WIAW: college dining & busy days.

Morning! It’s already Wednesday and I can’t wait for Friday  This weekend is our ‘fall break’ (just a mini-break with no class Monday&Tuesday) and I have big plans… getting supplemental applications done and finally re-organizing my room! Plus some fun activities thrown in with my roommate. It’s going to be the perfect combination of work + rest.

On to the good stuff… WIAW

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^^a beautiful morning around the lake, as usual^^

 

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^^lettuce, eggs, and some paleo pumpkin bread (I made with coconut flour) topped with Kerrygold grass-fed butter^^

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^^dining hall lunch. on a busy day (Tuesdays are especially busy for me!) I am so thankful for on-campus dining options. Although it can be difficult to find healthy options, you can certainly do it if you don’t mind eating the same thing most of the time. for me, it’s a salad with a little feta, some balsamic vinegar and chips. the chips aren’t the *best* option, but if I go for just a salad, i’ll be hungry an hour later! i also grabbed some grilled chicken to eat on the side.^^

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^after running around campus to class, lab, ‘mock interviews’ (practice for Med School), and a club meeting, i couldn’t wait to grab some dinner.  my boy and I stopped by The Paddock, our campus restaurant. It’s kind of a burger place, with some other options like sandwiches, salads, and wings thrown in. i grabbed the falafel salad but replaced the falafel with chicken. It was simple and delicious, just what I needed after a long day.^

Questions of the day:

Are there healthy options where you work // go to school?

What’s your favorite on-the-go option?

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?

WIAM- What I Ate Monday!

What I Ate Monday- eats of the day!

The outfit I wish I wore to class. I am loving my new soft leggings, but I’m not quite into the whole leggings-as-pants scene when I’m not working out.

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Breakfast.

I have been getting back into a small glass of Apple Cider Vinegar with my coffee and water every morning. It makes me feel so great, and it has great health benefits as well.

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My meal consisted of 2 eegs, some spaghetti squash and eggplant. Simple and real. JERF!

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Lunch.

Lunch was “take out” from the Dining Hall. A salad with chicken, baba ghanoush, an all the vegetables. On the side- full fat cottage cheese, with almond slivers, and a little pineapple/mango combination.

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Dinner.

Dinner was also eaten at the Dining Hall. It’s not my favorite, but sometimes it’s the best I can do! It’s hard to get all the way back (1.1 miles) to my apartment just for dinner. I had a Moroccan Vegetable stew, with a salad. It was slim pickings at our dining hall, but I tried my best to make it work. Unfortunately I didn’t get any substantial protein at this meal, which is probably why I was starving when I got back to my apartment 5 hours later.

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For my workout I did an upper body session, followed by 40 minutes of steady state on the Elliptical. For some reason my legs were really feeling the workout and I was exhausted from simple steady state!

IMG_4797Late Night Snack ;).

I was so hungry when I got back to my apartment, I stole a few spoonfuls of this delicious coconut butter, along with some frozen berries. Not too bad for late night snacking!IMG_4782

How do you deal with Dining Hall (or work cafeteria?) selections?

 

What I Did This Weekend!

Hey y’all! How was your weekend? Mine seemed to just fly by- isn’t that always the way?

Here’s the short version of my weekend!

Saturday:

On Saturday morning, I woke up early to get started on work and chores for the day. First up, I made some breakfast for myself, and a little later when NMK came over, breakfast for him as well!

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^^Breakfast for me. Fish, vegetables, and sweet potatoes.^^

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^^Chocolate pancakes for the boy^^

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While my boy was over, I did a little devotional and shared some prayer time with him. There is no better way to start the day.

Then it was homework time. Physics, Spanish, and MCAT work. Boring stuff, you guys don’t care about that!

A few hours later, I headed over to the dining hall for lunch with my roommate. The options were pretty slim, but I managed to get some good vegetables, some hummus, and a few chips for crunch.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent studying. Boring.

I did manage to fit a workout in- 45 minutes of easy steady state on the Elliptical. Perfect for the weekend.

A little bit later, we gathered our Spring Break group to sort out details for the week. Next week is finally our Spring Break, and we’re going to Savannah, but I’ll fill you all in more after I make it through this crazy week!

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We had planned to eat at our on-campus restaurant, but when we got there, the line was wrapped around and just horrifying. We ended up back at the good ole Dining Hall. Not my first choice for a Saturday night, but hey- free is free! ^^I ended up with some Moroccan Vegetable Stew and potatoes on the side. Simple and healthy {ish}.

After dinner, I finally took a break from homework and hung out with my boy and our friends for the rest of the night. Simple and fun.

Sunday:

Sunday was pretty much the same as Saturday– filled with homework. So I’ll just hit you guys with the details!

