Bob Diesel = Erin’s nickname for Bobby She rocks.
I just have to take a minute to congratulate Bobby (for those of you who have no clue who I’m talking about, he is my boyfriend) on his NEW JOB!! It has been a long and painstaking job search for both of us. There have been a lot of uncontrollable setbacks thanks to Mr. Economy, but today, Bobby got the news he has been waiting for and accepted a position at one of his top choices! It looks like life in the Windy City is going to continue on after graduation! Now I just need to snag myself one of those job thingamajiggies…fingers crossed.
Apart from that hella exciting news, today was pretty uneventful. It was MIGHTY cold outside (at least -20* windchills), but that didn’t stop me from walking roughly 2 miles across campus (up and back) to my classes for the day. I was covered from head to toe, but I still felt a little tingly when I got back into the warmth. Before class, I had a very pleasant morning. I woke up around 7:30 and made myself a pre-yoga breakfast (yes, I did an entire yoga lesson for the FIRST TIME EVER).
I started out with a small bowl of cereal that consisted of 3/4 cup Kashi Heart to Heart, 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1/2 sliced banana.
I also had a mug of Decaf Coffee Cocoa for fuel. I’m all out of regular coffee, so I need to stock up again in order to get my morning jolt!
Once I finished breakfast, I popped in today’s P90X series workout: Yoga X. I love how all the names have an “X” at the end. It makes me feel like a body builder 😉 But basically, it was a very intense yoga session! I did ashtanga, vinyasa, up/downward dog, warrior pose, etc. etc. for 1 hour and 30 minutes! Considering I’ve never done yoga before (except for part of the Cardio X workout on Tuesday), this was a bit intense for me. I’m not gonna lie, I had a little a lot of trouble with some of the poses. But now that I’ve at least seen and tried everything, I feel better about “the next time.”
I definitely enjoyed doing yoga first thing in the morning. The deep breathing really made me feel at ease. Now I know why it’s so popular in the blogosphere! Namaste Once I cleaned up, I made myself another small breakfast to get me through a grueling walk outside and 3 hours of classes.
I paused after this picture to reflect on the irony of the plate that I used. This meal was the opposite of chocolate chip cookies! It was the same as yesterday’s lunch, which included an AmyLu Sun Dried Tomato + Basil chicken sausage topped with organic ketchup…
And 1/2 cup of whipped cottage cheese. I totally feel for those of you who said they can’t find this cottage cheese anywhere. I’ve only been able to find it at one Whole Foods near my school. I think we need to send a letter to the Friendship company, don’t you?
I also couldn’t help but snag 1 tbsp. of peanut butter straight from the jar! Normally I don’t take pictures of that kind of thing, but today I thought I’d mix it up for your viewing pleasure.
Then I began my frigid cold trek to class. I’m hoping that this will be the coldest week of the year because that means the end is in sight! Luckily, classes were interesting and definitely worth going to! Toward the end of my last class, my tummy started grumbling, so I pulled out a new Luna bar flavor (for me at least): Cookies ‘n Cream Delight.
I couldn’t get a picture of the bar itself because I was in class, but it’s the same color of an oreo with a layer of “creme” frosting. I have to say, I really liked it! If you can’t tell from the lack of Luna bars on this blog, I’m usually not a fan of this brand. Something just tasted “off” to me every time I bought one. But I had a coupon last weekend so I picked out a flavor I had yet to try, and I thought it was great. I’m glad I’ve found at least one that I like. I may have to give them another chance after all.
After class I went to my school’s winter career fair and talked to a couple of companies. By the time I got back, I was hungry again, but decided to make today a “mini meal” day, so I kept it small with some Kashi crackers and a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick.
And then I had another small bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart.
I was feeling a little energized for some reason and really wanted to take some time for myself out of a busy day, so I decided to go to the gym and read some of my fitness magazines, which have been piling up for weeks! I did 40 minutes on the elliptical with Women’s Health and felt glorious afterward.
I came back from the gym and had limited time before I had to be out the door again, so I continued my “mini meal” day and had dinner in parts. Part I was a container of Fage topped with 1 tsp. of maple syrup.
Then I went and ran crew for the sports newscast, which basically entails me pressing “Play” and making sure the right video runs at the right time. Once I came home, I made Part II of dinner, which included a Quorn cutlet smothered in Annie’s Smokey Maple BBQ Sauce.
Plus 2 egg whites with 1/4 cup spinach, a handful of reduced fat Mexican cheese and a massive amount of feta. I accidentally dumped the container out and most of it went piling into the bowl! It tasted extra cheesy, which wasn’t a bad thing!
And to end the evening right, I had one of my new all-time favorite desserts of rice pudding and Ghirardelli. I crumbled the chocolate a little bit to savor it even more – yum!
Do you have any phobias?
I am eternally afraid of spiders. It doesn’t matter how big or small they are: I freak out when I see one! Over winter break, there was a medium-sized spider on our wall, and I started crying. And another time, when we were golfing, I almost stepped on a tarantula.
Typing that out just made me shiver.