Hello!

I have missed you all and blogging so much but I’m not going to lie the idea of trying to catch up on all my missed blogging is a bit daunting!

As soon as I can I am going to post my pictures from Minneapolis, Boulder, and backpacking but I haven’t loaded them onto my computer yet.

My trip was amazing! not only the week I spent in Minneapolis and Boulder (bother super cool cities) but especially my 12 days of backpacking where I really learned a lot about myself, what I want from my life and had a TON of fun!

The only piece of sad news I have right now is that my camera got a little wet the last day of my trip and I’m not completely sure that it works, at least the screen is broken so I can’t tell if its taking pictures. But I am going to find out if it can be fixed and if not a new camera will be quickly bought! I might be able to use my old camera for awhile but this may be a picture-less blog for a day or 2 until this little debacle gets sorted out!

During backpacking we had to eat a lot more food than I am used too, as you can imagine we are expending a lot of energy so the calories are needed. But we couldn’t exactly carry tons of fresh fruits and veggies so I ate a lot of dried fruits and nuts! The food was delish but far form low calorie so the next few days are all about getting readjusted to the way I normally eat and getting back to working out.

As nice as it is to be back in my routine and eating the way I like again. Its kind of sad being home. It almost feels as though the trip never happened. What I mean by that is the little world I was in out int he Colorado backcountry seems very far away form this world and its hard to imaging that they can exist together. It’s hard to explain but I am still trying to figure out this updated version of myself who I became throughout backpacking and how to balance being home with what I learned out there.

It sure feels good to be eating fruits and veggies again though! Hopefully I will have another blog later today possibly with pictures of some kind of we are lucky!!

Elli 🙂

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited right now, I’m typing this from my mom’s phone! They have apps for everyrhing now!

Don’t expect a very long post like this because just typing this has taken me forever!

I’m in Minneapolis! We got here wednesday afternoon. We ate dinner that night at this awesome pasta place called Broder’s Pasta Bar. We ate at the “bar” which just looked like a bar but there was no alcohol. From the bar we could watch the kitchen which was pretty cool since being a chef is on my possible career lis

I had lasagna with lamb,mint, and this creamy tomato sauce. It wasn’t what I was initially planning on getting but our waitress said it was out of this world so I had to try it. It was amazing, rich, but awesome.

Yesterday, Thursday, we visited Macalester College in St. Paul. I loved the college and it may be my #1 choice. We ate lunch ate this little Afgani place. They had a $10 lunch buffet which was an awesome deal! I had dahl, this mush of Mung beans and stuff, pita, hummus, and Afgani salad which was onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and some other veggies with lime juice. I LOVED everything there and if I go to Mac it might become my lunch spot 😛

Dinner was nothing special. We couldn’t find anywhere interesting so we ended up a a kind of touristy place called the News Room. We shared an emanada for an appitizer, then I had a really basic salad with walnuts, grilled chicken, and goat cheese. It was ok but nothing special.

Dessert was cool though. Our waitress reccomended their Root Beer cookies so we figured we had to them. They were fresh baked (they bake them when you order them) and so soft you needed a spoon for the middle (not undercooked though) and they really tasted like root beer. Apparently they use root beer extract to get the flavor.

Now we are in th car on our way to see Carleton College which is about 45 minutes from Minneapolis.

Tomorrow we fly to Colorado! I can’t believe that in less than a week I will be backpacking! I’m getting nervous but trying not to think about it too much!

So that about all I have for you guys right now! I promise lots of pictures when I get back! I will try to update you guys on how Boulder is before I venture off into the wilderness!

Hope all is well with everyone!

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

*I tried to post this yesterday but my computer is mildly retarded and is doing its best to make my life difficult, so sorry about that!*

So I’m home from Milwaukee/camping in Wisconsin! I have never been to Milwaukee but it was a really nice city!

One great thing about the Midwest is that everyone is so much friendlier! Maybe it’s a stereotype but it’s true also! People smile at you when you are walking down the street! In Philly and New York City (the 2 cities I have the mot experience in) people just ignore everyone else on the street like they don’t even exhist, which I hate.

I forgot to take pictures of the 2 dinners we had out (bad blogger, bad blogger), but they were amazing! Tuesday night (our first night) we ate at Coquette Cafe (http://www.coquettecafe.com/) a french restaurant in the historic part of Milwaukee. I had french onion soup (my favorite soup in the world!) and a salad with apples, goat cheese, candied pine nuts, and chicken. The whole dinner was amazing!

Wednesday, my mom and I went to Beloit College one of the 3 midwestern colleges I am considering.

Then we went to this amazing vegetarian/vegan restaurant called Cafe Manna (http://www.cafemanna.com/) seriously this place was amazing!! I had a little lentil-fest with lentil soup and a lentil burger 😛

Thursday we hit the pavement for a food tour! It was so much fun and we got to taste some of Milwaukee’s best food!

Like Pizza, which was delicious! Milwaukee style pizza has a super thin crust and they cut it into squares. This was amazing pizza definitely one of the best I have ever had!

