Indefinite Hiatus

28 Jul

Well, I know I just started blogging… but it breaks my heart to say that I already feel it is in my best interest to take an indefinite hiatus — at least until the LSATs are over on October 1st.

I’m the kind of person who if I’m going to do something, I like to do it right and give it my all. Therefore, I feel it makes the most sense for me to focus one-hundred percent on studying for the-most-important-test-thus-far-in-my-life aka the LSATs. I had so much fun blogging for the short time that I did, but I would rather wait until I am done with studying for this test so that I don’t have to rush and make posts when I should be doing other things.

Thanks for all the support in this short period of time… the blog community is truly something I’m so glad to have discovered! Here’s to the next two months being the most productive of my life! Woo, law school. :)

Hopefully, where all this will lead me to one day ;)

Impatiently Waiting For Five Guys

20 Jul

So, here’s hoping that I have some good stuff to say today after taking yesterday off! I was fully intending to post yesterday, but after class I was completely brain-dead and exhausted. I ended up napping, eating, and not going to the gym until about 9:30pm. When I got home around 10:45ish, I contemplated posting… but, considering my mind kinda still wasn’t all there, I thought I’d do y’all a favor and just hold off writing until today.

First things first, this morning I made what I consider to be my most delicious oatmeal to-date! It was so sweet and yummy and I want to make it again tomorrow, and the next day, and everyday after that. Okay, I guess that’s a bit excessive. But, I’m definitely enjoying it again sometime in the very near future!

Apples-n’-Oats

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cut up apple
  • 3/4 cup soy-milk (plain)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

- Put all ingredients into a microwavable bowl and stir them together.

- Microwave for about 3 minutes & 30 seconds, stir again, let cool, and enjoy!

Following breakfast, my Mom and I went to go see Horrible Bosses — which we both very much adored. I thought it was not only funny, but the somewhat far-out storyline was a refreshing change from the more-typical plot-lines of comedies these days! I also can’t refrain from mentioning how much I reveled in the opportunity to stare at my biggest celebrity crush, Jason Sudeikis, for a little under 2 hours. Swoon!!! If you told me I could date any actor in Hollywood, I’d chose him… hands down. He’s handsome, funny, and has this little-boy charm about him. Double swoon.

I went to the gym right after the movie, which was a smart move on my part, considering that my Dad called to let me know that he is picking up Five Guys on his way home from work today!!!!! Okay, so please just indulge me for a moment and let me express my absolute adoration for the magical burger and fries joint that is more formally known as Five Guys. For years, so many of my friends from college had raved about Five Guys, but since I never heard of it before college — or ate it, obviously — I never truly understood why they spoke of it so highly. I mean, I do love me a good burger, but since I considered it another fast-food-type chain and all, I was expecting another McDonalds or Burger King. Bleh. Well, one Sunday morning everything changed when my parents came to visit me up at school, and for some odd reason they forgot to make a reservation at the lovely local cafe we frequent upon their visits. Since we weren’t able to get a table there that afternoon, we decided on something new, casual, and quick. In came Five Guys. It was so yummy and so unlike other fast-food burgers I had, and I literally became obsessed. At the same time, it also left me feeling gross and ill for about the next couple hours. Because of this, I haven’t had it since. But, tonight that’s about to change! I am willingly going to suffice to any stomach pain in exchange for the chance to eat a heavenly cheeseburger and cajun-style french fries. I don’t indulge like this too often… but when I do I make sure as heck it’s gonna be worth it. Bring it on, Five Guys!

Besides impatiently waiting for my Dad to arrive home with the goodies, I have plenty of LSAT homework in store for tonight… which is another reason I’m glad to have gotten the gym out the way. I did a fun and challenging 30′ interval run on the treadmill, followed by 20’on the exercise bike and another abs circuit.

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! Now, if you don’t mind me asking… I’d love to know:

 

 

What are your favorite dinner-time indulgences? And, if you could date any celebrity… who would it be?!

Introducing: Music Mondays!

18 Jul

Music has always been near and dear to my heart! Some of my earliest memories from childhood include listening to classical music with my parents, having the smooth voice of Mr. Sinatra lull me to sleep, and singing along to the country classics of Patsy Cline. My music taste is literally all over the place; you name it and I probably love it! Nowadays, I do most of my listening at the gym — I find it to be the perfect place where I can simultaneously enjoy the music I am listening to and have the music help me push through my workout. With about 6,000 songs currently sittin’ pretty in my iTunes, I often look forward to rocking out to a new playlist each time I hit the gym.

