Tummy Troubles

Thinking-Out-Loud

Thinking out loud with Amanda today!

1) It’s cold outside. Not that I’m complaining (the cooler days are welcome in the midst of summer heat), but I’m still a little surprised! Mild winter…now mild summer? No more seasons? End of the world?

2) But I snapped this on Monday, so apparently I’m still feelin’ that heat. 72F is great for lounging outside, but STEAMY for working out.

IMG_1441

3) And this tragedy.

IMG_1443

that little black speck = a flea

tiniest_violin

[source]

4) Alrighty, friends. This community has plenty of experience in the area of food + GI issues, I’m sure.* I’ve had indigestion and general GI discomfort for the past couple of weeks, which is throwin’ off my appetite and, well, the comfort of my insides. (LOL this is legit poop therapy.) I can’t think of anything in my diet that could be the cause.

5) …maybe it’s stress from adjusting to a new work environment and routine?

6) …maybe it’s dairy?? (Please, Lord, don’t say it is so.) I do eat a helluvalot of that stuff.

DSC_2408 DSC_2406 DSC_2401

7) I’ve even been looking seriously into possibly doing Whole30. I’m considering this because of the GI issues, but also because I’ve been getting a lot more red spots/acne/dryness on my face + a weird rash on my back. If there’s a time to do Whole30, it’s during the summer at home (and right before my family goes on vacation in July, heh). I’m not 100% sure I want to commit, but for now, I’m taking it easy on the dairy (with sadness).

8) That means grains are still in my life, but I’m trying to keep things simple.

DSC_2409 DSC_2410

*I’ll talk to a doc if this persists, but for now, I’m willing to listen to anyone with experience!

9) I never thought I’d say this, but these vegan, raw crackers taste like the delicious Parmesan crisps my mom used to buy.

IMG_1452

Kale Goji crackers from Healing Home Foods

I SWEAR. I don’t do imposter foods, but these are an exception. We got these from…the farmers’ market.

10) Mom has been getting into these 7-minute workout apps, and she’s been asking me to do them with her. Moving and grooving with Madre, what a dream.

IMG_1469

Hope you all have a great pre-Friday! Take care of your tummies 🙂

So tell me:

Do you have any experience with prolonged indigestion? What was the cause for you? Dr. Google is telling me many possible causes, of course.

Have you ever tried nutritional yeast? I can finally vouch that it tastes a lot like cheese. 

What are some of your favorite workout apps?

Virtual Breakfast Date

virtual breakfast date

…I would wish you a blessed Memorial Day (if you live in the US)! If you have the day off, I hope it’s filled with relaxation, sunshine, reflection, and good food! If you’re working/not living in the US, I hope you have a great day anyway 🙂

memorialday_observe

[source]

Always grateful for the valiant and selfless men and women who protect our nation.

…I would tell you that I can check off week one of work at the rehab hospital! It was a looooong week, (but not luxuriously long like our time at Fiona’s summer house the week before). Starting a new job, meeting new people, and not doing anything stupid being on my best behavior is exhausting, which is to be expected. That being said, I am so stoked and thankful for this job. Example of excitement: I get to help with pool therapy!!!

…I would tell you that breakfasts this past week have been fabulous. With work, I’ve had to make a lot of quick yet filling breakfasts. And they must have the “trifecta” because I’m stubborn and obsessive.

DSC_2367

Greek yogurt with cinnamon, nutmeg, blueberries, banana, granola, and maple walnut peanut butter (probz one of my favorite peanut butters ever)

DSC_2370

overnight oats with berries and granola

DSC_2368

peanut butter banana toast + Greek yogurt with cinnamon, nutmeg, and berries

DSC_2372

Kylie’s “banana pudding

…I would tell you that weekend breakfast = pancakes.

DSC_2375

Kylie’s simple paleo pancake with Greek yogurt + maple peanut butter + maple syrup + glass o’ milk

DSC_2377

Davida’s green silver dollar banana pancakes with all the same works

…I would tell you that I will be that gal who wears dress pants with sneakers. I am on my feet all day at work, and I care about my feet (as a future physical therapist and as a bipedal human being), so fashion will have to take the back seat. Not that I’m fashionable anyway.

…I would tell you that I get employee gym perks! The employee gym is a dungeon, but it’s nice to have access to some heavier weights and machines.

IMG_1314

…I would tell you that moves and grooves have been downright sweat fests thanks to the hot weather.

IMG_1316

On Wednesday, I walked + did some random plyometrics and drills outside, and I’m pretty sure tiny bugs were flying into me and dying in my sweat.

…I would tell you that I had something akin to baby food before my workout yesterday.

DSC_2378

My girl Christina @foodietunes gave it to me one day this past semester (or two semesters ago?), and I actually really liked it!

…I would tell you that I had these Performix BCAAs (that I won from a Fit University giveaway) after a couple workouts this weekend. I need to go back into my exercise physiology notes to see what BCAAs actually do, haha. They’re super tasty though! “Blue Razz Ice” flavor— so nostalgic.

