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The 2014 Bikini Series Is Here!


Hey everyone! I am officially back at school until the end of the semester, and no, I am not happy about it.

This also meant that I needed to say goodbye to my favorite running spot in St. Pete’s. Until next year my dear (slightly sketchy) running trail.

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Today was also a very special day… One of my favorite days of the year in fact!

Today was the first day of the 2014 Tone It Up Bikini Series!

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I am more excited than usual (which is saying A LOT) for this particular series because *drum roll* MY FAMILY HAS AGREED TO DO IT WITH ME!

It has been a crazy year, and apparently healthy has fallen to the side back home (it also doesn’t help that I am not there to cook healthy meals for my brother, meaning that he eats less-than-healthy things), and after gushing to my mom about how absolutely amazing the bikini series is, she agreed that we should all do it together! This is also awesome because it will help me keep myself accountable! This is going to be the best bikini series yet, I can feel it.

Today, my workouts and eating weren’t exactly on par… I ran a slow (SLLOOOOWW) 4 miles towards my #150bysummer (is it acceptable to put hashtags in a blog post? Probably not…) and the gym by my grandparents was closed so I didn’t get to do the arm workout that I was supposed to do today, so I think I will just do it tomorrow instead!

Like I said, my eating wasn’t exactly on point, my grandparents have a lot of yummy food that I only get to eat the one week a year that I am at their condo so I just NEEDED some refined carbohydrates… Whoops =P

In all seriousness though, I can’t wait to be home and to be able to buy healthy food and to have access to a fridge and to cook.

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One of my mail goals for this bikini series, besides the obvious losing weight and toning up, is to get rid of all of the artificial sweeteners that have been plaguing my diet since coming to college… diet drinks used to be an occasional treat for me, reserved for vacations and when I’m just really really craving one (not often); but since coming to college, they have been making a daily appearance in my diet (multiple times a day even) and it’s really awful. I don’t feel well because of them, yet I keep drinking them. It’s time to say goodbye.

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I am SO ready for this!

Are you?

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You can find out information about the bikini series/sign up here.

Also, you can track my progress on my instagram @snapbacksandracingflats and on twitter @snapsnflats.

 

You’ve got this beach babes 😉

Questions

Ever participated in the Tone It Up Bikini Series before? Are you planning on it this year?

Where is the sketchiest place that you’ve ever run?

 

 

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See You Soon


 

Well, today we had to take my mom and brother to the airport so that they could go home.

Kind of bittersweet.

I know that I only have to be here at school for 2 more weeks (less than that actually), but it still feels like such a long time and I am just so ready to be done with this place… It also doesn’t help that my grandparents are leaving this week, meaning that I will be on my own for the next 2 weekends.

Wow, I sound like such a baby.

I just can’t wait to get home.. Now onto more positive things!

I started this morning with my regular Sunday morning 8 mile run, I was going to try 9 miles, but I ran out of time given the fact that we had to go to church earlier than usual since my mom and brother had to leave for the airport right after!

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It … wasn’t great… I don’t know what has been up with me lately, but I have been running at about  9 minute mile pace on most of my steady state runs, yet I have been doing my speed work faster. I’m hoping it’s just maybe the lack of sleep I have been getting (or not getting) and not a decrease in speed/fitness!

After mass, we went down to this cute little area called Gulfport for some coffee for me and breakfast for my mama and brother!

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This little breakfast/tea/coffee shop is my absolute favorite! This little area around it is so adorable…

And…

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They. Make. The. Ice. In. The. Iced coffee. Out. Of. Coffee!

So it never gets watered down! It’s wonderful!

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Awkward-coffee-drinking-selfie.

I also dressed like a toddler today. Babydoll dresses forever and always!

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After we took my mom and brother to the airport, my grandpa asked if I would like to go to the driving range with him. Of course, I couldn’t say no,

Fun fact – I may be the worst golfer on the planet…

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For dinner, I just made some egg whites and veggies and then picked at pretzels and stuff.

