Today was pretty much awesome. I ran a good race and had a great day spent “down the shore” as we New Jersians say.

But before I get to today, lets talk about last night’s delicious dinner!

Last night became unofficial asian food night. We started out with a bowl of rice stir fried with soy sauce, broccoli, carrots, yellow pepper, garlic, onions, and ginger…

So colorful!

Followed by yesterday’s cooking adventure: Miso soup.

simple and delicious

this was so easy  to make and super healthy! There is no oil or added fat of any kind!

Now onto today!

This morning mom and I got up at 5:30 ate a simple but good breakfast and hit the road down to Ocean City. I drove which was kind of scary but the roads were basically empty so it was really quite easy and I need to start practicing if I want my license in December.

We checked in at the race and then took a stroll on the boardwalk…

what a gorgeous day!

I thought that the run would be on the board walk but it turned out I was wrong it was on the beach!

eek! Running on the beach!?

I was nervous about running on the sand but it was actually fine, nice even, because the sand was really hard and compact. It was nice running on the beach and seeing all the people and watching the waves.

I thought that the 5 miles would take me about 50 mins since I thought that I ran about a 10 min/mile. I run faster on the treadmill but I didn’t think I could keep that up on solid ground where running is harder… but apparently I was wrong.

Almost to the finish!

I ran it in 47:41!! My pace was 9:33! I was so happy and impressed with myself! No only that but I came in second in my age group! I got a ribbon and everything. There were only a few girls in my age group so winning wasn’t that hard but it was still cool…

After the all the awards were handed out ( I love to stay and see who won especially the older people some of whom ran it way faster than I did!) I changed into my bathing suit and we hit the beach for and hour or so!

I haven’t just sat on the beach and relaxed since last summer so this was so nice! I just lay on my towel and let my self get tan burned 😛 I think I actually go more burned on the run than on the beach because my sunscreen was not sweat-proof!

After some much-needed relaxation we headed back over to the beard walk for some crazy-awesome-carbolicious-unhealthy-but-oh so-worth-it food!

Aka PIZZA!

*drool*

broccoli takes the guilt away! 😛

We got these beautiful things at Mack and Manco’s the best pizza on the board walk and possibly the best pizza anywhere!

Followed by and sweet and icy treat: lemon water ice

We “walked the boards” for a while then heading home.

Along the way we got the munchies and got some chips to keep up happy!

At least I made this healthy choice!

And now I am back home. Clean, burned, and happy as a clam! Today was so much fun. My mom and I just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful day and each others company It was a great way to celebrate summer coming to a close 😦 Tomorrow is the last day of summer! I will probably spent d it pampering myself with face masks and painting my nails so I look totally awesome for the first day…

I hope everyone had an amazing Labor Day and 3 day weekend!

E

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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 😛 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 😛

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 😥 ), 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?).  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. 😛

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

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 🙂

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 😛

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 🙂

Ugh I wanted to make this post yesterday but it just didn’t happen, sorry guys!

I’m not going to show you guys every meal because 1) I don’t think you don’t really want to read about everything I ate for the past 2 days and 2) I don’t feel like writing everything I ate, so I’m going to stick to the highlights!

Sunday morning I made my very first Green Monster! I was so excited to try one and I figured it would be the perfect time! I always have pancakes sunday morning but they don’t give me a lot of energy for my run so a Green Monster was perfect!

The bubbles looked a little crazy but it was sooooo refreshing and energizing! I have had one for breakfast yesterday and today and I love it!

Since we are on the subject (sort of) I am giong to take a moment to introduce to my blender.

His name is Warren (because he is a Waring Blender :P). Yes I named him, and I’m ok with that.

There are 2 reasons why I feel you guys should meet Warren. 1) because now that I am making Green Monsters he is an active member of my life and 2) because he is over 40 years old.

Yes, I typed that right and no, your eyes aren’t failing you. He was my grandma’s, then my mom’s, and now he is mine.

Some of you might be thinking “40 years! Its probably time for a new and better blender, don’t you think!” Well here is what I have to say to that.

They just don’t make blenders like they used to. Warren may only have 2 settings “lo” and “high”, but he is way more powerful than any blender you could get today, especially one within my price range. He is also in amazing shape! He is quite handsome for a 40 year old blender and he does his job better than any young blender could!

