HI!

HELLOOO! Ahhh, I miss you guys. So much. My new schedule is still something I’m trying to adjust to so I need to get on a blogging schedule since the only time I can blog now is at night when I’m home. I’ve just been subbing a lot of night classes and then waking right back up to teach in the mornings, so my nights are spent getting home at 9, wolfing down a bowl of cereal (meal prep fail) and going to sleep sweaty. Beautiful, I know. But the new job is going good so far and overall I am 79% less stressed. It’s making a difference already!

So here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks in a big summary of pics. Let’s get caught up!

Enjoying my weekends off to the FULLEST! I’m not one to waste a weekend day doing nothing anymore, so brunching is always necessary. This is my new favorite brunch meal from Grey Dog:
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Egg, sausage & goat cheese on a croissant with perfect sweet potato fries & a soy iced latte.


I finally met the gorgeous & super sweet Andrea the weekend before last! She lives in Hoboken so she met me for a 6 mile run & took my Sunday spin class where we had a blast! Brunch afterwards at Tavern 29 up on the rooftop.
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(Red pepper & goat cheese omelette w. homefries & avocado)

I’m looking forward to being friends with this gal. She is a doll and her positive energy is just what I need in my life! 🙂

1st day at the new job and it was so beautiful outside. Took my stripey pants, studded oxfords & homemade salad outside to eat… Along with everyone who works on Park Ave. Love it.
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First week I did so good with meal prep, even snack prep, so I have to get back on that train because I only get 30 minutes now & it’s too hectic to buy and eat in just 30 mins!

Absolutely loving my outfits. I’ve always wanted to dress preppy but never thought I could pull it off. I’m loving it.
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J Crew Factory “city fit” crops are the best pants ever, FYI.

Teaching loooots of spin & improving my watts! My “flat road” resistance number is getting higher which is awesome to feel myself getting stronger! In fact, I see my clients improving and it’s such a great feeling!
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Brooklyn 1/2 Marathon bib pick-up in downtown Brooklyn! Gorgeous views.
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Ran the 1/2 with my roomie Kira since it was her first half! It was so nice to take it easy & help someone achieve their fitness goal. She did awesome and it was a hot one out. The course is amazing & I can’t wait to demolish it next year!
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Refueling the right way… 5 Napkin turkey burger with melted blue cheese, mushrooms & onion with sweet potato fries & diet coke.
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I went home to crash and John went to dinner at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem with a friend and brought me back pulled pork, mac & cheese and coleslaw. Their mac is my favorite ever so I indulged… So dumb. Still in pain 4 days later. Cheese (except blue, goat or feta) and I just can’t. 

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11 PM that night I left for a less-than-24-hour trip to Binghamton to see my amazing little brother graduate from Binghamton University. 
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He is hands down the smartest, funniest & most kind hearted person I’ve ever known. Love that he is my brother! I was actually emotional watching him put on his cap & gown & walk across the stage. We’ve been through hell and back with family things for the last 2 years, but he perservered and still did amazing graduating with a Biology degree! 

That wraps up my first week and a half of my new life! The nights I don’t teach, it’s pretty amazing to be home by 6:15! Oh, it also helps that my new co-workers are absolutely HILARIOUS. Like, they make me cry from laughing so hard and just being goofy. I fit right in 🙂

🙂 Tell me how you are!!! What’s new?!

Binghamton 1/2 Marathon 2014

Thank you for all the love and support on yesterday’s post about my new job! I am truly so excited to start my new chapter (I sound like a broken record at this point ha) and I can guarantee you are going to be super annoyed with my posts about my outfits 😉

Warning: long post, lots of pictures. Pretty typical of me but I feel the need to warn you. 🙂

So last week at this time I was in Binghamton for a long weekend of relaxing, food, family, friends and racing! The Binghamton Bride Run 1/2 Marathon was my first half marathon ever last year, and I think it may be one of my favorites. The route is perfectly challenging and good for a PR, without the crazy overcrowding of NYC races. Plus I can just drive to the start versus getting on the subway early or taking a cab which is muchhhh less stressful! Once I arrived on Thursday, I had Enterprise pick me up at the bus station (pretty sweet perk when renting a car through them), grabbed an iced soy latte and met my brother for lunch at my favorite diner, Broadway Diner. As usual, I had to have the greek chicken salad with honey mustard on the side.

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Later on I made my mom, brother and I an awesome healthy meal since I knew the rest of the weekend would be indulgent as all get out. Baked teriyaki chicken, sauteed mushrooms in coconut oil, and roasted sweet potatoes topped with coconut almond butter. Why is cooking at someone else’s house so much better? Answer: because your mom does the dishes. 😉

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Friday morning I woke up and went for a 4 mile run in absolutely gorgeous weather. My hometown is really beautiful on the 40-some days of sunshine we actually get a year!

