Compliments

Starting off the week with some marvelous things!

About a month ago, a high school teacher of mine started a campaign called 30 Days of Compliments. The idea was to compliment someone every single day for 30 days, it could be on Facebook, Twitter, a hand written letter, a phone call, etc… Not specific rules, just a way to remember (without it being a holiday season) to be grateful for the people in our lives.

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My family. I am grateful for them every single day. Nick who always supports my (sometimes foolish) ideas and makes me laugh and is a great day. B who turned my life upside down in the most amazing way, I can’t imagine my life without him.

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Siblings. My sister-in-law, her husband, my brother-in-law and my sister. They are amazing people, who always have our backs and are great aunts and uncles to B. Thank you for always being there.

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My dad & grandma. My dad went back to med school when I was in sixth grade, proof that if you want to make something happen you can. It’s never to late to follow your heart. My grandma who never lets anything stop her and is always on the go.

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My mom. Who always listens, even when I am wrong, and who taught me the love of books.

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My in-laws. For always being there and always helping out, and for spoiling B rotten.

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My trainer/great friend BZ and Amanda, for being my support system and pushing me beyond where I ever thought I could go.

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One of my best friends, for acting silly with me, going out for beers because we need a break and for always having my back no matter what. Oh, and for starting my obsession with running.

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Blogging buddies, for not being too scared to meet IRL, to have playmates with our kids, for showing me new restaurants, and for talking to me when I am having a bad day…or a good one.

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My running coach, mentors and TNT teammates! I never would have been able to run a half-marathon without them.

 

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To my Alpha Gams, especially my roommate, Corinne and big, Erin (sorry no photos none of them were appropriate ;)) for being such a huge part of my life. I wish we all loved footsteps away still.

 

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To the 3 best guy friends a girl could have, and to our guardian angel, thanks for always keeping me on my toes.

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To our friends and family for being supportive no matter what.

Who would you compliment?

Taste of the Nation Hartford

I was honored and excited to attend Taste of the Nation in Hartford almost two weeks ago now (sorry for the delay in posting, I needed a breather).

Taste of the Nation cost $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP, and those proceeds as well as those from the silent auction and wall of wine benefited local grantees to fight hunger in the Hartford area. Grantees included No Kid Hungry CT, Foodshare, Hartford Food System, and End Hunger Connecticut.

I was able to attend with Caitlin and Kaitlin and since Cait had a plus one she graciously brought my hubby.

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Blend Love

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Husband Love

Since the three of us were new to this (and the crowd was kind of overwhelming) we followed Cait’s lead.

Points of note: Next time bring a large tote to stuff things in and bring water.

Caitlin usually tries the beverages first and then hits up the food. I tried that method but new early on that this method wouldn’t work for me. My other tactic was to have one or two sips of each drink and one bite of each food item. This allowed me to try as many items as possible and if I loved something I indulged with no regrets, but if I disliked something, I didn’t feel rude.

Our first stop was at Agave where we indulged in Margarita’s which is appropriate since the first time Cait and I met in person we were celebrating meeting, obviously, and the fact that I just became a FitFluential Ambassador, with margaritas.

After we chatted for a bit, Nick, Kaitlin and I picked up this delicious treat. From Costa Del Sol – Chocolate Truffle with Caramelized Orange Crisps.

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Hands down my favorite dessert of the entire night. The truffle was creamy and light while the crisps were not to hard and the flavors blended together wonderfully.

The next table had a bottle of Josh Cabernet Sauvignon, which Caitlin told me I had to try. It was the perfect pairing after the truffle dessert.

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The next table had a gorgeous display, from Mystic Oyster Club

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I have had two experiences with Oysters, one was amazing and one was terrible, I passed on the oysters this time but I will definitely visit next time we get together with our friends that live in Mystic.

The next table was amazing, it had a great line up of foods from Mill Restaurant Group, Kaitlin and I had this delicious Ahi Tuna on a wonton chip with corn salsa. One of my favorites, and of course I ate the whole dang thing.

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Nick then tried both the following dishes:

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It was cranberry bread with prosciutto and roasted duck (I think)

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Chilled pea soup, you ate the cracker, which is topped with crab and then drank the soup out of the shooter.

