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Last College Weekend of 2012!

Amidst crazy hours of studying, I fit in plenty of time away from the books over the weekend – the last college weekend of 2012! I am done with my sophomore Fall semester on Thursday, then starts Winter Break!

Our school threw a Winter Carnival on Friday night which was so much fun :) We played laser tag, rode a mechanical bull, made many trips through the inflatable obstacle course, and the photo booth.

Riding the Mechanical Bull (

This thing is killer! My legs were shaking afterwards, since you mainly use your legs to keep stable on the bull. Sign me up for the rodeo!

Radical Run Obstacle Course (

I WANT ONE OF THESE IN MY BACK YARD! It’s an obstacle course with 2 sides to race a friend up a rope ladder, through “tires” around barriers, in tunnels, up another long ladder and down the slide. My friend Alyssa and I went through a bunch of times, no clear winner ;) This thing had the virtually no line either, compared to the 70+ people waiting for an airbrush tattoo. Really? A sparkly blue dolphin over an adrenaline-inducing  obstacle course!?

Photo Booth (

And a good ol’ fashioned Photo Booth to bring out our inner goofballs.

Then next night, I got together with my cross country girls’ team to glam up for a team party. It’s so strange to see each other in make-up and dresses, since we’re used to the daily spandex and ponytails. It’s amazing what a pair of heels and some mascara can do!

XC Girls 2012 (

(I’m second from the right, hot pink skirt)

The weekend is over and it’s time to face the finals. I woke up bright and early this morning to get in a good run before my day of classes and last-minute studying – exercise fuels the brain! I think no matter how busy we are, we can always find at least 30 minutes for exercise. You just have to be flexible with your time! Log off Facebook, wake up early, skip the TV show (or even workout while watching the show).

How was your weekend?

Social Sweets and Snacks

I had one of those weekends. Those weekends where your healthy diet is sacrificed for social activities that leave you praying the scale will be nice to you Monday morning.  The kind of weekend that was FILLED with friends and fun, and lots of extra indulgences. Sometimes, (okay most of the time) “social” activities include going out to eat or cooking/baking and inevitably eating. This weekend’s social agenda included lots of “extras”. Needless to say, I’m craving my fruits and veggies this morning!

Friday Night: Dinner out at a sports bar. Loved catching up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while; what the heck, I never eat this kind of food, I can splurge. After dinner I met up with my friend Kerri. She had a sore throat…..better get some ice cream!

Saturday morning: post-run brunch with fellow runner and recent birthday girl Alyssa at a Frozen Yogurt & Waffle joint:

Yes it was every bit as delicious as it looked. And Yes this was the first time I ever had FROZEN YOGURT for breakfast :D

Sunday Funday started out healthy with a weight-lifting session with my roommate and a beautiful run. Then the BAKING began with our friends across the hall. We wanted to make some thanksgiving-esque Turkey Rice Krispie Treats:

But apparently stores quit selling candy corn after Halloween. How are we supposed to make the feathers? We did some quick thinking and came up with another festive treat:

Not sure if more chocolate chips made their way onto the actual pretzels or in our mouths.

White chocolate Candy Cane Pretzels (majority ruled these the favorites.)

& Dark Chocolate Mint-Drizzled Mini Marshmallow Pretzels (cute concept; strange looking.)

Unpictured:  Reese’s PB Cup Pretzels (utterly unappetizing looking. still delicious)

It was a fun afternoon decorating and listening to Christmas tunes. Plenty to share!

No doubt I enjoyed every last bite of this weekend’s treats but the fact that it is so FAR from my normal, regimented diet leaves me ready to get on a health streak. Particularly because Thanksgiving is this week and I don’t want any extra guilt when I go for that potato casserole!

SO. What to do after a weekend of indulgences?

  1. Drink plenty of water. Make sure your body is still hydrated!
  2. Get back to routine. (Healthy and simple breakfast; sliced fruit for snacks; balanced plates)
  3. Limit sodium, excess sugar, and refined carbs (which will reduce bloating)
  4. Add in 10 extra minutes of cardio each day (burning around 500 extra calories between Monday & Friday will help off-set the weekend damage)
  5. Move on. Don’t dwell on the extra calories; they are already there. Keep up your workouts and you will get back on track.

In other news – 2 more days til I am reunited with my parents, my home, and my Missy!!!