Archive for January, 2009

Pandas!

Hey guys. I’m taking a little break from blogging today because  if you haven’t been able to tell from my last few posts, I am super stressed right now, have gotten like zero sleep in the past week and have incredible amounts of work to do. I have a brief break (until 9 tonight) to get like all my work done and so I need to get going on that ASAP. 

As a consolation prize for my missing post here is a picture of the AMAZING cupcakes that we made for Bid day today (which was SO FUN!!!!!) They’re pandas! How cool! It’s a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting and sprinkles for the body. York Peppermint pattys for the hands, an oreo with vanilla frosting for the face, tootsie roll eyes, mini marshmallow and chocolate chip nose, and junior mint ears. ADORABLE (and delicious!)

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I’ll see you guys tomorrow for the SUPERBOWL. GO STEELERS! WOOOOOOO!

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Time Warp

Woah, seriously how is it 1 am!? This day has gone by so fast! I’ve been really busy and it’s been a great day overall, I had a lot of fun and got a good deal accomplished but I still have so much work to do! And I’m getting really tired (which makes sense since I’ve been up since 6:15 am!!) so this is going to be short and sweet.

Breakfast

Yogurt, apple, fiber one combo followed by an awesome gym sesh—30 min arc trainer, 1 mile on the treadmill, and some weights.

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Lunch

Turkey, spinach, laughing cow and hummus sandwich; ak-maks and yogurt. Delish and really filling. Followed by a few hours at work and a few hours of reading.

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Snack

We had our last night of recruitment (woohoo!) and while I’m happy because this week has been overwhelming and crazy busy, it also made me sort of sad and nostalgic. My sorority has been the only good thing about my experience at this university and I love my sisters to death. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. I had a oatmeal raisin clif while getting ready and this flavor was pretty good but it just doesn’t compete with the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.

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Dinner

We had recruitment from 4-9 and I didn’t get a chance to eat until 9:30 so needless to say I was absolutely starving. I just made the fastest thing I could: Amy’s spinach and feta pocket, veggies, cracker, and hummus. I ate this and was still hungry so I also had some popcorn and chocolate covered pretzels.

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Then I spent the rest of the night hanging out with my friends and it was a blast. We were laughing so much and it felt great! I did snack on some Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips which were SO GOOD. I was skeptical at first but then they were pretty much addicting and awesome.

My eyelids are drooping and I literally just made 10000 typos that I had to correct during this entry so that means it’s time for bed. I can’t believe how much I have to do this weekend–tomorrow is BID DAY which is going to be so much fun and then Sunday is the SUPERBOWL but I also have to somehow find time to read 237 pages in foreign policy and complete 2 problem sets. Haha, good luck with that happening!

Thinking Positively

Good Morning! Happy Friday!

Last night was a VERY. LONG. NIGHT. I didn’t end up getting back to my room until around 1:15–which is waaayyyyyy past my ideal bedtime. Needless to say I didn’t get any work done last night when I got back so I am up bright and early this morning to get my day started. I have so much to get accomplished this morning/afternoon because even more sorority stuff starts at 4. Tomorrow is the last day of recruitment though, so I’ll finally be able to breathe again! Woohoo.

Anyway, I don’t have pictures of the rest of my food last night but there was plenty of candy involved. It definitely wasn’t the healthiest of nights but I ate really well all day so I know that I can afford a few indulgences.

I woke up this morning and was feeling sort of blahh about myself. Since Thanksgiving I’ve gained the necessary weight to put me at my ideal weight. While this should make me happy it actually made me really nervous! I was a little upset that I had gained weight, even though that was the goal, and I am nervous that this number is going to continue to go up. Last night I put on a pair of jeans that I hadn’t worn in a while and they didn’t fit like they had been. *meaning–they actually did fit and weren’t falling off my body. I immediately started thinking negatively and coming up with ways to restrict. BUT…..then I decided to stop all that nonsense once and for all. Even though I ate some junk food last night I really enjoyed it and enjoyed myself too. I wasn’t obsessing over  the food but rather was having fun with my friends and really appreciating their company. I was actually mentally present in the moment rather than physically being there but having my mind elsewhere (like counting calories or meal planning). 

Even though I have been having some negative thoughts I know that I need to work on accepting my body and myself. I decided to think of all the positives that have resulted from the past few months.

1) I look healthier. At the beginning of the school year I had friends and family tell me that I didn’t look good—I was sickly and frail. That’s no good! Yesterday my nutritionist told me that she could really tell a difference in how much healthier I look than when I started meeting with her. Also, last night when my jeans were fitting differently than usual I talked to my friend about it because she has been really supportive of me throughout this whole process. She said the exact same thing: “You look healthy for once.” This means so much more to me than if she had said “oh, don’t worry it doesn’t look like you gained weight.” or “oh, you’re still thin”, etc. HEALTH is what matters, and I need to remember that!

2) I have more energy.  I’m no longer so lethargic and tired all the time. Even though I haven’t been sleeping the greatest, I still have so much energy to get me through the day. I no longer have to rely on naps to make it from lunch to dinner.

