Food, Sun, Best Friend & A Celebrity = Great Weekend

Is the title of my post not extremely obnoxious? I never claimed to be creative, ya’ll. I’m so sorry with how MIA I have been lately but I am hoping for a very positive shift in a big area of my life where I will be a whole lot less stressed, and therefore have the energy to do anything other than just drop into bed fully clothed and fall asleep at 8:30 PM. That has been happening almost every night for the last few weeks. Long story short: I miss writing! So I apologize for the abundance of pictures coming your way, but last weekend was nothing short of amazing so I want to share 🙂

First off- the amazing weather that we’ve had for not even a full week yet. I celebrated one day last week by wearing my new J Crew shorts that I scored for $22 through their factory website, and these great gladiator sandals from Forever 21. Be proud of my artistic angle. This was the same week that it also snowed. WTF.

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I also need to spread this PSA and say that if you hate low-rise jeans and don’t wear anything other than workout clothes because of it, try Express jeans. They have the perfect amount of stretch that let you breathe but don’t make you look like you are wearing denim leggings or “jeggings”- that word alone terrifies me. The anchor printed shirt is also from Express and I have been living in it.

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Okay, not to food. John and I had a little Friday night date at 5 Napkin Burger and it ended in a huge dessert that we actually could both eat. Waffles, ice cream, raspberry sorbet and whipped cream. I ate half of the waffles and all of the sorbet while trying to not eat the whipped cream but of course I did.

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Saturday morning I taught Spin then enjoyed the absolutely gorgeous day with Brenda. We walked around all day (probably close to 6 miles) and carbloaded. We got froyo, then lunch (omelettes and french fries, that’s how we rollll) and while we were sitting at the diner Brenda saw Elijah from Girls walk by to the deli next door and pick out flowers. We hadn’t paid yet so we rushed to the counter to pay while I stalked the front so as to not let him get away. When he exited the deli, I bolted at him like a complete freak and literally scared him. He was physically trying to get away from me when I approached him yelling “OMG YOU’RE THAT GUY FROM GIRLS!!” because I could not remember his characters name for the life of me. He laughed, still trying to walk away, while I asked him for a picture and admitted that Brenda and I had been stalking him. I literally screamed into the entrance of the diner “BRENDAAAAAA!!!” and she came running out. It resulted in a very awkward/terrible selfie that Brenda made me crop her out of, but I left her cheek in it.

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It’s been awhile since I saw a celeb so I was pretty stoked. Looooove my NYC!

We decided to actually be fun for once and went out with my co-workers for a drink, and then of course landed at Lombardi’s since we were in SoHo and hadn’t eaten dinner yet. Awesome friends, awesome pizza, awesome way to end a carbload.

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After a late night out, waking up early to run and teach wasn’t easy but it ended up feeling so great. I dressed like an easter egg for our easter run of 7 miles through the park.

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Such a dork. Followed by teaching THE BEST spin class I have taught so far. The energy was incredible, everyone was working hard, having so much fun and singing along. We all sweat some serious buckets and I’m still riding that high days later. Have I mentioned how much I love teaching?! 🙂

How was your Easter weekend?

Lose The Fluff

Howdy! Hope your weekend was fantastic and that you ate delicious foods and got in some workouts! I did the eating part but failed on the workout part for Saturday and Sunday. D’oh! But I did teach 2 VERY intense spin classes on Friday so I was completely toasted by Saturday. Here’s the playlist and what we did for Friday’s classes.

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Where Have You Been: Warm-Up

Safe & Sound: run with resistance/moderate hill with 3 seated pickups (at 0:58 for 15 sec/ 1:31 for 30 sec/ 2:36 for 30 sec)

We Can’t Stop: add more resistance to start climbing a 2-part hill. Add resistance after each chorus and push on the legs for the final 25 seconds of the song

Diamonds remix: continue on the hill & make it a heavy one; start off with a faster pace from 0:10-1:35 then back off & climb in position 3 for 2 minutes. Back to the saddle at 3:50 and pick up the pace for the last 45 sec.

