Hey everyone! I hope you guys all had a great Fourth weekend! I had an absolute blast spending the long weekend with a few of my best girlfriends, their husbands, friends and family on Seneca Lake in New York. For those not familiar with the area, Seneca Lake is the largest (38 miles long and 3 miles wide at its widest point) and deepest (with an average depth of 291 feet/89 meters, and a maximum depth at a staggering 618 feet/188 meters) of the eleven Finger Lakes. Back in the day, the Finger Lakes were originally streams that were then formed into lakes by a receding glacier. The Laurentide ice sheet, pushing forward all the way south to the Hudson River valley, and then receding back over the Great Lakes, carved out the Finger Lakes region by deepening and widening the existing river valleys, and dammed up the existing streams to form the lakes. This all went down about 2 million years ago, in the Pleistocene Glaciation (the important things you remember from elementary school). You can still see some pretty serious cliffs carved out by the receding glacier right along the edges of Seneca and Cayuga Lake. Also thanks to the Laurentide ice sheet, the region has its own unique macroclimate, perfect for growing wine-making grapes, with Seneca Lake having the most surrounding wineries (50+) in the Finger Lake region. Nowadays, it’s the best spot in Upstate New York to vacation in the summer, because the lakes are clear and deep so you don’t feel the seaweed tickling your feet when you jump off the dock. And there is lots of WINE. So now you’ve just learned something, and it’s not even noon yet.
Not only did I have a fantastic time, I count this weekend as highly successful because I didn’t go off the rails; I tracked all of my food to keep an eye on the amount of protein I consumed (even the 12 marshmallows* and 5 graham crackers I ate – no joke, I really ate that many), and did something active everyday. And then something magical happened: since I stayed active (the day of my long run, I took over 30,000 steps) and was eating healthy, I felt zero guilt over having a good time, and busted out ALL of the bubbles and ALL of the booyah to celebrate on the Fourth. BAM! There’s always time to reward yourself when you’re busting your ass. 😀 😀
How did I do this? I pre-planned all of my meals and brought all of my own food to eat (Thank God for Wegmans, which I stopped at on the way). When you know you’re going to be running around all day, you have to keep it simple, so I did:
Breakfast: Overnight muesli with fruit and nut butter
Lunch: Giant salad with tofu
Snacks: Fruit, veggies & hummus and/or toast and nut butter
Dinner: Veggie burgers, grilled veggies, salad, local New York corn (aka the best), any available vegan food
Is it boring to eat basically the same things everyday for three days? For me, not really. I’ve eaten overnight oats virtually every day for the past year and I’m still obsessed with it. After eating veggie burgers all weekend though, I’m definitely ready for something different and looking forward to making some more creative meals this week. 🙂
On Friday I got up wicked early (5:30 am) and went for a 10.5 mile run around (a very small) part of the lake. The views were stunning, the air was crisp, fresh and still a little chilly, the roads were quiet – it was long run perfection. My pace was super slow (+1:30 min from my “normal” pace – yikes), and I had to give myself a little internal lecture on not being to too hard on myself for being a slowski. Running in the summer is difficult for me; the combination of pollen, humidity and asthma isn’t really a winner. However, I was rewarded for my efforts by doing a post-run lakeside yoga session with my (sorority) sister R, who recently completed her yoga training and is now a certified yoga instructor and BAMF.
It was still early, and R led us in a silent meditation for a few minutes before our practice. Our practice was really peaceful, calming and centering and reminded me that I really, really need to get back into going to yoga regularly. I felt spectacular afterwards, and did not have as much muscle soreness as usual. Yoga for the win.
On the morning of the Fourth, R really wanted to kayak across the lake, which is about 2 miles wide. It was super windy and the waves were gigantic in the middle of the lake. Just imagine the two of us in little tiny lake kayaks, getting blasted by white caps as we paddle for our lives. It was definitely a fun adventure! And I have the calluses and blisters on my hands to prove it. 😉
We spent the afternoon grilling, hanging, lighting illegal fireworks and having waaaay too much fun.
Also, this was my Fourth of July outfit inspiration:
All in all – a freakin’ fabulous time. This is what we live for! 😀 I hope you guys had an equally fantastic weekend, too.
Now I want to hear about your Fourth weekend! Or Canada Day weekend! Or early July summer weekend! Tell me what you guys were up to in the comments! 😀 😀 😀
Happy Monday! Six days until my birthdayyyyyyyyyy! WOOOHOOOO!!!
*PS: I know that marshmallows aren’t vegan, or even vegetarian – that was my one and only cheat thus far. And I forgot to buy the vegan marshmallows at Wegmans, I was super super sad. But not sad enough to not eat the marshies. Also, since I very rarely eat such sugary food that isn’t fruit or fruit based (like Larabars), it tasted SOOOOOO incredibly sweet! Like almost too sweet – but still tasted like childhood summer. 🙂