wiaw: {eats lately}

Hi friends!

So… like I said this week is NUTS and if I can just make it until TOMORROW night I will be on a plane to see these two little nuggets!!! But until then.. it is kinda crunch time.

I do not have a whole lot of time to explain my eats… so I will leave you with some pictures of recent foods!! The past 5 days I have REALLY been focusing on cleaning up my diet and I feel like a new person. It is amazing what that can do πŸ˜‰ I have some more on nutrition to share with you… but it will come on Friday (hopefully!).

Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!

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Happy Wednesday!!

Question: What healthy eats have you been munching on lately?!?

foodie friday: {why we decided not to go paleo}

It’s Friday!

How pumped are you guys?! ME TOO!

I am so excited for this weekend. I honestly plan on doing nothing!! I am in the mood to just chill, hang out with my friends and be productive. I found this picture and unfortunately feel like it describes my life.

Haha moving on…

Today I wanted to talk to you guys a little bit about the paleo diet.What is it? Read this article for more!

I actually have been doing a ton of research on this and Parker and I have been going back and forth for the past few weeks on whether or not we wanted to try it out. I would NOT call this a diet. Diets do not go over well with this girl. Most people go paleo as a lifestyle change. I think it is awesome! It focuses on eating real, whole and natural foods. Some even call it a “caveman diet”.

If you know P and I, we are kinda all or nothing people. And we also love food. Like a lot. When we first started thinking about it, it sounded really appealing. There are definitely things we could both do to clean up our eating habits and thought this would be a great way to start.

WELL… the more we started thinking about it, the more we realized that it is actually very unrealistic especially while we are in college. The main thing that got both of us is the no grains and the no dairy.

For us, at the stage of life we are in right now, cutting out one or more entire food groups just does not make sense to us. For example, last night I went to a meeting that lasted until 9 pmΒ  and there was free dinner and all they had was pizza. Well I was not going to not eat the pizza. It was my only choice for dinner and I was starving. I came home and ate my favorite KKG desert ever, caramel ice cream loaded with butter and sugar. This is in no way paleo!!!

I’m sorry but I LOVE a good bowl of wheat pasta, quinoa or a gigantic bowl of cereal. I love a piece of cheesy ooooooey gooey pizza or a turkey sandwich. I could live off of sushi with rice. I like cream in my coffee and I really like a gigantic bowl of ice cream or slice of chocolate cake. I am not about to spend my last year of college avoiding alcohol or the deserts at the Kappa house.

I think Gina does a fantastic job of explaining what we we feel are the pros and cons of the paleo diet in this post: Focus On: The Paleolithic Diet.

However, we did sit back and realize that a lot of our meals could be considered very paleo-ish. I find myself eating a piece of meat or fish with vegetables all the time. But I also find myself eating sweet potatoes ALL the time which are not considered paleo and I LOVE a sweet potato. In the mornings, I need a piece of toast with my eggs or an english muffin with my almond butter.

Maybe one day when we have our own kitchen and have more time to prepare and plan meals this would be awesome to try! For now I think we are just going to focus on cleaning up some of our eats and incorporating more paleo-ish style meals into our daily diets, but we definitely do not want to do this right now.

For those of you that are paleo, more power to you!! This is TOTALLY just my own personal opinion about it. I think it is AWESOME that you have this much will power. Send some our way?!! πŸ˜‰

For all of you crossfit lovers, check out my article for The Daily Campus this week-Crossfit: a unique fitness program and the paleo diet. I also did a blog post for The Fit Mustang with a few of the paleo recipes I want to try- Paleo recipes.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Just something a little different to talk about?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

Question: What are your thoughts on paleo?!!!??

wiaw: {reeling in my snacky fingers}

Hi guyyyyss!

Is it really only Wednesday? Why is this week going by SO slow?

So in yesterday’s post I talked to you about my set up for the week. My goal is to keep my fingers from hanging out in every chip bag multiple times a day. AKA the sweet potato chips, Pirates Booty popcorn, animal crackers and baked cheetos. If I could only have a handful that would be great. But once I eat a few, I end up eating like 6 servings and then am too full for a nutritious snack or meal.

The thing is, I honestly would rather have an apple and almond butter or greek yogurt with berries but grabbing some chips seems easier than cutting the apple and spooning out the nut butter. When in reality they both take about the same amount of time. You guys know I am crazy.

Sooo… yesterday was my first time attempt at switching my snacks to better options. Now if I could just make it a habit…

Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!

