Elliptical, Bodypump, Yoga Sunday

June 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This morning the boys and I went to Einstein Bros. for breakfast.

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I always like going here for breakfast because they have an “under 400 calories” menu, with the calorie counts listed on the menu board. Well, I should say that they USED to have that. Now they have a “Smart Choices” menu, with everything under 350 calories, but no individual entrée calories listed. They also no longer have one of my favorites, the turkey bacon, egg, and cheese bagel thin sandwich. They kept the Asparagus, Mushroom, and Swiss sandwich, though, and that’s really good too.

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I decided to try the “Southwest Turkey-Sausage” bagel thin egg white sandwich today, though, since it is a new item that I hadn’t tried before.

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It was good, but I should have had some fruit or something with it. I always love when places have treats for Chewie (although we didn’t get him one today…we have before).

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Brotherly love…not.

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After Einsteins we went to the gym. First up was 45 minutes on the elliptical.

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Then Bodypump.

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After Bodypump I grabbed the boys out of the Kids Club and raced home to drop them off and head to the Dali Museum for yoga.

My friends Kimi (of the IRunMommies) and Tori (of the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers) met me there. Yay! Two of my favorite lady-friend groups colliding!

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Tori blogs at In Love and Peanut Butter. Check her out…she is an ultra runner and just got a super cool tri-bike that she is breaking in.

Yoga was good. I felt like we spent a ton of time in inverted positions. It may take a couple of days for all the blood to drain back down from my head. The instructor spent the last 15 minutes of the class talking about part three of her four-part series on “The Science of Yoga and Stress.”

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Today she talked about how rather than thinking of stress as a bad thing, or as something that we should try to avoid, we should just accept it as a part of life and learn to deal with it in a constructive way. Short of living in a monastery, you just can’t avoid stress. Even in a monastery, I’d be stressed about all the social media I was missing out on.

Since last week I shared pictures of the fabulous spiral staircase in the Dali, today I decided to show you the café (which I must sample one day)…

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and the huge gift shop.

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Having friends there meant that there was somebody to take a picture of me posing properly with the mustache (and demonstrating intense pose):

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I think this sculpture is freaky. Thanks for joining me today Kimi and Tori!

While I was gone to yoga Chad got to enjoy a quiet house with no boys. Right after we got home from the gym Cal got picked up by my friend Tanya and her family to go on a bike ride to Tour de Pizza for lunch and Yogurtology for dessert. Afterwards he went over to their house to swim. Thanks Tanya! Mack went to a birthday party at noon for one of his school friends that also lives in our neighborhood. Thanks Susan! It was nice to come home to a very quiet house.

I did have plans to go out to celebrate a friend’s birthday this afternoon, but unfortunately my friend wasn’t feeling well, so our plans got canceled. I have about three loads of laundry to do, so the afternoon is not being wasted. Still, laundry is not nearly as fun as that pitcher of margaritas would have been. Feel better soon Kathy!

Since that’s all I have for today, I thought I would address a couple of random things that have been on my blog “list” for a while.

A couple of weeks ago when I cleaned up the clothes insanity in my bedroom, my friend “the other Caroline” noticed the puffy gold coat hanging amidst all the other clothes. I really am surprised that she noticed it in this mess:

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She was wondering if there was a story behind that coat. Not really, but kind of? When we were in Lexington after Christmas we were shopping at the mall and they were having all of their after-Christmas sales. All of the coats in Sears were on sale. I had been wanting a big puffy down coat even though they are completely impractical in Florida. I just have a thing for coats. I love them and always want more. I already have so many that I really can’t even wear them all once during our almost non-existent Florida winter.

But hey…we were in Kentucky. It was cold. It was on sale. I wanted it. So I spent some of my Christmas money on the big puffy gold J-Lo coat. And I love it. I wore it the night that Chad and I went out for our 18th wedding anniversary (New Years Eve) while still in Lexington.

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Yes, that was the only time that I wore the coat last winter. Next winter I will probably only wear it once or twice while we are up north on vacation again. Whatever. I’m still glad that I have it. So that’s the gold puffy coat story, CC.

The other item that I have been wanting to mention on the blog is the awesome swag bag that I received from Macaroni Kids Family Fitness for entering their “America’s Fittest Family” contest. While we didn’t win the contest (congrats to the inspiring Hawkins family!), we did receive a huge box full of swag. Check out all this loot!

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There was also a tote bag and another one of those squeezable smoothie things (the “Super Banana” thing in the upper left corner there), but the other smoothie thing had popped open during shipping and left breastfed-baby-poo-like apple cinnamon smoothie all over most of everything in the box. Lovely. I cleaned everything off and it was no big deal, but I decided to just toss the tote bag (it was like a grocery shopping style bag) rather than try to clean it as it had gotten the worst of it. That little pink pouch thing is a reusable snack bag. It’s so cool…you can even put it in the dishwasher! Chad enjoyed the Honey Stinger bar and I ate that whole bag of sweet potato Pop Chips. They are AMAZING. If you see them, buy them. You will eat the whole bag and not regret it.

Thank you Macaroni Kids Family Fitness! And like I always say…it pays to enter contests. Even if you don’t win, it can still be worth it. Somebody has to win.

Now I have to go bike to our neighbor’s house to pick up Mack and Cal will be home soon. The nice quiet house is coming to an end, as is the weekend. Hope you had a good one!