So now you’ve met Warren we can move on to Sunday’s dinner. Sunday was one of those great days where you just do absolutely nothing! I went for a run, and then my mom and I watched cooking shows for most of the day! It was soo nice and relaxing!

When dinnertime rolled around I realized it had been what seemed like forever since I cooked something from scratch without a recipe!

The creation I came up with was so delicious! Warm roasted vegetable and pasta salad.

While the pasta cooked, I roasted zucchini, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and red peppers, then mixed the veggies and the pasta with some arugula and lettuce. Ohmygosh it was so good! It has been ages since I had pasta and I didn’t even realize how much I had missed it until I ate this!

Monday it was back to the normal routine. Cereal and green monster for breakfast.

Then my run, which would have been perfect if it hadn’t poured rain for 10 mins! My brand new sneakers got all wet 😦 but they survived just fine so no worries! (They are super comfy and awesome btw!)

Lunch yesterday was a veggie burger with white bean hummus, fresh and sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper and arugula

with some sugar snap peas on the side for some crunch,

AND a yummy little salad, with tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, and raisins, with EVOO and lemon juice for dressing.

Dinner was another creation of mine.

I have a ton of kale for my green monsters but since I am off to Minneapolis tomorrow I wanted to use some of it up with dinner so it wouldn’t go to waste while I was gone!

The solution was kale with quinoa, yellow pepper, and soy saussage

I caramelized some onions and garlic then sauteed the peppers for a few minutes then added the kale and some water and let it cook down until it was soft but not mushy and still really vivid green. Then I mixed in the quinoa and the sausage and voila! It was so delicious! and so easy!

Today, my morning run seemed like it was going to be awful. I was eating my breakfast and then I heard the landscaper guys outside, remember them? (An epic cleaning spree and a bad run… « 16 and Losing It.) I really didn’t feel like running past them in my spandex and tank top, even if they do leave me alone. So I decided to brave the unknown and run in the next development over! I never have never done this because I was always afraid I would get lost, but it turns out it’s a circle so I can’t get lost! My run was still hard because my muscles are pretty tired form kickboxing last night, but at least I could run in peace, and it was nice having different surroundings for once!

Lunch has not happened yet today but the plan is to have veggie pizza with something on the side, but I haven’t totally decided what yet. If all goes well I will make another post today and then you can find out!

Tomorrow my mom and I are going to Minneapolis! I am so excited! I love traveling and I’ve already found an Indian restaurant in Minneapolis that we are going to try!

I promise I will do better with photos this trip! No more forgetting my camera! I always feel a little silly sitting in restaurant taking pictures of my food but I will do my very best to get over that so I can show you some of the amazing food I’m sure we’ll eat! And I will of course have some amazing photos of my backpacking trip!

I may be able to post during some of our trip but I’m sure there will be very big posts with I get home!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Tuesday!

Elli

Today was surprisingly busy so I’m sorry to say I don’t have many pictures of what I ate because most of my eating today was done on the go.

This morning I went to the barn and hung out with my horse DJ for a little bit.

Yup that’s him!

I had to leave early though because I was getting a hair cut later and and a trip to the gym beforehand was required.

The gym was just torture today. It was super hot inside, and I just didn’t feel like running. I tried the elliptical and then remembered why I stopped using it in the first place, it’s boring! I went back to the treadmill and eventually I was finished, oh what a relief!

My hair cut today was very impromptu (as in scheduled this morning). I have been a little bored with my hair for the past few weeks. I have had the same hair cut for almost a year now without much change so I was ready to mix it up! I decided I didn’t want to wait until after I got back from my last trip so this weekend was my last chance to get it cut!

My previous hairstyle was inspired by this photo:

(Ew fake tan!) Although it was curlier on me because my hair is pretty curly naturally and I also got a perm a few months ago to make it even curlier.

The new hair cut I wanted looked something like this:

It looks really good! It has been awhile since I had bangs though so they will take some getting used to. My stylist gave me less bangs than she has in the picture because of my curls. My bangs are quite curly, but I think they look cute and I can always straighten them if I want!

So after my haircut my mom and I went shopping!

First stop was the shoe store for new running shoes. The running shoes I have been wearing I got for dirt cheep on the sale rack at Famous Footwear or someplace similar. They were certainly not fitted by someone who knew what kind of shoe would be right for me! But they were cheep and now they are old! So the time for new (and better) running shoes had definitely come.

