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 ;).

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Let’s take it back to breakfast:

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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!

No, not weight-wise.  I didn’t mention it yesterday, but over the weekend there was a horrific attack on my campus.  At about 12:30 am Saturday night/Sunday morning, a fire alarm in the Student Union was pulled.  When everyone was outside, a fight broke out and two people were stabbed.  One of the men died, a football player, Jasper Howard.  The other victim was released from the hospital. I think they know who did it, but no one has been caught/arrested.

While there have been sexual assaults on campus that have been publicized, there has not been a MURDER.  It is completely horrific and I’m extremely creeped out.  Last night I went out to my car alone in the dark to get something and had to ask myself if I was safe.  Even with those previous assaults, I have never in 4 years felt unsafe on my campus.  We live in such a rural area (there are legitimately cows outside my window) that violent crime is almost unheard of.  As sad as it is, sexual assault on a college campus is not all that surprising.  Stabbings, on the other hand …

There’s a very quiet and weird vibe on campus right now – and I haven’t even been to class yet.  This crime is terrifying and devastating to our school – especially when it happened to a prominent figure the day we won our Homecoming game.

Anyway – I really wanted to run this morning, but it’s just too cold – apparently it feels like it’s 20 degrees.  I can go this afternoon after work, but I reallyyyyy need to get some winter running gear because soon it won’t matter what time of day I go.  Afterall, this happened yesterday:

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More October snow.  Normal, Storrs.  Breakfast was soo good and refreshing!

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Toasted Maple Nut coffee with skim and PureVia, Chobani Vanilla with chopped Honeycrisp and cinnamon.

Gotta get ready for class!

After my last post, I went downstairs to our kitchen and threw a plain but delicious (and hydrating) dinner together:

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Romaine and bbq tofu salad (the last of my bbq tofu! 😦 ) and some frozen grapes.

It was so good, but I got full really quickly.  My hunger is so off.  I didn’t even finish!  That’s SO unlike me.  Usually I eat everything on my plate .. which is one of the reasons I used to weigh more.  I don’t know why, I just have the compulsion to finish everything in front of me.  I can’t just leave food.  My parents never forced me to eat everything on my plate or guilted me about starving children in Africa, so it’s really weird that I do that.  Do you need to finish everything or can you leave food?  Or do you have to leave food?

I had all of this left:

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I guess it’s not that much that’s left, but like I said, it’s really strange for me to leave anything – especially grapes!  I inhale them.

I’m literally getting into bed right now – at 9:30.  I’m 80 years old and I don’t care.  I’m doing the breast cancer walk in Hartford with a bunch of my sisters tomorrow!  I’m so excited, it’s such a great cause.  Maybe it’s because I’m a woman, but I always have had such a soft spot for breast cancer research/donations/causes.  I even bought a bottle of Sutter Home White Zinfindel the other day because it had a pink ribbon on it!  Just supporting the cause …

Good night!

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!