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Instant Motivation

I believe that music is instant motivation.  It can pick you up when you’re dragging during a workout.  It can cheer you up when you’ve had a bad day.  So I’m here to provide you with some “Instant Motivation” through music and quotes (I love quotes).

I’d love for you to comment and leave your favorite quote  🙂

Cycling Playlist 11/11/10

cycling 11-11


“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”


“Age wrinkles the body, but quitting wrinkles the soul”

-Douglas MacArthur

“There is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

-Winnie the Pooh 😉


Instant motivation for a runner:

Signing up for a race….more news to come about this!




So what’s your favorite quote or favorite motivational workout song???


Shoes…OMG Shoes…

So, I won’t be that girl to show you the new heels I bought this weekend.  Nor will I be the girl to show you the new pair of Jeggings that I’m wearing (maybe I will…still on the fence about these).

Nope, I’m the girl to show you the new running shoes that I just got (for a steal!)


The new are on the left, the old on the right…see a little difference?


how about now?


Or now?  Yep those are the same exact shoes (different colors) just the pink ones are done-zo! I can’t believe how different they look, nor how different they feel.  When I got them, I almost thought I bought the wrong shoes!!

I believe that my old shoes may have had a hand in my IT Band issues.  I’m stretching now every night thanks to a plan from Runner’s World. Plus I’m foam rolling.

IT Band ReliefYou should be able to click the picture and make it bigger  (I couldn’t find it in the RW archives, but it was printed in RW April 2010)

Also, last week, I got myself a pair of cycling shoes.



I really recommend getting a pair if you’re a dedicated cycling class participant!  They have really changed my workout.  I bought them from Hodson’s Bay here in town (Lafayette, IN).  The staff was super nice and informative and even put my clips in for me.  Thanks!


Last, when I went to Chicago, I made Chris trek across town to find Lulu 🙂 I didn’t shop otherwise, because I was determined to splurge on something from Lululemon.

In case you don’t know what Lulu is, it’s an athletic apparel store specializing in yoga, dance, and running wear (or in their words “any sweaty pursuit”).  I’m usually a Nike fanatic, but Lulu is winning over my heart with their fashionable and female specific styling. 

My splurge:


The Define Jacket

This jacket was exactly what I was looking for.  A stylish and super comfy way to get myself to and from the gym, and also a great layering piece (which isn’t too heavy) for colder outdoor runs. 

I found that Lulu products run smaller (I usually wear an XS or S and I actually bought an 8 in the jacket-for extra room for layering)



I highly recommend Lulu products, but I also highly recommend going to a Lulu store.  The staff at the Michigan Ave store in Chicago was very friendly and helpful and willing to look for whatever I needed in the size I wanted.  Although I’ll have to do some buying from the internet, I’ll be making a trip every once in a while to my nearest store 🙂

Still on my wishlist though:


The Run Speed Short in Oasis Plaid…

Although the Run: Dash Tight is obviously more practical for this time of year

A girl can dream though.  😉



What workout gear has got you motivated to workout recently?

Do you love Lulu too?

Another Fall Day


The sun was shining through the trees as I left for the lab today.  I couldn’t resist…I had to take a picture 🙂


The pumpkin matches quite well with all the leaves that are falling.  I don’t want them to go too quickly though, it’s always so sad when the trees are bare.


“Hey leaves!  STAY…don’t LEEEAAVVVEEEE!” haha, sorry, I couldn’t resist!


It’s my first day back in fitness attire since I got sick (over a week!)  I hope that I still know how to move.  We shall see. . . .


I love to french braid my hair for workouts.  My hair is so thin and soft that it helps to keep all the little pieces off my face. 


My new rug came today too 🙂


What do you think?


Here’s the playlist for tonight’s class:

playlist 10-21

I’m in love with the new Kings of Leon Album…have you heard it?

Check it out if you get a chance.  Great music to chill out to 🙂


Looking for an easy breezy Friday meal?  Who likes to spend a lot of the time in the kitchen on a Friday after work when there’s fun things to do!?


Slow Apricot Chick

  • 4 Large Chicken Breasts
  • 1 jar of apricot preserves
  • 1 packet of dry onion soup mix

Put the chicken in the slow cooker.  Mix the preserves and onion soup mix together.  Spoon on top of chicken.  Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.  Serve over whole grain wild rice and with a veggie of choice!  Now that’s easy brreeezzzy … 


I love sugar snap peas.  Getting your veggies frozen is great deal!  Cheaper than fresh and lasts longer.  Plus you don’t risk losing your vitamins in the veggie over the days it sits in the fridge.

Want to make your dinner even easier? 


Invite Uncle Ben to dinner :)  I love these packets.  Great for 2 to 3 people and ready in 90 seconds…what more could you ask for?


Have a wonderful Thursday night and Friday!  T G I F


PS:  I know today’s post was quite the mish mosh of ideas, but that’s what runs through my head :) 

Country Roads, Take Me Home

So I may not be traveling by car, but tomorrow I’ll be flying home!  🙂

I’m almost packed and I have all my PSU stuff ready to go!


I’m hoping that it will be cool enough to wear my ears…we shall see


Charlie thinks that he’s coming too.  I feel so bad for the poor guy, he doesn’t know that he’ll be by himself for about 48 hours (plenty of water, food, and litter will be provided until Chris can come visit and check on him).  He’s the neediest cat I’ve ever met.  Currently, he has made residence in the suitcase.  If he didn’t meow so much, I’d shut the bag (leave a small gap for air) and just take him with me!


I have a yummy bite to share with you.  I’ve seen these on many blogs before and decided to try them myself.



I was writing my list of things that I need to pack and used these to fuel me through the last stages of packing.

Slice an apple in half sideways.  I used a melon baller to cut out the middle.  Top with your fav nut butter and toppings.  I used chocolate chips, but you can use berries, flaked coconut, or I’ve seen pumpkin on a few!


Does everyone have an ongoing “Wish List” in their head??? I currently do, and I’ll need an ongoing “Budget” to accompany it.

Wish List

  • Since writing this blog, I have started to really enjoy photography.  The angles, lighting, and colors fascinate me.  So of course this would then appear on my list:

Canon Rebel XS

I’ve done some research and this seems to be the best for a “cheaper” DSLR.

  • Cycling shoes!  Yes I’ve been teaching spin for a about 2 years now and am just now realizing what a huge mistake I am making in not having shoes that clip.  Must do research and buy shoes.
  • the new iPod Nano in Pink of course.  I have a feeling my iPod is going to take its last breath soon (I wear it out by the amount of exercise I do).  The new nano has a clip which is perfect for active folks 🙂

  • Enough said..I want one!

  • Lululemon Speed Shorts – Yes I’ve been wanting plaid running shorts, but who wouldn’t!! sooooo cool 🙂


  • Yogitoes Skidless Yoga Mat – the only thing hindering me from going back to hot yoga is that I feel like I’m going to fall on my face from the sweat hehe


So I will start my budgeting and hopefully I will be able to financially discipline myself to acquire a few things on my list! :)  Where is Suze Orman when you need her?


See ya’ll in Happy Valley!