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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!!?

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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?

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!