Childhood Revelation

Hey ya’ll! I have a little bit of time so I thought I’d stop in.

Here’s what I ate:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Lunch Left over pizza slice 240
Snack Strawberry milk 150
Dumpling Soup 250
Dessert Frozen Yogurt 350
Drink Straw-ber-rita 150
Total 1280

Once we arrived in KC last night, Joosung had dinner ready for us! He made a tasty dumpling soup with potatoes, zucchini, and green onion.

Potato & Dumpling Soup

After dinner, Sarah showed us a show she had found Netflix called 30 Days. We watched the episode where two people try to live in a sustainable living community for 30 days. The community is called Dancing Rabbit, which is located in Missouri. The people that live there grow their own food, build their own houses, use solar energy, and drive cars using vegetable oil. It’s so cool! Something not so pleasant is they recycle their waste, “humanure,” to use as fertilizer. That’s the trade-off of being sustainable.  It makes me want to produce less waste. I already recycle but I should be using more compact fluorescent light bulbs, walking or biking more to places, and composting! Someday when I have a house I’d like to also switch to solar power. That can be pricey though. Anyways, if you haven’t seen the show, you should! It really made me consider my impact on the environment.

After some Netflix we decided to walk to a district called Westport. It’s a pretty neat scene with some bars and shops. We were on the hunt for some froyo though. Daniel and I shared a bowl with Cheesecake, Salted Caramel, and Pistachio frozen yogurt. We topped it with a variety of candy…

frozen yogurt

The pistachio was my favorite. I’m already craving more!

After froyo we walked back and watched more Netflix while drinking some Straw-ber-ritas. We decided to relive our childhood by watching some Rugrats and Wild Thornberrys.  Together. That’s right, there’s a movie where they meet each other, called Rugrats Go Wild! Did anyone else know about this? Spike talks to Eliza! It’s hilarious. Any 90s kid would appreciate it. If your respect for me has dramatically increased due to enlightening you on this phenomenon, you’re welcome.

Rugrats_go_wildposter

So for workouts. I didn’t get a run in but I made due with a little Pinterest inspiration. I looked through some of my old pins for workouts and found this one.

It’s a 10-minute video of some Crossfit exercises. You do 4 exercises, each one for a minute, then stretch and do them again.  You keep track of how many reps of each exercise you did in a minute and then the second round you try to beat that score. I didn’t keep track, I just tried to keep up with the instructor. It was hard! I probably could have gone faster but I was feeling lazy. My legs feel a little sore today. I’m definitely going to have to do it again soon.

Then I felt like I needed an arm workout.  Here’s what I did:

  • Triceps Dips
  • Bicep Curls
  • Military Presses

I did 12 reps each, 3 times.  I used my 5 pound weights. Those military presses were hard by the end! Yes, lifting five pounds was hard. Whatever. That’s how to get stronger! Eventually I’ve invest in some 10 pounders.

Alright, I’m off to get ready for Emily’s party. Have a lovely saturday!

Bangkok Peanut Chicken & Rice

Heyyy everybody! Happy Friday!

My weekend has officially started! This afternoon I’m gonna get organized and get ready for my trip to Kansas City. Hopefully I don’t binge on sweets again like I tend to do at social gatherings. My sister is making a cake for Emily, so who knows how much of that I’ll eat!

Here’s my eats from Thursday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Lunch Veggie Lover’s Thin N Crispy Pizza (3 slices) 720
Snack 3 cookies 195
Tad’s Tropical Sno 200
Dinner Chicken with Peanut Sauce 320
Total 1575

Not the healthiest of options yesterday. As I mentioned, I was helping my parents unpack my dad’s shipment of belongings from Germany. They decided to order pizza for lunch and provide some to the movers as well. I helped myself to two slices and then had to have another later. I’m blaming the Tropical Sno on Daniel though. He wanted some as we were headed to the grocery store. Neither of us had been to Tad’s Tropical Sno all summer so it sounded like a good idea. It’s a local favorite in the area. I think there’s only 3 or 4 locations and they’re all in Kansas. They have SO MANY flavors to choose from! I went with the Pink Flamingo which is Cherry and Pink Lemonade. Refreshing!

At the grocery store we picked up some Bangkok Peanut Sauce for dinner. Daniel cooked up some chicken breast/tenders and chopped them up to add to rice with cucumber and green pepper. He added the Peanut Sauce, some soy sauce, and cumin and crushed red pepper flakes. I think it’s one of my new favorite dishes!

