A Week’s Work

What a crazy week. Luckily this one will be my last super busy week before my finals. I have my last big Physics test and my final presentation for my Independent Study this week. Then, this weekend is my boy’s formal down in Charleston. Lots to do- healthy food, good workouts, and organization is the best way to get through!

Here are my eats and workouts from this week!

Eats:

Homemade chicken, quinoa, and pesto from NMK. He made me a belated birthday dinner. I am one lucky 21 year old!

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Pecan-encrusted chicken salad. I went out with my roommate and her mom, and we all got the same thing. No regrets, this was the best chicken salad I’ve ever had.

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Spaghetti squash, bell pepper, and eggs + hummus. A veggie-filled start to my day.

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Another vegetable-tastic breakfast. I love cooking up vegetables on Sunday and having them for quick meals during the week.

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Dining Hall salads. Basically only thing I eat there. I’m not complaining about that though.

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Workouts:

Workouts this week:

Monday: A 5:45 am bootcamp workout. SO early but lots of fun.

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Tuesday: A partner circuit with my roommate and an easy 20 minute cool down on the Arc Trainer. The partner circuit was no joke and almost killed us. In the best way!

Wednesday: Simple Arc Trainer workout. Busy days call for easy workouts!

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Thursday: A 5 mile run on the treadmill.

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Friday: An hour of cross training on the bike.

Saturday: A treadmill run and an outdoor circuit with my boy. But I didn’t account for the hot weather, and almost passed out. I am not ready for summer workouts!

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Final Thoughts:

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My beautiful school. I really am blessed!

This weekend I am also extremely thankful for my opportunity to be at this school and for my amazingly supportive parents. They make it all possible!

Question of the day:

What are you thankful for lately?

Is it springtime by you yet?

Valentine’s Day + My Best Friend

Friday, Valentine’s Day, started off as normally as usual. I woke up, showered, ate, and got ready for a day of work. Sort of. Classes at Furman were actually cancelled through 1 pm on Friday and my last class is usually at 12:30. I still had to go into the lab in the morning. I usually go on Friday afternoons, but I figured I might as well get it done earlier, and free up my Valentine’s afternoon!

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After lab, I had a quick Dining Hall lunch with my roommate. We chatted and laughed before she headed off to see her boy for the weekend. I am the only 1 out of my 4 roommates who is dating a boy at our school, so everyone was gone this weekend.

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I did some email catch up, then headed over to the gym for a workout. I did 10 minutes on the Elliptical and 40 minutes on the Arc trainer. Simple and quick.

Then it was time to shower, change, and get ready for the big Valentine’s date.

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^^white, not exactly a Valentine’s color, but it felt perfect for the evening.^^

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NMK and I went to went to the Velo Fellow, a pub-esque restaurant. We were surprisingly seated right away, without a reservation! We ordered a brie appetizer, and I followed that up with Pecan-Encrusted Tilapia. It was amazing. The boy chose the “Eastern Delight” which was a tomato-curry with chicken and rice. Delicious!

After dinner, we walked around downtown Greenville for a while, just chatting and enjoying the evening. It was the perfect date.

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The fun continued back in my apartment with our first {annual?} Valentine’s bake off. NMK and I both baked a dessert {in secret!} and then tasted them together! We wrote down our votes on index cards and then counted the ballots. It was….. a tie! We each voted for the other person. Too cute , at least we know we’re not selfish!

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^^For fun, some pictures throughout the past 2 years. We’ve been on a lot of adventures together!^^

Hope y’all had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Snow Day!

Sorry for the delay y’all…. busy bee over here!

Wednesday:

Wednesday was our Snow Day over here! It was freeeeeeezing {for us southerners ;)} and the roads were extremely icy. Too many people were hurt on Tuesday night, and I’m glad Furman decided to keep everyone off the roads Wednesday.

