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WIAW #14

Hellooo! It’s What I Ate Wednesday! Let’s get to it 🙂 Also a big thanks to Jen for hosting the partayyy over at peasandcrayons.com every week!

breakfast: a tone it up protein pancake with blueberry green tea slim life yogi tea on the side

Recipe found here 😉

This recipe is from Toneitup.com, my most recent obsession. It is a fitness/food blog by two friends, Karena and Katrina, both certified Personal Trainers and have designed their own nutrition plan and workout videos (a lot are free on their youtube channel). I absolutely love them! I heard about them in a Self magazine a few months ago and just recently started checking out their blog. They are such an inspiration (check out Katrina’s body transformation), are so genuine and have really helped motivate me to work for that beach bod I’ve always wanted. You should check out their blog if you haven’t already! They post free workout videos, recipes, motivational quotes, weekly check-ins, etc. They also have a store where they sell cute tank tops, lunch boxes, stickers…andddd they just launched their line of Beach Babe bathing suits (SOO cute! Right now they don’t sell sizes separately, so when they do, I will be ordering one…or two!)

crazy cute

or this one! and they’re reversible!

lunch: a yummy salad from Pluto’s with spinach, garbonzos, kidney beans, cukes, broccoli, mango, strawberries and almonds. with whole wheat bread!

A day full of shopping ensued…

kristin and i decided to go out on a limb and try on lipstick at the MAC counter (i never wear lipstick!). i am wearing their matte lipstick called “ruby woo” and she is wearing “creme de nude.” i ended up buying the red!! i can see a makeup tutorial in the near future..

After shopping (I bought the red lipstick and some cute jean shorts from Urban Outfitters), Kristin and I rushed home because we wanted to make it to a workout class at our gym called Chizzled. I snacked on a few grapes before dashing out the door.

Chizzled was a great workout! We did lots of squats and pushups. I’m feelin in already and I love it! We both ran 1 mile on the treadmill afterwards but were too tired to do any more :p.

dinner: ezekiel wrap with hummus, half a homemade black bean burger (recipe being perfected!), cukes, home grown sprouts, red bell peps, avocado, spinach, and baby kale. with a pink lady apple on the side and lots of H2O!!

After din, I hung out with two friends from high school, Alexis and Sheeva but we were too busy catching up on each other’s lives that we didn’t end up following through with our plans of watching Project X and eating popcorn with chocolate chips (our faveee). Oh well! Missin the rest of the fab five though, Hannah and Jordan who need to come home!!!

Questions of the day:

What’s your favorite red lipstick? Or nude? I would love to try out some cheap drugstore brands too!

What was the best thing you ate today?

xoxo,

Kara

p.s. I also noticed that I ate vegan today completely unintentionally! Maybe I am a true vegan at heart…

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WIAW #13

Happy first Wednesday of May! I can’t believe it’s already that time…I’m almost finished with my second year of college! This  cannot be real life. May is going to be an eventful month: Pi Social (Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropy event where we get pied in the face to raise money for literacy haha!), Cinco de Mayooo, Whole Earth Festival (if you enjoy hippies, henna and delicious vegan food, you’d love this), Houseboats on Lake Shasta, midterms and lots of schoolwork (but that’s a given!).

pi social last year!

after being whip cream pied in the face..

hola amigos!

whole earth festival 2011

HB2K11. so. much. fun.

I’m so happy its MAY!!!!!!

Let’s move on to what I ate on the very first Wednesday of the month!

Breakfast:

smoothie in a bowl: huge handful of spinach, 1 c frozen bluebs, 1 scoop vega vanilla protein powder, cinnamon topped with ezekiel golden flax cereal and bee pollen (i’ve been feeling a little sick lately and am not sure if it’s allergies so i picked up some of this at the co op to see if it makes a difference! look out for it on an upcoming freaky food friday..)

After an intense spin class and some weight lifting, (I focused on arms and butt today. Try doing arm circles with 2 lb weights for a minute or two and your arms will be BURNING!) I was so ready for lunch!

Lunch:

salad with chopped apple, cukes, carrot, blue cheese, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds and balsamic dressing & a dr. praegers veggie burger with spicy brown mustard on the side!

Dinner: 

another smoothie with spinach…seriously cannot get enough of smoothies these days. they are so quick, filling and easy when you’re in a pinch for time (which i have been!). this one was soooo good. spinach, frozen banana, vega vanilla protein powder, psyllium, cinnamon, spoonful of pb topped with cacao nibs! it tasted like a peanut butter cup!

Snack: 

museli (oats, dried blueberries, raisins, pecans, pistachios) + ezekiel golden flax cereal + homemade almond milk (!!!!) + strawberries. perfect study snack!

I also tried one of these delicious cornmeal pancakes my roomsicle Amy made. Find the recipe here..SO GOOD!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting again this week! Check out all the other bloggers yummy eats at her blog.

Questions of the day:

What was the best thing you ate today?

Have you ever tried a green smoothie/added spinach to a smoothie? What did you think?

What are looking forward to in May?

xoxoxox lotsa love,

Kara

spin workout!

Hi friends! Hope you all had a wonderful and rejuvenating weekend 🙂

Lately, I’ve been on a making-up-my-own-cardio-spin-routines kick. It’s so fun! I either listen to a workout playlist from 8tracks.com (which I am obsessed with) or shuffle through my workout tunes on my iPod. Here is one I came up with for you guys to try out! It’s an hour long, fat-blasting, booty-burning workout that I promise you won’t regret! Let me know if you do it!!

Little Secrets – warm up @ 8 (or an easy/medium pace) with 70 rpm

Hit the Lights – maintain that warm up pace and then alternate an all-out sprint every other 30 seconds

Work Out – turn up the resistance so much that you must pedal out of the saddle; every other minute, lean forward with a flat back to burn that bootay!

Dancing with Avicii – sprint entire thing & catch your breath for a minute at the slow part of the song (2:00-3:00)

Marry the Night – run out of the saddle at 15 for 1:15, sit down and climb at 16 for 1:15, then sprint rest of the song at 10 (1:25)

Send Me on My Way – climb at 15

Something Good Can Work – sprint until 2 minutes have been up, then alternate pushing and pulling with one leg (pedal with only using the force from the right leg, do 20 rotations then switch legs and repeat until the end of the song)

Walking on a Dream – mountain sprints: climb in saddle at 14-16, do four pedal rotations in the saddle, then jump out of saddle and sprint out 4 rotations at the same resistance, alternate during the entire song

Dubsex – rest & drink some water, you’re almost done!!

Eyes on Fire – climb in saddle at 16, increase resistance by one every minute

Titanium – easy sprint entire way at 9

Lose Control – climb in saddle at 14 until the first chorus (~4o seconds), during each chorus do booty jumps out of the saddle: two pedal rotations standing up when she says “shake,” lean forward while holding abs in to work your butt at “wind,” stand up for “and roll” (each word gets 2 pedal rotations), sprint at 2:15 when the guy is rapping & go back to booty jumps or climbing in the saddle

We Found Love – at 10 sprint the chorus

Wild Heart – climb at 16, sprint in saddle at same resistance during chorus

Gotta Be You – warm down and stretch!

That last song is by my latest obsession, British boy-band cuties, One Direction! I think I may be seeing them live in June!!! I’m so excited, it seems to me boy-bands are making a comeback!

 

This lady cracks me up…I don’t think she could’ve described One Direction any better…hahah!

 

peace & love,

Kara