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Up and At ‘Em

I am up so early on a Sunday morning for me! I usually like to sleep in tip around 8:30 on the weekends, but for some reason I was fully awake at 6:30. I guess that means I have time to write a post before my run 🙂

This week went pretty smoothly here. Nothing exciting going on at school, finally a one week break with no tests, Ill take it!

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I also, managed to get all my workouts in this week except for 1 (yay!).

Workouts:

Monday: NROLFW Workout 2B then 3 mile run

Tuesday: got stuck at the tax office for three hours, missed my workout window.

Wednesday: NROLFW Workout 3A then 3.5 mile tempo run on the treadmill.

Thursday: 15 mile bike ride on the stationary bike

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Friday: Rest

Saturday: NROLFW Workout 3B and 1.5 mile speed work on the treadmill

As you can see, the treadmill and I were friends this week. I usually avoid the treadmill like the plague, and always run outside. However, this week the weather wasn’t cooperating with me very well. On wednesday, I thought there is no way that I will be able to do a 3.5 mile tempo run on the treadmill. But I pleasantly surprised myself! I just buckled down and pushed myself and I felt great afterwards.

Yesterday morning Jordan and I went to the gym together, which is what we normally do on the weekends. Afterwards when we finally got home, we were starving and I was really wanting something filling. I ended up making sausage gravy with biscuits and fried eggs!

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It was so delicious and it definitely hit the spot. I have a little bit left over so I will probably make some with toast this morning after my run 🙂

Right now I am munching on toast, apple with peanut butter, and some coffee. Perfect for a pre-run fuel!

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My plans for the rest of the day include laundry and writing a paper due on Tuesday!
Happy Sunday! 🙂
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You will find me in the Library

Our house has been bustling with activity this week. I have had a crazy week at school and am just glad to be done with it!

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This is what my school week consisted of:
1 exam on Tuesday
1 exam on Wednesday
2 Quizzes on Thursday
1 Quiz, 1 Lab Practical, and a Paper due on Friday
Whew! The only good thing about a crazy week means that the next week won’t be as bad! 🙂
I was very consistent with my workouts this week so hopefully I can keep it up!

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Workouts:

Wednesday-
NROLFW Workout 1B
10 min elliptical warm up
deadlift 2×15 40lbs
lat pull downs 2×15 40lbs
chest press 2×15 30lbs
lunges 2×15 15lbs
swiss ball crunch 2×8
45 min bike workout:
10 min easy
5x 3 min hard/2 min easy
10 min easy

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Thursday-
Interval Run:
3 min warm up
5x 1 min hard/2 min easy

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Friday- Rest day!
One of my favorite dinners this week was Hawaiian ham sandwiches, they were delicious!

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They had hawaiian bread, ham, swiss, onion, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
Here is the link: Hawaiian Baked Sandwiches
Thursday was Valentines Day and my husband and I went to his Battalion Ball, but I will do a whole post about that later! Here is a picture of us all dressed up! We had such a fun time.

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The hubby and I are getting ready to head to the gym to workout. On the agenda for today is laundry and cleaning! Sounds better to me than homework 🙂
Happy Saturday!
What did you do for Valentines Day? Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?


Wow, Time Flies!

Can’t believe I haven’t posted in almost a week.. oops! Things got super busy around here this weekend so I will just hit some of the highlights 🙂

Workouts:

Thursday- Rest

Friday- Interval Run 2 min easy / 1 min hard x5

Saturday- Swimming workout with my husband! 100m easy / 50 m kick / 50 m easy / 16x25m hard with 5 sec rest / 200 m cool down (800m total)

Sunday – 3.5 mile run at the park.. this was supposed to be at least 5 miles but I was too sleep deprived from working floor set the night before that it just wasn’t going to happen..

Monday – 10 min bike warm up / NROLFW (New Rules of Lifting for Women) Workout 1A / 10 min elliptical cool down

Tuesday – Tempo run!

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Food:

I made the worlds most delicious chocolate chip cookies this weekend!

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They were the most deliciously perfect cookies I’ve ever had.. the secret ingredient was CORNSTARCH!

It made the cookies have that soft/fluffy texture that I love. I will definitely be making them again! I will pass along the recipe 🙂

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I also made some lasagna to eat over the weekend. You can never go wrong with pasta in this house.. I did marry an Italian 😉

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Reading:

I finished the book “Blackberry Winter” by Sarah Jio in less then 24 hours this weekend! It was such a quick easy read and I would recommend it to anyone. I will do a full review in a later post, but it was such a good read I had to put in something here too!

NROLFW:

I have seen a lot about this lifting plan online so I figured I would incorporate it into my workout schedule. I have been looking to add some strength training in the mix, and this seemed like a good fit! It is about a 6 month program total and it is divided into 7 stages. The first stage is 16 workouts total so it will last about 6 weeks of 3 workouts a week. I did Workout 1A on monday and I can definitely feel it today! You basically start doing a set of A exercises and a set of B exercises then as the weeks progress you increase the weight and decrease the reps. Sounds like a plan to me! I have never been on a legitimate strength plan before, so I will be interested to see how my body responds.

Those were some of the highlights of the weekend. I am really looking forward to the Army 1st Cavalry Ball on Valentine’s Day, Thursday! I will definitely post pics and do a blog just for that but here is a picture of the dress I will be wearing:

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I am so excited to get all dressed up and have a night out. This is the first Valentine’s Day we have actually got to spend together the past four years. It is long over due and we can’t wait!

