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Bragging [Running News]

Hola! How’s your day/night going? Mine is going really well! I had a great day at work, it was both busy and productive, and a great run and meal after work.

Do you ever feel like some days you just getting the running bug? That was me today. I kept seeing the sun shining from my desk, and I knew I had to get out there! By the time I was ready to run, it was 6:05pm and the sun had set, so it was quite cold!


Despite the cold cold cold wind, I still had a great run! And the best part, my knee held up for over 3 miles! This hasn’t happened in over a year… I am on cloud nine 🙂

I then made dinner from leftover turkey meatballs… it was called a makeshift meatball sub ( I mean very  makeshift).

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Toasted piece of bread, mozzarella cheese, slice of tomato, sliced turkey meatballs, mozzarella cheese on top (x2)! It was really good!

Hope you’re having a great night as well!

Quick & Dirty Workout

Hi, friends! So the other morning I had slept through my alarm, thus meaning I had a evening workout to do at the gym. When I arrived at the gym, it was packed (per usual in the evenings). I had intended to do a kettlebell workout, but with limited space in the free weight area, I abandoned my kettlebell workout. I made up this workout with the limited space and equipment (using both kettlebells and dumbbells) and I really loved it! Hope it can be of use to you as well.

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**I am not a certified personal trainer, this is a workout I made up on my own. **

QA: Do you ever make up workouts on the go? I used to think I couldn’t make up workouts, but now I trust myself to give it a go!

The [Long] Weekend Update

Hello to you! How was your weekend + Presidents Day? We had a great last few days, with a lot of productivity and relaxation! Let’s get into some Marvelous in my Monday hosted by Katie!


We had a very low key Valentines Day, but did give each other cards, and I got roses and homemade chocolate covered strawberries!

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I had really ambitious plans to get to the gym that night, but the weather was amazing and coworkers wanted to go to happy hour at 4pm… I couldn’t resist! 🙂 Had two glasses of wine, then headed home to grab dinner. At about 9pm, met my love out in Clarendon (he had been at a work happy hour as well). We stayed out until around midnight, but went home to hit the hay!


After being up kind of late, we slept in and lounged around until it was time to head to my parents house to help out. They are in the process of getting their house ready to sell, so we were chipping in to get things done! Tulips I got my mom for V-Day, they were quite beautiful!

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I got to spend time with the nephew which was priceless 🙂


Later that day, hubs-to-be and I headed to Melting Pot for our Valentines Day celebration!

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We did the four course valentines day special, and it was awesome!!

[the cheese course] We did the fiesta cheese which comes with veggies, bread, apples, and tortilla chips.


[the salad course] I got the California which was mixed greens, candied walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.


[the meat course] We got the cupid’s special which came with lobster tail (!!!!), filet mignon, angus steak, teriyaki steak, shrimp, and chicken… and unlimited vegetables!


[the lobster tail… pretty presentation!]


[the dessert course] I would be lying if I said this wasn’t my favorite course… we got a ‘turtle’ chocolate dip which had chocolate (obvi), caramel, and nuts. Then to dip in it, we had strawberries, banana, rice krispies, pound cake, and cheese cake… it was heavenly! 


Overall, dinner was amazing!! We were tucked back in a two-person booth and it was quite romantic 😉

[sunday + monday] sunday we spent working out, running errands and hanging with family! Monday I had coffee with my best friend, lunch with my love, and did a LOT of cleaning and rearranging! I’m loving our new set up in the apartment!

Time for bed, since it’s back to work tomorrow! Hope you had a great last few days! 🙂

QA: How was your (long) weekend? Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

WIAW [What I Ate Wednesday]: 2.13.2013

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Is it just me or is this week going soooo slow? But on the other hand, 3 day weekend coming up! 🙂

I’m excited to share what I’ve been eating, you’ll notice that some things have changed while others are still the same!

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Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

[breakfast] coffee with cream/sugar, grapefruit, 2 eggs over the baby spinach blend, and three pieces of turkey bacon

[pre-lunch snack] 2 clementines

[lunch] went to a restaurant called Honey Pig, essentially Korean BBQ. We shared beef brisket and pork belly, along with rice, salad, and some other sides.


[after-lunch dessert] some dark chocolate (this brand is really good!)

