It’s been a while since I’ve given you all a life lately post I think, so today it’s time for a little updating.
Since the New Year, I’ve found that the days are just kind of flying by, so I feel like I need to take a few minutes to stop and reflect, or everything is just going to turn into a blur. There’s been lots of good food lately, lots of fun with friends, and a bit of fitness thrown in there for good measure. 🙂
I was lucky enough to be invited to joint a wonderful group of ladies for a spectacular dinner recently at The Social Restaurant and Bar, near by in Newton. The event was put together by my girl Monique, and I’m so happy she was able to get this off the ground! Several local bloggers met up for some cocktails, apps, and then a delicious sit down meal — all while enjoying some awesome conversation with lots of laughs. It was a great evening, not only because of the food but because I really don’t get to see these girls enough. I was happy to see some of my favorite blog friends and meet some new faces; I really do feel lucky to be a part of such great and vibrant blogging community here in Boston.
The chef at The Social hooked us up with some delicious appetizers — spicy chicken tacos and chicken drumsticks. After mingling over food and cocktails for a while, we sat down to quite the spread for dinner! We started off with a fall kale salad as well as a beet salad, both of which were delicious. I would definitely have a hard time choosing between the two when I go back.
Following the salads, we then had a “hot rocks” dish, in which we were able to cook our own thinly sliced beef at the table– drizzled with white truffle oil, this was not only tasty but a unique appetizer!
We then had seared Yellowfin Tuna which was out of this world; unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the whole dish but trust me on this one — if you like sushi/seared tuna, you must order this!
Our main dish was a whole roasted rosemary chicken served with butternut squash maple farro. We finished up the night with a couple of decadent desserts; nutella bread pudding and chocolate lava cake. I’m always a sucker for lava cake so that was my favorite out of the two.
This farro was out of this world, and I’d absolutely go back just for that!
All in all, it was a wonderful night with some amazing women, and I hope we can do it again soon! I will also add that it’s pretty funny to get a group of bloggers together for dinner– the food photo taking gets a little out of control! Thanks so much to Social for having us, it really was a treat.
With the craziness of the holidays behind us, my training schedule has been able to go back to normal lately, and I’m so happy to be back in the weight room! I’ve been splitting up my training weeks with usually one run day, one spin day, and 3 lifting days. This has been working well for me lately, helping me to feel strong and see progress, but also helping me from feeling too burnt out. For whatever reason, running one day per week has been great and has allowed me to keep up a strong 4-5 mile base, which will be very helpful if I decide to train for a race this summer or fall!
Other than that,no huge updates on this front. I have been working a lot on my turkish get ups, and try to get some reps in with these at least 2 days per week. Hopefully I’ll have a post up on these soon, as they really are a lift that can benefit just about anyone.
Life In General Lately:
Things are pretty status quo right now, but thats not a bad thing! I’ve been enjoying some downtime after the craziness of the holidays, and I’m pretty sure my bank account has also been enjoying the break. Things are about to get crazy at work for the next couple of months, so I’m trying to take advantage of the quieter season while I can. One big thing thats going to be coming right up is a trip to Florida in March with my women’s lacrosse team! Not that this winter has been horrible by any means, but it will sure be nice to trade the cold and snow for some vitamin D for a week.
I can tell you one thing that’s severely missing from my life right now: any type of guilt over holiday eating, drinking, etc. I really don’t like to think of the new year as a time to beat yourself up over the past couple of months; I didn’t even set any resolutions this year! And rest assured, I definitely ate way more than my fair share of chocolate and cookies at Christmas, and I certainly indulged in plenty of bubbly on New Years (champagne hangover, hello!), but it hasn’t changed my overall nutrition or training plan whatsoever. I’m a “treat yo-self” kind of girl, and I don’t see any use in getting upset over that sort of thing. I just like to move on, continue my mostly healthy lifestyle, and know that things will balance out.
Readers: What have you been up to lately? How does your training plan change during the winter months? Anyone have any fun winter getaways coming up? Do you do any major nutrition/fitness overhauls in the New Year?