Bootcamp + Buffalo Chicken Soup.

Well last night was just delicious.

First off, the beginner’s boot-camp I taught for a few of my co-workers in Central Park was SO FUN! I seriously loved every second. I had been nervous all day because I’ve never taught anyone other than John how to do any specific workouts, but my peeps were so great. I helped them modify moves for their fitness level & any problems (one has back problems) while also showing them to keep moving during the hard parts by scaling back a bit instead of stopping. Here is the workout we did which first started with a 1/2-ish mile walk to the park from work.

Warm-up:
*Forward arm circles
*Backwards arm circles
*March in place

Circuit 1: 
*Jumping Jacks
*Star jumps landing in a squat

We did 15 jumping jacks, followed by 15 star jumps, then 20/20, 25/25, 30/30. Minimal rest between each set.

Circuit 2:
*Mountain Climbers
*Crawl out/push-up/crawl back

We did these in sets of 10/10, 15/15, 20/20, 25/25.

Circuit 3:
*Squats
*Lunges

We did these in sets of 10/10, 15/15, 20/20, 25/25.

Circuit 4:
*Planks

We did 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds with just a second or 2 of rest between them.

Cool-down stretches.

It took us about 35 minutes and I had them focus on form rather than going super fast. Even my butt was kicked after this! Those star jumps to squat and regular squats have my booty burnin’ today! 😉

Even more incentive now to study for my PT certification!

After class I stopped at Trader Joe’s to get ingredients I needed for what I had been craving & researching all day: healthy buffalo chicken soup!

This is the recipe I used and modified:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed & diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup Frank’s hot sauce (less if you want less spicy, more if you want extra spicy)
1 can chunk chicken in water (or you can use 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts already cooked & pulled, but i’m poor and lazy 🙂 )
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (i used the kind you shake out)
1/2 of single serving Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt (or Chobani)

Optional: blue cheese crumbles, scallions, crackers, baguette

Heat medium/large soup pan on medium heat and add 2 tbsp olive oil. Throw in diced onion, stir to cover in oil and lower heat, letting it cook & get soft for about 5 minutes. Keep stirring & add smashed diced garlic & let cook for 2 minutes. Keep stirring & add 1 tbsp flour. Let cook for 1-2 mins and stir in buffalo sauce, chicken broth, cheese, & chicken, stirring constantly. Raise the heat & let it come to a boil, then reduce heat & let it simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

At the last minute, stir in by the spoonful the 1/2 container of 2% Greek yogurt. You can add the whole container if you want, this just makes it creamy! Take pot off the heat and keep stirring for a few minutes to make sure yogurt is mixed in well.

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Serve with crackers, blue cheese crumbles & toasted crunchy bread. Or whatever your heart desires.

Perfect crackers for this soup!
Perfect crackers for this soup!

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I have never made soup before so I’m crazy proud of myself. This soup is to die for. It makes about 4 servings that I measured out at 1.5 cups which is about 325 calories, including the little forkful of blue cheese crumbles.

(I was already ready for dinner tonight, writing this at 6:30 AM on my way to the gym)

Make this now.

What is your favorite soup?

Great Friends.

Have you ever gone through a time in your life where you realized if you didn’t have amazing friends there, you probably just couldn’t get through it? Or even in a happy time, great friends make everything that much more great. Saturday night I realized this (for the 903943th time) after a particularly awful day- 12 hours of work on a Saturday I mentioned it before but seriously.. it sucked- where I wanted to just go home and sleep. But that was not going to happen since it was my best friend Brenda’s birthday celebration! I knew once I got there and had a glass of wine I’d have a good time, but I was still expecting to be a Debbie Downer because I was so exhausted and mentally wiped out from work. Well, I was wrong. It was one of the best nights out I’ve had in a long time, besides the amazing wedding last weekend!

It’s next to impossible to not have a blast when Brenda is your best friend. 🙂

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hahaha my face! I was warning people that my singing voice is NOT good
hahaha my face! I was warning people that my singing voice is NOT good

If you’re in NYC looking for a fun karaoke bar, go to Iggy’s on 76th and 2nd Avenue.

So since I had ran 9.5 miles, worked 12 and partied all night, just those 2 glasses of wine woke me up with a pretty disgusting hangover at almost noon. DEAD tired, but we headed to Brindle Room for some brunch action. This has become our favorite brunch spot. Highly recommend coming here if you’re in NYC or visiting!

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This is the smoked pork hash with poached eggs and grilled sourdough bread with olive oil. There are no words for how delicious this is. Already planning to go again after my 10 mile race this weekend!! 🙂

It was a beautiful fall day so we walked all over, and ventured into Brooklyn. John wanted to go see a guitar expo and since we were in Brooklyn (a rarity) I demanded we find Ample Hills ice cream shop. Almost 90 minutes later (a few train transfers and delays) we finally made it. The line was long as anticipated.photo 2 (1)

Check out their website for the crazy flavors they offer.

Yes, I know I can’t eat ice cream without massive amounts of pain but I hadn’t had ice cream in months so I figured this would be worth it. And worth it, it was.

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We had the popular flavor “Salted Crack Caramel” in a pretzel cone. The ice cream is SO rich, we really should have shared a cone but we ended up not able to finish either of ours. The pretzel cone was overkill since the ice cream was salted, but a sweeter ice cream would be to die for in the pretzel cone. I ended up in a LOT of pain for the rest of the night after this, so it was one of only 2 things I ate all day yesterday. Lactose intolerance: you really suck.

I’m teaching a little boot-camp style class (unofficially) outside with some of my co-workers tonight after work so I will post the workout I came up with tomorrow! I’m so excited to do this!

What delicious things did you eat this weekend?