Back to Life (WIAW)

WHEW. What an absolutely insane couple of days! My schedule was insane and I’m still running around a bit like a crazy person but it’s whatever. Since I haven’t posted food in forever, this will double as WIAW!



Things didn’t get too super crazy until Friday. Thursday I got sound wave treatment on my Achilles. It was kind of strange, kind of painful, and extremely short. I have to go back 2 more times. I think it helped? I’ve been on my feet ALL weekend which normally KILLS my achilles, and I have been able to walk so I’m taking that as a good sign!

Here’s some Thursday food:

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So, the dining hall has been stepping up breakfast lately. Bread pudding? Of course I’m going to try that! I’m kind of in love with the blueberry bread pudding. SO good. But really sweet for breakfast! Next time I might bring some back for later! They also had sticky buns.

IMG_7329Lunch-carrots and meatballs. With a side of finally declaring my major! Bio all the way!

IMG_7328I love the shirt, haha!

IMG_7332Super simple dinner-chicken caesar salad and a warm, buttery roll. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

This was followed by a treat thought-the dining hall had a big fat of HOT brownie!

IMG_7333Umm YUM.

Friday morning I did a weight lifting work out that didn’t use my achilles so it could rest after the treatment. I did front squats, good mornings, back squats, and RDLs, and then finished with abs. IMG_0030 Breakfast was actually in the dining hall! I tried a weird mixture of steel cut oats, cottage cheese, golden raisins, and later banana, and really wasn’t feeling it. Also pictured is blueberry bread pudding. :) IMG_0031Hey, you can’t win them all!

So, the craziness REALLY got underway. Friday I met with a girl in my sorority for dinner….at 3:45….to talk about her experience abroad in Chile. We had to meet to start prepping everything at 4:30. Last weekend was formal recruitment for my sorority. The way my school handles this is that every girl has to go to these little “parties” with every chapter. So Friday we were there 4:30-12:30, and I didn’t get in bed until 3. My entire Saturday consisted of sleeping ish in, Crossfit, a quick trip to Whole Foods, a nap, and then returning for night 2 of recruitment.

I went to Whole Foods for one reason: it’s the absolute best time of year.

IMG_7337MANGO SEASON. When they start going on sale is when they really start being great. I bought 8 mangoes. Which I will admit is a far cry from the 29 I had last year…

I also picked up a quick lunch. Brunch? Dinner?

IMG_7338A green smoothie and a blueberry muffin.

My meal schedule was so weird. I had very few actual meals. Saturday, we were there from 5pm-2am, when we were physically kicked out of the building.

Sunday, unless you count the pb&j (ish) tortilla at 2, my dinner consisted of animal crackers. So there’s that.

I was really dreading rush, I must admit, but it ended up being pretty fun. I met and talked to some pretty cool people, and had a shockingly good time performing a ridiculous dance for all our potential new members. There is a video, but I’m pretty sure the Internet does not need to see that.

I also developed some bizarre allergy thing on Friday, AKA right as all this craziness started. I must be allergic to something that was blooming, because it’s a lot better now. However, my weird allergy thing plus talking to people for 7 hours a night, plus screaming and singing insanely, my voice has been GONE since Saturday. By the end of the night, I could barely make a sound. The last girl I talked to was legitimately concerned for me!

The craziness continued after rush for me-I got out at midnight on Sunday night, and had the pleasure of going home to write and prepare an oral presentation for the next day, as well as write a Spanish paper.  Monday was filled with class and meetings, and a bid day party for our new members. We didn’t get as many as we would have liked, especially given all the time and energy we put into the process, but it is what it is. IMG_0029

Me plus my giraffe, and a baby giraffe for a new member.

The craziness continued through this morning. We hosted a breakfast for new members…in my dorm room at 7am. So my room needed to be clean, and I needed to be awake. I didn’t get a chance for a workout at all yesterday, and the day before all I had time for was 20 minutes of HIIT on the Spin bike! Craziness!

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Breakfast was matzah eggs and fruit, since it’s Passover and we’re a historically Jewish sorority.

