Moving Forward

Hey there!

Finished day 2 of my 40 day challenge. I did not get any workout in today (ha-ha I have already failed at this) and I am really disappointed because I was so stressed with school work but I really needed to take a break and get  to the gym for my own mental sanity. It didn’t happen.  I am upset with myself, but as the title of this post says, I just keep moving forward. There is nothing else to do. I have been successful in giving up sweets. I have not had any dessert and I passed on donuts yesterday morning. The hardest part for me seems to be wanting dessert at the end of dinner. I am tired of the cafeteria food at dinner time, but the dessert is always good no matter what, so it is tempting. I also just like something sweet to finish off the meal. It was a bad habit and I am glad to be overcoming it. I am however allowing myself one small dark chocolate a day.

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I figure there are some health benefits to dark chocolate and its only 35 calories a piece.

I took pictures of all the food I have in my dorm room right now. I really keep everything low calorie and healthy because otherwise I will eat too much when I get stressed or bored. This way I can only eat my calories at meals and when I am around other people.

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multigrain pretzels and Triscuits

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carrots and hummus

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Apples in my mini fridge (sorry it’s a bad picture)

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clementines

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and half-and-half for my coffee from the Keurig

That’s it!

I do want to leave you with a Bible verse that really spoke to me today. Whether you are Christian or not, maybe it will mean something to you too.

“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord” Psalm 112:7

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40 Days and 40 Nights

Well, this is embarrassing…or just ironic….

Of course, the day after I post about my tips for staying healthy in the winter, feeling all high and mighty on my soap box as others around me are fending off colds and flu, I wake up with a sore throat. I despise sore throats, it just makes me feel miserable and all I want to do all day is eat in order to soothe the raw feeling in the back of my head. I tried everything from gargling with salt water and Listerine, to throat lozenges, to sore throat relief spray, but nothing actually made me feel normal. I also think I had a fever at some point and I just in general was not feeling well. So, needless to say, I have not been working out and I have not been conscientious about what I eat. However, I feel exponentially better now and it just so happens that it is exactly 4o days until Spring Break.

Now we get to the title of this post. The number 40 is mentioned frequently in the Bible. In most of the instances, the number 40 relates to some kind of testing or probation. The most well-known mention of 40 is when Jesus is tempted by the devil for 40 days and 40 nights. I am going to take on my own test, or temptation experiment for the next 40 days, counting down until my spring break trip to the beach (yes, I will be wearing a bathing suit and be with college boys and girls, scary thought right now). I will not eat sweets, or sugar in general, and do some sort of workout every single day. My challenge is no comparison to what Jesus went through, and it is inevitable that I will fail in some way, since we are all innate sinners, but, I am hoping to find some inspiration or motivation to keep moving forward with getting healthy through what I will call my “40 Days and 40 Nights Challenge”.

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Since I have this picture of fruit from breakfast at the cafeteria this week, just though I’d say that fruit will not count as sugar, just thought I’d throw that out there.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It is so cold today! I don’t hate many things, but I hate being cold. I have been drinking lots of coffee and tea today and had turkey chili for lunch. Anything warm sounds so good to me. I dread walking even ten steps outside, much less across campus to my next class. This is not good because I am completely unmotivated to make the trek to the gym (running outside has been out of the question since it got below 40 degrees).

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Turkey Chili for Lunch

(not my picture, credit: http://midtownlunchtoday.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/au-bon-pain/)

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Using my Keurig again, had some tea to stay warm

On another, but somewhat related topic…

Everyone on campus seems to have some form of sickness right now. It is the season for flu and colds, so I have been doing a lot of things to keep myself healthy. Here is my list of ways to stay healthy in winter:

1. Wash Your Hands – everyone always tells me this is the best way to avoid getting sick. I probably actually don’t do this one as often as I should, so I need to work on it.

2. Exercise – This may be my own assumption, but people always say exercise is good for many different reasons.  I am thankful that I have a decent immune system naturally, thanks to my mom, but I also think that by exercising often I keep myself even more immune to sicknesses.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep – I cannot function if I do not get at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night, so this happens year-round for me. Sleep is a priority of mine, no matter how lame my hall mates might think I am!

4. Take Vitamins- I never got into a habit of taking vitamins as a kid and I seemed to be fine, getting sick maybe once a year. I have been taking just regular adult gummy vitamins since starting college. I figure it can’t hurt, and since I have been eating less in the effort of losing weight, this makes sure I still get the essential vitamins and minerals.

