Sushi and Yoga For The Win

You guys. . . I went to bed to this.

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And woke up to this . . .

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I think it’s fairly safe to say that the two baby furballs of the Jara family REALLY miss their daddy and the relentless attention that he gives them every waking moment.   I miss him too, furballs.  I miss him, too ❤

Wednesday Morning

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my beloved iPhone was replaced yesterday, which more so than anything else means that I have my awesome iPhone camera and normal blogging can resume.


I was able to wake up fairly easily yesterday morning,  so I wasn’t in a rush for time.  That meant that not only did I get to spend some time walking Gusman, that I also got to do a 30 minute strength session.

  • 8 minute ABS
  • 8 minute ARMS
  • 8 minute BUNS

That’s right friends.  I am back to being one major cliche and absolutely loving the quick 8 minute strength sessions for my very early mornings.  There really is something to be said about getting your heart rate up a bit first thing in the morning, even if it is brief.

Moving on. . . I make it to work by 8 AM this morning and went until about 4 PM.  Not too shabby.

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Oh the things that get me through the day . . .

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I have been LOVING fresh, cold apples and honey roasted peanuts this week.  There is something about the mix of the two snacks that leave me SO satisfied.

Anybody else have any good mix treats they enjoy during their long work days?  

Work Out

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 Because I was able to leave work a little earlier than anticipated, I rewarded myself with a Hot Power Fusion yoga class at Core Power Yoga.

You guys, I gotta admit.  I felt pretty darn good during this class.  My brain was running a million miles per minute,  but the instructor was seemingly picked for me, because she was magically able to slow down those thought processes.  She had a focus on “rooting ourselves” through out the entire class that really helped me to focus on the moment and the moves that I was in in that second.   In the end, it was probably one of the best HPF classes I’ve ever had, and I feel like because of that I was able to perform better than I ever have as well.  Woot!

Reward Dinner

And because I had already began the rewards, I decided I earned some sushi and chips for dinner tonight as well.

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Well earned, and well deserved.

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Oh, and a small cheesecake.  Just because, you know.

Just one more day of work and one more night until we’re off to New York!

First Week In The Books + More Sushi

You know, between buying a house, switching jobs, travelis, and quite a few AMAZING visitors, life has been a little crazy lately.

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But man did I wake up a happy camper this morning.

I am one of those people that needs me time.  That doesn’t always mean me being alone, on the contrary I often like to share “me time” with other people.  For me, the most beneficial “me time” moments are spent doing things that better myself.  That can be a long hike, a good run, making a healthy meal with my husband, or even giving my body the rest it needs.

I woke up around 745 this morning feeling incredibly well rested, which is something I always appreciate and never want to take for granted.  I have a feeling these four day work weeks are going to make a lot of life’s challenges seem a little easier to manage in the long run :).  Week one of work and training in the books, and I’ve gotta say while I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the information that was thrown my way in the first couple of days, I’m optimistic about the work that I am going to be able to do at this new agency.  Training by fire is something I’ve grown accustomed to, so this week wasn’t a complete shock.   I’m hopeful that each day I’ll continue to feel a little more comfortable in my own skin and ready to tackle whatever may come my way!

Some Eats

I actually didn’t feel awesome about my eats yesterday — way too snacky and not dedicated enough to healthy foods through out the morning and afternoon.

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A bunch of frozen fruit that is not meant to look phallic, I apologize.

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Some Starbucks that I don’t think really agreed with me.

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More of these damn cookies that I can’t keep my grubby fingers off.

And then the hubby and I went out for another sushi date, because well I’m obsessed with sushi.

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Our date night was another trip to Okinawa, which once again was a complete success.  At least my dinner eats made up for some crummy day time eats.


Before our date night, because I was feeling just a tad crummy, I decided to carry myself to a Hot Power Fusion class at Core Power to sweat it out – in hopes of a mini detox.

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Thankfully I did feel a little better after a good sweat and was up and ready for our date night right after :).

Plan for Friday

REST and relaxation 🙂 ❤  I’ll be back later to share any fun!

My First Day

You guys, my first day went WAY better than I could have even hoped for!  Let’s backtrack


I went to bed last night with a racing mind, naturally.  Seriously, my brain sometimes.  With that said, I did manage to fall asleep at a reasonable hour and slept really well, which is a godsend for this girl and productivity!


I started the day with my girl Jillian, and her Yoga Meltdown.  One of my favorites for a good stretch that still gets your heart rate up for a good 30 minutes or so.


{hurts so good}


Despite a mini snafu / anxious breakdown, I managed to hit the road at a good time and made it to the training about 5 minutes before 8.  Making me the first person to show up.  Woot!

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Per my Instagram — I had to take a “first day of school” picture.  Unfortunately for you guys, it turned out a little more like a jail / warning shot. . . not sure where that came from.   Either way, I made it to the training without any issue and was ready to go thanks to some super ripe cantaloupe that went undocumented on my ride in.

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The training focused on HR fun this morning {payroll, medical, dental, benefits in general} and by 11 AM, we were released for the day.  WOO HOO!  Take advantage…

Work out

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Because I’m in a taper mode for the relay in less than two weeks, I had a loose plan of 2.5 tough miles + .5 walking.  Well, I definitely nailed the 2.5 miles, but underestimated just how far I had of a walk in front of me.  Oh well, it was nice to walk it out after a busy morning.

And now, my friends, it’s time to shut down and relax for the evening with the family.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a more comprehensive “Eats” post, of course 🙂