So a while ago I got a request to do a blog about what I eat in a day. I’m sorry to say that it has taken me this long to get that blog up but it required remembering to take pictures of everything (I am prone to remembering I had to photograph something right after eating it), and then getting all those photos into a blog. But better late than never right? So here you go my day in food…

I start out pretty much everyday with the same breakfast (not that much has changed :P)

Now, however, breakfast starts out with an orange and a grapefruit, segmented, squeezed, and savored!

followed by…

Quinoa and light soy-milk with banana and applesauce to sweeten it, and pumpkin, cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger, and nutmeg and dried cranberries on top! I look forward to this everyday. It is so yummy and filling.

At school I have a mid-morning snack at about 8:30 to 9:00 ( I eat breakfast at about 6).

This is my favorite snack. they are 100 calories and have 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber and literally taste like a 3 musketeers bar only better.

Lunch is salad with turkey, broccoli, red pepper, tomatoes, and mango salsa (normally but not in this picture)

the dressing is just balsamic vinegar, olive oil, a little bit of agave syrup, salt, and pepper!

I also have some fruit, normally grapes, oranges, or apples and then either 100 calories of crackers ( I weigh out 100 calorie portions) or 100 calories of pretzels. Lunch is normally at 11:30.

When I get home from school at around 3 I have another snack

I start out with a VitaTop in one of many flavors, toasted.

The rest of my snack is an apple and some grapes with cottage cheese

I will also occasionally have a Baby Bel cheese and/or a Rye Vita Cracker if I get hungry again before I work out.

Dinner is often some kind of soup 

Or I also will have other things like frozen meals (there are some really great natural ones at my local super market) or an egg white omelette.

The biggest change in how I have been eating is that I used to always have toast or something with my soup and eggs and not I am not having that. For me a lot of those extra calories that were keeping me from losing weight came from carbs so by cutting out some of the carbs in my diet I have been losing weight better. I still have carbs but I try to avoid too may “dry carbs” hence the quinoa instead of cereal for breakfast, salad with some crackers or pretzels rather than a sandwich, and some rice in my soup instead of bread on the side.

Dessert is always a chocolate Vitatop or Vitamuffin 🙂

So there you go!

In other news this week I did a little bit too much snacking but nothing major. I gained .8 this week according to my frenemy the scale. I am not sure how much I really gained (if any though) because I did a boot camp at the place where I kick-box yesterday and am quite sore from that. And I know that when you are sore it’s from little tears in your muscles and that makes you retain water and on top of that I drank a ton of water yesterday. Maybe I am just making excuses but I do think that could be a factor because I feel like I look thinner. I am still going to work on not snacking so much this week though. Just taking it one day at a time.

On that note I cam to a little realization this week. I have been really frustrated with my weight especially today when I was hoping to see 153 (losing 1 pound) and instead say 155. I can still remember that feeling of seeing 151 and was frustrated that I am not there.  But I think I have to stop thinking about trying to get back there and just treat this not as losing recently gained weight and just as losing weight like normal. I can’t be impatient with myself. Again I am stuck in the past where I was a different weight instead of just focusing on where I am now. I have to forget that I once weighed 151 and just focus on what I weigh now. I’m not sure that makes sense like it does in my head but that is what I have been thinking…

I got frozen yogurt with my friend again Friday and that was so much fun. Afterwards we went to a coffee shop nearby and had tea and some cookies. It was so nice to just sit and chat with her again! We never see each other in school so its easy to forget how much we have in common. And not just that we both love purple but we have very similar views of the world. I can have conversations with her that I couldn’t have with just about anyone else I know, especially from school.

Speaking of school it is about to get really stressful… Midterms are the week after next, but this week is when all my classes that require an essay for the midterm are giving the essay. So I will have an english essay, a psych essay, and a history essay. I am not at all looking forward to them. They are just theses 3 big looming clouds that I can just see on the horizon and am totally dreading. I will study as best I can for them obviously but that doesn’t really make it less stressful.

To add to the stress I am taking the SATs next Saturday. I have been studying for the math section but that doesn’t do much to help my confidence. I am lucky that the college I most want to go to, Smith, doesn’t require SAT scores so if I bomb them I can just not send in the scores, and I can also take them again, but still 4 hours of testing is not something I think anyone looks forward too.. And then Midterms start that following Monday with my hardest day: AP Bio and AP Psych… ouch!!!

