Information Overload

I am tired of studying!

I honestly feel like I am studying for some sort of final exam! There is so much material on the test tomorrow, that even though I have been studying all day, every day since Monday morning, I still do not feel ready AT ALL for this test. I have until 7:30 tomorrow night to get it together.

I doubt that I will be able to post until after the test, so just a heads up! 😀

I have been caffeinating myself like no body’s business. I just made up a word!!

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Tonight, Jason made me dinner, and brought it out to the patio, where I was studying.

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He made tilapia…

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broccoli with too much cheese

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…a side salad with just the right amt. of dressing…

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…and a taste of spinach tortellini (I went back for more!)  

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He says that I hide veggies in his meal, so he’s hiding cheese in mine! I am so thankful that I taught him how to cook!

 

I snacked on trail mix this afternoon. Good thing this stuff is pre-portioned…

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Now, I’m eating pretzels and PB out of the jar/bag. Hence why I like pre-portioned snacks.

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Does your signifcant other/ person you live with/ roommate cook you dinner when you are stressed? Jason’s a keeper! 😀

 

The information is becoming a large blur… I think it’s time for some sleep.

Goodnight!

 

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Breath of Fresh Air

The weather is seriously GORGEOUS for Florida!

I took full advantage of the amazing weather and headed to the dog park with Caitlin for some fresh air.

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We brown bagged our lunches, but since it was so early I packed a small lunch, with plans to eat more once I got home. I packed a turkey sandwich

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…and a pear.

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We hung out at the park for about two hours, and got some studying done.

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The dogs seemed to have a lot of fun! Maggie studied poop with me

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…and James begged for attention.

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I just got home from the park, and made part 2 of lunch: hummus, pita chips, and veggies. Nom-nom!

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Back to the books!

It was nice to have a break from my desk today! 😀

❤ MegaNerd

Feels Like Fall

I wasn’t planning on running until tonight, but when I checked the weather and saw it was only 65 degrees out, I couldn’t wait!

I had plenty of time between 6:00 am when Jason left for work (and I wake up and can’t fall back asleep) and my 9:30 class to get in a good run.

When I first stepped outside the apartment, it was actually a bit chilly! 😀 I left the apartment and did a 4.0 mile loop in 36:40. It felt great to come back and be only slightly sweaty instead of looking like I just got out of the swimming pool!

I so love this weather! Too bad it’s only going to last a day or so. I need to move up North!

 

Breakfast

I went a little cRaZy with the oatmeal toppings today. I had pineapple and banana to use up, so I made some tropical oats. NO, I do not miss summer… these are just the ingredients I had on hand. 😀

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My Jammin’ Oats had:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBL flax
  • banana
  • almonds
  • pineapple
  • coconut

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DELICIOUS!!!! Oats are the best thing ever.

 

So filling… I couldn’t even finish!

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I have a TON of studying to do for my test tomorrow. I’m taking it outside today, the weather is just too gorgeous not to!

Does it feel like fall yet where you live?

❤ MegaNerd

Just A Big Kid

Sometimes, I wish I could go back to Kindergarten!

Remember nap time, recess, fun snacks, and no tests? That’s the life right there…oh and it sort of describes my afternoon!

I ate a big girl lunch of leftover chili with Kashi crackers. This chili recipe is so amazing. I’m usually not a huge fan of random combos, but this might have changed my whole outlook. No joke.

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Later, I snacked on a pear while I studied for Environmental process design…(aka poop sanitation class).

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I then proceeded to doze off at my desk for approx 2.5 hours. I accidently slept through my 6:00 class, and woke up around 6:30 pm. OOPS!!! 

Nap time! It’s funny how in Kindergarten I HATED nap time, but now I desperately wish I had it!! Oh the Irony.

After nap time, I made some ants on a log- celery, PB, and raisins. I wanted to keep with my elementary school theme.

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Why don’t I make this more often? It’s actually quite yummy!

 

Oh, did I mention that I also rocked my youth choir t-shirt from 3rd grade today? It’s the softest most comfy thing ever. I love it!

 

For dinner, I wanted to use up the eggplant I bought the other day at the farmer’s market. I was REALLY craving carbs, and I was pretty hungry this afternoon so I went with pasta!

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I cubed half an eggplant, and sauted it in a pan with a drizzle of EVOO  and minced garlic. I then added in a can of organic diced tomatoes. Meanwhile, Jason made some whole wheat thin spaghetti and grilled chicken on the George Foreman grill.

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We made some extras to eat for leftovers this week! The meal combo turned out quite tasty!

Jason isn’t an eggplant fan, so he left that out of his, and used cheese instead. LOL. Typical Jason.

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Even though I napped today, I’m still pretty tired. I think I need more than 6.5  hours of sleep at night, especially with all the running I do!  Maybe I will add snack breaks as well as nap and recess into my daily routine.

It’s been a good day.

 

What do you miss most about being a kid? I miss playing outside with the neighborhood kids, making obstacle courses, riding bikes, and going to dance class.

❤ MegaNerd

P.S. Dark chocolate Peanut m&m’s are addicting! 😀

Second Thoughts

I still have yet to sign up officially for the Disney Marathon.

Partially because I can’t bear the thought of slapping $125 on my credit card and letting it accumulate interest until I get a job next May, but mainly because I’m pretty scared. Twenty six point two miles is a long way.

