Archive for February, 2009

Out Of Whack

I was really slow getting up and getting my act together this morning which threw my entire day out of whack! I went out with my friends last night and had a really good time. I stuck to one drink before we  left and then wisely avoided the mystery punch at the party so that I would be able to function this morning. By this point in my life I’ve learned that drinking anything that is served out of a garbage barrel, probably isn’t a good life decision.

Breakfast

We didn’t get home until really late last night and I was actually able to sleep in until 9 this morning which never happens! I was really hungry when I woke up and had a delicious yogurt, apple, cereal bowl and did some foreign policy reading.

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I dilly-daddled around all morning and didn’t even get my butt to the gym until 12. I think I was a little too enthusiastic on my run yesterday because I woke up beyond sore this morning. You know how sometimes the best way to get rid of soreness is by moving around and using those muscles? Well, that sort of worked. After a few minutes on the arc trainer I felt really good, but as soon as I got off and started stretching my legs were not happy with me. I did a good long stretch but right now I sort of feel like I was hit by a truck. I’m waddling around and look pretty ridiculous trying to maneuver stairs. I’m pretty sure my friends are embarrassed to know me.

Lunch?

I got home and showered and it was so late! I needed to get to the library ASAP to get serious work done. I surprisingly wasn’t hungry so I just packed up a bunch of snack-y things to get me through the afternoon.

Cafe au lait with shot of espresso

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Clif Bar

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Graham Sticks

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Chocolate

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More chocolate! That’s what the stress of schoolwork will do to you!

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And then I got a paper-cut. I hate that!

Dinner

My lack of a real lunch left me starving for dinner. When I got home I quickly heated up a Lean Cuisine chicken stir fry and some veggies with hummus. I had gone waaaayyy too long without my Sabra—it felt great to be reunited!

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You know when you bite the inside of your mouth and then you just keep biting the same place over and over again? Yeah, it sucks.

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Holy Metabolism!

I don’t know what it is—but running outside (vs. on the treadmill or any other form of exercise) really revs up my metabolism. Like as in, I’ve been a ravenous bottom-less pit all day long! 

Breakfast

Kashi go lean/bran buds, banana, vanilla almond breeze. You know the drill!

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It was in the upper 50*s here today! I didn’t even know what to do with myself. Well, actually I did know–Go for a run! I was pretty nervous about it because the last time I ran this route it was the worst run of my life and I was miserable the entire time. But with no ice and massive puddles to avoid, warm weather and not being hung-over made it much more enjoyable this time around! I ran a little over 4 miles and then did some lunges and squats since I was feeling super motivated.

Lunch

I had a great lunch today—the other half of my sandwich from heaven, blueberry greek yogurt, and a pear. Then it was off to work for a few hours and to the library for many hours. 

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Snack

I finally found the Honest Foods bars that everyone talks about. It was good! At first it seemed really small but it was actually pretty dense. There was an overwhelming smell and taste of almond extract but not really of almonds…I liked the texture and consistency of this bar so I’ll definitely try other flavors. I also had a dried fig. Random.

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Secret Cupid!

So due to a little mail-mishap on my part (sorry again Erin!) my package was a little delayed in getting here, but when I got home from the library tonight and opened it up it was well worth the wait! Erin from “Vegan & the City” was the absolute best secret cupid ever! I got so many great gifts: the cutest card, an adorable mug, dark chocolate dreams pb (mmmm—how did you know I was out of this!), some clif bars, chocolate squares, m&ms, chocolate covered espresso, nail polish, conversation hearts, a super-cute makeup bag, and tons of tazo tea. This was beyond anything I expected, and I am so thankful. You’re the best Erin!

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Obviously I had to do a little sampling!

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What a great day! Now it’s back to the books!

Good Day!

Today was a good day for many reasons! 1) I wore my normal winter jacket instead of my “sub-arctic, let’s go live in antarctica and sleep in the snow” jacket. 2) The sun was out until 5:45! I love light! 3) I had a great appointment with my nutritionist 4) I went in to meet with my US Foreign Policy Professor and he told me that I ask very intelligent questions during class (yes, I am a nerd and this made my day. Gah–I’m totally that girl who participates too much in class. Don’t hate!) 5) I had great food all day long. Which is really the point of this blog, so I’ll get to it!

