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Things I’m Loving Lately

Sundays are the best.

Can we just all take a minute and agree on that? For me, Sundays are all about relaxing, reflecting, and catching up on the things I don’t have time for during the busy work week. I just love them!

Things I’m diggin’ lately:

1. Starbucks Red Cups.  10_28_13_starbucks_holiday_2013_1My addiction to Christmas can get a litttttttle out of hand, and I think every year it starts earlier and earlier. I apologize if you’re one of those people who thinks stores being decked out in Christmas decor directly after Halloween is absurd, because I kinda sorta really love it 🙂 But anyway, Im addicted to Skinny Peppermint Mochas! And I mean, the cup alone makes the entire experience worthwhile. (I miiiiiiight be sipping one of these as we speak…) Here is a link to one of my favorite package design websites explaining the entire design process behind the beloved red cups. (Yes, Im a design nerd. Yes, I could look at this website all day long. Yes, sometimes I do.) But I promise it’s really interesting!!

2.  Heidi Klum New Balance Moto Pullover.wrt3385kfyc_nb_60_i

I just saw a photo of this pullover on Julie’s blog and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since! It just looks so comfy, and perfect for outdoor winter running. I also didn’t realize Heidi Klum had her own line for New Balance…She does it all! definitely something worth exploring.

3. These Blogs: These ladies are great! They are so motivational, and post lots of great advice, workouts, recipes, etc. My daily reads! I would highly advise checking them out 🙂

4. Breaking Bad. Breaking-Bad

I know I’m late to hop on the Breaking Bad Fan Train, but better late than never. I am so obsessed. Seriously addicted. If you havent watched this show yet, stop whatever you’re doing and start watching. So. Addicted.

5. Overnight Oats.

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know I’ve chatted your ears off about these before, (here, actually) but I just have to let you know how much I truly adore them. Its the most perfect, easiest breakfast in the world. Prepare the night before, enjoy in the morning! To me, because they’re cold and sweet and creamy, it truly is like eating ice cream for breakfast. AND oh my gosh, if you make them in a nearly empty peanut butter jar, holy cow. They’re even MORE fantastic!

6. Society Social Bar Carts.Bar 

Holy beautiful. These are gorgeous. I want one. Or five. Bad. This website has tons of gorgeous gems. 

I could go one for days with things I adore, but I’ll stop there for this week 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday!

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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Sunday Roundup!

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope your weekend is going well! 

This weekend i came home to visit my dad for his birthday! Some relaxing time at home with the family is exactly what I needed. Ice cream cake + pumpkin coffee + my puppy Moe makes for a pretttty wonderful Friday 🙂

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Have you guys seen these?! My dad got a Keurig for his birthday and we’ve all been obsessed with it since. He bought 18 pumpkin spice K-cups, and I think I maaaay be responsible for the majority of them being gone already! GIMME ALL THE PUNKIN!

 

I didn’t have many crazy plans this weekend and i was toootally okay with that.

Saturday started off with a shhhweaty workout at my favorite LA fitness gym. I was feeling a little A.D.D. so i played musical machines!  I jumped from machine to machine, doing 10-15 minutes on each before switching to the next. I started with a warmup mile run on the treadmill, followed by 15 minutes on the stairmaster and 15 minutes on the elliptical alternating between resistance 10 and 12 every few minutes (while watching the miley cyrus story on MTV. While I wouldn’t have watched this outside the gym, Im not even gonna lie, it really kept my attention and made my workout fly by. Ha!)

IMG_7554 I followed my 30ish minutes of random cardio with strength training circuits. I started with this wonderful workout I found online. I love it! It was fun, challenging, and kept me going. I felt it heavy on the abs, but I liked that about it! This is definitely a workout i will do on off-days from the gym.

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Last night I had a great time catching up with my college roommate, eating pizza & drinking wine. Although I am sad I didn’t have a wild halloween party to dress up for, this is definitely my ideal chill saturday night 🙂

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Today I decided to try out a few recipes i have been meaning to try for awhile!

PESTO HUMMUS

Just to let you know, I am addicted to hummus. No, like…really addicted. I have 2 tubs of it (usually family sized) in my fridge at all times. Like, no matter what. I put it on everything, including just eating it by the spoonful. This recipe will be eaten the same way! I love pesto, I love hummus, why not mix the 2? It turned out wonderfully! Simple, 3 ingredients, cant go wrong!

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All you need is:
• 1 can chickpeas
• 2 tbsp pesto
• 1/4 cup tahini sauce

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ALMOND BUTTER

I recently discovered Justin’s almond butter and my life hasn’t been the same since. I have always been a huge peanut butter lover, but holy cow — almond butter!? Does it get any better than that? I think not.

I tried my own by simply roasting 2 cups of raw almonds (I seasoned them a bit with cinnamon & salt first) for 10 minutes then placing in a food processor.

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I had to split the recipe in half and do it twice because my processor is small, but it all worked out! Once the almonds were starting to get grainy and more liquidy (is that a word?!) I added honey & cinnamon.IMG_7583IMG_7585 IMG_7593 IMG_7598

Mixed it all up for about 10-15 more minutes and voila! Almond butter! It is sososos delicious, and i cannot believe how easy it was! I want to try different variations of flavors next.

