Deliciousness + A Lot of Spin

How is it already Thursday?! This week has FLOWN by because I have taught Spin every single day since last Friday! It’s been a crazy non-stop week, that’s for sure. I welcomed today’s rest day with open arms and sadly one extremely sore and pained hip and glute ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I need to spend a lot of time foam rolling the next few nights before the More/Fitness Half Marathon on Sunday that I’m obviously ill-prepared for. Brenda and I ran for 1 hour and 25 minutes last Sunday before my spin class and I was seriously dead the last 15 minutes. Where am I supposed to fit running in when I’m teaching spin so many mornings?! So many things are up in the air right now and I’m hoping to have it figured out by next month and hopefully that includes a bigย change. ๐Ÿ™‚

Backing up to last weekend because it was so awesome, on Sunday after my long run and Spin class, I met up with my good friend Alyse and her awesome roommate and other friends that I love for a belated birthday brunch. Alyse is the sweetest! She took me to ABV which has my favorite eggs benedict in the world and amazing iced coffee; pretty much my two favorites.ย photo 1

The hash browns take it to a whole new level. A whole new level of caloric insanity, I’m sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

After brunch we stopped by Dough Loco, a doughnut joint that Alyse had told us about that we had to stop at. No one else really had room for a doughnut the size of their head except me, and I’ll blame that on the fact that I did almost 3 hours of cardio before hand. So, a blueberry doughnut was part of my refueling, natch.ย photo 2

 

We hung out at Alyse’s apartment for awhile before John and I split to hang out down in the East Village for awhile before his belated birthday dinner. We went to Brindle Room because it’s John’s favorite and the food is so delicious. We had beer battered pork belly for an appetizer and it was ridiculous. So, so good. photo 4

I had the happy hour $5 mussels and fries for dinner because… $5. And they are GOOD. photo 5

Followed up with froyo at a new-to-me place that I am now obsessed with and thankful it’s so far downtown I won’t be running there more than once on the weekends, Yooglers. So many awesome flavors and SO.MANY.TOPPINGS. HELLO, POPTARTS AS A TOPPING!!!!

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AND oatmeal squares, aka my favorite cereal but it’s $8 a box here so I never buy it?! Actual heaven.

Included in that weekend was teaching spin Friday morning, Saturday morning, Sunday morning (+8 mile run), then bright and early Monday morning. I also taught Monday night and came home to a great dinner late Monday night. I needed some healthy grub after all the junk from Sunday!ย photo 1 (1)

Sweet potato with goat cheese & raspberry preserves, egg whites, baguette with smashed avocado, and my first attempt at a poached egg that I overcooked by… a lot. It was still good! Followed by a bowl of my current cereal obsession, strawberry frosted mini wheats with vanilla almond milk.ย photo 1 (2)

Tuesday morning after I taught spin, I came home to finally take a glorious nap and try to regain some energy. Around 2 I thought I should probably go try to find some food so I went to a place in my neighborhood I have seen but never had the chance to try. It’s basically a cafe with all kinds of salad, sandwiches, etc and it’s directly across from Columbia hospital. The food is SO fresh and much more affordable than places in midtown! I got a turkey sandwich on this delicious tomato foccacia bread and a huge feta salad.ย photo 4 (1)

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So good.

And my healthy dessert I’ve been having every night this week with no guilt:ย photo 4 (2)ย Even if you don’t have an allergy to dairy, these are worth eating. So Delicious brand coconut almond bars for 170 calories each, topped with vanilla almond butter. Of course the almond butter is optional but… not really. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They have the exact consistency of real ice cream but only 10 grams of sugar which is really good for a dessert. They are a little pricey but worth it if you can’t eat the real deal!

And finally last night, I taught back-to-back spin classes which is only the 2nd time I’ve ever done it. I must say, teaching twice in a day isn’t bad when it’s spread out but back to back is pretty brutal. By the end, I was light headed and was completely depleted of everything!ย photo 2 (3)

I ate a banana right away then a quick protein shake and some Popchips with 1/2 an avocado for dinner. Not even remotely fancy when trying to prepare dinner at 9 PM and SVU is about to start! Did anyone watch last night? I am so happy that guy finally offed himself. He was so creepy.

How has your week been with workouts and food? My sweet tooth has been off the charts lately, woops.

Weekend Foods.

It may be hump day and therefore we’re almost to the next weekend, but I still haven’t wrote about my past weekend foods and they are definitely blog worthy. The last picture of my last post was the epic brunch I had after my race. I had been craving pancakes for a long, long time. Like months long. I eat protein pancakes every now and then but I wanted real, fattening, sit-in-your-stomach-all-day pancakes and I think I earned them after 9.3 miles in the snow ๐Ÿ˜‰ They were delicious! It’s been probably 3 years since I had real ‘cakes!

Sunday morning I met up with a good friend Alyse who is from my hometown and is one of the best foodies I know! We went to ABV on the Upper East Side and it became my new favorite brunch place. Great iced coffee, cool atmosphere and only 1 train and 1 bus from my apartment. We both went with the eggs benedict, which I’ve only ever had once before.

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The highlight of this was the extremely crispy hashbrown that comes on top of the english muffin. It was absolutely DELICIOUS, and so was the little salad that came with it. We were stuffed to the brim after this and I cannot wait to shove this in my mouth again sometime real soon.

John and I went to dinner Sunday night (after lots of digestion from my brunch) at Feile in the dreaded section of Midtown that is housed right by Madison Square Garden. I say dreaded because this section of Midtown is worse than Times Square. At least Times Square is pretty to look at, 34th street is hideous AND chock full of tourists. We had a Scoutmob deal for 50% off there and this is now going to be a go-to restaurant for us. I had the Angry Bird burger, which is a turkey burger with Frank’s hot sauce, blue cheese and crispy onions. I ordered it with no bun and it came with fries topped with a tiny bit of shredded asiago cheese and herbs.

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My favorite flavor combo of all time is ketchup and blue cheese together, on a burger and with fries. Throw in Frank’s hot sauce and I can’t. I just can’t with how good it is. Feile has a pretty fabulous menu for being a sports bar, and it’s also pretty nice inside. Check it out if you are in town for a hockey game or

Desserts for the weekend, because obviously.

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Eggnog macaron from Bouchon in Columbus Circle. I’m a macaron lover, and this was the best one of my life.

And a little froyo of course.

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Eyes were bigger than my belly for this guy and only half of him made it in. That’s not a bad thing, as I need to cut the hell back on sugar anyway! Ah. After Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for workouts this week, Monday I did a short recovery workout from the weekend because I was majorly sore from the race Saturday. I had to be at work super early so I just did 5 mins on the treadmill, 15 minutes of Spin and 10 minutes of strength. Plus lots of foam rolling in my sweet socks.

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Yesterday I taught a Spin class in the morning and had a great time! It was my day off from work and no, I don’t consider teaching Spin work ๐Ÿ™‚ Afterwards I actually got to dress like a normal human for a few hours (I have to wear a uniform at work, and it’s hideous) and it felt pretty great. Until it was snowing like crazy, so I went home and went to bed for the rest of the day. Yes.

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No idea why I’m not smiling? Just go with it. P.S. I got that sweater from TJ Maxx over the weekend and I LOVE it. It has a sheer shirt underneath it and the sweater part is just baggy and so comfortable.

What was the most delicious thing you’ve eaten recently?ย