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Tarsal Troubles

I swear there’s food under that ketchup.

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Nothing like an egg & veggie sausage scramble with a side of taped foot.  Eaten in bed on a Saturday morning Smile Oh relaxing.

 

So about that tape…here comes some injury talk!  Booooo. 

Anyways I really haven’t talked about it much.  I’ve mentioned it, but I’m injured.  Yes, again. 

Back in October, my heel gave me some trouble the week before my half marathon.  I thought it was plantar fasciitis, and it got 90% better within the week.  But my ankle still felt….funny.  It didn’t hurt, but on every run it just felt weird.  Like full or tight or something.  Not bad at all though.  The pain also sometimes radiated up above my inner ankle along the inner shin bone.  I thought I just needed new orthotics.  So I got some.

But, like I mentioned in January, my new orthotics didn’t help.  In fact, my problems just got worse with them.  I cut back on running.  I rested.  I iced.  I’m part of the Injury’s royal court by now, so I know the drill.  Finally at the end of January, I had enough and went to a podiatrist.

Diagnosis?  Tarsal tunnel syndrome.  Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome (of the wrist), but in the ankle.

Prescription? Rest.  Wear orthotics/running shoes all day long.  Limit walking.  Ice.  Prescription strength anti-inflammatories. Come back in 4 weeks.

By the end of 4 weeks, I was feeling 85% better.  Barely any pain!  So I tried a couple treadmill workouts that week.  2-3 miles on the treadmill of running/walking.  Took it very easy and slow.  And you know what?  I felt no pain during activity.  But that week it flared up.  Super painful.  Throbbing at night. 

When I went back to the doctor, he told me the same thing: Rest. Wear orthotics. Limit walking. Ice.  And now physical therapy.

So that’s what I’ve been doing the past 3 weeks.  Physical therapy.  Which seems to be helping.  But barely.  It’s feeling better.  But no better than it felt at the end of those initial 4 weeks.  And it still definitely hurts often, and always feels funny.  It almost always feels full and tight – like there’s something in there that just needs to be stretched out.

So I had another appointment yesterday.  And at this point, he wants to boot me up. 

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He did take x-rays, but I guess nothing was abnormal since he didn’t talk about them.

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And I can’t afford an MRI right now.  I joke that I’d “be rich!” if it weren’t for all my injuries.  You know how much I’ve spent on multiple pairs of new shoes, orthotics, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, etc?  Yeah, you don’t want to know.  Neither do I.

Booting would limit all motion of the ankle and the tarsal tunnel.  Unfortunately, it would also limit movement of all muscles.  Which mean I would lose all strength down there.  Seeing as how physical therapy has been focusing on strengthening the ankle and calf muscles around the ankle in order to support the arch better, it seems counterproductive to me. My physical therapist wasn’t happy about this, and I’m having trouble with it as well.

I’m going to see how my ankle/heel feels this weekend/week and then decide.  I’ve just been dealing with this thing for almost 6 months now, and I feel like no matter what improvement I get, it comes flaring back again with activity.  (Keep in mind even swimming and the stationary bike hurt and bother it). 

I’m just sick of injuries!!

  • Plantar fasciitis in 2006 (back when I just ran on the treadmill)
  • Year-long calf pain following my marathon in 2007
  • Knee pain from 2008-current (it got 90% better in 2009 but occasionally still bothers me)
  • Oblique/side pain in August 2010 that lasted 3 weeks
  • The heel pain in October 2010
  • Oblique/side pain in November 2010-end of December (this one was much worse than the first – both sides and even into my back)

My body obviously is not meant for running.  Actually, I’m sure it all stems from my feet (which the physical therapist couldn’t get over how much my arches collapse and ankles roll inward).

 

Fun/Weird fact: I actually have very high arches.  My arches just collapse because my feet are so long (size 11), and there’s no support in the middle.  Kind of like how a bridge would collapse if there wasn’t a support pole in the center to help keep it up.

 

Okay, enough injury talk.  My sister’s coming into town to visit today and I have to figure out what to do with her!!

 

Have you ever dealt with an injury (or injuries)?  What type?

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I couldn’t decide on a title today.  Some of my options were:

  • Sweet Crepe!
  • Champagne in the Mornin’
  • Panera take 3

You see, I opened this jar of jam the other night and at first thought something was wrong.  It was so….chunky!!  And then at first taste, I tasted vague hint of alcohol.  Bummer Sad smile The jam must be bad.

