I’ve Got News!

I know, I know I’ve been away for far too long, but it was grind time for study time. No fear, it all paid off and now I am proud to say I’m officially an NASM-certified personal trainer.

No idea where those past six months went, from deciding to leave my previous job, buying my study package and all that of studying , but it all came to a head starting last night as I finally memorized the muscles and didn’t sleep- too much nervous energy!

I’m so glad I took my test early this morning. Throughout the entire thing, I was shaking and super nervous, and apparently sweating to excess, but I kept a steady breath and took my time.

Now that I’ve got my cert, I’m excited to get started and really get a handle on this career. Promise blogging will once again be a part of that!

Coming soon: my Star Wars reaction. I will mark it will spoiler alerts, I promise!

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Lately and Onward

Hi, everyone! I’ve been on the DL lately thanks to all the studying I’ve been doing. As I mentioned, it’s crunch time and I’m following a strict plan I’ve laid out for myself. The good news, I’m not just flipping through, but clarifying points I was confused on and I feel like I’m making actual progress. Here we go!

Things of late, we have mostly breakfasts.

Scrambled eggs, waffles, fruit. I think I actually might be off my waffle kick now.

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Fancy pancakes. I tried to do a design, but then I plopped the pancakes down on top of it and the fruit smeared.

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More scrambled eggs, fruit, and toast.

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Exercise-wise, I’ve done my usual strength training with bouts of cardio. Monday included triceps, chest, legs, and core with a few intervals on the bike thanks to a sore hamstring/glute. Thanks to the foam roller, or self-myofascial release if you want to be technical, it’s been feeling a lot better. Tuesday was biceps, shoulders, back, and core followed up with a sweaty walk/run/sprint cardio session on the treadmill that stretched out my sore spots. Stair climbing was really the pain-riddled issue. Wednesday was a rest day so that things could return to normal.

I leave you all with this link to my cousin Erin’s blog: https://queenbucks.wordpress.com.

One of us writes about food and exercise and the other is all about fashion and beauty. I’ll let you guess which is which.

I even dressed myself.

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(Reminder: this is from yesterday when I was in serious study mode and had no reason to leave the house until work much later on and in a completely different outfit. Don’t judge me!)

In Which I Adult

Monday is upon us. Does it always kind of feel like a Monday to you too? Regardless of if we want it, it comes and so we must deal. At least we have the previous weekend’s memories to discuss and the next weekend’s possible adventures to dream about to hold us over. Or, we could just live in the moment. Right?

We left off on Friday evening. I worked and then came home to make breakfast for dinner. A cheesy omelet with a side of waffles and spinach and peppers made all my dreams come true.

It was an early night as I was up early on Saturday morning for work. Breakfast was very similar, except the eggs were scrambled and I had a berry bowl instead of veggies.

For my Saturday workout, I went through a series of circuits- biceps, shoulders, back, and core- then took it back home to go for a run. I ran 2 miles at a steady pace then finished with some sprints.

Dinner was a strange concoction of pasta, leftover turkey (not from Thanksgiving for the record, but from turkey taco day), and a hunk of a salad. I ate everything as I got them ready so there was not one cohesive plate of which to get a picture.

As I made flashcards- lots and lots and lots of flashcards, my right hand is ACHING- I flipped on The Devil Wears Prada and then found a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon that I had to switch off so I could watch some study videos. I am adulting!

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3 days worth of flashcards, my friends.

I was up semi-earlyish again on Sunday for a Yoga class. Every Sunday should start with Yoga. It’s a great workout, stretches you out, and relaxes you. That’s a win-win-win!

More flashcard making and studying was had. I skipped over to my sister and brother-in-law’s house to watch some House Hunters, while making flashcards, before we met up with some other fine folks for dinner. This included a Christmas Cosmo that got me in the spirit of Christmas.

Now onto a workout, more studying- yes, more flashcards-and work. Happy Monday! It’s grind time.

Feliz Navidad or Nah?

So I’ve been listening to Christmas music now for four days and I am officially over ‘Feliz Navidad.’ Listen, it’s a fun song, I’m usually for it, but no matter what station I am listening to on the radio, they play it every four songs. I’m not even kidding. I’ve probably now heard it nine times since Thursday- the same exact version. Chill! It just makes me wonder if radio stations think they’re being diverse by playing this song….let’s be a tad more creative, no?

