What I Ate Wednesday: A Busy Teaching Day on the Go

#WIAWThe WIAW posts I’ve done in the past have all been days when I’ve worked from home—or at least close enough to home that I was easily able to cook/prepare the majority of my meals in my own kitchen. While it certainly makes it easier to eat healthy and produce prettily photographed dishes for the blog, most people (including myself) don’t have the luxury of that convenience every day.

Today’s WIAW post documents last Thursday—a busy teaching day for me where I wasn’t home until late that night.

(5:30AM) Honey Almond Whole Food Energy Bar

Honey Almond Whole Food Energy Bar from Clean, Lean & SexyI usually sleep at my boyfriend’s place the night before my 6AM Btone classes because he lives down the street from the studio, and saying he has nothing to eat in his apartment is the understatement of the century. Luckily, I had thought ahead and packed a Honey Almond Whole Food Energy Bar, so I munched on that before teaching my early morning classes.

Clean, Lean & Sexy sent me some of their products to try, and I am now a huge fan of these energy bars. The ingredient list is beautiful—nothing you can’t pronounce; just real foods. The Honey Almond one contains dates, almonds, white raisins, organic honey and almond butter—delish!

(8:30AM) Green Juice from Jugos

Green Juice from Jugos BostonOn my way walking back from Btone, I stopped to get a green juice from Jugos. Honestly, I don’t usually buy their juice because they don’t use organic produce (plus I have my own juicer at home—much cheaper!), but I’m no Gwyneth Paltrow—inorganic juice once in a while isn’t going to kill me. :)

I got the Roots N Riddim which contains lucuma (a subtropical fruit grown in Peru), wheatgrass, parsley, mint, cilantro, green apple and pineapple. It was delicious!

(9:30AM) Eggs & Fruit at Trident Café

egg-fruit-breakfastI decided to spend the morning working at Trident, an awesome bookstore/café in the Back Bay that has free Wi-Fi. I snagged a table on the second floor by the windows overlooking Newbury Street, and ordered two over-medium eggs with whole wheat toast and a side of fruit to munch on while I worked/people-watched.

(2:30PM) Guacamole Greens Salad from Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen Guacamole Greens SaladI finished up working at Trident around 1 and went for a run around the Charles River before walking to Sweetgreen to grab a salad for lunch. Usually I always try their seasonal salad (the April Boston one looks delicious!), but I went with the Guacamole Greens, swapping out chicken for chickpeas.

After lunch it was time to drive out to Sudbury to teach four classes at one of the other Btone locations (I was subbing for another instructor—usually I’m just in Boston).

(8PM) Avocado Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Avocado Pesto Spaghetti SquashHoly sh*t did I regret not bringing a snack with me to Btone—I was starving by the time I finally got back home to Southie. I had some avocado pesto (recipe here) in the fridge and half of a spaghetti squash I had cooked the night before (instructions for cooking spaghetti squash here), so I reheated the squash and stirred in a generous amount of pesto for a quick, yummy dinner. I mean, I think it was yummy—I ate it so fast I could hardly even taste it. :)

So there you have it–eating healthy on busy days away from home when you have to buy most of your meals on the go. Not as easy as working 10 feet from your kitchen, but still possible!

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Red Sox Game with Nike+ Run Club

Fenway Park Red Sox GameThis weekend I was invited to run with Boston’s Nike+ Run Club to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox game. As you can probably guess, it took me one millisecond to say yes.

We met in front of the Nike store in Back Bay (it’s closed for renovations but is opening again soon), where Nike hooked me up with some new Flyknit Lunar 2 running shoes. They’re super comfortable and felt great during our 3-mile run to the game. I was initially a little worried this would be a group of serious runners and I’d have nothing to contribute to the conversation as everyone compared their favorite brands of compression socks haha, but it was nothing like that. Of course there were advanced runners there and lots of talk about upcoming races, but Nike is totally welcoming to all the not-so-serious runners like me. It was a fun, no-pressure run, and I loved chatting with all the people involved.

