What I Ate Wednesday

Hello all! Here’s another installment of “What I Ate Wednesday”. My choices this week were not on the healthier side, I realize that, but I’ve been working out much more often and for a longer period of time to compensate somewhat.

Also, I’m a week away from being done with the semester! If that isn’t a good reason to indulge and enjoy foods than what is?

Breakfast: I had rice cake chips instead of the actual cake because they were out at the store last time I went :( Still delicious! And I think I like the chips even better for adding toppings. I had chocolate rice cake chips with a little peanut butter and a banana slice on top. Very delicious and filling! I would even use this as a snack…

Yummy treat! I used a tupperware lid as a plate... :)

Yummy treat! I used a tupperware lid as a plate… :)

After breakfast I went and hit the gym. I didn’t feel like running… so I decided to do a cycling class! Boy did it kick my butt- literally. I couldn’t walk right the rest of the day after sitting on that bicycle seat for an hour.

Sitting on the bike! The coca cola drink was just water

Sitting on the bike! The coca cola drink was just water

Post-workout I had a delicious salad from the RPAC. It was spinach and prosciutto, with feta cheese, granny apple slices, nuts, and a strawberry vinaigrette. Definitely a new fave! I can’t wait to come up with my own version of this salad.

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Later that afternoon I had my coffee :) I downed it so quickly I forgot to take a picture! It was a light, frozen vanilla latte. As always, it was yummy. It’s my favorite drink and I have it every day. Next year I need an expresso maker to make it on my own! Coffee drinks on campus are too expensive for my poor college budget…

Drank it way too fast...

Drank it way too fast…

For dinner I also forgot to take a picture before scarfing down a homemade parfait. I used light vanilla yogurt, fresh strawberries, and cheerios as my granola. I loved the combination, and I plant to make it again later this week- this time with a picture though!

After dinner I had a snack wells treat. I love the vanilla creme sandwich cookies. The texture is just what I want. And for not being a vanilla fan, this treat does pretty well for itself. I would prefer Oreos any day, but these sandwich cookies take the cake.

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I met with my bible study for the last time of the year last night… and I’m so glad I didn’t take pictures of the indulgences we had! There was an ice cream sundae bar and special double chocolate cake. I had WAY too much sugar, but I didn’t feel guilty because I know that one meal won’t make me fat. Just like another healthy meal won’t make me skinny. The key is moderation, and I felt like I moderated my intake of the sweets last night :)

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

xoxo

Allison

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Weekend Wrap-Up

First off, I’d like to say my prayers go out to the families and friends and the runners of the Boston Marathon. A true tragedy has occurred today. I can only pray that everyone heals of the injuries, both physically and mentally.

My weekend went by extremely fast, but it mostly consisted of relaxing and eating… Don’t you wish you could’ve joined?;)

Friday I had the opportunity to pull out my old prom dress to attend the Real Life Christian Cru Formal! It was held at the Ohio State Stadium (The Shoe) and was amazing! Ben was my date of course :) We danced the night away in the swanky club in the Shoe. I felt like I was back in high school again. It was definitely a great evening, with fun that will not be soon forgotten.

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Saturday I had every intention of waking up and going to Zumba… then stayed home and watched the Goonies instead. Who doesn’t love that movie?! Later Ben stopped over to hang out and watch me cook.

I attempted to make eggless cookie dough… But it was a fail. It tasted fine, but it was too sugary and lacked the consistency of normal cookie dough. Thanks but no thanks Pinterest for that recipe!

Later I made scones! I got the recipe from EatLiveRun.com. It’s amazing :) They are full proof and mine turn out delicious every time! I use vanilla almond milk instead of heavy whipping cream and use my own mixings- like chocolate chips and dried cherries. Honestly, you could add anything you have lying around.

Scones! So yummy... Never getting them at the store again.

Scones! So yummy… Never getting them at the store again.

YUM!
Later I made a kale salad. I got the recipe off The Chew. I included their picture to see how closely it resembles mine. Overall I loved how the kale tastes. I didn’t include the fruit, and I used walnuts instead of pine nuts. The recipe turned out really yummy and I snacked on it throughout the evening.

Mine :)

Mine :)

Sunday morning I did some more cooking! Before heading to Ben’s soccer game I whipped up a green smoothie. I put banana, orange juice, and kale in it. Ice cubes made it all frozen. It was actually really tasty! Future reference, I will blend it MUCH longer to be extra sure the kale gets ground up. I kept getting little chunks of it it my mouth…

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The rest of the day we explored outside and enjoyed the nice weather.

