Long time, no post! [CerebRun GIVEAWAY!]

Howdy friends!!! It has been quite a busy semester. I’ve been working a lot lately – both at CSS and at my new job teaching children’s dance and gymnastics classes! I am so thankful to be doing that full-time once I finish this semester. Over the summer, I’ll be starting courses from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in their Master Nutrition Therapy Program! WOO HOO! I am so excited.

This week is a big week for me – I’m headed to Las Vegas on Wednesday for StupidCancer.org’s OMG 2014 Young Adult Cancer Survivor’s Summit!!! I raised $610 for the organization and I am so proud to have been able to make a contribution. You can expect lots of updates via Twitter and Instagram, and hopefully a blog post once I come home :)

Okay – now the real reason I wanted to post for ya’ll. The nice people over at CerebRun have contacted me.

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Have you ever heard of CerebRun? If you’re thinking it has to do with your brain…you’re right! (Get it? Cerebrum..CerebRuN….clever right!?)  This year, they will be hosting the CerebRun on May 10th, 2014 in Delta, PA.

Friends…this is no ordinary obstacle race. Not only does it challenge you physically, but it challenges you mentally! The race is filled with physical obstacles as well as brain obstacles!

Think you’re up for the challenge?

Click here to take the CerebRun Test online!

Are you ready, CerebRunners!? I am hosting a giveaway for FOUR TICKETS to the event - MAY 10TH, 2014 IN Delta, PA.

About the race…

  • 6-8 miles
  • 15+ obstacles to test your physical abilities
  • 8+ puzzles to test your mental abilities
  • Multiple routes to the finish line, to test your ability to meet the CerebRun challenge!
  • Must be 14 years or older – If between the ages of 14-17, must have a parent fill out a waiver

One entry includes:

  • Finisher’s T-shirt
  • Finisher’s medal
  • 1 free beer ticket (21+ only)
  • Post-race snack
  • After-event celebration entry
  • Post-race chair massages

IN ADDITION….

  • There will be a scholarly heat in which the top 3 college-bound CerebRunners will split the CerebRun scholarship fund!!

Are you excited yet!?

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN 4 ENTRIES TO THE CEREBRUN!

  ($300 VALUE)

Good luck everybody! :)

Busy as a bumble bee! [First Podcast Interview! + Recipe]

HELLO my darling friends! It has been quite some time since I’ve posted on my blog. I have been getting very busy with school and a new job!

Since my last post, I have had several Anatomiy & Physiology exams (I passed!), and my late-start Intro to Philosophy course has started (only week 1 and my brain already hurts!)

I started a job teaching indoor cycling classes and bootcamps with a great start-up called CSS Group Fitness. We rent out a space and teach Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6a-10a. The hallmark of the company is the fact that it is mobile fitness, yes! As our truck says, “Our stationary bikes are mobile!” Every morning we unload the truck – bikes, dumbbells, mats, sound and video equipment. This past week was our grand opening week in which we held FREE classes, and it was a great success! We have people of all ages attending – from age 19 to all the way up in the 70′s! I have a great boss, great coworkers, and the people who attend classes are always willing to work their hardest. As with any new business, our soft opening was a bit slow, but hopefully business will only be increasing after this week! :)

Kayla was nice enough to take a video of me instructing…I hope I’m not too scary! hehe :p

I also had an awesome opportunity to have my FIRST  ever podcast interview with Adam and Devon Bate from The Lifestyle Accountability Show! The show centers around individuals who share their motivational tips to help others in developing a healthy lifestyle! :)

Click here to listen to my podcast interview on The Lifestyle Accountability Show!

In other news…

I finally did double unders!! Just a few – but it’s progress! I’m very proud of myself for finally getting them and look forward to getting better at them :)

I (unofficially) did the open workout yesterday – doing 60 singles instead of double unders since I don’t quite have them down to a science yet. Counting 60 singles as 30 doubles, and doing the 35# bar instead of the requisite 55#, I had a score of 250 + 50 singles. HR was up the entire time, and it felt awesome to work hard and push myself! It only made me more excited to keep improving.

