Burning, Sweating, Smiling

I genuinely wonder how many gallons of sweat have been excreted from my body in this past week.

Summer is in full force, which is 75% of the reason why it’s been so long since I’ve posted. The other 25% is school. Those numbers are definitely supposed to be switched, but alas, this weekend definitely involved more summer fun than schoolwork.

There has been a lot of burnin’, sweatin’, and smilin’ happening here!

Wednesday

Yes, I’m starting all the way from last Wednesday, but I promise these are just the highlights.

After a full day of class, Colby, my friend/classmate Elayne and I used our ClassPass trial on a TRAINx360 class at a place called Everybody Fights in Boston’s financial district.

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The gym looks pretty trendy and is packed with all kinds of equipment. Our energetic instructor took us through several stations, including four different boxing stations, air dyne bike, battle ropes, KB burpees, jump squats, rowing, med ball high knees, and suspension trainer pikes. We did 6 rounds of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds active rest at each station, and we were beat by the end of it.

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Oh, and the instructor ended it with a squat finisher that burned my quads.

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I freaking LOVED it though! The atmosphere, the group effort, the workout format, the movements. Highly recommend this gym if you’re in the Boston area!

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burning, sweating and smiling

All last week I noshed on my favorite chicken drumsticks with brown rice and some sort of vegetable.

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Thursday

The most exciting news from Thursday was seeing a turtle on the way to campus…

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…and using another one of my ClassPass trials on Happy Hour Yoga at BurnFit. This was both a relaxing and challenging class with some groovy tunes playing in the background.

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Friday

After classes, I headed to the gym and completed this workout:

5 rounds:

  • 500m row (2:18 pace)
  • 10 burpees

12 minute abs:

Then I met up with some friends at Le’s Vietnamese Restaurant for some bomb pho. Rachel and I shared a bowl of pork/shrimp/egg roll vermicelli and a large bowl of meatball pho. It was everything we needed.

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Fun fact: it has always been a rainy day when I’ve gone to Le’s. Pho weather is a thing.

Afterwards, we headed to Ben’s place to watch John Mulaney comedy on Netflix while eating ice cream right out of the carton. Casey, Lauren and I were sharing four different pints at once, and it was bliss.

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everyone give attention to Casey’s corgi sweatshirt

Casey bought the birthday cake flavor of Halo Top, which everyone raves about, and for good reason because it was so good!!

Saturday

The sun was out and burning bright. Perfect for kayaking (given that you have loads of sunscreen)!

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Photo compliments of my friend Nico

My Boston friends + Colby (honorary Boston friend now 🙂 ) and I headed to Cambridge to rent some kayaks and explore the city by water for a couple hours. ‘Twas glorious.

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Thank you x2 for capturing this, Nico!

Colby was my kayak buddy, but we made the mistake of putting her in the front. The stronger person is supposed to go in the back, so I think her mighty strength at the front of the boat (and my less mighty strength in the back) caused us to have some steering issues at the start, but we figured it out (sorta) by the end.

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So much fun!!

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Shoulder muscles and skin burning, definitely sweating, still smiling.

I didn’t have shorts to wear that day though, so I was wearing capris. This was the result.

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That’s not disappearing until 2018.

After kayaking, we were more than ready for nourishment, so we took our kayaking receipts to Za for 10% off pizza! Lauren and I split a portobello/roasted red pepper/roasted garlic/goat cheese pizza + garlic scape/tomato/feta pizza.

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Both were fantastic. The crust was perfectly doughy and crispy all at once.

For the rest of the day, I stayed home and got some schoolwork done. That time in the intense sun also wiped us all out.

Sunday

I woke up early-ish to meet Ben for a quick workout before BEACH DAY! We ran a little less than 2 miles in the very muggy heat and then did a mini circuit of tricep dips and split squats before we needed to down a million gallons of water.

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lol at the butt sweat, ew

Rachel kindly drove us to the beach because she’s an adult and has a car now. We were headed for one beach, but parking was full when we got there at around 11, so we went a few miles farther to Singing Beach, which worked out well!

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The sun was hot but the water was NOT. I was literally kneeling in it so I could ice my injured knee. I couldn’t even keep my feet in the water for more than 30 seconds.

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But Rachel is a cold-blooded fish apparently.

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I don’t get it.

I was just trying to read some functional anatomy while not getting a weird textbook tan over my legs or anything.

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We all packed our own sandwiches for lunch, and Rachel and I packed the same sandwich (except for the bread we used): pepperjack, turkey, arugula, bacon. I also had berry preserves and mustard on mine because I’m greedy for flavor.

