Too Much Junk.

Happy Tuesday!! Despite my exhaustion of working 7 days a week right now, I LOVE having Tuesdays off to just teach a class in the morning and then relax, or pick up other classes if needed. I have been reallllllly, really tired the last few days. Blame it on PMS fatigue (again?! ALREADY!!?!!) because I didn’t even do my long run on Sunday morning. Brenda and I had planned to do 10 miles before my spin class, but she forgot her running sneakers at home and I was literally relieved. Just so not into running right now because I’ve gotten so out of the groove the last few months. We ended up walking a few miles and then going back to take my class. I met John for brunch after at a place I saw on a blog last week (can’t remember what blog) where the girl got apple, bacon and eggs benedict ON french toast. Uh yeah, I needed to try that.

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This was at The Noho Star which is super cool inside. This dish was admittedly way too rich for me. The combo of the fatty hollandaise sauce, bacon, and super thick french toast left me feeling pretty gross but no regrets. I felt way too full for 6 hours until we finally walked it off. Then, we just dove back in for more fat. John LOVES Asian culture and food and always takes me to cool places that I would never go to on my own. We went to K-Town (Korea Town) which is located near Herald Square (34th street area) and is a street lined with all kinds of Korean BBQ places and other Asian cuisines and bakeries. It’s a really cool area and I highly recommend it if you are visiting for an off-the-beaten path type of NYC experience. He took me to get this crazy purple pork bun that was outrageously delicious and only $2.50!

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We then went to a place I’ve wanted to try since we moved here, Bon Chon chicken. They are popular for their organic fried chicken wings with an addicting choice of sauces, either plain soy garlic sauce or spicy soy garlic sauce. I had the spicy wings and John had the non-spicy chicken fingers. They boast their totally non-greasy chicken for a reason.. there was literally not an OUNCE of grease on these.

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OMG unreal. They are so good and didn’t hurt my stomach even a little. That’s both a good and bad thing, because now I just want to eat these every day. I somehow think my arteries would prefer if I did not do that. I ate half and took the rest home for the next day… until I ate them in bed as soon as I got home. I got froyo on the way home and also only ate a little and successfully saved the rest for Monday night. Partial win.

Last week, my awesome friend Emily sent me the Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf I was obsessing about a couple of weeks ago that has been sold out! She works for them in Denver and told me as soon as they got it. It’s black with white/gray stripes and is everything I dreamed of. She also sent me some samples of protein powder and face wash and serums that I will post about as soon as possible! She is great. The scarf is on the left, along with an awesome cute mint green bra I picked up on sale there for $19 and a bang busters headband that is everything. I finally became an R&D member which is where Lululemon will give you 15% off your purchases if you are a certified yoga, fitness or dance instructor or a personal trainer. Extremely dangerous, extremely awesome. I am obsessed with their accessories so that’s mostly what you’ll see me spending my discount on. Sorry for the terrible picture below, it was 9 PM and I was falling over from exhaustion.

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Monday morning was the exact definition of a Monday. I was up at 4:30 to get to my 6:30 spin class in Brooklyn, and I get up that early to make sure I am a little early in case of train problems. It hasn’t happened yet, but of course it was bound to. Monday it was bound to. It took so long to get to even midtown that I made the executive decision to get out at Bryant Park (42nd st) because the D train was not moving and the F train (the train that takes me to the gym) hadn’t shown up in 30 minutes. I figured I could get a cab easily, but that was not the case. 10 minutes later (that is a long time for a cab) I finally did and the guy hauled ass to Brooklyn. I looked back on the bridge into Brooklyn and had this gorgeous view.

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It was not ideal to spend $20 to go teach, but the class was good and of course made it all worth it. To be defeated before 6:30 AM is not even a little normal so I didn’t let it bother me. Just gotta brush your shoulders off and laugh! #WorkingOnIt

Following spin, I worked for over 9 hours then taught another class. Besides my classes, the highlight of my day was my lunch. I walked to my usual salad place and a new Mediterranean place had opened next door that was giving out samples of their falafel. I have never had falafel that i actually liked, it’s always way too dry for me. These were SO good and really small. I got a few and an eggplant pita sandwich with lots of beets, pickles and super spicy tahini sauce.

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Dinner after teaching was put together in 2.5 minutes and definitely did not cover most of the food groups.

