But First, Coffee

Just so you know, I now offer a free service. 


According to my sister, I have a superhuman ability to find a quality Starbucks or coffee shop anywhere. I don’t care where you are; I will find coffee for you. It’s my gift to humanity.
Saturday we took the kids to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park to meet up Amanda and her husband for a day of gettin’ our learn on. Squish was super interested in the exhibits (especially the Earthquake interactive display) until he discovered that there were interactive iPads with games on them at every turn. Then he just played games instead of, like, looking at the exhibits. At least I think he’s learning.


Buttercup was a lot more interested than I thought she would be. We made it in time to see them feed the Penguins, and she sat still in my lap through the entire presentation, watching them gobble fish from the biologist (Squish was long gone into iPad Land at that point). Then we checked out the huge aquarium and she was just mesmerized with the giant reef exhibit.


Then Sunday I went to CrossFit. Yay! At our gym Sundays are for hero WODs, so the suck factor is always at full-throttle.

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For time, sets of 21-15-9-9-15-21 reps:

  • Deadlift (men=100kg, women=70kg)
  • Burpees

I scaled the weight on the deadlifts down to 50kg (110 lbs) because I recall 70 is my 10-rep max, and this workout requires, like, 90 reps. So, nope.

I started out trying to pace at sets of 5 deadlifts, which worked out okay for approximately 2 minutes. I hit the “pain cave” hard and fast, and it was one of those workouts where I about started crying because when I go that hard I get super emotional (It’s no wonder that they call it “barbell therapy”!), but I didn’t cry, my hands didn’t rip, and I was done in 17:11.

That’s it for now, go make it a great day!

Lessons Learned

First off, let me just say we need more love in the world. I’ve stepped away from a lot of social media and news the past few months because I simply can’t handle it. There is so much hurt and destruction and it’s all stupid. But even if I remove Facebook from my phone and stop reading news articles, I still hear about stuff. It can’t be ignored. People still suck. Which sucks, because people also have such a capacity to be really, really awesome. So let’s focus on the awesome. With enough light we can obliterate even the darkest of darkness. /rant

Okay, onto my self-centered, petty musings!

So, I’ve learned something new recently. If I announce that I plan to do or am doing a Whole30 on my blog, I will not finish it. The Whole30s I’ve successfully completed happened when I hardly breathed a word on the blog, or I would wait until like Day 20 to mention it. But I posted last week that Hulk and I were doing a Whole30 together. And then we went away for the weekend with friends to the cabin in the middle of the woods that’s off the grid with no wifi or internet. I consulted our friend over menu options, and bought a ton of Whole30 food to share, so I thought we would be good. But then we get there, and it’s vacation, and the kids are all in bed and the adults are playing board games and hanging out on the patio, and why not a cocktail? It feels festive. It’s just one. Ugh, terrible decision. Totally not worth it. But as guilty as I feel, at least I can chalk it up to a learning experience. Next time, stick with the program!

The other think I’ve learned lately is that I will always regret sleeping in and not going to CrossFit, but I never regret getting up early to go to the gym. Even if I barely got any sleep and I’m exhausted, I never regret going first thing in the morning. I can always try to catch a nap when I get home, or sleep in tomorrow. Just something to keep in mind when I try to hit that snooze button at 5:15am.

Part of my June Whole30 was to also give up coffee for the month. I figure since I was up to about 5 cups a day, it was about time to give myself a Caffeine Holiday. Although I didn’t stick with the Whole30, I learned that I really don’t miss my morning coffee all that much. It’s really nice having one less thing to do in the morning, and not spilling coffee all over my pants in the car, and washing out travel mugs with that gross stale coffee smell. I miss the taste and the ritual of a hot cup of coffee in the morning when I’m working at my desk planning my day, but for the most part once I’m focused on work I don’t even miss it. I thought about replacing my cup with a tea or hot lemon water. Which I can do if I want. But I really like not having to fix myself a hot beverage of any kind in the morning. My laziness has no bounds, apparently. Once the month’s up I’ll probably indulge in a cup on weekends, maybe, but I do not want it to become a morning habit again. Because withdrawal. *shudder*

That’s all I’ve learned for now. Go make it a great day!

