summer vibes

summer vibes || Journey for JessiI am back in Colorado for the summer and feelin’ the summertime love!  Everything is so green and sunny and hot and I am in my element.  So far my summer has consisted of training, fresh meals, pool time, good friends, BBQs, 4-square, long bike rides, nights out in the town and even summer school is more enjoyable.  It is crazy to think that July will be here next week–my summer bucket list is still so long!  I am on a good pace however, and I am enjoying every moment in the mean time. Continue reading

austin adventures

austin adventures || Journey for JessiThis weekend, my sister and I headed up to Austin to celebrate my future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party and festivities.  It was so much fun and we were lucky to have nice weather.  If you have not heard, Houston has been flooding pretty badly and pretty much all of Texas has been hit with some serious storms.  Pretty much everything we did centered around the outdoors like grilling and playing games on the patio, going to various wineries and BBQ for lunch, to walking around 6th Street bar hopping the night away.  It was great meeting all of the friends and family that I get to see again come July for the wedding–I can’t wait! Continue reading

snacking on the go

snacking on the go || Journey for JessiYesterday was busy, busy for me.  I woke up at 5:30am to get to my cycling class at 6:30am (it is 100% worth it to me), and I did not get home until 7:30 PM!  Eep!  Thankfully, I am such a planner and I knew it was going to be a looong day on campus, so I was able to pack accordingly.  When I say “pack,”  I, of course, mean food and snacks to keep me going.  I usually like to sit down and enjoy my food without distractions, but sometimes, a girl has to multi-task.  

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stuffy sleepy and sick

stuffy sleepy and sick || Journey for JessiI admit it.  I was sick last week.  Despite ALL of my precautions and sanitary behavior the week before, like my uptake in vitamin C for example.  I guess it is difficult to fight a college community teeming with infection.  It did not turn out to be the flu, thank goodness, although Wednesday (at my worst) had me worried.  I am feeling way better now, though still runny nose, my lethargy and head congestion are fading.  So how did I beat this week?  Here are my tips to take care of myself while staying on a fitness program.

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buddha teas

buddha teas || Journey for JessiI LOVE tea.  I have it at least 1-2 times a day.  There are so many kinds and amazing flavors to try.  When I discovered Buddha Teas, my tea-loving heart rejoiced!  Because there are so many types and brands of teas available, I like to make my tea time special.  Buddha Tea does just that for me!
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green detox juice

breakfast all the time--Journey for Jessi

A couple days ago, I made a detox juice for breakfast to ease an unsettled tummy an reboot my system.  I love having my green juice when I feel like my system is out of whack.  You could not even taste the greens due to the honey and apple and lemon juice. Continue reading

eggnog protein shake

eggnog protein shake--Journey for JessiFun fact about me?  I absolutely love the “nog”.  I am all about that creamy, sweet holiday goodness. Just talking about it gives me happy feelings inside.  I know what you might be thinking if you know me, “Emily, what about your nonexistent dairy tolerance?”  It is true, dairy hates my insides–milk, cream, cheese, and the likes.  After the great Sonic debacle of 2014 (not kidding), I swore off all dairy in any amounts.  So where does this leave me in terms of my favorite holiday treat? Continue reading

gluten-free vegan cinnamon rolls

gluten-free vegan cinnamon rolls--Journey for JessiWho says vegans have nothing delicious to eat?  Certainly not me.  Not with these Vegan and Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls.  Today I am going on day five of my Vegan Challenge, and I must say, aside from a few accidental blunders on day two, things are going very well.  It is difficult to say the impact it has made on my body yet (it has not even been a week), but I am sure that after I get finished with my hectic week ahead, I can focus on fine-tuning my body and health.  Last week was a bit stressful on me, so that is why I decided to treat myself to a yummy Sunday breakfast. Continue reading

alpaca for sale

alpaca for sale--journey for jessiAs a busy engineering student, most times I find it difficult to get out for some “me” time.  I am really trying hard this school year at making my health, both physical and mental health, a top priority.  Why?  Because being healthy makes me happy and when I feel happy, I feel like my life is more put together, and when I feel like my life is put together, I find that I am more inclined to study more effectively.  So, this is how my “me” time this weekend went thus far… Continue reading

season switch up

Cucumber Ginger Lime Infused Water--Journey for JessiI absolutely love summer and everything about it, right down to the +100° and humid Texas weather.  Summer just makes me crave healthy and fresh foods like infused water (above: cucumber, ginger & lime), raw produce, and salads.  Can you say light and fit foods?  Yummy!  I am such a visual eater, and that aids in “eating the rainbow” to reap all the health benefits from a variety of fruits and veggies. Continue reading