Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Juicing It Up

While we don't necessarily "juice" per say, Kyle and I have been in a good habit of making a healthy smoothie as our breakfast meal or post-workout snack. I say we don't juice, because we don't use a juicer, we use our good ol' fashion blender. It was gifted to us as a shower gift, and I must say it's one of the gifts we use almost daily (it's a food processor/blender combo). Kyle really has been the one sticking to this smoothie for breakfast thing, and he has inspired me to try to have one a day as well. A delicious way to pack in a ton of nutrients!

Along with the hubby, the hints of spring has inspired me to have more smoothies again, it's simply something that I cannot catch onto in winter. I think because all the smoothies we make are cold, and in the winter I'm already cold enough that I don't need to be drinking a freezing beverage!

With that said, we've been loving trying out different combinations with what we have around the house. Most of my smoothies involve a banana- because it's one of my favorite fruits but also because it gives smoothies a great texture, and make it a little thicker tasting shake.

A few combos we are loving at the moment:

Post workout: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp of peanut butter (we use all natural, creamy or chunky)
  • ~1 cup of almond milk
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp of flax seed powder (obviously optional)
I think this combo honestly takes like a milkshake, so I love it! Gives you some protein for after a workout as well as a serving of fruit.

Breakfast/Lunch Smoothie: Banana and Berries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2/3 cup of frozen blueberries or mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, etc)
  • ~1 cup almond milk
  • ice cubes for coldness
  • options to add scoop of protein powder, flax seed, etc.
I love this smoothie because of the avocado (big surprise there huh?!). It also gives the drink so much texture, while adding a boost of healthy omega 3s.

Really the possibilities are endless! But since we are big banana fans, these are our go to smoothies this week! I think I'm going to pick up some frozen mangoes or peaches this week to change it up. Also because I want to try this Peach Frozen Yogurt recipe (counts as smoothie kind of?) Oh yea, ps fresh fruit is great, but frozen fruit is awesome for smoothies because it helps make it like a frozen drink. Plus most frozen fruit still has the same nutrients as fresh!

I can't find the site that was my original inspiration for smoothies, but this site from William Sonoma has some good basic recipes.  I'm sure you can find combos anywhere/make up your own!

I'd love to know if you whip up something delicious! Oh and hey, can we finally kick winter in the butt?? XOXO

Monday, March 24, 2014

We're Moving To....

...Charleston, SC!!

I found out on Friday that I matched at my residency in Charleston!! We could not be more excited!!

Talk about anticipation. I found out Monday that I matched and had to curb my excitement and anticipation for the entire week. I was happy to have had a lot of shifts in the ER because it definitely took my mind off of things. I had off on Friday for Match Day, and woke up at like 6am ready to go! Except we didn't find out where we matched until 1pm!! They really love to leave you on the edge of your seat. Good hoof!!

Kyle and I went to the store Friday morning to pick up some dinner things for guests coming over Saturday, so we were out of the house until about 12:45. I only had one freak out moment that morning, but when it got very close to one started to get extremely anxious and crazed. We sat down on the couch together while I checked my email and saw that final email had been sent. It took me about a minute to finally open the dam thing, and when I did I was shaking and started crying! So much happiness and excitement!!!

More on the amazing weekend we had later, just wanted to share the big news first!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Match Eve!

Tomorrow is MATCH DAY!!

I can't believe it's finally here! Great news -- I found out I officially matched somewhere on Monday! Tomorrow is the day we find out where I matched.

Excited to say the least! Kyle and I will find out where we will be moving to in a few short months. Our lives are about to change (and I'm thinking in a more positive way!). We both will be starting out careers that we've worked hard towards and love. And we will be living in an entirely new city for us to explore and have adventures!!

Stay tuned to find out where we are going!

& Happy first day of SPRING! Hope you are able to get outside today! XOXO

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Post-run Recovery

"My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy"

There is so much focus on prep and training for a race/long run. You can find all types of programs to follow, whether you are doing a couch-to-5K, your first half marathon, or are a seasoned marathon runner trying to get a PR (I don't know anyone who runs that much, maybe my brother). It's definitely good to follow a program even if you are an avid runner, because if you're like me and it's nice out, sometimes you can overdo it and then you get injuries and are sad.

Anyways, I'm writing this post because I feel like I have gotten the prep/training down flat, but still don't have the best post-race recovery plan. Case in point, plan this past weekend -- shower and eat and drink in the sun. While I think everyone does deserve to splurge and celebrate their accomplishment, I want to have some tips ready so that my legs don't become like a knotted rope and I don't look like a wooden toy solider when taking the stairs (may or may not have just fell into someone uncontrollably this weekend).

Tip #1: WALK. The best thing to do when finishing a race is to WALK around. I know usually you just want to sit down anywhere possible, but seriously walking around is the best way to bring down your heart rate gradually and prevent your legs from cramping up. Your body will recover if you walk around vs sitting down, and you'll be thankful later.

