Monthly Archives: September 2011

Finally!

Hellloooo out there!

Okay so I’m finally back and I don’t wanna leave y’all for so long ever again. I’ve missed blogging but have felt so busy/ distracted lately. But not to worry, I took my computer test today (that kind of is something to worry about…) but heck it’s over! Hopefully I did decent but let’s just say I don’t think I have a future career in creating the next Facebook or anything… Alright enough of the boring stuff. Last Thursday I left Athens for Tallahassee, FL to visit my sweet boyfriend Cameron. Five and a half hours and 4 water bottles later, I had finally arrived. I was so excited to see Cameron (you too Brooks) that I jumped out of the car and left it sitting directly in the middle of the parking lot. Cameron calls it a “total Shelby move”- I couldn’t really disagree with that one, haha. I feel like this recap of the weekend could turn into a veryyyy long post so I will just hit the highlights (and maybe elaborate on a few!).

The weekend consisted of:

One very expensive trip to Publix, hey- we like to eat! But really, we realized that the cost was so high due to the shampoo and conditioner I picked out…. my bad!!

Running errands around the “nice” town of Tally- we had a shopping spree at Bed Bath and Beyond where Cameron finallyyyyy bought a full length mirror for his room! I told him I felt like it was more a gift for me but he didn’t mind 🙂

Two awesome trips to Gold’s Gym! I really love working out with Cameron- we have so much fun together! I’m pretty sure I embarass him sometimes with how goofy I am and how I will pretty much do anything in public but deep down I know he likes it…. haha. But really we had some really good workouts- I showed him a lower ab routine and both of our abs were sore the next day!

(okay so this a picture I found while googling Gold’s Gym images- this looks awesome!!! and kind of has nothing to do with me and Cameron’s experience there but heck I thought it was pretty cool.)

One of my favorite parts about the weekend was simply relaxing and hanging out with Camcorder (senior shirt nickname, oh gosh…). Like we say to each other all the time- everything’s better when we’re together (wow, that turned out wayyyy cheesier than I imagined).

V8 juice anyone??

But I think we can both conclude that the best part of the weekend was when we found the thai restaurant!!! So…

I have this app on my phone called Happy Cow that tells you all of the vegan, vegetarian, or vegetarian-friendly restaurants in you location. It showed Reangthai Thai restaurant that was said to use organic ingredients and everything can be made vegan. This sounded so good and wow it sure exceeded both of our expectations. The cook was this sweet little Thai lady who would come out and ask everyone how their food is. She even gave Cameron and I complementary salads. After much debate, Cameron and I both decided on the Panang curry- mine medium spiciness with tofu and his mild spiciness with chicken (yes, I tell him “meat’s no treat for the ones you eat” all the time but it doesn’t seem to click yet…lol). We both LOVED our curry!!! Mine was actually really spicy but I truly thought it was perfect. We both kept eating the curry even when we were super full but not to worry, because we ordered homeade coconut ice cream with fried bananas (yes ALL of the food was 100% vegan- except the chicken of course).

The coconut ice cream was out of this world. We ate it all to the last drop (okay, there was a little plate licking involved… no shame). Needless to say, we will be going back there again next time I visit. Which will be a week from today!

I wasn’t sure how to transition into this but I wanted to tell y’all that I finally made it to the pool at the UGA rec center. I was so happy because I have been saying for over a year now how I wanted to start swimming again. For the first couple laps, not gonna lie I had forgotten how tough swimming really is. But after the first warm up laps I felt like I had improved! I ended up having a great workout, I’m excited to go back!! My goal is to start swimming once a week to get up to maybe two times a week (sidenote: This will take a lot of coordination with my hair washing schedule…. I’ll work on that).

