A Weekend of Packing

I didn’t do the best job of taking pictures this weekend. My weekend looked like this: pack a few boxes, eat, pack a few boxes, go to the gym, pack a few boxes, play with Bentley, pack a few boxes, go to Target, etc. I was pretty productive on the moving front – I packed our entire kitchen, set aside all of the clothes I’ll need for the next week and a half until the movers get our stuff up to Maryland and managed to continue dominating the food we have in the house.

Some highlights of the weekend include lots of smoothies, fresh fruit (I’m convinced that Florida produce is 10 times better than the produce up north) and a few long walks with Bentley.

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The lowlight of the weekend was dropping $700 on car stuff like new tires, an oil change, and other maintenance that needed to be done before driving 1,000 miles back to Maryland on Friday. While I wish that money was spent towards something more fun like a trip, I’m glad I got it all done and it only took a few hours of my Saturday.

But I was able to drown my sorrows in peanut butter iced coffee. Since I accidentally packed our Keurig up already, I have decided to take advantage of my last few days with Drunken Monkey and drink one peanut butter iced coffee a day. So far I’m 2 for 2.

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As far as workouts go, Saturday was a cardio day. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill and spent a significant amount of time stretching after. It was so necessary.

Today’s workout was a 15 minute run followed by 20 minutes on the arc trainer. I also did this arm workout and my arms are already feeling it. I finished it all with 10 minutes on the bike. Once I got home, I refueled with a protein-packed green monster.

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Now back to packing. Have a great Sunday night!

Workouts & Sushi

Happy Friday!

In an effort to keep things consistent around, here are my workouts for the week. Just a note:  I took BodyPump on Tuesday night and it was a very humbling experience. It might have something to do with the 300 squats we did (well, it felt like 300) but my legs have been sore for days! DOMS is a very real thing, my friends.

Monday: 4 mile run & abs

Tuesday: 15 minute warm-up on the arc trainer & BodyPump

Wednesday: 40 minutes of easy, steady state cardio split between the elliptical and treadmill

Thursday: 15 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the arc trainer, 10 on the bike & abs

Now to the fun stuff. As I mentioned, Nick and I are currently on a mission to clean out our refrigerator/freezer/cabinets. While I like to think we are doing a really good job, last night we took a little break from that and went to our favorite sushi restaurant by our old apartment, Sushi Katana. I am going to really miss a lot of places in Orlando, and Sushi Katana is right at the top of that list. It is hands down my favorite sushi restaurant and I am really hoping I can find somewhere in Baltimore that compares.

I ordered the ginger salad to start. I love, love, love ginger salad dressing from Asian restaurants and order the salads whenever I have a chance. I wish I could recreate it, but I just don’t think it would be the same!

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For my main meal, I ordered my two favorite rolls – the Sweet Potato Roll and the Lava Roll. I’m 99% sure those are the only two I’ve ever ordered because they’re just that good. Nick is much more adventurous than I am and tends to branch out more often. I seriously love the Sweet Potato roll and could eat one every day. There’s something about the crunchiness from the sweet potato and cashew that just works really well with the cream cheese.

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Swoon.

I need to get on and off to work, but I just wanted to share this with you all today.

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Oprah’s one smart lady! Whatever it is that you’re waiting or looking to do, stop waiting and do it.

Have a good Friday!

WIAW: Moving Edition

Happy, happy, happy Wednesday!

These past few days have been buuuuuuuusy. We’re trying to spend as much time with our friends as possible before our move next week and we have been quite popular over the last few days. I am usually one to “stay in” during the week and lay low, but this week is an exception. I want to see as many of our friends as possible before we go! And good thing for that mindset, because we enjoyed an incredibly gorgeous night on our friend Ryan’s dock Monday night.

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Florida is really beautiful.

Anyways, since it’s Wednesday and on Wednesdays, we talk food, let’s talk about some recent eats! The one thing I’m really kicking myself for not taking a picture of is the amazing homemade ice cream sandwich my friend Jessica made us on Monday night. Heath bar cookies and heath bar froyo = perfection. Pretty sure I devoured mine in about 60 seconds.

Moving on. Let’s call this What I Ate Wednesday: Moving Edition. Thanks to Jenn for hosting this little food party!

First up: breakfast! Breakfasts are still nothing new around here.

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 I just can’t quite quit this one! Yogurt bowls are easy and delicious and one of my favorite breakfasts of the summer. I especially love the peanut butter & honey combo. I bought some new raw honey from Trader Joe’s and it is 10 times better than the kind I used to buy at Publix. It’s true…everything’s better at TJ’s!

