“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between.”
-The Phantom Toolbooth. C’mon, you remember?
Milo, the indifferent + angsty youth, journeying through an incredibly pun-tastic adventure–trekking the Sea of Knowlege, the Mountans of Ignorance and the Foothills of Confusion, encountering unforgettable characters and life lessons along the way–particularly learning to appreciate the wonderfulness of the everyday.
Because when our dear Milo tries to return to this whimsical land, he realizes he had already been in the presence of all the happiness and beauty it had to offer.
So seriously, do you remember that? Of course not.
You’re absolutely saying “I didn’t actually read that. It was sixth grade and I did not have access to Sparknotes because of dial up internet while my mom needed the phone.”
Well I’m here to remind you. Because straight up, I reread this book for fun two weeks ago [I have friends, I swear] and developed a new found connection to the apathetic Milo.
And this week, I took some advice from him, and appreciated the hell out of what I have by not only creating crazy + innovative workouts and meals, but also appreciating some classic simplicity along the way.
HOW I SWEAT:
So after a few change of scenery runs in Columbus, State College and Pittsburgh–plus an amazing reunion with the greatest friends on the planet, I was anxious to get mix up my workouts this week.
And I learned the craziest + sweatiest sometimes come from the simplest + easily overlooked. Don’t get me wrong, the gym on campus, the RPAC, houses nothing short of incredible in terms of top of the line workout equipment, but today I instead utilized a usually ignored + commonplace means of exercise—stairs.
No not a stair master, a straight up, old fashioned stairwell. Specifically a four story stairwell. Aaaaand please take it from me, pain + sweat + near tears followed. I wish you luck.
Run from bottom to top
- 15 tricep dips
- 15 push-ups
- 15 jump squats
- :30 plank
Run from top to bottom
- 15 alt. jump lunges
- 15 toe touch crunches
- 15 tuck jumps
- :30 wall sit
REPEAT 4x for 5 TOTAL SETs
Hurts so good.
WHAT I ATE:
So it’s no secret that I love food. Particular crazy food.
But much like Milo, this week I realized my need for culinary craziness could be fulfilled in my own kitchen. With the grilled honey + lime sriacha chicken in a pita waffle cone.
what you need:
- grilled chicken strips
- red onion
- whole wheat pita
- lime juice
- lemon pepper
make it delicious:
- In a hot pan, sautee chicken strips in olive oil over medium heat until fully cooked.
- In a small bowl, combine sriracha + honey + lime juice + cumin + lemon pepper.
- Place pita in waffle maker and toast until golden.
- Fill the waffle cone with kale + onion + tomato.
- Glaze chicken with sriracha honey + add to waffle cone.
Last week I registered for my final semester of college. And if I’m being honest (please don’t freak out) I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve always been the kind of girl who sets her sites on what’s next — how can I do more? How can I be more?
But this morning with this lovely cup of iced coffee from Mission Coffee Co. + homemade pumpkin coffee ice cubes in hand, I slowed down. I stopped for just a second to enjoy what’s happenning right now.
So like the crisp + warm leaves gently falling beside me, I too decided it was time for a change. Time to enjoy the journey. My Phantom Tollbooth will always be there to take me to incredible places + people — it’s with me everyday.
Thankfully, so is incredible coffee + sriracha covered chicken.
I think Milo would agree.
Happy Wednesday, Kids.
Run far, eat well, drink better.