IMG_1348

thank you for sending me these, Sarah!

…I would tell you that I need to shower so badly as I type this, but I locked a fat fly in my bathroom, and I don’t want to deal with it right now.

…I would tell you that I saw Daliza this weekend!!! She got us into a movie for free since she works at the theater. We watched Love & Friendship, which is a smaller-scale movie based on an early Jane Austen novella.

IMG_1345

I was expecting the movie to be very serious, and I could barely understand the characters’ old-fashioned British accents at the beginning, but as the movie went on, I was pleased to discover that this film is HILARIOUS. If there’s a small indie-film-theater around you, check this out! (Julia, I feel like you’d love this!)

Then Daliza treated me to Cold Stone (I got “Cheesecake Fantasy” in a waffle cone, OMG), and we walked around, catching up and inadvertently pouring melted ice cream all over the streets/our hands/faces.

IMG_1347

…I would thank you all very deeply for your condolences and love regarding Katie’s passing ♥︎

…I would tell you that I’m going to go shower now and face that fly. With God, all things are possible. Matthew 19:26

If we were having breakfast, what would you tell me?

What is your favorite quick and filling breakfast?

What is the best movie you’ve watched recently?

What are you doing today?

Too Much Fun

Holy moly.

What a weekend! From Friday afternoon to last night, I have done approximately 16,784 things, but all of it has been so FUN. Except the time I bumped my leg into something and got a very swollen, green bruise. That’s trivial though.

MiMM

Recappin’ this marvelous weekend with Katie!

This is gonna be a huge photo dump, so I’m going to try to keep the words to a minimum! We’ll see how that works out.

Friday

Like I said last week, the music students at my school had a HUGE cook off. It was so legit. The teams were divided by grade, and we were judged on taste, presentation, and overall experience. Seniors won best main dish (my mom’s fried rice and my friend’s samosas) and best overall!

DSC_8246

Our theme: World Cup (aka international cuisine)

DSC_8247 DSC_8253

We had some of our guys be waiters and everything. Think we went hard? The sophomores built a gondola. A GONDOLA. Freshmen also made creme brûlée and deviled eggs, no big deal.

In the evening, I watched Frozen for the second time with Daliza, but this time Michael joined us since he had always wanted to watch it (and was jealous that we watched it without him the first time). Daliza and I were obnoxious and sang all the songs out loud during the movie. Heh heh.

Saturday

I spent the whole morning in the kitchen cooking things like this sad excuse for a steak and potato hash:

DSC_8265

I failed to get the potatoes crispy. Disappointing.

Later, I headed outside for some fun moves: I did four rounds of a jog around my cul de sac, 5 burpees, 15 split squats each leg, 20 double unders, 20 triceps dips, and 5 burpees. I did NOT do this for time whatsoever. I took multiple breaks to snapchat Davida and change the music on my computer.

Then I came inside and did some YOGA! I hadn’t done these poses in a while, but I surprisingly improved since last year! Or at least I think I did…

DSC_4059 DSC_8273

{Right} June 2013 v. {left} June 2014

DSC_4073 DSC_8268

DSC_4125 DSC_8280

DSC_8283 DSC_8281

Trying some new things…

DSC_8282

HI, FLOOR!

After church that night, we went out for my dad’s {belated} birthday dinner at Tequila Sunrise!

 DSC_8297

Tableside guac.

DSC_8305

Fish tacos.

DSC_8312

Can we just look at that waiter perfectly photo-bombing this? He’s looking straight at the camera.

DSC_8316

Birthday sombrero!

PS— we were all wearing red because at church we celebrated Pentecost. Basically, the red is reppin’ the fire of the Holy Spirit!

Sunday

*Arman‘s (the frenemy) birthday!!!*

I went on a run/walk with Michael at noon, which was fun, but also draining because it was blazing out there! I sweat so much that I had to restrain myself from putting my mouth under the water faucet when I got home. bobesponja-seco

[source]

I also made Michael do pushups with me because I’m annoying a great friend!

Lastly (promise!) was the final dance company picnic. *Tear* All I’ll say is that there was amazing food, wonderful company (literally), and the best hugs ever. I love my girls.

DSC_8328 DSC_8345 DSC_8354  DSC_8362DSC_8365 DSC_8379

Passing on the officer positions!

DSC_8401

Proud to pass on the vice presidency to Livv!

DSC_8410

Seniors!

DSC_8437

Calves of steel.

That’s. a. wrap.

I understand if you’re annoyed at me for this aimless, overwhelming weekend recap. But if you are, you probably haven’t made it this far.

Anyway, this was an absolute blast of a weekend, and I thank God for being able to spend some quality time with my friends as high school comes to an end. TODAY IS OUR LAST DAY!

Have a great Monday, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you like yoga?

Did you do anything outdoors this weekend?

Three fun things you did this weekend!