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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

There were a few other titles I had in mind for tonight’s post:

  •  A first time for everything
  • Grateful for Exercise
  • Say whaaaa?

But I picked the broadest title so I could fit it all in ;)

The past couple of days have been interesting, but I would say the last 20 minutes of tonight have been most enlightening. More on that in a sec…

The Good:

  • My new gym. Today as I was cooling down and stretching the Fitness Manager came over to check in and see how I’m liking it so far. He also followed up on a couple of things and remembered small details from our conversation on Tuesday. #win
  • I CAN RUN! This has been no secret but I’ve committed myself to getting back into running shape. Today I did my second running workout plus 2 miles on the elliptical. I’ll slowly rediscover my love for endorphins. I know it!
  • Having positive motivation. When I was tired or wanted to cut my workout short, I reminded myself how much being on bed rest and in a boot sucked and wasn’t I lucky to be able to be exercising at that moment. 
  • Lots of good eats.
  • Finally meeting Alex who started her grad school program this fall. We had a great coffee date and I am so thankful she was willing to give me some tips on Philly for the weekened.
  • I’m heading to Philly over the weekend to help lead a sorority training. Bonus #1 – we are doing it with a partner fraternity. Bonus #2 – It’s my dad’s fraternity and he and I get to have some time to see the sights in Philly!!
  • I won’t be taking accounting for the second module of the semester…
  • And, I’ve eaten a large bunch of kale in 3 days. Mmmmm :)

The Bad:

  • I got my Accounting final test and final course grade, hehe
  • I feel like I wasted my money on that class since I’ll have to retake it once I’m admitted in the MBA program
  • The thought of that makes me nauseous
  • Getting that grade is laughable and liberating… but I don’t think it’s for a good reason… does that make sense?

The Ugly:

  • “Tomatoes with issues.” I guess it could be worse!  Or snowing…
  • Type-A Sarah kind of feels like a failure for not acing accounting, even though the class is a butt-kicking for 80% of the people who take it… Bye bye endorphins for the night.

I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m having a huge pity party over here. I’m well aware that this stress and whatnot is optional and really a privilege in a weird way. I have a roof over my head, food in my pantry, and my health. I know many people do not even have the gift of an undergraduate college education or even of finishing high school. Yet after devoting a lot of time and energy into something to fall short feels kinda sucky. On the flip side, classes thus far have been really enlightening on a multitude of levels and I feel like I know more of what I like, what I don’t, and what my real passions are.

Enough serious stuff for now, onto the food!

Breakfasts the past 2 days have been lovely bowls of hot cereal. Since I have leftover unsweetened applesauce I’ve been adding a small spoonful to my bowl in the morning. Yesterday’s bowl had blueberries and today’s had blueberries plus some diced pear. All topped with nut butter!

Lunch yesterday was one of my favorite sandwiches – a grilled “cheese” sandwich: 2 slices of Udi’s whole grain bread, red pepper hummus, red pepper spread, and spinach. This combo never disappoints! I had half a serving of tomato soup plus a little salad on the side.

Today’s lunch was a result of the intense meat cravings I’ve been having since yesterday afternoon. I had a drop of chili, beef stew, a side salad, and kale chips. An odd combo but it was filling and delicious.

Snacks have been apples with some peanut butter spread on.

Last night I had a really intense craving for meat which led me to explore my freezer in hopes of finding something buried under all my frozen veggies :) I found this little bit of leftover spaghetti and meat sauce from Maggiano’s from March (because I’m Type-A and labeled it with the date) and a big salad with beets, carrots, romaine, and spinach and kale.

Tonight I had a detour to make after the gym to pick up a few things at the White House farmers market and couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat. I finally got inspired: roasted veggie salad and Alexia oven fries. On a bed of spinach and romaine I had a mix of roasted veggies: 2 carrots, half an onion, some broccoli, and okra. Topped with some cheese and Amy’s Italian dressing.

Last night’s snack was half a pear and a toaster waffle and tonight’s will be the other half a pear and maybe some toast. We’ll see :)

I’m off to pack, maybe write my last paper for my leadership class, and watch Grey’s.

 How do you motivate yourself when exercising? Have you ever disappointed your own expectations? Do you have any tips for getting over the “not the grade I was hoping for” blues?