A Whole Bunch Of Random – Yoga, Coffee, and Standing Around

 

I meant to do a post on Wednesday. But then I forgot. Then I wrote a post for Thursday, but Squish came home from preschool with a fever and that didn’t go up. So now we’re going to cram everything in on Friday. Wheee!

I started out Tuesday with some yoga. Or as I like to call it, yogahhhhh …

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I found a studio that has a 6:00 am yoga class once a week, which I figure I can handle getting up that early for yoga once a week.

Then Squish and I admired the neighborhood fog. Look, trees are finally changing color in California!

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I’ve been doing a TON of Starbucks lately. It’s just too convenient to swing through the local shop in between preschool drop off and commuting across the bridge to work to grab a Christmas blend and a double smoked bacon sandwich. I’m savoring the convenience now.

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New favorite coffee break snack. Just the right amount of chocolate-y goodness, marketed like it’s actually healthy and not a candy bar. It’s a candy bar. But with fruit!

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Meanwhile on the baby front, she’s turning one year old on Sunday. And standing. Honey, remember what mommy said about growing up, about just stop?

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She stands up unassisted for a few seconds, then plops back down. It’s great fun!

I’m off to get everything ready for a certain little miss’s big birthday bash. Go make it a great weekend!

 

A Bad Example Day

Yesterday was quite the “bad example” day. I started out by doing Week 1 Day 2 of the “Champion” Spitfire Athlete workout. I don’t remember the details, but there were a lot of squats.

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Of course I did it on an empty stomach, and only drank coffee with milk afterwords.

Once at work, I felt hungry so “Second Breakfast” was a side caesar salad that I found in the fridge, a granola bar, a handful of Cashew Clusters, and more coffee with milk.

Blogger trick: only photo the salad, not the Cashew Clusters. That way, it's healthy!
Blogger trick: only photo the salad, not the Cashew Clusters. That way, it’s healthy!

So of course that meant Lunch was a burger and fries. Grass-fed, of course. We’re all about health here.

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I had an appointment in the city, and afterwords felt really “ugh” about everything. So I picked up some cookies from Whole Foods as a snack for the ride home. Turns out that was dinner, because when I got home Hulk was getting a new beer batch ready and the stove was commandeered for mashing. That was fine, so I had a couple beers to wash down the cookies.

I’m starting to feel kind of foggy in the head and tight in the pants, so I think the “consume all the carbs” phase needs to move on now. I haven’t slept well this week, and I’m very certain that’s a huge part of it. It’s time to reclaim the bedtime and get back where I prefer to be.

That’s it for now, go make it a great day!

Ralph the Bear says, "Cheers to that!"
Ralph the Bear says, “Cheers to that!”

Some Days are Like That, Even in Australia

Yesterday was one of those terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days for me. I can’t even explain it. Monday I went to bed feeling all the gratitude and warm fuzzies about the world. Tuesday I woke up and felt like Kill All the Things. And I’m not even on Day 5 of a Whole30!

Breakfast

Since I was all grumpy, I skipped out of the house as soon as I could after the usual kid-wrangling to avoid making the rest of the family miserable, and grabbed a sausage breakfast sandwich from the deli by my office. Their breakfast sandwiches are magical, being hand-made on a toasted croissant. It’s a nice food-treat to start the day. I also downed a couple of coffees with milk.

Lunch

I was still feeling sort of reclusive, so I went to a nearby cafeteria where I knew it was chicken tandoori day. Some chicken tandoori, curried veggies, and rice were some good soul food. I also walked to and from the office, so it was a good sunny mile walk each way.

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Snack

I wasn’t hungry in the afternoon, but I did indulge in some mood-eating. A KIND bar and a few Andes mints were a decent distraction, washed down with a couple Diet Cokes.

