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The Weekend!

It’s finally the weekend. I’m so happy! 4 hours of work this morning was more than enough for me. I’m so spent. We’re supposed to go running tonight but it’s raining and there’s been a bit of thunder and lightening so I’ll have to see if it clears out by 8pm (pretty much the latest we go). Hopefully it will. Good news is that it’s gotten cooler in terms of temperature.

So after my Oikos, Kashi, and blueberry breakfast I was STARVING at 10am. Really starving, like light-headed and confused starving. I’m never hungry that soon so I don’t know what was up. My nectarine looked a little suspect (I had forgotten to put it in the fridge) so I ended up having a few almonds:

almonds

Then, when I was still hungry, I had Chuckles that a friend had bought me:

chuckles

I love Chuckles. I hadn’t had them in probably 18 years or something and then they appeared in the work vending machine. I don’t buy them often, but I enjoy them from time to time. The Chuckles are sitting on top of a box of chocolate I receive from the woman who retired and they’re sitting in front of Babar who I also received from the retiree, but I’ve re-named him after her.

For lunch I went to Qdoba. I rarely go there, but my friend wanted to go. I looked up the nutritional info when I got home and it’s really disgusting:

qdoba

I got a naked (no tortilla) burrito with chicken and black beans. Besides the cheese there really shouldn’t have been anything awful in it. The amount of fat in just the rice is scary. 6 grams of fat! In rice! Doesn’t that seem like a lot? But every once in a while…

I didn’t take a picture of the burrito because I’m not sure if I want to tell my friends about the blog yet. I think I kind of what to see where I go with it and decide from there.

After lunch I went to Old Navy, Gap, and Banana to see if they had anything I wanted to use my 30% off coupon on. The answer was a big NO. I wasn’t too disappointed because I shouldn’t be spending money, but there are a few things I would like to buy. I was also incredibly frustrated by the fact that they’ve changed their return policy. It used to be 90 days, now it’s 30 so I now can’t return a bunch of stuff I don’t want. As I told the customer service people on the phone, it’s not that I disagree with the policy, I understand the policy, I just think the fact that they don’t make it VERY clear is deceptive. But, oh well, I just won’t shop there so much. Not that my few hundred dollars a year make a big difference.

Then I went to Target and bought more Kashi Heart to Heart and some Popchips and floor cleaner and then I walked to Uncle Louie G’s and got an Italian ice that I ate on the go so no picture. And then I came home to relax. I was exhausted and hot and sweaty and I’ve had the perfect last few hours.

Ok, it’s seemed like the rain has died down a bit. Fingers crossed!

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Friday!

I’m so happy it’s Friday. This was such a killer week at work and, more importantly, it’s the weekend of my first 5k!!! I’m so excited!

Friday’s are also good because we work half a day in the summer. We work longer (8:45-9:30) during the week so we get out at 12:45 on Friday. I think I’m having lunch with a friend and I also want to stop by the Gap to use their 30% off coupon. Hopefully the rain (and lightening) will hold off tonight so we can do our final training run.

For breakfast I’m eating a small container of vanilla Oikos, a cup of Kashi Heart to Heart Blueberry, and half a cup of blueberries. I’ve had maybe 1/4 of it and I feel SO full.

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I like to eat a lot for breakfast on Fridays because I often don’t end up leaving work until after 1 and then I usually run some errands before I eat and I like to be able to resist the junk food temptations. I’ll probably have a nectarine at work this morning if I’m hungry or at least before I leave so I don’t get grumpy.

I’m not sure how I feel about yogurt. This is actually the first time I’ve ever had yogurt like this. Normally it freaks me out, the live cutures, the texture, the bitterness, I don’t know, I’ve always been picky about it. But I know it’s good for you and so filling so I decided I would try it and it’s not bad.  I don’t think I could eat it plain, it’s still so bitter, but it’s good like this. We’ll see. It’s so filling right now, hopefully it will hold over into the rest of my day.

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I don’t know why but I feel like today is the end of a long few months for me. Obviously I still have the big event of my 5k this weekend, but ever since May it’s been kind of go, go, go and I feel like today it kind of came to a head.

That might be because I cried so much today. When I said good bye to the woman who’s retiring I was practically bawling. I felt like an idiot. But I really liked her, she had an amazing sense of humor and was a real presence in the office. Plus there’s not a lot of VPs at a company who spend so much time and are so kind and caring towards assistants. She really meant a lot to me and I’ll miss her.

