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Dinner at Cafe Mangal

Posted Sep 22 2011 8:28am
Matty comes to visit me at school once a week.  He usually visits around dinner time, after I finish taking a fitness class or completing a solo gym session. Yesterday was a solo day. I completed 15 minutes on the treadmill, gradually increasing my speed. I left the incline alone because my toosh was still sore from the combination of  Butts & Gutts on Monday and Kickboxing on Tuesday! The workout looked like this:



1:00 – 3:00

6.0 mph

3:00 – 5:00

6.5 mph

5:00 – 7:00

7.0 mph

7:00 – 9:00

7.5 mph

9:00 – 12:00

8.0 mph

13:00 – 14:00

4.0 mph

14:00 – 15:00

3.5 mph

 Post-treadmill, I walked over to a vacant group fitness room and completed this arms & abs circuit twice:





8 lb. weight

Entire alphabet



30 sec. each side

Lying Tricep Extension

8 lb. weights


Reverse Crunch



Bicep Curls

8 lb. weights





Dumbbell Row

8 lb. weights

15 on each arm

Standard Crunch

5 lb. weight (place on stomach)


Bent Raise to Armpit*

8 lb. weights


Standing Elbow-to-Knee Side Crunch**

3 lb. weight

30 on each side

*Hold weights with palms facing your body; raise both weights with arms bent all the way up to your armpits; lower weights and repeat.

**Ground left foot into the floor; hold 3 lb. weight in right hand straight above your head; at the same time, lift your right knee and lower your right arm to meet each other (hold your core!); release and repeat 30 times on each side.


Dinner last night was delicious! Matty chose Cafe Mangal ,  a new-to-us authentic Mediterranean restaurant in Wellesley. The inside was welcoming and romantic, complete with dim lighting and an at-home dining room feel.

We started off with homemade bread and sundried tomato olive oil. I chose the whole wheat piece, while Matty opted for the housemade pita bread. It was uh-may-zing! We both agreed that we would have gladly drowned ourselves in the sundried tomato olive oil.

For my entree, I chose the Avocado, Hearts of Palm, and Grapefruit Salad and requested a side of kisir, a mix of bulgur, mint, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and parsley. Both were delicious and so refreshing! I practically licked my plate clean.

After dinner, Matty and I came back to my dorm room and watched the season premiere of Modern Family. Hysterical. He has officially converted me into a fan.

Daily Musings

I don’t have class until 2:30 today, so I’m going to tackle a bunch of assignments and (hopefully!) get the majority of my work done so I can leave the weekend open for fun!

Question of the Day: What is your favorite new TV show this season?

I feel like there are SO many great shows on TV this year! Besides Modern Family, I’m loving The Sing Off (Sara Bareilles is one of my all-time favorite artists), Biggest Loser, and New Girl.

Stay lovely,


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