Brain dump – still no photos

Not that anything I’m going to mention is photo worthy, but I will work on that.

I need to clean my house, my office, and my head.  So here’s a start…

Beets!

On Sunday afternoon I roasted three beets to use throughout the week (lunch, dinner, whatever) and have been eating them since.  They are so easy to make and so delicious hot or cold.

The only downside of eating a lot of beets is that my pee is now anywhere from a pale pink to a full on red.  Even though the reason, it’s still alarming to see.  And sorry if that’s TMI.  Actually the first time this happened to me years ago, I did freak out.  So if this happens to you.  Don’t.  A similar thing happened when I was on a huge kiwi kick, but that was a more neon yellow tint. Good times!

No sugar update

I’ve greatly reduced my sugar intake but am still not 100%.  For example, last night I did indulge in some frozen yogurt.  That said, I woke up with my stomach hurting, so I blame the froyo.

My biggest accomplishment is that I’ve been drinking my coffee without sweetener.  I knew it was possible, but I’m pleased with myself to be doing it (and not hating it).  I will quickly admit that my coffee doesn’t taste nearly as good, but it is what it is.

On that topic, has anyone tried putting butter or coconut oil in their coffee?  Feedback please.

Wicked!!

In a relatively spur of the moment decision, last night we bought tickets to see Wicked in a couple of weeks.

My sister and I saw it when it first opened with the original cast and LOVED it.  I’ve wanted to see it again and this time we are going with my parents who have never seen it.  Fun family night!!

I think i’m finally ready to run!

Lots of exclamation marks today.  But this is a big one.  I think i’m finally starting to get excited to start running again!  And speaking of which, I plan to register again for the Fairfield Half in June.  While my time in that race last year was bad, it was a great race for me in every other way.

Wedding venue stuff

I have learned that people in this area plan their weddings WAY in advance.  I guess I always knew that, so I was reminded.  This was also a subtle reminder that I’m not in my late 20s as most brides seem to be.

We don’t want (or need) a long engagement so we’re trying to move things along.  This weekend we’re looking at some venues and my real hope is that by sunday evening we’ll have a venue and a date.

Fingers crossed!  Send those good venue vibes my way.

So that’s what’s on my mind right now.  More to come after the weekend and I will try to take some photos going forward.

Have a great weekend!!!!!

A picture-less update

I know.  Blog posts with no pictures suck.  I’m sorry.  I really am.  I will work on that in the future.  Promise.

So we’ve made it past the mid-point of January.  Holy cow!  I suppose it’s good and bad that time is flying, but mainly good because I can’t stand the cold.  I’m jonesing for the caribbean and I’ve only been back for about 3 weeks.

I had/have big plans for January and going forward in terms of my fitness and overall health.  While things got a bit delayed, I’ve got a plan now and am ready to run with it.

First up.  I weighed myself this morning.  Gag.

During the move I managed to lose the scale.  Odds are good it’s somewhere in the house, I just haven’t come across it yet.  I bought a new digital scale because I felt like I’d need those decimal points.

So after a not so healthy dinner last night, I stepped on the scale this morning.  I was right around where I thought I would be, so while I wasn’t shocked, I was still surprised to see that number in front of me.  I haven’t weighed that much in AGES!

So while I’m a bit put off by the number, I know getting it down is do-able (and necessary).  My rough goal is about 20 pounds and I’m thinking I will let myself look at wedding dresses if I can get to 10.

So it’s back to healthy eating (no sugar and greatly reduced carbs) and working out.

My tentative plan for working out (becauase if it’s not in writing it’s not real):
Monday – teach spin PM – this is also a flex day as I can do something additional or not
Tuesday – work out with my sig other (he’s a fan of Body Beast and intervals)
Wednesday – 5:30a OTF
Thursday – sig other
Friday – 5:30a OTF
Saturday – sig other
Sunday – teach spin AM (also a flex day)

Yes, I realize that means working out 7 days a week, but I also realize this will not work every week, but at least I have a plan in place.  It will surely suck at times but I think it’s what I need both physically and mentally.

