5DSD Day 2 Recap & Wild Wednesday!

Second post!

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yesterday’s recap!

So yesterday was day 2 of the 5 Day Slim Down, and it was probably one of the longest days I’ve had in a while.  I literally fell asleep doing homework last night.  Tuesdays are going to be day where I’m at school from 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, which I haven’t really done since like, highschool?  But still much better than working full time!  I slept through my workout alarm, so I got up and got ready as quickly as I could and ran off to school.  For breakfast, I made the Beach Babe banana split (non-TIU girls, you’re missing out) along with my Bombshell spell and Skinny Mea Tea (I will do a post about them in a few days).  But once I got to school, my first class of the day was World History, and I had a huge passion fruit herbal tea and a pear for a snack.  After that was Math, which I’m surprisingly good at, so that was fun.  And finally, my last class was Drawing, which I was super excited for because I have two friends in the class and I love art.  When I got there I had my TIU Sunshine salad (posted on the TIU blog, see the Tone It Up tab for the link) which was packed with fruits and veggies!  I also had half a mango kombucha, because I dropped it on the floor, and the cap broke and spilled half the bottle- oops!

Once I got home, I was exhausted, and got right to homework, and I also wrote a little.  Every once in a while, I get super inspired to write a story, so yesterday was one of those days it clicked, and I started writing a new little story.  Around 6:30 I made a Green Glow smoothie with protein powder (also on the TIU site) to power me through.  But I think I finished all my math around 9 and then I crashed.  When I woke up, I ate a quick bowl of cereal with some fruit, and was off to bed.  I was so bummed, ’cause I was gonna cook brussels sprouts, my favorite!!

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post-gym hair 🙂 not bad right?

This morning, I woke up on time and headed off to the gym!  I’m trying to complete this month’s Blogilates challenge, and since I fell asleep yesterday, I didn’t get my Tuesday workout in, so I did that today.  My arms are dead!  Like literally, jello.  But it was a lot of fun too.  I wanted to do a TIU cardio routine too, but didn’t have enough time for it.  So I’m gonna stay in my workout clothes for school so I can go right to the gym after and finish up my cardio and today’s Blogilates challenge!

However, the weather is so fantastic today- clear skies and sunshine!- that I might end up going home, doing the Blogilates challenge and going on a bike ride for my cardio instead.  Who wants to stay inside a stuffy gym anyway?

For breakfast I made a vegan pineapple protein pancake and topped it with fresh berries, and ate it with my bombshell spell and Skinny Me Tea.  Once I was done eating, I got ready and headed off for class!  My math class went smoothly, we did a group activity, and finished first!  I enjoyed a kombucha green tea and a sliced orange for my tankini and one-piece.  After class I headed home ’cause our neighbor downstairs was gone, which means Wren gets to jump around like crazy!  So I did todays Blogilates127 challenge and lemme tell you- you may think you’ve been sore before, but you’ve never been sore like this.  Everytime there was a move that required arm strenght- planks, pushups- my shoulders were already dead from my bootycall, and now my legs are shaking and my butt is dying, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to walk tomorrow.  This may be a problem.  Sorry bike ride!

wednesday meals!

wednesday meals!

My lunch was a collard wrap using kelp noodles, cabbage, quinoa, chickpeas, avocado and coconut vinegar.  I even added some droplets of sriracha for extra flavor 😉 I’m still not sure how I feel about kelp noodles, I think they’re probably better marinated rather than plain, so next time I wanna try to make an asian stirfry collard wrap and I’ll marinate my kelp noodles in teriyaki sauce!  Post lunch, I showered off my body, but left my hair since I’m gonna work out in the morning tomorrow, so no point in washing it more than needed.

My afternoon eats were some coconut water and a fresh beet, kale, apple and ginger juice!! So delish and cleansing 😉  And then for dinner I made Carrot Parsnip patties from the TIU plan.  My evening one-piece was a mango and half a banana, so sweet and perfect end to the day!  And it was also the last day of my teatox from Skinny Me Teatox, and I will be a more in depth post later, I want to go to my nutritionist first because I’m getting a body fat percentage test and I wanna see if the teatox did anything.

