Tunnel to Towers 5K Race & Blends & 9/11 Memorial

This past weekend I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to join a division at my company for a 3 day weekend in New York City. My company is a co-op, and one of the divisions at my company, which is actually a competitor of my division, allowed myself and a handful of other non-division employees to join them. The division was one of the main sponsors for the 13th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers charity race.

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If you aren’t familiar with the history of the Tunnel to Towers race and how it started, it all goes back to 9/11. Firefighter Stephen Siller, who was off duty in Brooklyn, ran through the Battery Tunnel in all of his gear to put his life on the line to save thousands of innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks. This foundation was created by his brother, to honor all of those that lost their lives that day.

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The morning started with a 5:45 am wake up call, followed by gathering our group in the hotel lobby at 6:30 am. We headed a few blocks down to the river, where we waited in line for a water taxi to take us to Brooklyn, where the race started.

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It was the perfect day for a race and to honor those that sacrificed their lives.

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We got to the starting line around 8, and waited around for close to 2 hours, before our wave was released. Within 2 minutes of the race, we were running through the tolls, and about to enter the tunnel, which was 1.7 miles long.

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The tunnel started easy, as it was at a downhill, before it evened out, and the thick air took over. Firefighters ran in all of their gear, as Stephen Siller did 13 years ago. Some of these firefighters even passed me!

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Around the 2 mile mark, we made it out of the tunnel, where we were greeted by police officers and firefighters.

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Each man had a beautiful sign of each first responder who lost their life saving others. They were cheering US on, high-fiving us as we ran past, and when I thanked one for his service, he instead thanked me.

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It was such an emotional experience.
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After high-fiving and thanking the service men, we made our way to the waterfront, where the FDNY boat put on an amazing show. I was in pure awe, and could have just watched this for hours. Can you imagine seeing that during your race? I love how a rainbow shoots across the boat too!

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We ran past cheerleading squads and marching bands, and thank goodness for them, because this was one of the most difficult races I have ever ran. The 2nd half of the tunnel was a gradual increase, which I ran the entire length of. My insides wanted to explode on that incline, so by the time I hit the streets of New York, I was more than ready for this race to end. It kept going on and on, and every time I was expecting to see the finish line, we would instead turn onto an additional block. Once I turned a corner and saw the balloons, I booked it.

 

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After the race, our division had VIP passes to be in the front area for the post-race benefit rally, before we headed back to our hotel around 12. I enjoyed the best shower of the weekend. Seriously, being in your sweaty clothes for 2 hours post-race and standing in a crowd of 40,000 makes you seriously want to go crazy.

After the shower, I met up with a group of coworkers for a lunch at Bill’s, before heading to Central Park near Columbus Circle. It was here that I got to spend a few hours with Jen and her FIANCE! We parked our tooshes on a park bench and chatted the afternoon away.

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Subway selfie. Love this girl. I promised her that if something didn’t work out, that I would look for jobs in NYC to be with her. Well, that promise might be happening sooner than expected. Just kidding, I do not think that I could live in a city.

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We parted ways around 6, and I took to my hotel room to freshen up for our last team dinner. I can’t even begin to describe the beauty of Battery Gardens, which is where we had a team dinner. We had views of the waterfront and the Statue of Liberty. This would be the perfect date night!
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Monday called for another early wake-up call, which was accompanied with this view. I never get a hotel room in NYC with a beautiful view, so the fact that I got this view with that sunrise was fabulous!
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After showering and packing our bags, we headed a few blocks over to get a private tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

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We easily spent hours in here, and I couldn’t believe how it was basically a never-ending maze. There were stories, voicemails, worn clothing, shoes, dust-covered clothing racks, shattered police doors, pieces of the airplanes. Anything you could imagine is in this museum.

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After a somber morning at the museum, we headed back to the hotel, where we boarded our bus for a 5 hour drive back home.

