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Christmas and New Years Eve Balance

It’s that awkward six days between the overeating (and drinking) done on the Christmas weekend and the needing to get into that LBD for New Years Eve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After weeks of preparing mentally and physically for this gruelling holiday, I made the wonderful mistake of running on Christmas morning in the 30 degree weather, despite already feeling the come-ons of a cold. Note to self: Never again! The cold air completely destroyed me and now I have five days dedicated to rest and recuperate before ringing in the new year.

Now on the other hand, I absolutely hate New Years Eve. Such anticipation. Everyone needs to look good, someone ends up drinking too much, and the 30 seconds leading up to midnight tends to lead up to a letdown.

 

I realize this entire post has been slightly depressing, but here’s a tip I hope to follow myself: Don’t base your plans on what you hope to happen at the end of the night – make plans on what’s affordable for you and with people who you know you will have fun with! All that matters is that you have a good time and aren’t regretting your choices the next morning – or all of 2012!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year =)

Pumpkin Chocolatey Goodness

I had a half used canned of pumpkin purée in my fridge and was looking for a recipe to use it in when I came across a link linked to a link which was linked to another link! Each recipe was another variation of the other, but I ended up basing my version on a halved Martha Stewart recipe. She was just at Google (my place of employment) on Friday and I felt inspired!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Bars
Adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 Tbsp ginger
1/4 Tbsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
5/8 cups granulated sugar (1/8 + 1/2 C)
1 egg white
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped, toasted nuts (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with foil or wax paper. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, spice, baking soda and salt. Stir together and set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the pumpkin puree.
Add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts

Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs, about 35-40 minutes. (Check at 30 minutes) Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting.

To serve, lift the cake from the pan using the foil and transfer to a cutting board. Peel off the foil and using a sharp knife, cut into 24 squares.

How to Start Running

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To some, running is not in their vocabulary. For others, it’s just a means to an end – losing those twenty extra pounds or fitting into that bridesmaid dress. And for many it is a way to escape the real world and get into a zone where nothing else matters. No matter what your reason is for not enjoying running, I am here to tell you there are ways to change your views of the strenuous exercise.

If you had asked me two years ago what my favorite workout activity was, it would’ve been the stairmaster hands down. I loved how sweaty I got without having to jog mindlessly on a treadmill watching a muted tv when I could have a book or magazine in front of me on the stairmaster.

Flash forward to July 2011, when I’m running six miles outside by myself. For some avid cross country runners this may seem like nothing, but for me it was one of the biggest accomplishments. Now how did I, an elliptical junkie who could barely run 20 minutes a few days a week, achieve this? Three easy steps:

1. Grab a Running Buddy!
Meeting Jackie was the best thing that could have happened to my exercise routine. She showed me that running went by a lot faster when you had someone to talk to throughout. Not only do we push each other to go further, but having our running date set each week motivates me to run on that date as well as other days in the week, not wanting to slow her down because I slacked off.

2. Download Upbeat Music
Everyone has different taste of music, but I can tell you what works for me. Before, I was listening to various upbeat music: Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Kanye, All American Rejects – pretty much anything that made it into the Top 40 in the past 8 years. But when friends introduced me to house music, I realized what my workouts were missing. Avicii, Tiesto, Afrojack, Laidback Luke – they all have the most amazing beats behind their sets that make you want to keep moving. The easiest way to check out this style is to download Tiesto’s Club Life podcast on iTunes for free!

3. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol can harm your workout plan in many ways. Not only does it quickly add up in calorie consumption, but it increases your appetite, causing you to consume more than you would on a regular occasion. The after effects of alcohol can include depression, sluggishness, and a gnarly hangover as well, causing your workout to be less stimulating than normal, or for it to be cancelled all together.

These are steps that worked for me – they are not necessarily going to work for everyone. But if you have the desire to add running into your routine, I would give it a try! Worst that happens is you get a couple runs in 🙂

Xoxo
Mitzy

How to Start Running

To some, running is not in their vocabulary. For others, it’s just a means to an end – losing those twenty extra pounds or fitting into that bridesmaid dress. And for many it is a way to escape the real world and get into a zone where nothing else matters. No matter what your reason is for not enjoying running, I am here to tell you there are ways to change your views of the strenuous exercise.