I started the day off relaxing in my apartment, and working on some homework. All bundled up, and enjoying the day off. It was actually what I needed to catch up on homework.. fun 😉

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^Some breakfast.. at 11:15. I sort of got distracted, and then realized I was starving.. oops. Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup, Egg whites + spinach, Udi’s gluten free toast, and Sabra hummus. Veggie filled and delicious breakfast.

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^^After some more homework, my bestie/roommate Carolyn and I went on an hour walk around the lake. It was cold, but so refreshing out! We wore 5+ layers each, so we stayed nice and warm on our walk. It felt good to get out and stretch after being stuck inside all morning.^^

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^^Lunch, post walk. Tuna fish, hummus, more Udi’s toast.^^

For my workout, I headed over to the gym, and pumped out 40 minutes on the arc trainer. It stretches my legs out so well! I love the versatility too- it can be low-intensity cardio or a HIIT workout, depending on the settings.

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^^So warm post-workout. That didn’t last too long…^^

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^^look at those icicles!! that bike would be fun to ride!^^

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For dinner, my boy came over and we cooked. All the dining services were closed on campus, and this was a fun alternative. We made quinoa with stir fried vegetables, and chickpeas. All topped with a Red Curry sauce. Too good!! And I got the leftovers 🙂

Thursday

Thursday morning it was back to class, boo! But it was good..too many days off and the work starts piling up, teachers get anxious…

It was a bright and early morning in the lab for me. I am lucky to have my boy working in the same lab as me! But, we keep our relationship on the DL in the lab. It’s not easy, but we don’t want to make it weird.

We walked over to lab at 8:30, and almost froze on the way there. It’s about a 1 mile walk, and just long enough to chap my cheeks and freeze my ears. Oh the joys of winter…

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^^In lab, we marked up NMK and ran some tests on him. Good practice. He was such a good sport- we had to shave his legs around the EMG test sites, and scrub the dead skin off {not a pleasant process}. Such a champ^^

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^^After finally escaping the lab, I grabbed some Dining Hall lunch with the boy and some friends. Then it was off to the gym for me, and another Arc workout. It’s my favorite cross training these days! I really can’t wait to run my half, so I can start strength training more again. It’s so hard right now, because my legs are  tired on the days I’m not running, that I don’t want to tire them out more with weights. Vicious cycle!^^

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Questions:

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^^my most exciting eat of the day– 3.2.1. mug cake. 3 tablespoons of Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 minute in the microwave. Easy and delicious. I topped mine with a mashed banana for some “icing”. It was such a yummy and easy treat. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about the entire cake sitting around, taunting me…^^

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Last thought, my beautiful campus, late in the afternoon on our snow day.

Question of the day:

Did you have a snow day this week? What did you do with it?

Cold and cornflakes.

Hey y’all! It’s been a few days! Things are crazy here. For the South at least. It started Tuesday afternoon, with snow, then a snow day Wednesday, and now..it’s Thursday morning and a balmy 17 degrees out. Oof! This New York girl has gone week, and this weather is too cold for me! Anywho.. let’s back up and recap the past few days.

Monday

Monday was pretty straight forward– these are the highlights.

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^Breakfast- apple + coffe to start. Followed by greek yogurt, frozen berries, and gluten free flakes.^

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^My workout was a 30 minute Arc HIIT, and 10 minutes on the bike to cool down.^

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^Dinner to go, eaten during my Kaplan class. Chicken, guacamole, pico de gallo, and sweet potato fries. Noms on noms on noms.^

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Later Monday night, I chilled with the boys and watched some Game of Thrones.. not the hugest fan so far! Although they did start me on episode 9, so there was a lot of confusion and catching up.

Tuesday:

Tuesday began normally enough- greek yogurt, banana, and gf flakes for breakfast {a staple lately…}. Following breakfast, I worked on setting up my new Armour39 Heart Rate Monitor.. can’t wait to tell y’all about it!

