Sunday – Father’s Day! + week in review+tea

Happy Fathers Day to my amazing dad, who has done more for me than I have ever deserved. I love you, dad! (photo from his birthday, also in the last month!)

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Week in review: Got back in town late last Sunday from Erin’s beautiful wedding in North Carolina, and immediately jumped into buying a domain name and host for my websites! The process took a little longer than expected, but I am finally done (maybe need a few tweaks here and there). I also picked up an extra job and got caught up on summer classwork. But I’m excited for what I have in store for the blog. For now, a quick photo dump!

The bride and her father at the wedding in Cary, North Carolina last weekend <3 BEAUTIFUL!Erin_dad_062015_sm Continue reading

Wednesday Quirks [#3], wedding anniversary soon!

Hump day! Hurray. But I’m getting my booty workout in tomorrow, so I guess I’ll celebrate a day late.

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Me right now- too much watermelon. source.

Just got finished grilling out and eating a delicious dinner of center cut pork chops, brussel sprouts, Kettle chips (Red Curry flavor), and oh-so-much watermelon. Jeremy has his pork chop grilling skills down to an art – I promise to get photos next time but completely devoured everything before I even thought about it. We were super hungry tonight. But what really got me was the watermelon. I grabbed a huge one for $3.99 at Fresh Market, along with the pork chops, and I think maybe I felt obligated to finish too much of it. haha. So now I’m sleepy with a watermelon belly.


 

Quirky/Weirdness Wednesday #3kiwi

  • I eat kiwis whole. Furry skin and all. According to the California Kiwifruit Commission, it’s completely safe to eat kiwi skin. unless you are allergic, of course. More fiber for me. 🙂
  • I hate waking up & moving without  a kick in the butt with caffeine. It gets a bit pathetic but I guess it’s how I’m wired…
  • Even weirder… I sleep better when I have caffeine. I recently cut caffeine for a month and had the WORST insomnia!
  • I have a nervous habit of picking at my cuticles on my thumbs.
  • In middle school and maybe some of high school, I had friends who called me “Buns”…. Because I was obsessed with nice buns.
  •  I got married next to dolphins at Marineland in St. Augustine, Florida. (Did I mention that I’m obsessed with dolphins and the ocean already?). Since our anniversary is coming up on the 15th, I figured I’d get this one in here. <3

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Pizza Party; Weekend+End of Week in Review

varuni_us_smGood evening and hello – long time no post, I know.

I’ve been a bit busy with working and spring cleaning but you haven’t missed much… except some yummy pizza, workouts, lots of walking, & not so fun cleaning.

Thursday – Work followed by a patio party hosted by Scoutmob varunipizza_wr_smat Varuni Napoli

in Midtown Atlanta, near the Ansley Mall area/Piedmont Park. This place offers outstanding and authentic Neapolitan pizzas; they even import their flour, olive oil, olives, some cured meats, tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella (my favorite!). Seasonal produce & herbs are fresh and locally sourced, and the dough is naturally fermented. If you couldn’t tell, I’m in love with real Italian pizza & their One Year Anniversary Patio Party was a perfect opportunity to sample more of their pizzas & handcrafted drinks.

varunitrees_smThe evening was fun – plenty of pizza choices and lots of eager people to feed. We slightly wished we had not stayed on the patio once the sun lowered due to some pesky gnats, but we still didn’t regret our time there. The pizza (and apps+meatballs!) were plentiful, the drinks were refreshing (I mean, how unique is an Arugula spritzer!?), and it just reinforced the fact that Varuni Napoli is one of my favorite pizza spots in town ever.varuni_gift_sm

Also, check out the view when we looked up! Trees and cute lights strung above! Gorgeous, and very romantic come sunset! We also got a unique little gift bag with a red pepper stitched on (right) before we left along with a perfect cannoli, which is one of my favorite desserts, hands down. <3


Friday brought more work, cleaning

& a sweaty buddy workout with Jeremy & a friend. After a walk to the gym and a warm-up, the workout consisted of:
060615_sleeeeed4 Rounds: 5 Chin-ups (from full range of motion, dead hang), 2 “sled” pushes, 100 mountain climbers (50 per leg), and 10 Thrusters (I used 20 lb dumbbells- a weight that was safe but challenging in reps 9, 10). This one left some puddles of sweat from all of us.

So our “real” push sled was stolen from our gym late last year. I was super bummed out because sled sprints are one of my favorite things to include in workouts. Well, my genius husband decided to put a plate on a Bosu ball to push across the turf strip… and voila! We have our “sled;” it’s not quite the same but definitely gets the job done (and may be even harder!) 😉


Saturday– Jeremy & I walked a lot! The FIFA Champions League final

060715_citywalkingwas scheduled so we decided to walk a couple miles to Taco Mac Metropolis to catch the Juventus vs Barcelona matchup. I actually wanted Juventus to win – they put up a great fight but in the end, missed too many chances & sailed too many shots over the goal. Oh well… Barca wins again but at least I can respect Messi as one of the best footballers to have ever graced the field. We put in a few miles walking, and check out the sunshine in my city <3


Today i woke up early (couldn’t stay asleep) and got a cardio/sprint session in. What else would i do?

