Today specifically is the most wonderful because today marks the official start of my holidays. Finally! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this moment. I finished my last exam at 3:40pm. And then I jumped up and down in the athletic complex where the exams were held, ran screaming and cheering through the aisles of desks, threw the pile of exams in the air and booked it.
Okay clearly not. Instead I huddled up inside my jacket, fast-walked to my car, drove to get gas while it’s still insanely cheap, then drove home, ate some buttercup squash, drank some peppermint tea and relaxed.
That works for me!
Now it’s about time I recap the past couple days since I’ve been cramming in some last minute studying and haven’t had time for an update.
Actually that’s not true. It ended with chocolate cake.
There were several of these random chocolate cake eating sessions over the past fews days. Somehow I was able to restrain myself to only a couple bites at a time though. Must have been because of the cake’s insanely rich nature.
I think I also had a snack sometime in the afternoon because I wasn’t very hungry at all at dinnertime. Then again, I wasn’t feeling super dandy the past few days so that could have been part of it too. This was leftover chicken with buffalo sauce and guac, half a baked potato and a few small slices of white bread (I can’t resist it when it’s fresh).
I made an omelet for breakfast. Weird. Haven’t done that in a while but there were egg whites sitting in my fridge leftover from cake making so I figured I should use some up. I stuffed it with mushrooms and spinach. And I had buttercup squash on the side because I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough…
For a snack I had half of my strawberry homemade larabar
But come night time I was feeling really bizarre. Like sick but not sick… I can’t even begin to describe it. But it was accompanied with a very gross empty feeling that would not go away. I finally curbed the bizarre sick hunger thing after hot chocolate, an apple, tea, cereal with yogurt, toast, crackers and pita. It was seriously the weirdest thing ever and a huge annoyance. And I couldn’t just go to sleep to ignore it because I had to study. So eating it away was the only option. I think it was the bread that ultimately helped though, so maybe my body was craving mad carbs or something… who knows.
Today I woke up early and had a good, solid 5 hours of cram time before my exam to do some last minute review. I started those off with a workout. Best idea ever. I did a quick 30 minutes of sprint intervals on the treadmill followed by some exercise ball ab moves. I really need to start getting my workouts in first thing more often. It just leaves the day so nice and wide open.
Then I sorted out my priorities. What do you think came first, studying? Heck no. Breakfast!
Pumpkin Oat Protein Pancake!
1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup pumpkin, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, splash almond milk, splash egg whites, cinnamon.
It probably could have used more than a splash of egg whites considering it didn’t stay together all that well but it was good enough. Wasn’t the sweetest thing ever either, but nothing a few banana slices and some sugar free maple syrup couldn’t fix.
I also had an apple along with some hot coffee with cinnamon this time around.
See the lovely little ducky notebook there? That’s where I write down all of my eats each day. It’s nothing obsessive in the least, I just like to have a visual list of what I’ve had and I do a rough tally of how many fruits, veggies, proteins etc so I know where I might be lacking. Then if I’m craving a snack or something later in the day I try to choose foods that fit into an area where I might be a little low :)
Then I headed out to write my long, all multiple choice cognitive psychology exam. It was one of those exams where every single question is long and you have to read it over 2-3 times minimum to make sure you know what it’s asking, and then you need to read all of the answers over multiple times to pick the one that seems best. I swear, for at least half of the questions, all of the answers seemed right. So although I’ve done well throughout the course on all of the tests up to this point, I probably felt the least confident after this final. Sigh. I guess I can only hope for the best… but at least it’s DONE now. WOoo.
I got home and celebrated with the last hunk of buttercup squash. It’s like an obsession. But now it’s all gone. Time to cook up the acorn now ;)
Funny enough, I think I ate the majority of this squash cold. Is that weird? I really like it cold, straight out of the fridge! And plain too. It’s just that good.
Then I made Enchiladas for dinner. YUM.
There were three different kinds in here: beef, pork and refried beans. Beef and pork for my mom and brother since they like that kinda thing and I needed to use up some leftovers in the fridge, and refried beans for me because they’re awesome. They were stuffed with a mixture of salsa and fat free sour cream (plus spinach in mine), and topped with enchilada sauce and cheddar cheese (light mozzarella on mine). So easy, so tasty, so filling.
Even though I was stuffed, I just had to have something sweet. So I had one of these salty sweet babies:
My mom brought them home from work. It’s just a pretzel with a melted Hershey kiss on top, then that topped with an M&M. I love the salt of the pretzel mixed with the sweetness of the chocolate. Perfect treat.
Oh, and I also had a few more bites of chocolate cake. Luckily it’s almost gone (yes, that huge honker of a cake has nearly been devoured), so I think those will be my last few bites.
Now I’m going to get ready to go out tonight with a couple friends to celebrate school being dooooone. It’s hip hop night at the local sketch bar. Can’t miss out on that one! I haven’t been in ages. ;)