Breakfast for every meal is a good idea, right?

So this morning started with a blood test…which wasn’t fun at all (does anyone actually like needles?!).  But then Andrew and I went to Panera for breakfast…which was much funner (um, yes, it’s a word).

I tried their egg white, avocado, and spinach breakfast ‘power’ sandwich on their ciabatta bread, and it was delicious! I also got their hazelnut coffee and added cinnamon which made it amazing.

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Then Andrew and I finished our grocery shopping, cleaned our bathroom, and I did the laundry (a thrilling day off, for sure!).

For lunch I decided to make two waffles with peanut butter and Nutella.  I had some Nutella left and didn’t want to put it to waste 😉

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After relaxing (i.e. napping), I decided that I should exercise before the day was over, so I went to the fitness center and completed 45 minutes on the elliptical and some ab work.

Dinner was two eggs over easy and some toast, after eating a strawberry popsicle and some amazing ice cream.

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So.freaking.good. Get some now!!

 

This day was definitely not the healthiest, with breakfast for every meal, but it was pretty tasty! I promise that I will eat a piece of fruit and maybe more vegetables tomorrow!

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What is your favorite meal? Breakfast, for sure. (Unless you consider dessert a meal…then dessert).

Any fun plans for this weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

That time I actually cooked dinner…with an awesome side dish recipe

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a good week. My 1.8 day work week is over (Monday was a holiday, Tuesday I had a Doctor’s appointment, Wednesday was a full day of work, Thursday (today) I left early to go to the oral surgeon for a follow-up on the minor surgery I had last week, and tomorrow is my AWS day (i.e. I get every other Friday off).

Since I did leave work early, I was able to get home earlier than usual and cook dinner for Andrew and me. I decided to make some tortellini with some homemade pesto (having your mother who lives really close pretty much throw extra food, like homemade pesto, is so hard. Said no one ever. Love you Mom.) as the ‘main dish’ and also try a recipe I found on Pinterest using green beans and mushrooms…and it’s turned out to be amazing!

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Yum!

 

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A pretty awesome side dish

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced in 1/2 inch slices (any mushrooms will work)
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 1 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 T finely grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 450F. Wash mushrooms and let drain. While mushrooms are drying, trim ends of beans and cut beans in half so you have bite-sized pieces. Cut mushrooms into slices 1/2 inch thick.

Put cut beans and mushrooms into a Ziploc bag or plastic bowl. Whisk together olive oil and balsamic vinegar and pour over, then squeeze bag or stir so all the beans and mushrooms are lightly coated with the mixture. Arrange on large cookie sheet, spreading them out well so beans and mushrooms are not crowded. Roast 20-30 minutes, starting to check for doneness after 20 minutes. Cook until beans are tender-crisp, mushrooms are cooked, and all liquid on the pan from mushrooms has evaporated. Season beans to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper, then sprinkle with finely grated Parmesan. Serve hot.

It’s a decently healthy side dish that seriously took me ten minutes to prep, and that included cutting the ends of the green beans off.  I also didn’t really measure the ingredients, but figured I should post the ‘official’ measurements from the website in case you wanted to follow the recipe to a T (or tee?…I should probably look up that saying…haha).

Today was a rest day for me, and tomorrow I’m either going to cross train or get my long run (9 miles) in.  Since I’m getting blood work done in the morning (for my yearly physical) I’m thinking that a long run must not be the best idea…but we’ll see how I feel later in the day when I red blood cell count increases 🙂

Well I’m off to either watch Royal Pain (I think I need an intervention), or clean something.  I’m leaning more towards Royal Pains (shocker…I know).

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Does anyone else use Pinterest as a recipe box? Any recipes I should ‘pin’?

Has anyone ever had blood work done and then went for a run? How did it turn out?

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Tip: Don’t sweat it! (How Stress Affects Us)

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Unless it’s running of course…then get super sweaty!

I went on a 5.5 mile run yesterday and it was hottttttt….but still an awesome run.  Then we went over to Mom’s for a mini cookout where Andrew cooked the awesomest turkey burgers ever, and I had my first Blue Moon of the summer (best.beer.ever.).

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So today I took the day off for a doctor’s appointment (nothing serious, just a check up), but I’m such a spaz about every pain that my body has that I stress out about it to the point that it’s not healthy (and trying to Google the symptoms only leads to more panic.  So don’t do that).

