03/12/2013

Short and Sweet

Good morning!

I am going to keep this post short and sweet today since The Bachelor finale being on last night is causing me to move a little slower than usual this morning.  Going to bed after 11:00 pm is definitely way too late for this girl, and let’s just say I am feeling the side effects of a lack of sleep today!  However, I still have time to  leave all of you with something special to read, and it revolves around a topic I find very important to talk about.  Yesterday, I wrote a guest post on Andrea’s blog all about career planning, goal setting, and following your dreams.  Please feel free to check it out HERE, and while you are there make sure you look around Andrea’s blog as well!  She is a super sweet and incredibly smart woman who is currently in her third year of medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.  She writes about her passion for food and fitness, and also shares scientific facts and articles that allows her readers to expand their horizons and gain a little more knowledge every time they visit A Doctor in the House.  I love reading her posts to learn about what life is like as a med student, her exciting new recipe creations, workout ideas, and also to just simply laugh; she has a hilarious sense of humor too.  Make sure you stop over and say hi today!

Tuesday Words of Wisdom:

Have a wonderful day!

Talk to Me!

  • Did you watch The Bachelor finale last night?  What did you think?  Are you happy with Sean’s choice?
  • What is a blog that you’ve recently found that you love?  I am always looking for new blogs to read and to share with all of you!
  • Per my post on Andrea’s blog:  How did you choose your college major and/or your career path?  What do you love about it?  What would you change?
03/11/2013

Monday Morning Thoughts

I meant to sit down and write yesterday, but in all honesty the day just seemed to slip away from me.  Losing even one hour to Daylight Savings was tough.  I was gone most of the day Saturday when I went to a bridal shower and then stopped to visit my parents for a few hours, so Sunday was filled with all of the typical household chores that were missed the day before.  By the time I finally sat down to write, all I wanted to do was turn off my brain and get lost in a good book, which is exactly what I ended up doing.  I have seen The Hunger Games movie, but this is my first time reading the book and I have to say it is really hard to put it down; even more so I think since I do know what’s coming next.  I struggled to fall asleep since my body isn’t yet adjusted to the time change, but about 10:30 I finally felt ready to close my eyes.

Since I usually write at night, I thought I would just take today off from posting.  However, when I woke up this morning my mind felt refreshed and the words are seeming to flow easily.  It is amazing how some days you’re on, and some days you’re just not.  Oh well, I am always learning and working on going with the flow.

The second sound I heard this morning after my 5:00 am alarm clock was the pitter-patter of rain reflecting off our bedroom window.  It may have been hard to roll out of bed and head out into the rain, but it is definitely much easier than going out into the snow.  I woke up early to head to the gym and continue with Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer.  The workouts are definitely getting tougher and longer at this point and I feel pretty sore the day after.  Since I ran outside yesterday with Tebow in the absolutely gorgeous weather, I skipped today’s recommended cardio and combined two workouts:

I know it goes against the plan to combine workouts, but the truth is that I would not be able to go to the gym more than three days a week before I would start to feel overwhelmed.  That is a huge reason why modifying this program is definitely what works best for me.  I am also modifying the nutrition plan as well; sticking with healthy choices, but also leaving room for the things I love and for special indulgences.  I am aware I won’t get the type of results that those who follow the program exactly do, but that has never been my goal since the beginning.  I have just been trying to get more experience in the weight room and mix up my workouts, and so far I have really enjoyed it!

Breakfast this morning was something I haven’t had since last summer, overnight oats.  Overnight oats are just not something I typically choose during the cold winter months, but I am glad the craving is back after the beautiful 60 degree day yesterday.  I had a nearly empty peanut butter jar left, so into the jar last night went:

  • 1/4 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Milk

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This morning, I poured in another 1/4 cup milk, stirred it all up and then added another little scoop of peanut butter into the mix.  I also had a sliced orange on the side, (I am still working on a 4 pound bag I bought at the store last week!), and coffee on the side with just a touch of half-and-half.

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I am looking forward to only having a four day work week!  I am taking off Friday to spend the day with my mom and we have been looking forward to it for at least a month.  Let’s get this week started!

 

Have a great Monday!

 

Talk to Me!

  • What did you do this weekend?  Did anyone else have beautiful weather too?
  • What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  • What are you looking forward to this week?
  • What was your workout this past weekend?  What was your workout today?
03/07/2013

The Snow Day that Wasn’t

Yesterday was one of those days when I thought that maybe I should have become a teacher. While watching the morning news, I was amazed to see 200+ school cancellations and could only imagine how many young kids were waking up Wednesday morning and celebrating every child’s dream: the perfect snow day.

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I remember one snow day in particular that my brother, dad and I built a snow slope off our back deck that created a mini hill to sled down. We spent hours playing outside and sledding, not even realizing how cold we were until coming inside. At the end of the day, we celebrated with homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows galore, a roaring fireplace, and a family movie night. I mean, how much better does it get in life than an unexpected snow day? That day in particular is definitely a memory that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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There may not have been a snow day for me yesterday, but let’s choose to focus on the positives surrounding my day instead:

  • It was a great excuse for my husband to take me to work!

When my husband and I drive together, it makes for the best conversations and time together. Being stuck in a car for a 60 minute round-trip to and from work is a little less painful when your best friend is sitting next to you.

  • Our office is allowing for casual days Wednesday – Friday this week!

Usually, we can only wear jeans on Friday, but in thanks to the snow we get two extra days this week. I don’t even have to think about my outfits for three days since jeans, Uggs, and comfy sweaters will be my obvious go-to options.

  • I get a day off work next Friday!

My mom and I were planning on taking personal days yesterday and having a nice girls’ day out, but with the snow storm we decided to reschedule instead for next week. Even though I didn’t have a day off yesterday, I am now excited to look forward to next Friday instead. Hooray for a future three day weekend!

  • I got my exercise in early!

When I found myself wide awake at 4:50 am, I figured I may as well get a snowy day workout in on our elliptical. I knew the gym was out of the picture, but walking down the hall to my ‘workout’ room made getting in my exercise a little easier. It may have been early, but I figured my office would at least have a delay and I could take a little nap after I was done, except it turns out that extra hour I was hoping for was non-existent. However, on the bright side, I got my workout completed before most people even start their day and I didn’t have to worry about fitting it in the rest of the day.

Workout + Shower (all done before 6:30 am) = quite the productive morning!

  • The snow’s beauty literally takes my breath away!

Seriously, how incredibly beautiful is freshly fallen snow on the ground, in the trees, and even surrounding my pup!

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Whether the snow comes with a perk like a day off or not, the beauty it provides is truly indescribable and undeniable.

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Talk to Me!

  • What is the weather like in your area? Are you dealing with snow as well?  Who is ready for spring?!
  • What is your favorite snow day memory?
  • Tell me about something positive in your life!