WIAW: Fair Food & NYC Eats

I have attempted about 3 different intros for this post, and they’ve all been complete fails, so I’m just going to jump into the meat of this post. Being non-stop and out-of-town from Friday until Monday made it really difficult for me to make sure I had quality meals. This week’s What I Ate Wednesday post is a little different from my typical ones, thanks to going to the fair Friday night and spending Saturday until Monday in New York City.

As I had touched upon in yesterday’s post, I had never had an apple cider donut until Friday night. That was all I had wanted when Rick and I were at the fair, and the donut did not disappoint. It was the most amazing thing ever!

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Rick had been talking about apple crisp the entire night, so when he ordered, he didn’t tell me that he ordered two. One for him and one for me. I put up a little fuss, but he said it was too late. I didn’t eat mine for several minutes, but finally was tempted by the whipped cream, ice cream, and the crunchy top (my fav). I picked around all of the apples, because who wants to be healthy at the fair.

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After an unhealthy night out, all I really wanted for the weekend in NYC was to eat as healthy as I could. I packed protein bars, oatmeal packets, peanut butter, protein pancakes, hard-boiled eggs, Applegate turkey and Joseph wraps for protein wraps.

The morning of the race, I enjoyed a bowl of pb oatmeal with this amazing view… if only that damn glare wasn’t there!

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I ate that oatmeal at 6:30 am, and with a delayed race start and a maze after the race to the food, I didn’t get to eat until 11 am… and the only thing I could snag was a bag of pretzels which were the best bag of pretzels ever!

Around noon, I was back at my hotel, and snacked on a few hard-boiled eggs, before meeting up with Jen, Chris, James x2, Bill and Brian for a late lunch at 1:30. Bills Bar & Burgers, which was located in our hotel, gave out coupons for buy a burger and get a free shake. Everyone got burgers & shakes, except me. Again, after an indulgent night prior, I wanted veggies and chicken.

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Jen gave me a few sips of her chocolate peanut butter shake, which was the best shake ever. It tasted as if there was literally an entire cup of pb in it. And Chris’ s’mores shake, ohmygosh! Chris is used to his fiancé taking pictures of all of her meals, so he didn’t think I was weird when I took pictures of food all weekend.

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That evening, we all had a second team dinner at Battery Gardens, which is an extremely swanky restaurant. I mean, just look at the view from the terrace we had.

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For appetizer, I opted for all of the fruit, a cube of cheese, and the upper right is Portobello mushrooms, I believe. These were marinated in the best dressing ever, and it reminded me of the mushrooms that are in my Mom’s pasta salad. I even debated just eating a plate of the mushrooms for dinner!

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I wasn’t really hungry for dinner, but I honestly hadn’t really eaten anything all day, aside from the oatmeal, pretzels, the chicken salad, and a  protein bar, so I grabbed the salmon (top left), salad, beef roast (usually I call it roast beef, but beef roast sounds fancier 😛 ).IMG_1531

And lots of protein pancakes that were topped with pb instead of maple syrup… but I ate these last night for dinner and they were fab!

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Favorite flavor for an indulgent shake?

 

Fair Date Night & NYC Day 1

Happy Tuesday to all of my favorite peanut butter loving and hating people (I’m calling out my cousin)! Sorry that I couldn’t pop in yesterday with a weekend recap. I got back from New York City late yesterday evening, and had absolutely no wifi or free time Saturday-Monday to write a post and find wifi to post it. So, since I have a lot to recap, I might just break it up into 2 posts.

Friday

This was one of my favorite dates in the longest time. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, and with that comes fair season. On Friday night, Rick picked me up at my house and we took the scenic, backroads route to the fair.

We spent hours walking around, checking out the local food, observing the unique people that were at the fair, and just enjoying each other’s company.

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I had my very first apple cider donut, I know, the horror, and it was THE best thing that I have ever eaten. Not even an exaggeration. It was fresh, warm, and chewy.

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I had really wanted to find the alpaca costume class (I don’t even know what it means), but when we couldn’t find it, we settled on watching horses compete in carries.

