Friday, February 10, 2012

A little piece of mind

These past few days have been craZay! However, i've managed to get my workouts in AND do some homework ;)

(for those of you who want to know what workouts I do go to, there you can set up a plan...and...IT'S FREE!)

I realized last post that it was obnoxiously long, so from now on I won't be posting EVERYTHING I eat lol only the yummy stuff that I find interesting, speaking of which...

Meal 1 today was..wait for it..MY FIRST PROTEIN PANCAKE. ok, now you might think to yourself..a protein pancake? why not just eat a REAL pancake, well for those skeptics out there, this tasted JUST like the real thing, and believe me, I would know, I am a pancake enthusiast :)

ANYWAY it was absolutely delicious (I added blackberries, YUMMO!)

Today in general has just been splendid. I slept in, had a pancake, worked out and now i'm off to start my day by planning my month vacation with my friend megan (we are going to amsterdam, paris AND london) in april :) AND i'm going to get my outline done for my paper/study for my quiz that is in two weeks. PLUS tonight i'm going to go see the Vow. yes today is just amazing.

Now, something that makes every day special for my is my walk. Now a walk usually isn't special, especially in Cork, when you have clouds of exhaust shoved down your throat every five seconds, however, there is this one section of the side walk that I always walk past that makes my day just all the more enjoyable. Sometimes I even go out of my way to walk past it.

This side walk is about 2 mins outside my apartment and it's in front of some houses. One of the houses has an amazing garden that has gorgeous flowers, now that alone would make someone smile, but not me. For me it's the scent. These flowers give off the most fragrant aroma ever. It is a little piece of amazingness in my day. It puts a little pep in my step if you will ;)

It's the little things though out your day, or in your life that make it worth wile. It's like there is a wall of smoke and then all of a sudden, the smoke separates and this fragrance just comes RIGHT AT YOU! It's amazing.

Being abroad has truly helped my appreciate the little things and everything that I have back home. I has helped my come to terms with issues i've faced and helped me realize my full potential.

I'll probably come back on later tonight and do a little *review* of the movie :)

Till then!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Journey: Day 2

As previously stated, I am in the midst of weight training. Actually I just started ;)

Weight training, for me, is something new to do and something to mix up my normal work outs. I've been the type of person to try and stick with one thing and see if it works, but unfortunately I'm too impatient enough to actually sick with it if I don't see results. Hence weight training.

It is day two and I already feel a difference in my body.


Day 1:

Workout: Triceps/Chest
It was insane! Hard in the beginning but once I was done, it was an amazing feeling. (I follow, for those who wonder what work outs I do :) )

As for meals...I'm supposed to be sicking to a protein based diet with greens and some carbs/starches (not after 7:00pm though). Which is hard because I'm usually a late night eater..but that is all changing!

My meals for yesterday were:

M1: oatmeal with flaxseed, chia seeds, honey, cinnamon, and mixed nuts. --> DELICIOUS. I don't know what I would do without my oatmeal :)

M2: Banana with vita coco water (pomegranate and acai) yummmo

M3: organic wheat bread with avocado, tomato with a side of snap peas and blueberries :)

M4: Protein shake (loveeeeee vanilla protein! They don't have many brands that I know over here, so I looked and compared all the nutritional values and found that USN was the best option, plus, it tastes yummy!)

M5: Quinoa with peas and tuna

M6: (it was during my late class and I knew I would be hungry) Medjool dates with a little natural peanut butter on the inside (I give credit to Kelley Olexa for that yummy treat!)

M7: I didn't go to bed till around 11-12 pm so (of course) I was hungry again, so I had a handful of nuts to tide me over.

I eat around 6-7 meals per day, it keeps me going and makes sure that I am not starving till my next meal.

As for hydrating myself, I like to drink a lot of tea, coconut water and almond milk, however, I do try to drink as much water as possible. But sometimes you just forget ;) *goal* drink more WATER!

Day 2:

Workout: biceps/back
I was definitely feeling it this morning, however, I got up, and went to the gym! It's an amazing feeling when you have enough time to actually go to the gym without rushing.

My food for today was less then creative...I just kind of ate left overs so they wouldn't spoil.

M1: of course...OATMEAL, today it was amazing, seriously, I mixed in a banana with blueberries and honey and cinnamon. SOOOO good, for some reason oatmeal just does it for me in the morning. It's warm and comforting, especially in Ireland when it's really cold, like it was today :)

M2: protein shake! and the rest of my banana chips (about 1/4 cup) i wanted to finish them, because during my training it's not good to have dried fruit because of all of the added sugar.

M3: Quinoa, avocado, and black berries. Now, I LOVE all fruit (no, really, I do) But, besides strawberries, blackberries have to be one of my favorite. NOM NOM

M4: was an Apple. I was running out of class and I knew I wouldn't have time to get back to my apartment so I grabbed an apple before I left. Smart on my part because I was STARVING!

M5: now, usually this is the meal I count as my dinner, but I knew that I would be hungry again later, so I treated this as another "light" meal. Again, with this training, you're supposed to have protein, greens and a little carbs at every meal except for dinner (no carbs) however, I was CRAVING peanut butter, so I had 2 slices of organic whole grain toast with pb. a little piece of heaven during this dreary day :)

M6: quinoa, tuna and a tomato...not the most delicious thing i've ever made, but it did the trick and I know I won't be hungry again till the morning. Which was the purpose after all!

I know this post was long, I'm sorry, I need to post more often. However, I hope this gives you insight on to my daily routines and how I choose to live my day-to-day life :)

Something to remember...

I say this to myself every day. And it works :)


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In the Beginning

This is my second Blog. Hopefully it is as much of a success as my first one ;)

This blog will pertain to my everyday life, a journal if you will, of feelings, ideas, and my journey to a healthy, confident and goal-ridden individual. Most of my life, I have battling with myself on countless things and I think it is time for a change. Studying abroad has really opened my mind to new things and had given me the confidence to go forth in my life a stronger woman.

This blog will hold my goals, my setbacks and also posts on my health (starting weight training) and "diet" as well (aka I'll post pictures of fitness updates and meals I will be eating!) :)

I like to document things, so this is the perfect opportunity to do so. I don't care if no one reads this, It is a compilation of my mind and the workings of a determined person.

Goals I have:
1. To be more CONFIDENT

2. Don't let things get to me

3. Live and Lead a healthy lifestyle that can motivate others

4. Smile more

These goals may seem generic, but it is the generic ones that people have the most difficult time with. It is these types of goals that people assume will come easy, but really they are complicated and take dedication to achieve. Once These goals are achieved, I will be able to look forward to new goals and a life that, in my mind, is perfect :)

Feel free to leave comments!

This is the year of change. This is MY year.