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Red Curry Hot Salad!

Good morning! I have a great dinner option to share with you all, but first let me take you through my morning workout!

I went for a 4 mile run and once completed I decided to use the exercise app, Seconds to get me through a short HIIT Workout!

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I completed each exercise for 40 Seconds with a 10 Second Rest in between each. The only time I didn’t rest is when I was pulsing the reverse leg lifts on each leg. No Rest before burpees equals a lot of sweat!! I would feel comfortable doing this interval twice through but my time before work in the morning unfortunately didn’t allow for that to happen!

Last week I started throwing a bunch of different veggies, spices, and sauces in the frying pan and it turned out to be the most delicious dinner! I re-created it again last night and thought I would share it with you guys since it was such a win!

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Ingredients:

5 heaping handfuls of kale
3 Portobello Mushrooms
1/2 Red Pepper (Sliced)
1/4 Red Onion
1 Chicken Breast (I made with fish because that is the only protein I had)
1 tsp Seasoned Salt
1 tsp Turmeric
2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry Sauce
1 tsp Olive Oil

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Directions:

Set oven to 350 degrees and cook chicken breast for 20-25 minutes.
While chicken is cooking you can begin cooking your Kale. Distribute olive oil around your frying pan and place Kale on top to begin cooking. Kale will take the longest to cook out of all of the vegetables. I don’t find Kale’s natural texture to be that appetizing so I cook it almost all the way until it is wilted. Season the kale with seasoned salt, and turmeric. Add mushrooms, red onion, red pepper. Once Chicken is done, cut into pieces and then add to the fry pan. Pour Red Curry Sauce over vegetables and chicken and let simmer for 3 minutes. Stir continuously. Pour into a bowl and enjoy!

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On the agenda for the rest of the day is dinner at my sister’s after work and then a game of ultimate frisbee with my community group from church!

Hope you are having a great week so far!

P.S. Only two more official days of work and then a long holiday weekend! Yippee!!

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Weekend Recap!

This weekend was jam packed with fun outdoor activities! My favorite! 🙂

On Friday night I took part in Critical Mass, Orlando. Which is where over 200 cyclist gather together for a ride around downtown Orlando to raise awareness for cyclist on the road! I’m more go for the joy ride rather than the awareness part, but I love spending an evening on my bike with friends and feeling extremely safe the whole time!

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That evening two of my closest friends arrived to spend the rest of the weekend with me!

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I met Jenny and Lisa my Junior year of college when we all decided to hop across the pond together to study abroad in London, England. We grew to be great friends, wonderful traveling pals and I know these two are always up to see some place new and try something fun!

On Saturday morning we woke up extra early to drive to Wekiva Spring State Park and Canoed down the river. We spent about two hours on the river and I think all of us could’ve stayed out there much longer, but due to the amount of people that visit the park there is a time limit on how long you can canoe for.

We saw alligators, turtles, and enjoyed the scenery and stillness!

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Everyone on the river was super friendly and each boat acknowledged each other in passing! I really think that outdoor activities create some kind of bond for strangers and it is so sweet to see!

Lucky for us we met some really kind people when we ran over a long and got completely stuck!! About five other boats came around to help us! While I was conversing with the boaters on a strategy to get us off of this log, Jenny snapped a picture of our new friends that came to our rescue!

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I enjoyed showing Lisa and Jenny around Orlando the rest of the day, and by 8pm we decided we were all ready for a night of wine, cupcakes, and a chick flicks! We were all exhausted from the river and sightseeing!

I woke up around 5:30am the next morning to get a run in before church! A few people from church all went out for lunch to Panera and it was a great end to a fun weekend! Sundays are always bittersweet because I am always too much in love with the weekend to depart it especially when the weekend was this fun!

P.S. This weekend I made a recipe that I have been testing out lately and am ready to share it with you on the blog tomorrow!

What was your favorite activity that you did this weekend? 

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7 Reasons to Never Miss a Monday Workout

Yesterday I slept in through many alarms, which is my least favorite way to start off the week. I love getting my workouts completed in the morning. If I am not up and moving before work there is a high chance that I won’t workout after work. I’ll always pack workout clothes to bring and change into after work and tell myself throughout the day that I am working out in the evening but majority of the time it just doesn’t happen. This could be due to an afternoon storm rolling in, pure laziness, hunger sets in, or my body just aching from sitting at a desk all day. BUT if this happens on a Monday, it doesn’t just affect that day, it actually affects the entire week for me.

If I don’t start off the week “right” I tend to carry that throughout the week. I thought this was only something that I thought about until I saw this article by The Daily Burn that haunted me as I skipped out on my workout yesterday!

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This Daily Burn article gave seven reasons why you should never miss a Monday workout

Some of their points I completely agree with! Others (aka the point about making more money) I just don’t see that being true.

I decided to think of my own 7 Reasons to Never Miss a Monday Workout:

1. You’re more likely to workout the rest of the week – Workouts need routine and if you break it from the get-go than you feel a sense of defeat and want to give up before you even started!

