Happy Friday! (+YAY!)

Thank you guys so much for all the sweet comments on my Anniversary post! I’m glad you enjoyed the picture sequence and didn’t find my post too mushy 😉

As you know since I work in retail, Friday’s don’t mean the end of a work week for me but I do have Sunday off so that is something to celebrate! John is going upstate tonight to spend the weekend with his mom for her birthday and I am so bummed I can’t go. But alas, I have to work tomorrow. So that means I will be spending this evening going to hot yoga again AND tomorrow evening too! I will be eating my weekend pizza alone and that’s sad, but it does mean I get to watch all the Kardashians I want without John trying to suffocate me 🙂 Anywho, let’s go over some week highlights besides my lovely anniversary!

I actually forgot to post this but I had the best turkey burger of my life last Sunday night at Sullivan Bistro. It was topped with onions and blue cheese and the fries were unlike any I’ve had before. SUPER thin and crispy with sauteed onions throughout them. I have a serious love affair with onions and it’s probably why I don’t have many friends. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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I also received my new sneakers that I got for $15 on Amazon! That’s only because I traded in a textbook but so cool right? I actually had these last year but sent them back after not liking how much mesh there was but I REALLY have not been loving the Wave Precision 13’s I’ve been wearing at all. These are the Wave Elixir 8’s and they feel ALMOST as great as my precious 7’s.

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Yep, still wearing shorts on any day above 39 degrees. So far they feel really good but my left foot is still feeling really wonky and overall I am out of running shape. My pace has been faster than it was in the summer/fall but everything feels hard. So much for “staying in half marathon shape” after all my fall races!

So on my lovely anniversary date when we went to get coffee after dinner, I treated myself and ordered a chai tea latte instead of just a normal coffee. I COMPLETELY forgot to order it with soy milk and drank the whole thing without realizing my mistake. I was up most of the night Wednesday and in pain all day and night with some of the worst stomach pains of my life, thanks to the dairy milk and also partially from the sugar since I never drink things like that. I can’t believe how sensitive I am to it now!

Besides my stomach pain, I taught a great spin class last night and was so happy when one of the students told me she was brand new to the gym and it would be her first class. I can proudly say that I made her feel comfortable and she stuck through a little more than half of the class before leaving, which I told her she could do. I would have loved for her to stay on the bike even if she couldn’t keep pedaling, which I also told her she could do, but I also know that other students would have been looking at her wondering why she wasn’t pedaling so the option to leave really helped her. I smiled at her a bunch of times during class and I REALLY hope I made an impact on her to come back! I will truly never teach a class where I intimidate or call people out. What is the point? We’re all there for a purpose but the main thing needs to be to have fun! And to feel motivated without someone screaming orders at you. I think I really deliver that. Jeesh, I just want to teach all day!! 🙂

Oh and my pre-workout fuel before spin was amazing. I watched the first two episodes of this season’s GIRLS (available for free here!) while chowing down on a bowl of banana oats with Biscoff, a splash of almond milk, and a tiny bit of crumbled carrot cake from my anniversary.

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Perrrfect. We ended up throwing the rest of the cake away because the frosting was just TOO much.

And I began my day with a very chilly 3.7 mile run in Central Park. I underdressed for the first time during a winter run and it’s NOT fun. My ears were so cold and my sinuses are going to bug me all day now. I also got back to the gym to no hot water, so I had to take a cold shower. It was pretty awful, but what can ya do?!

The cold sucks but this sunrise does not.
The cold sucks but this sunrise does not.

And to save the best for last…

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I GOT INTO THE NYC HALF MARATHON!!!!!!!! They reopened the lottery and I got in this round!!! It was completely a surprise because I had forgotten all about it, then I saw someone post about it on Instagram and quickly logged on to my NYRR account and boom! Boom to my credit card too, because I wasn’t ready for that expense 😉 It’s the priciest race I’ve done so far ($117) but I am SO EXCITED!! Running through Times Square with no tourists around is going to be ahhhmazing. 

