Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend

Good morning! I hope that everyone enjoyed their long weekend and had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know that I did! My weekend actually wasn’t a long weekend since I worked my normal schedule on Friday but everyone had that “holiday-long weekend energy” so it was fun. Here’s a little recap of the weekend’s festivities: 

Thursday (Thanksgiving) began with the Thanksgiving Day 4 miler road race here in Portland. My time was 33:10 even with a pit stop to tie my shoes! They came untied and I was so mad! That has never happened before and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be paranoid about it in every race here on out. 

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After the race I came home and made my dish to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. I made the Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. It was a hit! 

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Around noon we headed over to my parent’s house to have Thanksgiving dinner with my parents, aunt, uncle, and cousins, and my grandmother. It was a delicious feast! Here’s a look at the menu:

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On Friday I was up bright and early to go teach a few classes at LLBEAN and the YMCA. Afterwards I went shopping at the Anthropologie black friday sale with my mom and then later in the day Angus and I went out for drinks and to the tree lighting with his mom and step dad. Later we met up with my friend Alex for drinks and thought we were going to be home for a late dinner and then ended up staying out until 11! 

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Saturday I was up early again to go to the Y to meet a friend to do the FMFW training workout that we missed on Thursday because of the holiday. The training is getting hard! Afterwards was breakfast at Local Sprouts and then some Christmas shopping in the Old Port. A pretty low key day!

Sunday was time for adventure! Angus and I went to Pleasant Mountain (Shawnee Peak) for a hike and bike adventure. We left our bikes at one side of the mountain, drove to the other, and then hiked up and over the mountain back to our bikes, and then rode them back to the car! I’ll probably post a longer blog on this at some point because it was really fun and also close (about an hour) to Portland! Here are a few pictures to get you started ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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The Anywhere Workout

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving-eve! Is that a thing? Well I just made it one. This is the first Thanksgiving eve that I will not be spending getting outrageously frustrated making pies! My dish to bring is BRUSSELS SPROUTS! So easy and hopefully no frustration. I always like the IDEA of making pies and I think it will be fun- then disaster strikes in some way shape or form every year. Broken crust, not enough apples, SOMETHING always happens. But not this year because no pies for me. Tomorrow morning Angus and I are running the 4 miler in Portland and then heading to my parent’s house for some feasting. The perfect day.

Anyway, I know lots of you are going away for Thanksgiving to places with no gyms or weights and wondering “what on earth am I going to do for a workout?!” Stress no more I’ve got you covered. Here is a “do anywhere” workout! It’ll take you less than 30 minutes and have you feeling good! No weights! The only thing you might think needs a weight are the russian twists. You can do them without- focus on moving slowly and tapping the ground on each side! Or grab something around the house like a milk jug. 

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Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Thanksgiving!

Good morning! It’s hard to believe that it is Thanksgiving week already. I have Thursday off but it is otherwise a busy week for me work-wise with extra classes and meetings. If you know me well, (or maybe at all) you know that I LOVE the holidays. The special events, delicious food, and getting a bonus day off of work. It’s all awesome. I also know that holidays can be stressful for those who are trying to reach fitness or weight loss goals so I have put together this little list of tips and tricks to help you stay on track this Thanksgiving! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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FMFW Competition

Okay, so I’ve been posting training photos and updates on instagram and maybe you’re wondering what on earth I’m doing going to the Y more times in the last two weeks than I have all summer or running up the steepest hill in Portland over and over again. 

