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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?

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!

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?

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?