TGIFF

Interpret that the second ‘F’ in the title as you will. It’s been a week, and I am really, really glad it’s Friday.  Even if I do have to be up at 5am to get to work before 6am, and even if it was dark and snowing(ish) and even though I actually have to work tomorrow (on a Saturday… the shame) Friday is still pretty freaking awesome.

One of the (only?) good things about being at work before 6am is that you get out before 2pm. This definitely makes my Friday’s rock even more than ever. Today I am going to spend that extra time snuggling with my recovering pup who woke up in serious-out-of-nowhere pain Wednesday morning, and the vet thinks he may have a slipped disk in his back. There is really nothing worse than seeing him sick/hurt.

GetBetterMango

Worrying about him definitely takes a lot out of me, and the not sleeping/eating well doesn’t help that either. So, I’m setting an intention to get back on track today because taking care of me will help me take better care of him in return! Sometimes I think we all need a little reminder that it is OKAY to take care of yourself, it is not selfish. I’ve noticed that it’s usually when I don’t have the time to workout/eat healthy/get lots of sleep and rest that I need it the most. So, I’m going to make the time. This post offers some good ideas on how to do just that: 8 Ways to Put Yourself on Your Priority List 

One of my favorite ways to spend ‘me’ time (aside from snuggling with that adorable pooch above) is practicing yoga. Now that I am teaching more and more, I’m finding it harder to fit in my own practice on a daily/weekly basis. I did force myself to go to a class last night, and I will be going to a fun yoga event with friends tonight.

It’s the best day of the week today (Friday) so, why not make it even better and spend some of it on your own “me time” today? It Doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s something that makes you feel good, then you can go ahead and share that good feeling with everyone around you and ‘pay it forward’ if you will.

If you share the yoga passion and are in the Boston area, I’d love to have you come share your own me time with me! My new class weekly class schedule is below!

Mondays: 6:00am Rise & Shine yoga at Charlestown Yoga

Tuesdays: 7:15am Yoga Flow at the Charlestown YMCA &

                                 6:30pm Vinyasa Yoga at the CAC Technology Square

Wednesdays: 12:10pm Vinyasa Yoga at the CAC 215 First St.

Thursdays: 7:15am Yoga Flow at the Charlestown YMCA

Springing Ahead

I don’t know about you….but by January 2nd I was so ready for winter to end this year. I would consider myself a summer person, I guess growing up in a beach town that is TOTALLY dead between the months of November-May will do that to you. I try to make the best out of winter around here (or I move to Costa Rica…) but this winter was so long, so cold, and just so seemingly never ending.

 

go-home-winter

It’s finally mid-April and sunshine and warmish weather have made their way (slowly but surely) to Boston and the only Winter coming anytime soon is on Game of Thrones. Here’s whats going on now that I’m coming out of hibernation:

I have a yoga class! My first very own weekly class! I’ve been teaching for almost a year now, but on a very sporadic schedule. Now you can find me up ridiculously early Monday mornings to teach a 6am Rise & Shine Vinyasa class at Charlestown yoga. There is nothing I would rather do before dawn than share my practice with some amazing students! I’m looking forward to improving my teaching, and knowing I have a class to teach each week helps keep me on track with my own practice during the rest of the week (you’ve got to practice what you preach after all) and I’ve also been ramping up my own at-home practice (hello headstands!) and putting together some great playlists.

Traveling: I have a busy month at work with marathon season in full spring! I’ll be working the Boston Marathon expo next weekend- stop by the Marathon Tours booth and say hello if you are running/going to be in Boston for the marathon weekend! It will no doubt be an amazing and emotional weekend in Boston after the events last year, and I am so excited to get to be part of it. I’m not running Boston this year, but I really want to do it again some day. Add it to the bucket list!  After Boston I’m headed out to Monterey, CA for the Big Sur International Marathon (again, not running, but working the expo) and the weekend after that going to be in Vancouver, Canada for the marathon expo there. Lots of flying (did I mention that I hate flying?) but also lots of fun cities and people to meet.

