Good afternoon!

Little did I know that yesterday when I achieved a new yoga pose for the first time (wheel!) that it was National Yoga Day! Little things like that make me happy :0)

Yesterday at the gym I rocked out on the elliptical for 45 minutes, did some planks, crunches, and yoga moves in the mat area. When the middle aged woman next to me whipped out a HEADSTAND and several other intense yoga poses without toppling over, I threw out a few wheels in celebration. She didn’t seem to notice. I held back an intense desire to strike up a conversation about yoga with her and ask her to be my guru. After one ab machine, I gained the courage to do a couple arm machines – um … arm extension is awkward. I started out with 30 lbs. = HAHAHA I managed to get out 12 reps, then switched to 15 lbs. for 12 more reps, and down to 10 lbs. for the final set. I legitimately have no arm/upper body strength. Really must work on this. I also did 3 sets of 12 reps on the overhead press, again on a sad 10 lbs. Barely got them out. To make myself feel better about my lack of arm strength, I sped through a mile on the treadmill, incline 1, in 9 minutes.

After stopping to get my beastly eyebrows waxed and literally pick up apples, oranges, and carrots at Big Y, I headed on home to make lunch.

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Buffalo crackwich with spinach + a pink orange!

There was another half to that wrap that made its way into my mouth before the camera could capture it. Soooo my oranges are pink! I got confused and thought I bought a mini grapefruit or something by accident, but nope! The sticker on the other one is pink and says they’re Cara Cara Navels from Sunkist! I never knew there were pink oranges, but it was a fun surprise!
This lunch was soo good and satisfying! For dinner, I headed over to the restaurant at the Student Union with two of my sisters. Like other times, I got the “Sesame Encrusted Grilled Tuna Steak with Wasabi MayoSesame encrusted grilled tuna steak topped with baby field greens, avocado, red onion & cucumber with spicy wasabi mayo on a toasted kaiser roll. Served with a mixed green salad or chips.”

No pic, sorry! It’s not very attractive anyway, but I do love it! I got the sandwich on multigrain bread instead of the white kaiser roll, wasabi mayo on the side (it’s super super spicy!) and ate it open face on only one slice of bread. I always get the wasabi mayo on the side because it is STRONG, so I just dab some on with my knife as I go. On the side, I got a mixed green salad with their champagne vinaigrette. I dipped my fork into the dressing before stabbing my mixed greens – perfect amount!
For dessert, I stole the two maraschino cherries off of my friends’ brownie sundaes – yum!
After dinner, we headed over to the NPHC step-show. The NPHC is the umbrella organization for historically black fraternities and sororities. If you don’t know what stepping is, YouTube it NOW! It’s so amazing and entertaining. It was really fun but we were exhausted (22 year olds have early bed times) and left kind of early. Before bed, I snacked on some popcorn:
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Popcorn is quickly becoming my nightly go-to snack. I love the crunch and salt! Must restock …
I woke up this morning – arms and back sore from machines and the wheel! – and repeated my YogaDownload.Com favorite podcast of Morning Flow #1. Because I was a little sore, getting into wheel was a bit more difficult today, but I did it!
Breakfast was a repeat:
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Coffee with skim and PureVia, Plain 0% Chobz, MultiGrain Cheerios, and banana with a side of yoga mat

After breakfast I did some work in bed and eventually headed over to the school gym. I had a lot of energy and thought I wanted to run, but after 5 minutes on the treadmill, I got bored of staring at the pool and switched to elliptical. I spent an hour on a random setting and did some reading for Nutrition Through the Lifecycle. My friends came and made fun of me for doing school reading the first week of school, but I like it! And also, it’s science, which I really need to keep up with as I’m not so great at it.
Lunch was made quickly after returning:
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3 egg whites in a Flat Out with a Garlic & Herb LC wedge, Frank’s and salsa + a Gala with cinnamon

I accidentally opened the cap off the cinnamon bottle instead of just flipping it up, and so got a pile of cinn on 3 apple slices. Oh well, I just shook it off and made a cinnamon dipping pool! The wrap was so good – Flat Out wraps are so fluffy and soft – they go great with egg whites!
Right now I’m feeling kind of snacky .. better go find something!
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Hiii!

Sorry I’ve been absent – I needed a few days to regroup, pack, move back into school and settle. I’ll just recap today for now, and if I find anything exciting in the last few days’ pictures, you’ll be the first to know!

I woke up feeling good after a night at the bar with my friends – it was so so so so so fun and I couldn’t be happier I went! I just hung around for a little, cleaning and stuff before hitching a ride to the co-op (aka the bookstore) with one of my sisters. I picked up my books and some other goodies – including a new Vera Bradley wallet!

