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Weekend & Workouts

Good morning!  I can’t believe we’re about to have another Monday in the books. But before we get started, I could use a little motivation for the week considering I ate apple pie for most of my meals this weekend.

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I’m still working on my picture abilities, but I promise it tasted better than it looks.  Just incase you were curious, I used this recipe for the apple filling and this recipe for the double pie crust.

Friday night we had some visitors staying with us and we layed low.  Saturday we drove to Pittsburgh for a baby shower.  We could tell by the sky when we were leaving that it was going to be an interesting drive.

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Despite the snow and rain we encountered, the leaves were so beautiful!

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On Sunday, we prepped ourselves for a cold tailgate!  Doesn’t mother nature know it’s still only October??

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Workouts for the week looked a little something like this:

Sunday – 3 mile run

Monday  – 4 mile run

Tuesday – hot yoga

Wednesday – 6 mile run

Thursday – hot yoga

Friday – rest

Saturday – rest

I was pretty happy with my exercise until I ate all the apple pie on my rest days.

This week is actually a short week for us because we are leaving for London on Wednesday!!  We still have so much to do in over the next 2 days.

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How do you keep your motivation over the weekends?

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Birthday Dinner, Fall Cleaning, & Engagement Pictures

Happy Monday!  Just wanted to drop in and give you the weekend recap.  (Basically, if you’ve read the title, you already know… but I’m going to tell you anyway.)

Friday was Kris’ birthday so we went out to dinner to celebrate his last year in his twenties.  After work we drove up to Lewiston, which is actually a really neat place full of tons of history.  It was the last stop before Canada on the Underground Railroad and it’s also a beautiful little town.  We went to an Italian restaurant called Casa Antica, and it was heavenly.

casa antica appetizer

The lighting was very dim, which made for a great atmosphere… not so great for pictures though.  We started with a bottle of Merlot and an order of the goat cheese truffles.  Holy crap, I could those things everyday.  Then we tried a few different breads in dipping sauces before we went on the main event.  I could rave about it all day, but I will just leave it at that.  It was delicious.

P.s. – I would go back just to try something off of their fall cocktail list:

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On Saturday we did a lot of cleaning and lounging and I went to a hot yoga class.

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Sunday consisted of more cleaning and the B-ster and I hit the road for a 3 mile run.  The weather was so beautiful.

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We also had our engagement photos taken yesterday!  I’m super excited to see how they turned out, and I will definitely share a few this week!  Have a great Monday!

Week 1

Hello there! Long time no talk.  The past month has been crazy busy at work, but this week I made a commitment to myself that I would get back on track… so here we go.  Week 1 (and some random ramblings about the happenings of late).

  1. I signed up to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon again in May as a charity runner for the Animal Rescue League.  Last year was the first year I signed up as a charity runner and I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  It will be a bit more difficult for me this year because living 3 hours away will make it tough to participate in most of the charity events, but the show must go on!  If you would like to donate to the cause or become a charity runner yourself, you can find my page here:

2. I have been trying to take advantage of this beautiful fall weather to get some runs in.  I recently got a Fitbit Charge HR and I am in LOVE.  It is such a motivator for me to get moving when I have to try to meet my 10,000 steps and to get to bed when I want to meet my 8 hour sleep goals.

Fitbit Charge HR

I also really enjoyed Laurel’s FitBit challenge this week.  I actually walked laps around our apartment to meet my goal last night… but hey, a step’s a step.

I don’t think I’m the only one enjoying all these extra steps…

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3. On Tuesday evening I even made it back to the yoga studio for a hot happy hour.  I love yoga.  It is such a great workout physically and mentally.  And who doesn’t feel accomplished after a good sweat at a heated class??  I realized the other day that I haven’t been to a class since the beginning of the summer.  I should probably also mention that it feels painful to be back.  Holy crap, I was sore the past 2 days.  (But I secretly love it.)

4. Now the challenge will be to stick with it! Consistency is my arch nemesis (incase you haven’t noticed).  I know this is probably not my last ‘Week 1’ ever, but hopefully it is the last one for a while. 🙂

Now to keep the momentum going over the weekend!  Happy Friday, all!