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Lunch is the meal that is all over the place. Nick and I are really trying to eat our way through the little arsenal of food that we’ve put together over the last year, so lunches are just totally random.

Today’s lunch was turkey and cheese roll-ups, peppers and some snap pea crisps. And I dropped the blogger ball and forgot to take a picture of it because I was a little distracted talking moving logistics with Nick. Also, I have a problem when it comes to buying snacks. As of now, I need to work my way through the snap-pea crisps, two bags of granola, a ton of random trail mixes and a bag of peanut butter pretzels. I have a feeling the pretzels won’t be tough at all. I can’t.stop.eating.them.

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Dinner was two parts. I took BodyPump after work and needed food as soon as I got home. Part 1 of dinner was a not so green (but FULL of spinach) smoothie. This bad boy was made up of the TJ’s Very Cherry fruit mix, one frozen banana, 1 1/2 cups almond milk and 3/4 a bag of spinach.  I really wish I had some pineapple or mango to go into this smoothie – that’s the only thing that could have made it better!

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Part 2 was a PB&J waffle sandwich. Dinner of champions. And now I’m that much closer to finishing the boxes of frozen waffles we have in the freezer! ;)

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Snacks from the day included an apple and Luna Bar, dried mango, and my favorite- banana with peanut butter!

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 I wish I had more appetizing/fun food pictures to share with y’all today, but this is all I have. Hopefully I will be able to convince Nick to go on a  little date with me tomorrow night so we can take a little breather from the random food that clearly we didn’t want hasn’t been eaten yet.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately? 

 

 

Review: Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout

This post is part of a sponsored campaign through FitFluential. Although I was compensated for this, all opinions are my own.

Let’s talk about workouts today.

It’s Monday, the classic “re-set” day for so many people who always say they’ll begin on Monday. You know, start their diet on Monday, get back in the gym on Monday…yeah. My motivation is always high on Monday because it’s like a clean slate for me.

Through a campaign with FitFluential, I was asked to review the 7 Minute Workout from Johnson & Johnson. (Fun fact: Nick did his business school co-op with J&J and I’ve been to their headquarters a few times. Small world!)

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Prior to this, the only workout apps I’ve ever had on my phone were running apps: MapMyRun and Nike Running. I know a lot of people love the tabata apps, Nike Training Club, and a ton others that I just can’t think of right now.

I’m going to be completely honest – I didn’t expect these workouts to be that hard. When I first downloaded the app, I played around and figured out that you can change your fitness level – so I of course tested the easiest level as well as the hardest. I really didn’t know what to expect, but it was such a pleasant surprise because I now have a nice little arsenal of workouts on my phone that can be done pretty much anywhere.

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The app features 36 body resistance exercises developed and tested by Chris Jordan, creator of the original 7 Minute Workout. It also features 18 new workouts with more than 1,000 different variations, all rooted in science, so exercise boredom is really easy to avoid. You definitely won’t get stuck in the same old routine using this app. In fact, you can switch it up basically every day!

The first workout I did was full of a bunch of moves that I already incorporate in my workouts, which I really appreciated. I know that many people get intimidated by workouts that feature moves they aren’t familiar with. I’ve been there before! Then I get a little discouraged and don’t really feel like watchin 10 YouTube videos to try to figure out what the heck the workout is talking about and then I completely give up.

BUT. One of my favorite parts about the app is not only does it tell you the move, there is a man who demonstrates the move and also talks about the techniques. That way, even if you’re not familiar with a move or you aren’t sure if you’re doing it right, you can learn. Proper form is so important when it comes to working out and I really appreciated the fact that this app provides so much information and guidance. Very user-friendly!

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For someone looking to get into a workout routine, I think this app is perfect. It allows for progression and there are so many ways to switch it up. My favorite part about this workout is the fact that you can create your own custom workout. Everyone is different and some moves are more challenging than others. I loved that I could challenge myself this way by choosing moves that I don’t always do, such as the bird dog. It’s a move I do in yoga all the time but never thought to incorporate into my own strength workout.

So when you start to see more and more workouts coming from this app, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I love coming up with workouts on my own, but there are days when it’s really nice to have someone else do it for me, and that’s exactly why I like this app so much.

You can download it for yourself here:

Let me know how you like it if you do!

We’re Moving!

This weekened was bittersweet. That’s the only way to describe it, because it was our last weekend in Orlando together.

We’re officially moving back to Maryland on July 25th(!!!!).

But, since Nick will be at UF next weekend for his MBA program, this was our last weekend here. We took Bentley to his favorite dog park for the last time.