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We also headed to Walmart where I picked up an $18 TV stand – which I then took home, unpacked and assembled by myself! Screws, nails, and all! I’m extremely proud of myself for putting something together. I’m awesome. While being productive, I ate:

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Plain Chobani, banana, MultiGrain Cheerios

Dorm lighting = bad pictures.
Eventually I also made a super small lunch.
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MultiGrain Flat Out wrap with roasted red pepper hummus

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Whole Foods fruit salad

After a sorority meeting, I made my way over to disappointment the dining hall. I feasted on tomato soup, whole wheat toast with Smart Balance, and some steamed veggies. Yum. I also snacked on half a chocolate chip z-bar:

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At the surprisingly not packed gym, I ellipticalled for 35 minutes – 5 minutes on crossramp 10 and resistance 7 and 2 minutes on crossramp 12, resistance 10 repeated. After 30 boring minutes on a new and not improved stair stepper randomized level 7 workout, I did some ab work and called it a night. I also tried to catch up on blog reading while working on my fitness, but my Google reader is in the triple digits so I’m still wayyyy behind on reading and commenting.

I packed my lunchers for tomorrow:

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Spinach, hummus, and raisins on a Flat Out Honey Wheat wrap

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Orange sections

And snacked on an organic pinata apple I picked up at Whole Foods:

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With cinnamon, obviously

My Big Y near school started carrying Flat Outs! I was so excited I grabbed two flavors to try – MultiGrain Flax and Honey Wheat! Love ittt!

I packed lunch due to my schedule for tomorrow’s first day of classes:

  • 8:45 – Breakfast with a couple of my sisters at the dhall
  • 9:30-10:45 – Nutrition Through the Life Cycle – SO SO excited for this class!!
  • 11-12:15ish – Gym
  • 12:30-1:45 – Medieval English Literature – so not excited for this class – except for the fact I’ll be eating in it
  • 2-3:15ish – Shower, change, snack
  • 3:30-4:45 – Emotion Through Literature and Film – pretty excited for this class!

Obviously, my appetite is off today – as it has been the last couple days. I know it’s due to a combination of things going on – stress, sadness, moving back to school, my new sleeping pill, etc. I’m sure that once I get back into the swing of things, I’ll be back on track with hunger! At least, I hope so – not wanting to eat/what I want to eat is not cool with me. I like to know what my body wants – I like cravings. Yes, I just said that.

Anyway, I’m off to bed early – first day of school tomorrow! I’ll be back to commenting regularly soon, I promise!

Good afternoon bloggies! I wasn’t actually hungry after posting last night and thought it might help me sleep if I wasn’t digesting a snack. I don’t know if that’s why, but I actually slept restfully though the night! I’m going to try to stop snacking after dinner for the next few nights to see if it helps me sleep better.

I found the new Chobani flavors at Stew Leonard’s the other day and bought two of each! I used the raspberry in today’s breakfast:

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Raspberry Chobani and Kashi Heart to Heart

Sooo good! Also had a coffee with skim and Truvia :0)

My friend Emily IMed me and asked me to meet her at the gym. My hamstrings are still a little sore and after my bad run yesterday, I just wanted to take it easy – luckily, so did she. I did 2 miles on the treadmill in 19:30:

  • Mile 0-0.5: 6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 0.5-1: 6.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1-1.3: 6.1mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1.3-1.5: 6.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.5: 6.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.6: 6.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.7: 6.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.8: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.9: 6.6mph, incline 1

I headed over to the elliptical and watched The Biggest Loser: Families while I ellipticalled up and down a mountain on level 7 for half an hour and finished up with 10 minutes on the stair mill. I did on a minute on level 3, alternated minutes on levels 4 and 5, and finished with a minute on level 3. I also stretched my hamstrings out a lot and they feel so good :0)

Lunch was essentially a snack plate:

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3 egg whites with salt, pepper, and Frank’s in a Joseph’s WW tortilla with a plain LC wedge and salsa + carrots and garlic hummus + half a Granny Smith with cinn

Yum! Off to shower and clean my room! What are you up to today?

Good evening bloggies! First of all – I’m trying out a new layout and a new picture size. I think the default ratio on ecto is a tad too big. Also, I am LOVING getting all of your comments – keep them coming! I also respond to each one, so go back and check if you wrote me a note on my last post!

Where did we leave off? Dinner, last night .. turned out to be super boring. Mah b.

