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test day – will school ever end?

Yes, I am sore from the spinning class. Yes, I am sick of studying. Yes, I am eager for the weekend to come. So this morning was uneventful. Same routine I have been having lately, coffee, gym, heading to the hospital for half days. Actually I had to really study before I went to ACLS today since I was being tested, or so I thought. As usual, I was an overachiever and could have slacked off and still passed easily, but that’s not my style, so I did the practice test this am and read the entire book given to us yesterday (nerd alert – haha). What I did enjoy this morning was the Olympic final women’s soccer game (USA vs. Brazil), even though the USA played like CRAP. They won in overtime 1-0 and after they scored early in the first overtime, I could barely breathe the second period, I was so nervous. I didn’t want to leave the gym, even though my work out was over because the overtime was still going on…in the end I watched the rest at home, because I felt guilty for not studying. My work out was a 60 minute elliptical session, with changing intensities to keep me on my toes. It was fine because I did spinning the day before, so it wasn’t as repetitive as my past cardio.

Moving on – here’s my lunch. I wasn’t that hungry (odd since it was nearly 12 and I only had half a cup of coffee).
I made soy bacon (5 strips) and used the fat end piece of the whole wheat bread that Kyle bought yesterday to make an open faced sando with smart deli “turkey” and soy bacon and honey mustard. Note: I had an extra bacon strip that I gobbled up before it made it’s way to the sandwich 🙂 Then I finished my practice test and decided I should have the way overly ripe pluot before it turned into jam sitting in the fruit bowl!


Yes, that’s the sink I am eating it over – that’s how JUICY it was!!
Hooray, I passed the ACLS test with flying colors. I am a smarty pants, I know. I treated myself to a Bruno’s iced coffee after (stomach was growling by then!!) and then headed uptown to meet Kyle. He was fresh out of a hair cut appointment, so I walked him to get his dinner and then back to work. Still, a fun treat to see him mid-day. Then, I walked all the way back home doing errands on the way. I got a few things for dinner too, including organic mixed salad, organic alfalfa sprouts, organic dried cherries, organic raisins, and the same amazing Gary Null’s veggies burgers. I had been craving the sprouts all day and I thought one burger would be good protein to mix into the salad. I used all the ingredients (see below) and it was FILLING!

Look at that beautiful final product (salad dressing was vinegar, milk, honey mustard all mixed together). Mmmm…oh and I had an apple later for dessert.

a half-day of “work”

So this was a picture of the lunch I packed the night before. But all I brought to work with me was the apple and the dried soy beans. I also stopped on the way to work to get a HUGE bag of my newest obsession (yogurt covered raisins).


Anyways, let’s start from the beginning – back to the early am…so I got up with the sun (just kidding it was like 8). But after so many days of no alarm, it was my first rise and shine in a while. I was excited at the idea of being on my new medication and NOT waking up with the immediate onset of terror, scared of what the day would bring, and how my GI tract would/would not be able to handle it (and let’s be honest, it would not). I have been feeling so great lately, like a normal person. And today was just as great! I had a mug of coffee misto (ff milk), and I don’t even think I finished it all. I swear, stopping birth control has completely returned me to normal. My appetite is more normal and I am not crazy hormonal, or wanting to stuff my face with food every second of every minute of every hour…you get the point. So nice to be getting better. Did I mention yet how glad I am to be feeling so normal?! Anyways, I had some time before I started work, since I knew I was going to wait until after work to go to the gym, so I watched the Olympics, studied ACLS, and then got ready to go for my half day of work. I wasn’t really wanting lunch yet because it was still only 11 when I left, so I did some errands knowing that I could get something while I was out and eat it on the subway. I dropped off my other prescription and went to our whole foods (to pick up the yogurt covered raisins as I mentioned I did before). God I love those little things. I also picked up a cup of fresh fruit at the market. It was a pound of fruit consisting of apple slices, grapes, kiwi, and melon (honeydew and cantaloupe). Actually there were also orange and grapefruit pieces that I threw away, no shock there, right? I ate a few pieces on the subway, but that proved way harder than I thought it would be. So I went to Bruno’s (my second favorite place besides whole foods) where I got a snapple and ate the rest of the fruit (and a handful or four of yogurt raisins). No picture since I was out and about…
Work was so easy. I never even had any patients, really, until 5 pm. So I ate my snacks throughout the day (apple, dried soy beans, and yogurt raisins). I got out of work early too, so I arrived at the gym at 7 on the dot, and since I was feeling impulsive, I made a daring decision. I joined the spinning class!!! I was nervous but excited. The class instructor was so great though, she helped me set the bike height, taught me the positions, and told me the proper technique and kept me motivated throughout the class. It was only 45 minutes, but it felt like the perfect length of time. I was sweating like a mo fo!! I loved the way she talked through it, telling us what was coming up, telling us when to rest and recover our breathing and get hydrated, and still pushing us to really work ourselves. So great!! I may have to make that a new part of my weekly work out regimen because I am sure it was so good for my body to have a change up after so much of the same old same old. I stretched after and did some abs, but mostly I was done after the spinning class. Whew! I bet I will be soar tomorrow.


