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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Lovelies!!! I hope everyones having a wonderful day! I’m gonna make this post quick- but I had to wish you all a great day!

This weekend was wonderful- My parents& brother came up for the track meet I had this past Friday so I got to hang out with them (go out to dinner, go grocery shopping-free food, ya knoww, and I showed them the house I’ll be living in next year!)
I also qualified for the ECAC meet (Eastern College Athletic Conference), It’s basically a big meet in Boston that you have to qualify for.. wooo!

a sign that my friends made me:)


Action shot hahah

Alrighty,enough of me tooting my own horn 🙂

Last night a few of my friends and I went to go see the movie Valentine’s Day…it was soo cute!! I’d definitely recommend it! It was crazy how many stars were in it and how well it actually flowed together! I also made valentines- Elementary School Styleeeee>>>

work station


They were SpongeBob haha!! I wanted Disney Princesses but I couldn’t find, ’em…wierd lol,but these were definitely funny:

hehe:)

My mommy also got me a cute V-day mug which I enjoyed this morning’s tea in,which is pictured alongside my Valentines Oats:

They didn’t look NEARLY as pretty as I wanted them to…fail 😦 >>>>

But they definitely tasted yummy!


They were “Yoatgurt-y” with defrosted strawberries, AB,and of course a dark chocolate heart ❤

How are you guys spending your Valentine’s day?

I’m off to go watch the Olympics! 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday!
Michelle

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My name is Michelle & I’m addicted to grocery shopping

Helllo lovelys 🙂 I hope you all are having wonderful days so far!
Thank you all for such AMAZING, thoughtful comments on my last post! It meant a lot that you all understand where I am coming from!

Okay so before I share with you all a bunch of the great purchases I have made within the last few days, I need to share my little mishap with y’all. Okay so the other day, I had a missed call from a random number from my home area code. They left a voice mail and I figured I would check it later. That night I had gone to Wegman’s to get some goodies, and on the way back, checked my voice mail and was left with a message saying I had overspent on one of my debit cards. Danggggg. (besides the fact I had just spent $40+ at the grocery store)… So I called my dad, told him, we figured it all out. I had been recording my purchases, but one of the textbooks that I had bought was mad expensive and it didn’t go through I guess when I had last checked the account. I need to start eating like a normal college student! haha
…Yeah right thats never gonna happen :), but I do need to keep a better on my spending!
Here’s some of the food I have purchased in the past two weeks>>>>>>

Wegman's


BABY FOOD! & bars

This stuff is from my school’s food Co-Op.. They have a lot of local grown and organic stuff, you can also buy in bulk and save $$… It’s amazing! Does anyone else’s schools have something like this?

Under 10 buckaroos 🙂



I got this lovely Luna Bar at the food CoOp and it was DELICIOUS!! I’d ever seen it before and I definitely enjoyed it- It’s making it’s way into the Top 3 in Luna Bar Status 🙂

I’ve also been experimenting with bloggie concoctions and whatnot, so here’s a few random eats that I’ve been able to take pictures of from the past couple of days>>>

“Dessert Sushi” from Gracie at Girl Meets Health

AMAZING.


This was SOOOO good, especially dipped in Plain Oikos- I was in heaven, I’ll definitely be making this again- I just got a wrap, mushed a 1/2 banana, dark choco chips, and some AB

popped it in the microwave, and rolled it up and wow. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome idea, girl!

(Sorry for all the awful cellular pictures, But I borrowed Dana’s charger so my camera’s back in action!)

OHHH and I almost forgot- My school now has CHOBANI IN THE DINING HALLS!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOO! I don’t think you understand how excited this made me! (actually, I’m sure you do) Now I can put the Greek Yogurt tab on my meal plan card rather than me debit card! (saving more money-woo!)

Cue Heavenly Choir

Katie alwaysssssssss eats her Chobs frozen, so I HAD to try it… AMAZING.

Frozen Chobani with a side of Psych Stats


This tasted like frozen yogurt and I was in love 🙂

Tried these babies for the first time:

I love everything BBQ flavored so I was a little bias, but VERY good!

