Is it the long weekend yet?

TGIF!  Happy Friday to everyone!  I’m so looking forward to spending the long weekend with my family in Chicago to watch my cousin graduate from high school.  I remember when my cousin was born – I was 7!  He’s now a 6’5″ young man who is one of the funniest people I know.  I’m so excited for his adventures.

Let’s jump into yesterday’s eats!  I have to say, yesterday wasn’t great.  Having a morning long meeting is never easy and it kinda throws off my whole day.

BREAKFAST – Apple.  Why am I so obsessed with apples?!  I don’t know, but they are delicious.  I also guess I have a big obsession with taking a picture after I take my first bite.  #weirdo

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LUNCH – love a free lunch.  It is safe to say that I would sit through anything if lunch is being offered.  So, while a morning long meeting isn’t too enticing, but knowing that a free lunch is at the end of the tunnel, I can power through!

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Usually, Panera is catered, but this lunch came from some deli I didn’t know.  I at a turkey sandwich with cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo on whole grain bread.  On the side, I had some fruit salad and an insanely soft chocolate chip cookie.  Seriously, that chocolate chip cookie was amazing!!

SNACK – Cheez-It’s.  I snacked on some Cheez-It’s when I got home before I headed out to the gym.

EXERCISE – I went to the gym and completed a 2 mile run on the treadmill.  I haven’t been that great on my training schedule during the week, but I’ve done pretty well on the long run front.

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This is exactly how I feel when I work out.  It’s also exactly how I look….yeah, right!

After my run, I did the slut machine at 90 pounds, 12 times, 3 reps.  Then, I did some tricep pull downs and then some abs.  I did a lot of superman flys because I need to work on my back.

I wasn’t hungry at all for dinner last night.  I was insanely tired, so I just went to bed.  Sometimes, sleep wins all.  Here’s to a wonderful Memorial Day!

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Wacky Wednesday

Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope your Wednesday was wonderful – it’s almost the weekend.

Today was a catch-up day at work and we still have zero food in the house, so my meals were pretty interesting.

BREAKFAST – I only brought coffee for breakfast in the hopes that something would pop up at the office.  I was in luck!  Someone brought an organic pineapple to share.

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It was wonderfully tart and delicious.  And I wasn’t hungry pretty much all morning, which surprised me.

On the agenda for lunch – Whole Foods.

LUNCH – I ordered a hot panini and some green beans from the cold bar.  The panini was a chicken pesto with spinach, multigrain bread, chicken, tomato and cheese.  It was crunchy and delicious.  Here’s a before and after shot.

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So, I didn’t eat the whole thing!  Job well done!

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These green beans were delicious and hit the spot!

SNACK – The weather here in Michigan has been crazy.  It actually snowed today.  Yes, you read that right, snow!!  And to me, that called for one thing: hot chocolate!  Thanks, Starbucks. I also had a few tortilla chips when I came home.

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EXERCISE – On the training agenda was 4 miles.  And that was my plan.  Except my stomach didn’t feel up to it.  I jumped on the treadmill and literally ran about 1/2 mile and couldn’t keep going.  It was horrible.  I did a quick circuit workout before running and maybe that was the problem…

For the circuit, I used a 12 lb. weight to complete the below 3 times:

  • 12 squats to arm push ups
  • 12 bicep curls
  • 12 shoulder presses
  • 12 dead lifts
  • 12 shoulder shrugs
  • 12 tricep rows

I definitely felt the burn.

DINNER – I craved a smoothie, so I grabbed a strawberry, banana, protein smoothie from the gym.

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Oh, I also had 2 pieces of pizza.  If you wanted to know what dinners looked like for the man before we moved in together, look below!

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My training this week isn’t going well.  Neither is my stomach.  I can’t put my finger on what the culprit is, but I will figure it out!!

What do you think?

Where Have I Been?

I know, I know.  I’ve been M.I.A. for a few days but I have a really good reason:

WE DID OUR RECEPTION TASTING! 

I am a total goofball and didn’t take many pictures of the actual tasting because I was a little focused on the food.  It was super delicious.  I definitely foresee some beef tenderloin in our wedded future.

 I ordered a small cake with the flavor we want for our big day so my sister could taste it.  It says ‘Only 189 Days Left.’  crazy

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I didn’t take too many pictures from our weekend, so I’m just going to skip it.  I will say that I did pretty well, except for some beer and a few too many Moscow mules with my girlfriends.  Oops.

One thing I did fit in this weekend….

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That’s correct: I completed my training plan – or 6 miles – on the treadmill.  It was absolutely brutal.  Luckily, I had some chocolate gel that was amazing.  The hotel gym was super hot so I was sweating pretty much immediately and needed to take a few walking breaks, but I finished!  That’s all that matters.

Let’s just start with today, Tuesday, from an eats standpoint.  I had a work conference yesterday and all day today, so that didn’t help my eating situation.

BREAKFAST – The really long conference called for a swing by Starbucks for a grande skinny hazelnut maachiato.  Amazing.  I ate some fruit, a little bit of yogurt and a small chocolate muffin from the conference.  It was good, but I definitely didn’t eat enough substance because my stomach started hurting around 11.

