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September 29, 2014 // Meals + Rest Day //  

On Monday, I had a Junior League meeting to attend so I wasn’t able to head over to OTF - rest day! To make up for missed fitness minutes, I decided to walk over to the meeting instead of drive. It was 1.5 miles from my office - luckily the weather held out on me. It looked like rain and misted on me a bit but I was able to get my 10K steps (and then some!) without getting rained on.

Lunch was a Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad from Nordstrom Cafe. I noshed on some Paleo-friendly snacks at the League meeting, then a Paleo dinner at home.

September 28, 2014 // Wanderlust 108 in Atlanta, GA //

On Sunday, Erin and I trekked from my place to Piedmont Park to participate in the very first Wanderlust event in Atlanta, GA. They tout themselves as a triathlon, but instead of run/bike/swim, they do run/meditate/yoga.

Sign me up.

We walked the 5K because both of us were sore from previous workouts plus no one wants to meditate after having sweated all over the place. After the walk, we picked up some grub from the food truck vendors - I got Chicken Tikka Masala - then we moved into the meditation session.

This was the hardest part for me. Meditation doesn’t come easy to me. My mind immediately churns on to do lists, reenacting past situations, anticipating future ones, etc. This session was coached heavily, however, so it was easier to stay focused: focusing on individuals in our own personal solar system, and with each person in mind, repeating the mantra:

May you be happy.

May you be healthy.

May you be whole.

I found this prayer/meditation to be easy for the most part. The point when we turned the prayer inward towards ourselves was the most challenging part. Definitely room to improve and grow.

Finally, the yoga sessions!, which were great! Neda from Tough Love led the first session - swoon! Love her! There was also a sillier hip hop yoga session that was a lot of fun. A little goofy, but lighthearted. I would have hated it in a studio, but with a huge group of people in a park? Lots of fun!

All in all, I am so glad I went. There was one point that I didn’t think I was going to be able to go, but I made it work. I couldn’t imagine a better person to go with than Erin. I’m really glad it was just the two of us. While I have other friends that I think would have loved it and benefited from it, I think this sort of thing is best experienced with a smaller group and ones that you know are into every aspect of the event.

Namaste!

September 27, 2014 // Meals + West Palisades Hike //  

I didn’t want to get up this morning. A night out with Jayson + Co equals trouble. But I was not really hungover, just tired, so I forced myself to get out of bed and go on my hike. I have been wanting to do the West Palisades trail for a while, but hadn’t pulled the trigger so I was glad to have a group to go with! It was an overcast day but perfect hiking weather. This is a pretty good 4-mlier, though I much prefer Kennesaw. Now I have to check out East Palisades!

For lunch, I went to Metrofresh. I got soup + sandwichK

  • North African Peanut Sweet Potato
  • Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese with Apricot Preserves, Daikon Sprouts and Mixed Greens on Sun-dried Tomato Bone Bread

And I have been sitting on my couch ever since! Dinner has been snacking on leftover items in my fridge - nothing photo worthy. I’m going to be busy all day tomorrow so I don’t mind zoning out today. I had a football watching invite today: didn’t go. I had an Outkast viewing invite today: didn’t go. I need some couch time! Too much packed into a weekend and you find yourself miserable on Monday morning.

September 26, 2014 // Meals + OTF //  

Friday, I had more sushi for lunch. That may or may not have been three times this week. Work Wife said I was going to get mercury poisoning - whatever, I’ll take that gamble.

When I got to OTF after work, Kristian was coaching again. He wanted to do the same workout that we did the day before. I was the only one in the class who had done the workout prior so he asked me if that was okay. I thought it was a great workout so I said sure!

