Forced Eating Schedule

I feel like lately my eating schedule has been well… all over the place!

I got hungry for lunch at 11:00 am. I decided to make something that would take a bit of time so I would be forced to wait until a more normal (for me) lunch hour. I had half a block of leftover tofu to use up, and a bell pepper on its last leg.

I created: Tofu stuffed bell pepper!

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  • Half a block of tofu (only used half of what I cooked)
  • steamed spinach
  • cheddar cheese
  • leftover israeli couscous
  • red bell pepper

I cooked the tofu, mixed with the other ingredients, stuffed it all in the pepper, and baked for 20 minutes.

Only about half of the mixture fit inside the pepper, so I ate the rest of it while the pepper baked.

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Delcious!

 

Snack #1: Two homemade cookies

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Snack #2: 1.5 honey crisp apples (there was a random half in my fridge I wanted to use up)

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On the way out the door, I had part one of dinner, which Jason photographed for me. HEHE…

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I had a container of Vanilla Oikos, 1/2 cup Kashi H2H, pom arils, and blueberries. YUM!! It held me for about four hours, until dinner part two:

 

I got home from class at around 9:30 pm.Luckily, I planned ahead and thawed out some butternut squash soup.

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I didn’t think that sounded filling enough, so I heated up the leftover tofu to go along with it. (I ate half a block of tofu in one day…)

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It was really filling!!

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I don’t really like having to split my meals up like this for a few reasons:

1. I don’t feel like eating something large at 4:30 pm when I leave.

2. I feel like I eat way more because I get home and I’m STARVING!

 

No matter what I try, I seem to always leave for class feeling stuffed, and get home starving.

 

My Ideal Eating Schedule would be:

5am (or before my runs)- Snack

8am (after run or when I wake up) Breakfast

11am: Snack

1 pm: Lunch

4pm: Snack (or more snacks if needed)

7pm: Dinner

 

However, life is not ideal. I eat when I have time!! Right now my schedule forces me to eat a LARGE snack to hold me over at around 4:30 pm, and then I can eat again at 10-11pm.

 

 

Do you tend to eat whenever you feel like it, or does your job/schedule force you to eat at random times?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Five Tests, Three Days

The next three days are going to be chaotic. I apologize in advance if my posts seem scatterbrained.

My test schedule this week is:

  • Monday: Hydrology 2A Test 
  • Monday: Concrete Design Test
  • Tuesday: Environmental Process Design Test
  • Wednesday: Hydrology 2B Test
  • Wednesday: Electrical Engineering Test

Hopefully by Thursday, I can sleep!

 

I have been putting studying on the backburner the past few days, between the Halloween party and Disney with my sister. I have some serious work to be done!

 

I woke up extra early to get some studying in before this morning’s test. It was so much easier with the time change!

 

However, coffee was still necessary:

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As was a filling and nutritious breakfast:

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I chopped up half an apple, sprinkled it with cinnamon, and added it to my oats half way through cooking.

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My oats included:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 apple with cinnamon
  • 1 TBL flax
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • walnuts

Walnuts (before chopping them up) look like little brains to me. Maybe they will help me on my tests!

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I am starting a special blog series for the month of November, so check back around lunch time!

❤ MegaNerd

Prepping for Friday’s Long Run

I have been so busy, I almost forgot that I have a 16.0 mile run on the marathon training plan tomorrow!! YIKES!

Can you believe I’m already at 16.0 miles?!?! I cannot.

 

I spent the afternoon on campus, which meant packing snacks to keep me going.

Apple slices:

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Protein Bar:

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I didn’t plan on being on campus as long as I did, so when I got home I was STARVING! Dinner was the last third of my mellow mushroom mega-veggie pizza. Not as good 5 days later, but I ate every last bite.

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Can you tell I’m breaking into the Halloween party candy stash? 😉

Reese’s cup x2:

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Yum!!

I need to get to bed, Friday’s are officially my long run days!

If you have been wondering why Caitlin and I have been meeting on Friday’s to do our long runs instead of Saturday or Sunday, it’s honestly because it fits best into our schedules! I have Friday’s off school, and since JasoNerd (the boyfriend) works Mon-Sat, I like to have Sunday’s to spend with him!

When I trained for my first half marathon with BFF Debbie in 2007, we did our long runs on Tuesdays!!

As long as you get them in, and space them about a week apart (give or take a day) it really doesn’t matter!

