Archive | April, 2013

Birthdays and Weddings

29 Apr

Guys, prepare yourself for a long one! Not only did I have a SUPER packed weekend, but I also managed to actually remember to bring my camera everywhere with me, so I took a ton of pictures!

This has definitely been one of those weekends that has been so full and so awesome, but that I’m SO going to regret on Monday morning when my alarm goes off at 5:45am…

But I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Even if it means extra coffee on Monday.

So prepare yourselves…


Chris’ 23rd birthday was actually on Saturday, but due to our super crazy Saturday plans, we ended up doing most of our celebrating on Friday night.

We met up after work and headed north to Potomac Mills for my first experience at the Cheesecake Factory. Holy cow, that menu is overwhelming! It’s seriously like a book. Our waiter said they had something like 350+ options? Umm… I’m way too indecisive for that!

I stuck to the skinnylicious menu. Not only did it list the “healthier” options, but it also was only like 50 items. A little less intimidating, in my opinion.


Because we got there so early (thank you no traffic going north on Friday afternoons!), we decided to take FULL advantage of their happy hour specials. Skinny margarita, don’t mind if I do! We also split the buffalo bites – shredded buffalo chicken in a pastry and fried. Sometimes you just have to splurge. Also, this was GIGANTIC.



I was so full already after this appetizer, I decided to go small for my meal and got something off the skinny appetizer menu. Which is still normal plate size. Explain that one to me! I got the asian lettuce wraps, which had chicken, sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and asian dipping sauces (peanut and herby). Amazing.


For our desert, we split a mango key lime cheesecake. Seriously delicious, and so summery.


We ended the night by going to see 42 at the movie theater. For anyone not familiar, 42 is about Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player. The movie was absolutely amazing, and I would highly recommend it. So inspirational.


We were up bright and early Saturday morning to hit up the farmers market. We weren’t able to make the opening last weekend when we were out of town, so we were happy to be able to check out all the new vendors this week.


You know, and hang out with these guys.


Oh Virginia. Only you would have alpaca farms represented at farmers markets… This city girl is still adjusting to the country life.

We ended up picking up some big, juicy strawberries, an onion, and too leeks (one of my FAVORITE spring/summer veggies!)


Once we got home, we switched it in to high gear to get cleaned up for a very special event! The wedding of my dear friends (and old roommate) Maria and Geo!


It was a beautiful ceremony, and my first ever Catholic AND bilingual wedding. It was so cool to hear everything done in both English and Spanish, and added such a personal touch for all of Geo’s family. Maria was an absolutely stunning bride, and I’m pretty sure everyone was in tears when Geo choked up giving his vows. So much love!




(This was taken after I nearly lost it hugging and talking to Maria and Geo. I am so happy for them!)


And then there was much dancing. And much drinking. And more dancing. And more drinking… I think you get the idea.


And then these gems happened. This is why I married him. He understands me.




We originally had planned on going to Kings Dominion for a few hours on Sunday morning before meeting up with Chris’ family. But after getting back home at 1am and literally falling into bed, we decided to a lazy morning sounded much more appealing. As long as the birthday boy was happy, I was open to anything.

We started out the morning with some banana pancakes. So simple, so delicious. I ended up substituting 1/2 a banana (mashed) for the egg, because we were out. They still ended up being delicious, just a little denser than normal. Still a thumbs up though!


After some cleaning and lazing around the house, we headed out in the rain to meet up with his family at Barren Ridge winery for a birthday celebration. My mother-in-law set up quite the spread for us!


The winery was dog friendly too, so even Laney could celebrate her daddy’s birthday!


A little gloomy outside, but still a beautiful view. Even though I sometimes find myself tired of Virginia (I’ve lived here my whole life), I can’t help but appreciate what a beautiful state we have sometimes.


We hung around, opened presents and ate cake (which I totally didn’t manage to get a picture of. Fail!) until well after 5. Chris and I then made the 2 hour trek back home and parked ourselves on the couch for the rest of the evening.

There you have it – my super long and super busy weekend. Now if only I could get it together this morning for work… I feel like I’m dragging a little more than usual today! The rainy weather probably doesn’t help.

I hope you all have a good Monday!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend?


The Time My Husband Passed Out at the Gym (and other Personal Training Thoughts)

25 Apr

How is that for the world’s longest title?

I must preface this post with the fact that Chris did (although somewhat begrudgingly) give me permission to tell this story on my blog, despite the fact that it embarrasses him heavily. So you should be extra nice to him. His poor ego took a bit of a beating.

So I mentioned before about how Chris and I joined a new gym last week. Thanks to the move, and a bad experience with trying to transfer my gym membership from Culpeper to a sister gym here in Fredericksburg, we have been in the market for a new gym option since November. Lucky for us, a handy LivingSocial deal popped up that allowed us to essentially join a gym with a month-to-month membership for a very small fee.