Because I’ve always found that having new songs to download, or simply having a new playlist of old favorites, makes me more motivated to get my workout on… I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition where every Monday I share one of my playlists with you! If you are someone like me, who literally refuses to workout without some sort of sound infiltrating your ears, then I sincerely hope that you will scroll to the bottom of this post and enjoy these fast paced beats during your next workout!

Now, to get back to my day, I didn’t wake up until about noon… which was the perfect excuse for one of my favorite meals: brunch! I whipped up 3 egg-whites and toasted a delicious whole grain roll. Since I’m a huge fan of flavor in general, and the biggest sucker for anything spicy… I obviously took it upon myself to add a little kick to my eggs. Egg-whites are way too boring to be eaten as is, so when they were almost done cooking in the pan I sprinkled in a bit (okay, a lot) of cayenne pepper, some garlic and onion powder, as well as a little oregano to give those babies some much needed flavor. I prefer to add my spices in the pan, rather than once my eggs are on the roll, so that the spices end up more evenly distributed and I end up getting a better bite-to-flavor ratio!

I didn’t make it to the gym until around 9:15pm today, since I spent the majority of my day doing lots and lots of LSAT problems. I actually enjoy going to the gym later in the day, since I find that’s when I naturally have the most energy — and I also don’t mind that the gym is more crowded during those hours. Hello, people watching! I did a 50-minute pyramid interval workout on the elliptical that I sort of made up as I went along, followed by an abs circuit. I ended up kinda having fun with my cardio today, and the intervals made the time fly by — always a plus. I’m hoping sometime this week to start writing out in detail some of my workouts so that I can share those with you as well, but for now, I’m off to read some of the new issue of Cosmo that finally found its way into my mailbox this afternoon. I’m so excited to see Kim on the cover! I’ll leave you all with a little secret — I’m kind of convinced I was a Kardashian in another life. Don’t judge, and enjoy the playlist!

Is listening to music while working out a must for you? And, if so, what is your favorite kind of music to get you through a work out?

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Reunited & It Felt So Good

17 Jul

Hello again! I love how excited I am to post right now after taking my little one day hiatus. Yesterday turned out to be super super fun, and I’m most certain Laura more than enjoyed her 21st birthday celebrations! We all met up around 4pm at Hotel Verite — where Laura booked us an awesome family suite (!) — for some much needed catching up and girl talk time. Since we are so used to living with each other and seeing each other every day during the school year it is no surprise that we had plenty to catch up on seeing as we haven’t all been together in about one month.

After lots of gabbing and time spent getting ready for our night out, we headed over to to dinner at around 7pm. We agreed on going to Republic, which is an interesting sort of “up-scale noodle house” located in Union Square. None of us had ever gone here before, but we decided that it was a welcome change to our tried-and-true sushi dinners. The atmosphere was really unique — I felt like I was at a fancy cafeteria since we were seated at picnic style tables. I had one of their rice dishes, simply called “chicken and mushrooms” which consisted of “broken rice, shiitake and woodear mushrooms, Asian basil, and bean paste.” I thoroughly enjoyed my dish, but, the only problem was that it arrived luke warm… and I love my food hot, hot, hot! Luckily, the deliciousness of my berry-lime mojito more than made up for it.

Following dinner we went over to The 13th Step, a bar which is definitely geared toward us college-aged folk — so naturally, I had a blast! But more importantly, the birthday-girl — who is to my left in the picture — got to have a wonderful evening with her best friends! Oh, and I guess I should mention the 2 slices of pizza I devoured for a late night snack — but I’m pretty sure all the dancing in high heels I did negated it ;)

Okay, so now I’m dying to discuss today’s Women’s World Cup game!!!! I am so very sad that the USA lost to Japan after they had put up one heck of a game. They played extraordinarily well, but, in the end it seemed to be their failure to actually get the ball in the goal — despite many, many attempts — which killed them. I couldn’t help but be transported back to 1999 when the game started going into overtime… and then penalty kicks! Only difference was that this time they weren’t playing China, and this time USA didn’t get the gold. Sad face. I’ve always been a huge soccer fan, especially a women’s soccer fan, since I grew up playing and loving this very sport. I joined my first travel soccer team when I was 7-years-old and continued playing through my sophomore year in high-school when I stopped once I began rowing. Soccer will always have a special place in my heart!

I’m pretty exhausted now, so I’m going to enjoy this bowl of raspberry sorbet and finish up some LSAT problems. I cannot wait to get my booty back in the gym tomorrow, it’s been two days too long!

Were you part of a sports team as a child? And, the obvious question is… did you catch the World Cup finals today? Thoughts!!?

Snack Attack!

