I’m still here, I promise!

Hi friends!

Gosh, it feels like a year has gone by since I’ve had time to drop in. There is so much to update you on!

I’ll start with the obvious: school. It sucks up all my time, but I suppose that is always expected. I had my first calculus exam on Thursday and then this next week is going to be the week from hell because I have 4 exams. So all I ever do is study. Forget having a social life. I don’t even know what having a social life is. I don’t know what sleep is either. So it sounds like I’m just complaining so let me end this paragraph by saying despite all the stress and lack of free time, I am still enjoying being a student again!

The Bull’s season is officially over. We played up until game 5 of the last round of playoffs, so we were so close to making it back to the National Championship game! Now that I don’t have to work as much (I might still work every now and then if I’m needed) I can use tha time to study more! Yippee! That’s not true, I use that time to go see Vinnie. And Madelyne’s horse, Saint, is down here now which is super exciting! Of course Vinnie is a jerk to him, but still it’s great to have Saint there because it increases the chances that I get to see Madelyne! Both of our lives are crazy busy so I rarely get to see her. 1

My half marathon training has been going well! During the week I try and utilize my beginning jogging class as much as possible so that I don’t have to spend that much extra time running. So I will just stay on the track after to finish my runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have been swimming at the Y on Saturdays as my cross training because I have fallen in love with it. My long runs on Sundays have actually been happening early Monday mornings at the Y… I need to change that because soon since i won’t have enough time to fit it in on Mondays due to the runs getting longer! I also have a really bad shin splint in my right leg. It hurts all the time. So I have been trying to ice it a lot.

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Some big news: I turned twenty one on Tuesday! I didn’t do anything special. I had class all day and then cooked dinner for my parents and I. I made tostadas which were delicious. Thursday night I ended up going to this place called City Beverage, which was totally awesome and I am definitely going back, with Bryan, Casey, and Justin (her husband). It was a lot of fun and it was a good way to relax after having my calculus test earlier that day! I ordered a Sea Dog Wild Blueberry beer and it was delicious. But… I didn’t get carded! What in the world, right!?

My meals have been really repetitive. I have overnight oatmeal pretty much every morning for breakfast. For lunch I typically have a turkey sandwich or chicken salad and pretzels, usually with an apple and carrots. My snacks are usually Greek yogurt and a KIND bar. Then for dinner it varies a little, but most nights it’s meat, roasted veggies and then I have a potato. We have been trying to add more variety by getting back to meal planning though! About a week and a half ago my parents went up to PA to help out my grandma, Baba, since she had a procedure done on one of her eyes, and while they were gone I got a little creative for my lunch and dinner one day. I used leftover pork tenderloin and made Asian pork and broccoli! So good! I had it for lunch and dinner that day, just because it was convenient for taking to work. And maybe also because it was just that darn good! So I knew in advance I would want to share this recipe so here it is friends! Apologies in advance for lack of quality of the pictures- lighting wasn’t the best. And I don’t have fancy plating to display the final product haha.

Simple Asian Pork and Broccoli 

Over medium high heat, add sesame oil to a large skillet. Once warmed, add the garlic, ground ginger and the red pepper flakes.

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Once the garlic is heated through and all the flavors look pretty well blended, add the leftover pork tenderloin to the skillet. Of course, you could add uncooked or leftover meat of any kind, such as chicken or beef. I’ve used my recipe for this before with chicken and it was delicious! Add about half of the sauce mixture to the skillet along with the pork. Let this cook down a little, until the meat is warmed through.

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Next, throw in all of your veggies and give them a stir. Pour in the remainder of the sauce and stir again.

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Cover with a lid and let the steaming action work its magic.

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Stir occasionally and cook until the veggies are at your desired tenderness!

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Serve over rice or quinoa. I went with quinoa this time since it cooks faster! Makes two kick-ass servings.

Ingredients:

  • 45g carrots, thinly sliced lengthwise (about half a serving/small handful)
  • 3 servings of broccoli (it is called pork and broccoli after all)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 70g onion, chopped/sliced/diced/carved into a scary face
  • 6oz leftover pork tenderloin, sliced into thin pieces (mine was grilled and then I trimmed the crispy edges off-but you might want to keep em’)
  • dash of ground ginger
  • few shakes of red pepper flakes (shake n’ flake. Yeah? Anybody?)

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (still more than enough sodium)
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Whisk this sauce like crazy! Get that cornstarch mixed in there.

So that’s it for this update! I am off to make my breakfast before I go to the barn with Madelyne. I am in for a busy day today! Maybe I will stop in tomorrow to post about my Saturday because I am sure I will need a break from studying, but I know I am not reliable so no promises haha!

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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! 

Week 1: Completed

This week has been a crazy one. Getting used to the schedule of summer class and work hasn’t been all that difficult, but finding time to do everything else I want to do is next to impossible! I am so thankful to have this weekend off!

