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Plan Ahead Meals

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How goes it my dears?

Today marks the first day of classes of my second semester at graduate school. Woooo (kind of). Break was awesome, but now it’s time to get back to work.

As I may have mentioned in the past, I’m not really that into “New Years Resolutions”, but I try and set goals whenever the occasion seems to arise to better myself. So far this year, I have two: 1) not to shampoo my hair everyday and 2) plan my weekly meals ahead of time. I’ve been doing smashingly for #1, but since I spent the last month traveling, I haven’t started #2 yet. I figured the start of classes was as good a time as any to start!

To keep up with that mentality, here are two links that a co-worker shared with me… and I plan to utilize it at least a few times. Here is the vegan option, and here is the carnivorous option.

Now, I must get to work; my papers will not read themselves. Cheers!

Aside

Howdy Folks –

I was just put in charge to manage the URI Environmental and Natural Resource Economics’ blog, “Rhody Green“. Feel free to take a look by clicking the link or the url below and see what challenges ENRE students are tackling locally and abroad! 😀

https://rhodygreenuri.wordpress.com/

 

Rhody Green ENRE Blog

Tea Talk: Fat Reduction

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Hey Baby Loves,

The grind called Graduate School continues! I’m always busy it seems, but I guess I should appreciate it. I scored a big Graduate Assistant job which I’m incredibly stoked about, but I’ll save the details for that for a later date when I’m more informed.
Before I launch into my theme for today, I wanted to talk about something Max and I did this weekend, called Adventure Rooms. We went to the one in Middletown, CT, and it was awesome. Essentially, you have one hour to escape out of three separate rooms via solving puzzles, problems and riddles. We were told that for groups of 2 people that the escape rate was 20%… and we escaped with 8 seconds left on the clock. Talk about a close call, but hey… we made it! BOOM. If this seems like your kind of thing, I highly recommend you try it out.

Here’s our victory shot:
Adventure Rooms

Moving on: I want to talk about Tea. As you may know, I am an avid lover of tea. It’s just so delicious with a multitude of benefits to your overall persona, how could you not be a fan? In today’s tea talk, I want to hone in on those lovely leaves that help with fat storage and weight loss.

  1. Green Tea. Due to its high content of EGCG (a type of catechin), which has the capability of turning off genetic triggers for diabetes and obesity, green tea is great for reversing those pesky fat-storage genes. It also helps amp up CCK levels, which is a hormone that quells hunger.
  2. Barberry. I had no idea what this was until doing my research; it’s a natural chemical made from barberry shrub that can help prevent weight gain, boost energy expenditures, and decrease your receptors that lie in wait on the surface of fat cells. This means you will absorb fat sources less.
  3. White Tea. Fun facts: white tea has the richest source of antioxidants (which triggers the release of fat from cells) of teas and has 3x as many polyphenols as green tea. According to a study, white tea can help accelerate the breakdown of fat while blocking the formation of fat cells, AND it speeds up your liver’s ability to turn fat into energy.
  4. Rooibos. Another tea high in polyphenols (as well as flavonoids, particularly aspalathin), which inhibit the formation of new fat cells. Aspalathin can also reduce stress hormones, which as we know can trigger hunger and fat storage.
  5. Black Tea. Side note: when you are stressed, adrenaline causes fat cells to release fatty acids to your blood stream. Black tea is another great tea that reduces stress and normalizes your cortisol levels; cortisol absorbs the fatty acids and stores them in your belly… yuck.
  6. Pu-erh. This was another new one for me. Pu-erh is fermented green tea that is dried then rolled into blocks. It lowers a bad fat found in the blood and potentially belly fat as well, essentially shrinking fat cells.

Welp, that’s it for today. I have real world work to do and a movie to watch before I have to return it to the library. Over and out, fabulous peeps!

Get Out! Do Things!

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Bonjour mes belles amis.

It’s FRIDAYYY! This is the first Friday since school started that I don’t have an exam and let me tell you… it feels freaking fantastic. To top off the awesomeness, my first class was cancelled; I’ve been at the office since 8:45 anyway, but this means I have time to blog for you 🙂 I know, you’re stoked.

Need something to do this weekend?

