No Equipment Required: Circuit Workout

I basically hid from the pollen in the safety of my apartment all weekend.

Surprisingly, Benadryl does not really give you enough energy to drive to the gym. It did, however, allow me to deliriously half-ass my way through this sweaty workout.

I found this circuit workout on the blog Peanut Butter Fingers and adapted it to my fitness level.

Do the circuit 3 times through with a few minutes of rest in between. It takes about 20 -25 minutes to complete the entire workout.

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If you need some explanation  – click on the below moves for instructional videos:

Squats

Squat Jumps

Burpees

Mountain Climbers

I love that this can be done in the living room with the TV on. Quite nice to actually get a legit workout in from home.

Plus, I am super sore today from it. It must mean it worked!

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Friday’s Five

1. The awesome cover of the May edition of Boston Magazine.

2. Cucumber Mint Water from a mason jar.

My aunts/cousin inspired me because they were drinking this a few weeks ago, and I thought – hey, I can make that too! I drink so much water now that it’s fun to mix it up a little.

cucumbermintwater3. The Vampire 5K was cancelled.

Originally I was quite pissy about this, but now I am so glad I don’t have to go run around in the woods tonight. My allergies are making me miz, so I’m ecstatic that I get to curl up with some Benadryl instead.

4. Homemade Mamma Chia.

I’m trying not to drink soda anymore, hence the poor man’s flavored water theme. Just add a little bit of pom juice, a spoonful of chia seeds, and a few sprigs of mint. Done.

homemademammachia5. The Boston Strong BIC Band

Mal sent me the link to this BIC Band (currently my fav running headbands). The entire payment is donated to “The One Fund” to help those affected by last Monday’s events. Buy your own HERE.

Have a good weekend!

What’s something cool you’ve seen this week?

FitKit Guest Post: Running With Allergies and Quiz Review

Remember that thing, I’ve talked about before – FitKit?

FitKit is hoppin’ right now because not only can you check out my latest guest post, “Running With Allergies,” you can also take their sweet diet and fitness quiz.

Today, in the day of monogrammed iPhone cases, everyone loves to have everything personalized. And what better way than to have a customized experience that teaches you how you can improve your health?

The quiz is 16 questions and they are super easy to answer.

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fitkittimeAt least I know I’m good to go in this area!

Here were my results:

fitkitresultsI was actually quite proud of my diet results!

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My mouth opened when I saw this one:

fitnessreccomendationsYour weight is great? Seriously?

That’s a nice reminder that skinny isn’t necessarily what we should want to be – we should want to be healthy.

See if you’re healthy HERE!

Apple Sauce Bread

My mom made apple sauce bread for me for breakfast when I went to go visit her in Durham a few weeks ago.

I liked it so much that I asked her to send me the recipe!

I made a loaf last week to bring on our road trip, and we (several of us, ha) ate it all – it was nice to have a healthy snack with us on the road and in the hotel/s.

cinnamonapplesaucebreadpicIngredients:

  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp chopped almonds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix wet ingredients together in a bowl, then add oats. Stir in remaining ingredients until mixed.

Top with chopped almonds and sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

Bake in a greased loaf pan (over a cookie sheet in case of drips) for about 50-55 minutes.

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cinnamonapplesaucebread1Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Southern Wedding Weekend

I had a four-day weekend this past week when we headed down to Chattanooga on a road trip with Tuna’s fam for a wedding.

vera1Both the road trip the wedding were pretty awesome, especially the FOOD!

2013-04-20 22.46.11Since it was a southern wedding, there was lots of southern food.

Some delicious highlights:

  • Weirdly good hibachi in a small country town in Virginia.
  • Mac and cheese filled biscuits (yes, heaven apparently exists).
  • Fried pickle kabobs are my favorite.
  • I LIKE CHEESEBURGERS NOW. This occurred late night at the wedding, served with chocolate milkshakes. The buns were biscuits. I had mine…and Tuna’s. Whoops.
  • Stone ground cheese grits at a country club brunch with a gorgeous view.

