Gym Rat


Hey hey party people! Wow! Thank you all for the kind compliments on the Pop Girl Medley! You’re all so sweet you’re going to give me a cavity. I must report the wonderful responses to the rest of the Tempo Tantrums group. If anyone is interested in a CD, please let me know!

Anyway, Muffin and I had a blast celebrating her birthday Tuesday night. It was an effort to stay out till midnight, though. We were both insanely pooped–Muffin from working at the paper until sunrise, and SnackFace from her little friend named insomnia. Like the big 22-year-old she is, Muffin powered through sleep deprivation’s nasty grasp and rang in her birthday with me. I let her head home shortly after midnight.

The highlight of our night was while we were standing in line for Muffin’s pizza. We looked to our left and it all came together. My woman is the HBIC of orchestrating a daily newspaper:

Muffin and her paper!

Muffin and her paper!

Muffin headed home earlier than I did, as I needed to catch up with a friend of mine, Chauncey. Reminiscing about freshman year dance parties combined with a thrilling performance of Beyonce’s “Ego” that I absolutely had to do for the whole pub left me exhausted. I slept like a baby when I returned home.

Wednesday morning I naturally rose at 9. There was one thing I wanted to do and nothing was stopping me. I hurriedly pulled on a sports bra and tee, laced up my sneaks, loaded up my backpack with October Glamour and hot-pink aluminum water bottle and headed to the gym.

As much as I enjoyed running four to five times a week over the summer, I missed the gym! I’m one of those crazies who actually adores a good elliptical machine. When else can I get in sweaty cardio and thorough magazine reading? This year, our cardio machines are hooked up so that they work to create energy for the building when you’re exercising. Isn’t that fabulous?

I did 50 minutes of intervals on the elliptical and followed it up with 30 minutes of weight training. Machines used include: chest press, shoulder press, incline press, tricep press and two ab machines of unknown names. Most times I do three sets of 10 reps. I say most times because I often lose count. I’m a wordsmith, not a mathematician. (But I’m not telling you how many stabs I had to take at spelling mathematician before I got it right.)

I felt alive after that workout! I’m not ashamed to say that I’m truly a gym rat at heart. We get a bad rap sometimes.

After the gym session I chilled at the library for a half hour, killing time by reading blogs and contemplating how offensive I smelled. Stench or no stench, I skipped to Women’s Chorale at noon. The ladies are either remarkably nice or didn’t mind my stanky leg (and arm and torso and hair), as I received many hugs upon walking through the door.

Singing with 50+ girls today felt so good! Our sound was strong and warm, and it’s only the first day. We all noted it’s going to be a solid year.

I made it home shortly after 1pm and hopped into the shower. It’s probably unhygienic to remain unshowered for 90 minutes post-workout, but I don’t care. Nothing I haven’t done many times before.

You’re probably wondering where breakfast is. I know. Bad, bad SnackFace for not fueling until 1:30pm. The even crazier thing was that I wasn’t hungry. I’m sure hunger will attack my body all day Thursday. I’m ready. Anyway, I tested out a new blender MamaJ got for me! It’s no VitaMix, but it blended like the dickens and created a frothy green smoothie for me in a jiffy (what’s “jiffy’s” origin?):

New-to-me protein powder with a smoothie in a mug.

New-to-me protein powder with a smoothie in a mug.

In the greenie: banana, chia seeds, protein powda, cinnamon, water, almond milk and spinach to the rim of the blender. I had agave nectar on-hand in case the protein powder made it chalky or repulsive, but it was unnecessary. The powder has no flavor at all and the banana sweetness sang throughout the smoothie. Yum.

I make-upped, straightened and dressed (even wore a dress today because it was the only thing calling my name from the closet) and then headed to Online Journalism Fundamentals from 3 to 4:30. This class is going to be perfect for me, I can already tell! One of our assignments is to create a blog and post at least twice a week for seven weeks. Um, I have no idea what to do for another blog, but I’m excited!

I ran over to the music building after class for a voice placement audition for Women’s Chorale. My voice gets lower and lower each year! They even suggested I give alto one a shot sometimes. No offense to alto ones, but the parts of music they have to sing tend to be a bit boring. Thankfully, the director and her assistant assured me that soprano two is perfect for my range.

Muffin’s office is uptown, so I decided a short visit wouldn’t hurt. The poor thing was so insanely busy she could barely chat for a second. Taking a hint, I left after a few minutes and ran errands uptown.

