Sunday Date Day

Happy Monday, ladies and gents! I hope this weekend was exactly what you needed it to be. I know mine was!

It was filled with friends, yoga, and down time, but Sunday was my favorite because got to spend all day with Cory. He was skiing all day Saturday, so it was great to have an “us” day on Sunday.

It started off with a date at our new favorite place, Brick House Diner. I love that the staff is super friendly, the service is unbelievably fast, and we haven’t tasted one bad bite yet.

We’re notorious people watchers, and often find ourselves listening to other people’s conversations when we’re eating out. Because of that, I always wonder if anyone who might look at us would mistake us for a couple who has nothing to talk about!

After breakfast and listening to other people’s conversations, we headed to another one of my favorite places:

As my friend LK pointed out, it looks like we arrived at 6 AM because no one was in the parking lot. We ended up getting there 5 minutes before the opened – it was so odd to NOT have to navigate a crowd. Just another perk of being a 55 year old trapped in a 25 year old’s body ;)

Our third stop (all before noon, I might add) was the movie theatre.

Zero Dark Thirty was INTENSE. The movie starts out with a black screen and actual phone calls from people on September 11th. My mom is a flight attendant, and was flying that day in 2001, and my heart still races when I see and hear stuff from that day.

That said, it was fascinating. It was Cory’s pick, but I was enthralled the entire time.

All in all, it was a great date day! Now, it’s off to work…and then class. Ugh. Wish me well. This is the LAST SEMESTER of my graduate school career!

 

 

Brunchy Weekend

Oh, Monday. We meet again. For a pretty lazy weekend, this one flew by!

Saturday morning was spent doing the three things I love most: spending time with Cory, working out, and eating.

Emily and I headed to BodyPUMP Saturday morning and I struggled through the new release. I had done it already, but maybe my body knew it was Saturday and was going on strike for being worked out ;)

After the ‘PUMP Cory and I walked over to LuLu’s for brunch.

My omelette was tasty, but the service was subpar and I feel like the menu was a little pricy for what we were getting.

The rest of the day was spent lounging around the apartment not doing much of anything. It was glorious. Campbell even picked up on our desire to do nothing and was just as lounge-y as we were. ;)

Sunday was yet another brunch – but this time is was with bloggers! Liz and Sarah set up an amazing brunch at Stella’s. The food was out of this world. I’ll be dreaming of that crab omelette for days…

The rest of my rainy Sunday was spent reading this.

I’m only 127 pages in, and I can’t stop reading. And I hate myself for it. The writing is horrendous – horrendous! – but I keep turning the pages.

If you haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, it’s about a (virgin!) girl who meets this outrageously wealthy entrepreneur – who happens to be into all kinds of whips and chains.

And she’s like – Cool. I can get down with that. 

WHAT?!

The graphic detail  of this book could leave even the most “experienced” ladies blushing, and the writing could make a 10th grade literature teacher throw the book across the room in fit of rage.

For the first time ever, I’m reading a book simply so I can be in on the discussion. (I chose to ignore such popular works as Harry Potter and Twilight.)

Let’s chat: 

  • Are you a brunch-y person? This weekend was the first time I’ve ever been out to brunch! 
  • Have you read 50 Shades? What did you think? (Without giving too much away!)

Hosts with the Most(s)

We hosted our first holiday!

Cory and I successfully hosted our families yesterday for Easter brunch. In my world, it’s an accomplishment if I can time my Keurig coffee and oatmeal to be ready at the same time, so the idea of having to have five items in one oven come out ready at the same time made me nervous.

Thank God I have a husband who keeps his cool in the kitchen, and a mother who knows how to calm me the eff down.

We ate, drank mimosas, and chatted through the afternoon. I tried a bit of everything that we made, but didn’t eat nearly as much as I normally would have. I think I was too hopped up on making sure that no one was keeling over and vomiting from my cooking.