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After about ten minutes of that, it was decided that fresh, apple crisp was needed. Apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Whomever comes up with these combinations is a pure genius. {Sorry for the blurry picture, I was on the move!}

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When you walk 18,000 (half of those being at the fair), 2 desserts are definitely necessary.

Saturday

Saturday morning I was up bright and early. Too early for a Saturday. (5:30 am). I didn’t think we would get a lot of moving around done, so I got a 1 mile walk in before showering, packing, and heading to work to begin our journey to NYC.

Once we arrived to our hotel around 3, we quickly freshened up, before heading to the lobby to meet up. Our company hired a double decker bus to take a 2 hour tour around the city, which was a blast. I LOVE these busses. I would go on these tours a million times, and don’t even care how much of a tourist it makes me look. They are just so much fun!

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By the time we got back to the hotel, we had about an hour or so of free time to relax and get ready before our dinner. Since we were in NYC for the Tunnel to Towers charity race (my company was a major sponsor), we were invited to a private dinner at Elevated Acre, that the organization put on. Wounder soldiers were there, followed by others (who I have no idea who they were).

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Can we just talk about this view? It was phenomenal!

Elevated Acre Elevated AcreWe were out until about 8:30, and then a group of us headed back to the hotel to get sleep for an early race morning! More to come on that soon!

Do you love apple cider donuts?

I need MORE!

 

WIAW: New York City Style

Thank goodness that there are such things in life as What I Ate Wednesday, because I can instill this memory in my brain forever… or at least until I move into an apartment that is right next to Hu Kitchen.

For some reason, I didn’t have a big appetite while I was in NYC over the long weekend, but I’m going to say that’s because the MNS Control supplements from Advocare that I have been taking are the reason. While I’m pumped that they’re working and keeping me from spending money on endless amounts of food, I was bummed that I didn’t need to order everything on the menu at every cafe or restaurant.

I will highlight a few of the meals, which are now requirements for restaurants for you to dine at every and any time you visit the city.

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Saturday night started at Bareburger, which is an organic burger restaurant. Even better, you get to build your own burger, starting from the type of meat, to the bun, veggies, cheese, and sauces.

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After a 3.5 mile run (before heading to the city), and hours of walking beforehand, I was craving a good batch of sweet potato fries. I’m allowed to have canola oil on occasion (just not everyday, per Coach Mat), so when I found out that’s what they were cooked in, and that it was a occassional Paleo-approved oil, I said bring it on. I happily devoured every last fry, and felt no guilt over it. The lighting was pretty miserable in the restaurant, so just deal.

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After clearing out my tray of sweet potato fries, I went ahead to tackle every last bite of my burger. Bison beef + a fried egg + grilled pineapple+ sweet butter pickles + a lettuce bun. Heaven. So good. Eating a burger in lettuce is awkward, so I used a fork and knife to eat the burger. Also, eating a burger with utensils should be against the law. Burgers are meant to make your face messy. Mark used to say he loved watching me eat burgers and sushi because there is no cute way to eat it, which makes it even sexier. (If you’re single, eat a burger on the first date because by date 2 he will ask you to be his girlfriend. Don’t blame me if he doesn’t).

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After Jen’s intense spin class on Sunday morning, Beth, Brenda, Jen and myself headed to Hu Kitchen (my favorite place on earth), for a big brunch.

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This is what my favorite breakfast looks like. 3 egg scramble, roasted sweet potatos, beef bacon, and Hu gluten-free bread.

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The bacon was out of this world life changing. Extra crunchy, extra bacony, and all around lots of it! The sweet potato chunks were heaven on earth as well, and they certainly didn’t mess around with the amount of spoonfuls they gave me.
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The meal typically comes with 2 eggs, but after the spin class, I wanted more protein than 2 eggs. They also didn’t charge me for the extra egg. Should have gone for 4! The bread was unique, but SO good. I never crave bread, but the breakfast came with it, and so I ate it. This meal kept me full from about 12:30 until 4:30, and only cost me $9.85 total. See, eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive!

