Weekend Moves and Grooves {MIMM #25}

Today? School? What the heck is school?

Yes, yes. The time has finally come to go back to the grind after a seemingly endless string of snow days and then winter break. As much as I’ll miss my days of chillaxin’, I’d say it’s about time to get back into a routine. Spring is upon us, and I need to buckle down for all the events coming up!

This last weekend before turning my brain back on included a ton of moves & grooves (naturally), and a lot of delicious eats. All marvelous things!

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Linking up with Katie‘s Marvelous in My Monday!

Friday

This was technically my last day to myself since dance started back up on Saturday, so I definitely soaked up the time. My morning started off with my favorite breakfast— overnight oats. After reading blogs and doing some religious education prep, I went to my happy place and baked some banana nut muffins (using this recipe + walnuts). Does anyone else feel that baking is therapeutic? Or maybe I just think it’s therapeutic because I know I’ll have a sweet end product. 😉

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Moves

I headed to the gym for a bodyweight leg workout. After a 5 minute warmup on the arc trainer, I completed 3 rounds of each set of these bodyweight exercises:

  • 10 modified pistol squats (each leg) + 20 Bulgarian split squats (each leg)
  • 60 sec. wall sit (I did hold a weight for this one) + 20 lunge pulses each leg
  • 20 hamstring ball curls + 20 single leg bridge lifts (each leg)

Short and sweet! I ended with a quick 8 minute ab tabata that included 2 rounds of: toe touches, Russian twists, Spiderman planks, reverse crunches, side plank hip raises right and left, cross knee tuck planks, and ankle touches.

Then my mom came home with sashimi. She’s the best. ❤

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I also made a valiant effort to finally continue reading Catching Fire on Friday. Yeah, I’ve prolonged reading that book for about two years now. I still only read about 5 more pages…I’m not dedicated enough. But I wanna watch the dang movie, so that’s my motivation.

I was probably distracted by the awesomeness of this dinner:

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Sesame soba noodles (made by Mom), bell peppers, coconut oil roasted brussels sprouts, cashews, and a soft-boiled egg.

Everything was already prepped thanks to Mom, so this dinner came together in about 2 minutes, and it ROCKED. And if I may… #eattherainbow.

Saturday

I woke up thinking, “Wow. I actually have to do stuff today.” That stuff included dance from 11 AM -4 PM and then Mass at 5:30 PM. In the evening, we went out for a Groupon dinner (surprised?) at one of our favorite Persian restaurants. I totally spoiled my appetite by eating a snack at 4:30 after dance and then eating way too much of the appetizer. It was a delicious eggplant dip with house-made naan.

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I had only a few bites of my entree because I was already so full. Amazing falafel salad! I was sad that I couldn’t eat more of it.

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Lucky for me though, the waitress took quite a while before taking our dessert order and bringing them out, so I had time to digest and make room for the good stuff 🙂 Persian saffron ice cream and THE BEST saffron pistachio cake. I think it’s my favorite cake ever!

Sunday

Compared to others’ Sundays, mine are usually pretty long and full. It kinda goes against Sunday as a day of rest, but teaching Sunday school and dancing aren’t really considered work. It’s a joy to spread God’s teachings and dance with my girls!

My friend in dance company, Rachel, baked blueberry muffins for our brunch yesterday, and it hit the spot. I am a HUGE sucker for blueberry muffins. Hers had cinnamon and so many plump blueberries! Thank you for making my day, Rachel. 🙂

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Dance rehearsal was especially tiring yesterday, so I was more than ready to relax at home with my parents to watch the Harding-Kerrigan-20-year-later special (<—did anyone else watch that? the tension is real.) and the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. I smiled at Russia’s sense of humor as they mocked their own opening ceremonies.

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I’m sad that they’re over! Sochi bear’s tears almost made me cryI guess it’s a good thing though, because I would be staying up until the wee hours of school nights to watch them. My family always gets really into the games…as you can tell from our hockey-watching drama. We’re already looking forward to Rio! Oh, and the World Cup is this year too, right? So we’ll turn into soccer fans for a little while just for that. 

