Before Going Back to Reality

I’m going back to Boston today!!!

As sad as I am to be leaving my family, I am very looking forward to being with my friends and doing all the learning and activities back at Boston University. It’s been almost 8 months after all!

I don’t know how I’ll do jumping back into reality after what feels like a five month vacation (with study abroad and winter break), but these last few days of break have been the perfect last hurrah.

Here are some things I’ve done before going back to reality:

1) Made my favorite green silver dollar banana pancakes from The Healthy Maven on Thursday morning.

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as always, topped with Greek yogurt, peanut butter, cinnamon, maple syrup + glass o’ milk

2) Gone on long, contemplative walks around the neighborhood.

3) Had lots of solo dance parties in my room.

4) Tried a new fitness class for free with a voucher that came in the mail! It’s called Body Burn, and I think the concept is similar to that of Orange Theory Fitness. You wear a Polar heart rate monitor across your chest, and you try to keep up your HR elevated at around 80-90% of your max HR throughout the entire 45 minute circuit training class.

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Since I went to the relatively new Friday 9AM class, I was the only one who showed up, so it was basically a 30 minute personal class with a swole Italian-American trainer. It was fun! Some treadmill, rowing, TRX, weights, resistance band work, and abs. It wasn’t the hardest thing ever, but I wasn’t pushing myself that hard (my quads were still sore from Wednesday + plantar fasciitis). Hopefully I can go again one day!

5) I’ve eaten a lot of cold roasted vegetables straight out of their container. Doesn’t take much to please me.

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G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S

6) Madre and I went on a sushi and bakery date on Friday ♥︎

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7) I ate plenty of said bakery items.

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huge, buttery poppy seed rolls

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amazing apple cinnamon cake (look at all that apple! and the crumble topping 10/10)

8) I saw Daliza and Michael on Friday night! It was lovely catching up with those two.

9) The fam and I attended a 6 hour defensive drivers’ course on Saturday. #weekendthings. It’s for insurance reduction. We went three years ago to a different company’s course, but this year’s by AAA was a lot more interactive and less boring 🙂

10) We went to Mass and a huge, fancy {Groupon} dinner at  Xaviars X2O on the Hudson on Saturday night!

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just some of the goodies: brown butter pine nut ricotta ravioli for my appetizer (THE BROWN BUTTERRRRR) // Madre’s seared tuna sashimi appetizer //  my banana walnut bread pudding // Madre’s carrot cake // Ben’s warm chocolate lava cake  // delicious quail with kale, mushrooms, and fingerling potatoes for my entree // Ben’s grilled octopus appetizer // complimentary chocolate almond truffles after the whole meal (“omg they’re giving us more food.”)

We share everything when we eat out, but this was still SO MUCH FOOD (thanks to Groupon – three courses were included for EACH person!). And if what’s pictured above wasn’t enough, Pop had a pâté plate for his appetizer, Ben had pork chop for his entree, Madre had an incredible stuffed chicken for hers, and Pop had rabbit and egg noodles for his. They also had complimentary cheese biscuits to start, so you know we were on board for that.

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The food and the company were just splendid 🙂

10) I ate some refreshing soluble fiber the next morning in the form of delicious chia egg white banana oats for the first time in a long time!

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11) I’ve been movin’ and groovin’ in the good ol’ basement.

  • Saturday: Michelle and Lori’s 100 burpee workout (subbed full burpees for the side burpees) before the defensive drivers’ course
  • Sunday: 700 reps of Jess’ killer 1000 rep workout (subbed bent over rows for the T pushups)

My workouts were feeling just meh last week, which is totally fine, but it was nice to finally feel like I could attack Sunday’s workout and finish feeling totally spent!

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I was keeled over on my side right before I took this photo

12) I ate a slice of Chicago deep dish sausage pizza that my aunt sent us.

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oh hot dang

13) I packed a crap ton of stuff for college, because Megan and I are living together in an apartment, wee!!

14) I’ve indulged in watching Kyle Hanagami’s dance choreography on repeat.

I can’t wait to dance again (not this well, but I can try)!

15) Lastly, I’ve been blogging (obviously). I will miss the freedom to blog at a leisurely pace, but alas, schoolwork calls!

I hope you all have a great Monday! Dance, eat lotsa carbs, and let someone know how much you love them.

So tell me:

Two things you did this weekend!

Best thing you ate this weekend?

Have you ever tried Orange Theory Fitness or something similar?

Hot Oats on a Hot Day

I ate hot oatmeal for the first time in a while yesterday!

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Part of me feels like hot oatmeal is not appropriate for the summer time, but the other part of me is okay with it because of the gift and privilege of air conditioning. Also, it was a dreary day yesterday, so hot oatmeal seemed cozy.

In case you’re wondering how I make my hot oats, here’s what I did:

Fluffy, Voluminous Banana Oats with Chia and Sunflower Seed Butter

(if I want to be creative with naming, I’ll call these “Ray of Sunshine on a Cloudy Day” Oats)

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • half a very ripe banana, sliced
  • dash o’ cinnamon
  • pinch o’ nutmeg
  • splash o’ vanilla extract
  • drizzle of maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • heavy sprinkle of chia seeds
  • big spoonful of sunflower seed butter
  1. Chuck the oats in a small pot over medium heat. Add the water, milk, and banana.
  2. Once the pot bubble bubbles, toils, and troubles, start stirring. Add spices, vanilla, and maple syrup, and keep stirring until the oats are a little bit thicker than you’d like. It will become more fluid once the egg is added.
  3. Whisk the egg in a small bowl and then turn off the stovetop heat.
  4. Slowly and gradually pour whisked egg into the oatmeal while stirring vigorously (unless you like scrambled eggs in your oatmeal, I won’t judge)
  5. Once the egg is fully incorporated, add the chia seeds.
  6. Pour your fluff-tastic oats into your favorite bowl and use your favorite spoon to lay a generous scoop of sunflower seed butter (or any nut/seed butter) into the warm pillow of oats.
  7. Feel the warmth of the oats like a ray of sunshine and the fluff factor like that of a cloud. Your ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. The end.

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In other exciting news, I think I have a super tiny fish bone lodged into the side of my tongue/tonsil/Eustachian tube/all three. We took my uncle out for sushi last night at my favorite Japanese restaurant, and I guess there was a fine little bone in one of my pieces of eel avocado sushi that decided to make itself comfortable in my mouth. It kinda hurts and I don’t know what I’m going to do.

For now, I’m going to try brushing it out/waiting it out. If the pain escalates or the discomfort continues, I might have to go to the doc. That won’t be embarrassing.

“What brings you to the office today?”

“Sushi.”

Do any of you have any suggestions? I’ve heard that eating bread or bananas may help catch the bone to pull it out. I tried the banana, but that didn’t help a bit. I feel like the bone is completely buried.

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Lastly, head on over to my dear friend Emily’s blog, Beauty in Christ, if you would like to read my guest post about Healthy Living and Fulfillment. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful day! Watch out for fish bones!

So tell me:

Do you eat hot oatmeal even in the summer?

Have you ever gotten something stuck in your throat for a prolonged period of time?