doctors and smoothies (recipe)

what do these two things have in common? nothing, except both made appearances in my life yesterday!

After my workout yesterday I had to fast because I knew I’d be getting blood work done at the doctor. Pure misery, I tell you.  My body does not do well not eating for 5+ hours. I am the epitome of “hangry” (just ask Zman–he’s often the victim of my hangry wrath).

However, I knew if I wanted to get to the bottom of why I was feeling so crappy, I had to go to the doctor.

ImageSelfies at the doctor so, yeah, that’s a new low… 🙂


After a series of blood tests, my yearly physical, and getting a flu shot (yay killing three birds with one stone) I was ready to eat the cotton balls sitting on my doctor’s desk.  However, self-control and societal norms kept me from doing this and I was out of there pretty fast.

Funny story…when I was younger I used to HATE getting my blood taken. I’m talking cry-in-the-chair and scream-for-my-mom type hate. Nowadays I’m the weirdo who likes to watch the whole time! Call me crazy but I think the body is so cool and I love watching medical stuff like that. The nurse even said I may have missed my calling 😉 Eh I think there’s a big difference between watching my skin get pricked and being able to handle things like other people’s bodily fluids and open wounds. Just saying.

The diagnosis? Migraine.


I’ve always thought migraines were fake. Is that mean? I don’t know but I’ve always had people in class or at work complain of a “migraine” and ask to go home or not perform work that they are supposed to do.  Luckily I have medication now that has helped tremendously and I feel so much better already after just one day! I promise I’ll never be “that person” who uses migraines as an excuse to get out of work, but I will definitely think twice before judging someone who complains of one. These are no joke! 

I sped out of the doctor’s office and went straight to my favorite sandwich shop just a few miles down the road.


“Vegetarian Special”: 6 grain bread, swiss cheese, light herb mayo, lettuce, sprouts, tomato and red onion.

I ate that sandwich along with a bowl of cheerios in a total of about 5 minutes. Then I became human again and all was right in the world.


Anyway, while the medicine helped, it killed my appetite for the rest of the day so I stuck with smoothies for the remainder of my meals.  A lack of produce at my house called for some creativity and I came up with a great new smoothie recipe!

Orange Mango Smoothie

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 6oz container of plain greek yogurt, sweetened with truvia (sweetener is optional)
  • 1-1.5 cup(s) frozen mango chunks
  • Badass glass to drink from

The result?


I felt like I was on a tropical island.

Happy Thursday! Have a great afternoon 🙂


  • Have you ever had a migraine?
  • What’s your favorite kind of smoothie? I’d love some inspiration!


Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie *recipe*

Hey all!

I just wanted to share a quick post with one of my newest smoothie loves.  The hot summer heat always makes me crave icy cold smoothies, and slipping some greens and protein in there is just a great bonus!  So without further ado:


Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

1 cup almond milk (or any other milk you choose)

2 cups cherries (pitted)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use GNC brand)

2 big handfuls of spinach

A few ice cubes (add at preference.  Frozen cherries aren’t as solid as other fruits, so I needed more ice cubes than normal)

Blend and enjoy!