I’m baaaaacccckkkk

Hi everyone! So I’m guilty… i don’t even remember the last time I posted an update! I’m so sorry that I fell off the face of the planet. But I am back now! 

So I have been having a pretty low key life lately. I had my weekend trip to Boone and I had a great time! It was so nice to see people I haven’t seen in ages. The last time I saw some of them I was really sick and unhealthy, so it was nice to see them when I was back in my true body. I just felt so much better! It was a little strange being in Boone, but it still felt familiar. A few pictures from my trip:8 7 4 3 2 1 5 6

After I got back from Boone I spent the week alone at home since my parents went back to Baltimore. I got to relax a lot and I took care of the horses for a few days while Renee took G to a show. A few pictures from the week:9 10 11 12 13

It’s official! Madelyne now lives down here! I am so excited to have her down here. She came down on friday with my aunt and uncle and then we all helped her move into her apartment on Saturday. Before we met at her apartment my mom ran her first ever 5k! We did the I Am Too Sexy 5k in Durham and we had a blast! My dad even went to support us. I beat my goal of finishing under 28 minutes at about 27:32 and I also just happened to be the second woman to finish! My mom also beat her goal and came in at around 42 minutes. I was so happy for her!14 15 16 17 18

We spent the rest of the day with the family. On Sunday I made a delicious breakfast featuring the jalapeno bread my parents brought back from the amish market. Yumm! I fed the horses and then came home and then my dad helped me to work on my bed frame. We worked on it for a longgg time and I was so glad to have it done! We had to take a trip to Lowe’s but then we finished it up. The frame ended up being a little bit big for the mattress and we noticed a few small mistakes that we made, but I still think it looks great and I am so happy with it!19 20 21 22

Today I went back to work for the first day since before Boone! I had been in briefly in the mornings last week, but not to actually work. So today was my first scheduled day and it felt good to be back. My mom and I went to the gym after I was done with work and we had a great workout. My dad cooked up a great dinner and now we are all just hanging out enjoying our night. Hope you all have been doing well! I will definitely do a better job of doing my blog posts in the days to come! 

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Weekend Recap!

Hi guys! This weekend has kind of been a lazy one. It probably wasn’t wise of me but I tried to take a break from studying my head off so I can really bunker down for these last few days of Biology. I feel like I meant to do a lot of things this weekend, but my mind just needed a time out haha.

Saturday:

I had granola with almond milk and berries for my breakfast and then went on a little hike at the Waterfall Trail! IMG_3533

I walked through countless spider webs but it was worth it. I enjoyed the peaceful time outdoors by myself.1 2 3 4 5

For lunch I had another meatball panini with a few other things. IMG_3536

I pretty much did nothing the rest of the afternoon. Well, that’s a lie. I did do a little bit of homework. I finished all my online assignments, but I didn’t do much studying other than that. I had mini pitas and trail mix for my snack and then I headed out to the barn. IMG_3538

I had a great time with Vinnie. He was really antsy standing in the aisle, but once I started riding him he was fine. He was actually nice to Cookie when she was in the arena. Murdock was sleeping in a funny spot. I guess I just felt like taking pictures of the barn cats haha.6 7

For dinner I made chicken with green beans and potatoes, seasoned with a mixture of spices so they were super yummy.IMG_3541

I didn’t do anything else. No wild saturday night for this girl haha. I had my snack and went to bed around midnight.

Today:

I slept in again and it was amazing! I did my crossword puzzle before having a repeat for breakfast.IMG_3543

After my breakfast settled I went on a much needed run! I just went slow and steady today. It was humid out! 8

I was actually good about having my post-run chocolate milk 🙂IMG_3544

I did a few chores around the house before having yet another repeat meal. I made the same thing for lunch that I made for dinner on Saturday. Plus some juicy grapes! IMG_3545

The rest of the day I was honestly really lazy. I watched a lot of TV and played a lot of sudoku. I had mini pitas and trail mix again for my snack. 