I – I will Survive

As evident by my channeling Gloria Gaynor, I’ve gone a little crazy over the past few days. I blame it on staring at this for the better part of my weekend:

Between accounting studying and a huge group project that was completed over the weekend, I’m beyond happy for this quarter of school to be wrapping up. I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past 2 months and am eager to make a few changes moving forward!

Friday I had a relapse in sickness which led to my continued feelings of misery and therefore lack of blog posting. Saturday was group project day followed by a delightful dinner with friends that ended with gelato. Ice cream solves problems and cures illness, didn’t you know? Dinner was actually the turning point with this cold I’ve been battling and I’ve been feeling better and better since!

Yesterday morning I was up earlier than I would have preferred which at least allowed me to tackle a long to-do list, I was still feeling better, and spend a few hours preparing for my impending accounting final!

There was the standard trip to the farmers market. Has anyone seen black radishes before? These were a new-to-me sighting!

Also, check out the size of this beautiful comice pear. It was at least the size of my face! I love Toigo Orchards – they have the best pears and the nicest staff by far!

Of course I got to enjoy a special breakfast over the weekend – “oats” in a jar! My standard mix with blueberries, cinnamon, maple, and crushed pecans in an almond butter jar.

Last night I had the last of my chicken chili along with half of an acorn squash, which I ate skin and all.

Now, I’m just plugging away through the day and trying to keep prepping for this acocunting final at 7pm. I’ll be more than ecstatic when it’s over!!

How was your weekend?

Nerdy Little Book Worm

Once my crockpot was set I hunkered down and cranked out 3 hours of school work. Fun, right? I managed to soak up all of the information in one of my classes while successfully procrastinating accounting. It’s becoming my mantra for the fall!

Lunch was a serving of baked beans with an English muffin – half topped with Earth Balance and half topped with tomato paste and red pepper spread.

I took a break when the timer rang to finish my soup in the blender. What did I make, you ask? Split pea soup! Since I have a baby crock pot (1.5 quarts – I got it at Target for $7!!) I halved the recipe and omitted the meat. To make up for the smokey flavor I added in paprika but otherwise I followed the recipe to a T.

I know I did other stuff somewhere in the afternoon but I guess we’ll just call it schoolwork since I seem to have entered a memory lapsing vortex.

Somewhere around 5 I had a snack of a pear with a drizzle of nut butter and cinnamon.

And then dinner was a salad with the last drop of black beans and Food Should Taste Goods plus a serving of soup.

I finally tackled accounting and felt quite proud and accomplished when I finished. I snacked on a toaster waffle, unwound, and finally went to bed. I didn’t realize until about 10pm that I had hunkered down and got to business and forgot to leave my apartment to run other errands. Whoops!

This morning I woke up to more clouds, rain, and cooler temps. Enter – PB&J hot cereal that I packed to take into work.

And with that I’m off. Monday’s my long day so I’ll see you all tomorrow unless the blogging bug bites :)

Do you ever get to wrapped up in what you’re doing you forget about other “to-dos”? What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe? Let’s get a nice, gluten free collection of recipes started!

The Girl Who Ate A Lot

There once was a girl named Sarah who was often called the Bottomless Pit.

Growing up she would eat just about anything she was able to; some foods gave her a fit.

Now a days this girl likes to eat quite often. Especially in the morning, such as this bowl of hot cereal with berries that pretty much rules.

Through an intense morning of work and meetings would it be fuel.

A special surprise surfaced around lunchtime. The office was ordering in – imagine her surprise!

Sarah chose something sure to not make her ill: steamed asparagus and mixed veg plus a side of brown rice

(1.5 plates like this)

Then the afternoon sped up rather quickly. She packed her bags and made her way to class.

Because of her later-than-usual lunch hunger didn’t hit until later. The tummy rumbling was rather crass.

She busted out a pear and a 1/3c of cereal. Thus enter episode #1 of her food loving debut.

Not to be outdone by display #2.

Accounting was made better by a huge jass kitchen sink salad with roasted veg. Not to forget the hummus and a few chips on the side.

Her new friend displayed her surprise and how large the salad really was with eyes open wide!

Sadly there are no pictures of these displays of feasting. You’ll just have to imagine!

The Girl Who Ate A Lot needed a snack when she got home. A Van’s GF flax waffle made the perfect treat to end Monday on a sweet note.

Now the Girl is headed for bed, where she’ll giggle about being the girl who ate through both classes as the pillow meets her head.