Progress, recent eats and a workout

Hi friends!  How are you?

Things for me have been chugging right along.  My weeks have been pretty uneventful except for a couple of fun things that have been going on…Last weekend we went to go see Wicked (it was AMAZING) and this weekend my mom came to Chicago.  The highlight of the trip was a painting class we took yesterday:

ImageIn case it’s not obvious (which I’m sure it’s not), we were taught how to paint peacocks.  However, Bryan had his own idea of what he wanted to paint:

ImageThere may or may not have been people giggling as we were taking this photo.  I told him that the black stuff on the butt of the duck looks like poop to which he replied “NO! those are his balls”  ::sigh::

Anyway, in terms of my pregnancy, I have been making quite a bit of progress in the belly department…

ImageImageImageI still feel pretty awful which means I’m still eating pretty awful so I’m sure that accounts for a portion of the fatness protrusion in my midsection.  It doesn’t help that I typically take these photos later in the afternoon when the bloat is at an all time high but you get the point!

Here is a brief look at some of the things I’ve been eating.  As you will see, my meals are not very healthy but for the most part, they aren’t completely terrible either.

ImageFrench toast with strawberries, organic agave and a side of egg whites

ImageSteak salad with romaine, avocado, bleu cheese, tomato and homemade dressing (olive oil, juice from the steak and chipotle peppers in adobo)

ImageGrilled goat cheese with strawberries and arugula + a side of salad

ImageMy personal favorite lately: twice baked sweet potatoes with turkey bacon, fat free sour cream, tomatoes, scallions and cheese <—Heaven!

I have still been keeping up with my workouts (although they have been scaled back A LOT) and I thought I would share today’s workout since it was a goodie!  If you try this out feel free to kick this up or down a notch — however you see fit 🙂

I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by 2 rounds of this:

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For the Russian twists, squat jacks and KB swings, I used a 25 pound kettleball.  Also, the rope arm exercises got me really tired, I forgot how hard those things are!!!

And just because, here are a couple of wiener dog photos:

First, I saw this lamp at World Market today and I almost bought it (maybe later!?!?!)

ImageMore importantly, my poopsies:

ImageHope you guys enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening!!!

Do you have Monday off?

I don’t 😦

I have a problem and some random photos

Hey party people!  How’s your week coming along?

Mine has been a little rough but I guess that tends to happen from time to time, right?

Aside from my rough week, I have been struggling to keep my diet in check.  For me, once I start eating shitty food, it slowly morphs into a problem <— where I’m at now.

SO, with that being said, it is time to clean. it. up.  For the rest of the week, I am going to work on my path to eating clean again.  Which means I am going to focus on cutting out the following:

1) Sugar (ice cream, I’m looking at you!)

2) Alcohol (waaah!!!)

3) Processed carbs

My weekends these days have been fairly boring so I haven’t been taking pictures like I usually do.  There are a couple of random pictures from the last few weeks that I thought I would share.

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A friend of ours, Ryan is going to run the Chicago marathon and so he and his wife had a little rooftop party to help raise money for PAWS.  The rooftop had a cool view of Union Station.

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And the food was quite delicious!

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Sunshine + Beer (which I don’t ordinarily drink but…when in Rome, right?)

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I went on a run for the first time in a loooong time and snapped a quick photo of the skyline.  I did a .5 mile warm up + 3 mile run + .5 mile cool down.  My legs are still giving me issues so I think I’ll have to continue to layoff for a while 😦

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Now that the summer is winding down, we were sure to grab at least one more concert in the park.  Boy was it CROWDED!  Crowds are not my favorite (read: I am a total lunatic when it comes to crowds in that I. can’t. deal.) so we left at intermission.

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We had a little lunch at West End because we could bring the dogs.  I’m not sure why though because every time they come, I get so annoyed that I begin to question my life choices.

That’s all I’ve got for now! 

Has anyone else been slipping up when it comes to food or fitness goals?

-As usual, I find that the fitness/working out part is easy but my real challenge is with my diet!

My weekend in pictures

I thought I would kick off this post by sharing my workout from yesterday.

It started off with 20 minutes on the elliptical (I started with the resistance at level 9 and kicked it up a notch every 5 minutes).  Then I moved along to this quick little leg workout:

ImageI was pressed for time so I didn’t really work on my abs.  The whole workout (including the elliptical) took me about 55 minutes.  It was a pretty good little workout!

This past weekend, the weather was unbelievable.  I mean, now I remember why I live in this city after all!  Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Since strawberry season is in full swing, I picked up a whole bunch of them and made a little salad with a side of chicken for lunch before heading out for the day.

Look at these things!

ImageThen it was time to take a cab over to Mayfest but look what I saw on the way there…A squirrel in a dress!!! HA!

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ImageSaturday, we played our kickball game (and lost again) and then headed over to the lakefront to play some croquet.