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Hu Kitchen has a tremendous amount of food that you can purchase to go. Their smoothies come in mini and large bottles, and they have boxed macaroons, paleo brownies and blondies, and this amazing sweet kale crunch. It was kale granola and the best granola I’ve ever had. This is one I’m definitely going to recreate this week! The ingredient list was super simple (kale, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, raisins, dates, and walnuts— okay the container with the ingredient list is in the recycling bin and I’m totally bs-ing it with my memory).
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And this sweet treat that I ate last night for dinner because, hey, when you feel sick, a real dinner doesn’t sound appealing. Simple Squares organic and Paleo-friendly snack bar. It wasn’t too sweet but the flavors complimented each other beautifully! I wish I had bought more than one!

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I wish we could have eaten every meal at Hu Kitchen, but because it was not centrally located, we were forced to try additional eateries. This Irish pub was meh, and I can’t even tell you the name of it because I don’t care. The waitress was convinced that their cobb salad wasn’t supposed to have a hard-boiled egg. Also, the avocado had a weird brown film on it. Even if I knew the name of the restaurant, I wouldn’t tell you, because it was just a big thumbs down! Their water was good, though.

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I had hoped to stop for a breakfast before my bus on Monday, but because I decided to go to the wrong bus station and barely made my bus, there was no awesome New York City diner breakfast. Boo hoo! I suppose I will just have to go back and get that diner breakfast.

What sides do you REQUIRE with eggs? Bacon, hash, sausage, homefries?!?!

Bacon and roasted, extra crispy sweet potato chunks.

Blend Adventures in New York City

The past few days have flown by and been incredibly tiring, but it was so worth it. Saturday afternoon I jumped on a bus and headed down to New York City to spend time with Beth, while she was visiting on her spring break.

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We met up around 5:30, when I arrived in the city, and our first mission was to find Bareburger to grab dinner. I thought I had it down pat with how to get there, and it turns out I’m as good as navigating through the city as I thought, because for an hour I led us in a complete circle. By the time we got to Bareburger, we had about a 50 minute wait. The food was SO worth 1 hour hike I led us on, and the wait.

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By the time we finished up with our burgers and fries, it was close to 9, so we headed to our hotel to unpack and relax for a bit.

Sunday

Sunday morning started with a bit of extra rest, and we woke around 8:30. The extra sleep felt so good, and was necessary for the amount of exercising we were about to experience.

We walked about half an hour to 24 Hour Fitness to take the 10:30 spin class instructed yours truly, Jen, of Artificially Balanced. As one of my closest friends, I really wanted to take her class and really see her in my element. Jen’s energy was amazing, and the workout she put us through was rudely tough! My butt still feels violated!

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After brunch, Beth, Jen, Brenda and I were famished, so we headed a few blocks to a cafe I had been dying to try. Hu Kitchen is all about going back to the human way of eating.

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All of the food is cooked right in front of you, and the options are endless. I ended up getting 3 eggs, bacon and roasted sweet potatoes, and it was easily the best meal I have EVER had.

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Spin + brunch girls. <3

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I want to move to NYC for 3 things. Jen, Hu Kitchen, and the men. Ayyyyy, the men of New York City… fan me down! Think of all the awesome date stories I could blog about if I moved there. I could totally write a best seller off of it!

Beth and I had plans to take the Subway back to our hotel to drop our sweaty clothes off and grab our cameras to save time from walking, but we ended up taking wrong subway after wrong subway, and after a solid 45-60 minutes, we gave up and walked back.

Brunch ended around 1:30ish, and we didn’t get back to the hotel until 4. I wish I was kidding. We snacked a little and rested our legs, before we took off on our next venture. It had started to snow when we left our hotel, and we headed up/down to Central Park to have fun with our cameras. We stumbled upon a figure skating competition for little kiddos, and it was so fun to watch!
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DSC_0471We walked back up to Times Square, and struggled badly in finding a restaurant. We settled on an Irish pub, and it was eh.

