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Work out this morning was hot and humid (ok not that hot but it was pretty damn humid) and I was exhausted.  I worked 9 hours (i am on my feet all day at work) yesterday from 8am til 5pm.  Today I dont work (yay! rest!) and I decided since im not working to do a hard workout followed by something new from BodyRock.

Here’s my workout:

Ladder Set workout:

Begin with 15-20 min warmup run.  Followed by dynamic stretching (leg swings) and sprinting drills (high knees, butt kicks, A and B skips, karaokes, cross over high knees, ect).

  • 1 min hard : 1 min moderate pace
  • 2 min hard : 2 min moderate pace
  • 3 min hard : 3 min moderate pace
  • 3 min hard : 3 min moderate pace
  • 2 min hard : 2 min moderate pace
  • 1 min hard : check heart rate

begin 15-25 min cooldown when heart rate goes down to your normal run levels.

During this workout my watch decided it wasnt going to catch a signal (again!?).  But that was a good thing because I wasnt concentrating on how far I ran during my hard intervals but how hard I pushed myself.  During the hard intervals I would chant “push” during my exhales, I used to do similar stuff like this before and I find that it helps motivate.  Because after I logged my run into, I was expecting to see the normal 7:30 mile/min for the total ladder set run but instead saw a 7:00 mile/min for the total ladder set run.

So my advice to those who train by themselves, if you are able to when you exhale on a hard run, tell yourself something that will motivate you to push yourself harder.  It’s the same as when the coaches tell you to push yourself on the sidelines.  When you hear it and say it it is more powerful.

Now here’s the 600 rep challenge (its actually 550, but I decided to do more reps on the ones that said 25 each):

I completed it in 35 min, including the breaks i took to figure out how to do the next workout and the extra reps I did.

Also here is the website below.  I am not sure how I feel about their new stuff yet.  I used to go on it back during my track and xc days and wished I could do them (I didnt want to risk an injury).  I am not sure what route they are taking right now, it is very….idk conflicting messages. BodyRock website

Have an awesome monday 🙂 and tell yourself you can do it, even on days you are too tired to do a scheduled hard workout, just do it you will be surprised.


Seriously…it snowed last weekend and that was it for this month…so far, there’s still 10 days left!

Did my long run, and I will be thankful for painkillers and Dr. Scholl’s inserts for Planters Faciitis.  I got it back in October (due to the running schedule of high milage one week, low milage next week, high milage week followed by low milage week, ect.  Usually it’s 3 weeks increase milage and 1 week back off).  I’m pretty sure I have it back in my left foot, and now in my right (I am a dummy who tied their shoes on too tight.  Anyways, I guess when your watch reads 8min/mile for your long run instead of the usual 8:40 I guess that says something haha.

Recap on my budget challenge again…I used my credit card yesterday, but only for gas.  I planned on using whatever I had in my bank for gas anyways since I have cash floating around left and right, it’s an awesome day when you do laundry and a 10 dollar bill falls out of your pocket.

I also snagged a huge fruit tray for free on Thursday.  My friend and I went to see this guy from Business Week talk about how they design their magazines (British people, love your accent, hate trying to pick up on what you are saying).  I guess looking like a starving college student made 3 people walk up to us and ask us to take the trays since it was going to go to waste…um….SCORE!!! There’s a ton of grapes and I really want to try making raisins from my dad’s dehydrator and make english muffins (they’re so expensive to buy!)

I don’t have any recipes this time around…that deal with pancakes or breakfast foods…but…

Enjoy your day with the biggest peep in the world (and sugar rush jk).  I like to put marshmallows in my coffee for some reason.


I feel like I need to update before the weekend…not too much has happened except for dread on what the next week will bring me. (and no I am not talking about Valentine’s day)

I am talking about being a student athlete.

Some of you may be aware that I compete for Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track.  Many of you may not know that our schedules for competition are “lighter” than in highschool.  We compete on the weekends.  Cross country is usually half a day or overnight.  Track is either all day or 3 days (this includes the travel time).

What I am getting at is this:  it’s very frustrating to balance homework, life, track, getting money (as in a job haha), working on my future career after I graduate.  I am working towards a BA in Graphic and Web design, I need my computer to do my work not a book to dig my nose into and memorize words that I will possible forget in a year.  I am also not the only one on my team with this double BA major, the other girl also feels the same way.

What other people don’t realize is that we are creative people who have creative projects.  It takes time and effort and dedication to put good work out there.  I have seen kids in my class that half-assed their work just to satisfy a professor.


Seriously sometimes I wonder if my mind is constantly on some sort of high (runners high!!!)

