(picture above taken a few weeks ago @Equinox)
So… definitely feeling the aftereffects of yesterday’s workout with my trainer- which is exactly what I wanted!
I’ve been craving that soreness I get from pushing my muscles, challenging myself, and stepping out of my comfort zone. They say to break plateaus you need to switch things up; keep the body guessing. I think this will be just the jumpstart I need. I’ll meet with my trainer, Josh, twice a week. We’ll use body resistance, kettle bells, weights and innovative movements.
During our first meeting, I told him what I wanted to achieve and what my goals for our training sessions are. I told him I want to tone and tighten, lean out, and get my muscle definition back. He said he was very confident that we’d be able to achieve all of it, but in order to see my results faster, we’d need to be aggressive and train together twice a week. I was thrilled to hear this. In between our sessions, he told me to do my cardio, ab exercises, toning ball work, stretching, cycling classes and weights as I normally do. Also, I’m making a point to get up and walk the 12 flights of stairs 2x a day, and when I can, go for a walk outside during my lunch break. It’s these changes that will show me changes and improvements.
Personal Training is definitely a financial investment, but it’s more of an investment in my health, happiness, and confidence. I can’t put a price on those, so to me, it’s 100% worth it. I can’t wait to start seeing the effects on my body! I’ll let you know how my sessions are going and when I’m starting to see changes.
Today is pouring in Southern Connecticut.. I’ll be camped out at my desk for the day, but looking forward to having Thursday and Friday off!
How was everyone’s weekend? I hope you were able to make it outside because the weather was literally perfect- 74 degrees and all sun… what could be better than that??
After last week, I was SO ready for the weekend. On Saturday morning, Sam and I started our day off with an intense cycling class at EQ before heading into the city.
We booked a hotel in Midtown, so we wouldn’t have to schlepp around the whole day and take the late train home that night; Awesome decision. As easy as it is hopping on the train, sometimes I just want a little more time there. I forget how much I love NYC and whenever I go back I’m instantly reminded. As soon as we got in, we checked into our hotel, threw our bags in and headed to meet up with our friends for brunch. We went to this awesome spot called Grace. We chilled there for a while, had a couple drinks and a bite to eat. The group that we met up with is so chill. They are all interesting to talk with and really fun.
After brunch, instead of getting a cab, we decided to walk the however many blocks back to our hotel. We wanted a little time to relax before getting ready, so we laid down and watched the Masters. I could have easily fallen sound asleep, but we rushed to shower and make it to dinner on time. Our friend Jake moved from NYC to Portland, OR in January, so this was his first time back visiting. His girlfriend planned a dinner to get everyone together and I’m so happy we went. He is one of the nicest kids, so Sam and I were thrilled to see him! We went to this spot in the East Village called Lil Frankie’s- really cool vibe. We left dinner, and went to one other bar with the group before heading back to the hotel. After our early morning cycling, and long day, we were both wiped.
The next morning, we slept in (which we never do), and didn’t have to check out of the room until 11. We contemplated ordering breakfast in bed, but when we saw the astronomical prices (30 dollars for an omelet and 9 dollars for wheat toast!) we decided to save our breakfasts in bed for home… when we make it ourselves. We got ready and headed out in search of a good breakfast spot. We ended up at this place called “Toasties”. It is seriously a hidden gem. They had exactly what we wanted- I ordered the egg white omelet with broccoli, mushrooms, and salsa with a side of unbuttered 7grain toast, fruit, and coffee. We were able to sit outside to enjoy the sun. After we finished up, we continued our tradition of going to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Palm Sunday. Such a beautiful service.
After church, we took the next train out of Grand Central back home. Once we got to New Canaan, I made a big salad for lunch, relaxed for a little and watched the Masters, before straightening up the apartment. I have never been able to relax when things are messy… I need things to be calm and clean before I can unwind. Our weekend wrapped up with a visit to Sam’s grandfather in Greenwich, grocery shopping, laundry, and a beautiful 4 mile walk around town.
Weekends are never long enough.
