Week Highlights

Happy Saturday! REALLY wish I was outside enjoying the gorgeous weather and not stuck at work. I’m also really over the fact that allergy season has now started, and going from a month of being sick straight into allergies basically feels like I’m just still sick. UGH! I take Zyrtec to ward off some of the symptoms, but it doesn’t seem to be helping much. I read this year will be one of the worst years for allergies in a long time. WHY. Puffy eyes and a dry, flaky nose really just isn’t my best look.

At least this week showed signs of spring. I made it a point to bring actual clothes with me to the gym in the morning even though I’m only in them for the train ride to work and then home. We have REAL ugly uniforms at work (if you know where I work you are probably even more shocked) so I basically never get to wear cute clothes anymore. It sucks and I miss it so much. Speaking of cute clothes, I am a big time hater of jeans but found really great fitting ones at Express. They offer low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise which is spectacular if you are like me and don’t like the way low-rise jeans fit (more specifically- you don’t like your slight muffin top and butt crack hanging out of your pants). The mid-rise fit is perfect on me and even though I’m 5’7, my height is not at all in my legs so the ankle length fits me like just normal skinny jeans. I don’t have a pic of me in them but they are these. I think they call them a legging because they are stretchy and fit tight but they are definitely heavier like a real jean. Freaking love them and Express jeans have always been my personal favorite! Since I have their credit card, I get coupons all the time and got 4 pairs of those jeans, this top in mint green, and these sunglasses. On top of the coupons, I also had a $40 gift card they sent me for my birthday so I made out super well!

Besides my 2 mile run on Wednesday, no other running this week. Still. I’m telling you, I just can’t find my groove. I taught Spin Monday, Tuesday, Friday morning and this morning so I obviously still got my workouts in but running just keeps taking a back seat. If only I got paid for it 😉 Ate some greatness though, of course.

First of all, how adorable is this new glass portable mason jar from David’s Tea? photo 1(1) I’ve been making iced tea with stevia in the early mornings to drink on my way to teach spin so that I’m not drinking so much coffee since having an iced soy latte at work is a non-negotiable. It’s more of a gentle way to wake up, I think!

After a particularly terrible Wednesday, I went to drown my sorrows in froyo at my favorite froyo joint Orange Leaf. They are more expensive than the others, but when you taste it you happily oblige. Plus I had a $3 coupon for my birthday. It was April 2nd and they had eggnog, my absolute favorite flavor of froyo. So that pretty much turned my frown upside down!

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Last night John took me to a greek place I’ve wanted to try for a late birthday dinner since he was so sick last weekend. While it was a little pricier and the service totally sucked, the food was outrageously good. I ate more french fries than I care to admit and was extremely sick after but that is 100% my fault. The feta was amazing, the kebobs delicious and the jalapeno hummus with pita bread? Best thing ever.

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If you like Greek food, I highly recommend Stix on East 23rd street!

What were your week highlights?

Favorite Greek/Mediterranean dish? I loooove hummus, pita bread, feta, and chicken shawarma so much.

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!