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Energy Boosters

It was pretty difficult getting up this morning.  My alarm went off at 5:30 and then again at 5:47 (random time, I know).  I eventually made my way downstairs to watch a few minutes of the news with Bry before coming back to bed to blog.  I opted for no coffee this morning, because I’ve been trying to get myself off of feeling like I NEED it to function properly.

Although I’ve been taking my B12 gummy vitamins, my energy level has been rather low lately.  I’m not sure whether it’s a result of not sleeping that well, but I’ve been doing a lot to boost my energy lately.

Spinach shakes

Case in point… I’ve been drinking more of my spinach protein shakes.  I shared with you my spinach protein shake recipe in the past and they always tend to give me a boost in energy, because of the abundance of nutrients!  In a placebo-controlled study, researchers found that following a marathon, runners receiving 1500 mg of vitamin C per day recovered normal cortisol levels more rapidly than those taking 500 mg or the placebo. Because pumping out cortisol stresses the adrenal glands, faster recovery means less fatigue.

Spinach Protein Shake

I even had to run to Whole Foods yesterday during my lunch break to pick up my favorite whey protein blend for my shakes.  I’ve tried some of the vegan powders and I just can’t get into the grainy texture.  Maybe one day it will grow on me, but not today. 

Whey Protein Powder


Exercise of any kind can increase energy levels even among those suffering from chronic medical conditions associated with fatigue, such as cancer and heart disease.  Although I can’t always get in a long run, since my calf injury (which feels much better BTW),  I’ve been trying to do at least a few miles everyday.  Just getting outside in the fresh air, wakes my body up and gets me energized.

Drinking more water

Drinking water is actually really good for you (shocking!).  Since water accounts for approximately 60% of your body weight, your organs and vital bodily systems need water to do their jobs.  When you’re dehydrated, your body systems can slow down a bit, making you feel extra sluggish.

I’m definitely not the spokesperson for drinking water, because I know I can drink a whole lot more.  However, I’ve been trying really hard to drink more water and less Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee during my work day. 

Getting more light

I’ve been trying more and more to leave work during my lunch breaks to get some sunlight.  Although my office is rather bright at times, other days it seems like everyone just shuts the blinds and we keep it dark.  A study published in 2006 found that brief exposure to a bright white light increased alertness and boosted brain responses.  This is partly due to the fact that melatonin can’t be produced when you’re in bright light.

Philadelphia Magazines's Be Well Philly

On an unrelated note, I was published on Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Philly website.  You can read about my must-haves for racing season


How have you been getting more energized lately?
Do you take walk breaks at work during the day?

This or that survey– fitness edition

I found this survey from Clare’s blog and I knew that I’d eventually cave and do it.  I like surveys, because they remind me of the days of MySpace and the multiple questionnaires I’d fill out per day.  Please tell me that I wasn’t the only one…

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

Snow, snow, snow.  I absolutely loathe running in the heat, because I live in the Philadelphia area and our summers feel like you are in thick air.  I wish I was joking, but I’m not.  I’m very envious of all you southern Californians with the perfect running weather year round.  Therefore, cooler weather is my favorite time to run outdoors!


2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

I’m alright right flat abs.  I don’t know if I’ll ever have “washboard” abs, because I like sugary cereal too much to give that up, so flat abs are a O.K. for me.

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

Dr. Oz 100%.  I’m actually pretty bitter about this situation, because the year after I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Oz was the commencement speaker at my university.  Talk about bad timing!  However, I’ll forgive him for being late one year.  I love his show, because he makes various health topics easy to understand (almost too simple) and I can appreciate the fact that he is an actual real-life doctor.  He’s no actor, ladies!

4. Cardio or strength?

I can’t pick both?  Eh, okay.  I pick cardio.  I’ve done cardio for as long as I can remember.  I started dancing when I was 5 or 6 and since then cardio has held a place in my heart.  Over the years I’ve integrated other forms of cardiovascular activity into my daily routine, such as RUNNING!  Although I do love a good weight day, I don’t feel complete unless I do a little cardio. 


5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

Carbs.  Yep, I’m not afraid to admit that.  Give me a bagel, cupcake or piece of cheesecake, any day!  I wish I had cravings for protein more, but I don’t.  Now I’m not saying that I live off of sugary carbs, because I don’t.  However, given the option of a piece of fish plain or on a sandwich, I’ll usually go with the sandwich for the bread.  No shame.

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

Jillian Michaels.  She’s a tough cookie.  During college, when I wasn’t dancing, I would do her onDemand workouts in my tiny bedroom.  I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten bruises from her kickboxing video.  I may have accidentally kicked my bedpost and nailed my ankle on the side of a wall once or twice…

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Frozen yogurt!  I love frozen yogurt and am pretty sad that there isn’t a froyo shop any where near my house.  When we lived with Bryan’s parents there was a place only a few minutes away and I miss that luxury!  Since I can’t get my froyo cravings met, and I really dislike the taste of froyo from the grocery store, I buy my favorite ice cream flavor of all time:  Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean from their naturals line. 

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

I would have said lower body a year or so ago, but I’ve been loving the free weights and really trying to build up my arm muscles.  I have decently strong leg muscles from dancing my whole life, so doing leg exercises comes easy for me and I like to challenge myself at the gym. 

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

Eating food with protein is always better than any type of additive, but sometimes there just isn’t any other option.  When I get home from a tough workout, I like to make my simple protein shake with vanilla protein powder.  Because I don’t eat any meat besides fish, I have to make sure that I get enough protein in my diet.  My favorite forms of protein from food are eggs, tuna, and vegetarian meat products

10. Lunges or squats?

Squats.  No real reason behind this answer.  I just like doing them more.

