Hello friends!

I know I have been MIA for a while now 😦 You can thank junior year for that. Junior year was hands down the toughest year of school I have ever had. Somehow, though, I survived, and managed to get straight As despite my crazy AP and honors classes! 🙂 So in the end, even though I thought I might not make it a few times, I did and now I am free for 2 months!!!

I know I left you guys hanging in a big way with my Junior Dinner Dance so I will keep you in suspense no longer. JDD was a ton of fun! I went with a really great group of friends. One good thing that did come out of Junior year is that I found a group of friends this year that I love and feel really close too, which I have struggled to do in past years. My date was also a good friend of mine, although I won’t lie I wish he was more than that (more in that later :P). The dance itself was ridiculously fun even if it was pretty cliché, I mean come on we all love a little cliché sometimes!

So now many of you probably want to know about this guy…

He and I  met in like 7th grade. We were kind of friends for most of middle school. Freshman year we kind of lost touch but last year we had a class together and became really good friends. Around that same time I realized that despite, or maybe because, he was a pretty big nerd (in the best possible sense I believe that being a nerd is a great thing to be :P) I REALLY like him. He’s funny, and in a school where I feel 10x smarter than 90% of the people he challenged me to think. This year we again had a class together and only became better friends. We texted each other almost daily, talked daily, and hung out a few times. To me and all of my friends it seemed pretty clear that he felt the same way about me that I did about him.

So about a week after JDD I asked him how he felt about me. I didn’t confess my undying love for him or anything crazy just “I was wondering if you saw me as just a friend of maybe more…” To his credit he let me down quite easy. He told me that at the moment he was not looking for a relationship, he hoped he hadn’t led me on, and wanted to stay “close friends.” Was I disappointed? Yeah, as high school began I had quickly given up on finding a guy who could get me enough to be my boyfriend. But as we got closer I got my hopes up that maybe I would actually have a boyfriend. So despite him being really nice about it, it was still hard to hear.

I had hoped that we could go back to normal as much as possible after that. Obviously I expected it to be a little awkward at first, but I am pretty mature, and I thought he was as well so we could get past it right? Apparently not. 3 months later, despite plenty of effort on my part, we hardly talk and he seemed to only get more uncomfortable as time went on. 😦

And now its summer, so who knows what will happen. I know that his life has not been easy lately and will only get harder this summer. He has problems with his jaw and just today got pretty intense surgery to fix it, the recovery from which will take all summer. But I should also note that he never told me this himself, his mom told my mom who told me. I am hoping that maybe when he has recovered from the surgery and it is not looming on his mind anymore maybe things will change with us, but I am also trying to move on 🙂

Phew! Lets move away from the personal soap opera now and onto today, which has been pretty uneventful.

I woke up at 7:30, that may not seem late but compared to getting up at 5:30 for school it was heaven. Breakfast was a homemade waffle with peanut butter, fig jam, and a banana with a pear, grapes, and cherries.

AFter breakfast I went to kickboxing ( I love being able to drive!!) and had a killer workout.

Lunch was barbecue tempeh and salad that I forgot to take pictures of because I was so hungry 😛

So there’s my update for y’all! My weight is still going up and down, although more the former than the latter unfortunately. My thyroid medication seems to be working as far as my blood tests showed but I haven’t been having any better luck on the scale yet but I will keep you posted.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer, especially if you are still in school!!

xoxo Elli

Hellooo!!!

So in my travels through the interwebs I have come across many a nutrition/health blog as you can see from the list of blogs I love you can find here on my blog. Well in one of theses internet adventures I came across Leah a.k.a. YourNutritionista. I couldn’t help but notice that she did consulting and that intrigued me considering I have been epically failing struggling to lose weight (I should mention now that I gained another pound and a little extra last week… yeah I’m 157 and it SUCKS!!!). Instead of paying and rather large sum for months of help (which I may still do :P) I got a one time 40 min consult with her over the phone. So where I am going with this?

Well Leah’s suggestions/ideas/perspective on how I should eat and workout to lose these last #$%$#@ 15s pounds were interesting but DIFFERENT (and that’s even a bit of an understatement). To show you what I mean here are the guidelines she sent me to follow:

– Every meal and snack should focus on protein and fat.

-Grains, starches, fruit, and sugar should be treated like condiments. Really watch your fruit intake!

-Try to eliminate as many processed carbs from your diet as you can, including Vitamuffins, soy milk, diet snack bars, and cereal.

-No “light,” “100-calorie,” or “diet” foods. Real food only!

-Don’t fear the fat –- It WON’T make you fat.

-Don’t worry about portions or calories. Instead, be more concerned with watching processed carb/sugar intake.

-Swap out cardio in favor of strength. Too much cardio can work against you. Try circuit workouts that alternate 1-2 minutes of cardio and then strength.

-Get pre-cooked proteins (chicken sausage, canned tuna or salmon, etc.) so you can easily build meals.

-Consider Snack Plates (2 fats, 2 proteins, 2 veggies, and 1 fruit) for lunch or dinner .