2013-04-21 10.56.54I did not weigh myself yesterday. I don’t think I will for a few days!

The ten hour ride home was broken up with back-to-back McDonald’s stops.

I tried to be somewhat healthy-ish at McDonald’s (I still don’t think that’s possible) and tried the new chicken and ranch McWrap with grilled chicken.

It was decent tasting for a wrap, though it still isn’t that healthy with it’s mayonnaise based dressing and white tortilla. But after my double cheeseburger incident above, I don’t think my body was complaining to see a little bit of lettuce.

I still think cheat weekends at events with yummy junk food are worth it. I may not feel so hot afterwards, but I spent my time enjoying yummy food rather than resenting it!

Do you ever find yourself stressing about food at an event/party?

What is a new food you’ve tried lately?

Have you tried the McWrap yet?

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bark

We could all use a little pick-me-up lately, and dark chocolate definitely works for me.

When I saw a recipe for dark chocolate pistachio bark in this month’s edition of Women’s Health Magazine, I knew it would be a great recipe to bring to book club.

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This dark chocolate pistachio bark is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, making it a great snack.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it is ridiculously easy to make. Promise.

pistachiobark5Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 shelled pistachios, chopped
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Prep a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

Melt chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute 40 seconds (take out and stir in 20 seconds increments).

Stir in chopped pistachios.

Spread out the mixture flat onto the baking sheet.

Sprinkle salt on the top of the flat mixture.

Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.

Take out, break apart as desired.

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Store bark in the freezer if serving in a few days. If serving that day or night, keep cool in the fridge until ready to serve.

pistachiobark4Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Boston

I usually don’t comment on serious current events since I don’t think I am in any way qualified to be any kind of authority on them.

Same thing goes for what happened yesterday – however, I am going to talk about this one.

Though I’ve never run the Boston Marathon, or even a marathon, I do feel as though I’m part of the running community. Throughout the past year, I’ve started participating in organized races and have found a sense of camaraderie in them.

Runners, volunteers, and spectators all play a huge role in this camaraderie.

Cheering spectators help celebrate the human condition and the physical and emotional well-being of runners at races.

This is the second year in a row I’ve watched the elites race the Boston Marathon live on one of my computer screens at work. I’m always in awe watching the dedication of the runners, running their hearts out in something that seems  like an impossible task: a marathon.

Of course I’m extremely saddened by every tragedy and attack of any kind that I hear or see in the news – but this one hit especially close to home.

The lives lost and and the nature of the injures are absolutely terrible. Amputations for people in the running community horrifies me.

Running is about love and peace and hope and I know that from experience. That’s why this upsets me so much. Because running is something that I find love and peace and hope in. Marathons and other races are a way to collectively communicate this joy together, and it disgusts me that this act of terror happened during it.

For those that trained for months, for those that couldn’t finish the race, and for those who can’t ever race again, I’m thinking about you – and I will continue to for a long time to come.

I took a course in college called the sociology of violence. The theme of the class was that we, as humans, need to face violence head on. It is so important to look at the horrible images and to talk about them – and to not be afraid by the ugliness of violence. It is only by analyzing such violence that we may come to understand it, and eventually, prevent it.

how dare theyeven ifthe only thingWhat are your thoughts on yesterday’s events?

Weekend Update

This was necessary after work on Friday because my poor car got a flat tire:

2013-04-12 19.08.45After an episode of slight panic, Tuna helped me drop my car off the gas station and now I am praying to the car gods that the tire just needs to be plugged.

On Saturday morning, I went with my aunts and cousin to a nearby thrift store. I wasn’t prepared for how HUGE it was!

thrift shopWe founds tons of little clothes for my five year old cousin, including these adorbs “running” shorts that I insisted she get!

girlshortsI ended up having some good finds too – I got a clutch, blazer, flats, and two pairs of shorts for a total of $22 bucks!

