Dinner Envy

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday night! Since I am teaching summer school this week seems to be dragging, but it my only full week of teaching this summer so I think I can make it ;). Having the sun shining brightly each day on my way to school is good motivation to make it through the school day and the warmer weather is motivation for the killer Crossfit workouts I’ve been doing.

Today after school Jack ran me to Priscilla’s of Boston on Boylston St. to pick up my bridesmaids dress I will be wearing in August for my cousin Casey’s wedding. I am not going to post any pics because I can’t ruin the surprise for all the wedding guests! What I can tell you I sent a picture to Casey and she approved of it!

When I got home I whipped up some lunch based on Jack’s meal at the Cheesecake Factory last night. Have you ever had dinner envy when the person you are dining with order a meal that looks far more appealing than yours? That was me last night! He got balsamic chicken medallions with stir-fried vegetables and rice.

Today I made this:

Green Giant teriyaki stir-fry (broccoli, red peppers, water chestnuts) and whole wheat angel hair pasta. It was very filling and delicious. It only took 15 minutes to make. I am a big fan of quick and filling foods.

After lunch a nap was in order. I was trying to catch up on the Real Housewives of NY but they lulled me to sleep somehow.

Since my half marathon I have taken a mini break from Crossfit and this is my first full week back at it. My muscles are feeling it I’ll tell ya. Today my shoulders were sore and my hamstrings and quads burned walking up the stairs, but tomorrow is going to be a rest day so that got me going.

I ran there today but was super slow because my legs felt so tight. Actually, judging by the way passers-by were looking at me I very well may have been walking, but I made it to Crossfit with 10 minutes to spare.

Warm-up:

  • 2 floor lengths each of bear crawls and walking lunges (Marc said it was a warm up for the WOD, I think it was torture)

3 rounds:

  • 15 jumping jacks
  • 10 double unders/30 singles
  • 10 jumping squats

Strength:

  • 5 x 5 push press (80lbs max)
  • alternating with 10 box jumps (20 in box)

The box jumps were hard.  It was the third day in a row I had done them and I definitely felt them in my calves and shins.
WOD: 2 rounds

  • 50 double unders/150 singles
  • 100m bear crawl
  • 100m walking lunges
  • BONUS: 800m run

CONFESSION:  I saw the bear crawls when the WOD was posted last night.  I was immediately scared and thought about canceling.  Knowing I was taking tomorrow as a rest day, and knowing that I wouldn’t be the only one faced with the task of bear crawling for 100m in public, I decided to suck it up and go.  I am glad I did, of course.  Sometimes the feeling after finishing is what drives me to go in the first place.

OBSERVATIONS:

  1. I needed to learn how to do double unders like yesterday.  Triple digit jump rope reps are just plain silly.
  2. Bear crawls did not hurt my shoulders the way I thought they would, they did have my quads SCREAMING though.
  3. Whoever though that running 800m, as a bonus, after doing 200m of bear crawls and 200m of walking lunges is insane.

Finish: 24:16.

And then I walked home. And I took the short route. Don’t judge me.

Now I am sitting on the couch waiting for Jack to bring home dinner. I know I am making it too much of a habit with the eating out (I don’t even think I need to tell you what he is bringing home), but I just still am not feeling the food shopping cooking.

What does the bright sunshine and warm weather motivate you to do?

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Sneaking in some Mileage

What a gorgeous Tuesday we had on our hands today didn’t we? When I got out of school today I headed home and immediately took a nap. My upper body was feeling those Caber tosses from yesterday’s workout. Good news is that I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to take whatever workout Marc planned for our Sports Bootcamp class (I just figured out that is the “official” name for bootcamp on the registration site).

I had half a Clif bar about an hour before class (and ate the other half after class).

I also decided that since I had a little nap, I should run to and from Crossfit. It is only a little over a mile from my front door to theirs and serves as a great warm up before class. Of course, bootcamp was going to be outside (it wasn’t raining) and I knew we’d be running, but these mini-runs serve as a great way to sneak in some mileage each week.

Run (to and from)

  • about 60 minutes total (including at least a 25 minute talk break when I bumped into Ali on my run home and chatted on Medford St.)
  • 2.25 miles total

Bootcamp today was an original Croffit WOD (all of them are named after women).

