Jawbone Up Pre-Review

Helllllo! Happy Friday! Thank goodness it is the weekend. I got a new toy this week, the Jawbone UP! I have been trying to figure it out this week and I am liking it so far. Its not the most stylish object: 20130227-112204.jpg

For those of you who dont know, the Jawbone UP is a sleep, health and fitness monitor that uses a precision motion sensor and algorithms to track and quantify your steps, distance, calories, active time and idle time based on age, gender, height, weight and duration. It also tracks your sleep patterns throughout the night, such as how long it takes you to fall asleep and how much times throughout the night you wake up. It is pretty cool! 20130227-112231.jpg

Here are some things i’m loving about the UP:

  • It is really cool having a step goal and seeing if I can meet it every day
  • I like the sleep tracking, it shows a graph of when your in deep sleep vs. when your in light sleep, and your total hours of sleep. I am finding that that is pretty accurate.
  • It looks like an awesome space bracelet
  • I like the fact that it shows my resting calories burned, I have always wanted to be able to calculate my basil metabolic rate
  • It vibrates every 30 minutes to tell me I need to get up and move, which was kind of difficult to do at all of the business presentations yesterday, but still a cool reminder nonetheless

A few things I am still apprehensive about/figuring out:

  • The food tracker is a little difficult to use, I may just stick with MyFitness pal, and I keep forgetting to take pictures of my food before I eat it (too quick to eat, typical)
  • I am not entirely certain how accurate the calories burned is, especially the resting, because it doesn’t know my body fat percentage
  • It has been depressing this week since I have been a bump on a log because I am resting my hip (praying that will change this weekend)

But those are my only complaints so far! I love tracking this kind of stuff, so hopefully as my hip heals and I am able to be more active and move around more, I will see some better results. I will keep you posted on the progress!

 

Yesterday was the UConn Real Estate Center’s annual spring field trip to good old Hartford, CT. Steph, Frankie and I are posed below in our snazzy business clothes. I need to go shopping for some new ones for my INTERNSHIP this summer! It was a long, tiring day, but still fun to spend the day with Steph and network with some old connections. 20130301-074253.jpgAnd of course we came back STARVING and THIRSTY. I was going to heat up some chili, but that was going to take too long and brie cheese and buffalo chicken that needed to be eaten up were calling my name. We layed out a delicious spread of celery, wheat crackers, apples, brie cheese, and pulled buffalo chicken! And the obligatory glass of wine with fruit. Classy, savory dinner.

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Traditional Thursday night picture, love my roomie. 20130301-074324.jpgNothing noteworthy about last night. We went out, danced a little dance, drank a little drank, ordered some water at the bar, and got back safely and feel great today. Champs! We are off to the gym soon, and then im headed home for the weekend. I CANT WAIT. But I do need to get some studying done this weekend. Lets hope I can make this happen….

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza & Toronto News!

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY!

  • Crossed a bunch of assignments off of my to-do list
  • Got in a good swim this morning
  • Punta Cana is less than 20 days away
  • I GOT AN OFFER AT AN AWESOME FIRM FOR A TEMPORARY POSITION IN TORONTO THIS SUMMER

It is actually happening. I get to spend the summer in a city, a big city, and not just any city, Toronto! With gorgeous Lake Ontario and awesome shopping and my Nana and Grandad and their beautiful cottage only an hour up north, and all of my cousins so close! This is unreal. I am beyond excited. Next step is to choose which firm… and find housing!!

It is hard to believe that I actually have a plan. Everything is finally starting to fall into place. My schedule is going to be crazy for the rest of the year, but I am so fortunate and so lucky and looking forward to everything on it!!

March: Washington D.C MARATHON, spring break in PUNTA CANA, then wisdom teeth… :/ (it cant all be fun and games)

April: NYC for a half marathon, NASHVILLE to visit Becca

May: GRADUATION, lots of running, a duathlon, Burlington for the VERMONT CITY HALF MARATHON

June: TORONTO

July: TORONTO

August: TORONTO, with a week at CAPE COD for (im sure will be much needed) vacation with the family

September: TORONTO? for most of it?

October: EUROPE WITH CLEO

January 2014: START MY NEW CAREER AT GE

Gahhh life is good. If only my stupid hip flexor would heal so that I can RUN, I would be on cloud 9. Alright I promise I am done bragging now about how awesomely amazing my life is turning out.