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^I got my workout done early, because there were rumors of snow, and I wanted to workout before the gym closed! I was decked out in Under Armour from head to toe, except for my favorite Brooks running shoes! I had to capture it. Also, I don’t know how to color coordinate…especially with workout clothes. Don’t judge.^

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^3 mile run. 9 min pace. Not speedy for you racers out there, but speedy for a novice like me! I do most of my runs at a 9:40-10:00 pace, so it felt awesome to really push myself and rock it for a shorter run. I think I’m going to start doing “faster” runs on Tuesdays and then slower on Thursdays to save up for my long run on Saturday. Unless I’m doing my long run on Sunday. So, we’ll see.^

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^26 more minutes on the Elliptical… time I was waiting for the boy to come pick me up, so I didn’t have to walk outside in the freezing/snowy weather.^

Lunch was eaten dining hall style with my roommates and the boy. Salad, and chips + hummus. Simple, delicious.

Around 3:30, we all received a text message that campus would be closing at 5 pm, due to inclement weather. At this point it was already snowing, but very lightly. So the boy ordered a pizza for himself and his roomies {because the dining services were all going to close..} and we drove to pick it up. So scary! The roads were insane, people sliding everywhere, and accidents every mile. I am so thankful that Nathan has 4 wheel drive and we were alright. I was shocked though, and am praying for the people who were in accidents, injured, or affected in any way by the storm. The south is just not prepared for this kind of thing.

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^Dinner, made in the apartment. Onions, spinach, and salmon.^

I doodled around my apartment for a while, doing some ‘homework’ aka watching TV and playing on Pinterest. Finally, at 9:30, we received a text that classes were cancelled for Wednesday. Snow day!!! My first full one in 3 years at Furman.

Questions:

Do you like Game of Thrones?

Do you love snow days?!

Wednesday, Workday.

Yesterday was a pretty insane day for me. I woke up around 6:45 to get things started. My morning included some reading, getting ready, plenty of coffee {my true love}, driving the boy to his class, and then eating breakfast before heading to my first class of the day.

It was colder yesterday morning than it’s been since I got back to Greenville. 28 degrees when I was walking to class. And even colder this morning… I have become such a baby… but when I’m home in NY I’m more mentally prepared for the cold. Here in Greenville, I walk out of my apartment expecting at least 45 every morning… and when it’s colder than that, it’s just a total shock to my system.

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I bundled up to the best of my Southern abilities. I also had about 40 pounds of ish weighing me down. I wasn’t going back to my apartment until ~930 pm {12 hours later} and I needed workout clothes, lots of books, sneakers, etc…

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Despite the cold, the walk was still beautiful. I am so lucky to go to a gorgeous school, and I need to take more time to appreciate it.

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^I met a friend for lunch in the dining hall. Salad bar with a side of veggies, salsa, and hummus. I pretty much get a salad every time I’m in the dining hall. What can I say- I’m a veggie girl.^

Workout:

For a simple workout, I did 30 minutes on the Arc followed by 15 minutes incline walking on the treadmill. My little legs were still pretty sore from my runs this week, and I didn’t want to push it too hard.

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^Still freezing out!^

For dinner, I met a friend at The Paddock, our on-campus restaurant. It just opened this year, and is surprisingly good. Not exactly restaurant quality, but still a step up from the Dining Hall. I had a southwestern style black bean burger– which meant salsa and guacamole. Yum! I got fries on the side…so bad, but so good! I wanted to make sure I ate a big enough dinner, because after this meal, we had to head off to a 3 hour MCAT prep class. It was the first one, and I’ll be going to these every Monday and Wednesday night. It’s going to be rough, but I need rough to make sure I’m prepared for the MCAT exam in May.

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After the class, I was mentally drained and not in the mood to do more homework. I met up with my boy and some friends, and we all went out to get frozen yogurt together. I had pancakes and syrup with some cake batter. Topped with maple nut clusters, cookie dough bites, and some chocolate chips/pieces. It was so so good. I got a little else yogurt than I normally do because I was really feeling the toppings!

Questions of the day:

What is your favorite cold treat?

Do you prefer the dessert or the toppings?