Today’s lunch (which I just finished) a home made egg salad sandwich-
I mixed 3 hardboiled eggs (1 whole egg, 2 whites with some ground chickpeas, cumin, lemon, and pepper)

Overflowing Eggie Sandwich

In the meantime, I need to conquer this lovely bit of laundry that has been sitting on my bed for the last 2 hours!

I have a home meet this weekend, which means my parents and broskii are coming up to visit meeeee 🙂 woo!
Anyone doing anything exciting this weekend?

Have a wonderful day everyone!!!
Michelle

ps this girl is hosting a giveaway, check it out!

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Knowledge is a Curse

Hey guys! Happy Sunday!!!! This post took me a lot of time to write/think over and I would really appreciate feedback. I don’t mean to offend anyone by this, but it needs to be said…

Revert back to the days when your lunch was packed for you, you ate when your teachers told you to, and there were no complaints (except maybe to cut the crust off your Skippy Peanut Butter and Smucker’s Jelly sandwich on white bread) The good ol’ days when you didn’t THINK about it. It was easy back then.
>>Fast forward to NOW. You are reading food blogs, you don’t go near things like “HFCS” , and you know what’s IN pretty much everything you eat. It’s great that we all know how to be healthy, but there is a fine line between eating healthily and obsession. We know too much. We KNOW so much about food and have the ability manipulate our diets accordingly. I’m not saying we all do, but it’s possible. It’s possible to revert back to whatever your worst state of food obsession was any second because that knowledge is branded in your brain.
Dana and I had a great Heart to Heart last night about exactly this. About when food knowledge and desire to be healthy can lead to a point where it is no longer healthy. Both of us have gotten better from the days when we saw High Fructose Corn Syrup (God forbid) in the dining hall’s marinara sauce and swore it off for a month (true story! haha)
But we all have not so great days because we are only human. Yesterday was one of my not-so-good days (I don’t have an ED, & never did). I’m just a knowledgeable, normal girl who had a bad day…I think it was triggered by the Nutrition Analysis I had to do for nutrition class. I had a track meet yesterday, which included the typical: Oatmeal with almond butter in the morning, 2 nature valley bars, a Clif Bar, a Luna bar, a crapload of trail mix, pizza, ETC. Everything that had a lot of fat in it… totally normal for meet days because I don’t actually eat lunch because I was in the in field jumping from 12-5. (A girl needs her energy!!) After the meet, my teammates and I went out for ice cream at Friendly’s, another typical thanggg we do. HOWEVER, because I had known how much fat I had already eaten that day, I was so hesitant. I had ordered 1 scoop of Vienna Mocha chip and 1 scoop of Cookie Dough. I was presented with this:

Seeing that monstrosity of ice cream in front of me, I was like oh man, I did NOT order that much. BUT I was hungry. Really hungry. I had spent 5 hours of high intensity competing, consisting of 6 long jumps and 6 triple jumps, (Both of which I PRed in!), and had been running and doing drills all day long. I NEEDED FOOD. So I ate it all… clearly. And felt great afterward (I actually went back to my room and ate a little more ;)) But why was I so concerned before? It was because I KNEW How much I fat I had eaten throughout the day and seeing a bowl of ice cream 3x the size of what I had ordered (which I was already thinking about) made me think too much. Everyone else around me wasn’t thinking about it nearly as intricately as I was!

