Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chili’s, Kittens, and Red Mesa Grill

Hello!

For some reason, whenever I get a day off in the middle of the week I never get around to getting a blog post up. I had every intention to yesterday, but then I ended up hanging out with a friend for most of the afternoon and I lost track of time.

Anyways, after a slow morning full of pancakes and catching up on my DVR (check out the Facebook page to see my Mickey Mouse pancakes), I dragged myself out of the house and to the gym to knock out another C25K workout. Yesterday’s was the toughest one so far:

  • walk 1/4 mile @ 4.0
  • jog 1 mile @ 5.3
  • walk 1/4 mile at 4.0
  • jog 1 mile @ 5.3
  • walk 1/4 mile

About halfway through the second mile jogging stretch, my stomach started churning and I got the whole “need to go the bathroom right NOW” feeling, so the last 1/4 mile cool down walk didn’t happen. It was all I could do just to make it through the second mile, so I was proud of myself for that! From here on out, all of the C25K workouts are just straight runs – no more of this walk/run stuff. Tomorrow the plan is 2.25 miles, next week it’s 2.5 miles, and the week after it’s 2.75. I should be able to get two 2.75 mile runs in, and then it’ll be time for the 5K! I hope I’m ready by then. My weight hasn’t been moving this week, but this race is really important to me. I really want to run it with Eric, but his knees bother him when he runs too slowly so I’m not sure if it’s going to happen. We will see!

After my run I did an upper body workout. I can’t tell you the last time I did that, and I can definitely feel it today. Holy cow my chest is sore! Here’s what I did:

  • Pull downs 4 sets x 12 reps
  • Dumbbell chest press 4 sets x 12 reps
  • Lateral raises 4 sets x 12 reps
  • Tricep pressdowns 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Cable curls 3 sets x 12 reps

My arms were shaking when I was done, that’s for sure!


When I was done with my workout, I quickly came home and showered before heading out the door again to meet up with my friend Rebecca for lunch! We went to Chili’s and I ordered the spicy shrimp tacos.

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They were delicious! Full of crunchy slaw, spicy shrimp, salsa, and avocado. It was a party in my mouth!

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After lunch, we somehow found ourselves on the road to the veterinary clinic that Rebecca works at (and I used to work at; it’s actually how we met) to visit a 9 week old kitten who needs a home. I started telling her about how things were going with Mikey (you can read about it in this post) and how I had considered fostering a cat and she immediately said that they had one who needed a home. For some reason I decided I wanted to see it, and oh man, that kitten is so cute.

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I considered taking him home to see how he got along with Mikey, but my instincts told me not to make another impulsive decision without sleeping on it. I told the girls that I would think about it and get back to them after the weekend, but after talking with my parents and with Eric I think I’ve already made up my mind. My parents have two cats and right now they are having a lot of trouble with them. It’s a long story, but my mom said that if she could do it over she would never have gotten a second cat. Eric reminded me about how I barely have enough time to devote to one cat, and it would be silly to get a second one when I already need help watching him because I’m gone so much. Not to mention the added food and vet costs, etc. So, as much as I love that little kitten, I think I’m going to have to leave him to be adopted by another nice family. It’s just not meant to be right now.

Speaking of my parents, later last night I met up with them for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. I like to take them out once a month or so to thank them for taking care of Mikey when I’m out of town, and yesterday the restaurant of choice was Red Mesa Grill.

Chips, salsa, and sangria to start:

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And we also shared an order of pineapple quesadillas. They had fresh pineapple, gouda cheese, and a jalapeño tortilla and were served with a creamy, spicy dipping sauce. So delicious! You also had the option to add chicken, which I very well may do next time I eat here so I can make a meal out of it.

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For my main meal, I stuck with my all time fave – the mango cashew chicken salad.

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Always tasty!

While we were glancing over the menu, we came across this item:

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At first, my mom goes, “um, why is there Chihuahua in this chicken?!” as in, chihuahua – the dog! We all laughed and while I now know that’s it’s a type of Mexican cheese (thank you, Google), I still laugh whenever I think about my mom’s face. Good times Open-mouthed smile.


Time to go attempt that 2.25 mile run before heading into work for the day. Wish me luck!


P.S.
I wanted to give a special shout to Eric who is loving his cross fit classes. He’s only been to a handful, but last night he got the fastest time for the workout of the day (WOD): 4 sets of 7 pull ups and 25 squats and he finished in 3:48! That’s my guy Smile.

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