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Purple People Eater

Well, I didn’t make it to yoga today. I missed it by about 15 minutes because I had to pick up Raleigh from the groomer. No biggie…I did about 35ish minutes of yoga when I got back.

Have I told you that Raleigh loves yoga too?

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It’s why we were meant to be together 🙂 The second the mat comes out she runs to it and just sits or lays there. When I practice, she lays at the end, sometimes getting in the way. It makes me laugh though. Whenever I am in down dog she likes to walk in between my arms and legs or under me as though I am a little bridge she is crawling under. She will just circle and circle. We always say that is how she gives hugs.

 

This afternoon Mom and I went to Sam’s Club to buy some organic lettuce and baby spinach. We go through it so quickly and Sam’s is close that it makes sense to buy it there. Welllllll, I found these guys there and couldn’t resist. They are my favorite!

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I have been pretty impressed lately with the selection of organic and natural products at Sam’s and Costco (where we will be going Sunday since it is a bit further of a drive). Sometimes it isn’t always the “healthiest” organic stuff like weird cracker or cookie things,  but atleast they are headed in the right direction with it.

Post-Sam’s Club and pre-Raleigh pick-up, my dad and I split a smoothie. This is about half of what we made:

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The first thing that came to my mind was “purple people eater.” That’s all I could think while drinking this deliciousness. This mix was 1 cup of vanilla soy milk (had a LITTLE too much soy today for my liking) some of dad’s whey protein powder (going to get the hemp protein powder tomorrow at Whole Foods. Living Harvest brand, right VeggieGirl!?), half a banana and about a cup of  frozen cherries and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries. OH MY GOSH it was so good! I had never tried cherries in a smoothie and I really liked it.

Dinner was an “Eggurrito,” as I like to call it. Mexican food is my favorite and this was a breakfast inspired tribute. I sauteed red onion and yellow bell pepper then added minced garlic, cumin (which I later dropped and shattered all over the floor…yikes), 1/4c of black beans and a large handful of spinach. Topped with an over-medium egg and salsa. Delicious!

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And a jazz apple. I like this kind but doesn’t compare to a honeycrisp or pink lady.

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Well, I am officially exhausted. The effects of a stressful semester are finally settling in and I am so happy to be home relaxing and re-energizing. Just got good news though….I got straight A’s! I am very proud that all of that hard work paid off!

Tomorrow morning I will DEFINITELY be going to yoga. There is a 90 minute power flow class at 9:00am. I can’t wait! I will let you know how it goes.

 

Have a great night…tomorrow is Friday!!

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Tossing and Turning

Those two little words are exactly how I spent my night. I did not sleep for more than 4 hours. I am so frustrated! My mind was going 92387429385 miles per hour last night and I couldn’t fall or stay asleep. I was so upset this morning! Talked to my mom though and she always does a good job of making me feel better.

I “woke up” at 6:30 and left to take a friend to her early morning test around 7:00. She drove me to my late night one last night. Speaking of that test…I am pretty sure I did well enough to get an A. BUT I WANT TO KNOW…what smarty pants thinks it is a good idea for a test to let out at 10:00pm. Don’t they know there are young women who have to walk back to their places of residence or cars in the dark!? It is so dangerous. I am all of 5’2 and probably couldn’t hurt a butterfly let alone defend myself if someone were to come out of nowhere! Oy ve! Ok…I’m done complaining 🙂

When I got back I showered to try to refresh my self and feel rested and then made a delicious smoothie and half an Ezekiel cinnamon raising English muffin with a thin layer of peanut butter for breakfast. The smoothie had vanilla soy milk, chocolate Spiru-tein (a little packet I bought at the health food store a while ago), half of a large, cold banana, and frozen strawberries. It was very refreshing and was just the pick me up I needed.

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I am going to put my happy face on and make the best of my day. After all, I do get to have dinner with my Dad tonight after test #3 and that will be just the distraction I need!

Have a great day!

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Gettin’ There

Well, second test down and two more to go. It’s always so nice after finishing a class because you get to get rid of ALL of the old STUFF!! Woo hoo!

This afternoon I went to Target to kill some time. I chose Target because they usually have a pretty good magazine section and I really wanted to get the new copy of Clean Eating Magazine. I LOVE this magazine and especially love Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating books. They didn’t have it which was a bummer but I did find a cute little white shirt on sale for $6.99. I couldn’t resist.

