Good evenin’!

Hope you all had an awesome Friday! Mine was pretty productive yet relaxing. I was going to go to the city with some of my best friends, but I ended up being a baby and staying home because I was tired. I’m lame. But as much as I wanted to hang out with them, I think my body appreciated the rest (even if it was only a 45 minute nap).


Mom made some fabulous seafood paella in the rice cooker!

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Sriracha added, of course

It was a tasty combo of shrimp and fish balls. As in fish “meat”balls. Not…something else. I’m sure you’re just enticed right about now. They’re good though! Even if it is pretty much the mystery meat of the sea. Ignorance is bliss!

My day consisted of finishing up some summer work, working on college applications, blog reading (duh), and a nice workout!


20 minutes on the elliptical followed by my favorite leg workout from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers! This always makes my legs feel like they’re going to fall off, but today it felt slightly easier. I think I can increase the weight for my squats, but I’m facing a small dilemma. See, I use the small barbells from the curl rack to do my squats since I’ve never been brave enough to go to the squat rack (partially because I don’t want to see guys from my school there–walkawaywalkawaywalkaway). However, it’s getting harder for me to clean and press the heavier barbells over my head just for squats, which is why I want to try using the squat rack so I can increase the weight without worrying about getting the weight over my head.

I’m not usually one to care what anyone thinks of me when I go to the gym (ya know, since I look like I’m 12 years old), but when it comes to using machines, I like to know what I’m doing for safety and for the sake of not embarrassing myself. I’m intimidated by the squat machine for the following reasons/uncertainties:

  • The bar is usually set too high for me to un-rack it
  • Is the bar 45 lbs. by itself? Yes, right?
  • “Wait, this IS the squat rack, right?” (<–kidding, I’m not that lost 😉 )
  • I’m afraid of making people wait. I’m not used to this pressure!

Obviously, I will ask one of the professional trainers for help if and when I DO decide to use the squat rack. It will happen one day. ‘Twill.


Maybe I should get this snazzy bumper sticker



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Ready for this? Chicken, mozzarella, tomato, basil, spinach panini. YAH. Please try this.


And these humungous, seedless(!!) green grapes. These were two-biters!

Ben has his best buds over and I’m totally that sister that thinks she’s cool enough to hang out with them. I humor myself.

So tell me: How was your Friday? Are you intimidated by any machines in the gym? What’s for dinner?



Fascinating Friday Links #1

I tried to make up a unique alliteration for what is basically a Friday show and tell of interesting links I’ve come across lately that I want to share with all of you. Yeah, there’s Friday Fun Facts and Friday Favorites, but neither of those really fit the purpose of this post. And “link love” is too generic. Thus, I present Fascinating Friday Links!

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Caesar salad lovers? 

[Great for vegetarians] Chickpea Caesar Wrap via I Heart Vegetables

[Awesome, dressed-up version] Roasted Corn Caesar Salads with Parmesan Greek Yogurt Dressing via How Sweet It Is

Fitness and Exercise

[Congrats to Julianna on completing an EPIC race. Would you try it?] Monterey Spartan Beast 2013 via Julianna Bananna

[Informative facts on some misconceptions] Friday Fit Facts via Fit Possible

[Important reminder] Never Compare to Others in the Gym via hungry and fit

[I can definitely relate] How My View of Exercise Has Changed via My Food ‘n’ Fitness Diaries

[Even though I disagree with #1…] 10 Reasons to Run (Even If You Don’t Like Running!) via Livestrong

[Killer running + Crossfit workouts] A Bunch of “Really Hard” Workouts for You via Carrots ‘n’ Cake

[Kick your rear in gear] Fire Up Your Glutes! via Your Trainer Paige

More Culinary Genius

[These would be the perfect vessel for so many things] Vegan Pan Bread Roll-Ups via Edible Perspective

[Brilliant and healthy] Chocolate Avocado Frosting Stuffed Cookie Sandwiches via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Easy, yummy breakfast, dessert, or snack] Peanut Butter Strawberry Banana Quesadillas via Texanerin Baking

[Whoa] Creamy Chocolate Coconut Pie (Grain Free and Dairy Free) via GI 365 on Empowered Sustenance


[So many awesome blogs] 35 Bloggers I Love via The Lean Green Bean

And basically sums up my life:

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[via Unleashed Beauty Instagram]

I hope you enjoy some of these links! Happy Friday!

So tell me: Did any of these fascinate you?