I got home and snacked on an apple at 6-ish:

Snapple, fave plate and laptop.

Snapple, fave plate and laptop.

Some shrooms with hummus went unpictured as I waiting to see whether Muffin could do dinner tonight. She called and by the tone in her voice I knew our dinner date had to be pushed back. My poor birthday girl!

I whipped this up instead of the chips, salsa and vegan burrito I envisioned I’d have for dinner (tomorrow they shall be mine!):

Dinner and a movie. Definitely not burrito-ish.

Dinner and a movie. Definitely not burrito-ish.

Actually, that book has yet to be opened and I still have to read four chapters before class tomorrow. It’s midnight as I type this, so we’ll see how that goes. I love how it’s titled, A Short History of THE Movies. That “the” must be important. There has to be a difference between history of movies and history of the movies.

In the mix: kale, cherry toms, broccoli slaw, TJ’s meatless balls, Parma, Chile sauce and sesame something dressing. Although completely satisfying, homie needed some carbage:

Cereal and a book that's still unopened.

Cereal and a book that's still unopened.

I had more than a mug of Panda Puffs with almond milk and a smidgen of almond butter. What a beautiful ending to a beautiful day. Oh wait. I have a ton of reading left to do! After working all summer and feeling like anything but a student, it’s proving to be difficult to get back into the swing of things. I’ma try, though!

Time for me to read and rest up for a busy Thursday!

Ciao for now,


QUESTION: If you were to read a blog written by moi, but it couldn’t be about food, what would it be about? OK, I won’t make you do my homework. What types of blogs do you read other than food blogs?
My favorite non-food blog is Jezebel! It’s “Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women. Without airbrushing.” You know that’s how I do!


41 Responses to “Gym Rat”

  1. interested. right here lady. send me that ear candy!

    shoooot i love the elliptical set up! how efficient! and i love the gym. true story. gym rats for life. a cereal ending is ALWAYS a happy ending. the other blogs i read that i love are ones about my city/things to do and also my friend’s blogs that are about life in general.

    XO love yooooooou

  2. 2 AnAppleADay

    hahah i’m a gym rat too!

    i would love your CD. haha love your voice girl!<3

  3. i love going to the gym too!
    you get the “regulars”, the “newbies”, and the “real go getters”
    haha 😉 tons of fun!!

    a YOU blog.. about.. YOU:) whatever is is. your workouts. music. crazy nights. and quotes and tips on how to make the best of your night/out or in!

  4. Oh my gosh Kailey, you are FAB-U-LOUSSS (in the obvious Samantha voice) !! I said it yesterday, and i’ll say it again!! I’m so happy that you’re so happy!! It sounds like the transition back to school has been nothing but wonderful! Homegirl just needs to stock up on sweet potatoes and she’ll be set!!! Or maybe you already haveeee….???

    Anyways, the salad looks glorious. Can’t wait to rock the kale enseladas w/ meatless meatballs myself, someday!

    love you!!!! xoooooo

  5. I love style blogs, and all around blogs about pretty things. I’m a huge aesthete!

  6. It’s good to know there are other gym rats out there who aren’t ashamed and also hate the bad rep we get! 🙂 Outside of food blogs, I love reading photography and design blogs and sometimes (keep in mind I have no desire to have children anytime soon…) mommy blogs.

  7. Haha, I’m dealing with the craziness of rush week too! And I too, have NO voice from chanting/singing so much.
    Hmmm…I really like reading random, artsy blogs a lot too- usually they have fun pics and stuff.

  8. 8 homegirlcaneat

    GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE! I was so excited to see SnackFace bolded with a little (1) right next to it on my Google reader this morning after getting a mere 3 hours of sleep. I have taught the SnackFace no sleep bug and just decide to stay on my comp all night because it’s better than just lying looking at the ceiling!

    I am soooo excited to hear you worked EGO for yo man Chauncy!!! ahaha I loved that text and I love Chauncy’s name/you knew he would appreciate a good B dance.

    Oh how I miss the ‘balls. I am outa class today at 10:40 WOOPWOOP! So I am going to walk to the wannabe WF we have in town and go on a hunt for them. Your dorm food email has been so helpful and I refer to it often to make sure I am not forgetting anything good.

