Soup and Coffee Brunch

Finally finding time to write a post this week…

Today after two morning classes I had a late breakfast/early lunch at Au Bon Pain and it was delicious! I got a medium size Tuscan bean soup and a ciabatta roll with french vanilla coffee. It was only 360 calories total: 160 cal for the soup and 160 cal for the roll. I also got a free travel coffee mug and my coffee for free for signing up for their e-club online. From now on I get coffee for 99 cents if I use the travel mug (as opposed to the $2 per cup it usually is). I definitely prefer coffee at Au Bon Pain over the coffee in the college cafeteria where I usually get breakfast because it is included in my meal plan. That coffee is too strong or bitter for me, but most of the time it will do since I don’t always want to pay for coffee somewhere else.

Tonight I went out to dinner with some dorm-mates to celebrate one girl’s birthday. I felt guilty after eating all of my hibachi chicken and a piece of birthday cake. Fortunately, I went with a couple of friends to the gym when we got back from dinner and then we stretched/did an ab workout together back at the dorm all to work off some of those calories. Tomorrow morning I am participating in a capture the flag game with our dorm. I am not usually one to play in these sort of games and I am not competitive at all, but I think it will be fun. Here are a couple of pictures from my lunch and snack today (sorry there are bites taken in both pictures, I have trouble waiting or remembering to take a picture when there is delicious food in front of me 🙂 ).

Good Night!

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Busy busy bee

Yep, that has been me for the past week. Nothing exciting to report, just lots of work.

On the weight loss front, things are going better. The scale officially said 139.0 lbs today! But that doesn’t mean that I can slack off now, I still have a ways to go. I am also finding that running, whether outside or on the treadmill is like so much easier. For example, today I ran 2 miles on the treadmill in close to 20 minutes and I hardy felt out of breath or dying like I usually do (that was even after 15 minutes on the stair machine while I waited for a treadmill to become free). If I had more time I think I could have done 3 or 4 miles easily at a reasonable pace. This is exciting yet scary for me at the same time. I now worry that I am not pushing myself hard and long enough to get an adequate workout, bit I don’t have time to run for much more than 30 minutes every day, or to put much thought and planning into what my workout will be. On the bright side, I can tell that I am improving! Now back to studying (and hopefully sleep).

I will leave you with a few pictures of food/meals that I have snapped randomly when I think that people aren’t looking (because I feel awkward photographing my plate in the cafeteria before i dig in):

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Disappointment

Well, I guess I have to be honest now. I am really disappointed in myself. This weekend I went off campus on a retreat and I “let myself go”. I gorged myself on food starting Friday night having Bojangles’ fried chicken. Now it was not my choice, but the upperclassmen driving chose that for where to stop for dinner. I had never even been to Bojangles before, so of course I had to get fried chicken fingers and fries (there wasn’t really much else on the menu anyway). So, it was all down hill from there and I just kept letting myself just eat whatever I wanted all weekend because I wasn’t in control of what my meals were. So. The scale now says 145.5lbs as of exactly five minutes ago. Hopefully it won’t go up any more in the next few days, but it might as the aftermath of my choices this weekend. I was down to a solid 140.0 after the first week of orientation, so I was very optimistic that my new busy college schedule would make it easy to lose weight. I guess now that I have figured out my schedule and the cafeteria, I am back to my old ways. I can’t tell you how upset this makes me. But, what next? Well, I start over. Again. Like I always do. I will not give up. Starting right now I am cutting waaaay back on carbs and sugar. I am only allowing basically plain yogurt or an omelette, or oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, and salad, meat, or vegetables for lunch and dinner. I will also allow myself fruit for now. I guess we will see how this goes. I will try to do a quick update tomorrow. Until then, pray for me! I can’t have the distraction of unhealthy eating habits and low self-esteem anymore I have just too much going for me.

College Bucket List

Hey there!

So, I feel like these college posts are getting boring talking about cafeteria food and the gym. So to spice things up a little, I am making a college bucket list for the next four years in this post. But first, I will tell you about the awesome brunch I just had this morning: yogurt with perfectly ripe strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and granola, an orange, a boiled egg, and coffee. There were so many delicious looking options that I would like to try (just a taste of) next time, but I tried to be good this morning. Okay, now for my bucket list:

1. go to at least one event of every varsity sports team: baseball, basketball(M/W), soccer(M/W), cross-country, track, wrestling, fencing, field hockey, football, golf(M/W), lacrosse(M/W), rowing, swimming and diving, tennis(M/W), volleyball

2. visit the local farmer’s market

3. cook a meal with my friends in our dorm kitchen

4. go for a run on the hiking trails on campus

5. take an exercise class

6. visit the local shopping mall

7. go to a church service in the chapel

8. study in the gardens

9. have lunch with a professor

10. study abroad

11. harvest something from the campus farm

12. visit the art museum

13. climb the chapel

14. get something from a food truck

15. eat dinner at the Freeman Center

16. have dinner in the Tobacco District

17. go to a musical performance at DPAC

18. go to a Bulls baseball game

This is still a work-in-progress, so I may update it in the future under the page College Bucket List. So far I have already crossed a few things off the list!