Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Just thought I would let you know that this post has absolutely nothing to do with working out (unless you count hanging oranaments on a tree as a workout…..)  We have officially finished decorating our house for Christmas!!  I absolutely love decorating for the holidays since it is my favorite time of the year.  I love the weather (even if I feel like my toes will fall off) and everyone just seems happier!  Of course the snow is beautiful and I love being able to wear 4876 different layers of clothes anywhere I go.  Sitting in front of the fire drinking hot chocolate while watching Christmas movies is the way to go during this holiday season.  I adore all Christmas movies, especially Holiday in Handcuffs!  So funny.

This is the Christmas tree in our basement. My sister and I just finished decorating it this evening!

The entry way into our house. Garland on the railings!

This is the main tree which is in our living room. The whole fam decorated this one together earlier this week!

What is your favorite part about the holiday season?  Oh, this also reminds me how I crave Starbucks about 10 times more in the Winter than I do any other time of the year.  I think it’s because of those skinny peppermint mochas.  Yum.



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Zombie on the Treadmill…

Hey everyone!!

So today was just one of those days where I was super tired.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve only been getting 4-5 hours of a sleep a night?  Yikes, that’s hardly anything.  I have no idea how I am functioning!  Even though I was in no mood to hit up the gym I forced myself to knowing that I would later regret not going.  I managed to work up a ton of sweat while warming up on the treadmill even though I was half asleep.

Warm Up

Started by walking on treadmill for 5 minutes (5.0 incline, 4.0 mph)

Ran 5 minutes (6.5 mph) then walked 5 minutes (5.0 incline, 4.0 mph) and repeated that twice.

Then I did one round of the incline walking workout which I posted about here!

Overall I would say it was a good warm up.  It was about 3 miles or so and I burned around 350 calories.


The usual… (Hip Abductor, Hip Adductor, Seated Dip, Pull Ups, Dips)

I just added Seated Triceps (2 sets of 15 at 40 lbs) to my workout.  This exercise strengthens and tones the triceps and related muscle groups.

It was a short workout because I had to get home in time to watch my sister since my mom was going out, but hey it’s better than nothing!

Well, I’m gonna peace out!  I have homework and Sons of Anarchy calling my name at 10pm!


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I should be an Iron Chef!

SNOW!!!!!  There is finally snow where I live and it’s sticking!  It’s super pretty and I love it….except the fact that I have to leave 15 minutes earlier for school tomorrow because of it (at 6:15 instead of 6:30ish -___-)

First things first, I watched my recording of Next Iron Chef today and wanted to cry.  SPOILER ALERT.  I can’t believe Chef Burrell went home!!  She was one of my favorites (along with Chef Guarnaschelli)  I think Chef Zakarian is way too overconfident.  He can hit the road any day now please.

OH! And despite it being Monday, today was a great day!  Why you ask?  Because I went to Starbucks before school and got a Skinny Peppermint Mocha!!!!!  Can you say Christmas in a cup?!?!?  It took me awhile to drink and once I got to the end of it I kinda felt like I was drinking toothpaste, but it was worth it!  Coffee and minty breath, what more could a girl ask for?


Warm Up

Today I was in no mood to run on the treadmill so I did an incline walking workout that I heard of from Julie’s blog (aka Peanut Butter Fingers)  Here’s how it goes….

0-1 Mins          4.3 mph          2 incline

1-2 Mins           4.3 mph          4 incline

2-3 Mins          4.3 mph          6 incline

3-4 Mins          4.3 mph          8 incline

4-5 Mins          4.3 mph          10 incline

6-7 Mins          4 mph             12 incline

7-8 Mins          4 mph              9 incline

8-10 Mins        4 mph             7 incline

I did this workout 3 times plus a 5 minute warm up and cool down going 4.0 mph at 5.0 incline


Again, not much different from usual except I only did 3 sets of a few things rather than 4.

Hip Abductors 3 sets of 15 at 90 lbs

Hip Adductors 3 sets of 20 at 100 lbs

Seated Dips 3 sets of 15 at 60 lbs

Leg Lifts 2 sets of 20 at Bodyweight

Abbench 3 sets of 40 on each side (back, right, and left)

Calf Raises 2 sets of 10 on each leg at 20 lbs


Today I tried out a recipe from one of my “Healthy and Under 300 Calories” cookbook and it was amazing!  It’s called Tortellini with Garden Vegetables.

This recipe called for 9 oz of cheese tortellini, 4 oz of broccoli (or veggie of your choice), 1/4 cup of green onion, 1.5 tsps of olive oil or vegetable oil, 1 tbsp of grated parmesan, cherry tomatoes (yuck!  I don’t like these so of course they were taken out of the meal!!), and salt&pepper.   It was delicious and easy to make!  All you had to was cook the tortellini as instructed on the package, add the broccoli to the tortellini 2 minutes before the tortellini is finished cooking and drain it.  Then you added the rest of the ingredients to it.  It seriously took like 15 seconds….jk more like 15 minutes, but you get the idea of how fast and easy it was to make! I know for a fact I will be making this sometime soon!!

