Planner.

Someone pinch me….Am I dreaming, or does it finally feel like spring out there?!

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I ran 5.5 miles this afternoon, 95% pain free and it was incredible!

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Are you interested in seeing how crazy I really am?  Because I’m about to show you! :)

I’m a planner.  I plan my days, I plan my hours, I plan my weekends, I [try to] plan for my future.  I like everything in one place and to never feel like I’m missing something or their won’t be enough time to get something done.  Since I’m super Type A, I am in love with my planner [sorry, Russ].  I thought it would be fun to show the way that I organize my life in this book that I keep close to me most of the time.

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Before I get into that, I should say that I haven’t always been into planning, but after enough “oh, do we have a quiz today?  Or,” we had homework?”s in high school, by the time I got to college, I needed something to keep my homework/ exams/ projects/ meetings/ work/ workouts/ social life in order.  Memorizing it all wasn’t cutting it and I give major props to anyone that relies on their brain to remember their to-dos.

I know some people spend big on a quality planner, but for me, a $10.00 planner from Target each school year has been more than adequate.  My go-to planner each year is the BlueSky Weekly/ Monthly planner.  I like having the calendar view each month, as well as weekly pages with enough space for me to write my homework and assignments.  The calendar view is great because it allows me to see what’s coming up during the month in terms of everything in my life.  I even color code so I know when academic things are coming up vs. meetings vs. work vs. social.

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Did I tell you I was Type A?  But I only color code for the following week or two, because if something changes, I don’t like crossing things out!  Crazy, I tell ya.

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In addition to the calendar, I use the weekly pages to fill in my assignments.  This helps me remember all the small tasks, such as “case study assignment due Friday”, or, “bring in peer reviewed journal article”.  I look at these pages each night and cross of the tasks as it gets done.

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I have tried using electronic planners, such as Google Calendar, but I don’t keep up with it and I don’t get to physically cross things out.  One of the most satisfying things in my life is crossing things off in my planner.  Yes, I am aware at how pathetic that is and I am a-ok with it!

Crossing things off…that brings me to my next form of organizing every minute of my life.  Each week, I take a fresh post-it note and add it to my planner.  Each night before going to bed, i plan the following day out hour-by-hour.  In my “free” spaces, I write down everything that needs to get done over the course of the day, or should be finished in that hour, such as “call ___”, or “make dentist appt” or “respond to ___ e-mail” or…”shower” because then I get to cross it off :) .
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Writing it all out helps me feel accomplished at the end of the day, but also helps me sleep better since I don’t have a to-do list running through my head.  I even schedule things like “paint nails, go to the gym, eat lunch, and shower”.  Me Time is just as important as studying for exams, working, and doing homework.  And….putting a dark line through that finished task is so very satisfying ;)   I have found that seeing things uncrossed irritates me to the point that I’ll do them fairly early, like write a paper that isn’t due for two weeks, or start studying an exam really early.  Hey, there are worse habits, right?

On the weekends, I don’t write my schedule out, but I do write a check list of things that need to be completed during the course of the weekend.

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I despise the “Sunday Night Scramble” of trying to get things done and just feel stressed and unorganized until things are finished, so I usually try to work on that list throughout the week and Friday afternoon.

Okay, now that you all think I’m coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs, I think that’s it!

I would love to hear about all the ways you stay organized, if you care to share!

WIAW: A Day in the Life.

Hey, hey!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a WIAW post, and it’s been even longer since I did a Day in the Life post.  For selfish reasons, I like to look back on the day in the life posts and see what life was like a few months ago, or even a year ago.  Things really change over time!  I thought it might be fun to incorporate WIAW into a day into my life.

This post will follow last Monday.  For context, Monday and Tuesday are my longest days, which go from 8 am-5 pm with an hour break for lunch.  On one of those two days I will get up early to do some easy cardio.  Sometimes, I work the desk in the building for two hours and then stay up until midnight to go on rounds at 10 and 12.  That was not the case for this past Monday.

