Bestie Birthday (and some other things)

And we’re back to another Monday.

Most important things first!  It’s my bestie’s birthday today.


I hope you have a wonderful day!  🙂


We celebrated Slesh’s birthday a few days early on Friday night.  The celebration consisted of dinner at Shay’s Wine Bar, then drinks at Charlie’s Beer Garden and Tommy Doyle’s.

I was super excited because two of my friends from home, Matt and Johnny, joined us out for the night and I haven’t seen them in so long.  I’ve missed my guy friends.  The night was fun, but HOT.  We were dripping sweat the entire night, hence my gross hair in our roomie picture above.  I even took a shower when I got home at 2 in the morning!

I forgot to mention that the celebration also consisted of cupcakes.

I used this recipe for homemade vanilla cupcakes and almond buttercream frosting.  Then add some green food coloring, some M&M’s, and some pretzels… and BAM.  Butterfly cupcakes for a butterfly loving friend.

Saturday was a much needed day of fun with my friend Erin.  Erin and I danced together in college and we haven’t been able to see each other in what feels like SO long.  We spent five hours sitting in our beach chairs at Revere Beach (don’t knock it!) and catching up on life.  After our sun time, we took advantage of Devlin’s patio.

And white sangria…

And salads…. (with yummy champagne dressing!)

And pizza….

Totally hit the spot and was a nice way to wrap up our day together!

Since I took Saturday off from working out and was asleep by midnight on Saturday night, I decided to hit the gym bright and early on Sunday morning.  The gym was nice and empty, which made it easy to do Workout 1 on this week’s bootcamp agenda.  Workout 1 had circuit intervals which consisted of:

  • 5 minute warmup on a cardio machine
  • Four sets of two alternating strength moves
  • 5 minutes on a cardio machine
  • Four sets of the next two alternating strength moves
  • 5 minutes on a cardio machine
  • Four sets of the last two alternating strength moves
  • 5 minute cooldown on a cardio machine

Definitely glad the gym was empty for this because it made it much easier to hop on and off an elliptical between my strength sets.

I also incorporated a few ab moves and lots of hip stretching at the end of my workout.  After my gym sesh, I hit the beach again and spent some time with my brother, cousin, and goddaughter.  Slesh came along too.  It rained a few times while we were there, but the sun was out the whole time so the rain actually felt good because it was so hot.

Sunday night Tim was back from mamping (man camping) so we caught up on our weekends and spent some quality time together.  He’s already away again for work today, but I’m glad we had an evening in between his trips to see each other.  Absence (but not too much of it) makes the heart grow fonder!

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts
Last week was Week 2 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp program.  Here’s how I worked it into my weekly workouts:

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  20 minutes of 60/60 HIIT Cardio + Workout B (lower body supersets) + taught my last Core Strength class
  • Tuesday:  For my 20 minutes of steady cardio as prescribed in the plan I did 60 minutes of Kickboxing, then I taught Workout C (total body supersets) in my Circuit Training class + some extra moves at the end of class in the extra time.
  • Wednesday:  Cardio day.  Did this 45 minute interval workout on the elliptical, but this week I increased the duration of my intensity periods from 3 minutes to 5 minutes.  I definitely felt the difference but felt great afterwards!  I finished up with 3 rounds of the Core circuit.
  • Thursday:  Taught Workout A (upper body supersets) in my Circuit Training class + some lower body and ab moves.  Sadly I didn’t make it to the gym at 5:30am this week to get in 20 minutes of steady cardio first.
  • Friday:  Taught Cardio & Core:  20 minutes of Cutz, 20 minutes of Kix, 20 minutes of Floor Work (including the BBB Core circuit).
  • Saturday:  Off

This Week’s Workouts
This week begins Week 3 of BBB and also Phase II which concentrates more on tempo training instead of supersets.  This strength training concept focuses on using slow and controlled counts to target different parts of the movement in each exercise.

  • Sunday:  Workout A + Circuit Intervals (check!)
  • Monday:  5/5 Cardio Intervals + Core
  • Tuesday:  Teaching Kickboxing for Liz, then teaching Workout B in Circuit.  Planning on doing a lot of cardio interval blasts in between the sets, but we definitely won’t be able to hop on and off machines like I did yesterday.
  • Wednesday:  Progression Intervals + Core (OR maybe I’ll take Cutz class at CBC instead)
  • Thursday:  Teaching Workout C (this is going to be a fun one for class!!!), and also teaching Kickboxing at night.
  • Friday:  TBD
  • Saturday:  Off

You guys will definitely want to come to Circuit class this week because I am totally rocking a 90’s hip hop playlist.  We’re gonna bust a move!  (Spoiler alert).