11. Sweet or salty?

Sweet.  I tend to reach for sweet things like cereal more often than pretzels or chips.

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

Cute.  Not saying I wear makeup and belly shirts to the gym, but I like feeling good about myself when I work out.  I’ll never go to the gym in a baggy t-shirt and basketball shorts, because that’s not what makes me feel good.  If that makes you feel good then wear that! 


13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

I’ve never tried a Body Pump class or have done enough “heavy” lifting to make a decision on this one.

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Yoga all the way.  I really dislike Pilates, and I’m not sure why.  I took some classes in college and really preferred yoga.  I try to go to yoga at least once a week, if I can.  I’m lucky that I have classes at Whole Foods and lululemon to look forward to on the weekends!


15. Nike or Adidas?

Nike.  I currently wear Nike sneakers and tempo shorts when I run, (I need NEW sneakers badly, and not Nikes)  and my gym bag is from Nike, so I am going to go with Nike.

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

I’d prefer to run outdoors, but the weather here is terrible and I am a wimp in hot temperatures.  Cold weather all the way.  The majority of people go indoors during the winter to run on the treadmill, but I prefer to get outdoors and embrace the cooler air.

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Whole Foods.  I do like Trader Joe’s for their butternut squash raviolis, but overall I like the atmosphere and options that Whole Foods offers.  Plus community yoga on Saturdays!

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

Summer.  But you probably knew that if you’ve read my blog lately.  I’m all about the competitions in gymnastics, track and field, and swimming.

19. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Roasted.  I can’t seem to steam my veggies without making them soggy… and who likes soggy veggies?  Not me! 


What’s your favorite place to buy groceries?
If you had to choose cardio or weights, what would you pick?
What type of sneakers do you wear when you run?

Please fill out the survey and link back to my blog so I can read it!  I’d love to read all of your answers!

“The secret”

I’ve had “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne on my bookshelf for years now.  I purchased it sometime during college and have probably read it three times.  I don’t actually remember the day I brought this book home, but it has enlightened me to change my way of thinking multiple times. 


The actual “secret” isn’t really that hard to grasp.  The secret is the law of attraction.  The law of attraction basically says that everything enters your life because you attract it into your life.  It is attracted to you, based on the images you hold in your mind. 

I know what you’re thinking… “Nicole, you’ve fallen off the deep end.”

But I promise you I am not here to lecture you on how to live your life, I just want to give an overview of this book incase any of you were interested in buying it yourself.

According to this book,

“Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries.  In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world.”

My favorite tips from the book:




So how am I going to go about making sure I am receiving positive things?

  1. Thinking as positively as possible.  I’m not the most optimistic person, but I am going to try my hardest to not let the little things bother me, and focus on what I want to accomplish. 
  2. Making a vision board.  A vision board can basically be done on Pinterest by pinning the things you want.  However, I want to have something that I can hang in my closet, so every time I get dressed in the morning I see it. 
  3. Keeping a gratitude journal daily.  There are a few bloggers that do this already, but I want to keep mine offline.  Not sure if I’ll be using my cell phone to track this or in a personal paper journal, but it will be someplace that I can access easily.

So, I have to ask…

Have you read The Secret?
What are you’re thoughts?
Would you be interested in reading it in the future, if you haven’

Midsummer Night 5K

Good morning everyone!  I started my week with a rough morning.  I had my workout clothes set out all ready for a morning workout, but after only getting approximately 4 hours of sleep when my alarm went off at 5:45am, I knew I should get back to sleep.  I slept for another hour and a half and finally rolled out of bed.  I headed to work on a terrible, rainy Monday worked until 5pm then made my way to the gym for a “quick” 2 miles on the treadmill (18:55min).  The word quick is in quotations because I’m still not nearly as fast as I want to be, but I’m making progress.

Check out those guns.  Bryan calls them my bones.  They. are. muscles.

I would have done some weight training yesterday, but my stomach was growling for dinner.  Thus, I listened to my body and walked back home.  I’m still looking for a race to run this summer.  Anyone in the Philadelphia area have a race in mind?  I’m thinking about doing the Bryn Mawr Midsummer Night 5K.  It’s only $17.00 online for 1 race.  I don’t see the point in running the whole series (3 races), as I’d rather spend the money on various races.

I know my friend my Krissie is running this series, so maybe we will do it together.  I’ve never done a race after work, but this might be a good one to do.  The course is rather flat and I’m hoping that by 7pm the summer heat will be under control.  I’m still not 100% which race I want to do yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll just bite the bullet and register.

According to the race website,

“the 5k race will take place in the quiet and safe neighborhood surrounding South Ardmore Park, Wynnewood Pa on the second Thursday evening of each Summer month (except for August- 3rd Thursday). The course will consist of 3 circuits on a slightly rolling course called the “Ardmore Loop.”

Are you running any races this summer?
How do you deal will running in the heat?

May Goals

I can’t believe it’s May!  Does anyone else feel like the holidays were just last month!?  I for one am very glad April is over.  April was pretty crappy (I was sick a lot), and I am very excited to start May off on a good foot.  I would have published my May Goals on May 1st, but I was really trying to set achievable goals for myself this month.  Take a look at my May Goals.  I hope to accomplish all of them! MUAH-HA-HA.


fitness, healthy living, simply nicole

Run 5 mi on the treadmill.
Register for a race for June.
Practice yoga at least 1x a week.



healthy living, skin care

Develop a good face routine.
Drink at least 48oz. of water daily.
Start keeping a written journal.



Put together a notebook for post ideas.
Publish more interview posts.
Begin a guest posting series.

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