Sep 29, 2014

Photos: Game Day Outfit + Whole Food Salad

It was another frightening wakeup this morning, as I must have hit my alarm, and fell back to sleep for an hour and a half… I didn’t have a good sleep and tossed and turned for the majority of the night. I think that’s my body’s way of telling me to stay in bed rather than wakeup for a 5:00am workout. In cases like that, sleep is definitely more important … Needless to say, it was a rushed morning with no breakfast or workout making for a less than stellar start to the week. Hmmph… Luckily, I spent some time last night prepping & packing my things for today in order to give myself a little buffer time. Maybe I subconsciously knew it’d be one of those mornings?

As for the weekend, overall it was pretty good (horrible adjective, I know). My Saturday started, like it normally does, with coffee & zoats before cycling. I had another PR of 25miles and 1032 calories! My instructor really pushed me during the class and it gave me the biggest energy surge. I was so wiped afterwards, but it felt awesome. We had the game later that night, but during the day I was able to do some things around the apartment, pack for the tailgate, and clean before Sam’s friends arrived. It was nice not having to rush and scramble to get ready!

For the tailgate, I prepped some veggies to throw on the grill, an Arugula salad,+ necessary condiments. I packed a couple Quinoa burgers for Melissa and me, then Sam picked up the rest of the meats, rolls, russet potatoes, and beer. One of our neighbors gave Sam the biggest Ciabatta bread loaf (as a favor for washing her car- aw!), so we also packed that. We had a delicious spread! We got to MetLife an hour and a half before the game, so we could hang for a bit and have a few drinks. The stadium was absolutely packed with Notre Dame and Syracuse fans!! They said it was the biggest College Classic with 76,802 people in the stadium. Out of our group, I was the only one pulling for Notre Dame. The weather was gorgeous and didn’t dip below 70 degrees the whole night. My brother and I have always talked about taking a trip out to Indiana to see a game at Notre Dame… after this weekend I have the biggest urge to try and get tickets!

Yesterday I was totally pooped. We didn’t get home until 1:30am, so by the time I unpacked our coolers, made beds for Sam’s friends in the living room, and got into bed, I was exhausted. I slept in until 8:45am, then wanted to get a pot of coffee brewed and make a quick batch of corn muffins for the boys to wake up to. I spent the rest of the morning puttering around and cleaning, but couldn’t seem to get out of my own way. Originally, I wanted to make a nice Sunday dinner from one of the recipes from my new cookbook… That plan didn’t end up happening. I didn’t get out until 4:00pm when I pushed myself to go to the grocery stores. I ran into Stop and Shop for my breakfast + lunch essentials, then quickly over to Whole Foods for my multivitamin and to make a salad for dinner.

I love how convenient Whole Foods is for nights I simply do not feel like cooking. I’m loving their new roasted Fall veggies (turnips, tricolored carrots, Brussels, fennel, squash) in their salad bar. I made my normal brown boxed salad: A couple scoops of their prepared Raw Kale salad (kale, olive oil, lemon, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and tomatoes), tossed it with fresh arugula, a few more cherry tomatoes, chili dusted pineapple, chopped wild caught salmon (made only with olive oil s&p), a few of each of the seasonal roasted vegetables, and tried the cooked beets with cumin (not a fan). I took my salad and groceries home, unpacked my bags, then took my food into the living room. Sam was at the driving range, so I ate and had some quiet time before he got home. A huge wave of tiredness hit me earlier, so sitting on my comfy couch with candles lit felt great.

We have been saying we really need to start running more to prep for our ½ marathon in October, and were supposed to do a long run yesterday. A long run didn’t happen, but Sam did talk me into coming for a nice jog with him when he got home. I’m happy he did, because I seemed to get a second wind to keep up with him and the fresh air + sweat felt great. We ran 2.5mi then walked a mile loop around town back home.

I’ve been a little homesick lately… it comes in spurts, but last night it was pretty strong. I’m not sure if it was the Sunday evening anxiety before the upcoming work week, but I really missed my family. I hate when I go over a month without seeing them, and hate even more that it always has to be a planned event. Sometimes, I just want to sit on my couch with my mom, cook in the kitchen with my dad, and then have a big Sunday dinner together. I loved last weekends’ dinner with Sam’s dad and sister because it felt like a classic Sunday family dinner to me. It gave me a chance to be in the kitchen, do things that I love and relax me, then spend time sharing food & wine around our table. I’m still kind of feeling out of sorts this morning, so I think I’ll take a walk during my break. Today is Sam’s mom’s birthday, so we are all going out to dinner tonight to celebrate. I’m praying for a smooth workweek… tomorrow, I’ll set two alarms!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful Monday Xx

Apr 21, 2014
(my dinner at Max Burger)

Hope you all had a fabulous long holiday weekend- and are still able to fit into your work attire this morning! If your families are anything like ours’, your weekend was filled with lots of wine, food, company, and more food. But hey, that’s what holidays are for right? They’re supposed to be a nice break from the day to day grind, a time we can relax, and enjoy ourselves. Now time to get back in “spring/summer” fitness mode today!

