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Let the training begin…

Happy Monday! Hope that extra hour of sleep has you feeling energized & ready to go! 

My monday started off freeeeezing. I forgot that I turned my heat off last night, so when I woke up the temperature in my apartment made it THAT much harder to get out of bed. Despite barely being able to move, I geared up and headed to the gym!

Over the weekend I signed up for my VERY FIRST 5K! I’ve never been much of a runner. In fact, I really never ran distances until last January, after making running my New Years Resolution. I started slow, 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2, etc., and now I feel like I am ready to tackle my first 5k! I love how free running makes me feel, and I’m hoping that this run will start my love for races! 

I am doing the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in December, and I am SO excited! Image

This morning I began my training on the treadmill. I ran 3 miles starting at 6.5 and making my way up to 7.0. I walked the other .1 mile! 

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Following my run was 15 minutes on the elliptical for a cool-down, and then my own circuit which included:

• crunches

• mountain climbers

• burpees

• exercise ball crunches

• pushups

• planks

• russian twists

 

Breakfast

lately has been Cinnamon Life. I used to eat this cereal EVERY day in high school, but really havent had it much since…so I just knew I had to buy it when I saw it at the store the other day. Its been hittin’ the spot! Topped with 1/2 a banana. Nom Nom Nom. Favorite breakfast… also mayyy have been my dinner last night… 🙂  No shame! 

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Lunch 

is a snacky one. Carrots, celery, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, 2 tbsp hummus, and an apple. 

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I’ve been tracking my calorie intake and workouts on “My Fitness Pal app.” I love it! It helps keep me organized and on track. If you’re trying to watch your caloric intake, or just like to keep track of your workouts,  I definitely advise this app! 

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Pumpkin Everything, please // weekly roundup!

Happy Sunday, ya’ll! Tonight as I sit in bed, sippin’ my hot chocolate, with the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla candles around me, I feel quite accomplished and satisfied!

Today I woke up all ambitious about my plans for the day. I don’t know why, but as I laid in bed this morning scrolling through Instagram (don’t act like you don’t do it. No, but really, I have a problem. Like, a bad addiction), I decided I really wanted to rearrange my room. Im the kind of person who hates change, except when moving furniture/new furniture/decor is involved. So, that happened. Living alone is fine and all, until you need heavy lifting help.

Despite my built-in-heavy-lifting/using my butt to push furniture around my room today, I dragged myself to the gym for a real workout. The gym on Sundays is like, a bar on Monday night. Completely empty and weird. But, I like it. (I also like bars on Mondays). I wanted to switch my workout up a little, but not get TOO crazy (remember, I don’t like change?) so I went upstairs to the cardio theater and ran 2 miles. In the dark. While watching “Employee of the Month.” I actually reallllllly like this movie, for whatever reason. Dane Cook is hilarious. And Jessica Simpson is a terrible actress. Good combination for a giggle.

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The cardio theater is cool and all, the only down fall is, ha, well, I thought I was going to fall the entire time. I used my handy dandy cell phone light to get myself situated ON the treadmill, and the entire time kept looking down to make sure I wasn’t about to fly off the back of it. Near death experience, really. I live my life on the edge (hahaaa, I’m not even trying to make these puns they just keep happening!) IMG_7050

Anyway, so it’s September. Which means it’s Fall… okay, not really. BUT its not Summer anymore (hallelujah). Annnd the weather is cooling off a bit. But most importantly, Starbucks has pumpkin spice lattes, bars are serving pumpkin beer on tap, and the grocery stores have pumpkin yogurt, cream cheese, coffee creamer, and lots of other goodies. OBSESSED. SO OBSESSED.

Today I purchased:

• Pumpkin Yogurt & Apple Crisp Yogurt… CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE FLAVORS EXIST? HOLY COW I AM SO HAPPY

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• Pumpkin spice cream cheese… holy punnnkin’. I was eating it with my finger the second I walked in my door. What? no I wasn’t…thats…gross…….(yes i was.)

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Things Im loving this week:

• THIS SMOOTHIE, MAH GAH. From Cup O Joe. It is a Vanilla, honey, banana smoothie and it is SOOO good! Ive had like 3 in the last 2 weeks and Im really not sorry about it.

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• Foodles. Because I am a child. And if loving Disney til forever is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Also, these are delicious and a quick, fast snack. I maaaay have finished it on my way home from the store….

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• Victorias Secret workout clothes. I just recently bought these running capris and this top, and I love them! So comfy and just darn wonderful.

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• Breadless Sammiches. (Or unwiches as Jimmy John calls them.) Or Lettuce Tacos…Basically putting things I would normally put on a sammich, into a romaine leaf. I dont always have the time to chop up veggies for a salad, so this is essentially like eating a salad just in a different form. I even put cottage cheese in one for a post work-out snack. Delicious, easy, and fun to eat!

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• Fall things 🙂 Sorry for the selfie, but I was really excited to bust out my scarf and sperrys this week!

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More pumpkin talk…. I made pumpkin overnight oats. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 pumpkin yogurt
  • a dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbps chia seeds

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So excited to nom this bad boy in the morning!

Now, its time for hot chocolate, a movie, and bed! IMG_7063

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Workout: Today started bright n early with a trip to the gym. I hopped on the treadmill for my favorite: interval running. I shifted between speeds and inclines for about 25 minutes. Something about changing the pace really keeps me going! Then I finished up with 20 minutes on the elliptical.

Healthy and easy: my 2 favorite words when it comes to dinner time. It’s easy to get sucked into the appeal and convenience of fast food after a long day of work, but stay far away! There are plenty healthier options out there. I know after work the last thing I want to do is prep a meal and wait for it to cook for a few hours so I try to find quick meals that I know aren’t bad for me! I try to make simple healthy dinners as much as possible. And honestly, it isn’t hard! Plus it is soooo much more worth it.

Growing up my favorite thing ever was buffalo chicken sandwiches from Subway, or Penn Station, etc. Wherever! I couldn’t get enough. But once I grew older and realized how many calories are in the delicious sandwich, I immediately went cold turkey and didn’t order them again. (Some buffalo chicken sandwiches have up to 1,200 calories!)

I knew there haaaad to be a way to make this sandwich in a healthier way. And I am definitely not disappointed 😉

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Cook & Shred chicken

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Mix franks red hot, greek yogurt, chili powder, salt and pepper and chicken stock.

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Spread on sandwich bread of choice, and top with choice of cheese. (I chose an 100 calorie sandwich thin, and blue cheese!)

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Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or cheese is slightly melted and chicken is slightly browned.

Recipe: 

• boneless chicken (shredded)

• 1/2 cup franks red hot

• 1/4 cup greek yogurt

• 1 teaspoon salt & pepper

• 1 teaspoon chili powder

• dash of garlic salt

• blue cheese for topping (I also mixed a little in)

• 1/4 cup chicken stock

• Whole wheat 100 calorie sandwich thins

Directions:

• Mix together ingredients in large bowl

• Top sandwich thin with mixture

• Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

Easy peezy! Hope you enjoy 🙂

Sneak preview at dessert

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Can you guess what it might be? 😉