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Glad It’s The Weekend ;)

19 Feb

I finally got in a really good workout this week and it feels so good :) I went to the gym and ran 4 miles: 1 mile increasing incline at every .25 mile, the others at a steady pace with a little sprint at the end. Then I did BodyPump for the first time in two weeks…I was having withdrawals! And it was realllllly hard today…I don’t know if its because its been a while or if it was because I just ran 4 miles?! Either way, I’m feeling pretty good right now, if a little exhausted too. I’ve been heavy on the cardio this week…and well, last week too. So it was nice to pump some iron and work on those muscles ;)

On my drive over to the gym, I passed a Taco Bell, which, quite honestly, I think its disgusting. Well okay, I actually think all fast food is disgusting…haha…I refuse to eat at any of those places. But anyways, back to my story. In the window of Taco Bell, there was an advertisement for some $5 “box” that had like THREE taco/burrito/etc things, cinnamon twists, and a drink…and it was sponsored by the NBA. I started to think about all of the fast food places that use sports organizations/teams/etc to “sell” their products, basically. Is it not ironic that the NBA, of which all the basketball players are in excellent physical shape, is allowing their name to be used to promote artery-clogging junk food? Not picking on Taco Bell/the NBA alone, there are many other fast food places and sports related organizations that do this. I just find it funny! Shouldn’t these organizations put their name on things that are healthy and promote a healthy lifestyle? I would think so!

Ah, its finally the weekend for me…I’ve never been so happy to see Friday get here until now! It wears you out to have three mid-term exams in one day! So I’m going to do anything BUT schoolwork this weekend…which means catching up on my stack of magazines I’ve gotten in the mail over the past two weeks and neglected, reading the rest of Dear John (because I feel like the book & movie are very different!), and doing some housecleaning…because that has been seriously neglected while I’ve been busy! Hope everyone’s Friday has been lovely ;)

Running, TJ’s, Family, and Love…Perfection

14 Feb

Wow its been such a busy weekend! I felt like I wasn’t able to relax at all while I was home, but I did a lot of fun things so its okay ;) Friday, after I did an Abs class, my friend Brian met me at the Y for Spin class. It was nice to catch up and we got a good workout in too. I didn’t push myself 100% like I usually do, because I knew I was going to be running a 14k the next day, Saturday.

Saturday morning I woke up at 5:30am to get ready and drive to Virginia Beach for the VA Is For Lovers 14k…well actually my dad drove. I love my fam…they always go to every race to support me, even when we have to wake up at an ungodly hour! :) Thank goodness my dad drove, since we had 3″ of snow on the ground when we were leaving! Umm…the weathermen did not call for that much snow! They said only a dusting…and obviously the city bought into it, because there was not a single snow plow on the roads near my house. In fact, we had to drive about 35mph until we were about 20 minutes into the trip, when the roads finally cleared up. But luckily, we left early enough to have extra time to get to the race location. I’m going to shamelessly plug J&A Racing for again putting on a fabulous race! If anyone has ever heard of the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, well, J&A puts that race on too. They did a spectacular job on this VIFL 14k as well…and I’ve heard that the inaugural Blue Moon Wicked 10k (October) was awesome. They give awesome finisher’s “gifts” and medals and nice technical running shirts at all three of their races. I also like the courses as well. I may be partial because I just love that these races are local and I love Va Beach ;)

After the race Saturday…which I ended up being the 481st finisher out of 3,000…crazy. I didn’t realize I even did that good…haha. The fam and I went to Panera for lunch…which is by far my favorite place, ever. I choose Panera over any other restaurant…seriously! Then we went to Trader Joes…ahh its like heaven. I love walking around and looking at all of the neat things to buy. We ended up with quite a bit of things: quinoa, variety pack of TJ’s hummus, pita chips, almond butter, no salt added albacore tuna, lots of 0% greek yogurt, my fave…and a few other things. I have a fully stocked kitchen back at school now ;)

Saturday night, the boy and I had a Valentines Day date night a little early, because I had to leave to go back to school today. We went to the Cheesecake Factory, where we proceeded to wait an hour and 15 minutes(!) to be seated. It was so crazy there last night! However, every experience I’ve had at that particular Cheesecake Factory has been super-crowded and long waits…I think its because its the only one in the area! I got a Barbeque Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad…obviously not the healthiest thing, but I only ate 1/3 of it…their portion sizes are humongous! Afterwards, we were planning to go see Dear John. However, it took more time in the restaurant than we thought it would, and both of the nearby theaters had a showing at the time we preferred. So I quickly called my mom and got her to look up movie times at other theaters, and a few minutes later we decided to drive to the only theater that had a showing we could make it to…which happened to be on the way home, so it worked out well! I don’t have a lot to say about that movie, except this: the movie is NOTHING like the book. The plot location wasn’t even the same?! Overall, it was a decent movie, and of course had sad parts (this is Nicholas Sparks we’re talking about!) but I would recommend not reading the book before you see it if you plan to! Its not a huge deal, its just hard to separate what you read and what you’re seeing on the screen. I kept telling my boyfriend “No! This is not how it happened!” hahaha :)

