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A Sore Return

9 Jan

Whew! Either the two weeks out of the gym completely took it out of me or maybe I’m still recovery from being sick, but the Cardio and Tone class I went to during lunch yesterday has left me s-o-r-e. Like, waddling around, bracing myself to sit on the toilet sore. Definitely didn’t see that one coming, but it was a fantastic workout. The instructor was upbeat, knowledgeable, and offered varying levels of difficulty for each of the exercises so it was good for all fitness levels. The class was set up like high intensity interval training (HIIT), except there wasn’t much rest time from what I could gather. It was basically a bunch of supersets (one exercise immediately followed by another), taking a rest break when you absolutely needed to. Wowza!

The nice thing about going to the gym during lunch is that I get to go home straight after. There was a package waiting on my doorstep when I arrived home. How I love getting mail!

IMG_1813[1]My dad had wanted to buy a winter coat for me for my birthday, but waited until I was home in December so I could try them on myself and see what fit best.

IMG_1817[1]It’s so warm and cozy and purple! I love it. It looks pink in this picture, but I assure you that it’s purple. Also, don’t mind the fact that I’m wearing PJ pants underneath the jacket – I may or may not have changed right into them as soon I got home from work. Major plus on the coat?

IMG_1823[1]Thumb holes! I love them.

After modeling my coat for myself, I went downstairs to rummage for some food because if I’m not at the gym, I’m eating (duh). On our recent Costco trip, I bought two pounds of cherry tomatoes and a box of individually packaged Sabra hummus to bring to work in lunches, so I decided to break them out and see how they were.

IMG_1825[1]Sabra is not really my favorite hummus, but the individual packs are a perfect serving and will pair well with some sliced cucumbers (my fave) and the tomatoes.

Then I parked myself on the couch and watched the rest of season 1 of Downton Abbey. Whoops. I had big plans to clean my room and do laundry and all that fun stuff, but it was thrown by the wayside in favor of the drama of the Crawley family. I won’t give anything away for those who haven’t seen it but the episode with the Turkish attaché just knocked me on my butt. Touché, Julian Fellowes, touché.

While on the phone with Stef last night, we were discussing our plans for this weekend. Our anniversary is on Friday so we are hoping to do something a little more romantic than our usual Trader Joe’s grocery date. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to spend my Friday night than walking in a giant room full of food with my boyfriend. I’m kidding, I think.

Anyway, the weather is supposed to be really nice this weekend, get a load of this:

IMG_1827[1]Highs in the sixties over the weekend??? Tell me this is actually the middle of winter. With warm temps on the horizon, we are hoping to find something fun to do outside over the weekend.

This morning’s breakfast was a lox and cream cheese wrap using some smoked salmon from Trader Joe’s.


It was also featured in my omelette yesterday and I’m having a salmon fillet for lunch – overkill? I also had a bowl of honey Greek yogurt (the best flavor) mixed with some frozen wild blueberries that I briefly thawed in the microwave. The smokiness of the salmon really made the wrap and the juice from the blueberries turned my yogurt a beautiful shade of purple. Simple and so delicious.

Body Pump is on the books for tonight, though my muscles are fatigued and I don’t know how effective my workout will be tonight. It’s pretty amazing what two weeks of being sedentary will do to you after months of regular activity.

Food For Thought: Do you go through periods where you eat the same thing repeatedly? What are some of your favorite food regulars?






Costco Treasures

8 Jan

There is a new Costco that opened up in DC, which great because it means Stef and I don’t have to drive out to Maryland to go to the one near the University of Maryland in College Park.

It has been awhile since we have made a trip to Costco and I definitely needed to replenish some of my staples, namely the big bags of frozen vegetables and frozen berries I like to keep handy. The veggies are great for throwing in just about anything to get an extra handful of vegetables when you can. I also love the berries because they are perfect for smoothies – no ice needed! I just mix them with Greek yogurt and some soy milk and they’re good to go!

This time around, a discover a new-to-me Costco treasure: frozen salmon fillets! I am always hesitant to buy fresh fish, because I worry that I won’t make it before it goes bad, so the pre-packaged frozen servings are a wonderful discovery for me.