So speaking of the mental stuff.  I’m frazzled.  Completely out of it and stressed.  Not good.  I think I’ve been feeling this way since the summer, which is way too long.  I kept thinking things would resolve themselves but something always comes up and they haven’t.

I do believe that working out does wonders for your mental well-being so it’s my expectation that committing this time and effort to myself will help me on that side too.  It has to!  🙂  No where but up!

That aside…

Not much is new here.  Last week I was in Germany for a few days (because everyone in the US hops over to Europe for a “quick trip”).  It was for work, so I wanted it to be quick.  I suppose I could have stayed longer if it was somewhere I wanted to be.  But it wasn’t.  It was gold, gray, rainy, and snowy in Frankfurt.

I left Tuesday night and was home Friday afternoon.  This weekend I checked out my first wedding venue, which was a little eye opening.  Honestly the whole process has been eye opening.  It’s expensive!  My sister came up to visit on Saturday and Saturday night we indulged in sushi as we always do.  It was so good!

I taught spin Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so I am feeling like the fitness thing is really getting started.  Of course I come home Monday to an unhealthy dinner because my other half ran out of time to cook.  But it’s just a bump in the road.

So cheers to making the right decisions and having fun a long the way!  Cheers to not beating ourselves up over making decisions that might not be the best.

As a former boss once said, sh*t happens, wipe and move on.  🙂

Here we go 2017!

Happy 2017 to you!

I figured that 2017 would be a pretty uneventful and quiet year but it looks like that will definitely NOT be the case.  More on that later.

To finish up 2016 I headed to St. Thomas.  My happy place.  We were there for Christmas but back in time for New Year’s Eve.

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Island Time Pub
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Bushwacker – so good!
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Sapphire Beach
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Sapphire Beach (again)

It is such a beautiful and lovely island.  We stay at Sapphire Beach, on the East End and rent a condo.  We stay in the same complex each year but a different unit each time.  It’s lovely to be somewhere this gorgeous but feel like you are at home.

The town of Red Hook is right down the road and has a bunch of bars and restaurants as well as the ferries to St. John and other islands.

If you ever want to know about STT, feel free to contact me.  I could talk about it all day!

We were home for NYE and spent it with my other half’s family, which was lovely.  Lots of laughing (and dancing!).  I didn’t go to bed until 3am and definitely paid the price the next day.

So looking forward to 2017…

It will not be a quiet year because most likely I will be getting married in 2017!  Yes, you read correctly, we got engaged while we were away.  It’s nuts and i’m definitely still processing.

So if I needed any reason to really get back to being healthy and taking care of myself, this is as good as any.

Big plans for 2017.

I registered for the SONO Half on 10/14/17.  There is a slight chance that that could be wedding weekend in which case I’d defer (and register for another) but we’ll see.  My plan with running is to really start up again in April with an occasional outdoor run here and there until then.  I think I’m almost ready to really give it another go.

I’m getting back on the OTF train and hoping to get back to two classes a week.  I also told the sig other that we could work out together 2 times a week (he’s pushing for 3).  So on the fitness side, the plan is in place.

We’re also on day 1 of no sugar.  I know I need this.  Quite a few years ago, I had to go on a strict no sugar diet due to an overgrowth of yeast due to years on antibiotics.  It sucked but once I got past the challenge I actually felt better than I had in quite some time.  I’m really hoping I can return to that feeling since lately i’ve been feeling very sluggish, not motivated and overall blah.  Fingers crossed!  Drinking coffee without sugar this morning did not taste very good, but I will make myself like it!

So that’s what’s going on here.  I’m ready for it.

Now on the complete opposite side of what I just wrote about, I made banana pudding for New Year’s Eve.  My other half’s family is known for the banana pudding so when he asked me to make some, I felt a bit like I was being set up to fail.  I did some recipe digging and found this one.  Somehow, it got the stamp of approval from the family!  Thank goodness!  Give it a try, it’s quite easy!

And now i’m off to be productive.  Talk soon!!!

Year in Running – 2016

(sorry, no photos on this one)

I’m trying not to laugh at this title.  Technically I did run in 2016 but it was hardly a robust year of running.  That said, I figured it would be interesting to look back and summarize what I actually did this year.

