Monday, April 29, 2013

Christmas On Saturday

Ok I guess it really wasn't Christmas. But for Celiacs it pretty much was. In the worlds of another gluten free girl and my friend:

Busy Bee

How are ya?! I spent hardly any time on the computer this weekend, which was a nice technology free break, but not by choice. I was busy busy! Of course this meant lots of marvelous things to share.

Saturday was spent getting up super early to squeeze in a workout. This never happens on the weekend. Even though I don't sleep late, I do love sleeping until 8. Of course this mean that a Starbucks run had to happen.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Denver Part Two

I wasn’t kidding when I said we fit so many events into that 3 day weekend. So much stuff to share!

We had a minor setback on Sunday morning. I thought I saw a bug (which was really Troy’s phone) and somehow fell out of the bed backwards. I ended up hurting my ankle. It was another one of those “only me” moments.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Colorado Part 1


This week has been crazy since I got back trying to catch up on everything. Finally I can share some pictures with you guys...

Colorado Part 1:

The boyfriend and I traveled with our friends Jamie and Joe, who are newbies to the blog, for a jam packed weekend. We chose to stay at the Warwick hotel. We all agreed it was one of the nicest hotels we have all stayed at.

A king bed was a must!
Our outdoor patio had awesome views of downtown Denver. I was so excited by the time we finally got there and I survived the flight haha.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WIAW-I Forgot What A Vegetable Looked Like

Woah, I can't believe it's already time for another round of What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday.

Sorry for leaving you all hanging yesterday. After getting home at 1am on Monday night and debating whether to get up for school by 6am, I decided to skip class. Sleeping in felt marvelous after traveling this past weekend. Between unpacking and catching up on some homework, life left me little time for blogging yesterday.

I am glad to be back, I miss chatting with you guys while I was away :)

Anyway, let's get to the main point : FOOD!

Since I came home and found the fridge in a very sad state, food shopping was on my agenda for last night. Anyone else try to eat up everything before going away? All that was left was pickles, limes, and tomatoes :(

Monday, April 22, 2013

Only Me

*Hey all! Today is our last day in Denver :(  
We are off to eat breakfast and take a quick swim in the pool before our flight leaves. We are hoping we don't get delayed from the snow starting later here.

Oh my awkward life. These stories just didn't fit into any other post because I still just can't believe they happened.

Here's a tidbit of insight into the most awkward moments of my life, that often leave me thinking "only me".

1) Last month the boyfriend and I were out at a bar for a fundraiser for one of his friend's dad, who has cancer. So sad because the guy's dad is so young too. Anyway, I don't want to leave you all on a sad note. We ran into some people from high school (always awkward no matter how old you are) and some random girl was with them. She comes up to me and goes "I see you at the gym everyday. I use the elliptical and watch you walk around" I had absolutely no idea who she was and have never seen her there before. Kinda creepy and kinda flattering at the same time?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

This Or That....

Hi everyone! Just popping in to say Colorado is gorgeous. The boyfriend and I are here along with another couple and we are having so much fun exploring the city! Today's activities include finding a good egg sandwich for breakfast, an outside concert in a boulder, and some more exploring!

This or That? Health and Fitness Edition!

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow? Workout in the snow! I'm one of the few people that enjoy the snow. Heat and humidity is just gross.

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs? Washboard abs! I hope by leaning out before summer I can actually have some abs for the first time in my life :)

I could look at this all day.....and you're welcome ;)

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors? Neither?? Not a fan of either show, so let's go with Ellen! No matter who's on her show, she always has me cracking up.

4. Cardio or strength? Back 2 years ago I would have said cardio, cardio, and more cardio please! Ughh so bad for me. Now it's all about the strength.
5. Cravings: Protein or carbs? Mmmm I should pick protein, but I love my carbs.
6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper? Jillian scares me haha. I'm more of a quiet person so Bob would be a better fit.

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream? Frozen yogurt, hands down.
8. To train: Upper body or Lower body? Upper body. I hate leg day, enough said.

9. Protein powder or food with protein? I like getting protein from real food instead of relying on protein powder. Don't get me wrong, I definitely like to enjoy my protein oats and shakes too.
10. Lunges or squats? Squats. Weighted walking lunges are the absolute WORST. I would rather do anything else than those.

