Archive | December, 2012

Snowed In

30 Dec

Good morning readers!

Today marks my last full day at home. I’ve already got the suitcase packed so I’m spending the day seeing a couple friends, some time with my parents and some time organizing clothes into piles I can donate or keep.

Yesterday morning I woke up to a lot of text messages so I wasn’t really able to sleep in. It ended up being a good thing since we had an impending snowstorm coming our way, I wanted to get out and try and hunt for a great sweater bargain before it got too messy. First, I made breakfast.IMG_1825 IMG_1826I made a 2 ingredient pancake topped with Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB and washed it down with a glass of milk with blueberries on the side 🙂

Although I wasn’t successful in finding any sweaters that I loved, I ran into a friend from high school, got a pair of 5 dollar gym shorts and scored the BIGGEST bargain I think I have experienced to date.IMG_1842I bought this sweater dress for $5.16 from Ann Taylor Loft. It was the only one in the entire store and I eyed this girl trying it on so I asked her where she found it. She ended up not wanting it (WHY?!?! I will never know) so she told me she left it in the dressing room. I’m so excited to wear it for NYE! 🙂

When I got out of the store, I realized how quickly our town was turning into a winter wonderland and how fast the snow was coming down.IMG_1827 IMG_1828

Once I got home I was starving. My breakfast did a good job of holding me over awhile though. Nonetheless, the first thing I did when I got home was reheat my chili and add some guacamole to it for a little kick.IMG_1835 Then I was home for the day due to all the snow and had to cancel some of the plans I had made and my family friend ended up getting the flu so I won’t be able to see them this break 😦 Although I was bummed, it was great to have some time to myself and my parents. I ended up napping for awhile too. Then I decided I should show you guys some of my Christmas presents!IMG_1844 IMG_1845

I also got this jacket from lululemon (it’s in the wash currently) and these running tights, but we had to exchange the size.

I am so fortunate to have gotten so much quality running apparel from my family. I also got a bunch of small things, like a great new nail polish color I’ve been rocking in my pictures, but figured you guys would be more interested in the big stuff.

After my nap, I lounged around for quite awhile watching Scrubs, Glee and eventually making a big salad for dinner. So big I actually had to move it from a bowl into a mixing bowl haha. IMG_1849 IMG_1850 IMG_1851In the bowl was spinach, zucchini, tomato, avocado, shrimp, cranberries, orange bell pepper, mushrooms, and beets in a balsamic vinaigrette. As if I didn’t have enough veggies in there, I also enjoyed a side of steamed asparagus. The dinner was absolutely what I was craving and filled me up. I enjoyed a couple bites of this local vanilla ice cream afterwards.IMG_1852I then went outside to try and capture how beautiful the snow looked, but I’ll have to get some better shots of it today instead.IMG_1853 IMG_1855 IMG_1856 IMG_1858I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday!

Until next time,



Quality Time

29 Dec

Good evening readers! As my time at home comes to a close, it’s been bittersweet to make plans knowing I won’t know when the next time I will get to see everyone will be. Today, and now tonight, I have been snowed in due to a big snow storm. I luckily got up and out early this morning and was able to drive home when the storm started. It looked gorgeous. IMG_1832I’ve actually been having a really good string of breakfasts and lunches these last couple of days. I’ve been very happy with myself in terms of both staying on track and enjoying myself with each meal. There’s something about being home that makes so many things feel much less stressful. I’m never feeling guilty or conscious so I find myself sitting down to eat a meal and then not worrying about food at all until I’m definitely hungry again. I’m not worrying about when I’ll get my next workout in, I just take them as they come. I also haven’t been running around with a full schedule trying to see every single last person and not having any time to relax. I’ve have a great harmony of alone time and seeing friends this break. It’s been exactly what I needed.

