Body pump Tuesday

Sometimes I just can’t think of a blog post title. Can you relate blog friends? Well today was one of those days… It’s Tuesday and I body pumped… so, Body Pump Tuesday it is :).

Breakfast + Workout


For some reason 8 am felt so incredibly early this morning, ya know the days when you have to drag yourself out of bed? Yup, today was one of those days. But, I forced my big butt out of bed because Amy and I had a 9 am body pump class on the agenda.

Oh, and I just bought a new workout outfit at Sports Authority last night, so I was obviously excited to try it out. Cute clothes = motivation.

The class was just what I was needing in my life. I think I mentioned earlier this week that I have beens seriously slacking in the strength training department of my life, and what better way to change that than with some Body Pump? It was perfection, I am going to feel it tomorrow, I can already tell. 

After the class, Amy and I stuck around for 20 minutes of cardio before heading home. 

When I got home I scarfed down a peanut butter banana smoothie (with the edition of some of my fresh blueberries) in the form of a smoothie bowl. Ignore the bubbles, I swear it’s delicious.

Oh and one more thing, did I mention I’m obsessed with Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches this Summer? This is the fifth flavor, yes FIFTH flavor Amy and I have tried this Summer. This is the limited edition Snickerdoodle flavor.

I know I look great, you don’t have to tell me ;). 

I’m off to spend all my hard earned money shop for Israel. I leave in less than a week, ah!

Oh- and I’m sorry if blogging is very scarce this week, I’m in the process of moving my blog, it’s semi set up (but no where near complete)… you can check it out at Milesofmolly.com if you’d like. Have a great Tuesday, friends.

 

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Divergent Book Review

Good Morning, friends.

I hope your Monday is off to a great start. In case you need something to make you smile heres a picture of an adorable raccoon ;).

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See raccoons can be cute. If you’ve been reading my blog you’ve probably read my About Me page and know that I’m a weirdo and raccoons are my favorite animal.

Anyway. Now that I have successfully made your Monday better…

Workout + Breakfast

I ran 3 miles this morning followed by some stretching, because my legs needed to be stretched in a bad way. And, then I did some ab work.

It was a pretty slow pace, but for some reason my legs have felt so heavy on all my runs lately and I don’t know why. I need to find a solution to this problem ASAP, any advice?

When I got back from my run I ate a very un-pretty lopsided breakfast cookie (I added too much milk, and it slid off to one side in the fridge, oops) that went un pictured. I think if you would have judged me if you saw what it looked like.

Divergent Book Review

This past weekend I finished another book: Divergent. And I loved it. A few people told me that since I loved the Hunger Games I simply had to read Divergent. And, now I am going to offer the same advice to you guys; if you loved The Hunger Games read this series!

Divergent falls into the Dystopian novel theme. It is set in futuristic Chicago (which isn’t Chicago anymore). The book focuses around the life of a 16 year old girl named Beatrice.

The area is divided into 5 separate factions that are based on your strongest personality traits. The five different factions center around: Bravery, honesty, knowledge, peace, and selflessness. All the children are born into whatever faction their family is in, but when they turn 16 they are required to take an aptitude test that lets them know which faction they personally best match up with, they then have the option to stay where they are and where they have been their wholes lives, or leave their families behind for a faction they feel fits them better.

Beatrice takes her aptitude test and finds out she is not like most people, and she doesn’t fit in with just one particular faction; instead, she is divergent. She spends the whole book trying to figure out where she belongs and attempting to understand what is so dangerous about being divergent, all while the society around her is secretly beginning to fall to pieces.

The book has a perfect mix of action, suspense, and romance (my favorite). I would definitely recommend it. I already bought the second book in the series (Insurgent), and can’t wait to crack it open on the plane to Israel next week.

In other news: in case you didn’t know I’m a life saver. This is the third turtles I have saved from the middle of the road this Summer. Oh, and I named him Tobias after my favorite character in Divergent ;).

Good night blog friends! See ya tomorrow.

 

Sugarloaf Adventure

I feel like my blogging during the weekends gets very slim. Oops. Here’s a recap of my hiking/ fresh fruit picking Saturday:

I woke up with plans to run 3 miles before meeting my friends for our hike, but apparently waking up to beat the heat at 8 am is not sufficient enough in July! So, instead I just walked my dog (slacking, I know).

Breakfast

For breakfast I tried yet another new Clif bar flavor, I’m obsessed I’m telling ya. I have now tried nearly every flavor, I bet. Todays choice? Coconut chocolate chip.

It was delish, but white macadamia nut still reins supreme. Does anyone else share a deep love for these heavenly bars?

The Hike

After I scarfed down my bar, I met up with my friends Emily and Kelly, and we headed to Sugarloaf Mountain. It would probably be considered more of a hill to all of you mid westers/ west coasters, but it’s the best we got around here! Plus, it’s still pretty darn beautiful from the top.

It only took us around 15 minutes to climb to the top, but don’t be fooled we were still soaked with sweat and out of breath. This picture made me laugh for a good couple of minutes when I saw it. While my friend Emily just awkwardly looks like the leaning tower of Pisa, she was only in that position because she had her dog with her, lol. Poor Duncan wasn’t pictured.

