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Shopping trip

I completely forgot to take a picture before I put everything away but here’s a rundown:

  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Red pears
  • Plums
  • Skim milk
  • French onion soup
  • Curry powder
  • Hot chocolate
  • Green peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Firm tofu
  • Blueberry tea
  • Laughing Cow cheese
  • Whole wheat bread

I have some yummy ideas for meals this week ūüôā

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Grocery trippin’

There’s only so much homework a girl can handle before she needs to get some fresh air so I took a much needed walk to the grocery store. The best part about the trip? I was $4 under my “goal budget”…compared to my last trip to the store, when I was over budget, this was much much better. It shocks me that people say it’s so difficult to eat healthiy; I spend less when I focus on getting fruits and veggies and more when I wander into the middle aisles and buy packaged foods.

I bought:

  • Strawberries
  • Plums
  • Kiwis
  • Eggplant
  • Green pepper
  • Kashi crackers
  • Pasta sauce
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Baby carrots
  • Hummus
  • Whole wheat bagels

I also had a bunch of grapes for a snack; walking always makes me so hungry.

Now it’s time to get back to studying ūüė¶

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To the grocery store!

I just had the most amazing grocery trip ever. The store was crowded because I made the mistake of going right before dinner-time, but that forced me to take my time and really think over what I wanted to buy. I ended up buying a good amount of food and spent about $8 more than I would have liked but, in my opinion, healthy food is priceless. But honestly, it amazed me how much fresh produce I could get for such a low price. It was the packaged food that really jacked up my bill.

Produce

  • Bananas
  • Nectarines
  • Kiwis
  • D’Anjou pears
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Gardenburgers
  • Strawberries
  • Green bell peppers
  • Salad greens

“Other”

  • Hummus
  • Whole wheat sandwich rolls
  • Provolone cheese
  • Organic fat-free skim milk
  • Kashi whole grain crackers
  • Annie’s chocolate chip Bunnie Grahams
  • Dijonnaise (Dijon mustard + “mayonnaise”)
  • Light chunk tuna (packed in water)

I think I did pretty well for $38 ūüôā

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I should have known better than to think that drinking a huge mug of caffeinated chai during late afternoon would be ok. It wasn’t; it’s now 1:45 am and I am nowhere close to being sleepy. So I’m doing what I do best…make a grocery list.

I told myself that I wouldn’t go to the grocery store again this weekend but I’d really like to spice up my menu and stock up on some more things.

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Dijon mustard
  • Low fat provolone
  • Assorted veggies (baby spinach, etc)
  • Strawberries
  • Hummus
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Egg whites
  • Vanilla
  • Original Laughing Cow cheese

Hopefully I’ll¬† be able to get myself going early enough in the morning to walk to the grocery store; I have tons of homework to do tomorrow and I’m meeting up for¬†brunch¬†with a friend at 12:15.

I’ve also decided that tomorrow is going to be a “detox day”: lots of water, lots of¬† fruits and veggies, and no overly processed foods. I’d like to think that’s how I normally eat but lately I’ve been having more processed things than I’d like and my body just feels “clogged”. Yick.

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After a terrible night’s sleep, today has seemed like it’s been 3 days long…and certainly not a Thursday. Tuesday or Wednesday maybe, but definitely not a Thursday.

 On the bright side, I have gotten quite a bit done today.

“Pre-workout” snack

I had been planning on heading to the gym right when I woke up so I grabbed a¬†Blueberry crisp Clif bar (which are absolutely¬†delicious) for some quick fuel.¬†But because I slept in until 7:45, I realized (after¬†eating)¬†that I wouldn’t have time to both lift weights and swim without rushing¬†before the pool closed for morning cleaning at 9:00. So my pre-workout snack was more of a pre-grocery store snack, but it was good all the same.

Off to the grocery store

Since I couldn’t sleep and I¬†decided to push¬†back my gym time,¬†I took a trip to the grocery store (at 8 a.m…). I spent about $15 more than I had been planning on spending but soome of the things I bought should last me at least 2 weeks, if not more. We’ll see.

I bought:

  • Skim milk
  • Lowfat plain yogurt
  • Black raspberry¬†jam
  • Wheat English muffins
  • Wheat germ
  • ThinkOrganic bars
  • Nectarines
  • Kiwis
  • Baby carrots
  • Laughing Cow cheese
  • Stickers (!)
  • Breakfast bowl
  • Portabella veggie burgers

My nice and full fruit bowl…finally:

Breakfast

When I got back from the grocery store I was hungry again so I made some oatmeal with some of my new ingredients: I mixed 1/2 cup oatmeal with plain yogurt and wheat germ. The wheat germ added in a great nutty flavor. I wish I had thought to stir in some of my new jam, but that didn’t occur to me until after I had eaten…but I will definitely be doing that the next time I make this combination. I love finding new ways to make oatmeal. It’s amazing how one food can be so versatile.