And before class, I made sure to grab coffee. I actually went with my sister! My real sister who despite the fact that she goes to the same school as me, you never see her pop up on here because I never see her!

IMG_7346Big sis and little sis coffee. I will never understand how she can handle so much more caffeine than I can!

Ok-WHEW. We’re almost caught up. On the workout front, I decided to run TO Crossfit today. It’s just over 2 miles each way, so it made for a good first run post-half marathon. It was definitely more difficult on the way back though!

And LASTLY (I promise, I know this has been a marathon post), dinner tonight: a beautiful avocado atop sweet potato, turkey meatball, and salsa.

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And now, I’m off to get a start on the million and one things I need to do today!

Catch me up on your lives-what’s new?










iPhoto Dump #2

Hey guys! Things have been absolutely crazy on my end for the last few days and aren’t let tin yup for a while! I’m running around like a crazy person and don’t even know what continent I’m going to be on this summer! I promise for a full, normal post tomorrow but for now, here’s a picture from now, plus a million old ones to get to know me a little better! I promise I’ll respond to comments soon as well!


I’ve done one of these before, and thought it would be fun to do another one! So here we go!


Pig slippers. Fall leaves. Enough said. This was a day after I bashed my knee open because I wiped out on a run. The funny thing? I was running to meet my family for brunch, and my mom took a picture of me running up with blood running down my knee, before she even realized I had blood running down my knee. I decided to spare you all that picture.


Pig slippers are always acceptable attire, right?


My sister was known as the cookie girl in high school. I was her trusty sidekick, the cookie eating girl.


Why yes Charlie, I DID get a violin case just for you to sit in.


This used to be milk. Thanks dad.


What can I say? Whiteboards help me think!



This is a cake. My sister made it. Isn’t it amazing??


Avocado birthing.


I swear I didn’t search for this!



Have a great day!

Snacks I’ve Been Loving Lately

Happy Friday! Disclaimer: I’m in the middle of a paper which has to be orally presented on Monday+ like 20 hours of rush stuff before then+getting my passport+obsessing over Latin American culture, things have been busy in these parts and I won’t really get to posting until after this weekend! Here’s a post I wrote last summer (please ignore the summer references-but know that right now we ARE getting 80 degree weather so it kind of works). Here are some go to snacks. One thing I will add though is my latest obsession: roasted carrots+mango. The best thing in the world. 


1. Fruit. This is such an easy one, and I especially love it during the hot summer because it just seems so refreshing!


2. Veggies and guac. I snacked on this quite a bit during the school year. If you buy a pouch of the guacamole spices, it’s as easy as mashing up half an avocado and dipping.


3. Part of a bar. During the school year, before a workout I’d grab half of a Thinkthin bar. Right now, I’m sampling my wide selection of quest bars. I’m finding I enjoy them in small pieces because for me they start tasting funny by the end of the bar, and they’re pretty dense which can be hard on my stomach. Eating a bite or two of a bar here and there may be obnoxious if you live with people who would actually like to eat a WHOLE said bar, but the Quest bars are mine so no shame.


4. Laughing Cow with carrots. This is the perfect mix of protein and produce. It’s just what I need to make it through the afternoon!


5. Yogurt. Specifically, stand-alone yogurt. For a snack, I prefer something that is satisfying as is. For example, vanilla yogurt wouldn’t be a good snack for me because I’d need granola and sunflower seed butter. Coconut yogurt is perfect for this.


6. Coffee with milk. Sometimes you do need a little pick me up, especially in the morning. If you’re like me and like the milk to coffee ration more on the milk side, this is perfect. The milk has protein and some carbohydrates. And yes, I’ve used this as a post-workout recovery drink. No shame.


7. Leftovers. Many times, snacks are seriously lacking in nutritional value. Leftovers are the perfect mini-meal, and they often include easy to grab veggies. The other day I grabbed some leftover sweet potato wedges for a snack-more delicious and nutritious than chips!


8. This smoothie. I do best when my snacks are on the light side, especially if it’s right before a workout. This smoothie really hits the spot because it’s super refreshing, tasty, and sneaks in some veggies.

