Spinning, Kobeyaki & Birthday

It’s my birthday!!! Well it was anyways on Sep. 7. I am kind of behind on the whole blogging thing. I had a really great weekend full of partying, drinking, and just hanging out with friends.

20170907_071511Anyways…on Thursday I went spinning with my roommate. My legs were so sore from diesel and running, but somehow I got myself to go spinning. 20170907_071525I love spin class, it’s almost like going clubbing, minus the hangover feelings and loud ringing in your ears that comes after a wild night out. Your adrenaline is pumping, you are sweating, the music is playing and they even have a disco ball and lights flashing at random times.

After spinning, we showered, and left for work. I am really lucky to work at a new place where I feel appreciated. My boss brought me flowers for my birthday, and for lunch I tried this Japanese place called Kobeyaki.

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The food is pretty incredible. It is super heavy, so I wouldn’t recommend it for a work lunch, but the portion is so big and the price is great. 20170907_133204I got veggies and rice in a teriyaki-like sauce with some fried tofu. It was perfection.

After work I went out with a few friends to a bar called Pioneers Bar. It’s located on 29th St. and 6th Ave. It’s a huge bar, which is not typical of New York. The bartenders were super sweet, and the craft beer they had for happy hour was so delicious. All in all their happy hour is great — $6 beers, $7 wines, not bad at all.

It was not long before everyone scattered to their homes. After a long day at work, it’s so hard to go out. Honestly, I have no idea how some people do it. I was still feeling kind of full of energy, so I talked my friend, Ephraim, into going to the bar down the street, Your Uncle Bob.

All in all it was an amazing birthday. Didn’t make it to the workout the next day, but hey it was my birthday, sometimes you have to live and let live.

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Diesel Class, Arriba Aribba & Drinks

I did it! I woke up at 5:30 am, got dressed, laced up my shoes and went to the gym for a morning workout class. It was so difficult. Diesel is pretty much an interval training class that incorporates weights, resistance training, and core workouts.

The instructor was full of energy, which made the class super fun to follow. The 45 minutes went by really quickly. I was sweating so badly, it felt good to get a good workout and all my muscles were aching by the time I got done with the class.

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For lunch today I didn’t have time to pack so I tried out the vegan sandwich and salad from Pret-A-Manger. The jury is still out on kelp noodles. It is kind of expensive there, but their food tends to be pretty good quality. The sandwich is Thai style, Bahn Mi, and the salad was like a seaweed style salad. I am not sure if I like them or hate them. What about you guys? Kelp noodles a yes or a no? I am going to try and bring in my food next week, but heck it’s my birthday week and I’ll indulge if I want to.

 

20170906_200137After work, I met up with a friend at Arriba Arriba, a restaurant in Hells Kitchen area. I got tamales since I never had it before, it also came with a side of rice and beans. It’s my birthday week so dinner with friends wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have a nice drink to go along with our meal. 20170906_201600I present to you my delicious frozen margarita. I love this place, the staff is always friendly, the atmosphere is so lively, and the food is really tasty.

I would recommend this to anyone for a fun date, girls night out, or even just to sit on the bar and have a few drinks to meet some local peeps.

Well, tomorrow is my birthday, so that is all for now. I will see you all in the morning for a quick run. Crushing goals and not taking any excuses.

XOXO,

B

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I’m Back!

Hi there! It has been a while. I missed you guys! So…where have I been? Well it has been almost a year since we last spoke. I went through a break-up, moved three times, changed jobs, oh and even moved to the Upper West Side.

My gym is now Crunch. Overall, I have to say, I am happy with my life. I am dating a new guy and he COOKS FOR ME 🙂 Yes, that’s right. He treats me with respect, he doesn’t cheat on me, and he shows how much he cares for me and makes me feel beautiful inside and out. I have a lot more self love going on now. I feel happier and like I am totally worth it.

When you go through a break-up and realize how bad things were it takes a while to get out of that whole funk. I’m not sure if I’m 100% mentally there, but I think it gets easier as time goes on.

Stella is healthy, I am healthy, and now I am vegan :). With all the crazy changes in my life, new friends, new parties, single life, now dating life, I gained a little bit of weight… Let’s be real, who am I kidding, I gained close to 25 lbs.

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Something sparked me to look at this blog and it gave me so much motivation seeing how far I had gone in such a short time. Seeing the goals I crushed and good I looked. Now that I am fully and truly happy with my life, I think it’s time to get the fitness back on track.

On Thursday is my 26th birthday and for the month of September I have a few goals I am going to push.

  • Run at least 3 times a week
  • Try one fitness class a week
  • Do at least one outdoor run

Screenshot_20170904-200108Last night I went on my first run/walk. I finished close to 5 miles. My feet ached, this was after a day of walking at least three miles after brunch. The scenic view was gorgeous. We ran on the boardwalk that is adjacent to the Hudson River.

I am such a sucker for a gorgeous sunset. My friend runs a little slower than me, which is totally fine. We did one minute run, one minute walk until we reached 20 minutes and then we just walked all the way back. I think I need to stretch better, because the back of my knee muscle really hurt and it is way too early to get injured.

Tomorrow I am going to start doing morning runs. They are going to be short. We are going to start with 30 minutes and then do some leg weight workouts to strengthen my legs, so they don’t buckle down when I run.

So here is 4.49 miles for the books.

until next time.

XOXO,

B

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Fig & Olive, Home Workouts, & The Park

It’s Sunday, and here in New York City the weather just keeps on getting warmer. After a long and exhausting week, the boyfriend and I decided that we needed a date-day, if that’s a thing I’m not quite sure.