11. Sweet or salty? Both! And that is why I love kettlecorn so much... These bags don't even stand a chance in this house.
12. Workout attire: cute or comfy? Comfy! I live in my workout clothes. I don't care what I look like at the gym. Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I don't even brush my hair before going. Oops.

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting? Well, I've never tried Body Pump and I love weights so heavy lifting is the winner. I always feel so strong after.

14. Yoga or Pilates? <333 Yoga. Some of you guys probably don't know this because I don't really ever mention it, but I am a certified yoga instructor.

15. Nike or Adidas? Nike sneakers have so many awesome colors. Speaking of sneakers I need a new pair...

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors? Hmm..decisions decisions. Running on the treadmill is great because I like playing with the incline to mix things up. But, when trails look like this:
 and like this....
I'll pick outside :)

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s? This is a tough one. Whole Foods has the amazing hot bar, but that store is SO bad for my wallet. So Trader Joe's wins because it's so much cheaper.

18. Summer or Winter Olympics? Summer. I am a Michael Phelps fan :)

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies? Roasted. I like all my foods a little bit crispy especially french fries.
***Now it's your turn! Answer all or any questions.
Whose abs do you love looking at?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Friday Favorites

Hiiiiiii! It's Friday! Vacation beginssssssss! Can you tell I'm excited?!

Hope by the time you are reading this I am safe and sound in Denver!

It's no secret I hate flying. So let's recap all my favorite things that happened this week to get my mind off of it. Sound ok? Ok good.

Spending the day at the beach with Wishbone! Sadly, she seems to have hurt her leg the other night. She has been limping and crying so the family is taking her to the vet while I am away. I'm just very worried about her <3333

Why I'm A Brat

No really I am. Here me out on this.

I hinted around about another trip on Monday, but didn't go into any details. Last Friday my mom came home surprised me with a vacation to Mexico for graduation!!!

Ahhhhhh. Let's just say she clearly was not expecting my reaction of being far from thrilled. I know I know, I am sure you're all thinking "What the eff Ashley? Who doesn't like a vacation?"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WIAW-Pancake Love

It's Wednesday already! Eeek, two more days until Colorado :)

With that trip coming up, so many of my nights have been filled with things to take care. So today's version will be What I Ate Wed Monday. Oh boy, do I have some goodies to show you guys!

Let's get right to it shall we?

Breakfast started off super early since I was in a rush to fit my workout in before 8:30. I can't get up any earlier than 6 to workout. How do you 5am workout people do it? As usual I went with my prepped overnight oats.

Change Of Plans

Hey Hey.

I had planned on writing a different post today, but after yesterday’s events in Boston, it just didn’t seem appropriate. It is incredibly sad what our world is coming to.
My heart and prayers go out to all those affected by the recent tragedy. Horrific events like this make me realize how lucky we all are just to be alive. Yesterday was a busy and quite stressful day filled with random errands that had to get done. I was complaining I didn’t have enough time to do my homework, had to get certain food items we were out of, blah blah blah.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Nothing A Beer And A Coffee Can't Fix

Hey guys! Happy to chat with you all since this weekend was a busy one and I didn't get to pop in and say hi. Mondays always come so fast so let's recap all the marvelous things about this past weekend.

Friday turned out to be quite a stressful day at school. After checking my final math project to find out my group's calculations are off, well that is definitely not how my group planned it. Ooof. Hoping we can get everything squared away soon. Nothing a hot cup of coffee can't solve right or a Panera date with the boyfriend to catch up...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Beginner's Guide To Weight Lifting

For all the women who are afraid of lifting weights, this is for you. I'm no expert, but want to share my personal experiences with others and hope you can learn from them. If you're an already avid weight lifter, hopefully you can pick up some tips!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Obviously I Can't Read Recipes

Hey all! Cheers to the weekend.

Friday snuck up on me this week, but I'll take it.

Last night's dinner was thrown together in less than 10 minutes, but was oh so good. I prepped some turkey meatballs on Sunday, added some brown rice, and a sweet potato. Done.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Being Controversial On Marijuana

You guys may remember me mentioning that I had Monday off, well it was a good one. My mom actually took the day off from work so we got to spend it together, which is always fun!

