Friday, January 13, 2012

Surprise Visit


I’m so glad it’s the weekend, and a three day weekend for me Open-mouthed smile. Ferris recognizes Martin Luther King Day as a holiday, so I get Monday off! My weekend is off to a great start thanks to an unexpected visit from my parents, but more on that in a minute.

First off, this morning’s workout!

We got hit with our first decent snow “storm” (read: 3 inches) of the year last night

so the roads were icy/slushy this morning and cars were going super slow. As a result, I was pretty pressed for time at the gym and ended up doing the following leg exercises as a circuit that I repeated three times:

  • Leg press
  • Leg extensions
  • Calf raises
  • Lying leg girls
  • Deadlifts

I did 15 reps of each exercise before moving right to the next with no rest in between, and then I took a quick break between each circuit. It was fast and effective, which was just what I was going for! After my lower body workout, I hopped on the Stairmaster for 20 minutes of HIIT (30 seconds level 10, 90 seconds level 3, repeat for a total of 20 minutes). Holy cow; that Stairmaster kicked my butt! It’s been a while since I’ve done HIIT on the Stairmaster and I was dying by the end. I kept telling myself “five more Krista…four to go…only three more…” and so on. When something is that difficult I always take it as a sign that I need to do it more often Winking smile.

After showering and getting ready for the day, it was time for breakfast. The infamous wafflewich made it’s return this morning:


Two toasted whole wheat waffles with egg whites, muenster cheese and raspberry jelly. Ohmygosh this was good.


Plus a pear for some fruit action.

Oh, and I feel like I should comment about my choice of egg whites on this sandwich after the egg yolk talk yesterday. I actually prefer plain egg whites on this particular egg sandwich combination (with the cheese and jelly) because I like the way it tastes. I’ve tried it with a whole egg before and the yolk tasted…odd. I definitely plan on including the yolks from now on whenever I eat eggs as a side (and I love eating them with an English muffin) but when it comes to this sandwich, the egg whites stay Winking smile.

Breakfast was followed by a meeting and then a day at my rotation, which was uneventful until I got this text from my dad:


Turns out he had to make an unexpected trip to Grand Rapids to pick up some parts for work and was bringing my mom along, so I rescheduled my plans with Melissa and was able to see my parents!

They picked me up from my apartment and we headed over to Carrabba’s for some yummy Italian food.


Starters included bread, calamari


(wasn’t crazy about the calamari, there was a little too much breading for me)

and salads.


And for my main dish I ordered the small portion of the Chicken Bryan.


This is one of my favorite items on their menu. The chicken is seasoned perfectly, grilled, and topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, and a lemon herb sauce. YUM!


I was THIS close to ordering a creamy seafood pasta dish that I had my eye on, but somehow I found the willpower to say no. I try to avoid pasta dishes all together in restaurants because I have no self control and will devour the whole plate in one sitting. This chicken is a delicious alternative! (Although the broccoli was nothing special.) I actually left the restaurant feeling “comfortably full,” and was content with how much I ate. This never happens – I usually stuff myself silly when I go out to eat – so I’m hoping I can learn to make this type of behavior a habit.


It was wonderful to catch up with my parents tonight, but now it’s time to crawl in bed, watch last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and then call it an early night. I’ve got to be up early for a rotation assignment (blood pressure and glucose screenings at a local gym; should be fun!) and then I have plans with my BFF Melissa all day that include bridesmaid and wedding dress shopping!! I’m excitedOpen-mouthed smile.


Have a great night my friends!


P.S. This is the second time I have used this title for a blog post. The first time was in this post when I surprised my mom on Mother’s Day.


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