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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Fit Dish: How do you fit in fitness?

Hey there! Today I am jumping right into today's post all about fitting fitness into our busy lives, how I do it and my tips for helping you do it. I am linking up with Nicole and Jessica of The Fit Dish link up and am so excited to meet some new bloggers through the process. Without further ado, here is how I fit in fitness, despite being a busy college girl on the go. Share your tips in the comments below!
Make a schedule.
This has been one of the biggest tips for me to fit fitness into my schedule. Each Sunday I sit down and plan out my workouts for the week. Of course, things pop up and I have to switch workouts around here and there, but when I stick to my schedule that I make each week, I am able to fit in my workouts much better and I end up doing much better workouts too. Creating a schedule makes it easier for me to see which days I have more time for a workout and which days I'll have to do a quick routine. I love that Tone It Up posts a new weekly schedule each week! I try to follow their schedule as closely as possible so there is less planning for me to do.

Get creative.
The thing I dread the most is having a workout planned that I just don't want to do. Now that I have gotten creative with my workouts, this happens much less often. I make sure to mix up my routines and add in new workouts here and there to make working out something I look forward to. If I am dreading my evening run, chances are by the time it hits the time to go out for a run, I'm going to skip it. But if I get creative and think of a different workout that is more pleasing are, chances are I'll do it!
Set your alarm. And skip snooze.
We all have the best intentions to set our alarms to wake us up bright and early, right? But then the alarm goes off in the morning and we hit snooze. Here's what I do... I don't even let snooze be an option. There is an option on the iPhone that allows you to not have a snooze button and I always go for that. Knowing that if I turn my alarm off and go back to sleep, there will be no waking me up ten minutes from now always gets my butt out of bed. It's tough, but it works.

Find a time that works for YOU.
There are so many studies out there that say the morning is the best time to work out, while others say the evening is. What I say is, find a time that works for you and go for it. I love working out in the morning, but if my schedule doesn't allow for it, I will work out in the evening. You have to do what works for you!
Consistency is key.
When I started getting into a routine of working out regularly, I noticed it was getting easier and easier to motivated myself each day the more I did it. Being consistent if my fitness routine has made it much easier to fit it into my busy schedule. Knowing that I have a workout planned for 8:00 in the morning, each morning, makes it easier not to let any distractions get in the way during that time.

Quality over quantity.
This is something I have just recently realized. I don't need to spend an hour working out each and every day to get results. If I spend every day doing the same run, nothing is going to change, and a few weeks in I'll make excuses and give up. Some days all you need is a short and sweet routine to get those results! Focus on the quality over your workouts over how many workouts you do. If you only have time three days a week to workout, that is OKAY- focus on the quality of those workouts and push your hardest on those three days. You don't need to workout seven days a week, hours at a time to see results.

The biggest takeaway is to do what is going to ultimately work for you and keep you consistently working out. If running isn't your thing, then don't do it! Bike, walk, swim, hula hoop, whatever! Keep your workouts fun and it will be that much easier to fit it in your schedule. When you look forward to your workouts you won't have to worry about finding time in your busy schedule, you will make that time and be more than happy doing it.

How do you fit in fitness?

Thank you Nicole and Jessica for hosting the link up!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Backpack Snacks

Good morning! I hope your Monday has gotten off to a wonderful start, or at least as wonderful as Monday mornings can be! I am checking in a little bit later than usual this morning, but all for good reason. This morning was my first day at my new job! It went really well, despite having to be there at 6 in the morning. It will definitely take some getting used to, but so far so good!!

Now that I am working on top of going to classes and participating in student clubs, it is important that I prep for the day ahead and make sure I always have healthy snacks on hand. Today I am sharing my favorite snacks that are perfect to pack along in your backpack. I make a point to always have a snack in my backpack, even if I will just be gone for a little while. I never know if I will get caught up working on something that takes longer than expected or my stomach is just on the hungry side, so it is important for me to always be prepared. Here are my favorites on-the-go snacks...
>Veggies & Hummus
This is my go-to snack! I prep a bunch of veggies like celery, bell peppers, and carrots ahead of time and add a serving of hummus (roasted red pepper is my fav!) into a tupperware container and I am set.

>Trail Mix
Skip the store bought kind and make your own! I love making my superfood trail mix, but if I am in a pinch I add nuts, dried fruit, cereal, and chocolate chips into a bag and go. But seriously, don't forget the chocolate chips.

