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 ❤

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So as you might be able to deduce from my title I am sick. Sick, sick, sick, sick. And it is no fun at all. I woke up this morning feeling achy, and hot and cold, and weak, and just plain awful. Just to make things even better I was supposed to take the SATs the morning. Well as you can guess that didn’t happen. Instead I went back to sleep until my mom woke me up to tell me I had a doctor’s appointment. So I got out of bed put on some shoes and a sweatshirt and left.

Luckily I returned armed with antibiotics!! Of course antibiotics mess with my stomach like its their job so that will be fun, but hopefully I will be feeling much healthier tomorrow because this week is mid-term exams at school!!! I am actually feeling a little better even now although that may have something to do with the ridiculous amount of sleeping I have done today (put it this way I have spent more of today asleep than awake).

Ok let’s take a little break from the complaining to talk food!

So one of my favorite magazines is Cooking Light. I love that their recipes are super healthy but also interesting and not boring, flavorless health food (or even worse full of fake ingredients). Every Sunday night my mom and I pick a new recipe from Cooking Light to try. I realized that I really need to be photographing this new trend of ours (I have only been subscribed to CL since Christmas so the Sunday dinners is a new thing). Last week we made Sweet and Sour Chicken with Bok Choy and Rice with scallions (the bok choy and rice are our own creations not from a recipe). It was so freakin’ awesome I can’t even tell you guys! And easy too!

Seriously it was so good, the sauce was just the right mix of spicy, and salty, and sweet. The rice was the perfect balance between sticky and creamy and the bok choy was tender but still a little crunchy.

Monday was Martin Luther King Day and my mom stayed home with me to keep me company since I hate being home alone all day (and let’s be honest she was looking for an excuse to take a day off :P) so we decided to make another fun dinner (read dinner we actually put effort into).

We made meat-less meatballs from Trader Joes in “tomato sauce” with tomatoes (duh) and spinach, and leeks. I also added some Prego and tomato paste to make is saucy-er. With that we had polenta!! I honestly think that polenta may just be the ultimate comfort food, it’s just so creamy and perfect!!

The lighting in this picture sucks but so it doesn’t look so pretty but it tasted delish!

Tonight for dinner I am having chicken soup with rice, so I will be “sipping once, sipping twice, sipping chicken soup with rice”! (anyone??) Because nothing makes a sick person feel better than chicken soup! Especially when made with homemade broth!!

Tomorrow we will be making another CL recipe Chicken Meatloaf (this issue is all about chicken so we have been eating a lot of chicken on Sundays :P). So you will see that next week! Well I am off to eat my soup maybe watch Beauty and the Beast (which fate sent me from Netflix just when I needed it!) and then do some more sleeping!

Farewell my friends!

Belle Elli ❤

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

So it’s a cold, rainy night…whats a girl to do when she wants something warm and cozy but all she has in the fridge is fruit and veggies for refreshing summer salads?

Make soup of course!

2 tablespoons on canola oil, 1 big onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder, red pepper to taste…

Stir and saute until onions are soft…

pour 1 cup of boiling water over 10 sun-dried tomatoes and set aside…

pour in 1/3 cup of water and the juice from 2 cans of tomatoes, then squeeze in the tomatoes so they get all smushed (that’s a scientific term :P) and broken up…

simmer, covered, for 5 minutes…

drain the sun-dried tomatoes and chop those babies up! add them to the pot…

pour in 2 cans of black beans (and their liquid) or you can use 1 can of black beans and one can of red beans if you don’t have 2 cans of black beans like me…

simmer for 5 to 10 minutes covered…

Put half the soup in a blender or food processor and blend until it’s smooth…

pour it back into the pot with the unblended soup!

and what do you get?!

Not-so-Black Bean Soup!

serve with toast and a salad…

eat and enjoy as your tummy does the happy dance! 😛

*from the recipe for Black Bean Soup from  Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home*

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 🙂

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Today is my official day off from working out. I love my day off ,but I also kind of dread it because I love to workout and I feel really lazy when I don’t. I’m also normally more tired in the morning without my morning run. Today, however, I had the pleasure of paying a visit to my orthodontist to get my braces tightened (oh joy)! I have had my braces on for over 3 years with no apparent end in sight despite that fact that I am in the “end stages,” as they told me this morning. Apparently the end stages can last 6 months or possibly more though… grrr.

So why did I tell you that little story? Because now my poor little bottom teeth hurt from being manhandled by the orthodontist.

This happens pretty much every time and the treatment is always that same, plenty of Aleve and soft foods. So the next few days will mean lots of soup and oatmeal!

Before we get to today’s food, though, I have to tell you about the dinner I made last night. Aside from being the first meal I have cooked in what feels like ages it was pretty darn good if you ask me!

We (mom and I) had quinoa with soy sausage and sauteed veggies.

I sauteed almost a whole red onion ( I love onion!) with a little olive oil, then I added garlic (2 cloves), a yellow pepper, broccoli, and some lemon juice.

I put that mixture onto some quinoa which was on some lettuce (gotta fill up the plate, Go volumetrics!), and topped all that off with half of a soy sausage for each of us. Yum!

So onto today’s eats…

Breakfast was the same as usual cereal and fruit (what can I say I’m a creature of habit).

For my post-orthodontic snack I had a banana with almond butter. (sorry no picture :/)

By the time lunch rolled around my teeth were really starting to hurt so the answer to that was soup!

I made my self some egg and veggie soup. Sound weird? Well just think of egg drop soup only not 😛

I boiled some veggie broth, whisked up an egg and then slowly poured the egg in, stirring the whole time. Then I added a tiny bit of butter, some frozen spinach, half a can of petit diced tomatoes, some dried basil and oregano, paprika, lemon juice, and some leftover quinoa from last night. It was a huge bowl of soup but very light.

Along with that I had a Flatout with some almond butter and creamed honey, which I thought would be safe for my teeth but I toasted it and that made it harder to chew. For those who don’t know hard to chew = ouch!

It tasted good though!

Dessert was a Chocolate Chip Chewy bar. Can I get an amen for the chewies?! Love them!

My snack today was quite similar to yesterday, like I said I’m a creature of habit 😛

I had a Cherry Vanilla Light n’ Fit with blueberries, cherries, and some cereal.

The taste difference between real cherries and this yogurt was really comical, but it was yummy anyway.

To spare my teeth as much pain as possible I had a little plate of fruit (<3) with my yogurt.

Oh man do I love fruit! This peach pretty much made my day! It was so sweet and juicy without being mushy! Pure heaven.

Hopefully my teeth stop hurting soon so I can eat crunchy things again because I love me some crunchy!

Dinner is still undecided, but it will probably be oatmeal of some kind because I can’t eat much else 😦

Well I’m off to walk my doggies with the madre to get some exercise in today, since all I’ve really done so far is read blogs and watch Grey’s Anatomy!

Peace out!

Elli