Links I Love

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Hello sparkly pandas, I am FINALLY in London and am settling into my new flat (would you like a tour?) and exploring the city, but I am trying to keep up with all of this AND you guys! 

Here are some of my favorite things on the interwebs right now!

(Source: fit-personality.com)

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Hello, humans!

So I am sitting here on a layover in Detroit right now on my way to London, and I thought I would give you all a brief update on my life/dis blog (I wish you guys could here the way I pronounce blog).

  • If you didn’t know already, I am moving to London. This means buying an entirely new wardrobe because mine essentially consisted of high-wasted shorts and Acacia bikinis.
  • I am going to attempt to start eating sustainable fish. I want to add more protein into my diet and more variety, so we will see how this little veggie does with that.
  • I AM CHANGING THE NAME OF THIS BLOG. It will be changing to Katygracefully sometime over the next month or so. It’s the name of all my social media and everything else and I like it! So watch out for that and don’t be confused!
  • I will be rearranging  everything on my blog. I’m going to try to organize it so y’all can find tips, workouts, recipes, outfits, etc. easier! So if you see the menu changing around that is why.
  • I am so excited to be in the UK! If you live in London, let’s be fwends.

That’s all folks!

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Ch-ch-ch-changes.

Right this second, I was supposed to be on a plane moving to London, but due to my lack of Visa and British Airways emotionally destroying me, I’m flying on a different airline on Friday. So for now, I am organizing the last of my things in Arizona while I get ready to make my (temporary) move over to the UK!

I’ve lived in Hawaii for the last three years, and this is the longest I have been in my hometown since I was 17. And I have realized something about my hometown: I love the familiarity of everything. I love that I don’t ever have to think about directions of where I’m going to eat or shop or run. I know every little corner of it. But I love all that, but I hate it here. I hate that I can’t go to the gym without seeing my ex-boyfriend, I hate that there are so many memories of every place I go that either good or bad, sting a little. I am thankful I grew up here, but I never want to live here again. It’s not home anymore, it’s just where I grew up.

Boots: Forever21 / Dress: Brandy Melville / Necklaces: Nordstrom

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Same.

Same.

My New Fav Go-To Snack

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So KIND Snacks was KIND enough (get it, that’s a pun…) to send me a bunch of their snack bars and granola to try for a product review. And after spending the last 2 weeks essentially having one of these a day, I have my verdict.

Honestly, I was prepared to not like these things at all. I normally don’t like granola bars because they are sugary and hurt my teeth and I am just overall not about it.But I can honestly say that these are BOMB. They aren’t too sweet and they aren’t really “granola” bars as much as they are “whole almonds with a few other things” bars.

My favorite ones were the Apricot & Almond flavor, pretty much everything chocolate, and the spicy “Strong” flavor which is a salty protein bars, which sounds weird and kind of questionable, but is actually flawless. 

They are all around 200 calories, low in sugar, and a good source of protein, gluten-free, and actually taste good.

When I get back to Hawaii for school, this is most definitely going to be my go to in-between-class snack. It’s low enough in calorie to where it’s a light snack, but it’s actually filling enough to where you won’t be hungry about 6 minutes later. Yay for new snacks!

10/10 would eat again.

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Today In Food & Workouts

Today I did three workouts. Which is I uncharacteristic of me, but I’m avoiding packing up my stuff to move to the UK, so here we are.

Workout #1 - 30 minutes on treadmill doing intervals, arms

Breakfast - one large slice of rye toast with egg whites and avocado topped with cracked pepper and sriracha (and obviously coffee)

Workout #2 - 2 hour hike/trail run mix with my dog (Gage) who was having none of my hiking-in-100-degree-weather shit but came anyway

Lunch - grilled tofu with sweet potato in balsamic and a side of beet avocado and citrus salad.

Dinner - sushi and a side of miso cucumbers (with extra ginger because I fucking loooovvveee ginger)

Dessert - Yogurtland praline (no sugar added) frozen yogurt with strawberries, raspberries, almonds, and peanut butter sauce

Workout #3 - 15 minutes on elliptical at a 12/12 level, abs, legs

And now I can’t move my legs so it’s time to lay on a couch with a fwend and watch a movie. Peace y’all!

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Summer Is Ending

Enjoying my last days in toasty weather before I fly to my new home for next 4 months, London! Packing is stressing me out, and when I stress, I shop, which means pack more stuff. It’s a vicious cycle really.

Last night I got that hat and John Lennon-esque sunglasses from Nordstrom (which is where the necklace is from too). The top and jeans are both from American Eagle, the watch is from Francesca’s, and the boots I picked up from Forever 21 last month.

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The best running playlist you’ll ever get.

Alright… The moment we all have been waiting for is here. About a month ago I asked you all to pick your favorite running songs, I narrowed all of your songs down and listened to EVERY SINGLE ONE and picked 20 of my favorites of yours, as well as 20 of my favorites of mine, and made a playlist of some of my absolute favorite running songs perfect for a long distance run or an interval workout!

LISTEN TO THE PLAYLIST HERE

The list:

  1. Outlast The Pain - Motivational Speech
  2. Tyrant - OneRepublic
  3. This Is War - 30 Seconds To Mars
  4. Iridescent - Linkin Park
  5. Firefly (Mashup) - White Panda Music
  6. Animal - Miike Snow
  7. Dogs Days Are Over - Florence & The Machine
  8. The Father - Honeychild
  9. Waiting Game - BANKS
  10. Wait For Me - Kings of Leon
  11. Once - Caleb Kane
  12. In The End - Linkin Park
  13. All of This - The Naked And Famous
  14. Girls - The 1975
  15. Beggin’ For Thread - BANKS
  16. Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
  17. Eyes On Fire - Blue Foundation
  18. Wicked Games - The Weeknd
  19. Belong - Cary Brothers
  20. Cats And Dogs - The Head and the Heart
  21. The Beach Theme Song - Moby
  22. You Always Make Me Smile - Kyle Andrews
  23. Take Me To Church - Hozier
  24. Crave You (Adventure Club Remix) - Flight Facilities
  25. Chapel Song - The Augustines
  26. The Answer - Kodaline
  27. I Do - Jude
  28. Desire - Meg Myers
  29. LIFEGOESON - Noah And The Whale
  30. Collide - Jake Miller
  31. Battle Scars (Mashup) - Jackson 5 / Zedd / Avicii
  32. Wrecking Me Up (Mashup) - Avicii / Miley Cyrus / TI 
  33. Trouble (feat. Jenna Pemkowski) - Memorecks
  34. Ignition - R. Kelly
  35. Cavalier (MOORS Remix) - James Vincent McMorrow
  36. Let’s Get Lost - G-Eazy
  37. Heart Skipped A Beat - The XX
  38. The Epic Rhythm - D.VELOPED
  39. West Coast (Munk Remix) - Lana Del Rey
  40. Demons - Imagine Dragons

By the way…. This is only Part 1, I have a Part 2 coming at you next month!

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