Procrastination Nation

My apartment never looks cleaner than when I have a paper due. This is attributed to the fact that I would rather do anything else than look threw a boring book and try to say something interesting about the psychological approach it took haha. Let’s talk about more fun things!

I mentioned this morning how I was watching my weight slightly increase little by little since Pennsylvania and I decided I was going to eat clean and really try to get it back down. Well my delusional thought was to try the 7 Day Slim Down from the Tone It Up diet plan. People rave about this thing… I’ve done it once before and found it to be utter torture to my stomach and taste buds. It’s like eating cardboard for every meal of every day. Cardboard that never leaves you full or satisfied. This could just be me because I have a substantial appetite, but honestly I don’t get how people do it! After my delusional thinking subsided and my stomach took a ravenous growl, I reached for the one thing in life that gives me a happy tummy and makes me less of a diva. Strawberry Chobani! I obviously enjoyed every last bite. And yes, I really am that lame that I would post this picture haha. 🙂 All for you!

Alrighty, so I tried to take a nap today due to the fact that I have come across and random bout of insomnia coupled with narcolepsy in class. Oh wait sorry that’s just me being a lazy senior again haha. So after freezing my butt off walking in the cold to and from class I decided it would be nice to curl into a warm bed. Unfortunately, winters in New England make that impossible and my bed was colder than my room. Therefore, I got bored after about 45 minutes of still being awake doing nothing and decided to be productive. MAKE LUNCH! Say hello to a new regular on the lunch front. Another chicken, apple, kale, spinach, and cucumber salad with Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard Dressing. Yeahhh buddy!

So this is the point in the post where I want to be 100% honest with you guys. I’ve been struggling with how I view food and my body lately. Shocking, right? Nawwwt (Borat voice). Here’s the thing, I think every female goes through this when they gain a couple pounds back. If they’re dieting, they wonder what they are doing wrong, if they aren’t they hate the scale for being mean again. But honestly it’s become a viscous cycle that I have had to struggle with since I took the plunge to lose weight last May. I find it hard sometimes to have self control with my pizza cravings and I find it hard to stomach when the scale goes up even 2 pounds. But I realized that’s something I need to work on! It’s not a super healthy habit and there is no point in beating yourself up over that one slice of pizza or those random two pounds that could be from the water you just drank. P.S. I drink like a fish… Water that is. 😉 So my pledge is to start really learning the meaning of being healthy. It has nothing to do with a number on a scale. It’s learning how to balance your life and listening to what your body needs, not what your mind wants. I am hoping that I will be able to start thought changing whenever these negative thoughts creep it. We like to stay happy happy! I mean I’m a pretty happy, energetic person anyways so why let this get me down?

Question of the day: Does anyone else have these problems? What do you do to combat them?

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Tuesday’s New Plan!

It’s an early morning in our apartment today… For me at least. Having a neuroscience class at 8 am will be the death of me, people! I am the world’s biggest night owl, so trying to get to bed at a normal hour to wake up with enough sleep is tough. This morning contained some caffeine pep from some cinnamon tea. 🙂 We take what we can get, right? So with our gym still packed by the Resolutioners, my roommate and I are heading to the gym later and later into the night it seems. So I guess I have homework planned all day today! Second counseling class and there is already a paper due! Listen, I’m a senior, cut me some slack haha. 😉 So as promised this is day two of our new training plan! Day 1 went really well. The fail sets are really doing their job. My roommate and I are starting to realize we have become a little lax about our form lately, cough biceps curls cough, so we are really trying to work on that this week as well. Here is the chest and back workout scheduled for every Tuesday! Let me know if you guys follow along of try it! Once again I am by no means a fitness professional. Please check with them if you have any questions about form or anything and always listen to your body with injuries and stuff like that! These are just moves that work for me. 🙂

Tuesday: Chest and Back

Bench Press 2×12, 3 set is fail
Back Flyes 2×12, 3 set is fail
Chest Flyes 2×12, 3 set is fail
Lat Pull Down 2×12, 3 set is fail
Around the Worlds 2×12, 3 set is fail
Low Cable Row 2×12, 3 set is fail

