It was a great weekend full of trips to the gym, walking around sight-seeing and shopping and visiting. I'll try to not wait as long to update you on the upcoming weekend!
One of the redeeming factors about today is that our James Taylor tickets came in the mail! We're going to see JT at Tanglewood over Fourth of July weekend. This will be our fourth time seeing him there. The first time we went we were in high school. Then we went in 2009...when we got engaged. And it rained and rained all night long.
Then we went July 4th weekend last year. And it was HOT and sunny! But we had the same handy-dandy umbrella that kept us dry the year before.
Both concerts were AMAZING and I'm really excited to again. And this year, my Dad and his wife are coming too! It should be another amazing concert, and hopefully we'll get to use the umbrella for sun again instead of rain! It's much better that way!
As frustrating as the traffic is, I'm doing my best to focus on the positive. The tickets came, tomorrow is Friday, and we have a long weekend!
1. I do not enjoy egg whites. I know that they are a great source of protein but they are so rubbery. I've tried adding flavorful, fresh pico de gallo but I cannot get over that texture. Is there something healthy I can add to help me eat them??
2. I should have taken a photo of me after eating another batch of those pumpkin-oatmeal pancakes. I'm sure the miserable feeling I was experiencing would have been very apparent in the photo and then serve as an excellent reminder that oatmeal does not like me.
3. My trainer is amazing. She put me through a tough, full-body, circuit work out and was nothing but encouraging and helpful.
4. I have my first post-ankle injury race this weekend- the "Will Run for Wine" 5k. It won't be my fastest race and I probably won't run every step of it but that's okay.
5. I have to drink 3 glasses of water at each meal. After my 12 pm meal I filled a 24 oz water bottle and sipped on it on my way to my work. I ended up having 3 meetings back to back with not a minute left to use the restroom. I thought I was going to pee in the car (that was not mine).
I'll blog more later, hope you're having a great Thursday!
Monday, May 23, 2011
That being said, today was actually a pretty good day. I was busy at work, which made the day go by quickly, I did some shopping on the way home, and busted my butt at spin class. Dinner was pretty sad though. As I've said many times, I am not the cook in the house, and with Johnny still in New Mexico, I could only manage an Egg Beater omlete and an english muffin for dinner.
Oh well! We can't all be Julia Child, now can we?
I shopped this afternoon for baby stuff, and oh my gosh is it cute. I was in VT this weekend for the hubs' cousin's wife baby shower, and you'd think I'd be baby-ed out, but oh no, I'm totally in love with their unborn baby (I know I'm a freak, don't worry). AL is the first friend of mine to have a baby, so I got totally into it. For the shower we gave them Red Sox onesies (of course), and a travel high chair. It was a fun weekend and a fun shower, but AL was slightly upset about the lack of "I love Mommy" stuff. They got SO many things that said "Daddy's Girl" or "I love my Daddy" that AL was feeling left out. We were told by a shower goer that Target was full of Mommy stuff, but since VT doesn't have Target, I took it upon myself to go this afternoon. And let me tell you...it was a GOLD MINE.
The giraffes are from Old Navy, but that was the ONLY one there. I was glad to snag it to add it to the pile. I may also have purchased a few (read: several) other things that were too cute to resist. Like these guys:
I LOVE that the cousins are having a baby who I will love oh so much and can buy clothes for. Because now I don't have to have one :)
Enough about babies! This weekend I did do some things that fit into the realm of healthy living. On Friday, before I started my day working from home, I busted out a pretty sweet three mile run. Mile two was about a minute slower than mile one or three, but some days that just happens. It was SO humid and nasty at 7am though, that I came home looking like a hot pink sweaty beast.
It doesn't help that the hat I wear running most days is the same color pink as my face.
And yes, that's my ID in the hat. My favorite pair of capris doesn't have a pocket in them, and I don't want to run without some form of ID (just in case) so into the hat it goes! Good thing those bad boys are plastic!
And yesterday I went to yoga! It was wonderful again, and although I am SORE today (especially in my shoulders) it felt amazing to get such a good stretch in! I also purchased some new shoes! As I mentioned before, I've been in the market for something to wear day-to-day instead of my running shoes. I love my Asics, but I wanted something a little cuter and lighter for walking to and from yoga, to spin in, and just kind of everyday stuff. After the BFF helped me with some online research last week, I stopped in the Puma store on Newbury street last night and walked out with these puppies.