Breakfast

I took K’s advice and bought some cinnamon raisin Rudi’s bagels with laughing cow and pineapple and berries. I loved every part of this breakfast! The bagel was awesome and really tasted indulgent–just like bagel with cream cheese. And the fresh fruit was incredible. It was so unbelievably sweet and amazing. There really is nothing I enjoy more than a big bowl of super-fresh, super-sweet fruit. I like it even more than chocolate! 

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Lunch

I just had to get another Turkey Sandwich on Cranberry Nut Bread from WF after I enjoyed it so much last week. It was obviously just as good today! This is seriously the best sandwich in the world guys. Promise me you’ll try it next time you go to WF! I packed half today with some  baby carrots to eat during my long day of classes.

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Snack

Clif z brownie, date, and prunes to get me through the afternoon. I suddenly have a ton of work to do! This weekend is not going to be fun. Basically I should just pull out my sleeping bag and move into the libs. Boo. But spring break is soon! I go home March 12. I can almost taste my favorite carrot cake that will be waiting for me in the kitchen when I walk in the door (hint, hint mom and dad…)

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Picture-less

And that’s the end of the pictures I have for the day because I went to the dining hall for the first time in months because I don’t have a meal plan this semester. I met my very favorite new girl in my sorority for dinner. I seriously love this girl–we had coffee together a few weeks ago and she’s so bubbly and fun! Even though I’m a senior and already have a little sister I’m going to take her as a 2nd little because I love her that much! Her optimism and positive attitude is so contagious and is definitely the sort of good energy that i need to surround myself with!  We went to dinner at 6 and the next thing we knew it was 8:30 and they were closing up for the night. I can’t believe how fast the time flew by! Yay for new, awesome friends!

Halfway There

Congratulations on surviving Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week!

Today was another good day—mostly because I went to Whole Foods. That seriously makes any day better.

Breakfast

Seeing as I was out of milk and yogurt I had to get creative with my breakfast this morning. I used up the last of my cottage cheese and apple with some cereal. It was good but I definitely like my yogurt bowls better than cc bowls.

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Lunch

The usual: rudi’s bagel with peanut butter and an orange. I was still a little hungry when I finished but had no more fruits, veggies, or dairy products so I had a pumkin pie kashi bar. It was like a little ‘lunch dessert’. I love it.

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Then I had yoga which felt especially good today since I was pretty sore from spinning last night.

Snack

Then my foodie-friend was nice enough to go to Whole Foods with me. She loves food as much as I do and is pretty much the only person that can stand going grocery shopping with me and doesn’t get antsy when I spend hours just wandering the aisles.

I had a few samples while I was there and when I got home had a little snack of some prunes and chocolate covered ginger. The ginger was good! I saw them in the bulk section while I was getting the prunes and just snuck 2 into the bag. I just wanted a couple of them and it felt silly putting them in a whole different bag just for a tiny price difference! Does that make me a bad person?

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Dinner

Brown Rice Salmon Sushi. I love this!! SO good.

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Dessert

And the all-star of the day was definitely my dessert. I can’t pass by the WF bakery without picking up a little treat, so today I decided on the jumble cookie because it’s pretty much the best thing I’ve ever tasted. Tonight was no different. I enjoyed eating every single crumb of this baby. So freaking good!

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Also, please look at the amazing gift my friend got for her birthday. It’s an alcohol dispenser. The box and all the instructions are in German and it’s pretty much the funniest thing ever. How great is that!

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Now I have lots of homework to get done and an early morning tomorrow, so I’m off! I don’t have classes on Friday so it’s almost my weekend!

A Good Day

Hello! Tuesdays are such a busy day but I love them, the time just flies by. Today was good–I felt really strong and confident which is always a plus. Could be from the 99/100 I got on my Accounting exam. Haha, brag much?

Breakfast

I started the day with my favorite fage, apple, cereal bowl which hit the spot as always. I need to hit up the grocery store STAT though—no more yogurt=emergency situation.

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Lunch

Packed turkey/laughing cow/cucumber sandwich, akmaks, and carrots for lunch in between my many classes.

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Snack

Kashi bar during my last class.

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Then graham sticks and tootsie pop for my pre-workout fuel. I officially declare myself “Worst Lollipop Eater Ever”. Legit. I always bite too early. Even if you paid me a million dollars I don’t think I would be able to keep myself from biting before it’s time. You know what I’m talking about.

