Daily Archives: December 5, 2012

The Dreaded First Date

With all of this strength training and kick-ass workouts that Heather is putting me through, do you know what I have come to look forward to? Cardio days. It’s like Christmas morning to me, seriously. I used to get so bored of my cardio routines on my lunch breaks, but now with my strength workouts, the rare “cardio only” day is something that I have really begun to look forward to.

It felt good to plug away on the cardio machines today, but it also made me miss my strength workouts. Funny how things work, huh?

Afternoon Workout

  • 15 minute run
  • 15 minutes vertical elliptical
  • 1 set of 13 tricep press with 15 lb dumbbell
  • 13 lumberjack chops with 15 lb dumbbell, each side

Can you tell I was missing my weights today? I HAD to do something dumbbell related, and the last exercise also worked my core so it was a double whammy! 🙂



After my workout I enjoyed a bowl of brown rice, ground turkey, broccoli slaw, mushrooms and tomatoes. I LOVE this meal because it’s so easy to make and deliciously healthy too!

Tonight I have a date! <– That exclamation point is only there because I’m trying to sound excited. I’m tired of continually going on first dates, it gets tiring after a bit, but I know that if I want a relationship then I’m going to have to suck it up and go on those dreaded first dates.

He seems pretty normal and just bought Christmas scented Yankee Candles so he’s already good in my books. He’s coming up from Lowell, which is about 40 minutes away, and we’re going to get a drink and play pool at one of my favorite places in Manchester.

Hopefully this goes well, since he seems extremely cute in photos and sounds like a good guy so far. Let’s just hope I don’t end up on Catfish with this one!


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Cousin Love and Taco Bowls

Goooood morning everyone! Can you tell I’m well rested and finally feeling back to my chipper and happy self? It seems several nights of quality sleep were all I needed to recover from a hectic weekend!

I woke up feeling like an entirely different chick, and I knew while lacing up my running shoes that I was going to have a great run. My run was awesome, and my legs weren’t feeling too painful from yesterday afternoon’s legs and arms workout. I cut it back a little because I was pressed for time, but 75% of it is better than nothing. It’s always better to do what you can instead of doing nothing at all.

Morning Workout

• 3.4 mile run
• 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 1 minute plank hold
• 50 heel touchers
• 50 scissors
• 50 crunches
• 2 sets of 20 plank tucks
• Stretching


I was pretty hungry this morning so I enjoyed half of a grapefruit and my extreme chocolate milkshake protein shake mixed with almond milk, and dun dun dun, a Chobani yogurt bowl. Such a shocker, I know! I promise tomorrow it will be slightly different!

Last Night

Right from work last night I headed over to my cousin Lindze and her husband, Mike’s condo for dinner and a relaxing night. They weren’t able to attend Thanksgiving this year, as they chose to spend Thanksgiving with his family and Christmas with ours this year, so it was awesome seeing them again. I hadn’t seen Lindze since my cousins Origami Owl party!

When I arrived they were working together in preparing our dinner. They were super cute, especially with Lindze’s little baby bump showing.

Dinner was an underrated and healthy meal.

Taco salad!

I always had the impression that tacos were extremely unhealthy, but if you choose the right toppings, it really is quite the healthy dish! Since I had eaten so well during the day, I really wanted a small scoop of sour cream on top of my taco salad, so I scooped away.

I topped my ground turkey with shredded lettuce, salsa, fresh tomatoes, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

With full bellies, we cuddled their dog and cats like crazies.

Brady is such a fur ball and a total snuggle bug! I always want to shove him in my purse when it’s time to leave, but they are really attached to their boys.

I mean, just look at that death grip Mike has on Brady. He was also overheard saying, “I really want a baby,” so I think we have an impatient father-to-be on our hands. 😉

While Mike watched Storage Wars, Lindze and I enjoyed girl talk and playing around with photos on Instagram.

Judging by that look I think we were being too loud.

I had such an awesome night with those two and I can’t wait to see them on Christmas where they’ll reveal the gender of their baby!

Hope everyone’s having a great Wednesday, and I’ll be back with another post this evening.

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Single and Swiping

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