run with the wind?!

more like running against the wind... gotta love the Windy City CHICAGO!

Yesderday wa sa super duper day (not so much for my late night eating, but lets not talk about that). There is one thing I'm trying to stay away from and that is compulsively talk about my foods I eat, how I didn't work out, and my obsession on how I am stilll single, so I am hoping I can break this cycle, and help my heart calm down. I have had a lto of stress, trying to juggle everything t once, and my day off yesterday was very well needed. It helped come in tune with my body, and helped me relax. It was very nice and very much deserved. I think when times get as bad as they did the other night, I will just take a vacation day from work, and let go of all. I wish I could have gone to Yoga, but I didn't so maybe sometime this week/weekend. Anywho I have tons of work to do today, but going to try and take it easy today, I don't want my heart to explode out of my chest.

This mornig I woke up at around 5:05 (naturally) and decided, hey if I'm up might as well do soemthing productive and get my day off to a good start so I went running. I only ran 4 miles and walked 0.5 (my goal was 5), I probably could have gone longer, but did not want to rush myself leaving the house for work, nor have I ran in over a week and half, so I didn't want to hurt my shins either.
I should have grabbed something small to munch on, but I didn't so my stomch has been funny. I ate 2.5 hours after my run (I know very bad for me, and I'm not too happy about it myself), but atleast I ate.

I had Oatbran this morning for breakfast. I know seriously, what is going on here?!?!? It's becoming a ritual and I'm super happy to be back in tune with it.
Here is what my oatbran consisted of:

1/2 cup Quaker Oatbran with about 1-1.2 cup water
1 dried fig (chopped)
1/2 scoop Vanilla Isopure
1 tsp. ground flax
1 medium peach (diced)

It was a little dry by the time I got upstairs to eat it, so I took some of my morning cup of coffee (which includes 1/2 cup nonfat milk) and poured it over. It made it ever so delicious, I swear by this recipe.

Well I'm off to try and get as much done as I can today, because I may have to take tomorrow off. I hope you all have a great morning and I will be back to update at lunchtime!!


Hump day...

Yes it's that time again, it's Hump Day.... let's hope I can get through it, as well as all of you. Please don't mind all the grammatical mistakes I could be making (and I warned all my co-workers not to mind if I pass out at my desk) but I only got 1 hour of sleep last night, and sitting in front of the computer is not going to be a good way to keep me up, so thankfully I have a ton of reports to print, which I have to walk back and forth to pick up and organize, this shall do the trick for the morning part of my day, we'll see how I am feeling mid-day.
Quick recap of my eats last night and this morning and off to pick up my reports I go.

For lunch I had the standard ( and by this I'm serious I have pretty much been eating salads for lunch every day during the week!!!) so I had 1/2 apple and clementine to start and then dug right into a regular veggie loaded salad with some grilled chicken breast. The salad consisted of lettuce, onion, cucumber, carrots, green+orange bell peppers and about 5-8 croutons (which is a big no no for me, but whatever.) I have been addicted to having hummus with my salad, as a dressing, so I used about 1 T. of original hummus, and maybe a tsp of Greek vinaigrette.
Salads are very yummy and I could probably be more creative with them, but I'm not after a long day of work, class, and working out; but I felt super nauseous and bloated after my salad (and it's happened before too) so I proceeded to have some hot cranberry apple tea and enjoy 1 square of dove milk chocolate with it. This brought out my sweet tooth, and I remembered I had a Chocolate Mint Luna bar in my ginormous lunch bag, so I ate about 1/2 of that too.

I felt a little better after all of that. By the way I forgot to mention, I ended up running to Target to get a couple things, and stumbled upon a choco-holics section and bought some mini snickers, dove chocolate (on sale), and twix. Yes I'm the girl at work with the chocolates, and I don't mind people coming to have apiece of two here and there, but don't complain to me after you just ate a piece about how fat you are and blah blah blah.

Anywho, after work I had my Historical Geology Class so of course I made my dinner the night before and it consisted of Maple Glazed Tofu and Channa Masala. It was divine, I wish I had packed up more, I couldn't get enough of it. For dessert I had one more piece of Dove Milk Chocolate square, and a small coffee with 2% milk.

