WIAW: finals week eats

Hey guys! These past 2 weeks have been…long! Finals finals finals. Now they’re over, my mom and my best friend will be here today, and within the next 4 days I’ll be in NC for a bridal shower, SC (again) for a wedding, and all the way back to NY//home sweet home. Of course, NY will only be home for so long, because in early January my parents are moving down to Florida. It is going to be a crazy 4 weeks home!

I wanted to share my eats from this hectic week, to show how I keep it healthy and stay energized during this time!

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Breakfast:

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^^baked chicken breast (prepped ahead of time), sautéed greens with olive oil on top, banana^^

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^^same meal, no banana. instead there’s some guacamole under there. quick, easy, delicious^^

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^^my other go-to breakfast this week has been canned salmon + mustard, with a side salad I threw together^^

Lunch:

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^^best lunch this week. It actually a little disappointing– we were expecting pesto, goat cheese and sundried tomatoes, but it was just a normal grilled cheese. What?! Oh well. The part that made it special was taking a study break with my guy to enjoy the outside air (yes, we can picnic in December in SC, don’t be jealous).^^

All the Studying:

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^^nutrition, something I love to learn!^^

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^^still have to make time for my Bible. or should I say, read my Bible and make time for studying ūüôā God first.^^

Dinner: 

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^^I took a ‘break’ Friday night to babysit, and the parents served me some delicious meat. Best job ever.^^

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^^salads, all the time. I’m an addict. chicken caesar here, without croutons or dressing.^^

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^^”winter” salad with greens, butternut squash, goat cheese, and hazelnuts.^^

Snakcs:

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^^studying at our Furman chapel means quiet, coffee, and snacks. #yesplease^^

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^^a roomie date to destress. almond milk latte? don’t mind if I do.^^

Workouts:

And last, but certainly not least– workouts! I find my workouts key to keeping low stress and clear minded during study-filled weeks like this. It’s the perfect break from studying, and it helps me refocus when I do go back.

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Questions of the day:

Are you traveling a lot for the holidays?!

Snapshots.

Happy Weekend y’all! I wanted to check in with a few delicious and fun snapshots from the past few days. Hope your Saturdays are relaxing!

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^^Almond butter + banana everything. Oats, snacks, wraps. I can’t stop.^^

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^^Tabata Workouts make for the perfect at-home study breaks. This one from Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers is great because I can choose 1-4 rounds depending on how long of a break I need!^^

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^^I’ve been getting the most out of the spaghetti squash. Delicious, cheesy, saucy, pesto-y. I’m in love.^^

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^^Hanging out with little friends.^^

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^^The only way to study at night.^^

Happy Weekend!

What are your fun plans?

Finally Home.

I made it y’all! I am home and I actually made it through my junior year of college. It still feels pretty unreal. This time next year I will be¬†graduating. And moving into the¬†real world. (I think grad school counts?).

Since getting home, I have been enjoying some relaxing time with my parents, catching up with my best friend Krista, unpacking the way-too-many clothes I brought home, and organizing my notes for the MCAT. 

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I am happy to be home and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. No running out the door for me! I’ve also been pretty exhausted from my past two weeks of finals/internship/packing/moving out… So going to bed early has been a real treat. I’m going to be a total grandma while I’m home, go to bed by 10ish and get up at 6:30. I love starting my mornings early!

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^Coffee and Apple Cider Vinegar. Delicious.^

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^Apple, oats, and salted nuts. A perfect sweet & salty combo.^

As for lunches, simple and quick have been my go. My days have been filled with family fun, so grabbing a quick lunch is just the trick!

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^Brown rice wrap, banana, almond butter, and chocolate chips. All from Trader Joe’s. What can I say, I’m a TJ’s girl!^

Dinners have been real food. It feels great. During finals, more candy, sugar, and unhealthy seed oils snuck in than I would have liked. Now that I’m home, I’m keeping it clean and healthy. This makes me feel good, and I need that good energy for all my studying this month!

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^2 eggs, butternut squash and some fresh guacamole.^

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^Chicken tikka out with my dad. Simple- chicken, spices, onions. Tasted amazing and didn’t leave me in a post-restaurant stupor.^

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^A mother’s day dinner I made for my ¬†amazing mother. Salmon, sweet potatoes, and a chopped salad on the side.^

Fun around town.

I’ve been able to catch up with some friends, but mostly I’ve been hanging out with my mom and dad. I have missed them so¬†much, it’s nice to relax and just hang out together.

My mom nanny’s for the MOST adorable little boy, Chase. Seeing him has been a lot of fun too!

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^The hard life of a 1 year old.^

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^Nothing some tickling can’t fix!^

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^A beautiful walk with my dad last night. Everything is in bloom!^

What is your favorite part of being home?

Coconut Butter (or the new topping to everything I eat)

Well, y’all- I made it! Spring Break has finally arrived. The past week was midterms, which is always a busy & challenging time. But the reward- a week off, and maximum relaxation! This morning I’m off to Savannah, GA to enjoy a week of beach and exploration with my friends- I’ll be sure to update you all on how it is!

Here is some fun from the past week: captions included.

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^^Smoothie bowl and muesli topping.^^

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^^All wrapped up for the unexpected cold this week.^^

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^^HAVE YOU HAD NIKKI’S COCONUT BUTTER? You¬†must try this. It’s better than you could imagine!^^

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^^An unconventional breakfast. Pumpkin puree, protein powder, coconut butter, and muesli. This tasted like pumpkin cake and I will DEFINITELY be recreating it in the near near near future!^^

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^^Oldie but good one. Oats, banana, and granola.^^

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^^Midterm stress = a lot of HIIT and circuit workouts this week. I love getting a sweat session in to combat stress and refresh my mind for more studying^^

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^^Uh…. I guess you could say I like salads? Any way, form, version. I’m a sucker for salads.^^

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^^Finally off. Enjoying the weekend. Packing for Savannah.^^

Are you doing something fun this weekend?

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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 ūüėČ

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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!

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?