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^^All dressed up for Sunday morning Church. The message was all about praying, and something I really needed to hear this week. I usually feel that way though :)^^

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^^Workout– another 45 minutes on the Arc but this time it was a HIIT workout. And it nearly killed me. But in the best way ;)^^

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^^A healthy dinner to round out the night, whilst watching the Oscars with my roommates. Sweet potatoes, asparagus, Sole fillet, hummus, artichoke hearts, green peppers, and onions. I spoil myself!^

Question of the day:

What was the highlight of your weekend?

WIAF- What I Ate Friday!

What I Ate Wednesday is a pretty popular theme here in the blog-o-sphere. However, Wednesdays always seem to fly by for me. I did, however capture {pretty much} everything I ate yesterday, so I thought I would share a full day of eats with y’all!

Breakfast:

For breakfast, I whipped up a smoothie, based on the JJ Virgin Diet Shake. I enjoyed a few spoonfuls of Bob’s Red Mill Muesli along side. The chewy oats were delicious with spoonfuls of berry-filled smoothie!

Smoothie:

1 cup Almond Milk

1 scoop SunWarrior Protein Powder {rice based}

3/4 cup frozen berries

1 TBSP chia seeds

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Lunch:

Friday was a busy day for me, so I just grabbed some food to-go from the Dining Hall. They actually had some awesome looking grilled chicken for once {as opposed to the sketchy grey chunks they normally have}, and roasted brussels sprouts, which I topped with marinara sauce. To go along with it all, I grabbed a bunch of vegetables- spinach, cucumbers, romaine, carrots, tomatoes, celery, and northern beans  to top it all off!

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^^Post lunch, I enjoyed a pear. Then an hour later {after my class} I had an apple. I was feeling sleepy, and I wanted some fast fuel before I headed off for my workout.^^

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For my workout I did a 45 minute HIIT session on the Arc Trainer. It felt awesome– and I was covered in sweat by the end.

After my workout, I changed and had a quick snack before heading off for a fun activity– dance lessons!

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^^Celery and salsa. Crunchy and delicious.^^

A few months ago, I bought NMK a Groupon for 4 dance lessons as a couple. We have been trying to improve our swing dancing {it’s SO popular down here} and this seemed like a fun way to do it. The dance lesson was a ton of fun, and it flew by. I can’t wait for the next one!

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^^For dinner we went to Panera, and I ordered off their Hidden Menu. I had the Power Chicken Hummus Bowl, a side of soup, and a bag of chips. I was pretty hungry!^^

NMK and I spent the rest of the night studying, before watching an episode of House of Cards {it gets more intense every episode}. I had a spoonful of almond butter, to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Side note: Why does Panera have a “secret menu” with items that are healthier than their “normal menu”?! Does this make sense to anyone? They should have MORE items like their secret menu. Rant over. You all should check it out next time you’re at Panera.

Question of the day:

What is your favorite place to eat out?

Mine are a few local restaurants: Tupelo Honey Cafe, Everyday Organic, and Moe’s Mexican Restaurant.

Recovering and poor decisions.

I cannot believe it is already Friday! This week has been insane. I flew back in on Monday, and literally went straight to class. My roommate picked me up from the airport and dropped me off just in time for my 12:30 class. It’s been a lot of catching up these past few days, but that’s the price for an amazing weekend in Florida.

Here’s what I’ve been up to!

Eats:

This Tuesday, I started a Virgin Diet-esque approach. I have still been having some stomach issues, despite dropping gluten. The biggest thing was feeling stuffed and bloated after only having a small meal– no fun. My mom’s friend suggested I try this approach- dropping some other highly reactive foods {like eggs, soy, dairy +4 more}. After leaving them out of my diet for a while {the Virgin Diet is 21 days, but I am probably going to try it for about 10 days} you reintroduce the different food groups, one at a time, so you can figure out what you’re really reacting to.

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^^A simple breakfast- toasted coconut, rice cakes, apple.^^

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^^A berry + protein smoothie. I use SunWarrior rice protein and I love it- clean and not a huge ingredient list.^^

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^^Salad, Dining Hall style. All the veggies please :)^^

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^^A simple dinner- fish, sweet potato, vegetables, hummus and salsa^^

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^^A healthy dessert creation- pumpkin puree, cocoa powder, almond milk, and a little stevia^^

Workouts:

On Monday I travelled back from Florida. My legs were ridiculously sore from the half marathon, and I honestly could barely walk. That night, when I had some free time, I stretched for a while and went for a 30 minute walk. It hurt but it also felt good to move around and get some blood circulating through my legs.