Bangkok Peanut Chicken & Rice

It was so flavorful! It really resembled something you could get at a Thai restaurant. The brand of the peanut sauce is House of Tsang if anyone’s interested in making it themselves.

Alright I’m outta here. I’ll try to stop in tomorrow but no promises. Have a great weekend!

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Slacking Off

So I’ve been slacking off a bit in the picture department. I failed to get any photos of my food yesterday. It was all pretty boring though.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Lunch Hot dog with ketchup and mustard 320
Chips 150
Snack Fiber One Peanutbutter Brownie 90
Dinner Pasta and Vodka sauce 280
Fruit Smoothie 180
Chicken with apricot sauce 130
Total 1290

For lunch, I had a hot dog and chips that were given out for free by a department on campus. Free always tastes better. Then I was starving so I made some noodles with Vodka sauce.

Daniel and I went for a run in the evening. We went about 3.5 miles around the park.  This year an annual event called Purple Power Play on Poyntz, an event to get everyone excited for the first football game of the season, was held at the park (instead of the street, Poyntz, that it’s usually held on due to construction). It was pretty crowded but we managed to run through the crowds and we even happened to run into one of the new friends we made at the lake last weekend, Lauren (not literally though, no colliding happened luckily). She was running around with one of her friends so it was fun cheering each other on as we passed by.

After our run we were starving so we cooked some chicken breast/tenders in the oven. Daniel added some wing sauce to his but I thought making apricot sauce sounded better. I didn’t measure this time, I just mixed a couple tablespoons with a few squirts of spicy brown mustard. Delicious tanginess combo with chicken!

Sorry this is kind of a lame post. I’ve been helping my parents unpack the shipment of stuff my dad had sent back from Germany (he just moved back in case you didn’t know). He brought back some furniture he didn’t need so Daniel and I offered to take it off his hands. Now we have a dresser and two night stands! Oh, and a bigger tv. We’re moving on up in the world haha! (Except the tv needs converters to plug into the wall and doesn’t have any coaxial plug-in to watch cable. Details.)

In other news, I’m excited for tomorrow! Daniel and I will be heading to Kansas City after our classes to spend some quality time with my sister, Sarah, and her husband, Joosung. We’ll stay there Saturday night too to celebrate our friend Emily’s birthday! This is going to be a fun Labor Day Weekend!

Anybody else have exciting Labor Day Weekend plans?

Almond Joy Smoothie…Kind of

Tuesday tastes:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Snack hummus chips and hummus 35
Lunch left over bean soup 50
Snack Almond Joy Smoothie 150
Almond butter and honey tortillas 250
Dinner Noodles and Vodka sauce 280
Dessert Fiber One Lemon Bar 90
No-Bake Almond Joy cookie (1.5) 232.5
Total 1227.5

I don’t know where the time went yesterday but I feel like I got nothing done. I didn’t workout. I was going to run yesterday but never found the time. I did however buy a handheld water bottle for running! As I mentioned a couple days ago I was wanting one for runs in the heat so that I don’t dehydrate as fast. I decided to go to the local Manhattan Running Company to see their selection. They had both of the brands I was considering but for size and price I ultimately went with the Nathan brand. Not only does it fit my hand well but it has a nice pocket for phone and keys. I can’t wait to use it!

So failed at getting any food photos except for my smoothie. As you may have noticed, I’m really in cahoots with the No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies. So I was inspired to make a smoothie version of it. It didn’t quite reach the taste and texture I was going for it was still pretty tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups Almond Milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
  • A handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Almond Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips

I would recommend chopping the chocolate chips up in a food processor first. Otherwise they sink to the bottom of your blender and don’t get incorporated very well into the smoothie. Chocolate chunks at bottom of blender = sucks.

I think I was trying to go for more of a milkshake consistency but that just didn’t happen. I don’t have ice cream. It was still tasty though. Also, I think regular vanilla yogurt might be better than greek yogurt. Maybe sometime I’ll revamp the recipe and try some other concoctions.

almond joy smoothie

If you get the hankering to try it out let me know what you think! Or what you would add to make it even better!

Running Styles

First day of classes down! So far so good. I desperately need to buy a planner though so I can keep track of all of my assignments. I like to physically cross things off of my list when I’ve completed them rather than delete them off of my phone. That way I can see what I’ve already done as well. Planners = awesome.

