Yea…we’ll get to that. 🙂
First up, my adventures yesterday.
Every July, my great-uncle throws a pool party/family reunion of sorts. It’s a chance to see a lot of older relatives we don’t see too often anymore, and just a chance for all us to get together. So around 2:30 yesterday, Eric and I packed up and headed over there.
When we got there, I realized I had forgotten the cupcakes I had made for the occasion. Fortunately, we only live about ten minutes away so I jumped back in the car to drive home and grab them…only to reverse directly into my cousin’s car, who was parked behind me. Oops.
Fortunately, there was no damage, and I got the cupcakes back to the party (clearly, the most important thing).
It was nice to chat with family members for a while. Even though I didn’t go swimming, my uncle has an awesome in-ground pool that everyone was enjoying. For appetizers, there were some chips and crackers and various dips set out, including some rice crackers and greek olive hummus. Clearly, I dove headfirst into that. 🙂
This is my older brother, Craig. He kind of acts like a ninja and likes to perch on things. 🙂
I loved being able to see him. We don’t get to hang out too often any more and I love him to death, so being able to catch up with him definitely made me happy.
For dinner we had typical BBQ fare – burgers, hot dogs, sausages, salads, and baked beans.
I wasn’t really feeling a hot dog or burger, so I stuck with baked beans as my protein source, as well as a deviled egg, greek-style salad, and a vinaigrette based coleslaw. I was so happy the coleslaw wasn’t mayo-based, not a fan of the stuff at all. I went back for a small scoop of potato salad, some pickles and another deviled egg.
The obsession my family has with deviled eggs is actually kind of hilarious. They must be present at every family event, and we all fight over them to get as many as possible – if you have 12 of us at a family event, we can put away like 30 of them, easy.
Apparently, he was making up for the burger I wasn’t feeling. 🙂
And of course, one of these babies for dessert:
I was very happy with how these turned out. Especially the cream cheese icing – so good! I usually go with buttercream, but I may be making the switch more often.
And dessert had a round two: a big chunk of watermelon and a little bit of a dessert may aunt made called “Stained Glass”. It involves a lot of jello and graham crackers – neither of which I’m a huge fan of, so it was just ok.
All in all, it was a lovely afternoon with the fam. And when we left, a cousin of mine and his wife announced they were 3 months pregnant! Congrats Adam and Melissa – so happy for you!!
Last night was my friend Brittney’s boyfriend Adam’s 28th birthday – so clearly that meant a night on the town. They had rented a hotel room for the pre-drinking, so around 9:30 Eric and I headed over there. I’m not a huge drinker by any means, but once a month or so I feel the need to go out and act like the 22 year old/university student I am – head to bars, dance a lot and drink too much. 🙂
Clearly, the drinking had already started.
I don’t even care that this picture is blurry – it’s that awesome.
No party is complete without glowsticks.
The whole group ready to go:
We left the hotel around 11:30 and headed down to club Onyx – a club on Carling Street in downtown London.
Yea, I was not the biggest fan of this place. They played house music and only house music – which I kind of hate. And they played it so loud you couldn’t hear the person next to you screaming in your ear; it was literally vibrating the floors. I really don’t think it was worth the $5 cover we each paid to get in.
The one redeeming factor: the bartender gave Brittney, Mel and I free shots. 🙂 Swedish berries -a mix of banana liqueur and Raspberry Sourpuss that is ridiculously delicious. It actually kind of tastes like the candy (if you soaked it in alcohol for a while).
At about 12:45, a few of us were getting antsy and sick of the music, so we split off and headed around the corner to Poacher’s Arms.
Muuuuuuuch better. Poachers is probably my favourite pub in London – it’s spacious, the service is good and the music they have (especially on weekends) is awesome. Tonight, we heard an acoustic cover of Spice Girl’s “Stop” – my night was made right there.
Dear random guy that jumped in my picture: if you photobomb a blogger, you wind up on the internet. 🙂
We stayed at Poachers until last call, when we headed back to the hotel for one last drink. And in my case, copious amounts of Smartfood popcorn. That stuff is amazingly tasty, and good drinking food. 🙂
Basically, I spent my night doing way too many shots and dancing up a storm – definitely ended up being an awesome night! Eric and I got home around 3:00 am and collapsed into bed around 3:30.
The Morning After
Needless to say, I was not feeling my best when I woke up this morning. Clearly I had a nice hangover going on. When I drink, it really affects my ability to sleep – I woke up around 8:30 am, laid in bed for a while before getting up at 9:30.
I had my workout planned for the day, so after I had walked around for a little bit and drank my weight in water, I headed over to the gym.
Livefit Day 48 – back/rear delts/cardio
- 4 x 8 deadlifts (95 lbs)
- 4 x 8 incline bench pull (40 lbs)
- 4 x 8, last @ dropset wide grip lat pulldown (35 lbs)
- 4 x 8, last @ dropset seated cable rows (42.5 lbs)
- 4 x 8 straight arm pulldown (30 lbs)
- 4 x 8 reverse flies (17.5 lbs)
- 4 x 8 seated bent over rear delt raise (20 lb dumbbells)
- 30 minutes medium intensity
ellipticalwalk to the gym and then to pick up my car – obviously, there was no driving last night.
You would think that a workout would be really difficult hungover – and it really isn’t a walk in the park. But I find that when I workout the day after a drinking night, it actually helps me recover and feel normal again – unless I went on such a huge bender that I can barely stand the next morning.
So please don’t think this is me ignoring my body signals or not giving my body rest when it needs it – a workout is actually part of my hang over remedy! It probably doesn’t work for everyone, but it works nicely for me. And the best part of this workout: realizing I was at the gym with some glitter/sparkles still around my eyes from the night before 😉
Continuing with the hangover remedies.
The famed Fitnessista breakfast cookie!
For this version, I used peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter protein powder, about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of pumpkin, cinnamon and liquid stevia.
Protein to recover after my workout, fat and carbs from the peanut butter and oats – makes me feel normal when I’ve got a hangover going on. I just made this up before I went to the gym, and it was ready to go for me by the time I got home.
I think I’m going out this afternoon, but until then, my butt is staying planted on this couch – considering my poor sleep I know I’m going to be tired today!
<– Any foods that must be present at your family get-togethers?
<– If you drink (or used to) what is/was your best hangover remedy? Wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a list ready for next time 😉