We went to a real running store and I walked around so the woman could see how I walk (apparently I underpronate, I walk on the outsides of my feet), and she brought out 3 pairs for me to try on.

These babies were the winners!

Were they cheep? No. Comfortable? YES! I can’t wait to try them out tomorrow!

Next we hit Whole Foods. Where I got freeze-dries peaches.

Isn’t that cute!

They are like peaches on flavor steroids! So yummy!

I also got peach preserves. I guess I was on a bit of a peach kick, can you blame me?

Then we went to the regular super market, they have cheeper produce that is just as good, and other things worth buying!

I got protein powder because I think maybe I”m not getting enough protein since I have been eating less beans and greek yogurt lately.

So I can add this to all sorts of things.

I also found these bars!

They are certainly not all natural but you can’t beat the nutritional stats! 100 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber! Normally all the high protein bars are also high in calories so these are perfect! I have yet to try one though, so hopefully they taste ok 🙂

When we got home it was dinner time. We were both hot and tired and the only thing that sounded good was salad, so I whipped up a huge salad!

There is tons of stuff in there so to name a few there are tomatoes, corn red pepper, broccoli, red beans, chickpeas, light Baby Bel, and some flax seed for good luck. I also had a toasted Flatout (which is basically a giant cracker) with peanut butter and my new peach preserves for some carbs. Ahh so refreshing!

Now I am one tired blogger from my busy day!

I can’t believe that I am leaving again on Wednesday! Summer goes to fast!

How has your summer been so far? Done anything interesting?

Any suggestions for ways to use my new protein powder?

Nighty- night!

Elli 🙂

Hey everybody! It’s Friday!!

I am so ready for the weekend. Not much is happening for me, but I won’t have to sit around alone all day so that’s a plus. And I’m getting new running shoes! I have needed them forever and I am finally going to get them! Yipee!

Breakfast today was the same as always… raisin bran with some banana, strawberries and blueberries, and green tea.

This morning’s run was ok but its was already almost 80 degrees when I got out at 8:45 so I was HOT!

My morning snack was half a Flatout with some almond butter and honey and a light Baby Bel cheese.

I love these Flatouts they are so versatile and healthy!

Lunch was an almond butter, banana, and honey sandwich on low-carb bread, ( I added some cinnamon and sugar for good luck :P)

Mmm… so sweet and delicious!

and some peaches, blueberries, cherries, 0% greek yogurt, and 1% cottage cheese with a little bit o’ honey 😛

You can’t see the cottage cheese and yogurt but I promise it’s in there!

For dessert ( you gotta have something sweet after lunch!) I had 2 of these babies

They are my go-to lunch time dessert because they are super crunchy, just the right amount of sweet, and only 25 calories per cookie!

My pre-workout snack came later than usual because I fell asleep for an hour and a half this afternoon! I have no idea why but I was super tired today.

My snack was another 80 calorie yogurt, I love these so they will probably be around for awhile, in a very interesting and yummy flavor: coconut pineapple.

with that I had the other half of the Flatout from this morning with a 35 calorie garlic and herb Laughing Cow wedge, arugula, and tomatoes.

I rolled it up, and it was so creamy and delicious! (please excuse the little hair in the picture… :P)

My run at the gym was unexpectedly exciting because I got there at 6:10 and then realized that the gym changed its hours and now closes at 7:00 on Fridays! So I had to try to fit a normally 60 minute run into a 40 time slot! But I burned my 1000 calories for the day so all was well in the end 🙂

My mom got me flax seed today so I was super excited to try it out with dinner!

which was… an omelet with onions, red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 a soy sausage, arugula, some flax seed, and another Laughing Cow wedge

and a 100 calorie sandwich flat. I had half with margarine and honey and half with almond butter and honey because I couldn’t decide which I wanted and who says I can’t have both!

I also had a little salad with that because you can never have to many veggies! ( I put some flax in this too!)

For dessert I am going to have a Vitabrownie (<3) with some peanut butter. I have had this for dessert almost every night for what seems like forever. I heart Vitabrownies (and muffins)!

So that’s just another exciting day in the life of Elli!

I will check in tomorrow with my new running sneaks! And I might try to make a green monster tomorrow or Sunday since I have seen so much talk about them and I really want to try it! I just need to get kale, but I’m going to Whole Foods tomorrow so I can pick some up!

Enjoy your weekends everyone!

Elli