Tuesday, April 1, 2014

being real

Almost two months since I have been here?! Craziness. I feel the need to recap and write about why I wasn't posting (not that anyone cares, but for my journey).
Honestly, this semester has been incredibly hard on me.
Between school work, a new part-time job, family moving, etc., I saw my old unhealthy habits come back with a vengeance. 
There were times that I thought about coming here and writing about it-being real, but it is scary. I am a nutrition major because I LOVE FOOD! and admitting that sometimes I let my anxiety get the best of me is hard. 

This week has been good for my soul. The sun is finally out and shining, and I think that winter really is over-finally! I am motivated to be healthy and happy and not to dwell on the times that I mess up. This winter was looooong and cold. 
Yesterday, my friend Kayla and I went on a long run. She is running a half with me at the end of the month and it will be her first one. We started talking about things that we have been struggling with and it was such a blessing to me. I never knew that we shared some of the same issues, and I don't feel so alone about it.

How fitting that it is April 1, not meaning April Fool's Day, but the first day of a new month.
I am committing April to be a month of HEALTH & HAPPINESS! 
Anyone want to join?!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

baker's guilt

Every single stinkin' time I go home for the weekend, I feel it.
It's baker's guilt and I've got it bad.
Every time I sit down to relax at my parent's house I hear "get off your lazy butt and bake"

You see, who has time to bake at college when there is organic chemistry to be studied?! If I would have known how much I would HATE o-chem I might have changed my major;) 
I have gotten into a habit of only baking this one healthy cookie recipe at school and then baking more when I visit home.  It works but I miss it.
And so I will return to school tomorrow with my nose in my chemistry book, dreaming of the days of homemade brownies.
Every so often I need this reminder: COLLEGE IS WORTH IT! I WILL FEEL BETTER WHEN I GRADUATE IN A MILLION YEARS! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

loving OURSELVES on Valentine's Day

While reading through some blogs about Valentine's Day, it hit me.
This is the first year in three years that I am not sad on February 14.

I am not reminiscing about the three special days that I spent with him, I am not wishing that I was on a fancy date. I am loving my life today and learning to love myself again.

I was so inspired last night while watching the Biggest Loser finale by David who said something like "No longer is my story a sad one".
I feel that way too.
No longer is my story one of a girl who lost herself after her relationship ended.
My story is one of a girl who found herself.
I am optimistic, not pessimistic, about love again.

We all have stories to share.
What makes us who we are.
We all deserve to CELEBRATE and LOVE ourselves-because these stories are beautiful.

So today on February 14, 2014, I am loving myself as well as everyone in my life.
Are you?

Ryan loves you too!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

more snow days.

Last week we had not 1, not 2, but THREE snow days.
With the forecast of more snow storms tomorrow and Thursday, I am praying for no more cancellations! I just want to get the semester going, you know!?

The snow days were nice though...
I introduced my friends to my favorite wintry snack: snow!
0 calories for the win!
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In other news, Valentine's day is always my favorite- whether I am sharing it with a boyfriend, my nanny girls or just girlfriends, it is always a fun day.
This year I am going to a GALentine's day brunch and celebrating with a group of ladies!


all via pinterest

How are you celebrating this year?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Reasons I love being a Nutrition major part 1

Writing a blog post at 6:30 AM on a Sunday morning?
I blame my upstairs neighbors who woke me up with their extremely loud fighting at 3:00. Ugh.
Currently I am 4 cups of coffee deep for the day and well into a few episodes of Gilmore Girls.
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In other news, have I mentioned that I love my major?!
Evidence:
On Friday I made oatmeal for breakfast, put some almond butter and bananas in it and then checked Instagram while I ate. Turns out that Friday was National Peanut Butter Day! Only nutrition majors would celebrate that. Of course I then had to document.
For homework this weekend, one of my assignments was to write a paper about the KitchenAid mixer aka my favorite appliance ever!
And to be educational, I am really enjoying my nutrition through the life cycle class. 
So interesting!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

random thoughts

First day of classes and I come down with a cold!
Ugh, at least it is almost the weekend already.

Here's what's going on in my world...
-I can't wait to make this recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod. Yum!
-Makeover week on Biggest Loser. Of course I cried.

-Eating this with Sarabeth's preserves. Don't like the maple as much as the classic flavor, but it's still good!

As you can tell, nothing huge going on.
Just trying to get straight A's while eating healthy.
How about you?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

dreaming of summer

All of this cold weather has me dreaming of SUMMER!
Even more so, taking spending some time cleaning up my diet from the 5 week holiday break that I was on. Ugh-Don't wanna talk about it.

I am also trying to be a smarter grocery shopper (ha) and be more creative in the kitchen to utilize what I have without breaking the bank.
Today I had a quinoa bowl for lunch-my fave!
I kept it simple with black beans, spinach, salsa and some greek yogurt.

From Pinterest-here's what I want for dessert today: summer fruits!



Berries that are actually in season!
I can't wait.