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Double Digits December

Happy double digits December!

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I cannot believe that it is already December 10th. This month and year has flown by way too quickly. It seems like so much has happened so far this year:

Last night I cozied up by the fire with the tree in the background while I watched a holiday favorite, 12 Men of Christmas.

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If you love Josh Hopkins from Cougar Town and are a fan of yearly calendars with half-naked men, then you’ll love this one. Just watch it with your girls and not your man. 😉

Monday

This morning I woke up and had an amazing run, despite last night’s workout which was full of squats on the Smith Machine and elevated lunges.

Morning Workout

  • 3.8 mile run
  • 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 50 heel touchers
  • 30 toe touches
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 30 second wall sit
  • 50 twisted crunches
  • Stretching

Breakfast

Breakfast was a feast. Seriously not sure where my appetite came from since I stuffed face last night during movie time, but my stomach required a lot of nourishment.

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Along with half of a grapefruit, I enjoyed a green mustache courtesy of the spinach in my chocolate protein shake.

muffins

Then I had one of my Momma’s mini Pumpkin muffins that she made yesterday, along with a Chobani Mango power bowl, which included chia seeds, flaxseeds and raw oats.

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My Mom actually told me I couldn’t take credit, buttttttt I will say that these are the EXACT same pumpkin muffins I made, except she went for the minis. Now she’s trying to steal my thunder! 😉

I also enjoyed an undocumented banana dipped into PB2 before enjoying grilled chicken and half of a baked sweet potato.

lunch

This afternoon I have personal training session #4 with Heather so I’ll be skipping my lunch time workout like I typically do on Mondays. I’m thinking it’s going to be a killer leg day, but that’s just my intuition speaking.

Alright, time to get back to work and get psyched for tonight’s workout! Hope everyone’s having a great Monday.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Gobble Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I have so much to be thankful for this year, including my family, friends, health, roof over my head, and a wonderful career… and of course my blogger friends! 🙂

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for several reasons, including:

  • Being able to celebrate with my extremely close extended family
  • Our annual cousin/uncle Lewis football game
  • My Aunt Mare’s highly addicting dessert
  • Being thankful for everything live has dealt my way
  • The Thanksgiving Day parade!

Okay, there are clearly other reasons, like the fake boxed stuffing and canned cranberry sauce. OH MY GOD, those 2 reasons are my REAL reasons why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! 😉

In preparation of all the yummy food coming my way, I woke up early to hit the gym for my run and my legs/arms workout.

This workout left me drenched, in fact, after my 4 mile run, I switched shirts since I wanted a dry shirt to do weights in.

By the end of my workout, I had 2 soaked tank tops and a soaked towel. Needless to say, I left in just my pants and zip-up hoodie, and then completed a little core work once I got home.

After my 4 mile run, I completed this workout that Heather, my trainer has me doing 3 days a week:

I followed it up with 10 minutes on the vertical elliptical and then completed the following core work while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

  • 1 minute plank hold and :30 seconds side planks each side
  • 2 sets of 50 heel touchers
  • 30 toe touchers
  • 50 crunches and 50 side crunches, each side (total 150)
  • Stretching

I followed up my workouts with my Chocolate Peanut Butter protein shake, and half  a bowl of Raspberry Mango overnight oats with half of a grapefruit.

Now it’s time to get dolled up and go stuff my face with stuffing and canned cranberry sauce with my cousins at my Aunt ‘n Uncles!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Care Package

Last week I told you guys that I bought a lot of random peanut buttery goodies for a project I had in the works. That special project was all part of my thank you to a handsome Floridian for sending me P90X and pretty earrings.

Since he received his package, I’m now allowed to share with you the treat that I made for him.

Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Bites and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Sandwiches… Talk about a tongue twister!

Reese’s PB Cup Pretzel Bites and Pretzel Sandwiches

My best friend Lisha made these for our group of girlfriends for Christmas, and since I knew the hunk loves peanut butter, I thought this would be a great treat.

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cooking tray with wax paper and place your pretzels on top. I chose the square pretzels but the regular pretzels could work too. I love the look of the circular chocolate on the pretzel square. Next, I placed a mini Reese’s PB cup on each pretzel. I also put Pumpkin Hershey kisses on the pretzels too, but I ended up eating all of those since I wasn’t sure how he felt about pumpkin.