Between yoga and work and traveling for work, it will be a busy spring, but a fun one. Last night we went out to dinner at Papagayo– the fish tacos here are strongly recommended, at least 5 of us ordered them last night. We are nothing if not original.- and then we went out for drinks and dancing at Bell in Hand to celebrate a friend’s birthday (25th birthday, hence, Faneuil Hall). I’m impressed with myself for the fact that even though I’m 30 now, I somehow managed to stay out all most of the night (we may or may not have been one of the first to leave) and still make it to the gym for a killer workout this morning. Boom!

Tonight we are meeting friends to try a new restaurant Steel and Rye in Milton, MA. Ross & I tend to have our favorites and not always be the best about branching out to try new restaurants (we also just don’t go out to eat that much in general) so I’m really excited for this! I’ve also already extensively read the menu online. Fact: If I don’t do this, I’ll spend most of the night reading the menu and ignoring my friends who I’m there to see.

What are you up to this weekend? Are you as excited about spring as I am?! (Ignore this question if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. Or Winterfell).

Monday – 1. Me – 0.

You win Monday. You win. I really had good intentions of having a good day. I sang along to Christmas tunes during my morning commute in the rain, had my workout planned out and packed a healthy lunch.
Then Monday kicked my ass. A lot of last minute urgent stuff came up at work, I didn’t get to the gym I didn’t even eat my grilled chicken and quinoa but instead mindlessly snacked on yogurt and chocolate during the day. I guess I needed the sugar high overdose to get me through the day?
Somehow I did make it though. I sang along to more Christmas music on the rainy commute home, ran a few miles outside with Mango and heated up the chili I made yesterday to enjoy during Monday night football tonight.

20121210-212037.jpg

20121210-212046.jpg

20121210-212054.jpg

So today sucked in a lot of ways, but it’s not all bad. Days like this make it easy to want to just complain, be miserable and keep the bad mood going further into the week, but you see that is exactly what Monday wants. Don’t give in to that!

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=2AB9zPfXqQQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2AB9zPfXqQQ

Feeling Festive

ABC Family’s 24 Days of Christmas has invaded our home and our lives. Once you start with the cheesy holiday movies it’s impossible to stop. I feel like I’ve been in the house watching movies and baking holiday cookies for eternity and there is still a few more weeks to go! We did however manage to break away from the holiday movie watching and decorating a bit this weekend:

Friday night Ross and I drove up to Gloucester after work to attend a fundraising event for a friend who is currently battling a rare form of cancer. It was really amazing to see the whole community come together for such a great cause. I have not lived on Cape Ann for about 10 years now, but this weekend I felt very proud to call it “home”.

The weather Saturday just made me want to crawl under a blanket and stay there until July. Snow in December? Bring it on. Cold wet rain? Blah! We had breakfast out with my sister, bro-in-law and niece.

20121209-212107.jpg

After a Bloody Mary (pictured above) Ross was able to convince me to venture out in the cold wet woods to cut branches from pine trees to make garland. While pine trees seem to be everywhere when you aren’t looking for them, they are pretty scarce when you are. We had to hike all the way to the North Pole,  it took awhile but we collected enough pine just before the frost bite set is.

Pine tree branches + green wire = really pretty looking (and smelling!) garland.

20121209-212625.jpg
Back in Boston this morning we had an incredible treat… An authentic Costa Rican breakfast with some other gringos who have lived/taught there. I have been pretty homesick for CR lately and it’s amazing how much some gallo pinto, mucho cafe and shared memories can help.

20121209-213341.jpg

20121209-213348.jpg

Can’t forget the Chikys!

20121209-213356.jpg

20121209-213405.jpg

I’m ending this weekend full and happy. Let the holiday movie marathon commence!