I have a personal training session after work, and hope it kicks my ass. Tonight’s session will determine if I want to buy a personal training package.. I had my “equifit”, or meet-and-greet with my trainer, where we go over my goals and see my current fitness stats. He seems confident that we’ll be able to achieve everything on my list.. so I’m pretty excited! I’ll let you know tomorrow how it goes. This may be the perfect thing to get back in shape, defined, toned, and seeing refults faster than if I were doing it all on my own.
Have a wonderful day and try to get outside to feel the sunshine!
Zucchini “pasta”with meat sauce and pecorino 🍷🍝🍴 #healthydinner #delicious #eatclean #foodie (at Home Sweet Home)
I had been wanting to try making this dish for a while now, so this was my first attempt at Zucchini noodles (‘Zoodles’). I was so pleased! In the past, I’ve used Spaghetti Squash as a pasta alternative, but felt that this “noodle” texture was much better! They didn’t get soggy, as the spaghetti squash had a tendency to, but stayed almost al dente. I will definitely make this dish regularly and play around with other variations of pasta dishes I can substitute it in. Here’s how to make it:
1 medium Zucchini (per person)
1 lb Nature’s Promise 99% Lean Ground Turkey
½ Jar of Miur Glen No Salt Added Tomato and Basil Sauce
1 tbs Chopped Garlic
Salt and Pepper
Grated Pecorino Cheese
Heat a large pot, over medium, and add olive oil and garlic. Cook together for 1 minute before adding ground turkey. Season with salt and pepper, while breaking up the turkey as it cooks. Brown and cook thoroughly until there is no longer pink. Once meat is browned, add sauce to the pot, stir, and let simmer.
In a sauté pan, heat over medium, and coat the bottom with olive oil. Take a vegetable peeler, and make long strips of zucchini all around the vegetable (until you get to the seeds). Once the whole vegetable is peeled, take the strips and cook in the skillet for 2-3 minutes, until soft, seasoning with salt and pepper. The zucchini will take on noodle consistency.
To plate the entrée, start by layering the zucchini noodles, 1/4th of the meat sauce, and 1 tbs of pecorino. Serve hot and enjoy!
Is there anything better, on a Saturday afternoon, than a cold Blue Moon (or 2)? The answer is no.. no there’s not. 🍺🍊 #daydrinks #love @sjf2187 (at Bonefish Grill)
This past weekend was pretty great. Not only was the weather beautiful, but Sam and I were able to pack a lot of fun things into our days! For starters, we checked out an awesome bar, on Friday night in Darien, and got to listen to a potential band for our Wedding! They literally played all of my favorite songs… like, my whole Pandora lineup, so it was pretty much fate that we were there. I got their contact information and will probably give them a call once we secure a date.
On Saturday morning, I woke up early and kicked off my day with an intense cycling class at Equinox. It was my best ride yet! The class left me feeling great for the rest of the day- it’s so crazy what a positive effect a kick-ass workout has over you, mentally and physically. I’m definitely going to try to make Saturday morning cycling more consistent (especially to balance out my inevitable weekend Blue Moons/ Sangria this spring and summer).
Following my workout, I went home, had a quick bite, got ready, and headed to Middletown, CT. There, Sam and I looked at our first wedding venue! I can’t give away too many details, because I want to keep some parts of the planning private, but let’s just say, I loved it. It was beautiful and the event planner was so sweet. Cross your fingers, but I think it may be a potential venue! After our meeting in Middletown, we met my parents at the Evergreen Walk Promenade for lunch and shopping. We decided on the Bonefish Grill and had a delicious meal with a couple of beverages. For my entree, I had the Grilled Shrimp and Scallops with Mango Salsa, Chickpea Salad, and Quinoa. However, there is simply nothing better than a couple of cold Blue Moons, with orange slices, on a warm spring afternoon. I had been craving them, and Saturday seemed like the perfect day to indulge. Not to mention, I always love visiting with my parents. They’re so funny and it gives us a chance to catch up a bit. They were so excited to hear about the meeting we just had and discuss details. Needless to say, once Sam and I got home, we were pooped. We decided on a movie + popcorn for the night… pretty perfect.
