Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend – mine was really relaxing because I ended up skipping/ reducing a ton of workouts because I felt really tired (maybe I have a little cold).
I felt exhausted when I came home from work and ended up skipping my planned visit to the gym and a volunteer thing at the church =\ I hate not honoring my commitments, so I think I need to find volunteer opportunities earlier in the week when I’m not so tired! I’m blaming my tired/sick state on a combo of the crazy weather and long days at the office (to make up for the snow days this month).
Doesn’t this make you feel like Christmas is just around the corner? But oh wait, it’s MARCH. I felt like I needed some good broth to feel better, so we went to Pho Golden Cow in Falls Church for some Vietnamese spring rolls and pho. The soup really hit the spot, even though I forgot to ask for no cilantro :)
My plan for Saturday was to do a double cycle class at the gym, but I discovered that my butt was SORE from cycling a few days ago and I couldn’t sit on the seat! I went to Body Combat instead, but ended up leaving after 30 min because all the kicking and sideways motions were not agreeing with my knee. Lame. I went back to the gym later and got on the elliptical for 45 min, but this day was a lot more low-key than planned.
Not having 3 hours of my day devoted to a long run left me time and energy to do a deep clean of the apartment with Mike! We vacuumed, dusted and mopped every little part of the space and found enough cat hair to make a large blanket. I don’t usually do so much cleaning on one day because I’ve been using a chore chart lately so that I can clean a little on the days I have time instead of leaving all the cleaning till the weekend. I got the idea from Gina and it’s made cleaning a lot more manageable! This weekend was nice though because everything was clean all at once :)
Someone wasn’t too happy with all the cleaning activity and chose to hide out in her cave till it was over.
Speaking of cats…we finally got a doormat to deal with all the snow/ ice/ salt that we were tracking into the house and thanks to Amazon Prime’s speedy shipping, it arrived just in time for last week’s snowstorm! Appropriate, I think.
After a day of cleaning and other chores, I was craving some Korean BBQ so we went to Honey Pig for dinner. This is a recycled pic from our last visit because I was a lazy blogger and forgot my camera :)
And then we finally watched Frozen!! It was soo good, and the songs were stuck in my head all weekend – “For the first time in forever…” Does anyone else think this will be made into a musical by next year? I can see that we’ll be buying this movie for our kids someday :)
We chose to skip Body Pump on Sunday and sleep in instead ;) A very good decision, especially since that class has been packed lately. We made it to the early service at church, and then went for some dim sum at Mark’s Duck House – we hit up Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese food this weekend! Another recycled pic, but we always get the same stuff here – shumai and shrimp dumplings ( pictured below), fried turnip cake, rice noodles with shrimp, and pork buns. Yup, not a single veggie.
When we got back, I got some cooking done while Mike worked.
First I whipped up a batch of Lemon Laraballs (using this recipe here) for snacks and post-workout munchies.
Next up were Broccoli, Potato & Cheese Egg Cups from Cupcakes and Kale Chips – a new-to-me food blog I found last week! I used some goat gouda I found on sale at Harris Teeter for the cheese and they came out great – easy breakfasts for the week. I also made some very special brownies. Guess what the secret ingredient is?Black beans! I was so intrigued when I saw this on Finding Time for Cooking, so I tried the original recipe from Skinnytaste. Mike couldn’t guess the secret ingredient at all, and we were both really impressed with the flavor and light, cakey texture!
I’ll also be making some quiches for dinners this week, and lunches will be salads and leftovers I’ve frozen from various meals over the past month.
Sunday also marked a full week from my foot injury from last Saturday’s race, which is the timeframe my doc told me stay away from running. So I eagerly laced up my sneaks around 2, and felt so great despite the wind/ cold/ rain that I ended up doing 8 miles :) I even managed to maintain race pace for the whole run, probably because my legs were so fresh from a week of no running. My foot felt fine during and after the run, but I’ll probably cross train today or take it off completely to be on the safe side. And if my foot’s okay, I’ll run Tues/ Weds and Fri/Sat, with a long run on Sat. I’m SO grateful that I don’t have a stress fracture!
Weirdest/most unconventional ingredient you’ve used while baking?
If you live somewhere warm, can I move in with you for a week? =P kidding…