I Got Sick

It was bound to happen. I work with kids and the majority of them were itching, coughing, and sneezing the last two weeks and Thursday night, my throat started to hurt real bad.  By Saturday, it was clear that what I got came on quick and strong. I was able to medicate with Musinex to get through the day on Saturday and Sunday, but Monday morning, I decided an antibiotic might be needed.


Saturday evening, I crashed on the couch with Orange is the New Black after an amazing bowl of Thai soup (medication in a bowl, I swear!). 

And of course…this guy napping next to me : )


Sunday morning was gorgeous.  It’s about 3 weeks until my 10 mile race and I knew I needed to get in some mileage.  So sickness and all, I laced up my sneaks.  I figured that even if I couldn’t run, I could walk.  My run went unexpectedly well.  My bigger problem was these new shoes that I bought that make my feet numb.


Since I ran almost 6 miles, I made sure to rest up with some afternoon couch reading.


Monday morning, I had a prescheduled blood draw for my upcoming yearly physical.  Then headed over to the walk in clinic to see the doctor.  On the way, I swung by Starbucks for breakfast (I was starving since I had to fast for the blood draw).  You can always tell when I’m sick by my eyes…especially since I was coughing too much to sleep well the last two nights.


The doctor agreed that I looked and sounded like a sinus infection and prescribed an antibiotic.  From there, I darted over to Whole Foods for probiotics (amongst other things) and then to the grocery to pick up my Px (along with our weekly groceries).  I went home to start my drugs immediately.  Sucked down with yogurt and probiotics to try to save my stomach, of course! 

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Thanks Coop for the photo bomb!

Then I rushed back out the door to meet a good friend for lunch and a few returns at the mall.  I was also able to return the numb inducing shoes which thrilled me since I’ve already worn them!  I arrived back home, just as my energy levels crashed.  I did have enough energy to troll the internet for new running shoes (and quick shipping) and finish up some paper work before tomorrow’s work day.  This week’s meal plan is all about whole foods (because it is my May goal) but also lots of energy inducing, immune system boosting foods to get me back to myself.  Plus lots of liquids!  I did keep our meals easy though because I know I will be pretty exhausted after this upcoming crazy busy work week.  Man, I hate being sick!  I better turn in early tonight!



Meal Planning 5/04/15

Monday: Crockpot Orange Chicken

Tuesday: Shrimp Something

Wednesday: Potato Bar Night

Thursday: Leftovers

What I’ve Been Working On

I meant to have this post out earlier this week, but better late than never!

Checking In…

I’ve been working on a few things lately.  You know in the pursuit of becoming and better me and all  : )

Here is a taste of what’s been going through my mind this week…

10 Minute Work Breaks

I’ve initiated a 10 minute walk rule during my 4 long work days.  This means exactly what it sounds like.  Some time during the day, I make it a point to walk out the door into the sunshine for a 10 minute recharge walk. Sometimes I think about stuff I’ve been working on and other times I bring a friend to chat.  I’m wondering if it will catch on in my office.  If the weather disagrees with this plan, I’ve downloaded a bunch of 10 minute meditation podcasts.  Which brings us to the next point…



Somewhere in the past few months, I’ve gotten more interested in this complex concept known as meditation.  Maybe it’s because I thought that it was challenging and cumbersome (especially for an energetic monkey mind like me).  But after a few experiences, I am discovering that there is no right way to meditate.  My thoughts can even join me as I sit.  And that there are countless benefits to a multitasking mover, much like myself.  So far… this just means that I have been exploring the idea with podcasts and books, attending a free meditation with my mom, and doing a 10 minute mindful meditation with my coworker one time.  I’d say I’m in the interested phase and interested to see where this all goes.


My Blog

I still like writing it…do people still read it?



I’ve taken the easy route this spring and allowing the BOY to handle most dinner prep.  This is because he is home before me and LOVES to grill up tasty meats and delicious veggies.  Plus, our weekends have been so busy that I haven’t made time (between tennis and wedding stuff) to actually plan.  No problem…right?  Except that I miss my kitchen time, searching out new recipes and giving them a go.  So I am going to make an effort to cook and share more meals with you.  This week, it was an adaptation to everyone’s favorite Sloppy Joe’s.  See Recipe Below!


