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Overly emotional girls are meant to be runners.

CONSISTENT. I deserve a medal for posting two days in a row. Chicka chicka yeah chicka.

As Michael Bolton would say, let’s get to it.

(Lonely Island reference…anyone? If you don’t know it, Youtube it. This is legit stuff)

Let’s talk running. Or, let me tell you a quick story about running.

Once upon a time (about 3 weeks ago) I had some boy problems. Details are unnecessary but the whole experience left my feelings were hurt and I was absolutely furious/frustrated at the world. So one night, in an overly-emotional-girl-thing induced fit I registered for the Seaside Half Marathon on October 16th, 2011.

I wasn’t really thinking and I have never run more than 10 miles at a time but KNEW I needed to do it. To be honest, self-loathing was WHOA crazy.

Personally, I’m kind of proud with myself for dealing my emotions in a healthy manner. Goodness knows I could have easily turned to, er, some not-so-healthy-former-habits.

So now I have six weeks of training to go. I’m running about 4-5 times a week along with strength training and cross-training. Anddddd there’s also the matter of my new purchase…

Well hello Sweeties.

My silly pink Nikes have been with me for a long time. They were first REAL running shoes that I received the start of my junior year at Rider. I love them dearly but 2 years with the same pair of running sneakers for a runner is basically asking for foot problems. Now that I’m training for a major race, I can’t risk that. Goodnight sweet Nikes and welcome Saucony ProGrid Ride 4

Thanks to Road Runner Sports my feets were evaluated and match with sneakers that would be most beneficial. Size 7 with a wide width please! Not to mention I may have picked up some inserts as well…

Haha, I didn’t actually want to take them OUT of my sneaker.

So far I’ve run with these 4 times since buying them and I’m definitely liking it. There’s more support with the Sauconys so I don’t get the full feeling that I’m striking the ground so hard. Also, the inserts were molded to fit my feet. I have extremely high arches and the inserts make me feel like I’m wearing sneakers that fit perfectly. Thumbs up all around!

Along with the training, I’ve also decided to really crack down on my eating habits. Since graduating I’ve been indulging a wee bit too much and just need to clean it up a bit. Vegetables ahoy and lots of ’em! No starvation, just healthy. You know how I do.

Lunch was chill

Whole wheat tortillas are a gift from Cas. The goods inside include apple slices, carrot slices, a tbsp of AB and a thin slice of swiss cheese. Don’t be fooled by how it sounds. I SWEAR this is an absolutely brilliant combo. The cheese and AB in particular go extremely well together.

Sides include more carrots, more apples, some [home garden] fresh cherry tomatoes and pretzel sticks. It was nice and fulfilling…..also, I like the way the wood photographs!

And with the running chatter out of the way, this is my current setup.

Yes, I am on the Supernatural Wiki page but I have a real reason for doing so, hence the notebook and paper located on the right. No, I can’t tell what it is because it’s still in the beginning stages. JUST TRUST ME.

The mug is protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries and water. I forgot how uninteresting protein smoothies tend to be and that’s lame because I’m going to be drinking a lot more of these….maybe I should start dressing them up in costumes. Hmmm.

And now I need to split. Running beckons me and then it’s gym time with my slister! Have a great rest of the day everyone!

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…with the power to MELT!

Happy Cookie Friday everyone! Alas, it’s Friday and guess who STILL has work to take care of?

Yep. This guy right here.

 

It’s already been such whirlwind. Usually I’ve been pretty good at not letting myself get too stressed out (I’ve got hippie blood) but this week has turned my brain into mush.

 

Bisky, where do I even begin?

 

Well, alright. So Wednesday was devoted to my hip-hop paper. I was up, worked out (elliptical + a bunch of strength stuff) and then by 11 I was stationed in Cranberrys. Check out the mug on this one…

Actually, I was looking around to make sure now one saw me taking pictures of myself. Also, I’m aware that Clif bar does not equal breakfast. It was one of those times though that my work came first.

 

Don’t fret though, my lunch totally made up for it!

 

A GIANT Asian Chicken Salad. I don’t know what it was but this was easily the best one I’ve had all year. TONS of chicken/pecans and barely any dressing. Maybe the chefs put more time into things because there’s less people? Either way, it was legitimate perfection.

Exactly what I was craving and exactly what I needed to get my butt into gear!

 

Fast forward to 4:30. I’ve been in Cranberrys the entire time and am starting to get stir crazy. The thing is, my topic for hip-hop was so incredibly interesting (Homophobia in the hip-hop culture and the myth of the gay rapper) so I keep pushing through until I decided to actually move and eat with Kat in Dalys.