It has been two days since I’d gone to the gym, the blisters and bruises still hurt, so I did an at home workout. It was no joke either, totally a tough one. My mom recommended that I try Workout Trainer by Skimple. I did a lot of planks, side-tap planks, squats, lungs, etc. I was sweating through the whole 16 min. Then I did another workout for 11 minutes.

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The boyfriend and I decided to go to Central Park for our day-date. Walking alongside the gorgeous trees, and seeing people of all ages sitting around laughing, napping, and playing games is just a hoot. I put on a lot of sun screen, cause I’m really pale, and because I’m always very conscious about the health of my skin.

After the park, we walked to a French Riviera restaurant called Fig & Olive. I ordered the Monaco cocktail and it was so delicious. I couldn’t taste the alcohol in it, which is just the way I like my drinks, don’t judge. For an appetizer, my bf and I ordered the Truffle Mushroom Croquette, which is basically these fried balls filled with mushrooms and béchamel sauce. Then for the main meal, I ordered the Fig & Olive salad, piled high with greens, different cheeses, olives, and figs. My boyfriend ordered the Penne Funghi Tartufo. The pasta was lightly coated with some olive oil, sautéed truffled mushrooms, and hints of parmesan. My boyfriend didn’t love it, but from the bits and pieces I had, it tasted pretty great to me.

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The great thing about eating a salad for dinner is avoiding the heaviness that comes with a serious meal. Now we are winding down and getting ready to watch our shows before bed. Tomorrow I’m going to try and get in a run outside, so expect some pretty pictures 🙂 Happy Memorial Day for those who celebrate.

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Refinery Rooftop & Injuries

It’s Saturday and the weather is crazy beautiful here in New York City. Memorial Day weekend is in full swing, but I’m stuck at home. After having an intense week of workouts I am blistered, chafed, and unable to walk.

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I’ve decided that it’s home-ridden Saturday for me. In line with trying to keep myself more healthy and progress in my fitness journey, I decided to forget the snacks at the pharmacy and make myself some rice and red lentils. Grabbing literally everything that I have in my fridge, I also made a spinach salad with a bunch of fun toppings.

Today it’s binge watching tv shows and updating the blog for me. I’m hoping to see how my body feels and go grocery shopping to get some more healthy supplies for the week.

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Last night we decided to have a night out on the town. We got all dressed up, me blisters and all, and headed to Refinery Rooftop located on 38th street and 6th ave.

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I ordered the Blood Orange Mojito and then settled for a beer. We finished the night eating some pizza before heading home to bed.

Miles Left: 3,915.6

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Workout Recap & Foodies Goodies

Well, it’s Friday, thank goodness! I have had such an insane week. First off I finished my $19 class pass deal. I did rowing, yoga, TRX, and Surfiest. I think my body was really tired either from the heat, my extravagant meals, or working out a lot but I’m exhausted.

Sunday: TRX

Monday: Rest day, I was too sore to even get out of bed

Tuesday: Surfset

Wednesday: 5 mile run

Thursday: Rest day, I know another one, but I can’t help it I am exhausted.

Friday (AKA today): Going to the gym will see how much mileage I can garner.

Foodie finds of the week:

So this week instead of going to the gym on Sunday, my friend and I went to explore a food festival outside of our house. We got corn on the grill, funnel cake, and I got a smoothie. It was nice to be outside, walk around, and eat a bunch of food.

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After surfset, my friend and I were starving, so we stopped by this little taco bar, I got vegetarian enchiladas and she got the chicken version.

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Then that Sunday the bf and I usually have date night, so we went to the Drunken Munkey, an Indiana restaurant in our neighborhood. I got the buttered paneer and he got the buttered chicken. It was so delicious, plus I just couldn’t resist and ordered myself a cocktail.

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Yesterday, the bf and I decided it was time for date night. We settled on an Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. The food was sub-par but the cheese, olives, and prosecco were excellent, so it made it worthwhile. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever said no to dessert cause I was so full.

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There you have it folks, big week in a short small post. I’m going to try and be more health conscious next week. I tend to eat out a lot, so my goal is to reduce it to once a week. I have some good recipes lined up that I’m hoping to share, plus kickboxing is going to be added to the mix starting Sunday.

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Gym Buddy Moving & Blisters

Hey everyone! This week has been so great for me. My brother graduated from college, I completed my longest run, and now I’m resting with my foot propped on top of the living room table with a huge blister. After graduation the parents, my brother, and I went out to eat at a delicious Middle Eastern restaurant in MontClaire, New Jersey called Uncle Momo’s.

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I think it’s time to go look for actual running shoes,  since I’m running over five miles now a few days a week, but I’m just to tired to move at the moment. My friend and gym buddy is leaving the Upper East Side to live on the Upper West Side. It broke my heart, first because she’s one of my closest friends, but second because we won’t be able to go to the gym as readily as we have been able to.

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I had been doing kickboxing through a Groupon for a while a today I decided to sign up as a member! What!!! I know crazy, but since my gym buddy is moving away I decided I need to change up my endurance routine and I think this will be a fun way to burn an insane amount of calories and build up my strength.

I’m the kind of person that if I don’t have someone to go workout with me I probably won’t do it, so at least going to classes and to running groups will motivate me to stay involved. Got any tips to stay motivated to workout, when your gym buddy is no longer your gym buddy?

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Now I’m sitting here watching the Bayern Munich game with my fanboy boyfriend and our cat is laying on the carpet tired from the exhuasting day that she had of doing nothing.

Miles Left: 3,925.85

 

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