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 🙂

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

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