Saturday, April 30, 2011

Calvin College Spring Classic 5K

I jumped out of bed this morning at 6:45 am sharp when my alarm went off and wasted no time making myself some peanut butter toast to munch on while I got ready for the race.

I don't know about you guys, but I always try to leave enough time for my breakfast to "digest" before I hit the road for races. Nothing sucks more than realizing ya gotta go (like, right now!) minutes before you're about to start, or even worse, after you've already started running!

Packet pick-up took place this morning so we arrived about an hour before the starting time (9:00) to get our stuff. This ended up being more than enough time and we were able to stretch and relax a little before the start. Oh, and of course take pictures.

You can blame Eric for the blurriness in this one:

Luckly, the random stranger I asked to take a picture of all of us had a steadier hand than he did.

After some pictures we stashed our stuff in my car and soon it was time to run. The course wasn't bad, but it definately was not my favorite. It was a little hilly and the wind decided to make an ugly appearance towards the end. I didn't hit my goal time, but finished with a chip time of 32:13.

My splits:

Mile 1: 9:47
Mile 2: 10:29
Mile 3: 10:35
Last 0.16 miles: 1:26

Eric finished in just over 27 minutes and Aimee placed third in our age group with a time of 23:07!! Congratulations to her!

While we waited around for the awards ceremony I snacked on some orange slices:

Sometimes I get the feeling that my friends are embarrassed to be seen with me.

Soon they called Aimee's name and she collected her medal.

Congrats, Aimee!!

Then we headed home and Eric and I ordered the one thing that absolutely must be eaten during Finals Weekend:

Large Pan Cheese Lovers, heavy on the cheese lovers part.

It's ok if you hate me right now, I'd hate me too ;)

I had this plate plus another slice of pizza. Pizza Hut = win.

And now that my belly is full and I have successfully eaten three times as many calories as I burned off this morning, it's time to hit the books. I have 48 hours to learn all of this:


Hope your weekend is more fun than mine's going to be!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Night Off

Sorry, but after spending the last six days studying for the exams I've had this week, I'm a little burned out. I think Sarah summed it up perfectly with her comment: Mistake? Maybe. Worth it? Oh yes.

Cramming for finals will commence tomorrow, but as far as tonight goes, I will be spending it catching up on blogs and watching the Food Network.

After the exam today, I hit up the gym for some cardio. I did the same treadmill work-out I did on Monday and followed it up with twenty minutes on the elliptical. After I finished my work-out, my roommates and I went out to dinner at Papa Vino's, which is a local Italian chain that we've been wanting to try. We started out by devouring two loaves of bread:

(Sorry for the craptastic photos, they were taken on my phone because I left my camera at home)

And then I rolled with Papa's Trio for my entree, which came with calamari, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and bruschetta.

It was really good, but I didn't like how the bread got soggy from the bruschetta. I prefer it on the side. 

After I finished my food all I could think about was the Italian Chocolate Cake I had seen at the back of the menu. I was so close to ordering it, but then I looked at Eric, we had a telepathic conversation (very common for us) and I opted not to. Instead I came home and cracked open one of these babies:

Yeah, totally the same as chocolate cake.

Time to go catch up on some of your lovely blogs and then I'm hittin' the sack because I've got a 5K in the morning! My personal goal is 31:30. It's about a minute faster than last month's PR of 32:39, and last Sunday when Melissa and I ran 4.0 miles we hit the 5K mark right around 31:30. I just gotta do it again!

Have a good night!

Anyone else spending their weekend studying for finals? Running any races? Doing anything FUN?! Please tell me about your plans so I can be jealous.

What's your best tip for dealing with your sweet tooth without giving in?

I don't drink pop very often, but I usually keep some diet root beer in my fridge for nights when I really want dessert and I'm trying not to eat it or I've already gone way over my calorie budget for the day.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

An Inspirational Blogger + Some Eats

On account of the fact that my day will be spent with my face burried in my therapeutics notes, I thought I'd entertain you with an inspirational video of one of my favorite weight-loss bloggers, Ben Davis. This guy seems to be popping up all over the place so I'm sure a lot of you have seen this video already, but it's so awesome (and I have peronally watched it at least a dozen times) so I'm posting it anyways.

