“I Am a Feminist”

Hi friends!

A quick post is in order, because I came across this amazing anonymous thought piece from one of my fellow ladies at the Law School entitled “I Am a Feminist”. This is the stuff the gives me life – this is pure spiritual nourishment for me!

“I like this new side of me. The side of me that relishes my curves in Alex Marie suits, that owns my height in Nine West heels, that holds her head high in makeup, hair, and jewelry ‚Äď ready for the next interview, the next internship, the next opportunity. I like being feminine and professional at the same time. For years I ignored this core part of my identity in order to succeed on the basketball court, to succeed in the sciences. Without even realizing it, I tried to blend in with my male peers, to imitate their behaviors, to gain their respect and high esteem.”

My emotions in a nutshell.

My emotions in a nutshell.

I cannot describe how proud I am of my colleague who took the time to share her personal feminist “coming out” story. In law school especially, as she notes, being a woman is scary and, frankly, quite difficult. I commend her courage and her dedication to letting her voice be heard. I hope that neither she nor any of my woman/feminine peers ever stop demanding time and space from this very male-dominated institution!

Promise to post again soon! I have very exciting news ūüôā

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

#NoExcuses Challenge

Hi friends!

I’m excited to announce my participation in Fit Approach’s #NoExcuses challenge. What is this about? Basically this is an opportunity to set goals for the new year, and start 2015 off with a commitment to health. This is CLEARLY right up my alley, especially because I love the idea of setting an intention for the year. This came at the perfect time for me to recommit to my blog and my own health!

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As part of the challenge, Fit Approach distributed a mad lib for all participants to fill out. I’m posting mine here, as I think doing this little exercise will help motivate and center me. So, here goes…

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Hey 2015, it’s me Gabriella [nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name]. This year I would like to finish my first year of law school with success and happiness, and complete another Tough Mudder and half marathon.

It would also be super duper awesome if I also tried to begin a meditation practice this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because there is no reason why I should stop the forward momentum of my life!

The thing I am looking forward to most this year is starting my¬†first legal job this summer – I’m super pumped!

I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is an insatiable need to snuggle my adorable new cat, Sebastian to help me get up, get my caffeine on and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is I’m too busy¬†and I have used it to get out of working out¬†and¬†even spending time with my loved ones¬†on more than¬†2,015[number] occasions. ;)

I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to drink less wine. Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still walk into my early classes with a smile on my face. I will stop blaming my girlfriend [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the cheese when everyone knows it was really me.

My law student struggle [job, hair, car, husband, kids, etc] is not the reason, I make excuses. I will show my law student struggle [same as before] who’s boss this year and get my running, yoga, and weight training [type of sweaty activity] on.

I know that running and yoga are better than indulging self-doubt [noun]. I will reward myself by allowing myself to enjoy the successes, big or small, and accepting compliments. 

 No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner.

I can’t wait to rock a new hoodie[article of clothing] from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and surprisingly un-smelly [adj] I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking crow pose (another goal of mine!)[yoga pose / workout move] in new Rock the Course leggings [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my upper body strength [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar  to help me train for my next half marathon [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.

Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my new leggings [article of clothing] will smell in my hot yoga class [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

That’s all for now! Oh, but as a bonus, I’ll include a picture of my adorable newly adopted buddy, Sebastian le chat. We got him from a local shelter – he’s an 8-year-old lovebug with markings that look like eyebrows. We think he’s quite handsome, non?

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Stay on the lookout for more posts throughout January’s #NoExcuses challenge. ūüôā

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

New Year, Same Blog

Hello friends, and happy new year!

I know that I have been absent for a very long time. As those of you who follow this blog more closely know, however, it is because I am a law student that my life can get kind of crazy sometimes. So from November to December, I was¬†working tirelessly to prepare for my first final exams as a law student. Pretty stressful time, needless to say! I am excited to start a new semester next week, and to get back to my beloved routine. As in many times of great stress, my self-care really took the back burner during exams and of course the notoriously crazy holidays. Yesterday I finally got back to my happy place, the gym, and feel immediately so much better for it.¬†I am still going to be posting here, don’t you worry, and my commitment to Peace.Sweat.Love is stronger than ever! I want 2015 to be my best, most successful blogging year yet!

In the meantime, check out my introductory post as a new Sweat Pink Ambassador over at Sweat Pink’s site, Fit Approach. It gives some background information on why health and fitness have become so important and empowering to me. Check it out if you get a chance!

Meanwhile, I’ll be prepping for the classes coming up next week and figuring out¬†my schedule. I promise I’ll be back with a post very soon – I have a lot of updates to give!