My highschool!
My highschool!

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Hills galore!

My brother and I went to another one of my favorite cafe’s called Corbin’s for brunch. It’s one of the healthiest restaurants in the area and not one that many people know about even living there. I had eggs with pumpernickel homemade toast, bacon and homefries (nothing is cooked in oil even for a calorie savings) and we shared an order of buckwheat banana pancakes with sugar-free syrup. Absolutely delicious and great way to begin carb-loading!

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I did some shopping at TJ Maxx then headed to my hair appointment. This is my favorite part of being upstate is getting my hair done by my friend Sherette at Friends & Co. She is so ridiculously talented and I swear my hair looks better and better each time. We spend hours talking and laughing with the 2 other stylists (Patrick and Keith, both AMAZING as well!) and I leave feeling wonderful every time. My perfect blonde hair being just a perk of going!

That moment when you know your hair won't look this good again until your next hair appointment.
That moment when you know your hair won’t look this good again until your next hair appointment.

Later on Friday night my brother and I took my mom to an early mother’s day dinner at her favorite restaurant Little Venice, a Binghamton staple. Truly the best italian restaurant you’ll ever go to, mark my words. Drew and I split their bbq baked chicken wings (so much better than fried) and THE BEST PIZZA IN THE WORLD. I had never had their pizza before but since I needed to carb up and pasta kills my stomach, we gave their pizza a whirl. This was the margarita pizza and the little bits of fresh mozzerella were so easy to pick right off for me. The sauce and the dough was just magnificent.

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A few hours after digesting, I picked up Brenda who had just got into town and we went out with our friend Lisa to downtown Binghamton. Back in the good old days, we used to party every weekend at these bars and were the life of the party. Turns out at 26 years old, we were the oldest people there besides a group of 45 year old men from out of town who were there for something to do with golf. We had a drink, took a picture, and went to Denny’s. So old. (Side note: we had blueberry pancake puppies and they are life changing. Please don’t judge.)

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Saturday morning I met up with my high-school health teacher who is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known in my life. We had breakfast at Broadway (of course) and spent a good chunk of time catching up on each others lives. So great to have a mentor like him, and I love that he is wildly successful even after retiring. He travels the country giving speeches and lectures from his book, Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching. If you are a teacher, I HIGHLY recommend reading this. Even if you aren’t, the man has such a way with words it’s really incredible.

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Brenda and I then headed to get coffee and to the expo to get our race stuff. Then it was off for froyo round 1 where we discussed future business plans that I can’t wait to explore!

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I headed down to Pennsylvania to scoop up John and visit with his mom for awhile, then we met back up with Brenda and my brother for pizza at Joey’s in Endicott. This was delicious, but a little too cheesy so once it was scraped off there was basically no sauce left. Next year, I will be carb-loading at Little Venice!

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…Picked up my friend Amanda and we met my friend Jordan for froyo round 2. Absolutely no shame. Also, I love these people. So much.

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Let’s just say I spent all weekend trying to get Brenda to back out of this race. I was SO over it from the moment I woke up Saturday from not getting enough sleep. By the time I knew I was only getting 4 hours of sleep before the race as well, I wanted to scream. I woke up Sunday pretty miserable but sucked it up of course. We had no time for coffee but it ended up being fine somehow. We parked a few blocks from the start and met up with our friend Adrienne who we ended up running with the whole time which was such a life saver. Having the added motivation and person to talk to really helped us and it went a lot smoother than I thought it would. The hills from last year seemed like nothing this year, but by the time we got to mile 10 we had only stopped once and Brenda and Adrienne were ready to kick it into gear. Unfortunately, this is always where I fall short. I am TERRIBLE at picking it up for the end of a race. In spin class, hell yeah I can find that energy and bring it home- probably because that’s what I get paid to do. But in a race, I’m terrible. Once we passed mile 11 I was really lagging behind them, so I told them to go because Brenda had a HUGE PR if she kept up with Adrienne. I felt so terrible that last mile and a half, but instead of walking I just slowed down a ton and this guy and I fed off each other to push one another to the finish. I wish I got his name because he really saved me and I think I did the same for him! Once I saw my brother and John at the finish, I booked it and ended up finishing in 2:22:31, only a minute off my PR!! And Brenda? She finished in 2:19, giving her an 11 MINUTE PR FROM LAST YEAR! I am so, so, SO proud of her!!

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The exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks after this one from the lack of sleep for multiple nights before, and the culmination of all the emotions you go through during a big life change. Drew and John took me to Friendly’s (I have been craving this for literally 4 years) so I could eat every single thing I wanted to at that moment: french toast, french fries with honey mustard, runny eggs and bacon.

