Night at the Newseum

Happy Saturday!! Hope your weekend is off to a good start. Mine is!

Last night, I went with some of my girlfriends to an afterhours party at the Newseum. This was the first time the museum did an after hours event, and it completely sold out! The event was from 8 to 11 and they had several exhibits open plus a cash bar and food provided by Wolfgang Puck. It was SO fun! We started out at Jess and Amy’s apartment.

Lianne, Jess, Amy, Tiffany, Me and I’m drawing a total blank! Notice the sunglass display on the wall behind us… ūüôā

We cheersed with some champagne before heading out to the event.

Which was SO crowded!

We somehow managed to slip in really quickly even though there was a long line. Unfortunately it was really crowded and I didn’t take too much advantage of checking out the exhibits that were open. ūüôĀ Everything looked awesome though.

I only ended up staying until 10:30 or so because I was exhausted. You couldn’t buy any drinks or food with regular cash (even though the invite info said cash bar). Instead, you had to wait in a really long line to purchase sheets of paper with dollars printed on those and use the fake money to buy drinks or food. I wasn’t really up for that so I left. When I got outside the museum I felt so turned around that I walked the complete wrong way to try to find the metro. It was so chilly out that it was quite unfortunate I was wondering around out there for longer than needed.

This morning I ended up waking up super early for me on a weekend – around 7:30. I couldn’t go back to sleep so I ended up making some coffee and then hitting up the gym. I had a banana as preworkout fuel, and then got in a great workout.

I started with running a mile on the treadmill to warm up at 6.0 mph (10 minutes) and then did the following circuit 3 times:

  • 15 deadlifts with a bicep curl (12 lb free weight in each hand)
  • 15 tricep curls with a 15 lb free weight
  • 15 lunges on each leg
  • 15 shoulder presses (at 10 lbs on a machine)
  • 15 chest presses (at 20 lbs on a machine)
  • 50 jumping jacks

After the strength training, I got back on the treadmill for 30 minutes and covered 3.1 miles. It was actually a run I really had to fight for because I started feeling a little nausceous during the last leg of it. I ended up slwoing down a bit and drinking some water and pushed through, and in the end was glad that I did.

Not too shabby.

After the workout, I was HUNGRY. I ended up throwing together a delicious but super simple breakfast with what I had in the fridge. The highlight was a veggie scramble with grape tomatoes, red onion, corn, mushrooms, and some tarragon.

I started by sauteeing the onion for a bit, then added in the mushrooms, then the corn (which was frozen) and the tomatoes. I found the tarragon in the fridge so decided to throw that in there too. It was SO good. I forgot what a difference fresh herbs make! The whole plate:

The veggie scramble, one sunny side up egg, a toasted arnold thin, and 1 serving of hash browns. I used only nonstick spray to cook everything  Рno oil.

After breakfast I showered, packed, and then ran around to pick up a few last minute things because I’m about to head to Philly for the night! We’re doing dinner at a fancy restaurant in Philly for my mom’s 60th birthday (which is Thursday). Tomorrow is my sister Wendy’s actual birthday (the one who lives in Philly), so we’re going to go to her church in the morning and then to Dim Sum for her birthday lunch. Lots of fun ahead!

Do you use a lot of fresh herbs in cooking? What’s your favorite? I try to use fresh herbs but I honestly don’t know very much about which herbs go with what. My favorite herb is cilantro, followed by basil, probably because those are the two I know how to use the best in cooking!

On Track

Hiya! I’m going to make this a quick one because it is already almost 11pm! The day slipped away but I was 100% on track for the first time in a while and it feels great to end my day with that sentiment. That salad kept me full for a while and was so tasty, definitely something I will make again. In the afternoon I had fruit for a snack. First, some cherries.

And then a fuji apple right before leaving work.

Fujis¬†are my favorite, so crispy and delicious. And I loooove cherries, but can’t even tell you the last time I had any. They are always so expensive, but I got them on sale for $2.44/pound at the store yesterday, which is cheap for DC!

After work, I struggled with myself but ended up getting in an awesome workout. I wanted to do weights and went upstairs to the gym in my apartment building for what felt like the first time in ages. I did some free weights for my biceps and triceps, and then did the machines for my back, shoulder, and chest. I did 3 sets of 15 reps of everything, and it took about 20 minutes in total. When I first got there, only one person was on the treadmill and there were 2 ellipticals and 2 treadmills available. By the time I finished doing the weights, people had come and gotten on both of the open treadmills AND both of the ellipticals. I decided to come downstairs to my apartment and maybe go for a run or a bikeride, or else do a workout video.

I ended up forcing myself to go outside for a run, and it was HARD. It was my first time running outside in a while, and I just felt it from the first step. I set out to do 3 miles, but I ended up going 4. It took me 39:52 and I did exactly 4.0 miles, so a 9:58 average pace. The first two miles were a lot faster than the second two, and i¬†was really struggling to mak it through the run. I thought I learned my lesson the last time I went too long between runs outside, but apparently not. After I got home, I felt realllly good and was so happy I made myself do 4.0. It’s always a little dangerous for me to come back to my apartment mid workout because my couch usually calls my name, but I’m so glad I made myself go.

After my run, I made myself a quick snack because I was hungry. I bought these veggie dogs at the grocery store:

And had heard good things. They have 45 calories and 0 grams of fat per hotdog (1 pt), so I heated one up in the microwave and rolled it up in a flatout wrap (1 pt) with som melted reduced fat cheese (1 pt).

I smothered it in some reduced sugar ketchup (0 pts, 5 calories per tbsp)

And rolled it up and ate it. It was so good for a quick 3 pt snack! I was meeting my boyfriend for a quick dinner at Chef Geoff Tysons¬†but knew I couldn’t wait until then to eat something. When I got to the restaurant, I decided to keep it really light, and ordered the Shrimp Wonton Soup, with a baby lettuce salad. The salad came with blue cheese (2 pts) and berry vinaigrette, which I ordered on the side and just used a tiny bit of (1 pt).

I also got the Shrimp Wonton Soup, which was delicious. I’m guessing that had 5 points, but that’s just an estimate.

It had 3 shrimp wontons and some greens and mushrooms in the broth. It was chilly in the restaurant and was just what I wanted.

So today was an awesome day in terms of being on track. I had 13 pts at work + 3 snack + 8 dinner which is 24, my exact daily target. I also got a great workout in, so I am feeling great about now.

I hope you had an awesome day too! Be back manana.