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Dinner

Spinning was great, as usual. I seriously love this form of exercise, I get such a great workout in! I look forward to this class all week long. My only complain is that it’s from 630-730 which sort of throws my eating schedule out of whack. Whatevs though, it’s totally worth it. 

I picked up a big, delicious salad and Stacy’s Pita Chips from the campus center. The salad bar was really good today! I love when they have fruit!

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Dessert

Even after all this volume eating I was still a little hungry and needed some chocolate so I hit up the mini late july cookies and some candy. Mmmm mmm. 

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Now all I want to do is crawl into bed, read some US Foreign Policy, and go to sleep but I actually have a sorority activity from 10-11. Ugh, don’t they know I’m a grandma here who needs her sleep! Haha. Let’s hope I can keep my eyes open!

See you tomorow!

Wow

I cannot even begin to express how thankful I am to be part of this amazing community. All of your support and encouragement has really lifted my mood. Thank you to everyone for your kind comments, emails, facebook and text messages. I honestly don’t know what I would do without you all! I LOVE YOU!

I definitely am feeling a lot better now than I was earlier. Sometimes it just takes a little help from your friends to put things into perspective. An awesome yoga practice helped too!

Snack

I came back this afternoon and had an apple and my favorite bar of all time: Luna WCMN (I think I like this even more than the Clif version). I think I could eat these every day for the rest of my life and not get sick of them. Do I sense a challenge coming on? Haha. We could play “let’s see how many days in a row Sarah can survive on fage 2%, pb, and WCMN bars?” I guess we can throw some apples and baby carrots into the mix too so that I get in all my nutrients. 

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Then there was this, because everyone needs a little chocolate in their lives.

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Dinner

I finished up my paper only to discover that my printer ran out of ink half-way through printing! Woe is me. I guess I’ll have to stop off at the computer center on my way to class tomorrow to print it off. Let’s all take a minute to pray that I don’t actually forget to do this.

Ok. 

Dinner tonight was a common “Amy to the Rescue” meal. I had the Black Bean Enchiladas which were good but I think I like the burritos better. But apparently so does the food thief that lives in my house so maybe I should stick with the enchiladas so I actually get to eat the food I buy!

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Dessert

Some finger-food while homeworking: popcorn and dried fruit. 

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And that’s that! I plan on going to bed early tonight because I’m wiped! It is so windy outside that I feel like my house is going to blow away but that’s ok because I like background noise like that when I sleep. The best is falling asleep to rain, mmmm.

Goodnight, friends!

I’m Back!

Did you miss me?

I’m back—unfortunately my internet is still on the fritz and apparently this sketchy service is just what I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of the semester. I’m trying not to freak out about it and just need to keep reminding myself that I only have a few months left until graduation–I can totally make it.

Let’s see…what did you miss? Honestly–not much. Friday was fun, I went out to dinner with some new friends and then went to see “He’s just not that into you” which I loved. A silly chick-flick was exactly what I needed. The rest of the weekend was filled with library time and paper-writing. The usual.

Breakfast

I’m running low on groceries so today was just a boring bowl of cereal. I mixed up all 3 varieties that I have (kashi go lean, cinnamon puffins, and all bran buds) to keep things interesting due to lack of banana.

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Lunch

I have yoga soon so I stuck with my go-to maple almond butter on a rudi’s bagel, orange, and tomatoes. I seriously LOVE these bagels.

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To be honest with you guys, I’ve been struggling the past few days with my eating. Last week I talked to my nutritionist about how it’s hard for me to trust myself and my progress and I am always worried, and waiting, thinking that another binge is around the corner and that it is sort of inevitable. Well, self-fulfilling prophecy, I guess, because Saturday night was sort of a disaster. I was so disappointed and disgusted with myself and it makes me feel like I’ll never really be able to trust my body and eat normally. Meh. It has been so hard recently and I have been so tempted to go back to counting calories and try to lose some of the healthy weight I’ve gained. It’s just really difficult for me to accept myself as I am right now. Any tips? 

Sorry this wasn’t the most upbeat and fun return to blogging—hopefully yoga this afternoon will help me feel better, as it usually does, and I can come back tonight with some more pep. 

I LOVE YOU GUYS—how’s that for enthusiasm?!


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