You all made me feel so much better yesterday by letting me know I wasn’t the only one who has experienced the little monsters. I have one pheromone trap still out and good news, no signs of any moths so far!
Since I have yet to restock the pantry, we decided to grab dinner out last night at Mint Indian Cuisine. It was the perfect temperature out last night, so we dined al fresco… and split a bottle of wine. The weather made us do it.
We started with Gobi Manchurian Dry, which are battered and friend cauliflower florets in a delicious, spicy sauce. Seriously, they were so good, as was the shrimp vindaloo and naan.
I forgot how much I enjoy Indian food and now realize I need to step up my at home efforts because my Indian food tastes no where close to this!
Wine and Indian food outside in 70 degree weather had me floating on cloud 9. It’s the little things, like impromptu family date nights (Hailey ate naan!) that make me so unbelievably happy. There was a time where I would have spent half the evening counting the calories in each glass of wine, googling calories in vindaloo sauce and tearing my naan into shreds to make one piece lasted for a whole evening. I’m so glad those days are behind me. Now that I’ve learned to strike a balance in my life, I feel so much more free to simply… enjoy.
Part of the balance that took me the longest to grasp is exercise. I still won’t claim to LOVE it, but I’ve grown to love the feeling once it’s over. I’ve been asked a few times lately exactly how much I exercise and what I do, so here you go…
Typically I work out 5 days a week. I usually chose weekdays because I really like to reserve weekends for family and friends and not stress about whether or not I’m fitting in gym time. During the week, I prefer making it to the gym because I’m completely able to concentrate on my workout, which is helpful when I’m knocking out Tina’s boot camp super sets and intervals. It’s been so beneficial to me having a weight routine presented to me, so I don’t just walk around aimlessly, randomly using machines.
I do strength training 2-3 days a week and it usually takes me anywhere from 40 minutes to 1 hour. Then I go pick up this munchkin and head home with spaghetti arms.
I just recently discovered the ability to workout at home during nap time, too. We have a bonus room (which I plan on cleaning out this weekend), a stability ball (from pregnancy) and free weights. It’s everything I need for a quality workout, without having to drive to the gym! Hailey has been giving me 1.5 hours naps lately, which is more than enough time for a workout, a shower and some work time.
I focus on cardio 2-3 days and week, usually alternating weights and cardio days. My cardio right now is focused on wogging because I have my first 10k in about two weeks (HOLY MOLY, TWO WEEKS??) With the weather be so wonderful, I’m wogging outside with the stroller and the pup, which is difficult. I usually end up somewhere around 4 miles in 45-50 minutes. Slow? Yup, but I’m doing it!
I also enjoy yoga, hiking, pilates and trying out exercise DVDs, too, but these things take more effort, like driving to the yoga studio, so they aren’t as consistent as I’d like. I find there is rarely an excuse for not being able to get out and wog or drop and do a plank in the living room.
I’ve finally (after yearsssss) gotten to the point where I miss exercise if I take more than a few days off. Exercise makes me feel strong, physically and mentally. Am I smiling through every step? Not always (ok, not usually), but afterwards I feel fantastic and enjoy wine and conversation with my hubby even more.
Why do you exercise?