For breakfast this morning I had an egg scramble. I haven’t had one of these in forever! I missed my little eggies in the morning. 🙂 I used 3 egg whites, a cup of spinach, and two cocktail tomatoes with some salt and pepper! They were delicious! And I can already hear the grapefruit I have saved for later calling my name from the refrigerator. I am trying a more clean eating approach this week, much like last week. Only this time I won’t cheat at the end of the week. 😉 So in sticking true to being completely honest on this blog with you guys, I have to confess that I haven’t been my usual healthy self lately. I have been watching the scale slowly creep up since Pennsylvania and I am determined to put a stop to that and watch it go back down. I really want abs like almost every other girl on the face of the planet and in order to do that I need to get my head back in the game! So that’s what you will be seeing a lot more of! I am hoping this will keep me motivated. I figured that my 5 readers and I could keep each other motivated whether that be in the comment section of my blog or on twitter! The follow me button is on the side of my blogs homepage if you already don’t follow me and would like to! I love new followers and I almost always follow you right back. 🙂 I borrowed this picture from another TIU blog because mine looked sad after I cooked it… Idk where the eggs went!

Alright, well I am off to get that paper and the obnoxious amount of reading I have left done. Also, our apartment is in some serious need of a cleaning overhaul so I will be a busy bee doing that. Would you guys believe we literally just took down our Christmas tree last night? We had four ornaments (aka. broke college students) and it just looked so sad. But due to laziness and it being the only decorative thing in our apartment it far outlasted a normal Christmas trees lifespan within the home. Thank goodness it was fake, right?

Question of the day: When did everyone else take down their trees? 🙂

Monday’s New Routine

Good morning!

So as I told you all last week I created a new 4-6 week workout plan for my roommate and I. Today is the day we start! I figured I would post the routine in the morning in case anyone wanted to give a shot with us. If you do, I would love to hear any feedback. Also, if you want something different or more. 🙂

Monday: Biceps and Triceps

Biceps Curls 2×12, 3 set is fail set
Triceps Kickbacks 2×12, 3 set is fail
Hammer Curls 2×12, 3 set is fail
Triceps Rope Pulldown 2×12, 3 set is fail
Incline Dumbbell Curl 2×12, 3 set is fail
Triceps Rope Overheads 2×12, 3 set is fail

So anyways, I realized I am an insomniac and can no longer fall asleep before 2 am. This is becoming a slight problem when my wake up times end up being somewhere around 6-8 am. Phew baby, I am tired this morning. I wish I drank coffee haha, because any little bit would help this morning. I’m hoping the caffeine in my tea picks me right up! For breakfast I had two leftover Chobani Perfect Pancakes from yesterday with 2 tbsp of Maranatha Peanut Butter, sliced banana, and chia seeds. If you guys haven’t tried this pancake recipe it’s a must! These pancakes actually keep your hunger at bay for a while, which never happens with pancakes! They are so good. You can find the recipe on the back of the 32 oz vanilla container or online at http://www.chobanikitchen.com Keep in mind that you need way more milk than it calls for since the batter is always way too think! But once you do that they are awesome!

Now I am off to my personality and attention disorder classes. I’m hoping to update you guys later on how I felt about the new routine today! I hope everyone has a good Monday and drink some coffee for me!

Question of the day: Does anyone have trouble sleeping lately? Any tips on how to make it easier to fall asleep?

Italian Quinoa Bowl

Happy Saturday, lovebugs!

I woke up to the lovely sound of rain this morning and figured I was in no rush to get to the gym and set out to make myself a delicious warm breakfast. Egg, cheese, and jelly bagelwich to the rescue! I put 2 eggs, 1 slice of Sargento thin cheddar and mozzarella blended cheese slice, and organic no sugar added grape jelly on a bagel flat.

It hit the spot. After letting that digest and watching my guilty pleasure of Alaska State Troopers, my roommate and I headed to the gym where I completed a 3.5 mile run/incline walk alternating. I was sweating like a man! My gosh, I was just dripping everywhere. Sexy, right? 😉 My roommate and I were eating strawberries in the car on the way home while busting out New Kids on the Block. Oh yes, throwback! We are such gems in the car. I wish I could show you guys. Maybe one day I will tape her without her realizing it so you can hear her try to sing opera to Dirty Dancing… It’s a treat and a half. She’s just going to love that line in this post.

Anyways, for lunch I had one of my favorite new salad beasts! Chicken, granny smith apple, cucumber, kale, and spinach salad with Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. It’s like an explosion of delicious flavors and textures in your mouth!