Tip #2: EAT within 15 minutes. Most races have immediate foods for recovery. The best things to eat are bananas (replete the K+), pretzels (especially if you're a salty sweater like me), or oranges (really any fruit, because of it's natural sugars). If you really can't eat something, try having at least chocolate milk (my favorite) because it repletes both your fluids, protein and sugars, or a Gaterade. You don't need to eat a ton right after, just something within a 15 minute window so you can immediately start replenishing. I usually can eat some snacks, and really want to, before heading out for the bigger post race meal.

Tip #3: STRETCH. What is it with most guys hating to stretch after running? Don't they finally get that being a good athlete is about strength, endurance, speed AND Flexibility. Anyways, even though all you really want to do is sit down, eat or nap, hopefully you will give yourself 15 minutes to stretch. I think this is key to getting rid of some of those sore, tight, muscles. Especially focus on your calfs, hamstrings, thighs and hip flexors. I know most runners get really tight hip flexors, so this is a really important time to help prevent them from getting so tight.

Tip #5: REST. I'm sure the next day you still won't be wanting to lace up your sneakers, but maybe the day after that you start getting the urge. I think it's so important to allow your body time to heal from the pounding you just gave it. Come back too soon and you are bound to have an injury, if not immediately then down the road. I know I am starting to feel like hitting the gym again (3 days later post half), but am forcing myself at least one more solid day off. If you really feel like you have to get out there, at least do some cross-training. Focus on upper arm weight training, do a low impact machine like the bike or elliptical, or best of all take a yoga class. You will be back before you know it, so enjoy this time!

So I did a lot of the right things, but probably consumed one too many beers, which is why my legs felt terrible the next day. I have the past few days however, drank a lot of water, ate a lot of fruits and allowed my body to rest. Tomorrow I plan on taking a hot yoga class to help get rid of the rest of all my toxins and possibly do an arm workout. And maybe drink another glass of chocolate milk :)

Happy spring running season!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patty's Day!

This past weekend we celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a little getaway to Washington, D.C. It really wasn't an entire weekend to celebrate St Patty's day, but any time you are around beer and red-headed friends you just start to feel a little Irish yourself! And let's be honest, my husband is also pretty stinking Irish himself.

We decided to head down to D.C. because I had signed up for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. My best friend and I decided back in December that we wanted to do a spring race and since we don't live in the same city decided to do a destination city that was easily accessible. I had mentioned in past posts that although we thought this would be a good idea to jump start our fitness regimen for the new year, the snow and frigid temps made this a very hard race to train for. We both were thinking this would not be our PR, but as it always goes, once you get swept up in the race you never know how it's going to pan out. We ended up running only a minute over our last race PR, which is awesome! It was a challenging course with more hills than expected, so we were really happy with how we ran. I know I would not have been able to keep that pace on my own, so I love doing races with friends. I think it's such a great bonding experience, and being able to share the whole weekend makes it even better!
Gear ready the night before- bright colors are in!
Post race! Ready to get warmed up!
We also have a good friend that lives in DC and haven't seen in a while. Once we told people we were going down, we had other friends who wanted to come join in the festivities. The great thing about this race, was it actually was on a Saturday. Once we were showered and cleaned up, we then had the rest of the day to enjoy without worrying about having to work the next day. Needless to say, we took full advantage of that. We went to brunch at a place called The Matchbox, which wasn't amazing but did the job. I had a breakfast pizza with scrambled eggs, sausage and smoked gouda and a bloody mary. Did I mention bloody's are my new favorite drink?? I just think the tomato juice and vodka combo is perfect for sipping on without feeling like you are drinking a ton of alcohol early in the day. Good job whoever invented these like 50 years ago. Good job to me for finally catching up.

After brunch it was glorious out (65 and sunny!), so we decided since we had a crew and wanted to drink outside, a beer garden would be the best place. Beer garden's really are great. The outdoor laid back environment, the giant mugs of beer and delicious snacks. Perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon catching up with friends.

We obviously got our buzz on, and around dinner time made our way over to a Mexican restaurant to satisfy our day drinking cravings. We got to see a few different DC neighborhoods this way, and all on foot, which was great. Except around early evening when my body said, "Stop moving and find a bed immediately." I guess that's what running for 2 hours and then drinking/walking all day does to you.

Sunday we met up with the crew again for breakfast at my friends house and then decided to be a little touristy. I absolutely love that museums and parks and tons of other things in DC are free to the public. Last time we visited, Kyle and I went to the air and space museum and a few others. I love museums that are interactive, or have lots of exhibits for you to look at or watch. No matter how hard I try, I can't go into a museum of just paintings and spend more than 20 minutes. Something doesn't click in my brain that says "Enjoy this". So we went to the Museum of Natural History -- saw some crazy ocean, diamond and skeleton exhibits, and hit up an IMAX show about waves.
Monkey Skeleton!
DC Tourists for the day
Overall, it was such a fun and packed weekend! Thankfully, today I have off because I need a day of couching it to recover my legs from the race, and mentally process the fact that it is currently snowing.