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wiawBreakfast- 7:45 am:

Oatmeal pancake loaded with banana slices + blueberries + chia and flax seeds and topped with a smidge of peanut butter and sugar free syrup.

Lunch- 11:45 am:

Gigantic salad beast.

{Grilled chicken, tomato, 1/4 avocado, shredded carrots, cucumbers, spinach with a tsp of hummus and tsp of tetraziki sauce}

Snack(s):Β 

You may thinks this looks like a lot of snacks… BUT I like to snack. I just need to remember to have snacks that are good for me πŸ™‚ It gives me energy and powers me through the day especially if I do not have a big lunch or have an afternoon workout.

1:30 pm-

Still kinda hungry from lunch so I had a little baggy of almonds. Maybe like 20?!

2:30pm-

Banana (unpictured!! sorry!!)

3:30 pm-

1/2 apple with 1 tsp of almond butter

Workout- 4:30 pm:

Bikraaaammmmm!!!!!!

Dinner- 7 pm:

Salmon filet and broccolini from Central Market + a baby half of a sweet potato

Desert- 8pm:

Green tea + 2 squares of Dove chocolate πŸ™‚

I have said this before and I will say it again… I will never give up desert. EVER. Life is entirely too short.

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And that is a full day of eats for me!! I hope you guys have a fantastic Wednesday!

Question: Do you have snacky fingers?! What are you eating today?!

I am an emotional basketcase + a HUGE surprise

Hi friends!

How are you guys?!

I had every intention of doing a MIMM post yesterday but the day went by so fast and was over before I knew it! Why are Mondays always so crazy?

Let’s talk about something. Remember on Friday when I posted that post that was just full of positivity. Yeah… well that feeling lasted for about two more hours.

I had a feeling P was coming to visit this weekend and surprise me but he did not come, and he did not come, and he did not come. I waited ALL day on Friday. Finally at 4 pm I took myself to bed and cried. cried. cried. Did I mention I cried? Like think four year old temper tantrum crying. I am SUCH a drama queen. Then he turned his phone off for like three hours and I am such a psycho I was looking up southwest flights to see if he was on one of them and sending him death threat texts.

Aren’t I am complete treat?! Please do not think this is normal behavior. If this tells you anything my best friend Baxter told me that this is the first time she has ever seen me have a breakdown about me and P in all 4 years. So I am not actually crazy haha.

Ohhh…. here comes 8 pm and I get this text!!

HE CAME!! BEST DAY EVER πŸ™‚ I threw a pillow at him, told him I was so mad at him and then I cried more. My friends thought I had completely lost my mind.

Two of my amazing best friends made dinner reservation for us and we went to Al Beirnet’s and had the best date night ever. Finally! Steak dinner + lots of red wine = a perfect fix for a giant puffy face and swollen eyes happy anne!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to run our 1 mile together! We actually ended up going about 1.3 because someone (okay it was me) forgot to press start to track our mile. Oops! Then we went to Starbucks and got coffees and headed to meet all of my friends for brunch!!

SO happy to be up on a morning run πŸ˜‰

Frozen bellini for me and mimosas for him!

We boulevarded all day on Saturday, had way too much fun, went to the Katy Trail Ice House with friends. Shared a cheeseburger and fries. And onion rings. And beer. And then hung out the rest of the day!! Saturday night we watched football and got sushi take out. It was the PERFECT date night!!

It was such an amazing weekend. I am the luckiest girl in the world! And I get to see him again in 2 short weeks!

Thanks Val! This picture makes me so happy!

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Now… Lets talk weekly goals. Remember P and I are doing our couch to 8k together so I have to be sure to get that in!!

Eats: Stop taking a bite of everything I see. No… but really! Other than that I am just going to keep normal with my eats. All about the 80/20 rule over here my friends… okay maybe more like 60/40 πŸ˜‰ My meals are great but I am going to try to incorporate some healthier snacks into my day rather than always reaching for animal cracker or sweet potato chips!

Workouts: You may read this and think I am addicted to Bikram. While yes that could in fact be true, you are supposed to practice Bikram a minimum of 3 times per week and more if you can. Some weeks I only have time to go twice and some weeks I have time to go more, it totally depends. So, on weeks where it works with my schedule for me to go a lot I try to fit as much in as possible! Lots of Bikram makes for a very happy me and since I am apparently the world’s greatest emotional basket case right now… I should probably just go live there.