 

Am I crazy? 26.2 miles!?!

 

I feel like I barely have time to breathe and get my homework done, much less train for a marathon. I’ve been talking to BFF Debbie about this a lot, especially with her moving to NJ next Monday. My BFF/Running pal is leaving!? 😦

Debbie advised that we both go ahead and sign up, and continue to train. She reminded me why I originally wanted to do this marathon- To prove to myself that I am capable of anything I put my mind too. Granted I am busy now, but my time is flexible. After this year, I’ll most likely be working for an engineering firm (I hope!) and not have as much time to dedicated to longer-mid week runs.

I just wanted to be real, and share that I’m honestly scared.

I think that my body is capable of 26.2 miles, but I’m not sure that I can wrap my head around the idea. My plan is to sign up, keep training, and give it my best. When you really want something, you make time for it!

This morning Debbie and I headed to one of our favorite running spots! We have a bunch of fun runs planned for her last week in O-town!

Before I left, I fueled up with half a full size bagel and PB. I’m trying to get my stomach accustomed to eating more than 1/4 or 1/2 a CLIF bar before runs. I don’t think that’s enough fuel!

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We had a GREAT workout! I’m glad I gave my legs a two day break. They needed it! Our workout included:

  • 6.0 miles easy pace (10:00 min/mile average)
  • 2 laps on track, sprinting straightaways (5:34-6:17 pace!!!) and then jogging the curves
  • 2 laps cool down

Total= 7.0 miles!

When I got home, I made a big bowl of Boston Creme pie Oats!

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  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBL Flax
  • graham cracker
  • banana
  • mini chocolate chips
  • dollop of plain yogurt

YUM!!

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It’s official: Let the Marathon Training Begin!

❤ MegaNerd

Streeeeeetch

That’s what I really wanted today. A good stretch!

My legs are still feeling tight from Saturday’s 15k! I know I pushed it hard, and being a little sore still just tells me that I pushed it to the limits.

I decided to take a 30 minute break from studying to hit the gym. Normally, I hate the elliptical, but I didn’t today. I just cruised along at the slowest pace ever for 20 minutes. It felt good to get the blood flowing in my legs, since I pretty much sit all day.

After my non-workout, I did this stretching routine from Runner’s World Magazine:

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It felt soo good!

Before I left, I ate another Honeycrisp Apple. Seriously, best fruit on the planet. I’m not even a huge apple fan and I LOVE these babies.

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Lunch and dinner are only 5 hours apart on Monday nights (I have to eat at 5:30 pm) so that was all I needed.

 

I warmed up some leftover Chicken and Sweet Potato Dumplings from the other night for dinner and added some peas:

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Still good, a couple days later!

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A few of you asked for the Chicken and Sweet potato dumplings recipe, but honestly we didn’t follow it exactly. For starters, we used chicken, not turkey. For veggies we used broccoli, carrot, onion, mushroom, kale, okra, and cauliflower. Other than that we pretty much followed the recipe, but had to add more chicken broth because we had so many veggies!

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(I tried kale, okra, AND cauliflower! All things on my LIST!) 😀

Once I got home from class, I had  a small glass of vanilla soymilk…

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and a handful of dark chocolate peanut m&m’s. I have been craving these little guys!

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I can’t wait to run in the morning! Two days off will do that to me. 😀

❤ MegaNerd

Ready to Eat Healthy

Today I realized just how busy this week is going to be!

I have two test this week, several assignments due, meetings, lab reports, you know how it goes.

I also realized just how unprepared I am in the nutrition department! I’m always in such a rush that it’s hard to make healthy choices. Bad idea when you are trying to ensure a good balance. 😦

Take this morning, for instance. I made some Kashi Hot Cereal, with a banana and a kiwi in a to-go travel mug.

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Good choice! Plenty of carbs and protein…but eaten at 6:30 am.

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Bad choice: Not thinking to pack a snack because I was FULL at the moment!

I stopped at the little on-campus convenience store and picked up a Balance/mocha chip protein bar. My stomach was basically eating itself by 10:00 am, and the only other option were nutri-grain type bars. I digest those things before I’m done swallowing them.

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This bar was actually amazingly tasty! While the ingredients list was quite long, it didn’t taste like artificial junk. It was the density of a reese’s cup, with 15g of protein!

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It held me for 2.5 hours, which I consider amazing for a snack. I came home and made a salad using leftover ingredients from the fridge:

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  • spinach
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • handful of cheddar cheese
  • black bean chips, crunched up

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I warmed the beans, so the sort of sunk mid-picture. I mixed it all up and didn’t even need dressing!

After I finished up lunch, I decided to solve this problem of buying snacks and meals on campus by spending 30 minutes to prep some food for the week. What kind of engineer would I be if I didn’t solve problems!? I know that things are going to get crazy, but I think I have at least some stuff under control now.

First, I used these little containers to portion out some chili and other leftovers to heat and eat during the week:

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I then chopped up some veggies and put hummus in individual to-go containers. This saves so much time! I hate getting the cutting board out just for a carrot stick.

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I cut up fruit, washed grapes:

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Individually packed some nuts and Clif bar halves:

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I think I’m all ready for the week now! That only took 20-30 minutes, and minimal effort. No excuses to eat unhealthy food!

What do you pack to take to class/work? Do you prep your food in bulk ahead of time?

❤ MegaNerd