Workout

After my breakfast digested a bit, I finally headed off to the gym. I did a little over 30 minutes in the weight room (working on my arms and abs only…no leg exercises yet). I have never really loved lifting before but I decided that I’d give the free weights another try and I’ve decided that it¬†is so much better than using the machines. After lifting, I headed to the pool and did 45 minutes total: 30 minutes of alternating breast stroke and freestyle (but mostly breast stroke because freestyle aggravated my knee) and then 15 minutes of kicking drills.

When I was done with my swim I hopped into the hot tub for 10 minutes and that really helped to loosen up my legs. It was great. I will definitely be doing that again.

Lunch

I really enjoyed my lunch today. I had a large salad with lots of veggies and balsamic vinegar, a portabella veggie burger on a whole wheat English muffin, and baby carrots. Vegetables are seriously wonderful. I don’t know that I’m such a huge fan of the portabella veggie burger; it was good but not amazing.¬†I love the “traditional” Garden Burgers much better so I think I’m going to go back to those once this box is done.

My salad:

My sandwich, carrots, and my awesome Sigg water bottle:

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I have an abundance of Kashi bars, Clif bars, and Odwalla bars…but no fruit or milk or yogurt. I am dying to go to the grocery store and restock my refrigerator but it doesn’t look like I’ll have that chance until at least Thursday (but maybe tomorrow depending on my schedule).

I’ve already made a preliminary list:

  • Whole wheat English muffins
  • Wheat germ
  • Yogurt
  • Laughing Cow cheese
  • Milk
  • Veggie burgers
  • Fruit
  • ThinkOrganic bars

I’m going to try to spend less tan $30 this trip so we’ll see how that goes. I also decided to just buy a few ThinkOrganic bars instead of ordering a new box of Larabars just to cut down on some expenses. I just really really really want to grocery shop!

¬†Anywho…

Pre-workout snack

I wasn’t planning on having a pre-workout snack but since I pushed my run to later in the morning so the weather could warm up some, I was feeling quite hungry (that, and I needed some more brain fuel). I decided to have a Luna sunrise bar (the strawberry flavor). I seriously love these things. I’m not a huge fan of Luna bars in general, but the sunrise bars are delicious (especially the blueberry flavor). Yum.

Workout

My half marathon training plan started yesterday and my first run of the plan was today. I was looking forward to the run so much. But let me tell you…it absolutely sucked. My legs were tight, I couldn’t find my stride. Just all around meh. I keep telling myself that I need to do yoga but now it absolutely apparent that I have to do some yoga tonight. I did run for 40 minutes, however. And it was nice to just be out in the sunshine.

Lunch

My lunch was hardly exciting: I had another large salad, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 whole wheat tortilla, and a banana. I’d have to say that the tortilla was definitely my favorite part of the meal; I love the taste of tortilla. But the salad, which was not from the “good salad place” left much to be desired. There’s just something about this salad bar’s lettuce¬†that turns me off yet I keep going back¬†because it is so unbelievably convenient. Oh well, I’m hoping dinner will be much better.

 Snack

I’ve been munching on some of the baked almonds that I made over break…all afternoon. They are just so deliciously addictive and I cannot get enough of them. But I do believe that I have met my almond quota for the day. Finally. I don’t have a picture of these because they were in my mouth faster than I could say “almond”.

Sorry for the lack of good pictures this afternoon!

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Today is going to be a very lazy day; it’s rainy, damp, and just the perfect day for sitting on the couch with a mug of tea and reading. So that’s what I’m going to do (especially since I spent nearly all of yesterday running around!).

Yesterday was great though. My mom and I met up for lunch at a cute little restaurant called The Elbow Room and I had the best grilled chicken sandwich. Ever. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I’ll try to describe it the best I can: A French bread roll with chicken breast, pine nut and basil pesto, aged cheddar cheese, grilled tomatoes, and arugula (all with a side of balsamic salad greens). It was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. After lunch we did some shopping and we stopped in a store called Ten Thousand Villages: I bought some orangic Irish breakfast tea that I’m super excited to try. We also went into a tiny little kitchen store and bought a tea diffuser so I can start buying better quality, loose teas.

Later that night, we stopped at Whole Foods. It was my first time in any Whole Foods so I was absolutely in awe. My mom treated me with some groceries to bring back to VA. She bought me:

  • 2 types of Whole Foods brand trail mix
  • A few Clif Bars and Luna bars
  • Peanut butter granola!
  • Amy’s Butternut squash soup/Southwestern veggie soup
  • Honey vanilla white chai¬†tea
  • Apple cinnamon spice tea

We also got some Greek yogurt and fruit for a “dinner snack” before we headed off for our evening adventures. It was great to experience Whole Foods¬† but it really left me wishing that I didn’t have to grocery shop at Walmart!

Breakfast

I was starving when I woke up this morning but I could not decide what I wanted. I wanted something sweet, but not cereal. I wanted something carb-y, but not bread or an English muffin. So I settled on a Chocolate almond fudge Clif bar, a banana, and a glass of skim milk. Thankfully it hit the spot. I don’t like to just randomly snack on Clif bars but it was perfect for this morning.

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