Thursday, February 28, 2013

When a hammy brings you down

What's up my lady readers?

I went to one of my favorite classes, Body Works + Abs, last night with plans to run my scheduled 4 mile training run after. That did not happen. Body Works + Abs is a ton of lunges with bicep curls or squats with hammer curls, and tricep dips, and planks and side lunges...well, you get the picture, there are a lot of squats and lunges. 

Somewhere in the second half of the class on what was probably my 1,000,000 lunge, I pulled my hamstring. It hurt, bad. I could barely do another lunge, or stretch, to find out later, when you pull a muscle, don't stretch it. Or put heat on it.Luckily the hot tub was drained when I got home because that's the first thing I wanted to do.

I tried to run, but then after .3 miles I gave up, felt defeated, and started the oven so I could stuff my face with a 630 calorie chicken pot pie.

To make myself not feel so guilty about not being able to run and eating said pot pie, I also made a big 'ol juice. 

I'm not sure what it was, but this was one of my favorites! I'm thinking it was the order that I juiced everything because sometimes it can taste grainy, but this one was pretty smooth and actually delicious. I juiced the beet and leaves (kale & spinach) first, followed by carrots, apples, celery, cucumber.

It was basically the same recipe as yesterdays only without the green pepper and I added 4 carrots instead of 2.

I've also been making the same juice in the morning, but today's is extra black berry. Why? Because I juiced them first so the carrot, celery and apple were able to help pull the rest of the juice through.  I tell ya, there is nothing better than fresh apple/orange juice in the morning...besides a mimosa.

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Big news around these parts. I opened up the Star Trib this morning to find out MN's hometown  boy Mr. Joe Mauer is having TWINS! Cute yes, cause he plays for the TWINS. 

Let's just hope this doesn't mean he makes up more injuries and can actually play well this year. After all, he is make $23 MILLION a year until 2018.

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The guy can have his studly moments. I think it's just the uniform though.

I hope his kids come out with sideburns. 

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In two, TWO weeks from right now, this is where I'll be!


Workout:
60 min Body Works + Abs

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Holy Vegetables Bat Man

Day one went much better than my first day of juicing back in January and I'm thinking it's because I actually ate a real meal for lunch. It left me with the energy I needed to rock out at the gym.

I had a 3 mile run scheduled for today and it felt really easy.


After my run I did a 60 minute spin class. I wasn't sure how my legs were going to feel, but surprisingly they still felt really good and I think this was one of my better classes. I was able to stay with the instructor when she would increase resistance and just felt really awesome all around.

After the gym I made my dinner and breakfast.


There is no way I could eat all that if I had to chew it, but I was able to drink it all and feel pretty satisfied.

Dinner consisted of:

2 kale leaves
2 hand fulls spinach
3 celery stalk
2 carrots
1 cucumber
2 granny smith apples
1/2 green pepper
1 tomato 
1 beet

I like to make my dinner and while I drink that, make my breakfast and store in the fridge until morning.

If there's one tip I have, it's to line the basket that all the fruit bits get discarded in to with a plastic bag/ produce bag from the grocery store. It's just one less step in the clean up process.

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How soon before a trip do you start packing?

I'm so ready for my vacation since it's been three years since I've had a week long vaca outside of MN/WI. I'm starting to pull summer dresses, swim suits, tanning oil and flip flops in preparation for packing, but I still have 15 days!

I follow the resort we are staying at on the book of faces and the pictures are so gorgeous I just can't wait to get there!

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15 DAYS UNTIL NUEVO VALLARTA!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Juicing Rocks My Socks Off

For any of you that were around at the beginning of the year, I tried to take on something that I wasn't quite prepared for. Well, not mentally prepared. A juice cleanse.

I had watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and loved it, so I made my mom watch it and I talked about it to anyone that would listen to me.

I'm a MidWest girl, I love my meat and potatoes, but sadly, you can't juice those. I struggled big time because I set my goal too high for a first time juice cleanse.

