A Weekend Away & P90X Progress

Hello!

There was no weekend recap yesterday because I only took one picture over the course of the weekend.

Long story (with no pictures) short, I was in San Francisco over the weekend for my boyfriend’s sister in law’s baby shower. It was interesting talking to other moms (and moms to be) about having kids. Bottom line-not sure if I’m ready yet. Luckily, that’s not on my radar at this point in time. On the other hand, baby clothes and baby related things are ah-dorable.

The one photo I did take was of my outfit for the USA v. Portugal game -

We're number one (ish)!

We’re number one (ish)!

I love any opportunity to whip out these shorts. Was anyone else devastated by the draw? It felt a little like a loss.

So there’s my weekend in a nutshell.

Since I don’t have a weekend update for you, I’ll make it up to you with a P90x3 update.

As you know, I started P90x3 about 30 days ago (read my first post here). So how am I doing 30 days later?

Great! I’m really surprised that I’ve stuck with it this long and I haven’t skipped any workouts. I had to switch around a few days due to travel and fatigue (I’m still running too), but I did ‘em all!

Now what you really want to know-do I see a difference? Well, the answer’s a bit complicated.

Here’s the visible differences 30 days later-

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Please excuse my inability to look normal or use the self-timer mode. The injustices of living alone.

As you can see, there aren’t that many visible differences, just a few here and there.

The real differences are in my measurements and my overall strength. Here’s how my measurements stack up from day 0 to day 30.

Start 30 Days (inches unless otherwise noted)
Weight -3 lbs
Chest 0
Waist -1.25
Hips +1
Right Thigh -.5
Left Thigh -.25
Right Arm -1
Left Arm -.25

For the first time ever, my left and right thigh are somewhat close to each other in size! This is huge for me because I suffer from muscle imbalances that came from rowing in college that then transferred over to running. Apparently I really like my right leg.

My arms are also the same size, which leads me to my biggest gains so far-upper body strength. When I started I could do about 7 (ish) push ups without stopping, but now I can do 20+ consecutively, which is a huge for me.

I know a few of you are wondering if I’m following the nutrition plan or if I’m doing this to lose weight. The answer is no. I’ve made a conscious effort to cut back on my unconscious snacking, but I eat a pretty clean in the first place, so this wasn’t a problem for me. The problem was getting into consistent strength training, which P90x3 has really helped me accomplish 30 days in.

I’ll report back in another 30 days-stay tuned!

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That Time I Ran With Shalane

Okay, okay, the title of this post is kind of an exaggeration…but read on to find out what I mean.

 

Here’s a weekend recap for ya-don’t worry it’ll be really short, since I didn’t do that many exciting things.

Friday was another work from home day and I finished with some studying-

Yep, I'm back in school! More on that later.

Yep, I’m back in school! More on that later.

I know, I know. I’m partying too hard.

Saturday was just a sad, sad day in the life of Dani. Now that I’ve binge watched all of Scandal and all of Orange Is the New Black, I needed a new show to watch. I tried to watch Pretty Little Liars, but just couldn’t get into it-it seemed like a subpar version of Gossip Girl with murder and no Upper East Side charm.

Eh. (source)

So, I started the L Word (I know, I know it’s like 10 years old) and proceeded to watch 12 episodes. Don’t judge.

I did manage to get in my P90x3 workout, which totally cancelled all the sitting I did. Right?

Sunday was a more productive day.

In the morning, I met up with Rachelle, a Seattle area R.D. 

I didn't want to go full blogger mode on our first coffee outing, so I stole this from Instagram.

I didn’t want to go full blogger mode on our first coffee outing, so I stole this from Instagram.

We actually met up because I saw that she liked one of my Instagrams and then I emailed her. As you can probably tell, since I moved to Seattle, I’ve abandoned any fear of embarrassing myself/going out with random strangers. After chatting for a while, we parted way and I went to Green Lake (my favorite place in Seattle) for a run.