Without further ado, it’s picture time! Thursday morning I woke up ready for some oatmeal 🙂 so I made some Whipped Banana Oatmeal and topped it with blueberries and raspberries at the end so they would pop a little and melt into the oatmeal. I added a big spoonful of Cinnamon Raisin PB to turn this meal into perfection.IMG_1783 IMG_1791IMG_1790Next I ran some errands with my mom and tried on some fun heels while she was looking at after Christmas sales on Christmas items. IMG_1792IMG_1848I came home, caught up with a close family friend on the phone and got confirmation that her husband who teaches in Newtown is okay. Then it was time to meet up with Lacey to go see Les Miserables. I packed a healthy snack pack to enjoy if I got hungry during the movie.IMG_1794Boy am I glad I packed it! The movie was 3 hours. So I dug into the yogurt during and the carrots on the drive home. I highly recommend this movie. I do not do musicals. Rent bores me, Chicago I didn’t even last 20 minutes. Something about Les Mis moved me though and kept me engaged for the entire time. Definitely a must see movie.

After that I came home, skyped with Kevin for a hot second then whipped myself up some sauteed vegetables and spaghetti squash. I even got to teach my parents all about this wonderous vegetable.IMG_1797 IMG_1800 IMG_1802In the bowl was spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower, feta cheese, my dad’s homemade tomato sauce, yellow squash and spaghetti squash. It was filling and really delicious. Definitely hit the spot with my craving for vegetables.

Right after I finished up dinner my friend Haley arrived and we caught up while stalking One Direction and watching Simple Plan music videos. As Haley noted, “Some things never really will change.” We discovered we both want to move to California this year so we tossed around ideas of moving together. We are thinking about two different areas though and I don’t want to take away from her dream so we will see, but it was really exciting to look at apartments together and discuss logistics. Once Lauren came we continued to catch up until Haley got hungry and it was time to head to the diner.IMG_1803 IMG_1804 IMG_1807Diner trips are always a tradition of ours so it felt good to be right in our old groove. Although my camera died Lauren made sure that we had 3 rounds of photoshoots. I didn’t order anything, but snagged some of Lauren’s french fries. After that we came home, put the pajamas on, and apparently I passed out in the middle of our conversation around 2am. When we woke up yesterday morning my parents were cooking us a 5 star photo-4 ImageAfter breakfast, I took some time to blog and digest then went for a 4 mile run. Although I felt a little tired, it felt really great after to accomplish it and be active. After that I went home, showered, and started to cook my first ever chili while waiting for Alex to arrive. I followed this recipe from the blog PB Fingers. I didn’t add any meat though and used fresh tomato. My parents didn’t have all the spices so it didn’t have a lot of kick, but Alex and I both enjoyed it.IMG_1811 IMG_1813 IMG_1814 IMG_1818 IMG_1819Alex was clearly very happy to appear on the blog. I topped mine with some grated cheese and some Greek yogurt for a little extra protein. We also had some sides to munch on while we waited.IMG_1812 IMG_1817 IMG_1816 IMG_1815After catching up we decided it was obviously time for some ice cream so off we went to Coldstone. I had trouble deciding, but went with the Chocolate Devotion which has chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips, brownies and fudge. It would’ve been amazing but they put WAY too many chocolate chips in it so I could really only eat about 1/3 of it before giving up. I also asked for the smallest portion, but he ended up making me double that. Whoops!IMG_1820 IMG_1821 IMG_1822We both ordered the same size… haha. Coldstone has never really been my favorite, but Alex was craving it and it worked out well since I didn’t want to have a ton of dessert. It was great to see her and we will both be planning trips out to see each other in the coming months.

As for me, I’m now going to snuggle up to some more Scrubs in my bed and fall asleep reading some more of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Until next time,


Healthy Holiday Hints

28 Dec

Hey readers!

I hope everyone isn’t suffering too bad from the post-Christmas lull. We still have New Years! I am in the process of finalizing my plans to go visit my friend Adrienne in Boston. What are you guys up to?

As I was going through my holiday break, I had to make a lot of adjustments to stay on a healthy track. My family is fairly active and we went on runs both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, their eating patterns are entirely different from mine. I used to eat just like they did – not eat all day and then have a HUGE lunch/early diner to make up for it. But that would leave me eating more than I wanted, giving me a bellyache, and completely throwing me off for that day and the day after. So I wanted to write to you guys letting you know how I navigated it this year and give you guys some, hopefully, helpful hints.