Sometimes I envy my friends that don’t know about food like I do. They don’t know what’s in everything, and their knowledge of eating healthily is knowing that chips are “bad” and fruit is “good”. But what I have come to realize is No Food is GOOD or BAD, or HEALTHY/NOT HEALTHY. If you love ice cream, it’s healthy for you to eat it! If you eat the same exact things day in and day out, no matter how ‘healthy’ they are, are they really all that HEALTHY after all?
Sometimes I wish I could revert back to the days where I didn’t know as much, because now that I have it in my head, I’m afraid that knowledge will never go away. This is why I think that sometimes, too much knowledge can be a curse.
Being apart of blog world, I get attached and truly worried about some girls exercising too much or eating too little, or both. I worry about the people that comment on foods like “UNHEALTHY” cakes and sweets and say how AMAZING THEY LOOK, but wouldn’t actually eat them. Your body is your temple, give it what it wants. You all know SO MUCH about food and it SCARES ME that people could revert back to an ED or have their healthy eating cross that fine line and turn into and ED. But I LOVE seeing girls recover correctly and love seeing them get healthier and HAPPIER. Reading This Girl’s Post yesterday made me sooo happy to know that some of you are truly on your way to an amazing recovery. It just scares me that too much knowledge can hinder that recovery. I love you all and pray that nobody is struggling with their own self-image/recovery on a daily basis.

I’m lucky because points when I feel like this do not come often at all… I am SO HAPPY with my body. I am athletic and very fit, allowing me to do what I love- track. I thank God for it each day. I know I’ve been blessed. It’s just dumb things like Diet Analysis, etc. that can sometimes get in the way and cause me to over-think. I hope I got down everything I needed/wanted to in this post, and I hope you can all relate and know where I am coming from. So girlies (&guys!)- what is your FAVORITE thing about your body and why? and How do you feel about knowledge being a curse- do you agree or disagree? (in regards to what I have written)

Thanks so much for reading this extra long post 🙂
Love,
Michelle

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Self-Analysis

Helllllllloooo everyone! 🙂
How’s your Thursday going? Mine’s pretty good… VERY TIRING but good. I finally have time to relax now (relax =blog, woo!)… Anywhooo I’d like to give you a full play-by-play of my Tuesday.. yeah, I’m aware that was 2 days ago, but now I finally have time to go over it… get it?

For Nutrition class, Our assignment is to write down everything we eat for 3 days, and then enter it into this computer program:

And through this, we have to analyze our diets and see what we need to change! Personally, I’m not a huge fan of writing everything I eat down and then analyzing it. Mostly because I’m the type of person who will mindlessly go on Snacking Adventures, which quite frankly, I don’t feel like writing down. But for the purpose of this class- I’ll deal with it. (and measure everything, ugh.) I also didn’t like entering everything into the program, seeing how many Cals, etc. I ate- I rather just eat it, enjoy it, and be done with it. I felt like it got me thinking too much about what I was eating, I guess. Does anyone else feel this way? Or do you like knowing how much your eating/ portioning things out and knowing your calorie intake? Either way is fine: To each his own; it’s just important not to get too obsessed with the intakes, etc. I know I’ll learn a lot by doing this, and that even though I don’t THINK I need to change anything, I’m sure I could IMPROVE in some areas.
So without further adieu, here’s the my schedule, food(taken by my phone; sorry, folks!) & some of my unnecessary comments 🙂 >>>>>>>

7:30 Wake Up… woo! school!

I’m a pretty slow getting ready-er, so I made myself some Oat bran to enjoy during class:

Oat bran- To- Go


1/2 Cup Oat Bran
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Water
1 Banana
1 Tbsp. Each Wheatgerm & Flaxseed
Cinnamon
2 TBSP Peanut Butter

8:30- 9:55– Enjoy my Oat bran while I don’t enjoy Psych Stats class 🙂

10:00-2:00 (Yes, 4 Hours, no exaggeration) TRACK PRACTICE! (see, this is why I can’t post all the time! hehe)
This consists of:
-25 Minutes of Jogging+Warm-up Drills (did them super fast)
-1 1/2 hours of bounding, bungee work (so fun! and felt good!), “hump jumps”, and other jumping drills
-120m sprints, 2×80 meter sprints (3 minute rest between each)
-45 minutes of weight room
-15 minutes abs
-15 minutes stretching
+Ice Bath (woooo!)
(all the time is estimated, ish, it all adds up to 4 hours somehow, but *** I am not WORKING OUT for 4 full hours, a lot of it is taking breaks in between jumps, changing, resting, icebathing, etc.***)
In between Practice and Weight Room I had an apple, and during practice/lifting/after I had a Clif Bar:

