Favorite Recent Eats

There has been a lot of sugar on the blog recently.

I mean, Monday’s post consisted of cheesecake, cookie dough, and ice cream. Although I have indeed been eating more sugar than I would at home, I’m cool with it because there is still balance. I haven’t shared much of the food I’ve been eating besides my desserts, so that’s exactly what I want to do today!

Since I have accumulated way too many food photos on my phone, I’m just going to share my favorite meals I’ve recently eaten. There have fortunately been many great meals, so I had to be pretty selective!

Favorite Breakfasts

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scrambled eggs with ketchup + oatmeal with pb, banana, and honey

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egg white and veggie omelet with sriracha + corn muffin + pear

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egg and cheese on whole wheat English muffin + my classic cottage cheese concoction (cottage cheese, strawberry yogurt, banana, and pb)

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whole wheat apple pancakes with peanut butter + scrambled eggs with sriracha + glass o’ milk (I didn’t eat the apple…it’s still in my fridge)

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whole wheat French toast with honey and butter + the classic concoction

Favorite Snacks

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Thanks for bringing these, madre :)

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Wheat Thins with unsweetened/unsalted sunflower seed butter. MMMM.

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Honeycrisp apples. Also thanks to madre.

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frozen bananas (so much better than non-frozen)

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whole wheat oatmeal cookies from my aunt’s care package

Favorite Lunches

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vegan sloppy joe + sweet potatoes

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baked fish with salsa + potatoes + peas + salad

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butternut squash soup with wonton crisps + salad + whole wheat wrap with roast beef, turkey, provolone, veggies, and honey mustard

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black bean burger on a whole wheat bun + veggies

Favorite Dinners

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beef and veggie pita + sweet potato fries!!! happy day.

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chicken parm with whole wheat pasta + steamed squash

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turkey meatloaf + mashed potatoes + veggies

The thing that surprises me most about my eats lately is the addition of savory foods to my breakfasts. I used to never eat savory foods for breakfast unless it was absolutely necessary. Sweet breakfasts still have my heart, but I’ve been diggin’ the eggs with spicy sriracha! Gets the blood pumping a little more in the morning. ;)

Also, whenever there is meatloaf in the dining hall, I have to get it. I’m that person that loves loaf o’ meat. The best part is that the meatloaf at our dining halls is usually “Sargent Choice”, which is the healthy seal of approval here at Boston University. I use that to justify my choice to always get it when it’s available.

Not all the food here is squeaky “clean”, but I prefer it that way. I can almost feel my brain (and soul) thanking me for feeding it satisfying, substantial foods. I’m not quite sure how I used to survive on wimpy salads in the past. I do believe times have changed for the better!

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! Eat good for ya food and good to ya food :)


Linking up with food party master Jenn today!

So tell me:

What have been some of your favorite meals recently?

Do you like meatloaf?

Eating _______ makes me smile.

Last Week Was Crazy


I did not get to put up another post last week, but that’s the outcome I was sensing since I had a big psych test on Friday AND there were so many other fun things happening when I wasn’t studying. I’ll just get right into it, because the meat of this post just speaks for itself.

Best Friend Surprise

Someone very special decided to be awesome and sneaky on Tuesday…

I’m the most clueless doofus out there, but…Daliza was in Boston.

Shoutout to my roommate Jordan for helping Daliza make this crazy surprise happen! They went through this whole complicated process to get me to come out at the right time and place so that Daliza could surprise me. You don’t get to see it in this video, but I started crying. As I do. I was utterly shocked and ecstatic that Daliza was here at Boston University to visit me!

She’s the bomb. Jordan’s the bomb. God blessed me with some rockstar friends, eh?

