Pumpkin Patch

Our outdoorsy day took a little different turn than what I mentioned yesterday.  We did go on a great run. FOUR miles! Instead of running around the park the whole time we swung around it and then up a hill. It was tough and once we made it up the hill we had to walk a little.  We went two miles and then turned around and ran the same route back.  It was a nice change up! And the downhill part was a breeze!

We ended up not going hiking in the Konza or mini golfing. Manhattan has an annual Pumpkin Patch that was going on and I did not want to miss it.  It’s not a typical drive out to a pumpkin patch with hay rides. It’s actually more of a craft show but with lots of pumpkins.  Most of it is outside so that was the outdoorsy part.  We ended up buying some fancy jam (dandelion and raspberry jalapeño), some candles (butternut pumpkin and hot orange danish), some earrings that perfectly matched the ring Daniel got me for my graduation last may (crazy awesome), and some caramel kettle corn. A successful day! And we ran into a lot of people we knew there.  It’s a popular place!

I’m currently warming my butternut pumpkin candle right now. It smells soooo good!  It’s not really a candle, it’s those wax melts that you use in Scentsy burners.  It officially smells like fall in my apartment. Now I just need some fall decorations! We were going to buy pumpkins but all of the big ones were gone by the time we got there.  It was the last day and the last hour.

Alright, back to calorie tracking. Saturday’s Meals:

Meal Food Calories
Lunch Pulled pork sandwich with awesome sauce and coleslaw 350
Snack Kudos bar 100
Peach, apple, pretzels, crackers and jam 30
Drink Grande Soy Chai Latte with pumpkin spice 260
Dinner Bolos Fajita Quesadilla 450
Drinks 2 beers and o bomb 250
Total 1440

The host of the Grad Student Association BBQ from Saturday was so generous in giving everyone some leftovers. In fact, we have enough to still eat more of it! He’s a second year grad student and a grill master! He made all the sauce himself.  There was a sweet bbq sauce and a spicy balsamic sauce.  I mixed them together. It was tasty!

pulled pork

I added coleslaw on top per his suggestion.  Apparently that’s a thing. Have you ever done that? It’s really good.

For dinner, Daniel and I were out and about aka Starbucks, which is right next to Coco Bolos, a local favorite that boast flavors from Gulf Coast South Texas and Southern New Mexico.  I hadn’t been there in a while and we were getting hungry.  Everything sounded good but I finally decided on the Bolos Fajita Quesadilla with chicken.  I let Daniel have one of my slices.  It was really filling and I couldn’t finish it all.

fajita quesadilla

I took an online test yesterday evening, so I of course needed some reward for doing it on a Saturday night.  Daniel and I decided to hit the bar scene with some of his friends. I had a couple beers and an O-bomb.  Definitely a nice relaxer after a 2 hour test and a nice end to a great outdoorsy-ish Saturday.

Alright, so I realized that I haven’t updated my measurements since I first took them back in July. Good news! I’ve actually lost some inches! I didn’t think it would really show since I’ve only lost about 5 lbs but that equals 6 inches off!

Measurements Before After Inches Lost
Neck 13.0 13.0 0.0
Waist 30.0 29.0 1.0
Love handles 36.5 35.5 1.0
Hips 39.0 38.0 1.0
Right thigh 23.5 22.5 1.0
Left thigh 23.5 22.5 1.0
Right calf 14.5 14.0 0.5
Left calf 14.5 14.0 0.5
Right arm 10.5 10.5 0.0
Left arm 10.5 10.5 0.0
Total Inches Lost     6.0

I forgot to measure my arms the first time so I just made my current measurement the original.  These are all measured at the widest part, while relaxed.  No flexing or sucking in. I’m happy to see some improvement!

Today, we have a couple people over to watch the Chiefs game. I have no commitments today and it feels so good! I can do whatever I want! Don’t you just love those days?

Anybody watching some football today? Or finally have a day to do whatever you want?

Back In Action

Wow. What a whirlwind week.  Let me recap:

Ok, I failed at keeping track of my calories… however, I am losing weight! I think the last time I said my weight was here back on September 10th where I claimed I was 129 again.  Ok, realistically I was probably at 129.4 or something. But this morning I was at exactly 129.0 which I haven’t been in a loooonnnngggg time.  I hope to get down to 128 this week! Maybe even 127 if I step up my game.  I realize that October is upon us and I only have about 5 weeks to get down to my goal of 120.  I thought I’d be doing better by now but I seem to be plateauing.