Yoga, Big Little Lies, Pizza, & Orchids

The theme for the weekend at our house was relaxation.  We finally had a weekend to kick our feet up and enjoy some nice weather.  I’m pretty sure it just went from winter to summer in Buffalo.  Holy crap, it was hot!  But, I’m certainly not going to complain.

Saturday morning I woke up to find that my orchid is finally in bloom!  I have had this particular plant for about 3 years and this is the first time it has bloomed, so I was feeling pretty excited and proud of myself.  There was a time that I thought it might not make it.

Orchid

After I grabbed the plant and ran in to show Kris (like it was Christmas morning), I got my act together and headed out for a sweaty hot yoga class.  It has been a while since I’ve been to a yoga class and it felt really great to get back in the studio.  After yoga we took the little beester to the dog park and then spent the day relaxing.  It was so nice to sit outside and read in the sun.  It is one of my absolute favorite things to do.

La Croix

(I am loving the different La Croix water flavors.)  This weekend I finished reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  I really enjoyed the book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.  And I also discovered that HBO is creating a series based off of the book, so I’m interested to see what that will be like.

Saturday evening we decided to check out a pizza place that we had heard great reviews about, and it was amazing.  Rocco’s Coal Fired Pizza has an inviting family atmosphere with a nice bar scene in the back.  Plus the pagers are pieces of pizza…

Pizza & Beer

How cool is that?  After dinner we even stopped and got ice cream.  I chose Ben & Jerry’s That’s my Jam.  Yum.  I love chocolate and raspberry and this ice cream has chocolate and raspberry ice cream with a jam in the middle, so it was perfect.

Ben & Jerry's

Sunday morning, I woke up bright and early and went for a run with B and it was HOT.

Garmin run

Later in the day we went to brunch, followed by more lounging and recovering from all of the craziness that has been going on in our lives lately.

Mother's Day

 

I felt really sad that I couldn’t be with my mom and grandma on Mother’s Day.  So far the Buffalo transition hasn’t been too terrible, but I realized that it was the first Mother’s Day that we haven’t all been together, and it was a little difficult.  I often find myself getting emotional about growing up and going out into the world.  It’s such a cruel irony how badly you want to grow up when you are young, and how much you want to be young again when you’re an adult.  I guess the best thing you can do is enjoy each day in the present.

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(Cheesy, I know.  But true.)  I hope you have a wonderful start to the week!

The Christmas Pajamagram

Merry Christmas! I hope you spent the day surrounded by family and loved ones. We spent the last couple days hanging out with family, devouring delicious food, and getting in the Christmas spirit.

On Christmas Eve morning I went exploring into downtown Buffalo and checked out a local yoga studio.  I went to the Hot 90 class at the Evolution Yoga studio in Buffalo, NY.  I’m no yoga expert, but I would call this class a hot Bikram class.  It was the first time I have ever taken that type of yoga so it was a little different than what I am used to.  I have only ever done the hot vinyasa flow classes.  In Bikram yoga there are 26 poses that you go through twice per pose, vs the constant flow that Vinyasa style provides.  It also incorporates shavasana in between the floor poses, which was much different than finding final rest at the end of practice. This class was a good opportunity to practice good form for many poses.  Overall I would say I do prefer vinyasa style (I like a little more cardio with my yoga), but I would definitely take a Bikram style class again.

After yoga Kris and I went to Duff’s, a chain restaurant famous for it’s Buffalo wings, and kicked off the Christmas festivities!

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When we got back to the house there was a special surprise that had been delivered while we were out…

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a pajama-gram!

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Yep, it’s got the zip-off feet and everything.  I lounged around in my new Christmas jammies while we opened presents and sipped on beverages.  Then we got ready for Christmas Eve mass where I tried to be on my best behavior (something about church just makes me revert back to childhood every single time):

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Now I’m excited to enjoy Christmas round 2 in Pittsburgh with my family 🙂 But first I think the B dog and I need to hit the pavement for a short run, I definitely ate a bag of potato chips for dinner last night (whoops!).  Happy holidays!