Love technology!

Thanks to my love, I will be the proud owner of this when the FedEx man delivers it tomorrow!!! He thought it up on his own but it's just perfect timing since I've been needing a little extra motivation in the running department. Once I got to the point where I could run 3 miles outside, I got bored and just gave up. I think being able to accurately track my pace, heart rate, distance, etc. will make running fun again, yay!! Who thought I'd call running fun?

I'll still need my ipod so hopefully that's not too many gadgets for my arm and wrist! I could have never starting running in the first place if it wasn't for the c25k ipod app!

Do you utilize technology in your workouts??

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If The Shoe Fits

My mom recently bought a pair of shoes and was contemplating returning them because they are a little loose in the heel area, but fit fine everywhere else. Well, the latest pair of shoes I bought had the same problem, but the gal at the shoe store showed me a lacing trick to make the heel a little more snug.

I'll let the pictures below show you how the lacing works:

There you have it! This worked perfectly for my shoe/feet, so hopefully it'll work for you, too!

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Pan-Fried Chicken Parm

jesstagirl meets Hungry Girl...a review

I LOVE Chicken Parmesan and if I wasn't so concerned with eating healthy, I would pick chicken Parmesan any time I dined out at an Italian restaurant. The problem is that it's typically heavily breaded and then covered in delectable, gooey, fatty cheese.

I'm cooking for one these days, because my husband is deployed, so I got this recipe from Hungry Girl's latest book 1-2-3, which is supposedly a collection of easy, delicious, and guilt-free recipes. Ha. I'll be the judge of that!

Prep Time: This only took less than 10 minutes to make! Although I'll admit I used regular breadcrumbs and not Fiber One (I've tried Fiber One as a breading before and I can never have it taste good). All I had to do was pound the chicken—I used a rolling pin—and season my breadcrumbs and tomato sauce. (I also added 2 oz pasta to go along side the chicken.)

Cook Time: Easy peasy! I left the chicken on the skillet for about four minutes on each side and it looked perfectly brown. The only problem was that the chicken wasn't cooked all the way through, so I had to leave it on longer. Next time I'll make sure the chicken is little thinner. I thought I had shredded mozzarella, but I didn't so I used string cheese, which worked just fine.

Time to Eat: DELICIOUS! I can't wait to make this again—I never knew chicken parmigiana could be so easy to make without being terrible for you. I need to figure out the WW points for using real breadcrumbs instead of Fiber One, but I would guess it would only bump it up a point or two, and next time I'm considering adding flax seed to the breadcrumbs for some extra fiber. 

Next up? I'm going to make her "Tremendous Top-shelf Turkey Burger," so stay tuned!

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Taking a Cue From Dog Food

I know what you're thinking, "Why is she talking about dog food on this blog." Well, stick around, because I'm also going to talk about Las Vegas and England, too.

Have you ever noticed that casinos in Las Vegas don't have any windows or clocks gracing their walls? It's because they want you to keep playing and playing and playing without getting distracted by what time it is.

And speaking of time, have you ever noticed that when you're on a trip—especially where there's been a time change—you tend to lose track of time and only eat when your body is telling you that it needs to refuel? For example, when I was traveling around England last year, my body had no idea what time it was, thanks to the seven hour difference, so I was hungry at really strange hours of the day.

My point is this: When traveling out of time zones, people tend to eat when they're hungry opposed to when it's "time to eat," because our bodies tell us when we're hungry.  Wouldn't it be great if we focused on only eating when we were hungry instead of at specific times of the day?

So what does this have to do with dog food?

It's the same principle, really. I fed my dog a little extra for dinner last night on accident and instead of eating everything in her bowl at one sitting, she left exactly the extra food I gave her. It got me thinking about our bodies and how we should "listen" to our hunger signals more often rather than the hands on our watch.

This week I'm going to try listening to my body and eating only when I'm hungry, not because it's lunch or dinner time.

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A little motivation..

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.- Earl of Derby

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools. - Unknown

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Edison

Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, “Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?” - Peter Maher

Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it. - Unknown

If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. - Unknown

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Swimsuit Season

So I ordered this yesterday (with a slighty different bottom) in hopes it will keep me motivated! It was not cheap so I'm going to want to actually wear it! Even more expensive because I ordered it last night and today they came out with a free shipping code, boo!

