Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 13-18, 2014: Workout Check-In

 Like I mentioned earlier... fitness has been the name of my game lately. With a looming wedding and my 2012 fat year still scaring me sh*tless, I've slowly made healthy living a hugeeeee priority in my life: I food prep every Sunday (more on that in another post), I workout at LEAST 4-days a week and I take inventory of everything I eat during the work week.

The funny thing about fitness is that once you get into the swing of it (repeatedly going, pushing yourself) the idea of not going or putting in the time is unheard of: It just feels SO good and you can't wait to get there! The problem for me arises if I let it go awhile... once the Couch Potatoitis has kicked-in, it's hard to want to go back after a couple weeks. So I've always tried to motivate myself enough to just keep going as to not get into that lull because I swear that working out 5 days in a row is a lot easier than working out one haphazard day here and there.

So as part of my whole 'document your year!' plan that has me back on this blog :) I decided to also try to post how I worked out last week to kinda track my progress and keep motivated!

Last Week's Exercise:
On the treadmill at my office gym. I hate the treadmill more than life itself  (it's so hard to not just watch the clock) but I figure I can suck it up for 20 minutes as long as I have a good playlist!
Sunday, April 13th: 

Monday, April 14th:
-Lunch workout at my office-

  • 20 minutes of sprints on the treadmill (1 minute at about 4.8, 1 minute at 8.5+, repeat for 20 minutes)
  • 15 lateral raises | 15 20-lb free weights overhead | 30 jumping jacks
    (repeat entire cycle 5 times)
  • 15 leg-press | 30 crunchies | 15 back extensions
    (repeat entire cycle 5 times)

Tuesday, April 15th
  • 60-minute spinning class at the gym after work

Wednesday, April 16th 
-Lunch workout at my office-
  • 20 minutes of sprints on the treadmill (1 minute at about 4.8, 1 minute at 8.5+, repeat for 20 minutes)
  • 15 leg press | 15 20-lb free weights overhead | 30 jumping jacks
    (repeat entire cycle 5 times)
  • 30 jumping jacks | 8 push-ups | 30 crunchies | 15 back extensions
    (repeat entire cycle 5 times)

Thursday, April 17th
-Lunch workout at my office-
  • 20 minutes of sprints on the treadmill (1 minute at about 4.8, 1 minute at 8.5+, repeat for 20 minutes)
  • 10 minutes on the Elliptical
  • 10 minutes of various free weights

Friday, April 18th
Rest day aka 'I wanted to shop at lunch instead of go to the gym' day
Took the puppy on a long walk!
Such a better workout when I can watch the best show ever to keep my eyes off the clock!
Have a fabulous day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Summary.

 Sunday bath time for the cutest shelter puppy that ever was: 

Happy Hour:
Always Order Wine ... the memoirs of a boring person
The cutest puppy face of all time.
My barky best friend.
Time with pals:
Jordan & Caitlin at Bridgeport

Moscow Mules at The Fields
Homemade pizza at Jordan's/by Jordan

The Handsomest

 Food prep (#caitielady08foodprep on Instagram):
Mid food-prep mess
Meal for the week!Breakfast: Plain Greek Yogurt, strawberries, raspberries, kiwis + hard-boiled eggs | Lunch: Purple Cabbage, Celery, Bell Peppers, peanuts + Chicken & homemade peanut sauce over a bed of kale and spinach | Snacks: Apples + Oranges, Veggie Bags + Hummus, Pretzels | Dinner (not pictured): Korean Tacos with pulled chicken, cabbage, cilantro and kimchi |

 The new Kitchen Island in our teeny downtown kitchen:
The cutest
Well done!!!
 Hope your Monday is not as terrible as it always is :)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Return.

 October 8, 2013 was the last time I posted on this here blog. Even to me that seems really hard to believe. Hard to believe when I think about how much joy it brought me in the past. I loved my end-of-day routine: Climb into a cozy spot on the couch or nestle into my bed and scribe about my life. So narcissistic and lovely...

But on the flip side, I can easily see WHY it all got off course. Life just got way too crazy and when you have zero time, you have to cut something and unfortunately, I am unable to cut 'chores' or 'work on Fridays'... so the Blog had to take a nice, long nap.