Dinner last night is sooo worth mentioning. Stephanie made buffalo chicken pizza! Recipe adapted from our girl Tina’s blog.

Dinner: Pulled Buffalo Chicken Pizza 

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I am pretty sure that Stephanie just combined half a cup of ranch dressing, blue cheese, three cloves of chopped garlic (girl loves garlic) and Franks hot sauce and used that as the base, topped it with the pulled buffalo chicken and topped that with some shredded mozzarella. We rolled out some Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough (love), piled it all on top, and baked for 10-12 minutes! Perfection.  20130226-092706.jpg

——-> This is all that was left of the poor pizza. Food around my roommate does not stand a chance. It barely had time to live its life, the poor piece of yeast. But oh boy, was it delicious.

20130226-151134.jpgI had mine with a side of celery and spinach salad. Stephanie had hers with a side of ranch because she is averse to anything green. and healthy. (jk steph, jk).

Tonight, I am going to try and relax a little, get some laundry done, and call my Mum! I miss her. I am beyond excited to head home this weekend. Have a good night!

 

Drowning in Hyannis

Hello! Last time we spoke I was off to Hyannis to attempt to run the Hyannis Half Marathon. Well, attempt failed. I ran 3 miles of the race and felt hip flexor pain, so ambled around a little and attempted a run-walk method to see if it would fade. No luck. So, I turned around and tromped back like a fish swimming upstream to the starting line. It was freezing cold and pouring down rain, and a nice race volunteer lady gave me a lift back to the starting line. She was currently in the middle of her training for the Boston Marathon, her 21st!! Marathon! Unbelievable. Hopefully that will be me someday.

IMG_2271I am trying so hard not to be bummed out about my hip and let it get to me. I need to keep my chin up and do my best to make it heal this week. I am taking a week off from running, with plenty of icing, stretching, and foam rolling. I can lift, spin, and swim to help keep me sane. Cross-training is great and fun and will keep my physical fitness up, but nothing beats a rewarding and beautiful early morning run and the endorphin rush it gives me. Yesterday I honestly felt like a drug addict coming down from an addiction, I was craving my endorphin fix and slowly crashing. Luckily spin filled it this morning, but I almost feel like it is only a temporary fix. Like nothing else can satisfy it but a fresh, crisp run. Spring is in the air though, and once I am healed I will be able to enjoy the joys of running in shorts and a tank top, outside, in the sun and snow-free roads. I am praying, PRAYING, that I am healed for the RnR D.C Marathon in 3 WEEKS! And last night Steph and I signed up for the More/Fitness Women’s Half Marathon in Central Park on April 14th, whoops. What can I say, we have an addiction. To that and Yankee Candles. More motivation to heal.

Of course, no trip to the cape is complete without the obligatory stop at Mary Lou’s. Peanut Butter Wonderful Iced Coffee, and I bought some Mocha Mint ground to make at home.

IMG_2277And we stopped at Trader Joe’s…. that right there is reason enough to go to the Cape. Stocked up on all the goods like yummy bread loafs, almond milk, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh produce! Check out our stacked fruit bowl:

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Whats for Dinner? Week of 2/24:

Sunday: Panera on the way home from Hyannis

Monday: Buffalo Chicken Pizza —>finally!

Tuesday: Greek Salmon Burger, Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday: Max Downtown in Hartford

Thursday: Herb Crusted Tilapia, Quinoa

Friday: Casino 😉

Saturday: HOME!

Again, its another busy week and not a lot of cooking. My old GE bosses are coming to UConn to do interviews on Wednesday, and are taking me and the other old intern out for dinner. I am feeling a steak in my future. Friday Sarah and I are going on a hot date to the Casino, and then the rest of the weekend I am going to spend at home. I have been weirdly homesick, and miss my puppies. It is hard to believe it is almost March, where is my life going? Everything is flying by, and I need to keep reminding myself to stop and breathe, and take it all in. You know where I am really going to stop and sniff the roses? Or rather, the salty-sweet sea air? In PUNTA CANA. IN 3 WEEKS. I can feel the sun roasting my skin now. Can’t Wait! And with that thought, I leave you. Have a good Monday and start the week off on the right foot 😉

Happy Days

Confession: I am addicted to sushi. And my best friend Kara Keane. But I have been getting sushi a ridiculous amount lately, but oh boy it is so satisfying. And Kara and I both popped our scorpion bowl cherries last night! We shared a small one and enjoyed some buzzed sushi, #lightweightproblems.

