muffins, pizza. & cupcakes…oh my!

Greetings earthlings!

Yes I am a weirdo…and yes it has been a day full of goodies…hence the following selfie!

selfie

I have been trying not to go hog wild with the sweets and junk food today…but yikes..it is super hard to avoid office goodies and I am not going to lie..I have definitely been picking at scones & muffins all day, and now a little frosting from a cupcake! Sheesh…eating healthy would be a lot easier without temptations being through at ya from everywhere! But it has been nice to snack on some things that I don’t typically have! Hey, I try not to restrict myself when I really am craving something. Which means that all day long I have trying sit it out, and if my craving is still there 30 minutes later then i typically let myself have a small piece of whatever it is I want!

Today, is also my little sister’s b-day!!!

sister bday shoutout

Homegirl is 15 years old and I seriously can’t believe it! It seems like only yesterday she was running around in her diaper singing “Bye Bye Birdie” songs into a hairbrush! Wait a minute, that was only yesterday…haha just kidding! Lame joke, but whatevs! I am so blessed to have her as a sister and she has seriously been through so much in her 15 years! She was in and out of the hospital a few years back, ended up having Ulcerative Colitis and thus surgery where she had her entire large intestine removed!!! She is such a little trooper though and her perseverance through all of the hard times is what gives me strength each and every day!

We will be going out to a family dinner later tonight and I am going to take her shopping Sunday, so she is getting in plenty of celebrating time!

Anyways, now on to some of my recent life happenings…lunch yesterday looked something like this…

tuesday salad

 

A salad full of veggies! It had cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, celery, feta cheese, mixed greens, dried cherries, and some of my couscous salad that I also had last week!

Then, I went out to a little street fair dealio last night with some friends and we enjoyed some tacos & cheese fries, followed by a froyo run on my way home! The street fair was super cute and right by the beach…there were live bands, fresh fruits/veggies for sale, and tons of cute jewelry/candles/clothes/shoes/etc. that you could buy too! Super fun and I will for sure be going back a lot this summer!

My day today started with a nice gym sesh where I logged 5 miles in 56 minutes! Lots and lots of hill climbs and running on an incline, which was tough!!! I was sweating up a storm by the end!! I also did about 20 minutes of arms to round out my workout! Then, I grabbed a green juice on my way to work…

wednesday green juice

Also, picked up the scones and muffins to bring in for everyone at the office…and then enjoyed a small piece of scone before devouring some yummy oatmeal topped w/ candied walnuts & blackberries…

wednesday breakfast

For a snack I had some…

apple snack

w/ a large spoonfull of sunbutter…and then for lunch I made myself a huge plate of salad and opted out on the pizza! I would have indulged, but I know tonight will be a big dinner with the family, so I didn’t want to have a huge/heavy lunch!

Finally, I also got some nice flowers today because apparently it is administrative appreciation day…who knew?! Anywhoooooo, one of my fellow coworkers brought in beautiful lavender plants and it really is brightening up my desk! I may have to make sure to always keep something green in the office, because it definitely adds some spice to my boring desk!

lavendar

Alright everyone! Time to finish up my work day…it seriously feels like Thursday though…so I am dying!!! Hope you all have nice Wednesdays!!! And to close a quick look at my 5 favorites of the day!

 

cake

1. This cake! Gah..I love the white w/ the pop of color!!! So cute!

brick building

 

2. This beautiful building I happened to see yesterday when i was walking to the library    during my lunch break! I didn’t even know it was right around the block from my office and the architecture was so, so pretty!

veggies and dip

3. This beautiful snack/appetizer platter! I love precut veggies like this..and give me some of that nice dip!!! Looks so fresh and yummy!

cookies!

4. On another note….I also love me some hot, gooey chocolate chip cookies! Especially if they are served with some vanilla ice cream..Hagen Daaz to be exact!!! Sooo flippin’ good! Probs my fave dessert!

dream house

5. THIS HOUSE IS MY DREAM HOUSE!!! Gah, the white exterior, stone walkway, wrap around porch, lots of windows..I could do on and on..basically I am in love and now have plans to one day (when I am a billionaire) to build myself an exact replica!

 

peace out homies! talk to you all tomorrow 🙂

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Pray for Boston.

boston

I know all of you have heard about the tragedy that occurred in Boston, and seeing the awful images on the TV and computer last night and this morning is what really brought this home for me.

