Hey, stranger.

Those were my thoughts when I WENT TO THE GYM LAST WEEK!

And I’ve been going every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday ever since!

But…
I couldn’t go this past Sunday. I spontaneously got invited to a brunch and drank a lot of sangria and OJ/champagne. Also ate some mad waffles and frittata. Then laid in bed the rest of the afternoon, went to a meeting at 6, and next thing ya know, my day’s pretty much over.  

BUT WAIT!
I actually MADE IT UP!
I went Monday instead. Usually, I’d just forget about it. I went Monday and worked my lower body (lifting), and got back on schedule by working my upper body today (Tuesday).

Moral of the story.
Just because I had this long dry-spell (talking about working out - get’yr mind outta the gutter!) doesn’t mean I’m done working out. It’s never too late to go back. Also, I finally get free gym access as an ASU student.

Fortunately, I haven’t gained any weight this entire year at App State. INCREDIBLE - especially since I haven’t been a very healthy eater at all. I wasn’t particularly bad - I didn’t eat fast food and ramen noodles 24/7; I wasn’t eating like a rabbit, either. Anyway, I’ve made some efforts to eat better, such as buying better, more trustworthy meat (not exactly a fitness thing, but still important) and living a better lifestyle. Doesn’t mean I shun delicious Cookout cajun fries and milkshakes on occasion.  If I’m going to change my LIFESTYLE and make this more than just a diet, then I have to be more lenient and realistic. 

I recently went on this trip for ASU’s Alternative Spring Break program where I worked on a farm that produced almost all of their own food. I ate like a health GOD and did a lot of manual labor. I also got to teach English to refugees from Burma. :] Anyway, the point is that I felt amazing by the end of the week. So healthy. Although eating like that is expensive (local food aint cheap and neither is Earth Fare), it’s still motivating!

—Ali 

Emerging…

Sorry for my absence! It’s the holidays! Or at least it was. Anyway…

I’m sick of being so sedentary. I have this sudden urge lately to just get up and use the muscles God gave me. However that may be - going to the gym, hiking, yoga, swimming, skiing, sex… I just need to move. I have holiday cookies and endless Carburitos and Med Deli gyro platters weighing me down. I just feel … meh. I also made a vow to not touch fast food. I had been grazing a lot back at work (Taco Bell) before the holidays, and now that I’ve had a few weeks to get out of the habit, I’m going to stay off it. Ew. 

I think I’m done using My Fitness Pal. It was helpful at the beginning of this whole journey. It put things into perspective and showed me what I was putting into my body and how it all adds up. Now I feel like it’s not doing much more for me - it just gets old after awhile. I’m not saying it’s bad or doesn’t work, it certainly does, but I don’t plan on being on it my entire life. So I’m going to drop the crutch, and just learn to make good choices on my own now. Maybe that means I won’t be eating less than 1200 calories EVERY day, but now I’ll be choosing foods based on their nutritional value and not a number. I don’t want to be counting for the rest of my life. Maybe I’ll go back on it here and there just to keep myself in check, but for the most part I think I’m retiring from MFP.

I know I haven’t been very active in my diet and blogging this past semester. I haven’t been eating very well, either. I’ll be honest about it. I think I needed to get all the “I can eat and do whatever the hell I want I’m living on my own in college finally hell yeahhhh” feeling out of my system. I just want to be nutritionally responsible again like I was last year.  I kind of miss it. I forgot about how shitty you feel from eating too much shitty food. 

The bright side of this semester of unhealthy eating. I didn’t actually gain weight. The downside, I can tell I’ve lost muscle mass and gained fat. :/

Call it a diet renaissance, I suppose.

Any words of wisdom from you guys? 

-Ali 

Best Protein Bars for Weight Loss (via @WomensHealthMag) 
Uhmm..is it just me or do all of these looking absolutely DELICIOUS?! They are definitely going on my shopping list for the next grocery trip! Yummy!
The picture is a click thru to the article so make sure to click and check it out!
-Erin

Best Protein Bars for Weight Loss (via @WomensHealthMag) 

Uhmm..is it just me or do all of these looking absolutely DELICIOUS?! They are definitely going on my shopping list for the next grocery trip! Yummy!

The picture is a click thru to the article so make sure to click and check it out!

-Erin

Best. Thing. Ever. 
A Mocha Lite from Starbucks. 130 calories in GRANDE! A GRANDE!
I know it’s not just about calories but, I love my mochas every now and again and its good to know that I have a better option out there. 
Of course, no whip and nonfat milk are crucial parts of this delectable low calorie treat. But hey, when its evil, calorie-overloading sister of drink, the normal Mocha Frap tallies in at 400 calores, I can do without the whipped cream.
Starbucks, thank you. Thank you for thinking about the chocolate, coffee lovin’, health conscious.
-Erin 

Best. Thing. Ever.