And completely unrelated, one of my goals is to get more sleep which means getting to bed at a decent hour. This is so hard most nights. How much sleep do you girls get each night? Do you do anything to help you fall asleep at night? I think if I could get up early enough to hit the gym before work my evenings would be freed up, and I could probably be sleeping by 11! I might try it this week...

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Meal/workout planning-Andi

When I do my best with eating healthy, it's because I plan my meals. When I start slacking on that is when I start slacking on eating healthy and going with the easiest version.
It also helps me cut down on food costs since I stick with the list of what I want.

This is similar to what I do, but mine's prettier and I type it up.
I try to make sure to use anything I've left from the week before in my next week's planning. I also make sure I have a ton of healthy snacks. I am the sort of person who is hungry every 2-3 hours, so snacks are a must. I'd eat ginormous meals all the time if I didn't.
When I do my best, I plan my meals and make sure I'm getting in enough protein, vegetables, fruits and complex carbs as well as vitamins and minerals, but that takes a lot of time if you do it as meticulously as I do.
But just focusing on getting in the right servings of colorful vegetables, enough protein sources and enough carbs tends to be enough to make me eat healthier.

I also do running/workout plans. I can't find a picture of what exactly I do, but I make it in a log format, with what I'm supposed to do and what I actually do and how I felt that day during the workout. If I don't get to it, I don't make a big deal of it, but I try to get at least the logging of the miles/times in.
When I'm done with Washington, I'll start posting my meal plans and running plans.

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Going for a Run!

Well, I took a completely unecessary 10 DAYS off from running. I am always full of excuses. I ran on May 28, and then it was the weekend so clearly I did not want to run. I planned to run with my dad on Monday, but then silly me, I forgot it was Monday because it was Memorial Day and felt like the weekend. Then, my friend Eric was in town, so we didn’t run on Tuesday either (but we ate crabs, which were DELICIOUS). Then, my dad went away for work on Wednesday until Sunday.

So you can see my excuses building haha. I don’t like working out alone, so I just didn’t run while my dad was away. I told Collin (my boyfriend) last night that he will need to keep me focused on running regularly when I move to Texas with him.

My dad was just getting better from a cold, and it had been 7 days since his last run. We decided to keep it short, doing a route around my parents neighborhood. The distance was almost a mile out, and then obviously the same distance back. Since Dad was still semi-sick and we had been off the running bandwagon, I said that if we wanted to stop short and walk the rest of the way home, we could.

We warmed up by walking and then took off down hill at the end of my parents street. I love that first downhill stretch. Unfortunately, you probably know what that means…..we then have to go up a hill. It’s amazing how much hillier roads seem when you are running as opposed to driving. By the time we turned onto our flat stretch, about .4 in, I could feel how heavy my legs were. Not running for 10 days made me feel like my bones and muscles had been replaced with lead.

We trudged on and came to our second hill. At this point, my dad was ahead of me, but he was able to turn around and yell “Did I ever tell you I hate hills?”

Pretty comical considering the roads surrounding my parents’ house are pretty hilly and we run them, grudgingly, all the time. I hate hills too.

My dad is pretty much a champ and made it back up the hill that we started on. I pretty much always stop at the bottom of the hill.

Question for anyone reading…..I have a tendency to throw up towards the end of my runs. I think it only happens when I try to take the hill at the end. If I finish on the flat part, I feel fine, but as soon as I try to trudge up the hill at a run (ok, slowwww jog), I feel the urge to throw up. I don’t stop running until I start to dry heave. Occasionally I actually throw up, but usually it’s just dry heaving. Any ideas as to why?

I have decided that, barring leg injuries, bad knees, etc. or doctors orders, anyone who says they can’t run is just lazy or not confident. If my dad and I can do it, you can do it. I promise. Like I said, barring injuries and other things like that. When I started this, I literally couldn’t run for 3 minutes. When we got to that part of Couch to 5k (great program, do it!!), I was terrified. When we got up to running in 5 minute increments, with only short spurts of walking, I could hardly do it. But we pushed through, and now I can run for at least 40 minutes. I get bored before I get too tired to stop. Am I a marathoner? Not quite yet. I would like to be able to do a half marathon at some point though. And my dad and I are doing our next 5k on Father’s Day.

So let me be your inspiration. I am not fast. I am not going to win any prizes. But I am doing something I never thought I would be able to do.

