Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cardio, Core, and the Murtaugh List

Happy long weekend to you! At least I hope it's a long weekend for you; if not, my apologies and may your two days off be even more enjoyable. 

Meanwhile, if you're looking for a solid workout to enhance your weekend, I highly recommend checking out these tough little guys:

I completed both on Friday and loved the difficulty. Honestly, in the cardio intervals, I couldn't maintain the 1.5 incline at 7.3 mph, so I knocked it down for a few minutes in the middle there. So sweaty and so terrific!

So far the weekend has felt extremely relaxing. Yesterday I went out for a quick drink with a coworker, then came home to make a delicious tomato bisque with my husband.

Enjoyed with some mocktails--sparkling water, sparkling cranberry juice from TJ's, and a slice of a Meyer lemon. Fizzy and refreshing. 

 Today we slept in, made my whole wheat buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, and went for a lovely walk around the neighborhood together before meeting up with our friend Heidi for lunch. It was so great to catch up after awhile of not seeing each other!

This afternoon we headed to campus to check out Dance Marathon, an organization Terry and I were involved with as students. We got a kick out of being back at the big event, a 26-hour danceathon raising funds for pediatric AIDS. We agreed we definitely miss the vibe of college, but later, when all we wanted to do was go home and put our feet up (at 6 pm), we realized we don't exactly have the stamina we used to. Apparently we're getting old, huh?

On How I Met Your Mother, Ted has a Murtaugh List (<--yes, there's a Wikipedia page), which essentially outlines all the things Ted is too old to do in his thirties. Well, at 27, I've got some items on my Murtaugh List. Stuff I'm too old to do (and props to you if you're still up for any of these!):

  • Staying up all night dancing, even for a great cause, especially without any fun beverages. 
  • Sleeping "anywhere"--I can handle a bed or a couch, but I refuse to curl up on the floor or anywhere outdoors without a tent.
  • Camping out for basketball tickets.
  • Posting passive-aggressive status posts on Facebook
  • 4 x 4 burgers from In N Out (from Terry--honestly, I never went above a Double-Double)
  • Coachella-style concerts--or any concert that lasts more than three hours
  • Going more than a week without washing the bath towels

So this evening, we embraced our getting-old selves and watched two moves while vegging on the couch. The Artist and A Fish Called Wanda, both awesome movies but in completely different ways, made for perfect Saturday night entertainment.

Also perfect for a Saturday night: leftovers! We reheated the tomato bisque from last night, and I cooked Terry a grilled cheese (I had grilled cheese for lunch, so I opted not to repeat).

Four-cheese grilled goodness: Gruyere, cheddar, Gouda, and Manchego 

Oh, and I may or may not have baked a batch of these cream cheese swirl brownies tonight. Heavenly.

What a wonderful start to the weekend! Tomorrow we have plans for the farmer's market and then I'm meeting my friends Fay and Jenn for a new-to-us spin class, SoulCycle. I really loved my first spin experience last year, so I'm eager to see how this one goes. Wish us luck! (Tip: If you're in NY or LA, your first class is only $15!)

So, what's on your Murtaugh List?


  1. LOVE the Murtaugh list - staying out late is definitely up there on my list, along with sleeping in. It's not usually for a lack of WANTING to but a lack of being ABLE to. Oh well, I always feel like I get more done when I wake up early so i guess it's an okay thing. ;)

  2. oh my gosh, i've turned into such an old lady. my murtaugh list is a mile long. so much has changed since college!

  3. Good luck at spin! I love it so much, I got certified to teach last year. :) And thanks for the core workout- I'm always looking for ways to mix up core strength workouts.

  4. Ha Ha. My Murtaugh List is much longer...and I agree, as much as I love music, I have surpassed the days when I can "handle" a festival concert" Hah, thanks for the laugh.

  5. yum! four cheeses on a grilled cheese! I want! that looks so delicious!