Now onto what I had on the side. I found these chips at Wegman’s but haven’t been able to find them at home, but they are amazing. They are sprouted tortilla chips. All the ingredients seems to be super healthy and they are just the best tasting chips ever! I wish this company was more widely available because you get like over a full serving of vegetables within one serving of the chip. I eat a ton of vegetables daily, but it’s kind of a cool way to sneak them in when you aren’t feeling the greenage.

Just figured I would give you guys the visuals in case you find them near you and want to try them! I highly recommend them because they are just like tortilla chip crack!

Moving on to the most important and most exciting part of this post! I hope people have stuck with me up until this point, because this may be the best recipe I have ever come up with. For the first time I decided to try quinoa tonight. I have heard about all the crazy benefits and how awesome it is, but I didn’t actually get any until recently and figured tonight was the night to come up with something fun. I came up with this recipe on the treadmill since I was bored with my run, but let me tell you it was incredibly successful. It was so creamy and full of flavor. Did I mention it was healthy?! You can obviously change up the vegetables to whatever your favorite ones happen to be, I just love bell peppers. Without further ado, this is my gift to you all. 😉

Italian Quinoa Bowl
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/3 cup of Organic Quinoa
1/4 cup Marinara or Favorite Pasta Sauce
1 Laughing Cow Sundried Tomato Basil Mozzarella Cheese Wedge
1/2 of a red bell pepper
1/4 of a green bell pepper
1/4 of an onion
1 Mild Italian Chicken Sausage
1 tsp minced garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions
Cook the quinoa as directed on the package. While the quinoa is cooking, saute bell peppers and onions in olive oil or non-stick cooking spray with the minced garlic. Once the onions are translucent add the sausage and cook through.

Once the quinoa is done cooking add in warmed up marinara sauce and laughing cow wedge. Add the sausage and pepper mix to the quinoa once cooked and enjoy!

Nutritional Stats (according to Myfitnesspal)
Calories: 353
Carbs: 46 g
Fat: 13 g
Protein: 22 g

Seriously guys it is so good! I would love to hear what you think. Let me know if you try it and like it.

New Routine

Happy Friday! The week is almost over! Technically the weekends starts for me today since I don’t have classes on Fridays. However, the downside is it’s raining! And snowing! I didn’t update any posts yesterday because I was crazy busy rushing from class to work, then to the gym where I did a mess of random exercises and 20 minutes of cardio, while my roommate and I complained about how overly packed it was with another regular. After that random workout I drove home devouring a fuji apple excited about the dinner I had been thinking about all day long. A turkey burger with cheese and a sweet potato on the side. Come to find out I had no saran wrap so my potato was going to take 40 minutes in the oven… So I ate the turkey burger first and waited, not so patiently, for my sweet potato, which I ate too fast to take a picture of haha. Here’s the awkward looking burger on it’s own.

Due to the hodge podge mix of no fun weather tonight into this morning I woke up not exactly motivated to work out since my stomach was growling and set to work in the kitchen to make a warm breakfast. I present to you Pumpkin and Banana Chia Oatmeal! I stole this recipe right off the PBFingers blog and added chia seeds. It was delicious even though I was on the phone with Comcast trying to figure out why our tv hasn’t been working for a few days. Ohhh cable companies how I hate you. 😛

 

After my breakfast, while waiting for my cable box to restart and get a call back from customer service I decided our gym routine was a bit boring/chaotic with no real direction. We needed a bit more structure so I sat down to create an awesome little weeks worth of exercises for the entire body. I will share with you every day when we tackle a new one. Then we will repeat them starting Mondays for a month. 🙂 I would love if people wanted to try them out with us! I also love any feedback.

Anyways, since we aren’t starting that till Monday this week will still be filled with random workouts targeting muscles we neglected randomly the day before. Yesterday we did 20 minutes of running/walking on the treadmill then went to complete this random mess, while discovering a new favorite workout set.

Triceps Cable Pulldowns with Rope 2×12, 3rd set to fail (KILLER! MORE ON THIS IN A SECOND!)
Low Cable Rows 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Triceps Overhead Rope Pull 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Lat Pulldown 2×12, 3rd set to fail

Let me tell you about this 3rd set to fail business. Basically you keep going in reps until your muscles fail and can no longer complete another rep in proper form or at all for that matter. My triceps are feeling it today! Fail sets are something we are incorporating in our new month long training program. They are super effective and you feel them hardcore the next day. With that said I want to make sure people are still using heavier weights and not just doing easy weights for a long period of time. Most of our fail sets occurred at like rep 15-20, so we weren’t actually doing that many more. Today I am doing 30 minutes of cardio and doing this random weight lifting mess.

