Monday Mix Tape

Weekend Wrap Up
I made it through Easter without touching a single piece of candy! What is it about Easter candy that's extra appealing? I think it's because as kids in my family, we had to give up candy for Lent then we would gorge on it on Easter Sunday. It was always such a treat but combine that with parents who smoked (this was the 70's and they didn't know any better yet!) and it was a long and nauseating trip home from Grandma's!

Saturday was a gorgeous day and my sister and I had plans to attend a yoga event at the W Hotel. Our favorite instructor was teaching a 75 minute class and then we got drinks and snacks at the hotel bar. There was about 150 people and it was one of the best classes I've ever done.
The gorgeous view
The other gorgeous view :)
This is my instructor Astrid. I know I never stop talking about her but she has totally changed my life!
Sunday was my day off after 8 days in a row of workouts so we decided on a late brunch. This was my Easter treat- fresh grapefruit juice, tequila and Grand Marnier! It was absolutely necessary as I was headed home to get my taxes together for the accountant.

I love being self employed until tax time. It wasn't too bad - I was pretty organized this year!

What are you eating?
People keep asking this so I'm going to make it a regular topic! I still eat a protein shake for breakfast and today I tried a new strawberry version with frozen strawberries and greek yogurt. Not sure if my nutritionist will be okay with me continuing to do a meal replacement but I'm just not really a breakfast person - the shake seems to be a good solution.

Seafood is still my favorite - I eat a lot of tuna, salmon, crabcakes, etc. I still eat a lot of chicken and just tried a little filet mignon over the weekend. It was delicious but it filled me up really fast. Maybe too fast. I ate about an ounce and a half.

I feel completely normal when I eat out which was unexpected. I thought servers would question me ordering so little and not finishing it but that's not really not the case. Sometimes I get mussels and can eat about 10 then give the rest to the table. Brunch was a simple scramble of eggs, chicken sausage and avocado with a side of black beans. I ate half and gave the biscuit to my husband.  

Yesterdays mid-day cocktail caused an afternoon battle with carbs. It scared me a little to have cravings since I haven't really had any but that's the price I paid for the drink! I ended up eating a Kashi blueberry waffle and it did the trick.  Rice cakes are the closest we get to carbs in our house - except for the waffles which are a new purchase. I hope this was an isolated incident and the waffles don't become a problem - otherwise they will have to go!

Off and running!
Thursday was my first run since Thanksgiving. Being the person that I am, I couldn't just ease back in so I set out to do a 5k to see how much work I had ahead of me. It was exhilarating to run again. It was a million times easier since losing the weight and inches of a toddler. I even ran up hills I would have never attempted in the past. I ended up only a minute short of my personal best 5k which is 49:55. I felt awesome - my quads not so much! I had to skip weight training on Friday and go to yoga instead - even that was iffy! Tomorrow we will do it all again. Since my surgeon doesn't want me overdoing it on the cardio, I'm REALLY going to try to keep it slow, easy and fun!

Have a happy, healthy week everyone!!

Monday Mix Tape (Wednesday edition)

I've been desperate to have a minute to post to thank y'all for your incredibly kind support after my 5k on Saturday. I feel like a superstar :) I'm also glad some I could offer some inspiration - I swear, if I can do it you can do it too!

The day after the race I was having some shin pain and decided to call the running store and find out when I bought my shoes. They were 10 months old already so I decided I deserved a new pairThese are the updated version of what I had and the are so nice and bouncy!


Things are crazy busy on the work front (amen!) but that means no double workouts this week. I did manage at least an hour every day so far but I'm feeling the effects from stress of it all. I know that the workouts will help me deal with it better but sometimes it's really hard to step away from work to go to yoga or run.


I've had a love hate relationship with the Biggest Loser over the years but there is REALLY something special about this season's group. They are amazing and every single one of them has already won. I'm motivated by every single word that they say. Jillian BOWED to Olivia at the end last night. You seriously know you did a good job if Jillian bows down to you!!! It was very touching and I don't think I've ever seen the trainers so affected by a group like that before. This whole idea that one of "us" could motivate the trainers is new to me but I get it a little more now.


I've come to the conclusion that I only lose weight one week out of the month. Blame it on hormones, age, perimenopause, or all of the above, but I'm starting to be okay with it. I should see a little loss again in the next week or two. I still check my weight every day but I don't let it affect me like I used to. I've learned that living this way is much less about the scale and so much more about feeling strong and accomplishing awesome things.

Speaking of awesome, if anyone is trying to keep up with my record setting planks, you've got to kick it up a notch
2 minutes 31 seconds
That's right. New record set on Monday. Karen saw the whole thing. I need to think about how I will celebrate getting to 3 minutes :)

Now I must work. Have a great and healthy rest of the week!