TRX in effect

Good morning!

I’m happy to say that yesterday’s TRX workout went off without a hitch.  I definitely wasn’t as strong (or energetic) as I was pre-surgery, but I was still able to do almost everything.  I think it was a good reintroduction to the gym.  I had planned on going back last night to walk on the treadmill or something but then it started to rain and I was tired.  Oh well.

I’m a little sore today and that’s a great feeling!

I almost had to sub tonight and while I agreed, I was definitely nervous.  When the email came this morning that I didn’t need to cover I was both happy and a little disappointed.  Oh well.  Tomorrow it is!

On the food front…I’m always on the lookout for new snacks and on my last supermarket trip picked these up.

Guess it's no secret that I got a fun new photo ap on my phone

I actually hesitated when buying them because “cinnamon” alone (with no sweetener) isn’t particularly good.  Ever seen the cinnamon challenges on you tube?  Here’s one if you haven’t.

But I’m glad I kept them in the cart as they are lightly sweetened and quite tasty.  DJ said that they reminded him of holiday spiced nuts and I can see that.  So in honor of it almost being December (ugh!), give them a try.


Typical Tuesday

Good morning!

First, a pretty picture I took on Friday at the outlets.

I am a HUGE sucker for a sunset.  I love them and can’t help but photograph them, even when they’re in a not-so pretty spot like the parking lot of Tanger outlets on Black Friday.  I think a few people found it odd, but then I got a little satisfaction when I saw a few others busting out their phones to capture the beauty.

It was so pretty and reminded me of this…

So if you didn’t think I was wacky, you probably do now.  I actually told my mom and sister that the sunset reminded me of the cheese with the wine in it.  Ha!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday and I’m going to attempt to make it a typical Tuesday.  Typically on Tuesdays I take my TRX class, so provided that I feel OK around noon, I’m going to give it a try.  I may have to move slowly or modify a few things but I feel like the best way to get back on the horse is to just get on the horse.  I’ve got to start somewhere.

I will admit that I’m nervous about teaching on Thursday.  Even though it’s only been 2 weeks, I’ve never had a medically necessary leave like this.  Sometimes I get winded going up the stairs, how the heck and I going to teach a spin class.  Thing is, I can breathe (and probably even better than before), it just seems like I’ve forgotten how.   I’m not talking “in through the nose, out through the mouth”, I’m just talking general breathing.  I know it sounds silly but after having my nose plugged up for almost a week I just can’t breathe without thinking about it.

I’ll stop complaining but will definitely be doing a post-class post on Friday.

That said, I’m off to work, and hopefully TRX.  Happy Tuesday!!

Post Op

I’m alive!!

Hello my friends.  I hope you had wonderful Thanksgivings and enjoyed any extra days off!

And now it’s back to the grind.

The past two weeks have been rough.  Surgery #1 was easy and painless compared to what surgery #2 had in store.  I honestly had no clue.

My nose surgery was Tuesday and I was told to arrive at the hospital at 2:35pm.  I later learned that my surgery was schedule for either 3:30 or 4p (can’t remember) but that the doc was running behind.  Long story short, I didn’t get out of the hospital until almost 7pm.  Coming out of anesthesia was rough, especially with a bandaged nose.

Here’s the cliff note’s version of my recovery/week.

Tuesday – get home late, right to bed, no appetite, pain meds don’t seem to help, sleep in 25 minute intervals waking up every hour to pee
Wednesday – sleep for 2 hours Wednesday morning, take it easy then migrate to NY around 2p.  Once in NY resume couch/rest rotation.
Thursday – Thanksgiving.  Shower.  Woo hoo! Still a lot of resting and relaxing.  Ate a little, still no sense of smell or taste.
Friday – Suck it up and get out of the house.  Ventured to the outlets with the fam.  While out in public I had to take a lot of time outs to sit and breathe the cool fresh air.  It’s about an hour drive and I was prepared with a pillow and blanket. (Note to self, as a passenger in a car, I should always bring a blanket, it was lovely.)  Passed out around 9:30.
Saturday – Back to CT, managed a few errands and a little productivity.
Sunday – took myself to see the Muppets, then attempted grocery shopping before plopping down on the couch with a pain pill.
Monday – follow up appointment with the doc.  Splints removed.  Rather painful but I can breathe!  However I’m so used to mouth breathing that it will take some time for me to remember to use my nose.  Still in pain, will try tylenol.  Got the all clear to work out tomorrow.  Yikes!