6:05 am:  My alarm goes off and I contemplate jumping out my window.  [Not kidding- I have very morbid thoughts first thing in the morning when my alarm goes off- see below haha].  I hit snooze.

6:23 am:  My alarm goes off again, but this time there is a text from Russ that gets me up and at ‘em.

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6:30 am:  I am doing moderately high interval training on the bike while watching Scrubs.  I am making my way through every season.

7:00 am:  Shower, dress, make oatmeal, pack bag, out the door by 7:40 am.DSC_0203

8:00 am:  Medical Nutrition Therapy.  We learn about renal disease and I do my best to stay awake (and succeed).  I take notes and the time passes quickly.  Renal disease sounds miserable.

10:00 am:  MNT is over.  I go to the bathroom and then buy a couple snacks because I forgot to pack them.  I buy an orange and a cheese stick and eat the orange now and save the cheese stick for my next class.  I am wishing I bought more food because I am hungry.  I sit in community nutrition and we talk about the School Lunch Program.

11:00 am:  I walk back to north campus to attend bio, the class I tutor.  While walking the mile back to campus, I talk to dad on the phone.  We talk about tattoos and my idea for having a tattoo party for my graduation.  It’s a joke.  I arrive at bio…eventually.  This is my third time taking the course (once for a grade, twice to tutor) so I go in and out of listening and calm my stomach down.  I eat my cheese stick.  It was salty.

12:00 pm:  LUNCH!  I eat TJs Creamy Tomato Soup, a slice of bread with peanut butter, and a salad with spinach, kale, and pulverized carrot from juice I made the day before.  I eat while answering e-mails and working on a blog post.photo 1-3

1:00 pm:  Tutor bio.  I haven’t looked over this information since last semester so I try to look confident.  I think I succeed.photo 2

2:00 pm:  I get an unexpected hour break.  In the weeks leading up to this, this hour was filled with Level II tutor training.  Apparently, it’s over (I’m level II certified-yay!), so I use the time to write 4, yes 4, blog posts and eat a protein bar.  It hurts my stomach, but I’m really hungry.photo 1

3:00 pm:  Tutor more bio.

4:00 pm:  Tutor my last hour of the day.  Thank goodness, because I’m losing steam…and of course I’m hungry.  I’m always hungry, have you noticed?

5:00 pm:  Dinner!  Dinner is great because I go to the dining hall and there are so many choices.  Tonight I have:photo 5Spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrot, cheese, sunflower seeds, raspberry vinaigrette.  And…photo 4I have been trying to eat more protein, so this is it: tofu, eggs, beans, barley, cottage cheese (and peach slices yum!)

And dessert, of course:photo 1-1Banana pudding.  I still love pudding.

6:00-8:00 pm:  Change into comfy clothes and then have more dessert and then start on my nightly tasks.  Tonight this includes studying for my food systems management exam for the next day, calling a summer program I am looking in to doing, and submitting an assignment.photo 2-1photo 3-1These are ah-mazing.

8:00 pm:  I can’t concentrate anymore.  Until about 8:30, I pretend to study more and then I decide to call it quits.  So I eat a snack.photo 4-11/2 c plain yogurt, 1/2 banana, some raisins, some cereal, some cinnamon-sugar almonds.

9:00 pm:  Watch some TV.  There isn’t anything exciting on so I turn it off.

9:15 pm:  Read.photo 3

10:00 pm:  Crawl into bed and call Russ.  I tell him about my day and he does the same.

10:25 pm:  Sleeping.

And then I do it all over again!  But I don’t workout on Tuesday’s and I have chemistry lab.

 

Three for Three. [Three Year Dating Anniversary]

Do you know what day it is?!  Yes, it’s Tuesday, Yes, it’s April 8, but it’s also the day that marks three official years that Russ and I have been dating.

Although I know he’s a popular subject on this blog (the #1 search term/tag), I’m not going to go on and on about him/us-although I certainly could!DSC_0012

Instead, I am going to share categories with three things in each (in no particular order).  Ready?

