WIAW #5 — Sometimes You Just Need a Girls’ Night

Hi! I hope everyone’s Wednesday is going well so far–halfway through the week!

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Get it? Halfway? :) Someone posted that on Twitter with the caption “Almost There. #humpday” Thought it was appropriate! (And adorable)

Annnnnyways, ready for another WIAW? As always, thanks to the fabulous Jenn for hosting every week! And if you haven’t already, head on over to her site to see all the delicious eats other bloggers are sharing!

 

Breakfasts this week…

This past Monday’s breakfast was suuuper random–but it worked! I had leftover oatmeal that I hadn’t finished from a previous day, so I re-heated that, added some milk, apple slices, LoveGrown granola, and milk. Also had two egg whites w/ S + P on the side. Like I said, very random but it filled me up!

Tuesday was a quick n’ easy breakfast–pumpkin overnight oats! With banana, chia, and almond butter on top. Super ugly photo, though! I can’t wait to have a functioning camera back again!

 

Lunches this week…

I’ve made the same salad since I recently picked up a package of tofu last week at the store. I’ve been seasoning it with Butt Rub (love this stuff!) and baking it for about 15 minutes before mixing it in with the salad. Usually a bed of spinach or kale with carrots, apples, avocado, and peppers. So good and really does fill me up!

Lunch on Monday was a cup of tomato soup, an egg sandwich (1 egg + 1 egg white + WW English muff + Muenster cheese), and roasted carrots and peppers on the side. Needed warm food after how cold it’s been outside!

Dinners this week…

Feeling like a bad blogger–the only dinner pics I snapped were of two nights that we got carry-out or ate at a restaurant! Woops.

Edamame and Sushi from our favorite sushi place down the street one night…

This place never disappoints!

And yesterday was kind of just “one of those days”…and I was exhausted by the end of it. Two of my roomies and I declared it an appropriate excuse to go out for a spontaneous Girls’/Roomies’ Night Out :) Just what we needed!

We headed over to Elsa’s, a Mexican place about 10 minutes from campus. Standard Mexican food, nothing fancy in the slightest, but Tuesdays are also their 1/2 off all imported beer special…couldn’t pass that up! ;)

I ordered a quesadilla with cheese, chicken, onions, peppers, and mushrooms…but all 3 of us totally ate way too many chips beforehand and couldn’t make it through our dinners! I ate half of mine, so leftovers it is for lunch today.

 

 

P.S….did I mention I cannot wait until I have my camera back and working again!?! ;)

Have a fantastic rest of your day!

MIMM #5

Hey everyone. It’s raining and wet here at school this morning and definitely not the prettiest way to start off a Monday, but hopefully things will clear up.

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to have a great week ahead of you.

Today’s Marvelous In My Monday is particularly hard for me; usually I find that this awesome blogger link-up (hosted by the awesome Katie :) ) usually helps me start off my Monday on a good note, even if I’m having a crummy day already or if my weekend wasn’t so great.

Today’s a little bit harder, though; over the weekend I dealt with a break-up from my first serious boyfriend and also some bad news regarding one of my sick family members.

This blog is relatively new and I feel that I haven’t really shared too much personal information with you all. One, because I’m pretty sure the number of readers who read this blog is kiiiiiinda slim; and two, because it’s hard for me in general to open up to people about things, even if it’s my parents or my best friend.

I never mentioned it before, but I was dating a guy who goes to my school for a while. We had periods of time where we weren’t dating (i.e. when I was studying abroad in Spain) but we started dating at the end of my freshman year in college.Our relationship has ended now and I know lots of people can relate to all the feelings that go along with that.

I’m also sure many of you can relate to how you feel when you find out bad news about a loved one’s health.

Both of these things just suck beyond belief, and it’s hard to manage all your feelings when you have lots of other priorities in your life, like school or work, or just maintaining relationships with your family and friends. I honestly feel really strange writing about this on my blog but I also know that it would be a complete lie to you all if I made up some stories about how marvelous my weekend was or something like that.

I want this blog to keep growing and part of the reason I wanted to create a healthy living blog, aside from the nutrition and exercise aspects, was to also show the importance of mental health and having an overall healthy well-being (Does that make sense?) And who knows–maybe this break-up or maybe hearing the news about my relative will inspire me to write about other topics on this blog. Or maybe I’ll turn my emotions into making new recipes or finding new inspiration in my workouts. There could be a silver lining to this all.