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Again, no workout Sunday.

My body needed a break… I was feeling sluggish and sore at the end of last week, and the two days off over the weekend was exactly what I needed to get rejuvenated. Now, I’m ready to go!

How was your weekend? Anything exciting happen?

And here's Snickers... In a basket for your enjoyment.

And here’s Snickers… In a basket for your enjoyment.

Did anyone you know run the Boston Marathon? I truly hope they’re all alright… I will keep them in my prayers!

xoxo

Allison

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Happy Tuesday! Sorry I’m a day late with my weekend wrap-up AND my eating clean challenge wrap-up. (It’s exam week for me and studying took priority!)

Eating Clean Challenge: I really think this was a success! It has me now rethinking all the food choices I make. I still have cheats, but I plan them better. I also make sure about 80-90% of the food I eat every day is considered clean. I’m listening to my body’s hunger and making good choices :) Food is for fuel, not comfort. I definitely encourage others to take a test run of eating clean and plan 1 week, only 7 days, of 100% clean eating and see the huge difference it will make!

And now for my weekend…

If you spent time with me Friday you would have enjoyed a nice run outside with me. It was a bit too windy, but overall running felt great :) I also made the trek home for the weekend with Ben.

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Saturday morning I got up bright and early for Zumba. It was my first time dong Zumba using my polar ft40 and I was really pleased. I knew Zumba burned 400-1,000 calories for people, and now I know how many calories I burn. My heart rate was definitely kept high during the entire hour. I was surprised at which moved brought my heart rate higher than others…

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Saturday afternoon I had an awesome time riding the quad with Ben. We were way back in the woods and got to enjoy some of God’s amazing creations. Like waterfalls. Who doesn’t love waterfalls?!

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Later that night I enjoyed a date night… Ben and I met up with his cousin and best friend to enjoy some Chipotle and Fro-Yo. Yes, eating clean at Chipotle was rough, but I went with a veggie burrito bowl without cheese or sour cream… I did put avocado on it! Yum yum! (Sorry no pic… I ate it too fast ;) ) Next was fro-yo, which I always seriously enjoy. I got a lovely mix of strawberry and raspberry.

Sunday morning my family and Ben’s went to church together. Worship was excellent!

The rest of Sunday Ben and I hung out and goofed off… I cleaned up my stuff that I brought home from college (almost time to move home for the summer!) and we went on a walk to enjoy the weather. We even pulled out the golf clubs to practice our pitching :)

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I had a fantastic weekend and hated to see it end. Especially because I have exams all this week.

Till next time!

xoxo

Allison 

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Fun Run Friday

Spring has finally arrived! For people in other states or even other parts of my state spring probably sprung a few weeks ago, but around here, warm weather just now showed up. Yesterday and today the weather has been gorgeous. I’m a fair weather runner, so I decided to skip the gym and hit the pavement.

Yesterday I discovered the beautiful Olentangy River Trail. The trail winds over and beside the river, giving the best views of both the city and the wilderness. I’m so excited that I found the trail (I knew it existed I just finally figured out how to get on it :) ) and I plan on running on from now on!

Feeling fit, feeling good :)

Feeling fit, feeling good :)

I wish I had pictures to show of the beautiful river and wilderness on the trail, but my phone was tucked into its sleeve on my arm and I didn’t want to waste precious time trying to take it out and put it back in. Besides that, I had a good running groove and was hitting my pace very well. I knew stopping to take pics would ruin the run :/

I ran 5 miles yesterday for a fun run- and it was great! I kept my pace between 8 min and 8:30 per mile. That’s the pace I want to run for my half marathon, so I’m trying to adjust to the pace now.

My confirmation e-mail for the half marathon! I'm so excited!

My confirmation e-mail for the half marathon! I’m so excited!

Today for another fun run I hit the trail and did about 3 miles and walked for 3 miles. It was very windy today, and even though there was a higher temperature and sun shining, I felt very cold. So I decided to walk for 3 miles and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes you can’t always hit your goals of running the whole way, but always remember to listen to your body above all else! That’s exactly what I did. The cold made my body hurt, and I took that as a sign to stop pushing so hard and take it a little easier. There’s always tomorrow, right? :)

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Above: My stats from the 5 mile run. I walked before and after running… That explains the time!