~ Saturday, October  24th (tomorrow) in Providence is the Great International Beer Festival. There are two sessions: 1pm and 6:30pm. You will see me at the 1pm chunk; I think it’s fun to wander around Providence a little tipsy in the daytime, especially with the fall foliage this glorious. The fest will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center (they have a parking garage) and tickets will be sold at the door for $52. Yeah, it’s a little steep, but you get unlimited samples from over 250 breweries, there’s live entertainment, plus it’s a fun experience and a great way to support some local (and non-local) brews.
~ If the prefer the performing arts to slugging beers, this weekend (Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 7:30pm and Sunday @ 2pm) the Festival Ballet Providence will be presenting Ballets Russes Reinvented at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Tickets range from $23-85; I find that to be pretty affordable.
~ Sunday, October 25th at 4pm in the Fete Ballroom there will be a bunch of wrestling matches put on by Beyond Wrestling. The event itself is called Gratitude Era and tickets are $25. I personally have never been to a wrestling match before and I don’t know if I will go, but I thought I would try and cater to a vast spectrum of readers.
~ For my more rock-er friends, check out Firehouse 13 either Friday, October 23rd or Saturday, October 24th. Tonight, The Paraplegics will be playing for $8 and doors are at 8pm. Tomorrow Darkside NYC will be playing along with a multitude of openers; doors are at 8pm and tickets are $10.
~ Not to leave out my nerdy peeps, tonight, October 23rd at 9pm at the AS220 Main Stage there is an All Ages Spelling Bee. If you want to participate and prove you’ve got the SAT word swagger, signups are at 8:30pm and the fee will be $8. Watching is free and spectators will have a chance to win some stuff, too. If I can convince Max to come with me, you bet your rears I’ll be there.
~ Last one! Tonight, October 23rd, at 7:05pm in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center there is a Providence Bruins game. We are playing the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the first 1,000 fans to arrive receive a free magnet schedule (oooh, ahhh). Tickets range from $22-33.

There’s a nice array of things to do, je pense. After class today, I will be carving pumpkins with some classmates and enjoying the wondrous weather.
By the way — this weekend is supposed to be the peak of fall foliage in our section of New England, so be sure to get outside and enjoy before Winter strikes! Last weekend, Max and I went apple picking and conquered a corn maze at Dame Farm in Johnston, and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance. The maze wasn’t excruciating and you win candy at the end if you find all the check points. Aaaand the apples were delicious and there were some good varieties to pick!

Welp, that’s it for me today. I have to go attend a seminar by a post-doc dude from Yale who is talking about Projection Bias in Solar Electricity Markets. Nerdlove. Over and out.

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

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How’s it hanging, pretty people?

The last two weeks have been grueling, so please excuse my lack of blogging. I’m about to make up for it, though 🙂

In case you care to know, I had three exams last week (two in optimization/mathematics for economists and one in advanced microeconomic theory), two big homework assignments and then this week I had one major presentation in Econometrics, more homework and I have a final exam for my Mathematics for Economists class on Friday. BLAH. On the bright side, after Friday I will be officially done with one class! That’s a whopping 6 hours of class time and about 3-4 hours of studying every week.
Hopefully after that life will get a little bit calmer. My workout routine/climbing has seriously diminished as well, so that is where some of my free time will go.

Although I have been swamped with school, I have been managing to enjoy myself (because well, why not?). Last week I stopped in to watch a little bit of the Zedd concert, but because I had a crazy week of exams I was only able to fit in an hour. Still, it was a break and a musical one at that. Tonight I will be going to the Passion Pit concert, wahwahweewah.

The first weekend in October (Saturday the 3rd), Max and I attended the first session of the WBRU Craft Brew Fest at Lupo’sit was awesome. Lots of delicious craft beers were consumed and I ended up winning the “hangover basket” raffle which had a bunch of fun goodies. Afterwards, we met up with a friend in Providence and ate at one of my favorite Mexican spots – Viva Mexico Cantina Grille. Overall, a very successful Saturday.

"Stay Pretty And Drink Real Beer" + hangover basket!

“Stay Pretty And Drink Real Beer” + hangover basket!

I’ve also been managing to fit in a little ride time here and there; hopefully more post-Friday. Sunday, October 4th I rode Digger (my mom’s horse) in an Eric Horgan clinic – a fabulous clinician I have been riding with since I was 10. It was a fantastic lesson and we have some high hopes for next show season… he even mentioned I should aim higher than first level, which would be freaking awesome! But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. We did, however, have a wonderful show a few weeks back in Connecticut – we won first place with a score of 70% in Training 3 and second place with a score of 68% in Training 2. For those not aware of dressage scores… those are high. Basically, I self-proclaimed us being official graduates of training level. About damn time!

WinningLet’s see, what else have I been up to…

Did I mention I tried hot yoga? Max and I went a few weeks ago and I highly recommend it. We went to Rhode Island Power Yoga in North Kingstown; they were offering a free class due to their one year anniversary and it was so much fun we both bought their “beginner package” which was 3 classes for $20. Woo! Let me know if anyone wants to give it a try.

I’ve still been working, albeit only once a week, since that’s all I can handle. My juice game hasn’t been as on point lately, but hopefully when I get more time that will be altered.

Oh! Last weekend, I went to Point Street Pianos for a friend’s birthday. It is a dueling piano bar in Providence, and if you have a dirty sense of humor (as I do), or if you enjoy a fun, musical time with a bit of raunchiness mixed in, I highly recommend you check this place out. We went on a Friday night so it was pretty crowded, but we had reservations; I encourage you do that as well to ensure a table. It’s a comical time, but be forewarned: it does get loud, so if you’re looking for a place to sit and talk/be romantic, this should not be your destination.

