Leibster Award!

Hi everyone! I was nominated for the Leibster award by Cailee at Hello Healthy Eating! This is my first blog award so I’m super excited and thankful for this opportunity. So for today I’m answering those questions.

1. What got you interested in blogging?

Once I came to college I realized that it was now up to me to workout. I no longer had practices and games for high school sports that kept me in shape. Freshman year I started looking online for resources for workouts, eating healthy, etc. I stumbled across Julie’s blog Peanut Butter Fingers and Tina’s blog Carrots N’ Cake. For about a year I read their blogs and many others. I knew for a long time that I wanted to start my own blog to write about fitness, healthy eating, and to keep up with what was going on in my life. I started off with a blog on Tumblr in November 2011 and then got the courage to start my own blog in December of 2012.

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2. What are some goals you have for your blog?

Some goals for my blog are #1 for me to be more consistent with my posting. #2 to continue to grow and be a source of motivation and light for people. #3 to become self-hosted!

3. How do you stay motivated to eat right and be active?

I’ve always been someone who is very aware of my body and wants to be happy with how my body looks. In the first place working out is a huge stress relief to me and I truly enjoy it. However, eating right is always a struggle for me. In high school I ate whatever I wanted and didn’t give it a second thought because I was very active with high school sports. That’s not the case anymore now that I’m in college. I realize that what I eat directly impacts the way my body looks and feels. I, myself, am my biggest motivation because I want to look healthy and feel healthy. It also helps that my close group of friends and my mom and sister are all into healthy lifestyles.

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4. What are some tips to increase motivation?

When you are feeling unmotivated think of how you feel when or after a workout. Think about how your body feels when you make healthy eating choices. That always motivates me to make better eating decisions or to get moving!

5. What is your favorite ‘treat’ food?

I love pizza on the weekends. I also cannot pass up a piece of chocolate cake!

6. In a typical day, what would you usually eat?

Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana for breakfast. Lunch at my sorority house: sandwich or taco salad. Dinner: Eggs with spinach and plenty of hot sauce!

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7. What is your workout routine?

Monday & Wednesday I take a weight lifting class so I do arms/back on Monday and legs on Wednesday. Tuesday/Thursday are running/cardio days. Friday is a free for all. Typically I do a chest routine, go for a run, and/or yoga.

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8. Do you like to cook more or bake more?

I enjoy cooking breakfast, but otherwise I love baking more. I love all the healthy options for desserts there are now and I enjoy experimenting with recipes. I just need more time to bake!

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9. How did you form healthy habits that last?

Consistency is key. Be repetitive and habitual with your healthy habits and they will stick!

10. Do you restrict junk food or eat it in moderation?

I typically only eat some junk food on the weekends. I may have fro-you or iced coffee during the week or an occasional piece of cake at work. Otherwise I eat pretty healthy during the week and tend to go all out on whatever comes my way on the weekends.

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I’m not going to nominate anyone since I need to get ready for class today, but feel free to answer these questions on your blog!! Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Answer one of the questions in a comment!

Catching Up During Easter Weekend

So I haven’t done a blog post since last Friday and I have some catching up to do.

1. First things first, if you haven’t seen my Instagram post or are not friends with me on Facebook I have some sad news. Our family chocolate lab that I got when I was 7 passed away on Friday. Because she is 15 years old the past couple of years have been rough for her. She was basically an elderly dog and of course there comes a time where it would be best for them to be put down.

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Throughout my time at college I knew that someday I would come home and Holly wouldn’t be here. Friday was that day. It’s always sad to lose a family dog. When they grow up with you they are a vital part of the family. Holly was definitely the best dog that we’ve ever had and we will miss her a lot. We have so many fond memories of Holly and no other dog will ever compare to her. I didn’t realize how sad another dog can be when their best friend is no longer there. Marley, our yellow lab, is definitely missing Holly. My words will never do Holly justice. I’m sad that she’s gone. Thankful for the memories I have of her. And I’m happy that she’s in a better place now. Anyways, now to a brighter note.

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2. Last weekend was Greek Olympics and we did great!

My chariot team got 2nd!

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Pyramid team got 2nd!

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Overall my sorority did an amazing job at Greek Olympics! I’m sad it was my last, but I’m glad we got it over with!

3. This past week was stressful with school and I’m glad it’s over. A Shakespeare paper caused a lot of stress and time this past week.

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I got in a two really good workouts during weight lifting class this week. I did this workout from Julie at PBFingers and I could definitely feel it afterwards!

And I got in a good leg day workout on Wednesday that left me sore!

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4. I love my friends! I know y’all are probably tired of hearing how much I adore my friends, but oh well. This picture is from a night out after Greek Olympics.