Three Favorite Things We Did This Year:

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2. Ran the Broad Street 10 Miler and finished in an incredible time!IMG_1140[1]

3. I can’t pick just one fun thing, but we did a lot of them this year!  Tailgates, dinners, concerts, trips, basketball games.  This was at a Temple tailgate :) DSC_0311edit

Three Reasons Why Russ is Great

1. He always makes me laugh.  Always.

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2.  He is supportive and caring.

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3.  He wants to be adventurous and see new places, try new things, experience as much we possible.  And he wants to do it all with me.  (I think ;) )

[4.  He calls me "purdy turdy" and I enjoy it way too much.]

Three of Russ’ Best Faces From the Year

1.  Looking guilty as ever.R9

 

2.  Being an Eskimo

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3.  Eating an Eyeballphoto(97)

4.  I Just needed to add the tourist picturephoto(54)

Three Things I Am Excited For During the Upcoming Year

1.  Punta Cana this summer!!!

2.  Going to concerts and the beach this summer.

3.  Beginning a new chapter as we both finish up school and start new experiences!

Here’s to many more with the most wonderful grasshopper in all the land… <3 DSC_0287

MyOatmeal- Dulce de Chocolate Creation!

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of MyOatmeal.com.  All opinions are my own.

Hello!  How was your weekend?

I gotta say, I was pretty bummed when I woke up this morning.  How can it already be Monday?!  This weekend just flew right on by.  Friday was relaxing, Saturday I got to [finally] see my little group of best friends from last year that I have missed so much, and then Sunday, I got to spend time with my mom while we visited my aunt.  I love, love, love seeing my parents, especially when they come bearing homemade food (my mom made Indian food and it was delicious!), presents from their recent trip to Seattle (earrings!), and a package that I have been patiently waiting for-something that made this morning’s wake up just a little sweeter.

MyOatmeal

Last week, I was notified that I would be able to order and review my own custom oatmeal blend.  I was so excited when I got the e-mail because 1. Obviously, I love oatmeal, 2. I always eat the same oatmeal, so this is an awesome way to change up the same-old, same-old, and 3. I think the idea of this company is really cool!

The company is called MyOatmeal and like I said, it’s a company that allows you to build your own customizable organic oatmeal, from type of oat (steel cut, regular oats, etc.), to the flavor, and then the mix-ins and types of sugar.  Then, after you’ve done all that, it’s shipped right to your front door.  Pretty cool, huh?

I got a little crazy and ordered the “Dulce de Chocolate”

  • Steel cut oats
  • Dulce de Leche [flavor]
  • Chocolate Hazelnut [flavor]
  • Dried Blueberries
  • Dried Strawberries
  • Slivered Almonds

My oatmeal creation came in the mail just a few days later, and this morning I tore into the bag, ready for breakfast.DSC_0213

Let me just say I really, really loved the chewiness from the steel cut oats and dried fruit.  My normal oatmeal is so mushy and creamy, so this was awesome.  They weren’t measly little pieces of fruit, I promise.  I also really thought the flavorings were quite good and not overpowering.  They also didn’t taste artificial, which is something I was worried about, especially with the dulce de leche.DSC_0203

The whole bowl was a little bit too sweet for my taste, so I ended up doing about 50/50 on the MyOatmeal creation and regular oats, which helped balanced out the sugar.  I don’t think the oatmeal was any sweeter than flavored oatmeal, but I am so used to plain oatmeal that it was strong for me.  Someone that puts sugar in their oatmeal would absolutely love this, and the best part about it is that it can be customized based on taste.  I didn’t have to pick all of the sweet flavors and toppings, and could have picked more natural things like peanut butter or honey flavor.  Next time, right?

I think this concept is a great way to try new types of oatmeal, or add a little pizzazz to your morning routine.  Usually, I’m all about the “if I can make it at home, I won’t buy it” routine, but I’m fairly confident that I wouldn’t be able to find all of these interesting flavorings in a supermarket.  Pumpkin spice?  Old-fashioned glazed donut? Carrot cake?  Creme Brulee?