Workout

I came home to some good family news, so that perked me up. No public announcements yet since it’s not quite a done deal. True to my “no beer before barbells” rule, Hulk offered to put dinner together while I worked out in the garage. I started the Champion program on the Spitfire Athlete app. I didn’t have time to get through the whole workout, but I completed most of the weight lifting and skipped out on core work.

  • Assisted pull-ups, 3×12
  • Cable pulls (I modified with a band since I don’t have a cable to pull), 3×12
  • Bent over barbell rows, 3×12 @ 45 lbs
  • Reclined dumbbell arm extensions, 3×12 using a 10lb plate
  • Inclined reverse dumbbell flys, 1×12 @ 3 lbs (yes, 3. It was either that or 40)

Dinner

Hulk outdid himself for dinner: hamburger patties topped with cheese and fried eggs, with a side salad and peas. We ate on the patio again, and I showed Squish how to angle his fork through the patty to make a sort of meat-on-a-stick method of eating the hamburger, rather than cutting it into bites. Then we drank some beers on the porch while watching the sun set. Hulk took care of the domestic stuff while I went to bed early and read my book. I’m almost done with “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and I have only cried twice so far.

I know I’ve been succumbing to emotional eating lately, and I just have been allowing it. It’s hard not to have Whole30 rules to fall back on when things are difficult. I know what’s wrong – I want to do all the things and am frustrated that there are only 24 hours in a day –  but eating just seems easier than fixing it. There are also a couple other health-related things I’ve been meaning to explore, such as maybe giving myself a caffeine holiday.

I’m also really trying to figure out how to get more exercise in, and I’m caught in “mom guilt” whenever I take time out for myself, which was part of why I was so grumpy yesterday. I had planned on working out in the morning, but then children/life happened, and it didn’t get done. I’m so sick of falling victim to excuses, but I just can’t get myself together. I know I need to take care of myself in order to take care of everyone else, but it’s so much easier in theory than in practice. I think I’m going to get up at 6:00 for a run, but then at 5:58 I have a tearful preschooler climbing in my bed after a scary dream, and while I’m getting him settled I then have a baby that’s all “IT’S [6:17 in the] MORNING WHY AREN’T YOU ALL READY TO PARTY YET? And why are my pants so squishy?” and by the time I’m done with her diaper blowout the preschooler is now awake and asking for “milk and chocolate toast” and my window of opportunity to scrap together any time for myself this morning is firmly shut. Fortunately this phase of life is temporary and I’m doing my best to appreciate the little things involved with taking care of small children (stop growing up!) but it’s hard when I know I need to exercise and rest and keep myself sane above it all. But tomorrow is always another day.

And that’s it for this day. Go make it a great one!

 

A Plane Ticket Level of Commitment, and Coffee!

September is nearly over, and I just remembered that I had set some September goals for last month.

Ha. Yeah, none of these got done.

Ugh, commitment. I have all these great ideas for goals, but it’s really, really hard for me to put them into practice. And it hurts because I love goals and I love progress. I guess I just don’t like hard work?

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I’ve been wanting to use that card for a while.

Anyway, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. Like, a lot. Because I commute 2-3 hours a day. Just recently I’ve been really getting into the Harder to Kill podcast by Steph Gaudreau, and my brain is practically exploding with information. Such good stuff, but one topic in particular was discussed in a recent episode with special guest Allegra Stein. She spoke about how commitment is like a plane ticket, which is an analogy I love. When you buy a plane ticket, you double- and triple-check your calendar. You call all your family and friends and make sure the dates work. When you book the ticket, almost nothing stops you from getting to the airport on time. Oversleeping, traffic, and other unforeseen delays all have a contingency plan. Barring serious illness, you make your flight. That’s commitment. Once you’ve set your goal, you make it with no excuses.