My clean eating week is almost half way over and I find myself craving fruit over candy. I love that! I think after this week is up I will definitely incorporate clean eating into my every day life. I’m probably not going to commit to 100% clean after this week, but I think I will stay eating clean for the majority of my meals. I’ll use my “cheats” for any chocolate treats I crave!
I love that this week has helped me realize how bloated I became from eating bad foods. Eating all of that processed junk was really messing with my body and changing the image I had of myself. I knew I was fit and fairly thin, but I didn’t see it so much until this week when I haven’t been constantly bloated and sluggish from the food I eat.

Food is for fueling. From now on I want to keep that in mind any time I reach for food. Is it fueling my body or hindering my progress? If it isn’t fueling my body in a healthy way, than why do I desire to eat that particular food?

Those are all questions I want to keep in mind from now on. I think it will really help to change my perspective of food for the better!
Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Allison

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What I Ate Wednesday

How is everyone’s hump day going? Well mine has flown by! Here’s my mid week update of all the yummy food I’ve been enjoying while eating clean.

Today is day 3 of my clean eating week and I have been feeling really great! My energy is up (even without my coffee… trust me, I’m just as shocked as you!) and I can see that I’m a lot less bloated than normal. By the end of the day I especially notice that my bloating from eating all day isn’t as bad.

Now, everything hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine. I have had some serious cravings. Also, to be honest I had a thin mint slip up yesterday that I would rather not talk about! But, overall I have been doing really well with nourishing my body with clean foods. The coolest thing I’ve noticed is that clean foods keep me fuller much longer!

Side note: Yesterday I enjoyed an amazing veggie burger with Ben at the Union. I don’t know if eating regular red meat again will taste as good after such a much healthier and tastier option like the veggie burger. The visit for burgers was impromptu, as was Ben’s visit to see me. A total surprise that completely shocked me!

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We take the little things for granted like seeing your best friend every day… but when you haven’t seen your best friend for 2 weeks the surprise of them showing up at your dorm definitely improves the week! So, thank you Ben :)

So, I hope everyone takes a look around and says thank you for the small stuff and starts to appreciate everything. It will make your days much happier and you’ll feel the love I’m sure :)

So, here’s what I ate today:

For Breakfast I enjoyed a cocoa rice cake with all natural peanut butter and a banana on top… X2

Breakfast time!

Breakfast time!

Before class I was snacking on walnuts and a cutie! This was also my pre workout snack basically…

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After working out I had an amazing piece of grilled chicken that I then combined with mixed greens, red onion, tomato, and broccoli.

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I was super stuffed after that salad! But I snacked on strawberries pre-dinner.

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For dinner I kept it simple with granola and skim milk… It was actually really delicious :)

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For the rest of the evening I snacked on a rice cake and a cutie… yum!

IMG_4029That’s my day in a nutshell :) Tomorrow I’ll share more about the workouts I’ve been doing this week to get fit and lean for summer!

xoxo

Allison

 

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Weekend Wrap-Up + Eating Clean Challenge

Does anyone else feel like the weekend went by too fast? The Easter celebrating and relaxing didn’t last long enough for me, unfortunately.

My Friday was very simplistic, yet totally awesome. If you spent the day with me, you would have enjoyed a fun day of running errands with my mom and sister. I’ve come to really appreciate the time I spend with them because I know that girl’s days like Friday don’t come around often!

We got lot’s of goodies for Easter Sunday dinner, I got myself a new bikini (it’s almost that time of year!), and I ended the day with an at home workout. We also dyed some lovely Easter eggs, which are in my previous post…

Cute M&M's we picked up for Easter

Cute M&M’s we picked up for Easter

On Saturday I spent the day working. Not the most fun or productive use of my time, but I was happy to earn a little income- which doesn’t happen often. I decided that school would be my full time job during college, but I’m definitely reconsidering that notion.

If you could have spent Saturday afternoon/evening with me you could have joined me on a 5 mile run! Yes, I actually was able to run outside. The weather cleared up into a nice, sunny day. I bundled up a bit and decided to test my endurance. Overall I’m pretty happy with my 9 min. mile pace, but I will improving it to an 8 min. mile pace during the summer.

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Sunday finally came around and I felt so thankful for everything God has been doing in my life. Easter was a day I reflected a lot on how fortunate we are that Jesus died for our sins. The idea that God was so selfless and Jesus was so brave and trusting is almost unfathomable. I feel so grateful to have a loving family and God leading my life!

