Holy crap! 7 weeks out! Gettin’ SERIOUS!
Last week was tough. I worked almost 50 hours, had a crazy busy event Friday night that put us back an hour, and my workouts were extremely exhausted ON TOP of the madness.The weekend made up for it though, 100% 🙂
We started the weekend off going to hot yoga Hatha class together at Hot Yoga Inc. in Bellevue. It had been over a year since I had gone, and longer since Derek had been. It felt really great to sweat! I miss going to hot yoga and relaxing, as well as the physical and mental benefits, but I DON’T miss the people that go; fake tans, fake boobs, superficial ya-da-ya. Derek’s hamstrings still hurt! The teacher kept re-adjusting him to stretch deeeeeper, he sounded like he was in pain from across the room, haha! 🙂
Afterwards we had my photo shoot with Amir at the Vo2 Performance Center, it was extremely successful! I can’t wait to get the photos back, he did an AMAZING job. I was super nervous for about 2 weeks beforehand, but it was helpful to have him and Derek direct me through the poses. I even had a couple really cool ideas that ended up being Amir’s favorite photos! He did a couple shots with Derek as well, and we got some really cool ones together. Super fun, I would LOVE to do it again! We weren’t able to the bikini shots since we were using a gym facility, so we are gonna do another one in the near future once I’m closer to competition date and in my best condition. Now I know I shouldn’t be so nervous for next time, it felt so natural.
After the photo shoot we rushed over to Seattle for Derek’s surprise date with me 🙂 He kept it a secret for a long time! First we picked Robert up from Von Trapp’s after he got off work. That was the first surprise! I haven’t seen Robert in forever, I really missed him, in fact I miss a lot of my friends. We all went to the Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont and O – MY – GOD! Best chocolate ever, it was delectable. The factory was awesome as well! Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to do the tour, but we bought a few chocolate bars each, yummmm! My favorite’s were the Milk Chocolate Salted Almond and Chai Milk Chocolate, super delicious, I savored every square, every bite!
We went to Robert’s new crib in Downtown Seattle, Capital Hill. It’s a pretty big place, super vintage, wood floors, huge windows, plenty of space and prime location. I’m so proud of my lil’ Robert, he’s so grown up! We’ve known each other FOREVER, we met when he was 14 and now he’s 19, about to turn 20 on the day of my competition. You would never be able to guess he’s so young! He’s super mature, has traveled so many places, is an excellent cook, has been on his own for a few years, and is one of the head Chef’s getting paid salary at the famous Seattle restaurant Von Trapps! Pretty impressive kid, he’s done very well for himself 🙂 Not to mention last night’s date was on HIM!
He took Derek and I to a delicious upscale Indian restaurant named ‘Poppy’ in Capital Hill. Amazing food, half of which I could NOT pronounce and had to look up what they were on my phone. We each ordered our own Thali and shared dishes. A Thali is a plate comprised of a main entree with several different side dishes. I ordered the below Thali, it was sooooo good, I’m getting so hungry thinking about it!
My favorite side dishes were the ‘Brussels Sprouts with Caraway and Shallot’ as well as the ‘Cauliflower-Almond Soup with Chinese Black Bean and Toasted Garlic’…. TO – DIE – FOR! Scrumptious! We also ordered the Thali dessert which topped the evening off perfectly. Sooooo good! Robert definitely opens our eyes to delicious food every time we hang out with him, I miss our Cooking Nights. We used to have Cooking Nights all the time before both of our lives got so crazy! We would have all our friends come, bring food, pitch in for ingredients, make awesome food like; Thai food, Sushi, Thanksgiving Dinner, Honey Glazed Ham, etc. We plan on doing it again once I can eat ‘Human Food’ (har har) and start the opening shift at work.
Great night, we all definitely needed it. It’s so strange being all grown up and responsible, seems like just yesterday we were youngens’ partying it up without anybody or anything to answer to.
Today Derek and I went to Costco and Grocery Outlet for our bi-monthly shopping excursion! We scored some pretty sweet stuff too! We did awesome on spending too, freakin’ LOVE Costco! First of all, I scored more of that Maranatha Spread at Grocery Outlet, only THIS time I scored ‘Almond Caramel’ and it’s absolutely delicious! I made a Coconut Cashew Mug Cake today and spread some of that almond caramel spread over it and it was to die for, scrumptious!
Next on the list would be the Nutiva Coconut Flour, only $6.99 for a HUUUUGE bag at Costco! Much better in Mug Cakes than the blended oats I’ve been using. Super thick and delicious, just like cake. Derek scored a pack of 5 car washes at Brown Bear as well, something he’s been eyeballing every time we go shopping. We got so much food! The usual turkey, chicken, bagels (for Derek ;)), cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, etc. We also picked up a lot more spices including a monstrous jar of minced garlic…. you can never have too much garlic. So much food, yum yum.
This week I am re-adjusting my calorie intake and macros, as well as laying off the Quest bars and minimizing my nut butters…. sad day 😦 I’ve been getting experimental in the kitchen with alternative baking ideas, but I want quicker results! Time for more restriction! I’m relieved that I don’t have to work 48 hours this week though so I can put 110% into my workouts this week!
Whewwww! Sorry for the long post! I better run off to prep my meals for the week, have an awesome week! Stay tuned for pictures from my photo shoot 🙂