So I am still absolutely in love with UNC and the class I am taking there. I find the material covered in biology to be very interesting, so that definitely helps to keep me sane. Since it is a summer class there is just a lot that has to be crammed into a short amount of time. It has been a little stressful, but I think I am handling it well. I had my first test yesterday and I am actually really nervous to get the results back. I really strive to excel in everything I do so of course my grade is going to be on my mind. I know, it is worrying for no reason. There is nothing I can do about it now so why be concerned? I just want to do well! I’m sure that’s all normal though. The lab is also enjoyable, there is just a decent amount of work that comes with it. The adviser wasn’t lying when she said this lecture + lab was going to feel like a full time job! I feel like I ran out of time to study for everything I needed to study for before my test haha.

The people in my class are so nice and I adore the professor. It is so nice to have people to have lunch with between lecture and lab! It was actually kind of nice – Thursday, my friend Erica and I took a break from studying before lab to go to the student union to watch some of the USA vs Germany soccer game and eat our lunches. The student union was packed! We ended up sitting on the floor by the tv (so many others were on the floor too) because all the seating was occupied. I just am so happy that I am feeling comfortable there 🙂

Between class and work this week I feel like I didn’t really get to do much else. There was zero time for the barn, except for yesterday after my test. The farrier was out so I decided to ride before it was Vinnie’s turn. Vinnie was in a weird mood. I can’t explain it any other way expect to say he was speedy and not really listening to his full potential. I ended up working him kinda hard, so when I was walking him out and then scooping poop from the arena he kept trying to lay down and roll in the sand. He was really sweaty!13 I thought it was beautiful outside but then at the end of my ride I started to hear thunder. Shortly after I made it back down to the barn it started to pour! 14

There were a few days where I managed to squeeze in a little workout at the Y before going to work. I ran one day and then targeted back and abs another day. 5

I also had my appointment with Mary on Wednesday and that went really well. We actually ended up talking about school and ways to make sure I am not listening to what others might have to say about their diets or nutrition. She gave me good advice on way to start thinking like a nutritionist! I will have another appointment with her in two weeks.

Let’s see… I’m trying to think of what else there is to share… Oh right, my parents left for Baltimore on Thursday. They have tickets to a few Orioles games. I am beyond sad that I am not with them right now. I loved Baltimore so much when I went there last summer and I wish I could be with them right now because I know they are having the time of their lives. Sometimes summer school happens though. What can you do?

This next week is going to be another jam packed one. Filled to the brim with lecture, lab, assignments and studying. I am going to try and squeeze every drop of relaxation and joy out of this weekend! I will be sure to check back in tomorrow before week 2 begins!

Random photos of some of my eats:1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15 16

Lots of banana bread, chicken salad or turkey sandwiches, and pork tenderloin with quinoa and veggies! This last picture: pork tenderloin and quinoa with pesto… so good!

Semi-silent Sunday: photos from the weekend :)

Hi all, I hope you have been having a wonderful weekend! Mine has been rather busy, with a few moments of relaxation thrown in here and there.

Friday

I was up early to feed the horses before I met Bryan at the gym! It was arms and abs day. I used one of my apps to come up with the workouts. We went up to 10 on the arms (leaving out the pull ups) and abs and we only did one round of the abs. We are beginners haha!1 2 24 25

After the gym I had my second breakfast and then read for the rest of the morning.3 I finished my book and was kind of bummed that it was over. Quick lunch! 4

My mom and I went out to the barn in the evening and I got in maybe a 3 minute ride. There was a lot of thunder but I really just wanted to get him in the arena. We fed the horses and I took care of the sheep and gathered the chicken eggs. On the way home I had a kashi bar for my snack.5 6

For dinner we went to Oak Tree Tavern in the middle of nowhere just across the Virginia border. This place was so cool. My parents went there for their anniversary and loved it. There was live music and it is in an old plantation house so it is extravagant. I had the best grilled mahi mahi over rice and veggies.9 7 8 We had a great time, clearly!10

Saturday

Greeted by this adorable face 🙂11

Went to the barn early to feed and then when I got back home I made my breakfast. 2 poached eggs over veggies, oatmeal with blueberries and coconut, and a chai latte.12

My dad and I went to Lowe’s and I got started on my bed frame. We cut the board to the right lengths and then I used a jig to drill holes in each end of the board. I had a quick lunch before getting ready to go to Heather’s baby shower.13 I actually had a nice time at the shower! They had a very nice set up and I got to see an old friend, Corinne. The three of us have known each other since elementary school!14 15(don’t judge me for re-wearing the shirt I wore out to dinner)

I had a pretty bad headache the rest of the day so I tried to take it easy. I had a snack when I got home and then relaxed.16 For dinner we had grilled chicken, roasted veggies, green beans and sweet potato gnocchi with a sauce I created. The sauce I made was kind of a failure. Not really my favorite. Oh well, only one way to learn!17

