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:

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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!

I’m finallyyy ending my day after starting it this morning at 7!  My alarm went off at six to go for that 2.5 miler, but obviously that didn’t happen since it was still dark out – ugh – and I needed just that extra hour of sleep.

I got up and made some breakfast before getting on the bus for my school’s Homecoming football game:

PA160808PA160811Arnold’s 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin with 1 egg + 1 egg white, a Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb wedge with some salsa and some sort of apple stolen from the dining hall.

We got to the game a little after 9 and started tailgating!  The fraternity we did Homecoming with and their parents cooked up a ton of burgers and hot dogs for everyone.  It was so much fun to just hang out with all of my sisters and the guys.  Thankfully we had a gorgeous day – although a little cold – since it was originally supposed to rain.  Around 11:30 I whipped out the sandwich I had packed in the morning, since I didn’t know what we’d be eating and didn’t feel like beef.

-1Another sandwich thin with pepper turkey, romaine, and a Laughing Cow Light Swiss wedge.

I also packed grapes and a granola bar but didn’t eat them.  We went into the game a little before halftime to see our sister, who is Homecoming Queen, greet everyone on the field.  It was REALLY windy in the stadium and the bus was scheduled to leave at 2:15 so we didn’t stay in the game that long – it was honestly just too cold and there aren’t enough seats for all of the student tickets they sell.

As soon as we got back to the house around 3, I stuck in my earplugs and fell asleep for a glorious 3-hour nap.  Not working out in a couple days was making me feel gross and it messes with my metabolism – I wasn’t hungry at all.  I went to the gym and did 2.5 miles in just under 25 minutes.  I cooled down with a 10-minute walk and a 10-minute StairMaster sesh.

It’s 8:30 now and I’m still not that hungry (weird) but I’m going to just go make a quick salad since I know I should eat something.  I also reallyyyy need to drink more water in general, but I didn’t have any today – just coffee and after my run I’m really feeling it.

Off to catch up on Grey’s, food, and my Google Reader!

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!