Leftover Heaven, and Hanging with Barbara :)


Lunch (as it was) and dinner yesterday was up in Williamsburg.  I munched on some butterless popcorn at Busch Garden’s and we went out for Asian food when we left the park for dinner.  I had some veggie sushi, tempura broccoli, and steamed spicy cabbage with rice.  Very yummy.

This morning I had a cup of java and then a green juice.  Today’s was romaine, apple, pear, orange, and celery.  I must say the amount of green juice I drink is inversely proportionate to the amount of coffee I want.  Basically, green juice is as awesome as caffeine, and I drink less coffee when I make my juices.  Could totally be psychological, but I’m rolling with it anyway.

green juice – seriously packs quite a health punch, and I highly recommend them

A little later in my morning, I had a blueberry, coconut, cinnamon smoothie.

could have used more ice – or could have used frozen blueberries to make it thicker. This was really a whole foods juice, but still fantastic.

Lunch was leftover spicy black bean and rice salad and then a snack of tortilla crisps and hummus.

Dinner was a BAS of marinated lentils on top a bed of romaine lettuce with red onion, cherry tomatoes, and avocado slices.  All very tasty, so I can’t complain (though I may be a bit biased since it’s food that I made!).

today’s BAS!


Sunday was a rest day (unless you count hiking around the park and chasing R in a rope climbing obstacle course).

Today was run and crossfit.  I did a short run this morning, and then crossfit after work with M.

After the warm-up (300 m run, stretches, push-ups, bear crawls, shoulder rolls, and arm rolls), we got ready for the WOD.  No skill work today; apparently this WOD takes a while to finish.  I love how they all have names.  Today, we did the Barbara.

The typical Barbara consists of 5 timed rounds of: 20 pull-ups, 30 push-ups, 40 sit-ups, and 50 squats.  Did I mention that it’s TIMES FIVE??  Oh, you do get a 3 minute rest between each round.

Our studio broke it up into normal experienced people – who did the full Barbara (it’s called doing the Rx…or the prescribed workout).

Beginners did 3 rounds of 10 pull-ups, 20 push-ups, 30 sit-ups, and 40 squats, with the 3 minute rest period.  Intermediate did 4 rounds of this one.  J (our coach) told us beginner only.  And it was tough, I tell you!  Though I did feel strong enough to do a 4th round, J wouldn’t let me (or M…who admittedly was half-way through a 4th round).  She said it’s not that we don’t have the ability to knock it out – but our bodies aren’t used to those high reps yet, and we can cause real damage if we don’t follow the rules.  I believe her!

It rocked though, and my times were:

Round 1 = 3:54, round 2 = 3:52, Round 3 = 4:02.


Yesterday we spent part of the afternoon at Busch Garden’s.  It was a beautiful day, and we had fun wandering around, riding rides, and goofing off as usual.  It wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be, so that was nice.

yep, only my kid would want a sno cone without any flavor. So we paid the full amount for what is essentially a bucket full of crushed ice.

For Mother’s Day, my youngest made me a pretty card and my son bought me crossfit socks!  They’re so cool – and practical (protect your shins from the big barbells).  D got me a card, and he swears he’s going to buy me jewelry too.  Guess we’ll see on that (and if he gets anything from me for Father’s Day)!

my socks from my incredibly thoughtful son. He even picked them out to match my shoes!

Today was work, though I mostly was prepping for my big presentation tomorrow.  I have a tendency to do a lot of prep, work myself into a blubbering nervous wreck, but then it always goes off well.  I’m already a nervous wreck (sleep?  who needs sleep?!?), and I imagine I’ll be a regular basket case until 6 or so tomorrow.  Then I’m making D take me out to dinner.

For tonight, I’m going to read, do some gentle yoga, and try to relax enough to get a decent night’s sleep.  Wish me luck!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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