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Buffalo Crackwrap, steamed brocc with parm, steamed carrots and brussels with S&P

I got expectedly snackalicious:
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Plain Chobsies with frozen blueberries

It turned into a giant purple mess of antioxidant-y goodness – loves it!
Today. Ohhhh, today. Well, I haven’t been sleeping that well at home this break, which is incredibly unusual for me, as I always sleep the best at home, in the sense of restfulness and not waking up. Every single night this break, I have woken up around 3:30. Sometimes I can toss and turn and fall back asleep, sometimes I’m in and out until about 5:30 when I actually fall asleep again. But this morning, I could not get back to sleep. I turned my TV on for white noise. I flipped channels. I read blogs. At 6ish, I finally got up and did the 20 minute free podcast of Morning Flow #1 from YogaDownload.Com – ahhhh. I’m pretty sure I’ve finally fallen in love with yoga, to the point where I crave doing it, all thanks to that one-hour class and Heather.
I made coffee, watched some TV, read some more blogs, tried to nap, gave up, ate breakfast:
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Fuji, pom, MultiGrain Cheerios with warm skim

I thought about going to the gym. I continued the TV, blog, and nap attempt cycle a few times. I made lunch.
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Tuna salad in a Joseph’s wrap with some granny covered in cinn

Santa’s not going away anytime soon. Well, until I’m back at school a week from today. Blech.
I dressed myself for a Target and gym trip, felt snacky, popped a cookie:
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Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar

and immediately felt too full. Fail.
I bought some socks, a new pair of sweet royal blue running shorts, and the new pina colada Orbit flavor at Tarjay, and still super full, headed to the gym where I had a hideous run. Hideous. I won’t dwell on the worst run I’ve had in at least two months, but I finished 4 miles in 37:37 and walked another 20 or so minutes. My hamstrings are gloriously sore (but not too too bad) from yesterday’s amazing yoga. The run and walk made them feel fab but they’re still pretty tight – in a good way. I love sore muscles!
I snacked on some very friendly clementines while I made din:
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They’re only a couple weeks late. Dinna:
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Baked sweet potato rounds with s, p, and chili powder + hummus and spring mix on fluffy whole wheat

Nom. My favorite sweet potato parts were the burnt ones! They taste like toasted marshmallows. I need to remember to slice much thinner slices for the crunchy, fry-like texture. Actually, I might do a batch super thin, like some of mine were, so that they’re like chips! Honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Oh sweet potato, you are the perfect food.
Congrats to all the Disney marathoners! Meghann, Caitlin, Ashley, the twins, Megan, and everyone else did AMAZING! My friend Jess, who I’ve known since kindergarten and ran (she ran, I walked) cross country with in high school finished in 3:37.48 – she is obviously beyond awesome and qualified for Boston!!!!!!!! I’m so proud of her! AND it’s her birthday! She celebrated by running a marathon. I went shopping and ate a lot of Japanese and had cake. It’s cool.
I really want to make an inspiration/goal board a la Gina for 2010. I have a few ideas of what to put on it, but it definitely needs to be fuller :0) Did you make an inspiration board? What is or would be on it?

I’m feeling snacky!

Pomelo!

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Related to the grapefruit, this guy tasted like a super mild and extra sweet version of a pink grapefruit – yum! That super thick rind does NOT want to peel off and reminds me of cotton candy or insulation in its texture.

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Looks like lungs!

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I chopped some up and paired it with plain Chobani and pomegranate arils …

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And then covered the mess in MultiGrain Cheerios!

Pre-gym, I had half a PB cookie Larabar – one of my favorite flavors!

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At el jimnasio, I ran a 5k:
  • Mile 0-0.75: 6.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 075-1: 6.4mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.5mph, incline 2
  • Mile 2-2.25: 6.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2.25-2.5: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 2.5-2.75: 6.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2.75-3: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 3-3.1: 7mph, incline 1

Finished in about 28:40, with a 9:14 minute per mile average. I jumped over to the elliptical for 15 minutes on mountain setting, level 7 and finished with 15 minutes on the stair mill, rolling hills level 5. It was a really good workout! Not too hard and not too easy – juuuuust right!

Lunch was quickly assembled as soon as I got home:

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Joseph’s pita with LC Garlic & Herb wedge, black beans, avocado, salsa, and Frank’s + more pomelo

AKA Tex-Mex-Mess. It could have used something else .. or a better job mixing it up? Next time … I also snacked on an unpictured apple mid-afternoon.

Dinner was SO GOOD and the perfect amount of food!

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La cena perfecta consisted of:

  • Half a can of tuna with celery, plain Chobani, and deli mustard with romaine on a Joseph’s tortilla
  • Sweet potato half moons roasted in the oven, with salt, pepper, and organic ketchup
  • Overly roasted brussels with s&p

I honestly wasn’t hungry the rest of the night. I snacked on a piece or two of pomelo with some seltzer because I was thirsty and it sounded good (which it was), but I didn’t need my usual 4th meal. Yay filling food!

