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Hiatus

Hi everyone. I am sure you noticed that I have been missing since last night. I am dealing with something that has made me unable to blog. Thanks for your understanding.

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Finally, Pants That Fit!

Hey everyone! How was your Thursday?! Mine was great! While finishing up at work for the day, I snacked on some Trader Joe’s peanut butter pretzels.

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After work, I headed to the dry cleaners to pick up some pants I dropped off to get taken in. I had 6 pairs of pants there and 3 skirts (which is not even the tip of the ice burg of what I need to have taken in). I only picked up three pairs of pants because to get everything was over $120!!! This is going to be an pricey weekend (hair and makeup ect.) so I picked up my must haves!

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Two pairs of gray pants and a pair of dark brown. I tried them on and they fit perfect!!! It is so great to have pants that fit me again ๐Ÿ™‚

After the dry cleaners, I stopped at the coffee shop and then my part-time job. I sipped on a small decaf while dealing with voice mails and payments for about an hour.

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Dinner tonight was easy. I was not in the mood for anything fancy. A turkey, light feta and tomato sandwich on whole wheat bread, pressed on the Forman.

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Melty feta ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oh and I added some of this to the sandwich:

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It added a firey kick to it…so yummy. On the side I had about 1 and a half hand fulls of these kettle chips.

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My bestie, May came over to borrow something for her halloween costume and I made us some low sugar hot coco with stoneyfiel vanilla froyo and dark chocolate chips to sip on while we chatted about our weeks.

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So good, one of my new favorite desserts!! I spent the rest of the evening hanging out with Oscar and Adam.

Well, I am off to bed, I have a busy day tomorrow:

1. 5k fun run with work at 6:30am.

2. Work

3. Body Pump at 1:00pm

4. Rehearsal Dinner

Eventful Friday, so this girl needs some rest!! See you guys in the morning!!!

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I am a pumpkin!

OMG you guys, with all the pumpkin I have been consuming, I literally turned into one!!!! AHHHHHHHH!

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HAHAHA! I am obviously joking! I got my maniย  and pedi for Wicked Bride’s Wedding. Since my dress and shoes are black and it is on Halloween, I could not resist getting orange toes ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t worry, I got a normal color on my nails.

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They are a nice shear white I think the color is called “Picket Fence” by Essie.

I got my brows waxed too ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am going all out, huh?! They look a zillion times better, they seriously looked a hot mess before, I didn’t take a before picture because it was embarrassing!

I went and got my nails and browsย  done during lunch (ah the benefits of working right in downtown Boston). Before heading to the nail salon and whileย  working) I had lunch.

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Left over Burrito Guts and salad from last night! I added more salsa since things tend to dry out in the microwave, it made it a lot more spicy…which I loved!

I need to add a goal to my list from the other night: MOISTURIZE!

Oh man, I am already getting that dry winter skin! I have been sitting here scratching all day- attractive! I blame running outside in the cold temps, but since I am unwilling to stop running outside, I need to start making sure I moisturize after EVERY shower!

Do you moisturize often, or do you skip it due to time constraint like me?

 

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Morning!!! This morning I got up at 6:20 (went to bed at 10:30pm…almost 8 hours ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and met reader (and new friend) Julia for a run along the Charles River. It was a chilly morning here in Boston. Luckly,ย  I was wearing my new running tights I got at TJ Maxx for like $10! I was searching for some nice running tights because when I wear my wider leg pants, the wind goes right up my legs. I was so excited when I found these Nike DryFit Running Tights (originally priced at $65.00) at TJ Maxx. God, I love that store!

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They kept me super warm! My run this morning was about 5.5 miles. The Garmin died close to the end so I can’t be 100% sure! I guess, I need to be better about charging it, I had no idea the battery dies so fast! Live and learn! All in all it was a GREAT RUN! I really love running with Julia because she is faster than me and that pushed me. I run at a faster pace when I am with her, and though it is not easy, I think it is making me a better runner! We also always have a lot to talk about and have a lot in common, but enough different that it is interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t you just love running partners?! I look forward to our meet up every week!

Breakfast:

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I didn’t know what I wanted for breakfast this morning, so I made a little platter ๐Ÿ™‚

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Last berry bran muffin that I made Saturday night, morningstar veggie sausage,ย  2 hard boiled egg whites.

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Fruit: grapes, blueberries and raspberries. I also had some pumpkin spice coffee. It was exactly what I wanted. I love having a whole bunch of littleย  things when I don’t know what I want ๐Ÿ™‚

All morning while eating breakfast, showering, doing hair and makeup I noticed my little shadow, Oscar was missing. When I went into our bedroom to get dressed, I found this:

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He looks like the witch from the Wizard of Oz, when the house fell on her! I guess he was sleepy?!

Here is today’s outfit:

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Literally EVERYTHING in this picture is something I have owned for 4 plus years! Brown boots (Nine West), Brown Cord Trousers (Jacob), Argyle Vest (Gap), White Top (Express). I love argyle, I think it always looks so polished while adding color and pattern. My papa says I love it because I am Scottish. Maybe it’s in my genes.

See you guys at lunch! Have a great day!

 

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Change of Plans!

Ok, first things first, thanks so much for trying to help me decide what shoes to wear with my dress for the Rehearsal Dinner on Friday. Today, I decided to try on the dress with some shoe options, I realized the dress is too big. It is really big in the um…chest area, and that is one place I want covered up. So, I threw it in the pile of things that need to be taken in and worked on other options. Change of Plans!

Here is our winner:

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It is a black dress that fits great, but here is the best part:

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I love this neckline, so fun! I am wearing it with black suede round toe pumps.

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Thoughts?

I am happy with it, I love the gray dress, too bad it didn’t work out!!