Food-wise, this week has been better than most.  I failed at keeping tracking of all my calories (too stressed to care), but I really didn’t have any sweets all week except for last night.  And most of my meals consisted of lots of veggies.  I made Spaghetti Squash again.  Of course adding lots of veggies and more squash to the sauce!

spaghetti squash sauce

spaghetti squash

I chopped up fresh veggies and snacked on them with a little ranch.

veggies and ranch

Daniel made a delicious lemon peppered Swai with Alfredo pasta.

lemon peppered swai

Daniel also made us a stir fry with the Bangkok Peanut Sauce again. Sans chicken this time.

thai peanut stir fry

And then in my rush between classes and work, I made these little guys as a snack/lunch.  A slice of bread with turkey slices, spinach, feta, and Chipotle Raspberry sauce. Tasty!

half sandwich snack

Last night, the Grad Student Association for the College of Business Administration was hosting a BBQ potluck for all the grad students.  I decided to make Southwest Chipotle Chicken Salad.  It turned out really good and everybody was complementing it.  I found the recipe on Facebook, a friend had posted the link.  I failed to get a picture of it, I was running late as usual. But it was delicious!  I followed the recipe pretty close except I used Southwest Chipotle spice instead of taco seasoning and didn’t add any cilantro. I would definitely make it again, but there was a lot of mayo in it.  Good thing everybody ate and I didn’t have to worry about bringing any home! Seriously people, it’s a party pleaser.

Oh, and for desserts, one of the girls made delicious chocolate cupcakes with a salted caramel frosting. So good! And then somebody had brought a variety cheesecake so I picked out one of turtle cheesecake slices.  I shared both of them with Daniel and actually ended up giving him the bigger halves.  Progress. Haha.

Ok, so my workouts this week consisted of running.  I went running Sunday for 3.5 miles.  And then Tuesday, as I mentioned earlier, I went on a trail run for 4.7 miles.  It was so much fun! There were a lot of little hills which made it a little challenging.  And the scenery was gorgeous! It might be our new Tuesday tradition. Other than that, I didn’t work out.  I can’t believe how time consuming it is to apply for internships and prepare for a Career Fair (which was my first time).  I hope it all pays off!

I would have had time last night to blog after the BBQ but Daniel and I wanted to have a nice quiet movie night.  After we cleaned of course. Haha.  Daniel claims I’m an extrovert now, because the moment we got home I went on a cleaning spree and had so much energy.  I have to argue that though, I don’t think it was the group gathering that gave me all the energy, it was the fact that the apartment needed to be cleaned and I finally had the time to do it.  I usually like to be alone to recharge my batteries, so to speak.

Are you an extrovert or an introvert?

Today, Daniel and I want to do a lot of out door activities to enjoy the weather before it turns cold.  We plan to go mini golfing, running, and possibly hike around the Konza Prairie.  Should be a fun day!

What are your Saturday plans?

Not Dead

Hey guys! Still alive here.  Just uber busy.

I’m doing that whole applying for internships/career fair/interview/better-do-your-research-to-impress-employers thing. So as you can see I don’t have a life right now.  But don’t fret, I’ll be back with the regular programming soon!  However, my evenings are pretty full.  One of my applications suggested a cover video and I’m actually extremely excited to make one.  Except it’s due friday…. nothing like last minute!

But I just have to tell you real quick — I went on a trail run today! It was soooo much fun!  Way better than running around in circles at the park.  If you have any fun trails near you, take advantage of them!

Alright, bed time so I can stock up on energy for my busy day tomorrow. Have a great night!

Simple Saturday

Well other than my Wildcats losing, Saturday was pretty good.

Here’s Saturday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast 3  eggs and salsa 320
2 slices of toast and jam 120
Lunch Salad bar 100
Dinner Hamburger, ketchup, mustard, relish 450
Chips 200
Snack Jelly Beans 150
Total 1340

My best friend, Charissa, was telling me how she was going to grill for the game.  She sweetly offered for Daniel and I to join her, however, New Mexico is a little far.  Thanks for the invite though! haha.  Well, Daniel started to really crave some bratwursts and we don’t have a grill so we decided to venture over to my parents’ house.  We grilled hamburgers and bratwursts for them and enjoyed watching the game with them.  It was fun and a learning experience.  They have more of a smoker than a grill I guess, so it took a little trial and error to get everything cooked just right.  In the end, things were pretty tasty!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get that appealing of a photo (I was so hungry!).