16 Jul

Last night, after a delicious and filling dinner of Chinese style eggplant with chicken and garlic sauce from our local takeout joint, I retreated back to my room to finish up some last minute LSAT homework since I had class in the AM. Well, the problems — as usual — were long and hard, and I was beginning to feel frustrated and stressed… so I turned to a good ole box of cereal. Now let me preface that cereal is my vice. What may be a chocolate bar to most ladies, is a box of cereal for me. There is no other food that I turn to when I am stressed out besides cereal. Something about that crunch and being able to grab handful after handful out of that seemingly-never-ending box of goodness just gets me. Every. Single. Time.

I mean, I shouldn’t complain too much — it is cereal after all, and it is not junk food by any means. But, what does bother me is my inability to exercise self-control once I have a “snack attack.” I don’t just take out a bowl and pour a serving, I take the whole box and munch munch much. In fact, I munched so much last night that I finished more than 3/4’s of a new box of Post Great Grains: Raisins, Dates & Pecans! After I was finally finished, I checked out the back of the box and realized that my post-dinner-binge was estimated at about 1,000+ calories. Yikes! I’m not one to judiciously count calories anymore – that’s a whole other post, for a whole other time — but, in all honesty, it does kind of bother me to eat that much after already eating a whole day’s worth of meals. I notice that I have these cereal “snack attacks” of epic portions during moments when I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and I hope that recognizing that will be a step in right direction towards being able to utilize better self-control. Since I don’t want to totally deprive myself of late-night cereal when I’m really jonesin’ for some, I’m going to instead challenge myself to start practicing portion control. Ah, I can tell this is gonna be a tough feat for me… fingers crossed!

Anyway, this morning I woke up still feeling pretty stuffed from all the cereal (Great Grains is pretty dense), but since I had class I still wanted to fuel up with a hearty breakfast to keep me satisfied throughout the morning. So, I made the totally yummy:

Blueberry-Almond-Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 packets of Splenda
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries

I mixed everything — but the blueberries — together, and than microwaved it for about 2 minutes. At around the 2 minute mark, I added in the blueberries and continued to microwave it for about another 30 seconds. I prefer to add in the blueberries at the end so that they get to be the perfect amount of mushiness. I found that adding them in the beginning totally turns them into smushed-mush, and adding them after the fact leaves them too hard for my liking. So I guess I like to take the Goldie-Locks approach on this one!

Class went well today, and on my way home I stopped at Starbucks to get a little pick me up before getting on the subway. I wanted a little refresher since I had plans to be extra productive this afternoon. I wanted to get in a good workout and get ahead on my LSAT homework for the weekend because tomorrow is the 21st birthday celebration for one of my very best girlfriends from college, Laura! Laura turned 21 this past Wednesday, but tomorrow a bunch of my best girlfriends are coming into the city and we are going to spend the entire day together! I AM SO EXCITED! I love my college friends so, so much… and it’s been about a month since we’ve all hung out. We are going to enjoy the city during the day, and than do a nice dinner followed by proper 21st style celebrations ;). Because I anticipated my busy day tomorrow I not only got ahead on my homework, but I also put in a little extra time at the gym. Sometimes, when I know I’m going to take off from working out for a day or two I do a little something extra to “overcompensate” in a sense. I did a 30′ steady state run at 6.5, followed by 30′ steady on the elliptical at resistance 5, and than an extra 15 minutes on the stair master at level 8. Usually I just do 60′ of cardio per day, but since I know I will be indulging quite a bit this weekend, I thought the extra 15 minutes wouldn’t hurt. I rounded out my gym time by doing an abs and arm circuit.

I am going to take a break from posting tomorrow so I can enjoy this time with my friends. I hope you all have as wonderful a day as I hope to have (!), but before I go I’m wondering:

Do you ever do a bit extra in your workouts when you know you are going to take a day or two off, and/or when you know you are going to indulge?

Smoothie Dreamin’

14 Jul

So I made a smoothie for breakfast this morning, and I honestly haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I don’t know what is was about that darn smoothie, but my God all I wanna do is make another. Is that so crazy?

Uh, you don’t have to answer that. Anyway, I was cravin’ something sweet and chocolate-y so I threw the following together… and out came:

Chocolate-Banana-Almond Smoothie

  • 2 pre-cut frozen bananas
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1.5 tbsp Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 packets Splenda
  • 1 tbsp Flax seed meal
  • 4 ice cubes

It was all sorts of deliciousness. Kind of reminded me of when you’re eating ice-cream and it starts to get a little soupy and drippy… which is my favorite part!

