Back to the Grind: Packed Lunches & Evening Workouts!

Hello friends!

You know what being back to full time interning again means… packed lunches!


Yesterday while I was eating breakfast and getting ready, I cooked a big batch of quinoa to eat throughout the week. For lunch, I threw 1/2 cup of the cooked quinoa and 1/2 cup of cannellini beans (canned – drained/rinsed) on top of some raw spinach. Then, I added some chopped tomato, red pepper, and avocado.


To top it all off – some pesto! I used about a tablespoon. Plus some cracked black pepper. Easy and delicious!


I packed it with an orange and a homemade granola bar to enjoy later (I’ll share the recipe soon).



The return of commuting also means the return of audio books! Matt introduced me to the app on my Samsung Galaxy s3 phone and it’s awesome. Goodbye, books on CD from the library! Audible is way easier. I’m using Matt’s account and listening to some of the books he downloaded – right now, I’ve been enjoying “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s an amazing and very powerful true story – highly recommended if you’re looking for something to read.


It’s pretty nice because I can have the audiobook playing while the Google Maps app is open on the main screen giving me driving directions! Perfect. I love this phone. :)

In other news, I’ve had some fabulous workouts this week! Last night, I returned to Crossfit Dupont – I hadn’t been since right before the wedding since we were gone last week on the mini-moon. It was great to be back, and I was sporting a new t-shirt gifted to me from Reebok, which I loved. It’s the CrossFit Tri Blend Short Sleeve Top (say that three times fast) and they also sent me a long sleeved version in gray. Excited to try that soon, too! The short sleeved version was really comfortable and fit nicely – big fan.


Matt’s been traveling for work this week so I headed to Crossfit solo and went straight there on my way home from work so that I wouldn’t be tempted to hit the couch instead. ;) I’m so glad I went – it was a really fun workout! We started with deadlift practice, pictured above. I made it to 87 pounds for my 5 rep max. Good times!

Then the real fun started:

  • 30 Wall Walks
  • 50 Side Pillar Starfish
  • 100 Banded Good Mornings

Don’t worry, I had no idea what any of those things meant before they explained them to us, either. :)

This is a wall walk – basically, you start lying face down on the ground with your feet against a wall, then push yourself up into a plank/pushup and walk your hands back towards the wall, walking your feet up the wall behind you until you reach as close to a handstand as you can get!


Then you slowly walk it back out and down to the ground and repeat. Those were really fun but hard. :)

Here’s a side pillar starfish – basically you make a side plank and lift your arm and leg, then relax to the floor, and repeat. Great oblique ab workout and lateral leg action!


And lastly, here is the banded good morning – you step on a band with your feet, wrap it around your upper body, then bend down and stand up – it will work your core. You might want to YouTube video this one to get a better idea of the movement – it’s hard to tell in the picture!


We had 15 minutes to do everything — I ended up finishing all 30 wall walks and all 50 starfishes, but only made it to 75 good mornings. So close! :)

Earlier this week, on Tuesday night, I also returned to my Lululemon Georgetown 6:30 p.m. run club! I hadn’t been in AGES (it hasn’t been convenient to get to from my most recent internships) but it finally worked this week and I was excited to go again. The weather was gorgeous, too! Unseasonably warm.


We had a great run – ran down by the monuments and back, covering about 4.5 miles. My college friend Kathleen came as well so we chatted away the whole time. :) It’s weird that it’s dark out for the run now, but it was really cool to see the monuments in all their evening lit up glory!


Blurry action shot of running down by the reflecting pool:



Good times. Kathleen and I hit up Sweetgreen after for dinner, so I was able to get their October salad before they took it away! It’s kale and mixed greens topped with apple, candied pecans, white cheddar, chopped basil, and a balsamic vinaigrette. I also added chicken to the mix. So good! Must recreate this at home. I really love apple on salads.


Stay tuned: tomorrow I’ll be back with another wedding day recap! This one will share pictures from getting ready with my bridesmaids and more details about my dress! :)


*Disclosure: As part of the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program I have been provided with a wireless device (the Samsung Galaxy S3) and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.


  1. 1

    That packed lunch looks tasty!

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    That workout looks TOUGH!!

