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Falling Off The Wagon

May 8, 2010

Good Morning!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend so far… so happy for the weekend! πŸ˜€

Alright, since we’re all friends here, I have something to admit… in the last two weeks… I… seem to have… fallen off of the exercise wagon 😦

I mean, I have still been taking Marlee on her nightly walks and doing a few yoga poses throughout the day, but I haven’t been to a spinning class, out running, or to the gym in general in about 2 weeks..
Okay, ::deep breaths::, in the grand scheme of things, is this really the worst thing that could happen? No. What do we do when we are not happy with the way things are going? We take responsibility and turn the situation around in the direction that we would like for it to go.
Not to fear, friends, I have a well developed plan in the event that this happens again:
  • Acknowledge that the situation has arisen, but don’t beat yourself up over it. Things happen that we don’t always see coming, giving yourself a break may help put things into perspective without making you feel worse. Putting yourself down won’t alleviate the situation!
  • Slowly incorporate exercise back into your schedule. If things are still hectic, start slowly. Maybe an evening walk or a 20 minute treadmill workout. Getting back into the swing of things won’t be easy at first, but knowing that you are doing your best is what matters.
  • Make a plan. Writing down your schedule, including your workout, may help to solidify it into your day
  • Ask a friend to workout with you. If you are really having a hard time getting back into your exercise schedule, ask a friend to meet up for a run or a class at the gym. Knowing that someone else is counting on you to be there is usually pretty good motivation for you to get there!
  • Make a goal to work toward. Even if it’s small to begin with, like getting to the gym twice a week, having something to work for will make you want to go above and beyond what you have set for yourself.
  • Reward yourself. If you reach your goals, give yourself a small treat, you deserve it!

The important thing to remember is that this happens to everyone! We can’t beat ourself up over it – only get up, dust ourselves off, and get back to where we want to be!!

I’m hoping that putting this out there will help me get my butt into gear! πŸ˜‰ I have plans to attend a 9:45 Body Works class!

Have you ever fallen off the exercise wagon? What helped you get back on track?

I would love to hear your tips and stories!!

Have a lovely Saturday!


Kitchen 305

May 4, 2010

Hello Lovelies!


I apologize for the brief hiatus, but life has been crazy. Anywho, I’m back, and I am using the free trial of Ecto to simplify blogging (hopefully). You see, I love blogging, but blogging through WordPress is not exactly my fave. πŸ˜‰

Last week, Blake and I went down to the Newport, which is where we will be holding our nuptials in a little less than 6 months (!). We went down to start planning our menu and go through the ins and outs of how the ceremony (ceremony location pictured above) and reception will go. Unfortunately, it seems as though there were a few mix ups in days/times, and our Catering Manager asked if we would mind switching our rooms for the cocktail hour and reception. At first, I was a little upset, but, Blake reassured me that no matter the room, it would be great ;).

Instead of our cocktail hour being held on the pool deck, it will now be held in their brand new spa, downstairs, which is beautiful. I know it sounds a little odd, but it has hard wood floors, ambient lighting and organic furniture.. really swanky and even though not what I had envisioned, it is a gorgeous room! Next, our reception, which was to be held in a ballroom, is being moved to a slightly smaller room that overlooks the ocean. It also has hardwood floors and a great view.. so what should I be complaining about, right? Alright kids – here’s the kicker – if we agreed to switch, they agreed to completely upgrade our menu, open bar and all… So, after talking it over, we agreed. I didn’t seem like it would go well if we said no, and hey, it’s just one big party, right πŸ˜‰

After all of that was settled, our Catering Director said that she wanted to buy us a round of drinks also… woohoo! The Newport has an amazing restaurant called Kitchen 305. When we got in there, she politely said she couldn’t stay, but for us to have some drinks and order a couple appetizers. This place has rave reviews, so she certainly didn’t have to twist my arm!

I ordered a glass of Chardonnay and Blake got a dirty martini, both were delicious! They also gave us each a mini-loaf of bread.. mmmm.