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Speaking of greedy, Lauren and I just listened to Ariana Grande’s song “Greedy” for the first time this weekend and are obsessed with it. That KEY CHANGE after the bridge!!

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thanks for this photo, Austin!

After we frolicked at the beach all afternoon, we headed back home for showers and a quick turnaround to get to Mass at 6pm. Following Mass, we wanted fooooood. More importantly, we wanted to continue our ice cream Sunday tradition by going to J.P. Licks, so we planned around that. Yelp told me that Chilacates was cheap and delicious Mexican food, so we chose that for dinner.

I got three tacos that hit the spot. So much flavor!

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al pastor (pork and pineapple) // chicken tinga (spicy chipotle sauce) // papas con chorizo (potatoes and chorizo) 

We all scream for ice cream!

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I got a scoop of peanut butter cookies ‘n’ cream. Mmmmhmmmm.

The rest of our night involved The Game of Things, aka the greatest game to play with close friends/family. This photo of Ben and Austin laughing/crying sums up the night.

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Monday

I had planned on hiking and going to brunch with the gang, but my knee was hurting from my short run with Ben on Sunday (the same pain I felt after the Spartan Race…I think it’s IT band syndrome), so I decided to stay home and rest. My moves and grooves of the day was Blogilates’ Extreme Abs 3, which never fails to annihilate my core.

Studying, laundry, a trip to the library, getting more quarters for laundry and cooking also needed to be done! Lunch intermission was an avocado, arugula, bacon, egg, sriracha sandwich. 😀

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I made these spicy peanut chicken soba noodles for dinner, which I hadn’t made since Rachel’s birthday five months ago. These are THE BEST. I made so much of it, so I have leftovers for dayyyyyzzzz.

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Tuesday – Fourth of July!

God bless America!!! This day was so wonderful.

I started off with some banana pudding for breakfast, followed by some studying and a 16 minute workout.

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4 rounds, 30 seconds on, 10 seconds off:

  • tuck jump burpees
  • DB thrusters
  • skaters
  • dive bomber pushups
  • plank jack burpees
  • reverse lunge to front kick (one side at a time)

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burnin’, sweatin’, smilin’

I took a long walk to Rachel’s place for the festivities and picked up some groceries on the way. Rachel and I double teamed and cooked up some burgers before everyone arrived.

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Many chips with much dip, Lofthouse cookies (← forever have a place in my heart), apple pie, brownies, homemade chocolate chip banana bread a la mode…

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100% brought peanut butter just for the banana bread

#BoozeAndGrooves was also in full swing. Ben brought some Jell-O shots, and I choked down this red one, which tasted exactly like cough syrup. The blue one was a little better. Lauren also made lovely prosecco grapes!

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Alcohol doesn’t amaze me, but I appreciate fun and festive alcohol “snacks”(?).

After several hours of grazing, dancing, more grazing, and chatting, we cleaned up and headed out towards the river to get ready for the fireworks show. The fireworks weren’t until 10:30 pm, so we killed our time with some walking, playing “Contact” (← also a fun game!), and…

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cigars burnin’, all of us were sweatin’, but only some of us were smilin’

…smoking cigars (NOT cigarettes, Madre and Pop!). I learned that you do not inhale the smoke from cigars, but you’re supposed to swirl it in your mouth to taste it and then puff it out. “For conversations about philosophy.”

You can see that I was just utterly pleased with the experience. I probably wouldn’t do it again because it doesn’t taste great, I still don’t like smoke that close to my lungs, and I don’t love that I’m emitting smoke around others. BUT I’m glad I tried it once, and to my friends’ pleasure, I didn’t absolutely hate it.

Weather-wise, it was a perfect night to celebrate our nation.

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The fireworks were spectacular, but these people easily outdo them.

Wednesday

Back to reality. I had class all day and then went back to Everybody Fights with Elayne for our last ClassPass trial. This time we did the BAGSxBODY class, which involved a lot more punching of heavy bags. It was A BLAST. I need to box more!

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burnin’, sweatin’ A LOT, smilin’ 

I just housed more soba noodles, 1/3 of a pan of roasted brussels sprouts, a frozen banana with pb, and some cereal after that boxing class.

It’s Thursday already!?

So tell me:

Americans – What did you do for the Fourth of July?

Have you ever tried boxing?

What is your favorite group game to play?

Three fun things you did this past week!

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Mall + Disney World

Hi there!

I didn’t post anything yesterday, but it feels as if I haven’t blogged in a week or something. Is that some magic Disney World time warp conundrum? Or is that just vacation? I actually told my friends that Disney is oddly scary because it’s this utopian world that is obnoxiously clean, constantly happy, frighteningly systematic, and meticulously attentive to detail. Sounds like an evil empire to me.  The happiest place on Earth!