Eat Whole Foods

And WAY more greens and veggies.  Getting greens into every meal takes more effort and more prep and as my life has gotten busier, there has been a little bit less and then a little bit less.  I’d like to rely less on convenience foods and get back to eating just the whole foods that I enjoy and make my body feel good.


Getting Married

Balancing the wants and needs, families, and ideas.   Trying to keep up with all that needs to be done.  Getting hitched is like a full time job with a lot more emotion.  Right now, I am working on invites.



Random…right?  The BOY and I started Orange is the New Black which got us debating about who would survive the best in prison.  I’m an obvious front runner.


Goals and Running

New month…new goals!  I am getting back into my running routine, but it has been challenging to get in AM runs because the path near my house has been so empty.  In an attempt to be more safe, I bought runner’s mace.   I want to start increasing distance for my 10 miler at the end of May and a triathlon this summer.  So I am hoping that traffic on the path picks up as the weather is picking up.


April Goals

Begin tri training (including swimming)- I did get to a spin class, but I haven’t yet submerged myself in the pool.  I need to set my tri schedule all set this weekend!

Play tennis– Yay! We have been hitting the courts. So fun!

Cook healthy and delicious meals-I haven’t been doing this consistently but I do have a fabulous recipe for you below.

Spring Clean-We did a big spring cleaning and it felt great.

Create powerful and fun kids yoga classes-I’m having fun and I think the kids are too. I’ve had a few kids swing by to try the class and every one has decided to come back.  Only one more class this session, so I’ll have to make it memorable!


May Goals

Get into a tri training routine

Eat whole foods (and lots of greens)

Get outside…play tennis, go hiking!

Keep up with my 10 minute daily mind break



Clean Loaded Sloppy Joe with a Kick

Adapted From 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
1 can (14 ounces, or 392 g) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1 can (14 ounces, or 392 g) tomato sauce
1 1⁄2 tablespoons (30 g) blackstrap molasses
1 1⁄2 tablespoons (23 ml) apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the turkey and onion and cook until the meat is completely browned, no pink remaining, about 6
minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute.
Drain any excess oils and transfer the contents to a slow cooker.
Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 5 to 6 hours, or until the vegetables
are tender.

Weekend. Family. Photos. Food.

My long weekend was  HUGE success!

Friday started with a tough strength session (I’m still sore).  Then, I did some wedding stuff with my number one assistant, my mom…followed by dinner and NY vs NY baseball with my dad.  I was in bed pretty early cuddled up with Cooper while the BOY stayed out playing poker.


Saturday morning I woke up to grey skies and rain.  I thought about a run but instead settled into the couch with breakfast and tea.  I spent the morning with Law&Order reruns researching some wedding invitations.  There are so many cute options!  The BOY slept in and Cooper I enjoyed a quiet (although wet) start to the day.  Around noon, I convinced the BOY that we needed to do a Costco run.  A big mistake on my part as it ended up costing me more money with all of the stuff he threw into the cart (ie new fancy toothbrushes).


On the way home, we met my brother and SIL at our favorite Mediterranean place to take in lunch.  They were visiting the burbs for a wedding so we offered them a place to stay.  They left for their wedding and the BOY and I hit up my gym for a tennis date.


We are trying to get back to playing weekly and although neither one of us is very good (as evidenced by the child tennis prodigy playing two courts over), we always have a lot of fun with it!  We stopped by the store on our way home and then got cozy for the night.  There were sports to watch (Bulls and Blackhawks) and the BOY made dinner while I started working on our weekly meal plan.


Cooper struggled to stay awake and I wasn’t sure I’d make it until our guests came home.  But they didn’t stay out too late and so when they got back, there was plenty of time for wine, cigars, and a  2am cheese plate.


Sunday morning is best when brunch is involved.  The BOY and I made TJ’s cinnamon bread, bacon, eggs, and fruit.  We hung out a bit eating our breakfast al fresco enjoying the sunshine after yesterday’s yucky day. 


I had to eat and run to an 11:45am coffee date with a friend of mine, who I dragged along to the gong meditation.  It turned out that she wasn’t able to do the gong due to her schedule but was able to take another class at the studio. 


All week, people were asking what I had going on this week and I got mixed facial expressions and comments when I told them I was headed to another hot yoga and gong meditation.


What can I say…I love the gong! 


