A WIAW to lighten the mood

It’s August. AKA I start school in 16 days. Crap. As of now, I’m registered in 6 classes at two different community colleges (19 units 😮 ). I’m thinking that I’m going to need to drop one of my classes because I’ll most likely have NO time with my new job and all. Even with 5 classes It’ll probably still be tough. The past two semesters I had 5 classes each and it was a challenge to have enough time for all my school work, and maintain a good GPA so that I could be on the dean’s honor roll. aaand I didn’t even work then. That makes me super nervous. Erggg

I need to talk about something else before I get really upset/pissed off. What a perfect time to for a WIAW! 😉

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Breakfast: Big bowl of Fage greek yogurt with blueberries

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Lunch: Egg white scrambles with American cheese, mushrooms, and broccoli.ImageSnack: A navel orange. and 4 (unpictured) squares of Lindt 90% Cacao dark chocolate
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Dinner: A bowl of Tabatchnik’s Chili (nothing makes you want chili more than 100 degree weather, right?) and avocado on an english muffin.Image

If you’re in college, how many units can you handle at once? Do you suggest that I drop a class?

Happy WIAW!

Wait…Is it seriously June 27th already?! Have I really been out of school for almost a month already? That is so insane, I want my summer to slow down and last forever. I don’t want to go back to school. I want to continue to go on bike rides along Santa Monica and go to the beach whenever I please. 

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(Before going biking with my typical picture face :p)

Alright so now that I have depressed you guys about the fact that summer is slowly dwindling, I better bring your moods up by reminding you that it’s WIAW!

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My eats were particularly unique this week (for me). I have always hated tomatoes, unless they came in the form of ketchup or marinara sauce. But the thought of eating a tomato slice or just popping a grape tomato in my mouth actually disgusted me. So last week I decided to re-try tomatoes and find out if I actually still hate them, and I was suprised to find that they aren’t as bad as I thought. It’s so weird how your taste buds can learn to like a certain taste. You’ll notice that I incorporated tomato slices onto my lunch this week, aren’t you proud? 😉

Breakfast: Trader Joe’s Raisin Bran Clusters with almond milk and Fage Greek yogurt

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Lunch: An apple, a portabello mushroom smeared with avocado and topped with tomato slices, and a black bean burger with swiss cheese, avocado, and tomato slices.

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Afternoon Snack: Oat bran with pumpkin, cinnamon, and walnuts

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Dinner: Lentils with mashed up Trader Joes Meatless Meatballs, and veggies on top (I’m showing you two pics: before I put the veggies on and then after, because the veggies pretty much dominate the picture)

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What foods do you hate (or think you hate)? Would you be willing to re-try them and see if your tastes have changed? 

 
 
 
 

The pursuit of happiness

I would certainly not classify myself as unhappy. I am the type of girl that almost constantly has a smile on her face. I enjoy the little things in life. Even with that being said, I definitely could be happier. Last week my Mom and I went to a class entitled, “The Practice of Happiness for Health and Well-being”. I mentioned in my About me section that I am trying to let loose and not be so rigid with my eating rules. I would choose to stay home over going out with friends because that could lead to uncertain, unplanned and potentially unhealthy foods (the horror!). If I just stay home, I would be able to control and predetermine every morsel that goes in my body and will be able to eat every three hours to keep my metabolism going. I recently realized that my thinking/attitude was way off, and that I needed to change. I can’t just shut my friends out because I’m scared of eating, say, a slice of pizza.

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This was the title of the class & description

The class my mom and I took could not have happened at a better time in my life. In this class we talked about certain things that make us happy. Things like family, pets, meditation, reading, and yoga were mentioned. It was a really interesting class, but the most interesting part was when we had to say what our future intentions were in order for us to be happier. I immediately knew what to write: I need to make an effort to see my friends more, and let go of trying to eat “perfectly” all the time.

I have been trying. For example, yesterday I spent the day at the beach with a friend, and then at night I went to see “The Lucky One” (I thought it was so good!) with a different friend. It really feels good to spend time with my friends, I have missed the adventures and shenanigans that we get into. Obviously this doesn’t mean that my problems have automatically gone away, but I think this is a healthy step back to normalcy.

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Subway eaten at the beach– Lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and avocado on wheat. It was so stuffed it couldn’t even close, just the way I like my sandwiches 😉

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Ignore my mane blowing in my face–the wind was crazy.

Oh and just to clarify, I do not, by any means, think eating healthily is bad. I think it is great and eating healthy foods is one of the best things you can do for you body. BUT, when it becomes an obsession and you cut out foods that you used to love, or change your life just so you can eat healthily, or constantly think about food and when/what you’re eating next then it seems to be an issue.

What are some things that YOU can do to make yourself happier? Has anyone else experienced anything like what I’m going through?