Posts tagged ‘challenge’

March 21, 2011

Challenges, “Cheese” and Chucky <3

Happy Monday! I know those two words don’t go together.. But I’m trying to be positive people – Plus, Monday is now O.V.E.R. 🙂

I’ve been a baddd blogger – Only posted two times in the past 14 days :/ It’s been rough getting back into my routine since I got back from vacation. But I think today is just what I needed and I am starting to feel back to normal!

Yesterday I ran a 5k for Colon Cancer in Memory of my Uncle Chuck in Washington DC with my entire family. He lost his battle almost 3 years ago and we’ve made an effort to support this cause as much as possible since then. This is probably the only time you wont hear me complain about waking up at 6am on a Sunday Morning to run in 35 degree weather.

I finished the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes! Last year it took me 34 minutes so that is a PR 🙂 I also stopped to talk to someone so I’m thinking I added an extra minute onto my time. I placed 197th out of 3000 so I’m happy with it. The person who crossed the finish line first finished in 14:43 – insane!

Team Schwink ❤ Miss you Uncle Chuck

Friday night was spent with some of my favorite girls – We headed out to Blue Agave for dinner and visited a few bars after. I thought the food was a little overrated but the sangria was delicious! I rarely go out anymore but when i saw that the temperature hit 78 degrees I was ready for a fun night out. Mission accomplished 🙂

I’m finally unpacked, eating healthy and back to the gym will return to the gym tomorrow!

I haven’t shown a full days eats in FOREVER so here it goes..

Breakfast: Blue Green Machine

I am officially addicted to adding spinach to my smoothies now! I know I’m a little late to jump on the bandwagon with this but I’m glad I finally did – If you have slacked even longer than I have, don’t wait any longer..

Blue Green Machine


  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 ice cubes
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 heaping spoonful of  brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp nunaturals stevia baking blend with fiber


  • Blend everything together and enjoy in your favorite glass with a straw

I love that you can only taste fruit in this smoothie because let’s be honest…slurping up a leaf doesn’t sound extremely appetizing! This is definitely a breakfast that will wake you up. You can never go wrong with extra energy on a Monday morning 🙂

Lunch: Dippy Egg, Muenster Cheese and Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin

Julie turned me on to Cinnamon raisin bagel thins.. But I decided I didn’t like them with just cream cheese so when I mentioned that to her she told me I  had to have one with melted cheese… Obviously if cheese is involved I’m in! Julie’s a genius… These are perfect and only about 200 calories

Is it just me or does breakfast food taste 100x better than usual when you have it for lunch or dinner??

I was excited to see that my blog had over 6,000 hits on Saturday – That’s another PR! I think I owe it all to Angela for posting my S’mores Dairy Free Vegan Ice Cream Recipe. Angela always has amazing looking recipes and pictures that make my mouth water. The most recent one I bookmarked was her butternut squash mac n cheeze. I made this tonight and it is to.die.for.

Did I mention it was healthy?

Butternut Squash Mac N Cheeze – 2 ways – Oh she Glows

I promise to be back on my healthy eating, fitness and blogging routine tomorrow. Have a good night 🙂

QUESTIONS: How many push ups can you do in a row? 11! What is your favorite comfort food? ice cream, pizza, and mac & cheese – all things that include dairy which I’m allergic to…awesome.

February 8, 2011

Valentine Fashion & Vegan Day 1

Day 1 of being a Vegan was….challenging. I’m not sure if I was over thinking my meals or if that many items really are made with animal products. When I went on the Peta website to check out the approved list, EVERYTHING seemed so unhealthy: 7-11 apple pies, candy galore, famous amos cookies and kettle chips. I was looking for guidance on what type of Salad dressings I could use, not what type of processed foods I could load up on! In the end, I stuck to my goal of eating Vegan for the day (6 more days to go!) but got a little frustrated come dinner time when I was ready to gnaw off my arm after the gym and didn’t want to think of what I  was and wasn’t able to  eat.

Here were my meals…


Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Oatmeal w/ Almond Milk, Better n Peanut Butter, Banana, Vegan Carob Chips

Snack: 100 calorie pack of almonds & clementine

Lunch: Apple and Avocado Spinach Salad

Dinner: Every single vegetable in my house with a half of a pita and pureed black beans

Dessert: Frozen Banana Ice Cream

After work I ran 3.5 miles and tried to come up with some more exciting recipes I could eat during the week so I wasn’t on Veggie overload. Stay tuned to see how I do!

I have been on the hunt for something to wear for Valentines day.. I don’t need or care to be decked out in hearts, pink and red but I do like to have a little something to represent love. Here are some looks I put together. Some of the items are WAY too pricey but it gives you an idea of what to look for…



QUESTIONS: Do you usually dress up for Valentines Day? If you are Vegan, post a link of your favorite Vegan meal… OK, I know this isn’t a question. But I still want to know 🙂

Day 13: Goals

To be honest I’d rather tip toe through the daisies, wandering down my creative path, creating my own recipes, blogging, and not worry about where I’m headed or what I’m accomplishing. Except that it’s quite clear I’m not accomplishing as much as I’d really like to be. And there’s this strange feeling in my gut that has a slight dissatisfaction about it. So, I set goals… Life goals, Relationship goals and Hobbie goals.


  • To be trustworthy.
  • Earn a good living.


  • Respect the feelings and rights that my partner has in the relationship. Don’t become overbearing.
  • Don’t ever let the fun fizzle out of your relationship. Do keep an open mind and try new things.


  • Run a marathon one day.
  • Cook 10 new recipes a month.