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July 17, 2014

Summer Nature Trail

I woke up wanting to go for a run this morning. I didn’t want to stress about time or distance, but instead just get in a good sweat and enjoy the views of the trails along the way.

On my way out, Scott decided to tag along so I brought Roadie and made it a family outing. I’m so glad they were with me this time!

roadie and scott see a deer.jpg

Smack dab in the middle of the trail loop, we saw a deer. It’s not unusual to spot deer around our neighborhood, but getting close enough to take a picture of one is. I couldn’t believe how calm this little guy was!

deer on the trail.jpg

Of course, Roadie eventually freaked and scared him off, but for the few moments that we were completely okay with each other, it was a really neat experience.

We kept running, but I couldn’t help but to stop and snap photos of the nature that surrounded us through the rest of our trail loop.

river on the trail.jpg

I’m not used to seeing a sea of green and flowers everywhere.

flowers on trail.jpg

As much as I was complaining about the weather yesterday (it was in the mid-fifties… and I don’t want to talk about it), a fabulous Michigan summer day showed up today and I was pumped to be able to take it all in!

daisies on trail.jpg

Even though I can’t enjoy them for half of the year (thanks a lot, Polar Vortex) I’m so grateful that we live in a good neighborhood close to numerous running loops and trails.


Before our run, I ate half a slice of chocolate peanut butter banana bread to have something in my belly, but was definitely hungry upon our return. We didn’t do an incredibly long distance (3.5 miles) but I was feeling great and ready for a recovery breakfast, nonetheless.

I have been long overdue for making egg whites with my favorite additions: spinach, tomatoes and feta!

veggies in eggs.jpg

I just love that combo.

egg white with spinach and tomatoes for breakfast.jpg


Well, I better get going. I have a recipe project to get to and a house to put together before my dad arrives in just a couple of hours.

I’m so excited he will be visiting for the day! He’s leaving for another city tomorrow, but I’m hoping to see him again on Sunday at my grandmother’s cottage.

If the recipe goes well, I hope to check in and share before we all head out to Grand Rapids for an event tonight. Happy Thursday!

Questions of the Day

• Do you live close enough to take long walks, runs, or bike rides on trails?

• What are your favorite ingredients to throw into eggs?

July 15, 2014

Cardio + Circuit Workout

Good Morning! I have been all about workouts that require minimal (or no) equipment lately, and have another great one for you today that is slightly more challenging than last week’s.

I started with a 2.5 mile run, which makes this a workout you could easily complete at home if you have a set of dumbbells, but you could definitely take it to the gym and hop on any type of cardio equipment instead.

My personal goal was to get Roadie out of the house, knock out cardio, and hit all of the main muscle areas!

Cardio + Circuit Workout

Cardio + Circuit Workout

Video References:


biceps curls to shoulder presses

seated triceps presses

seated Russian twists

forward lunges

T-stabalization twists

(modification for T-stabalization twists here and here!)


After you complete your cardio of choice and one round of the circuit, repeat the circuit starting with the squats. The entire workout took me just about forty minutes to complete.

*Please remember to listen to your body and modify as needed. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.

*If you are unsure on how to complete an exercise, please use the video references as a guide and listen for tips on form. Also, I always recommend consulting a doctor before drastically changing your current fitness routine!


As soon as I could, I moved my way over to the kitchen to whip up something easy for dinner. I was considerably hungry, as I knew Scott would be also coming home from his softball games, so I turned to an old favorite around our household.

whole wheat linguine and chicken sausage

Whole wheat linguine with Al Fresco Sundried Tomato chicken sausage in marinara sauce seasoned with red pepper flakes, oregano and garlic salt.

The sauce was low-sodium, so I figured it would be okay to include the garlic salt this time.


I skipped dessert and even woke up more satisfied than normal. It’s been a while since I have made pasta without using veggie noodles, so I guess that was to be expected.

This morning I turned to another go-to with a healthy oat and egg pancake topped in agave nectar and cinnamon.

oats and egg healthy pancake breakfast

I think I’m finally getting the hang on how to flip them. My biggest tip would be to be patient. Don’t try to hurry it along and flip it over until it’s ready! Use medium heat, a big spatula, and look for tiny bubbles to form to know when to go for it.

All right. The sun is shining, my coffee has kicked in, and it’s time to attack the day. I’m excited to finally go (online) laptop shopping (finally!) and have plans to make some kind of banana bread in between my much needed study sessions today.

When it comes to my laptops, I’m definitely a Mac girl. Any pros and cons or suggestions concerning the MacBook Pro vs. the MacBook Air?

Also, feel free to share your favorite banana filled recipe below. I’m in need of some inspiration!

Question of the Morning

• Do you like to use free weights, or do you prefer to use machines when strength training?

I go back and forth. Currently, I have been in the dumbbell type of training mode for the last couple of years. I’ll hop on a machine from time to time, but the majority of the time I enjoy completing and putting together workouts that I can do virtually anywhere!

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I am not a registered dietician, nutritionist, or certified fitness professional. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.

I do NOT post everything I eat. All content I post on this blog stems from my personal experience and knowledge, and I recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet or fitness routine.

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