Being Careful With So Much Free Time + Recent Eats

Remember Facebook/AIM/Twitter statuses like this?

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Translation: “Someone hit me up, I’m bored as !@#$.”

For the record, I never posted statuses like this, mostly because “af” was a little too rebellious for me. I did post photos like this though…

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ONLY five years ago!?

…which are 100x worse in my opinion. This is NETC, the Italian class “pet”. I’m in physical pain looking at this/thinking about the fact that I posted this on Facebook.

Anyway, I’ve been trying not to fall into that “bored af” mode. I’m keeping busy by meeting up with friends, catching up on blog stuff, chores, errands, exercise, and reading. My planner is really helping me stay accountable for daily tasks.

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That being said, I’d be lying if I said I’m not looking for things to do sometimes. Living in this age, when I’m looking for things to do, I almost robotically turn to social media. It pains me to say that I don’t turn to a good book or calling a friend or doing something else productive, but it’s true. I open up Facebook or Instagram.

Katherine from The Peanut Butter Lover just posted an incredible reflection on how subconscious scrolling is the norm these days. I am most definitely in that camp, and as hard as I strive to be more present (said everyone, always), I can’t help but fall into the trap of the hypnotic newsfeed, especially when I’m not as busy like I am during school.

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Besides the problem of not being present, I have to be careful with how much time I spend looking at fitness accounts on Instagram. I’ve recently found myself watching minutes, half-hours, whole hours browsing various fitness accounts.

Please let me be clear. I only enjoy following fitness accounts that are uplifting, genuinely inspiring, and balanced (for example, @kaisafit, @shaunaharrison, and @fitphotographermom). When I’m spending time on such accounts, I’m not comparing my body to theirs or thinking about how I can burn more calories. If I was, I would certainly express that (honesty is the best policy on Moves and Grooves after all). I’m more so thinking things like, “How can I get to where they are? What exercises do I have to do to achieve that? Should I do that today even though I’m sore? I want to be that strong too.”

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Even though my mind is in a much healthier place when I’m looking at social media these days, I still need to be wary of the comparison trap. I have come a long way throughout recovery, and the major lesson I’ve learned is that I don’t need to be her. I know this, but I need to remind myself of it often.

I do believe that I can find fitness inspiration without disordered thinking, but I just have to be careful not to become so immersed in it. I have an obsessive personality, so I need to use my extra free time prudently while I’m on break.


Now that we’ve had a nice heart to heart (or, my heart to yours…), let’s look at some of the good eats from this week!

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A classic: toast, pb, banana, cinnamon + glass o’ milk

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spaghetti squash, tomato basil sauce, and grilled Italian chicken (carbs were had before and after :))

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new favorite: Kylie’s simple paleo pancake with peanut butter, Greek yogurt, cinnamon + glass o’ milk

I met up with my dear friend Fiona (from college) on Monday. We went to the outlet mall, ate some Shake Shack, and had our own heart to heart conversations. She’s studying abroad this coming semester, so I’m gonna miss her like crazy!

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“Concrete” at Shake Shack. I got vanilla frozen custard with strawberry puree and “crispy crunchies”.

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chicken, avocado, mixed greens, colby jack cheese, and sriracha sandwich to go

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good ol’ overnight oats topped with granola

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avocado, egg, cheese, sriracha sandwich + salad with homemade honey mustard dressing

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clementines are off the CHAIN right now

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strawberries ‘n’ cream protein smoothie

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this was so good: quinoa, honey balsamic chicken, and roasted broccoli

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dried figs with Greek yogurt!!! bringing back the good stuff

Additionally, I’ve been eating leftover cookies that overfloweth in our refrigerator and caramel popcorn that my aunt gave us. It’s a hard life, eh?

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my aunt’s delicious oatmeal fruit cookie mini muffins

Hope you all have a great day! I mean it.

So tell me: 

What do you find yourself doing if you have too much free time?

Did you post embarrassing things on social media in your younger days?

Are you still eating leftover holiday treats? “New Year, new you” is not a thing here.

Have you tried any delicious recipes recently? I’m thinking that honey balsamic chicken and roasted broccoli will be regular recipes for us!

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If I Had One Last Day to Eat Anything I Wanted…

Guess who got retweeted by an Iron Chef!!!

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I’M NOT FREAKING OUT.

I guess this irons out the wrinkles from our first encounter when he didn’t acknowledge my existence.

In other exciting news, I am off to the Midwest today for my baby cousin’s Baptism! I’ll be sure to update you all on the hip happenings as I roll through fields of corn experience that Midwest charm.

