Slow Runnings

Hey there! How’s your Tuesday going so far? I’m dragging this morning. I stayed up too late because I was absolutely glued to all things Royal Wedding on TLC. Judging by Twitter conversations last night, I’m not the only one who’s counting down the hours until the Friday nuptials πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ll save that chatter until the end of the week (but feel free to tweet me about it πŸ˜‰ )

Professional Status

As some of you saw, Cory gave me my first golf lesson yesterday. Cory’s grown up playing golf, and I thought it would be a neat thing to try that would allow me to step outside my box.

I’m really bad at remembering to keep my knees bent and my butt out. It’s an extremely awkward stance, and when I looked at the older men around me, no one else resembled a confused duck quite like myself.

Cory did an excellent job as Coach. It’s not easy to teach someone like me a new trick because I get frustrated. Easily.

I completely missed the ballΒ several times, but to my own credit, I hit some really good ones too. If they got air, they qualified as PGA material πŸ˜‰

Workout and Breakfast

Now that I’m a pro golfer, I felt that a good weight lifting session was in order in this morning πŸ˜‰ I followed up my workout with a phenomenal cereal combo.

Cereal never gets old, friends. Never.

Tonight I’m starting a new volunteer experience, and it’s pretty unique. You’ll never guess what I’m doing. I’ll fill you guys in soon!

Let’s chat Okay, I lied about holding off on the Royal Wedding chatter:Β Have you been sucked in? What’s the last new thing you learned (sport, recipe, party trick..)?Β 


Where the Heck did Tuesday Go?!

Good morning, beauties! Thanks to all of you who giggled at my Break Up post. Clearly, Running and I have a hot-and-cold relationship, but I know it’s impossible to leave forever. I’ll be trotting along and wheezing again in no time πŸ™‚

Tuesday

Yesterday was busy for me – it was 8:30 when I got home, I kept getting sidetracked and blogging didn’t happen! I woke up bright and early for some Legs & Back action with the P90X gang. My work day was rather dull, but my lunch totally made up for it.

Pepper turkey, red pepper, tomato, apple slices, mustard and 1/4 avocado on light rye bread. Grad School Gourmet, ladies and gents πŸ˜‰

I also made a little pit-stop at Target and picked up a new purse (and tried on a million cute dresses)Β Seriously, it’s impossible to walk into that store and leave empty handed.

Obviously I will not be wearing this purse across my chest and holding it’s little handles at the same time – I simply wanted to showcase it’s stunning versatility. Just wanted to clear the air on that one πŸ˜‰

The rest of my day was splendid because I spent it with my parents πŸ™‚ My dad was amazing and came and switched cars with me while I was at work and he went to get my inspection done. That saved me a lot of time! He da best. My mom also found her mother-of-the-bride dress. She looked beautiful!

My parents took me out to dinner at this fabulous restaurant in Old Town called Overwood. My mom and I have concluded that it is impossible to order a bad meal from that place.

I ordered 1/2 a roasted chicken with red skinned mashed potatoes (hiding under the chicken!) and brussel sprouts.

Would you believe that this was the first time in my life that I’d ever eaten brussel sprouts?! I see them all over my favorite blogs and I’ve been itching to try them. I wasn’t disappointed!

I was stuffed by this meal, but I wasn’t feeling too guilty about anything. I was ready to get the check and go.Β Then the waitress uttered the d-word: dessert. We rarely get dessert when we eat out. My mom does not eat sweets of any kind. Ever. It’s insane. My dad on the other hand said, “Sure! Let’s look at the options.” Damn it, Dad. How am I supposed to say no to this?

Goodness gracious. Every bite was pure bliss. What is it about a hot brownie and cold vanilla ice cream? (I don’t touch chocolate ice cream)

Today

I slept in today because I’m planning on getting a workout in before class tonight.

I made myself a big bowl of cereal and it absolutely hit the spot.

1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares, 1/2 cup Honey Nut Cheerios and 1/2 a banana + pinches of Kashi Crisp!, oats, and almond slivers. Perfection.

I hope you have Β a great day, you beautiful people! πŸ™‚

Let’s chat – Do you love Target? I’m obsessed!


