Archive | June, 2013

Sunday Fun!

30 Jun

Hey!

We know you are expecting a Sunday Terrific 21 Update, but we are mixing things up a bit (and also we are out and about today).  Check back tomorrow for how we did this past week.  For those of you in the PNW, enjoy this sun we have been having–we are today!!

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–The Twins

Photo Friday

28 Jun

Happy Friday!  Here is our Friday, in photos…

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The roasted veggies in there include brussel sprouts, parsnips, and cauliflower, roasted in the oven with garlic and olive oil.  Hands down the best way to get in those veggies!

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Work outfit!  I have finally learned how to properly roll up my sleeves in a cute way– check out this tutorial!  Mind. blown.

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This finally arrived in the mail!  All you runners out there–read this book!  While the training plan is a little too intense to follow just quite yet, it will be implemented in our running future for sure.

Have a fantastic friday!

–The Twins

A Day in the Life: Haley Edition

27 Jun

Hey All!

This is Haley, and for today’s Thoughtful Thursday, Twineats is mixing it up with a “Day in the Life” post.  What’s it like to be a part of this terrific pair of twins?  You soon shall see…

5:45 am:  The alarm on my IPod is blaring, loudly.  I turn it off and convince Hanna that adding another 15 minutes of sleep will be life changing.  A small, sleepy groan of approval comes from under her covers.

6:00am:  Alarm #2 goes off.  We both get out of bed, bright eyed and bushy tailed (…NOT).  I then dress in workout clothes before my brain even knows what’s going on.

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It’s workout time!  Complete with my spibelt, garmin and shorts, I head out for a nice 3 miler, according to my training plan.  Don’t worry, I totally wore a shirt too (unpictured) 😉

6:40am:  Return from run and take a shower!  Say goodbye to Hanna as she leaves to drive the minivan to work (yep, she’s that cool).

7:00-8:30am:  A 90 minute period of intense craziness where I…

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Make my lunch for the day!  Today I made Hanna and I spinach wraps with spicy mustard.

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Get ready for the day!  And lament the fact that no matter how hard I try, I will never be able to master the art of taking selfies 😦  And also, I prepare ideas for our lovely blog posts!

8:30am-5:30pm:  At work!

5:30-9:45pm:  Evening activities include posting on the blog, eating dinner, preparing for the next work day, sorting out school/major stuff and doing planks!

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Hanna and I have a challenge to do planks/ab exercises everyday, and we are doing well at it!  Each night before bed, we do this workout.  Lately, I have been trying to find some more plank-related workouts, as this is the move that I really want to focus on with Hanna while we work out our abs.  Kenzie has a great workout here that is totally focused on planks 🙂

9:45pm: Bedtime!  That seems very early (especially for us being college students and all…) but our early mornings demand us going to bed at a “reasonable hour”.  Frankly we are so tired from the day that we can’t wait to sleep!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a bit more through my daily routine!

Tell us:  What does your daily routine look like?

–The Twins

What We Ate Wednesday

26 Jun

Hello from your favorite duo!

It’s Wednesday, and that means another rendition of yummy eats!  Thanks to Peas and Crayons for hosting!

Our mission to create a healthy lifestyle starts with a eating clean, and maintaining a good diet is super important.  This week, here are some highlights from our meals:

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BREAKFAST TIME!  Our obsession with oatmeal for the am meal will never end, in fact, check out our ode to oatmeal here.   With endless topping options, this breakfast keeps us both full through the morning!  Our favorite combos include a splash of almond milk and a scoop of mom’s raspberry jam, or a bit of greek yogurt.

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Snacks:  We love snacks!  A (rather awkward) picture of carrots 🙂  Snacking on healthy veggies throughout the day is the best way to stay full and focused, and away from sugary foods that lead to an afternoon crash later 😦  Not good!

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Lunchtime on the go!  Packing our lunches for work is something we do the night before, to make for an easy morning as we have to get up and leave so darn early!  Today’s lunch featured cold chicken (our favorite protein source), edemame beans (frozen and cooked, courtesy of TJ’s) and rice.  Yummmmm!!

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Soup for Dinner! Potatoes, carrots, onions, meat and a delicious broth all made an appearance to the party, making this the perfect ending to a hard day at work 🙂

What did you eat today?

–The Twins

Sneaky, Healthy Tuesday Tips

25 Jun

Are you overworked, physically exhausted, even sleep deprived? If you answered “yes” to at least one of these, you probably feel like the last thing you want to do is exercise…or make an effort to eat healthy…or both!

Haley and I secretly love staying busy ALL the time (blame the type A personalities).

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 The classic “Arg, We have so much to do!” look.

Anyway, point is that sometimes you just don’t have enough time in the day to get a full workout in.  Long hours on the job also means your eating schedule may (severely) change.  Eating lunch early one day but late the next can ultimately lead to major snacking! (#guilty. Aurora, that one was for you!)