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Hungry Girl Reviews

Yesterday, Jamie mentioned Hungry Girl, so I wanted to share a few reviews I've written (and devoured) from her book 200 Under 200. (I have her latest book but haven't actaully opened it yet.)

When I go back home next week I think I'll attempt to make at least one recipe from her book(s) and post and review the dish. Her dishes all have Weight Watcher points figured out, which is a nice, handy tool.  

And if you're interested in signing up for her daily emails, which I highly recommend, subscribe here.

 Top Banana Bread used to make Banana Nutella Muffins 

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Snack time!

Okay so it's no secret, I LOVE food! Who doesn't? I am definitely the epitome of "Hungry Girl" and love those daily emails I get - thanks to Jess!

So I thought I would share some of my favorite waistline-friendly snacks!

Fiberful fruit bars from Trader Joe's. They taste like candy but have only 60 calories, 6 grams of fiber, and zero fat. I'm addicted to these things!

Mini Babybel Light cheese. Only 50 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 20% of the day's recommended calcium. These are delicious and I keep them in the fridge at work so I always have snacks on hand. The spreadable versions are also amazing!

Anything Vitalicious! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

All natural dark chocolate peanut butter is heaven. And it's a good source of healthy fats and protein, as long as I don't eat the entire jar in one sitting!

What are some of your favorite snacks?

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Begining Weight Watchers...

Last Tuesday is when I officiall began Weight Watchers. I never actually thought that I would EVER do something like that...especially at the age of 24 but when you live in the middle of nowhere it's actually really nice to have something to do on a Tuesday night-even if it is just stepping on a scale in  a conference room of a hotel.

I had already lost five pounds from the week before when I "unofficially" started WW. I'm excited to see how it all works. I never realized how much CRAP I ate before-unecessary crap. I also try to go on a mile walk three to four times a week. My husband bought me a heart rate monitor so that I can stay in the proper fat burning zone. It actually really helps me and makes me feel confident that even just a little walking is really helping.

I know that I may not look like I need to lose a ton of weight but when you've been a smallish person for so long and then all of a sudden weight just keeps adding on it really crushes the self esteem.

My parents came to visit from Texas this weekend and lets just say that Weight Watchers went out the window for a few days...the weigh in this week is not going to be pretty.

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Discovery of the Day!

Well, Jess turned me on to this amazing place called StumbleUpon. I encourage you to check it out :)

But, that is not my great discovery of the day. My discovery of the day is....

Homemade ice cream with ONE ingredient and no need for an ice cream maker. I stumbled upon it today!

I found it on!

Now, if you don't like bananas, then my discovery is wasted on you. However, if you do, pop those suckers in the freezer and then blend them to make a snack that has the consistency of ice cream!

I am super excited about this, because now I feel like I could make myself ice cream without the hassle or a bazillion calories and tons of sugar. I don't know where bananas fall in the caloric food chain, but they have to be better than Ben and Jerry's Phish Food right??

I am ready to go out and by myself some bananas. My concern is ripeness.....what is the perfect ripeness to make this? I am also contemplating adding different things, like the author of the blog mentioned. On my mind? Chocolate chips!

I will let you all know if it is worth trying! I am hoping it will be a perfect summer snack, something cool at the end of the day!

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Andi-Working on it

So I've been working out and I've noticed some fantastic results! My outer thighs are looking great, my inner ones are still a tad flabby, but I'm sure eventually they'll tone from all of my running.
I've been trying to run between 3-4 each day. And I've been doing an ab workout before bed each night and some pushups.
My eating habits aren't the best at the moment, but I'm just trying to eat all of the food I have at my apartment so I don't have to leave it at my parents.
In a couple of weeks, I'll be gone and unable to update for awhile, but when I'm back hopefully I'll jump right back on track.

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In Memory of Yeardley Love

This is slightly related and slightly unrelated to our blog, but I thought I would use it as a venue to get the word out.

Yeardley Reynolds Love was killed on May 3, 2010, and a fellow UVA student is being charged with her murder. This has been all over the news, so googling Yeardley Love will come up with a ton of hits, if you haven't heard of the case.

I went to high school with Yeardley. We went to a small, private, Catholic all-girls school, so while we were not close friends, we absolutely knew each other. Her death had an enormous impact on our class, our school, and the Baltimore community.