[afternoon snack] 1.5 PB Amazeballs via Gina @ The Fitnessista and some potato chips (unpictured)

[dinner] leftover salad scooped up from work, which had mixed greens, cranberries, blue cheese, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, and balsamic dressing. Also had a little bit of pasta with meat sauce and zucchini


[dessert] powerballs from Trader Joe’s <— these little babies are dangerous!


A good day of eats, and it was fun to try a new restaurant/style of food! Oh, and this is from yesterday 🙂

QA: What was your favorite thing you’ve had to eat this week? Is there anything you eat day in and day out?

The Weekend I Didn’t Want to End

Hello everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was marvelous, thus not wanting it to end!

Thank you to Katie for hosting and congrats on the little rock star!! 🙂


Friday night, as mentioned included naan pizza and Pitch Perfect. I thought the movie was okay, but not as funny as I expected.


That morning I was up early, and lounged for a bit before getting ready for my friend’s Valentines Day brunch party. It was a celebration of friend love and she did a wonderful job celebrating!!


1. The beautiful dessert bar which included pie on a stick and cupcakes

2. Close up view of pies on a stick – these were amazing!

3. The delicious spread which included egg cups, croissants filled with brie and apple, fruit salad, crab cakes, monkey bread muffins, and much more!

After brunch, I headed to Nordstrom to meet my mom to look at mother of the bride dresses. She looked absolutely stunning, and I loved seeing her all dressed up. She is always taking care of everyone else, and I am thrilled for her to get to be pampered 🙂

We then headed to Loft where I picked up some cute t-shirts and this blazer (I’m obsessed).  Then home to get in a quick run


and eat dinner with the hubs-to-be. We enjoyed crock pot taco chili from SkinnyTaste and got ready for a night out in DC with friends. Got home at 3am and crashed, a fun night indeed 🙂


Slept until 9, and then laid on the couch until 1pm (while meal planning for the week, and eating some banana walnut pancakes). Finally got my rear-end up and went to three grocery stores (!!). I tried shopping for two weeks, Ashley’s post inspired me to give it a go, and it seems like we didn’t spend more than normal. We’ll see what else I need next week to know if I spend more or less. I will say though that I need some staples (TP, plastic baggies) that we don’t regularly purchase. So maybe it did save money!

After grocery shopping, I did a bit of food prepping which included eating homemade salsa and these delicious chips!


It was truly a great weekend mixed with fun and rest, and lots of time with my love (the best part of all)!

QA: How was your weekend and what made it marvelous? What was the best part overall?

Friday & Pizza

Hey friends & happy weekend to you 🙂 How’s your week been? Mine went well, pretty busy at work so the week flew by! Once leaving work, the hubs-to-be and I headed to the gym… Friday night gym sess. —> nothing cooler, right? I did some of the GPP workout today, but tweaked it slightly, then jumped on the treadmill for a mile. Then we made naan pizza!


For one piece of naan, it was 7 WW points. The naan was from TJ’s and is a perfect personal size (4 pieces come in a pack). On my two pieces was tomato marinara, cherry tomatoes, orange peppers, roasted brussels sprouts, and goat cheese. Muy bueno! I ended up eating both my pieces… it’s hard to resist any type of pizza.

In other news, at work daily I’ve been keeping a little white board with the date and when I get into work, I find a inspirational quote for the day. It’s a really nice activity to do first thing in the morning, and helps get the day going on a positive note. Here’s the quote for today, which I saw Tina from Carrots ‘n Cake post on her instagram feed. I loved it, so made it my quote for the day:


So, I’m spending the rest of the night watching pitch perfect with the boo and chilling out.


Hope you all have a great weekend!

QA: Do you have any Friday night traditions you or any morning traditions?

What Makes Me Smile.

Hello to you all! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good, lots of family and friends so no complaints here 🙂



Life lately has been good, lots of wedding stuff.. <<rant start.>> I’ve come to realize that weddings are not about ‘us’… there is so much to worry about re: other people… it’s becoming annoying honestly. Isn’t this day supposed to be about us, yet i feel like I’m always worrying about other people’s feelings. It leaves me feeling like other people are selfish, it’s discouraging. <<rant over.>>

In other news, here is what has made me smile lately:







What has made you smile lately?