Wednesday, December 5, 2012

15. Day One of BPC Prep

I admittedly did a poor job today. 

I blame my boss. He left for a new job today and we had a dessert celebration that I completely facilitated singlehandedly even knowing I was supposed to prepare for the cleanse.  The few days before you do the cleanse, BPC recommends that you cut back on meat, dairy, all processed foods and basically go vegan and drink a ridiculous amount of water. 

Here's what I did today to prep - 

Morning - Normally I chug at least 2 travel mugs full of black coffee before I can function like a normal being, but BPC says no caffeine. So coffee was out, but they do allow green tea. Now that I think of it, they probably mean the no-caffeine variety, oops. ANYWAY, I started off my morning with a warm mug of water with fresh lemon and a green tea on the way to work. I also downed a banana before I walked out the door. BPC recommends that you stick to just fruit in the few mornings before the cleanse starts. When I got to work I had another green tea and a bottle of water. Around 9:30 I had blackberries and raspberries. 

Mid-Day - Unfortunately people in my office hadn't had breakfast so the dessert (it was blueberry!) came early and I had two pieces of the best graham cracker blueberry treat I've ever made. Whoooops. 

Lunch - Another big bottle of water and this MONSTER SALAD full of mixed greens, tomato, avocado, cucumber and edemame. So big. This took me almost an hour to eat. 

Post-Lunch - I did not have more of the graham cracker dessert. 

Yes I did. 

Dinner - Cucumber salad with vinegar dressing and a half of a whole wheat tortilla. I probably shouldn't have had this, but so be it. 

Tune in tomorrow to see what day #2 of prep is like!


14. Blue Print Cleanse...The Prequel

Oh, guess what? I'm alive. And back. 

As a way to slip back into this blog, today I'm going to start documenting my week doing the Blue Print Cleanse. I'm starting with the 6-juice-a-day Renovation Cleanse on Saturday. Little did I know, it's really important to prep your body before committing to the juice. 

Here's why I'm doing it:
My BFFL/workout partner Elise did BPC a few months ago and loved it. She said it totally reset her cravings and gave her a good jump start on re-focusing her eating. This is why I want to do it. I'm not looking to starve myself or even lose weight. If I was looking to lose weight - this would be the worst way to do it. I'm doing the juice cleanse to start my body fresh and set me on a path to eating better and taking better care of my body. 

I've read almost 25 reviews of this cleanse and everyone says the same thing: it's tough, but it makes you feel amazing. I'm looking for more energy, a healthy glow and a reset button for my body. 

So here goes nothing. Below the jump is my hilarious conversation with Elise about how to prep for this. I'll post on my prep for today later tonight. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

13. Outfit of the Day

Today it seems like I wore all of the clothes in my closet that I've been neglecting. I don't think I've worn any of these things in almost a year. 

We had a few special guests in the office this afternoon, so I got a little extra dressed up. 

Pencil Skirt (The Limited): similar / Belt (Nine West): similar / Lace Top (The Limited): similar / Necklace (Loft): similar / Earrings (Stella & Dot): here

Of course, I woke up late and my second-day hair wasn't working out. I was out of dry shampoo so I knew my mane was going up.

I started by parting my hair to the side and pulling the fuller side to the back of my head. I took the top half into my hand as if I were going to put it half up and teased it with a round brush. I pinned that portion back with a few bobby pins and twisted the rest into a bun off to the right side of my head. 

Shoes (Nine West): similar 

These shoes are admittedly way too small for me, but they went well with the outfit and in the back of my mind I thought I could stretch them out. 

I was wrong. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

12. S'mores "brownies" and a Solid Workout

This post is so contradictory it hurts. Maybe it's the fact that I have to be in a bathing suit in a few weeks or maybe it's that I ate my body weight in s'mores "brownies" (recipe to follow) last night/this morning (yes, before I got to work. So sue me.), but I had a KILLER work out this morning.

Let me start by saying that I wouldn't be motivated to workout with my workout partner, Elise. Elise and I have been the best of friends since our sophomore year in high school. We were debate partners - do you understand how that bonds two people!?

