Healthy Mind + Body

New School Year, New You: 2016-2017 Goals

Good morning everyone! In my last post I mentioned how important journaling is, and how it can really help you reach your spiritual sense of happiness, so I’ve decided to get back on my blogging game as this is a sense of journaling for me. I had my cup (or two) of coffee paired with my bowl of oatmeal + 1 scoop of cinnamon protein powder, and now I’m just typing away before I set off for the typical eight hour work day. Life’s been moving at a fairly fast pace lately. I feel like it was just last week that I was crying in Shawn’s arms when he left for basic military training, but that was over 3 MONTHS ago already! Now it’s time to really buckle down lately with so many upcoming events:

The start of the new semester

The start of a new job working under two professors

The start of a new major (exercise science)

The start of a whole new type of relationship (long distance)

Prioritizing people, places, events, and ideas has always been a struggle with me. I tend to put academics over everything, which sounds like the best thing in the world…I mean hey it’s gotten me this far, but mentally it’s a struggle bus.

I put together a simple list of goals that I aim to achieve and nail for the 2016-2017 upcoming school year.



Some people may look at my list and think “ok laugh..that’s easy to do. and eating when you’re hungry? Come on that’s easy too” But when you’re mind works like mind, sometimes those two things happen maybe once or twice a month. Making a list of things you want to accomplish based off of YOUR needs is key. No matter how little or silly they may be. Sometimes it’s just the feeling that you can cross it off at the end of the day—that accomplished feeling, that makes everything that much better.




Weekend Wrap-Up

20160124_145501327_iOSAnd after a long, blizzard filled weekend, Anthony left to head back to NJ while I suffer this cold Sunday all alone. Anthony was kind enough to visit me this weekend and spend time with me. He put up with my anxiety-ridden gym breakdowns and constant 2-3 hour meals. He didn’t even laugh each time I brought my own food to the restaurants we went too! He’s a keeper Winking smile


Yesterday after I blogged, I ATTEMPTED to leave my house but my car was entirely stuck in the snow. I called my boss to tell him I would be late and he said he already had nine call offs ha! Anthony knows how independent I am so although I declined his offer to drive me to work, he did manage to create a path for me (which didn’t allow my car to drive anyways and actually got his four wheel drive car stuck Disappointed smile)

After several attempts, rolls, sighs, and curse words….we made it out of the driveway. Western PA probably only got about 6 inches compared to my family in NJ who is still trying to shovel their way out! 22 inches jeeze!

I made it into work and since no one wanted to shop at 7AM, it was a fairly easy breezy day for me. After I got off work I headed to the gym to kill some legs and abs and then back to my house where Anthony was waiting so we could grab dinner/coffee.


Tip while dieting for a competition: BRING YOUR MEALS! You can easily eat out, but BRING your meals with you and aim for places that have salad bars!! Anthony and I went to Ruby Tuesdays and I got their salad bar option + my meal of chicken, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. I didn’t feel left out watching him eat, and he didn’t feel weird since I ended up ordering things. It’s tough, but there are ways around eating and actually managing a social life.


Today’s Sunday events are the typical Sunday’s in my apartment: work, gym (bis, tris, back and 30 minute cardio), and now enjoying a cup of coffee under my heated blanket.


How do you all stay on track when eating out?


As December Creeps Into January..

Hello-December-3-cynthia-selahblue-cynti19-32910589-500-375Its about that time where the “New Year New Me” mindsets start rolling in and we start scrambling for egg whites, gym memberships, and new running shoes…


Until about a week later when we give up. With competition prep just around the corner for me, it’ll be a lot easier for me to stay on track this year versus my previous years. Why? Because of all the money ,effort, and time I am putting into this competition. Plus the fact that if it’s publicly out there, now everyone is going to question what happened if I just suddenly stop!

Yesterday I was in the gym and I just was not feeling it. I couldn’t get myself in a good mindset, a good pump…just pure nothing. My head was throbbing and I felt that I just couldn’t catch a good breath…does anyone else ever experience just a lack of “pump” at the gym? I had literally the whole day ahead of me with nothing to do, and I aimed to spend a lot of time at the gym, but in reality I just  couldn’t get myself to do it.