These are the Puma Faas 300. They're SO light it's insane, and they PINK! I love pink! They felt great walking around last night and this evening, but I have to say, they weren't great for spin. I have an achy arch in my right foot to begin with, and because this shoe lacks a thick sole, I felt the petal pushing into my arch all class. It wasn't really painful, but it wasn't really pleasant either. I have 30 days to return them if I want to, so we'll see, but I may just have to get real spin shoes too. I'm sure Johnny would be SO happy if he came home from vacation and I had purchased a couple hundred dollars worth of shoes :)
Now it's off to bed...I should do the dishes in the sink that have been gather since Johnny left on Thursday, but I'd rather sleep. They can wait until tomorrow when I have to stay up past 10:30pm to pick Johnny up from the airport!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Our room was so quaint and cozy- the fireplace was used because it was so cold!Yep that's Jay's butt sneaking into my photo. On our first morning at the B&B, after a delicious, homemade b-fast, we enjoyed a quick mile run around the area. I love to run when I travel because it allows me to take a longer, better look at the scenery that I might miss driving in a car. Later that day we decided to walk the short distance (~.75-1 mile) into the plaza area and check out some local shops and a brewery.Alright so we may not have turned into dainty and mean giants but we did enjoy a taster tray to start. It was clearly the weekend for BFFs enjoying tasters in baking trays, right?? On Sunday we took a trip out to the gorge, it was incredible! I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to visit the Grand Canyon. Afterwards we stopped by an Earthship community for a quick tour. I must admit, when I first heard about these from a trainer, I thought he was talking about a spaceship. Glad I asked for a clarification because these things are amazing!! Can you imagine living in a place that you build yourself from recycled materials and having no utility bills? Love it! After our 2.5-3 hour drive, we picked up our pup from the kennel and headed home to tend to our garden.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Today was NOT successful. I planned on taking spin class, but I stayed at work late learning about a new project, and I had a killer stomach ache, and I was stuck in traffic...AGAIN. This week has been BRUTAL traffic wise.
Don't worry, I was dead stopped when I took this picture. You can get fined for texting in driving in MA, and I'm pretty sure taking pictures is right up there with a bone-head idea...except when you're not actually moving. The traffic was bad that the barely 1 hour commute has taken me over an hour and a half the last two days. It's a huge buzz kill.
So instead of working out, I sat on the couch and watched other people working out in the form of two weeks worth of The Biggest Loser. It was slightly motivating, but I'm just not feeling it today.
I am exhausted, and I blame it on having to get up at 4:30am to take Johnny to the airport. He's having fun in New Mexico with his family, and I'm here on the couch (not watching old episodes of True Life). Since Johnny's not here I didn't even eat real dinner...Junior Mints and Pop Chips. Really? Yeah, not healthy or impressive. :(
Oh well...tomorrow is another day. AND I will be working from home so I'll be able to squeeze in some gym time in the morning or a run. Hopefully I can pull myself together by then.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Well, maybe not that crazy, but I don't have any pictures right now and I am actually blogging from my iPod touch. It's just one of those kind of days I guess.
Today I will be returning to the community center gym across from work. I don't actually like the gym but I need to be able to go there. The weather has been gross in MA and there has been almost no running happening because of it. And while it will be getting better, it will eventually get too hot and I'll need a cool place to go and get in a quick run before heading home for the day. In addition to this, I need a place to swim. I have only done a hand full of swims since I signed up for my tri and even though I feel most comfortable with the swim portion, I still want to feel ready and have practiced the distance more than a few times. I'm kind of on a roll fitness-wise (i.e. Getting to spin classes and yoga) and I want to be able to keep that going. A craptastic gym is still better than no gym (when you're like me and know working out at home is not an option). I'll let you know how it goes tonight.
On an unrelated note, Johnny is going to New Mexico tomorrow to celebrate his brother's graduation and I'm already sad. We've had a busy few weeks and have not had too much time to just hang out, so to now have him gone until Tuesday stinks. I'm glad it works out for him to see his family (and yes I'm super jealous since I'm not going And he'llbe in the same city as MY bff) but it will be lonely without him. I am going to VT again, this time for a baby shower, which will also be weird because I'll be staying with/seeing his side of the family without him. I'm totally comfortable going on my own, I just never have before.
Back to work I go. I'm researching car shows today. Super fun. I'm also researching sneakers to wear that are not my running shoes. Maybe something light? Any ideas?
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Friday started off complicated. As I mentioned, my brother was not allowed to graduate. There was question about whether or not he'd be able to participate in the graduation ceremonies, but by Friday afternoon we knew it was not happening. Because of this, most of my family chose not to spend the weekend in VT. Their loss if you ask me! I still planned to go up, because brother's graduation or not, my mom lives there and I haven't seen her in over a month, and I don't know when I'll have the chance again. No big deal, except that I was planning on leaving from work, and the hubs and my sister were to ride from Boston to VT with my uncle. But my uncle was no longer coming. SO I had to drive the hour back to Boston, and then three hours up to my mom's. It was a traffic-free ride (so unheard of) and having the company was much better than driving alone and we crashed very soon after we got up there.