My first day with new goals in mind also went well in terms of calories and exercise.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Lunch Veggie burger with tortilla and mango salsa 330
Dinner Chicken breast 160
Rice with pesto 150
Snack Fruit Smoothie 200
Dessert No-Bake Almond Joy Cookie 220
Total 1200

Right at my target calories! And more cookies! You’ll notice it’s a higher calorie than usually. My department was handing out free Oreos so I had to have one…. and then I may have snuck half another Almond Joy cookie when Daniel wasn’t looking… muahaha. So I just added all of those calories together into one cell.

Check out my tasty lunch with a veggie burger. I crumbled it into a tortilla and topped it with lettuce and mango salsa. I’m sad to say, but we are now out of that mango salsa. We have bought a replacement that we haven’t opened yet, but it’s a different brand so I hope it’s just as good.

veggie burger taco

For dinner I made us some breaded chicken breasts.  They’re actually called Chicken Breast Tenders so they’re smaller than regular chicken breasts. I dipped them in a little coconut oil (about 1 Tbsp) and then dipped them in a mixture consisting of Panko bread crumbs, Corn Flake Crumbs, garlic powder, onion salt, lemon pepper, lemon zest, and parsley. Then I baked them at 375 F for about 25 minutes. I also made some brown rice and Daniel had the idea to add some pesto to it. It was pretty tasty!

breaded chicken

Now for the topic that inspired my post title.

Running Styles

Last night Daniel and I ran 4.5 miles.  I was keeping up with Daniel for the first two miles but for the last two I was slowing down. I was getting tired and a little hungry. Daniel ran ahead of me. As my pace slowed I noticed something I tend to do often. I can’t properly describe it but I basically run with my knees and thighs close together and take smaller strides. Sometimes my legs are so close together I actually kick myself in the back of my calves on accident. It puts strain on my knees a bit too. It’s like I’m trying to piggyback on my legs. I’m shuffling along with my legs right under me. I probably look ridiculous if you can imagine.

Once I realized this I made an effort to take bigger strides and allow myself to use a wider range of motion in my hip flexers. It was better form but it was harder to maintain. My body kept wanting to revert back to my old man shuffle.

Does anyone else notice a change in running styles depending on their pace?

I’m going to try to focus on my form more when I run. I have noticed my pace is a lot faster than it was a couple months ago so I’ve been shuffling less. Less shuffling, more running!

Reevaluation

Hello hello, all you wonderful people on this glorious Monday! I’m not sure why I’m in such a chipper mood (it was first day of classes after all). But here I am to grace you with my virtual presence. Let’s jump to it, shall we?

BAM!

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Lunch Ham Sandwich 180
Green Tea Latte (small) 140
Dinner Zucchini pizza 150
Tortilla pizza 140
Tomato Basil Wontons 192
Dessert No-Bake Almond Joy Cookie 155
Total 1097

Under calories AND had a cookie. That’s what I’m talking about. Also, I ran 2 miles! I was sweating buckets yesterday and couldn’t go on after 2 miles. I think I was a wee bit dehydrated because once I got home I pretty much sprawled out on the floor and couldn’t get up for 20 minutes. I made Daniel bring me a glass of water. I’m thinking I need to invest in one of those water bottles you carry with you on your arm. Either a Nathan Handheld or an Amphipod Handheld. Anybody prefer one over the other? Or even a different brand?

So you’re probably wondering what a Zucchini Pizza is. Well, my friends. It is simply a zucchini used as the crust for pizza.

Observe:

zucchini pizza

Ingenious right?! I’ve had this a couple times now and love it. It’s easier than making real pizza and it’s healthier! I pinned it a long time ago but basically cut your zucchini into slices any way you want. I prefer the long the way. You want them about 1/4 inch thick — thick enough to hold up to all your toppings.  I cook it on the stove over medium heat on one side for 4-5 minutes and then flip it. Top it with sauce and cheese (and anything else to your liking) and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is starting to melt. Ta-daaa!!!!

Now you’re probably wondering what Tortilla Pizza is?! Well it’s just a tortilla topped with pizza sauce and cheese and lightly cooked on the stove until the cheese melts (like a quesadilla).

And of course last night we had to have some Tomato Basil Wontons. Seriously, folks, if you haven’t made them yet you should.

tomato basil wontons

I’m also addicted to those No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies from Carrots’n’Cake. I had to have them again so I made them last night. I promised Daniel I’d only eat one a day but I’ve already had one today and I’m craving ANOTHER. Someone stop me!