Ok, happier subjects! What could be happier than food? I ended up having an Emergen-C this morning:

emergen-c

The taste is kind of growing on me.

While I was walking to work I ended up stopping to get an OJ for more vitamin C:

OJ

And when I went to get the OJ I was bad and got a chocolate croissant that I ended up eating at our morning break from the meetings:

chocolate croissant

I also had half of a chocolate krispy kreme doughnut. I was bad today. In fact, since starting this blog I’ve been really bad with food. For lunch I had half a turkey wrap, tortilla chips, blackberries, and a few Pepperidge farm cookies.

During the break this afternoon we had toritlla chips, mango salsa, and margaritas for this taco book we’re doing. I’m pretty sure my margarita was 90% tequila so I just had a few sips.

I stayed late at work crying and when I got home at 7:30 or so I had a nectarine before I went running, I only photographed it when I was almost done:

nectarine

Then we went running, we did 3 miles in almost 32 minutes. Obviously it’s really slow, but it’s so amazing for us.

I didn’t really want to eat when I got home, but I figured I needed food after my run and to help keep the cold away. I ended up having a black bean quesadilla with sauteed onions and a little bit of cheddar cheese I had left over:

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Oh and some guacamole I made the other day. I wanted to make green beans or cut up some grape tomatoes, but I was just too tired.

Plus I opened a new bottle of wine.

maggiore

I need to look up the exact name but I bough it originally because it’s from a winery called Maggiore which is like my last name! I’ve actually been to the town in Italy called Maggiore so I feel even more of a connection!

For dessert I had a vanilla chip ice from Uncle Louie:

vanilla chip

I’m so excited I get to sleep until 6:30 tomorrow. Next week it’s waking up at 5:45  again so I can do the 30 Day Shred. I got the DVD in the mail today and I’m actually watching it while I write the post. I’ll probably watch it one more time before I do it just so I get the hang of it.

Good night!

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I have to buy fruit again this morning, but at least now I know where to go. However now I feel a bit under the weather. My roommate gave me an Emergen-C last night and another one to have this morning. Hopefully I can either hold off whatever this is or it comes today and is passes by Sunday. I’m going to be so upset if I can’t run this race.

I didn’t end up going to bed so early last night. I ended up watching Top Chef from last week and then going to bed after that.

Before I went to bed I won a contest on one of the blogs that I read, Healthy Tipping Point. Caitlin was giving away a Shoewallet and my comment was one of the winners! I just wish had the wallet this weekend, but it will still be very helpful, of course. What I really need this weekend is somewhere to put my camera. I need to take a picture when we’re finished and I don’t know where to put it. I thought maybe one of those things people wear around their necks at water parks? But where can I buy one in NYC?

Now breakfast:

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More Kashi Heart to Heart with skim milk (still hasn’t gone bad!). I’m a classic food repeater. I find something I like and then I eat it over and over and over again. Clearly I need to branch out for the purposes of this blog.

I’ll have a chocolate Vitamuffin when I get to work:

chocolate vitamuffin

I’ll have another nectarine for a snack and then lunch provided by work again. It’s another day of meetings.

I need to get there early again today not only to check my emails and voicemails, but becaues I’ve yet to write the 3 presentations I’m doing this morning. Yesterday’s presentations went very well, btw. Ok, off to finish getting ready.

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Lame Post

I am exhausted. And I don’t feel very well so this is going to be short, to the point, and then I’m off to bed. A few people at work have been sick and I really don’t want to be sick before or during the 5k on Sunday. Plus I still have 2 more practice runs to do.

Food: so I ate my chocolate Vitamuffin once I got to work. Before that I stopped at Starbucks to get an iced green tea lemonade, but they were out of iced tea (yeah, it’s weird) so I got a passion iced tea in instead. During the break I ate my nectarine, I love nectarines. For lunch I had a grilled chicken wrap, a small salad with red wine vinaigrette dressing, a few blackberries, and a few Pepperidge Farm cookies. At the retirement party, which was lovely and amazing and I’ll have to talk more about another time, I had 2 small glasses of white wine and a beer. And 2 chicken skewers, a few (small) pieces of bread, and a slice of cake.

I don’t think I’m going to eat dinner. I think I might just go to bed at 8:39. Sad, but true.

