Wednesday, March 20, 2013

fresh new day!

i am happy to report that our 2 day juice cleanse is over!! hilariously, out of the 5 juices we were allotted each day i drank about 3. maybe 3.5 i padded my days calories with cucumbers and celery. dont be jealous! the pb&j and orange juice flavored options were phenomenal! the blueberry was decent but i hit the gym between when i started it and when i went to finish it and by the time i did get back to it it was room temperature and just didnt taste as good. the beet juice and green juices were foul. im a super healthy person, love salads, actually do like beets and still thought these were dreadful. drank a few sips of each but that was pretty much it. ugh.

we didnt do the cleanse for long enough to realllllllly analyze it, but i am happy to report i think it was a fun challenge. i missed the act of chewing food more than food itself if that makes sense. the first day i felt fuzzy, high almost. second say i felt good, very light. stomach growled a bit but drinking a lot of water and a juice at key times helped that. today, the first day we are back to normal, has felt the worst. i feel tired and have a headache. ive been making a huge point to snack a bunch between meals today to keep my body humming along....a pretzel, nuts, an apple, carrots and celery. while im certainly keeping plenty nourished i am tired! granted, i didnt work out this morning and i do find that i feel really tired when i dont break a sweat. ive been working out A LOT lately, and being on a juice cleanse i did feel like resting and taking one day off was necessary.

all in all, a great experience. havent weighed myself as of yet, but might tonight. happy wednesday!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

juice cleanse, day 2

good morning to all you lovely people who ate breakfast this morning. i hope you had super sugary, super chocolatey donut for me. we are on day 2 of this juice cleanse/detox/whatever we are doing...its only for 2 days so the end is near!!

im usually game to try just about anything, even more so when it challenges me physically. this juice idea is something the three of us had been thinking of doing and its definitely/infinitely easier when coworkers are in cahoots with you.

what i am noticing the most on this cleanse is just how much i miss the act of chewing. i dont feel hungry, per se, just light. ive been munching on celery during the day and at dinner and chewing a few pieces of gum to keep my mouth busy but thats it.

i skipped coffee yesterday COMPLETELY. that wasnt cool. i had tea instead which really idea why, but i hate the taste of hot tea. today i am drinking coffee. i am going to drink coffee going forward so i figure it was kinda cool to skip a day but its fine to start again. the world thanks me :)

i noticed i felt a bit loopy yesterday. we all had that feeling of being high...were told thats normal. makes sense...technically were hungry so our bodies are reacting. each day gives us 5 juices....i wish i liked them all, but i just dont. yesterday i drank about 3 of them (maybe slightly less). I could only stomach about 1/5 of the beet juice flavored one and none of the kale one. i drank about 2/3 of the blueberry one but once it started to come to room temp i was over it. i drank 2 of the orange juices yesterday...AMAZING!

i started today with my last orange juice, grapefruit and lemongrass. DELICIOUS! my second juice today is a mix of swss chard, kale, dandelion, celery, cucumber, etc...its SUPER GREEN! i dont love it but i do know its good for me. and quite frankly, i need some sustenance so ill down it :) cant lie though, im downing some more coffee later to fuel run club tonight!

thats it for now...the juice recap will come tomorrow!

Monday, March 18, 2013


i was lucky enough to spend the weekend with a few of my best friends which never ceases to remind me to stay in the moment and remember how lucky we are. right when it seems things are really busy, really sad, really stale or just OK, weekends like this remind me how spectacular the people in my life are.

to that end, i would like to personally take a moment and remember mr dowd, who 1 year ago today, passed away suddenly. for the past year he has been upstairs hanging out with my big pops, who i just know is showing him the ropes.

id like to think they are up there fondly looking down on us as we cheer lead for them all over the place! our dads were beyond spectacular...BEYOND. they were the most selfless, athletic, successful, happy and wise men on this planet and were taken too early.

theres no easy time to grieve. theres no timeline for when it starts to hurt less. there arent any rules on how to live life without your dad. jen and i are lucky to have each other as we live this tragic reality but also a part of a club that i would give anything to not be a part of. reality is, i cant do that.

jen, today my heart is with you and your family. im so proud to have known your dad and had the amazing fortune to have grown  up with him. he was there as we began to date, drink and love boy bands. he taught us how to have fun with soccer even when it seemed everyone else forgot to. he laughed at our jokes, thought we were cool and set SUCH an example of how to be an amazing human being. more than anything, im lucky to have you as a best friend and your family in my life. were in this together and i love you so much!!

i know he and my dad are resting in peace. ehh, actually, i think its more accurate to think they are laughing at our shenanigans and chatting about us over beers. they were too cool and ambitious to rest.

hk recap

wow a lot has been going on! lets start, shall we...