When I got home I made myself a nice healthy dinner. I bought a tub of carrot and celery sticks at Barzini’s along with another vegan “chicken” spread. It is kinda a given that I have at least one container of this vegan spread in the fridge at all times…the stuff is SO good. Still, I always get the same kind. I’m such a wuss because they have all these options of spicy, dill, curry and tons of other flavors, and yet, I have only ever tried the “chicken” and “turkey” flavors. They are all vegetarian and vegan and require NO preparation time (2 thumbs up for healthy ready to eat products). Anyways, I used that spread and then added raisins (regular and golden), ff ricotta cheese, ff Fage, and honey mustard. Then I dipped the carrots and celery in it. It was SO yummy. See the final spread all together (from the separate ingredients) below.

I didn’t even have dessert I was so content after that dinner. Plus it was a bit late, since I went to the gym after work. I still managed to stick to my no eating after 10 rule though.
Off to bed early, hooray!

ACLS – psyche!

Coffee, see photo, was good. What was even better was that I enjoyed the company of my boyfriend while having the coffee…that is rare, so it was quite a treat! I didn’t even finish one cup (see the picture is actually the rest of the not drunk coffee). I pretty much hit the gym up right after the coffee and decided to try to jazz up the routine. I only barely changed my elliptical work out, but it did feel different, and thus better. I went for the random setting, which wasn’t as random as I wanted, but still was better than the boring plateau I have been on. I’m going to still keep trying new things, but atleast I think this work out focused on a variety of muscle groups as it changed heights and resistances. So then I did some stretching and ab work, and actually got a few different ideas for new activities by watching the trainers (toe touching with a weight while balancing on one foot, etc.). Maybe I will try that tomorrow?

LUNCH!!! (steps 1, 2, & 3)

Deliciousness!!!
I went with an open faced vegetarian “chicken” spread on Ezekiel bread with ff Fage and avocado layers. This is the usual spread I get at our whole foods, and it was just as good as I remember. Maybe one day I will have the courage to try one of the spicy flavors or Cajun ones or salsa flavored. Then again, probably not – because I am a chicken and a creature of habit.

I also had this perfectly ripe, juicy, cantaloupe at lunch. It was SO perfect, I was in heaven. Unfortunately, I then had to get my butt in gear and head to ACLS. I packed myself lots of food and snacks because I knew I was going to be there from 2 til 10 pm. So I brought the last of the yogurt covered raisins, along with plain raisins. I also made a sandwich with smart deli “turkey” and ff Fage, honey mustard, and organic baby romaine lettuce. I had lots of other snacks too, but in the end, the class ended at 5, so all had to snack on during the whole time was the raisins. For dinner I used the sandwich I had already made and added some fat slabs of baked tofu I got at whole foods in Columbus circle on the way home. I decided that getting off work early was a rare opportunity and took advantage by meeting up with Kyle at his work, then we both walked to whole foods to get din din together (or at least additional ingredients for my uneaten lunch).
The sandwich was great, especially with the added height and taste of the baked tofu. I LOVE baked tofu. Love love love it. So much so that I made myself a second one open faced with only ff Fage and Ezekiel bread. But after 2 bites I realized it was going to be too much and the flavor of the Fage and the tofu alone didn’t really work. So I just ate the tofu (see below).

