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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:

DSCN0505 DSCN0513 DSCN0506



My clothes shopping ended up being pretty unsuccessful. The only pair of jeans I  liked had a broken zipper and no others in my size, ugh. It’s okay though, I did get 4 bras for $40 & realized my aunt and Gramma are coming next week and they like to go shopping so maybe they’ll go with me.

My gym workout was good- I did 45 minutes on the Stairmaster & 15 minutes of free weights for arms & abs. When I got home Nikki (Chris’ sister) asked if I wanted to go for a bike ride. Since it was a beautiful day & all I went with her on my crappy old purple bike that I keep at Chris’. Dang it was torture compared to my new bike, but we took it slow and it was quite enjoyable. I stopped at a grocery store on trip because I was having a hardcore apple craving.


I was on my own for lunch & shopping since Chris went out with his friends for sushi. There was no food at the house so I stopped by souplantation and made myself a salad to go.


  • spinach/dark lettuce/iceburg
  • green peppers
  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • radishes
  • chickpeas
  • raisins
  • wonton strips/croutons

I was craving salad really bad and this was great, except that I ate it in my car. I really need to get over my eating alone in public thing.


I got a Strawberry Nirvana from Jamba Juice during my shopping trip. I ordered a small, but I guess it came out big. Hey, I don’t mind 🙂


When I gave up came home from shopping, I had a Sarah-inspired snack of yogurt w/granola & 100 cal kettle corn. I also had some carrots to up my veggie intake.


And I couldn’t go a day without grapes. These were extra good and crunchy too.

Turns out I am going to get to see Adventureland after all! Chris and I are going in about an hour, yay! Hope it turns out to be funny, not just stupid. It looks like it could go either way. I’m sure I’ll be sneaking some more snacks into the theatre, I love doing that 😀

Call Me Betty


I finally finished baking the apple pie that I started making the dough for two days ago. The only healthy thing about this pie is that it contains apples, but I was making it for my boyfriend and Dad and wanted to make sure they enjoyed it.

I felt like such the little Betty Crocker pulling this out of the oven. The top got a little burned, but it still looks pretty good. Nobody has tried it yet, but I’ll let you know what my critics thought when they do. I’m not a fan, so I won’t be taste-testing this one 🙂

It’s amazing how much time baking takes, but I enjoy it so much time just flies by when I’m in the kitchen.

For lunch my dad and I went to Red Brick Pizza and I got my favorite, Chicken Caesar Salad. For some reason theirs is the BEST. It’s huge and their chicken is really flavorful & the croutons are awesome.


I, of course, had no problem finishing it off 🙂 I can always take on a big salad.


After baking up a storm, I was craving some fruit. I had a mix of pineapple, strawberries, and grapes. The strawberries are pretty “blah” so I’m trying to use them up. I also had some in my afternoon yogurt w/granola.


I’m also finally getting around to watching Biggest Loser from this week & then it’s Dancing with the Stars after that! Man, I’m such a weird 21-year-old for spending my Friday night baking & watching TV. But hey, who cares, right? I’m happy. 🙂

Buh Bye for now!

Oh Happy Day!

This afternoon was very relaxing and enjoyable– just like everyday should be. I did some baking projects I wanted to get to, but they aren’t done yet so I’ll post when they are.

I went for a bike ride and stopped by the grocery store on the way home.  Before my bike ride I had some grapes. I was excited to get on my bike because I got it tuned up yesterday; the gears were making funny noises. Well it is still making strange noises in the first gear, but then finally becomes quiet- I’ll have to ask my dad what’s up with it or if that’s normal. I got so caught up in my biking and baking that I realized I needed to eat asap. When I got home I chowed on a lot of carrots (more than shown here) and made Chris a veggie sandwich cuz he was hungry too.


DSCN0408 Mmm… check out all those veggies, I wish that was my lunch, but unfortunately my tastes aren’t that evolved yet…. yet.


So instead I had a turkey-spinach wrap on a La Tortilla Factory wrap. And some more fruit. It was almost 6:00 before I sat down to eat this and I’m meeting Jess at 8, so I kept it lighter. My meal times have been kinda screwy in the last week since I’ve been sleeping in so late, but once again, I’m going to enjoy it while I can!

I’m watching Oprah right now about “weight loss in the public eye.” They had Valerie Bertinelli, Marie Osmond, and Star Jones on. I liked a few things they had to say about being healthy and not just thin, but each one had some sort of aid. Valerie is Jenny Craig, Marie is Nutra-system, and Star Jones had gastric bypass and hid it. I just think that it says you can’t do it on your own- which you CAN. It may even be easier than trying to eat that nutra-system sh**!! I’ve heard so many bad things about how nasty that food is and saw my aunt’s huge, un-refrigerated box of processed meals over this summer. I even took a look at the nutrition information and was not impressed. They had lots of sodium, not to mention it was hard to find an ingredient I could pronounce let alone knew what it was. Yuck. I just think it’s sad that people watching who need help are going to think they need a packaged meal program or surgery to get healthy. However, some people really do need those things for success, so I guess that is good. Thank god I’m not a celebrity, because I wouldn’t be able to have tabloids and tons of people talking about me when I couldn’t even handle my one friend’s comments lol.

Now I’m just waiting to go to dinner and snacking on some grapes in the meantime. My baking project just came out of the bread maker and looks like a flop… I’ll let you know how it turned out for sure after proper taste testing 😉

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!

Change of (Meal) Plans

Chris ended up getting out of class early today so he decided to come home for his 3 hour break rather than me meet him at Panera in the mall. It was fine with me except I was all excited for Panera, next week though!

Instead we saved money and ate a healthy meal at home. (more later) But first, I had a great morning at the gym, spinning was especially awesome today. What is it about exercise that makes you feel so awesome? Oh yeah, endorphins 😛

I’m very picky about my group exercise instructors I’ve realized. I love the lady whose class I went to today for spinning, but I can’t stand her yoga class. It’s for the stupidest reason too, but I can’t seem to get over it. It’s because she says “inhale” and “exhale” really weird. She extends them out really long like “iinnnhhhalllee…” & “exxhhhallllee…”. I know a lot of instructors do this but something about the way she does and her voice really bothers me. But as a cycle teacher, she’s awesome. She is motivating, fun, & always keeps my heart rate high more than any other teacher for some reason. I really like when teachers talk about things other than just spin, like their families or kids or what’s going on in the world. The girl who normally teaches on Thursdays is super boring and serious and all she ever talks about is form and pace and all that but in a serious tone, taking all the fun out of it.

Anyways, I was pretty surprised when I looked down at my HRM and saw I had burned 500 calories in the class. I finished up with some light reading on the stairmill & some abs.


I think I waited too long to eat because when I was trying to figure out what I wanted for lunch I felt lightheaded and shaky. Oops! I ended up making myself a salad with lots of the fruits & veggies we had in the fridge. Here’s the breakdown:


-Romaine Lettuce/Spinach


-Red bell pepper







Healthy fats:

-Raspberry walnut dressing


& an Ezekiel pita (grains) & carrots on the side (I ate a lot of the carrots pre-photo) All I needed was some dairy and it woulda covered all the bases!


Shortly after I got hungry again and had a banana w/pb, grapes & some key lime non-fat yogurt. I only took a couple bits of the yogurt and decided I didn’t like the key lime flavor.


So I had half a cup of Kashi go lean & puffs w/milk & a pink lady with more grapes. Can you tell I’m addicted to grapes? I seriously am. And gum too.

I’m hungry again, I think this food blog business is not so easy for people like me who snack & graze all day. I could go on but this has been a long enough post already. See ya for dinner!