In preparation for my upcoming trip, I'm going to do a short 3 day juice reboot. The only difference is that I'll be eating a very healthy lunch vs. juicing for lunch, for a couple of reasons:

1. When I'm working out, I really need meat. I need more than just liquid, especially while I'm training for my half marathon.

2. Just subbing one juice with a healthy meal actually makes a difference to your bank account. Juicing isn't cheap, but buying a head of lettuce and a pack of chicken breasts, is cheaper than all those veggies.

Starting today, breakfast and dinner will be juice and lunch will be a large salad with meat.

I'll share my different juice recipes, because some of them are very tasty. Especially breakfast when you can add more fruit than veggies.

I stocked up with the necessities at the grocery store.

Carrots, apples, kale, spinach, tomatoes, celery, lemon, cucumbers, blue berries, romaine lettuce, and baby beets. This should hopefully get me through three days, six juices.

For breakfast I love apple juice and orange juice, but apple is so much easier because you don't have to sit and peel them like oranges. Just cut them up so they can fit in your juicer!

This morning's juice, two carrots, three celery stalks, two granny smith apples and a small handful of blue berries. It's pretty delicious!
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On to the important stuff.

Hello stone cold AshLee! Woah! I really thought that the final two would be AshLee and Lindsey.

One thing I say when girls get eliminated, especially at the end is you can always tell how they'll handle conflict, or when something doesn't go their way. Well miss sweet, sensitive, soft spoken AshLee, turns in to a cold biach. I thought Sean was going to turn to ice when she looked at him.

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Thankfully, the Thailand heat saved him and he did not turn to ice.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend Review

This weekend I continued to dog sit for my cousin but since she doesn't have TV, I brought Lela over to my parents house so she could play with the other dogs and I could catch up on some shows.

Friday's snow storm from my office
I made my mom dinner on Friday night while Lela explored the house, playing with new toys, sniffing the dogs, and finding a new dog bed to sleep in.

Check out the size of those ears!
Saturday, my cousin and his fiance had a house warming party. It's always fun to get together with the cousins, especially now that we are all older, and don't see each other as much as when we were younger. Plus we can all partake in some adult beverages, which makes it all the more interesting.

Some of the girl cousins
Sunday was a particularly rough day. I spent the day trying to get over my hangover with my mom. We watched hours and hours of HGTV and never getting out of our PJ's. 

Finally I did have to get going since Molly was coming home from her work trip which meant bringing Lela home.

I've never been more excited in my life for a Sunday night/Monday because after 6 days away from home dog sitting, I finally got to sleep in my bed, I get to cook in my kitchen and get back on my schedule. 

As much fun as it was to play with Lela, I'm reminded why I had to give up my little lady. I got lucky though and my parents were able to take her, and quite frankly, I don't think they ever want to give her back to me. They love her too much!

Nothing very special or news worthy happened this weekend, but I'm still linking up with...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Foster dogs are as cool as frozen yogurt

Not much has been going on this week so I figured I'd spare you the click of coming here and seeing that I have nothing to say, until now. Here's what I've been doing.


This is Tiffany  Lela, her name is Lela now, but I think I'm pronouncing it wrong, like Layla, so my cousin might have to do some damage control.

She is a foster dog that my cousin recently got and is thinking about adopting. She is the most gentle little nugget ever, especially coming as a foster pup.


I've been watching her for the week and I can't guarantee that Molly is going to get her back. All she wants is to follow you around, lay on/near you and occasionally give little kisses. If your hand is anywhere near her and isn't occupied, you better believe she'll nudge her little noggin under your hand and let you know she wants to be pet {petted?}.

I took her for a walk around the block last night and everyone loved her, guys, gals, kids, everyone! And she loved them all back, she just wanted to play with the kids. There is a YMCA across the street and so many kids she just can't contain herself! But the best part is, she rarely barks, or makes any noise for that matter.

The sales and marketing department at my office let me go with them on a field trip through the skyway to (yo)gurt lab today. Hello! I wish that I had tried this stuff before. Well, sort of. I feel I might become addicted now. There are so many choices!