 

In other news…

My sister, Brielle, is AWESOME at doing hair. A few people asked why she is able to visit for 3 weeks, and it’s because she just graduated high school in May, and starts hair school in January!

She trims my hair (I really don’t do anything to my hair other than cut it) and I love it! She colors her friends hair, cuts, etc.

This morning she braided my hair to keep my shortest layers out of my face. I think she called it the “Lauren Conrad Braid”.

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She’s considering starting her own blog about hair/fashion/makeup stuff, and I think she should do it!

But then, I’m biased because I love her!

Who thinks Brielle should start a blog? ME!!

❤ MegaNerd

Very Productive Wednesday

I love it when I finish the day knowing I got everything accomplished that I needed to. Isn’t that the best feeling?

My sister and I started our errands pretty early this morning. We stopped at Dunkin donuts for some coffee. I forgot my camera, so I had to use hers. Her memory card isn’t compatible with my computer, so I had to take pictures of the camera. Sorry for the HORRIBLE quality!!

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I discovered that small lattes (I ordered a nonfat, one pump vanilla) are only 99 cents at DD. I traded my one dollar bill for this amazing little drink. They taste better than Starbucks!! YUMM!

I asked the lady how the pumpkin munchkins tasted, and she generously let me try one for free! Two points for DD!!

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Again, sorry for the photo.

After errands, it was time for school. I spent my entire afternoon in the lab working on my concrete design project.

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I feel bad for having to drag my sister to the lab for 5 hours, but she was a trooper!  She worked on a playlist for Saturday’s Halloween Party.

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My sister is such a ham.

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I packed my lunch along, plate and all!

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I made it in a rush this morning, so it was slightly boring.

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My lunch included:

  • Turkey and Cheese sandwich
  • Apple Slices
  • carrot
  • snap peas

No worries, there were more fruits and veggies eaten not pictured on the plate…

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…and around 4:00 pm an Endure Glo Bar. (Made by Angela, Given to me by Caitlin!)

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Once I got home it was almost 6:00 pm. I needed to get my run in, but felt a little hungry so I made a banana with Almond butter for a snack.

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I managed to get my run in, with the help of my sister!! She dragged my butt to the gym, and I managed to get in 4.0 miles in 35:45on the treadmill. It was fast, but felt easy!

This morning I was unsure about how running in the evening would be, and honestly I thought about skipping it. I’m so glad I did it.

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Dinner was delicious!

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I made a little bit of something for everyone:

My favorite part was the Salmon!!

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Plus, a chocolate chip cookie for dessert…they are so good.

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I need to continue this very productive day… I still have some things I need to get done!

Good-night!

❤ MegaNerd

Study Free Sunday

Despite the fun I had last night (read: BEER!) I managed to wake up at 7:30 am.

I actually felt pretty good, and decided to go ahead with my scheduled run. I only had 6.0 miles on the marathon training plan. I really like getting my long runs done on Friday, since the weekends seem to get so busy!!

I’ve been doing a lot of long, slow runs. I really felt like running fast today! Here are my mile splits:

  • Mile 1:  9:39
  • Mile 2:  9:04
  • Mile 3:  8:55
  • Mile 4:  8:44
  • Mile 5:  8:37
  • Mile 6:  8:26

Negative Splits… woo hoo!!

I ate half this CLIF bar before, and half after my run.

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After my run, I quickly showered and jumped in the car to head to Tampa. I left my sister there last weekend to hang with our dad, and I went back to pick her up. To make the trip not seem so pointless (3 hours roundtrip) we met up with our two aunts and grandma for brunch at Mimi’s Cafe!

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(Grandma, Aunt DeeDee, Me, Aunt Christie, and Brielle )

By the time we got there and seated, it was already almost 1:00 pm. I was STARVING! I didn’t know that it would take so long, or I would have eaten a normal breakfast before I left.

I started off with a pumpkin spice muffin. I was dying to try this. I ate half of it, and save the other half for an afternoon snack.

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Check out that muffin top!

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I ordered the ham, cheese, and broccoli omelet but I made some substitutions. Instead of ham, tomato. Egg whites instead of whole eggs.

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I ate every single bite!!! It was so good!

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My meal also came with grapefruit juice, which I found SO sour!! I gave it to Jason…

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Brielle ordered the same meal. I think she really liked it!!

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It was so nice to see my aunts and grandma again! We managed to chat for over 2 hours!