    Are we really both students again and not muni-riding, bar-hopping, PYT, blonde-swag, dancing queens? Yes.. but than again, we will always be those chick mafia girls at heart, just waiting for a good song to come on to bust out in our best Kell’s-bench moves.

    Love youuuu!

  9. 9 homegirlcaneat

    *taught = caught

    PS: I am totally brainstorming the new blog theme… sounds like SUCH a fun class!!!

  10. I am ADDICTED to jezebel. It makes me feel not guilty for reading up on celeb trash. Also they rep my girl Michelle Obama often there! Woooooot.
    I have no idea for other blogs. I read health blogs, political and college football blogs. What about something political? Good luck doll!

  11. I love that plate–I think I need it to eat lunch on every single day at work, where no one likes anyone else–so it seems 😦 Good luck with classes–makes me miss school ( a little) xoxo

  12. Happy Berfday to Miss Muffin! Tuesday was my berfday too! That paper is wicked cool, I can’t think how much work that took.

    <3s to you girlies! Have a great school year!

  13. Fashion! I love gettting new ideas and dressing up!

  14. My fave non foodie blog addiction is Go Fug Yourself. Loves it.

    Have a great day girl!

  15. I vote your new blog centers around you being the coolest chick in the world and having a secret admirer named Jenny.. you’d get an A fa sho’. Okay, sorry for being completely useless to you with your question.

    I love that little plateski of yours (p.s. is that an apple on steroids or a midget plate?) if only the world were that easy

    loveeee to ya snackie ❤

  16. GIRL i hope you werent standing in line for some goodfella’s! haha sounds like the birthday was a blast! and WHAT IS THIS ABOUT PING?! Machines creating energy?! They wouldddd

    I love gwyneth paltrow’s blog and anything about fashion and celebrity gossip – like PEREZ

  17. 17 Trace

    you could do a “how-to” blog and do random stuff to teach people how to do

    lovin your blog, Trace

  18. work that gym sesh out! nothing better than a good, solid workout!

    i think fashion would make for a fab blog! or perhaps, a day in the life of a college student? or perhaps you could write about local bars and do a review? hmmmm, music? perhaps a pop girl band blog, haha.

    whatever it is, i want to read it!

    glad you and muffy had a good b-day – lots of love GF!

  19. i love being a gym rat when im joined at one…the gym in my apt is only good for less than an hour (typically 30 min) becuase its major BLAH. But when I am a member at a fab gym, like the one I joined last year, they practically have to kick me out. As for a blog, you should totally have a fashion blog or campus gossip girl blog. Ya know, where its like this:


    rando girl flirting with teacher outside of room _ _ _ _ (fill in room number)”

    itd be scandalous and i think very popular!

  20. 20 lowandbhold

    I know whatever you decide to blog about will be totally read-worthy. Singing blog? Dranking blog? Hmmm….

    I know how the unopened book goes. Eventually it just taunts you….

  21. What about a blog centering on something about being a senior? My last year in college was filled with once-in-a-lifetimes, mostly because when you’re a senior, you realize you only have one more year to pack in all the fun! Haha that was depressing… Good luck, I’m sure whatever you write about will be vonderful

  22. 22 Lindsey

    You should do a recipe blog! You have to find a recipe/make one up, and then cook it and blog about how it went 🙂

    good luck finding your stride—- it’s SO hard after coming off of summertime!

  23. 23 Lindsey

    p.s. what’s so wrong with going to the gym? I’ll never understand why working out can’t just be workin’ out!

  24. Wow that is so cool about your gym machines! What a great idea. Honestly, food blogs are pretty much all I read. Some with more lifestyles involved, some with exercise involved. Running blogs are cool. Or in the daily life of….I like those. That sounds stalkerish though. haha

  25. 25 Melissa

    Hey there! I came back from a weekend away on Tuesday and was greeted with a package- my winnings from your epic giveaway. The loot is as amazing as I expected and totally made my week! I took a picture of me cheesing, surrounded by/wearing all the goodies, and was going to e-mail it to you but I wasn’t sure if your VegNews e-mail address was still open… let me know! Thanks again for hosting such a great giveaway 🙂

    As far as non-food blogs go, my Google Reader is full of silly things like Cute Overload, Cake Wrecks, People of Walmart (a new one, check it out for some laughs), Best Week Ever, Gawker, etc. I’m sure whatever you choose will be great, since even your daily musings are always worth a read!

  26. 26 Brandi

    i’m glad things are going well! sounds like the year is getting off to a good start.

