Abs and Eggs

Good morning!

For some reason, it feels like Sunday to me. I woke up a little before Jason and made some coffee. I’m really loving Starbucks’ Winter Blend lately!

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Mini Workout

After coffee, I decided to get in an ab (or core) workout since I can’t do much else yet. I did a variation of my 10-minute ab routine, but went for 15 minutes instead. Ten minutes is great for time crunch, but I really wanted to do more!

My abs are BURNING! It’s been way too long since I’ve done a formal core workout of any sort.

Breakfast

Once Jason woke up, I made omelets for breakfast. Jason’s had ham and cheese…

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I like mine oozing with veggies!

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My omelet included:

  • 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites
  • tomato
  • spinach
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese

 

On the side, a slice of toast with a bit of butter.

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Plus, a few strawberries for “dessert”.

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A square meal, on a square plate.

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I’m excited to get out of the house today! I haven’t been able to leave since my toe surgery, but I don’t need the strong pain killers anymore, meaning I can safely drive!

I can’t wait to meet the girls for a fun lunch! 😀

What are your weekend plans?

❤ MegaNerd

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Meals on the Go

I had to say goodbye to my little sister this afternoon. 😦

 

Before we left for the airport, I made a Mexican themed lunch:

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I had a cup of black bean soup

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…and a salad.

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My salad included:

  • romaine lettuce
  • green bell pepper
  • crumbled chips
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • cheese
  • salsa

On the way to test number two of the day, I ate a CLIF bar mini in the car. I almost brought a Pumpkin pie Kashi bar, but I have missed the Brownie! Jason always steals them, but this one was buried in the bar stash! 😀

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I also stopped at D and D for some Latte love! 99 cents, can’t beat it!

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I packed my dinner in a little Fresh n’ Fit container that I have actually had for a while, but never use. It comes with an ice pack, and individual compartments for snacks. In case anyone is wondering, I found it at Target.

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In the main compartment I packed a turkey and cheese sandwich. The ice pack fits over the sandwich area, and rests on little “shelves” so it doesn’t squish the sandwich.

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I filled the top two containers with fruits and veggies: one with carrots and peas, and one with strawberries.

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Each of those fits into the groves on the ice pack…

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…and closes with the lid!

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It kept my food cold (for 6 hours) without having to pack the whole bulky lunch cooler! I really liked using it!

What do you use to carry around your meals or snacks when you’re on the go?

 

Edited to add: I’m currently nibbling on Mickey’s Ear… ok… putting down the rice krispie treat…

 

❤ 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

Teriyaki Tofu Triangles

That’s a tongue twister!

For lunch, I wanted to use up the other half block of tofu. I would end up throwing it away otherwise. I got a little creative, and cut them into cute little triangles!

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I marinated them in teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes while I studied, and then grilled them on the George Foreman grill.

Along with it, I had carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli with the same marinade. I sprinkled it all with sesame seeds!

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Yummy lunch!

Soon after, I wanted sugar! I busted out some cantaloupe…

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I wasn’t really hungry this afternoon, but with a 12.0 miler on the schedule tomorrow, I need to make sure I fuel up adequately. I munched on some pita chips, hummus, and more veggies:

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I packed a snack for my break between classes, which is at 7:15pm. I picked up this new (to me) flavor of Stonyfield yogurt, Super Fruits. I packed raspberries on the side to mix in!

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It was a great idea! This flavor was very fresh tasting, and the berries were a perfect addition!

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When I got home from class, I was distracted by this:

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Water from the ice pack used to pack the yogurt leaked out of my cooler and into my bag, getting ALL my school papers soaked!

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As much as I hated doing it, I saved that shiz.

While this was going on I tried to think of the fastest possible way to get food into my belly. A sandwich sounded awesome. The grill was still out from lunch, so I whipped up a panini!

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I think the fact that it was warm made it so much better!!! Oh, and the bread was free thanks to Foodbuzz! 😀

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It had:

  • 2 Slices Nature’s Pride Bread- 12 Grain
  • turkey slices
  • cheddar cheese
  • tomato
  • sprouts
  • mustard

I’m off to bed! Waking up at an Un-godly hour to run 12.0 miles!