Madelyne made it from PA this evening! She got here a little after 6 and I am so happy that she’s here! 

I watched more TV until it was time to make dinner. I got super creative and made chicken and broccoli. It turned out really well and tasted like it came from an actual chinese restaurant! I didn’t even follow a recipe so I was pretty stoked. I served it over brown rice and it was delicious. IMG_3546

Well, that was pretty much my weekend! I am going to have a super busy week finishing up with class and then working, so I don’t know when I will be back to do my updates! Hope you had a good weekend! And have a wonderful week! 

The Gift of a Beautiful Day

I couldn’t believe how beautiful today was! I wish every single day could be exactly like that. Perfect temperature, not a cloud in the sky, slight breeze. Magnificent. I started off the beautiful day by relaxing before I got up to fix my breakfast. I had a big bowl of oatmeal with berries and a red pepper scramble.Image Once we all finished our breakfasts we got ready to go to the Y at Lakewood. Madelyne and I took a Flow Yoga class that was an hour and a half. Matt and my mom kind of did their own thing. The class was a lot of fun! Definitely a challenge, but a good one. After we freshened up we headed to Whole Foods for lunch. I made another grilled veggie, hard boiled egg, quinoa salad that I had with fresh fruit, yogurt and a WhatsoNutso bar. Image

The next few hours were spent at Duke Gardens! It was the perfect day to walk around the gardens. Truly a gift. It was a bummer that the majority of the flowers weren’t in bloom, but there were a few that were in season! Get ready for a plethora of pictures!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

We made a stop at Harris Teeter for a few random things before we came home. Right when we got back I quickly changed for the barn. I grabbed a Kind bar to have as a snack while I was out there.Image I had the best time with Vinnie. I gave him a good grooming since he is shedding and then I had the best ride ever 🙂 I worked a lot on my transitions up to and down from the canter. It was unbelievable how well he was listening to me! He even worked up a tiny sweat, making his post ride groom very enjoyable. He also appreciated the large amount of treats I gave him. I didn’t want to leave! I was having such a good time just enjoying the solo time with him. Image

As soon as I got home I started helping with dinner. I made a creamy pesto sauce with grape tomatoes and spinach that we served with spaghetti, chicken and roasted veggies. I thought it was very delicious!!!Image

I wish today didn’t have to end! I don’t want to say goodbye to my visitors tomorrow!

Cooking Up a Storm

I have done so much today… I don’t know how I fit it all in. I had fun doing it though! I feel like I still have a lot to do so I am going to just going to take you guys through a quick summary of the last 24 hours.

E’s and A’s

Eats:

Last night I made apple egg rolls. Three simple ingredients, egg roll wrappers, apple, cinnamon. I had raspberry greek yogurt with it and sprinkled the left over apple stuffing over my creation.Image

For breakfast this morning I made a tea latte and a bowl of granola topped with banana, blueberries and walnuts.Image

For lunch I made another egg roll creation (I am trying to use them up!) that I had with carrots, clementines, crackers, trail mix and greek yogurt. I put turkey, mozzarella and strawberry jam on the inside of my egg rolls and it was fantabulous. Image

My snack was a sunflower butter sandwich.Image

For dinner my mom and I helped each other to make a recipe from the sugar free and gluten free cookbook that Mary let me borrow. We made a few adaptions (spaghetti instead of linguini and chicken instead of shrimp) to the spicy tomato linguini recipe. It was so delicious! My mouth was on fire though! I love spice. Image

Activities:

After breakfast this morning I got ready to go to church with Josh and Justin. I hadn’t been in probably a little over a year and before that it had been even longer. I feel uneducated when it comes to religion, and perhaps that is why I don’t go to church. I don’t like feeling “lost” when people are talking. It was Justin’s church that we went to and it was actually a pretty good service. I have awful memory so I have already forgotten much of the sermon, but I do know that I left feeling like I gained something from the experience. I think I would go back again. It could be a good way to help me find my identity.

