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A Winning Wednesday

Well, friends…another glorious day has come and gone. Here’s what I was up to on this stellar Wednesday:

  • chem exam
  • geography
  • exercise + lunch
  • nutrition quiz
  • shower + dinner
  • blog!
  • I checked off everything =]

    It’s such a relief to have my 1st O. Chem exam behind me. Besides waking up late and almost missing the bus/missing my exam, it wasn’t a total nightmare. After class #2, I was able to come home for the afternoon since my regular 2:00pm wasn’t meeting. I was thrilled for many reasons: 1) It was absolutely gorgeous outside – 70* status, 2) I was feeling well enough to exercise, and 3) I wasn’t stuck at school from 9:00-5:00! So…I dropped my books, slipped on my shorts and headed out into the blue skies. I hadn’t exercised at all since last Tuesday (when I did an Allieinspired 60-minute elliptical workout); my body was craving physical activity. I ran for 35 minutes at a comfortable heart rate of 155. My legs were thankful =]

    ***

    For lunch, I refueled with light ‘n’ cheery eats to go along with the bright weather outside:

    I enjoyed this sunny photo shoot.

    1 Piece of Whole Wheat Toast + Hummus, Sliced Cucumber, Red Onion & Baby Lettuces

    2% Greek + Kiwi and Blueberries

    ***

    Before heading back to school for my final class, I made myself an iced latte. As tempting as it was to stop at Starbucks, I’m sticking to the challenge…plus, I’ve got Starbucks at home anyway.

    Iced Coffee + Skim Milk + Agave — mmm!

    I ate half of a granola bar, too. It was a Tropical Treat alright — so yummy, Mom! This one wins =]

    ***

    I made breakfast for dinner tonight with my leftover roasted taters and a couple of scrambled eggs. Seldom do I eat eggs (as a dish), but top ’em with avocado, salsa and chevre, and I can work with it. Anyway…since dessert is 100x better than dinner, let us fast forward…

    Celebratory [chemistry exam #1 is over] baking was in order. Chocolate Chippers, anyone?

    I made a mini batch by halving the recipe on the back of the Guittard chocolate chip bag:

    1 cup + 2 T whole wheat flour

    1/2 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1/2 cup real butter

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    1/4 cup granulated sugar

    1 egg

    1 tsp. pure vanilla

    1/2 cup chopped walnuts

    1 cup Guittard chocolate chips

    1…2…3 chocolate chippers + a jam jar of skim milk = a perfect way to end this wonderful Wednesday.

    Good night!

    February 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM 15 comments

    I Spy Springtime!

    The weather forecast did not disappoint today. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood! I woke up before my alarm from sunshine pouring through my windows – a pleasant surprise in the middle of February.

    My Organic Chemistry lab did not last the full 3 hours today, so I was excited to have the rest of the afternoon to play outside. It was ideal weather for a run, but I thought the smarter thing to do was to give my body one more day of rest. I hope to be back in motion manana!

    Since exercise wasn’t an option, I had to come up with another activity to procrastinate studying for my O. Chem exam that involved soaking up some of nature’s best Vitamin D. Easy enough: give Little Blue a bubble bath!

    All sparkle ‘n’ shine!

    ***

    I worked up quite the appetite washing my little blue rig. I knew exactly what would curb my hunger…a recipe I came across in my PB&Co Cookbook last night while trying to read myself to sleep. It’s a refreshing & simple snack for a “Spring” day.

    …plus, it’s got a protein punch:

    1 cup soy milk

    1 banana

    2 T PB&Co Bee’s Knees

    1 T Honey

    Ice

    ***

    Dinner

    Salad a la: organic baby lettuces, avocado, red onion & balsamic — thrilling.

    Roasted Potatoes a la: olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper + a dollop of “Daisy” (2% Greek)

    I’d love to stay, but I must not procrastinate any longer. Did I mention I have my 1st O. Chem exam TOMORROW!

    Wish me luck (I’ll need it!),

    ~ Hillary

    February 16, 2010 at 8:10 PM 9 comments

    Plain Jane

    I felt like Plain Jane in the rain today. Darn rain…I’m ready for Spring already. At least I have my bright bowls to help cheer things up a bit.

    Yellow Bowl Take 1

    1 cup water, 2/3 cup rolled oats, 1/2 banana (cooked Kath style), 1 T ground flax, 1 T walnuts, 1/3 cup almond milk & cinnamon

    Clean

    Can you see my reflection?

    Yellow Bowl Take 2

    Low-Fat Cottage Cheese, 1/4 Avocado, Cucumber, Tomato & Fresh Pepper…for the 100th time.

    Simple School Snack

    Apple & Almond Butter…as if you couldn’t tell.

    Dinner

    Toasted English Muffin, Veggie Burger, 1/4 Mashed Avocado & Greens served on a plain white paper towel.

    ***

    Between Simple School Snack and Dinner, I played around at The Resort:

    • RUN – 1.5 miles
    • WALK – 0.5 miles
    • ZUMBA – 1 hour
    • 3 x 20 stability ball crunches

    ***

    Your Questions Answered

    Shelley asked:

    1) What is your favorite part of college? What do you want to do after college?

    I love college for a lot of reasons. I have attended two different universities and they have each given me two totally different, yet wonderful experiences. I loved living on campus my first two years of college and the lasting friendships that I made with my roommates. I also enjoy the independence that I’ve gained while living away from home. I do not know exactly what I want to do after college (in terms of a specific job), but I am 98% positive I want it to incorporate food & writing. I’d also love to travel around Europe after graduation.

    2) How do you feel about going out on weekends & drinking?