Last night I watched Reservation Road a la Netflix, with some of my favorites – Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connely, Mark Ruffalo, and Elle Fanning, Dakota’s little sister. She looks just like her! I honestly thought it was Dakota until I IMDB’ed it. I didn’t know it when I started watching, but they filmed part of the movie in Connecticut! They even shot at my FAVORITE breakfast/brunch place – The Olde Bluebird Inn in Easton. I was seriously so excited when I recognized it. They also shot at Lake Compounce, an amusement park I’ve been to multiple times, including with my campers the past few years – so cool!

Brekkie:

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Egg whites with broccoli, reduced fat cheddar and Frank’s + Thomas’ Light MultiGrain english muffin

Have a great day!

Last night after my post-gym snack, I wanted more clementines, but my brother had eaten the rest of them.  When I made my snack, there were probably 10.  An hour later, 0.  Sweet.  So I ate an increasingly squishy but delicious pear.

I woke up and had coffee but didn’t hear one rumble for two hours.  Even then, it was far from starvation, but I needed to get my metabolism moving!  Daily Chobani consumption occurred:

0% Plain Chobani, banana, MultiGrain Cheerios

After digesting a bit, I attempted a full-length podcast YogaDownload.Com class, but at times it was kind of slow moving and it was pretty repetitive, so I got bored after half an hour and quit.  Oh well, I was supposed to take today off anyway.

Eventually I made myself eat lunch/3pm meal:

Leftover roasted veggies tossed with balsamic and  Joseph’s low-carb tortilla with hummus

Eh – I don’t think I’ll pair the remaining leftovers with balsamic – it wasn’t that great.  Roasted vegetables are amazing on their own anyway!

My dad was taking my brother and I out to dinner for my birthday and we went back to Sakura.  I just love it!  Definitely my favorite restaurant and I haven’t had Japanese in so long.  I debated all afternoon over the grilled vegetables and tofu dish or sushi.  It’s freezing out and I wanted something warm, but I’ve also slacked on my sushi obsession the past few months.

Forgot my camera (but found my charger!).  I started off with some miso soup and a glass of Pinot Grigio, from the Campanile, in Italy.  I ended up going with the “Grilled Vegetables and Tofu.”  It was pretty good!  There was broccoli, cauliflower, orange and green peppers, onion, shredded zucchini and carrots, and about eight generous hunks of super soft tofu in a soy-based sauce.  I’d guess there was also sesame oil – but not too much! – and ginger in the sauce as well.  The portion size was pretty perfect as well – it was probably a serving of tofu, maybe a little more, and tons of veggies.  It was the perfect amount of food – ate it all except for the peppers (ick).  I’d definitely order it again!

I was planning on having the last piece of my birthday carrot cake from Friday when we got back, but my mom had tried a bite of it, deemed it too stale, and threw it out.  Sad face.  I watched Heavyweights with my brother –  classic.  Since this post is completely void of anything interesting, I’m bringing back the Tuesday Top 5!

Top 5 Healthy Foodie Products I Want to Try – in no particular order

  • VitaTops/Muffins/Brownies.  I mean, really.  Fudgy peanut butter?  Let’s be friends.  Corn muffin top?  I would find uses for you no one else could dream of.  I can only find Banana Walnut by me and as a college student – the price tag is a tad steep.
  • FitNutz/PB2.  Mix-in peanut butter really intrigues me.  Sometimes I want the taste without all the calories and fat.  I know it’s good fat, but still.  Dying to try!  Nowhere near me in stores and I’ve banned myself from food shopping online.
  • Nutridel Cookies.  Jenny made them sound so delicious – and seriously, they’re healthy cookies!  Imagining them crumbled in some Chobani makes me drool.  See above excuses.
  • Heart Thrives.  I’ve seen these all over, can’t find them anywhere, and seriously can’t pay to ship my food.  Gah!
  • Me and Goji Cereal.  Seriously – best company idea ever?  Perfect for picky eaters!

Every week I go on at least one of these websites and debate ordering – but my bank account holds me back!  Let me know if you think they’re worth it (even though I already agree)!

What are some foods you want to try?

*All photos are from the linked manufacturer website.

So obviously as soon as I posted about not being hungry, my stomach immediately demanded food. I went with my second sample from Chobani. Thanks again!