IMG_2260IMG_2259—> Those beauties consist of a spicy crab roll, a salmon avocado roll, a tuna avocado roll, and for the grand finale a PARADISE roll made with  BANANA tempura. Holy jesus. Anything with banana and I am sold. The mango sauce on top fully completed the paradise-tropical-island-in-your-mouth-sensation that that roll left you with. Good call Kara, good call.

I finally saw Chelsea last night and we went to Ted’s with Kitty and Meg, I was pretty sober but it was actually a lot of fun. It was good to see them again. There was a live band playing and we were singing along to some oldies. It was PACKED though, at times I felt like I was a little sardine smooshed in a can. Note to self: Dont get cranberry vodkas. Sooo sweet.

IMG_2262And of course the weekend wouldn’t be complete without my pancakes. I was craving them last night and woke up at 10 this morning knowing I had to have them. This pancake recipe is amazing. Its from my favorite blogger, and its called “A Really Good Pancake Recipe”. The words speak for themselves.

A Really Good Pancake Recipe: 

  1. 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour 
  2. 3 tsp baking power
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 tbsp sugar
  5. 3 oz nonfat greek yogurt
  6. 1.5 cups almond milk
  7. 1 tsp canola oil
  8. 1 egg

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook, and enjoy! I usually add in some chopped banana, chocolate chips, and frozen blueberries as well.

IMG_2266Best served with Starbucks coffee and piles of melty nut butter goodness. Yummmm.

I am off to the gym soon to test out my hip flexor on the treadmill. If it hurts, then no half marathon for me tomorrow 😦 We are off to Hyannis tonight anyway, and Steph and Becca will be running the Hyannis Half Marathon tomorrow morning. I am bummed, but it is supposed to be a rainy and gross day anyway, so I will pack a book and magazines. Maybe schoolwork…? Being injured sucks, but I have to take care of myself and keep my eye on the prize: the RnR D.C Marathon that I have been working so hard towards. I know I am ready for it, and taking a week off wont kill me, it would probably do my joints some good.

I will be back tomorrow with a recap of the race and my decision of whether to run or not! I keep telling myself I need to be smart.. if theres pain, I will not run! I will post the meal plan for the week also 🙂 Happy Weekend!

Eggplant Fries and New Strength Routine

Morning! It has been a few days since I have posted.. but thats because nothing exciting or noteworthy has really been going on. Seriously. This week is dragging. Workout, Eat, Class, Study for Argus, thats about the extent of it. Argus Exam is on Friday, cant wait for that to be over with!

I made some Eggplant Fries on Monday night, recipe from Oxygen Magazine. They tasted like the ones I got at Max Burger once ——> soooo good.

Eggplant Fries w/ Yogurt dipping sauce: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Slice up 1 large eggplant into wedges (this makes a lot of fries, you could use only half the eggplant)
  3. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl, throw in some pepper or seasonings
  4. Pour 3/4 cup of either panko breadcrumbs, oat flour, or almond flour (for gluten free) into another bowl (I used breadcrumbs and they were delicious)
  5. Take your eggplant wedges and dredge them in the egg mixture, then roll in the flour mixture
  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with tin foil or parchment paper
  7. Slide into the oven, and bake for 25 minutes!
  8. Optional: combine some hot sauce, paprika, and plain nonfat greek yogurt for a yummy, spicy dipping sauce
  9. Enjoy! 20130219-141548.jpgWe had ours paired with a roasted red pepper and feta turkey burger.

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In running news, I strained my hip flexor during my long run on Sunday, so I have been taking it easy this week. I have a half marathon in Hyannis on Sunday so I suppose I could call this my taper week. I am just praying that I will be okay to run it! I swam yesterday, and did 2 miles on the treadmill this morning, but it felt tight.