1 cup dark chocolate almond milk

handful of spinach

half of a frozen banana

large handful of ice

pinch of xantham gum

Blend and enjoy!


9. Dark chocolate. Sometimes all you want is something sweet. This will fulfill that while offering antioxidants and a small caffeine boost.



What are some of your favorite snacks?

What’s New?

Hey guys! This is sort of a crazy week for me but I wanted to talk about a few things I’m doing right now!

The reason for the crazy week? I’m in a sorority and this is rush week. The way we do rush is sort of crazy. For example, Friday night is from 4:30-12:30…Another example of how it is crazy-starting a paper at 12:30 AFTER rush last night…oy.

I’m just going to go in list form to give this some sort of rough structure!

1: I’m writing a huge quarter long research paper on exercise addiction. I’m really excited about this! It’s a little more complicated than that, but this is the most blog relevant part!

2. I had my first cappuccino of the quarter the other day, and it was fabulous. I have to be super careful about caffeine because I’m worried I’ll give myself heart issues (family history+heart racing last quarter) so I laid off completely and now I’m fine if I keep it to a small cappuccino or a baby cup, only when I really need it!


3. I cannot get enough of these new KIND bars!

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4. Food. So, I’ve been doing this thing sort of. I’m semi-roughly following a meal plan, which I actually love because I’ve found some new things that are healthy and delicious. Which is why you may have seen some different things as of late. I’m looking at the Blogilates 12 week meal plan, but I’m really just taking some of the delicious sounding food and recipes and incorporating them into something that works for me. For some reason though, I’m really not feeling this week’s breakfast, which is essentially overnight oats. Here’s what’s crazy-the recipe calls for Greek yogurt and oats to sit over night, but no liquid! That’s craziness! So I definitely added almond milk. Not sure why I’m not feeling it-I liked over night oats in the past, but maybe that was because it was with fruity yogurt. In contrast, I LOVED last week’s egg cups and quinoa, which surprised me because I thought it was going to be a blah breakfast.IMG_7308 IMG_7314

Other things: chicken meatballs+roasted carrots. As I study addictions, the more I’m convinced I have a carrot addiction. It’s a problem.

IMG_7309 IMG_7311Another fun find from the meal plan? Turkey wraps with tomato and basil laughing cow+turkey+spinach+red pepper. I have the ingredients in my room and it makes a fabulous light dinner.

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5. Crossfit today was rough. I actually tore my hand in the last round of pull ups, which is something I’ve never done before. It was weird though because I was not expecting to tear my hand in that place…here’s the workout:

100 wall balls

100 pull ups

100 dumb bell snatches

100 push ups

6. My achilles magically feels good right now, despite having difficulties walking after standing up in rush events last night. The probable reason? I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow! I’m getting some type of treatment on it that is supposed to magically make it better. I’ll believe it when I see it. Maybe all I need to do is go to the doctor for it to be better-that’s what happened last time!

7. Here’s something crazy-I’m seriously considering studying abroad this summer. I was planning on doing it next spring, but there seem to be some spots left in the summer program and I don’t have anything that meaningful planned for the summer, plus it would give me more time for my major classes during the school year. Two downsides: it’s winter there…and my Spanish ability…this is my first quarter of Spanish in college. Granted, I took 4 years of Spanish in high school, including AP, but it’s still coming back to me. And all the classes are taught in Spanish. So I’d need to mega cram my Spanish before then. I already told my roommate that we’re going to have a Spanish only rule for our dorm room.

Want to know one of the firs things I looked up when I started considering this? Crossfit boxes in the area. How cool would that be? I think it would be a great way to meet locals and insert myself into life there.

That’s all I have for today!

Did you study abroad? Where? How did you like it?


Living the Self Hosted Life

Hey guys! How are you feeling? I’m feeling sore. My achilles was in a lot of pain this morning but that seems to be fading, but my QUADS are super sore. And thanks to my magic compression socks, my calves are fine. However, biking around wasn’t the most fun thing in the world this morning.

Clearly I did not do a morning workout! I slept in and it was fabulous. I think I’m still behind on sleep though because I needed an afternoon nap as well!