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Then Caitlin, Kaitlin, Nick and I all tried (separately) the Durigutti Reserva 2007 Malbec, one of my favorite wines of the night.

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The next stop for Nick and I was Plan B Burger. I have actually been here once, a long time ago, and my sister-in-law, her husband and my brother-in-law have been before so I wanted to try. The burger was juicy and flavorful but nothing I haven’t had before (although after looking at their menu there are other burgers I want to try). The real standout was the hot dog. It was a mini hot dog topped with chili, cheese and green onions, it was amazing.

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I took a really awesome photo of Cait enjoying hers.

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I’m lucky she loves me, ha!

We went and looked at the Silent Auction and bid on a signed UCONN 2012-2013 Women’s autographed basketball. Sadly, we did not win it, the bids got pretty high towards the end.

After we digested for a bit we made our way into the next room. Our first stop was Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, Nick has actually been on the tour of the brewery for his good friends birthday, I however couldn’t go because I was pregnant, so this was actually my first tasting.

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I love a nice, light and fresh summer beer, and this fits the bill. Don’t be surprised if you see one next to me in a month.

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Of course these two had to get a picture with the Alaska Outlaw Whiskey. These two love their whiskey, and talk about it often. I love that they had it poured in their wine glasses, always classy.

The next stop was Joey Garlic’s, my in-laws actually get pizza from here frequently, and it’s okay (I prefer thick pizza) but these sandwiches changed my opinion completely.

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Prime Rib on crusty bread with arugula and cheese. Delicious, the perfect bread to meat ratio and the Prime Rib was perfectly seasoned.

Rizzutto’s was hands-down my favorite table of the night, in fact we went twice. No regrets.

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That in fact is a steaming meatball on a crusty bun, it was delicious. The meatball was full of flavor and juicy, I also love the sauce wasn’t super oily, which is my biggest issue with restaurant sauces.

Not only was the food delicious, but the 2 men running the table were super nice. I dragged Cait and Kaitlin back with us the second time since they didn’t go to the table on their first round and they were starting to put their things away. Luckily we each snagged a meatball and Cait noticed a kitchen tub of some chocolate looking thing.

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Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Cheesecake. They also had homemade marshmallow to go on top but we were all almost through our dessert and passed.

I went on to try Layer Cake Pinot Noir, I have always seen this wine but I hate spending money on new drinks because I fear I won’t like it. Nick had the Shiraz but I wasn’t a fan, I definitely preferred the Pinot Noir.

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Our next stop was City Steam Brewery. I’ve actually had their beer before, and I enjoy it so I decided to dabble in a little tasting. I haven’t had the Naughty Nurse before so I decided to try it. Side-note: check out their beer page, the have hilarious names like Czars & Girls.

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It had a little bit of a bite, which was seemingly appropriate with the title, and I enjoyed the bittersweet finish.

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I loved that they gave us beer cups, a lot of the liquors were being poured in the wine glass and I don’t like mixing.

We ended up meeting up with ladies at our next stop, Cavey’s. Cavey’s is a unique restaurant because it has both an Italian side and a French side. They had food from both sides.

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Smoked Trout on crispy bread. I’ve never had smoked trout before and this was amazing and the perfect bite.

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Whipped ricotta and ratatouille. The combination was amazing, my only complaint? Not enough chip for the dish. It’s okay Nick used some crusty bread to eat the rest of the dish.

Nick mentioned to us that he heard whisperings of a Lobster Burger, none of us heard anything, but lo and behold we wandered into the hallway on our way upstairs and we found a booth with an Edamame burger, a Veggie burg and you guessed it – a Lobster burger.

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I tasted just the lobster, it was delicious. Not a lot of dressing and full of juicy pieces of lobster.

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I had the edamame burger, I’ll be honest it tasted a bit under seasoned, I think with a pinch of salt it could be amazing.

Caitlin then led us to Firebox, her friend Kat said it was a must try.

