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!

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!
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 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
What is your favorite sickness remedy?!
What's your favorite way to stay healthy during the cold and flu season?!