Tequila and Running do NOT Mix

Don’t get me wrong, last night was alotta fun…BUT, perhaps I had a tad too much tequila?  I had one shot but I think it was one shot too many.

So, as you can imagine, peeling myself out of bed to go running was not at the top of my list of things that I want to do today.  

Here is me wondering whether running is the best idea right now:


It was a slow 4.5 miles partially because I was hungover and partially because it was WINDY.  Not just windy, but WINDY.  

Here are the boys before and after my run.


Someday I will learn to stop taking blurry pictures with my iPhone, someday.

In other news, Halloween is upon us!  I don’t think I am going to dress up because I just can’t envision myself going out drinking AGAIN tonight (barf).  But I did do a little bit of decorating.  


I tried to draw a toothy smile but my marker ran out of ink.  #firstworldproblems.


Mini pumpkin!

I know what you are thinking and no, Martha Stewart did not do this for me.

Anyone else dressing up and going out on the town tonight?

One Productive Mama!

Yesterday was so PRODUCTIVE.

I started my morning off by cleaning the apartment…so much fun, right?

Then I ran 5 miles averaging about 10:30 per mile, which is pretty good for me.  Scooby wanted to come with me but I had to explain to him that his legs are too short for longish runs.  Sorry buddy.Image

Check out the view at mile 3…


After my run I took a quick shower and went shopping! Yay!!  I got some pretty sweet deals, including this little number:Image

The Gators played the Gamecocks (and kicked their butts!) so before meeting up with the gang at Sully’s (Chicago’s gator bar), I made this awesome salad.  Artisan lettuce, walnuts, chopped up apple, chopped up figs, gorgonzola, drizzled honey and olive oil.  DELISH! Image

I contemplated getting these pillows for my couch but Bryan said it would be a bit much, but maybe I’ll convince him to buy them next time (once he is good and drunk).  It’s a terrible picture (after all, we were in a dark bar), but you get the point.Image

I thought it was ironic that there was this body shaping place across the street from the bar.  We all agreed that after drinking so many calories in beer, we should definitely hit up this place after.Image

Quote of the day “I always notice that you are losing weight because your boobs get smaller.”  Thanks honey but I was hoping something along the lines of “I always notice you are losing weight because your BUTT gets smaller.”  Ah, the joys of marriage!Image

Anyone else have a productive Saturday?


Weekend Rewind + This Week’s Goals

Saturday night we were having some people over to watch the Gator football game so I knew it was going to be a busy day! 

My original plan was to run outside for about 50 minutes or so but the weather was not cooperating.  It doesn’t look like it in this picture but it was quite chilly and rainy here in Chicago ALL WEEKEND.

The Bean!


I am not a big fan of doing long runs on the treadmill so instead of running for 50 minutes on the treadmill, I did 35 on the TM in my upstairs gym and then I tried out one of those “Insanity” workouts; it was a pretty decent workout!  I might actually invest in a couple of the videos 🙂

After working out, I hit up the grocery store, got ready and spent the rest of the afternoon in the kitchen.  The gals that came over are vegetarian and the guys, not…so I was sure to make an assortment of different types of food.  The menu was as follows:

Baked eggplant parmesan


Veggie pizza

Pepperoni pizza

Guacamole dip and hummus with veggies & chips (pictured below)


I was a total loser and only took one picture of the food, I guess I got all caught up in the act of cooking!  I thought the night was a success with there being plenty of food (with somewhat healthy options), great friends, and an awesome game to top it off!!!  I know you guys are very concerned so yes, yes the Gators did win (and are now ranked #3 woo hoo)!


I suck at taking pictures so even though this one is all blurry/grainy, I am proud of myself for remembering to take it!

This week has gotten off to a shaky start with me having to work late yesterday so here is a snapshot of this week’s goals:

Monday: Run for 35, bike for 15 (check!)

Tuesday: 6 rounds of the following: 1/2 mile run, 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 30 sit-ups

Wednesday: 40-50 minute run in the morning

Thursday: Strength training

Friday: off

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Elliptical for 30 minutes, body works + abs class

Hopefully my work schedule doesn’t get in the way!!!

Moral of the story? Don’t work…workOUT!

This has proven to be the longest week EVERRR!!!!  I worked until 10:00 last night (again).  Mind you, I get into work at 8:15 AM so needless to say, I have been tired.   The worst part about working late is 1) I don’t get to workout in the evening (which is my preferred time) and 2) I have to eat dinner at work which means…TAKEOUT!  Ugh!  