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Fluke crudo

Nick’s super picky about raw fish so he passed on this one, but I thought it was delicious, fresh and packed with flavor. They also had ONE of their drinks left. I forgot to write down exactly what was in it, but it had tequila and NO pre-made mixer, so it was a win.

After we walked around a bit we made our way upstairs to some of Caitlin’s favorite hangouts. The first stop was Millwrights Tavern, a place I’ve been telling Nick we need to go to.

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Chilled pea soup, smoked salmon rillettes, and shoots

They were literally picking the herbs from the plants (that they brought in) right there, talk about fresh. I loved the smoky flavor with cold soup, there were a ton of textures and flavors brought out and just reaffirmed that I need to visit them.

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The bartender was making a drink, the aviation, and served it in cute little glasses. It was made with gin, creme de violette, and citrus. It was a bit strong considering I was driving home soon, so I had one sip and passed it back, but I can see myself enjoying one of these in their bar.

The next stop was a place that I have been meaning to go to forever, Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant

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Whipped Goat Cheese, Pistachio, Smoked Paprika, Tuna and Tomato

I wish this had been a one bite type of thing because there was so much food, I couldn’t try it all together. It was delicious, and now I am planning a visit so Caitlin and I can go to one of their wine dinners!

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They also had some type of sangria, it was light and fresh and didn’t taste like it had any fake syrupy mixes, and that’s because it doesn’t!

While Caitlin was chatting with her friends, Kaitlin, Nick and I headed to Black Bamboo which is a Chinese Restaurant in West Hartford.

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Spring Roll and Vegan BBQ Boneless Ribs

Sorry for the poor quality photo it was DARK in some of the areas upstairs. I contemplated not telling Nick that the ribs were vegan, he is a MEAT guy, but I did because I’m a nice wife. He decided to try them anyway.

We all agreed that we could have been fooled, the sauce was seemingly identical to boneless ribs you’d get anywhere, the only thing that was a bit off was the texture. Honestly, I preferred these to “real” boneless ribs, because the meat is usually stringy and tough.

The spring roll was also delicious, it wasn’t greasy and it was packed with veggies. I think I found a new favorite chinese restaurant!

My last beverage was from Grants!

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Wild Hibiscus Punch: Avion Silver Tequila, Hibiscus & Ginger Liqueur, Cilantro Syrup, Fresh Grapefruit juice, and Rhubarb bitters

It was a bit too spicy for me, honestly I think it would be awesome without the ginger and cilantro, but I am not a bartender. The bartender also gave me advice to find the best cupcakes in the area!

We also hit up the sushi at Feng Ginza Group while upstairs, but that booth was packed so I didn’t get a picture. I’ve actually been to Ginza a bunch of times. I got to Nick to get out of his comfort zone and try sushi that had slices of fish on top of the roll and he liked it!

Our last dinner stop was Tisane Euro Asian Cafe

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They had a delicious steak with noodles and veggies

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And the cutest presentation. I am not usually a fan of asian style noodles but these didn’t have a ton of sauce and the beef was cooked to perfection.

Our last food stop was cupcakes, obviously. We went to Frosted Couture Cupcakes

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Look how nicely they matched my outfit

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I’ll be honest, they weren’t anything out of the ordinary, the frosting was decent and the cake was a bit dry.

Our very last stop was the Wall of Wine

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For $10 you could pick any bottle and and all bottles were priced at $10-$50 and all bottles were donated.

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Rinaldone dell’Osa, Morellino di Scansano

A tuscan wine that has notes of berries and anise. I am not sure I will like it (I don’t typically like anise flavors) but it was all for a good cause!

I was given the opportunity to visit Hartford’s Taste of the Nation event, but I would gladly pay the $75 General Admission ticket price, we are even contemplating going to the New Haven event.


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Year of Baking: Visiting Bouchon Bakery

When Nick and I were in New York there were two bakeries I wanted to try, spoiler we only made it to one of them. After walking for a few hours and some sight-seeing we came to the Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Center.

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I’ve only made one recipe from the Bouchon cookbook for the year of baking. I’ll be honest, a ton of the recipes intimidate me, and a ton of them are very complicated. This visit, however, re-ignited my interest to try a recipe from there.

