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

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 ❤

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

Hello Everyone!

This is going to be a very quick post. I don’t even have any pictures to share with you! I want to keep blogging on here but if I do expect there to be some changes since my life is so hectic! I probably will just blog here with some pictures if I have time. I also have a tumblr that is just random stuff that I like or from my life that is for the most part unrelated to food! you can find that here.

 

Just to update you all really quickly! My eating has changed a lot lately. I have been trying to limit my dry carbs, which means I haven’t been having sandwiches for lunch at school instead I bring a salad and a few crackers. Also instead of my beloved cereal (which surprisingly I don’t miss) I have quinoa with banana, and applesauce, and pumpkin… it basically tastes kind of pumpkin pie-y. I really love it!

I also have been weighing everything I really keeping a much closer eye on my portions sizes. by weighing everything every time I know that I am getting the intended amount of calories.

So are these new eating habits working? you might ask… YES!!! Since I started about 4 weeks ago I have lost 5 pounds! I lost 2.5 the first week, 2.5 the second, nothing the third, and then the fourth was this week and with Thanksgiving and all I was more than happy to stay the same! So I am now about 151 or 152!!! Its amazing to me that I am that close to the 140’s!!

School has been really tough for me this year. My classes are super hard and I don’t have many close friends so I don’t get to do much socializing. I really hate hating school, but lately at least I really have been. Hopefully life will improve soon though, because I turn 17 next Friday!!! That’s right people, pretty soon I’ll have to change the name of this blog to 17 and Losing It (or should I? What do you think?) Even more importantly I’ll be able to drive!! That means I (hopefully) will be able to drive to school, the gym, kickboxing, and wherever else I want. For example my back has been bothering me and I really wanted to see a chiropractor but couldn’t if my mom had to take me but once I have my driver’s license I will be able to go alone! Also I am going to try to find somewhere to volunteer a day or 2 a week to hopefully bring some happiness to my boring days.. 😦 I am so excited!! For my b-day my madre and I are going into Philly and eating at the Caribou Cafe which is a French bistro with apparently amazing French Onion Soup (which I just happen to be obsessed with!! So yeah… kinda excited for that.

Anyways… I would love to blog and blog but I have Bio to read (just like old times eh?). Hope that everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!! And an early Happy Hanukkah to any Jews reading this!!

Elli 🙂

Hello friends!

I am officially back to school now but I think I am still in major denial about it. We have off today because of Rosh Hashanah so it feels like summer still. I go back for Friday then it the weekend. It’s a bit of a funky way to start school again…

Yesterday I got home and I was so tired. I forgot how exhausting school is! I love my schedule this year although I know that this is going to be an extremely stressful year considering I am taking 3 AP classes and 2 honors classes! I think I will enjoy AP Psych and AP Bio but who knows what the year holds!

I already have a 25 page chapter to read for monday in honors history, I opened the book to get a head start and just seeing all those words was so depressing!

😥

We had the same book last year for US 1 so it like this old enemy that I did not miss at all this summer!

Because it has been awhile since I blogged I though it would be easiest to just fly through the food from the last few days rather than try to tell you about all of it!

Rice and Veggies!

Pineapple Coconut is an oddly delicious flavor

Chocolate and strawberry VOO!! to die...

a very nosey kitty... not food but so cute!

some heavenly fruit and greek yogurt

Rye vita cracker with light laughing cow cheese is a great after-school snack!

So there it is! I hope that once school gets under way I will find time to blog! I know I will make something work because I am not going stop completely but I don’t know how it will work out especially with volleyball all fall (so many double “l”s!).

xoxo

E

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