Eat, Eat, Eat.

How is it already another weekend? The last month has completely flown by! After 3 weeks of long races, I thought I would be looking forward to a race-less weekend and a lot of rest but I’m totally feeling down about having nothing to do! Well, not NOTHING to do, since I’m doing the 5 mile Breast Cancer walk tomorrow but you know what I mean 😉 There is still time to donate if you can!

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So besides a spin class Tuesday morning (my 1st in FOREVER) I didn’t work out all week. It felt pretty great up until yesterday when I was ready to run on my day off, then I slept in until NOON?! I apparently needed 12+ hours of sleep and had no time to fit in a run since I had tons of homework and a CPR class to go 3 hours from my waking time. I am now officially CPR/AED certified so I can begin auditioning for spin positions and possibly save your life if need be! Don’t quote me on that though…

Lack of workouts this week but no lack of delicious food. I figured if I’m gonna be lazy I might as well eat like junk too, right? One week every few months of total laziness is 100% needed (for me) to regroup and get motivated for new goals. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to going back to ZERO dairy again starting Monday. I haven’t had all that much but apparently 2 custards this week are enough to pretty much kill me.

I mean, it’s fall flavor time at Shake Shack… how are you supposed to say no?

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Cinnamon pear cobbler with roasted apples on Monday night. I look possessed and I probably am.

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Candied apple with roasted apples last night. The best thing (or at least ice cream thing) I’ve ever tasted.

I also had some vegetables yesterday! But yesterday was pretty much the only day I had them all week. Oops.

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I should really apologize for this picture but here are the facts: I was running 20 minutes late to CPR class and only had eaten oatmeal and it was 3:30 PM. I ordered this wrap from Tasty Deli, a local in my ‘hood, and CANNOT wait to eat this again. Spinach wrap with grilled veggies (a TON), feta and honey mustard. I ate it on the subway and had sauce all over my face and could not have cared less. WaHi knows their wraps, yo.

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Last night before the custard and after the CPR class (did I mention I can save your life now?) we chowed down at Island Burger. This place has amazing sandwiches and the 2nd best regular fries in NYC (1st for me is Brindle Room). Last night I kept it simple with a BLT minus the mayo and add avocado. The tomatoes on this were so fresh and it totally hit the spot. How can one go wrong with bacon? Ya can’t.

As always, oatmeal for breakfast erryday. Throwing on fall toppings makes it a whole new experience.

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Banana chia oats with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, honey, PB and apple butter.

NEEDED pancakes for dinner Tuesday night. Used Amanda’s recipe for super fat and fluffy ones.

  • 3 TBSP coconut flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp extract of choice (i use vanilla)
  • 1 TBSP greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 8 drops of stevia

Make sure batter is THICK for the fluffiest pancakes. You can add extra coconut flour if your batter isn’t thick enough. This makes 4 cute little ‘cakes for me.

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Topped them with sugar-free syrup, coconut PB and sides of banana and turkey bacon. Brinner at it’s finest.

Finally got back on the workout wagon this morning with a quick 2 mile HIIT session on the treadmill and 15 minutes of push-ups and upper body work. Short but super sweaty workout! Trying to get in some miles before the breast cancer walk tomorrow morning, but will not do more than 7 miles. Need a little bit of rest from long distance for this week! 🙂

What deliciousness did you eat this week?

1st spin class!

Yes, I finally took my first spin class. After what seems like forever of putting it off, I dragged my extremely stressed out and frazzled ass there last night. But first, what’s really important… delicious food. Particularly, the delicious food I ate yesterday.

I slept in and got to make one of my favorite breakfasts: protein pancakes. The recipe I use is basically just my oatmeal mess but with added egg whites and made into pancakes. I used mostly wheat bran in yesterday’s batch which came out amazing. Topped with banana, peanut butter and sugar free syrup. Egg-nog flavored coffee on the side.

Kept me full until I had a little snack at 1. Greek yogurt with raspberries.

And a new-to-me protein bar that I am really digging. No funky protein taste, only 120 calories, very low sugar.

After eating this, I had an unpleasant conversation at work which left me upset and therefore with a crippling stomach ache that lasted for over 2 hours. Anxiety flares up my stomach issues like no other. After lots of water and a few hours, I finally ate my real lunch. Left over ahi-tuna, spinach, sweet potato & mustard.