>Fruit & Nut Butter
If you have a sweet tooth like me, fruit is a healthy alternative than reaching for a candy bar. I love chopping up my fruit and adding a side of nut butter (almond butter!). Perfect go-to snack for those afternoon sweets cravings!

>Nuts
I could snack on nuts all day long. I do my best to portion control when eating nuts by putting one serving into a small tupperware container and just taking that container with me. That way I have no way to sneak back into the bag for more. Look for raw or unsalted nuts to avoid high sodium contents!

>Snack Bars
Be careful with this one. Not all snack bars are created equal. Watch the sugar content and ingredient list when looking for snack bars. Try to keep ingredients to a minimum (which is why I love Larabars) and for bars low in sugar. My go-to bars are Larabars, Luna bars, and Vega bars.

What snacks do you always carry with you?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekly Workout Recap

Homecoming football game win, perfect fall weather, a cider mill trip, it has been a wonderful weekend thus far! I have packed in so much into this weekend and am excited for another full day today, even if I have spent my fair share of time at my desk studying. Today I am checking in with my Weekly Workout Recap followed by a recap of my weekend so far. It's been a busy one!

Weekly Workout Recap
Monday (9/22) AM- HIIT the Beach 2 (Beach Babe 2 DVD), Killer Legs with Kettleballs routine
Tuesday (9/23) AM- 4.6 mile run, foam rolling
Wednesday (9/24) AM- 2.3 mile run, Love Your Arms and Abs routine x2
Thursday (9/25) AM- Insane Cardio routine- 3 miles, Bikini Booty routine x1
Friday (9/26) AM- 3.1 mile run, Bikini Arms (Beach Babe 2 DVD), Sexy Sculpted Shoulders x2
Saturday (9/27) Off
Sunday (9/28) AM- 6.5 mile run

Week 3 of Frisky Fall is complete! Looking forward to another full week of Tone It Up fun!

Friday was a busy day with a meeting in the morning followed by a leadership panel I attended for the Michigan State College of Social Science, which pushed me way out of my comfort zone with networking with others, but was a great experience! Once I got back, my roommate and I headed to the cider mill about thirty minutes away from campus and enjoyed spending the first Friday of fall drinking cider, eating doughnuts, and walking around the cider mill. I absolutely love this time of year and always make a point to visit the cider mill at least once. Hopefully I will fit in a few more trips this season!
Saturday was game day! I tailgated with friends and had a blast. The weather could not have been more perfect for MSU's homecoming game and my Spartans even pulled off a giant win (14-56)! I took a quick nap and got right to work on my homework that I have been dreading all week. Exams, papers, and projects are coming up quickly and I am doing my best to not fall behind and keep focused. It is definitely tough with all of the fun events going on, but I am doing my best to keep my eye on the prize.
Today I started off the day with a long run followed by Church and I taught Sunday School- which I love doing! I have a little bit of a break before I head off for training for my new job. Hopefully it only takes the estimated hour that they predict so I can get back to studying. Although the weather outside is gorgeous, I am planning on spending the rest of my day studying. I am so excited that today is Active Nation Day and that so many women from around the world are getting up and getting active today! I hope you are making today the day to begin your healthy living journey or continue it with even more momentum with this amazing Lorna Jane event. Make sure to get up and do the LJ Move to keep active throughout the day :) You know I will, active study breaks!!

How are you participating in Active Nation Day?

Friday, September 26, 2014

{Friday Favorites} 9/26

Good morning and happy Friday! What are you up to on this first weekend of fall? I have a packed day ahead so once I hit publish I will be off on today's adventures. I have a meeting, a leadership panel I am attending, and maybe a trip to the cider mill on the agenda for today. Oh, and a whole list of studying for classes that must get done. I am realizing this semester is going to be a lot tougher than I originally thought! Between the pile of homework beside me, work training, homecoming weekend, and blog projects, I have a busy weekend ahead. Let's hope I can catch up on some sleep too!

