Hello my friends! Happy Friday – popping in with some random things I’m loving lately to kick off the weekend. 🙂
1) Warm weather in January! It got up to almost 70 degrees yesterday – what the heck?! It was weird but also amazing. I grabbed lunch at one of my local faves, Yafa, with a friend from my co-working space and it was warm enough to eat outside! I got half rice, half salad with chicken, various veggies, hummus, and a yogurt sauce. So good!
It was still warm this morning so Matt and I decided to go for a quick run before work. I didn’t wear my watch but I’d say we did about 3 miles. Shorts in January = awesome! Felt good to get out there. 🙂
2) Sparkling wine flights. I met a couple friends for dinner at Twisted Vines earlier this week before we headed to a networking event for female entrepreneurs in Arlington, and we all got a wine flight. Mine was sparkling, of course! My fave. 🙂
We shared a bunch of food, too! Cheese plate, seared tuna, tacos, some broccolini – all delicious.
3) Teaching English.
I mentioned last month that post-election I decided to sign up as a volunteer English as a second language teacher to spread some positivity to the immigrant community, and this was the first week of class!
This wasn’t exactly the best time of year to add another thing to my plate (it’s always so busy in January/February with new AnneTheRD nutrition clients, plus I’m trying to launch some new projects as well), but it was important to me to do it and I wanted to make it happen, so I am. I’m teaching once a week (we all co-teach with another teacher, which is nice); the classes are 3 hours long so it will definitely take an hour or two of prep time to get ready each week, but the first class went well and I’m looking forward to getting to know the students better as the semester continues on! We had 10 students this week, with people from Brazil, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Nepal, and more. So cool! I’m teaching a level 1 course, so they are pretty new to English, but they are all very enthusiastic and excited to be there which is awesome. Teaching adults = way easier than kids, apparently! Yay for no time outs! 🙂 (I taught English in Prague at a primary school back in 2008/2009!)
The English language center is near the Dupont Glen’s Garden Market, so I treated myself to lunch there after teaching before walking on down to my coworking space to work the rest of the afternoon. Yummy! This time I got chicken salad + kale apple salad + sweet potato mash + beets.
4) Winter Shape Up!
Speaking of projects launching soon, the Winter Shape Up that my friend Gina and I co-host every year is officially launching on January 30! (We originally said January 23, but we needed an extra week to make sure it was ready to go!) As you guys know, this is not a diet or weight loss challenge or anything like that – just a way to inspire you guys to get active in a fun way and to incorporate some new healthy recipes into your routine. It’s all about being realistic and sustainable with healthy living, and I’m hoping many of you will join us again this year if you’re into it – more details to come! The workout videos will be especially fun this year because we filmed them together in San Diego in November!
And now I will leave you with a picture of Zara, who decided this week that she should set up shop in my clean laundry basket, obviously. Needed to make sure it was all covered in fur! 😉
Have a fabulous weekend everyone! We’re supposed to get snow tomorrow apparently – back to winter again already, I guess!
What are you loving lately?
Who’s in for the Winter Shape Up?! 🙂