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14 Feb

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
                                              - e.e. cummings

Flashback Friday: Kombucha Edition

28 May

The Gauntlet

The first time I tried kombucha was on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Lexington over New Year’s, and E captured it on video. I was a little surprised (and a little awkward) – enjoy!

Why The Heck Not? Wednesday

26 May

Why the heck not….

…have fun with fashion?

….judge a wine by its bottle?

…say yes to chocolate & nut butter…

put yourself out there?

Aba, Aba!

19 May

The internet at the hotel is slooooow like molasses! Don’t they know I’ve got some living to do??? I don’t know that reading what I eat every day or the nutritionals is interesting to any of you, but so far, it’s keeping me a little more accountable. Plus, at the end of the challenge, it’ll be a little easier to point out success (or not). The gym didn’t happen yesterday; I had a rough night, and headed out to sleep on the couch around 3:30 in the morning. E managed to wake me up around 6:30, but after heading upstairs and getting changed, there was some major cramping going on. Switched back to PJs, headed back to bed, and slept for another 4 hours. Once I woke up, I felt remarkably better. Not great, but better. Breakfast was had immediately; Kashi GoLean, Kix and nonfat milk – 258 calories/52g carbs/2g fat/19g protein.

Lunch was around 1:30 – leftover lamb jalfrezi and basmati rice on a whole grain tortilla and vanilla yogurt. I love cold leftovers, so this was perfect, and the lamb got nice and spicy overnight. The yogurt is from Kroger, and while it’s not organic or vegetarian, I appreciate that it’s HFCS-free, which can be hard to find. It’s really low in carbs and sugar, and has 12g of protein – the best part? At 3 for $1, it’s really cheap. Plus, it tastes good! It definitely doesn’t replace the Greek stuff, but it’s in the rotation. 475 calories/44g of carbs/16g of fat/44g of protein.

On the way to pick up my dad and stepmom, E and I munched on mini peppers and carrots – I had 3 carrots and 2 1/2 peppers, for 108 calories/26g carbs/1g fat/2g protein.

We weren’t sure where to take Dad and Caryl, so we went to Joe Fazio’s, a family favourite – who doesn’t like Italian? True story: Ev’s grandpa and Joe were really good friends as kids, and landed in jail when they were 7 for stealing bananas from a vendor’s stand. Every time we go to the restaurant, it reminds me of Grandpa and I get a huge smile on my face!

I had a chunk of canteloupe, a cracker and a dab of housemade pimento cheese spread from the starter plate, a garden salad with no croutons and 1/2 a tablespoon of parmesan peppercorn dressing, a piece of their famous garlic bread, a fillet of broiled grouper with lemon and half of a baked potato with 4 oz. of sangria for dinner. I also had 2 cups of hot tea and a bite of E’s tiramisu for dessert. Yum! 840 calories/85g carbs/27g fat/55g protein.

My parents brought with them a taste of home, per my mother’s recommendation – BAGELS! Montreal’s famous for them, and they’re chewy and delicious, so thanks Mom! My Bubby Selma also slipped in a sweet treat, a box of Lowney’s chocolate maraschino cherries and a handwritten note. They taste kind of like cough syrup, but in a good grandma-kind of way.

One broke in transit, but we each had one as a sweet treat, and it was wonderful. 60 calories/13g carbs/1g fat/0g protein.

It was a looooong day, and we crawled into be way past bedtime. I’m starting to notice that no matter how much I eat during the day, dinner is pretty much always over 500 calories. I get hungrier at night than I am in the day, so I need to start planning accordingly. Daily total? 1742 calories/220g carbs/47g fat/120g protein, or 49.5%/23.5%/27%.

Gotta go hop in the shower; meeting up with the rents at their hotel in a few – the plan for today is some sightseeing, shopping and Chicago tonight. Happy Wednesday!


16 May

Happy Sunday, and welcome to the new site! It’s in a state of transition, so pardon the dust, and please update your readers!

It’s been a crazy week, but a good one, with the days I spend at JamieHuntington’s Kitchen being a definite highlight – how could it not be? That place is pure happiness! The semester’s over, grades have been posted, and I feel like I can breathe again. All in all, a ton of weight feels like it’s been lifted off of my shoulders. Unfortunately, it hasn’t come off my ass. I haven’t lost any weight in a month. I also haven’t gained an ounce, but despite the fact I still fit comfortably into my clothes, I just don’t feel right. With everything that’s been going on, I haven’t made exercise a priority, and my eating is a whole ‘nother story. My life isn’t always about a number on the scale, but add up the lack of energy, insomnia, bloat, and general meh I’m feeling on a daily basis, and a change has to be made.

My 27th birthday is in 26 days, and I’m celebrating by challenging myself, making 7 changes to start my new year off right!

  1. Hydrate! No wonder I feel so blah!!! Most days, I don’t even think I reach my full 8 glasses. So the new plan is to drink AT LEAST 2 liters a day.
  2. Cut the crap There’s a huge difference between eating like a normal person and eating for the hell of it. Food is fuel, and I’ve been running on fumes. So, it’s simple – make better choices. Eat more whole foods, up the protein, and limit sugars and sodium.
  3. Take some Zzzzzz My head usually doesn’t hit the pillow until after 1 a.m., and I’m struggling to wake up in the mornings. Two alarms and a vibrating disc can’t wake me up, and my schedule’s all out of whack. Challenge? Short of being on the town for an event, I’m hitting the pillow before midnight, and waking up at 8 a.m., no matter what.
  4. Make meals matter I’m not eating regularly, so by the time nourishment comes along, I’m hangry and stuff my face. For example, Friday’s meals had breakfast at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 4 p.m. and dinner at 10 p.m. with a snack at 1 p.m. Not bad, but I hit a few walls. New rule? Breakfast within 40 minutes of waking up, followed by nourishment of some sort every 3 hours after, for a total of six ‘meals’. No running on fumes for this gal!
  5. Caffeine-a-no-go I’ve been guzzling on caffeinated beverages like they’re about to go extinct, with Diet Mountain Dew being the king of the castle. It’s no wonder I can’t sleep! I’m not willing to cut caffeine completely, but there’ll be none of that after 7 p.m. No unsweet tea, coffee, or diet sodas; caffeine-free is a-okay, but only 16 oz. per day.
  6. Shake it! Now that school’s out of the way for a little while, I have no excuse not to get physical. The gym needs to become a priority again, so the goal is to exercise 4x a week. It doesn’t have to be inside, but it does need to happen. It could be yoga, swimming, cardio, walking, strength training or what have you – the sky’s the limit. I have a 5k trail walk in a couple of weeks, and if I don’t get back in shape, I’m going to be huffing and puffing.
  7. Smell the roses As E would tell you, I’m a little on the tense side, and I need to relax. I’m giving myself permission to do something relaxing at least once a week, and enjoy the moment.

Looking at the list, everything’s connected – I can’t sleep because I’m tense and full of caffeine, I feel sluggish and tense because I’m not sleeping or exercising and I’m eating like crap. I’ll be checking in every 7 days, with my last check in on June 10th, my birthday. Want to join in and help celebrate my last 26 days of being 26 in style? Leave a comment, and let me know what you’re changing for the next 26 days. Don’t forget, you can still help me reach my goal of 50 to 50 for the Epilepsy Foundation; each comment is now worth a dollar, and I’m 17 away, so head on over and make yours count.