Anyways, my point is not to be griping on here and wallowing in self-pity (although I also will neither confirm nor deny that I’ve already done that ;) )…the point is to just throw it all out there for however many readers are reading this.

Even if this weekend wasn’t the best in the books and even if I can’t really share anything fun with you all, I can say that this article by Thought Catalog is fantastic and is one marvelous thing that I’ve read this morning. Also, if you haven’t checked out Thought Catalog before–it’s not only a great way to procrastinate (if we’re being honest here!) but it has some of the funniest and wittiest articles I’ve read.

On that note, I’ll also add that I know the most marvelous thing at the end of the day is my life and how grateful I am for it. To know that I have the best family and the best friends in the world to turn to whenever I need them–that is truly marvelous. :)

WIAW #5

Good morning everyone and Happy Day-After-Election-Day! :)

I could not believe how quickly we found out that Obama won the election…I went to bed around 11:30 and didn’t expect to really find out until I woke up in the morning. My roommate Megan called me downstairs, though, and sure enough pretty much every news channel was saying that Obama clenched it!

Anyways, today marks another round of What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jenn! Since it’s a new month, the new theme is “Fall Into Good Habits”. I’m hoping I’ll remember this especially as holiday season rapidly approaches us and I find myself getting more tempted by the second ;)

 

Here’s a look at my eats from (mostly) yesterday!

 

We’re not exactly going in sequential order today, but I think you’ll manage! Monday night my roommates and I made a fantastic homemade Shepherd’s Pie with ground turkey, peas, corn, onion, carrots, and zucchini…mashed potatoes on top, of course!

I reheated a small portion for lunch yesterday and added a handful of chick peas to the batch; I also had an orange on the side plus a kale salad. I’m so happy I picked up kale at the grocery store the other day…such a nice change of pace from spinach!

I massaged the kale in some olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic salt, then topped it all off with some avocado and more chick peas. This was a winning lunch.


My very first and last meals of the day. Breakfast was my latest go-to breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when my first class is at 9 AM. Jazz apple w/ cinnamon; a whole wheat English muffin with a pumpkin and almond butter mash, topped with chia seeds; and the rest of the pumpkin/AB mash on the side. Delicious for dipping apples into!

Dinner was a crab cake, roasted asparagus, and “failed” sweet potato fries. We wanted the sweet potatoes to turn out like regular homemade baked fries (aka crispy!)…but that didn’t happen! We’ll have to keep working on it. Still tasted great, though!

Last but certainly not least:

 

Recent snack on Monday was a toasted whole wheat English muffin with chunky peanut butter and coconut on top. A bit of a “heavier” snack, but it tided me over for 4 hours until dinner time!

And probably the most exciting eat of my week thus far (although the Shepherd’s pie is a close runner-up…) was Stacy’s Gingerbread pita chips with this cookies n’ cream mousse my roommates and I found at Kroger randomly. 

Holy. Deliciousness. I’m way too embarrassed to admit just how much of the chips and mousse I ate but I’ll tell you it was worth every bite! The gingerbread flavor is new (limited edition!) for the Stacy’s brand and it tastes delicious! It tastes like the holidays…on a…cracker?

OK and the mousse?! So, so good. I’m pretty sure we could’ve just bought a pack of Oreos and a tub of cool whip, mixed it all together, and it would’ve yielded the same results but oh well. We’ll keep that in mind for next time ;)

Hopefully this whole tub of cookies n’ cream mousse (PS there was also a Peanut Butter & Chocolate mousse…!) plus gingerbread chips won’t exactly be a habit of mine…but I can’t say it won’t make a reappearance!

Hope you all are having an awesome week with awesome eats!

Is This What I Want To Do?

Hi everyone! I hope your Tuesday has been great and that you all got a chance to go out and VOTE! I can’t believe it’s already election day–now we just have to wait and see…!

Like I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to do a separate post on the Eating Disorders Symposium that I attended on my school’s campus this past Saturday. This post is going to be pretty much text-heavy and not have so many pictures (one of the best things about blogs!), but I hope you’ll bare (bear?) with me!

