Finally back into the swing of things....regular gym-going, healthier eats, more arting.
Veggies, get back in my life.
My newest flavor love, Chobani Apple Cinnamon.
Lots of the best flavor of Larabar (thanks to chocolate chips, this is the winner).
My black bean soup!
Saturday we had a little party for my mama's birthday.
For prep, Friday night was shopping trip number one for our food necessities. I dragged Allie along with me to WalMart, where we found Oscar (Allie's boyfriend, if you are new to the blog).
An uncanny resemblance to our Oscar. We also found some pantyhose on the wasabi popcorn. Uhhh?
To add to our adventure, I had to climb a fixture in order to get the last bottle of lime juice. Unfortunately, the only pictures we have of that are mental ones.
After some kickass BodyCombat and BodyPump classes the next morning, I headed to the grocery store to pick up some last minute things for the night.
Family and friends came over for the football games, complete with my parent's homemade wings and lots of pizza. I also made some buffalo chicken eggrolls and my buffalo dip (we had buffalo chicken on buffalo chicken!!!) and they were pretty tasty.
She even got a froggy funfetti cake (she collects frogs).
It was lovely and I think my mama had a fun birthday!
Sunday is normally my exercise rest day, where I can usually be found taking Koda for a nice long walk and/or spending the day watching football in Philly in my yoga pants.....sans the yoga.
And I did both of those things this Sunday. Starting with The Monster's walk (he's a ferocious beast, I know).
Along with a little drawing. Although I usually limit my alcohol consumption to once (occasionally twice) a week, a leisurely beer or two is usually consumed on Sunday. Like this week's local microbrew:
The brewery is in Allentown, where Coop's alma mater is located. Muhlenberg!
I did take off Monday from the gym as well, which is usually a BodyPump class and some cardio. I just wasn't feeling it yesterday; I was absolutely exhausted after work (didn't have off for MLK like all of you luckies!) and in a bit of a weird funk and just wanted to lay on the couch all night and take a bath. Definitely my body's way of begging for some extra recovery time after a hard week at the gym and a double sesh on Saturday morning, so that wish was gladly granted. That means I had time to scour some new magazines for recipes that I want to try.
^Had to buy this one due to this show (please watch this;....you are welcome):
Our new obsession on the Food Network. And my new obsession with the extreme weirdness that is Aaron Carter.
But I ended up loving Every Day with Rachael Ray...who knew! This thing is chock-full of awesome recipe ideas that are organized so well. Can't wait to try my spin on many of them.
Plus, I needed my rest. It will be an exciting week at the gym...new BodyCombat launch tonight with all of the instructors, and a new class on Wednesdays called Fight Club! So I got to buy these pretty little things:
As time goes on, I am becoming more and more passionate about becoming a certified instructor/trainer. Something that is a huge goal of mine for the year. I am just loving the way these classes have been transforming my body! And I am loving being back in a class mode and pushing myself to the max...reminds me of my dancing days.
Other two big goals for this year? Getting my finances in order and trying to consolidate some things, and to move out! These are all very doable, and I am in super-saver mode. Which means my extensive Lululemon collection is going to have to stay content in its current state at the moment. No new additions. That is, unless I find the perfect long sleeve tech shirt in the perfect color...
Some illustration coming at ya later this week!
How often do you take rest days? Usually 1-2 days on a normal week for me, unless I am traveling/on vacation. I get grumpy when I don't work out!