After work yesterday, I headed straight to career services to get my resumé looked over.  Apparently I have a gift for writing them, because I only needed to change 3 minor things!  So if anyone needs a resumé looked at, send it my way – I guess I’m a pro!  The girl looking at it was impressed by how involved I am with my sorority – which is awesome and made me feel great that an objective person recognizes my dedication!  Especially since I’m applying for my dream job within the next couple weeks, which involves working for my sorority full time after I graduate.  I’ve gathered my references, now all I have to do is write my essays and hit submit!  I’ll be so relieved and excited to get the application in.  I am being realistic though, and applying for other jobs as well.

Dinner before chapter was boring – but at least it wasn’t a salad!  A Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger on whole wheat bread with ketchup and romaine, plus steamed baby carrots and an apple.  It was ok, but somehow the dining hall sucks all the flavor out of the burger, and I’m pretty sure it was cooked in an unhealthy kind and amount of oil.  But I did the best I could with what I was offered.  At least my baby carrots were good!  I loveee cooked carrots!

I spent the rest of the night writing a paper at the library.  Snacks were packed, but uneaten.  When I came home I had a big bowl of grapes before bed:

Pretty good picture for night time flourescent lighting!

This morning called for another amazing bowl of banana oats:
1/3 cup of oats, 1/4 cup each of water and skim, half a banana cooked in, half sliced on top + cinnamon and the normal coffee

Obvs amazing and filling!  While the fudge brownie coffee is clearly super delish, I’m kind of getting sick of the chocolately flavor so early in the morning.  I’m pining for the Green Mountain Southern Pecan I had earlier in the year .. or maybe a Christmas blend is in the future?

Speaking of Christmas, I’ll definitely be passing this list along to my family.  Thanks Caitlin!

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I have been so exhausted in every way all day long.  Of course, when it’s actually time for bed – I can’t sleep.

I woke up at 9, not really hungry, but knowing I needed to eat then or have to wait until after yoga.  I had this tried and true combo:

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Yoga was great!  We had the same instructor that taught my core yoga class the other night, but this was her normal yoga class.  I liked it a lot better.  For one, she talked less, but also, there was a greater variety of poses – including hip openers!  There were no standing poses?  And no downward dogs 😦 but overall it was a really great class with some new poses.  I’m definitely going to try to make it to her class during the week.

After yoga, which was a sorority sisterhood event, we had lunch catered by Panera!  Yum!  I grabbed half a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich and some pickles (although strangely only one is picture …)PB140038PB140039
I’d never had it before, but it was really good!  There was feta, cilantro hummus, romaine, red onion, tomato, cucumber, and peppadew peppers.  The website says it was on tomato basil bread, but one of my sisters said it was on a different kind?  Whatever it was, it was amazing!  Perfectly fluffy and soft, with a great crust!

After lunch, my roommate and I put on the second Harry Potter movie (we fell asleep to the first one last night) and proceeded to pass out for two hours.  Wait, why can’t I sleep?

I really wanted to run today – even though it was raining.  I had all intentions to even go to the gym after dinner, but my body is just. so. tired.  I don’t know what it is about this week, but my legs feel weak.  It’s hard to explain.  I’m not sore (except for my abs, thanks to Whittle My Middle), but the tops of my thighs and my hips just feel TIRED.  So I gave them a break today.  I think my fatigue is also related to the random sickness I had a couple days ago, which I’m scared is returning with a cough :(.  I hope I wake up feeling all right!  This whole being 2am-already-thing is messing with my schedule for tomorrow before it even (really) starts.  Being off schedule makes me anxious, but I’ll try to just go with what I feel since obviously my body needs some rest this week.

My roommate and I had a dinner date at the on-campus restaurant in our Student Union.  I got the Sesame Encrusted Grilled Tuna Steak with Wasabi Mayo  – “Sesame 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.”