I had an appointment last night with my trainer which went well, I think. I had to give him my food journal...which was pretty good except he commented that I was missing some days (which I know why) and he also said my snacks are way too big (uhmmm I didn't know 1/2 banana, 3 oz. of Chobani-Greek yogurt, and 1-2 T. of protein granola is too much) but so I took that into consideration for my meals today.
Before my work out I snacked on 1/2 of a Super Protein Odwalla bar (which are by far my favorite... and keep me satisfied for a while.) and after my session, while on the cardio machines I had 1 scoop of Mint Choc. Isopure and 12 oz water. I ran to the store quickly to pick up a few items for today's eats, and snacked on a clementine.

I'll updated on my workout at lunch time today, but quickly....

My breakfast this morning consisted of my favorite; OAT BRAN!!!Due to the comments that my trainer had given to me, I'm going to get self conscious on all the foods I eat now (but is it my fault that I list out every ingredient I use?!?!) So, my oat bran consisted of the norm:
1/2 cup Quaker Oat bran with 1.5 cups water
1/2 scoop Mint Choc. Isopure Protein
1-2 T. craisins
4 small strawberries diced and
1/2 peach (diced)

Of course I have my BIG cup of coffee with 1/3 cup skim milk and splenda, as well as a giant cup of Green tea.

Off to work I go, I hope you guys have a splendiforous morning! :o)



yeah all these numbers floating in my head...my calculater tape rolling away...

ehhh this balancing is killing me.. but im slowly getting closer and the number is getting smaller :o)

anywho so I got hungry about an hour after I ate my grapefruit (so around 9:30), I decided to go make my bowl of oatbran. Although it wasn't what I wanted exactly...it's really the only healthy meal in the building (except for my snackies and lunch). My bowl of oatbran consisted of:
1/2 cup Quaker Oat Bran
1/2 scoop Mint Chocolate ISOPURE
~1.5-2 T. craisins
3 small strawberries (sliced)
~1 T. Bear Naked Protein Granola (original)

just give me the granola, strawberries and craisins and I'de be a happy camper, but it wasn't enough to satisfy me completely, so oh well.

After a couple hours of crunching numbers and figuring out this account, I was getting a little hungry. For a snack I had the rest of my coffee from this morning (can you believe it lasted me about 4.5 hours?!?!?!), 1/2 Aunt Millie's whole grain English Muffin with a loaded tsp. of PB and 1/2 medium banana (sliced). And who can forget a 2 egg white omelette.

Hoping this covers some hours of hunger, I'm debating if I should run home really quick and get my cell phone , and perhaps make some more coffee, or just go pick up some coffee and attempt to work on my take home exam that's due!

I hope all of you are having a marvelous day, and I will be back later to update. Maybe not until after the gym.

another try...

Seriosuly.... sorry i know im slacking, but it's been a couple of busy days with homework, working out, and oother personal things. I'm gonna make this a quick post and hoefully get in the haboit of updating this blog, as well as setting up my new blog.(I think I have ADD). Anywho, this mornig I woke up super not hungry and super tired, and I think it's because of my binging the last 2 days without working out. Today is a new day, and it seems that Tuesdays are like everyone else's Mondays' to startsomething new. I am hopign this keeps me on track for a while, because I am emotionaly and physically worn out with all this binging after doing soo good all week.
One thing I must say is I have a fear of food, and trouble enjoying it. I know I can get over it once I get on track eating healthy... but it doesn't help to have some people tell you that you have to eat every 3 hours and certain food items shouldn't be eaten at certain times, and just a bunch of mumbo jumbo. So while I do stick to eating accoring to my trainer's advice, I will try and just eat what I want without worrying and see what happens.

