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Marvelous In My Monday [MIMM] 11.12.12

The weather the past 3 days has been a real treat, much more enjoyable than the blustery and cool weather that rolled in last week…  Today was no different, sunny and spring-like, I definitely wanted to take advantage of it and be outside!  My Monday was just as marvelous as my weekend!

Marvelous…  3-day weekends [whoop, whoop].

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Marvelous…  A peppermint skim cappuccino from Starbucks.

Marvelous…  A peanut butter pancake bowl for breakfast.

Marvelous…  A long walk with a girlfriend, chatting about recent happenings and “it’s so bad, it’s so good” TV shows.

Marvelous…  A spicy salsa lentil stuffed pepper topped with melty mozzarella cheese for lunch.

Marvelous…  Chobani brownies topped with Peanut Butter Puffins.

Marvelous…  Going to the driving range and playing mini golf with Ryan.

Marvelous…  On-the-go afternoon snacks.

Marvelous…  A successful sweat session of 35 minutes spinning + 10 minutes stairs followed-up with TNT’s week 2 challenge and abs.

Week 1 Challenge

15 push-ups

20 squats

30 homework crunches

50 jumping jacks

*3 times through with no rest*

Week 2 Challenge

50 push-ups

1 mile run/ jog/ walk

Marvelous…  Watching He’s Just Not That Into You and the smell of pizza cooking in the oven for dinner.

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Marvelous…  MIMM, thanks Katie from Healthy Diva Eats!  I always enjoy reading other people’s marvelous posts, it’s a great way to start the week on a positive note 🙂

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  What’s your favorite “it’s so bad, it’s so good” TV show?

Question:  Have you ever baked with yogurt?  Do you have a favorite recipe?

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WIAW 11.7.12 // Rain to Snow?!

I can’t believe that it’s already November 7th.  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is in 15 days and Christmas is only in 48 days.

But what I reallyyy can’t believe is today’s forecast…  Rain to snow.  Really?!  Where did fall go?

I wholeheartedly am happy that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner [I’m dreaming of all the holiday eats, treats, decorations, and celebrations], buttt I don’t think I’m ready for snow quite yet.

If I was still living in Boston I wouldn’t be so surprised, but I’m in Virginia [aka “the south” as most people call it], and I’d like another week or two of fall.

I’d like to continue enjoying the beautiful fall foliage, the reasonable temperatures, and all things pumpkin…

But that’s not looking very promising so I guess this weekend it’s time to unpack my boots with the fur and my puffy parka.

Stay warm y’all!  A bowl of tomato soup sounds perfect for dinner tonight, I hope it’ll warm me up from the inside out.

One of my girlfriends just teased me saying that it’s supposed to be in the 70’s today down in Texas…  I may have to start pushing Ryan to move more south 😉

XOXO,

Allison

P.S.  I probably should have used winter weather pictures to go along with today’s rant, but it’s Wednesday so I stuck with the traditional WIAW [What I Ate Wednesday] theme and used my food pictures to comfort me through this cold transition into winter…  Just go with it, haha!

Question:  Have you seen any snow yet this season?!  It’s not raining, nor snowing so I’m doubtful we’ll actually see anything today…

Question:  What’s the tastiest thing you’ve eaten recently?

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ABC’s of Me

It’sss theee weekenddd!  This week wasn’t very busy but I’m still happy it’s the weekend!  Sleeping in, grocery shopping [prepping for power outages], no work, my birthday celebration tonight, and making new plans for Sunday because our trip to Kings Dominion has been postponed until the spring [silly Sandy]…

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This survey has been bouncing around the blog world recently [thanks for sharing Alex and Jess] and I thought I’d partake in the fun!

A is for age:  The ripe old age of 23.

B is for breakfast today:  Whole wheat flax and oat ‘cakes topped with coconut Cho + almond slivers + raisins + maple syrup served with a side of cantaloupe and lots of coffee.  Note: they’re not burnt, I just have an obsession with cinnamon [haha]!

C is for currently craving:  Fresh food.  Thinking that we may lose power for a couple of days due to Hurricane Sandy, I want to eat all the food in our fridge [waste not]!