ImageWell, the boys played croquet…This is what the girls did…

ImageNOTHING!  It was awesome!

This is probably one of my most favorite spots in the entire city (when it’s warm, of course) because the view is just awesome.  Here’s a better picture of said view:

ImageAfter croquet, we got home and the dogs were all like “excuse me, WHERE have you been all day?!?!!?”

ImageDoes anyone have any plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend?

-I’m not sure what we are planning because it is supposed to be quite chilly here in Chi so we shall see.

Hope you guys have a great rest of your week!!!

Half marathon training plan and FROYO (is bad for you)

Is it REALLY only Wednesday?  

The weather in Chicago is finally shaping up and I am stuck in the office (good weather = not good motivation to get actual work done).

Because of said weather, the rooftop opened up and I have been spending some time up there drinking vino and enjoying the weather.  Here is a terrible shot of the city from my little perch:

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Anyway, if you guys know me IRL, you know that I have been bitching and moaning a little upset about my ankle pain.  I have had my eye on the Zooma Chicago Half Marathon for quite some time.  I mean HELLO, I even developed my own training plan (based on various plans I’ve seen on the internet).  However, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it because of this pesky ankle pain.  I had ORIF ankle surgery a few years ago and my ankle has never been the same.  Of course, I took to Google to find out what my options are.  As it turns out, the term is referred to as “hardware-related pain” and many people opt to have the hardware removed (which can lead to 100% pain improvement).  If my ankle is not feeling any better by the end of this week, I am going to see an orthopedic surgeon to get his/her thoughts.  Stay tuned…

In the meantime, I thought I would share my training plan for those of you who might be interested in running a half marathon this summer.

ImageI think cross training should include a combination of spinning, swimming, weightlifting, and anything else that your little heart desires.

The other day, I was spending some time on Women’s Health Mag’s website and came across this little visual about the calorie content for various froyo toppings:

ImageApparently, froyo is not very good for you after all (assuming you go nuts with the toppings which, let’s be honest, who doesn’t?)!

And just for fun, I thought I would share this photo that one of my besties sent me:

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I am thankful for all my wonderful girlfriends.  I just wish ALL of them lived closer to me!

Do your besties live nearby or are they scattered around the world?  

-I’ve got most of my besties living far away from me: New York, PARIS! and Fort Lauderdale

 

 

 

Some leg workouts and Pinterest is awesome

Hi there everyone!  I have really been slacking in terms of lifting weights so naturally I took to Pinterest to get some ideas for workouts.

So I thought I would share some of the more appealing leg workouts that I came across the other day…

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I must admit that I am quite addicted to Pinterest.  At first, I was kind of bummed that my company disallowed it at work but now I am quite thankful; I would get NOTHING done!

I mean, they’ve got everything under the sun on that thing…recipes, interior design, fashion (one of my faves), fitness and the list goes on!   AWESOME!

Anyway, on Saturday, I wrote up this little total body workout but my ankle is still bothering me so I didn’t want to push it.  I thought I would share it with you guys anyway.

ImageSpeaking of my ankle, I think I’ve found a solution in terms of kickball…I’ll be “batting” lefty!!!  I did it on Sunday and it went totally fine, which I was very happy about 🙂

If you try my workout, let me know how it goes!

Do you use Pinterest for any particular thing more than any others?

I look at fashion the most.  This girl can takes all the help she can get in that department!

Morning routine and photo dump

Happy Sunday!  I have been MIA for the last few weeks because I went to Asia!!!  Guys, the trip was amazing, I went to Hong Kong and Bangkok and it was an unforgettable experience.  Being on vacation for so long made me realize that I don’t like work.  At all.  Anyway, as you may know, I work in Finance and the hours get pretty crazy.  So, because of that, I’ve attempted to fit my workouts in before I go to work.  My typical morning looks something like this:

5:15 – get up and go workout (usually upstairs but sometimes across the street at the gym)

6:30 – Hop in the shower then sit on the couch to drink coffee and watch the news

7:30 – Make breakfast and lunch, blow dry my hair, get dressed

8:15 – Head out the door

Waking up that early can definitely be a challenge but in the morning, I try to remind myself that it could be a late night in the office and I would be so pissed at my morning self for skipping.  That usually helps to get me out of bed 🙂

Anyway, I hope you all are having a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Here in Chicago, we typically celebrate the Saturday before which means we over imbibed had a couple drinks yesterday and watched the river get dyed green.  Here are a couple of pictures from the day…

ImageThe highlights of my workouts this week were as follows:

Monday through Wednesday I mostly focused on getting back to my routine so I really just ran.

Thursday, I did this circuit: Image

Friday I ran 3 miles then did Jillian Michael’s 30-day Shred (Level 2).  That workout is NO JOKE!