Here's a little picture of us back in our high school glory days... 
...and this is us now! 

I got lucky last year when Elise left a job in Chicago to start a new career here in DC. I got even luckier when she moved about 6 blocks from my house and right down the street from our gym. 

On the night of the super bowl, I had a bunch of people over at my house and between myself and my roommates we made the best bad-for-you food you can imagine. Half way to my cardiac arrest, I declared that the following day I was starting a new work out program, and Elise jumped on board. We send each other texts in the morning at 5:30am making sure we're up. This is something we need to get better at, but it still helps to have someone remind you that you ate like a man trying to increase his weight class last weekend and could use an hour of spin class. 

Anyway, that's  Elise. My workout partner. 

This morning Elise was sick so I was a lone wolf at the gym, but I did a HARD 30 minutes (2 miles on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the stair machine at max speed) and did my normal ab routine TWICE. I also did some lunges but I lost steam near the end. I walked out of the gym at 7:15 absolutely dripping in sweat. There's no better way to start the day!

And LORD, did I need it. 

Last night I made an insane amount of THESE:

Golden grahams s'mores "brownies".

Super simple. Super amazing. A guy who works in my building just tried one and he called them "nectar from the Gods". I usually reserve this term for bloody marys with extra mary...but these are well deserving. 

10.5 ounce bag of mini marshmellows (plus 2 cups!)
1 standard box of Golden Graham cereal
1/4 cup of butter
1 standard package of milk chocolate chips

1. Melt butter in a large pot on the stove at a low heat
2. Add 1 bag of marshmellows and mix until melted
3. Once melted, remove from heat and add cereal
4. Once this is stirred up, put back on a low heat and mix in chocolate chips until they are half-way melted
5. Add two more cups of marshellows
6. Stir until you feel like you just did a 3 hour upper body workout
7. Place into a large baking pan of your choice, let cool
8. Wait 20 minutes, cut into squares, serve, enjoy, die of happiness.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, June 4, 2012

11. Mission Mondays

As much as I loathe Mondays (cough:: notnowthattheBacheloretteison ::cough), I like that they are for restarting. Everything that happened over the last week suddenly doesn't matter as much and there's something calming in that fresh start. Because of this, Monday is a perfect day for a weekly mission.


Today I spent a lot of time planning the week ahead. It is going to be bus-y. Like, crazy busy. But in less than 4 weeks I need to be in a swimsuit, so I need to stop letting my busy days get in the way of my work out schedule. I have busy weeks a lot. I work a busy job and have lots of people that I don't see enough, but my health cannot keep taking the back seat. 

This week my Monday Mission is to plan better in order to get at least 4 workouts in before next Monday. I got my butt to the gym this morning and I'm planning on going again tomorrow - so that's two down, 2 to go! 

I'll report back next week about my progress and then have a new mission for next Monday ;-)


Friday, May 25, 2012

10. High Five for Friday #1

Rebecca Black? Sing it, girl.

It's Friday, gang. I couldn't be more thrilled.

Today I'm linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk (one of my favorite blogs!)
Lauren uses Friday's to reflect back on the past several days by listing her five favorite things from that week. 

Here are mine!

1. Saturday afternoon lunches with my love
hello scarf that is too warm for summer...

2. Barbeque Popchips. 

If these need explanation you may not be at the right blog. 

3. Wine, TV, and Lounging
Clearly I was protesting pedicures at the time of this photograph. 

4. Babies.
On Tuesday I babysat the most precious, sleepy, sweet baby boy. Words cannot express how cute this child is. 

Leaving the office at 12:30PM today ;-) 

Let the long weekend begin!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

9. I See You, Memorial Day Weekend

Let's all take a moment to realize that we're nearly half-done with Thursday. This, to me, means it's basically Friday. Even better than that is the pending three day weekend and following four day week. A long weekend is truly a gift that keeps on giving. 

My memorial day weekend is going to be filled with the following:
Girls Night
Couple Friends
Day Beverages
(cue: "These are a Few of My Favorite Things")

Most important on this list (and most exciting!) is shopping. I've lost over 15lbs since last summer and none of my clothes fit. I'm going to spend my Saturday attacking the outlets to take advantage of the Memorial Day weekend sales. 