Nike Flyknit Lunar 2

I figured we’d just have normal seats for the game, but when we got to Fenway and were handed our tickets—boom!—box seats. Such an exciting surprise (especially since it was freezing outside). Food, beer, an amazing view and great company—it was an awesome way to spend a Saturday night. We even got the chance to take pictures with the 2013 World Series trophy. I’m admittedly a half-ass Sox fan, but I still couldn’t help geeking out a little over it. :)

2013 World Series Championship TrophyWith fellow Boston blogger, Caroline (The Trendy Trainer)

The Nike store on Newbury Street has been closed for renovations since the fall, but will reopen April 18th in time for the marathon. Even though the doors haven’t quite yet opened back up, the Nike running club has started meeting again, running every Tuesday & Thursday at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am. It’s free for anyone to join in, and they typically split into three groups—a 5-mile run, 3-mile run and 2-mile run—so runners of all levels are welcome. And after meeting all the fun, friendly people involved I would highly encourage all you in the Boston area to try it out! I’m definitely going to make it to one of the Tuesday runs soon.

Have you guys ever run with a running club?

P.S. This raining weather prevented me from taking pics for this week’s workout this morning, but don’t worry, it’s coming!

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My Favorite Things: March

March favoritesEh, five days late with my monthly favorites post. Close enough. That’s actually been my motto for the weekend: Eh, close enough. Starting with the “matching” socks I put on yesterday:

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Followed by getting off the train three T stops after my actual stop because I was preoccupied picking an old gel manicure off my fingernails.

And now posting an end-of-March post on April 5th.

Eh, close enough.

Here are a few things I’ve been loving lately…

Using DJ Sets and Podcasts on SoundCloud for Workout Music

SoundCloud-Bingo PlayersEspecially since becoming a group fitness instructor, I am constantly on the hunt for awesome new workout music. I have separate playlists for everything—music perfect for Btone, music perfect for spinning (one day I swear I’m going to actually become a spin instructor and not just talk about it haha), music perfect for HIIT workouts, and so on. I have to be conscious of appealing to the masses when I’m putting together class playlists so I skip the super intense EDM, but for my personal workouts and runs, IT’S ON.

Usually I just use the Spotify radio feature or one of my own playlists on there, but my boyfriend just turned me on to SoundCloud and now I’m hooked. I’ll search for one of my favorite DJs and then pick one of their more recent podcasts or sets. They’re usually about an hour of continuous, amazing pump-up music. So far, I’ve been going to Bingo Players, Tommy Trash and Tiesto as my go-to’s, but all my favorite DJs are on SoundCloud—it’s limitless!

I’m still new to it and don’t fully understand all the ways SoundCloud can be used, but I’m loving it for my long runs!

My New Bow Pumps

Aminah Abdul Jillil bow pumpsIf you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen these beauties. I first laid eyes on these Aminah Abdul Jillil bow pumps when stalking around some of my favorite fashion blogs. I knew they’d be perfect for my Boston Winter Ball outfit, so I hunted them down online and ordered them. Two months after the Ball…they arrived. Eh, close enough. :)

My fault for failing to read the fine print (by “fine print” I mean BACKORDERED was bolded and written in all caps no less than seven times across the web page)—and better late than never because I LOVE THEM.

Running Regularly Again

running-doesnt-suckThis winter in Boston was BRUTAL. Relentless sub-freezing temperatures. Snow that wouldn’t stop or melt. It was awful. Usually winter doesn’t stop me from running outside, but this year really got the best of me. Now that Boston got over its identity crisis (thanks for finally realizing you aren’t Alaska, you ass hole), I’ve been running outside around the city getting ready for my half marathon and it’s made me so unbelievably happy. Sunshine, good music, a long run along the Charles River—lately it’s been impossible for me to be in a bad mood.

Chocolate Cake Pops from Starbucks

March favoritesIt’s getting bad, guys. I might actually have to stop working from Starbuck’s for a little while so that I can let this chocolate cake pop addiction fade. See tweet:

 

I’ve always been a fan of cake pops, but within reason—maybe once every couple months I’ll order one with my iced coffee. Recently, however, Starbuck’s came out with this fudgy chocolate pop crafted by angels and blessed by the Heavens and I. Just. Can’t. Stop. It’s weird because I actually despise chocolate cake, but something about these pops…

What are you loving lately?

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