Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Back to School

First day of classes! Last night I was so excited I couldn't sleep. I'm kind of a total nerd.

Being back in school means a number of things. Roomie is back (YAY). I have moved out of my parents' house (DOUBLE YAY). And I have a bunch of fun and exciting classes this semester. I'm looking forward to everything but my math class. I'm convinced that mathematics is some form of dark magic.

Despite a series of unfortunate incidents this morning, I'm still hopeful about this semester and its prospects.

What sort of horribleness occurred this morning you may ask?

Well, I began my day of with a quick 3-mile run. It was raining, which I had anticipated. I usually don't mind running in the rain, as long as the path I'm on isn't flooded and its over 50 degrees outside. What I did not anticipate was coming back to my dorm, and taking a shower with no hot water.

That's right. Begin your morning with a wet run and cold shower. See how you feel.

Then the residence hall housekeeping came by when I was in my towel to check my shower (the room below mine had a leaky roof). Finally I was dressed and ready for class. First class of today went off without a hitch. The class afterwards, however, was a disaster. I had misread my schedule and consequently thought my spanish class was in a different building. Thankfully, I ended up in the right place, but I was 15 minutes late. I hate being late.

But enough bitching complaining. This semester is going to be awesome. Look forward to lots of neat microwave cooking tips and recipes soon. And a few Half Marathon training updates as well. So far so good with my training plan. I promise to post more often this semester!

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's a New Year!

Happy 2012 everybody!

As I mentioned in my Winter Break Goals post last month, I have been planning to complete some sort of "detox" before heading back to school.

The goals of the detox are simply to feel better and have more energy. I feel like a holiday slug.

I plan on doing this by eating mainly raw foods. Lots of vegetables, fruits, raw grains, nuts and seeds! Yummy!

Dinner last night consisted of:

Mixed greens salad with avocado, raw sunflower seeds, and dressing (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sriracha).

Overnight oats with unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds, topped with dried cranberries.

Smoothie made with unsweetened almond milk, milled flax seed, blueberries, strawberries, spinach, and banana.

I doubt every meal I eat this week will be quite as nutritious as this one was, but as long as I do incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies, I will be satisfied.

Oftentimes, it is too easy to get caught up in an all of nothing attitude. My detox is about eating the freshest foods I can this week in order to feel better, not about sticking to a strict regimen. If I have a cup of coffee or eat a cookie, it's not the end of the world or my detox.

Breakfast this morning was more overnight oats with chia and sunflower seeds, and a blueberry, pineapple, spinach, almond milk smoothie. And now, I think I will have some coffee.

I don't necessarily have a resolution for 2012. I have small goals. Run the half marathon in April. Swim, bike, and rock climb more often. Dance always. Ride my bike instead of driving. Lots of small goals to work to the big goal of living happily and healthily.

Happy New Year!