Yes, I am slowly going insane as I rot in my kitchen chair for hours on end, replaying the Wicked soundtrack while my brother begs me to stop. He’s so anti-musical. And anti-fun.

In an effort to reduce the stress-induced hump that my back and shoulders are forming, I did end up heading to the gym last night. I spent 15 minutes on the elliptical, 20 on the treadmill – averaging a 9 minute mile, and then 15 on the StairMaster. I think that the treadmill was flat out wrong about what speed I was going. I can easily keep up at 9:30 mile outside, but it’s ALWAYS harder on the treadmill in the gym at school. But yesterday, at my gym here at home, it was easy. I even kept up a 7mph pace for quite a while, hence the 9 min/mile average. And on an incline. I just don’t think that’s right. The treadmills at school are Precor and this one was a Cybex – does anyone know if they’re known to be inconsistent or different at pacing? Maybe I’l google it.

Before the gym there was snacking:

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Yummy clementines!

Anyway, I came home sweating and not-yet-starving and so made a little bit more effort with dins:

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Amy’s Black Bean Burrito + Fage and Frank’s with carrots, celery, and cukes to dip in Sabra Spinach and Artichoke Hummus.
More effort = making my Amy’s burrito in the oven instead of the microwave. Aside from a crispier burrito, no difference!
My brother had the Burrito Espcial:
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Mine:
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I find it odd that in my black bean burrito, black beans aren’t the first ingredient, but they are in his. Interesting? No? Just me? Okay.
I was super full from dinner that I didn’t snack all night. I woke up this morning and had my favorite:
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2 Eggo NutriGrain WW waffles with 1/2 a Macintosh + cinnamon and coffee times 2

Lunch looks familiar, yes?

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Sweet potato with black beans and plain Chobani + Frank’s, and a WW bread nub with a tbsp of hummus
Snackies:

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Hot cocoa + more clems

I also diagnosed Allie from The Notebook with Stage 23of Alzheimer’s Disease, in which there is a moderately severe cognitive decline and intensified confusion, including being unable to recall the names of family members and life events.


Then I went to the gym with my 38-page study guide. I spent an hour on the treadmill, alternating walking 3mph on an level 8 incline with walking 3.5mph on a level 9 incline. There is quite a difference, believe me.
Dinner was breakfast:

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Arnold’s MultiGrain sammie thin with three egg whites, a plain LC wedge, and organic ketchup + a Fortune apple with leftover Chobsies + cinnamon
I saw the Fortune apples at the grocery store yesterday and picked some up – I’d never heard of them before. The sign described them as slightly crisp and slightly spicy. I thought spicy was a good description – hard to explain, but true! They were both crisp and a little mealy, which I generally don’t like (hence why I despise Red Delicious) but I liked it here, since it wasn’t too much meal.
I was going to head back to school late tonight, but it’s raining and I hate driving at night, especially in the rain. What can I say, I’m not the best driver. Plus how can I turn down another night in the world’s most comfortable bed? Even if it means getting up at 5:30 …

After spending 6 hours in the library yesterday and 8 and half there today, it’s depressing to know that classes aren’t even over for the semester yet. Even though I’ve been super busy, I have found time to try a few new purchases:

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Siggi’s Icelandic Skyr in Orange & Ginger

Siggi’s Icelandic Orange & Ginger Skyr Opinion
Taste:
The tartness of the yogurt goes really well with the refreshing citrus and ginger – amazing! 5/5.
Texture: Thick like soft serve! With real tiny ginger chunks at the bottom! 5/5.
Fill Factor:
Great for a snack! Definitely need toppings and/or a piece of fruit for a meal. 4/5.
Ingredients: “Pasteurized skim milk, agave nectar, candied ginger, orange extract, live active cultures, vegetable rennet.” 5/5.
Comments: This was so different than any other yogurt I’ve had. As with the plain and blueberry flavors, I LOVED it and wish they were sold at stores other than Whole Foods for a better availability and also cheaper! But this is definitely a product I’ll go out of my way to get at WF.

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Amy’s Black Bean Burrito slathered with Fage and Frank’s

Amy’s Black Bean Burrito Opinion
Taste:
Yummy! Love the black beans, veggies, and spices. Pretty authentic tasting for a frozen burrito. 4/5.
Texture:
Mostly mush, but that could be my fault since it’s been in freezer for a while and I used the microwave to heat it up. Could still see beans and other veggies though! 3/5.
Fill Factor:
For only 280 calories, I ate it with a couple carrots and some sugar snap peas and I was set for the rest of the night. 4/5.
Ingredients:
“Organic whole wheat & wheat flour, filtered water, organic onions, organic black beans, organic potatoes, organic corn, organic broccoli, organic bell peppers, organic tomatoes, organic kidney beans, expeller pressed high safflower oil, sweet rice flour, spices, organic garlic, organic green chiles, sea salt, organic jalapeno peppers, tapioca flour.” Mostly organic and vegan! 4/5.
Comments:
This was so delicious – perfect for when I’m craving Mexican without the frightening nutritionals. 8g of fat (1g saturated), no trans fat or cholesterol, 9g of protein and 580mg of sodium – kind of high, but not nearly as high as most canned soups and other frozen meals!

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Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bar

Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick Opinion
Taste:
“I’m eating a thin mint.” 5/5.
Texture:
Chewy and crunchy like a rice krispy treat with a yummy peppermint-bark like icing! 5/5.
Fill Factor:
Held me over for around 3 hours yesterday, could have gone longer! 5/5.
Ingredients:
Very long list, but nothing too scary – and 70% organic! Plus lotssss of vitamins and minerals!  4/5.
Comments:
Thin mints I’ve missed you in my life. Now I don’t have to. Dear Luna, make a magical bar that tastes like a Samoa. Thanks.

