This is going to be quick since my day was nothing out of the ordinary and I’m super sleepy!

Last night my 5 miles had me snacking in bed:

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Clemmie (x2) and a 100 calorie pack of almonds and walnuts

Great combination of exactly what I was craving!
I woke up at 7 to go the gym, but I realized I wouldn’t have time to get in everything I wanted to shower, get ready, and get to my friend’s house by 10 so I pushed it back. I lounged around with some coffee before making breakfast.
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1 cup plain 0% Fage, 1 cup of MultiGrain Cheerios, and a banana

A little bit on the bigger side for me since I didn’t know when I’d be able to eat lunch. I got ready and met my friend at her house before we headed to New Haven. We stopped at IKEA where she picked up some Christmas presents and I admired all of the home decorations I want for my nonexistent apartment. Then we headed to Urban Outfitters where I admired all of the clothes I can’t afford 😦 Christmas can’t come soon enough! It doesn’t seem like it was that long, but our trip ended up being about 3 hours with all the weird and unnecessary traffic we hit going home. For some reason we were both exhausted (and cranky) and just couldn’t wait to get back! I rushed home to quiet my rumbling tummy. Lunch was extremely green!
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Buffalo Crackwich (Arnold’s MultiGrain Sandwich Thin, hummus, LC plain wedge, Frank’s hot sauce) with spinach! Plus steamed brussels and green beans with salt and pepper.

I devoured it (SO GOOD!) and promptly passed out for 3 hours. How old am I??? I woke up intending to head to the gym, but I had to wait for my brother to get back with my car. While I was waiting, I ate this half of a banana:
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I intended to just go the elliptical and stair master today since my legs were a little tight and sore from yesterday’s 5 miler, but when I finally got to the gym, I felt like running. I banged out a 5k (3.1 miles) in 28:28 and then ellipticalled on random for 10 minutes + a cool down.
Dinner was muy delicioso:
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Baked sweet potato with 1/2 cup of black beans, 1/4 cup of Fage and Frank’s + 1 cup of spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and parm.

Two of my new favorite things together = fab.

I just had a great snack!
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1.5 tbsp of Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup of skim milk and a packet of TrueVia + 2 clemmies

Real hot cocoa is so good! As much as I rely on the packets, this was so yummy and satisfying! I’m seriously exhausted – still catching up from finals I guess? Watching The Office and passing out. Good night!
Highlight of the day: Getting almost $50 ($47.38) in change turned into cash at the bank! Yay spare change!
P.S. Yes, I eat almost every meal and snack on Santa and my snowman bowl. Don’t worry, I was them every time!
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I AM FREE! DONEDONEDONE with this semester – the roughest I’ve had. I won’t even begin to try to count the number of meals eaten in the library, or the number of times I watched the sun both rise and set from my 7am-snagged-table. Instead, we’ll focus on the now.

Breakfast was lack of food and MamaPea inspired:

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Warmed fuji apple with cinnamon and Kashi Heart to Heart.

Plus coffee on the way to my exam.

Insert Children’s Lit final, including writing an essay on Goodnight Moon. Then onto Human Sexuality, which included multiple choice questions on the profession of call girls and prostitutes. Normal.

I can’t remember the last time I ran. I’m sure it was in the recent past, but I can’t remember. I intended to go after my tests today, but it is absolutely frigid out – about 10 degrees plus wind – plus I’m still just exhausted from this week. Hopefully, I’ll feel back to my normal self tomorrow. If not, too bad body – you’ve been sitting for a week straight!

Lunch was on the light side:

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Buffalo CrackWich (Arnold’s MultiGrain Sandwich Thin + hummus, LC wedge and Frank’s) and straw, blue, and raspberries

I ended up eating the rest of the berries (about double the picture) an hour later and just had an orange. Before I leave tonight I’m going to dinner with my Greek fam – my little and her little and then I’m heading straight home for a MONTH YAYYYY!

Sorry for being MIA yesterday, Sundays when I head back to school are always hectic!

