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  • Fall Foliage

    Back Workout + Friday Favorites #48

    My sister and I are signed up for our local Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving! I have never done one of these, so I am excited and look forward to getting in some cardio before enjoying all the delicious Thanksgiving food. Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for a very long time. I don’t see that changing. I love pumpkin, turkey, and cornbread stuffing. If you love pumpkin, you should try my pumpkin spice latte cake

    I also started my classes on Monday! I am taking some pre-req classes for a grad program I want to get into and already have some assignments. Quizzes next week. Homework that needs to get done every day. Early mornings are now no longer for lounging. They are for homework and studying. I NEED the A’s. I knew what I was getting into… or so I thought. These classes aren’t the only things I am working on.

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

    Single-Serving Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

    I watched Julie & Julia the other day. Have you ever seen that movie? For Julie to work her way through an entire cookbook is pretty impressive, right? Or, am I the only one who thinks that? I’ve been feeling like I should be getting more creative in the kitchen and I felt spurred by the movie to finally take action. So, are you ready for an easy and healthy, single-serving pumpkin spice latte cake recipe? I’ve been craving some pumpkin-inspired sweets lately so I decided to whip up a single-serving recipe I’ve been working on. It’s quick, easy, and, most importantly, delicious! As an added bonus, it’s also only 200 calories and 2 g sugar!! This is the first in a pumpkin series – a series which uses only 1 can of pumpkin puree for three different recipes!

  • Paused Reps

    How to Use Pauses to Boost Your Performance

    Ever been to a powerlifting or other lifting meet? One of the key factors in these types of events is the commands. If you ever plan to compete, practicing with commands is crucial. With the bench press, for example, after the liftoff, you’ll hear the “Start” command first. From there, you lower the bar down. From there, you’ll have to show the referees that you’ve brought the bar to a complete stop. The bar has to be motionless at the lowest point of your lift. You have to pause. Once you’ve gotten the “Press” command, you can press the bar up. Prep for a meet is just one example of where training with pauses comes in hand. However, pauses don’t just serve as meet prep. Let’s get into how you can use pause training to boost your performance.

  • Trader_Joes_Logo

    Sunday Swarm: What I Love at Trader Joe’s

    I love love love Trader Joe’s. Seriously, Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places. They’re always adding new things, are focused on delivering healthy foods, and seem to carry just about everything you could need. In case you’re unaware, Trader Joe’s privately labeled products contain no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no synthetic colors, no MSG, no genetically modified ingredients, and no partially hydrogenated oils (artificial trans-fats)! Gotta love that, right?

    Some people love their frozen foods (I sure did in college – gyoza, hello!). Others love their cookies and sweets. (I do like their trail mix cookies and honey graham crackers.) Trader Joe’s has a lot to offer and I want to share my favorite things that you can buy there.

  • Leg Press Leg Workout

    Leg Day Workout + Friday Favorites #47

    I think I want to include a little more about my life in these Friday Favorites posts. I like getting to know all of you and reading about other bloggers in the world. Do you want to get to know more about me? Even if you don’t, I think it’s valuable and real when people open up about themselves. So, I want to do that more. I’ll also have some more free time these next couple weeks, which means I’ll have more time to write. That makes me happy. :) This week was hectic. I won’t share all the details, but I will say this: I truly enjoy my time in my internship. It has made returning to my normal 40-hour work week job different than before. It’s not bad, but it’s different.