    I enjoy going out on occasion, but I’m not a social butterfly. I do drink occasionally, but excessive drinking/partying and a healthy lifestyle do not exactly go hand-in-hand…so it is not something I do frequently. I have had my share of crazy, college nights though : )

    3) When did you become interested in health?

    Long story short, about 7th or 8th grade. My interest continues to grow each and every day.

    Thank you all for your questions. I will be answering more of your questions soon, but I need to take care of this tired body and achy head…

    Night,

    ~ Hillary


    February 4, 2010 at 10:11 PM 7 comments

    Going Green

    It feels like forever since I’ve last posted; yet, I did this morning. I think this is due to fact that this day seems like an eternity. That’s what happens when you sit at your computer for an entire day writing about a fictional religion, I suppose. I just want this day to end so I can put my exams in the past and be d.o.n.e. with studying!

    My Monday in a NUTshell:

    1. write while listening to ‘Winter Song’
    2. eat carbs
    3. write while listening to ‘Winter Song’
    4. eat carbs
    5. write while listening to ‘Winter Song’
    6. eat carbs

    Thrilling, write right? Finally, around 5:30pm I made a break for the gym at my complex and did a record-breaking 20 minutes on the treadmill. I had planned to do more (promise), but when the cubicle of the place that it is suddendly became full of residents, I didn’t hesitate to run home for dinner.

    I knew I needed a “detox” dinner after what I ate today (not going to go there), so out came the greens.  What’s more detoxifying that a big bowl of spinach?

    (raw baby spinach, avocado, cucumber, red onion, olive oil & balsamic + pepper…in a festive red bowl of course!)

    So close to finishing this ridiculous paper…

    Have a nice night,

    ~ Hillary

    December 14, 2009 at 6:55 PM 4 comments

    A December Summer

    Hi Friends!

    If you are wondering where I’ve been, the true answer is that I was just living life less connected today (part by choice, part not). Honestly, I wasn’t in the mood to blog about my PB & banana on whole wheat toast this morning. I mean, really…did it change your day that much? Didn’t think so. I proceeded to the gym for a 90-minute workout. The breakdown is as follows:

    • 20 minutes stationary bike
    • 20 minutes ARC trainer
    • 20 minutes treadmill
    • 30 minutes strengthening & stretching

    I attended my microbiology lecture – just 4 left! – before coming home…and I’ve been here ever since. I intended on blogging at “lunch time”, but my roommate and I came home to no cable and no internet. So…I slipped on my PJs (at 3:00 in the afternoon) and managed to keep myself occupied without the assistance of my computer. Thankfully, we still had power!

    Although I want to embrace the wonderful month of December as much as possible, I brought a bit of summer to my plate for dinner tonight. (I always think of burgers & beans as summer food, anyway.)

    Dr. Praeger’s All Natural California Veggie Burger (courtesy of TJ’s)

    on a whole wheat English muffin (much less caloric than a regular bun)

    …with mustard, ketchup, Havarti, tomato, avocado & lettuce

    + leftover Walnut Acres Organic Maple & Onion Baked Beans & a crunchy carrot

    This was my first Dr. P’s burger and it was mighty tasty – simple, readable ingredients! Anyway, I did not manage to get much homework done this afternoon, so I have to squeeze that in between SYTYCD (Who’s going home?) and a shower.

    Have a great night!

    ~ Hillary

    December 2, 2009 at 6:56 PM 5 comments

    ThankFULL

    T’was another day full of many things to be thankful for…

    I ended up spending the majority of the afternoon baking in the kitchen with my mom. Between the two of us, we made three pies and two tarts – that’s a lot of flour & sugar. I did not get around to climbing into the attic to unveil the boxes of Christmas decorations, but since my travel plans have changed, I’ll be able to conquer that task activity this weekend.

    Back to the baking. Check out my mother’s lovely pies (she’s done this once or twice):

    2 Apple

    1 Pumpkin

    Our usual Thanksgiving group was thinned out this year (just 10 of us), but there was still enough food to feed an army.

    I enjoyed a glass of homemade apple juice (really, everything is homemade in this family) as a pre-dinner “spirit”:

    It’s tradition to have a green salad as a starter. This year was no different:

    (mixed greens, satsuma, red onion, walnuts & simple vinaigrette)

    Can’t forget about the homemade rolls. I managed to contain myself to just one this year:

    Satsuma place “cards” are another commonality in our family:

    My plate…yep, just one : )

    • Turkey
    • Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
    • Gravy
    • Roasted Winter Squash, Beets & Garlic
    • Broccoli with Parmesan
    • Cranberry Sauce

    I couldn’t get enough of my aunt’s amazing veggies!

    I often forget what I have to be thankful for, taking too much for granted. Today I was reminded about the things I am thankful for:

    my mother, my father, my brother, family, supportive friends, running, clean air, education, my health and the health of my family, delicious food, a warm house, coffee, old pictures, sunshine, mornings, rain, hugs & laughter…

    Hope you all were able to share the day with those you love.

    Many Thanks,

    ~ Hillary

    November 27, 2009 at 1:38 AM 7 comments

    A Mellow Monday

    Today was a rather uneventful day here on the homefront. Not a lot to share. I did have a piece of leftover galette for lunch, and managed to capture a decent picture. It was scrumptious!

    I can’t visit home without a meal from Sushi Spot – it really has the best sushi rolls in town. So…with a fire crackling in the wood stove, we decided on sushi to go and enjoyed it in the comfort of our warm home.

    I ordered the Dragonfly Roll: tempura prawn, avocado, cucumber, carrot, cilantro, macadamia nuts and sweet chili sauce…and edamame, of course!

    Looking forward to getting my hair cut tomorrow, researching Thanksgiving dessert recipes (slacker), and hopefully crafting with my mom…

    Take care ya’ll!

    ~ Hillary

    November 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM 1 comment

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