Weekend Updates!

aka OBC 12!

The short version:

Saturday:

work, Fall for Greenville (aka amazing food!), and babysitting.

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Sunday:

lots of homework, and some good eats.

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Monday:

adventures in Asheville with the roomie. It was a wonderful day of food, hiking, and Blue Ridge Parkway views.

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Questions of the day:

Did you get off this Monday?

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

Whole 30: Day 8

Whole 30 Day 8… wow the time is flying. Today is actually Day 12 for me, but I’m a few days behind on the food updates. It is going really well though. There are foods that I crave sometimes but I the food I am eating is always delicious. Literally sometimes I’m like wait… is this really Whole30? It tastes too good to be true…

Breakfast

Another breakfast on the go. Eggs, veggies and guac//banana, coconut milk, cinnamon and almond butter. So good.

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Lunch

Lunch was a simple mic. Canned wild salmon, guacamole (mashed together) topped with bell pepper. Follower by apple + almond butter. Easy on the go nutrition.

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Workout

I was feeling good and did a mix of bodyweight and machine exercises to kill my legs!

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Dinner

For dinner, the boy and I threw together a delicious mix. Burgers, greens, and sweet potato fries.

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Snack

A little later that night I was still hungry so I threw together a favorite bowl lately. Berries, coconut milk, coconut butter, and some roasted almonds.

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All in all a pretty delicious day!

what finals look like.

Finals are over guys! I know it’s been a loooong week and I am just glad to be home and free to breathe//not worry about school {except those grades that still aren’t out ha!}

a quick overview of finals– and I’ll be back tomorrow with more regular posting! I am so excited to share the Christmas season and my half marathon training with you guys!

The Studying:

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^not surprisingly…I don’t have too many pictures of the studying.^

The Food:

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^staples– salads, popcorn, chocolate, and my trusty hummus. Got to fuel that studying!^

Workouts–

I stuck to mainly Elliptical and Arc workouts this week– it’s easier for me to do intervals on them– and get in and out of the gym fast. I know working out during finals can seem impossible, but it really is an amazing stress relief. Plus, did you know that working out increases your short term memory? Score! {so do it right after studying!}

There were 2 days when I only got a minimal workout, but even just a 10 minute run as a study break helped wake me up, improve my mood, and re-energize me for more studying!

And the study breaks: the best past

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^Thursday night– puppy break! I love that our school does this. Puppies are the best break :)^

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^my little roomie with a staple in her finger— the poor thing!! We got it out {well the nurses did} and she was alright.^

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^Gingerbread houses. Yep.^

Friday night was pretty much the only big night {I had two finals Friday so  I needed a break!}

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^Dinner with friends and NMK downtown^

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^Friends. They’re so great.^

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^The most amazing chocolate cake from Brick Street {you have to try it if you’re anywhere close!}. It’s like crack.^

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^my gorgeous college campus. I am truly blessed!^

Have you had any finals? How do you make it through?

Thanksgivukkah– A once in a lifetime experience!

Thanksgiving morning started off bright and early…and cold! My dad, my friend, and I ran in a 5K Turkey Trot together.

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^this is my cold weather face.. and gear. I needed a LOT of gear to keep warm. It was 30 out BUT the “real feel” was 16 degrees.^

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^we snapped some pictures together while we waited around for the race. I think I had about 5 layers on top plus the jacket? it was cold guys! My toes didn’t thaw out until the last mile of the race…oh well. We all stuck together, so we weren’t going for a fast time or anything– just for the fun of it. And it was awesome! My dad and I started this tradition last year, and I am hoping it stays around for a long time.^

Following the run, I went home and took a looooong shower. Usually I’m all about the short showers- efficient, environmentally friendly, and I just don’t like to waste my time. But it took me a while to thaw out from the cold, and then a bit longer to convince myself to get out into the cold air again.

After my shower, I grabbed some quinoa granola {gluten free} and some greek yogurt, before heading over to my friend’s house to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Macy’s parade is one of my absolute favorite holiday traditions! Unfortunately the race was at 9 {the same time the run started!} so Krista recorded it, and we watched it afterwards {with the added bonus of fast forwarding through the commercials!}.

Later, we headed over to our family friend’s house for a celebration of “Thanksgivukkah”. My family is Christian, but it was still fun for us to be a part of this cultural tradition and learn some about the meaning!

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^We each got to light our own menorahs– I chose the slide and swings one… I’m a child.^

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Dinner was delicious, and the company was better. I love being with my parents, and any other friends who are there are just a bonus. The only regret is that my sibling couldn’t make it home. My brother is a marine, and only had Thursday off {too far to travel for 24 hours}, and my sister is studying in Dublin {for her Masters woo!}. Dinner was all the classics– mashed potatoes, turkey, green bean casserole, apple sauce, roasted butternut squash, and a Chanukah twist– potato latkes. My meal was something like: lots of squash, potato pancakes, apple sauce, and some stuffing. Dessert- a little whipped cream, some fruit, and a taste of apple crisp. YUM. That was plenty of food!

And…. as a bonus: some pictures of my favorite siblings– I can’t wait to see them in December!

