New Goodies and a Scare

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Good afternoon 😀 I thought I’d start this post with a picture of a very beautiful creature. What else is new? I’m obsessed and convinced I need to go to doggie rehab.

Whew, I feel like I have a lot to talk about! I take a mini break from blogging to try and be a good student to study for a test, but then it backfires and I feel like I have missed too much 🙂

Lets start with yesterday shall we?

A couple of days ago, I decided to order something of iHerb. I had never ordered anything from there but have been wanting to try a few things. I decided not to go way too overboard and only order two things.

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PB2 and peanut flour. Yes, they are both from the peanut family which I didn’t even notice until after I made the purchase. What can I say? I love peanut butter:)

Peanut flour is a flower made from peanuts which is gluten free and has a very high protein content. I am excited to try it!

PB2 on the other hand, is peanut butter in powder form. It has the fat and oil removed from it and is only 45 calories for 2 tablespoons.

I have only tried the PB2 so far. My verdict? It’s pretty good, but as a hardcore peanut butter lover, it isn’t my favorite. I love how you can eat peanut butter straight from a spoon, whereas PB2 has pretty much the same taste but not the same. If ya know what I mean. Nothing really compares to the real thang 😉 I still like it though, and will definitely make use of it, trust me!

iHerb also added in a few extra goodies into the package which I was not expecting.

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I have no idea what any of these things are, but hey they were free so fine with me.

OH! Plus, if you have never ordered from iHerb before, I have a special code for you all to get $5 off! They literally have everything so I recommend you check it out.

Code: QAV545

Enjoy!<3

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I didn’t get to the gym till around 6 pm last night which is a lot later than usual for me. Yesterday was my strength training day so my mom and I did 20 minutes on the treadmill to start. I completed this hilly workout but cut out the first five minutes. It’s a good one! Afterwards, we completed this strength routine that I came up with beforehand.

For the combined sets, you do the workouts simultaneously. For the supersets, you do them one after the other then rest. Each workout is 15 reps, 3 sets.

  • Combined Set 1- Deadlift + Upright Row with a Calf Raise. Basically you do the deadlift and go straight into the upright row on your toes, then repeat.
  • Superset 2- Squat swing with a dumbell (like kettle bell) with a jump + Bicep 21s.
  • Combined Set 3- One arm overhead shoulder press + Lunge (use the same leg, same shoulder).
  • Superset 4- Chest Press + Triceps (overhead)
  • Set 5- 1 minute regular plank, 30 second right side plank, 30 second left side plank.

Short but effective workout. Just how I like it.

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Fast forward to this morning:

I was up late last night and up early as well studying for my midterm. My mom decided to be super nice and make me breakfast 😀

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Omelet, a piece of ww toast with some butter, and a mini turkey sausage. Perfect fuel for my test, and a good change up from my regular weekday oats or yogurt.

I finished my test in 20 minutes. Seriously. But now it is the weekend so that made me super happy:)

After class I had a good hour or so before the Bikram yoga class I wanted to take. My tummy was rumbling so I decided to make myself a snack to fill me up, but not be too heavy.

Insert, pumpkin protein muffin from Chelsey.

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I didn’t have ground flax for the “flax egg” but I decided to use wheat germ instead. I do not think they relate to each other in any way but I didn’t know what else to do. My stomach was yelling at me to hurry up and who the f cares how I make the flax egg. I decided to roll with it and it still came out good!! Maybe a little soft, but yummy nonetheless.

Anything with pumpkin is bound to be delicious. I topped it with some PB2 (much better on this muffin than alone), cherry preserves, and shredded coconut. YUM! The perfect amount for before yoga. Thanks again Chelsey 😀

 

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Family Scare

Once I got into my car after yoga, I had a missed call and a text from my mom. It said that my grandma was in the hospital. I immediately freaked out, pretty much hyperventilated, and called my mom 792 times with no answer. I just sat there and prayed to God she was alright and to please watch over her.

My mom finally called me back and sounded normal. I was expecting hysterically crying, yelling, something but nope she sounded fine. I was confused and she told me that my grandma just had surgery done for her cataracts without telling us. I burst into tears (mind you, I NEVER cry) and told my mom I thought she had a heart attack, was dying, or something very severe. My mom kind of chuckled and felt really bad that she scared me but I just thanked God that she was okay.

My grandma is VERY stubborn and does not like to rely on anyone for anything. She grew up constantly taking care of her younger sister and was pretty much the authority figure. She refuses to ask us for anything, but always gives us everything. My grandma is my hero and I look up to her in so many ways. I know she knows how much I appreciate everything she has done for me, but I need to take more time to really show her how much I care. It is a very littler thing compared to all she has done.