Busy, hectic, fun!

Monday:

On Monday we were lucky to have off from class for MLK day. It was such a treat. A lot of girls at Furman are rushing right now, so my roommates and I decided to host a brunch for all our independent friends. It turned out so well! We had cinnamon rolls, fruit salad, biscotti {from TJ Maxx– they were gluten free too! Check out Ginny Bakes for some gluten free treats :)}. Other girls who came brought some more food, and it worked out perfectly. Everyone chatted, hung out, and got to know each other better. We all usually hang out in different circles, but it was great to get to know them a little better.

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^my adorable roommmates.^

After cleaning up from brunch, I stopped by the dining hall to eat/hang out with the boys. I was actually pretty hungry because I couldn’t have most of the food at the brunch- fruit and gf biscotti can only get you so far! It was fun to catch up with the guys and just hang out.

A little bit later, I headed over to my boy’s apartment to fold his laundry… yep. Normally I would be totally against this- I can barely fold my own laundry without crying, but he was off doing fraternity things {it was rush weekend for them too!} so I helped him out. Either he has  a lot of clothes or he doesn’t do wash very often..hm… wonder which it could be 😉

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My workout for the day  happened mid-afternoon, as a study/cleaning break. 20 minutes on the Elliptical, and 30 minutes on the Arc Trainer. Simple and easy, and the perfect stretch out from my run on Sunday. I also foam rolled for a few minutes after my workout. I really want to get a foam roller for my apartment, so I can do it when I’m just hanging out/watching TV. Any suggestions on a good brand?

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Tuesday:

Yesterday morning, I woke up early to meet a friend for breakfast. Normally I sleep in on Tuesdays, but catching up with friends beats sleep any day! I headed to the dining hall and we talked for a couple of hours before deciding we should get off and be productive with our days!
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^Eggs, fruit, potatoes. Gluten free, and not too shabby for a dining hall meal. I think breakfast is actually their best meal of the day!^

Around 10 am, I decided to check out the material for my Kaplan MCAT course, which starts tonight. Well… there was ~ 5 hours of diagnostic tests and 3 sections of reading to do before the class today. Oops. Needless to say, my morning and afternoon were pretty full with all that work.

After taking all the tests, I needed a mental break, so I stopped for a  workout. A 4.5 mile run followed by 15 minutes on the Arc. It felt good to run, I just wish it hadn’t been so cold outside, or I would have enjoyed the sunshine + fresh air.

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After my workout and some more homework, I headed off for dinner, followed by a meeting. The rest of the night was very un-eventfully spent doing homework and reviewing for my class tonight.

The class is 6-9…definitely a marathon. I am excited though, to see what it is like {and hopefully find out that it is worth the big $$ it cost}.

Questions of the day:

Are you a procrastinator?

Do you take mental/physical breaks even when you have lots of work to do?

I can’t function if I don’t at least get a few breaks in. My favorite study breaks are going on a 10 minute walk with a friend or a 10 min run by myself. It totally wakes me up and rejuvenates me for more studying!

Weekend Warrior.

So I’m not entirely sure, but I think at college people use the term ‘weekend warrior’ for people who study hard during the week, but go hard on the weekends. I enjoy hanging out with friends on the weekends…but I’m definitely not someone who ‘goes hard‘. My version of weekend warrior is… working out, getting food prep done for the week, and cleaning the mess I’ve made during the week. Some may call me crazy ;). I do also enjoy using the weekends to catch up with friends who I don’t see during the week.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I woke up super early- like 6 am early. I don’t know why but.. I felt really well rested, so I just rolled with it. No one else in my apartment was awake yet, so I chilled on the couch for a while, {ok I was on pinterest} before moving our table out of the way and doing a quick 10 minute circuit. It felt good to get in some movement first thing in the morning. And even better to not have to go outside to do it! I watched some Kardashians while doing my workout/chilling. Guilty pleasure TV.