Now time to finish up some laundry and make my journey back to my apartment to get ready for this week. Have a great, lazy Sunday!

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

No Bake Energy Bites! & weekend activites

Happy Labor Day, friends! Hope yours is spent with loved ones & great food 🙂

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I had a fantastic weekend visiting my family & friends in Cincinnati. It was spent with great company, great food, and great workouts! Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend 🙂

My weekend in a nutshell..

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My breakfast every morning consisted of Life cereal, blueberries & skim milk w/ coffee! I love breakfast with the parents 🙂 IMG_6938

My handsome, crazy dog Moe 🙂 IMG_6941

Coffee on the back porch 🙂 IMG_6945

Peanut butter & jelly sammiches, fresh fruit & yogurt w/ almonds.IMG_6955

Cocktails with my best friend! IMG_6960

🙂 i love her!

My workout of choice this weekend after venturing to 3 different gyms in 3 days…:

  • 2 mile run
  • 15 minute stair master
  • 30 minutes elliptical
  • this workout below:

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I did 30 seconds of each, two times. I love it. It works your entire body, and REALLY gets you breaking a sweat.

Speaking of great food, tonight I made overnight oats & cinnamon raisin energy bites!

The overnight oats were very similar to my earlier recipe I posted, but I added raisins, almond butter and pumpkin pie spice! Yum! I think they’ll make a delicious breakfast 🙂

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all the peanut butter! Justin’s is the best!

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Yum!

Energy bites:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter. I used low fat peanut butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Mix all ingredients together in medium sized bowl. Place in refrigerator for 30 mins. Make into balls and place back in refrigerator. Enjoy!

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So easy, yet so delicious 🙂 And only about 100 calories per bite. Perfect pre/post workout snack!

My dinner tonight was a snack dinner! Cottage cheese, hummus, and delicious Kashi chips! Yum! (I ate about twice that is actually shown 😉 )

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Hope you all had a great day off! Cheers to a short week ahead!

Holy Zucchini

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Happy Weekend, friends! I hope yours is going famously so far 🙂

Yesterday morning my day started bright n early with a trip to the gym! Nothing like getting your workout over with before 10 a.m.! On the way to the gym I enjoyed my favorite cereal evvvver, special K chocolatey delight! (With strawberries! dreams do come true.) Im a huge snacker, and the car is my favorite place to snack.

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My workout yesterday included:

  • 1.5 mile sprints on the treadmill, alternating speeds
  • 10 mins on the rowing machine
  • 25 mins stairmaster

After the gym I decided to swing by the Farmers Market, down the street from my house. I absolutely adore farmers market, and getting fresh produce. I love knowing where my food came from, and everything here is super cheap! I browsed a bunch of vegetable vendors as well as an ammmmaaaazzzzing salsa vendor. This man makes and jars all of his salsa himself. Pretty impressive, and super tasty! I ended up getting some tomatoes, GIANT zucchini, nectarines, homemade tomato sauce, and homemade salsa.

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When I got home I decided to cook up some of my veggies and throw them on some whole grain pasta! The mix included broccoli, tomatoes, grilled chicken, and zucchini, sprinkled with goat cheese and the homemade marinara sauce. Deeelish!

Have a great Sunday 🙂

10 is the magic number

HAPPY FRIDAY! 😀

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited to end a work week. Between waking up at 6:00 a.m. to get a good workout in, and staying late at work, I am completely drained!

Workout: 

When I go to the gym I usually have a plan in my head. But lately I’ve been realizing that I really only do one workout the days I don’t meet with my trainer: running & elliptical. And honestly, I am so sick of it! I talked to my trainer and he suggested that I try different machines. I am a not, I repeat NOT, a fan of change, so I was a little resistant at first, but I am SO very glad I did.

He suggested trying to stair master. Umm this thing looks like a death machine, hence why I’ve never tried it before. Seriously, who in their right mind is like, “oh that looks fun and inviting. Let me just go climb some stairs and probably fall backwards in front of all these macho-men-workout-gurus.” Yeah, those were my initial thoughts, but oh how far I’ve come. Its actually a great workout and once you’re up there you kinda feel like the queen of the gym. So, there’s that. (Im still really afraid that I’ll fall backwards or miss a step or something. Stay tuned: I’m sure it’ll happen.)

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10 is the magic number today! My workout today included:

  •  10 minutes on the treadmill. Starting at speed 6 and working my way up to 7.5 by the end.
  •  10 minutes on the stair-master. (Still didn’t fall. Hallelujah)
  •  Ab workout: medicine ball side twists  // medicine ball half crunches // exercise ball rollouts // 45 second plank. 25 times each, 3 times.
  •  10 minutes on the elliptical for a cool-down. On resistance 10! on incline 10!

10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10. SO many 10’s! I wonder if this 10 theme will reoccur in my day today!

 

Things I’m loving this week: 

• Kind Bars. I am a HUGE fan of granola/power/energy bars. They’re so perfect for on-the-go schedules like mine and they give me fuel and nutrients I need. Lately, I’ve really been diggin’ kind bars. Especially this KIND (haha, get it?)  url

• Coconut Water. Now, I hate normal coconut water. But give me this flavored stuff and I’m a happy camper. Which probably means it’s really not coconut water anymore, but I still love it nonetheless.

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Have a great friday! 🙂