Thursday, October 21, 2010

E&E Has Moved!

I've decided to branch out beyond writing strictly about food and fitness to writing about technology, social media, relationships and life in general at my new blog:

Blogging at Exercise and Eat has been a great introduction to the world of social media. I'm looking forward to what this new blog will lead me to and all of the subjects I'll get to write about. 

Please bear with me while I go through the initial changes of a starting a new blog. Hope to see you there!

Content with Cheese

Content is the perfect word to describe how I feel right now. I just got back from a lovely two-hour-long lunch date at Tijuana Flats with my friend Alex and my sliding door is opened up to let this gorgeous weather in. It's just one of those lovely days.

At lunch, we split chips and queso. For some reason, I've forgotten how delicious cheese is, and I just can't seem to get enough of it lately. Can't complain, it's a delicious craving:

Cheese, a kid's veggie burrito and hot sauce = a very happy stomach, which translates to a very happy Jenny.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hump Day: What I'm Sweating

Happy Hump Day! To get through slow-moving Wednesdays, I surf the Internet first thing. As in, before I get out of bed. CNN may say I'm addicted to my smartphone, but I'm living in the 21st century and am proud of my love of technology.

These are some of the articles and finds I'm sweating this hump day:

1. Target brand Monster trail mix: includes peanuts, M&M's, raisins, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips - the perfect mix. Yum!

Brought to my house for late-night snacking this past weekend, my trail mix supply has been slowly dwindling ever since.

2. My "summer" abs. Hello football season, fall and tailgates, goodbye hard stomach. Time to get you back! I will be upping my weights during the Body Pump ab track, as I did this morning, with hopes of reversing the effects of fall semester at Florida;).

Not hard to do, since I'll be listening to Usher's "More." I love the lyrics "I"m a beast, I'm an animal, I'm that monster in the mirror." I appreciate anything that helps me workout that much harder! 

3. Kristen Stewart's hard-headedness. Talk about a white girl problem. How can you complain that your director is requesting you make more healthy choices while simultaneously paying you to make out with Jacob and Edward? 

Done and done!

Now that has to be a tough job - talk about a white girl problem!

4. The Starbucks Digital Network. Along with our pumpkin spice lattes (non-fat milk, double shot) and Wi-Fi, I'll be able to browse a content-driven network that looks like a cross between an online newspaper and magazine. 

The digital network will offer news, entertainment, wellness, business and career, local and Starbucks-oriented news. Read between the lines: an overwhelming amount of information!

While I like the idea of a customized, business-specific information network, I usually go to Starbucks to study. The thought of another information source seems distracting - and it isn't even finals week yet! Mashable's article describes the Starbucks Digital Network as a "complement to the Starbucks experience." Overall, the creation of this network was a great choice to remain top dog in the market for coffee - I can guarantee it will keep me in their cafes longer, buying more ventis to power me through late-night cram sessions. Smart move, Starbucks! 

What are you sweating this Hump Day? What gets you through slowly moving days?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Hoarder No More

I updated my Facebook status yesterday. It read (and still reads):

Jenny Demartini: Two months to the day away from graduation... When did this happen?

Since I'm getting close to getting dressed in a cap and gown, it's time to stop nesting and start going through what I have, because I don't want to end up on an episode of Hoarders. This applies to:
  • Shampoo (body Wash, bath products) - Trying new bath products that have awesome scents is an addiction - I currently have cinnamon bun-, coconut-, pomegranate- and cherry blossom-scented products in my shower.)
  • Mascaras - I bought brown because I thought it would look more professional, but it just looks non-existent, which defeats its purpose. Note to self: stick with Maybelline's The Colossal Volum' Express in Glam Black.
  • Tank tops - who else does this? I think I have 47 white tank tops in my dresser right now. Not necessary.
Clothes and bath products are not the only things I have to go through before I pack my apartment up to make the big move to wherever I end up - I have to consider the food! I don't think I would be able to leftover nonperishables if I don't have an exact location, and don't think I'd want them sitting around in a POD, storage unit or closet while I figure that out. Just the thought creeps me out a little, understandably so.

This is the current state of nonperishable food items in my pantry:

What I have to eat through:
  • Grains: orzo, pasta, oats, popcorn and cereal. I guarantee I can clear through those oats quickly if need be (especially with the PB on the right hand side of the cabinet), and will probably have an Italian-themed dinner party and include the dried mushrooms and pasta sauce to clear out the pasta. Maybe before DJ Pauly D tomorrow night?
  • Proteins: Tuna, cans of beans, powders. I love tuna salad on spinach, and think those baked beans will make an excellent sweet potato topping, as I've learned here.
  • Coffee! Something tells me I'll have no problem making this disappear, considering how it's Monday and I've already finished a carafe of iced coffee. Totally acceptable.
  • Sauces and spices: I have a lot of them! Pumpkin pie spice, adobo, soy sauce, balsamic and so many more! Anyone know how long most spices last? This calls for Google.
So, this is totally doable, especially in two months. I know I'll need to hit up Publix for some fresh veggies, almond milk and quick to-go snack/meals for class (read: Clif bars), but am still aiming to buy only what I need. I have to put my money where it really matters, like at the Florida/Georgia game and in Orlando this weekend!

