So Much Cuteness & A Tip

I really, really wanted to run outside today. I ate my usual pre-run snack (banana and peanut butter), downed some water and headed outside and then I saw the clouds. Change of plans yet again! One of these days I WILL be able to get outside and run. It just might be in a few days.

Anyways, once I got to the gym the idea of a 3 – 4 mile run on the treadmill sounded incredibly boring to me so I did 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill and followed it with 20 minutes on the arc trainer. HIIT really is the most effective kind of cardio out there – I jumped off the treadmill covered in sweat and continued to sweat through my tank top while on the arc trainer. Hot. ;)

I also did the same upper body strength workout that I did on Monday. Triceps dips are no joke! My arms weren’t that sore until I finished with them and now they’re shaking as I am typing.

But the highlight of my day was not my workout or any food. It was time spent at Centennial Park with one of my best friends, Courtney, and her adorable daughter Emma.

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Thanks to Trader Joe’s and their amazing guac and delicious veggie chips, I made the most amazing tacos for dinner. I tried to eat mine as lettuce wraps sandwiched between chips and even though it didn’t end well for me, they were so good.

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Here’s an easy tip to beef up your standard taco base (pun intended: After you brown your meat and add your taco seasoning, throw in some green peppers and black beans too. Nick and I both agreed that these were much better than the usual ones.

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And then lots of tomatoes, cheese, guac and salsa mixed in. I need to write a post on all of the new-to-me TJ’s products that I am currently in love with because that list is getting to be quite long.

I’m off to find some chocolate and hopefully get into bed early! Have a good night!

 

A Special Birthday & Chocolate For Breakfast

Good morning! I have to start off this post with some special birthday wishes to my fabulous and hilarious boyfriend! Happy Birthday babe!

IMG_8027Today I just need to to brag a little bit. I don’t talk about this that much, but I need to today. I am SO proud of Nick and everything he has accomplished, especially in this past year. He is so driven, motivated and has already accomplished more at 24 than some people do by the time they’re 40.  He is by far my biggest supporter, biggest fan and pushes me to be better every day. I’m so excited to celebrate tonight and with all of our friends this weekend. He deserves the best birthday possible!

So yesterday I was 0 for 2 on my planned workouts. My run didn’t happen, and neither did BodyPump. It looked like it was going to rain all day long so I decided not to risk getting rained on and went to the gym. Unfortunately our gym only offers BodyPump at 4 PM on Mondays (weird, right?) so I just did my own workout. I spent 40 minutes on the arc trainer increasing the resistance by 5 every 3 minutes and then did an upper body strength circuit that looked like this:

  • Shoulder press – 3 sets of 12 reps
  • Biceps curl – 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Bent-over rows – 3 sets of 12
  • Squats to shoulder press – 3 sets of 10
  • Triceps dips on bench – 3 sets of 10

While I was at the gym, I saw a guy doing pull-up burpees. He would do a burpee, jump up and do a pull-up, and then repeat.  I watched him for a solid five minutes because I don’t think there is any chance I could do them. I definitely don’t think I could do them in public…so more power to him!

What’s the craziest move you’ve ever seen someone do?

You guys are going to be so proud of me today too. Guess what was for breakfast? NOT a yogurt bowl, thank you very much!

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A green (and super chocolatey) smoothie! This one was  1 1/2 frozen bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, spinach, plain greek yogurt and cocoa powder. I was a little heavy-handed with the cocoa powder so this was super chocolatey but there’s nothing wrong with that. Chocolate for breakfast is always okay in my book!

And on that note, I’m out. See you guys tomorrow!

 

Stuck In A Rut

I’m stuck in a breakfast rut and I can’t get out of it.

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How many more of these yogurt bowls can you really see?

If I were you, the answer would be no more.

You see, every day I wake up with the best intentions but then I walk into the kitchen and they fly out the window. It doesn’t help that I have yet another peanut butter obsession in my life.