Scream & Shout: light resistance fast legs- 15 sec sprints in position 3 at 1:14 and 2:57 (back to saddle in between keeping up a fast pace) 

Wild Ones: run with resistance w/ 3 seated pickups for 30 sec (0:30), 60 sec (1:31) and 30 sec (3:04)

End Of Time: jumps on a moderate hill; 4 count jumps at 0:53, 8 count jumps at 1:42, 4 count jumps at 2:31, and 8 count jumps at 3:24. Easy to stay on the beat!

Applause: take off resistance for faster jumps: 2 count jumps on all 3 choruses. Keep a fast pace in between sets.

Video Phone: heavy hill, starting a rolling hill. Once the beat starts, alternate 15 seconds of climb with 15 seconds of fast for entire song!

She Wants To Move: lighten resistance but keep a moderate hill, 3 seated pickups for 20 seconds (0:51), 25 seconds (1:41), and 30 seconds (2:27)

Love On Top: back to heavy-ish climb but stay on the beat of the song. 40 seconds in position 3 at 1:01, back to saddle then up in 3 at 2:23 for rest of the song

I Love It- light resistance going right into 3 fast sprints at 0:23 (30 sec), 1:09 (35 sec) and 2:10 (20 sec)

Sweet Nothing- 3 more sprints to the finish! Class choice of doing sprints in the saddle or position 3. 2 15 second sprints and 1 30 second to finish.

Forrest Gump- cooldown, reusing this song because it is SO perfect for a serene cooldown! 

Suffice to say after teaching 2 of those and a quick mile on the treadmill, I was sore, exhausted and famished. Cheeseless chicken and onion pizza from Domino’s with a side of marinara saved me.

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I swear to you this was the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten. It was cooked so perfectly and from how hungry I was, I was ready to cry at how thankful I was for this pizza. Is that sad or awesome? This was eaten in bed (yeah, you probably wouldn’t want to sleep in our bed) with Johnny while we watched Weeds. We needed a new show to binge watch since we finished Breaking Bad and I am LOVING Weeds so far! It’s so much more light-hearted compared to Breaking Bad. Any Weeds fans out there?

Saturday night after work all day, we went to 5 Napkin Burger for date night. I know I’ve posted about this place a billion times but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I got the veggie burger with mushrooms and blue cheese and sweet potato fries.

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The burger was so good and I actually only ate about 3 fries. Trying to get back to listening to my body and not overeating since that’s been the theme of the last 2 months. Ugh!

We stopped in Victoria’s Secret so I could use my gift card from Christmas and since Orange Leaf was around the corner, I had to stop in.

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I took my cup home and ate that in bed, too. There is nothing more comforting than eating in bed for me. I am not a neat freak, therefore crumbs in my bed don’t bother me 😉

Yesterday I wasn’t feeling too hot so we just lounged around all day and eventually went to the diner.

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Considering this was basically my only meal of the day, just let the pancakes and bacon slide okay? 😉 After the diner we did laundry and I meal prepped for the week which is the first time in months. I’m just very ready to get back on track and lose the fluff. This is a super hard winter for everyone. I know the weather shouldn’t be an excuse to eat junk (but yet it’s so easy to blame it on) but it’s definitely an excuse to be running less. I can only run 1 mile on the treadmill before my foot feels like it’s breaking off, so the treadmill isn’t an option. It’s been too icy and slushy so I haven’t been able to do a long run and my next half marathon is on the 26th! I’m not sure if I’ll be doing it just yet but if I can get in at least 3 longer runs before then, I’ll give it a go.

I’ll share my “losing the fluff” meals throughout the week for accountability! Goal is to get to Friday nice and healthy, then have a little treat Friday night as fuel for my long run Saturday. I have to switch it to Saturday because I’m going to a dinner party Saturday night and planning on drinking a LOT of wine for the first time in months. 😀

How was your weekend?

Do you treat yourself on weekends? Yes but I need to reel it in and scale down the treats.