-For dinners, try finding recipes for high-protein/fat casseroles instead of soups for more variety.

(I should probably say now that I am not saying that this is the only way to lose weight or be healthy and that I think there are lots of healthy ways to eat so if you don’t agree with any of her suggestions that’s fine you don’t have to, but how you live is for you to decide and how I live is for me to decide :))

So notice anything about that list?? How about that it is like the opposite of basically everything I used to do!!!! Yeah I’m not going to lie at first the idea of not caring about calories really freaked me out. But I told myself I would give it 2 weeks to see what happened. My mom has a friend who has lost a lot of weight eating low-carb and a lot of the things that Leah explained to me over the phone made a lot of sense. Plus I figured that worst case is that I gain weight which I am doing anyway so what did I have to lose?

So yeah my breakfast went from oatmeal with pumpkin and like 3 different fruits to an omelette (with 3 whole eggs :0) with cheese and spinach and either turkey bacon or chicken breakfast sausage and half a piece of fruit (apple or pear normally). Filling? hell yes!! Low-calorie?? Are you kidding?

Lunch is still salad but with way more turkey, cheese, and more oil and a cheese stick or something on the side.

My afternoon snack is a low carb wrap with chicken salad inside and maybe some cottage cheese with the other half of breakfast’s fruit. And let me tell you I am not hungry again until dinner. My extra snacking has almost disappeared!

Dinner has been a few snack plates (which are crazy huge and crazy good!) For example: 1/2 an apple or pear with some PB, tuna salad, carrots, red pepper, cheese, and dip made of sour cream and sweet and hot mustard. Also for dinner we made a casserole with chicken and pork sausage and cabbage you top it with the same sour cream and mustard I used as a dip above (this stuff is so amazing I don’t understand why any other dip even exists!) we’ll have some kale with it because while it tastes like angels singing its a little lacking in color (try yellow with some brown :P)

I also only went kickboxing 2 times this week (can you imagine?!?) Instead I did some circuit style strength workouts using 2 routines from glamour (1 & 2) I’ll do 5 minutes of cardio (high knees, jumping jacks, running up and down my stairs, etc.) to warm up, the 3 strength moves, then 30 seconds of cardio, then repeat the 1st 3 moves, then another 30 seconds of cardio, then I repeat that process with more sets of 3 moves for about 45 mins. Let me tell you people I have been sore from this!! Its pretty awesome!

So we’ll see how the weigh-in tomorrow goes. I’m sad to say that my jeans have still been a little tight but I’m not giving up yet. No matter what I weigh tomorrow morning I will stick with this for at least another week, and then I’ll decide if I want to stick with it (and maybe pay for 3 months or her consulting which would be really awesome if it works!) or try something else (my mom and I were considering Weight Watchers).

Ok so I know that this post has been a little light on the pictures (I will try to take some pictures of the things I have been eating with this new “plan” if I remember) so to add some color to this post lets talk about last Sunday’s dinner.

We made another CL recipe, this time it was Bacon and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken. And yes it tasted just as creamy, rich, and awesome as it sounds.

With it we had some roasted potatoes and broccoli rabe  which to be honest we failed at cooking it was over cooked and bitter… but at least there was some green on the plate.

 

That red stuff on the chicken is just roasted red pepper pureed with raw garlic and olive oil. This stuff is really yummy, and seriously is good with anything. Next time we are going to roast the garlic with the pepper.

Alright I have to face the music and get back to doing my #$%#$ homework… I hope the your February is going well!!

Au Revoir!!

Elli 🙂

Well… I survived med-terms! I even pulled out a A (ok 89.7) on my AP Psych exam! *does happy dance*

The antibiotics finally kicked in and I am feeling 95% fine. I got to go back to working out Wednesday just in time to get one workout in before good ol’ nature dumbed about 10 inches of snow on us! We have been killed with snow this year and to be quite honest it has lost all that “yay it snowed!” magic… when is is Mayyyy!

I did get a great arm workout shoveling it all though…

This morning I did a double whammy kickboxing workout, thats right folks I did 2 classes in a row! It was hard but kind of awesome (like 1,324 calories worth of awesome!). I think I might do it like once a month or so. It does kind of throw off my eating for the rest of the day though because I am way more hungry which isn’t a good thing the day before a weigh in and also I have to drink a ton of water tore hydrate but then sore muscles retain water so we’ll see what Sunday brings…

One cool thing was that 2 people told me that I looked really good and thinner than last time they saw me! People don’t seem to notice my weight loss that often so I love it when people say something. It was especially nice since I have’t exactly been feeling good about my weight lately. I gained another pound last week and was up to 156 which sucks especially when I was once 151 and I can tell the difference although in jeans and a sweatshirt I may look no different believe me people there is more of me than there was 2 months ago!!

I’m trying not to think about that though… so I’m not going too.

Other than Mid-terms being over and the world being a little too cold and white for my taste not a whole lot went down this week. It will be nice to have school go back to normal this week instead of “holy s**** we have to cram stuff in and study!!!!”

How about we talk Sunday dinner!!

