Surprise Gym



While I don’t normally bare-ass it on Fridays, I do enjoy the more casual and laid back feel of the work day πŸ˜‰


The gym that I normally go to on campus is closed for the summer, but little did I know that there is another equally large gym right around the corner.

Well, wouldya look at that…

This blows the mind of a girl who went to a tiny school with only one gym and only one dining hall. This morning I did intervals on the ArcTrainer for 30 minutes. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – with the right resistance, that baby can give me a good workout!


Today is the “sell by” date on my milk. That always makes me a little wary. I did the smell test. Not too abnormal. I did the shake test. No chunks (thank you, freshman year, for proving that happens). With all systems go – I made a hearty cereal combo πŸ˜€

Quaker oatmeal squares, Honey Nut Cheerios, Corn Flakes, chia seed, banana

Today is part two of the interview processΒ so I better go get ready! I hope you have a fabulous Friday! Here’s to a long weekend full of fun, family and relaxation! πŸ™‚

Let’s chat – Do you have any plans for the long weekend?! Do you drink milk on/after the sell by date? I drank it today, but I probably won’t drink it tomorrow. It’s not usually a problem I have – I go through milk so quickly!Β 



Hey there, blog lovers! Hows your Tuesday going?! It’s a little doom and gloom outside this morning, but I’m trying my hardest to send the sun some good vibes so he comes out to play πŸ™‚


This morning’s workout started off with a a great strength circuitΒ and then 2.5 miles on the treadmill. I was really glad that I was able to fit weights and cardio into one workout. I haven’t had time in the morning to that for a while now!


It’s also been several days since I’ve had a bowl of cold oats, so that’s what I let my mind wander to while I was hurtin’ fo’ certain on the treadmill.

Sweet victory.

These are not overnight oats. They’re more like stuck-in-the-fridge-while-I-showered oats. Nonetheless, they tasted great!

Sweatin’ It

I’m a little preoccupied this morning because I have an interview in a few hours. I sweat peeling an orange, so you can imagine what a hot mess I am before an interview.

Like my nerves for anything, it’s the anticipation that kills me. Once I get in the room, I’m able to strut my stuff.

Okay, my friends! I need to spend some time going over the job description and potential questions before I hit the road. I need to convince this lady of how awesome I am πŸ˜‰

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday morning! I’ll catch ya later – hopefully with a good update!

Let’s chat – Are you calm under pressure, or are you a nervous nelly? A cardio workout vs strength workout? Strength workouts are my favorite!Β 

Extra Chipper

GooOoOd morning, beautiful people! I’m feeling extra chipper this morning πŸ˜€

Maybe it’s because when I walked outside, I saw blue skies for the first time in seven days.

Or maybe it’s because I had a really intense run that left me feeling like I kicked my own ass.

Or maybe it’s because I had my free sample of Quaker Oatmeal Squares fo’ breakfast.

I love being a Clever Girl.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to get two little boxes of their favorite cereal in the mail?


Like I said, I had a really great run on the treadmill this morning.

Woah. Did my fingers really just type that sentence?

I did the 5-4-3-2-1 sequence twice through and it was tough, but I was proud that I pushed myself.Β Every time I get to that minute at 8.0, I pray to God that I a) don’t vomit and b) don’t fall. So far so good πŸ˜‰

Weekend Plans

Cory and I are headed to Richmond this afternoon. We have a meeting at 7 AM tomorrow (say whaaa??) to go over liturgy and music for the wedding mass. Oddly enough, I’m looking forward to it.

I’m also going to Richmond for a good friend’s bachelorette party! I’m pretty excited. I’ve never been to one, but I’m highly confident that a good time will ensue πŸ˜‰

I’m off to get some errands done! I’ll catch you guys later this afternoon!

Let’s chat – Has the weather been extra crappy where you live? It’s been raining every day for like a week!Β Have you ever been to a bachelorette party?Β 

Happy Tummy

Hellooo!! Oh my goodness, can I just say how freaking awesome this blogging community is? Seriously. Your comments on yesterday’s post were so positive πŸ™‚ Thank you!


My question for today is: how is it possible to get up at 5:15 and still run late? That’s my life today! I usually like to post before work, but it just wasn’t in the cards this morning πŸ™‚


I woke up not wanting to go to the gym, so I’m totally patting myself on the back for actually going and actually sweating.

I know the ArcTrainer gets a bad rap, but when I set it with a high resistance, that thing can kick my bootay. I’m a huge fan of alternating between going forwards and backwards. Anyone else with me on that one? πŸ˜‰


MMm, PB & J overnight oats. I added chia seeds to them this time (I had been out for weeks!) and these were probably the best cold oats I’ve ever had. I have a happy tummy this morning πŸ™‚

Okay, folks! I told you I’m running a little behind today, so this morning’s post has got to be short and sweet. I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday (I actually had to look at my computer to see what day it was) πŸ˜‰

Catch ya later!

Let’s chat – What did you have for breakfast? Β You better not have skipped it! πŸ˜‰

To Eat, Or Not to Eat

…that’s usually never a question in my book – unless it’s close to bedtime (is “bedtime” an inappropriate term for a 23-year-old? πŸ™‚ )

I’ve read and heard so many times that “you shouldn’t eat after the sun goes down” or “no food at least 3 hours before you go to bed” etc, etc.