What was interesting about this was that I could compare my performance since it was exactly the same thing. And the surprising thing is that I was in the green zone even more than the previous day, even when I upped my push/sprint paces on Friday! Comparatively…

  • Zone 5: 4% (Thu) vs. 0% (Fri)
  • Zone 4: 35% (Thu) vs. 20% (Fri)
  • Zone 3: 44% (Thu) vs. 57% (Fri)
  • Zone 2: 11% (Thu) vs. 19% (Fri)
  • Zone 1: 6% (Thu) vs. 4% (Fri)

Dinner was over at Kevin and Amanda’s to visit them and their baby Ila. We had an antipasti plate, Blue Moon Pizza, and watched Belle. That’s pizza three times in a week - I’m kind of grossed out by this. I love pizza but that’s definitely not weight loss challenge worthy. 

Finally, I met up with my friend Jayson out in the Buckhead area for drinks. He’s here from Ottawa for the Outkast show, as are several other guys from down in Florida. Fine getting to see the guys!

September 25, 2014 // Meals + OTF //  

I hit a new milestone at OTF today: I switched from power walker to jogger! That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I have been getting into proper orange zones up until this week when I started zoning in the green. That’s a good and bad thing: good that my heart is getting stronger, but also bad because I need to be no less than 12 minutes in the orange zone.

So running it is! I did my base pace at 4mph, my push pace at 6mph, and all out at 7mph. Definitely novice speeds, but it did the trick for me. And honestly, that’s on par with my half marathon training a few years ago.

My heart was PUMPING tonight. Christian coached and because the class was small, we alternated cardio and strength for the entire hour rather than half and half. Tonight’s workout was very challenging and since cardio is more of a challenge for me, it was additionally tough to keep heading back to the treadmill.

I felt like a million bucks afterward! One of the best things about this workout/gym is the endorphin rush afterward. Love it. Barre3, you can suck it.

Lunch was leftovers. Dinner was sushi takeout. Yum!

September 24, 2014 // Meals + (fucking) Barre3 // 

I haven’t been blogging about my breakfasts but I’ve been trying to eat or drink something. A lot of times I have Naked Juice. Today, I ate a banana. I have been having issues with tight calf muscles that are triggering charley horses. No bueno. So things with potassium are my friend.

Today’s lunch was leftover Indian from Chai Pani. It was good, but so much food - I ate a ton!

After work, I headed to Barre3 in South Buckhead to try out a barre class - my very first! My work wife talked me into purchasing a five-pack of classes with her on Gilt City. Verdict? WHAT A FUCKING SNOOZE-FEST. Let me be clear - it was tough! Very tough! I know I will be sore tomorrow. HOWEVER: imagine an 80s-era Jane Fonda aerobics workout, except instead high leg kicks…

…it’s micro-movements instead. Which basically made me feel like this. For an hour.

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It was okay for a while. But then it started to trigger my tight calves (hello charley horse….in BOTH LEGS). And then zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. 

I have four more classes to use. I spent most of tonight’s class silently convincing myself that it wouldn’t be a big deal if I never came back again. Or maybe I could somehow transfer the remaining classes to someone else. They asked me how I liked the class afterward. I, as tactfully as I could, replied that I worked hard and would likely be sore, but am used to, and honestly prefer, a higher-intensity workout. However, inside, I was screaming:

ORANGE THEORY - I’M SORRY THAT I STRAYYYYYYED! ORANGE THEORY!!! I’M SORR-AYYYY!  (to be performed with the same despair as Tom Hanks when he loses Wilson).

Ahem.

Dinner was a grass-fed beef burger with blue cheese, snow peas, mushrooms cooked in a white wine sauce, and local tomatoes.

BOOM.

September 23, 2014 // Meals + OTF //  

For lunch, I went to Twist with Ushma to get sushi. No photos.

After work, I went over to OTF for a 5:30p class. Lo and behold - I was mostly in the green zone today! Not that that is where you WANT to be: you want to get in the orange. But at the beginning, being in the orange a lot is basically just showing you that you are out of shape.

Until today.

Look at all that green! The minimum orange/red they say for me to be in is 12 minutes. I got 13:04. Yay for my heart getting healthier! Boo that I might have to start stepping it up a notch. 

