Thanksgiving 2015

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you all had a wonderful day filled with food, family, friends and anything else you enjoy. Untitleddd.jpg

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November 23: What are you thankful for?

Today I am thankful for late classes. All of my classes start from 10:00am on which is really nice for when I want to sleep in or if I am too tired the night before to do work, then can do that work in the morning.

Today I woke up at 9:00am, wrote some emails and worked on some blog posts (get excited, there are some pretty fun posts coming up if I do say so myself!). Lately, I haven’t really had the motivation to get things such as homework and errands done. You know how sometimes you’re so busy and need to get stuff done that you push things off because you just want to relax for even two seconds? Well yea, that’s been me. However, I went home this past weekend and am so ready to get everything done! I’m so thankful for these late classes because now I have some time to myself to get what I love to do (blogging) or need to do (homework) done!

Be sure to check out some similar posts on Bianca’s blog! You can never be too thankful! 

What are you thankful for?

My Favorite Healthy Snacks and Meals

Here are my favorite healthy snacks!

  • Wild Riceworks Black Japonica Rice Crackers

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  • Apples

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  • Stir Fry
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Stir fry with olives, carrots, amaranth, farro, rice, spinach, and broccoli.
  • Latte with no flavoring and no whip
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I’m as happy as this little guy when I can drink my lattes!
  • Fruit Parfait
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Fruit parfait with greek yogurt, pineapple, strawberries, honey and coconut shavings.
  • Gerber Puffs Cereal Snack in Strawberry Apple

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  • Honey wheat bagel with peanut butter

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  • String Cheese

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Hopefully this post helped to inspire you to try a new food (maybe even one I posted above)!

What are your favorite foods lately?

I plan out my meals.

I try to plan out my meals for every day of the week. I am going to get right into it!

Of course, some changes have to happen to my plans on occasion. If I know that I will be at a friends house that weekend, I plan to bring some snacks or to get my game face on and turn down any poor food choices. But of course I still eat junk food though, what’s a friends house without junk food? I will also plan my workouts according to what I have planned for that week. By planning these things out I can plan to eat healthier or do a harder workout the days before I go. Also, say I am going to their house Friday afternoon. In that case, I would squeeze a workout in Friday morning and then choose that Saturday I won’t be home to be one of my off days.

When planning out my meals, I often write “pick something from the snack drawer” into the snack category on my planner. In my dorm, I have a drawer with different healthier snacks. Even though I enjoy planning out my meals, I also like to feel like I have more freedom from that schedule. So I use my snack drawer for this. This way, I can choose anything from the drawer but still stay within that healthy snack category.

Since I am in college it is harder to make better choices. If I had a car, I could do a quick trip to Walmart to get some healthier food no problem. However, since I’m a freshman I can’t have a car on campus so I take the bus once a week to pick up food. I have to plan what I eat so I can also know what to buy on my next shopping trip to make sure I eat it. On my last shopping trip, this is some of the food I picked up:

apples with caramel

mango

avocado

4 apples

carrots

Rice Crackers

dried edamame

Many of the foods I keep in my dorm are healthy microwavable foods and different snacks. Sometimes if I know the dining hall won’t have any meals that are lower in carbs, I will make some soup or have half an avocado with something else. I just substitute foods according to what part of the food pyramid I am missing for that day.

In the dining hall they try to serve healthier food. However, they also have to cook for mass amounts of people. This makes it difficult because often, only foods high in carbs are served at the dining hall in my dorm. So I make changes to some of the food options. One of the options for breakfast is waffles. Waffles aren’t the best thing for you, but they’re better than eating the fried tater tots, sausage and pancakes. The waffles tend to keep me fuller longer than the pancakes so I choose that or a bagel. For my waffle I mix in flax seed, then cook it, and put a small amount of maple syrup on it with some crushed almonds and walnuts. I personally buy the flax seed and nuts, this is not provided by my school. For lunch, I have canned chicken to bring down to the dining hall and put that on my sandwich rather than the meat provided by my school since it is hard to tell where it comes from. I don’t eat meat much in general, but when I do I like to know where it comes from in addition to the fact that canned chicken is somewhat better for you than canned tuna. Making these changes also helps me to shake up what I’ve been eating so I don’t get sick of one food.

This is what works best for me and my lifestyle. I don’t always plan out my food, but if I feel like I need to plan it out, I do. I just do whatever will work for that day. Staying on track is important to me and my goals. I hope that this helped to give some of you ideas on how to stay on track and live that healthy lifestyle you want. If you have anything you do to keep you on track, please let me know. I would love to hear some of your ideas!

What I Eat in a Day!

Breakfast: 2 small chocolate chip coconut pancakes and chocolate milk

Snack #1: medium hot latte with no flavoring, no whip and an apple

Lunch: white sticky rice, half a quesadilla with salsa, a cinnamon mini muffin and orange vitamin water

Dinner: a burrito on a wheat tortilla, cheese, lettuce, black beans, brown rice, pico de gallo salsa and black olives and an ice cream sandwich

Snack #2: a coconut granola bar

My trip to Cooperstown, New York!

The Baseball Hall of Fame

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Hey everyone! I went on a trip to go see The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. I am not a big baseball fan, but I still had a lot of fun in this museum.

I loved how every item in the museum was preserved in the same condition the item was received in. Many of the cleats contained dirt and the jerseys had stains; this gave the items in the museum a much more realistic quality to them.

I especially loved the history aspect. I loved the exhibit on different cultures joining in the phenomenon of the time, which was baseball. My favorite exhibit was probably the one showing the history of women in baseball. There was a video of a woman who got the chance to play professional baseball and gained the respect of others which I found to be very admirable.  I also loved how some time ago, women wore dresses to play baseball. I give them even more props for that because they’d get scratched up more than if they got to wear pants. These exhibits were amazing to me because it reminded me that much of what we have today is because of someone who had the courage to try. All I have to say is wow.

Plus, me being the art fanatic that I am, I loved the display of the baseball quote with the photograph underneath it. The connection between the two made the whole display that much better because it was well thought out.

Overall, I had a great day. The town was great and had a unique quality to it; I plan on going back at some point to explore the town more. I knew that I wasn’t a fan of baseball, but went on this trip anyway and had a great time! What have you tried that isn’t normally of interest for you, but you tried anyway and enjoyed? I would love to hear some of your experiences!

I tried ZUMBA!

Holy cow! I know many people have said that Zumba was fun, but I didn’t think it would be that fun!

My expectations:

  1. That it would be fun.
  2. There would be instruction. I am not sure if in most Zumba classes there is instruction, but mine did not.
  3. It would be really, really difficult.
  4. You would dance to one or two long songs or workout playlists.
  5. The class would be relatively short.
  6. You would be expected to know what you were doing.

Reality:

  1. No instruction.
  2. It was difficult but I was able to dance the whole time without stopping. My legs are so sore today though (which is great!).
  3. It was unbelievably fun.
  4. I forgot I was even working out.
  5. You dance to a whole bunch of different songs; some were harder than others.
  6. There were people of all ability levels.
  7. Lets just say, all my expectations were wrong (except number one of course).

If you are hesitating to try Zumba, stop! Go out and try it. No one cares if you’re good at dancing, if thats your concern. I had no clue what I was doing and it was a blast. You learn to pick things up quickly after some time doing the different dances. It was so fun I forgot I was even working out. My class was forty five minutes and the last fifteen were an ab and leg workout, and stretching. I am definitely going to go to the next class next week! I can’t wait to go again!

If you’ve done Zumba, what did you think?