If you haven't checked out his blog yet, you should go do it now. And order a Do Life shirt while you're at it. Then you can be cool like me.

Oh, and since a post is not complete without pictures of my food, here are some of the things I've been munching on this week:

Protein shake with frozen berries, yogurt, strawberry protein powder and spinach:

Overnight oats with oats, milk, chia seeds, and chocolate coconut protein powder topped with banana and almonds.

Mix it up!

Salad with greens, dried cherries, feta, avocado, walnuts and sunflower seeds:


Chicken breast sauteed with mushrooms, onion, brocolli and spinach served over brown rice:

Um, does this not SCREAM healthy?!

Glad you think so, because for dessert I had two scoops of ice cream from Baskin Robbins. Sorry, I don't say no to 31 cent ice cream!

Special K Protein Plus with a banana:

Ham and cheese rolls with swiss cheese and chive & onion cream cheese:

Oh, and thanks to my parents I've also been snacking on this Funky Chunky Popcorn that they gave me for Easter. I swore to myself that I wouldn't open it but this stuff is more addicting than crack caramel corn.

I stashed it down in Eric's room so at least now I'll be forced to walk up and down the stairs when I want to eat some. Surely that will cancel out the calories.

The next week is going to be ca-razy. Like I said, I'll be studying all day for my exam that I have tomorrow and then the dreaded cramming for finals starts. I've also got a 5K on Saturday so wish me luck!

Adios friends :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Body Fat Test Number Two

A few months ago, I got my body fat checked at my gym by Mike, one of the very experienced trainers who works there. He uses a nine-point skin-fold test to do it and it only takes about twenty minutes to take all the measurements and go over my results. You can click here to read about the first time I got my body fat checked back in December.

I honestly wasn't expecting to see much of a change between December's measurements and today's because I haven't really lost very much weight since then, but I was pleasantly surprised. Here's my chart with December's results and today's:

He does a skin-fold measurement on the nine different areas of my body that are specified on the chart, adds up the total, then does a few calculations using my body weight to compute my body fat %, pounds of body fat, and pounds of lean mass. Here are the results:

Body Fat %:

12/3/10: 25.44%
Today: 21.67%
Change: -3.77%

Pounds of Body Fat:

12/3/10: 44.27 lbs
Today: 36.44 lbs
Change: -7.83 lbs

Pounds of Lean Mass:

12/3/10: 129.73 lbs
Today: 131.76 lbs
Change: +2.03 lbs

As I said before, I was pretty surprised (in a good way!) to see these numbers. All of my measurements were down except for one (suprailiac) and he said that he can tell that my fat is loose and breaking apart, which is a good thing. I was also happy to see that in addition to losing some fat, I have also gained some lean muscle mass. I talked to him a little about my diet (he suggested carb cycling, which I may try out after finals are over) and I also mentioned that I haven't been strength training as much as I used to. Of course he stressed the importance of that and I really do plan on getting back into a lifting routine once school is done in a couple weeks. Other than that, he set some goals for my next test (which I will probably get done towards the end of May) and told me to keep doing what I'm doing. It's nice to be able to see the results of hard work in ways other than the stupid scale sometimes :)

After my body fat test, I hit the treadmill for a sweattastic work-out, but first I have to tell you about the leg routine I did yesterday. Like I just stated above, I don't really lift weights as much as I used to but yesterday I arrived at the gym with one thing on my mind: Legs! They are definately my favorite muscle group to train. Here's what I did:

  • 5 minute warm-up jog on the treadmill
  • Leg presses 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Calf raises 3 sets x 15 reps superset with leg extensions 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Lying leg curls 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Butt blasters 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Sumo Squats 3 sets x 15 reps

I finished off with 15 minutes on the elliptical to shake my legs out. This work-out was tough! I usually get DOMS so while my legs are definately feeling it today, they will probably be even more sore tomorrow. It's a good kind of hurt though ;) For today's work-out, I kept it simple with 45 minutes of cardio. I started out with this booty-kickin' treadmill work-out:

And ended with 15 minutes on the elliptical. By the time I was finished I was starving! I literally ran out of the gym and raced home to make this epic breakfast:

Whole wheat buttermilk pancakes topped with lemon Greek yogurt (Chobani rocks my world) and some slivered almonds. Not quite as amazing as these pancakes, but still delicious.