Finished product!!

Well, I’m going to get going to sleep now.  Merry December!!



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It’s Naturally Delicious!

Let me start this post of by saying how JEALOUS I am of all the runners who got to run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon today!!  I only dream of being able to do that when I’m older..I’m already training (eh, somewhat….)

I woke up this morning not in the mood to work out.  I tried convincing myself to “take Sunday off” but before I could do that my bff motivated me to go!  I’m glad she did because I felt 3985723 more better after I worked out!  It’s great to have someone to motivate you, you should totes try it!


Warm up

I started out this workout a tad bit different than one of my usual trips to the gym.  Rather than doing my usual walk/run combo I warmed up walking for 5 minutes (5.0 incline at 4.0 mph) and ran for about 20 minutes (6.5 mph) and then cooled down by walking for 5 more minutes (same as above)  It was quite a workout since I’m not that great of a runner, but it set a good tone for the rest of my workout!


Kept it basic this morning, just switched it up a tad from usual…

Hip Abductor (4 sets of 15 at 90 lbs)

Hip Adductor (4 sets of 20 at 100 lbs)

Seated Dip (4 sets of 15 at 60 lbs)—Gotta get muscles!!!  Or at least have some toned arms since I’m going to Puerto Rico this Spring!

Back Machine [Don’t know the name of this, machine said low back 313 whatever that means.  But it is where you have your feet up and then you extend your back.  It strengthens and tones lower back muscles.]  (3 sets of 25 at 160 lbs)

Leg Lifts (3 sets of 20 at bodyweight)

Abbench (3 sets of 40 on each [back, right side, and left side])

And that concludes my workout for the day!

Grocery Shopping!

So recently my favorite aisle of the grocery store has been the healthy, natural, organic food aisle.  So today when I went to the store, I naturally found myself pulled to that section.  I picked up some Bear Naked granola, Kashi Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles, Organic Mac and Cheese (obsession of the moment, even though I’ve only had it twice…), Natural Peanut Butter, Fruit Leathers (DELICIOUS!!), vanilla lite yogurt, Stevia, and a few other things that I can’t remember off the top of my head.  Unfortunately, healthy food is kinda sorta expensive…not looking forward to mom seeing the receipt -____- But boy am I excited for breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow!  I’ve never tried the Kashi Waffles but the ranked a B+ on my fooducate app for my phone so they must be good and healthy!

Stack of yogurts we bought!

Well, I’m off to bed.  School tomorrow and a starbucks trip calling my name!


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Merry December!

Merry December everyone!! 

I can’t believe it’s already December!  This year has gone by crazy fast, but it’s been an amazing year filled with great memories with my friends and family and believe it or not, at school too.  If I could, I would re-live this year over and over for the rest of my life, that’s for sure, anyone else feel this way?

Nothing really exciting work out-wise has happened to me over the past few days.  Thursday I went to the gym and completed a similar workout to the one I last blogged about (I think it was my first post..?)  The only change I made was doing 3 sets of 20 at 100 lbs on the hib adductor.

On Friday I stayed after school for Zumba Club.  Isn’t that the best club you’ve ever heard of?!  Yeah, that’s what I thought.  And it’s 19453 times more fun when you’re with your friends and two of your favorite teachers are dancing too!  The teacher who runs the club also teaches at a gym so it’s pretty legit.  We warmed up basic Zumba style and then transitioned into a salsa dance.  Lets just say I’m no dancer.

Today I went to the gym for about an hour.  I couldn’t stay as long as I would have liked to, but I’ll make up for that tomorrow.  I started on the treadmill for 25 minutes doing the running/walking combo.  Then I moved on to the Hip Abductor (3 sets of 15 at  90 lbs) and the Hip Adductor (3 sets of 20 at 100 lbs) Afterwards I made my way over to the pull up and dips machine and did 2 sets of 10 for each one.  Then I had to get going, I only had about 20 minutes to shower and get ready before I had to leave to work on a history project at a coffee shop with some friends.

There was a $2 drink special going on today that I sadly missed out on:(  Got to save that money for Puerto Rico! (….or clothes….) On the bright side, my mom went to Starbucks the other day and with her receipt I took a survey so now I get a free tall drink of my choice.  Can you say skinny peppermint mocha?  I know I can.  (They’re my weakness ever since my bff introduced them to me!)

Hope you all are having a great weekend/December!



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To Narnia…?

