4 weeks till summer

Hey all,

I’m making use of the final push til summer to shred a few pounds and tone up. Then it’s wedding dress fitting #1 and buying a dress for the wedding dance. Would love if I could find something with a top similar to that worn by Taylor Swift at tonight’s billboard music awards.

As an incentive I’m A) posting here and B) taking part in a diet challenge.

Also really loving this dress cut:

Anyhow workouts planned for the week will be back to post eats, goal is lots of protein with one cheat meal/week.

Sunday-long walk with Ryan and pup, 20 minutes of yoga to stretch (rest day)

Monday-arms (using Tone it Up) and spin class

Tuesday-5 mi walk and tone it up kettlebell routine with short pilates or/yoga to recover

Wednesday-legs and spin

Thursday-barre workout

Friday-Hiit and upper body

Saturday-cardio and 30 min pilates

32 miles

Yay, you still come visit the site, thanks so much for continuing to check back. It’s been a crazy couple of months but another thesis is submitted and a few papers should be following soon.

But let’s talk about this beautiful weather! When I last posted it was still like this outside.

And now pollen is everywhere!

We enjoyed the coming of spring last Saturday with a 32 mile walk around the perimeter of Manhattan as part of the Great Saunter. The walk is put together by Shore Walkers and is their largest annual event. 32 miles was no joke, but I really enjoyed the experience, yet another way to enjoy NYC. To prove how crazy we are I think we’re going to do another 30 mile walk in a couple of weeks.

Shore Walkers mail your badge in the mail with optional in person registration if you want to pick up goodies like breakfast and a hat. We opted to start on our own and left our apartment with the intention of hitting the official start marker by 7:30am. To that extent we also started the race a little early at the Brooklyn Bridge…that way we would make it back home in time to pick up Mei for her evening walk.

By 7:55 we hit Tribeca and ran into several other walkers.

By 9:45 am we made it to the upper west side.

And by 12pm the GW bridge.

 

And by 1:30 we made it back to the eastside. We were like yay halfway there…but this is also when our legs started to feel the miles.

I believe this was about 96th st

~23rd st

Close to the williamsburg bridge!

And done! back home about 11 hours later and 72744 steps!!

Looking forward to the warmth

The music festivals are revealing their lineups and I’m super excited to attend both Firefly for the entire weekend and a little of Governor’s Ball!!

The acts I’m most excited to hear-

Drake Governor’s Ball headliner. I’m not necessarily the biggest Drake fan but I’m excited to see what kind of live show he gives.

And the same day Florence and Machine! I just started to listening to her new releases, still think music Ceremonials is the bands best.

Odesza-although not at all a fan of this music video…

Rudimental, I’ve loved them for the last few years and can’t wait to see them in person!! Also didn’t know they had a song with Ed Sheeran

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Rae Sremmurd-I can’t believe they’re at Gov Ball although I don’t know if I know anything but No Flex Zone, but I want to dance to it all the same!!! Man Friday is a good day for Gov Ball, I want to hear like everyone.

People Under the Stars-Another thing I love about Gov Ball is that they really good job of featuring all kinds of music. Also want to check out Bishop Nehru.

Logic-I’m kinda obsessed with him right now.

Echosmith because everytime I hear this song I can’t get it out of my head!

Snoop Dogg because in no other circumstance would I find myself at a Snoop Dogg concert

Betty Who

Bad Suns

The Preatures

Raury-Sound of 2014 #4

Cathedrals

Verite

Elliphant

Phox

Young Rising Sons

Zella Day

Borns

Linus Young

Snakehips, another one I’ve loved loved loved lately!

LE1F-ahh talk about a fun time ;)

The Griswolds

Night Terrors of 1927

Hey Rosetta!

Wild Party

for dancing

Gorgon City

Kaytranada

Chronixx & the Zincfence Redemption

DJ Mustard

Zedd

Tove Lo

The Chainsmokers

Rustie

Sweater Beats

Goshfather and Jinco

So many others I want to check out live!

Priory

Streets of Laredo-great folk sound

Hermitude

Zola Jesus

Generationals

Skylar Spence

Marian Hill

Knox Hamilton

Mother Mother

Panama Wedding

The Hunts

Not included bands I’ve seen before but of course excited to see all the same-The Black Keys, The Kooks, Bastille, Empire of the Sun (hoping to get closer this time around), The Killers, Spoon, RJD2

Disappointed there aren’t more Sound of 2015 that made either festival…maybe next year.

Later,

Nicole

Winter in the City

Hey y’all,

I’m sure if you’re reading this and live anywhere on the east coast you’ve experience an extremely cold winter…and if on the northeast lots of snow. It hit me hard two weeks ago and I just felt blah, but valentine’s dinner and the long weekend helped to brighten my spirits.

By the way in my 10 years in the city I’ve never seen so much ice in the river!

