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August 31, 2013

Date Night + Trail Running Morning

Happy Saturday! I have just a few minutes to chat before I have to head back upstairs and get ready for the day, so let’s get right down to business.

First thing’s first, I have a giveaway winner to announce! Thank you to all who entered and shared the Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0 Giveaway! I loved reading which shoes each one of you would pick out.


Entry #80: Rebecca Pytell - You won by following @Reebok on Twitter!

Please email me at hwglamour@gmail.com with your mailing address, shoe size, and Nano style/color of choice to claim your prize!

By the way, for those interested, Reebok is having a Labor Day Weekend Sale! Save 25% Off their Sale Collection*, Valid: August 28 – September 2 using the code: LD25.

*Offer excludes Reebok CrossFit items (yes, that means the Nanos – sad face – sorry guys).

Dinner & A Movie Date

I can’t tell you the last time Scott and I went on a dinner and a movie date. Probably months! With an itch to get out but still stay in our casual clothes, we figured a rainy Friday night was the perfect excuse to go.

We drove around for a while before deciding on trying a new (for us) Italian place called Pasquale’s.

Pasquale's Family Restaurant

The place has been around since 1954 and has some crazy history. I will for sure have to share some stories with you another time…

For now, I will share that I for sure took advantage of this date night and allowed myself to “let loose” a little on the dinner front. First came a Michigan Cherry Wine Sangria.

Pasquale's Cherry Wine

Then Scott and I split an Anitpasto Salad.

Pasquale's Antipasto Salad

And then dove right into the main attraction, (what we have heard people rave about), their Deep Dish Pizza!

Pasquales Deep Dish Pizza


I don’t know if it was amazing because it was deep dish (which I haven’t had in ages) or if it was because it was truly that delicious. Either way, I was a fan!

Just when I thought I couldn’t eat any more, the waitress asked if we wanted to see the dessert tray. Whenever we try a new Italian restaurant, Scott has to try their tiramisu and I may or may not have given him the look of death when he ordered one.

My “just one bite” turned into eating at least half of it, and I must admit that it was pretty darn tasty.

Pasquales Tiramisu

After dinner, we checked out some movie times and were excited to finally go see “We’re The Millers”. I didn’t know much about it going into it, but I knew it was supposed to be funny.

We were both laughing out loud within a few minutes time. The comedy was great and I loved it!!

movie date

Three cheers for a casual rainy Friday night!

Family Trail Run

A night of indulgence usual equals a long run the next morning, just to get things movin’ and get me back in the swing of a normal routine.

This morning we wanted to bring Roadie along, so we settled on a 4 mile loop that included our favorite neighborhood trail!

Running with Roadie

The idea for a trail run on a Saturday morning is quite popular amongst our neighbors. We crossed paths with several runners, walkers, and bike riders!

Running Trails

We made it home without any troubles and I was so proud of Roadie for keeping up the whole time. Four miles is a new Roadie distance record!

As soon as we got home, Scott gave him a bath to help cool him down and we made sure to give him a lot of love afterwards.

Roadie after bath

I just love when he’s so fresh and so clean, clean!

Roadie after a bath

Well, I’m off to get ready to work a festival in downtown Royal Oak called Arts Beats and Eats. Can’t wait to see how it is and tell you all about it.

Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

August 30, 2013

Cross-Training Elliptical Workout

This week has been the weirdest. All I have been craving is long walks, chill music, and mellow surroundings. Maybe I’m just getting older?

Actually, this morning I read an interesting article Char posted on her Facebook page about tell-tale signs you are an introvert. I always thought of myself as an extrovert, but after reading that I might be wrong. Perhaps I am little intro and a little extro? It could just be that my introvert qualities are coming out more than usual lately.

Anyways, I want to thank you for reading and commenting on yesterday’s post! It was kind of an awkward subject for me to write about, so it is comforting to know a lot of you can relate to what I’m feeling. I enjoy writing from the heart every now and then, but I think it’s time to get back into the normal swing of things around here.

Aspen says get real


Today I wanted to share something related to the fitness world, which I am sure a group of you have been missing!

By now, most of you know I have a favorite group fitness class at my gym called Fitness Pilates. I have written about it several times, and can best describe it as an hour of upbeat, fast paced Pilates moves that focuses on toning every major muscle group of your body with an emphasis on core.

Last night’s class required both a medicine ball and dumbbell weights for majority of the exercises, and both Scott and I were dripping sweat ten minutes into it.

Fitness Pilates equimpent

That’s right, I convinced Scott to join in on the Pilates fun/torture. That was his third class he has taken with me and even he admitted last night’s class to being a bit on the rough side. Victory!

25 Min. Cross-Training Elliptical Workout

I was one hundred percent tempted to walk downstairs after class, grab my stuff, and head out the door, but I pushed myself over to the cardio machines instead. (Okay, fine. Scott wanted to play basketball and I had thirty minutes to kill.)

The thought of running didn’t sound pleasant, so I turned to my other go-to machine for a guaranteed cardio sweat session: the elliptical.

When creating new workouts, I usually start with some kind of program already entered into the machine and tweak it to my liking. Usually, this means downing the time to 20-30 minutes (does anyone really do 60?) and upping the incline and resistance levels.

This workout started off easy, then gradually got harder. The exact middle section is the worst, and I made it an extra minute longer for you to truly enjoy the peak before heading back down to the easier stuff again.

You’re welcome.

Crosstraining Elliptical Workout 2

*As with any elliptical or treadmill workout I post, please keep in mind that each machine is different. These are the levels I use for my personal workouts, but feel free to adjust to lower or higher when needed.

Leaving sweaty and feeling accomplished, we then proceeded downstairs to the cafe for recovery smoothies.

Life Cafe Almond Delight Smoothie

In my Almond Delight this time: organic strawberries, organic mango, almond milk, VeganMax Protein and Dynamic Greens.

I know I could easily make a smoothie like this at home, but I felt like they were calling to us on the way out the door. Plus, Scott doesn’t really like smoothies based with almond milk, so I would probably have to make separate ones. Aint nobody got time fo dat.

(Yup… still using that phrase. Judge me.)

We got home on the later side around 9 p.m. and finally caught up to watch the live Big Brother shows with the rest of America.

Do any of you watch it too? I’m officially hooked, and I want to go on SO bad. Every time we watch a season, I share my strategies and tell Scott exactly how I would handle situations, challenges and people. It’s a lot of drama, but the element of having to play a game and fight for your survival fascinates me.

Well, I guess that’s it about last night. Today I am sticking around the house for a while to knock out a few projects before a weekend full of festivals in our area! Both Scott and I are working one tomorrow, but want to check out a few others while they are in town for Labor Day weekend.

Happy Friday! :)

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