We’ll actually be traveling every weekend for the rest of August until I move back to Boston. Many family visits and celebrations to come!

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When Daliza was over at my house last week, she offered an age-old question: What would your last meal be?

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Then I countered with the age-old response: Don’t make me choose!

So she graciously allowed me to share what I would eat on my last day of life. I didn’t answer on the spot, but we agreed that I should write a blog post about it. Here’s what I came up with. It was mighty difficult to narrow it down, because if you didn’t notice, I like a lot of foods.

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P.S. Let’s just say my stomach also has unlimited capacity on this last day of my life.

BREAKFAST:  A huge stack of banana pancakes with peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup + fresh berries and a tall glass o’ milk

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LUNCH: The “Double Awesome” scallion pancake sandwich from Mei Mei in Boston (pesto, cheddar, poached eggs aghhh)

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SNACK: Fresh fruit that is so ripe it tastes like candy

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THE LAST SUPPER

COCKTAIL HOUR (yes): Shirley Temple + pita chips with hot spinach artichoke dip

BREAD BASKET: Cheese biscuits from Hemingway’s

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THE SALAD: Arugula and mixed greens with roasted beets, artichokes, candied pecans, and fried goat cheese

THE APPETIZER (you read that right): Crab cakes

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THE MAIN COURSE: Chicken gyro, locked and loaded

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THE SIDES: Really super cheesy mac and cheese, roasted brussels sprouts, and cornbread with honey butter

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THE DESSERT: Peach cobbler a la mode and/or carrot cake

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…and now I lay to rest in an eternal food coma.

Morbid? Sorry. But seriously, who’s drooling right now?? {meeeeee.}

Catch ya guys on the flip side! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

So tell me: 

Choose three of the “courses” listed above and tell me what you eat for them!

Are you traveling at all this month? Where to?

Behind the Scenes #9: Burpee Withdrawal

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Thinking out loud with the lovely Amanda today!

1. No school today. ‘Nough said.

One downside to the white stuff is the lack of road space. There are already those people that park on the narrow side streets, and now the buildup of snow is slowly bottlenecking the roads storm after storm. The polar bears should just come live in New York. There are enough glaciers here now.

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2. I miss burpees. Yeah. Ever since making the commitment to myself to keep my workouts low in intensity, I have not done burpees in the context of a workout. I have done some for fun here and there when I’m taking a study break or something, but I’m feeling a little burpee withdrawal…?

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3. That being said, I am still doing some strength-focused bodyweight exercises right now. I’ve found that the extra strength training definitely makes a positive difference in how I dance. Yesterday I did this new leg exercise because I wanted to mix things up a bit: single leg squat holds on a BOSU.

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Except I was not smiling.

I probably looked like a shaking leaf on that thing, but it was a great challenge!

4. Winter sports look so treacherous. Pairs skating lifts, snowboarding/skiing wipeouts (we just watched Kelly Clark take a major blow on the half pipe— yikes)…even speed skating. Blades are flyin’ everywhere, and I’m terrified that someone is going to trip over someone else. You’d think I would be a little more chill since I used to be a figure skater, but I’ve had some scary falls myself…that weren’t even that bad, relatively speaking.

5. On a similar note, the figure skating commentators are drama queens. As soon as one skater falls, one says, “Wow. That was just disastrous. So unfortunate.” Two minutes later, another one chimes in saying, “Knowing their dream has vanished, they’re still skating with all their hearts.” And then on the last fall: “If you’re gonna go down, you might as well go down swingin’.” “Yep, that was a big swing.”

“After the humiliation of being shut out in Vancouver, the Russians get first and second!”

I mean, these comments are pretty true, but I just get a kick out of how dramatic they can sound.

6. I’m ready for peach season (and anything summery, come to think of it). I told Davida that I wanted her to make a healthy version of peach cobbler, and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

7. I’m going on a college visit this weekend for an admitted students’ day— let the discerning truly begin! I’ll be back with more details about the visit on Monday.

8. Oh, I did this yesterday.

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I was debating going home and napping or just working out and napping later (knowing there would be a snow day today), and when the intersection to turn either way approached, I chose the gym. But then I got there and wanted to sleep. I’m a terrible decision-maker. Did I just go home then? Eh, I was already there, so I just took a 20 minute snooze and that did the trick. I didn’t even care if people passed by my car and judged me.

9. Speaking of which, I’m sleepy. I’ll sign off here on the elusive #9. Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

So tell me:

What is one form of exercise that you miss when you take a break from it for a while?

