A shortened autobiography

Yay for a new week!  I am definitely one of those freaks who loves Mondays, so today is my jam.  The brain has been turned on after a three month break and I’m at school once again.  Much thanks to Alexis, Tessa, and Brittany for tagging me in the Butterfly Award so I didn’t have to stress over cranking out a post for this crazy morning.

Name your favorite color: red.  Supposedly wearing red makes you more attractive-that may or may not have to do with my decision ;)

Name your favorite song:  Oh goodness this question is so unfair. Secretly I’m a huge Lil’ Weezy fan, so any of his stuff is good.  On the complete opposite spectrum, I love me some Christian music – Jimmy Needham, Dave Barnes, Ben Rector.  Yum.  I can’t pick a fav song though.

Name your favorite dessert:  I don’t eat extravagant desserts too often.  My sweet tooth is satisfied plenty with the amount of cereal and graham crackers I stuff down my throat.  If I could have any dessert in the world, it’d probably be a Nutella crepe.  Nutella is the ultimate dessert.

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What wizzes you off:  people eating popcorn in the movies, litterers, people leaving milk out of the fridge for more than 5 minutes.

When you’re upset, you: Lose my appetite, can’t sleep, and bottle it all in until eventually it comes out in the form of tears!  Upset is no fun.

Your favorite pet:  Wally, who else?

Black or white?  Black.  It’s so much more sophisticated, although white makes me look tanner than I actually am :D

Your biggest fear:  tornadoes!  Thank you very much Wizard of Oz.  I also have a deathly fear of skunks.

Best feature:  This is my least favorite question ever…eyelashes?

 Everyday attitude:  Is in a metamorphosis right now.  Seeing the glass half-full, remembering to smile, and taking advantage of the day I’ve been blessed with.  Of course, not everyday is like that and it’s so much easier to sulk and wallow.  Attitude is everything though!

What is perfection:  Waking up to see the sunrise while spending time with God and a cup of hot coffee in hand while snow lightly falls from the puffy clouds.

Guilty pleasure:  Harry Potter fo sho.  Dark chocolate, although there’s no guilt in that anymore!  Laying around for an entire day reading, so wonderful.

Your turn!

Brittany @ BlissfulBritt

Jen @ Jen and Berries

Kat @ Keep’n the Faith

Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks

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“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. “ – 1 Peter 4:12-13
 

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Baking my way out of summer

Today is officially my last day of summer, who’s with me?!  School will probably take its toll on blogging, but I still hope to post on most days.  Let’s face it-the support and encouragement from the bloggy world is unreal !

A failed goal for the summer was baking more.  As a last hoorah I whipped up quite the masterpiece mixing summer and fall, banana and pumpkin.

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin Banana Bread

1 egg, beaten
1 cup whole wheat flour + 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1/2 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup pumpkin
<1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch tube pan (or whatever size pan you’re cooking in).  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In medium bowl, stir flour , cinnamon, baking soda, salt.  In a small bowl, mash banana with a fork.

In large bowl, stir sugar, banana, egg, vanilla, and pumpkin.  Add dry ingredients to the wet.  Use an electric beater for thorough mixing, although I just beat it by hand and it turned out fine.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

Don’t let it cool…eat it when it’s warm and mushy! 

Fact:  I can’t eat the edges on baked bread.

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Cucumbers and pancakes is not the best combo.

Fact:  I have to have something green at every meal, except breakfast.  [Still cannot fathom sucking down spinach in smoothie form.]

This is one serving, yet there is another huge pancake underneath the one pictured.  This is a protein pancake no less.  Due to the lack of eggs and oats in my house, I had to be creative.

Chocolate Protein Pancake

1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
1/4 cup milk
4 T flour (I used whole wheat)
3/4 tsp baking powder
dash of sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add wet ingredients one at a time.  Grease a skillet and flip yo pancakes.

Just don’t add cucumbers as your side.

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Today should be required by law to be a day of relaxation, yet I’ll be running around like a maniac trying to get school supplies, finalize my schedule, and try to unnerve.  Enjoy your weekend & if you’re in the path of Irene, STAY SAFE!