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Trader Joe’s, you never steer me wrong. For a crunchy peanut butter lover like myself, this is perfection. But, I need to break out of this rut. I’m hoping to make some of this crack  soon in an effort to switch it up a little bit!

Today’s workout hasn’t happened yet, but I’m thinking it will probably be a long run tonight when it’s a little bit cooler. I may take BodyPump tonight as well, but it depends on my run. I love this weather. It’s the perfect running temperature. :)

I leave you with this picture of Bentley. I can’t get over his chubby cuteness.

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Have a great start to the week!

Breakfast recommendations anyone? I’d love any and all suggestions!

Workout Recap: Back to Hot Yoga!

Happy Friday! This week has gone by pretty quickly for me but I’m not complaining because it’s the weekend! I have a lot of fun stuff planned that I’m looking forward to and I just think it’s going to be a great weekend. And, in just one week from today my best friend Becca will be back in Maryland (she lives in Nashville) and next weekend we have a ton of fun plans with our friends. I’m already counting down the days!

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, let’s recap this week’s workouts. It was a good week of workouts and I just felt really strong. I took Sunday as a rest day and I really think that just lounging around and relaxing helped me to come back even stronger in the gym this week.

Monday - 4 mile run &  upper body strength circuit

Tuesday -  30 mintes on the arc trainer + 15 minutes on the bike & abs

Wednesday - 25 minutes on the arc trainer + 15 minute incline walk on the treadmill

Thursday - Hot Vinyasa at Charm City Yoga. It was a little different than my studio in Orlando, but I really loved the class. The teacher was great about actually teaching instead of just leading us through poses. I have always struggled with handstands but last  night I was able to hold one twice, which was a huge deal for me. My friend Michaela and I both really loved how our teacher actually taught us to get into the poses – she showed us how to position our shoulders and hips so that we would be able to actually support ourselves and taught us a few different ways to kick up so that we could choose which worked the best for us. I hadn’t been to yoga in a LONG time and I’m actually quite sore today. ;)

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Friday - 2 mile run and 2 mile walk + abs

My friend Courtney and I have plans to run tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to having a running buddy! While I do generally prefer to workout alone, I do like to have someone to talk to as well as to push me when I start to feel lazy or get tired. Court and I run at about the same pace so I won’t have any excuse to slack tomorrow! ;)

And now, coffee. Have a great weekend!

 

Checking In

It’s been a few days since my last post. I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy but I do miss my little blog! I try not to blog unless I have something to say and really hate forcing posts just for the sake of posting, so I’m happy to have a little bit of time to check in!

I’ve been running a lot lately. When we lived in Orlando, we belonged to the Y and we carried our membership over to the Y up here. However, the Y here is much smaller and doesn’t have the same assortment of machines that our old gym did. As a result, I’m pretty much limited in terms of my workouts. It kind of blows my mind that there aren’t any ellipticals or stairmasters. I’m hoping that I’m just clueless and have missed a whole room in the gym somewhere, but for now, the cardio aspect of my workouts consists of running and time on the arc trainer. And lots of long walks with Bentley.

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This morning it was really cool and felt like fall. I walked outside in a tank top and shorts and turned right back around to grab a jacket. We’re not in Florida anymore! ;)

On a food note, I’m still as obsessed as ever with yogurt bowls for breakfast. Although, I had a can of pumpkin in my hand at the store the other day and had to make myself put it down. It’s ALMOST time!

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I’m giving my legs the day off of running and taking a hot yoga class with my friend Michaela at Charm City Yoga. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve practiced and I’m excited to get back on my mat. My muscles are sore already. ;)

It’s almost Friday! What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Weekend Recap: So Excited!

Happy Monday! What a weekend I had. Let’s skip any little fluff and get to the most important part…my big sister is engaged!

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I am SO excited for her and her fiance, Steve. I can’t wait to help her start planning out her special day and am so happy to see my sister so happy. :)

Obviously that takes the cake of the weekend. But, there was lots of other good stuff going on! Friday night I went out with my friend Michalea, our friend Austin and a bunch of Nick’s frat brothers in Baltimore. It was a late night and coffee was non-negotiable Saturday morning. Nick and I spent the morning running errands and I picked up this iced coffee from Nordstrom. So random, but they have GREAT coffee. Although this shouldn’t be surprising since the Nordstrom Cafe is pretty good too!

