Two-Six, Come and Gone

And another birthday has come and gone.

Twenty-six was a pretty fun birthday between friend fun, family dinner, and a day with the bf.  I’m excited for a new year.  Twenty-five did not start out so hot for me, although it did see much improvement by the end.  Determined to keep that going.  I’ve come a long way in a year, mentally, and I’m proud of myself for it.


The first awesome part about my birthday itself was that I didn’t have to go to work.  I also gave myself the day off from working out. Instead, I went to the beach.  It was a beautiful day!

We packed a lot of drinks and healthy food options to munch on during the day.

Those Nature’s Promise Cheddar Puffs are dangerous.  I think I could eat the whole bag!  Next time, I think I’ll pack a specific amount in a ziplock baggie or tupperware instead.

I was excited to make it to the Gloucester Beaches for at least one beach trip this summer.  I went to Long Beach with my family on Father’s Day, but I just love Good Harbor so much.

I loved it even more when we bought Richie’s Slush!

We spent five hours total in this:

Perfect relaxation.


I treated myself to a massage.  Well, actually Uncle Chris treated me to a massage.  I found an old gift card to Daryl Christopher that he gave me when I graduated from college that I never used.  So I booked myself a Sports Massage to try and work out some of the pain I mentioned in Tuesday’s post that I’ve been feeling in my shoulder/back/neck lately.  My massage therapist told me I have one of the biggest knots she’s ever seen in my neck/back area and that is probably one of the reasons I am having so much pain in my arm/shoulder.  She literally spent half of the massage on that spot alone trying to work out the kinks.  My body feels ten times better today – such relief!  I am still going to my doctor’s appointment tomorrow at Lahey Clinic to make sure the pain isn’t attributed to something else (please no rotator cuff injury, please no rotator cuff injury).  But this makes me more hopeful that my need to teach with invisible weights this week is only temporary and just a sign for me to slow down.  Working out all the time ends up backfiring if you overwork your body.  But anyways – awesome awesome awesome massage.  I’m going to go back in a few weeks for another session.


Dinner!  Tim surprised me with dinner in Charlestown, which now makes sense with his clue of “It’s in an area we never go to.”

He chose a place called Navy Yard Bistro & Wine Bar.

As you can see, we ordered sangria.  It was tasty!

For an appetizer we ordered a grilled flatbread that had Pecorino Toscano, Marinated Grilled Pears, and Italian Speck Ham on it.

This is what they brought out:

We were so confused as to how this could possibly be the $10 flatbread we ordered.  But we ate it anyways.  The hummus was good.

Then the waitress came back with this:

We quickly realized that we were both actually dumb enough to forget that sometimes restaurants bring out bread first.  We laughed a lot about that!  Even though I ate the “fake flatbread” (regular bread/hummus), I still dove into the “real flatbread.”

For our entrees, Tim ordered the Lobster Risotto and I ordered the Swordfish Special.  I was pumped to order the swordfish because of my Restaurant Week FAIL last week.  It was DELICIOUS.  Hands down one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.  Good job Tim!

It was cooked with corn, yukon potatoes, java beans, and some type of lemon sauce.  I gobbled it right up!  The swordfish was SO tender.  Tim’s Lobster Risotto was so good too.  It was made with roasted Tomatoes, Basil, Asparagus, and Saffron Butter.

And because it was my birthday, we ordered dessert.

Creme Brulee!

After dinner, we walked around by the water a little bit before sitting back down in the car.

The city looked really pretty at night:

And I was happy to have an occasion to wear my new dress (Target!):


For my present, Tim is going to pay for me to get the upgrades for Fitness & Feta!  How thoughtful is that??  He also bought me a Swiss Ball Chair so I can use it at work, and one of those Power Balance wristbands that are all the rage lately.  He knows me too well.

My roommates also gave me my present last night, which I’m super psyched to start using.  Session 3 of bootcamp is starting up, so my new portable iPOD/CD player will be PERFECT.  So will my new whistle/stopwatch.  And my Panera gift card for eating after my workouts. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who made my birthday awesome!  Here’s to the next chapter. 

Happy 1st of September!

I think September is an underrated month.  I for one, love it.  It’s still warm enough for possible beach weather but also the brink of scarf season!  If you know me, you are probably shaking your head or rolling your eyes at my scarf obsession.

This September has a lot of exciting things in it!

  • My Name Day – Today is my Name Day!  Name Days are a much-anticipated event each year for members of the Greek Orthodox faith.  In Greece, a Name Day is actually considered more important than a birthday.  What happens is that most people born into Greek Orthodox families will be given a name that coincides with the name of an officially recognized saint in the Greek Orthodox Church.  The Name Day is then celebrated on that patron saint’s day every year.  Where my family just honors a Name Day with a verbal acknowledgment, several families do actually celebrate with gifts and parties.  What I never understood is how my patron saint is Saint Simeon??  Oh well.  My date of September 1st is easy to remember since it’s the day right after my birthday.
  • 5th Annual Girls “No Carb Left Behind” Cape Weekend – An annual summer tradition with my college girlfriends (and now Katrina too) that originated during our senior week in 2007.  We stay the weekend at my uncle’s Cape house and spend the time eating, drinking, eating again, going to the beach, eating some more, and then eating even more.  We already have the food list going around and this year is our 5th year anniversary so we are going to try and make t-shirts.  There probably won’t be many healthy food pictures that weekend – just a forewarning!
  • Kerri’s Wedding – My friend Kerri from work is tying the knot!  I am looking forward to her wedding – it is going to be very fun and with a different spin too.  The invitation, like many others, listed out the times for the church ceremony, reception, etc.  The last item on there was “9:30 – depart to campfire.”  I think we all get to hang out by a campfire at the end of the night and everyone brings their own blanket or beach chair.  Love this idea.  
  • Washington DC trip  – Erin and I booked a long weekend to visit our friend Meg!  So excited!  Much needed reunion for the three of us.

Fitness related… September is also National Yoga Month, so grab your yoga mats!

The month is “designed to build awareness of yoga’s proven health benefits and provide people with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being.  This grassroots awareness campaign inspires both youths and adults to take responsibility for their well-being by focusing on prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.”

I love this.

Definitely check out the link because with Yoga Month you could get a free week of yoga!  Participating studios across the whole country are offering a one week free yoga new student program to introduce yoga and its proven health benefits to those new to the practice.

There’s also a global event being held on September 30th in honor of Yoga Month called The Time for Yoga.  “At 7 p.m. local time on September 30, yoga students of all experience levels are encouraged to practice yoga as an international observance and the culmination of Yoga Month.  A one-hour yoga practice will be followed by savasana beginning at 8 p.m., and a 15 minute meditation for universal peace and well-being at 8:15 p.m.  By participating during your own local time, a wave of yoga will take place around the globe.”

There’s also a Yoga Month blog for your reading pleasures!

Question of the Day:  What are you looking forward to in the month of September?