Well it has taken two years of dorm room living, but I think I have finally figured out what works best for me! I have decided to take you through my room to show you my food recommendations.  Of course you can take or leave my options, however I hit a couple of key groups I suggest you all have on hand.

First off I am going to focus on breakfast foods! I have to admit breakfast has to be one of my favorite meals of the day. I love having breakfast for lunch and dinner sometimes too, I just love it so much! Unfortunately, with a meal plan and timing wise I dam not able to make it to breakfast every morning so I make sure I have healthy filling choices on hand for mornings.
You've got to have cereal!  It's a must! Some mornings I just crave a cold bowl of cereal and milk (almond milk that is!),
Next, I like to have granola and Nature Valley bars on hand to put in yogurt. My current favorite granola is Cascadian Farms Oats and Honey. I like to mix them in Dannon Light and Fit yogurt. Keeps me full until lunch and this always hits the spot after a nice morning workout!
Yogurt is easily one of the main reasons I don't think I will ever become vegan! Some of my favorites include Dannon, Revive with the granola on top and the Chobani Flip Its. The Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chobani is like dessert to me! Revive is a newer discovery of mine and I am in love. Lots of protein so it's very filling. Also, I have my Silk Unsweetened Almond milk in the back, for my cereal. No need to waste the calories on sweetened milk when your cereal will sweeten it for you anyways.

With these foods in mind, I will also recommend getting bowls and spoons for your room. I am all for saving money and the environment, so do yourself, and our world, a favor and invest in a set of plates, bowls and utensils. And with yogurts a lot of times you will just eat out of the container, unless you want to add granola or more fruit, in that case I use a bowl.

That is all I have for breakfast foods for you all. Stay tuned for more dorm room food stocking tips!
 
 
Just popping in real quick to check-in! This week has gone pretty well for me. I am still going to work on them this week though. I am going to challenge everyone with two new goals: don't let the weather dictate your workouts and don't forget to offer all you do to God. The weather plays a major role in our daily activities and moods. I know personally when it's raining and cloudy out I feel like I don't want to walk to the gym or put in as much effort as I should during my workout. This week the first couple of days it's suppose to be rainy and I do not want to let the weather dictate how my day goes, unless it's in a positive way of course! The second goal I am talking about is not 100% fitness related, but I truly believe when you are mentally and spiritually clear everything about you just works better. For this reason I know finals are approaching and life is stressful so don't forget to offer everything you are doing for the glory of Him. He is the reason we are where we are and He understands when we are busy. Just take a second to be like "God this paper I am writing is for you!". I know it seems kind of like a strange idea, but think about it and let me know how you felt about it! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

God Bless
 
 
This week has been a long, reflective and blessed week.  As you all know by now the tragedy at the Boston Marathon occurred on Monday.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.  As a recreational runner and athlete my heart just breaks knowing how hard all these runners worked to get to that finish line! We are at peace now knowing the suspects have been captured! Please continue to keep all those affected by this tragedy and our country in your thoughts and prayers.
With everything going on this week I have made sure to take the time to reflect and thank God for everything He has graced me with in my life.  One of my passions, as most of you could figure out by reading this blog, is exercising and living a healthy life. Have you ever thought when you were working out how blessed you are to be able to be doing what you are doing? We are blessed to be fit! This week I have been working on pushing myself to new levels in the gym, and changing my working out philosophy (more to come on that in later posts!). Just think about that the next time you have the time to workout and you just spend it contemplating if you should go or not.  Here's the answer to that question every time...if you can, you do!

On the same lines as being blessed to be fit, I have been thinking in general how blessed I am to have the body I have.  I will be honest, I have never been the most confident in how my body looks.  Right now I am really looking to work on making changes to my body (part of my new philosophy). But I have been thinking that God gave me this body, that my mother carried for 9 months (I know getting a little literal...sorry), so why would I want to do harm to it?! By harm I of course mean feeding it unhealthy foods and not taking care of it like I know I should.

With that said the work starts now! I am not going to sugar coat things and say it's going to be an easy journey because I have already been down this road and am currently on a slight deviation.  I want to get back on route, not be swayed by others and what they believe, but care for my body how I know I should.  I have come up with an idea that should start this mission off on a good foot.  First, I want to invite all of you to join me on this LIFELONG journey! My idea to start us off, is to set weekly goal(s).  This way we focus on achieving small accomplishments each week that will hopefully stick in the long run. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have been perusing the bikini sites and I want to wear a bikini this summer without feeling like I really should be wearing a one piece. I just want to get that confidence and I know we all deserve to have confidence in ourselves because we are all beautiful/handsome! So I am going to kick this off with the first week’s goal being...no eating after 10 pm and before going to eat junk food count to 15 and ask yourself “do I really need it”. I think those are some good ones to start with!

                              We can do this!!!!

Please post about your progress, workouts, questions and goals for next week!

 
 
I hope everyone had a blessed Easter! This year I really attempted to submerse myself into the Lenten season. I gave up sweets, and adding salt to my food, while also adding a weekly daily mass and praying at meals! Also, I lectured and helped lead the processional at our Holy Thursday mass, which was a great experience. Easter day was spent with my family at home. I had a great day with my family! We ended having our annual Easter egg hunt inside because the weather wasn't very nice, but it was a lot of fun.  Yes I am 20 years old, but I was paired with my 3 year old cousin. That makes it okay right? I'm still considered a child in the family...I'll take it while it lasts!

My mom and I made the cutest chick cupcakes for Easter.  We just dyed the icing yellow, dipped it into yellow crystal sprinkles, chocolate chips as eyes, and icing for the wings, beaks and feet! So fun and a huge hit with the fam!
We also made the easiest dip. It was the Skinny Funfetti Dip. So simple and so tasty! 3 ingredients: 1 packet of funfetti cake mix, 2 cups plain non-fat yogurt and 1 1/2 cups low-fat cool whip and refrigerate! I unfortunately forgot to take a picture, but this is actually what it looked like and we served it with vanilla wafers as well!
http://sweettreatsmore.com/2013/01/skinny-funfetti-cake-dip/

Easter cannot be complete without two things...my church's peanut butter eggs and chocolate covered peeps.
What is your favorite Easter treat?! What is your favorite Easter tradition?