Shopping in the Halstead/Armitage area of the city has always been a favorite thing of mine to do. I've spent several afternoons trying to cool off my smoking debit card after a trip to Lush, 1154 Lill, Fox's, and etc. I'd seen the Lulu store in that area plenty of times, but never ventured in. After I started crossfitting, I noticed that a ton of girls at the gym were wearing the gear from there. I researched it a little, but - omfg it's expensive! After Christmas, I talked Mark into going down there with me one day just to "check things out"....which when I say it means - buy something. I tried on a few things and then settled on a black pair of capris and another pair of capris with the slits at the calf. Well folks, I was hooked. They are the most comfortable pants I've ever owned and they make my butt look great! ;) Even though they're sooooo worth it I know that I can't be filling up my closet with their stuff all the time. So imagine my surprise when I found out they were having a warehouse sale this weekend in Rosemont.
Mark - who is by far the awesomest boyfriend ever - agreed to go with me as company and to help me hold things. Thank god he did because it would have been really hard to shop, try things on, and get through the checkout without him. We headed out there early at the recommendation of a girlfriend who went yesterday and I was glad that we did. There were a lot of people, but it was totally managable. There was quite a big selection of items and tons of things in my size, which right now is an 8. I picked out a scuba hoodie, 2 pairs of capris, 2 pairs of booty shorts (for hot yoga), and a pair of lounge pants. There were also guys things there so we went over to look for Mark. The pricing there was simple for the guys - 4 things for $100. My stuff was varied, but all in all we spent $288. Are you kidding me?! This weekend = shopping success!!!!
After shopping we went to Gail's Carriage Inn, a favorite breakfast spot of mine. I had a sausage and tomato frittata without cheese and fruit. Mark had an omelet with a bunch of different stuff inside, potatoes, and fruit. I love that place because everything I've ever eaten there has been incredible. Before heading back to the city we went to Sam's to spend more money. :) Finally, we popped into Marshall's to get a yoga mat for Mark, then home to nap because we were exhausted! All in all, a pretty great day though. :)
If you're keeping up on posts you'll know that I said we were going to do yoga today. The nap pretty much knocked that out of the equation. I'm feeling guilty that we had a really light week this week, but nothing I can do now but get back into the groove this week. On Wednesday, Feb 1, we'll take measurements and weigh ourselves. Mark took pictures of us on Jan 1 and I have hesitated on allowing them to be posted. We'll see how I feel about the after pictures. :P
Switching gears to food again, I must say that Mark's mom's meatloaf last night was excellent. She also made mashed sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. I always love eating out there, even when they try to make us cheat from paleo. Tonight we're having a tri-tip roast, grilled spinach, and avocado. This week's meals look like left-over roast, steak, and spaghetti squash and meatballs.
As far as tweaks I think I'm going to have to make going forward.....less fruit and wine. :( All in all though, this has been a pretty exciting month and I'm happy with all of the progress that I made.