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

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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 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 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 🙂

Hmmm… so I’m kind of in a funny mood because I just watched this incredibly depressing movie so I apologize now if I’m a little off.

Today was the last day of school. Its always a weird day, the last day. You’re happy, because its summer now and you don’t have to do homework every night, and wake up at the crack of dawn. But is sad too. There are those friends you have because they are in your class but you aren’t friends really outside of school, and its sad because if you don’t have a class with them next year you might never see them, and you might not be friends next year. Its just an odd day with a lot of mixed feelings. But I’m soo happy to be done with school!

Last night’s dinner was pretty disappointing actually 😦 The place we were originally going to go to was having some kind of fundraiser there so we couldn’t eat there (of course that just has to happen the night we want to eat there ugh). So we went to this other restaurant my mom and I had been to and enjoyed that was nearby. I was kind of annoyed because I was starving and I had planned out whatI would eat so that I could stay healthy and now I had no idea what I would eat! So we get there and sit down, and I’m trying to find the healthiest thing I can on the menu. My initial choice was a pork chop with mashed sweet potatoes and something  else that I can’t remember. But instead I went with tilapia (which is a really light fish that naturally doesn’t have much flavor but I don’t mind it and it’s healthy) with roasted potatoes, and spinach. I thought that it would be light and probably pretty tasty because the fish just takes on the flavor of whatever is on it and I love potatoes and I don’t mind spinach. The problem was there was no sauce or anything! It was just plain fish and it was so plain and unsatisfying I could have cried, and I almost did to be honest because by that time I was tired and hungry and PMSing really bad :/ I had to basically pour salt onto it to give it any flavor! I was so angry…

Ok got that out 😛

I am kind of nervous for the next few weeks… I will just be home by myself all day. In about 2 weeks (I think) my mom and I are going on our annual camping trip to northern Wisconsin with family friends who live in Chicago. But until then we have nothing planned so I am just home all day. Which I hate. I hate being home all day ding nothing, it’s depressing and boring and I just hate it. Also its really hard as far as eating is concerned because a lot of times when I’m bored I end up eating and I can”t eat to much nor do I want to. My plan is to run for about a half an hour in the morning before it gets hot and before all the kids I know in my development (non of whom I like) are out doing whatever it is they do. Hopefully the exercise in the morning will help me wake up and feel good so that I will be less inclined to munch. I did this last summer and it did seem to help some. In addition to the running in the morning I’m still going to go to kickboxing Monday-Wednesday nights, and I’ll run probably Friday-Sunday again at the gym for longer and with intervals like I do now. My hardest time as far as eating is between lunch and my afternoon snack. So hopefully i can make it through these next few weeks. I’ll still post but it will mostly just be my thoughts or whatever because I doubt much will be going on but one never knows what kind of unexpected things can happen!

Elli ❤