Spin Playlist + More

Merry Christmas Eve! I started my week off yesterday teaching the 7:00 AM Spin class at the Soho location of 24 Hour Fitness. It was my first time teaching at that location and, as always in my life, eventful. The headset was different than my home gym and ended up not working at all, so I had to yell the whole class over the music. It actually was fine and made my energy come out even more! Only 3 people showed up because of the holiday (i’m assuming) but they were strong & I think I definitely woke them up. The room was SO HOT, like bikram yoga hot. I loved it. The sweatier the better! Here’s the playlist I used twice last week and this morning. I have to work on a new one for next week but this has been a huge hit! Below it will be what we did to each song, in case you want to use this for your own spin workout!

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Turn up the music- Warm-up, gradually add resistance to prepare for 4 songs of hills!

Super Bass- Moderate hill, seated pickups every chorus for 30 seconds

Sleepyhead- Add more resistance to get to a level 6.5-7 hill but moving legs to hit the beat, come up to position 3 for each chorus 

Flashing Lights- heavy hill (level 8-9) with seated pickups every 10 SECONDS! The beat picks up every 10 seconds of the whole song, you move faster each 10 seconds. Should feel really hard by the end! 

Your Body- STAY ON THE HILL. Earn your downhill. Every chorus, turn resistance down and run in position 3. First chorus is 20 seconds, so only take off a little resistance. 2nd is 40 seconds so take off more. Final chorus, fly down that hill for 40 seconds!

When Loves Takes Over- Recovery song. Light resistance, fast legs to flush out the hills. 2 x 30 second pick-ups in the saddle at 0:52 and 2:23.

You Make Me Feel- Run with resistance. Add on enough to make keeping up with the beat challenging. 4 sets of sprints- First sprint (15 seconds) at 0:58 in position 3, back to saddle. 2nd sprint (30 seconds) at 1:42, stay in position 3 and continue to 3rd sprint (15 seconds) at 2:26, back to saddle. Last 30 second sprint in the saddle at 3:00.

Hard- heavy hill climb in the saddle, come up to position 3 for each chorus. Add on resistance before each chorus to end in a level 9 hill!

Jumpin’ Jumpin’- take off some resistance but keep enough to run in position 2. Fast run in position 2, fast run in position 3 for each chorus. Add on a little resistance throughout to avoid bouncing while running in 2.

Blurred Lines- light-moderate resistance, fast legs for whole song. Run in position 2 for 30 seconds at 0:50, back to saddle, then run in position 2 for 30 seconds again at 1:54, then down to position 3 for 30 seconds right after. Back to saddle and run fast from 3:30-end.

Pour It Up- Run with resistance in position 3 for whole song. Add on a little resistance to make it more challenging before each chorus!

Hollaback Girl- lighten resistance but keep enough to do jumps. 3 sets of jumps that are 30 seconds long, with 2 counts. Starting at 0:40, come out of the saddle for 2 seconds then back down for 2 seconds and repeat for 30 seconds. 2nd set starts at 1:30; last set starts at 2:24.

Starships- Sprints on a hill! Get on a moderate-heavy hill and get ready for 6 total sprints (THIS INCLUDES THE NEXT SONG!). First sprint is 15 seconds at 1:09. 2nd sprint is 15 seconds at 2:26. 3rd sprint is 15 seconds at 3:12. CLASS CHOICE WHETHER THEY SPRINT IN THE SADDLE OR IN POSITION 3!

Sweet Nothing- stay on the hill, last 3 sprints. FULL OUT SPRINTS FOR LAST SONG! 1st sprint is 15 seconds at 1:03, 2nd sprint is 15 seconds at 2:17 and last sprint is 30 seconds at 2:55.

Forrest Gump- Cooldown.

So fun. And YAY, I figured out how to copy and paste a playlist. Congrats to me.

Sunday night my brother came down and we went to dinner and got froyo after I got out of work. The froyo was necessary at 10:00 PM because dinner was disappointing. We went to Heights Tavern and usually the food is great but it was pretty bad this night. Oh well, my eggnog froyo made up for it! Eggnog flavored anything is my favorite and I wish they had it all year.

