What’s Going On?

6 02 2015

And I said HEY-YEA-YEAH -YEAH…anyone else singing that song? Just me? Oh. Ok.

Anywho- I figured I’d check in with a life update- I know, super exciting for a Friday post, but hey, you gotta take writing inspiration where you find it.

Fitness:

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I’m still struggling to find my run mojo. I ran a few times in December, and both times I did my “normal” 4k loop around my house. Unfortunately, I’m so out of shape that my calves were sore for several days after and that killed my desire to run. However, I ran earlier this week, just 2k this time, and a) no soreness and b) I actually wanted to go for another run, but rain and my yoga challenge got in the way. I guess technically I could have run on the treadmill, but who wants to do that when it’s perfect running weather outside?

Speaking of my yoga challenge, I’ve got 9 days left (well, I guess 8 by the time this publishes)- and I have to make ALL of them in order to get my 21 days in. I’ve missed 3 classes because I chose not to go (lazy!) and the studio was closed for Gasparilla and then the city shut off the neighborhood’s water so classes were cancelled. Thankfully, they’ve added one more day to the challenge to make up for the unexpected closing. I’ve really enjoyed regularly practicing yoga; however, I do find myself missing my beloved cardio. It’s too bad because the classes I like to go to just so happen to be at the same time I’d normally run (since I haven’t been able to get my butt out of bed in the morning to run). I’m glad I’ve learned this, but I don’t think I’ll ever be a 5x per week yogi.

Fun:

So I mentioned Gasparilla above- and for those of you who don’t know, Tampa has a festival every year at the end of January, where we “celebrate” the pirate Jose Gaspar and his “rule” over southwest Florida. Basically, beginning right after New Years, all things pirate-themed start popping up in Tampa. Houses are decorated, costumes are sold, and beads- tons and tons of beads are commonplace. It’s basically Mardi Gras with pirates. It just so happens to always be around my birthday, but since being in Tampa, I’ve never actually been a part of the festivities.

This year, I made a point to at least check out the parade. Drunken debauchery isn’t really my thing, but I really just wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Bill and I stopped at my friend Jennica’s house for some food and drinks before heading over to Bayshore to catch some of the parade.

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Oh, it’s also an excuse to dress up, which can be kind of fun!

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Holy masses of people. The crowd for the parade was probably about 10 feet deep, before it thinned enough to walk through, and the majority of people had been drinking since 9am (or earlier)- it was after 3 by this point.

Bill and I walked along the outskirts of the crowd, people watching, and occasionally grabbing some beads thrown from the floats. I noticed that there were a ton of police officers from surrounding counties there- there were so many people, the reinforcements were necessary. There were a few occasions where I saw a police officer hovering over some poor drunk person who was vomiting in the streets. Gross. Keep it classy Tampa.

The parade? To be perfectly honest, I thought it was pretty lame- just floats (some fancier than others) where people were throwing beads. Yay? We were there for maybe an hour before deciding we’d had enough and headed to one of our friend’s houses.

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The one thing that struck me as we rode home for the night was what I’ll call carnage- there were beads, cups, trash, and just loads of stumbling people all over town, hours after the parade had ended. It certainly is quite the day in Tampa, but I think I’ll stick to going to friend’s parties away from the mess of the parade.

And finally, Food:

Trader Joes is my jam y’all. The other night for dinner, I nom’d on wine, cheese, and other crudités. Have you guys had the caramelized onion cheddar from TJ’s yet? OMG I could eat it all in one sitting! And those cherry peppers? The perfect combination of sweet and heat!

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Another night, I went to TJ’s hungry, had a bite of what they were sampling, and hook-line and sinker the ingredients ended up in my cart.

IMG_7666Veggie Masala burgers with peach chutney (mixed with some Greek Yogurt) served on some of their frozen naan? DELISH! If I hadn’t taken the time to make the sweet potato fries, this would have been a complete meal in 10 minutes. Easy peasy.
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Another frozen section find: Vegetable Fried Rice. Bill and I could live on fried rice from Kombo Kitchen (me: pineapple fried rice; him: thai fried rice), so we decided to give TJ’s a go. I stir fried it in my wok, and doctored it up with some soy sauce, tempeh, tomatoes, and some frozen green peppers. It was really tasty, but it wasn’t Kombo. IMG_7681

And finally, there is nothing better than a warm croissant and a good cup of joe. Well, maybe if they were pumpkin croissants, which is what I got from TJs. I think they are typically a fall special, but the last time I was at TJs there were a few boxes left, so I grabbed one. They’re frozen, and come 4 to a package. You need to take them out the night before, lay them on a buttered baking sheet, and in the morning, they’ll have doubled in size (or even tripled!) and they’re ready to bake. As long as you remember to take them out the night before, this is SUCH a delicious and easy breakfast. They’re warm, buttery, and there’s just enough of this pumpkin pie-like filling. Breakfast perfection. And cheaper than the croissants at Starbucks. Win. Win.
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So, what’s been going on with you?

