It’s been ages since I’ve linked up to MIMM!
This was only the second time I actually spent a full weekend in NYC, and it was packed with great workouts and eats. I cannot get over how vegan friendly this city is! Every time I turn the corner, I stumble across another juice bar, smoothie bar, fruit stand, vegan pastry shop, or vegan restaurant. Even the coffee shop right next door to me offers vegan gluten free bagels, vegan grilled cheese, and vegan soups, which they don’t even advertise because it’s just so commonplace here.
Down to bidness.
Thursday night, some coworkers and I celebrated my birthday with karaoke, which kept me out far too late, but I still managed to get up and get in a killer back workout and run on Friday morning.
I went out to Indian food for lunch at Nirvana with some partners from work and thoroughly enjoyed a delicious salad, a heaping pile of rice, and some mixed vegetable curry from the lunch buffet.
Friday, I treated myself to an 80 minutes sports massage because I’d been nursing some hip and leg pain for about 6 days (probably from overtraining), and
sometimes you gotta just TREAT YOSELF I had a gift card to my gym that I’d received from referring someone else. The massage was fabulous – my body needed it so badly, and it encouraged me to really enjoy my rest day on Saturday, which consisted of…
A VERY hydrating breakfast of very ripe pineapple and a large coconut water. Despite drinking tons before bed, I still felt the need to hydrate excessively after my massage, as I was having lots of muscle pain.
A random street fair popping up near my house selling all fruit smoothies and huge cups of watermelon! I just stumbled across this place on my way to run errands and picked up some fresh watermelon and a mango pineapple smoothie.
I love how many more frozen vegetable selections are hitting the market. It seems like every week I notice something new: beets, sweet potatoes, squash, etc. Although frozen veggies are not as good as fresh, they are better than canned and so convenient. They work especially well for me because my at-home cooking is very sporadic these days. I need things that I know will last in case I don’t use them right away.
Saturday night, I was lucky enough to hit up Wild Ginger with a friend for a late dinner. I got the tofu pad thai (unpictured), and then we hit up The Smith for some drinks (never gets old, Caitlin!). Although I wasn’t in the mood for it, I had always wanted to try their Sweet Green Smash: gin, alpine liqueur, celery syrup, citrus juice, and sweet peas. Luckily, the person I was with ordered it, and I got to try some.
Sunday, I woke up planning for another legs day according to my schedule. After quickly realizing that my back was not recovered yet (along with my hip and right leg), that seemed like a bad idea. I decided a second rest day was in order, which will result in me pushing my legs day until tomorrow and cutting out one day later this week. Sometimes I hate adjusting my schedule, but 2 days of rest after a deep tissue massage and near injury is vital.
Sunday was then filled with real life responsibilities: grocery shopping, laundry, errands, and catching up on phone calls to friends and family from home. I was super pumped to see fresh figs back in season at Trader Joes!
Spring mix, yellow bell pepper, baby cucumber, and organic red grapes topped with fat free mango balsamic dressing.
Then, I treated myself to some gluten free vegan pizza from Keste Pizza while I folded my laundry and watched Orange is the New Black. The second season of that show is so much better than the first! I’m loving it. I sauteed up some of the same butternut squash and broccoli rabe to put on top of my pizza to add some extra flavor and some veggies. ‘Twas delish – a bit salty for my taste, but I’m just not used to the salt in pizza crust anymore. Overall, still great!
Cheers to the weekend,
(ps) Don’t forget to check out out MIMM posts at the link below!