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?

WHO IS SO EXCITED FOR SPRING TO ALMOST BE HERE???? Worst winter of my life.

 

 

Blah.

Man this week… has been rough. Really, really rough. The crazy amounts of snow are just adding to the roughness but emotionally this has been a terrible week for me. At least 50% of it is thanks to PMS, but in the spirit of keeping it real I’m just struggling with a lot of personal issues in my life right now. Some days are better than others but this week it has been one thing after another. Getting out of bed is a part-time job to me right now. I just feel depressed before I’ve even turned off my alarm, unless I’m going to teach a class. I’ve had a migraine that started late yesterday afternoon and hasn’t quit. Add on to that eating like total junk and consuming WAY too much sugar and caffeine and I am a walking ball of irritability. Not my best look, ya’ll. I’m just really fried from all the things in my life that just aren’t bringing me any form of happiness. I’d love to open up about it more but I really can’t, just know I am definitely on the journey to finding what I need to get rid of in my life to be happier. It’s just a lot easier said than done. Especially because I’m not rich or come from a rich family who could support me. Ya feel me?

I was supposed to be leaving tonight to take the bus upstate for the weekend but the road conditions are terrible so I rescheduled for tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to a few days of no work, getting my hair done, seeing my family and my good friend Rachel for her baby shower.

On a happier note, I got to go to the SELF Magazine offices in Times Square on Tuesday night because I was chosen to be a healthy food taste tester! How rad is that? A few of us got to chow down on various different hummuses, low-sodium turkey, crackers, sweet potato fries, and raspberry sorbet, all of which were. If you are a reader of Self, you are probably familiar with their annual healthy food awards issue. It’s my favorite! I love reading it every year because it opens me up to new healthy foods that I probably overlook in the grocery store. I can’t wait to find out the results because the raspberry sorbet I picked is SO delicious, I don’t even have words. I was in the dairy-free taste testing group so everything I ate was devoid of lactose. Great news for my stomach and bowels. TMI.

This week’s workouts have included… teaching one spin class, and no running since Sunday. Pretty much waving my hopes of good spring half marathons goodbye (not really, that’s just the PMS talking 😉 ) My left hip was so tight and painful for 2 days after my last treadmill run though and I couldn’t even make it to 1 mile. At least I’ve eaten froyo twice this week? Ugh.

How do you overcome being way down in the dumps? 

Anyone else struggle on the treadmill physically? Why does it want to destroy my hip?

Hair Woes.

Welcome to Hump Day, ya’ll! This week has flown by so far which is always great. I am ready for the next 6 weeks to fly by before we can welcome at least consistent 40-50 degree weather. I am so over this winter that I don’t have adequate enough words to express my feelings towards it. Literally all I have the energy to do after work is get into bed and fall right asleep, and getting out of bed for the gym unless I have to teach has been non-existent. Send me motivation, please and thank you.

Since I don’t have much to report on on the fitness front today, I thought I would post some things I am currently coveting and my big dilemma at the moment; what the frick to do with my hair. I am truthfully not a fan of my hair and almost never have been. I have maybe 10 good hair days a year. The texture of my hair has changed dramatically over the last decade and it leaves me increasingly more frustrated with what to do with it. I had naturally curly/wavy hair my whole life until the last two years. Suddenly it grows really fast, is much more straight than ever before, extremely snarly, and grows OUTWARD near my ears?? Last March I decided to chop off almost 11 inches after my hair wouldn’t even hold a curl anymore because it just sucks that hard. I loved it, but it grew out SO FAST because every hair on my body apparently grows at lightening speed. (TMI?)

Also, let’s face it. I don’t have time or the desire to do anything fancy with my hair 99% of the time. Since (when I am being consistent) I work out most mornings, I only have 30 minutes to shower and get ready at the gym to get to work. I will never sacrifice workout time to spend extra time on my hair. Ever. It just ain’t worth it to me, folks. I’m comfortable in my messiness, thank you very much. So whatever I do to my hair, it has to maintain a level of needing absolutely no product and being able to be dirty most days of the week. But when I DO want to get a little fancy (probably 10 days a year) I need it to cooperate. I’m also not sure I love my platinum blonde anymore but that I am willing to stick with since putting dark over it will most likely not come out very well and I don’t have the time or money to fix that. I will talk to my stylist when I get it done in a few weeks but here is what I am ultimately thinking I want.