So good!  I’ve had it before, but the wasabi mayo was WAY too strong, even for me.  This time I got it on the side, as well as on whole grain bread instead of the kaiser roll.  The tuna, grilled rare and made so amazing by the grilled sesame seeds it’s coated in, was SO MUCH BETTER on the whole grain bread.  I also had the mixed green salad with low-fat honey dijon on the side.  I used very little dressing because it’s very thick and a little goes a long way.  The wasabi mayo was so much better this time, since I was able to use my knife to spread on as much as I wanted – just a thin layer on each side was enough.  It was a really great meal, especially since I don’t have to use real money to pay and I was full all night long!  That’s what good carbs, healthy fats and protein will do for you!

So I’ve just been lounging all night, tried going to sleep an hour ago, and realized it just wasn’t happening.  Finally, I got up and made a snack:

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I get really thirsty before bed but don’t like getting up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, so this was a great snack.  I feel hydrated and actually a little tired now.  Plus, I need to eat up a lot of my perishables – eggs, milk, yogurt, veggies and fruit – before I go home for the whole week I have off for Thanksgiving!  I can’t wait to be home for 10 straight days.  I already have some fun foodie activities planned.  I think I’m going to read some more blogs and try to sleep again .. good night!  (morning …)

Good evening bloggies!  Let’s go back to breakfast …

PB081220PB081219PB0812211/3 cup oats, 1/4 cup skim, 1/4 cup water, other half of my pre-run Macintosh, cinnamon

Lunch was eaten at work and looked like this:

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I also had a huge Macintosh and Candy Cane Lane!!  It was pepperminty and sweet – not exactly like a candy cane, but pretty close!  Leaving work at around 3:45, I had an Emerald Nuts 100 calorie pack of almonds and walnuts.  I’m not so good at portioning nuts (who is?) so I love these, especially the cocoa roasted almonds – sooo chocolatey and yummy!

Dinner was a huge d-hall salad from a different dining hall than I usually eat at.  On my plate, I piled

  • Romaine
  • Baby spinach
  • Cucumber slices
  • Jalapeño pieces
  • Broccoli florets
  • Red pepper strips
  • Red onion
  • Kidney beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Balsamic vinegar

They didn’t have salsa OR hummus!  Ahh! I was hungry two hours later.  Really, it’s because I had no hummus.  I actually can’t remember the last time I didn’t have hummus with dinner … With some time to kill in between dinner and chapter, my little and I stopped at Starbucks.  I wanted something sweet and warm, so I got a tall caffé misto with skim and two pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dulce syrup.  It could have been a little sweeter, but it was still just what I wanted.

I use the dining hall to supplement my fruit stash.  Tonight I swipe two small bananas, a Granny Smith, and two teeny apples.  Look how cute and small!
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As soon as I got home, I knew I wanted a snack with yogurt and apples and grapes.  When I opened my fridge, I realized hummus was completely missing from today.  A snack plate fixed all these problems:

PB091226Vanilla Chobani, grapes, teeny apple (+ cinnamon added after), carrot and hummus

Ate it all.  Loved it all.  Especially dipping the apples and grapes in the Chobz.  Mmmm : p

I really tried to limit my sodium intake after last night’s dinner of salt broth and I think I did a pretty good job!  I also have drank (drunk?  I feel like I should know this as an English major) more water than I normally do, but not as much as I wanted to.  I did eat A LOT of watery foods though – romaine, apples (3 in one day – it’s an addiction), grapes, etc.  Hopefully my salt-induced puffiness will be gone tomorrow!

I’ve realized lately that I don’t eat 3 large meals a day, but 4 smaller one with 1 or 2 snacks – generally before working out in the morning and something in the afternoon.  This is what works for me, especially since I get extremely snacky at night, whether I’m truly hungry or not.  By spacing out my calories like I do, I’m able to eat more at night and be satisfied, other than just randomly snacking later on because of boredom, tiredness, or whatever the reason is I always feel like eating at night. I think a lot of times, people think that they should be eating what and when others do – forgetting that everyone’s body is different.  I think that is why the majority of diets fail – they are not custom-made for anyone, but marketed for mass “production.”

What works best for you?  3 big meals?  Multiple snacks?  No snacks?

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  I think it’s because I love fall, and it’s such a huge part of the season.  I love the leaves, the decorations, the food (pumpkin!), the clothes, everythingggg!