 

I didn’t even realize I was hungr but then we got there and I realized I was. So I may or may not have LOADED up.

  • Sweet potato
  • Cantaloop
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Hummus
  • Feta
  • Spinach
  • Cooked mushrooms/green peppers

After wasting as much time as possible I headed BACK to Cranberrys at around 6:00.

 

Fast forward to 10. I’ve got hip-hop information pouring out of my ears, eyes, nose and pores, this random guy and his roommate decide that they wanted to be friends me, I drank a Red Bull for the first time in more than a year and I was S.O.S.-ing on Facebook for booze and a life jacket.

It was then I called it quits. The next morning I got up, did some hardcore revising/some other work and then I celebrated.

 

And what better way to do so than by cracking open a new jar of almond butter? Not just any almond butter mind you…..

Oh, 26 ounces?

 

YES, TWENTY-SIX OUNCES. We’re talking the big guns here. Almond butter for the truly obsessed.

My parents bought THREE of these the last time they went to Costco. Apppppparently the cost was under 6 bucks and that is the best deal of a lifetime considering the normal jars cost that amount! Nut butters = INFINITE LOVE.

It was getting close to lunch so I kept it small:

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp plain Chobani
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/4 cup Kashi
  • A fabulous drizzling of AB

Sidenote: My serving of 1/4 cup of oats turned into 1/8 when it exploded in the microwave! I have no clue why it happened but I “waaaaah’d” about it for a while. See that bit on the mug handle? EVIDENCE!

 

Lunch was fancy. Dalys had ACORN SQUASH! WTF?! Not that I’m complaining or anything… I was just wondering what the special occasion was. Hahaha.

Topped with cranberries tasted AMAZING, BTW. I’m definitely going to get my hands on some while I’m home.

You feta believe it.

 

Dear Keri, SHHHHHHHHHHH. Love, everyone.

 

Dinner was exactly the same as the day before except I had a whole wheat pita.

Mmmmmmm, carbs ❤

 

Gym this morning = 4.5 mile run, squats, crunches. BAM.

 

Breakfast was the usual oatmeal combo (oats, banana, cinammon, water, chia seeds) and topped with some mmmmmmelt!

I LOVE when AB is melty… like how I like my men.

 

I mean come on, check out that body… bow chicka wow wow!

 

 

Ahem, sometimes I’m inappropriate and then I have to calm down my 12 year old self because she suddenly wanted to Youtube Kablam! and I told her no.

 

Ummmmm, my lunch had broccoli, oddly shaped turkey and icky cornbread  in it?

VERY upset about the cornbread. It’s an indulgence that I absolutely LOVE.

Nope. It was dry, crumbly and just plain awful. Sadness.

 

Everything’s alright though. I’ve got a beautiful French man singing on repeat in my Itunes and hopefully I’ll find a cookie at some point today. Optimism my friends, ’tis glorious.

 

Enjoy the rest of the day and my apologies for the unnecessarily long post!

😀

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Female.Lady.Chick.

There are times when I’m reminded that deep beneath the layers of “me”, I’m just a girl.

 

A girl who sits with her roommate and watches The Holiday while eating Quaker Oats Squares dipped in almond butter. This girl then proceeded to hug the box throughout the rest of the movie.

Don’t even get me started about these two…

 

Furthermore, a girl who wanted to cry because of something that happened on Glee.

From GLEE I tell you.

Waaaaaaah, you!

 

I can’t explain it. Emotions are overrated in my opinion. Let’s talk about food, it’s more fun.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are obviously awesome for this reason.

The usual with the addition of shredded coconut! Incrediballs.

 

With it I had a skinny vanilla latte

This was a special treat but I still kind of missed my usual Dalys coffee. Remind to me to take a picture of why I missed it. It makes sense, I promise.

 

SIDENOTE: While at Starbucks this morning the morning worker, Chris, called me snowflake and it made my heart explode. He’s probably the most ideal person to see in the morning. The nicest guy ever and the same one who told me that he called P. Safety because he didn’t see me at the gym the one day and thought something was wrong.

Waaaaah, his infinite kindness makes me want to cryyyyyyy!

 

Ahem, back on track.

 

Getting down to the last few days of Cranberry lunches for the semester!

I was self-conscious about taking a picture because there was a friend sitting with us who probably doesn’t know about the blog. So I waited until he left to whip it out….

twss.