However, I am far more settled than I was back on October 8, 2013 and here's why:
  • I got engaged (!!!)
  • I got a new job.
  • I work downtown now and take the streetcar into work (which I love- working in the suburbs is the pits.).
  • I moved apartments and now live in the awesome Pearl District.
  • I got a dog (!!)
  • I lost over 30 lbs and have become obsessed with fitness and healthy food (and when I say 'obsessed with fitness and healthy food' I mean Monday-Friday, obviously. I still weekend like a champ! Life's too short to not indulge.)
My Son and Me: April 12, 2014
Anyway, a few months ago- my nice camera broke. I felt okay and figured I would buy one in a few months and save some money. But about a month ago, with my growing puppy buried in my lap and my engagement moving full speed ahead, I realized that this was a year I would want to remember forever and it was just passing me by. The memory hoarder in me panicked a little bit (and got a DSLR).

So as a present to myself, I am going to come back and begin again, certainly not every day but I'm shooting for 2 times a week in the beginning to get the juices flowing. And unlike the fragmented posts towards the end of last year: I actually have time and I actually really want to. I'm in quite a different place than I was on October 8, 2013.

So hi Blog. Hello, Blog. I missed you. Giddy-on-up!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

7 Things I'll Never Do Again

1)Live somewhere that isn't within walking distance to at least a coffee shop, a wine bar and a mart. 
^Me, July 2013 via Instagram @CaitieLady08. Left my place on foot and spent the day at a bookstore, an upscale vegan eatery, a gallery and an alehouse. All steps away from my front door.
I don't know how I will ever go back to driving to run my errands. I need to find a cool suburb to Mom out in when the time comes.

2) Stand on my bicycle, hold it between my legs and speed down a hill while doing the "Chicken Tonight" arm motion.

What a little badass I was when I was 7.

3) Buy cheap wine.
Lol. Jkz. Jkz.

4) Speak of loving "Pumpkin Spice Lattes".
I do like them, but casually mention it on social media like an ignorant chump? NEVER AGAIN.

5) Tell anyone a story about the 'crazy dream I had' that lasts more than one minute. No one cares.
(I reserve the right to take this back if a dream blows my mind)

6) Buy drain cleaner.
Do you have vinegar and baking soda in your house? Boom.

7) Visit the Vatican. 
^Me at the Vatican, June 2013. So beautiful, no?
I can sum up the Vatican like this: Art, Sculptures, Excessive Line, Heat,  Excessive Line, Heat (repeat). Glad I went but oy. The lines!

What's something you would never do again??
[First & last images are mine. Rest are from HERE.]

Monday, October 7, 2013

Warby Parker Class Trip: Portland

 I remembered when I first realized that I needed glasses.

^Trying out some new frames on the Warby Parker bus on their Class Trip in Portland.
There's a main hallway at work that stretches the entire length of the building. When I first started working there, I could easily make out who was coming towards me even if they were on the other end of the corridor. However, about 7 months into my employment; I started to notice that not only was I having trouble distinguishing coworkers but I felt my own face squirming around itself in grotesque form.

It was the telltale sign of needing to see an Ophthalmologist: Giving out accidental b*tchy looks in an impulsive effort to see better by squinting your eyes.
A few months and a couple pair of Burberry glasses later, my coworker introduced me to Warby Parker. I was hesitant to buy glasses online with this puffy, heart-shaped face o' mine, but quickly found that it was a breeze: home try-on options, cheap glasses, amazing customer service- I was sold.
^The experience via my Instagram @CaitieLady08
And I have been since that point. I still love other brands of course, but they are simply hard to beat for their niche.

That's why I was beyond excited to go visit them when they had their Warby Parker Class Trip stop in Portland. I was excited for a few reasons:

1) Shopping on a bus.
2) Browsing their new styles.
3) Free ale (Good beer is made of wheat, which is basically like eating "Wheaties". Michael Jordan knows what I'm talking about. #90sGirl).
^Above: Enjoying some local wine with my shopping. 
But even after expecting good things, I was pleasantly surprised to note the effort they have put into this event: live music, vibrant digs and a staff that was excited to showcase their product.
So from a loyal customer who has been there from the start, thank you for letting me help celebrate your success!
^Hunky date.
And just in case you are starting to side-eye: I went to this entirely as a customer, receiving nothing free or special on account of my blog. Which makes me a fool, I tell ya!

