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Man, where have these past few days gone? They’ve flown by so quickly!
Where did I leave off? Oh yeah, Saturday night. These are the munchies I snuck into the movie theatre.


Pistachios (from forever ago- they’re safe), grapes, and carrots. Great snacky foods- not so great movie. Skip Adventureland- all the funny parts were in the commercials and it was pretty boring & slow moving. I usually like movies like that, but not this one.


I honestly don’t remember much about this day, but here are the eats.

DSCN0489Breakfast: Oatmeal with Clif Bar crumbles

DSCN0493Lunch: Jamba Juice Strawberry Nirvana & Oatmeal w/banana slices

DSCN0498Dinner: Broccoli, Sweet Potato, and Cajun Catfish

DSCN0500 I’ve only eaten and like Salmon before, but felt like being brave and bought some catfish at the store. It was pretty good, I’m still not used to the fishy texture- but definitely could get used to it!

Snacks: unpictured, and I don’t remember what they were, but I’m sure it included lots of grapes


DSCN0515Breakfast: Oatmeal with caramel chip trail mix

DSCN0516 Lunch: Cosi signature salad, tomato-basil soup, & 1/2 whole grain bread

DSCN0518 Snack: Fruit Bowl

DSCN0519 Another snack: Chocolate Chip cookie, Newman’s Own PB cookie, a few Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups

DSCN0523 Dinner: Applebee’s Apple Walnut Chicken Salad w/o bleu cheese

DSCN0525 Nighttime Snack: Grapes!!


DSCN0526 Breakfast: Bear Mush Cereal. I had never heard of it, but saw it at the grocery store & thought it looked interesting. It’s hard red wheat & I cooked it just like oatmeal. The consistency was pretty mushy, but I guess that is kind of a given with the name 😉

DSCN0529 I didn’t love it, but the verdict is still out- I think I need to get used to the texture just like I did with oatmeal.

I started school yesterday so lunch was eaten in my car before class.

DSCN0531 Grapes & Yogurt

DSCN0534Salad with grapes & carrots

DSCN0537  Apple while studying (It’s sooo true about being more hungry when you are using your brain!)

DSCN0538 Snack: Clif White Chocolate Macademia Nut Bar I had been reading about forever in blogland and finally found. It was very good like everyone’s said- but pretty sweet. Definitely a great treat to keep me entertained in class.

DSCN0542 Dinner: Everyone had already eaten or wasn’t hungry so I was on my own and tired after my first long day at school so I just made a turkey sandwich, sweet potato, & reheated Cosi soup.


DSCN0546 Dessert: 2 bowls of unpictured grapes, Trader Joe’s flattened banana, & a yogurt pretzel

So, as you can see things have been busy and eats have been pretty boring. Times like these make me admire food bloggers more and more. My aunt and Gramma came into town today so we have been hanging out with them and don’t know what is up for the rest of the day. I just know I have some homework to do before the day is over- oh the joys of being back in school. It is good to be back though and now I’m moving on with my life! I am so excited to become an RD someday or be in the health/nutrition field, so I just have to keep that in mind and it will be all worth it. My statistics teacher mentioned RD’s and health professionals since it’s geared towards health science majors and that alone made me excited. I can’t wait to actually be in classes relating to my food science and nutrition major!

Well happy humpday everyone, it’s all smooth sailing from here!

I’ll leave you with pictures of the red velvet cupcakes I made on Chris’ request the other day:

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Even too ripe for me…

The timings of my meals have been pretty screwed up lately, but I guess that’s what happens when I don’t have a job or school schedule to stick with for now. (Only 3 more days until school… eek!) Dinner last night was simple but enjoyable. I wasn’t feeling too creative so I went with the classic dinner at my house: chicken and/or salmon on the grill, vegetable (asparagus), and sweet potato.


My Plate, with no foods touching of course 😛DSCN0461

Sweet potato! I swear I could (and practically do) eat one every day.DSCN0463

Altogether, eaten at the “bar”/counter. My dad & I watched the end of Biggest Loser and Unwrapped while we ate.

I had been thinking about frozen yogurt all day, so after we cleaned dinner up I asked my dad if he’d like to come watch me eat some. I prefer to have company when eating, especially dessert. He just likes to go and sample all the flavors since it’s serve yourself and they don’t seem to mind. I made myself a delicious combination of my favorites.


Yogurts: Peanut butter, Cake Batter, & Chocolate

Toppings: butterfinger, carob chips, reeses crumbles, cookie dough, mini-non perils, BANANA SLICES 😀


It hit the spot and was the perfect ending to my relaxing Friday night. Afterwards, I headed over to Chris’ to spend the night there and may have snacked on some of his curly fries from Jack in the Crack. hehe.