I’ll shut up now and go right ahead into filling you all in on these past couple of days which included a trip to the Mall at Millennia, Gaylord Palms Resort (#why choose that name for a resort?), and the elusive Disney World!

Mall at Millennia

This is a beautiful mall in Orlando that my family loves to visit whenever we’re down here. For me, it’s not even the shopping; I just like to look at the place. There are palm trees inside the mall. INSIDE.

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After shopping and walking around for a bit, we walked across the street to the Elephant Bar restaurant for a super late lunch (3:30 PM— we were late risers and had breakfast at 11 AM). I ate the Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Cucumber Yogurt Sauce and some other Asian-y spiced sauce. Delicious!

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Gaylord Palms

Next we headed to the Gaylord Palms Resort (none of us could say that with a straight face…we’re mature), which is another beautiful place with some restaurants, shops, and gator/fish ponds.

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As we were walking, we came across a man casually reclining in his chair carving amazing fruit sculptures. He allowed me to take a picture of his works and told us that he carved fruits for Ivanka Trump’s and Kim Kardashian’s wedding! Hit him up if you want some profesh fruit faces at your Florida party!

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Frozen yogurt also happened. Peanut butter + cookies and cream to be exact.

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After we got back home in the evening, my aunt, Daliza and I walked over to these food trucks parked in our neighborhood. Apparently they come once a month, but I’d never seen them in past summers. We didn’t buy anything, but it was cool to visit!

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Disney World

I wouldn’t be surprised if you skipped to this portion of my blog post. Disney does that to people.

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Hitchin’ to the castle. Stay classy.

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As you can tell (if you’re familiar with Disney World), we visited the Magic Kingdom park with the iconic Cinderella Castle as the centerpiece. Daliza and I ventured to each of the “lands” in the park and managed to hop on quite a few rides throughout the day (we were there from 10 AM until 11:30 PM). Splash mountain was probably my favorite because it was the only one that was remotely thrilling with the big drop and splash (obviously) at the end. I got soaked.

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In my most romantic princess attire.

Daliza and I also tried the famous Disney Dole Whip! I had the pineapple-vanilla twist, which was good, but I liked Daliza’s orange-vanilla one better. The pineapple-vanilla was more icy, while the orange-vanilla one was creamier.

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Brought our own lunches to save SOME money from Disney’s black hole of revenue.

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“It’s a small world” ride! It had been 14 years since I went on this. It used to be my FAVORITE ride when I was a nugget.

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Daliza met her Peter Pan/her hero/her future husband.

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Dinner at “Columbia Harbour House” in Frontierland. This grilled salmon with couscous and steamed broccoli was surprisingly very delicious and satisfying!

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Evening festivities

After this electric parade, we watched the big shows at the Castle, which were easily my favorite parts of the whole day at Disney.

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And Tinker Bell 🙂

My feet were crying since we probably only sat down for a total of one hour in the whole day, but it was a blast. Amusement parks are 100 times less stressful when you’re not 5 years old.

Today? We already had a nice, big breakfast, and now we’re headed to the BEACH…”each, let’s go get away..”

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Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

So tell me:

Have you ever been to Disney World?

Who is your favorite Disney character?

Do you like amusement parks?

Fascinating Friday Links #39

Happy Fourth of July!

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Eat your corn on the cob!

I hope all my fellow Americans have a lovely, festive Independence Day today! My town had a less-than-ideal start to our festivities when our fireworks celebration got rained out big time.

Instead of watching fireworks, I stayed under the awning of my house to watch the nasty (but super cool) thunderstorm. I don’t know about you all, but I absolutely love thunderstorms! Did you know I used to want to be a meteorologist? Wait, what if I was on the Today Show?! Non-mid-life crisis happening right now??

Anyway…if you’re not enjoying grilled foods, ice cream, and fireworks, you can check out this week’s fascinating Friday links!