So after not getting home ’til almost 1am last night…and then not going to sleep until 3am, I am exhausted! I made the 5-hour drive back to school this afternoon, and it was extra-boring and seemed longer than usual. Blah. I stopped by the grocery store on the way in because *surprise, surprise* we’re supposed to get about 3″-6″ of snow overnight & tomorrow. Just what I wanted!!! ha ha just kidding. I have never been more ready for the beach and hot weather! Well I think I’m in need of some serious sleep…back to the grind tomorrow…that is unless classes get canceled! Fingers crossed ;)


Three Things Thursday

11 Feb

1. I’m going HOME tomorrow morning for the weekend! I’m so excited. It’s been about a month since I’ve been back at school, and I miss the fam, the boy, and my little Chloe sooooo much :) I’m also running the VIFL 14k on Saturday morning, hitting up Trader Joes afterwards (because there isn’t one near my college!), going on an early Valentine’s Day date Saturday night with the boy…Cheesecake Factory and dragging him to see Dear John! I love that he puts up with me ;)

My lovely Chloe ;)

2. I had a huge revelation on Tuesday…okay, not really. haha. But since my car has been snowed in over a week now, I haven’t driven out to the gym. Anyways, Tues & Thurs are my long days of classes and I have a break from 1:45 to 3:30pm, so I walk to my gym that I joined a few weeks ago. Its right near my last class of the day, and its nicer and less crowded than the nearest on-campus gym (there are two…one is super-nice, the other…really old!). Only problem is, now I don’t use that 2-hour break to read for classes anymore. Oops! Well, I like running better anyways… :)

3. Speaking of my car being snowed in…well tonight I took the shovel out there and did WORK. And got a good workout, too, I think. Who knew snow and a shovel could get your blood pumping?! Oh, by the way, I have 4-wheel drive, but I’m still terrified that I’ll slide on the ice or whatever…so I tried to shovel as much as I could. I probably didn’t have to shovel at all…my beast of an SUV would’ve probably made it through there…haha!


It’s a blizzard out there…

5 Feb

So I was hoping we wouldn’t see Snowday Round II…but my wish did not come true unfortunately! I woke up this morning to a text message that said that classes were canceled. That in itself, is a shock! My university NEVER cancels a whole day of classes, even for a foot of snow or a coating of ice. So that means it must be bad, huh? Well, yeah you could say that! When I woke up and read the text, it was 7:45am, so I looked outside and saw LOTS of new snow. Yep, I know why we didn’t have classes! Its very pretty, but I am so not feeling it anymore. Give me a beach, some warm weather, and some bright sunshine ASAP!

Anyways, since I’m trapped indoors yet again, I haven’t any clue what to do…I’m a little…bored? Since I woke up early, at 7:45, and I wasn’t able to go back to sleep (why?! I have no idea…), I started reading Dear John. I wanted to read the book before I see the movie, which looks like it won’t be a problem since I can’t get out to the movies anyways! haha… So far the book is pretty good…I love Nicholas Sparks, and The Notebook & A Walk to Remember are two of my most favorite movies, so I’m excited for Dear John! What can I say, I’m a sucker for love stories ;)

I also just got Sweet Little Lies in the mail from Amazon.com…yes I’m reading Lauren Conrad’s book. haha. I actually liked the first one (L.A. Candy), so I’m hoping the new one will be just as good or better :)

I think I’m going to attempt a Pilates workout and maybe find a good cardio video on Exercise.tv…then I think its a perfect day to make soup for dinner! ;)


Relaxing & Productive Day :)

23 Jan

Hot Yoga this morning was really nice…what’s even nicer is not having to drive an hour to get the the yoga studio, like I had to do when I was at home! I just love how I feel after a hot yoga class…I’m so refreshed and I really do feel like I sweated out toxins…I’m convinced my skin even looks more radiant! I have a feeling a weekly sesh is in order from now on ;)

I got quite a bit done today, actually. Its weird not being at home, especially on the weekends when I have time to actually think about missing my family, boyfriend, and friends from home. Even so, today was fairly busy and has been pretty good so far. I had lots of things to mail at the post office today…all related to law school applications, of course. That has become my life these days! I’m so near to the end of the application process, though. I am working on the last one right now, actually…I still am contemplating one or two more schools, but I haven’t decided yet!  After my post office trip, I had to go buy a few more textbooks…they’re breaking my bank account!!! The one for my nutrition class was pricey, but I actually think its something I would read regardless of if I was taking the class! It seems really interesting, and has lots of good info about healthy diet & lifestyle approaches. Another textbook that I need for a class has been MIA in all of the bookstores around here, so I finally broke down and ordered it from an online store. I also kind of “window-shopped” spent money on Amazon.com…I just bought books that I doubt I’ll have time to read until Summer…ha ha. I ordered “Dear John” and “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks, because I really like to read the books before I watch the movies. Normally if I watch the movie first, I end up not reading the book! I also pre-ordered “Sweet Little Lies” by Lauren Conrad…I totally got sucked into her first book “LA Candy” and loved it, so I’m sure I’ll like this new one as well :)

Looks like I’m going to relax tonight…maybe watch the SAG Awards…I’m actually watching the “Live on the Red Carpet” on E! right now…I’m a little too obsessed with pop culture!