Monday, June 29, 2015

Diary of Fit Girl: June

Well, let me start by saying that my summer workouts have been hard to fit in and I've missed weeks at a time which is pitiful. Still though, my progress is steady and I have actual defined abs :D. As far as my running goes, I am able to do 2.5 without stopping or slowing so I'm confident that I can get passed 3 very soon!

Here are some things I realized during my fitness journey:
-I still can't figure out if I prefer push-ups to sit-ups...one one hand, situps are a bit more difficult for me because my back can't curl. BUT, it's deadly to stay in a plank position when doing wide plank, to diamond, to dive bomber...ugh
-Not looking at the clock during the 15 minute warm-up is very effective. Nothing makes time go by slower than me constantly glancing at how much time has gone by...and finding out it's been a total of 10 seconds since the last time I checked.
-Upper-cuts are my favorite punch.
-Running CAN be fun!

-G-

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cookies

Despite the sad weather this weekend, and the fact that it made our towns festival a bust, the weather was good for indoor activities such as...making cookies.

I had planned on making my cousins (who both just graduated college) each a batch as a little gift. One of them, my cousin K, is a vegan so I made my first vegan cookies. I used a chocolate almond recipe and they came out pretty good! For my non-vegan cousin I used this tried and true recipe for chocolate chip cookies with rolled oats. Then I bought some bakery boxes and packaged them up really cute.

The final batch was made today, for my grandma's birthday which is Tuesday. I would make them tomorrow so they'd be more fresh but I don't think I'll have time with work and working out. At any rate, they came out well despite me having to substitute the oats for flax seed. I can't wait to get them all wrapped up and give them to her!

Since the weather has been abysmal (cold, rainy, stormy, cloudy) for over a week now, I am praying that the streak ends and some real summer weather comes. I so badly want sun and warmth for this fourth of July parade that E is marching in this weekend!
-G-

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Fun

VBS was awesome! And this week has also been full of summer fun. I had to work Monday but on Tuesday we headed to Cedar Point. I've ridden most of the coasters in the park at one point or another but they terrify me and I get motion sickness so now I mostly just go along for the fun of it. My sisters ride everything so my parents and I follow them around and find our own fun. I still managed to ride a good deal such as: the ferris wheel, monorail, bumper cars, antique cars, Cedar Creek Mine Cars and the Raptor. I had Dippin' Dots (twice!) and generally had a great time. I just love Cedar Point, everything about it really. I even won a stuffed turtle I named Regis after the lady at the guessing game failed to guess my weight correctly.

Wednesday, we went to a major league baseball game. The weather was beautiful and the game was very exciting. Later that evening was Bible study and I ended the night with over an hour of reading.

Today, we went to breakfast a cute little town nearby and shopped around for a bit. Then we went bowling! I love to bowl, despite the fact that I'm pretty terrible at it. I came in 3rd place the first game but last in the second. For whatever reason, the longer I play, the worse I get! I still had fun though :). We got home and I just read for another hour or so, I'm in a book club now and the first book is very long but I'm determined to finish early.

Well, tomorrow is work again but then a bonfire and carnival this weekend! Summer is the best.
-G-

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Heading on Safari

Not actually...but this week is VBS and the theme is African safari. I am in daily skit this year, something that I've been wanting to do for so long! I have  big part and a lot of lines but I think I have them down. I have a fabulous costume that I've put together and I'm so excited to get started!

It hasn't come without work though, today was busy as it gets. First we had church until 11:30 and then we had to stay after to set up until 1. As soon as I got home, I had to make two dozen muffins for donations, put the iron on on my shirt, put the finishing touches on my costume and oh, bake a second batch of muffins because the first one burned. Then it was BACK up to church for our final rehearsal! Wooo, I'm tired!

It should be a great week!. Oh and GO CAVS!!!!
-G-

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday Recipe

This summer, my family has a weekly rotation going so that each night (minus weekends) one of us makes dinner. My night is Thursday so I thought it would be fun if I shared the recipes I used. I really like to cook so I've been having a lot of fun with it. Today was only my second week (I'll try and post what I made the first week sometime soon) and I went with this:

Quick Chickpea and Summer Vegetable Stew (from myrecipes.com)
Cook Time: 26 Minutes
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped 
2 small carrots, cut into coins 
1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
2 small zucchini, cut into coins
1 small yellow squash, cut into coins
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 bunch (6 oz.) thin asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2-in. pieces
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 

Preparation

1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Cook onion until translucent but not browned, about 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
2. Stir in broth, chickpeas, squashes, corn, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes, then stir in tomatoes and asparagus and cook until squashes are tender but not mushy, about 3 minutes more. Ladle into bowls and garnish with basil.

It came out pretty good and despite the title, I didn't end up using any chickpeas. I like them but my family finds them a bit heavy and filling so I skipped them and made the main focus the vegetables. If you don't like a lot of salty flavor (I don't) definitely take the recipe's advice and use low sodium broth. Also, be prepared to spend about 30 minutes chopping! I also doubled it because I wanted left overs for myself and my parents to take to work tomorrow and I was left with A LOT. The serving sizes are generous.

And without further ado, a picture of my finished product!
I would highly recommend this recipe if you are looking for an easy, wholesome, healthy meal!
Find the whole recipe here.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Busy Summer and Exciting News!

I feel like I went from being soooo bored and not at all busy to being very busy and not at all bored! I like being busy better I think but it has been an adjustment. Right now I have work (3 days a week, maybe two if I'm lucky ;), boxing (3 days a week), Bible study starting Wednesday nights, weekly practices for the VBS drama, I'm reading 3 books and in a monthly book club, I'm still trying to finish writing the book series I started last year (3/4 done with book 3/$!), helping nanny my cousin El with M and...well going watching House MD beginning to end (on season 3, best show ever).

So yeah, it's a lot and if I don't do a little of everything each day then I fall behind and get stressed but being busy is good! Being productive is good! And I have some super exciting news that I just posted on my other blog! I am going to the Secret Classic again this year with my whole family! So though i initially thought we wouldn't be going on any vacation this year, I somehow made a trip to Chicago happen and I am PUMPED. Not only do I get a fun little break, I will also get to see Claire and attend a live gymnastics meet again. I don't think I can describe my excitement. I just feel so thankful and blessed that my family has the means and the desire to make this trip happen.

See you in July Chicago!!
-G-

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Flashback Series: Senior Banquet/The Last Assmebly

Was probably one of my favorite memories ever. It was kind of like what I hoped prom would be. It was held at a hotel and we got to watch our senior video, receive our senior books and eat and dance. Toward the end, everyone was on the dance floor and (I know it sounds cheesy) but we all put our arms around each other and swayed. It was the same thing we'd done at our middle school farewell dance and it just felt so perfect.

The next day we were back at the high school for our final assembly where they give out scholarships. We had to wear our cap and gowns and meet in the gym where we practiced lining up in alphabetical order. We filed in the auditorium with the graduation song playing and of the Junior class and teachers watching. Sadly for me, I ended up at a seat that was broken and had to physical keep myself from falling down with it for the whole 2 hour duration. And I didn't win a scholarship, go figure! Still, it was a nice time to see other students get recognized. And the real graduation was just two days away!
-G-