Sleepy Tuesday

12 Jul

Gosh, do you ever have one of those days where you just can’t get out of bed? And then after you snooze your alarm a few times (five today, to be exact), you still can’t shake that sleepy feeling? Well, today is one of those days for me. When I finally got out of bed — which was at 8am, even though I’m supposed to wake up at 7:30am on days when I have LSAT class — I made sure to crank my Bose SoundDock extra loud to get my blood pumping. There’s nothing like some loud music in the AM to really get my eyes open!

On days when I have class I love to make myself oatmeal for breakfast. Oatmeal is my fave on these days, because I know it’ll leave me satisfied and keep me full from the time when I eat my breakfast until the time when I get my afternoon break during class — which is roughly about four hours later. Today I opted for bananas in my oatmeal, and obviously it was delicious!

Oatmeal-n’-Bananas

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup soy-milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • Few dashes of cinnamon

– Place banana horizontally and cut into small circles, and then cut those circles into halves.

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

– Microwave for about 3 minutes, stir again, let cool, and enjoy!

After gulping down my iced-coffee, I made sure that I was armed-and-ready to stay awake through my class before I left my house. Let me tell you, LSAT class — besides being very long — is also very challenging, which is why I like to be thoroughly caffeinated in order to make sure I stay alert and focused in class. I don’t know what all your personal preferences on caffeine are out there, but I sure as heck love it! I should also mention, that I do get an adaquete night’s rest on most evenings — but on some days, like today — that just doesn’t cut it!

So post-coffee, I take a 5-hour Energy — which absolutely works! I always thought that because their commercials were so hokey, their product must be a sham too — but boy, did they prove me wrong! Then I sip on a Diet Snapple and bottle of water throughout the remainder of class to keep myself hydrated, and pop in a piece of gum (Trident White, my obsession!) whenever I need a little refresher. Something about a fresh piece of gum always perks me up.

Typically when we are given a 10-15 minute break in the middle of class, I snack on a Zone Bar (Fudge Graham today, yum!). Usually, my bar satisfies me until I get back home and usually enjoy a more substantial snack which tides me over until dinner, but that wasn’t the case today! Between my persistent sleepiness and my tummy being hungrier than usual (even after finishing my bar) — the fro-yo shop down the block was beckoning me. I couldn’t say no to such a delicious — and kinda healthy — treat, especially on a day as hot as today when the “real feel” temperature reached 101° in NYC. Long story short, I had the most delectable frozen yogurt I think ever! I swirled together peanut-butter, white-chocolate macadamia nut, and cookies-n’-cream to create which I will now refer to as: absolute perfection.

Due to my unaccounted for lethargic nature today, I did 60 minutes of steady-state cardio on the elliptical today. When I’m not in the mood for anything too fancy, I just make sure I do something. I always tell myself that something is better than nothing!

What do you do to keep your energy up during the day? Also, do you adjust your workouts to account for how you’re feeling — or do you just power through regardless?

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Getting Into Things

11 Jul

I woke up on the earlier side of this morning, and I think it has to do with the fact that I’m so darn excited about the prospect of really starting to get into things on my blog. I know it sounds a little dorky, but I couldn’t fall asleep last night since I couldn’t stop thinking about ideas for my blog and such!

For breakfast, I had peanut-butter and bananas — a combo that I regard as infallible — on Landsberg Five Grain Bread which my parents and I bought at Fairway. For those of you from the tri-state area who haven’t gone to a Fairway yet… put it on your to-do list immediately! It’s a food lovers heaven — filled with a myriad of hard-to-find, exotic, and healthy items. But, getting back to the bread, I prefer this one in particular to regular wheat or grain bread because of its thicker and richer consistency — I almost feel as if I’m actually tasting each grain, mmm.

I’m heading down to my beach club soon, which is about a thirty-minute drive away in Atlantic Beach, NY. It’s a gorgeous day, and I’m definitely craving a change of scenery for which I can do my LSAT homework in. Since my class started at the end of June, I’ve been cooped up inside for hours everyday doing practice problems at my desk. I find that when I’m at college, I typically change up my spot in the library on the regular since I am no stranger to feeling “bored” by my surroundings. It seems that a new location — whether it be on the next floor up, or in a whole other building — really helps me regain my focus and motivation on whatever work I am tackling. So, taking this into consideration, it’s no surprise that I’m itching to take my LSAT book down to the ocean. Here’s to hoping that I don’t get distracted by all the beauty of the beach and half-naked boys strolling around!

I threw together this quick salad to chow down before I leave. I cleaned some spinach lettuce and mixed in a can of light tuna fish. After, I drizzled in two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and a handful of sunflower seeds.

