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?

Paleo Recipes, and guilty pleasure TV.

My Sunday morning started off bright and early. I woke up about 7 am, unintentionally. I wasn’t mad, but I was a little sad I didn’t sleep more. Oh well, just got to roll with the punches!

In my early morning excitedness, I decided to bake something. I had 2 sweet potatoes cooked and sitting in my fridge, so I decided to use them as the base for a recipe. I loosely followed a recipe I found on pinterest, but then decided to get creative. Never a good idea. I am not a baker, not yet. My goal was just too lofty 😥 {insert sarcasm}.

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I added in some pumpkin, before just deciding to add the whole can. I added some gluten free flour in as well, and more cinnamon. The other ingredients included some stevia, lots of cinnamon, egg whites, and coconut oil.

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Well, if you couldn’t tell from this picture, it didn’t exactly turn out as planned. The result was delicious, but not bread consistency at all. More like.. warm pudding? I had a slice {if you can call it that} before getting ready and heading off to church with my boy.

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Church was great, but by the time we got out, both of us were sufficiently starving. Neither of us had eaten much before the service, and it was 1240 by the time we sat down to eat somewhere. I had a coffee, and an “classic breakfast” with 2 scrambled eggs, 2 soysage pieces, and a side of cheese grits. The toast was eaten by NMK. Everything was so delicious. Coffee Underground is a great little place for a quick meal, dessert, coffee, anything. Check it out if you’re in the Upstate SC area!

My afternoon consisted of homework, woo! And still feeling exhausted from the run the day before.. that took a lot of time 😉

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^^I whipped up a quick dinner in my apartment, with foods I already had prepared. Spaghetti squash, salmon, celery, tomato sauce, and goat cheese. Satisfyingly delicious!^^

Then, it was time for a little workout. I ran the 1 mile to the gym– it felt good to stretch out my sore legs. Then I did an easy 20 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 1 mile incline walk on the treadmill. Then, I half ran/half walked the way back to my apartment.

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^^bundled up for the cold^^

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^^A protein packed smoothie after my workout. Greek yogurt, almond milk, Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder, and frozen berries. Topped with a few Ghiradelli chocolate chips {best chocolate around!} and some Mesa gluten free flakes. If I’m eating my smoothie with a spoon, I like it to have some crunch!^^

The rest of the evening consisted of a 20 minute session of yoga from Do Yoga With Me. There was an awesome feature where you can put in your yoga level, the amount of time you have, and if there is a specific type of yoga you want to do. I found a Post-Run runner’s yoga, which felt awesome on my tight + sore legs.

And to round out the night– my roommate Madi and I “did homework” while watching multiple episodes of the Kardashians AND the Bachelor wedding. So so trashy. So so good!

Question of the day:

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?! 

Or shows- I have multiple. No shame, no judgment here.

since.

So, since I haven’t been checking in lately, I’ll give you guys some random pictures, plus my Saturday antics!

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^I took full advantage of the few freezing days we got in Greenville to break out all my winter gear. And of course take some selfies….^

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^watching the boys play soccer….which led to me being captivating by my shadow. It’s the simply things guys.^

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^I am in love with this new Christmas tumbler. It just makes workouts so much more fun!^

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^isn’t he just the cutest? Drinking the beer he brewed himself!^

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^salad with chips, apple, cucumber, lettuce, and hummus.^

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^when in doubt.. add goat cheese. I needed to spice up some frozen kale, and this more than did the trick!^

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^Last dinner with my gorgeous roomie! Mahi Mahi burgers, quinoa, goat cheese, and roasted pearl onions + brussels sprouts. This was amazing. Goat cheese has a special place in my heart.^

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^Healthy dessert one night. Banana, pumpkin, cinnamon, and one hershey’s kiss for a treat!^

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^The last meal before I headed home from school. I went all out with fries, I live a wild life. And a black bean burger under all those vegetables.^

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^Airport salad, not too shabby BWI! Chopped vegetables, with avocado on top.^

Saturday:

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Saturday morning consisted of crafts, baking, and general preparations for all the Christmas gatherings we’ll be having at our house over the next few days. The funny thing is that we won’t even be here for Christmas Eve/Day, but there will be lots of activities before then.

After some work around the house in the morning, I met a friend out to get manicures and do some shopping. My color came out a lot lighter than I thought 😦 but…later I painted over with a gold color I love! I’ll post that tomorrow. Besides– the most important part of the manicure is getting them to clean up your nails, right?!

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^After shopping, we stopped in at a new restaurant, Sweet ‘n’ Savory in Port Jefferson, to try their crepes. We split and Eggplant Crepe and a Berries and Creme Crepe. They were enormous and so so delicious. Anyone in the Long Island area, you HAVE to try these. You will be more than satisfied.^

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^For family dinner, I wasn’t too hunger {did you see those crepes?!}, so I stuck with the vegetable sides. Spaghetti squash, roasted broccoli, and broiled asparagus. Yum!^

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^And to round out the night… a workout. 30 minutes of intervals on the Elliptical, and 20 minutes of Arc intervals. Nice and sweaty, in under an hour!^

Off to the family holiday party!

Any parties tonight?

 

Leaving.

Yesterday, was long filled with travel and lots of rain. Driving two hours to Charlotte in the pouring rain…not my cup of tea. + a delayed flight? But, I made it home…and I am so happy!

some pictures from the past few days!

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^a deliciously chocolate-y breakfast– greek yogurt and trail mix.^

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^Lunch on the go: salmon, spaghetti squash, carrots, hummus, and goat cheese. yessssss please!^

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^my cuties decorating cookies^

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^and….he has super powers!^

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^love.^

Today I am home, and I hung out with my mom and my best friend all day {ok my mom is my best friend, but I also have one my own age ;)}

Tomorrow morning we’re running a Turkey Trot and I am so pumped! I rested today {first time in a while} so I will be freshhhhhh tomorrow morning!

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Any runs//workouts in the am?!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!