And then I had dates for dessert. Like 15. or so. I think I am sleeping in tomorrow. Gym after work so I can get a bit of shut eye. Hast luego!

fluids, fluids, fluids

Yep that’s the name of the game. Fluids. Today was a fairly productive day, as far as days off go. Although the day’s news was mostly bad, (GI appt, OB/GYN appt, employee health appt since I had to get clearance to return to work…) I am still optimistic that I have now hit rock bottom and from here on it is only going to get better. So, that said, I started the day off nice and early today (had to compensate for yesterday’s sleep in) with an ff misto/latte with homemade starbucks coffee and a new type of milk. They were out of the skim plus lactose free kind at the grocery store last time I went so I went for the next best thing. It is antibiotic free, no hormones added – so even though it isn’t organic, it is almost as good. I only had one cup rather than the typical 2, also I am out of vanilla ff creamer, so I used a bit more milk than usual instead, which is why I surprised that I only had one cup.

Isn’t that a delish looking mug full of caffeine love.

Then I had a handful of dates before I headed off to start the day outside the apartment. I didn’t take a picture though, sorry!

After my doctors’ appointments, I was kinda bummed out, so I decided to treat myself to some sushi. I got this yummy roll at our whole foods and it is vegan, wheat free, and very good. I have had it before so I knew exactly what it tastes like. It is made with organic brown and sweet rice, organic carrots, organic kale, toasted nori, texturized vegetable protein, and some other good stuff. It wasn’t quite enough to fill me all the way so I popped a few more dates in my mouth and then I was good to go.

Another view…

Also, the doctor told me to increase the fluids in my diet (hence the title of this entry) so I had a Snapple and propel water with lunch. I am trying to be a good obedient patient after all. Then after lunch I headed right back out for more errands. I stopped on the way home and bought myself a pretty bracelet at urban outfitters as a present for getting through the day (after the kind of exams I had to have, I think I deserve a little gift). By the time I got back home I needed a little pick me up before I went to the gym. So I had some more of the yogurt covered raisins I got yesterday as well as some dried cherries. The dried cherries were WAY good. Even though they kinda make me feel full (code for bloated), they are totally worth it because they are so good, especially between handfuls of the yogurt covered raisins.

I know I forgot to take a picture (again), but I had already downed them! They were THAT good…

After that little snack, I was good and ready to hit up the gym, so I waited an hour to digest, and then hit the road to run my heart out. My work out was fair, again. I don’t know what is wrong with me lately, but I feel like I’m not getting the work out I used to. I maybe need a change up in routine or something, I feel like I have hit a plateau with the elliptical. I need to inject some life into my work out somehow. I am still pondering taking classes, but I am nervous about looking like an idiot and I also don’t want to make reservations, which are required at most of the classes and times I am interested in. It is too much of a commitment for me, I need flexibility in my gym time and also bathroom allowances! Either way, I have to find something new and soon. Blah can only last so long before it turns to bored. And I have the 10K coming up, so I really have to get my buns in gear. I don’t want to get my ass handed to me on the 31st – and that is super important!

Here is my masterful dinner creation. It is a salad of organic baby romaine lettuce, tofu, carrot slaw, and dried cherries. The rest of the tofu is below, which I put on the second plate of the same salad I made. It was quite good. I used plain balsamic vinegar as dressing. It will be a repeat dinner in the future, I can guarantee it.

Laundry under way and Olympics playing in the background, I began thinking about what dessert should be for tonight. And, yes I had even MORE fluids at dinner too. Snapple and propels aplenty.
Dessert=dates…mmm…