Wearing my Easter best

Wearing my Easter best

Easter was spent mostly baking and cooking after church…

I tried my hand at Chicken Cordon Bleu! It was Bobbi Flay’s recipe via the FoodNetwork.

Chicken Cordon Bleu ready to serve!

Chicken Cordon Bleu ready to serve!

A look at the inside- Chicken, cheese, and ham all rolled in one :)

A look at the inside- Chicken, cheese, and ham all rolled in one :)

 

I got to pound out chicken with a skillet because we didn’t have a meat pounder, but I think it was more fun with the skillet. It made a crazy racket while I was pounding that meat though…

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Sunday went by quickly and I was happy to spend it with the family. We all had a great day :)

My silly cat standing like a bunny with his tongue out!

My silly cat standing like a bunny with his tongue out!

That brings me to today: the first day of my week of eating clean!
So far I’ve had:

Breakfast of a rice cake with all natural peanut butter

Snack of mixed fruit and a banana pre-workout

Lunch was grilled chicken breast with potato

Snack was cuties and pistachios

Dinner of grilled chicken breast, potato, and corn

My thoughts? I’ve felt really great so far today! I’ll probably have one more snack before bed- either fruit or nuts… or both. I think I more energy during my workout today, and I didn’t worry about being sluggish or getting cramps.

Eating clean is a challenge, but I definitely came prepared for this week!

From home, I packed:

Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Cuties, Rice Cakes, Granola, Strawberries

From school I can get…

Grilled chicken, ham, fat free skim milk (but I’m trying to avoid dairy), vegetables like corn, carrots, green beans, etc.

I think planning ahead is the most difficult part of eating clean, but I’m doing it all from a dorm room, so anyone with a decent kitchen and grocery store nearby shouldn’t have a problem ;)

Grilled chicken and potato from lunch today

Grilled chicken and potato from lunch today

Drinking iced tea since my iced coffee isn't a clean choice for the week

Drinking iced tea since my iced coffee isn’t a clean choice for the week

 

I think eating clean this week will improve my overall energy level AND get rid of any Easter bloating. I’m going through sugar withdrawal now because of yesterday. I figured that if I didn’t eat all my Easter chocolate yesterday, than I wouldn’t be able to for a week. So, I ate a lot. And when I say a lot, I’m talking an overdose on chocolate!
This week of eating clean is exactly what I need to kick my sugar cravings and chocolate habits.

This is all the chocolate I ate... plus some cookie dough!

This is all the chocolate I ate… plus some cookie dough!

 

Day 1 almost over, only 6 more to go!

Anyone else want to take the clean eating challenge? Comment below and pledge you want to be a part-> posting a comment will make you feel responsible and less likely to cheat! ;)

xoxo

Allison

 

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Clean Eating Challenge

After my workout challenge that I had this week, I want to keep up the theme. I have a competitive drive, and that drive helps me to succeed.

So, the new challenge, if you accept it, will be to eat 100% clean for 1 week. This challenge will test my patience and my self control. I hope to have your support AND would love for you to take on this challenge with me! :)

I decided that this challenge would be great after the Easter holiday. I plan to begin my week Monday. I want to try this clean eating 100% thing because I want to see results. All I hear is how great clean eating makes people feel and how great people look from it. Well, I want in on it.

I don’t know if I can eat 100% clean my whole life, but I figure committing for a week will let me test things out and see results. If I like what I see and feel, who knows? Maybe I will be able to completely change my diet and eating habits!

Eating clean will be a serious challenge, but I plan to take it on starting Monday. I chose Monday because I want a few days to prepare and I want to enjoy Easter dinner with my family (without preparing myself a totally separate meal).

To get ready for the challenge I need to do some serious grocery shopping! All fruits and veggies. I will get my meat on campus at OSU because I can generally get fresh meat from there (lots of chicken), but I can’t get lots of fruits and veggies in a great enough variety.

Ready to take on clean eating? Here we go!

Here’s some inspirational clean Easter eats. Hard boiled eggs are amazing, and now you can enjoy them in a fun way!

Put hard boiled eggs in a bag of food coloring and water for 30 min, then take them out and peel the shell off. BEFORE putting them in the bag, crack the shell of the egg in many places, without having the shell come off. (It lets the color in) and VOILA! Pretty eggs :)

Before cracking the shells...

Before cracking the shells…

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Enjoy!

xoxo

Allison

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