I decided to try them out for dinner last night and cooked the salmon (after letting it defrost in the fridge overnight) on the stovetop with some garlic and herb seasoning. It took about 7 minutes on each side at medium heat.

I broke out my new bag of frozen veggies and sautéed those quickly, while a sweet potato cooked in the microwave for 4 minutes. It still blows my mind that you can cook sweet potatoes and squash in the microwave – it saves so much time!

A little Greek yogurt adds some nice creaminess to the sweet potato.

I finished off the meal with two chocolate chip cookies and an episode of Downton Abbey. I had never seen the show, but people all around me are really into it so I decided to give it a go once I realized I couldn’t get the channel for the BCS game last night and Downton Abbey was on Netflix.

I love period movies and shows (hello, I’m a woman!), but I’m not hooked on this one yet. I’ll give it a few more episodes before I pass judgment.

I went to bed nice and early last night so I was awake before my alarm went off, which gave me a little extra time to make this masterpiece:

That’s a three egg omelette with tomatoes, half an avocado, some sliced mushrooms, a few piece of smoked salmon, and a sprinkle of feta. It was as massive as it looked and I had a bit of trouble flipping it, so the end result was a bit burnt and didn’t look so pretty.

Nothing a little salsa can’t fix, though! I have to say that I am super full and will have no problem waiting for lunch.

I am contemplating a lunchtime ‘Cardio and Tone’ class because I want to get home earlier and didn’t manage to do a morning workout. Does anybody have any tips on getting to the gym in the morning? I always end up sleeping through the morning workouts because I know I can just go to a class in the evening and sleep sounds so much better.

Food For Thought: What time do you exercise? Is there a time of day when you tend to have more energy?

Manic Monday

27 Aug

Holy cow, guys, how is it already 11:30??? I feel like I was go, go, go the whole day. Even breakfast was a quickie, with some Greek yogurt, topped with Kashi Go Lean and fresh fruit. I also sprinkled some chia seeds on the top.

When lunchtime rolled around, I kept going from one of my containers to the other, not really satisfied with anything I was eating. I started out with some quinoa with feta, tomato, and arugula.

About mid-way through my quinoa, I got bored and switched over to some carrots and hummus.

The whole time I was eating, I was craving something sweet, so luckily I had popped some trail mix into my lunchbox. I made it yesterday, with the Costco walnuts and almonds I had, plus a package of raisins I bought at Trader Joe’s over the weekend.

All that was missing were some M&Ms for some color and sweetness!

The rest of the day was busy going through the list of tasks my boss had left me while he’s out of town. Then it was time for Body Pump! My arms were feeling really good today, but I feel like I was struggling the whole way through squats and lunges. Maybe I should up the weight on my arms? It’s nice finishing a set without feeling like your muscles are about to peel away from your body, though. I will let you guys know what I end up doing after my next Body Pump class on Wednesday.

As soon as I got home, it was time to prep for dinner. My roommate is leaving for Sweden for a couple of weeks and I wanted to make him a goodbye dinner. I had some frozen chicken breasts and the big Tupperware of pesto from the weekend, just waiting to be used. I decided to improvise, so I chopped up the frozen chicken and put it in a saute pan where some garlic had been roasting in some hot olive oil.

Am I the only one who thinks chicken looks really strange when it’s raw?

After the chicken had been cooking for awhile and was almost done, I added the pesto, in a frozen chunk, to the pan and stirred it around to mix it. As it melted, it created a really nice, light coating for the chicken.

Meanwhile, my roommate had popped some rice into the rice maker and made a nice side salad for us to eat while we were waiting for the rice to cook. Salads are just so much better with avocado!

When the rice was finally ready, we were so ready to eat. Here it is in all its pesto-y goodness:

I usually associate pesto with a pasta topping, but the nice thing about it is its versatility. Pesto can be used as a marinade, a sauce, a spread, or a topping and its delicious every time.

Well, ladies and gents, it is sufficiently late and I need to get my butt to bed! Hope you had a great start to your week, have a wonderful night!

Billy Goat Trail

20 Aug

It’s only mid-afternoon and I’ve got a case of the “Mondaze”…I’ve just been very flitty and unable to concentrate, so I thought I would recap my Sunday.