Another tragic loss of life, in an occurrence that is becoming all too prevalent in today’s society. I started thinking about how many recent tragedies and mindless killings have occurred and I literally felt sick to my stomach. How is anyone supposed to feel safe when these things keep happening again and again! And to think that recently many of the victims have been children, people’s little babies, who are senselessly killed because of the selfishness of one person. It saddens me, yet it also makes me aware of how little my problems are in the scheme of things.

So, remember the next time you are having a bad day or getting frustrated, remember all those who have lost their lives for no purpose at all. And say a prayer for those lost and their families, pray instead of getting so consumed by the small annoyance that is causing you grief.

 

Alright, now on to a lighter topic of my recent eats and workouts…

We can start with my gym sesh yesterday afternoon…

monday workout

I wanted to go to 55 minutes, and had enough energy to keep going, but I knew I had some meal prep to do for dinner and I wanted to get in some abs before I left the gym, so I stopped at 51 minutes, happy to have gotten over 4.5 miles in!

I finished up gym time with about 20 minutes of ab work and stretching on the mat!

Dinner last night was couscous topped with sundried tomatoes, steamed broccoli, homemade meatballs, shaved parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.

monday dinner

For the meatballs I used 96% lean ground beef, 1 egg, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, and a mix of the following seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, Lawry’s seasoned salt, and paprika. For 1 package of ground beef this recipe yields 9 medium sized meatballs..baked at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes..or until they are no longer pink in the middle.

The rest of the prep was simple…I boiled 1 & 1/4 cup couscous/quinoa mixture with 1 & 3/4 cup water for about 20 minutes..I scooped a large portion into a bowl for my dinner last night and then I prepped a couscous salad for lunch today with the rest…I will give you the recipe on that later!

Then, I chopped up some broccoli to steam, added my sundried tomatoes,cheese, and olive oil to the couscous mixture and topped with 2.5 meatballs.

This meal was very delicious, simple, and filling! I will definitely be making this meal again!

Dessert was a few pieces of dark chocolate, and also as a side note..I had some trail mix & chocolate milk as a post-gym, pre-dinner snack. I think due to the fact that I am generally pretty hungry after the gym and need a snack before dinner. I think I’m going to make my normal afternoon snack smaller and then have a snack after the gym as well! So…probably piece of fruit or some veggies before gym and then some trail mix, apple w/ pb, carrots & hummus, etc. post-gym.

Finally, on to breakfast this morning! Started with some green juice & a banana before I got to work and then once at work I had an egg sandwich & some yogurt w/ berries.

tuesday breakfast 2

To make this take 1 toasted whole wheat sandwich thin, top with the yoke of 1 hard boiled egg, and 1 slice of American cheese, zap in microwave for about 20 seconds and enjoy!

tuesday breakfast 1

Yum, this breakfast has definitely kept me full! Which is always a plus when I am at work and don’t have much time to snack if I do get hungry before lunch!

Alright, I will be back later with lunch and afternoon workout plan. Also, I would like to talk about over working out, taking rest days, why we workout, and a few other topics along those lines! Hope everyone has a nice morning and takes a moment to count their blessings and pray for those who are suffering due to the Boston tragedy.

how i eat (primarily) unprocessed foods!

Hey everyone! Before I get into the meat of this post, let me tell you a bit about my evening yesterday and then my workout and breakfast today!

So, last night my family and I went to a HOCKEY GAME! Seriously, if you have never been to a hockey game, you need to go!!! They are so lively and action packed..never a dull moment! I tend to get bored when watching football and baseball, but with hockey the action literally never stops!!!

Anways, here is a pic of my sister and I making “duck faces”, while en route to the ducks game!

hockey game pic

The game was awesome, Anaheim Ducks played the Dallas Stars and our ducks won 5-2!

Anyways, dinner was not the healthiest because it was game food haha but it sure was delicious! I had a hotdog w/ relish, mustard, and onions. Also, had a handful of peanuts, lots & lots of delicious popcorn (think movie theater style), a few Sour Patch Kids, and some hot chocolate…this is kind of ironic considering today I want to talk about how I cut out most unprocessed foods from my diet, but hey every once in a while you gotta give in and indulge a little 😉

Anyways, I was exhausted by the time we got home last night and fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow!! I thought about snoozing my alarm when it went off at 4:45 this morning, but decided to bite the bullet and get up for my morning workout! I didn’t know how in the mood I would be to run, but I decided to give it a go and actually had tons of energy! The run went by quickly and though when i post my workout it is going to look a tad confusing, in reality it is basically 5 min. incline walk followed by 10 minutes of 1 min. jog/1 min. sprint switch offs (repeat that 2x), then 5 min. recovery walk, 14 min. of increasing incline jogging, and 1 min. cool down..easy peasy!

