Grab your Friends and GO!

I have lived in New Mexico for a few years now, but have yet to explore all it has to offer. My time here has consisted of school, soccer, and sleep. This year I promised myself that I would do more exploring! When I got here in the summer before pre-season began, a few of my friends decided to drive up to the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa. I had no idea what I was getting into; I mostly went just to get out of the house. When we got there, all I saw was what looked like a man made pool, but it was actually a natural body of water that was about 30 feet wide and 80 feet deep! There was a few different heights to jump from and for some reason I decided to go for the tallest one. Once I got up there, there was no turning back. I counted to three and went for it. Two seconds later I plunged into the freezing water where I thought I would never catch my breath again. I was trying to act cool like it was nothing, but I couldn’t help but doggy paddle like a 4 year old as fast as I could back to the ledge. Although it was a terrifying jump, and ice-cold water I was proud that I went for it. It was a great memory with my friends and another destination I can cross off my list.

If you go to school in another state, or even if you go to school in the same state you live in, my biggest suggestion to you would be to get to know as much as you can while you can. Whenever I go home for breaks and see family they always ask about New Mexico. Sadly some people knew more about it than I did! This is the time to be adventurous. Make the time to explore what’s around you. You are not going to remember that Saturday you went shopping or lay around watching Netflix (although those are some of my favorite things to do).

One of my good friends that I met my freshman year is on the Ski team at UNM. I have promised her every time they have a home meet that I would come up and watch. It never happened. Finally, after two and a half years, this past weekend my roommates and me made the trip up! It was very spontaneous, but we had the weekend off from soccer (which is very rare) and decided we would split a hotel room and gas and go for it. We went right after practice and drove about 3 hours to Taos where we stayed the night. The next day we drove up to Red River and went sledding before the meet. Once we got to the lift, they let us go up for free because they love Lobo fans. It was awesome seeing the team up there, and they were so appreciative of the support. It was one of the coolest sports I have ever seen! I’m from Southern California, so snow is a rare sighting to me. It was so beautiful up in Taos and Red River everything was covered with snow. This was another great memory with my friends and it was much easier to do than I ever imagined. I would always make excuses for why I couldn’t go, but if you have the time and the right people you can make basically anything happen.

Jumpin’ for the Blue Hole, Santa Rosa

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Taos//Red River

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Here we go.

Hello there!

My name is Katie Hinman and I am from Orange County, California. I am currently in Albuquerque, New Mexico playing soccer and studying interpersonal communications at UNM. Recently I went three weeks without dairy, sugar, or wheat and the change was incredible. I had the energy to stay awake in classes after practice, and even get some homework in! Usually the weekends are spent sleeping and eating (poorly), but now I find myself more energized and wanting to be more active. My whole attitude has changed, and because of this healthy lifestyle I have been able to do more with my life. Through this blog I hope to provide healthy meal plans and ways to stay active! With only a few years left of college I feel I owe it to myself to enjoy every moment, which was hard to do when I was constantly wasting it by sleeping!

I found that although I was playing soccer and kept a pretty active lifestyle, freshman 15 was still a thing. I took full advantage of my meal plan, and tried everything the dining hall had to offer. How could I resist endless pizza, bagels, french fries, and ice cream?

It was absurd how easy it was to gain weight, and not only did I not like the way I was looking, but I felt very lethargic. As I division 1 athlete, I was not eating the right way. Although we would run everyday at practice, I still felt like I was never getting in shape. Balancing soccer and school was already tiring, but the way I was eating made it near impossible. I had no social life because all I wanted to do was sleep.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year when I moved out of the dorms that I started to change the way I ate. I got to decide what foods to buy, and wasn’t constantly tempted by the food at the dining hall. I tried to go with the ultimate fad of going gluten free, but I ended up overloading my diet with gluten free substitutes that were filled with sugar, leaving me even lazier than before.

The beginning of this year, which is my junior year, I think I have finally figured out a system to feeling better and having more energy. I have tried to completely get rid of sugar, dairy, and wheat from my diet. Yes I know these sound very extreme, but there are so many healthy delicious meals that come from it. Basically what I am doing is eating the “paleo” diet but with a little twist, and some cheating here and there. Once the new year began (this January) I decided to full on give it a go. The first 30 days were a struggle, mostly because it was such a shock. Once I planned my meals, and had food prepared it got a lot easier! Now it’s a new month and I still want to continue!

Here is an example of an awesome meal with no sugar, wheat, or dairy!!

Spicy Avocado Tilapia with zucchini

Ingredients

1 4-ounce tilapia

Half avocado

1 medium Zucchini

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

½ tsp. Salt

½ tsp. pepper

¼ tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. cumin

½ tsp. chili powder

¼ tsp. garlic salt

½ tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less depending on how hot you like it!)

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Tilapia Instructions:

  • Mix salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, chili powder, garlic salt and red pepper flakes in small bowl
  • Rub the tilapia with olive oil and seasonings and place in the fridge for about 20 min.
  • Pre-heat oven to 375
  • If the fish is still frozen, leave in oven for about 20min, if it is thawed cook for 13min
  • Once the fish is out top with avocado, add the zucchini and enjoy!

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Baked Zucchini Instructions

  • Take the medium zucchini and cut it across 1 inch apart
  • Place the zucchini on a baking sheet, making sure they are not touching
  • Drizzle olive oil over the zucchini (and red pepper flaked for taste)
  • Pre-heat oven to 375, and let them cook for 8-10 min