Growing up, I was not a huge fan of gym class. Ooh, except for when we had the gymnastics unit or the trampoline unit because seriously, life is WAY more fun on a trampoline.
Welp, it’s Monday again.
Happy Friday! And Happy Birthday to my amazingggggg boyfriend!
Monday’s blog post will recount the fun birthdayness of this weekend, but for today, here are my favorites for this week:
Favorite Song of the Week
“Shut Up and Dance with Me” by Walk the Moon
Favorite Modcloth Items I Want in My Closet (all images via modcloth.com)
Happy Thursday everyone!!
It’s exactly one month until my first 5K!!! In preparation for this (and in my serious attempt to get to a healthy weight), there are several things that have been SO needed this week:
Lose It! App
I have been using this app as a way to count the calories in order to lose weight. Everyday I log in what I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Tons of foods are already in their database, so they already know how many calories are in the meal, but if not, you can create new foods and scan barcodes to other foods. You can also add exercises, which will take away any burned calories so that you know that you’re allowed to eat a little more 😉 The app takes your age, gender and current weight into account when suggesting how many calories can be consumed in a day in order to lose weight.
Wii U Fit Meter
In addition to running, I also want to track how many calories I’m burning by walking so that I can log it into Lose It. This meter tracks my steps and how many calories that I’ve burned, so on a day when I am not running, I can sync this up with my Wii U Fit to find out how many more calories I need to burn in a day in order to lose weight.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Okay, I won’t exactly brag about the fact that I used to watch Gossip Girl (which, for a while at least, was really awesome), but I have zero shame about admitting that Chuck and Blair are a beautiful couple.
Who doesn’t love going into the children’s section of a bookstore? You get all nostalgic and remember when you used to go to the library every day as a kid.
Oh that was just me? Never mind 😉
Anyway, whenever I do travel into the children’s section, I like to think about books that I have loved in the past and would happily read again. Here are 10 that I would gladly give another read:
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
I did a talk on Maurice Sendak a few years ago, so I was able to revisit this book at the time. Not only does it have a fascinating backstory, but who doesn’t love a story where you get to swing from trees with monsters?
2. Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak
Another Sendak, but this is a book (and a song) that will always stick with me.
3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne Shirley taught me that girls deserve a healthy dose of spunk, and if you are true to yourself, you may end up with Gilbert Blythe <3
4, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
I have very clear memories of sitting in my third grade class as we read this book. Much like Anne Shirley, Ramona teaches little girls not to conform and to be free-spirited.
5. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I love all of the Little House books, but this one is my favorite because Laura finally marries her Manly 🙂
6. Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #6: New York, New York
I was obsessed with The Baby-Sitters Club, but this one was always my favorite. I can’t really remember why, but I guess I’ll have to reread it!
7. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Full Disclosure: I buy this book for my adult friends sometimes. It really hits home.
8. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The other day, I saw a picture of my friend’s daughter dressed as Fern and I was SO happy that kids still love this book (as they should).
9. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Maybe it’s because my beloved grandfather’s name was Harold, but I have always always loved this book.
10. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Grover is always funny, but it’s hard to beat Grover basically being afraid of…himself.
I linked up with The Broke and Bookish for
Happy Monday! Wait, it’s already Monday?!
Here’s a recap of some of the smaller things that I did this weekend before I get to the focus of today’s post:
- Since it snowed on Friday, I spent Friday night cuddled up with some Maryland crab soup and The Office
- Saturday was a day for some chores and my first outdoor run of the season, which also marked my first run ever in my new neighborhood. This also marked the occasion of me discovering how many hills are in my neighborhood, but oh well
While I’ve been a Maryland gal for most of my life, I did go to college in Tallahassee, Florida (Go Noles!). So for four years, I left crabs and Old Bay behind and headed south for sweet tea and biscuits. And oh man, do I miss it. The other thing that I miss is my college metabolism, where I could eat biscuit after biscuit and my waist would stay nice and trim. Not so much anymore 🙁
Luckily, Virginia Willis wrote a cookbook that teaches me how to cook those delightful southern treats while watching calories. And the name is (get ready for adorableness) Lighten Up, Y’all!
The minute I saw the cover, I dove right into the book, scouring the pages for that recipe. It’s called Makeover Broccoli Mac and Cheese–holy moly, it looks absolutely amazing. I only had to turn one page to see what I will be making for dinner on Sunday night: Sweet Potato Gratin with Herb Crumble (yummmmm).
It isn’t just about starches though–Willis includes excellent appetizers, salads, poultry dishes, seafood delicacies and beef, lamb, roasts…oh my stomach is rumbling! And the desserts include a buttermilk pie that I can’t wait to prepare! My favorite (and most Southern) thing about the book is that Willis includes a little story before each recipe, making it feel like I’m reading the words of my sweet, Southern-twanged boss in Tallahassee.
Hurry up, get to the bookstore and get cookin’ y’all!
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
Happy Spring everyone! Wait…
Well as I watch the spring-snow fall outside my window, here are a few of my favorite things for this week:
Favorite New Show
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (if you grew up during the 90’s and you’re not watching this show, stop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and go watch it)
Favorite Cute Animal Pic
Favorite Future Wedding Ideas
This bride and bridesmaid pic
This engagement ring
Favorite Recipes I Need to Make (clearly I’m having a sweet and salty craving)
Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Layered Peanut Butter Pie with a Graham Cracker Pretzel Crust
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie
Any new favorites for you this week?
I have some friends who are AMAZING runners. They run marathons, complete Ironmans (Ironmen?), and just basically are the objects of my total and complete awe.
Heck, even my big pup runs like the wind!
I downloaded the C25K (Couch to 5K) app on my phone and joined a local gym since it’s still pretty cold out there, and cold weather+running=a bad time. I was really dedicated for a couple of weeks, but then, as per usual, my running slacked off. I knew that I was tired of this pattern and I had to do something to keep myself on track. This “something” happened yesterday.
I sat down with my Google Calendar and my C25K app. I scheduled days on the calendar for each of my training sessions, lasting another month. I figured that if it’s on the calendar, then it’s official and I will need to train. Next, I went onto the interwebs and searched for just the right 5K. I finally decided to do the Women by the Bay 5K on April 26th! It’s not too far from my house and I’ll get to run along the water (beautiful!). The final step was telling my mom, my boyfriend and one of my friends about it–once I had to be accountable for that date, I know that I’ll do it!
Today is my first calendar-appointed training day for the 5K. I’m at Week 4, Day 1 of my training officially, but this will be the first day of my new more serious training regimen.
I’m really excited about this 5K and would love some words of encouragement! Luckily, here’s my plan for how to be successful in the 5K: