Unique U-Nork

Phew.

Life is such a whirlwind right now, but I am loving every minute of it.

For those of you who don’t know, I just graduated law school and recently started the job I’ve known I wanted since I was 7 years old. It’s such a freaking exciting time in life. I moved from Boston to NYC just for the summer to work at a law firm. In the fall, I’ll return to Boston to finish up a year of school to get my MBA as well, and then hopefully return to NYC full time in 2015. That means lots of new exciting content for you guys because NYC is FILLED with amazing vegan restaurants, tons of plant based eats, fruit stands, juice bars, about one million and seven gyms, and tons of outdoor active stuff to do. Can’t wait to share it with you all every day whenever I can find the time to blog!

Bear with me as I get settled here. I’ve spent the last two weeks sleeping on random people’s couches, and will just be getting settled into an apartment this weekend. For now, here’s an update with what’s been happening in my life, Five Things Friday style.

1. I graduated law school!

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2. My law firm is AMAZINGLY supportive of my dietary restrictions. It’s fabulous.

Quinoa pasta with roasted tomatoes and cabbage salad

Quinoa pasta with roasted tomatoes and cabbage salad

 

Salad and vegan gluten free mac & cheese from S'MAC

Salad and vegan gluten free mac & cheese from S’MAC

Although I haven’t been strict 80/10/10 the past couple of weeks, I’ve still been doing tons of fruit for breakfast and keeping it as high carb low fat as I can during the day. I find that as long as I keep it vegan and make the best choice I can in the given situation, I’ve been feeling fine! I definitely don’t feel as good as I did a few weeks back when I was super consistently eating completely raw until dinner, but it’s a compromise. I’ve gotten to enjoy some great new foods that you could only find in NYC (like vegan gluten free mac & cheese – AMAZING) and some cool new restaurants. I am so grateful to be at a place where I can be flexible with my eats and feel great about it, because I remember a time when that was NOT me.

3. There is ripe fruit EVERYWHERE in NYC.

Ok, not EVERYWHERE, but it’s not hard to find. There are at least 2 fruit stands in bewteen my home and work that have grapes, grapefruit, oranges, blueberries, cherries, pineapple, mango, and bananas. The fruit is generally very ripe and not very expensive!

That being said, if you want a smoothie in NYC, be prepared to drop $10. Seriously.

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4. I joined Equinox! Because I’m fancy like that.

Many of you may know Equinox. If you’re from Boston, you know that it’s considered the nicest gym in the city and is quite expensive. There are tons of locations in NYC, and the firm offers us a discount for the summer membership, so I joined. Other than getting used to going to a gym with boys again (I go to an all women’s gym in Boston), it’s been nice to switch it up.

Last fall, I was on a very organized lifting plan and gained a ton of strength. After going on vacation on Christmas break, I never quite regained that strength second semester. I still worked out plenty, but was more haphazard about it. Time for that to change. I’m gonna get back on a strict routine and try to hit some goals this summer! I’ll keep you updated.

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I also got the chance over the weekend to head out and find a nice place to run/walk – The Highline. It’s one of the only official “trails” in NYC, and it’s quite pretty. I was getting a lot of stares from tourists while I was doing bench dips, push ups, squats, and jumping lunges in the middle of my run, but I didn’t mind too much.

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5. PADDLEBOARDING. California. That is all.

Banana Cocoa Smoothie and raw Pad Thai Salad

Banana Cocoa Smoothie and raw Pad Thai Salad

 

PADDLEBOARDING!!

PADDLEBOARDING!!

That’s all for now, folks.

I’m gonna try to get through this day. Running on 5 hours of sleep for 6 straight days. Can’t wait to get settled this weekend and get back to the blogosphere on a more regular schedule!

Please share in the comments below any recommendations you have for must see/do things in NYC, good gyms to check out, vegan restaurants, or anything really! I would love to hear.

Cheers,

Avocado Athlete

Marvelous Miracle

LAW SCHOOL IS OVER.

I can’t believe that I ever once before in my life said that I was “so happy” that something was over, because it paled in comparison to this. There are .just.no.words. Law school is done! I successfully completed my last week of exams last week, and although I still have one year of school left to also get my MBA, the worst is over. I’ll be graduating next weekend!

Hence my absence over here on the blog…so, sorry about that, but I’m sure y’all understand. I’m very busy and important (read: I was just trying to pass all my classes so that I can get these degrees and then become a healthy living blogger with them).

So here’s a random update on the things that got me through finals week and the marvelous-ness of my weekend after finishing on Friday!

What got me through finals:

These 2 smoothies:

Frozen spinach, frozen banana, almond milk, water, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup - TASTE JUST LIKE A FREAKING CINNAMON BUN

Frozen spinach, frozen banana, almond milk, water, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup – TASTE JUST LIKE A FREAKING CINNAMON BUN

Frozen bananas, dates, water, carob powder, peppermint extract - CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT DELICIOUSNESS

Frozen bananas, dates, water, carob powder, peppermint extract – CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT DELICIOUSNESS

Less frequent, but GOOD workouts:

I wasn’t able to get to the gym as often as I would have liked, but I still made it whenever I could, usually at least 3x/week. When I did go, I switched it up by doing intense running intervals, super fast stair climber sprinting sessions, and practicing new skills like handstands.

I found that doing things that were new to my body and my mind not only cleansed my mind from finals studying, but was very empowering and helped me take on my day.

Fast (for me) hilly run

Fast (for me) hilly run

Improper vs. proper handstand form practice

Improper vs. proper handstand form practice

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Still feelin’ STRONG.

The little things:

Fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast last weekend prepped me for a long study session

Fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast last weekend prepped me for a long study session

New Trader Joe's dried fruit finds made excellent study snacks - I've never had a fresh persimmon, but now I'm more excited to try one!

New Trader Joe’s dried fruit finds made excellent study snacks – I’ve never had a fresh persimmon, but now I’m more excited to try one!

The marvelous in my weekend:

CELEBRATING LIKE A MAD WOMAN ONCE FINALS WERE OVER!

Got to spend some quality time with this lady, Miss Caitlin. It has been so fun having her in Boston! If you follow her blog, Cait Plus Ate, you probably know of one of her best friends, Greg. He is actually my classmate at law school. We first met through him, but had each already found each other’s blogs. Now that she’s in Boston, it’s been great to share real life together!

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Major avocado athlete plug here…

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We made homemade guacamole for the celebration, and Caitlin accidentally got a little on her nose, which then resulted in this NECESSARY picture…

 

Me, Greg, and Caitlin - in case you were wondering, NO - he does not like how intertwined his friend group is becoming...

Me, Greg, and Caitlin – in case you were wondering, NO – he does not like how intertwined his friend group is becoming…

The first truly beautiful weather of the season this weekend! Yesterday was sunny and 75 degrees. I got in tons of time walking outside after the gym. Although I wanted to lift, I just couldn’t pass up the gorgeous weather. Check out these blooms!

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Now that finals are over, I’ll hopefully be back on a more regular blogging schedule (although I will be starting a new job next week and be traveling a bit, so hang in there, and I’ll do my best).

What was the most stressful time in your life? What little things helped you get through it? How did it feel and how did you celebrate when it was over?!

Cheers,

Avocado Athlete

(ps) Check out some other Marvelous in my Monday posts at the link below!