We had a great dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Maxine’s On Shine, followed by some froyo from my favorite froyo place.

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We had a “going away” bar crawl on Saturday night with a lot of our friends and went to our favorite downtown bars for the last time.

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To be 100% honest, I struggled with the fact that we’re moving. When we first moved to Orlando, our plan was always to get back to Maryland. This was never a permanent location for us but our time here has passed by so quickly. Most of our friends and family live there and when we first moved here, I struggled a lot with being away from everyone in a brand new city. I remember telling Nick I didn’t really like it and how much I wanted to get back to Maryland. Oops.

But over these past two years, I’ve really fallen in love with Orlando.

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I’ve made some great friends here who I’m going to miss a ton. I’ve found my way into the blogging community, the yoga community, the running community and feel like I have so many friends and connections here.

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I love my job. I love what I do and I’m so proud to work for my company. I have learned so much and grown so much, personally and professionally, since I started my current job. It’s been the perfect place for me to really grow and blossom in my career.

So why are we moving? Well, like I said, it was always our plan to get back to Maryland. Both of my parents have struggled with health issues over the past few years, and I always feel guilty that I’m not readily available. When my dad went in the hospital a few months ago, I felt terrible that I couldn’t be there that night as he went there. We had discussed getting back to Maryland and I think we just needed an opportunity like the one we were given.

Nick was offered an incredible opportunity with an amazing company in Maryland and it came out of nowhere. Ironically, he had just been offered a promotion at his current company which meant we were going to be in Orlando for at least another 18 months. However, the position that he was offered is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I think it means that this is our time and we are meant to be back in Maryland now.

Friday was his last day at his old job and he doesn’t start his new job until July 28th, so he will be taking care of a lot of stuff over the next week while I finish working at my current job. My last day is July 24th and we leave on July 25th to drive back to Maryland.

I have so many emotions – of course I am THRILLED and so excited to be back with my close friends, who are like sisters to me, and especially excited because two of them have kids that I can’t wait to watch as they grow up. I’m happy to be back around both of our families, and I am, of course, excited about being able to experience the seasons again. I love fall, and fall in Orlando is about 2 weeks long when it goes from a high of 90 to a high of 75.

I feel like everything happened so quickly and that’s what has been hard for me. I’m slowly learning to embrace change instead of fear it like I have in the past, so I think I’m doing an okay job with it right now. It just happened so fast. Nick was offered the job a little over two weeks ago and ever since then it’s just been chaotic and we are in full on moving/packing mode. I know that once we are back in Maryland I will sound like a broken record with how ecstatic and thrilled I will be to be back with friends and family, in the city that we love.

I’m just trying to soak in all of the days between now and July 25th and really enjoy our time here.  Live in the moment, you know? And this past weekend I really did that. Now it’s time to pack, pack, pack!

Hope you had a great weekend!

This Week’s Workouts

Happy, happy Friday! I’m finally feeling better and couldn’t be happier that I won’t be sick this weekend. I have a lot of things I want to cram into this weekend and being sick would definitely put a damper on those plans. Even though I still sound like a man, my sinus infection seems to be pretty much gone so I’m considering it a win.

Monday – 40 minutes of cardio split between the elliptical and arc trainer and this circuit workout

Tuesday – 30 minutes of HIIT and 10 minutes of warm-up/cool down

Wednesday – 40 minute treadmill run & this arm workout from Jen

Thursday – 20 minutes arc trainer, 10 minutes elliptical and a workout from the Johnson & Johnson Seven Minute Workout - Full review to come!

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Friday – tonight’s workout will most likely be either another run or a fun circuit workout…Nick and I have a little date night that will begin at the gym and end at one of our favorite Orlando restaurants! :)

See ya tomorrow!

Banana Overload

The highlight of my day today was a great run after work. I walked into the gym not having any kind of idea of what I wanted to do and mindlessly jumped on a treadmill. Forty minutes later, I was dripping in sweat and was pretty proud of myself.  I covered 4.5 miles total with some walking to warm up and cool down. Whooo! I’m about to start training for the Baltimore Half-Marathon and have been slacking on running lately and it was a good start for me. I felt strong and ran right around the 8:30 – 9:00 minute pace I hope to keep come race day.

More on that later.

Today has been a serious banana overload for me. Let me explain.

Breakfast was another yogurt bowl. I want to note that I bought the 2% greek yogurt at Trader Joe’s this weekend and it is so much better than the 0%. It kept me full all morning until my morning snack around 11 am, which is pretty impressive seeing as I eat breakfast 7:30 every morning. I’m just waiting for pumpkin butter to come back so I can mix it with the yogurt for a delicious fall breakfast bowl!

