Wow my posts lately have been getting a little deep! But that’s okay, talking about something other than food and fitness is a little refreshing 🙂
But first- remember when I said workout buddies are the best? They are ten times better when it is your sister!
Since I am on Easter Break (Happy Good Friday!), my sister and I decided to hit the gym early before a day of dress shopping and bonding. Our cardio went a little longer than usual because we were so busy catching up and chatting. We spent 15 grueling minutes on the treadmill before hitting the elliptical for 25 minutes. After we went up stairs to stretch and went our separate ways to complete some strength training. I followed Julie’s Super Fast Super Sweaty Circuit Workout.
I then added on:
50 squats with 10lb dumbbells
Some more chatting haha!
We left the gym sweaty and happy that we had made time to fit in a workout. Breakfast was on the agenda next! I started with a cup of coffee and my new Dairy-Free Coconut milk Hazelnut Creamer! Yay for being dairy-free!
It was Hazelnuty deliciousness! While sipping on that, I started to make my Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes. However, we were out of gluten-free flour, so they were just healthy pumpkin pancakes.
There is nothing better than spending a relaxing Friday with your sister. My sister and I do not see much of each other because I am away at school, so any time we get is really special. She is by far my best friend and understands me completely. For those of you who have a sister, you understand the bond I am describing. Anna and I always have a ton of fun together and we enjoy acting silly together. My sister is like a built-in best friend, I can be myself around her because she has never know anything different. Through thick and thin she is always there. I just hope that others experience what we do because it is truly special.
Sisters Are Forever!!
Questions of the Day:
How do you spend time with your family?
Almost a full month of blogging and I am hooked! I know for many your thinking “one month, please that’s nothing” but to me it is a huge accomplishment! There will be more Short and Healthy to come that is for sure!
Anyways, as school was wrapping up for Easter Break (ah yes Catholic School does have its perks!) advisement has started on campus for next year. Along with this has come many thoughts about the future and my career choices. Currently I am enrolled as a nursing student with two more years left. However, for the past few months I have been wondering (as most college kids do) is this what I want to do the rest of my life? Is this the right career choice for me? Is there something else I would consider doing. Much to my mother’s disappointment, I have been thinking about another career path. Ideally, I would love to be a nutrition major and become a dietician. Except, my school does not offer that as a major option. Having already transferred schools once, I want to finish my degree at Lewis. After talking to a few people, I have come to discover they are adding a new major to the curriculum-Fitness Management. It encompasses business classes with fitness classes to prepare you for a job in the fitness industry-whether you work in a corporation or a fitness center. I have been thinking about switching to this and then getting my Master’s as a Registered Dietician. Ah decisions, decisions. There are many pros and cons and they have been bouncing around my head the last week.
I know I love nutrition and health, but do I stop nursing?
Anyways, due to a lot of crying and stress, I have been lack on my creation of recipes. But, I am home for a few days which means there is definitely some to come!
For tonight-work. But for tomorrow, coloring Easter eggs!
Question of the Day:
How do you prepare for Easter?
Also for any Registered Dieticians- I’d love some feedback on which major would be more beneficial to me in the long run!
Working out in the afternoon is sometimes so invigorating! Usually I like to get my workouts done and over with in the morning so I can spend the rest of the day satisfied in knowing that I already did it. Today, because I slept in, I had to fit it in after class. I headed over the gym and started with 20 minutes on the treadmill (approx 2 miles). Then I jumped off, stretched a bit and got a mat to start some ab work. It turned into a hard-core sweaty workout! Here’s what it looked like:
It was all about the abs, glutes and thighs today! I used weights and I encourage you do to that- it just intensifies it. I repeated the circuit 3 times and by the third time my legs were trembling! After 20 repetitions, I would pulsate a bit and then hold the position for one minute (ouch!).
For dinner- a nice hearty salad!
And a turkey burger (not pictured).
tonight’s outlook: homework, lots and lots of it and a Paleo Brownie
When is your favorite time to workout?
So I was at the gym this morning, as usual, and I started on the elliptical. About 15 minutes in, a man jumps on the elliptical next to me and he reeks of cologne! I couldn’t breathe! Every breath was of this strong scent. Not only that, but my gym has multiple TV screens near the cardio machines and one of them specifically plays a slide show of GYM ETIQUETTE! One of the ‘rules’ is to go light on perfumes or fragrances apparently he never say the replaying screen. I was more than happy after 30 minutes to jump off and get on a treadmill far far away from him. I walked on an incline for 10 minutes and then headed upstairs for a serious circuit workout.
This is what it looked like:
I found it on Julie’s blog- She calls it her Strength-Heavy Circuit Workout.
Man did this make me sweat! I liked it because it is not heavy on the cardio, I was trying to do more strength today, and this workout really worked me! My legs were like jelly by the end (but in the good way)!
Now onto breakfast, I was still in a pancake mood this morning. I made these DELICIOUS banana cinnamon pancakes. I didn’t even finish the batch before I started to taste them!
1/3 cup gluten-free flour
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
pinch of salt
1 mashed up banana
These pancakes were light but thin and really hit the spot. The cinnamon added a nice kick and the banana taste was not too powerful.
I added 2 pieces of sausage to include some protein and topped the pancakes off with a bit of honey for sweetness!
On the side- a cup of coffee with almond milk.
Just the way to start the day!