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No idea who this pretty gal is, it’s from Pinterest. This length is a litttttle short for me but I think I need something totally different to scare the crap out of me. How does one put their hair to workout when it’s this short? At my shortest length last year I could still put it in a ponytail but this doesn’t look like I could? Anyone out there who is good with hair please send suggestions and tips! I think I love this color scheme too. Similar to what I have now, but with a little more brown added which I love. This haircut also seems like it guarantees I’ll have to move to California so I’m fine with that as well 😀

Besides that hair, I also really want the Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf. It’s apparently sold out online and in all stores (is this true???) and I can’t afford to spend $80 on one on ebay but I sure do want one. You can wear it 10 different ways!

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If anyone has a Lululemon near them that has this, I will PayPal you to send it to me and throw in something yummy! 😉

I am not in need of new workout clothes but as usual I want them, so I ventured into Victoria’s Secret on my lunch break because some of their sport line was on sale. Turns out, it was 50% off the sale price! I can’t link to any of them because they aren’t on the website but I will take pictures and show you what I got. Pretty stoked to have gotten 3 tops (2 with connected sports bras) and a sports bra for $65 total! It would have originally been $165. Woop woop!

What’s your relationship with your hair? Love it or hate it?

Man UP.

Hey party people!

Last week was pretty boring on the blog front because I didn’t do much except work, teach some Spin classes (NOT BORING!) and sleep. No running in like 8 days. And I don’t even care. This shitty, cold, exhausting winter has ruined me! I’m thinking I’m going to have to start using the treadmill even though it will take an hour to run 3 miles since I have to stop every 1/2 mile to stretch or my hips feel like they will break off. But this is a big year of races for me as I am now running the NYC Half March 16th (which means training needs to start THIS week or I’m toast), the Brooklyn Half May 17th, and then MARATHON training starts July 1st!!! I’ve said all along that I REALLY want to go into marathon training with a solid long distance base and stronger, so it’s time to man up and put this plan into motion. It’s obviously amazing that I have been teaching a lot of spin classes lately so I’m keeping my cardio up, but the only thing that will train you for running is running!

I was off from work this weekend but I got to teach a spin class Saturday morning and John came! It was so awesome to have him there to see me in my element. He has taken 2 spin classes with me a couple of years ago so he kinda knew what to expect, and it’s safe to say he still hates it 🙂 He did ask me if we could go back to yoga this Friday night though and I almost flat-lined. Making progress with him! I wasn’t feeling great yesterday so I basically did nothing but sleep and laundry but Saturday we ate some delicious food after spinning our butts off.

Brunch at North Square:

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One of the best brunches I’ve had in NYC. I had the brunch tasting which included 3 small pumpkin pecan pancakes, chicken apple sausage, potatoes, 2 eggs and a cheddar biscuit. I obviously couldn’t eat the biscuit because of the cheese but the rest of it was PERFECT. Seriously it was my dream food plate, a little serving of things I love all together. The sausage was really amazing and the pancakes were perfectly sized so I didn’t feel like I WAS a pancake after I ate them. John had the burger and it looked delicious and pretty big!

After some walking around and getting coffee, we had an early dinner at Umami Shoppu to warm up with some ramen. Ramen is such a perfect meal during the Polar Vortex that is upon us. I had the Spicy Butaniku ramen and it was just spicy enough. The ramen I get at Momofuku is actually TOO spicy and usually leaves me feeling sick. We also started with pork buns and they were delicious and so much less oily than Momofuku’s.

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Mmm.

I am making an emergency stop at Trader Joe’s tonight because I NEED to get some healthy food and meal prep a little. I say emergency because TJ’s on a Monday night is generally a mad house and going right after work may result in violence. If you don’t hear from me for a few days, I may need bail money 😉 I want to get a little more creative with my food so I will post whatever I’m eating the rest of the week!

Has this terrible winter restricted your running? Or are you a champion and pushed through?

What is your ideal brunch meal?

So Cold.

Get prepared to hear me complain about being cold until at LEAST March, okay? Once it gets like this I can’t shake the feeling of being cold for months. It puts me in such a bad mood. My skin breaks out every winter from being so dry, I gain weight and become a miserable, depressed bear. Don’t you want to be around me?! 😉

The only thing keeping me sane this week besides turkey chili and my warm bed (that I don’t get to spend nearly enough time in) is that I had actual things to do with great people. Monday night after work I went out to dinner with John and some family friends to Grey Dog Cafe. Where else, right? They had never been before and they LOVED it, which means I did my job right. We indulged in a little dessert after because this place has some of the best desserts you’ll ever taste. John and I split a huge piece of pecan pie and they had the apple toffee cobbler.