I’m glad to report that no such thing occurred. ;)

To be vague, things have gone on during the past few weeks that made me hypersensitive to the fact that I am truly blessed to have the life that I do. Being able to spend the day with my husband and our families made my heart swell.

*My mother doesn’t have the steadiest of hands while taking photos…

After our families left, Cory and I actually fell asleep watching the Master’s. Nevermind the fact that I fall asleep every time golf is on TV, but I was exhausted from the day! We only got up to eat and ended up going to bed quite early. It was perfect!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter, Passover, or spring-y Sunday! Whatever you were doing, I hope it was time well spent ;)

Let’s chat – Do you celebrate Easter or Passover? What did you do? If not – what was the best part of your Sunday?

 

Scenes from the Weekend

The weekend started off in Richmond with searching for a place to live. You know, because we’re moving in 12 days.

Saturday was spent in Georgetown at CB2 (I’m obsessed. Find one near you!) and Sprinkles.

I ended up with the Salty Caramel cupcake. I was quite pleased with my decision.

We’re on a roll with places we want to eat at before we leave, so that night we hopped over to Thai Basil. The owner, at this location, beat Bobby Flay in a throw down :) I can’t even tell you what I got, as I couldn’t pronounce 90% of the menu – but it was delicious!

We have a Sunday tradition of going to Mass and then grabbing some breakfast. Yesterday we ended up at Manhattan Bagel and I ordered an egg and cheese sandwich on an everything bagel. SO GOOD!

Sunday dinner was a homemade recipe that one of my classmates gave me. It was a Rosemary Lemon Chicken dish that was really good! I’ll have the recipe up for you all shortly! :)

And of course, Campbell was trying to send me the message that I should not go to the gym – rather, I should sit on the floor and pet him all day.

Now I’m off to start my last week at work! So strange. Have a great Monday, my friends!

Let’s chat – What was the best thing you ate all weekend? I’ve got to say I loved every bite of that Salty Caramel cupcake from Sprinkles, even if I did have a sugar headache afterwards ;)

Ch-ch-ch-chia Overload! (Give Away!)

Remember how I told you that we’re up and moving in a matter of weeks? That process involves packing up all of newly unpacked apartment, and getting rid of excess stuff we’ve accumulated during our six months of marriage.

I’m bad at getting rid of things because I think that as soon as I toss it/give it away I’ll need it 48 hours later. You know what I mean?

Well, I’ve been hoarding The Chia Company chia seeds for a while now.

The company sent me a bunch of chia and I’ve been using it every day since. In my oats. My smoothies. My muffin, cookie, and casserole recipes. Everything.

Why do I like chia so much?

It’s a SUPER super food:  Chia is the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. (source)

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It does a body good: Chia is a great food for my diet because it helps increase my energy level, it keeps me full longer which helps me maintain a healthy weight, and keeps my heart healthy.

I’m vain: Believe it or not, because chia contains tons of Omega 6, it helps keep my skin healthy – and it also slows the process of aging. Chia is also loaded with protein, which helps keep my hair healthy!

Even though it’s super great, you can see I have a surplus on my hands. Every time Cory walks into our pantry he yells an obscenity followed by “chia!!” 

Clearly he does not appreciate this super food.

Help me get rid of some of it. I want to send two bags to THREE readers just leave a comment telling me how you like (or would like) using chia! I’ll pick the winners on Friday morning!!

**EDIT TO ADD: Here are the chia winners!! Congrats ladies! Email me your shipping info by Sunday to lunchboxdiaries@gmail.com

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**PS – The winner of Junk Foods & Junk Moods is Ashley!**

Congrats, girlie! Email me your shipping info to lunchboxdiaries@gmail.com!

Pretty Darn Proud

Yesterday I confessed that I’m not a team player. I confessed that I like competing against only myself, because when I win and accomplish something that I thought was not possible, it feels freakin’ sweet.