Weekend Update

Hey Sunday! You came fast. I hope everyone has been enjoying the weekend- it’s be sun filled and mild here in Boston. The boys and I spent another weekend at home, we are usually all over the place on weekends, but lately I’ve just been too tired by the end of the work week to get up and out. How bad is that? I blame the commute and the change of seasons. Mostly the commute. (the bad weather and daylight savings have not been helping my already long daily drive). Do you have a long commute?  This is how I’m dealing with it:

Yeah. So anyway…

Friday I got home around 7pm after sitting in traffic, nearly in tears and tried to convince Ross we should rush to catch the 8pm yoga class we had planned to attend. Ross, knowing me better than I know myself, realized that the best thing for me to do would be to immediately get into sweatpants, have a glass of white wine at watch 90s movies and pass out at 11pm.

Good call Ross! I woke up early Saturday morning feeling much better! We took Mango for a walk, went to a 9:30 am hot yoga class at Prana, stopped at Starbucks (I got a feta spinach wrap and grande coffee with 1 peppermint shot and skim milk. This drink is almost as good as the Peppermint Mocha latte, for less calories and $$$) then did some grocery shopping for the week at Trader Joes.

Saturday night we went to dinner and a movie. How original are we? Dinner was at Stoddards. I’ve been there for drinks before but never for food. I was surprised that almost all the dinner tables were taken at 5pm! Ross absolutely loved his burger and french fries, and I was pretty happy with my vegetarian pot pie with root vegetables (and half of Ross’ french fries). As I recall, the cocktails here are amazing, but since we had a movie to catch (and stay awake for) we both choose an IPA from their extensive beer list. After dinner, we saw Argo. Great movie! Not my favorite of all time, but very interesting and suspenseful. We spent the rest of the night discussing our conspiracy theories about the CIA, as well as conspiracy theories about the sodium content in movie theater popcorn  🙂 It’s been awhile since we had a date night, I think they are important  for our relationship and something that we should be better about doing weekly or at least bi-weekly.

This morning I made multi-grain pancakes with fruit for breakfast, and as a result have been super hungry all day. I love pancakes, and while the idea of a pancake breakfast makes me happy, it never fills me up for long. Perhaps it’s the lack of protein? Next time I’m going to try something like this this recipe from Men’s Health.

But for today, back to the carbs! I went for a post-pancake  2 mile run (I had scheduled a 6 mile run this weekend, but it just didn’t happen.)  A little later, our friend Scott came over for football, pizza and beer. I partook in the pizza and beer, but chose to do some blogging/ researching DIY Christmas gift ideas on Pinterest in lieu of actually paying attention to the game today. Priorities.

What are you up to for the remainder of your weekend!?

Red Hot Summer

The summer always goes so fast, despite the fact that the days are longer (or at least it seems that way when the sun comes up before 6am and stays out until after 8pm)! It’s not over yet, but the days are already starting to get a *little bit shorter (*Don’t shoot the messenger!) and the crazy hot dog days of summer are already starting to feel a little less crazy. Here are some things I’ve been up to this summer thus far:

-Finding a new apartment! Yes, you read that right, we are moving again! While we’ve been loving the North End and are so grateful to have found an apartment to live in in the middle of winter when nothing else was open, the living situation has been less than ideal. September 1st will find us in a new apartment in Charlestown, complete with an outdoor area for Mango! I’m sad to be leaving the North End, but not so sad about the 15 pounds I’ll drop instantly by avoiding the endless Italian restaurants and 24 hour bakeries daily 🙂 Ciao!

-Transitioning to a new job! Same company, new gig. I moved from Sales to the Marketing team, and yes, social media will be part of my duties. Which reminds me, I better start blogging more than once a month…Very excited about this new role!

-Beaching it. Although I am working in an office 40/hours+ a week, on weekends you can find me on Cape Ann, Cape Cod or somewhere in Connecticut. If there is salt water and sandy beaches, I’m there. The weather has been great almost every weekend, and there are so many great beaches so close to home:

*Blue nail polish = Essie Bikini so teeny. ❤

The boys 🙂

Some people like making love at midnight on the dunes of the Cape, Mango likes pooping there in the morning. To each his own:

Ross surprised me with a visit to Eden in Dennis and bought me a beautiful Cape Cod Screwball bracelet. Sometimes he’s okay (and by okay, I mean best boyfriend ever!)