Tacos ( the best taco I have ever had! but a really awful picture)

Canolis (so sweet and creamy! definitely NOT health food but it was really small)

Olives (which I actually didn’t eat because I HATE olives)

And shepherds pie!

As I’m sure you can guess this was amazing also!

Then we set off to Kohler State Park for some camping… all of which I forgot to take pictures of because we were doing so many fun things. Sorry 😦

So now I am back for about a week and a half before my mom and I are off to Minneapolis, MN and Boulder, CO before I head out into the wilderness for 12 days of rock-climbing and back-packing! Yeah I’m starting to get kind of nervous for it but I’m just trying not to think about it 😛

I completely forgot to photograph my lunch yesterday ( I had a wrap with veggies and soy sausage and some fruit) but Monday I had this amazing pizza!

I made it on a Flatout flatbread which are my new favorite things to play with because they are only 90 calories per wrap and they have tons of fiber and protein! On the pizza I put sauteed summer squash, orange pepper, onions, garlic, and broccoli. For sauce I used my go-to tomato sauce: original Prego, and I used part-skim mozzarella and some parmesan for cheese. It was so yummy and healthy too!

So that has been the last few days! I promise I will not get behind again (until my next vacation!) But I will try tog et to a computer if I can sometimes hotels have them! Sometimes it would be nice to have a laptop!

Elli 🙂

Hello Everyone!

Happy Belated 4th of July to everyone from the USA!!

For those of you who don’t know, my official weigh-in day is Sunday. I weigh myself right after I get up so that I don’t eat or drink anything before. Also for any who don’t know, I have been stuck between 161 and 156 (25 and 30 pounds lost) for about 7 or 8 months. Yeah it’s been beyond frustrating! Well yesterday I got up and weighed myself like I do every Sunday. I have been eating well and working out really hard as you can probably see, but after so many good weeks with bad weigh-ins I wasn’t expecting much. I lost 2.4 pounds! Whoohoo! I normally lose about .5 to 1 pound a week but in the last 3 weeks I have lost over 2 pounds twice! And I was 156.6!!!! I HAVE OFFICIALLY LOST 30 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting 7 months to see that number and I honestly couldn’t even believe it when I saw it, I still don’t think it has really hit me. I am so happy!

In other news, yesterday my mom and I took a trip up to Princeton, NJ (home of the Ivy League University) to go hiking with this girl who is a member of a group of girls I will be going backpacking in Colorado with at the end of July. We are the only girls going who are not from Colorado so we thought we should meet since it just so happened we only lived about an hour apart. We went for a gorgeous hike in the woods outside of Princeton, although it was over 90 degrees even in the shade I still had fun!

We passed by this yucky little green pond with the funniest “No Swimming” sign I have ever seen

Why anyone would even want to swim in there is beyond me! Other than heat stroke 😛 the only danger came from some geese who thought we were a little to close to their babies for our own good. They didn’t attack but they were hissing at us!

After our run in with the geese My new friend Lissy (short for Elisabeth), our moms, and I went into Princeton for some lunch. We went to Panera Bread where I had the Strawberry and Poppyseed chicken salad which was only 280 calories and so delicious! It had strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, oranges, and pecans! ( I forgot my camera back in the car so this is not y picture, this is the link from where I got the picture: http://cookingwithkate.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/cimg5792.jpg just making sure I don’t credit for it)

After the salad we got some amazing artisan ice cream, I had vanilla and dark chocolate sorbet it was soooo good. Certainly not low calorie but I didn’t feel guilty I had decided that I was celebrating my 30 pound loss!

After lunch our little group split up and my mom and I walked around Princeton’s campus together. The campus is so beautiful, and very Ivy League.

With some pretty cool study spots!

After some major walking we came upon this really cool frozen yogurt place (grrr I can’t remember its name). It had tons of flavors of frozen yogurt that were all made from fat-freee yogurt that was really low calorie! You got to pick as many flavors you wanted ( I had plain tart and yucca whichI had never heard of but it was really good, and purple :P) then they had tons of toppings to choose from including fresh fruit! I had blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, cookie dough, brownie bits, mini reese’s peanut butter cups, and crushed Oreo cookie.

I only had a small amount of the unhealthy stuff but I figured how often to I get to have that stuff in my yogurt? Never! So why not right?

It was so delicious! I wish there was a place like that near my house it was such great healthy treat!

I love little day trips like that with my mom! We can get along really well if we are both in a good mood, and Princeton is such a nice town, even in 95 degree heat! It was a great way to spend the 4th, normally we are camping on the 4th but we couldn’t get our camping spot until later this year.

Speaking of camping… I leave tomorrow! I will try to post if I can but I highly doubt I will be able to post until I get back 😦 I’ll have a huge post when I gat back though with pictures of Milwaukee, Beloit, and our campsite with all the amazing and plentiful food!! I will miss you guys!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer! Anyone have any super cool plans?

Elli