Got Grill?

No, not this kind. Hawt.

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We decided to take advantage of the amazing weather we’re having and do some grilling for dinner. Reid almost always assumes the roll of grill master and I do the prep work and stovetop cooking or baking. It’s a man thing…even if he’s grilling asparagus! Winking smile

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Isn’t it beautiful? We kept it simple by tossing it with a little EVOO and sprinkling it with sea salt.

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Grilled to perfection and topped with some parmesan cheese! Amazing.

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Reid also pulled up some potatoes from the garden and I was in charge of boiling them. I know, it was a challenge.

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Tossed with some butter, salt, and Garlic Gold nuggets…divine. There’s nothing like garden-fresh potatoes…

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Grilled kielbasa joined the party and we had ourselves a meal! It came together in about 20 minutes. Hooray for teamwork!

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This meal was so simple and fresh…the best kind!

I’m trying to convince Reid to walk to the ice cream stand with me…so far it’s not working…it’s probably for the best since I didn’t get to the gym today.

Who am I kidding? Winking smile

What’s for dinner tonight?

Is There Anything Better?

Is there anything better than a workout fueled by chocolate chip cookies?

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I headed to the gym after work for some strength training and spinning.  A quick braid has been keeping my bangs out of my sweaty face lately…the bangs might just be here to stay!

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I think I played this song no less than seven times while I was there…

Go insane, go insane, throw some glitter, make it rain! Winking smile I don’t even know what to say about that video…The beat is great, though, and we warm up to it at Zumba! Puts a little pep in your step!

Any good song recommendations for working out? I need to update my playlist (clearly)!

Is there anything better than cold, juicy watermelon on a hot summer day? Apparently when it comes to cutting watermelon, I’m a little challenged.

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Is there anything better than store-bought bagels and overcooked eggs? The answer is yes.

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Add your own ‘Is there anything better than’…

Inspired Style

When it comes to my personal style, I pull inspiration from many sources. Whether it be other blogs (Cupcakes and Cashmere and 9 to 5 Chic are my favorites right now) websites (people.com), magazines (People Style Watch is one of my favorites), or random people on the street, I love seeing different trends and outfit combos, and how people dress to compliment their body type.

I feel like how we dress is another form of expressing our creativity and I love coming up with different outfits, usually using some of the same pieces.

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I like to think my style runs towards classic with a twist. I love finding pieces that I can wear for years, but also like to throw in a trendy item here and there. Some things I’m loving right now are loose button-ups, thin cardigans, dark skinny jeans, gold accessories, cuffed denim, stripes, and wedges.

When it comes to celebrities, I think I pull the most inspiration from Reese Witherspoon. She always looks so chic, wearing mostly classic and timeless pieces, yet even when following trends always looks so effortless and beautiful. My bangs were even inspired by one of her hairstyles!

REESE WITHERSPOON photo | Reese Witherspoon

REESE WITHERSPOON photo | Reese Witherspoon

REESE WITHERSPOON photo | Reese Witherspoon

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I love a bargain and normally won’t buy anything for full price. I do splurge a bit on designer denim but usually make up for it by being frugal in other areas. I am more likely to spend a bit more on something that I will wear for a while (like jeans and handbags) than something that may be ‘out’ by the end of the month. I don’t always follow trends but when I do, I tend to look to stores like Forever 21 since they are usually cheap enough to warrant only a few wears of a certain trendy item. Thrift stores are great too!

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Faux Fur Vest from Forever 21 (last year)

I have to remind myself sometimes that even if I like the look of something, I need to stay true to my body type. One example: rompers. I love them and think they look great on others but they do nothing to compliment my thighs. :) If I’m not confident in an outfit, it definitely shows…and it’s not worth it!

Do you have a celebrity style inspiration? Are there any trends that you shy away from?

Booked

Hi friends! Hope your week is off to a good start!

It was a scorcher today and after work I stopped by my parents house to sit by the pool for a bit. I didn’t last long! I just so happened to grab a stack of books while I was there too…

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Bad news bears. Most of them are older and I’ve read them before (maybe multiple times) but it’s been a few years at least. Does anyone else like to read as much as I do? So glad my mom does! :)

I had a few errands to run after the pool, including grocery shopping. Ick. For some reason I just dread going…and you would think I would love it! It gave me a headache that I still have…

I decided to stick to a quick (and oven-less) dinner and bought some dough to make grilled pizza. Store-bought dough is my best friend these days!

