1.) Plantar fasciitis. My half marathon training is on hold, has been on hold for the past couple of weeks, and my hopes of running the Hampton Half at the end of February are becoming more and more bleak. I’m starting to think I’m not meant to run further than a 10k. Sigh. I ran 15 feet to catch the T the other day, and my foot flared up so bad, I was limping the rest of the day.

2.) Yoga. Yep, that’s what I said…yoga! Hot yoga, too. Bridget dragged me to a Slow Flow class, and I’ve been three times since. That might not seem like a lot to you, but this is huge for me. Slow flow is my jam right now. I’m terrible at it, but I feel great at the end, and the class is only 75 minutes, so it doesn’t give me time to hate everyone in it by the end.

3.) Giant apples. Literally, almost the size of my head. Or at least the size of my hand. Pretty sure I can make an entire pie with this bad boy:

Giant_apple

My sister said my hand an arm look very freckly in this picture.

4.) My weight. Lack of running is making me think I’m gaining weight at an alarming rate of speed. I’m trying to rein in these errant thoughts.

5.) This blog. Call it winter blues, my hurt foot, or lack of motivation, but I’ve had no desire to post here. Sorry guys, it is what it is.

6.) Vacation planning. Joe and I want to plan a trip for the spring. So far, our front runners are Iceland, a road trip up the Pacific Northwest coast, or Alaska. Other ideas have included Austin, Texas, another trip to Sedona, and Charleson, SC (I’ve been, Joe has not.) Any other ideas?

7.) Sunset Cantina margaritas. I’ve got dinner plans with a friend tonight, and I plan pretending it’s 85 degrees and sunny while sipping a mango marg over ice.

8.) Working from home. I work from home every Friday now, so Margarita Thursdays are allowed. Don’t judge me. My foot hurts.

Happy Thursday!

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Brain Dump

November 21, 2012

Happy Wednesday/Day Before Thanksgiving!

I literally just spent about 45 minutes trying to write a post about yellow garden stools that ended up with me talking about dead gold-wielding leprechauns and jade elephants from the Ming dynasty.

Writer’s block anyone?

I asked others for inspiration, but all I got was a text from my sister that says “Write about meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!”

So, in an effort to keep everyone from thinking I’ve completely gone off the deep end, I’m forgoing that post in favor of a list of probaby-not-interesting-to-anyone-but-my-mom tidbits.  Enjoy!

1.) Yes, I’ve decided I need a yellow garden stool in my life.

I’ve got the perfect nook for you, Mr. Stool.

What I didn’t know is how expensive they are! My $40 limit won’t get me anywhere.

2.) I want to make monkey bread for Thanksgiving, but all the recipes call for it to be made in a bundt pan. Can I still make it if I’m bundt-less? Can anybody help me with this?

3.) I’m also making pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving, mainly because my recipe makes two loaves and I want to keep one at home to eat all by myself. #fatkid

4.) New Girl last night was hysterical. It’s usually pretty funny, but last night was the first time I literally LOL’d throughout the episode. It takes a lot for me to do that during a TV show, so well-played writers.

5.) Free lunches at work make me happy. A new natural food restaurant/deli just opened up in my building and they offered free lunches to everyone during their staff training. They’re called Pret a Manger (pronounced Pret ahhh Mon-jay. I didn’t know this. I was calling it as it looked- Pret a Manger , like what Baby Jesus was in. The French language is tricky.)

To give you an idea of what they serve, I got this in my “lunch bag.”

Yoga Bunny Detox Grape Juice

I’m not a huge carbonated beverage drinker, especially trendy, boutique, “healthy” drinks, but it was pretty good. I wouldn’t buy it, but I’d certainly drink it again for free.

6.) I bought my gift for our annual Girl’s Brunch/Yankee Swap and promptly decided I want to keep it for myself. Can I do that?

7.) Yes, Key West was awesome. And I didn’t actually lose my phone. (That’s another post.)

On that note, I’m signing off for the day. My office closes at 1, then I have grand plans for the gym, grocery store, and baking before heading to CT early tomorrow morning.

Happy Thanksgiving all! 🙂

Mid-Week Slump

October 24, 2012

There’s something about Wednesday’s that always make me tired.