Back to my challenges:

Smiling seems to have helped in many ways.  Like when a printer randomly decides it doesnt want to print because it thinks it has no paper….force a smile, stare at a wall, and instantly you wont feel like throwing the printer out a window.

As far as budgeting….well my recent paycheck from work study was less than I thought I was going to get. I was going to use that money to sign up for a marathon (well I still am, the deadline for cheap registration ends the 15th). So I can’t use my credit card for a month.  So here’s to 30 days of not using a credit card…starting…now.

So, yea I kind of applied this kind of didn’t.  I had a crappy past few days.

I went home this weekend, so cookies galore haha


These are gluten free chocolate caramel cookies.  I was skeptical at first, but they’re SOOOO GOOOOD!  They’re from Mi-Del, they are made from gluten-free flour and contain no trans fat or artificial flavoring. I checked out Fooducate (free app!) to see what they say..yea there’s artificial flavoring in there, I knew it was too good to pass up 😛

I also had a conversation with my dad, about graduation and Outdoor track conferences being that same weekend.  Obviously I am graduating, obviously I am walking, I already paid the fee to show up (Do other schools do this???).  So on top of that, the following day is the Pittsburgh Marathon.  I havn’t signed up for it yet, I plan to, and I get paid this week from my work study (mmm budget challenge out the window).

I also tried Ba Ghanouj this past weekend.  It’s hummus, but instead of chickpeas it is made with eggplant.  My other half and I went to this Mediterranean restaurant called BaBa D’s.  I’m not sure if they cut their own french fries, but they were the best I’ve ever had anywhere.  Not soggy or super stiff or too salty.  On the plus side, it was cheap, like cheaper than Panera bread or Subway cheap and a huge portion size.

I guess for the smile challenge, I actually did smile more.  At least reflecting on it I think I did haha.  When you smile more, things seem to automatically be better.  Your perspective in life changes from “Doh, I can’t do anything today BLAAHH” to “I feel like superwoman and I’m gonna tackle the world!”

Any Graphic Designers out there will get a kick out of this “confessions of a designer


I can’t spell February right.

Budget challenge was kind of tough, but at the same time it wasn’t.  I mean I didn’t go super strict on the rules or anything either.  Just enough to keep me from impulsively buying stuff….Like a hamster…

I was also thinking about my next challenge, and that is something I want to put towards my career.  Become more knowledgable in interactive media.  I picked that up last semester with Adobe Flash (and later found out that flash will eventually be obsolete and replaced with jQuery or something).

So I guess my next challenge will be to learn/build my portfolio.  I seem to have let that go due to classes and track and I personally feel pretty far behind.  But then I think about people who have started late and people who have started early and then I’m like…well if I’m worried about age being a factor it’s only a number so who cares?  It’s about experience and getting my butt out of the shy corner and into the world.

I’m still going to continue with the budget challenge, I’m just going to slowly add things to it…until I implode.

Hopefully the link works haha.  This is my 3rd account on DA, the interactive flash part is not where I want it yet.  I am still working on it.

Anywho Ive decided that my next challenge is to smile more, say hi to everyone, go to more events(ok this one may be a bit of a problem considering my finance issue and time constraints) even if it feels awkward.

I have no idea what day…but  I do know that I started on the 9th so this makes day 22.  This weekend I spent….$1 on water.  The $5 I got from friday went towards…egg whites to add to my egg and frozen blueberries(darn those blueberry pancakes).  I didn’t even buy gas, my friend was generous enough to put a few bucks in my tank since she needed a ride.

Out of my meal plan money, I spent money on the cheapest stuff there, eggs, soy milk, peppers (a lot of people don’t know you can buy these), apples and bananas, yogurt, tons of cottage cheese.

I also got my Canon battery back 🙂  Omnomnomn. An egg, 1 part egg white, some red peppers, salsa, a lil’ bit of cheese:

I love how the colors pop out with my canon, it’s seriously making me hungry….oh and so is this apple cinnamon oatmeal with blueberries…and some guy fishing for oats:

Tomorrow is Feb 1st…I was debating on if I want to start a new challenge or not. (I’m definitely doing a reflection on this budget challenge tomorrow.)

Havn’t bought anything from the cafe, except for milk (I ran out, I cant drink coffee without it). I also started using the massive storage of food in my room.

Two nights ago, a blizzard came to town (I somehow managed to drive to my house afterwards last night), I went over my friend’s house to kill 1 of the 7 boxes of pierogies in my freezer.
Then yesterday was the long run of 2 hours, then I ended up at iHop (once again, it was offered). I probably made dinner twice this week, which I like to cook my food so that was different. Although I did end up buying coffee creamer (Shopper’s Value from Kuhns, under 3 dollars!) and then I realized that I needed to buy my graduation application…..this makes me angry because I am already 40,000+ in school loans and they want me to pay them another “small” sum just so i can graduate???? ugh…seriously? And on another note, I still can’t pick up hours at my old job 😦

Question to all those reading this:

Did/Do you have to pay a fee in order to graduate? Im curious.

