Decision made.

Hello everyone!

I am back and have made a decision. I am writing it down so I stick to it. I have been wanting to run a half marathon for a few years now but I have come up with one excuse after another. But this time, NO EXCUSES! I have decided to run my first half marathon this coming Spring 2012. I do not know which I will register for yet but I plan on choosing one either in my hometown in Upstate NY or closer to where I am living now, in Virginia or Maryland. As soon as I make my decision, before Thanksgiving 2o11, I will post it. But first, does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for one?

There are two main reasons I have decided that no more excuses can be used and I need to run one. First, I am struggling with my new move to a city of knowing no one with a new job, living arrangement and away from family and friends. I am hoping by focusing on training, my mind will stop focusing on my current struggles. In addition to helping with change of focus, but this may help me find my workout routine. I am someone who thrives off a routine and schedule so this could definitely help bring me back to that life.

Second, I have been in a workout rut. I need something to train for and focus on to feel my best. After training for a Sprint Triathlon last summer (July 2010), I have realized that my workouts are a lot better when I have something to aim for. Knowing that  I will have an upcoming half marathon to run, I will be able to have a schedule of running, cross-training and lifting.

Now that it is out, I need to get to some researching on the half marathon best for me and my schedule. I will also be posting more of my workouts and meals. I cannot promise every day with my schedule with work, volunteering and workouts combined all keep me very busy but I will try as frequently as possible.

Thanks for reading! I am excited to hear about any of your half marathon suggestions ūüôā



Where Did I Go?

That is a good question. I am sorry for my lack of presence and starting my blog and then going MIA for over a week. I’m sorry. I hope you forgive me and continue reading.

The past week has been pretty busy. As mentioned before, I recently moved to Charlottesville and am still finding my routine. I am someone who likes to have a plan, routine and make lists of things that need to be done. So this move has made that all difficult but I am trying to be patient and keep telling myself it all takes time.

While trying to find my routine, I have been trying multiple classes at the gym to see which work for me and provide me with a good challenge. I have found some so far but still want to have an open mind about others I have yet to try. Hopefully, at the start of the New Year, I will have my gym routine down. Before would be even better!

Here are some pics from my last week or so:

These are pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that I have been wanting to try so I made them for my friend who came in to visit and for my co-workers. They seem to be a hit and were gone before I knew it!

I had some eggs to use up before they went bad so I made scrambled eggs with some spinach, onion and green pepper. Of course, I also had to add some ketchup on the side. It may not look pretty but it was pretty darn delicious.

Next up was a little concoction of ingredients left in my fridge. I was a little too lazy to go to the grocery store so I made a quesadilla of veggies and some mozzarella cheese. Since I no longer have a handy quesadilla maker available to me, I had to use the stove-top. It was a little more difficult to cook and turned up a little burnt (on the opposite side shown, of course!) but delicious none the less.

Now this meal was yummy but no nearly enough for me! This is a No Bull Burger made locally in Charlottesville. With their suggestion of adding cheese to the burger, I did just that. Then I added it over a bed of spinach and some ketchup “dressing.” Since, after my last bite, my stomach was still asking for more food. Sooo I defrosted a slice of my pumpkin bread and had some for dessert. Now, that is what I call a yummy and healthy dinner ūüôā

After a 2 mile run and 1 hour Pump Challenge class, I am home needing food quickly. I jumped in the shower and then decided to whip up something in less than 5 minutes. I decide to make a personal pizza. I used a tortilla shell with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and spinach. It was pretty good, I might add.   I also had some green tea and peanut butter crackers after to satisfy my hunger.

This past weekend, I went to DC on Friday to visit one of my college roommates. We both had long weeks of work so wanted to whip up some comfort food with a glass of wine. We decided to do just that and made some Mac & Cheese with Broccoli while sipping on some Pinot Grigio. We definitely missed something in the recipe and after each having a bite, we knew it needed something extra. She decided to add some hot sauce while I went with my favorite “dressing” of ketchup.








I did not even try to set my alarm earlier than it need to be on Saturday for a workout. I knew I was going to be doing lots of walking this weekend so I took both Saturday and Sunday off. After waking up and whipping up some quick oreo krispies, my roommate and I had off to Annapolis for the rest of the weekend. Once we arrived, we parked and walked around Annapolis until my parents arrived. We then met up with them and went to the Naval Academy. We walked around and then hit up the Mid Store for some shopping. This is the best store in the world, it has everything you could ask for…Navy apparel to electronics to groceries to clothing to stationary. My family and I had limited time there so we did little damage, the credit card is probably happy about that one! After finishing shopping, we went to my brother’s host family’s house and had lunch. After lunch, we went to the Navy v. East Carolina football game. Unfortunately, they lost but it was a great game to be at!