On the one hand, the week is halfway over. But on the other, I still have 2 more wake-ups before the weekend.

Sigh.

On the bright side, my boyfriend had a meeting in town early this morning, so he offered to give me a ride.

Um, yes please! The bus and T don’t have heated seats and Opie and Anthony.

Where he dropped me off meant I could walk through the Common on my way to work. But while my little morning stroll was really nice, seeing the park preparing for winter made me a little nostalgic for summer.

Great. This is gonna be a long winter, folks.

The park is still pretty in the fall, though. At the risk of looking like a seriously nerdy tourist, I snapped a few pics:

But my question of the day is, have any of you ever seen a black squirrel?

Black squirrel? Or rat with really fluffy tail?

I’m obviously having lots of deep thoughts today.

Anywho…

I’ve got a run planned for this morning. I don’t really have a distance in mind, I just need to get my legs moving. I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday, due to meetings during the day and plans last night, so needless to day, I’m looking forward to working up a good sweat.

Wish me luck!

Homeland Obsessed

October 23, 2012

I brought leftover cornbread quiche for breakfast today, but something was clearly wrong with it. All it took was two bites for me to wrinkle my nose and toss the rest in the trash. Not really sure what happened to it, but it was disgusting. I think it went bad. 😦

You know what that means? Cookies for breakfast!

Don’t let it’s delicious appearance deceive you. This puppy is made with whole wheat and almond flour, and is packed with flax seed, walnuts, and dark chocolate. A nice little bundle of healthy. It was supposed to be meant for after lunch but alas. These things happen.

On a different note…

Do any of you guys watch Homeland?

My boss was the one who suggested that I watch it. The first season was OnDemand, and I watched all 12 episodes over the course of 2 days. Yes, it’s that good.

I watched the newest episode last night. Holy shiz, you guys. So good. Every episode is like its own little movie.

It makes me want to be a CIA agent. Could you guys picture that?

Ha. On that note, have a great day!

Weekend Musings

October 15, 2012

A small recap of my weekend…

Two packs for the price of one out of the vending machine is always a nice mid-afternoon surprise.

Anybody that can write that neatly in chocolate deserves to be acknowledged. I don’t know where you find these people, Eastern Standard, but I applaud you. (And thanks for dinner, Mom and Dad! :))

It’s gourd season. Look close and you can see mine. Anybody who doesn’t love gourds has a screw loose. They the coolest in my book.


Having my sister visit on Saturday night means we had a four-legged visitor, too. And Miss Lola had no problem making herself right at home. She needs no lessons in the comfort department, I can tell you that.

And finally, no fall Sunday is complete without one of these puppies. Pumpkin beer (I recommend Dogfish Head Punkin, but our liquor store was out so we used a different kind), vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream (I made ours, with a little vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. Amazing), and Ginger Snap cookies. Go make one now, and you can thank me later.
Here’s a better picture (the ones we made last year), to drive the point home.

And now, it’s Monday. I’ve got a 5-miler planned for after work. I never got my run in on Friday, so I’ll let you know how that goes.

Happy Monday!

Blog Hobby

May 30, 2012

I’m always bitching that I don’t have a hobby.

Turns out I do. I’m just not very good at keeping up with it.

See, blogging is sneaky hard.

Not in the “oh mah God, my head is going to explode from thinking so hard” way.

More in the “oh mah God, it’s been 4 months since I’ve updated this blog and I feel horribly guilty and pressured to write something, so I’m going to post a weird, random post about a photo hunt just to keep my audience entertained until I think of something with real substance” sort of way.

I was trying to be witty with that last post. Forgive me, you guys.

I, personally, thought it was hysterical. But that sense of accomplishment went down the drain when my boyfriend IM’d me and told me he didn’t get it.

Then he told me, wait he gets it!

He found my arm! It’s in the mirror!

Thanks. Actually, that’s my head. But really, I can see how you can get the two confused.

Fail.

Anyway, I’ve realized that the way to keep my audience entertained isn’t to post extremely random posts once every few months.

(Although quality does always win out of quantity.)

It’s about consistency and “letting my audience see a glimpse of my life!”

So, guess what.

You’re going to be seeing more of me.

I’m going to make a pact with myself to write at least four times a week here.