Now I am off to bed! I have two term papers to write tomorrow before I have to go back to school… needless to say, I am not all the excited.

Good night!

Questions

How to do you mentally get through periods of bad workouts?

Ever been to a driving range? Are you any good?

 

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Familia


Hey!
So I know that it’s been over a week, but I have been WITH MY FAMILY! And there is also no internet and barely any cell service at my grandparents condo so I haven’t really been able to blog… So I apologize in advanced for this super lame iPhone post. Just want to do a quick summary of this past week!

So as you already know, I, along with my mom and brother, flew back to Florida last Saturday to spend the week at my grandparent’s condo.
I, unfortunately, had to go back to school for a super busy week. I had a fitness post-test in biokinetics on both Monday and Wednesday, an anatomy test on Tuesday (didn’t go over well, as per usual), and an oral report I’m Exercise Science *groan*. But on the upside, now all I have left are two terms and my finals and then I’m done! I seriously can’t wait.

I didn’t get to spend much time with my family until Wednesday, when they picked me up to go to my absolute favorite place.

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LOWRY PARK ZOO

It’s just the nicest zoo ever (in my opinion)! I have been going there since I was a baby and they also have a manatee hospital there and manatees are my favorite animals and it just makes me so so so happy

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Other highlights from this week included baking yummy vegan banana bread.

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Reading and sipping green tea on the beach

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Good food

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And beauty

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Once again, I apologize for this being such an utterly dull post… I’m hoping to find somewhere with internet tomorrow!

Questions
Where is your favorite place?
What is the last thing you cooked/baked? How was it?
What is your favorite restaurant ?
Mine is any seafood place for the most part! Or maybe Cody’s Roadhouse!

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Monday In A Moment..


Hey all, I am far too swamped with studying and essays to write anything of substance today… So here are some pictures from my day to give you a little gist of what went down without any words!

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Hope that you all had a great day!

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Happy Easter!


I’m back in Florida again after a super nice day back at home! The amount that I have flown this year is crazy… I am NOT a fan of flying, nor am I a fan of school…

But on the upside, my family is down here for the week!

Bye bye my wonderful New York… See you in a month!

Bye bye my wonderful New York… See you in a month!

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Happy Easter everybody!

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I hope you are all having a wonderful day and are stuffing your faces with chocolate. Unless you don’t like chocolate, and if that is the case… What is wrong with you?

But I don’t like Peeps are jelly beans, so I guess I’m weird too.

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(I just really wanted an excuse to put this picture in this post… I laughed way too hard at it.)

Anyways, I started my day off with an 8 mile run! I feel like I haven’t done a long run in FOREVER… really. It’s been 2 weeks!! Also, I feel kind of silly calling 8 miles a long run… it seems that every single blog I read runs like 20,000 miles a day. But I’m working my way up to it!

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Definitely not my best run… I don’t know if it’s from being on a plane or from the fact that I have done hard workout the past two days, but my pace averaged a little bit over 9:30 minutes per mile. But hey, I did it!

I think I’ve sort of hit a sweet spot with 8 miles, I think I’m going to try to bump it up to 9 next week. But we shall see!

I also wound up accidentally running down a path that took me through a graveyard this morning.

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Eerie… My dad actually used to take me to graveyards A LOT. He just liked them, I couldn’t really tell you why. He especially loved the really old ones. Personally, they half sleeve me out and half break my heart.

After my run, I cleaned my sweaty self up, had a bite to eat (some fruit and nuts) and got ready to head out to Mass.

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Oh look, it’s the sunflower dress I talked about here.

I don’t really know what I did with my hair today, but I kind of dig it.

After Mass, it was time for the best part of every Easter (besides Jesus rising from the dead and stuff… that’s pretty rad too), BRUNCH (at 2:00…so not really brunch).

Second plate of food, loaded up with sweet potatoes, the best salmon ever (besides my mom's) and salad with carrots, beets, and ginger dressing!

Second plate of food, loaded up with sweet potatoes, the best salmon ever (besides my mom’s) and salad with carrots, beets, and ginger dressing!