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And the other noteworthy meal of the day: taco salad with my favorite salsa chicken!

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I added a can of black beans on a whim and loved the extra taste it added to the salsa chicken. I also can’t say it enough – there is nothing better than coming home to a dinner that is already made. This was an awesome dinner to come home to after my run.

Followed by more bananas! I have 2 boxes of chocolate covered bananas in my freezer that had been hidden for the past few weeks. Out of sight, out of mind…that phrase is definitely true when it comes to my freezer. I was cleaning it out the other day and found them and immediately knew they would be perfect for banana soft serve! I used to make this in my little food processor in college all of the time and I don’t know why I ever stopped.

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This was two chocolate bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips. So freakin’ good. It’s safe to say that I got my potassium intake covered for the day. ;)

I’m hoping and praying that I’ll be able to get a good night of sleep in tonight. My sinus infection is definitely going away, but the past two nights have been awful when it comes to sleeping. I’ve woken myself up coughing, sneezing and needing to blow my nose so let’s hope tonight is better.

Off to watch TV and get in bed. Have a good night!

All Kinds of Off

This is me not complaining that I’m currently suffering from the worst sinus infection in the world. :)

I blame last weekend. I own the fact that at the ripe old age of 25, my priorities do not include partying and drinking like I used to in college. I’m much more focused on my career and enjoying my weekends hangover-free, but every now and then I can’t turn down the chance to pretend I’m 21 again. I guess I really, really can’t hang anymore because I feel terrible and currently sound like a man.

Have you ever noticed that when you’re sick, you feel all kinds of off? One of the first things that I’ve noticed that changes is my appetite. All morning at work I was craving chicken (which is REALLY weird for me) so I ate a big salad topped with lots of chicken for lunch.

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Come dinner time, I had an awful fever and was just craving cold fruit. I had planned to grill burgers last night, but that just wasn’t happening. The thought of making burgers just wasn’t sitting with me, so I had a huuuuuuge bowl of fruit with a cup of yogurt and a bunch of honey. Totally hit the spot.

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Now all this burger talk has me craving burgers. That’s what I’m planning for dinner tonight, though!

Another weird craving/lack thereof I’ve experienced is with coffee. You probably already know that I am a habitual coffee drinker and can not make it through the morning without a cup of coffee. However, yesterday I just wasn’t feeling it and this morning I didn’t even bother making it. Midday, I realized I really wanted some and chugged a venti iced coffee. Weird?

I really, really want to go to hot yoga tonight to try to sweat some of this grossness out. I’m not tired at all….just super, super stuffed up so that is even moe frustrating. I wish I could just sleep this off but I can’t! Hopefully the sinus rinse, day-quil and allergy medicine I’ve taken today will kick in soon and I will make it to class.

Tell me I’m not the only one – do you have weird cravings when you’re sick too?

4th of July Weekend In Pictures

This past weekend was so fun. From our arrival in Jacksonville on Thursday night to getting homeon  Saturday, I don’t think I stopped laughing. I really have nothing else to say except that this weekend was insanely fun and I’m so glad that I got to spend it with some of our best friends. With that, I’ll let my pictures do the talking. I hope you had a great holiday weekend!

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Now I need to get to bed, catch up on sleep and prepare for the week. See you tomorrow!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

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I’ll be celebrating all day with some of our friends at Jacksonville Beach. Lots of beach time, surfing, sunshine and good food! I hope you all are having a great day off from work celebrating as well.

Since it is Friday, here’s a quick recap of my workouts from the week:

Monday – 20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes on the arc trainer. Easy, steady state cardio.

Tuesday – 30 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical followed by 15 minutes on the bike.

Wednesday- 45 minues of cardio split between elliptical, arc trainer and bike followed by this plank workout.

Thursday- 20 minutes of HIIT with a 10 minute cool-down on the treadmill. I did 1 minute of jogging with 30 second of sprints. And an arm workout that looked like this:

  • Bicep curls – 3 sets of 12 reps (12 pounds each arm)
  • Overhead press – 3 sets of 12 reps (15 pounds each arm)
  • 10 squats – 3 sets of 10 (8 pound dumbbells each arm)
  • 10 tricep extensions – 3 sets of 10 (8 pound dumbbells each arm)
  • 10 bent-over rows – 3 sets of 10 (15 pound dumbbells each arm)

See you all later this weekend. Happy 4th of July!