For me, I think of the plane ticket commitment as one step further. If you don’t want to get up and go to where the plane ticket is taking you, don’t buy the ticket. I only really stick with stuff that I’m all-in committed to. This is what I learned from numerous starts and fails on the Whole30. I am still not sure exactly what the catalyst is, but I need to somehow be very head-in-the-game, in-my-bones committed or it won’t happen. So when I set cute goals like “exercise every day!” I just don’t. Because I know I should, but I don’t really want to. But when I finally figure out a fitness goal I actually want to succeed on, it’ll get done.

Okay, now the real reason for this post. It’s National Coffee Day!

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Go drink a cup (or seven), and make it a great day!

Back-to-Bed Kind of Day

It’s raining!

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So glad I didn’t bike into work today.

This kind of weather always makes me want to crawl back in bed. But I had to rely on the next best thing.

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A hot cup of coffee with a side of biscotti is almost a substitute for bed. Almost.

Buttercup was all smiles the other morning.

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We have finally settled on a satisfactory nickname for Mercedes! Squish’s real name is Jared, but when she met him my sister pulled out the line from Finding Nemo, “I will call him Squishy. And he will be mine. And he will be my Squishy,” and it stuck. Because, you know, he’s squishy. But we hadn’t settled on a good nickname for Mercedes yet. I have been calling her “Cream Puff,” because she’s so fat yet fluffy, but didn’t think that would stick long term. Then the other night Hulk was holding her while we were eating dinner, and he dribbled some melted butter on her head. We didn’t notice at first, then later on while I was holding her I noticed that she absolutely reeked of butter. We started joking that she’s turning into butter, then a very appropriate nickname formed … Buttercup! So she is now known as Buttercup, except for when I call her Cream Puff. So, I apparently make fat babies.

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“Why have you not yet commenced the feeding?”

Make it a great day.

A Day in the Life

I’ve been meaning to do one of these day-in-the-life posts for a while now, and I finally got around to a “normal” day to break one out. As if there is a normal, you know?

5:50 Alarm goes off. I jump out of bed and go to the bathroom to get ready for the day. I only have about 20 min to make it to my train on time, so the extra “I’m already late” charge of adrenaline helps get me out of bed.

6:13 Hit up Starbucks on the way to Muni. The guy in front of me is taking a ridiculously long time ordering his plain black coffee. I’m sweating it thinking I’ll miss my bus again for the third time this week and have to take the later train.

6:32 Success! Made the bus and should consequentially make my train. Plus, I didn’t spill my latte all over my shirt like I do 99% of the time, so it’s already looking like a good day.

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6:37 Woot! Made my train. Time to sit back and get a little work done while I commute.

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On the train I answer emails and put together my to-do list for the day. My brain usually zings at the speed of light in the morning (even without caffeine!) so it’s the best time for me to brainstorm, jot down ideas, and plan out big tasks.

7:16 Arrive at my station. Take the shuttle bus to the business park where my office is located.

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7:28 Arrive at my desk.

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Log in. Get set up. Rummage up breakfast in the break room.

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This morning is grapefruit and a bagel thin with peanut butter and cream cheese, because I couldn’t make up my mind which spread I wanted.

9:15 Coffee break. The Costco order came in the other day so the break room is fully stocked again, including the Nonni’s biscotti! It’s a nice compliment to a coffee.

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12:11 Finish up the morning’s conference calls and carpool with coworkers to Chipotle to grab lunch. Bring it back to my desk so I can be back in time for a 1:00 call.

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4:25 Head back to the shuttle to catch my train.

5:04 Train’s on time today! Yay!

6:07 Home! Squish greets me with running up to me with a hug shouting, “Mom’s home!” Easily the best part of my day. Wiped from the day, I go lay down in bed. Squish brings me a couple of books and I read to him. Then he gets out the iPad and watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while I relax and chat with Hulk.

6:45 We have dinner plans with friends, so I rally and change out of my work clothes. We get the car to drive to 4505 Meats for some barbecue!

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Review to come! OMG, brisket. That is all.

