Marathon Training and Weight Loss

Hi Everyone! Happy Tuesday. How was your day?

My day was absolutely crazy and it was quite exhausting. My marathon training plan was to do 60 minutes of cross training, but that just wasn’t going to happen today. I am sorry to report that I chose sleeping over working out.

This got me thinking. I’ve been trying (well, that’s a stretch, more like I’ve been complaining and not really doing anything) to lose 10 pounds for a while. I lost about 6 pounds right before our wedding, but I gained them all back and I want 2015 to be the year of dreams coming true!

I’m not sure why I didn’t add it to my initial list, but losing weight is definitely semi-high on my priority list.

Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, personal trainer or anything fitness related. Basically, I don’t know anything more than what Fit Sugar and Pintrest tells me!

I’ve been reading a lot about marathon training and weight loss and I’m excited to lose these pesky pounds. I have my Jawbone Up 24 that helps keep me on track with steps and I just started using My Fitness Pal again as a way to track my food intake.

My main issues are desserts and wine, so my goals are to limit these to treats to being actual treats and not every day occurrences. I don’t want to limit my carb intake too much because of all the running, which is necessary.

I will be documenting some eats, as well as runs in the future to help keep me on track. I hope this year is finally the year I become my best self!

Do you have any tips for me?

Happy Birthday, Hubby!

Happy, Happy Birthday to the best guy around! You are the most supportive, loving husband. I can’t imagine life without you. We’ve shared some amazing experiences, built even better memories and have started building a pretty fabulous life together. I can’t wait for our future. I love you!!

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He’s pretty pumped about his birthday.  Copley, not so much.

We had the day off today – me for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Hubby’s company gives every employee the day off for their birthday – so we enjoyed a wonderful day together.

The day started with a 6 mile dreadmill run at the gym. Seriously, I get why treadmills were invented, but why do they have to suck so badly?! I I ended up running 3/4 of a mile and walking 1/4 mile for all 6, but, I got put a lovely check mark on on training plan.

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We came back, showered and headed off for a day movie day and lunch. We saw American Sniper. Holy cow, is this movie amazing! Bradley Cooper did an amazing job, the movie kept my attention, brought tears to my eyes and an amazing sense of pride to be an American.The ending is quite sad and the theater was in complete silence when it was over. That’s never happened and it was quite a moment.

I want to extend a tremendous thank you to our troops and veterans for all of your amazing commitment to fighting for our country. I will forever be in debt to your service for keeping us all safe.

Basically everything I say now will be completely trivial…but, I’ll continue.

We had a quick lunch at Bahama Breeze after I dried my tears. It was okay. I would go  back but order something other than the salmon tosada I ate.

Later today, I made Hubby a birthday feast!

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Only the best for my main squeeze! On the menu: veal ravioli with spinach and homemade marinara sauce. The sauce is my great-grandmother’s recipe and it is just the best in the whole world. My memories of her are only of her cooking and every time I make Italian food, I think of her. We also  had homemade bruschetta and proscuitto arancini. Arancini are rice balls that are rolled in breadcrumbs then fried. SO GOOD!

I didn’t make everything and got a lot of the meal from Cantoro’s, an amazing Italian market in our area.

And what birthday is complete without dessert? We enjoyed 3 different cannoli types – hazelnut, Sicilian and Italian – and some tiramisu!

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All was delicious and I’m completely full and ready for my chubby nap.

One last note: Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was a true American hero.

How was your Monday?

Weekend Wrap-Up

Happy Sunday! I should say, “My condolences to Green Bay Packers fans, Hubby included.”

I wanted to check in and start a new feature…well, technically, the only feature so far, Weekend Wrap-Up.  I’ll share what I did this weekend. Be sure to leave comments about what you did this weekend. I’d love to know!

Friday

Another day, another dollar. I worked on Friday, obvi, and couldn’t wait to get the weekend started.

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Hubby’s BFF came into town because Monday is Hubby’s birthday. We hung out at home drinking for a while and then drove to Downtown Northville to have dinner at Garage.

I love this restaurant and it’s vibe. I was too busy/had too many glasses of wine and prosecco to remember to take pictures. But, we frequent this establishment, so I’ll be sure to take pictures next time. The decor is of an old car mechanic garage and the food has a great upscale bar food take to it. I ate a salad and seafood chowder. I order the chowder every single time, it is so good!

Saturday

The first day of the weekend started with a marathon training run. Hubby and I ran 10 miles in the cold and wind – it was wonderful! Insert sarcasm. I will note that I am not a fast runner, but, hey, I ran 10 miles at 10 AM on Saturday and that’s more than most can say, right?

I then took my car to get an oil change, and basically hung out on the couch all day with Copley bean watching Real Housewives of New York City. Hubby and his friend went to the Auto Show and to the Red Wings game. It was nice to snuggle on the couch and drink more prosecco.

Sunday

A pleasant morning without an alarm clock, grocery shopping and watching the Packers game.

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Clearly, Hubby and Copley were pumped for the game!

I made queso dip, a cheese plate with proscuitto and drank a mimosa. It definitely made the end of the game a little more tolerable.

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And now I’m enjoying my final glass of prosecco – and only because the bottle is now empty – while watching Friends on Netflix.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow because 1. It’s Hubby’s birthday and 2. We both have the day off. Here’s to sleeping in, an afternoon movie date and day drinking!

How was your weekend? Are you looking forward to the week?

Where Have I Been?

Oh, hi there. I can’t believe it’s been 4 months since my last post. #loser

There are no excuses other than I haven’t made the effort to write. I really want to write, but at the end of the day, I just wanted to sleep. And with the holidays, friend’s weddings, our 1-year anniversary trip, writing took a back burner.

Well, 2015 is going to be the year of doing things I’ve always wanted. I don’t want to call these resolutions because I feel like those never stick. I want this year to finally do thins I’ve wanted to do forever.

Here are the dreams I want reach in 2015:

1. Writing

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Just like Carrie Bradshaw, I want to spend time writing – this blog and a book. I know I’ve slacked on writing this blog  but I’ve turned the page (haha, no pun intended) and I’m committed to writing this. It’s been a dream of mine to write a book about my Italian family and I’ve finally started to put my ideas to paper. I hope you’ll enjoy the ride with me!

2. Run a Marathon

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Growing up I was never a runner. I played softball and volleyball because those sports didn’t involve running at all. In college, I started running so I wouldn’t gain the freshman 15. I didn’t gain the freshman 15, but I did gain a love for running. I’ve run 4 half marathons and have wanted to run a marathon for years. THIS IS THE YEAR! Hubby and I are running the Nashville Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in April. Training with him has been fun so far. And I’ll definitely be sharing our experiences.

3. Learn Italian

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Hubby and family members gave me a 3-year online subscription to Rosetta Stone. I have taken a few courses and I love it! I’m so excited to learn my family’s language and then to travel to Italy and use what I’ve learned!!

That’s all, folks.

What are your dreams for 2015?

A Labor Free Labor Day

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!  

What a great, relaxing weekend.   I didn’t do too much.  My in-laws were here and we had fun showing them our new neighborhood, ate some pretty good food and did a 6 mile run towards my half marathon training. 

I didn’t take too many pictures because I wanted to be in the moment, so I will leave you with this image from our Labor Day BBQ:

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On the Menu: 

Hot dogs and cheeseburgers on our grill <—– The perfect grill for an apartment. And it’s on sale! 
Homemade guacamole
Caprese salada
Champagne

A very simple meal, but it was oh so delicious!  Look for more recipes to come.

What did you do this Labor Day?