Pumpkin Spiced Greek Yogurt

11 Sep

Hey there lovelies!

Since we’re transitioning into fall time, I thought I’d share with you a recipe for a simple fall-inspired treat! Last night, while studying I was starting to feel hungry. I knew that having greek yogurt would tide me over, but I wanted to spice it up. Since I had leftover pumpkin puree in the fridge from making pumpkin protein pancakes this weekend, I decided to add it into vanilla greek yogurt with pumpkin spice and cinnamon. The result was scrumptious!

helloooo pumpkiny goodness!

To make this yummy fall treat you will need:

1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt

1 tbs of pure pumpkin puree

dash of pumpkin spice

dash of cinnamon

*Stir the pumpkin into the yogurt to get a nice and even orange color. Top with pumpkin spice and cinnamon and enjoy!*

I loved how this kept me feeling satisfied while studying late at night. The vanilla flavor of the yogurt and the natural sweetness from the pumpkin blended together perfectly to satisfy my sweet tooth.

If you give this recipe a try, comment and tell me what you think!

Have a wonderful day,

Anjali

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Workout Quickie

11 Sep

Today’s post is going to be super quick, because I need to study for a neuro quiz. In between hitting the books, I decided I needed a quick workout break. Today was my rest day from half training, but I thought a quick toning workout wouldn’t hurt 🙂

My requirements for tonight’s workout were: quick, effective, and fun. Luckily, I know two awesome trainers that always know how to meet my workout requirements! These trainers are Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up! I know I reference them weekly, but I just can’t help it..they’ve influenced my healthy living habits and workout routines drastically over the past two years!

Anyways, tonight’s workout consisted of 2 videos: The Summer Arms Workout and the Booty, Lower Abs and Love Handles Workout. Combined, the workouts took me about 16 minutes to complete. I now feel re-energized and ready to focus my attention back to studying!

Let’s end this post on a happy note! Thus enter tonight’s dinner:

You’re never too old for Ketchup smiles

Tonight’s dinner was simple: Turkey burger with sauteed asparagus and mushrooms. It only took 15 minutes to make. Simple, delicious, and smiley 🙂

Have a great night everyone!

-Anjali

Long Run Re-Cap!

9 Sep

Happy Sunday everyone!

Once again, I let my blog go vacant, but I am still trying to get my graduate schedule down. I did, however, wanted to write a post today recapping my long run this week for 1/2 marathon training. Typically, my long runs take place on Saturday mornings with my running group, but when I woke up at 6 a.m. yesterday, it was pouring down rain. Since I knew there was a makeup run on Sunday, I decided to skip the run and sleep a few more hours. Before I went back to bed, I tweeted in my sleepy state. This is what it read:

Terrestrial!?

Yikes. I did not mean to say terrestrial! I meant to say that there was a torrential down pour. Maybe I shouldn’t tweet at 6 a.m.

This morning, I woke up and headed out to meet the running group. When I arrived, there was only one other runner. We both looked at each other with puzzled looks. We were both so confused as to why we were the only ones there! After waiting ten minutes, my new buddy checked his e-mail on his phone and discovered that we went to the wrong meet=up spot! Since I wasn’t familiar with the area we were in, I drove back home  and ran by myself. To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled to do this long run alone. I was looking forward to running with a group so that I could have extra motivation and support. When I got back home, I made myself immediately head out because I knew if I waited, I wouldn’t get it done.

My original goal was to run 8.5 miles, but to my surprise I felt compelled to run 9! Let’s break down the run shall we?

Mile 1: I feel pretty strong. Just focus on your stride and breathing!

Miles 2-3: Still feeling good…and wow this 70 degree weather is just fantastic!

Mile 3-4: Uh oh–my right knee is starting to hurt again. Keep running it’ll be fine.

Mile 4-5: Okay my knee feels better, keep on keeping on!

Mile 5.5- Water & GU break. Hmm this berry GU is not half bad. Now that I’m refueled..it’s time to get back to it!

Mile 5.5-7: I feel surprisingly good! I feel like I can add another half mile to my run to make it to 9! Challenge accepted.

