Pilates

The April Agenda

April Flowers

It has come to my attention that I completely forgot about documenting my March agenda last month. Perhaps that’s partly because most of March was consumed with figuring out what constituted a low-iodine diet and in preparing for an I-131 whole body scan (which never happened due a snowstorm that hit the East Coast that week). So, yeah, March wasn’t exactly fun, nor did I feel very productive (but I was hungry for most of the month).

Since my health testing is temporarily on hold (through no choice of my own), I have decided to live it up a bit this month. With the weather improving daily, I want to spend more time outdoors and less time in front of my computer.

Here’s what’s on my agenda this month:

Go: I feel like I haven’t traveled much this year, so when I was asked to go on a work trip to Washington, D.C. at the end of the month, I jumped at the chance. Having spent two years going to college in D.C., I am always thrilled at the idea of returning—even if it is only for a day or two. While I won’t have much free time, I see a visit to American University and at least a couple of hours in the Georgetown neighborhood in my future.

Read: I have many books on my reading list, but sadly have not gotten to any of them. A fellow blogger recommended reading The Hopefuls, which happens to be set in Washington, D.C., and with my upcoming trip, it seems like the perfect read to bring along.

Try: I have wanted to try pilates for a while now as it is a nice complement to my yoga classes. So when a studio based in New York City and with locations in the Hamptons reached out to me on Instagram, I was elated. Unfortunately, with my busy schedule I have been unable to allot a day to driving an hour each way and taking a class, but now that the weather is nicer and the days are getting longer, I am ready to give it a go.

See: I never thought I would say this (and perhaps I’m too old to say this?), but I kind of want to see Beauty and the Beast. Is that wrong? I vaguely remember seeing it as a child, but after I heard the soundtrack on my way to work the other day, let’s just say my interest has been piqued. Have any of you seen it? Did you love it? I have been hearing good things.

Do: Two words—cat cafe. Yes, you read that correctly. I have been following Crumbs & Whiskers, a cat cafe based in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, for a while on Instagram. So you know I have to pay them a visit in person when I am in D.C. (trying not to take a cat home will be the hard part). To date, Crumbs & Whiskers has facilitated the adoption of 256 homeless cats, which is a mission I whole heartedly support. With every purchase from the cafe, a shelter pet is able to be fostered with Crumbs & Whiskers while they wait for a forever home. If you need a daily dose of cuteness, I highly suggest you follow them on Instagram.

What’s on your agenda this month?

The February Agenda

Winter Storm Niko

As I write this post, I have been cooped up in the house for a full 24 hours. But I am not complaining. I enjoyed a lovely (and very productive) snow day yesterday—which was a much-needed respite from my usual weekly routine. So, now that Winter Storm Niko has headed up the coast and left Long Island with more than a foot of snow in some places, it’s time to get back to the agenda…while we dig ourselves out.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

Go: As every good fashionista knows, Winter Storm Niko wasn’t the only thing making a debut in New York this week. Thursday also marked the start of New York Fashion Week. While I give major props to those who braved yesterday’s weather to see their favorite designers, not even New York Fashion Week could get me out of my cozy couture. With that said, I will be heading in to the City over the weekend to see a couple of NYFW shows—weather permitting, of course.

Try: Ever since attending the event with Fern Olivia and Dr. Gabrielle Lyon at The Ash Center, I have been taking small strides towards eating better. I started by making sure to eat three meals per day, and I have been going grocery shopping more frequently so that there is always something healthy to snack on in the house. Last night, I made avocado Fettuccine Alfredo—which is a major accomplishment considering that I not only cooked dinner, but I also used an ingredient that I despise (that would be you, avocado!). FYI – avocado in an Alfredo cream sauce is relatively innocuous. I’ll share the recipe on the blog soon.

Do: Working out more than once a week is definitely on my agenda moving forward, but going to a strenuous kickboxing class after a long day of work is not my idea of fun. So, I’ve been looking for other ways to stay in shape—and supplement my cardio kickboxing. While scrolling through Instagram one day, I came across a pilates studio that offers classes in New York City and the Hamptons. I’ve wanted to try pilates for a while, and now seems like as good a time as any.

Visit: I am happy to report that I am in receipt of my recent thyroid blood work (after more than a few days of waiting for results), and as I suspected, my antithyroglobulin levels are still trending upwards. After speaking with my surgeon’s office, I will go to New York City next week for a second neck ultrasound and a follow-up consultation with my surgeon to discuss a potential treatment plan. I appreciate all of the prayers and well wishes that you’ve offered me and I will certainly keep you apprised of any new developments.

What’s on your agenda this month?