So like I mentioned I wasn't hungry when I woke up and it's 9 now, and still am not much hungry so I ate 1/2 of a grapefruit (my favorite when feeling soo blah ---me attwempting to stay away from using words like fat) and im sipping on some coffee with 1/3 cup nonfat milk and splenda. I hope alll of you are having a wonderful morning, and I'll be back to update throughout the day. I PROMISE!


baby steps :o)

Goodmorning ya'll

long time no chit chat on here, I know. Things have been crazy busy for me, trying to manage to work full-tim, go to school full-time as well as keep working out (which has been wishy washy...good one week, not the greatest the next). But I really am struggling on my eating and am falling off the band wagon, so I want to be back and share with you guys the yummy eats I consume, and hopefully this will get me out of routine... and back to enjoying foods like I should be.As it say's on the post title, Baby Steps, by this I mean I am slowly trying to ween myself back into the blogging world, so please do forgive me for no picks, but I will get there... and before oyou know it... you'll be drooling while reading and looking at my yumm yumm consumptions.For now I will try to make my meals sound as appetizing as possible. Anywho, I am at work so I will try and make this a quick post, and depending on the weather I will either go for a walk, or stay in and work on the blog as well as some other important business that I haven't been able to get done this past weekend.

For breakfast I had some oatmeal. Yup that's right, OATMEAL!!!! Some of you know me well enough to be shocked by this eat, but I am slowly beginning to enjoy oatmeal again, and actually get cravings here and there. I am attempting to eat it 3 times a week if possible, with alternating days of my regular pancakes, eggs, omelettes, and whatever non-oatmealish meals there are, ofcourse always healthy!
My oatmeal consisted of :

1/2 cup oats
1/2 scoop mint chocolate ISOPURE (when mixed with cold water after a super hard workout, reminds me of thin mints!!!! yummo, and if you know me well enough you should know that I have an obsession with mint chocolate, so I can whip this up in a blender any day for a protein filled smoothie/milkshake :o) )
~2/3 cup water
3-4 tbsp mixed homemade trailmix (chopped walnuts, craisins, raisins, and sliced almonds)
2 sliced strawberries
1/4 diced peach

it was yummy!!! I was actually scared that it might have not been too good because of the mint chocolate protein powder, but It wasn't all that strong with all the other toppers in the oatmeal, so I will definitely use it again, when I'm completely out of my creamy Vanilla ISOPURE (I left my big jug at my moms--I think). Any who I am also chugging water like a fish for some odd reason (probably making up for the monster that I had yesterday, and not enough water).

And yes I do have my usual cup of coffee standing right next to the computer screen that I will be enjoying for the next 4 hours probably, because I just noticed that I have a pretty dairy filled morning. I'll get in detail with this later.

I do have a small annuouncement I will make later, but probably not until later tonight, and no it's not a give away sorry. Hope you all had a great Monday, and are so far enjoying this Tuesday morning.
See ya'll laters!



What a day and a half it has been. Sorry I haven't posted since my lunch on Monday, but this whole full-time working and fullt ime student schedule is crazy busy for me, so once I get home thats it...sometimes I try and prepare my foods for the next day, other times I just dont have energy and pass out... then either try and drive home (since I live about 15 min. away) during lunch, or just go pick something up somewhere else. I am trying to avoid the going out to eat idea, but there's the occassional (like yesterday) where I'll just go.

Anywho, I have my food journal at home with my foods from yesterday. I am having a hard time with taking pictures of it all, and it makes it easier to jot down foods so I'm not scrambling my brain for what I ate that particular day. I'll try to post my foods rom yesterday, tonight after I get home from the gym. My dinner on Monday consisted of 2 bowls of milk and cereal and cookies with coffee.... yeah I was in a rush, it was the first thing I could get my hands on...no excuses, but it held me over through my 6 hours of studying for my exam...which by the way was cancelled last night!!!! I don't even weant to get started on how aggravated I was. Not only has my teacher pushed back the exam 1.5 weeks already (which is fine by me), but not to email us or call us to tell us the class and exam have been cancelled is going too far. I have a lot on my plate...especially with yesterday.

Anywho I need to post up my food really quick and get my work done, have to be out of the office at 5:15 at the latest to make it to my 6:30 class tonight.

Breakfast was a a 2 egg white omellette with 2 turkey breast slices, brocolli, onions and some tomato slices on the side. I also had 2 super duper healthilicious cinnamon vanilla buckwheat pancakes (I'll post the recipes after my lunch). One was with 1/4 tbsp of natural PB and some banana slices, the other one was with some sugar-free maple syrup. They were indeed, very yummy and cakey like. Ofcourse no morning would be complete without my morning cup of joe, so I am on my second one... (I make a thermos full of it... usually holds about 2 cups with 1/3 cup skim milk and some splenda).