After squeezing in a quick am workout, we both decided shopping was on our to-do list. My first stop was at NY & Company since they were having a major sale. I picked up a couple shirts for around $10 each (awesome). I bought the same shirt in four colors haha. I am super picky about clothes so when I find one that fits, I buy alot.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WIAW-Feeling Like Rocky

Good morning friends! Happy Wednesday! Thank you all so much for your thoughts on taking rest days. I am so glad I am not the only one who suffers from the occasional guilt trip. Let's not be so hard on ourselves anymore okay?

Anyway, back to What I Ate Wed Tuesday. Wowza, it was hard getting up yesterday morning after being in vacation mode for a week and a half. The sad part is I don't even sleep past 7:30 anyway, but still those forty minutes really make a difference.

Breakfast started off with the usual peanut butter oats and hard boiled eggs. Maybe one day I will get sick of this combo? Who am I kidding? Probably not.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Why I Need A Rest Day

Call me crazy, but I want to talk to you guys about rest days.

Yes, there is more to my life than just exercising and food prepping.

Last month when I was sick with a bad cold, I was stuck inside for 4 days. This led me to thinking about exercising, life, boredom, etc.. I couldn't exactly figure out what I was feeling. But then I realized it was guilt.

Monday, April 8, 2013


Back to the grind for me today, spring break has come and left. This means only more month until graduation, which I'm still trying to wrap my head around.

Thanks to about 10 birds nesting in my air condition and having a party at 7am yesterday, I was awake bright and early. Instead of trying to fight their constant chirping, why not get up and start cooking?

Even my fortune cookie wanted me to food prep for the week.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Where's Waldo?

Yesterday was the perfect combination of busy and relaxing to start off the weekend. Spent with my two favorite people:

The boyfriend
and Cooper man. Since it was absolutely gorgeous out, we brought our lunch outside for an impromptu backyard picnic.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sweaty Elbow Elliptical Workout

Friday already? Now usually I am a big fan of Fridays and the weekend, but this week means I'm getting closer to going back to school and spring break is over. Isn't it always the fun weeks fly by meanwhile the boring ones drag on?

My eats have been literally ALL over the place the past two days. I don't just want one thing for lunch, but a little bit of that with a little bit of this...

Chocolate rice cakes I bought last week and finally broke in to them. Instead of eating them plain, I broke them into little pieces and made them into cereal.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Health Update

So I haven't really mentioned my health in awhile since here. My symptoms have some-what disappeared, while others have been hanging around. Some days I will just come down with a migraine that no amount of advil will get rid of. My stomach issues have been kind of all over the place. Not sure what food has been setting it off? I'm sure my Easter sugar coma didn't help any matters.
(They're less calories if they are mini ones right?)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

WIAW-My New "Dessert"

Time for round 10 for What I Ate Wednesday. Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

Breakfast started with the usual oats plus two hard boiled eggs. I don't know what happened to my hard boiled eggs, but they did not peel right at all. When I was peeling the shells off, they completely took the white part of the egg and just left the yolk. I think I boiled them too long? I guess I am not a pro at boiling eggs.
Mid morning snack was peanut butter. Eaten straight out of the jar. I have no shame. It is best in it's purest form. Maybe I am the only healthy living blogger that does not like almond butter. It's gross and way too oily for me. Love my Skippy <3

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Things I'm Loving Lately

Hello Hello! I'm glad some of you guys believed my sneaky April Fools joke. I figured I could get some of you if you read it in the early morning ;) But thanks for making me feel loved that you would miss me!

Today I'm joining in with Maureen for things I am loving Tuesday! Let's get started...

Monday, April 1, 2013

I'm Quitting Blogging

Just kidding, April Fools! Haha I would miss you all too much!

Anyway, happy Monday! Hope all of you had a wonderful Easter filled with lots of jelly beans ;)
I'm sure most of you are back to work this morning, but my spring break has just begun. That means lots of wild and crazy adventures this week. Totally kidding haha. I am really the farthest thing from a party animal.This week will most likely consist of writing papers and doing some competition menu planning.

Linking up with Katie, let's talk about some marvelous things.

Some scenes from my weekend:

Absolutely gorgeous weather on Saturday. This type of weather makes me just want to read and relax by the water. I'm so lucky to live so close by to the beach. Can't wait for those beach days.