Pizza Party; Weekend+End of Week in Review

varuni_us_smGood evening and hello – long time no post, I know.

I’ve been a bit busy with working and spring cleaning but you haven’t missed much… except some yummy pizza, workouts, lots of walking, & not so fun cleaning.

Thursday – Work followed by a patio party hosted by Scoutmob varunipizza_wr_smat Varuni Napoli

in Midtown Atlanta, near the Ansley Mall area/Piedmont Park. This place offers outstanding and authentic Neapolitan pizzas; they even import their flour, olive oil, olives, some cured meats, tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella (my favorite!). Seasonal produce & herbs are fresh and locally sourced, and the dough is naturally fermented. If you couldn’t tell, I’m in love with real Italian pizza & their One Year Anniversary Patio Party was a perfect opportunity to sample more of their pizzas & handcrafted drinks.

varunitrees_smThe evening was fun – plenty of pizza choices and lots of eager people to feed. We slightly wished we had not stayed on the patio once the sun lowered due to some pesky gnats, but we still didn’t regret our time there. The pizza (and apps+meatballs!) were plentiful, the drinks were refreshing (I mean, how unique is an Arugula spritzer!?), and it just reinforced the fact that Varuni Napoli is one of my favorite pizza spots in town ever.varuni_gift_sm

Also, check out the view when we looked up! Trees and cute lights strung above! Gorgeous, and very romantic come sunset! We also got a unique little gift bag with a red pepper stitched on (right) before we left along with a perfect cannoli, which is one of my favorite desserts, hands down. ❤


Friday brought more work, cleaning

& a sweaty buddy workout with Jeremy & a friend. After a walk to the gym and a warm-up, the workout consisted of:
060615_sleeeeed4 Rounds: 5 Chin-ups (from full range of motion, dead hang), 2 “sled” pushes, 100 mountain climbers (50 per leg), and 10 Thrusters (I used 20 lb dumbbells- a weight that was safe but challenging in reps 9, 10). This one left some puddles of sweat from all of us.

So our “real” push sled was stolen from our gym late last year. I was super bummed out because sled sprints are one of my favorite things to include in workouts. Well, my genius husband decided to put a plate on a Bosu ball to push across the turf strip… and voila! We have our “sled;” it’s not quite the same but definitely gets the job done (and may be even harder!) 😉


Saturday– Jeremy & I walked a lot! The FIFA Champions League final

060715_citywalkingwas scheduled so we decided to walk a couple miles to Taco Mac Metropolis to catch the Juventus vs Barcelona matchup. I actually wanted Juventus to win – they put up a great fight but in the end, missed too many chances & sailed too many shots over the goal. Oh well… Barca wins again but at least I can respect Messi as one of the best footballers to have ever graced the field. We put in a few miles walking, and check out the sunshine in my city ❤


Today i woke up early (couldn’t stay asleep) and got a cardio/sprint session in. What else would i do?

060715_pool_smAfter breakfast, Jeremy & I spent about 45 minutes by the pool before a grocery run and Goodwill stop to drop of some of the crap stuff we dug up while cleaning.  Afterwards, I snuck in a leg workout (deadlifts, weighted step-ups, and lunges) before getting this post finished.

Confession… I actually sneaked in some relaxing pool+reading times on multiple occasions this week (I know, shame on me for not using my downtime to update sooner). Don’t worry, I have a few things in store for the upcoming week. I’ve also just finished trying all of the Krush bar flavors I got to try, so the review is coming up soon!


Do you have any gym trade-offs/tricks that worked for you when you didn’t have the right equipment available to do the exercise(s) you wanted to do? What are your go to workouts/exercises?

Aight, I am  to watch the NBA game, hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend, too!

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20 Questions Tuesday

060215sunsetGood evening!

Can we take a moment to admire the gorgeousness of the sunset in Midtown Atlanta, tonight? Alright, done? Good! So I found a fun 20 Questions survey that I thought would be fun to share. Hope you enjoy!

1) What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday?

  • playing soccer games!
  • working out with Jeremy (love our buddy workouts)
  • reading by the pool in the summer

2) List your top three favorite TV shows.

    • The Vikings (History Channel)
    • Archer
    • Family Guy

3) Would you rather be in pictures or take them?

Take them, but it’s fun when someone else has the camera every once in a while. I always forget to get photos of Jeremy & I when we are out.

4) Why do you blog?

It gives me a place to put some of my creative energy to use, and I can both keep track of & share the things I try with people who may be interested!

5) Share five websites that you visit regularly…

  • Suppversity
  • WordPress hah
  • Weather channel (does the phone app count?)
  • Pulse reader
  • Facebook

6) If you could have lunch with one two persons from your Twitter list who would it be? 😉

@ProfDrAndro – Adel Moussa of Suppversity. A genius regarding things fitness & nutrition.

also … Ingrid Visser (@orcaingrid) – she researches & swims with the killer whales in New Zealand

7) List a few of your favorite snacks.

  • organic cream top yogurts, especially from Kalona
  • candied ginger
  • beef jerky
  • Quest bars

8 ) Do you have a pet? If so, what kind?My brother's German Shepherd

My husband counts, I swear! We don’t, but one day when we have the space and a yard, I’d love a German Shepherd like my brother’s.

9) Which three material possessions would you struggle to live without?

Cintiq tablet, my Canon Digital Rebel, and mascara.

10) What’s your favorite drink?

Alcoholic? Beer – good craft beers like Dogfish Head Indian Brown. Oh, not alcoholic? Water and Hot teas of all sorts.

dinner_05021511) Do you enjoy cooking?

Yes, but my cooking tends to be random and experimental! (for example, my dinner of taco seasoned ground lamb, red lentil/rice/quinoa mash, guac, plantain chips, and stir fried okra. haha. (Pictured Left)

12) Do you have children?

None, but plan to in the future.

13) What are your favorite hobbies?

Soccer, lifting, drawing stuff, reading random nerdy research, playing guitar and piano.

14) Would you consider yourself to be shy or outgoing?

More shy/introverted than outgoing but I thrive getting in my time out with people, too, even if it’s just at the gym. Large crowds make me nervous, though… (cough Dekalb Farmers Market, especially on the weekend, makes me feel like I am about to have a panic attack).

15) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?

Since I refuse the surgery, a larger chest won’t count haha. But seriously, I can get waaaaay too distracted & don’t sit still very well!

16) Who is your favorite actor/actress?

Maybe Robert Downey Jr?

17) What’s the coolest thing you’ve done this week?

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival counts, right? It was in the last 7 days.

18) Do you live near your family or far from them?

Very near my immediate family right now (less than a mile away!)

19) List three of your talents

Sketching/drawing, lifting heavy for my height/weight, playing guitar and piano by ear.

20) What is your greatest attribute?

Perseverance & willingness to take a chance on the unknown.

That’s all for now!

I have some more protein bar reviews coming up in the next week (B-Up bar, Krush bars) so keep tuned!

-HD