We have food day at work today, so I brought in some mini cinnamon rolls which I've never made, so I pray they're good) and some oatmeal raisin cookies. I will not be having any of those, I need to do good with my weight and food consumption... however, I pretty much begged my friend Liz to make some of her famous cheesecake yesterday, and she surprised me and brought me a piece, which I will only have a sliver at some point today, perhaps before my walk. I am super duper thrilled to have it.

Today is Ash Wednesday, what are you giving up for the next 40 days (ofcourse if you celebrate the catholic easter.) I know technically when you give something up you start it on Ash Wednesday, however, since this holiday has changed soo much, I decided that I won't give it up until I make it to church to get my Ash (which I will try to do on my way to class). It's a little secret as to what I give up for the next 40 days, but I hope to acheive it. I'll let you know by the weekend what it is exactly, once I have a few days to deal with the withdrawals.

You all have a good Hump Day!!!

p.s. have some good news from the trainer yesterday... very nice. I'll see you gusy after lunch!


crisp and refreshing...

I need to make it a quick one and get back to work, since I lost track of time earlier and chit chatted with a co-worker about Girl Scout Cookies, and then got trumped with a balance in an account since last week... but we all know, I'm always right (okay about 99% of the time) and it was not my fault...or well it was but not entirely because I did my job in the first place...

Anywho like i said earlier, i set out on my walk during lunch (call me crazy) but it was quite nice and refreshing to get out there... even though I'm sick and it's about 25*, with snow on the ground... but I did aout 3 miles in 50 minutes... and enjoyed every step of the way (even the steps where the snow went up to my knees).

As a snack, about an hour before my walk, I had a medium banana with 1/2 TBSP. of Natural PB.

After my walk, I was getting a little hungry ( which was good news, not only was I able to last the 3 hours, but I started to feel hunger again... which while I was sick, I just stuffed my face... whether I was hungry or not... I ate with my eyes).
So for lunch I packed up a Granny Smith apple and a salad with some Full Circle Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette.

The salad consisted of:
1 TBSP. corn, 1 TBSP. Red Kidney Beans, 1.5 TBSP garbanzo beans, cucumbers, red onion, 2 TBSP tuna in water, 1 slice turkey bacon, and some lettuce (about 1.5 cups), topped off with 1.5 TBSP of dressing, and yummay!!!

It was good, very delicious, I actually wished my bowl was bigger, but oh well to that.

I am off to go get some wild raspberry tea with 1 splenda, and back to work I go. I am really trying hard to stay away from my chocolate box so I dont feel guilty and I can enjoy my snack laetr :-)

See ya'll later after my study session.


Hello there my lovelies!

Hi lovelies!

I know I disappeared yet again. This whole full time job and full time school, along with working out and trying to see friends and family thing is stressful. I have been a crazy busy bee with studying and trying to do everything at once, that I haven't even had time to get my 6-8 hours of sleep a night, so I do apologize that I haven't been keeping up with this, but I have missed it so very much... and have been having a difficult time eating healthy on weekends... so alas I am back... and promising to change and update this regularly.. and maybe perhaps change my blog around to feel refreshed, renewed, and ready to start again!

Let me start off by saying that I did a 30 day challenge of being Vegetarian, and although I struggled the first 3 weeks, I really do miss it. I learned so much out of it, that I have actually decided to perhaps eat more vegetarian and only eat meat if I really really have a craving for it. Of course, eat what you want... so I'll try to go along with my taste buds.

Another interesting fact is I am slowly getting into oatmeal and enjoying it. I am so excited about this, but have to come up with a couple different recipes so I don't get too sick of mine too fast.

Third I want to announce that.....

I will be running the Chicago Marathon On October 11, 2009!!!
I am very super duper excited about this, but nervous at the same time. I have to get serious about losing these last couple pounds and preparing myself for this journey of training. I am hoping to get one of my friends at work involved in running the 1/2 marathon with me in Sept. but we shall see.