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Our ingredient tray, loaded with mozzarella and parmesan cheese, diced tomatoes for sauce, toppings (ham and veggies that I quickly stir fried), olive oil, salt and utensils.

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Cheesy deliciousness. We didn’t cook them enough but they were still good.

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I think I could eat this for dinner every night! I ate half of the veggie pizza and saved the rest for lunch tomorrow.

Here are a few updated pics of the garden, if you’re at all interested! Reid is always tinkering with something out there…

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Potato plants in bloom.

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We still haven’t finished planting yet! Definitely need to get on that…

Well, I’m off to watch The Bachelorette (even though it’s annoying lately)…I picked up some strawberries today so I’ll probably have some for dessert…and maybe a cookie. :)

Mad Gab Monday

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Guess the word or phrase! :)

Tune in tomorrow for a Fashion Fix feature on my personal style and inspirations! You know you want to…

Weekend Eats

Hi guys! Hope you’re enjoying our weekend!

It’s been pretty chill over here…I made it to the gym yesterday afternoon and got a killer workout in…elliptical warm-up, 45 minutes of full-body strength, and 25 minutes on the bike! I’m really enjoying spinning right now…fun stuff!

We hung out for the rest of the night and Reid even made dinner!

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He grilled up some veggies (potatoes from our garden!), in foil pouches, and some pre-marinated steak tips. The veggies were incredible…he should do this more often! ;)

After church this morning we had to get my rings inspected and stopped at a little hotdog stand on the way for lunch, no pictures but it was really good, with homemade rolls and beans!

Other eats from today…oatmeal for dinner and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!

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The cookies are pretty amazing and may not survive the night. :) Can we pretend that they’re packed with veggies?

I’m off to finish up my fourth book of the week! I have issues.

Tune in tomorrow for Mad Gab Monday! Something to look forward to! ;)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Umm, I’m looking forward to the coming holiday weekend! Does that count?

Another Pancake Morning

Hi guys! It’s the weekend! I can hardly believe it…this week flew by!

It’s raining, again, and nothing sounded better than some fluffy pancakes! I planned to get to the gym early this morning but you know how that goes. Smile Instead, I laid in bed for a while and read a book (I’m on to my third book in three days…nerd alert) before rolling out to make some breakfast.

I quickly searched through some cookbooks for an easy pancake recipe and chose one for buttermilk pancakes. I’m not going to share the recipe, though, because it wasn’t my favorite. For some reason it tasted really egg-y, though it only had one egg (for two servings)!

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I, of course, still ate them, drizzled with some real maple syrup. A bowl of melon and strawberries rounded out the meal.

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I’m now getting some cleaning done that has been neglected while my nose has been glued to a book. Funny how that happens… Winking smile I am planning on heading to the gym this afternoon.

Iced coffee is needed.

Do you make ‘special’ breakfasts on the weekends? What is the best breakfast you’ve ever had?

I think it’s a tie for best breakfast for me:

  • A veggie omelet from John G’s in Lake Worth, FL. To die for. They serve it with a little bit of cheese sauce on top, which sounds kind of gross but it’s delicious. I think they might be closing and it makes me want to cry.
  • Waffles from the breakfast buffet at the Ritz Carlton in Jamaica. They had this caramel topping that I could have drank…I promise I didn’t…promise.

Now I’m ready for breakfast, round 2! Winking smile

Kick Me

What’s happening? I didn’t sleep very well last night and iced coffee got me through the work day today, with a little help from some fro-yo for lunch. :) Sometimes it’s necessary.

I had big plans for a run but it started pouring right before I was heading home. Such is life. Since I had a pretty killer workout at the gym yesterday I wanted to keep it lighter today. I decided to do a kickboxing video on Exercise TV…I can’t remember the name but it was 25 minutes and actually really good! Kickboxing rocks my socks. Love it!

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I got a little shaky after so I snacked on bread with sunflower seed butter, times two. Mmm…

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I needed a quick dinner and had a few Trader Joe’s purchases still to try so it worked out perfectly.

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A simple salad to start, with romaine, parmesan, black pepper, and caesar dressing.

