Cross Training Time!

5 Nov

It’s Tuesday!  It has been so cold lately in the mornings that I have been waiting until the afternoon to do my workouts (yes, sometimes I’m a wimp).  I have been loving my afternoon gym time–running on the tredmill, then doing weights and some of the machines.  Confession time:  I totally race the person next to me on the tredmill 🙂  Do you ever do that?

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Ready to run!

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On days when I don’t feel like doing the tredmill or if my knees hurt, I go for the spin bike!  I don’t really have a set speed, or “class” that I write down, but I just push myself and increase the resistance to make it a tough workout.  On the subject of Spin, congrats to Aurora for training to teach it!

What are your favorite cross-training workouts?

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Happy Sunday!

3 Nov

Happy Sunday!

As you are reading this, I am currently preparing for an interview (eek!).  Here’s a quick look at everything that happened this week:

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Awkward pre-run picture!  Do you like my bright pink running shirt?  I love long sleeves for this chilly weather that’s upon us.

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Edename, one of my favorite veggies!  Protein packed and so quick to make.  Delicious!

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Ugh essay writing 😦  Not complete without…

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Coffee!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!  What did you do this week?

Random Dinner Night

2 Nov

The other night, I realized something.

I had absolutely NOTHING left in the fridge. Ok, so maybe that’s a little dramatic. I had ALMOST NOTHING left in the fridge.

My roomate Dorothy and I decided to pool our resources (as true college students do) and create dinner out of thin air…

tofu (fried in a pan with a small amount of oil and coated with Saltines)

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the smallest bit of kale,
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And dinner is served! (We also had a small green salad with lettuce and arugula on it’s last legs).

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Housemate shenanigans (love you Dorth!)

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Rad Wraps

2 Nov

I’m rad…about wraps! But seriously.

Wraps are such an easy way to eat on the go and, if you play your cards right, they can even be healthy (just depends what you decide to fill them with).

My favorites?

Breakfast Burrito (egg, peppers)

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Another Breakfast Burrito (egg, arugula, onions)

 

 

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Random stir-fry veggie mix!
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How do you wrap?

–The Twins

Risotto Master

1 Nov

It’s official. I’m a risotto master.

Jokes aside, I’m actually quite proud of how this turned out. Risotto isn’t the easiest thing in the world to make, BUT if you have a solid 1 1/2 hours to kill, I would highly suggest going for it.

Never made risotto before? Here’s how:

If you’ve been following our little blog for a while, you’ll know that I (Hanna) don’t really like to use recipes. Ok, so I use them more as “suggestions.” If you religiously follow recipes when you cook, here’s a great one.

Start with some chicken broth. Warm it on LOW while you chop up your veggies. You want it to be lightly simmering (not boiling) by the time you use it.

You’ll also want some arborio rice (risotto rice). Trader Joe’s has a great option.

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Chop veggies! Onions, garlic and mushrooms are great additions to risotto.

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This is a two-pan job. Use one to heat the chicken broth, and the other to cook the veggies.

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After the veggies cook down a little bit, add your risotto. Keep it in the pan for a good minute or two to get it nice and toasty.

THEN comes the difficult part. Add the chicken stock to the veggies/risotto in 1 cup increments, stirring until the rice absorbs it all up!

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Yum!

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Have you tried making risotto before?

–The Twins

All About Arms

29 Oct

Hello all!

I don’t know about you, but I have been neglecting my arm workouts, like, big time.  I run and do abs (my favorite ab workout is Cassey’s Victoria Secret Abs video!) but I am slacking in doing weights on a regular basis.

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…which is why I am turning over a new leaf!  As the weather gets colder, I find myself gravitating towards the gym for my morning workouts, so that I can get my cardio in on either the bike or tredmill.  So now, I have started to add weights into my routine, which looks something like this:

*Note:  I use 7.5-10 lb free weights and then set the machines to usually between 40-60 lbs, depending on how I feel

First, I use the Lat Pull Down machine (My trouble area, and therefore my favorite machine to use!).

With the free weights, I lift for quantity and quality, not trying to push myself to use a 20 lb+ weight when I know I can’t lift it.

I also love planks!  Not only do they strengthen the core, but they also provide a great workout for the arms.

How do you build arm strength?

–Haley

Lattes and Trader Joes Run.

27 Oct

Can we discuss how crazy this fog is??

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Campus has been incredibly foggy the past week, which is very out of the ordinary for the PNW.

This weekend has been a whirlwind of meetings, planning, and paper-writing, but I did take a moment to enjoy a latte from my favorite coffeeshop in town:

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That, my friends, is skill 🙂

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A massive TJ’s run also happened, and thank goodness!  I bought kale, yogurt, almond milk (I have officially switched from not liking regular cow milk), fruit and lettuce.

Have a great Sunday!

–Haley