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Whatcha say? It’s Wednesday!

Wow, Wednesday’s already come and gone. It’s all downhill to Spring Break from here!

Being the foodie that I am, I decided last night what I wanted to have for breakfast today…which was a waffle sandwich in honor of Waffle Wednesday! My taste buds were woken up on the right side of the bed today – holy yum!

0032 Van’s Multigrain Waffles [Toasted] + PB&Co Bee’s Knees, 1/2 banana & Honey

…plus a jam jar of 1% milk

007 I packed a sampling of snacks for my long day at school – it was the perfect variety.

Apricot & Almond Element Bar

Dried Apricots + Dark Chocolate Almonds [6 each]

Carrot & Cucumber

1/2 Apple + Sharp White Cheddar

010It was absolutely gorgeous weather today, so between my two sets of classes I took a stroll in the sunshine to Starbucks to redeem my free beverage coupon.

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I nibbled on my Element Bar while sipping on my decaf – extra foam – latte. I know I tell ya every time, but these bars always dominate my hunger! I got through the rest of the day – no problem.

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I then wandered around my lovely campus, capturing any slight signs of Spring.

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Move It In March

Today’s trip to The Resort included…

3.25-mile treadmill run:

  • 5 minutes @ 6.2mph
  • 5 minutes @ 6.4mph [2.0 incline]
  • 10 minutes @ 6.8mph [1.0 incline]
  • 5 minutes @ 6.4mph [2.0 incline]
  • 5 minutes @ 6.2mph

1.5-mile indoor track run [7:14/6:12 negative split]

5.25-mile ride [15-minute spin]

Almost forgot…I finally did some strength training today too, including: lunges, squats, side dips and bicep curls.

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I want to give a shoutout to all the RDs today in honor of National Registered Dietitian’s Day! Your hard work is appreciated.

Hope you had a wonderful Wednesday. Talk soon!

Hillary

March 10, 2010 at 10:00 PM 12 comments

I’m In Love

…with spinning!

I had a kick-butt workout last night!

  • 1.5-mile run [indoor track]
  • 12-mile ride [spinning for 32 min.]
  • 1.5-mile run, including sprint intervals [indoor track]
  • + 4 x 15 “knee-to-chest step raises”

The new spinning bikes at the gym are awesome. I finally found something to push me to that next “level”…and it’s such a fun way to cross-train. As much as I would love to just run, and run, and run…I know that is not what’s best for my body. Drenched in sweat and high off endorphines, I hurried across campus to my bi-monthly Nutrition and Food Science Association meeting. I scored a sweet tee:

Only the cool kids wear I <3 Fruits & Veggies shirts =]

At home and out of the rain, I scarfed down a huge piece of leftover pizza while catching up with a friend on the phone. Then it was time to study my fruits & veggies for my Elementary Foods exam.

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Today has been one of the longest Wednesdays to date. I was at school from 10:00am – 6:30pm! I was really hoping to post this morning before I left home, but clearly that did not happen. I inhaled a yogurt mess of 2% Greek, 1/4 cup Raisin Bran, 1/4 cup Humboldt Honey Granola & 1/2 banana, tossed my lunch into my backpack, and was out the door.

PB&Co Bee’s Knees & Banana Sandwich on Whole Wheat

Carrot, Cucumber & Tomato

2 TJ’s Truffle Hearts [from my valentine]

After my Elementary Foods exam [which went well, or so I feel], I had an hour and half to kill before my last class, so I decided to search for something to satisfy my already empty tummy. What is better than a hot latte in the middle of a long [wet & cold] day? I fought and fought the temptation, but at last…I caved and lost the Coffee Challenge. It was definitely worth it though. After a week and half of being espresso-free, my grande decaf latte with raw sugar was tastier than ever. However, this means no Friday Starbucks treat for me.

Warning: repeat photo…oopsie!

I was famished by the time I finally got home, so I whipped up my favorite 3-minute-meal:

Dr. Praeger’s California Love Veggie Burger + Mashed Avocado & Salsa

…with a side of black beans

I’m glad I made it through the day in one piece. It’s been one heck of a Hump Day! I’m feeling pretty prepared for my Statistics exam after tonight’s review session, and am looking forward to getting on the bike again tomorrow. Spinning = love.

Hope you are having a nice night,

~ Hillary

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Just a reminder, I TWEET @ HILLontherun =]

February 24, 2010 at 8:13 PM 18 comments

Work It Out

Hi Lovely Readers! I was happy to read that so many of you were excited about the little tale this morning. I got the melted jam idea from another blog, but now can’t remember which.

