Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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?
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.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Jenny Demartini: Two months to the day away from graduation... When did this happen?
- 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.
- 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.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Watch Tri Delta's video from YouTube here.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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:)
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.
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.
Friday, October 15, 2010
I didn't get to Singapore by sleeping through an 18-hour Singapore Air flight. Singapore was the final port of my first semester with Class Afloat, an experiential education program that transformed the way I look at the world and how I fit into it. My classmates and I ended the semester in Singapore at Christmas-time after sailing across the Pacific and through its islands from Vancouver, B.C in August.
I would be a great fit for Standard Chartered's position of the World's Coolest Intern. Creating my own online presence has taught me about the capabilities of social networking as a way to position a company, market to new customers and promote brand awareness, as I learned when branding Exercise and Eat.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
- Revive (Wood) - meant to do what its name implies, this crisp tea includes Oolong leaves, black tea leavves, rose hips and petal, and ginseng.
- Defend (Water) - to defend from within, includes guava leaves, ginseng and black tea leaves. Mild taste.
- Purify (Fire) - an aromatic green tea, chamomile, aloe, oolong leaves and black teas help purify.
- Shape (Earth) - a bold tea, to shape from within, using young barley leaves, pearl barley, Pu'er tea leaves, green tea leaves, roasted rice and roasted brown rice
- Skin (Metal) - to refine the skin from within using young barley leaves, roasted pear barley, cinnamon, ginger, roasted rice, roasted brown rice, Pu'er tea leaves and green tea. Full-bodied taste.
- Sokenbicha uses The Five Elements Theory, a holistic philosophy imported from China in the composition of their tea flavors. The traditional Japanese (we switched countries), classifies the natural world into the five elements you see above, and reflects those correlations between the "human body and the natural environment" to "result in health and well-being."
- According to the Five Elements Theory, the "blends of teas and botanicals in Sokenbicha are believed to balance the body by balancing the elements within."
- Recycling - Bottle and label are 100% recyclable
- Processing - the teas are authentically brewed, and production waste is recycled as mulch.
- Growers Corporate Social Responsibility - Worker housing, health care, child care, mandatory schooling, and CSR Customer Partnership Projects are all supported by Sokenbicha.
- Sri Lanka Tea Suppliers Commited to the Environment - 100% hand-plucked tea leaves, no pollution due to generating harvesting machines and hydroelectricity are used at their facilities
- Comment on this post about which tea flavor you'd like to try most and why,
- Tweet about this giveaway (I'm @ExerciseandEat!)
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Hope you enjoyed your 10-10-10! What were you up to this weekend?
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
These digital advertising strategies remind me why I am consistently impressed with the power of social media: By taking an idea (breast cancer awareness) and linking it to a social media outlet (in this case, Facebook), users become part of an interactive experience. Who wouldn't rather take part in seeing where their friends like to... rest their purses, and in return be prompted to get mammograms or promote their wives, girlfriends, sisters to from there on out? The power social media has to unite the individuals behind the computer screen into a community is mind-boggling.
After the Marie Claire debacle earlier this week (haven't heard of it yet?), I wanted to craft a post that would use the powers of social networking to promote other bloggers' hard work and support our community by posting links to sites I've loved lately.
Hope you enjoy:
- Grilled Cheese Social's Indian-Themed Grilled Cheese. Fitnessista, this reminded me of you!
- Flashbacks from Tropical Eats - brought me back to younger years when I didn't care if I had cake on my face. I think my parents must have skipped over the "food on face, wipe with napkin" lesson, because I'm still working hard to reverse that damage;).
- The hilarious but oh-so-awkward moments of Rachel Wilkerson.
- Anticipating purchasing the phone of my future: number four, to be specific. Beautiful.
- Taking a date to the gym: what do you think?
- Pumpkin Tiramisu. Yes, you read that right. Fall is here, and Better Homes and Gardens provided the public with what looks to be the recipe of the season.
What posts, bloggers and sites are you loving lately? Attach a link to your comment, I'd love to check them out!
Monday, October 4, 2010
During my time with Class Afloat, the Concordia spent over a month in port while most of us (Americans, at least) went home for Christmas and the holidays.
When we arrived for second semester, we had a new cook and a new breakfast dish for the week of sail training for the new students: sweet red bean curd dumplings. As Anthony Bourdain says, "there are certain dishes worth traveling for."