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I am running out with only one more day’s worth of vitamins. I may just have to steal some from my roommate until I get to the store, since she did the same when she ran out.

5. Eat vegetables – I try to have at least one salad a day of various types of vegetables because they contain so many good nutrients for staying healthy (It also keeps me “regular”, if you know what I mean).

6. Get Vitamin C – I have been hearing this a lot lately from students on campus who feel that soar throat or cough coming on. I eat a lot of fruit at breakfast in the morning including strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, bananas, as well as apples and oranges as snacks throughout the day, so I don’t worry about my vitamin C intake. I did receive this Emergen-C drink mix free at some event, but I haven’t tried it. I don’t  like anything orange or Vitamin-C flavored, so I doubt I will like this drink. Also, I don’t know if you can see it in the picture, but I laughed out loud looking at the nutrition facts on the back. It says it has 1,667% of your daily value of vitamin C! That doesn’t seem normal.

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Miscellaneous Musings

Today’s post has no topic or focus, just a bunch of pictures with mini stories to go along with them. So here we go…

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This is what I “stole” from the cafeteria at breakfast this morning. Yummy fruit to snack on when I get hungry later in the day! It is kind of a thing for freshmen to take Tupperware into the cafeteria to store food for later because our meal plan makes lunches really expensive, so some people (like me) try to save food points this way. I also eat less in the middle of the day anyway, so sometimes I just need a pick-me-up snack to keep me going.

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I got a package! One thing that EVERY college kid enjoys is getting a package or mail at school (remember this people, care packages never get old!) This one was actually from my self, ha ha. I had ordered some new running clothes from the new Old Navy active line, thanks to Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers who drew my attention to the awesome sale they were having. This is what I got:

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A blue sports bra

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A pink tank top

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A grey and pink jacket (with thumb holes!) and also some black running leggings (not pictured).

They all seem to fit great, except maybe I should have ordered the petit size in the leggings because they are really long and bunch up around my ankles since I am only about 5’ 2”. I can’t wait to get outside and try them on a run, if only it would stop raining. It has been like a flood here. On the bright side, there is a chance we will get snow tonight! I am really excited to possibly see the campus covered in white!

Dorm Sweet Dorm

Hello from back at college in my dorm sweet dorm! Oh how I missed the freedom and independence, and my friends! I am very glad to be back. One major reason that I am glad to be back is that I noticed whenever I am home, I get on a bad cycle of binge eating (craving a lot of sweets especially) and then not wanting to workout, which makes me feel even worse. My winter break started off really well, going for runs in the neighborhood, eating a good breakfast or lunch and light dinners, and I was weighing in around 133 lbs. But after about a week I got very bored and found myself only walking on the treadmill and watching a lot of TV.

Words.

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I guess when I am at college I stay very busy so that my mind is not thinking about food and I just don’t have time to eat. I also don’t keep food in my dorm room, so there are no temptations for snacking, especially late at night. In addition to that, I use exercise as my break from homework, studying, or just an excuse to get out of my dorm room. So I probably gained around 5 pounds from being home for three weeks, but after only a week back, I think I am back down to where I was before break and I feel great!

Prevention

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/8-healthy-breakfast-ideas

Part of it is also that I was super busy this weekend going through rush for a sorority. It was kind of stressful and very tiring with at least 6 hours a day of talking to girls for three days straight. But I got to meet so many nice upperclassmen girls and it was really fun! I also enjoyed getting dressed up in my new clothes that I got over break, including a new pair of boots like the ones below. Luckily I didn’t have much work from our first few days of classes last week, so I could just come back and crash on my bed. It continues this coming weekend. I am very worried about not getting asked back to the ones that I liked, but hopefully everything will turn out okay.

Southern Charm

http://southernpiphi.tumblr.com/page/36

So cute right?!

I apologize for the lack of real pictures, I need to get into a habit of snapping pictures of whatever I am doing to make my posts more interesting. Every time I think about posting, I realize that I have no pictures to use. So,  I am filling this post with Pinterest pics. Anybody else obsessed with wasting time on Pinterest?

In other news, I had my first “practice” with our coed intramural basketball team today. I played horribly and I think the captain doesn’t really want me on the team, haha, but the rules are that you have to have a certain number of girls on the court at a time, so they needed more girls on the team.