This scare just made me realize that I NEED to start calling her every day. I also need to start calling my Dad and Brother more too. Sometimes we go weeks without talking to each other AT ALL. At least I talk to my brother via twitter and facebook (sad I know) and my mom I live with, but I barely ever hear from my dad or my grandma.

You never really know when something could happen, or when your life, or a loved ones life could come to an end. I really don’t mean to end this post on an upsetting note, but it is definitely something to think about.

New Goal: Call my loved ones A LOT more often. Tell them I love them everyday 🙂 Fam[ily] is everything. Blood is thicker than water.

Okay, I’m done:P

This post ended up being SUPER long, thanks to those of you who read through it! I know my attention span is like a goldfish’s at times (.25 milliseconds), so I’m sure some of you are the same.

 

Have you ever tried PB2?

For those of you who have peanut flour, give me ideas of what to do with it! 🙂

How often do you talk to your family that you don’t live with?

What are your tactics to remind yourself to call?

 

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Strength and Treadmill Mix-up

Yesterday’s workout called for some strength training. I look forward to my strength training, which I do Monday, Wednesday, Friday. As much as I love cardio, I really love the feeling after a great workout with some weights. I feel strong:)

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I always make sure to do a bit of cardio though to really get my heart pumpin’. I saw this treadmill workout on Lindsay’s blog and thought it looked like a good mix of intervals and hills. I ended up switching it around though and doing the intervals first then the hills second and shortened the time. My workout ended up looking like this.

Minutes

Speed

Incline

0-1

4.0

1.0

1-1:30

9.0

1.0

1:30-3

4.5

1.0

3-3:30

9.0

1.0

3:30-5

4.5

1.0

5-5:30

9.3

1.0

5:30-7

4.5

1.0

7-7:30

9.3

1.0

7:30-9

4.5

1.0

9-9:30

9.5

1.0

9:30-21

4.5

1.0

21-22

5.8

8.0

22-23

4.0

8.0

23-24

5.6

9.0

24-25

4.0

9.0

25-26

5.4

10.0

26-27

4.0

10.0

27-28

5.2

11.0

28-29

4.0

11.0

29-30

5.0

12.0

30-31

4.0

12.0

31-32

3.8

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After that was done with, I completed this total body strength workout.

Superset 1: Lunges (10 on left, 10 on right), Plié Squat (15) – 3 sets

Superset 2: Bicep Curls (15), Tricep Dips (15) – 3 sets

Superset 3: Pushups (12), Soulder Raise (15) – 3 sets

Superset 4: Chest Press (15), Upright Rows with Calf Raise (Do calf raise as you’re lifting your arms) (12) – 3 sets

Superset 5: Jump Squats (10), 30 second plank – 3 sets

 

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After my workout, it was time for dinner of course.

My mom is sick (sore throat, etc.) I hope I don’t get sick, blah.

So she made some soup. I had a cup of tomato with this bowl of protein.009

Looks gross but tasted good. Beans, edamame, tomatoes, cottage cheese, turkey.

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Pretty much a salad without the lettuce because I was way too lazy to cut and wash the lettuce 🙂

 

What is your favorite strength training move?

What do you make to eat when you are lazy?

Girly-ness and Guidelines

Happy Thursday! 😀

I hope you all enjoyed my WIAW post yesterday. I love reading everyone’s and discovering new blogs!

This is totally random but I painted my nails yesterday and I am in love with the color.

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I have to be in the mood to wear red nail polish. I don’t know why but I got the craving to slap some on my nails so that I did 😉

I also actually got ready for school, instead of my usual comfy gym clothes. I swear I live in them.

It was nice to actually look like a girl for once, I really like getting dressed up but I am usually just way too lazy.

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Jeans + the little over half sleeve sweater thing made me sweat like crazy in the FL heat, but it was worth it:D

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Please don’t mind the stain on my boob. I’m pretty sure it was water, I’m just a slob –___-

The hair stayed up because there’s no point in frying it with the straightener for it to become an afro in .23 seconds.

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Here is my breakfast from yesterday, since I didn’t post last night!

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This looked pretty and I really wanted to put it on the blog. Although, you guys have probably seen cereal more times than you can count on your fingers. I’m getting MUCH better with my picture taking skills and I get excited when a picture comes out good!! 😀 Noob much?!

Workout

Yesterday was my strength training day plus the little bit of cardio I always do. I am ALWAYS looking for new strength training routines. What better way to find new and amazing ones than from BLOGS?!

