Weekly Moves and Grooves II

Hello, beautiful people!

Just checking in on this glorious Sunday (at least in Boston) to tell you all how I’ve been gettin’ my moves on. I definitely found that less circuit workouts helped me avoid feeling fatigued later in the week. Although, my legs still never feel totally fresh, so I’m trying to listen and have more “take it easy” days.

weekly moves and grooves

Sunday

Rest

Monday

5 min. stair master + leg workout

3 sets of each:

Again, this left me quite sore for a few days! Those Bulgarian split squats, let me tell you. Lifting heavy (heavier than in the past months) weights ➔ legs are like, HELLO.

Tuesday

Walking + 8 min. ab tabata

I walked all the way to the FitRec (almost a mile from my dorm) to find that it was crowded AND I needed to go to some meetings pretty soon after, so I just did 8 minutes of abs and then speed-walked back to my dorm.

4 rounds of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest:

Wednesday

Arm workout

5 min. jump rope warmup

2 min. jump rope between each set (3 rounds of each):

I really do not remember the number of reps I did of each exercise, but it varied anywhere from 8-20 depending on the exercise and how fatigued my arms were. :D

Thursday

Yoga + circuit workout 

I had my physical education class, which happens to be Hatha yoga, so that was a glorious stretch. Later in the evening, I ran over to the Charles River to do this circuit workout with modifications (alternating lunges instead of jump lunges, squats instead of squat jumps, etc.), since my whole body was still kind of sore from the past few days! Favorite part was the burpees of course. Not the single-legged ones though— those were painful.

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Friday

Rest + a few sets of burpees

Burpee study breaks in the dorm! ;)

Saturday

Walking + 100s challenge 

I went on a service project with the Catholic center in downtown Boston, which was totally awesome, and it happened to involve a good deal of walking. Plus, I got some elevation just bringing up a mini fridge to my brother’s apartment, which is on like, the fifth floor, and there are no elevators.

Then in the evening while I was studying, I did 5 sets of 20 air squats, 20 pushups and 20 sit-ups as study breaks.

I hope you all have nice day! I just got back from Sunday Mass, and the rest of my day entails studying and hopefully blogging! :)

So tell me:

How have you been moving?

What do you like to do on rest days?

 

WIAW: My New Favorite Thing

So there’s no Greek yogurt here at BU. Y’all know how much I love the stuff and tend to get a lot of it in my tummy…and on my laptop and calculator.

Since I’m currently separated from the creamy, tangy dairy product, I’ve found another thing that is quickly rising on my OMG-I-Want-It-Every-Day list (you have a list like that too, don’t lie).

It’s cottage cheese.

The sound of the words cottage and cheese together kind of make me squeamish, but I have been opened to a whole new world during this time of adaptation without Greek yogurt. You’ll see below how I like my cottage cheese.

I’ve also thrown in some of the other things I’ve been eating in the past week!

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Sharing my eats on Jenn’s WIAW!

Breakfasts

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Dorm oatmeal with vanilla protein powder, banana, and peanut butter

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Makeshift overnight oats: warmed up some quick oats with water, added protein powder and banana, put it into an almost-empty sunflower seed butter jar, left in fridge overnight, enjoyed in the morn!

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And again in a pb jar :)

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My new favorite thing: cottage cheese with strawberry yogurt and peanut butter + whole wheat apple cinnamon muffin with more pb + an apple + glass o’ milk

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Weirdest brunch ever: two eggs with veggies and whole wheat toast + three pieces of dim sum (dining hall special of that day) + my new favorite thing

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Whole wheat apple pancake with pb and a glass o’ milk + my new favorite thing…again.

Lunches

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Huge salad + roast beef, provolone, lettuce, tomato, honey mustard panini on multigrain

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Lunch with brother Ben: cornmeal-crusted fish tacos + a few bites of his “El Guapo” burrito that contained everything and anything (beef, rice, beans, veggies, sweet plantains…and probably more)

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Snacky lunch in the dorm: apple + Wheat Thins (a lot more than what’s pictured here) with sunflower seed butter (delicious!) + mixed nuts + unpictured banana

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Baked pollock with roasted potatoes and bruschetta + salad with a hard boiled egg, feta, and light honey mustard dressing

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Moroccan chicken with quinoa + salad with some sort of bean tuna salad and balsamic dressing

Snacks

LOTS of fruit and nuts!

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Post-workout oatmeal with vanilla protein powder, half a banana, and sunflower seed butter

Dinners

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Turkey breast + mashed sweet potatoes + cornbread(?) stuffing + broccoli {I did it all for the carbs. YUMMM.}

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Butternut squash risotto with vegan chicken + salad with lentils and honey mustard dressing

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A different kind of Moroccan chicken + squash (and later I ate spaghetti and a meatball with more veggies at the Catholic center!)

Desserts

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Yes. My new favorite thing for dessert too. With granola!

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Freshly baked apple pie and a brownie from one of the faculty in residence living on our floor! She even read us stories as we ate her baked goods. She’s the sweetest (pun intended)!