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I asked for the Mixed Greens salad and it did not disappoint. Goat cheese, chicken, dried cranberries and apricots, pear, almonds and a light vinaigrette. It was so good. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be anything spectacular, but I am drooling thinking of the creamy texture of the goat cheese.

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Nick loves him some chicken salad, but hates any added “stuff”, when we were at the bakery (2 pm) it was mobbed and Nick on the fly picked this sandwich without asking what was in the chicken salad. It had one of Nick’s no-no’s, grapes, but he actually really enjoyed it. I think it was better because the grapes were chopped and a lot of chicken salads have them whole.

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Uh, how delicious do those desserts look?

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If you know me, it is no surprise that I got the chocolate tart. The crust was nice, thin, and crunchy. The chocolate was smooth and creamy.

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Nick has a thing for coffee cake. We ordered coffees and enjoyed our desserts outside…I will say though, that powdered sugar was blown’ everywhere.

I also got a vanilla macaron for a treat later. It ended up being my treat on Monday, after a very long few hours, it was nice to enjoy a delicious pastry.

Now that I have visited, I decided I definitely need to make the chocolate tart (and get a tart pan) and I really need to give macarons a try.

Have you ever been to Bouchon? Have you ever made a tart or macarons? Any words of wisdom>?

The New Normal

I took the week off to collect my thoughts, honestly I have found it sort of hard to blog. It seems so trivial to blog about the restaurants we went to in NYC and the fun we had.

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In NYC a few days prior to Monday’s tragic events

It is still so surreal to me that all this happened in places that are so familiar to me, especially the area of the manhunt. Nick and I were glued to the news on Friday (thankfully my mom was here and kept B busy playing upstairs), the area (the Arsenal malls) where the police were headquartered was where I used to go shopping (before moving North), that Target used to get a weekly visit from me, and that is still the DMV location that we go to. Once suspect 2 was captured, I realized that the diner behind the street was one that Nick and I went to with one of my best friends and her now-husband when they were first dating. So how do I get back into my normal routine, when things that were once normal to me are now uncomfortable and potentially scary?

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Our local liquor store – telling it like it is.

I know that I have to move back in to my “normal” life, but finding the boys that did this was the end of the beginning. In Boston, we are still grieving for our city. The families and friends of the victims are still grieving, and the wounded have a long battle ahead of them.

For this marvelous monday, I am going to share places where you can help & donate.

 

The #1 place is the One Fund formed by Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick to help those affected by the tragic events.

If you would like to donate to individuals who have been affected by the bombings, this is a collection of all the men and women who need donations to help cover medical bills, home renovations to make their homes accessible and whatever else they need. Some of their stories have been published nationally, some locally, and some just via friends and family.

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Adidas is selling a Boston Tribute Tee in both Men’s and Women’s sizes for $26.20 and 100% of proceeds go to the One Fund.

Erica Sara Designs is donation 100% of sales from the Boston Strong and Every Mile Necklace to the One Fund from now until April 30th.

SparklySoul Headbands – 20% of all sales from Blue, Gold and Blue/Gold striped Boston Headbands will be donated to The One Fund for Boston now until May 15th.

If you don’t have the funds to donate monetarily there are other ways to donate, check your local Red Cross, even if you are not Boston local, donating blood will always be a lifesaver.

The most important thing you can do is KEEP RUNNING. Pavement Runner started a movement to have a run in as many cities as possible on the one week anniversary (which is today). As a community, a running brotherhood, come together and run. Check his page to see if one has already been set up in your area.

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The next start line I toe (and for many after that) will be in honor of Boston. You can’t hold me back and you can’t stop me. I will only get, stronger, faster, and better.

For now, I will get back to a mostly normal blog schedule.

 

If I missed any places to donate, let me know and I will update accordingly.

Prayers for Boston

I don’t have a lot of words for what happened yesterday, but I need to get some of what I am feeling out.

Boston is my home, I have been in awe of the marathoners since I was a kid. I have had the desire to run Boston since I was a teen. I have discovered the drive to run Boston in the past few years.