1. Eat throughout the day – the morning we went to the Bronx my family said we weren’t having breakfast and were going to wait til lunch. I knew that would leave me with low energy, starving, and pretty miserable. I used to think it would be great because I could get skinnier by eating less in my day, and one big meal would be enough to fill me. In the end, I ended up eating more, what I ate wasn’t that healthy, and I would feel awful. So I planned ahead this time. To accomodate myself, without burdening my family, I made a Sweet Breakfast Scramble the night before and put it in the fridge. In the morning, I grabbed it on our way out and ate it in the car.IMG_1654 I also snacked on a Raisin Bran muffin while we were waiting around noon. We ended up not eating til 3pm!! (Also our Christmas Eve dinner didn’t happen til 1030 pm). Remember, you can’t change how your family does things, but you can change how you react to it. Summary: have small healthy meals/snacks throughout your day to keep your metabolism moving and your appetite happy and balanced.

2. Keep up your consumption of fruits and vegetables – my family typically only makes one vegetable per meal. When I’m cooking for myself I’m eating 4-5 (on average)! This would be a big change in my diet. I planned ahead and went grocery shopping with my mom so I would have veggies and fruits on hand. With every meal, I always made myself a small side salad with a couple different vegetables in it. That way, I could still eat the meal my parents worked so hard to prepare, but could also make a little addition to it for myself.IMG_1718This was my side on Christmas Eve!IMG_1695This was my snack pre dinner when my family had a lot of cheese, vegetables in oil, and crab dip. While I tried little bites of everything, I made sure to snack on lots of veggies. (I cut up some yellow bell pepper too)IMG_1739Christmas Day my parents had cookies and coffee for breakfast, but I chose peanut butter and banana on wheat toast!

3. You can have it all, just not all at once – this is what I have read in Bethenny Frankel’s book Naturally Thin. She talks a lot about how your diet is like a bank account. How I interpreted it is similar to when you get a paycheck: you can’t blow it all right away. You have to save some so you can spend some. Think of your fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy as your savings account and your sweets, special entrees or favorite indulgences as your spending. If you spend the money overtime, you’re in a much more balanced, and better, financial situation. Same with sweets! If you spread them out overtime, and maintain a healthy lifestyle all the while, you can fully enjoy anything you want to eat! So when your family whips out 6 different desserts – pick your favorite and fully enjoy your portion. Or decide on a couple to try and enjoy your bites of each dessert. Either way, as long as you balance your meals throughout your day, dessert won’t knock you off the right track. I chose to have small desserts, since I knew I would be full from dinner, that way I could still enjoy a sweet but not feel totally over stuffed!IMG_1731

4. Try and be active any way you can – So your family may not go on group runs together on the holidays  – and that’s totally fine! Exercise can be 10 minutes of activity at once, repeated throughout the day. Let’s say your family has a dog. Volunteer to take them out for their walk or jog! If you live in a neighborhood with sidewalks, as a relative to join you on a walk (family time and exercise combination!) or take a walk if you need a break. Work on holding your plank in your room then do some push-ups, squats, alternating backwards lunges and repeat the circuit 3 times. Any way you can fit it in, even if it’s just 20 minutes, is great! It will keep your energy up and keep your metabolism moving helping you feel less sluggish and wiped out from all the holiday activity.

"Wanna go for a walk?"

“Wanna go for a walk?”

5. Enjoy everything and don’t beat yourself up! – Okay, so you ate a lot at dinner last night, and the cake looked too good to pass up. No problem! Did you enjoy it? Then it was worth it. Today’s a new day! Start fresh and have a great breakfast to start your day off on the right foot and tackle everything one step at a time. Remember, this is a holiday. It is a special occasion and you should treat yourself! Just don’t treat yourself every meal and everyday. Pick your favorites so you can have something to look forward to and motivate you to stay on track so you can enjoy it later! IMG_1672IMG_1691IMG_1682

6. Remember your goals/reasons for wanting to be healthy – it was easy for me to get wrapped up at Haley and Lauren’s holiday party and let go of all my progress on the appetizer table. I realized the more I was feeling guilty about it, the more I found myself going back to the snack table! Like I said, don’t beat yourself up and enjoy things! Once I started to move around the party and talk to more people, I found myself talking about my goals, my health blog and connecting with people on where we all are in our lives. One of my biggest goals is a balance. I mean this in every aspect of my life, even socializing! By balancing out how I was spending my time at the party, I began to naturally balance out what I was eating and found myself just enjoying the snacks and desserts I did pick. Having this blog be one of my goals also really helped when I was facing my family’s schedule. I knew what was important to me, so I was motivated to find ways to adjust my eating patterns so I could enjoy both my parents meals and stay on my healthy track (plus taking pictures of everything helps me stay accountable to myself, and you guys!)