So here I am, less than a week out and doing much better, but honestly, still not exactly where I thought I’d be.  But I will survive.

I’ll be back later but just wanted to give an update.  Happy Monday!!

German apple cake

Do you like my sparkly stars?

Here’s the recipe from the cake I made on Sunday.


2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1.5 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 or 4 apples, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup raisins (optional)


In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking  soda, baking powder and salt.  In a separate bowl, use a mixer to combine the  next 4 ingredients; beat 2 minutes until smooth.  Slowly beat in dry ingredients  until well blended.  Fold in the apples, nuts, and raisins.  Pour batter  into a greased 10 inch tube pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10  minutes.
I used a mix of white flour and whole wheat flour, maybe 1.5 cups white and .5 whole wheat.  I also used golden raisins.  You could use more raisins or walnuts if you wanted.
Enjoy it, it’s very tasty and easy!

Don’t mess with a hungry girl


Happy Monday to all!

The weekend ended nicely (aside from a lousy showing in my football pool) and now it’s back to the work week.

My apple cake from last night came out great (as it always does) but the gnocchi was a partial fail.  Or rather I just didn’t like it.  The recipe I followed was a tad vague and the gnocchi were very dense and starchy.  Just eh. Thank goodness I had apple cake to eat.

In case you couldn’t tell, my healthy eating is being put on hold.  I’m not saying I’m going to eat crap, I’m just cutting myself a little slack for the next week.  Between surgeries, Thanksgiving, and not being able to work out, I just need to let things slide a bit.  I will be very ready to get back to it once I’m feeling human again.

Which brings me to surgery #2…tomorrow.  As of tonight at midnight I’m to have no food or drink.  Standard operating procedures.  This was also the case with the last surgery, which was at 8am.  My surgery for tomorrow…well, let’s just say I have to be at the hospital at 2:35PM.  Yes, PM!!!  Which means that I will be awake and functioning for quite a few hours with no food or drink.  I am not happy about this.  It makes me angry yet I know there’s nothing I can do about it, which is the worst feeling.

I told DJ this and he of course said “then you should go out for Monday night football and pig out on wings”.  Am I surprised?

The Eve – A Spin Ride

Hello there!

I don’t usually post over the weekend but here I am.  Feeling fine and just hanging out.  I have been one lazy girl for the whole weekend though.   Actually, I got out of the house for a bit yesterday and went to the dog park with my friend and her uncle’s dog.  I LOVE the dog park so it was nice to walk around, get some fresh air, and see some incredibly cute pups.

Today I got bitten with the cooking bug.  I made apple cake (recipe later).  It’s super easy and sooooo delicious.  I’m home all night and actually concerned that I will be alone with the cake. 🙂  Right now I’m letting some butternut squash cool and then I’m going to tackle butternut squash gnocchi.  I’ll let you know how it goes.


Thursday I was filled with anxious energy.  I started the day working in the office and then came home around lunch time because I had to meet a guy who was going to measure for my new windows.  I also knew that I wanted to put together a new spin ride so around lunch time I set out to get it done.

I’m happy to say I got it done and really liked the ride.  I’m also happy to say that the class was almost full, wooo hooo!  It was a great spin class which was important to me since it would be the last for a couple of weeks.  I’m officially on medical rest (so not fun!), but i’m trying to use it as an opportunity to relax and just be.

So, without further ado, here’s the ride.  I called it “The Eve”.

Of course this ride wasn’t without incident.  My Rusted Root song skipped and ended up being a mash up of two songs.  The time I have listed isn’t really correct  for what I did because of this but it was still close to the 4 minutes.  Guess that’s what happens when you burn CDs that you’ve had since middle school or high school.

And yes, I did end with Justin Beiber.  I heard an interview with him that morning so he was on my mind. 😉

Happy Spinning!

A look inside my head


Today is my Friday, however instead of joy, I’m feeling a bit anxious.  Thing is, I’m having surgery tomorrow.  I vaguely documented some of the issues I’ve been having over the past 6+ months (yikes!) and after meeting with a specialist it turns out I need to have surgery to be fixed.  The good thing is that the surgery is quick and should be painless, but it’s still surgery and the drugs may render me a bit out of it for the rest of the day.