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We kept Saturday night low-key with a sushi date, froyo and a movie. I fell in love with the sushi at Katana Sushi  (not to be confused with my beloved Sushi Katana in Orlando) and think that the Baltimore roll is the best I’ve ever had.

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It’s crab, spicy mayo, tempura flakes and Old Bay. SO good.

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Followed by some Reese’s flavored froyo topped with Reese’s cups, peanut butter chips, hot fudge and peanut butter.

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Talk about a perfect food night! ;)

And Sunday morning was house hunting that turned into neighborhood hunting/exploring and somehow ended up with a trip to the driving range. Oh, and a quick lunch at Pazani. I love the make your own salad option – I think it’s so rare for an Italian restaurant! Mine was full of veggies, chicken and goat cheese.

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And that pretty much sums up the weekend. Hope you had a marvelous one as well!

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As always, thanks to my girl Katie for hosting this link-up!

Workout: Arms, Abs & Legs

After Tuesday’s long (to me) run, the last thing I wanted to do yesterday was run. Or really any intense cardio, to be honest. My legs were a little bit sore and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make it to BodyPump, so I decided to just make up my own little workout. Sometimes it’s easier for me to just put together a bunch of different moves than scour Pinterest for the “perfect” workout. That never happens, because I usually get distracted and start pinning food.

Truth. And I know I’m not the only one who falls victim to those Pinterest boards either!

So I just threw this together as I went and I thought it was a pretty effective workout. You’ve got all your bases covered – arms, abs and legs. And, if you’re like me and follow it up with a long walk with your dog, then it’s even better!

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Now get to sweatin’!

And, if you have any questions about any of the moves, let me know!

What’s your favorite body part to strength train? I love working my arms!

WIAW: Ready For Fall

Good morning! As I’m typing up this blog post, I’m chugging HOT coffee. It feels like a fall morning here, and it’s got me all riled up and excited for fall (even more than I was yesterday).

I’m also feeling a little sore and enjoying a relaxing, lazy morning.  Howeer, I do have to admit that I am excited and ready to get back to work. Having a few weeks off is nice, but I am getting bored. I’m constantly trying to keep myself busy and I really do miss my structured weekly routine.

Speaking of structured routines, it’s time for WIAW! Thanks to Jenn for this fun weekly link-up!

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Breakfast: Same old peanut butter/banana/yogurt bowl. I remembered to top this one with cinnamon too! I’m really excited for fall to turn these yogurt bowls into pumpkin yogurt bowls (and switch around with pumpkin oats!).

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Pre-run snack: An apple and Larabar. I loooooooove the chocolate peanut butter flavor (I never found it in Florida!).

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Post-run lunch Part 1: A not so green smoothie with a frozen banana, frozen berries, almond milk, peach Chobani, protein powder and spinach. I used a soy protein powder from Trader Joe’s and was a little skeptical of how it would taste, but it was great! TJ’s never fails. I am one of those people who feels incredibly nauseous after running longer distances (I couldn’t eat for hours after my half-marathon because I felt so sick) so I was happy to get this down right after we got back.

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Part 2: Nothing fancy, but I knew I needed more food so I just put lots of peanut butter and jelly on two rice cakes. Anything to get more peanut butter!

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Dinner: Taco salad with Trader Joe’s veggie & flax chips. These are a new to me find and I am loving them. Please ignore the larg white chunks. I have been obsessed with string cheese lately (weird) and opted to top my salad with it rather than the cheddar cheese I usually use.

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We’ve adopted Taco Tuesday into our weekly dinner routine over the past few weeks. I don’t mind at alllllll. Tacos are one of the easiest dinners in the world!

Dessert: One of Diana’s Banana Babies with peanut butter (and a side of begging Bentley).