7. Offer small suggestions to make dishes healthier – Okay, so your parents/relatives are in charge of the meal preparation so whatever they choose is what will be served. So you can’t have spaghetti squash instead of pasta, you can’t choose how much olive oil goes into the pan – don’t fret! When you can, try and offer small suggestions to change things up a little bit. For example, my mom wanted to make pancakes for everyone on Christmas morning. I asked my mom if we could get whole wheat pancake mix instead and it turned out my whole family loved how delicious they tasted! Now, your family may not be as open as mine, but you can also prep some of the batter on the side for yourself and ask the chef to toss on a few whole wheat ones for you! Or, if you don’t feel comfortable asking them to change their prep, bring a dish that you can contribute. Maybe a fruit salad for brunch, maybe a vegetable plate if it’s dinner. Whatever you feel comfortable with, there are plenty of ways to be flexible and creative with helping your holiday meals be a little healthier.

That’s what helped me stay on track this holiday. What are some of your tips or tricks for staying healthy during the holidays?

Here’s a few pictures from my Christmas as a little post-Christmas gift for all of you 🙂 IMG_1746 IMG_1748 IMG_1749 IMG_1750 IMG_1751 IMG_1752 IMG_1754 IMG_1755 IMG_1760 IMG_1762 IMG_1763 IMG_1767 IMG_1769

Until next time,


ONE BIG POST:Whirlwind Recap & Christmas Eve ’12

26 Dec

Hey readers, Merry Christmas to all of you! My gift to you this season is a quick recap of the days leading up to Christmas Eve for me! I’ve been spending a lot of time with family, some friends, and resting and relaxing with myself so I took a little hiatus from the blogosphere. Saturday morning I attempted to sleep in before I got started with my day, but I didn’t want to miss my chance to go grocery shopping with my mom and pick up a couple things I would need to stay on track with healthy eating while I’m home. I rolled out of bed, ate a small breakfastIMG_1631and went out to Whole Foods and Costco with my Mom for some samples galore!IMG_1632Then ate a lunchIMG_1637before  I met up with my cousin Lauren and went shopping with her for some last minute christmas gifts for my mom and dad. I finally got the coat I’ve been eyeing on a good deal too!IMG_1770After all that shopping I was one tired girl. I had dinner with my family then went out to Ashley’s Ice Cream in New Haven with my dad and brother (I had Strawberry since they make it fresh daily it was delicious! And had chunks of fresh strawberries in it 🙂 )IMG_1645 IMG_1649IMG_1646 IMG_1647 IMG_1648

