Posts Tagged ‘adventures at the gym’

I apologize in advance if this is really boring or makes no sense. I have a pounding headache, like a little migraine, and I’m having trouble focusing.

Monday was one of my least favorite days of the year. As you may or may not have noticed I try to eat seasonally as much as possible. For me that means buying the large majority of my produce at the Greenmarkets in Union Square and Grand Army Plaza. This is pretty much do-able from April-January. For vegetables I go through asparagus, green beans, wax beans, sugar snap peas, corn, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and I’m sure I’m forgetting others.

For fruit there are always apples, but I try to only eat those in the fall. I get blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, and raspberries all summer.

But then comes winter, and, because I live in NYC and things from the Greenmarket can only be grown locally and it’s winter here now, the Greenmarket suddenly goes bare. There are still the apples, still the eggs, still the cheese, still the jellies and jams, but that’s it.

And it all happens so suddenly. Before Christmas there were still plenty of brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower around. But when I came back to work I only found one person who had brussel sprouts and broccoli and, although I bought them, they weren’t very good.

When I went to buy vegetables this week there weren’t any left. I find this to be an especially depressing time of year. I love buying local, mostly organic, produce at relatively cheap prices. It’s fun to wander around and try new things that you just can’t find or don’t notice at the grocery store.

But don’t worry, I still manage to get in my fruits and vegetables. And I still try to eat seasonally. I bought broccoli and brussel sprouts from the store yesterday and I’ve been buying oranges for the past few weeks. Pretty soon grapes will be in-season and I’ll start buying those. And, because it is the right season for these things, oranges are $1/each and grapes, I think, are $1/lb.

Basically this just is another sign of winter that I hate. I’m so ready for winter to be over.

I had a great elliptical workout last night. The gym was still full of the New Year’s Resolutioners but somehow I managed to just walk up to an elliptical and get right on. I kept looking around to make sure I hadn’t cut anyone off who was waiting, but no one appeared to be waiting and no one came up and said anything to me.

Sorry for all the picture-less posts lately. I haven’t seen too many picture-worthy things lately. Hopefully that will change this weekend. But I do have a picture today!

As I’ve mentioned I’ve been wearing my sneakers around to try to get my ankle to stop swelling. It’s worked really well, even though I look like a total idiot. Well, today I’m wearing a skirt to work, I have a dinner with buyers tonight so I have to look nice, and I really was going to wear my sneakers to work

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But I couldn’t do it. Not only because I look like I’m over 50, but because I would freeze. It was 25* when I left my apartment this morning and that much leg exposed would have been unbearable.

So I went with my boots

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And hopefully enough stretching and Advil will keep the swelling to a minimum.


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I always have mixed feelings coming back to NYC. Obviously this is my home. All my stuff is here, I pay a tremendous percentage of my salary for an apartment here, my job is here, I have friends here, but it doesn’t really feel like home.

Maybe it’s because I live in an rented apartment and there’s always this feeling like I could just pick up and move elsewhere? Or that most of the stuff here (besides my bedroom, obviously) isn’t mine, it was here when I moved in? I often think that when I move somewhere else (which I’m not planning on doing anytime soon) either in NYC or elsewhere and it’s a blank canvas I’ll feel more comfortable. I also think it’s difficult to really have somewhere feel like home when there are three different people with three different lives living with you.

Anyway, that was a bit more introspective than I was looking to be!

My dad was nice enough to drive me back into the city. That’s especially helpful with all the stuff I accumulated (clothes I bought, gifts I received, food I bought yesterday). We left my parents’ house around 8am and got to the city around 10. That includes a stop at Trader Joe’s that my dad was nice enough to make to I didn’t have to carry all the groceries home later. It’s a bit earlier than I would have liked to leave, but my dad is doing me a huge favor and it is nice get back here early and have the whole day to get things done.

So what am I doing? Well, Ii’m working on finally fulfilling my Thanksgiving Resolution to keep my room organized. In an effort to shame myself into doing it here are some before pictures.

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Hopefully I’ll post back tonight with a miraculous transformation!

I made a trip to the gym (it was really too cold and windy to run outside). I was hoping the New Year’s resolution crowd wouldn’t be there until tomorrow, but there were a ton of people today. And lots of them had no idea how to use the machines and looked generally confused.

