird thing to compliment but those black beans look SO GOOD. cooked from scratch? … they look like it for some reason haha.
    and to make you feel better about the gym: last year at school my laundry was stolen 3 weeks before the year ended. i was stubborn and didnt buy anything new, so had to use (several) face/hand towels to dry myself…

    • Omg! That’s awful about your laundry, but also pretty funny. 🙂 And yes, to make the black beans I cook 1/2 an onion and a clove of garlic in a little oil, and then dump in a whole can of black beans – juice and all – into the pan. Then I add salt, pepper, and cumin and let it reduce down until it’s thick. It’s so easy and delicious!!

  3. That looks like a honeycrisp apple from Relay Foods! If so, those are the best!

  4. Ahh I ate a delicious salad from Iceland last night that I bought to take on the plane with me…I miss it already!!
    I like working from home (hello lie in and being with Alfie all day) but I do find I lose so much of my structure and I’m far less productive. Plus I get lonely. But it’s nice once in a while.

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