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Guys. Guys. Guys.

I am beyond stressed. It’s actually insane how stressful and complicated this whole transferring schools things is…

Now, I actually feel bad complaining about myself being stressed, because I know that I definitely have it easier than most. I don’t have kids or bills or a full time job.

I woke up this morning and completed Turbo Jam’s Fat Blaster workout for my morning cardio (or as the Tone It Up community would call it, my “bootycall”!). This has been one of my go-to “bootycalls” for over 3 years now. It’s quick, gets my heart rate up without being too difficult, and it’s super fun!

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Chalene Johnson is honestly one of my biggest role-models. She’s just fabulous in every way shape and form. Admittedly, one of my goals in life is to meet her/attend a class of hers one day. Her positive attitude is infectious enough just over her social media, I couldn’t imagine how great it would be to be in a room with her!

Fan-girling aside, the rest of the morning, and a large bulk of the day, was spent one the computer/on the phone trying to sort out the million-and-one problems that have arisen with my transferring schools. First, I received notice that my housing deposit hadn’t been received (I sent it in over a week ago), and that I would have to be wait listed for housing if it wasn’t in by today. After hours of sorting that out, I had to take care of holds on my account that prevent my registering for classes (I’m not even sure if it’s all sorted out yet).

Then there was accessing my transfer-evaluation report… It was a nightmare.

According to the report, only 8 of my college credits transferred over to my new college. 

I don’t even know what to do about this! I had 39 credits at the end of my freshman year! I knew that I would lose some… But this is ridiculous! I wasted a year of my life and a sickening amount of money and have absolutely nothing to show for it. After a year of college, I will be entering my new school academically as a first semester freshman. How will I graduate in 4 years?!?!??!!

Ok.. Calming myself down now. So sorry that you all had to experience that little rant.

So, after that whole mess… I needed to de-stress.

De-stressing included:

A wonderful workout of Insanity: Max Interval Sports Training.

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(This is my all-time favorite workout in the Insanity program by the way).

Stress-cleaning the kitchen and my bedroom.

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(This actually resulted in more stress. Nothing. Is. Ever. Clean. Enough.)

And, of course, some stress baking.

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The delectable bread pictured here was actually the result of my being completely experimental in the kitchen. I’m so proud!

I am always hesitant to experiment with my own recipes due to the fact that ingredients are expensive (especially the ones that I want to use, like coconut flour, stevia, etc.)… But I always want to! I find cooking and baking so therapeutic, and I have to say… Creating my own recipe and having it result in something that was actually edible was a great feeling!

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What we have here is a gluten-free and low sugar protein pumpkin bread! I will say, the consistency is not exactly perfect (the protein powder in it makes it a mushy kind of consistency)… But I think it’s pretty darn good for my first attempt at something like this!

It’s also under 100 calories per square, but also contains 5 grams of protein per square, so I’m not complaining!

In the mix:

3/4 C Plant-based Protein Powder (I used Rainbow Light Vanilla… I would recommend SunWarrior or Perfect Fit in it’s place. I think the consistency would be better!)

1 C Buckwheat Flour

1/3 C Brown Sugar

1 T Vanilla Extract

1 t Baking Powder

1/2 t Baking Soda

1/3 C Liquid Egg Whites (I’m sure flax eggs would work too!)

1 Can Pumpkin Puree

1 T Pumpkin Pie Spice

Cinnamon to taste

Bake in a 9×12 baking pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until you can stick a knife/toothpick in the middle and have it come out clean.

Cut into 12 squares and enjoy!

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Aw. Look at me trying to pretend that I’m a food/recipe blogger.

A girl can pretend right?

Hope you all had a less stressful Monday than I did!

 

 

 

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Hey! How’s your Saturday going?

I woke up at around 7 this morning and headed out for my long run of the week (I used to do Sunday, but now, since I run with my girlfriends on Sundays, I do it on Saturdays). I covered a rocky 8 miles, my allergies were destroying me. YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE PARTICLES OF POLLEN IN THE AIR! It’s insane! However, I muddled through. Was my face completely swollen and was my throat puffy and itchy by the end? Yes. But I did it!

Post-run, I showered and made a smoothie bowl… I didn’t have on yesterday, so I obviously I have to have about five of them today to make up for it!

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Frozen banana, ice, coconut milk, carob powder, cocoa powder, stevia, peppermint extract, and a handful of spinach. SO GOOD! I topped the bowl off with a couple of nuts and some freeze dried strawberries. I also enjoyed some out-of-this-world black berries on the side. I don’t know what it is about Trader Joe’s, but I swear that they always have the tastiest produce.

Oh, and I had some of this before my run this morning.

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On a side note – Erin needs to do her nails ASAP.

“What is that?” You ask? Well, it’s some grain-free vegan cinnamon walnut bread that I whipped up last night! The taste is on point, but the consistency is a bit weird. It’s pretty mushy and falls apart if it isn’t refrigerated. Still, it did the trick as some pre-run fuel!

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Speaking of things that I made last night, there was one recipe that came out successful.

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Vegan. Mushroom. Tacos.

Oh yes.

I was really craving something spicy and taco-ish last night, but I was also craving something really fresh, so I threw some things together and it came out perfect if I do say so myself.

Here’s what I did –

I cut up a few mushrooms (I used crimini, but I would assume that any would works) and 1/4 of an onion. I then sautéed them until soft and added cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and paprika to the mix and tossed until fully cooked. I then spooned the mixture onto three (cleaned) romaine hearts and topped with some salsa and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for some cheesy-ness.

So easy. So good.

I also used some non-fat greek yogurt as sour cream to top, obviously de-veganizing the whole shebang. Still delicious and healthy though!

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Hope you all have an amazing day!

Questions:

What was the last thing you cooked? How was it?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

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