Ahhh the weekend! It seems so much more important and exciting during the school year! πŸ˜› this weekend has not been all that exciting but I have enjoyed it just the same.

Friday I had a volleyball game that ended around 6:30 so I wasn’t home until almost 7. Phew! Talk about a long day!

Dinner that night was some super comforting oatmeal with strawberries

Just what a girl needs after a 12 hour day!

Saturday I got up bright and early and went to kickboxing form 8:30 to 9:30. I have never gone to this class because I didn’t think I could go and still go to the barn. I gave it a shot yesterday though and it worked out great! I’m so glad it did because that means I can start going to that class which will be really nice for 2 reasons

1) I love kickboxing and would rather go there than to the gym, although I have to keep up my running because I have a 10K in november!

2) It’s really nice to get my workout done by 9:30. It makes the day seem much more open to other things than when I go to the gym around 11 or 12.

Some people may be able to just have a small snack before they workout in the morning but I need real fuel in order to workout! Saturday that fuel was cereal and toast.

nom nom nom πŸ™‚

Those funny little blueish things on there are freeze- dried blueberries! I found them at Trader Joe’s the other day and they are my new topping obsession! They taste just like blueberries but they are super crispy! Plus the whole bag is 120 calories!!!

After kickboxing, shower, and an hour out at the barn I was seriously ready for lunch in a big way.

I had a Green Monster in a bowl topped with granola and my new blueberries

It wasn’t quite sweet enough so I had fun drawing random shapes in Β it with the honey…

hehe... maybe I'm a nerd but I'm ok with that πŸ˜›

I also had some grapes which were really good in the green monster… and some toast which I have no picture of 😦

Who knew grapes could be so gorgeous!

After that I did some major history reading and made it through half the chapter! Yeah I’m pretty awesome I know ;P

After all that reading I need a snack, although lunch had kept me pretty freakin’ full!

Bran muffin from TJs with cottage cheese and pumpkin butter!

I was so tired by dinner I totally forgot to take pictures but I had a veggie wrap and some “Black” Bean soup.

This morning I got up and weighed myself and I lost 1.2 pounds! I have now lost a pound or more the last 2 weeks in a row which is pretty darn good for me! I always lose the most weight during volleyball season because I am so much more busy the days we have games and I eat less also.

That’s all I got for y’all right now! I just finished history (hallelujah!) so I’m just hanging out trying to enjoy the last of this sunday…

xoxo

E

I may not have much to say today but I will not become one of those people who hardly ever blogs and then every 2 weeks comes back and says “Sorry I was gone for so long but I’m back now!”

So… I gained a pound. Yeah it sucks and I was kinda upset although not as much as I sometimes am. I kinda felt on the edge about how my week was going all week, honestly. True I did burn 4,700 calories last week I also felt like all I did was eat! I thinkI’m just going to have to get used to that feeling though when I[m home all day, because it kind of is all I do πŸ˜› My days seem to go something like this:

Wake up, eat breakfast, run, shower, eat a post-run snack ( I’m always hungry after I run), sit around normally in front of my computer doing random things, eat lunch, do some more siting around, eat a snack ( I’m hungry and I need to the fuel for kickboxing/running at the gym for an hour), shower, eat dinner, watch some TV, eat dessert, go to sleep, Repeat πŸ˜›

So Its not that I eat a lot its just that I don’t really do much else… But I am going to try to make my snacks a little smaller, or if I want more then have some fruit or veggies! I’m also going to have less of my Healthy Choice/Lean Cuisine because while they aren’t super high in sodium they are probably more than I normally have. So there is the possibility that some of my 1 pound was from retaining water, if only life as that easy…

I ran my 3rd 5k yesterday, hence why I didn’t blog about my weigh-in. I have run 2 5ks before this one and I ran them both in 31:12 ( yes the exact same time). SO I really wanted under that, and maybe if I was a good girl under 30 mins. I have been running a lot now so it seemed possible. So, I felt pretty ready when Sunday morning rolled around, despite the 85 degree heat and humidity, that’s New jersey for ya people! I had my brand spankin’ new 5k playlist with about 30 mins worth of my very best running music* ( I’ll put my playlist at the end of the blog if you’re curious!). The whole run I just looked at whoever was the next person ahead of me and I passed them, then did the same with the next person. And I finished in 29:53!!!! Yippee!! It was an awesome moment, I felt so good about what I had just accomplished I didn’t even care that I gained 1 pound!! ITs just one pound I’ve still lost almost 30 and 30p pounds ago I could not have run a 5k in under 30 mins! I couldn’t even run a mile πŸ˜›