I walk by this place several times a week, pourposly avoiding it because I love frozen yogurt, it just doesn't love me. I got three different kinds of yogurt, birthday cake, salted peanut and salted caramel with fresh strawberries, gummy bears, kit kats, butterfinger, mini chocolate chips, reeses pieces, whipped cream and graham cracker shavings. Holy moly folks! 

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bachelor Recap - Hometown Dates

What did ya'll {yes, I can say ya'll, I used to live in Oklahoma} think of last nights Bachelor?

I usually get rather bored on the hometown dates and they make me squirm because it's so awkward for a new bf to meet your parents for the first time. Let alone one that your parents know is dating three other girls and they most likely will never see him again.

I really like AshLee, but I think she might be too boring for Sean. She cries in every episode and I'm starting to feel think this is just a big therapy session for her with all these breakthroughs.

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However, I think where they come from as far as their religious views is very similar considering both their fathers are Ministers/Pastors {is there a difference? I grew up with Priests/Fathers} so I think that plays very well in her favor.

Poor poor Catherine. Their date at the Pikes Place Market looked so fun and carefree. I've been so-so about Catherine. She's cute and bubbly but never did much for me. Guess it's a good thing I'm not the bachelor eh?

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Her sisters made it hard to believe that she is ready to settle down with someone. As someone with two sisters, I'm learning to listen to what they have to say about a guy I'm with. They probably know Catherine enough to say that this just isn't the time for her, that she has so many other things that she'd like to accomplish before getting married. Not to say you can't do that while married.

Lindsey, oh Lindsey, you are now my #1. Lindsey and Sean are so cute together and it's fun to see them just have fun, but also be romantic and serious all in one date.

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Getting Sean Army ready was hilarious! I loved how she just kept smacking his butt. I was relieved at how the General wasn't your typical General stereotype and that he did indeed give Sean his blessing if he were to pick Lindsey in the end. Seriously, I gushed the whole time they were on their date. It just seemed natural and perfect.

On to Des. I really, really wish her brother wasn't such a dick! Seeing that, she's going to have a hard time dating, well, probably not, but who would want to be around a guy like that!?

I loved the prank she pulled on Sean and how he was all ready to protect her. That was just one reason why I really thought they would be a good match. But when you marry someone, you marry their family too. 

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Sadly Des had to go all thanks to her brother. I truly believe if he wasn't such a prick, she'd be the top runner for sure.

Who's your number one? I'm officially team Lindsay all the way!

I'm dog sitting starting today and there isn't any cable or even basic cable, so I'm hoping the gym will have the Bachelor on and I can watch Sean Tell All while getting in my run tonight.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Review

Good Monday Morning to you.

This weekend was a complete whirl wind.

Friday night was lame. I was still hungover from V-Day and I was dog sitting so I spent the night with the pups, chugging water and eating horribly.


This little lady was the biggest cuddle bug. If she could crawl in to your skin, she would. So loves to be really close and have her belly rubbed non-stop.

Saturday started with a step class followed by a day of shopping! I got everything on my list, and most were at a discount.



Don't mind the flash. I got this cute sweater dress at Old Navy for $12!

I made chicken parm for dinner and it turned out surprisingly well.


Yes, that is a massive chicken breast. I could only eat 1/3 of it. But, it was super tasty and easy to make.

Sunday morning I headed to the gym and was literally the first person through the door which was kind of cool. I had a five mile run scheduled so I busted that out while watching E!'s Fashion Police Grammy Edition. It really helped pass the time.

Right after the gym I had to clean myself up for brunch with my sisters in NorthEast at the Bulldog. I've only had dinner there, but brunch was really delicious too. #1 place for tator tots in the cities!

I went from a lovely brunch over to my cousins to meet the foster dog she just got. Molly has to go out of town on business so I'm going to be staying at her place and dog sit. This little lady is so sweet, so be prepared for fun dog pictures this week!