The symposium was an all-day event that was comprised of four main lectures with a few “mini” talks sprinkled in between. The students who organized the event were all majoring in Music Therapy, so the key note speaker was a music therapist. The other speakers consisted of students themselves (presenting either their own personal stories regarding eating disorders or presenting general information regarding the disorder), one of my school’s counselors who specializes in eating disorders, a registered dietician, and an art therapist.

I knew a good amount about eating disorders before this symposium, but it definitely presented more information that I was not aware of before. I wanted to go to this event because as a Psychology major, I knew I wanted to do something involving girls/women and body image issues.

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The only problem was what exactly it was that I wanted to do. Like so many other seniors in college, I’ve been feeling that ever-present weight on my shoulders about how I’ll be entering “The Real World” in several months (AHH!). I know that this time in my life is not one where I need to know exactly what I wanted to do with my life and exactly which career path I was going to choose, but I’m a person who is always scheduled. I do not like not having a plan.

 

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Here’s where this symposium enters–attending it genuinely interested me. It started at 9 AM on a Saturday and didn’t end til 5 PM. I’m up at the crack of dawn majority of the week so trust me–I enjoy my sleep on the weekends, but I was excited to wake up early on a Saturday morning to go to this.

The speakers–especially the counselor–had me wanting to learn so much more about the psychology behind eating disorders or even eating behaviors in general. I feel like if they decided to have a “Part 2″ of the symposium on Sunday, I would’ve gladly gone! :)

So, what I’m trying to say is…

I’m pretty sure I want to pursue a counseling degree specializing either in eating disorders or in intuitive eating. I’ve been grappling with the idea of becoming a registered dietician for a while and honestly thought I was going to pursue that. I realized, though, that there’s so many other qualifications I need to fulfill for it that I don’t have as of now  (for example, you need to have a B.A. in dietetics before you can move on to the other work to obtain your RD license).

More than that, though, I’ve always been a “people person”–I’m interested in listening to others’ experiences, how they interpret certain things in their lives, how they handle problems. And that’s where the counseling aspect comes in.

I want to be a counselor who can truly help those suffering with eating problems. Who can not just explain why certain eating behaviors benefit (or don’t benefit) us physically, but who can also explain how strong of an impact it all has on our minds and psychological well-being. Who can listen to, talk to, and interact with anyone who needs help with their eating behaviors or just simply following a healthy attitude towards eating and exercising behavior.

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I know I have a lot of work ahead of me. I know that I’m probably going to have to bust my ass in order to get a counseling degree and to even find a job as a counselor. But I haven’t felt this strongly or seriously about pursuing a career like this before.

And it all really, really excites me–whether I have a set plan or not! ;)

MIMM #4

Good morning, everybody! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I’m still trying to beat this cold I’ve been dealing with since my last MIMM post! :( Time for me to call the health center on campus to get it checked out…it hasn’t gotten super bad (Superbad, love that movie. Sorry, moving on!) but it just hasn’t gotten any better, despite totally finishing off my huge DayQuil bottle!

Anyways, I had a pretty low-key weekend because I felt so gross but it was a great weekend anyways, for many reasons which I’ll show you in picture form! :)

Thanks to Katie, as always, for hosting this great blogging link-up! I love reading other people’s MIMM posts (like Katie’s!) who just kind of remind me to always be grateful for what I have in my life.

 

Friday day/night was a whole lot of…well, nothing! I had an exam in my Psychology of Women class which was alright, but since I still felt crappy I parked myself on the couch and went through 3 discs of Friends. Such a great pick-me-up when you’re feeling sick! The rest of my night consisted of eating more chicken noodle soup (homemade this time!) and watching a movie before bed at 11 PM. It was a wild night. ;)

Saturday:

 

I pretty much had to choke this breakfast down. I made a yogurt bowl mess of Chobani pomegranate yogurt, sliced strawberries, chia seeds, LoveGrown Simply Oats (first time trying this…loved it!!), and a drizzle of almond butter. Apple w/ cinnamon on the side. I woke up feeling so crappy Saturday morning but I had an all-day event to go to on campus and knew my body needed fuel for the day.

 

I swung by Starbucks (yay for holiday cups!) to grab a coffee w/ some Pumpkin Spice flavor shots thrown in there. Yum.

The on-campus event I went to was a symposium all about eating disorder diagnoses and therapies. I’ll talk more about this symposium more in a post tomorrow–stay tuned!

