So Long Summer

Happy Tuesday! How was everyone’s holiday weekend? Hopefully you took time to relax and enjoy the last weekend of summer!

Since I start grad school this week, I took advantage of the last of my freedom. Here’s a quick recap!


On Friday night, I had an unexpected last minute invite to a booze cruise. I had actually never been on one before, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It was so much fun, we drank and danced under the stars on an absolutely beautiful night, out on Boston Harbor. Such a blast! (no pictures, sorry I’m still getting used to blogging again!)


I woke up Saturday morning craving something warm and comforting, so I immediately started whipping up my new go-to oatmeal recipe from Kath Eats Real Food.

I topped it with a chopped up apple, some PB2, and flax. It was delicious!

Lately, this has been my hangover cure. A filling, healthy bowl of oatmeal. I swear it works magic!

After breakfast, me and the roommates headed to Target because our fridge had seriously never been emptier and we needed some things for the house. When we got home, I was still trying to fend off my inevitable hangover, so I tried another healthy option and made my first “green” smoothie.

I was skeptical and slightly worried it might taste like wheat germ, but it was actually really delicious. Here’s what went into my smoothie:

  • Big handful of spinach
  • Half an overripe banana (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Couple handfuls of blueberries and raspberries (frozen)
  • Enough water to get it going

I relaxed around the house for awhile, then eventually motivated myself to workout. I recently started another Jillian Michaels program, her body revolution. I felt like I needed another fitness goal to work toward, and something to follow every day (not including rest days of course). I like mixing things up and trying random circuit workouts, etc. that I find through other healthy living blogs, but I also feel like I don’t know enough about strength training to plan a week of working out. When to rest certain muscles… how long to rest them… do I train upper body or lower body… etc. etc. Jillian makes it easy!

Since I skipped my workout on Friday in favor of a booze cruise, I did two of the Jillian workouts, the cardio for Phase 1 and Strength workout 1. So far so good!

After my workout I made some gluten free banana bread to have around the house..delicious! I’ll share the recipe later this week :)

Me and Andrea talked about heading to the bar, but once we turned Dawson’s Creek on Netflix….we knew we were in for the night. I am seriously loving re-watching this series. So 90′s, so good.


I slept in a little on Sunday morning, had some breakfast, and eventually made it to the gym for a workout. I really wasn’t in the mood to hit the treadmill, so I hopped on the elliptical for a spontaneous interval.

Then I drove home and did Strength workout 2 for body revolution. After a quick shower, I drove back to my hometown for a Labor Day cookout at Amanda’s parents house. They live right on the water, and it was a beautiful day!

We played hilarious games (pie eating contest, relay races, a (booze infused) watermelon eating contest) etc! So much fun. After the day part of the cookout, we continued things at my parents house down the street, and hung out by the fire.

I really wanted to go for one last night swim, but decided against it. It was cold!


So if there’s one day out of the whole year when it’s ok to be completely and 100% lazy, I’d say that’s Labor Day, right?

I hope so, because I literally did not get out of bed until 2:30 in the afternoon! I wasn’t sleeping though, I was reading.

To say that this book was a page turner would be a gross under statement. This book kept me inside, in my room, reading for 6 hours, on arguably one of the most beautiful days of the year.

Sigh. Oh well, sometimes it’s great to just get lost in a book. If you’re in the mood for that, I highly recommend this one! I could not. stop. reading.

Later in the afternoon I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and went for a nice run around downtown Providence. I’ve really been loving the new route I mapped out, it’s a little over 3.5 miles. Mentally today I was pretty tired, but physically, it was one of the best runs I’ve had in awhile! I seriously felt like my legs had a mind of their own. Does that ever happen to you? It was like my brain was tired and wanted to go slow, but my legs were rested and ready to RUN. Crazy.

After my run I stayed on track with Jillian and did the cardio workout. Then I showered, ran a few errands, and watched more Dawson’s Creek.

Overall, a great long weekend!

4 thoughts on “So Long Summer

  1. Jess @ See Jess BLANK

    Loved the post! I’ve always been afraid of smoothies with spinach/kale in them because of a mental block but sounds like I need to give it a try! Also, I totally hear you about days when you’re brain and legs just aren’t on the same page while running! It’s kind of nice when your mind is sluggish and your legs are on point because then you can zone out and just GO!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Thanks so much!! You should give the green smoothie a try, it seriously tastes fruity! No spinach taste at all.

      I was amazed at how fast I was running despite my tired mood…it was so weird. Normally I’m the opposite! My mind is pushing me and my legs are fighting haha. Nice change of pace I have to admit!


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