On the days I go to my beach club, I typically do not hit the gym. Since I workout indoors the majority of the year, I relish at any opportunity to get some exercise outdoors — preferably ocean-side! I usually do a 60-minute power walk along the shore when I’m there, followed by one of my few strength training routines. I used to enjoy running on the beach, but two summers ago I really hurt my knee doing so — and it took me a few weeks to recover. Last summer, after learning about what went wrong with my knee, I took a few precautions and made some changes before deciding to give running on the beach a second chance. Well, maybe you can already guess by the fact that I’m going on a power-walk today, but let me tell you the second time around wasn’t much better. My knee got all screwy again, and I was left with lots of pain and an inability to workout properly for a few weeks. So, nowadays, I’d rather save my running for hard surfaces and save my knees in the long run!

What do you all do to stay fit at the beach? And, have any of you had bad experiences with running on sand?

More About Me

10 Jul

I was born and raised in New York City and I am the proud – and only – daughter of two very wonderful parents. My parents are the ones who have paved the way for my life, the ones who have given me everything – both literally and figuratively. I’ve attended private school all my life; Montessori school from pre-k until 2nd grade, plain ole’-private school from 3rd grade until 8th grade, a Catholic high school, and a private university for college. My education is something I have always taken extremely seriously, and that still holds true as I am approaching my senior year in college with hopes of attending law school in the fall of 2012. I am an extremely hard worker and a dedicated student who expects nothing but the best for myself.

Yikes all that – while being totally true – kind of makes me sound all serious and boring – which I can promise you I am not! Okay, okay I may be serious at times; but I like it that way. One of my favorite things about my life is its balance of being both serious-and-fun. First, I cannot express how much I love and value all my friendships – whether it be with my best friend from pre-k, or my best friends from college – there are few things I love more than spending time with all of them. And, when it comes to spending time with my friends there is nothing more I love than being able to go out and have a fantastic time with them!

So while we are at it, this is kind of getting into what a girly-girl I am. Makeup; check, clothes; check, boy-crazy; check, celebrities; check; pink; check. But, while Britney Spears may be one of my favorite artists, like, ever, Radiohead is my other. And, while Legally Blonde is my all time favorite movie (and maybe partly the reason why I decided I first wanted to go to law school at age thirteen), Pulp Fiction is my other. So, yeah, though I definitely am a self-proclaimed-and-proud girl’s girl, you will also quickly realize that I have quite an eclectic taste when it comes to all things pop-culture.

I also am a fitness-fanatic. I began playing tennis when I was only three years old, joined my first travel-soccer team at age seven, and was a competitive rower all through high school up until my sophomore year in college. Now, I just consider myself to be a former-athlete who is a current gym-rat. On average, I work out six days a week with a combination of cardio and strength training. I also love, love, love food, and have a passion for eating in general – but mostly for eating healthy. Did I mention I love to eat? Anyway, I combine both my previously acquired knowledge of fitness and health from my days as a competitive athlete with my more current knowledge acquired from the slew of fitness blogs and health magazines that I religiously read.

Speaking of things I read religiously – oh I guess Cosmo should be included here too – the news and all things politics are definitely up there. I always like to know what is going in the world, and I have a genuine love for all things political.

So, basically, I have laid out this framework of who I am in an effort for you to better understand why I’ll be writing about what I’m writing – because, as I already mentioned this blog will be about my life (aka details about all the aforementioned things I’ve discussed in this post).  So consider yourself warned – and get ready for lots of rambling about fitness, food, fun, the pursuit of law school, and whatever else happens to come to my mind!

The Raison D’Être of “Sweaty in Pink”

7 Jul

Let me first start off by prefacing that I have no legitimate reason to blog. I’m not coming on here to woo you with promises that reading my blog will vastly improve your well-being – you know make you healthier/skinnier/prettier, or perhaps even that it will change your outlook on life. Come to think of it, reading my blog might in fact bore you, annoy you, and frankly be a waste of your time.

So, to all of you who have so generously continued on to reading this paragraph, I presume you might be wondering what brings me here. Well then, without further ado, let me formally welcome you to my blog and begin by introducing myself! I’m a twenty-one year old college student from New York who loves to write and loves her life. Like really, really loves her life. So, now do you understand why the seemingly simple idea of having a place to be able to write about my life seems oh-so-appealing to me?

You’ll soon see that the three things which encompass a large part of my life are fitness, food and having fun. So, in a nutshell, that’s what my blog will be all about. But, mostly I just want a place where I can share my day-to-day doings and thoughts so that in years coming I can look back at and remember all of this. I’m soon-to-be embarking on a journey of applying and going through law school, so in the midst of all the seriousness and stress that’s bound to come my way I want to make sure I stay grounded and use my blog as a way to not only remember the big-picture kind of things that occur in my life, but also the little things. The things that make me love my life so much.