Yes, I said it.

But first, yesterday. Nothing super special, aside from a day off from exercise.

Breakfast:

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1/2 granny smith with cinnamon, 3 egg whites with LC Garlic & Herb on WW toast

Lunch:

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Hummus and hot sauce quesadilla, steamed carrots and green beans with S&P

So simple but so so good. Steamed carrots are amazing. Fresh green beans are amazing. And all they need is a little s&p.

I also snacked on a clemmie on the way out the door to run some errands. Lack of physical activity + slight tummyache = late and comforting dinner.

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2 Kashi waffles with Peanut Butter & Co.’s Mighty Maple and a pear.

Have you seen Away We Go? I Netflixed it over a week ago but never got around to watching it until last night. It’s really good – not what I was expecting, but so good. John Krasinski is (aside from gorgeous) a great actor. I’d only ever seen him in “The Office” but he has a great range. It was also great to see Maya Rudolph in a non-goofy fun role – she’s great too. I didn’t expect them to have chemistry on screen, but they definitely do. They’re really cute. I highly suggest this movie!

I woke up this morning to some yoga – YogaDownload.com’s Shoulder Opener #1. Lovely. Then I made breakfast. Uh. Maze. Ing.

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Pumpkin Pie Parfait

Using Kath’s recipe as a base, I mixed 1/2 cup of pumpkin with 1 egg white with a tiny bit of TruVia and pumpkin pie spice and microwaved for about 4 minutes. I plopped a vanilla Chobani on top and then crumbled a Kashi Pumpkin Spice granola bar on top.
Now I’m watching Julie & Julia and loving it and wanting to go to Paris now more than ever. Plus i love Stanley Tucci.
The lobster scene is HILARIOUS. We actually did that last Christmas – steamed live lobsters. Well, my step-dad did. Grandma had the biggest problem with it, but she was also on her third cocktail so it may have been exaggerated.
“The day there is a meteorite rushing toward Earth and we have thirty days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter.” Yes, me too. Until then, I’ll cut back in order to live for that day.
Have a great day!

Yes, I am slowly going insane as I rot in my kitchen chair for hours on end, replaying the Wicked soundtrack while my brother begs me to stop. He’s so anti-musical. And anti-fun.

In an effort to reduce the stress-induced hump that my back and shoulders are forming, I did end up heading to the gym last night. I spent 15 minutes on the elliptical, 20 on the treadmill – averaging a 9 minute mile, and then 15 on the StairMaster. I think that the treadmill was flat out wrong about what speed I was going. I can easily keep up at 9:30 mile outside, but it’s ALWAYS harder on the treadmill in the gym at school. But yesterday, at my gym here at home, it was easy. I even kept up a 7mph pace for quite a while, hence the 9 min/mile average. And on an incline. I just don’t think that’s right. The treadmills at school are Precor and this one was a Cybex – does anyone know if they’re known to be inconsistent or different at pacing? Maybe I’l google it.

Before the gym there was snacking:

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Yummy clementines!

Anyway, I came home sweating and not-yet-starving and so made a little bit more effort with dins:

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Amy’s Black Bean Burrito + Fage and Frank’s with carrots, celery, and cukes to dip in Sabra Spinach and Artichoke Hummus.
More effort = making my Amy’s burrito in the oven instead of the microwave. Aside from a crispier burrito, no difference!
My brother had the Burrito Espcial:
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Mine:
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I find it odd that in my black bean burrito, black beans aren’t the first ingredient, but they are in his. Interesting? No? Just me? Okay.
I was super full from dinner that I didn’t snack all night. I woke up this morning and had my favorite:
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2 Eggo NutriGrain WW waffles with 1/2 a Macintosh + cinnamon and coffee times 2

Lunch looks familiar, yes?

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Sweet potato with black beans and plain Chobani + Frank’s, and a WW bread nub with a tbsp of hummus
Snackies:

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Hot cocoa + more clems

I also diagnosed Allie from The Notebook with Stage 23of Alzheimer’s Disease, in which there is a moderately severe cognitive decline and intensified confusion, including being unable to recall the names of family members and life events.


Then I went to the gym with my 38-page study guide. I spent an hour on the treadmill, alternating walking 3mph on an level 8 incline with walking 3.5mph on a level 9 incline. There is quite a difference, believe me.
Dinner was breakfast:

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Arnold’s MultiGrain sammie thin with three egg whites, a plain LC wedge, and organic ketchup + a Fortune apple with leftover Chobsies + cinnamon
I saw the Fortune apples at the grocery store yesterday and picked some up – I’d never heard of them before. The sign described them as slightly crisp and slightly spicy. I thought spicy was a good description – hard to explain, but true! They were both crisp and a little mealy, which I generally don’t like (hence why I despise Red Delicious) but I liked it here, since it wasn’t too much meal.
I was going to head back to school late tonight, but it’s raining and I hate driving at night, especially in the rain. What can I say, I’m not the best driver. Plus how can I turn down another night in the world’s most comfortable bed? Even if it means getting up at 5:30 …

Hola Bloginistas!