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The fact that it was 65 degrees Sunday night and we didn’t wear coats on December 22nd was freaking amazing. Ya’ll know my hatred for the cold. And now we’re back to the cold.

Since I was off from job #1 yesterday, I got to spend the day with my brother and his girlfriend. We had lunch at 5 Napkin Burger (the place I take all my visitors at one point or another!) and another round of froyo that we all ended up regretting. We were so full from 5 Napkin but who says no to froyo? It was great, as always, to spend time with those two. I love them and we always laugh our butts off.

Once I got home last night around 6, I felt like I hadn’t slept in a month. The last week I have been so exhausted, like I mentioned last post, that I fall asleep on the subway and can’t get out of bed when my alarm goes off. I seem to struggle with this every month when I have PMS. I guess extreme fatigue can really be a symptom of it. Anyone else struggle with it? I need some way to deal with it if it is going to happen to me once a month for many years to come. I also probably have low iron levels at the moment since my diet has consisted of mainly sugar this month. Ugh. Gotta get my dang act together! I was going to go to bed without eating dinner but John got my butt up to make something healthy. It ended up being really delicious and I feel a little better today.

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Sweet potato brussels sprouts hash with a runny egg, chicken sausage and hot sauce, plus toast with ketchup. It IS NOT weird to put ketchup on bread.

What are your Christmas Eve plans? John and I are doing our tradition for the last 2 years; order Domino’s and watch random TV. A.K.A what we do a lot of Tuesday nights haha. Sadly Christmas just doesn’t feel like any type of special day anymore. But I truly hope you all enjoy yours and if you get to be with family, cherish every moment. You never know when it will be your last Christmas with family.

I’m Alive!

Ugh, I sincerely apologize for being THE LAZIEST person ever last week in terms of updating the blog and I apologize to myself right now that I took an entire week off from working out and ate nothing but junk. My stomach is not happy with the amount of sugar I chomped down the last week, and a few days of a break from working out turned into a full week because once I start getting a ton of sleep instead of waking up at 4:30 AM it is SO HARD to start getting up. Add in the cold weather and I need a huge kick in my ass. Any takers?

Last week was fun though. John and I went to see an awesome comedy show/podcast recording with some of our favorite comedians. This is a horrible picture but we were in the front row and the lighting makes it impossible to get a clear picture with the iPhone camera.

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This was Todd Barry, Sarah Silverman and Natasha Lyonne from my favorite show, Orange is The New Black! They went on for almost 2 hours and it was only $15 a ticket. Suhweeeet.

We then went to the best chinese place ever near the venue, Michael & Ping’s. Their food is WAY healthier than your normal Chinese take-out and about 1000x better tasting, too. I got the “Main Mein Salad” which is cold sesame noodles with chicken and veggies with a spicy peanut sauce on it.

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Halloween was a super fun day starting with a little work party. Every year I want to dress up and be creative and every year I fail miserably by not having enough time to plan anything. I went with my go-to costume, a.k.a all of my own clothes and personal style, Rachel Zoe.

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After work I went to Brenda’s where we threw together a costume we had talked about dressing up as for almost a year. Again, we are the worst procrastinators ever. I think we nailed it minus the wigs?

Who we were supposed to be..
Who we were supposed to be..

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Either way, a shoulder-padded blazer and ugly sweater vest (sorry Eddie!!) are always funny.