I needed this long weekend so badly… they always seem to come when I need them the most. Sam and I took last Thursday off as well, and spent the day doing just what we felt like; woke up a bit later, sipped our coffee a bit longer, I went to a midday Barre class at Equinox with a training session that night, Sam hit up the driving range (it was too chilly for me), and got a few things ready before driving up to MA the next day.

On Friday Sam and I got up early, and made it to EQ for a morning workout. We wanted to get a good sweat in before the rest of our weekend would be dedicated to family. I had a nice 25 min run followed by some strength training and toning ball work. After our workouts, we quickly went home (always in a rush!), got ready + threw some things in a couple duffels, and made the drive up to my parents’ in MA. I was so excited, because I was going to go back to visit my mom, teachers, and students at the Middle School! A couple years ago, I was a long-term substitute teacher there (feels like yesterday!) and loved it so much. This was the first time I’d been back to visit all year and was so great to see them all! 

Later that night, we went out to get all the grocery essentials for Easter, and then went to dinner in Longmeadow at our new go-to spot, Max Burger. It’s my #1 choice when home in MA. They have a huge menu with awesome salads, burgers, entrees, and beverages. They have the best turkey burger and sweet potato fries I’ve ever had! However, I went with the grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard on a whole wheat bun. For sides I had grilled asparagus and s.p. fries (obviously) and two UFO Raspberry Wheat ales- totally hit the spot. A salad just wouldn’t have cut it and I would have been disappointed if I didn’t get something out of the norm. This was our first time taking Sam to Max Burger and I think he loved it- cool vibe, great location, and awesome food. Not to mention, I was so happy to spend the evening with my parents.

We were so exhausted when we got home, but really wanted to hang with my brother a bit. We all stayed up to watch the first Bruins playoff game then went to bed.

Great couple days : )

(my dinner at Max Burger)

Hope you all had a fabulous long holiday weekend- and are still able to fit into your work attire this morning! If your families are anything like ours’, your weekend was filled with lots of wine, food, company, and more food. But hey, that’s what holidays are for right? They’re supposed to be a nice break from the day to day grind, a time we can relax, and enjoy ourselves. Now time to get back in “spring/summer” fitness mode today!

I needed this long weekend so badly… they always seem to come when I need them the most. Sam and I took last Thursday off as well, and spent the day doing just what we felt like; woke up a bit later, sipped our coffee a bit longer, I went to a midday Barre class at Equinox with a training session that night, Sam hit up the driving range (it was too chilly for me), and got a few things ready before driving up to MA the next day.

On Friday Sam and I got up early, and made it to EQ for a morning workout. We wanted to get a good sweat in before the rest of our weekend would be dedicated to family. I had a nice 25 min run followed by some strength training and toning ball work. After our workouts, we quickly went home (always in a rush!), got ready + threw some things in a couple duffels, and made the drive up to my parents’ in MA. I was so excited, because I was going to go back to visit my mom, teachers, and students at the Middle School! A couple years ago, I was a long-term substitute teacher there (feels like yesterday!) and loved it so much. This was the first time I’d been back to visit all year and was so great to see them all!

Later that night, we went out to get all the grocery essentials for Easter, and then went to dinner in Longmeadow at our new go-to spot, Max Burger. It’s my #1 choice when home in MA. They have a huge menu with awesome salads, burgers, entrees, and beverages. They have the best turkey burger and sweet potato fries I’ve ever had! However, I went with the grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard on a whole wheat bun. For sides I had grilled asparagus and s.p. fries (obviously) and two UFO Raspberry Wheat ales- totally hit the spot. A salad just wouldn’t have cut it and I would have been disappointed if I didn’t get something out of the norm. This was our first time taking Sam to Max Burger and I think he loved it- cool vibe, great location, and awesome food. Not to mention, I was so happy to spend the evening with my parents.

We were so exhausted when we got home, but really wanted to hang with my brother a bit. We all stayed up to watch the first Bruins playoff game then went to bed.

Great couple days : )

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