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Super Cross in Stage Fort Park

Amongst all things that were going on this weekend?

I went to the Super Cross cycling races in Gloucester. Although it was hot, it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I have never seen any kind of race before, so to see cyclocross with the man friend’s dad was fun. We chatted about cyclocross over some homemade “pita bread” like wraps for lunch. Chicken, pesto and tomatoes. Delicious!He taught me about all the different types of cycling races and gave me a few different rider’s background. Even the amount of power it takes to be a cyclist. There are man obstacles in the course and you must be strong. Helen Wyman, British National Cyclocross Champion, won the women’s elite race, keeping first place nearly the entire time. Jeremy Powers, the US National Cyclocross Champion, won the men’s elite by a long shot!Sunday evening the manfriend and I enjoyed dinner together to end a long work weekend for us both. It was nice to just relax and enjoy the evening.

Now today, Tuesday, we do it all over again and I can’t wait for a day off. Friday please come sooner! 

Question: Have you ever seen a race or participated in one?

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Apple Picking, Pumpkins and a Hidden Park

Good morning everyone.

Yesterday the manfriend and I enjoyed a lovely day of apple picking, pumpkin carving and relaxation. We went to Brooksby Farm to go apple picking. This was my first time apple picking and I had a blast. Peach picking was my first picking of any. Before our adventure we ate some of their own apple cider dounts. My, oh my! My current favorite apples are golden delicious and I only found one good one. I just ate it for breakfast this morning and it was just right.We even found some apples growing oddly close together. As we kept wandering the farm (maybe a bit too far), we found a pumpkin patch and snagged one these bad boys for carving later. Before we left the farm, we hung out with this guy for a bit. Our stash.I looked for parks in the area because truthfully, I never explored Danvers for a park. I had been to parks in Salem, Rockport and Gloucester. We found Endicott Park, which was only five whole minutes from my house and it’s beautiful. We took our pumpkin and began the carve prep. Look familiar? None other then Jack Skellington himself as a tribute to Fall approach. We put a candle inside, lit it up and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Question: What’s your favorite thing about Fall? I love the pumpkins, the pumpkin EVERYTHING, temperature and the changing of the leaves.


Halibut State Point Park

This Labor Day weekend, the manfriend and I went to Halibut State Point Park to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. This was my first week back to working fulltime after not having worked since mid July due to my surgery. It was a bit stressful, but hopefully this week I can get back to it better. Going from zero work days to five is a big jump! Baby steps though, right?

He picked me up from work on Sunday and brought me a bunches of goodies. I swear, he knows me so well.Halibut State Point Park is one big quarry.With lots o’ rocks, of course.We also went to downtown Rockport. And enjoyed some icecream. You know what I got? Pumpkin of course. #pumpkinEVERYTHING! And also went to grab some grub at the Ninety-Nine.No day begins or ends without some delicious coffee. Pumpkin spice anyone?Now that I had a little relaxing weekend, I am ready to tackle this work week.  Hope everyone had a great weekend! Question: What’s your favorite “pumpkin’d” treat? I am going to have to go with pumpkin lattes, icecream and fudge. Yeah.


#OnAQuest

I’m #onaquest.To enjoy the simple things in life.Whether it be a little peach picking at Brooksby Farm…Or just enjoying my surroundings.Maybe getting back to the swing of things at the gym?Or maybe it’s just finding that perfect balance in life?We are almost FOUR weeks post surgery in a few days. Times flies doesn’t it? I have been getting back into being more active with some light-moderate cardio a bit of weight lifting (10-12lb dumbbells max).  It’s going to take some time til I can use those 25lbs again for my chest presses. But if I was there once, I can do it again. Love the process!

Remember that life’s a journey; so stay positive and keep on a Quest!


Past Things: Pancakes, Coffee and Sweets

Starting the day off like this literally puts me in a happy place.And getting in a good training sesh.Since I have been training more, I haven’t been around the blog world much. But fear not, I am still around. Just need a little break from time to time.Still eating delicious meals. Still enjoying some “healthier” treats. Like a cut up dark chocolate protein bar, added raspberries, natural peanut butter and chia seeds. My, oh my!Or a warm chopped up peanut butter and chia protein muffin with blackberries.Haven’t checked out the recipe? Well get to it :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WIAW #100: Happy 100th WIAW to Me!

Whoa, will you look at that?!

It’s What I Ate Wednesday post number 100! Thank you Jenn as always for the awesome food party. This week I should you some great eat via Instagram. If you are not following me on IG, then maybe you should! I am also having a chocolate, coconut and things giveaway coming very soon to a blog near you. I know that made no sense, but it sounded cute right?wiawphotobutton Okay, let’s get to it. Breakfasts have still been the same; raspberries, oats, nut butter, chia seeds and a side of iced coffee. Yep, still the same.Speaking of raspberries, I tried the Quest white chocolate raspberry. My, oh my! I am in love. Now I don’t know which I like more; this one of the cookies and cream. The decisions.Clearly, I’ve been obsessed with berries these days. Oh and lots of Greek yogurt!My mom came to visit this weekend and I took her to Perfecto’s. Again, if you are in Massachusetts, definitely check it out. I got a salt caramel iced decaf and I mixed in some chocolate protein powder. Salted caramel mocha anyone? Training is on point. This time after getting sick a million more times, I think it’s safe to say I know what I must do and SHOULD NOT do. No excuses at all this time and that’s a promise. So loving my quad progress!Questions: How was your Memorial day weekend? Anyone tried the white chocolate raspberry Quest bar? What’s your favorite Greek yogurt brand?


Sweet Potato Blondies N’ Things

This week, my dad came and visited.

It was nice to just have a break and enjoy hanging out with my dad and brother. He loves crepes so I made him some for breakfast before his trip back. And guess what? I had my FINAL final on Friday. It feels so good to be done and I get a mini break until June 30th. Saturday morning I needed extra coffee; between waking up at 6:00am, my final, Friday night spin class and cleaning I needed a giant 32oz. size.I also went to a conference this week for the Northeast Section of Institute of Food Technologists. There were so many great food companies there from flavors, colors, extracts. Blue Diamond and Ocean Spray were there too. I got to eat a lot of delicious things from truffles, iced coffee samples, all natural fruit gummies and these delicious things!The ride back took almost two hours with traffic. Good think I brought this to munch on. So, so good, but dark chocolate and sea salt is still my favorite!Oh and y’all would be proud that I met my two times a week “fasted” cardio/ early works. I did spin at 6:00am one day and an early spin sesh this morning. Check out my leg muscles, they are getting pretty lean and muscular.

I’ve also been changing up my macros and making sure that I get proper nutrition! Check out this article about carbs at night. It is all a science and you have to find what works for you. What works for me, may not work for you and it depends 100% on your goals. Win, win! We are getting there; slowly but surly back on that routine grind and making sure to refuel post workout. Have a good Sunday! :)


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