I’m always looking out for ones that catch my eye and turns out Julie posted one here just a couple days ago that I wanted to try out.

I modified the treadmill routine though and it looked like this:

First of all, I walked the first two minutes and then accidently pulled the emergency plug. I do this ALL the time. So annoying!!! Not a big deal, it was only two minutes so I started over from the beginning.

Minutes

Speed

Incline

0-2 (First attempt)

4.0

1.0

0-2 (Feel free to skip)

4.0

1.0

2-9

6.5

1.0

9-10

7.0

1.0

10-12

6.5

1.0

12-13

7.0

1.0

13-15

6.5

1.0

15-17

7.0

1.0

17-19

6.5

1.0

19-22

6.0

2.5

22-23

6.5

2.5

23-26

4.2

10.0

I loved this! I felt really good today and strong. When I got to the gym (I went to my mini gym) both of the treadmills were taken so I actually did this run in between my strength training.

I completed Julie’s strength workout that complemented this run and added in a 50 squats and 50 plié squats right before the pushups.

I really felt the burn and I felt strong with my strength too!!

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I had to meet my mom at an apartment complex so we could look around. Our lease is up the end of October and we’re not sure if we want to stay here or move. Where we live now is a big expensive and it would be nice to get a cheaper price. On the other hand, we really love our unit and it feels home-y to us. So looking around will help us decide!

After going on the tour, my mom wanted Chinese food. I don’t eat it that often because I like eating home better and Chinese food usually has a lot of sodium but once in a while it’s a treat!

We ordered wonton soup to start, which I forgot to take a picture of.

Then we ordered chicken, steamed veggies, brown rice, and some sauce on the side.

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It was actually super healthy and delicious 🙂

Things I knew when ordering at a Chinese restaurant:

  • Look for grilled or sautéed, not fried.
  • Steamed veggies, no oil.
  • Brown rice instead of white or fried.
  • Appetizers are usually fried so I skip (eggrolls for example).
  • Sauce on the side since they usually drown the food in it.
  • Lighter soups like wonton instead of the heavier ones.
  • Anything free usually isn’t too healthy but a small portion definitely won’t hurt!

Those are my main guidelines I follow! At any restaurant I do this too.

Now I’m off to school, then it’s weekend time baby!

 

Do you have guidelines to follow while eating out?

If you like nail polish, what’s your favorite color to wear?

Do you usually dress up or stay comfy?

 

Interval and Circuit

Yesterday after procrastinating getting some work done, I decided it was time for the gym! I was itching to get out of the house and get my sweat on. I’m always anxious to workout whenever I don’t complete it in the morning.

I started with an interval workout that looked like this:

Minutes

Speed

Incline

0-3

6.0

1.0

3-5

4.0

5.0

5-5:20

9.0

1.0

5:20-6

5.5

1.0

^Repeat to min 10

 

1.0

10-10:20

9.2

1.0

10:20-11

4.5

1.0

11-11:20

9.4

1.0

11:20-12

4.5

1.0

12-12:20

9.6

1.0

12:20-13

4.5

1.0

13-13:20

8.5

1.0

13:20-14

4.5

1.0

14-14:20

8.0

1.0

14:20-15

4.5

1.0

15-15:20

9.8

1.0

15:20-16

4.5

1.0

16-16:20

10.0

1.0

16:20-17

4.5

1.0

17-21:30

6.0

2.0

21:30-25

4.5

10.0

Whew, intervals really make me work up a sweat! That 10.0 speed is no joke people! Loved it 😉

Afterwards, I had printed out a few strength training workouts and I ended up using this one from Fitnessista. It was a circuit style workout and I absolutely loved it.

It was great and kept me sweating throughout the entire thing. I didn’t find myself bored like I get sometimes when I’m strength training on my own. I highly recommend it for those who get bored easily!

I came home, showered and got started on dinner. I took these pictures with my phone because I was too lazy to get up and get my camera.

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Chicken breast with bread crumbs, a potato, and a side salad with tomatoes, carrots, and cottage cheese. Simple and perfect.

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Now I’m off to school for a nice day full of learning! I’ll be hitting up a spin class later in the day most likely. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!!

 

Do you like to do circuit workouts?

Do you get bored while strength training?

What is your favorite form of exercise?

Nightmares and Almond Butter

Good morning everyone Open-mouthed smile

Or afternoon? Whatever you want to call it since it’s 11:15!

Let me just start of by telling you that my post about Doggie Dreams stirred up quite a few dreams of my own.