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    It seems like you’re seamlessly setting back into a routine post-wedding, Anne–nicely done. :)

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    Crossfit looks like a fannetastic workout -and your running Club looks so enjoyable!

    Glad you’re back on your routine -and eating your favorite healthy foods again. I’m a creature of habit!

    Looking forward to hearing details about your STUNNING wedding gown :-)

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    You should check to see if your library has downloadable audio books! I work at the library and we do, all you have to do is download the Overdrive app on your phone, and you can log on with your library card number and pin and download books that will stay on your device for two weeks. It’s awesome! And free!

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    I absolutely love! I’ll have to check out that book, I’ve had other people recommend it to me. Apples in salads are so good and also strawberries!

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    You lunch looks so colorful and tasty – and quick!

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    Thank packed lunch looks fantastic. How long can avocado keep before it turns brown? I am alway heistant about using it for lunch.

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    Adventurer says:

    Awesome workout! Most impressive….

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    Congrats on the wedding, Anne! I had the SweetGreen October salad plus chicken yesterday and about died. I totally plan on recreating it at home. Hope to see you at CFDupont soon! I’ve been sick so I haven’t been in over a week :( Glad to hear you’ve been liking the workouts lately!!

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    I’m about two chapters from finishing Unbroken, too! The book is seriously haunting me. I think about it pretty much all day. I can’t believe that this isn’t a story that hasn’t been told before (or turned into a movie). I don’t know how far you are so I won’t say much else but how crazy are the sharks (I don’t think that’s a spoiler). I’m now deathly afraid of them … and I live in Florida! Not a good combo. My husband also listed to the audio version (after also signing up for Audible too!) during his long runs and would come home from his runs basically bawling over the book! He then demanded that I read it so that we could discuss it. I’m glad I did but boy it’s a tough one.

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      I’m near the end and the sharks are freaking INSANE. Jumping out of the water and beating them off with oars?! That is so freaking hardcore. And I can’t even comprehend all he went through later in the book. It’s amazing he survived.

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        Noooo kidding. My husband keeps saying there’s no way he could have survived even one of those incidents, nevertheless all of them together. There’s a reason they’re called The Greatest Generation. We kept talking about how or why they didn’t die. What kept them alive? The only thing I can think of is they were too busy being slaves to die. It really is a fascinating story.

        I’ve read extensively about the European theater but I’ve read so little about the Pacific. I just can’t wrap my brain around what those guys when through. I wasn’t sure if he made it out alive or not, and I said to my husband (who’d already finished the book) that I thought there was no way he would. My heart was racing in those last few chapters. I was so convinced he’d die before being liberated.

        And the Bird? It’s hard to imagine that something that evil exists.

        (p.s. sorry for writing a novel in your post!)

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          Oh man, when he got transferred to that other camp and they opened the door and The Bird was there again, Matt and I nearly died. (We were listening to it together). So crazy. It really is hard to wrap your brain around it all.

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    You are rockin’ those exercises. Great photos of you in action, especially defying gravity. LOL

    Does the audible app use up the battery power? I’m curious….
    Thanks and can’t wait to read more about the wedding!

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    I read that book recently! The family I babysit for had it on their coffee table, so I read it over a couple nights of kids-were-asleep time!

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    I like to be excited for the lunch I bring myself at work (otherwise I’m just not satisfied) lol. I love the idea of adding a spice like basil to your salad – just giving it an extra flavor!

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    I’ve never tried cross-fit. It looks like a great workout but I’ve heard mixed reviews with some people saying it can be unsafe to life heavy weights like that if you are inexperienced! I’d love to give it a try but I don’t want to get injured.

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      I think it depends on the gym. Ours required us to take a 2 week training course before we could do any normal classes, just to make sure our form was correct! And they are constantly checking in on us during class, too.

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    This may surprise you, but I too love apple on salads :) Can’t wait for more wedding posts!

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    Did you know that you can also check out electronic audiobooks from the library using the “Overdrive” app – FOR FREE? :) (Assuming your library uses the same software mine does. Theirs might be called something else.) No CDs to mess with, and pretty much as easy as Audible.

    Congrats on your marriage!

    Emily (a librarian)

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    Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie says:

    What a beautiful run! I’m jealous you’re so close to the monuments to be able to run by them like that! And oh I love make your own salad places, theres one in state college that I try to get to a lot!

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