Blends, Spin, Cookie bagel.

Based on this title, it’s safe to say my creative switch in my brain is off thanks to exhaustion and STILL being sick. I’m a lot better, but after I taught this morning I had to come home and take a 3 hour nap because I was shaking from being so tired and my body was really hurting. This has been like a step under the flu, and poor John has it now. GO AWAY, WINTER.

My weekend was pretty amazing despite being sick. I worked Saturday and came right home to get back in bed since I had my big workout day Sunday. I couldn’t skip my long run all together but Brenda and I cut it back to 6 miles so I wouldn’t push it TOO much. After my run, Allie and Beth who were in town to meet each other came to my spin class! It was so great to meet Beth and see Allie again since last summer! I was beyond excited to have them in my class along with Brenda and our friend Stephanie. Nothing better than friends in your class to kick their butts. We showered after class and headed to brunch at Hu Kitchen, a paleo restaurant that I had heard about and wanted to try forever! Not because I’m paleo because uh, I’m clearly not. My love for grains and sugar runs deep and won’t be ending… ever.

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I ordered the 2 eggs with sweet potato hash, pork sausage and paleo “bread”. The eggs, hash and pork were delicious! The bread however… well, I just wish they wouldn’t call it bread haha I didn’t like the taste of it at all, but the texture was more like a crumbly muffin type thing. No judgement if paleo is your thing and makes you feel great because that’s what it’s all about, but I truly couldn’t imagine my life without the foods that I love and I’m lucky that grains make me feel energized and great and not sluggish. Give me ALL the bagels.

I was waiting to see if I had to teach class at NuYu so Brenda, Eddie and John and I went to get coffee and talk for awhile. Once I found out I had no one sign up (we had a storm coming so that always deters people) John and I went to get some chicken at Dirty Bird. He’s obsessed with this place and they offer fried chicken, lightly battered chicken fingers, and rotisserie chicken. I’ve been craving chicken fingers for probably close to a year without giving in to it. It was my #1 favorite food when I was heavier and eating junk, and it was really hard to give them up! But I decided since I burned 1,200 calories that morning that I would try them out. Very glad I did. They were super lightly battered and I was actually able to pick off a lot of the breading. The chicken was the best chicken I’ve ever tasted, along with the vinegar coleslaw and honey mustard. I took a bite of the cornbread before realizing it’s made from corn which I cannot have without dying.

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John and I dragged our sick butts home and were in bed by 7. Again, go away winter.

Yesterday morning I taught my morning class at 6:30, went to work until 6:30 PM, then had another class at 7:30. It was a crazy long day but my classes were amazing and make me so happy. I stopped at 7-Eleven to try this Diet Cherry Coke slurpee that I got a free text coupon for and it was really disappointing. This is a random fact that you don’t even need to know but I was pretty butt-hurt by it.

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And dinner was a can of chicken noodle soup with 300 wheat crackers. I love when they get soggy because I’m strange.

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And my new favorite dessert if I’m needing something sweet at night. Just a tbsp of peanut butter dipped in dairy-free mini chocolate chips.

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After I taught my class this morning, I stopped at Brooklyn Bagel to get what I had waited for since last week when I saw that they had this flavor: another toasted coconut bagel with GIRL SCOUT SAMOA COOKIE CREAM CHEESE! I asked for just a little of the cream cheese since I shouldn’t be eating it anyway, and I ended up having to wipe off 4 NAPKINS WORTH of it off. Seriously who eats that much cream cheese?! Anyways, it was freaking amazing. So much coconut.

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My Dr. Oz show got switched until today and I’m currently watching but my video hasn’t played yet! I saw myself in the audience but I’m getting sad that they cut my video haha It’s been a little annoying trying to beg to find out when I will be on it!

Do you follow a paleo diet? The only thing I like about it is the abundance of avocado and bacon. But I can’t eat either without bread haha

Have you ever taken a friends fitness class? I wish you could all come to mine 🙂


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?