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?


Chicago’s Perfect 10

I want to do this 10k that’s on November 10th; anyone in the Chicago area doing it?
The only problem is that I have a bachelorette party in Miami the weekend before…oh well, I’ll just have to run while I’m in Miami!
Here’s the website in case anyone is interested…

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?

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, 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?

Run with a friend Saturday

Work yesterday was SLOOOOOOW, which made my day completely drag by.  The upside? My boss let me go an hour early which was great because then I could fit in a quick little workout before dinner.  I walked home and I always find it funny how this guy sets up a bunch of chess and checkers boards for people to walk up and play…He does this every. single. (week) day.  We’ll see if he’s there in the winter!



Before dinner, I just did a quick 40 minutes on the elliptical so that I could buy myself some of those extra calories that I was sure to consume during dinner.  

We ended up going to this BYOB Mexican place that I heard about on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.  There was an hour long wait so we just went to the bar next door first.



Enjoying a much needed drink after a long week.



Let me tell you what, that restaurant was AMAZING!! Everything was so delicious.  If you are in the Chicago area, I strongly suggest stopping by.  It is called Chilam Balam.  Awesome.

This morning started off right! 

My friend Leslie came over and we had planned on doing this kick-boxing class before going on a quick 20 minute run.  However, 15 minutes into the class, we left because it was not a good workout AT ALL!  Maybe it was the teacher but it stunk.

Instead, we went with my husband for a 3.5 mile run followed by sprints up this hill.  It was tough!  My legs are killing me as I write this 🙂

Not sure what the rest of the weekend holds but I am sure glad I got such a great workout so early.  I especially enjoyed having other people do it with me.

All work and no play


So this week has been rough!  I’ve been working late every night which makes it EVEN harder to maintain my diet and exercise program (I mean hello, we ordered dinner at work last night!!!).

But I’ve been good when it comes to lunch.  My lunch salad for the last 2 days has consisted of the following:

Chopped up romaine, chopped up basil, garbanzo beans, hard boiled eggs, broccoli, red peppers, green peppers and of course, PICKLES!!!  It was quite delicious and only about 350 calories!

I’ve had it for the last 2 days because I didn’t want all the veggies to go bad.

In terms of working out, I have not been so good.  I’ve been wanting to wake up early but instead, I’ve opted to snuggle with this little guy.


But, I did do a quick 2 mile run yesterday on the treadmill with a 1% incline.  Better than nothing, right?  I don’t think I will make it tonight but hopefully I’ll get my butt out of bed early tomorrow morning to do a workout.

In other news, my mother bought me this green jacket from Old Navy in February of last year and the weather here in Chicago is just chilly/warm enough for me to finally wear it (please ignore the fact that my eyes are half closed).

Check me out ma!


Let’s hope the rest of this week flies by, I need the weekend to come already!

Hang Over Saturday?

This morning I was a little hung over from having a bit too much wine with dinner last night so I was quite proud of myself for peeling myself off the couch to go do some cardio.

I did 30 minutes on the elliptical with alternating resistances.  Man, is that thing BORING!!

What would I do without my InStyle magazine????


Then, after my little workout, I went to Marianos to pick up some salad.  I think because I was so hungry, I went a little overboard with my toppings.  It looks like the salad bar threw up on my lettuce but you know what? It was delicious.


Later, I am headed to State Street to do some fall shopping.  What can I say? The magazine inspiried me to spend my husband’s money look fabulous.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekend Goals

With the weekend upon us plus being in the throes of football season, it can be VERY difficult to avoid over-indulging in extra calories (namely, alcohol).  SO, for this weekend, my goal is to keep up with my workouts and avoid drinking too much beer.

I’ve got an added temptation because today, the finance department (which includes yours truely) is doing a bowling/social event starting at 2:00.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE leaving the office early BUT, I really don’t want to drink that beer!  On the other hand, I don’t want my co-workers to think I’m prego.  Aaah, the joys of being a woman, right?  So, I’ll probably just have one beer, problem solved.

Yesterday I did 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill + glutes and core.

Today is my off day so I opted for a lighter lunch.

I basically just threw a bunch of crap (spinach, chick peas, pickles, olives, lunch meat) together that was laying around the house.  I must admit, it was pretty good and was probably right around 250 calories, not too shabby!


Happy Friday!