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Let’s Play A Game

6 06 2011

My (Chloe) weekend wasn’t out of the ordinary… there was some lots of training (and racing!), some socializing, some grocery shopping, some baking…nothing that should shock you by any means. So, instead of giving you a rundown of my weekend activities, we are going to play a little game today called “how similar were our weekends.” Below are a bunch of snapshots from my weekend. Each has a caption. For every activity that you also did this past weekend, you get a point! Add em up and let me know  in the comments section bellow which and how many of our weekend activities overlapped! And if there is a story to share behind the activity, share!

Hope you all had great weekends!

Shopped at Trader Joes…

Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies…

Babysat…

Made a ginormous delicious homemade salad…

Iced your knee…

Drank Dunkin Donuts Coffee…

Raced! …

Spent time with one of your best friends…

Question of the Day: How many and which of these activities did you partake in this past weekend?!

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A Kid In a Candy Store

9 05 2011

Hi Friends. I (Chloe) hope that you all had terrific weekends. Given that it was supposed to rain both on Saturday and Sunday here in D.C. and the skies were blue both days, I was a pretty happy camper! I was able to get in 2 bike rides, 1 run and 1 swim. It was a big training weekend for me…but this week is a recovery week so I will be taking it down a notch in preparation for my first triathlon of the season, the Kinetic Sprint! This past weeks workouts for me looked like this…

Monday: AM-Swim 3000 meters PM- Run 10 miles

Tuesday: PM- Bike 15 miles (working on sprints and one leg drills)

Wednesday: AM- Swim 2500 (didn’t feel so good on Wed so took the PM off)

Thursday: AM Run 4.5 miles PM- decided not to do my 15 mile bike because I still wasn’t feeling great

Friday: 4 miles walk (still feeling off)

Saturday: AM swim 5000 meters, Later in the AM 20milebike/2.5 mile run BRICK (I was dead on Sat night!)

Sunday: Bike 30 miles

And now onto the fun stuff. Given that my legs were dead from my weekend of training and this week is MOVING WEEK, (SO EXCITED!) I had no desire to plan a week of complicated meals or treck up to the grocery store. So, my wonderful friend and next door neighbor Nisha let me borrow her car to take a little trip to Trader Joes. I knew before the trip even took place that I was going to come home with all sorts of extra items  goodies, but I think I took grocery shopping to a whole new level this week. I can’t control myself in TJ’s! Im seriously like a kid in a candy store. Some of the goods… (yeah…not even all of it could fit on the counter)

I think that I sufficiently covered the entire food pyramid during this trip. And doesn’t it all look so colorful and exciting? Am I the only one who gets this excited about a stocked fridge/cabinet full of TJ’s?! Most grocery stores don’t keep their shelves stocked with 2 of my favorite flavors of Fage Greek  Yogurt, but TJ’s does!

Blueberry Acai and Cherry Pomegranate! As I mentioned, this week I am moving, but that doesn’t mean that fast food has to enter the equation. TJ’s has TONS of easy healthy options that you can put together super quickly. This weeks eats will include Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs, Pesto Chicken and marinated Ahi Tuna steaks. Sound good?

Of course, in a house that has a constant stock of hummus, I grabbed TJ’s 3 layer zesty cilantro, traditional and roasted red pepper hummus.

And of course,  snacks 🙂  Wasabi peas and chocolate covered pretzels. I also grabbed a bag of baked plantains and a bag of veggie tortilla chips which missed the picture but are awesome! They are made out of veggies and flax seed and are super thick. Great with some good salsa! Clearly mushroom and herb risotto isn’t a snack, but it will taste mighty good with that fish!

I dug into the chocolate pretzels on my way home 🙂 And by the end of the night, most snack bags had chip clips on them. I just had to give everything a taste…make sure it was all OK for Chris to eat! I am sure that you are wondering how badly my bank account was hit this week. Not bad at all! Given that SO many items at TJ’s are only a buck 99, I managed to get out of the store paying only $75. I would consider that a steal 🙂 Definitely looking forward to the next weeks eats!

Question of the Day: Are you good at staying on a budget in the grocery store?