Trip Recap to Baltimore for Mom’s Birthday

It was quite a week with my allergies taking me down for the count. I lost my voice and wasn’t able to really do much of anything huge in terms of working out. However, that wasn’t going to get in the way of me going to enjoy the weekend with my mother and sister, Alexis for my mom’s birthday! 

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency at Inner Harbor  where our view was awesome! This is a picture of the room: 


Friday night we went out for dinner and drinks and then walked around the shops at inner harbor. 

We gave mom her birthday presents from Kate Spade:


The hotel also gave us complimentary champagne and chocolate to wish my mom a happy birthday! 


Saturday we went to this really cute place for breakfast in the city before we went to arundel mills to shop. And shop we did! I got a lot of great stuff for work and for our upcoming trip (my sister and I are going to Jamaica!) 

My sister booked appointments for us all to get out hair done at Studio 921 where I actually (after some coaxing) got my hair cut. My hair was so long and in need of it so I had 5.5 inches cut off! Picture to follow. 

For dinner, we went to Fogo de Chao which is a Brazilian Steakhouse. You flip this circular thing over from red (shown here) to green and that means bring on the meat! All kinds of meat come out and when you’re full or need a break you flip it back to red! 


We had some cake brought out for mom to sing happy birthday to her: 


And here is a picture of the three of us (I get my great genetics from my mother as you can see):


Sunday we went to this pub called James Joyce Pub where there was a live band playing. More and more people would sit down to watch them play. It was great! Here’s a snippet of them playing: 


Unfortunately the weekends are always too short and we had to head back to get ready for the week. All in all I’m so happy I got to spend the weekend with two of my favorite people in the whole world. 

Five Friday Faves 

I have been out of it this past week due to my sinuses acting up and making me feel really crappy. 

But I couldn’t miss my five Friday faves! 

  1. Bar Rescue. This show on Spike TV follows Jon Taffer, who helps rescue failing bars and is no nonsense! 
  2. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. I am finishing this book and am loving it! It’s funny and a really quick read. 
  3. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Season 2 came out today. If you haven’t seen season 1, binge watch it on Netflix now and then start watching Season 2! 
  4. Walking outside. Today was the first time I’ve been outside since Tuesday. It really did help. 
  5. Kitty Pics-  Maddy adding new meaning to cat out of the bag.    

Maddy doing what she does best:  
  

Five Friday Faves

I’ve been down and out this week not feeling well (these darn sinuses!) However, I couldn’t miss my five Friday faves! 

  1. Bar Rescue. We watch this show whenever we can on the Spike TV App (we don’t have cable anymore) and Jon Taffer is the guru of rescuing failing bars. He’s amazing to watch. 
  2. 13 Ways Of Looking at a Fat Girl. I am finishing this book and I love it! A really quick read that is hilarious! 
  3. Silly Kitty Pics!   

Five Friday Faves

The weekend is finally here! With it I have five new Friday faves to discuss: 

  1.  Bosch. It’s an Amazon tv series that just is in its second season. We just finished it last night and it’s fabulous! Try it out if you have a weekend to spare! You could watch the whole thing (if you really want to) 
  2. Starbucks Mobile Orders. I use this everyday on the way to work. You order your drink on the app and pay ahead so that when you get to Starbucks your drink is ready for you and you avoid the line! 
  3. Unroll Me. For all those emails you don’t want anymore and need to unsubscribe, this app will allow you the option to keep or unsubscribe for such emails. It’s amazing! 
  4. Politics and Prose Bookstore. I LOVE this bookstore and live a block over from it. I went there today after work and got to sit in on a book event. The atmosphere is so calming. I will never not love being able to go in there. If you’re in the DC area, visit the store. It’s a DC staple! 
  5. Rainbows. I got to see a beautiful rainbow yesterday on the way home after torrential rain. It’s proof that there is beauty after a storm. 

 

Have a great weekend! 

Nutritional Check In & New Goals

About a year ago I decided to hire a nutritionist. My reasons were two fold:

  1. I wanted to learn more about nutrition and how it factors into overall health and weight loss (fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise) 
  2. I wanted to lose more weight and tone up. 

I went on the Internet and searched for a while and found Jaime. Reading the reviews of her clients sold me immediately. Her site can be found here Nutrition CPR

When I started working with Jaime, I eas training for my first half marathon last October (the Philly Rock & Roll 1/2). She helped me to fuel for each run and workout without feeling like I wasn’t being deprived or starved. 

Since I’ve been working with Jaime, I’ve lost weight, toned up and also gained a considerable amount of knowledge about carbohydrates, sugar, protein and gluten. Gluten is a particularly sensitive issue for me since my sister and father both have Celiac disease (as well as multiple cousins and extended family). I have cut out all the majority of gluten (pasta, bread, dressings, sauces, etc.) with the support of Santosh who had also been on board. It’s been a process but I have to say I have seen the benefits of it for both of us. More importantly, I feel a LOT better. 

