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So Far So Good

Good morning! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

It’s Day 3 of my Attack Phase on the Dukan Diet & I am feeling great! I’ve lost some weight, but I know it’s just water weight right now. My body feels better, though. I’m not bloated at all and I just feel good.

A nice thing about this diet is that I don’t feel like I am starving myself. These pure proteins really fill you up and there are no calorie restrictions. I’m excited to be able to start eating veggies again soon though because I love them soo much! I know that not incorporating main food groups into your diet is frowned upon, but this is very temporary and I will be adding them back into my diet soon.

I do have to say that Day 2 was tough for me. I woke up and started making breakfast: 3 egg whites, 1 yolk, and 2 slices of lean turkey bacon. I wasn’t even that hungry, but I knew I needed to eat. While I was cooking, the thought of putting more protein into my body was making me sick. I had to lay down for a few minutes. It blew my mind how much I was sick of protein already and it was only day 2!! But that feeling passed and I was fine the rest of the day!

For lunch I tried to be a little more creative. There are 72 pure proteins that you are allowed to eat during this phase, but I feel like it’s very hard to get creative.

I tried making somewhat of a smoothie bowl!

I blended together 1 cup of Greek yogurt, about a 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran, 1 tablespoon of vanilla, a decent amount of splenda (I didn’t measure, just added until the sweetness was right), and icecubes!

Now this was definitely NOT the best smoothie I’ve ever had, but it was better than eating more chicken or eggs!

I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things for my family. That was hard! All I wanted to do was pick up a bag or tortilla chips and salsa and dig in! The bananas were also looking wonderful! Who am I kidding, everything looked good to me!

But I know that I cannot break this diet. This is something that I really want and I would be so disappointed in myself if I lost discipline.

When I got home, my dad was back and he had a surprise for me!

Trout!!!!

He knows that I’m on this diet, so he went fishing and caught some yummy trout that I can cook up! I love fish a lot, so I was extremely happy. I actually had a piece this morning for breakfast! It was delicious! Thanks Dad πŸ™‚

I’m not sure what I’m going to do today. The past few days have been super boring. The weather has been horrible – gloomy and rain. 😦 I can’t wait until it is nice out so I can be outside and start working again!!!

My brother will be living back at home for the next couple of days. He’s having surgery today. Nothing life-threatening, but send your prayers his way!!

Hope everyone has a great day! It’s almost the weekend πŸ™‚

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Doin It Live

Last night was a lot of fun! I bought some Riesling (SOOO good!). I never had it before, but I heard good things about it. I love the sweetness and it was perfect! Danielle and I watched our favorite show, Vampire Diaries, while Laura was getting ready. Then we went to our friends birthday party and had a great time!

all black everythinggg

Our theme for the night was Doin It Live and we decided we would all match and where some sexy black dresses πŸ˜‰

So far today has been good. I just got back from lunch with Laura, Britt, & Britt’s mom. We went to one of my favorite places here, The Deli. I ordered the Baja Swordfish Salad.

This salad was delicious! It had avocado, corn, and tomatoes. It was nice and light. The swordfish was cooked perfectly as well!

Now Laura and I are just sitting in our apartment looking at the snow/sleet/rain MESS that is happening outside. GROSS! It’s the end of April.. no need for snow! This is a far cry from yesterday when I captured this picture:

We’re going to go to Full Body Workout later and it’ll be nice to get my muscles movin! We’re also going to stop at Starbucks some time today to get our free tea/coffee! πŸ™‚

How is the weather where you are?

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Banana-Bana-Bo-Bana

Good afternoon! I just got done with classes for the day & I’m feeling pretty good! I read Julie’s Pseudo Ice Cream post and someone commented about making banana soft serve. All you have to do is blend bananas and use a splash of milk! Since I’m addicted to bananas I had to try this out!

yumm!

happy banana face!

It didn’t blend all that well in the Magic Bullet, but it still tasted fantastic! I will be making this more often πŸ™‚

It was pretty nice out this morning when I left for class around 7:30 am. The sun was out and the sky was blue.

You don’t see much activity that early in the morning. Campus is pretty much a dead zone haha

I usually go to the gym right after class and get my cardio in, but I was not feeling that today. Instead, later on I’m going to a fitness class called Calorie Killer with Laura. I went to calorie killer once during my freshman year and it was a killer all right! So bad that I haven’t gone to that class since! But I want a challenge and can’t wait to sweat my booty off!

I may take a nap? I’m really bad at napping though so I probably won’t. For now I’ll just watch All My Children & One Life To Live! (Soap operas are a guilty pleasure of mine :P) (AND they’re canceling both of them… what is this world coming to!!?)

Hope everyone’s having a great Monday so far πŸ™‚

What is your favorite afternoon show?

What is your favorite kind of soft serve?


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THE SUN IS ALIVE!

Okay so this is going to be a quick post, but I just felt the need to blog because I love it so much!

HALLELUJAH!!!! The sun has finally made an appearance!!! This morning I had another early morning workout! 6:30 am elliptical & treadmill. While working out, I saw the sun shining on the HUB and I got that much happier! We haven’t seen the sun in State College for weeks now and this was such a great start to my day!

view of the sun from my apartment (sorry for the bad quality!)

