Daily Archives: September 18, 2012

Pen Pal and Ice Cream Cake

Just as I published my morning post, my inbox pinged with a message from my favorite Army guy, Ryan, and my mood lifted like a hot air balloon in the Vermont sky. Right now, Ryan and I are catching up on everything over the past year, and there’s a lot to talk about! We keep joking about how we have two conversations going in our emails.

Our messages have quickly turned into novels, as we refer to them as, and the second part of our emails consist of shooting the shit and just talking about random things. Since he’s 8 hours ahead, he usually writes a novel during my morning or his evening, I’ll send my novel back and sometimes he’ll write the next page in our novel that night or we’ll just talk that night and he sends the next page in the morning. It’s really cute and I’m having an amazing time talking with him and learning about how we’ve changed since college.

This was Ryan and I the first night we met back in December of 2009. I don’t even know how we ended up getting so comfortable with each other so quickly, but I’m glad we did. Although we had a little falling out throughout the next semester, we always remained close after that college year, my sophomore year and his junior year.

I was feeling much better and less weighed down as the day went on, and boy was I ready for my lunch hour workout! I completed an easy 2 mile run, and debated on just running and running like Forest Gump, but since I hadn’t done any other form of cardio since last week, I hopped off and went on the mystery machine for a good 15 minutes.

Lunch Time Workout

  • 2 mile run
  • 15 minutes on the mystery cardio machine
  • 2 sets of 25 medicine ball sit-ups
  • 20 medicine ball side-to-side sit-ups
  • Stretching

I was famished after my workout and annihilated my go-to turkey, ham, spinach and mustard wrap. I completed the meal with a side of cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas and my favorite green tea.

After work, I visited Target to try to find a birthday gift for my brother. I didn’t come close to finding him anything, and I didn’t even buy a card. I was too hungry to go through the card picking process.

Instead, I drooled over these Halloween cookies.

And then I bought myself these 2 mini ice creams, since I’ve been craving sweets.

Holy shit, the Friendly’s Ice Cream Cake Sundae in a bowl was freakin’ amazing. Amazing is an understatement. Holy shit, holy mother shit. Nom, nom, nom. My Mom hovered over me like a dog waiting for a dropped piece of meat. She got one bite and that’s all I was willing to part with. Ice cream cake is my jam!

I’m pretty sure I’m going to have some very good dreams tonight, and I sure hope they involve me eating a trashcan full of ice cream cake, you know, like Preston did in the Blank Check.

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A Case of the Mondays on Tuesday

I think my clock is off today, and by that, I’m referring to the fact that my body is under the assumption that today is Monday. Remember how yesterday I commented how my Monday was off to a great start? It’s a known fact that Mondays are quite terrible. Usually everyone is still recovering from the weekend, they feel sluggish and tired and their pants might be a little too snug.

Welcome to my Tuesday! The day of the week where you wake up feeling lethargic with brick legs and fat pants that make you feel fat. Did the stretch vanish from my pants over night, or did I eat an entire tub of peanut butter? Possibly both. Oh wait, that’s not your Tuesday? You’re saying it’s only me who’s having a case of the Mondays on Tuesday?

Instead of wallowing in self-pity and staying miserable for the remainder of my day, I decided to take a few minutes to make a short list of things that I am thankful for.

  1. My friends and family for supporting every decision I’ve ever made or considered (yes, even the crazy ones!)
  2. My body for carrying me through workouts I deem impossible to finish
  3. My health – no brainer!
  4. My education for burning the fire to always continue learning and in assisting me in getting a great marketing job
  5. My previous boyfriends for showing me what is and isn’t acceptable in relationships
  6. Food on the table and a roof over my head
  7. My kitty and puppy, even though he ate my car key this morning!
  8. Patrick Dempsey and Justin Theroux – hellllllo eye candy!

While my list doesn’t even come close to touching upon every little thing I am forever thankful for, it boosted my mood and made me forget that my pants were a little snug today or that my body is barely getting me through the day. The feeling will pass, and there’s no reason why I can’t feel great about my body, health and life amidst having a case of the Mondays.

So take a minute, whether you’re having a great day or down in the dumps, and make a list of things that make you happy or that you’re thankful for, and remember that it could be a lot worse.

Enough of the spiritual and preaching talk. Let’s jump back to yesterday afternoon’s spin class with Eve. Song 1, I was ready to die. Recall “Things I’m Thankful For” #2. I hail marry’d the shit out of that one during the 50 minute class. My body was still recovering from all the walking around New York this past weekend, and my legs sure did take a beating. I powered through it, even though I knew it wasn’t my best performance, I gave it the best that my body would allow.

Maybe I jumped into the class a few days earlier than I should, because upon waking, my thighs were burning and extremely tight. After snoozing for 5 minutes (totally necessary today), I put on my big girl running pants and crawled ran for 3.15 miles. Given how I felt, I’ll take it. I just kept picturing this everyone I wanted to quit.

Whatever you say baby!!

I victory danced my 3.15 run and celebrated with a lot of stretching. Hey strength exercises, screw you, you’ll get your loving later.

Morning Workout

  • 3.15 mile run
  • stretching
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 1 minute plank
  • 2 sets of 13 standing dumbbell side crunches
  • 2 sets of 13 dumbbell rows

Okay, so I did 1 strength exercise, and I think it was only so I didn’t have to do jumping jacks. Lazy ass alert.

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