Post run happiness shot. Even when it's cloudy, it's beautiful.

Post run happiness shot. Even when it’s cloudy, it’s beautiful.

I walked one loop of the lake before my run so I could call my family and while I was talking, I saw a VERY SPEEDY blonde woman and said to myself “OMG IT’S SHALANE.” I kept staring and I’m pretty sure she noticed. Oh well.

[Insert picture of speedy blonde woman running. I didn't want to be creepy and take a stealthy picture. You'll just have to imagine it]

Sidenote: If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I sometimes motivate myself during a run by saying “channel your inner Shalane” so this was a BIG deal. Spoiler alert: I did not stop her. You can’t stop an Olympian while she’s in the training zone.

After I pulled myself together, I did a little recon via Twitter and saw that Shalane was in town for her brother’s graduation! So it probably was her! I’m still waiting for her to answer this tweet-

Shalane, was that you?

Shalane, was that you?

The rest of the day was spent prepping food (recipes coming at you this week), studying and relaxing.

What’d you do this weekend?

 

 

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Weekend Recap

Hope you had a great weekend!

Here’s a quick recap of mine.

Friday

I had furniture being delivered, so I was able to work from home aka the Starbucks up the street.

Desk for the day-it's nice to see the sunlight!

Desk for the day-it’s nice to see the sunlight!

I don’t know about you, but when I work from Starbucks, I feel 100% more productive. It’s also nice to be in direct sun light.

Later that night, I went over to a friend of a friend’s house to do a little happy hour action before SAM Remix (which we’ll get to later). I didn’t want to be a weirdo picture taker in front of a group of people I had never met before, so I don’t have any photos of the gorgeous views from the apartment.

Luckily, I do have a picture of the adorable dog that was also a guest-

Sherman!

Sherman!

After some wine, we headed over to the Seattle Art Museum…aka SAM. Every quarter they hold a night time event where you can peruse the art, get down on the dance floor and do arts and crafts.

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Mildly terrifying modern art.

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It was a fun time and it was really nice to get out with a bunch of new people!

Saturday

On Saturday I did what many other Netflix subscribers did-

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After a few hours, I decided to compensate for my binge watching with a run. It was also BEAUTIFUL out-

If you look closely, you'll see Mt. Rainier on the left hand side!

Nope, those aren’t clouds, that’s Mt. Rainier on the left hand side!

I covered a total of five miles, which is the longest I’ve done in a while.

During this run, I also finallmade it to the running path around South Lake Union. If you know the area, this might sound silly because South Lake Union is really close to Queen Anne (where I live), but all of the construction around the lake makes it really hard to get to the actual running path.

 

Oh hey, it's Lake Union!

Oh hey, it’s Lake Union!

Little victories people, little victories.

The evening, I went to a screening for the Seattle International Film Festival. It’s beeng going on around the corner from my aparment for the past month now and I decided it would be a pity if I didn’t go. I bought tickets to a documentary [bound:africans vs. african americans], which was good, but definitely heavy.

I even had a little celebrity sighting-Isaiah Washington, from Grey’s Anatomy did a Q&A after the film since he produced it.

The rest of the evening was spent drinking wine with the inmates at Litchfield :)

Sunday

Sunday was pretty low key, so don’t expect anything super exciting.

First things first, I slept till 11 AM. I swear I’m a real adult. I was supposed to go paddle boating with some new friends nearby, but i they had to cancel, so I adjusted my plans, did some P90x3 (haven’t missed a workout yet!) and went to the lake where we were supposed to go paddle boating anyway.

Green Lake!

Green Lake!

Then I finished up the evening with some more OITNB and KUWTK (Keeping Up with the Kardashians for those of you who don’t communicate solely through acronyms).