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2% Strawberry Banana Chobani Opinion
Taste: Just like a strawberry banana smoothie! More strawberry than banana, but seriously – gasm. 5/5.
Texture: Thick like any Greek yogurt and extra creamy since it’s 2% = perfect. There were definitely strawberry chunks, but no banana – it would probably brown? 5/5.
Fill Factor: Great for my nighttime snack with some MultiGrain Cheerios. 14g of protein and 3g fat will keep you satisfied! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, bananas, natural flavors, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color), contains five live active cultures including S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L.Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei.” 4/5.
Nutrition: Like the other 2% flavors, there are 160 calories in 1 6oz. cup. 3g of fat (2g saturated), 5mg of cholesterol, 65mg of sodium, 19g of carbs (1g from dietary fiber and 17g of sugar), and 14g of protein. Again, sugar is pretty high from lactose and fructose, but also from the third ingredient of evaporated cane juice (before both strawberries and bananas). 4/5.
Overall: Seriously did not want it to end. I’ll definitely be buying this regularly once it’s in stores. It was absolutely delicious. 5/5.

The carb/fat/protein combo kept me full into the morning, when I had to get blood drawn without eating anything first – so good job smoothie yogurt! After that surprisingly calm experience, I did some glorious detox yoga a la YogaDownload.com podcast. After that 7-miler yesterday, my legs and hips are kind of stiff but yoga definitely helped.

I kept breakfast light:
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1/2 pear, mango, with cinnamon and milk

Surprisingly wasn’t feeling this at all. I dumped it and made apple cereal instead:

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Huge fuji chopped and warmed with cinnamon, TruVia, and warm skim

Before my mom and I stopped at the store, I snacked on the other half of my super juicy pear:

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And came home and roasted a small country’s worth of vegetables:

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Zucchini, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, sweet potato, eggplant
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La Tortilla Factory wrap with hummus, brussels, onion, sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, carrots with a side of crispy broccoli

Broccoli fries, anyone? Delish. I think I’m going to add balsamic to the three tons of leftovers I have in the fridge – like my favorite balsamic grilled veggies from the student union at school!

I lazed around all afternoon and had my mom’s amazing minestrone soup for dinner:

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With a Joseph’s low carb pita – mmm!

There were so many goodies in the soup!
  • Whole stewed tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Pink beans

I snacked on the other half of my Cashew Cookie Larabar for some pre-gym fuel and some tea for caffeine:

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Larabar Cashew Cookie Opinion
Taste: Pretty light taste of cashews, which apparently aren’t my favorite.  2/5.
Texture: Moist, chewy, nutty – perfect!  5/5.
Fill Factor: Kept me fueled for 7 miles yesterday and an hour on the elliptical today without hunger pangs either time, which is really, really unusual for me. 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cashews, dates.” Maybe they should throw some salt in there? But still – 5/5.
Nutrition: 230 calories (highest count in a Larabar I’ve seen), 13g of fat (2.5g saturated, 0g trans fat, 2.5 polyunsaturated, 8g monounsaturated), no cholesterol or sodium, 340mg potassium, 23g of carbs (4g from fiber, 18g from sugars, and 6g of protein. 4/5.
Overall: Least favorite flavor yet. I was pretty disappointed, considering that I’ve heard such great things about. I won’t buy it again unless I’m craving cashews – and I can’t be trusted around unportioned nuts. 2/5.

At the gym, I did 60 minutes on the elliptical – “Kilimanjaro” aka mountain setting, at level 10. I probably should have taken today as a rest day after running more than I ever have before yesterday, but my legs weren’t sore at all, just a little tight, so I thought going easy on the elliptical would loosen them up. It did, and I don’t regret it, but it just wasn’t a good workout. I was however, extremely entertained the entire time.

To my left was a small man I see a lot, maybe in his late twenties, watching “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on ABC Family. To my right was Rabbit, from 8 Mile. Legit. Complete with black hoodie covering his head and face (yet I could see him creeping) and ragging his finger – you could just tell he was angrily rapping at the poor elliptical. The finger wagging was so intense and consistent it actually really started to annoy me. Pretty persistent out of the corner of my eye there, Slim Shady.

I also watched the first half of “The Bachelor” premiere. Wow. Some of those girls are just … they just have to be following a script. There’s not way that show is unscripted. “Do you have a registry for those guns?” First of all, is your hair up or down? Second of all, that is not the proper term. Third, really?

Anyway. Post-gym snack:
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0% Plain Chobani, a clemmie, and a packet of Stew Leonard’s Cranberry Fitness trail mix

Looks just like my brother! Except his eyes are green, not walnut hazel. I loveee this trail mix! It has peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pepitas, cranberries, raisins, and maybe one other seed? SO healthy and SO good.

I need to rehydrate – maybe with some more clementines! Have a great night!