Minor Changes and Expensive Memberships

So, you may remember me mentioning some blog “changes.” Well, don’t fret, it’s nothing major. I’ve decided to change the “format” of my blogging for a number of reasons:

With all of these factors converging at once, it makes sense for me to change how and when I blog. With my fancy-schmancy one-month membership to Healthworks and my goal to exercise consistently in the mornings once again, I have decided to combine my breakfast and lunch posts into one, instead of posting 2 separate posts for each meal. However, my morning post is my favorite post of the day (I’m not sure why… it just is!), so I might have a way to fit in both my morning workout at Healthworks and blog about breakfast. We’ll see if I can finagle it! So, no major changes in the blog– just a little something to keep you on your toes!

Workout + Breakfast

So, let me explain my one-month pass to Healthworks. As you know, I contribute twice per month to the Healthworks blog, Boston’s Women’s Wellness. As a thank you (I assume), the marketing department kindly gave me a gift certificate for a free one-month membership at any of the Healthworks locations! Obviously, I was psyched! You guys have heard me rave about HW many, many, many times on CNC in the past, but I just need to reiterate that it is still the best all-women’s gym in the area. Healthworks has the best facilities, best classes, best instructors, best staff, best programs and events… they’re just the BEST!

After my free month, I might just join HW again. I need to look at my finances to see if I can afford the membership! You get what you pay for when it comes to gym memberships! What’s the most you’d pay per month for a membership at a really nice healthclub?

After my workout, I headed to the office, where I ate breakfast at my desk while catching up with emails. Today’s breakfast was a mix of oats, wheatberries, ground flaxseed meal, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and a squirt of agave nectar for some added sweetness. I’m not going to lie, I missed my peanut butter this morning!


With an orange, iced coffee with soy milk from Starbucks, and H20 for rehydration…



Hooray! The Cafe Rojo Gato has outdoor seating! It’s the little things in life that make all of the difference, right? Warm weather (and everything that goes along with it) just makes me so happy! And, rumor has it that Boston might see close to the 80’s this weekend! That’s summer weather in my book!


Today’s lunch was a repeat from yesterday. I actually made three salads the other night: 1 for dinner and two for lunch this week. It so much easier when you have all of the ingredients ready to be chopped and tossed into a salad than doing it three separate times.


Close-up shots…



The rest of lunch included peanut butter Puffins mixed with chocolate chips, a very ripe banana, and a Sigg full of water.


Cafe 908

After my commute home this evening, I walked into my apartment to see this scene:


My wonderful and amazing husband created, what he referred to as, “Cafe 908” for our dining enjoyment this evening. (FYI: Our apartment is #908.)

Mal also washed, dried, and folded 5 loads of laundry! Now, isn’t that a gal’s dream!?!


Ok, back to this romantic scene…


Mal had planned to serve dinner outside on our balcony, but the weather turned cold right before I arrived at home, so he moved Cafe 908 inside, next to the balcony, which was just as nice and sooo much warmer!

On the menu at Cafe 908 was Kashi’s Fiery Fiesta flavor from their 7 Whole Grain Pilaf Sides, which combines 7 whole grains with roasted corn, tomatoes, red bell peppers, black beans, cilantro, and fiery poblano chilies. The Whole Grain Pilaf can be prepared via microwave in just 60 seconds.


Mal turned this side dish into a full-on meal by adding a can of black beans, chopped red pepper, and half of a diced onion. With Mal’s ingredient additions, this meal was delicious and very satisfying.


The Kashi pilaf is great as a pre-packaged, convenience food, but it wasn’t as flavorful and robust as the “real deal.” Mal’s additions definitely made the meal.


With ice water and candlelight…


After dinner, Mal suggested opening a bottle of citrusy-sweet Pomelo, Sauvignon Blanc for dessert. But, first, he had to check the label to make sure it was an appropriate option for Cafe 908’s dessert menu.


Yep, it passed all of the Cafe 908 criteria!


Mal and I each enjoyed a glass of wine while catching up with Tuesday night’s American Idol performances. (What is up with Anoop’s eyebrows!?)


I’m hitting the hay early tonight! I need to get back on schedule with my early morning workouts. Good night!!

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