Arnold Press 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Lateral Raises 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Front Raises 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Biceps Curls 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Hammer Curls 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Barbell Curls 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Chest Flyes 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Bench Press 2×12, 3rd set to fail
Around the Worlds 2×12, 3rd set to fail

No, I don’t completely recommend doing these messy workouts, but you are welcome to attempt them if you want! Haha, stay tuned for Sunday night because I will be posting Monday’s strength workout so that if you want to start on the same day as us you can. 🙂

Question of the day: Anything you guys would like to see on this blog? More workouts, recipes, fashion posts or anything?

Sausage and Peppers

How was everyone’s hump day?

I hope you worked your booty! 😉 After classes I was planning on heading straight to the gym so I wouldn’t run into any excuses not to go… Only my roommate and I started getting really hungry in our last class to the point where you could hear our stomachs growling a couple seats over haha. I swear I ate like every hour! I don’t know what’s wrong with me! So anyways, we decided to take a quick trip home and eat before we went to do a leg workout. I made italian chicken sausage, peppers, and onions. On the side I had a soft wheat deli thin with a little smart balance and some garlic salt as a faux healthy garlic bread. 🙂 It was delicious! Sometimes the simplest dinners hit the spot!

After dinner we decided to hit up Walmart to get planners for the semester since we are buried in work! Every single class has like boat loads of work due for it almost every class. I may fail out of college haha. Jokes… Kind of. Anyways, after the short and sweet trip to Walmart we ended up at the gym… WHERE IT WAS CROWDED! Let me tell you something, I hate New Year’s Resolutions. I cannot even believe that it is still packed at our gym and they are still signing up people every single night. There’s no room to even breathe in there as it is! So due to this annoying fact, we wanted to get in and out as fast as possible. A quick leg workout is just what the doctor ordered. But trust me, I did this one two weeks ago and I ended up not being able to walk for four days. Remember that fun post? 😉

My leg workout looked like this:
Dumbbell Squats 3×12
Dead Lifts 3×12
Bench Lunges 3×12
Hip Abductor Machine 3×12
Hip Adductor Machine 3×12
Calf Press Machine 3×25
Leg Press 3×12

In and out in around 30ish minutes. It felt awesome. I need to get back into my gym routine. I am feeling a little eh lately trying to get a grasp on my new class schedules. It’s seriously beginning to throw everything off. I am hoping next week I will really get the hang of things and have a concrete workout and feeding schedule. Why yes, I need a feeding schedule since I am hungry every hour on the hour haha. Also, this whole being in class all day and waking up early is clearly throwing off my food consumption. I am hoping my body figures it’s stuff out by next week or else I am going to eat my way through the grocery store in a couple days and I just went!!!

Does anyone else have this problem lately? Also, how did you like the survey post earlier? Fun, right?

Boredom in the Library

Happy Hump Day!

So this morning I woke up to the sound of my alarm going off for like 5 minutes. I guess I was in a semi-comatose state because I just could not figure out how to shut it off or get out of bed. I have an iPhone… All you have to do to shut it off is slide the little bar. Hellooooo blondie! Once I finally made my way out of bed to get ready for a class, aka look like I stole clothes from a hobo since I am heading to the gym as soon as my classes finish at five, I opted for one of my standard breakfast favorites. I bet you can’t guess. 😉 You totally can! 2 whole grain waffles, 2 tbsp of maranatha peanut butter, and some bananas. I have no idea why I forgot my favorite part. 😦 No chia seed love this morning due to my apparent continuation of the fog I woke up in.

After breakfast my roommate and I headed to our personality class taught by the BEST professor at this University. Literally I took his forensic psychology class when I was a sophomore and could not wait till I could take more classes with him. So this semester I finally got to take 2 of his classes! I have counseling later on with him in the afternoon after my attention disorders class. Guess what major I am? Haha, psychology was pretty obviously, huh? Justice studies is my minor, hence the random forensic psychology class I threw in there. So anyways, now I am sitting in the library wanting to eat my sandwich, which I would love to show you since it’s an awesome little wrap creation, but I fear people may think I am a lunatic. So instead of showing you my turkey wrap I am going to do a fun little survey! As a get to know me kind of post. I found this survey on an older Lunchbox Diaries post, love her blog btw. But then again I always talk about blogs I love on here. 🙂 Enjoy!

