Month: February 2013

What I Ate Wednesday #2

I felt very unprepared for life yesterday.

It wasn’t that anything super stressful happened, but from the moment I woke up, I felt frazzled. That’s what I’m using as my excuse for the terrible WIAW photos I took today. Well, that and lack of natural lighting yesterday in lieu of yucky, gray, dripping skies.

Without further ado, here is what I ate yesterday – better known to the world as What I Ate Wednesday, courtesy of Jenn from Peas and Crayons!

Pre-Workout Snack

Just like last week, I had half a banana before I went to bootcamp at the gym. Despite the snack, my feet felt super heavy during the workout, and it wasn’t the best sweat sesh I’ve ever had.

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Breakfast

When I came back from bootcamp, I had 45 minutes to shower, make breakfast and bolt to class. It’s really hard for me to give up a good, warm breakfast, and I was willing to forgo a cute outfit to have a yummy bowl of oatmeal. Same mix as always: 1/2 cup oats, 1 1/2 cups water, splash of almond milk, one egg white, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, and 1/2 banana sliced thinly and whipped in, then topped with cinnamon. I also had half of a grapefruit on the side sprinkled with some stevia.

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Lunch

And speaking of water… the city of Athens had a huge water main break yesterday that nearly depleted our water reservoir. Tons of people were without water all day, and the university even closed some bathrooms on campus. That was verrrrrry unlucky for me, since I really needed a restroom after sitting in class for an hour and a half. I had to head to work in the same building right after, and thankfully a professor watched the room I work in while I ran across to the student union. Dodged a bullet on that one! After work, I had extra time because my next class was cancelled. I sat down in our cafeteria after crafting a salad with spinach, spring mix, tomatoes, red onion, radishes, cucumbers, chicken, and some balsamic vinaigrette. I love our school’s dressing. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and tangy.

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Afternoon Snack

During my final class of the day, I had a KIND bar and an apple. I had just finished sorting out magazines that arrived for the student publication that I work with, so I was hungry! It hit the spot.

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Dinner

Later in the evening, I had a dinner of baked chicken, half of an acorn squash, and a bowl of steamed cauliflower. I love sprinkling Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasonings on everything from chicken to veggies, and last night it was no different.

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I’ve been favoring the extra spicy flavor because it balances out well with the ketchup I dip the chicken in.

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I’m kind of a ketchup fiend (Heinz all the way, baby, I’m a Pittsburgh girl!). Along with dinner, I had a La Croix Orange sparkling water. We had a boil order placed on the city, and our water hadn’t finished boiling yet, so I supplemented with La Croix 🙂

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Nighttime Snack

Last night I had the same snack as last week. Three egg whites, cinnamon, and PB, this time in a bowl! Never gets old.

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Hope you all have a great Wednesday! It’s almost the weekend… and that means spring break for me!

Question of the Day:

Are you a ketchup lover like me?!

Half-Marathon Mondays: My Legs Hurt

Whew, this post is getting up wayyy later than I expected. Before I talk about anything else though, I have to mention one thing.

Kerry Washington’s dress. I love it. Coral + gold is such a beautiful combo.

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I posted last week that I am going to be running in my very first half-marathon this April.

I’m on to week four of my training plan, and I decided that I would start a series about my experience with said training, which will help me document my success and failures and possibly provide some guidance for any other new racers out there.

This logo will almost definitely change (because it's not that great). I made it VERY quickly.

This logo will almost definitely change (because it’s not that great). I made it VERY quickly.

Keep in mind that this is my first big race, and it is a learning process for me! If something crazy happens and I need to do a little research, I will. If I have an opinion about racing or training, this will be my place to share it. Anything and everything half-marathon, right here, baby.

Today I’ve got to talk about something that happened to me Saturday. In the middle of the night, I woke up with crazy charley horse pains in BOTH of my legs. Talk about ouch. I wanted to scream so badly, but I have to admit what came out of my mouth sounded more like Frankenstein than anything so as not to disturb my roommates downstairs.

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When I woke up Sunday, my legs were so sore from the spasms, and they continued to ache all day. I was left wondering what caused that terrible pain and what can I do to fix it?

There are the moments in my life when I love Google. It is useful in situations such as this. Sometimes I hate Google, like when you start to type “Why do” and an auto-fill option is “Why do my nipples itch?” Hm. Ok then.

I scrolled through a bunch of sites. My answer is comprised of a few theories.

  1. I ran 7 miles on Saturday. That’s the farthest I’ve ever run, and the charley horse could be attributed to the strain on my muscles (even though I only increased my weekly distance by one mile). 
  2. I could have been dehydrated. I may need to just drink more water, specifically after workouts.
  3. My electrolytes may have been down. I might invest in some coconut water to hydrate with after long runs.
  4. I should stretch more than I do.

Do those conjectures (big word, whoop whoop!) sound right to any runners out there? I took today’s workout easy and just did some yoga. My legs still hurt today, and I’d rather be safe than sorry.

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Leg cramps aside, I felt totally awesome after completing my 7 mile run last weekend. If I felt that confident and happy after 7 miles, I can’t imagine what I’ll feel like after the actual race!  13.1 here I come 🙂 No charley horse is gonna stop this girl.

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Now I’m off to paint a special graffiti wall for a student org and then cuddle up with Sean from “The Bachelor.” 🙂 Night!

Question of the Day:

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on Google’s auto-search?

Do my theories about the charley horses sound right?

Look Out World

… Miss Kellie is finally 21!!!

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Don’t you love her tiara?

Last night a bunch of Kellie’s friends met us (and her two best friends from out of town!) at a local place for dinner called Restaurant Salaam. They have a wide array of dishes from curry to falafel wraps to spanakopita, but I typically always end up ordering something with a Mediterranean flair. Last night was no different.

My meal started out with the Salaam salad – lettuce topped with carrots, cucumbers, red pepper, feta and walnuts. I took the walnuts off. It was dressed with their housemade pomegranate vinaigrette  I typically don’t love sweet dressings, but this one wasn’t bad.

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For my main entree, I ordered Grilled Chicken Kabobs. The flavor in the dish was really bright and delicious. I absolutely loved the charred vegetables – onions, pepper, and zucchini. It came with a yogurt for dipping, and that took the flavor to another level for me. It was so refreshing!

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To be honest, I didn’t have any of the rice because I loved the chicken so much. I had every piece except one… and sorry about that photo. I got a little too excited for my good and dug in before taking a picture 😉

After dinner, some of us came back to our apartment, where we sang happy birthday and had some of Kellie’s “cake,” which like I said yesterday was just strawberry jello and whipped coconut milk (made exactly like this Vegan Cool Whip). The “frosting” was so easy to make. I just let it sit uncovered in the can overnight, and then I whipped it up with some stevia in my food processor. The hardest part was piping it, actually, because there were a few little solid pieces of the coconut milk in the mix.

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I’d say her 21st birthday was a success!

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Now I have a TON of homework to do, and I want to make sure I leave time to watch the Oscars tonight!

Have a great Saturday!

Question of the Day:

Are you watching the Oscars? What do you want to win best picture?

I want “Silver Linings Playbook” to win, but I bet it’ll be “Argo” (which I didn’t see).