At the VERY least, I actually peeled myself out of bed this morning and ran a quick 2 miles on the treadmill because I was worried about being at work until 10:00 PM again tonight, BUT…

Today was an anomaly!  I got to leave right at 5:00 and I walked my dogs as soon as I got home.  It was especially awesome because we went through Millennium Park and the leaves are changing 🙂



After walking the doggies, I decided that due to my crazy work schedule, I really should do a little bit more SO, while doing laundry I did 25 minutes on the elliptical while alternating various resistances.  It wasn’t anything crazy but I did workup a sweat.

This is me excited about wearing my Gators shirt AND having my evening to myself 🙂


Unfortunately, it looks like I will be working super late again tomorrow (I mean seriously? Who works late on a FRIDAY???). So, I am really going to try and get up early again to workout in the morning.

I hope you all have a better Friday than me!!!

Anyone else have stupid/ridiculous work schedules that get in the way of your fitness/health regimen?

Gainesville, Gators and Playing Catch-up

Boy have I been busy!!!  This past weekend I went to Gainesville for the LSU/UF game and since I’ve come home, it’s been nothing but non-stop!

I’ll start from the beginning…

The night before I left for Gainesville I made this delicious recipe that I found on the Carrots N Cake blog:

Chicken sausage, sweet potatoes, apples, cinnamon, yellow onion and spinach.  The recipe can be found here: http://sogoodpaleo.com/post/16445562729/skillet-sweet-potato-sausage-and-spinach-hash



While I was cooking, these sweet puppies came in the mail!


Then it was off to Gainesville!  I flew into Orlando and had to drive what is supposed to be 1.5 hours to Gainesville.  Since I live in Chicago, I don’t have a car and so naturally, the first time I get behind the wheel in 7 months, it is pouring down rain and there is an 8 car pile-up.  We sat in the same spot for 2 hours…SUPER!


By the time we got to Gainesville, it was about 8:00 PM so we headed to a bar and met up with my sister-in-law (left), my friend Genell (middle) and my brother-in-law (not pictured).  It was great to see them!


The next day was game day!!! Woo hoo!  My step-brother met up with me right before I went into the game.  Our seats were awesome (in the shade) and we won!!!  GO GATORS!


Overall, it was a great weekend BUT, I ate like crap and drank way too much.

To make it worse, work was a mad-house once I came back and I had to stay until 10:00 PM last night!  This meant no working out.  I tried to redeem myself by waking up early this morning to get in a quick run but I was so tired from my long day yesterday that I didn’t make it.

But today will be my catch-up day.  After work, I plan on doing some laundry and running for about 30 minutes + 15 minutes on the elliptical + core strength training.  I’ve got to catch back up after a long weekend of going all willy-nilly!

Happy hump day!

Dreary weather = sleeping in (i.e. missing my morning workout)

Yesterday’s workout looked a little something like this:


I got the general idea from another blogger (I forget who) but, I ended up switching up some things to work in some abs.  It wasn’t a ridiculous/crazy workout, but it got me sweaty which is always good.

I was supposed to workout this morning but with the dreary Chicago weather, I opted for a bit more sleep.


Wavy hair, don’t care.

Today’s lunch consisted of leftovers from last night: ground chicken, taco seasoning, onions, peppers, jalepenos and avocado, all mixed up together.  It was nothing special but it’s healthy, easy and quite tasty.


We’re having a friend over for dinner tonight so I am probably going to get in a quick little workout before I stop by the grocery store.

This weekend we are going to Gainsville for the LSU @ Florida game so I’ve got to make sure I get in some decent workouts before that trip because I won’t really have time to workout while I’m there (and let’s not forget to mention the booze/food I will be consuming during the tailgating!).

Happy hump day!

Oktoberfest and I am SORE

Saturday evening we ended up meeting up with our friends at Chicago’s version of Oktoberfest.

It was held at this cool little local church (which I found to be ironic, but that’s just me).


I was pretty lame and mostly drank light domestic water beer, but Bryan did end up having some German beer.


Before we tried some of the German fare, we went to this tent where they had a band playing…I must admit, I was not a big fan of the music.


Beer = 🙂

Anyway, after Oktoberfest (i.e. Sunday morning), I was feeling quite guilty because not only did I indulge in some brewskis, but I also ate some pizza later on…EEEK!

So, in order to try and redeem myself, I did 15 minutes on the elliptical + this workout I found on pbfingers.com, it was pretty darn good and I am quite sore.


I used 7.5 pound weights for most of the execises and it took me about 12 minutes for each circuit. 

Tonight, I think I am going to aim to do some running on the treadmill plus some lower body strength training but we’ll see what time I get out of work!  Dinner will probably consist of something light and boring due to the fact that I don’t feel like cooking.

Anybody else over-indulge over the weekend or am I the only jerk?