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^A little bit later, I sipped on some Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup. Kind of weird breakfast choice..but it was a nice way to get some vegetables in first thing!^

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After the soup, I roasted some spaghetti squash and some sweet potatoes, before whipping up some Gluten Free Banana Bread {recipe to come!}. I obviously proceeded to snack on some of that before putting it in the fridge {so I didn’t inevitably finish off the entire thing}.

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After organizing my room and doing some laundry, I ran out to grab groceries for the week + grab some decorations from TJ Maxx. I spent more than planned, but it is so fun to add cute items to our apartment! After the errands, I headed over to the gym for a little workout. I didn’t want to do anything crazy because I knew I had a long run on Sunday, and my legs were still a little sore from my circuit workout Friday. I did 50 minutes on the Arc Trainer. Have to keep that endurance up for my long runs! #halfmarathonhereIcome

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After the workout, I showered, changed, and threw together a quick dinner. Spaghetti squash, green pepper, hummus, tomato sauce, and tilapia. Quick + easy. I threw an apple in my bag and ran out to go babysit.

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Babysitting was so much fun. Most people at school are busy with Greek Recruitment this weekend, but I was free! My roommates are all independents as well, so we were still able to have some fun. Anyway, babysitting was great. This little nugget was too cute, and we played kitchen, matching games, and danced for a couple of hours. I put her to bed around 9 and had an hour to chill by myself before her parents came home. I don’t really love being alone in someone else’s house {hello– creepy?!} but Pinterest and Netflix kept me happy and distracted :).

After babysitting, I spent the rest of the night hanging out with my boy. We just chatted and he tried to roll a knot out of my leg! So painful but awesome- definitely helped for my run! We also snacked on some Brie and hummus. I love me some cheese.

Sunday:

Sunday morning, the boy and I headed off to church together. Church wasn’t until 11, so I had planned on getting some work done beforehand. Instead, I slept in until 9:30 and then got ready for church. Between getting ready and leaving early to get there {and pick up the boy} I didn’t have time for much breakfast, so I just grabbed a slice of my GF banana bread, and headed out the door.

By the time we got out of church at 12:30, I was pretty hungry and NMK was getting super hungry. It was real. {I kid.} We tried to go to Everyday Organic, my favorite local restaurant but they were all full, and we were not in the mood to wait. Since it was 1 pm by this time, we decided lunch fare would be acceptable. Thai food it was! I got some Red Curry with rice, which turned out to be awesome fuel for my long run!

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After digesting and cleaning for about an hour, I headed over to the gym for my run. I try to run outside as often as possible, but I just wasn’t prepared for it yesterday. I don’t know.. I have to be in the right mental place- you know? I did my 9.5 miles, without stopping, and in a 9:40+ pace. I know– I’m not fast! But it felt great to get through, and I was speedy for me! I aim to finish my long runs under 10 min/mile. Nothing too crazy or ambitious for my first half! The run felt awesome, and I was so so happy! The middle miles were definitely a little boring, but I never felt like I needed to die. That’s a win!

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After the run, I showered and cleaned up our apartment some. I also CHUGGED water. I filled three bottles and told myself to finish them before doing anything else. I wanted to make sure I hydrated. It makes such a difference in how I feel the next day, and I am definitely thankful for that today. I also had some greek yogurt mixed with protein powder. My muscles need that protein!

After resting for a while, my friend Sarah came over to join my roommates and I for a fun Girls’ Night! We had hummus, brie, goat cheese, guacamole, chips, crackers, and salsa. Tapas, delicious style. After chatting, painting our nails, and chowing down, we flipped on Revenge. I love love love Revenge. It is taking some crazy twists and turns this season- y’all should check it out! I am so sad it won’t be back on till March. At least I’ll have the Olympics to distract me.

A little later, we split some Half Baked ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. It was amazing. Perfect treat after that long run!

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Questions of the day:

Do you ever struggle with running outside? Do you prefer road or treadmill?

What is your favorite treat/trashy TV indulgence?