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Piece of a baguette John got me from Amy’s Bread toasted with coconut oil and salt, and my leftover froyo. Please don’t judge, I was out of my apartment from 4:45 AM-9:03 PM. This is where meal prepping is a savior, another thing I’ve been far too tired and busy to do. I was asleep 5 seconds after eating this and up again at 5:30 to teach my 7:30 class. It was AMAZING as it always is. It’s my favorite class of the week! I will post the playlist tomorrow. I foam rolled for awhile before and after because my left hip and glute are in really bad pain the last few days.

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I was subbing the 12:15 class so I walked a few blocks to Dumbo Kitchen for breakfast, iced lattes and studying to kill time.

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I had 1 over-medium egg, 1 egg white, potatoes with onion and peppers, dry wheat toast, sausage and bacon. I ordered turkey bacon but it was most definitely not. I didn’t eat it because it was insanely greasy but overall the food was good. I also had an iced soy latte and half of an apple cinnamon muffin a little while after. I have to admit- studying is really hard for me. I have complete ADD when it comes to reading things even when it’s of the utmost interest to me, so I am not very far into this yet. It’s also so hard to find the time right now, but I’m going to try harder to make time to study. I walked back to the gym at noon and no one signed up so I made my way to midtown to leave my stuff at my other gym and go for a run. Ya’ll know I HATE to run in the afternoon or night, especially after I’ve eaten, but the sunshine and 65 degree weather was too amazing today.

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I also wanted to run to test my hip and glute since I am running the NYC Half this weekend and have basically done no training at all. It isn’t smart to run it, but it was too expensive to not try. I had to stop multiple times in the 45 minutes I was running to stretch and overall I am SO out of running shape. My last few runs have been with Brenda so it always just flies by and we don’t even notice but this was insanely tough. I was probably running 12 minute miles which is exactly why I didn’t turn on my RunKeeper app. Just used my heart rate monitor for the time length and enjoyed the gorgeous day.

I refueled with an almond milk honeydew bubble tea. Understand the title of this post now? It’s been a non-stop junk fest the last few days. Eek!

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My plan is to try to run the half this weekend but take it super easy and walk as much as necessary. I made a physical therapy appointment (my 1st one ever!) for next Tuesday after reading about this place on Abby’s blog. If they accept my insurance I will definitely be going but I have to wait for them to contact me back. I’m praying they do because a sports physical therapist is who I need to go to to figure out my constant IT band/hip/knee/foot problems on my left side. Spin class was making it feel better for awhile and now it seems to be irritating it so I want to have them check everything- my running form, if my sneakers are wrong (I’ve been “fit” for wrong sneakers twice before at running stores so I don’t know who to trust!) and if my spin bike form is wrong, too. I just want to be a pain-free athlete! I know they will scold me for the lack of strength training I do, but I swear once this half is over I am aiming for just 2 days a week of strength. It’s going to be hard to fit it in between my classes, but I don’t want to be in pain anymore!

Have you gone to physical therapy or sports therapy? It’s the first doc appointment I’ve ever been excited for!

Tuesday.

I really like Tuesday’s. I’m off a lot on Tuesdays but now I have a permanent class at The Fitness Guru at 7:30 every Tuesday and I look forward to it so much! It will be awesome to go get my sweat on early and then have the rest of most Tuesday’s to do what I want (like hopefully teach more!). Anyways, Tuesday’s are pretty swell and Monday’s are usually noooot. I forced John to come with me to Trader Joe’s last night because I NEEDED to get some healthy foods into my fridge and more importantly, my body. I reviewed one of my favorite blogger’s recipes that are always my go-to when I need some inspiration to clean up my diet and to do so with foods I don’t always eat. Her blog is PowerCakes and definitely go over there and look at some of her recipes, old and new. I grabbed what I needed and headed home to do a late meal prep for the rest of the week. I made her AWESOME and protein packed tuna cakes to put on some kale salads. Recipe is here but I will type it for ya since I changed up the cheese because my belly hates lactose and all.

  • 1 can of albacore tuna (in water)
  • 1/2 an ounce of goat cheese (1/8 of a cup)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • Garlic powder/salt to taste- i also threw in some Mrs. Dash

Mix all of it together and scoop onto a sprayed pan to form 3-4 “burgers” if you will. I have to cook them on each side for 4-5 minutes so they hold up. I tossed them on some kale that I put in a container and shook with olive oil and garlic powder. This is the key to eating kale because I have HATED it before because it was way too sharp to eat. Let it sit in olive oil and it will become softer! I also pan fried some brussels sprouts and today I added some avocado and salt.