When we’re not off to some far away, exotic beaches (1 hour plus) we take advantage or our city dwellings:

Boston Island boat rides and beaches:

Can’t forget the pre-wedding festivities for good friends:

And, family time of course. My niece is possibly the happiest two-year old ever. The secret to happiness? Fried Macaroni balls apparently:

I’m ready to enjoy several more fantastic summer weeks, however, you will never, ever, hear me complain about the early return of pumpkin beer this year. If fall tastes so good, could it really be so bad?

Wine and Super Glue

Admittedly, this combination (wine and super glue) sounds like it might result in some sort of sticky disaster. Luckily, the end result came out looking like this:

 

 

Ross and I were trying to figure out with what to do with ALLL of our running medals. OMG there are too many to count… if you have an issue counting to 22. If not, then there are just 22 of them. Needless to say, 22 medals take up a lot of space in our tiny apartment. I’ve had some of these for over 10 years and I love each and every one of them for what they represent (pride, accomplishment, hard work, free beer, etc), but for the most part they are just taking up space here, and I get really weird looks from people when I wear all of them out in public (they’re just jealous FYI).

 

Ross had the great idea of making magnets with our medals. This turned out to be ideal as we needed magnets for our refrigerator,  we  also needed something to do with our medals, and we like playing with super glue.

 

We got all the supplies we needed which included: The medals, magnets, super strong super glue, a newspaper to save our coffee table, brie and wine. The brie and wine here are optional, the rest are pretty important for the project. You might also want to make sure you have a refrigerator to put the medals on (if not, don’t worry, you could always surprise a nice, unsuspecting stranger by decorating their car with your race magnets!)

 

 

My Boston Marathon medal was the only one I didn’t sacrifice to the ice box. I didn’t run 26.2 miles for a magnet. That’s just crazy:

My hope is that if the whole health and fitness thing doesn’t entice you to run a road race, and if those feelings of pride and accomplishment just don’t do it for you, maybe magnets will.

 

But seriously, this is a fun project and a great way to show-off  use those medals you worked so hard for, without sacrificing any space in your 500 square foot apartment.

The Longest Day of the Year

Kicking off Summer 2012 with a heat wave sounds great to me! I love this time of year, when you get daylight before AND after work. Somehow, it’s not quite so hard to wake up for yoga at 5:30am when the sun is already shining and it’s a balmy 90 degrees outside.

For this reason, summer is great time to get started forming those healthy habits you’ve been avoiding! The weather is better for outdoor activities, you should have more energy thanks to the extra vitamin D and fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables never tasted so good.

If you start now and form the habit, come February you probably won’t even notice how terrible you feel as you try to scrape the ice off your windshield in the pitch black darkness so you can drive to the gym, wondering if it’s actually 4am or 4pm, or if it even matters…Yay for summer! right?

Please note that there is BROCCOLI on the pizza my niece Halle is diving pig-tails first into. She’s totally taking part in the summer health kick as well:

HAPPY and HEALTHY SUMMER!!!

How is Sunday the first day of the week, and also the weekEND?

Something to ponder. In Costa Rica, the calendar had Monday as the first day of the week, somehow it just seems more logical.

While I haven’t been the most productive blogger lately, I have been loving reading and getting inspiration from other peoples blogs, you know the people who actually write in their blogs and are probably productive members of society too.

An old friend from home wrote a very eye-opening blog post this week about the importance of listening to your body. A great reminder that life isn’t a one-size-fits all deal, and you have to do what’s right for YOU… or else! ( and by old friend I mean someone I’ve known for a very long time not someone old in years. Do ‘old’ people even blog?!)

