Stories from my iPhone…and ice cream.

Hi guys!  I’ve been totally lame sauce and I’m sorry about that. I’m trying really hard to get out of this funk and I think some sunny Spring weather is just what the doctor orders. PLEASE bring on the warm weather. Pretty please.

Since I need the pictures from my phone to actually remember what’s been going on, I’ve uploaded a bunch for a trip down memory lane.

Sweaty selfie after an at home workout I did in the living room while Annabelle ate lunch.  She thinks burpees are hilarious and we practice counting as I do them. 😊

Poor baby was having some tummy troubles last weekend. Toddlers and tummy trouble = absolutely terrible.

Eating chocolate Teddy Grahams at 9 am. Thanks Daddy.

Snow day breakfast of pancakes, turkey sausage, and strawberries.

Lots of snow…about 11 inches.

Chris and I had a rare dinner out last Friday (thanks Carrie!!!) and we enjoyed salmon, tuna, bread pudding, and flourless chocolate cake. 😍

Annabelle rocking her Maryland onsie from Uncle Gren and Aunt Janice. Go Terps!

Avocado omlette = perfect post long run meal

A perfect Sunday morning run with two of my awesome Ragnar teammates. Thanks for coming up Woody and Pryce!

I love seeing double digits on my Garmin.

Banana, oats, and chocolate chip cookies. 😀

Homemade ice cream cake just sounded like a good idea today.

THE LAYERS!!!

1. Chocolate fudge (chocolate chips melted into some vanilla almond milk)

2.  Crushed oreos

3. Red velvet cake ice cream

4. Chocolate fudge

5. Vanilla fudge ice cream

6. Cool whip

7. Sprinkles

Even though I wanted to eat it as soon as I made it, I waited until after dinner.  🙂

Post workout selfie…because you really needed to see my sweaty face.  PS Somebody please tell me how to fix my crow’s feet.  I did Jillian MIchael’s 30 day Shred Level 2 followed by 2 rounds of the At Home Jumping Jacks Circuit Workout.  On the second round I made a few substitutions to switch things up a little bit (burpess instead of tuck jumps, tricep dips in place of tricep pushups, and leg lifts in place of bicycle crunches). Dinner = leftover chicken mixed with veggies topped with shredded cheddar cheese.  Everything it better with a side of sweet potato fries.

Yup, I ate this huge chunk that is missing.
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What is the best dessert you have ever had?

Best workout last week?

If you are in a funk too, I’m sorry.

I just didn’t have much to say…

While I love to blog and share all of my nonsense with my 10 loyal followers (love you guys), I just didn’t have much to say last week. I took a complete 9 days off from exercise to let my body recover from my marathon. My knee was super sore afterwards and I decided to be smart and just rest. What did I do with my free time? I went out to lunch with coworkers, shopped on the internet, read some articles, and took some walks. At home, I did more loads of laundry than I can ever remember doing in the past and Chris and I emptied the garage, trashed a lot of stuff, and reorganized as we put stuff back. The garage is still pretty full (lots of baby stuff), but it’s organized. 🙂
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I worked from home yesterday and started back on my healthy eating regimen. I wasn’t super crazy during my rest week, but I tend to eat worse when I don’t exercise.

Breakfast: organic whole grain waffles topped with strawberries, blueberries, and agave.

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Lunch: turkey burger with a side of steamed zucchini and squash

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Snack: Greek yogurt topped with Cheerios. Try it, you’ll thank me.

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Dinner: chicken pesto meatballs, sweet potato, and broccoli/cauliflower

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Now for dessert!

“Healthy” Chocolate Mousse with Angel Food Cake

Ingredients:

– One container of no sugar added pudding
– One mini angel food cake (or a slice of angel food cake)
– Light Cool Whip
– Mini chocolate chips

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1. Place angel food cake in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, mix 1 container of pudding with 3 heaping tablespoons of cool whip = chocolate mousse.
3. Top the angel food cake with the chocolate mousse.
4. Top with some mini chocolate chips.

Enjoy!

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My first workout in 9 days…a very sweaty spin class followed by some abs and push-ups. At work, we only have about 20 spin bikes so we have to sign up for class. I signed up but all the bikes were taken when I got to class. The instructor saved me from having a compete meltdown (I really needed that workout) and he offered me his bike. Thanks, Sean!