So I know I said we were going to make chicken meatloaf for dinner, but due to a mushroom deficiency we had to go with Chicken Cutlets with Creamy Dijon Sauce instead.

On the side was the worlds sweetest sweet potato and my favorite leafy green kale!!

As always it was totally delish and the sauce was especially yummy even though we had to use half and half instead of whipping cream it was still super creamy and just ah-may-zing.

We also cooked up a bunch of soup for the week.

Split Pea– a personal fav. We out a few cups of it int he blender and left the rest alone so the smooth the chunky ratio was purrrfect.

Then my mom’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink “soup”– I say “soup” because she uses so many veggies there isn’t much room for broth left so we have to add it as we eat it. I normally add some rice and/or beans to this which just puts the yum factor to like 32!

So there ya go my friends! Believe it or not I have homework that I am now procrastinating on… so I should probably stop now and just bite the bullet 😛

I hope you all had a fabulous January, all I can say it I will be glad when the calendar says February, January has not been all that kind (is it ever??)

xoxo 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

Ahhh the weekend! It seems so much more important and exciting during the school year! 😛 this weekend has not been all that exciting but I have enjoyed it just the same.

Friday I had a volleyball game that ended around 6:30 so I wasn’t home until almost 7. Phew! Talk about a long day!

Dinner that night was some super comforting oatmeal with strawberries

Just what a girl needs after a 12 hour day!

Saturday I got up bright and early and went to kickboxing form 8:30 to 9:30. I have never gone to this class because I didn’t think I could go and still go to the barn. I gave it a shot yesterday though and it worked out great! I’m so glad it did because that means I can start going to that class which will be really nice for 2 reasons

1) I love kickboxing and would rather go there than to the gym, although I have to keep up my running because I have a 10K in november!

2) It’s really nice to get my workout done by 9:30. It makes the day seem much more open to other things than when I go to the gym around 11 or 12.

Some people may be able to just have a small snack before they workout in the morning but I need real fuel in order to workout! Saturday that fuel was cereal and toast.

nom nom nom 🙂

Those funny little blueish things on there are freeze- dried blueberries! I found them at Trader Joe’s the other day and they are my new topping obsession! They taste just like blueberries but they are super crispy! Plus the whole bag is 120 calories!!!

After kickboxing, shower, and an hour out at the barn I was seriously ready for lunch in a big way.

I had a Green Monster in a bowl topped with granola and my new blueberries

It wasn’t quite sweet enough so I had fun drawing random shapes in  it with the honey…

hehe... maybe I'm a nerd but I'm ok with that 😛

I also had some grapes which were really good in the green monster… and some toast which I have no picture of 😦

Who knew grapes could be so gorgeous!

After that I did some major history reading and made it through half the chapter! Yeah I’m pretty awesome I know ;P

After all that reading I need a snack, although lunch had kept me pretty freakin’ full!

Bran muffin from TJs with cottage cheese and pumpkin butter!

I was so tired by dinner I totally forgot to take pictures but I had a veggie wrap and some “Black” Bean soup.

This morning I got up and weighed myself and I lost 1.2 pounds! I have now lost a pound or more the last 2 weeks in a row which is pretty darn good for me! I always lose the most weight during volleyball season because I am so much more busy the days we have games and I eat less also.

That’s all I got for y’all right now! I just finished history (hallelujah!) so I’m just hanging out trying to enjoy the last of this sunday…

xoxo

E

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 🙂

…was long. I read a ton of bio and Brave New World. The day just seemed drag on. It was oddly cold (no warmer than 70) and so I just felt slow and sleepy. It was  a day for tea and a good book, not summer reading, bio, and artificial light.

I did do the tea thing though! Mostly because I was really cold but it was so comforting too!

Yummmmm

In my favorite mug no less

Lunch was chocolatey overnight oats. With strawberries, blueberries, Kashi Golean, protein powder, some cottage cheese, and plenty of coco powder! It was majorly filling!

By 3:30 my brain and my belly desperately needed a snack (brain food!).

So I gave them an Apple Cranberry Bran Muffin (only 80 calories!) from Trader Joe’s with cottage cheese and pumpkin butter on top. I found the pumpkin butter in the back of a cabinet unopened. It’s so yummy and pumpkin-y!

And of course a good ol’ bowl o’ fruit (a peach, cherries, and strawberries)! Because no meal is complete with out fruits or veggies.

*drooling*

After a kick-ass kickboxing workout I wanted some major FOOD!

My creative juices were flowing during kickboxing (along with the sweat :P) and I dreamed up this beautiful thing.

*sings* You are so beautiful, to me...

Kidney beans, corn, onion, green and wax beans, canned tomato sauce, yellow pepper, and extra sharp cheddar… in a Flatout wrap and cooked in a “panini maker” (2 pans) and a salad for some freshness and green-ness.

All in all today was successful. I read a ton and ate some super good food! Now I am half delirious from being tired! I don’t know how I’m going to wake up at 5:30 when school starts. How I manage to get good grades with so little sleep is beyond me.

Nighty-night!

E