Daily Archives: August 27, 2012

This Day is Flying By.. Oh Wait, I Just Jinxed Myself

Today was flying by until Lindsay emailed me at work and asked how my day was. Shit hit the fan, as in, my day started dragging after I bragged my toosh off about how quickly the day had gone by. Karma, cool, thanks.

My appetite returned and I chowed down on leftovers from last night. Well, to be honest, since I wanted to puke when I saw the chicken on the grill and opted for tortilla chips to cure my unknown illness, today’s lunch technically wasn’t “leftovers” for me. I’ve been going through a phase where I only enjoy a sweet marinade on my chicken and salmon, so since the flavor wasn’t up to my picky standards, I doused it in ketchup. I put ketchup on my ketchup, what up now?! I did this all weekend, which concerned my cousin, then entertained her as I grabbed packets of ketchup at a gas station on our drive home yesterday afternoon to douse my leftover chicken from Saturday night. I’m weird, deal with it.

My Doused Chicken

Sorry for the graphic image. Actually, I’m not sorry. Try it, your life will change for the better. Dramatically.  No worries, the sweet potatoes went unharmed and were sparred from the red goo.

In about an hour I’m off to the gym for a quick run before spinning at 4:30. I’m SO excited for spinning, as I haven’t been able to go in over a week. I signed up for tomorrow night’s class as well so I’m thrilled for the classes I have lined up so far.

What’s even more exciting is that I have a business meeting with Primetime Wellness Club, a local smoothie and fitness cafe in the heart of the State’s capital that offers protein smoothies that use Herbalife and have aided in monumental weight loss endeavors. I was introduced to the cafe on Saturday by my cousin and was excited by their delicious and healthy smoothies, and also by the sign that mentioned they were looking to expand into other locations and states and to discuss if interested. Guess who brought it up? This girl did! I meet with one of the head honchos, Melyssa, tonight to discuss their business plan and to get more information on the company and the process of being a part of their team.

I’m also planning on getting the Reese’s Peanut Butter protein smoothie. That or the Butterfinger. Or the Grasshopper. Crap, I can’t decide. 35 flavors is too much. Looks like I have 35 flavors to try. Is it 7 yet? JUST WANT A GODDAMN SMOOTHIE.

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Monday Means the Weekend is Over.. Wah!

This morning I woke up again not feeling like my true self. Chelsey’s mom works at a hospital so she told me that I probably had a virus and that it should go away soon. I sure hope it does! I’m getting tired of having no appetite and not feeling 100%. At least today I’m not nauseous!

I ended up being quicker in my morning routine so I was blessed to have an extra 5 minutes to run this morning. I surprised myself with pushing out a 4 mile run, which I’m stoked about since I won’t be hitting the gym during the middle of the day like I normally do. Instead, I’m taking my lunch at 4 to leave an hour early so I can take the Monday evening spin class at 4:30.

Morning Workout

  • 4 mile run
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 1 minute plank
  • 2 sets of 13 squats with overhead dumbbell press, 8 lbs.
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 2 sets of 13 standing side crunches, 8 lb. dumbbells
  • Stretching

This workout left me drenched in sweat and feeling great.

As good as that felt, I STILL didn’t have an appetite. I tried to make a protein shake for work but it was too soupy and wasn’t going to work so I sabotaged that idea. Around 10, I forced myself to eat oatmeal with diced walnuts in it, knowing I needed the calories and protein, regardless of whether or not I was hungry.

Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures on my workout or of my breakfast, but I will leave you with this handsome man, who I will be seeing Wednesday night.

The Other Kip… Nope, Not My Dog!

You are very welcome ladies. 🙂

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Wild Weekend

This weekend was a wild one, as my cousin and I raged with her Bubchi up at her beach house.

First, let’s skip to Friday night. My boss let the marketing girls leave early on Friday, which thrilled me since Ryan and Chelsey were waiting at home. Once home, the three of us hung outside talking about life, work and everything in between while Ryan hit golf balls around the yard and came an inch within hitting me in the face. Thanks bro, love you too!