Mile 7-9: Don’t you dare give up and walk! You are so close to reaching your goal, just keep running!!

FINISH: WOO! I did it!!

Nine miles is my longest distance that I have ever completed. I’m so happy that my training has allowed me to reach this distance. Completing these weekly long runs always gives me reassurance that I can push myself to reach new goals.

I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend & that you’re challenging yourself to reach new goals!

-Anjali

Pressing Pause

3 Sep

Happy Labor Day Weekend my friends!

It has been quite a while since my last post where I talked about Tone It Up’s Beach Week event. Since then, I started graduate school and experienced one of the most intense and stressful weeks of my life. Never have I crammed so much information into my brain in just one week. Oh my goodness! Although I did manage to eat healthy and workout most days, I did not successfully complete Beach Week. Sometimes you just have to focus on what you need to accomplish (in my case graduate work).

During this past week, I have certainly felt anxiety up to my eyeballs and realized that in order to get these next two years of school I absolutely need to turn to outlets that help me reach a middle ground. Thus enter running and friends.

When my brain was crowded with information, I needed to press pause on school work. I laced up my running shoes and visited one of my favorite views of Cincinnati.

What a view 🙂

I stood there for a few minutes, took out my earbuds, and just breathed in and out while taking in the view. Taking a few uninterrupted moments really helped me achieve a sense of peace and clarity. I have a feeling I’ll be visiting this spot quite a bit this semester..

My second outlet of stress relief this week was taking time to enjoy my friendships. Throughout the week, I felt like I had been shutting myself in my room without interacting with my roommates. Yesterday, I was so happy that my roommate Annie suggested that we visit Cincinnati’s Findlay Market.  Findlay market is Ohio’s oldest public market and one of Cincinnati’s most beloved landmarks. The prospect of endless stations of food and fresh produce surely got me out of my desk chair and into the car. As soon as we arrived, I was immediately in love!

the outside of Findlay market

The first place Annie and I visited was Churchill’s Fine Teas. After smelling practically every tea in the store, I chose the Karma Sutra Chai and Cranberry Autumn tea. I also purchased my first tea ball! I’m so excited to make my first loose leaf tea in my tea ball!

After pursuing the entire market, Annie and I both ordered the Vegetarian Crepe from “A Taste of Belgium”. It consisted of goat cheese, balsamic glaze, spinach, and roasted red peppers. It was love at first bite.

Annie with her beloved crepe

nom

The combination of good food and a great friend really made the afternoon special. There is nothing better than taking the time to enjoy some of life’s beautiful moments. Yes, graduate school is demanding, but without taking the opportunity to enjoy life I will surely miss out on the wonderful world around me.

I hope you all are having a great Labor Day Weekend and that you are taking the time to indulge in the beautiful moments of life with friends & family.

-Anjali

Beach Week Kick Off

28 Aug

Hi Friends!!

Did you know that this week is ..BEACH Week?!

The girls at Tone It Up are hosting Beach Week, which is a full week geared toward keeping the summer heat alive with workout challenges, clean eating, support from the girls and the community, and giveaways! I am trying to complete this challenge, so if you are interested in joining, follow me @Anjgoesfit on Twitter for support!

In recognition of Beach of Week, I completed a bunch of workouts today! I started the day off with a 3 mile run. I was very surprised at my pace! According to Map My Run, I ran at an average of a 9:50 min/mile pace. Perhaps my training is paying off! In the morning, I also completed Tone It Up’s Sea Shell Workout before heading out the door to complete some last minute school preparation!

When I came back from shopping, I was ravenous! Since I just went on a grocery haul earlier in the day, I fixed myself a huge salad of spinach, dried cranberries, feta, sliced almonds, and quinoa. 

 

I topped off the salad with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. This salad hit the spot! The addition of quinoa served as a source of protein which kept me full and satisfied for a few hours.