One of the requirements for a new membership is to have an intro session with a personal trainer. This session goes over basic information about the gym, and they get weight, height, body fat, BMI, and additional measurements to use as a starting point. They then take you around the gym and through a basic workout based upon what you’ve stated are your primary goals.

Then, of course, they tell you how you can sign up for personal training sessions. Gotta make a living, right?

One thing I really liked about the intro session was that one of the components of the “measurement” portion was where they make you hold a stick above your head and do a basic squat. You go through this a few times while they watch you from all angles, to see if there are any imbalances in your form, muscles that aren’t being activated, or other muscle concerns.

I didn’t really think too much of this (I did my squats, my trainer said they looked good, and we moved on), but when Chris went through his session, the trainer pointed out that he does have a muscle imbalance on his left side, and that he tends to overcompensate with his right hip. Who knew?

Overall, I thought this intro session was extremely informative. While there wasn’t necessarily a ton of information that I didn’t know already, my trainer did show me some machines or free weight exercises that were totally new to me, and forced me to step a bit out of my comfort zone (which I always appreciate). Doesn’t necessarily make me want to sign up for $75 sessions every week, but it’s definitely good to know that a good resource is available at my gym if I should need it.

Here is the crazy, husband dying part. Since I know that’s why you all really kept reading.

You see, while I was spending a lot of time at the gym in Culpeper, Chris had pretty much just settled into our normal running routine without really any additional strength training. He used to do a ton while he was in school, but just got out of the habit after graduation, and between a new job, the wedding, and the holidays, it kind of fell by the wayside for him.

Enter his personal training session, which started the same way as mine: measurements, squats, etc. The trainer then lead him through a workout, which was WAY different than his usual running-only stuff.

About halfway through, Chris starts to get really nauseous and dizzy. He didn’t really think to eat anything after a small lunch (since he’s not used to going to the gym right after work), and apparently his blood sugar took a nice spike. He walked back from a drink of water with a sheet shite face and blue lips, and within about a minute was being held up by two trainers while his knees buckled. He then lost consciousness completely and had to be dragged/carried to the nearest couch (at the totally other end of the gym, of course).

After a nice call for an ambulance (gym policy), a banana and a gatorade, he finally started to get some color back and his blood pressure went back into the normal range from scary low. Luckily the medics didn’t need to take him to the hospital, and by the time they had checked him out he was pretty much back to his old self. Feeling fine, minus a bruised ego.

Needless-to-say, we called it a day from there. And went and got some Chipotle. His choice.

After talking to the trainers, they said that this kind of thing happened at least once a month, because people come in to the gym underfueled or underhydrated and push themselves past their limit.

So as a little PSA, I thought I would share some tips on things to eat before a workout!

Best Workout Foods: What to Eat Before a Workout: US News Health

What to Eat Before and After a Workout: Fitness

Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts: Mayo Clinic


Moral of the story? Make sure to properly fuel your body before any workout!

So tell me: What is your favorite pre-workout snack?

WIAW: Middle School Edition

24 Apr

Happy Hump Day! (<—remember when that got a giggle out of everyone in middle school? Ok, I still think it’s funny)

We are officially halfway through the week! I don’t know about you, but this week is actually moving super quick for me. I have finally really started to get projects at work and am actually feeling productive after nearly a month at my new job. It definitely keeps my busy during the day when I’m actually getting calls and emails instead of refreshing my email every few minutes just waiting for one to come in!

I’m sure I’ll be complaining about being TOO busy soon enough. The grass is always greener, right?

But it is Wednesday, and I’m pretty sure you all know what that means! It’s time for a What I Ate Wednesday!

For those not familiar with WIAW, it is a blog phenomena started by the lovely Jenn of Peas and Crayons that’s all about celebrating and sharing food, instead of using it as a means of judgment or comparison.

So without further ado… what I ate Wednesday Tuesday!


Pretty boring – Kashi cereal with almond milk and some tea. Got the job done.



Mid-Morning Snack

The cereal didn’t really hold me over as long as I would like, so I ended up making some coffee around 10:30am.




I basically turned my leftovers from last night (mango pork carnitas) into a salad! I topped some spinach with pork, leftover pico de gallo, chopped mango, and some greek yogurt. It was definitely a delicious way to remake leftovers!




I knew that it was going to be a late dinner due to a 6pm meeting with our financial planner, so I ate my blueberry chobani around 3:30 to hold me over!




While at the farmers market on Saturday, Chris and I ended up picking up some fresh made roasted garlic pasta. It smelled so good that the pasta lady didn’t have to do a whole lot of convincing to get us to shell out a few bucks! We didn’t want to over power the flavor of the pasta, so we just paired it with some olive oil, sauteed veggies (onion, tomato, yellow pepper and spinach), and parmesan cheese. Topped with a little bit of leftover grilled chicken. It doesn’t look like much, but it was seriously delicious.


There you have it – what I ate on Tuesday!

So tell me: What did you eat today?