1) What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday?
So I am kind of a lame kid when I am home and not in PA. On Saturdays I like just going to the gym with my roommate and hanging out stuffing my face with mostly healthy foods and watching a ton of random television we missed throughout the week. I need to catch up on the Biggest Loser!

2) List your top three favorite shows.
Just three?! Ahhh. Okay, so that would probably be The New Girl, The Jersey Shore, and Top Gear. I watch a lot of classy television… That’s almost embarrassing.

3) Would you rather be in pictures or take them?
This is going to sound totally egotistical but I love having pictures around. I don’t take them nearly enough, but I love taking candid pictures with my friends and having those memories. 🙂

From the right: Marcella, Tamar, Audrey, and Me!

4) Why do you blog?
As you all know this blog is in its baby stages. But I have to admit I love every second of writing this blog. Even though half the days I may only have one or two readers, I do it for you guys! I love talking about this stuff: Healthy, workouts, nutrition. It’s something I am super passionate about so I love just taking that me time for a little while and writing my little nugget in hopes that one day I may have more than 3 readers. 😉

5) Share five websites that you visit regularly.
Google Reader, Twitter, Facebook, Myfitnesspal, and my school’s website. (Exciting I know ;))

6) If you could have lunch with one person from your twitter who would that be?
Hands down Karena and Katrina from Tone it Up. They inspire me every day to make healthy choices and get out there and move my butt. Those girls are the best and the community they have created is one of the best motivational tools I have found out there. I love my little TIU family. 🙂

7) List a few of your favorite snacks.
Easy. Chobani in any flavor, popcorn, babybel cheese, apples, and Kind or Superfood Cereal Granola.

8) Do you have a pet, if so, what kind?
I have two! Well technically my Mom has a dog and so does my Dad. Here’s Harley, my Mom’s dog. She’s just such a little nugget, I love her.

9) Which three material possessions would you struggle to live without?
My iPhone, my Macbook Pro, and my electric toothbrush because that would be gross haha.

10) What’s your favorite drink?
Alcholic? Vodka and cranberry hahaha. But for real, water or milk. I am super lame I know.

11) Do you enjoy cooking?
Fun fact! I almost went to culinary school. To me there is nothing better/more comforting than cooking in the kitchen.

12) Do you have children?
Due to the fact that I am only 21 and completely single haha, I do not have any children. 😉 Other than myself being a giant child, of course.

13) What are you favorite hobbies?
Exercising with my roommate, going out with my friends, writing, and reading.

14) Would you consider yourself to be shy or outgoing?
I am one big giant goofball. I tend to be pretty outgoing aka obnoxious. Only in the best possible way of course haha.

15) If you could change one thing about yourself what would you change?
I am way too hard on myself. I am one of the biggest perfectionists, so I end up getting real down on myself when I don’t do something as well as I think I can or if I am not successful at something even if it’s only for a second. But honestly, if I could change that I’m not sure I would. It’s a big part of who I am and how I have gotten to where I am in life. (Serious comment for once!)

16) Who is your favorite actor/actress?
Female: Audrey Hepburn, I just love her to pieces. Male: Mark Wahlberg, hiiiii soooooo dreamy!

17) What’s the coolest thing you’ve done this week?
Since I just got back from vacation and classes started, absolutely nothing. But I guess you could count my insane road trip with my roommate since we are such treats when it comes to driving in a car for long periods of time belting out and dancing to our favorite music.

18) Do you live near family or far from them?
I live near my entire extended family on my Mom’s side, she recently moved to PA last year so I don’t live near her anymore. I live near my Dad, as well.

19) List three of your talents.
Oh gosh… I think I am highly entertaining and funny sometimes due to the fact that I am a complete nut. I have the ability to make friends wherever I go since I am pretty outgoing. I also would like to think I am a pretty good cook. 🙂

20) What is your greatest attribute?
I am an incredibly loyal person. I would do anything for my friends and family. I am kind of that Momma bear type. 🙂

Now I want to hear from you guys! Answer one of the questions or all of them in the comments! I love hearing from all of you. Also, were any of my answers surprising? 🙂