When I got home from going to church with the guys I made my lunch and then got started on some extreme cooking! I made all of the main dishes for my client for the week. I literally worked in the kitchen the entire afternoon. Well, from 2:15 to 5:15. Check out what I made:

Curry chicken and veggie stew over riceImage

Turkey and feta meatballs with rosemary potato wedges and green beans mixed with red bell peppersImage

Chicken “pesto alfredo” pasta with spinach and red bell peppersImage

I sampled everything (sampling the food I made my client was one of my goals from my session with Mary) and it tasted so good! There were a few additions I would make to a few things if it were for me, but since my client has an array of foods that are on her no list I had to do without adding certain spices and veggies. It all was still very good! My mom seasoned the chicken for dinner using the same seasonings I used for the meatballs. She sampled the meatballs as well and instantly fell in love with them haha.

Once I finished my snack I logged the recipes I made for my client and calculated the nutrition before I set out for my run! I started running at sunset and it was absolutely gorgeous.Image It was the perfect temperature outside. The sunflower butter sandwich must have been the perfect fuel for me because I put in 5 miles and I felt like I could have kept going! Or maybe running in the dark just boosted my adrenaline. It was a little slow, but hey, there are a lot of hills in my neighborhood. ImageImageImage

Now I am just relaxing. I am trying to decide if I want to bake another recipe tonight or if I want to wait till tomorrow. Decisions, decisions…

I hope you had a great weekend! Have a good week 🙂

Time Out

This weekend has gone by way too quickly. Anyone else agree?

Last night for dinner we had a variety of roasted veggies, sweet potato and pork tenderloin. It was fantastic! Image

We ended up playing catchphrase for a while, boys vs. girls. Us girls started off strong but then the boys came back to beat us, best out of five. My aunt really wanted to play again to have the chance to beat them, but we were all so tired from the early morning wake up call for the Krispy Kreme Challenge. I had a clementine and trail mix for my snack, which I enjoyed back in bed while I watched the Vampire Diaries. Image

I woke up early this morning, even though I went to bed at 1ish. Since everyone else was still asleep I decided to do my breathing exercises/meditation and then I wrote my Morning Pages before watching Netflix. I eventually rolled out of bed and made myself breakfast. I fixed an egg with veggies loaded on top and a bowl of oatmeal topped with berries. Plus a clementine and a mug of cherry tea.Image I relaxed as everyone else ate their breakfast and then I worked on the puzzles for the day. We said our goodbyes to my aunt and uncle. I am still so happy that they made the trip from PA just for one full day here!

After relaxing for a little longer Madelyne, Matt and I got ready to go to Chapel Hill. We decided to go to Time Out for lunch. It was featured on Man vs. Food so we thought it would be great to check it out. It was pretty good, but it wasn’t what we were expecting at all. I was expecting it to be a restaurant but it was an order at the counter place. It was still yummy! I had chopped chicken barbecue with green beans and a biscuit. Image

After we ate our lunch we decided to walk around UNC’s campus. It was absolutely GORGEOUS. The size is a little intimidating, but it seems to be relatively easy to navigate! It was just beautiful and I could definitely see myself there. ImageImageImageImageImage

Once we were done walking around we got back in the car and headed to Duke. Yes, I know, we visited the campuses of some of the biggest rivals ever. We walked around The Wall and then walked down Ninth Street to give Matt a little view of the Durham Life. We did so much walking! I drove around a little to show them a few different apartments to consider before heading home. It felt so good to relax after a day out!

For my snack I made a chai latte and then I had pretzels and apple slices dipped in almond butter. IMG_2367

For dinner we each kind of made our own thing using leftovers. I used leftover chicken to make a buffalo chicken sandwich with white american cheese. I also had a few sweet mini peppers. IMG_2368

Now we are all relaxing on the couch. I think it is going to be an early night for us. We are all pretty tired from the events of the weekend! I hope your weekend was filled with tremendous joy!