I skipped my walk home to take the bus (ew) and make sure I got my ass to midtown in time for spin class. I chomped on a giant pear on the way.

I am 96% sure the guys sitting next to me were taking a picture of me on their iPhone while I was eating this. Their phone was up in the air and I know I pull the “I’m just texting” when I’m really taking creepy pictures of people.

I was nervous to say the very least about spin class. I got an amazing deal for a 2-month membership at Gold’s Gym and my plan is just to take a few spin classes and finally try Body Pump before I decide if it’s the gym I’d like to join since I’ll be working in midtown shortly 🙂 I warmed up with 10 minutes on a Precor elliptical (WAY better than any other I’ve used!) and then got into the room early. The instructor was an awesome girl who showed me how to adjust the bike according to my height and how the resistance knob works. The bike was very basic and definitely uncomfortable, which I had anticipated. The class had about 10 of us total, some men and some women. I took a picture of the room to send to Caitlin to prove I was there since I have chickened out of going about 89 times.

I’m creepy. Anyways, the music started and we were off for a bike ride. I was sweating within 5 minutes. Drenched by 10! I loved the seated sprints, semi-liked the standing jogs in position 3, neutral about the standing jog in position 2… HATED THE JUMPS! The 4 second count jumps weren’t so bad, but the 1 second and the 1/2 seconds? Forget it. I did as many as I could but just made sure that even if I had to sit back I kept peddling. At first I was really shocked by how weak my legs appeared to be; I run all the time and do tons of squats and lunges via Jillian Michaels, but I couldn’t hold a sprint or a jog in the standing position for the full 30, 45 or 60 seconds until halfway through the class. Just like that, I fell in love about halfway through. I haven’t ever in my life sweat that much for anything. The floor around my bike was literally drenched, as was everyone elses. It was AMAZING! The music was fun and I was totally singing along, and before I knew it she announced that it was the last song. Seriously, 50 minutes flew by like nothing. Again, this picture can’t even touch on how sweaty I was.

I love running, but I am planning to have an affair with spinning. Don’t be hurt running; it will only strengthen our relationship in the end 😉

It more or less feels like I had the roughest sex of my entire life (that’s probably TMI, but if you know me you know anything goes and comes out of this mouth!) and sitting at my desk all day hasn’t been fun. But it’s been a reminder that I’m stoked to get better at it and plan on returning tomorrow for a 5:00 class. Working out that late on a Saturday? I must be in love.

Dinner last night is not pictured because I inhaled it. I had 3 egg whites and 1 fried egg on whole wheat toast with organic ketchup, and another piece of whole wheat toast with goat cheese & honey. So simple but so good. Unfortunately even though my endorphins were high, I gave in a bit to the stress I had had that day and ended up eating a few whole wheat wraps with peanut butter, bananas and honey plus a small oatmeal cookie from Trader Joe’s. Nothing crazy, but not needed because it was eaten after dinner when I wasn’t hungry. First time in a week giving in to stress eating though, so I’m making progress!

Today I overslept thanks to my late night workout (I was up most of the night unable to sleep, I have to get readjusted to night-time workouts!) so I thought I’d make today my rest day. Turns out, my legs wanted to run 2.08 miles on my lunch break so I let them have what they wanted. 9:36 pace in a winter fashion coat because I was just anticipating to walk? I’ll take it. Sorry that my cute coat is now a little sweaty inside though…

Tonight is consisting of Caitlin, Erica and I taking on NYC. We are eating dinner at Angelica’s Kitchen and bringing a few bottles of wine because they are a BYOB! I love that concept. We are planning to get pretty wasted and celebrate my new job, Erica’s boyfriend coming home from Alaska SO soon, and Caitlin’s general fabulous-ness and her trip to Germany next week. I have 4-5 miles to run tomorrow if the hangover isn’t so bad, but I’m not holding myself to it. Tonight is about being 23, living in NYC, and pretending like booze is water. Once in awhile, this is needed.

Are you a spinner? What is your favorite thing about spinning?