Here is my shopping list: 
3" chino short
Peach Cotton Chino Short from JCrew

A Gold, Breathable Summer Flat

-A few printed dresses that I can throw on in the DC heat
-A thin white blouse for work days
...and the dreaded bathing suit.

I'm looking forward to posting what I scoop up (and what I save ;-)!!)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

8. Thou Shall Not Covet

I learned the 10 commandments at age 7; but this, I simply cannot stop coveting. 

I know about eighteen different people with some version of this watch, but I've never seen anyone 
with the Blair and it has been on my wish list for well over a year now. 

I've thought about just caving in and buying this no fewer than a willion (w intended) times, but it's never come to fruition do to a variety of haphazard life events - not the least of which is that whole "student loan repayment" thing. Blah. 

This weekend I'm heading to the outlets to cash in on the Memorial Day sales and you better believe I'm taking the time to search for this beauty in at the Michael Kors outlet. 

Until then, beautiful watch...


Friday, May 4, 2012

7. Why I Love Intervals

I don't know about you, but I am incredibly ADD at the gym. I cannot handle doing one task for a long time and I end up getting frustrated and bored and then usually leave the gym before I finish my intended workout. But last week, my favorite spin instructor told our class that interval training is not only one of the best things you can do for your body, but also one of the best ways to lose weight. 

After she mentioned this to us, I spent some time reading different bloggers and other information that I could find and everything supported this notion. Intervals burn more fat and are great for your body. 

Here is my favorite interval workout:

AG Interval FUN
Time: 40 minutes
Machine: Treadmill

Minutes 1-3: Walk at 3.5mph, taking long strides to stretch legs
Minutes 3-5: Run at 6.5mph for to get heart rate up
Minutes 5-5:45: SPRINT at 8.2mph*
Minutes 5:45-7: Walk fast at 4mph
Minutes 5-15: REPEAT INTERVAL!
Minutes 15-16: Walk at 3.5mph
Minutes 16-21: Walk at 4mph on 15% incline
Minutes 21-23: Walk at 4mph without an incline
Minutes 23-30: REPEAT INTERVAL!
Minutes 30-32: Walk at 4mph
Minutes 32-34: Run at 6mph at 9% incline
Minutes 34-36: Walk at 4mph
Minutes 36-38: Run at 6mph at 9% incline
Minutes 38-40: Walk at 3.5 and COOL DOWN

I have this printed out and keep it on the treadmill with me. It is the perfect workout if you're looking to shed some pounds and speed up a workout. This is 10x LESS painless than running at a constant pace for 40 minutes. 

Quick note: Go at your own pace. When I started committing a lot of time toward my health this past January, I was doing this much slower. My warm up run was around 5.7mph depending on the day and my sprint was 7mph. Do what feels right and watch yourself get stronger and faster. 

Time to hit the gym!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

5. Hump Day Heart List

People call it "Hump Day" because after Wednesday the rest of the week is downhill. Here are some pretty (and otherwise bizarre,funny or completely strange) things I am loving right now that'll help you over that hump. 

1. Cat on Two Legs
This video is undeniably hilarious/creepy as hell. One of my co-workers sent it to me yesterday morning and I caught her watching it on repeat several hours later. 

2. Essie Fiji
Kevo and I went to Boston a few weekends ago and I got myself all pampered up before. I had been relying on Essie Ballet Slippers as my go-to spring color, but they were at when I got my last manicure so I tried Fiji (somehow for the first time). UHM HELLO?! Fiji>Ballet Slippers. It covered my nails in 2 coats (I use FOUR with Ballet Slippers) and was the perfect light pink shade. You can't really see it that well in this picture, but trust me - it's pretty. 

Yes, that is an entire lobster. Yes, I ate the entire thing. No regrets.

Better picture here: 

3. Red Wine Sangria
I singlehandedly decided that my boyfriend is having a party at his group house this weekend. I plan on making lots of this stuff, sitting outside on a blanket with one of my best friends and playing yard games with Kevo and his roommates. 