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

I am going to take you through my Friday quickly so I can try and catch some sleep before the big day tomorrow!

I woke up and made my breakfast before I did some power cleaning. I made oatmeal topped with chocolate cereal, a berry and spinach smoothie (I like my green smoothie better) a chai latte and a clementine on the side. ImageImage

Madelyne and Matt made it here right at noon and we chatted and caught up until my mom got home a little after one. I was just so excited to have them here! For lunch I made myself a turkey sandwich that I ate with pretzels, an apple, carrots and a yogurt. Image

After lunch I got ready for the barn and took Maddie and Matt out with me. I lunged Vinnie and he was perfect! Madelyne said it was because Matt is an animal whisperer. I’d like to believe that Vinnie has just drastically improved, no offense Matt haha. Image

After the barn I took them to the Waterfall Trail and we had so much fun hiking the short trail and jumping on all the rocks! ImageImageImageImage

When we got home I worked on part of my application for NC State before I fixed my snack. My aunt and uncle arrived just before I started making my cheese quesadilla. I also had a little trail mix as part of my snack.Image I had a great evening filled with so many laughs! We just had stories on top of stories that almost had us in tears from laughing so much. For dinner we grilled up burgers (turkey and beef) and made a few sides as well. I had a turkey burger with peppers and roasted zucchini.Image We spent hours talking and it was so nice to be surrounded by family.

It was a little hard for me to deal with the amount of food that we had. I still get overwhelmed when my mom brings home random things from the grocery store. I struggled a little too when the adults were talking about their weight loss. That and Kris Letang, my favorite hockey player, had a stroke. I don’t know why I feel so down about that. I think it was just a combination of emotions that made me feel not so happy-go-lucky.

In other news, I talked to Mary today and got some feedback from my client. The feedback was great! There are just a few things I need to tweak and that should be easy. I didn’t get any cooking done today, but it was a busy day.

Tomorrow is the big day! We are all waking up super early to go to Raleigh for the Krispy Kreme Challenge! I can’t believe the moment I have been waiting for is finally here after 8 weeks of training. It is going to be cold and rainy, but I am still looking forward to it! Wish me luck! Now I’m off to have a quick snack before bed. Goodnight!

Novel Time

Good afternoon! I feel like I have so much to write about since my last post after yesterday’s breakfast. Brevity will be present so this post won’t feel like a novel!

Remember yesterday morning I mentioned how I was excited to go spend some time at the barn while the weather was still decent? That didn’t happen. I ended up taking my mom to Urgent Care because she really wasn’t feeling well. She had extreme dizziness so we decided it was better safe than sorry. She had been feeling dizzy for a few days but yesterday it was bad. I grabbed a spiced chai protein drink to have for my snack before I drove her to Roxboro. She was back there for a while, but her tests all came back relatively normal. We all, including her normal doctor, believe it to be a side effect of her dosage of prescribed medication. Booo, medication! I swear, medication can create more problems than you had to begin with! Not all the time, but that seems to be the case for my parents haha. My mom is doing much better today, so that is good.

When we got home from Urgent Care I fixed my lunch and ate it before I was off to my appointments! I fixed a pasta portion that I ate mixed with soup, a yogurt, trail mix and leftover buffalo turkey meatballs.ImageI will try and summarize my appointments as best as I can!

Appointment with Mary

My appointment with Mary was great, as usual 🙂 She is so optimistic and you just can’t help but be in a good mood when around her. We talked about my previous week and my hunger levels. After discussing the notes I wrote down reflecting on my emotions/hunger levels before and after eating as well as discussing a bunch of other random things, like my dad and how he has been doing, she helped me to come up with a list of goals for the week.