Ready for the Heat!

When the oven has reached 350 degrees, place your tray in the oven for 1-2 minutes, or until the chocolates have melted a little bit. You don’t want them to melt too much or you’ll have a chocolate peanut butter swamp to work with.

Almost Ready!

When you feel that they’re ready to be taken out, let them cool for a minute while you grab your candy pieces to be placed on top. You can put M&M’s on top, flavor of your choice, but I decided to go with the peanut butter theme and placed Reese’s Pieces on half of the mix, and placed a pretzel square on the other half of the batch.

Drooling!

After you’ve finished your pretzel bites, you can either let them cool on a rack or put the tray in the fridge to harden. When they’ve harden, dig in! I might have stolen a few pretzel bites! I cannot resist chocolate and peanut butter. Oopps! 🙂

Also into the mix went a bag full of Peanut M&M’s that I grabbed from the M&M store in New York City. I filled it with the hunk’s favorite colors, red and blue, and threw in my favorite color, purple too. I included a postcard too that the girls helped me pick out.

Care Package!

I hope he liked his thank you. And I also help it didn’t all melt in the Florida heat! I’d include the picture he sent of himself with his goodies, but I think I’m going to be selfish and keep it to myself don’t want to embarrass him.

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Girls Causing Trouble

Whoever created the weekend had a good idea, but they forgot to add another day to it. As much as I would love having a 3 day weekend, I’d prefer the regular weekend with Wednesday off for a “refresher” day. Plus, think of all the trouble I could get myself into on Tuesday nights!

After yesterday, I could easily use Monday as another day off. Honestly though, I’d much rather soldier through a day tired and save my sick and paid time off for trips and long weekends away.

Saturday

On Saturday I got up at the ass crack of dawn to keep my running streak alive. Saturday was spent in New York City with my college roommates, and since Lindsay was arriving at my house at 6:15, that meant I had to be showered and dressed by that time. That meant getting up at 5 am if I wanted to get a quick run in.

 

Such a rude awakening, but I couldn’t bear to break my streak. I was able to only fit in a mile run, but given the circumstances, it was enough to keep the streak hot.

Here’s a little break down so you realize why I hate breaking it.

  • I’ve run every day since 3/17/12, covering 972.75 miles in the past 218 days
  • In the past 566 days, I’ve  run 2,091.16 miles and have taken 23 days off from running.  13 of those days were due to a sprained groin, which I ran with for 7+ months. Stupid I know. 4 of those 23 days I willingly took off. 3 were due to road trips and driving in a car for 15 straight hours, and the other 3 are unaccountable for.

I don’t take days off. I can’t do it.

So when it came to choosing between an extra 10 minutes of sleep or keeping my streak going, the answer was easy.

Girls Day in New York City

After meeting up with Nicole in South Station, we grabbed seats on the Fung Wah bus and hit the road for the city. We all took turns snoozing and catching up, and were thrilled when we made it.

The subways are few and far between Downtown and near Canal Street so we had a little trouble finding one, but apparently I had on my New York City tour guide pants on and was able to guide us to the Wall Street entrance. After a mishap we finally made it to Grand Central where Michelle and Kate had been waiting for us.

Food was on my mind, and tequila on the girls, so we snuck into Tequilaville for the beginning of girls day. While the girls all ordered food that would have kept me in bathroom all day, I was pumped when I saw a shrimp and avocado salad on the menu. I’ve been craving avocado for quite a bit now.

Now THAT’S my Kind of Salad

With full bellies and buzzed heads, we took to Times Square, where Michelle had fun molesting all the Disney characters (reason #351 why she doesn’t have a boyfriend). We also had fun goofing off and taking pictures together. We’re a bunch of girls who love photos.

My only requirement of the day was to stop at M&M World, only my favorite store in the world!

After a fun day of shopping, catching up, and walking around just enjoying each others’ company, we said goodbye to Kate and Michelle at Grand Central. Linds, Nicole and I ventured off to find a Starbucks to grab some food but ended up getting hit on by a few young local boys. Nicole wasn’t pleased but I thought it was funny and flattering.

It was a LONG bus ride home, especially since my phone died at 5. 😦 Luckily I was able to charge it for 5 minutes in a Dunkin Donuts and another 3 at the rest area we stopped at, which gave my phone a little time to be able to talk with my crush, but eventually it died again.