This morning’s session did not disappoint.  I left feeling incredibly refreshed, reenergized, and cleansed.   I had one last stop at the grocery store where I treated myself to a green smoothie while I shopped.  I really wanted to bake/cook at least one thing this week.  And I’m prepping for next month’s goal of eating more whole foods.


When I came home, I found the BOY and Cooper resting where I left them (we stayed up way too late last night).


I unpacked my groceries and got busy whipping up some Zucchini Bread.  With the windows opened, it really felt like spring and perfect time for a delicious spring bread.  I tried a new recipe and although the dough looked a little thick and sticky, my mini breads turned out beautiful!



The BOY and I are settling in for a quiet Sunday night movie.  I’ve had the most amazing day and a fun weekend and I can’t wait for one more day of the weekend to come!


Meal Plan 4/26/15 (might go something like this)

Sunday: Tilapia Asian Salad

Monday: Crockpot Turkey Sloppy Joes (new recipe)

Tuesday: Grilled Pork and Veggies

Wednesday: TBD

Thursday: Premade Costco dinner that the BOY picked out


Here are a few of my other favorite quick bread recipes!

Banana Strawberry Bread

Blueberry Muffin Bread

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread

Coconut Ginger Zucchini Bread

Paleo Zucchini Almond Butter Bread

Zucchini Pineapple Bread

I Can’t Have a Cooking Show if I Don’t Cook

Which is why I need to get into the kitchen this weekend.  Unlike last weekend, it is a nice long one!  A well needed, nice, long weekend!

I also had plans to get in a long run and play tennis, but the weather had other ideas.

Anyhoo, the BOY and I survived the week with little to no fresh food in the house. How?  He ordered Thai one night…I got Mediterranean another, plus we did have to do a Jewel run for a few staples.


Since I wasn’t cooking, what was I doing all week?

Working:  Need I say more?

Having Dinner with my Dad: We had a Friday night walk and dinner date.

Loving on THIS Guy: That adorable face gets me every time!


Getting into my Workout Groove: Monday morning yoga, Tuesday morning run, Thursday morning spin, Friday morning strength…

Stressing About our Comforter: Apparently just because you register, doesn’t mean the store will keep what you love.

Drinking Wine and Watching Scandal: Wine from a big glass…just like Olivia!


Living on Caffeine: How many Dunkin’ runs does one girl need?  I had a picture to insert but the dark circles under my eyes were WAY too embarrassing.

Wedding Stuff: Always much to do and decisions to make!

Posting #tbt Pictures: Remember when we got engaged just a few months ago???


Having a Quiet Friday Night Alone Night: I don’t know the last time I had a quiet night at home…I love it!


Have you been cooking or doing other stuff this week?

Hoping to have some new recipes coming soon…

Not a Moment to Spare

I jammed so much into this past weekend that there wasn’t a moment to spare…like I haven’t even been to the grocery store and we have no food.  Now, to be fair, the weekend was really short!  I worked Saturday morning, which as always, was SUPER fun!


We did a superhero theme for the littlest ones, which they loved. We were the Super Yogi’s spreading peace to everyone (plus fighting off some bad guys with punches…their idea and peace signs…my idea).  Then it was on to the seesaw hamstring stretch for my older group followed by some amazing acro yoga with the last crew.  After yoga, I raced home to eat a quick lunch and await the arrival of my family for our fun, family tennis date.


It all started because my dad has been interested in getting back into tennis.  The BOY and I haven’t played since last summer and although we are rusty, we were exited to get back on the court this spring.  Since my brother was out visiting my parents, he tagged along too allowing us to play doubles.  We are all equally bad at tennis, but good enough to keep a game going.  We played for 2 hours, knowing we’d probably all be sore the next day, while my mom went for a walk and took pictures.


From the tennis courts, we went to the last of the three stores where we are registering for pots, pans, and fingers crossed some gorgeous Le Creuset pieces.  On the way home, we swung by the Jewel to pick up dinner.  Saturday night, we BBQed and my brother came to hang out with us.


I was up early Sunday morning because my mom came to get me for another trip to the salt spa.  We started with a stretch and meditation class.  Recently, I have been reading and listening to podcasts about meditation and was excited to give it a go.


We followed that with 45 minutes in the salt cave…see our attempt at a salt cave selfie!  And then lunch and a little bit of shopping, where we of course picked up some Himalayan salt.