So that is what is going on in my life! Today my mom and I are going food shopping and I have a french project I should work on, I have to read the Miller’s Tale from the Canterbury Tales for english ( I loove them though so this won’t even be hard!), and I need to keep studying for the SATs! I also have to study for my history essay especially and read some of the psych textbook… thank goodness I have tomorrow off from school for Martin Luther King day.

I hope everyone has had a happy and delicious week! If the essays and SATs don’t kill me I will let you know how they go!

Elli 🙂

This week started out great. I was really motivated and feeling great! I burned 690 calories at kickboxing monday night. I haven’t been burning as many calories lately at kickboxing so it was nice to see a big number! Tuesday was also a great night, I lifted weights with the teacher, who I am also kind of friends with, so that was really nice! Then Wednesday came…

Throughout the week my teachers were just piling up the work. On Thursday I was spending the whole first half of the day watching Schindler’s List for US History as a sort of “field trip” because we are learning about the Holocaust (which is a subject I find very hard to discuss as my family was touched by it). Also on Thursday I had a HUGE AP Psych test. Friday I had a reaction paper on Schindler’s List and an English essay due along with a reading check on the next chapter of my history book in the Cold War (which was 30 pages long) I also had a packet due on Friday for AP Bio and a French test. So the plan was to finish the English essay Wednesday night, then study for Psych.

By the time I got home from school my throat was feeling a little sore but I was determined to do my work. I wrote half the essay before half dragging myself to kickboxing. It was an ok class but not the awesome class I really needed to cheer myself up and get my mind of the looming mountain of work I had waiting for me at home. I proceeded to spend all night studying for Psych. I was up until 11:30 trying to finish the extra credit that would literally give me about 18 extra points!

I woke up Thursday morning feeling like my head was in a bubble. I was beyond tired and miserable. I dragged myself into school to sit through the 3 and a half harrowing hours of Schindler’s List, which is an absolutely breathtaking movie that everyone in the world should be required to watch but also mentally exhausting. The Psych test went alright but I finished it suspiciously fast, so I could easily have done really terrible on it considering I was basically delirious I felt so sick and tired. I made it home where I then ate just about every carb in my house and watched too many videos on youtube before somehow regaining enough energy to knock out the history reaction paper and the English essay before going to sleep at 9:30.

But today was better! My classes were all relatively easy today. I was well rested so I wasn’t craving every food in my line of sight. I survived a bio lab involving M&Ms only eating 6 of them! Then today after school a friend of mine who I basically never see this year and I went out to get Frozen yogurt and then we went to a paint your own pottery place. The “fro-yo” was really good! I got mostly just plain tart yogurt with a little bit of chocolate. For topping I stuck to almost exclusively fruit with just a little bit of slivered almonds, peanut butter cups, and brownie bites (but really like almost none of the last 2). It was delicious, satisfying, and fun! It was so nice to just hang out with a friend who I almost never see but really get along with really really well. Especially since lately I haven’t been feeling really close to most of my friends who I see every day! We are hoping to make it a regular friday date!

I didn’t workout today which means I haven’t worked out in 2 days, but I ate much less than normal so I really don’t feel guilty or whatever about that. I am going to kickboxing tomorrow morning, so that will start off tomorrow well. I find that when I workout in the morning its easer to be super healthy all day! I gained about 5 pounds from Thanksgiving to Christmas so I am hoping I lost weight this week ( I really think I did!).

If you had asked me Wednesday I would have told you this week sucked! And yeah I really don’t like school and that was no different this week, but in retrospect a lot of good things happened. I was really hating kickboxing before winter break and I really feel like I’ve gotten my groove back with that. I that alone is enough to make this week good. I am still working on taking it one day at a time but I am working on it at least! Other than really Thursday my eating was really good and I had 3 workouts that ranged from amazing to pretty good! So there you go!! I will try to take a picture of the mug I painted at the pottery place when we get them next week on out fro-yo date! I hope you all had a great first week of 2011!!

❤ Elli