Happy New Year everyone!!  I know I’m a day late, but better late than never right?

I took these pictures in Philly at Penn’s Landing. My mom and I went in and saw the fireworks for people who don’t want to be out at midnight (at 6 at night). They were really awesome.

Then my mom and I walked over to Chinatown for some yummy vegan chinese food. I didn’t take pictures thanks to a dead camera battery, but the food was really good! We ate at this little place called New Harmony, that makes all vegan chinese food. We had steamed veggie dumplings and cold sesame noodles to start then a steamed veggie (bok choy, carrots, and broccoli) tofu, and cellophane noodle hot-pot (which is exactly what it sounds like, a really hot pot that all that stuff is served in) and Moo Shu veggies (veggies that you wrap up with this thick sweet sauce and rice in a crepe/tortilla looking pancakes that tastes nothing like either, its kind of like a chinese burrito). Both dishes were amazing!!! I haven’t had chinese food in a really long time and good chinese food in even an even longer time.

So now it’s officially 2011! I weighed myself for the first time in a while this morning. I had been avoiding it the last few weeks because ever since Thanksgiving I have let myself go a little and I didn’t want to see how much weight I gained. This week I got back on track for the most part though so I knew I needed to just weight myself and get it over with so I could really get back to losing weight. I gained  pounds ( from 150 to 155) which is about what I was expecting but still not fun to see. So now I am back on the wagon and working on taking every day as it comes.

Thinking into the future has always been the way I operated so taking it one day at a time is harder for me than it sounds. There is this part of Eat, Pray, Love ( I love this book so I’m sorry if I’m constantly referencing it) where her sister visits her in Rome and she points out how her sister is always commenting on how she hope she comes back to all the places one day and Liz Gilbert says “but you are here now!”  I am like her sister, always, focused on tomorrow or next year not on today. I think it’s a cause of a lot of my bad moods because I am always thinking about how I want my life to be int he future and how I can get there as opposed to just enjoying where I am now even if it’s not ideal. I am doing my best to keep reminding myself to stay present though.

Today is soup making day in the house. Soup is a frequent dinner for me since it’s a fast, easy, and low-calorie dinner. We are making some “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup” that my mom always makes with tons of different veggies that is a staple of my diet, and then some white bean soup with carrots, butternut squash, onions, and sage in the crock pot. so the house basically smells like heaven right now!

Today is my last day of my winter break. Which means I have to go back to school tomorrow! This has been a really nice break, and very much-needed since I have been really hating school lately. I am trying to just enjoy today and not think too much about getting up at 5:30 tomorrow and going back *shudder*

There is not much else to report here so I will leave you with some french toast that I had for breakfast on Christmas Eve morning. I hadn’t had french toast in years ( I know it should be a crime, but its not exactly weight friendly)

Beautiful! I cooked some apples in butter and cinnamon and sugar until they were all soft and sweet then added some cherries at the end, and then topped the toast with that and some bananas and dried cranberries and of course plenty of maple syrup! I can make the actual toast part myself but my mom made it because she always did when I was a kid and there is nothing like it! It literally tasted like my childhood (although I didn’t have all the fancy toppings then)!

So that’s this weeks blog post! I am thinking I will probably end up posting on Fridays normally but we’ll see what happens. Awhile back I got a request to post what I eat in a day and I haven’t forgotten don’t worry. So hopefully I can finish that soon and post that in a week or two!! I hope everyone had a great New Years and I hope you all have fabulous 2011s!!

Elli

What?! It can’t possibly be my last full week of summer!! 😦 But sadly it is. My wonderful, life changing summer is coming to a close. Will it go out with a bang? Sort of…

I’m running a 5M race on Labor Day in Ocean City at the beautiful New Jersey Shore. And then what? probably Bio or english essay… not so much a bang but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do!

This weekend was a weekend of Mom-daughter time!

Late summer veggie soup was made compliments of How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Corn, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, red pepper, and basil! with a little parmesan of course!

Sunday we took a little trip into good ol’ Philly to see a special exhibit on Cleopatra at the Franklin Institute.

KNOWLEDGE!!!

Then we chilled at Logan Square in the 90 degree heat and watched the little kids play in the fountain.

And of course there was food involved! We had a gift card to Triumph Brewery and not ones to pass up a free meal we headed on over!

I normally avoid bars at all costs because I feel like a total poser but Triumph is a super nice place and despite being a Brewery it is also kid-friendly so I didn’t feel too awkward…

Ok kinda blurry but you get the idea! Bad lighting is my excuse!

I had a mixed Greens salad with cherries, pecans, and some other stuff with grilled chicken. I went the healthy route! It was yummy but it could have been way bigger.

blurry!

Madre on the other hand went all out and got a burger with grilled onions which she said tasted like the burgers she had as a kid. So basically she loved it. And I we both enjoyed her fries. 😛

Can you say saturated fat? 😛

On to today…

Breakfast was classic cereal deliciousness.

and some suber-sweet n’ juicy  local honeydew.

Lunch was beyond filling! 4 hours later I am still not hungry!

Huge Green Monster SIAB: it came out to 3 full bowls!

Flatout wrap with cottage cheese, cinnamon and sugar, raisins, and blueberries

The frenimies situation with food has been improving since last we spoke, but it is far from the BFFs we once were. I am going to this woman who works at University of Pennsylvania who is studying weight loss and stuff (I’m actually not entire;y sure what she does) on Thursday so hopefully she can help us out! Food and I need some serious relationship counseling!

This week I gained a pound as testament to that. Oh well just gotta roll with the punches for now…

Tomorrow is the first scrimmage for volleyball so it will be a busier day for moi as I am the manager! I can’t guarantee a post but I will do my very best!

Now I am off to eat! I may not be hungry yet, but I need my fuel for kickboxing tonight!

xoxo

E 🙂

*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 😛

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 😦

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 😛

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 🙂

Today I had my last 2 finals! Yes! I’m am almost through sophomore year, possibly the hardest school year I’ve ever had! And I finished with straight A’s (I think my english teacher hasn’t out up my final average yet but I probably got an A). Oh, I can’t even tell you how good it feels to know that it is practically summer. The last day is tomorrow but its really a pointless day for people to sign yearbooks and take pictures and stuff.

To celebrate one of my best friends, her mom, my mom, and I are going out to dinner. She is a senior so it even a bigger deal for her because this is the end of high school for her… lucky. I have already checked out the menu online ( I love that you can do that now), and I’m going to keep it as healthy as possible because I want/need a decent weigh-in this week!

So summer is almost here, and I can’t wait! Thats the general feeling I have right now!

Happy Summer everyone! (if you are in the northern hemisphere that is 😛 )

Elli 🙂