Archive | September, 2010

Time flies!

30 Sep

I absolutely cannot believe it’s been over 2 weeks since I’ve blogged. Not because it’s habit, but because time has seriously FLOWN by. Phew.

Some cool things in the last 2 weeks (in no particular order):

1. I applied for 3 jobs!!

2. Celebrated my bff’s 21st birthday

3. Kiera visited 🙂

4. Awesome Trader Joe’s shopping trip

5. Attended 5 yoga classes

6. Went to Mass every Sunday

7. Heard one of my new clients was recommended by a former one

Some other things (not very awesome…):

1. Interviewed for GOLD- did not go very well

2. Accumulated 7 clients (mostly good – but the time spent working is not awesome)

3. Haven’t spent too much time with Sean

4. Lower shin/inside calf pain (seemed like shin splints at first but now feels like muscle tightness)

5. Had to buy new running shoes (-$125) because of #5.

All in all, it’s been a BUSY but fun couple of weeks. I don’t feel too stressed which I attribute to my yoga/church-going and Google Calendar. The school work load is definitely manageable right now so that helps!

I’ll leave with some fun photos 🙂

See you in OCTOBER?!

-Jul

Big moves!

14 Sep

I have officially enrolled in and attended my first Spanish class in 4 years! After re-reading the class description for one of my Entrepreneurship classes and realizing it was basically a marketing class, I made the big decision to drop the concentration and take Spanish! I’m still going to take the other ENT class in the spring (assuming that it looks interesting) but I really want to spend my time and money taking something I find practical and applicable. It felt like a big decision at the time, but now it just feels completely “right”.

So after all of the class switching excitement, it was time for a night out!

Roomies!

It was a really fun night!

I went for a lovely 8-mile run the next morning in perfect fall weather ❤ I tried to sleep in but failed miserably so I ended up hitting the road by 8-something and taking a much-needed nap later in the day.

At some point I baked…

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

… and then made perfect Sunday FOOTBALL food! I found this recipe for Taco Calzones and just knew that I had to make them for Sean. They turned out amazing! It’s definitely a “keeper” 🙂

Taco Calzone

I forgot to add the cheese in the first two (of four) but it worked out well because I ate one of those and didn’t miss the cheese at all. I think I’d do the same thing next time. YUM!

Spanish class on Monday was exactly what I hoped for – all listening, speaking, and writing. I will be fluent in no time 🙂

And to cap-off this monumental post – I APPLIED FOR MY FIRST REAL JOB TODAY!

-Jul

Whole Wheat Pancakes

12 Sep

This will definitely be my go-to recipe for Sunday morning pancakes!

Whole Wheat Pancakes

  • 1¼ C whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ C almond milk
  • 1 egg

Makes 10 small/medium pancakes

Semester Goals and Workout Plan

8 Sep

1. Learn Spanish again! (NUCALLS class 1x/week)

    2. Commit to Yoga and make it a habit (Prana Body Yoga 1x/week)

    3. Get A’s or A-‘s in all of my classes!

    4. Relax, have fun, and enjoy my last semester of Fall Classes! 🙂

    Now that I have my schedule pretty figured out, I think my workout schedule is going to look like this:

    • Monday: Strength (Total Body)
    • Tuesday: Speed Run+ Yoga
    • Wednesday: XT (spin class or elliptical) + Ab Ripper X {or} Easy Run
    • Thursday: Tempo Run
    • Friday: Strength (upper body)
    • Saturday: Long Run
    • Sunday: Rest

    Of course, I’ll take rest as needed but I’m pretty excited about this plan!

    My total body strength workout is geared toward strengthening my legs for running with no added weight. It looks like this:

    1. Reverse Lunge with Static Bicep curls – 10 each
    2. Single Leg Hops – 10 each
    3. Push ups – 15-20
    4. Single Leg Deadlift (Reach) – 10 each
    5. Triceps press backs – 12
    6. Plank with alternating leg/arm lift – 15
    7. Y Squat – 12
    8. Heavy Pants Row – 12
    9. Monster Walks and Side Steps – 20
    10. Leaning Shoulder Raise – 12
    11. Roll-up and V-sit – 25
    12. Lying Side Crunch – 25 each

    + more ab exercises as desired.

    These are done in groups of two (super-setted) for 2 sets. The reps are indicated next to each exercise.

    Including a 6 minute warm-up on the bike and foam rolling, this entire routine took 45 minutes. I LOVED IT. My legs, triceps, and back were pretty sore the next day but I think my legs will be less sore the more I do it. I have stopped lifting legs in recent weeks and it always kills me when I get back to it!

    That’s all for now!