Sunday was also nonstop. We set our alarm early, because it was the first Caffeine and Carburetors car show of the season. In our town, there is an early morning ‘car show’ a couple Sundays of the month. Since we live so close to center of town, we can hear the engines coming up the street. We took a walk up to check it out. Picture every line of luxury car you can imagine, classic and brand new, lining the streets. The good part is, that it’s only about two hours from beginning to end, so it doesn’t take up your whole day. After the car show, grocery shopping, and browsing JCrew for spring clothes (finally), we went over to see Melissa before her move to the Hamptons. I’m really going to miss her and will have to plan a trip down soon to visit! Later that afternoon, before dinner, my friend Lindsay met me for a 4 mile walk around town. The weather was still so beautiful that we wanted to soak up as much of it as possible. It’s crazy how quick 4 miles goes by when you’re gabbing with a girlfriend. We both said that now that the weather is getting nicer, we’ll have to make walks a weekly thing. It was an instant mood booster and stress reliever to chat, get fresh air, and exercise at the same time.
Last night, to wind down our weekend, we had a low key dinner (see post for Zucchini Pasta recipe!), trip to Red Mango for some ‘Skinny Sorbetto’, and watched the season premiere of Game of Thrones! All in all, I’d say this weekend was pretty great; a good balance of productivity, family time, fitness, and fun.. plus any weekend with Blue Moon and Red Mango make it great in my book.
Hope your week is kicking off on the right foot!
'The future belongs to those who believe in the #beauty of their dreams' ✨ happy friday loves #tgif
wow.. this was a long week! Needless to say, I am counting down until 5:30pm when I can leave the office and start my weekend! I’m heading to grab a bite (Whole Foods obv), meeting Sam at Equinox to workout for a bit, then going out for a couple much needed drinks in Darien.
Pretty exciting- tomorrow we are going to check out our first wedding venue! This one is my #1 pick so far, so I’m hoping when we see it in person, it doesn’t disappoint. From the looks of it, it’s pretty fabulous and the woman I spoke with seems very sweet. Also, Sam’s sister, and my Maid of Honor!, is moving to the Hamptons on Monday (jeal x10), so I really want to see her before she leaves! Other than that, no set plans for the rest of the weekend, but hopefully a good mix of fun and relaxation.
Wouldn’t have minded waking up here this morning .. ☕ #tbt #paris #beautiful
This picture represents so much.
To some, it’s a beautiful picture of the Eiffel Tower, which it is; but to me it’s memories, excitement, possibility, love, adventure, and wonder. Sam and I took a trip to Europe last summer, and ever since, I’ve dreamt of the day we’d go back. I never thought I could love a place as much as I did. When we first landed in Paris, coming from Florence, it was about midnight, and we just had to go get a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower before we could go to sleep. It wouldn’t have felt right if we didn’t. Seeing it lit up against the night sky was so breathtakingly beautiful, that tears instantly started rolling down my face.
Lately, I’ve been having a lot of mixed emotions. I think it’s because my 25th birthday is next month, so I’m doing a lot of self-reflection… at times, I feel like I am merely “existing” and not living. Life is so short, which I have sadly realized first hand, and to think that I’m not making the most of it, and wishing my weeks away into weekends, kills me. I feel trapped in my high-stress corporate role, which leaves me so depleted by the end of the day, and growing more discouraged by the day. I crave simplicity, balance, and passion. I have made a long list of things that inspire, motivate, want, dislike, locations and ideas. Who knows, maybe stepping out of my comfort zone, and taking a risk is what I need to be truly happy? They say the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.
Who knows, maybe Paris is on my list?
I Snapped this selfie while eating my Puffins at my desk.. Literally, the best cereal ever- my face doesn’t do my happiness level justice. So. Effing. Good. Cut up a banana, toss in some fresh berries, pour in some almond milk, and you have an official mouth party. Yum.
This morning was beautiful; crisp air and blue skies. From what I can see out of my office window, it’s going to be a lovely day. I’m definitely going to take a walk this afternoon to enjoy it. This weather means I need to officially go spring shopping. The other day I did a closet and bureau clean out, and made a huge bag of clothes to bring to the Good Will. Now, I obviously need to restock, right?
Today I’m in a black sweater, but what I’m craving are neutrals and pastels. I basically retire all of my dark clothes in the spring and summer and switch completely over to whites, creams, and soft colors. Nothing looks better on tan skin than crisp white. Nothing. Oh, and a clean manicure.
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