tuesday thoughts: {my relationship with running}

Hi friends!

Happy Tuesday!! I really want this week to FLY by so it can be time for Thanksgiving. Anyone else?!

Today I wanted to talk about my relationship with running.

I am super jealous of all of you crazy people who can run a gazillion miles 6 days a week… but I just can’t. My body does not do well when I overdo it with running. I often find myself going through huge phases with it as well.

Sometimes I can run everyday for weeks straight. Sometimes I crave running…. and other times I absolutely despise it and would rather do anything but run. I go through phases where my main form of exercise is yoga, walking, HIIT intervals, strength training or running.

I have no idea why this is either? During those times when I am not into running, I obviously do other kinds of workouts because I don’t want to push myself and be miserable.

Right now, I think I am getting back into my running groove. I have found myself craving long, slower jogs. I am not complaining one bit because let’s be real.. there is no other feeling like the “I just ran 7 miles” endorphin high.

Thanks for listening to me ramble… Just thought I would share 🙂

Question: Do any of you go through ups and downs with running or other kinds of workouts?!

mimm: {pictures from our weekend}

Hi friends!

How are you?! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was so much fun. I will give you a little recap:

{As always, thanks Katie!!}

Dinner at Saint Ann’s with best friends… breakfast at Whole Foods… run on the Katy trail… lunch at Company Cafe and East Hampton… Kite and Key formal… driving back home… cuddling with my bestest furry friend.

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I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Check back with you guys soon.

wiaw: {election day fun}

Hi friends!!!

So… before I jump into yesterday’s eats let’s talk about the fact that I 100% think election day should be a holiday. I was entirely too focused consuming myself with the news and didn’t do a lick of one productive school thing. Or maybe that is because I am a complete journalism junkie? Yeah… that is probably it.

Anyways… On to what I ate during my own election day “holiday”.

Thanks Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

wiawI knew it was going to be a very long night (it was not nearly as long as I expected!) so I knew I needed to full properly in the morning and squeeze in a quick workout.

Breakfast 8 am:


After a morning run and walk, I fixed a quick bowl of oatmeal + a spoonful of almond butter + half a banana + handful of blueberries. Tastes just like a muffin!

Lunch 11:45 am:

Monday night I picked up a few things from Central Market to have on hand for the day.

Grilled chicken+ cranberries + quinoa + a little Kappa pasta salad bc I love it!

Anyone else love the sweet and salty combination of cranberries with meat or fish? I love it!

Snack (3:30 pm):

I had a ThinkThin bar for some major protein. I swear these things can keep me full for hours!

Dinner 5:30 pm:

Even though the pizza in the journalism school smelled fantastic, I knew that my stomach would probably not appreciate it too much and I did not want to be uncomfortable all night sitting at the anchor desk.

Salmon ceaser salad (also from Central Market… can you tell I love that place?).

Desert 8:30 pm:

I brought an apple + nutella just in case my stomach was grumbling… and it was.

No pictures of it though!

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Overall, such a fun day! No matter what the outcome was or what your opinion is, we are all still Americans and I fully intend to support President Obama for another 4 years!!

Have a great day friends. Eat something yummy and healthy for me!

mimm: {randomness galore}

Hi friends!

Hope you guys all had a beautiful weekend. Mine was awesome! It was really, really relaxing and a nice change of pace compared to the craziness of last week. Except for not getting to spend the day with this guy on his birthday.

Is it Monday already?!? What kind of marvelousness have I been up to? As always, thank you Katie for hosting this!

Friday night I went to dinner at Mi Cocina with my godmother Kate and her two cute friends. I had a mambo and guacolmole with chicken fajitas! Mico hits the spot every. single. time.

I should have NEVER posted about my fall favorites on Friday because I am pretty sure that I cursed myself. It got so cold here this weekend. I woke up Saturday morning and was in a wretched mood. I hate to be cold. My plans for a nice long run went out the window almost immediately.

After lounging around for like ever and getting some homework done, I finally convinced myself to go to the gym. The gym. The dreaded place that I hate. Okay, I do not hate it… I even kind of like it once I am there… but the gym at school just reminds me of winter and I really don’t like winter. I LOVE doing interval runs outside here and then just doing some little free weights in my room. But since I would rather die than be cold, it looks like it is time to get back to the gym.