Today

This morning I slept in until 8:30 and then I quickly got ready to meet up with Josh and Justin. We went to Panera Bread for breakfast before going to The Summit for the church service. The service was good, but I didn’t take as much away from it as I did the other time I went with the guys. After church we spontaneously played mini golf. I was in the lead up until the 8th hole… I finished in second though!18 19

For a late lunch back at home I made myself quinoa with sauteed peppers, leftover taco turkey, pepperjack cheese and guacamole. I also had a greek yogurt.20

After lunch I push mowed outside and worked up a good sweat. I came inside and relaxed for a but before fixing my snack and heading out to the barn.21

Vinnie was good, really lazy at first. Then halfway through my ride the little neighbor girl was screeching at the top of her lungs and Vinnie wasn’t exactly a fan of that. But it was still fine. Vinnie might have worked up the biggest sweat yet! I gave him a really thorough hosing off, and Ray starting licking water off Vinnie’s butt which was really adorable.22 23

Now I am about to go have dinner with my parents. I feel bad I didn’t really do anything special for father’s day, especially since my dad has done so much for me this past year! I am going to have to make up for it!

Superstition ain’t the way

Hi guys! So I have heard several times today that tomorrow is a big day for those who are superstitious. It is going to be Friday the 13th and a full moon. I can’t decide if I am superstitious or not. I think I am the type who kind of laughs in the face of danger, so I feel like absolutely nothing bad or out of the ordinary is going to happen tomorrow, but I am daring the world to make something happen. Does that make any sense at all? How are you guys feeling about this “big” day tomorrow?

Today was a pretty chill day (maybe leading up to a big day tomorrow??? 😉 ) even though I had to wake up early to go to the barn and feed the horses before getting ready for work at 9. So I fed the horses and when I got back home I jumped in the shower and got dressed before fixing a super fast breakfast. I quickly made a brussels and 2 farm fresh egg scramble, toast with cinnamon cream cheese and grapes. I took a yogurt with me as well for my morning snack. I think I have officially mastered the art of eating my breakfast while driving. 1

At work I mainly focused on getting more product up on the website. I also did a few other things in the store, such as tagging new stuff that came in. Since I didn’t have time to pack my lunch this morning I ended up walking down to Which Wich. I got a turkey and pepperjack cheese sandwich loaded up with veggies. It was pretty good!2

After closing up the store I headed home and then fixed my snack. I had blueberries, pretzels and almonds.3 I did a little reading before I headed out to the barn to do the p.m. feeding! Feeding the horses is so relaxing. I love it.4

For dinner my mom made peppers and onions and chicken sausage. I made a quick potato dish using my new veggie spiralizer. It was a delicious dinner full of wonderful flavors!5 Now we are all relaxing and enjoying the rest of the night 🙂 Hope you had a good Thursday. To all my superstitious friends out there, stay safe! My non-superstitious peeps, enjoy your Friday!

First half of the week is in the books!

Wow… I haven’t posted an update in a while! I feel like I only really have a few things to mention from the past few days. Let’s see, I’ll start with Monday if I can remember that far back!

Breakfast was banana bread. 1I had a dentist appointment early Monday morning in Roxboro. It went well as always. Then I was off to work. It was a really good day at work. I mainly worked on getting product up online, but I also just had a nice time talking with my co-workers. They are such a fun group. For snack I had yogurt and a kind bar.2 My mom dropped off lunch for me. She got me a huge turkey sandwich from Whole Foods, along with fruits and veggies. 3

When I got home from work, the power was off so I had a yogurt and a WhatsoNutso bar for my snack before heading out to the barn to ride.4 Just before I was about to ride my parents showed up at the barn and said that they were going to go pick something up for dinner since the power was still out. There was a moment when some eating disordered thoughts crept into my mind. I was quickly going through all the options of takeout and labeling it as acceptable or not. I just couldn’t decided on anything that sounded good so I told my parents to just get something because they know what I like. I think Vinnie could pick up on my discontent a little because the beginning of the ride was a mess. He kept freaking out at one end of the arena and I probably was letting my anger control the situation instead of handling things in a calmer fashion. The ride got better though and we ended on a good note. Think I wore him out? Hahaha.5

When I got home later in the night the power was back on and I was surprised to find that my parents just picket up a rotisserie chicken, sweet potatoes and veggies. 6

So that was an interesting dilemma I found myself in. I guess eating out or getting take out unexpectedly is still a little bit of a sore spot for me to work on.

Tuesday

Tuesday morning I was up early to hit the gym with my boss! On the way in to Durham I had two slices of my banana bread.7 At the gym we did strength training, targeting our legs. Holy cow, at the time it didn’t seem like much but later in the day and all day today we sure were feeling it!