Soooo today has been great so far, but I am extremely nervous for 2 pm to roll around. I have an interview for an internal audit internship! I’m super excited, but I always get jittery before interviews. I’ve been biting my nails (and I NEED to stop!) and just can’t sit still! I just need to breathe and it will all be okay! I’m really happy that I got an opportunity to interview so let’s hope for the best πŸ™‚

Last night’s dinner was simple, yet delicious!

nom nom nom

Just some whole wheat pasta, frozen veggies, mushroom & green pepper spaghetti sauce, and parmesan cheese!

I made a panini for lunch (kinda early so I will be hungry again soon), but it came out so pathetic haha

I used packaged cheddar cheese singles instead of feta cheese and it flat out sucked! BOOO! Looks like I’ll have to go buy some feta!

That’s all for now! Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

What do you like to put on your panini?

How do you deal with nervousness before interviews?

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Holey Moley

So when I woke up and saw that it was raining, again, I knew I wanted to wear something comfy. I didn’t want to look too frumpy with sweatpants so I wore a pair of my favorite jeans. They haven’t always been my favorite, but I lost some weight so now they are baggy and loose and just good for ‘bummin’ days. There’s only one teeeeny little problem:

Hole. In. The. Crotch.

I refuse to get rid of them. #1 I like how comfy they are and #2 I have a problem getting rid of things, even if they are broken, ripped, old, and so on and so forth. (I’m a freak)

So I’ll probably be wearing these babies until they rip to the point of no return. Hopefully this won’t happen while I’m out in public. That would kinda suck =P

Like I said, it’s raining here AGAIN. 😦 This weather makes me want to vomit. Don’t get me wrong, I like an occasional rainy day (especially when I can stay in bed and watch movies), but this has just gotten out of hand. It has rained 10/13 days in April here so far. I’m starting to think that I will never see the sun again.. this is why I plan on moving to Florida after I graduate. (More to come about this in an upcoming post πŸ™‚ )

Rainy day = perfect day for some chicken noodle soup.

I’m trying to muster up the courage to venture back outside into the monsoon. I need to get some work done which means I need to leave my apartment. I can never be productive here.. too many distractions!

 

Do you have an article of clothing that you can’t find the courage to get rid of?

 

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Kick Butt Kickboxing

While I was walking to class this morning, I realized that I forgot my sneakers. :/ This did not make me a happy camper. I usually go straight to the gym after class, so I carry my workout gear with me. Since I was sneaker-less, I had to change my workout plans for the day.

I looked at the fitness class schedule and chose kickboxing. I love kickboxing classes and haven’t been to one in a while so I figured it would be the perfect day to attend a class. It wasn’t the hardest kickboxing class I’ve ever taken, but I still got my sweat on πŸ™‚

When I got home, I was STARVING. I made a smoothie for lunch. It’s probably the easiest and simplest smoothie recipe ever!

That’s right – you only need a banana, milk, icecubes, & vanilla! Put it in the blender and BAM – a refreshing smoothie!

My roomie, Laura (aka The Carbivore), brought a magic bullet for our apartment after many failed attempts with a real blender. (We have bad luck with all types of electronics.) But this little baby is awesome! It blends everything really well and pretty fast. It’s always extremely easy to clean!

I was still hungry after I downed the smoothie so I grabbed some chickpeas and put them in some spaghetti sauce πŸ™‚

I’ve been on a chickpea kick lately and I’m trying to find some simple, easy ways to make them!

 

What are some chickpea recipes that you love?

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Watery Wednesday

Ah, today has been a pretty decent day! I woke up this morning around 6:15 am and the sun was rising and shining bright! But unfortunately this was not the case as the day went along 😦 As soon as I was done with my classes around 12:30 pm, it was rainy, cold, and dreary.

But the weather has not put a damper on my day! I went to the gym directly after class and had a pretty good workout! I did a total of 40 minutes of cardio on the precor 100i elliptical machine. (I definitely recommend trying one out!) My workout was as follows:

1-5 minutes at resistance 10

5-20 minutes at resistance 14

20-30 minutes at resistance 12

30-35 minutes at resistance 10

35-40 minutes at resistance 8

Overall I burned a total of 484 calories and traveled 4.29 miles!

After my workout I went home and ate some yummy lunch! I had some left overs from last night’s dinner.

I made this hamburger helper-esque meal using just 4 ingredients: ground venison, whole wheat spiral pasta, cheesy taco seasoning, and some italian garden spaghetti sauce. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but it was certainly yummy!

My roommate, Laura, and I thought it would be a good idea to take a trip to WallyWorld tonight! (This is our nickname for WalMart.. we love that place a little too much haha) I was running low on food so I just needed to pick up a few things for the next week or so.

I spent $14.21 and got all of this! (I’m a bargain shopper hehe) I can’t wait to make some panini’s with my feta cheese and turkey! And I already dug into the tortilla chips and salsa which turned out to be my dinner =P Healthy… haha

I’m still trying to fix my blog and make it “me”. I’ve been trying different themes and layouts so my blog has been kinda messy. But I promise it will be right where I want it sometime soon!

Funny thing happened today. I texted my roommate, Laura, telling her how I started a blog in January and then never followed through with it until a couple days ago. She replied that she did the EXACT same thing! (I swear we are twins) So check her blog out: TheCarbivore! She has a really cool post coming up about our spring break vacation!

Time for some tv, facebooking, and eventually bed! Nighty night! πŸ™‚

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