Monthly Archives: June 2015

(Not such a) City Girl

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I’ve been Manhattan for the past few days. My mom and I are here for my surgery which was on Monday, but we had plenty of fun over the weekend! We’ve spent so many weekends here that I feel like I’ve seen all of the major sites to see, and at this point there are only a couple places in the city that I really look forward to visiting. Central Park will always be my favorite spot in the city (Riverside Park and Bryant Park are a close second. Coincidence that all of my preferred spots are the ones that are the least city-like? I think not ;)

Running in Central Park (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

 

On Sunday morning, we walked to the Jackie Onasis Resevoir in the park to get in a 90 minute workout. It was sunny and hundreds (probably thousands) of other New Yorkers were running around the paths. Where else will you see SO MANY recreational runners in one spot?! By the time I got through about 10 miles, a layer of salt was left on my arms and neck from sweating so we booked it back to our apartment to shower and get ready for a late brunch next to the park.

Stronglikemycoffee.com Central ParkI’ve been wanting to try out Sarahbeth’s several times but we always run out of time or find somewhere equally appealing to go instead. Finally we planned a girl’s day and I had a brunch date with my beautiful mama!

Brunch with Mama at Sarahbeth's (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

Inside the restaurant was bright and energized. We split a peach bellini while deciding on which two brunch entrees we would share. We ended up getting one sweet and one savory, since it’s all about the balance ;) Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blackberries and a Garden Egg White Omelette.

Brunch at Sarahbeth's (stronglikemycoffee.com)The garden omelette came with a scone and homemade jam, and I honestly just could have eaten the jam with a spoon. Strawberry Raspberry, so so good. After brunch, we walked through the crazy crowds (apparently it was Puerto Rico day and a parade was expected see 2 million people waving their Puerto Rican flags with pride.) Finally we got to an equally-crowded  Times Square to do some shopping. My mom and I each got a couple new workout outfits which always make exercising more fun :)

Monday morning I checked in the hospital bright and early, and the bleomycin sclerotherapy treatment went smoothly. I am always nauseuas after anesthesia and the breathing tube always gives me a sore throat for a few days but that’s why these next two days are all about taking it easy and lounging. My mom and I have been watching episodes of the old ABC show ‘Brothers & Sisters’ which is completely addicting. Whenever I watch movies or shows with big loud crazy families, I always get a little jealous.

As glamorous as NYC looks on TV, I miss home. Where sidewalks don’t reek of urine and car horns are not the soundtrack of our nightly walks.

Well,  I just wanted to put up a little recap of our trip here to keep up with my medical journey blog posts. Later this week I’ll be back with another healthy recipe.

XOX Kenz

Spring Fitness Infographic

First things first….Congrats to Allix for winning the Quest Nutrition Giveaway! Allix has been emailed, thanks everyone for participating & stay tuned for more fun collaborations with my favorite health and fitness companies :)

You may have seen from Instagram, I’m in New York Citaay this morning. I flew in on Saturday with my mom for another round of bleomycin treatments on my venous malformation. This is #5 out of 6 so which means we are getting closer to the cosmetic reconstruction portion that I’m excited about. And honestly, even though two days are spent in a hospital, it still always seems like a little “vacation” when we stay in the city. Sunday began with a long run in Central Park, brunch at Sarabeth’s, shopping in Times Square, iced coffees, and an evening walk along the Hudson river.

Stronglikemycoffee.com Central Park

I’ll fill you in on the details later this week, but I did want to share this cool infographic (well, I think all infographics are cool which could just be the marketing student in me talking) from Bankers Healthcare Group .

This isn’t a sponsored post, I just wanted to share a fun breakdown of some basics surrounding the importance of making time for exercise in our daily lives. Bankers Healthcare Group has its own healthy-living blog, BHG360. Since the company has an interest in one healthcare sector, it strives to maintain a connection to other sectors with an interest in health, fitness and nutrition as well. Its blog recently conducted a study and compiled an interesting post for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month which was in May. Fitness and its health benefits should be a priority 365 days a year, so I like the idea of extending National Physical Fitness & Sports month into the rest of the summer months. I would LOVE to help spread more awareness about the positive effects of physical activity and help people find the motivation to increase their overall activity!

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Sometimes we don’t even realize how our lifestyles have become less active and our bodies are incurring more negative effects due to the ever-increasing technology and popularity of convenience goods (eh-hem Netflix…drive-thru’s….online shopping…delivery grocery services…eh-hem). Hope you enjoy this little reminder about all the positivity that activity brings :)  My favorite piece is the bottom right corner list of 6 ways to revamp your routine because I really do follow all 6 when I get in a rut! So helpful!

I’m uncaffeinated due to pre-op restrictions so I will log off and see you here again Wednesday. Wish me luck!

XOXO Kenz

TBT #9 “College Girl Travel Guide!”

It’s another Throwback Thursday blog post! :)

***The Quest Nutrition Giveaway ends TONIGHT at Midnight. Free Quest Bars, Protein Powders, and Protein Chips by commenting on Monday’s post –> Quest Nutrition Giveaway. Good luck!***

Picking today’s throwback post was eeeeasy; it’s the College Girl’s Travel Day Guide (you don’t really need to be a college student or a girl to relate) because I’ll be travelling this weekend, using these very tips :)

I’ll see you here again Monday to announce the winner of the Quest prize package!