Ben Turns 21

After chillin’ with my Mexican sister from another mister for a few precious hours before she headed back to NY (yes, she came all the way up to Boston just for a day— dedication ♥), I joined my family in the evening for dinner to celebrate bro-Ben’s 21st! #boozeTues

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We went to an upscale Southern restaurant called Hungry Mother, and it was wonderfully rich and comforting. It’s awesome that they use local ingredients and change up their menu every day too! They have a prix fixe menu option, so we all chose that (mom and I shared) and essentially ordered everything on the petite menu to share.


Course 1: chicken-fried veal sweetbreads // escargot with biscuit topping // sunchoke parsnip soup


Course 2: charcuterie board // oysters rockefeller // beet and baby scallop salad


Course 3: wild catfish with cornbread puree and brussels sprouts // squab with farroto // rabbit with rabbit andouille sausage and gold rice grits


Course 3: cheese plate // yogurt cheesecake with cranberry caramel and poached apple // chocolate truffle tart with buttermilk ice cream // complimentary cookies of some sort

All the plates were on the small side, so it was a perfect tasting evening. If the plates were any bigger, I might have ended up blowing up from water retention. That food was pretty heavy on the salt and fat (as expected from a Southern-inspired restaurant), but it was delicious for sure! My favorites were the beet and scallop salad and the yogurt cheesecake.

Hope you had a marvelous birthday, bro! I can’t believe you can consume alcohol legally now. We were drinking milk from sippy cups, like, yesterday?


Tests, labs, essays, tour guide training, REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES.

It’s like the Hunger Games trying to register for classes. You have to strategize, have a backup plan, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Everyone wants the same classes as you, so you have to pounce on that ish.

Anyway, it wasn’t too bad (except for 6-8 pm bio lab, ew). Hopefully everything works out next semester!

My friends and I also had tour guide training all day on Saturday, which was kind of draining (especially since we had to walk outside for two hours in the frigid air that cut through my soul), but I’m totally looking forward to giving tours next semester! If any of you high schoolers are thinking about Boston University….!!!

More Birthdays (and sweets)

Besides celebrating bro-Ben’s birthday, I also joined in the celebration of my friend Christina’s birthday on Thursday!

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She’s 19 and fabulous (and she has a killer opera voice). Our friend Cori made a huge batch of eggless cookie dough, which we all very much appreciated. Then I went to a Students for Life club meeting, where there was pumpkin and NY cheesecake made by the wonderful Cecilia.

My friends are going to give me diabetes.

We also celebrated friend-Ben’s birthday on Saturday! A bunch of us watched him and two other friends do the legendary Rhett’s challenge, which is trying to eat 8 GIANT scoops of ice cream, a triple bacon cheeseburger, a large side of fries, and a large root beer within 30 minutes.

My friends are going to vicariously give me diabetes.

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They did not complete the challenge, but that’s really okay. It was actually difficult to watch them try to down that food. Daily Moves and Grooves does not condone these kinds of challenges.

Cold Weather

It’s finally upon us, which means it’s time to break out the mom jacket.


Would you believe me if I said I’ve had this jacket since 6th grade? It fits a lot better now.


Hi, Connor and Louis!

It’s not even that cold yet for Boston standards. When we’re back here in February, I might have to risk looking like a robber by walking around in a ski mask so my face doesn’t fall off.

And that’s IT, friends! 8 more days until Thanksgiving break. I can almost taste it.

I hope you all have a marvelous Monday!


Linking up with Katie!

So tell me:

Two exciting things that happened to you last week!

Do you like Southern cuisine?

Is it freezing where you live? 

Weekly Moves and Grooves XII

Oh, hello.

I totally disappeared last week after I posted on Tuesday. That was completely unintended, but life threw some curve balls as it always does, so I did not get a chance to check in again. Sad face.

Luckily, I have a hefty life update post coming for ya tomorrow, so brace yourselves!

For today, I have this week’s workouts! It was all about quick, efficient workouts this week due to the craziness and shortage of time.