Today is Day 10 of my mini-challenge.
First off, I went home for my birthday this weekend. Ate out A LOT. Had my phone get blown up and literally brick itself because it couldn’t handle all the notifications D:

Anywho, my mom and I wen to this Japanese Restaurant (We were gonna go to this place called Loving Hut, all vegan, but they were closed). Nothing to take home and eat later because we ordered appetizers (the main dishes were expensive and there was no way I was going to fit a salad, soup, rice and the whole dinner and dessert and take it home lol)
I also durped on the recipe from yesterday, it makes up to 2.5 cups, not 4. 1 serving is 2 Tbsp not 1/4 cup. Ahaha I’m a goose sometimes.

Now here’s a real kicker…I went up to the cafeteria to get a salad (and some other things) since I really didn’t feel like cooking and I ate like a pig the past 4 days. I found out that I am possibly $200 under for the week…how is this possible? Probably because I bought a bunch of crap last week and forgot about my stash in my room of 10 boxes of rice, 10 boxes of oatmeal, spaghetti, mac n cheese, half the market place just sitting in boxes.
My next plan of action? Not to buy anything from my meal plan until Monday (I work mondays and I literally have no choice but to buy dinner there), I mean that’s pretty much one of the reasons why I am doing this.

So I guess adding to this challenge would be to not waste food. (Last week with the rice and the remaining amount of curry I had left…yea).
I made about 4 cups of hummus…well I THINK it is hummus, I thought I had chickpeas and it turned out to be a pound of pinto beans. I substituted peanut butter for tahini, since I had no idea where to get it anyways and didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a jar.

Pinto bean & Peanut Butter Hummus:

  • 2 pound can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 6 Tb. Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tb. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 squeezed Lemon
  • Ground Red Pepper (to taste)


  • Drain the can of pinto beans (save the liquid!) and rinse them good.
  • Microwave pinto beans for about 20-30 seconds (easier to mash)
  • Mash the pinto beans (or use a food processor, I prefer this way because it still leaves some of the texture)
  • Add the peanut butter, olive oil, and lemon. Mix well
  • Add in the Ground Red Pepper, mix in. Adjust to your tastes.
  • Add the liquid (or water) for a less thicker hummus.

This makes about 2.5 cups of hummus.

    Serving Size: 2 TB
    Calories: 95
    Fat: 5g
    Carbs: 8g
    Fiber: 2.5g
    Protein: 4g

This actually turned out VERY good. In fact my dad tried to steal the whole container (I am promising him a portion of it, as he keeps eating it lol). I did add a little bit of garlic, but you can’t really tell there is garlic in there. (I add a lot of spices)

Since I have no class today, I decided to run before the crack of dawn. For those of you who like to run, run when the sun is coming up. It’s so beautiful.

EDIT: I really miscalculated the amount it makes.

So…I threw out the rice, it got all hard and dry (can’t seem to get around it) and i remembered reading somewhere that rice grows bacteria = food poisoning (yick).

I went to the market place on campus to see if they actually got bread in…and they don’t have any.  The only other option was to buy their bread, which is an extra dollar. …Um no.  You’d think that it being the first week of classes that they would put bread on their shelves by this point.  I’ve been here since last Friday and I have yet to see bread…This calls for an adventure to Aldi’s.  Cheap food that is also healthy and not filled with preservatives (most of the time), except sometimes the stuff they sell is so close to the expiration date…so to the freezer my big ol’ loaf goes (where I stumbled upon 7 boxes of pierogies and 2 tilapia fillets.) The bread ended up being $1.15…and it’s a lot of bread.

So dinner turned into tilapia with roasted red pepper hummus (I eat fish once in a blue moon, I need the omega’3s).  Some of my pierogies and frozen veggies, i need to make more freezer room.

Cheap-o hot chocolate:

  • 8 oz. hot water (or milk if you have any, i don’t at the moment 😦 )
  • 1 heaping tsp. of baker’s cocoa
  • multiple tsp. of sugar, depends on how sweet you like it.
    MIX MIX MIX MIX MIX!! mix very well or you will get clumps!

I’ll be gone for 2 days, so hopefully I can save meal money I am getting for my trip. So far I havn’t spent that much money on food, didn’t eat out, didn’t get my usual cafe au lait when I go downtown. Next week I might as well add a goal to my budget challenge to make it more interesting.