Breakfast was a classic-overnight oats. It was super thick though. I think I need more liquid next time!

IMG_7299Oats, plain yogurt, chia seeds, dried cranberries, and apple. Topped with very thoroughly cooked berries!

So, something strange and frustrating happened this morning. I lost my turkey. I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE while I was making my lunch, and I was rely angry because that meant it had likely gotten lost in transit and it was a lot of nice turkey that was going to make up quite a few of this week’s meals!

Well, this afternoon I found it. I somehow managed to throw it away this morning in the process of looking for it. It was actually still kinda cold! But I think I’m getting new turkey…SO frustrating though! At least it wasn’t sitting in my car all day today like I was worried it was!

Lunch was supposed to be a Chef’s salad, but without turkey it was just kind of a salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs, and avocado.

IMG_7300Still good, but would have been better with turkey.

So, this quarter I’m in Spanish 3. The class is entirely in Spanish. Which is fine, except I have Bio 10 minutes afterward, and it’s surprisingly confusing to have to switch around the way that I think. It’s funny because when I take Spanish, I definitely think in Spanish a lot.

Snack was carrots with a beautiful pool of sunflower seed butter.

IMG_7303And dinner was dining hall food. Not too shabby today-some type of Mexican seasoned chicken, salad, and my new favorite combo thanks to last week’s breakfasts: quinoa and sunflower seeds! Seriously-you need to try this!

IMG_7305And dessert-a Honey Oats and Coconut KIND bar. I’m really excited that KIND has come out with these new, nut-free granola bars! This one only has 7g of sugar!


IMG_7306And now onto today’s topic-living the self hosted life.

In summary: I don’t like it so far. Sure, I have more theme and style options. I got search engine optimization, which I’m still working on setting up. Fun fact-one of my top searches last week was “items made in the year 1842.” Ummm ok? Clearly need to work on that optimization!

I know there are more benefits-does anyone have any specific suggestions for me?

Now the cons. My number one annoyance right now is spam. I have to filter it myself, and there’s a whole lot more than I thought. And some things I have to make a decision about whether or not are spam. It’s a pain. And I still get email notifications about every spam comment which I really should turn off.

Next problem-is it just me or does my blog take forever to load? It was taking FOREVER to load the other day. And then my pictures came up black and I started freaking out. Until I realized it was my computer that sometimes likes to spaz out and freeze up when I go on the Internet. So maybe it doesn’t take forever to load for you guys and it’s just me? Let me know!

Last problem-I’m not sure how the transfer affects different blog reader sites, so I’m fairly certain I’ve lost readers as a result. For a while, the new posts weren’t coming up on Bloglovin if you followed my account, but now they are and as a result I see 3 Fitness is Sweet posts on my Bloglovin reader every time I post so I can tell it’s working!

So what do you guys think about self hosting-like, love, or hate it?






Rock n Roll SF Recap

Hey guys! I just completed my third half marathon-Rock n Roll San Francisco! I decided to do this race for fun, not trying to PR because I felt like I was so caught up in the time last race that I didn’t really get to enjoy the race.
Let me just say, I clearly have a sick idea of fun.
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TALK ABOUT HILLS. I did the Nike Women’s marathon, which is known for its hills. Well, this was worse. But let’s go through it, shall we?

IMG_7257Saturday afternoon after a meeting, I sprinted home to get up to the city in time to pick up my packet. The expo was well run and not crowded. IMG_7259

Lots of protein bar samples too! I’m ALL about the free samples.

After the expo, I came home and had a pre-race dinner.


Strawberries as big as my face.


IMG_7269Plus scrambled eggs, roasted carrots, and toast with homemade raspberry jam (unpictured).



I really think I did everything right for this race. Perfect pre-race food, went to bed early, good pre-race breakfast.

Then, it was race day! As soon as my kitty heard my 4:20am alarm go off, he came running to greet me and cover me with fur help me get ready.

I slightly modified my pre-race breakfast of egg whites, cocoa powder, and banana by throwing some instant oats in there because I thought I needed more calories and carbs.