What a couple of weeks it has been. I have to say that as much as I didn't have an appetite this weekend, I noshed at food that wasn't healthy at all, and have not been very hungry when I should be. Probably doesn't help that I am sick and that I didn't work out since Friday, but after all of that, I am jumping back on the saddle (maybe a little too late... since I get my weigh in tomorrow with my trainer, wonder if I bring him enough paczki he'll let me wait till Friday!) Whatever the case will be I will see, not too worried because I will hit the gym for a couple hours tonight after my study session with a couple girls from class. And then of course I will be baking into the wee hours of the morning... god I love this, but I don't.

Anyways enough with that, I need to get some work done so let me post up my breakfast and then hopefully (and I know it is about 20* right now, but I am still keeping fingers crossed) that I can go for my walk during my lunch hour,even though I am sick and there is some snow on the ground, I can do it... or so I hope... I'm a trooper... so my trainer said when I walked in sick on Friday to the gym for our appt.

So breakfast consisted of my Tropical Oatmeal. I wish I had a picture, but maybe by Wednesday I'll get the hang of taking pictures. The tropical oatmeal consisted of:

1/2 cup oats
1/2 scoop of ISOPURE creamy vanilla protein powder ( I use this as an alternative to milk, and give it a protein kick!)
1 chopped dried fig
a sprinkle of raisins (i think about 6-8)
1/4 c of a chopped peach (canned-sweetened with splenda)
1/4-1/3 cup of diced pineapple
3/4-1 cup cup hot water
1/4 cup room temp. water

What I do is mix the dry oats with the protein powder, dump the fig and raisins in. I usually just eyeball the hot water and pour over the oats until I like the consistency. I pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds (it tends to get cold when I pour the hot water on the oats). Stir around, pour some room temp. water over an stir while doing this (again, pour until you like the consistency...don't pour too much because it might get cold again.) I dump the fruit on top, and ENJOY!!!

I don't like my oatmeal too sweet and hot, so this is just right, the cold fresh fruit just hits the spot giving it some citrus, while the dried fruit gives off the sugars. It's not too milk so I can still enjoy a cupa Joe in the morning, although I tend to hold off on it until I'm ready for a snack, and I'll enjoy it then. Of course, you can always change the fruit used, this was what I had on hand at home today, but as soon as I find some berries I'll probably change it around, because I love my pineapple with cottage cheese... so we'll see.

I hope all of you have a good start to your week this morning, and I will update you after my walk.

p.s. I enjoyed a Jasmine Green tea and 2 cups of water with this meal (I'm trying to tally up how much green tea I can drink in a day, along with how many cups of water).


Rush rush rush....

Some would think I'm talking about football, but that's not the case for me today. I woke up later than I wanted to, so no gym this morning, which then means no oatmeal either, and I was so eager to try it too. I'll explain my case later. Anyways, so I made a quick breakfast, looked up direction to the church and restaurant and am now trying to fold my laundry while my hair dries then I have to iron, run to the bank, come back and off to he baptism for Victoria Francesca Infantino we go. My best friend of 13 years had a baby last May, and is having a baptism for her now. I'm excited, but I wish today wasn't Super bowl Sunday, even though the teams aren't my favorite picks for this year, I'm still planning on watching it.

Hopefully we get out of the dinner party around 4 so I can hit up the gym really fast and make it over to my sisters to bake and cook up something vegetarian for me. I promised a couple people some cookies, so I have to bake some stuff for the night and then for tomorrow.

My story about why I have to work out before I eat oatmeal is because lately I am not super duper hungry for something filling for breakfast, like oatmeal, so when I do eat oatmeal it has to be on a super duper empty stomach and by working out first that will make my tummy feel more empty...blah blah blah... I'm not a big fan of oatmeal period, since I did a high protein diet a few years back (actually what body builders do)... and that has somewhat sacred me, but Mel, I promise you tomorrow is my day of oats, because I met a girl at the gym yesterday (who was with another trainer, I talk to) and she told me how in the last month and half she has lost about 4 lbs... so Jenn suck it up, and be creative with your oatmeal.

Mel I will give you a review of your oats tomorrow after I try them, and if anyone else has any recipes for oats that they love, please do share them with me, I'm very interested in trying new flavors.

