WIAW: First day of class

Today was my first day of class at a new community college that I’ve never attended before. I’m still going to be going to the one that I went to last year, but that college doesn’t start until the 29th of August. I’m only taking one class at the other community college that started today. I am so excited! That’s really weird and nerdy of me, I know. Is it strange that I actually look forward to learning and going to classes? Probably. And I’ll probably even think that  I am weird for writing this when I have 4 term papers and 6 tests to study for in about a month. But for now, I’m looking forward to it, especially the class that I started today which is a nutritional science class. I literally shrieked out loud when I saw the books I needed for the class because they looked right up my alley. Again, I’m bizarre, but I’m okay with that.

Also, today is Wednesday! AKA it’s WIAW. Thanks to Jenn for hosting every week! Okay, I think that’s enough, between new textbooks and WIAW, I’ve had plenty of excitement for the day 😉

For breakfast (9:00 AM), I had a large bowl of Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds with Almond milk and a bowl of (unpictured) Fage Greek yogurt. Fiber one just came out with this cereal and it’s SO good. I love it so much. And it has 11 grams of fiber per 1 cup serving.Image

My only complaint would be for there to be more almonds, but it’s still frickin’ amazing. Here’s a closeup:Image

I decided to head to the gym for a yoga class that went from 10:00-11:00 AM. So relaxing yet challenging. I also did about 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill and some strength training for my legs. I also hit up Target after the gym to get a new yoga mat and some new $5 tank tops 😀 After getting home and showering, I was super hungry.

My post-workout lunch (12:30 PM) was a massive 3 egg white and 1 whole egg omelette with swiss cheese, spinach and mushrooms. That’s about 25 grams of protein just from the eggs and about 8 more grams of protein from the cheese, exactly what my body needed. I was planning to put in red bell peppers also but ended up eating the pepper in it’s entirety while cooking the omelette. Whatevs. I also had a sandwich thin topped with avocado and an (unpictured) HUGE Red Delicious apple. Like seriously this thing was ginormous. Oh and I had a square of Lindt 90% Cacao chocolate as well 😉 I can’t resist it.

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Before leaving for class, I needed to fuel up again.  Did I mention my class is from 6-9 PM? Kind of shitty hours. My afternoon snack (4:30 PM) was a bowl full of oat bran mixed with lots of cinnamon, walnuts, and a tad of stevia. The fiber and the fact that the carbs in oat bran are slowly released into the bloodstream kept me full until I was able to eat again at around 9:30 PM.

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Dinner was eaten late (about 9:30 PM). I had my usual big bowl of veggies with grains and either black beans or meatless meatballs. Today my grain of choice was bulgur and I mixed that with Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs. nomnomnomImage

My favorites: ABC’s

I just saw this little survey on Hilary’s page and thought it sounded fun, so I’m gonna give it a go.

The rules are to list one of your favorite things that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet. Super easy.

A- Adele. Her music, anywhere, anytime. Her voice is equivalent to an angel’s.

B- bodypump! My favorite class at the gym. I feel like such a beast (in a good way) while taking that class.

C- cereal. My go-to breakfast every morning. I can eat cereal at any time of the day, it’s always good.

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D-dark chocolate. I eat 90% cacao dark chocolate. every. single. day. At first, I thought it was tasteless, but as I got used to it, I became obsessed with it.

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E- endorphins you get after exercise. Seriously, the best feeling in the world is after a good workout.

F-farmers markets. Absolutely love them, even if I don’t buy anything, I just love the atmosphere and looking at all the food.

G- group fitness classes. Working out in a group really motivates me.

H-holidays. (especially Christmas) I love how everything is decorated and the feeling of being with family around the holidays.

I- iphone. k so I don’t actually have one. But, when the iphone 5 comes out, you best believe that I’ll be buying one.

J- jingle bells. Not actually a favorite of mine, but I’m trying to say that I love christmas songs. Only because that means that its christmastime.

K- kids. sounds very pedophiliac, I know. I love their innocent minds.

L- laughing. 

M- mommy. My mom is my best friend, she’s the greatest woman ever.

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N- nutrition. sounds vague, but what I mean is I love reading the latest info regarding nutrition.

O- oatmeal or oat bran. 

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P- pumpkins. For eating them or just for looking at. I just love them.

Q- quinoa. my favorite whole grain because it is a source of complete protein and is delicious.

R-rain. There is nothing better than a rainy day where you don’t have to go anywhere or do anything and can just sit indoors while it is pouring outside.

S- scarves. Perfect accessory to complete a wintery outfit.

T- tortillas. Perfect for burritos, quesadillas, wraps. 

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U-Urban Outfitters. Enough said.

V- volunteering. I volunteer at a hospital and love it. It feels so good to help out.

W-walking. I mean I’m pretty sure everyone loves the ability to walk, but I’m talking about walking in the sense of taking long walks for exercise and to clear the mind. I take long walks pretty much every night with my mom and we just talk about everything, I love them.

X- xercise (see what I did there?) 

Y-yellow. My favorite color because it’s so bright and happy.

Z- zoos. I love animals. yeah, I’m also 5 years old.

Do we have any of the same favorite things?

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! 😉

If you want to join the weekly fun, check out Jenn’s blog!

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?

