Last night, for the first time ever, I actually had to get up and out of bed to eat something.
It was one of those nights where you lie there, and lie there, and lie there some more. Every hair tickles your face, every shirt wrinkle feels like a noose. I tossed, I turned. I tried countless times to shut my mind off and concentrate on my breathing. It did nothing. And throughout the entire attempted sleep ordeal my stomach was like this empty gurgling pit that was driving me completely nuts.
Eventually I had to get up and get something to eat before I went mental. I had a Kashi granola bar in my room so I figured that would be just enough to calm my stomach but not kill my breakfast in the morning. I nibbled slowly while reading a few magazine articles to calm my wandering mind and then turned the light back out.
Forty-five minutes later my stomach was still grumbling and I was still very much awake. You’ve got to be kidding. By this point I was twice as tired and actually decently comfortable. I did not want to get out of bed. But once again my stomach just wasn’t going to let me fall asleep. After much humming, hawing and trying very hard to ignore it, I dragged myself out of bed, down the stairs and threw together a decent-sized bowl of cereal with banana, yogurt and almond milk.
My stomach was finally just full enough to allow me to sleep.
Have you ever had to get out of bed to eat something because you could just not fall asleep? This is whole new and unexplainable thing for me! I’m not a fan.
Anyway, yesterday for breakfast I made some pretty ugly (oxymoron!) decked out overnight oats. I soaked em up in water and almond milk overnight, then stirred in plenty of plain yogurt, a couple spoonfuls of berry yogurt, chopped apple, banana, flax and Chocolate PB2.
Grade A Schlop!
I spent the day “studying”, which meant I found everything else I could possibly do other than study. This included (but was not limited to):
- Treadmill Sprints
- Blog Reading
- Kitchen Experimentation
Which led to the creation of:
Coconut Pecan Date Balls!
A genius combo of… can you guess?
Coconut chunks, pecans and Parnoosh honey pitted dates, Bulleted into mush then rolled into delicious bite-sized balls that are comparable to, if not better than, Coconut Cream Pie Larabars. And these tiny bites of coconut paradise come in at only 40 calories a pop.
I also finally got around to trying a recipe for Caramelized Tofu that I’ve wanted to try forever. I didn’t follow amounts, just ingredients, but this turned out delicious.
I had a couple pieces along with a veggie hummus platter. My appetite wasn’t too raging after all of the date ball sampling.
Then the “studying” continued, which meant:
- Grocery and health food store shopping
One of the local health food stores around here seems to have a new owner or something. New name, new sign, some new contents. Some of these new contents included a bigger bar selection (score!). Many of the bars were on sale. I picked up these:
I must voice my excitement in finding a Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar! This was my first time seeing this flavour anywhere around here. I snatched it up without a second thought the moment I saw it. I should have bought more. I tried a small piece of it right away and it really does taste like one of those chocolate mint Girl Guide cookies. Amaaaazing.
- Dinner Making
My mom made this giant meatloaf the other night and there were tons of leftovers so since I hate wasting food I opted to make beef enchiladas for my family. It’s a fav meal in this household and a great way to use up any leftover meats that are hanging around in the fridge.
I made theirs with the mashed up meat loaf, sour cream, salsa and spinach, topped with enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.
I made mine with low fat refried beans, FF sour cream and salsa, extra spinach and enchilada sauce, hold the cheese.
Mm mmm enchilada.
I swear there actually was some studying accomplished at some point in there, even if I did find many ways to put it off…
I guess I should get back to it though as it is now Friday and my exam is tomorrow morning!