Taking Back My Twenties

Gym

Strawberry Sliver

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 | 2 comments

What a beautiful spring day. Can I call it spring yet since tomorrow is technically the first day? March 20th also signifies my Mom’s birth, so happy happy birthday Barbara! Scroll down to see what I ate to pre-celebrate:)

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You guys know the drill: work, gym, dinner. I considered taking a walk instead of going to the gym for maybe an instant, but I’ve got a wedding in 10 weeks, so it was running and muscle pumping inside for me. Afterwards, I threw one of my favorite TJ’s frozen meals in the oven: the marinated white fish Vera Cruz. Who knows what it is really, but the olive and tomato marinade are great and I love eating it with couscous pearls.

While the fish was in the oven, I ran outside to grab a precious package from a friend. She did her wedding cake tasting with a local bakery, and since she’s not really a cake fan (gasp), she gave me the leftovers. I was gonna freeze everything, but couldn’t resist just a sliver of the strawberry.

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Heavenly.
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Bootcamp

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 | 6 comments

I finally tried morning bootcamp at the Y! I’ve been walking by for many weeks now, on the way to spinning, and I finally found the energy to try it. Of course, it was the one day the class was designed as a partner workout, so I was that awkward new girl who knew no one. But a nice girl agreed to be my partner, not knowing that I’m not in bootcamp shape. She was a tiny little thing, but she was super strong and definitely pushed me. We did stations with burpees, push-ups, box jumps, partner sit-ups, mountain-climbers, sprints, and running with resistance. It was a tough class, but I like it a lot and will definitely go again.

The only real negative was that my tail bone was killing me during the sit-ups – we were using weights, so I was perched up on it for quite a while. I didn’t think much of it after it was over, but when I got in the shower, I felt a horrible pain around my tail bone – like a a stinging insect in the crevice. I guess my form was poor and my skin was rubbing against the mat as I sat up and down because all the skin around the bone was rubbed raw and gone. Gross.

Anyway, it was nice to work out in the morning because I had a teeth cleaning this afternoon. It’s been almost two years since I’ve had them cleaned [whoops], and the hygienist said, aside from coffee stains, I’m doing pretty well!

Dinner was simmering away in the crock pot this evening when I returned. Pork is my favorite thing to slow-cook, so I was excited to find this recipe that pairs pork with plantains. I didn’t mash the plantains though – just sliced them and cooked in coconut oil. When Matt saw his plate, he asked me where the rice was! We love our rice bowls.

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This was totally awesome though and I LOVED the combination! Made me want to go to Puerto Rico.

Time is flying my friends. I’m off to bed so I can tackle another Thursday.

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Lemon Bourbon Chicken

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 | 1 comment

Tuesdays are kind of a drag. And the weather was soo weird today! This morning, it was so foggy, I could barely drive, and then when I left school this afternoon, there was an intense heat wave. When I got back in my car, all the moisture was trapped inside and my cell phone completely fogged over. I was worried something might happen on the inside. Anyway, it was one of those days were I just couldn’t talk myself into a gym session. An incredible assortment of Gigi’s cupcakes was randomly delivered to my school, and after finishing one at my desk, I got out of the mood. But what really did me in was the fact that I had to get a flu shot after work (there was a free clinic today). I don’t mind shots that much, but I certainly wasn’t looking forward to it. I was surprised that I was not allowed to leave for a good 15 minutes after my shot. And when my arm started to get really sore only an hour after, I decided a day off was necessary for me and my arm:) I’m so happy I took some time to straighten up and cook a nice dinner, in addition to spending lots of time thinking about wedding decor!

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Dinner was a recipe for lemon and brown sugar chicken I saw in Jenna’s book. I actually did not enjoy a bourbon drink, but instead used it to deglaze the pan because I didn’t have chicken stock. I’d say it was an excellent choice because the chicken had the slightest hint in a couple of the bites.

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I also used meyer lemons and oat flour (trying to use this up from last year), and the chicken was just so tender! I couldn’t believe I didn’t even need a knife to cut it. I think because the outside was so crispy and dry (you pan fry it for a bit before baking), I wasn’t expecting the inside to be moist. Anyway, it was a good dinner and I’m excited to eat the leftovers over a salad.

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Adios.

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Man Cooks Dinner

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 | 10 comments

Knock, Knock.