The competition that I’m doing is a fitness competition as a fundraiser for the YMCA and it is called the Fittest Man/Fittest Woman competition. No, this is not bodybuilding or bikini competition or anything like that. There are 10 events that you will do over 2 evenings and specific weights that you must lift many of the events. Here is a list of what I will have to do:

Max bench press on three tries

Max repetitions of unassisted dips

1 minute max repetitions of squat thrusters (20# dumbbells)

3 minute AMRAP 8 ball slams, 8 box jumps (30# ball, 20” box)

Uphill Run as long as possible on treadmill (15% incline, 6 mph)

Max dead lift on three tries

Max repetitions of unassisted pull-ups 

3 minute AMRAP 8 Kettlebell Swings, 8 burpees (35# KB)

Max number of sit ups in 2 minutes

500M row for time

A lot of these events are totally out of my comfort zone so I signed up for a training class that I have been doing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is helping a lot and I am already seeing improvement. The heavy lifting events and dips/pull ups are definitely where I need a lot of practice and really don’t know that much about because I don’t usually train that way and I don’t have heavy weight lifting clients.

So why on earth am I doing this? I was looking for a challenge and the normal endurance races (running, triathlon, skiing) that I do are just not challenging me or pushing my limits at this point so I thought I would sign up for this and MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Training has been going well so far. I think last Tuesday was the hardest day because I fell down the stairs an hour before class and wasn’t sure if I broke my hand! Thankfully it is fine now and there are only a few bruises. ๐Ÿ™‚ The class has you training on 5 events on Tuesday and 5 events on Thursday. I’m still teaching my spinning classes Monday/Thursday and I usually run once or twice a week and have a third strength day that is a little lighter. 

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Weekend and 8 minute Abs

Monday monday! I actually don’t really mind Monday’s anymore because they’re not one of my busiest days at this point. I used to hate Monday because my least favorite shift of the week (closing at the gym) coincidentally happened on Monday. Not fair, I know. Now that’s not an issue so Monday’s are totally reasonable. I do miss training a very loyal Monday night client though!

Another fun weekend in the books! On Friday we headed down to Manchester to celebrate Matt and Chris’ wedding. It was so beautiful and great to see some old friends from UNH that we have not seen in a very long time! 

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On Saturday we stopped by Newmarket on the way home to eat breakfast at our favorite breakfast place: The Big Bean. It was seriously delicious and I was extra excited because it was a warm (65 degrees) iced coffee day! Doesn’t happen too often in New England in November. From there we headed to Kittery to do a little shopping. I got these great capris from lululemon for only 44 dollars! I know I’m a little late on the printed activewear thing but  I think I dig them. It’s totally weird not wearing black!

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I guess I wasn’t too interested in taking pictures on Sunday. It was a pretty lazy day with a mid day workout at the Y with my friend Sarah and then dinner out for pizza at Ottos with Angus’ Dad. Have you had an Otto’s cannoli? Put that one on your to do list. Sarah helped me with some rowing technique that will come in real handy for this fitness competition that I am doing. More on that later, and more on that on instagram. (triciaerose)

Okay so if you were really just interested in an 8 minute ab workout you have reached that point in this blog post. Anyone remember “8 minute abs” from the early 2000’s? I don’t really either, and this is not that. Here you go!

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Halloween Weekend

I hope everyone enjoyed their halloween weekend! I know that I did! I got the weekend started by making some festive cupcakes and doing some pumpkin carving! Did you know that I make a snoopy pumpkin every year? Yup it’s true!

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On Saturday Angus and I drove up to Grafton Notch State Park (near Bethel) to hike Old Speck Mountain. It was a great hike (about 7 miles) and the weather was absolutely beautiful. Bonus? We hiked in costumes! Does anyone remember this bee costume from college? Wellโ€ฆ it’s back! We all decided that a costume hike needs to be a yearly tradition and next year we will try to recruit more friends for the adventure.

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When we got back on Saturday night there were only two things that I was interested in: pizza and a movie! Annnnnd that’s what we did. I was way too tired from the hike to go out to the bars! 

Sunday was a low key day doing some work around the house and visiting my parents (my dad just had TWO knee replacements!) In the afternoon we took a nice bike ride into town to meet up with some friends for happy hour at MAPS cafe. I really love that place and now that it is getting dark early it’s a great place to hang out. (It’s in a basement) They have some great specials like this cute little pitcher of beer for only 10 bucks! Love it!

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