Don’t Forget to Breathe

I forgot how much I enjoyed swimming!

 

 

After work yesterday, I decided to hit the pool. Reading Ashley’s Half- Ironman recap motivated me to go for a swim.

 

I swam 1000m in a little under 30 minutes. I have REALLY been thinking about training for my first triathlon, but I don’t know if I can handle the training with all my other stuff going on.

 

I have been feeling extremely stressed out lately with all that I am juggling, including:

  • Working 30-35 hours at my main job
  • Working 10-12 hours at my second job
  • Taking 6 credit hours
  • Blogging
  • Thinking about life after college/Career searching
  • Boyfriend/Friends

 

It felt good to be in the water. The pool was quiet and I liked the feeling of peace around me.I feel like I barely have time to breathe these days. I know that it will pay off in the end. It has to, right?

 

Mark’s schedule is just as jam-packed as mine (minus job searching and blogging) so by the time Friday night rolled around we were drained.
We did muster up enough energy to make homemade pizza!

 

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We used Publix Bakery dough, added olive oil, marinara sauce, tomatoes, green peppers, mozzerella, and oregano! It was delicious!

 

Somehow brownies appeared in my oven (hmmm…MARK!!) and we shared a bowl of browines and vanilla ice cream. We were “ultimate fatties” last night.

 

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YUM!!

 

I’m off to work this afternoon, but I have a trail bike ride planned for this evening, if the weather permits!

 

How do you get through the most stressful times in your life? I keep telling myself to just keep swimming..but don’t forget to breathe!

 

❤ MegaNerd

Fake Fall

Last night, I was on my own for dinner! Jason was home, but is living of chicken noodle soup and Gatorade. Feel better!

 

I love these nights when I’m home at a decent hour and can make whatever I feel like!

I found a recipe in REAL SIMPLE magazine that I wanted to try out: Quinoa with Mushrooms, Kale, and sweet potatoes.

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I followed the recipe for the most part, but used veggie broth instead of wine because I didn’t have any. I also only made enough for one, so I quartered the recipe!

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It was quite tasty, and reminded me of fall! Fall is no where to be found in Florida, so I have to pretend, by setting up pretty flowers…

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Dessert was also whatever I felt like! Normally, that would be brownies and fro-yo because that’s pretty much all Jason will eat.

I have been DYING to try Angela’s Vegan PB Jam Glo-Bites and I finally had the perfect opportunity to do so!

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I’m pretty sure they didn’t come out as beautiful as the originals, but they were very tasty! Next time, I want to try adding chocolate chips instead of jam. Maybe even make a pumpkin flavored one?

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I finally got to bed around 11:15 pm, and didn’t wake up intil 8:15 am!! YIKES! I slept through prime running hour and that means it was HOT!!!!

I made it through… but I cut it short. I intended to run 6.0 but stopped after 5.0 miles. I ran out of water, was sweating like a crazy person, and I decided not to torture myself.

I finished the 5.0 miles in 47:20 and then headed home to take car of my flu-stricken boyfriend.

Once I got back from my run, I had an extreme craving for a bagel! Not just any bagel, an EVERYTHING bagel with cream cheese! Sometimes I get the strangest cravings, but I think it’s my body telling me something, so I try to listen to it.

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NOM-NOM! It was perfect.

I’m thinking of making some hot chocolate! It’s 88 degrees outside, but its COLD in the apartment! Jason has the air cranked wwaaaaay down!

I guess you could say we are trying to fake fall around here!

 

I want it to get cooler SO BADLY!!!

❤ MegaNerd

Stressful Sunday

Today has been extremely stressful.

I have two tests tomorrow, two assignments due, and a lab report due. Luckily I finished the assignments and the lab report, but I haven’t even started studying, and it’s almost 9:00pm.

I’ve pretty much been at my desk working since I got home. I didn’t try to put this stuff off until the last minute, but between Saturday class, going to dinner, and the 12 miler, I am pooped and running out of time.

Mentally and physically I am beyond drained. I started crying multiple times today at dumb stuff, like not being able to figure out how to do something simple in AutoCad. I even told Jason I have no idea why I want to be in engineering school and started talking about dropping out or changing my major to basket weaving or something. Totally unlike me. Obviously, I am stressed out!

