Feeling Good

Get ready—this might be a long one!

Hello friends! It has been a dark, drizzle, dreary day in Boston today but I’m actually in a really good mood regardless! I finally am starting to feel de-funkified and I feel like I’m back on track with my healthy lifestyle and definitely feel in control of my eating again. I’m not really sure what happened but it seems like about a month ago (ever since my mom came to visit + my visit to NH) I’ve just been really off. Despite my friends here at school I’ve just felt really lonely and bored with my routine. Normally I love learning and have never really minded doing my work but for some reason I just couldn’t motivate myself. It didn’t help that one of my classes is ridiculously hard and despite the hard work and tons of time I put into it, I wasn’t getting the results I wanted or was used to. This definitely discouraged and frustrated me. I gave myself (with my mom’s help of course!)  a little pep talk and realized that grades really aren’t everything and I should aim to just get the most out of my education that I can. With my new attitude I found that my readings actually are interesting, and it’s definitely been easier to concentrate lately. 

Another thing that was bothering me was that I started slipping with the emotional eating. I was falling back into some of my bad habits of mindlessly grazing, especially at night. There were a few nights that were terrible and I felt so gross the next day that I know I over-exercised and over-restricted to compensate. This obviously set me up for the bad cycle to continue and I had a really hard time snapping out of it. It actually got so bad that I had to get rid of some of my trigger foods (trail mix, pb, and puffins) because I just felt like I had no control around them. I finally think I have a handle on things again and the past week has been really successful so far. I’m looking forward to going to the grocery store and buying my favorite foods again and eating them like a normal person again! I have been able to identify a lot of the causes though and am making a big effort to work through them.

I don’t know exactly what happened to turn myself around, but I’m feeling a lot better now. I realize that I don’t need to be perfect and that I am definitely my own harshest critic. I’m trying to work on not being so hard on myself and actually living rather than planning my life. I don’t know if that even makes sense! I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you spend so much time planning things out then you don’t even have time to live your life. It’s ok to not always have a plan or for plans to change. I haven’t weighed myself in 3 days and you know what, my pants still fit (not weighing does not necessarily mean gaining!! which is something I am still trying to learn). On Monday I let myself sleep a little later because I was exhausted and I had to reschedule my early-morning workout to early-afternoon. And you know what—life went on! I just need to relax my plans, expectations, mind, and body and I think I’ll be a lot better off.

Anyway…enough rambing—and onto the food!

Breakfast

Cereal with banana, skim, and flax. And my book—SO GOOD!

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Lunch

I was starving the second I walked in the door after class so I ate some carrots before prepping lunch. This was a great idea because my stomach was calm enough that I was actually able to slow down and enjoy my cinnamon raisin ezekial english muffin, laughing cow, strawberry jam, and cottage cheese.

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SURPRISE!!!

When I got home from yoga I had a package waiting for me! The amazing Melissa sent me a cheer-up present with a sweet card and delicious cookies! Is that not the nicest thing ever! I can’t thank you enough, Melissa—you seriously made my day! Honestly, all of you mean so much to me and I don’t know what I would do without all your sweet words and support!

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Obviously I had to try some of the cookies for my afternoon snack! These are so good that I could easily eat the whole bag–but in my back-on-track mentality I decided to portion out a serving, put the rest away, and slowly savor them. SO. GOOD. I’m really glad that I didn’t mindlessly snack on these because then I wouldn’t have even tasted them…but now I still have the rest to enjoy later!

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Dinner

After doing some homework, it was dinner time. I had an Amy’s Texas Burger on whole wheat with pickles, salad, and a HONEYCRISP apple. OMG was that apple amazing, it was so unbelievably sweet and wonderful—honestly who needs candy when they can have a honeycrisp apple!

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Dessert

Obviously no night is complete without dessert! I had some pumpkin mixed with maple syrup and some more of those delicious cookies on the side. I love them!

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I hope everyone had a great day—it’s almost the weekend : )

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12 Responses to “Feeling Good”


  1. 1 VeggieGirl Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Sarah, this post makes me smile from ear to ear – I’m SO glad that you’re feeling good, have a more positive attitude, and that all is well right now. DON’T be a harsh critic – you’re better than that!! Keep it up 🙂

    Hooray for treats from Melissa!! Yet another awesome blogger 🙂

  2. 2 Erin Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I’m so glad you feel better Sarah. 🙂 I struggle with lots of those issues too and they really do suck, but as you know, we can gain control over our lives and how we treat ourselves!
    Good for you sweetie!

