Category Archives: Life

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”.]

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!


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?



Filed under Blogging, College, Daily Eats, ED thoughs, Life

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 😀

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!


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.


Filed under College, Daily Eats, Life

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

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.


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



Filed under Blogging, Life

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! 😀


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.


Filed under Life, Travel, Workouts

More energy without oatmeal

The world might be coming to an end.  The biggest abomination of my life summer has occurred; the thing I’ve always dreaded has happened.

For breakfast, I went for a typical bowl of oats before hitting the gym.  I had a few bites and then bam, I couldn’t swallow the oatmeal anymore.  I’m. Sick. Of. Oatmeal.  As you know, I hate wasting food, but I couldn’t force myself to eat something I wasn’t feeling.

I poured myself a bowl of Kashi and Cinnamon Chex and my throat opened back up again.  My crazy brain isn’t totally okay with subbing sugar-infested cereal for healthy oatmeal.  But I’ve learned that giving into a craving is much healthier than forcing something down you don’t want.  So my brain will just have to accept that.  So long for now, oatmeal. 😦

School is just around the corner, which means time management and extra coffee-two things I let go of this summer.  Saying I’m nervous about this semester would be an understatement, but I’ll be devoting a whole post to that topic later next week.

Monster, 5-hour energy, all-nighters just ain’t my thang.  I’m always looking for ways to “boost energy” besides getting an adequate amount of sleep, so this article I stumbled across was really helpful!  Healthy and easy ways to gain more energy?  What do I have to lose?

1.  Look to the light.

If only that was what I woke up to every morning.  Supposedly, spending two minutes every morning looking at natural light shuts down the production of melatonin in your brain, which causes us to feel tired.  For those of us that wake up welllll before the sun is out, I’m sure this little trick works at any point in the day.  God gave us light for a reason, so use it!

2.  Eat a banana.  

Done and done.  “Experts credit this fruit’s hefty amount of potassium–a mineral that stimulates muscles, nerves and brain cells to function at their peak.”  Not only do they boost energy in the morning, but they’re the perfect pre-workout fuel, post-workout fuel, or bedtime snack for a restful night of sleep.

3.  Stretch.

If you can, sun salutations will give you energy and a new mindset like no other.  If you’re not a yogi or feel awkward doing this in public-which I totally understand-the study suggests doing a few neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, and stretching out your back by doing toe-touches.  At any time of the day, stretching invigorates your muscles and gets that O2 flowing like it should be.

4.  Mint gum.

The act of chewing and mint flavor stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which wakes up the brain.  Back in highschool, our school handed out peppermints during state standardized tests because it “makes you think smarter.”  Even if it doesn’t make you smarter, it still tastes pretty darn good.

5.  Laugh.

Whether it’s talking to a friend or watching a TV show that’s guaranteed to make you giggle, laughing cuts fatigue and makes you feel alive.  Laughing is definitely something I missed when I was at my lowest point in the ed days, and it does make a huge difference in how you live your life and feel about yourself.

6.  Brush your hair.

Is it gross that I never brush my hair?  I promise it’s not a tangled, gnarly mess.  I just never have the need to!  But according to the study, it stimulates the nerve endings on your scalp, which reduces stress and helps you sleep better for a more energetic day tomorrow.  It feels even better if you get someone else to do it for you 😉


What’s something you do to feel energized?  
Yoga: YAY or nay? 




Filed under Daily Eats, Life