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We went out to dinner because afterwards I was having a little sleepover with my cute friend Sam! She is my mom’s best friends daughter and so cool. Like, I always wish I was 17 again whenever I am around her. She spent the night at my apartment so early Tuesday morning I could accompany her to the One Direction concert in Central Park where she needed an adult chaperone since her mom would be working. I was so excited! We had to get up at 4:30 am to get down to the park before 6:00 am and by the time we got there there were already THOUSANDS of people already in line. The sun hadn’t even come up yet by the time we actually got to the part of the park they played in!

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It was so cold and we were out there for almost 4 hours! But it was so great to see so many girls so happy and excited that these hotties were playing their favorite music 😉

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Me and Sam!
Me and Sam!

I didn’t stop being cold all day! Or exhausted. Can’t keep up with 17 year olds!

Last night I decided to cook dinner for John. It may be weird to you that this isn’t something that I ever do (save for like 4 times over 8 years) but we don’t eat or like the same foods so it’s pretty hard. Not to mention I get home from work later than him and depending on what I ate throughout the day I often just eat some avocado toast and pass out directly after. Let’s also just call this a semi-homemade dinner. I bought a rotisserie chicken and made some roasted potatoes. A for effort? What counts is that it was delicious, something we both eat and he loved it. Win!

I couldn’t keep my eyes open a minute after dinner so I went to bed, with another horrible night of sleep. Not sure what’s going on but I can’t seem to stay asleep for more than 2 hours at a time before waking up, and usually with anxiety. Needless to say I am a miserable, exhausted mess for the 3rd day in a row.

Things I’m looking forward to tonight: going to Big Gay Ice Cream with John after work to get pumpkin and eggnog soft serve! It’s only being served this week and I don’t want to miss it. Then coming home to get some of tomorrow’s food prepped! Pretty stoked to host my first Thanksgiving 🙂

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Do you cook for your significant other if you live with them? Some aspects of me and John’s relationship isn’t traditional and that’s why I love us. 🙂

Yep, Still Hating Winter.

There is no doubt in my mind that I have seasonal depression, on top of the anxiety and (normal?) depression I already have. Stick a fork in me, I am already done with winter (fall?whatever) and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Especially here in New York where one day it’s humid and 55 and the next day it’s barely 30 degrees with a windchill even lower. 25 years on this coast and I’m still not used to it. California, I’m looking at you by age 29.

Okay, I like a few things about this time of year. Boots and coats are some of my favorite wardrobe pieces. Comfy sweats and hoodies at night are the perfect end to a long day. My favorite thing has to be the drop dead gorgeous views of Central Park, though. This morning was chilly and rainy, but the park looked amazing and it will not look this pretty for much longer.

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This week has been nothing of note. We got our new bed delivered Wednesday though and it’s amazing. It’s really really high and hard to get into, but we have so much storage underneath now! Not to mention it’s quite a difference sleeping on a queen mattress vs a futon. I’ll take a picture of updated room once we get everything together. I’m now going to try to get into decorating/organizing a little more!

No workouts since Tuesday, but I am determined to make this weekend my return to training. Can I call the last month my “off-season” or is that too short? I’m really not good at casually working out. My casual workouts turn into sleeping in every morning! It’s hard enough to get motivated in the cold winter mornings so I’ve got some races planned for the winter and I pray that’s enough to get my ass out of bed. Seriously, I promise you you have never met someone more lazy than me. Laying in bed being comfortable and not moving is what I was born to do. Ugh, I hate it and love it.

Anywho, races for the rest of winterhell include:

Race to Deliver 4-miler: This Sunday. No time goal, of course. Let’s just pray I maybe don’t have to walk like in last weeks race. Will run a few before/after for a total of 7 or 8.

Ted Corbitt Classic 15K: Saturday December 14th. This is the morning after my work holiday party. Guess who won’t be drinking any champagne this year? That’s probably for the best though…

Roosevelt Island Hot Chocolate 10K: Sunday December 15th. I, of course, love the idea of 2 fun races in one weekend. That just means more pizza and froyo for me. However, I’m not totally sure I will do this and I’m not signed up yet. But I do need all the motivation I can get and having a race ensures I will workout that day! Do I sound pathetic and desperate yet? Good. That’s my point.