When I got home, I was greeted by my long-awaited package from my crush, who was a complete sweetheart and stayed up until I opened it.

 

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The College Reunion Continues!

Mondays are always hard, but a Monday after a vacation? Well that’s simply pure hell. Not only is it difficult to get back into the swing of things, but being back only makes me wish I was still in New York City. I will admit that I was looking forward to getting back into my workout routine. While I managed to stay very active in New York, I missed working with weights and mixing up my cardio workouts.

My run this morning was very promising, and I was glad that my plank motivation came back to me. For some reason, I never feel like doing planks on Saturday and Sundays. I think it’s because during the week I’m pressed for time during my workouts so I bust those suckers out since it’s quick and effective and during the weekends I have the mindset that I’ll do planks “later.” Later never happens.

Morning Workout

  • 3.7 mile run
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 100 jump rope and 50 jumping jacks — it went like this: 50 jump rope, 25 jumping jacks, 25 JR, 25 JJ, 25 JR
  • Stretching

One of my favorite things about Monday is that I have my 4:30 pm spinning class with Eve, my favorite instructor. I work across the street until 5, so usually every other week I’ll take Eve’s spinning class and forego my lunch for the day and buzz out at 4 so I can grab my bike and warm up. I’d take the class every Monday but I really don’t want to take advantage at work, even though my boss has absolutely no issue with the set-up.

Today just so happens to be my spinning Monday, so there is no lunchtime workout, even though I’m really craving a good sweat session. I’m thinking the sauna has my name allllll over it post-spin class. That sucker is my new best friend!

I knew I needed fuel for spinning, so last night before heading to bed, I whipped up a mean egg and cheese sandwich, which I just wolfed down.

You don’t need to tell me that I’m a Goddess in the kitchen, I already know. It was so cheesy and eggy and doughy and heavenly. Rejoice bitches!

Remember how I mentioned that this weekend was practically an unplanned college reunion with Toto, Pepa, and of course my brother and Chelsey? Well the college reunion continues! As I was posting my weekend pictures to Facebook last night, Ryan, my college friend that lived with Joe Becker (my brother, Chelsey and Pepa’s racquetball teammate–seriously, it’s 1 degree of separation) got in touch with me. We’ve been catching up since last night and I couldn’t be happier to hear from him. Ryan is currently serving in Afghanistan and comes home in early December. I’m truly hoping we manage to meet up as we always seem to be ships in the night when he’s in the area.

Here’s to a happy Monday!

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Saturday Night and Sunday in New York City

After resting up in our hotel room and catching up on emails and deciding on a restaurant to dine at, we took the Subway to Ground Zero to attend the 9/11 Memorial. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful and touching the Memorial is. There are trees everywhere, including the Survivor Tree, which was the only tree to survive the attack on the Twin Towers.

When the construction crew found the tree, it was an 8 foot stump, and after being nursed back to health at a New York Nursery, the tree has grown and flourished into a beautiful tree, representing those that survived the attacks. The tree is literally being rooted into the ground while it finds the nutrients it needs to properly stand on its own. My brother told me that in case the tree starts to grown and lean one way, the bolts can be tightened to bring it back to a healthier position.

I was very honored to be able to visit the Memorial and pay tribute to those that sacrificed their lives 11 years ago, and I highly recommend to anyone who every gets the opportunity to visit the City that this is a must see.

After a somber afternoon at the Memorial, we went to Il Palazzo, an upscale Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Since I’m not a fan of Italian food, namely pasta, I was very hesitant to eat here. Somehow all the walking around mixed up my appetite and I was craving pasta once I sat down. I cannot recall the dish I ordered, but it had clams, shrimp, calamari, squid and scallops in a marina sauce that I ended up eating by the spoon. It was THAT good. I cleared all the pasta off my plate too.

Ryan, Chelsey and I went to college with a girl named Dana, who they both played college racquetball with, and with whom Chelsey dormed with. As a result, I grew close with Dana, starting Freshman year. Dana now lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend Justin, so we met up for a drink in SoHo with Dana and Justin. I haven’t seen Dana in years, so it was so great to be able to catch up with her for a little. She’s such a fox! I’m really hoping that I get to see her soon, and I wish I had snagged a group picture.