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5. I got breakfast fuel at Starbucks for my trip home yesterday. Iced coffee and I brought my own peanut butter for a bagel. Ridiculous I know.

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I love being home and waking up in my own bed. I also love when my Mom makes pancakes for breakfast. These pancakes were nice and fluffy!

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6. “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

Incredibly grateful to have a Savior who came and died for MY SINS  and the sins of the world. He died and rose and He will be coming back someday! Have a great Easter weekend everyone!!

“Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18
He came. He died. He rose. He ascended, and He is coming back! So grateful for this truth! The Victory has been won! – See more at: http://www.singletaryslifeasweknowit.com/2014/04/good-friday.html#sthash.ZUrk3ySh.dpuf
“Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18
He came. He died. He rose. He ascended, and He is coming back! So grateful for this truth! The Victory has been won! – See more at: http://www.singletaryslifeasweknowit.com/2014/04/good-friday.html#sthash.ZUrk3ySh.dpuf
“Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18
He came. He died. He rose. He ascended, and He is coming back! So grateful for this truth! The Victory has been won! – See more at: http://www.singletaryslifeasweknowit.com/2014/04/good-friday.html#sthash.ZUrk3ySh.dpuf
“Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18
He came. He died. He rose. He ascended, and He is coming back! So grateful for this truth! The Victory has been won! – See more at: http://www.singletaryslifeasweknowit.com/2014/04/good-friday.html#sthash.ZUrk3ySh.dpuf

Have you ever lost a family dog? What are your plans for Easter weekend?

5 on Friday: The Day I Just Ate Chocolate

1.  Chocolate. On Wednesday it seemed like all I ate was chocolate. I did get in some oatmeal at breakfast, but it went downhill after that. After doing an interview I decided to stop by a few shops near the area I was in. The first store I went into was a chocolate shop. Anndd I came out with chocolate covered graham crackers and peanut butter cups. Soo delicous! Then I went to a small coffee shop and right when I walked in I saw a picture that said “chocolate peanut butter blended iced coffee”. I was instantly sold. There was no going back. So I ordered that and it was really good!!

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That night my sorority had a social with a fraternity and we ended the night with smores. Needless to say I ate more chocolate. My eating has been all over the place this week and since Wednesday it’s just gone down from there.

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2. Greek Olympics. The past two weeks some of my sorority sisters and I have been out late practicing for Greek Olympics on Saturday. I’m the captain of our chariot team and I’m on the pyramid team. So we’ve been meeting every night to practice and improve so that Saturday we can win!! Greek Olympics is my favorite time of the year in regards to sorority events. I love getting to hang out with the girls and get to know girls better than I don’t know well. It’s fun to be competitive together and to see what everyone’s strengths are. I’m sooo excited for Saturday, so I’ll let you know how it goes!!

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3. Last registration. I registered for my last semester of “classes” on Thursday. I no longer will have real classes to attend, but I’ll be at a high school all day every day doing my student teaching. I’m excited to graduate in December, but I still can’t believe it’s already been 4 years!!

My friends and I meet at 5:30 am on the morning of registration and have breakfast. So this time we met at Denny’s bright and early.

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I had the french toast breakfast with 7 grain bread (not that it makes it much healthier), bananas, strawberries, and a side of peanut butter. Also, some scrambled eggs too. That kept me full for hours.

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4. Workouts. This week has been another good week of working out (my diet on the other hand has been sketch). I’m so thankful for my weight lifting class so that I have scheduled time in the gym. On Monday I did an arm workout. Tuesday I went for a run.

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Wednesday my best friend killed me with another leg workout.  I’ve been sore all week since then in my hamstrings and quads.

Wall Balls 18lb ball 10 reps x 3

Deadlifts 45lb bar 10 reps x 3

Bosu ball cable squats 10 reps x 3

Alternating Bulgarian squats on bosu ball 10 reps on each leg x 3

Morning glories 10 reps x 3

Body weight squats 30 reps x 3

Now let me tell you. The bosu ball cable squats are no joke. Watch the video below. These things are hard. My first attempt I looked like I was trying to dance on the bosu. I looked ridiculous. Once I got the movement down it went  a lot smoother. It definitely shows you how strong or weak your core is.

5. Pinterest love. Lastly, here are a few of my favorite Pinterest pins for the week.

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 I’m so ready for summer. Love this outfit.

So thankful that my life has been peaceful for it gives life to my body.

I’m so happy it’s Friday and the weekend is here!! My parents will be here in just in a few hours for the weekend. We’ll get to have our last big Greek event for the year with Greek Olympics and I hope the Zetas come out on top!! Have a great weekend everyone!

Have you ever had an all chocolate eating day? Do you like working out with a friend or partner?