It’s been a while, yes? Finals do that sort of thing to people.

Because my eats have been extremely boring and repetitive (hum, spin, & raisin sammies; apples; Chobsies with cereal, etc.), we’ll just skip ahead.

Yesterday was the last day of classes. I headed to the library to stake my spot early, where I had the delicioso combo of plain Chobani, MultiGrain Cheerios, and a banana with my new fave Everyday 365 Breakfast blend + skim and TrueVia. After class, my anxiety got the best of me and I headed home to study here for the weekend. I, of course, shoved lunch of the usual sandwich and a Macintosh down my throat before I headed out – in such a hurry that I forgot my toothbrush. Luckily momsicle keeps an extra in the hizzouse. Lots of abreves and nicknames today, I know. It’s how I deal.

Dinz was delish and just what I wanted:

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Baked SP with black beans & Fage + WW tortilla with a plain LC wedge and SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE HUM
I’ve been DYING to try the spinach and artichoke hummus FOREVER so I was ecstatic to see the CostCo sized-tub in my fridge upon arriving home. Knew I had to try it – licked off a spoon, obvi. It’s GOOD. Although I enjoyed it in my CrackWrap, I think I prefer plain hummus on my wrap and the SpinArt (I think that was a childhood craft involving paint and a spinning machine type thing?) on pita chips or veggies.
Frank was obviously a generous addition to dinner as well.
Later on I was still full (as I knew I would be) from my baby-sized tuber but I needed something sweet so I had a comforting hot cocoa to end the night .. in my big, comfy bed. It would have been more comfortable had I remembered my 4 pillows at school. Alas, I sufficed with the 5 that decorate my bed when I’m not there. I actually just really added those and realized I sleep with 9 pillows. What is my life?
I woke up a for some reason AMAZING cup of coffee and eventually incorporated Santa into breakfast:
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2 Eggo NutriGrain waffles with half a Macintosh + cinnamon

This really might be my favorite breakfast! Too bad I don’t have any waffles at school right now. But I’m home and we do here!
After typing and Groovesharking for a few hours, momma and I headed to the grocery store. We always go when I come home and while I love wandering the aisles of Whole Foods and Big Y alone, heading to Stew Leonard’s with my mom on weekend mornings is probably my favorite thing to do at home. I love my mom! High school and the beginning of college were really rough for us, but our relationship has improved so much in just the past year. Sometimes growing up is nice.
We picked up a lot of fruit and Chobani and then stopped at WHOLE FOODS! Hence my AMAZING lunch:
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Spinach bed with blankets of green beans, roasted cauliflower, dried cranberries, peas, and the best roasted mushrooms ever + a piece of fresh WW bread from Stew Leonard’s and hummus added at home. Plus Frank.

Best. Salad. Ever. Really, if this is what I had to eat everyday for the rest of my life, this salad would be it.
Now I’m drinking Candy Cane Lane, listening to Wicked (inspired by Kath listening to it lately – I was obsessed senior year of high school), and studying Abnormal Psych for Monday. Maybe heading to the gym later – skipping yesterday makes 3 days this week of being lazy, and for me, 4 is too many. But it’s finals time and if I can’t get it done, I can’t. See you later!

I suck, I know.  Posting on any sort of schedule is impossible for some reason for me when I’m home.  My body knows it can actually relax and so I end up napping mid-afternoon and then sleeping for 10 hours.  Normal.  I think it’ll be better today – especially since I realized that I probably just have ALLERGIES – duh.  Really, I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before.  Luckily my mom has some allergy stuff I can take so that I won’t be a zombie all week!

After my nap yesterday, I had wanted something crunchy!  Kettlecorn to the rescue:

My mom and I tried to make the broccoli from my sorority’s Thanksgiving dinner.  We threw some broccoli florets in the steamer with a minced clove of garlic and a tablespoon of lemon juice.  It was a fail.  It didn’t taste anything at all like the recipe from Wednesday.  Tonight we’re going to try sautéing the garlic and lemon juice separately and then putting it on the steamed broccoli.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Dinner was delish, though:

Steamed & mashed butternut squash, fail brocc, and CostCo rotisserie chicken aka heaven in a bird.

The chicken had some questionable ingredients, but it was honestly too good to pass up.  I threw some garlic powder on the broccoli, but it still wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been.  The b-nut squash was AMAZING – so sweet and creamy.  My mom put a little bit of butter (though I wish she hadn’t/would have told me before I ate it) and pepper in it, but it was amazingggg.  I’ll probs include some in my lunch a little later.