How cute are these little, yes, little snowmen.

Anyhow, I don’t have anything in particular to talk about today, but wanted to share what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

Bridesmaid shopping! This isn’t the dress, but me trying on a bunch to figure out the perfect dress for my girls.

Dinner for my aunt’s 92nd birthday.

Wedding crafts-ribbon flowers for the ceremony and perhaps part of the centerpiece displays.

Last but not least some pictures of Mei, who wants to constantly be cuddled up with either Ryan or me.

Later,

Nicole

Prep work in action

This week in container meals, as in how I am trying to get all meals together on Sunday to make the rest of the week easier.

Monday breakfast-overnight barely, granola, frozen berries, and walnut soaked in almond milk. Picture taken the night before so berries are still frozen.

Lunch for one day this week-salad:

Cut up vegetables to go with egg salad for another day’s lunch:

Dinner for a late night home, which is most night’s this week-barely, roasted broccoli, parsnips, and then added some grilled chicken…plus extra parsnips:

Homemade coleslaw and carrot cake breakfast cookies:

In other news I went shopping hungry and bought the red velvet with cream cheese oreos and entenmann’s valentine’s cake which brought back memories from when my grandmother used to buy the entenmenn’s valentine’s cupcakes. Both delicious in my opinion. I actually forgot how good entenmenn’s baked goods are…

Later,

Nicole

Workouts week of 1/25/15

Hey all,

While Manhattan wasn’t hit as hard as expected I fully appreciated the extra day off especially since I ended up working both Saturday and Sunday. I worked until lunch and then read for pleasure-haven’t done that in forever. I should have written but I needed some mental health time. It was seriously awesome to stay put and not worry about being somewhere at a given time.

Sunday-resistance treadmill routine/30 minute yoga stretch

Monday-legs, 30 minute yoga stretch

Tuesday-rest day/20 min yoga for strength

Wednesday-plyometric routine/yoga stretch

Thursday-strength/yoga stretch

Friday-arms/cardio

Saturday-elliptical 45 min

As you can see I’m really trying to get the yoga in there this week. I’ve been starting with 20-30 minute videos from youtube and search for yoga for back pain or yoga for hip relief or yoga for beginners if I want more strength. 60 min/90 min videos are intimidating and I can easily make an excuse about not having enough time. But 20/30 minutes I’ve got that…eventually will move on to a longer practice just a few times a week.

What I’m Loving Week of 1/18/15

1. Wahoo, 4th post of the week! Counts as something I love :)

2. Tasting for the wedding!! Went back to Pa on Monday and met with a florist and went to our dinner tasting.  The menu and linens are all set :)

3. This story. I need to cut down on the trash in my life. I need to look into the composting options that are near my apartment…

4. Vegan whipped cream-made with coconut cream. I always forget how yummy this is, I could eat it all day.

5. I’m gonna make a batch of these as a quick breakfast option.  Last week I made a frittata which I cut up and was able to grab as a healthy protein filled breakfast.

6. Last but not least, I want to try this cinnamon roll recipe which is yeast free (I’m suppose to limit yeast intake due to mold allergies). I just need to get my hand on some spelt flour. I already have the coconut sugar and oil!

Laterz,

Nicole

Meal planning

I’ve been really good with meal planning so far this year. Many of the dishes from last week and this week are based on Bon Appetit’s Food Lover’s Cleanse.

lunch from last week-leftover turkey from dinner that went into salad with pears, hazelnuts, and arugula, with a mustard/apple vinegar/ and olive oil salad dressing

Prep for roasted acorn squash tossed with korean chili paste, sesame seed oil

This week’s menu

Sunday-umm leftovers?  Wasn’t planning on food but ended up being home because of weather

Monday-Travel day, wawa hoagie

Tuesday lunch-tuna salad  dinner-curried brussesl sprouts, chick peas, and sweet potatoes

Wed lunch-leftovers, dinner sundubu

Saturday-TBD

Workouts

To keep accountable posting workouts from the last couple of weeks and plans for this week! With some music mixed in for fun!

Week of January 4th-Only 2 days of official workouts, thankfully I also walk a good amount to and from work. Sunday-Insanity, Tuesday-Resistance training (though this was a great workout that kept me tight for 3 days!)

Week of January 11-

Sunday-plyometrics, leg work, yoga 20 minutes

Monday-medicine ball work, bachata, yoga 20 minutes

Tuesday-20 min zumba, 20 min barre

Wednesday-off

Thursday-45 min ET, bachata

Friday-off

Saturday-plyometrics/kickboxing for 45 minutes, chest/back weights

Week of January 18-

Sunday-cardio mixture of plyometrics/zumba, legs weight

Monday-insanity

Tuesday-45 min cardio, bachata

Wednesday-resistance, bachata

Thursday-barre

Friday-plyometrics, spin

Saturday-upper body weights and pilates

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