For exercise, Daniel and I went a 1.8 mile walk. We went on a nice relaxing walk through the neighborhood and talked about the houses we liked and didn’t like as we walked by.  I should have taken some photos because there were some cute houses! And then there were some that just needed a little curb appeal.  That’s my inner designer coming out.  Anybody else see a house that needs a little love and instantly start thinking of ways to improve it? Yeah? Just me? You too? Awesome.

Well it’s that time again.  Weekly Wrap-Up!

weekly wrap-up

I’m down from my average calories last week by 55! Not much, but my work out frequency has increased a lot! Last week I only worked out two days. This week I only had two rest days!  Ok, the walk saturday wasn’t much of a work out, but it was still a little exercise.  I’m pretty satisfied with that.  I still need to work on the no-sweets thing.  Instead of saying I can’t have any at all (which I think just makes me crave them more) I’m just going to attempt to say “no” to a sweet at least once this week.  If I can resist just ONE TIME I’ll be happy.

Well I hope you all had a great weekend! Anybody do anything exciting? Watch some football? Grill? Be lazy?

I actually got a lot of things done this weekend.  Guess what I didn’t get done though.  That chair!  I think we’ll just have to get used to only having three dining chairs because that fourth one is never going to be finished.  Oh, well, maybe next weekend.

THE SANDWICH

Oh wow. I did not do well with my calories yesterday. Let’s take a gander:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 30
Snack Fiber One Bar 90
A handful of peanuts 50
Drink Dirty Chai latte (chai with espresso) 250
Lunch Turkey Sandwich with spinach and laughing cow cheese 150
Snack Jelly beans 150
Dinner Almond Crusted Swai 395
Rice 80
Drinks Mixed drinks, beer 200
Drunk Snack Mac N Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich WITH bacon aka THE SANDWICH 400
Total 1895

I realize that I consume a lot of things that I don’t need.  Take the dirty chai latte, for example.  I mean, I was a little tired, but I didn’t really need to have it.  I almost equate lattes to sodas.  They’re empty calories.  Milk in a latte is a little more substantial than soda, but not much.  I just love lattes!  It’s not even that I need caffeine either. Sometimes just having something tasty to drink wakes me up.  However, I could try to drink them less.

I also obviously didn’t need all the alcoholic drinks either.  But, it was the weekend and I hadn’t hung out with my friend Corey in a couple weeks.  She’s always a blast!  It was a nice stress reliever going out on the town with her.

So this “Sandwich” that I have listed — there’s a story behind it. A year ago, Aggieville (the downtown shopping/bar district) put on a Chili Crawl.  The restaurants and bars there let you sample their versions of chili and offer cheap 7oz beers.  Corey invited me along for chili consumption, and then we were going to stay out for a fun night. Well after all the chili I decided I needed to have a nap in order to last the whole night so I went home for a couple hours.  Later when I came back out, Corey had been drinking the whole time.  She was pretty much gone. I’m not sure she even really knew I was there, haha! But I ushered her around the bars with me. Well, we got hungry.  And the donut shop had recently opened up a food truck behind it, so we decided to check it out.  They have donuts, corn dogs, and this SANDWICH.  I mean, it just sounds heavenly: Mac n’ Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich. And for an extra $1 you can add bacon (so of course we added bacon).  It’s the most fabulous thing you will ever taste.  We’ve dubbed it THE SANDWICH because it’s the only thing Corey remembered that night, haha! You know it’s good when that’s the only thing you recall from a night of partying.

THE SANDWICH

The picture obviously doesn’t do it justice because you can’t see the mac n’ cheese or bacon in it. Photo fail. But I had every last satisfactory bite of it.

Here’s a little more of our night.  We’re about to take Belfast Bombs which is Guinness and Bailey’s. I’m not sure what Daniel is doing with his lips.  I ended up not being able to finish mine because it curdled. I can’t chug!

belfast bombs

Me, Daniel, Corey

And then we ran into our friend Knox, who started his own business, Aggieville Adventures, where he documents the shenanigans that go down in Aggieville.  He’s in the blue and our other friend Shaun was there too.

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It was a fun night!

In the midst of all my bad decisions, I did have a few healthy things yesterday. Like the Almond Crusted Swai. It’s one of our favorites!  We didn’t add parmesan cheese this time so it was a little healthier.

almond crusted swai

Workout Recap

This doesn’t really balance out with everything I ate yesterday but I ran 4.6 miles! And I did some speed work on the last mile.  It felt good!  The weather was amazing for it. I went around 6pm and it was breezy and in the 70s so I didn’t get too hot.