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Do you still get nervous about the first day of school?  Slightly yes, more excited than nervous though!
Favorite breakfast for lunch food?  Pancakes all day everyday.

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What you are is what you think

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes that make you rethink your life are the shizzznettttttt.  Sometimes I’ll Google quotes and just sit and read.  People are so wise!

I’ve been putting off a post about why I don’t want to be back at my school this semester, but I don’t want to dwell on it and make everything worse.  In a nutshell:

  • my ED days began here.  I haven’t lived a day here without those rampant thoughts racing through my mind.  Restricting me from eating, from going out with friends, and from living.  Being around so many people the same age draws me into the comparison trap like no other, making these thoughts worse and worse and worse and worse…
  • I lost most of my friends over the course of last year because of that.  I isolated myself, and I’m paying the steep price right now.  Making new friends ain’t the easiest thing for this girl, but I’m hoping that everything falls into place this semester.
  • discomfort.  Have you ever been to a place where you just don’t feel comfortable or you don’t fit in?  I just happened to make that place my school.  Last year it was a daily struggle to get my butt out the door and go to class and live in this city.
  • being away from my family.  I’m a family girl, nough said.

In the past, all I could think of was how much I hated it here.  Because that’s *what I thought about all day long* I was miserable and lonely.  Yesterday I could have sat around and thought about how much I hated it and how I didn’t want to be back.  Instead, I tried to get excited about a fresh start and the positives about being back.  And what a difference it makes!

[I completed one of my August goals - going out of my comfort zone.  A year away from going out made me miss it and I'm so glad I decided to skip my early bedtime in my comfort zone and go out with my roomie.  This even included having [another] bowl of cereal late at night and not eating “on schedule”.  Vick.tor.ee.]

My point is, spending all day thinking that I’m fat is going to make me feel fat, lose confidence, and hate life.  Spending all day thinking about how I hate it here will bring me back to that place of misery and loneliness.  Spending all day fretting about working out will make me a crazy woman and no fun to be around.  If I think about love, friends, progress, family, God all day, then that’s who I’m going to be.  That’s what my life will be about.  That’s what it should be about.

I didn’t make it to the grocery store yesterday, so I’m living on slim pickens.  Here are picchas of my (unfinished) room:

Balcony - FAVORITE thing ever! Hello blogging and coffee while watching the sunrise

I mean, if there aren’t any other positives, atleast I’m living in a house…a place where I can call home!

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The only foodie pic I’ve gotten so far – due to my friends’ lack of knowledge about my blog – was the most perfect breakfast besides a cookie dough oatmeal smoothie.

Protein pancakes a la Gina!  I subbed a flax egg for a real egg, and 2 Tbsp quick oats for flour and they turned out surprisingly huge well.

I’m heading back home for the night for a funeral, my brother’s first cross country meet, and a baking class.  Thankfully I don’t have to conquer my fear of the rec center yet.  Have a SUPERFANTASTIC Friday and a beautiful, restful weekend!

Do you have a quote that you live by?
What are you looking forward to over the next few months?

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Finding positives in the midst of an empty fridge

It’s official: I am back at school.  I think the sky is just as bummed as I am because after a three month drought, it’s FINALLY RAINING!  Oh how beautiful it was to sleep in the rain last night.  Also, after three months, I finally have a to-do list.  In other words, I actually have stuff to do! Hallelujah…

My emotions are all over the place about being back at school already, BUT in hopes of maintaining a positive attitude to start off a fresh year, I’ll save that to sort out in tomorrow’s post.  First thing I checked when I got here was ze pantry.  What else would take priority?

My stomach cringed at the sight of Poptarts, Oreos, Cheezits, Chips, fake PB, chips chips chips, mac & cheese.  A grocery shopping sesh is way overdue.  PS can you spot my little corner of the pantry?

AB, multiple jars of PB, agave; unpictured almond milk, flaxseed, chia seeds, seaweed snackies

One good thing about coming back to school: grocery shopping.  As I was creeping on blogs over the past week, I seriously was jealous at all of your extravagant grocery shopping trips.  Today is myday and I cannot wait to get my hands on some new foods :D

An empty fridge is not something I roll with.  Fruit, fresh veggies, yogurt, cottage cheese?