WOD: Kelly, for 5 rounds, 32 minute time limit

  • 400m run
  • 30 wall balls (10lb ball)
  • 30 ledge jumps

The workout was killer. Marc told use we could modify as we thought we needed to be able to complete 5 full rounds in the time given. I did the first two rounds as prescribed, but I was struggling with catching my breath. For round three I modified to 20 wall balls and at four and five I modified the wall balls to 20 as well. These modifications were very necessary- I went at this WOD balls to the wall (no pun intended 😉 )
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I finished my modified WOD with like 45 seconds to spare, and then had no energy to stretch after.

Did I mention I had to run home?  I ran a total of 4ish miles today.  See how I snuck that in?!  Clever right?

I was delighted to see Ali running on the other side of the street though I definitely disrupted her Fartlek fun (she was doing some speed work). The only part that neither of us thought out about our chatting: having to completely start our runs over! My body totally cooled down during my break and when I started running again my whole body hurt! Gah!

When I got home, Jack and I decided that we would use a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory and treat ourselves to dinner out. I promised him that at some point I would start cooking dinner again, but as of now we should continue eating out every night 🙂

I started dinner with a couple pieces of bread, a huge glass of water, and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. I actually wasn’t very hungry so I ordered a garden salad served with balsamic vinegarette and fried zucchini sticks.
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Right about now I could go for a huge brownie sundae and 12 hours of sleep. Since I don’t have brownies and ice cream, and I have to work at 8 am I am plain out of luck for this evening.

I will have to settle for some cookies instead.

Night!
~l

A Caber Tossing Purple Iguana

Wow today flew by, huh? If only all Mondays could be like this one!

As you may know, today is Pizza Monday. I think the concept is catching on! Anyone else eat pizza on every day of the week Monday? Funny thing is that before I headed out to Crossfit, Jack asked where we’d be getting our pizza tonight. It took me a minute to remember it was Pizza Monday 😉 Thanks for the reminder love ❤

Before we headed to Regina’s, Ali and I met up at my place and headed to Avalon Crossfit. I did a little shopping today and was sporting some new workout duds: purple Nike Tempo shorts and a dri-fit shirt. I had never worked out in shorts but it was going to be so hot so I knew I needed to at least give it a shot. I really loved the shorts- they didn’t ride up in between the legs or give me a muffin top like many elastic waist shorts do! Ali told me I looked like a purple iguana, just the look I was going for 😉

The sneakers are my custom designed Nike Free shoes I ordered a couple of months ago. It took them six weeks to be delivered and I just started using them in Crossfit. They allow my feet to move more naturally because they are less structured than my running sneaker. I like them so far and will do a better write up when I’ve used them for a bit longer.

The 6 pm class was taught by John and it was packed! We got there right at 6 and they had already started with the warm up and strength portion of the class so I had to get right to work.

Warm Up: 3 rounds

  • 5 inchworms
  • 10 alternating lunges
  • 15 good mornings with a pvc pipe (these things make my hamstrings feel amazing!)
Strength:
  • 5 x 5 deadlifts for max weight (Ali and I shared a bar and maxed at 105lbs I think?)
  • 5 x 10 ring push ups (holy hard!)
MetCon WOD for 4 rounds (the most fun one we have done EVER!)
  • Sprint to ledge
  • 20 ledge jumps
  • Sprint to turf
  • 20 Push ups
  • 20 Caber Toss

I felt really strong today during the WOD.  Part of the reason I believe is because of the lunch I had today with my dad: grilled chicken, rice, and corn.  I also had a cool mint Clif bar two hours before working out.  Usually I feel really hungry by the time I Crossfit and end up starved by the end, but not today!  I felt completely content and energized.

Anyway,  I felt like I dominated this WOD and finished at 23:15.

John gave me some more pointers on my push-ups when he saw me do a couple regular then modify them on my knees (even thought my goal is to do as close to prescribed as possible).  He said my core is definitely string enough so I should hold the plank position on the way down and quickly drop my knees on the way back up into a plank position.  Using this tip I did pushups faster than I think I ever have in Crossfit.  It felt great.

Oh, and I bet you are wondering about the Caber toss.  That was the fun part I mentioned above.  It was just so different than what we have ever done and really spiced out the WOD.

