Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Blues

If we are being dead honest, I had a serious case of the Monday blues this morning. So no better of a reason than to link up for a Marvelous in my Monday post to sum up my weekend, and announce the winner of my Blogiversary Giveaway!

Marvelous was going to our first ever REI garage sale. We had no idea what to expect when pulling into the parking lot at 8:30 AM – and were really surprised when we saw a line of about 50 people deep. They passed out tickets by color depending on what time we had arrived by – we were the third group to be called back.

For those of you have never been to an REI garage sale, it’s basically when they put out products that have been gently used/returned, marked down to an insanely low prices. We managed to snag a sleeping pad for our (hopeful) camping endeavors this summer, and I got an awesome pair of North Face workout capris that were marked down to almost nothing.

I also have a Marvelous recipe to share. Last night my roommate Megan showed me a delicious looking gluten-free pizza recipe on the blog inspiralized. It gave the option to use either sweet potato or regular potatoes, so we decided to have a cook-off. I made the version with sweet potatoes to make it (almost) paleo (minus the mozzarella cheese), and she made the version with regular potatoes...


 We then had Andrew do a blind taste test. He claimed to liked them both, but could ‘tell that mine was healthier’ and liked Megan’s better because he ‘could house it a lot easier.’

Fair enough. Round one goes to Megan.

Last Marvelous the day? It's a little bitter sweet, because I have a confession to make...

I cheated on running... and spinning... and I liked it a lot.

Awhile ago my coworker showed me a LivingSocial deal for a new crossfit gym near our work - Blue Crab Crossfit. I purchased it (10 beginner classes) and then literally put off going for a solid two weeks. Monday morning kicked my ass hard, and I knew I needed a literal ass kicking workout to lift my spirits, so I nervously headed to the gym after work.

In short, it was great. We practiced overhead squats after a short warm-up, and then the modified beginner WOD consisted of:

12 mins, every minute on the minute:
-8 wall balls (14 lbs)
-6 burpees (no jump)

I managed to finish 11/12 sets. My lungs were screaming at me after the fact, and I left feeling pretty damn good.

  AND finally, the winner of my Larabar giveaway is....

Congrats to Nicole over at Not Before My Tea, who ironically moved from Baltimore to Chicago a year or two ago. Opposite life stories, both runners, but she has funnier jokes than I do.

Cheers my friends - 


  1. A 1/2 point for "houseability" (loved that term) will go a long way sometimes ;)

    Glad you had fun at crossfit - I'm going to need another burpee demo btw, I'm trying to get them down thanks to your stupid fabruary (jk i love it). Hopefully you heard me shake the house.

  2. how did I miss this point?! or did you just post it?! either way... YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! life DOES have meaning! :P thank you thank you thank you!

  3. Only 15 mins to shop? I'd go batty.

  4. Never heard of the garage sale! 15 minutes is insane!

  5. Oh my goodness, 15 minutes to shop, that sounds like complete mayhem! I'm glad you got a couple of great deals and those pizzas looks delish! xo

  6. A great workout can really lift your spirits! I've never heard of an REI garage sale, but now I want to go to one!

    Ashley, Married to the Game

  7. i want to hear more about this crossfit stuff!


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