PS Thanks for sticking around and reading and commenting. It really does make my day to read what you have to say. 🙂

What’s the longest amount of time you went without exercising?

Cheerios…original or honey nut?

When you can’t run, shovel!

Since I ate a delicious chocolate donut pretty early this morning, I was ready for second breakfast around 10:30. I made us eggs, potatoes with onions, and bagels. 🙂

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Annabelle spent the morning playing with the snow on the other side of the door.

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Since I obviously couldn’t go out for a run, I decided that shoveling (about 15 inches of snow) would be a great workout.

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In a little over 2 hours, I had shoveled out our front sidewalk, driveway, and some of our outer sidewalks. I didn’t shovel out the back of our driveway because it made more sense to wait for the plow to come through first.

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I was pretty hungry when I got back inside, so I snacked on yogurt with sliced banana and cinnamon granola.

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A little while later I went back out and shoveled out the last part of the driveway. Total shoveling time = 3 hours! I wonder how many calories I burned? Enough to have a huge bowl of ice cream? I believe so! FYI…Chris offered to shovel and would have done so, but I insisted on doing it. 🙂

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After shoveling round 2, I was so ready for a shower and dinner. While our pizza was cooking, Annabelle and I snacked on some animal crackers. I just can’t eat one. They are just too good.

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Pizza!!

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Annabelle is now in bed and I will enjoy my nightly ice cream ritual while watching a movie with Chris.

Oh yea, it’s blizzarding again.

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How do you stay active when you can’t do your regular activities?

If you live somewhere warm, what was the temperature today??

Recumbent Bike Workout!

Happy Thursday!

Since I ran a 10k race yesterday, I stuck to a cross training workout today. First up was 30 minutes on the stair climber. I used the “calorie burn” setting on level 14 and I really worked up a sweat.

Next, I grabbed two 5 lb dumbbells and hopped on the recumbent bike for 20 minutes. I set the bike on “random” at level 9. While riding the bike I did as many sets of the following as I could:

PS I totally wanted to video this but I couldn’t find a camera man in my work gym today. Plus people think I’m cray for taking pictures all the time. 🙂

1. Overhead shoulder press (20).

2. Reverse shoulder press (20). This one is hard to describe, but set up as if you were going to do a shoulder press and with only bending at your elbows, lower your arms until you hands and arms are even with your shoulders and return to the start position.

3. Bicep curls (20).

4. Tricep drops (20). Hold dumbbells together over head and drop the weights backwards while keeping your elbows still and in close to your ears.

5. Mini flys (20). Touch you elbows to your waste and extend your arms forward while holding the weights perpendicular. While keeping your elbows against your body, move both hands out to the side and return to the starting position.

Repeat the exercises as many times as you can in 20 minutes and take breaks when necessary. Even though I only used 5 lb weights, my arms were screaming at the end! To finish off the workout, I did some abs and held a plank for as long as I could…only about 2:30 today.
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A post without pictures is really no fun. To fill that void, here are some random pics from my phone.

Baby in tights ❤

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This snowman had a little too much fun on New Year’s Eve.  🙂

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My mom gave me these new notebooks.  I love making lists!

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Loving my new chevron scarf.  I hope some of you like that magnet in the background.  🙂

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Afternoon snack!

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What was your workout today?

Are you a snacker?  What are some of your “go to” snacks?

I was that person.

Yesterday morning, I made a quick run to get bagels for me and my mom. I’m not proud of this, but I totally wore my pajamas.

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Chocolate chip bagel with light cream cheese and orange juice. 🙂

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A little while later, we headed to the gym for a workout. Annabelle played in the “Kidz Klub” while we worked out and we got in about 40 minutes before we heard her crying from across the gym :-(. My mom is the best mother/grandmother in the world and she went to get AB while I finished up.

I did 30 minutes on the stair climber (haven’t done it in a while and it was hard!), 2000 meters on the rowing machine, and planked for as long as I could. It was a quick and effective workout :-).

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By the time we drove to my parent’s house and showered, I was starving!

Salad for lunch…spinach, romaine, broccoli, red onion, chicken, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and Zinfandel vinaigrette dressing.

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After lunch, we had some fun at the Christmas train garden.

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Annabelle screamed and waved her hands around when we put her down to see the trains. It was really cute.

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Ravens!

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After a quick trip to Target, we picked up the good stuff to make a great ending to a fun day.

