Feelin’ Like Wonder Woman


I feel so accomplished. I actually buckled down and got some serious work done this weekend, and I’m proud of myself. Now all I have to do is get into the mindset of studying like this every weekend….College is laughing at my face right now.

Even though it was a nicely packed weekend, it was nothing short of marvelous (and full of sunshine)!


Katie‘s got the marvelousness all in one spot!


Once I got home from the gym, I was ready for a hefty snack— one that involved all my favorite things:


Greek yogurt, apple banana muffin, half a banana, chia, hemp, and peanut butter. Are you tired of seeing this?? I’m not. 😀

Fast forward to 8:30 PM at a restaurant called Bistro Z, for which my mom had a Groupon. Expected. This time, we weren’t just going for our sheer foodie selves! Ben was home for a couple of days, so we wanted to have a farewell dinner with him before he left back to work in Boston for the summer.

Dinner was fantastic and super filling, as all Groupon dinner deals are. I could have been completely content going straight from appetizer to dessert!


I started with crab cakes because they’re my all time fave. These were awesome!


I also had a bite of mom’s brie with lingonberry jam on seedy baguette. Fruit and cheese is a match made in heaven.


For my entree: Griddled polenta tofu cake with black bean ragou and jicama + anaheim chili slaw

When I asked the waiter if he would recommend this, he said: “I’ve never tried it. I only eat real food.” He was half joking, half serious, but I say that this is all “real food”, thankyouverymuch. And it was flippin’ delicious (even though I could only fit a little bit of this in my stomach➔ leftovers for the next day)!


Apple tart with vanilla ice cream. Just…YES.


Chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream. Just…meh. Although, chocolate lovers would LOVE this.

Thanks for coming home, Ben. 😉


Wake up. Type out to-do list on my Reminders app. GO.

Oh wait, we gotta take a half hour or so for breakfast and Saturday morning Food Network.


Greek yogurt + hot banana berry oatmeal + a luscious pool of sunflower seed butter

THEN I got started on my homework! I knocked off a bunch of things from my to-do list before noon, which made me feel like Wonder Woman. Is that sad?

Moves: I set my phone alarm to ring every 15-20 minutes so that I could chip away at the 100 challenge (100 squats, 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups) throughout the day! I also added 10 burpees of different variations every time I took my study break. I love doing this when I have a lot of homework to do because it’s a great way to stay moving (and have an excuse to step away from the work).

After some more AP Calc studying and evening Mass, I came home and had a home-cooked meal thanks to Mom.


Malaysian chicken, coconut oil sautéed asparagus, and quinoa/wild rice

Mom, can you come to college with me? (<— I might regret that statement later.)

I was thinking of having my usual dried figs with Greek yogurt for dessert, but then my dad pulled out our long lost tub of vanilla bean ice cream from the fridge…


…and that sounded absolutely fabulous with some fresh fruit. Yumyumyum.


This Sunday was my last day of teaching religious education for probably a very long time (since I’m going to college next year). It’s another bittersweet end-of-the-year event for sure. Bitter because I absolutely love sharing my faith with the little munchkins, and sweet because, let’s be honest, third graders wear me out. But it was definitely more of a bitter goodbye with notes like these from my students:


*sniff* It’s incredibly humbling to get such sweet notes from them because, in the grand scheme of things, I’m also still an inexperienced child learning more and more every day just like them. I give them whatever I have, and I can only pray that they’re walking away with something from the class.

Alright, moving on from the sappy stuff. Let’s take a look at this phantasmagoria of fruit that my mom assembled:


Yup, I just said phantasmagoria. Look it up and add it to your daily vocabulary to see how many weird looks you get 😉

I had a 3-hour practice AP Calc exam on the agenda yesterday, but I wanted to let out some energy before I sat down for the torture...wait yes, torture.

The weather was gorgeous, so I knew I had to take my moves outdoors! I warmed up with 50 squat jumps, mountain climbers, and side lunge jumps, and then completed this KILLER 18-minute plank workout from Purely Twins. I just don’t get how Lori and Michelle do it with such ease. If you don’t think planks can’t make you huff and puff, I dare you to try this workout. It will actually make you feel like Wonder Woman/Superman.

After getting some exercise and fresh air, I ate lunch, showered, and hit the books. The practice exam was alright I guess. I sorta failed on the short answer part (my utter weakness), but I’m just glad I did it so that I know what to study and how to pace myself for the real exam on WEDNESDAY!!!

And there’s my weekend for ya! If I only I had the willpower and self-discipline to feel like Wonder Woman every weekend. But even superheroes need a break, right?

I hope you all have a marvelous Cinco de Mayo!

So tell me:

Best thing you ate this weekend?

What/Who do you feel like when you accomplish a lot?

Do you use a fancy word in your daily vocabulary? 

Fascinating Friday Links #17

A week of Christmas break is already over?!

My dad told me something that made me cringe even more: “A week from today you’ll be back in school and it’ll be back to work for me.” Thanks, pop…;) One thing I’m happy to have accomplished yesterday (after six days of not even looking at any kind of work) was finishing my AP Calculus homework. There are more things to do, but that was the one that loomed over my head the most.

I also did some yoga yesterday after my friend from company, Allison, told us all that she did a super sweaty 90-minute bikram yoga class. I decided to follow this video from Yoga Journal on Youtube to work on my arm balances. It really worked my arms and core! I’ve also been revisiting the #100challenge (100 squats, 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups each day) for the past few days just to stay moving with some functional exercises. I like incorporating sets of 20 reps into my day as a study break or just a midday energizer.

I apologize for not sharing some fascinating Friday links with you all last week. I was tied up with my school concert (and, admittedly, eating French toast at a diner afterwards) on Thursday night, and on Friday afternoon, we attempted to drive to Canada. It’s a bummer because I had an awesome lineup of links that were perfect for the Christmas holiday. Ohh well. I still have some interesting blog posts and articles to share with you this week!

fascinating friday links

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Health and Fitness

[What is your definition?] How Do You Define Healthy? via Olive to Run

[#32 is the best tip for me] 32 Solutions for When You Can’t Sleep via Greatist

[Truly endless possibilities!] How to Make a Healthier Salad via Greatist

[Fun workouts to do during the holidays] 24 minute kick butt cardio via PurelyTwins + Tree Trimming Tabata Workout via Nutrition Nut on the Run + Strength/Tabata Combo via Fitnessista

[Handshakes are kinda gross] Why Fistbumping Should Be The New Handshake via Greatist

(I apparently really loved what Greatist offered this week! I always love their posts though.)

Food for Thought

[Christmas really IS about waiting] What We Learn About Life From Christmas Eve via Goins Writer

[For people like me who overcomplicate things] 12 Easy Ways to Make Life Simple Again via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[That one second when trials don’t matter] If Only For a Second via UTrend

Food for Belly

[All of my favorites] Banana Baked French Toast with Peanut Butter Drizzle via Cookie and Kate

[Who doesn’t love a good panini?] My Best Panini Recipes of 2013 via Panini Happy

[Delicious way to use up leftovers] Overnight Ham and Cheese Bake via Recipe Girl

Miscellaneous Fun

[Family of the YEAR] #XMAS JAMMIES – Merry Christmas from the Holderness Family! via Youtube

[Gotta love Jennifer Lawrence] Jennifer Lawrence Volunteers as Tribute (to End Fat Shaming) via Greatist

[Too funny] 21 People Who Got Creative With Their Gift Wrapping via BuzzFeed

And that’s all for today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend (last one of 2013!).

So tell me: Which were your favorite links? Do you like yoga? What are you doing this weekend?

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