It started out nice and early because I was headed up to meet my friend Ellen before going on a hike in Maryland called the Billy Goat Trail at ten. It would have been nice to sleep in a little later, but have had this hike planned for weeks now and I wasn’t about to put it off any longer!

I started off the day with a simple, but tasty breakfast that consisted of some Kashi Go Lean cereal, a handful of raw oats, and soy milk. I sprinkled the last of my Costco blueberries on top and now I am officially out of fresh fruit.

I hopped on the bus to Silver Spring and met Ellen at the station and, after a brief stop at the golden arches to pick up some coffee for her, we were on our way!

The hike was not a hike by my Northwestern definition, which is usually up, up, and more up. It was more a nature walk with brief periods of scrambling across giant boulders, which was a good time. There were some really nice views of the Potomac River as we made our way along the 4 mile trail.

Why so dark and gloomy? Because about 3 seconds after that photo was taken, the heavens opened and unleashed an absolute downpour. We were soaked to the bone and I looked rather odd, because I had stuff my back pack under my shirt, kangaroo-style, to prevent my stuff (namely my phone) from getting wet. That made the rest of the boulder-scrambles a bit more challenging because the rocks became veryyy slick. We finished without any injuries, though our shoes looked like we had just trudged through a swamp.

When I got home, I was ready for a hot shower and something warm in my belly. Luckily, I had those yummy leftovers from my date night with Stef and I happily stuffed my face with beef brisket tortelloni.

Because of the dreary weather, I really didn’t want to do anything outside, so I read a book while Stef did some prep work for his first day of school, followed by a nice afternoon nap. The lethargy carried over into the evening and I didn’t feel like making anything super elaborate for dinner – leftovers it was! I finished up the last of my Summer Squash pasta and felt like I had indulged in my pasta quota for the week.

One wonderful thing was accomplished on Sunday, and that was thanks to a wonderful discovery I made while walking Stef to his car. In the front yard of one of my neighbors’ houses was a sign that said ‘Free fresh-cut rosemary’ and a HUGE pile of the delicious-smelling herb right alongside. I snagged a few sprigs and when I got home, my roommates and I decided that rosemary bread was definitely on the books for tonight. My baker roommate got the starter going and we’re going to get baking after I get home tonight. SO EXCITED. The rosemary smells absolutely fabulous and I can’t wait to have fresh, homemade bread in the house!

Hope you all are having a Monday that’s a little less lazy than mine is. Catch ya this evening after my Body Pump class – I hope it wakes me up!





The Sneeze Shield

8 Aug

Good morning! It’s a beautiful day in Washington, but man, I am tired. The getting to bed at midnight and waking up at 6:30 is not good for someone who needs at least 9 hours of sleep (I know, I’m a sloth!) to function properly.

For breakfast, I ate one of my pre-made English muffins, top with mozzarella cheese and some tomato basil pasta sauce. I bought a ton of blueberries at Costco the other day, so I made a small bowl of greek yogurt, blueberries, and raw oatmeal on the side. I sprinkle some chia seeds in there, too and I didn’t noticed they were even in the bowl while I was eating. Verdict is still out on those.

I was going through my purse this morning and found some samples that Stefano and I had received when we were at Costco over the weekend.

The lady at the booth marketed it as a no sugar, no calorie, no artificial flavor, gluten-free multivitamin powder to pour in water. That left me speculating about what was in it. I decided to give it a go and poured it into my water bottle and it turned the water a nice peach color.

The instructions said to dilute it in 16 oz of water, but even then it was a little too sweet for me (and I like things sweet!). It had a nice flavor, but I think I’m going to stick with the gummy vitamins I bought at Target. Speaking of Target, while I was there the other night I spotted an interesting advertisement on the box of Kleenex that I bought…

This box of Kleenex was the special “Sneeze Shield” type. Am I the only one who thinks that all tissues are sneeze shields? I mean, that is the point of them, right? Not sure what makes this type of Kleenex particularly excellent at shielding my sneezes, but they were right about them being ultra soft. Score one for Kleenex, I guess.

Time for me to get working – it might be a rough morning because I’m feeling a bit sleep deprived and I really want to keep track of all the Olympic events going on today – especially beach volleyball! It’s USA vs. USA for the gold! Hope you all have a wonderful day.





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