Good morning and happy Friday! :)

Honestly, I love these ecards! They literally crack me up almost always!

Even though this week went by fairly quickly for me (I had off Tuesday), I’m so glad its the end of the week!  The past few days I’ve had to be to work at 6:30am (yea, I know it’s rough), so I’m more than ready to sleep in a little bit Saturday (and by sleeping in, I mean until 7am haha)!  We are taking a weekend trip to Lancaster and I can’t wait!  Bobby’s dad is an indoor field hockey coach and he has a tournament there so we can be his cheerleaders (plus do some shopping, eating, and exploring)!  I’m excited to get away for the weekend- Bobby has been doing a complete kitchen renovation on his own so we are ready for some R&R!

I’m getting a little ahead of myself!  Let’s back up to a workout I completed on Thursday!  I didn’t really feel like running so I decided to do an interval workout and alternate between walking and running!  It ended up keeping my heart rate up because I kept a very steady walking pace and increased the incline way up!

Run:walk Treadmill Workout

(Since were suppose to get an inch or so of snow tonight, I figure I would do a snowflake theme :) You’re welcome!)

In the end, I ran/walked 2.5 miles and burned 290 calories! The part that challenged me the most was the increased incline! I don’t know what it is about “hills”, but they literally take my breath away, haha! This workout can definitely be adjusted based on your fitness level.  If you want to make it more challenging, increase the pace or incline.  If you want to take it down a notch, slow down and lower the incline!  Either way, you will be getting a great work out!

If you really want to challenge yourself, complete 50 reps of the following exercises for an awesome core workout:

  • crunches
  • reverse crunches
  • 50 second plank
  • bicycle crunches
  • alternating leg drops
  • russian twists with medicine ball
  • 50 second plank
  • crunches

Here are some pictures on how to do some of the exercises above:

            alternating leg drops

                 russian twists

                reverse crunch

 

And that my friends was the end of my workout! Lately I’ve been loving doing ab exercises at the end of my workout and I think that’s because I love CXWORX, a Les Mills class I recently tried that focuses on your core for 30 continuous minutes (meaning there really isn’t a break)!  I highly recommend trying this class if you have it available at your local gym- it goes by so quick and you will wake up sore the next day, I promise!

Question of the day: What is your favorite muscle group to target?

 


One of the hardest challenges is preparing healthy and delicious meals throughout the week while also working full-time.  I’ve created a weekly dinner planner that you can print to help your meal planning and grocery shopping ten times easier!  

Meal Prep pic

 

When Bobby and I first started dating, we used to eat out A LOT, especially later in the week and weekends!  Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but boy was it expensive!  Even after dating for a few years, we found ourselves spending a lot of money on bills from restaurants.  Because we wanted to save more money, we decided to start cooking meals together, including one weekend night a week.  Now, I prefer to cook dinner and relax on the couch with a glass of wine rather than getting dress up to go out and spend a ton of money on food and drinks!

In order to be successful at preparing more meals vs. eating out, I created a weekly meal planner (see below)!  Meal planning allows me to really think about what we want to eat through out the week.  Because of that, I’m way more likely to prepare a healthy dish than grab a bowl of cereal for dinner (c’mon, I know we’ve all done that a few times).  It also allows me to choose a variety of meals instead of making the same old staples.  Because I find meal prepping to be a little overwhelming, I created a weekly dinner planner that makes it such a breeze!

Weekly Dinner Planner & Grocery List

Click here to download a pdf file.

Here is an example of what I plan on making this week:

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  • MondayVeggie spaghetti tossed with shrimp and steamed broccoli
  • Tuesday: 3 cheese grilled cheese with tomato soup (okay, maybe not the healthiest, but definitely a great comfort dinner on a chilly night!)
  • Wednesday: Vegetable stir fry with brown rice
  • Thursday: Wegmans Ready to Cook Crab Stuffed Salmon and roasted asparagus
  • Friday: Eating out for my Dad’s birthday :)
  • Saturday: Southwest Vegetarian Bake- I recently found this recipe from a magazine and plan on sharing my version
  • Sunday: Black bean burgers- these are the BEST black bean burgers I have ever had, including any I’ve tried at restaurants!  I plan on sharing this recipe with you guys soon because its one of my all-time favorites!