At this point, it was close to 10 and we were all exhausted from the long day of walking, so we hailed 2 cabs back, since vans are few and far between in the City. I had one stop in mind. M&M World. Seriously, my appetite was raging.

It’s really not good when your brother works for Hershey and you’re addicted to M&Ms. Needless to say, Ryan refused to go into the store, so Chelsey joined me as I attacked the endless supply of M&Ms. I filled my bad with coconut, mint, and peanut butter, and ate about 2/3 of the M&M’s before getting to the register. Oopps! I left with about 2 handfuls of M&Ms, which set me back about $2.25. I think I ate $5 worth of chocolate for free. That’s okay, I’m advertising their products for free so it allllll evens out. 🙂

This morning we took our time and didn’t rush to wake up, although I was the first one out the door to go running. I met a man in the elevator who praised me on the dedication to be out early on a Sunday for a run. Sadly, I couldn’t get my run in at Central Park. My Dad was exhausted and had a sore back so I really didn’t want him to wake up early and rush me around to get me there, so I’ve decided that the next time I’m in the City I’ll get my run in. I ended up running for 4 miles and found the weight room which I attacked for a quick strength workout.

After my workout, while waiting for the shower, I finished my bag of M&Ms, to which Chelsey remarked, “It’s not even 10am and you’re even candy!” I had to remind her that while she was still in bed, I had already ran 4 miles. They were well deserved!

After packing up and getting ready, we ventured down our block to grab a delicious breakfast. Breakfast is the best meal of the day, especially when you go to a restaurant for it. We all ordered a version of eggs, mine being 2 scrambled and a side of toast with marmalade. I’m convinced toast with jam is the best part of any breakfast.

We walked around Times Square so I could grab a FDNY long-sleeved shirt! After buying my shirt and a magnet of a shirtless firefighter (haha!), we said goodbye to Ryan and Chelsey and drove back home. Ugh. I miss the City already!

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Saturday in New York City: Part 1

With the plan to hit the streets by 9, I set my alarm for 7 am, way too early to be waking up on a Saturday in my opinion, but I was anxious to get a run in before heading out for the days’ adventures. I was able to get a 3 mile run in, but since I was running out of time, I unfortunately wasn’t able to get any strength exercises in. I was happy with being able to keep my running streak going!

How awesome are the gym signs in the elevator?! That actually makes me WANT to workout.

I opted to make a protein shake with my new travel blender before leaving the hotel, but the others were craving a doughy New York bagel, so we walked a few blocks to Hot Bagel, a tiny bakery sandwiched between two hotels. They had muffin tins with the muffins freshly in them hanging from the walls, about 10 different cream cheese spreads and just as many types of bagels.

Nom nom nom! Everyone enjoyed their bagels while we took the sightseeing bus to Central Park, where we wandered throughout the different areas for a good hour and a half.

After watching a runner get taken out by a bicyclist (luckily she was able to walk away with a bloody thigh, elbow and left cheek) and visiting Strawberry Fields, where I sang the same verse over and over, we had planned to catch the sightseeing bus in the pick-up spot so we could head to Rockefeller Center, but a mile long parade was taken place which threw us off our game.

Instead, after already walking 3 miles, we continued on for another good mile to the Plaza, where we grabbed a hodgepodge of a lunch before heading back to our hotel.

When we got back to Times Square, there was a 3 block street market that we explored for about 30 minutes.

After that, it was back to our hotel to relax, refresh and munch on a few snacks before heading to  the 9/11 Memorial Site.

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Friday in New York City

New York City is my favorite city in the world. There are endless possibilities, and I’m convinced you need AT LEAST month to be able to experience some of the best places and eateries the city has to offer.

After arriving at the W Hotel, a swanky hotel located in the heart of Times Square, we purchased tickets for the 48 Hour sightseeing busses and decided our first stop would be to Greenwich Village and SoHo. The 48 Hour tour gives you access to the Uptown and Downtown busses, the Night Tour bus, which is a 2 hour ride that brings you throughout the City and into Brooklyn.

We wandered around Greenwich, starving, sweaty and grumpy, and after about what felt like hours 20 minutes we finally agreed to eat lunch at Jane, a fun and vibrant corner restaurant.

A warm basket of bread was brought to our table which we all took turns dunking it into olive oil. Our meals arrived promptly and it wasn’t hard to plow through our entire meals.