I got back home just in time to have a quick snack and get myself organized for trip number 2 to Bed Bath and Beyond for more gun shooting fun.  I should admit that the BOY and I are NOT gun shy.  We register for a whole lot of everything, and then I have to come home and organize things online.


Last night, we closed down the bed bath and beyond and were way too tired to do the planned upon grocery store shopping.  Instead, we swung by Chipotle and arrived back home around 8pm with enough time for me to fold a little laundry, tame our online registries, and cuddle with Cooper.  Prior to realizing how nuts the weekend was going to be, I had plans to bring ya’ll some recipes this weekend.  Instead, I prepared some Overnight Quinoa in a Jar (basically overnight oats with quinoa instead of oats) and crashed into bed.


This morning, I started my week off early with a 6am hot yoga class. 



When I got home, Cooper dove right into the fridge in search of my oats (he LOVES almond butter).

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And then tried to eat my breakfast before I could scarf it down.  Ugh!  Then I left the BOY and Cooper back home and headed off to work.  I am working Monday this week instead of Friday (hence the super short weekend and lack of food in our fridge).  The BOY ordered Thai for dinner tonight…which was his idea of cooking dinner : )  Luckily, there will be enough leftover for me to take for lunch tomorrow since I’m exhausted and heading to bed.

Looking forward to next weekend with (hopefully) a few extra moments to spare!


What did you pack into your weekend?

What do you do when you don’t go to the grocery store?

Lazy Bones Finally Got Her Butt out of Bed {and went for a run}

TRUTH: I wrote this post title last night in hopes that I would be too embarrassed to erase it.

FACT: It was this trick, but more so the gorgeous 70 degree weather that I’ve been watching through the windows at work that actually encouraged me to toss off my blanket and lace up my sneakers.

ACTUALLY: It was drizzling when I hit the road and although I was a bit chilly, I warmed quickly and loved every physical and mental benefit from this morning’s run.


DEFINITE: I also loved the post run kisses I received from Cooper.

IN TRUTH: He was probably just licking my salty sweat.

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FACTOID: Cooper is a much better stretcher than I am.

CERTAINLY: Can’t wait to get running again!


Tell me a FACT…

Fun! Fun! Fun!

We had the most amazing weekend with 3 full days of FUN!

Saturday morning, I taught 3 kids yoga classes at work.  All of the kids came in with tons of energy (I blame the fresh spring air).  For the youngsters, we did a circus and they loved it!  We tamed lions, walked the tightrope, created silly clown faces, and danced to circus music.


The other two classes (of older and then older kids) were full of balance, flexibility, and laughter!  With an extended final relaxation to calm that hyped up energy, which they really enjoyed.

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Saturday afternoon was gorgeous.  The BOY and I got ready to host Friendsgiving in April.  And then spent the night with some of our closest friends!


Sunday, we had a wonderful meeting with the rabbi who is going to marry us.  We just past the 6 month point…OMG!  Afterwards, I swung by the library to pick up a few CDs for yoga music.  It’s been fun creating new playlists to go with each week’s class.  The BOY and I then took a well deserved nap with Cooper between my legs under the blanket the entire time.  When I woke up, I thought about going for a walk but the sky looked gray and instead spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing.


Monday morning was GO time at the gym!  My trainer too me through some tough strength and tabata moves that left me extra sweaty (and sore).


I scooped up the BOY for lunch (at Naf Naf) and THEN…


We finally did the thing that I have been dreaming about since I was a little girl (no not a fairy tale wedding or a big poofy white dress)…holding the registration gun!!!


I waited so long and patiently to one day have this amazing device in my hand the day was finally here.  Two stores later, the BOY and I are well on our way to a full fledged registry (but don’t look yet because we have not decided on a few pieces).

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We got home as the sun was setting and the BOY walked in the front door and out the back door to fix up dinner on the grill.  We were both exhausted!  Who knew scanning could be so tiring : )  At the end of the day, the BOY looks at me seriously and states, “I’m surprised that I had so many opinions today.”  To which I replied, “I’m surprised that you’re surprised!”  He’s had opinions about everything since the day we met.  He asked how I felt about it and I explained how much more fun the day was knowing that we were picking out the realistic and silly stuff that would be in our home together!


Any thoughts or tips on registering? 

Did you have a fun weekend?