We obviously weren’t tossing trees in the air at the Charlestown track, but we used medicine balls and tossed them over the goal post. Each time it went over was one rep. If it didn’t make it over it didn’t count.

See, fun right!?

After dropping Ali off Jack and I headed to Regina’s for some patio seating and pizza.

Delish!

Did you celebrate Pizza Monday?

Teacher, teacher

Monday, Monday….

How did you get here so fast?

As you know, I finished up school last Wednesday and had a lovely few days off where I slept in and learned some new dancing skills 😉 Well today I started my position as a writing teacher for the summer program held at my school. Teaching summer school is different than a regular school day because the group of kids is significantly smaller (10-15 in a group) and the day is shorter too! My regular school day runs Monday to Friday from 8:20-2:40, but summer school is generally Monday to Thursday 8:00-12:00. The program, which is 20 days, focuses on building reading and writing skills and preventing the “summer forgetfulness” that happens when children are out of school for the summer. It is all about filling in the gaps and giving students a good base to start the next school year with. I really enjoy working with a different grade level of kids for a short time. This year I will be working with second and third graders (who will be entering third and fourth grade in the fall) for 10 days of the program. Teaching the writing piece brings me back to my days before I found my love of teaching math!

Did you know I have ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher? When I was little I used to play school ALL THE TIME. I would dress up in my mom’s long skirts and heels and carry around a coffee mug filled with water. I would make my brother take made-up spelling tests and played “school” every Friday in elementary school. I mean, what kids do you know leave school and then pretend to be back in school when they get home? I often used milk crates to create desks in the spare bedroom in my house so I had my own “classroom”. I am fortunate in the sense that I just have always known what my perfect profession was. You know how what they say:

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”
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Here is a little background of my teaching career:

2004: Graduated from the University of Maine, Farmington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
2004-2005: I taught grade 3 in Benton, Maine (I got offered a job before even graduating!)
2005: Returned to Massachusetts, began working in my school district as a permanent substitute in a grade 6 position
2006-2007: Taught 6th grade Reading and Social Studies
2006: Got my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy from Lesley University
2006-2010: Taught self-contained (meaning I taught all subjects) 4th grade
2009 (I think): Received my C.A.G.S (certificate of advanced graduate studies) in Mathematics Education through Lesley University
2010-2011: Taught 5th grade math

As you can see I’ve taught a variety of grade levels and subjects. To date my favorite position would be my fifth grade math position. The upper elementary grades allow me to maintain high expectations of students and develop more independent thinking skills while preparing them for middle school. Teaching math only allows me to prepare in-depth, quality lessons and gives me ample time to reflect and rework them when necessary. Math lessons are always on my mind!

What did you want to be when you “grew up”? Did you go with that career or find another that suited you better? Are you still in the process of finding what you want to do when you “grow up”?

Interestingly enough, even though the hours are shorter and the groups are smaller, I still can’t get up when my alarm goes off. I guess a downside to teaching summer school is that my body is in summer mode. Summer mode means I get easily sucked into watching hours of crappy Sunday night television on E! (Have you seen the Ice T show?!)

This morning I hit the snooze until about 7:00 and while I showered I popped two Van’s waffles in the toaster for a delicious waffle sandwich made with peanut butter and banana. Then I stopped at Dunk’s for a French Vanilla iced coffee.

Since I got out at noon I headed to my parent’s house to have lunch with my dad. I also went to the mall to pick up some warm-weather friendly running shorts and shirts. I got aocuple pair of Nike Tempo shorts and Dri fit shirts. Crossfit’s WOD is outside tonight and seems very different from what we have ever done!

I think a nap may now be in order 🙂

Catch ya later!

Ho it Up, Ladies

Good evening! Boy this weekend flew by. I was happy to see the sun for the first time in three days so this afternoon I got my butt to the beach in hopes of catching some rays. The sun had a different idea.  It thought it should play hide and seek behind clouds.  The beach got cold, so I packed up and headed home.  Better luck next time?!

Anyway….

Yesterday I woke up and headed to bootcamp. I had thinking about skipping, but I would’ve had to super late cancel and I had no real good reason not to go, so I got up and changed and headed to Avalon Crossfit.  It had been raining earlier in the morning, and though the ground was still wet, it stopped and we headed outside to the track. It was cool out so that made for great workout weather.