  • Letting go of control: Several times in my notes I wrote that I was comfortable with a meal because I cooked it. I need to work on being more comfortable if someone else makes dinner or if I don’t help. I feel like I have been practicing this – my mom has been cooking dinner for us some.
  • Let go of the uncertainty: I mentioned that I was more comfortable not knowing how to count food if it was in the evening. If I don’t know how to count my breakfast or lunch I tend to struggle the rest of the day. Mary told me that was a perfectionistic trait that I needed to let go of because it isn’t making my life easier.
  • Gradually relying less and less on my bubble sheet: this would be to practice fully listening to my body and it would further teach me that every day is not going to be the same.
  • Journaling and/or Morning Pages

Appointment with Lori

Another great appointment with Lori! We talked about my breathing exercises and about the places my mind wandered. She then told me about some other breathing exercises that I am to try. It was kind of an “information session” because a lot of it was spent on instructions for the breathing exercises. At the end we did spend a few minutes to discuss my thoughts on my future plans and she helped me to realistically prioritize them. Here are the breathing exercises if you care to give them a try as well:

  • Breathing exercise: focus on breathe. Notice thinking, label it as thinking and then refocus on breathe.
  • Thinking exercise: You can do the breathing exercise, but become curious about the type of thinking. “Advice giving” thoughts sway your thoughts or are past/future oriented. “Mushroom cloud” is when one thought leads to the next, which leads to the next and so on. It just keeps going and going. “Subtle thoughts” look neutral on the surface but a deeper exploration shows a different type of thought. “Neutral thoughts” are present moment thoughts often focused on the senses.
  • Feeling exercise: Focus is on just being. More feeling, less thinking. Pay attention to body sensations and the thoughts/emotions associated with those sensations.

I feel like I have lots to work on!

After my session with Lori I drove home. I ate my snack as I drove. I snapped a pic before my appointment with Lori because after the session it was dark out (and snowy). Image

When I got home I did some snuggling in bed with my mom until I got started on dinner. I made homemade ravioli using won ton wrappers! I followed the recipe that was on the inside of the label and it was delicious! It was easy to make but kind of time consuming because I was preparing it on my own. I ate mine with a few Triscuits. They were incredible and we all agreed that we would have them again. I had no idea egg roll and won ton wrappers were so versatile! Image

I relaxed the rest of the night before I fixed my snack and crashed. I had vanilla pudding with chocolate cereal and blueberries.Image

Today

This morning I woke up early (couldn’t sleep) and watched a little tv before I did my puzzles and got up to make my breakfast and check out the snow! I made a tri color pepper scramble, a chai latte and a bowl of my homemade granola with blueberries and banana slices. Mmmm!ImageImage After breakfast I decided it was time to take action! I wasn’t about to delay things any longer with UNC. I had no real plans for the day so I suggested going to the Y so I could get my run in and then going to Carolina to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to ask a few questions. At the gym I got my 3 miles in, and guess what, I did it in under 30 minutes!Image If you are a super runner you can go ahead and laugh, but that is great for me haha. I was happy. Sweaty and tired, but happy 🙂 I got a quick shower and then we were off to Chapel Hill! I ate my snack on the way which was caramel crisps and trail mix.Image I was in and out of the office in no time. My questions were answered/clarified and I have things that I need to go ahead and get on! On the way home we stopped to get a few groceries at Trader Joe’s and then we stopped at Barnes and Nobel. My mom wanted to look for a certain book that they didn’t have but she ended up buying two books for her and I because we have an addiction. When we got home we made our lunches. I had tomato soup, grilled cheese, mini cheese cracker sandwiches, carrots, an apple and greek yogurt.Image

I was going to ride with Renee this afternoon, but it was way too cold! Muy frio. I feel bad for all my people up north. I know it’s much colder there! I think now I am going to go search for our heating pad…

In other news, I literally JUST got invited to go on a ski trip sometime in the next few weeks. That would be fun, right? The guys are planning it during the week so hopefully my schedule (and wallet) will let me go!

Ok, I’m outta here! Enjoy your evening!