Time for a favor: How can I get creative with the foods I have in my pantry? How do you use up the food you have around the house without letting much go to waste?

Monday, October 18, 2010

ΔΔΔ Fat-Talk Free Week

Happy Monday! Hope you're having a day that makes you want to say #TGIM!

I've been working on a new Internet project but for now, I've updated Exercise and Eat a bit - have you checked out my new pages? Do you have any suggestions for what else I could add? I was thinking of adding a blog roll or a favorite foods page - thoughts?


Regarding it being Monday, welcome to Tri Delta's third-annual Fat-Talk Free Week. We've all been there - your jeans don't fit "right," you take an unflattering photo or are translating other feelings into feeling "fat."

Watch Tri Delta's video from YouTube here.

It's rare to find someone who consistenly feels their body is perfect, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I love my body for what it can do: the legs that have been strengthened by Body Pump and carry me to class every day, my smile, my long brown hair. I am not a surgically-enhanced version of myself. Rather, I have learned to embrace myself as an original.

All of these factors, however, are superficial. At the end of the day, what matters more: actions or looks? I value the importance of taking care of myself, but even if I looked like a Victoria's Secret model, a pessimistic outlook on life would wear any one of my family or friends out. Luckily, I am an angel who is always happy and always smiling (sarcasm!).

These attributes (legs, smile, etc.) are all superficial. I believe all women are beautiful, whether they have "boy-type" body figures or if they are Christina Hendricks-curvy.

The trick is finding something about yourself that you can always call on that will make you feel hot, regardless if you're covered in sweat, just downed 2 pounds of Whole Foods hot bar, what have you. Forget the images the media shoves down our throats and know this: you are beautiful and have no reason whatsoever to fat talk - it only acts to bring you down!

Cheeseball alert: I'd like to dedicate this song to you, not only for this week but for anytime you need a reminder. Because you're amazing, just the way you are.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Workout Jams

Last week, my playlist needed a serious update. There have been way too many times I've been caught shuffling through my Droid, hoping for an upbeat song to come up next. Usually, this doesn't work to my advantage and Christmas songs or "sounds of the ocean" will be the song that plays next. Not like I have those kind of MP3s or anything.

Side note: Now that I don't have an iPhone, it's strange to say "MP3" and not use terms like iPod, iTunes, etc. As much as I love my Incredible, it's very easy to slip and call every music device an iPod!

Alas, this is who I am now:

A happy (and adorable!) Incredible owner, even if my Google reader slows down the phone. NBD, I have a blog-reading addiction.

My new workout playlist:
  • Kanye West- Runaway: I really like this beat to get a good cardio attitude going, there's something about the beat that does it for me.
  • Drake - Fancy: To keep the attitude up! You simply cannot go wrong with Drake.
  • Katy Perry - Last Friday Night: This is my absolute favorite song right now. So much so I made it my ringtone and jam out every time it rings. Highly recommended by E&E!
  • Pink - Raise Your Glass: It's just a genuinely happy song - very upbeat and playful!
  • Shontelle - Perfect Nightmare - The lyrics are what make me love this song so much. Who hasn't been here? Makes me push that much harder!
  • Lil Wayne - Popular: Makes me feel hot, which makes me have a good time and keep workin out. I really enjoy the chorus lyrics!
  • Glee - Slave 4 U: This takes me back to (middle or high) school. Who else remembers the belly dancing in her music video? I used to try to do that, but my lack of rhythm prevented that from ever happening.
  • 30 Seconds to Mars: Kings and Queens: Something about this is promising about the future, which I always welcome now that senior fall is halfway over!
  • Usher: Stranger: Another really good beat, and I really connect with the lyrics. And I love Usher.
  • Justin Timberlake - Across the Sky: Such a fun song... and it's Justin Timberlake! Come on:)

That is not a bad looking man!

What are your favorite songs to workout to? Any new/recent favorites? I'm always looking for new songs!

Sunday Night > Saturday Night

Sometimes, the only thing that's better than a Saturday night out on the town is gossiping about last night's shenanigans over Sunday night dinner.

That's exactly what happened tonight!

My friend Alex & I went to Moe's for an early-ish dinner after a late night. I had the standard A.V. - Art Vandalay. I have to admit, I'm not a fan of the whole wheat burrito, so I go with the standard white. You've gotta do what you've gotta do! It was stuffed to the brim with veggies and guacamole (yum!), and was the perfect way to end a great weekend...with the exception of the Gator loss.

Art Vandalay sneak peek:

And now, it is in my belly. Minus the chips, whoever was making them tonight is a less-than-stellar job and I was very underwhelmed. I like them crispy, super-salty and doused with the "Who is Kaiser?" salsa! I also left having laughed for about two hours straight, which beats a burrito any day.

What's your favorite Moe's meal?