Well that’s all for now!  See you for my next post!!

xoxo, Wren

Welcome to This Little Birdie!! And Day 1 of 5DSD ;)

It’s my first post yay!!

photoOk, over with the sillyness.  I’m Wren, a 20 year old college student, girlfriend to an amazing boy for 4 years, vegan foodie, runner, yoga girl, owner of two adorable kitties, and well, me.  I was born in San Francisco and moved to Washington when I was four.  I was always creative and constantly drawing and writing.  After I graduated high school, I moved in with my boyfriend, and started a healthier lifestyle.  I began eating all organic, because even though I was raised organic, I never truly valued it until I moved out and realized how important it was to eat well.  Luckily, I got my boyfriend hooked too.

Last month was one of the most stressful ones of my life.  I was stuck in my job and feeling like I wasn’t happy with it.  This made me very stressed and frustrated all the time, and it was the main cause of my binge eating.  I didn’t fully realize that was the main cause until I parted ways with it.  I immediately felt this huge weight off my shoulders, like I could breathe, eat without pigging out, have time to be happy.  Last week, I also went on vacation to Hawaii with my mom and boyfriend.  It was so peaceful- morning yoga while listening to the ocean, shopping at the farmers market, just doing nothing and worrying about nothing.  It made me realize how I’ve totally neglected myself lately.  Even though I was sort of working out and trying to eat good, the stress was overwhelming and was causing me to lose all of what I had gained.

So on our last night, my boyfriend and I walked down to the beach and wrote affirmations in the sand.  Words like “love”, “hope”, “confidence”, and “new beginnings”.  This spring markers the awakening of the new me.  I’m going to focus on what makes ME happy, and make myself feel beautiful again.  I promised myself that this spring, I’m not going to leave the house without doing my hair anymore, and rediscover how much I love doing makeup, and get some new clothes.  Not to sound superficial or anything, but I love getting all dolled up every day, which I couldn’t do at my last job.

So I’m back on the happy path- working out, eating right, and treating myself.  This little birdie is gonna be proud of herself!

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Moving on though, today was my first day back at school for spring quarter- now that I’m not working, I have time to actually take 3 classes!  Not that many, I know, but with the amount of homework you get, work and school is pretty crazy.  So this morning, I woke up with CRAZY cramps (sorry if thats TMI, but hey, it’s life) and the last thing on my mind was my workout.  However, today is day 1 of the 5 Day Slim Down, and I knew I needed to do some exercise to start my day.  For those of you who don’t follow the Tone It Up plan, the 5 Day Slim Down (5DSD for short) is a 5 day cleanse and part of their nutrition program.  So, I got up, put on some workout clothes and did the new Blogilates challenge for the day- also, if you don’t know about Blogilates, go look her up on YouTube, she has awesome workouts!  I felt so much better after getting in a good workout.

my post-workout face

my post-workout face- cute right?

After I worked out, I ate some vegan protein pancakes with fruit, some green tea, and then got ready for school.  I actually just put on a little makeup and stayed in my workout clothes so I could do more when I got home.  It was only for one class today anyways, tomorrow I’ll be there from 8 am to 4 pm.  So, went to class with my “tankini” and “one piece”, which I ate during math, and when I came home I made a wrap for myself with a collard leaf.  So yummy!!  And then an hour later I had a second “tankini” and then moved on to my fresh beet, apple and ginger juice.

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Meals so Far 😉

My boyfriend and I were supposed to go out to dinner with his family, but it ended up just being him, which was nice because I actually just wanted to stay home and cook- eating out is always tough when your vegan AND on a slim down, people get so judgey about how you order.  But it’s also kinda sad since I don’t get to spend a ton of time with him 😦

After my juice, I did the last Blogilates workout challenge for the day, which was her new video she uploaded so it was posted in the morning.  I also did some quick yoga followed by a 2 minutes plank!  I’m crazy sore now though!!  You always know you did something right if you get really sore.  I just hope tomorrow morning won’t be so bad!

plank it out!

plank it out!

For my dinner I cooked up some frozen veggies and made a quick stirfry from them with quinoa.  I didn’t wanna use up too many ingredients for things I have planned later in the week, so this was perfecto!  And I also snacked a bit on dried fruit too, so that will count as my evening “one piece”.  But detox tea before bed!

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Stirfry & Tea 😛

Well, I’m off to bed!  Sorry this isn’t the most exciting fantastic first post, but I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 2, and hopefully this weekend I’ll be doing some recipes!  So be on the lookout for that 😉 But until then, sleep tight & toned!

~Xoxo, Wren