Another friend who recently started her OWN business Zesty Living just hosted her very first wellness workshop here in Boston. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it, but am very much looking forward to the next one! Luckily she posted a recap on her blog (Healthy Chicks), so I can still get some great tips about eating wholefoods and avoiding the diet trap there.

With such busy weeks, the past few weekends have been spent getting some much needed sleep and downtime. I’ve been working out every day during the week, and taking the weekend off. Weekly workout schedule has gone something like this:

Monday: 6am Power Yoga, 3 mile run at lunch

Tuesday: Lift at lunch

Wednesday: 6am Power Yoga, 4 mile run at lunch

Thursday: Lift at lunch

Friday: 3 mile run

I am missing my long runs on the weekends, but honestly my legs have not felt right since the 1/2 marathon last month. Despite the regular yoga practice, I am all of a sudden having knee pain, IT pain ,achilles pain, quad pain, etc. I am usually NEVER injured, so I’m not quite sure what’s going on. I plan on making a stop in the New England Running Company today for some brand new sneakers, maybe they will help! Or maybe I’m just getting old (can’t be true. I’m still blogging…occasionally)

Oh, and by the way

Happy Sunday, especially to all you Dad’s out there ❤ There was a very moving story about a single dad on NPR Friday morning, it’s a very appropriate Father’s Day tribute.

Long, Short week

Did anyone else experience this? It was a short week with the holiday Monday, but I felt like it just went on forever. This might be due to the fact that I hardly slept, at all. I did the power yoga classes in Waltham at 6:15am on Wednesday and Friday. I love how doing yoga in the morning makes me feel, but having to wake up at 5:15am to get there is quite a commitment. I’m finally turning into less of a monster more of a morning person, it’s the late afternoon where the over-tiredness really kicks in, and I’ve been totally lagging and craving sweets and junk food by 3pm BAD.This feeling, and the average of 5 hours of sleep I’m getting (http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/lack-of-sleep-weight-gain) counteracts many of the benefits I’m getting from yoga and working out, so I definitely need to work on this!

The problem is, there is just so much I want to do! My commute and work schedule makes for long days to start with. A normal day I leave my apartment in Boston at 7AM and I get home at 6:30pm, so if I want to do anything fun (ie actually live my life) I have to fit it in before or after work, and this week I just tried to get the fun in before AND after. As aforementioned, the before fun was yoga, and the after fun included:

Wednesday night: YAPPY hour at the Liberty Hotel. Swanky hotel, fun outdoor bar, music, mingling AND you don’t have to feel guilty about leaving your dog home all night while you go have fun. Mango seemed a little nervous and out of his element at first but after a few Gin&Tonics special dog treats, he loosened up and had a great time! We’ll be going here a lot this summer.

Thursday night: 1st KICKBALL LEAGUE. Yes, I joined an old-school kickball team with a bunch of people from my company and will be playing Thursday nights this summer. I’m sure there will be plenty of photos to share, in fact this might warrant it’s own separate blog. Randomly, the bar that hosts us post game is a COSTA RICAN bar in Waltham called Boca Bar. I felt instantly at home, and look forward to a weekly Imperial, gallo pinto and dancing to latino music.

Friday Night: We got our Tequila on at Mija in Faniuel Hall with dog park friends. We’ve met a great group of neighbors from the park, and after months of standing around together in rain, sleet and snow trying to force our dogs to play and waiting for them to relieve themselves, we’ve all kind of bonded and even go out drinking without our dogs sometimes (it’s rare that our dogs go out drinking without us though).

So this has been my crazy long short week. Luckily, I got plenty of sleep over the long Memorial Day weekend last week. Ross and I stayed at a B&B in North Conway called the Buttonwood Inn. There is a blog post coming dedicated to this very special place, stay tuned.

This well-deserved lazy Saturday (I’m sorry, but I am SO happy it is raining right now) is going to be spent running errands, cleaning and catching up on that sleep thing.

Do you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night, or do you have more of a ‘Carpe Diem, you can sleep when you’re dead’ routine going?