*I tried to post this yesterday but my computer is mildly retarded and is doing its best to make my life difficult, so sorry about that!*

So I’m home from Milwaukee/camping in Wisconsin! I have never been to Milwaukee but it was a really nice city!

One great thing about the Midwest is that everyone is so much friendlier! Maybe it’s a stereotype but it’s true also! People smile at you when you are walking down the street! In Philly and New York City (the 2 cities I have the mot experience in) people just ignore everyone else on the street like they don’t even exhist, which I hate.

I forgot to take pictures of the 2 dinners we had out (bad blogger, bad blogger), but they were amazing! Tuesday night (our first night) we ate at Coquette Cafe (http://www.coquettecafe.com/) a french restaurant in the historic part of Milwaukee. I had french onion soup (my favorite soup in the world!) and a salad with apples, goat cheese, candied pine nuts, and chicken. The whole dinner was amazing!

Wednesday, my mom and I went to Beloit College one of the 3 midwestern colleges I am considering.

Then we went to this amazing vegetarian/vegan restaurant called Cafe Manna (http://www.cafemanna.com/) seriously this place was amazing!! I had a little lentil-fest with lentil soup and a lentil burger ๐Ÿ˜›

Thursday we hit the pavement for a food tour! It was so much fun and we got to taste some of Milwaukee’s best food!

Like Pizza, which was delicious! Milwaukee style pizza has a super thin crust and they cut it into squares. This was amazing pizza definitely one of the best I have ever had!

Tacos ( the best taco I have ever had! but a really awful picture)

Canolis (so sweet and creamy! definitely NOT health food but it was really small)

Olives (which I actually didn’t eat because I HATE olives)

And shepherds pie!

As I’m sure you can guess this was amazing also!

Then we set off to Kohler State Park for some camping… all of which I forgot to take pictures of because we were doing so many fun things. Sorry ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So now I am back for about a week and a half before my mom and I are off to Minneapolis, MN and Boulder, CO before I head out into the wilderness for 12 days of rock-climbing and back-packing! Yeah I’m starting to get kind of nervous for it but I’m just trying not to think about it ๐Ÿ˜›

I completely forgot to photograph my lunch yesterday ( I had a wrap with veggies and soy sausage and some fruit) but Monday I had this amazing pizza!

I made it on a Flatout flatbread which are my new favorite things to play with because they are only 90 calories per wrap and they have tons of fiber and protein! On the pizza I put sauteed summer squash, orange pepper, onions, garlic, and broccoli. For sauce I used my go-to tomato sauce: original Prego, and I used part-skim mozzarella and some parmesan for cheese. It was so yummy and healthy too!

So that has been the last few days! I promise I will not get behind again (until my next vacation!) But I will try tog et to a computer if I can sometimes hotels have them! Sometimes it would be nice to have a laptop!

Elli ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hello Everyone!

Happy Belated 4th of July to everyone from the USA!!

For those of you who don’t know, my official weigh-in day is Sunday. I weigh myself right after I get up so that I don’t eat or drink anything before. Also for any who don’t know, I have been stuck between 161 and 156 (25 and 30 pounds lost) for about 7 or 8 months. Yeah it’s been beyond frustrating! Well yesterday I got up and weighed myself like I do every Sunday. I have been eating well and working out really hard as you can probably see, but after so many good weeks with bad weigh-ins I wasn’t expecting much. I lost 2.4 pounds! Whoohoo! I normally lose about .5 to 1 pound a week but in the last 3 weeks I have lost over 2 pounds twice! And I was 156.6!!!! I HAVE OFFICIALLY LOST 30 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting 7 months to see that number and I honestly couldn’t even believe it when I saw it, I still don’t think it has really hit me. I am so happy!

In other news, yesterday my mom and I took a trip up to Princeton, NJ (home of the Ivy League University) to go hiking with this girl who is a member of a group of girls I will be going backpacking in Colorado with at the end of July. We are the only girls going who are not from Colorado so we thought we should meet since it just so happened we only lived about an hour apart. We went for a gorgeous hike in the woods outside of Princeton, although it was over 90 degrees even in the shade I still had fun!

We passed by this yucky little green pond with the funniest “No Swimming” sign I have ever seen

Why anyone would even want to swim in there is beyond me! Other than heat stroke ๐Ÿ˜› the only danger came from some geese who thought we were a little to close to their babies for our own good. They didn’t attack but they were hissing at us!

