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January 2017


Lemon Herb Chicken with Quinoa & Roasted Tomatoes

January 30, 2017

Happy Monday Guys!

I’m really excited about this week’s post because I’m sharing one of the best meals I’ve made in a long time. Incredibly delicious – check, satisfying – check, and healthy – check. You get your lean protein, your whole grains, and your veggies.

Mom would be so proud. Bonus: It’s perfect for meal prep, which means you’ll be eating good for the whole week. I’ll give you a second to grab a notepad/ipad because I know you’re going to want to make this one.

Okay, you ready? Let’s hit it.

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Post-Inaugural Blues

January 23, 2017

Hi Guys! Happy Monday:)

We’ve managed to make it to another week. *Insert applause.* Got any exciting plans?

My week will primarily involve coder training for my dissertation. I know it doesn’t sound super exciting, but it’s the last big hurdle that I have to clear in conducting my research. I’ll be holding the first one on Wednesday, and I’m praying that everything goes smoothly so that I can stay on track with my May graduation timeline. I swear that a mixture of excitement, stress, and anxiety is my default emotional state these days.

Now. I could twiddle my thumbs and play coy about what’s happened in the past few days, but I’d rather not. So let’s just go ahead and address the elephant in the room.

The inauguration. Did anybody watch it?

I didn’t. I made a conscious decision not to. I wasn’t interested in witnessing this exchange of power because of the particular hands in which power was being placed. On a side note, I have indulged in the countless Michelle Obama side eye memes because they are amazing. It’s crazy how differently I felt in 2009 and 2013. You couldn’t pull me away from inaugural coverage.

Needless to say this past Friday was hard for me (as was the whole weekend and arguably the next four years).

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Snack Easy Series # 7

January 16, 2017

Hi Guys! Happy Monday and Happy MLK Day:)

It’s been a few months since I’ve done a Snack Easy roundup so I think we’re long overdue for one.

I didn’t realize it until I had all of the snacks together, but clearly I was going for some kind of tropical theme. I think my subconscious is telling me I need a vacation. Until that time, these tropical treats will have to do. Lucky for me they’re delicious. Read on to find out my thoughts about each one.

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Four-Year “Fit-versary” and 2017 Fitness Goals

January 9, 2017

Hi Guys! Happy Monday:)

We got our first snow of 2017 over the weekend, which means I spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday indoors. I did some cooking (delicious healthy recipe coming your way soon), tried some dulce de leche white chocolate cocoa from World Market (so good!), and continued to chip away at the beast that is my dissertation (eek!). All in all it was a good one. I also ended up getting hooked on the show “This is Us” on USA. I turned there expecting to find a NCIS or SVU marathon, and found a marathon of that instead. I left it on the channel just to have some background noise, and somewhere between episode 2 and 5 they got me. Damn it! I have a small roster of tv dramas that I’m currently watching (The Blacklist, Empire, Scandal, and Lethal Weapon), and I wasn’t prepared to add a new one. Oh well. I really like it. In the series they take you back and forth from past to present. I’ve noticed a lot of my favorite tv dramas do this. It’s like a game of connect the dots.

Now, on to the business of fitness. This month marks my four-year “fit-versary.” Yes, that’s a thing. Since the beginning of January 2013 I have committed to regularly and consistently working out. Three cheers for exercise!

So how have I done it?

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Still Killin’ It

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year Guys!!! I hope 2017 has been nothing but wonderful to you. I’m currently writing this post from my childhood home in SC. It’s gloomy and raining outside, which makes me want to stay huddled up indoors, but I have to leave for NC in a few hours. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I kept pushing back when I’d leave, but I can’t push it back anymore. I’ve got to get back to the business of full-time dissertating (is that really a word) and job-hunting. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to feel about it all. I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m also excited about what the end of this coming semester will bring, and nervous about what it’s going to take on my part to get there.

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