In 2016 I ran a few races.  When 2015 ended I was in full on running mode.

I started 2016 by joining a half marathon training program at a local running store.  Overall that was a great thing for me and I really liked it.  I liked the accountability of a group and having someone else map out my runs.  What I didn’t like was that it wasn’t very convenient for me, so the Saturday 8a long runs had me up very early.  Plus, it was cold and as it does every year, chest congestion got the best of me.  But in hind sight, joining that group was a great thing and if I can find a more convenient group, I’ll do it again.

In March I ran the Savin Rock Half Marathon.  This was the race the training group was for, but since I bailed on it towards the end, I was not prepared.  My sister did this one with me and were it not for her, I probably would have skipped it.  The weather was around 32 degrees at the start.  Brrrr.  I did a lot of walking in this one.  I made the decision to walk all the hills and was glad I did, because they were TOUGH.  The end was rough, but I did finish.  The next day I hopped on a plane to China.  Yikes!

In April I ran the BAA 5K as part of the Boston Marathon.  That was cool.  Decent uneventful run.

In June I ran the NYRR Mini 10k in Central Park.  At this point I was running a bit and feeling OK about this race.  It was tough.  CP is HILLY, which I didn’t really realize.  It was also the largest race I’ve ever done, which was nuts!

Later in June I ran the Fairfield Half.  Again, somewhat under trained (big surprise!).  That said, I had clear goals for this race and met (and exceeded) them all.  None were related to time which was nice.  I actually enjoyed this race and would do it again.  But it was HOT!

I pretty much didn’t run at all after the Fairfield Half.  While in South Africa I ran almost 4 miles once, but that was pretty much all the running I did from July through November.

In November I ran the Fairfield Turkey Trot and did not enjoy it.  Once again, under trained, or under prepared because I didn’t even attempt to train.

And now it’s December and I haven’t run at all since November (except for small bursts during OTF).  Thankfully I do still teach two spin classes a week which has helped me somewhat maintain my cardiovascular fitness.  I’m also back in the OTF groove.

I’m going away for Christmas and just may try to get some running in, but we’ll see. Going into January/February is a tough time for me because I typically get a bad chest cold.  Hopefully it skips this year, but who knows.

Regardless, I’m hoping to get back to running in the milder temps.  I’m thinking maybe trying to get back outside in March and potentially on a treadmill sooner.

A friend of mine had a baby in October and we talked about the Fairfield Half being her goal race.  I’m up for that!

So we will see what happens in 2017.  Till then, happy holidays!!!!

December

I’ve been ignoring this little blog and just took a look at my stats and was very suprirsed to see that people are still reading.  Not many, but more than 1.  I figured I owe you folks something interesting to read.

Happy December!

Stuff has been BUSY!  Looks like I haven’t posted since around Halloween, so I’ll do my best to give an update.

November – Wow, so much happened in November!

Epic tailgate party at MetLife Stadium for One Bro Pizza Co.

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There were actually a lot more people in the photo but unfortunately they got bumped since Instagram likes a square photo.

That was 11/6.  8 days later we moved.

We bought a house!  So yeah, there’s been all the crap that goes along with that process.  Cleaning up the old place, packing, packing, and packing some more, more cleaning, and lots of keeping those fingers crossed.

Thankfully it all worked out and here we are.  Trying to get used to all the good and bad that goes along with owning a house (versus a condo).

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We moved in on Monday 11/14 and hosted our first overnight guests that weekend (yes, we’re crazy).  Friends came into town to see the Big Head Todd Blues Club, so we all hosted and we went and enjoyed some good music.

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It was a very cool intimate venue.  I used to see live music all the time and haven’t been in ages, so it was a welcome change.

The following week was thanksgiving and of course we were hosting!  Because why not?

But first, a 5 mile turkey trot in the AM.  My sis and I headed there around 7a for the 8:15a start.  Parking was nutty but we ended up getting a pretty good spot.  We hung out a bit and then went our separate ways (her to the front, me to the back).

Let me just tell you that at the end of August I ran almost 4 miles in South Africa.  That was the last time I’ve run.  Nice.  So these 5 miles were going to be interesting.