**So I didn’t have a picture of a pool or me swimming so I went with the picture I first saw of Noah- this is the one that made me fall in love with the little guy!!**

Swim Workout Numero Uno 

  • Warm Up:
  • 5 laps freestyle with some breaststroke
  • about 15 second rest in between
  • Workout:
  • 5 Laps of freestyle 25 m followed by breaststroke 25 m (freestyle down and breaststroke back)
  • 5 laps of breaststroke 25 m followed by freestyle 25 m
  • 5 laps freestyle both down and back
  • *10-15 sec rest in between laps
  • 5 laps breaststroke 25 m followed by freestyle 25 m
  • 5 laps freestyle both down and back
  • *try to rest less than 10 seconds in between laps
  • Cooldown:
  • 1 lap breaststroke
  • 1 lap freestyle (slower pace)

((**When I swim the laps I try and strive to go at a fast pace and rest briefly between laps. Also this was in a 25 meter lap pool so 1 lap=down and back=50 meters.))

Alright well I love ya and glad to be back! Bye for now,

Shelby

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I’m sorry, I’m sorry!

Hey y’all!

Okay I just wanted to apologize for not posting in wayyyy too long but I have a computer science test tomorrow that I have been procrastinating for….. which means I am just now starting to study! But I have so much I want to post about like…. my trip to Tallahassee this past weekend to see Cameron, finally swimming at Ramsey (UGA student rec center), and an amazing Thai restaurant Cam and I found- amazing curry and coconut ice cream! 🙂

Just be patient! I love you guys!

I love this guy! (By the way, that’s a Miller 55 I’m holding– yay for 55 calorie beer!)

Ok be back soon, I promise!

xoxo, Shelby

One Productive Wednesday!

Hola!

Happy hump day everyone! You know what that means… two more days until the weekend! I know what y’all were thinking….

I’m a Computer Programming Nerd (I wish….!)

First off I want to start by saying that I went and got help on my Computer Science programming project from my TA and finished it! Seriously happiest day of my life… okay maybe not the happiest but I’m pretty darn excited. This class has been so much harder than I could have ever dreamed but with his help I’m hoping to make it through.

Tuesday Night Dinner Heartache…

Anyways what I really wanted to tell you all about was how excited I was for dinner last night. I had been planning all day on making Chef Chloe’s avocado pesto pasta. I even went out and got all the ingredients after one of my earlier classes so I could save some time- that’s how excited I was! Anyways I made the recipe and for some reason it did not turn out the way I thought it would! I truly believe that either my basil was bad or the avocado was not ripe enough. I have made avocado pasta in the past and absolutely loved it! I feel like there was something weird going on with a couple of my ingredients. But heck it didn’t keep me from eating it last night or having some of the leftovers for lunch today (can’t waste food right?) Anyways, I wanted to redeem myself by cooking something completely new this morning.

Redeeming Myself

I have been on a complete oatmeal kick the past couple weeks! I wanted to try making my oatmeal a little differently this morning so I decided to try Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal! I love pumpkin pie so I figured why not? I looked at a couple different recipes to get an idea of the ratios to use but then just kind of put it together from there (improving in the kitchen-nice!) I really enjoyed it and it’s perfect for the fall (although it is 90 degress out today…). It will be cold soon enough!

Pumpkin-Pie Oatmeal

-Inspired by “Ange” from OhSheGlows

Serves 1

  • 1/2 water
  • 1/2 unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (I used Bob Mill’s Gluten-free variety)
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • less than 1/4 tsp ginger
  • less than 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Bring 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk to a boil in a medium/small sized pot. Once boiling, add 1/2 cup oats and reduce to medium/low heat. Let the oats heat for about 5 minutes then add pumpkin and spices. Let heat for another 5 minutes or so then add the maple syrup and mix. Remove from pot and enjoy! 

*I kind of played around with the ratio of spices I used so feel free to use more/less.

Protein Shakes Rock!