Anyways, other than my questionable music choices, let’s catch up. Wednesday, after leaving you dreaming of Thanksgiving happiness of the next day, I hopped over to the gym for a quick workout. It included shoulders, back, legs, and core, and knocked me out.

After fitting in my workout, I went to see my Auntie Bea for our annual Thanksgiving-eve flick. There’s not much out that we both wanted to see in theaters, so we decided on Frozen, which she had never seen. Always makes me happy watching that movie!

I ended my night and started the next morning at work. On Thursday morning, once I got off, I headed home to fit in my own workout. My legs were still a little sore and tired from the previous day, so I settled on a three mile run/walk that got my metabolism revving before the big meal.

Thanksgiving was, like always, a wonderful, loving, and happy day full of excellent food and amazing times with my family. Hope yours was too!

My mom and I took our annual post-dinner walk.

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I was very thankful for a lot of things, including these butter rolls.

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And apple pie.

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But especially family!

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Nick suggested snapping the picture from this angle as it eliminated the prominence of my head.

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Perhaps, at this point, you’re a little sick of seeing my face.

I indulged on Friday by sleeping in longer than usual, enjoying my rest day from exercise, and eating leftovers. Most of the afternoon and evening was spent at work, but it was good to be on my feet and focused. Dinner included more leftovers. Since I had to be up early on Saturday morning for work, it was an early night’s sleep for me on Friday!

For breakfast on Saturday, I cooked up some eggs and toast. After work, I met my friend Nouha for a total body workout that ended with a tough core circuit of continuous movement. I really liked the routine I put together because it never stopped moving and never got boring. Nouha and I had lunch and some ice cream post-workout before I headed home for an afternoon of studying.

Other than making a dinner of leftover lobster ravioli with spinach, peppers, and mushrooms, I didn’t do much on Saturday night. It was rainy and cold, so I wasn’t opposed to curling up under the blanket and fitting in some quality writing time.

This morning, I was up bright and early thanks to an awesome Yoga class. I don’t do a lot of Yoga because I haven’t found the right intensity in a class (unless I want to pay up the big bucks for classes at a studio), but this one was worth it! I finished my day with a few minutes on the elliptical, going between steady and interval pacing.

So far, I’ve been productive. I folded laundry, cleaned, pulled up my garden, and took my first practice test for my PT exam. I also cleaned out my work bag and learned just where and why all of my mom’s spoons have disappeared.

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Now I’m off to do a little experimenting in the kitchen for lunch and to do more studying. Happy Sunday!

What Exactly Is The Color of Chicken?

I’m a bad little food blogger. I’ve been terrible at snapping pictures lately and so sorry, you’ll just have to use vivid imagination. Really, I’m just trying to help you strengthen your mental capacity.

Let’s see…yesterday, I worked my biceps, shoulders, chest, back, and core- it seems like a lot, but the sequences were fast- and did some cardio on the stair master, which is pretty much hell on earth. No one likes to climb stairs, but damn, it’s effective.

For lunch, I threw together a stir fry using a combination of ingredients. I had leftover grilled chicken and ground turkey, which together equaled my protein. For veggies, I had baby spinach, zucchini, and red peppers. All were simmered and stirred together using a sauce I made of garlic, mustard, and soy sauce and poured over brown rice. Pret-ty delicious and colorful, think greens! Reds! Chicken-colored! Would that be yellow? Charred? Peach? Flesh-colored? (I just threw up a little). You know, for your imaginative purposes, I’m just trying to be helpful.

I am one month away now from my Personal Training certificate test, so I’m at the point where I’m reviewing lots and lots. I feel good about it because I’m not just memorizing, I’m absorbing. Any free time has been engaged by studying and some writing. Unfortunately, the writing gene kicks in just around 11:00 PM when I should be sleeping. Can’t stop the flow!

Oh, and dinner was a takeout salad with honey-barbecue steak tips. The steak tips and dressing were fabulous. The salad, I could have made better and fresher myself, but such is life when you order out.

This morning, I was up and at ’em for a spin class. For breakfast, I fueled up on an egg and 2 egg white scramble with cheese and one slice of whole wheat sour dough toast. Feeling strong during class, I don’t think I’ve sweat so much in a long time. After, I did three circuits that focused on my triceps, legs, and core.