2. You’re more likely to keep organized– If I just roll out of bed and make breakfast and sprint out the door, my dishes aren’t clean, and my room is a pigsty! Making time to get up and workout means making time for smoother mornings!

3. You’ll have more energy – One word, endorphins. They give you energy that can even out beat coffee!

4. You’ll sleep better-This is so unbelievably true! I am certain that working out helps you fall sleep better and fall asleep quicker. I find that on days that I don’t workout it takes me longer to fall asleep and then just begins this vicious cycle for the following days- a bad way to start the week if you ask me! zzZZZ

5. You’re less likely to grab for junk food – I don’t think I am the only one who eats how they feel. If you feel lazy you will gravitate towards “lazy friendly food” if you feel healthy you’ll gravitate towards fueling your body in a healthy way.

6. You won’t “binge” workout– Often when we miss workouts we just think, “oh I’ll just workout twice as hard tomorrow.” This is a recipe for disaster! If you workout twice as hard, you become sore, decide to not workout the next day, and then workout twice as hard again.

7. You’ll be less anxious – Working out helps me clear my head and relieves stress. Making time to workout throughout the week but especially at the start of the week will help with stress because it gives you time to intentionally think about whats ahead!

I bet there are many more reasons, but those are the ones that weigh on me the most!

Yesterday when I missed my Monday workout I tried not to fall for #5 on my list and instead of grabbing for junk food I reached for some healthier options! In the morning I prepared my go-to oatmeal! For lunch I had a few handfuls of mixed nuts, and peppers with hummus, and for dinner I went in my fridge to prepare a nice healthy dinner!

I made a salad with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and my current favorite Mahi Mahi Burgers!

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While I was preparing dinner I had more frozen watermelon pops from this weekend! Our freezer is still completely full of watermelon and I am not complaining one bit!

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Do you try to not miss a workout on Monday? Why?

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Hot, Hot, Hot

This week Orlando hit near-record breaking temperatures! Orlando temps reached 100 degrees last Friday and everyone new it! The meteorologists are saying that the last time we hit 100 degrees was in July 1998! Amazing! Well, if your wondering we all survived and lived to tell the tale!

Surprisingly a lot of my weekend was spent outside in the scorching sun!

Saturday morning my sister and I completed a 12 mile run together. We are trying to build up our mileage every weekend in preparation for the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon in November! After our run, we showered, and cleaned the house before friends came over to enjoy breakfast together to celebrate my roommate, Jordan’s, birthday! We all enjoyed Jordans dad’s famous healthy pancake recipe that I will have to get from her to share with you!

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All of us then hit the trails for a stroll down a local trail! Some of us dusted off our roller blades while others chose to ride their bikes. We probably completed a 5 miles before all of started over heating! It was a blast to conquer the trail together with great company!

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I ate about a quarter of a whole watermelon that afternoon and don’t regret it at all. Cooling off was priority!

In the evening we all reconvened at my house to enjoy a “hurricane party” themed dinner to continue celebrating Jordan! Since an intense afternoon storm rolled in, our plans for a picnic outside were cancelled so we turned off all the lights in our house and lit over 50 candles and all had dinner on the floor of our living room! We enjoyed a Greek chick pea salad and sweet tea while playing games!

On Sunday I spent the morning at church and in the afternoon, a few of us got together to shoot off a rocket, yep, a rocket! Jordan set off a rocket last year for her birthday, Mission Dreamlife. And this year I got to be apart of the second annual birthday launch, Mission Dreamlife II. I’m not one to deal with explosives, and might have freaked out a little bit when my eyes saw a ball of fire shoot up into the sky and couldn’t see where it went! “What goes up, must come down”…right? However, once my eyes caught sight of the rocket in the sky, I knew I was safe! The rocket landed over a mile away and couldn’t ever be retrieved!

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Weekend Recap!

Good morning! A lot of my weekend went un-pictured, I must be a newbie in this blogging world! However, I’ll do my best to provide an entertaining weekend recap!

Friday night was Girls Night! #GNO ❤ 

Once a month we try to gather girls from church, work, or the neighborhood to get together for dinner. All of us really look forward to girls night because it means getting to know people we wouldn’t have met elsewhere. Usually we try a new restaurant every month that is quick, on the cheaper side, and somewhat healthy. We choose a different restaurant to visit every month and this month we met at BurgerFi. I ordered a VeggieFi and enjoyed it amongst these wonderful ladies!

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Afterwards a few of us went back to a friends house to watch the U.S. Womens National Team go up against Sweden in their second World Cup game! It ended up being a pretty slow game, but a little competition is always entertaining!

Saturday flew by! I decided to not set an alarm and sleep in! To me, getting enough sleep is just as important as exercising and eating right. And I try to listen to my body when its screaming at me for rest! I woke up a little later than normal, got a workout in and ran errands the rest of the day until I headed out for a pick-up soccer game, followed by a Mexican dinner at my house with friends!

