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Weekly Workouts and Fall Favorites

14 Sep

The weeks are beginning to fly by for me. I swear it was just Monday, but nope! It’s already the weekend. Classes have been going well and I’ve been trying to get some work done so I can commit to studying for my certification exam. Coming up in just about a month I have to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam in order to graduate from my Master’s program. The exam happens to fall right in the middle of midterms, so I am trying to work ahead in my classes and get things done. 

Workouts this week have once again been squeezed in between my classes. 

  • Monday: 10 min row + 10 min incline walk + Back + Abs
  • Tuesday: 10 min run + Arms
  • Wednesday: Yoga
  • Thursday: 10 min run + Chest + 10 min incline walk
  • Saturday: 12 min Stairmill + Legs

After spending some time at the gym this morning, Mike and I did some grocery shopping for the week. I found one of my favorite fall treats that I previously mentioned. 


Halloween Oreos! I already tasted them and they, of course, were delicious. It’s something about that orange color that makes them taste even better. Another great Fall find was this huge bag of Pumpkin Spice coffee from Target. 


It’s the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor and it makes me feel like Fall is just around the corner, even though it’s still 90 degrees here in Florida. 

The rest of the day is going to be spent working on a paper and watching some college football. Mike volunteered to make us spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, so I get to enjoy the night off! Time to put the feet up and relax!

Enjoy your weekend!


“Lazy” Sunday

8 Sep

There is something I just love about Sundays. I always like to say that I’m going to have a “lazy Sunday”, but I usually end up being pretty productive.

Today started out with a trip to the gym where I did a little cardio mash-up. I ran some intervals on the treadmill, spent some time on the stairmill, and then finished up with an incline walk on the treadmill. Once I got home, Chipper and I spent some time at the dog park. He was loving every minute of it and has been sleeping ever since we got inside! Next up for me was some food.


I set up a little snack plate that hit the spot. The rest of the afternoon has been filled with laundry, meal prep, reading for school, and catching up on Scandal. Scandal is my newest show to watch on Netflix. I’m trying to finish the second season before the new season airs in a couple of weeks.

On the menu for dinner tonight is Brunswick Stew. It may still be 95 degrees outside, but I’m ready to start having soups and stews for dinner. Florida needs to hurry up and get the memo to cool down!

Fall Treats

28 Aug

So, how do you know when fall is just around the corner? Let me answer that question with a picture.


This is how. When you start seeing fall inspired candies at Target. Bags of candy corn were just waiting for me at the check out lane during my latest trip to Target. They caught my eye and I couldn’t refuse them! Another one of my favorite fall treats are the Halloween Oreos. They seem to taste even better (if that’s possible)  when they are that bright orange color!

I’m only a week into school and time is already starting to fly by. Let me just remind you that September is only a few days away. Does that seem crazy to anyone else? Before we know it the holidays and some cooler weather will be upon us!

I’ve gotten back into the swing of things and have finally gotten into a routine. On both Tuesdays and Thursdays I have an hour and twenty minutes between my classes so it leaves me just enough time to head to the gym and get my workout in for the day. This way, once my classes get out for the evening I can head straight home to eat dinner. Earlier this week I made a pork tenderloin, cooked apples, and green beans.


It turned out great. I used this marinade for the pork and the flavor was delicious. For the apples all I do is peel and slice them, put them in a skillet with a little margarine and brown sugar, cook til soft, and then add a little cinnamon to taste. They sure are a favorite around here!

Back to School

22 Aug

Today is my last first day of school. I’ve said that before with the end of my undergraduate run, but this time I mean it! The past couple of days have been filled with unpacking and getting back into a routine. I somehow managed to accumulate a lot of stuff over the summer. My car seemed much more full on the way back to Gainesville than it did on the way home this summer. Maybe it was just a little deceiving because I have a car instead of a an SUV now, but there was a lot of unpacking to do! While I was getting settled I found this little treat that my mom put in my bag.