I am so excited for this marathon, but I am looking forward to focusing on weight lifting and getting stronger after it is done. Today I did Shoulders, Triceps and Biceps. I try to vary my workouts around to switch things up and use different muscles, but here is the routine that I am liking right now:

Shoulders, Triceps, and Biceps Strength Routine:

(Group each two together as a superset pair, do 10-12 reps of each, 3 sets)

  1. Standing Shoulder PushPress
  2. Hammer Bicep Curl
  1. Incline Bench Bicep Curl
  2. Lunges/Squats
  1. Squat Overhead Shoulder Press
  2. Seated Reverse Dumbbell Curl
  1. Cable Curl
  2. Lying Tricep Extension (try to do a triple stop at as you extend behind you and when you bring back to starting position)
  1. Standing Triceps Pressdown
  2. Dumbbell Side Lunge
  1. Standing one-armed Tricep Extension 
  2. Single-leg Bench Squat/ or Weighted Bench Step Up
  1. Shoulder Raises (out to the side and out to the front)
  2. Tricep dips (I usually do 20, but do to fatigue)

If your feeling ambitious and dont have a race or a 20 mile run coming up,  finish with the leg squat machine! And always finish with some sort of ab workout!

So that routine combined with my chest & back routine (which I posted about earlier) Is what I have been focusing on. I think I am seeing results, I have been pretty sore, and my shoulders did look good in the mirror at the gym this morning! 😉

Have a good day!

Sunday Catch Up

Its Sunday again… that means time to reorganize my life, attempt a long run, and meal plan!

Whats For Dinner? Week of 2/17 

Sunday: Crockpot Pulled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Monday: Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Turkey Burger, Eggplant Fries

Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Wednesday: Coconut Tilapia, Spinach Walnut Goat Cheese Salad

Thursday: Hummus Chicken, Sweet Potato Wedges

Friday: Steph’s Garlic and Tomato Pasta

Saturday: Olive Garden at Hyannis!!

PUNTA CANA COUNTDOWN: 29 DAYSSSSS!  Need to find a bathing suit, shorts that fit, and exercises to keep my abs in place haha. I am sooo excited. I have been yearning for summer and sun and sand in a bad way. This trip cannot come soon enough!

More pics from skiing: IMG_2217

IMG_2218And I have to share with you the amazing sushi and sangria dinner that Cleo, Steph and I feasted on last night, followed by way too many chocolates from the box that Cleo brought us for Valentines day. Trouble. But I dont regret it, it was an in-the-moment kind of thing. It had been a long, but fun day!

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Workout:

My run today was supposed to be 14 easy miles, but it was tough. It kind of makes me nervous, since I have  the Hyannis Half Marathon next weekend. My legs were hurting today, especially my right hip flexor. I am icing it now, and just hope its not something serious. I ended up doing 13 miles. It was also about 20 degrees with occasional fierce wind gusts, so I am just proud for getting it done. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right?

In other news, I just ordered the Jawbone UP fitness tracker, and I am really excited to share it with you guys. I cant wait for it to come and start tracking all my workout, food and sleep patterns!

Vermont Weekend Wonderland

Hello! This weekend I had the chance to escape to Vermont with Steph to get in some skiing! The weather on Friday was gorgeous, 40 degrees and beautiful spring skiing, barely a cloud in the sky. Saturday was colder, and more crowded, so we got in a few runs early and called it a day.

I wanted to share my protein pancake recipe with you guys this morning. Its super easy, and only takes 2 or 3 ingredients, and is deeeeelicious piled with nut butter and fruit.

Protein Pancake:

1. Mash up a ripe banana

2. Add in 2 egg whites or 1/3 cup of liquid egg whites

3. 1 scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla)

4. Few shakes of cinnamon

5. Optional —-> add in blueberries

6. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and heat on low heat

7. When warm, pour in the pancake mixture and cook on low heat until the top is bubbly and the edges look crispy (be patient, this pancake needs to cook slow and on low in order to form properly)

8. When bubbly on top, flip and cook on opposite side for 1-2 min, then serve warm topped with melty nut butters and fruit of your choosing! Yum!

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Beautiful Breakfast Yogurt Parfait made in Vermont before skiing. 20130215-181848.jpg

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Beauty on the mountain!! 20130215-181934.jpg

20130215-181941.jpgSuch a gorgeous, breathtaking day. Perfect Mountain getaway, lots of sun and fresh air and skiing, just what I needed. It is a nice change to hang out with family and read magazines rather than stay at school taking shots and trying to pour over school books the next day.