IMG_7272I also had some strawberries and sort of burnt berry compote on top. I may or may not have forgotten it was still on the stove for a couple too many hours…oops.

And then I put on my new race shirt! I LOVELOVELOVE it!

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IMG_7275And then we were off! My parents dropped me off near the start just before 6am, the perfect amount of time to wait in port a potty lines and find my corral. The pre-race was very organized, and I had no problem getting into the correct corral. Plus, it wasn’t THAT crowded (or at least not when I arrived maybe!).

My first half, I wore short sleeves.The second one, I wore long sleeve Under Armour and ended up getting super hot and tossing it 2 miles in (it had seen much better days anyways). This time, I fashioned some beautiful and stylish throwaway sleeves out of my dad’s old socks.


Then, it was go time! As soon as we started, I knew I was feeling good. I was more than ready to tackle the first hill-which came up fast! I tossed my sleeves at an aid station around mile 2, but I would have earlier if I had seen a trash can! Hills have a way of warming you up quickly.

I crushed the first hill. It felt good, I kept a decent pace, and I thought about how much all my hill training had helped. Almost all of my long runs were at least somewhat hilly!

The second hill came up pretty quickly after the first, but we were rewarded with a view of the Golden Gate bridge from waaaay above. I definitely slowed down more on this hill! At this point, I was sort of thinking I could maybe PR this race, but I would see how I felt later on. Goal #1 was to ENJOY this race!

One of my biggest complaints about this race was how crowded it was. It was crowded quite a bit leading up to the bridge, but it was INSANE on the bridge. My legs were starting to feel heavy and I couldn’t keep pace at all in the crowds of people. I lost .07 miles just from weaving going one way across the bridge! It was very frustrating-but I had to remind myself that a) this was for fun and b) if I have my blog URL on my back I need to be a nicer person! (Not that I was rude….but getting there!)

The bridge was surprisingly and noticeably not flat. Very little of this race was flat. Another slight issue was that there was an aid station at mile 4, 8, and 10 but none around 5 or 6 because of the bridge, and 5 is where I normally take goo. I decided to take it early, especially since I was coming off of 2 hills! I took it at 4 and 10.

After it flattened out after the bridge, my legs were really starting to feel heavy and I knew I still had hills-lots of them-at the finish so I decided to give up on trying to PR and work on a) surviving and b) having fun.

Mile 10 and on I could only think of one thing: “What sick, sick person designed this course??” 2 giant hills already, and then the last three-ish miles as hills?  That’s just mean. My legs were already done and I was hurting. Since this was a for fun race, I walked a little bit on some of the hilly stretches, a few steps here or there. I knew that at that point I would end up with a time I was happy with anyways.

The ONLY saving grace about the course was that the last half mile was straight and downhill, and you could see the finish from half a mile away. I FLEW down that hill! I think I hit a sub 7:00 at some point!



(See me in the black?)

When I crossed the finish line, I was happy with my time, happy to be done, and noticing how tight my calves had gotten!


It turns out I was only 40 seconds off my PR, and definitely on a more difficult course! I had a lot of fun running this-that being said, I think I’m going to stay away from super hilly races for a little while. My goal race is the Giant’s Race in September, which although it is in San Francisco, is still fairly flat.

Then, I hightailed it over to the chocolate milk tent and found my parents.


Chocolate milk in a bag…?

It was an absolutely beautiful day in the city. When is it EVER sunny in San Francisco??



I quickly scarfed down a free Powerbar (It was Vanilla, and actually really tasty!) and then walked over to the main stage (it’s Rock n Roll after all!) to watch the concert and find one of my friends who came to see the concert!

It was actually a well known (ish) band-The Neighborhood. I know exactly one song of theirs-Sweater Weather. I thought they sounded good but didn’t have the best stage presence. It was definitely the tamest concert I’ve been too!

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One thing about Rock n Roll SF-I feel like it was a bit deceptive. They sort of made it sound like there would be a live band at every mile. I didn’t have a problem with the entertainment, I just thought it was a bit misleading. There were no bands until mile 8-just a few jugglers every few miles. There were maybe 4 bands, and only 2 actually had amps and microphones and were playing.