At first I thought the price was a little hefty for a small bag of oatmeal, but one pound (which is what I ordered), is actually 11+ servings, which isn’t expensive at all.  It’s actually right around $1.00/ serving, which is great considering everything that’s included.

You can customize a new recipe as often as you want so that you have something new to try every few days.  The blends could even be made into muffins, cookies, or oatmeal bakes.  Hmmm…I think I might need to make Dulce de Chocolate cookies this weekend.  Give it a try!DSC_0200

 

Fitness Friday: The Heartthrob

Haaaaappy Friday!

I hope this week flew by for you as quickly as it flew by for me.  Maybe it was the extra time to take naps, maybe it was seeing friends throughout the week, maybe it was having plans to look forward to this weekend, but this week definitely was a quick one!  Wherever you are, and whatever your plans, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Here are the workouts that I completed this week, and at the bottom, I am sharing a cardio-focused workout that will keep your heart rate elevated the entire time.  And bonus!  No weights are needed, so it can be completed anywhere, at any time!  Enjoy!

Saturday:  Rest.  We spent the day in Connecticut.

Sunday:  20 minutes of HIIT on the bike, 5 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill, 15 minutes of very slow jogging on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the elliptical, 5 minutes HIIT on the bike.  (Total cardio: 55 minutes).  5 minutes of easy arm lifting, and abs and push ups.

Monday:  In ‘N’ Out workout that featured HIIT on the bike, then a series of chest exercises and quick abs.  I shared it in this post if you’re interested!

Tuesday:  Rest.  (25 minute walk in the evening).

Wednesday:  20 minutes HIIT on the bike, 5 minutes incline walking on the treadmill, 5 minutes on the stairmaster, 5 more minutes on the bike.  Followed by a shoulder-back super set workout.  Finished with abs and push ups.

Thursday:  23 minute run OUTSIDE (2 miles-and I’m paying for it now with knee pain), 20 minutes on the bike, 5 minutes on the treadmill, 5 minutes on the Stairmaster, 10 minutes on the bike.  (Total cardio: 1 hour).  Finished with some abs + push-ups.

Friday:  10 minute jog home from class (I looked ridiculous running with my book bag on!), 15 minutes HIIT on the bike, then BodyPUMP!  This class was harder than usual for some reason.  My muscles felt tired and I was sweating a lot.  I guess that’s a good thing?

I think it was a pretty solid week of workouts, if I may say so myself.  I’m hoping to get in a good workout tomorrow morning, and maybe something light on Sunday, if time permits.  We shall see.

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In ‘N’ Out Workout

Hey there!

I just thought I would pop in and share a quick workout.  It’s the workout that I did yesterday- done in under and hour and definitely left me sweaty…and sore today!  It focuses on chest exercises that are broken up with 30 seconds of cardio between each set.  Try jumping jacks, simulated jump rope, mountain climbers, jump squats, hand walk-outs, or anything that works for you!In N Out Chest

If you try it out, let me know!  Off to tutor/ lab for the rest of the afternoon.

Have a great Tuesday!

To Connecticut and Back We Go!

Happy Monday, people!

I hope you had a great weekend and you’re feeling ready to tackle this next week…I know I sure am!  My week of classes actually ends Wednesday because of cancelled classes Thursday and Friday!  Woohoo!

Anyway, Friday feels like f.o.r.e.v.e.r ago.  I guess time flies when you’re having fun?!

