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Spring Break

Most college students go away on spring break to somewhere sunny and at least 75…. Not me !  I spent most of my time working, catching up on homework, and getting things done around the house.  I’ve been busting my buns working on getting back into the gym most days of the week.  Some days are harder than other.  I work every day anywhere from 4 hours to 14 hours.  This week wasn’t too bad since I didn’t have school at all.

Progress pic, I am finally getting back to where I was pre-surgery 🙂

Monday-Casino shift 7 hours-Ran 4 miles

Tuesday-Casino shift 7 hours-rest day

Wednesday-Bartended 9 hours –rest day

Thursday– Bartended 8 hours / pizza date-Ran 2 miles

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This pizza was huge. It was so large that I could only eat one piece!

Friday-Volunteered-home work out

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I volunteer a few times a month at a food distribution center for needy families within my community.  Today there was a variety of FRESH foods for them.  Yay!!!!  As a Dietetic’s student I LOVE when there are fresh produce items for people to choose from.  A lot of times items are canned or highly processed.  While making sure everyone in the community is fed, I wish there were better food options for them….

Saturday-Double 14 hours-morning run planned!!

Sunday-bartend 8 hours-long run planned , 6 or 7 miles

 

Staying on top of my work outs is my goal for March!  What is your goal for March?

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Chicken Taco Soup

I spent my Saturday morning drinking coffee out of a spring mug (wishful thinking!), snuggling my baby, and making soup.  

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My cute little spring mug I found at HomeGoods.
Hurry up spring!

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The baby 🙂

Chicken taco soup on a cold Saturday definitely hits the spot.  This soup has a great flavor, is packed with veggies, and is very healthy!  

 

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Ingredients:

1 -2 Jalapenos (finely chopped and seeded)
1 can black beans (rinsed)
3 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes (I used organic, could use rotel instead)
1.5 cups uncooked quinoa-rinsed
1 package of Mrs. Dash taco seasons
1 pound chicken breasts, boiled and chopped
1 large green bell pepper chopped
16 oz. bag frozen corn
1 small chopped onion
16oz water

Throw all ingredients in the crock pot, mix well, and cook on low for 8 hours.

*I added fresh mushrooms to this batch; normally I don’t, but they were on clearance and about to go bad.  They were a nice addition to the soup 🙂  You can add more corn or beans if you want.  I threw in what I had around the house.  The chicken breasts can be put uncooked in the crockpot with all other ingredients, shred after cooking.

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Healthy foods like this help me toward my summer bod goals!  I always feel great after an intense work out and a day of eating healthy.

DAYS 1 and 2 of cutting out candy :p   My guilty pleasure.

Back to School Snacks

Well it has been a busy year with personal things that have happened.  Now I am back to school for the fall semester!!  I am finally a Dietetics Student and working toward my verification statement! I am happy to be back and keep my mind busy.  I am taking a few classes on campus this semester, but I am there 3 days a week in addition to working 6-7 days a week.  I am not home often which means I need to be prepared with healthy snacks.  I always have a healthy snack in my purse.  Always having something small to eat saves me money and calories because I am not impulse buying crappy processed foods. I have created a list of my favorite travel friendly go-to snacks for you guys 🙂

My favorite snack list:

Carrot sticks, zucchini, celery, cherry/grape tomatoes with Nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Lara bar- I love them all!

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Quest bar-my favorite is the banana muffin

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Kind bars

Hard boiled eggs

Celery sticks and peanut butter

Banana

Fruit container

Sliced apple with nut butter

steel cut oats (instant)- you can find a bowl, spoon, and microwave in the student center

I hope you guys enjoy these snacks as much as I do !

 

 

 

 

I have a thing for eggs lately…

I have been eating vegetables and eggs at least once a day (sometimes for every meal) for two weeks! I chop up a bunch of different vegetables at the beginning of the week. Then, when I get hungry I throw some veggies in a pan and fry up an egg or two with it. I like to incorporate anything I have left over in the fridge too! I love leftover baked potatoes and mashed potatoes with eggs.   I don’t know how I ever ate eggs without them.  Healthy doesn’t get any easier, more convenient, or delicious than this. Not to mention this is inexpensive and a great way to use up leftovers!

GREEN PEPPER, SWEET ONION, POTATO, MUSHROOMS, 2 EGGS
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*Please excuse my fine china… I’m moving and don’t have my dishes yet!
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I mix and match a bunch of different foods.