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

Vanilla protein pancakes

Pancakes are incredible. That’s a fact. But if you’re like me and you need a healthy, satisfying power breakfast that packs enough protein to keep me full and fueled for the day, sometimes the classic pancake isn’t enough. Luckily, pancakes are easily subject to fitness hacks. I’ve seen loads of protein pancake/skinny pancake/etc. recipes floating around on Pinterest, so I decided to try my hand at them with the ingredients I had on hand.

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Vanilla protein pancakes
Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup flour (all-purpose or other)
1 egg
2 tbsp Earth Balance (or butter/other butter substitute)
Pinch of salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Drizzle of vegetable oil (I only had olive oil on hand and it worked fine)
1 packet Vega vanilla protein powder

I added sugar when I made them, but honestly there is no need to, at least if you are using a flavored protein powder like I was! And if you use syrup or some other sweetener, it’s really more than enough sweetness!

Warning: these are SUPER filling! They truly are a power breakfast, perfect for days where I need energy for a high intensity workout. The girlfriend and I made them with bananas, but other fruits would be great, too, as would toppings like peanut butter or jam.

Enjoy!

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

Pro Compression leggings review – with discount code!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post, but I was provided with a discount on Pro Compression’s leggings in exchange for a review.¬†

Hi friends!

I have exciting news Рanother review! Not sure how many of you are familiar with Pro Compression, but they have gained considerable notoriety for creating a really awesome collection of quality compression products. They are probably best known for their marathon socks and calf sleeves in a wide variety of fun colors and prints. I own a couple of pairs of compression socks from Pro Compression, and I can definitely attest to the quality of their products. They made recovery easy and pain-free!

Some time ago, however, they expanded their repertoire to include leggings. Naturally, I was very curious. This was the first activewear I had seen from Pro Compression. I couldn’t find too much info out there about them, so I decided to contact the company directly. They were extremely cordial, and offered me a pair of discounted leggings in exchange for a review of the product on my blog. Naturally, I agreed!

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My present comes in the mail!

I didn’t just open these up and put them on immediately to review them. Ok, I did put them on immediately because I was so excited to wear them, but I test drove these babies. Like, really test drove them. I wore them on errands, while circuit training at the gym, while running… I took this review thing very seriously!

The verdict? Dang. Even just putting these on for the first time, I was shocked at how comfortable and how darn flattering they are! They are the perfect legging length, and they come in three varieties with different piping colors along the sides. I chose black, just because I wanted to be safe. The waistband fits beautifully – it stays firmly put while working out, but doesn’t squeeze. In fact, it appears to naturally contain everything, without giving the¬†feeling of being awkwardly encased in spandex. To top it off, they have super cute striped lining in both the waistband and the cuffs of the leggings – cuffs that can be rolled up for extra cuteness!

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One rolled, one unrolled – plus a shot of the interior waistband.

It’s definitely worth noting, too, that the waistband contains a little elastic pull to keep them in place – not that I had any difficulty whatsoever with this, which is rare for me! There’s also a tiny pocket along the inside of the waistband to hold keys, cash, etc.

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A good view of the approximate length and height of the leggings – they hit mid-calf unrolled, and just below the knee rolled.

 

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A look at the subtle Pro Compression logo, as well as the overall fit of the leggings.

It was hard to stop testing out these leggings because, honestly, I never wanted to take them off. They are hands down my new favorite piece of active wear… heck, even just lounge wear! They are the most flattering leggings I have ever owned, and they definitely perform like a Pro Compression product. They wick sweat like nothing else, and they adapted to every exercise I tested them with. No tugging, no fiddling – I would have forgotten I was wearing pants if they weren’t so darn flattering.

Now that I’ve talked them up so much, it would be cruel if I didn’t give you all some sort of incentive. Use my coupon code “LEGGING” to get an¬†additional 40% off¬†the current price of these leggings! Trust me, they’re worth it. In fact, I might just buy myself another pair after having convinced the girlfriend to buy herself a pair.

While you’re at it, make sure to follow Pro Compression on Twitter and like them on Facebook. And if you are a fan of deals (who isn’t?), be sure to sign up for their email list in order to be alerted of any new sales/products! They have a great sock-of-the-month club that gives 40% that month’s marathon socks and calf sleeves.

Now go out and get sweaty in those new leggings!

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

Hemp Hearts review

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. I’m OK myself, just chugging along and thrilled to be back in good health.

