Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Workout Wishlist

I did it again, you guys! I woke up early enough that I didn't have to sprint out of my house with goose feathers in my hair! Why goose feathers? Fun fact: I sleep with a down comforter year-round! Weird? Maybe, but I'm always cold!

I was reading this article from Women's Health, which got me thinking about what I would love to have when I work out -- especially when I am a good little fitness blogger and wake up early.

So, let's get to it, shall we? Here are five things I would love to have to help me with my workouts:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Noodles and Tofu "Bolognese" Sauce

Zucchini noodles
Every Monday, I tell myself that I'm going to make it a Meatless Monday. Of course, this normally devolves as soon as I eat the first meal of the day. (Oops!)

Today, I decided to suck it up and just do it. I don't have any real health reasons for such a decision. For me, it's more about discipline, and trying new recipes. I've always loved vegetables, but man do I love some fish and poultry! It's amazing how you can be challenged with cooking as soon as you remove a protein with which you're used to cooking!

Though I've been craving grilled cheese all day (ALL DAY), I decided that I needed a little more sustenance for dinner. What to make... what to make... Oh, I know! Zucchini noodles!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Workout Wednesday: On The Grind Early This Morning

I woke up this morning around 4:30. I'm not sure why. I have been sick for nearly a week, and I have been seriously exhausted. Nevertheless, my body did not care, and chose to wake up anyway.

Now, ordinarily, I would watch something on my laptop until I got bored and fell back to sleep; however, this morning, I remembered that my gym actually opens at 5 a.m., so I would be a good little athlete this morning and get in a workout a few hours before an early work event (and the chaos that is an average day for me).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To All My Fellow Bloggers Out There...

I was Editor in Chief of my college newspaper, and nothing irritated me more than having to edit articles written by freshman journalism students. I do my best to check my spelling and grammar on this blog, but slip up from time to time. To all of the bloggers out there, and fans of grammar and the English language in general, enjoy!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

World Cup Bingo (printable version below)

I really enjoy watching the World Cup. It makes you feel patriotic, while also feeling like you really belong to the global community. I know that sounds corny, but I believe it! Oh, right, and another reason I love to watch the World Cup: The hot men. Let's be honest here. I would not be watching it if it weren't for the hot soccer football players.

It's not too difficult to watch the games without knowing too much about the sport, which can make anyone an instant fan. Short story: I was walking down on the National Mall earlier this week, and I saw people playing Ultimate Frisbee. I could not understand the rules or anything about the game, and gave up watching after about 10 minutes. Last night, I realized I hadn't come up with a World Cup bingo board, so I decided to get on it stat!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Beauty Time Out: Rimmel London Scandaleyes

Full disclosure: I received the Influenster Spring VoxBox, which contained a number or products, including the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara. The review contained herein includes my honest thoughts and opinions on the product.

Those who know me know that I'm not one to be super glammed up with make up on at all times. If and when I do wear makeup, I usually just fill in my brows, put on a little eye shadow, liner, and mascara, and I'm good to go -- in 5 minutes or less. I generally have clear skin, and I just don't like the feeling of having makeup caked on top of my face.

However, I do own my fair share of makeup, and I'd say that I'm loyal to certain products that I love, and don't mind spending a little extra for good quality -- especially since I don't have to replenish them very often. Now, obviously this doesn't mean that I'm going to pick the most expensive product each time just because I like it; that's just careless!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Upper Body Madness

Team photo from my year at Rutgers.
My freshman year in college, I played Division III volleyball at Rutgers University's Newark campus. Towards the middle of the second semester, I was recruited to play Division I volleyball at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus. Transitioning between NCAA divisions was something I was excited about, competition wise, but I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to training. Everything is so different between DIII and DI teams, honestly. You are with your teammates seemingly every day and night, you travel for days (or even weeks) at a time, and you play against people who end up on the National Team. In the off season, and especially in the summer when you're not at school, you are expected to maintain a strict training regimen and diet. Soon enough, I would find out just how different the training would be...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Five: Places I'd Like to Run

Happy, happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a great week, and that you have an even better weekend! For those readers who are not from the United States, you might not be aware that this weekend is Memorial Weekend, which culminates with Memorial Day on Monday. I am thankful for the men and women of the Armed Services who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Please keep in mind those sacrifices as you spend some extra time with your friends and family members this weekend.

As you might have already read, I published my 100th post earlier today! Woohoo! In other exciting news, congratulations to Esther for winning my SIX:02 giveaway! I tell you what: I'm taking that lady with me if/when I ever go to Vegas. That is one lucky woman! (She also won my ENERGYbits giveaway a few months ago!) Las Vegas... that ties in to the theme of today's post: Places I'd Like to Run. This theme was cooked up by the lovely DC Trifecta Ladies (Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney). Now, let's get to it!

100th Post on Flecks of Lex!

Well, folks, this marks my 100th post on Flecks of Lex. Woohoo! A hundred thank yous to all of my regular readers, as well as everyone who is reading Flecks of Lex for the first time. THANK YOU!

I'm still in my first year as a fitness/health/lifestyle/whatever-you-want-to-call-it blogger, but I'm pretty proud of how far I've come in such a short period of time. Since I'm publicly tracking my progress, it has really helped me along my journey. I've been taking swimming classes, I tried out for a professional volleyball team, I've dropped a clothing size, and I even ran my longest race. Thank you for keeping me motivated!

As I've said plenty of times on this blog, I am quite the goal-oriented lady. I've been able to cross a lot of things off my list during the first 100 posts, and I'm ready to set and exceed more goals in the next 100! Here are some of my latest goals, both for fitness and blogging:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Workout Wednesdays: Wardrobe Malfunction

Happy Hump Day, y'all!

I've started hitting the gym more frequently as of late. Single Lex (yes, that's a thing now) is bringing sexy back! Now that I've gotten my cardio game up, I'm ready to start incorporating more strength training into my schedule, which of course requires more visits to my local Washington Sports Club. Strength training will make me a better volleyball player, runner, and all-around athlete. In addition to all of those benefits, I also miss pumping iron and flexing my guns!

Last week, though, I was so embarrassed, I could not focus enough post-embarrassment to let you guys know about the amazing workout I did! Super embarrassed. And you know what? I don't even embarrass easily! So what happened?


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