Luckily we already have the necessary cans of cinnamon, sea salt, garlic powder, and baking supplies so I can get my bake on if nothing else.

And thankfully, my wonderful father sent me off with a year’s month’s supply of Kashi.

And I was able to snag a few essential goodies at Target to enjoy my first meal at the new house.  Another good thing about coming back to school: new dishes.  To say I was getting sick of those green and yellow flower plates back home is an understatement.

Toasted bagel with mustard and veggie burger patty; frozen broccoli and zucchini tossed with garlic powder, salt, and freshly ground pepper

Lesson #1: never eat frozen zucchini.
Lesson #2: water tastes better from a Harry Potter cup. real talk.

After working sooooo hard – but not really,my room is still a mess – I figured I earned multiple bowls of cereal.  Best midnight snack?  I would say so.

Original puffins, raw oats, dark DARK chocolate for good measure

Other positives about coming back to school:
Getting to learn again.  Call me a nerd and I’ll love you forever-but I LOVE SCHOOL.  Don’t love tests, but cracking open a brand new used textbook  and getting to challenge my brain again gets me giddy.
Getting to worship God with good friends.  I’m blessed to go to a school where God is so evident in almost everything.  I’m excited to reconnect and get to see God move like cray cray this semester.
Living with my bfffffffs.  After a bad rooming situation last year, I’m more than ready to have fun and have a place to call home with lovely ladies.
Possibly joining a *real* gym.  And by real, I mean a gym you pay for.  There is a student rec center, but it’s always packed…and I just don’t feel like having to wait hours to get in a good workout.  Back home, I go to a local gym that’s free for neighborhood residents.  Can a poor college student on a tight budget afford to take a glimpse in the real world?  We shall see.

I’m off to enjoy the sound of rain and a cloudy sky over a good breakfast after sleeping in :)  Have a great Thursday and good luck to everyone starting classes today!

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Questions:
Have you ever tried frozen zucchini?  After one piece, I wanted to vomit.  I won’t judge if you like it though!
What’s your favorite thing about going back to school?  Learning, meeting new people, getting in a routine are all dandy for me.

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WIAW surv

Every week I anticipate WIAW (thanks Jenn!) and think I’m going to do something fun and creative.  But alas, it is another Wednesday and that plan failed. Again.

I now have to take all of my pictures on my camera phone.  Shout out to my smartphone, I’m obsessed, thanks for giving me wordswithfriends and sudoku at my fingertips 24/7.  All I want is my camera to show you the AMAZING food I got to indulge in over the weekend.  Oh well, here’s a little survey to spice up my typical boring Tuesday noms.

Mid afternoon snack: protein cake topped with AB & apple with cinnamonnn

3 favorite local restaurants: Madden’s Casual Gourmet, The Corner (for fish tacos-favorite meal ever) and Kyoto Sushi, what else?

Madden's!

3 favorite chain restaurants: CHICKFILA, Jason’s Deli, Subway.

3 least favorite foods: whipped cream, fruit pies, white bread.  And working at a coffee shop slathering that white goop on drinks all day long made me hate whipped cream even more.  Yucckyuckyuck.

Dinner: grilled tilapia, long grain rice, salad, berries, and unpictured home-made WHOLE WHEAT BREAD. delissssshhhh

Favorite version of PBJ: strawberry jelly & crunchy PB.  Adding a piece of muenster cheese doesn’t hurt either.  I wish I still ate PB&J for lunch every day…now I settle for monster salads or some other veggie mush.

Lunch: huge salad with veggies, egg whites, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, cottage cheese - protein & fats galore

How do you like your eggs:  scrambled, over-easy, microwaved? As long as they’re covered in salsa or mixed with spinach, I’m a happy happy girl.

How do you take your coffee/tea?  BLACK iced americano, extra ice.  Every once in a while I’ll add a little almond milk or skim milk, but that’s on a rare occasion.

Do any foods bring back bad memories?  Kashi Blueberry and Diet Coke!  Those were my staples at my lowest point and caused a severe lack of calories and nutrients.  I could never give up Kashi for real, but it doesn’t taste as delightful as it once did.

What foods bring back good memories? peanut butter & honey sammys and dunkaroos. Oh how I long to be 6 years old again!