Big things coming up this week!! XOXO

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cute Find

So you know how you see tons of cute quotes on pinterest, some with framed backgrounds, others just so colorful and fun it makes the quote pop and even better?

Well I stumbled across this website that let's you create your own piece of art from a quote. It's called Recite This and all you do is type in the quote you want and pick which style you want it in. Then you can pin it, instagram it, or save it to your desktop. Best part of it, it's FREE.

I love that I found this! I usually have a quote that I stumble upon and love, or have posted to my bulletin board, and search google images to find it used how I want it. Well now I can make my own! Yay!

Here are some of my favorite quotes that I created using the website:

Have fun trying it out!

Wedding Video

The final piece of our wedding puzzle (is this a good analogy?) came in this week. Last week we received our wedding album, which came out absolutely gorgeous. While it is so amazing to have and so much fun to look at, we picked all the photos we wanted in it and had seen all the pictures ahead of time, so there was nothing new that we hadn't seen. In reality, the way our photographer decided to put the layout of the photos and each page was a surprise to us, and the creativity and artistic talent definitely shines through- well worth our money!

But this week we received what we had been waiting for, our wedding video! Our videographer gave us a sneak peak sometime in the fall, and it actually was a long sneak peak -- about 5 minutes. We absolutely loved it and seriously have watched it probably 100 times. My parents also were crazy about it, especially my Dad. He actually like the song that was used so much, he learned to play it on his guitar - kind of cute! Even since the sneak peak though, we have been waiting in anticipation for the full video.
Yay, it's here!!
We got the most amazing little package, which including 2 DVD's of the full wedding video, our sneak peak video (which we requested), and a bonus, a video of some raw footage and some blooper-like things that happened that day. She also send us monogrammed mugs as a cute and thoughtful wedding gift. How lucky are we??

I love anything with monograms.
Adorably stamped packages with our videos.
I know in posts several years ago (has it been that long?!?) when we were looking for photographers, that I said I wanted a good photographer over a videographer. Initially we didn't have a videographer in our budget, and photos are so so important to me. With about 9 months to until the wedding, I had a panic that I needed to have our ceremony and some things on video, and found this amazing videographer at a great deal. Well, I will say now that it is all said and done and we have the video in our hands -- it is absolutely priceless. I cannot even think that we almost didn't have it. Chelsie from Dependent on the Winds is a doll - so fun to work with and so talented, creative and unique. While our photographer was AMAZING and I am in love with my photos, the video really brings the day back to life. Looking at pictures brings back certain feelings and reminds of things from the day, but honestly that quickly fades, and 6 months later, our video brings everything back to LIFE; the emotions, the way the weather was, the laughter, our vows. So, my advice to brides -- if you are still choosing what to do, get a videographer. You don't need to break the bank, just do your research and you can find some amazing talent out there.

After some time to reflect about how the wedding all went down, we honestly can say it was perfect for us. We loved our photographers and videographers and would 100% work with them again if we had to do it all over (can we pleaseeeee). If you want to find me, I'll probably be watching the video on repeat. XOXO

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Half a Year (Plus 12 more)

"Love makes life beautiful"

It's been 6 months since our wedding day. I cannot even believe that much time has gone by, although looking back, our wedding day and honeymoon does seem like a lifetime ago. So much has happened since then, but also so little has changed in our feelings for each other and our life together. We hit a couple of bumps during these last few months, but have always come out better and stronger. I have never been more in love with Kyle than I am today. Since our wedding we have:

1. Traveled around Greece on the most amazing honeymoon
Heaven on earth.
2. We went to the wedding of two of our best friends (and had a blast!)

3. Took many road trips (for interviewing), including one to Maine and Bar Harbor, where I was able to show Kyle places I spent some summer vacations.
Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor.
4. Hosted our first Thanksgiving, and it was a big success!

5. Kyle suffered from a pretty big injury but is now on the path to a full recovery :)
Starting up his running again!
6. Spent many a snow day together, cooking, watching shows and occasionally venturing outside
Snow break for a beer run.
8. Took a trip to Charleston, SC
Morning Charleston stroll.
9. Celebrated the engagement (and soon to be wedding) of my brother and his fiance!
"Welcome to our home" sessions!
10. Loved each other harder than I thought we could <33

It has been a wonderful 6 months married. A little bit back to reality after living in the clouds from our wedding, but I like the reality of life. In reality, I absolutely adore my husband and love the way he loves me. Loving each day with him and ready for what this spring - and the next 6 months - has in store for us.