After the concert, it was time for real food! We stopped at Panera where I got a Fuji apple chicken salad.



But then it was time for the real show. Has anyone heard of Bi Rite Creamery? It’s one of the best ice cream places in the area-it rivals Smitten (Nitrogen ice cream)! And since we were up there, it had to be checked out.

I got salted caramel and chocolate with bittersweet chocolate sauce.


If there every was a time for a double scoop, it was after a half marathon. This was really good! I liked the flavors, but my mom’s toasted coconut was amazing.

Overall though, I have to say that my favorite is probably Tin Pot, followed by Smitten. And no, I have zero problems becoming an ice cream connoisseur.

Overall, I’m really happy with how the day went! I went out there and ran for fun (hah) and am more than happy with my time!

So what’s next? Like I said, the Giant’s Race is my PR race. I’m considering doing the ZOOMA Napa half, but I’m concerned it’s going to be really hot! I’m also considering doing Rock n Roll San Jose in October. I will most likely not be doing the Nike again this year. It was a good experience, but not amazing and not something I would want to do every time.  My absolute favorite race I’ve done is by far the Giant’s race. It’s not insanely hilly, there’s a lot of crowd support, and it take s you through a whole bunch of sites in the city.

What’s your favorite race?

A Satisfying Day

Today was a very satisfying day. I woke up and did my final run before my race on Sunday! My legs felt heavy but I have plenty of time to rest up before the big day! My achilles was killing me yesterday, but after ice and Advil, it was fine to run on today. Also, I forget to mention this before but I’m no longer doing a Tough Mudder in 1.5 weeks. My sister is having major shoulder issues and it just wasn’t going to happen so we transferred our registration to a Tough Mudder in August. After my race, I don’t have anything big on the horizon so I’m going to really work on fixing my Achilles and try to get some treatment on it. After that, I’ll probably do speed workouts or some of my favorite runs. And more spin-that’d definitely something that’s been neglected as of late!

Breakfast was the same as every other day this week-but I’m really starting to enjoy it! I love the quinoa with sunflower seeds.



Lunch was also the same as the rest of the week! I’m not sick of it yet!


Class-wise, I have to say, after taking 2 straight quarters of entirely science classes, it’s kind of weird to be doing something different this quarter. This quarter, I’m taking Bio, a required Rhetoric class, Spanish, and two units of research. As a science person, I’ve been staying away from humanities classes a lot. I’m not a huge fan of writing papers. But it really is nice to be doing something different. I feel like I’m expanding my mind, instead of focusing on memorizing tons of tiny details (love ya, Bio). Additionally, sometimes I forget what life and people are like outside of the Bio and Chem fields, and the premeds. They’re so much less intimidating! I think the Bio and Chem classes have a tendency to beat you down and really crush your soul confidence. But these other classes-they emphasize orals and talking to others and writing. It’s such a different environment, and I’m shocked to say I actually really like it. It’s been 3 days and I already feel like my public speaking is improving. I gave a very compelling 2 minute presentation on why cats are better than dogs today and it was kinda fun!


(It might have something to do with this face.)

This is making me realize I need to at least try to balance my schedule in the future. At least I know I’ll be doing Spanish for a while, which I absolutely love! However, I’m currently desperately trying to get out of Spanish 1. Such a bad idea. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school including AP, and I did not forget anywhere NEAR as much as I had thought.

This evening, I did a bit of ab work before a spin class. I really disliked the instructor the one time I went to her class before, and thought she was a lot better this time. However, it’s kind of a personal pet peeve, but when you say we’re going “downhill,” it’s not the same as “less hill.” Derivatives people! Haha, rant over. But going from 90% resistance to 80% resistance is not downhill.

Spin was at the far campus gym so I went to a different dining hall for dinner. A highlight was the fact that the brussels sprouts were actually cooked through, and the roasted cauliflower was seasoned with dill. SO good. Plus, the dining hall has sunflower seed butter (it’s peanut free) and a juicer…what?? Why does it have to be so freaking far? Maybe not next year!



