Burning Calves

This morning started off with a bang! I was able to get to the gym by 7:30 and pushed out a great and colorful 40 minutes of cardio.

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I spend the first 25 minutes doing this crazy incline walking pyramid and the last 15 “cooling off” on the elliptical (I was actually sweating like a popsicle in July at this point). My calves were on fire by the end of it! It also kept my heart rate high and made the time pass quickly with the constant changes of incline. Let me know if you try it!

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 Flaming Calves Incline Workout

Breakfast

Breakfast was good but pretty standard. Oatmeal with raisins and a drizzle of honey for some sweetness. Iced water, coffee, and a banana for some extra yum!

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After breakfast I headed straight to my classes, sweat and all. By the time I got back home, I was starving!

Lunch

My usual salad, grilled fish, and a corn tamale!

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Right after lunch it was time to catch up on last night’s Game of Thrones episode! It was awesome, of course. Can’t believe we have to wait a whole week to see the next one :'(.

The rest of my day will be filled with homework, dinner with friends, and SLEEP!

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

xoxo Christine

Pad Thai, Oblivion, & Bad Parking

This weekend was just what I needed. Although college is fantastic and I love my friends and most of my classes (that’s right, I’m talkin’ bout you chemistry), it can be very draining and fast paced. The life of a science major isn’t always the easiest! Luckily, I was able to take the weekend to head back home for some relaxation. It was filled with exactly what I needed: family, cooking, shopping, and my kitty.

Selfies!

Selfies!

As soon as I got back, I zoned in on these beauties and was in absolute heaven:

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I had a killer time flipping through what seemed like endless amounts of recipes. I tend to hoard them and am excited to add more to my collection ;).

Saturday was date night with Kyle. Since he lives less than 10 minutes away from me, he’s always game to car pool back and spend some time at home.

Outfit of the Day:

A simple blue dress from Forever 21 ($14!!) paired with a gold leaf necklace and my all time favorite pair of gladiator shoes. The dress has a cut out back and is ridiculously comfortable :)

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We chose to get some Thai food at a nearby restaurant that we love. Since we both love trying as many new things as possible (we’re good eaters!), we split three dishes and a Thai iced tea.

Beef Pad Thai and Green Papaya Salad

Beef Pad Thai and Green Papaya Salad

Coconut Soup!

Coconut Soup!

After dinner we headed over to Hoff’s Hut to pick up some cheesecakes for Mother’s Day. Kyle was so sweet and insisted on getting a strawberry topped one for my family to share! He also did a wonderful job at nailing the tricky parking spot we tried to get in!

that's my boy! ;)

that’s my boy! :’)

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*pass out*

Then it was off to Kyle’s house to grab his family to go see Oblivion. I thought it was interesting, but it got pretty confusing and hard to follow at times. It was also super long so my booty way definitely feeling the strain!

By the time I got home it was almost 12 and I was about ready to pass out. I slept like a baby and felt totally refreshed and ready to get my cook on for Mother’s Day! There will be lots of fresh, healthy, and delicious recipes coming soon, so stay tuned :).

I wish I could stay a couple of extra days, but I have to be up bright and early tomorrow to get in a morning workout and head to class!

xoxo Christine

Roasted Garlic Baby Dutch Potatoes

What is it about the simplicity of some dishes that make them more appealing than those of the finest restaurant? Humble ingredients come together in the minimalist of fashions to produce the most delicious of foods.

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These potatoes are a testament to the deliciousness of simple recipes that uphold the integrity of their ingredients and let their flavor shine through!

Grilling Blue Dress

 I paired the potatoes with fresh guacamole made with avocados, cilantro, limes, cherry tomatoes, and grilled corn and a spice-rubbed New York Strip steak. Cherry tomatoes on the side for a pop of color and extra flavor. My dad was happy to help wipe this plate clean ;).

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Roasted Garlic Baby Dutch Potatoes 

Ingredients:

  • Dutch Potatoes (Other would be fine too, just cut them small)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Garlic Salt/Minced Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and cut the potatoes and put them in a large baking pan. Coat evenly with extra virgin olive oil and season with garlic salt, salt, and pepper, using your hand to mix the potatoes together. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the vegetables are thoroughly cooked. Serve hot, and watch them get gobbled up!

 

 

Elliptical Workout and Outfit of the Day!

It’s such a b-e-a-utiful day today! I wore my new red shorts with a lace top and my brown gladiator sandals. I usually don’t do anything with my hair on an everyday basis, so I’m sporting my loose beachy waves like normal. Smiles, of course, to complete the outfit :).

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Smiles!

Smiles!

Workout

I also created a super fast but effective elliptical routine that I often use before hitting the weights! It’s perfect for getting your heart rate up and makes you feel like you’re actually working out and not just going through the motions. I hope you guys enjoy it!

20 Minute Elliptical Interval Workout

The Plan for the rest of the day is to head over to French class, grab some lunch, and then prepare myself for my Calculus section and 4 hour Chemistry lab (vomit). Dinner will be late (around 9 or 10) and will probably revolve around Vietnamese food and a delicious iced tea with Kyle. I hope all of you have a wonderful day!

xoxo Christine

Bench Presses & Italian Pottery

Today started off bright and early with an 8 o’clock trip to the gym! The weather has finally been getting nice! I’m such the spoiled SoCal girl. Anything below 60 gets me shivering and complaining ;).

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What's a girl like you doing in a place like this ;)?

What’s a girl like you doing in a place like this ;)?

I did 20 quick but intense minutes on the elliptical for a warmup, then met up with my friend Hot Ryan for a great lifting session! The name “Hot” Ryan teasingly originated at the beginning of the school year and has stuck ever since! It’s to the point where I can’t think of him by any other name haha.

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quick and efficient!

Ryan came from an early morning Crew practice, but was still game to show me some new additions that I can add to my weight routine! I tried bench pressing for the first time and had a blast with it! It was great hour long workout and I’m excited to be extra sore tomorrow.

ARGHH! Get swoll!

ARGHH! Get swoll!

After the gym I rushed to Starbucks to pick up an iced coffee with a few pumps of sugar free toffee nut syrup. It was refreshing but not overly sweet. Totally hit the spot!

Sip-a-dee-doo-dah!

Sip-a-dee-doo-dah!

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Sweeet Nectar of College Life!

Lunch involved some fresh fish tacos with shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and sour cream. A salad on the side along with a bowl of grilled vegetable cous cous.

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At 3 it was time for some much needed shopping with my girls! I ended up getting a cutout dress, some shirts, and a really adorable pair of belted red shorts. The two shirts were from a thrift shop (Macklemore anyone ;)?) and were only $12 together!

Red Belted Shorts

Red Belted Shorts

Simple Blue Dress

Simple Blue Dress

I love cut outs!

I love cut outs!

Chiffon Dusty Pink Top

Chiffon Dusty Pink Top

Sheer Paisley Brown Top

Sheer Paisley Brown Top

The best buys of the day were a dusty pink Lululemon headband (I came thiiiiiiiiis close to buying a pair of back capris) and the perfect Mother’s Day present for the Mama! She LOVES Italian hand painted dishes/pottery, so I got her a petite olive oil container that would look perfect on our rustic wooden dinner table. I hope she likes it!

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The rest of my night will be consumed with homework and the usual See’s Candy/Latte date with my main man!

"You talkin' bout me?"

“You talkin’ bout me?”

Hope you had a great day :)

xoxo Christine