WIAW | Laziest of Days


Even though this is supposed to be a “What I Ate Wednesday“, I’m going to post about Tuesday (yesterday), because that was the day I remembered to document my food intake, haha.

So, here’s my eats for Tuesday, August 18th!

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Week in Review | WHY IS SHE SO AWESOME?

So, remember when I said training alone is awesome and has tons of perks?  Well, this week I remembered that training with other people is also tons of fun and has its own perks, too.


This week my old teammate, Shelby, joined me for most of my practice sessions, and I was pretty hyped about it.  We basically caught up with each other on life, and rambled and joked about everything and nothing.  If that doesn’t sound like a good time, then I don’t know what a good time is (yes, I do)…


ESSAY | How Track Saved Me From Depression

If I’m being honest, I’ve probably gone through this in my head too many times to count, but have never had the courage to actually sit and write everything down.  The only reason you’re actually reading this now is because my friend, Brandi, encouraged me to share my story.  This was and will probably be the hardest thing I’ve ever sat down to write.  Here’s your warning:  this post is extremely long.  It’s definitely more of an essay than one of my typical blog posts, but I knew that if I was going to write about this, then I wanted to write about it, including all the gory details that I’ve always been too embarrassed to share with anybody.



I’ve been contemplating switching from ground beef to ground turkey for a while now, but every time I went grocery shopping I would always end up bypassing the turkey for what I was familiar.  This summer I’ve been slowly trying to change my eating habits for the better.  I finally gave almond butter a try, and have to say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!  So, I figured now was as good a time as any to give ground turkey the try it deserved.

I was a little wary at first because I’ve heard it’s very easy for the turkey to turn out dry or mealy, but luckily that wasn’t the case with this dish. I couldn’t tell the difference at all!  I was so happy with how it turned out (and with my amazing chef skills), I immediately started typing this post up.  Without further ado, here’s the recipe for you to try at home!


Planning for the Week 11.9.14.

Continuing the theme of last week’s meal planning, I thought I would share what I ate during the week. I actually decided to make this post near the end of week, so I didn’t keep track of what I ate for every single meal, but here’s what I do remember.

Monday:  homemade granola, raspberries, vanilla yogurt; quick chicken teriyaki, steamed broccoli, homemade fries
Tuesday:  chicken parmesan;
Wednesday:  scrambled eggs, spinach, buttered toast; pineapple; chicken teriyaki
Thursday:  granola, vanilla yogurt; cheese pizza (take-out)
Friday:  breakfast sandwich (scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, English muffin); chicken teriyaki, sautéed spinach, brown rice, plain omelet
Saturday:  waffle, breakfast potatoes, cantaloupe, scrambled eggs, bacon, chocolate milk; buffalo chicken wings (restaurant); granola, yogurt

Chicken is one of the most versatile ingredients in my opinion.  I only cooked it 2 ways last week, but there are so many ways to prepare it that it can fit into whatever dish you’re in the mood for.  This coming week I’ll be making quesadillas, which I’m extremely excited about.  I’ll probably post the recipe if it turns out OK.

What will you be eating this week?

Stay Healthy!
❤ Gemma

Link Love: 11.14.14

After tons of searching and scouring of the world-wide web, I’ve finally started to find a lot more blogs that I enjoy reading.  One of the reasons I was able to find more blogs to read was because of posts I encountered called Link Love.  Basically, people share links to things online that they’ve enjoyed recently so that more people can check them out, and see what they might be missing.  I thought it was an awesome idea, and decided to give it a try.  So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been enjoying online recently:

Link Love:

  1. My Ghanaian teammate, Flings Joyner Owusu-Agyapong finally got her website up! Check it out and show her some love ❤
  2. Through Flings, I also stumbled upon the website of Canadian Hurdler, Karelle Edwards. She doesn’t update very often, but I’m enjoying what she’s posted so far 🙂
  3. I’m a sucker for great photography, add in fitness and fashion and I’m hooked. Michelle Carigma manages to do all that and more!
  4. Two of my former teammates have a blog that discuss and informs on a variety of topics ranging from training and recovery to nutrition and lifestyle. It’s hard to leave Sustainable Athletics without learning something new.
  5. As I’ve gotten more involved with my blog, I’ve been looking for resources and advice on what I can do to improve it. The Nectar Collective is a great resource for people who want to get more serious about blogging.

Are there any sites you’ve been enjoying lately? (other than this one, of course 😉 )

Hope you all have an awesome weekend! Stay active!
❤ Gemma