What’d you do this weekend? Are you a fan of Orange is the New Black (or 

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P90X3-A New Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Last week, I quickly mentioned that I started P90X3 last week. So quickly, in fact, you might have missed it :)

 

Anyway, I’m rewinding to tell you about why I started P90X3 and my experience so far (I’m about two weeks in).

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The P90X3 calendar, DVDs (there are 10!) and the nutrition/exercise plan

 

I started P90X3 for a few reasons, but I’ll stick to the top five reasons I started the program.

 

First, I’m horrible at keeping up weight training. I can cardio anyone under the table, but tell me to weight train every day and I’M OUT. See ya later. Each P90X3 workout is 30 minutes long, so the pain is over before I can even think about it. Plus there’s a lot of variety, so I’m not bored (yet).

 

Second, I’m more successful when I have a plan to stick to. Case in point: I followed Hal Higdon’s marathon plan and PR’ed on a super hilly San Francisco course. Much like marathon training, the P90X3 program comes with a calendar that maps out which workout I have to do when, so I’m staying accountable and once again, I don’t have to think about it, I just do it.

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Close up of the different plan options-I’m doing “classic”

 

Third, I can do this at home or on the road. I’m not joining a gym (yet) since my new office has gyms around every corner, so I wanted something that didn’t require a lot of equipment and I could do in my small apartment. To do p90X3, I only need enough space to lie down / flail my arms around in and it only requires a resistance band and dumbbells (and a pull up bar if you’re fancy).

Next up, it’s effective. Or at least it made me good sore for days. Last week after doing “The Challenge” workout, which is basically 30 minutes of various push ups and pull ups exercises, I couldn’t lift my arms above my head for two days. I’m already noticing more upper body strength-I’ll be doing 50 pull ups in no time…

Last, let’s be honest here-I want look good this summer! Unlike San Francisco, Seattle actually has a real live summer, which will be full of sun dresses, weddings, bathing suits and outdoor activities.

Summer is so close!!!

Summer is so close!!!

Anyone who starts P90X3 is lying if they don’t include “I want to look good” as one of the top reasons they started the program…and I’m not a liar.

Anyway, there you have it! I’ll provide you with some updates and progress pictures, but let me know if you have any questions!

Have you tried any of the P90X programs? What’d you think?

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Catching Up-Part II

Jeez, I can’t believe it’s June already-how are we already halfway through 2014?!

Anyway, last time we chatted, I filled you in on my new job and my new digs in Seattle. If you missed that update, check it out here.

Now, it’s time for an update on how I’ve been filling my time.

Seattle is FULL of things to do, especially in Seattle Center where I live.

A few weeks ago, my mom came to visit and we travelled to the top of the Space Needle for a Mother’s Day brunch-

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Even though it was a bit foggy, we still got some great views of the city. The cool thing about the SkyCity Restaurant is that it rotates, so you get 360 degree views of the city for miles. Even though it was foggy we could still see pretty much everything.

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Mom checking out the view.

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The Emerald City

To top it off, the food was really good too!

Next up was the Chihuly Gardens, which are actually right below the Space Needle. It is an indoor museum and outdoor garden featuring the glass art of Dale Chihuly.

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I LOVED the Chihuly Gardens. His artwork is astoundingly beautiful. I also really love that he incorporated his artwork into the outdoors-

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I’ve actually been back twice because I went once with my mom and once for my friend’s bachelorette party and it was just as amazing the second time around. I highly recommend it if you’re in town (and I’ll definitely go with you too :).

Another awesome thing I’ve learned about Seattle is that is surrounded by islands, which means more to explore! Over Memorial Day Weekend, my boyfriend and I explored one of the closer islands-Bainbridge.

To get you oriented-here’s Bainbridge on the map.

Taking off for Bainbridge Island

Taking off for Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge is a very cute island. It’s close enough to the city that you can see the entire Seattle skyline, but it feels like you’re worlds away-the only way to access the island is by boat!

The city skyline and the handsome man I picked up on the ferry over.

The city skyline and the handsome man I picked up on the ferry over.