Before I head off on today's adventures, I am sharing this week's favorites with you and linking up with some wonderful bloggers, because who doesn't love Fridays?!
{Linking up with HeatherKatieClare, & Jennifer}
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Sooo I had originally planned on the season premiere of Scandal making it's entrance into today's post, but I ended up missing it. I was so bummed after waiting all day for it to come on! I had thought it was on at 10pm for some reason, but it is actually on at 9pm and I did not realize it until 9:30. I was scrolling through instagram and noticed a picture of Scandal and realized it was already on! I didn't want to start watching it halfway through so I decided I would just watch "How to Get Away with Murder" at 10 instead. I really liked it! I love  dramas (like Scandal!) so I really enjoyed watching this new series and Viola Davis did not disappoint. I'll definitely be watching again next week. And I will definitely be watching Scandal online today... I can't wait any longer!!
I went out shopping with a friend on Tuesday evening and we had a blast walking through Bath and Body Works smelling all of the fall scents. It took everything in me not to buy any of the fall scents, especially not the cute mason jar candles! I kept reminding myself I already have a fall candle I bought a year ago and just never lit since I couldn't living in the dorms. I can't wait to finish off my latest candle and light this one for my room to be filled with the smell of candy corn. Let's just hope I have some candy corn on hand since I know I will be craving it!
I mentioned the new Lorna Jane app in yesterday's "Be That Girl" post but I just had to add it onto today's roundup because I am in love with the new update! I love scrolling through the yummy recipes and I especially love the quotes. Opening up the app and seeing a new "believe" quote instantly makes me smile and motivates me every time. If you don't have the app yet, go download it!! Active Nation Day is on Sunday!
I got both of these bodycology products a long time ago from my mom for my birthday and I am just now realizing how much I love the scent. Every time I head out to class, head out for an errand, or a meeting, I spray the body spray on and love the smell! It is a warming scent and I think it is perfect for fall. I definitely need to start using the body cream because my hands are already starting to get dry and it will only get worst with the cooler temps on their way. I thought it might make me crave a vanilla cupcake all day long, but luckily it doesn't ;).
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This weekend is homecoming at Michigan State! I'm not sure what events I'll be able to attend but I just love the atmosphere of homecoming game day at State. Although I don't have a ticket to the game, I will be cheering on my fellow Spartans for a win against Wyoming tomorrow. Go Green!

What are your plans for the first weekend of fall?

Don't forget to enter my Tiesta Tea giveaway! You have until Wednesday to win tea and tea filter bags!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BE THAT GIRL | Lorna Jane Active Nation Day

I hope you are all ready for a big day coming up. This Sunday is Active Nation Day and it's kind of a big deal in my opinion. I am sure many of you are familiar with the Lorna Jane brand and how much I love Lorna Jane and the message she spreads, so when I was offered the opportunity to share this special day empowered by Lorna Jane, I hopped right on board. Active Nation Day was created by Lorna Jane two years ago and is a movement to inspire women to "be that girl" who lives an authentic and active life through Lorna's three principles- move, nourish, and believe. This year Active Nation Day takes place on September 28, which is this Sunday! All over the world Lorna Jane will be hosting events and bringing together a whole sisterhood of women committed to living their best life. Including you!
Even if there is not an event being held in your area, like me, you can still easily participate in this special day and here's how:
One.
Join the movement by signing up online here
Two.
Download the new Lorna Jane app. I downloaded this app over the summer and I absolutely love it! Not only is it a fitness tracker, but it is a source of delicious recipes and constant motivation. Oh, and Lorna Jane cheers you on while you workout. How awesome is that?! By downloading this app through either the App Store or Google Play you can track your activity.

Three.
This one is a fun one... learn the LJ move! Watch this video and even look through Lorna Jane Active's instagram to see women across the world performing the move. Perform the move and add the following hashtags so Lorna Jane can see your moves: #LJMove and #ActiveNationDay!

Four.
Get pumped and attend Active Nation Day. Use your Lorna Jane app to track your movement throughout the day and get exclusive in-store promotions.
Here's my plan for the Active Nation Day and beyond:
I will be that girl who gets out of bed with purpose and intent
I will be that girl who schedules in move time even if it's just twenty minutes
I will be that girl who believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it


Be that girl who never gives up.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lorna Jane in partnership with Sweat Pink. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{WIAW} Fall Inspired Snack + Popcorn Tip

Morning friends! I hope you have had a wonderful start to your hump day thus far. I am hopping on to share my eats from yesterday and link up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons to join in on the {What I Ate Wednesday} party. I captured a full day of eats including a fall inspired snack that is sure to become a regular this season. And protein pancakes have made their appearance once again, and I am so happy they are back :). I'm sure you could have guessed that though!