Dinner was quick and easy. It was what I call burrito guts! It is basically all the stuff you find in a burrito minus the actual tortilla.

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Brown rice, kidney beans, reduced fat cheddar (a TJ’s cheese stick grated), hot salsa and a spoonful of plain fat free greek yogurt (in place of sour cream). It is so yummy, just like a burrito but you eat it with a spoon:)

I ate it with a side salad: spring mix, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers with cilantro dressing.

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All together:

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I went to a 7:30 Body Pump class, and it was HARD. This class has made me strong, I am already lifting heavier weight!!! I am so addicted to this class it is an amazing strength training workout. I literally cannot say enough about it!

When I got home, I found apple pie from my mom waiting for me! Ugh, trying to cut back (not give up, unrealistic) desserts is hard when you have a mom that is such a great cook and brings you over treats! Adam and I split a piece. Adam did the cutting, so my piece was more like a pile ๐Ÿ™‚

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Well, I gotta get to bed! I am meeting a reader Julia for a run in the morning!!! See you guys tomorrow. Sleep well ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hey everyone! Good Afternoon! How is your day? Mine is FLYING BY– too fast! Around 11am I was hungry…so I dipped into the snack draw and grabbed a primal strip.

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This was my first time trying a Primal Strip. It was ok, it reminded me of jerky, I will probably not buy more, but will most likely eat the other one in my draw at some point simply because I don’t waste.

Lunch was a turkey, laughing cow, lemon hummus, lettuce and cucumber wrap with an apple from apple picking this weekend.

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Simple and easy (not to mention tasty).ย  I also tired some ice coffee that was sent to me by the people at Pacific foods! Picture 501

I poured about 1/2 of the container into a cup.

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It was creamier and more flavorful than any iced coffee I have ever had. I really enjoyed this creamy little treat. It was more like an iced latte in my opinion, but I am not complaining. Yum!

I had it as part of my afternoon snack which was a Trader Joe’s lowfat mocho yogurt.

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and some of my Food, Fitness Fashion Mix granola from MixMyGranola.

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That’s a whole lot of Mocha!!!!I actually only ended up eating half of my snack because I thought the yogurt was GROSS! When I found myself choking it down I realized it it I have to choke it down, I should probably not bother!!

Well it is Wednesday so without further ado:

THINGS ALI IS EXCITED ABOUT:

What are you excited about?

Reminder: Vote for me for the Wellsphere People’s HealthBlogger Awards 2009! Click here to Vote!!!

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Morning!!!! I hope your Thursday is off to a good start! It is a rainy, dreary day here in Boston.

Let’s begin with checking in on my back on track goals:

  • Bed time last night: 10:45pm, I am getting closer, right?
  • Out of bed 6:32 am (it counts), Adam even suggested a snooze, but I so no! I declined a hit of the snooze button…WHO AM I?!
  • Adam and I had coffee together this morning ๐Ÿ™‚ It really is a great start to the day.
  • I prepped for today last night…it made my life a whole lot easier this morning.

All in all, a success and it makes me a lot happier!

What to know who was not a fan of the get up by 6:30 rule?

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This guy was begging me to get back in bed. The fact that I resisted Oscar’s beckoning is nothing short of a miracle!

This mornings breakfast was a bowl of extra special oats ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oats:

  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 a cup of oats
  • 1 cup of water

Toppings:

  • Honey Almond Butter
  • Pumpkin
  • Caramel Coffee Sauce (that I bought while apple picking)

All mixed in topped with a little cinnamon!

 

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The Caramel Coffee sauce added a nice sweetness to my pumpkin oats. This could be very dangerous!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also had some pumpkin spice coffee that I bough yesterday! Adam and I both agreed that it was great. It has a mild pumpkin taste to it that was not overpowering at all. It was a refreshing change from our Sbux breakfast blend we usually drink. I think we will be drinking this pumpkin coffee everyday until it is gone.

Hi, my name is Ali and I am a pumpkin addict!

My outfit today:

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Black dress (Anthropology), Gray Boots (Target).

I love that these boots are mainly flat, but have a small wedge. The color totally sold me last year when I bought them, they are super comfy too!

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My favorite thing about this dress is the boat neck, that then scoops lower in the back. For some reason it makes me feel like a ballerina. Is that strange? Probably!

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To add a little color I am wearing this bracelet on my right wrist (I make it a point to wear nothing on my left wrist ever- I like my engagement ring to stand alone…nothing can compete with her) .

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In other news:

1. Looks like the Navy Blue Pumps are winning as the shoe of choice to go with my dress on Friday. To answer some questions that have been asked.ย  I did wear the purple shoes to the Bridal shower and the length of the dress is to right above me knee. Question: If I wear the Navy blue, what to I wear on my legs? It is going to be chilly and we are rehearsing outside, it is an outdoor ceremony.

2. Amy’s Kitchen is running a slogan contest. After 22 years, they still don’t have a slogan. So they are running a contest for customers to come up with one for them.ย  The winner will receive $500 worth of Amy’s products!!!! (OMG!!!) You have until 2/1/2010 to enter. Here is the entry form. I am hoping to come up with something clever. I love Amy’s and love $500 worth of free products even more!

3. I have registered to attend FitBloggin 2010. It a conference for bloggers that write about “fitness, wellness, good food and healthy lifestyle.” I am super excited to attend. It is taking place March 19-21 in Baltimore, MD. Adam and I reworked our budget a little so I would be able to attend…whatta guy ๐Ÿ˜‰

The schedule looks awesome, there are so many sessions I am interested in attending. If you are a blogger or even a reader interested in fitness, wellness, good food or a healthy lifestyle. Look into it!!!

Has anyone else already looked into it? Are any of you guys going???

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