SPRINTS N HILLS TRADMILL WORKOUT

thursday workout

So, ya like I said it looks confusing when written out, but it was an awesome workout and let me get in a lot of mileage in not too long of time!

I am trying to up my mileage in hopes of doing a 10K at some point this summer, so I think I am going to try an outdoor run by the ocean this weekend and hopefully get in over 5 miles!

Ok, next on the list is breakfast today..started with a banana and 1/2 a granola bar when I got home from the gym…then once at work I had…oats in a jar!!

thursday breakfast 1

thursday breakfast 3

thursday breakfast 2

Don’t you love how I captured my meal at different stages of being eaten! haha Anyways,  I did like 1/4 cup rolled oats, dash of vanilla coconut milk, 2 scoops plain greek yogurt, 1 spoonful cocoa, and then topped it this morning with more coconut milk, strawberries/blackberries/blueberries, & a scoop more peanut butter..yum!

Ok…now on to my topic of getting rid of processed foods in your diet. I actually happened to end up doing this by mistake and mainly just by keeping my diet made up mostly of fruits & veggies. Most of my meals center around some concoction of fruits or vegetables and then in the morning I add yogurt/oatmeal/whole grain toast/or nut butter to round out the meal.

Lunch and dinner tend to be more veggie based and usually are a salad or sauteed veggies topped with some type of protein. For lunch I like to add various mixtures of nuts/dried fruit/fresh fruit/chopped veggies/chicken/turkey/tuna/salmon/& a vinegar or oil based dressing.

Dinner tend to be a ton of veggies sauteed in coconut oil and then topped with cheese/& or meat..when i am eating rice or pasta I usually try to get a whole grain version (think whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) and not too much sauce & salt added on top.

For me, once I started stalking up on fruits and veggies my meals came to center on those items and I stopped needing crackers/chips/croutons/lots of dressing/frozen meals/etc.

I also stick to plain greek yogurt/organic milk/rolled oats (not instant) and most of my breakfast options are pretty basic and fresh.

Once I started making my meals with less processed foods I found that my cravings for coffee and soda also decreased as well!

My diet now feels more rounded out and I am happy to say that the things I do eat fill me up and keep me focused/energized/& strong!

Of course like I said earlier I do indulge every once in a while in snack type foods, but even then I have found that the less I have them the better they taste when I do have them here and there!

Hopefully this helps with anyone trying to get more healthy meals in and let me know if you have any questions!

 

What type of unprocessed meals are your favorite?

Any type of fish with a nice roasted or sautéed veggie side!

Any snack foods that you could NEVER give up, despite how crappy them may be for you!?

Peanut M&Ms, Cheese-Its, & Microwave Popcorn are my guilty pleasures fo’ sho!

things i am loving right now!

Good morning slash afternoon everybody! First let me start off with a quick recap of my workout and dinner last night, which was super delish!

Workout went well! I pushed my self a little harder on my planned run where instead of running for 4 minute intervals I made those 6 minute intevals and then broke up the next 4 min. incline walk into 2 min. hard incline and then 2 min. recovery incline!

My final run breakdown looked like this…

monday workout

When I got home I packed my breakfast/lunch/snacks for today and then got to work on an easy dinner!

Since I am trying to use up groceries/leftovers before they go bad I recycled my quinoa caprese meal idea, but added in a chicken sausage for some added protein & staying power! The added meat component gave the dish a lot more sustenance and I thoroughly enjoyed it…

monday dinner main

Again all you do for this dish is take about 1/2 c. cooked quinoa (mine was leftover from din on Sunday), cut up a handful of grape tomatoes, some basil, & mozzarella cheese, then I cooked the sausage on the stovetop in 1 tbsp. coconut oil and added everything together in a bowl!

Super quick, easy, fresh, and delicious meal!