So, earlier this month, I was given the opportunity to review Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts through their¬†partnership with Sweat Pink. As promised, Manitoba Harvest sent me some sweet Hemp Hearts to sample all the way from Canada. When this arrived in the mail, I was super excited:

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There are TONS of ways that you can use these little guys. But first off, what are they? Well, hemp hearts are what remains after the seeds of the hemp plant have been shelled or de-hulled. They are a treasure trove of healthy fats, proteins, and omegas 3 and 6! A serving of hemp hearts boasts a whopping 10 grams of protein AND 10 grams of omegas 3 and 6 – comparable to the more well-known flax and chia seeds.

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Besides the fact that they are nutritionally dense, hemp hearts are also just plain yummy! They have a lovely, subtly¬†nutty flavor that blends well with a wide variety of foods, both sweet and savory. These would definitely be amazing in salads, as well as stir frys. But I must admit that I am so devoted to my new favorite snack of yogurt sprinkled with hemp hearts, that I haven’t been getting as creative as I could! That said, I think they would be amazing with seafood stir fry, in salads, in veggie burgers, and in hot cereals.

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Study break! The protein and fat in these hemp hearts add a vital kick to plain old yogurt – which adds interest in terms of taste and texture, as well as a nutritional boost.

Curious? I sampled them, and I still am! There is definitely a lot of hemp heart potential that I haven’t been able to explore thus far.

Lucky for you (and me) Manitoba Harvest has provided Sweat Pink Ambassadors like myself a coupon code for readers. You can get 20% off at Manitoba Harvest’s site when you use¬†the code “HHSweatPink14” – just in case you needed a little more of a nudge to try out this superfood for yourself ūüėČ

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

Updates and Tufts 10k recap

Hi there!

How are all of you? Unfortunately I have not been too well. I had been¬†nursing a sore throat and raspy cough (so delightful!) for weeks, and then this Monday I just wiped out and got really sick. So I was stuck in¬†bed with a fever that would not go away for 2 days straight – the worst! I’m¬†finally recovered, and am eager to get back into my half marathon training, despite the fact that it has been seriously derailed. I wasn’t even able to make the Devil’s Chase this weekend for fear of slipping back into my 102.4 degree fever!

…Which brings us to updates! If you have been following this blog, you’ll know that this Columbus Day¬†was the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women. It was my second year running this awesome, energetic race with my lovely girlfriend.

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Despite the fact that I was not feeling 100%, I enjoyed this race just as much as I did last year. Once again, it was full of awesome vendors and plenty of free samples.Vendors like City Sports and Luna Bar were there, giving out free samples and coupons alike. And as always, the race t-shirts were super cute, and came in a nice City Sports goody bag!

The route was the same as last year’s, which was just fine by me. I LOVE the route – it takes us over the Charles past one of the best views of Boston. On a bathroom break after mile 4, I managed to sneak this awesome shot:

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It’s a massive, woman-centered race that is filled with energy and positivity. Rachel and I took it easy, as I was somewhat under the weather and she hadn’t been able to train much, but I actually finished the race feeling better than I had the first time I ran it, despite the fact that I was slower. I can confidently say that I finished strong, and though sometimes my frustration with being a slow runner can get the better of me, I have definitely improved in terms of endurance.

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This is sadly not the worst running photo of me that exists… In fact it is probably the best.

Once again, I will definitely be coming back for the Tufts 10k. This is easily my favorite race thus far, with the exception of my obstacle races! It is well organized and energetic, and runners are provided with more than enough recovery nutrition and water. A delight to participate in!

Look out for not one but TWO product reviews coming up Рone from ProCompression and one from Manitoba Harvest. Forgive the delays РI promise they will be up very soon!

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

Awesome article alert: “Sisters of the ‘Yogic’ Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery” by Sariane Leigh

I didn’t see this article back when it came out¬†about 2 years ago, but it is definitely still relevant. You all know I love yoga, self-care and self-recovery, and making those things accessible. Well, I am not the one to speak on some of these experiences, but Sariane Leigh, a.k.a. Anacostia Yogi, does so and does so beautifully. I found her article Sisters of the “Yogic” Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery¬†(a guest post on The Feminist Wire)¬†while searching for a different article regarding renowned feminist scholar bell hooks, and just had to share. Leigh embodies a fitness and wellness philosophy that I strive for every day – one that is not about punishment or strict competition, but one that is focused on healing, self-love, and nourishment (physical and emotional/spiritual).

As if her beautiful work and impressive bio aren’t enough, Ms. Leigh has also compiled a list of curvy yogis to follow on Instagram!¬†It’s like she knew I needed more¬†curvy fitness on my feed ūüôā

Peace, sweat and love,

G

Upcoming races

Happy Tuesday!

Hope your respective weeks started out well.