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#TeamUSA

So this is goodbye to the Olympics and my perpetual winter break. Unless it snows again. If it does, I can kiss my spring break goodbye.

It was a wonderful weekend though, and I hope the same is true for all of you! Have a great Monday, friends!

So tell me:

Do you find baking/cooking therapeutic?

What is the best cake you’ve ever had?

Three things you did this weekend!

Fascinating Friday Links #23

Hey, would ya look at that? It’s Friday!

With only two and half days of school this week, I actually think my “week” starts now. My weekends are just as busy (if not, more) than my week days. At least next Friday is the start of our winter break! As if we haven’t had enough breaks this winter….Not complaining AT ALL.

I started watching the Olympics last night, and I’m already exited for what’s to come! The winter Olympics are definitely less popular than the summer ones, but I’m partial to the figure skating since I used to be a competitive figure skater. I also love watching skiing and speed skating because those can get intense!

Alright, well there are a ton of awesome links that I have to share with you all today! Enjoy the 23rd weekly Fascinating Friday Links!

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Health and Fitness

[Great info] Paleo Diet: Pros and Cons via Kath Eats Real Food and Eating Made Easy

[Are you resting enough?] Four Signs That You Might Be Overdoing It via Zuzka Light

[Go eggs!] The Most Overlooked Superfood in Your Fridge Right Now via Nutrtionella

[For those with a sweet tooth, like me] 5 Sneaky Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings via Health News and Views

[Strength training is key] Mythbusting: Weight Loss Workouts via The Healthy Maven and The Skinny on Health

[Drink up!] How Much Water Should You Drink While Exercising? via Greatist

[Form first] Avoid These 8 Major Abs Workout Mistakes via Brad Gouthro

[Awesome workouts] Crazy Skater Workout via Purely Twins + Total Body Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Winter Shape Up Week 2 via The Fitnessista

Food for Thought

[Good point] When Instagram Food Photos Deceive via The Big Man’s World

[Stay strong, mommas] When The Dark Days of Motherhood Threaten to Overwhelm via Tiny Blue Lines

[“Food is just food”] Food Shaming and Comparison via The Real Life RD

[Word.] 25 Things You Need to Stop Wasting Time On via Marc and Angel

[What do you think?] How ‘The Biggest Loser’ Sends an Unhealthy Message via Better with Sprinkles + Biggest Loser Winner: Too Thin? via Blonde Ponytail

[Be YOUR best self] Authentic Assessment: Are You Grading Yourself Fairly? via Run Pretty

[I need to start now] Why Everyone Should Learn to Budget via Fitting It All In

[It’s okay to rest] Let Go of the Ego & Go Into Child’s Post via Your Trainer Paige

Food for Belly

[Dreamy] Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding via Edible Perspective

[WANT.] Gruyere, Fig Jam, and Arugula Breakfast Sandwiches via How Sweet It Is

[Delightful] Baked Blueberry French Toast via Family Fresh Cooking

[Childhood favorite!] Homemade Cheez-Its via The Lean Green Bean

[Oh yes.] Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie via Running with Spoons

[So festive!] Whole Wheat Vanilla Baked Olympics Donuts via Chocolate and Carrots

[Wow.] Banana, Pecan, Coconut, and Chocolate Chip Blondies via Top with Cinnamon

Valentine’s Day Specials

14 Bite-Sized Valentine’s Day Desserts via The Lean Green Bean

Valentine Strawberry Heart Pancakes via Weelicious

15+ Recipes for Valentine’s Day via Iowa Girl Eats

Miscellaneous Fun

[Mind=blown] 18 Paintings You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photos via Viralnova

[Pure GOLD] The Men of “Full House” Reunited on Jimmy Fallon via Buzzfeed

[Great tips] 12 Things to Remember When Taking Blog Photos via One Dog Woof

[We all think these things at one point or another] Thoughts When My Alarm Goes Off for a Morning Workout via The Lunchbox Diaries

Phew!!  That was a lot of link love. There were just so many good ones this week! (I say that almost every week, don’t I?) All my reading is invested in blogs. What are books anymore?