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Health and Fitness

[You can still indulge without overwhelming yourself] Boxed Lunch, Or You Can’t Have It All via Kath Eats

[All about that little demon we call sugar] Sugar Simplified via The Real Life RD

[Eating for a purpose— to live life!] Becoming an Intuitive Eater via Julianna Bananna

[Walking is so underrated!] Walking Workouts via Peanut Butter Fingers

[Move and groove] Do Anywhere Plyometric Workout via Cotter Crunch + Wicked Bodyweight WOD via The Blonde Ponytail + 12 Minute Stability Ball Workout via Purely Twins + Summer Shape Up Week 3 Workout via Fitnessista

[Awesome free workout program!] Glute Camp via Your Trainer Paige

Food for Thought

[Amen] Stupid Weight Loss Tips via Snack Therapy

[Important] 25 Things People in Healthy Relationships Don’t Do via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Love this lady] Why I Won’t Be Working For a Bikini Body This Summer via Running With Spoons

[She’s awesome] I Have Cellulite— So What? via Your Trainer Paige

[Stop criticizing and use her example to LEARN] Miley Can’t Hear You— But We Can via Chastity Project

Food for Belly

[PLEASE] Caramelized Peach Caprese with Smoked Sea Salt via How Sweet It Is

[So, so cute] Gooey Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls in Orange Cups via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Love how fresh this looks] Herbed Quinoa Garden Veggie Salad via Pinch of Yum

[Now THAT’S a sandwich!!!] Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Melts with Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Mayo via Iowa Girl Eats

[Heavenly] Banana Bread Waffles with Honey Caramelized Bananas via Chocolate and Carrots

Miscellaneous Fun

[Hilarious] Need a Pick Me Up? via Peanut Butter Lover

[Mind-blowing] 50 Life Hacks to Simplify Your World via Twisted Sifter

[If you haven’t seen Always’ new commercial #likeagirl…watch it!] #LikeAGirl Commercial via YouTube

[The pie looks fantastic, but there’s a paperclip trick for pitting cherries?!] Sweet Cherry Pie via Flourishing Foodie

[YES, DAVS! Informative video for bloggers!] 4 Reasons to Start Building Your Email Subscribers Today via The Healthy Maven

[So great] 11 GIFs That Prove Dads Are Superheroes via BuzzFeed

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

So tell me:

What are you 4th of July plans?

I’m going to Michael’s graduation/4th of July/his mother’s birthday party!

 

What are you non-Americans doing this weekend?

Behind the Scenes #24: Becoming Nocturnal

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With the cool kid, Amanda!

1) I’m slowly becoming nocturnal {as I start typing this blog post at 12:40 AM}. Summer is getting the best of me…in the best way possible.

2) Being nocturnal means waking up at noon and being super hungry for “breakfast.” Sorry I’m not sorry. Yesterday, I had a giant breakfast of three stacks of leftover green silver dollar pancakes, a glass o’ milk (only half— it was sour-ish), and a nectarine to finish it all off.

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Whenever I have a big breakfast, I’m usually not as hungry for the rest of the day. So besides some veggies as a snack, I didn’t eat “lunch” until 6 PM. LOL at my eating schedule.

3) My mom is just #winning in life hacks all the time. Yesterday, a couple was trying to pay for parking at one of those fancy machines, and their change— a $5 bill— was stuck in the machine. There was plastic cover in front of the dispenser, so no one could reach his/her hand in there to retrieve the bill. So mom whips out a plastic fork from her food court lunch box, sticks it in there (wow those two things sound so dirty), and rescues the $5 bill. A bystander told me, “Your mom is cool!” I agreed. 🙂

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Slow, ascending claps for mother

4) I was trying on dresses at Marshall’s yesterday and realized that I am no longer petite. I am totally cool with that, but this girl cannot fit into extra smalls anymore without feeling like she might rip the dresses. It’s just weird to me because I always thought I was the smallest of small people. Now, even though I’m still short, I have MEAT on my bones, and I couldn’t be happier about that!

5) Mom and I shopped for over six hours yesterday. Hard core.

6) More evidence that I’m nocturnal: I did Pilates at 11 PM last night. It was refreshing/semi-torturous for my abs.

7) Even more evidence that I’m nocturnal: I baked at midnight. I made Amanda’s blueberry banana breakfast muffins!

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It was fun! I listened to some music, didn’t worry about others judging me when I struggled to coat blueberries in flour, and of course, I got to eat a muffin fresh out of the oven.

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Hot out of the oven with a shmear of almond butter. Perfect.

8) Obsessed with this Tori Kelly + Passion cover of Stop This Train:

I’m definitely gonna listen to this on the way to Boston University and start sobbing.

9) Fourth of July fireworks are happening tonight in our town! I’m pumped, but I’m also praying that it doesn’t get rained out. 80% chance of precipitation right now…Think we’ll be alright??

10) When Michael and Sam came over to my house a couple nights ago, we watched our old 5th grade yearbook video and discovered that my voice was THAT OF A CHIPMUNK. Seriously, it was not a human voice. The end.

Have a great day, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you ever go through “nocturnal” phases?

Have you done Pilates before?