Read on for our quick tips to lead a healthy lifestyle on a tight time budget:

1. Water is the New Soda

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Reach for water instead of soda when you hit your afternoon slump (and believe me…it will happen!).  Even though your body might be craving a deliciously bubbly and sugary encouragement to get through the afternoon the crash you will experience after is really not worth it.  Not to mention the amount of sugar you take in from even just one 8oz cup.  Our advice? STAY AWAY. Drink water instead.  Your body will thank you.

2. Snack Right

Snacking is not a bad thing. Yes, we said it! As long as you are making healthy choices, snacking is perfectly acceptable.  If you arn’t feeding your body with nutritional sources of energy throughout the day, you are more likely to binge when you eat your actual meals. (Hello self-serve M&M’s in the lounge!) Visit our eats page for 100 calorie snack ideas!

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 Pretzels and granola bars are great on-the-go options! Check out our eats page for more ideas!  Seriously, go do it..now. 🙂

3. Portion Control

Haley and I love LOVE dessert (but who doesn’t though?!) Chocolate is a staple in our house, but we try to perfectly portion our sweet eats to eliminate chocolate binge eating (of which we have been severely guilty of in the past).

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Last night, I portioned our a serving of chocolate chips and felt perfectly satisfied afterwords.  Had I brought the whole bag into the living room with me…well that would be a different story 😉

4. Exercise When (and Where) You Can

Haley and I both wake up early and get back home in the evening, which doesn’t leave much time for proper exercising.  We realized that we are most motivated to work out right before we go to bed. So, every evening we lay out our yoga mats and do this crazy hard (and fast) ab workout.  We blast a POP song and alphabet our way to flat abs.

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 Awkward workout photos!

Let’s repeat, shall we?

1. Water, not soda
2. Snack right
3. portion control
4. Exercise when it works for you!

Happy Tuesday!

–The Twins

Monday Motivation: Week Two

24 Jun

It’s Monday!

This starts week two of our Terrific 21 plan, our personal efforts to get in shape and start a healthy lifestyle!  After thinking of goals that we want to achieve over the summer (our plan will officially end near our birthday in mid-September), we came up with an achievable plan.

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This week, we are keeping it simple by focusing on two goals, drinking more water, and focusing on our eating.  We have been SO BAD about our water intake lately (coffee has become our water replacement, which is terrible), which is having a negative impact on running performance 😦

To keep us (and you!) motivated this week, here is our new motivational quote:

“Doubt whom you will, but never yourself” –Christine Bovee

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This weekend, we were motivated to follow Haley’s training schedule (3 miles on Saturday and 4 on Sunday) and even found some great routes to mix it up!  4 miles at a time is a stretch for both of us (we are still building endurance) so we were proud of the accomplishment.  It was strangely humid on Sunday (not a PNW thing during summer at all) so it felt so good to finish those 4 miles on Sunday.

Today, and this week, is about moderation, motivation, and staying on track.  We are making a promise to ourselves and to the blogging community to stick to our goals.  We want to succeed, and the only way to get there is to follow our little plan and hold ourselves accountable.  As we go through this week we are going to stay positive and just keep getting better!

–the Twins

Terrific 21 Recap: Week 1

23 Jun

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It has officially been a week since we introduced our Terrific 21 plan.  For those of you who missed out on this exciting announcement, check here and here!

This past week has really been about prioritizing, finding little ways to work in exercise and to focus on the positives. That means, no getting down on ourselves for missing a workout!

“Some succeed because they are destined to; most succeed because they are determined to.”  We tried to live by these words this week. As you will see, we were determined to find ways to fit in exercise throughout the day, whenever it worked best for our busy schedule.

Our Weekly Goals:

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Week One Results: 

  • hydrate: Epic fail this week. We both remembered to drink coffee throughout the day, but unfortunately coffee is not water 🙂

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  • listen to our bodies: Meh. We found ourselves snacking often this week, especially in the evening! We both think this is because we eat lunch inconsistently (still getting use to our 9 to 5’s)
  • positive thinking: Success! Even when we came home from work absolutely exhausted we still made an effort to SMILE.
  • stress free, worry free: Ok this week. We are both trying to work on stress management and relying on each other to stay positive tends to alleviate worrying. Sistah love!
  • eat clean: Our eats this week were on both ends of the health spectrum, ranging from healthy…

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We also managed to fit in some treats often occasionally.

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  • Every failure is a learning opportunity: This was a hard one to take to heart this week.  We were both a little disappointed in our Saturday run.  Due to lack of sleep and hydration on Friday, we were both fatigued and had no desire to really challenge ourselves.  Next week we plan on focusing more on making sure we make hydration and sleep a PRIORITY.
  • No excuse is good enough. Stay Active: Yes!

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Week 1 Workouts

Monday: Pilates
Tuesday: 3 mile run (Haley), 20 minutes cross training (Hanna)
Wednesday: 2 mile run (Haley), 20 minutes cross training (Hanna)
Thursday: 30 minutes cross training (Haley), abs (Hanna)
Friday: Rest Day!
Saturday: 3 mile run/walk, abs (H&H)
Sunday: TBD (H&H)

  • Be a sponge: Yes! More on this to come 🙂

If you couldn’t tell already, Hanna had way to much fun experimenting with random photo filters 🙂

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–The Twins