So my Friday was pretty good. How was yours?!

Now, I’m finally gonna get a jump on all those things I said I would get done this weekend. And of course, I gotta watch the K-State game today!  Enjoy your saturday!

Sweet Sweets

Yesterday was a very busy day! I had class, then I worked, then I had a test, and then I had a networking event that I needed to go to for a class. I think the test went really well, and I got someone’s business card! Success!

I made Daniel go to the networking event with me.  It was a BBQ put on by Phillips 66.  They had cookies… I KNOW! I think I just need to stop saying “no sweets” because that always sets me up for failure. I need a new tactic.

Thursday foods:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Toaster waffles and syrup 200
Snack Quaker Banana Bread cookie 150
Lunch Spaghetti squash and sauce 240
Baked beans 382
Dinner Chicken sandwich 180
Dessert Cookie 150
Jelly beans 150
Total 1452

The Quaker Banana Bread cookie was given to me by one of my supervisors. It’s basically banana bread in the shape of a cookie.  Pretty tasty!

Oh, and the jelly beans were a belated graduation gift from a friend so OF COURSE I had to try them…. right? They’re so good! They’re the Wonka Sweetart brand. The blue ones are my favorite.

Soooo yeah.  But on a random note: I read this pamphlet today that was being passed out on campus and it makes me not want to eat meat anymore.  It brought back all the memories of watching Food Inc. on Netflix (really good documentary by the way!).  The pamphlet was all about animal cruelty in big production farms and how protection laws against animal cruelty for pets should be applied towards farms as well.  It was so saddening!

The fight against animal cruelty

Ok, well I have friends over now to celebrate the weekend. Have a fabulous friday night!

Wait… It’s not Spaghetti?

That’s right… and it’s not worms (which can sometimes be confused for spaghetti…).  It’s squash! Spaghetti squash. Have you tried it before? I was my first time last night (that’s what she said).

Last week I saw Spaghetti Squash for the first time at my local grocery store. Is it a seasonal thing? Because I had checked over the summer and they didn’t have it. Anyways, you get all the great flavor of spaghetti without the calories!

Check out my beautiful squash:

spaghetti squash

There are a lot of ways to cook it but I decided to follow the instructions that came with him.

spaghetti squash

So I cut him in half and gutted the seeds, then baked him for 45 min at 350 F.  Here’s him out of the oven.

cooked spaghetti squash

Then I took a fork and scraped out his stringy pulp. There’s obviously a lot more than what’s in my bowl, this is just my serving.

spaghetti squash

I heated up some veggies: more squash, green pepper, kale, and cucumber. Then added in some sauce, got it all nice and warm and then poured it over my spaghetti squash. Yummy!

spaghetti squash

It was full over flavor and very filling!  And it was all veggies!

Daniel approved of the dish so I think this is a keeper, as long as those grocery stores keep it in stock!

Here’s the rest of Wednesday’s Meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 30
Fiber One Bar 90
Snack Almonds 180
Potato chips 200
Drink Dirty chai latte 150
Lunch Left over chipotle 230
Dinner Spaghetti squash and sauce 200
Snack Hummus chips 200
Total 1380

I went a little over calories again, and I didn’t work out.  I was so focused on studying! However, I think my test went well!

Now I can enjoy my weekend.  I plan to catch up on a lot like: finally finishing the staining of the 4th chair from our dining set, washing my car, looking up companies for internships, catching up on other homework, reading my bloglovin (I have almost 200 blog posts I need to catch up on! I think I follow too many blogs haha), and getting more sleep!

What are your weekend plans?!

Lame Title for a Lame Post

Oh man peeps, first test as a grad student tomorrow! Wish me luck!

So another quick update!

Tuesday meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Toaster waffles and syrup 180
  fiber one bar 90
Lunch half mango 54
  Leftover veggie medley 100
  raw vegies and ranch 80
Dinner 1/2 Chipotle Vegetarian burrito bowl, chips, and guac 500
Snack almonds 180
Dessert Banana ice cream 140
Total   1324

I went over a bit on calories but I did run 3.5 miles last night!

No food photos this time but I do have an exciting meal to share with you tomorrow!

Sorry this post is super lame.  I’ll make it up to you, I promise! Goodnight ya’ll!!