Weekly Goals

Each week I want to continue with my previous week’s goals (so far it’s been to drink more water, do my hip stretches every day, and to get more sleep); however this week I want to really focus more on mental health than anything else.  As I’ve alluded to, last week was just not the best week for me mentally.  This week I am really going to try and focus on sticking to what I believe in without feelings of guilt afterward (anyone else struggle with this in any aspect of their lives?), and I also want to work on just breathing when I feel myself getting worked up.


Tell me about your weekend, your workouts last week, your workout plan this week, or your weekly goals for this week! 

Have a rockin’ Monday, everyone.  🙂

Friday. Saturday. Sunday.

Hello!  Feel like I haven’t sat down to blog in quite some time.  How’s everyone’s weekend?


…was another crazy busy day at work.  Quick little poll — what’s worse, being so busy at work you have no time to breathe, or being in a lull where you are really bored and the day drags?  I can’t decide.  A middle ground would be nice!  By the time Friday night came around, I was POOPED and wanted nothing more than another lazy Friday night in on the couch with the boyfriend.

Dinner was inspired by a recipe that caught my eye on For the Love of Cooking last week.  That site called it Gemelli with Chicken, Garlic, Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil, and Asiago, but I’ll just call it “Really Easy & Yummy Rotini.”

Really Easy & Yummy Rotini


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Pepper to taste
  • 7 oz whole wheat rotini pasta, cooked per instructions
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Several fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • Asiago cheese, to taste


Tim cooked the chicken on the grill instead of cooking it in the pan like the original recipe called for.  So I guess that’s step 1.  Grill the chicken!


  1. Cook pasta per instructions on box, and drain.
  2. Add the olive oil and minced garlic to same pot you cooked pasta in, cook for 30 seconds while stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and add the pasta to garlic and olive oil, tossing to coat evenly.
  4. Add chopped up chicken, tomatoes, basil, asiago cheese, then season with pepper to taste.

Apparently we were hungry, because we finished ALL of it!  Enjoyed with some cabernet savignon.

By some I mean we then proceeded to kill the bottle between the two of us while watching The Ides of March on the couch.

George Clooney AND Ryan Gosling in the same movie?  Yes, please.

Wasn’t sure if I would enjoy because politics ain’t really my thang, but I did.  Good movie.


…I was up super early for a day of fitness fun with all my gym ladies.  Liz’s van party bus left the Oak Square Y at 8:30 am, we headed over to CBC and had a nice little Two A Day Saturday sweat sesh with Erin’s Cutz followed by Emily’s Kix.  My calves are on FIRE today from these two classes back to back.  I really liked the Saturday morning atmosphere at CBC though.  Since my weeks are getting so crazy, I need to try to get over there more on the weekends!

After classes, a whole group of us trekked over to Bloc 11 Cafe for lunch.

We were quite the sight, I think 10 of us all sweaty charging down the street for some good eats.  I definitely want to go back to this restaurant again, it was super cute and my lunch was delish.  I ordered “The Terrace” which was turkey, ched­dar, red onion, avo­cado, tomato & romaine on focac­cia with gar­lic mayo.  Except I asked for the sandwich with no mayo and I substituted whole wheat bread instead of the focaccia.  Definitely hit the spot after our workout!

Our next destination after lunch was Somerville High School for the Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challenge.  Twelve of us represented CBC by helping Kristen out with the Corpbasics table for a bit, and then demonstrating about fifteen minutes of Kix.  Just bits and pieces of a few different routines.  More on the Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challege coming soon!

All of that happened between 8:00am and 1:30pm — I was home by 2 and spent the afternoon lounging and finally enjoying some me time.  Got some laundry done, caught up on some blog reading, and munched on some sweet potato “fries” that I baked in the oven.  Was definitely craving something sweet and salty, so with a bit of sea salt those made the perfect little afternoon snack.

Saturday Night

…was date night!  Tim and I haven’t had a real going out date night in so long.  We had a BuyWithMe coupon to Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square, so we started our night there.  It felt nice to wear an outfit that wasn’t a work outfit, spandex, or sweatpants.

Anyways, at Tommy Doyle’s we sat at a high table in the upstairs bar area.  We started out with a beer – we each ordered a Harpoon Celtic Ale.

Then moved on to an appetizer – a pesto and avocado dip.

This doesn’t look like anything special (I was skeptical, I mean really?  A plate of bread?) but the dip was delicious and actually went really nicely with the pita.  Tim and I liked that they gave us enough dip that we didn’t run out.  A lot of places can be stingy!!  I also ordered a Magic Hat #9 after I finished my Celtic Ale.  Love those “not quite pale ales.”

My dinner was a salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese, red onion, cranberries, candied walnuts, and a blackberry vinaigrette.

Honestly, it wasn’t anything exciting.  The Tommy Doyle’s menu last night actually didn’t thrill me, they definitely didn’t have as many options on there as they did the last time we went, or even as they advertise online.  But we needed to use our coupon before it expired so it did the trick.  And Tim loves it there for their Irish food — right up his alley.