Central Park Hot Chocolate 10-Miler: I literally JUST saw this posted and screamed! Not signed up yet but this would be my first race of 2014 and a good training run for my half marathon just 2 weekends later. I’ll most likely be signed up by Sunday 😉

Fred Lebow Manhattan Half: I have a maybe goal of running a half marathon every month in 2014. My roommate told me I’m a nut case for this last night. I agree. This will kick off the first month of that lofty goal! Can we please pray that it’s at least above 20 degrees that morning? Ugh, I hate you January. OH this will also be race 1 of 5 that will qualify me for the 2015 NYC Half Marathon that is next to impossible to get into. Woop.

(Can we insert how much I wish my legs would allow me to do 2 half marathons in a weekend? There’s a half the day before the Fred Lebow half but I wouldn’t even dare. Or would I?)

NYC Runs Central Park Half Marathon: Not signed up yet but this is probably the only half marathon in NYC in February. Gotsta do it.

Let me just stop there because in my world, I consider March 1st spring even if it continues to snow into May.

Do you have any winter races planned?

What keeps you motivated in the winter? If you live somewhere where winter doesn’t really exist… well, I hate you.

My Worst Race.

Happy Hump Day, ya’ll! I had yesterday and today off and I very rarely get 2 consecutive days off. It has been pretty glorious. Yesterday I slept in til 11:30 (wut.) after a marathon of Breaking Bad Monday night that lasted until 2:00 AM with John. We wanted to get through the rest of Season 4 and that we did. And then I couldn’t fall asleep for awhile because the last episode scared the crap out of me. #baby

The rest of yesterday included lots of lounging in bed, then deciding to buy a new bed from a friend… or should I say, an actual bed. We have had a futon for the whole time we’ve lived here and for most of our relationship before NYC. One of my friends here is getting rid of her bed for a new one. I am REAL excited to not sleep on a futon anymore. I also ran a very cold 2.25 miles where I did nothing but wheeze and cough the whole time. I’ve been fighting a cold (but could be allergies?) for a few weeks but besides being super stuffed up, the coughing only occurs when outside. I’m thinking I may have cold-weather induced asthma because this has happened on all my other runs this year where the weather has been below 45. I know what you’re thinking… Just use the treadmill, you dummy! I can manage 3 miles AT THE MOST on the treadmill and that’s not even from just the complete boredom I feel on it, but my hips and knees start to hurt anything over that. I’m an outdoor long distance runner. I need tips/suggestions on how to not wheeze my way through the winter! Looks like I’m in the market for a ski-mask looking thing.

Another example of how much I hate winter is how craptastic my 5 mile race was on Sunday. It really doesn’t matter because it is one of the last 3 races I have to run to qualify for the marathon next year, so I could have walked the whole thing and it wouldn’t be a big deal. I just have to finish them. But alas, I figured I would at least be able to run the whole thing considering I don’t ever have to stop and walk while I’m running. I ran 2 miles as a warm-up and then within the first 2 miles of the race I had to stop and walk. My right hip flexor was painful already and I couldn’t catch my breath at even a 12-minute mile. It was cold out but also humid, pretty much a disaster. Besides my hip and breathing, I felt good mentally and decided to focus on being out there for a good cause and that I was going to be run/walking 8 miles total for the day and that is wonderful. Leave the pressure that is solely put on by ourselves on the road and move on! My PR for 5 miles is a little less than 50 minutes, and a few weeks ago my 5 mile race was below 51 minutes. Sunday’s 5 mile time was almost 58 minutes. Goes to show you, you never know what will happen on any given run. You might as well just enjoy the ability to move rather than focus on the time, right?

Besides my run ‘n wheeze yesterday, I did level 1 of Ripped in 30 since it’s been a hot minute since my last strength training workout. Yikes. I at least try to do some push-ups every few days so all has not been lost in my arms but that dvd kicks my trash EVERY TIME. My hammies are on fire today. I have a lot to do today but am going to try to fit in a round of level 2 and hopefully spin class later tonight. All depends when our bed gets delivered! I need to make another batch of my turkey chili that Erika loves (which means it HAS to be good), do 300 pounds of laundry and get more coffee before homework mania begins. Did I mention how much I can’t wait to sleep in my new bed tonight? 🙂

Do you have breathing issues with running outside in the cold?

Do you have a real bed or futon? Yes, I’m asking seriously. I’m real jealous of you if you have always had a real bed! I had a futon for most of high-school too because I thought they were cool? Like, I really made my parents get rid of my bed and buy me a futon. Such a fool.