 

The symposium included a lunch break, so I walked down to Panera. I didn’t have that much of an appetite, again, but I went with a cup of chicken noodle soup and a Greek salad on the side. I believe this particular cup was the one that did me in–I was completely “chicken noodle soup-ed out” after this meal!

The symposium lasted until about 5, so I ran some errands and grabbed sushi to eat at home. I got a tuna roll with a side of miso soup–simple and totally satisfying. The rest of the night I watched Going the Distance and Enchanted with my roommates, Molly and Natalie. Love those movies!

Sunday:

I woke up feeling a little bit better than the previous morning (maybe the extra hour of sleep we all got!), but still iffy. I made a quick, simple breakfast of PB + Banana on toast with coffee while reading some for my English class.

I broke after a while to take a long walk; I covered about 6 miles in about 90 minutes. My total lack of working out last week caught up to me and I knew it was time I got in some kind of exercise, even if it wasn’t that intense.

Lunch afterwards came in the form of–yup, you guessed it, soup! BUT the real star of this meal was the grilled cheese sandwich I made to go along with it. Wheat bread + shredded cheese + sautéed spinach, onions, and mushrooms. So good! And total comfort food :)

 

And what better way to cap off a weekend than baking homemade cookies?! I made a huge batch to send in a care package for one of my sisters this week. I made one batch that was butterscotch/toffee/chocolate chip/pretzel cookies, and the other batch was oatmeal coconut chocolate chip cookies. I will not admit to how much dough I ate nor the several cookies I “sampled” afterwards. ;)

And lastly…

 

I voted for the first time ever!!

Probably not as neat as going to an actual poll, but oh well! I voted absentee for Virginia since I go to school in another state. I’m so proud to be able to say that I voted in this year’s election. I will add, however, that I will not miss any of the political ads that bombard my television and radio every 5 seconds!

I can’t wait to share more with you all about the symposium on Saturday–it was a major eye-opener for me and made me realize a few things that I can’t wait to talk about! I’ll be sure to post something tomorrow :)

Also, sorry I haven’t been blogging nearly as much I’ve promised to. Two times a week just isn’t enough, in my eyes, and I truly want to do more but I always feel like I have other priorities.

Fellow bloggers–any words of advice? How do you manage your blog and maintaing a relationship with your readers while also balancing other aspects of your life?

Have a Marrrrrvelous Monday :D

 

WIAW #4…Or WITW?

Good morning and Happy Halloween to you all! I completely forgot it was Halloween until I walked into the gym this morning and saw the ROTC members doing their drills on the basketball courts decked out in their uniforms! Funny sight to see and definitely something to keep my mind occupied while I did another strength workout from Tina’s Bootcamp!

Luckily, I’ve been slowly but surely getting over the cold I mentioned I had on Monday; I skipped working out both Monday and Tuesday because I was so tired. I prefer to workout in the mornings and when it boiled down to it, I decided to listen to my body and give in the R&R it was telling me it needed! Today, though, I felt like I was able to get up at my usual 6 AM hour to go to the gym–it felt good to be back!

Anyways, since today is Wednesday after all, that means we have another great WIAW, courtesy of Jenn! And today also marks the last day of her October theme for WIAW–I can’t wait to see what November’s will be!

Let’s get a move on here, though…I have a few eats from last week and then some from this past Monday and Tuesday–although I feel like I should’ve entitled this post WITW (What I Took Wednesday) instead because I’m pretty sure I’ve been taking medicine more often than creating and eating delicious meals ;)
Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Last week eats:

I didn’t have oats for breakfast?!? Yes, that happened. This was an amazing omelette of 3 egg whites + 1 egg, sautéed broccoli, mushrooms, and spinach. Whole wheat English muffin with Muenster cheese on the side.

One of the more delicious meals from last week–Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheese! I followed this recipe from Jessica’s blog and it turned out fantastic. Unfortunately, butternut squash is the only veggie (or is it a fruit…? Anyone know?!) involved in this particular meal. Hey, better than eating just a box of Kraft, though ;)

 

My “spooky [late night] snack” for last week: Halloween funfetti cupcakes! My roommate Megan and I whipped up a batch on Sunday night–I can’t remember the last time I’ve had one of these! But apparently they don’t aid in fending off any oncoming colds you might be getting… ;)

A few less exciting meals from this week:

 

Lunch from Monday, when I felt the worst: the classic bowl of chicken noodle soup…with a side of apple slices. I added some chopped broccoli to the soup to put just a littttttle more veggie action in my day.