060715_pool_smAfter breakfast, Jeremy & I spent about 45 minutes by the pool before a grocery run and Goodwill stop to drop of some of the crap stuff we dug up while cleaning.  Afterwards, I snuck in a leg workout (deadlifts, weighted step-ups, and lunges) before getting this post finished.

Confession… I actually sneaked in some relaxing pool+reading times on multiple occasions this week (I know, shame on me for not using my downtime to update sooner). Don’t worry, I have a few things in store for the upcoming week. I’ve also just finished trying all of the Krush bar flavors I got to try, so the review is coming up soon!


Do you have any gym trade-offs/tricks that worked for you when you didn’t have the right equipment available to do the exercise(s) you wanted to do? What are your go to workouts/exercises?

Aight, I am  to watch the NBA game, hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend, too!

Wednesday Quirks #2

crazydriversIt’s Wednesday and we are more than halfway done with the normal work week! So I have my Wednesday workout and another weird list for you… Speaking of weird, we had a car go through the fence at our apartment complex today. I think there was a police chase involved, but I could be wrong. Regardless, the roads were wet and the fence and brick columns definitely stopped this guy… That’s car #2 in less that 12 months, in nearly the same spot (the last one was Thanksgiving morning really early, around 5 AM). It’s crazy how bad people can drive in this city,- the drivers are scary sometimes, even though I love Atlanta.. Anyways, it’ll be a quick post tonight – workout first:

fsquatWednesday Workout – mostly lower body to build that booty for HUMP DAY!

  • 1 mile walk to the gym & Kettlebell swing warm-up w/35 lb kettlebell
  • Barbell warm-up followed by Front Squats – 95×10,105×8,115×8, 125×6, 135×5, 145×3, 145×3 then a quick every minute on the minute for 5 minutes with 135×3 followed by a cooldown with decreasing front squat weights.
  • Deadlift 135×6, 145×6, 145×5 (mostly to give the hamstrings some easy work) followed by TRX single-leg lunges

My workout was followed by a steak burrito bowl from Moes (thanks to my husband) with all of the fixings, including guacamole <3


 

So I figured I’d stick with my weird theme for Wednesday’s so far an give you another list of some of my weird tendencies/habits…errr… gifts. 🙂

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  • I talk to my plants, like when I water them… especially when I am home alone.
  • I’m blind in my right eye (my brain doesn’t like to use it) and constantly run into things on my right side.
  • Despite that, I am a freakishly good shot with rubber bands.
  • The first time I saw the Count Censored video, I almost peed myself laughing. I have a terrible sense of humor. (warning: explicit language…)
  • Did I mention my obsession with dolphins before?phinsdraw

What “weirdnesses” do you have? (See, I made a new word!)

-HD

 

20 Questions Tuesday

060215sunsetGood evening!

Can we take a moment to admire the gorgeousness of the sunset in Midtown Atlanta, tonight? Alright, done? Good! So I found a fun 20 Questions survey that I thought would be fun to share. Hope you enjoy!

1) What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday?

  • playing soccer games!
  • working out with Jeremy (love our buddy workouts)
  • reading by the pool in the summer

2) List your top three favorite TV shows.

  • The Vikings (History Channel)
  • Archer
  • Family Guy

3) Would you rather be in pictures or take them?

Take them, but it’s fun when someone else has the camera every once in a while. I always forget to get photos of Jeremy & I when we are out.

4) Why do you blog?

It gives me a place to put some of my creative energy to use, and I can both keep track of & share the things I try with people who may be interested!

5) Share five websites that you visit regularly…

  • Suppversity
  • WordPress hah
  • Weather channel (does the phone app count?)
  • Pulse reader
  • Facebook

6) If you could have lunch with one two persons from your Twitter list who would it be? 😉

@ProfDrAndro – Adel Moussa of Suppversity. A genius regarding things fitness & nutrition.

also … Ingrid Visser (@orcaingrid) – she researches & swims with the killer whales in New Zealand

7) List a few of your favorite snacks.

  • organic cream top yogurts, especially from Kalona
  • candied ginger
  • beef jerky
  • Quest bars

8 ) Do you have a pet? If so, what kind?My brother's German Shepherd

My husband counts, I swear! We don’t, but one day when we have the space and a yard, I’d love a German Shepherd like my brother’s.

9) Which three material possessions would you struggle to live without?

Cintiq tablet, my Canon Digital Rebel, and mascara.

10) What’s your favorite drink?

