Memorial Day Weekend

Hey guys! How was your Memorial Day weekend? It’s SO crazy to think that I’ve already been at my ‘new‘ job for a year now, and that this is my second Memorial Day weekend actually NOT working and getting to enjoy 3 days off.. still SO thankful for leaving retail 🙂

Friday night I was so exhausted for kind of no reason, so John and I went to dinner right after work and then fell asleep pretty early watching Louie C.K. Wild party animals. Saturday morning started with breakfast at the diner then we spent the day with Brenda and the baby! John went to a concert Saturday night so I had a wild night on the couch with some cheese-less Domino’s and a marathon of one of my all-time favorite series, Weeds. I am beyond obsessed with Mary Louise Parker and LOVE Andy! Any other Weeds fans? And no- I do not smoke pot! Just love the whole feel of the show.

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Sunday morning I made my awesome breakfast bagels for John and I. I cook pretty dang good eggs and bacon if I do say so myself. Even John loves them, which is saying a lot. Mine was a whole wheat everything bagel with a jalapeno egg white omelet folded up, bacon, and a runny egg. PERFECT!

IMG_8544Followed by a healthier lunch of a super green juice with chia seeds. This had all organic kale, chard, spinach, ginger, green apple, cucumber and then topped with chia seeds. My seasonal allergies are absolutely horrible this year and the worst part is that they completely exhaust me. I constantly feel like I just ran a marathon this time of the year.. it’s awful. So trying to add more greens in hopes of feeling a little more alive.


After walking around Central Park we ended up downtown having dinner at this awesome BBQ joint- Mighty Quinn’s. Absolutely deeeelicious and perfect for a holiday weekend when we have nowhere to cook out (boo, NYC).

Pulled pork, coleslaw, sweet potato casserole <3
Pulled pork, coleslaw, sweet potato casserole ❤

Yesterday morning I slept in, enjoyed some oatmeal and coffee then headed off to a super intense CYC class. So it’s a 45 minute class and I burn between 375 (slacking off) and close to 500. Keep in mind that 4 songs worth are spent barely peddling and using weights for arms- so it’s a REALLY good burn and even though the weights are light (range from 1-5 lbs) my arms are always sore.


After class I headed to Brenda’s to kick it with my favorite little gals. I love this baby sooo much!


And ended the holiday weekend with a little bit of froyo, a lot of cookie dough pieces. YOLO.



What did you enjoy this weekend?


Playlist + Coconut Bagel

As promised in my last post, lemme give you the playlist of the week. It was a gooooood one. We jammed out really hard and I can’t wait to play it for my Sunday class! By the way, I was offered another permanent class at The Fitness Guru! I will now be adding a 6:30 AM Monday morning class to my schedule. So, so excited and really hope I’ll get a following at that time slot.

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Let me know if you guys want me to post the actual workout too, not sure if that’s boring or useful!

So after my class Tuesday morning, I stopped by Brooklyn Bagel to get a bagel and go straight home to bed. I left upstate with a cold and felt REALLY crappy before my class so I knew I needed to spend the rest of the day just resting and didn’t have much food at home. I got a – wait for it- TOASTED COCONUT BAGEL. With raisin walnut tofu spread, but that doesn’t even matter. I’ve never seen a coconut bagel anywhere in my life! It was so freaking good… especially enjoyed in my bed, right Erika? 😀

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By the way, if you go to a bagel shop and they offer tofu spread you should try it. Even if you aren’t lactose intolerant. It’s basically impossible to tell the difference yet the tofu is better. I’ve never had straight up plain tofu spread because I don’t like plain cream cheese, but the flavored ones are so great!

My body is craving veggies a lot this week so I’ve delivered. Last night I made a nice little vegan dinner for no reason other than this is all I had and was too hungry to wait for eggs to cook to put on this. Just diced up sweet potato cooked in coconut oil with broccoli, onion and some broccoli slaw stir-fry. Hot sauce and Cattleman’s honey mustard on it.

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Oh that sauce is probably not vegan somehow but anyways this was so good and wasn’t missing meat at all!

And this morning, I FINALLY RAN OUTSIDE!!!!!!! Like, got out of bed and ran. This is a miracle, ya’ll. I’ve ran outside a total of 5 times this year and am soooo out of running shape. I’m not going to believe my GPS when it said I was running 10:05 miles this morning because it felt like I was MAYBE running 11:30’s. Either way, I ran for 42 minutes and it wasn’t freezing and I was REALLY happy to be out there. Central Park looked gorgeous, and the sun just felt ridiculously amazing. Stopped after 2 miles to pee because I literally always have to pee 2 miles in, bad enough that I really do have to stop.

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The glorious bathrooms of Central Park. That winter running hoodie I have on is SO comfortable and sooo fluffy; it adds probably a good 10 pounds to me. Not that it’s heavy, but it is so unflattering haha It has a zipper on the left side where you can stuff a lot in it and it just kinda sits on your lower stomach. Not ideal, but it’s warm and was $15 at TJ Maxx. ‘Nuf said.