And that’s OK! Sometimes we need a break. Sometimes It’s okay to skip the gym, or take an off day, or indulge. But that’s the thing, it’s temporary…it’s okay to indulge occasionally, but it’s when it becomes a new habit that we need to reevaluate what we are doing.

I’ve decided to do some self reflecting and think about some habits I want to change, or maybe a few things I would like to pick up as the new year comes into play. Tackling all at the same time may be overwhelming, so throughout the year I hope to crush all of these goals:

  1. Stop worrying about the scale number—Tabitha you are WAY more than a number!!
  2. Start focusing more on your career—study study study and kill your masters degree!
  3. Stop overseeing the beauty in the small things—you never let yourself enjoy the present. Stop rushing your life away and enjoy the small things
  4. Find love in the gym—don’t do it because you HAVE too, stop seeing it as a chore and make it fun again
  5. Don’t say no to opportunities—if someone asks you to get coffee, GET COFFEE! Don’t make an excuse to sit at home alone in your room. Go enjoy an hour with company!
  6. Find time to read books you enjoy


What are YOUR goals for the new year??


Day 8 & 9: Routine and someone you love

Well I’m not entirely sure if you all know this but I’m a strict routine person! I’m not the most spontaneous and “go with the flow” type of girl, so routine is strictly important. My morning routine is usually the same:
-wake up at 5
-click brew on the coffee
-head into the bathroom to wash my face
-pick up the brewed coffee/scroll through my emails and social media
-leave for the gym: 5:30-6:40 usually
– Shower
-make my breakfast
-update my website and tada! whatever the rest of the day entails

My nightly routine varies from if I work or have school, it always consists of:

-brushing teeth
-washing my face
– setting up the coffee for morning
-locking the doors
-putting on my gym clothes

and that’s about it regarding routine! My day 9’s person I love, that’s a tough one. I would definitely have to say my mom. although I love both my parents equally, my mom would be the person I would choose. She’a always there for me, through thick and in. she’s not that overprotective parent, but she doesn’t always find a way to communicate and check in without being that “who are you with what are you doing now” mother. sometimes I used to get angry not being allowed to do things but looking back I bet I would do the same thing for my child. Having the same sense of humor and interests makes it actually fun to be home on a Saturday night with her. Can’t wait to be home and reunited with her.

20140716-124906-46146894.jpgYesterday now was amazing! Bryan and I left for Pittsburgh around 7am and stopped for breakfast before officially making it to Warped Tour. The lineup for the bands wasn’t the best but there were a few i was happy to see. Got a lot of free stuff regarding vegetarianism and Bryan got a Tshirt, poster, and a cd! The weather was perfect too, not super hot or super cold, can’t wait for the next concert we go to.

anyone been to Firefly or Bonaroo? Any recommendations?

20140716-125408-46448610.jpgOn our way home we stopped at, but of course, Panera bread! Bryan was a bit upset that they were out of bread bowl so they gave him extra bread instead. By the time we go home it was about 9pm, and our plans for movie watching fell through due to the fact that we fell asleep before 10pm! From the sun, the music, the walking around all day, we were all so beat. Today is our last fun filled day before Bryan heads home to NJ tomorrow, so hopefully I can get rid of this nasty sleepy feeling after work and enjoy the rest of the day together. Hope the weather is beautiful for all of you guys! Enjoy!


1-16-14 French toast for the boys!


I made Craig and Bryan strawberry stuffed French toast from the Cook This Not That book, which all of those books are essentially my bibles and what I live by. The recipe is a healthier version of the strawberry French toast that you could order at Ihop.


Here is the recipe from Cook This Not That link above, enjoy:

1 cup low-fat ricotta or cottage cheese 1/2 cup skim milk 2 cups strawberries, sliced 2 Tbsp honey 2 Tbsp sliced or chopped almonds 1 Tbsp butter 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 8 slices whole-wheat bread Powdered sugar (optional)

How to Make It: *Place the ricotta, milk, strawberries, honey, and almonds in a mixing bowl and stir gently to combine. Set aside.