Sunday morning I was up early to go to the Bronx in New York with my family for all the Italian food shopping. I packed a Sweet Breakfast Scramble with Cinnamon Raisin PB to start my day. We wait online for about 3 hours, in 30 degree weather (I wore 6 layers) for our cheese and pasta – we’re a little crazy. After still having to wait for my dad to eat lunch, I snagged some tea and a raisin bran muffin to hold me over.IMG_1654IMG_1661 IMG_1660 IMG_1657IMG_1655 IMG_1656After spotting Kevin Jonas out and about a couple times, it was time for our other tradition, Dominick’s! It’s a locally owned restaurant that has been there since my dad went to college at Fordham and we still see the same waiters every time. You sit next to people you don’t know which is always fun and very much the neighborhood feel. I ordered Eggplant Parm but only ate a small part of the colossal portion.IMG_1662 IMG_1663 IMG_1664 IMG_1666 IMG_1668 IMG_1670I laid in bed for awhile when we got home because I was so exhausted, ate some cereal for dinner, then headed over to my friend Jackson’s where Eric him and Dan were working on music.IMG_1672IMG_1675Monday morning was Christmas Eve! I was able to sleep in, luckily, and woke up to a good start to my day with a solid breakfast. Then a couple hours later, my mom brother and I went for a run and afterwards I made a smoothie then I hit the gym for some strength training and circuit training to try and work on my butt 🙂 (so. many. squats.)IMG_1682IMG_1685 IMG_1686IMG_1687 IMG_1691Ater the gym, it was chocolate milk time!IMG_1692After a quick glass I went upstairs and got ready, realxed until it was snack time around 6 o’clock.IMG_1695 IMG_1696 IMG_1700 IMG_1697IMG_1701 IMG_1702 IMG_1703 IMG_1706 IMG_1708I enjoyed some of the crab dip, some veggies, a little bit of cheese, and then realized we weren’t going to eat dinner until after 10pm. (so typical for our family, but always leaves me with a headache and not feeling well). So I went into the fridge and whipped up a snack (cottage cheese, raisins, banana) to tide me over while we decorated the tree.IMG_1711 IMG_1710Upon realizing it was snowing, it was time to eat dinner. Zucchini, Veal Parmesan, Fresh Egg Noodle Pasta and Homemade Tomato Sauce.IMG_1715 IMG_1716 IMG_1717After dinner my family whipped out this huge Chocolate Souffle cake my mom always makes, but it was close to midnight and I was full in addition to being exhausted so I opted for my chocolate covered strawberry instead. While my mom got the cake ready, there was some dog snuggling action goin on. He, Oliver, was my Christmas Present 6 Christmas Eve’s ago! 🙂IMG_1722IMG_1724 IMG_1727 IMG_1730 IMG_1731 IMG_1732Then my brother and I exchanged gifts with each other. I got him a couple movies on Blu-Ray and a Timex Ironman Sports Watch while he got me the Lululemon Power Y Tank in my favorite color, blue!IMG_1719 IMG_1721

It was a great evening for sure! Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying the time with your family and friends! My Christmas Day post will be up shortly 🙂

Until next time,


Peanut Butter Co. & An Annual Holiday Party!

22 Dec

Happy Saturday readers!

Yesterday was my big travel day from Washington DC to NYC to back home in CT. I started off my morning before the sun even came out at 530AM so I could brush my teeth, get ready, and be outside by 6AM waiting for a bus to the metro.IMG_1594 IMG_1596It was cute, since I had to carry my bear a man on the metro bus struck up a conversation with me about it. We ended up talking and he was so sweet. After the holidays he’s traveling to Japan for 8 days. He worked there back in his 20s and always wanted to go back, so he is now! It was a little inspirational to see someone following through on a dream like that and a great start to my “holiday break.”

I took the metro to my bus and met up with my brother. We departed at 7AM so I naturally slept the first hour and snacked on an apple about halfway through the trip.IMG_1597Once we got there, our parents were running late, no big surprise, so Nick and I went to a Starbucks and just chatted for about an hour catching up. While he chose a coffee, I chose a Mighty Mango Naked Smoothie. Always a good go to for me when I’m thirsty and hungry 🙂IMG_1598 IMG_1599However, I only drank half because I knew my family and I were going somewhere extra special for lunch today…IMG_1600Does this look familiar to any of you readers?

To give you a hint, after we ordered our sandwiches I also made sure to get a couple special purchases:IMG_1601Yes! That’s right! I went to the place where Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB comes from!!! 🙂 I was so excited for this little venture and it did not disappoint. There were so many interesting choices to choose from, and the dessert menu was TO DIE for, but I eventually chose The Elvis: maple syrup peanut butter, banana slices, and bacon on whole wheat bread with a big glass of skim milk to “wash it down” as they say on the menu :).IMG_1602 IMG_1603 IMG_1604Although I wasn’t sure at first if I would get the bacon, I decided to try it. I rarely have it and figured if I was ordering a sandwich called the Elvis, it wouldn’t be right sans bacon. It was delicious. I enjoyed every last bite.

