Friday Favorites + Some Funnies.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Whew, hi friends and thanks for bearing with my mental day off yesterday. It just seems to have been one of those weeks. Needless to say, I am looking forward to this weekend and some r&r!

But for today, I'm linking up with the lovely Amanda (go check out her new WordPress layout!) for Friday Favorites. 


Favorite Tunes
Y'all are so going to judge me for this, but you know what, it is what it is. When I study, I need good instrumental music so I can  really focus on what I'm reading. Now add that in with how much I love all things Disney and, well, there's my favorite playlist lately.


Go ahead, get your laughs in, I'll wait :) The runner up to this baby is the Fast & Furious Ultimate Soundtrack (also on Spotify), haha. I listen to it while I work out and something about all that loud music makes me really hammer it out at the gym! 

Favorite Recipe
I'm a total cooking freak and I tend to cook/bake almost every day. I have a few fun recipes to share with y'all (coming soon!), but my absolute favorite snack this week, was the Skinny Mini Banana Muffins I found here!

I wish I could bottle up the smell of this amazingness and send it to each & every one of you!

Ingredients:
½ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
2 very ripe bananas, mashed {about 1 1/4 cups}
1/2 cup real maple syrup --> I substituted the maple syrup for 1/4 cup of raw brown sugar
2 tablespoons light olive oil --> I substituted the olive oil for about 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce (you may need to add a little more/less to get the consistency right)
2 lg egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


Directions:   
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In large bowl, stir dry ingredients together until combined. In separate bowl, whisk maple syrup, olive oil, egg whites and vanilla together until combined. Form a well in dry ingredients. Pour in mashed banana and wet ingredients. Stir until just combined. Spoon into prepared pans and bake 10 minutes or until just cooked. Cool 3-5 minutes before removing from muffin tins. Serve warm or store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Favorite Workout
I'm doing the Amanda Adams Bikini Body program and I just wrapped up Week 2! I've been loving it so far and the challenge kicks up even more next week! 
I tried out this 5-50 ab workout earlier in the week and ho-ly-cr-ap. Dead. It was such a killer little addition to my main workout. 


Favorite Binge Watch 
I gave Friends & Gilmore Girls a break for a while this week and caught up on seasons 2 & 3 of New Girl and I am still rolling at all the funny. 


Favorite Purchase
I bit the bullet on this gorgeous watch I talked about here a few days ago and ordered it! It's currently en route to my parents house so I can pick it up when I'm back in Houston! 


Favorite Funnies
I'm all about the funnies, y'all, so to round out the post and to wish y'all a super awesome upcoming weekend, here's some funnies! 

I swear, my appetite has been out of control since I've started doing all this serious working out business. I feel like I should eat all.the.time. Lol. 

How I feel when people won't stop with their whining and/or their constant excuses about everything. Does anyone else ever wish they had a mute button for humans?!

 Every time I try and keep Kobi off the furniture and then I leave the house, I come home and that fool has knocked off all the pillows & the sheets from the sofas so he can do what he wants. #PUNK.


And that's all she wrote, folks! Have a fabulous weekend, you wonderful people, you!

Brain Dead.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Oh hello friends.

Today, I'm a little brain dead. Even this post is coming to you live! And by post, I mean, I'm going to throw up some silly GIF to give y'all a good laugh and come back to you tomorrow to share my favorites.


Yeah, that about sums it up.

Happy Thursday, lovelies!

Anyone else have days like these?!

[Confessions] Not All Quirks are Created Equal.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


As I was sitting in the middle of my bed studying earlier today, I got to thinking about what a weirdo I am. I mean, I live in this apartment that has a nice breakfast table and I could definitely have put all my study material there, but oh no, I wanted to sit on the bed. With the computer in my lap. For multiple hours.

Then I got to thinkin', well it is confessions day after all, so hey, I'll share some of the little quirks that make me the goofball that I am.

Making Melissa  
 
I confess...
 
+ Books are my friend. I prefer living in my imagination more than I enjoy watching TV. I also get really sad when I finish a good book and then don't know what to do with my life. Harry Potter books ending were the saddest times of my life.


+ I talk to Kobi as if he will actually answer me back. It is what it is. I firmly believe he understands all that I rant & rave about.

+ If I have cash in my wallet, it all has to be facing the same direction and the bills have to be put together in order from lowest to highest. OCD much?

