What’s New at 25

Lately life has been more like …

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And less like …

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With Valentine’s Day, my 25th birthday, and a way too many night shifts thrown together in a row, I have had a two week hiatus of treats and comfort food. Time to reset my nutritional and training focus.

I have learned over the years that daily exercise makes me make better choices. When I go a day without exercise, I find that I am not as concerned with food as fuel but more so food to satisfy cravings. I am learning each day what I need to feel my best.

Which brings me to …

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my next CrossFit competition! I have not done an individual competition since August 2014, and I am really excited about buckling down my training. The competition just happens to be at the gym where I first discovered this sport, Fitbodies CrossFit in Bloomington, IL. I know it is going to be really competitive, but I know it will be good for me to compete against women who have the strength and drive to go that extra mile. Devoting myself to a better training schedule and planning out my weeks workouts, will help me to stay on track as I prepare for this competition.

Week of February 23, 2015 schedule:

  • Monday– CrossFit Invictus Competitors Programming
  • Tuesday– Swim
  • Wednesday– Rest
  • Thursday– CrossFit Invictus Competitors Programming
  • Friday– CrossFit Invictus Competitors Programming/ Open Workout 15.1
  • Saturday– CrossFit Invictus Competitors Programming
  • Sunday– Rest
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6 Photos of the Weekend- Take 1

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  1. Chris snuck into my apartment and set up an adorable display of cupcakes, strawberries, Crispin, and tulips (my favorites 🙂
  2. Irazu for a double date Valentine’s Day dinner with our friends Nick & Jeanine.
  3. A quick snack during our Sunday trip to Target.
  4. Snow is still coming down strong in Chicago.
  5. Tried Bee and Tea for baos and bubble tea.
  6. Nala doing what she does best.

Spinach Buffalo Chicken Burgers

I have been in a burger mood lately, so I took it upon myself to whip up a quick recipe for you all!

Spinach Buffalo Chicken Burgers

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Ingredients:
– 1# ground chicken
– 1 handful finely diced spinach
– 1/4c Frank’s Buffalo Sauce (hot sauce would probably work fine too)
– 1/4c organic shredded parmesan cheese (I used Organic Valley)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix ground chicken, spinach, buffalo sauce, and parmesan cheese in a medium mixing bowl till well combined.
3. Form into four patties and lay on greased baking sheet.
4. Bake for 8 minutes on one side, flip, and another 6-7 minutes on the other.

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I topped mine with a slice of organic provolone cheese and paired it with some homemade sweet potato chips

Simple & delicious!

Try it out and leave me a review in the comment below 🙂

 

Recipe review: PaleOMG Chicken Enchilada Bake

If you are a friend of mine, you already know I am a BIG fan of paleOMG recipes. The recipe below is an easy reminder of why I love them so much.

Chicken Enchilada Bake

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Not too shabby right? Try this delicious dish and head over to paleOMG for many more recipes that will spice up your week in the kitchen!

A Slice of Ccakes Returns!

I think it is time for a return to the blog seen. I enjoyed it so much throughout college and it has been AMAZING to look back and read some of my posts. I don’t have a ton of followers, nor do I have sponsors or giveaways, but that is not why I enjoy blogging. I do it so I can stay accountable and learn how to balance my life, while hoping to inspire others to find their balance as well. Lets kick things off with breakfast and an easy recipe to share with everyone. unnamed-1 Breakfast aka my favorite meal of the day. Living in Wicker Park, I have truly found a love for brunch. I love trying new places, new entrees, and then sharing my thoughts and comparisons with Chris (and now you all!) Mondays at home breakfast:

  • two gluten free cinnamon raisin toasts
  • two egg scramble (1 cup spinach, onion/green pepper, & 1 strip bacon crumbled)

Side note…Chiberia hit! unnamed-2 And now….unnamed-1 the greatest crockpot whole chicken….EVER! Thanks to my mama for giving me this awesome recipe. 

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large chicken

1. Chop onion into thick wedges and cover them on the bottom of the crockpot. 

2. Add all spice ingredients in a dish. 

3. After removing the giblets (DONT FORGET THIS PART), rub the chicken with the spices. Coat the entire chicken. Inside and out!

4. Heat on high for 4-5 hours. 

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