So i know I never mentioned before that I am from good ol’ New Jersey, so let me just say one quick thing about my home state. Before you go jumping to conclusions that all of New Jersey looks like this:

and that all New Jersians look like this:

Let me just say that while there may be a few of these fine fellows in my state you are more likely to see this:

and there are more horse farms than you can even imagine. In fact I have been going to a barn and riding/socializing/working my butt off for about 10 years. So don’t go thinking you know New Jersey just because you watch MTV. Ahh… I feel better now πŸ™‚

Okay well as much as I have enjoyed this little post I have to go get ready to go kickboxing, I’ve got to burn 523 calories tonight which I can do but I’ll have to work!

More food/fun/and bordom to come!

Elli

* My Β (about)30 min 5k playlist-

Believe – The Bravery
Speed of Sound – Coldplay
The Sound Of Settling- Death Cab For Cutie
Headlights On Dark Roads – Snow Patrol
Square One – Coldplay
Sick Muse – Metric
It’s Beginning To Get To Me – Snow Patrol
Vertigo – U2

I lost 2.8 pounds this week! Those 2 pounds from last week are history!!! Oh I can’t even tell you how good it feels πŸ™‚ I had an amazing week with both eating and exercise so I really felt like I would have a goo weigh-in but I figured like maybe a pound not almost 3 pounds. Not that I’m complaining… So now I’m back to 158.0. I hope that now that it’s summer I can keep having good weeks and soon I’ll get to 156 which would be 30 pounds lost! I just need to keep up what I’m doing and hope my body cooperates!

Today my mom and I are hopefully going blueberry picking which is great for me because I get to be active all afternoon and I absolutely looove blueberries. I’m still going to go to the gym for a bit though and get in a run.

I’ve decided to have an exercise challenge for myself this summer. 4 days a week I will burn 1000 calories or more which will be my 30 min morning run + kickboxing or another longer run at the gym + some other exercise during the day like yoga or strength. Then I will still take one day off a week and on the weekends I will burn 500 calories or more. So I need to get some running or something in today so I can have my 500 or more for the day.

On a slightly off topic note… I thought I would share another recipe with you guys. This one hopefully is not as intimidating as the last one might have been for anyone who doesn’t normally cook. Its a salad which is great for those summer nights when its hot out and the last thing you want is a hot dinner. For protein you can add beans, any kind should work but I think chickpeas or black beans would be the best or grilled chicken would also be really yummy for all you meat eaters. I like adding fruit to my salads also, I think they Β add some different and yummy flavors to a salad but if thats too weird for you they can be removed. Don’t forget that this is a salad so you can change up the veggies/fruits to fit what you like. This salad can get pretty big too but I don’t use much dressing so it is quite low calories especially for how much food you get. I don’t really know how much of certain things I use but just use as much as you think you will need. I make this salad to feed 2 people so keep that in mind.

So here it is… My Gigantic Rainbow Summer Salad!!!

Mixed Greens ( you can use the stuff from a bag or you can buy lettuce and chop and wash it yourself which is what I do but it is more time consuming.) You will need less than you think of these because there are so many other things going into he salad.

1 red/yellow/green/orange pepper ( they all taste amazing although green peppers are less sweest and will add less color) cut off the top to remove the seeds and then cut into 1 inch squares

5 to 10 quartered cherry tomatoes depending on their size

Broccoli-steamed but not to the oint of being super soft (you can use fresh or frozen)

Sweet corn ( again fresh or frozen is fine)

1 orange ( I’ll describe what I think is the best way to cut it under the recipe)

a handfull of fresh blueberries (make sure you wash them well)

a handfull of cherries (if they are in season) pitted and cut in half

4 teaspoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

1 tablespoon of red wine vingar

a tiny sprinkle of salt and some black pepper

Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl and serve. You can put cheese in if you want but beware of using to much b/c cheese is not low calorie.

How I cut up my orange:

1.) cut off the top and bottom of the orange so that you can see the fruit inside

2.) set it on you cutting board so that it is sitting upright and cut the white part off by cutting down the orange so all you have left is the actual fruit and not white outside

3.) hold it in your hand and cut into the orange so that you are cutting out the individual wedges that form naturally but make sure that the skin stuff separating the wedges is left behind.

