Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{WIAW} Meat Fest

Okay, this post isn't going to be all about meat, but since I can eat meat again following lent, expect some meals with meat now ;). I'm not the biggest meat eater, but after giving meat up for lent and struggling to find healthy options in the cafeteria without meat and dairy was quite the struggle. I have definitely been enjoying the last few days not having to say "I'll have the salad without chicken" or "I'll have a sandwich without meat and cheese." I definitely got weird looks with the second one.
Anyway, let's move on to yesterday's eats in normal What I Ate Wednesday fashion, shall we?
After a weekend of celebration of Easter (lots of Church, little sleep), I am finally back on my sleeping schedule and I finally woke up refreshed. I was ready for my usual breakfast, but the caf was out of both the Kashi cereal and bananas. Sigh.
I settled on Special K Red Berries cereal with almond milk, a green apple, and coffee with a splash of almond milk. It wasn't my favorite, but it filled me up and kept me satisfied through class.
I packed a snack and had it packed in my backpack ready to snack on between classes, but I ended up using a my tote bag instead of my backpack and forgot to switch the snack over. I realized it as soon as I sat down to eat it and realized my snack was back in my dorm room. Luckily my class is only 50 minutes so I just headed to lunch right after.

For lunch I had a Michigan Cherry Pecan salad with chicken and a side of grapes. It was so nice to have a salad with chicken on it and it was a delicious salad too!
A few hours later I was ready for a snack so I snacked on a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar-- my favorite flavor! It was nice to snack on what tastes like a treat but is actually a clean bar!
I wasn't eating dinner until a little later than usual so I just had to have a slice of a dairy-free banana bread my mom made me over the weekend. She gave me the leftovers to take back to school and it's taking all my willpower not to eat the rest of it in one sitting.
Dinner was with my college church group as we celebrated Easter and the end of the semester. We enjoyed lamb, salad, pasta, and cheese & crackers. It was so good and it was nice to see everyone before we all head out separate ways for the summer. I may or may not have had a cookie too ;)

Unfortunately, I got a stomach ache after eating the dinner (thanks dairy), but it was too good to regret eating. I hopped on the stationary bike when I got back to my dorm and I felt much better after getting a good sweat in. It's amazing what a good workout can do for you!

Alright, time for me to finish breakfast and get to class to get this day rolling! Next week is finals week so it is time to get studying and prepare for the craziness of next week. All I can think about is being done with the semester a week from tomorrow! It's crazy how fast time flies!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Family, Food, & Sunshine

Good morning! Today I am sharing a recap of yesterday's Easter celebration with my family! I had a wonderful time and I could not have asked for better weather. 70 degrees and sunny! The day started quite late since we were at church until around 3 in the morning. After waking up refreshed, I relaxed with my family and after opening Easter baskets I headed out for a 3 mile run followed by the Tone It Up Easter Bunny workout two times through. Once I was done it was time to get ready for all of my family to come over to celebrate the holiday.
It was a beautiful day and I was so thankful to celebrate Christ's Resurrection with my family. Good food was of course on the menu, and I was stuffed all day. Good thing the Bikini Series is next week!

Never short on food with my family!
After over 40 days without meat I was so excited to finally eat some. I'm not the biggest meat eater, but going so long without it definitely made me excited for Easter dinner!
Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddos
 I miss the days when I was able to participate in all of the fun!

My brother wasn't able to make it home for Easter this year so we Skyped him on our TV instead! Everyone loved being able to say hi and see him. It was like he was right in the room with us ;)

And of course, Easter is not complete without a full dessert spread!
My mom even made dairy-free chocolate cupcakes! So delicious!

It was a wonderful holiday filled with all of my favorite things. I am back at school today and it's back to the grind since next week is finals week! I just need to push through the next week and a half and I will be free for summer break (minus one summer class) and finally able to relax at home and enjoy the sunshine.