My post-workout meal was another piece of toast, this time topped with peanut butter, a banana, and a halo. That brings us to this very moment as I finish sipping on my cup of coffee.

I hope everyone enjoys the day and the weekend! Make it a full one with lots of time with the people you love, being happy and kind and good.

 

I Do Not Enjoy Raw Fish

Someone went blonde and forgot to mention it. At least, if I have mentioned it, I forgot that I did, so I’m reiterating. I’m sure many of you have already seen the pictures and suspected, but if not: yay! I was a blonde baby and for whatever reason, I’ve always wanted to be again. It matches my non-existent eyebrows!

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Someone also thought they liked sushi, but it turns out probably not so much. At least last night, I was not feeling it! I picked up some from my supermarket, but by the time it came to eat it, there was nothing I wanted less. Okay, there are quite a few things I’d want less, but let’s be realistic here. My stomach was just not having it.

I don’t think you should force yourself to eat raw fish, so I passed it off to someone else. Thankfully, my parents rock the universe and brought me a salmon salad instead, which hit the spot!

This morning, I had work early so I got my day started with a workout. A peanut butter wrap got my metabolism revving, which took me through a strength training workout that consisted of circuits for biceps, back, legs, and core. I’m feeling my muscles unlike I have in a long time and the workouts are fun! To top things off, I cycled through a few intervals.

To recover, I ate a hard-boiled egg, cheesestick, and a banana. A little while later, I enjoyed a trail mix  I threw together- almonds and raisins.

By the time I got home, I was ready for lunch and craving a sandwich. I put together a ham and cheese and grilled it to enjoy with a salad for my veggie hit.

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Now it’s time to study and listen to more angsty music!

It’s Okay To Like Anne Hathaway Again

This weekend, I spent a lot of time working, but I did manage to have some fun on top of that. Friday night, I hung out with my friend Nouha who has been helping me study the science-based information for my Personal Training exam. We did fit in a chapter, but we spent more time catching up, which was much needed.

After work on Saturday, I intended to run, but I already had on my glasses and comfy clothes and I wasn’t feeling the motivation. Instead, I settled on it being my rest day and I put in a few good hours studying. I thought now that I’m more into the actual exercises of my studying that I was past the science and math, but turns out, there’s a lot of math that goes into cardio. Good thing I like a challenge. That night, I went to see The Intern. Decent movie, better than I expected, with a different premise, but I of course did not love the ending. I guess it’s my thing.

Remember for awhile there when people went against Anne Hathaway? I’m ashamed to say I fell for it a bit and while I still did not love the film version of Les Mis or her performance during awards season, I do enjoy the rest of her movies. Also, I’m pretty sure that if I were favorited to win an Oscar, I would be insufferable too. Sorry, Anne. We’re good now.

Having gone to this movie theater in particular, I was reminded of the time when I was in high school and cutting through an alley to get to the street over and an old woman approached me and a friend. She didn’t speak much English, but we were pretty freaked out, which made her mad and I’m pretty sure she put a curse on us. The whole two fingers to her eyes then at us pointy thing confirms that. Though maybe we shouldn’t assume it was a mean curse. Maybe it was a happy curse…

Anyways, on Sunday, I did fit in a run before work, but I’m still suffering from my feet going numb. The sneakers are still new, so that could still be the issue. I’m actually starting to suspect it’s a circulation thing. My sister and I both have oddly cold hands and feet and now that the weather is changing, I’m wondering if that’s what’s happening. I’ll have to verify with an actual doctor because it’s making me nervous!

Monday’s workout included a heavy lifting circuit and intervals for cardio. I’m in the process of mixing up my workouts, which I’m afraid will have to include more intervals in order to spice up my routine.

Now let’s talk about food. Sunday’s stir fry dinner starts things off. Grilled chicken and brown rice with zucchini, red pepper, spinach, and a spoonful of peanuts.

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Monday’s breakfast. It looks like I put a lot of butter on my waffles, but in my defense, it was hard to spread it across the entirety, so it just looks jumbled. Those berries were divine!

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Lunch on Monday. I love a good salad, but lately I’ve been preferring the hotness of a stir fry. This one includes baby spinach, pepper, tomato, cucumber, and carrots with feta, grilled chicken and sesame ginger dressing.

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This morning’s veggie-heavy scramble with chicken sausage, spinach, red pepper, and mushrooms.

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Now off to fit in a workout and get studying!