Chris and I sort of have an odd living arrangement for the fact that we live together but switch off nights between his parents house and my parents house. It’s pretty cool but sometimes can be a pain when we forget things at one house or whatnot, but it works out the majority of the time. The last 2 weeks though his family has been out of town and their house is too big and creepy to stay there alone, so we spent every night at my house.

Well, this morning I was rummaging through my food cabinet they let me keep at his house (stocked with the essentials: Kashi cereals, oatmeal, a vast array of nut butters, & bananas when I’m there since they disappear super quickly at his house).

Don’t get me wrong, I love ripe bananas and love when they get spotty for their sweetness and softness. I also get excited when they get old because it’s instant baking opportunity. However, the banana I found this morning was even too ripe for my liking:


I laughed pretty hard when I found this and thought it had to be documented. I completely forgot I had left a banana in there for 2+ weeks… oops!

Luckily, I had brought a banana perfect for adding to my oatmeal this morning.


Much better 🙂


This morning (afternoons?) oatmeal had a nut theme goin’ on:

-1/2 cup oats, water, chocolate almond milk

-banana, cinnamon

-1/2 TBSP chopped walnuts, cooked in

-heaping spoonful of Barney Butter on top

-1/2 mini pb clif bar crumbled on top

I’d definitely recommend this on top, it was perfect. Nothing better than the peanut butter/banana combo in my opinion.

Today’s agenda includes hitting up the gym after this post for a quick sweat session & then a day full of clothes shopping- yay! I need new clothes pretty badly.

Hope everyone enjoys their Saturday, any fun plans??

Dark Chocolate Dreams

I woke up abruptly this morning when Chris realized he had set his alarm for the wrong time and instead of 7:50 it was 8:50 and he had 10 minutes to get out the door. I quickly ran downstairs to make him some breakfast for the road & a snack. I usually make him a smoothie as well, but instead I just poured him some OJ in a to-go cup. Hopefully he’ll make it on time for his accounting test!

I woke up in the middle of the night with a huge craving for a cinnamon roll- it was strange. I must’ve been dreaming about them, but when I woke up all I wanted was some chocolate-oatmeal. After he left I made myself a decadent bowl of oats.


Chocolate-Inspired Oats:
-1/4 cup oat bran

-1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk, 1/2 cup water, cinnamon

-1 small banana

-.25 oz of pecan bits cooked in (inspired by Tina)

-1 TBSP New trail mix topping (almonds, choco chips, caramel chips)

-1 spoonful of Dark Chocolate Dreams PB


I loved the new trail mix on top & the pecan addition. It felt like I was eating dessert for breakfast.

Today I was originally going to go with my Dad up to Los Angeles to pick up Chris’ family from the airport since he’s in school all day, but his mom just called me and said they have a 3 hour delay out of Washington, D.C.–ouch! Looks like Chris will be able to pick them up after all, which frees up my day. I really need to clean, organize and finish decorating my room… I just need to find the motivation to do so. 😛

Party in a Bowl

Have I mentioned how much I love my bread maker?! It’s sooo simple and easy. I did make pizza dough in it the other day (thanks for the suggestion, Sarah)which turned out perfect. I just forgot to photograph it because we were in a hurry that night. Last night I made more cinnamon raisin bread with a different recipe and I think this one turned out even better.


I toasted and buttered a few slices for Chris this morning on his way off to work and had a small slice for myself. Yumm


But of course I couldn’t skip my oatmeal- I was craving a fun mixture today so I went with my trail mix oats in my new bowl. I love adding the trail mix on top because it feels like a party in a bowl.


-1/4 cup oat bran, 1/2 c water, 1/2 c skim milk

-1 large banana, 1/2 added in beginning, half added towards end

-dash of cinnamon

-1 Tbsp PB on spoon

-2 Tbsp Trail mix topping


I love how it gets while eating it- when the chocolate pieces melt and get all mixed in. It looks like a pollock creation or if you stare at it long enough it sort of becomes gross looking. It was delicious nonetheless & I enjoyed every bite.


Shortly after I was craving some fruit so I had a banana and some grapes. 


Like the cute bowl my mom painted? It’s adorable but took her at least 4 hours! She’s such a perfectionist when it comes to pottery painting and gets so serious and focused- it’s quite funny and cute.