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Luckily post-race I am too sick to eat much so I just had a few bites of each thing and was good to go. Except for the fries… those I dominated. Drew and John had banana fosters pancakes while laughing about how stupid it is to run a half marathon. LOL love my support team 😉

Enter in a nap followed by a little more food that my stomach wasn’t accepting. Long bus ride home with terrible anxiety (does anyone else ever have anxiety after a long workout? Sometimes a lot of cardio does that to me but I also turn into a baby when I’m overtired) and having to wake up 4 hours after I got in to teach spin. I came right back to my apartment and crashed for the day. Felt reeeeal good.

What’s your favorite race you have participated in? Any repeated ones?

Baby Fever

Wow, what a weekend. Still recovering! I had a great time visiting my family upstate and I felt relaxed while I was there and that’s all that matters! Backtracking to Thursday, my bus got cancelled for that night so I left at 8:00 AM on Friday. We were still late getting to Binghamton by about 40 minutes so by the time I got to the bus terminal and Enterprise picked me up to get my rental car (so great that they offer that service for free) it was already after 1:00. Starbucks was needed desperately, then I went to my mom’s. This is the longest I’ve gone in my life without seeing her, over 3 months, so it was really good to see her of course. I quickly showered then headed to Friends & Co to get my hair did. Seriously, I looked like shit. LOL! I just went way too long without a haircut or color and it was time. Here is the before and after.

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TARGET SELFIE!
TARGET SELFIE!

Ahhhh, it feels so much better. This length is freaking perfect. Words can’t express how much I love my stylist Sherette! I spent a couple hours in Target shopping for my friend’s baby shower and of course myself. I am a Target-aholic and it’s a good thing that it’s way out of my way to get to it in the city. I got a great pair of jeans (considering I HATE jeans, this is saying a lot), a new bra (do you know how hard it is to find 38B’s with NO added padding?! I like my flat chest, thanks), and an amazing new gym bag that is so adorable. I tried to find a pic online but doesn’t look like it’s on their site. I’ll try to remember to get a picture of it! When I got back to my mom’s, she made me her amazing turkey meatballs and we threw them on some salad with vodka sauce.

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This was my first real meal all day so it’s a good thing that just a couple hours later John and I were going to our very late Valentine’s dinner! He got into town around 10:15 so we hurried across the highway to go to one of our old favorites, Grande’s Bella Cucina. How gorgeous is their interior?!

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I’m gonna come right out and say it: we are complete and total pizza snobs after 3 years of living in New York City. This used to be my favorite pizza ever, and even though I had to peel off all this cheese, it just wasn’t close to as good as what we eat here. It’s true what they say, NYC pizza IS THE BEST.

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My valentine’s presents from John were obviously amazing. A huge loaf of heart-shaped raisin fennel bread and coconut cake from Amy’s Bread. I love this man.

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Saturday morning I was up super early to fit in a 2.5 mile run and a spin class before my friend’s baby shower breakfast. The spin class- not good. I barely made it 45 minutes before leaving and it was an 80 minute class. I won’t go into why it wasn’t good but it definitely will make me a stronger instructor. Either way, felt great to sweat!

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My friend Rachel’s baby shower was everything I knew it would be! First off, having it as a breakfast was genius. Everyone loves breakfast food and if you don’t… I mean, what’s wrong wit chu?! The spread of food was freaking incredible. Bagels, salmon, avocado, baked french toast casserole, fruit, eggs, potatoes, muffins, and a hot chocolate bar. I ate SO much of the baked french toast knowing it was so bad for you, but I am definitely going to healthify that up and try my own version of it.

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The beautiful momma-to-be!
The beautiful momma-to-be!
Rachel, me and Jessica! Love these girls!
Rachel, me and Jessica! Love these girls!
banana cake. mmmm
banana cake. mmmm

I am so excited for this boy to be born! A few hours with her and her family and friends was definitely not enough and I miss them so much. Love seeing my friends lives go in amazing directions, but it would be even better if we all lived closer! Seeing all the baby stuff gave me a little baby fever but not to have my own. I just want all my friends to have them so I can be the best Aunt!

I spent the rest of the afternoon with my dad and we met up for dinner with my brother at my favorite restaurant from my hometown, Harry Tuft’s. I wonder how many times I’ve wrote about them if I went back and looked through my entries! I ordered my favorite food OF ALL TIME that I haven’t eaten in at least a year if not two… chicken wings. Honey. Mustard. Chicken. WANGS.

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Besides the fact that chicken wings are terrible for you, they murder my stomach. I felt it was worth it… and somehow, someway they didn’t bother me too badly. I ate all but 1 and it was worth every bite. When I was about 5 years old, my dad videotaped me singing a song that I just kept yelling “I LOVE CHICKEN WINGS!” while dancing around. I am special. My brother and I went to hang out with some of his friends for awhile followed by watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in bed eating guac and chips.