We decided that after dinner we wanted to venture to a few other places, so we also enjoyed a beer at Grendel’s Den (Rapscallion Honey) and Grafton Street (Cisco Whale’s Tale — not a fan).  Caught a cab home, and went to bed.  We love bar hopping around Harvard Square — so fun!


Today I literally stayed in bed until 11:30.  Lazy morning = much-needed, and it wasn’t even because I was hung over.  I just really needed to catch up on sleep.  I eventually dragged myself out of bed and got ready for Ashley and Aloisha to pick me up.  We headed to the Needham Y and got certified in PUSH.  Loved that we actually did the moves out instead of just sitting there talking about them.  (Yes, we’re all crazy).  So now I have some new killer exercises for everyone – but you’ll all have to wait a week.  I’m off to run a couple of errands and pack for Oklahoma City this week for work.  Gotta catch a plane in the morning, bleh.

Y folks — Ashley will be subbing my Tuesday night, and Rausan will be subbing on Thursday morning this week.

Tell me what you guys did this weekend!  Anything fun?

Neighborhood Week in Harvard Square

By now you guys probably know how much I love a good deal.  Or coupon.  Or saving.  Read on…

Did you know that BuyWithMe is celebrating Harvard Square by giving away a few offers each day this week through Sunday October 9th for different businesses in the area?  5% of all proceeds from Neighborhood Week will be donated to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter in honor of the Harvard Square Business Association’s 100th anniversary.

When I found out about Harvard Square Neighborhood Week, I was thrilled.  Harvard Square is one of my favorite city spots to walk around and hang out in.  It’s pretty, historical, fun, and a quick bus ride from my apartment!  Plus, they have soooo many good restaurants and bars.

Check out some of the deals BuyWithMe has offered this week – it’s not too late to purchase them!

John Harvard’s Brew House
This deal is $20 for $40 worth of food and non-alcoholic beverages to John Harvard’s Brew House.

With this deal, $10 gets you $20 worth of food and European espresso coffee drinks to Zinneken’s.

City Wine Tours
Normally a $56 value, one admission to a Harvard Square, North End, South End, or Back Bay City Wine Tour can be purchased with this deal for $30. 

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
There are a couple options with this deal to the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.  You can either pay $24 for one ticket to see Broken Shadows on October 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, or 28th at 8pm or October 16th or 23rd at 4pm (normally $38), or you can pay $50 for a 10-class card for drop-in Elementary and/or Intermediate Open Ballet Classes that never expire and are normally a $100 value. 

Fire & Ice
This deal will let you pay $22 for a dinner or brunch for two plus a shared dessert up to a $43 value at FiRe+IcE.

The Regattabar
Located in Harvard Square at The Charles Hotel, the Regattabar is offering the following options as part of this deal:

  • $9 for a ticket to Battle of the Saxes at 7:30pm on 10/12 ($15 value)
  • $9 for a ticket to Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra at 7:30pm on 10/18 ($16 value)
  • $12 for a ticket to Jack Donahue at 7:30pm on 10/21 ($20 value)
  • $12 for a ticket to the Sugar Ray CD Release Show at 10pm on 10/22 ($20 value)
  • $10 for a ticket to the Jose Conde CD Release Show at 7:30pm on 11/1 ($18 value)
  • $12 for a ticket to Rudresh Mahanthappa at 7:30pm on 11/3 ($20 value)
  • $9 for a ticket to Pierre Hurel at 7:30pm on 11/10 ($15 value)
  • $15 for a ticket to Djanjo Allstarts at 10pm on 11/11 ($25 value)
  • $12 for a ticket to Sophie Milman at 10pm on 11/16 ($22 value)
  • $15 for a ticket to Regina Carter at 10pm on 11/25 ($25 value)
  • $15 for a ticket to Regina Carter at 10pm on 11/26 ($25 value)

You can get $55 worth of food and non-alcoholic beverages with this deal to Nubar.  And you only have to spend $25.

Tommy Doyle’s
With this deal, $15 gets you $30 worth of food and non-alcoholic beverages to Tommy Doyle’s.

American Repertory Theatre
This deal gets you $35 table seats to The Donkey Show Octoberfest Special at the American Repertory Theatre’s OBERON.  This is normally a $55 value for one of the following Saturday 10:30pm shows:  10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, or 11/26.

Boston Chocolate Tours
Boston Chocolate Tours usually charges $48 for a 2.5 hour tour of 8 Harvard Square landmarks.  This deal gets you the tour for $29 on October 9, 16, 23 or 30, November 6, 13, 20 or 27, or December 4, 11, or 18.

I’m not sure if there will be more places added to the lineup over the next couple days, but I’ll definitely keep my eye out for you guys!  So far, I bought the deals for John Harvard’s, the Wine Tour, and the Ballet Classes.  Very excited!

Question of the Day – What’s your favorite place in Harvard Square?