Tried Warby Parkers before?
[all photos by me]

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Me Blogging Again: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

 I know, I know. It looks as though I have just abandoned this blog and left it to rot and mold like my 4th grade science project that I stuffed under my bed. It's been so long since I posted (and regularly at that) that even creating a 'new post' right now has me a bit out of my element. But I haven't said goodbye to my blogging ways. I have an explanation, a grand one at that.

Last November (I posted about it HERE), I noticed that almost my entire catalog of blogs had become pictureless [see also: 'Fatal Blogging Error']. For a lot of 2010-2012, pictures had completely disappeared from my posts and the entire formatting of each post had been altered. That is well over 350+ posts of mine that had become complete fragments of what I had spent so much time creating.
This pic has nothing to do with anything besides the fact that I was having a good hair day. Go me.
I tried to keep posting normally while fixing this problem, but a couple months ago, enough just became enough. I had no time to prepare a new post, read other blogs AND fix the hundreds of posts of mine that needed attention (if you don't blog, you have no idea how long this self-imposed task takes). I have to work all day, cook dinner, work out, yada, yada, yada [insert more boring grown-up stuff]: something had to *#@%ing give and unfortunately, that 'something' had to be my hobby. Plus, it was summer. So, I also needed to factor in some evenings in the park and long walks in the morning with the sun on my skin- a rare treat in the Pacific Northwest.

So instead of creating new posts, I have been slowly but steadily putting all of my old posts back together. I stopped reading blogs and I stopped writing blogs in order to focus on this incredibly time-consuming and frustrating task. And I'm almost done. I have about 5 months worth of posts to recreate (sounds like a lot but I started with over 30!). And with the colder weather coming in, I'm inside a lot more tearing through them at a faster rate.

So, in conclusion: I will be back. So soon. Oh, so soon. And I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to have all of this behind me and relish again in the pointless task of hobby blogging and writing about what I like to eat: OH-EM-GEE, I CAN'T WAIT.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ciao Amiga: Things I learned

 While I am still putting a dent in my photo editing from both of my amazing trips, here's a quick list of random as all get out traveling tips that resonated with me/I learned the last month:
Mexico  on Left, Italy on Right.
  • Fill your shoes in your suitcase with delicate items to save space/ensure safety- I put each piece of my jewelry into individual bags and tucked them inside my sneakers. They were safe from harm and it utilized extra space.
  • Always carry a pen. Mostly for the abundance of forms that will be placed in front of you but also because you're likely without cell service and will need to be able to physically write your number down on that hot foreign man's arm.
  • Don't be friendly at the European train stations. When my Brother told me this, the polite smiler in me scoffed. But once we got there and the wolves ascended with offers of helping me move my bag, or giving me directions, etc.... I was happy to have my Brother next to me telling them to **** off. They're not nice gentlemen (a rare breed as is), they're working you for money. Be confident and own your space. #LikeABoss
  • Bring an empty duffel bag to take back as carry-on if you plan on shopping and to displace the weight in your checked bag. I have never successfully followed this rule ahead of time... but in my next life, I will.
  • Google travel Blogs before you pack with tips about packing for your final destination! Even if the information is old, it will still serve as a reminder of what you really need and what you can leave behind. As my packing could be documented in an episode of 'Hoarders', I appreciate the pressure of someone else telling me what not to do. And it's kind of nice to have it come in the form of a friendly blog, rather than a judgmental older sister (Hi Jocie!, love you!).
  • Bring tall socks for the plane. I can't stress how much I love pulling those bad boys out and trying to seal up to sleep. Cozy!
  • Ensure that you have some non-electronic entertainment- airports nickel and dimeing' with their Wi-Fi charges and ensuring that there's not enough electrical outlets to accommodate more than 3 people means that you are often off the grid. Grab a book and enjoy its steadfast loyalty to you during your travels.
  • Be beyond comfortable saying "No, gracias" constantly in Mexico. Even to little children. Unfortunately, after a few brews, my love of children got the best of me when I was down there. If anyone wants to buy 20 crappy trinkets... please inquire within. Or some Chiclet.
  • Relax in a way you don't at home and without an ounce of shame: order a drink or two on the flight, read a tabloid mag, play a dumb computer game, watch 4 movies in a row... it's so rare that we are forced to relax in such a way without responsible temptation all around us- I say you take advantage of it.
Any random tip that helps get you from Point A to Point B sanely?