Yesterday, I had my first PDR of half marathon training. Seven miles. When I completed it, I was slightly proud of myself. I Tweeted, Gchatted, Facebook status-ed – I wanted the world to know! ;)

I mean, what’s the point in running if you (and other people) can’t be excited about it? ;)

So when I woke up this morning, I was as sore as two dollar wh - son of gun, so my plans of a short run didn’t happen.

I hate to say it, but I’ve been slightly neglectful of strength training throughout the process of training for the half marathon. So today a quick upper-body workout did the trick.

  • Lat pulldowns 15 reps/45 lbs
  • Seated rows 15 reps/45 lbs
  • In-and-out bicep curls 16 reps/10 lbs
  • Lat raises 15 reps/5 lbs
  • Hammer curls 15 reps/10 lbs
  • Bicep curl into should press 15 reps/10lbs
  • Upright rows 12 reps/15 lbs
  • Cheat press 10 reps/30 lbs

*Each move was completed twice

And I came home to devour my favorite Saturday breakfast of Van’s waffles and Dunkin Donuts coffee :D

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Now I’m headed out to cover some local events for my first freelance writing job! Have a fantastic Saturday, my friends. :)

Runners and non-runners – What is the longest distance you’ve ever run? Go ahead, be proud of it!

 

 


If the Schedule Calls for it

When I rolled over in bed this morning, I saw the sun peaking out from behind the clouds.

My first thought: What is that? (In case you didn’t know – it rains every day in Northern Virginia.)

My second thought: Wow, self, you slept in real late. It must be at least 10 o’clock.

I rolled over and checked the time on my phone – 7:45

My third thought: Gobacktosleep! Gobacktosleep!

I don’t know about you, but once I’m up – I’m up. There’s no ‘rolling back over for a few hours’ in my world. I did procrastinate actually getting out of bed for about ten minutes, and all the while I was debating the gym.

The training schedule called for 40 minutes of cross today.

Eff the schedule! Eff the man! Is what I thought to myself.

Five minutes later I was in my gym clothes and out the door. (I really don’t like breaking the rules.)

At the gym and completed a mini upper body workout and 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmills.

Upper body (each move x 2)

The HIIT intervals on the treadmill alternated between one minute at 3.5 and 2 minutes at 7.5 Nothing crazy, but it got my heart pumping. I wasn’t trying to go all out, as Cory and I have a six mile run tomorrow. I’m shaking in my boots sneakers.

When I got home, these three ingredients helped make the perfect Saturday breakfast.

Two Van’s waffles topped with PB & Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful, a little bit of syrup and banana slices makes for one filling and delicious breakfast!

Now I have a fully belly and I’m ready to start tackling my weekend to-do list! Enjoy your Saturday!

Let’s chat –

On the weekends, do you prefer to workout first thing in the morning to get it over with or do you enjoy waiting until mid-day ?

What’s your favorite weekend breakfast? A veggie omelet, rye toast with strawberry jam, OJ and coffee! Yumm :)

Don’t Go Without a Plan

When my alarm went off this morning, I believed it was Wednesday. I laid in bed thinking of my schedule, and I was thankful I’d made it to the week’s half-way mark.

Then I realized it’s Tuesday.

That hurts, doesn’t it?

After a moment of silent weeping, I hopped out of bed, determined to stick to my plan of going to the gym.

While I definitely sweat and got my heart pumping, I made the number one workout mistake: I didn’t have a plan for the gym.

I knew I wanted to work with weights, but I hadn’t written down a set workout, and at 5:30 AM, it’s difficult (for me at least) to just fly off the cuff and make a great workout happen.

I need assistance that early.

To make a short story long, I ended up doing a hodgepodge of a strength workout, followed by 20 minutes on the ArcTrainer.

Tomorrow will be more organized, I can guar-an-darn-tee ya.

Breakfast

Breakfast was a magnificent cereal combo. I filled my bowl with Honey Nut Cheerios, Special K and Oatmeal Squares and I topped it all off with sliced banana.

