A Day in the Life…

I wanted to do a more traditional blog post all about my day today. But first, I think I need to provide some background information on myself. So my last year and a half of college I worked two jobs, ran track and cross country, and was enrolled in 16 units. Pretty much, I cried at least once a month (but let’s not kid ourselves it was probably more like once a week) because I was so stressed out and just beyond my capacity. I went straight from that into grad school where I worked on the weekends, taught during the week days, and went to school at night after teaching all day. Basically, I tend to overload myself with commitments (ongoing since high school). But it matches my crazy type A personality SO WELL!! Anyway, I am still a busy bee (hence the lack of posts), but I really want to take the time to start becoming a healthier person (note my post here on being more healthy). I mean healthy in terms of physically, mentally, and spiritually. Today, I focused on the mental and physical aspects. Soo… here goes!

Dear Readers,

Today my day started off with oatmeal on the go (aka eating oatmeal while stopped at lights… don’t try it at home kids!) on my way to work. It was minimum day because the kiddos had finals, thus I did a lot of grading for final second quarter grades.

After work, I got my run on! 3.37 miles at a 8:53 average mile pace (not so fast considering I used to be a division 1 college athlete)
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Healthy(ish) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

20140123_180326 I jumped on the healthy band wagon and decided to make some healthy cookies. I’ve been CRAVING oatmeal cookies so I decided to use oats in this cookie recipe. Some days I really believe that desserts are meant to be fattening and sweet, while other days I want to have my cake and eat it too. I guess today I was feeling the latter. First things first, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Continue reading

Rainbow Cupcakes

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This weekend has been a busy one! I had three birthday parties to attend on Saturday, but unfortunately only made it to two. One was all the way in Los Angeles so that didn’t help for timing. In any case, on Friday I helped my friend Breanna bake and decorate cupcakes and a cake for the first party (an old coworkers’ daughter turned 3). Nothing fancy for the cake part (just box mixes), but we did use a Martha Stewart recipe for the butter cream icing. We also used a number of tips to decorate the cupcakes. We used the following recipe to make the icing: Continue reading

Red Velvet Cupcakes Try #1

My brother and his wife are expecting in March… did I tell you that already? So, I am thinking about making the desserts for the baby shower that’s coming up soon. I was sick all weekend with the flu and am losing my voice; however, I still managed to test out some recipes. This will be kind of a review of two different recipes. Two superstar, celebrity chefs if you will: Martha Stewart and Paula Deen (can I just say how ironic this is that they both have gotten bad publicity and I grouped them together?… yeah I guess it’s not that funny). Anyway, I tested out Paula Deen’s cream cheese frosting recipe and Martha Stewart’s red velvet cupcake recipe. Below I included both recipes and my review. If you have made either of these, any suggestions are welcome and wanted!

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Stuffed this Weekend: Blackfish vs Sea World

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This weekend I was supposed to go to a protest, but I got sick and unfortunately could not attend. I know a lot of people have seen Blackfish, and I also know that a lot of you have not. If you have not seen the documentary, all I ask is that you keep an open mind. If what I am arguing does not seem right to you, I hope that you research it and maybe actually watch the documentary. Continue reading

I Run to Eat

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“I run to eat,” was pretty much my signature phrase from junior year of high school on. You see, in my junior year I was injured AND developed hips. For a distance runner, it was pretty much the worst case scenario ever. I gained a sizable amount of weight and even parents commented on it. To sum it all up… it sucked. It also caused me to adopt the thinking that as long as I worked out on a consistent basis I could eat whatever I wanted to because I was not gaining weight anymore. While I still fall into this habit of mind A LOT, I’ve also gotten older and have learned a lot about nutrition. While I indulge myself in delicious, albeit unhealthy foods, I’ve been attempting to cut back lately. I am doing this in order to feel more comfortable in my skin and to feel healthier and strong on the inside too. This may slightly affect the types of foods or the amount of food posts on my blog, and I hope you don’t mind. Please don’t take this as my advice for anyone else, it is just what I am deciding for my own good.

Along with better eating, I have also been working out more than I have in recent years. My shin splints have finally mellowed out and I am able to run 45 minutes fairly pain free on grass again. I also indulge in some of the circuit training I put my middle school students through. Two recentcircuits that we completed were the following:

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Mac n’ Hot Cheetos

I LOVE hot Cheetos. There, I said it. I know that they are unhealthy and can be dangerous when consumed in large quantities, but everything in moderation, right? I also happen to LOVE LOVE LOVE mac n’ cheese. Who doesn’t??! So pairing the two is like pairing Lucy and Ricky Ricardo together… okay maybe not the same, but you get where I’m going with this.

I received this recipe from a friend of a friend, but I modified it a bit to my liking *and hopefully yours.* First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 12in pan. Next, as usual, let’s look at our lineup shall we….

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New Years

Happy New Year!!! I’ve been a little silent, but to be fair, I was living it up in Vegas for almost a week. I don’t normally make new years resolutions, but I guess if I made one it would be to eat healthier and learn how to play an instrument. We’ll see if that happens….

Here are some pictures of my crazy but wonderful night on the strip of Vegas for New Years Eve
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