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I cooked up some ground beef and mixed it with the sauce to simmer for a bit. Served over the brown rice pasta and we were all set! The pasta was a little on the gummy side but I’m not sure if that’s how it is or if I overcooked it…I thought I watched it pretty closely, though…I think I like whole wheat better.

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Quick and filling! The marinara sauce was pretty good for a jarred sauce. Definitely something I would keep on hand for nights like this!

Have you tried sunflower seed butter? How about brown rice pasta?

If you haven’t tried sunflower seed butter, you must. So deliciously drippy…

Finding the Balance: Fitness

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a splendid day!

Another rather sluggish day over here since my pump was acting up again last night and I wasn’t getting any insulin. Not good! Hopefully the issue is fixed as I’m rather sick of feeling so lethargic.

I grabbed a Clif bar and an iced coffee for breakfast and packed a lunch for work…a huge salad that I got sick of eating before it was gone! Loaded with veggies…romaine, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber slices, ham, and croutons. I used some of the honey mustard that I left at the office.

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Finding the Balance: Fitness

I thought I’d talk a little about how I started working exercise into my daily routine (well, almost daily :)). I was pretty active in high school, never really a runner but I played field hockey and was pretty active with school, extracurricular activities, and work.

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After high school, though, my workouts were sporadic at best. It was around this time that I was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes and taking charge of that aspect of my life took priority. Once my blood sugar levels were under control and I started using an insulin pump, I was able to meet with an exercise physiologist (who specialized in diabetes care) to put together a workout schedule. We decided that I would exercise 3-5 times a week. That lasted for a little while but I never made it a priority.

Some friends of mine had ran a half marathon and I was really impressed and considered it a major accomplishment. Running was not something I did very often nor particularly enjoyed so I never thought that it was something I would do. After looking up some races, I bought a pair of running shoes and started pounding the pavement. I followed Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon plan, pretty strictly too. If it said to run 5 miles, I ran 5 miles.

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Picking a half marathon as my first race was not the smartest choice, as I came to find out when I was sidelined a few weeks before the race with a stress injury in my tibia. It wasn’t quite a fracture but it was still too painful to run. I didn’t let it deter me, though, and after a few months off (rather sedentary months, I might add) I started training again. I took things a little easier and went on to run two half marathons (recaps here and here) and multiple 5ks.

After a while I started to burn out on running. I still loved it but just didn’t find it as enjoyable when it was my only form of exercise. I started adding in some strength training but didn’t really stick with it. I recently stopped running so much and started doing the P90X training program. I liked it a a lot, but as with running, I started to get sick of it after about 9 weeks.

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I tell you these things to bore you to tears to show how I came to find a balance with the fitness side of healthy living. While some people run, and only run (or swim, bike, etc.), I’ve found that I need to mix things up to keep up with this side of the equation. After too much of one thing, I get bored and stop. Your body also usually responds well to change in your exercise routine.

I’ve finally found what works for me, and that is: no strict training plans/programs, planned (and unplanned) rest days, and variety. The last point is key. I still love running but I also love strength training, walking, Zumba, kickboxing and spinning. Why pick just one? I still try to exercise 3-5 days a week but rather than having a specific plan, I do what I’m feeling each day. I’ve found it to be much less stressful and therefore, enjoyable! I look forward to my workout most days…most. :D

Do you stick to one main form of exercise or do you switch it up?

Top Three Tuesday- What are the top three places you have visited?

  • Hawaii (Our honeymoon)
  • France/Spain (that counts as one, right?)
  • Barbados

And in case you didn’t see it in the comments section of yesterday’s post, the answer to the Mad Gab riddle was Jack of all Trades. :)

The Lazy Vegetarian

Hi guys! Hope you had a relaxing weekend! I ended up going to a 3-hour Zumba bash on Saturday night, after I had already worked out at the gym that morning…it was awesome but I was completely wiped out after. Needless to say, yesterday was a rest day. :)

I’ve been kind of dragging all day today and it’s probably from my lack of nutrients (and water)! I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast and an iced coffee at work. My lunch consisted of a slice of pineapple pizza and about twice my weight in watermelon!