Warm Up

  • 20 alternating lunges
  • 20 jumping jacks
  • 10 air squats

Since it was my fourth Crossfit class of the week, and the third day in a row, my legs were super sore.  I really felt the burn in the lunges and squats.  My hamstrings are super tight today.  I think I need to spend some time with my foam roller tonight 🙂

  • 50 ab mat sit ups
  • 400m run
  • 225 jump rope singles
  • 400m run
  • 100 push ups
  • 400m run
  • 125 squats
  • 400m run

The workout was awesome even though I was skeptical at first.  It seemed like a lot to do! I had to push myself, especially through the push ups (which I modified on my knees) and with the squats (I felt these a million fold!).  I finished in 23:30 and headed straight home to meet Amy for a very special date 😉

I quickly showered and got to eating some breakfast, which Amy so graciously picked up. A bagel with cream cheese…

and a mimosa.

At 1:30 we met my friend Andrea and the rest of her lovely bridal party to get some bachelorette festivities going. First stop: Gypsy Rose for some pole dancing fun.

Lexi, our pole dance teacher, met us in the office area and promptly brought us into the changing room filled with sky high boots, bootie shorts, and told us to find something fun to wear before class. I would’ve thought I’d be a bit more self-conscious while trying to pick out a costume that would make me look like a “ho” (Lexi told us to “Ho it up”) but it was a lot of fun! I wore knee-high black boots, black bootie shorts, and a pink, diner-waitress dress that was SUPER short.

We walked in and went over some ground rules and then Lexi gave us a little dance. The room had three poles in it and was dimly lit with strips of white light ropes. There were several sayings posted on the wall as well: “The pole is your friend” and “sexy is a state of mind” were my favorites.

We started out class with a group strut from on end of the room to the other. We were given a few pointers and then Lexi put on “Free your mind” by En Vogue and we were off.

We then learned a little floor dance that started with the go-to exotic dance move: the booty circle. It kind of is like doing the hula-hoop, but sexier of course! After that it was our signature dance move for the night. I am sure everyone who came in contact with us after that was super impressed by our group’s booty circle skills.

Next up: the pole. We learned three different pole spins during class and they were way easier than I expected them to be. I was kind of a natural 😉 We were told to “trust the pole and trust your body”. 3 girls lined up at the poles and Lexi gave us all individual instruction and pointers as needed. I flung myself around those poles until I was dizzy and got all three spins by the end of the class. Woop Woop! It was so much fun!

The icing on the cake was our final lesson of the class: the art of picking up a $20 bill with your butt. Yes folks, that is now a skill I have actually acquired. The key was to do booty circles on your way to sitting on the chair.

As you can see, I look more like I am going to the bathroom than exotic dancing my way to picking up a $20 with my butt cheeks, but I was successful!

We were given about 5 minutes to mess around on the pole while Lexi got changed and then we took one last group photo before changing up and heading out. Andrea was given a special certificate declaring her and exotic dancer!

Pole dancing was such a blast. At first I thought I would feel uncomfortable or look dumb and make a fool of myself but it wasn’t like that at all. Lexi had such a good way of making us feel comfortable right from the start. I would definitely do it again 😉

After dancing we headed to the one-bedroom suite on the 27th floor of the Sheraton near the Prudential. THe views of the city were ah-mazing. We had Regina’s pizza (duh!), mixed some drinks, played some games, and got ready to head out for a night on the town.

It was a really fun night and I was happy I got the chance to celebrate her upcoming wedding with her. If last night was any sign of things to come, that wedding is going to be a blast! The rest of our festivities, my friends, will remain a special memory for Andrea and her girls!


Have you ever gone pole dancing? What did you think? What was a memorable bachelorette party you’ve attended?

Monkey see, monkey do!

This morning I woke up this morning feeling refreshed. I was in bed by 11 last night, and I didn’t have to work today, so there really isn’t any reason I shouldn’t feel refreshed, right?

I woke up feelin yesterday’s WOD in my armpits, well the area around my armpits, and legs. It is such a good feeling to know that I kicked my own butt yesterday. I was ready to get right back into it today.

But first, I had breakfast.