4.) you should have wedges cut out that have no skin stuff on them, for this salad you can either leave them this size or cut the into smaller 1 inch pieces.

Hope that makes sense! Enjoy!

Elli πŸ™‚

Let me beging this post with a little background info on this past week.

Friday was my last full day of school. Next week is finals and all half days. To celebrate my gym class decided we should have a party. Parties obviously entail brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and other assorted high calories low nutrition foods. But because my gym class is 2nd period, around 8:30 am we can add donuts and bagels to that already diet-ruining list. Now as any teen who is trying to lose weight may know school ‘”parties” are basically the worst possible situation one could be in if you are trying to lose weight. Everyone else is eating, literally filling up their plates to the point of over flowing. And yes the food looks delicious! It is everything you know you can’t have everything that you avoid like the plague because it is all fat and sugar and things that make you come back over and over again. You know that you should just not even go there, you should just get something to drink or chew some gum. But there are a few things working against you… or at least me.

Most of my friends don’t know that I am trying to lose weight. I just don’t feel like telling them my whole life story and them not under standing because honestly all my friends are the kind of people who just don’t have the kind of obsession with food I do and I already sometimes feel like I’m only half in with my group of friends (I do have a few close friends who do know though so I’m not some like miserable friendless outcast don’t worry). But I don’t feel like being asked over and over again “Why aren’t you eating anything?” and I don’t’ feel like sitting and watching all my fiends eat while I drink water. Maybe this is a personal flaw that I can’t just not do what they are doing but it’s not like they are jumping off a cliff and so I mindlessly follow. They are doing what I want to be doing and I have to watch and resist! I think not. The problem, however, comes not with having a cookie. It comes when you have finished that cookie and now you have that delicious taste left in your mouth of the chocolate and sugar and it calls to you. It knows you want more and its telling you” Hey what one more cookie? And ooh doesn’t that brownie look delicious? Just take a small piece.” Well friends let me tell you, small pieces add up fast and pretty soon you feel like a fat disgusting person with no self control and you know that you should have not even gone there but now it is too late and you wish you could just get it out of your stomach, but you can’t throw up because A. that is disgusting, and B. you are not bulimic and you know that that is a path you can’t and won’t go down.

So that is the story of how my last full day of school became a nightmare, I felt like crap the rest of the day which is not how you want to spend a Friday.

I did my best to make up for it though. I did a video when I go home and I also went to the gym and ran on the treadmill for an hour. I burned over 600 calories (my lovely hear-rate monitor told me), and felt better about my day. I also ate a low calorie dinner, and avoided any extra snacking. I thought that maybe just maybe I had atoned for my sugary sins and my weigh-in would turn out all right. Did i think I would lose? No. Did I expect the 2 pound gain I got? NO!

For any who don’t know My gains and losses usually stay below one pound. A normal loss for me is between .5 pounds and a pound. Same for gains. 2 pounds is outrageous and confusing. My mom, who at one point lost over 100 pounds, was a Weight Watchers leader, and is the closest thing I have to a weight-loss expert, said that it does happen that people have strange days when they gain and that I could weigh myself tomorrow and find that those 2 pounds are gone. I am definitely weighing myself tomorrow to test this!

So thats the story… I went from being semi-confident in my abilities to feeling kinda humbled.

This week will have to be good. Its finals week which means stress, but also half days. These can be good or bad. When I can make my own lunch I sometimes end up having something higher in calories than I normally have. My typical school lunch is a Pb &J (YUM!) and red peppers with some hummus for dipping. I may just stick to this for lunch this week because I know it is safe and I do love it.

Finals should be ok, tomorrow is an easy day. I have gym which is a joke, and Algebra II which I did not take honors and I only need about a 14% on to get an A for the year. Tuesday, however, is honors Chem and honors English. Chem will be my hardest exam by far… I’m not even sure that my brain is capable of holding that much info at one time!Β Oh well.. I guess we shall see. At least summer is almost here…

I think to end this extremely long blog and will thank any who actually read it with a lovely little picture of a place I think we all would rather be right now…

Ahhh… I can almost hear the waves, and feel the sun.

Keep on smiling!

Elli