Monthly Archives: August 2011

Happy Monday!

Hey guys!

“Don’t even think about waking me up!” -Noah (I was definitely saying this to my phone alarm this morning….)

Mondays are always kind of a bummer because it’s when I’ve realized the weekend has gotten away from me and I didn’t get half of the things done I wanted to accomplish (like study for my anatomy quiz on wednesday, try to figure out what the heck is going on in computer science, wash my dirty clothes… the list goes on). But I figure this happens to a lot of people and try not to get too stressed by it- although I did almost have a nervous breakdown in my vertebrate anatomy lab today. I am just so lost in that class, it makes me feel awful! I quite frankly wish I had taken a different class but we shall see, everything always works out in the end- I gotta just trust in that. This time of stress got me thinking about ways I can deal with my stress in a positive manner.

How I try to cope with stress

  • Talk it out with a close friend, Cameron, or either one of my parents! My mom and dad have been especially supportive when it comes to my courses in college and understand the stress.
  • Stop complaining and get in the gym! Working out makes me feel so much better (this goes for when I’m not stressed as well, hehe). But really letting out some sweat and anxiety helps me feel more relaxed and ready to move forward.
  • Ask the Lord for strength and courage because I sure am not as strong as I wish I was most the time!
  • Seek out a hug from a friend or my cute dog Noah. Being comforted by others always helps me for sure.
  • Last way I try to get over stress is to just assess the situation and attempt to move past it. Theres no reason to spend so much time worrying about the unknown. You just have to trust that whatever happens will happen 🙂 (as simple as that right….?)

As I mentioned (I guess more than “mentioned” haha) I was stressed out today about my class and decided to hit the gym! I ended up having a very efficient workout. It didn’t take too long but I really felt my biceps and triceps burnin’! (Sidenote: I decided to skip the cardio today because I was in a time crunch and I did an hour on the elliptical yesterday followed by 30-40 minutes of abs!).

Monday’s Workout:

  • Warmup: 3-5 minute walk on treadmill at 3.5mph pace
  • Superset: Standing alternating bicep curls with 12.5lb dumbbells (about 10-12 reps each arm) and standing (bent over) tricep kickbacks with 8-10 lb dumbbells (about 15 reps). Repeat 3 times for 4 sets total.
  • Superset: Seated tricep extension machine with 30-35lbs (about 15 reps) and tricep pushups (about 10 reps). Repeat 3 times for 4 sets total. *The tricep pushups are just like regular pushups but your hands are right under your shoulders to hit the tricep muscle more than your chest.*
  • “21’s”- biceps curls with a barbell (I used 30lb). Twenty-one’s are where you are standing and you do 7 full bicep curls, followed by 7 curls from halfway up to all the way up and then 7 curls from down to halfway up. These will really burn out your biceps and make them sore the next day (yay!) I did 4 sets of these total.
  • Walked out of the gym a happy girl!

*Sidenote: I’m not a personal trainer* But for anyone who is confused, a superset is when you perform one exercise and them immediately perform the next, without rest. Like for instance I did the tricep extension machine and then did tricep pushups on the ground immediately after. Between sets I do rest for about a minute. 

After sitting through chapter (I’m a Phi Mu at UGA) I was more than ready for something to eat- I was so hungry I almost felt sick! What I do in this type of situation is get something quick and nutritious to help ease the achy feeling when you have needed to eat for a while. I made a protein shake and it made me feel so much better!

My protein shake

  • 8-10  fl oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I used chocolate Vegn brand- I highly recommend it!)
  • a handful of frozen banana chunks (I cut up and freeze banana slices when they have become too ripe for my liking)
  • a couple frozen blueberries
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend til’ smooth! This is a great post-workout snack to help restore your body and give those muscles some much needed protein after being broken down. It also helps me if I am feeling shaky and like I need to eat something quick. I actually followed this drink up by making a batch of cornbread muffins (yes, the ones I mentioned before!) Its from the book The Kind Diet and they are so good- it’s actually kind of scary how good. Not sure I trust myself with them anymore… 

Alicia’s Amazing Cornbread (from her book the Kind Diet)

Makes 6 muffins

  •  2 tbsp safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (I try to use a little less than half)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp soy milk
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal (I used gluten-free and it worked great!)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flower (I used spelt flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to about 400 degrees. Mix all the wet ingredients together in one mixing bowl and the dry ingredients in another mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined (try not to overmix). Spray muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and fill with the batter! Cook for about 20 minutes or so. Just keep an eye on them and check with a toothpick or knife to see if they are done! Let them sit for about a couple of minutes in the pan after you take them out of the oven (I failed to do that tonight- whoops!). And enjoy!!

*I take no credit at all for this recipe- you should definitely buy Alicia’s book The Kind Diet- its full of amazing recipes and really great advice about adopting a plant based diet!