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I know…we used to be so cute sigh…. what happened?! 😉

How was your Thanksgiving?

Did you get to celebrate with your whole family? 

Friendsgiving 2013

After a low key night with the roomies Saturday, Sunday morning started off with lots of fun– brunch with the boy!

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^this is what I do while I’m waiting for breakfast…. feeeeeeed meeeeeee^

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^Vegan Breakfast Bowl with me {tempeh, hummus, tofu scramble, tomatoes, and pinto beans. Yes please. Everyday? :)^

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^isn’t he cute?!^

The rest of Sunday consisted of homework and workout.. yes. Then.. Friendsgiving! Dinner with NMK’s fraternity for the third year in a row. Love that Thanksgiving, and those friends!

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^we love to laugh^

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I didn’t get any pics of my food, but I it was all delicious! Stuffing, veggies, salad, cornbread..mm mm good. A little preview for this week!

Have you ever done a Friendsgiving with your friends?!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

monday, moe’s day.

Monday wasn’t as bad as….Monday. It flew by, mainly due to my busssssy schedule.

breakfast:

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Breakfast was quick, cool, and creamy. Perfect for a day when it’s 90 before noon. Greek yogurt, some oat-based granola, and some frozen Trader Joe’s pineapple chunks. With a side of coffee, and some apple cider vinegar. Just another day in the neighborhood.

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Then I headed off on my {1.3 mile} walk to class. It’s definitely a leeeeeeetle inconvenient to have to leave 20-30 minutes early for class BUT I have to say I enjoy the quiet time just enjoying my surroundings. Sometimes I listen to a podcast, or call my family, or just have me time. Good wake up !

I spent the afternoon babysitting for my favorite little ones. I babysit them 8 hours a week, and after only 2 weeks, we’re already a little group. They melt my heart…even when they’re being little rascals. I mean…look at those faces! How could I be angry at those?!

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^what a babe magnet^

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When I got back from babysitting, I headed to grab some dinner before starting in on the studying for the night. I had a TON of reading to do, and it took me the rest of the night to get ‘er done.

Mid way through the night, I headed over to the gym for a re-engergizing workout. 10 minutes Arc trainer, followed by 25 minutes on the elliptical. My legs/body was pretty tired {between baby-sitting  and the 9 miler yesterday} but it felt good to just move a bit and stretch my legs out. I also find it such an amazing wake up/study break. When you’re reading 80 straight pages of a novel, that invigorating workout it key to powering through study time!

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I made a little friend on my way back to the apartment. I feel so happy when I notice a little piece of nature in my everyday surroundings. Nature is all around, it’s just a matter of taking a moment to see it!

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My little snack upon arriving back- some greek yogurt, a little peanut butter, and some carob chips.

Then I headed to bed fully ready for a restful night.

some inspiration:

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the weekend of 9 miles.

this weekend was filled with friends + fun {ok, and some schoolwork too}. the perfect mix, no?

Saturday:

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This Saturday started off early with a trip to the annual sale at Sunrift Adventures in little ol’ Travelers Rest, SC. Isn’t that the cutest name for a town? It literally got its name from being a rest for travelers before they went on a bit north where you come to the mountains. It’s also because travelers would have to wait here during the winter before the snow cleared and they could pass over the mountains into North Carolina. Pretty cool.

At the sale, I planned to look for a bike. My apartment {on campus} is pretty far from main campus this year {about 1.2 miles. which sounds close, but it’s the farthest you can be from academic buildings for my lil’ school. the backyard of our building is the gate to leave hah}, so I was looking for a bike to make the morning commute a little less painful. Unfortunately, all the bikes were considerably more than I was looking for. Oh. Guess I’ll be looking at Walmart or some garage sales.

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After breakfast we headed over to The Forest Coffeehouse for some coffee to wake up. My treat to thank the boys for waking up before 9 on a Saturday! A feat in itself.

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A little later in the day, we drove to Whole Foods + Trader Joe’s for some groceries and some lunch! Yummmmmm. I’m a total sucker for the Whole Foods prepared foods sections. Can y’all resist? This plate is a total mish mash- strawberries, lettuce, roasted peppers, buffalo tofu {legitimately delicious, probably the best tofu I’ve ever had. My meat-eating boy was actually the one who suggested it. So, that’s a good sign} quinoa salad, and a little apple crisp because either A) I have no self control or B) I hadn’t eaten yet and had no discretion in loading my plate up. {answer is actually A and B}. Everything was delicious. I felt so spoiled, enjoying a classy meal, on a beautiful day, with a bunch of great friends.

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We stopped to see some puppies…these were 5 days old. My heart melted into mush for these little guys!

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Workout happened later in the day, as a study break. Some biking, elliptical, arc and then a barbell circuit with the boy.

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Saturday night, we headed out to support our Furman Paladins Men’s Soccer team against College of Charleston. The game turned out to be SUPER suspenseful, tied at 0-0 at the end of both halves. We went into overtime, and within 4 minutes, a freshman scored the winning goal. It was even more awesome considering they had just put him in for OT and it was his first appearance of the season. Woo! Go ‘dins!