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Cookies and cream ice cream at bro’s apartment

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Vanilla soft serve with granola

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Free peanut butter Insomnia cookie before watching the hypnotist

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Banana cake. WOW so good.

Plus a bunch of other free cookies and treats that EVERYONE KEEPS PUTTING IN OUR FACES. I mean, I’m not complaining (I’m so grateful for such generous friends!), but this week has definitely been a little more sugar-coated than normal. I guess I can just stop getting things like banana cake from the dining hall…I guess…

Holy crap, so much foooooood. It’s a good thing we walk a lot here ;)

Happy Wednesday, friends!

So tell me:

What have you been obsessed with lately? 

Do you like cottage cheese? How do you like to eat it?

Notes on College

What’s up, party people?!

I have so much to tell you, it’s almost as overwhelming as school right now (just kidding, school is alright for now). But really, what’s happenin’? {I ask myself that every day.}

Well, I guess I can tell you all what I think of this whole university thing after the first week of classes! And since life is all about the note-taking right now, might as well do this post in the style of notes, eh?

Classes/Homework:

  • Walking from class to class in a ten minute time frame WILL make me a sweaty mess and sometimes frazzled.
    • Inevitably, I will be late to my statistics lecture and be forced to sit in the back, thus not being able to hear the professor with a thick, Eastern European accent.
  • Having a planner is life.

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  • I’ve read more hard text this past week than I have in the past year.
  • Notebooks > binders
  • Back problems may arise due to backpack weight.
  • Do not chug water before class because that will cause you to desperately have to pee in the middle of your big psychology lecture. Then you will have to leave in front of the whole class in a WALK OF SHAME.
    • No, I did not ask to leave, but still.
  • Studying on the esplanade of the Charles River with your roommate on a picture perfect Sunday makes it all better.

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Screenshot of Jordan’s snap story :D 

Social Life:

  • The highlights of my week were the events at the Catholic center— a scavenger hunt, games/karaoke night, and glow-in-the-dark dodgeball. HOLLA.
    • TGIF = Thank God It’s First-Week

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Karaoke for “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan… I mean, perfect, or what?

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{credits to BU Catholic Center Facebook page}

  • First birthday party of the year was a success! I am so thankful for my amazing roommate, Jordan. You’re legal now, girl!

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That would be a salad on a corn waffle (I KNOW) + my adorable roomie

  • Having the bro so close to me in Boston is a true blessing.
    • We always, without fail, speak to each other in a British accent ➔ Why? ➔ Good question.

P.S. I got the idea to start the #BUmovesandgrooves hashtag from Cait’s Plate, who uses hashtags such as #mygradschoolyears. It’s a unique hashtag, so it’s like she has her own portfolio of photos from her grad school years! I want to do that for my BU years :)

  • Signing up for so many clubs is great because you get free stuff exposed to new groups of people, but then there’s the fact that my email inbox will be a madhouse.
  • My friends and I went to an “R-Rated Hypnotist” on Saturday night since it was one of the welcome back events here at BU. Ummm SO hilarious, but kinda freaky and very inappropriate (well, appropriate for the title “R-Rated”). It was one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever witnessed.

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Free cookies all the time.

Fitness:

  • See weekly moves and grooves post!
  • Making workouts a priority ➔ less stress ➔ better sleep
    • But still make sure to rest, which is equally as important as working out.

And that’s basically the notebook of my life from the past week! I actually quite liked writing my recap this way, but what do you guys think? Is it weird? Confusing? Boring? (P.S. This is kind of how I actually take notes in class!) If you guys honestly enjoy this kind of post, then let me know!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and I hope you have a great week ahead! WIAW should be up on Wednesday!

MiMM

Linking up with Katie‘s marvelous Monday!

So tell me:

Something fun you did this weekend!

Any embarrassing class stories. Please.

In which clubs/activities were you involved during high school or college?

This “notes on college” thing— yay or nay?

 

Weekly Moves and Grooves {Weekly Workouts}

Hey hey heyyyyyy!weekly moves and grooves

I want to blog more. I really, truly do. But as many of you can probably understand, college life is quite time-consuming, and if I’m not studying, I’m socializing. If I’m not socializing, I’m eating. If I’m not eating, I’m sleeping…

Well you get the point, but I will definitely try to have an update post on here soon! For now, I have my weekly college moves and grooves to share with you all, as promised.

Hope you’re all doing well!

Monday

5 minutes on the stair master, followed by Julie’s squat jump leg workout

I used the squat rack for the first time ever, kids. EVER. I mean, I have used the Smith squat machine before at my gym back in New York, but normally I would always just use the curling bars by clean-and-pressing them to get them on my shoulders. The squat rack is (obviously) more convenient, and hooray for adding more weight!

This workout left me sore for days, by the way.

Tuesday

Boot camp class!

I took a for-credit boot camp class on Tuesday, but I unfortunately had to drop that class due to some weird scheduling issues. I would have loved to stay in it because the old-school boxing instructor kicked our butts!