Thanks to the coaches at Crossfit Summa! :) Anyone in that area, I highly recommend their box – great coaches, great members, all-around supportive atmosphere.

Lastly…my birthday is coming up in about 8 days!! (WOOO 21 YEARS OLD!) My mom has so kindly been posting a picture of me every day for a 21-day countdown to the big day. Thanks mom :p In honor of my birthday, it would be the most meaningful gift if you fantastic people would donate to StupidCancer.org in my name!! I’m hoping to attend the OMG 2014 Summit in Las Vegas, NV in April to meet and connect with other young adult cancer survivors!!

Click here to visit my fundraiser page and donate!! :)

To wrap things up, I’ll post a real quick omelette recipe! I’ve been on such an egg-kick lately, and this is one of my favorites:

Southwest Omelette

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp egular milk or almond milk
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced peppers
  • Diced avocado
  • Diced onions or onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Diced ham or turkey bacon
  • Cheese (optional)
  1. After dicing your ingredints, lightly spray a skillet with cooking spray and set over medium heat.
  2. Whisk eggs, spices, and milk – add other ingredints and stir.
  3. Pour ingredients into pan. Gently push edges in towards the middle – let egg simmer until it starts to bubble a little bit on top, and doesn’t move around when you move the pan. Add your optional cheese to 1/2 of the omelette, and fold over.
  4. Carefully flip the omelette over and cook briefly on the other side. Bon appetit! :)

That’s about all I’ve got for now – coming soon: a giveaway!! Stay tuned!!

Bethlehem Restaurant Week Review: Twisted Olive

Hello folks! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, and for those of you in the northeast, I hope you are staying warm and safe in this snow!! This will be my first ever restaurant review, and I was very pleased with my experience.

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Over the weekend, I went to a restaurant called the Twisted Olive for Bethlehem, PA’s Restaurant Week. The restaurant was featuring a prix fixe menu – $35 for four courses.

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Upon walking into the restaurant, I was overcome by delicious smells and live music, encompassed in a relaxing, sophisticated, and luxurious atmosphere. The staff only helped to enhance those characteristics.

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Our waiter, Dave, was very professional, attentive, and helpful in choosing our food and drink selections. He recommended a cabernet sauvignon from Seven Falls Winery in the Columbia Valley in Washington state.

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It’s tough sometimes when you are trying to eat a healthy, clean diet and you go to a restaurant that only has heavy foods that don’t adhere to your meal plan with little deviation. That was not the case with the Twisted Olive. I was able to have fresh greens and vegetables, lean proteins, while able to control and limit indulgences to small portions. A huge part of being healthy is being happy, and to be happy, I believe that one must have balance.

For my first course, I had grilled artichoke with smoked tomato vinaigrette over spinach.

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The second course options were salads – I had baby greens with tomato, candied walnuts, cranberries, french feta (delicious), and balsamic vinaigrette

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My main course was a-maaa-zing!! I had the Steak on a Stone – filet mignon with a porcini mushroom sauce, blu cheese sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. There was something pretty unique about this steak though…I cooked it myself!!

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It’s called steak on a stone because they serve it on a 600 degree stone on which you cook it to your preference of done-ness. I always like mine well-done!

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They also give you sea salt and garlic to season the steak to your liking. Once it was cooked, it was juicy, flavorful, and was absolutely perfect accompanied by the porcini mushroom and blue cheese sauces.

 

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Of course…after a hard week, I treated myself to some dessert! I had House made gelatto du jour – chocolate with caramel and whipped creme, accompanied by a decaf cappuccino (apparently, they have a bad @$$ espresso/cappuccino machine!)

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The staff was so incredibly friendly, the food was delicious, and I was in good company. I am definitely going to be returning to the Twisted Olive soon, and bringing friends! :) I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a high-end yet slightly casual meal of delicious, savory and exciting flavors.

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Have a great week everybody! :)