Weekend Recaps

Still getting back into it…

by agirlandhermutt on March 23, 2015

Hi folks! Just a quick drop-in to say hello! This is a nice little brain dump of what has been going on in my life.

Last week was a little bit of a hot mess. I started off the week with my debit card number being stolen online and charges for Overstock.com that added up to about $6k. Fortunately, my bank knows that I’m not in the market for a remodel of my living room and was able to quickly cancel the charges. There is a special place in hell reserved for people who mess with other folk’s money.

Do you know the best way to go on a no-buy challenge? Have your debit card cancelled unexpectedly. ;)

I somehow managed to mess up the start times for a fitness class that I love not once, but twice. I made the most of it though and discovered a class called Kettle & Core.

I decided to take it easy since it was my first time using weights since my surgery. Poor decision. My instructor decided to call me out on how I needed heavier weights. Normally I would be embarrassed but instead I was smug and pointed to my incision mark. Um recovering from surgery over here! Hey. At least I was there!

I did discover that my neck does NOT like crunches. Funny, my abs don’t either. ;) It is just way too much constant pressure on my incision. It feels like any minute my neck is going to come unraveled like Raggedy Anne and my head is going to roll off. Maybe a better analogy would be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas?!

My husband was traveling last week so I got to do a little lazy girl cooking in the kitchen. I try to keep things normal when I’m cooking for the both of us, although he will eat ANYTHING I make, and try new/lazy things when I’m cooking for just myself.

This time I decided to go the tortilla pizza route. Just a tortilla, sauce, pepperoni, a little cheese and a crap ton of arugula with balsamic drizzled on top. It was weird and delicious all at the same time. Plus, for those of you that remember I’m on Weight Watchers now, it was just 5 points for the whole sucker! I managed to slam 2 down.

While I was being lazy in the kitchen, Korky was busy getting into anything and everything. He just gets super antsy when one of us isn’t around as much as he would like. To calm himself he likes to knock over the kitchen trash, pull out my chapsticks from my purse (that I have no idea how he grabs off the bed!) and “knocks” on the front door to go out every 10 minutes. I bribed him the whole week to behave through treat after treat after treat after treat.

I’m so cute and I have something on my lip that I probably found in the bathroom trash. That I ate about 3 times.

Oh, and yes. He IS looking a little homeless puppy right now. He gets groomed tomorrow and I think the whole house is ready to be a little less hairy.

On Thursday I met with my book club and proceeded to eat all the rest of my 49 weekly points in one sitting. Seriously. One piece of bread was 6 points. Don’t get me wrong. It was totally worth the splurge.

Mustard Chicken at Not Your Average Joe’s. Ugggghhh. So good.

We also discussed the book. Like for REAL discussed the book. This month’s book was Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which I loathe, so I wasn’t surprised to find that I didn’t really care for the main character in this book either. I liked the book for the most part, but I found a lot of the text to be just filler and totally unnecessary. Anyone else read this? Thoughts? Or did I totally lose you when I said Eat, Pray, Love totally stunk?

In weather news, it is still cold as crap and it snowed on Saturday.

Isn’t it so pretty?!

Saturday was the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest. We dragged our feet a little on getting tickets and decided to volunteer instead. I’m so glad we did! We had a good time doing something different from our normal weekend schedule and we got to try some really interesting beers. Jalapeno Apricot? Yes!

Sunday was a day of rest. I slept in ridiculously late, went grocery shopping and wondered around Target for about two hours. It was just lovely!

This week promises to be pretty busy and I’m ready to get going!

See ya soon!


Week of Workouts: 10/13- 10/19

by agirlandhermutt on October 20, 2014

Hello, hello, hello! I had one of those weeks where I thought Tuesday was Wednesday, Wednesday was Thursday, etc. By the time Friday rolled around, I was pooped and ready for the weekend. Despite my lack of knowing what day it was, I had a pretty great workout week! I finally felt back in the game and managed to get all my scheduled sweat sessions in.


Week of Workouts 10/13- 10/19

Pure Barre & YTP Bootcamp. A great start to the week.

Cardio Kickboxing! The BF made it home in time to go with me. We haven’t been to the gym together in a few weeks so it was nice to have my gym buddy back.

Pure Barre & YTP Bootcamp. My favorite instructor, Elise, has been subbing in the afternoon Pure Barre class so I’ve been taking advantage of those classes.

Pure Barre. I wanted to get my YTP Bootcamp session in after work, but I ran out of time before book club. Our book for the month was Orphan Train by . I didn’t finish it. Whomp Whomp. However, I did remember to make a dish to bring with me! I used a SkinnyTaste recipe, Fiesta Lime Rice, with a few tweaks.

I used white beans, added some leftover orange peppers, and cilantro microgreens. Delish!

Jeanne, our host, made the Skinny Taste Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili. I’ve been eating the same chili since she first published it back on the blog in 2011. This recipe is fantastic and never fails to please a crowd. The rice went perfectly with it!

Boom. Finally I managed to bring something to the party other than Skinny Pop!

Pure Barre. But a little different! I went to the Newton location for a Black Light Beyonce class. Bey Day on Friday!

It was so fantastic! The class was also at 7:30p and ended up being one my best classes yet. Working out at night is one of my favorites. Too bad I can’t do that the rest of the week!

I decided to wear a blue & white striped Lulu top. Can you spot me?!

Total Body Melt. A last minute decision by the BF to join me at the gym meant a fun class. It was all about shoulders and arms at class and it was brutal!

I finally bought new batteries for my HRM. I’ve already managed to misplace the stupid chest strap though. Ugh.

That night we took a little trip down to Providence for a Jimmy Eat World concert.

It was so much fun! My decision to wear flannel to the concert was a good one. I blended right in.

On the way home I convinced the BF to listen to the Serial podcast so I could have someone to talk about the story with. Do any of you listen to this podcast? YOU MUST! It is a truly sad, but fascinating story.

Unfortunately, I finished the night with the start of a migraine. I haven’t had a migraine in months so it was terrifying. I took my meds and went straight to bed.

Rest Day. I woke up with no migraine, but also not a lick of energy. I normally go to Zumba on Sunday mornings but I skipped it to just lay in bed. The rest of the day was spent just running a few errands (Dog grooming…FINALLY!) and laying around the house. I didn’t have Sunday scheduled as a rest day, but I also hadn’t really planned on anything specific. It was nice to just rest, recover and prepare for a great week!


I hope you guys have a good week! I realized yesterday that my Fall Tag post never went live on the blog (ugh.) so I’m going to try again on Wednesday. Fingers crossed!


Week of Workouts: 10/6- 10/12

October 13, 2014

Hi folks! After last weekend’s Showerette shenanigans, when I started to get back into the week the last thing I wanted to do was workout. However, it was the last week of Phase 2 for Your Trainer Paige Bootcamp, Week 5 of the Tone It Up Frisky Fall challenge and I’m getting married in less […]

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