For “dessert” I had an orange..I am not usually one for having fruit for dessert, but we didn’t have anything sweet in our house really..so an orange had to make do 😦

monday dinner orange

Healthy, but certainly not chocolate that’s for sure!

Anyways, after dinner my family watched the Duck’s hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, we are big Ducks fans haha and well they got their butts kicked to the Sharks and it was a sad night for all in the Kennedy clan 😦

PS my fam is super big on hockey so we watch it all the time! I am pretty much up on all the stats and it is one of the only professional sports I watch on the reg! It’s just so good…fast paced….fights…cute hockey players…what’s not to like!

Next up…breakfast this morning! I finished my jar of cookie butter yesterday, and that only meant one things…overnight oats in a jar!!!

tuesday breakfast outside

Outside it looks like a normal jar of cookie butter…BUT inside it’s my most favorite breakfast in the world!!!

tuesday breakfast close up

I added 1/2 c. rolled oats, 1 6 oz. container of Trader Joe’s Honey Greek Yogurt, 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, dash of vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, and apple slices…in the morning I mixed it up and added a bit more milk/a dash of sunbutter and was thoroughly happy with my little concoction and the return of this breakfast beauty!

Ok, now on to things that are making me happy right now…let’s do it list style because that makes thing super easy to read 🙂

  1. Daylight Savings Time- I mean nothing is better than getting off work, going to the gym, and still having a tad bit of daylight left once my whole day is over! Seriously..makes me so happy!
  2. Spring Weather- There is something about Spring time that is just so wonderful! Right now it is starting to warm up, baseball season has begun, the smell of fresh grass and blooming flowers delights your nostrils, afternoon walks get more appealing by the day…it’s the down right best time of year!
  3. Easter!!!- I LOVE EASTER! There is something about wearing a nice sundress, going to mass with my family, eating a yummy brunch, and enjoying season candy like Peeps and Jelly Beans that is absolutely wonderful!
  4. 30 Rock- My obsession with this show is getting a little out of hand! I didn’t watch it really when it was on air, but recently discovered it on netflix and decided to give it a whirl! Wow is all I can say…it’s so freaking hilarious! It’s kind of a very particular type of humor, but it makes me crack up every time I watch it..gotta love Tina Fey!
  5. Interval Workouts- My latest obsession has been doing intervals on the treadmill…they have been the best way for me to increase my running mileage and I seriously sweat like no other when I finish them! Also, adding an inclined walk in my intervals seriously has given me great endurance…on my hike this weekend I barely struggled at all on all the major hill climbs! I was super proud of myself 🙂
  6. Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6Pack Abs- I am going to really push myself to do it for 6 weeks and see if I notice a difference! It kicked my butt Sunday, so hopefully with consistency and repetition I will see some results…because let me be honest, I’d love to have a more toned stomach once summer time bathing suit season roles around!
  7. Last, but not least…my new camelback waterbottle! It seriously keeps me sippin’ water ALL DAY LONG! Without it I never wanted to drink water, but now I refill it multiple times a day and keep it with me pretty much at all times! Yay for getting my h20 in on the reg…I gotta say it makes me pee a lot, but I have noticed clearer skin and less frequent headaches..gotta be good signs right 😉

 

Ok, later my peeps! I will be back with lunch and a workout for this afternoon…just a hint that I plan on mixin’ things up today!!! Catch ya on the flip side 🙂

5 things you didn’t know about me…

Before I get to the good stuff…aka 5 odd/quirky yet lovable things about me haha I will share lunch and my workout plan for this evening!!!

Ok, so after breakfast I had a handful of chocolate covered raisins- courtesy of my office kitchen and also a bag of Angie’s Classic Sweet & Salty Popcorn (tastes like kettle corn, but is made with all natural ingredients like popcorn/sunflower oil/ evaporated cane juice/& sea salt..yum!).

Then for lunch I had a salad with butter lettuce/dried cherries/brie cheese/pistachio meat (the inside sans shell)/& Annie’s Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing….

monday lunch salad

On the side I also had a piece of multigrain french bread with orange marmalade spread on top!

monday lunch bread

Yum, nothing better than a piece of fresh bread!! And, orange marmalade is my ultimate favorite jam, so that was an added bonus!

On to my workout plan that I made..I will be doing a run similar to last Monday, which was where I do a 4 min. incline walk, 4 min. jog/run, 2 min. hard incline walk, and then repeat this with added intensity! This treadmill workout is definitely one of my favorites, as it incorporates enough recovery time to be doable and also mixes things up so I never get bored while I do it!