On Tuesday I was still sore, but not terribly. One of the most exciting things (in my opinion) about being done with half marathon training is that I have more time/energy now to focus on strength training. I did an upper body workout {based off of Meg’s} and a 25 minute session on the Elliptical.

Wednesday I went for a 1 mile run, followed by 30 minutes on the Elliptical. I then completed a 20 minute leg workout {based off of this program}. It was awesome. Let’s just say- today is Friday and my legs are still sore. Poor decision.

Thursday I was resting from leg day, so I stuck with an easy 30 minutes of cardio. Later in the afternoon NMK and I went on a nice walk as well!

Activities:

Some random pictures from my week.

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^^Working in the lab sometimes means running tests on yourself. This one was particularly painful- you shave the area + scrub it to get the dead skin off + then wipe down with an alcohol wipe. All in the name of science.^^

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^^Profound bricks by our bellower- “Donut Money”. I hope I can come up with something as wonderful this ;)^^

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^^NMK. He’s fun. We adventure together^^

Question of the day:

What part of your body do you like to train most?

Week in Reivew + Weekend Adventures {to come!}

 This week has been awesome. Busy, but awesome. I have had a lot of work to do in preparation for my trip this weekend. I’m leaving this morning for Orlando, and my half marathon! I cannot wait to share that experience with all of you!

Here are my eat highlights from this week-

Breakfasts:

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^^Who said you can’t have veggies for breakfast? with a side of hummus. This was awesome.^^

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^^I have this Bob’s Red Mill muesli that I have been eating all week. With almond milk, and apples or bananas- it’s the perfect morning combination!^^

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^^I love my salads. Anything and everything is game– leftovers are my favorite to throw on top of lettuce and call it a day.^^

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^^Curry, dining hall style.^^

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^^Salad from Moe’s. Rice and beans, don’t mind if I do!^^

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^^A little dessert, dining hall style. Corn flakes, gluten free granola, and pineapple chunks under it all!^^

Workouts:

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Workouts this week were simple– Tuesday and Wednesday I went on some interval runs, to get my legs moving and in race mode! Yesterday, I stuck with a class 40 minutes on the Arc Trainer, just an easy stretch out. I’m hoping to get a workout in at the hotel tonight, but we’ll see where the day takes us!

Activities:

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^^All dressed up, nowhere to go. Actually, this was the last semi-chilly day we had this week {and it still got up to 65 midday.} The temperatures have been around 70 all week. Unreal! And now I’m off to Florida. One lucky girl!^^

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^^I had a big interview yesterday, which is part of the reason this week has been so crazy! I get so nervous for these sort of things. I went with simple, all black, and a blue sweater for a little pop. I will hear back in a couple of weeks, so keep your fingers crossed for me!!^^

And now- I am off to throw a couple more things into my suitcase and head off to the airport! I am so excited for this weekend. My first half marathon is almost here!

Snow Week- eats and activities.

This week has been insane. It started snowing on Tuesday and continued through Wednesday and Thursday. School was cancelled on Wednesday, Thursday, and most of Friday {enough that I didn’t have any class!} The crazy thing is that yesterday afternoon, it warmed up so much {50+ degrees} that nearly all the snow + ice melted. It was a week of relaxation and play. A little too much fun, a little too little work… oh well! Now it’s Saturday and time to catch up on all the homework/MCAT studying I missed this week!

Eats:

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^^peanut butter banana toast. a classic.^^

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^^granola, banana, and tropical frozen fruit.^^

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^^lunch in the Dining Hall. The only one this week! Curry vegetables, and chips/veggies + salsa and hummus.^^

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^^basic lunches on the snow days. Tuna fish, vegetables, salsa, goat cheese/hummus and chips.^^

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^^dinner on campus before the Snowpacolypse. Grilled chicken, guacamole, and fries.^^

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^^homemade dinner- eggs, tortilla, hummus, and bell peppers.^^

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^^dinner out {Thursday night}. It was so nice to finally get off campus, even if it was less than a mile away. We went to Thaicoon, and I went with Pineapple Curry, and rice. I forgot to ask for brown rice, but YOLO ;).^^

Workouts:

Despite the snow, the gym was open {for limited hours} all week. Score! It was nice to get out of my apartment and move each day! I also went on a long walk with a friend or my boy each day. There is nothing like some fresh, cold air to liven you up!

Tuesday- 15 minutes biking, 30 minute on the Arc .

Wednesday- 50 minute Arc HIIT workout.

Thursday- 5 minute bike warmup, 15 minutes on the Elliptical, 30 minutes on the Arc.