This, my friends, is one such delight:
The steamed dumplings are doughy, light and perfect for an easy-to-eat pre-Colours/cleaning/training/school breakfast. Lately, I've been craving these dumplings like you wouldn't believe - I even tweeted about it last weekend!
As much as I'd love the opportunity to jump on a Singapore Airlines flight to one of my favorite areas of the world, it simply is not feasible at the moment. I've been working hard to find replications in Gainesville at Asian markets, but have not had the luck to find that sweet taste that benefits my tastebuds and also feeds the travel bug inside of me.
Since I can't just up and leave whenever I desire, I'll keep searching and trying to recreate these sweet red bean curd dumplings.
Speaking of Singapore Airlines, here's a fun fact: the flight from Singapore to Newark is 18 hours long. Somehow I got upgraded to first class and managed to sleep the entire flight to New Jersey! I was tired after two all-nighters!
This iStock photo is completely accurate - for the mere moments I was awake during the flight, I recieved the best service I've ever had on an airplane: hot hand towels, wine and Ben & Jerry's ice cream included. I highly recommend flying with Singapore Air!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Katie Drummond, a journalist at Marie Claire, wrote an article about the "Big Six" of the blog world that I found on Strawberry Sweat.
Drummond did not focus on how the Big Six make the time to post to their blog two or three times daily, documenting their personal, healthy choices. She did not focus on their hard work to combat negative body image and tearing down stereotypes of what health means and should look like.
The image I took from the Healthy Living Summit was one of balance, and I couldn't begin to imagine Caitlin keeping us away from dangerous carbs like miniature croissants and muffins - honestly, Drummond? I don't believe you could have written your article the way you did if you had been reading the Big Six's blogs on a daily basis, like most of us do.
This is simply a poorly written, incorrect story. If the Big Six were to be pictured, it should have been from the perspective that the Big Six blogs are not at all disorder-inducing, but are instead positive, healthy images of balanced lifestyles. Drummond's was a story that is not well researched or factual whatsoever. This story is the opposite of what I've been taught to write - a story that portrays its subjects in a false light.
Drummond, the next time you write a story, make sure it's an accurate representation of the individuals and/or community you represent. The healthy living community is a resilient one that will bounce back. Best of luck in writing more factual stories in the future.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Fall has officially made its way south, and Florida's temperatures have dropped to chilly 80 degree highs and are in the 60s at night. I just wish I could leave my sliding door open, but alas I live on the first floor, so that's not happening anytime soon. Thankfully, the reduced temps make it easier to run outdoors!
October also granted me to the ability to eat some of the fall goodies I was talking about Wednesday - and they didn't disappoint!
I woke up bright & early this a.m. for my favorite class, Body Pump.
Great bodies aren't born, they're forged.For some reason, it seemed to drag on and on, especially during the squat and tricep exercise tracks. I just couldn't focus! And then the not focusing got me even more off track... My mind was all over the place this morning!
I'm currently snacking on a new (to Target and to me) granola bar from Quaker: Life's Cinnamon Roll Raisin Pecan.
- 5g of fiber
- 6g of protein
- 20% of my daily value of 5 B-Vitamins
- 150 calories; 35 from fat
The Life bars are dense, chewy and had chunks of pecans and raisins in them, not just bits and pieces here and there. I bet they would be even more delicious heated or crumbled over Chobani. I'd give them two thumbs up!
Have a great Friday night!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I have to get creative and find my Fall fix in other ways.
Enter: Edy's Limited Edition Pumpkin-Flavored Ice Cream. Perhaps the fact that its a limited time treat associated with my favorite time of year (Halloween, Thanksgiving... I love holidays!), or the fact that it's simply delicious, no other ice cream flavor has ever come close to this.
Topped with whipped cream and graham cracker cookie crumbs, this dessert is a legitmately close knock-off to pumpkin pie.
New treats, courtesy of Target's holiday aisle:
A little less delightful than the previous ice cream, this is much more Pop-Tartty, if you catch my drift, and was a little too processed. Not in love, but it was nice to try out for a while. Feel free to stop by and sample these if you'd like;)
Add an iced pumpkin scone (calorie bomb) on the side and you have the perfect fall meal filled with treats. It's a bit much for breakfast, but I've been known to take these to night classes and have a Monday night class this semester.
Mouthwatering. I think I may have to keep the tradition going.
What are your favorite fall treats?