Yaaaas
The final fun thing I want to touch on is my rock climbing as of late. The Rock Spot (my climbing gym) started this new thing called the “Adult Climbing League”, which is a low-key competitive league that runs on Thursday evenings for 6-weeks; the kickoff event was last Thursday and I scrounged myself up a team! Obviously Max was part of it, but we needed at least one other person, so I convinced one of my fellow ENRE classmates, Kyle, to join us. He’s an amazing climber so that’s a feather in our cap. Our team name: The Crack Fisters. Yes, it is inappropriate, but we only chose that because everyone else had raunchy names as well. Teehee.

Kyle also happens to be friends with some of the really kick-ass climbers at our gym, and on Saturday, Max and I went with him and some other diesel climbers to Lincoln Woods to climb on some real rocks! It was challenging in the best way. Afterwards, we went to this little Venezuelan restaurant called La Arepa in Pawtucket. SOOO GOOD. Go there if you are into that kind of thing and in the area. Seriously, though.

Okay! Well, I think that is enough for me for one day. I should get back to some school work and final exam studying… later my loves ❤ I’ll post a side note later on about some upcoming events that may be of interest to you all.

Cocoa For The Win

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Hihihi.

Look at me, posting in the early evening! I worked this morning and then did a post-work gym session (bench press, awh yea), so now I have the rest of my Sunday to relax before my first FULL week of classes begin. Don’t y’all feel loved that I choose this precious free time to focus on you? You should.

Speaking of focus, the yoga studio that I attend (which was called Focus Yoga) has since merged with All That Matters yoga, which now has three locations: East Greenwich, Wakefield, and Providence. Since I work at a juice bar (i.e. am health conscious), an instructor came in and gave me a free yoga class pass… YAY FREE STUFF. I’ll do a little synopsis for you guys once I go, and if you’re a Rhode Islander, try it out for yourself! Yoga = very good for you. They also offer beginner classes, so don’t be afraid; yogis are very nice people.

While I was in the sauna today, I was reading a Women’s Health magazine, and I obtained some pretty cool information that naturally, I wanted to share.

Fun Fact: We have zero oil glands in our lips, which is why they can get so dang dry; especially when mercury levels drop. To combat this crispy dilemma, try and use lip balm that contains Omega-3, -6 or -9 fatty acids — they help seal in moisture. A good example is Chapstick Total Hydration.

Maybe you never gave any thought to nail polish and the ingredients within, but take heed: there can be some pretty gnarly things in those bad boys. Major nail brands have been reformulating their products to be “3-free”, which means they are free from the carcinogens toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde (yikes). Then, there were “5-free” options, which are free from synthetic resin and camphor. Now, parabens and animal products have been eliminated in “7-free” lines, though the only company I have seen selling this is Pacifica.

Finally, the best for last; in my opinion. In the past I have talked about cocoa and cacao and how they are awesome for you and great in smoothies. Now, apparently, cocoa is also great to bathe in. Yes, that is correct. Due to its high level of antioxidants, soaking in cocoa can make your skin feel luxuriously smooth and supple. So, if you’re daring enough to try it (which I certainly am), here’s a recipe:

  • 1/8 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c instant dry milk*
  • 1/2 c unscented bubble bath

*Use 2% or whole milk; the fat content will help moisturize your skin. It also acts as an exfoliate.

For best results, add ingredients to warm running water, froth it up and relax for at least 15-20 minutes while the antioxidants work their magic. BOOM!

That’s it for me tonight, folks. Happy Sunday 🙂

Just Dropping In…

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Hi Friends.

Life is good. I hope it’s good on your end, too. It’s sort of been a while, but since I’ve been away… I got into my Masters/PhD Program! It’s Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and I’m excited. I want to try and work with renewable energy, especially solar power. If anyone knows anyone involved in this line of work in any way, shape, or form… introduce me! I want to learn it all. Classes start soon and then the real work begins.

I finished all my summer classes up with straight A’s, so that was cool. I’ve also been reading a lot, so check my books section for updates there. Working a lot too, but since I won’t be doing much of the money making during the school year, I embrace it. Plus I get to drink juice 🙂 I’ve also begun volunteering at a bookstore near campus and that’s awesome. I want to start building up their social media presence so stay tuned for me promoting that!

Max and I have also been spending our free summer hours climbing. The other weekend we traveled to Maryland for an outdoor excursion and checked out a different indoor climbing gym. He’s starting to like to travel, success! Stay tuned for pictures someday in the future.

… and that’s how my summer has been going. I’m happy and I’m tan – I’ve been managing to sneak in about one beach day a week thanks to our new beach house, which is probably a new record for me and I really enjoy it. Today, Max and I spent the day on Block Island driving a moped around the island. Local Rhode Islanders: I highly recommend you try this. I’ll try and post those pictures when I post the Maryland photos. I am currently super duper exhausted so I’m going to hit the hay, but I thought I would touch base while I had a free evening.

Stay lovely.