Just another WIAW

My summer is seriously flying by! Aaaah, that’s not good! SLOW DOWN, SUMMER. I don’t want to go back to school just yet! Here’s another WIAW post (I feel like I just posted one).Peas and Crayons

Breakfast: Trader Joe’s Raisin Bran Clusters, some cantaloupe & (unpictured) Fage yogurt

Lunch: Egg white scramble with spinach, mushrooms, cheddar cheese & a double fiber english muffin with avocado smeared on top.

Afternoon snack: 4 squares of 90% cacao Lindt chocolate. nomnomnom

Dinner: A burrito with some salsa

Yesterday was my brothers 21st birthday, and since I’ve been working all week, today has been my first day off. Soooo, I finally had time to make him a cake. I decided on making an oreo cake and I think it turned out great! Here’s an awkward picture of me with no makeup holding my creation (haha).

Here’s the boxed mix that I used to make the cake:

I bought it at target for just a couple bucks! It takes like no time at all to make, and all the ingredients you need come in the box. I decided to border the cake with whole oreo’s so I needed to buy those separately, though. So easy. Aaand you don’t even have to bake it, you can just refrigerate it for an hour or so after you prepare the ingredients and then it’s ready to eat. My brother wanted it more like ice cream so we froze it instead and I think it came out really well. I’m gonna have to keep this mix in mind for when I want to make something that looks pretty when I don’t have a lot of time 😀

Happy 4th! & WIAW :)

Happy 4th of July! Even though today is the 4th of July, I still don’t have a plan yet. I have some options, but haven’t yet decided what to do. I guess I should really figure it out considering, well, today is the 4th. oops.

Now onto the fun stuff, because I know that my [lack of] plans isn’t anywhere as exciting as What I Ate Wednesday!:

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Breakfast: a big bowl of Kashi Truly Vanilla oatmeal (yes, this is the oatmeal that I recently bought in bulk) mixed with strawberries and cinnamon

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Lunch: A hard-boiled egg (2) and half an avocado mashed together with some spinach and tomato slices (I’m still eating tomatoes 🙂 –see last weeks WIAW) and two slices of Oroweat 10 grain bread. Hard boiled eggs and avocado are SO good mashed together. I never thought that mixture was weird until my friend told me how disgusting it looked/sounded. I still enjoyed every bite of it.

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Also for lunch was a portabello mushroom with melted Colby Jack cheese and red peppers on top. MMMM

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Afternoon snack: a bowl of oat bran mixed with cinnamon. Sadly, I ran out of pumpkin for this bowl 😦

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Dinner: A big pile of egg whites mixed with swiss cheese, spinach and chopped red bell peppers.

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And spicy hummus on an english muffin.

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Late night snack: An orange. Plain and simple.

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And an added bonus (!!!!), this WIAW is also focusing a bit on fitness. So I’ll tell you what I do for exercise in a typical week. For starters, every night I take a power walk with my mom and dog for about 35-45 minutes. I take a lot of group fitness classes at my gym, so here is what my typical gym schedule looks like:

Monday: Body Pump (1 hour of weight lifting, squatting, lunging…pure hell, but I love it)

Tuesday: Yoga (1 hour). Aaah, so nice to stretch out my muscles.

Wednesday: I typically don’t go to the gym on this day but if I do I just do a workout on my own–usually treadmill or elliptical.

Thursday: Pilates for an hour

Friday, Saturday: No gym for me (usually, unless I really want to which usually isn’t the case). so on these days, I try to make an effort to go biking, hiking, but if I don’t find the time or energy for that I just stick to the walk with my mama.

Sunday: Yoga in the morning for an hour, then I usually do some running/walking on the treadmill and do some lower body work.

I hope you all have a nice day full of fun, family, friends, and fireworks!

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? 

 
 
 
 

Thoughts from the weekend

1. When you buy Kashi Oatmeal in bulk off Amazon and then receive it in the mail, it really is like Christmas in June.

Image2. Why does my cat feel the need to have to go in every box that comes into our house? (Yep, this is approximately 2.3 seconds after unloading the Kashi)

Image3. When you are overly prepared to go hiking (i.e. have slathered on sunscreen, put on your workout clothes and shoes, put on a hat, have your water bottle filled, taken the typical mirror picture of yourself,and have loaded your dog in the car), something will go wrong. Something to the tune of your car having a dead battery so that you can’t even back out of the driveway.

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4. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is such a great movie. Even my parental units loved it.

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Ryan Gosling. Enough Said.

5. I’ve realized that my annual family vacation to the Outer banks of North Carolina (a.k.a where pretty much every Nicholas Sparks novel takes place) is less than two weeks away!! Wait…what?! Can’t freaking wait.

6. This isn’t a thought, but I’ll leave you with pictures of some of my eats from the weekend as a parting gift. In no particular order…

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Oat bran with pumpkin, cinnamon, and walnuts.

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Egg whites, swiss cheese, spinach, and red peppers

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Double Fiber English muffin with avocado smeared on topImage

Barley, black beans,(under the pile of veggies) and a huge pile of veggies
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carrots with spicy red pepper hummus

Imagespaghetti squash (is it weird that I just like to eat it plain?)

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Double Fiber English muffin with Trader Joe’s Superfruit spread

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Trader Joe’s Black Bean Taquitos