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Timestamp: 2009-07-29 14:16:56 UTC
Well, summer has finally made an appearance in New York City. As I left my air-conditioned bedroom on Tuesday, I was blasted with a wave of heat and humidity. I won’t complain though – this summer has been way too rainy in my opinion!
I was running around like a mad woman all morning, so breakfast was a little on the light side: coffee, cherries, and a Fage 2% Greek yogurt. And of course, I had my daily Adora calcium supplement! I like Adora because it tastes just like chocolate :-)
Around 1:30pm I decided to take a break and head outdoors. It was a bit hot and sunny, but eating my lunch away from my desk is so worth it. I read a few pages of my book (The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb) and enjoyed the usual salad.
- romaine, carrots, onions, mushrooms
- spoonful of broccoli in pesto sauce
- spoonful of roasted beets
- spoonful of wheatberry salad
- 1/3 cup chickpeas
- feta cheese
- whole grain croutons
- 2 Tb balsamic vinaigrette
I know this must get boring to see day after day, but I really do love the salad bar at work! It’s so easy to meet my veggie quota for the day when I don’t have to worry about washing, prepping, or storing salad ingredients. And the prices are pretty affordable too!
My afternoon snack was a little early (I think I was stress-eating), but tasty and fairly healthy. I mixed about 1/4 cup trail mix with 1/4 cup dried apples. Yum!
After work I high-tailed it over to a 45 minute spinning class at my gym. I wore my heart rate monitor and really tried to focus on keeping my heart rate up. I have mixed feelings about the instructor for this class. She plays awesome music, but she’s kind of crazy. Once I went to a spin class the day after a 20-mile long run and she cranked up the resistance and told me I wasn’t working hard enough. Yo, chill lady. All I wanted to do was cross-train. But in some ways it’s good. I know how to push myself while running because I know my limits, but I ‘m not as familar with biking. When the instructor piles on the resistance or checks my heart rate monitor, I silently curse her, but I get a much harder (and better) workout! I followed spinning with a 30 minute abs class (my abs are a bit sore today, but my neck is what’s really hurtin’!)
I took a photo of me in the cycling studio after class. I have very muscular quads and bike shorts really highlight that fact! I used to feel self-conscious about my big leg muscles, but now I am at peace with them. They’ve carried me through two marathons, long walks, lunges, many flights of steps, and 9 years of ballet. Thank you legs!!
Hehe, I was getting weird looks snapping this photo.
After some stretching, and a shower, I headed downtown to meet some friends for dinner On the subway, I had 1/2 an Amazing Greens bar to hold me over. I really liked this bar the first time I tried it, but now it seems too sweet. I think the dates + chocolate coating are a bit much for a pre-dinner snack. Maybe it would work better as a dessert?
Agnes, Catherine, her brother Antoine, and I met in Washington Square Park and then roamed over to Dojo. I love this place! The menu is extensive and there are a ton of vegetarian options. The service is a little slow, but the prices are quite affordable.
I enjoyed the union square sandwich – grilled portabella mushroom, onions, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, avocado, and mozzarella on whole wheat bread. Yum! Avocado makes everything better.
Catherine and her brother are studying English in NYC for a few weeks, so it was very interesting to hear about their travels and time in the city. I always forget how much there is to do and see in New York – I feel so lucky to have it all right outside my door (or a subway ride away…)!
Dessert was a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone, of course. The perfect cure for a hot and humid July night.
Wednesday will be another busy day:
- Lunchtime gym visit
- View potential apartments with Alma
- Catch up on emails
- Clean kitchen and living room floors
Question: What is your least favorite chore? Mine is definitely laundry!! Although maybe I would dislike it less if I had a washer/dryer in my building….