Who’s there?

Orange.

Orange, who?

Orange you glad Monday’s over?!!

I am.

I’m trying to stay positive about starting work, but I’m definitely feeling that what-was-I-thinking feeling. I’ve doubted this career so many times!! Hopefully that feeling goes away soon.

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It sure is nice going home at the end of the day! I finally got around to doing some things around the house and even worked on addressing save-the-dates! And then I went to spinning for the first time in a while. I’m using a temporary pass to try out the YMCA, and I just can’t decide if I like it or not. The people there are just as nice as can be, but the crowd is a bit older, and thus the classes not quite as lively. But, it was a nice workout nonetheless. And, when I came home, Matt made dinner! TJ’s butternut squash risotto with shredded brussels and shrimp. The butternut def. got me in the mood for fall foods. The sun is different, the air is cooler, things are changing…

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Yogi

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 | 13 comments

For the first time ever, I tried yoga. The verdict?

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I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I was really worried I would hate it, so that is a good thing. I realize the class was only one type of yoga and there seems to be quite a bit of variation between the types of yoga. A couple of thoughts from the experience:
  • It was a beginner’s class, but it was power yoga, so I had hoped to at least break a sweat. Nope – just when I was on the verge, we rested.
  • I’m still not sure how I would feel about yoga as a regular workout. I really liked the strength stuff, but am horrible at exercises that involve flexibility. It seemed to be great for my arms, but a lot of the positions just made my joints hurt. My back was dying and something locked during one position – it hurt so bad I thought I might have to leave. Today my back and neck are killing me, but not in a good muscle soreness kind of way, in a whiplash kind of way. I got a bad headache this evening and it’s moved into my jaw, so I hope it’s not related.
  • The spiritual part reminded me of church. I had my eyes closed and my head bowed and the instructor read a passage = just like prayer.
  • Both the instructor and an extra person walked around the room and helped people stretch and corrected positions – I loved this! At the end, we did the corpse pose and they gave a little massage!!! I love being touched. I was a little surprised by this part of the class though, because I just laid there for 5 whole minutes. This was obviously a piece of cake for me, given that I practice just sitting on the couch every night, so I found it humorous that some people had trouble with this. I mean who has trouble just laying around?
  • Despite how my body felt, my mind did feel at peace after the class. Many of the relaxation techniques were the same ones I used as a school psychologist when practicing anxiety-reduction with students, so I definitely believe in the calming power of yoga. However, I was super sleepy after class and could barely put myself to bed. Not sure I could do the class at 6:30 and feel energized for work.
  • I really liked what the instructor had to say at the end of the class: be grateful for the life you’ve constructed that has allowed you to be here. My body has really been getting on my nerves lately (headaches, tiredness, moodiness, ect), but I sure am grateful that it’s capable of physical activity,

And lastly, speaking of bodies, check out my Mom’s new menopause blog.

Any advice for a beginning yogi?

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Working Lunch

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 | 3 comments

Today was the first day at work that I really felt like I was in the swing of things. I didn’t get up early to work-out this morning and I noticed a major difference in my energy levels and there was no headache (I had one the first three days). I also had a meeting and a couple of projects to work on, so the hours few by.

The best part about today though, was my discovery of the lunch break workout. It’s the perfect compromise. I don’t have to get up early, I don’t have to dread working out all day, and it’s a great way to warm up from cold office AC and break up the day. I’m lucky to be surrounded by gyms and showers at Duke, so I went over to the small gym in the building next door, ran a quick three miles, and then rinsed off. I’m sure I was bright red and kind of gross afterwards, but I don’t think anyone noticed. Then I ate lunch at my desk, which I actually enjoyed because taking bites between mouse clicks helped me pace my meal. When I ‘take’ a lunch break to eat, I usually just scarf down my sandwich and sit there for another 50 minutes. T’was a really enjoyable work day.

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Tonight’s activity involved beers at Fullsteam brewery (BASIL beer!!!) and dinner from Durham’s famous food trucks. I’ve heard so much about food trucks, especially because they were starting to get big in Boston, but I’ve never eaten at one. I NOW LOVE THEM. Cheap, gourmet, local, delicious.

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I’m heading out the door to the much-anticipated 80’s party in Chapel Hill, so I’ll have to tell you the rest of the details tomorrow. k bye

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