Slam Buttons

I’m slowly becoming addicted to my beloved cup of Joe. I fumbled to the coffee machine and slammed the make me coffee, damn it ON button. Such a good decision to prep the night before.

 

I had to wake up at 4:45 am so that Jason could drop me off for my flight before work. Somehow I managed to get in five minutes of Whittle my middle before I thought I was going to die.

 

It took approximately 5 minutes to get through Jet Blue’s flight check in and security. I now have an hour to kill. What better way to spend it then with my bloggies? 😀

 

I only got around to drinking a few sips before being yelled at to get into the car. Once I got settled, I decided coffee round two was necessary.

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I love the RED cup! 😀

I got a seasonal favorite of mine, Gingerbread latte! Well… sort of. The regular version has 2% milk, 3 pumps of syrup, and whipped fat cream.

MY Version has:

  • nonfat milk
  • 1 pump Gingerbread syrup
  • no whip

I still got all the flavor without having a 6:00 am sugar high. 😀

 

To quiet my loudly growling tummy, I also ordered the Perfect Oatmeal.

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I mixed half of each packet into my Oatmeal:

  • Brown sugar
  • Dried fruit
  • Mixed nuts

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I can’t believe I paid 2.79 for this thing. It was tasty, but I mean I can buy a 50 serving thing of oats for that price at Publix.

 

 

I’m going to attempt to get some work done before I board…

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…oh wait, that’s not work, that’s Twitter!! (You can also follow my twitter updates on the right side of my blog)

 

I’ll be updating frequently, now that I can do so from my cell phone! 😀

 

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Well, I’m off! See you on the flip side.

 

Don’t forget to pick me up,  Debbie!!! 😀

 

❤ MegaNerd

One Week Down, One More To Go

One week ago today, I ran 18.0 Miles!

Three hours later,  had surgery on both my big toes.

 

The doctor said no running for two weeks, while my toes heal! My first week of not running hasn’t been to bad. It was a welcomed mental and physical break for the most part. I even got in a few mini-workouts!

Recap:

Saturday: 15 minutes of core work

Sunday:  rode my gym’s stationary bike for 30 minutes.

Monday: 10 minutes of core work and pushups.

Tuesday: Jillian Michaels Boost metabolism video (which made my hamstrings sore!?)

Wednesday: stretching

 

It’s been a week, and I finally got up the courage to put my sneakers on. I have been cringing just thinking about doing this…  (By the way, look how dirty they are now?!)

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The weather is pretty cold (for Florida) and quite gloomy.

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I set out to take a walk, and honestly it was probably a bad idea. Not because it hurt, I felt GREAT! However, it was such a tease not being able to run.

I honestly wanted to cry. My muscles are rested and ready to go. My brain is done taking a mental break. The weather was cool and I wanted to RUN!! I’m really frustrated that I am in the middle of training for my first marathon, and cannot run.

Silly toes. One glance at them, and it’s clear they aren’t healed. I will spare you a picture.

I keep telling myself, only one more week. I’m halfway there.

 

Breakfast

I came back from my short walk and made some oatmeal. It was the perfect morning for a warm breakfast.

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My bowl of oats had:

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Brown sugar
  • almonds
  • blueberries
  • coconut

I think I put too much coconut (it was a little too sweet), but it was still pretty good!

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I am actually learning some valuable lessons through this experience. It’s frustrating, and I hate it, but I think that some good has come out of it. I plan to discuss this in the next couple of days.

I have a boat load of work to get done by Monday, and it’s time to get crackin’!

 

Have you ever had to take time off from exercise because of an injury? What did you learn from it?

 

❤ 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

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

Friday the 13.1

I ran a half marathon this morning!

This is the farthest I have run since December 2008 😀

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I started my morning with a 5:00 am wake-up call, and a half a bagel with PB.

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I met with Caitlin at 5:30 am to get our long runs in. She had 16.0 miles on the schedule, and I had 12.0. We figured running the first 12 together would make things go by faster!

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(fake running, LOL)

Miles 0.0 thru 7.0 were run in the dark!

I made the mistake last time I ran 12.0 miles of waiting until after 10.0 miles to eat something. This time, I ate BEFORE I felt like I needed it, around 6.0, 8.5, and 11.0.

I tried these black cherry CLIF shot bloks which I really liked! The had caffeine in there which I think really helped!

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Caitlin and I took about 4 mini breaks. We walked for a few seconds, Caitlin once had to tie her shoes, to stretch, etc. It’s okay to walk, stretch, whatever! I’m all about doing what feels best on long runs.

I had 12.0 miles on the marathon training plan, but I was feeling great! I decided to go ahead and run 13.1! I didn’t feel bad about running extra, because before my mini-shin-injury, 13 miles were on the schedule for this week.

I’m not sure how long it took to run 13.1 miles, because my Garmin got messed up (I talk about it in video 2). I’m guessing around 2:16:00!!

VLOGS

I have two vlogs for you!!!

1st Vlog: Caitlin stops to change her socks, and I get bored. Check out how sweaty we are!!! It’s 86 degrees at 7:00 am!!!

 

2nd Vlog: My thoughts after 13.1 miles.

I’m now home and blogging! 😀

 

When I first got home, my tummy wasn’t feeling BAD but I wasn’t hungry either. Chocolate milk was just what I was craving! It has plenty of protein (1.5 cups homemade chocolate milk = 165 calories,13g protein, and 23g sugar/carbs!) It’s a great recovery drink!

 

This is my “I’m so excited to drink chocolate milk!” face. LOL.

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After my shower, loading videos, etc. I finally got hungry at 10:15 am or so.

I made my tropical oatmeal! This meal is SO filling, I love it.

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My bowl of goodness:

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

WOW that’s a LOT of stuff!! Very worth the time it takes to make.

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I hope you enjoy the VLOGS!! I was excited to make them 😀

❤ 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

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