Vegetables:

Green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers
Spinach
Mushrooms
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Jalapeños
Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes
Sweet onion, red onion
Black olives

 Proteins:

Ground turkey (or with taco seasons)
Black beans
Chicken
Turkey
Ham

Some of my favorite combos are (I always make two eggs):
-ground turkey with taco seasons, onions, green peppers, black beans, salsa
-green pepper, onion, potatoes, mushrooms
-green pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini
-tomatoes, green peppers, onion, mushroom, skim cheddar cheese
-mashed potatoes, purple onion, green pepper, red pepper, ground turkey

I have been busy working on final projects for college and moving all week. My time has been very limited, but I have managed to take breaks to squeeze in runs and walks with the pup! I may not be getting out and about, or out of my sweat this week… I will be eating great!

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My closet is coming along swimmingly.
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New Recipes!!

I haven’t written a post in a few months (sorry!).  I got busy with summer classes and working way too much (promotions and on my house).

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Since my last post I completed 3 summer classes: Organic Chemistry, Food and Cultures, and Lifetime Health.  I sprained my ankle and was out of running for 8 whole weeks!  Now I am back at it and training for a half marathon. I also filmed a commercial in July and another one will be filmed tomorrow!

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In the meantime, I have been collecting and perfecting healthy and delicious recipes for YOU!! The first one, Redskin Pickle Potato Mash, swhich ounds a little strange.  After testing it out, I am in love!  The second recipe I have is a Mexi- Macaroni casserole.  I have already eaten 3 bowls of each 🙂

Redskin Pickle Potato Mash

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1.5 pounds small redskin potatoes
½ cup dill pickle juice
2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup finely chopped dill pickles
*Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Scrub all dirt off of the potatoes
  2. Boil potatoes with skins on them until tender.
  3. Cool potatoes and cut into ¾” pieces
  4. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mash until you have a slightly creamy texture that still have some “lumps”.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

I made-up the Mexi- Macaroni casserole last night and I love it!  This recipe is very in expensive to make; I found most of my ingredients on-sale.  This casserole would make 8-10 servings.  The price per serving is about $1.66-$1.33 depending on how large your portions are.  I also use all organic ingredients.  If you used items that were not organic, your cost would be much lower as well.

Mexi-Macaroni

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3 cups cooked macaroni pasta al dente
1 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 cups salsa (I used one that was not chunky)
1 15oz can tomato sauce
½ small Finley chopped onion
1 bell pepper chopped into small pieces
2 cups frozen corn
1 can black beans
2 cups shredded 2% cheddar cheese

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 °F
  2. Cook pasta according to directions while you are browning the turkey meat.
  3. Chop onion and bell pepper while you wait for the noodles and turkey to be cooked.
  4. Mix pasta, ground turkey, salsa, tomato sauce, onion, bell pepper, corn, and beans together in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Transfer to a 13” x 9” glass baking dish and cover with tinfoil.
  6. Bake covered for 35-40 minutes, or union peppers and onions are soft.
  7. Uncover, top with cheese, and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.

*pretty much any type of noodle would work.

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Weekly Work-out
I am trying to train for a half marathon and get great definition for a few photo-shoots I have coming up.  This is what my work-out looks like from last week:
Monday- 5 mile run at a 7:33″ pace
Tuesday– ins and outs on the treadmill mile 1 was completed in 6:20″.  Then I did arm weights, weighted squats, and abs. I ran another mile of ins and outs and it was completed in 6:12″.
Wednesday– REST
Thursday– I ran 8 miles at a pace of 7:55/ mile.  It was very hot and my asthma was horrible this day!
Friday– REST
Saturday– easy 3 mile run
Sunday– 6 mile run

I am trying to mix up my distances and work-outs.  I am short on time lately so my long runs are incorporated only on the days I have time.

Next week I’ll be posting a recipe for healthier cinnamon nutmeg doughnut muffins!

Weird Weekend

My weekends get very strange and unusual; I do the most random jobs.  This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Oscar preview night for a local casino as a Vegas style show girl.  Earlier in the weekend I conducted a wine sampling and trained a model on a cocktail in a can promotion.  

Working as a Vegas style show girl was slightly nerve-racking!  I was dressed in an outrageous costume that had: gold sequins, a bra style top, and a HEAVY feather-head piece.   This experience was one of a kind in a good and bad way.  Working as a show girl was extremely fun during, but after looking at pictures I was beginning to feel horrible about my body.  I normally do not feel that way about myself, but the pictures taken that evening made me feel so uncomfortable.  When I got home, I had my husband take swim wear photos of me for a model submission (totally unrelated).  After looking at the pictures he took of me I realized that different cameras, positioned at different angles, and different lighting can cause different results.    I am posting these two pictures to show how much of a difference all of these factors can play.