  3. 3 Kristin Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and I just wanted to share with you that I totally understand your college “funk” and you’re not alone! I too experienced it. Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders and are conciously taking steps towards getting on the right path. Good job! I totally wish I had that perspective when I was in college- instead I partied a lot and subsequently gained too much weight, which 5 years later I’m still trying to shed. Keep it up!

    By the way, I just finished reading the entire Twilight series. I went through it in a week. Couldn’t put it down!

  4. 4 Melissa S. Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    YAY!!!!!!!!! I’m so glad they got there without breaking too much and you enjoyed them (I wasn’t sure if you liked lemon stuff but figured I’d give it a shot!). Wonderful Wonderful!!! I’m glad you liked them as much as I do and when you need a refill (or want to try a different one by kelley’s kookies) let me know!!! I’d be more than happy to help make you smile even more again!!!

    And I totally understand what you mean about being in your funk, going through the phases, etc. I get that way more often than I like to admit but have been able to think logically after making stupid decisions and realize that what is life without living it to it’s fullest? Right?

    I’m sooooo glad you’re doing much better and at a better mindset; one of the greatest things I’ve heard today!!!

    [[Hugsssss]] babe!!!!

  5. 5 Olga Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    I am so glad to hear you’re feeling better! I have also been in a funk and now feel like I’m finally getting out of it as well…All of your eats look delish and I love the inclusiveness of literature in those shots!

    have a good night!

  6. 6 jess Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    It’s really great to hear that you’re feeling better- I’m working on pulling myself out of a funk at the moment too. It’s my first time away at school (went to community college the first couple years) and, though I live with a couple of friends, it’s a very different feeling. I also don’t want to slip back into old, over-restrictive habits- I think being able to blog about it helps.

    I bet I know what snapped- the entire world is talking about change! No matter for whom you voted in the election, it seems impossible to miss the seemingly hopeful vibe that has been permeating the blogs and society. I think that change was going to happen whomever won just because people are ready for it and our economy necessitates it- should be interesting!

    You’re awesome to portion out a serving before hand, really smart idea. Also, I LOVE how there are books everywhere! It looks just like my room- I should really start featuring what I read in my blog, haha. I’m a lit major and reading seems to be such a prevalent aspect of my life; both books for school and for pleasure.

    Something that you said Really hit home and I just want to thank you for it. “living rather than planning my life” is so important to remember. What’s that saying? Life is what happens when you’re busy planning for it. It’s SO important to live in the moment and sometimes I get so fixated on planning schoolwork, meals, classes, etc. that I forget. I mean, ‘scheduling spontaneous free/fun time’? Wtf? haha.

    Have an amazing friday!!!

  7. 7 Sharon Friday, November 7, 2008 at 2:23 am

    I know what you mean too. I have been noticing that I have been mindlessly overeating myself. I need to get back into the grove of normal eating habits.

    Hope you have a great weekend! Keep your head up, girl!

  8. 8 Hil Friday, November 7, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Your positive attitude in this post is just contagious. I’m so proud of you!

  9. 9 Rose Friday, November 7, 2008 at 10:44 am

    That Melissa is so sweet!

  10. 10 John from Minnesota Friday, November 7, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    There is going to be a new apple on the market in fall 2009 called the SweeTango. It’s a cross between the Honeycrisp and Zestar, and was developed at the U of Minnesota, by the same people who bred the Honeycrisp.

    Just FYI.

  11. 11 Elina (Healthy and Sane) Friday, November 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I’m so glad you’re feeling back on track. I had a very similar experiece recently and finally this week I’ve been treating my body well, like it deserves. It just feels so much better! Great job!!!!

    Those cookies look amazing! I need to make friends with Melissa 🙂

  12. 12 eatingbender Friday, November 7, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Sarah, this post made me EXTREMELY happy. It seriously makes me smile to hear that you are feeling better. I hope your inspiring words rub off on me!

    OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH!!! You started Twilight!! DAMN why can’t we live in the same place?! I want to see the movie with you because none of my friends have read the books! Grr!! I can’t wait to hear what you think once you’ve finished the series — feel free to talk about what you’ve read so far in the next email 😉 I seriously haven’t been this excited about anything since Harry Potter. It feels great to have something to hold onto again!

    Melissa is such a sweet blogger! She has sent so many delicious looking care packages this week, wow!


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