After our run in with the geese My new friend Lissy (short for Elisabeth), our moms, and I went into Princeton for some lunch. We went to Panera Bread where I had the Strawberry and Poppyseed chicken salad which was only 280 calories and so delicious! It had strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, oranges, and pecans! ( I forgot my camera back in the car so this is not y picture, this is the link from where I got the picture: http://cookingwithkate.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/cimg5792.jpg just making sure I don’t credit for it)

After the salad we got some amazing artisan ice cream, I had vanilla and dark chocolate sorbet it was soooo good. Certainly not low calorie but I didn’t feel guilty I had decided that I was celebrating my 30 pound loss!

After lunch our little group split up and my mom and I walked around Princeton’s campus together. The campus is so beautiful, and very Ivy League.

With some pretty cool study spots!

After some major walking we came upon this really cool frozen yogurt place (grrr I can’t remember its name). It had tons of flavors of frozen yogurt that were all made from fat-freee yogurt that was really low calorie! You got to pick as many flavors you wanted ( I had plain tart and yucca whichI had never heard of but it was really good, and purple :P) then they had tons of toppings to choose from including fresh fruit! I had blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, cookie dough, brownie bits, mini reese’s peanut butter cups, and crushed Oreo cookie.

I only had a small amount of the unhealthy stuff but I figured how often to I get to have that stuff in my yogurt? Never! So why not right?

It was so delicious! I wish there was a place like that near my house it was such great healthy treat!

I love little day trips like that with my mom! We can get along really well if we are both in a good mood, and Princeton is such a nice town, even in 95 degree heat! It was a great way to spend the 4th, normally we are camping on the 4th but we couldn’t get our camping spot until later this year.

Speaking of camping… I leave tomorrow! I will try to post if I can but I highly doubt I will be able to post until I get back ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ll have a huge post when I gat back though with pictures of Milwaukee, Beloit, and our campsite with all the amazing and plentiful food!! I will miss you guys!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer! Anyone have any super cool plans?

Elli

Hello all! I meant to post this yesterday afternoon but I couldn’t find my camera to post the pictures! It was traumatic…

Anyway, I feel really good so far this week. Its always nice to feel healthy and clean inside! I have also been keeping up my 1000 calories burnt everyday. Except today because today is my day off. I still went to a nice 45 minute walk this morning though. It was about 67 degrees out this morning and after weeks of waking up to 80 degrees 67 is practically a miracle so it would have been a crime not to enjoy it!

Breakfast yesterday (and most days) was bran flakes with raisins, dried cranberries, and about 1/4 of a banana with almond milk

Strawberries and Blueberries with a little bit of sugar and lemon juice

and green tea

After waiting about 30 minutes so I could digest all that yumminess, I went for my morning run. It was more enjoyable than some days being that it wasn’t like running in an oven with 80% humidity…ย For once I got back and I wasn’t literally dripping in sweat (yum!).

My post-run-and-shower snack was the rest of my banana from breakfast with 1 tsp of peanut butter, a few dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries.I have to say chocolate, banana, and peanut butter may be my absolute favorite food ever!

Lunch was 1 egg and 2 egg white with red pepper, onion, garlic, and chopped up arugula and ketchup which I believe must be included with eggs; and toast with peanut butter and honey,

and cherries, blueberries, and a peach with 1% cottage cheese and 0% greek yogurt

My afternoon/ pre-kickboxing snack was a 100 calorie cup of 0% greek yogurt with blueberries and honeyand a Ryevita cracker with a wedge of garlic and herb Laughing Cow cheese (soo creamy!)

I couldn’t find my camera to take pictures of dinner ๐Ÿ˜ฆ , but it was a Morning Star Garden Veggie Patty on a 100 calorie sandwich thin with arugula, Trader Joe white bean hummus, tomatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes with a nice big salad, delish!

So today is just another day *sigh*. I’m basically just waiting for it to be Tuesday when my madre and I fly off to Milwaukee! I am visiting Beloit collegeย in Wisconsin before we go camping because I’m not in the midwest very often (once a year to be exact) and we figured we would jump on the oppotunity to visit Beloit since I really like what I’ve seen about it. Then we are off to northern Wisconsin for 3 days of fun, and dirt, and bugs, and outhouses. I actually really love camping despite the stinky “bathrooms” and creepy-crawlies. I love waking up and hearing the birds, and eating outside, and just being outside all day long, and sitting around the campfire at night.Its so relaxing and quiet. I really wish we went for more than 3 days but thats the way it’s always been…

Well now that I have made myself even more sad about being stuck in my house all day, curse you learners permit. I will leave before I end this post on anything but a happy note.

This is what it looks like where I will be camping this time next week

Its so far north that its super quiet because there are no big towns around. It all just farms for like at least a 50 mile radius around the park. Ahh so nice ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Elli