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?!

Snow and Modge Podge.

Yesterday morning, we woke up to… 10 inches of snow! And it was still coming down. By 10 am it had stopped and we now have a solid 13 inches around our house. Snow is awesome, I love it. Especially the powdery kind like this. It’s light, fluffy, and oh so fun to play with. The part I don’t love…. the freezing temps. It’s been under 10 degrees since yesterday morning. Right now its finally a balmy 17! This little South Carolina girl hasn’t been in 17 degree weather since…. maybe my senior year of high school? This winter is coming for me… but I’ll be back in warm SC weather a week from now. I think I can last until then!

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^Breakfast- Greek Yogurt, Kind granola {it’s gluten free!}, and a banana hidden under there^

I was so happy to find out that Kind makes awesome gluten free granola. Since going {mostly} gluten free because of my Hashimoto’s, I have been missing my granola and yogurt bowls. I just love that crunch! Huge shout out to Kind for being an awesome, wholesome company!

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After getting some work done, I headed into our basement to plow through some circuits. I got the workouts from Sarah’s book, “Get Skinny Again”. I loved how simple the moves were, and the circuit style. They were formatted to be done at home and considering we were stuck inside, that was perfect. Also- irony. I watched Cupcake Wars while working out…

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Lunch was simple, some roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, mixed nuts, and balsamic on lettuce. Followed by some straight up romaine leaves dipped in hummus. Because, that salad was not as filling as I thought. I love crunch lettuce as a dipping device… less guilt that chips and let’s be real, all I really care about is maximum hummus leverage ;).

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Afternoon activities: crafting and hanging out with my mom. I am making collage letters for all my roommates and it is so fun! Luckily we already have a huge collection of already cut out magazine words/pictures {thanks Mom!}. Nothing better than crafting on a snowy day!

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^snacked on some blue corn chips {GF!} while cooking a spaghetti squash. Then followed it up with squash, hummus, chips, and guac. Veggie-filled and satisfying dinner.^IMG_3744

^A little later, I had a last snack of greek yogurt and trail mix. Just cashews, almonds and cranberries. I know dried cranberries aren’t the best {added sugar} but in the past I would always go for the most chocolate-laden trail mix and pretend it was healthy… so small changes! #Lean14^

After heading up to my room for the night {my mom fell asleep on the couch…all that crafting!} I did another 10 minutes of a circuit while watching Pretty Little Liars. I started earlier this fall and have slowly been catching up on Netflix. It gets crazier with every episode!

Questions of the day:

Any PLL fans out there?!

Is it cold/snowy in your neck of the woods? {if not– I’m jealous!}

Back home. And lots of driving.

December 31-January 2 were spent driving home for my mom and I. Jacksonville to New York– about 996 miles. My conference ended on Tuesday, the 31st, and my mom and I decided to get some miles down and make the next days a little bit shorter for ourselves.

Early that morning, I did a 60 min treadmill interval workout. I knew I would be in the car all day, and I wanted to get my sweat on before being stuck!

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Before leaving, we stopped at Zoe’s Kitchen, a Mediterranean style restaurant. I had a quinoa salad and it was so so good.

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Quinoa and veggies any day! Zoe’s Kitchen is a chain, so if you’re lucky enough to have one, go check it out!

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The drive from Jax to NY is 99% on I-95. It’s insane! Driving on that one road for 6+ hours….it gets very monotonous. Luckily my mom has me to jabber away and keep her entertained! 😉 We drove from about 12-7 pm, with only one stop!

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For our big New Year’s Eve party, mom and I headed out to Olive Garden. We thought it would be fast and easy, but it was so crowded! Oh well, more time for us to hang out 🙂 For dinner I went with the tilapia and shrimp off their Lighter Italian Menu. It was delicious!

After dinner, my mom and I headed to our hotel and conked out long before midnight! Oh well, haha. We needed to be prepared for another long drive the next day.

On Wednesday, my mom and I got up early to get in a little sweat sesh together. I did another treadmill workout, more incline walking than running this time. I would have preferred something different, like biking, but the options are limited when you’re in a tiny hotel!

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Breakfast was eaten at our hotel before we hit the road. A little oatmeal, fruit salad, and some eggs. Plus some trail mix once we were in the car.

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About an hour before we arrived in Baltimore {our stop for the day– to visit cousins!} my mom and I stopped at Applebee’s for some lunch. I had tilapia, vegetables, and potatoes Nothing special, but it did the trick.

After lunch, we stopped at Target- who can resist?! Then we headed up to Baltimore where we spent the rest of the afternoon with my family. It was great. We just talked and hung out, and enjoyed each other. I had some delicious chocolate covered pretzels, and some steamed shrimp and vegetables {we ordered Chinese for dinner}. It was a great night!

Thursday morning, I woke up before everyone else, so I got in an elliptical workout. It felt good to finally get something other than the

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Mid-workout photo…. always interesting.

After realizing that a snow storm was heading towards us, we packed up as fast as we could and got on the road. Thank God, we didn’t hit any bad traffic and made it home before any real snow was coming down!

After we got home, my mom and I spent the rest of the afternoon crafting. My dad was packing up Christmas decorations like a good little elf! We watched the movie Munich. It was really intense, but very good. If you don’t mind some violence and love some suspense- you should definitely watch!

For dinner I had some homemade soup– my dad is a little chef! This was all vegetables and potatoes. Perfect for such a freezing winter night.

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After the soup I also had a few peanut butter cookies! Oops.. haha today I’m starting a new challenge for January which I’ll share soon. Time to get a new plan for 2014!

Question of the day:

Do you craft with your family?

Any good movies you’ve seen lately?