Yesterday I decided to switch up my workout, like I like to do.  I decided to try a little Crossfit combo.  This is what my workout looked like:
- 20 minutes on the elliptical
- 5 x 200m sprints:
    -between each sprint do 10 jumping jacks, 10 squats, 10 crunches and 10 push-ups
- run a mile and at every minute stop and complete 10 crunches, 10 twisting planks or bicycles and 10 mountain climbers

It was a killer workout! I completed it in my school's rec center inside track. I was panting and sweating between reps, but continued to push myself.  Nothing feels better than motivating yourself to be the best that you can be! I hope you all strive to do this every time you workout!

Questions:
What are your favorite Crossfit wo

 
 
Fall is known for the changing leaves, changing wardrobe and even changing food selections! One of my most favorite, as I am sure many of you share this with me, is pumpkin! Pumpkin just screams fall. Oddly enough I wasn't a big fan of pumpkin until the last three or so years.  My farthest memory of pumpkin goes back to the pumpkin roll my mom makes every year for Thanksgiving. I am starting to drool just thinking about it! Being at school it is sometimes hard to participate in the pumpkin fun, but I try my best, like an occasional Pumpkin Latte from Starbucks. I had one last night at a cute coffee shop in town called Fenarrio's, and it was great! I am not a huge coffee person but I can't resist the pumpkin!
Last weekend I went home for a long weekend.  My anatomy lecture was cancelled so I went home for Friday, Saturday AND Sunday! Friday for lunch I tackled Julie's Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes. They were amazing! Not only that but healthy too! My dad even enjoyed the leftover batter the next morning for breakfast.  They were an A+ in my book!
Friday night one of my roommates, Christine, and I were hanging out with nothing too do.  I was craving another pumpkin fix and wanted to do some baking, but nothing too extravagant or unhealthy. I decided on a super simple pumpkin muffin! The hardest part of this recipe is putting the batter into the muffin tins.  It's a littler strenuous I know...Anyways the recipe looked like this...
...a box of Betty Crocker Spice cake mix and a can of Pumpkin. You mix it all together and bake it at 350 for about 20 or so minutes. I yielded 15 muffins and they are each only about 44 calories! Hello yummy breakfast!
Cooking in a dorm kitchen is hard because you have to bring all the ingredients and pray they have all the cooking utensils you need. In my case all I needed was a mixing bowl and muffin tins which they had!

Christine opted for another 2 ingredient yummy, which used sugar cookie dough to wrap around Rollo's.  All she needed was a cookie sheet and they turned out super delicious as well! We had a fun night too just hanging out and baking!
Questions:
What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?
What are you favorite quick go to recipes?
 
 
It is that time of year again...flu season.  What a sad, sad time.  One of my poor roommates is currently at home with asthmatic bronchitis! Can you imagine?! Prayers go out to her for a speedy recovery!

Unfortunately, I think I am getting a little bit of what she had.  I preach healthy eating, exercising and sleeping for a healthy life, but some times it is just out of our control. In my case I started to get a sore throat Monday morning when I woke up, so later that day I went to Giant to stuck up on some healthy supplements to kick the sickness out of me before it took over!
As you can see I got Echinacea tablets and tea. I love yogi tea! It has become my new obsession! And seriously who doesn't want a remedy that's only like $4 and organic?! Organic and cheap...my favorite! Today my throat is feeling better but I am more congested. I've got myself taking about 3-4 tablets a day and at least 2 cups of tea when I have down time or in class.

Next on the agenda now that class is over for the day is to go downstairs and workout! It is a tad difficult for me to breath so I think I am going to try a running-walking treadmill workout that should look a little like this:

Time(minutes)            Incline                    Speed
0-5                            1.0                            5.5
4-9                            6.5                            4.0
9-10                          1.0                            7.0
10-15                        1.0                             6.0
15-19                        6.5                            4.0
19-20                        1.0                            7.5
20-25                        1.0                            6.2
25-29                        6.5                            4.0
29-30                        1.0                            8.0
30-33                        1.0                            6.0
33-34                        1.0                            7.0
34-37                        6.5                            4.0   
37-40                        1.0                            6.0
                      
Question:
What is your favorite sickness remedy?!
What's your favorite way to stay healthy during the cold and flu season?!