I’m just praying it will stay in the 30’s for the remainder of the winter. 30’s I can handle, and no more snow. PLEASE.

What is the best thing you ate this week?




First Race & Fatty Crabs

Sunday morning was my first ever race! I ran Race to Deliver which was 4 miles in Central Park. I believe it was the “inner loop” which is known for it’s rolling hills. Running 10 miles Saturday and doing 30 Day Shred (6868 squats) the day before was likely not my best move, but I just wanted to sub-40 and I was just excited to be running a race in NYC!

I woke up earlier than I needed to with a stomach ache from nerves (or possibly the frozen yogurt & cupcake dinner I had Saturday night) so I didn’t want even a small breakfast. I don’t eat before a run anyways, but I had a few hours to go before the race and probably should have had toast or a banana. John and I headed to 72nd & Central Park West and made our way to the registration area where I met up with Kristen, a woman I ran with last weekend in my first group run. We were in the same pace group but she is definitely speedier than me, and amazing since she ran the marathon less than a month ago!

We headed to the start and my nerves were pretty calm by this point. It was only 4 miles after all, but the shorter the distance the faster you’re supposed to run. Small distances scare me because I don’t get into my groove until about 3 miles. Anyway, we jogged for about 6 minutes before our feet actually hit the starting line. The first mile flew by and the hills weren’t too bad. I’m pretty sure we were subbing 9 minutes and it felt fine at first. Mile 2 seemed like it took forever to come, and halfway through a hill I lost Kristen. I kept running which was my goal, I just had to slow my pace and my hamstrings were on fire! It was hard with no music, but so many volunteers were cheering us on and finally we hit mile 3. This mile had hills in the beginning, but the rest was downhill and then flat. Seeing the finish line was awesome, and I was scanning the surprisingly small crowd looking for John but the sun was super bright. Then I heard him yell “Tallman!” right before the finish line and he was able to get a video of me! It definitely was the hardest 4 miles I’ve ever ran because of the hills, but finishing the day after my longest run felt amazing! I met up with Kristen who finished a few minutes ahead of me.

My official time was 37:50! PR for me since it’s my first race 🙂 We immediately jumped on the subway to get bagels at Pick-a-Bagel on 53rd & 8th, its one of my favorites.

Whole wheat everything bagel with bacon, egg, cheese and onion. Delicious Sunday indulgence.

John had to head into work so I did laundry and cleaned, then met up with Caitlin and Hunter for dinner at Blockheads. Bowl after bowl of salty chips and salsa, and a grilled chicken wrap with salad. Mmmmm

We walked to the Upper West Side to make a necessary 16 Handles stop. More pumpkin froyo because it’s probably the last time it will be available til next year! Pumpkin should be a year round flavor, just sayin.

We overate until we were all mutually sick and felt obese. We walked around for awhile laughing at how huge we felt, and dubbed ourselves “Fatty Crabs” after passing a restaurant with the name. I said I wanted no part of anything sugary or food related until Thanksgiving, but that was Sunday and somehow I still ate Monday and yesterday… naturally.

On the workout front however, I have been L A Z Y this week. I think those 14 miles this weekend really kicked my butt because I’ve been a walking zombie. There literally isn’t a day in my life in the last 6 months where I haven’t at least walked almost 5 miles, on top of running most days and strength training and when I was really crazy, adding kickboxing, zumba and swimming. I did want to work out EXTRA this week seeing as how it’s Thanksgiving week, but honestly I am burnt.out. I can always tell when it’s me being lazy or when I’m just fried, and I am really fried. Walking even feels like a chore right now, but at least I still got in my almost 5 miles of walking each day this week. I have high hopes of running tomorrow morning before the festivities start, but it’s the biggest night of the year to go out and Brenda and I are hardly ever home together, so I suppose tonight will consist of many bottles of wine, dancing in our old bars and catching up with old friends. It only happens once a year, so really I need to take a chill pill on possibly not being able to work out tomorrow. You only live once!
I love the idea of coming back from my mini vacation and having a new work out plan. I’m going to be trying a guest pass at Gold’s Gym so I can try out spinning and BODY PUMP! I had said last week I was feeling  ready for two-a-days again, and I definitely am. I actually think this little break is just what I need to get motivated to be a machine again. I’d like to feel confident again by New Years. Totally doable 🙂

I’m out of work early today to leave for upstate, and since I slept in and didn’t hit the gym this morning, I had time to make delicious protein pancakes. I topped them with Biscoff spread (do yourself a favor and don’t even buy this… it’s the only food you’ll ever want to eat again in your life) and sugar free pancake syrup. So. Good.

I will be blogging from upstate, but I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! It came so fast this year, and doesn’t even feel like that time of the year. I guess because it’s my first holiday season not living in my hometown. So bittersweet! I leave you with a few inspiring, beautiful pictures.