Yesterday my sister, Laura, texted me asking what all I put in my protein shake. It got me thinking that others might have the same question… possibly not but I’ll tell ya anyways! For the past week or so I have been drinking protein shake right after I get home from the gym. I have been feeling a lot better having a mix of protein and carbohydrates right after my workout; it definitely shortens recovery time and helps rebuild your muscles after being broken down. Really helps when I wanna do things like this….(and have Cameron capture the moment). By the way this was my attempt to “plank” although it turned into a superman. Oh well 🙂

In my protein shake I put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (or almost smooth):

  • 1 scoop Vega Sport Chocolate Protein powder (110 cal and 21g protein per scoop!)
  • About 10-16 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 ice cubes
  • 1/2 frozen or fresh banana
  • 1/2-1 tbsp peanut butter (I like Earth Balance Creamy)
  • other add-in ideas: Chia seeds, flaxseeds, frozen blueberries, rolled oats, other nut butter varieties

Well I’m about to change and head to the gym- it’s Zumba day! I seriously love it. After Zumba I’m planning on either doing a whole bunch of abs or maybe a full body weight workout? I’m just playin it by ear 🙂

I will leave you with this: If you haven’t seen Boo- “The world’s cutest dog” yet, you must! He looks like a baby bear. Im completely obsessed. (Don’t worry Noah- I still think you’re cuter!!) Check him out at Boo’s Facebook Page! 

XOXO-

Workout Girl (Corny? I know.)

Ideas are ah’ flowin!

Howdy!

-don’t worry, I’m really not that Southern…. 😉

Todays workout consisted of 35 minutes on the stairmaster (aerobic: level 15) followed by lower back exercises on the mat (supermans, swimming, heal beats). I did a lot of the moves I have learned in pilates over the years. I ended with 10 vinyasas (start in downward down and move into a tricep pushup).

For the past few days I have been pondering a lot of ideas. First of all I really want to start becoming more creative in the kitchen. I have realized though that when I just “wing it” it doesn’t turn out as amazing (or very good at all) as I would have hoped. So I have come to the resolution that I need to first cook lots of different recipes to become comfortable creating my own dishes. Hm… maybe I should think about attending Le Cordon Bleu Academy…. I will have to add that to my list of things I would like to accomplish I suppose ;).

Back to those ideas… I saw a sign yesterday in the womens locker room about a breast cancer half marathon going on in Athens on October 15th- coincidentally 2 days before my 22nd birthday! This got me thinking that I may want to do it! The only thing is that I haven’t really been running at all for exercise and heres why: Last summer I was running about 7 miles 3x a week. I ended up pulling a muscle in my lower back/butt area after running outside one day. When I got x-rays done the doctor found that I actually had signs of early arthritis in my lower back! Sidenote: In the x-rays something peculiar also showed up which led to me getting an ultrasound which led to an MRI. Finally we found that I had two dermoids which are a special type of ovarian cyst that needed to be surgically removed. This was towards the end of the summer and I had surgery about two weeks before school started. It was rough but I got through it! So long story short I have turned to different things such as elliptical, spin, and zumba for my cardio. I have been nervous to start running regularly again because I don’t want my injury to come back or make the arthritis worse! I’m planning on talking to my dad about the idea of the half marathon and see what his thoughts are. It could possibly be a great experience but I’m sure things will work out the way they are supposed to. (Sorry for this way-too-long paragraph!)

Another thing I have been itching to do for a while now is get back into swimming laps regularly!! Last summer I got really into swimming. The doctor told me that swimming would be the best exercise for me to start doing instead of running. And that next to swimming, biking would be the next best thing. He recommended these two activities because of the lower impact they have would have on my joints. I’m going to make it my mission to get to the pool on campus and swim laps! I feel like once I get the first time over with it won’t be hard getting myself there after that. Not gonna lie, I’ve just been intimidated to go! But my roomie Lauryn told me that theres a separate pool where no one can really see ya and you can even wear a two-piece (yeeahhha!) haha.