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LUNCH – When it was finally time to break for lunch, I was super excited to see what the conference had to offer.  It was tacos!!  I filled my plate with some fajita veggies, beef, chicken, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and a little bit of guac.  I also had some chicken tortilla soup – it was delicious!  I wish I had more of the soup.  It was glorious.

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SNACK – I had a M&M cookie during the conference and then came home and ate some Cheez-It’s.

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My stomach was definitely having some issues today (again).  I can’t describe what it feels like really well, but it hurts.  It feels like menstrual cramps but higher up in my stomach.  All I can do is curl up in a ball and watch Bravo!  Side Note: Did anyone watch the Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion?  It was surprisingly good and I love me some NeNe!!!

DINNER – We have zero food in the house, so a quick trip to Jimmy John’s did the trick.

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My stomach still doesn’t feel great so running wasn’t on the agenda today for sure.  I’m hoping that I can get my butt out of bed early to hit the treadmill for a 4 miles run tomorrow morning.  Wish me luck!!

Is it the weekend yet?

Glorious Morning

Good Morning!  Happy Friday Thursday!  I have the day off tomorrow to travel and do some wedding planning, so today is my Friday.  Hooray for 4 day work weeks.

I started the day off the right way:

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That’s right, everyone!  I went to the gym this morning!  I never really understood what everyone (Tina and Julie) were talking about with the morning work outs, but I have to say, right now I feel great!!

I woke up at 6 AM, drank some water and ate half a Luna bar.  I usually opt not to work out in the morning because I need fuel to get in a good work out.  But, waking up 15 minutes earlier to eat something was definitely the way to go.  I really liked this vanilla almond bar.  I’ll definitely be eating the other half later today.

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EXERCISE – On the training schedule, I needed to complete 3 miles.  So, I hopped on the hamster wheel and ran it out!

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I completed the 3 miles in 32 minutes, which wasn’t bad, but wasn’t fabulous.  I tend to get really hot on the treadmill, so I started my speed at 5.5, then increased to 5.8 and then finished it out at 6.2.

I was sweating like crazy after wards and was actually a little tired, so I went over to the yoga mat section to stretch out and do some planks.  All in all, the fact that I woke up this morning, ran according to my training schedule and was still able to be working by 8 am, I’m pleased!!!

BREAKFAST – I had a wonderfully balanced breakfast this morning and is my go-to when I work from home.  I had 2 whole wheat Eggo waffles with peanut butter and strawberries on the side.  I also had some Green Mountain hazelnut coffee in my new favorite mug!

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Now it’s off to work through the day before it’s time to head over to Milwaukee!!  Have a wonderful day 🙂

First Pace Run

Oh man, yesterday’s run was quite…well…horrible.  It was my first pace run on the training schedule.

What’s a pace run?

Well, it’s running the designated miles at the pace you plan to run on race day.

I plan on running between 10:20 and 10:30 minute miles, which might be a stretch, but it’s what I went with.

 

EXERCISE – I ran after work last night and went to the gym and not outside.  The weather didn’t exactly allow for an outdoor run – rain, rain, go away!  My stats for my run on the treadmill:

  • Distance – 3.0 miles
  • Total Time – 31:42
  • Pace – 10:34
  • Calories – 314

This run wasn’t exactly great.  I didn’t even notice the first mile, but boy, did I notice the second mile.  The cardio area was pretty warm at the gym and I tend to get overheated pretty easily, so I was holding onto the bars quite a bit so I wouldn’t fall off.  Jillian Michaels would not be pleased.

Let’s jump into the eats of the day:

BREAKFAST – A switch from a Kashi bar, some Chobani Greek yogurt.  I had the raspberry flavor, which I liked much better than the strawberry banana flavor.   I would eat this again!

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The main reason I liked Greek yogurt (when I’m loving it and not hating it) is that it keeps me full!  By the time lunch rolled around and it was pouring rain, I headed to….Whole Foods.

LUNCH – I was craving some pasta and when there was a free sample of their chicken caesar pasta salad, I was sold!

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It was so good.  It was super filling and hit the spot.  I wasn’t hungry all afternoon, until someone at work started passing out M&M’s!  And they were Easter colors!!

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I kept on working throughout the afternoon, which included a quick meeting with a new customer, and came home to eat a quick snack before I went for my run.

SNACKS – I ate the final Kashi bar and had an apple with peanut butter.  It was good to have some protein to get me through.

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DINNER – I wasn’t hungry at all when I got home.  With the running and then I did some arm weights, I just didn’t want anything.  BUT, I bought some gelato at Whole Foods.  On Wednesdays they have a special where you get 12 ounces for $3.99!  I ordered half raspberry and half chocolate, so I dug into that for dinner.  There’s protein in gelato, right?  It hit the spot and I passed out when it was time for bed!

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And so it Begins…

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today was a lovely day.  I recovered from my very first Detroit Red Wings game (so much fun!) by working from home and started my half marathon training.

