I can hardly believe yet another long weekend is about to come to a close! I always enjoy having an extra day I hope you all had a nice weekend as well! Our Valentine’s was simple, sweet and pretty low-key filled with a few parties, a nice bike ride and a new breakfast creation . . .
First a quick weekend recap The first time we visited the new aquatic center near our house, we were on our bikes and it wasn’t open, so we decided to go back and see what the inside looked like. Boy this place is gorgeous!! We can hardly wait to start swimming, although yes, I still have yet to purchase a dang bathing suit, goggles and cap. Another good thing is that it opens bright and early at 5am which would give us enough time to get in a quick swim and come back home to shower for work.
You know how Chris and I love ‘active’ gifts, so we each got each other a 30 punch card for the new aquatic center (each visit is 2 punches) for Valentine’s Day. I think they are starting swim lessons in March, so I’ll have to check out some classes because I don’t think I’ve been in a pool in um . . . 2 years! I can keep myself afloat, but when it comes to actually knowing how to swim I am a fish out of water.
This place is huge with 14 lanes and a separate heated pool.
We also both got some new Asics gel-cumulus running shoes. They were pricey, but they feel like heaven and are really supportive which is worth it when you are pounding the pavement. My hip is feeling much better, so I can’t wait to try them out! Plus our weather has been absolutely gorgeous in the 60s!
This one had various munchies like vegan egg rolls, potstickers, bean/salsa dip and veggies. I think my favorite though was the chocolate-covered strawberries, yum!! Haven’t had those in awhile.
The next morning Chris and I went on a really great bike ride with the Green Valley Cyclists for Valentine’s Day. We did about 32 miles in 2 hours and I felt amazing afterwards! It was a nice ride, pretty flat and overall really enjoyable.
The next party later that evening was a quick stop before Chris and I went out to dinner for Valentine’s Day together.
Awwwww her dog Louie is the cutest cupid ever!
Love the style of her living room and had to share so chic
Chris and I munched on a few appetizers before heading out to dinner at Settebello. We didn’t know if we wanted to make dinner together, but the last minute we just decided to go out and have a nice dinner. This was actually our first time officially eating out at a restaurant since the Eat In Month Challenge!
We started out with a nice salad to share.
We decided on their special of the month called Cartoccio. It contained roasted red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini sauteed with pancetta, roasted sausage, onion and fresh mozzarella. It was delicious!! I think we are going to try to recreate this at home next time we make pizza and load it up with even more veggies.
Their dough is perfection. Crunchy and crispy on the outside, yet doughy and chewy on the inside. It’s the perfect balance.
We didn’t have any dessert since we were both pretty darn stuffed and tired from the day. We attempted to watch some TV when we got home, but I fell asleep soon enough!
Overall it was a great weekend I managed to pretty much abstain from alcohol this weekend except about a cup of punch from the second party. I finally had this realization this weekend of moving from working out to just maintain my weight to actually working out to train. I felt really good about it. I enjoy having a glass of wine with dinner on the weekends or a cocktail with friends, but I realized that it may be fun while I’m buzzed or whatever, but it makes me and my training go to crap. I want to do the Napa metric century in May and a sprint or olympic triathlon in September and I have a lot to work on in the coming months. I’m not some amazing athlete or anything, but when I want to work hard for something all week and then have a few drinks over the weekend, it really sets me back. Even though I felt old as we left the party at 9:30pm and I didn’t have any drinks, I felt so much better the next day when I was able to have a killer ride that left me on the clouds all day. That feeling for me is so much better, plus it is so much healthier overall. What do you think? Do you work out to lose/maintain weight or do you workout to train?
This morning we made some heart-shaped banana brownie waffles from the Meal Makeover Moms. It’s a little late for V Day, but I will share all the pictures tomorrow since I gotta get dinner going! Oh my gosh, these were delish! I also made a peanut butter ‘mousse’ which was out of this world. They are like little waffle towers!
Another to-do on the list is to catch up on all your blogs, hope you had a nice weekend!