Last night I tried to get in the ultimate Halloween-y mood with some scary movies.  BUT NOTHING WAS ON!  Um, world?  When did the Halloween love stop?  Disney, what happened to Hocus Pocus?  ABC Family, That 70’s Show” doesn’t jump out at me as an obvious choice for your 13 nights of Halloween.  Holiday fail, television.  Le sigh.

Breakfast was boring but what I was craving:

PA301093PA3010923 egg whites + LC French Onion wedge and apple with cinnamon + coffee with skim, PureVia, and cinnamon

The amount of cinnamon and apples I eat is absurd.  But delicious.

Last night’s snack attack:

PA301088Strawberry Chobz + 1 cup Cheerios

Only took that one crappy picture because the mess needed to be in my stomach ASAP.  But at least I used my Little Mermaid spoon!  Was yummy.

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Plus a few grapes before bed.  There were more than this originally …

I knew I wanted cereal and yogurt.  I had seen the Cheerios in my fam’s cabinet earlier when I was cooking my delish multigrain cereal and intended to use those.  I went in to grab them and saw the Kashi H2H I eat but apparently no one else does since it’s left over from summer.  I debated.  I ingredient checked.  Cheerios, why is sugar so high up on your ingredient list?  They aren’t even sweet!  And modified corn starch?  Uncool.  But while 1 serving of the British goodbyes have 1g of sugar, H2H has 5 grams for a smaller serving!  Since the strawberry yogurt has mad sugar, I went with the Cheerios.

I felt really good about my decision and how I made it – by being informed.  While I think that nutrition labels do need a lot of work, I also believe that they are a completely useful and necessary tool for making smart decisions everyday. This article is really great and eye-opening. I completely agree with all of the author’s points. Does anyone else find it weird and a little insulting that the FDA thinks we need labels on the FRONT of our food? Are Americans really that lazy that we can’t be bothered to TURN A BOX AROUND?

Was there one person/event/article that really convinced you to pay attention to what you eat?  And how much of it you should be eating?  For me, it was the intro to nutrition class I took my freshman year.  Keeping a week-long food journal pretty much ended me 900+ calorie salad and 1000+ calorie muffin habit.  Yes, UConn has these things.  I really don’t even know how you make a MUFFIN contain more than a thousand calories.  I’m actually really impressed/curious.

Today I WILL:

  • Finish my laundry
  • GYM!
  • STUDY!!
  • Find a semi dress
  • Find jeans that fit and don’t pull off like sweatpants (welcome, but annoying)
  • Find some winter running gear
  • TJ’s?  Pumpkin butter … I need you

Be sure to check out Angela’s OSG anniversary giveaway here!  It’s amazing!

Last night at my very short meetings, I had half a banana to fuel my gym trip.  There, I did 20 minutes on the stair stepper, 10 on the stationary bike (too boring to continue) and 20 minutes of speed walking at an incline.  I was there longer than usual, but it was all so low-impact that I didn’t really feel like I did anything :(.

Obviously I burned some calories though, because my after-gym snack of a giant Cortland and cinnmon:

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needed to be supplanted by grapes right before bed:

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on the same paper plate.  Ohhhhh, college.

This morning I woke up and made the usual coffee in an unusual mug:

PA250975My UConn one is missing but I remembered I had this one that my mom gave me a couple Valentine’s Days ago .. yes, the only V-Day present I get is from my mom.  At least I know she loves me!

A while later I decided this was the perfect breakfast:

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2 Kashi GoLean waffles with a Cortland and cinnamon.

I LOVED being the “pledge mom” to our new members, it was a truly great experience – but I am relieved that the most stressful part of my job as chapter educator is over.  I feel like this week is going to be great!  I feel great knowing that I taught our new sisters everything I could about our amazing sorority.  They’re all SUCH amazing girls.  I really couldn’t be prouder of them :)!

This week also starts something new to balance in my life – my job search.  I have one dream job I’ve started securing recommendations and applying for, but I’m also going to take my resume to Career Services for them to look over and really start searching.