D is for dinner tonight:  Legal Sea Foods!  We postponed the original plans because I was feeling under the weather and exactly one month later we’re celebrating.  I’m psyched for a night with my friends and good food!  What should I order: shrimp, swordfish, or lobstahhh?

throwback picture, 2010?!

E is for favorite type of exercise:  Cardio.  Running [outside > inside], the elliptical, or the spin bike.  Although, if you ask me this question again in 13 weeks I may say strength training 😉

F is for an irrational fear:  Getting into a car accident.  I got into my first fender bender a few months ago  [no one was hurt, just my bumper and my ego] and ever since, I’m scared that someone in front of me is going to slam on their breaks and I won’t stop quick enough.

G is for gross food:  Sardines.  Truthfully, I’ve never tried them but they look slimy, smelly, and make me go ick.  Maybe if they were disguised in a tasty dish and I don’t know they’re there I’d try them…  Maybe.

H is for hometown:  Great Falls, VA.  If you’re ever in the DC area, make an effort to visit Great Falls Park and go for a hike- the trails along the Potomac River are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

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I is for something important:  Last week I felt great, this week has been tough.  I NEED to remember to take my medicines.

J is for current favorite jam:  “We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together” by TSwift

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K is for kids:  Absolutely!  I’d like 3 but we’re planning to wait and enjoy married life for a while- our furry son is enough to handle.

L is for current location:  Fairfax County, Virginia.  I love where we live because it’s 15 minutes outside our Nation’s Capital [assuming traffic isn’t a nightmare] and about 15 minutes east of the rolling mountains.

M is for the most recent way you spent money:  At the grocery store.

N is for something you need:  My family [Charlie included] and my friends.  They’ve provided me with so much strength and support, especially over the past few years, and I don’t think I could have got through it all without them.

O is for occupation:  Exhibits assistant.  No, I don’t work for a museum [common question]- I work for an association in the exhibits department and help to coordinate their annual trade shows.

P is for pet peeve:  1) People chewing with their mouth open.  2) People not following through with what they say they are going to do.  I blame pet peeve #1 on my BFF because when we were younger, she always would tell me to chew with my mouth closed.

Q is for a quote:  I loveee quotes and think they’re a great dose of inspiration and motivation.  A few of my favorites…

“Use it up, wear it out, make with do, or do without.”

~A little background [as seen on Wikipedia]: “This homily was brought to the USA by immigrants from Great Britain in the early 1900s or before…  The saying is used frequently by those who lived through the Great Depression and their children.”

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”

~Henry Ford

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.”

~The Serenity Prayer by Rienhold NeiBuhr

R is for random fact about you:  I prefer athletic clothes > casual [jeans + t-shirt] clothes.  Although, I do enjoy dressing up for special occasions and donning a sparkly dress + a pair of pumps!

S is for favorite healthy snack:  Popcorn, a cereal + yogurt bowl, or a power bar [Luna and Cliff Mojo’s specifically].

T is for favorite treat:  Dark chocolate and frozen yogurt 🙂  I love ending the day on a sweet note- no matter how full I am after dinner, I always have room for a sweet treat!

U is for something that makes you unique: It’s not necessary unique, but I think it’s something special…  I was adopted at birth.  I was a newborn so I have no memory of any of it, but I could not be more thankful for being raised in the family I was.   My parents provided me with love and support, put up with my stubborn tendencies, and continue to encourage me to pursue my dreams.

V is for favorite vegetable:  Too many to name.  Seriously, I have always loved fruits and veggies [I was that weird child]…  It’s easier to name my least favorite vegetable: seaweed.  I don’t mind it in sushi, can hardly taste it, but I do not care for eating raw sheets of it.

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W is for today’s workout:  I’m thinking of repeating Wednesday’s 2-minute elliptical ladder

X is for X-rays you’ve had:  Best answer: too many!  Between playing basketball and lacrosse and my klutziness, too many!  I’ve had numerous x-rays [and MRI’s/ CT scans] on my ankles, knees, shoulders, and wrists.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight:  Taking a day off from the gym and going to a local park for a family walk.

Z is for your time zone:  Eastern Standard Time [EST].

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Question:  Do you prefer ice cream, fro-yo, or sorbet?

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