Hurricane Irene

…wasn’t really that big of a deal here in Brighton.  Just some rain and wind!  No lost power, luckily.

It was kind of fun to have an excuse to stay inside all day.  I never do that… so as much as I wish it were a beach day, I probably needed some veg out time.  I camped out at Tim’s all day.  He made fun of me for over preparing for the storm.  I did come over with my laptop, workout clothes, a book in case the power went out, and an excessive amount of “just in case” food.  Whatever!  I’m a planner.  Could have been worse about it!  🙂

I did some work on my blog – I added two new pages at the top.  Check them out!  Both are works in progress, but I was happy to finally add some other pages to Fitness & Feta besides my About Me page.

  1. Favorite Links:  This pages shares other blogs I read often, my favorite links, etc.
  2. Recipes:  This page shares my favorite recipes and links back where I originally posted them.

I got a few other productive things done today too that I’ve been meaning to do but just kept putting off.  I was also proud that Irene didn’t keep me from eating healthy and working out!


Tim made me an egg white omelet, and Jamie brought over iced coffees for everyone!  My omelet had egg whites, peppers, mushrooms, onions, and shredded mozzarella cheese.


I was planning on being the only person in MA that went to the gym today, but when I signed on Facebook this morning, I got the Oak Square Y update:

The Oak Square YMCA will be closed on Sunday August 28, 2011 due to the impending hurricane. We will make every effort to make up all classes. Please check back with us for additional information on Monday. Stay safe!

Good thing for Exercise TV instead!

Since Brett had a few last things to move into Tim’s apartment, I knew I’d be in the apartment myself for about an hour.  Perfect time to do a 50 minute Exercise TV workout.  I chose Jillian Michael’s “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism.”  Despite the spelling error in the workout title, it was a good workout for an at home exercise sesh.

The workout description:  “Fire up your metabolism with TV’s top trainer Jillian Michaels, and lose big with her fierce formula that adds strength and ab moves to dynamic cardio for increased fat loss. This 40-minute circuit workout blasts your heart rate with challenging intervals to turn up the burn and peel off the pounds. Whether you’re just getting started, or ready for a hardcore workout, this program will ignite your metabolism and incinerate fat to reveal a ripped, lean body!


  • 5 Min – Warm Up:  Begin the metabolic burn by building heat in your body.
  • 40 Min – Cardio Circuit:  Broken into 7, 6-minute circuits, each move challenges your body to torch the metabolism, burn mega fat and drop unwanted pounds.
  • 5 Min – Cool Down:  Lower your heart rate with soothing moves and stretches.

I wrote down what moves each circuit contained so I can incorporate them into my classes.  In the workout you do each circuit twice.


  • Arm Circles
  • Toe Touches
  • Arm Swings
  • Jog in Place


  • Squats + Side Kicks
  • Alternating Front Jobs
  • Squats + Side Kicks (other side)
  • Jab, Cross, Hook, Elbow Combo
  • Alternating Front Kicks


  • Burpees
  • Plie Squats:  3 pulses and a jump
  • Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Hop
  • 180’s:  Squat Jump alternating directions
  • Side Hops


  • Butt Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Standing Oblique Crunches with a Leg Lift


  • Mountain Climbers
  • Lying on stomach, arm/leg lifts
  • Lying on back, V Ups
  • Plank Twists
  • Plank Walk Throughs


  • Leg Swings
  • Upper Cuts
  • Back Kicks
  • Alternating Front Jabs
  • Knee Pulls


  • Jump Squats
  • Ski Jumps
  • Scissor Jumps
  • Skater Jumps
  • Standing Mountain Climbers