 

This is always my favorite way to start the day. This, along with reading blogs, of course ;)

 

Now I’m off to work, and then starts the second night of classes! Last night went really well, and my fingers are crossed that tonight goes the same way :)

Edit to add: Yesterday’s post - Cory and I did not clean up my parent’s yard alone. Oh, no no. We had the help of two of my uncles (which was SO appreciated!) Good thing one of them gave me an oh-so-subtle reminder of this via the comments section ;)

Let’s chat –

Do you always have a plan when you go to the gym, or do you just wing it?

What’s your favorite breakfast?

Come on, Irene

Raise your hand if you live on the east coast and you’re tired of hearing about Irene?

*raises hand*

I don’t even want to get on Facebook, because 90% of my friend’s statuses are either taunting the hurricane or advising everyone to stay safe.

Not my mom, though. She’s convinced this hurricane is nothing but a little rain storm.

While it’s not raining quite yet, Cory and I are already in ‘rainy weekend’ mode. Last night involved more episodes of Beyond Scared Straight, and when Cory couldn’t stand that anymore – the real party started.

I love Scrabble.

Saturday

This morning I woke up and headed to the gym. I knew if I didn’t go first thing, Irene might deter me late in the afternoon.

I completed a three circuits two times each with max reps.

Circuit One

  • Squats (10 pound dumbbell in each hand)
  • Seated Rows (45 lbs)
  • Push Ups

Circuit Two

  • In and out bicep curls (10 lbs)
  • Tricep dips
  • Squat jumps

Circuit Three

  • Lat pull downs (45 lbs)
  • Back extensions
  • 2 minute sprint

When I came home, I was craving a savory breakfast like nobody’s biznas. An egg and cheese bagel was just what the Hunger Doctor ordered ;)

Now I’m ready and waitin’ for Irene! Have a great Saturday, friends! (I don’t know why I can’t change my font size. This is really pissing me off.)

Let’s chat –

If Irene is coming your way – have you prepared for her? How?



7 Links

Happy Friday, my friends! :D

I’m not one to ever turn down a trendy blogosphere survey, so I was pretty excited when none other than Miss Clean Eating Chelsey tagged me to complete it. I haven’t been blogging for very long – so my answers are kind of lackluster! So before we get into that, let’s talk about two favorites: exercise and food.

Workout

Today I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill completing a little workout that I conjured up.

Nothing crazy, but the intervals did add a little ‘umph’ to the run. It also helps the time go by faster when I’m making changes every few minutes.

Breakfast

Along with some iced coffee and an egg, I enjoyed a banana blueberry muffin from the batch I whipped up yesterday afternoon (recipe to come!)

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on tot the 7 Links paar-tay :)

The Rules

1. Blogger is nominated to take part

2. Blogger published his/her 7 links on his/her blog

3. Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part

4. These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 bloggers

5. And so on and so forth!

Most Beautiful

  • 21st Century Love Letters Cory has saved every note/card/letter I’ve ever written to him the past 5 years. Even the first card I sent him before we were dating! He knew I was a keepah ;)

Most Popular

Most Controversial

  • The Golden Rule – I love a little controversy, but in my 6 months of blogging, I haven’t had too much of it. I say this post was controversial because I wrote it out of angry, hurt place. Crying before you hit ‘publish’ is always a little scary.

Most Helpful

  • Yikes! Like I said, I haven’t been in this blog game for a really long time, and I don’t know if I’d really had any truly helpful posts.

Post Whose Success Surprised You

Post that did receive enough success

Post You’re Most Proud Of

  • My first Totally Truthful Thursday (non-vlog) – This was the first time I got a lot of conversation going with my readers. I was passionate about what I was saying, so it felt really great to get a response from others.
  • I’m really proud my my blog as a whole, though. I try to keep a fun, upbeat and honest area. It makes me absolutely giddy that other people stop by and read what I have to say :)

My nominations go to

I hope you have  a great Friday!

Let’s chat – Do you usually spend Friday nights at home, relaxing now that the week is over – or do you normally go out with friends? It really depends, but I’m usually more lazy on Friday nights :)