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

So tell me:

Are you watching the Winter Olympics? Which are your favorite events?

Which links did you enjoy?

What are you up to this weekend?

 

Behind the Scenes #8: Twitter Fever

Good morning!

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve joined Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud linkup, so I’m more than glad to be joining it this week!

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1. Today is our first full day of school this week. It’s weird. As fun as it is to stay at home all day, I kind of want to get back into a routine, especially since our winter break is in less than two weeks. If we keep having snow days, there will be no sense of differentiation and sheer joy once break comes around, ya know?

2. I never used to like Twitter because it stressed me out. All I saw were these random thoughts to absorb (….like this post….), and I just never cared for it that much. Up until 3.5 days ago, I really only used Twitter as a means to share my own blog posts or others’ blog posts. However, if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve stepped up my game.

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I don’t know what got to me but the Twitter fever is gettin’ real. Or I’m gettin’ obnoxious. It’s guatever either way.

3. Staying on the topic of social media— Facebook users, do you love those new story videos like I do?? I mean, I just clicked on the link and then there was a cute little video that summed up some of my favorite pictures and statuses on Facebook. Honestly, I almost cried when I was watching my friend’s video. The music, the pictures, and the nostalgia was all too sweet to handle. I’m not sensitive or anything. Nice job, Mark Z.!

4. I’m wearing shorts right now (while also wearing a sweatshirt), which shows that I want it to be spring pretty badly apparently. Oh, and Dad just asked me to go outside to get the mail…I’m up for the challenge. (Just kidding, he went to go get it before me. Thanks for saving my legs from freezing, pa!)

5. If you’re a fan of witty and funny things, I highly recommend this blog called I Think in Comics. The author is actually my brother’s friend from Northeastern University, so college students would especially appreciate her humor. I literally laugh out loud every time I read her posts. She is such a talented cartoonist. She’s also Asian, and Asians rule.

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6. I had my first kale salad ever yesterday, and it was pretty good! I don’t mind the bitter flavor like some others might, so I ate it raw. I just massaged in some maple dijon dressing and added salmon and brussels sprouts. It’s definitely more of a jaw workout when eating kale rather than spinach (maybe I needed to massage it more), but I hope to experiment a little more with the most famous green in the HLB world.

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Buttered parmesan potato bread on the side 😀

7. I am currently obsessed with this song by The Jakes (aka former Young the Giant). Thanks to my friend Daliza for introducing this ear candy to me. 😉

8. I wish scones could keep longer, but the truth is that they get crusty and dry if not eaten the day they’re made. Warming them up in a damp paper towel helps a wee bit, but they’re still not to their highest scone potential.

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9. Would anyone happen to know a possible cause for a grinding shoulder joint? That sounds really nasty, but for the longest time, my left shoulder has not only been tight, but whenever I roll it or circle my arm, there is a grinding sensation (and sound). Like, there’s no lubrication for the joint. It doesn’t really hurt though, and my right shoulder is fine. All I know is that it hurts when I sleep on my left side (which my body just loves to do while I’m sleeping). I haven’t been lifting weights recently either, but the grinding did start before I stopped lifting.

According to Google, this problem may result in not being able to move my shoulder ever again. Cooooool. I feel like Jo in that every Google diagnosis I find makes me think my body is falling apart.

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10. Andddd you probably don’t care about my shoulder issues. That’s okay, because I obviously didn’t care enough to bring it up until several months after the problem started….I hope you all have a wonderful day! Stay safe and warm (watch out for the black ice)!

So tell me:

Do you like using Twitter?

Are you a fan of kale?

Do you have any similar joint issues? Any idea why my shoulder is grinding?