Yeardley loved athletics. She played lacrosse from the time she was a little girl, and also played field hockey. She went to University of Virginia to play lacrosse, as she always dreamed. She probably got a lot more enjoyment out of working out than I do :) The reason I found this appropriate for our blog is because Yeardley was the epitome of healthy living and taking care of the body you have.

In memory of Yards, her family has set up a fund in her honor to build a new turf field at our high school, since Yeardley's passion was athletics and she loved Notre Dame. Anyone interested in making a donation to the Yeardley Love Memorial Field fund can go here to find out more information.

Also, I received word from a close friend of Yeardley's today that they are selling "ONE LOVE" t-shirts for $25 to benefit the Yeardley Love Memorial Field fund. Anyone interested can contact me.

Yeardley has a beautiful soul and did not deserve what happened to her. However, her memory will live on at Notre Dame Prep and in the hearts of those who knew her.

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Hi, my name is Abby, and I am a yo-yo exerciser.

Insert: Hi Abbyyyyy.

But seriously. I get on these kicks, where I decide to exercise like a crazy person and do all of this great stuff at the gym. In high school, I used to swim on a regular basis. Last year, I started doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred dvd. For a week, Collin and I hit the gym. I pay $25 a month to belong to a gym.

And then I get bored (i.e. lazy).

I also realized I require a workout buddy. It must be genetic, because I got a call from my mom today asking me to go walk with her. I usually run a few miles with my dad 3 times a week and my mom walks with my dad several mornings a week.

Guess what happened this week? My dad is out of town. And neither my mom nor I are working out.

So, in this first blog entry, I admit my faults. I am a yo-yo exerciser. However, I will be making strides to become more consistent in order to lose weight, tone up my body, and overall feel healthier. On my 101 in 1001 list, I have ambitions of completing 3 more 5ks, a 10k, and a mini-triathlon before September 2012, so I am going to have to stay on target. If you have any suggestions, I am always open! And feel free to comment :)

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Taking care of me : )

Well I'm home from a fabulous long weekend with my love so it's time to get back into the swing of things. My tears have dried, I made up for the lack of sleep, and I have drugs for the UTI I came home with, boo.

I plan on using this blog to keep myself accountable as I try to lose a few more pounds and fit comfortably back into the clothes I was wearing a year ago! A bigger goal for me too is just trying to be as healthy as possible. When I'm eating well and exercising regularly, I just feel so much better! That is a big motivation for me.

Today I just plan on eating a healthy dinner (turkey and veggies) and continuing to drink plenty of water given my bladder issues. Hopefully I'm feeling 100% by the weekend so I can plan good meals and some fun ways to get moving! 

I bought this nifty gadget recently and I have to share in case any of you girls are trying to up your water intake too! I have filled it with oranges and lemons so far. It's delicious and makes drinking water so much more fun!

I love that we are all in this together : )

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On a Break

Well I figured I'd get this blog rolling, although this post will be pretty lame compared to whats to come.

When it comes to getting fit, I think I'm what you would call a yo-yo exerciser. I get into these grooves, these fantastic routines that'll have me at the gym almost every day doing things I love (cardio, weight training, group classes, swimming, etc.), but then something will happen to disturb the flow. Here are some of my distractions in the past year: I got sick, moved, came back home, got married, went on a honeymoon, helped my husband prepare to deploy, switched gyms, didn't have a gym, it was too hot out, it was too cold out, etc.

My latest excuse happened about 10 days ago when I somehow pinched my sciatic nerve. I have intense pain on my lower right back and it sometimes radiates down my leg. Bending, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, and anything else that entails movement is completely out of the question. Needless to say, exercising is not happening for awhile and it's driving me crazy.

Hopefully I'll be back into full swing soon enough, because I'm really excited about this blog. I just wanted to let you all know why you may not hear from me for awhile.

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Hi, my name is Andi! I’m from Indiana and I am an Army ROTC cadet working towards a biochemistry degree with a focus on pre-vet. I do my best to stay in shape and try to eat healthy, but it’s hard on a college student’s schedule and budget.

My goal for this blog is to help me focus on keeping in shape and eating healthier on a regular basis. My friend suggested trying a whole food’s diet and from what I’ve seen, it seems like a good suggestion. I’m going to try to make affordable, quick meals that stay within the guidelines of what whole foods is. I have started running regularly again and would like to keep that up. I want to get in shape enough to run a marathon in the next year.

I’m hoping to get support for this and to give support to all of my friends.

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