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Yum.

I add salt to some of my food because I am a big time salty sweat-er. Like after every workout I have streaks across my face and chest so I make sure to replenish it (without overdoing it) otherwise I feel weak and headachey.

This morning’s spin class was amazing and we all worked so hard! I started with a 1 mile treadmill run since it’s all I had time for, and then we kicked butt in spin. The bikes at The Fitness Guru are so awesome. They are hooked up to a small generator attached to the front of each bike and you adjust your resistance electronically, not with the resistance knob. It tells you your total wattage for the class and we have a TV screen that shows how many batteries we charge during a class, too! I have heard to hit above 100 is pretty gnarly, so I feel really proud!!

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That was after my class so don’t think I had the resistance on 0 😉 The wattage is based on speed (RPM’s) and resistance so I end up burning close to 700 calories during a class and that’s just teaching! So amazing.

And one more amazing fitness feat in my life. I bit the bullet and signed up for monthly payments to get my CPT through NASM!

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I am excited and nervous because the information you study is SO scientific and thorough! I’m not sure the exact direction I want to go with because I don’t think I want to be a full-time trainer, but NASM offers a weight loss/nutrition certification to go along with this and I am planning to get that as well. I’d ideally love to combine both while still teaching and my ultimate goal is to be a motivational speaker. Woo hoo!

One last thing! I had this for dinner/dessert last night because I was meal prepping for over an hour and it was 10 PM and this sounded amazing since I roasted a couple sweet potatoes.

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Topped with coconut oil, coconut oil peanut butter, cinnamon and raisins. This will also be my snack in a couple of hours, minus the raisins because I forgot them. Oof. 😀

How is your Tuesday?!?!

Mooooooore Spin!

Hey guys!!

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I am in a REALLY good mood today, and sadly that’s rare these days. I’ve taught 2 spin classes in the last 24 hours and one of those was at a new gym that I got hired at over the weekend! 🙂 The gym just opened in June and it is super gorgeous. It’s a small gym in DUMBO, Brooklyn near the F train and A train (for my New Yorkers) called The Fitness Guru.

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I’ve been applying to gyms and ads on Craigslist so that I can obtain more classes since I am still just a sub right now at 24 Hour Fitness. However, I hope that will change soon too! 😉

So what’s up other than spinning my butt off? I’m really not loving running at all right now. So much so that I kind of don’t even miss it. I woke up Sunday morning with the intent to run 10 miles to see if I was in any kind of shape to run the half marathon this upcoming weekend, but I couldn’t even get out the door to do so. I KNOW a huge part of it is the weather and the fact that the treadmill just isn’t an option for me (I’ve mentioned before it very badly hurts my hips and therefore my knees, shins, foot, etc.) for more than 3 miles TOPS. I KNOW the weather shouldn’t be an excuse but my heart is just not in it right now. I am pretty sure I will not run the half this weekend because it’s kind of stupid to do so with only having 2 long runs under my belt in 2 months, but I may wake up Sunday morning and decide to give it a try. Really probably shouldn’t since the last few runs I’ve done have left my knee in pain, but I may be stupid. (This is me talking out loud)

Well while I hem and haw about that, let me give you a recipe for the amazing iced mocha I made which is sugar-free and dairy-free. I’ve been using too much of the flavored creamers recently and while they are fine in moderation, I should back away from using them every morning. I also really don’t LOVE hot coffee so if you’re crazy like me and drink iced coffees all year, you’ll love this!

  • 1 heaping tablespoon instant espresso (I use THIS one)
  • 2.5 (ish) tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used a mix of dark cocoa powder and regular)
  • 1.25 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Stevia or desired sweetener
  • Ice

Take the instant espresso and cocoa powder and put them in a cup or container of sorts. Add a little more than 1/4 cup hot water and mix thoroughly. Add in desired sweetener (I used 6 drops chocolate stevia and 2 packets of splenda) Put in the freezer for 10-20 minutes so it gets cold faster. Pour in cute, overpriced Starbucks tumbler and add in the almond milk and ice. Stir it up and sip away.

Said Starbucks tumbler.
Said Starbucks tumbler.