Upside Down Oats

How do you screw up something as easy as overnight oats? I don’t know what happened, all I know is that I was so looking forward to some cold oats after my workout this morning.

Thanks to Spring Break, I was able to wake up without an alarm πŸ™‚ I made my way over to the gym and did hill intervals on the treadmill for 25 minutes and ended with 15 minutes of strength and stretching. I really, really wish I liked running. I try so hard. I just do not get any sort of enjoyment out of it. But I do it because I know it’s good for me.

So I got back to the apartment, registered for my summer class, and went to the fridge to pull out my beloved overnight oats. They looked normal, but when I went to stir them up…things weren’t so normal.

Yes, these are my upside down overnight oats. How the hell did this happen? Hmph.

I was borderline hangry, so I fixed up a nice bowl of cereal and enjoyed it almost as much.

Oatmeal squares, Honey Nut Cheerios, a couple Mini Wheaties, half a banana and some mixed nuts. It hit the spot, even if I was a little pouty about it πŸ˜‰

I’ve got to go get ready for the day! I can’t believe it’s almost 10:00 and I’m not showered (TMI?) I’m meeting up with my mom this afternoon to go shopping for her dress for the wedding. It’s been tough – it seems like all the MOB dresses out there are a little too mom-ish if that makes any sense. All my mom keeps saying is “I’m NOT wearing a bolero jacket!” πŸ™‚

Enjoy your day, friends! I’ll catch ya a little later today!

Let’s chat – What’s the last food fail you had? Do you like running? (giveΒ me some tips to trick myself into enjoying it!!) Do you like shopping? I could do it all day, but my mom isn’t so crazy about it.


National Cereal Day!!

Yes, friends. It’s true! Today is National Cereal Day πŸ˜€ This day is meant to celebrate the invention of Corn Flakes by John and William Kellogg in 1897.

While I’m not a Corn Flakes girl, you all know that I can’t function without cereal.

Speaking of cereal, you can make your breakfast go a long way! Cory’s mom let me know about Kellogg’s Share Your Breakfast campaign, and it’s awesome! All you have to do it take a picture of your breakfast and upload it on this site. OneΒ breakfast picture = One breakfast given to a school child who might otherwise go without. It’ll take you 2 minutes, really! All us bloggers out there who snap pictures of our daily eats have no excuse NOT to do this πŸ™‚

I hope you “celebrate” National Cereal Day well! (With lots and lots of cereal, of course!) πŸ™‚

Let’s chat: What’s your favorite cereal today? What was your favorite cereal as a kid?


Valentine’s Day Dilemma

Hey, friends! I hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day – wether it was with a significant other, a friend, or yourself! Spreading a little extra love to any of those perviously mentioned people is always a good thing πŸ˜‰

This brings me to a thought, which I feel could turn into a tangent, so I’m going to choose my words carefully. I was talking to someone-who-shall remain-nameless yesterday about girls in his life treating him badly. He had a Valentine’s Day dilemma yesterday. Let’s set up the scene: He’s the kind of guy who’s nice to everyone, even if you spit on his shoes.He’s a catch, really. The short story is that he and this girl have been on a few dates. He had also bought this chick tickets to a pretty awesome event for last night, only to find out that she had spent the weekend holed up with her ex-boyfriend. My question to you is, should he have revoked the ticket and taken a friend instead (and gotten money for said ticket) – even though it was the day of the awesome event? I’m eager to hear your thoughts!

This morning’s workout was a quick one because I have the longer commute to my other job today. I started out with the plan to do hill intervals (which I really think helped me in this past 5k), but once I started running, my legs were begging me to stop! My calves and knees were so sore – the kind of sore that you should listen to, not just “work out.” I’m not a certified trainer by any stretch of the imagination, but I know that listening to your body is the one of most important things when exercising. If it hurts (ow vs. so good), don’t do it! That said, I ended up doing intervals on the elliptical, which made a world of difference, for 25 minutes.

