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!   

Motivational Monday

Monday mornings are always an interesting transition back into the week. I feel like I ask every Monday “where did the weekend go?” (And what a great weekend it was!)

Saturday I got to go to Jazzercise and spent the remainder of the day relaxing and catching up on life hack Bootcamp homework as well as tv shows I’ve been meaning to watch. Sunday I taught class and then Santosh and I went downtown to meet friends to walk around the cherry blossoms.  

This is huge for me because in the entire time I’ve lived in DC I have never gone down to the cherry blossoms (tragedy I know). So it was a big moment for me! Here are a few pictures (they don’t do they any justice) from us all walking around the tidal basin: 

  

 A picture of the group:

   

Santosh and I: 
 

Now that being said, about the weekend.. I have a new goal. Instead of focusing on where the weekend went, I’m going to have a motivational/inspiration for my Monday’s to focus on for my week. What will I focus on this week to motivate myself and as a result possibly motivate others? 

This week I’m going to focus on being in the moment. So many times I miss out on what’s going on around me as I am already thinking/worrying about what’s next, about what I have to accomplish, etc. So I will take more time to appreciate the time with people, the conversations, the quiet moments and the love I have in my life everyday. 

   

Hello is this on?  I’m back! 

So I know I’ve said this before… it’s been a crazy few weeks and with all of the things I’ve fallen behind on… Blogging has clearly suffered. Well not anymore! I will be making drafts to ensure that posts go out regularly. 

Today the entire metro shut down. Talk about something both dramatic and drastic. I don’t think anything like this would be done except in the event of a zombie apocalypse. I got to work from home is good and bad with Mandy constantly wanting to be my assistant and then sleeping on the job. 

I got a quick workout in with a circuit I repeated five times (I owe credit to santosh for giving me the idea) in which I did jumping jacks, full body squats, crunches, arm raises with a bag of potatoes (we don’t have kettlebells in the apartment) and push-ups. Within the of the circuit at 30 minutes I was drenched! Goes to show me that not everything has to be done for a duration of time and I don’t always need a machine to do my workout. I did this in my apartment! 

This is going to be a short post as I’m already in bed and really looking forward to going to sleep. I will be irritant more tomorrow!

Monday you came too soon.. 

Monday morning is here already? I swear  the weekends fly by quicker and quicker. That being said, we had a good productive weekend! 

Saturday I went for a four mile run (my quads are reminding me why I need to run more often) and it felt really good to run outside. It made me realize and accept I need to be better about scheduling time to run. 

Sunday we knocked out a lot! We went to Peets Coffee where there was a lot of love in my latte and then to Wegmans (only my second time being there). 

  

We took care of laundry, groceries and meal prep (inclusive of chili in the crockpot, quinoa salad, quiche (with spinach this time) the same oatmeal and cranberry bars I made two weeks ago mentioned here and the no bake peanut butter bites. 
 

 

Finally it’s Friday! 

Brought to you while listening to new music Friday on Spotify and riding the metro. It has been a crazy week! Work has  kept me late each night this week and I’ve been going in earlier, so I am definitely tired! 

I am missing workouts and classes so I’ll be going to class tonight as a student (always nice to not have to think) 

Trash Can Tuesday

Today was a crazy day at work. I got to de-stress by teaching after work which helped a lot!  

When I got home, Santosh was making dinner and we got our newest purchase:

A trash can!

  
This is one of those moments when I realize being happy about a new trash can means I’m officially an adult (as I write this while watching 20/20) But it will be a huge upgrade from what we had. I’m thankful for that. 

What else am I thankful for? Santosh making a yummy dinner of shrimp and quinoa and cuddling with this cutie:

  

When You Have Leftover Oats… Monday Madness

Brought to you while uber-ing to work. After almost a week of not feeling well (I’m pretty sure I had food posioning) I had a great weekend with the perfect combination of relaxing and being productive. That being said.. please excuse the lengthiness of this post.

Friday after work we went to a Costco for the annual welcome back party I was throwing for my Jazzerxise customers. Thankfully I work across the street from a Costco and it had everything I needed since I had been too sick to buy anything earlier in the week. 

Saturday morning was the party and the customers were all very appreciative of the goodies I bought. Here is the spread: 

  
The rest of the day Saturday was spent relaxing with Santosh which I am very grateful for because Sunday was a busy but productive day. 

Sunday I taught class which was great as always! Here’s my set below:

 

After class, Santosh and I went to the Coupe for brunch. It had been forever since we had been there and we both love their food! I’m salivating just by reposting this picture of the food (I’m also hungry)

  

After brunch we went grocery shopping so I could do meal prep. I had chili in the crockpot and made two different types of oatmeal bars, no bake oatmeal peanut butter balls and a quiche (my very first one!) I had a lot of leftover oatmeal… 

Here are my finished products! 

  
Top left: I tried to make these a few weeks ago and they didn’t turn out too well. So Intried again with this Cranberry Oatmeal Almond Bar recipe. 

Top right: I decided to try something new and used this Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars recipe but I substituted regular peanut butter for almond butter. 

Bottom left: I used this recipe to a tee but added dried cranberries and used peanuts butter instead: No bake peanut butter oatmeal balls

Bottom right: I used the following easy recipe (why haven’t I made quiche before?)

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup of goat cheese 
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • Salt 
  • Pepper 
  • Paprika 

Super easy! 

Time for the Weekend to Be Here 

Work has been so crazy this week! I am so happy tomorrow is Friday! I am also thankful I’ve been able to go to yoga on Wednesday and Jazzercise tonight. 

Being able to watch this cutie play around in the apartment is a nice break from reality! 

  

Hello February! (Brought to you while watching this week’s episode of Billions)

February is here and hasn’t slowed down since! 

Sunday I got to meal prep with bagging snacks (blueberries, strawberries, grapes, clementines), making red bean chili and these new oatmeal cranberry almond bars pictures below: 

  
Recipe is as follows (I edited it to what works for my diet): 

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 3/4 cups of gluten free flour 
  • 1 cup of craisins 
  • 1 cup of applesauce (I substituted this for brown sugar, which you can also use bananas if you don’t want brown sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • 1/2 cup canola oil 
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla 
  • 1 tsp sea salt

I liked them but they were a little dry compared to what I am used to. But considering I’m cutting down on sugar, it will work! 

Work is really picking up, which is affecting my workout schedule. I need to plan out working out before work. 

Thinking about my goals for February,  I thought about what I liked from Janaiary and what I would like to add/keep/delete, and decided on the following:

  • Workout 5-6 times a week
  • Schedule morning work outs
  • Get up in the morning to workout or meditate 
  • Blog 4 times a week
  • Journal twice a week 
  • Meditate 2 times a week 

January’s Come to a Close

I can’t believe January has come to a close! This week has been super busy with catching up due to the snow. A few highlights of the week: 

Wednesday I checked in with my nutritionist, Jaime, who gave me new suggestions for the next few months:

  • No sugar (natural sugar in fruit is ok) 
  • No sauces or syrups 
  • Lower the carbohydrates and stay under 125g a day 
  • Increase the protein
  • Limited alcohol

Friday I went to yoga after work at Epic Yoga which was great! I always feel so much better after class. 

Saturday I did some yoga in the apartment with a video I found on YouTube and then went for a walk. I tried to create the ambiance in the apartment to allow for me to not me distracted. It worked!

   

This morning, I taught Jazzercise class and had a blast! This was my set below: 

 

With the new month approaching, I am thinking about my new goals for February which will be posted tomorrow!