I’m currently taking a break in between briefing cases and attending classes (#lawschoolproblems) to give you all a HIGHLY overdue list of my upcoming races! Seeing as how September is almost over (yikes!), here is my plan thus far for the rest of the year:

October:

  • Tufts 10k for Women – I ran this race last year (see my recap in the “Races I’ve run page”! >>>) and LOVED it. It’s an amazing, giant women-centered event that takes place in the heart of Boston. Last year, the 10k took us to some of Boston’s most iconic places, from Boston Commons down Newbury Street over the bridge and back. It was amazing, full of positive lady energy, and race swag and vendors were super swanky… Always a plus!

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It’s on Columbus Day, which means that this high energy, feel-good race will be an awesome ending to a long break from classes ūüôā

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  • The Devil’s Chase 6.66 Miler – I love Halloween (in addition to everything autumn), and I love Salem… This race combines both of those things! I’ve never run this race before, but I know other people who have and I think it will be really fun. Participants apparently often dress up in Halloween (particularly¬†devil) costumes, and locals chase them with pitchforks. So, yeah, it should be super awesome.

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November:

  • The Fattman¬†Cup Chilly Half Marathon – November brings with it cold weather, and this year it also means my first ever half marathon! I am excited but already super nervous. The event takes place in Newton, which is a suburb of Boston very close by. The Chilly Half is actually put on by a small, local company – Fattman Productions – who organized the Newton 10k that I participated in earlier this year (once again, see “Races I’ve Run”!). This half marathon is more budget friendly, and is definitely convenient for me – I am certainly not at a point in my life where I can¬†spend a lot of time traveling for a race! My friend Molly is also running it (it’s her second time), so I will have a race buddy to at least save me when I look like I’m close to death.

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I’d love to participate in a Turkey Trot this year, but am still deciding exactly which one I’ll sign up for. It looks like I will be home in New England for Thanksgiving, so I still need to figure out holiday logistics before I make a commitment! I’m also considering a Jingle Bell run of sorts (I loved the Somerville Jingle Bell Run last year!) but don’t know if my exam schedule will truly allow for one. Will definitely keep you posted on all that!

Peace, sweat and love,

G

Getting back in the proverbial saddle

Hi there!

Ooof. Almost the weekend! If you’ve been following my blog, you know that it has been a crazy couple of weeks for me. I spent all summer working to save up, and I am just now finishing up my fourth week of law school. Crazy. And it has been so fast!

I am getting into a rhythm, though. I created an obsessive Excel spreadsheet schedule dictating study times, workout times, etc. I also am still drafting (a bit late, but I feel like law school is a valid excuse!) a training schedule for my upcoming (drumroll please!) HALF MARATHON!

285Yep, I decided to take the plunge. This summer during my long runs for my Tough Mudder training, I thought: “Hey… I could add a few more miles!” I am excited but also very nervous. The race is mid-November, which does not leave me quite as much time as I would like, especially because I have had a bit of difficulty starting up. That said, I actually think that the goal of a half marathon will be very good for me in this crazy time – it is a tangible goal that engages a lot of the skills I will need for law school, too. It’s a clich√©, but they all say law school is a marathon after all!

After my iPhone died on my last long run (the poor thing is too old and tired to track my long runs on a GPS-enabled app anymore), I knew it was time to update. So I went ahead and bit the bullet, and got the most budget-friendly (as well as most pink) GPS watch Garmin offers: The Forerunner 10. I saw a number of other running bloggers use it, so I figure it would be a good product to start up with… Especially because I can’t shell out $250 for a GPS watch right now.

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Hamming it up for a goofy selfie with my new Garmin and my beloved TM finisher tee.

My cute little watch (did I mention it’s pink!?!) accompanied me on my first run in a long¬†time today. I forgot to set up the auto-stop feature, so my time was even slower than it would normally be, but either way it was definitely a challenge today. I only did about 3.5mi, but after weeks of stress and physical and mental readjustment with virtually no running (only occasional strength training and yoga), my body simply could not go fast. It could, however, as it always manages, endure just fine. I was slow slow slow, but I felt happy during my run and amazing afterwards.

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Brutal – but I’ve got to start up again from somewhere! And also figure out that auto-stop feature…

It was so lovely running through my new neighborhood – I love my new home! I live in a really diverse part of Boston, which I really love. As a first-generation American, I am always thrilled to share my¬†space with other people from/with family from different countries, who speak different languages, and who practice different religions. ¬†Just today, for example, I got to pass so many joyful Orthodox Jewish families heading out to celebrate Rosh Hashanah together! Happy New Year to all those observing, by the way ūüôā

Where do you like to run?

What do you love about your community?

Peace, sweat and love,

G