It probably won’t be funny. It definitely won’t be award-worthy. It’ll probably end up being what I eat and drink all day.

(I just finished a bowl of cereal by the way. I wasn’t very hungry tonight. I wonder why? Could it be the weather? Hmm…)

But, it will be something. Four times a week.

You’re welcome.

…what I eat on a regular, day-to-day basis.

Oh, you guys. You’re making me blush. I actually have a fanbase!

My question is– do you want the truth? (pizza)

Or the ideal? (um, pizza with whole wheat crust?)

I kid.

Here’s the thing– While I do try to eat healthy on a consistent basis, my diet is far from perfect.

I love cheeseburgers. I would die for baked goods. And alcohol has a pretty regular spot on my beverage rotation.

Given my love for food, I try to take the “you can eat anything as long as it’s in moderation” approach.

Sometimes this works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

(Shameful truth– if I make a pizza at home, I can easily take down at least half of it. I try really hard not to do this, but, you know, sometimes I do. And I may or may not be watching Jerseylicious while doing it. Whatever. Go ahead and judge me.)

However, while I’m not one to be giving out nutrition advice (just yesterday I had 2 chocolate cookies after lunch. What? They were getting old. Someone had to eat them. I don’t bake cookies to throw them away. God.), I will be happy to share with you the healthier side of my diet.

My healthy eating tends to occur Monday-Friday between the hours of 8-4.

Eating right is so much easier when you’re on a schedule, am I right?

And, since today is Thursday and therefore falls into that time slot, I’ve eaten pretty well so far today.

So, let the meal tracking commence.

Breakfast today was my typical go-to Breakfast Sundae. (How is it that even for breakfast, I manage to make it sound like I’m eating sweets?)

I’m a sucker for Chobani Greek yogurt, but the flavored kinds are chock-full of sugar. This made me sad, since the peach kind if my fave.

Enter– chocolate protein powder. Yes, still sugary, but I can control how much I put in, and it adds a little extra protein to boot.

Throw in a few frozen blueberries, and voila! You’ve got yourself a very tasty, kind of frozen, sweet but not-too-sweet-for-breakfast Breakfast Sundae.

Nom nom nom

I also try to eat another piece of fruit along with this. Today it was an apple. A Fuji apple from the grocery store to be exact. I don’t usually like to eat fruit from the grocery store, but I haven’t been home to stock up in a while so Shaw’s apples it is.

And while I’m at it, I might as well start tracking my work outs too.

Wow– look at you guys keeping me on track!

So, yesterday was the big day I decided to officially start training for another half. I’ll be running 4 days a week, which leaves me two days a week to strength train, with one day rest.

Thursdays are a strength training day. Today’s workout was:

Warm Up:
Ankle/Knee/Hip/Shoulder Rolls
Random Stretching
Alternating Back Lunges
Side-to-Side Squats
More Random Stretching
(I have an actual warm up routine I should follow, but that doesn’t always happen. Today was one of those days.)

Main Set:
12x (per arm) 8kg Kettlebell Snatches
15x Bosu Ball sit ups
(Repeat 3 times)

Alternating 3 sets Incline Dumbbell Press/Lat Pulldown
Set 1– 10x @ 30 lbs Press
12x @ 80lbs Pulldown

Set 2– 8x @ 35lbs Press
6x @ 100 lbs Pulldown

Set 3– 6x @ 35lbs Press (meh)
5x @ 100 lbs Pulldown

Cardio Boost:
12x 28 kg Kettlebell Swings
15x 15 lb. Medicine Ball Slams
(Alternate 3x’s through)

Alternating 3 sets Chest Fly Machine/Bent-Over Row
Set 1– 10x @ 70lbs Flies
12x @ 65lbs Row

Set 2–
8x @ 80lbs Flies
8x @ 75 lbs Row

Set 3– 6x @ 80lbs Flies
6x @ 75lbs Row

Final Set– Ropes
100 Alternating
25 Rope Slams/25 Alternating
Repeat 25/25
Finish with 100 Alternating

Took me about 45 minutes, kicked my butt, and I feel good.

So, tell me loyal readers. Do you want to read about what I eat and what I do in the gym? Or should I stay away from the fitness/nutrition stuff and leave that to the pros?