Are We Prima Ballerinas Yet?

Howdy!

How has your Friday been? I hope it’s been a good one! Who’s ready for the long weekend?! (Even though I’m still on summer vacation, so there’s no difference to me…sorry.)

Today started with the usual blog-reading while standing at my counter. I took a nice long time, because I was waiting until my mom came back from her gym (that she’s attending with a Groupon deal–typical) with the car so I could head to my gym. This week has been filled with dance, and I’ve been loving moving artistically again. But it was also fun to get back into “workout-workouts” today.

Breakfast

Classic:

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Moves

I started with 10 minutes on the elliptical and then GUESS WHAT? I ran on the treadmill! As you may know, I am not a fan of running, but I wanted to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone. I only ran 10 minutes, but it went surprisingly well! I usually run at a speed no greater than 7.3 maybe, but that felt slow to me today, so I ran at 8.0 and increased the speed throughout the 10 minutes. I even went at 10.0 for the last 30 seconds! The weird part was that I didn’t feel quite as tired as I usually do when I’m running. My mile was around 7:30, which was my PR earlier this year..but I feel like I could have ran faster today! Maybe that bootcamp class helped? Or burpees? I dunno. Actually, I’m skeptical and think that perhaps that particular treadmill was defective or something. Like maybe the treadmill went slower than the speeds shown on the monitor. Well, let’s just massage my ego and say that maybe I’m getting better at running. 😀

Moving on. I completed one of my favorite circuit workouts from Jess at Blonde Ponytail: You Can Ring My (Dumb)Bell Workout. Cute name, right? Ya won’t feel so cute after you finish though. This kicks my butt every time! I’ve gradually cut down my rest time in between workouts and increased the weights so that it keeps challenging me. ‘Twas a doozy!

I came home, showered, and then got ready to host my “little sister” from company, Lilly! We both dread sewing our pointe shoes, so we decided to have a little date so that we could eat healthy food and sew our shoes together (does that make us sound like prima ballerinas or what?!).

Lunch

Options for our sandwiches (Lilly’s a vegetarian, so it’s pretty easy to find food for her 🙂 )

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Lilly’s creation:

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I believe it contained pesto, mozzarella, tomato, and spinach! I may have missed somethin’.

She even added that basil leaf for garnish. She’s got the presentation aspect down-pat.

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And mine:

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Two sunnies, toast with mozzarella and roasted bell peppers + basil for garnish (inspired by Lilly)

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Plus sides

It was a beautiful day for eating outside and everything was delicious! The best part was this though:

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Peanut butter banana soft serve. I’ve got Lilly hooked. Muahaha.

And then we watched Youtube videos and old dance DVDs while we tediously sewed our pointe shoes.

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Pointe shoes: hurt your fingers when you sew ’em, hurt your toes when you wear ’em. But it’s all for the love of dance.

We had a nice time bonding! Now I’m going grocery shopping with mom and then it will be dinner time for me. Have a nice Labor Day weekend!

So tell me: Have you ever had a breakthrough with running/exercise? What was for lunch? Any fun Labor Day weekend plans?

 

 

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Fascinating Friday Links #2

Happy Friday!

Here is the second edition of Fascinating Friday Links, and I’ve got some pretty good ones for ya! I found A LOT of fun links, so I went a little crazy this time. Nevertheless, enjoy!

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Food for Thought

[Can eating the food of our heritage help us manage our weight?] The Way We Eat {is it all in our genes?} via Health Ninja

[Honest tips and experience on dealing with a tough time in life] Sixteen Months Ago via Undressed Skeleton

[Beautiful Pinterest board] Chastity Project Pinterest Board

[A non-judgemental, yet non-excusing perspective on Miley Cyrus’s performance] Don’t Be a Jerk About the Twerk via Just Jenny From the Blog

[Great life lessons for everyone] Lessons I’ve Learned in My 25 Years via Perfection Isn’t Happy

[I love that her recipe comes with saint info] Saint Francis Seelos, Apple Strudel, and Year of Faith via My Catholic Kitchen

Health and Fitness

[All about sleep] Wake Up! via Fueling a Healthy Life

[How many calories do you need at least?] The Calorie Conspiracy via Fuel for a Healthy Life

[Similar subject: Remember you need calories just to LIVE] WIAW: Less is Not More via The Real Life RD

[Because posture is important] Fit Tip: 3 Tips for Perfect Posture via Michelle Phan

[When you’re losing workout motivation] What To Do When Beast Mode is Off via Live Love Laugh Lift

[Quick, effective ab workout] Killer 10 Minute Ab Workout via Purely Twins

[If you love snacks like me] The How-To Guide to Smart Snacking via Hungry and Fit

Food for Belly

[For Chipotle lovers] Copycat Chicken Burrito Bowl via Fit Foodie Finds

[A mighty tasty-looking dressing] Wasabi Cucumber Dressing via Peas and Crayons

[Genius idea for oatmeal] Green Tea Latte Oatmeal via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?] Healthy Macaroni and Cheese via Picky Eater Blog

[Bored with veggies?] Spice Up Your Veggies via Kath Eats Real Food

Food for Sweet Teeth

[I love 3-ingredient desserts] Almost S’more Banana Cookies via Hungry and Fit

[No bake? Nut butter? Protein? I’m all for it] No Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars via Running with Spoons

[‘Nough said] Toasted Coconut Milkshakes via Bev Cooks

[Cutest vlog ever and for the vegans] The Best (Healthier) Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish

[More simple and yummy bites] Butterscotch Banana Bread Oatmeal Bites via Peanut Butter Fingers

[Cool and odd ice cream flavors] 16 Delightful Ice Cream Flavors You Never Thought Existed via Buzz Feed

Other Fun Stuff

[For the Harry Potter fans, college alumni, college-goers, and college-bound] 21 College Campuses That Make You Feel Like You’re at Hogwarts  via Buzz Feed

So tell me: Which links made you think? Which ones made you drool? Which ones made you want to get cookin’?