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Favorite bagel flavor?
Favorite Holiday activity?

Follow these 5 tips to have the best Thanksgiving ever!!

  1. Get in a morning workout!  I read that Thanksgiving has become the most popular holiday to run a race, so get out there and sign up for a Turkey Trot.  I find that when I get in a good run/workout, I digest my food quickly and I am hungry more often.  On Thanksgiving, this is immensely important as I intend to eat a few helpings.  I’m running the Y of Central Maryland Turkey Trot Towson! 

If you don’t have a lot of time, try this short but powerful workout that you can do in your own home.

Turkey Day Workout

AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 25 minutes

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 25 high knees
  • 10 walking pushups (or regular ones or on your knees J)
  • 15 burpees
  • 30 sit-ups
  • 30 tricep dips (I use my coffee table)

NOTE:  Please feel free to modify the number of reps and the total time as you see fit.  Just make sure that you get your heart rate up and that you feel challenged.  🙂

  1. Eat breakfast!  I can understand the “don’t eat now so I can eat more later” logic, but this will back fire on Thanksgiving.  Eat something healthy in the morning, such as eggs and toast or oatmeal and fruit, so that you are not famished by the time the main even happens.  This will allow you to make smarter choices and you won’t eat everything in sight because you are starving.  PS You will probably still eat everything in sight because it is Thanksgiving!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  2. Dress appropriately!  Proper attire includes:  spandex, sweatpants, and elastic.  If you happen to have maternity pants around, go with those.  J  The more room you have for expansion, the better!  Our day involves lots of food, board games, and football watching and all of those activities are best performed in sweats…or at least loose fitting pants.  Don’t get this comforable though!20131109-212235.jpg 
  3. Strategize!  the landscape and make a game plan.  I don’t like to have all of my food touching, so I really have to work some magic when filling my plate.  I try to have a little bit of   everything I like in the first round and the second round is saved for another helping of the “best of the best” dishes.  No need to strategize for dessert…I’m having one of each and that is a fact (unless it involves coconut). 
  4. Give thanks!  Sit back and relax today, spend time with your family, enjoy your dinner, and really be thankful for all that you have.  Give thanks for all the blessings in your life and do something nice for those less fortunate.  So many people are facing true struggles and even a smile or a quick hello can make someone’s day.     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Strategize! SurveyGive I am so thankful for this little girl.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

What are you doing tonight?  Please tell me!!!  🙂 Cooking?  Watching movies?

What are you eating tonight?  I hear it’s one of the biggest pizza ordering nights of the year!

5 ways to eat healthy in the workplace.

I ALWAYS feel better when I eat healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I fully enjoy my desserts, but I usually eat healthy meals and I prefer to eat healthier foods. The following tips will help you eat healthy and be healthy in the workplace. Let’s face it, we are going to need all the help we can get with the holidays fast approaching. 🙂

5 Ways to Eat Healthy in the Workplace

1. Grocery shop! In order to have healthy foods to take to work, you need to hit the grocery store and buy everything you will need to pack healthy breakfast and lunch items. I tend to eat many of the same things from week to week, so I always have a plan an know what I need to buy ahead of time. TIP: Don’t go grocery shopping hungry!

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2. Keep a healthy food stash. It is so important to have healthy meals and snacks close by. You don’t want to be caught NEEDING an afternoon snack and the only thing available is the cake sitting on the conference table. If you have healthy options available, it will be easy to make good food choices and you will feel better for it.

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3. Pack your lunch (and breakfast if you are an early bird)! It may be time consuming, but preparing your lunch and breakfast the night before is so important. At times, it will take me a good half hour to cut my veggies, prepare my salad, get my fruit washed, and get everything packed and ready for the morning. I know that it will not get done if I wait until the morning and I am always super happy to have all of my healthy food ready and available throughout my work day. PS I love my salad bowl from Tupperware because it makes packing a salad super easy.

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4. Drink lots and lots of water! I always start my day by drinking a full bottle on my drive into work and I try to refill my bottle at least 4 times throughout the day. Not only does water help your body function, it can help you stay full longer…and avoid that cake that’s calling your name.