❤ MegaNerd

My Manic Monday

Good morning, and happy Monday! Err…Can Monday’s BE happy?

I have a JAM PACKED day starting with a lab at 7:30am, Test at 9:30 am, 2 Assignments due at noon, Field Trip at 3, and then class from 4:30-10:20. YIKES!

 

I woke up extra early this morning to get my stuff together and out the door on time. I never have time to work out on Monday’s so I take that as my rest day every week. Before I left, I made a nice warm bowl of Pumpkin Oatmeal!

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This time, I topped it with plain Oikos and some dried cranberries. YUM!

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Since I will have a full field trip recap after dinner, I figured I’ll give you a lunch preview! I packed a lunchbox full of stuff, and I’m planning on stopping for a smoothie after my field trip (my punch card is full, time for a free one!).

I have no idea when I will eat all this, but I’m pretty sure it will all hold me til 5:00 pm when I get a smoothie! 😀

 

I packed a whole wheat wrap with spinach, hummus, and turkey.

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It’s easier for me to eat half at a time because I usually have to be sneaky about eating in class or labs. I don’t really have a lunch break time.

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For mid-day snacks…

Leftover cantaloupe from yesterday’s lovely brunch…

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…a honeycrisp apple

I pack a napkin and plastic baggie because I always make a mess! I eat the apple, whip my hands, and throw the core into the baggie. It pays to be prepared.

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string cheese… (gotta get that Calci-yummm!)

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…and a mini CLIF bar.

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I realize that I have tons of snacks, and a small wrap, but it’s easier for me to eat this way on busy days. I don’t have time for a full blown lunch, but I need to keep my energy up for my manic Monday!!

I have my stuff all packed up, my change of clothes… I think I’m ready for the day. Off to take my test!

See you tonight! 😀

❤ MegaNerd

Not Goodbye, See You Later

I just said “see you later” to my BFF Debbie. As I’ve been saying, Debbie is leaving tomorrow for NJ and I’m really sad. 😦

I’ve actually known for quite some time but didn’t say anything about it on the blog until a week or so ago, so I’ve had time to “prepare”. LOL.

I’m not going to lie, growing up is hard!

 

Today should have been spent studying for tomorrow morning’s hydrology test, but I couldn’t bring myself to study. I spent all of last week studying, and it got me nowhere. I’m rebelling.

I made a quick lunch before heading out for some errands. Quesadilla with grilled zucchini, leftover chicken, and cheddar cheese.

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I ate the zucchini that wouldn’t fit into the quesadilla on the side. Grilled zucchini is so delicious!

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During errands, I met up with Meghann. We stopped at Starbucks for some refreshments. It’s flippin’ hot outside!

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I had an iced nonfat latte with 2 pumps vanilla. Oh so yummy!

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Meghann was generous and shared a pumpkin spice Hershey’s  kiss.

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I expected chocolate with pumpkin inside, but it was orange pumpkin goodness!

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I also snacked on an apple and peanut butter when I got home:

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Tonight I was on my own for dinner, which basically means I can have whatever I want! I secretely love these nights!

I tried to recreate the Publix Tuscan Minestrone soup that I had a few weeks ago. It came out different but amazing!

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I started with these two soups, veggie broth and roasted red pepper and tomato:

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I added some roasted veggies:

  • broccoli
  • onion
  • carrot
  • mushroom
  • peas
  • celery

I boiled some macaroni pasta and spinach… and added in some white beans and thyme. I let it all simmer for 20 minutes or so…

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I’m happy to say that I have leftovers! Soup is my comfort food.

So is chocolate… times…3.

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My test is in 8 hours… I haven’t studied!?!

It’s so hard to focus my mind on school when I feel like there are one billion other things going on!

 

I’m really sorry to be so “negative nancy” lately. My life hasn’t exactly been very rainbows and sunshine lately. Things have to start looking up soon!!

 

Must… cheer…up!

 

❤ 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