I took another bite.  Yes.  Definitely some alcohol.  Then I noticed the name.

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Awww champagne.  Yes, now that makes sense.  And the chunks?  My friends, that was just the overload of blueberries.  So amazed.  And So delicious.  I am obsessed.

I mixed it with some cream cheese to top my protein pancakes with.

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Pancakes made with:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Almond milk
  • ~1/4 cup pumpkin

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Delicious, but these pancakes were so moist, they took FOR-EV-ER (Sandlot anyone??) to cook. 

And the next morning I decided to make a sweet crepe.  Egg white omelet filled with the blueberry jam + cream cheese mixture.  With 2 1 1/2 Morningstar sausage patties on the side.  I might’ve been feeling nibbly.

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It’s been rainy here.  Very. Very. Rainy.

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And now I’m at Panera blogging away.  I got off work early, and felt the need to come somewhere productive to blog. 

Unfortunately, I couldn’t turn down the “.99 cent pastry with any meal + drink purchase.”  Darn.

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I longingly eye this Cobblestone pasty roll thing every time I’ve been to Panera. 

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Honestly?  It looks good.  But isn’t great.  It basically tastes like cinnamon raisin bread with a tiny bit of frosting drizzle.  I was expecting more of a cinnamon roll type of flavor.  I nibbled on half before my meal came.

Chicken Fuji Apple salad + black bean soup + whole grain baguette. 

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Considering the fact that I snacked a lot at work this morning, I am now stuffed.  Drinking carbonated soda doesn’t help either Winking smile

Panera take three was a bit more of a success than my past visits.  Although my baguette was a bit on the burnt side.  Here’s my ranking so far (based on what I’ve gotten here within the 3 visits since it opened):

1. Fuji apple salad
2. BBQ chopped salad
3. Thai chicken salad

1. Chicken noodle soup
2. Black bean soup
3. Vegetable pesto soup

There salads are just so…..skimpy!!  Definitely needs more to it.  But the baguette still ranks #1 in my heart.  I love it.

I have to say once on vacation I got a turkey sandwich on their cinnamon raisin bread.  Sounds odd.  But it was amaze.  Sweet + savory peeps.  Do it.

 

What’s your favorite pastry?

I’m not a big pastry person.  Okay, that’s kind of lying.  They taste delicious.  But I can easily turn them down.  I definitely like sweet, doughy, frosting covered things.  Or an ooey gooey caramely baked good.  I’m not a fan of flaky things (think croissants or scones). 

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Unforunately, I have yet to get the gingerbread house pictures from the other night, so you’ll have to wait and see the final product. Let’s just say, it ended up a bit of a disaster 😉

I’ve been living on a sugar high these past few days. In addition to this candy filled night, I’ve also been picking at pieces of our house throughout the weekend (aka lots of candy & frosting), and enjoyed this breakfast Saturday morning.

Vans whole wheat waffles topped with sunbutter, cream cheese, syrup & granola (love crunch on my waffles). Scrambled egg whites + 1 egg & ketchup (necessity).

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But wait – my roommate & her boyfriend came home with donuts to share! I never have donuts (just don’t ever get the opportunity!), so I cut a few small bites of the cinnamon roll, glazed one, and bear claw – but honestly they were extremely dry and blah.

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But this cinnamon roll they made was quite the opposite! Helped myself to half of one 🙂

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Fueld my gym trip quite nicely where I completed

  • 4 mile dreadmill run ranging from 6 – 7.5 mph. Not so much intervals, just decided to take it realitvely easy and watch Fool’s Gold on TV
  • 25 minutes upper body weights

After this, I felt a bit too lazy for whittling my middle. Whoops!

Unpictured eats throughout the day, then chowed down my salad for dinner in 5 minutes pre-work.

Rando mix of:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • 2 buffalo chicken meatballs
  • Zucchini
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Spinach hommus
  • Salsa
  • Annie’s raspberry dressing
  • Spinach

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But it worked!

Work included trail mix (with M&M’s of course).

Today I knew I needed to finally get down to some studying.

First up – breakkie.

  • A bit of Voskos plain yogurt (review coming soon)
  • Blueberry Oikos (almost a full container)
  • Kashi Heart to Heart
  • Nature’s Path mesa sunrise
  • TJ’s pumpkin granola
  • Banana slices
  • Sunbutter & pumpkin butter

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Yumma! That TJ’s pumpkin granola is sooooo good guys. I’m picky with my granolas, but this stuff is the perfect granola taste to me 🙂 Just have to take it easy, since it’s pretty sweet and I know granola’s pretty high in sugar!