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.

weekend re-cap

Happy (belated) Halloween! I dressed up as Rachel Zoe for work yesterday & for Caitlin’s party Saturday. I didn’t have to spend a dime since fur vests and huge sunglasses are staples in my wardrobe 🙂 This weekend was fun and a little bizarre to have a snow storm in October! Back track to Friday… I’ll let the pics do the talking!

baby food as a snack? delish.
biggest pear ever. not pictured: peanut butter (duh)
I look horrible but had to post it because it looks like "fart" is behind John (it said earthlings?).
5 Napkin Burger date- veggie burger on multi-grain w/ extra pickles & sweet pot fries! ❤
all bundled up for pumpkin froyo at 16 handles!

It was a pretty wild (and indulgent!) Friday night and we were in bed by 11. We slept until noon Saturday which I haven’t done in years, and woke up to a white out snow storm! I love snow especially now that I don’t have to drive in it. I walked to the grocery store to get breakfast ingredients which included eggs, fat-free reddi whip, pumpkin and LIFE CEREAL! It’s one of my favorites, it was on sale and I haven’t had it in at least a year (name brand cereal is very expensive in nyc!). I made John whole wheat french toast and some pumpkin oatmeal protein pancakes with warm diced apples for me 🙂

With plenty of fat-free reddi whip

We watched a marathon of Arrested Development and spent the whole day cuddling while it snowed 🙂 You can work up quite the appetite being lazy, so I had a huge bowl of Life cereal with a banana and peanut butter.

Slept some more, then got ready to head to Caitlin’s halloween party! She had an amazing spread of mini carrot cake cupcakes, chips, hummus & veggies and CAKE POPS DIPPED IN PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS!

Rachel Zoe!
Rachel Zoe and Capt Morgan.. missing his Diet Coke!
my sexy lumberjack girlfriend
my 3 favs!

We drank lots of wine and decided not to go out in the snow storm. John and I picked up a piece of pizza on the way home thanks to the alcohol, and it was amazing! Not for my waistline, but whatever.

drrrrrrrunk pizza

I slept a whopping 3 hours before I was wide awake and watched Fashion Hunters on Bravo… Love that show! I decided to get grocery shopping out of the way and walk off some of the alcohol. I got off at 116th st and on my walk got invited to breakfast with Caitlin and her friends, so I went on down to 51st and had a delish $3.50 breakfast at Galaxy. I had egg whites, 7 grain toast & potatoes. Aka perfect hangover food!

I spent the rest of Sunday walking around the Upper West Side and ended the day with a coffee date with John at Bourbon Coffee on 14th Street. If you live in NYC or visit, try to go there. They made my pumpkin spice latte with REAL pumpkin instead of gross sugary syrup! They also have the most amazing dessert called a “Jedhi bar” which is a layered cookie bar of graham cracker, dark chocolate, coconut and coffee/cocoa powder. We get it every time and share it. My phone had died at this point since I walked all day, so no pic.

Yesterday morning I woke up feeling super stuffy, so I made a big green monster smoothie with some egg whites for breakfast.

Due to the snow storm Saturday, the power, internet and HEAT was out at work. Apparently Jersey got a lot more snow than NYC. Yet we still stayed doing absolutely nothing for 7 hours. Luckily I had snacks but I wasn’t able to eat my oatmeal for lunch because we had no hot water or microwave. I had a big apple with peanut butter, and a greek yogurt mixed with PB2, fiber 1, a banana and peanut butter. AKA not enough food for me.

We ended up finally leaving at 4 instead of 6, and Caitlin and I had BIG plans of hitting the gym… but our growling stomachs got the best of us. Not to mention we’re both fighting a cold courtesy of hangovers and freezing cold temperatures. We were starving for chinese, so we found a place in her neighborhood for some take out and headed back to her place to watch Sex and the City and chow. I learned my lesson with the fried chinese I had upstate, so I got steamed chicken with steamed broccoli with absolutely no oil, and a side of steamed vegetables.

It was so good and now I know I can eat chinese and have it be healthy! We also indulged in some dark chocolate since it was Halloween and all. We went walking around her neighborhood and I continued on a stroll up the Upper West Side and got to enjoy some costumes. I walked a lot Sunday and Monday but it was my only real exercise. Obviously this weekend was super indulgent and void of vegetables, so I was happy to hop back on the running train this morning!

Sorry for the crazy long post, I have to stop being so busy shoveling food in my mouth on weekends and make time to blog! 😉