You Spin My Head Right Round…

This morning, my sister and I decided to do something new!

We took a spinning class at UCF!

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Before I left for my 7:30 am class, I had a stabilizing breakfast. I used this container of pomegranate berry yogurt as the base of my meal.

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I combined strawberries, yogurt, and a cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal:

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My sister came along with me to my 7:30 am class since we were heading to the gym on campus for spinning. She found college classes “so boring” and is glad that she is in school to cut hair and not to become an engineer. We are such opposites!!

Brielle and I split a pumpkin pie Kashi bar on our 0.5 mile walk to the gym.

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I haven’t used the on campus gym at UCF in over a year! I always use the one at my apartment, or lift weights at home. It’s quite a nice facility, which I obviously don’t take advantage of.

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We got to the 10:15 am class a bit early to make sure we would get bikes. It was a nice surprise to see Sarah as our teacher!!

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I really enjoyed doing something other than running. It was a nice change, and made me really miss my bicycle!!

Sarah did a great job of teaching the class. I felt like I was working hard, and working up a sweat. My sister also really liked it because her knees bother her when she tries to run.

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As a freshman, I was SO intimidated by spinning classes. The great part about the spin class is you can tailor it to your needs. For example, if you find one of the positions or sprints hard, you can simply sit on the bike, turn it to lower resistance, and recover until you are ready to continue with the class. If it’s too easy, increase your cadence or the resistance on the bike.

I was absolutely STARVING when I got home. I whipped up the first thing that came to mind, a fruit and nut salad:

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I combined:

  • spinach
  • melon
  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • walnuts
  • almonds
  • grilled chicken breast w/ basil and thyme

I topped it all with Trader Joes’ Poppyseed dressing!! I am so thankful that JasoNerd’s brother Zach brought me some more back from Ohio!! 😀

Thanks, Fluffy!

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I might make pumpkin muffins. I have been thinking about them all day!!

 

Do you ever take group exercise classes? Which are your favorite?

I really love kickboxing! After the marathon, I can’t wait to get back into some fun stuff!

❤ MegaNerd

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Blogger Secret Ingredient Winner!

Thank you to everybody who participated in this week’s BSI. I hope that you had fun coming up with new ways to use acorn squash!

 

Here are some AWESOME looking recipes:

 

Allison made: Roasted Squash with Applesauce

Allison said, “Why have boring applesauce in a bowl when you can have it roasted in an acorn squash bowl?”.

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The recipe can be found on her blog.

 

Abigail made: Tex Mex Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Abigail said, “They’re little bowls of healthy goodness!”

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The recipe can be found on her blog.

 

Chaya made: Apples to Acorns

Chaya said, “The apples were sweet and worked well with the squash!”

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The recipe can be found on her blog.

 

Julie made: Sausage Squash with Cheese

Julie said, “It was suuuuper easy and very tasty!”

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Check out the recipe on her blog!

 

Julie made: Acorn Squash and Apple Pizza

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Julie entered Acorn squash and apple pizza. The Recipe can be found on her blog.

 

Christina made: Roasted Acorn Squash with Walnuts

Christina said, “The nuts were absolutely delicious and became almost like a nut brittle topping.”

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You can find the recipe on her blog!

 

Olga made: Crustless Squash-prise Spinach Pie

Olga used acorn squash as the base for this spinach pie!

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Check out her blog for the recipe.

 

Emily made: Italian Stuffed Acorn Squash

“Holy cow, I fell in love!  The flavors of this melded together amazingly and I loved the texture,” said Emily.

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You can find the recipe on Emily’s blog.

 

Lauren made: Acorn squash stuffed with Black Beans and Chorizo

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Check out the recipe on her blog.

 

Haya made: Beet soup in Roasted Acorn Squash

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The recipe can be found here.

 

Sarah made: Eat Clean Rice Pilaf Stuffed Squash

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The recipe is posted on her blog.

 

The winner…

I had such a difficult time choosing a winner! I had to consult a few judges (my sister, the boyfriend, and Lindsey) for votes. They ALL chose the same entry!

Without further ado… the winner of this week’s BSI is…

Julie with Acorn Squash and Apple Pizza!

Since most of the entries were “stuffed squash” variations, I was torn between the others that were different. It was a close call!

 

Head on over to Lindsey’s blog to find out what next week’s Secret Ingredient is!

❤ MegaNerd