Banana Nut Bread Clif Bar: You never let me down 🙂

2:30 Then I trekked back up to my room and enjoyed a whole wheat sub with some grilled chicken, eggplant, and spinach:

&some brocc

Pre- Microwave Nukage

3:00 I hopped in the shower, and got hungry…again (love the afterburnnnn)

3:10– Enjoyed this snackypoo:

I love that my Kashi Heart to Heart is in a heart shaped measuring cup 🙂


Clearly I got hungry and was eating out of the measuring cup and then realized that I needed to take a picture^^

3:30-4- I blow dryed my hair, talked to my friend who broke his leg at one of the last track meets pole vaulting :(… He showed me the bruising and the swelling, I feel so bad :/…It’s crazy what you can do to your body falling from 16 feet above the ground!

4-4:30- Straightened my hair, put on my makeup, got dressed, and ate a grapefruit:

Excuse the awful Cellular Pic, this looks terrible, but it was actually quite delicious 🙂

At 5:30 I ran, literally to catch the bus to get to my next class downtown. Legit, the bus was leaving and I ran in front of it to stop it… awesome, right?! Ha!

I had class downtown from 5:50- 8:50– Introduction to Human Development, we talked about Breastfeeding for 3 hours… kill me now. Luckily, I brought food to keep me occupied:

Some delish Decaf Green Tea:

Along with an unpictured Oats N’ Honey Nature Valley Bar

9:13 – Caught the bus back to campus, and walked up to my room in the snow and arrived at 9:30

9:45 Clearly hungry, I enjoyed some Plain Oikos with protein cookie dough 🙂

Why are you so freakin' delicious?!

&Throughout the Day, I drank 142 oz. of water.

Okay, now here comes the Self-Analysis thanks to the lovely computer program:
(IF YOU CARE, The first # is what I consumed, the second # is the amount I’m “supposed to consume” **Doesn’t take into account activity level, So Mine is skewed**, and the third is the percentage of what I took in compared to how much I was “supposed to” consume:

Basic Components
Calories 3,096.95 2,546.68 122 %
Calories from Fat 639.34 713.07 90 %
Calories from SatFat 112.26 229.20 49 %
Protein (g) 161.35 50.80 318 %
Carbohydrates (g) 527.33 350.17 151 %
Sugar (g) 183.42
Dietary Fiber (g) 80.82 35.65 227 %
Soluble Fiber (g) 19.70
InSoluble Fiber (g) 26.54
Fat (g) 71.04 79.23 90 %
Saturated Fat (g) 12.47 25.47 49 %
Trans Fat (g) 0.00
Mono Fat (g) 8.31 28.30 29 %
Poly Fat (g) 12.07 25.47 47 %
Cholesterol (mg) 123.90 300.00 41 %

HERE ARE MY COMMENTS:
1. It’s annoying because since my activity level isn’t taken into account, everything isn’t as accurate as I would like it to be (being that I am putting effort into this)- I added the activity level somewhere else and it said I was eating the right amount of calories, so that made me happier haha
2. I didn’t eat NEARLY as much this day as I do normal days- 3,000 Cals. is a decent amount of food, I probably take in 3,500/day… danggggggg (see, but I’m thinking about it… I don’t WANT to think about it! haha)
3. I didn’t include the vitamins&minerals on here, but they were all well over 100%, so woo! go me! (right?)
4. I’d rather snack and not measure, it takes the fun out of digging my hands into a a box of cereal
5. To be rebellious, I snacked on prunes somewhere in here, but didn’t write it down (but then I eventually added it to the program, so they’re on here, anyway! haha)
6. This was really not so bad, I’m just being dramatic, sorry for the complaining!

So the goal is to improve, but I’m not sure exactly on WHAT I need to improve on, yuzzherd?! So if anyone has any suggestions to help me out and let me know what I can do to improve, I’m ALL EARS! Really!

Have a wonderful rest of your day, everyone! I’m off to take my laundry out of the dryer (then fold it), THEN read blogs!!!! yay! I’m exciting to see what everyone’s eats look like!
Michelle

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