Hopefully I am not boring y’all to death but I thought it might be nice to get my thoughts out there- maybe it will make it will make me more motivated! Also, I wanted to show you guys this pizza by Chef Chloe that looks absolutely amazing. I bought pizza dough yesterday and can’t wait to make it!! this looks aweessommmee! I’ve also been eyeing her avocado pesto pasta. She is so cute, can I just be her?

Sorry this post has been ridiculously random but I hope you got a little somethin’ out of it. By the way I would love to hear any comments or tips about training for a half-marathon or swimming workouts- it would make me so happy! 🙂

Lovvveeeee, Shell Bee (that’s for you michelle)

Game Day!

Heyyyy,

Don’t let the title fool you… yes it’s game day in Athens but I am currently blogging while the game is going on a couple miles down the road at Sanford Stadium. I’m not too big into football nor do I enjoy roasting in the heat wearing tight, dressy clothes. But hey I’m pretty proud to say that my roommate, Emma, -hey emma!- and I did tailgate for about an hour and attempted to go to the game. We realized once we got there just how hot and miserable we were and would be throughout the game so we opted to come home! Noah was excited 😉 I took him on a long walk and proceeded to clean the kitchen- am I weird? But I DO hope that Georgia plays well (fingers crossed) and I am hoping to go downtown tonight- it should be packed!

Sorry for the rambling but I just haven’t posted in forever! Last weekend I went home to Orlando for the first time in three months! It had felt like forever and was so refreshing to be home. My sister, Laura, and her hubby, Jon, were able to fly down from NYC as well. And of course Cameron drove home from Tally to join me for the weekend (I wasn’t complainin’ that’s for sure!) We all got our haircut at our favorite Salon Elysee by Kenny Mac (he’s amazing). And by all- I mean us four plus both my parents! Check it out (my parents left before we took this picture).

People tend to think Cameron and Jon are related rather than me and Laura! Haha, just for your information Cameron is half chinese while Jon is half chinese, half philippino. Yes we have a thing for Asians 🙂 Those two are the best though- we love em’!

Over the weekend my sister was talking about how she has been eating about 85% Vegan for a while now! I’m so proud of her- she says that eating less meat and dairy makes her feel better physically. She was also saying that she enjoys her meals more! She’s been experimenting with different recipes and dishes- I’m so proud of her. She made this awesome steel cut oatmeal for me, her, and Jon one of the mornings. I’ve been making it in Athens the past few mornings- it’s delicious!

Laura’s Steel Cut Oatmeal

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats (we used 5-minute variety)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 chopped dates
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Cook the steel cut oats according to directions- add 1/4 cup oats to 3/4 cup boiling water and reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally for about 5-7 minutes. When the oats have thickened, add the chopped up dates, walnuts, and maple syrup. So quick and easy, yet super flavorful! I have thought about using dried apricots or something of the like as well.

Yesterday my sweet boy (no not you Cameron…) got his hair cut and I just have to share a couple photos. I’m pretty sure he knew how cute he looked because he was posing left and right for me! Get ready….

Is he not precious? By the way, I took that last picture while stopped at a red light on the way home from his haircut. He likes to take over the driver seat for sure… 🙂

Well since I started this post while the game was going on and left it for a couple hours, I’m sad to say that the Dawgs lost 😦 Only by two points so at least we fought! Dinner was also kind of an upset- snacked on random foods like chips and salsa, ended up making pancakes with ripe banana that turned out not very good. Hey, there’s always tomorrow. Just added a visit to the grocery store to the list of things to do tomorrow (also on the list: work out!) Hoping to do cardio and abs. I’ve been trying to increase the amount of times a week I work abs- I feel like I can see a difference already! If you have any suggestions on workouts you would like me to blog I would love to hear them. Love you guys!

Love, Shelby

Ab Ripper/ Simple but Sexy Rice Bowl

Hiya!

Let me start off by saying that I’m in a very surprisingly good mood for how poorly my anatomy quiz went earlier…. Let’s just say I was laughing because it was so ridiculous. I do admit I didn’t study like I should have but this thing should have been called a test with how much material it covered! Anyways blah blah I could go on and on but I’m way past it now so let’s talk about what lifted my spirits after that downer of a quiz…. ZUMBA!

