• How I Spent My 32nd Birthday

    June 20, 2012

    Thanks for all of the birthday wishes yesterday! You guys are the best!

    I started my 32nd birthday the best way I know how—with a Peanut Butter Wonderful iced coffee from Marylou’s!

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    For breakfast, Mal took me to Strawberry Fair in Norwell.

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    It’s such an adorable place!

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    We actually tried to eat at Strawberry Fair once in the past on a weekend, but the place was so packed, we couldn’t even get into the parking lot.


    This morning, the scene was a lot more laid-back and we had no problem scoring a table—although, I have to admit it was pretty bumpin’ for a Tuesday morning!


    For my meal, I ordered the Breakfast Casserole, which was made with eggs, shredded potatoes, ham, cheese, onions, and peppers. It was super cheesy, and I loved it.

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    The Breakfast Casserole came with a fresh fruit cup on the side. The majority of it was strawberries and banana slices. Mmm!

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    Best birthday morning ever!

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    After breakfast, Mal and I headed home and then got started on a couple of house projects.


    Mal tackled the yard while I looked for patio sets and rugs online since we’re in the market for both.

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    Breakfast held me over really well, so I never really ate lunch, but I ate a crap-ton of trail mix over the course of the afternoon. I pretty much ate all of the M&Ms and cashews out of the bag—don’t tell Mal.

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    Then, it was time for CrossFit. Check out the WOD!

    For time:

    500m Row
    50 Double Unders
    40 Abmat Sit-ups
    30 Medball cleans
    500m Row
    50 Push-ups
    40 Kettlebell swings
    30 Box jumps
    500m Row
    50 Burpees
    40 pull-ups
    30 Goblet squats
    500m Row
    50 Double Unders
    40 Abmat Sit-ups
    30 Medball cleans

    Ooooh, yes. My favorite kind of workout. Endurance + chipper. Bring it on!

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    I was all over the place with the various weights for this workout: Medball Cleans – 14 lbs, KB swings – 35 lbs, Goblet squats – 20 lbs. I did the Push-Ups on my knees, but they still were incredibly hard, especially when I concentrated on doing the full range of motion (chest to floor). I dominated the first two 500m rows, but I slowed down considerably on the third and forth ones. The forth one in particular was killer—my legs were spent! And the fifty Burpees after the third row… um, yea… brutal.

    I kept up with my friend Kerrie for most of this workout, but she blew by me on the Pull-Ups. (I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DO KIPPING PULL-UPS!!) Even still, I finished about a minute after her in 37:45. I love having someone to “compete” with in workouts. Kerrie always pushes me harder than I would on my own. Thanks, Kerrie!

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    It was an awesome birthday WOD, and I guess I pushed myself harder than usual because I actually felt like I was going to boot once I finished. I’ve felt terrible after WODs in the past, but never to the point that I thought I’d throw up. I think it was a combination of eating a crapload of trail mix before CrossFit, the workout (of course), and chugging water as soon as I finished it. Ugh, barf-ola. I never puked, but I definitely came close last night!


    After CrossFit, Mal and I headed home to make dinner, drink wine, and hang out with the pug. All of my favorites things!

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    On the menu for dinner: Curry Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups.

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    I didn’t have all of the ingredients that the original recipe called for, so I did my own thing. Mal cooked the chicken on the grill and then I chopped it up and added 1 tbsp of mayo, 1 tsp curry, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

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    Delicious—and so easy to make!

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    I ate a bunch of lettuce cups with curry chicken and then snacked on some pistachios while I watched Real Housewives of New York City, drank wine, and cuddled with Murph and Mal on the couch.

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    It was a great way to end my 32nd birthday.

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    { 28 comments… read them below or add one }

    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake June 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Glad to see you had a good birthday! I would’ve picked all the M&Ms out too!


    carol June 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I’d call that a great birthday!!!!!!


    Annette@FitnessPerks June 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Oooh looks like a FABULOUS birthday to me!!!


    Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets June 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Glad you had a great birthday!


    Kerrie June 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

    We push eachother! Have a great time tonight: ) PS. Love the curry recipe, have to try, I always seem to feel with at home curry attempts.


    Mara @ martialartsnchocolate.blogspot.com June 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I love Strawberry Fair. it reminds me of my late Nana who’s entire kitchen down to the knobs on her cabinets, dishes, s&p shakers…etc. she had strawberries everywhere! Their food is awesome for breakfast, lunch or dinner, fresh and homey and I love the layed back atmosphere… but the parking is awful esp on the weekends! It is a real treat to go there though, so I am glad you enjoyed it!


    michelle kim June 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Great way to spend your birthday! You were so productive with the yard work AND the workout!


    Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife June 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Sounds like an amazing birthday! Happy happy birthday 🙂 love your reebok top & shoes, btw!


    Erin June 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I love that you didn’t even change out of your workout clothes before busting out the wine. That’s the way to celebrate #32!


    Cassie June 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I would so loved that WOD more if it was running instead of rowing ;). I love having the competition too!! It really helps because then I have something to aim for and it pushes me. what a fun birthday!


    Tina June 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Same here! Running would have been fun! 🙂


    Stacy June 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Happy (belated) Birthday!

    Strawberry Fair is my FAVORITE breakfast place! Well that and Easter’s in Weymouth.

    I grew up in Hingham, so your blog always makes me a tad bit homesick seeing the Whole Foods, Bare Cove Park (my dad was on the committee for years – I almost designed the sign but dropped the ball on that), talk about downtown Hingham, and now Strawberry Fair! Oh the memories…


    Tina June 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Easter’s? I need to check that out!


    Stacy June 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    @Tina: Heads up – they only take cash. But they’re pretty cheap so it’s usually okay. It’s right over the Weymouth/Hingham line.


    Tina June 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Good to know! Thank you! I definitely want to check it out!


    Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) June 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    What a great way to spend your birthday!


    Leslie June 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    May I ask what kind of shoes you’re wearing? I’ve been looking for hot pink shoes everywhere and can’t quite find the right ones.


    Tina June 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    They’re the Reebok RealFlex. They’re great for CrossFit workouts! 🙂


    Sara @ The Foodie Diaries June 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Sounds like a perfect 32nd birthday! There’s nothing better than spending time with your loved ones 🙂


    Molly June 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    That WOD looks awesome!! Dinner, wine, and good company is a great way to spend you birthday!


    Christina June 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Looks like a great day, but where’s the birthday cake?? 🙂


    Alaina June 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Looks like a fantastic birthday!! I love the Berkeley & Jensen’s Trail Mix!! I would eat about 2 bags a week in college. 😛


    Abby @ BackAtSquareZero June 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I love how matchy matchy your cross fit shoes and top are. Too cute! Plus I am in a hot pink phase right now, loving it.


    luv what you do June 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    What a fantastic way to spend the day!
    I especially love the wine on the porch portion. I’m hoping my 31st includes some of the same!


    Alyssa June 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Sounds like you had a great birthday! That breakfast place looks adorable. I love places that look so country-ish & cozy like that.


    The Healthy Apple June 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Love those chicken lettuce cups; you and Mal are too cute! Glad you had a great birthday.
    Enjoy your weekend! Hope you are keeping cool in this heat wave!


    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Girl, you’re killing me with those delish looking marylou’s concoctions! Dying to try them 🙂


    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake June 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hope you had a fabulous birthday!


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