    I’m headed to my first class of Senior Year later 🙂

    -Jul

    P90x Reflection

    6 Sep

    I’ve officially completed my version of the P90x Plan! I started back in June with a plan that fit my schedule and goals. I followed the “Lean” program and completed my own cardio workouts on the “Cardio X” and “Kempo X” days. I didn’t always do Yoga X, sometimes swapping in another yoga session or only doing 7o minutes of the DVD.

    Overall Thoughts:

    I absolutely loved the workouts, the variety, and the program in general. I felt strong and motivated each session! Legs/Back definitely caused the most soreness for me! I loved Core Synergystics and felt like the workout went quickly. By the end of the program, Ab Ripper X was still hard because I was able to do some of the progressions instead of the easy version.

    Results:

    I took some before and mid-program pictures and honestly they looked pretty similar. My abs were definitely more toned as were my shoulders. Most of all, I feel stronger now. I can do 15-20 consecutive pushups and I just feel more durable.

    I would definitely recommend the program to anyone who has been exercising reguarly and wants to commit to something longer-term. In fact, I believe Sean is starting the program today!

    What’s Next:

    Currently, I must admit I’m pretty burnt out on the program. I was happy to be finished when I was! I would 100% do it again, just not for a while! I don’t know how people do the program back-to-back…

    Since I’m in the midst of half-marathon training, the last few weeks have been more focused on that than anything else. If I take “After” photos and measurements, I’m really not expecting anything amazing since my attention has been elsewhere.

    I’ll do a post later on what’s next for my training program!

    Black Bean Burgers

    5 Sep

    Black Bean Burgers

    From Cooking Light, APRIL 2010


    Yield:  6 servings (serving size: 1 burger)


    2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
    3/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
    3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 medium jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
    2 large egg whites
    Cooking spray

    1. Preheat oven to 350°.

    2. Place black beans in a medium bowl; mash with a fork. Stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro and the next 7 ingredients (through egg whites). Shape bean mixture into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Arrange patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, carefully turning once.

    CALORIES 320 ; FAT 11.9g (sat 3.9g,mono 5g,poly 1.7g); CHOLESTEROL 13mg; CALCIUM 201mg; CARBOHYDRATE 46.2g; SODIUM 777mg; PROTEIN 13.4g; FIBER 10.1g; IRON 3.3mg

    *Nutrition Facts include whole wheat bun and mango salsa



    250 and 11 miles

    5 Sep

    Made it to Boston!

    Dad, Mom and I were up and out of the house by 5:15 am on Friday morning. 4 hours and change, we were in Boston! It was the most relaxing and non-stressful move-in’s I’ve ever had! It must be because I’m a senior!!

    After unloading the car, rearranging the room, grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, and then building my storage unit, we were off to grab Wollaston’s sandwiches. I got the Green Monstah (turkey, guacamole, tomato, & cucumber).  Finally, we hit up the bookstore! My Dad got the sweatshirt he’s been wanting for a while and then they were off! Hurricane Earl threats combined with Friday night Labor Day Weekend traffic, forced them to rush in and out.

    Olga got in around 5:30 and our other roommate Justine will be here Monday. I was pretty spent so after stopping by Rachel’s to see her new place, we came home and hit the hay.

    Saturday: Long Run Day! 🙂

    My alarm went off at 6:05 and although I was a little tired, I was excited to see semi-clear skies! I put on a pot of coffee and made 2 pieces of toast with PB, jam, and a banana.

    I was on the road by 7:20! My legs felt tired but mentally I was in a good place. The first 45 minutes went pretty quickly. I ate some Craisins at minutes 30 and 60. I think I need to get some better fuel though because I don’t think the raisins/Craisins are doing the trick. I also had my hand-held water bottle filled with Vitamin Zero mixed with water. Unfortunately…. when I washed it that morning I must have left some soap in the bottle because it was slightly sudsy :/

    Distance: 10.7 miles

    Time: 1:45:45

    Pace: 9:54

    It wasn’t my fastest effort, but all things considered I’m happy with the run!

    Note to Self- shirt rubs under arm because it's slightly baggy!


    Today (Sunday) my knees are really sore which usually doesn’t happen. I tried to take an ice bath after but the water wasn’t very cold and I got impatient didn’t fill the tub enough. Oh well. I definitely need to foam roll and do some yoga today.

    I ran some errands (books only cost $115!) and then went outside to sit in the quad. Actually, I was there for 3 hours! Olga’s mom brought her new puppy so we puppy-sat while she moved in.

    Skipping the evening that I spent lounging and napping, at around 10:00 Olga and I headed to Symphony St to a party with our friends. It was pretty fun and great to see everyone again!

    Not sure what I’m up to today… but Sean’s moving in! 🙂

    -Jul