And here we have the What I Took Wednesday portion of this post! Basically my life savers this week…I’m pretty sure if you split me open right now I’d bleed out soup, tea, and cold medicine. (There’s my Halloween scariness for the day)

As much as I love what medicine can do for me, I’ve also been trying to be cognizant of eating veggies during lunch and dinner…I ate these roasted carrots and red pepper slices alongside yet another bowl of soup yesterday.

Lastly, and perhaps the most exciting for this week…

My stomach was actually feeling that it could take on a “real meal” (read: not something in liquid form) last night, so Megan and I made a batch of salmon patties. They were amazing! I had two since they were on the smaller side, plus sides of roasted squash/zucchini and baked fries. Such a good dinner!

I’m hoping with my army of tea and honey, cough drops, and cold medicine, I’ll be able to defeat this cold by the end of the week. Fingers crossed!

Have an awesome Halloween, stay safe and healthy! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIMM #3 — Paying the Price

My weekend was one of the best ones I’ve had since being back at school. Not quite sure if it was just because it was Halloween and there was some kind of spirit in the air that made us all have an especially good time, but this weekend was just fun! :)

Unfortunately, Yours Truly may have had too much fun (or talked too much, or sang too much…) because I completely lost my voice after Saturday night. I’m definitely paying the price for having such a fun weekend. My roommate Molly lovingly informed me yesterday that I sounded like a “burly man” whenever I spoke–thanks, Molls ;)

Despite taking medicine before going to bed and forgoing my early morning workout for 2 extra hours of sleep, I still feel pretty horrible. :( I’ve also got a lot of school to be done this week so that doesn’t really help either…I’m hoping I can just take care of myself as best I can and nip this thing in the bud earlier in the week rather than later!

OK, enough of my whining…onto more happy things! I’m so glad to be able to be a part of Katie’s “Marvelous in My Monday” because on days like today when I’m not feeling so great, it helps me put things into perspective–even though I’m sick and feeling gross right now and would love to do nothing but sleep all week, I can still look back on the weekend and remember how much fun I had with all my friends.

Here we go!

 

Friday night my three other roommates and I dressed up as The Pink Ladies from the movie “Grease”. Of course we never got a picture of the four of us together–go figure! Well here’s a few shots so you get the idea anyways:

Pink Ladies

Saturday night before heading out, my roommate Natalie made us her amazing enchiladas for dinner:

And then the fun began with night #2 of dressing up! I took the less creative route and dressed up as a USA basketball player. Hey, whatever costume I can come up with that doesn’t require spending money, I’m totally fine with ;)

My roommates Megan and Natalie dressed up as highlighters…loved their costume! They taped glow sticks to their sweatshirts and had neon crowns, plastic wands that lit up, and huge neon glasses to go with it.

I won’t leave any more embarrassing pictures of myself up…but here’s one (kind of)! Some of us may have decided to be some of the last ones to leave the bar, hence the completely empty surroundings in the above picture ;)

I’m so glad this weekend was such a fun one…now it’s back to the grind and drinking lots of tea with honey!

Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

 

 

 

WIAW #3 – Photo Overload

Happy mid-week! I hope your guys’ weeks have been great; mine has been pretty good so far except for the recent sore throat that plagued me overnight last night. Boo! I plan on eating lots of fruits and veggies, taking medicine, and getting plenty of sleep to hopefully nip it in the bud.

Celebrating Halloween this weekend will be no fun if I’m feeling sick!

Since today’s Wednesday, that means another awesome round of What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Jenn! Let’s get started, shall we? Oh and p.s. I’m about to rain 800 pictures of food on you right now. Maybe not 800 but it definitely feels like a lot of pictures…oh well, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Breakfasts from the past few days have included many, many of these…

Apple-cinnamon-pumpkin steel cut oats. With a healthy drizzling of almond butter and more cinnamon!

Overnight oats! To me, they’re two very different things even if the main component is still oats…this version was an amazing cinnamon apple kind. I was skeptical to try it out at first because I wasn’t sure how the apple would taste after settling in the mixture. Luckily I was completely wrong–such a delicious flavor!

