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

Allergic to Green?

Lunch today rocked.

I ate leftover Mellow Mushroom pizza!!  I cut the slices in half again so it was easier to eat, and also felt like I was eating more.

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I contemplated having a salad on the side, but decided I didn’t really want it. I had plenty of veggies as toppings!!

It has:

  • bell pepper
  • broccoli
  • tomato
  • black olives
  • artichoke
  • tofu

My sister and I got a major chocolate chip cookie craving this afternoon. I think the ONLY thing we have in common besides our last name and parents is our dear affection for the classic Tollhouse cookie.

We made the full recipe (5 dozen cookies) but froze half the dough for future use. We used white and regular chocolate chips for something slightly different.

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I’m a little embarrassed to admit how many I ate…

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…but I think it was about 3 + a lick of dough! 😀

 

Dinner

Jason brought home stir-fry ingredients for dinner!

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I was supposed to go to class at 6:00, but the idea of a warm dinner instead of something rushed and cold sounded AWESOME! I skipped and only went to my 7:30… oops!

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Jason did most of the cooking. He cooked chicken and shrimp, and I just chopped the veggies:

  • carrot
  • bell pepper
  • broccoli
  • snap peas
  • bean sprouts

We had thai peanut noodles on the side (x 2… I was hungry tonight!)

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I’m surprised that even Brielle liked it!!

My sister told me tonight that she is allergic to green food. Her plate looks SO different than mine:

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Her plate looks so boring!! I wanted to sneak a pea on there or something.

Some people think we look alike, but we are complete opposites.

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It’s weird though, we are like two peas in a pod… oh wait, she might not like that example since she hates peas. Hmph. I LOVE THEM!

Off to watch TV!

❤ MegaNerd

34 Hours to Go…

I realize that I don’t always have the most interesting and creative food. I wish that I had time to make extravagant meals three times a day, but I don’t. It’s just not practical, nor do I really think it’s necessary. My life is really busy!

My goal with this blog is not to land some fancy extravagant chef job, but to show people that it IS possible to live healthfully even with a million other things going on.

I know that I have my days that are more stressful and less healthy than other days. However, taking care of myself, eating well, and living a full happy life (and showing others they can do the same) is very important to me! I hope that this message is portrayed, because that is my true passion.

I actually took a break for lunch today! I couldn’t really figure out what I wanted, but ended up deciding on a pizza bagel!

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I used an everything bagel as the crust, topped with marinara sauce, and mozzerella cheese. I toasted it in the oven at 375 degrees F for 7 minutes.

Along with it, I had a spinach salad with tomato and carrot. Gotta get those veggies in!

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I almost didn’t take a break for a snack. I was really craving chocolate chip cookies, but definitely did not have time to make any in the middle of the day! I settled for a Cookies ‘n Cream LUNA bar. It tasted good, but I still want cookies. 😀

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Jason saw me studying for the FE hard-core when he came home. He offered to make me dinner before I left for class. I NEVER turn an offer like that down.

He made salmon with lemon pepper seasoning, steamed broccoli, and some sort of white mac n’ cheese. It was standard, but I’m not going to complain!

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It’s so helpful to have Jason cook every now and then. He’s no expert, but learning for sure! Thank you!

I realize I mention the FE exam every single post. It’s seriously the only thing on my mind. After Saturday, I promise I will shut up about it.

Random Act of Kindness

Today, I was taken aback by the kindness of a fellow blogger, Julie. She is also an engineering student about to graduate in May. Even though we have never met, I know that we would be instant friends! Julie was SO thoughtful and sent me a gift certificate to MixMyGranola with encouraging words about this weekend’s test. It seriously made my entire week. 😀 Thank you!!

Sometimes I feel so alone being a “nerd” engineer. The past week or so it seems like more and more engineers out there have been giving me encouraging words on the blog. I love it!!

I am so thankful for the blogging community! Thank you again, Julie!

Blogger Secret Ingredient

Don’t forget you have until Sunday night to submit your Blogger Secret ingredient recipe! Each recipe will be featured in Monday’s post, and the winner will receive a token prize! Get your creative thinking caps on, and make some ACORN SQUASH!

Submit you recipe to MegaNerdRuns@gmail.com !

The FE exam is in 34 hours… I’m getting nervous!

❤ 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.

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

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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!)

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I packed plenty of fluids

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

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

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Jason and I were lazy and made Pizza for dinner!

Man pizza:

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MegaN- veggie pizza:

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Delicious!

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

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*****

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.

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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!

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On the menu was flax French toast with banana….

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…and syrup for dipping! YUM!

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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

Afraid to Try New Food?

Normally waking up is a breeze, but today I was quite tired! I still managed to drag my butt out of bed and into the gym.

I ran 2.0 miles on the dreadmill, and did about 15 minutes of free weights. I am LOVING lifting weights! I feel so strong. 😀

When I got back, I only had half an hour to get to my 7:30 am class, so I made a quick bowl of cereal:

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It had:

  • 1/2 cup Kashi H2H
  • 1/2 cup Kashi GoLean
  • banana
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 TBL flax

I got back around 10:30 am and felt starving! I munched on a handful of the mixed nuts from the ABC expo…

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…and a bowl of grapes.

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Those two combined actually held me quite well! I didn’t get hungry for lunch until almost 2:00 pm!

For lunch, I tried to recreate the Mega Veggie pizza from the other night at Mellow Mushroom:

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It was Delicious, but something about their crust… MMM.

I started out with a whole-wheat pita, buried deep in the freezer. I had to let it thaw first, but it didn’t take too long.

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I then added sauce, tomato slices, spinach, and green peppers:

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Next layer was broccoli, onions, and mushrooms:

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Topped off with black olives and banana peppers.

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That’s right… NO CHEESE! I didn’t even miss it.

This may sound CRAAAZY… but I actually never had black olives OR banana peppers until Saturday night. I feel like I’ve been missing out!!

I really liked both! It made me realize that I was always scared of trying them for no reason really. It’s pretty silly!

This year I have tried to venture out and try new things! Examples of stuff I’ve tried…

  • Tofu (love it!)
  • Tempeh (hate it)
  • nuts other than peanuts
  • soy milk
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini/squash
  • eggplant
  • Greek yogurt
  • flax

There are still a few things on my list of “need to try” and some may shock you:

  • okra
  • pears
  • starfruit
  • all olives (other than black now)
  • artichoke
  • brussel sprouts
  • kale
  • pickles
  • chia seeds
  • beets
  • cauliflower

Are there any foods that you have been afraid to try?

❤ 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.