What A Week…Already

We’re halfway through the week! Hooray!

This week, I’ve begun my job at the writing center and my weekly five hours in a high school classroom. I’m not allowed to get too detailed on here, but both have been going quite well! Working, pre-student teaching, going to class, doing homework, and working as a study abroad ambassador have all been great fun, but have really left me ragged (and, as it turns out, with a cold!). I look forward to the weekends simply to get more than six hours of sleep! πŸ˜› Whew.

I also look forward to the weekends because they mean that I will have time to actually cook and take care of myself. I’m ashamed to admit that this week, again, I have been relying on pre-made or restaurant food. Buying food is never something I like to do, firstly because I like to know exactly where the food I’m eating has come from, but also because it’s expensive! However, because of time management, I haven’t been left with much of a choice. However, making food over the weekend has helped a lot, as you’ll see…

WIAW

I’d say that today I definitely made progress in falling back into good habits. After a complete food binge the other weekend and cleaning up the leftovers this past weekend, today was a step in the right direction!

Breakfast (E, N)

Of course, I forgot to take a picture. However, you’ll not be surprised when I tell you that I had some 0% fat Greek yogurt with some bran flakes and raisins on top. Hooray for protein! πŸ™‚

Lunch (E, N, D, GF)

Because of that protein that I had for breakfast, I wasn’t super hungry when lunch rolled around. Of course, “lunch” time was at around 11:00 for me (just four hours after breakfast), so it’s no wonder I wasn’t. What I ended up doing, though, was simply cooking up some sweet potato (that I peeled and cubed over the weekend – easy!) and microwaving some green beans (which I had pre-steamed over the weekend as well).

Snack (E, N, D, GF)

A Luna bar for protein and an apple made up my snack. I only had an hour break between being at the high school and my evening class, so the easier/quicker the food, the better!

Also, because I was running on E yesterday afternoon, I decided to stop by Starbucks. If you remember, I’m allergic to espresso and sensitive to coffee, but I wanted it so badly that I just went for it and ordered an iced coffee.

Amazingly, I felt fine afterward! I won’t make a habit of it (my system usually allows me coffee every 2 or so weeks), but it sure was a nice change-up!

Dinner (E, N)

Dan and I made a date out of the fact that both of us have been too busy/tired to cook. We went to an Italian restaurant here in town.

We started off with some bread + olive oil, and looooooots of water for me (to sooth my throat…does anyone have any suggestions on how to make a sore throat feel better?). I love the fact that they serve it in Mason jars! So cute!

For my dinner I ordered the Caprese Salad, which was a bed of romaine topped with tomato, fresh mozzarella (YUM), chopped basil, and chicken. The dressing was, of course, olive oil + balsamic vinegar.

I love Caprese salads.

Anyway. Not much in the dessert department, which is probably a good thing. I will say, though, that I ended up bringing two pumpkin cupcakes from home this week. Not that they lasted me to today. πŸ™‚ I’ll have the recipe up soon, it’s a keeper!

Workouts September 9-15
Sunday: off
Monday: 20 minutes jogging + 25 minutes walking on treadmill
Tuesday: this amaaaaaaazing video. I can’t say enough good things about it! I’m still sore!
Wednesday: 20 minutes jogging + 25 minutes walking on treadmill
Thursday: off
Friday (if I’m feeling better): P90X yoga
Saturday (if I didn’t do it on Friday): P90X yoga

Well, that’s all for me, folks. I am exhausted and will promptly shut down my computer and go to bed. However, please do check back tomorrow – I have a really fun blog project coming up! Have a great night!

(I know this is a bit late, but…)

September 11, 2001. I was in 5th grade, and I was giving a presentation on precipitation when it happened. Thankfully, the teachers in my school told the students nothing, but allowed parents to pick up their children if they wanted to – and many did, including my mom. I think that was the best way to handle it, because no kids got scared or upset, since they didn’t know that anything was happening. If they had told us something about the attacks, I know I would have been absolutely panicking because my dad was in Washington D.C. that day.

No American will ever forget that day, the people who lost their lives, and the many volunteers and workers that became ill or died in the aftermath.

When I was in New York a few years ago, we visited Rescue Co. 1, one of the (many) fire departments that had helped on 9/11. The plaques are of people who lost their lives trying to help others.

I am so blessed to live in this amazing country, and though tragic events should never happen anywhere, 9/11 made me even more thankful for the place that I live today.

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