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Tip: If you love banana soft serve like I do, blend two of these with some peanut butter for the absolute best chocolate peanut butter banana soft serve around.

I’m off to go take Bentley on a long walk before it gets warm. Before I go, I HAVE to share this crazy adorable video that’s all over the Internet lately: http://www.elitedaily.com/news/world/adorable-baby-loses-hears-dark-horse-katy-perry/696815/.

You have to watch it. I die of cuteness.

Have a GREAT Wednesday!

Currently Loving

Happy Tuesday from two little hams!

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I love this dog.

I also love running (which you probably know if you’ve read this blog at all before) and I’m excited this morning because Nick’s mom Jodi and I are heading to a trail near his parents’ house to go run. I’ve been doing most of my runs on the treadmill because I really don’t like running in the heat of the summer, but the trail is really shady and I’m really looking forward to it! It’s a six mile trail which is a perfect distance in my opinion- challenging, but not so tough that it will leave me wanting to lay in bed for the rest of the day. ;)

And in other unrelated news, I’m totally and completely obsessed with and in love with spaghetti squash at the moment. I can’t eat enough of it lately and just bought another one last night at the store…after eating it for dinner.

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I also need to get and share the recipe for the homemade meat sauce because it was amazing.

And I’m still loving yogurt bowls for breakfast. I kind of gave up on trying to branch out and switch things up because until it gets colder (pumpkin season!)  I don’t think it will be happen.

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With that said, I’m already ready for fall.  Karland I were texting the other day about how excited we are for pumpkin everything…muffins, bread, lattes and BEER. I’m excited to put my pumpkin Pinterest board to use. And eat some Reese’s pumpkins because they are the best kind.

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And that’s some of the randomness running through my mind right now. I’ve got a call to jump on, then it’s off to the trail to run. See you all later!

Weekend Recap: A Lot of Food!

The first official weekend in Maryland is in the books! I still feel like we’re visiting and will be heading back to Florida, but at the same time, I feel like we’ve been here forever. It’s weird.

So, weekend stuff! Just a warning, this post is pretty food heavy. ;)

Friday night we went shopping after enjoying dinner with Nick’s parents and then met my brother Chris and his girlfriend Taylor for ice cream.

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Vanilla ice cream +Reese’s cups + waffle cone = amazing.

Saturday morning we were pretty much stuck at the house all morning because the movers were due between 10 and 12. So we took a walk to kill time and hung out with Bentley’s new best friends. I’m convinced he thinks that horses are big dogs and watching him watch them is hysterical.

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Well, not only did the movers arrive late, but over half of our boxes were completely smashed/broken/torn. On the bright side, the movers who delivered our boxes were incredibly helpful and told us exactly how to handle claims and all that fun stuff. We cured our moving woes with sushi.

We met our friend Austin at RA Sushi in downtown Baltimore for a sushi feast! It was SO dark inside so my pictures came out awful, but this sushi gives Sushi Katana in Orlando a run for its money. I had a California roll and this King Crab and Shrimp roll, but also stole a few pieces of Nick’s soft shell crab roll. So, so good! RA is conveniently in the same area we are looking to buy a house, so that may be dangerous for my wallet. ;)

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After dinner we met up with our friends Wes and Macey and ended up staying out quite late. I just love being able to see our good friends so often now!

Sunday morning brunch at my sister Katlyn and her boyfriend Steve’s house. I only snapped pictures of the drinks and my yogurt parfait, but Katlyn and Steve made incredible food – the BEST french toast casserole and breakfast pizza. So good!

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Once we got back, I went for a quick 2 mile run and did some random ab work before finishing unpacking. I’m already dreading moving again and we haven’t even found a house yet. Womp womp.

Sunday night dinner with Nick and my brother Chris…burgers with Mexican quinoa salad!

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Off to watch some quality TV the Real Housewives of NJ! Hope you had an amazing weekend!

How do you feel about quinoa? I always love it when I eat it, but it NEVER sounds appetizing to me. Anyone else feel the same?