With my 30th birthday approaching, I reached out to Jaime ( I try to talk to her once a month) to tone up more. Our conversation gave me the following goals for the next 6 weeks: 

  1. Limited sugar. Read the ingredient list and if it’s one of the first 5 ingredients it’s a no go. Which also means: 
  • No additional sugars in syrups, sauces, drinks, etc. 
  • Limited to NO alcohol
  • Eat lots of protein (it makes you fuller faster before eating carbs)
  • Watching the carbohydrates: limited potatoes, limited rice, etc. Read labels to see the carbohydrate and sugar content. 

Cook at home as much as possible and.. Drink lots of water. 

So I have my work cut out for me and I’ll be checking in with Jaime and also writing down my process here. I’m also going to be on MyFitnessPal so I can see my meal intake each day. Seeing the numbers in front of you helps.

Do you have nutritional goals? What are they? I’d love to hear them! 

      Hey Spring… You Can Come Out Now..

       
      It’s Tuesday, April 5th and it’s 28 degrees outside! Where is spring? I’m ready for warmer weather where it’s the perfect balance of warm but not DC Summer’s hot. 

      This weekend was a lot busier for me that usual (which I’m not complaining about!) I went and took yoga on Saturday with my girlfriend Kristina at Epic Yoga and then went to a first time home buyers class with Santosh. Yes we are getting everything ready to start looking! I’m excited and nervous (but a good nervous) at the same time. I then went up to friendship heights with my girlfriend Kerie and got all new makeup at Mac. I really like it it’s just a new adjustment to put on new makeup and get into a new habit of using this makeup compared to my old one. 

      This was my second attempt at doing it myself (compared to the woman who did it in the store):

        
        
      Sunday, Santosh and I went to visit Santosh’s parents, ran errands and came home to prep for the week. I baked the oatmeal cranberry bars (which have become a favorite of ours) and the oatmeal no bake bites. I also tried for the first time one of Santosh’s mom’s recipes and it turned out so well! 

      The recipe includes: 

      • 1 onion
      • Cumin
      • Puréed Tomatoes (1 can)
      • Turmeric
      • Dal Masala
      • Salt & Pepper
      • Lentils 

      Sauté the onion in a pan with a little olive oil and cumin until the onion becomes clear. Add in the puréed tomatoes, turmeric, dal masala and salt and pepper. If you have lentils that cook really quickly, add them directly into the same pan. If you have lentils that cook longer, put them in the rice cooker and once cooked, add them into the pan for a few moments. 

        

      Cooking this weekend reaffirmed for me how much I enjoy cooking and how important it is for me to continue the habit of doing it. I am going to make an conscious effort to keep my word to myself and Santosh for us to cook. 

      What habits do you notice that you would like to keep or change? 

      Five Friday Faves

      It’s Friday! The end of the week is here and it’s my day off! Each Friday I want to focus on five favorites I have from the week as a way to end the week on a positive note (regardless of any struggles or events that take place).

      My Five Friday Favorites are:

      1. The School of Greatness Podcast by Lewis Howes.

      Santosh introduced me to this podcast, which is run by Lewis Howes, who is a former professional athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur, motivational speaker and motivator. His podcasts focus on striving for greatness and features people from every aspect of life who are striving to be better themselves and in turn help others around them be great. The podcast I’m featuring is his interview with Dan Harris. I’ve read Dan’s book, 10% Happier  and loved it. It actually got me thinking about meditation, which is one of my goals for April to execute.

      2. Amazon Dash Button.

      I have to admit that Santosh is a lot further ahead when it comes to technology and finding neat things for the apartment. He introduced me to the Amazon Dash Button for Maxwell House  which will actually re-order coffee for you when you click the button. Isn’t that amazing!? It’s through Amazon prime, so we got coffee delivered today for only $5. Amazing! We also got a Cottonelle button to help avoid running out of toilet paper. The entire concept of the button blows my mind. There are buttons literally for everything. EVERYTHING.

      3. Teavana Tea

      I have fallen in love with Teavana Tea. I used to not be much of a tea drinker, but going into Teavana has changed that. Instead of drinking tea out of a tea bag, you get loose tea, which can be re-steeped up to 3 times before tossing it (which saves you $$$ over the long run) and it tastes and smells so much better. Full disclaimer:I smell everything prior to eating or drinking it. Currently, I’m drinking Peachberry Jasmine Sutra and Weight to Go which is mixed with Dragonfruit Devotion. So Yummy!

      4. MeisterTask Program Management Tool

      Santosh introduced me to a new tool that can be used on the phone, computer and iPad which allows us to both share projects, tasks, and ideas and also assign them to ourselves and each other. You can create due dates for each task or project and be able to track what you’re working on. It’s called MeisterTask and it will sync with your Google Calendar so you’ll have it show up on all your devices.

      5. Dancing with the Stars TV Show

      I have been a fan of the show in the past and fallen off. But this season, I enjoy watching the show later in the week or on the weekend to see all the amazing dancers on the show. I have my few favorites, especially Wanya Morris from Boys II Men (I’ve been a fan of that group for such a long time and I have the cassette tapes to prove it). He is doing great this season! I can’t wait to see where he goes from here. I’m rooting for him in the long run. That being said, there are some other great couples on the show and I can’t leave out my absolute favorite professional dancer, Mark Ballas. I could watch him dance all day long.  He is AMAZING. Sidenote, he also is a singer and his song “Get My Name” is a Jazzercise song that I love putting into my sets.