Hey everyone! Hope your New Year has been treating you well so far
Yesterday morning, I had my favorite Larabar while I ran some errands with my nana:
(Minus the blur, it says “CINNAMON ROLL”)
After we went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and the airport, we were ready for some lunch, so she took me to Olive Garden!!
WE DO NOT HAVE AN OLIVE GARDEN IN VALDOSTA! I think that’s official proof that Valdosta isn’t a real town
We both got soup and salad.
I had minestrone (and requested as little pasta in it as possible, since I didn’t eat that part)
And dessert, when we got back to the casa:
I took a 2 hour nap (I’ve been super tired lately) and then hit up the gym.
I did a light leg workout, including glute blasters, V-glutes, calf raises on a step, hip abductor/adductor machine and plie squats and 45 minutes on the elliptical
After the gym, I went to my madre’s friend Julie’s house –who is really like my adopted aunt.
I had a little plate of hummus, guacamole and salsa (x2)
And a beautiful green corn tamale and frijoles (which I later found out were not vegetarian. YIKERS. They tasted great going down, but after finding that out, I felt a little queasy)
I chilled with Spotty:
We came home and put in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. I decided when the movie started that I wanted some popcorn (air popped in a paper bag like I had it on New Years eve). I put it in the microwave and came to sit on the couch. I started to hear a crackle noise coming from the kitchen. I went running in, and the entire inside of the microwave was IN FLAMES!!! I yelled “Fire! Fire!” and came running out shrieking and my stepdad put it out. It was CRAZY!!!!!!!!
So after that adventure, and the movie (which I really liked), I called it a night :/
I woke up to one of these beauties:
I hit up the gym for upper body and spin.
|Dumbbell upward row||10 lbs each, 3 sets of 12|
|Bent over row||15 lbs each, 3 sets of 10|
|Overhead dumbbell triceps extension||15 lbs, 3 sets of 10|
|Straight bar press down||30 lbs, 3 sets of 12|
|Straight bar cable curl||17 lbs, 3 sets of 12|
|Assisted chin up||90 lbs, 3 sets of 12|
That’s right, friends. I left spin class 15 minutes early. My legs could not take it anymore. Today should have been my rest day –I’ve been so stoked by the variety of amazing classes here, I haven’t taken a rest day since Christmas—and my leggies were screaming at me. I decided to listen, peaced out, and decided to take pilates tomorrow and THAT’S IT. No cardio for this girl tomorrow, especially since I have a long run planned on Sunday.
After the gym, I had one of these for a snack:
Then we hit the road for Phoenix!!!
We stopped at DIck’s Sporting Goods and I got a supercute Camelbak. Then we went here:
It was my first time and I adored it! I couldn’t believe the prices, either!!! I went a little crazy in there…
For lunch we ate at the Ikea bistro.
I had smoked salmon, salad, veggies, a wheat cracker and a baby pure OJ:
We went to the Green Vegetarian restaurant and I ordered the Diablo Red with Crispy Tofu and Brown Rice
It was AMAZING!! It was perfectly spicy and the tofu reminded me of the fabulous Gliding Calm Tofu we all adore
These girls were just as amazing as they seem on their blogs and we had so much fun! Heather’s husband, Chris came and chilled with us, and also took pictures for our blogs:
I looooove blogger meet-ups and this was such a fun group to have dinner with! I’m so fortunate to be in this lovely bloggy community
Since my madre (and brothers) drove me to Phoenix, I waited for them to pick me up and meandered around the restaurant since they had some goodies for purchase. I got 4 Glenny’s Brown Rice Crispy treats and one of these:
VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER BAR!
It was like a sorta-healthy Reese’s I shared it with the fam on the way back to T-town.
And now here I am: pajamas, Eclipse, and a b-fast cookie waiting in the fridge. My life would be in perfect order if the pilot were here! SOON THOUGH! (kinda)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Today’s tip: Try going backwards on the elliptical. I often forget that it’s an option and it uses totally different muscles! My favorite is to go 8 minutes forward at a higher level (7 or 8), then bring the level down to 5 and go as fast as you can for 2 minutes, backwards. Repeat 3-4 times then cool down for 5 minutes for a total of 35-45 minutes.