Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Sunday Reading: Links I Love

Happy Sunday, kids! It’s been a great weekend! Yesterday I traveled the state for work all day, so today I plan on relaxing to the fullest.

We have FINALLY gotten our first glimpses of spring, so I, like everyone else, am FINALLY dusting off my warmer weather clothes:

Button Down: Old Navy, Jeans: Charlotte Russe (old), Heels: JustFab, Watch: Fossil (gifted)

I wore this look for a casual night out:

Leather-sleeved tee: Aeropostale, Jeans: American Eagle, Heels: JustFab, Cuff: NY&Co (old)

I love finding new bloggers for inspiration. I recently came across the blog Love Lenore. Like me, she’s a 20-something recent grad tasked with being stylish on a budget. She’s got a simple yet chic style that I love – keeping it simple can be a great thing:

Love this casual look!

As a recent grad and former intern many times over, I’ve been in this position before so I really appreciate this article from LinkedIn, ‘What to do when you’re asked to get coffee’.

The Hollywood Reporter lists the 25 most powerful stylists in Hollywood. Interesting to note that Rachel Zoe is only #6.

So funny, but SO TRUE. Everyone read this: Three Rules for Flying on Airplanes.

Also, 77 facts that sound like lies. Woah.

Finally, here are a few looks I can’t wait to wear when the warm(ish?) weather is finally here to stay:

Loving this Spring Looks (via my Pinterest) from some of my favorite bloggers and magazines.

Loving this Spring Looks (via my Pinterest) from some of my favorite bloggers and magazines.

Happy Sunday! xoxo

Recipe of the week: honey lime chicken skewers

Recently, I’ve been trying a lot of new recipes to keep things interesting at dinnertime. Most of my recipes use chicken (it’s within my college student budget) but I’m realizing there are so many options that I’m avoiding monotony.

I’ve never really been one to marinate chicken, usually because I forget to put it together in the morning before class/work and end up making something with less prep time when I get home in the evenings. But thanks to Pinterest, I’ve been inspired to put in a little extra work and try new things:

I made these skewers last night, and had several requests for the recipe so here goes!

For the marinade:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce (I used a light version)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • lemon juice (1-2 tbsp)

I combined these ingredients in a plastic bag and put the chicken in, shook it around a bit so that the chicken was thoroughly cooked and left it in the fridge while I was at work all day. 

When I got home, I preheated the oven to 375-400, boiled a bit of broccoli and cut up some red pepper, and took the chicken out of the fridge and cut it up. (Note: probably would have been even more saturated had I cut it up beforehand.. hindsight.)

I put the ingredients on two skewers,poured the leftover liquid on them and baked on foil for 20 minutes. SO delicious!

Note: This recipe would probably be even better grilled! I don’t have a grill at my convenience so baking was all I could do.

 

An evening walk on the Sunrise Carriage Trail

Last night, I headed to South Hills with a friend to walk the Sunrise Carriage Trail. I have to admit, until he told me about it, I didn’t know it existed (I’m using the fact that I haven’t been in town much over the past four years as my excuse, although I’m not sure it works) but despite its recent addition to my Charleston/W.Va. bucket list, I was excited to cross it off.

The trail itself runs from Sunrise (now Farmer, Cline & Campbell law offices) to the South Side Bridge, and was a really beautiful walk. Here’s a little history of Sunrise and the trail itself (via WhyCharlestonNow.com):

The mansion used to be home to William MacCorkle, who was the ninth Governor of W.Va. When it was built, it was an apparently an issue to get the building materials up the windy roads leading to the hill, so the path now known as the Carriage Trail was built.

MacCorkle himself discovered two bodies of women who (according to historical accounts) were shot on the spot after being convicted of being spies during the Civil War.

The grave marker of the two alleged Civil War spies.

There is also an arched stone monument on the trail dedicated to MacCorckle’s daughter, who was killed in a car accident. Upon his death, MacCorkle had his own ashed interred in the monument.

When we reached the bottom of the hill, we walked through downtown Charleston for a bit during sunset and got some great photos of the city:

Charleston really is a beautiful city.

The Levee during sunset.

If you’re looking for something to do on a summer evening, I definitely recommend walking the trail, it’s a beautifully peaceful walk that brings you out right into the middle of the city (where there are tons of restaurants and bars to explore).

 

Beauty Steps College Women Should Never Skip

As college women, our lifestyle is crazy. We stay up late on week nights studying and on weekends hanging out with our friends. Our schedules are different almost every day, and oftentimes leave us falling into bed late at night and getting up early the next morning – it’s hectic. Lifestyles like ours are unique, and can often leave us skimping on our beauty routine.

There are a few things I’ve learned I should never skip, and I’ve shared them below:

1. Get enough sleep! Many people think that sleep has nothing to do with your beauty routine, but it definitely is. A lot of the time, dark circles and swollen eyes are caused from a lack of sleep. Eight hours of sleep a night is crucial!

2. Floss! Brushing your teeth is simply not enough. They make great individual flossers that are way easier to use than regular floss. Your teeth will thank you!

3. Take your makeup off. I know it can be a hassle when all you want to do is go to bed, but by taking your makeup off, your skin will be able to breathe all night, and you’re less likely to get blackheads or zits. Plus, you’ll feel better when you wake up the next morning.