I got up around 8 and went for one last jog in the valley – 3 miles in about 29 minutes. It wasn’t the easiest run ever – I didn’t have to convince myself to take it easy, I was just too tired to go near my normal 9:30 pace. Oh, I also had the genius idea to not eat or drink anything beforehand. My stomach wasn’t happy about that. Plus it was cold. Once you haven’t run during the winter in you know, four years, you (I) forget that the bitter cold of a New England winter makes it hard to breathe. BOO.

I came home and had some brekkie:

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Pepp Farm 7 Grain Deli Flat, 3 egg whites, french onion LC wedge with Frank’s and a kiwi

Arnold is still number one – sorry Mr. Pepperidge. I packed up Marge (my car, who is large and in charge) and left a little after 11. Back to reality comfort stop: Whole Foods Glastonbury – the best I’ve been to. After spending way too much time and money, this is what I came out with:

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Baby spinach, a strawberry & blueberry Chobani, 365 Breakfast Blend coffee, black beans, sweet potato, giant tub of Fage, berries, Iced Gingerbread CLif, Luna Moons in pomegranate, whole wheat wraps, Honeycrisps, carrots, AND:
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PUMPKIN PIE YOGURT – FINALLY!!!!

I’ve only been searching for two months …

I also had this when I got back to the cizzar:

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Granny stolen from home.

After dropping all my stuff off at my room, not unpacking at all discovering that someone hit/took my passenger’s side mirror at WF, I headed straight to the library. My late cubicle lunch:

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Hot Bar Salad – red and green lettuce leaves, marinated mushrooms, slammin’ salmon, beet salad, eggplant salad, curry tofu, and corn.
Devoured. The salmon was indeed slammin’. As were the beets, eggplant, and mushrooms. Curry tofu – not so much. It was SOAKED in water and not that tasty. I’ve been craving Indian all week, so boo. But everything else was as delicious as it should be for a $10 salad. So after eating that around 2:30-3, I was not hungry the rest of the day. I mean it. The next thing I ate was a carrot right before bed because I thought I should eat something even though I had absolutely no desire to. Appetites are weird like that.
After leaving the library for my meeting, I obviously spent the rest of the night reading blogs and neglecting any kind of homework. Eventually I tore myself away from Google Reader, slept, woke up (God I live an interesting life), and ate this:
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Stonyfield Pumpkin Pie yogurt with a cup of Multigrain Cheerios.

Stonyfield Pumpkin Pie Opinion
Taste:
Good, but not like pumpkin pie. Well, maybe if it was made with 10% pie filling and 90% water. 2/5.
Texture: After not eating yogurt that didn’t originate in Greece for the past 6 months, I was dreading the watery texture of normal yogurt. But it was pretty thick and creamy! 5/5.
Fill Factor:
This breakfast held me over pretty well through a class and the gym. I wasn’t starving by the time I ate lunch 4 hours later, just normal hungry, plus I went to the gym. Guess that 1% of fat did its job. 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cultured pasteurized organic low fat milk, naturally milled organic sugar, organic caramel color, organic carrot juice concentrate (for color), pectin, natural flavor, organic pumpkin juice concentrate (for color), vitamin D3.” How can caramel color be organic? And perhaps the pumpkin juice concentrate should be for taste and not color … ? 3/5.

Spent 9 minutes on the Stair Master at the weirdly busy gym before someone left my favorite elliptical and I hopped on that thing faster than this guy:

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No shame. Execept for this scene:

Lunchers at the deskie:

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Spinach, raisins, and hummus on a whole wheat wrap, plus Honeycrisp and water. Why so blurry, pictures?

Then eating nothing all day yesterday caught up to me and I scarfed down a peanut butter Z-bar too fast to review it. Oh well, there’s already one in this post. It was peanut buttery. I’d buy it again. So there.
Amazing, glorious dinner:
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1/2 of a sweet potato the size of a kitten + 1/2 cup of black beans with a dollop of Daisy Fage and a buffalo Crackwich.

