Friday Night Lights

I’ve been out of high school for quite a long time, but my dad still announces the football games… and so I decided to pay a visit to my old stomping grounds!

Before I headed off, I was pretty hungry and didn’t want to stoop to eating concession-food.  Yuck.  I made a power-packed salad that I literally couldn’t finish.

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In the mix:  hummus (best dressing ever), baby carrots, green olives, slivered almonds, chunked chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, mixed leaf lettuce, dill pickle and a dash of sweet peas!

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I also drink the equivalent of four of those water bottles a day.  I take it with me everywhere.

Right, moving on to the football!

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Hey, Dad!

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Trying our best to be really, really excited… (I think it’s working)

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Work it out!

My legs are a bit stiff from yesterday’s workout (which had me a sweaty, sweaty mess).  I ended up doing 10/8/8/8lbs for the step-ups, 15/20/20/20lbs for the swings and bodyweight for the squats.  On the elliptical, I was at level 7 for sprints, and 4 for moderate.

Today’s looks like…

Strength/Cardio
Intermixed!
1 minute, each exercise:

  • Starjumps
  • Kettlebell/DB Swings
  • Skaters
  • Squat with medicine ball
  • Plank jacks
  • Bicep curls
  • Back lunge with kick
  • Bicycle crunches
  • Knee-ups (30sec each side)

If you have any questions about the form of each one, let me know!  I felt like combining my strength and cardio today, so here’s to interval training!

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Home at last!

Sorry for no post yesterday – I was en route from DC back to my home in Ohio!  Now that my 10-week internship is done, I have roughly 5 weeks to get my things in order to MOVE TO ENGLAND.

So excited.

Anyhow, let’s rewind!  Friday was the closing ceremony for our internship, meaning great food and great people all in the same place!

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The buffet was incredible.

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I filled my plate with veggies first (huge tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots), then went for the meat (salmon, chicken, flank steak), followed by a small scoop or orzo pasta salad, a strawberry and grapes.

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I did indeed have seconds, which consisted of more tomatoes, cucumbers, chicken and the black beans that marinated the chicken.  Delicious.

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Can’t believe it’s over so soon!  As I was leaving, I snapped one final picture of my home for the last 10-weeks…

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And how beautiful it is.  You can see words inscribed on the ground (which are the seven ‘parts’ of our mission) – a very beautiful lobby.

After having my flight delayed for two hours in Reagan Airport, and having had a long conversation with one of the top ranking officials in Global Development from the White House, I made it home to Ohio!  It was my parents’ 40th anniversary yesterday, so of course we headed to our favorite place: Joe’s Crab Shack!

I apologize for the picture quality – my camera was buried in my luggage, but I couldn’t miss this moment!  I had snow crab, scallops and mussels in white wine.  Holy cow was it delicious.

So, now that I’m home, I have a huge to-do list, which includes exercising, getting back to my “comfortable” coxswain weight, figuring out the small annoying details of moving internationally for an unknown period of time… and seeing/loving friends and family!

Please enjoy the small workout I did this morning to kick start my day:

Jumping Jacks

60 reps

Raised push-ups

15 reps

Wall-sit

45 seconds

Step-back lunges

10 reps each leg

Butt-kicks

50 reps

Plank

60 seconds

Leg drop w/ reverse crunch

2 x 10 reps

Didn’t have me breathing too hard, but I needed something to kick-start my day before my gym membership gets up-and-running for the month I’m home!

Happy Sunday!

Noshin’ and the Opening Ceremony!

Feeling some pride that I’m moving to England soon – way to be, Opening Ceremony!  London 2012!

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Today, I had my hip dry needled (OUCH) to release my muscles, and on the walk hobble back to work, I realized it was food truck day in Farragut Square!  Yeehaw!

I also realize I haven’t posted food pictures lately – apologies!!

I had an absolutely delicious beef shawarma combination, full of delicious golden couscous, two stuffed grape leaves, two slices of pita, a generous serving of garlic hummus (hidden underneath the pita), a side salad, beef and roasted veggies!  Definitely returning to this truck if I can.

I’ve been eating rather horribly, lately… eep.  So much candy and snacking.  Not good.  Must readjust that willpower button this weekend!  Deep breaths.  I tend to get on overeating rolls.

For example, I appear to be on a carb-fest…

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And baked bread during the Opening Ceremony…

Enjoy the Olympics!  I know where I’ll be all weekend!

CHEERS!

Just Shrimpy

Paleo’s been going well!

I promised my coworkers that I’d bring my (famous) salted dark chocolate espresso brownies to work, and I managed to only have a tiny brownie the entirety of the day. The ONLY non-Paleo thing! Go me?

I’m not as picky about the legume part of Paleo in terms of some veggies (like green beans) or veggie starches (like corn). I definitely stray away from other legumes and starches, though, as per Paleo.

Dinner last night was awesomeeeeeeeeeee. Excuse the BlackBerry picture:

BlackBerry phone quality…

and today started off with a banana covered (I do mean covered) in Sunbutter. Plus several other spoonfuls of Sunbutter.

Stuff is addicting. AND Paleo. Win.

Question of the day: what food can’t you resist?

Capital Food

I’m interning in the Capital this summer (good ole swamp-land), so I thought I’d share some of my favorite places to go out for food/drink in the city!

I live up near Howard University (Shaw metro, for those of you in-the-know), and have found some lovely eateries there.

Zenebech Injera

I hadn’t ever had Ethiopian fare until I came to DC, and I must say that I love it.  Now that I’m going Paleo, it’s a bit rough to eat here, since they don’t give you utensils and you eat your main dish by use of a spongy-bread called Injera!  Which, might I add, smells like sourdough, looks like spongy pita, and is totally delicious.  It expands in your stomach, though, so watch out!  This place is located right by the Shaw metro station (7th and T street), is very reasonable (entrees $8-12, beers $2, wine around $3.50), and gives you lots of food to take home for the next day!  They’re also a bakery for Ethiopian bread.

This places, though it’s certainly not an upperclass establishment and looks a bit shady, is heralded as one of the best in DC.  No joke.

Baked and Wired

Best cupcake place in DC. Don’t listen to those people telling you to go to Georgetown Cupcake, or Sprinkles, or wherever. Seriously – don’t.

Baked and Wired is like a gourmet-foodie’s dream. You walk in, and the cupcakes are covered in glass vases. On display. Drool.

Like the others, it’s located in Georgetown (something like between 36th and 37th), and it’s near the waterfront. I recommend grabbing a cupcake and walking down with your friends to the waterfront to watch some good ole rowing. We love rowing!

Tonic

A fun little restaurant just off of George Washington’s campus, it’s best known for its gourmet mac n cheese and tater tots. I love their fish tacos, and pretty much all of their burgers. PS, their burgers are the size of your head. Please take a friend.

It’s in an old Pharmacy, and the decoration is adorable. I’ve heard it’s a popular date-place for GW students.

FOOD TRUCKS!

Every Friday, most food trucks gather in Farragut Square for an insane food-fest. There are some seriously awesome trucks out there. My coworkers favorites include Basil & Thyme (gourmet Italian), Curbside Cupcakes and TaKorean (korean tacos!)

The food trucks also move around the city during the week, so you can always track them, on places like: http://foodtruckfiesta.com/food-trucks-washington-dc/. Bad news for us foodies.

Cheers!