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as most of you know i work from home and for myself which creates a interesting schedule.  i love it because it gives me the freedom to give to the gym at 11:00 am or 3:00 pm and to cook my lunch and make dinner before 8:00 pm.  this past 6 weeks has been a lot of travel, for me, two out of state trips about a week.  i am just settling into my old schedule which feels nice.

i decided to run outside because it was cloudy so i would not have to fight to much with the sun and i am having a hard time finding a slow enough speed to run at on the treadmill.  i went outside and ran an easy 3 miles at about 14 minutes a mile.  as soon as i walked into our complexes gate i started to hear thunder.  i got back dry but as i was making my smoothie it started to down poor though the sun decided it come out as well.  nice and bright and stormy.

since it has been very hot i have had major craving for smoothies.  i also added some spinach.

it was yummy the whey protein is chocolate flavored which is fine but gets a little yuck 3/4 of the way through.  I am trying to get through this before i buy another because it does take us a while to eat this much protein powder and they are not cheap.

tried to sneak outside to get some ok shoots of the crazy florida rain.

totally got soaked.

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Hello NYC! Oh how i miss you, even with your summer stench.  so the second leg of our summer vacation took up to the big apple for two very important events.  The first one being be big bros birthday!

The other thing is our bachelor/bacholoarette weekend.  Since we were staying the weekend we check into our hotel.  We stayed at the Hampton Inn Chelsea which we greatly enjoyed.  Not only the hotel but the location as well.  We choose it because my brother lives in Chelsea but it is really close to a ton of subways and an easy walk to a lot of major tourists stuff including the flatiron building which is one of my favorite buildings ever though we did not make it there this trip.

so once we checked in we headed over to my bros apartment and gave him his gifts.  this is how her normally looks.  he has gotten quite good at playing for the cameras since he spends most his days with photographers.

my mom and i.

my brother and i both love top chef, i mean who does not.  so i was thrilled that he picked Colicchio and Sons We ate in the Tap Room and had the prix fixe lunch menu which was amazing.  Everything that we hate was some of the best food I have ever eaten.  I did not take any pictures of the food, my family already looks at me weird, and I wanted to enjoy some quality family time.

  I did take a picture of the main room which was gorgeous.  More NYC to come!

Interesting commercial with an even more interesting reaction.  I have never seen this commercial but I have seen plenty similar to it especially in recent years from yoplait.  I do feel that this in particular took it to far.  It not only shows disordered thinking about eating it justifies it but having the “skinny” girl choose the yoplait.

I personally find it interesting that yogurt is seen as this replacement for sweets.  For any one that loves sweets nothing can replace them.  Growing up we always had some type of yogurt in the house and as an adult I always have yogurt in my fridge but as a kid I saw this as a sweet I could eat as much as I wanted of and would be often my last stop in a long night of binging.  When seeing this commercial it just brought up a lot of those  same feelings.

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I am not sure how i thought this week was going to go but no workouts have gotten done.  We did do a little biking on sunday but not much more then 4 miles because it was just to get breakfast and come back.  But my goal was to make a schedule not to stick to it so I am ok with it.  I mean sticking with it is the point of the schedule but I knew this week would be tough.

My friend Jessica, sent me this interesting article about goals and I thought it was pretty helpful and kinda what I am trying to do.  I think I could be more specific like “snack smarter” but I do not want to say have a banana everyday because I do not believe you should be held to those type of restrictions especially when it comes to food.   I do like number 5 “focus on being better, rather then being good” I feel this is where “having less down days” falls.  I know I will always have down days no matter what but trying to make them less often or maybe not whole days, just bad half days or bad hours.

I am going to go clean the kitchen and make a nice healthy lunch now.  Have a great Wednesday!

I have never been one for setting goals.  I am not sure exactly why.  I can think of a few stock obvious answers like, “hard to stick with”, “can not disappoint if you do not try” but I am not sure how much I believe those things.  Nonetheless, I was reading a few blogs like Lisa from 110 pounds and counting and Angela from Oh She Glows  and I though why not.

1. Schedule work outs for the whole month of June

2. Run 3 miles with Vinny

3. Have less days where I feel down

4. Snack smarter

5. Eat a real lunch every weekday

6. Book 2 Weddings

7. Do not stress about trips/vacations

Maybe I know why do not make goals.  I am a big list person and I really could go on for quite a while but I think this covers the mind, body, soul ( i tried to spell that soal and sole) and work aspects of my life. I will work on updating how they are going.

for memorial day weekend my friend sam and steve where at disney and we took 24 hours and visited them and low and behold…….

they got engaged!!!  well it happened the day before we got there but being the great friend I am I made them reenact it so I could take photos of course.

i keep getting lost on what day it is because my schedule has very little semblance of monday-friday which i like but makes it a little weird when you have spent just under two years with the exact same schedule.  nonetheless i started this morning at 8:30 at a highschool.  i work for a company that takes graduation photos and i had to got a rehearsal.  for some reason large numbers of high schoolers in cap and gown not as flash backy to high school as 600 high schoolers in normal clothing at their own school.  this is what i wore because i was told to dress professional.  please be warned that i have taken note and if and when i take outfit photos every again i will raise the legs on the tripod.  i was being super lazy and was like this low angle will be fine, mistake.

i got home from this around 11 did some computer stuff and then made some lunch which was super yummy.  leftover “mexican”, i say “mexican” because in our house “mexican” just means peppers, rice and paprika, everything else changes almost every time.  this was red peppers, rice, ground beef, onions, quacamole and assorted spices and just through it on top of some spinach for lunch.  i try to stick to a no chocolate rule during the day because one thing leads to another but i did have a nice amount of homemade chocolate ice cream.

not sure what is for dinner but i know i am hungry already.  snack time?

I made yummy red sauce by using Giada’s recipe.  I never cared for until Vin’s cousin got us a cookbook of hers and now she is the only person I look to when cooking Italian and lets be honest that’s like 80% of the time.

Simple Tomato Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 4 to 6 basil leaves
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional

In a large casserole pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves and simmer covered on low heat for 1 hour or until thick. Remove bay leaves and check for seasoning. If sauce still tastes acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to round out the flavors.

Add half the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue with remaining tomato sauce.

If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and pour 1 to 2 cup portions into freezer plastic bags. This will freeze up to 6 months.

After I made the sauce i put two of the cointaners in the freezer with the frozen homemade meatballs i made and kept one out to make Giada’s Chicken Parm.  So yum.

Thanks all from me.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!