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5 min. stair master warmup + leg workout

  • 3×10 squats @ 115# + 20 jump squats after each set
  • 2×10 squats @ 95# + 20 jump squats after each set

3 sets of each:

  • 10-12 hamstring curls (80#) + 30 side jump lunges
  • 15 curtsy lunges (40#) + 16 jump lunges
  • 20 sumo squats

My quads were dying for the next two days. I had never squatted more than 100# before, so this was definitely something spicy, especially with those jump squats in between.


5 minute jump rope warmup + 18 min. plank workout with double unders 

I took this workout outside by the river since the weather was lovely on Monday. I did Lori and Michelle’s 18 minute plank workout with 50 double unders between each set of exercises. Since my quads were crying from the depths of my muscle tissue, I took it slow and just enjoyed the sunset.

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Because my legs were even more sore this day and because a bunch of special people came to visit Boston and it was fan-freaking-tastic, so I needed to soak up every minute with them! Details tomorrow :)


Lori and Michelle’s 5 x 50 workout a la dorm

Wednesdays are my long days in terms of classes, so I did this quick but incredibly sweaty workout in the dorm in between classes. (Sorry if I smelled like butt, classmates.)

I ♥ burpees.


3.5 mile run + yoga

It took some major morning pep talk to get myself to run in the morning, but I was happy I went (is that what all runners are supposed to say?). Slow and easy at a 9:09 pace.


Lori and Michelle’s bodyweight arm workout a la dorm (subbed burpees with proper T pushups for the burpee rows)

I’m obsessed with Lori and Michelle’s workouts. They’re quick, intense, and often do not require equipment. Perfect!

Also, do not let the bodyweight aspect of this workout fool you. The power of pushups is real.


5 min. row warmup + functional training workout from Julie

This workout is super fun because it moves quickly from one exercise to the next, but it’s also unexpectedly challenging. You think, 10 reps of 7 exercises for 10 rounds? Easy.

But no. At least for me. These kinds of circuit workouts are my faaaavorites though!

Alrighty then, I’m off to tackle the day! Lots of work to do including class registration for next semester (so much stress, holy cow), choir practice, Mass, studying, and blogging!

So tell me:

When was the last time a workout made you insanely sore?

What was your favorite workout this week?


Life By the Numbers


(Shoutout to Sarah and everyone that knows her at the Catholic center.)

How are you all?! My life has been consumed by studying and activities, but it’s all good stuff. My parents are actually up here in Boston today to celebrate the bro’s 21st day of birth! Happy birthday to the coolest, kindest, most penguin-loving brother out there!

I’ve seen “by the numbers” posts on other blogs in the past, so I thought that would be a fun way to catch up with you guys. Basically, I spit out all these different numbers and then tell you the significance of each. Why am I explaining this? You’re all smart enough to figure this out. :)


Hours I worked this weekend. I’m actually loving my mini weekend job right now because I get to be super domestic by cleaning the house, shopping for groceries, and making food for the people for whom I work. I get ever so slightly emotional when I’m working for them though…doing chores and cooking reminds me of home!


AM is the time I went to sleep on Saturday night because I was talking with my friends in my dorm room. So college.


pounds I squatted on Sunday for 3 sets of 10 reps. That’s super light for some people, but that’s the most I’ve ever squatted, so huzzah!


PM is when it gets dark nowadays. I feel like I shouldn’t be leaving my dorm room once the sun sets, but then I remember: Dude, it’s only 5 pm. I dunno, my pillow just becomes twenty times more tantalizing once that sun says peace out.


psychology chapters I need to study for our exam on Friday. Mehhhhhh.


spoonful of peanut butter I’m craving at this very moment.


days until I go home for Thanksgiving!!!


things I want to bake/cook/devour when I get home.


inches of my hair I cut off by myself. It’s slightly uneven right now, so my mom’s gonna fix that when she gets here today. I didn’t chop off my hair or give myself Willy Wonka bangs though, thankfully.

A whole lot…

(k, technically not a number) of friends that make me smile every day.

