Hi, my name is Marissa. I'm a 21 year old Boston College student and marathon runner. I have a passion for fitness, running and nutrition as well as music, art, concerts, playing instruments, marching band, cheerleading, fashion, Neuroscience, Psychology, cooking, Boston, movies and of course certain tv shows (The OC and One Tree Hill in particular).
This blog is for things that I like and also to inspire a healthy lifestyle for myself and others. I love sharing interesting things with the world and hope that I can help people along the way.
My goal is to get healthy and REMAIN healthy for life - Eat better, exercise, and just be the best version of myself. Just watch me.
SW: around 145-147 (6/1/11)
CW: 115.6 (5/5/13)
This is your life. Are you who you want to be?
This is what someone said to me today who I haven’t talked to/seen in a while. He also ran the marathon when he was a BC student.
He didn’t say I looked “skinny” or “like I lost weight” or “good” or “small”.
He said really fit!!
I think this is definitely something to be proud of. :) I was having an awful day and this definitely made me feel a bit better.
I really pushed myself on my work out today. I ran a 25:20 5K, biked for 5 miles and worked on my abs and legs. I was really sweating and feeling good, totally letting stress and depressed thoughts melt off of me (for the most part).
A little while ago I had my post workout snack:
Mmm, peanut butter. :)
This is the best my knee has felt during a longer run in a while. I had to slow down my pace because I was tired, but I know I’ll get back into it soon.
After my run it was a little achy, but nothing terrible. I’m icing and wrapping tonight and hoping it doesn’t feel miserable tomorrow.
Now I’m eating peanut butter and it is lovely.
Best combination ever - peanut butter and sugar free chocolate pudding. Feels like I’m eating an amazing Reese’s peanut butter cup without all the guilt.
We’ve all known and loved peanut butter since childhood. What would our school lunches or couch-potato snacks have been without peanut butter or a PB&J sandwich? Whether you’re a fan of creamy or chunky, peanut butter has always had a place in American culture. But have you ever wondered how peanut butter came about? And how did it become so popular? In honor of National Peanut Butter Day, which is January 24, we delve into some peanut butter history and trivia.
Peanut butter actually dates back to Aztec times. The Aztecs mashed roasted peanuts into a paste, somewhat different from what we know of as peanut butter today. But many people have been credited with the title of peanut-butter-inventor, among them George Washington Carver. However, he did not invent peanut butter; instead he promoted more than 300 uses for peanuts, among other crops such as soy beans and sweet potatoes.
The actual invention of peanut butter, its process of manufacture and the machinery used to make it, can be credited to at least three doctors/inventors. In 1884 Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Canada patented peanut paste, the finished product from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces. In 1895 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. He marketed it as a healthy protein substitute for patients without teeth. In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, patented a peanut-butter-making machine. In 1922, chemist Joseph Rosefield invented a process for making smooth peanut butter that kept the oil from separating by using partially hydrogenated oil. In 1928 he licensed his invention to the company that created Peter Pan peanut butter. And in 1932 he began producing his own peanut butter under the name Skippy.
Some Peanut Trivia:
(Source: The Huffington Post)