First things first - I've successfully woken up in time to do 6AM workouts 3 times since I last posted. Luckily I just stumble blearily down to the basement, so I don't have to worry about my bangs sticking up everywhere. Although I don't love waking up that early, I am always so happy to get my workout in first thing in the morning; if I wait to exercise after work, something else almost always comes up and I don't get around to it.
I'll write more about the Physique 57 DVDs once I've done them a few more times, but so far I'm a fan! I've done the classic 57-minute DVD twice and the 30-minute ab and arm booster DVD once. The workouts are definitely tough and I struggled to get through a few of the exercises - mainly the ab routine! After I did the classic DVD for the first time, I could really feel it the next day in my booty and my lower abs <-- good signs! I particularly like incorporating the ball into the workouts - I could really feel the burn in my inner thighs, which is great since that area is typically difficult to target. And the ball also greatly increases the effectiveness of the ab exercises, from what I can tell (as evidenced by my extreme shaking, haha). So far so good!
Check out these beautiful flowers which greet me when I go to work:
I still need to work on improving my lunches - this is basically what I've been eating every day (apple, carrots, bell pepper, sugar snap peas, Larabar). Tasty, but I could use some more variety and creativity.
Someone wants to share my lunch.
I've been mooching off my parents so far, but today I finally stopped at TJ's to get some food of my own. Hopefully that'll help me to mix things up a bit.
Brown rice cakes, seaweed snacks (excited to try these for the first time), beer for a Memorial Day party, spinach, steamed lentils, Greek yogurt (it's been too long! Can't wait to dig into this container), sunflower seed butter, raw unsalted almond butter, natural peanut butter, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, salsa, cherry and cashew cookie Larabars, B vitamins, white bean basil hummus (sounds interesting - can't wait to try it), dry roasted unsalted pistachios (I haven't had pistachios in SO long, very excited for these), sweet potatoes, and a baguette to go with bruschetta that I'm planning to make for the Memorial Day party. Oh and there are some medjool dates hiding somewhere in there, too. There have been so many desserts and treats around lately and I've been over-indulging, so my plan is to snack on a medjool date to satisfy some of my cravings for sweets.
I think Barbie was out shopping while I was at TJ's. See that bubblegum pink Mercedes convertible?
A new favorite snack of mine:
Whole wheat bread with peanut butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and some granola that my sister made.
I had a coffee date at my favorite local coffee shop (Angel Falls) with my BFF who was in town from DC. I got a cortado, which is 6 oz. of milk with 2 shots of espresso. Bzzzz.
I brought some work with me to do after my friend left.
More coffee today. It wasn't actually 95* out, but that's what my car was reading when I first got in. Great day for iced coffee!
Plus a chocolate cookie with walnuts (both from Panera). About those medjool dates to satisfy my sweet tooth...
Other happenings include a day at the racetrack.
The muscle cars were my favorite.
But the semi with a jet engine was pretty cool, too :)
I got a little overzealous with my library holds. Lots to read/ watch/ listen to!
Last but not least, did you know that wiper blades don't come in pairs? You have to buy two separate packages. Mmhmm, I didn't know that. Also, I decided which brand to get based on the packaging. (Bosch won, clearly.) That's logical, right? I'm such a sucker for marketing/ good design.
And I think I'm all caught up now. Hope you enjoyed that hodgepodge of random stuff. Oh, one more thing - I've already worn my new maxi dress twice and have gotten compliments each time. Success! So if you've been hesitant to try one on, I say go for it! It's super comfy, and looks very chic, in my opinion. I mean, come on, doesn't a floor-length dress make you feel fancy? I've already got plans to wear mine again this weekend, haha.
Off to tackle a million and one things on my to-do list. See ya later!
Song of the day:
"Beekeeper's Daughter" by the All-American Rejects. I know, I know, but I had to. I have a soft spot for AAR (I get nostalgic every time I hear any song from their debut album - it instantly takes me back to summertime in high school, driving around with my best friends, singing along with the windows down). I got to meet the band one time at Warped Tour (yup, I definitely thought Warped Tour was the coolest thing ever when I was in my wannabe-punk stage) - the guys had a signing tent - and I can assure you that Tyson Ritter is just as beautiful in person.
I even got a picture with Tyson <-- prized possession, haha.