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:


I had a cup of black bean soup


…and a salad.


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! 😀


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


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.


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.


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


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


…and closes with the lid!


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


Fundamentals of… What Exactly?

I do not feel ready for the FE tomorrow. It’s as simple as that.

Here’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow:


Morning Exam- 120 questions

  • Trig/Algebra/Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations (iffy)
  • Matrices (iffy)
  • Vector Analysis
  • Probability and Stats
  • Chemistry …bahaha I never understood it
  • Computers… twitter doesn’t count
  • Ethics
  • Economics
  • Statics (easy peasy)
  • Dynamics (iffy)
  • Strength of Materials
  • Properties of Materials
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Thermodynamics (funny how I’m failing that class, but understand everything)

Afternoon Exam- Civil- 60 questions

  • Surveying
  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulics (haven’t taken this class yet)
  • Soil Mechanics (haven’t taken this class yet)
  • Environmental Eng.
  • Transportation
  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Construction
  • Materials

Fun, huh?


I am really not comfortable with a LOT on this test. I’m going to try my best, and go in with a positive attitude! Each exam lasts four hours, for a total length of 8 hours of testing!!

If I don’t pass, I still can try again in April. I am probably making a bigger deal out of this than it actually is, but I just want to get it over with. Plus its $$$$$. It’s possible to pass, but I’m not expecting it. I’ll just guess “C” when I don’t know the answer. LOL.


I tried to study a bit more today, but I decided that it was just better to relax. I’ve been studying for four and a half years for this test. I get worked up about it really easily, so I’m chilling out. I made a nice pasta lunch today to keep me out of the office:


I used whole grain penne pasta, broccoli, peas, white beans, pesto, and this little guy:


It was quite a filling lunch!!


However, 15 miles requires extra food.

For my second lunch, I made an entire large sweet potato worth of fries! I don’t mess around with the ketchup! LOL.


My tummy was full and happy.


After e-mailing with another engineer and friend (we met at the blogger lunch), I realized that I needed to stop thinking about the test, calm down, and relax tonight. Thanks, Gloria!  I had a Sam Adams Octoberfest to take the edge off. 😀


We did the easiest possible thing ever for dinner. I picked up a rotisserie chicken from Publix, whipped up a Caeser salad (with only a smidge of dressing), and mac n’ cheese.


I went back for more salad, and more pasta. Not really hungry but it tasted good.

Delicious, yes. Nutritious? Well… It’s not too bad. I just haven’t felt much like cooking the past week. I can’t wait to get this test over with!!!


I’ll see you tomorrow night! Keep your fingers crossed!

❤ MegaNerd

Disney Marathon Training Plan

I FINALLY got around to creating my training plan for the Disney Marathon!

Here it is! My Disney Marathon Training Plan !!


You may notice it looks a little all over the place. That is because I tailored a plan to fit my schedule, and my life. There really is no ONE right way to train. Every person is different, and my schedule is perfect for me!


Some aspects about the plan:


1. Only 4 days a week running. I am extremely busy with school, and this will keep me sane. There is NO need for me to train 5,6, or 7 days a week!


2. All rest days are not really created equal.  I plan to incorporate strength training, core work, yoga, and cross-training (like biking) if time permits. However, Monday I have ZERO time to dedicate to exercise, so that will be my official “do nothing” rest day.


3. Quality vs. Quantity: Since I’m only running 4 days per week, I am making the most of my runs. There isn’t a lot of room for “easy” runs in my plan. Example, today’s scheduled 4.0 miler is going to be speed intervals, not just plain Jane 4.0 miles at easy pace. Following?


4. Long Runs are Random: The days of my long runs are all over the place, but I tried my best to not have two long runs less than 7 days apart. I only have one 20 miler scheduled because my marathon goal is just to finish!


5.  Subject to Change. While I would like to say my plan is concrete, it’s only just about to be poured. The reinforcing is in place, and I’m ready to pour, just going to take it one run at a time! Sometimes life gets in the way, minor injuries pop up, etc. I’ll do my best to follow this plan, but there are no guarantees!


So… what do you guys think of my plan?



I’ve been a busy bee this morning, taking tests, and studying for the next. I made another quick and easy meal:


Couscous literally takes 5 minutes to make. While it was in the pot doing its thing, I heated up leftover tofu, leftover peas, and chopped some grape tomatoes. Combined it on a plate, snapped some pics, and enjoyed!


Off to study some more before class!

I have a 4.0 miler on the schedule today, but it’s SO hot out. I may have to hop on the dreadmill. 😦


❤ MegaNerd

Lunch Date and Quick Dinner


I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! Every since my run this morning, I’ve been in a good mood! 😀

I’m enjoying my happiness while I finish this post, and then it’s back to studying. I have yet ANOTHER test tomorrow. My life feels like a super long exam!!



Since Jason’s on the night shift this month, that means he is home during the day with me! Our two year dating anniversary is tomorrow, but since we have other plans/work/classes, we celebrated with a lunch date today!


We used to have lunch together (not always out) every single day before we even started dating. It is a tradition that I miss!

We headed to Nona Sushi, a local Japanese restaurant. I ordered the lunch special, a bento box with hibachi shrimp.


It came with a ginger side salad, which they always put WAY to much dressing on.