I was also stressing about some other things that happened to today that both Andrew and my Mom said weren’t a big deal…and yet I was stressed anyways.  Why do I do that?!

I know that stressing about anything and everything is stupid and not healthy and can actually lead to various health problems. According to The Mayo Clinic, here’s how it affects us:

Stress effects

 

I’ve definitely had stress headaches, stomach aches, and problems sleeping from stress. And guess how much it helped…it didn’t!! I really need to learn not to sweat the small stuff (or the big stuff), because it just isn’t worth it.

Stress quote  Dear stress, let's break up    www.ilovehealth.nl

The Mayo Clinic is pretty smart because they also published this article  about how exercise reduces stress.  It explains that exercise will increase endorphins (duh), improve mood, and it is considered ‘meditation in motion’.  The article also gives advice on how to make time for exercise and how to keep it a habit.

Moral of the story: Don’t stress.  And go for a run/walk/swim/bike/yoga/whatever you do to stay active and get those endorphins flowing.

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Any stress relief advice? Besides running. and eating Reese’s (hehe…I don’t really do that.  Ok maybe sometimes).

Did you do anything fun today?

 

 

 

Sunday = Pool Day

It definitely feels weird that Sunday isn’t the last day of my weekend (thank you Memorial Day!). The hubs and I tried to sleep in but ended up waking up around 8:00am. We got up and made some really awesome sausage, egg, and cheese sandwiches. Then we watched Myth Busters (our version of Sunday morning cartoons…hehe).

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So good!

 

After that huge sandwich I went to the fitness center at my apartment complex and did the elliptical for 45 minutes.

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Oh hey…it’s a blurry gym selfie (notice the UNC shorts, though)

And then I did this ab workout. And then wondered why my abs burned after (I guess my abs are out of shape).

Abs

 

And I finally got to go to the pool!!

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The rest of my day was spent:

-Talking to my sister, Sara, via FaceTime.  She’s away right now so it’s nice to be able to FaceTime and see her pretty face!

– Watching more episodes of Royal Pains (I think I have a problem)

– Eating an amazing cheesecake Andrew made for me

– Devouring some fro yo before I remembered to take a picture of it (it was that good, trust me)

– Grocery shopping with Mom for our mini cookout tomorrow

It’s after 10:00pm, which is way past my bedtime! I hope you all had a great Sunday!

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Cookouts: Hamburger or Hot Dog? Um, one of each, please!

Favorite fro yo toppings? I love Reese’s and cookie dough (if they have it)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A perfect run with a perfect second workout

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Saturday so far! Mine started with me waking up before 7:00am. On a Saturday. Actually I’m pretty sure I woke up at 6:15am and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I got my butt out of bed and prepped for my 8.5 mile run. And by ‘prepped’ I mean ate a Cliff Bar and drink a lot of water while browsing Facebook and Pinterest. I usually wait an hour after I eat to run…because if I try to run any earlier after eating bad things tend to happen. I ended up having an awesome run. The weather was perfect (around 60 degree when I started) and I felt good almost the entire time. I started using the Nike+ app on my iPod, and I liked that it would tell me how much I had completed on a mile per mile basis, but when it got down to the last 400 meters and started counting down every 100 meters I just wanted to be done!

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Nike+ results of today’s run.

I can’t believe I did around 7:00 minutes/mile average, but the distance was similar to what my Garmin has said in the past, so I pretty much trust the distance. I was definitely wiped by the end of it!

After the run, Andrew and I met up with our friends Megan and Luke (Brief Friendship History: Megan was my best friend in college (and besides Andrew, is still my BFF), and she and Luke set Andrew and I up…so they’re pretty great ;)), along with their kids, at The French Twist, a cute café that just opened in their area.  I got ‘The Spanish’ crepe, which had eggs, salsa, cheese and avocado.  I didn’t get the cheese but opted for extra avocado instead (because avocado is always awesome).  I also got a mocha later that I shared with Andrew.  I suck and don’t have pictures of either of those things…but I did take a picture of Andrew and I while we were waiting for Megan and Luke.

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I love this guy enough to share my coffee with him…that is true love people!