Nomnomnom. WHY have I waited so long to try the sp/black bean combo?
In other news:
  • I submitted my first real life job application today! Wooo for being a productive member of society!
  • This girl is hilarious. Read this, laugh, and thank me. I just want to be like her in so many ways.
  • My upper back and shoulders are so tight and sore that I will soon look like this guy:
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At least then I’ll look like the 80-year old woman I am at heart. Off to watch “Intervention” and put everyone else’s senioritis to shame …

#1: Hummus

Hummus in the morning, hummus in the evening, hummus at suppertime.  When hummus is on [anything at all], you can eat hummus any time.

Hummus on my Crackwich, hummus on my carrots:

Arnold’s MultiGrain Sandwich Thin with hummus, a garlic & herb LC wedge, and Frank’s + carrots and more hum

No hummus on my fail broccoli:

Perhaps that’s why it failed.  But really, there was too much lemon.

#2: Grocery shopping

My uncle is coming in from California tonight for Thanksgiving and all day my mom was talking about needing to get more food for him to eat.  We never went to the store, so I volunteered to while they drive to the airport to get him.

I managed to get get only one thing for myself, and it was necessary: more sandwich thins for Crackwiches.

#3: Yogurt bowls

Broccoli fail = dinner part two:

Plain Chobsies with raspberries, blackberries, and Kashi Heart to Heart

#4: Grey’s Anatomy

Back in the day.  The days of Denny Duquette (not as a ghost …), of dark and twisty Meredith, of McVet and Burke, when George was alive, and Izzie wasn’t resuscitating deer in the ER.  Those were the days.

#5This trailer.

New feature – Tuesday top 5?  These definitely aren’t my top 5 addictions (minus hummus), but it gave me the idea

First up:

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Food, Inc.:

Overall, Food, Inc. is a really great, informative movie.  A lot of the information provided in the movie can be found in Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation (which I read once about five years ago and need to read again) and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma (which I’m still slowly making my way through).  Having read/being in the process of reading these books, I didn’t have many shocks throughout the movie, but here are some facts that really stood out to me:

  • On average, there are over 47,000 products in an everyday supermarket
  • As opposed to about 40 years ago, chickens now grow twice as big in half the time, thanks to hormones.  Since Americans like white meat, they are also engineered to grow bigger breasts.  Gross.
  • The chickens on your average farm are in the dark all the time.
  • Only one farmer out of twelve asked would show the cameras the inside of their chicken house, and it was a woman who refused to “upgrade” to the windowless vent system employed by most chicken farmers.  Her contract was later terminated for her refusal to get rid of her light and open-air chicken house.
  • The average chicken farmer with two houses has borrowed over $500,000, but they only make about $18,000 a year.
  • There are 13 slaughterhouses (for cows) that serve the entire United States.  Essentially, this means that there’s meat from thousands of cows in one hamburger patty.  This increases the chance for infected meat to enter our food supply by a whole lot.
  • A hamburger “filler” that is cleansed with ammonia to kill E.coli is present in 70% of burgers in the country.  Even grosser.

Again, I was already aware of most of the horrors of the industry.  However, the facts about beef will probably take my burger consumption from rare to never.  Honestly, it’s just not food – unless I know that it came from a local farm.  I’d like ammonia to stay as far away from my diet as possible.  And, while this is a rather disgusting thought, if I’m eating an animal, I’d like for it to be ONE animal – not possibly hundreds.

The movie also focused on the abuse of illegal immigrants by the food industry.  This is too much of an issue that I know too little about, so I’m not going to comment on it.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that you vote for your food with every purchase at the grocery store, but I kind of didn’t believe it until the Walmart representatives said flat out that all Walmart stores are switching (have switched?) to only rBST–free milk due to consumer preference! That’s seriously amazing.

I don’t plan on becoming a vegetarian or vegan in the near future.  To be honest, I really love chicken and turkey.  I don’t eat a lot of meat at all, especially at school.  At home, I’m going to make the conscious effort to encourage my family to buy humanely raised meat – not necessarily organic or free-range, since I know those terms can be deceiving.