I seriously feel bad for venting!! Thanks for sticking around… I should be my normal happy self tomorrow when all this school junk is over.

 

To make this quick, here’s what today’s eats looked like:

Lunch

1/2 Kashi pizza, spruced up with tomato and broccoli

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Snacks

Handful of almonds x 2 (unpictured)

Cup of strawberries and Kiwi:

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Dinner

Salmon with soy sauce and honey glaze, sesame seeds, and green onion:

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I always forget how much I love Salmon!!

Also, a sweet potato with a bit of brown sugar:

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Overcooked-and-almost-going-bad green beans! OOPS!

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…let’s not forget the taste of Jason’s mac n’ cheese! (He doesn’t like sweet potatoes!)

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Since we didn’t have time to go on our “mini-date” this weekend, Jason made brownies, and I made…umm… scoops of fro yo! 😀

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Must get back to work! Have a lovely night!

How do you handle stress?

I usually have a good cry, hug Jason, and think positive thoughts, like “don’t give up!!!” 😀

❤ MegaNerd

Saturday School

I’m not even sure if I’m awake right now…

Today went a little something like this:

5:30am: Alarm goes off, roll of the bed, Jason yells at me to stop hitting snooze.

5:45am-6:30am: Gym: Run 2 miles while being scared to death by Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi music video… I think I might have nightmares after watching that?! Do a few arm weight machines, and abs.

6:30-6:50am: Shower (didn’t have time to wash my hair, eeeeew), change, pack my breakfast/lunch/snacks

6:50am- Drive my semi-awake self to campus, and eat my Kashi Hot cereal. I would call this oatmeal… but it’s just not the same. I added a banana and some strawberries, and it tasted good, but it’s not oatmeal.

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7:25am-7:30am: Hustle to the other side of campus. Game day parking requires me to park way out of the way!!

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7:30am-12:00pm: First half of class. By the way, I’m taking this Saturday class as a refresher course before the FE. The FE is in 5 weeks… gaah!!! It’s not mandatory, but it’s really dumb if you don’t take it. Obviously.

10:30am: Snack #1, crunchy/obnoxious apple! 😀

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12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch break! Highlight of my day!… now if only we had nap time and recess. Hmm…

I packed leftovers from Thursday, which you didn’t see because I took the night off blogging. Here’s the pretty version (from Thursday). Mine was in a sweet little tupperware, and I ate it cold. Tasted good actually!

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  • broccoli
  • couscous made with veggie broth
  • basil
  • chickpeas

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1:00pm-5:30pm: Gaaaah. INFORMATION OVERLOAD!!! Text Meghann to stay sane. She mentions beer, I wake up. Thanks. 😀

Oh yes…..and there were snacks:

Pumpkin Pie Kashi Bar

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Baggie of peanut m&m’s… the sugar helps me stay awake!! 😉 My reward for busting my ass on a Saturday. Don’t you dare judge!!!

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5:30pm-6:00pm: Drive to Mellow Mushroom to meet Sarah, Meghann, RyanAshley, and Lindsey!

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We all split two medium Mega Veggie with no mozzerella cheese pizza.

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I had two slices

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Delicious!

It was great seeing the girls again, and meeting Sarah!

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After dinner, we hit up Jeremiah’s, a local italian ice place!

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It has been too long!! I ordered my typical stand-by, Scoop Froggy-Frog (mint chocolate chip with swirl ice cream).

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I honestly contemplated going straight home and putting PJ’s on. I am SO tired (and was so tired) from class all day. I’m glad I went out tonight! Life is too short to work hard and be boring!

See you in the morning! I have a 12.0 miler planned with Caitlin and Meghann!

❤ MegaNerd

 

P.S.- It looks like I eat SO much when I put it all on one post!! LOL.

Post Cut Short…

Sorry about not being able to finish last night’s post!

I didn’t get to bed until 1:00 am… let the school year begin! I did get most of my hw done…

Last night, I made Toasted Quinoa with Scallops and Snow peas from this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly, except I halved it, and used chicken broth instead of water!

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It turned out VERY tasty. I loved the toasted flavor of the Quinoa.

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As you can see, however, the portions were practically microscopic. I was hungry again within two hours.