I added plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon to this mix to make it taste like apple pie…and if it’s indecent to have dessert for breakfast, then I’m all for finding a way to make it taste like dessert anyways!

Lunches have been pretty great and varied. Much unlike my breakfast routine! ;)

Egg & veggie scramble–2 eggs, tomatoes, spinach, mushroom, broccoli was in this mix, I think–served with a side of a toasted whole wheat English muffin and apple slices.

Big, filling lunch of grilled chicken breast dusted with Butt Rub…yes, Butt Rub, it’s amazing seasoning and I suggest you try some! Sides included herbed brown rice and plenty of roasted veggies. So good.

Awesome salad eaten yesterday–baby spinach, tomatoes, carrots, avocado, corn, and chicken.

On the side I had half of an apple that was about the size of my face and some sharp white cheddar. Ohmygosh this was an amazing flavor combo and I’m so happy I decided to pick up the cheddar the other day at the grocery store. So, so good together! 

I totally didn’t take a picture of any of my dinners last week except for this one…

Surprise dinner date to Bonefish Grill! I was one happy girl :) I was introduced to Bonefish by one of my roommates during our sophomore year at school and it has since become one of my favorite restaurants. I got the grilled salmon with mango salsa, which was served with a side of potatoes au gratin (straight up tasted like mac n cheese!) and brown sugar glazed carrots. Amazing!

Lastly (hang in there, I’m almost done!) here are a few recent snacks I’m loving:

Kettlecorn! I forgot how gooooood this stuff is and so easy to munch on a bunch (ha!) without inhaling a whole meals’ worth of calories. (But I mean, if inhaling a meals’ worth of calories in kettlecorn is your thing…I’m right behind ya ;) )

I tried out the new (or at least I think it’s kinda new?) Muller greek yogurt…I really enjoyed this stuff! I’m not sure that they have any styles that are totally nonfat yogurt, so if that’s what you prefer then this brand might not be the one for you. BUT, I can tell you now it was such a good flavor! It definitely has more sugars I think than other brands, but given the fact that I was eating the kind with caramelized almonds (AHH so good!) then I think that’s not hard to imagine why ;)

I also picked up a blueberry one and one that has chocolate-covered cereal bits…I couldn’t resist!

Lastly, and perhaps the most spooky-looking snack of the past week…

Return of the smoooooooothie! This was technically my dinner last night because I had a meeting from 6-8, and since I ate that yogurt before as a snack, it tided me over well and I wasn’t left feeling all too ravenous. This hit the spot!

This one was a banana-chocolate-peanut butter-spinach mix…so good! I also added about a teaspoon of xanthan gum to thicken it all up–and it definitely got the job done! I ate it all with a spoon, it reminded me of soft serve!

My roommates, on the other hand, were not so impressed. One of them, Megan, asked to try it and as I watched her face, she seemed to be liking it until right before she swallowed it and a look of horror and disgust came over her face. My other roommate, Molly, was not only completely turned off and frightened by the appearance, but she did not enjoy the smoothie either. Natalie, my other roommate (whew!), actually enjoyed it. Woohoo–1 for 3! Haha, oh well, I can’t say I’m all too surprised…one of these days I’m going to crete a delicious green smoothie that they will all love!

OK, that wraps it up. I told you this was a long post! Hope you’ve all been enjoying some equally delicious meals and snacks and maybe some treats along the way…enjoy your Wednesday!

 

 

MIMM #2

Good morning to you all! It’s been a while, hasn’t it!? My fault for being MIA the past few days…I had a bunch of work to do on Thursday, then was surprised with a dinner out (more on that delicious meal later in the week!) and thus didn’t get around to a “Thoughts on Thursday” post. Anyways, I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and are gearing up for the week ahead of them!

My weekend was great and consisted of several marvelous things–thanks to Katie for hosting this awesome way of starting the week!

Friday night kicked off with some Sam Adams pumpkin beer that my roommates and I enjoyed while making dinner–I liked it, but it wasn’t nearly as good as this other kind of pumpkin beer I had at home a few weeks ago. My brother brought it over so I’ll have to ask him which one it was! ;)

Dinner that night was homemade chicken tenders–techhhhhnically we could’ve (should’ve?) just baked them to shave off about half the amount of oil we used for the recipe but oh well! I’m justifying these as “somewhat kinda sorta healthy-ish” because I didn’t go to the nearest Wendy’s or McDonald’s to have  chicken tenders. ;)

These turned out awesome and we definitely want to re-create them again–it was our first time ever trying it and we were taking notes of all the little tweaks we can do to make it better next time.