Quick Update & Even Quicker Strength Workout

Quick update! Gotta study! And sleep! So tired!

Ok, enough exclamations. Monday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond Milk 30
Snack Fiber One bar 90
Lunch Scrambled eggs and mango salsa 280
Snack Almonds 180
Dinner 3 ribs with raspberry sauce 382
Vegetable medley 120
Raw veggies and ranch 120
Total 1302

My parents gave us some left over ribs from Sunday so I reheated them in the oven with a good smother of that chipotle raspberry sauce. Ohhhh yeaaaahhhhh.

ribs and raspberry sauce

Then, we had a bunch of vegetables so I decided to make a vegetable medley dish of sorts.  I wasn’t sure what kind of seasonings would be good but I added a little ground red pepper, garlic powder, and basil.  Then I added some soy and teriyaki sauce.  It would have been better with rice as a stir fry.  I want to try to recreate a vegetable medley I had at my best friend’s wedding last year.  That’s right, Charissa, I still dream about that meal, haha!  It had squash and carrots and maybe another veggie that I can’t remember right now but it was delicious!  I’m going to do some research so I can recreate it.  But it’ll have to wait until this weekend of course — I need to be studious first.

Workout Recap

I decided it was finally time to do some strength training. Here’s what I did:

10 push ups

20 squats

20 lunges

20 leg curls

10 burpees

repeat 2x (because I’m lazy)

I’m not sure why but after one round I get bored/impatient so doing multiple is hard for me.  I do feel a little burn today though! Especially in my arms.  I switched it up with pushups and did them reverse.  This means starting on the ground and pushing your body up and then slowly lowering it back to the ground.  I feel it way more than in regular pushups.  I always feel strain in my shoulders than actual arm muscles working when I do regular pushups so I may adopt this pushup version for a while.

Well have a great night everyone! And go try ribs with raspberry sauce. Seriously. It’s amazing. Goodnight!

Raspberry and Ribs

Good Monday evening to you! Let’s jump right into shall we? (This girl has some studying to do, ok, and maybe some Bloglovin’ to catch up on)

Sunday meals:

Meal Food Calories
Lunch Three ribs with Raspberry Chipotle sauce 382
Corn mixture 40
Cole slaw 30
Dessert Small piece of carrot cake 261
Drinks Grande White Chocolate Soy Mocha 330
Dinner Thai food and rice 300
Total 1343

My sister was in town showing her friend the nifty thrift shops and antique stores in and around the Manhattan area. I met up with them at my parents house for lunch where ribs awaited.  I think I have my parents hooked on the Raspberry Chipotle sauce as well because they had a fresh bottle in stock and I decided that would be tasty with the ribs. And I was right! I think I’m becoming addicted to it.  Also, my parents had carrot cake and I could not say no.  I had the tiniest sliver ever though!  And to be fair, I ate it before I reinstated no sweets for the week.  Ok ok, I know I’m just making excuses.  Maybe I should just starting thinking of sweets as drugs, just say no!

My sister had gone to a Thai restaurant the day before and had her left overs at my parents.  She didn’t want them sitting in the car for 2 hours on her drive back to KC so she let me have them.  I never turn down free Thai food!

Thai food

I think it was a green tofu curry and some chicken curry. Soo good!

Workout Recap:

Daniel and I ran 3.5 miles.  On the last mile we decided to mix it up with some speed work.  We run around the city park which is roughly 1.1 mile parameter.  It’s square so one length is about .25 mile. For last mile we decided to alternate walking and running on each length. Not jogging, RUNNING.  Like run as fast as you can for an endured amount of time.  I was running twice as fast as my normal pace probably. Just kidding, that’d be like 12 miles/hour and my pace is typically around 6 miles/hour or a 10 min mile.  I was probably running at around 8 or 9 miles/hour.  For the first half of the running lengths I was like “Oh, yeah, this feels great, I could do this forever,” but by the last quarter I was like “Oh man I’m gonna die!” I definitely needed that walking length in between the running to catch my breath.  Surprisingly, I think we ran the last mile faster than if we had just jogged it the whole time.  Or maybe it just seemed that way.  Next time I’ll try to time it!

When we got back from our run I knew I needed to do some strength training.  I’ve been putting off incorporating that into my workouts.  So I did like 10 pushups and 40 crunches.  Not exactly strength training.  I should start doing the 5 Day Workout Plan again.

Have you done any awesome strength training workouts lately? Or have you eaten any carrot cake lately?