Breakfast this morning was quick and easy – why break routine, friends? πŸ˜‰

Well, my lovely readers – I’ve gotta jet! I’ll catch ya later this afternoon! Enjoy your morning πŸ˜€

Question for the morning – See above πŸ˜‰


Practice Run

Hey, friends! I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday! I sure am πŸ™‚ I’ve already gotten a practice 5K in, showered, eaten breakfast and now I’m waiting for my friends, Jamie and Emily to arrive!

Emily, Cory, maybe Jamie and I are running in a 5K tomorrow morning, and I’m looking forward to it. If you check out my workout log, you can see that it’s no secret that I’ve been doing more weight training than cardio lately – so I was a little nervous about my date with the treadmill this morning.

But to my surprise, I was able to knock out my 5K in 29 minutes! I know it wasn’t a race, and I know it was on a treadmill, but that’s the best time I’ve ever run 3.1 miles. I walked away from the gym sweaty and out of breath feeling confident about tomorrow’s race. Fingers crossed that it’s “warm” (above 35) tomorrow morning by race time! πŸ™‚

When I kicked off my shoes this morning I noticed that I’m probably in the market for a new set of sneaks.

It seems as though I’ve run the life out of these puppies 😦

Breakfast was the usual cereal combo. I feel silly mentioning this every morning – but hey, it’s my real life πŸ˜‰

I was so caught up in my own self and new toy yesterday, that I didn’t take the time to mention my lunch date with my mom! We were both in Old Town yesterday afternoon, so she took my out to lunch at this fabulous restaurant, Overwood. I got a wonderful salad! It’s not on the regular menu, but along with regular lettuce it was topped with grilled chicken, avocado, walnuts, feta cheese and cranberries with a vinaigrette. It was great – and pretty, too!

The best part? Spending time with my mom πŸ˜€

Well, I’ve got company to go get ready for! Enjoy your Saturday, friends! I hope you have nice weather wherever you are πŸ™‚

Question for the day – I need new running/workout sneakers. Any recommendations?


Food Shortage

What a whirlwind of a day! I ended up not being too worried about missing a workout, because I was walking all over campus today. I decided to face the cold (it wasn’t windy, so it wasn’t that bad!) and walked the half mile to and from work (uphill both ways, in the snow πŸ˜‰ ) I also had a meeting on the other side of campus, so those walks were also enjoyed. Did you have any surprise exercise in your day?

I usually have time to take pictures of my food throughout the day, but not today, folks. I’m glad I snapped a quick picture of my oats this morning! It was a food-on-the-run kind of afternoon: a Larabar here, a few turkey slices there, and pretzels and a Babybel cheese thrown in as well πŸ˜‰

I did get a picture of the contents of my lunchbox before I packed it – although it’s not a very pretty one. Forgive me.

You can imagine my complete and utter horror as I was rummaging through my lunchbox for a mid-afternoon snack and I realized that I did not pack an adequate amount of food for both lunch AND dinner when I was getting ready this morning. It seemed like a lot Β of food at 6:30 AM, but looking back, it clearly wasn’t enough.

Let’s just say I was praising the good Lord when my professor let us out an hour early. You can bet your sweet bippy I scarfed down a nice bowl of cereal πŸ™‚

My night is going to consist of putting assignment due-dates into my planner and reading the DSM-IV-TR. Count your blessings, friends! πŸ˜‰

 


A Few Updates!

Goood morning! I know you were all terribly worried, but just to let you know – I did in fact get enough sleep last night πŸ˜‰

Although I got enough sleep, it doesn’t negate the fact that my alarm went off pretty darn early this morning. I thought about just resetting my alarm for 45 minutes later – but I knew I’d just lay there beating myself up about missing a workout. Hence, it was Cardio X this morning! Yep, Tony and I are back in action πŸ™‚ This is one of the simpler workouts, but I really enjoyed trying the yoga as the warm up. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be!

This is totally random – but do you know what movie I’ve been dying to watch for the one millionth time? A girl just posted about it on Facebook and I fell in love with Leo all over again.

If this does not display Leo at his prime, I don’t know what does. What a little hottie. Do you agree? πŸ˜‰

Okay, breakfast. A sorority sister commented on one of yesterday’s posts about how I put PB&J in lots of things. She’s right. That said, I thought I’d take a break from the good ol’ peanut butter and go with cereal this morning. I know, my breakfast options are so vast πŸ˜‰ Oatmeal or oatmeal squares cereal? Oh, the choices!