We did 22 minutes of running drills and then core work for the rest of the class, including planks— my fave.

Wednesday

Rest

Except for walking everywhere and carrying heavy backpacks and textbooks, which is a darn good workout anyway. I would actually be interested to see how many miles I walk on some days. I’d say a good 3-4 miles at least!

Thursday

5 min row warmup + upper body workout + lots of walking + dodgeball

The upper body workout that I decided to call “psych” because I was looking at my psychology textbook when I was writing it out (I dunno):

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I feel like I needed another rest day instead of this workout because at those very first burpees, I felt fatigued already. I still did it, but it was a tough push!

Friday

Rest

Saturday

5 min adaptive motion trainer + 5 rounds (instead of 10) of this functional workout + upper body weights + 8 min. ab tabata

I was still SUPER fatigued during that functional training workout! I felt weak. I was kind of confused and frustrated since I had taken a rest day, but then I realized that I had done quite a few high intensity workouts this week, and I had certainly done more than I have in past weeks. Thus, I’m going to try focusing more on strength workouts, and then throw in one or two circuit workouts during the week.

Exercising has definitely helped ease the stress of starting classes, so I’m thankful that I can manage to squeeze in workouts and walk A LOT.

Hope you all have a beautiful Sunday! The weather is finally cooling down here, and it is perfection today.

So tell me:

How have you been moving?

Do you find that you feel over-exerted when you do too much of one type of exercise?

WIAW: Dorm and Dining Hall

Why hello there!

I’m seriously going to be so excited whenever I manage to get a post up while I’m in school. Keep in mind that I’m writing these while classes have not even started yet…

Anyway, I have FOOD for you all today! Lots of it. I’ve always been interested in seeing what people eat in college (especially the food at UCLA, where Julianna goes), because there’s the infamous “Freshman 15″ that creeps up in the back of everyone’s mind. I can see how that could happen quickly because all of a sudden, there are all these food choices around you in the dining hall, and it’s tempting to want ALL OF IT. Not to mention the free pizza that’s at every social event.

I think I’m quite fortunate to be at Boston University, where there are so many healthy options beyond the salad bar. The Sargent College of Health and Rehab Sciences (my college within BU!) has a food program called Sargent Choice, which just ensures the availability of healthy, wholesome meal choices. They’re so delicious too! {Not as good as your food though, mama.}

Alright, onto the noshes. Here are some of my eats from the past week!

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Joining Jenn‘s world wide food party!

Breakfasts

dorm breakfast

In dorm: multigrain bread with sunflower seed butter and banana + apple with peanut butter

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In dorm: oatmeal with vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, jam, and half a banana

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In dining hall: cottage cheese with natural peanut butter (!!!), jam, and a sliced banana

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In dining hall: oatmeal with cinnamon, jam, peanut butter, and half a banana + cottage cheese, strawberry yogurt, Sargent Choice granola (that I accidentally dumped in there…oh well!), and the other half of the banana + a chat with God :)

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In dining hall: whole wheat French toast (basically, the answer to my prayers) with peanut butter and banana + scrambled eggs with ketchup + glass o’ milk

Lunches

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FYSOP lunch every day: huge turkey, muenster, lettuce, tomato sandwich + kettle cooked potato chips + an unpictured chocolate chip cookie :D

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In the fancier dining hall: seafood stew (really tasty!) with naan + salad

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Restaurant with family: I shared bites of yen ta fo soup, shrimp pad thai, papaya salad, and basil pork. Mostly shrimp pad thai and papaya salad!

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In dining hall: salad with cowboy caviar, feta, and a hard boiled egg + black bean burger on whole wheat with some fancy pico on the side

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In an on-campus food court: eel-cucumber-avocado-brown rice sushi

Snacks

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Lots of apples (with and without nut butter)

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Handy snacks in my dorm room: Wheat Thins, sweet and salty peanuts, mixed nuts

Dinners

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In the dining hall: Firecracker tofu + brown rice + veggies x2

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In the dining hall: Mexican rice with pastor chicken, salsa, and cilantro

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In dining hall: sweet chicken sandwich on whole wheat bun + salad with hummus and feta

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Dinner with family on Labor Day: clay hot pots (mine was the eel one on top left)

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In dining hall: salad with hummus + grilled salmon with soba noodles (more like chow mein noodles)

Desserts

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Ice cream social = free ice cream!! Vegan (soy) tahitian vanilla + strawberry added after this photo was taken

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Insomnia cookie! Oatmeal raisin. Not reallyyyyy worth the $1.50.

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In dining hall: plain yogurt + a dollop of strawberry yogurt + Sargent choice granola

And that’s a wrap! There were definitely more snacks in there, but I’m not going to take a picture of every banana I eat. For both of our sakes.

I hope to update you all on college life (since classes started yesterday) soon! I have a “Weekly Moves and Grooves” (aka weekly workouts) post in the works for ya too.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

So tell me:

What have you been snacking on lately?

Has there been a food you’ve tried just for the hype/experience?