My volunteering session at the NYC Marathon expo Saturday, held at the Javits center, was one of the best experiences of my life hands down. I got there at 8:00 AM and volunteered til 2:00 and I got to hand out the bibs to the runners. The amount of smiling, extremely excited and happy faces I got to talk to made me the happiest I’ve been in a long time. The organization of volunteering was on point and it could not have been easy to organize. Over 50,000 bibs were picked up from this expo over the course of 3 days. I probably waited on 200 myself! I CANNOT wait for it to be me picking up my bib next year! 🙂

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John met me after my shift and we walked around the expo for awhile. Of course I had to stop by the Mizuno booth and got the VIP treatment without actually being a VIP 😉

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After explaining to the very knowledgeable dude that I am losing sleep over Mizuno not making my beloved Wave Elixir 7’s anymore (yes I tried the 8’s and didn’t like them) he made me try on 4 different pairs until I found the right ones to replace them. I wasn’t going to buy but they were offering them for 20% off so I did. In a few weeks after I put some more miles on these, I will be wearing the Wave Inspire 9’s. They feel a lot like the Elixir so I pray they work out for me!

I didn’t get a chance to eat during my volunteering so John and I hit up 5 Napkin Burger for a late lunch. I usually get the veggie burger but decided to go for the special of the day which was a turkey burger stuffed with herbed goat cheese, cranberry ketchup and crispy shallots. MOUTH WATERING.

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This was promptly followed by a CANDIED YAM cookie.

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This was then followed by falling asleep at 4:00 PM. I will recap the marathon tomorrow. I watched for a couple of hours and it was so freaking amazing. I just cannot wait for next year!

Have you ever volunteered at a race or expo?

Christmas Week & Cookie Recipe!

So I had figured this Christmas would be extremely depressing given that it was my first Christmas without my grandma, and while I definitely had some tears I also had some fun! I know it’s exactly what she would have wanted. As I get older, I truly am learning the real meaning behind holidays and it’s not what gifts you receive; it’s who you spend that time with. A little re-cap, shall we?

After almost 2 weeks of being sick and barely working out, I finally felt like I could breathe enough to get in some sweat sessions this week. Let me tell you, they felt reeeeeal good. I mean, I can barely walk and that’s how I like it! Life these days feels really weird if I’m not sore. Sunday I ran 3 miles and did Level 1 of Ripped in 30. After working all day, I came home and whipped up these cookies for my co-workers and they were a huge hit!

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White Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Protein Cookies

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 scoops protein powder (I used GNC’s pumpkin flavor, on sale now!! but vanilla would also work!)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4-5 packets sweetener (I used Splenda)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 (or more) TBSP’s white chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin

Mix dry and wet separately  then combine. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I made about 14 large sized cookies out of the dough. Bake for 25-30 minutes. If you choose to not use protein powder, they may take a little longer. I know cooking with protein powder tends to make things burn faster!

These come out the consistency of a cake/muffin but my co-workers loved them (and they don’t always love my healthy concoctions!) and I obviously did too!

Christmas Eve I worked all day and then ran a delightful 3.5 miles that evening. Later on, John and I decided to do what we did last year on Christmas Eve; order Domino’s. Before you judge me, hear me out. I used to LOVE Domino’s back in my extremely unhealthy eating days… loved their wings, pizza, and breadsticks. I went a long time without eating it, but recently I fell in love with their pizza again and have been ordering a much healthier version. I get mine with no cheese, and extra jalapeno’s! They have changed their pizza a lot and mine has virtually no grease and with the no cheese option I am saving a ton of calories. Pizza without cheese seems weird, yes, but I swear it’s good. I put crushed red pepper and garlic powder on it and dip it into hot sauce. I like my food VERY spicy.

The smell from the heat of the jalapenos is enough to make most people cry.
The smell from the heat of the jalapenos is enough to make most people cry.

‘Tis the season. BULKING season, that is 😉

After sleeping in on Christmas morning, I headed down to Central Park for a run. A little background on my bladder; it’s basically non-existent. I swear. I have to pee at least every hour and that’s if I’m not drinking water or coffee. Since I usually am, I have to pee twice an hour if not more. So from my apartment to Central Park, it’s anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 minutes, depending how long I have to wait for the train and how slow it decides to go. First thing I have to do before I start running is find a bathroom. Generally not too hard in NYC, but many places are closed on Christmas Day so I had to get creative. The Time Warner building (aka Columbus Circle) is my go-to but they were closed, so I headed to the hotel that is connected called the Mandarin Oriental. Their lobby is located on the 35th floor (!!) and it’s a place I am definitely adding to my list to go have a drink! The views are amazing. So was their bathroom, to get back to my original point 😉

Creepy face, but my favorite winter running gear! The vest makes me look pregnant, but it's warm so YOLO?
Creepy face, but my favorite winter running gear! The vest makes me look pregnant, but it’s warm so YOLO?
The huge lobby. This picture does it no justice.
The huge lobby. This picture does it no justice.
The bar/lounge area with the view.
The bar/lounge area with the view.