The restaurant had a really classic feel to it. It was small, yet cozy with all these paintings and pictures up from the last couple generations of what peanut butter used to be advertised like. It gave you this really home-y feel and felt very classic.IMG_1605 IMG_1606 IMG_1607What was really cute is on the Potato Chip packaging the owner of the company explains when he was a kid his PB&J was served to him with carrot sticks and chips. He wasn’t allowed to eat the chips without having the carrots. He encouraged us to make sure we ate our carrots or his mom might come after us. I thought it was a great message to send out about balanced eating but in a very approachable and personal way. Peanut Butter Co. you are awesome.

Once home back in CT, I walked into my room and was so happy to see it again 🙂IMG_1609 I laid in bed until it was time to get ready for my friend’s annual holiday party. They’ve had it every year for the last 5 or 6 years and it became especially great once we all went off to college. I can always count on seeing this group of people once a year and it never fails to be a good time. I had some Shrimp and Cashewchinese food leftovers my parents had in the fridge with a simple salad on the side. I knew I would be snacking at the holiday party, so I wanted to get some good nutrients in me beforehand.IMG_1610 IMG_1611 IMG_1612I ate at our dining room table that my mom spends hours decorating each year. Our whole house becomes “Chrismafized” and there’s lots of small details throughout – like my nutcracker name holder. Once I headed out, I swung over to target to grab a gift for the present swap game. Tradition.IMG_1613While shopping, I had a couple gifts in my hand, but ultimately decided to pick a gift for a specific audience. When people get ambiguous gifts they’re either funny or traded back and forth a lot because people want something else, so I wanted to pick a gift that someone would definitely enjoy. I decided to get some Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms and bought myself a book to read over break. Perks of Being a Wallflower 🙂IMG_1614 IMG_1615I got to the party pretty much right on time, somewhat fashionably late by 15 minutes, and was drawn to Jack’s buffalo chicken dip he made. Holy wow. It was so delicious! And Haley’s boyfriend made bacon wrapped salmon which was also, amazing. It was dangerous to sit inbetween the two, but I enjoyed each bite and spaced them out. It’s always hard for me to avoid such temptation at parties, especially when everyone around me isn’t really concerned about it and enjoys what they’re having. At times during the party I found myself beating myself up for what I was eating and at those points I walked around the party and would go talk to someone different to keep me entertained and out of my own head.IMG_1616We played the present swap game, caught up on how everyone’s life is going, shared personal stories, and I was laughing hysterically for a good portion of the night. I didn’t take a picture, but in the gift swap I won The Dark Knight Rises on DVD! WOOO! Such a good gift year for me 🙂IMG_1617 IMG_1619 IMG_1622 IMG_1624 IMG_1626 IMG_1629Then it was time for dessert! I tried one of each, but my ultiamte favorite was the Red Velvet munchkins Haley and Lauren made. They were incredibleIMG_1620 IMG_1621I eventually decided I couldn’t be a prisoner to my own mind games, and just decided I would enjoy the evening, and hop back on the balance wheel tomorrow. Especially since I’m planning on moving to the other coast next year, I’m not quite sure how next years holiday will go. I’m not going crazy, but I want to be able to enjoy things and not penalize myself for it, not carry the guilt. Self control is still something I am working towards, but it will only be that much harder to achieve if I am constantly analyzing and beating myself up for certain things. I’ve gotta balance it all out.

The evening ended around 1am and it was great to stay that late, despite how tired I was. I am really looking forward to the party next year, and hopefully I can make it back for our 5 Year High School Reunion. Woah.

Until next time,


A, Surprise, Thoughtful Gesture & Packing Up!

21 Dec

Hey readers!

I hope everyone’s travel plans are all set and everyone safely arrives wherever their destination for the holidays may be! As for the blog, let’s rewind to Thursday.

I woke up in the morning, took my time getting out of bed then packed up my bag, cleaned up my room, and made a big smoothie for breakfast to help me power through.IMG_1583 IMG_1584 IMG_1585 IMG_1587 IMG_1588It will be so nice to come home to a super clean room 🙂 I’m really looking forward to that. As for the smoothie in the blend was: 1 banana, 1/3 of a bag of Very Berry Trader Joe’s Frozen Fruit, 1 cup Fage 0% Plain Yogurt and a splash of Vanilla Almond Milk.