There are wine-tasting shops, restaurants and lots of little hiking trails around the island. I was a horrible blogger and didn’t take a lot of pictures, but of course my boyfriend was able to capture me doing one of my favorite activities-

Oh. How attractive.

This is fancy and classy because it’s on an island. How attractive.

If you’re looking for a fun day trip in the area, I definitely recommend Bainbridge.

I could go on and on about all of my Seattle adventures (“let’s be friends” dates, run club), but I’ll save that for a future post!

 

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Catching Up-Part I

I promised I’d be back to tell you what I’ve been doing recently, so here I am!

So what exactly have I been up to in these past two months (jeez, it seems like a lot longer)?

Well, let’s start with the basics.

As you know, I moved from San Francisco to Seattle, leaving behind pretty much basically everything/one I’ve known for the past five years, including these two-

Sad to leave these two behind, but they'll be coming to Seattle soon!

Sad to leave these two behind, but they’ll be coming to Seattle soon!

Even though I had to leave Pat and Rosie in San Francisco, Fiona was lucky enough to join me for the ride from San Francisco to Seattle.

It was a rough trip north. Luckily, we're never doing it again.

Weeks later and Fiona is still recovering from her rough trip north. Luckily, we’re never doing it again.

Word to the wise, this is a horribly boring drive to do alone (except for Mt. Shasta which is very cool and very selfie friendly).

The only cool part of the trip-selfies in front of Mt. Shasta. I had to entertain myself somehow.

The only cool part of the trip-selfies in front of Mt. Shasta. I had to entertain myself somehow.

After the drive, I arrived in Seattle to my first “big girl” apartment (where I lived without a couch for weeks-once again, don’t recommend).

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Disclaimer: This is weeks after I moved in. It’s still coming together. Thank God for mothers, or I’d still be sitting on the floor. More pictures to come when I have more to show off…because this is pretty much my crowning interior decor achievement thus far.

Then, the week after I moved into my apartment, I started at a brand new job.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that there sure are a lot of gym photos with a lot of Precor equipment and for good reason-that’s where I work!

Gyms, glorious gyms (and Bravo)

Gyms, glorious gyms (and Bravo)

I’m working on the marketing team and so far, so good. I still get to do a little PR work, so it’s a little bit of old mixed with a little bit of new. The best part is that the people are all insanely nice and I working out is part of my workday (my boss told me that he’s usually  “disappointed if he doesn’t see his team in the gym at least a few times during the week).

Fine by me.

I don’t want to bore you with horribly long posts replete with pictures, so I’ll end this one here. Next up is what I’ve been up to (hint: there’s a lot to do in Seattle!)

 

 

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Hello, Hello

Well, well, well.

It’s been a while hasn’t it?

To be fair (to myself?), settling into a new city and a new job was much more taxing (mentally, physically and yes, emotionally) than I thought it would, so the blog took a backseat.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure I still wanted to blog. Even though it looks like I throw words on a page, blogging does take a fair amount of effort; coming up with compelling content (i.e. not just ‘here’s what I ate today!’ posts), writing the posts themselves and taking photos takes time. Time that I just didn’t want spend doing all of the aforementioned things.

After a bunch of prodding from a very persistent someone this past weekend, I’ve decided to keep this blog running and see where it goes. I don’t have anything to lose, right? Posts might not be an everyday occurrence (they probably won’t be), but I’ll try to keep things interesting. At the very least, it’ll be a way for me to chronicle my move and new fitness/general life experiences, as well as a way for you to bear witness to all of the awkward interactions that are going to occur along the way. Because I will have my moments.

To get things going here’s what you can expect in the coming days/weeks:

  • What I’ve Been Up To (This will definitely be a series and will include Seattle explorations. I think moving to and exploring a new city deserves more than a few posts)
  • Running…or not
  • P90X3 – Why?!