I am a sucker for sour candies! Thanks mom!

Yesterday was spent hanging out and getting organized for classes. I may have taken a lot of puppy-play breaks.


Dog pile! I won, obviously. 😉

Dinner last night was a make your own fajita spread. They were delicious, but left the apartment smelling like Chili’s all night long.


And now for today, it’s back to the real world. I have two classes this afternoon with a little break in between, so I’m hoping to make it to the gym during my break. Busy, busy, busy!

Weekend Eats

20 Aug

Today marks the end of my summer vacation. I’m heading back to Gainesville later this morning to get my rear in gear before classes start later this week. I enjoyed my summer at home and it went by way too fast. My last weekend at home was filled with delicious food.


Sunday morning my mom and I whipped up some delicious sour cream waffles topped with a pecan praline and peach sauce. I first saw this recipe on Brunch with Bobby and immediately knew that I needed to make it. This breakfast was so good. Every bite was a little taste of the South.

I may enjoy watching cooking shows a little too much because another great meal from this weekend came from the Pioneer Woman. This shrimp dish was perfect over a little bit of pasta. It was a very colorful and flavorful dish. And although I didn’t make it, my mom said it was very easy to prepare.


The cooking responsibilities now fall to me. Mike and I usually share the dinner duties, but he is recovering from shoulder surgery so I will be the head chef when we get back to Gainesville. Hopefully some more inspiration will strike me soon!

Off to pack and hit the road!

Fitness Friday

19 Jul

Woah! It’s been a whole week since I’ve posted. The start of the week got off to an extremely busy start and then I guess the week just got away from me. I had both yesterday and today off from my internship so I’ve been able to catch up on some studying and school work. This week I tried to eat as healthy as possible in anticipation for the weekend. Today is my birthday so I knew that I would be indulging in some sweets more than a few times over the weekend. Dinner last night was a simple and delicious salad. 



It was topped with chicken, hard boiled egg, bacon, and blue cheese. Yummy! And since the house will be full of dogs this weekend I blended up some homemade dog smoothies for the pooches. 



These won’t last long. I’m sure the three dogs in the family will enjoy them. 

I got some great workouts in this week. I did overdo it a little with running. I ran three days in a row and my heel was not happy with me yesterday. I decided to take today off completely to rest, relax, and enjoy my day. Here’s what the rest of the week looked like:

  • Monday: 12 min. run + back
  • Tuesday: 12 min. run + chest + arms + 6 min. stairmill
  • Wednesday: 13 min. interval run + 12 min. run
  • Thursday: yoga + legs

I’ll be back over the weekend to do a birthday recap! With my sister’s birthday yesterday and mine today there sure is some fun to be had! 

Fitness Friday

12 Jul

Happy Friday! I had today off from my internship, so I attempted to sleep in. I woke up around 7:30, walked Chipper, ate a delicious yogurt parfait for breakfast, and then headed to the gym.Image

I thought I would beat the afternoon lunch rush in the fitness center, but I learned the hard way that there is a big crowd there late morning as well. Oh well! I was still able to get my workout in, so that’s all that matters. This week’s workouts looked like:

  • Sunday: Hot Yoga
  • Monday: 10min run + Back + 10 min run
  • Tuesday: 1.6mi run outside
  • Wednesday: 10min run + Chest + Arms
  • Thursday: Pull-ups + 12 min Stairmill + 13min run
  • Friday: Legs + Abs

After the gym I headed out to test drive some cars. I found one that I love and the dealer let me bring it home to test it out for the night. I’ll be heading back in tomorrow to officially make it mine. I made the switch from an SUV to a car and I’m thinking I will handle it just fine. The car doesn’t feel too small, which is a major plus for me!

Another exciting note is that tonight is Pizza Friday! I’ll be making a Hawaiian Pizza for the family and I’m thinking that I will pair it with a Ceasar salad that I’ve been craving.