After meeting Tiffany {the foster dog}, I met this fella I've been hanging out with at Park Tavern for some bowling. The place was packed! We got the last lane and could only have it for an hour. Which actually worked in my favor. It let us have an hour after bowling to have a beer, some fried pickles and chat, before I had to leave for dinner with my parents.

How funny is this sign? UpTown's kind of the hippy part of Minneapolis.
We went to Chino Latino for dinner because they have Sunday happy hour starting at 4:00, so everything is super cheap, well, cheap for Chino.


I was really excited to get home and see that my first Birch Box had arrived!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine Hang Over

Hi blog world. I'm not going to sugar coat anything for ya. I got lost in a giant bottle of bubbly, followed by some chocolate wine and today is a giant struggle.

Thank goodness it's FRIDAY!

Yesterday was the big V day. I celebrated my love for myself and my friends.

I met a couple girls in UpTown for spin class and had plans to go to a 'dive' bar for beers after.

We went to this 'dive' bar, which is actually super trendy so this whole 'hipster', 'dive' bar act has to go. We ordered our $2.50 mystery beers and then they turned one of the girls away because she only had her US passport because her wallet was stolen and didn't have her license. Well folks of Minneapolis, Liquor Lyle's does not take US passports, but don't you worry international travelers who want a chance of sipping $2.50 mystery beers with Mr. Josh Hartnett, they do take international passports.

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We packed up our sweaty selves and walked over to Rye Delicatessen since it was the next closest establishment that served alcohol and food. Apparently it's a Jewish restaurant. Who knew? We met a couple other folks and had dinner and drinks. The food was really good. I had the pot pie. You could taste that everything was fresh and homemade.

I thought I was being a good, smart adult by only having a couple glasses of wine and heading home before my car turned into a pumpkin. 

Then the night gets a little fuzzy.

I get home and my roommate and her boyfriend are enjoying a giant bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries and then they pour me a glass of champagne, and then another, and another.

Then Brandon was proud of himself because he bought me a bottle of wine and made me a card. It was chocolate wine people. Amazing stuff. So we had to open it to taste it. Then we had to finish the bottle because once the cork comes out you have to throw it away because you have no intention of using it again.


Then someone started talking about the hot tub, so we all ended up there. It was close to 3 AM before I finally found my bed. Ouch!

My phone decided it had been up too late and needed to sleep in and not set off my alarm which led me to sleep in until 8:30. I missed all the buses from my neighborhood, I don't think my outfit matches, I didn't put on any make up, I'm still not sure if I have my contacts in or not, my hair smells of chlorine and someone even asked if I was sick. So, yeah, I'm looking really awesome today. 

Somehow I made it to work by 9:00. My head is spinning and I just want to take a nap.

TGIF!


Workout:
1 hr spin class

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oh...it's Valentine's Day?

The older I get, the more I've come to realize that Valentine's Day isn't just for the married/in a relationship/it's complicated folk, nope, it's for the singleton's too. 

There's no one that loves me, more than me, and I realize that every day because sometimes I'd rather spend time with myself than with someone I'm so-so about. So in honor of my relationship with myself, I wore pink {with enough black to let people know I'm single?}.


Then I treated myself to a donut from the best bakery in town, and a latte that I've been craving for weeks but I didn't want the sugar because Mexico is officially one month from today!

I knew it had started to snow last night, but I didn't know it was going to snow as much as it did. I was pleasantly surprised with how {this might sound korny} magical it felt walking to the bus stop this morning. 


It was warm, like near 30 degrees warm. The snow was fluffy and wet and stuck to everything in sight. There were even birds chirping! The Groundhog was right, Spring is going to come early this year! You could almost smell it in the air.


I'm also still rocking the Valentine's manicure I gave myself.

So whether you're with someone, or not, treat yourself to a little something special today. After all, it is a day of love and if you can't love yourself, than what can you love?

Happy Valentine's Day!

28 Days until Nuevo Vallarta!


Workout:
3 miles /29 min.
Body works - cancelled {boo}

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bachelor Recap

I don't have much to say except that I'm so happy that Sean has a smart sister he listens to!

