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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?

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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?