As you can see, I love buying groceries that will make cooking throughout the week easy! Wegmans has precut vegetables that make preparing dinner after a long day super easy, as well as so many other prepared foods for your convenience!  Plus, the prices are comparable to other grocery stores! I highly recommend you check out your local Wegmans!

How to use the planner

I like to sit down the day or night before we go to the grocery store and plan dinner for each night.  I typically use multiple resources to find recipes and inspiration in the kitchen!  (Stay tuned for a blog post on my go-to resources for finding recipes)! Once I figure out what I want to make for dinner, I make sure I have a hard copy of the recipe, so I’m always printing recipes off of the Internet! I know this is old-school, but I love everything printed out!  I love having the printed recipe in the kitchen to reference while I’m cooking!  Bobby gets so mad at me for not saving them on my iPhone/Ipad, but I would rather have everything on paper!  This step is obviously optional for all of you tech lovers out there!

Next, I write down the meal plus any sides I plan on having under each day of the week.  Next to the meal, I write down all ingredients we need to buy at the store. I typically don’t write down ingredients we have on hand because I also use this planner as my grocery shopping list (and I don’t want to buy more than I need)!

You will notice the bottom has “other groceries” which I use for household items, groceries for breakfast, or miscellaneous items I need at the store that week!  You can also use this to write down groceries for lunch, but since I work at a hospital with a cafeteria I tend to buy my lunch everyday.

I hope this meal planner helps you as much as it has helped us!   Let me know if you guys want other meal planner templates.  I’m thinking of creating one with three meals per day!

A go-to recipe for a relaxing night in, this goat cheese pizza has healthy vegetable toppings, two kinds of cheeses, and is super easy to make!

Hi friends!

One of our favorite dinners to make on the weekend is pizza! The recipe originated from our favorite pizza at a local brewery, Iron Hill. But, guess what?! They took it off the menu! I was honestly so upset when we went there one Friday evening and they no longer had it! That’s where this recipe comes in handy! We have been trying to recreate their goat cheese pizza for a few weeks and I think we finally did it!

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Before we get started, I just want to share with you our new favorite pizza stone!

Crate & Barrel Ceramic Pizza Stone

We got our first pizza stone from Bed Bath & Beyond for around $15. Unfortunately, it cracked in half after only a few uses! I did plenty of research and decided to try Crate and Barel’s Pizza Grilling Stone and it’s a winner! It’s made with quality, heat-resistant ceramic, making our pizza perfectly crisps without burning. Plus, it didn’t crack with the high oven temperature! Even though it is supposed to be used on the grill, we cooked our pizza in the oven and it turned out great! I can’t wait to use it on the grill when the weather gets a little better (come on spring!!).

Goat Cheese Pizza 

Prep time: 20 minutes (including time to bring dough to room temperature)

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Wheat pizza dough (store bought or made from scratch)
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Goat cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup Broccoli
  • Pesto (optional)
  • Corn meal
  • Flour

Instructions

  1. Remove pizza dough from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat to 5250F.
  3. Roll out dough to form a pizza. (We buy our pizza dough from Trader Joe’s and typically don’t use all of the dough. We make the dough thin to resemble a thin crust pizza. Don’t forget to form the crust).
  4. Add a little bit of corn meal to pizza stone surface (to prevent dough from sticking).
  5. Place dough on pizza stone. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. While pizza dough is cooking, add a little bit of water to pot with steamer. Turn on stove to medium high heat. Add broccoli and spinach. Cover with lid and let steam for about 5minutes.
  7. In a bowl, add the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well to form garlic sauce.
  8. When dough is done, remove from oven, but keep the pizza stone in the oven.
  9. Spread the garlic sauce on pizza dough using a pastry brush. (The brush is optional, however when we didn’t use it and spooned the olive oil on, it seeped into the dough causing it not to cook all the way through).
  10. Add mozzarella and goat cheese to your liking (note: the mozzarella cheese will spread while cooking, so be cautious when adding).
  11. Add broccoli and spinach.
  12. Top with pesto (optional).
  13. Bake pizza on pizza stone for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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The great thing about pizza is it can be personalized to your taste! You can add any topics you prefer and omit the ones you don’t care for and it will still turn out great! As you can see from the pictures, Bobby added pesto to his half!  Also, I’m a vegetarian, so Bobby usually adds grilled chicken to his side of the pizza (we didn’t have any on hand this time)!

I hope you enjoy making and eating this pizza! Let me know how it goes and what additional toppings you added (or omitted), if any!

