Morning Off

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Omelette breakfast

This morning I didn’t have Chem lab since it is the first week, so I slept in late, went to the gym (which wasn’t crowded like the last time I tried to workout) where I ran 2.25 miles on the treadmill and then had a late breakfast of an egg white omelette with olives and blue cheese, fruit, and coffee to go. I have to say that I was disappointed in the omelette. It was dry and too salty with both the olives and blue cheese. Next time I think I will try one with veggies and regular cheddar cheese. It was partly my fault because I went so late that they ran out of the good toppings like tomato and mushrooms. Now I think I will go check out the library for the first time and maybe get some homework done. Cheers!

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What’s left of my coffee

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Adapting

Hello there,

Orientation week is now over and classes start tomorrow. That means I will finally be on some sort of schedule and hopefully not staying up too too late. This week I have started to learn how to adapt to my new lifestyle as far as eating and exercising. Today I tried out the bigger campus gym (just did the elliptical), and ate in the cafeteria for breakfast and dinner. I am happy to say that there are plenty of healthy options available, but I am sure I will get tired of the same cafeteria foods repeated over and over. I still have a lot more learning and exploring to do in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! Sorry I don’t have many pictures, but here is one from breakfast:

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Raisin bran crunch with skim milk and fruit

My Workout Playlist

Rainy Day…

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So what better way than to spend it at the gym!
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I worked out on the elliptical for 50 minutes and then the stationary bike for another 20 min., burning a total of 550 calories! My ipod music kept me going the whole time with some Taylor Swift, One Direction, Selena Gomez, Luke Bryan, and some oldies from my childhood like Hilary Duff, and Backstreet Boys. Below I have put links to a few songs currently on my workout playlist:

Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

One Thing – One Direction

Love You Like A Love Song – Selena Gomez

Why Not – Hilary Duff

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

I Don’t Want This Night to End – Luke Bryan

We’ve Got It Goin’ On – Backstreet Boys

Home – Phillip Phillips

What are some of your favorite workout songs?

Four Days Until…

College!!! That’s right, I move in on Tuesday, so that means I have been busy packing lately.

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I started the day off with a yummy mushroom and cheese omelette and a cup of Joe. I made the omelette with one egg and just the whites of another, fresh mushroom pieces and a slice of sharp cheddar. This was only 170 calories and it kept me full for hours of packing. I am just about ready for college!

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Do you think it’s too much? Haha

I have decided to try to cut out most carbs, especially sugar, because last time I followed an Atkins Diet sort of thing, I lost 5 pounds, but then I stopped. I think the best part of it is that I am pretty addicted to sugar, so this forces me to avoid sweets. Last time I felt more energized and slept better too, and I didn’t even miss the sugar! I not going to be super restrictive this time because I am trying to make a lifestyle change, not a short-term crash diet. My slogan: everything in MODERATION.

I am now ending the day walking on the treadmill while watching Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Have you seen that movie? It’s kinda cute so far.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup- Gourmet Style

Hello again,
We just got back yesterday from moving my sister in to her apartment, so there has been a lack of posting on my part. I was back at the YMCA this morning, ran 2 miles and walked 1. I had some Sweet Frog (frozen yogurt) for lunch with a couple friends and made tomato mozzarella grilled cheese sandwiches to go with tomato basil soup (from a can) for dinner. It was a hit with my family, but I wish I had only eaten half of the sandwich to cut down on the calories. Lesson I need to learn: SELF CONTROL! I know at college I’m going to be surrounded by food calling out to me and I need to learn to be satisfied and say no to food. This was a fairly healthy dinner in my opinion because the soup was only 130 calories and the sandwiches were made with tomato slices and homemade basil pesto on whole grain bread. Here is a picture:

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And a rough recipe:
Tomato Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

A large handful of basil leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
8 slices whole grain bread
2 Medium tomatoes, sliced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Margarine, for spreading

Combine the basil, pine nuts, and olive oil in a food processor or blender to make pesto. Spread onto 4 slices of bread. Top pesto with tomato slices and cheese. Top with another piece of bread. Spread margarine on outside pieces of bread and toast on a griddle or grill pan. Serve with tomato soup. Serves 4.

Reasons to be Fit…Motivation!

       So, you have probably seen these before. They are from the tumblr “Reasons to be Fit”. I came across several on Pinterest and I feel like just about every one speaks to me and describes my personal reasons for wanting to be fit. Today’s post is about motivation because today and the past few days I have had a lack thereof.  I had absolutely no “get up and go” attitude to go run three miles, or even one mile. I have been putting off exercising until the end of the day, even though I am still on summer break and have ALL DAY LONG to work out. So today I got on the treadmill and walked 4.5 miles. At least it was something, but that will not get me results like the girls in the pictures, or accomplish my goals anytime soon.

     On a more positive note, I made some healthy food choices today including: greek yogurt with blueberries for breakfast, an apple and plumb as snacks, passing up garlic bread and eating a small portion of spaghetti at dinner.

We leave tomorrow for Nashville to move my sister in to her apartment. I have packed some healthy snacks for the car ride so that I am not tempted, or so that I don’t starve and gorge myself later.  See y’all later!