I wonder if this means that maybe I should start running on the treads? So far, I’ve been doing power walking….I’ve already started doing the max inclines for power walking during sprint pace. I think running is in my future!

Dinner was from Metrofresh:

  • Sandwich: Fresh Tomato, Mozzarella, Portobello Mushroom with Arugula, Basil and House Basil Dressing on Multigrain Bone Bread
  • Salad: Veggie Trail Mix with Honey Dijon Dressing

September 22, 2014  //  Meals + Decatur Stroll // 

Yesterday, I vowed back to get on track meal-wise. Sandy and I walked over to Paris Bistro and I picked up a salad. While it would be nice if our cafe had better prices and more option, it’s nice to get out and stretch my legs.

In the evening, I had to go over to Decatur for a 6PM meeting, but got there by 5:30. So I parked my car and just strolled through some of the neighborhoods while I waited. I came close to getting my 10K steps in, though.

Dinner with my work wife at Chai Pani. They were extremely slow in greeting us and getting us our drinks so they sent over an apology app/entree. It was huge! Not sure what it was, but it was tasty! For dinner I had Malabar Chicken Curry Thalis. So good! Love this place!

September 20-21, 2014  //  Meals + Hike + Le Moulin Rouge + Massage + Baby + Pizza // 

Saturday started off with a hike up Kennesaw Mountain with my hiking group. I love this hike. It’s about 6.5 miles at a moderate pace - I clock in about 15K steps on my Fitbit by the time I’m done. It was a gorgeous day for a hike - in the 70s - and very clear…it’s usually kind of hazy looking out at Atlanta from a distance.

Afterward, one of the guys suggested going over to UpDog Smoothies, which is an all-natural smoothie bar located in Be Yoga, off of Marietta Square. I got the Barrettasana, which is raspberry, banana, strawberry, blueberry, kale, apple, ginger, grapes, and carrots. It was potent but great! 

Saturday night, I had a girl’s night in event with a new friend of mine where we were supposed to watch Moulin Rouge!. We never did. Instead, we ate pizza, drank wine, and playing some singing game on the PS2 in our yoga pants. It was a silly but fun night.

Sunday, I had a deep tissue massage scheduled at Sweetgrass Spa. I have to say, if that was a deep tissue massage, I’d want my money back for a regular massage. Perhaps I’ve been ruined for everyone else after going to my sports massage therapist, but I demand pressure! That was not pressure. I also find it frustrating when therapists ask what area I want worked on and then ignore the request. Boo on this experience.

Sunday night, Heather and I went to visit Amanda and Kevin in the hospital to see their brand new baby! She is adorable - and very big! She weighed 9lb, 12oz and was 21” long. Wowzer. Afterward, we went to dinner and ate more….PIZZA. Whoopsy.

Great weekend, though! Lots going on but was lots of fun! Time to get back to my regularly scheduled diet!  

September 19, 2014 // Meals + Rest Day //  

Yesterday was a rest day.

Some coworkers and I did trek over to True Food Kitchen, which is about a ten minute walk from the office. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this place…great concept, slow service, food is just okay, kind of pricey….  All of these statements are true.  I love that it’s health food oriented, and my juice - Watermelon Lemonade - was great! But it’s expensive for tiny portions and overall the food was fairly under-seasoned and our server was a bit of a hot mess. I’ll give this place another try but so far, I wasn’t really all that impressed.

After work, I met up with my mom for dinner at Bocado, then to see to see Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Actor’s Express. Dinner was good and started out speedy with our small plates but then fell to a snail’s pace as we waited for our burger. This place gets great ratings for the burger but it was just alright to me. I thought the snacks were delicious, however.

The play was great! Mom and I go see Shakespeare a lot so it was nice to get out of our routine and see something different. Interestingly, there was an actor playing the male lead that we recognized from the Tavern. The true star, however, was the female lead. She was really, really good - kind of leaving her fellow actors in the dust, talent-wise. If you live in ATL, go see this! It’s a cool black box theatre, casual, and a good value.