Kombucha and Hot teas of all sorts. Alcoholic? Beer – I enjoy a good craft beer (like Dogfish Head Indian Brown – one of my favorites)

dinner_05021511) Do you enjoy cooking?

Yes, but my cooking tends to be random and experimental! (for example, my dinner of taco seasoned ground lamb, red lentil/rice/quinoa mash, guac, plantain chips, and stir fried okra. haha. (Pictured Left)

12) Do you have children?

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Weekend Recap: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

atl_afwf2015The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was this weekend and I had the opportunity to attend the Saturday classes and explore the tasting tents for some of the best food (& booze) I’ve ever had… It’s such an insanely perfect experience for any foodie (and don’t worry, I got over 16,000 steps in throughout my day) 😉

A recap of AFWF2015!

On Saturday, I got to attend three classes that were held at the Loew’s Hotel in beautiful Midtown, Atlanta:bbq (2)
  • At 10 AM I attended the Leftover BBQ
    talk by Chris Lilly, owner of Big Bob Gibson BBQ in Decatur, Alabama. This was definitely a change of pace from my typical breakfast but so so good.

Pictured is the BBQ smoked chicken salad, smoked pork shoulder tortilla with Serrano pepper coleslaw, & BBQ gumbo. 

The smoked bbq chicken salad was phenomenal, but both the BBQ gumbo and smoked pork shoulder tortilla were delicious, too! You can read more about Chris Lilly here: http://atlfoodandwinefestival.com/talent/alabama/chris-lilly/

  • IMG_20150530_180750The 11:30 presentation was Trash Fish: A Chef’s Treasure, presented by  Bryan CaswellKevin Johnson & PJ StoopsThis was my favorite presentation by topic, especially with my interest and background in marine biology. The presenters did a wonderful job promoting seafood sustainability, and emphasized that the by-catch from the fishing industry, or “trash fish,” can be equally delicious (or MORE so) and 20150530_121042 (2)comparable to the “crowd pleasing” fish like halibut, salmon, and red snapper. I also loved the unique dishes, especially the fried fish skins and bones (using the whole animal, no waste! pictured above). The fried fish tails (pictured right) were surprisingly succulent & also incredible. 
 
  • Fact v. Fi(sh)tion, presented by Derek Emerson, Spike Gjerde & Ryan Prewitt, was the final presentation before I headed out to the tasting tents. These guys were also big on seafood sustainability and building relationships with the fishers and guys selling oyster_afwf2015you their hard-earned seafood, and the dishes did not disappoint. We started off with sustainable farmed oysters (SEX DRIVE UP) while the chefs cooked up snapper, filling the room with the most mouthwatering aromas. For the first time I tried a whole fried soft shelled crab (incredible but not pictured), and I was completely surprised that you could eat the entire crab, even the claws! The red snapper (also not pictured)was finally served on a bed of  at the end of the presentation, and was to die for! Unfortunately, because the presentation had run a bit late, Jeremy and I had to bolt out to catch my family in the line for the tasting tents.
To read more about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, and all of the chefs, staff, sponsors, and talents that made the event possible, please feel free to visit their homepage: http://atlfoodandwinefestival.com/ !

 Weekend Link Out – some research I think you should read!

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later The World Health Organization has endorsed waiting to clamp the umbilical cord for at least one minute after a baby is born. – I thought that this would be worth the share, especially for mothers to be.

“One Egg per Day Improves Inflammation when 052015_greenegg1Compared to an Oatmeal-Based Breakfast without Increasing Other Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Diabetic Patients”

“Eat Whole Eggs All Day and Throw Your Statins Away? 375x Increased Dietary Cholesterol Intake From Eggs Reduces Visceral Fat & Promotes Healthy Cholesterol Metabolism” – A throwback article from my favorite nutrition and exercise research scientist, Adel Moussa, creator of my favorite resource, Suppversity.

had to share more egg love^ It’s no secret that I love my eggs.

 Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
What did you think of the articles/links?
Any plans for the week!?
-HD
PS: Happy Say Something Nice Day! No really, take the time to show someone that you appreciate them, say something kind to your family… and a stranger.

Friday Randomness, My Views on “Diet”

Life got a bit busy yesterday and i tried to go to bed early due to some horrible insomnia I’ve  been struggling with.. so I waited to post today, sorry!

Currently I am:

Reading : Predatory Game by Christine Feehan

Looking forward to: The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival this weekend! Jeremy and i went the past two years (thanks to my dad) and love it!Atl Food&Wine Fest 2014 My brother, our friend Paul, Jeremy & I at the Atlanta Food & Wine Fest 2014

Workouts:

Wednesdays workout was front squats (95 lbx10reps, 105 lbx7, 115lbx7 reps, 135lbx5 reps, 145×5,135×3) followed by 3 quick rounds of
5 burpees+sled push+5 burpees+sled push
6 toes to bar+10 jump lunges per leg (20 total) until partner completed the burpee+sled push round
Perfect for a quick sweat and I especially love anything involving sprints.

