Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Scale Obsessions… WHY?!?

Soooooo, I’m still trying to figure out the cadence of the live blogging with the other content on CNC. Today’s weekend posts probably seem a bit out of order, but, hopefully, I can find a grove with publishing. Oy. Blogging life is not like it used to be! Anyway, this recap is actually from yesterday afternoon, so it’s not so “live,” but I’m working on it! 😉 #hotmess

Lunch was a throw-together salad with all sorts of goodies from my Sunday food prep. During the week, I’d say 90% of my lunches look like this – I just throw together whatever is cooked and ready into a bowl and call it a meal. I’m definitely not fancy, but lunch is easy, quick, delicious, and nutritious. I love that I don’t have to think about it!

After that, I got to work on a post about my OPEX experience. My partnership ended nearly a month ago, so the blog post is long overdue. I’m hoping to have it live on CNC next week. Please note (photo below): My weight (on the scale) went up more than a pound, but I lost fat and gained muscle. Reason #845 why the scale is just a mind f*ck and not an accurate measure of your progress!

A short while later, I headed to the Derby Street Shoppes for a meeting. When I got into my car, I noticed that it was SO CLEAN. This summer it’s been filled with sand, sand, and more sand after our trips to the beach, so I was especially happy and thankful that Mal cleaned it for me – probably because it was absolutely disgusting and he knew I never would.

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My meeting was at the Capital One Cafe – remember how much time I spent here last summer?

I had about 30 minutes to kill before my meeting, so I broke out my laptop, ordered some decaf espresso over ice, and got down to work.

A short while later, I met up with some nice folks from Derby Street about a really cool partnership. Local readers: Keep you eyes peeled for some FUN stuff in the coming months – more to come! 🙂

After the meeting, I picked up Quinn from school and then headed home. I was STARVING when I walked in the door, so I broke out a bag of Salt & Cracked Pepper Chips from Deep River Snacks + some hummus and got to work chowing down. Please note: The pug tail in the background. Murphy is never far from food!

My snack ended up satisfying me quite well, so when dinnertime rolled around, I wasn’t super hungry. I still had some shrimp with sauteed spinach and broccoli – for the nutrients! 🙂

Question of the Day

Are you obsessed with the scale? WHY? 🙂 

from Carrots 'N' Cake

The Who’s Tommy at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre

Last Sunday, my mom, sister, and I enjoyed a fun outing together – just the 3 of us. We headed up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire for lunch and a show. Now that my sister and I have little ones, it’s tough for all of us to get together like we used to, but we made it a priority this time. When I discovered that my cousin Andrea was going to be in The Who’s Tommy at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre (thanks, Facebook), I immediately texted my family about going together.

In high school, I was obsessed with Tommy. Obsessed. I owned the soundtrack from the musical as well as The Who’s album, posters in my bedroom, and I even rented the (super weird) movie version on VHS. I actually saw Tommy on Broadway back in the mid-90s as well as at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and Northwestern University (an ex-boyfriend went there). Basically, my love for this musical runs deep, so when I heard that Andrea was going to be Mrs. Walker (one of the main characters), I could not miss it!

Our family day date started early on Sunday morning. The three of us met at my sister’s house and then drove up to Portsmouth together. Once we found a place to park, we grabbed lunch at the Portsmouth Brewery.

The food was actually better than I expected. I thought it would be pretty standard pub food, but the garden salad with grilled salmon was loaded with fresh greens (spinach, kale), beans, and shredded cheese.

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It was so nice catching up with my mom and sister – we really need to make these get-togethers more of a regular thing!

After lunch, we stopped by Kilwins for a sweet treat. 10 pounds of chocolate? 🙂

We decided on a box of chocolate truffles to share, which was a deeeelicious decision!

After that, we walked over to the theater for Tommy.

The production was so, so, so good! The music was exactly how I remembered it and the actors and actresses were awesome, especially my cousin who killed it. She was SO AMAZING!

Question of the Day

Any musical fans out there? If so, what’s your favorite one?

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Exercising While Keto: 11 Tips for the Transition (and Long-Term)

The Hipster

^^Blue smoothie, blue bowl, blue sky! Still having lots of fun with the blue majik! I’m finding for the best blue color I need to use mostly white/light ingredients like banana, milk, and yogurt and less frozen berries and greens, which turn it a much darker color. I’m working on a Mermaid Bowl recipe!

Also eating all the blueberries this summer. Plus peaches + nectarines. And this half PB breakfast sandwich was just calling my name! That’s Greek yogurt dolloped on top of my fruit!

It was so sad to say goodbye to Claire (on the left) last week! We will miss her at the gym as she embarks for San Francisco. (Look for her and say hi if you live there!) I’m still going to strength class twice a week and feeling really good now that my back pain is all healed up. I sometimes stop short if we do a lot of plyo jumps and my chiropractor told me to lay off lunges (so I just do more squats) and I’m not really doing any abs other than planks, but arms and legs are still lifting strong!


Also, can we pause to talk about fanny packs?! I have this one that I usually save for Legwarmers 80s concerts but they are SO CONVENIENT! I have decided in this day and age of “anything goes” fashion I’m going to start wearing one again. Except instead of calling it a fanny pack, let’s just call it a Hipster Pack. Much more 2018, dontchathink?

Also please don’t be distracted by the shirtless fitness instructor photobomb. Typical!  

I wore the Hipster Pack on my walk with Gus and it was so much more comfortable than my spy belt, for walking at least. The spy belt is a necessity for running because it doesn’t bounce. But the Hipster Pack can even hold a small water bottle! (Update on the Gentle Leader: it’s going great! So much less pulling.)

This greenway is so beautiful once you reach the shade, but unfortunately it takes me 1.25 miles of sun to reach it! Not so fun on the hottest of days. I look forward to taking Baby B on stroller walks here sometime this fall.

Lunch: tuna salad + chips + pear slices.

And another scramble! This makes such a yummy all-in-one veggie packed lunch. I sauteed peppers and mushrooms in butter and then added 2 whisked eggs and dill havarti to mix it all up.

This is the face of a very tired and hungry almost-six year old ready to head home for pizza. Despite the frown, he had a great time showing me his new tennis skills! These kids tennis balls have much less bounce than the regular ones and are great for learning when you’re not so fast. It was so fun to play a sport together!

Thomas was working on Big Green Egg pizzas when we arrived home!

This spatula his mom got him for Father’s Day was great for helping get said pizza off the hot stone.

Uno with the grandparents while we waited for the pizzas to cook!

Round one was peppers, tomatoes, pepperoni, and arugula.

And round two was pepperoni and mushroom, Mazen’s favorite.

And for dessert – treats from Nonna! Lemon bar, pecan bar, caramel ice cream.

That’s a wrap my friends!


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