Memorial Day Weekend was a great kick-off to the summer!
I meant to post while I was away, but I’m a space cadet and forgot my iPhone computer cord. Who wants to read a post without pictures? Not me. So instead I’ll do a quick weekend recap this morning!
I woke up Saturday morning to squeeze in a workout before going to New Hampshire later that day (or so I thought). I decided to hop on the treadmill and knock out 2 miles at a pretty fast pace. Here’s what my workout looked like:
After my 5 min warm-up, I ended up running 2 miles in 16:35, which is about an 8:18 minute mile. Not too shabby! I cooled down on the elliptical for 10 minutes, then drove home to get ripped with Jillian.
Then I showered, threw some clothes together, and drove to my parents’ house to pick up my brother. We had made plans to help my grandparents de-winterize their boat. They have a condo on a beautiful lake in New Hampshire, so they didn’t need to twist our arm too much…
My brother flaked out on me a bit, so we changed our plans to leave Sunday instead. But I wasn’t in the mood to drive back and forth to Providence, so I ended up staying at my parents’ that night (they were out of town anyway).
I don’t know what it is, but something about being at my parents’ house makes me want to eat everything in site. I think it’s because I associate it with holidays and cookouts, etc. Plus they keep snacks in the house that I would never buy. Pretzels and peanut butter, granola bars, cereal…..none of which is gluten free. And all of which wreaks havoc on my stomach. But I eat it anyway. I really need to work on my self-control. Like, really.
I at least made a conscious decision not to eat anything after 7:00pm, and even though I stayed up late catching up with my sister, I managed to only have a cup of tea. I need to focus on the mini-successes and not beat myself up too much over the failures.
I woke up Sunday and decided to head to the local track for a nice sweaty run. I didn’t have a mileage goal in mind, and planned to see how I felt as the run progressed. I ended up completing 4 miles, but didn’t time myself or anything crazy like that. It was nice to get outside and run! I followed up my cardio with Week 3 of Ripped in 30.
After my workout, I enjoyed a healthy breakfast with my sister and her family. Turkey bacon, a veggie omelet, roasted potatoes (home fries) and some fresh mango. I said NO to the pancakes! Victory!
Then my brother was ready to leave for New Hampshire, so we hit the road!
It’s definitely not the prettiest or youngest boat on the lake, but it’s still alive and kickin’. We went for a nice, long boat ride, then went back to the condo to get ready for dinner. We ate at a beautiful restaurant, right on the water with an amazing view.
For dinner, I ordered the seared Ahi Tuna over arugula and roasted vegetables. It was delicious!
After dinner, we walked along the lake and stopped for some ice cream. I chose the espresso brownie flavor (basically coffee ice cream with brownie chunks) and it was heavenly. I sometimes forget how yummy real ice cream is, as opposed to frozen yogurt. Don’t get me wrong, I will always be obsessed with froyo. But a good old fashioned ice cream cone hit the spot!
When we got back to the condo that night, my grandparents started going through old photos of our ancestors that they’d collected over the years. My favorite photo was of my great-grandparents, about to leave for their honeymoon in 1938.
I woke up on Monday, not really in the mood for a run. Until I looked outside and saw it was an absolutely beautiful morning.
That’s a picture of the view from my grandparents’ condo, and the road I ran along that morning. I followed a route that my grandma walks all the time, and estimates is about 3.5 miles. It was a great run, I worked up a good sweat and enjoyed every moment of the beautiful weather and the beautiful view.
I have to say, although I definitely did not keep up with a healthy diet this weekend (did I mention my grandma had monster trail mix in the condo? yea… my ultimate weakness), I was proud of myself for squeezing in some great runs and a couple rounds of Ripped in 30. In the past, a weekend away would’ve been the perfect excuse not to work out. But instead of viewing it as a chore, I was excited to get outside and go for a jog. I feel more energized and ready to take on the day after a good workout.
After my run, I went for a quick swim in the lake, then went back to the condo to help my grandma with breakfast. We had some scrambled eggs with veggies, bacon, and blueberry muffins. It was delicious, there’s nothing better than my grandma’s homemade blueberry muffins!
Then we took the boat out one last time and relaxed on the beach for an hour or so, before hitting the road to get back to the real world.