Dinner

In following along with the Beach Week “rules” I made tonight’s dinner “Lean, Clean and Green.” The girls at Tone it Up use this term a lot to describe meals that are made with lean protein, clean ingredients, and green veggies. I decided to look for inspiration in the cookbook binder my mom gave to me before I left for school. I ended up using the Orange Baked Salmon recipe which was amazing!! The recipe called for 4 simple ingredients, and was super easy to make. I paired my salmon with a stack of  sautĂ©ed asparagus. Yummy 🙂

Plateful of Lean, Clean, and Green!

You can find this recipe by googling “Orange Baked Salmon Cleveland Clinic” and click on the first link.

Well, it’s time to relax and enjoy my final night of summer vacation! Tomorrow, graduate school begins, marking my first step in pursuing my career as a speech-language pathologist! Wish me luck!

-Anjali

 

A Training Boost!

25 Aug

Hello Friends!

I am finally back from a blogging hiatus! For the past few days, I have  been busy with graduate school orientation, organizing, and trying to set up internet for the house! I am happy to say I survived the orientation and our internet is up and running!!

Orientation went really well. I finally got my questions answered, met a lot of great people who I can see myself becoming close with over the next two years, and received a TON of information about my program. I’m so excited to start this journey to begin my career as a speech-language pathologist! After orientation, Laura, my roommate and I invited our two new friends, Danielle and Brittany, over for some wine on our rooftop deck!

perfection

New friends and vino=always a good time!

After a long,long, long day at orientation, it was so great to unwind and laugh while getting to know each other. I honestly don’t think I’ve laughed as I hard as I did that night in a very long time. I’m so glad I have these ladies to add some comic relief to grad school!

Running News!

So I have some pretty exciting news…I joined the Bob Roncker’s Running Group in Cincinnati! On Friday, I went into Bob Roncker’s Running Spot store, and inquired about their running group. I knew that if I didn’t join a group, I would struggle with my long runs. I’ve mentioned before that I am struggling with hills in my neighborhood and stop frequently. Although I was terrified to show up this morning, I am so happy that I did. I woke up bright and early at 6 a.m. and met the group at 7 a.m to run seven miles. This group is HUGE! About 500 runners of all ages meet every saturday to run. The atmosphere is full of energy and encouraging. When we first set out, I found myself running next to two girls who introduced myself to. We decided to stick together throughout the run. Having others around you to help set a pace is very beneficial! Running with these girls gave me so much motivation to keep running without stopping to walk. We only stopped briefly two times at the water station. We finished the seven miles happy and strong. I’m so excited to return next week to complete eight miles! I can already tell that joining this running group will boost and revive my training so that I can be the best runner I can be 🙂

Happy weekend everyone!

-Anjali

 

Back to School Jitters

22 Aug

Hello my dears!

Today has been spent running around town trying to prep for graduate school! My orientation is all day tomorrow, and classes begin next week. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t shaking in my boots. I’m terribly nervous. At the moment, syllabi, textbooks, e-mails, and forms are beginning to pile up, causing me to have that anxious jittery feeling. All day my brain has been throwing around questions such as “What should I wear tomorrow?” ” I hope the profs are nice” “What time should I leave in the morn..” “What does this form even mean?!”…and the list continues.

To counter my anxiety, my plan tonight is to pack my snacks in advance, pack my book bag, lay out my clothes, set TWO alarms for the morning, and last, but certainly not least, pop in Dawson’s Creek Season 4 into the DVD player and sip on some peppermint tea! You might be questioning my choice of DVD, but Dawson’s Creek re-runs were my favorites in high school! I know it sounds dorky..but I was convinced my life was just like the show (which it wasn’t). I now own all six seasons of Dawson’s Creek, and love to pop it in from time to time..especially when I’m looking for comfort. Oh Pacey…will you marry me?!

Workout

Today’s half marathon training called for a four mile run at race pace. My friends..I am SO close to race pace! I hope to get down to 10:00 min/mile pace, but today I ran at 10:05 min/mile.

Recorded by Map My Run App!

I felt pretty good on this run! I haven’t been wearing my knee brace this week and my knee is feeling okay. The pain in my right knee is definitely less, but still present. Hopefully with continued stretching and strengthening, the pain will alleviate!

Alright friends, it’s time to go put my anti-anxiety plan into action! I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

xoxo,

Anjali