I babysat most of the day on Saturday…. Did I mention that I am the world’s coolest babysitter and the real reason I like to babysit is to play with the family’s dogs? It’s fine and normal.

Then we went to grab drinks for Hillary because she finished the LSAT!! YAY CONGRATS! GO HIL!!!!!!!!

Sunday morning I went to a new workout class with Mary Kathryn and then we had a 2 hour coffee date. The class was at Tread Fitness and I reaaalllyyy loved it. Expect to see more almond milk lattees around here… it was amazing. It was the perfect Sunday morning!

Mal and I went to the Galleria to shop for a bit but I did not get anything becaussseeee… MY MOM is coming TUESDAY night!! WOOHOO!! Can’t wait.

My parents are usually in Dallas quite often but with Rollins in California, since I am supposed to be like some old senior or something that doesn’t get homesick… they have had to split their time 😦 But I can not wait for her to come so we can shop, shop and shop.

I am in major need of a few things…especially for Vegas this weekend!!

What did I say.. VEGAS??!?!? Yes! I am so excited. Well, kind of. I am not sure if Vegas is really my scene (hence all of my really wild weekends ;)) but I think we are going to have a blast. Mostly all of my best friends are going and a ton of other friends from SMU! I know it will be great once I get there.

Well now that you are all caught up on my life.. because I know you guys anxiously sit around and wait for my Monday updates… I am off!!

Have a happy, healthy, yummy Monday!

wiaw: {my weekend at home eats + p’s birthday dinner}

Hi friends!

So you guys may remember that I went home this weekend!! It was amazing 🙂

This What I Ate Wednesdayis a little different than the usual… it is a little bit of my at home eats mixed in with P’s birthday dinner. I am SO proud of the dinner that I dedicated an entire post to it.

{Thanks Jenn for hosting this!}

wiaw

A quick weekend recap (sorry for the lack of food pictures… who am I?!):

Thursday night I met this little crazy person at the airport and we got to Jackson around 11 pm. P was coming to pick us up and Rebecca came with him to surprise us 🙂 We got home and I got to hang out with my favorite person (okay animal) ever for a little while and stayed up catching up with the fam.

Friday morning P and I went with my family to watch Becca perform in the pep rally! Is she really a senior?!?! We joined my grandparents for lunch at my favorite Keifers and then went on a 2 mile run with Gumbo!

We went to dinner with his parents and then to the football game to watch Rollins crown the new queen… CONGRATULATIONS LUCY!! Lucy has been one of Rebecca’s best friends for forever and we could not have been more excited for her on this special night!

Saturday I had breakfast with my bestie at Broad Street and then mom and I went dress shopping with my cousin who is also on the homecoming court at her high school in a few months!!

I spent the rest of the day cooking and preparing for P’s birthday dinner with my family.

Let’s talk about about this dinner. What was on the menu?!

1. Grilled salmon for me, mom and dad. I marinated the salmon in a baby drop of olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it. It was amazing! P grilled (yes, he had to help with his birthday dinner haha) them for about 5-7 minutes. They turned out perfectly!

2. Filets for P, Becca and Ro. I used this recipe for the steaks and they turned out FANTASTIC. Full of flavor. I marinated them all day in some kind of special meat sauce and worchistier. They were perfect!

3. Grilled shrimp. Marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, lemon pepper and garlic salt. Grilled for about 2 minutes on each side.

4. Asparagus with roasted pine nuts. Dizzled in olive oil and roasted at about 400 degrees with a sprink;e

5. Mushroom quinoa. I used this recipe: Mushroom Quinoa Risotto. It was fanastic! I like having a carby side with dinner and quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein and a really healthy complex carb. Healthy and delicious? I’ll take it!

4. Fresh Market french bread.

5. Salad with asiago cracked pepper dressing.

6. Chocolate fudge pie.

opening his gifts!

Modeling his new hat.

Sunday was a rainy, lazy day and I did not get out of my pjs until I was forced to go to the airport 😦

Diva HATES the rain

Did I mention we got fro yos the size of our head and I ate all of mine and all of his? It was a neat moment.

It was a perfect weekend at home. I was getting real homesick for my family and this was just what I needed! See you guys later this week!!!!

Have a YUMMY, FAB Wednesday!

Question: What are you eating today/ lately?!

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 🙂 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 😉

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 😉 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 🙂

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