Anyway, let's move onto my actual eats and a day in the life, enjoy!
I started the day off with a run followed by some much needed time with the foam roller. I have been slacking in the foam rolling department but I finally took some time yesterday to roll out my legs, and I am so happy that I did. I refueled with a delicious breakfast of a protein pancake! It has been over am month since I have last made one and I have no idea how I survived that long without one. I prepped six of them on Saturday afternoon so I am set for a little while with protein pancakes :). I also made protein frosting by taking about a scoopful of vanilla protein powder and mixing it with a little bit of water until it became the consistency of frosting. I then topped it on my pancake along with cinnamon and dove right in, along with the usual cup of coffee with almond milk. A delicious breakfast to start off the day!
I was just so happy to have protein pancakes back in my life I just had to take another picture ;). On a side note: ALL of my pancakes I prepped flipped perfectly! That never happened when I made them at home. I have no idea why, but I'll take it!
After I finished with my first class of the day I headed to the library to get some studying done between classes and eat lunch. I packed my lunch the night before so it would be easy to grab and go in the morning. I made a turkey and spinach sandwich on whole wheat bread and three mini bell peppers on the side (I bought a whole bag of these for ONE dollar last week, it was a ridiculously good deal!) and a Health Warrior Chia Bar for my sweet tooth. I just love these little bars!
I also packed a clementine to snack on after my next class and ate it before attending my final class for the day.
I thought the clementine would do a better job keeping me satisfied until dinner, but I was hungry by the time I got back to my apartment. Knowing I wouldn't be eating dinner for over an hour I decided to whip up a quick snack that was fall inspired, since it was the first day of fall after all! I took two graham crackers and topped them both with Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter (#addicted) and raw cacao nibs. This was delish and left me satisfied until dinner. I cannot wait to snack on this more throughout the fall!
The reason dinner was held off for a while was because I was meeting up with one of my friends for dinner and a trip to the mall. We hadn't seen each other since the first week of school (it's crazy how busy our lives can get) so when she asked if I wanted to head out to dinner and get some shopping done, I immediately said yes! I got ahead with studying in my classes, so taking the part of the night off to hang out with her was perfectly okay. We went to Noodles and Company and I decided to go with the Pad Thai since I love it there. Poor picture, but it was absolutely delicious and we had a fun time catching up.

We went shopping at Meijer to pick up a few groceries than headed to the mall. I had no intentions of buying anything, but there were a few deals that I just could not pass up, especially on clothes that I have been wanting for a while. We scored some great deals and smelled every new fall scent at Bath and Body Works then made our ways back to our apartments. It was a blast spending time with my friend and we are definitely making plans to do so more often.
Once I got back to my apartment I caught up with my roommate about our days then made some popcorn to enjoy while typing up this post. I have the coolest way to make popcorn instead of using microwave bagged popcorn. All I do is take a brown paper bag and fill it with a few handfuls of yellow popcorn kernels (I never measure, sorry!) and roll the brown paper bag up at the top twice over. I then put it in the microwave for between a minute and a half to two minutes (until the popping slows down) and then I have popcorn! I top it with garlic powder, sea salt, and sometimes -like tonight- chili powder. In my opinion, it tastes better than those bags of microwave popcorn AND it's super cheap to make too. I bought a huge bag of kernels for about $2 and I am sure it will last me quite a while, even when I make huge bowls like I always seem to do!

What was your favorite food you ate yesterday?
Do you have any foods you eat only during fall?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Butter Overnight Oats

You guys, it has taken everything in me not to post this recipe weeks ago. When I first opened my first Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter of the year I knew I had to make some recipes including it and share them with you. First up was an overnight oat recipe since those are always my go-to breakfasts for busy days. I made this for the first time and made for the next few mornings after, it was just that delicious. The pumpkin butter worked so well in the oats and I am so excited to make this a regular in my breakfast routine this season.

So, to celebrate that fall is here, here is my Pumpkin Butter Overnight Oats recipe!
Head over to your nearest Trader Joe's and stock up on pumpkin butter to make this asap! And when I say stock up, do stock up because my Trader Joe's kept running out last year because the demand was so high. Get it while you can, friends.
Ingredients:
-3/4 cup Old Fashion Traditional Oats
-1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
-1+1/2 tbsp. Pumpkin Butter
-2 tsp. Chia Seeds
-1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Directions:
-Combine all ingredients into an airtight container (mason jar or tupperware bowl with lid) and stir
-Refrigerate overnight
-Add a dash of almond milk, stir, and enjoy
This recipe also tastes delicious with raw cacao nibs and pumpkin pie spice. I've tried both in the recipe and they make the perfect addition!

What is your favorite "fall" food?