Then, I plan on doing some arms & abs to round out my workout, so we will see how this goes!

PicMonkey Collage

Ok, now on to 5 things about me time! Woo!

  1. I am kind of a low key nerd in that I love school, was valedictorian in high school, and went to UCLA for my undergrad
  2. I have known that I wanted to be a lawyer since I was in 8th grade and have never changed my mind, despite people telling me how hard law school is/ how boring being a lawyer can be haha apparently i am just a boring nerd who is looking forward to law school..what can i do?!
  3. I am the oldest of 4 kids and have a bizarrely close knit family! Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how much we all support each other, make each other laugh, and are there for each other! We also are hugely sarcastic and so most of the time we are just making jokes that only we think are funny haha it’s weird, but whatever..i love my fam!
  4. I make BOMB cd’s/playlists! In high school I was always designated to make people cd’s like monthly and I loved it! Some of my friends even tell me that they still listen to mixes I made like over 4 years ago! haha I just have a gift of picking the right placement of songs, so that the playlist always seems to have variety and a nice flow from song to song…I seriously shoulda been a DJ! Screw law school, new life plan! haha just kidding, if only I could support myself on a DJ salary I’d probably be in!
  5. I can’t sleep in! It’s like I am kind of a grandma…I like to be in bed by 10 and I can wake up easily at the crack of dawn! Morning workouts are no prob for me because I honestly don’t mind getting up at 5 am! There is something about the calmness early in the morning that I just love and though sleeping in is nice on the weekends and every once of a while, I am definitely an early bird!

 

Ok everyone! Hopefully you now know a little more about me! If you have any more questions or anything you want to know about me just leave a comment and I will answer your questions!

Hope you all enjoy your evenings and I will see you tomorrow! Adios mis amigos 🙂

my 4 essentials to a healthy life.

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I seriously think these are the keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle! I am on this new kick where I try to drink 8 full glasses of water a day! Do I have to pee a lot…yes! Is it worth it…yes!! I feel more energize, skin seems to be more clear, and helps me stay fuller longer..making me think that a lot of times I was confusing thirst for hunger!

Working out also gives me tons of energy! Working out and being active helps wake me up and allows me to set goals for myself and work hard to achieve them. It helps keep me positive and allows me to get out any pent up anger or aggression as well.

Healthy eating varies person to person…I think it is key to include a variety of different foods in your diet, including as much fresh and unprocessed foods as you can! What helps me is eating lots of fruits, veggies, grains, lean meats, healthy fats, and also allowing myself indulgences like chocolate and ice cream, but within moderation.

Last, sleeping well is key to performing your best. Without adequate sleep I feel groggy and off. Sleep allows us to recharge and maintain focused the following day, so make sure to get your zzz’s!

Alright, on to my lunch today…

week 3 tuesday lunch

Smoked salmon/spinach/& cream cheese on an everything bagelwich.

week 3 tuesday lunch side

Snap peas on the side for a little extra something to keep me full! Fruits and veggies are my go to sides because they sit heavy in my stomach and make my fullness last longer!

On to my workout plan for this evening, which is…

march 19 workout plan

Well, I am off to make myself an afternoon snack..large apple/ large spoonfull of nut butter..check and check! Talk to you all tomorrow 🙂

Staying On Track the Healthy Way

motivational quote

Hey everybody! So, today has been a good day so far and I wanted to write a little about my journey trying to regain my identity during my recovery from my eating disorder. But first let me fill you in on my workout/dinner/& breakfast!

Workout last night went better than expected! I was feeling kind of crumby as I posted yesterday, but then I had a bagel think & cream cheese, lots of water, and got ready for a hard workout! When I got to the gym I was able to do my 50 min. workout, even going harder than I had planned at some points! I also did my ab routine and saved the squats for today because I was getting tired at that point. I typically get bored at the gym after like an hour, but can make myself stay for like an hour and fifteen or twenty minutes but that’s tops!

week 3 monday workout

After the gym I showered and then prepared myself a super yummy quinoa caprese bowl! I basically took some leftover cooked quinoa and added in fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic, mixing everything together for a super yummy dish!

I also snacked on some dark chocolate covered power berries from Trader Joes and some peanut butter/berries while preparing my lunch for today!