What has your week looked like?

Friday night plans?

Anniversary (& a look at my journey in pics!)

Yesterday was me and John’s 8 year anniversary! We dated for almost a month before making it “official” which was hilarious that I tried to play hard-to-get with an older dude. Don’t worry, it was legal! 😉 I was almost 18 and he was 24 when we met but as it goes, men never act their age. It doesn’t seem like it’s been 8 years AT ALL because I still remember every memory from the beginning on like it was yesterday.

Last night he surprised me with a date filled with my favorite things: pizza, coffee and dessert. We started out at Motorino which is a fancier pizza place I’ve wanted to try for awhile, but with no reservations and a VERY small interior it proves to be hard to get in. We lucked out and got seated right away and the food was absolutely amazing! I started with their special appetizer for the night which was baby Brussels sprouts sauteed with olive oil, honey, smoked pancetta and a sprinkle of pecorino. UNREAL.

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I had the marinara pizza since it has no cheese and John had the meatball pizza. Sorry for the awful pics, I didn’t want to use my flash since your table is touching the table next to you and I didn’t want to be annoying haha

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We then headed to one of my favorite coffee shops called The Bean. We got some coffees, and John pulled out 2 slices of carrot cake (my favorite!!) that he had gotten earlier after googling “best carrot cake in NYC”. He got it from Amy’s Bread, and it was definitely delicious. SO RICH that I only took about 3 bites before having to pull the plug. The rest is in the fridge for dessert tonight and probably tomorrow!

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It was such a perfect night totally tailored for me 🙂 We really don’t buy each other gifts but rather plan special date nights like this, but I did completely surprise him when I decided to get him a gift that we could both experience. I got him tickets for the New York Rangers, his favorite hockey team! They are expensive so he’s only been to one game and I’ve never been, but we had a cheap Christmas so I saved a little and splurged. We’re going early next month and I’m stoked!

Since this blog also serves as my own personal journal type thing, I wanted to post pictures from all throughout my relationship even though it doesn’t fit the theme of my blog (food/fitness). Then I realized, these pictures DO fit the theme because you can see how much weight I’ve lost along the way! It’s been a long journey with LOTS of ups and downs, but how lucky am I that I found the perfect partner who loves me no matter how much I weigh 🙂 Feel free to exit now, regular fitness posts will resume tomorrow!

my prom! hahaha
my prom! hahaha
LOL please don't murder me babe. My prom hair was a complete DISASTER but that's a whole other story.
LOL please don’t murder me babe. My prom hair was a complete DISASTER but that’s a whole other story.

 

1st summer together at my friend Mark's cottage
1st summer together at my friend Mark’s cottage
1st vacation together in Ocean City, MD (on a ferris wheel, hence my hair ha)
1st vacation together in Ocean City, MD (on a ferris wheel, hence my hair ha)

 

2nd year in OC, MD 2007
2nd year in OC, MD 2007
John was in a band for years when we lived upstate and I went to all their shows and we would get back to his house so late.. but it was so much fun :)
John was in a band for years when we lived upstate and I went to all their shows and we would get back to his house so late.. but it was so much fun 🙂

 

Such an amazing guitar player!!
Such an amazing guitar player!!
1st wedding together in 2007!
1st wedding together in 2007!

 

In our 1st apartment together at the end of 2007
In our 1st apartment together at the end of 2007
3rd year in OC, MD together! This trip was so, so much fun. I will never forget it!
3rd year in OC, MD together! This trip was so, so much fun. I will never forget it!

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Those above 3 pictures from our 3rd vacation together in Ocean, MD, I had lost almost 20 pounds before we went. I just followed Weight Watchers for a few weeks but of course put it all back on and then some once we got back.