Next up – gym. Yeah, so the gym didn’t happen. As I tweeted about, there was no motivation whatsoever. Even though I should take advantage of free parking on campus (weekend!) and maybe take a weekday off of the gym. Didn’t happen.

I’m pretty sure my butt is imprinted into this couch permanently. I tried to study, I really did! But this take home final is going to take me 4x as long as a normal final…and I just gave up! Resorted to watching Falalala Lifetime instead 😉

Mid-afternoon, I did get a bit cold hungry and decided on hot butternut squash oatmeal.

Topped with:

  • A different mix of cereals
  • Frosting covered graham crackers (from our house!)
  • Pumpkin cream cheese
  • Sunbutter

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Warmed me right up!

I eventually gave up with my take home final, and turned to ice cream. Which kind of defeats the purpose of hot oats. But it’s great distraction, let me tell you.

I’ll admit it – I went ice cream crazy. Ice cream is my biggest weakness. Some people have no control over certain foods, and for me it’s ice cream. So times this bowl by 2 4. In all fairness, it’s a baby bowl. And it ended up being part of my dinner.

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Due to late oats, and the ice cream extravaganza, I never really got hungry, but I knew I needed something more satisfying around 8:30. A light egg & veggie scramble dinner did the trick.

  • Zucchini
  • Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Spinach
  • 1 egg + 3 egg whites
  • Nutritional yeast

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Wait…

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Oh, better 🙂

An unpictured cookie sneaked in there tonight as well. Picture/review tomorrow.

Until tomorrow friends.

Sugar coma….zzzzzz….

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What’s up doc?

First off, I want to say Happy Birthday to my wonderful Daddy!! 😀 I’ve done a previous dedication post on Father’s Day, but I want to say I love you and thank you for all you’ve done for us 🙂

One of my favorite things every is the “kissy face” my dad does in pictures. Trying to be a 13-year old girl at heart, Dad? 😉

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Love you mucho.

Eats have been typically unexciting, especially since I have no cam cam. 😦 But yesterday morning, I did enjoy a delicious spelt maple pecan scone. Wow.

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I ate half of it (aka the frosted top portion 😉 ) before completing some strength training and heading to a sports medicine doc appointment for my knee (I’ve lost count as to what number appointment this was).

I really liked this doctor. Right away she watched the way I stood and inspected my orthotics and shoes. She seemed much more concerned and knowledgeable about my problem, and seems very determined to help me get to the bottom of the pain. I had another x-ray done, and am scheduled to get a second, more powerful MRI done halfway down my tibia bone. I guess last MRI was only taken of the actual knee, and she’s curious about the pain at the top of my tibia. I’ll keep you all posted.

It’s extremely hard to find motivation to head to the gym at home since our gym is a good 15 minute drive away. So today, I ran/walked .8 miles with my mom to the track at the nearby middle school where I did 2.5 miles track running. Then walked .8 miles back home. It felt good!!

Pre-run was 1/2 of my mom’s toast with PB:

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Post-run was a giant fuji apple and one of my new cereals!

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A few weeks ago, I won 2 Nature’s Path giveaway, so I had one box mailed home so I would have cereals when I came home, and to share with my family. I was excited to try out this new Vanilla Sunrise flavor!

With yogurt and a banana.

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Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It wasn’t bad, just slightly bland and had a weird overall taste in my opinion. Definitely not one of their best flavors.

In other news –

In my weekly quotes email last week, there was a quote from someone with a letter to themselves:

I promise you that I will help you whenever you are troubled.
I will do everything in my power to make things better for you.
I promise you that I will be there for you whenever you need me.
I will help care for you and keep you healthy.
I promise you that I will get up everyday with a positive outlook, with my chin up and I’ll never deprive you of hope.
I promise that I will love and respect you and never take you for granted.
I will remind you each day that you are a child of God, that there is a purpose for your life and will spend my life helping you discover that purpose.
I promise that I will listen to you when you need someone to talk to, I will not pass judgement or condemn you for mistakes you make.
I promise that I will always forgive you and I! will not let past problems overshadow our relationship.
I promise that I will be a true friend to you and love you always, no matter what.
Love,
Yourself

In a similar note, make sure to check out my guest post on over on Danica’s blog today! It highly relates to the above letter 🙂

All right, I’m off to whittle my middle, then head to pick up my dad a birthday burrito lunch. Hopefully he hasn’t eaten yet!