I also wanted to point out that I’ve added a new page, 101 in 1001 – just look up to the right πŸ™‚ I’ve seen this idea on several blogs and I decided I wanted to do it, too. It’s a list of 101 things that I want to accomplish in 1001 days (which is roughly 2.75 years). Check it out! There might even be a little incentive for my lovely readers πŸ˜‰ I updated my About Me page as well. Yesterday’s talk of motivation got me thinkin’, so feel free to check that out as well!

Also, I love hearing from you guys! πŸ˜€ I’ve gotten several emails and messages about what you like about the blog, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that! I’d love to connect with more of you, so go ahead and leave comments about what’cha like, what’cha don’t, whatever! πŸ˜‰ If you have any questions whatsoever – please feel free to email me at thelunchboxdiaries@gmail.com

Ta-ta for now!

Question for the day – What’s your favorite movie?


Are You There, Summer? It’s Me, Colleen.

Who didn’t love a good Judy Bloom book back in the day? πŸ˜‰ But seriously, this weather has got to go. It’s depressing when a “nice” day has a high of 48. Personally, it’s the wind that kills me. Plain cold is bad, but manageable (most of the time), but when you throw nasty winds into the mix – all bets are off. I just want to stay inside and not leave until late April.

I just want to be on a beach. Tan. And hot. With a mixed drink.

Needless to say, I felt pretty darn sluggish in the gym this morning. Hmm, I wonder why? πŸ˜‰ I was also sluggish for reasons out of my control: The treadmills were out of order (?!), so I wonder over to the elliptical, which is down as well (?!?) so I was left with the sole treadmill that I usually see older people on – the one that doesn’t go above 5.5ish. I “cranked” it up to 5.7. but the sounds it was making made me nervous. I cut my loses and viewed it as a simple 10 minute warm up πŸ˜‰

Weights it was! I know it was a good workout, Β because it was difficult to wash my hair and put on make up. I’ll take it πŸ˜‰

So today is my last day before classes start. I actually think I’m to the point where I’m more excited than nervous, and I’m ready for everything to start back up again. (Note: I’ll probably regret this statement next week)

Breakfast is on the run this morning – dry Quaker Oat Squares and a banana. Not too exciting.

As a random aside, I know I’ve professed my love for Glee already, but does anyone know when the new season starts?! I’m becoming restless.

Question for the day – What’s your guilty pleasure TV show(s)?


Saturday’s Morning Sweat

There are so many things I love about Saturdays, but two of them are that I don’t need to set an alarm, and I can workout without worrying about if I’m going to make it to work on time. This morning, I did an adapted version of Courtney’s interval workout. It got a good sweat going, that’s for sure! After this I did an easy 15 minutes on the elliptical. A show was on that I was sucked into, so I figured I’d just stay on a machine πŸ™‚

I was poking around on the internet last night trying to find some good strength training moves. I found some, and I thought I’d share them with you just in case your routines needed some revamping like mine do.

  • If you’re looking for upper body moves, click here
  • If you’re looking to tone up your back or “muffin top,click here
  • A quick total-body routine, click here
  • If you’re targeting your glutes, triceps, hamstrings and core, click here
  • If you’re looking to tone your lower body and core, click here
  • If your focus is on your biceps, buns and legs, click here

Let me know if you try any of these sets! I think I’m going to do some tomorrow.

Breakfast is hands down my favorite meal of the day. This morningΒ I had some Raisin Bran and a banana. Although lately I’ve been dreaming of eggs, rye toast and fruit. That’s my ultimate favorite. So simple, yet so satisfying πŸ˜‰

Now that I’ve got my workout out of the way, it’s time to start the day! Cory coaches a youth basketball team, so I’m looking forward to cheering them on this afternoon along with Cory’s parents! We also have some fabulous dinner plans that have me pretty darn excited πŸ™‚

I hope you have a fantastic Saturday! Ta-ta for now! πŸ™‚

Question of the day – What does your favorite meal consist of?