8:38 Come home. Barely awake. Cuddle with Squish for a bit until Hulk comes in to get him ready for bed. Squish and I both get ready for bed at the same time these days, around 9:00. I think about maybe doing a quick load of laundry, but bed seems like a better idea.

9:10 Hulk and I relax and chat about the day. Mostly about the house we just put an offer on. Then Hulk heads to our neighbor friend Phillip’s for a nightcap and I pass out. Good night!

What’s the best part about your day?

Side note: Happy birthday to my mommy! Who knew 40 looked so good? 🙂

Weekend Recap: Not Bad

Hello and good morning! I trust your weekend was an appropriate blend of refreshing and productive. I enjoyed some family time being back at home for a change.

We started Saturday out with lunch at La Boulange. I grabbed my latte to go so we could let Squish run around Yerba Buena Gardens for a bit.

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It’s impossible to get a good picture of Squish these days.

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RUNANDJUMPANDDESTROYALLTHINGS

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This was what I got when I asked him to “smile!”

Then we lounged around all afternoon. I was feeling really out of it. I had trouble sleeping Friday night, so I decided to pop a Unisom. Then I woke up with the biggest “Unisom hangover,” where I’m done sleeping but my brain is incredibly foggy and all my muscles are noodle-y. So I was pretty much useless. Fortunately, Amanda came over to visit and put the new window markers Squish received as a gift to good use.

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We had a super early dinner at Super Duper Burger.

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And then we watched Disney movies. This is how we roll in the big city, I tell you.

Sunday I went to the San Francisco Women’s Expo with my friend Katie, and scored a skincare assessment and massage at the Massage Envy booth! More on that in another post, I’m still putting together my review! But spoiler alert: it was awesome and I absolutely want to go back next year!

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Chaos at the Expo!

Then we went house hunting all afternoon. We saw six houses (!!) and even found a couple of winners! We might put an offer on one this week, but there’s another showing Tuesday for another house that we are interested in. Hulk’s going to catch that one while I’m at work, and we’ll see what comes of that. House hunting = a roller coaster of excitement.

After all that excitement, we checked out a new-to-me restaurant in Bernal Heights, Precia Park Cafe.

I ordered some appetizer I can’t remember the name of. Brosecca? It was layers of mozzarella, pesto, figs, some other really good stuff, and arugula that you spread on dark, crusty bread. Mmm.

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I also had a small mixed greens salad.

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And the main point of awesomeness, margarita pizza!

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Not a bad weekend.

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That’s all for now. I’ll be back later with my review of the San Francisco Women’s Expo. Go make it a great day!

Vacation Mode is Over

What, it’s Monday already? The weekend sure went by fast, despite the whole vacation thing last week. I’m definitely still in vacation mode over here.

I had to get to work super early this morning (so much for “vacation mode”), so I snacked once I got to work on a leftover apple and Justin’s Almond Butter packet.

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And lots of tea. I have a bit of a sore throat, and some black tea with honey felt soothing.

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All gone!

After a couple hours I was feeling snacky, so when some of my desk buddies suggested heading to the cafe across the street, I tagged along for a coffee and a blueberry muffin.

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Maybe I should make “Muffin Mondays” a thing? It’s just the right kind of pick-me-up to start off the work week.

Also, put in copious amounts of half and half and cinnamon in my americano. This is the right way to do it, I tell ya.

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It’s like angels dancing in my mouth.

Lunch was an Italian sandwich, pop chips, and water. I didn’t take a picture because I was eating through a lunch meeting with other people and it was weird. Okay, and I forgot. You caught me.

When I got home, Hulk and I met a new friend at La Boulanger for dinner. I had the warm goat cheese salad, and a few pickles from their condiment bar. Again, dining with a new friend made picture taking weird. And I forgot again. Ha.

I decided to take a rest day, since I didn’t have much time after dinner and I’m still feeling sick from the weekend. Sore throat and kind of cold-y should NOT be happening in August, but, well, here we are.

Anyway, those are the updates from today. Exciting, I know. Hope you had a most wonderful day!