And yes, I know that in the past I’ve disappeared from the blogosphere for a while, then reappeared only to disappear again, but I mean it this time-I’m back.

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Welcome to the Comfort Zone

Last week, I was able to test drive one of the new treadmill prototypes at my office, which required the engineer to crank the machine up to 12 miles per hour. Even though this still isn’t as fast as Meb ran the Boston Marathon yesterday, [pause for a few pictures of Meb]

Just my friend Ken hanging with Meb while I play photographer.

 

More Meb! I like to think I picked up some speedy dust that day.

being a test rabbit showed me that I’m capable of running a lot faster.

 

Recently, I’ve been cranking out the “sprint” portion of my HIIT workouts at around 8.6 mph and anything around 9 mph felt adventurous. My treadmill test drive excursion showed me that I’ve been hanging out in the “comfort zone”; a place where things feel pretty okay. Even though the comfort zone feels okay, I’m not challenging myself and I’m not getting any faster.

Million Dollar Listing is welcome both inside and outside of the comfort zone.

Million Dollar Listing is welcome both inside and outside of the comfort zone.

Yesterday, I tried a new HIIT workout and did the sprint portions at 9.5 mph or higher in an effort to get out of my comfort zone. I was not only really sweaty (you’re welcome co-workers), I was uncomfortable as well. Mission accomplished.

Here are a few tips that I used to get myself out of the comfort zone yesterday-hope they’re helpful if you’re looking to shake things up a little bit.

You’re Not Going to Die

Even though I often feel like pushing myself to go faster or further will kill me, it most likely will not. If you feel like you’re literally going to keel over and die from pushing the pace, slow down! You’ve got nothing to lose if you push yourself to go faster-if you do find out you’re going faster than you thought you could, congrats! You’re building mental and physical strength.

 

Build it Up

Rome was not built in a day. Neither was your fitness. If you want to build speed, try adding a few faster sprint segments to your standard workout. If you want to build distance, try running a little bit further each time you go out for a run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Destination Disney

Annnnd I’m back!

I’ll fill you in on the “big” move to Seattle, moving and running, but let’s skip to the fun stuff first.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I went to Mexico last year for a birthday celebration with some of my best friends-

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Kristen, Taylor and I have put up with each other been friends since middle school and we all happen to have birthdays within one month of each other, so we’re trying to celebrate our birthdays somewhere fantastic every year.

This year, we continued our new birthday tradition with a trip to the HAPPIEST place on earth-

SMILE.

SMILE.

And happy it was. We enjoyed the rides-pretty much all of them since we were on the go from 6 am to 12 am on Saturday-

Everything in this photo is amazing.

Everything in this photo is amazing.

And ALL of the food (as any good Disney goer should)-

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Why is fried so delicious?!

Why is fried so delicious?!

After going for 18 hours on Saturday, we spent Easter Sunday relaxing in Manhattan Beach. I failed to take any pictures, but it’s BEAUTIFUL. Definitely stop by if you can!

It was sad to say goodbye, but I’m looking forward to next year’s birthday adventure!

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So Long San Fran

No, I didn’t abandon the blog.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been making a few life changes, like trading this view-

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for this one-

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Yes, my friends, I’ve left the City by the Bay for the Emerald City. I’ve only been here for two weeks, but I really like Seattle so far-I haven’t done any touristy things yet, but I’m looking forward to going to the Starbucks and brunching at the top of the Space Needle. Because I will.

Anyway, you might be wondering why the heck I decided to leave San Francisco for Seattle. Well, after a few interviews, I got a marketing position at a fitness company, which is more than I ever could have asked for. One week in, I really like it, especially since I am expected to do this during the work day-

Bravo+workday running=bliss

Bravo+workday running=bliss

I’m still settling in, so posts will be pretty sporadic for the next week or so since I’m still getting my bearings, but I’ll be back soon with some fun, fitness-y posts. Bear with me.

Ever been to Seattle? What sights should I see first?

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