Good Vibes.

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I’ve been in a bit of a funk for about the last week. Maybe it’s the fact that I just turned 23 and I’m in a “where is my life going?” phase. I actually like that my birthday falls in the summertime. Not only because of the beautiful weather that I will most likely always have on my day of birth but because it falls mid-year after the new year.

January is the month where people tend to reevaluate their lives, goals, dreams… The same happens for me around my birthday. A whole year older, and a whole year wiser. I learned a lot while being 22 & defiantly grew more mature. I visited a ton of new places (Colorado, Texas, Georgia to name a few) so my wanderlust soul is very happy! And I met a bunch of wonderful people and learned to let go of those who no longer bring positive vibes into my life.

Which brings me to the book I’ve recently been reading. Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t by Michael J Losier is all about the theory of positive thinking. I have always been fascinated by the idea of “what you think is what you become.” And psychology has been a huge passion of mine throughout college and still continues today.

Seriously, the way people act and perceive different situation is extremely interesting to me. And this book goes explains how your thoughts and mindsets affect the outcomes in your life. This may seem like common sense information but it is so easy for your emotions to take over.

Staying positive is not always easy. It’s like an art form you need to practice in order to get better at. Positive people attract others to them. It’s much more relaxing and enjoyable to be around a person who is positive and seeks to bring that positivity to others lives.

So on this Tuesday, strive to be more positive. And continue this into tomorrow, the rest of the week, and on. :)

 

Espresso ‘self.

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I took a week off.

From running. From blogging. From being completely connected at work.

I originally planned for the break from running because I recently went to Des Moines, IA last weekend for the Soulshine Tour. It was a big reggae event where Michael Franti, SOJA, Trevor Hall, Brett Dennen, and Sonna Rele performed. It was an amazing weekend and another very memorable summer vacations. I feel like I have been taking a lot of short trips lately but really, that’s what summer is for. I also need these short escapes from reality to relax and recharge away from day to day life.

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Then my birthday was this last Tuesday. Happy 23rd to all of my fabulousness.

I went into work for a half day, ate some cookie cake, got off work, drink a ton of wine and did my nails, completed some retail therapy, went to dinner and drinks, and then attended a Foreigner show. The Foreigner show was actually quick an entertaining crowd of people as well. All in all, in was a pretty awesome birthday.

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Then last night I competed in a Hot Dog Eating Triathlon. It was as disgusting and hilarious as it sounds.

I had to eat a “loaded” hot dog and then run 2.3 miles for my leg of the race.

I hate hot dogs. I also hate all the toppings that go on a hot dog. So it was pretty gross. But an awesome experience. How many people can say they have been in a hot dog eating triathlon?

The result = I am never entering into an eating contest ever again. I like to enjoy food.

Now I have a long weekend of shenanigans ahead of me but I am back. Back to running & back to blogging.

The break was nice but I missed the routine of everything. :)

Just one of those days.

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Some days it’s difficult to be positive and in a good mood. Today is one of those days for me.

And the perfect cure for this is Panera & a long run after I get off work. Seriously, who isn’t cheered up by broccoli cheddar soup? Other than people who don’t like broccoli but those people are wrong.

I’ll be back to regular consistent posting soon but I am really evaluating the look of my blog and how I want to change it up. Also, I am heading to Des Moines, IA this weekend for a big reggae show for another little mental break from reality.

Happy almost weekend :)

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.

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I’m just back from a nice long 4th of July vacation to the lake & boy, was this break from reality well needed! I soaked up a ton of sun and had a blast out on the water. I’m actually kind of sad that the 4th of July is over now because that means the rest of the summer will fly by. So we all need to take full advantage of all the outdoor time we can get!

Before leaving though I did whip up a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. My mama gave me some rhubarb from her garden when I was back in Chicago last month so I’ve been determined to find a good recipe to use it. I found this recipe over on Skinny Taste (of course). She does such an excellent job of taking tasty dishes and giving them a healthy twist. Seriously, the only “bad” things for you in this dish are butter & flour – and that’s just the crisp topping so not even that much of an indulgent dessert!

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 1 lb rhubarb stalks (about 5 or 6) cut into 1 in pieces
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup honey

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Quaker quick oats
  • 1/2 cup 100% white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, not packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine strawberries & rhubarb in an oven safe dish.
  • Add honey.
  • Then orange juice & zest.
  • Sprinkle with cornstarch & toss until fruit is well coated.
  • Mix toppings ingredients in a medium bowl then spread over fruit.
  • Bake until topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling (about 40 mins).
  • Serve with a scoop of ice cream & enjoy!!

Healthy Holiday Guide – 4th Edition.

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Happy Birthday America!

And yay! Amazing cooking is everywhere! Which means over eating… but, wait!

You don’t have to overeat this year. Try these simple tricks to help from indulging too much (but still indulge, it is a Holiday!)

  • It’s a summer holiday so there will be fruit all over the place. Watermelon, strawberries, blueberries (every other berry that is red or blue). So munch on all of those berries before having a “meal”.
  • Limit yourself to one plate of “good” home cooking food. It is a holiday so indulge in some corn dogs and potato salad! But don’t go back for seconds, I use this trick at Thanksgiving time too and I am also grateful I did once everyone is in nap mode and Black Friday shopping time rolls around.
  • If you’re drinking, try out some of these skinny cocktails!
  • Run around, play, jump on the trampoline, swim. The holiday isn’t just all about eating. Go out and burn off all those scotchie bars you just ate!
  • Have 2 desserts! We don’t have to have every single one but treat yourself with two & feel special.
  • Now watch some fireworks!

Happy 4th everyone :)

Got any neat healthy tricks for the holidays? Share with me below!!

Runners Beware!

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Summer is finally here and the bike paths are filled with bikers, walkers, roller bladders, & those new fancy elliptical scooters. But with the summer season comes storms & rain, which means humidity. A runners worst nightmare!

Unless you’re already use to running during humid conditions (east-coasters), this type of weather can really take a toll on your body. Runner’s World posted an excellent article explaining how your body reacts to running during the humid weather. If I haven’t checked the weather that day and I head out for a run I can tell how humid is after about 1/2 a mile because I am drenched in sweat and dying for water.

Be very cautious of the weather conditions this time of year. You might be trying to avoid the hottest parts of the day by running in the morning or late at night, but those times can also be dangerous by being the most humid. Sometimes your best bet is to just head on over to your local air-conditioned gym and take advantage of those classes you’ve been wanting to check out for awhile now. Hello spin class!

Be smart about when you’re running and the current weather. And remember, always be drinking plenty of water!!