The Smart Start cereal and blueberries were a great combination but I found my stomach grumbling about and hour later. At that point it was too late for me to eat something else because when I eat too close to Crossfit I get tummy troubles, and I don’t enjoy them at all. It really cramps my Crossfit-style (pun intended, I am funny 🙂 )

Class today was lead by Tristan so right away you should know it was awesome. There were 5 of us today, including another lady! It was great to have someone to share a bar with during the strength portion of the class.

Warm Up: 3 rounds using PVC pipe

  • 10 pass throughs
  • 10 good mornings
  • 10 air squats

The pass throughs really felt amazing in my armpit/chest area!

Strength

  • 5 x 5 push jerk
  • 10 weighted back extensions
  • 20 ab mat sit ups

WOD: outside on track, 5 rounds

  • 100 m sprint
  • 100m walk
  • 100m sprint
  • 100m walk

I am not a fast runner. In high school, my softball coach made a comment that I run like a turtle. I take offense to that when I think about it now because it isn’t like I don’t try to run my fastest! My fastest just happens to be slower than, well, everyone. This WOD was a good way for me to get in a little speed work in a non-intimdating way.

Tristan’s tips to gain speed were to build up speed as fast a possible and lean forward to gain momentum. The first lap I could feel I was keeping my shoulders straight. I was also not getting a jogging start (anticipating) the sprints very well. As a result I was running pretty slow (even for me).

For the second lap I watched the other girl in the class. She was super speedy. For each sprint portion she started with a light jog at the end of the walking in anticipation for the sprint. Then, when she hit the line, she leaned forward and took off.

Monkey see, monkey do. I was impressed with myself.

By the last two laps I was able to correctly maintain a pace that allowed me to sprint through the end of each straight portion of the track.

Post workout I made a smoothie.

In the mix:

  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ice

It tasted just like a Starbuck’s smoothie.  This mixture is a keeper 🙂

Up for the rest of the day is a little bit of puttering around for some wedding related festivities I have coming up for my cousin Casey. Anything that involves shopping makes for a good day in my book!

What’s on your agenda for this weekend?

~L

A Brand New Look

Good morning! Everyone notice something different about the site? Yup! I gave myself a blog makeover, and the best part is that it was free 🙂

A couple of weeks ago, Ali and I were discussing blog related things and I had mentioned that the part of blogging I dislike the most is the uploading of pictures from my camera, into iphoto, then onto WordPress and into a post. It is so time consuming and for some reason it annoys me a lot. She suggested uploading and editing my photos into a free program called Picasa.

Yesterday I finally uploaded the program and got sucked into the wonders of photo editing for the entire afternoon! Oh boy this is going to change the way I post with pictures for sure!

I created a whole bunch of collages to make a header and it took me a while to get the size and layout right:

Too big!

Too small!

Typo. Can you spot it? (I spelled “quit” as “quite

Just right!

I also changed the theme of my page by using a free theme through Word Press. I think the blog is now clean and simple. I love it!

What do you think??

After spending my entire afternoon playing with Picasa, I was looking forward to a night out with coworkers to celebrate the retirement of our school’s beloved secretary, Miss Phyllis. Miss Phyllis is the BEST secretary a school could ask for. She knows the names, numbers, and family members of every student in the building. She will drop anything to fix the copier when it has a jam or is out of toner, and will make 90 copies of my kids math homework without complaining once. She is kind and caring and is going to be missed by the entire community. Miss Phyllis is truly irreplaceable.

The soiree was at the Winthrop Arms which is a restaurant/hotel that overlooks the ocean. It was a rainy night and the restaurant lounge was very comforting. It was a cozy spot for a party.

I had two glasses of wine over the course of the night.

A plate of appetizers help my appetite over until dinner.

Entree:

The chicken limone was topped with melted cheese and asparagus and came with a couple roasted potatoes. I ate the potatoes and the cheesy asparagus off the to of the chicken. The food wasn’t bad but I sometimes do not enjoy chicken at restaurants.

Dessert was a scoop of vanilla ice cream and an unpictured piece of strawberry shortcake. Yum!

On today’s agenda is 11a.m. Crossfit class. The WOD calls for us to be outside so I am hoping the rain holds off.

See ya this afternoon!

~L