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

Homemade Butternut Squash Soup

I actually got off the couch today, and made some Homemade soup!

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I know I’ve said this before, but homemade soup (or any soup really) is my comfort food.

I’ve been wanting to use my butternut squash for a while now, and BFF Debbie sent me her recipe for butternut squash soup!

First, I cut a butternut squash in half, placed it in a glass casserole dish filled with 1/2 an inch or so of water, and let it cook for 30 minutes on 425 F.

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Meanwhile, I sauted in a large pot:

  • 1/2 TBL smart balance butter
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 yellow onion

Once the squash was done, I added the rest of the ingredients, and let it simmer.

  • cubed squash (the whole thing)
  • diced tomato
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 cups veggie broth

I then took about 2 cups of the mixture out of the pot and placed it into my blender. Instead of putting the entire lid on it, I took the center out of the top, covered it with a paper towel  so that the hot air would have a way to escape. 

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Once the mixture was blended, I added it back into the main pot.

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I then added an entire can of rinsed kidney beans, and half a bag of spinach. I let it simmer until the spinach wilted.

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My soup was then ready to eat! I used the other half of my acorn squash (it was about to go bad…) as my soup bowl.

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On the side, I had a piece of toast with butter.

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It was delicious, and even better in the edible bowl! 😀

I bagged up the leftovers in individual servings for quick meals.

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I LOVE SOUP!

When Jason brought home my antibiotics, and more gauze, he also brought home cookie making stuff! He knew that cookies would cheer me up! He even made them for me!

This is a plate of lies… I actually ate three!

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They are so good. Little mini PB cups and chocolate chunks of heaven. I think it was store bought dough… oh well, its the thought that counts! I appreciate my man thinking of me!

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Camera news…

Jason finally got his camera fixed! Hooray for awesome food photos again!

Toe news…

My toes are looking good! I had to replace the bandages today, and they are healing nicely. However, I think I’m allergic to the antibiotics they prescribed to me. Ten minutes after taking them, my palms and soles of my feet felt on fire! It was like EXTREME itching, which then spread up my arms and legs. Jason called the doctor, who said to stop taking the medication immediately! Hypersensitivity is apparently a bad side effect. 😦

 

I’m off to spend time with my man! He’s been awesome and taking care of me through this whole thing. I love him so much!

 

Have a great weekend!

❤ MegaNerd

You Spin My Head Right Round…

This morning, my sister and I decided to do something new!

We took a spinning class at UCF!

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Before I left for my 7:30 am class, I had a stabilizing breakfast. I used this container of pomegranate berry yogurt as the base of my meal.

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I combined strawberries, yogurt, and a cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal:

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My sister came along with me to my 7:30 am class since we were heading to the gym on campus for spinning. She found college classes “so boring” and is glad that she is in school to cut hair and not to become an engineer. We are such opposites!!

Brielle and I split a pumpkin pie Kashi bar on our 0.5 mile walk to the gym.

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I haven’t used the on campus gym at UCF in over a year! I always use the one at my apartment, or lift weights at home. It’s quite a nice facility, which I obviously don’t take advantage of.

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We got to the 10:15 am class a bit early to make sure we would get bikes. It was a nice surprise to see Sarah as our teacher!!

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I really enjoyed doing something other than running. It was a nice change, and made me really miss my bicycle!!

Sarah did a great job of teaching the class. I felt like I was working hard, and working up a sweat. My sister also really liked it because her knees bother her when she tries to run.

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As a freshman, I was SO intimidated by spinning classes. The great part about the spin class is you can tailor it to your needs. For example, if you find one of the positions or sprints hard, you can simply sit on the bike, turn it to lower resistance, and recover until you are ready to continue with the class. If it’s too easy, increase your cadence or the resistance on the bike.

I was absolutely STARVING when I got home. I whipped up the first thing that came to mind, a fruit and nut salad:

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I combined:

  • spinach
  • melon
  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • walnuts
  • almonds
  • grilled chicken breast w/ basil and thyme

I topped it all with Trader Joes’ Poppyseed dressing!! I am so thankful that JasoNerd’s brother Zach brought me some more back from Ohio!! 😀

Thanks, Fluffy!

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I might make pumpkin muffins. I have been thinking about them all day!!

 

Do you ever take group exercise classes? Which are your favorite?

I really love kickboxing! After the marathon, I can’t wait to get back into some fun stuff!

❤ 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

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

No Expectations

Tomorrow is the big day! Well, just a 15k (9.3) race. Who am I kidding, that is awesome!

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I have never raced this distance before, and I’m really excited! I honestly have NO idea how I will do, but no matter my speed, I’m automatically going to PR! I am thinking of pacing like I was in a half marathon, just finishing 4 miles early. 😀

I have no expectations for tomorrow other than to try my best and have fun! I put way too much pressure on myself during the Rock N’ Run 5k two weeks ago, and I didn’t enjoy that race as much as I normally would have. I finished and said, “meh, 24:23”… when honestly that is a great time for me! I think it’s important at this to remember why I am there, to have fun!!

 

My body was begging for extra sleep, so I stayed in bed until 8:00am. That might not sound late, but I am used to waking up at 5:00-6:00 every single day including weekends, so I greatly appreciated the extra rest!

I finally got up and moving and made some breakfast. Purple Peanut butter oats!

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In the bowl:

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (so good!)
  • 1 TBL peanut butter
  • thawed out berries

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I love it when I mix it all up and it gets purple!

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Lunch was a refried bean and cheese burrito:

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side salad with spinach, tomato, green pepper, avocado

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…and some black bean chips (x2) 😀

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I’m trying to focus on including a little carbs/protein/fat in each meal. I think this does a good job!

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Have you ever run a 15k? That distance seems so odd to me. I once ran an 8k… even weirder!

 

In Other News….

Jason’s camera battery died, so I guess I’ll be back to using my 4.0 mega pixel brick 6 year old junk camera until he finds the charger!!! Good-bye beautiful food photos… see you soon! ***cough, Jason find the battery!!, cough***

 

❤ MegaNerd