My handsome date πŸ˜‰


We decided we would choose 2 apps and went with the crab cake sliders and mediterranean flatbread.


The flatbread had feta, roasted tomatoes, and kalamata olives. Both dishes were excellent! The melted feta had a much more subtle taste than I thought, which I really enjoyed. The crab cake sliders were fantastic! Crisp, toasted bun and the crab cakes were not greasy in the least. I would highly recommend both πŸ™‚





Sorry if the pictures are a little dark, definitely not the best lighting.

Even though the evening started out a little rough, we really enjoyed a spur of the moment date night.

Make it a great one!

Ohh, Monday

April 5, 2010

Hello there!

I hope everyone had a great rest of the weekend and a good Monday!Β  Mine went well, very busy and now I am super sleepy πŸ˜‰

For breakfast, I had a repeat smoothie.Β  I decided to get my workout in on my lunch break today, because I knew I had a bunch of errands to do after work today. I was able to get in a nice 1.5 mile run in on the treadmill.

  • Miles 0 -.24: Warmup at 3.7
  • Miles .25 – .75: speed 7.0
  • Miles .76 – 1.25: inclined at 60%, speed 5.0
  • Miles 1.26 – 1.50: Cool down at 3.0

Time: 18 Minutes

It was a great workout and a really fun way to break up the day! Definitely needed that on a Monday! πŸ™‚

I came home more than ready for lunch.Β  I decided to incorporate some of our Easter leftovers into a fun meal!

Blake’s Aunt Dot makes a fantastic Tex-Mex dip.Β  I think it is beans, avocado, tomatoes, cheese and a variety of spices.Β  I don’t know how she does it, but it is awesome! I think I ate 2 large plates of it with chips at Easter dinner πŸ˜‰

For lunch, I used Aunt Dot’s Tex-Mex as the base of my wrap.Β  I topped it with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and then crumbled some tortillas chips on top. SO good! The chips gave it a really great crunch.Β  I will definitely use them on wraps in the future!

With a side of delicious, fresh fruit

So, let’s rewind just a bit to Sunday.Β  We went to Blake’s Aunt & Uncle’s for Easter dinner.Β  They have a beautiful ranch style home and always have a fish fry, full of fresh fish, hush puppies and a ton of other delicious southern foods πŸ˜‰

Hush puppies and fish going:

My camera died pretty soon after, but I can certainly vouch I had my fair share of all foods involved and that it was all quite delicious!! πŸ˜‰

Buuut… before my camera died I was able to capture a few other pics.Β  Aunt Louise and Uncle Mark own a horse, Socks.Β  She is beautiful!

Also, right by their front door, they have some mulched landscaping beds. Guess what was in a freshly dug hole in the mulch??Β  Three baby bunnies!!!

How cute?!Β  They blend into the mulch a bit, so enter helpful blue arrow πŸ˜‰Β  You can see the baby ears sticking up.Β  Can you believe baby bunbuns on Easter? Too funny!

Well I hope everyone is having a great start to the week – Have a good one!

Do you look forward to your leftovers for lunch?Β  Do you mix them up or keep them as is?

Family Time

April 3, 2010

Hi there!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend, thus far!

When I left you last, I was headed to do this…:

Ahh… it was quite wonderful πŸ™‚

While enjoying my pool time, I snacked on these:


After a few hours at the pool, Blake and I got ready to head over to my moms for dinner.Β  We visited with everyone for awhile, and then we were ready to sit down for dinner.Β  My mom made roasted chicken, potato knishes, and salad.Β  SO good!

Once I had sufficiently stuffed myself, and all the dishes were done, we sat down again to stuff ourselves some more.Β  Dessert was angel food cake with strawberries… one of my favs!

Then, when it was uncomfortable to breathe, Blake and I said goodbye to everyone and made our way home.

This morning, I did an easy 1.25 miles on the treadmill, just to get a little exercise in today!

