new beginnings

Before I begin anything, I want to wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GREATEST PERSON WHO EVER LIVED: my mom.

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You’re the best and the day doesn’t deserve your greatness, although it should be celebrated anyway! Love you!

Welcome to 2017! I’ve been on break for the past ten days and it’s been wonderful being home, but after a lot of relaxation and eating, I’m ready to get back into my routine.

I don’t really have New Years resolutions, but I’m looking forward to being more mindful and present this year. I tend to be frantically go-go-going and I think it heightens my anxiety. Sometimes, you have to relax and watch the world around you. So let’s go!

I’ll start the first post of 2017 with a recap of my vacation. It started with a day of biking at the beach. The day was a bit dreary, but the wind kicked up as I hit the beach and it was hard to pedal. This is a little scary looking, no?

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By the time I got back and finished getting ready, it was time to get to the airport super early. Traveling around the holidays is no joke. And traveling overnight means no sleep for me who cannot sleep on planes. Oh well. I read Amy Schumer’s book instead. This is the view back to Boston.

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Cold!

It was Christmas Eve morning by the time I arrived and it was time to celebrate. Note: thanks for the early pick-up and drop-off from the airport mom and dad!

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Lots of quality times with family was enjoyed. (Without pictures, I guess).

As well as time with friends.

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Finished off the year the way I started it, with a run outside!

*On the brink of 2016. (So innocent, so naive).

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It was colder and snowier this year, but watching for ice just made it more adventurous…

*On the brink of 2017. (A little more weathered).

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My New Year’s smooch this year.

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And before I knew it, it was time to catch my flight back to LA.

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All I wanted to do was sleep when I got home, but I didn’t want to disrupt my routine, so instead, I cleaned and got organized. Felt good! I stopped at the gym to fit in some strength training before heading out for a hike.

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The sun was not awaiting my arrival.

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After grocery shopping, I meal prepped and made dinner. Ravioli atop chicken sausage, spinach, red bell pepper, and zucchini. Ah my Gah, delicious! And it so happens to make up my lunches for the week as well.

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Oh, and yeah, I should be more consistent with my blog.

Cheesy Business

We’ve made it to Thursday! The weekend is upon us, but hopefully, you’re still rocking this week. I had myself a pretty good Wednesday, what with nailing down a job, but the other parts of the day were pretty sweet too.

Especially this syrupy waffle from the morning. Paired with some fruit, it was perfection.

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For lunch, I dug into more of my quinoa dish, chock full of black beans, corn, broccoli, orange pepper, feta, and soyaki.

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I made myself a fancy dinner to celebrate last night. Not nearly as good as my mom’s, but I don’t make a terrible chicken parmesan. Vegetable medley and pasta on the side. One might say with too much cheese. But one would be wrong.

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Exercise was a run, walk combination totaling 4.5 miles! I ran for a mile at a medium-fast pace, walked the difference between my mileage and 15 minutes, ran another mile at a faster pace, walked, then did it a third time. I ended up continuing on to complete more than 4 miles with running, and finishing off with a walk. A quick yoga session ended my workout and left me dripping in sweat, the way I love it!

Lots of writing occurred in the hours after and we finally installed wi-fi! Things are continuing to fall into place and though I still suspect challenges ahead, I’m keeping a positive mindset.

Crush your Thursday!

Bones, Moon, Friends, Family, and Fun: Weekend Update

Hello and Happy Monday! I’m spending my morning memorizing bones in the human body. I’ve made a ton of progress in studying anatomy- as it pertains to personal training- and I have my friend Nouha to thank! Let’s recap the weekend to find out how.

I was unable to truly appreciate National Pancake Day on Saturday because I opened at work. I had to make due with some peanut butter toast and a banana.

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Not that I’m complaining because it was still a great meal!

After work, I headed over to Nouha’s house where she tutored me on some of the more harrowing subjects, mainly, the nervous system and skeletal system. While my textbook offered me a good amount of information, I was coming into it without a lot of knowledge, so I needed someone to help fill in the gaps and talk it out with me to make sense. I’m feeling a lot better about it now!

For lunch, we feasted on rotisserie chicken sandwiches, which I enjoyed with some cheese and mustard and a handful of tostitos. Thanks for your wisdom, Nouha!

By the time I got home, my legs were itching to go. Motivated from my great run last weekend, I was hoping I could work that magic again. Success! I headed down to a local track and took off for what ended up being a 7 mile run. I felt strong and proud, especially by the end, and I think I could have gone on a bit longer had I not had plans that night. I ended with a sprint for the last leg of the lap.

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The one thing I will say about running that sucks is how it leaves sores all over my body. This includes chafing- which didn’t happen thanks to my leggings!- and the points where my body rubs against the lines of my panties and bra. I don’t feel it during the run, but after it’s a bear. I need to research better ways to avoid/heal this phenomena, but if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know! As I grow stronger in running and realize that I can make it through longer runs, I’m wanting to go further with it and a lack of pain will be an enormous help!

For my recovery meal, I had dinner with my friend Rachel and indulged in a delicious cheeseburger. I took off the bun for the second half of it and enjoyed with a veggie-ful salad on the side. I didn’t want to detriment my gains so badly, but I was raring for that burger!

It was cold on Saturday night and I was more than happy to cuddle up under the covers with the chill seeping out of the window. Maybe that’s why I’m feeling a little sniffley today…

Sunday morning, I was up for grocery shopping. Before that, however, it was time to celebrate National Pancake Day a little belatedly with this plate of peanut butter goodness.

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With the groceries put away, I also folded laundry and chopped some veggies for dinner to throw into the crockpot before I went out to lunch with my mom. We ended up at a bar in a local pizza place to watch Tom Brady land his 400th touchdown pass- no big deal. Along with pumpkin beers, we shared honey chipotle wings and a red pepper pizza. Go Pats!

Back at home, I set up in the backyard for a study session. Out of the direct sun, I actually had to throw on a sweatshirt. To get in some extra steps as it was my rest day, we walked the dog some more before dinner.

Chicken cacciatore was on the menu and cooking for the majority of the day in the crockpot. It included tender chicken that fell right off the bone, a medley of bell peppers, mushrooms, and onion- which I actively ate around because I hate them. Some broccoli and angel hair pasta rounded out the meal.

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I was in the shower when I got the call about the moon, so I tossed on some warm clothes and headed out to see what the fuss was. I had high expectations, and it was pretty cool, though I thought the moon might look a little redder. It was fun to congregate out in the street and backyard by the fire pit to watch.

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Seemed a lot closer when watching in person.

This morning, I woke up and made myself some breakfast. Today’s choice was an omelet with cheese and chicken sausage. I paired it with two whole wheat waffles and a big bowl of fruit. Notice how I’m rocking the Halloween mug in the corner.

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For the rest of the day, I have a workout and studying before work. Hope everyone enjoys another great week!