Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Houston, We Have a (Roach) Problem

Last night there was a super intense thunderstorm that woke me and Ryan out of a sound sleep. I got up to close the window and get a glass of water and had a nice surprise waiting for me in the hallway... a roach about half the size of Gilligan. From the looks of it, Gilly had already half killed it, but I squashed it with a shoe anyway and headed back to bed. Upon getting up this morning, I was horrified to find Gilligan swatting the roach carcass around the living room. I picked it up with tissues and threw it in the trash.

I started having some anxiety on the way into work about the roach. Don't people say that you never just find one roach? That one roach means there is an entire colony living somewhere in your house or apartment? Sure enough, the first thing I did at work was google "Roaches in apartment" and all of the pages that came up confirmed my suspicions and worse... It turns out I did several things wrong in killing the mammoth roach with a shoe. Apparently when you do that, you just spread out the roach eggs on the floor where they can hatch. Also, you're supposed to flush the dead roach down the toilet so that eggs on it can't hatch in the trash can. Fabulous. The exterminator is coming tomorrow, but you bet that when we go to Rome, I'm fumigating the apartment with roach killer.

Work flew by today and because I ran errands this afternoon, I wasn't able to make it to my Wednesday night toning class. Instead, I checked out the gym at our new apartment. I was pleasantly surprised; it's definitely bigger than the gym at our old apartment with more machines. I got on the treadmill and ran a little more than four miles. My pace was pretty good (around eight and a half minutes) and I worked up a really good sweat. If I don't sweat during a workout, I just don't feel like I'm doing anything for my body. I know this isn't true, but that's just the way I feel. This is partly why I'm not a huge fan of regular yoga, but love bikram yoga (hot yoga).

I was absolutely starving after my run and immediately made myself a large protein shake (milk, chocolate protein powder, berry juice, berries and bananas) and put a cookie sheet worth of butternut squash in the oven to roast. I'm heading back for my second dinner in a few- leftover slowcooker pot roast that Ryan is currently digging into.

One of the highlights of my day was the cherry chocolate Larabar that I enjoyed this morning. For those of you looking for a yummy, healthy snack, definitely check out Larabars! I like them so much, I think I may bring a few to Mexico for healthy afternoon snacks. Until tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Blog Post!

Hello and welcome to my blog! I suppose I should start by telling you the reasons why I've created this blog and what you can expect to read about in the future. So here goes!

Not too long ago my friend Amy introduced me to a few blogs written by women in their twenties who discuss the delicious food they eat and the ways they stay fit and healthy by exercising regularly. Before long, I found myself hooked to two blogs in particular (http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/ and http://www.thefrontburnerblog.com/) and have to admit that I check them daily.  In a way, through reading the posts of these two women, I feel a bit like I know them. But most of all, I feel inspired by their seemingly tireless motivation to be active and fit, yet not deny themselves of the foods they most love.

I think these blogs resonate with me so strongly because I've seriously changed my lifestyle and diet over the past year. I joined a gym (VIDA Fitness) that I absolutely love because it both motivates and challenges me. At VIDA, I started taking weight lifting classes which have changed my body; I now have muscle definition which I never thought possible. Furthermore, as of July, I altered my diet in preparation for my wedding (which is next week!). I stopped eating bread, rice, pasta, and potatoes during the week and began eating more fruits and vegetables. Over the past year, I've successfully lost 10 pounds and feel healthier and possess more self-confidence than I ever have had before. As a result, I've started trying things I never thought I would, like hot yoga (which as it turns out I really love!).

It recently occurred to me that I might find it satisfying to start by own blog about fitness, food and the many other things I have going on like getting married, working full-time and going to school to get my Master of Public Health degree (hence the full plate and title of this blog).  So as I sit here, with a glass of red wine in hand (which may be a re-occurring theme on this blog), I'm embarking on my own attempt at a fitness and food blog, with other fun life events sprinkled in. I hope you enjoy!