    I love The Superficial (HILarious) and What I Wore.

  27. 27 Lizzy

    Girl you are the best best friend a girl could as for! Muffin is so lucky to have you!!!!!

    again i wanted to tell you that your song was amazing! i loved it!

    other then food blogs i love reading fashion blogs! fashion is my passion!!!!!

  28. i back you about being a gym rat. i love going for outdoor runs but there are so many great cardio options at the gym in addition to weight lifting. plus you can’t read a magazine when you’re running outside :S

    i luuuuuurrrv fashion blogs! lulu and your mom is one of my favourites
    you should check it out if you’re not familiar with this amazingly stylish lady.
    if you’re into fashion, you should take pictures of fashionable randoms on campus and blog about them!! i’d totally read that.

  29. It’s not easy getting old, is it?! Midnight is pushing it!! Glad you guys got out and painted the town! Congrats to Muffin on her word baby (aka newspaper)!

    Haha I love the blog assignment! How appropriate – too bad you couldn’t use SnackFace since it’s already a hit! Shrooms and hummus!! That’s how it’s done – loves!

    I hope you got your vegan burrito!! Anything written by my sister from Ohio will be read by moi! Let us know what you decide on so I can read every single letter of that one as well 🙂

  30. my sis reads jezebel. i should read it too. ummm other blogs i read are like travel blogs..and i read this blog about different types of workouts. =D

    yay for cereal killers!

  31. I would LOVE a CD!!!

  32. Well, most blogs I follow pertain to food, but I do follow
    quite a few blogs on how to save money–hey a college
    gal has to cut corners somewhere 🙂

  33. I’m not a member of any gym but if I was I think I’d be a bit of a gym rat too. I’ve been in them before, I like the enviro, I like how “hardcore” it feels. Hahah. Nothing wrong with that! Or with NOT showering right away. We’re allowed to be stanky once in a while!

    I’m afraid to get back to the books. I don’t want to read for pain rather than pleasure! I fall behind on my readings so quickly. Eeeek.

    I like reading blogs about everyday life stuff. Thoughts. That kinda thang. Your life is exciting so I think you’d make a pretty interesting one 🙂 Write about your night life adventures haha.

  34. 34 Ariela

    I’m a total gym rat too. My bf teases me for it, but I wear my label proud!
    How about a workout blog? You would post after seshes at the gym telling what workouts you did, how many reps, how much weight/resistance etc..

    Oh! and other then the tons and tons of food blogs I read I also read GirlieGirl Army! Check it outtt!

  35. 35 WholeBodyLove

    Blogs other than food blogs…I used to read a few that were about sustainability and going green. Now it’s mostly health/running and food.

  36. Glad you and Muffin were able to celebrate accordingly!!

    I’m definitely a gym rat as well…as freeing as a walk or run outside can be, MOST of the time, I prefer the structure and tangible evidence of a good sweat sesh that the good ole elliptical, bike, or tready can provide. It’s fun to SEE improvements in speed, time, incline, etc… 🙂

    I love reading more “health-focused” blogs such as I also am obsessed with Tressugar and collegecandy as of recently. And finally, is awesome, mainly because your girl loves a good list. Okay, I’ll stop now, the unnatural amount of time I spend on the internet is showing…

  37. I love reading traveling and fashion blogs. Fashion hauls are a guilty pleasure of mine. Haha. I also sometimes like reading environment blogs but mostly just for tips.

  38. 38 dewtakeflight

    I’m a total gym rat too :). I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to find one here in Scotland (on my year abroad) but luckily I have!

    Keep inspiring,

  39. You said “the dickens” therefore I heart you.
    Oooh blogs. I read street style blogs and love them. Plus some news/current affairs ones.

    Ya salad is rocking it girl.

  40. 40 meatatarian2.1

    Hey kailey its your cousin chris, i noticed my mom is on here too. i just wanted to see what your up to. your mom told me to check it out so here i is. by the way congrats on your internship at vegnews. i hadn’t talked to anyone down there in a long time up untill monday i called matt. but it sounds like your doing good so keep it up miss. oh friendly fact my dad says hi too, toodles.

    • 41 snackface

      meatatarian2.1- CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHH!!!! Oh my gosh, how are you! What are you doing! I haven’t talked to you or seen you in fo evah! Thanks so much for the congrats on the internship- it was a blast! I say hi to the fam and please update me on your life! Much love!

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