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.Β 

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 soupΒ 

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 πŸ™‚

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. Β 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 πŸ™‚

Ahhh the weekend! It seems so much more important and exciting during the school year! πŸ˜› 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 πŸ™‚

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 Β it with the honey…

hehe... maybe I'm a nerd but I'm ok with that πŸ˜›

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

So its been waaaay to long since I’ve posted. Its my fault. I have been slacking off the past few day. 😦

The reality of how close school is starting to hit me and I am kinda in denial πŸ˜› Tuesday I was super busy trying to fit in some reading after the first volleyball scrimmage of the season. I may not be playing but managing is far from easy (on the brain at least) and reading bio after I got back was a struggle.

Thursday I went into Philly with the madre to meet this woman who is a grad student (I think?) and who is working at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Weight Management. I am constantly in search of a person who can help me understand why it is so freakin’ hard for me to lose weight! I think I need someone who knows about like physiology or something but they seem to not exist. She was a psychology student but she focused on behavior instead of “feelings” and stuff. I wasn’t really thrilled about going because I didn’t think she would really tell me anything I didn’t already know… but I figured I would give it a try. Surprise surprise she was no help 😦 She wanted me to use their “program” which would involve calories counting. Now I have nothing against calories counting I just can’t do it my self. I get completely obsessive and paranoid. On top of that she wanted me to come in a least every 2 weeks. Except she’s in Philly, I’m in New Jersey and I hardly have time to breath during school (especially vball season) season let alone go into Philly every other week. I’m already going to school, doing homework (at least 2 hours a night but often much more), and working out. So it just wouldn’t have worked. Maybe if she was exactly what I wanted we could have made it work but she wasn’t so we won’t πŸ˜›

It’s so sad that summer is really ending! I have 3 full days of my summer left 😦 Monday I am running a 5 mile race in Ocean City, NJ (did I mention this already?).

Breakfast this morning was this cereal along with some 0% greek yogurt, blueberries ( possibly the last of the season πŸ˜₯ ), banana, flax, pumpkin butter, and honey…

yum, yum, yum

I was planning on not running today and going to a morning kickboxing class but I got there really late thinks to my genius move of accidentally throwing out the schedule. So I ending up at the gym (soo boring!). Here is what I did:

20 mins : Running 6.3-6.5 mph

20 mins: Elliptical

20 mins: Walking 4 mph at 5% incline

10 mins: free-weights (5 lb.)

Normally I would just run but I didn’t want to run too much because my ankles and lower shins have been hurting a little and I wanted to be as kind to them as I could.

After my workout I had the lunch of champions! A PB&J and some fruit ( peach and cherries, also the last of the season, I’m gonna miss my lovely summer fruits!)

Th rest of the day was utterly uneventful… I went to the barn for like a half an hour just to say hey (and forget my cell phone!), then my mom and I went food shopping, one of my favorite weekend things to do (nerdy?). Β We didn’t get anything exciting just the things we need, but it was nice to just hang out with my mom.

Then I had a snack and FINISHED MY BIO WORK!!!!!

That’s right people I read 5, 20 page chapters in 4 weeks!! I finished Brave New World on monday (thank goodness!!). Now all I have to do is finish my essay for AP English. I have 2 paragraphs left… my goal is to finish it tomorrow. I will not spend the last 2 days of my summer freaking out about work!!!!

Dinner tonight will probably be some “Black” Bean Soup if I ever get around to making more. πŸ˜›

I promise not to let it be another 4 days before I blog again! hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day weekend!!!

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 Β 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

That’s the best way that I can describe how I feel today. And to be honest I there is no good reason why I feel this way. My run this morning went awesome and I burned 600 calories in an hour. My lunch (details later) was yummy and filling. But I just feel kinda blah. If anything it’s from reading so much Bio! Its getting a little tedious but it needs to be done and I made a little schedule type thing for myself so I don’t get stuck reading a ton. But it means that I have to read for basically an hour if not a little longer every day. I am trying to break it up but it is still annoying.

I get like 8 hours of much-needed sleep last night and for the first time all week I get out of bed easily and was out for my run at my normal time. Β Also, my crazy soreness from the last few days wasΒ almost gone! Sleep is a very good thing I can’t forget that!

Las t night’s dinner and breakfast this morning were boring so lets just skip right on down to lunch!

My plan was to make a Protein Pizza like Court and Whit’s from over at Teens Eat (http://eatngroove.wordpress.com/). Turned out that I didn’t have nearly enough eggs to make 3/4 cup of egg whites but I figured I’d try it anyway. Everything went rather smoothly. Normally my omelets stick hopelessly to my apparently not-so- non-stick pan, but today it didn’t. When I got a little carried away on the veggies and decided I’d way to many I made the executive decision Β to turn my protein pizza into a pizza omelet.

Maybe not planned but oh-so delicious.

The Pizza Omelet

4 egg whites

dried basil and oregano

half a red onion

a clove of garlic

half a zucchini

half an orange pepper

steamed frozen broccoli

half an italian soy sausage, cut up into bit sized pieces

Prego pasta sauce

part-skim mozzarella

saute the garlic and veggies until the onion is sweet and soft, and the zucchini is soft. cook the sausage.

heat up a “non-stick” pan then spray with PAM or your choice of non-stick spray (or you can use some butter).