Well I'm off to hit the showers and then get ready for lab this afternoon. After lab I've got a full night of studying ahead of me, yuck!

Have a happy Wednesday :)


Have you ever gotten your body fat checked before? How/where did you get it done?

What is your favorite muscle group to train?

What are your favorite pancake toppings?

Peanut butter and white chocolate chips take the cake for me, but I also love fruit and nuts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Epic Sandwich and Some More Tangents

First off, my dinner last night was so delicious that it really deserves its own blog post. Maybe it tasted so good because I was completely ravenous by the time we finally ate (It was almost 8:00!!) but this was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had in my life.

Jenny and I went to Marie Catrib's again and I was bound and determined to get something different, since the last two times I've gone there I've gotten the sweet potato and quinoa burger. Normally I don't have a problem ordering the same time all the time at restaraunts (when I find something I like, I stick to it!) but everything on the menu here looks delicious and I want to try it all!

I knew what I was going to get before we even sat down.

It was even better than it sounds. 

Fresh, grilled chicken combined with delicious, creamy cheese on thick, doughy bread with a hint of sweetness from the cranberry sauce. Mindblowing.


I practically licked my plate clean.


It's time for another Triple Tangent Tuesday!

1. I'm obsessed with sugar free gum. I try to limit myself to a few pieces a day because all of the artificial sweetener really does a number on my stomach (think cramps/bloating/gas) but sometimes I can't help it and will chew an entire pack in a day. I got started on this gum kick when I first started losing weight because chewing gum helps decrease hunger. It tricks your body into thinking it's getting calories when it's not, so whenever I felt like mindlessly snacking I would pop a piece of gum in my mouth! And then when it lost it's flavor I'd spit it out and chew another. And another. And another...

Christmas 2010; my stocking stuffers!

2. I don't get super crazy too often anymore, but sometimes when I do have a few too many drinks I often go through my camera the next day and end up finding pictures of all of the beverages I've consumed the night before. It always makes me laugh because that's just like me: always thinking about the blog, even when I'm drinking! Those photos usually don't make it to the internet though ;)

3. Eating is not the only thing I like doing with peanut butter. One time I took it to a whole new level and had a food fight with it (along with whipped cream and chocolate sauce). It was on Melissa's 21st birthday about a year and a half ago, and things got messy. I would randomly find peanut butter on the kitchen walls for months after it happened. It was one of the greatest nights of my life.  

Want More Tangents?

Have you ever been in a food fight??

Monday, April 25, 2011

An Easter Birthday Celebration

Happy Monday folks :)

After yesterday's epic run, we hit the road for Easter dinner at my aunt's house. One of the things that I am looking forward to most about moving back home this summer is the gorgeous view of the Traverse City bay. Courtney was put in charge of camera duty on the way over.

Um, hello. I asked you to take pictures of the bay! :)

Once we made it to my aunt's house, it was almost time to eat so they kept appetizers simple:

I wasted no time diving into the deviled eggs.

And then proceeded to capure every moment I possibly could on camera.

Courtney and Grandpa

Aunt Kim and Mom


The pups were wiped out!


Soon, it was time to feast!

My plate included salad, ham, potato casserole, pasta salad, and a roll:

Yesterday was actually a double celebration because in addition to Easter, it was also my Grandpa's birthday! My aunt made a classic Easter carrot cake per his request:

Even after all these months, my dad still gets a kick out of me taking pictures of my food all the time.

Time to light the candles!

Happy birthday, Grandpa!

I had this plate, plus one two more slivers of cake. It was delicious!

Another great Easter down in the books :)


This morning I had a pharmacoeconomics final (um, let's not talk about it) and then afterwards I hit the gym. I did this treadmill work-out that I'm pretty sure I stole from Fitnessista at some point:

And finished up with 20 minutes on the ellipitical. My stomach was GROWLING by the time I was done! I came home and threw and an english muffin pizza and some broccoli in the oven, jumped in the shower, and lunch was ready in 10 minutes by the time I was done:

So easy and so delicious (minus the broccoli part!).

I'm off to get some work done before I meet up with Jenny tonight!

What's the best thing you had to eat yesterday?

That carrot cake I had wins by a long shot!


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