I Want My Hour Back

Good morning everyone.



Was it way more challenging than you expected to get up this morning, or was it just me?  Zach and I were in bed by our normal hour, but when my alarm went off this morning, I could have cried.  It seemed like I had lost WAY more than an hour, and am not really sure why?  Mental, maybe?  Either way, I slept in until the very last moment that I could, and even crawl back into bed for about 5 minutes after I was ready. . . woof.    Hopefully tomorrow will be easier!


Good thing yesterday was pretty much the perfect Sunday to make up for the hour lost (don’t get me wrong . . . I am already loving the extra hour of sunshine. . . just gonna need to catch my body up).


I started the morning with a beautiful, PERFECT WEATHER, run around our neighborhood.



I ran on the trails near our place



And ended up running a loop around Sports Authority Stadium (where the Bronco’s play, about a mile loop or so).



The run ended up being a very hilly and slow-ish 5 miles which was exactly what I was going for.  My legs were SORE thanks to all the strength training I had done the day before, but thankfully I just kept ’em moving and they didn’t give out on me.

Thanks to daylight savings I was running a little behind and had to hurry into the shower to get ready by the time I finished.



I had a meet up with a new friend and blogger at a really cool spot in our neighborhood that I’ve mentioned many times, LOLA.  Before I knew it 3 hours had passed.   I guess that’s what happens when you have a TON to chat about 🙂  I love brunches like that, they’re my favorite!  Oh. . . and I love guac.  Yup.



The city was CRAZY thanks to the GORG weather we were having.  I was shocked by how many people were out and about on my walk home.



I picked Zach and I up some coffee on my way back home and sat outside on our patio to enjoy the sun and some magazine reading.  Really, does it get any better?



Oh yes, it does.  A package and up-coming giveaway on Chocolate Medals.  I am VERY excited about this one, let me tell you!  I actually reached out to the company myself to see if they’d be willing to work with me because I LOVE their products so much.



We relaxed the rest of the afternoon with windows and doors open.  Seriously, words can’t describe how perfect the weather was yesterday.  And extra sunshine, hello?!

By about 630 we realized we should probably get to working on dinner . . .

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Which of course was pizza (and greens for me).

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Zach’s pizza. . .

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My pizza 🙂

And I ended the night like I do every other night, on a sweet note.

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But that’s part of the giveaway so I’ll chat about that later 🙂

And since this post is already majorly long now, I’ll leave you all here.  BUT, I’ll be back later with a workout and food plan for the week!  Happy Monday all.


I Need a New Wardrobe and Brunch at Lola’s

I’m back with more details from my fun filled weekend with the family :).

I left you with a full and happy belly after a delicious dinner at Ocean Prime.



I was up way past my bedtime enjoying that gigantic carrot cake without shame, playing with  my new Nike training club app (if you have a smart phone but don’t have the app, get it.  It’s addictive).   I have already tried 5 or 6 of the workouts and am having to force myself not to do more!  My abs are killing me after the last one I did, Alpha Abs by Joselynne Boshen.  wooof.

Moving on. . . of course Gusman doesn’t care if I’m up past my bedtime and had me up and moving by 730.  We enjoyed another version of our favorite 2 mile hilly loop to wake up.

Workout of the Day

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To which I followed up with the hardest workout I’ve done in a long time:  Challenger on the “get strong” section, under advanced, of the NTC app.

It has been a long time since I’ve done a workout without any real cardio that had me sweating like this one did.  And I was just in a sports bra for a top.  Wow.  I am a believer.  This workout had a great short warm up (light jog that I did around the apartment and high knees), followed by a routine of very dynamic poses and finished off with a great 3 or 4 minute recovery.   This one is definitely not for the faint of heart, but let’s just say I’m not missing running too much with workouts like this one.

After my workout I showered up, spoke with Zach from WAY overseas (he made it through his 20+ hours of flights, not including lay overs) and is hopefully currently resting before his day begins in a few hours in Singapore.  Don’t know how he does it . . .

By 10 or so I met back up with my parents for brunch before they headed back to Saint Louis.   Thanks to my once again lack of forethought, we drove around for about 30 minutes finding hour plus waits at all of my favorite spots.

Thankfully, I remembered that Lola, a Mexican restaurant with a seafood speciality in the highlands, was open for brunch (I saw it on my walk with Gus this morning, go figure).

Now, I’ve been to Lola’s a couple times before, even with my parents, but never for brunch.  The place was pretty packed but we were able to be seated right away.  My dad was in hog heaven because we were actually seated right by the kitchen.  He could watch the magic happen and see what orders were being brought out. . . loved it.

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I ended up ordering the benedict with the hollandaise sauce on the side, with fruit.

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Yum.  The black bean salsa and carnitas were great, for me the star was the chive biscuit.  To be completely honest, yolks kind of freak me out (I always imagine a baby chicken is going to fall out of it or something I don’t know . . . ) so I left a lot of the egg. . . but overall the dish was amazing and my parents were very happy with theirs as well.

Oddly enough, we saw our adorable waitress from Ocean Prime as we were walking out! She saw us walking out and pulled us aside, so adorable.

Highly recommend Lola for brunch or dinner!  But especially brunch, it’s very reasonably priced in the AM!

After brunch my parents took pity on me and headed over to REI to get a new everyday sweater/jacket for me :).  I  presented it as don’t you want to go check out the flagship REI?. . . They knew what I was doing but they are awesome and just went with it.

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30  minutes later I walked out with a brand new, adorable MUCH BETTER FITTING purple comfortable jacket that I can really wear year round here in Denver (Sunny and warmer during the Winter afternoons, and cool in the mornings and evenings even in the Summer).

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It’s a long fitting zip up that I know I will wear the heck out of.  Thanks Mom and Dad :).

And now, I am going to relax and watch more of the TV I got myself addicted to last night. . . Come Date With Me from the cooking network.  How do I find these things?

Question of the Evening:  Are you a little freaked out by yolks?  Any other foods that freak people out?