After dinner, my mom and I took a trip to Home Goods to get some bedding for my uncle who’s coming in on Tuesday for Thanksgiving.  It was 6:30 and after my nap this afternoon, I was already exhausted.  Honestly ridiculous, body.  Half and hour on the Stair Master should not wear me out this badly.  My tummy wasn’t satisfied from dinner, so when I got home I dominated this Honeycrisp:

Nom nom nom.

Then I was good.  And promptly passed out in a coma-like state for many hours.  Still no movie reviews.  My b.  I swear on Taylor Lautner’s abs they’ll be up tonight!

I woke up around 9, immediately rethinking my planned 4 miler.  I figured I’d just go later, or treadmill it up … even though I secretly knew I would later talk myself out of both those options with a nap.  After some coffee, I decided just to GO.  When I really don’t want to run or go workout, I eat my pre-workout snack.  Then I HAVE to go.  For whatever reason, this works for me mentally.  I had a mini choco-chip Clif bar:

It tasted better than it looks.  Why is it three different shades?  I’m just noticing that and hoping it’s the shadow from my blinds …

I left my iPod downstairs, but I did do 4 miles.  I think my splits were 9:10, 9:11, 9:09, and 8:52.  A SUB 9:00 mile!!!  It’s totally possible I’ve hit that mark at school, but I only time splits on the trail at home since it’s flat and I don’t have to dodge cars.  Yayyyy!  Love love love getting faster and seeing results!  Especially after a week off from running.  I’m out of my running funk, I think.  And thank God.  I do love that elliptical at school, but they don’t have it at my gym at home.  That’s great because it will force to keep running outside over Christmas break!

I came home and made brekkie:

2 Eggo Nutri-Grain waffles, a Braeburn + cinnamon

The fam usually has Kashi waffles, but I guess CostCo only sells Eggo in bulk – hence the two 10-packs in the freezer.  Some icky ingredients, but still super tasty!

My mom and I are going shopping all over town and then I promiseeee my reviews will be up!  See you later!

I hate getting so behind on posts, but yesterday was just so busy!  I got to work at 2, still not hungry for lunch – um, I ate breakfast at 8?  My appetite is so strange and unpredictable lately.  Finally at 3, I whipped out a strawberry Chobani and some GoLean Crunch:


Horrible sneaking-in-the-office picture!  Plus some earl grey, my favorite tea since I was little!  I had originally planned to get of work, work on a paper for an hour before dinner and then go to the gym, but dinner plans got switched around on me.  Instead of going to a dining hall, I ended up with the plan to eat in the Student Union – the building I work in and that I get the salads from all the time.  Needless to say, I’m incredibly sick of eating here, especially with the lack of healthy options.  Anyway, since the gym is just across the street, I went straight from work with just an hour to work on my fitness, Fergie style.  But first, I ate a pear:

Pears are such an underrated fruit!

At the gym, I knocked out half an hour doing intervals on the elliptical, plus a ONE MINUTE plank and two 30-second side planks, along with some random yoga poses to stretch it out.  I have never been able to hold plank for one minute before!  I was so proud, and of course, thankful to Angela for the challenge!

Rushing back to the U for dinner at 6, I decided to pay out of pocket for Blimpie.  No pic, but I got a 6-inch turkey sub on wheat with lettuce, tomato, pickles, jalapeños, pepper, and spicy brown mustard.  I obvs like it hot.  It was ok – but I’m so used to eating salad for dinner, I feel like my stomach didn’t know what to do without the usual overload of veggies and hummus.  I wasn’t feeling full like I normally do, but I was also somewhat unsatisfied all night.  It was a weird feeling I didn’t like at all.  Just another example of why I HATE when plans get changed on me at the last minute!  ESPECIALLY food plans.  I had meetings all night, and ended up eating some apricots before bed:

Yes, yesterday was National Bad Picture Day.  My b.

I woke up early to finish 1 of my papers due tomorrow and made my requisite coffee (no pic).  I finished too late to go for a run – but really, I haven’t felt like running at all this week.  I don’t know why, but I’m really liking the new elliptical I’ve been using at the gym.  Maybe because I’ve been doing some class reading and bonding with the December issues of Women’s Health and Glamour?  Not sure, but I’m sure I’ll get back in my running groove soon.

I decided to hit up the gym once more this morning instead, but before I left I had breakfast:
Kashi GoLean waffles + a pear

I’m really missing apples, but it wasn’t worth grocery shopping this week since I’m going home in two days for Thanksgiving!  I honestly can’t wait.  It was still delicious – just would have been better with a sweet Macoun!

At the gym, I did half an hour on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the stair stepper, plus some quick planks.  I’m at work now and once again, I’m not very hungry.  I’m really not feeling well again 😦 My body just can’t decide if it wants to be sick or not.  I have meetings all afternoon, my sorority’s Thanksgiving dinner (more on that later), and another paper to write tonight.  I know I need fuel to get through my day and maybe it will make me feel better to eat?  I’m going to go downstairs and grab some lunch … hope everyone’s having a great day!