Saturday we woke to clouds, but the rain was holing off. We took the time to hit the farmers market and pick out some stuff for lunch. There were tons of yummy samples, and flowers, and I bought myself a deliciously fresh-brewed ice tea. Only the sun could have made it better!
The hubs bought his parents one of those mondo bottles of syrup, and a huge block of cheddar cheese. He's going out to visit them on Thursday (for my brother-in-law's graduation), so it was perfecting timing to get some gifts. After successful shopping, we heading home for lunch. I LOVE love love eating at my mom's. She's a natural food nut, and the stuff in her house is always so healthy and fresh. Lunch was green salad, topped with a black bean and corn salad, and fresh bread with hummus.
After lunch I set out with my sister for a four mile run. I really want to up my mileage this week, even if it mean I ran slowly. My mom even joined us for the run, which made me super happy because I've never run with my mom before, and she doesn't ever really run, so it was a super special girls run (I am a cheese ball, I know). Well let me just tell you that 4 miles did not happen. 2 miles barely happened. I don't know if I ate something bad or if I ran too soon after eating, but I ended up having to sprint home to the bathroom. Probably TMI, so sorry about that, but it totally ruined my run. My aunt had a similar issue while out taking a walk after lunch, but everyone else seemed fine, so we decided it was the timing in which we started getting moving after lunch.
I spent the rest of the day lazing around and reading my new issue of Triathlete Magazine (thanks, BFF!). This morning started early since my aunt wanted to head out, and my mom was on call for work starting at 10am. We packed up the car, including a special package...my new bike! Well, it's not new...it's old...and it's my mom's, but it's new to me! I didn't think to take a picture of it stuffed in the back of my car, but I'm so happy to have it!
We took a rainy drive home, but stopped at the Longtrail Brewery on our way home. Unfortunately, they didn't have a real tour, but we had lunch and sampled some beers.
I love that the samples come in a muffin tin. So very creative. The sampler included their Blackbeary Wheat, which the hubs doesn't like, so I enjoyed that with my meal. Seeing as I was the one driving, I stuck to just the little sample.
Once we made it home, I had a great Sunday night, summed up in this picture:
A trip to Trader Joes for this week's groceries (and flowers bc the hubs thought I deserved them), yoga class (which was SO hard and further proof that I need to do it more often) and fro-yo for dinner. A perfect ending to the weekend. Even though it didn't really go as planned, it all worked out in the end.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
And I forgot to tell you about Saturday's boot camp! It was amazing!! We worked out with weights, did a few rounds of sprints and I did my first set (err make that sets of 14, 12, 10, 8, 6 and 4!) of burpees with push-ups following immediately after. Whoa talk about a workout. Every part of my body was workedand my heart rate was up. It was a great way to start a Saturday morning.
Just about every time I eat oatmeal (which is 3-4 days out of the week) I have terrible stomach pains, bloating and nausea. I thought this was totally normal. It wasn't until last week that I was enduring another round of pain (see: hunched over and about ready to hurl) that I began to wonder if everyone felt this way after oatmeal. I did a little research and nope, I don't think everyone feels that bad. Whoops. After reading a few forums and articles, I think I'll be staying away from oatmeal for a little while. It most definitely was a funny/embarrassing/great realization.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
1) I am a HUGE fan of Maroon 5- love, love, love them. While I was pulling into the parking lot at work, the radio announced that M5 is coming to Albuquerque. I think I said... actually yelled "ohmygosh ohmygosh" 20 times and squealed. I don't even care if anybody saw me- I love them!! With this reaction, you'd think this would've been my first time ever seeing them perform. Nope, it would be #3.
2) Than came "oh my goooosh, I'm not even going to be here!" moment. I was too busy expressing my joy for the M5 concert to realize their concert date falls on the same day that I will be out of town. Drats. I guess I'll just have to buy the concert DVD. That's totally not weird, right??
3) Umm randomly spotting this amazing actor out and about Saturday night at a local Abq tavern.
Thankfully, Mark Ruffalo was super nice about my friend and I getting photos with him. Can you believe the bartender actually turned him away?? He came in with 2 friends and the bartender told them "sorry we're closed" and it was only maybe 12 am! After our quick photos the bartender came out and asked what the big fuss was about- even after explaining it I still don't think he knows who Mark Ruffalo is- maybe I should lend him my extra copy of 13 Going on 30.
