This week’s favorites

These past couple of weeks have been BANANAS!

First, I’ve had house guests for the last week and a half.  And now…it’s time to move!  So I thought I would just pop in real quick to share some of this week’s favorites with y’all.

Favorite eats:

I made SkinnyTaste’s Cilantro Lime Shrimp with a side salad that consisted of: spinach, fresh figs, chopped red onion, pistachios, chopped apple, chopped pear and topped with dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and olive oil…YUMMMMM!

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Favorite workout:

Because of aforementioned craziness, I’ve had to keep my workouts short and sweet.  So, this week my favorite was this tabata workout that I found via The Not Quite “It” Girls.  I did this quick little workout in between 2 x 15 minute sessions on the elliptical.

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My favorite picture from this past boozy crazy weekend (courtesy of Genell…thanks bitch):

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And my favorite wiener dogs.  I seriously can’t get enough of these guys!

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I hope you guys have a wonderful week!

Lunch recipe, my ankle and more silly memes

Happy Friday ya’ll!!!!  I have been one busy little beaver these days so I thought I would just pop in and say hello real quick before my busy weekend commences.

This will be me in a couple of hours and I am PUMPED

ImageAnyway, last week I found a yummy lunch recipe from Kath Eats and I thought I would share!  The actual recipe is found here.  It’s a lemon caper chickpea salad and it was DELICIOUS!  It is super easy to make and quite filling.  The main ingredients include capers, chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach.  She also calls for feta cheese but I used goat cheese because I am not a fan of feta.  Here’s what the finished product looked like:

ImageIn other news, I finally made it into the orthopedic surgeon’s office and his news was good and bad.  He said that my hardware (from my ORIF surgery) is fine but that I have tendonitis in my ankle from the scar tissue.  It was good news because I don’t need surgery but bad news because there’s not much that can be done about it except perhaps physical therapy.  Waaah!  

I was especially annoyed because I had to wait an ENTIRE HOUR before I was seen!!!  What is up with these doctors who can’t keep their appointments?!?!?!?  If I was consistently late to meetings, I would be fired.  Anyway, at least there was an awesome view from my waiting room!

ImageAnd because it is Friday, I am going to share with you some of my favorite memes about working out.  I hope this does a good job of distracting you from your work!

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I LOVE the Dos Equis guy!!!

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And of course, Grumpy Cat will always have a place in my ❤

Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?

-One of my VERY BESTEST BESTEST friends, Rachelle is here this weekend and I am going to try and spend every waking moment with her.  Rachelle, if you are reading this, BRACE YO’SELF!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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!!!!

 

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…

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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?

 

All work and no play

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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.

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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!

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

Back to the Grind

Don’t get me wrong, having visitors is AWESOME.  However, it usually means that (at least for me) your regular routine is thrown to the wind.  Having my step-sister over for the weekend was no exception (hello PIZZA!).

But, with her back in Florida, it is time for me to get back to it.

 

I usually bring lunch to work pretty much everyday but skipping the grocery store this weekend meant that was not an option.  Luckily, my office building has a pretty sweet cafeteria on the 2nd floor so I am able to grab a healthy lunch even away from home.

Today’s lunch is a caesar salad (exciting, I know).

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And tonight, I plan on run/walking on the treadmill for about 30 minutes (depending on my knee) plus upper body strength training.

As much as I enjoyed having company, it is nice to get back into the swing of things.