Back to School, Back to School…

Hey Guys!

So I’m just about two weeks into my first quarter here at U.C.!  I am already liking this better than my previous college.  It took me awhile to get settled in and organized which is why I haven’t posted for a bit.  My dorm is a suite-style which is great, my two roommates and I all have our own bedrooms and share a “living space” and a bathroom.

Top: All of our bedroom doors.  Mine’s the one with the pink wreath!  Middle: My door, my Aunt made that cute wreath herself!  Bottom: Our living space!

I’m getting along OK in the dorm.  My biggest issue is only having a microwave to cook with!  I learned last week though and when I went home this past weekend I cooked food to bring with me, including: brown rice, chicken, and spaghetti squash.  I was just testing the waters and didn’t want to bring back more food than I’d actually eat.  But I’m planning on bringing back even more when I go home this weekend!

Some eats from today…

Before I went to the gym this morning…

Instant oatmeal with walnuts, chopped dates and skim milk.

Post-gym cardio sesh I made a delicious protein shake and enjoyed it in my new A filigree mug!  A Christmas present from my mom

Cocoa-Berry Protein Shake

In the blender combine:

  • ~1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2-1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Pure Protein Cookies & Creme)
  • 1 packet “diet” hot cocoa (I used Swiss Miss)
  • ~1/2 cup frozen berries (I used strawberries and blueberries)
  • 1-2 tbsp ground flaxseed

I like using Pure Protein brand of powder because it contains cellulose and xanthan gums which make for a SUPER thick shake!  The ground flaxseed probably helped too.  This tasted more like a milkshake than anything!

For lunch, I used some of my pre-cooked foods…

Brown rice, chicken breast, baby carrots and soy sauce.  Simple but delicious.


Cottage cheese, cinnamon, and Kashi GoLean.  I used to eat this before bed every. single. night.  It keeps me full for quite a while.

And a few dried apricots.  I never used to eat dried fruit but I am loving it latelyApricots & dates are my favorites.

I just finished a somewhat odd dinner…

Spaghetti squash with Classico Tomato & Basil sauce, spinach, parmesan and….garbanzo beans?  It worked.  I don’t like garbanzo beans much by themselves but I like the little somethin’ somethin’ the texture gave to this dish.

Moving away to college and living in a dorm for the first time has given me a new lifestyle of sorts.  My workout schedule hasn’t changed much because I still work out in the mornings before any of my classes.  But upon first moving here, I found myself much more restricted in my food choices than ever before.  It has been better this week since I brought more food with me and was able to make choices I was more comfortable with.  But I decided I wanted to make a conscious effort to still eat well even though I’m busier now.  I came up with an idea to help remind me of my healthy endeavors and how much living a healthy lifestyle means to me…

I’ve seen inspiration boards on a couple of other blogs–Fitnessista and Une Vie Saine being two I can think of right now– and I think they are a great idea.  Mine isn’t finished yet, obviously…but I’m working on it!

I wanted mine to be more than just pictures and phrases, I want it to be a physical tool that I can use every day to help me continue my healthy lifestyle and to better it as well.

I want to make it a goal to get at least eight 8-oz. glasses of fluid a day.  Lately, some mornings I’ve been waking up with a super dry throat and lightheaded-ness and I think it’s due to mild dehydration.  I’m usually good about drinking water on days that I work out but I’ve gone full rest days before without drinking a thing!  Not a good habit and it needs broken.  I also want to start drinking fluids with every meal and snack.  It helps digestion and will also help me with getting in my 8 glasses a day.  This water intake chart will help me keep track…I’ll just move the push pin throughout the day as I drink!  The other chart is the “Abs Diet 12 Best Foods” chart.  Now, I’m not on some kind of crazy mission to gets abs of steel here, but the fact is, these are healthy foods that should be a part of everyone’s daily menu anyways.  It includes things like: nuts, oatmeal, greens, beans, olive oil, berries and whole grains.  I think it will be fun to see how many of these foods I can fit into my daily diet– the goal is all 12 of them.  I think it will also help me diversify my meals because I tend to get into food ruts.  I’d like to start incorporating as many different foods into my days as possible.  Today I’ve conquered ten of them and am only missing eggs and olive oil.  Eggs will be difficult as I am not a fan of eggs cooked in the microwave.  I am thinking I will bring hard-boiled eggs for next week though because they have many healthy benefits!

Wow, what a post.  I’m off to download more songs onto my iPod for my morning gym sesh and do some studying!



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