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Strong is the New Skinny

Alright guys, it's time for this month's fitness update!  Things have been especially tough for me as of late - I had my fourth and final doctoral comp a few days ago - but I've been keeping up with my regimen like a good girl.  I'm currently finishing up week 2 of T25 Gamma, and I couldn't be prouder. These workouts are no freakin' joke - there are four new modules this month, and they're all pretty ridiculous: Speed 3.0, Rip't Up, Extreme Circuit, and The Pyramid.  Shaun T definitely knows what he's doing, and he raises the bar with these circuits.  With the exception of Speed 3.0, everything is weighted.  I can feel myself getting stronger day by day, which is all sorts of awesomesauce.

I can't wait to finish up and tackle Insanity Max 30 next.  I was a huge fan of the original program, so I'm excited to give the shorter version a go.  I gotta admit that I'm a little intimidated though because T25's categorized as intermediate on Beachbody, while Insanity Max 30 is considered "advanced."  I mean, I thought T25 was pretty advanced, but I guess not? Ha. I'll have to see what happens.  

Also, I haven't weighed myself in ages, but the last time I checked, I was 110lbs.  I haven't been doing SUPER well with my diet, but I started eating clean again a few days ago (aka after my exam) so I'm not really worried about it. I have really bad anxiety and I deal with it by eating - NOT good, but hey, we all have our issues.  Luckily, I wasn't scarfing down TOO much garbage!

On another note, I'm planning on experimenting with thermogenics this month so I'll let you guys know what happens with all of that.  My BF recommended them to me so I figured why not?  I've never taken weight loss supplements before so it'll be an interesting experience to say the least.  They apparently speed up your metabolism with caffeine and other ingredients!  I've never been big on pills, but the manfriend's taken them before and he's still alive and kicking so I take comfort in that. Anywho, I'll keep y'all posted, and before I leave you, here's this month's playlist.  Enjoy!

My Latest Bargain Find from Zara

Telling you guys all about my latest find from Zara today on SS.  I picked this baby up online a few weeks ago during one of their blowouts - I actually ended up getting a bunch of other stuff as well because everything was super affordable, like under $10 affordable.
I scored this skirt for $9.99 (!!!!), and it's hands down one of my current favorites because the design slays and it flatters my figure like nobody's business.  I paired it with a sexy lace-up crop from amiclubwear and threw on a structured moto jacket to up my style game tenfold.  To finish things off, I carried my YSL tassel crossbody and wore custom-made boots from Two Perfect Souls.
Other BAMF skirts with asymmetrical hems (all under $20):
I've been feeling much more confident in my skin as of late because I've been working out a ton! Exercise seriously does the body good on so many different levels.  I've doubled up on beachbody workouts because my stress levels have been out of control - hopefully things will let up soon though. How do you guys de-stress? Do you have a routine? 

Skirt:  Zara || Boots:  Two Perfect Souls || Bag:  YSL || Jacket:  BCBG || Top:  amiclubwear
Photos shot by the incredible Voulez Boudoir.

SS Eats: Wit & Wisdom

It's time for another food post, everyone!  For today's blast, I'll be telling you all about my nomtastic lunch with Justin Schuble (aka DCFoodPorn) at Wit & Wisdom.  Located in Harbor East, this gorgeous restaurant oozes class - if you're looking for amazing food AND killer ambiance in Baltimore, you need to head on over stat.  

To start, we ordered green tea, coffee, and a Carrot Mule.  I'm not really into getting my drink on in the early afternoon, but I can definitely see myself making exceptions when lunching at W&W.  This cocktail was seriously one of THE best I've ever had, and it contained carrot-infused tito's vodka carrot-cardamom syrup, lemon, and ginger beer.  
Then, we ordered different apps to share:  House-made Charcuterie, Blue Crab Cocktail, and Maine Lobster Corndogs.  All three were delicious and beautifully presented so I honestly can't pick a favorite, but if I absolutely HAD to, I'd recommend the crab & lobster dishes, only because I feel like you can get charcuterie anywhere.  

I was blown away by the flavors of the crab and the creativity of the corndogs.  The former was marinated in flying dog orange ale vinaigrette and garnished with avocado, while the latter was served with whole grain mustard creme fraiche.  You really can't go wrong with either!  The next time I go back, I definitely want to try the Hand-cut Tagliatelle 'Carbonara' and their Acorn Squash & Apple Soup.
Moving onto entrees!  Again, we got 3 dishes and shared because sharing is caring, ha:  Crab Cake Sandwich, Maine Lobster Roll, and a Make Your Own Salad.  Man, I don't even know where to start so I'm just going to go in order.  If you're a fan of crab, you'll probably die a euphoric food death because this crab cake was ginormous in the best way possible.  

It had SO much crab - I hate it when restaurants skimp on the crabmeat, but the chefs at W&W aren't playin' around.  It was like 98% crab (!!!!) and it came with lemon aioli and baltimore french fries (aka lots and lots of old bay = heavenly).  The lobster roll was a winner, too.  Served on a toasted parker house bun, it came with breakfast radish and was garnished with jalapeƱos.  I'm not going to say much about the salad because that's pretty straightforward, but everything was (unsurprisingly) fresh.
Even though we were stuffed, we wanted to try their Baltimore Bar and Bread Pudding so we dug deep and made space.  Thank god we did because holy freaking crap, both of these were to die for.  I enjoyed the bar very much, but the bread pudding was stupid good.  I seriously can't get over it, like I've been dreaming of it ever since.  I'm NOT exaggerating when I say it's straight up magical.  I can't remember all the deets exactly, but I believe it's made with croissants, shortbread cookies, and served warm caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Just look at how gorgeous this dish is!
Conclusion: GO TO WIT & WISDOM.  Yes, you'll be splurging & dropping $$$, but it'll be worth it.  Trust me! Everything from interior to service is solid and as plus, you get a killer view of the harbor.  If you're looking to spoil someone or impress them hardcore, W&W's got your back.  You're welcome in advance!

A HUGE thanks to Wit & Wisdom for hosting us.