On another fun note, my race shirt came! Any guess as to what is on the front??



Ahhh I love it! And I’m getting pumped for race day! Bring it on!

Do you ever have a particularly satisfying day?

WIAW-Food Prepped for the Week!

Happy Wednesday! We all know that means another installment of What I Ate Wednesday!



One quick bit of good news-I think all my links are fixed, but if anyone has any issues, please let me know! I’m also still trying to figure issues of following on Bloglovin, WordPress, and other blog readers but what I can say for now is make sure you have in your reader, not the!

Sunday was my last day at home (I went back that evening) so I spent the day prepping some food for the week.

I made quinoa, berry compote (frozen berries on the stove for about 2 hours), egg cups with veggies inside, and a stir fry type of tofu meal.




My last dinner at home was a favorite of mine-cheese soufflés! The recipe is from Cooking Light and is so good! Cooking Light has a ton of fabulous looking soufflés Ive always wanted to try! On the side was an herb salad-what’s so great about this salad is that the greens are half arugula/lettuce and half fresh herbs!



Back at school on Monday, I had tons of food all ready to go and be eaten! It helps make the first week of the quarter a breeze!


2 egg cups+quinoa mixed with ground flax and topped with berry compote.



My stir fry! Topped with sunflower seeds and on a bed of baby kale.


This was almost identical to the previous day’s breakfast but I topped the quinoa with sunflower seeds instead of berries. I think I prefer quinoa in a more savory sense, which is why I only topped half with berries!

Some other food prep:



Roasted carrots and an apple. I LOVE roasted carrots. I think if I had more access to them I’d eat a pound a day.

And some campus eats:



Some quick bread that I have to guess is some type of coconut pumpkin?



A giant burrito bowl with salmon, black beans, huac salsa, and mango salsa. Yum!

On the workout front, I did a butt kicking Spin workout on my own yesterday. HIIT on the Spin bike is killer! And then this morning, I had a quite wet track workout followed by abs from this video.  It absolutely killed me! I mean, I know I’ve been neglecting the core work but MAN did that burn.

I hope you guys all have a fabulous hump day!

What’s the best thing you ate today?




Crossfit Open Recap

First things first-hopefully you’re actually seeing my blog posts! I’ve had some issues with URL/something or other so I’m not sure if it’s coming up on blog readers. If not, I think for Bloglovin, if you add a different version of, they should start coming up. It’s a work in progress!

Now, onto the main topic. The Crossfit Open. I’d heard about it before I started doing Crossfit, so I was pretty excited. I didn’t officially sign up, but I had a lot of fun getting caught up in the hype and doing the workouts. I watched the live announcements on the Crossfit website, wither before or after I did the workouts, simple to be amazed by these elite athletes!

Overall, the Open was super fun. A lot of people PR during the Open. I did toes to bar for the first time which was exciting! There weren’t really any other places I had the chance to PR though-on the deadliest workout, I didn’t get far enough to get anywhere near my max!


I didn’t do this one-I had a race that day!


Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:

From 0:00-3:00

2 rounds of:

10 overhead squats

10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 3:00-6:00

2 rounds of:

12 overhead squats

12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 6:00-9:00

2 rounds of:

14 overhead squats

14 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

MEN - includes Masters Men up to 54 years old
95-lb. overhead squats
Chest-to-bar pull-ups

WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
65-lb. overhead squats
Chest-to-bar pull-ups


(The aftermath.)

I didn’t know what to expect from my first Open WOD. I was already basically out-I can’t really do a pull up, much less a chest to bar, so I used a band for this. My goal was to make it into the second round.

The result? This workout was WAY tougher than it looked. I don’t think I’ve ever been shaking so much from a 6 minute workout. This is one I’d like to try again (which I definitely wouldn’t say for all the Open workouts.) I actually surprised myself though and was only a few reps from making it into the third round. If I had known I’d be at all close, I think I could have definitely pushed a little bit more.


WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
95-lb. deadlifts, 10 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
135-lb. deadlifts, 15 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
155-lb. deadlifts, 20 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
185-lb. deadlifts, 25 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
205-lb. deadlifts, 30 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
225-lb. deadlifts, 35 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch

In this workout, I knew I wouldn’t even approach my 1 rep max because of time, so my goal was to make it to the 185lb portion. I did step ups for the box jumps to conserve energy and time because my box jumps are insanely slow. There was a lot of concern over this workout because as you get tired, you have more and more heavy deadlift reps which can lead to poor form and injury. I met my goal and finished with 97 reps total, although the faces I was making during the 185lb deadlifts may not have been the most lady like. I don’t normally make crazy faces when I lift, but this was definitely not the only time during the Open that that occurred!


MEN - includes Masters Men up to 54 years old
Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 20 lb. to 10-foot target
30 cleans, 135 lb.
20 muscle-ups

WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 14 lb. to 9-foot target
30 cleans, 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups

Prior to this workout, I had never done a toes to bar, but I was hopeful that I’d be able to bust some out for 14.4. At my box at home, we only have 2 rowing machines so those not signed up for the Open substituted an 800m run for the rowing which is what I did. When I first arrived at the box, I tried toes to bar and did it for the first time ever! I ended up getting through 5 toes to bar during 14.4 before failing a bunch and then deciding to finish it with a knees to elbow modification. I ended up making it through 15 cleans. This wasn’t the gasser I was expecting it to be, partly because toes to bar attempts took so long!


MEN - includes Masters Men up to 54 years old
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
95-lb. thrusters

WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
65-lb. thrusters

This was just mean. I don’t think I could possibly imagine a worse workout. That being said, I recently got over my mental hurdle with thrusters and have actually been doing them heavier during workouts, so the weight wasn’t too bad for me. This was definitely a gasser. I broke things up quite a bit. Burpees are the worst, but these were burpees OVER THE BAR, which is even more awful! The set of 21 was killer. I’m just grateful this was a DESCENDING ladder! I finished in 23:42 Rx and proceeded to lay down. I know it’s a Crossfit thing to lay down on the ground after a tough workout, but it’s never something I’ve really done. This was an exception. I was SO tired. This is a workout I will NEVER repeat.


Overall, the Open was a lot of fun! It definitely pushed me more than I would in a normal workout, and brought me out of my comfort zone!

Did you do the Open?


MIMM- More Hiking and Food

Hey guys! The new site appears to be up and MOSTLY running! As long as, you know, you don’t want to click on any of my old links…so it’s still a work in progress! I apologize and hope that everything will be resolved soon!

In the meantime, let’s celebrate that start of a new week with MIMM!




IMG_7159Leftover chicken breast, sweet potato, and cumin roasted cauliflower.

IMG_7172Cauliflower crust pizza. It was good but it didn’t really resemble pizza in the sense that it had to be eaten with a fork!

IMG_7173Mixed berry fruit tart. We tried a sample at the grocery store and had to get some!

IMG_7196Friday night after 14.5, my mom and I planned to go to the Giant’s game but it was a pre-season game and the weather didn’t seem like it would be that nice so we opted to stay at home and watch the Veronica Mars movie (I really liked it!) and get Mexican take out. I got my usual Teriyaki Tacos, and whipped up some homemade guac to go on the side!

IMG_7198While I couldn’t get a pretty picture of this, it was definitely a highlight. I finally tried banana “ice cream”, which was simply frozen banana blended until completely creamy. I had to make use of my Vitamix while I was home, and this put it to the test!

Verdict? AMAZING. I added a touch of vanilla and butterscotch extracts and it was divine. I also made a little chocolate swirl out of more banana, cocoa powder, and coconut oil.

IMG_7215Quesadillas with mozzarella, tomato, and avocado with bruscetta and a side of butternut squash soup. Since Ashley is constantly posting melty, cheesy goodness with avocado inside, I just had to try it out!

Other marvelousness: spending some quality time with my little kitty! And learning that Claritin actually works pretty well. My allergies didn’t get to me until the last night!



Marvelous is a beautiful hike with friends. Yes, another hike.

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 What is Marvelous in your Monday?