3) I am stronger. I’m able to run longer, strength train harder, and really push myself during yoga. There was a time where I just pooped out in the middle of my practice or exercise session and just physically couldn’t do it anymore. Now I’m able to really improve my fitness since I have the strength and energy to really push myself.

4) I’m not as cold. I used to literally be freezing all. the. time. It was so horrible—even in 70* weather I was chilly and it made me just want to curl up in bed and not leave. I would wrap myself in sweatshirts and hated going anywhere because I was just too cold. Now, I can’t really judge this perfectly because it is painfully cold in Boston right now, but inside I’ve felt so much better!

5) I can pay attention and be present. I used to always be so distracted in classes and with my friends. I never was fully there and couldn’t enjoy the moment. Now I’ve found that I really like my classes and am interested in the material! I also have been enjoying time with my friends so much more. 

6) I’m not always hungry or thinking about food. I used to be hungry all the time. I would get to the point where I was shaky, irritable, light-headed, or nauseous on a daily basis. It was horrible. I couldn’t concentrate on anything else! Now I finally know what it feels like to me satisfied and can devote my mind to other things. It’s great.

7) I can enjoy treats. I’m still working on not feeling guilty about indulgences but I have come a long way! I’ve been allowing myself treats on occasion and I’ve been enjoying them. Food is delicious!

I’m sure there’s more but I’ve been talking for long enough! Feel free to add your input!

Sorry this is looooong and picture-less but I had a lot on my mind this morning and it helps so much to write these thoughts down! 

I’m off to get another long day started, I’ll see you all later!

Another Long One

Wow guys, today was another long day and it’s not even close to being over! I’m just about to get ready for yet another sorority event which will be longer than usual and then I have a lot of work to start on tonight. Ugh. 

Breakfast

I was up early as usual and started the day with some kashi go lean/fiber one, banana, vanilla almond breeze. So good! 

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After breakfast I ice skated to my nutritionist appointment. It went really well and I’m feeling really good about the progress I’ve made since I started meeting with her. I always leave those appointments so motivated, it’s great! Afterward I made a quick stop to the grocery store to pick up some new things she recommended I add to my diet (switching from 0-2% fage—yikes!) I’ll let you know if I can tell a difference!

Lunch

One of the things we talked about during my appointment was how to build the perfect salad. I love salads and salad bars but I have a hard time getting in the right nutrients. When I saw the salad bar at the grocery store I knew it was the perfect opportunity to test out my new knowledge. I got a salad with veggies, tuna, beans, goat cheese (something I’ve always been scared of adding in the past, but oh so good!), roasted veggies, croutons, sesame sticks, seeds, fruit, and honey mustard dressing. It was one of the best salads I’ve had in a very long time! I loved all the different flavors and textures. The cheese and seeds really helped with my satiety too. Yum!

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Snack

I packed some dried edamame and trail mix to snack on during my long afternoon of classes and when I got back to my room I had a kiwi. I’d forgotten how amazing this fruit is and I’m so glad that they were on sale at WF this week because I got to rekindle my love for them.

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Dinner

I had a repeat of the other night with the leftover Kashi pilaf, salmon, spinach, veggies and a dollop of hummus. Very good! 

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Ok, I have to go make myself pretty. I’ll be back later!

White-out Wipe-out

I woke up this morning to more snow! It has been crazy snow/wind/ice all day today and I think we got another 6 inches or so. 

Now let’s play a game. It’s called “Guess how many times Sarah wiped out walking around campus today?”

…..3! I’m actually pretty pleased with that number, it is crazy slippery out there and I’m surprised I didn’t fall even more than that–I’m a total klutz. Actually everyone was dropping like flies, it was pretty hilarious. Everywhere you looked people were just slipping and falling, it was like one giant ice skating rink!

I’m just glad that I don’t have to drive anywhere. I have bad luck with ice. My driveway is on a hill with a ditch behind it and once I was going down and it was really  icy and I lost control of the car and drove right into the ditch. I drive an SUV and had to call my sister (who was in the house) to come help me and I had to climb out the trunk! Luckily I wasn’t hurt and the car was fine but it was really scary. Once I stopped shaking though it was actually pretty funny and to this day my family always jokes about how I drove into the ditch. It actually doesn’t sound that funny in writing but believe me, it was and we laugh about it probably once a week at least (and it’s been 2 years!)

Anyway…here’s some food!

Breakfast

Overnight oats to match the snow outside! 

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Lunch

Ezekial with maple almond butter (heaven!) and cottage cheese with kiwi. I think it’s pretty safe to say that this was the perfect lunch.

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Then I had yoga and it felt marvelous. That word always reminds me of my Grandma, it’s one of her ‘signature’ words. Are there any words that remind you of someone? Anyway, it had been a whole week since my last yoga practice so it was amazing to streachhhhh and sweat and breath. Mmmm.

Snack

I tried the Pistachio Larabar for the first time today and really liked it! It definitely wasn’t as sweet as some of the other ones but v. good nonetheless. I always forget how much I love pistachios. My mom loves them and used to buy them a lot (what happened, Mom, they’re never around the house anymore!) and it was always so fun breaking the shells to eat them but I got so frustrated with the ones that were sealed shut! Know what I’m talking about? I feel like pistachios are sort of the loser nut that nobody ever has around. What’s the deal with that? They’re so good! Let’s change it!

