Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Weekend of Gluttony

What makes the perfect weekend?  For me it is any weekend with sunshine, low humidity, a good spin session, a long run, a trip to trader joes, a BIG beer, and a free froyo.  And that, my friends is exactly what I got last weekend!  I know, I know, it is already Thursday and I am JUST now getting to this post.  Just needed some time to really plan out what I wanted to say :)

It is often a struggle for me to relax, let go of anxieties and just live in the moment.  So I have made  a mid-year resolution to do just that.  On Friday, it started off with a half pitcher of margaritas...

Do some people really say no to salt?  That is cray.

And then on Saturday there were BIG beers at Biergarten Haus....

Followed by some greasy grub...

And finally dessert...

I am pretty sure this is the best chocolate bar I have EVER eaten.  Don't worry, my self-restraint kicked in after a couple of bites.  So I have been breaking small pieces for dessert each night this week.

Overall, I had such a fantastic weekend, no meltdowns, no mood swings, and only a little bit of guilt about the number of indulgences I enjoyed.   I decided to cook something super healthy for dinner on Sunday to make me feel a bit better about all of the treats.  This meal is one of my staples, I probably eat it 2 times per week.

Baked sweet potato topped with salt and Greek Yogurt, a baked chicken breast with sauteed mushrooms and onions, and oven roasted broccoli.  So simple, I don't think I need to even write out the instructions for you :)

Wish me luck on my attempt to have another fantastic weekend, free of worries and fear, but without a shortage of indulgences.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pork and Fried Rice and a Gas Leak

I always crave Chinese takeout.  This Friday night Travis and I decided to stay in and watch a movie, but instead of paying for delivery, I decided to make my own version of pork fried rice at home.  The only problem was that we didn't have any eggs because I have been indulging in a lot of these lately...

But on to the pork...

This meal was super easy to make.  I just marinated two boneless pork chops in teriyaki sauce and pan seared them until they were cooked through (only takes about three minutes per side - pork cooks quickly!)  Then in a separate pan, I added oil, let it get nice and hot - then added cooked brown rice, whatever mixed veggies I had on hand, and a blend of sweet and sour, hoisin, and soy sauce.  Travis thought it was great, but I wish there were a few scrambled eggs mixed  in :)

The rest of my weekend was nice.  I didn't make it to the gym, but did some running/walking downstairs in my apartment complex "gym", which basically consists of two treadmills, an elliptical and a few mis-matched free weights.  It is pretty dank and lonely down there, so when it's nice I try to run outside. But unfortunately, it has been a long, rainy Sunday in DC.

After the gym Travis and I thought we smelled gas in our apartment, we both also started feeling light-headed.  We checked the stove and the gas was not left on, so we opened the windows.  But we still smelled something funny and both were getting a little loopy.  We decided to call the emergency weekend phone number for our apartment building to report what may be a gas leak. 

As it turns out, there was no gas leak - they sent someone out to check.  We have since come to the conclusion that lack of food after a workout, paired with our hungover state and lack of sleep after a late night of bar-hopping was most likely the culprit.  Just another reminder that it is very important to fuel yourself properly, especially after strenuous exercise and/or consuming copious amount of alcohol.

And with that - I am off to watch Breaking Bad on this quiet Sunday night.  After I finish my snack of course.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

West for a Week

Last week we headed to San Diego to visit our families for what has become an annual trip the week of our parents anniversaries (yes, mine and Trav's parents have the same August anniversary!)  I haven't been back to California since Christmas, so I was due for some beach time, Mexican food, and shopping with mom.  Vacations like this make me slightly nervous - I get anxious when I am out of my comfort zone and can't follow my normal routines.  I am not used to indulging in treats like this, but oh it felt so good...

One of my absolute favorite meals, NACHOS with lots of meat :)

I stuck with my plan to do a few long morning beach runs, so I felt less guilty about enjoying treats like these every evening -

I came back to DC with a nice tan and much a more relaxed outlook.  It was great spending time with my parents and younger brother.  But I love being home in our cozy apartment on our peaceful tree-lined block.  Most of all, I missed our quiet breakfasts together, laden with runny eggs :)