Ryan, who works for Hershey chocolate, brought home dark chocolate covered acai berries and goji raspberries, to give us a taste of a new brand Hershey just acquired. I’ve always wanted to try both goji and acai berries, so I was hyperventilating when I saw the two bags sitting on the counter.

These bags didn’t last too long

I wasn’t even hungry but dug right in. Definitely spoiled dinner, but it was well worth it. That night, we hung out with my parents, watched a little TV, per my request we watched AC360 so I could fulfill my addiction to the Empire State Building shooting and Jeffrey Johnson. What an awful, awful tragedy, for the victims and for Jeffrey for having to feel the way he did for so long. Most people only feel bad for the victims, but how about a little compassion for Johnson. Yes, I know he went crazy and murdered a man, but can you imagine the thoughts and feelings he had to suffer through? I’m a big CSI fanatic, so cases like this draw me in. I spent a majority of the weekend on my phone just to try to find out the latest information.

Saturday morning I couldn’t sleep, and I was wide awake by 6:30 am… yes on a Saturday, ughhh! I decided to lace up my running shoes and went for a great 4.15 mile run before showering and getting ready to head up to my cousins. Around 10, my cousin, Nikki, my Aunt Mare, and myself drove to a protein shake bar in their city that is recently new. Since I didn’t realize how nutritious the smoothies were, I had a shake on my way to their house, but stole a few sips of their shakes and fell in love! I’m actually heading there tomorrow night to meet with one of the owners to talk about their business plan and discuss how I can get into the franchise and options I have, as they are looking to expand closer to my area. I’m so excited!

After spending about an hour longer than we expected at the shake bar, we dropped Aunt Mare off and headed up to York Beach, Maine, where we were heading to take care of Nikki’s Bubchi, who is old and needs as much help as she can get. Usually Nikki’s Aunt’s, Uncles and parents are at the beach on the weekend, but no one was able to head up. Nikki’s family dog, Kayla, a 13 year old Golden, had a stroke early this week and is house bound, so her parents had to stay home. Our family sticks together through thick and thin, so when Nikki asked me if I’d go up with her, I knew I couldn’t turn it down.

Once we arrived, we spent a little time with the Bubs and then wandered down to the beach to read and get a little sun.

The road we walk down to get to the beach ❤

After burning the soles of my feet, and crawling back to the house, we showered and went out for dinner. Nikki ordered a hell of a seafood meal, including a salad, chowder, lobster, mussels and fries, while I ordered a salad with grilled chicken and the Bubs ordered breaded baked cod.

Just a PART of our dinner

We were all satisfied and nearly in a coma by the time we made it home for the end of the Red Sox game. By 9:45 Nikki and I were in bed and fast asleep. What losers!

Sunday morning we woke up and tried to drag our tired bodies out of bed for a run. We both went our separate ways on our run and by the time we got back to the house, the Bubs was with her daughter-in law, chatting it up, while Nikki stretched on the floor. Nikki ran for 2 and I went for 2.8, and felt like death. We showered, ate breakfast on the porch with the Bubs, and went to the beach for 2 hours with Nikki and Tricia (Nikki’s aunt).

Nikko at the end of our beach day

After eating lunch on the beach, we wandered back to the house to spend time for the Bubs on the deck.

Feels like Vermont up here

It took us a lot longer to leave, as we had to make sure Bubs was all set for the week, grabbed her bills, garbage and everything else we could do since no one will be back to help her until Wednesday.

I said I wanted to be on the road by 2, since I had things to do back in town, but we got a late start due to the chores we had to help with, and hit traffic on the back roads home and didn’t get back until 5:30 pm. Saturday morning I was struck with car sickness and was never able to shake the feeling all day yesterday, last night and all day today, so the car ride home was awful, and by the time I was home, I wanted to die.

Is it normal to have the car sickness feeling for over 36 hours? I haven’t had a fever, chills or anything so I really don’t think it’s the bug, plus I never get car sick, so I’m not sure what happened.

I’m exhausted and almost finished with laundry, and am SO excited to crawl into my bed tonight. It was a long and tiring weekend, but it felt so good to put others first and help those who need it.

Hope you all had a great weekend too… without getting car sick!

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