I went to gas up my car (whom I call Vanna White…it’s a white car, and it’s purty) after because I didn’t think I would get a chance before Wednesday and I was almost on empty. I was so happy that it only cost $20!  Much better than the $40 it was costing me not too long ago. Even though gas prices are much lower it’s still sad that our economy is less than stellar (understatement of the year). It has been interesting to be taking Finance this past semester because we got to do a lot of research on the market and the bail out plan. My major is Finance and I find all of that stuff so interesting…Just me?

I brought out the Magic Bullet when I got back around 4:00pm. This combo was with Peach Kefir, half of a cold naner (as my friend Polly calls em’!), and about a cup of frozen strawberries that I am trying to finish before Wednesday…I may have to take them home in a cooler.

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It was delish. I just love a smoothie! That Magic Bullet has been a lifesaver. And a pretty good deal too since we got it at Bed Bath and Beyond. Do you guys get those 20% off coupons in the mail? You know they never expire! They have an expiration date but they will still take them. AND you can use one for every item you buy. That’s just the best and made the MB worth the mulah.

I stopped at Mother Earth Market again on my outing this afternoon because I knew they would have my Clean Eating magazine and I wanted to get something from their hot bar for dinner. I got Israeli Couscous with Black Beans and Roasted Veggies. My meal was only $3.70 ($6.99/lb). I was pretty excited since dinner out is usually more like $7-$10. I put a little bit of Greek Yogurt on top of the bean/couscous mixture a few bites in and it was delicious. I had never had this kind of couscous before and I loved both the taste and texture.

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Hope you had a great evening. I will be resting tonight and waking up to do it all over again tomorrow. Luckily my Dad will be in town for dinner though. He travels often for work and pass through Gainesville often. He will be in town tomorrow night AND it’s his birthday so we will get to celebrate together!

Good Night!

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My appetite is here and in FULL force. This past weekend, my eating times were strange and I never felt very hungry. I’m glad to report that my appetite is back in action.

I woke up in the middle of the night (4 am to be exact) absolutely STARVING! It was a little distracting but I managed to fall back asleep until 7am. For breakfast I had oats in hopes (rhyme?) that it would hold me over until lunch. Typically it does. But NOO.

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A mere 2.5 hours later…Peach Kefir smoothie with half a banana and frozen mango.

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AND…half an Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel English Muffin with a thin layer of PB.

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This should hold me over for a late lunch.

Test Update: 1 test down, 3 to go. The next three are next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Let the studying begin. Can’t wait to be done and get back home! Have a great Monday

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Lunch-ner

Lunch-ner- noun. 1. A meal served around 4:00pm that is too late to be called lunch, but too early to be called dinner.

It’s amazing how even waking up an hour later than normal can mess with me! That late breakfast really got me too. I was only in the mood for snacks pre-mall time. To ensure I didn’t get to hungry while browsing stores where I shouldn’t be buying things/ admiring puppies that I want to adopt but can’t I had:

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and:

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Chocolate is my Kryptonite. That…and Coke Zero. I am ashamed to admit this Coke Zero weakness and am working hard to completely eliminate it from my diet. If you had seen the artificial sweetener mess I was before, you would be proud of my progress. I used to LOVE Splenda in EVERYTHING. Oatmeal, coffee, cereal…you name it and I put Splenda on it. I have completely cut out artificial sweeteners except for that DARN Coke Zero. Argh.

The pet adopt-a-thon was a really neat event. I was happy to see that so many dogs were being adopted but it was sad to see them all there since they didn’t have homes. I am a huge dog-lover and have three little puppies at home that I miss.

When I got home I was finally ready for a meal. Enter Lunch-ner:

Spinach salad with broccoli slaw, carrots, cucumbers, yellow bell pepper, tomato and about 1 tbsp of Boar’s Head blue cheese. I topped it with Boathouse Farms Creamy Yogurt Dressing in Honey Dijon.

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Smoothie with strawberry kefir(the last of it; I bought the peach flavor today and can’t wait to make a tropical smoothie), a splash of Vanilla soy milk, a tiny piece of banana left over from breakfast, and frozen strawberries and blueberries.

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The spread:

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A word on my Magic Bullet. Thanks to the amazing smoothie creations over at Broccoli Hut, I decided to buy a Magic Bullet.  It has been a lifesaver here at school. Since we have no real kitchen, it allows me to make something quick, satisfying and nutritious.

It’s been pretty gloomy/rainy here all day but is the perfect day for that type of weather. Sometimes I enjoy a nice rainy day. Hope everyone is having a great Saturday. It’s my favorite day of the week.

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