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Dinner

After sitting in the hall and talking to my friends for hours doing lots of homework, it was time for dinner: a breakfast sandwich! Turkey, cheese, eggbeaters, and spinach on a sandwich thin (with ketchup OBVI), carrots, and an apple. Delish.

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Dessert

Then was more sorority stuff. I told you guys it’s life-consuming this week! I can’t wait for recruitment to be over! Our event was on the later side tonight and to prevent myself from bingeing on cookies and m&ms I had some ak-maks to hold me over through the event.

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Obviously I couldn’t help myself and had to have some m&ms. Stealthy camera phone style!

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Now I’m having popcorn and as soon as I’m done posting I gotta hit the books. I actually am looking forward to this weekend because I have crazy work to catch up on!

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Wow, I’ve been really chatty today! I guess I’m in a good mood! I love when that happens. I hope I managed to entertain you a bit.

Have a great night everyone!

Change of Plans

I decided not to go to spinning tonight. It was just causing me too much anxiety trying to figure out my plan and I really couldn’t find a way to make it back in time and I couldn’t let down the rest of my sorority and make everyone stressed by being late. I know that I wouldn’t have enjoyed the class and would have been anxious all day so I skipped it, no big deal—I’ll just go next week! 

Since I decided not to go to spinning I woke up at the crack of dawn to make it to the gym when it opened at 7. My foot is finally feeling better so I was really happy about that and got a good workout in.

Breakfast

I came home, showered, and had a big bowl (1.5 cups!) of cereal with banana and vanilla almond breeze. It was delicious. Then I packed up my life and got started on my day.

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Lunch

Turkey, laughing cow, spinach sandwich, carrots, and ak-maks. 

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Snack

Clif Cranberry Apple Cherry. This was my first time trying this flavor and I have to say I was very disappointed—Clif totally let me down. It was so BLAHH, like there were no distinct flavors (I couldn’t taste cranberry, apple OR cherry! It was totally boring and bland. Don’t buy this!

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Dinner

Even though this isn’t the most visually appealing dinner, it’s actually really good! And filling! Tonight was the kashi original pilaf with tuna and spinach followed by a pear. Fueled me perfectly through the recruitment event and I was even able to resist all the tempting treats!

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Dessert

Popcorn and chocolate covered pretzels. I love the salty/sweet combo!

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WHINE ALERT: I am so so exhausted right now. Sorry for the boring-ish post but I just have no energy left in me and still have 30 pages to read and a few problems to do for tomorrow. And I’ve been going nonstop since 6:00 this morning. Wahhhhh.

Goodnight!

Nonstop

I am going to seriously be going nonstop this week! Today was super busy and tomorrow is going to be even crazier–I’ll be gone pretty much from 9am-10pm with just a few breaks in between. Yikes!

Breakfast

First of all THANK YOU to everyone who suggested I try melatonin–I LOVE IT! I took 2 tablets before bed last night (the bottle said to take between 1-3) and I slept like a baby for a glorious 8 hours. I woke up naturally and didn’t have that yucky grogginess that I get from tylenol pm. YAY! I had a fage, apple, fiber one mix for breakfast and caught up on some blogs. I love mornings because I’m up early enough that I can leisurely make my way into the day without being rushed.

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Unfortunately my foot was feeling even worse today and it was miserable putting any pressure on it. As devastated as I was, I knew that I was going to have to miss out on yoga because I knew I would just be in pain the entire time and would not enjoy the practice at all. As an alternative I went to the gym and used the stationary bike because that is the one activity that doesn’t hurt.

Lunch

I had a fantastic peanut butter sandwich (warmed) and cottage cheese with kiwi. The cc/kiwi was a stellar combo—I loved it! And I almost always eat my pb sandwiches open-faced because then I can savor the pb amazing-ness for longer.

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Snack

After lunch I headed over to the library for an eternity. When I got home I had an ak-mak cracker with hummus, trail mix and the rest of my tomatoes. I’ve been lacking in my veggies!

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Dinner

Breakfast for dinner! Not nearly as good as my infamous omelets that I loved but it will suffice. Microwaved eggbeaters with spinach and cheese, ezekial, and carrots. 

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Dessert

By now you all know my obsession with chocolate covered pretzels so even though I had an awesome dessert waiting for me upstairs, I just couldn’t resist having a few during our event. 

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I’ve been really hungry all day and I had been looking forward to this Whole Foods Jumble cookie since I bought it. Even though I had already indulged tonight I decided to have it anyway. Boy am I glad I did! Words can’t even describe how fabulous this is–please promise me that next time you are at WF you will buy one of these. You will be eternally grateful.

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Now it’s time to do some more homework and try to figure out how I’m possibly going to get from my spinning class at the gym which ends at 730 tomorrow night back home (15 min walk), eat dinner, shower and make myself pretty for another recruitment event that starts at 8. Any ideas? Haha.

Goodnight!


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