I ate my first plate too quickly to take a picture of it, but it had lox, 1/4 of a bagel, a half piece of that salmon, shrimp cocktail, and steamed zucchini and squash. YUM!

Then my family got a whole bunch of plates of cake to share.

Cake graveyard. That carrot cake > everything, the the dark chocolate mousse cake coming in at a close second.

Cake graveyard. That carrot cake > everything, the the dark chocolate mousse cake coming in at a close second.

At the end of our meal, my family shared a truly delightful pot of chamomile tea. I never actually drink chamomile tea, I just always forget about it. But I think I’m going to start because it was SO good and I know that it’s good for your stomach!

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There were also some quality family selfies.

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I just want to look like my mama. She’s so beautiful.

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Erm…

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oh the awkwardness.

And now I am just sitting on the floor at the country club trying to get some school work done, I am SWAMPED with assignments and tests this week.

So on that note, I am just going to leave you all with this.

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I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day with friends and family, whether you celebrate Easter or not!

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Friday Favorites


Hey all! I’m very excited to say that I am currently writing this post from MY HOME!!

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I’m only home for a day unfortunately… The only reason that I am actually home is because my cousin is getting married tonight (yes, I do think it is a bit odd that he is getting married on Good Friday… but oh well), so I fly back tomorrow morning. But it was super nice to get to spend a night in my own bed, and I also got to do Insanity today! So that was super nice. I am seriously counting down the days until I get to go home for good. My college is not good for me, I am not myself there, and it certainly does not bring out the best in me. I feel unmotivated, tired, and heavy every single day. My diet isn’t good there either… soo many artificial sweeteners (something I almost never consumed when I am home) so I am sure that my diet is definitely contributing to my general fatigue. But at the same time, I know that it is also my school that is wearing me down. I feel great on the weekends when I am with my grandparents, but the second I get back to my campus, I feel sick and unmotivated. Isn’t it crazy how much your environment can affect your health? It’s wild.

But now, on to the actual point of this post…

My Friday favorites! Here are some things that  I have really been loving lately!

Favorite Clothing Item: Babydoll Dresses

 

 

 

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I always feel weird wearing a dress as just a casual every day clothing piece, but I really want to start wearing them more often! I love baby doll dresses because of how comfy, youthful, and versatile they are! You can dress them up with some heels or wedges, but you can also dress them down with simple sandals, jelly shoes (a new favorite of mine), or booties! I am actually planning on wearing the sunflower printed dress on Easter!

Favorite Decor: This Rustic Porch

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Oh Pinterest… you fill me with the biggest home lust on the planet… Now I just need to graduate college and somehow land a well paying job… Gotta dream big right?

Favorite Television:

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I was really wanting to watch something light (all of the shows I have been watching lately have been super heavy and gruesome) and this show just happened to show up on my Netflix. I am currently on season two and am LOVING IT! It’s a very interesting story and I just love the entire cast. Fred is probably my  favorite character.

Favorite Recipe: This Carrot Cake Roll from Crazy For Crust

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Ugh, I CANNOT wait until I have access to a kitchen and can bake again. How good does this look? I am a sucker for all things carrot cake and with Easter a couple of days away, my carrot cake cravings are at an all time high.

Favorite Smile: The one on my brother’s face when I saw him last night.

It’s always nice to feel loved.

Oh, and my hair is purple now…

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Off to go get ready for this wedding!

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Three Years…


Three years ago, Someone up in the clouds took my best friend away.

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Three years seems like such a long time… But then again it doesn’t. I feel like I should be over it, but I’m not.

I’m not sure how long it will take for this to all feel real…

I apologize for this downer of a post; I just don’t really feel much like writing today. It’s been a rough one. Pretty much everything that could possible go wrong went wrong.

So in the hopes of staying positive… here are some good things from the day.

The cafeteria had pineapple.

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I had a really good workout.

And I got to end the day with froyo.

 

Promise to be back to my usual content (whatever that actually is) tomorrow. I apologize for this mess of a post.

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