Evenin’! :mrgreen:

Despite the super late night last night (well, late for me!) I felt surprisingly terrific all day. Riddle me that?! I’ll most likely feel like a zombie circa 2pm tomorrow afternoon but, for now, it’s all good. Plus, it’s a short week! :)

I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough energy for a workout tonight, but I zipped on over to the gym after work, setup shop on a treadmill planted in front of Ina (ugh I want to BE her!) and zipped through this quick & effective treadmill routine:

Time Speed Incline
0-3 4.0 1%
3-5 6.0 1%
5-10 6.5 1%
10-15 7.0 1%
15-20 6.5 1%
20-25 7.5 1%
25-30 6.5 1%
30-35 7.0 1%
35-40 6.5 1%
40-43 6.0 1%
43-45 4.0 1%
Total: 4.8 miles  

Polished it off with 10 minutes on the elliptical at level 5 and called it a night! In and out in less than an hour = my kind of workout. Do you like to spend a lot of time in the gym, or do you prefer to get in and out?

I was also kind of worried that this would be a killer sesh because it’s almost been a full WEEK since the last time I hit the gym. For me though, I always feel like I run the absolute best when I’ve had 3, 4 or even 5 days off. My body is completely rejuvenated and besides, it takes a good 3 weeks or so to really start to lose your aerobic ability.

I’m not saying I want to make it a habit of going a full 7 days without working out, but it was a good reminder that dreading the gym because it’s been “sooo long since I worked out!” isn’t really a legit excuse. ;)

Anyways!

Look what I came home to: 

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IBE in the Kitchen! (Doesn’t that sound like a great name for a show? ESPN should totally start a cooking show for men or something…right?!) :D

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Ben has the week off so he played kept man all day – washed the sheets, tidied up the house, went grocery shopping and made THE tastiest dinner – BBQ Chicken Quesadillas!

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YOU remember how crazy this kid is over ’em!

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Let’s be real…I am too. :) Crispy quesadilla crust, gooey cheddar cheese and smoky-sweet BBQ sauce.

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He even turned it into a Tex-Mex feast by whipping up some fluffy Spanish Rice on the side. MMMM.

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omg it was so much food – this is what happens when men cook. Or at least, MY man! ;)

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Stuffed as I was, I absolutely made room for one of my very favorite things in the entire world – chips and Restaurant Style Tostitos Salsaaaa!!!!!!!!

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I remember eating, no lie, like 2-3 jars of this salsa EVERY WEEK in college (oh, college. Where things like that really do happen.) It tastes exactly like the salsa you get at Mexican restaurants…nay, better! 

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They stopped making it about four or five years ago – when my Mom found out she literally stockpiled 30 jars of it in the pantry – but recently brought it back, and Ben knows it’s my absolute FAVORITE so he picked up a jar for me! It was JUST as good as I remember and I could seriously taste the massive platters of nachos my college roomies and I used to pour this salsa over. Oy.

Ben also surprised me with a choice of dessert.

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Someone’s in the running for stay at home husband – and winning the popular vote! 

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These babies are the perfect size for a little night cap (but still pack a calorie punch – wowza!) It’s better than a pint of Ben & Jerry’s though, where you know you’re going back for an extra scoop!

I still haven’t figured out which one I’m going to choose…this is seriously like choosing a favorite child. Impossible! I need to find out if there’s a cookie dough ribbon in the BJ’s version, a la Blue Bunny. That will make my final decision, I think. What would you choose?!

While I ponder, I’m off to unpack my suitcase from this weekend. Normally I unpack the minute I get home from a trip so it’s kind of driving me nuts knowing it’s just sitting in my bedroom. I know…issues! ;)

Goodnight!

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