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    I'm just a 25-year old girl trying to find a healthy way of living after a few years of losing my way. I'm training for a triathlon and learning all kinds of training and eating tips along the way! I am not an expert - just a girl who is trying to survive in a world of temptations and unhealthy habits. These are my adventures. I hope you enjoy reading them! Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions! :)
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How is it only 7 O’Clock?

I hate it when it gets dark early – I really do.  I don’t feel as if I can do as much.  It’s even difficult to go for a walk when it’s so dark.  I know it happens every year – but I can still complain about it!  🙂

Yesterday went well – I made it in time to catch the semi-finals of the diving competition.  The diver I was going to see took fifth!  The competition seemed to be a lot tougher this year.  Overall, the meet went well.  I was able to talk to my friend while we were waiting for the swim meet to actually start.  It’s nice because she’s in a similar program that I’m in.  I felt bad because she’s not loving it – she’s considering not doing the student teaching portion.  I hope she doesn’t, but I know how hard it actually is.

After the meet, we met my friend’s husband at a little Italian place outside of Madison.  It was fun – my friends were locals there.  They knew what was good – which was just about everything.  I had a beer (which tasted GREAT after being in a hot pool for hours) and a small portion of spaghetti with meatballs.  It was good and I didn’t finish it completely.  It was a good compromise – I wanted the carb-loaded pasta, but I didn’t have to eat all of it.  🙂

This morning I stayed in due to a really bad headache.  Thankfully, it was only a caffeine headache (I think).  After I took some Excedrine, I was just fine.  I was worried that I was getting sick.  I didn’t feel right – but I think part of that was because I got a lot of sleep last night.  I made some whole wheat pancakes for breakfast.  We decided that it was going to be a two-meal day.  (Is that terrible?)  We were going to have two larger meals.  For breakfast, it was whole wheat pancakes with bacon and orange juice.  We modified an Alton Brown recipe for instant pancakes.   They were pretty good.  🙂

After breakfast, the hubby and I watched “August Rush” (Mmmm… Jonathon Rhys Meyer) and then decided that we need to do something!  The hubby got a haircut and then we went to World Market.  I LOVE that store!  We picked up some sweet goodies (Dark Chocolate w/ Sea Salt), beer and a container for the pup’s treats.  And then, we decided that we were going to go to Trader Joe’s!  *girlish squeal*

We explored the area around the mall and got some dinner, which was Five Guys.  I have loved that place ever since DC.  It’s cheap and delicious!  I got a little cheeseburger with mushrooms, onions and A-1 sauce.

 

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Five Guys!

It was really yummy and the perfect amount of food.  And then, it was off to Trader Joe’s!  We got all the staples: ground turkey (they have the best!), almond butter, chicken breast, frozen veggies, chicken broth (I got four this time – they have the best and it’s soooo cheap!), oat bran, some pomegranate seeds, etc… etc… I absolutely LOVE Trader Joe’s.  I just wish it was closer to us.  It’s a trek every time we go.  (Okay, it’s not *that* bad, but it’s about 25 minutes away)

We got back and it was dark, but we decided to get a walk in.  I was only at 2,000 steps for the day!  We took the dog out, but some beer in the freezer so it would be cold by the time we got back.  We walked for about 30 minutes.  I was still under my 10,000 steps by about 4,000.  10,000 steps are A LOT!  I never realized it before.  I came close yesterday – I logged about 9,000.  It helped that I took a three mile walk – but that was only about 7,000 steps.  Craziness!

My reward for our walk?

 

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🙂

 

A piece of dark chocolate with sea salt (I should have got 4 bars!  It is sooo good) and a beer.  🙂

Time to watch some DVRed TV and enjoy the night.  I still can’t believe it’s only 7:30.  In a way, it’s kind of nice.  We got a lot done.

Have a nice Saturday!  🙂

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It’s Almost the Weekend!

It has been a crazy few days!

Yesterday I taught my lesson.  Again, my teacher made me nervous before I started.  She asked me as I walked in the door if I was sure that I wanted to teach my lesson.  I really started to feel like she didn’t want me to teach it!  And, right after the bell rang, she proceeded to tell the class that they still have the option to opt out.  I thought she was pushing it a lot – my lesson really wasn’t that bad!  Overall, it went really well.  I had a lot of great questions, and I’m pretty confident that they got what I wanted them to get out of it.  My teacher did compliment me afterwards – I guess I have what “it” is.  (I think Zac Brown wrote the song about me… ) 🙂

Anyway – the rest of the day was spent studying for my exam.  I’m admittedly getting a bit burned out.  I mean, I have been in school since I graduated high school.  Dare I say, almost 8 years ago?!  Yikes!  And then it was off to club swimming where I found out that they are hiring *another* coach.  It doesn’t make me happy.  It means that I’m out of a portion of my job.  I’m starting to think that my time at that swim club may be coming to an end in the next few months.  I don’t feel appreciated.  I was upset about it last night.  We’ll see what happens when the new coach actually starts…

For breakfast today I attempted to make oatmeal.  It didn’t work – I don’t know what I did wrong.  It wasn’t creamy or anything.  Just semi-cooked oats that fell apart.  I think I’ll have to try the steel cut oats tomorrow.  Does anyone have any tips?  I love the stick-to-your-ribs oatmeal.

Today was my exam.  I think it want pretty well – considering the amount of time that I put into studying.  I was lucky that there were two history questions on the exam.  I usually pick those.  He curves the exams anyway.  It shouldn’t be too bad.  🙂

After my exam, I headed to the gym to put in 45 minutes on the elliptical.  It didn’t seem to bother my foot – which is really good news!   I do want to get into an exercise class – I miss kickboxing and spin.  But, I should probably wait a little longer for my stretches to kick in so my foot can heal.

It was Chicken Parmesan tonight for dinner, served with leftover pasta (STILL!) and green beans.  It was really, really yummy.

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Nom nom nom...

I contribute it’s deliciousness to the breadcrumbs I got from an Italian grocery store.  They have the best stuff at the ethnic stores – I go whenever I can.  (It’s usually cheaper too!)  I need to get brave enough to go into a Middle Eastern or Indian store.  I haven’t tackled those just yet.

I picked up a pedometer today – I’m going to try to do the 10,000 step challenge.  I’ll let you know how I do tomorrow!  I’m also starting the 100 Pushups Challenge tonight before I go to bed.  Has anyone tried it before?

Tomorrow I have an exciting day lined up.  I’m off to Madison in the afternoon to watch the Division 2 state swim meet!  A few of my high school swimmers are competing along with a few club swimmers.  It is always jam-packed and a very exciting meet.  I’m going to watch diving – one of my old high school swimmers won last year and she’ll be competing again this year.  Although you get there early, it’s nice because you get a parking spot (it’s hard to find one!) and you are assured a good seat (people are ruthless!).  I’ll stay for about half of the meet and then I’m off to meet an old friend of mine for dinner.  It should be a good – but long – day.

You probably won’t hear from me tomorrow – so have a great weekend!  I’m off to make some cookies for the hubby.  He’s been bugging me – and he promised that he would take the rest of them to work so they don’t sit around here for me to eat!  G’night!