I'll post my breakfast really quick and off I go to get things done.

I had 1/2 grapefruit, Eggs ( 1 whole egg, and one egg white), Omelet style with a slice of tomato (once the top of the egg was done, and I was ready to flip in half) and I topped that off with my fat free medi. blend feta cheese. I also had 1 slice of whole wheat toast (Meijer Organics brand), I cut it in half, and made 1/2 of it with 1 tbsp whipped cream cheese, 1 slice tomato, some green onion and some cucumbers...oh and of course salt and pepper. The other half was with 1/2 tbsp of 3 berry Light preserves (Meijer brand) , and 1 tbsp of low fat cottage cheese.
You all know me, I had my daily cup of joe with 1 tbsp of fat free hazelnut creamer, which I love...but me and one of the trainers argued yesterday that I shouldn't be drinking coffee because it will suppress my appetite and slow down my metabolism, is this true?! see I love coffee, and I'm trying hard to stick to one cup with my breakfast, and if not at breakfast, than at some point in the day. I don't drink it to suppress my appetite, just because it's part of my daily ritual. I drink green tea like a maniac too, which I know I never post in my meals or anything, but trust me I drink about 5 giant mugs of it, and that's usually what will suppress my appetite, or ruin my appetite.

Anyways, I'd love to hear your input on that topic. I still keep my snacks around all the time so I don't know. Any who I hope you all have a good Super bowl Sunday and I will see y'all later today, I promise!!


falling off...slowly...

Hey guys!

Sorry I know I didn't come back yesterday so that almost 2 days worth of stuff I owe you, not to mention the recipes. Anyways this has to be a quick post because I need to go brush my teeth get dressed and head to the gym for my last appt. with my trainer. I'm kind of happy, but sad at the same time. If they make me a great deal who knows, maybe today wont be the last day, but I will just have to be more determined about working out..no excuses, and perhaps getting a normal sleeping schedule too! Anyways it's been a long day and I will re-cap after my workout, as well as post some pictures too.

For breakfast I had my cup of joe with 1/8 hot skim milk and 1 tsp of fat free hazelnut (don't ask why I did this), to pair up with that I had an Aunt Millie's Whole Grain EM with 1/2 tbsp of PB and 1/2 tbsp of Light 3 berry preserves. I also sliced a small banana on top of the. It was divine and kept me full for only 2 hours!!!!! :-(

Thankfully, I brought some grapes (about a cup) and had my protein shake (1scoop Isopure Vanilla, with 12 oz. of water) as a snack.

That didn't hold me down either, and it's starting to bother me that I keep getting hungry every 2.5-3 hours, even though I know you should eat every 3 hours, I'm starting to get a little irritated with it all. Anyways I got home and finished off the Baked Sour Cream and Cheddar Lay's (there was only about 1 serving in there) and I made a salad with gazrbanzo beans, red kidnery beans, fat free Medi. feta, lettuce, carrots, red onion, and 1 hard boiled egg. topped it off with some croutons and my all time fav. dressing, Light Olive Oil Vinaigrette.

Ofcourse I needed something sweet after wards so I filled about 1/2 cup of Kashi Crunch+Fiber One Frosted Mini Wheats, and had about 1/2 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. I am stuffed like a turtle right now...and probably shouldn't have eaten so much, but I'm going to try and get to the gym a little early today and do some sprints as a warm-up before seeing my trainer! erghh... I know I won't walk out of there very happy, nor will he be very happy to see me, so it's going to be quite the workout hour...

Hope you all are having a splendid Friday Morning/ Afternoon, and I will see ya'll later tongiht!

P.S. Melissa, I'm sorry I have not tried your oatmeal yet, I am hoping to try it tomorrow for breakfast and hopefully it holds me over through my Economics class, but I will definitely let you know how it goes... I've been super duper excited to try it. As for the Unsweetened Almond milk, I got it at Whole Foods (it was on sale 2 for 4), but it's not in the refrigerated section. I have seen it at Meijer's (which I don't know if you guys have that out in Penn.) or any local grocery store. Let me know if you find it, Goodluck!!!