How was your Easter?
How is the weather in you neck of the woods?
Crazy to think it was just snowing here on Tuesday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekly Workout Recap

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! I pray you all have a wonderful holiday today and are able to celebrate with your loved ones. Last night, my family and I celebrated the resurrection service at church and it was a late night for this girl! I woke up late this morning and have been enjoying family time so far today.
Lunch at the Soup Spoon Cafe
"Peacemaker" sandwich
Dairy-free fro-yo
Yum, yum, yum (with some cheesecake and brownie bites and fruit too!)
Dinner at home (I miss these so much when I am at school!)
Salmon stuffed with crab, portabella mushroom cap stuffed with crab, asparagus, and a side salad

Friday morning I had work and later in the morning my parents and my brother picked me up from my dorm and we had lunch, visited my apartment for next year, and had some frozen yogurt. They had dairy-free fro-yo and I was in heaven! It was a beautiful day so it was nice to walk around Grand River for a little while before heading home for the weekend. Once we got home we got ready for church, ate dinner, then headed to church. I was hoping to get in a workout before church, but it didn't happen.
Saturday morning I relaxed with my parents for a little while then headed out for a run. I had only planned on doing a couple miles, but wanted to run through downtown Clarkston since it was a nice morning and I was finally running pain-free. Almost 7 miles later, and I was back home. It was a wonderful run and I was ready to get the rest of my day going. I got ready quickly and headed to get my haircut (it's finally short again!) and went shopping with my brother. I have absolutely no willpower shopping around fitness clothes. I bought a few new pieces and I found my favorite pair of Nike cross trainer shoes. I am obsessed and cannot wait to wear them! I have been in need of cross trainer shoes and I fell in love with these Nikes and just had to buy them. Like I said, no willpower.

This morning I woke up (just a little bit ago!) and enjoyed breakfast and Easter basket opening time. Yes, the Easter bunny still spoils me! ;) I am heading out for today's workout followed with getting the house ready for our family coming over in just a few hours. I'll have an Easter recap for you tomorrow to share the day with you all!
Weekly Workout Recap
Monday (4/14) PM- 2.6 mile run
Tuesday (4/15) Off
Wednesday (4/16) PM- 4.7 mile run
Thursday (4/17) PM- 3.2 mile run, TIU Itty Bitty Bikini abs workout x3
Friday (4/18) Off
Saturday (4/19) PM- 6.9 mile run
Sunday (4/20) AM- 3.2 mile run, TIU Easter Bunny workout x2
Total mileage: 20.4 miles

Pretty good workout week even with two rest days! I loved my long run on Saturday and can't wait for summer break when I can get in more long runs on weekend mornings!

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

{Friday Favorites} 4/18

Hey there! Happy Friday! To say that I am excited that today is finally Friday would be an understatement. I am done with work and my parents and brother are on their way to come pick me up. I am so excited to be heading home for Easter this weekend. I have been at church almost every night this week and it has been building up for the celebration to come on Sunday. So excited!

Before we get to ahead of ourselves (it's only Friday!), let's move on to this week's {Friday Favorites}!
As Lent and Holy Week are coming to an end, I have been reflecting a lot more on my faith and have really been appreciating every church service I have been able to attend this week. With a busy schedule, I love being able to attend church and focus on my faith.
I adore Lauren Conrad and am in love with her spring collection. Okay, I'm in love with all of her design collections, but I really need to find time to head over to Kohl's soon. I love that dress!! And it's on sale ;)
I have this Tone It Up Easter Bunny workout on my workout schedule for this weekend and I can't wait to do it along with a run. Maybe it'll be warm enough to complete outside with shorts?! Fingers crossed!
I have always loved Jennifer Lawrence since watching the Hunger Games, but her attitude towards Hollywood and dieting is so honest and I love her for that. I love that she is standing up and being a positive role model against unhealthy dieting.
So in love with this song right now

Alright, I must leave you... I still have to finish packing! Have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather. I will check back in with you on Sunday!

What are your weekend plans?
Favorite Easter treat? -- Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Eggs all the way for me!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Book Review} Born to Run

Just about two weeks ago I finished reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. I had never previously read any sort of running book of this nature, but I had heard multiple people rave about how awesome this book was. Well, now I am one of those people too! I find it so hard to find time throughout the semester to read a book for my own pleasure, but with this book, I made time! It was that good.
I became interested in reading the book after hearing a lot of other bloggers praise the book highly and also after watching McDougall's TED talk. I'm obsessed with TED talks and his talk was great and opened me up into the research behind running. If you want to learn more about the book and research behind the Tarahumara I highly recommend watching the TED talk, along with reading the book of course!