My usual small Asian Chicken salad and a chocolate peppermint Luna bar. Ahhhh, I don’t know if I’ve mention it (I probably have, apologies!) but I LOVE this flavor. VERY Christmas appropriate if you ask me 😀

 

When in everything in life makes you randomly cry, remembering the simple “goodness” that exists certainly doesn’t hurt.

 

Lightly snow dusted Chobani photo is exactly what I mean by this. To whomever took this, thank you 🙂

 

Go find a picture that makes you happy… it’ll be worth your while ❤

 

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Like wine, fries can cure anything

Wonky days I tell you. Wonky, wonky, wonky days. Random stuff happens but there’s always a few silver lining in the clouds of anti-ha biskyness.

It was one of those days that I needed to sweat out some emotion… so I headed into the 95 degree heat and ran 4 miles. Once again, running made me feel better about life and even though I looked like I had just jumped into a pool, it’s always worth it!

Showered and refueled!

See? I use the Hello Kitty plate whenever I get the opportunity!

I expanded my horizons of the yogurt/AB god mixture and threw it on top of a piece of rye bread. I also had blueberries, grapes, raisins and a few walnuts. I felt very vegetarian eating this for some reason. Hmmm.

Made some lists, thought about packing and eventually decided to make a mini-bag of popcorn a couple hours later. Yeah…no.

I burnt it. Wah.

However, my life was brought back when I went on Facebook and saw Amelia post a link to a post from Angela at Oh She Glows. I read through her posts and wondered why she wasn’t on my blog roll. Put her on it and decided to catch up on my blogs in general. As I was indulging in the life of The Fitnessista I saw that she had posted about nut-encrusted fries! Two Angela spottings in one day? This was a sign; I HAD to make my own nut-encrusted fries. They’re all over the blogworld and, what can I say, I wanted to get on that bandwagon and in a hurry!

I mixed together:

  • 1 tbsp AB
  •  2 tsp PB
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Sweet potatoes were my avaliable material so I used half of a super long fella and cut him into fry shapes. Threw them into the bowl and mixed everything until it was all good and coated! 

It’s been far too hot to turn the oven on so I used our toaster oven instead. As I was trying to place the fries neatly inside it, THIS occured:

I touched the oven for a MILISECOND and somehow got branded! It’s actually pretty “LOL” worthy but it hurts like a mofo.

However, like running in the heat, it was totally worth it.

Incredible. I cannot even describe how these fries were. They made my dinner and THEN SOME. With less than a week left before Rider, I need to recreate these at least two more times! The obsession has set in!

Along with the orgasmic fries of wonder, I had a salad of spinach and romaine with some balsalmic, a cup of cauliflower soup and some cut up carrots with hummus. Another vegetarian-esq. meal. In the end though, carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, it doesn’t really matter. Good food is good food! 

I’m off to make some banana softserve (frozen naners FTW!) and to drink some wine since I mentioned it in the post title. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! 🙂

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Blogging on location!

I’m currently blogging from the table in my backyard! The weather is just THAT nice.

Oh look, ANOTHER picture of me. Well this one was more for in case you didn’t believe that I’m outside right now.

Currently there’s a bunch of birds fighting in a tree, a pepper plant is sitting in the chair next to me and I’m drinking hot coffee. I think that is the epitome of how the last days of my summer vacation should be spent.

Creepin’ on the cucumbers

Creepin’ on the giant sunflower and other flowers as well.

Work it!

Oh yeah, you’re a star!

And some food is thrown into this mix obviouslyyyyy.

I had an intense craving for a salad so I threw every veggie I could onto this plate.

Featured in this afternoon’s show are:

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Grape tomatoes (thanks Uncle Mike!)
  • Mushrooms
  • A small green pepper
  • Cucumbers
  • A mozzarella cheese stick (which I have decided is perfect when trying to determine proper serving size. I just cut it into little pieces and threw them on top. All the cheese I need and for 70 calories!)

I dressed the whole thing with a lovely mixture of garlic hummus and balsamic vinegar. Tada! A summer salad, veggie filled and full of love 🙂

As if that wasn’t enough… I’ve officially fallen under the spell of another blogger favorite snack.

Carrots and almond butter! I chowed down on this after my 5 mile run and it was super filling and super delicious…. the sound of biting into a carrot has never sounded better than when it had teamed up with chunky AB!

Seriously, is there anything you CAN’T put almond butter on?!?!?

Ahem, I’m not even going to answer that one… 😉

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