After the game, we were all exhausted so went back to my brother’s host family’s house, had a beer and passed out. The next day, we all hung out and then I headed back to Charlottesville around lunch time. It was a great weekend with my roommate and parents. I really do miss them when I am here in Charlottesville.

Sunday night I wanted something comforting again and something that would have tons of left overs. The first thing that came to my mind was Oatmeal Pancakes. I made a whole batch so I would have a lot left to eat this week. I topped my pancakes with peanut butter, syrup and cinnamon sugar. It was D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S and a great way to end the weekend!

Monday night, I did not have any idea what I felt like so I decide to mix a few ingredients and call it dinner. I made some brown rice, half a No Bull Burger and broccoli and cauliflower mixture. It made 2 servings, perfect for dinner and lunch the next day.

And my last dinner for this post…it was definitely my favorite. It looks very ugly but I am telling you, it was heaven in a cup. After a tough Cycle Plus class which combined Spinning and some strength training with kettle bells, I wanted a smoothie. I wanted to make sure it was healthy so a combined some ingredients and hoped for the best. It definitely left me craving another!! I used blueberry greek yogurt, vanilla soy milk, frozen banana and spinach. You could not taste the spinach but believe me, there was lots of spinach in it! Now, I am telling you that you need to make it asap!

Well, that is enough for my food. As far as my fitness has gone, it has been pretty random. I have been in weird moods and struggling with finding the right food for the day now that I work out at the end of the work day. In the past week, I have run a total of 8ish miles (not good, especially since I was doing so well before), gone to spinning 4 times and found a new love for Body Pump.

I am really go to try to write a post every other day and eventually try for every day. I am so sorry for the long post but once I start, it is hard to stop. Hope you are all doing well and challenging yourself everyday to make yourself better and make the world a better place.

See you soon!





Today is the day.

Hii everyone!

I have been thinking about starting a blog for a few months now but have been making up excuses for not doing it for too long!!

This weekend was my first full weekend spent in my new home in Charlottesville, VA. I moved here a little over two weeks ago but the last weekend I visited my college roommate in her new hometown of Washington DC. Then this weekend was scheduled to be my first weekend here to explore and I was even lucky enough to have my first visitor this weekend too. A friend from high school decided to visit and help me explore Cville. She got in Friday night so we went to dinner on the Downtown Mall then came back to my apartment, had a glass of wine and fell asleep. We both had long weeks of work, workouts and a few other things taking a lot of energy this week so it was nice to get to bed relatively early.

For dinner on Friday, we went to Positively 4th Street. After deciding what we were in the mood for, I suggested this restaurant. I had been there once before and knew it was casual, decently priced and tasty. We were not in the mood to put something nice on and wanted something quick since it was 9pm by the time she arrived to town.


My friend, Gretchen, had emailed me during the week requesting to go to Bodo’s Bagel after hearing about it from someone she works with in Greensboro, NC. So Saturday morning, we went to Bodo’s Bagels. The line was out the door and filled with UVA football fans. It was Homecoming weekend so the city of Cville was hoping. She knew it must be good with the line so long. We waited patiently and ten minutes later, walked outside and ate our hot, delicious bagels. I had my favorite Sesame Bagel with natural, crunchy peanut butter. Gretchen tried an egg and cheese sandwich. If you ever see a Bodo’s Bagel, I highly recommend stopping there, you will not be disappointed!


After leaving full, we decided to walk around the UVA campus and then head over to the Farm Market but we got there right when everyone was packing up. There is always next week. Instead, we walked to the other side of the Downtown Mall and went to the Charlottesville Chocolate Festival. We sampled a few different chocolates and ended up purchasing a “chocolate pop” for Gretchen and a chocolate inspired ¬†trail mix for me! Yummy, we shared the trail mix and already half gone!

Once finishing trying as many samples as possible, we decided to walk around the neighborhoods of Cville. Before long, Gretchen came up with a genius idea of going to a Winery. I pulled out my Driod, looked some popular Vineyards up and within ten minutes were in the car on our way to the Kings Family Vineyard, just outside of Cville. We participated in a short wine tasting and came away with free wine glasses…winning!! Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of this adventure ūüė¶

After the tasting, we decided to venture down the road to Chiles Peach Orchard. We walked through the orchards and were able to take in some amazing views. Here are some pictures I took:








A busy morning and afternoon left us needing a nap. We came back to my apartment and each took cat naps. After resting up, we went to see Footloose. I highly recommend seeing it. The ticket prices are steeper here than back home but it was worth seeing it! Here is a preview:


Time to go to spinning class and maybe a mile or three warm-up.Thank you all for reading and have a fabulous rest of the day. Come back soon!!