At 2:02 pm on Monday I received the following text from my trainer, who is my BQ inspiration

“Freakin awesome experience”

We’ve had multiple conversations about how Boston is my dream, whether I BQ or not it is something I HAVE to do.

Now my heart is breaking for Boston. My home. My running mecca.

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What happened is senseless and terrifying. I am grateful for the first responders, volunteers and runners who rushed in to help and not out of the city. I am grateful that all my friends are safe and well.

Explosions At 117th Boston Marathon

 

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So today is in honor of the victims, of anyone who had to witness this terrifying tragedy, and for the running community. We are resilient and we will make it through to the other side.

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 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

Nutrition: What’s Different

Disclaimer: The views I express are mine alone, based on what works for me, and should not be taken as medical advice. Always talk to your doctor or a trained professional before starting a new diet or fitness plan.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I met with Amanda for two months to revamp my nutrition. I also ended up revamping fitness as well (I promise, more on that soon).

I have been meaning to meet with a Nutritionist for a long time, I don’t eat that unhealthy, but I knew there were areas that I could clean up. Due to my medical past I have a very slow metabolism, and I needed to know how to work with that.

Amanda was wonderful to work with, she totally gets where I am coming from, as a mom, as someone who has the desire to “figure it out”. figure out what works for me body, and as someone who understands that while eating healthy makes me feel great, sometimes I like to indulge (that’s you, mr. year of baking)

We met in person for the start, Amanda took my weight and measurements, we discussed my long-term goals and thoughts and Amanda went over the program and the first section of the Precision Nutrition manual (Amanda is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Expert) this is what would be guiding my 8-week journey. Each section lasted two weeks and each section had goals for me to reach for.

Amanda and I met halfway through the program and at the end. She was available for email support, thankfully! I am one of those people who shoots off an email, forgets something, sends another one, and remembers something else, you see where I am going with this… Luckily, Amanda didn’t mind and was always very responsive to my emails.

Here’s the thing, I like healthy food. I love fruits and veggies, I eat food that is good for you all the time, but with certain weight loss and PR goals, I knew that I needed to make sure the fuel I was putting in my body was the right type.

At the end of the program, aka now, this is where I’m at. I journal my food, but not for a certain calorie count, I journal my workouts, for me it’s a Type A thing, and also to make sure I am getting the right percentages of protein, fat, and carbs, not as a focus on the actual calories. I work out HARD five days a week. I usually have one active rest day and one complete rest day.

Salad, Veggies, Turkey and Avocado

Salad, Veggies, Turkey and Avocado

I am eating veggies with every meal, I’ve broadened the snacking department, I am eating carbs just post-workout, I’ve cut out beans, dairy, and carbs (except the post-workout ones), I drink 100 oz of water daily.

90% of the time.

I know if I say no more carbs, no more dessert, no more beers then I will fail. This means I really have to figure out what I want my indulgences to be. If I want cheesecake tomorrow night when we go out to dinner then I won’t mindlessly snack on a piece of chocolate bunny tonight. Sometimes I have carbs when I haven’t just worked out. This is what works for me! Tracking also helps me stay true to this.

My favorite post-workout carb!

My favorite post-workout carb!

Prior to this program, I said I hate 80% clean, but it probably wasn’t accurate, and for my aggressive goals I needed to be eating 90% clean. This equates to 2-3 meals a week that aren’t clean (depending on how many you eat daily), some weeks I found myself having a tiny chocolate every day because I had the calories in my day, but that was more sugar than I needed. I don’t miss those chocolates either.

Lemon Lust Bar = Part of my 10%. NO REGRETS

Lemon Lust Bar = Part of my 10%. NO REGRETS

So where am I at now?

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Down 4.6 lbs when the last picture was taken, and I am down 6.4 total. I didn’t think I had that much of a difference, but you can really tell in these photos. I wish I was wearing the same outfit, but oh well.

I feel great, I have more energy than before, and I am working out harder. I honestly believe that this coupled with the new fitness program is exactly what I needed to reach my goals. I know that if I keep this up, I will reach my goals, and probably have even better results than I expected originally.

