I think it’s no coincidence that summer is my favorite season. I was born in June and have always felt my best in the heat. This week I have really accepted that I’m a Warm Weather Gal and have taken note of my sunny mood, positivity, and plethora of [sometimes really bad] jokes and smart remarks. Hooray for summer!
The rest of yesterday went swimmingly. I had a delicious salad with fat free refried beans, carrot, peach salsa, and a cornbread muffin and then it was roof time!
I got my daily dose of vitamin D and then went to the gym to do some cardio. I tackled 45 minutes on the elliptical and 15 on the spin bike. My original goal was to just cool down on it but I got distracted by an email which I read while spinning. Last night friends came over for wine and dinner on the roof. The temperature was perfect, the conversation and wine flowing, and we had great girls time. It was fun to toast to Mrs. Brotman now that wedding festivities are complete!
By some small miracle I managed to sleep in and get 10 hours of sleep. It was glorious! Waking up 2 hours later than I have in 2 weeks meant I was starving and had a quick English muffin with peanut butter, pineapple preserves, an egg white, and some fruit.
After computer work I got my spin on again with a pretty intense 40 minute self-guided workout. I sprinted, climbed, etc. based on my mood and which some came on my iPod. I cooled down and made my weekly Whole Foods trip with a big salad for lunch.
This beauty has kale, mixed greens, carrot, beets, bell pepper, baked beans, plain chicken, and some corn and was enjoyed al fresco.
I have a few things to look forward to tonight and tomorrow so the busyness continues. I really love summer!
Happy Friday folks! I definitely can’t complain about this week at all as I am off work yesterday and today. Our leave time expires at the end of June so I’m making sure I don’t lose mine!
I’ve begun my days with a delicious egg sandwich – 2 slices of Udi’s whole grain bread, an egg, red pepper and eggplant spread, spinach, some lite cheddar and sriracha sauce.
After taking care of some to-dos I walked the 2+ miles across the bridge to Rosslyn to have lunch with Lauren. It was fun to squeeze in some mid-day socializing and the food was good too. (excuse the non-glamor shot) We ate at Ruby Tuesday and we both got the veggie trio (mine were zucchini, spaghetti squash, and mashed cauliflower) plus salad (butter lettuce and spinach, carrots, peas, sundried tomatoes, chickpeas, balsamic).
The rest of the day was consumed by errands and other items of business. Today I’m hoping to squeeze in some time on the roof!
Are you good at using your vacation time throughout the year or are you a “saver” with that PTO?
Happy Wednesday friends! I’m glad we’ve made it to the middle of the week. It’s been a busy one with lots going on that’s required me to juggle all of my commitments. No complaints though since it involves work, play, friends, and even time to reflect / learn about myself. That last part might sound weird but over the last few days I’ve been juggling a couple of things that have taught me more about myself!
Food has been a priority amidst everything going on though. I even had time to whip up a new recipe on Monday. By making time in my schedule to prepare dinner I avoided feelings of guilt that I should have been doing other things. The new creation – vegan lettuce wraps! And they were delicious.
For lunch I have been a little less on-the-ball. On Monday I was scheduled to go to a Marine One launch and we weren’t allowed to bring any food onto White House grounds. Due to a schedule change the President departed earlier than he was supposed to but I still caught a glimpse from just a dozen feet away!
That meant that lunch was on-the-go. I tried a new place, Devon & Blakely, and was pleased with my meal. I chose one of their small soups (Vegetarian Black Bean) and then a small salad. They have their greens already packaged in small and large containers and then you get to pick the other ingredients you want. I chose carrots, beets, corn, and sliced green olives. Yum!
Lastly, I want to share yesterday’s breakfast as it was a good one. I’ve challenged myself to eat a different breakfast each day this week and so far I’m succeeding in that challenge! I had an egg sandwich on 2 slices of Udi’s whole grain bread. One slice was topped with Trader Joe’s red pepper spread, diced green chiles, and some lite cheddar and the other side got a little sriracha. With some fruit on the side this was definitely a winning savory combination!
With a lot of things to juggle at the moment I’m trying to make sure I eat healthy overall and avoid foods that I know make me sick. This leaves me feeling clear-headed and light on my feet which is exactly what I need to power through the week!
How do you handle food choices with lots of things going on in your schedule?
I had a pretty eye-opening day today for a few reasons. I might allude to this every so often on Twitter and even here on the blog but I’m exploring what feels like Phase II of my quarter life crisis (Phase I happened when I turned 24 and this blog was a result of that part!). I’m owning it though and trying to let life soak in even if it feels surreal.
Today I had the opportunity to see myself how some others’ [might] see me and while that sounds a little conceited I learned a lot in reflecting on those experiences and am feeling good.
It all started this morning. I had my usual breakfast – half a pear and some pineapple and an English muffin with peanut butter on one half and an egg white on the other.
I had the pleasure of lunching with a Twitter friend who I am proud to now call an In Real Life friend. We talked about everything from food to Southern accents to life and things in between. I felt like I got some great feedback on an idea I shared and saw it though a fresh perspective which was really welcomed. I definitely enjoyed that break in my day!
The afternoon went smoothly. I snacked on some more Glutino pretzels and an apple before hitting the gym after work.
I surprisingly wasn’t sore from my class yesterday so I got in a decent workout without fatiguing my legs too much. 3.4 miles on the elliptical followed by 20 minutes on the bike and then it was time to race home. Tonight kicked off free yoga in Dupont Circle and I planned to meet a friend for class which I used as my cool down and stretching time. The 60 minute class loosened my muscles and felt great. It also seemed like we were the object of peoples’ interest with folks watching us do our poses, taking pictures, and more! I imagine those folks thought we were really into yoga or confident to do lots of poses in a busy urban park. With a clear blue sky and perfect temps, it was the best way to spent a spring evening!
I started a pot of rice as soon as I got home and ate dinner in reverse order while waiting for it to cook. I started with a serving of baked beans and half a pear and ended up with more BBQ pulled chicken and a serving of brown rice pilaf with carrots, broccoli, and onion.
I’m tired after all the activity today but will sleep easy knowing I got a little more clarity during this crazy month!
Do you ever stop and consider how others’ may perceive you?