4. This AMAZINGLY Adorable Ring
I've been looking for a dainty rose gold ring for a while. This ring is so cute and subtle and it will go with everything. Did I mention it's only $8?

5. This Blonde Girl
That's my best friend in the whole world, Sarah. Today his her 23rd birthday. This girl has been with me through EVERYTHING. Hap BD, Sar.

We're nearing the weekend, gang!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

4. Perfect Week

Remember that time that my life was insane and I didn't have time to blog? Me too. It was last week. 

I've ended my week-long craziness with a relaxing weekend weekend 1-credit class for my Master's program. Gag me. I've been in class starting at 9am, which means I didn't get any time to catch up on sleep this weekend, but there is free coffee so I'm staying positive. 

We got let out pretty early for lunch so I enjoyed the rest of my quinoa (from last week!) and an apple outside on the quad to soak up the beautiful weather. I really don't spend enough time outside. Must add to to-do list. 

Zoning out in class has really allowed me to think about how I need to start dealing with crazy weeks. I know all it needs is planning, organization and lots of sleep...but somehow I never seem to get there. 

But this week will be different:

Here's a blast from the past and my new mantra for the week.

Please watch this video. I like to think I'm best represented around 1:13. 

I'm publicly stating that this week will be my PERFECT week. Here's what it entails:

1. Meal Planning
This is probably the thing I do the worst at. Meal planning helps me eat better and save money. I'm thinking about pre-making all of my lunches tonight and storing them in tupperware for easy access in the morning...but tupperware takes up more room than we have in our fridge. I'll update on this attempt later. 

2. Getting Enough Sleep
Oh Lord. I do not sleep enough and I do not have good sleeping habits. Because I'm constantly stressed out, my brain doesn't turn off at night. In order to actually clear my mind of the 1,000 things going through it, I have to pre-occupy myself by watching something mindless on TV. Eventually, I will fall asleep but it takes longer because of the mental stimulation. To remedy this, I'm going to read a book EVERY night this week (right now I'm reading: A Place of Yes by Bethany Frankel (LOVE her). If I can't focus because my mind is racing, I'm putting a notebook next to my bed so I can transfer my thoughts to paper rather than laying awake worrying all night. 

3. Completing Morning and Evening Routines
Why is this so hard? No one knows. I'm usually really good at completing my morning routine, but this week I'm adding 3 morning workouts. Oddly enough if I'm able to get up and get into the gym, the rest of the morning is seamless because I always have time to fit everything in (having a good breakfast, packing my lunch, getting coffee and tea, picking out clothes, making my bed). My evening routine falls to the wayside 75% of the time though. This week I resolve to do a 10-minute cleaning spree of my room, make a to-do list for the following day, put my clothes out for the morning and go through my hygienic routine (will post this later). 

4. Being Productive
This is self-explanatory. I need to be productive at work so that I'm only at the office from 9-6. I need to be productive at home so I can tackle my post-work to-do list and have time for the rest of my evening and morning tasks. My lack of productivity is a major source for the lack of organization that leads to my stress. I will be productive. I will be productive. I will be productive.  

5. Not Sweating the Small Stuff 
My job is stressful. My family is stressful. My roommates are stressful. School is stressful and at times even my relationship is stressful. But there are things to worry about and things to dismiss. This week I'm going to keep the "Oprah" method in mind while facing obstacles in any of the previously stated areas. The Oprah method (which a good friend of mine learned from watching her show once) is thinking about problems in terms of the length of time they will matter. They are either day problems, week problems, month problems or year problems. Anything that won't be effecting me in a day or week, I will fix and move on. 

This is my perfect week - what is yours?


Sunday, April 8, 2012

3. Easter Sunday, Easter and Sunday

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope everyone got a chance to spend time with the people they love today.  I spent the day with friends playing games outside and eating far too much pimento cheese. Now I'm back home doing my Sunday routine. 

In an attempt to keep myself eating better and save some cash, I've become really big on meal planning lately. I spend almost 3 hours every Sunday buying groceries and obsessively preparing all of my meals for the week. 