I’m not a wimp, but I’m a little nervous.  The only time I’ve been put out is for the few endoscopies and one colonoscopy I’ve had.  Both were easy and since they weren’t surgery, the recovery was simple.  This recovery should be easy, I’m just not sure how I feel about knowing that I may be loopy and make zero sense after.

And while I’m sharing these thoughts, I’m a bit more anxious about my second surgery (unrelated to the first) which is next Tuesday.  For that one I’m having a severely deviated septum repaired and no, it’s not just a cover up for a nose job.  🙂  My nose will hopefully look exactly the same after.  But I’m anxious about that one because it has a more significant recovery curve and comes with discomfort.  I keep telling myself that lame teenagers get nose jobs and can get through it so I can surely get through this.  While that thought makes me smile it doesn’t do much to calm my nerves.

The best way for me to keep my nerves at bay is to stay busy.

In an attempt to do just that I made a trip to a gym I hadn’t been to in a while.  I used to teach at this gym 2x’s a week, but since the classes were at 9:30 when I started working full time I had to give them up.  It has been quite a while since I’d been back to the gym.  There was a 6:30 spin and a 6:30 bootcamp so I figured I’d see who was teaching each and then decide.

I got to the gym around 6 so I hopped on the treadmill and ran a mile.  I always want to say “I ran a quick mile” but since I’m not quick, I don’t feel it’s right to say.  I was under a 10 minute mile which for me is quick.  Sad?

I went with the boot camp.  I used to teach a 6am class at the same time as this instructor and I knew his class was popular. Since I was never able to take it then, I was pretty excited to try it now.  It’s held in the sportsplex, which is pretty much a basketball court, full size I think.

I get in there and there are a lot of people, i’d say maybe 30, but I’m not good at estimating these things.  He puts out some cones and a ladder and we get started running laps around the court.  OK, a few laps to warm up is fine.  Um, no.  We keep running and running.  We then continue the laps mixing in lunges, jumps, skips, side-steps.  Then it’s back to running.  Let’s add some sprints.  Then we’re hopping over cones, running through the ladder, but still pretty much running.  Essentially the class was running (in one way or another) for almost an hour.  The second to last part of the class had us split in two.  One half did more running (surprise!) while the other half did jumping jacks with a body bar and burpees.  Then the groups switched.  The final part was abs and it just felt so good to not be running.

Let me tell you how glad I was that I ran that mile before class.  Sense the sarcasm.

Did I enjoy it?  Yeah, I did.  I also realized a few things about my fitness.  I’m not fast.  That I’ve known all along.  But you know what?  I’ve got some solid endurance.  Towards the end you could tell that people were tired and run down.  I felt great and was able to keep going.  Guess it’s the whole tortoise and the hare concept.

I’m teaching tonight and am really excited.  I won’t be teaching for about 2 weeks so I’m going to enjoy every last minute.  Plus since my mom will be up to drive me tomorrow, she’s coming to class too.  She’s the one who got me started on spinning so it will be fun to have her in the class.  Although it will be her first time on the Keiser bikes so I wonder what she’ll think.

Have a fabulous weekend!  I’ll be back on Monday.

More info on the Bondi Bands

I’m getting a great response, which is soooooo exciting.

I put together a picture of all the patterns I have.  I also have black, navy, orange, yellow, and pink.  Again, I’m selling them for the same price as on the Bondi Band website but by buying through me, more than 50% of your money goes to breast cancer research.

$8 each or 3/$20

If interested, drop me an email at

For quite a few of these I only have 1, so I’m already sold out of #s 7, 17, 18, and 20.

So annoyed!

One of the gyms I work at uses mass-emails to sub out classes.

If you need a sub, you hit reply to all and put the details of what you need coverage for.

This afternoon around 1:30p I got an email that an “EMERGENCY” sub was needed for tonight at 6:30 and 7:30 in NY.  I thought about it for a bit and then responded that I could do it.  I ended my email with “let me know”.

Now since the class was in NY, I’d need about an hour to get there.

No response to my email around 3:45, so I sent another.  No response by 4:40, so I sent one last email saying that if I don’t hear back within 20 minutes I can’t cover the 6:30.

It’s now 5:04 and I have received no response.  Not even one.

I’m pissed off because a) I was kind of looking forward to teaching and b) I just think it’s rude that you ask for help and then when someone offers you don’t respond.