4. Use heat protector when drying and styling hair. If you’re like me, you dry and straighten or curl your hair almost every day. If you do it without using a heat protector of some kind (I like Tresemee’s version as well as Pantene’s.) then your ends will begin to split and look fried, and your hair will break off. Trust me, healthy hair is much better.

These are the steps in my routine I never skip, now here are some tricks I swear by:

  • Use Noxzema for brighter skin. I lather it on my face for approximately 20 minutes each night, and my skin stays bright.
  • Combine baking soda and water for blemish control. I use this as a spot treatment, and it works great.

What are your best tips and tricks?

Homemade McMuffin

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I try to eat as healthy as possible by keeping healthy food in my house and not eating out frequently.

Every once in awhile though, I’m running late and am tempted to make the only slightly out of the way trip to McDonald’s on my way to work for an egg and cheese McMuffin (egg and cheese on an english muffin, in case you were unaware).

I got the idea yesterday to attempt to make my own homemade version in order to save money and a few calories (and fat). Turns out making my own takes about the same amount of time as driving to the restaraunt itself and ordering, etc.:

Homemade version of a McDonald's McMuffin.

As you can see, I used Thomas’ whole grain english muffins and Sargengto ultra thin mild cheddar cheese, and scrambled one egg (which takes five minutes or less). I tasted the english muffin and then added the cheese and microwaved for approx. 15 seconds (which was a little too long) before adding the egg. I also added a little cajun seasoning

The english muffin is 100 calories, the ultra thin cheese is only 45 and one scrambled egg is about 70 calories, so I did the whole thing for just over 200 calories (according to MyFitnessPal, which is the app I use to track my eating, is 290 calories.

This proved to be a delicious (and fast!) alternative to the drive-thru.

Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle in College Part II: The Diet

Now that finals are over, I’ve been able to shut my brain off on schoolwork and focus on other things, like packing for the spring break trip to Orlando that I’m taking with my mom!

Now that I’ve given the basics of maintaining a consistent fitness schedule in college (which you can check out here) I will share my healthy eating tips. A lot of what I do (especially because I am in my own apartment) pertains to what you surround yourself with:

1. Don’t diet! Although I’ve never been one for dieting, I will say I only starting noticing a change in the way I looked when I changed my eating habits. Also, if you change your lifestyle, you will be more likely to choose healthier options when you decided to go to a restaraunt.

Don't diet!

2. Surround yourself with healthy options! When you go to the store (which you should NOT do when hungry, or you’ll likely be tempted to buy unhealthier foods) buy healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and lean meats (and healthy snacks too!). This way, when you get hungry at home, you’ll have an array of healthier choices to choose from.

3. Pack your lunch. You have no idea how much this helps! I pack and take my lunch to work every day. Not only does it ensure that you’ll have a healthy lunch, but it saves a TON of money, too.  I also carry a baggie of almonds in my purse for an emergency snack if needed. Here are some ideas for some healthy snacks:

4. Drink water. And LOTS of it!! I take a refillable bottle everywhere with me (to save money) and so that I’m never thirsty. Not only do I stay hydrated, but I also can curb my hunger and snacking as well as keeping my metabolism up by drinking ice water with lemon.

4. Be mindful of portions. I read recently that over the past 40 years or so, portions in the US have increased immensely. Remember that just because your plate may be large, doesn’t mean you need to fill it up!

5. Splurges are ok! You have to splurge every once in awhile, it’s ok! However, if you’ve eaten terribly all day and are feeling badly about it, don’t beat yourself up about it. We’ve all done it. Let it go, move on and eat healthier tomorrow!

What are your tips?

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle in College – Part I: The Workout

Let’s face it, two words that aren’t typically synonymous are health and college.  Despite previous lifestyle choices, when young people come to college, many become increasingly sedentary and eating habits often go down the toilet along with our daily exercise routines. I definitely think that moving into the dorms is HUGELY detrimental to our eating habits. All-you-can-eat food for every meal is tempting – no doubt about it. I, myself put on some weight when I came to college (thankfully not the dreaded “freshman 15”).

I realize I let my workout and eating habits slack for part of my college career, but got back on track and try to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle of exercise and eating healthy. In this two part series of posts, I will share my tips first for working out and second for eating healthy.

To be clear, I do not claim to be a fitness guru, nor do I claim to be the healthiest person in the world. But I have learned to maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle, and make eating healthy and exercising daily part of my daily routine.

Here are my tips for maintaining a steady workout routine while in college:

1. Make working out habit. If you ease your workouts into your daily routine, it will eventually become routine and it won’t feel right if you don’t go. That being said, you should still take one rest day per week.

Make working out part of your lifestyle.

2. Set reasonable and measurable goals. This is important. There are tons of websites out there for setting these goals (like Couch to 5K) and that ease you into your routine.


Goals you can see, like the one above, are really helpful!

3. Avoid plateauing by continually adding reps to weights or upping the difficulty on interval cardio workouts.

4. Sleep! This is when your body renews itself. It can be very difficult in college to get enough sleep (approx 8 hours) every night, but it should be a priority!

5. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your body will not change in a day. It takes time. You must persevere. It’s going to be hard, but it is definitely worth it. Lacking motivation? Check out Pinterest for new workout ideas and motivation. Also, TheBerry has weekly inspirational albums.

Truthfully, I’ve found that I never regret working out the next day, but I always regret it if I don’t go. So just go!

(Stay tuned for Part II, tips for eating healthy!)