Good evening! Today was a pretty good day! I was successful on week two’s goal from the 52 changes book, but I will write a post on that tomorrow. I woke up fairly early, straightened up the apartment (which included tackling a bunch of clothes to be hung that was on my “to do” list for weeks), ate a predictable breakfast, and then hit the gym for a very productive workout!
Breakfast – Fried egg, turkey sausage, reduced fat Sargento Mexican blend, and light English muffin breakfast sandwich with a side of grapes.
All week, my planned workout for today was to tackle 5 miles. Yesterday, when I looked at the calendar, I realized that today was January 31st! Where did the month go? One of my new years resolutions for 2012 was to do yoga twice a month. I planned on attending a class last week, but it didn’t work out. Since I had only been to one class earlier this month, I tried to see if I would be able to squeeze one in today. Luckily, my campus gym was offering power yoga at 1pm. I hadn’t really tried the yoga classes on my campus yet, so I figured that I’d give it a chance.
My 5 mile run went well. I was tired, but that was expected. The past few months, I’ve been training the same way when it comes to running. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad, but it’s manageable so that it what I can handle right now. My general plan has been to tackle my miles on the treadmill. I will run straight for 3 songs at a pace of 5.8 or 5.9 mph then walk for a song at 3.8 mph. It’s a faster pace than I would run if I were running outdoors (but a very manageable treadmill pace), so I’m hoping that it helps with my speed a bit. The break on the 4th song also gives me something to look forward to which I really need, mentally. I also find the song method to be much better than looking at the numbers on the screen. I can get through a song way easier than watching numbers tick by slowly until I reach a certain distance goal.
I reached 4.5 miles by 50 minutes then cooled down the last half mile. I finished just a few minutes before yoga was about to start, and I still wasn’t sure if I was going to attend the class. I tweeted my dilemma (tired from the run…to go or not to go?), and I got a response back to go assuring my that I would feel amazing after. I took it as a sign and walked into the class.
The power yoga at my school was packed today! I wasn’t expecting the room to be filled to capacity. When I walked in, I grabbed a tiny area and rolled out my matt. The instructor was good, and I really enjoyed the class. I could tell it had been awhile, and it wasn’t easy for me. After the class I did feel pretty good (better than after the run), and I was double happy for the good stretch and not breaking my new years resolution during the first month.
I had a one hour break between the end of yoga and the start of class so I booked it home, showered, prettied up, and made it to class. I had to actually look nice because I was going out to dinner on a double date later at night, and I didn’t have time to go home and get ready before we left. You know you usually look bad when the “Starbucks guy” (who I didn’t even know knew me) says, “Oh my god. I almost didn’t recognize you all dressed up.” To which the only logical reply was, “Thanks…I showered…I’ll take a venti skinny vanilla latte and cup of ice water please.” It was almost as nice as the compliment I once got that I had “thunder thighs” and that it was “a good thing to have some meat on my bones.” I guess it’s my fault for usually wearing a headband, gym clothes, and no makeup to campus daily. After all, I am a smelly cat most days.
I did some Starbucks studying before meeting up with Joe and two of our friends for a double date at Del Frisco’s steak house in Center City. Del Frisco’s is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. It’s in a huge refinished bank that is trendy, elegant, and has the best food. The only hitch is it costs a pretty penny to dine here. That is why the only time I ever get to go is during restaurant week! In Philly during restaurant week at participating restaurants, $35 buys you at least three entrees. For some restaurants this is about what it would run you anyways, but for other restaurants, it’s a steal! I’m pretty sure that at Del Frisco’s I normally couldn’t even get a steak (no sides, drinks or apps) for $35.
Baby Greens Salad
with candied pecans, Granny Smith apples and Dijon cider vinaigrette
8 oz. Filet Mignon
with marchand de vin and château potatoes
Sorry for the instagram shots. I forgot to bring my camera with me to campus and didn’t have time to go back for it. This meal was so delicious; I cannot even describe how much I enjoyed it. If you live in the area, I highly recommend you come here (preferably next restaurant week to get the good deal!) The night was really fun as well as tasty and our friends Adam and Sarah exchanged favorite restaurants with us and we got some great recommendations. Can’t wait to try some new restaurants with them!
Wednesdays are my busy day, and tomorrow is no exception. At least it’s the hump day right?
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