4) While picking up a few necessities at Target this weekend I found a cute bikini. I really don't buy bathing suits all that often because once I find one that fits, it's all that I want to wear. I decided to try on a bright, patterned swimsuit and since going on this new workout challenge, had my first "oh my gosh my body looks so different" moment. Different in a good way. I still have a long ways to go with the training but I couldn't believe how much muscle I can actually see in my back and shoulders- two places I have never carried much muscle. It has given me motivation to keep going! Even if they were to tell me that I'm not in the shape necessary to compete- I'm still walking away from this feeling so much more confident about my body.
On tonight's dinner menu: grilled bbq chicken (Jay is letting it bake for a while before it goes on the grill- our house smells ah-mazing) served with grilled mushrooms (which I've just basted in balsamic vinegar...yumm) and grilled pineapple. If the winds would taper, I'd say it's just about summer time here.
Yesterday morning really started the beautiful weekend. I didn't set an alarm, eventually got up, had some coffee, read blogs, and got out the door to the gym. No rush, just a nice relaxing morning. I did 25 minutes on the elliptical and a quick mile on the treadmill. If I'm in the city on a Saturday morning, I usually try to do weight lifting class followed by a 60 minute spin class, but since I had a race today I wanted yesterday's work out to be pretty light. When I finished I walked around the city for a while doing a bunch of errands. I refuled with some ice coffee. I absolutely love ice coffee in the summer, I even have a koozie!
One of the errands I had to do was to stop at the Lindt chocolate store. Tough life, huh? Two of our friends are moving to Switzerland in a few weeks, and we had a going away party for them last night. I bought a bunch of assorted truffles and chocolate to have at that party (we also had candy watches, since the Swiss are known for their watches, Swiss and American cheese for sandwiches, and we gave them Swiss Francs as a going away present). I had a good time wandering around the store and picking things out. The sales person kept offering me free samples, but I limited myself to one, which was DELICIOUS and an awesome post-work out treat. I'm not sure I'd be able to work in a place like that!
After the rest of my errands, the clouds started rolling in. I headed home as a few sprinkles came down, and minutes after I walked in the door it started pouring! It was perfect timing! I settled in a made myself a seriously good salad. I'm sure you're not all that interested in what my salad looked like, but I took a pictures, so you get to see.
The party last night was fun, but I had to jet early to see David Sedaris read! I LOVE him as an author and I've had these tickets for months. It was unfortunate that it all fell on the same night, but the show was good! He's such a hilarious man, and I love hearing him read his own stuff. It's so much better than when I read it to myself.
This morning I was up bright and early to run a 5k in my home town. Unfortunately, I work with some hip pain. I'm not sure what it was all about because I didn't do anything crazy this week, so I think maybe I slept on it funny. I was concerned that it was ruin the race for me, but once I started running, the pain was unnoticeable. On my way to the race I picked up my gma. She came out to cheer me on!
The race itself sucked. The course was a nice challenge, but the organization was HORRIBLE. One site said it started at 9, then active.com (where we registered) said 9:30. Turns out 9:30 was right, so we were more than a little early. The race shirts were not pink, and we didn't even get one! Only the first 100 runners were given shirt, which was not information posted on the race site, and they were BLUE. We could buy them, but since I already payed for the race and it wasn't pink I didn't bother. When we started running at 9:30, we were stopped a little ways down the street where the starting line was actually located. It was bazaar, but it also threw off the mileage. According to my Garmin, the race was only 2.98 miles. That aside, I ran a GREAT race. The first mile of the race (Garmin measured, not race markers) was the fastest mile I've ever run. The second mile was a bit slower, but still rocking for me. The last .98 was HARD. It had a big uphill that made me want to cry a little. But I powered through because I knew a huge downhill was on the other side. We finished the race in 34:14, which put us on pace to finish the whole 5k at 35:44-ish (the hubs likes math and was "crunching the numbers" for me). Now, to most people out there, this probably doesn't seem that great, but for me? THIS IS AMAZING! The finished a 5k in May last year (with the BFF!) in 43 minutes. This summer, my 5k time was 40 minutes. I am improving by minutes each time, and I RAN MY FASTEST MILE EVER. Needless to say, I'm SUPER excited about this. I would have liked to have my finishing time be more accurate, but I'll take it! I have my friend Emma to thank for this awesome feeling though. Running with her really pushed me to keep my pace up, and now I know I can do it. I felt badly holding her back, but she didn't care one bit. She kept giving me pep talks and helped me finish strong. Luckily, she's running the 5 miler with me in June too!
(Please note how she looks like she barely broke a sweat and I look like I might pass out haha).
It was an awesome weekend and I feel ready to take on the week. Happy Mother's Day to all the awesome moms out there. I don't get to see mine, but I'll see her on Friday when I head to VT with the whole family! My brother is graduating and we're going to party hard. Hopefully the work week goes by quickly!