The rest of my weekend consisted of buying drinks for a friend’s birthday at the bar down the street, playing drinking games with parents (it was parent’s weekend at my school this past weekend…so hilarious to meet some of them!), and catching up on homework.

What makes today, in particular, marvelous is that today marks the start of Tina’s third round of bootcamp!

 

I’m so excited to start this bootcamp up again–I love how every workout challenges me in so many ways and I love having new-to-me workouts to look forward to!

Like last time, each participant in the bootcamp is encouraged to pick two goals to focus on. These goals can be for the duration of the 8-week long program, or they can switch from time to time. I thought mine over this weekend and decided my two goals are:

  • 1 plank a day
  • Log all my exercise/meals in MyFitnessPal

I usually do a good job at logging my exercise/meals in MyFitnessPal on a regular basis, but somehow it seems to evade me by the time the weekend rolls around…I’m sure it’s totally not me trying to be in denial about any “splurges” I may have on the weekend ;)

So, that wraps up another Marvelous Monday! Let’s hope it continues to stay marvelous throughout the week :)

Have a good one!

WIAW #2 – Let’s Try This Again…

Happy Wednesday, everyone! And this time I’m saying “happy” because it’s our halfway point for the week! :D

Even though I have a bunch of work to do before Thursday evening (read: I want to get it all done so I can start my weekend early), I’m positive I’ll get it all done and be ready to celebrate afterwards! But none of it can get done without some good food to fuel me, right!?!

This week I finally have the correct image to show for the great What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn! Check it out:

So, I’m still working on sticking to the theme of “spooky snacks” and “healthy halloween treats”…buuut I’ll get there eventually! Makes me want to whip up a new healthy recipe soon! :)

Anyways, let’s get a move on here! Some eats from the past week:

OIAJ Love!

Oats In A Jar twice in one week!? This made sooo-ho-hoooooo happy! Yes, overnight oats in an almost-empty nut butter jar makes me embarrassingly elated. It’s the little things in life, people! (That or my life needs some serious excitement…I’m sure you’re not thinking that, though! ;) )

This morning I had the oats in the almost empty Justin’s Maple Almond Butter jar…only I had to finish it in class since I was running a bit late! I can only imagine the thoughts running through people’s heads as they saw some crazy girl eating out of an almond butter jar!

My roommate even saw me and asked if my breakfast was just “taking a spoon straight to the almond butter jar”. Ha! No, no I didn’t go that far….but uh….don’t give me any ideas now…!

Two excellent lunches from this past week included a very simple lunch on Friday afternoon–whole wheat English muffin with Muenster cheese (popped in the oven for a little to melt the cheese, of course!), sliced cucumber, baby spinach, turkey, a bit of mashed avocado and a bit of red pepper hummus. Served with a side of apple slices + cinnamon, and kale chips! Not the most photogenic lunch, but never judge a book meal by it’s cover photo, right?

Tuesday’s lunch was roasted onion, brussel sprouts, and mushrooms + spinach + quinoa + two over-medium eggs. Broken yolk picture for your viewing pleasure ;) On the side was some soy crisps.

First time trying them and I’m feeling a little iffy about that…they weren’t as flavorful as I’d hoped for, but they added a nice “crunch” to have on the side! Maybe they’ll grow on me.

Tuesday’s dinner was quite the winner! My roommates and I actually made a delicious meatloaf on Monday night but I completely forgot to take a picture–I’m excited to get the recipe up, though, once we make it again!

Anyways, this dinner was salisbury steaks–er, salisbury turkey burgers? My roommate Megan and I tweaked a Food Network recipe a bit and subbed out ground beef for ground turkey, and it tasted awesome! I think the sauce made this dish, though–delicious and chock full of mushrooms!

Served with a side of roasted broccoli and carrots and pierogies. A bit carb-laden between the mushroom sauce and the pierogies, but it’s delicious comfort food and I feel like it’s safe to say that comfort food typically involves a good amount of carbs anyways! ;)

What are some of your guys’ favorite comfort foods? Inspire me!