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I ended up with major knee pain from my treadmill run on Saturday, so bad that I really couldn’t walk on it without almost limping. Have I mentioned how much I HATE THIS WINTER and how it’s destroyed my running fitness?! I had to skip out on my 7 mile run and I really have no idea how I’m going to be ready to run a half marathon in less than a month. BLAH. I went down to visit John’s mom for a bit and played with her new Soda Stream! These things are so cool and of course I want one though I have no need for one. We made diet cola (a little flat tasting) and Country Time lemonade! The lemonade was awesome and way lower calorie and sugar than the real stuff.

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John drove back with me (his mom lives about 40 miles from my parents) and we went to Harry Tuft’s, again, with my brother. This time I had chicken spiedies, which in my opinion are the best in town. Have you ever heard of chicken spiedies? My hometown is where they originated from! It’s basically marinated chunks of chicken on a sub roll, but many places around the town compete for the best marinade. Tuft’s is my personal favorite, but Lupo’s is the most popular. Fun upstate New York facts 😉

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That little orange-ish cup is the honey mustard they use on their chicken wings and it’s to die for. The waitress loves me so she gave me a huge to-go cup of it for me to bring back to the city with me! You can’t really buy it in stores other than bulk restaurant stores but the brand is called Cattleman’s. It’s slightly spicy and more of a barbecue honey mustard. It’s just freaking amazing on everything.

We got back to the city really late Sunday night so yesterday was a miserably exhausting day. I was up bright and early this morning to teach my Tuesday morning spin class. I woke up feeling like complete crap because I’m getting a little sick, but I ended up having an amazing class! Always love when that happens. I’ll share my playlist with you guys tomorrow since this post is a little long! 🙂

Have you ever had a drastic hair cut? This is pretty drastic for me but it doesn’t feel like it! It just feels like I made the right decision!

What’s your favorite absolutely-terrible-for-you food? I’m talking the one that you only eat once a year, if that!

And let’s redeem ourselves… what’s your favorite super healthy food? I’d say broccoli. I LOVE steamed broccoli and can eat it completely and totally plain!

Vacation!

Ahhhh I am sorry for being MIA again! I had the last week off from work and had a few small fun trips planned with John to spend time with friends and family. We had a really great time and about 10 pounds extra to show for it. That is not an exaggeration either. Vacation = food, food, food. But now I need to really get my butt in gear and back in shape! This post is going to be long and picture over load, just as an FYI, but that isn’t much different than most of my posts 😉

Our first stop last weekend was to go upstate to see our families. Saturday I got in first and John a little later so we could each spend only $1 on our bus tickets. Megabus for the win. I waited at this new coffee shop in downtown Binghamton that I was SO impressed by. Seriously why did this not exist when I still lived there? Brewed Awakenings is huge and so, so cheap compared to NYC coffee shops. $4 for a huge iced soy coffee and pumpkin muffin. You’re lucky to find just an iced coffee for under $4 in NYC!

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portions = huge. barely finished the top of the muffin before i was stuffed!
portions = huge. barely finished the top of the muffin before i was stuffed!

My brother then picked me up in style. He drives for my Uncle’s limo company and had just finished a wedding near where I was.

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The rest of Saturday included going to a Binghamton Senators hockey game with some great family friends. I don’t like sports much but hockey is pretty cool to watch, and we ended up having a blast. Plus they have great pretzels.

Amanda and I!
Amanda and I!
My mom, Joyce, Me and Sam!
My mom, Joyce, Me and Sam!

Pretzel. My half is the mustard covered one. John gets the much smaller side ;-)
Pretzel. My half is the mustard covered one. John gets the much smaller side 😉

Sunday morning was spent watching TV and drinking coffee in bed with my brother and John. That sounds really weird, I know, but it’s actually the greatest thing ever. My favorite guys!

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Then John and I went to spend the rest of the day and night with his mom. We stopped at Texas Roadhouse for lunch, did some shopping, then went back to her house and proceeded to eat half a pan of apple cobbler. Not a joke. It is the best dessert I’ve ever tasted.

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Monday morning I ran 4 miles and walked 3 with John and his mom’s dog Lola. It was freezing but felt good to work off some of that cobbler! John got a new fancy camera so these next few pictures will actually be enjoyable to look at, unlike my awful iPhone pictures.

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Before we left Monday night, John’s mom made us pasta and we polished off the rest of the cobbler with no shame.

WW rotini, a little I can't Believe It's Not Butter, parm cheese and steamed veggies
WW rotini, a little I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, parm cheese and steamed veggies

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I am going to attempt to recreate that cobbler on Thanksgiving!

We got back to the city late Monday night, slept in Tuesday and then I had a dentist appointment. We got a really early dinner and spent the rest of the night shopping before coming home to pack for our overnight to Boston. I will post about Boston tomorrow since I have overloaded you with pictures today and mostly because the food in Boston deserves its’ own separate post!