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5. Get active during your lunch break! I am very lucky that my work place has a gym on campus. The gym offers plenty of group exercise classes per day and this makes it super easy to fit in a workout. Almost everyday during my lunch break, I hit the gym for a class or head out for a run with my running buddies. If your work place doesn’t have a gym, head outside for a walk with coworkers, walk around the complex indoors, or use the stairs to get to the top floor of your building. I always find that I have more energy (and make better food choices) after a lunchtime workout. 🙂

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Do you pack a lunch or go out to eat?
Morning, mid day, or evening workout?

3 W’s: Workouts, Weekend, and Way too much food!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!  Here is a photo recap of my beach weekend.  🙂

Workouts

Friday:  X-Fit Class during lunch.  The class consisted of a bunch of dead lifts along with a sprinting exercise and abs.  This is my cousin Carrie (also known as CK) doing some dead lifts.

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Saturday:  Does carrying around an 18 pound baby and dragging a beach cart through the sand count?  Yes, I think so!

Sunday:  6.02 mile progression run…well almost.  Duration 46:33, overall pace 7:43

Mile1 8:23

Mile 2 7:43

Mile 3 7:39

Mile 4 7:26

Mile 5 7:29

Mile 6 7:25

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Monday:  3.5 easy miles on the beach (I have a few blisters on the bottom of my right foot from running in the sand…at least my feet are very exfoliated.)

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Weekend!

Annabelle just hanging out and showing off her thighs.

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AB on the beach with Aunt Sarah.

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Rocking a high chair like a champ.

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Mom and AB took a 3.5 mile walk around the park.

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Sunset walk around the park.

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The view from our dinner table at Sunset Grill.

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Yup, another picture of me looking like I have no hair…

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Way too much food!

Breakfast at Dumser’s

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Impulse grocery store buy 🙂

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Salmon, mashed potatoes, and broccoli

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My mom’s soft crab sandwich…yup, you eat the whole thing!

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Peanut butter pie in a mason jar.  It was layers of peanut butter mousse and crushed oreos…it was heaven.

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What was the best part of your weekend?  Did you eat anything especially good?

Hard workout Friday = Rest and eat too much Saturday

Friday’s Workout: X-fit class

7 rounds of…

7 push-ups
7 G2O (ground to overheads…I used a bar with 30 lbs)
7 kettle bell arm pulls
7 band walks
7 burpees
7 kettle bell swings
7 twisting lunges

Let me tell you, I was so tired and so sweaty after this one. April knows what I’m talking about :-). After the workout, we did a killer ab circuit including crunches, leg lifts, bridges, and planks.

On Friday night, Chris and I took advantage of Restaurant Week and went to Christopher Daniels for dinner. The menu included 4 courses for $30. I ordered a chopped salad, scallops with spinach and bacon, gnocchi with veggies, and a peanut butter cookie sundae. I took pictures, but the only one that really turned out well is this one of the bread.

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All of the food was great, but the portions were very small :-(.

I woke up on Saturday morning feeling pretty tired and sore. At least I caught a glimpse of a pretty sunrise as I was praying for AB to go back to sleep…

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I took yesterday as an exercise rest day and a full on eating marathon day :-). BTW, I’m feeling it right now and I can’t wait to go hit the pavement.

Yup, this happened…mid-day. A crazy cookie sundae for me and a mint mallow sundae for my mom!

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AB was pretty happy even though she didn’t get any ice cream.

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Happy Sunday!

Sunday plans? Workout or rest day?

Is today an ice cream eating day? 🙂

Coffee, workout, and my Dad as babysitter

I treated myself and slept in this week…it felt wonderful. Instead of getting up at 4:45 everyday, I’ve been sleeping to about 7 or 7:30 if Annabelle doesn’t wake me up first. Even though I’ve been getting more sleep, I still need to start my day with coffee. I made a special trip to Dunkin Donuts today.

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At lunch, I took an X Fit class and it was a very effective 40 minute workout. We warmed up with 2 minutes of jump rope, 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 10 squats. The rest of the workout looked like this…

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Afterwards, I hopped on the treadmill for a short run. I only did a mile because I wanted to test out my back/butt/hamstring issue (I’ve been having discomfort for the last two weeks). I’m happy to report that while I didn’t feel 100%, I don’t feel any worse because of it. I hope to take AB out in the jogging stroller for the first time this weekend!

I’m up way too late tonight, but let me leave with you this. My dad babysat Annabelle today and he is very good about keeping me updated throughout the day. Yes, he is available so let me know if you are in need of his services.

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What are your weekend plans?