Once my peeing dilemma was solved, I ran an amazing 5 miles in the park. It was the perfect weather and totally sunny. I did a lap on the reservoir and it ended up being an obstacle course run, full of jumping over puddles and tourists (sorry I’m not sorry to the tourists I probably knocked over- watch yo selves.)

Beautiful!
Beautiful!

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After a shower and some relaxing, I headed back down to the park for a stroll with John! We also did this last Christmas, so I guess this is now a tradition. It was getting dark, but we walked for awhile with some coffee and started to freeze to death. I completely hate winter and temperatures that get below 50. I also voice this opinion quite frequently and loudly, so it was a miracle John wanted to take a winter walk with me 🙂 I guess it was his Christmas spirit!

Central Park getting dark around 4:30. Another reason I hate winter.
Central Park getting dark around 4:30. Another reason I hate winter.
Walking action shot of John while he probably ignores my complaining.
Walking action shot of John while he probably ignores my complaining.

Last year we ate Christmas dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the city, 5 Napkin Burger, which I have wrote about several times. We kind of just stumbled on it last Christmas and since it was open we ate there. This year we made a reservation for the Union Square location, mostly because we were too lazy to figure out what else was open. Upon entering, who do I run into other thannn.. my best friend Brenda and her boyfriend Eddie! Legit, great minds think alike. Us 4 made some fools out of ourselves when we saw each other and had the whole restaurant looking over at us, which is prettttty typical. They were just getting done eating so we ordered our food and got our fat Christmas feast on.

Romantically lit onion rings.
Romantically lit onion rings.
My usual- veggie burger with extra pickles (bun removed) and sweet potato fries!
My usual- veggie burger with extra pickles (bun removed) and sweet potato fries!

Delish as always.

The day after Christmas I was supposed to go upstate to see my family, but I woke up feeling really sick (again) and decided to stay put. Not the best idea to travel on a (dirty) bus for 4 hours when I’m still sick, plus they were getting hit with a big snow storm. I spent most of Wednesday sleeping, except for the one meal I ate all day at a diner near me.

Fav diner meal. 2 eggs over medium, bacon, homefries doused in ketchup and hot sauce :-)
Fav diner meal. 2 eggs over medium, bacon, homefries doused in ketchup and hot sauce 🙂

More napping, then I finally made myself do Level 1 of Ripped in 30. That diner meal literally held me over all night (I ate it at 2 PM) so it was the only thing I ate all day! Sleep just sounded way better than food for once in my life.

Yesterday was more sleep, cleaning, Levels 1 AND 2 of Ripped in 30, and the return to healthier eating. My abs are SO sore today from both rounds of Jillian and I’m lovin’ it. I ate like a pig all week but the workouts balanced out some, so my pants aren’t too tight 😉 As all of us are, I’m certainly ready for a new year and toning it up! It goes without saying that this year was really hard and awful for huge chunks, but I am picking myself up from the ground and determined to make 2013 better.

weekend re-cap

Happy (belated) Halloween! I dressed up as Rachel Zoe for work yesterday & for Caitlin’s party Saturday. I didn’t have to spend a dime since fur vests and huge sunglasses are staples in my wardrobe 🙂 This weekend was fun and a little bizarre to have a snow storm in October! Back track to Friday… I’ll let the pics do the talking!

baby food as a snack? delish.
biggest pear ever. not pictured: peanut butter (duh)
I look horrible but had to post it because it looks like "fart" is behind John (it said earthlings?).
5 Napkin Burger date- veggie burger on multi-grain w/ extra pickles & sweet pot fries! ❤
all bundled up for pumpkin froyo at 16 handles!