Amanda has been a huge support system for me and I am forever grateful. If you are in doubts about whether or not your current nutrition system is working for you or you know you need something to change, contact Amanda, she even has a program that can be done completely online.

How I’ve upped my game

As I mentioned before, I worked with Amanda for 2 months (more detailed post to come) on my nutrition

For this weeks WIAW, I thought I would share with you a little bit of what I have been eating.

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I work out in the morning, so I try to get my post-workout carbs from Oatmeal. I mix it with almond milk, 1 scoop of Aria protein powder, and 1 spoonful of peanut butter & co (my favorite flavors are smooth, bee’s knees, and might maple)

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My snacks are either Amanda’s protein muffin (with a scoop of pb) or a smoothie. This smoothie is 1 frozen banana, a handful of frozen peach slices, a handful of frozen mango chunks, 1 scoop of Aria protein powder and a handful of spinach.

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Lots of salads. I ALWAYS have a salad with dinner, for dressing just balsamic vinegar and oil (straight from Greece holla). Usually leafy greens, tomatoes, green peppers, and cucumber, if I leftover roasted veggies I will throw that on top.

For some reason I have zero pictures of my lunches, really I think it is because once B goes down for a nap it’s a mad dash to the kitchen to get lunch made so that I can eat and get whatever chores I need to get done before he wakes up.

My lunch is usually an omelet with 1 egg, 2 egg whites, spinach, roasted turkey and 1/2 slice of cheddar (except on wednesdays and fridays for Orthodox Lent). I top it with two tablespoons of peach mango salsa and 1/2 an avocado. Yum!

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B enjoying yesterdays smoothie. He had frozen banana, raspberries, whole milk, and a handful of frozen mango. I made to much so some of it went down the drain, unfortunately.

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My smoothie yesterday, not the prettiest, I will admit, but one of the best I have made thus far. Literally tasted like pb&j. It had frozen banana, frozen raspberries, 1 scoop Aria protein powder, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, a handful of spinach, and almond milk. It is amazing that I have never put peanut butter in a smoothie before, but this was the perfect post-workout treat. (I worked out twice that day ha)

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Last nights dinner. Chicken sausage with sautéed spinach, roasted peppers and asparagus, and avocado.

Our dinners consist of salad, protein (salmon, chicken sausage, shredded chicken, hamburgers, etc…) and roasted veggies. My favorite veggies are brussels, yum!

What are your go-to clean eats?

Check out more meals at Jenn’s link up for WIAW!


I posted the last Cadbury Creme Cupcake recipe yesterday as well!

Year of Baking: Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes

If you missed yesterday’s post, I chatted about Zooma and gave a discount code for the Cape Cod 10K and Half-Marathon!

For this week’s year of baking I am continuing from my Easter desserts and sharing the Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcake recipe, many of you mentioned that you wanted the recipe so here you go! The recipe is from Bake It In a Cake, and I have to say, I am pretty sure I am going to make all the holiday cupcakes in this cookbook!

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Ingredients

Cupcakes

3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups whole milk
18 miniature cadbury creme eggs

Frosting

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup finely shredded sweetened coconut
Green food coloring
Handful of jelly beans

Instructions

Cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 tins with 18 paper liners
2. Combine the butter and sugar for 90 seconds or until fluffy
3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing in each egg completely before adding the next
4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl
5. Add (while on med-low) the vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
5. Mix on med-high and mix for an additional 30 seconds until all ingredients are well combined
6. Add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, alternating with the milk, 1/3 cup of at a time
7. Mixing until each addition is fully incorporated before adding the next
8. Scrape down the sides and mix on med-high until smooth and creamy
9. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of batter into each cup or until 3/4 full
10. Place a chocolate creme egg in each cup
11. Lightly spread the batter over the egg, but don’t push it to the bottom
12. bake for about 25 minutes, until the edges and tops are golden brown
13. Allow the cupcakes to cool in their tins for 10 minutes
14. Move to a rack and cool completely

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Frosting

15. Whip the butter for about 30 seconds
16. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, whipping on med-high until fluffy
17. Add the vanilla until fully combined
18. If the frosting is too thick add milk
19. Put the coconut in a bowl and use a fork to mix in a few drops of green food coloring
20. Pipe or spread fronton onto cooled cupcakes
21. Roll the edges in the dried coconut
22. Place a few jelly beans in the center

Notes

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As you can see my eggs sank too far into the cupcake and got stuck on the bottom of the wrapper and that was pretty disappointing for me.