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Monday

I woke up at the bloody hour of 6:25, and headed to the bus station. We were staying on 51st, and I walked all the way down to 33rd, before I realized I was walking to Penn Station instead of Port Authority, so I had to walk back up to 41st street. I made my bus with 10 minutes to spare, but I had to spend a 4 hour bus ride home in sweaty clothes. Ugh. It was disgusting and a miserable ride home.

And now I’m here, but I want to be there with Beth and Jen.

ALSO, to wrap up last week, the winner of last week’s Pacific Beach Peanut Butter giveaway is: Jennifer Lyle! Jennifer has been emailed and should be receiving a jar of the signature PB Peanut Butter soon! Thanks everyone for entering. 🙂

Double Digits December

Happy double digits December!

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I cannot believe that it is already December 10th. This month and year has flown by way too quickly. It seems like so much has happened so far this year:

Last night I cozied up by the fire with the tree in the background while I watched a holiday favorite, 12 Men of Christmas.

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If you love Josh Hopkins from Cougar Town and are a fan of yearly calendars with half-naked men, then you’ll love this one. Just watch it with your girls and not your man. 😉

Monday

This morning I woke up and had an amazing run, despite last night’s workout which was full of squats on the Smith Machine and elevated lunges.

Morning Workout

  • 3.8 mile run
  • 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 50 heel touchers
  • 30 toe touches
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 30 second wall sit
  • 50 twisted crunches
  • Stretching

Breakfast

Breakfast was a feast. Seriously not sure where my appetite came from since I stuffed face last night during movie time, but my stomach required a lot of nourishment.

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Along with half of a grapefruit, I enjoyed a green mustache courtesy of the spinach in my chocolate protein shake.

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Then I had one of my Momma’s mini Pumpkin muffins that she made yesterday, along with a Chobani Mango power bowl, which included chia seeds, flaxseeds and raw oats.

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My Mom actually told me I couldn’t take credit, buttttttt I will say that these are the EXACT same pumpkin muffins I made, except she went for the minis. Now she’s trying to steal my thunder! 😉

I also enjoyed an undocumented banana dipped into PB2 before enjoying grilled chicken and half of a baked sweet potato.

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This afternoon I have personal training session #4 with Heather so I’ll be skipping my lunch time workout like I typically do on Mondays. I’m thinking it’s going to be a killer leg day, but that’s just my intuition speaking.

Alright, time to get back to work and get psyched for tonight’s workout! Hope everyone’s having a great Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving, Gobble Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I have so much to be thankful for this year, including my family, friends, health, roof over my head, and a wonderful career… and of course my blogger friends! 🙂

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for several reasons, including:

  • Being able to celebrate with my extremely close extended family
  • Our annual cousin/uncle Lewis football game
  • My Aunt Mare’s highly addicting dessert
  • Being thankful for everything live has dealt my way
  • The Thanksgiving Day parade!

Okay, there are clearly other reasons, like the fake boxed stuffing and canned cranberry sauce. OH MY GOD, those 2 reasons are my REAL reasons why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! 😉

In preparation of all the yummy food coming my way, I woke up early to hit the gym for my run and my legs/arms workout.

This workout left me drenched, in fact, after my 4 mile run, I switched shirts since I wanted a dry shirt to do weights in.

By the end of my workout, I had 2 soaked tank tops and a soaked towel. Needless to say, I left in just my pants and zip-up hoodie, and then completed a little core work once I got home.

After my 4 mile run, I completed this workout that Heather, my trainer has me doing 3 days a week:

I followed it up with 10 minutes on the vertical elliptical and then completed the following core work while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

  • 1 minute plank hold and :30 seconds side planks each side
  • 2 sets of 50 heel touchers
  • 30 toe touchers
  • 50 crunches and 50 side crunches, each side (total 150)
  • Stretching

I followed up my workouts with my Chocolate Peanut Butter protein shake, and half  a bowl of Raspberry Mango overnight oats with half of a grapefruit.