They ended up OK.  Slow, but OK.  I did have to stop and walk a little during the last mile, but who cares.  Thankfully during the run I had no pain.  Did I enjoy the run?  No, not really.  The course was OK but I just wasn’t feeling it.  All good.

Most of my photos are disgusting, but here’s the only one that is tolerable.

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So happy!  (not really)

So that ended and we headed home where the rest of the day had some interesting ups and downs but overall was lovely.  My legs were TIRED and the next day I felt a bit like I had been beat up.  Guess that’s what you get for zero training.  Oh well, I survived.

And now we are full on into the holiday season and the busyness that goes with it.  Trying to keep things in check but we’ll see how that goes.

The NYC Half Marathon entry came and went and I let it go.  That race is freaking expensive and I just didn’t want to spend that sort of money on a race.  I like the $60 price point.  This one is $145.  Yuck.  I keep thinking about signing up for another race thinking it will boost my motivation. Thing is, I’ve signed up for two in the past for just that reason and it didn’t work.  All I ended up doing was running a race under-trained.  So what good is that?  So i continue to wait for my epiphany.  We’ll see what happens.

So that’s what’s been going on here.  A lot and not much at the same time.  Interesting how that happens.

I’ll continue to pop in periodically or when I have something of value to say.

If i’m not back before, have a happy holiday season and new year!!!

Halloween Spin

I’ve seen a bunch of halloween spin playlists go up, so i figured i’d share some of mine.  I’m teaching on Halloween this year, so I’m sure i’ll use one of these.

In years past I’ve been pretty over the top with my costumes.

This was by far the best one:

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I wore a read hooded sweatshirt.  So fun!

So here are a couple of rides I’ve used in the past.

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I typically keep some of the same music each year and then try to add a few things that are different.  Will see what I decide this year.

Have a happy halloween!

No regrets

Makes me think of the commercial where some guy gets a tattoo that actually ends up saying NO REGERTS.  I want to say the tattooer is eating a snickers or something.

I digress…

Today was the SONO Half Marathon in my town.  I ran this race last year.  It was my first half marathon ever.

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I was well trained for it (almost 6 months of training) and for the most part enjoyed it.

This year I made the decision not to run it.  I wasn’t overly motivated (which has been my problem since finishing it last year) and I had minor personal issues with the race director and didn’t want to give him my money (I think I’ve written about that before).  I was confident in my decision.

Until this morning.

As of this morning I really regretted not signing up and running.  Of course the weather was beautiful, but I think what got me was that it’s such a local race and a few of my friends were running.

I do try not to regret any decisions that I make as they are mine and I have to own the consequences but in hind sight, I do wish that I had gotten down off my pedestal and signed up for the stinking race (and somehow found motivation).

The moral of the story is that I think I will run it next year.  Good moral?

And now I need to stop being lazy and unmotivated and start running.

 

 

It’s Amazing

Many things are amazing, but in this case it’s amazing to me that people seem to be reading (and finding) this little blog that is rarely updated and seems to not stay on topic.

I’m still trying to decide if a) i want to keep writing and if i do then b) what the heck do i write about?  Maybe it will be fluid, but maybe not.

Since it’s been a while I figured I’d throw up a quick post on the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in the last 3 months which was my trip to South Africa.

We spent 4 nights in Cape Town (actually staying just outside in Camps Bay) and then did another 3 nights at a game reserve in the eastern Cape.  It was amazing.  South Africa is a beautiful country and the people are so so kind.  I definitely hope to return in the future.

Without further ado, here are some photos.

 

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I know it’s a lot but it’s actually  nothing compared to the +1500 photos I actually took.  Narrowing it down was TOUGH!

I would gladly share more of my experience with anyone interested.  Definitely a bucket list item and a destination I completely recommend!

Stay tuned for whatever I decide to write about next.  🙂

Dinner

As you know, i’m not the cooker (is that really a word?) in the household.

I’m very lucky that my other half does most of the cooking.  He’s much better at it than me and it comes naturally to him versus me needing to use recipes.