Last year, when I decided I wanted to go into Highed Ed and Student Affairs, I planned to apply to grad schools and take the GRE this semester.  A few weeks in, with school, work, having a huge position, and trying to live my life in general, I realized I needed to take a step back.  Something needed to be cut.  So I decided to take the GREs later and apply to grad schools for admission in fall 2011, not 2010.  I feel really great about this decision.  First of all, it took a huge weight off of my shoulders.  I really could not have been studying for the GREs and applying to grad schools on top of everything else going on right now.  Secondly, I’m really looking forward to moving back home for a year and spending some time with my family before I move away.  I’ve really missed them more this year than anything.  Thirdly, saving money by living at home = :).  Obviously, I’ll still do some of my own grocery shopping, but that bill will get cut down too.

I used to view people who moved back home after graduation as somewhat failures.  I don’t know why I did that.  I know this decision is right for me at this point in my life.

This will all change, of course, if I land my dream job ;).

Let’s take it back to breakfast:

PA210929PA210930PA210931Peach Chobani with Multigrain Cheerios

Lunch was eaten in class .. don’t judge, I’m a busy girl:

PA210932PA210933Arnold’s 100% WW Sandwich Thin, pepper turkey, romaine, French Onion LC wedge + grapes.

Obviously I am in a meal rut.  That is what happens when I pay $2,000+ a semester for my required meal plan, plus about $40 a week on groceries because I am so busy that I pack my lunch 4 days a week.  I also really like having time to myself in the morning and just having extra time in the morning in general so that my day doesn’t start in a rush.  Hence, eating in the house.  I really try to eat in the dining hall for dinner, but I’m honestly so busy that it’s much more often I go to the grab-and-go or just make something quick in the house.

Honestly, I don’t mind spending the extra money for groceries.  I do pay for school myself, so I’m not wasting my parents’ money on the nasty d-hall food I don’t eat.  I think it’s completely worth it to keep eating healthy and know what I’m putting in my body.  I really try to view my body as a machine and food as my fuel – and why would I put regular in when I can use super plus?

After class, I went for a quick stress-relieving run – about 2.67 in 24:38.  Nice, self.  Immidiately following the run I shoved more grapes down my throat.  They’re just so delish and refreshing!

Dins was lame:

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1 c Multi-Grain Cheerios + 1 c Kashi Honey Sunshine with skim

Sorority duties call and there is no time for the dining hall = cereal.  Delicious cereal.  It actually really helped my blood sugar (aka mood) except now I’m craving veggies like no other and my fridge is an epic produce fail at the moment.  Grocery shopping tomorrow is going to be pure bliss/amazement/end of same boring meals everyday.

Before I go find some snackage – one of the notes I submitted to Operation Beautiful is going to be in the book!!!!  I’m so so excited!  A couple others will be on the site tomorrow, so be sure to check it out!  Thanks again Caitlin!

P.S. Also be sure to check out Peanut Butter and Jenny’s Fiber One muffin giveaway!  I’ve heard these muffins are delish nomnomnom

This morning was not my favorite.  When I opened the freezer to make my delicious breakfast:

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Kashi GoLean waffles with a Honeycrisp, Toasted Maple Nut coffee with skim and PureVia

I discovered that some of my food was missing.  Ultimately not cool.  I was in a bad mood the rest of the morning, even after eating the pumpkin pie I packed:

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As soon as I got to work at 2 I ate my lunch, which immediately put me in a better mood.

PA190904Arnold’s 100% WW Sandwich Thin with pepper turkey, Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb, romaine, and sriracha + grapes.

I guess since I felt better immediately I really just needed some whole foods in my tummy and my blood sugar was low.  But still.  Stealing = not cool.  Stealing food = even not cool-er.  I’m also drinking a Coke Zero due to my hostility towards the world and new found love for them.

I have another long run planned for blowing off steam later.  Can’t wait.  I also love that I can’t wait to run!!  I think I’ll go post some more OB notes as the Coke Zero has reached my pea-sized bladder in record timing.

Check out Janetha’s giveaway in honor of her six-month blogversary!  It’s a great one!