Monday: .5 mile sprint + Bikram

Tuesday: Bikram

Wednesday: 1 mile sprint + 45 minute running intervals

Thursday: 30 min cardio + weights

Friday: Bikram

Saturday or Sunday: 1.5 mile sprint + Bikram + maybe a long walk?!

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I hope you guys have a wonderful Tuesday!! Eat something yummy and healthy for me πŸ™‚

Question: What did you do this weekend?!!?

It’s Friday: {Fun reads, chocolate diet and inspiration}

It’s Friiiiiiiiidaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!

Fun reads:

Want some fun little reads for today?!! I found these for you guys to check out!

1. I can not lie. There is nothing better than getting in a good run on the weekends. Spice up your play list with: Pump-Up Playlist: Run 3K in 30 Minutes

2. Jennifer Hudson’s Fit Philosophy: I love Jennifer Hudson. I think she is amazing, normal and could not be any more realistic about healthy living and weight loss. She is not obsessed by any means and just does what she has to do.

3. Tone It Up! Fine Toning Arms Routine.Β  Can we just take a second to talk about how much I love these girls? AKA my DREAM job! They are AMAZING. All of their workouts leave my muscles shaking!!

4. Packing lunch for work or class? Me too! Check out: Healthy Lunches to Bring to Work

5. I know you guys already know how much I love this girl! Today she posted all of her single serving recipes in one post. She is a saint. Chocolate Covered Katie’s Single Serving Recipes.

6. Eat Your Way to Health and Happiness: I think this title describes it enough. Life is TOO short to be obsessing over food. Eat what you know makes YOU feel the best!

7. Bethenny Frankel’s Sunny New Life: Oh… someone else I want to be. Bethenny Frankel. I think she is a genius. I love everything single thing about her. Don’t judge. She had a goal in mind and went for it. She is so driven. Maybe one day they will hire me to do all of their PR??!?!?!?!?! πŸ˜‰

8. Get better sleep: What else are the weekends for?!!!!? Catch up from this week!

Chocolate Recipes:

This is the story of Parker’s life.

You guys didn’t honestly think I was going to give you all these healthy reads and leave you without some decadence in your life for this weekend did you?!

Listen up. Here is what I need all ofΒ  you to do. Make these recipes. Package them up. Ask me for me address. And send me one! Easy enough?! You can even make all of them… I won’t judge. Let’s be real… if you know me well then you know my weekend diet is 80% chocolate and 20% real food ;).

20 minute chocolate crossiants

How to make ice cream sandwiches

Oreo truffle brownies

Mini nutella cookie cups

Inspiration:

Ever find yourself feeling down about something? Comparing yourself to others? In a funk? Me too!

Maybe you need some inspiration today and I hope these little sayings will give that to you!

Have an amazing Friday my sweet friends! I love you guys πŸ™‚

My Best Friend Since We Were 4!!

Happy HAPPY HAPPY Birthday to my best friend since we were 4, Katie!!

I hope you have the most fantastic day!

So lucky to have you in my life and I have NO idea what I would do without ya!!

Wish I was celebrating with you!!

Thank you for being one of the GREATEST blessings in my life!

I am so lucky to have you as a best friend.

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

P.S………..

WIAW: {Getting into a Routine}

Hi friends!

So during last week’s WIAW, I shared with you all that I my goal for this month is to “fall back into a routine.” I have definitely been trying to accomplish this and already feel much better.

Oh wait… I also slept 12 hours last night so that could have something to do with it?! πŸ˜‰ Everyone around the Kappa house is congested and has no voice, sore throats, yick. I have not been feeling so swell myself this week and a good night of sleep is just what the doctor ordered.

Here are my eats from yesterday! Thanks Jenn for hosting this.

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Breakfast- 7:00 am:

2 eggs over easy + 2 pieces of wheat toast with sugar free jelly and chia seeds + a slice of turkey bacon

Snack- 9:30am:

I was still kind of hungry after breakfast… I know I had a huge breakfast but I also have a huge appetite so I grabbed a half a banana and spoonful of almond butter to tide me over through work!

Workout 10:30am:

I got to work and there was a gas leak on campus. They told us we got leave!! I am not going to lie I was kind of happy because that meant I could go ahead and get my workout over with for the day!

I did a bunch of strength training circuits (it has been over a week since I last did weights) and some cardio bursts! Not a bad little workout.

