Posts Tagged ‘walking’

We Went to Williamsburg! {Part 1}

If you read Coco’s blog you might have an idea of why I disappeared on y’all for a week. (*hint hint*)

Bobby and I took a very spontaneous¬†road trip down to Williamsburg, VA over the weekend + Monday and Tuesday. We left Friday and made it down to DC by 11pm. We left NYC by 5:30pm, but it was bumper to bumper on FDR for a good 45 minutes or an hour. I worked from home Friday so I could stop working early and also monitor my illegally parked car (it was only illegally parked for about 1.5 hours – I still cannot believe I didn’t get a ticket). I also had to do a few loads of wash.

Once out of the city we ate dinner on the road. At a rest stop in NJ, I had a nice tuna sandwich on a hearty whole wheat roll and Bobby had… he probably doesn’t want me to say, but I will anyway – he had Popeye’s. By the time we reached DC we were exhausted so we just conked out at Coco’s house. We both (me and Bobby) did some yoga stretching before getting in bed.

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In the morning we did some more yoga stretches, had breakfast, and took a really nice long walk down a trail near Coco’s home. Then we were off on the 2nd leg of the trip. (Coco’s recap here.) *ETA: We got Whole Foods for lunch on our way out of Arlington. We were driving down 95 headed towards Richmond when we saw a sign for a winery. Of course we had to stop. It’s the Potomac Point Winery if you’re curious.

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We ended up doing the “premier” tasting – a steal at $10 each. It included tastes of about 10 wines, and we got to take home our glasses. We also did a tour of the winery and saw where they keep their barrels.

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Drinking wine makes us hungry so we split an order of focaccia with an amazing olive oil on the side. We asked the kitchen for a small jar to take home and they happily obliged.

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We took funny pictures of each other looking pensive.

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After a lovely Saturday afternoon, we got back on the highway and continued our travels to Williamsburg, VA…

And I will post the rest of the trip another time, because we were there until Tuesday so that would be a post that is too long for a Thursday morning.

Another thing – I have also decided to start logging my workouts again. I used to do this, ages ago, and I got out of the habit. You can see my new and old logs {HERE}. You can also find it in the site navigation by hovering over “Workouts” and clicking “Workout Log“. This is partly because I have a college reunion coming up in June and I want to look my best. Logging workouts keeps me accountable. I took some before pics and if I have good results maybe I will post them in a month or two.

What was the last trip you took? Have you been to any college reunions?

ZWOW!

Zuzana is back! I used to do her workouts when she was on Bodyrock but they got a new girl (who is not as good in my opinion).

She has been back for a few weeks but I only just got around to doing one of her workouts tonight. This workout was:

  • Split squat jumps (in lunge position, jump up and down X times on one leg; then switch to other side)
  • Single leg lunges with back foot on a chair (X times on one leg; then switch to the other side)
  • Superman pushups (do a pushup, but come down to the floor and do a superman, then another pushup, floor, superman, etc…)
  • Skaters!

It was a ponzi pyramid scheme where you go through the rounds and do 5 reps, then 10, then 15, then 10, and finally 5 again. I just did it along with Zuzana and if I finished ahead of her I did jumping jacks. This workout took me about 18.5 minutes.

Here is me afterwards, sweaty face and all:

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I definitely would like to build up some more tone, but I have stayed in shape from all the yoga. I can do pushups better than ever before.

Yeah, I know, I was supposed to do a 3-miler today. But I have an update on that front – I am officially going to walk the half marathon¬†- my knee started bothering me this weekend. Sigh. Silly knee. I don’t want to push it. I’m so excited to walk it though! I know I will find a cool group of people to chat with as we speedwalk to the finish line, and I know I will enjoy the training more.

And here is how I fueled up afterwards:

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Roasted (no oil) kabocha and butternut squash. I stuck them in the oven at 475F right before I started the workout and they were ready 25 minutes later. I snapped the pic using this awesome app I just found called The Eatery. You take a picture of your food and other people judge whether it’s healthy or not. I am addicted.

So far for the week my other workouts have been…

  • Monday – off (as planned)
  • Tuesday – 3.75 miles running/incline walking (on treadmill)
  • Wednesday – 1.5 miles walking (on my lunch hour) + some additional walking after work (1 mile or so) = 2.5 miles total
  • Thursday (today) – 1ish mile walk at lunch, and the ZWOW I just finished.

What are your workouts of the week? Have you done a ZWOW yet?

What Do the Cooks Eat?

I recently read this op-ed article in the New York Times. The title, “Of Mouselike Bites and Marathons,” is clever summary of the exercise and eating habits that go on in famous(ish) cooks’ lives behind the scenes. We’ve all seen fit, slim, healthy cooks (think of the beautiful Giada De Laurentiis) and wonder how they keep their figures while eating all that delicious, rich, buttery food. What we don’t see is that they only take nibbles of most of those heavy dishes, they exercise, and they eat healthily the rest of the time.

 What Do the Cooks Eat?

Giada (source)

Or else, they’re not fit and slim, and they have health issues. Like Paula Deen. (If you didn’t hear, she recently announced that she has type 2 diabetes.)

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Paula (source)

As a very non-professional cook but expert food eater I can definitely attest to the work that I do to stay slim and healthy. I eat salad, I do yoga, I walk (now run… until April). When I make something decadent I try not to stuff my face eat in moderation.

Or, I just make something healthy.

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This was a mix of:

  • romaine lettuce (base)
  • sauteed in bacon fat: turnips (or parsnips, I forget), mushrooms, onions, cilantro, garlic powder
  • topped with whipped cream cheese – then mixed in because it gets all melty! + organic balsamic vinaigrette
  • ended up adding a few strips of bacon (unpictured) – I cooked them for Bobby and then stole some for myself

Ah, so good. The bacon fat and the cream cheese make it taste so rich and hearty. (Note: I have said this before but I’ll say it again – when eating bacon, it’s important to get it without nitrates/nitrites!)

Do you make healthy or more decadent dishes?

I like to think food can be both at the same time.

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