That’s correct, the half marathon training for the Chicago Women’s Half Marathon has officially begun!  If you recall, my BFF and I are running this race on June 23rd and I’m really excited.  I’ll be sure to describe the training plan we’re following later.

EXERCISE – On today’s training plan, I needed to run 3 miles.  I completed it on the treadmill at the gym in 33:17, which is an 11:06 pace.  I admittedly hate the treadmill/hamster wheel, so the fact that I could keep this pace the whole time, I’m happy with!

Note to self: DON’T EAT REESE’S CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER EGGS before a run.  I ate 2 and they were delicious.  I don’t regret it but I know that I won’t be doing it again.  #thanksmom #Eastercandy

BREAKFAST – For breakfast today, I had a wonderful hazelnut coffee and 2 pieces of toast with butter and strawberry jelly.  It kept me surprisingly full through the morning, but it might have been because I had another cup of coffee about an hour after eating.

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First time Chicago mug use!


We have zero food in our place (and we didn’t go grocery shopping tonight) so making lunch was interesting.  I saw a tortilla and shredded cheese so into the microwave those went for a 30 second quesadilla!

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Peek-a-boo

SNACKS – I had some jelly beans and tortilla chips in the afternoon before I went to the gym.  I’ve had a past of fainting (including one time on the treadmill in college) and the doctor told me to eat salt before working out so that my body would retain water and I wouldn’t get dehydrated.

The man and I ran to Target to pick up a wedding gift for an upcoming wedding and stopped by Panera for dinner.  I ordered my all time favorite salad – chicken cobb salad with avocado.  I love me some avocado.  I was too hungry to take a picture, but I pretty much ate the whole thing.

It’s almost Wednesday!  On tomorrow’s agenda: Our first marriage prep class (kinda nervous) and another 3 mile run.

What’s on your agenda tomorrow?

Working from Home

Happy Wednesday!  A lot happened today in the world: the new Pope was announced, apparently Iran is going to be suing Hollywood over the amazing Argo movie and I did a work out over lunch!

I am giving a presentation to my boss in 2 weeks and I wanted, I mean, needed, to stay home so I could focus.  With full support of my boss, I stayed home, rarely checked email and worked on my presentation.  Since I’m still new, I’m excited to prove my abilities to give great presentations.  I love public speaking and wish I could do it more often!

BREAKFAST – Whenever I work from home, or Saturday, I like to have some Eggo waffles covered in peanut butter.  So, that’s what I did today..

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Mazel – I love you, Andy Cohen @bravoandy

Do you like that you can totally tell I ate breakfast in bed?  I’m not ashamed! 🙂

It was so lovely to go into “the man cave” and sit at the desk to work today.  I blasted some Broadway station on Pandora and worked on my presentation.  It was glorious.

SNACK – The day flew and before I knew it, it was 11 ‘o clock and my stomach was grumbling.  I ate some strawberries.  What do you think of the picture in the background?  It’s one of my favorite pictures from our engagement shoot.  I’ll be sure to post links to our wedding vendors under the wedding page this weekend.  Our photographer and planner are absolutely amazing!

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I love the color of strawberries

EXERCISE – I went to the gym at lunch time for a quick work out.  I was surprised how many people were at the gym.  I’m guessing the majority were on spring break because everyone looked like they were 15.  I did a 25 minute treadmill workout – 15 minutes at 5.4 speed, 5 minutes at 3.5 speed/11% incline and then 5 minutes at 6.0 speed.  It was short, sweet, to the point and just what the doctor ordered.  Then I did a small ab circuit that I completed twice: bicycle crunches 50 times, crunches to the left 25 times, crunches to the right 25 times, 1 minute plank hold.

I’m so glad I was able to squeeze this in when I did.  I came home, showered quickly and got back to my presentation.  I kept working and the clock was 5:45 by the time I looked at the clock again!  Talk about energy.

LUNCH – Simple and quick was definitely the theme of the day!  I put 2.5 tbsps of hummus on a plate with carrots and pita chips!  Oh happy day.

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I need to eat carrots more often, they are delicious

Another snack came in the form of another mug of coffee.  It started to snow and I wanted to drink something warm!!  This was just what the doctor ordered!  This mug is one of my favorites – it’s from our favorite coffee shop in Milwaukee – Alterra Coffee!  If you’re ever in Milwaukee, you must go to Alterra on the Lake.  It’s great for a delicious cappuccino, people watching and the the granola with milk is a great breakfast!

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can you tell I was in the man cave?

Another snack, a few Pringles!

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I forgot how good these are!

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And an apple…

 

When it was time for dinner,the man and I wanted something quick – shocking!  So, I made some chicken in EVOO, green peppers and white rice.  So yummy!  I was still hungry so I had a little bit of cannoli ice cream and then a chocolate covered graham cracker…I guess I was hungry today from my afternoon workout!

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 Man, I love green peppers.  Their crunch is a welcome surprise!  And now, I sit in bed writing this post, with the man working next to me, ready to fall asleep and wake up bright and early for Thursday!  I have a meeting tomorrow from 10 am – 5 pm!  That might actually qualify as a conference.  I want to get to work early so I can wrap up some things before my meeting!

It’s almost the weekend!!