No, not another negative post!  Just the movie I just started watching on .. The Weather Channel?  I’ll go with.  I’ve never seen it, but if “Family Guy” parodies it, it must be good.

Oh, I get it, there’s a lot of snow.

Anyway, I feel so much better today!  Sometimes I literally just get sick for a day or two randomly and then am completely fine.  I think that the 9 hours of sleep (aided by Advil PM) really helped too.  When I woke up, I still really didn’t have an appetite, but I was a little grumbly, so I had a quick breakfast:

PB120030PB120031PB1200322 Kashi GoLeans and the normal coffee, to go

Two classes later, I met one of my sisters for my daily d-hall salad:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Shredded carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Jalapeños
  • Celery
  • Salsa mountain
  • Hummus blob
  • Slice of WW toast with Smart Balance

After lunch, I lounged around watching TV for a couple hours.  It’s still windy and cloudy out, but it was warmer today and my legs were itching to run.  I headed out on my 5 mile course with plans to stop at my friend’s apartment about halfway through for a break in case I needed it.  I made it the 3.1 miles to her apartment in 27:09, which I was really happy with!  Of course, the way there is mostly flat or downhill.

My lower back had been a little achey the first mile or so, which always happens to me when I’m sick.  After I set back out to finish the run about 20 minutes later, my back and hips were aching just a little.  It was mostly annoying, but quickly went away.  I knew I was running slower than the way there, but it was also super fun to run 80% of the route that’s uphill, with the coming Nor’Easter’s winds blowing straight at me.  But it actually wasn’t that bad and I know that it helps my endurance.  I finished the last 2.24 miles in 24:37, so I really wasn’t even as slow as I thought.  It ended up being 5.25 miles in 51:06 total.

Misery just got interrupted with a nation-wide weather forecast.  With normal weather – no exceptional storms in the US right now.  Interesting.

When I came back, I spent the rest of the afternoon sipping on some chamomile tea and catching up on “Family Guy” and “The Office.”  Dinner was the same boring salad and toast plus some yummy roasted potatoes!

I think I forgot to mention yesterday I free-styled some yoga during Grey’s.  It was nice to stretch out the way I wanted to.  It wasn’t particularly hard on my abs for the Whittle My Middle challenge, but at least it was strength!  Tonight, I did actually do the workout:

  • Plank – I suck, sooo 20 seconds times 3 = 1 minute total
  • Side planks – sooo much easier for me!  30 seconds each side

My stability ball is buried under my bed, behind my fridge and dresser, sooo I modified the next few:

  • Regular plank repeated, this time for 30 seconds times 2 = another minute
  • 50 Bicycle crunches instead of stability ball jackknifes
  • Plank rotations – I liked these!  1 minute
  • Plus, 15 girl push-ups.

Okay, don’t watch a movie on The Weather Channel unless you want it to keep getting interrupted by unnecessary updates.  Thank God MTV just started airing “South Park.”

Tomorrow my sorority is having a sisterhood event – yoga and Panera!  Yesss I’m so excited!  I feel a snack coming on …

Have you ever watched this on the Travel Channel?  This guy goes around the country and takes outrageous food challenges.  It’s pretty entertaining and fun to watch him try to eat these ENORMOUS amounts of food – and sometimes, the food wins.  I’d be really curious to find out his cholesterol levels …

I had a Spooky S’more Z-Bar and a Kashi granola bar packed as snack options, but I only got hungry when I got home from work around 4 and I knew I was eating soon, so the bars went untouched.  Dinner was a giant (unpictured) salad from the d-hall, consisting of:
Baby spinach
Shredded carrots
Cucumber slices
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Red and white onions
Mushrooms
Red pepper strips
Topped with lots of salsa and hummus 🙂

After dinner I went on a quick grocery run for milk!  I couldn’t wait – I need it for my morning coffee.  I was also REALLY craving hot chocolate, so I grabbed a box of low-cal mix.  I made a giant mug with water when I got back and it was surprisingly rich tasting for a “diet” hot cocoa made with water.  It was just what I wanted 🙂

I started getting really hungry for a big snack.  I knew I wanted something with a warmed apple.  I debated just heating one up with granola, but I felt like it needed something else.  Greek yogurt?  No, I didn’t want warm apple & granola with cold yogurt.  Then I remembered my Kashi GoLean waffles …

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So good – exactly what I was craving!  I loveeee these waffles, and when you pair them with a sweet apple – I know it sounds crazy – but it taste like a donut!  Unless all of those leftovers from last night wafted their flavor through the freezer, plastic bag, box, and second plastic bag …

I swear, it really did taste like a sweet vanilla frosted donut!  Off to blog reading and bed – good night!