I had like 3 different dreams last night and one of them was a nightmare I woke up at 4:15 freaking out.

Has that ever happened to anyone?

The nightmare was that our house got broken into by some Chinese lady but she was crazy and wanted to kill us and steal everything in our house.

I don’t even know. It was super weird and vivid. I even checked the house when I woke up! Is that crazy?

 

Last night I had something for dinner that I rarely eat, but really love!

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Tuna Steak.

I’m not really sure why I don’t eat it that often, but the only time I ever do eat it is if I’m out at a restaurant. And that’s not even that often!

It was SO easy to make and so healthy.

All you do is cook it in a pan as you would do any other fish. That’s it.

We also wilted some spinach and put all of that over brown rice. We topped it with salsa. It might sound strange, but it really worked. The tuna steak was super filling too.

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For those of you who aren’t fish lovers, this isn’t too fishy like some others.

 

Workout

Yesterday was my cardio-only day and I completed 6 miles of running and walking. When I first started running my ankle, knee, back, and stomach started hurting.

Literally everything was bothering me. Especially my stomach, I don’t know what was up with me! So I stuck to a mix up routine. Still a great workout.

 

Since I’ve been waking up at the crack of dawn to get in my own workouts, I haven’t taken any fitness classes at my gym because they all interfere with school.

Friday’s I’m off from school aside from occasional exam days, so I could either sleep in or head over to the gym for a Body Works Class.

I figured I could sleep in all weekend and sleeping in to me is like 9 am sometimes earlier.

I decided I definitely wanted to take a fitness class, so that I did.

I woke up around 7 am and had my usual cup of coffee with 1/2 banana for pre-workout fuel.

I was set back a little because I dropped my water bottle on the way out and it flew everywhere.

Then I kept spilling water all over the floor when I was re-filling it.

Then I spilled water on myself.

Then I spilled coffee in my car on the seat.

Out. of. control.

I am such a klutz but thankfully I made it to the gym in one piece.

I completed 15 minutes of HIIT training.

  • 1 minute @ 4.5 mph, 1% incline
  • 1 minute @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline 
  • 1 minute @ 4.5 mph, 1% incline
  • 20 sec. @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
  • 20 sec. @ 8.5 mph, 1% incline
  • 20 sec. @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
  • 1 minute @ 4.5 mph, 1% incline
  • 1 minute @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
  • 1 minute @ 4.5 mph, 1% incline 
    • 20 sec. @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
    • 20 sec. @ 9.0 mph, 1% incline
    • 20 sec. @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
      • 1 minute @ 4.5 mph, 1% incline
      • 1 minute @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
      • 1 minute @ 4.5 mph, 1% incline 
        • 20 sec. @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
        • 20 sec. @ 10 mph, 1% incline
        • 20 sec. @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
          • 1 minute @ 4.5 mph, 1% incline
          • 1 minute @ 8.0 mph, 1% incline
          • 1 minute @ 4.5 mph, 1% incline 

I then lightly jogged at 6.0 mph until I reached 2 miles. (About 5 more minutes)

I still had quite some time before the class started to I hopped on the elliptical.

I ended up completing 2 miles on there.

I did 15 minutes like this :

  • 1 minute forward, Incline 6, Resistance 8
  • 1 minute backward, Incline 6, Resistance 8

The last 5 minutes I did :

  • Incline 10, Resistance 5

I then completed the Body Works class which is a full body strength workout.

Done! Felt great.

 

Breakfast

Seeing pumpkin all over the blog world yesterday had me craving it terribly.

The last thing I read before going to bed last night was this recipe at Edible Perspective.

I had it on my brain ever since.

Once I got home I whipped out the oatmeal and started cooking.

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I was so excited, practically running into the pantry, to find no pumpkin.

I could’ve sworn we had a can. Rats.

I decided to make my own little spin on the recipe.

I still used the pumpkin pie spices and just added some raisins and a dash of apple juice. No idea why but it worked.

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I added a dollop of the brand new jar of Mara Natha crunchy Almond Butter I just bought. I am obsessed with it.

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I’ve never tried crunchy almond butter but this was perfect.

I may have even replaced peanut butter for now. Shh. Just for now.

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I cooked the oatmeal with raisins thrown in towards the end with the vanilla, and just added a few more on top.

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Craving satisfied! Well, almost. I still need to go buy pumpkin Winking smile

I have lots to do today on the homework / chore front. JOY!

Have a fantastic Friday!

 

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

What’s your favorite nut butter?

HIIT training or Long Distance?