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She's obviously seen the show before and knew what to look for. She gave Mr. Bachelor some solid advice. If a girl is always causing drama and can't get along with the girls, she won't be the girl for you!

I can't imagine Tierra getting along with anyone. And this 'sparkle' she speaks of? It's that twinkle in her eye that says 'I'm going to kill you in your sleep'. And, I'm sorry, but who can't control what's on their face? Especially an out of control eye brow.

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Look who's crying now! Well, I don't think she was really crying. Did anyone every see a tear, runny mascara, red eyes, blotchy face from wiping away the tears? No, she hid her face in her hands and just made the sounds.

Now Sean is able to find his lady friend and live happily, drama & Tierra free, for the rest of their Bachelor lives.

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That is all.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekend Review

I continued to dog sit at my parents this weekend while my dad headed up to the cabin and my mom had a sleepover with her sisters. Isn't it fun to know that when you're in your 50's it's still ok to have sleepovers?!

I watched the movie Perfect Pitch which I absolutely loved. 


I loved it so much I made my mom watch it with me again on Saturday.

Saturday was a doozey. I was feeling all confident and ready to tackle my 5 mile long run, but the thought of doing that on a treadmill was making me think I should just stay in my pajamas a little longer. 

I bucked up and got all bundled up though and headed outside for a run.


The first mile was great. And then the trails disappeared and I was left with packed snow.


That's when I called it a day and went home. I ran one mile on the packed snow, realized the paths were going to remain this way, so I turned around and went home. Total of four miles, so at least I attempted it.


The rest of Saturday was spent at a baby shower for my cousin. Sadly, no pictures were taken. It was a great shower though.

I spent Saturday night hanging out with my mom and went home early Sunday morning, to try and beat this 'storm' that we had. It's really fun to drive while it's icing outside. What's icing you ask? Well, it's not quite rain, not quite hail, just little ice pellets attacking you and they hurt, and make walking really easy.

I hunkered down in my apartment and watched the ice turn into giant snow flakes.


I did a lip mask. Have you ever heard of such a thing?  Mary Kay ladies. My lips are smooth as butta!


Yeah, luckily I was home alone so no one had to witness that beautiful mess.

Then I gave myself a manicure.


Valentine style. I don't really have a Valentine this year, so I'll probably treat myself to a homemade steak and a bottle of champagne or something. We shall see.

How was your weekend?

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Date For Life

Last night I attended Date For Life at Graves 601 downtown.  

I met some girls for happy hour at Kierans first since it's right next door and so we could go to the event together.


After some food and drinks we headed up to the 5th floor of the Graves 601 hotel to meet up with the rest of the group. 


Date for Life is a charity auction for Children's Cancer Research. There are hundreds of items being auctioned off from handbags and gift baskets to girls nights out and police ride alongs. The fun part is the live auction where bachelors and bacheloretts from around the Twin Cities auction off dates.


The live auction was started with a song by Zach Sobiech who has bone cancer, the same type of cancer as Katie Jurek, who Date for Life is in honor of.


There were about 20 dates being auctioned off and the top 10 dates went to the live auction. It was so fun to see the paddles flying up in the air for some of the dates. One date was sold for $4,700. The bachelor works for a radio station so the date was backstage passes and concert tickets for you and 7 of your friends to two different concerts.


Some of the participants paid for their date packages, some dates were donated. A lot of them were tickets to Wild Hockey games, but one was a helicopter ride over the Twin Cities, another was driving around a red Ferrari and a shopping spree. My favorite date? Twins baseball! On field batting practice, and tickets closer to the batter than the pitcher is to the batter. If you don't know this now, you will come baseball season, I'm a huge MN Twins baseball fan.

It was a great night to spend with friends knowing that you are helping a good cause. I lost a close friend to cancer when I was in elementary school and have had several family members pass away due to the awful disease, so I was happy to give back in any way I could.

No blog post is complete without a picture of an outfit. I picked up this dress the other day for this event and I loved it! I got so many compliments on it.


Have a wonderful weekend!