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Enjoy your WEDNESDAY & make it a good one!

Do you remember Dunkaroos? 
What foods bring back good memories for you? 

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Staying sane

Horrible news:  I lost cannot find my camera.  All I wanted to do was brag about the GORGEOUS weekend that I had in the beautiful state of North Carolina, but instead I’m on the verge of tears because I don’t have any pictures!  Hopefully, fingers crossed, either I find it in my bag of crap or the hotel found it.

Good news:  I love having a smart phone.  She kept me up with Google Reader so I could stalk your blogs away from home.

Tomorrow is the *big day* as I’m moving back to school for good.  There’s so many emotions tied to that but I don’t want to be a total Negative Nancy yet.  So instead, I’m racking my brain for ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still having fun in college.  Last year, fun wasn’t in my vocabulary as my disordered eating took a turn for the worse.  So I’m going old-school [from 2 years ago], stealing tips from my freshman year of college when things were fun and I actually had a life.

Pick one night a week to go out, stay up late, and have fun!

I do miss going out and dancing and getting my sweat on on the dance floor.  Giving yourself one night a week to let loose and stray from the typical routine keeps things interesting and alive. Sleeping in one morning won’t kill you either.  Suggestion: take the next day off from the gym.  That way, you won’t be stressin’ all night about waking up for a workout the next morning.

Prep food ahead of time.

College doesn’t have to be about late night TB and McD’s runs.  I cut veggies, cook food in bulk, pack lunches, etc on the weekends so I’m not grabbing those easy packaged foods during the week.  Prepped veggies come in handy dandy to throw in wraps, stirfrys, salad monsters, rice messes, or just to snack on.  (Although I’m not judging a late-night taco run what.so.ever.)

Grocery shop on weekends.

I try to get as many errands done as possible on the weekends.  Saturday mornings are the best time to go grocery shopping in a college town because literally nobody is awake.  It’s beautiful.  Beat the crowds, get ready for the week…because having a stocked pantry makes any week worthwhile.

Eat lots of froyo.

The town my college is in is bombarded with frozen yogurt shops and I am more than ready to eat pounds of it this semester.  I would say it’s a healthy way to relieve stress ;) and have over good conversation with friends.

Wake up early.

So you can see beautiful skies like this.  My workout schedule has been super lax this summer since I virtually had no schedule.  BUT school is school, and I don’t go to school to workout.  For me personally, I like to get my exercise out of the way early in the morning so I can focus on my to-do list and homework during the day.  If it’s going to weigh on your mind all day, get it over with in the morning. You might be the only crazy early bird but your sanity will thank you.

Don’t stress over missing a workout.

All of the walking on college campuses is a workout in itself, am I right?  This is something I’m definitely going to struggle with.  Let’s face it though, it’s not always practical to spend an hour at the gym.  Or even a half hour.  Sleep does take priority sometimes, so sleep your heart out.

Practice yoga.

This addition to my life last semester was my saving grace.  It kept me sane and calm when things were crazy AND it made me more flexible than I ever have been in my life.  Win, win.  Even if it’s 10 minutes a day, take the time to focus on yourself and your body.

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Questions:
How do you fit in working out in your school schedule?
Any more tips to stay sane and have fun at the same time?

 

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A Weekend Away

Good morning and happy Friday to everyone!  I know this is the last weekend before school starts for a lot of people, so I hope you’re prepared and excited for a new year to start!

Thankfully, I still have a week off, so what better way to end the summer than to take a weekend trip to Asheville, North Carolina?!  It’s been in the triple digits here in Houston for 20 days straight now…you better believe I’m more than ready to get in that 70 degree weather with mountains in the background.

I’m welcoming a weekend of shopping, eating, hiking, and quality time with my two fav aunts with arms wide open.  I’m taking a little break for the blogaroo to disconnect before a semester of sitting in front of a computer.  Have no fear, I shall be back!

Have a fabulous weekend! :D

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In & Out Elliptical HIIT
Keep the crossramp at level 10 for the entire workout.
45 sec @ resistance 5
15 sec @ resistance 12-15 (sprint as hard as you can)
For a total of 15 minutes.
In and out of the gym. Bliss.

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