I gulped down a Vitamin Water afterwards! I LOVE this flavor (glow) and the color obviously makes me happy.

Lunch 11:45 am:

Strawberry spinach salad (walnuts + strawberries + apples + spinach) with balsamic vinegar topped with some chicken from the pasta salad at Kappa!! I went back for seconds, duh.

In the middle of lunch, one of my best friends Baxter came to get me to show me the beautiful flowers I got in the mail from P!! What a sweet surprise. This made my entire day/month/year! Roses + hydrangeas are my FAVORITE!

Snack 3:30pm:

Propel Zero packet and a little scoop of 0% Chobani greek yogurt + drizzle of honey + blueberries + flax seeds to tide me over until dinner!

I am LOVING these propel zero packets. I know what you are thinking. Not the greatest thing for me with tons of ingredients… but I have been in desperate need of some electrolytes lately especially during my Bikram classes and these little guys do the trick. Love ’em.


Dinner 5:45pm:

Grilled salmon + brussle sprouts + half a sweet potato. Yum, yum, and yum.

Oreo pudding for desert!!! Why this picture looks so small… I will never know. I had a HUGE serving.

To make this pudding our cooks use: Sugar free chocolate Jello + Reduced fat Oreos + fat free cool whip. Not too bad, right!?!!

Elizabeth and I made the menu at Kappa this week and I am not going to lie. I am LOVING our choice of meals!!

I think that is all! Off to do some homework and reading and then get in a good cardio sweat session. I am going to start with sprinting my .5 mile on the plan.

Have an amazing day you guys! Hope it is filled with super yummy eats!

Question: Do you feel better when you are on a routine?

MIMM: {Our Goal}

Hi friends!

Can you believe it is already MONDAY?! Me either! There are so many marvelous things going on right now! So I wanna jump right into it. Thanks Katie for hosting this!

1. This weekend!! Date Party “Glow with the Flow” Friday night with Kappa, Pi Phi and Theta. It was SO much fun! Boulevard Saturday. Get my life together Sunday!

2. Check out my article for today’s Health and Fitness column: Start: β€˜Real Food Fast’ on Greenville

3. Okay so let’s chat about something. Sooo… since being back at school I have definitely fallen off the bandwagon. Not like terribly and I usually eat healthy because I PREFER the healthier option, but I can not seem to get my munchy little fingers out of anything these days. There is absolutely NO reason for me to have multiple chocolate chip cookies in one sitting. I need to eat ONE and move on. Gross. Time to REEEEEEL it in and I have the perfect way!

You guys remember those days when I used to be able to run and run and run? Yeah.. I hardly remember them either. Saturday was the first time I have actually run straight without stopping for 4 miles. I am craving to get back into the running groove.

Soooo… P and I were talking about what we wanted to do about gifts, etc. this year we decided that we will spend our money on plane tickets and traveling to see each other! And when it comes to birthdays we will focus on doing something that the other loves to do.

Lucky for Parker my mind runs ninety gazillion miles an hour and I already knew exactly what I wanted to do for my 22nd birthday coming up in November. Like any other normal person would ask for…. THE TURKEY TROT! My birthday is the day after Thanksgiving and I have always wanted to do this (okay I really just want him to start running with me…).

Parker wants to get more into running so we can have something we enjoy doing together, and my short stumpy legs run a LOT slower than his… so we decided to do a “couch to 8K” plan.

Our goals: He will work on distance and I will work on speed.

Perfect, right?! I am hoping the running bug will hit me again. I already ran my .5 mile super fast and was done before I knew it (I also walked a mile!). Now I KNOW that these distances are not long at all.. but they are the perfect way for me to spend time building up speed and for P to have enough time to build his endurance! YAY!!! I can not WAIT!

*Note: I will do all of my other workouts normally and do these speedy runs in addition to my workout for the day 3 times a week since they are so short and will take me no time at all!!!!

Here is our little plan:

Off to class. Ugh is it really Monday!?!!!?

Have a great day!

Tackling the Tailgate Thursday

Hey friends!

Just popping in to tell you to hop on over to The Fit Mustang for today’s post: Tackling the Tailgate!

Click Here!

And just because I love you guys so much and I know a lot of you who read this blog actually TAKE food to the tailgate… I found a 5 healthy recipes for you that are easy to make and bring with you!!

1. Mini Caprese Bites

2. Southwestern Black Bean Salad

3. Skinny Taco Dip

4. Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

5. Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Dip

Enjoy!