If you had asked me two years ago what my favorite workout activity was, it would’ve been the stairmaster hands down. I loved how sweaty I got without having to jog mindlessly on a treadmill watching a muted tv when I could have a book or magazine in front of me on the stairmaster.

Flash forward to July 2011, when I’m running six miles outside by myself. For some avid cross country runners this may seem like nothing, but for me it was one of the biggest accomplishments. Now how did I, an elliptical junkie who could barely run 20 minutes a few days a week, achieve this? Three easy steps:

1. Grab a Running Buddy!
Meeting Jackie was the best thing that could have happened to my exercise routine. She showed me that running went by a lot faster when you had someone to talk to throughout. Not only do we push each other to go further, but having our running date set each week motivates me to run on that date as well as other days in the week, not wanting to slow her down because I slacked off.

2. Download Upbeat Music
Everyone has different taste of music, but I can tell you what works for me. Before, I was listening to various upbeat music: Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Kanye, All American Rejects – pretty much anything that made it into the Top 40 in the past 8 years. But when friends introduced me to house music, I realized what my workouts were missing. Avicii, Tiesto, Afrojack, Laidback Luke – they all have the most amazing beats behind their sets that make you want to keep moving. The easiest way to check out this style is to download Tiesto’s Club Life podcast on iTunes for free!

3. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol can harm your workout plan in many ways. Not only does it quickly add up in calorie consumption, but it increases your appetite, causing you to consume more than you would on a regular occasion. The after effects of alcohol can include depression, sluggishness, and a gnarly hangover as well, causing your workout to be less stimulating than normal, or for it to be cancelled all together.

These are steps that worked for me – they are not necessarily going to work for everyone. But if you have the desire to add running into your routine, I would give it a try! Worst that happens is you get a couple runs in 🙂

Xoxo
Mitzy

Just Say Yes

All my life I have been known as the friend who is the opposite of
spontaneous. I know a week ahead of time eacactly when I’ll be going
to the gym, when I’ll be watching my tivod shows, and where my money
will be going. So when a friend texts me asking to join them for
dinner right that second while I’m laying on my bed reading, I say no.

Lately tho (call it a mid year resolution), I have realized that the
funnest things and best experiences tend to happen when they’re
unplanned. Like making new friends, taking pictures that will last a
lifetime, or other occurences that you don’t even know will affect you
weeks later.

So now I am living by the mantra “just say yes” which is my modern day
version of “carpe diem.” Many may associate this phrase with the 90s
slogan “Just Say No [to drugs], and I assure you they have no
relevance! I have already found a positive affect in my life from this
newfound mantra, and it has even spread as far as me being the one
initiating the spontanteous activities!

I hope I will be able to continue on with this lifetsyle and report
back on it’s success!

I’ll Be Workin on My Fitness

I’m the M to the I to the T Z Y … It’s Mitzilicious

So you’re at the gym and you have your iPod on shuffle. All of a sudden Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” comes on. Hold the treadmill – this is not a workout song! What you need my friend is an upbeat playlist that will keep that heart pumping and motivate you to the last mile, last step, or last bicep curl.

I believe that every good playlist needs songs that aren’t necessarily on Billboard’s top charts or have the best lyrics, but instead keep you in rhythm throughout your workout. I am one of those people who cannot work out without music, and have even actually turned around to get a second charged iPod (usually a roommates) in order to finish a run. I also believe that no good playlist is complete without some BSpears, but that’s just me 🙂

Here are two of my favorite upbeat playlists for running:

*30 Minute Outside Run*
Don’t Go – Fefe Dobson
3 – Britney Spears
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls
I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
Check Yes Juliet – We the Kings
Boots & Boys – Ke$ha
Jump Then Fall – Taylor Swift
According to You – Orianthi
Popular – The Veronicas

*30 Minute Gym Mix*
Hammers & Hearts – Daphne Loves Derby
I Don’t Care – Fall Out Boy
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira
That’s What You Get – Paramore
I Look So Good (Without You) – Jessie James
When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls
Big Girl Now – New Kids on the Block Feat Lady Gaga
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
Beautiful, Dirty Rich – Lady Gaga

I’m Walkin’ on Sunshine

Sunny days make my heart smile =). Although I am sad that seemingly every weekend I visit San Luis Obispo it gets cold – even after a week of sunniness!