Yesterday was a cardio/active rest morning, with a quick pullup+Turkish get up superset last night before grabbing pizza at Uncle Maddios . 🙂 Today I was off work, so I woke my body up with 10 minutes on the lateral elliptical followed by some body weight exercises. I’ll see how I feel to decide whether or not I want to lift later (still behind on sleep and don’t want to push it too much). Since I’m off 20150509_133914 (2)today, I will get some pool and reading in for about 30 minutes! 🙂

Body&Nutrition: I also wanted to touch real quick on my outlook on diet and nutrition. I get asked all of the time how “strict” I am with food because I enjoy working out. The answer is… I’m not at all! My basic approach to nutrition is to eat a diet full of foods that are as unprocessed as possible. I enjoy whole eggs (yes, with the yolks!) breakfast002for breakfast almost every morning. In fact, pictured on the left was my breakfast this morning – two cage free eggs, topped with avocados, nutritional yeast, and a coffee seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I prefer my egg yolks runny because the cholesterol is left the least oxidized… & chalky yolks are yucky to me anyways! Cholesterol is actually one of the nutrients that has been demonized for so long, and yet some of the healthiest, longest-lived people have had high cholesterol levels and brains that are better able to function as they age. I’ll save my cholesterol rant for another day, though.

absI enjoy oatmeal, fruit, full-fat dairy, organ meats (heart, liver, etc), steak, porkchops, COW HEART, and YES, carbs – which are NOT the enemy, especially if you are active. I don’t love super sweet foods or desserts but I don’t ever hesitate to have ice cream or dessert if I want it! Same goes for beer – we don’t drink cheap watery beer at our place. Instead, we buy full-bodied, great tasting, higher abv and yes, higher “calorie” beers! And it only takes one or two to be satisfied. I’ve watched people drink 2-3x the number of “light beers” and there is nothing healthier about that.

Bottom line is… I stay active (not just working out/lifting, but playing soccer, walking wherever I can, taking stairs, standing), eat healthy MOST of the time, try to get proper rest, and don’t overthink things.

That’s all for now. Random post, I know, but I had a lot of ideas to put out there from the past few days.

-HD

PS – I finally got my camera charged & have started to use it for some real pictures.. Okay, maybe not the awkward selfies but it’s better for some good yolk porn!

Memorial Day

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and this Memorial Day so far. Please don’t forget to stop to think about all who have given their lives in service to our country.image

I got to enjoy Saturday afternoon at the Jazz Festival after kicking around the soccer ball for a bit, but unfortunately had a dead camera battery, so I only have phone pictures. Regardless, the weekend was beautiful, sunny, and the temperature remained in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. It was a perfect weekend to be outside, and Jeremy & I took advantage of the weather to walk almost everywhere, play pick up soccer, and enjoy the music in the park. It’s such a blessing to be able to get outside and move, and we walked several miles every day!

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I also managed to snag some Chobani yogurt and coupons! I tried the Pineapple Coconut and it was delicious!

We have plans to celebrate my dad’s birthday (which was last week but they just got back in town) later this evening, and I picked up some goodies from Trader Joes to share with the family. I’ll share some of my favorite Trader Joes finds tomorrow, but it’s one of my favorite spots to snag some great food (and drinks!).

Off to my parent’s house then to get some rest!

-HD

3 Day Weekend Plans, Atlanta Jazz Fest.

Good evening!

Memorial Day weekend has arrived! Jeremy and I are staying in town this weekend. Plus, he works a couple hours on Saturday and Sunday and the money isn’t worth giving up. But that’s perfectly fine because Atlanta has plenty going on, and all within walking distance.

Today was pretty laid back, so I won’t bore you with my work and excitement. My legs were so sore from my front squats on Wednesday that I could barely walk “normal” today (SECOND DAY SORENESS IS ALWAYS THE WORST FOR ME), so I started my day with a quick 20 minute workout on the spin bike with some additional upper body work (ring dips, pushups, pullups) when I picked Jeremy up after work. I did, however, upload some new artwork to my illustration portfolio that you can check out if you’d like to see some of the creative work I like to do!

Tonight we are planning on catching the second Hawks game with some friends, and this weekend is also the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park.

atljazzfest2010The funny thing is, I had just uploaded an old poster I had done as a mock-up for the jazz festival in 2010 onto my Illustration portfolio & completely forgot that this weekend is the 2015 Festival. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous so expect some photos from our walks to Piedmont Park for the music & maybe some pickup soccer as well, for sure!

Do you have any plans for Memorial Day weekend? Any basketball fans? I’ve never loved basketball but I am super excited for the Hawks – Atlanta needs a team to do as well as they have!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

-HD