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I Miss You Dearly

Okay so it’s been almost THREE weeks since my last post… I’ve been slacking. I miss this so much!! I feel like I haven’t really had anything interesting to talk about. Summer has been off to a pretty boring start.

I did go to an Arts Festival in Wilkes Barre about 2 weeks ago with my mom and grandmother! I’m not a big art person, but it was a beautiful day and there were a lot of beautiful things to see! (All of the food vendors smelled amazing also!)

Saw this painting and thought of my girl Danielle! She lovessss butterflies!

I have given up on the Dukan diet. I wasn’t seeing results, and I was so sick of protein. I’m just gonna stick to the balanced diet & exercise strategy πŸ˜‰

One thing I am happy about is my new found love for running. The other day I was on the treadmill at the gym and I got the strong urge to run. I usually walk uphill on the treadmill and rarely ever run. I’m really bad at running. I was a dancer my whole life and I run on my toes. But when I decided to run the other day, I couldn’t stop! I wasn’t getting tired, my legs weren’t hurting, and my breathing was right on track. I ended up alternating running & walking uphill for a total of 3.4 miles. This is pretty big for me! So I’m going to keep up with this and see what happens πŸ™‚

I worked yesterday so I didn’t make it to the gym. These past couple days at work have been extremely stressful so I took a long walk last night to breathe and destress.

As much as living in the mountains is not my favorite thing, I do enjoy a nice, peaceful walk on dirt roads every now and then πŸ™‚

Today the skies are beeee-youuu-teaaa-full!!!

I love green leaves against bright blue skies! So pretty πŸ™‚

It’s not as hot as it was the past couple days. It’s actually kinda chilly with the wind!!

The rest of my day will consist of going to the gym and picking up my aunt at the airport! She’s coming up for the week from Florida! I’m hoping she takes me back with her when she leaves next week πŸ˜‰

I can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s blogs tonight!!!!! Have a great Thursday night!

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Oat Bran Pancake

Happy Saturday everyone!! I guess the world isn’t going to end today after all πŸ˜›

Day 5 of Dukan and I’m still happy! Yesterday was my first day of the Cruise Phase so I was able to add some veggies to my meals!

But let me tell you about the best recipe I found for an oat bran pancake! Since you need to have oat bran daily on this diet, I was looking for a new way to incorporate oat bran into my diet because I was sick of mixing it into yogurt. Honestly, I thought an oat bran pancake would taste terrible, but I was oh so wrong!!

The oat bran recipe calls for:

1 egg white

2 tablespoons of plain, non-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons of oat bran

and splenda/sugar substitute to your liking

That’s it!! Mix it all together and put it in a pan! (I also added a bit of cinnamon!)

I didn’t get to snap any pictures of the finished product because I dove right into it!

It was DELICIOUS!! Who knew?!

I was super excited for these babies last night as well:

I missed my veggies! I really appreciated them more after not having them for so long (even if it was only 3 days) πŸ˜›

Today is a pure protein day. I am doing the 1-1 plan: every other day is a protein/veggie day. I feel like this is the best plan for me!

Today is starting out dreary.. AGAIN. I’m praying that the sun comes out for a little while today! But I won’t get my hopes up :/

I was supposed to work today, but now I think the plans have changed and I will work during the week. My mom and I might be doing downtown later to an Arts Festival! Annnddd I might be hanging out with friends I haven’t seen in 1 1/2!!!! So I’m hoping today turns out to be as fun as I think it will be πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! And I hope everyone is having better weather than I am!! haha

What is one vegetable that you cannot live without?

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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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Playing Catch-Up

It’s only been a few days but it feels like FOREVER since I’ve written. I’ve just been so caught up in the nice weather that we’ve been having πŸ™‚ The last two days have been AMAZING! It’s been in the high 70’s and sunny and thunderstorming and perfect! Finals are next week and I should be studying, but how can I resist this rare weather? πŸ˜›

On Monday Laura and I decided to bar hop all afternoon! We met up with our friends, Bo and Ed, and had a few drinks. The only thing missing was the beach πŸ˜› (I’m a beach bum if you couldn’t tell.. love everything about it! I could go on and on.. I’ll save that for another day haha)

Yesterday wasn’t as sunny but it was still warm. After class I went upstairs to hang out with Danielle. She has a balcony so we pretty much hung out up there all day. We took a few adventures to places including Target, the liquor store, and the puppy place! The puppies were ADORABLE! We had fun just hanging out with them for a little bit.. makes me really want a puppy πŸ™‚

Today two of my classes were cancelled so I only had my 8 am. Afterwards I went to the gym. Holy hot!Β It was so hot and humid in there. I was sweating like a mother.

This is my favorite place to go when I want to get my cardio in. This mini-gym is in the natatorium and it overlooks the pools. It’s always a plus when I work out at the same time as the mens swimming team practice πŸ˜‰

Today I have to get work done. It’s overcast so I’m not distracted by the sun which is a good thing! I have so many fun things planned for the rest of the week so I need to try and accomplish some school related things. Booo haha

Hope everyone is having a great week! Halfway done!!

What is your favorite type of cardio workout?

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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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Don’t Worry ‘Bout A Thing

I’m not gonna lie.. today has had more downs than ups.. I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed which means I guess I was closer to the edge instead of the wall (I cuddle with the wall every night.. I have a twin bed :P)

First off it’s cold. It may be “warm” to some people, but anything less than 70 degrees is cold to me. The sun has made an appearance today so I can’t complain too much!

After class I decided to come home and spend some time in this lovely place:

That’s right – laundry time! My laundry pile was getting a bit out of control. I noticed that my detergent had a weird consistency but I decided to use it any way. Bad decision. I seriously think a little fairy man came in and switched my detergent to water. Nothing seemed clean. FAIL #1

I put everything in the dryers and took a trip to McDonald’s to get iced coffee with Danielle. We ordered the same thing: medium sugar-free vanilla iced coffee with NO cream. What does the lady do? She makes the first one with cream. It wasn’t a big deal though.. we politely informed her that we ordered them without cream and she made us a new one. Here’s where it went wrong… TOO MANY FLAVOR PUMPS!!

FAIL #2. She put in 6 pumps.. it was so sweet and so disgusting! But when I got home I added some milk and fixed it all up!

Then I went to go get my clothes out of the dryer……. Only one machine was on. The door to the other one was open.. so everything was still wet.Β FAIL #3. So now I have to wait 50 more minutes for my other load of laundry to dry..

As you can see, I am not a happy camper today. The weather forecast for tomorrow is also contributing to the crabiness.. snow showers in the morning.. FOR REAL!?!?!

As I was sitting here thinking about what I wanted my post to be about, I remembered a song that always makes me realize that nothing is as bad as it seems.

The lyrics are so true. Sometimes I just need to remember that all of these little mishaps don’t matter. Not everything in life is going to go smoothly. You’ll have your good days, and you’ll also have your bad days. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you’re losing. No matter what it brings don’t worry ’bout a thing.” I’ll get through it and tomorrow is always a new day πŸ™‚

Hope everyone is having a great day! Only 1 more day until the weekend!! (Although mine is starting tonight! It’s my friend Jacquie’s birthday!! Happy Birthday Jacquie!!)

How do you get through a bad day?

What is your favorite kind of iced coffee?

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*** update: The dryer door was open AGAIN when I went to go pick up my clothes for the second time…. MEAN JOKE by whoever keeps opening that door and not turning the machine back on

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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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