WIAW- going with the flow.

Yesterday was a busy day for me! Lots of driving, meetings, people to see and places to be. The day definitely didn’t go how I was planning (as far as eats) but that’s ok. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow right? We can try to eat healthy, plan our ‘perfect’ meals for the day, but in reality we can’t predict everything and that’s ok. Healthy living is about living– not stressing every moment over what you ate//will eat//want to eat…

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Coffee to start the WIAW day. Always.

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I had a free morning so I went on about an hour walk, enjoying the scenery, and enjoying the quiet.

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My first meal of the day: Paleo pumpkin bread, Kale chips, and scrambled eggs.

After my morning cleaning and doing work, I packed up my lunch for a meeting with the Youth group I’m working with this summer. The meeting was about 40 minutes away, so I packed a good amount of trail mix (for before/during) and planned to eat a salad I had left at the Church for my main course. When I got to the meeting, I realized my boss had forgotten to grab my salad. Ooops. I luckily had  a pretty hefty portion of trail mix to munch on. Not the ideal lunch at all. Not filled with nutrients, protein, or vegetables… but it did the trick. Go with the flow. 

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The trail mix that I was so glad to have with me. I also downed two unsweetened iced teas before realizing they were caffeinated.

After I made the drive back, I ran up to my apartment and changed, before heading right back out to the gym. I met my boyfriend for another awesome workout! Yesterday was upper body and I felt awesome. Honestly, it was probably all the caffeine, but I pushed through the workout harder than I normally do and it felt great. I am hoping to make a lot of progress in my upper body strength this summer, and this is a good start.

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Dinner: Sweet potato + bell pepper + onion + spinach “hash” with 5 eggs mixed in. Split between the boy and I.

After dinner, I headed off to my bible study, forgetting that I had barely eaten lunch and hadn’t had too big of a dinner. By the time I made it back to my apartment, 2 hours later, I was ready for some food.

The quickest on-hand snacks came from the ever so awesome Graze box. Delicious! I’ll share more details on the snacks soon. If you haven’t tried these adorable snack boxes yet, you need to get in on the goodness.

I’ve really been trying not to snack at night, because that is when I usually tend to let my sweet tooth out. But, I knew my body was hungry last night, and I certainly hadn’t given my system enough food for the walk, the activity of my day, and a workout. Eating after dinner isn’t the worst thing in the world. If you’re really listening to your body and eating intuitively it’s ok to go with the flow.

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I was pretty hungry, so I ate the “Raspberry & Coconut Muffin” pack as well as the “Peach Cobbler” pack. Still under 300 calories, but so so tasty.

Question of the day:

Do you ‘go with the flow’ with your food?

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?

Saturday, Run Day!

Doesn’t exactly have the same ring as “Sunday Runday”..but hey! That’s what I’ve got 😉

Yesterday was my long run– actually my last one before my half marathon. My morning was spent making breakfast for the boy + myself, doing some studying, and getting ready for the run. Breakfast was so yummy even if it wasn’t the healthiest! Trail mix and greek yogurt + some more trail mix and almond butter before I headed out to run.

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The run was absolutely gorgeous. It was 55-60 degrees out, and felt so so awesome. I haven’t been able to do a lot of my runs outside {because of cold//rain}, so it felt good to get this one done on the road. I am lucky to have the beautiful Swamp Rabbit Trail right behind our campus, so I just headed out there and barely had to think, except for crossing the streets. It was fun to see all the other people out too! It makes me even more excited for race day, when all the other people are around and the adrenaline will be pumping.

After the run, I showered, relaxed, stretched, ate {trail mix + chips and salsa} and drank lots lots lots of water.

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^^Dinner– a giant salad with fish, peppers, and rice. Eaten with plenty of chips + salsa.^^

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I spent the rest of the evening cleaning {and procrastinating homework} and organizing my room. It felt so good to look through the boxes {and boxes…} of stuff I have under my bed. I love to throw things out//give things away! I even moved my bookcases and rearranged my decorations. It was a BIG Saturday night over here ;).

Questions of the day:

Did you have a fun Saturday night?

Anyone else like to procrastinate homework/work with other “chores’?

I am notorious of this one! It feels productive, but I still put off the work I actually need to do!

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!