A cleaner coffee drink to get me out of bed 🙂

Picked up a spin class for tonight! Woo hoo! Hopefully people will show up since when it snows in NYC, it becomes the apocalypse.

Do you prefer hot or iced coffee? Does it matter the season?

What form of cardio do you like better; spin or running?

Best Pizza Award.

Before we get into the seriousness of this post (yes, I take pizza VERY seriously) I’d just like to share some other food and fun things I’ve done this week! I love that it’s already Thursday. 1 more work day to go before I have a full week off!

After my 9 day hiatus (besides a ridiculous 10 min run that was awful Tuesday) I was back to the streets yesterday morning for an amazing 5 mile run. Fall in NYC doesn’t last very long, but the trees have finally changed in the park and it was beautiful.

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I had major right hip flexor pain like I did in my last 2 races. It hurts so bad that it’s difficult to even walk afterwards because of the up motion of your hips when raising your legs to walk. I foam rolled it and kept just lifting it while standing and it helped but it’s still lingering. Why is it always some kind of pain while running? Comes with the territory, I guess! However, I have been wearing my current sneakers for almost 5 months and I think they have reached their mileage capacity. I’m not a high mileage runner by any means, but I’ve put probably close to 400 miles on them plus walked around in them a lot. I’ve been clinging to them for dear life for too many weeks now, but finally made myself throw them out yesterday at the gym. I have 2 new pairs at home but they aren’t Elixir 7’s 😦 I guess I’ll have to get over it and see which ones I like better!

RIP sneaks. I loved you. Until you got a hole in my toe box.
RIP sneaks. I loved you. Until you got a hole in my toe box.

Besides being well rested, my run was well fueled from my Tuesday night dinner. I rarely get a craving for pasta but when I do, I need to quench it immediately or I get violent. Whole wheat pasta always kills my stomach, so I had John make me some plain spiral pasta. He cooked it ‘al dente’ ’cause he’s fancy like that (he told me this method makes you feel full longer?) and then after he drained it I sprayed it with coconut oil spray in place of butter, then drowned it in garlic powder and parm cheese. I added a jalapeno chicken sausage for some protein. One of the best dinners ever! 

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This is a really good soup I’ve been having for a fast and easy lunch since I’ve had negative zero motivation to meal prep.

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These were on sale and this was the only one that didn’t have any corn in it. It’s pretty good! Only 200 calories for the container so I usually pair it with some Popchips or something extra.

Okay, let’s get into this pizza business. Last night John and I ventured to Brooklyn to see one of our favorite comedians, Rob Delaney, for part of his book tour. It was free and just at a large independent bookstore which is so Brooklyn. Love it. He has been rated the funniest person on Twitter, and we love him because he’s so raunchy and inappropriate.

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Not bad on the eyes either 😉 We were only there for about 45 minutes and then we realized Grimaldi’s was about a 3 minute walk away. It’s one of the most famous pizza places in NYC and we have never been which is really shocking in itself. I can say now that it was well worth the wait and we lucked out with no actual wait line!

Grimaldi's was Frank Sinatras favorite pizza!
Grimaldi’s was Frank Sinatras favorite pizza!

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I heard angels sing when this appeared on the table.
I heard angels sing when this appeared on the table.

Our other favorite pizza is Patsy’s so we were comparing this to theirs and the only thing that bothered me is that this had a lot more cheese. If I handled cheese okay, this would be the #1 reason this pizza was better than Patsy’s, but since I can’t I had to pick off a lot more. Full disclosure is that I didn’t really care about the consequences and ate more bites of cheese than I should have. YOLO.

While Patsy’s sauce is more flavorful, this was just so freaking amazing. The crust was perfection. The perfect ratio of crispy while also being doughy. The cheese was salty and there were lots of herbs and cooked basil throughout the slices. Hello, lover.

So I can now say that if you are visiting NYC you must hit up at least 1 of the 2 best pizza places, either Grimaldi’s or Patsy’s. There is a Grimaldi’s in Manhattan that’s within a little shopping center (which happens to be in an old church that was also once a nightclub…?) so we are going to check them out and see if it’s as delicious as it’s original location in Brooklyn.

I literally live and run for pizza. Can someone design me a tattoo that incorporates something to do with running and pizza? Do it and I’ll get it.

What is your favorite pizza ever? 

If you’ve had NYC pizza, what is your favorite here?

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?