Breakfast this morning was a Special K Yogurt Parfait…

week 3 tuesday breakfast

Which was a contained of Trader Joe’s Mango flavored greek yogurt, topped with a scoop of Fage 0% Plain greek yogurt, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and some Vanilla Almond Special K cereal for some crunch! I have been trying to branch out and try some different breakfast options, because for the past few weeks I have been all about overnight oats!! haha anyways tomorrow I am thinking of trying out a bagel or oatmeal, so we will see if I can come up with a new fave breakfast option! If anyone has suggestions that are portable or easy to make using just a microwave and/or a toaster oven..let me know!!

Snack this morning was a banana, chocolate chip chewy bar, and vitamin water zero…just in case you were curious as to what my snacks are at work haha

Ok, now to the meat of this post…identity and how to be yourself in a world so full of judgment!

For me, during my years with an eating disorder I became a weird and different version of myself. Since I was consistently isolating myself, lying, and hiding away, I lost all sense of the person I was and the person I wanted to be. I let go of all of my morals and everything that was important to me. I was lying to my friends and family, so therefore they learned to not trust me and eventually even they did not care to be around me. I was hurting myself and then lying to make it seem like things were better than they really were. In all honesty I have never been more fragile, afraid, lonely, and confused as I was during those years.

However, as I have progressed in my recovery I have become more comfortable with the person that I am! I feel like I now know more about my positive and negative character traits and have tried to work on my negative ones to make myself a better person all around. I know I can be impatient, judgmental, a control freak, and sometimes insecure, but the more I try to stay aware of those characteristics, the more likely I am to catch myself when I start to display them.

I now try to be myself and have learnt that if others don’t like who I am, then tough luck for them! I am now more selective about who I am friends with because I have realized that there are only a few people who will really be there for me when the goings get tough! And I would way rather surround myself with people who make me feel good about myself, rather than have tons of people who don’t give a crap about me!

I have come to see that I want to be a person who lives a healthy life and is responsible and fun to be around. I try to help out others as much as I can and do kind things for no reason or without being asked. I try to keep a positive outlook on life and realize that no matter what happens there is always another day and another way to make things better!

If anyone is struggling with finding their identity or want to better themselves I would suggest making a list of qualities you admire in other people and then using that as a guide for yourself. But also remember that you are who you are and sometimes you have to find ways to make your personality work for you. Never be afraid to be who you are because the people who don’t like you are better off not in your life anyways!!

In conclusion, take a second to think about this quote…it really helps me in times when I am feeling down…

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Enjoy and I will be back later with lunch and today’s workout agenda 🙂

mixin’ up your workout!!

ryan gosling

Gah, Ryan Gosling!!! I seriously get like nervous anytime I see him on tv or in a movie or whatever! I know I am such a freak, but I think he is my soul mate…. haha and I mean if anything this pic is enough to get me motivated…now I am just going to picture him cheering me on every time I do my workout!!! Heck yes! Motivation at it’s finest!

So, I have been really trying to get more strength training incorporated into my workouts by trying new ab and arm routines! So far I have gotten a lot of motivation and different workouts to try from Pinterest. I also started using dumbbells last week at  the gym and absolutely loved it! My arms were actually really sore the next few days and I feel like that is always a good sign after an intense workout!

Last night I did this 50 min. treadmill workout:

          Minutes:              Speed:

    • 0-5               4.2
    • 5-7               6.3
    • 7-9               6.5
    • 9-11             6.7
    • 11-13           6.5
    • 13-15           6.3  
    • 15-20           4.5
    • 20-22           6.2
    • 22-24           6.4
    • 24-26           6.6
    • 26-28           6.4
    • 28-30           6.2
    • 30-35           4.0
    • 35-37           6.1
    • 37-39           6.3
    • 39-41           6.5
    • 41-43           6.3
    • 43-45           6.1
    • 45-50          4.2

I finished up by doing about 40 minutes of dumbbells and weighted abs! Felt stronger for sure after completing that much time working out! Definitely took a nice long bath to relax and soak my muscles  too, which was definitely needed 🙂

Today I think I am going to do a 40 min treadmill workout and 10 min on the stairclimber…let’s see if I can come up with a workout right now!!!