If there’s one line that stuck out to me, it is that industrial food is not honest food.  In my opinion, honest food is “real” food – ingredients that I can recognize and pronounce, ingredients that nourish my body with vitamins and minerals.  Those foods are what I strive to eat most of the time.  Living at home, and especially while I’m living at college, this is not always possible.  But, I think that it is a lot easier than a lot people think, or want to think.  Eating a diet full of whole, natural, real foods has helped me lose weight, gain energy, look and feel better than I ever have.

I think that Food, Inc. is an incredibly important movie for everyone, especially Americans, to see, in order to make more informed choices about the food we buy and eat.

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New Moon:

Ok.  To be honest, I was not happy with New Moon.  The first 3/4 of the movie, to me, was just bad.  [Spoiler] Up until Alice showed up at Bella’s house when she thought Bella had committed suicide, I wasn’t feeling it.  Once the race to Italy began, it got really really good.  Although, like Caitlin commented, a little rushed, it was good.  It felt real.  The acting has definitely gotten better.  The makeup was better too!  But there were still definitely some shading issues.

Anyway, I loved the Volturi!  For some reason, I always imagined them bald?  Even though I know they’re not supposed to be.  But they were perfect.  Aro cracked me up, just like he did in the books.  The actor was really great.  Dakota Fanning was amazing!  All of my friends were, at the least, questionable of her as the choice for Jane, but I knew she would be great – and she was.  So impressive.

I also agree with Caitlin that the chemistry between Rob and Kristen was much better – I actually felt like they were in love!  And Kristen Stewart was so gorgeous in New Moon.  I don’t know what they were doing to her in Twilight, but wow that girl is pretty!  And her acting was a lot better.  She was so great in Into the Wild (AMAZING movie, by the way), which I saw before Twilight, I was confused by the apparent downgrade in her acting skills in the first movie.  But she redeemed herself in New Moon.  Especially the scene of her just sitting, months passing by, playing Anya Marina’s “Possibility.”  Seriously amazing scene.

I wasn’t that impressed with the CGI werewolves at first, but I know they can’t look completely real, and they did grow on me by the end.

The movie definitely didn’t seem long.  The two hours went by really fast, in a good way.  Looking back to last year, I was disappointed with the Twilight movie at first too.  Now I love it.  I also had really high expectation for New Moon, but I’m not sure why.  I need/want to see it again and be more objective.

Ok, now that I finally did the reviews – onto the rest of my day!  I didn’t get much shopping – just some new nail polish colors (essential), a pack of men’s Hanes white v-necks (even more essential), and some random groceries – plain Chobani, baby spinach, and some lemons for the re-attempt at the glorious broccoli.

Lunch (at 3pm) was a delicious mishmash:

3/4 cup plain Chobsies, raspberries & blackberries + a Buffalo Crackwich – Arnold’s MultiGrain Sandwich Thin with 2 tpsb plain hummus, a French Onion LC, and lots of Frank.

Ever since making the Crackwrap a Crackwich and adding it’s buffalo-ness, my life has improved dramatically.  Try it and thank me.

Dins:

Spinach + the crazy mushroom from CostCo. (about 1/2 cup each) + baby spinach salad with Veggie Patch falafel balls, hummus, Frank’s, and corn and chile salsa + clementine

Hello, random.  My mom made the spinach and mushroom mix as a side for my fam’s dinner of stuffed shells.  The Veggie Patch falafel balls are amazinggggg and super filling – especially with hot sauce and hummus!  To equal out the savory with some sweet, I decided on a whim to add the corn salsa.  My salads are always spicy with the jalapeños and traditional salsa I pile on, but this one was seriously great.  The corn salsa is something that needs to be in my life and my belly more – try it if you haven’t!  Our is from Stew Leonard’s.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need a yogurty snack!

Bedtime snack:

1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese with the best raspberries ever and blackberries


Pre-gym snack:

half a Honeycrisp


A sweaty half hour:

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Brunch:

Buffalo crack-wich: hummus, French Onion LC wedge + Frank’s on an Arnold’s MultiGrain Sandwich Thin + obscene amount of fruit: grapes, clemetine, raspberries, blackberries

Now:

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