 

After we ate, Noelle (Megan’s daughter) decided that I needed a second workout and we did laps around the room where we were hanging out.  Likely there weren’t too many people there so we could have fun 🙂 I’m pretty sure we walked around for at least a half mile…which is a pretty good cool down, don’t you think?

 

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I love this kid!

 

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She literally pulled me around the room…

After talking (and playing with the kids) for almost three hours, we decided it was time to head home.  I will definitely miss them when we move…and I hope they visit us soon (pretty please, Megan?!).

Other than that I did more laundry, watched five episodes of Royal Pains and ate leftover fajitas for dinner (washed down with a beer, of course).  Tomorrow it’s supposed to be around 80 degrees, so I plan to spend some time at the pool (yay!).

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Savory or Sweet Crepes? I definitely prefer dessert to a regular meal any day…but I figured I should eat something of substance after my long run.

 

 

Friday Things…

T.G.I.F y’all!!! I probably should start using ‘y’all’ since I’m moving to the South. For those who think Maryland is a Southern state…it is below the Mason/Dixon line…but it’s definitely not what I would consider a Southern state!

Anywho….here are some fun things that happened today:

1. I did Zumba instead of running today because I didn’t want to do anything too crazy with the minor surgery I had yesterday. I’ll be back to running probably tomorrow though since it’s supposed to be freaking gorgeous!

LOVE this!!!!

My feeling when I go to Zumba at lunch time!

2. Andrew and I usually have an extremely romantic date on Friday night involving Chick-fil-a and Wegmans.

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3. Since I’m milking this extremely minor surgery for all it’s worth I still feel like I should avoid food where I have to chew a lot, I got another milkshake from Chickfila.  I also got grilled nuggets and fries…but I figured I shouldn’t chew tooo much.  Oh…PS…I got a chocolate cookies and cream milkshake (that had some pretty big and awesome cookies pieces) in case you were curious.

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Adding chocolate to a cookies and crème milkshake makes is AWESOME!

Other than that my evening will consist of laundry, and cleaning the bathroom shower and floor. Andrew cleans the toilet and sink (NOTE: the fact that he is willing to clean toilets is one of the reasons I married him….jk…but not really ;)). I’m trying to use up all of my baking stuff so we don’t have to move it all…so cookies or brownies might be in my future. Just sayin’.

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Any fun plans for the long weekend?

Going to any cookouts?

 

 

It’s been a long road…

…But I’ve finally reached my goal and I’m going to physical therapy school. Between November and January I traveled all over the East Coast for PT school interviews. I got into several schools, but made the decision to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was my first choice, and I’m so honored to be attending such a prestigious school and program with the 29 other amazing people in my class (yay class of 2017!!)! I’m sorry for the blogging hiatus, but with everything going on I really wanted to dedicate my time and energy to preparing for the interviews and such.

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I can’t wait to be a Tarheel!

I also wasn’t doing much in the way of running either…so my posts about riding the exercise bike or doing the elliptical for 30 minutes every day probably wouldn’t be good reading!  That has changed though…and I’m currently training for the Baltimore 10 miler on June 14th.  I’m really looking forward to running another race…and the longer runs are finally getting easier again!!

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A bad picture where my Garmin decided not to pick up anything until 3 miles in…but it was nice and sunny!

 

Other random things that have happened since I last wrote:

– I became a brunette (and I think they have more fun than blondes…maybe?)

 

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– I helped my mom recover from surgery (the picture below was after she was cleared to drive!)

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– We celebrated Mom’s 21st anniversary of her 39th birthday over several days with much eating (and crabs…since we’re in Maryland)

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– And just today I had a minor surgical procedure on my mouth.  Mom was awesome enough to drive me, hold my hand, and buy me a milkshake afterwards.  It was awesome! (well…the milkshake was awesome, the part where I couldn’t feel my mouth for a few hours…not so much!).

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Chick-fil-a chocolate milkshake = best medicine

 

They didn’t give me any exercise restrictions, but I think I’m going to take it easy and do Zumba tomorrow (so freaking excited for that!!), and maybe run either Saturday or Sunday.  I have 8.5 miles planned for my long run this weekend, but we shall see if that actually happens!

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Favorite college teams for football/basketball/etc?

Would your parents usually take you out for a treat after you went to the doctor?

Doing any fun runs this holiday weekend?