I’ve been having a great morning. I woke up to 2 very sweet e-mails from Sarah and Louise, my sister, about my last post. Thanks, guys, you are the best 😀 I feel so much better and am going to write a quick note back to the girl today just to let her know I’m fine and I am going to slowly let our friendship go. It really doesn’t have much to do with her e-mail, just what I’ve been feeling for a long time. Plus she’s getting married in 2 months so I’m sure things will be changing a lot anyways. Once I do that, I think I will finally be done with this thing that I made way too big of a deal about. Oh well, you can’t help how you react sometimes I suppose but thanks again for everything.

My plans for today are to continue to be a lazy bum and enjoy my last week before school starts. (Gotta enjoy it while you can, right?!) I have dinner plans tonight with an old friend from high school that I haven’t seen since I moved back to Cali. It should be good to catchup with her. Hope everyone’s having a great Wednesday!

P.S. I know the mind is powerful, but dang my legs are sore today!!

The Power of the Mind

The brain is a lot more powerful than I often realize. This weekend I was in some sort of funk. I was feeling like a complete bum and had little motivation to exercise or eat healthy, which is really unlike me. It all started with an e-mail from my “friend” that I let get to my head and affect me way too much.

The girl and I were best friends in middle school and then she moved away after 8th grade and we’ve kept in touch through e-mails and infrequent visits. I saw her over the summer and just felt like she had changed a lot and we weren’t as close as we used to be. We’ve still kept in touch through e-mail though and I never told her I was feeling uneasy about our friendship. After my sprint triathlon I sent pictures to my family & to her to let them know what I was up to and I was also proud of my accomplishment.

Everyone who I sent the pictures to wrote back with really sweet responses- saying how healthy and happy and fit I look and how proud they are of me. The e-mails made me really happy and I even saved them. This is the response I got back from my “friend”:

Speaking of working out and such… Ashley, I love you to death, and I don’t want you to get mad at me, but I’m worried about you. I definitely think you’ve done a great job with working out and changing your eating habits, but I honestly think you may have lost too much weight at this point. I already told Shane I was kinda worried about how tiny you were when we went to the beach this summer, but when I saw the pictures of you at the triathlon I really got worried. There’s one picture where your hands are really clear, and your hands don’t look like a normal 20 year olds… they look really bony, almost like an elderly persons hands. I’m not saying this to be mean, and I don’t think you’re anorexic or anything by any means, I’m just afraid that maybe you aren’t getting enough protein in your diet or something for the amount of exercise you’re doing. Not only did your hands worry me, but in almost every picture I could see the bones in your arms/shoulders, and not the way it looks on most. The definition of the bones was too clear in my opinion, and like I said I’m not trying to be mean, I’m just worried about you. I love you though, and I really hope you’re not mad at me, I’m just concerned.

Immediately after reading this I broke out into tears. I was just hurt, mostly by the part about my hands. It flashed a picture of myself as an old, wrinkly, skinny anorexic person in my head. It made me felt like I was a freak or had a problem. I see pictures of anorexic people or super skinny celebrities and think “yuck.” I don’t want to look like that and I never started my weight loss to look super skinny. Sure, I wanted to lose weight and be happier with how I looked, but my main focus has always been health. So for someone to tell me I didn’t look healthy really upset me.

My dad and Chris read it and calmed me down, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. I ended up going on a huge binge that night; I’ve never binged like that before and it was not a fun experience. I didn’t let myself feel guilty though and just went to bed and called it a day. I just was surprised at how I acted.

I still haven’t responded to my friend and I don’t know what to think. Our friendship was already tainted in my eyes before and this just made me think she doesn’t really care about me. I understand being concerned and she hasn’t seen me lose the weight on a day-t0-day basis, but to me it just seems like she is jealous or something. She didn’t even congratulate me on my triathlon. I know deep down I’m healthy and don’t have a problem, it just made me mad and sad how she put it. I don’t know, but I really never thought I would be that hurt that someone said I was skinny. I always heard it’s just as bad to call someone skinny as it is fat, but I never understood it. Now I do.

I feel better since everyone’s reassured me that I look fine and am healthy and doing it right. My friend is probably the one who actually has a problem because she eats a ton of junk and has a big stomach and people often ask her if she’s pregnant. I’ve re-read the e-mail a few times and don’t think it was as bad as when I first read it & I even looked at the pictures again to see what she was talking about and see if maybe I really am too skinny. The pictures I think she’s talking about my hands actually do make them look really freaky. After the bike ride it was freezing and raining and my hands were absolutely numb, so in the pictures they are vain-y and bony and don’t normally look like that. It’s a funny picture to begin with:

Anyways, sorry I just had to get that off my chest. Anybody have any thoughts or similar experiences?