The frosting was too thin, again, like the Birthday cupcake, but I looked up a buttercream recipe and they were similar but had flour. I added 1/2 a cup of flour and it was thicker, but not my preferred consistency. Next time I will just use a buttercream recipe.

The vanilla cake was nice and flavorful and the cupcakes came out well, I wouldn’t cover the cadbury eggs if I made these again I would let them sink on their own and hope they don’t touch the bottom.

I was too exhausted after the lengthy lemon bar recipe, so I just made the frosting, no coconut or jelly bean topping, maybe when B is older?

I am not sure I would make these again, they were fast and easy (ha!), but there are a million other recipes floating around Pinterest that I would like to try instead.

Have you ever made a baked good with cadbury creme eggs? Verdict?

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Now for some Marvelous in my Monday

First up is some marvelous in YOUR monday

As you know already, I am a Zooma Race Ambassador

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The Cape Cod race is September 28th. There is a 10k and Half-Marathon option, since I am an ambassador I have a code to share, register for either race and get 10% off by using the code CCAMB9.

Zooma also has this great program, if you PR in either of the races you get a special gift, all you have to do is submit your PR for the race you are running on their webpage after you have registered and fill out the information. Very easy and very awesome. So who is racing with me in September? I know I am gunning for that PR gift :)!

This weekend was super busy, if you follow me in Instagram, you probably saw this picture.
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someone (post-workout) desperately needed a haircut!

The boys both got haircuts as well, and there were no tears (from any of us!), we had a nice lunch out, then I spent some time at Whole Foods and before we knew it is dinner time and we came home!

Sunday, I spent with one of my sisters and my mom watching my (very tall) nephew in one of his last bowling tournaments as a high-schooler.

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He’s the blur in the red & blue shirt

It was nice to spend some time with family & after the bowling games were finished (not of course with a few lane breakdowns and the power going out mid-game) we had a nice sushi dinner and I headed home to my boys.

A full weekend, but a marvelous weekend indeed. What did you do this weekend?

Playlist Thursday: On the Big Screen

It’s that time of the week again. Time to link up with Pavement Runner. This is an awesome link up I always try to partake in because I get to see songs that I might not have otherwise heard of and I always end up adding at least one song to my running playlist. Make sure you head over to Pavement Runner to check out everyone else who contributed this week.

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Today’s theme is: Songs from soundtracks. I picked songs from some of my favorite movies and tv shows!

SOMETHING OLD
Artist: Simple Minds

Title: Don’t You (Forget about me)

Side Note: From one of my all time favorites, The Breakfast Club. If you haven’t seen it, stop what you are doing and go watch it.

Quotable:
Don’t you try to pretend
It’s my feeling we’ll win in the end
I won’t harm you or touch your defenses
Vanity and security

Don’t you forget about me
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby
Going to take you apart
I’ll put us back together at heart, baby

SOMETHING CURRENT
Artist: Juliette Barns and Rayna James (aka Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton)

Title: Wrong Song

Side Note: From the TV Show, Nashville. I am addicted, and I love that all the actors actually sing.

Quotable:
If you think you’re gonna hear how much I miss ya
If you’re needin’ to feel better ’bout yourself
If you’re wantin’ to hear me say I forgive you
Cause the tequila turned you into someone else

If you’re looking for one more chance
A little stand by your man
You got the wrong song
Coming through your speakers
This one’s about the liar and the cheater
Didn’t know what he had ’til it was gone

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER
Artist: Coyote Shivers

Title: Sugar High

Side Note: From Empire Records, another cult classic, about record stores (the good ol days) and teenage angst. Plus this movie has a great cast!

Quotable:
we could go out and not even leave the house
a t.v. set and a bottle of wine is just fine
making out on that old pull out couch
watching saturday night live