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10 For 10

7 Mar

Don’t worry guys, I made it through the #snowquester (hashtag required). IMG_2153[1]

It’s funny because that picture was taken during the half hour or so in the morning that it actually snowed. The rest of the day it slushed – not quite cold enough for snow, but too cold for only rain.

Don't worry, it will be in the mid-60's by the weekend?

Don’t worry, it will be in the mid-60’s by the weekend?

So even though the weather was not as disastrous as everybody predicted, it was still not very pleasant outside and I was content to sit inside with my mug of tea after waking up at 6:15.

But then it hit noon.

And I got restless.

Then this happened:

IMG_2156[1]Yep, yours truly went for an outdoor run in that hot mess of a “storm”. I’m not sure who was more surprised, myself or Stefano, after I called him up to deliver the news. I can honestly say that this is the first time in my life that I have run outside in inclement weather. Cabin fever will do that to you? I honestly don’t know who I’m turning into.

The rest of the day was pretty average – hanging around the house, watching too many episodes of the Biggest Loser with roommates, and plenty of snacking.

One meal highlight was this ginormous salad that feature a whole avocado and a large portobello mushroom with a fried egg inside.

IMG_2159[1]Delicious does not even begin to describe. A friend of my roommate was over at the house and, upon seeing the size of my salad, bet me that I couldn’t finish it in one go. Oh, you poor naive girl. I killed the thing in about 5 minutes and her eyes looked like saucers when she saw the empty bowl. Should I be proud or ashamed?

Non-meal highlight: in bed by 9:30 PM, waking up at 7 AM. Why yes, #snowquester, I will take 9 1/2 hours of sleep.

10 for 10

So one of my very favorite companies, Chobani, posted a blog the other day that really intrigued me.

10for10_LOGOThey admitted that they were a little behind on the New Year’s resolution thing, but still wanted to set up some personal goals to achieve throughout the year. The challenge? Set one goal for each of the remaining months of 2013. They can be as simple as crossing a restaurant you’ve wanted to visit off your list or larger growth goals like applying for a new job or travel to a new country. I love this because I am an obsessive planner and I love having things to look forward to. What’s great about this is it breaks up the monotony of having one longgggg goal that you’re trying to achieve throughout the year and keeps it interesting by switching it up each month. Visit their site if you want to see what some of Team Cho’s goals are and share with the rest of those participating on Twitter by using the hashtag #10for10.

Sara’s 10 for 10

  • March: Get on my yoga mat at least twice a week (so far, so good!).
  • April: Drink my body weight in ounces of water per day (that’s going to be a doozy).
  • May:  Have a weekend picnic.
  • June: Update my resume/CV.
  • July: Keep up workout/eating habits while on vacation (I will be in Seattle for the first part of the month).
  • August: Take a trip to the beach.
  • September: Pretend I am a student and register for some kind of class.
  • October: Have a birthday party (I never do anything for my birthday).
  • November: Host a Friendsgiving.
  • December: Have $10,000 dollars saved by the end of the year.

Your turn! Share some of the things you’d like off your bucket list this year.

A Real Winter Wonderland

24 Jan

Looks like Mother Nature finally decided to put her money where her mouth is and gifted us with the white stuff this morning. Because I keep my window shades down at night, it didn’t even occur to me to look outside until I received a text from Stefano, saying his school had been delayed.


At first, I didn’t understand why his school would just be delayed and then I looked outside.

IMG_1931[1]Unfortunately for me, I still had to go to work. Upside: the weather is a toasty 19 degrees, up three from yesterday. Baby steps.

I think I’m getting better at this staying warm thing. The key is to leave no skin unexposed, which leaves me looking a bit like a babushka, but whatever it takes, right?

IMG_1932[1]I still pick winter as the season to get voted off the island.


Body Pump was killer last night! Not so much because of the difficulty of the tracks, but because the room was heated to a bajillion degrees. By the time we got to planks during our abs session, I was feeling a little nauseous and dizzy. Despite chugging water like a madwoman, my throat felt really dry during the whole class. Too cold outside, too hot inside – moderation, people!

I haven’t decided what I’m going to do tonight. I am thinking about going home and doing a workout there, but it seems that every time I try, the couch and Netflix ends up sucking me in. I have a new three-month exercise plan that I am planning on unveiling next week! It’s going to run from February until May and I’m really looking forward to switching things up.


My more recent blog posts have not given much insight into what I’ve been eating, but it’s mainly because I have been enjoying the same meals for a long time and one can only post so many pictures of eggs or yogurt before they all start to blend together. One thing I have been a fan of is a bowl of yogurt (3 scoops plain, 1 scoop honey) with a sprinkle of oats and chia seeds, alongside a big sweet potato.

IMG_1926[1]The combination of healthy carbs from the sweet potato and protein from the yogurt keep me nice and full until lunch. Fun fact: although the nutrition facts are very similar, sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes (i.e. Russet potatoes). The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly blood glucose levels rise after eating, so foods that have a low glycemic index do not cause a quick spike in blood sugar. As a result, people don’t experience the same roller coaster of sugar highs and lows and low-glycemic foods keep you feeling full longer.


Since deciding to mix up my salads, I have really been enjoying all the different combinations I can come up with. In the salad up top, there’s a mixture of baby spinach, cannellini beans, dill pickles, Persian cucumber, grape tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes. Yum! I also had some roasted butternut squash (chopped, baked in oven at 425 for an hour) that I had sprinkled with the seven-spice I purchased from Hashems. The seven spice is a combination of ground black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, coriander, and cumin.

I usually save the apple and trail mix for later in the afternoon so I’ve got some energy for my workout in the evening. So far, I think I’ve found a pretty good combination of macronutrients to keep me feeling satisfied during the day.

Articles of Interest

I’m not sure what it is, but this week has been chock full of articles on health and wellness that I have been enjoying. Here are a few that people might find interesting and informative:

  • 13 Reasons to Start Bodyweight Training: This is an excellent article that gives an overview of why bodyweight training is so effective and how different types of training can be done.
  • Is It Too Cold to Exercise?: The Washingtonian breaks down the weather and how to protect yourself from the elements if you choose to exercise outside.
  • Interview with Emmy Rossum in SELF: I have liked Emmy Rossum as an actress since back in her Phantom of the Opera days, but I like her even more because of this down-to-earth interview she gives SELF about her fitness regimen. I hate it when actresses say that they eat junk food and don’t work out much and it is refreshing to hear about somebody who admits that she works hard for the body she has (Gwyneth Paltrow is another one).

Okay folks, that’s all for me on this end. Please share your thoughts on any of the articles I’ve mentioned, I love to hear your feedback, dear readers! Stay warm and have a wonderful Thursday ❤

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