Now it’s time to get dolled up and go stuff my face with stuffing and canned cranberry sauce with my cousins at my Aunt ‘n Uncles!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Care Package

Last week I told you guys that I bought a lot of random peanut buttery goodies for a project I had in the works. That special project was all part of my thank you to a handsome Floridian for sending me P90X and pretty earrings.

Since he received his package, I’m now allowed to share with you the treat that I made for him.

Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Bites and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Sandwiches… Talk about a tongue twister!

Reese’s PB Cup Pretzel Bites and Pretzel Sandwiches

My best friend Lisha made these for our group of girlfriends for Christmas, and since I knew the hunk loves peanut butter, I thought this would be a great treat.

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cooking tray with wax paper and place your pretzels on top. I chose the square pretzels but the regular pretzels could work too. I love the look of the circular chocolate on the pretzel square. Next, I placed a mini Reese’s PB cup on each pretzel. I also put Pumpkin Hershey kisses on the pretzels too, but I ended up eating all of those since I wasn’t sure how he felt about pumpkin.

Ready for the Heat!

When the oven has reached 350 degrees, place your tray in the oven for 1-2 minutes, or until the chocolates have melted a little bit. You don’t want them to melt too much or you’ll have a chocolate peanut butter swamp to work with.

Almost Ready!

When you feel that they’re ready to be taken out, let them cool for a minute while you grab your candy pieces to be placed on top. You can put M&M’s on top, flavor of your choice, but I decided to go with the peanut butter theme and placed Reese’s Pieces on half of the mix, and placed a pretzel square on the other half of the batch.

Drooling!

After you’ve finished your pretzel bites, you can either let them cool on a rack or put the tray in the fridge to harden. When they’ve harden, dig in! I might have stolen a few pretzel bites! I cannot resist chocolate and peanut butter. Oopps! 🙂

Also into the mix went a bag full of Peanut M&M’s that I grabbed from the M&M store in New York City. I filled it with the hunk’s favorite colors, red and blue, and threw in my favorite color, purple too. I included a postcard too that the girls helped me pick out.

Care Package!

I hope he liked his thank you. And I also help it didn’t all melt in the Florida heat! I’d include the picture he sent of himself with his goodies, but I think I’m going to be selfish and keep it to myself don’t want to embarrass him.

Girls Causing Trouble

Whoever created the weekend had a good idea, but they forgot to add another day to it. As much as I would love having a 3 day weekend, I’d prefer the regular weekend with Wednesday off for a “refresher” day. Plus, think of all the trouble I could get myself into on Tuesday nights!

After yesterday, I could easily use Monday as another day off. Honestly though, I’d much rather soldier through a day tired and save my sick and paid time off for trips and long weekends away.

Saturday

On Saturday I got up at the ass crack of dawn to keep my running streak alive. Saturday was spent in New York City with my college roommates, and since Lindsay was arriving at my house at 6:15, that meant I had to be showered and dressed by that time. That meant getting up at 5 am if I wanted to get a quick run in.

 

Such a rude awakening, but I couldn’t bear to break my streak. I was able to only fit in a mile run, but given the circumstances, it was enough to keep the streak hot.

Here’s a little break down so you realize why I hate breaking it.

  • I’ve run every day since 3/17/12, covering 972.75 miles in the past 218 days
  • In the past 566 days, I’ve  run 2,091.16 miles and have taken 23 days off from running.  13 of those days were due to a sprained groin, which I ran with for 7+ months. Stupid I know. 4 of those 23 days I willingly took off. 3 were due to road trips and driving in a car for 15 straight hours, and the other 3 are unaccountable for.

I don’t take days off. I can’t do it.

So when it came to choosing between an extra 10 minutes of sleep or keeping my streak going, the answer was easy.

Girls Day in New York City

After meeting up with Nicole in South Station, we grabbed seats on the Fung Wah bus and hit the road for the city. We all took turns snoozing and catching up, and were thrilled when we made it.