I had plans to go to my beach club with one of my girlfriends, Catherine, this afternoon… but before heading down I spent some quality girly time painting my nails with my momma and Champ (our pup!) in the backyard. I painted my nails the always gorgeous color “Whisper” by Essie, while my Mom went for the classic“Orgasm” by Nars. All you Nars fans out there, is it just me or is everything in their “Orgasm” line like ridiculously pretty? I’m a fan of the blush (obviously), the lip-gloss, and now the nail-polish! Oh, and I should mention my Mom and I are total nail-polish addicts. I rarely get manicures (which I guess is an awesome mulah-saver), because I grew up watching my Mom perpetually polish her perfect nails once a week and followed in her ways at a very young age. Luckily, I consider myself pretty skilled when it comes to the fine-art of nail and toe painting… but, mostly I just find it to be a relaxing diversion which offers me the reward of looking at my beautiful nails that I did all on my own!

Once my nails dried I picked up Catherine and we headed down to the beach. Even though I did the same thing on Monday, I opted to get in my cardio by doing a 60-minute power walk again today. It was definitely more enjoyable having a friend to chat with the entire way… made the time fly by! When our tummy’s started rumblin’ around 3pm I whipped out the light tuna salad I made earlier in the day and some multigrain tortilla chips by Food Should Taste Good. It was the perfect ocean-side snack! (Peep my nails in the pic of the tuna-salad atop the chip.)

Light-Style Light-Tuna Salad

  • 1 can light tuna fish
  • 1 tbsp light mayo
  • 1.5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • few dashes of cayenne pepper, cumin, and garlic salt

If you guys haven’t checked it out yet, take a look at my Workout Diary I posted a few days ago in the fitness section of my blog. When I started rowing in high-school  I was always been diligent about keeping track of my workouts to ensure that I was doing my all to stay competitive on the team. Back then, it was important to remember all my workouts to make sure that each time I was improving my splits on the erg as well as increasing the amount I was lifting in the weight room. Even though I am not a competitive athlete any longer, that still doesn’t stop me from writing down all my exercise. Personally, I feel like it is rewarding to look back at my fitness diary and see all the hard work I’ve put in. I also think it is helpful to keep track of my workouts, so that I can keep things fresh and prevent myself from getting into any workout “ruts”!

What do you all think about keeping a workout diary/log/journal? Do you guys do it? And, if so,  how do you keep track?

It’s Tea Time!

13 Jul

Whoa, it feels like a year since I last posted — and it’s weird that I feel that way considering my last post was around 3pm yesterday! Today went by so quickly; it was almost 8pm when I realized I had yet to post or go to the gym. I’m sure this has happened to many of you out there: you plan all day to go to the gym at a certain time, but then kinda just get caught up in all these little things… and then BOOM somehow 1pm has turned into 8pm. Yep, that sounds exactly like my day.

Well, I guess part of that has to do with the fact that I woke up at around noon today. If y’all listened to me talk about my “Sleepy Tuesday” yesterday, you’ll be happy to hear that I am sleepy no more! I hit the hay around midnight last night (which is super early for me), so I guess that qualifies me as officially well-rested… seeing as I got around twelve hours of sleep. Mmm, sleep.

When I finally got up I enjoyed some oatmeal (yes, oatmeal again) for “brunch.” I decided on a variation of my “Oats-n’-Bananas” yesterday, so I simply did everything the same, besides mixing in an additional cup of frozen strawberries and microwaving the deliciousness for an extra couple of minutes. I felt so rejuvenated this morning that I even forgot to have my morning (or afternoon, in this case) cup of tea or coffee! It wasn’t until around 4pm when I realized I had yet to have my daily intake of caffeine — sooo unlike me.

After mulling around online for a bit I headed out with my mom to run some errands and go to my bi-annual dentist appointment, which may I add I don’t mind at all. Actually, come to think of it I rather enjoy the dentist — how can I pass up that squeeky clean feeling and having extra shiny teeth?

I planned to hit the gym when my appointment was finished, but then my mom suggested we watch this week’s episode of Weeds and True Blood. Clearly we know how I spent the rest of my afternoon. My mom and I went halfzies on a cup of mango flavored Chobani yogurt while we enjoyed the addicting drama Showtime has to offer. Then, once our shows were done she commented on what a gorgeous afternoon it was and mentioned that we should enjoy it by sitting out back. My momma knows me all too well, how could I resist? So we sat out back with our dog, Champ, and they enjoyed some late afternoon sun while I banged out a section of LSAT homework. Okay, I guess I enjoyed some sunshine too. Lemme tell ya, it was my kinda afternoon.

I ended up getting to the gym about an hour after dinner, and did a 30 minute run on the treadmill alternating my speed every 2 minutes from 6.2 to 7 followed by 30 minutes on the stair master at level 7. I rounded out my workout with some squats and lunges and called it a night.

Now I’m off to enjoy some green tea and grapes and do another section of LSAT homework problems before I head upstairs to bed. But, before I go, I have to ask: What shows are you watching this summer? Sweet dreams!

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