Almond Joy No-Bake Cookies

Alright, it’s time to reevaluate my plan. Today was the end of my goal to lose 10 lbs by the time school started. Well unfortunately I only lost 5 lbs. That’s definitely a start in the right direction though. I know I made a lot of bad decisions. I ate too many sweets, I over-ate a lot, and I didn’t workout enough. I really wanted to workout more but I just couldn’t find the motivation. Some days were better. A lot of the time I looked to Daniel to give me that push to workout, but sometimes he didn’t even want to so working out was put on the back burner. I need to learn to make time for it and not always rely on others to do it.

I’m not going to let this failure get to me though. I’m not going to let it set me back from all that I’ve accomplished in the past 8 weeks.  Not only did I lose 5 pounds, but I can run for over 4 miles without stopping. I also feel a little more flexible but I still need to work on stretching every day.

So I’m setting a new goal to work towards. By October 31st I want to lose 10 more lbs. That would be a total of 15 pounds lost. This was my ultimate goal to lose a total of 15 pounds. This will give me almost 10 weeks to do it. That’s a pound a week. Now that school has started I can utilize the Rec Center for working out and getting stronger. Hopefully I can stay on track and not stray. And hopefully I can balance school, work, the blog, and working out! Don’t worry about me if I end up going insane from all the stress. It’ll probably happen at some point this semester.

The End Of Summer

I’m back! I disappeared yesterday to go with Daniel to his uncle’s lake house again. We spent time with his cousins Cade and Sabra and their friends. We left friday night to enjoy an evening of playing Monopoly with them. I luckily wasn’t the first one out of the game haha. Then we woke up early the next morning to get out on the lake while it was still calm. We had a wakeboard and water skis. Daniel tried both but he was only able to get up on the skis. He did good!

water skiing

We’re on a boat!

boating

Here’s me and my new friend, Cindy, paddle boating.

paddle boating

It was beautiful out that morning. After some water activities we were all starving so we went for brunch at a local cafe. I had a pancake loaded with butterscotch morsels and walnuts. Best idea ever.

the best pancake ever

Here’s Friday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast cereal 100
almond milk 90
Lunch salad 150
Snack green tea smoothie 132
nutella banana ice cream 140
Dinner almond crusted swai 424
Salad 150
Total 1186

And Saturday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Brunch Butterscotch Walnut Pancake with syrup 360
Loaded hashbrowns 70
Snack Oreos 355
Peanut butter cookies 220
Dinner Cheeseburger 290
Cheetos 150
Chips and salsa 140
Total 1585

Now for my Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

My average calories this week is less but still not consistent with my target. Hopefully I can keep them under control now that school is starting tomorrow. Can you believe it? Summer is over and I’m now a grad student. I miss summer already! Hopefully this first semester isn’t too brutal.

Anybody else enjoying summer out there or wish they still were? What’s your favorite summer activity?

One-Ingredient Ice Cream

I’ve come to realize bananas are magical. They’re so versatile and the perfect filler for anything. I love them in my smoothies, mixed into my cereal, and as my ice cream. Yes, you heard me right. Ice cream. It’s a dream come true. A healthy dessert, an oxymoron, is now becoming more common. And you don’t have to sacrifice the flavor you’ve come to expect from your sweets just because it’s deemed “healthy.”

One-ingredient Ice Cream using bananas

Here’s how you accomplish this simple sweet.

Take a couple bananas and chop them up. Set them on a plate and place it in the freezer. Once they’re solid (about 2 hours) they’re ready.

banana

Blend the bananas in a food processor. They should become fluid like soft serve ice cream.

blended bananas

If you want, you can add some extra flavor. I put in 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella. Blend until addition is evenly distributed.

blended Nutella and bananas

Some recommend refreezing now so you get more of an ice cream consistency but I liked it as is. Thick and Creamy (also, I couldn’t wait that long to try it!).

banana ice cream

Delicious! It was the perfect combination of chocolate hazelnut and banana. And guilt-free!

Some serving suggestions using 2 bananas:

  • add 2-3 Tbsp of Nutella
  • add 1/4 tsp of almond extract (and maybe some shredded coconut?)
  • add some frozen strawberries or strawberry syrup for a strawberry-banana flavor
  • add 2-3 Tbsp of peanut or almond butter with 1 Tbsp honey

I definitely want to play around with more flavors and see how these would turn out.

I hope you enjoy it!

A Job Well Done

So, I was in the kitchen A LOT yesterday. First off, I made a cake. But I didn’t eat any of it! Why, you ask? Because I made it for someone else. It was a thank you to a family friend. According to them, it was delicious! I was a little unsure on how it would turn out since the recommended bake time did not seem long enough. So I can’t show you the inside of the cake but I can show you the outside!