On to happier things… I ran the farthest I’ve ever ran today! 8. 25 miles! I planned on doing 6-7 miles and felt good so kept going. I kept thinking how it’s all in the mind, my body was fine and I just kept going. I really want to do a 1/2 marathon in Laguna Hills on memorial day but the things holding me back right now are are pretty much all fears. It’s 55 bucks which is kinda a lot just to run, but I really loved the tri experience and would love to do another race. I’m scared of not being able to finish, getting tired of running while training, or hurting myself from trying to do too much. I think I should get beyond those fears though and today showed me that I physically can do it (most likely) and will have 7 weeks to improve my mileage.  It would be awesome if I could run 13.1 miles because I feel so great that I ran 8.25 straight and never thought I would have been able to do that in my life.

Oh and since I originally intended this to be a food blog, here’s some of my food pictures from the last few days 😛

DSCN0380 Oatmeal topped with banana & PB drizzle

Love the bowl like Tina’s!

DSCN0364Oatmeal w/pb & chocolate chipsDSCN0370 Strawberry/Craisin SaladDSCN0371 Arnold Thins (that I’m savoring) with PB & Banana

That’s all for now, until I decide to randomly post again 🙂

A bit overzealous


I have been loving biking lately- I’ve been hooked on cycling/spinning classes for a year now and a few weeks ago I finally got a bike that I could use to get around town. Well, the last week or so I have been really putting it to good use and today was definitely the most by far- it might have been a little TOO much, but it was still fun.

I started my day by cooking my oatmeal and packing it up to eat at the gym. I have to get there so early to get a bike now that I just eat in the locker room most days that I cycle.


-1/2 cup rolled oats, water, unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1 medium banana


sweet potato raisin muffin crumbled on top

I loved the muffin on top! Afterwards my belly felt a little full I wasn’t sure if it would give me problems cycling immediately afterwards, but I ended up being fine.

After a great spin class with the same instructor from yesterday, I rode my bike to Kmart for some necessities and spent some time wandering the aisles. Then I stopped by Jamba Juice to put my gift card from Christmas to good use. I love their steel-cut oatmeal but since I already had oatmeal this morning I was just going to stick with a smoothie, but when she asked if I wanted oatmeal or a baked good for $1 I couldn’t turn it down.


I was halfway through before I remembered to take a picture. I got it with banana slices on top & no brown sugar crumbles. They called them “crumbles” but they are more like huge clumps of sugar.


I also got a sixteen strawberry nirvana and a banana. I love putting slices on top of the smoothie and eating it with a spoon.


All together & enjoyed on a bright, sunny, beautiful California day!

I was pretty exhausted at this point as I had already been gone from the house for 3 1/2 hours and started to regret my biking adventure. But I trudged on home and felt very accomplished, but exhausted. Still after my big Jamba lunch I came home hungry. I grabbed a pink lady apple and some carrots since my lunch lacked veggies and slathered them with my fake pb. 🙂


Well I’m pretty beat- but I definitely had a fun morning and blasted lots of calories so I am not making any promises for photographing my intake today- I’m sure I’ll be ravenous all day and I might be at the gym again with Chris later for his workout- so we’ll see! Happy Friday!

Sweet Potato Raisin Muffins


I bought some canned sweet potato a while ago to use in my oatmeal, hoping I would like it better than the pumpkin oatmeal that everyone on their blogs raves about. It was better than pumpkin, but still not my favorite. So I had a whole bunch of canned sweet potato and decided to use them to create a muffin recipe. I looked at a few of my favorite muffin/bread recipes as a guide for the recipe, but created it on my own; which I was proud of because that’s a first for me.

These weren’t the most delicious muffins I’ve ever had (I think I’ve decided I just like more traditional forms of sweet potato) but I was proud that they stuck together like muffins and were fairly good. And super healthy of course.

Sweet Potato Raisin Muffins (makes 24 mini muffins)

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp baking poder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp sugar/splenda mix

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup canned or cooked sweet potato

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 egg

1/2 cup skim milk

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup raisins


1. Preheat oven to 350 F & grease muffin pan

2. In a food processor, process oatmeal until flour-like

3. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl & wet in another. Pour wet into dry and mix.

4. Fold in raisins

5. Spoon dough into muffin pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Like I said, I was proud of myself for how they turned out considering it was my first real recipe I created on my own. I think what throws me off about these is that I don’t like the sweet potato flavor much in other foods I’ve learned. The texture was good and they were very moist & fluffy. I like that they weren’t too sweet so they would be good for a snack or breakfast.