College Girl’s Travel Guide

Originally Posted July 2014

College Girls Travel Day Guide on Stronglikemycoffee.com

Blogging at you from Atlanta, Georgia today…Surprise! I’ve decided to relocate from SoCal sunshine to Southern Comfort. The palm trees and Mexican food will not be missed.

…..if you fell for that, you have not been around here long. Kenzie’s hair + Humidity = Frizz outta control. Hello, Poodle.

No, my time in the Peach State will be brief (unless a Luke Bryan-esque cowboy comes to sweep me off my feet in the next 75 minutes…) I’m just on a layover for my flight to New York for the next round of bleomycin injections to my cheek.

While I sit in airports, I have lots of time on my hands. Naturally I made a list of things to get done, hence this Saturday morning blog post :)

Though I have never left the country, I’ve done my fair share of travelling. College tour road trips, recruiting visits, out-of state track meets meant full travel days. (Longest trip yet: 2 hour drive + 3.5 hour flight + 8 hour drive + 45 very grumpy teenage athletes. Real quality bonding time.)

First official recruiting trip almost 4 years ago!

From all-day drives, overnight train trips, even a 4 hour horse ride (ouch.) I’ve learned ways to make a day of moving from here to there a little more bearable.

1.) Sanitation:

College Girls Guide to Travel Day // Sanitation (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

Lord knows how many germy, snotty tiny humans sat in that seat, sneezed on that tray, reached for that door handle. Airplanes are basically breeding grounds for germs and stress compromises your immune system. De-cootify your hands, don’t eat from the tray, drink water like it’s your favorite thing to do, and take immunity insurance like Airborne or Emergen-C. A little extra Vit C couldn’t hurt! (And the berry flavor chewable type taste like Sweet Tarts.)

College Girls Guide to Travel Days // Health (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

2.) Comfort:

This is referring to your outfit. I know my pajama-wearing girls are gonna hate me for this. I don’t think a flight warrants the need to look like a hobo. A lot of people don’t see a point in putting together a decent outfit, but you are still in public. God bless the inventor of the maxi dress/maxi skirt. It’s like yoga pants without legs, perfectly comfortable and yet somehow stylish.

College Girl Guide to Travel Days  // Comfort (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

I prefer fitted athletic wear (not to be confused with baggy sweats and old t-shirt) because I can squeeze in some discrete exercise (see tip #4) But if I need to look presentable when I get where I’m going I like skinnies and flat-heeled boots.

3.) Be Productive! (This is my caffeine talking!)

College Girl's Guide to Travelling // Being Productive (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

What a perfect time to cross off those menial tasks we procrastinate for the elusive “later.” Uninterrupted hours are at your disposal.

*If you’re the slip-on-my-eye-cover-and-slip-into-a-short-coma passenger, feel free to skip this tip.

Travel days seem like wasted hours so I like to find a few things to work on (eh-hem this post right here…) A killer playlist can keep up energy and focus. None of that sleepy John Mayer crap. I have a specific “Airplanes & Trains” playlist meant to Get. Stuff. Done.

4.) MOVE when you can

Sitting for hours on end is like a punishment for your body. After a while, your metabolism slows, yours blood flow slows, your energy is wasted. Find opportunities to MOVE and use them. (Which relates back to tip #2 and the convenience of yoga pants.)

Get up and take a restroom break every hour. Be that girl. Your fellow flyers may think you have over-active bladder syndrome but you’ll protect yourself from collecting a blood clot!

Tangent —> Blood clots freak me out for real. In elementary school, I heard a news story about a reporter doing a piece in the Middle East. After hours cramped in a military vehicle with no leg space, he developed a blood clot in his leg that travelled to his heart and killed him. This stuck in my head, and in 7th grade my biology textbook even referenced the incident. Maybe this will scare you into moving more. Fear tactic! Muahaha.

College Girls Guide to Travelling // Exercising (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

Got a long layover? Do some lunges/squats/calf raises/stretching. Hey I have no shame doing exercises in an airport if my fellow flyers have no shame wearing pajama bottoms, Crocs and hair curlers in public. Layovers were made for walking (and that’s just what I’ll do) ;)

5.) Snack Smart

Dry roasted peanuts anyone? No no no. You’re smarter than that, girl! You already know that airports, gas stations, and snack carts have “convenient” junk. When you’re packing your bag, bring your own food for the day with actual nutrients and vitamins. Obviously we’ll have to compromise a little for convenience, portability and TSA regulations (THEY MADE ME THROW AWAY MY PEANUT BUTTER THIS MORNING. I will not forgive them.) but some safe options include protein bars, bananas, apples, almonds, pistachios, kale chips and rice crisps.

College Girl's Guide to Travelling // Travel Smart! (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

College girls travel smarter!

Speaking of travelling, last night I had a dream that I traded in my car for a little motorcycle. As I was getting ready to ride the 5+ hours back to school, it just then occured to me “how would I carry my stuff?” You know, furniture….clothing….important things. Not sure where that one came from ;)

What’s your travel must-have?

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