It’s been five days since I graduated culinary school, and in order to not lose my skills I have been trying to cook for myself – which is hard after a day of bike riding, packing, or hanging out with friends. However today I decided to go big and bake banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, and some cold potato leek soup.

Since I was already experimenting with the soup and cookies, I decided to change things up a bit with the bread as well. Banana bread

is something that is sort of a specialty of mine so I switch things up now and then. Today I decided I was going to use the uber delicious banana muffin recipe I had as a bread. It turned out delicious but super fluffy (which made it hard to slice off the loaf). Now to figure out how to fix that… Too bad I only majored in food science.

So now it’s off to Long Beach, LA, and San Luis Obispo for the rest of the week to hang out with some of my favorite people in the world!

❤ Mitzy

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

9 oz butter, room temperature

6 oz sugar

6 oz light brown sugar

– Cream above three ingredients together

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

— Add egg and vanilla to creamed butter and sugars

13 oz flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

— Mix dry ingredients and add to remaining batter

– Add 12 oz dark chocolate chips and (optional) 6oz chopped walnuts

Place dollops on greased cookie sheets, preferrably on parchment paper

Cook at 375 for 9 minutes – they should come out soft

Remove from sheet tray immediately but let cool before placing in air-tight container

Movie Review: Beastly

So after waiting a year, I finally saw Beastly! When I first saw the preview early last year, I thought the story line looked great, the main character was hot, and I love Neil Patrick Harris. Then when July came and went without a movie release, I was stumped and bummed. While I still don’t know why it released so late, I was happy to finally find someone who wanted to go see it!

Critics gave it less than 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, viewers about double that. I would probably give it a B-. Not something I would buy on DVD, but would definitely watch it when it airs on TV.

The premise of the movie is a twist on the classic “Beauty and the Beast. A ridiculously arrogant, yet attractive, high school boy is rude to the “witch” of the school who curses him with a face covered in scars and tattoos, making him a beast. He has one year to find someone who loves him for who is on the inside or he will “stay like this foreverrr” (imagine that being said in a really weird and creepy whisper). Through a series of events, the beauty ends up living with the beast, learning things that he hasn’t let anyone else see before.

I would recommend the movie for girls my age or moms who love movies like 13 Going on 30. It’s not one to take your boyfriend to, unless he loves Vanessa Hudgens or you’re just really mad at him. haha.

Let me know if you’ve seen it or if you do!

xoxo

Mitz

 

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I wish I was as smart as Mark Zuckerburg

Does anyone (besides our parents) remember the days before texting, Facebook, or Myspace? Granted [relatively] no one uses Myspace anymore, as it has zero quality compared to Facebook, but the use of technology as a means to communicate has escalated beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Gone are the days where you pass your best friend a note during class, are forced to speak to a boyfriends’ mom because you have to call the house phone, or God forbid send out an invitation including the phrase “R.S.V.P.”

Now I’m not complaining, because I love Facebook and texting, and am probably the worst person at having conversations on the phone, or even talk to boys in person before texting them for weeks beforehand. But it is weird to think how much has changed since1999.

Who knew Prince’s song had so much foresight about the change of the century?

Hey California, Make up Your Mind

Friday’s forecast: 50/50 chance of snow

Two days later: It’s 67 and gorgeous outside

What is going on?! One, it didn’t really snow on Friday. Two, I’m not used to having to deal with fluctuations in weather. If I wanted that I’d live on the east coast haha.

Anywho, I do love California, but the months of November-February don’t make me very happy!

 

I need some interesting weather stories to make me feel better about the weather that doesn’t even exist lol

 

❤ Mitz

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