Pour in the egg whites and using a spatula swirl the whites around until they start to “curdle” then let them sit for about 10 seconds and DO NOT TOUCH THEM!!! πŸ˜›

shake the pan to see if the omelet is stuck anywhere. if it is use the spatula to un-stick it.

if you shredded the cheese pour it on, other wise lay on small pieces all around the omelet .pour on the veggies and sausage. pour on the Prego.

try to fold it if you can and slide you pizza omelet onto a plate. serve with toast!

Yummmm! πŸ˜›

Desert was half a non-dairy ice cream sandwich.

My mom got these from Whole Foods for herself and they have been calling too me from our freezer ever since.

I remember getting the ice cream version of this at the pool near where my grandparents lived in Florida every summer when we would visit them!

This didn’t taste quite the same but it was still delicious just different!

Well looks like it about time for me to read some more beloved Bio!

Elli πŸ™‚

Today has been cool and rainy and I can’t lie it’s getting to me a little bit.

Getting up this morning was far from easy. I over slept by a half an hour. It really doesn’t matter if I get up a little late since it’s not like I have to be anywhere, but it just throws off my whole morning. Although since I get back from Colorado I have been really tired in the morning. Before I left I could easily get up at my normal time (7:30). Now its a struggle every morning. WTF! The icing on the cake is that my legs are really sore which makes it literally painful to get up πŸ˜›

Ok enough complaining… on to the food!

Let’s go back in time a little to dinner last night. I had a Healthy Choice dinner.

I added some extra veggies (broccoli, kale, and orange pepper) and it was quite yummy! This is funny to say but I haven’t had pasta in a really long time!

This morning I had my Green Monster as a post-run snack since I was in rush to get out and run. My run wasn’t that great though. I guess b/c it was pretty cool my body didn’t have to work as hard to keep me cool so I only burned about 500 calories. I know what you are thinking now. “500 calories is really good! What are you talking about you crazy girl!” I know that 500 calories is really good, but I normally burn more like 550 which is good b/cI never know how many calories I will burn at kickboxing. Some days it’s really hard and I can burn almost 600 calories but some days its slower and I am closer if not below 500 calories. So I like to burn a bunch of calories when I run so that I can easily reach my 1000 calories per day goal. Hopefully today will be good though. The last few days of kickboxing have been hard so fingers crossed the pattern will continue!

My lunch today was soup, salad, and toast: the perfect rainy day lunch.

The soup started out the way you make egg drop soup: by pouring a beaten egg into simmering broth. Then I added frozen corn, frozen spinach, tomato, a tiny pinch of red pepper flake, dried basil, and teeny tiny bit of butter, and these TVP bits from MorningStar that are like fake ground meat.

My salad was lettuce, yellow pepper, tomato, crasins, and pea sprouts. The dressing was just a little bit of EVOO, lemon juice, and agave nectar.

My toast was Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread with almond butter, honey, and some banana.

All in all lunch warmed me up and was super delicious!

This afternoon is more Bio reading and maybe even watching a little TV! I am kinda tired and the idea of just relaxing my brain for a little sounds really nice.

Hope the weeks is treating you better than it is me!

Elli πŸ™‚

Hello!

So I have spent all morning doing reading for school so today has been very boring.

This has been my new best friend (or worst enemy?) for the past few days. I love bio and so I really don’t mind the reading. But I have 4 chapters with about 12 review questions each to read before school starts. So basically I have to read a chapter a week. To do that I need to read AT LEAST and hour a day if not a little more. I hate feeling the pressure like that. I would have started it much earlier in the summer had I known about it. I only found out about it because by chance I went on my school’s website out of boredom and found it! Thank goodness I did otherwise I would have started AP Bio on a bad note 😦

Ok on to the food!

Last night I went to the 7-8 kickboxing class because I had a dentists appointment. That meant that I didn’t eat din-din until about 9:30! Needless to say dinner was about quick and easy, not gourmet. But it was delicious!

A peach, some cherries, and blueberries, with cottage cheese and greek yogurt (and some flax seed). I also had some toast πŸ˜›

Today has been rather uncreative.

I had the same old cereal and Green Monster for breakfast, ( it really never changes, I never feel like making anything in the morning) and banana with PB for a snack.

Lunch was a veggie pizza and applesauce. πŸ™‚

It seems like I have a veggie pizza every other day for lunch lately. But its so yummy and packed with veggies!

One of the things that has resulted from trying to eat as low calorie as possible is that I find a few good meals that I know are low calorie and filling and I sort of stick to them for the most part. So because of that there isn’t a whole lot of experimentation that goes on on most days. Every so often I mix it up but I know that certain things (like veggie pizza :P) work for me so it gets easy just to eat what I know is “safe.” I don’t really get bored with what Ie at ever but I going to try to mix it up if I can before school starts and my days get super repetitive.

Trip photos update!

Still no pictures for me. But yesterday we took my memory card to these computer guys near my house. They said they hard software and stuff that should be able to get my photos off the card. Fingers crossed it works because I really want to post some of my photos so you guys can see all the amazing things I saw! And because I still haven’t been able to show my mom! the computer guys seemed pretty confident that they can get my pictures off, and I hope they can! This trip meant so much to me and was really once in a lifetime experience. Sure I could technically to the same route next summer but it was the girls I met on this trip that made it truly special and it would be so sad not to have my pictures to help me remember and to have forever. 😦

Well it’s about time I got back to reading Bio! Hope all is well for everyone!

So…

Do you have a go-to favorite meal (bfast, lunch, or dinner)?

Got any fun and low calories lunch idea you’d like me to try or think I would like?

Elli πŸ™‚