I usually eat at the same time every day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks usually happen at certain times – and even if I’m not super hungry at say, lunchtime, I tend to eat anyway. Just to keep on track. Does this make sense?

But then there are days like yesterday when I eat a super-filling lunch and I’m not hungry at 6 or 7. So for dinner last night I had a green monster with an apple and cheese on the side. That worked perfectly fine – until about 8:45.

I found myself grappling with “should I eat or not?” While I’m not a nutritionist or a health professional, I still consider myself pretty health savvy; yet I have this irrational belief that if I eat before bed, I’ll wake up a bloated mess.

Do you listen to your body and eat no matter what time it is? Or do you abide by the “no food before bed” rule?Β 

Anyway, I ended up eating and I woke up this morning the same size as when I went to bed. Whew!! πŸ˜‰

I think if I went to bed with a growling tummy, my 5 AM workout would have been quite difficult! I know it’s best to listen to my body (which I normally do) but I’d be a big liar if I said I never worry about gaining weight.



Nicole, a fellow bride-to-be πŸ™‚ , introduced me to – and I’m lovin’ it! But don’t let the website name scare you. I’m not trying to turn into something like this.

Uhhh. Yikes.

I’m actually using my wonderful blog friend,Β Jenny, as inspiration! She is a weight lifting machine and she’s cute as a button!

Although I’m not trying to turn into a body builder, I do find MyBodyBuilding’s workout plans to be great! This morning, per the “Day 1” workout, I completed (3 sets of 12 each)

So far, so good!

Now I’m off to work and eventually class. This is my last “marathon day” for a few months! πŸ˜€

Let’s chat – Do you eat before bed?Β Do you use other bloggers as inspiration? I think you know my answers to these questions πŸ™‚Β 

All About the Benjamin’s

That’s right. I’m rollin’ in the dough πŸ˜‰

Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to participate in a focus group about a new menu design and menu options for Ruby Tuesday. Thank the Lord that snacks were provided – because reading through pages of delicious dishes made my mouth water!

The focus group was two hours and we talked about everything from what pictures pictures and word choices were best for a menu to what quesadilla sounded the most appetizing. Clearly this was right up my ally.

And the best part? They handed me this sucker as I was walkin’ out

That was the easiest 100 bucks I’ve made in a long time – and it made me pretty stinkin’ happy πŸ˜‰



While waiting for said focus group to start (I’m chronically early for everything) I wrote down my daily workouts for the next month. Compulsive? Probably. It’s t-minus 3 months until the wedding, and I have a fear of blowing up like a balloon. Actually, I’d really just like to lose a few el-bees so when I come back from my honeymoon, everything evens out πŸ˜‰

I plan on tackling weights + 30 minutes of cardio this afternoon.


I grubbed on some cold oats this morning.

In the mix was the usual: 1/3 cup oats, skim milk and water, PB, jelly, a few Quaker oatmeal squares for some crunch, almond slivers and 1/2 a banana.

This should hold me over until the focus group my co-worker and I are hosting this afternoon. We’re having Potbelly for lunch πŸ˜€ They turkey subs are perfect!

I hope you have a fantastic Wednesday! I’ll catch ya later πŸ™‚

Let’s chat – What’s your favorite restaurant(s)? I love Bonefish and Panera πŸ˜‰

I’m Awkward.

Good day, friends! How’s everyone doing? When my alarm went off this morning it was definitely a game-time decision as to whether or not I wanted to get myself on the treadmill. After tossing and turning and realizing how badly I’d feel if I skipped the gym again, I got up and threw on some sneaks πŸ™‚

My run was all over the place. You know that emergency stop button on the treadmill? Yes, well I often smack it mid-run with my arms that are flailing all over the place. That’s what happened today. Today it happened when I was in a full-on sprint. The abrupt stop almost threw me off (again).

Once I hit the emergency stop, I fell out of my groove – but I stuck in there for 35 minutes before calling it quits. Β I came home and rewarded myself with a green monster πŸ™‚

I’ve been pining for a tumbler-esque cup with a plastic straw for a while now, so I was super pumped and ready to drink smoothies all day when Cory brought this bad boy home from work. It’s the little things, friends.

Speaking of how great Cory is, he and I had our second pre-cana meeting with our priest last night. We had to take a 150-question test – like, on a scantron.

I don’t know about you, but any kind of test makes my brain stop working. Seriously, I thought this was just the case with topics like Spanish or math – but I was wrong.

The priest started giving us the directions for the test. We simply had to read the statement and fill in one of three circles – agree, disagree or unsure.

So wait, I ask, Are we answering these about ourselves…or each other?Β 

Sometimes I shock myself at how awkward I am.

It seemed like every third question was about sex. I was alone in the room, but I giggled anyway. Mature, I know.

I feel like Catholics shun the idea of sex by making it a huge sin if you’re unmarried – but once two people a man and a womanΒ get hitched they’re like “Come on, get to it!!” It’s quite confusing and severely awkward.

On the ride home, Cory and I feverishly quizzed each other on our answers to controversial questions. Our consensus is that we passed. Our wedding will happen πŸ˜‰

Today is a busy day for me, so I better hit the road. I’ll catch you later! πŸ™‚

Let’s chat – Are you a good test-taker?