The basic premise of Born to Run is Christopher McDougall's quest to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners. McDougall learns from the Tarahumara that everything we think we know about running is running. The Tarahumara run hundreds of miles a week and never get injured, yet we run much less and most of us get injured time and time again. While researching and writing the book, McDougall trained for his first ultramarathon which was between the Tarahumara and some of the country's best ultrarunners and we learn how he trained for such a race and how other ultrarunners trained as well.

McDougall argues that all humans are born to run and proves so throughout the book. He explains the background history of each ultrarunner featured in the book and each of the runners come from a background where you wouldn't realize they would become ultramarathon runners. Throughout the book I found multiple quotes that spoke so true to me. One was a quote on our destiny to be runners.
This book really brought out my love for running and the desire I have to continue to run and improve my running. I am not going out and becoming an ultramarathon runner, but this book is relevant to any runner. There is so much science behind the sport and McDougall researched a lot into the science of running. I highly recommend this book for any runner out there, whether you can only run 1 mile right now or can run a marathon. There is so much to be learned from this book and I wouldn't be surprised if I pick up this book again (a rarity for me).

And to leave you with one quote that made me burst out laughing...
Sometimes the best runs are the ones that solve all of your problems. What else are you going to do while running miles on end without going crazy?

Thoughts on Born to Run?
What to read next?
I need recommendations, summer break is coming up!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{WIAW} Exhausted.

I don't know what happened to me, but yesterday I was just plain exhausted allll day. I desperately wanted to crawl into bed and sleep the day away, but my to-do list was calling my name. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the weather since I feel as though I have a mini- cold too. Whenever the weather changes as drastically as it did yesterday, I always seem to get a cold or a bad headache. Speaking of the weather, I went for a run in shorts on Saturday (!!!), but woke up yesterday morning to SNOW on the ground. I could not believe it. This has been the worst winter... and it's spring.

Anyway, I say we move on to yesterday's eats because that's more run, right?!
Thank you Jenn for the link- up fun!
I started my day with breakfast before heading off to class and went to get my usual Kashi Go Lean cereal and the cafeteria was out! I stood in front to the cereal dispenser trying to figure out what to do. I always have that cereal for breakfast in the cafeteria. I settled for a toasted sandwich thin topped with peanut butter and jelly along with a green smoothie (banana, mango, spinach, & almond milk). And, of course, coffee with a splash of almond milk. I missed my cereal, but it was still a yummy start to my day!
Between classes I snacked on a few pretzels. After my first class I was already feeling extremely tired and knew I still had a long day ahead, boo!
Once I was done with my two classes for the day, I headed over to the cafteria to grab lunch before a meeting. I whipped up a salad topped with a majority of the salad bar, vegetarian vegetable soup, and pita bread with hummus. The sign said roasted red pepper hummus (which is my fav), but I am about 99% sure that was spicy hummus and I am not a fan. 
I was feeling so tired though my whole meeting and once it was over I headed back to my dorm room to get started on my day's work and sipped on some green tea in the hopes it would give me some more energy. Nope. 
I was starting to get hungry so I snacked on a few graham crackers topped with sunflower butter and continued working on my homework up until dinner time. 

Dinner consisted of salmon, green beans, and a side salad. I am in love with topping my salads with tuna fish! Pretty soon I can start adding back meat though!

I went to a church service for the evening and it was beautiful. Holy Week is my favorite time of the year and the whole service was incredible and it made me thankful to be able to attend church regularly when I am away at school. 
After a busy day, I just could not muster up the energy to workout. I didn't get back from church until later, so I decided it was for the best to take the day off of working out. My body needs rest and I need to get better at understanding that. I got ready for the night, had a bowl of skinny pop, and caught up on blogs and such before calling it quits for an early bedtime.

Here's to hoping I have more energy today! It is another long day!
The sun is out, so I already have a smile on my face :)

Thanks Jenn for another great link-up!
Join in on the fun at Peas & Crayons!!