After finishing my morning post, I made myself a latte – or technically a cafe au lait (with 1% milk) – and a sprinkling of raw sugar…mmm. I’m going strong with my Coffee Challenge and have decided to extend my goal until this Friday (rather than Monday). I have a tough school week ahead of me, and thought if I can avoid buying coffee until Friday, then I can reward myself with a treat!

Foam a la Aerolatte

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Lounging around in my pajamas all morning meant a late lunch…but when I got around to it, this is what it consisted of:

Frijoles Negros, Salsa y Avocado + Agua

Dos Kiwis

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After studying up for my Elementary Foods exam, I got antsy to exercise. My muscles are still extremely sore from the past 4 days of exercise, but I wanted to work out some of the lactic acid build-up. Nothing hardcore:

Cardio

  • 1 mile track [alternate jog/walk every 2 laps]
  • 20 minutes: ARC Trainer
  • 1 mile track [alternate jog/walk every 2 laps]

Abs

  • 2 x 20 stability ball crunches
  • 2 x 20 reverse crunches
  • 2 x 10 side crunches
  • 2 x 10 stability ball “knee-to-chest rollers”

Stretch!

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Dinner was rustic and E-Z!

– organic polenta (sauteed in olive oil), marinara, chevre & tear of fresh basil –

Alright…time to study my fruits and veggies for Wednesday’s Elementary Foods EXAM.

Enjoy your night,

~ Hillary

February 21, 2010 at 8:13 PM 11 comments

A Winning Wednesday

Well, friends…another glorious day has come and gone. Here’s what I was up to on this stellar Wednesday:

  • chem exam
  • geography
  • exercise + lunch
  • nutrition quiz
  • shower + dinner
  • blog!
  • I checked off everything =]

    It’s such a relief to have my 1st O. Chem exam behind me. Besides waking up late and almost missing the bus/missing my exam, it wasn’t a total nightmare. After class #2, I was able to come home for the afternoon since my regular 2:00pm wasn’t meeting. I was thrilled for many reasons: 1) It was absolutely gorgeous outside – 70* status, 2) I was feeling well enough to exercise, and 3) I wasn’t stuck at school from 9:00-5:00! So…I dropped my books, slipped on my shorts and headed out into the blue skies. I hadn’t exercised at all since last Tuesday (when I did an Allieinspired 60-minute elliptical workout); my body was craving physical activity. I ran for 35 minutes at a comfortable heart rate of 155. My legs were thankful =]

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    For lunch, I refueled with light ‘n’ cheery eats to go along with the bright weather outside:

    I enjoyed this sunny photo shoot.

    1 Piece of Whole Wheat Toast + Hummus, Sliced Cucumber, Red Onion & Baby Lettuces

    2% Greek + Kiwi and Blueberries

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    Before heading back to school for my final class, I made myself an iced latte. As tempting as it was to stop at Starbucks, I’m sticking to the challenge…plus, I’ve got Starbucks at home anyway.

    Iced Coffee + Skim Milk + Agave — mmm!

    I ate half of a granola bar, too. It was a Tropical Treat alright — so yummy, Mom! This one wins =]

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    I made breakfast for dinner tonight with my leftover roasted taters and a couple of scrambled eggs. Seldom do I eat eggs (as a dish), but top ’em with avocado, salsa and chevre, and I can work with it. Anyway…since dessert is 100x better than dinner, let us fast forward…

    Celebratory [chemistry exam #1 is over] baking was in order. Chocolate Chippers, anyone?

    I made a mini batch by halving the recipe on the back of the Guittard chocolate chip bag:

    1 cup + 2 T whole wheat flour

    1/2 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1/2 cup real butter

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    1/4 cup granulated sugar

    1 egg

    1 tsp. pure vanilla

    1/2 cup chopped walnuts

    1 cup Guittard chocolate chips

    1…2…3 chocolate chippers + a jam jar of skim milk = a perfect way to end this wonderful Wednesday.

    Good night!

    February 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM 15 comments

    I Taste Sunshine

    Good Morning!

    I wanted to challenge myself to write a post this morning before heading to school, so here I am. I may have gotten a head start last night (procrastinating O. Chem), but whatever works…right? =]

    Breakfast

    1 cup water

    2/3 cup rolled oats

    1/3 almond milk

    1/2 banana

    1 T unsweetened coconut

    1 T agave

    1 tsp. vanilla

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    Coffee Challenge

    I seem to have totally forgotten about Goal #7 for 2010: “Visit Starbucks less frequently”. I have been so determined to reach the Gold Level by accumulating 30 stars, that my Starbucks habit has turned into a more frequent occasion than not. I want to challenge myself to not go to Starbucks this entire week. The only coffee I will allow myself to have will be made at home. Hopefully this snippet will keep me accountable…

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    Your Questions Answered

    1) I want to know how you budget to shop at Trader Joe’s so often! I am jealous!