Before I threw my new clothes in the washing machine, I doubled checked the pockets to make sure there wasn’t any weird crap in them and found…..

20bucksthriftshop…a $20 bill! Woo hooo! Now I can say I got all those thrift store goodies for $2! I’m totally going to do all of my x-mas shopping there next year.

Before I knew it, I found myself waiting in line at a bar with my girlfriends at midnight – eatin’ a Clif bar!

clifbarbarI told you I always have one in my clutch purse. 🙂

The Shamrock Half crew cleans up pretty well!

2013-04-14 00.53.12During the week, Tuna and I made big plans to go hiking at Great Falls on Sunday after a family b-day brunch. We bragged told everyone about it, and I even brought my Camelbak and my Merrells with me.

Besides my slight hungover headache, (only a few drinks does that to me now!!!) it was a perfect day for hiking.

Too bad everyone else in the D.C. metropolitan area had the same idea as us.

2013-04-14 13.15.57After 20 minutes of waiting to get into the park, we pulled a u-ie, and decided to go home and take a nap instead. #healthylivingfail

It’s the thought that counts, right?

I got some energy after a nap, and had to pull a different move than I normally do for my usual Sunday afternoon Whole Foods trip.

Walking!

backpackingBeing car-less and grocery shopping for healthy foods for the week meant I had to see how many things I could shove into my backpack and still force it to zip shut.

backpackgroceriesThank goodness I am lucky enough be able to walk to a Whole Foods/healthy grocery store.

I was definitely surprised how different grocery shopping is when you don’t have a car to plop all of your bags in.

Walking home, I couldn’t help thinking about how hard lugging healthy groceries home like this would be all the time, especially for people who have to walk way longer or carry food for multiple kids, etc. I was just carrying stuff for one person and for only half of the week, since I only have a three day work week this week (yay)!

What did you do this weekend?

Do you ever go thrift shopping?

How do you transport your groceries home? By car? Bus? Walking?

Friday’s Five

1. A Mamma Chia treat.

I say treat because this stuff is expensive for a little thing of juice. But it is SO good! I’ve tried all of the flavors now, and this is by far the best one.

mammachia2. New sandals for springtime.

Last week I used a gift certificate I had to purchase some new kicks from Piperlime. I was having a very hard time choosing between brown and black, and Tuna helped me chose the brown ones. Good choice.

3. I am officially an old lady.

On Wednesday night, at 1:15am, I made my first-ever noise complaint. Some hoodlums in my apartment complex were blasting music so loudly that I could hear the bass pumpin’ with my earplugs in. Shhhhhh, the old ladies are sleeping.

4. It’s strawberry season.

My overnight oats suddenly got much, much better.

strawberries5. Wearing play clothes to work.

I’m moving a bunch of boxes at work today so I insisted on wearing my Brooks for the day. I could get used to this. (The sports bra part, not the manual labor part.)

brooks3What are TWO things that stuck out to you this week?

Cherry Blossoms

Is it weird that I’ve lived in D.C. most of my life and haven’t been to see the cherry blossoms? (Maybe I went when I was little. Mom?)

Luckily, Mal suggested that we stop and check them out with Stephy before our dinner date on Monday.

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We caught the last little bit of sunshine so we could snap a few pics of the trees before the sun went down.

I love me some TJ.

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It was pretty crowded even though it was a weekday evening!

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It was almost 80 degrees out! I like the warm weather, but don’t understand how we went immediately from freezing to almost summer temps.

The blossoms were confused.

Some were fully bloomed and gorgeous, while others were still just buds and not pretty yet.

This branch was pretty!

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Even though my allergies are also confused and just starting to go haywire, I’m trying my best to get outside a lot.

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You should too!

Do you do touristy things in your city or skip them?

Anyone else slowly dying of hay fever allergies?