On Wednesday he told me that dinner that night was my responsibility and that we couldn’t have chicken (my default protein).  So I told him we’d have tofu. 🙂

I immediately pictured a tofu curry.  Work was busy so I didn’t have time to google a recipe until late in the day and when I did, I found this recipe on Minimalist Baker.  It wasn’t a tofu recipe per say but I felt I could work with it.

Here’s my version, which is actually quite similar to hers.  Her recipe also includes a recipe for coconut quinoa.  I have horrific luck with making quinoa so I skipped it and just made some farro to have with the curry.

Tofu Coconut Curry

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup  broccoli florets
  • 3/4 of a small sweet potato cut into small pieces
  • 1 small diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup snow peas cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 14-ounce cans light coconut milk
  • 1 cup veggie stock
  • 1 block firm tofu (pressed)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Heat a large saucepan or pot to medium heat and add 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, sweet potato, broccoli and a pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder, chili flakes, veggie stock, coconut milk, tofu, another healthy pinch of salt and stir. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat slightly and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add the snow peas and tomatoes in the last 5 minutes so they don’t overcook.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

I found that I did need to add a decent amount of salt, but otherwise it was a pretty straight forward recipe.

I added the tofu.  I pressed a whole block but ended up using about half to three quarters of it.  Personal preference there.

I also went a little heavier on the veggies than the original recipe.

This was an easy recipe that ended up tasting quite well.  Give it a try!!

Do you like curries?  I didn’t for the longest time and then all of a sudden my tastes shifted.  I’m glad they did!

Believe it or not, I am still here

I’m here!  Not doing much in terms of blogging but being INCREDIBLY busy elsewhere.

Sometimes life just gets in the way of other stuff.  But it’s all good!

My last post was 8/13, so let’s see if I can recap since then….

Pizza events and stuff in mid-August and boy was it HOT.

The end of August brought my other half going away for a bachelor party, my birthday (yes, he was away :(), and then my vacation.

I left for South Africa on 8/26 and the entire week leading up to that was insane with work and other obligations outside of work.  That said, I made it a point to completely relax and disconnect while I was on vacation.  Everything would still be there when I got back.

South Africa was amazing.  Beautiful country and kind people.  Of course there’s so much more to the trip than that, so perhaps I will write a recap post.  I took over 1600 photos and think I finally narrowed that down to 1000.  Should I post them all?

Some random shots from my phone (which was pretty much off for most of the trip).

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Yummy South African bubbly
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Sunset on the reserve
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Delicious veggie friendly food at the reserve
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Getting ready to jump

I got back the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and appreciated having a couple of days to relax before heading back to work.

But sadly that day did come and I had to go back to work on 9/6.  Since then work has been insane…frequently frustrating, sometimes stressful, occasionally OK.  Add to that weekends with tons of commitments and you get one tired girl.

Take this past weekend for example…

Saturday – up at 6a to take a 7a OTF class.  9a meeting with a contractor. 10:15a parents come to visit. 11a appointment with parents and then errands. 4p leave for a pizza event at a skydiving boogie 80 miles away.  8p cut almost 200 pizzas non stop for the next 2+ hours.  10:30p – plan to leave but find that we can’t get out of the parking lot because an airplane is in the way (#everydayproblems).  Get home after 1a, asleep sometime between 1:30a and 2a…..

Sunday – up at 7a to teach spin at 8:15.  Back after class to shower and get some quality time with minnie before leaving for Long Island.  We had a 3pm wedding but since it was also Sunday Football, we headed down early to hit up a bar to watch the Giants game.  Left the wedding around 8:15p and then had a 90 minute drive home.  Got home a little after 10.  Hung out a bit and then it was bed time.

The weekend kicked my butt.  Amazingly I still got two workouts in (thankfully in the morning).  I’m still tired.

While the weather and my breathing improved while I was away, I’m back and it’s crap again.  I switched up my allergy medication (OTC/generic) in hopes of that helping but so far no luck.  One day I will be able to breathe again.

I plan to start running again and even sign up for some races but nothing yet.  Sh*t’s been too busy.  That’s life, right?

How do you manage things when life gets busy?