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Sunday my alarm went off at 5am to get up for my weekly long run with my sister. We spent the majority of our run catching up on each others weeks, and brain storming how we can best make use of our new hobby of blogging! My sister’s blog is called His Work Displayed, and you can check it out here!

After our run, I was off to church and enjoying a relaxing day filled with friends, rest, and some cooking preparations for the week!

I hope you had a fun and relaxing weekend!

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Scents & Smells

This morning I went for a run around University of Central Florida! UCF has such a nice campus and because I didn’t go to UCF and went to a smaller school I am amazed by the massive stadiums, and all of the facilities that they have that my school was missing! But as I was running a familiar smell whipped through and it reminded me of the many times I visited my sister when she attended UCF. It was this very potent laundry scent. I remember always visiting my sister and walking on campus and smelling this scent! Isn’t it weird when you smell something and it instantly takes your mind to a certain memory? And who knew UCF had a particular smell?

The rest of my run I couldn’t stop thinking about what smells remind me of certain memories and here’s what I came up with!

-My family and I love vacationing on cruises, but I think all cruises have a certain stentch that isn’t the kindest smell. I think it’s from the cruises burning off the garbage as they are tugging along in the middle of the ocean. I’m not sure exactly, but there is a specific garbage scent that reminds me of cruising. Strange!

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-The smell of the Atlantic Ocean reminds me of annual family reunions at the Jersey Shore! The breeze off of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the most refreshing scents to me! Maybe, because it take me to a relaxing time?

-I’m sure every college had this issue, but at PBA our cafeteria made everyone smell awful! You either smelt like stir fry, fried-anything, or like dirty dishes. Whenever I smell any of those scents I instantly revert back to the days when I had to walk around with an extra set of clothes to change into after lunch at the cafeteria! Here is a skit that my school made to give us students a little comic relief!

-A couple Summer’s ago I ate hummus every. single. day. Now every time I see or smell hummus I am reminded of Summer 2013 and how I gave it up for the whole next year!
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-The smell of wool reminds me of my semester abroad. I studied in London, England during one of Englands coldest Winter in over 50 years! This Florida girl always was freezing. And I always had half of my face smothered into my wool scarf. My nose picked up that smell and now every time I am near wool I am reminded of that time I was frozen for 5 months straight!

-Chai instantly takes me back to my Summer in Africa. We sipped on Chai every morning and evening. I fell in love with it so much that I had up to 5 cups a day! Chai obviously has a very strong smell and anytime I am near it I remember one of the best trips of my life!

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What certain smells take you to a particular place or memory?

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Current Workout Favorites

I am one who tries to stay discipline to routine because I know it is good for me, but it is also really challenging for me too! I try to be strict on going to sleep and rising at specific times. I try to eat and workout at a routine time. I put in the effort to give myself familiarity, but sometimes familiarity can drive me absolutely nuts!

I use routines because they work! I am promised to get results from the same workout every single time. So typically I find a workout, get the results I expect, get bored with my routine and then move on!

I change my workout routine every so often. I can’t think of a time in my life when I didn’t have a current workout that I was obsessed with! My life could be categorized in serious of routine-ness..In the past I have been in love with Crossfit, TRX, Tabata, Pilates, and there was even a WiiFit workout stage I went through (that was strange).

But here are my current work out favorites!

Fitness Blender!

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This duo is the dream team! Fitness Blender is filled with workouts! You can find low impact workouts or high intensity workouts! There are short 10 minute workout or 45 minute workouts! I really believe that they have something for everyone on this site! They are great trainers who inform you of the muscles that you should be working during certain excercises. All of their interval workouts have a preview of the next motion you will be completing on the screen which allows you to never fall behind in the workout due to not knowing what’s ahead! (brilliant!)

Lately, I have been completing their 10 Minute Butt & Thigh Workout which is a slow controlled workout that works muscles I haven’t thought about in a while!

You can find all of their videos on their website or on YouTube!

Next up…

Bring Sally Up

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With the goal of wanting to strengthen my arms, I have been completing the Bring Sally Up Push Up Challenge at least three times a week. And by completing I mean starting to do push ups, and moving to “girl push ups” about 30 seconds into the video and straight through to the end! (I’ll get there eventually, but for now, whatever works!) My sister, brother in law, and I have been doing this together. Which In my opinion, you definitely need a support team to accomplish this with you! I have also started completing the Bring Sally Up Squat Challenge which is a little less challenging but still makes for a great workout!

Lastly…

5 Minute Abs

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This girl is super spunky and I am super impressed with her workouts and energy! While I feel like I am breathing through a straw during her workouts she is doing the same workout and not even having to catch a breath! Props, Rebecca!!

These are all of the workouts that I have currently been making a part of my routine!

What workouts have you been loving lately? What workouts have you loved in the past?