Here's my standard weekly haul of groceries. 

This is basically what I get every week. Lots of veggies including 3 bags of spinach (I throw nearly a half bag into most meals I make), 2 cartons of mushrooms (cross apply previous half bag statement), quinoa (superfood), apples and bananas, yogurt, and then something that doesn't take any effort to make. This week it was brown rice pre-made sushi. I used to buy the Trader Joe's microwavable salmon packages, but they are packed full of calories and the portions are huge, plus I'm trying to eat fewer microwaveable foods. 

Not pictured is the enormous bag of lemon's I buy religiously once a week. Gotta have that hot lemon water. 

This week I decided that I need to shake my lunch routine up a little bit and decided to make a huge carton of quinoa that I could just section into portions. 

To start, I took all of the left over veggies from last week. This included a few cherry tomatos, some onion, zucchini and a hand full of brussel sprouts. 

I cut those up and sauteed them while I was boiling the quinoa and about 20 minutes later my veggies turned into this:


I topped it off with a little bit of lemon, olive oil and soy sauce (for extra flavor), threw in the quinoa and packed it all together in a big container for easy access throughout the week. 

I cannot put into words how much I love taking the time to prepare food for the week on the weekends. It's seriously relaxing. 

Welp, it's about time to get back to my work computer and get a jump start on this weeks craziness! By that I mean I need to finish up 3 memos because Kevo is getting back into town and I miss him ;-)

Have a great Sunday night!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

2. Island in the City

I suppose I should say that I'm a DC transplant. I moved here from Michigan about a week after graduating college to fulfill a semi-life long dream of working in politics. Here I am, almost two years later and I have a great job and for the most part, really love the city.

But every once in a while, a girl has to get out. This week I had Friday off for Good Friday and the boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Roosevelt Island. If I'm being honest, I didn't even know this place existed. Roosevelt Island is a little island in between VA and DC with a huge monument for President Teddy Roosevelt in the center and about 4 miles of walking trails around it.

The plan was to get Whole Foods salad and have a picnic on the Island, but it was a little cold and windy for that, so we sat in a park near the apartment before we headed out.

Every time one of these I get a half scoop of...well...everything. Whoops. 
I could have eaten 11 of them.

Once we got over to the Island we quickly found a big slab of rock that was suitable for laying on. We sat for about 20 minutes and enjoyed the sun and the view to Rosslyn. 

My mountain man, after a little tutorial on how to pose for pictures. 

Before we left I had put together a super cute outfit, curled my hair, etc. Then we got outside and it was freezing - t-shirt, zip-up and ponytail it is!

Hah. I took this right before we left. Tell me this does not look like the fence at District 12!?

This is the only good picture I got of the monument. Unfortunately it doesn't even show a fraction of the actual thing. I thought this little boy was just precious. 

That was the start of the weekend. Today I saw Kevo off before he headed home for Easter and am having trouble tearing myself away from Khloe and Lamar and my large pot of coffee. 



Friday, April 6, 2012

1. I'm Paul, Let's Begin

This blog has been a long time coming, but I'm glad to say it's finally here. 

Let's start with the name. When I started dating my boyfriend last summer, he told me once that he had to leave my house because he was "tiredroni". Since then, the addition of "roni" to emphasis words has worked it's way into my daily vocabulary. 

Very mature, I know. 

But when you find something that works, you stick with it. 

I read a lot of different blogs. I want this one to be a combination of all of the things I read about. I want it to be a blog that i'd love to discover. I'm going to talk about fashion, food, fitness, friends and failure (ohhh so many F's). Those, to me, are the pretty things. Prettyroni. I'll loosely document my work life and my love life. Finally, I'm going to write about the every day stuff that happens in the life of a 20-something and how much red wine I have to drink in order to get through it. 

So, here's a toast. To you, to me, to this blog. I hope that you'll join me. 

Here's to you, here's to me.
Friends forever we shall be.
If we ever disagree, then f$*% you...and here's to me. 



P.S. My name is not PAUL. It's a line from RENT and I just couldn't shake it. Just run with it.