I didn’t really want more meal-type food… so I went for dessert! Too bad we tossed the rest of the brownies, and banana bread didn’t sound good.

I drank this mug of chocolate milk (times 1.5) while I worked on homework…

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..and an hour or so later, Debbie brought over chocolate chip cookies straight from her oven, so I happily ate two of them!

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I can NOT resist!!! Sweets are dangerous around me!

I went to bed with a happy tummy, but my body was so exhausted. Going to Disney was fun, but in hindsight it was probably pretty irresponsible of me not to get my work done first!

❤ MegaNerd

Chocolate For Breakfast

Lately, I have been waking up WAY before the alarm goes off. I think I take after my dear ole’ dad in being an early bird! It sucks on weekends to wake up before the sun, but not during the week!

I met BFF Debbie outside for our run at 5:55 am. On the way out the door I grabbed half of a Z-bar:

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I told her that we could run 4.0 miles, but once we got out there.. I convinced her to do 5.0! It was my plan all along, but I thought she might say no. I’m so sneaky! 😉

We did some exploring through various neighborhoods, because it gets boring to do the same route all the time! (and probably not safe!)

Run Stats:

  • Distance: 5.0 miles
  • Time: 46:24
  • Average Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Not bad for a pre-work/school run!

The other day, I picked up a fat free Stonyfield chocolate underground yogurt which I knew I had to try soon! I decided today was the day!

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My bowl:

  • 1 container Chocolate yogurt- basically vanilla yogurt with chocolate on the bottom that you stir in
  • 1 cup Kashi H2H
  • the rest of the strawberries

Once it was all mixed in…

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It was pretty good, but SUPER DUPER sweet. I think that I will stick to plain or vanilla for my breakfasts, but it would make an excellent dessert alternative. It is super sweet, but still has 7g of protein, 180 calories, and no fat!

It’s not like I hated it obviously…

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It’s been a great day so far! Chocolate for breakfast and pounding out a 5 miler before school!

How do you like to start your day? Coffee lover? Morning run? Hitting the snooze button?

❤ MegaNerd

I Thought I Would Love it…

Today has flown by! I spent most of the afternoon doing two of my favorite things- blogging and baking. 😀

I have to admit, switching to WordPress was not too easy, but it was definitely something I have been wanting to do! I think that there are more features on WordPress than blogger, and so I just dove right in.

I feel like doing things I think I can’t do makes me feel accomplished and independent. For instance:

It’s the little things!

This afternoon I made chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, per Jason’s request. I had a random bag of Reese’s PB chips stashed that were about to go bad, so I said what the heck. I totally ate three of them, and they were falling apart everywhere. I can’t resist a fresh out of the oven cookie! (or three).

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Once Jason got home from work, we decided to head outside for some fresh air. We ran/walked 2.5 miles at a leisurely pace. We have this new rule for ourselves that that we only go on the computer from 9-10pm, that way we have the rest of the evening set aside to eat dinner together and talk. It’s working out beautifully! 😀

Before we left, I went ahead and pre-made dinner so that we could eat once we got home. I combined a bunch of veggies in the blender to make a cold soup:

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In the mix:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/4 of each of green, yellow, red, orange bell peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 pint of grape tomatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • cayenne pepper
  • lime juice
  • garlic salt
  • cumin
  • 1 TBL olive oil

I stuck it in the fridge, and served it cold, topped with avocado and chickpeas. Also, on the side, a pita bread.

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I was really surprised, that I didn’t like it at all! I felt like I was choking it down, which is no fun! I thought that I would love it, because I really liked when Meghann made a similar Gazpacho, but I only managed to eat about 1/3 of it before I threw it out.

I really hated wasting food, but I didn’t want to eat something  I disliked that much. I felt like it would have been better without the carrot ( I really don’t like carrots!) It’s funny to me, because just yesterday, Kelly and I were talking about what we would do if we hated our meals- like if we would blog that we ate a PB+J instead!

I resorted to eating a bowl of Kashi cereal and milk. Not bad, but not really “dinner” either.

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Oh well! There’s always tomorrow 😀

Speaking of tomorrow… I have a 6 Mile run planned with two of my favorite ladies! 😉

Have you ever made something that you thought you would love and ended up hating it?

❤ MegaNerd