Friday was fairly low-key.  After an awesome BodyPUMP class, I headed home.  I hung out with Misu, while trying to get some work done.  He was beyond needy!photo(210) I didn’t do too much until late Friday night after I picked up Russ at the train station.  My parent’s fridge was like a ghost town, so I used odds and ends to put together a half decent dinner for us.  I made tomato sauce, whole wheat pasta, and a cheese “cream” sauce, then mixed it all together and baked it.  I guess I was going for baked ziti/mac and cheese type dish.  I put “cream” in quotes because we didn’t actually have any milk or cream, but we did have Greek yogurt so after making a roux, I added the yogurt and some sharp cheddar cheese.  It was interesting!  And Russ like it, but anything with the words cheese or pasta is a win in his book.  We ate the entire pan (it wasn’t that big), while watching Garden State.  I don’t think I have ever seen any movie as many times as I have seen that movie.  Makes me cry every time :)

Saturday we were up bright and early to drive to Connecticut with Russ’ mom for a 60th birthday party.DSC_0008

If that doesn’t sound fun, let me re-assure you that there was more food and booze than any 20-something birthdays.  Oh, and there were like 40 people jammed into the house.  Russ and I spent the day talking to people, EATING, and drinking a liiiittttle bit. I probably overdid it on the chips, tomatoes, broccoli, baby quiche, crackers, and DESSERT.  Besides the desserts shown below, there was the most amazing red velvet cream cheese icing cake.  I ate my weight.

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Drinks galore….(plus wine and beer!)DSC_0022

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We also went on a walk to get away from said people.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed myself and was completely in awe of Emily (shown with Russ, above) and how amazing this party was.  She even hired someone to come and play the guitar and sing.  It was like a personal concert!  Very fun.  We weren’t planning on it, but we drove home around 11…in the pouring rain.  I promised to help drive, but I was SO TIRED for no reason that had I drove, I probably wouldn’t be here to tell the tale so thank goodness Russ’ mom is wonder woman and drove the entire way.  (If you’re reading this, THANK YOU!)

Because of the rain and less than stellar driving conditions, and needing to fill my gas tank, we didn’t get home until after 3 am and we were pooped.  Pooped doesn’t even begin to cover it.  I didn’t wake up on Sunday until after 1 pm, but it was so necessary.  Once we were finally up, we ate some breakfast and headed to the gym to work off all the little goodies we indulged (binged) on on Saturday.  After the gym, we went to the Korean Market to pick up ingredients for Thai Tofu-Vegetable Curry.  I more or less followed this recipe and it was sooooo good and incredibly easy.photo(209)  IGE states that it’s a 20 minute recipe, and she’s not joking!  From fridge to table in just around 20 minutes.  I also served it with a side of baby bok choy sauteed in sesame oil and soy sauce.  That’s literally all we did on Sunday.  Not entirely sure where the entire day went, but after driving back to school, I was pooped and promptly fell asleep.  (Do I have a sleeping problem?!)

Monday began bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  Medical Nutrition Therapy was interesting with a guest speaker, and since one of my classes was cancelled, I hustled to the gym to squeeze in a quick workout.  I had just under an hour to do it before I needed to hustle to class, sit as far away from other people as possible, and hope that no one was noticing how red my face was and that I was still sweating.  I’m a classy lady, no?

Enjoy ya Monday, kids!

Fitness Friday: Leg Destroyer

Gooood Afternoon, kids!

I hope your week flew by as quickly as I did.  Russ and I will be going to Connecticut with Russ’ mom Saturday-Sunday.  We’re looking forward to doing a little exploring in a place neither of us have been to!  I’ll fill you all in on Monday!

Backing up to the beginning of the week…

Saturday:  8 minute run outside (the first run in 3 weeks and it felt awesome!) 35 minutes on the bike.  BodyPUMP-inspired workout + abs

Sunday: Rest. (3.5 mile walk in the afternoon)

Monday: 5 minute bike ride, hour long Cycle & Core class, 5 minutes of jogging.  My professor cancelled class so I hopped at the opportunity to go to spinning!  So, so great.

Tuesday: Rest.

Wednesday: I jumped around between the elliptical, treadmill, bike, and stair master for a total of 35 minutes of cardio.  Then another BodyPUMP-inspired workout.  I love that this workout targets every muscle group and leaves me feeling like I got an AWESOME workout.