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Hopefully you’re not sick of pancakes. Because if you are, you’re out of luck.

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But you shouldn’t be sick of them because pumpkin pancakes are fab guys. Quite fab.

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But if you are sick of them, then here’s yesterday’s breakfast.

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Mmmm pomegranate seeds. Psss $1 each at Vons this week.

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Hopefully you’re not sick of seeing salads the size of Texas mixing bowls.

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Because I’m sure I’ll have another one next week.

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Hopefully you’re not sick of treadmill interval workouts because I did a new one on Thursday.

  • 1/4 mile warm-up
  • 1/2 mile @ 6.0 mph
  • 1/4 mile @ 6.5 mph
  • 1/4 mile @ 7 mph
  • 1/4 mile @ 6.0 mph
  • 1/4 mile @ 8.0 mph
  • 1/4 mile @ 6.0 mph
  • .1 mile @ 6.5, .1 mile @ 7.0, .1 @ 7.5, .1 @ 8.0 (ascending)
  • .1 @ 7.5, .1 @ 7.0, .1 @ 6.5, .1 @ 6.0 (descending)
  • 1/4 mile walk
  • 1/4 mile @ 6.0 mph
  • 1/4 mile @ 7.5 mph
  • Repeat ascending/descending intervals

Total: ~ 4 miles

I was getting bored of 1/4 mile intervals, so figured I would work with .1 mile intervals instead.

Hopefully you’re not sick of self portraits, which you shouldn’t be, since I don’t post many on the blog.

Wearing my “new” dress I asked you guys your opinions on.

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Ew I need to clean my mirror.

I definitely am not sick of these yet – the most addicting things ever.

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Dang puppy chow. I have a handful every time I go into the kitchen (obviously been unpictured on the blog – I have random handfuls, so they always slip my mind…but definitely do add up). Especially since I’ve eaten half the bag. Thank you Dang you to our friend who made it for us last weekend.

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As I ran out of my beloved Einstein’s pumpkin cream cheese last week, I tried to re-create it myself my mixing:

  • Trader Joe’s reduced fat cream cheese
  • ~1/2 cup pumpkin
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Agave

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Unfortunately, this cream cheese has that fake “non-fat” cream cheese taste to it, even though it’s only reduced fat. I should have stuck with Philedalphia brand. But it tastes decent enough! I’m tempted to remake it with a better brand of cream cheese.

Smeared a little of that onto my pumpkin pancakes this morning.

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Also topped with some

  • Strained yogurt
  • Nature’s Path PB granola
  • Sunbutter (on 2 on the pancakes)
  • Syrup

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Overboard on toppings? Who me?

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Gym was awesome. I felt great on my run – much better than Sunday & Monday’s workout. I think I’m finally recovered from the weekend, hah. Or not so funny…

Total: 4 miles of 1/4 mile intervals (ranging from 6.0 – 8.0 mph) + 15 minutes ab work

I was a sweaty beast afterwards 😀

On the drive to work, I dug into part of my packed lunch, since I didn’t have a post-gym snack.  I was hangry and knew I wouldn’t have a chance to eat for another 1 1/2 hours.

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And then once at work and after the kiddies were down for their nap, I put together the rest of my mid-day meal.

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Blueberry Oikos with Kashi Honey Sunshine.

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I actually like Chobani’s blueberry better. It’s been about a month since I’ve had one, but I remember it being more creamy.

And a WW english muffin with pepperjack cheese.

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Afternoon snackages.

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And then dinner which I slowly and thoroughly enjoyed scarfed down in probably 3 minutes flat while the baby was close to screaming and the 2-year old was finishing her dinner. Sorry kids.  Miss. Taylor was starving and needed to eat.

Kashi southwest chicken & black bean meal. Topped with some cheddar cheee (post-picture).  And a couple of tortilla chips for dipping.

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Mehh, not my fave. But I had it in the freezer to use up. So use it up I did.

How did this sneak into my backpack?

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Mmm what a grand time.

Can I just say that 100 Grands, Take 5, and Twix’s are seriously some of the best gifts ever granted to this planet? Thank you.

I’m glad this “dinner” held me over for the rest of the night a whole 1 hour. Wooohoo!!!

