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It’s Saturday and it’s absolutely beautiful out. Days like this make me want to just pack up my things and sit outside all day long. But I have lots of homework to do (which is the reason for the lack of a dinner post last night) and I need. to. focus.

Pre-workout snack

I woke up extremely late this morning (9:30) because of very disrupted sleep last night; there are train tracks just down the road from the building I live in and the train whistle was constantly waking me up. So instead of having breakfast and then a pre-workout snack, I just grabbed my pre-workout snack: a banana and a ThinkOrganic bar. ThinkOrganic bars are just like Larabars; they’re just as delicious but a bit smaller and just perfect for before a workout. I love the Tropical nut flavor because of the cashews in it. Yum.


After eating my snack, I pulled out my yoga mat and did my physical therapy exercises; they’re just simple hamstring/quad strengtheners but they really are useful and helpful. Then I headed to the gym for a 1 hour swim: I did 20 minutes breastroke, 17 minutes of kicking drills, and 23 more minutes of breastroke. I’m actually starting to really like the pool.


After swimming, I was really craving a salad so I headed to my regular salad/sandwich place and picked up a Greek garden salad. It was incredibly delicious and I love when they have this kind of salad because it’s the closest thing to a salad I’d eat on my own that I’ve come across in a dining hall. It’s made of romaine lettuce, red onions, green peppers, feta cheese (!!), cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and Kalamata olives…a very wonderful combination if I do say so myself.


Kiwis are perfect snacks. They’re portable, delicious, and sweet. I just recently started eating them with the skin and I have to say that I like them much better that way; it ups the fiber and the taste as well.


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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:


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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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For once Monday is living up to its reputation: I’m back at school and not loving it one bit, I slept horribly last night, and I couldn’t open a jar of jam for the life of me. I just want to pretend that today doesn’t need to happen. Thankfully my morning class got cancelled so I’m mostly easing back into the routine.

Today is also the first day of Greek Orthodox lent…better known as Kathari Theftera (or “clean Monday”). This means no dairy, no meat or fish (not that I’ve been eating very much anyways), and no olive oil. So I guess I’m going semi-vegan for a day. The first reaction of people usually is “you shouldn’t do this with your history” but I’ve been partaking in this since I was 13 years old and it’s far separated from any ED notions. As a matter of fact, even though I don’t have to give up anything for lent, I am giving up binging and restricting for lent (and for my grandma, who would have absolutely hated to see me like this). And since this is in the name of something greater than me, hopefully it will be easier to resist the siren call.

At any rate, breakfast/pre-workout snack was mediocre this morning. I had a wheat bagel with peanut butter and a Braeburn apple. Satisfying, but I just wasn’t in the mood for anything and, with my jam jar not opening, I ate the bagel with much frustration.

Anywho, it’s time for me to unpack. Hopefully my day will improve…

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I have decided that I am going to try my best to not count calories today and to just eat based on my own hunger. We’ll see how it goes. My mom and I are going to an adorable little restaurant in a ritzy area for lunch today…and they are known for their killer sandwiches so I am psyched about that and am definitely going to do my best to enjoy it without overanalyzing. But I have definitely gotten much better about ordering what I want when I go out to eat instead of what I think I should order.

Breakfast 1: Pre-workout

When I woke up this morning I was starving so I went for a nice whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and banana. It was delicious and very much like the waffles, only not as sweet…but just as filling. I love love love bagels. The good thing about this combination is that I can easily make it while I’m at school (and I definitely will be).


Today was another hour on the bike. I was only planning on doing 45 minutes today but I figured that since I was already on the bike, another 15 minutes would be nothing. My legs were a little tired today and my muscles were a bit sore but it was nice to get the blood flowing. I do wish that I could have run though…it’s beautiful out.

Breakfast 2: Post-Workout

When I get off the bike, I have to eat something (plus it’s important to fuel your body within an hour after running/biking/working out) so I had some Greek yogurt with a sprinkling of ground walnuts and an apple. I’ve been trying to add more dairy into my diet (well 3 servings a day…) so that I can get the amount of calcium that I need. And I think that yogurt is my favorite way to do that so far. Yum.

[I promise that I will upload pictures at some point!]

See ya’ll this evening 🙂

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When I went to sleep last night, I was envisioning the perfect Thursday; I was picturing sleeping in, going for a long run, eating a nice relaxing breakfast, and just having the easiest day.

 But of course that couldn’t happen. Of course not. I did sleep in…after waking up at 6:00 and then again at 7:30 and having to convince myself to sleep later. Then I got out of bed (feeling absolutely famished despite overeating last night), ate an apple pie Larabar and an orange to fuel up for a 7-miler, and learned that my right knee was feeling extremely tweaky and it hurt to just walk. So there went my long run. My next and last resort was to make a delicious breakfast and get on with my day. But even that didn’t go off without a hitch; as I was walking back to my room, I tried to switch my grip on the extremely hot bowl and ended up dropping it: Corelle and oatmeal went everywhere and everyone walking by looked at me like I was insane instead of offering to help.

 Thankfully I have another bowl, albeit a huge one that I use to keep my fruit. But I washed that out and made myself a ginormous bowl of oatmeal. I used the same “recipe” as yesterday but I doubled the size because of a supersized appetite that I woke up to; I used 1 cup rolled oats and 1 cup light vanilla soymilk…all topped off with a banana and some pumpkin pie spice

Phew. So that was my morning. I’m sorry for the pity party, but I just could not believe my terrible luck! Hopefully things will improve by the time I post lunch…

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I’m done!

Midterms are finally over. I honestly felt like there would never be an end but it’s here. I still have a little over a day until I get to go back to Connecticut for spring break, but a day really doesn’t seem all that terrible considering I really have no major assignments to worry about and, even better, no midterms to study for! And now that I have no more brain cramming to do, I will be able to post more regularly and less rushed.

Pre-workout snack/Workout

When I my alarm clock went off this morning I was incredibly tempted to just crawl back into bed and set my alarm for a later time; I was tired and cranky and just did not feel like running. But I ate a cherry pie Larabar and headed out the door. And I’m glad that I pushed myself and “forced” myself to run because it truly made me feel better and a tad bit more relaxed; I ended up running 5.5 miles. I’d like to start lifting some weights again just to help with injury prevention and I considered doing a half hour today but decided that I needed to get in some more studying.


I tried a new spin on an old combination today; 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked with 1/2 cup light vanilla soy milk and 1/2 cup water. After the actually cooking, I sliced a banana on top and sprinkled on some pumpkin pie spice. I’ve decided that I like the sliced banana much better than the mashed banana; the texture is much easier for my stomach to deal with. I also had a mug of skim milk and an orange. Overall, it was delicious.


I wasn’t all that hungry come lunch time so I decided to have a large salad with lots of veggies, half a bag of pretzels, and a small carton of skim milk. Pretzels and milk is very kindergarten but I forgot how absolutely delicious they are together. I felt like a youngster again 🙂

Veggies in my salad:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Baby spinach
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Onion
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Kidney beans


My blood sugar always dips between 4:00 and 5:00 so I’ve started to “schedule in” a decent snack to tide me over until dinner. No matter how satisfying my lunch was, I always get hungry. Today I decided to have a super sweet and juicy nectarine and the other half of the pretzels that I started at lunch. Of course I’m still hungry but I know that once I digest and hydrate the “hunger pangs” will subside.

 Oh how wonderful it is to not have to announce that I’m going off to study….

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