(see me in the blue top and yellow shorts?! hehe… this is from a zumba after dark night downtown!)

Zumba has become one of my favorite cardio workouts… it really is SO much fun!! It’s honestly feels like a party every time I go. The instructor, Tania, at the gym I go to has a ton of energy and plays really upbeat songs (mix of latin inspired songs and a ton of hip hop- which I love)! I really love dancing and it lets out so much built up energy and stress I may have. I recommend it to anyone and everyone! It truly is a workout anyone can do. I actually became certified this summer to teach Zumba but I have yet to pursue that- I’ve been to busy with school but I really want to at some point!

After partying it up in Zumba class, I did about 30-35 minutes of ab exercises. I like to work my abs for about 30 minutes or so every other day if I can (or close to that). It’s so important to build up your core strength since all of your other muscles rely so heavily on the core. Plus, who can complain about having a toned tummy? Today I did the ab ripper routine I’ve seen off of the p90x dvds with some modifications and added in other exercises as well. I like to use a 10 lb weight (the circular type) while doing many of the moves to up the intensity level. All of these moves were done on a mat and I do about 25 reps of each exercise.

Heres the videos for p90x ab ripper! There are some really awesome moves in there. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1464945638519938565 and http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=97404099147633519. This guys pretty funny- makes the ab workout that much better. Cam and I used to do this video all the time and now that I do it from memory, I still have his little comments in my head- “Party’s almost over, makes me sad!”

  • Leg lifts– hold weight above your head with arms straight and legs straight up in the air. Keeping legs straight and together, lower until hovering above the floor and lift back up. Repeat. (Make sure only lift your legs as low as you can without your back arching)
  • In and Outs
  • Bicycles
  • Reverse Bicycles
  • Crunchy Frog
  • Wide Leg Sit Ups- I modified this exercise by keeping one leg straight and one bent. I keep my hands behind my head and crunch up and then crunching over to the bent leg. I do 12 on one side first then go to the next side. Making sure to keep elbows behind my head as much as possible.
  • Scissors- I held a weight above my head to add intensity.
  • Hip Rock n’ Raise
  • Heals to the Heaven
  • V-up/Rollups
  • Oblique V-ups
  • 3 sets of hanging abs (keeping legs as straight as possible!) About 20 reps per set.

I know abs can be difficult or not so fun to do but honestly I really do love when I work my abs because of how good it feels afterwards! And honestly if you work at it (by doing abs consistently and burn them out as much as you can) you can really define them and become a lot stronger everywhere else! 🙂

Last night I wanted to make something nutritious for dinner but was in no mood to cook a recipe with a long list of ingredients or anything that took a long time. I decided to simply play it by ear and it ended up really good! Very simple yet still delicious.

Simple but Sexy Rice Bowl

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (I used Success 10 minute)
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils (I bought Trader Joes steamed lentils- just boil for 5 minutes and they ready!)
  • large handful of precut kale
  • about 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp or less of Earth balance whipped spread
  • dash of sea salt
  • a couple tiny slivers of garlic

I used the quick Success brand 10 minute brown rice- just heat water with bag and let boil for about 8 minutes and they are done. While doing so, Bring another pot of water to a boil and add bag of steamed lentils. Let boil for about 5 minutes. When those are done just set aside. Heat about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a small amount of minced garlic in a medium pan on low/medium heat. Once the garlic begins to bubble a little (not too vigorously) add the kale and stir. Cover for about a minute and stir again. The kale should begin to shrink. Add the frozen peas and continue to stir and cover. Add some earth balance and let the veggies heat until the spread has melted. Add 1/2 cup each of lentils and rice to a bowl and top with the veggies. Add a dash of sea salt if desired and enjoy!

Alrighty well my bed is calling me… Night!!

-Shelby