So I stopped for a froyo on the drive home. Chocolate & vanilla swirl + pumpkin.

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And then was of course still hungry later that night. I spotted this on Whit’s blog a bit ago, and decided to try a micro’d pumpkin pie out for myself.

  • ~1/2 c. pumpkin
  • 1 egg white
  • Spices
  • Maple syrup

Microwaved for 2 minutes, topped with some greek yogurt & sunbutter…

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It was more a bowl of pumpkin mush….but still delicious pumpkin mush 😉 As I go back and read the actual directions now, I realize it probalby should have been on a plate and micro’d for 3 minutes. This, my friends, shall be re-done in the future. Oh yes it shall.

And what night doesn’t end with hot chocolate, of course? Do I even need to tell you that? Just assume every night ends with hot chocolate. Ya’ dig?

And now it’s 11:08 and exactly 1 hour past when I planned to go to bed. I’m so glad I always stick to my “bed-time”. Sweet dreams all.

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I have been such a bad blogger, I’m sorry. This past week was beyond busy, and then Friday I was running all around with class, study sessions, and getting ready for our party!! Then Saturday was spent cleaning, sleeping, and recoupering for that night. And now here we are on Sunday! Okay, so to recap, the past few days – I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since Wednesday?! Oh dear me.

A few of Thursday’s eats included

Pumpkin oats (to celebrate National oatmeal day, of course)

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Topped with the usual, plus a sliver of a Pecan Berry Bran muffin I picked up last week and froze.

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Delicious.

That massive bowl held me over for hours! I’m usually hungry for a snack in my lab, about 2-2 1/2 hours post breakfast, but I didn’t need to eat until I got home after class.

Toasted sandwich thin and scrambled egg whites + 1 egg and cheese.

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I topped with sandwich thing with a smear of yogurt butter + this garlic cheese seasoning I have. And a slice of pepperjack cheese. Tasted just like garlic bread – delish!

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Mmmm ketchup 🙂

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I cheated…on pumpkin. I got a 1 pump peppermint Americano – one of my very favorite drinks I like to save for the holiday season.

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While cramming for my Friday midterm.

Cottage cheese + cereal + almond/pine nut/pumpkin seed nut mix.

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Dinner at work – Kashi curry rice pilaf with chicken, salsa, & cheddar cheese.

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And a banana whip dessert 🙂

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Friday’s breakkie.

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2 vans multigrain waffles topped with cream cheese, banana slices, and pumpkin “frosting”.

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For the frosting, I just mixed some pumpkin, greek yogurt, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

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And then I hit the gym for another interval treadmill workout. I won’t post it, but it was mostly alternating:

  • .25 miles @ 6.0 mph
  • .25 miles @ 8 or 8.5 mph

Of course there were other speeds, warm up, cool down, and .25 mile of walking in there, but you get the drift. I ended up going 5 miles, which is close to my longest I’ve gone since my knee incident. It felt awesome, and intervals really help with making the miles pass faster on the TM (knock on wood).

Post workout snackie while last minute cramming for my midterm!

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(I lived off of coffee this past week).

Then I was so busy the rest of the day (study session, hair-cut, picking up last minute things for our party..), I completely forgot to take pictures of my lunch and snacks. And I had the best salad too! Whoops! I did remember to snap a quick one of dinner. Went with my roommates when they picked up Panda Express, and honestly could not turn down the delicious smell of Chinese food!

String bean chicken, Sweet & fiery chicken, veggies, and only a few bites of the fried rice. Plus a fortune cookie of course 🙂 My roommate said that you’re supposed to be able to say “in bed” after every fortune, and they all make sense, or are funny. Well mine read:

“You will soon achieve something you’ve always wanted”…in bed. LOL. We had a good laugh 😀

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Then it was party time!! But I’ll recap the Halloween portion of the weekend in my next post 😉

We shall just say that Saturday post-party wasn’t too hot. And I couldn’t stomach to eat anything all day until dinner. When I finally managed some yogurt + cereal. And some candy of course (all unpictured – I was way out of it yesterday).

Of course, this morning I woke up starving, after eating hardly anything yetserday. So oats it was. (This pic was one from Thursday – my camera unfortunately died last night 😦 Charging it now!)

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So sorry for the long delay in posting – since this one was so long (and since I don’t have the Halloween pictures yet), I’ll do a separate Festive post later on 🙂

How was everyone else’s weekend?? What did you all do/dress up as?

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