  • Twist Jumps
  • Pike Reaches
  • Knee Ins
  • Jump Rope


I made a sandwich/salad combo for my post-workout lunch.  The sandwiches had oven-roasted turkey breast, shredded mozzarella cheese, and lettuce on 15 grain bread.  I made my sandwich with artichoke hummus, but Tim preferred light mayo on his.
The salads had lettuce, mushrooms, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, and gorgonzola cheese sprinkles.
Tim made chicken parm!  The bad thing about Tim being a good cook is that he eyeballs everything so I can’t provide you readers with exact ingredients.  What I can tell you is that he coated the chicken breasts in egg and coated both sides with Quaker Quick Oats instead of bread crumbs (a healthier option!), a little flour, italian seasoning, thyme, and a little bit of crushed red pepper.  He heated olive oil in a frying pan and cooked the chicken until both sides were browned.  Then on a pizza stone, he covered the chicken breasts with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella.
Yes we used shredded mozz for all three meals today!  We ate the chicken parm served over whole wheat ziti:
The rest of the day was spent watching The Office, Final Destination 2, Weeds, and a Law & Order SVU Marathon (Out of Bounds Officers).
Perfect rainy Sunday!
Question of the Day:  How did you spend the day during Hurricane Irene?  Did you lose power? 

Family Birthday Dinner

Last night I had an early birthday dinner with my family.  We went to John Brewer’s Tavern in Waltham.  We were supposed to go tonight, but Irene was scaring everyone so we rescheduled for Saturday.  If we didn’t get dinner in this weekend, we wouldn’t have a day to do it until October between my crazy September schedule and my parents’ upcoming vacation.  Kinda crazy.

I chose John Brewer’s because it was a good ‘in the middle’ option between Wilmington and Brighton.  Also, I’ve driven by that restaurant a thousand times and always thought to myself, “I wonder how that restaurant is.”  I never actually remember to try it out so I was glad it crossed my mind when deciding on options.  Ideally I wanted to sit outside somewhere but Irene ruined that idea too.

My meal was good – I got a grilled chicken and portabella sandwich with a Greek pasta salad on the side.  And a pickle.  We had good service and the atmosphere was decent – nothing special.  It was actually exactly how I pictured it to be, typical tavern.  Their beer selection looked pretty cool, but I left the beer to another non-hangover day or night.

My family ordered a slice of cake in honor of the big tw0 six and they brought out a whole one!  I had a sliver. And brought the rest home for Tim, Brett, and Joe.

True to form, my presents were all health or fitness related.  My brother got me a gift card to Olympia Sports, my sister got me a Rachel Ray cookbook, and my parents gave me some money and a really cute workout tank from Victoria Secret’s Yoga Line.

Thanks family!

Combined Birthday Bash

This past Wednesday was my friend Ashley’s birthday.  This coming Wednesday is mine.  So we had a little combined celebration this weekend that consisted of a little BBQ in my driveway and good times at Common Ground in Allston.  I chose Common Ground because it was local, casual, and most importantly  – 90’s night.  YUP!  Backstreet Boys, Savage Garden, and The Cardigans (love me, love me, say that you love me…fool me, fool me…) were just some of the songs on DJ Phat Mike’s playlist.  A nice little surprise was the outdoor patio area that I didn’t realize Common Ground even had!  It was perfect out there – the cool breeze was definitely needed since the actual bar was kind of hot, and we didn’t even have to miss out on the 90’s jams when sitting out there – they played them onto the patio too.

Tim was the grill master for the BBQ.  I ate a cheeseburger on a wheat bun (Tim knows better to get otherwise!), some salad, and corn on the cob.  I had two cocktails before we left for the bar.  At the bar, I switched to beer thinking that would be a safe choice.  But then people just kept buying me shots.  Whoops.  I haven’t been that drunk – I got sick wahh – in quite some time!  It’s excusable because it’s birthday week 🙂

Here are some of my favorite photos from the night for your viewing pleasures:

My favorites!

Fun glasses

Me & Jess!

Gym Friends! Plus a classy spill stain

Thanks boyfriend!

Me, Trina, and a 5-year old Eileen!

Thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate an early birthday with me!  Love you guys 🙂