I love y’all and hope you enjoy the cornbread (and maybe a couple new moves in your next workout… any takers? hehe). Bye now!



Lately I’ve been missing…

Kickin’ it in high school

Eating cake for dinner

Trying to distract Cameron while he’s driving

Hanging out with the sweetest dad in the world (you too mom!!)

Beaching it up my boy Brooks

Watching Noah attack Brooks….

Eating homeade pasta noodles

Noah as a puppy

Partyin’  bachelorette style with Laura and Kelley

Napping with Noah and Scout

Being a cheerleader

Graduation Parties

Cameron dressed up as a taco wearing this wig

Being attached at the hip to this chick

and dancing with my buddy here 😉

Love y’all!

I’m back!

Goodbye Summer and Hello School!

First off I want to apologize for not posting in almost a month (has it been that long already??) The past month has been SO busy! I took 8 hours this summer (Physics 1 and Biology 2)- I ended up getting A’s in both thankfully! After taking my last final I was thrown right into preparing for my last rush at UGA (tear….). I will tell you rush is so stressful! Long hours at Phi Mu and meeting hundreds of girls (1500 came through) took a toll on me physically and mentally. Luckily I prepared by bringing snacks when I knew I’d be at the house for long hours at a time. Some of the snacks I brought were: Larabars (my favorite kind is Peanut Butter Cookie- about 210 calories and 7 grams protein), Fuji apples, bananas, and plenty of water. (They let us go home for lunch and dinner so don’t be deceived by the snack list!)

Vegan Snacks/Meals on the Go

The busy days got me thinking about meals and snacks I could take on the go without spending a lot of time prepping- with the school year now here I may have to do this quite often during days with a busy class schedule!

  • Larabars (Any of the variety, preferrably high in protein)
  • Fresh fruit- apples, bananas, nectarines
  • Raw Nuts- I like raw cashews the best, I usually measure them out because it is easy to eat much more than the serving size due to the nutritional density
  • Peanut butter and banana in a whole grain tortilla (could heat in toaster oven prior to leaving the house or eat unheated)- ideas: could add cinnamon or even granola inside the wrap for variation in flavor.
  • Snack size hummus cup and baby carrots
  • Leftovers from dinner the night before! Many times I will eat leftovers cold that were originally hot, makes for a different but still great taste.
  • If you have a microwave you can use at work or school than some other options could be soup, oatmeal, or things such as a veggie burger on a sandwich thin.

To be honest, I am still trying to devise and explore new ideas for meals on the go- if you have any suggestions I would be so happy to hear them! 

What I Cook When I Don’t Feel Like Cooking

We’ve all had those moments (days, weeks….) where we just don’t feel like cooking. Unfortunately, it’s easy to feel this way especially when your schedule gets busy, you get tired, and when you are just too darn hungry to spend hours prepping dinner! When I don’t feel like delving into my recipe books or the plethora of vegan blogs online I usually make something simple that sounds good to me. Many times it is a simple grain with a few tweaks- accompanied with fruit and/or veggies. Here are some examples of things that I make when I don’t feel like “cooking”:

  • Hot oatmeal- I usually add in an overripe banana along with brown sugar or maple syrup to sweeten. Chia seeds make a great addition and add more nutrients to the oatmeal. I make my oatmeal with water but have also enjoyed it with unsweetened almond milk (gives it a creamier feel).
  • Spelt pancakes- I make enough for one serving (I use 1/2 cup spelt flour) and usually add blueberries or vegan mini chocolate chips to the mix. Serve with about 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup and some powdered sugar if desired.
  • Easy 10 minute brown rice (boil-in-the-bag) with sauteed veggies (‘shrooms, kale, brocolli, frozen veggies-peas and corn).
  • Whole Grain pasta with a little bit of Earth balance
  • Peanut Butter on whole grain toast or wrap (with jelly or fruit-apple, banana
  • Or if I am really feelin’ lazy, I will order take out from my favorite restaurant in Athens- The Grit! It’s a vegetarian restaurant that has such delicious menu items and the best vegan cake I’ve ever had!

What do you make when you don’t feel like cooking?

What I’ve Cooked Lately

Banana Bread (Peas and Thank You)






Brown Rice or Pasta with Veggies and Sauteed Tofu







Spelt Noodles with basil “cream” sauce 





A Pancake breakfast, lunch or dinner








And last but not least- my FAVORITE cornbread! (Kind Diet Recipe)


I’m sorry I don’t have any recipes for y’all this post, I just felt so overwhelmed since I hadn’t posted in SO long! I promise I have more to come soon 🙂 I am hoping to make a lot of veggie based dishes and also some easy meals with short ingredient lists! Thanks for stopping by!!