The Breakdown:

  • Miles 0 – .15: Warmup at 4.0
  • Miles .16 – .65: 6.0 at 50% incline
  • Miles .66 – 1.15: 6.0 at 0% incline
  • Miles 1.16 – 1.25: cool down at 3.5

Followed by 3 sets of 10, at 15 lb, declined bench presses and 3 sets of 10, at 25 lbs, lateral pull downs.

It was a quick one but it felt good! πŸ™‚

When I came home, I made myself a smoothie:

In the mix:

  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Small pour OJ
  • Ice

This was so good!! I will definitely be making this again!

Afterwards, Blake and I were able to get in a little more of this:

The weather has been gorgeous!!

Ah, now it is time to cuddle in bed and watch a little tv… I know I am getting old because sitting in the sun seriously drains me, haha πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful night!



April 2, 2010

Mornin’ loves!

Hope everyone is having a great week!Β  I have been swamped at work, but I just so happen to have today off, and it is GLORIOUS. ((Gloriouuuussss!)) πŸ˜‰

Starting things off right with a nice 2 miler this morning:

Got home just a few minutes ago, and am enjoying a delicious bowl of fruit with yogurt for bfast:

If you look closely, you can see Marlee in the background, above the bowl.. πŸ™‚

In the mix:

  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Cantaloupe
  • Vanilla Yogurt

Well, I am off to clean the apartment a bit and then head down to the pool… it is 74 and sunny and I am not missing out! πŸ˜‰

Tonight, we are going to my moms for dinner because my brother, sister-in-law and beautiful niece are in town πŸ˜€

Have a great one!


March 23, 2010

Well, hello, dears!

Hope everyone had a great weekend πŸ™‚Β  Was it just me, or was yesterday definitely one of ‘those’ Mondays… man… there was not very much stopping me from crawling back into bed!

I had planned on going toΒ  a Body Works class after work, but after the day I had, I knew it was not in my future.Β  I thought about just pouring myself a large glass of wine and cuddling into the couch, but knew that working up a sweat, even if just a small one, would make me feel a lot better!

With that, I quickly got changed and decided that I would do 30 minutes as hard as I could.Β  I started with a 15 minute run, that I believe covered about 1 mile.Β  When I came home, I continued with some strength training for my arms and abs.Β  I did 3 sets of 10, with 5 lb weights, of bicep curls, dips and presses.Β  Followed by 3, 30 second ab intervals, not sure what they are called, but the kind where your legs come in and your arms go forward, but your back does not come back and touch the ground.Β  Then, rounded it all out with 2 sets of 15 push ups. Woo!

A few months ago, I would have foregone the exercise altogether.Β  Slowly, I am making progress in making exercise a constant in my life.Β  It really feels great, and I felt much better to get in 30 minutes than nothing at all.Β  Something is better than nothing!

Plus, afterward, I was able to give myself a small reward…

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Does working out after a hard day make youΒ  feel better?Β  What are your stress relievers?

Make it a great one!

Home Away From Home

March 16, 2010

Hi there!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

I am in Orlando for the week, for work.Β  Welcome to my home away from home:

This is where I spend 95% of my time while I am here πŸ˜‰

Nice and cozy, eh? πŸ™‚

Everything is going well though – quite a productive week so far.Β  Although, I am slightly thrown off by the time change.Β  It is just so dark when my alarmgoes off! But, I do like it being lighter, later, so I suppose it’s a fair trade πŸ˜‰

In other news, we booked our photographer!! We have gone with Norah Silva, who is not only the sweetest, but a fantastic photographer as well! Her work is absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to work with her!

Alright, loves, sorry this is short but the bed is calling my name.Β  Tomorrow is another early day!

I leave you with a gratuitous Marlee picture for your viewing pleasure.Β  Blake sent it to me this afternoon, when he ran home for lunch.


Has the time change thrown you off?Β  Are you adjusting?Β  Do you like having the extra daylight?