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Odwalla Super Protein Bar

Odwalla Super Protein Bar Opinion
Taste: Nothing special. Subtly sweet, but with no really specific taste aside from the raisins. Very slightly nutty from the soynut butter.  2/5.
Texture: It stuck to my teeth when biting into it, but was very chewy and grainy in a good way. Perfect density.   4/5.
Fill Factor: Held me over for 4 hours! That’s what 14 grams of protein will do for you. 5/5.
Ingredients: Again, pretty long but nothing terrifying. A lot of soy products (nutbutter, protein, etc.) so not for those who try to avoid processed soy.  3/5.
Comments: Definitely nothing great here, but I’d try it again, especially since I know it fills me up! It’s a really good size bar too.

Like yesterday, my packed library lunch was a spinach, hummus, and raisin sandwich on a deli flat and an apple with cinnamon.
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Yesterday’s snack was the Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna, today’s was the Odwalla Super Protein. Are we sensing a trend? It continued into dinner:
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Crackberry pic of a Morningstar Mushroom Lovers burger with a plain LC wedge, Frank’s and spinach in a whole wheat wrap+ sweet potato fries and ketchup.

Dinner was so good and VERY filling – I’m still stuffed.
After dinner I headed to Big Y to pick up some supplies for the week:

  • Grapes
  • Macintoshes
  • Tub of hummus
  • Plain 0% Chobani
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Black beans
  • Luna bars – Chocolate Peppermint Stick, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Lemon Zest, and Peanut Butter Cookie

I’m hoping it’s not too frigid for a run tomorrow morning, but at 7am it’s supposed to be 26 degrees – guess I’ll be bundling! Hope they salted the sidewalks, they were still kind of icy this morning. At least I won’t get frostbite de-snowing my car with a tupperware lid again ….

Upcoming finals = sporadic posts. I still have one more week of classes before that torture begins and I’m trying to catch up on all the work my professors thought it would be fun to assign us the week before finals. I think they get paid extra for the amount of tears seen around campus this time of year.

Some highlights:

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Siggi’s Icelandic Skyr in Orange & Ginger (review soon!) with Cranberry Fitness Trailmix

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The return of the hummus, spinach, and raisin sandwich.

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Being the only person in the library.

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Delicious dinner including an Amy’s Black Bean Burrito (review soon!) with Fage and Frank’s
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Snow.

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Christmas tree!
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My ornament.
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Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend and OPI’s Mrs. O’Leery’s BBQ.

Yes, Thanksgiving blend. I just went in there and asked for Christmas blend, but they’re still brewing the Thanksgiving blend. That’s what you get for Storrs, CT, where the cows outnumber the people.
Why are so many foodie items so difficult for me to find? I finally got pumpkin pie yogurt at the end of November, so naturally I’ll be drinking Christmas blend by Valentine’s Day.
I really wanted to run this morning because the snow is so pretty! But, I decided to take today off after yesterday’s incredibly slow 4 miler (41 minutes). Yeah, my legs and I are fighting. So I thought I’d give them today to cool down. Probably best that way, since the roads are fine but the sidewalks are still icy.
Trying to write a cover letter now .. in the cafe because the library isn’t even open yet.

It’s hard to believe global warming exists when it’s 30 degrees outside when I wake up in mid-October.  After trying to talk myself out of my run, going back inside to change leggings and grab new headphones, I ran the 3.5 miles my training plan calls for at about a 10 mile and hour pace, which is normal for me.  Before my run, I quieted my tummy with a mini Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter bar.

Breakfast #2:

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An Amy’s Breakfast Burrito!  After cooking for 1.5 minutes on both sides, grabbing my coffee and hot sauce, I had this:

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Amy’s Breakfast Burrito, Frank’s Red Hot, and the last of my New England Coffee Hawaiian Macadamia Nut.

Amy’s Breakfast Burrito Opinion
Taste:
When I saw that jalapenos were the dead last ingredient, I thought it might need some extra spice – and I was right.  Overall, the taste that shined through were the black beans – and really nothing else.  It was good, but nothing special.  I’d eat it again but only if I wasn’t buying.  2/5.
Texture: The chunks of tofu and potato were great with the creamy black beans and chewy wrap. 4/5.
Fill Factor:
Great for only 250 calories – it kept me full all morning until lunch!  5/5.
Ingredients: Yay for mostly organic ingredients!  I’ll have to look into what expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil and tapioca powder are,  and I’m curious what “spices” they’re referring to.  4/5.

I’m sad my macadamia nut coffee is gone :0( But I do have a bag of Maple Toasted Nut waiting for tomorrow!

Lunch was eaten at work:

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A pepper turkey and Garlic & Herb Laughing Cow wedge on an Arnold’s 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin, a Tazo Passion tea, and a pluot!

Mmm I LOVE pepper turkey!  The spicy turkey with the garlicky cheese was perfect on my favorite Arnold’s Sandwich Thin!

The Pluot:  I saw these at Big Y on my excursion last week and snagged one to try!  What I thought: with two fruit to live up to, I had high hopes – but to be honest, it didn’t really taste like anything.  The texture was great and plum-like though!  Maybe it’s not the season for pluots?  Are there even seasons for cross-fruits?

Mid-afternoon I scarfed down a banana, and dinner was an unphotographed whole wheat wrap with turkey, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, and roasted red pepper hummus from the dining hall with a few orange slices.  After my school’s Homecoming pageant, I had my favorite snack!  A strawberry Chobani (legit addicted) with a cup of Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal.  No pic :(.  It’s honestly a rare day that I don’t eat Greek yogurt.  A lot of times if I realize I haven’t eaten it all day, I’ll plan it into my dinner or snack later.  I think I need some sort of group …

Goodnight!