PS: Come back for an amazing cauliflower pizza dough recipe I want to share with you a little later!

Hi all! How is your day? I’ve been busy at work all morning and can finally sit down and type this blog post over my lunch!

You guys will probably learn that I work out anywhere from 4-6 times a week and absolutely love taking group exercise classes!  My favorites are Les Mills’ Bodypump, CX worx, and power yoga! I don’t know what it is, but I love the energy and closeness you feel with others while working out! Plus, it motivates me to go to the gym because I know I have to be there at a certain time for a class.

On days when I don’t take group exercise class, sometimes I find it hard to motivate myself to get to the gym.  The only ways I make it to the gym on those days is to plan my workout ahead of time (and go straight from work)!  Yesterday I created an elliptical incline and ab workout that were both challenging and sweaty, plus I was in and out of the gym in 40 minutes!

Killer Incline Workout 30 minutes
My goal during the 30 minute workout was to keep my strides/minute between 160-170.  This was definitely a challenge during the last few minutes of each set, especially when I increased the resistance!

Once I completed cardio, I had a few minutes to spare and wanted to challenge my core!  I created this ab workout on a whim knowing I wanted to hit both my upper and lower abs.  My core was feelin’ it the next day!

Quick 10 minute ab workout

I completed the exercises in the following order: crunches with hand weight, reverse crunches, and plank. The good thing about this workout is the moves can be done in any order and will still be effective!

This workout is a great one on a day when you need to be in and out of the gym.  I hope you all enjoy this workout as much as I did!

If you’re new around here, so am I! I’m so thankful I accomplished my new year’s resolutions of 2016 and finally mustered up the courage to start my very own blog! I instantly fell in love with the idea of blogging when I stumbled upon Julie’s blog, Peanut Butter Fingers, a few years ago. I love the fact that I connected with someone I’ve never met and who lives thousands of miles away! The idea fascinated me and still does! I love checking out her blog daily whether it’s to find a work out inspiration, a recipe, or more about Julie and her family! To this day, I follow her life blog daily!

Anyway, more about me. I’m a 25-year-old pharmacist who lives in Wilmington, Delaware (or as you  may know it, DelaWHERE! I graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2014 and currently work at a children’s hospital. I’m dating the love of my life, Bobby, who I met at the gym!  I’m the youngest sibling with two older brothers and an aunt to my niece and nephew!  I love fashion, country-music, pedicures, Les Mills’ Bodypump, the beach (especially Avalon, NJ), my family, Starbucks, cozy nights in, going for long walks, drinking a glass of wine on a Friday evening, and so much more!

I’m so happy with where I am in my life, but lately I’ve been feeling like something has been missing. I’ve finally figured out that it’s blogging! This idea has been brewing in my head for years. My idea started to become a reality when my oldest brother, Stephen, visited home and we got on the subject of blogging. He actually has his own technical blog (which i know nothing about, haha), stephenburris.com and is in the works of starting his second blog about staying healthy and fit while traveling for work (I’ll let you know when that is up and running)!

When he was home we came up with my blog name, From Mae to You. (My middle name is Mae, and since this blog is about connecting and sharing my ideas with all of you, I think it’s the perfect name)! Even though I knew the name and concept of my blog, it still took me a few months to pull the plug and start it! I’m so happy I did, but I have to admit it’s nerve-wracking! What if it fails? What if nobody cares about what I have to say? Those are still fears of mine, but I have a new outlook- who cares?! I love having this outlet in my life and that’s all that matters! I’m going to go for my dream and I couldn’t be more excited!

I don’t necessarily have a focus with this blog because I want to be able to freely express my ideas and any aspect of my life! I love fashion and experimenting with clothes, but I don’t want to just focus on fashion because I also love working out (~5-6 days a week), trying new exercise routines, eating healthy, DIY project, home improvements, baking, cooking, and traveling!

Here are some of the topics I’m going to cover coming up:

Pottery Barn-Inspired Dining Room (On a Budget)

The Best Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

DIY Coffee Cart Inspiration

Veggie-Packed Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Energy Bites Recipe

My Tropical Vacation Wish List

Killer Incline Elliptical Workout

Tips for Cutting Your Morning Routine in Half

The Best Pore Minimizing Beauty Product

Vegetarian Chile Recipe

Anthropologie-Inspired Bedding (For Less) Review

 

Thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to talk again!