Andddd now I’m out of numbers for ya. I hope to be checking in with you tomorrow with a WIAW post, but between birthday dining and studying, I’m not sure what will happen. All I know is that there are WAY too many food photos on my phone, and at least some of them need to be shared with the world.

I’ll catch ya later, friends! Have a fierce and fabulous day.

So tell me:

Some of the numbers that are describing your life right now!

Are you overwhelmed by Thanksgiving menu options also?


Weekly Moves and Grooves XI

Happy Sunday, lovely humans!

This weekend has just been nice. I worked on Friday and Saturday for a bit, did some homework, hung out with friends, exercised, and FaceTimed with my padres. Nothing super special in and of itself, but feeling uber blessed nonetheless!

Here is how I’ve been moving and grooving this week! P.S. Thanks for all the support and reassurance on my post about just RUNNING. I’ll talk more about how I enjoyed my run on Thursday below…

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Random dorm exercises

I was sore for whatever reason on Sunday, so I just decided to move throughout the day by doing fun plyometrics and burpees in my room.


5 min. stair master warmup + leg workout

3 supersets of each:

  • 10-12 pistol squats each leg + 20 Bulgarian split squats
  • 12 hamstring curls + 30 side jump lunges
  • 12 single leg deadlifts each leg + 20 180-degree squats jumps
  • 20 donkey kicks each leg + plank/weighted situps


upper body weights + 8 minute ab tabata

The upper body portion included 3 sets of each:

  • lat pull downs + pushup to T
  • Arnold presses + tricep dips
  • vertical row + bicep curls
  • some other things that I cannot remember

The ab tabata was four rounds of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds of rest:

  • weighted Russian twists
  • modified V-ups
  • side plank hip raises right
  • side plank hip raises left




3.37 mile run! + yoga 

Duuuuuudes. I got up early to run on Thursday and I seriously felt like I was a different person on a different planet. I took it slow, enjoyed the fresh air, and admired the beautiful Boston scenery. There was something so peaceful and exhilarating about being out there with so many other early morning Boston runners, and I loved it.

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I used a filter, but the trees in Boston really are gorgeous.

I ended up doing 3.37 miles at an 8:55 pace, and I’m pretty happy about that. Speed ain’t no worry when I haven’t run in two or three months. Also, this is the farthest I’ve ever run, LOL. I’ve only done a 5K at most before.


I really wanted to make it to four miles, but the skin at the bottom of my feet were being pulled to the max, causing a water-filled blister to form that hurt like a bleeeeeep. #weak. But for real, I couldn’t even walk for the rest of the day. I need to wear thicker socks next time. Or get new running shoes, but that would mean that I’m becoming a runner and that’s scary as heck.

I ended my run with 10 decline pushups, 10 decline burpees, 1 min. low plank, and 1 min. high plank. Can’t neglect my favorites :)


Dorm pyramid workout 

I did something quick in my dorm to get moving before walking to work:

100 jumping jacks ➔ 90 high knees ➔ 80 mountain climbers ➔ 70 single leg bridge pulses (35 each leg) ➔ 60 jump lunges ➔ 50 bicycle crunches ➔ 40 plank jacks ➔ 30 squat jumps ➔ 20 pushups ➔ 10 burpees

Broke a decent sweat in 13 minutes!


3 min. row warmup + Triangle Workout + lots of walking

I did Lindsay’s triangle circuit workout, and it’s a doozy! There are 10 burpees between each set of 3 exercises for 5 rounds, so I did 150 burpees. ♥ ♥ ♥ It was tough.



Then I walked everywhere because I walk to the and from the gym. to and from work ,and then I walk around places during work. Never underestimate walking (especially with a full backpack)!

I just finished lunch after Sunday Mass with friends, and now I’m off to fold laundry, study, and hopefully work out later! Have a lovely Sunday!

So tell me:

What are you up to today?

What was your favorite workout this week?

What is the farthest you’ve ever run?