What summery things are you craving? Or wintery things if you’re in the southern hemisphere? 

 

 

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?

Blogging Makes Me…

Good morning!

Thank you to all who tuned into my solo Super Bowl vlog adventures yesterday 🙂 I hope that you got a chuckle or two out of my shenanigans.

Yesterday was actually a wonderful, unexpected snow day that was much appreciated (sleeping in!). My mom told me about it as I was already getting up, and when she did, my eyes widened and I ran to look outside. BOO-YAH. My obligatory tweet:

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Monday night note: I just got a call from the school that there is a 2-hour delay today! That ol’ groundhog is bringing a few good tidings I guess 😉

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Since there was no way I was hittin’ the roads yesterday, I decided to do a workout at home. I warmed up by jogging up and down the stairs for five minutes, and then I completed Purely Twins’ 300 rep sliding workout. I love it because it’s low impact and all bodyweight, but I can still feel the burn! I also did some other leg exercises like (bodyweight) modified pistol squats, Bulgarian split squats, and bridge lifts. A few planks and handstands were thrown into the mix as well!

I got in a second workout when I went out to deadlift shovelfuls of snow shovel the driveway. I waited until the afternoon to start, when it had already been snowing for several hours. The verdict:

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Now onto the main point of this post, which is all about how blogging and blog reading as impacted me.

I’ve only been blogging for about half a year now, but I’ve already taken note that it has affected me in several significant, mostly good, ways. If you’ve been reading my blog since the very first day I posted, you might have noticed that Daily Moves and Grooves has evolved ever so slightly. I’ve experimented with different types of posts, different time frames between posts, and even different picture sizes. However, hopefully my voice has remained constant throughout, because that to me is of utmost importance.

I think I’ve finally found a “niche” in this healthy living blog world, and I’m content with my little (yet growing!) web space for thoughts on food, faith, fitness, family, and friends. The famous five F’s -Alliterations end here- Every single reader and blogger with whom I’ve come in contact has been nothing but supportive, fun, and thoughtful, which is really why I’ve come to love blogging more and more each day. Reading others’ blogs and sharing experiences through my own has helped me to truly appreciate other human beings. So without further ado, I want to share with you all the reasons why blogging and blog reading have become such a big part of my life in this past year.

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Blogging makes me genuinely want to talk to and listen to people, both online and in real life. I used to not have much patience for “small talk,” but now I want to hear how others are doing and what they’re up to.

Blogging makes me realize that seemingly insignificant things can actually be profound and be great conversation topics.

Blogging makes me want to do a million things at once. Answer comments, leave comments on others’ blogs, read posts, write posts, take pictures, pin, tweet, Instagram. ALL THE THINGS. But…..

Blogging makes me want to take things one step at a time, because it’s about quality, not quantity.

Blogging makes me hungry. Food pictures left and right.

Blogging makes me tired sometimes when I really want write a post, even if it means going to sleep a little later.

Blogging makes me need to clean my laptop all the time since I’m always eating around it.

Blogging makes me frustrated at times. Like when photos get deleted from all my posts.

Blogging makes me learn patience.

Blogging makes me a better writer (and a faster typer).

Blogging makes me manage my time as efficiently as possible. But sometimes….

Blogging makes me procrastinate. It’s the truth, but I’m working on prioritizing!

Blogging makes me reach for my goals and support others to do so too.

Blogging makes me want to try so many different kinds of fitness! CrossFit, Bikram yoga, hot yoga, spinning, barre, BodyPump, hiking, Zumba……but at the same time…

Blogging makes me take care of myself. Sharing my eats and fitness allows me to reflect on whether or not I am truly nourishing and respecting my body.

Blogging makes me open-minded to new ideas and perspectives on different topics. And different foods.

Blogging makes me remember that we are all a work in process. No one is perfect and everyone goes through trials.

Blogging makes me look like a crazy person in public. I’m always taking pictures, and my friends just shout out, “It’s going on the blog, guys!”

Blogging makes me want to get up in the morning. Blog reading + breakfast = best time of day.

Blogging makes me feel like I have more and more friends every day!

Blogging makes me reflect on the things for which I am grateful. When I write out my life, it’s easier to notice all the little things of which I would otherwise take advantage.

Blogging makes me look like a fool sometimes. Like in last night’s vlog 😉

Blogging makes me smile, laugh, and cry. Mostly the first two though.

I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday! Stay safe and warm, those who are in the midst of winter storms!

So tell me:

{If you’re a blogger} Blogging makes me_______.

{If you’re a blog reader} Reading blogs makes me_______.