Thursday: Cardio day!  10 minutes of incline walking, 30 minutes on the elliptical, 3 minutes on the elliptical (my knee was bothering me), 7 minutes incline walking, 10 minutes on the elliptical.  Total: 60 minutes.  Finished up with abs.

Friday:  20 minutes on the bike, then BodyPUMP!

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And just for fun, here’s a little workout that will kill your legs (in a good way!)Leg Destroyer

Have an amazing weekend!

Ideal Workout Clothes

While I was pedaling away at the gym this afternoon, I couldn’t help but think how uncomfortable I my shorts were, as they were riding up, digging into my hips, and all sweaty.  They’re great for lifting, and for just hanging out, but sitting on that bike-holy moly- they were riding up!  I kept getting up to “re-adjust” myself.

I’m not picky when it comes to workout clothes, but I do have a few qualities that my workout clothes should have.  I definitely don’t buy “designer” workout clothes, but colorful and cute is definitely a bonus!

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Old Navy Workout Tank Top with Nike Dri-Fit Shorts

Shirts:

  • Tank Top:  T-shirts cover too much skin and I just sweat wayyyy too much for that to be comfortable.  Sweating in a tank top isn’t bad, but in a t-shirt, it feels tight, constrictive. and HOT.
  • Stretchy material:  Nothing drives me crazier than when I start moving and sweating and my shirt stretches and becomes baggy.  Then it gets in the way, or slides up when I’m jumping or doing things like mountain climbers.
  • Dri-fit:  Dri-fit is a bonus, but definitely not a deal breaker.  I don’t find that Dri-Fit keeps me any cooler than cotton/ spandex.
  • My go-to shirt:  Every day, without fail, I wear a workout tank top from Old Navy.  I caught them on sale for $5.00 each and bought 6 shirts in various colors.  They’re form fitting, but loose, long to cover my torso, and made of a cotton/spandex blend.  I like these shirts because they’re great for working out, but I also wear them with regular clothes. DSC_0402editphoto(206)-001

Sports Bras

  • Colorful:  I love, love, love neon-colored sports bras.  They’re fun, and add a little color to a boring outfit.
  • Padded:  As a lifetime member of the IBTC, a little padding goes a looooong way.
  • Inexpensive:  I use sports bras for working out, but also just hanging out so I buy new bras every few months.  I find great bras at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.  $12.00 or less!  I have found them for $7.00
  • Supportive: This is a given!
  • My go-to bras:  Neon orange and neon purple from Reebok,padded bras.  I found them on sale at TJ Maxx for $7.00 and they’re my favorite!  Comfy, supportive, colorful.  My only negative thing to say is that the padding comes out in the wash and it’s a little tough to get it back in.

Shorts

  • Waist-band:  Loose!  Of course, it needs to be an elastic waist band, but the looser, or softer, the better!  I can’t stand waist bands that dig into my hips or ride up.
  • Shorts:  Flowy.  I like shorts that allow a lot of movement, without feeling tight around my legs.  Example: when doing squats, they shouldn’t feel tight around my thighs.
  • Color: The darker, the better!  No one likes to see the pools of sweat ;)   Classy, right?
  • Built-in Underwear:  Loose, again.  I hate the feeling of the underwear riding up, or cutting into my bum.  I feel like the built-in underwear are just there for no other reason than flowy shorts might show things that shouldn’t be shown, so no need for them to be tight!
  • My go-to shorts:  I have two pairs of shorts that are my favorite.  I had a third, but lost them :( .  The first pair are Nike Dri-Fit shorts that have a comfortable waist band and don’t ride up, and they’re long enough.  The other pair are a pair that my brother was getting rid of from cross country.  You know XC boys and their short-shorts!  This pair of shorts comes down mid-thigh, a really great waist band and loose built-in underwear.  They’re my favorite and so comfy!IMG_1586I know they look baggy, but they’re great!
  • My other shorts are saved for days that I’m doing an easier workout, or just lifting because they’re a little tighter and constrictive.