Minutes:                       Speed:

  • 0-1                  4.0
  • 1-2                  5.0
  • 2-3                  5.5
  • 3-4                  6.0
  • 4-5                  6.5
  • 5-6                  7.0
  • 6-10                4.2 (incline 3.0)
  • 10-15        repeat minutes 1-6
  • 15-20              4.0 (incline 3.0)
  • 20-25        repeat minutes 1-6
  • 25-30              4.2 (incline 3.0)
  • 30-31              5.0
  • 31-32              7.5
  • 32-33              5.0
  • 33-34              7.5
  • 34-35              5.0
  • 35-36              7.5
  • 36-37              5.0
  • 37-40              4.0 (incline 3.0)

Ab Routine:

  1. Mountain Climbers- 20
  2. Russian Twists- 25
  3. Bicycles- 25
  4. V-Ups- 20
  5. Leg Circles- 10 small, 10 large
  6. Plank 30 sec.
  7. Push-Ups- 10

Repeat 3x

My treadmill workout was inspired by this pin I found on Pinterest…

minka kelly treamill workout

But apparently Minka is a little more hardcore than I am!!! Maybe one day I will be able to do those 8.0 sprints, but for now I am gonna stick with my adapted version!!

will i ever get tired of overnight oats??

monday week 2 breakfast

Yesterday’s breakfast is shown above and was my original overnight oats mixed with a scopp of sunbutter and then added apples/cinnamon/& an extra scoop of sunbutter on top!

breakfast week 2 tuesday 

This morning was original overnight oats again, mixed with a scoop of sunbutter, and topped with raspberries/blueberries/& honey roasted peanuts…can you say salty, sweet goodness?!

The funny thing about overnight oats is that I always think I am going to mix up my breakfast options, but then I get home every night and when I go to pack my breakfast for the following day the only thing I want is overnight oats!! They are just such a power house of nutrients and keep me full for quite a long time!

So last night for dinner I had a bowl with quinoa/asparagus/& chicken, topped with a dash of balsamic vinegar! It was super fast and easy to prepare because the chicken was precooked, so all I had to do was sauté it in a pan with the asparagus and add it on top of my quinoa, which was also precooked and simply zapped in the microwave to warm it up! Then, like every girl last night I tuned in for the season finale of The Bachelor!!!

I feel like Sean really got a quality group of girls this season, so I ended up really liking his finally two girls and was happy to see him and Catherine still happy together after taping!

Sean seemed like the total package with good morals, a good family, and obvi a super hot bod!!! Seems like Catherine got a quality man and though I am skeptical of finding love on The Bachelor (I always hate when in the final episode the bachelor/bachelorette talks about how they have no idea who they are going to pick…I mean like really though, you have to have some inclination or else I don’t think you love either of them!), but anyways I think the two of them seem genuinely in love!

Alright, I am going to do a workout post in a bit..gotta do some work though now haha talk to ya’ll lata!

Shania Twain Motivates Me…

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Why hello! Just thought this gem of a pic would brighten up your morning! This is my little sister and I messing around…as we typically do and though I am not sure why we decided to take this pic? It seriously makes me smile every time I see it!

Anyways, on to last night’s workout! So, I tried out making my own workout and seriously I freaking loved it! The treadmill workout got me doing about 4.2 miles in 50 minutes with lots of hills and some sprints thrown in and let me just say I never got bored and I was sweating up a storm by the time I finished…

treadmill shot

Then,. I did my ab routine and that seriously was hardcore too!! It really pushed me to do more than I think I would have if I hadn’t written it out ahead of time…so I think I am going to try and make a plan for this evening again because I seriously loved having a plan that I had created and felt so accomplished when i was able to do everything I had written up!

But, let me also just say that yesterday afternoon when i left work I seriously was NOT feelin’ the gym! I was tired and had a slight headache and I seriously debated going home, plopping on my sweats, and watching reruns of 30 Rock while eating Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!! However, I made myself start my workout and when I heard some old school Shania Twain come on my ipod I got some serious motivation!!! Shania Twain powered me through this treadmill workout and I was rockin’ out to her “Come On Over” CD like it was 1998! It was just what I needed and I left the gym feeling happier and more energized than I would have ever imagined!!

Ok, well I am off to finish my breakfast (Nutella/Coconut/Blackberry Overnight Oats…because why would i ever want to switch up my breakfast for anything other than overnight oats?) and I will check in later this afternoon, hopefully with a new workout to try tonight!!!