After our workout I came home since I had the day off and then I fixed my second breakfast. I made a spinach scramble using two of the farm fresh eggs from the barn 🙂 Yum! I also had some strawberries. 8

I read some of my book and then took a reallllyyy long nap haha. When I woke up I read some more and watched a little TV before fixing my lunch. I used leftovers to make a veggie, chicken and sweet potato hash that I had with blueberries, cashews and a greek yogurt.9 I relaxed until it was time for me to get ready to go have my appointment with Mary. I had a kind bar for my snack before going in to meet with her. 10

I had a really good session with Mary yesterday. I kept a food log over the past week and we looked at each day to see what percentages of my intake were coming from carbs, protein and fat. She told me that it seemed like I was falling a little short on my carbohydrates, especially since I am being so active. So we talked about things that might be holding me back a little bit when it comes to carbs and we made goals for myself. We also did a nutritional analysis on one of the days that most reflected my typical day to get a more in depth look at if I was getting the right percentages when it comes to all of my carbs, veggies, fruits, proteins, fats, vitamins and other nutrients. It was just an overall informational session! It was funny how last week we wanted to look at my protein numbers but it turned out to be my carbs that were falling short.

After my appointment I headed straight out to the barn so I could ride with Renee before it got dark. We went on a trail ride since she just wanted to do something light with G since she left today to go to a show! Jealous. Anyways, I was super impressed with Vinnie because I jumped right on him and went down the rode without warming him up in the arena or anything, and he was amazing! It was getting dark outside and he usually freaks out but he was so, so, so well behaved. I was thrilled 🙂 I helped Renee feed the horses and chatted for a bit before heading home.

For dinner my parents made roasted veggies and ravioli.11 Very tasty! I had a low key night and then had an apple and an almond butter sandwich before heading off to bed.

Today

This morning I was up early again to meet Bryan at the gym. He expressed his hatred of me since I made him so sore yesterday morning haha! On my way in I ate the remaining two slices of my banana bread. Today we ran on the treadmills for 30 minutes for our workout. I really had to push myself today, but it felt good when I was finished.12

At work all I did was put up product on the website. I got 20 women’s shirt completely finished. After adding all of the information on the website I had blueberries, greek yogurt and almonds for my snack.13 Then I went to take pictures of all the shirts in the video room. After I took all the pictures I had to edit them before I could add them to the website. I took a break to have my lunch. I had an apple and leftover veggies and ravioli. 14

When I got home from work I sat out on the porch swing for a bit and watched a storm roll in as I ate a kind bar for my snack. I was going to sit out there and read some but then it became extremely windy and it started to rain so I headed inside.15

Well, I think now you are officially up to date! I am taking care of the horses while Renee and Marty are at the show so I am off to feed them!

Hope you have been having a great week so far!

Where is this weekend going?

This weekend has gone by way too quickly. It probably feels that way because I have been busy working. Yesterday I spent the majority of my time at work getting merchandise put up online. It was a good day though, painless and productive haha.

Before work yesterday I whipped up a two egg and veggie scramble, a chai latte, english muffin with jam and almond butter and some berries. Delish! IMG_3270

At work I packed the last of the taco turkey mixture, peppers and onions and a sweet potato. Plus a strawberry Greek yogurt. 1

I left work at 5 and headed home. When I got home I relaxed for a few and had my snack before going out to the barn.2

At the barn, Renee told me all about the woman who came to see Ray. I am happy and sad to share that Ray has been sold and he will be leaving the barn in a week to go to his new home. This woman sounds like she is the sweetest, most caring person to ever walk this earth, so Ray is going to be well provided for and loved, which is a huge comfort to us all. He is a great horse so he deserves the best!3

After talking to Renee for a while I groomed Vinnie and got him tacked up. We had a great little ride. I think he was worn out by the end of it! It was really funny, Renee dewormed him before I tacked him up and even after his ride he was still untrusting of putting things in his mouth. I brought him carrots and he just would not eat them! After a few minutes I finally got him to eat one and then he was fine and gobbled up the rest. He is a funny one. 4

When I got home from the barn I washed up and got started on my dinner. I made sauteed veggies (I used my new mandolin slicer and my spiralizer) and black bean and cheese “chimis” with guac for dipping. It was a delicious dinner!IMG_3271

After dinner I decided to make a loaf of banana bread since I didn’t really have much else for my breakfast in the morning. I relaxed some more, playing sudoku and watching tv before I fixed a little snack of blueberries, Greek yogurt and almonds. IMG_3272

This morning I managed to sleep in and it felt incredible! I really needed it. I did some chores around the house before I fixed a green smoothie and banana bread for my breakfast.IMG_3273 I read for a bit as well. Now I am thinking I will go do a quick run before I get ready to head into work for the last game of the homestand! Hope you all enjoy the remainder of your weekend!