    Growing up, my family did not put a strict budget on the grocery bill. Feeding my brother and I whole, natural, and usually organic foods was more important to my parents than saving a little bit of money from purchasing processed foods. Fortunately, I was raised in an area rich in fresh produce, seafood, organic dairy, and local cooperative markets to do such; however, that didn’t always mean cheap prices. I clearly obtained the same belief that quality (food) is better than quantity. There isn’t a Trader Joe’s near my hometown, so when I went away to college I thought that their prices were incredibly reasonable — $0.19 for a banana! I understand that what may be cheap to one may be pricey to another, but shopping at TJ’s works for my healthy lifestyle on a college budget.


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    2) I have a question regarding college… I have a test coming up next week for my nutrition class and I have no idea how to study. How do you memorize everything?

    Despite the gazillion quizzes & exams I’ve taken in my lifetime, I still have not mastered a studying technique. I always do the practice exams/study guides if they are assigned, and attend any extra review sessions that are offered. Memorizing is something that does come fairly naturally, but when I have a ton of definitions to cram into my brain, I whip out the 3×5 cards. Sorry for such a generic answer. Good luck!

    February 16, 2010 at 9:01 AM 11 comments

    Blue Skies & Running Highs

    Howdy! Hope you had a relaxing Sunday – it is supposed to be a day of rest, ya know. All I can say is that I am much chipper today than yesterday and I know exactly why that is…RUNNING.

    Although I accidently slept in again today, a repeat of yesterday’s breakfast and a little Food Network cheered me right up. By the time the gym opened (at the inconvenient hour of noon), sunshine was seeping through my windows and I knew today was not a day to be inside a gym. Nonetheless, I drove to campus, threw my belongings into a locker, and walked right back out the gym doors into sunshine and blue skies. I was a happy girl : )

    I didn’t remember to bring my running watch, but that wasn’t stopping me. I turned on my tunes and just ran…for about 30-35 minutes. It was entirely random, and extremely refreshing. You just can’t get the same running high from running around the inside of a gym. I polished off my workout with the following:

    • 5 minutes erg (rowing machine)
    • 2 x 15 lat pulldown @ 40lbs.
    • 2 x 15 seated row @ 40lbs.
    • 15 tricep dips
    • 15 side dips each side @ 10lbs.
    • 15 lunges each leg @ 10lbs.
    • 3 x 15 squats @ 10lbs.

    Lunch

    Low-Fat Cottage Cheese, Avocado, Cucumber, Tomato, 1/2 T Ground Flax, and remaining Multigrain Chips

    It was definitely a day for an iced (low-fat) latte. I stopped at the Starbucks down the street before hitting up Target for TP — always a necessity. By the way, Target during the Super Bowl = bliss!

    Look at that sky : )

    I then finished putting together my giveaway for Friday. Aren’t you excited?

    Dinner

    TJ’s Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli with TJ’s Traditional Marinara

    Spinach Salad with Avocado, Chevre, Tomato, Fresh Pepper & Balsamic Vinegar

    Dessert

    TJ’s 71% Cocoa Swiss Dark Chocolate

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    What I’m looking forward to this week:

    1. Watching The Bachelor with my roomies
    2. Seeing Valentine’s Day (the movie)
    3. Having a 4-day weekend
    4. …including Tasha’s visit!

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    Happy 21st Birthday, Court!

    February 7, 2010 at 8:13 PM 16 comments

    Breakfast for Two

    Good morning! Well, my Sunday is so far so good! I got up at a decent hour – 8:30 am is pretty darn early for a college student on a Sunday, wouldn’t you agree? Well, that’s because I had breakfast on my mind! The thought of breakfast is what gets me out of bed each morning. It is my absolute favorite meal of the day, and I had plans for a double breakfast today.

    Breakfast #1

    2 Van’s Low-Fat Waffles, Dollop of Greek Yogurt, Drizzle of Agave & Fresh Blueberries

    Breakfast #2

    After Breakfast #1, I got to baking Blogger Banana Bread (Muffins). I did not add chocolate chips or pecans to this batch, but instead, walnuts, a dash of cinnamon and sprinkling of raw sugar on top.

    Enjoyed with a C ‘n’ C iced soy latte. If only I had a stainless steel straw like Tina : )

    I wish mornings lasted longer. Must get going with my day…

    ~ Hillary

    January 31, 2010 at 10:40 AM 7 comments

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