Today was such a chill day I loved it!  It was our first day back from Thanksgiving Break but my school technically didn’t have classes because we went on a day long trip to a near by university!  It was a ton of fun!  The only bad part?  Needing to go to the bathroom within the first 5 minutes of the bus ride.  Good thing it was a 2 hour drive. UGH. I seriously felt like I was going to explode!!  Any who, we were able to attend a few presentations about the college and we also got a tour around campus.  It was cold, but it was beautiful!  One of the funniest things we saw?

That is a picture of a painted door on the wall with the word “Narnia” next to it.  Oh the things you see in college towns.

Another amusing thing was one of my friends managing to fit 32 goldfish in her mouth at once. Without chewing.  Or swallowing.  32!!!  It was crazy!  I have some great friends(:


I worked out for about 45 minutes today.  Not the best, but we did do a lot of walking around campus so that counts, right?

Warm Up

Basic stretches — Jumping Jacks, Wrist circles, Shoulder circles, Pogo hops, Reverse Elbow-Shoulder circles, side shuffle, quick feet, trunk rotations, windmills, and forward lunge with outside twist.  I did one set of each of these for 30 seconds.

Strength Training

Push Up 2 sets of 12

Bodyweight King Deadlift 2 sets of 12 on each side

Bodyweight Jump Lunge (short stride) 2 sets of 13 on each side

One-arm Doorframe Row 2 sets of 20 on each side

Knee Hug Crunch 2 sets of 20

Cool Down

Upward dog pose, Doorframe chest stretch, Single-Leg hamstring stretch, Reaching stretch, Hurdler’s stretch, Elbow Across Stretch.  I held each of these for 30 seconds (1 set of each)

Not too difficult of a work out but it was better than nothing!  I found this workout on the website and it was called a “Full Body Workout” and told me I burned a minimum of 230 calories.  Not too shabby I guess.



I wasn’t able to take a picture because I forgot (whoops!) but I had two pieces of toast (the healthy goodness brand which only has 30 calories per slice..SCORE!!) with apple butter.  Apple butter=delicious.


I had to pack a lunch since it was a school day; therefore, it is kind of simple in my opinion.  I made a wrap on a whole wheat tortilla with a slice of turkey and lettuce.  With it I had an orange, a pineapple cup (which ranked a B on my Fooducate app!) and a diet green tea w/ mixed berry flavors.  Yes, I know that drink is not really good for me, but I can’t quit drinking it all at once so gradually I’ve been lowering my intake of it.  (Sorta kinda..)

Looks plain, but it was delicious!


My mom made dinner tonight!  We had pork (the white meat kind she said!), potatoes, and green beans.

Have a great Tuesday!!


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Time to work it out!

Hey all!

This is my first official post!  A little exciting!  So I think today was quite a productive day if I do say so myself.  Sure I woke up at noon, but I kicked my butt in gear as soon as I got out of bed!  I was craving something sweet so for breakfast I decided to make the one and only Protein Cake!  It was delicious, healthy, and only 90 calories.  Winning!


Warm Up                                                                                                                                                                  

Afterwards, I went to the gym for an hour and a half.  I haven’t been to the gym in a few days and man did it kick my butt.  Never doing that again!  I started by doing 25 minutes on the treadmill.  I downloaded this on app on my phone called “From couch potato to 5k” so I ran according to that.  It started with 5 minutes of walking for warm up (which I did on 5.0 incline and 4.2 mph) and then it had me run for 1.5 minutes then walk for 1 minute and that went on for about 15 minutes (I ran on 7.5 mph and walked at 5.0 incline and 4.5 mph)


Then I hit the weights!

Pull ups 3 sets of 10

Dips 3 sets of 10

Leg Press 3 sets of 15 at 50 lbs

Arm Circuit 3 sets of 15 reps (10 and 15 lbs…yeah yeah pretty wimpish, I’m working on my arm muscles!)

Seated Dip Machine 3 sets of 15 at 60 lbs

Hip Abductor 3 sets of 15 at 90 lbs

Hip Adductor 3 sets of 15 at 100 lbs


Since I woke up so late, my whole eating schedule was off today.  So since 4:30 was a little late for lunch and a little early for dinner, I had lunner.  Pretty cool in my opinion!  I made an egg white and turkey omelette type thing (You can hardly call this an omelette…) I used 3 eggwhites and one piece of turkey and cooked it together on the stove.

It was quite delicious if I do say so myself!  I also drank some milk with it.  (Skim is my favorite kind)

Now I’m working on some homework that I put off until last minute.  At least none of it is due tomorrow because my grade is going on a day long trip to visit a somewhat nearby university.  Can’t wait!  And there are some good shows on tonight like Once Upon a Time and Desperate Housewives.  The Next Iron Chef is on too, but it’s on at the same time as Desperate Housewives so I just DVR it.

Have a good day!


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