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I pretty much polished it off. Maybe I’m dehydrated? Very possible. I haven’t felt very hungry at all today. It might have something to do with the fact that I had major blood sugar issues yesterday (I wasn’t getting any insulin…all day), but they are thankfully sorted out now.

I wanted to get to the gym but I couldn’t get out of my own way…no biggie! Tomorrow’s another day.

For dinner we tried something new that I picked up last week at the grocery store…frozen pre-seasoned salmon filets. I’ve never purchased frozen fish before but this was on sale and wild so I figured we could try it out…and we won’t be trying it again! :D Reid said to never buy anything with “cuisine” in the name again.

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I’m sure plain frozen salmon would be totally fine (since even the “fresh” stuff is usually previously frozen anyway) but I wouldn’t recommend this! We still ate it though with rice pilaf and steamed broccoli and green beans.

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The Lazy Vegetarian

As I mentioned last week, I decided to try going without meat (Including fish, which I consider ‘meat’) for a week, just as a little experiment. I wanted to see if I would miss it or not since I haven’t been enjoying it very much lately. I wouldn’t say that my regular diet is particularly meat-heavy, but it’s still present at almost every dinner.

I wouldn’t say that I missed meat in my diet exactly, but my meals last week weren’t very creative and I found that I wasn’t getting enough protein. I think the main reason was because I was a little lazy and didn’t really try to find new protein sources. Rather than replace the protein I would normally get from meat and fish, I just omitted it. Not a good idea. My protein mainly came from eggs and protein powder, which is not exactly ideal and not feasible for the long run.

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I know there are plenty of non-meat protein sources (like tempeh, tofu, and beans) and I wish I had experimented more. I also found that the restaurants/sandwich shops around us don’t have very many vegetarian options, mainly veggie burgers or veggie wraps/sandwiches. Not a whole lot of protein involved!

So, I’m glad that I chose to do this little experiment, as I enjoyed the challenge. I think that going forward I will try to prepare more creative vegetarian meals, but will also include some meat and fish in my diet. As I mentioned before, I don’t feel that eating meat is necessarily a bad thing, as long as it comes from a good source and is consumed in moderation. I do really love fish (mainly wild Alaskan Salmon) so I will probably be eating more fish than red meat.

And just for fun…

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Reid and I are headed out for an evening stroll and then it’s Bachelorette time!

Have a good night!

To Market, To Market

To buy a…fat pig? Not quite.

I woke up before my alarm this morning at 7:30, surprising myself as I usually sleep in a little on Saturdays. It was just as well, though, because I had big plans for this morning.

After laying in bed for a little while I got up and got dressed for the gym. I grabbed a banana, water bottle, and my iPod and was out the door in a jiffy.

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I got to the gym at around 8:15, figuring that it would be packed. Not so! I was pleasantly surprised that there were only a few other people there!

I ended up having an awesome workout…I didn’t rush myself and used machines/weights that I might not normally use if more people were there. Sometimes I am too embarrassed to use a new machine or go all out with the free weights when it’s busy…I’m working on it! I just remind myself that other people are busy with their own workouts and not watching to see if I’m using the machines correctly.

I warmed up with 10 minutes on the elliptical and then did a full  body strength session. I was able to up the weights on most of the machines so I was pretty excited about that. I also did a lot more with free weights, though I’m still using a low weight (5 lbs.). I actually used some of the moves I learned in P90X! It really taught me a lot in terms of utilizing free weights, as well as different stretches.

I finished off the workout with some ab work and 20 minutes of spinning (set on random). It took me about 1.25 hours total.

After toweling off I headed out. I grabbed an iced coffee and stopped at a farmer’s market up the street from me. It was a bust, with only about four tables. :( I was so looking forward to it, too! I still managed to grab some raspberry jam and some strawberries.

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There are a few other farmer’s markets in our area so I’ll have to check them out some other time.

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The strawberries are really ripe so I figured I better use some up…strawberry protein pancakes for the win! I used this mix that I had sitting around and added half a scoop of protein powder (and upped the milk a little).

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I then diced a handful of strawberries and added them to the batter.

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Enjoyed with some butter and real maple syrup…the perfect weekend breakfast!

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They almost tasted like a muffin, so fluffy with little chunks of strawberry…yum!

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Good to the last bite!

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Do you have a farmer’s market near you? What are your favorite things to buy?