I had my leftover Buffalo chicken pizza for lunch, with an orange.

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I’m going to head to a 4 o’clock movie. It was between Up in the Air and Young Victoria but I decided to see Young Victoria.

And then Union Market for some produce.

Finally I’m going to make some chili and soak my black beans for tomorrow night’s recipe.

Check out this number I saw on the scale just now

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I think that might be the lowest number I’ve ever seen on a scale. I’m feeling pretty good.

Anyone else have anything fun planned? Anyone else going back to work for the first time in 11 days like I am? It’s so amazing to have the days off, but it’s also so tough to go back!

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The snow storm really got crazy last night. I ended up not going out to the birthday party in the city just because it was so crazy. I stayed in and watched Mad Men with my roommates. It was fun!

Here’s the view out my window around midnight.

And here’s the view out of our living room. You can really see how the snow is blowing around outside.

And here’s the view out of my window this morning

That was at about 10:30 this morning and, as you can see, they hadn’t really cleared the street next to our building.

I ventured out around noon to go to the gym. I was actually impressed by how cleared the sidewalks were. There was a lot of climbing over snow banks at intersections, but that’s expected.

The thing that really annoys me is when people (illegally) don’t clear the sidewalks in front of their buildings.

Like there.

The gym was great. There was no one there! I did the elliptical for 40 minutes. Usually I do some variation of the following:

1-2 level 5
2-5 level 8
5-10 level 12
10-20 level 16
20-25 level 12
25-35 level 16
35-37 level 12
37-39 level 8
39-40 level 5

I try to stick around 8.0 mph.

I’ve come to really like it and today I worked up a real sweat. But I think it was because the sun was shining directly on me through the window.

After the gym I headed over to get a bagel. They screwed up my order yet again. I don’t see why I continue to go to this bagel place when they screw up my order 3 out of 4 times. Oh yeah, because they have great bagels.

I’m waiting to meet my friend Liz for dinner and a little football. Hopefully the sidewalks won’t be too icy!

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I am a Moron

No, seriously, I am. I went to the gym today and changed, locked my locker, and went upstairs to get on a treadmill. The moment I stepped on my treadmill I thought, what’s the lock combination? And I couldn’t think of it. But I thought, oh I’ll remember by the time I go back.

Well, I ran my 3 miles, I did the bike for 20 minutes, I did abs, I stretched, and I went downstairs. Still no clue. I thought it was 38-04-22, but it wasn’t working. And people were looking at me. And no one wanted to joke or laugh when I said funny thing out loud!

So I tried 22-04-38 and 38-22-04 and nothing. So I went upstairs and asked the guy at the desk, who was very nice, what they do in these situations, and he said they have a thing to cut it. I said I’d think about it.

I knew I had the combination written down at home, but I wasn’t sure if my roommates were home and since my cell phone was in my locker I couldn’t call. And I didn’t want to walk home and ring the buzzer because what if they weren’t home? I would have walked 7 blocks in sweaty clothes.

So I tried a few more times, decided it was worth the $6 for a new lock, and had them cut it.

It was really funny. I probably should be embarrassed, but really it’s just funny. People were really staring when the lady came with the giant pliers.

I managed to recover from all of this to make stops at two grocery stores. Store number one had chickpeas and sandwich thins but no pineapple Chobani and store number two had pineapple Chobani (bought 6 containers, I am addicted!) and Touch of Sea Salt dark chocolate (I’ve only had 3 squares from the bar I bought yesterday but I wanted to stock up).

When I finally got home I made Meghann’s Chickpea Parmesan Burgers.

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I made 6 all together (I doubled the recipe). I had one for dinner, I’m bringing one for lunch tomorrow, and I have 4 frozen.

The only change I made was adding broccoli instead mushrooms (I know, they’re on the list of things to learn to like!). I cooked them for 2 minutes on each side on top of the stove and then cooked them for 10 minutes on each side at 400* in the oven. I like them really crispy on the outside.

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Finished meal with the burger on a multi-grain sandwich thin with more tomato sauce and asiago cheese on top. And then a giant handful of spinach, I felt like I needed some greens.

Plus a honeycrisp apple. So good.

I’m off to bed. I am so tired. Waking up this morning was tough!

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