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Again, these pictures were taken the exact same night, within 4 hours of each other.  The picture on the left was taken on an empty stomach (I was running late and didn’t grab dinner) and right was after I got home, ate boneless wings, and potato casserole.  It is crazy how different these images look. This just goes to show things are not always as they appear.  Bye bye negative body thoughts.

On another note, I am slightly obsessed with all the fabulous deals I scored this weekend.  This whole outfit only cost about $100.00!  Wearing dress pants are a horrible and uncomfortable experience for me.  I have discovered these insanely comfortable dress pant leggings; LOVE THEM!!

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*My whole outfit came from Kohls.

Even though I had a jam-packed weekend that involved a lot of driving to and from events/accounts, I made sure I went to the gym.  Saturday I only had time for a quick cardio session.  Sunday I was able to do cardio and some weights.

Saturday

Moderate Running Schedule                                   Intermediate Running Schedule

Mile                             Speed                                      Mile                 Speed

0.0  – 0.5                       6.5                                           0.0 – 0.5          4.0

0.5 – 1.5                       8.0                                           0.5 – 1.5           5.5

1.5-2.5                         9.0                                           1.5 – 2.5           6.5

2.5-3.0                         8.0                                           2.5 – 3.0           5.5

Sunday

25 Squats while holding 2-10 pound weights

4 mile run, speed 8 the whole time

25 squats

10 lunges Right leg

10 lunges Left leg

3 reps of 10 crunches on an incline bench

2 set of 15 leg lifts on each side (4 sets total)

Normally, I meal prep on the weekends; my new schedule doesn’t allow it to happen until mid-week.  I absolutely love meal prep day more than most!  I have some clean recipes that I will post next post.

Meal Prep:

Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Peanut Butter Jelly Overnight Oats

Pizza Chicken

P.s. I have to share this picture because I am so excited for the rest of the proofs to come back…

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Kahuna Bay spray tan ad photographed by GSIPhotography

Getting Started

I woke up at 6:00 am today and decided I wanted to share my healthy life with everyone. HA!  My life can be so normal some days, others, are insane.  I make time for myself to work-out 5-6 days per week.  Running is my time that I use to clear my mind and relax.  I love the way any type of exercise makes me feel.   I prefer to work out in the morning, that way my mind is clear and focused for the rest of the day.  However, I find myself in the gym some days at 8, 9, or 10 pm too (better late than never).  My normal routine is coffee/checking emails, gym, everything else.

Fuel:

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 I hate eating a lot early in the morning, especially before working out.  I try to eat something small and Larabars are my absolute favorite.  Coffee, Larabar, and a banana are the perfect trio to keep me going for my whole run.

I prefer to run out side, especially when I have long runs.  I love the fresh air and the change of scenery.  However, that is not an option right now; it’s only 14 degrees out in Michigan!

 Today’s Cardio Treadmill Work:

Mile                Speed

0-1                  7.0

1-1.5                7.3

1.5-2.5             7.5

2.5-3.5            7.9

3.5-4               8.5

4-5                  Alternate between 6.0 and 11.0 for a minute at a time

I completed this work out in 40 minutes.  I normally run a 7 – 7:30 average mile.  I had a slightly “easier” run today because it was a little longer than normal.  I like to change-up my run times, intervals, and running style to keep it interesting.  I get bored easily when I’m stuck inside.  This work out could be easily modified for intermediate runners.

After running, my days are all so different.  I’m either going into work (business calls), attending class (microbiology, dietetics, organic chemistry), executing promotions, running errands, cleaning my house, prepping for a photo shoot, renovating and decorating, studying, or checking my never-ending supply of emails. 

My husband and I recently bought a cute little brick house.   I LOVE IT!  Owing a home is intense, it’s either all fun, like decorating, or crazy like basements flooding and faulty door locks.   After years of renting and plain white walls, I can finally paint the walls whatever colors I would like.  I adore all of my colors; it gives the house character.  There is still so much to do, but I am excited to have a finished product that I did myself.

 Sneak Peak:

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The rest of my day will consist of meeting, business calls, and promotions.  This weekend is going to be as insane as last weekend.  I have ten promotions, a photo shoot, and an exam on Monday I need to prep for.  COLLEGE life struggles 😉