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More details tomorrow. Tonight is for recovering.

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Day two of my training plan is down in the books.

As you can see, it went well! You’re supposed to see my thumbs up but apparently I can’t take quality pictures of myself.

I’m hoping I keep up this momentum because I’m feeling really good whenever I run. I get the excited/slightly nervous feeling which is what I assume I would feel before a race. Ah, I can’t believe I signed up for a race!

Speaking of, Ryan’s race is in two days!!! He says he’s kind of nervous but not in the “I’m scared I won’t finish” kind of way but more in the “this is something exciting I’ve never done” kind of way. I’m excited/nervous for him!

Thankfully, I won’t be by myself for watching the race. One of my bridesmaids will be with me to cheer him on. From how the race is set up, there aren’t really any good spots to spectate besides the beginning and the end, unless if we drove somewhere. Considering this race has 30,000ish people running…I doubt I will brave the traffic. I’ll be there at the end though!

I’ve stalled enough. I need to pack! See you in Indy.

Question: Ever participated in a race? How many?

I have a bunch of things to ramble about today so…hope you’re okay with that 🙂

1. I started my training plan for running a 5K today! I was actually supposed to start yesterday, but I got out of work late and we had Bible study last night so I didn’t have time. It’s only 3 days a week so it’s easy to fit in. First run, done!

2. I did my run after the hardest Body Pump class I’ve ever taken. Yeah, I’ll be sore tomorrow.

3. Dinner tonight:

Tuna salad lettuce wraps. It was supposed to be Potato Chowder but since it got to like, 80 degrees (!!!) today I just couldn’t do it. Tuna salad made with dijon mustard, plain greek yogurt, pickles, relish, salt and pepper. Mmm.

4. I’m really excited for this weekend. We are driving down to Indy for the mini marathon. It’s Ryan’s first so it will be exciting! I bought poster board tonight at Wal-mart…I’m thinking of referencing margaritas to motivate the runners since it’s Cinco De Mayo 🙂

5. I’m starting to get more emails wanting more information on Integrative Nutrition. Would anyone be interested in an info post about it?

6. This knucklehead won’t stop staring at me tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe he knows that we are leaving?

7. We aren’t taking Murphy with us this weekend since we are staying at a hotel so he gets to go to doggie day camp at Camp Bow Wow. Almost 3 full days of playing with dogs non-stop. He’s gonna loooove us.

8. Time for me to do some laundry and watch Glee (since Ryan is playing softball….).

Question: Have any ramblings for today?

So, this title makes it seem like there were multiple bloggers at this meet up. However, it was just Alysha & me (and our significant others, of course).

After interviewing me for an article Alysha was doing, we decided we had to meet in person. Yay local bloggers!

I raved about El Beso to Alysha and since they had only had drinks and appetizers there I had to introduce her to the chorizo. Oh my goodness, the chorizo. So GOOD! Unfortunately, we were all talking so much that I forgot to take a picture. Trust me, it was delicious 🙂

This morning I took a yoga class again at the same place I did last weekend. I like starting out Saturday with a yoga class. It starts the weekend off on a peaceful note. For whatever reason, today’s class seemed to flow more quickly than the previous. Maybe because we all weren’t newbies? Not sure, but I do know I worked up a sweat!

I decided to stay for the Mat Pilates class after as well. If you can remember back to my first Pilates class, it was not similar at all. We used a weighted bar (ouchie) and a piece called the “Magical Circle (pictured below)”

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We did not do this move, but kept it in between our heels for the majority of the class.

Though it wasn’t as challenging as the previous pilates class, it was still a good workout.

It’s another gloomy day here so I’ve been snuggled up inside catching up on IIN work and cleaning the house. Ryan is being my hero by going to the grocery store for me, so I better make something extra special for dinner!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

P.S. Check out my guest post on Carrots N Cake!

Tonight we had what I would call a “Sunday dinner.”

What you see here is roasted chicken (that I roasted myself!!!), mashed potato/cauliflower and steamed broccoli.

Let’s get closer up.

Juicy chicken.

Healthier mashed potatoes.

Can’t forget about the little green trees!

So good and so comforting. Just how Sundays should be.

I’ll be posting how I roasted the chicken and the mashed potato recipe some point this week. Both are definitely winners!

I was cooking up a storm today. I think it’s because I haven’t truly cooked in about 3 weeks. With getting sick multiple times, cooking just did not happen. Today I roasted a chicken (and obviously made this meal), made sweet potato chili in the crockpot, made homemade sweet potato gnocchi and homemade biscuits and gravy this morning for breakfast.

After all of that, I somehow managed to vacuum the entire first floor of our house, do a load of laundry, do most of my IIN work and have my 4th health coaching session with my mentor.

Whew, I am worn out by typing that out! All in all, a great, productive Sunday.

Off to watch more Gossip Girl and plan my workouts for next week!

How was your Sunday? 

Catchy title, eh?

I thought so. 🙂

This morning I headed to a new to me yoga studio for a 9 am class. Of course, I had a groupon to use and this was my first visit of 30! I can go to around 10 different places for 30 classes of Yoga, PIlates, African Dance, Zumba, Kickboxing, etc. Oh, and I have to use all of these before June 30th. Whoops.

Fuel for the day. Whole wheat bagel, one side buttered, one side peanut buttered.

It was nice. There were only 5 of us and the instructor was really welcoming. I picture this being my Saturday ritual for a while!

Then it was off to the Saturday morning ‘Pump.

I love Pump, as you all know, but today I did not.

Today was hard. Probably the hardest class ever and I don’t know why. I felt extremely fatigued throughout the entire class and could barely even do my normal weights. Weird.

After I ‘Pump, I headed home to quickly shower, make a smoothie and head right back out the door.

Our agenda included picking up our wine shipment (!!!), grocery shopping & wedding band shopping.

Wiiiine. We’re members of the Oliver Wine Club, which is headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. Oliver wine was basically the go-to wine for cheap college kids. They don’t sell a lot of the kinds we get shipped in the bi-yearly packages though, so it’s a special treat. I’m excited for the dessert wine (far right)!

No pictures of the wedding band…I want to keep it a surprise! But I think we both figured out which ones we like best. Another task marked off the list!

Tonight I’m not sure of dinner plans. I’m thinking a shrimp stir fry but who knows!

Toodles for now!

Evening! Quite the dreary evening over here. At least it’s almost Friday right?!

I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to having a relaxing weekend. Call me grandma, but I can’t handle those nights out anymore!

The dreary night made me not want to go to the gym. I know, I know. No excuse. But I decided to skip it. Ryan and I haven’t been able to just hang out for awhile so we decided to make dinner earlier than normal (i.e. 7 instead of like 8:30, we’re late eaters).

Dinner was nutritious, easy and delicious! What more could you ask for.

Roasted red potatoes, salmon with a pecan crust & my long lost friend, kale chips! (P.S. Apparently, kale is the “it” food for 2012: http://bsun.md/Jg81dy).

For the crust on the salmon, I just took pecans, olive oil, parmesan cheese and basil, processed in the food processor & topped salmon—similar to Julie’s recipe. So easy! And it tasted gourmet, bonus points!

Okay we have American Idol to catch up on. I’m sorry, I hated the country version of Born This Way. Terrible!

Question: Are you a fan of salmon?

Salmon is probably my favorite fish!