It was a pretty wild (and indulgent!) Friday night and we were in bed by 11. We slept until noon Saturday which I haven’t done in years, and woke up to a white out snow storm! I love snow especially now that I don’t have to drive in it. I walked to the grocery store to get breakfast ingredients which included eggs, fat-free reddi whip, pumpkin and LIFE CEREAL! It’s one of my favorites, it was on sale and I haven’t had it in at least a year (name brand cereal is very expensive in nyc!). I made John whole wheat french toast and some pumpkin oatmeal protein pancakes with warm diced apples for me 🙂

With plenty of fat-free reddi whip

We watched a marathon of Arrested Development and spent the whole day cuddling while it snowed 🙂 You can work up quite the appetite being lazy, so I had a huge bowl of Life cereal with a banana and peanut butter.

Slept some more, then got ready to head to Caitlin’s halloween party! She had an amazing spread of mini carrot cake cupcakes, chips, hummus & veggies and CAKE POPS DIPPED IN PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS!

Rachel Zoe!
Rachel Zoe and Capt Morgan.. missing his Diet Coke!
my sexy lumberjack girlfriend
my 3 favs!

We drank lots of wine and decided not to go out in the snow storm. John and I picked up a piece of pizza on the way home thanks to the alcohol, and it was amazing! Not for my waistline, but whatever.

drrrrrrrunk pizza

I slept a whopping 3 hours before I was wide awake and watched Fashion Hunters on Bravo… Love that show! I decided to get grocery shopping out of the way and walk off some of the alcohol. I got off at 116th st and on my walk got invited to breakfast with Caitlin and her friends, so I went on down to 51st and had a delish $3.50 breakfast at Galaxy. I had egg whites, 7 grain toast & potatoes. Aka perfect hangover food!

I spent the rest of Sunday walking around the Upper West Side and ended the day with a coffee date with John at Bourbon Coffee on 14th Street. If you live in NYC or visit, try to go there. They made my pumpkin spice latte with REAL pumpkin instead of gross sugary syrup! They also have the most amazing dessert called a “Jedhi bar” which is a layered cookie bar of graham cracker, dark chocolate, coconut and coffee/cocoa powder. We get it every time and share it. My phone had died at this point since I walked all day, so no pic.

Yesterday morning I woke up feeling super stuffy, so I made a big green monster smoothie with some egg whites for breakfast.

Due to the snow storm Saturday, the power, internet and HEAT was out at work. Apparently Jersey got a lot more snow than NYC. Yet we still stayed doing absolutely nothing for 7 hours. Luckily I had snacks but I wasn’t able to eat my oatmeal for lunch because we had no hot water or microwave. I had a big apple with peanut butter, and a greek yogurt mixed with PB2, fiber 1, a banana and peanut butter. AKA not enough food for me.

We ended up finally leaving at 4 instead of 6, and Caitlin and I had BIG plans of hitting the gym… but our growling stomachs got the best of us. Not to mention we’re both fighting a cold courtesy of hangovers and freezing cold temperatures. We were starving for chinese, so we found a place in her neighborhood for some take out and headed back to her place to watch Sex and the City and chow. I learned my lesson with the fried chinese I had upstate, so I got steamed chicken with steamed broccoli with absolutely no oil, and a side of steamed vegetables.

It was so good and now I know I can eat chinese and have it be healthy! We also indulged in some dark chocolate since it was Halloween and all. We went walking around her neighborhood and I continued on a stroll up the Upper West Side and got to enjoy some costumes. I walked a lot Sunday and Monday but it was my only real exercise. Obviously this weekend was super indulgent and void of vegetables, so I was happy to hop back on the running train this morning!

Sorry for the crazy long post, I have to stop being so busy shoveling food in my mouth on weekends and make time to blog! 😉