After I packed up for the day, I did some relaxing, took a nap, then I was off to my last time babysitting until the New Year! Weird. When I got there there was an envelope on the counter with my name on it! I love holiday cards so I was excited to open it – especially because Max had been telling me how much he disliked the photo selection for this year so I wanted to see what all his fuss was about.IMG_1589I thought the photos were super nice! Inside my card was a check, and I thought it was my weekly payment with a little extra for the holidays. However, when I spoke with Max’s parents, they informed me it was my holiday bonus for being so reliable and having a good relationship with Max! How sweet! I was blown away and didn’t really know what to say, except thank you about 6 times. It was such a sweet gesture and was an absolutely wonderful surprise.

Unfortunately, from there the evening took a bit of a nosedive. I dropped Max off at basketball practice then went to the gym to do a couple max lifts. (You slowly build up the weight and see how much you can lift for each exercise as you decrease the number of reps). I had an okay lift, then went to go grab Max, we had to buy something in Whole Foods to validate the parking, then go back to the gym to find my water bottle – only to discover it was in the car the whole time, then we got back to his house at 640. Kevin’s wrestling match started at 7!! I hopped on my bike, but it was a torrential down pouring outside. So. Much. Rain. Of course, I had chosen sweatpants as my outfit for the day so by the time I got to campus, I was soaked.

I hoped they hadn’t started with his weight class, 149, but they started at 141. By the time I got there I only caught the 3rd period of his match 😦 I then proceeded to watch the rest of the match in my soaking wet clothing eating cold leftovers.IMG_1591At the end of the match I went over to Kevin and he had this huge smile on his face and asked me “What happened?” He thought I missed the whole match because he couldn’t find me in the crowd! I was super bummed I missed the majority of his match, but he was just glad I was able to see at least part of it. I caught up with one of the younger wrestlers and when they were all done the team had Chicken Out and Kevin and his roommates brought some out of the room and sat to eat with me. I was still hungry from my meal since it didn’t have any fat in it. I actually felt like my stomach was a bottomless pit. I scarfed down a small whole wheat roll and some broccoliIMG_1592

After we all got a ride back, thank goodness, I was still hungry. Kevin made and I made icelandic pancakes together. His mom sent him the syrups they use at home so he was eager for me to try them out.


1. 1 cup flour

2. 1 cup milk

3. 1 egg

4. 1/2 stick butter melted

5. A little extra milk

Whip all of it together and make the pan on the stove very hot. Pour about 3/4 cup of the mix onto the pan and tilt the pan until the mix goes all the way around the circle. Flip when you see it bubbling in the middle and around the edges, then flip again in 1-2 minutes. And voila! (They’re kinda like crepes)IMG_1593And always so so delicious. Pictured above, I went with maple syrup on one, the Boysenberry Syrup (that Kevin’s mom sent us) on one, and then brown sugar inside the third with cinnamon on top. Hit. the. spot.

Tomorrow morning I leave back home for Connecticut. I think I am the most excited this year. I really need the break from working and everything in DC and am excited to get the chance to see all my friends from home. It’s going to be great 🙂

What are your travel plans for the holiday?

New Gadgets and Quick Meals

20 Dec

Good afternoon readers!

It’s been a really hectic couple days with a lot of biking, since my mom took the car home early, so I’ve been pretty wiped out by the time I get home. Nonetheless, I’m still on track and ready to update you guys on the last two days.

Tuesday I had the day off from the lab so I slept in and found myself rehooked on an old addiction, Teen Mom 2. And now it’s even on Netflix! I will definitely catch up on all of the episodes over break. Hey, we all have a guilty pleasure right?

Once I got hungry, I hopped out of bed and made myself something to eat.IMG_1521Sweet Breakfast Scramble with my Cinnamon Swirl PB. Nommmmmm 🙂

Around 130 I was hungry for some lunch. Time for some Grilled Cheese with  Muenster and tomato, with some tomato slices on the side drizzled in balsamic vinaigrette and some blackberries. It was pretty good 🙂IMG_1522 IMG_1524After lunch, I met up with Kevin so we could go to the Verizon Store and buy him his Christmas Present!! He was still back and forth on a couple phones, but I was happy to convince him to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

We wanted to talk to the first representative we met with on Sunday, but unfortunately we were waiting over a half hour and I had to bike over to babysitting before he could help us. At babysitting, I got hungry and snacked on a Kaishi Chocolate Chip and Banana Bar.IMG_1525 IMG_1526It was a little dry for my taste, but was filling and pretty good. Again, I think it lacked a lot of moisture though, which left me a little unsatisfied.