 

Dinner 

For dinner, I knew that I needed to make my acorn squash! After all, today is the last day to submit recipes for the Blogger Secret ingredient.

I have seen SO many recipes for stuffed squash, I knew I had to try it for myself. I while back, I found Bridget’s recipe and thought it looked good.

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I made a stuffed acorn squash for myself! Brielle and Jason were still full from brunch.

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I cut an acorn squash in half, and baked upside on a cookie sheet for 25 minutes. I added a little water to the pan so that it would not dry out.

While that was going on, I chopped up 1/4 of a yellow onion, and 1/2 an apple. I threw the onion, apple, and an organic chicken sausage in a pan with 1 tsp of EVOO. Once it was cooked all the way through, I added 1/4 cup of oats and 2 TBL of egg whites. 

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I filled the squash with the mixture, and popped it back in the oven for 25 more minutes. It turned out delicious!!

All the ingredients reminded me of fall!

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I will be announcing the winner of this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient in the morning, so be sure to check back!

Have a great night!

❤ MegaNerd

Late Start

Sorry for the delay in posting.I didn’t get home from class until 11:00 pm, and I let myself sleep in!

I woke up around 8:30 this morning, and felt really sluggish. It took me an HOUR to get out the door for my run! I really didn’t feel like running this morning, which was shocking, considering the past two runs I have been super excited about!

I saw 6.0 miles on the marathon training plan and got a little freaked out. Why? I don’t really know. I told myself just to get out there and run at any pace that felt comfortable. I think that worked for me, because basically I was lazy and didn’t feel like pushing it this morning. I ended up completing 6.25 miles in a little over an hour, because I walked a bit (and didn’t stop the watch).

Before I left, I had half a blueberry crisp CLIF bar. I swear it tastes like a Blueberry Muffin!

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I am just now eating breakfast! (Yes, it’s really 11:00 am).

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I used up the last of my Kashi H2H cereal, which was probably two servings, plus a banana, and fat free milk.

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Yesterday…

After lunch, I worked on a project for school, and munched on pretzels and PB straight from the bag. My appetite is still pretty low, so I didn’t worry about eating the whole bag or anything. I love this snack!

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I was SERIOUSLY dragging yesterday. Waking up for a 7:30 am class… and then having to go to class again from 4:30-10:20pm is painful. I stopped for some caffeine!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte! It’s basically a nonfat latte, with one pump pumpkin spice, no whip cream. The real thing is SO sweet, and adds like 200 extra calories. Not necessary at all.

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I packed two leftover tacos for dinner, which I had to eat cold. They got a little soggy, but it was better than paying $$$$ for food on campus.

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I made them before I left:

  • soft taco shells
  • black beans
  • pepper jack cheese
  • green bell pepper
  • tomato

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I wrapped them individually to make it easier to eat and walk.

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When I got home, I needed a little snack. I cut up an apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, and microwaved it for 30 seconds. Delicious!

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Ok, It’s almost 11:30 am. I need to get my day started!!!

❤ MegaNerd

Studying on Saturday

The last five or six Saturday’s of my life have been either

a. FE Review class 8am-5pm

OR

b. Early morning race and THEN class until 5pm

 

Today was no different. I then continued my long day by spending another four hours studying for my Thermo test. MY LIFE = Studying.

When will my life be normal?!?

I am studied out! Honestly though, my grades stink worse then my trash can. I NEED to do well on these tests… my future (aka graduating, getting out of massive debt, and moving away with Jason) depends on it!

Sorry, I needed to vent!

 

Now onto what you REALLY want to read about… FOOD!

I started my morning off with a bowl mug of Oatmeal. It’s easier to take it on the go this way.

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It had the usual… with banana and almond butter.

Jason ate my leftover sushi, which was disappointing, but I decided to make sushi wraps!

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I basically took a whole wheat wrap, spread a decent amount of sundried tomato hummus, added deli meat, and sprouts. Then, I wrapped it up, and cut into cute little bite sized pieces!

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I packed the “sushi” with 2 carrots and extra hummus:

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I like to have mini-meals when I’m at school, so I also packed a cut up honey crisp apple…

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… and a pumpkin pie Kashi bar. These things taste like dessert, but are actually pretty healthy!

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Time to wrap this post up! I’ll finish up the day’s eats in the morning. You will have to wait in suspense until then. I made a very “fall” meal, and had a “glo”-ing dessert! 😀

❤ MegaNerd