One bad experience with food today. As you know I left my apartment early to buy fruit. I assumed, because why not, that all grocery stores opened at 7 at the latest. Well I get to the grocery store on my way to the subway and it’s not open yet! Outrageous. So then I had to walk backwards, in my skirt, in the heat, to go to another grocery store. But the fruit I bought was delicious. And I get to do it all over again tomorrow.

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A Rough Morning

I actually woke up with my alarm at 5:45 this morning. I have to stop at the grocery store on the way to work and buy fruit and our meetings start at 9:15 so I want to be there by 8:30 at the latest.

Why do I have to buy fruit? It’s for the lunch the company provides because we sit in all-day meetings. They used to do a big catered lunch with fancy sandwiches or salmon and an orzo salad, tons of fresh fruit, elaborate desserts, etc. Well, the recession came and they now order sandwiches from the local deli (which I like better), buy a few bags of chips, get a few boxes of Pepperidge Farm cookies, and send me out to buy $50 worth of fruit. Unfortunately there are no grocery stores close to my office so I have to stop in Brooklyn which means I have to carry the fruit onto the subway.

And, once I get to the city, I need to go to the ATM to get money so that I can then go back to the Greenmarket to buy my own fruit (and veggies) for the rest of the week.

Then meetings, meetings, meetings. But this evening is a party! A work party, but still a party! This amazing woman who I love is retiring. She’s been with the company for 42 years (the company has only been around for 60, so that’s saying something) and she started as a temp and worked her way up to VP. I’m so sad that she’s retiring and I won’t see her bright outfits and hear her laugh every day, but I’m happy that she will get to enjoy retired life.

To breakfast:

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Another bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart Blueberry and skim milk.

I was kind of concerned because of the date on my milk:

expired milk

It says 07 28 if you can’t make that out. Today is the 29th so it’s a day past. But it smelled ok and it tastes fine. I know with grocery store milk you have some wiggle room, I’m just not sure about milk that’s fresh off the farm. But we’ll see. I can’t buy more until Saturday so hopefully it will hold out.

When I get to work I’ll have a chocolate Vitamuffin:

chocolate vitamuffin

And a nectarine for a snack.

I’m wearing a dress to work:

grey dress

It’s actually the same dress I was wearing in my first post, but that version was white. I saw the dress on sale in J. Crew and since the white one is too big for me I decided to buy the smaller size. I think this is a bit too small though, but I’m throwing a cardigan over it so hopefully it will be fine. It seems like I should dress up for the retirement party. And for my presentation.

I’m off to do my makeup so I can leave and buy fruit!

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My Evening

I didn’t end up going running. My friend had texted me to say that she was stuck late at work so rather than going alone I decided to do my Bikini Ready Fast! DVD. I really like this workout. It was recommended to me by another friend and it really works for me. I don’t except to quickly be able to wear a bikini, but I’ve been doing it for a few weeks and I can definitely feel the impact of the work on my arm and leg muscles when I run. Ultimately I want my strength training to compliment my cardio work.

Following my workout I made dinner:

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There are wax beans, which I had never had before, but I saw them at the Greenmarket on Saturday and thought I’d try; they’re ok, I think I prefer green beans.  And then two little skinless, boneless chicken breasts with a little bit of crumbled bleu cheese and cooked shallots on top. I cooked the wax beans in the shallots and then used them to melt the bleu cheese. This is one of my favorite meals. It’s easy and delicious. Plus I had the last glass from my bottle of Chateau L’Ermitage.

Then I had my favorite thing, a vanilla chip Italian ice from Uncle Louie:

uncle louie

The rest of my night was spent finishing Weeds from last night, going over my presentation for work tomorrow, catching up on my blog reading, and now I’m getting ready to catch up on Twitter and go to bed.

One last thing that is SO me. Since we have the 5k coming up on Sunday I’m trying very hard not to injure myself. I’m kind of klutzy and I’m always doing stupid things so I’m really trying to be careful. I’m watching where I walk on the sidewalk and street, I’m trying to stay away from sick people, etc. Well this morning I was leaving my apartment and somehow when I went to go out the front door of our building I slammed the door into my big toe:

toe injury

I know it’s an awful picture (clearly my photography needs to improve for the purposes of this blog), but that purplish mark on the right side of my big toe? Not normally there. It hurt like all hell when I did it and was pretty sore all morning and now after pulling on it to get the picture it’s a little sore, but I think I’ll be ok.

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