Here he is :). Can you believe he is just a puppy?!

We hung out at the top for a little bit before heading back down since Emily had to be home by Noon. On our walk down somehow the topic of Butlers Orchard came up (the place I went strawberry picking), and we all decided we wanted our outdoorsy day to continue with a trip there to pick blueberries.

Emily had something else to do for a couple of hours, so Kelly and I headed to Chipotle for lunch while we waited for her. Chipotle = Heaven.

Even Spanky couldn’t hang with the heat today, he ended up laying down under my neighbors tree when we were only half way done with his afternoon walk, and would not move. I had to carry his little old booty home. Stubborn man.

The Picking

We were excited to find out that we had to ride a tractor to get to the fields. But, then we realized that tractor rides = bumpy and uncomfortable. Good thing none of us had to use the bathroom.

I often look like I am of Asian desent… I’m not.

We were blueberry pickin’ pros and left with a whole lot of berries. It was the perfect Outdoorsy day.

What was the most fun outdoors thing you did this weekend?

 

 

 

 

Happy Fourth

Happy Fourth of July!

My Fourth of July started with a 5k, the perfect way to start any holiday is with a race, in my opinion.

I almost didn’t start my morning with a race, because I woke up an hour late. Talk about rushed, all I had time to do was brush my teeth and make my peanut butter banana english muffin before I had to sprint out the door to get to the site on time to register. I also had time to take a picture, for you guys :).

Luckily, the race was right by my house so I made it just in the knick of time. But, we were 3 minutes past the registration time and had to smile a little bit to convince the man to let us run ;).

I recruited my friend Kristin for her first ever race. We went to the dollar store last night to get some fancy shmancy festive Fourth of July items to wear. Since I was so rushed this morning I didn’t get to put the fun little red white and blue garland (front the above picture with my bib on) in my hair like I planned to, so I just put the fun spiral red ribbon in my hair, but it didn’t last very long before it fell out :(. Kristin wore a flag on her back the entire race, she def wins most patriotic.

I commend her for keeping that flag on for the entire race. We were sort of disappointed in the lack of red white and blue at this race, I mean come on it is the Fourth of July, people! We counted 3 other festive people besides ourselves, lame. At least her and I represented for the whole group.

I’m not sure what my time was because I wasn’t really paying attention and completely forgot to look at the clock when I crossed. I had my Nike app on but I forgot to shut it off when I finished so it’s not accurate. I’ll let you know my official time when they go up! Though, for some reason this race was difficult for me, I don’t know if it was because I wore my body out with spin class and body pump this week or because I didn’t go to bed early enough last night, who knows. But, I had fun and it was beyond awesome to drag Kristin to her first ever race! So proud of my bestie.

She said she loved it and wants to run more, success!

I’m off to the pool for the day, before I get into some Fourth of July shenanigans tonight ;). Have a great holiday, friends!

Tuesday Tell All

I didn’t get a post in yesterday so here’s a quick recap of my Tuesday. Yesterday my day started with a dentist appointment bright and early in the morning.

Strange fact- I actually kind of like going to the dentist, weird? Probably. Anyway, I wore my workout clothes and went straight to the gym after my appointment where I just did a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical and some abs before calling it quits, because I was still super sore  from body pump last night.

Lunch

For lunch I had an egg sandwich on bread thins made with: one egg, some avocado, and a wedge of laughing cow swiss cheese. Plus, a vanilla Oikos greek yogurt with some blueberries and oats mixed in. Perfect lunch.

I also went to Sports Authority where this pair of super comfy/cute/perfect shoes that were on sale called to me. I obviously replied.

Dinner

For Dinner Amy and I made a chicken dish with mushrooms, onions, and peppers, plus broccoli on the side. And, we decided to make use of our left over tiki plates from her grad party.

Dessert was a repeat of the previous night… Skinny Cow strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwich, and I have a feeling I will be having lots more of these babies.

After dessert I painted my nails blue in the spirt of Fourth of July 🙂 The color? Essie Mesmerized. I know Essie is expensive, but I can’t help it I’m hooked!

I’ll be back later on today with a smoothie post, see ya soon!

Laughing Cow + Skinny Cow

Hello!

I guess since I missed a week of blogging my urge to write posts is at an all time high :). I can’t help it I have a workout, eats, and exciting news to share, and I haven’t shared those in forever.

Let’s start with my lunch today.

Lunch

I came home from the beach to a house with a broken fridge. Ok- not broken, but the power had gone out and everything inside of the fridge and freezer went bad. It was quite depressing to throw everything away, especially my cookies and creme Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches.

Anyways, since we have limited food options at the moment I had to work with what I had, and since there is no refrigerated items a peanut butter banana toasted english muffin sounded perfect. I also had a side of fruit/nut trail mix that was left over from Amy’s graduation party.

It held me over all day and even throughout my workout- which was 20 minutes on the elliptical and a body pump class with Amy. The class seriously kicked my butt. I haven’t strength trained in forever and my body could tell. Plus the tracks for this class seemed extra difficult today, I don’t know maybe I’m just being a wimp, but I am definitely going to feel it tomorrow. Better sore than sorry ;).