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Snow Day Fun:

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^^all bundled up for the cold!^^

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^^flakes!^^

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^^sledding was so cold but awesome. But, after about 20 minutes, my fingers were so frozen I thought they might fall off!^^

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^^a gorgeous view of campus on a walk with my boy.^^

Questions of the day:

Did you have any snow this week?

How long can you last inside, before you go stir crazy?

I can’t even make it one full day! Even if it is freezing outside, I have to get out and move.

Hurts So Good.

Ah, Sundays. For me that usually means church, active rest//light workout days, and lots lots lots of homework {which I’ve usually put off all week/weekend..}. This Sunday, I started my day off with a simple breakfast– banana, greek yogurt, and some trail mix. A little healthier today, since my trail mix didn’t include any M&Ms {disclaimer: that is because I ate all those m&ms yesterday ;)}.

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After some studying in the morning {para mi examen de español esta lunes} I snacked on some trail mix + fruit.

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^^my beautiful bag from my mama!^^

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Then, I headed off to the gym to get a workout in. The 1 mile walk to the gym was a nice warmup. At the gym, I biked for 10 minutes, before hopping on the Elliptical for a 30 minute stint. My legs were definitely sore from that 12 miler yesterday, but this workout stretched them out. It hurt so good!

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Sunday night was spent studying and trying not to stress over my Español examen Monday morning. Dinner was a mix– tilapia, bell pepper, onions, spinach, lettuce, and goat cheese. Basically all the leftovers I had sitting around! Followed up by some popcorn. Just the way I like to study 😉

Monday:

Monday morning started off early early. I woke up at 6:20 {guess I was nervous about my test!}, and studied for a few hours before whipping up something to eat. Greek yogurt, an apple, Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Raisin granola, and some cinnamon on top! Perfect healthy breakfast before a test day!

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My first class was so long and so boring I practically fell asleep. #sorrynotsorry.. Physics just isn’t my thing!

Then it was more study study study and some lunch.

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I went with a jumbo salad again! This is pretty much my classic Dining Hall meal– there aren’t many healthy options there, so I stick to what works. I don’t mind– this combination is pretty delicious! I used to nom hard on the pita chips, but now that I am gluten free, I can’t. Oh well.. probably healthier anyway ;)!

The test went well! It was long, but I am glad to be done with it. I always feel like the first test is the hardest– I don’t know what to expect, or what the professor’s style will be. But, once you get past that first hurdle, you have a better idea of how to study!

The afternoon was spent in the lab. Some days it’s the MOST interesting and I get a ton done. Yesterday, was not one of those days. I spent 2 hours trying to get a system to work. Oh well, they can’t all be fun days!

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My workout was simple, because my little legs were still sore from Saturday. I hopped on the Elliptical for 10 minutes, before a treadmill freed up. Then I did a 30 minute HIIT workout on the treadmill. I ran 6.5-6.7 at a 0% incline, and then every .1-.2 miles, I increased the incline from 1-4%, and increased the speed. It felt awesome, and I definitely pushed myself harder than I normally do on the treadmill. I love a workout that changes it up and challenges me!

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For dinner, I ate at the Dining Hall again– Chili and chips + hummus for me.

Then it was 6-9 pm of my MCAT class. Not the most fun night, but hey, it’ll pay off when I’m taking that test in May!

Question of the day:

Any snow by you today?

What do you do to challenge yourself in a workout?

Lately– eats and workouts.

Sorry for the MIA this week! Yesterday I had my first Physics test of the semester, so I have been studying away all week. Have to keep my priorities in line during the semester, and unfortunately, blogging gets pushed down the list when school work/tests are piling up!

Anyway, here are some pictures since I’ve been absent!

Eats:

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^^breakfasts, eating up my gluten free quinoa flakes! with yogurt, and banana//apple!^^

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^^salads, salads, and more salads for lunch. I love mix and match– feta + goat cheese are my “go to” for some fats, plus hummus, and gluten free chips.^^

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^^a couple of dinners from the week– a hummus//gluten free sandwich, a grilled chicken breast, and a monster salad to-go {on a class night!}^^

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^^treats! I made some awesome Almond Butter brownies from Paleo Grub. They are addicting and delicious. And paleo {aka gluten/grain/refined sugar free!}. Try them. You’ll thank me.^^

Workouts:

Tuesday- 2 mile run outside + BodyFit class +25 minute cardio {to do my Armour39 Assesment! plus a little extra.}

Wednesday- 30 minute Arc + 10 minute Elliptical.

Thursday- 25 minute run + 20 minute Arc workout.

Friday- Walk with the boy + 35 minute Arc HIIT workout.

TODAY- 12 miles … I’m procrastinating. It’s just a run but… nerves get the best of me!

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FUN 🙂

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Question of the day:

What are your workouts for the weekend?