I ordered the Baby Arugula Salad, which included grilled chicken, blue cheese, apple, pepitas, and sun-dried cranberries in a sherry vinaigrette. I also snacked on Ryan’s side of brussels sprouts. These were hands down the most flavorful and perfectly roasted brussels sprouts I’ve tasted.

We all left with full bellies and our grouchiness immediately vanished. It’s funny how eating a solid meal can dramatically change your mood.

We wandered around the area a little more and checked out several of the stores that interested us. We took the sightseeing bus back to our hotel where we met up with Chelsey, who had to spend the day working in the hotel.

Since I hadn’t had the opportunity to get a run in yet, I booked it to the hotel’s gym, where I completed a 2.5 mile run. It was a tough one, especially after walking around all day, but it felt good to get somewhat of a run in!

After freshening up, Ry, Chels and I crossed the street and grabbed a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks to share before catching the Night Tour, which is always my favorite touristy thing to do in the City.

By the time we made it back into Times Square it was 10 and we were all hungry for dinner. We walked several blocks up to Ellen’s Diner, which is run by aspiring Broadway actors and actresses who sing in between serving food and taking orders. It was such a vibrant and exciting environment, and we all raved about our experience.

I went crazy and ordered the Philly Cheesesteak and enjoyed the best, crunchy fries I’ve had in years! It felt so good to treat myself to an unhealthy meal as that was the one item that I had been craving.

We decided to walk around Times Square after dinner to burn off a little of our dinner and enjoy the atmosphere and shop the tourist stores.

On our walk back to our hotel, we were stopped at a corner and I happened to be looking behind us and made eye contact with AJ, one of my good friends from college who I met during our freshman year orientation.

AJ lives in New Jersey, but we couldn’t get over the fact that out of all the places and all the people in the City, that we happened to run into each other on the same corner. After talking for a brief minute and exchanging several long hugs, we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. My way being into a comfy bed!

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Blogging from New York City

Friday was hectic. I literally only had time to give an update on the psychic session I had on Thursday night.

After work yesterday, I had to get home as fast as I could, throw in a last load of laundry and then pack for New York City! I got home at 5:25 and had until 7 pm to be in the car and ready to go. Uhhhhh crap! My best friend Allie is house and dog sitting for us, and since she’s a talker, we might not have left until 7:40.

I had planned on doing a post in the car last night as my Dad had said he’d have connection in the car, but no dice. Good news is that he figured it out and now I’m blogging this morning from the car. Last night we drove to Stamford, CT and arrived at our hotel at midnight. This girl was exhausted and ready for bed. I brushed and changed and threw open the covers and found a nasty black hair. Oh my fn heavens was it nasty! I screeched and my studly father came to the rescue as he always does when I’m faced with a spider or a ginormous bug.

This morning I was a little confused since I wasn’t able to go for a run. Since I still have my Planet Fitness membership, I was hoping to get to one of the two gyms that are in Stamford, but unfortunately no one was working with me on that. 😦 Our hotel wasn’t in an area where I could go outside for a run either which was a little disheartening.

I was able to get a little exercise in before showering and getting to finish our drive to New York.

  • 200 jump ropes
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 1 minute plank
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbs
  • 15 push-ups

After my shower, I whipped up a protein shake with this cute little travel blender I picked up from  Target for my vacation. It’s a Hamilton Beach Pulse Blender which is the perfect travel size! I grabbed this sucker on clearance and earned an extra 5% off with my Target Red Card, and left with this cutie for only $13.70!

The good news is that I’ll be walking around New York City all day and night this weekend and will get a great amount of exercise in. When booking our hotel in NYC, my only request was a hotel with a treadmill. I’ll be able to get short runs completed early in the morning, and since we typically relax at our hotel from 4-6 when we vacation in the City, I’ll have time to get a quick run in as well while we all shower for the night.

I’m going to be able to cross an item off of my “Running Bucket List” this weekend. Any guesses as to what it is?

That’s right, running in Central Park! I asked my parents if we could visit Central Park in the early afternoon either today or tomorrow so that I can go for a mile run throughout the park. Central Park is one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy and I cannot think of a better place to run. One of these days I hope I’ll be able to call Central Park my running playground.

Alright, my laptop is dying and we’re entering the City so I’m going to shut down for the good portion of the day! I hope you all have a great Friday!

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