A Mocha Lite from Starbucks. 130 calories in GRANDE! A GRANDE!

I know it’s not just about calories but, I love my mochas every now and again and its good to know that I have a better option out there. 

Of course, no whip and nonfat milk are crucial parts of this delectable low calorie treat. But hey, when its evil, calorie-overloading sister of drink, the normal Mocha Frap tallies in at 400 calores, I can do without the whipped cream.

Starbucks, thank you. Thank you for thinking about the chocolate, coffee lovin’, health conscious.

-Erin 

Why hello December.

Why helloooo there. It’s been awhile. 

Over the past two weeks, I’ve gone days without really eating, days with eating way too much and sleeping none at all to all day.

I had strep, spent a few days at the hospital with my grandma, and Thanksgived it up at two separate households. 

It’s been a whirlwind and I didn’t work out once. Although, I’m taking Pilates and Turbo Kick again and let me tell you, Pilates turbo kicked my ass the first two days. Yikes. 

I have million things to share that I found over the break/before break that I never had time to show so it’s catch up time for me. 

I have new tricks, finds and stories to share. Let’s go! 

-Erin 

Women’s Health knows me so well<3 
I actually want to try all of these. Except for the cherry one. I hate cherries.
ick
There’s even one you can add alcohol too. Irrelevant because I don’t drink, no really, I don’t, but I know from working in a restaurant how UNHEALTHY mixed drinks can be, yikes. 
-Erin 
(Click the picture for the article!) 

Women’s Health knows me so well<3 

I actually want to try all of these. Except for the cherry one. I hate cherries.

ick

There’s even one you can add alcohol too. Irrelevant because I don’t drink, no really, I don’t, but I know from working in a restaurant how UNHEALTHY mixed drinks can be, yikes. 

-Erin 

(Click the picture for the article!) 

Looks delicious, seriously. I love green smoothies&#8230;really. I love the color green. I think it makes me think they taste even better.
Its made with fruits and spinach! Interesting, but I&#8217;m definitely going to try it out. I need to find a better way to incorporate veggies into my life other than tomato juice&#8230;
This blog seems pretty cool. Right off the bat, there&#8217;s a million posts about smoothies and I love smoothies=] Its written by nutritionist/life coach, Linda Wagner. She&#8217;s very into the whole body, mind health aspect of being healthy and I totally dig that vibe. Definitely gonna be checking out this blog and possibly following!
-Erin 
PS. Make sure to click the picture. It takes you directly to the blog post that has this recipe. 

Looks delicious, seriously. I love green smoothies…really. I love the color green. I think it makes me think they taste even better.

Its made with fruits and spinach! Interesting, but I’m definitely going to try it out. I need to find a better way to incorporate veggies into my life other than tomato juice…

This blog seems pretty cool. Right off the bat, there’s a million posts about smoothies and I love smoothies=] Its written by nutritionist/life coach, Linda Wagner. She’s very into the whole body, mind health aspect of being healthy and I totally dig that vibe. Definitely gonna be checking out this blog and possibly following!

-Erin 

PS. Make sure to click the picture. It takes you directly to the blog post that has this recipe. 

Erin, 

As you already know, I’m going to App in the spring, finally. Did you take your Turbo Kick class via school? Like did you sign up for it when you were registering for your other classes? I think I’m going to take a class like that. Something that can keep me on track and I’ll have someone else there pushing me and telling me what to do.

-Ali

Yup. There’s a small fee but since its part of my graduation requirement, it gets waved the first two times. However, most classes cost more then $60 which isn’t bad andddd it gets added onto your financial statement so if your parents/loans/grants are paying for your education at the moment, its not a huge difference and it doesn’t come out of your pocket. 

-Erin 

Goooood :] Shanks

-Ali 

This link is from Men&#8217;s Health (Women&#8217;s Health&#8217;s counterpart).
Again, I seriously suggest at least subscribing to their emails. They&#8217;re so informational and definitely addicting. Ask my boyfriend. 
Ali, check some of these out. Mostly frozen, these work awesome for eating healthy without prepping and cooking it yourself. There&#8217;s the &#8220;best&#8221; veggie burger in here too.
-Erin  
That red curry chicken looks delish.  Also those veggie burgers too. I got Boca burgers because that&#8217;s what they had at Walmart lol, but these ones look wayyy better.
I like!
-Ali

This link is from Men’s Health (Women’s Health’s counterpart).

Again, I seriously suggest at least subscribing to their emails. They’re so informational and definitely addicting. Ask my boyfriend. 

Ali, check some of these out. Mostly frozen, these work awesome for eating healthy without prepping and cooking it yourself. There’s the “best” veggie burger in here too.

-Erin  

That red curry chicken looks delish.  Also those veggie burgers too. I got Boca burgers because that’s what they had at Walmart lol, but these ones look wayyy better.

I like!

-Ali