Around 5 Kevin called me to let me know he bought the phone! He decided to kick it in Starbucks while he waited for me to get out of babysitting so we could bike back together and I could see him with his new present from me! (Okay, well I didn’t buy the whole phone, but I did chip in as my present to him). And sure enough, when I walked in bought me a very big cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte. Such a sweetheart 🙂IMG_1527 IMG_1528

Kevin and his very first smartphone!

Kevin and his very first smartphone!

On our way back we swing into Trader Joe’s and picked up some lean ground beef, edamame, tons of veggies and some Butternut Squash Ravioli to help hold me over the next couple days before I go home. After such a big coffee, I couldn’t drink more than half of it, I wasn’t really hungry for dinner so I just made myself a baked sweet potato and had some celery with hummus!IMG_1539IMG_1733Butttttt I forgot to mention, while at babysitting I checked my Amazon account and saw my Garmin Forerunner 210 had arrived at my apartment!!!!!! 😀

Biking home was never easier 🙂 And this new bad boy did not disappoint!IMG_1531 IMG_1533 IMG_1534 IMG_1535Eeeeeeeeeeeee!! I loved the color I chose, at first I was second guessing it, but it’s so bright and fun! (as opposed to all black or dark grey with teal). I unpacked all the charging accessories and instruction manuals, then plugged it into my computer, popped in the installation disc, and got ready to set up my new gadget 🙂IMG_1537 IMG_1538The rest of the evening was spent with the two of us glued to our new gadgets and our butts glued to the couch. We both absolutely love the gifts we got for each other and took a moment to realize how lucky we are and how great our lives are.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning and it was time to be in the lab by 8am. I prepared a breakfast the night before so I could just wake up, to the alarm on my new watch!!!, shower, and go. As you can see, my new bike seat was finally put on my bike! I had some help with that though, okay…a lot of help. But hey, I’m just glad I’m able to have my new seat on.IMG_1554 IMG_1555IMG_1559It’s so pretty!! Although this is the time I scarfed down breakfast, I was so hungry I forgot to snap a photo of it! It was another Sweet Breakfast Scramble though with my Cinnamon Swirl PB. The participant showed up over 2 hours late and I was pretty aggravated. I was exhausted, not feeling well, and was happy to get a little visit in during my time there. In college, I was a part of a sorority and my Big Sister was Nadia. She was in town before moving back to Egypt so she swung by and visited me at work. It was good to chat with her and catch up for a little bit.

After work, I was ravenous so I had a quick snack.IMG_1560 IMG_1563Next I took a nap and then made some lunch when I woke up, again, starving.IMG_1566 IMG_1570For lunch, I whippped up some of those Butternut Squash Raviolis and added some mariana sauce, then had celery and sugar snap peas with roasted red pepper hummus. It was delicious! My stomach started to feel weird, but I thought it was just because I waited so long to eat a real lunch and I was up so early. I didn’t think much of it and kept going.

Then it was back on my bike to get to babysitting. On my way there my stomach began to give me some excruciating pain. Biking was extremely difficult and I even left my phone at the Starbucks I had stopped at to give me a little rest. I didn’t get anything to drink, but I still managed to leave my phone behind. Luckily, when I came back my phone had been turned in. Rough day for me. I whipped myself up half a PB and J to try and soothe it.IMG_1571Coming back from babysitting I needed a very tall glass of OJ and a lot of vegetables for dinner. I found myself making a small chicken cutlet, sauteeing some vegetables – yellow squash, mushrooms orange bell pepper with spinach, slapping some hummus on a whole wheat wrap and having a side of refried beans.IMG_1573 IMG_1574 IMG_1575 IMG_1579 IMG_1580It ended up being exactly what I needed. It was my first time eating refried beans. I enjoyed them! And then followed up with some Christmas Oreos 🙂IMG_17354 was the magic number 🙂

Despite all the running around, I was happy with myself for still managing to eat well 🙂

Until next time,