September 24, 2010

Consulting Fridays

Friday in consulting is always an odd kind of day. We’re all working from home, so it’s harder to get joint work done because everything is on conference calls. Usually, Fridays become a lighter day where you’re wrapping up whatever individual work needs to be done for the client by Monday, and also working on whatever firm “extracurriculars” there are (e.g. recruiting, training, etc). On the one hand, it’s nice because you’re not continually hounded for updates; at the same time, everything has to be done by Monday when you get back to the client site, so whatever you don’t …

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February 20, 2009

Spinach Surprise!

Yesterday I decided to treat Boyfriend by making him some chocolate cupcakes. He loves Magnolia’s cupcakes, but lately has been calling me all the time to complain. “I have a stomachache… and I’m fat.” Um, yeah, you ate not one but TWO fatty and heavy cupcakes (delicious though they may be). Having successfully found a recipe for Magnolia’s banana pudding that’s not quite as good as theirs but is made of totally healthy ingredients, I decided to turn my attention to finding a healthy cupcake recipe. After Googling for a while, I came across a recipe that wasn’t quite as …

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October 31, 2008

I just "ran" a 2:00 half marathon on the elliptical

I don’t know about you, but when I go on the elliptical, I usually can’t go that fast, especially when I’m doing a hill workout or one of those with high resistance. I have to work hard to break 10:00 miles, even though 9:00 is my typical running pace. I’ve just accepted the fact that the elliptical is slower per mile than running, even if my heart rate is the same. But tonight I broke through that barrier. Tonight’s long run was fueled by what else but a cookie binge. Well, to be fair, four (smallish) cookies and a cheesecake …

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October 25, 2008

I am a cookie monster

Challenge = failure. Since I don’t want to be a failure, I’m changing the rules. From now on, instead of allowing myself to break the “no processed carbs” rule only for one meal on each of the two days preceding a marathon, I can have processed carbs all day for each of the two days beforehand. There, now I’m not failing. Basically, yesterday I had a work dinner, and I hit on the most amazing tactic for not gorging myself like a pig. First, I had a late lunch – at 3 PM. It was also a light lunch, consisting …

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August 20, 2008

Workout and a Healthy Meal: Toasted Papaya

I just had the best workout. Did my normal routine of going from machine to machine, but this time I did mini circuits by constantly switching back and forth between the machines. I usually do three sets of 15, but today I did two machines at a time: one set of 15 on machine A, one set of 15 on machine B, then one set of 8 but at a much higher weight on machine A, likewise on B, and finishing up with sets of 15. I was shocked to see how much weight I could put on the machines …

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