Wine, Pasta, and Recovery

Hello! Happy weekend!

Saturday I woke up to this adorableness:

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Are you kidding me?!

Then headed out to the gym and did the following Chest and Back Circuit with Chris. I even convinced him to take some super awesome paparazzi pictures of me to post! Please ignore the silly faces and ridiculous hair. Please take notice of my sweet skeleton leggings. Jealous? I know.

Chest and Back Circuit

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Complete each circuit 3 times, 10-12 reps per exercise, 1 minute rest between sets

Circuit 1:

Push up with Kettlebell row

Cable Crossover

Mountain Climber -50 total

Circuit 2:

Dumbbell alternating chest press

Cable row

Jump Squat

Circuit 3:

Incline chest press

Bent over barbell row

Jump lunges

Circuit 4:

BOSU push up

Lat pull down


Circuit 1:

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Circuit 2:

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Circuit 3:

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Circuit 4:

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This weekend was important to me for a variety of reasons. In the past, a weekend full of celebrations was excruciatingly terrifying. There was a LOT of food this weekend. Following Thursday’s hummus extravaganza, last night my parents took us out for an enormous red sauce Italian meal, then we went out with friends to celebrate yet another birthday, and today is my nephew’s 5th birthday party (January babies FTW!), which promises to be filled with cake and ice cream. This weekend was amazing. I got to spend it with the people I love doing the things I enjoy. Instead of agonizing over a menu trying to find the healthiest dish at a restaurant, which boasts being it’s open BYOB  policy (there were actually people making their own Mudslides in blender bottles and pouring them into their own martini glasses), I picked what looked delicious. Instead of panicking when dessert was brought over and everyone in the entire restaurant sang “Happy Birthday”, I loved it. I laughed with my family and friends. I took notice of how lucky I am to have these types of moments. THIS is what recovery is all about. THIS is where I want to live. (The two wine tastings my dad and I attended yesterday must have been pretty enlightening, amiright?)

On another note, here’s another one of my favorite breakfast stables: Egg White Protein Oats.

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Egg White Protein Oats


1/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup water (or almond milk)

1/4 cup liquid egg whites

1 scoop whey protein powder

1/2 medium banana

optional: stevia, cinnamon, peanut butter


Mix oats and water in a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 1 minute. Whisk in egg whites and microwave for another 1-1.5 minutes (keep an eye on it because I’ve experienced some serious oat-splotions). Mix in protein powder, top with cut up banana and anything else you like!

A word on protein powder: I try to pick a protein with low sugar and no fake sugar. This is difficult as most commercial proteins add sucralose or aspartame to keep sugar low. These additives do not agree with my tummy, but that is totally based on personal opinion. This is protein I’ve been using from Whole Foods (it was on sale if you bought bananas…best sale ever!):photo 2(5)That’s all I got! Hope you all had a fab weekend! xo R


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