Sunday:

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A full breakfast…oats with a little granola for crunch, mini apple, apple cider vinegar, and my  beloved coffee.

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Then I headed downtown for some church time with the boy. We’re currently in the process of figuring out which church we’d like to belong to in Greenville. So far Christ Church, and Renewal have been great, but we’re going to try a few more out settling on our final decision.

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After heading back to school, I made myself a little lunch in the apartment. Veggies, black bean burger, and plenty of hummus. Those cherry tomatoes have my heart.

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Afternoon snack- greek yogurt for some protein and granola for some carbs.. I was fueling up ….

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Because I was about to go run 9 miles! My farthest distance yet. I still can’t really believe it happened… but I am so so happy I did it!

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Mid run photos never turn out too well….

The run was a LOT harder than my 8 miler last week. For almost the entire run, my legs felt tired and I really had to drag them along. Maybe it’s from a bit too much activity this week? Maybe I was dehydrated? I’ll have to reassess for my next long run!

Anywho- I finished it! And felt like a champ!

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After my run, I quickly showered and dress {a challenge when my legs felt like collapsing} and headed over to the Vista House {an intentional Christian community} for their Sunday night $4 dinner. It was amazing {and mostly local/seasonal :)} as expected. Rice and beans, salad, homemade bread, and some avocado.

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When I got back from dinner, I did a little {we’re talking MINIMAL} more homework, then got up to some tomfoolery. Mostly taking selfies, eating some cookie dough {hey I ran 9 miles! I got to reward my bod a little!}, wearing my compression socks, and cuddling with the roommate and boy. It was the perfect end to the weekend!

Can’t wait to see what this week brings!

the weekend that just kept giving. {in pictures and comments}

Saturday:

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^Tupelo Honey brunch before saying goodbye to my best girls Carolyn and Krista^

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^thrown together dinner…yum yum yum^

sunday:

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^my decorated room^

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^nuun pre-8 miles.^

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^mid run^

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^post 8 miles. It was legit. more on that later^

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^re fueling {post church :)} with the boy. sweet potato fries YUM. and there’s a veggie burger under that lettuce…with brie. so so good! Go to Grill Marks y’all {if you find yourself in Greenville}.^

happy Tuesday!

roadtrippin’ day 4 {final day!}

On day 4 of our road trip- I took lots of pictures. I’ll let them do the talking.

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^driving outfit. Comfort is key.^

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^spotted on the road- Cadbury Car?!^

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^entering my beloved downtown Greenville!^

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^slow foods market- Earth Market. Check it out.^

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^our wonderful teachers !^

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^I can stew some rice. Get at me.^

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   ^the products… fajitas, stuffed peppers, and lavender vanilla ice cream with roasted African squash, toasted pecans, and creamed honey….literally one of the BEST desserts I’ve had in my life. Creamed honey is the most amazing thing!^

and…that’s all!

Roadtrip done. Can’t wait till my next!

life round these parts.

moving in has been crazy round here! here’s an update of some eats and workouts:

eats:

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^coffee, duh.^

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^oatmeal, bananas, peanut butter. pretty solid for a free hotel breakfast^

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^ lunch mid-moving in with la madre. salad {with apples, nuts, balsamic, and grapes} that we split. My lunch: veggie burger with seasonal veggies, tomatoes, and mashed potatoes. I ended up giving the mashed potatoes to my mom and stealing a LOT of her sweet potato fries.. so good!^

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^dinner out with madre and my dear roomie Madi {I actually have 3 roommates but Mads is the only one moved in yet}. Mediterranean salad to starts {greens, carrots, tomatoes, feta, olives}, followed by tomato basil pasta {with whole wheat spaghetti}^

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^coffee and water- the first things ‘eaten’ in my new apartment!^

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^jumbo salad,  yummmmmmm! Made in my new kitchen with lettuce, veggies, ‘meat’balls, and apple cider vinegar^

workouts:

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Thursday: moving in. hauling boxes up and down stairs from my car, then from my storage unit… definitely a good workout

Friday: Split between the Arc trainer and biking. I did 25 min Arc, 10 min bike, 10 min Arc.

Saturday: I RAN SEVEN MILES. I know. It was crazy. ^^above is my attempt of getting some picture of it {at the halfway point}. It felt really awesome, and I am getting so excited about my training!

other news:

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^my compression socks finally arrived. I got them with a groupon, woo! Plus the color is perfect considering my half is the Disney Princess Half Marathon….^

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^my Hunter boots also arrived. A little pricey, but for as much as it rains in South Carolina.. totally worth it. I got teal and am loving them already. Also just as a side note…I don’t plan to wear them with my pink socks. You can all stop worrying about me!^

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^going downtown with the boy and his mom for dinner. It was deeeeeeelicious and a nice way for me to stop thinking about how my madre was gone :(^

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    ^awesome band downtown! They played for at least 2 hours…impressive^

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^first Trader Joe’s run of the year…. love me some TJ.^

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happy Sunday! Anyone else moving in this weekend?