The subways are few and far between Downtown and near Canal Street so we had a little trouble finding one, but apparently I had on my New York City tour guide pants on and was able to guide us to the Wall Street entrance. After a mishap we finally made it to Grand Central where Michelle and Kate had been waiting for us.

Food was on my mind, and tequila on the girls, so we snuck into Tequilaville for the beginning of girls day. While the girls all ordered food that would have kept me in bathroom all day, I was pumped when I saw a shrimp and avocado salad on the menu. I’ve been craving avocado for quite a bit now.

Now THAT’S my Kind of Salad

With full bellies and buzzed heads, we took to Times Square, where Michelle had fun molesting all the Disney characters (reason #351 why she doesn’t have a boyfriend). We also had fun goofing off and taking pictures together. We’re a bunch of girls who love photos.

My only requirement of the day was to stop at M&M World, only my favorite store in the world!

After a fun day of shopping, catching up, and walking around just enjoying each others’ company, we said goodbye to Kate and Michelle at Grand Central. Linds, Nicole and I ventured off to find a Starbucks to grab some food but ended up getting hit on by a few young local boys. Nicole wasn’t pleased but I thought it was funny and flattering.

It was a LONG bus ride home, especially since my phone died at 5. 🙁 Luckily I was able to charge it for 5 minutes in a Dunkin Donuts and another 3 at the rest area we stopped at, which gave my phone a little time to be able to talk with my crush, but eventually it died again.

When I got home, I was greeted by my long-awaited package from my crush, who was a complete sweetheart and stayed up until I opened it.

The College Reunion Continues!

Mondays are always hard, but a Monday after a vacation? Well that’s simply pure hell. Not only is it difficult to get back into the swing of things, but being back only makes me wish I was still in New York City. I will admit that I was looking forward to getting back into my workout routine. While I managed to stay very active in New York, I missed working with weights and mixing up my cardio workouts.

My run this morning was very promising, and I was glad that my plank motivation came back to me. For some reason, I never feel like doing planks on Saturday and Sundays. I think it’s because during the week I’m pressed for time during my workouts so I bust those suckers out since it’s quick and effective and during the weekends I have the mindset that I’ll do planks “later.” Later never happens.

Morning Workout

  • 3.7 mile run
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 100 jump rope and 50 jumping jacks — it went like this: 50 jump rope, 25 jumping jacks, 25 JR, 25 JJ, 25 JR
  • Stretching

One of my favorite things about Monday is that I have my 4:30 pm spinning class with Eve, my favorite instructor. I work across the street until 5, so usually every other week I’ll take Eve’s spinning class and forego my lunch for the day and buzz out at 4 so I can grab my bike and warm up. I’d take the class every Monday but I really don’t want to take advantage at work, even though my boss has absolutely no issue with the set-up.

Today just so happens to be my spinning Monday, so there is no lunchtime workout, even though I’m really craving a good sweat session. I’m thinking the sauna has my name allllll over it post-spin class. That sucker is my new best friend!

I knew I needed fuel for spinning, so last night before heading to bed, I whipped up a mean egg and cheese sandwich, which I just wolfed down.

You don’t need to tell me that I’m a Goddess in the kitchen, I already know. It was so cheesy and eggy and doughy and heavenly. Rejoice bitches!

Remember how I mentioned that this weekend was practically an unplanned college reunion with Toto, Pepa, and of course my brother and Chelsey? Well the college reunion continues! As I was posting my weekend pictures to Facebook last night, Ryan, my college friend that lived with Joe Becker (my brother, Chelsey and Pepa’s racquetball teammate–seriously, it’s 1 degree of separation) got in touch with me. We’ve been catching up since last night and I couldn’t be happier to hear from him. Ryan is currently serving in Afghanistan and comes home in early December. I’m truly hoping we manage to meet up as we always seem to be ships in the night when he’s in the area.

Here’s to a happy Monday!