+ When I run into things (namely walls) I always look around to make sure no one saw my stupidity. 

+ I always have to sleep on the left side of the bed. Not the left if you're standing at the foot of the bed and looking at it, but the left side if you're actually laying on the bed. 

+ Poor Amir gets to deal with my weird impersonations and my calling him odd ball names often. 

+ Whenever I buy Skittles or M&Ms, I always split the pieces into their color groups and then make rounds eating one from each group until I've finished all of them. 

+ When I cook, I make sure I clean the counters and everything else as I'm going along. I cannot handle the mess. Cannot.

+ Too often I mix up my words and then have to take about 2 minutes to figure out what I really was trying to say in the first place.

+ I like to hide around corners in our house and then jump out and scream in Amir's face to scare the ever-living crap out of him. 5 year old tendencies die hard, ya know?! 

What are some funny quirks that y'all have? 

Also linking up here for Secret Blogger Club :)  

The Blonder Side of Life

Training For Tuesday [A Mid-Month Catch-Up].

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Since I missed linking up my goals for this month with the ever badass yogi, Alyssa, I figured I would catch up on what my goals are/were and where I'm at now that we are halfway through April (seriously, time is flying)!
 
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Ever since I moved to Manila, my fitness had been a touch & go thing. I would start up on something and then life would take over and boom, the workouts would stop. I would go weeks with barely any physical activity, other than taking Kobi out for walks and y'all, I saw the effects of it. I was at the heaviest I've ever been (which wasn't anything out of control, but I wasn't happy about it), I was eating like crap and quite frankly, I just wasn't taking good care of myself. Everything was more important that working out & eating well and well, that just wasn't going to cut it anymore.

Towards the end of last year, I put out a call for help on my Facebook page. I needed an accountability partner. Someone who would make sure I was doing my workouts and someone who would happily make me feel bad if I wasn't sticking to my plans. A friend of mine who is also a BeachBody coach stepped in and got me on track. I was doing a mix of TurboFire & PIYO and I was loving it. I even kept it up while my parents were visiting in January and rounded out my first 4 weeks.

And then I went to Pakistan. I did not work out at all, but I portion controlled, walked a lot and made sure to stay active whenever I could. When I came back, I hadn't gone off and gained a bunch of vacation weight which I was really proud of because, let's be honest, people in Pakistan want to do nothing but feed you ALL day long. 2 days after getting back to Manila, I was back on track and was doing weeks 5-8 of my TF/PIYO mix.

I recently (about 2 weeks ago) finished up my program and along with having lost a couple of pounds and also shedding some inches, I was starting to feel better about where I was headed. Since I had already done the BeachBody workouts, I wanted to add some weights and some extra cardio into my routine so that I could shock my body into more results.

Enter the Amanda Adams Bikini Body program. I'm on week 2 and I have incorporated 2 days of strict cardio into her 3 x's a week weight schedule. I've also cleaned up my eating significantly and am on a lower calorie "diet" but am eating in accordance to my IIFYM macros. And the best part, I don't need someone to keep me on track anymore. I still get good encouragement from Amir and I am happy for that, but now, my body craves the workouts.

Last week I was whining about how I wasn't really seeing changes (which is probably because I'm super critical of myself), but since then, I have gotten on the scale and seen the numbers go down AND more than that, I have had a few people comment that I look leaner than before! All good things in my book, folks!

So my goals for the rest of the month before we head home:
1. Eat Clean: I'm all for cheat meals every now and again, but I don't need a whole day of cheating and eating like dirt. It doesn't do me any good and honestly, my body doesn't even crave it all the time.
2.  Keep up with my 5 workouts a week schedule: 3 days of strength training + 2 days of cardio have been working well so far & as the program gets more challenging, I am sure I'll see even more results.
3. Plan my workouts for May: I'm a planner. I like to know what I need to do no matter where I'm going. And being at home is going to be no exception. So, I need to sit down and plan where I'm going to be able to get a one-month membership that won't cost an arm and a leg. Any ideas all you stateside people? 
4. Give myself some encouragement: As I said before, I'm highly critical of where I've gotten to with results and I really could use a lesson in talking myself up sometimes instead of thinking I'm not doing enough. I'm doing well and I need to acknowledge that so I can KEEP doing well. 

How do y'all keep yourself accountable? Are you currently training for anything or are you just trying to get your fitness in order like me?!
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