Shoes

  • Supportive:  I do all of my workouts (lifting, spinning, BodyPUMP, and running) in my running shoes.  I like the shoe to be supportive around my entire foot.
  • Light-weight:  The shoes I have now aren’t extremely light, but they are significantly lighter than my last pair.
  • Pronate-friendly:  I pronate my feet when I walk and run, so a little extra cushioning on the inside of the foot helps keep my feet stable.
  • Springy:  A little pep-in-my-step is always a good thing and comes from the spring at the back at the shoe.  This helps me jump and run, and land easily.
  • Long shoe laces:  It’s alarming how annoyed I get when other people don’t have their shoes tied because not having my shoes tied drives me insane.  The laces better be long enough to not come undone.
  • My go-to shoes:  Mizzuno brand.  I have had them for almost 2 years now, so it is definitely time to get a new pair.  I got them on sale at a race-bib pick-up, and they have taken me many, many miles.  If I had to guess, I would say I have covered well over 500 miles in them!photo(207)-001 photo(208)-001

Socks

  • Soft:  I don’t like scratchy socks because they rub against my feet.
  • Cushioned and thick:  A lot of people like a thinner sock to workout, but the extra padding is a bonus in my book!
  • My go-to socks: Old Navy socks.  Not the dri-fit socks, just the good ol’ ankle socks :)

That’s it!  I’m not into spending a lot for clothes, so buying clothes at stores like TJ Maxx and Old Navy works for me!  With that being said, clothes and shoes that are good quality and will last is definitely worth it.

Snacks Re-loaded.

How was your weekend?  Saturday night was so much fun.  Russ and I went out with Ancy and Chris for a show at the comedy club, Helium, in Philadelphia.  They’re currently running a “Dirty Dozen” special, so tickets were only $12 for 12 comedians at midnight.  It’s called The Dirty Dozen because they’re supposed to be the raunchiest, dirtiest, most inappropriate comedians.  They sure did live up to the name!  Some of the comedians had us in stitches, especially Russ.  We didn’t get out until after midnight, but it’s safe to say we all had a great time.  (And I got no photos!)

Besides that, I can’t say I did much over spring break, but I diiiiid make a lot of food and “shop” in the pantry and fridge for some goodies.  My snack + meal options were getting pretty scary.  Like eating the seasoning out of the bottom of a seasoned almond can.  Yeah…send help.

But that was in the past.  I’ve re-loaded my snacks and I’m so excited.  Not only because these snacks are great, but also because I am quickly running out of my “flex” (school money) because all of those $2.50 protein bars add up.  So now I have some new snacks, and can save my money to fuel my coffee addiction.  I mean, seasoning powder?  Really?

Here are some of the snacks I bought + made to bring back for the next few weeks.

Purchased Snacks:

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Clock-wise from the Cheddar Corn Puffs—

  • White Cheddar Corn Puffs
  • Oikos Cafe Greek Yogurt
  • TJ’s Organic Creamy Tomato Soup
  • TJ’s Indian Fare (great for an easy lunch)
  • Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter (better than TJ’s!)
  • TJ’s tortillas
  • TJ’s Sharp Cheddar
  • Paquea Valley Farms Lemon Yogurt
  • Gold Emblem (CVS) Mixed Nuts
  • TJ’s Multigrain Crackers

Cooked & Baked Snacks:

DSC_0040-001Blueberry-Lemon Muffins.  I followed the same recipe I posted for the Cranberry-Lemon muffins, but used blueberries instead.  They made them beautifully blue and moist!

DSC_0041-001Alton Brown’s Granola.  BEST granola recipe out there, hands down.  I burned it a little bit.  Ooops.

DSC_0044-001No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars. I followed this recipe, but mixed sunflower seed butter with peanut butter and used less oatmeal than the recipe calls for.  I also added chopped chocolate-covered pretzels.  These are great for grab and go!

And finally, new twists on my favorite breakfast:DSC_0049-001
Oatmeal, a handful of granola, sliced banana, and lemon yogurt.