*Heat the butter in a large cast-iron skillet or nonstick pan over medium heat. Beat the eggs with the milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a shallow dish. Working one slice at a time, place the bread in the egg mixture, turning it over once to thoroughly coat, then add it directly to the hot pan. Repeat until the pan is full.

*Cook each slice for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until a golden brown crust is formed. Remove from the pan. Divide the strawberry mixture among four slices of toast, spreading to evenly coat. Top them each with another slice to make a sandwich, then slice on the diagonal to create two equal triangles. Serve with a shake of powdered sugar or a drizzle of pure maple syrup, if you prefer.



This recipe is definitely good on a cold morning (or evening, for us!) if you want to make your house smell amazing! The cinnamon is great, adding extra superpowers to your morning meal! Cinnamon has been said to help lower LDL cholesterol and improve memory and recall. Also it may help in lowering your blood glucose levels, which is great for people with Type Two diabetes. This is one spice where you always want to have in your kitchen cabinet!


the bittersweet day-before-new-semester

ImageIt’s always a bitter sweet moment when it’s your last day of winter break and it’s back to the real world of classes and learning. Today though I spent most of my time slaving over beer and breaking down boxes in the café. I woke up around 6 in the morning with Bryan and made myself a smoothie while he grabbed some cereal. We squeezed in a game of chess before I headed off to work at 7am (stalemate game…but Bryan’s much better and probably will win tonight’s game!) After learning how to play chess from him, that’s all I’ve been interested in doing. I definitely suggest learning if you don’t know how too, it’s much more fun and entertaining than checkers.

My lunch break consisted of a banana and greek yogurt, my favorite of course. I wasn’t really that hungry at all but I knew I needed something to last the rest of the eight hour shift. Clocking out of work today was the best feeling ever, because all I wanted to do was go home and make a nice meal and relax while Bryan (as usual) played Grand Theft Auto. But instead Bryan decided to take me to Hoss’s tonight! Which meant soup, salad, and dessert buffet! The dessert part can really kill the meal, so you have to be weary about what you choose. I piled on a bunch of greens and vegetables on my salad with some grapes and a piece of bread pudding as dessert. The cinnamon bread I have pictured wasn’t the greatest, so I didn’t even bother taking a second bite. Bryan ordered a steak and a baked potato, which also came with the soup and salad bar. If you don’t have a Hoss’s near your hometown you’re missing out! Definitely one of my favorite places to dine at.



Now as soon as all that salad digests In my stomach it’ll be time for Jillian Michaels ab session! It’s only day three and I can already feel some pain in my obliques. Motivation is one of the hardest things that keeps me from continuing a workout. Honestly though, if you want it bad enough, motivation shouldn’t be a problem. If you like what you’re doing, you will be motivated to do it. So make working out fun. Grab your friends or boyfriend or co workers, set dates and times and workout together. Join new classes like Zumba or Spin class, or (just like I did) buy a dvd and get off your couch! Make working out fun and you’ll be more inclined to continue.





getting stuck in a dinner rut

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good morning! just updating you on my lazy Sunday night with Bryan. he played NHL on the Xbox while I worked on some homework, but thankfully the rain let up a little so we headed over to fosters for some dinners I got my usual salad and some sugar free vanilla pudding. luckily there were no more orientations going on at that time so we had the whole cafeteria to ourselves! I really want to change up my dinners instead of constantly making the same salad, but I’m lacking on some ideas! hopefully inspiration hits me soon. after that we went back to Bryan’s and looked for some good movies to watch. we ended up watching workaholics and regular show, our usual “go to” shows when were just being so lazy.



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I just feel so relieved now because my thesis part is done, all my writings for my honors class is done for the semester, I bought all my textbooks for my summer classes (just English and sociology) and I only have to do laundry one more time before I leave for the end of the semester! My honors professor has been getting on my nervfes with losing my homework and assignments and not being extremely harsh on my work, but only 2.5 more weeks to go. I didn’t think I’d ever wanna go back home, but being away from my family for an entire 8 months really makes me feel grateful for having the family I have. coming up with my breakfast update in about an hour! seeeeya then!