I am now making a goal to incorporate more strength training into my workouts, because I have seriously been slacking in that department all Summer. I feel like I have only been running and it’s time I add some more variety/intensity. Does anyone have any suggestions for good strength training workouts? Ideas would be appreciated :).

Dinner

When I got home from the gym I made a quick quesadilla that included:

  • Peach Mango Salsa (ummmm deliciousness)
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Laughing Cow Queso Fresco & Chipotle Wedge

This picture was taken after I already ate half of it, because I clearly couldn’t wait two seconds to take a picture before I practically demolished it, oops. There was no meat included because of my stupid freezer malfunction, but it was all good because the Queso Fresco Chipotle wedge was by far the highlight of this meal. I bought them yesterday and tried one for the first time with this meal, and my goodness was it amazing.

Dessert

After the gym, Amy and I stopped by Giant to pick up Safe Haven from Red box and to get a few things, and while we were walking down the frozen food section, we naturally found our way to the ice cream. And, guess what we found? Strawberry Shortcake Skinny Cow Ice Cream Cakes… yes, you did read that right. We obviously bought them and how perfect was our timing, since I had just disposed of our cookies and creme ones.

It was soooo good, and I enjoyed every last bite. I especially loved it because of the vanilla cakeish part. Definitely better than the cookies and creme ones, and that’s saying something because I love those. Oh and peep Spanky.

I’d say having both Laughing Cow and Skinny Cow  = a great day. Fun fact- My parents nickname for me is Moo, so maybe I’m biased.

I am typing up this blog while watching Safe Haven with Amy. I am allowed to blog during it because I have already seen it! I read the book back in the Winter right before the movie came out (duh) and loved the book, but hated the movie. However, watching it now I am liking it way more. So, I came to the conclusion that I just saw the movie too soon after reading the book, I guess?

Exciting News

Anyways, ready for my exciting news? I received a group email from Miranda and a handful of  other awesome college aged bloggers all over the U.S about possibly planning a HLB (healthy living blog) Event!!! We are discussing location/time/sponsers already and I am so so excited. If you are a college aged blogger and are interested email me at Milesofmolly@gmail.com for more information!

 

 

 

The Help and Ten Things

Hello, friends!

Since I still have a lot of blogging to catch up to, this post is going to be a double post, with a book review and a verrrry late Ten Things Thursday Tuesday.

Past Ten Things Thursdays include:

After about a month of on and off reading I finally finished The Help at the beach this past week.

Even though it took me so long to read it, that was no indication of how much I enjoyed the book, because I loved it! I have an odd obsession that forces me to having an unstoppable urge to read all books as soon as I find out they are going to be turned into movies, please tell me others share this same obsession? Anyway- The Help is the first book that I have ever read after already seeing the movie (which I loved). I was skeptical at first and was afraid that I would get bored since I already knew what the outcome was going to be, but it had been long enough since I’d seen the movie, and the book was different enough that I remained interested the entire time.

So, here goes my first ever book review!

The Help

The Help is a fiction novel written by Kathryn Stockett that focuses on the racial boundaries between Black maids and the White women they worked for. The book is set in Jackon, Mississippi in 1962. It is written focused around 3 main characters: Skeeter, Minny, and Abileen. 

Skeeter is a white women who grew up being raised by a loving caretaker and went on to college to become a writer, when she comes back from school she realizes that she doesn’t fit in with her old circle of snooty racist friends and decides to pursue her career as a writer. After speaking with an editor in New York she gets the idea to go where no writer has gone before and begin a tell-all book that reveals how “the help” actually feel about working for the specific white women that they do.

 Aibileen is a black maid that has had enough of being treated the way that she has during her many years of serving as a caretaker for white children, she’s tired of raising white children and seeing them ultimately turn out exactly like their Mothers, she decides to take a stand by sharing her stories with Skeeter. 

Minny is the spunky friend of Aibileen that always seems to get into trouble with her mouth. She also shares her stories with Skeeter in hopes for a better life for her children. I love how Kathryn Stockett narrated the book through all three of the characters instead of just one. That way, you got the point of views of all them throughout the whole book. 

Together the three of them with the help of a handful of other maids come up with a revealing collection of stories that give up everyone in the town of Jackson, Mississippi’s secrets.

The book was so incredibly inspirational and fun to read, it was filled with: humor, passion, and the overcoming of adversity. I loved it.

Ten Places I want to visit


I’m pretty sure I have missed the past two Ten Things Thursdays so here is belated one, better late than never right ;). My upcoming trip to Israel has got me thinking about traveling and all the places I want to visit in the world, so without further ado,  in no particular order (because they are all equally awesome in my book) here is my current top ten list of places I most want to visit:

1) Cinque Terre, Italy.

2) Santorini, Greece.

3) New Orleans, Louisiana 

4) Australia 

5) San Francisco, California

6) Hawaii

7) London, England 

8) Grand Canyon, Arizona

9) Barcelone, Spain

10) Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil

Your Turn: Where do you most want to visit?!