1. maxim spring break
i spent tuesdday-friday in panama city beach florida with team maxim (really just a coworker and myself) throwing one hell of a spring break party! in short, we hung on the beach, got badly sunburned, hung with audrina, saw too many people booty shake it, had too much bribing people to talk to and got a shoulder ride from the one and only HONKEY! he also thought anytime was a good time to pick me you can see below. it was a week of too little sleep, too much sun and too much work. craziest part happened on our way home when we boarded a broken plane only to sent off of it for 3 hours as it was fixed. by the love of god we boarded at 730pm, got into atlanta and BOOKED IT (and i mean BOOKED IT) to the other end of the airport to make a 945 connection. into laguardia at 1am to find they lost my bad. SWEET! went home, got up to hit the gym and meet the besties to play and start to mentally prepare for the half marathon! 

 Photo: team maxim at the beach!! #maximcurvesb13 #pcb

Photo: maxim spring break is serious business. i absolutely LOVE this guy!! #honkey #maximcurvesb13

2. nyc half marathon
13.1 seems to be our thing. and i kind of love that. we wore matching neon green sweatbands and as much green as we could to run the st patricks day new york city half. it was SO COLD but so fun to run with my bestie. the rest of the day was spent visiting friends in bars, going to brunch and hanging out in my apt before i sadly had to say goodbye :)

 Photo: post run brunch!! @jendowd5

3. great quote
just came across this quote randomly and had to share it. 
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4. juice cleanse
two of my coworkers and i are doing a 2-day juice cleanse. its as fun as it sounds. im trying to figure out how im going to hit the gym, do run club and go to a soccer game tomorrow all while juicing but hopefully ill figure it out. haha. its 5 juices and im adding in some celery to  munch on and a few sticks of gum to keep my mouth busy. ha, christ.

anyway, as you can see, life has been busy. i wanted to write this and have you read this as a pretty casual entry so im not even going back to edit/proofread. enjoy.

Monday, March 11, 2013


hello again monday. with "spring ahead" and losing an hour this past weekend, im a tired pup today. maybe its cause i went to sleep at 5am on saturday or ran 31 miles this weekend. haha, nah, has to be losing that hour. you dont really realize the power of an hour until you get it taken away.

see, even LL is tired from losing an hour:

oh, wait, she just flirted with drugs for too long. something tells me she could use an extra hour of beauty sleep though. jesus.

heading to panama city beach tomorrow to throw a maxim spring break party with audrina. heres to hoping i dont witness any vomit, hookups, drugs or babies being made. what am i saying?! this is maxim spring break!! i am bound to see some combination of all of that :)

started my day with a 9 mile run along the FDR. started in the dark and finished post sunrise. it was a really peaceful, great way to start my day. i found myself just feeling grateful to be out there doing my thing along the water. there arent many times you can steal moments in nyc so when you can, you should. thought about my dad a lot, thought about how beautiful the city can be, thought about how much i wanted to be back in bed (those first 20 minutes of every run are brutal) and thought about how amazing the coffee was going to taste after i was done. (not my pic below, but it shows the running path so you get the idea). and i was right, that grande bold from the bux made me really happy. the post run flush didnt hurt either.

i normally try to be more in the moment than "oh man i wish i could hurry up and it be ______ (fill in the blank for a future date here)" but i really am psyched for the coming weekend. we have a packed weekend coming up!!! just gotta survive panama city beach ;)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

tuesday. not nearly close enough to friday.

its tuesday. slightly better than monday, slightly less cool than wednesday. nowhere near as cool as friday.

ive come to not only look forward to but love tuesdays and thursdays for this very reason: i train with team nike and find that it totally breaks up the week. im starting to really long for night runs when its warm out and i can wear shorts and a tank. were about 50 degrees from where i like it, but i did sport shorts this past weekend in 39 degree weather. badass? duh.

all set to run 2 half marathons this month...interestingly back-to-back weekends. CrAzY excited
to run the one im doing on march 17th...jen is coming down!!! this is a pattern i could get seriously used to! the second one, the 23rd, should be fun...its in flushing meadows, which is an area ive done no running in (exciting new paths!)

good lord tuesday, you have been long. going to go run a few miles and then go home and pig out :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

hi monday. fuck.

morning all! its monday again...oh wait, you already knew that. and probably feel it maybe even more so.

the 13a girls had a fantastic weekend! first of all we welcomed our new roomie anatasia. while shes fantastic (i mean hello, wed never ask her to be our roomie if she wasnt incredble) her parents are equally adorable!!

currently three of us are single while chi is dealing with will's recent relocation to hotlanta. so we bar hopped on saturday. met a few dudes, gave out a few numbers and made a few future dates. went to bed at 4:30am...after a showdown outside windor. ohh joe griffin.

up at 9:30am to hit the gym on sunday, im admittedly tired today. no, i im not trying to ellicit sympathy, i mean noone made me stay out that late or hit the gym. the real issue is that im just not much of a late sleeper. its annoying when we party like were 22 and my body refuses to be lazy the day after. while i was exhausted running and on the elliptical i powered through (thank you starbucks). you know id love a sponsorship with the bux. i think im be a good model/brand ambassador for them. hit me up starbucks...lets do this!

with a new roomie comes a great new outlook on our apt. were underway with deep cleaning, rearranging, redecorating and decluttering. its amazing!! im in love with the new 13a!

is the monday work day over yet?! im ready to go play at home! cheers all :)