Chocolate Chip Cake

I can attest that the batter and the frosting were delicious! It’s a Chocolate Chip Cake recipe that I found on Pinterest. It was easy to make and creative! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to put chocolate chips into the batter before. Someday I’ll make it for myself.

Lunch was actually made by Daniel. He cooked up some Swai on the stove and some noodles and veggies.

Swai and noodles

He cooked the Swai in coconut oil and then added teriyaki and soy sauce for flavor. Not bad! It was actually pretty filling so I only ate half of my Swai filet.

I didn’t get motivated to workout until later in the evening when I went for a 2 mile run. Daniel was out so I went without him. Once I got back I was starving so I made an easy egg and veggie dish. The photo turned out bad but it was just 3 scrambled eggs, sautéed spinach, green pepper, and Roma tomato, with a little mango salsa on top. I’m kind of a lot of obsessed with the mango salsa. It’s the Private Selection brand. It’s amazing. I could eat it at every meal.

When Daniel got home I guess he had been wanting me to wait for him to go running so I agreed to go out for another 2 mile run with him. It was pretty easy to run the 4 miles when I had a little break in between.  We talked about how we should start running 2 miles in the morning and 2 miles at night but I think it’d be easier to get it over with all at once. Plus, I would need two showers a day for that. I sweat a lot!

Later that night I got a hankering to make a sweet but healthy dessert. There are a lot of suggestions out there on how to make one ingredient ice cream using bananas so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ll be back with another post on that later. Basically, it’s awesome and everyone should try it!

Here’s the rest of my meals:

Meal Food Calories
Lunch Swai and nooddles 250
fruit smoothie 220
Snack Fiber One Peanut Butter Brownie 90
Dinner Egg, spinach, roma tomato, green pepper, mango salsa 350
Chex Mix 170
Dessert Frozen Banana Ice Cream 55
Total 1135

For running 4 miles and staying under calories, I’d say that’s a job well done!

Loaded Up On Appetizers

Heeeeeeyyyyyyyyy……

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 90
Fruit 15
Lunch Veggie wrap, small salad, fruit 175
Brownie 120
Snack Rice and veggies 60
Tortilla, lettuce, cheese, and mango salsa 280
 Dinner Crab Rangoon Dip and Loaded Potato Ribbons 550
Shark Taco 230
Drink Little Apple Brewing Co. Beer 100
Total 1720

Yeeeeeaaaahhhhhhh……

So at my grad orientation they had a delicious lunch for us. I opted for the veggie wrap instead of a sandwich. And they had an array of cookies and brownies. I would have tried everything on that dessert display but I resisted and took one brownie. Also, I made a point to only eat half of it, which means I ended up eating 3/4 of it.  I didn’t want to be that freak taking pictures of my food on the first day of meeting everyone, so unfortunately I don’t have a pic. But trust me, they fed us well!

As I mentioned yesterday, Daniel and I went over to Garret’s to play some disc golf. There’s a course right by his house. I suck at throwing it far so of course the boys had to give me a bunch of advice on how to throw it better. I’m not sure I really saw any improvement but I had fun nonetheless.  We were getting attacked by mosquitos and getting hungry so we decided to head over to Wahoo Fire and Ice Grill for those Wednesday $2 shark tacos. And the appetizers sounded fabulous so we had to get a couple of those.

Crab Rangoon Dip anyone?

crab rangoon dip

Or perhaps you’d fancy some loaded Potato Ribbons?

potato ribbon mountain

I thought I was pretty hungry so I ordered two shark tacos. Since the coconut shrimp appetizer we had last week from Wahoo was a little disappointing with only 5 shrimps we thought all the appetizers were pretty small. Boy were we wrong! I ended up just eating one of my tacos.

shark taco

Everything was so good. I’m pretty sure I ended up eating most of the crab rangoon dip. Crab bits and cream cheese, yummy! And those wonton chips were delicious with it. I may have also experimented with dipping some of the potato ribbons into it as well.

Ok, so I’m not doing so well on the calories and workouts again. I’m struggling to get myself motivated. I see a great workout online and I think “oh yeah, I can totally fit that in today.” And then it never happens. I’m hoping once I have a consistent schedule after school starts I can begin to fit them into my day. Also, once I have access to the campus gym I feel like I’ll make more time for it.  It’s hard to get motivated to workout at home but once I’m actually at the gym I’m pretty motivated to have a good workout just because I made the effort to even get to the gym.

Anyone have tips on how to get motivated to workout?