Here are a couple of photos from my Asia trip:

ImageBig Buddha (HK)

ImageKowloon Harbour at Night (HK)

ImageTemple Street Night Market (HK)

ImageGrand Palace (Bangkok)…My husband had to rent these pants to cover his legs (he was wearing shorts and they’re not allowed in the temples).

ImageFloating Market (Bangkok) <— my favorite thing we did on the whole trip!

ImageSkytrain (Bangkok)

ImageJust beacause.

I hope you guys have an awesome weekend!!!

Any vacations you have taken recently or plan to take in the future?

 

Treadmill workout, total body circuit and my favorite salad

Guys, I am soooo happy about the long weekend.  My job has been kicking my butt lately with these crazy hours so an extra day off is ALWAYS welcome 🙂

This weekend I got in a couple of really sweet workouts and made a yummy yet easy dinner. SO…

I am going to move it along in chronological order so let’s start off with Friday.  I didn’t really feel like braving the cold so I made this balsamic onion, bacon and goat cheese pizza recipe that I found on Pinterest + my favorite salad [aside: For the pizza, I bought a pre-made wheat crust and used turkey bacon instead, it was still delicious!]

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My favorite salad is so simple yet so delicious, I can honestly tell you that I eat this thing AT LEAST once a day.  To make it, all you need is: Arugula (or some other super green mix, spinach, bok choy, etc), goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, liquid agave and olive oil.  Just toss all the ingredients in a bowl and ENJOY!  You’ll thank me in the morning.

Saturday morning got started off on the wrong foot, to say the least.  I was signed up to do my very first Bar Method class with my friend Leslie.  Well, for some reason, I thought the studio was a lot closer to my apartment so I wounded up full-on sprinting to the place.  WELL, I got there TWO WHOLE MINUTES late and they wouldn’t let me take the class!!!  OMG, to say I was pissed would be the understatement of the year.  So instead, I pouted walked my booty home and did this awesome treadmill workout instead:

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Guys, this thing kicked ASS (for me, anyway)!

Today was nothing special, I didn’t feel like doing much in terms of working out but I’ve been taking a lot of cheat days so I thought it best to drag myself to the gym.  I ended up doing 15 minutes on the elliptical + 10 minutes on the stair climber (the one that rotates) + this awesome circuit workout that I found on Peanut Butter Fingers <— If you’ve never been to her website, check it out ASAP, it’s awesome!  Oh yea, the workout!…

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The workout only took about 20 minutes so I was on my way back to the couch in no time!

As for the rest of my day, I am going to fart around with my camera and take random pictures of Chicago like a total tourist.  Then tonight, I’m off to see Identity Thief and then to grab some dinner.

Hope you all have an awesome Monday off!!!!

 

Grumpy Cat, daily meals and injury

Am I the only one who thinks Grumpy Cat is hysterical?!?!?!?

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So today, I did pretty good with my eating plan.

Breakfast:

If you read health/fitness blogs regularly, you will know about this delicious breakfast scramble.  If not, prepare to be wowed.  Mash up one banana, 2 egg whites and a dab of vanilla extract.  Cook like eggs.  Then I usually put almond butter and fresh berries on top.

DELICIOUS

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Lunch was an awesome tuna sammie.  I made the tuna with a dab of light mayo and 1/4 of smashed avocado.  I put it on a Flatout (90 calories!) and topped it with spinach, tomato and shredded carrots.  Man, that thing filled me up!

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My afternoon snack was greek yogurt with some granola

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Dinner was this awesome stuffed sweet potato that I found on one of the blogs that I read…Can I just say: AMAZE-BALLS.  You MUST MAKE THIS!

I worked until about 9:15 last night so I was sure to squeeze in a workout this evening.  I’m still battling knee pain so I’ve decided to (more or less) stay completely off of it for a couple more weeks.  If it’s still hurting, I’ll see a doctor soon.  My workout looked a little something like this:

30 minutes on the stationary bike followed by 3 sets of the following (all with 10 lbs weights where applicable):

Reverse fly x 10, 30 second plank, bicep curls x 15, crunches on the ball x 40, front rows x 15, arm pull/straight leg crunch x 15, push-ups (on knees), 30 second plank.

I capped off my night by snuggling with these little guys.

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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 🙂

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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 🙂

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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?

Botched Plans

Well, my workouts that I had planned for yesterday and today totally went OUT THE WINDOW.

But you know what? That’s okay because…

My step-sister (who is also one of my best friends) surprised me with a visit to the Windy City! Woot woot!!!

So last night, instead of working out, we went to dinner and had some yummy wine (great idea, no?).

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Then we headed to a bar to chat the night away.  It was awesome.ImageSo, even though my diet & workout plan was totally sabotaged, it was completely worth it.

Enjoy your weekend y’all!