I asked for no butter on the shrimp and veggies, and the guy said he couldn’t do it. Umm… I was really confused, and I told him to please use minimal butter. He laughed at me.  Ugh, it was still buttery but it was DELICIOUS! I ate all the veggies, and half of the shrimp.


It also came with a blob of white rice which I’m not a fan of and had no problem leaving it there.


I love love love sushi! I was happy to eat all of these little California rolls. 😀


…and lastly, tempura veggies- sweet potato and zucchini


As good as the outside might taste, it is NOT HEALTHY! I compromised by picking 3/4 of it off, and I still got a bit of the flavor.


It was a great lunch, and I left feeling super full!!


I didn’t really need any snacks this afternoon, but I made a green smoothie before I left for class, since dinner was still 4-5 hours away.


My smoothie had:

  • spinach
  • ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 TBL peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk

Jason saw me making it, and wanted half. Being an awesome girlfriend, I gave him half. It was actually just enough to hold me.



Once I got home from class, I made a quick pasta salad for dinner.


It included:

  • penne pasta (carbs)
  • white beans (protein)
  • peas (veggies)
  • red pepper (veggies)
  • pesto (fats)


I boiled some penne pasta, while I prepared all the other stuff. The entire dish made 11 minutes to make, had only 5 ingredients, and covered all the well-rounded meal basics. Quick meals are a necessity in my life!


I contemplated cereal for dinner, but I’m so glad I took 10 extra minutes to make something more satisfying.

***Edited to Add: Just a had a little bowl of Moose tracks frozen yogurt!***



What’s the best meal you have made in under 15 minutes?


❤ MegaNerd

Pumpkin Swirl Bread

I am proud to say that I treated today as my weekend. 😀


I got NO school work done, but I think I deserved  a break. I’ve busted my butt the past week! Tomorrow is back to Saturday class, then studying for two tests that I have on Monday.

Since I don’t want to risk further injuring my shin, I skipped the run and headed to the gym for some upper body strength training. It sort of frustrating not to be able to run, but I know that resting (meaning no impact on the bone) is the best thing for now.

Once I got back, I made a quick lunch of stir-fried tofu with honey and soy sauce mixture, and some sugar snap peas, carrot, and red bell pepper.


Veggies always taste better stir fried in my opinion!


I contemplated making brown rice, but I decided I would rather save room for pumpkin swirl bread.  I made it last year from a recipe that Jason’s mom gave me, and I have been waiting for October to make it again!!




Pumpkin Swirl Bread Recipe



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups WW flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  • 2 TBL butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon



  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the ap flour, ww flour, oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, and yeast. Beat in the warm water, pumpkin, applesauce until moistened. Add egg, beat until smooth. Stir in the remaining 1 cup flour until the dough is firm. Add raisins.
  2. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes or more). Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour on the counter.
  3. Lightly flour surface (I used the counter) and roll the dough into about an 18×9 inch rectangle.
  4. Melt butter in dish and spread onto the dough.
  5. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle on top of the butter.
  6. Roll up the dough jelly-roll style, starting with the short side. Pinch ends to seal. 
  7. Place seam side down in loaf pan, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, until golden. Cool for 10 minutes.

Makes 12 big fat slices. 😀


This bread… rocks. It’s not too sweet, but just enough.

Try it for yourself folks!


I made two loaves so I could share with my pals.



Off to clean the kitchen, and then it’s date night!


❤ MegaNerd


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:


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.


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:


Still good, a couple days later!


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!



(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…


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


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

❤ MegaNerd

Running on Empty

Racing makes me tired!

As soon as I got home from the race, I made a giant glass of chocolate milk. My tummy felt weird, and I knew that I needed to get some protein and sugar in to start the recovery process.


After I showered and got ready to leave for class, hunger hit me! I made a quick bowl of mac n’ peas!


Did you know that one serving of peas adds 5 g of protein and 4g of fiber!? Way to bulk up the meal!

I STRUGGLED to stay awake in my FE Review class yesterday. The adrenaline rush faded and left me feeling like I had nothing left in me. My “gas tank” was on empty! (As was my car!)


I packed plenty of fluids


..a honey crisp apple (eaten on break)…


…and a CLIF bar (I ate the whole thing!)


Jason and I were lazy and made Pizza for dinner!

Man pizza:


MegaN- veggie pizza:




Plus, mini bowl of Moose Tracks frozen yogurt, eaten in bed while watching multiple episodes of Gossip Girl! 😉



I’m declaring today a Day of Rest! My legs deserve it! They pushed hard yesterday, and I’m pampering them today.

It felt SO good to wake up this morning and be able to relax! No long run to get ready for, no class to rush off to, nothing at all! Granted, I have much school work needing to be done, but it can be put off an hour to enjoy the early morning quiet.

I made a pot of coffee, and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast outside.


I feel like lately breakfast has been SUPER rushed or even force fed (like before long runs and races). I got to eat whatever I wanted and however slow I wanted. It was beautiful!


On the menu was flax French toast with banana….


…and syrup for dipping! YUM!


My goals for the day are:

  • Spend some time with Jason (He’s been neglected)
  • Study for at least 4 hours (two tests this week)
  • Farmer’s Market

I think I can do it!

❤ MegaNerd