Shortly after we moved into our 2nd apartment. I had gained all the weight back I had lost in the summer. It's so crazy for me to see this because at this point I don't even remember being this big!
Shortly after we moved into our 2nd apartment. I had gained all the weight back I had lost in the summer. It’s so crazy for me to see this because at this point I don’t even remember being this big!
My face is unrecognizable! Little did I know this would be the last winter I was overweight.
My face is unrecognizable! Little did I know this would be the last winter I was overweight.

I have basically no pictures of us during 2009… it was a super hard year for us and for me in general! That summer was when I took charge of my health and by spring 2010…

The Flaming Lips concert! I had lost 65 pounds since the picture before this!!
The Flaming Lips concert! I had lost 65 pounds since the picture before this!!

A few months later, we went to Ocean City for the first time in 2 years and I felt SO great!

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Later that fall, we started to visit NYC a lot and figure out a plan to move there as my reward for losing over 100 pounds!

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Our last Christmas living upstate:

This was also when my eating disorder started.. I honestly thought I was still heavy here!
This was also when my eating disorder started.. I honestly thought I was still heavy here!

 

:) Celebrating leaving Binghamton!!
🙂 Celebrating leaving Binghamton!!
Going away party my family threw us!
Going away party my family threw us!

 

NYC Residents!
NYC Residents!
LOL Not a good hat choice, Jen.. yikes.
LOL Not a good hat choice, Jen.. yikes.

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And my favorite picture of us, ever, from just a few months ago.

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Thanks for coming down memory lane with me! 

What is your best anniversary story?

Food with a side of love

Some people want flowers or a ring for their anniversary. Some people expect those things. I may be high-maintanence in some aspects, but when it comes to making me happy and loved, I’m easy. A reminiscent dinner at one of our favorite pub’s in the city, Keens Steakhouse, was planned for our anniversary dinner. Their delicious burger and fabulous, old-school vibe kept us coming back every trip we’d make to NYC. Last night we knew it would be packed due to a football game (that famous team in my city…)so we decided on another restaurant that houses many memories for us- try not to laugh- Ruby Tuesdays. When we first started dating, we ate there literally every weekend and sometimes throughout the week. We fell in love over those dinners and it felt only right to revisit in the city we continue to fall in love with more each day (both the city and each other 🙂

I constantly rip on people who visit NYC and dine at chain restaurants when there are millions of unique restaurants to be tried! But since we are now residents of the city, we are pardoned from that judgement, at least for last night…

Just as I remembered it: amazing salad bar to start. Spinach, broccoli, cukes, tomatoes, peas, honey mustard and mayo-based salads that I never indulge in all filled my plate. Not to mention, the best croutons I’ve ever tasted! They were dark brown, crunchy yet incredibly buttery and soft on the inside. Holy crouton.

I was craving red meat so bad but unfortunately cannot have it without being borderline hospitalized in pain. A turkey burger with sweet potato fries it was. The bun got tossed and so did the mayo covered lettuce & tomato. A true reminder why I don’t eat at chain restaurants; however, they have really amped up their healthy side choices compared to most others!

Not that any of you needed a restaurant review of a well-known place, but it was bound to happen; I die to talk/write about food 😉

Most importantly, we had a great time together and a trip down our hilarious memory lane. So many times throughout dinner we couldn’t stop talking about how happy we are, what we have overcome and the life we have built together over 6 years. Some people spend their lives being excited to get married; me on the other hand, spent my life being excited to live with someone and have tons of adventures with that person. To buy furniture, always come home to someone, share every embarassing bathroom moment with and create a life together that doesn’t have to include marriage and babies (yuck). To reflect back over 6 years with the same person who loves me throughout all I have put him through (that could start a whoooole new blog ha) was amazing and I feel so so lucky to have him! 🙂

Sorry for the mushiness today! Later on I can write about how sore my calves/thighs and booty hurt after Jillian Michaels kicked me in the ass this morning, along with my first outdoor winter run! (I survived- and liked it!)

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