 

Who wants to foot the bill?

Grocery day.. definitely not my favorite. I don’t mind doing the shopping so much, and I LOVE having all the fresh and fully stocked food in the house, I just wish I wasn’t footing the bill!

Oh, and the whole carrying all the bags into the house.. total bummer..

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After I got all that nonsense taken care of, I made myself some much needed lunch! After lunch I worked on homework a little bit, then decided to hit the gym and get my workout in for the day.
10 mile bike ride @ 17-18mph pace. Good enough for my first bike workout of the year!

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I decided to take part in PB Fingers February Book Club! The book this month is Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. It sounds really interesting so I’m excited to dive into it on my nook 🙂

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For dinner tonight I was really craving pasta alfredo but didn’t have any alfredo sauce on hand.. Thank God for Pinterest!! I found an alfredo recipe that I had the ingredients for and whipped it all up in about 15 minutes. It was so delicious, I will definitely make it again.

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Are you reading any good books right now? Have you ever read Blackberry Winter?

It’s “A” Mystery..

Today hasn’t been bad for a Tuesday. I started off the day with a great run this morning! I have a hard time pushing my pace when I run. I tend to have the same pace whether I’m running a 5k or a Half Marathon! This year I really want to step my running up to the next level, so I’m trying to push my pace below 10:00 min miles on shorter runs. My “comfortable” pace is around 11:30, so 10:00 is a big difference for me!

This morning on my schedule I had a tempo run:

1/2 mile warm-up

2 mile at Tempo

1/2 mile cool down

I wasn’t too sure how it would go, but I gave it my best effort. I ended up surprising myself!

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Its hard to get my true splits because I changed paces at the 1/2 mile mark.. but I was so proud of my second mile, 9:56!! As I was watching my watch, I was able to keep my Tempo race right around 10:00, so I would say I had a successful run!

After my run, took a shower and made breakfast. Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day..

Today I had 2 scrambled eggs, whole grain toast with strawberry jam, and a strawberry banana oatmeal smoothie!

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The smoothie is so easy to make!
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

1 cup ice
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
whole banana
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup organic vanilla yogurt
1Tb. local honey
Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
We have a Ninja Blender that works great with smoothies, I definitely recommend.
After class I came home and have been working on my to-do list all evening.. One thing I am really looking forward to tonight is watching Pretty Little Liars! I don’t know why I even enjoy the show.. it’s so cheesy but I just can’t help tuning in to see what happens every week! I really want to figure out the whole “A” mystery!

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Anyone have an theories? Do you think you know whats going on with “A”?

Super Bowl Fun!

Mondays always seem to creep up on me! I had such a fun weekend with my husband that I was NOT ready to go back to class today. I had to hit the snooze button three times before I could drag myself out of bed.

How ’bout that Super Bowl last night?! Jordan and I went to a friends who just moved into a new house! It was so fun to just veg out on the couch and stuff our faces with wings and other goodies. The couple who hosted the party ordered BBQ wings from pluckers, and everyone else who came brought side dishes and/or desserts. I made our favorite Salsa Dip! The recipe is from Jordan’s mom and we just love it. It’s so simple you just can’t go wrong!

Salsa Dip:

2 blocks Cream Cheese

16 oz jar of your favorite Salsa

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Diced Tomatos

Green Onions

Let the cream cheese blocks sit out to soften to room temperature. Combine the cream cheese and salsa in a bowl and mix with a blender until the consistency is even. Spread the dip into a pie plate and top with cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and any other topping you would like. Refrigerate for an hour to let it get solid again. Serve with Tortilla Chips!

This dip is a favorite in our family and everyone at the party loved it too! I also made cake balls dipped in chocolate for the first time ever! I used vanilla cake and vanilla icing dipped in milk chocolate. Then I decorated the tops with the laces like a football 🙂 They were so yummy I kept snacking on them while I was making them and they were a hit at the party!

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The game wasn’t really my main interest during the party, but I LOVED the halftime show by Beyoncé! When I was growing up, Destiny’s Child was one of my favorite groups. It was so fun seeing them reunite on stage for the show. Beyoncé rocked it and I loved every minute of it!

Well I guess I better start working on that homework that is calling my name!

What was your favorite part of Beyoncé’s half time show?


Whats for dinner?

I feel like this question plagues me on a daily basis! I think dinner is my least favorite meal of the day.. I LOVE having a yummy breakfast and lunch is alright, but dinner always just creeps up on me and I never plan that well for it. I’ve decided that along with tracking my workouts daily, I’m also going to try to start documenting my eating habits. I am 100% not trying to loose weight. Im completely happy with where Im at with my body right now! On the other hand, I know that there is a lot of junk/unhealthy things that I am putting in my body on a daily basis, so I am just trying to minimize that and put healthier foods in my body! I think by eating better foods, that I will workout better, and just feel better all around!

I started off great today with the clean eating!

I started off with some oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries and two eggs on the side..

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Then during class this morning I snacked on a cliff bar..

When I got home I had a ham and cheese sandwich with some veggies with hummus and pita chips on the side..

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In the afternoon I sliced up an apple and ate it with some homemade granola bars I made on Sunday!

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Then for dinner I pulled out a hawaiian pizza out of the freezer and made some salads for the side..

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Its funny to look back on all the food you ate during the day! Hopefully I keep keep this up during the week 🙂

-Taylor