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hello, it’s me, back from laptop-less doom

Wow, that was a creative title.

But yes, I spent Thanksgiving weekend out of town, and left my laptop charger behind. I’m absent-minded like that. Being without a laptop wasn’t bad at all because I don’t have anymore papers to write, but I’m glad to have it back. No more trying to pass time between classes by taking short naps on the library tables!

I had an amazing Thanksgiving. I really do have the best host family I can ever ask for. It makes me happier that we share the same love for food. This year, I was careful with my portions, but the food were definite huge temptations!

thanksgiving 2015 meal

Exciting news! I hit the 8-mile circuit time in my daily workouts!

after workout

So I celebrated the only way I know how – by ordering a Domino’s small pizza and having it with mimosas. I rationalized the pizza by telling myself it’s small, and has chicken, pineapples, black olives, and spinach on it. Healthy, right?

post 8-mile workout treat

This semester has seen me trying to be less hobo and more presentable. I didn’t think my employers would appreciate me working in sweatpants, which is what I’m more inclined to wear on a cold day. I love these boots! I got them for $20 from JCPenny on Black Friday. They’re comfy, in-style, and I didn’t have to wait in a long line for them! The scarf and cotton leggings were $5 each from Aeropostale, and the long-sleeve crew was $5 from JCPenny, all bought on Black Friday. Gotta love stylin’ on a budget!

turn up the christmas spirit

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it’s a good workout when your bra ends up soak with sweat

Gross. I know.

I’ve been doing 5-mile workouts everyday! In kilometer language, that’s 8km.

after workout

Locker room selfie. Those headbands are a workout-life-saver.

I love working out. It makes me feel better about my body. I feel healthier, less sluggish, more confident.

It also gives me a goal. And my ultimate goal is 10 miles everyday. I know it’s doable, but it’ll probably only happen next Spring. Baby steps, baby steps.

nails on fleek after workout

I used to think working out meant looking sweaty, feeling gross, and “not being pretty.” Not anymore. It sounds silly, but I can do my nails and workout!

My favorite post-workout treat is using the foam rollers. There’s just something about massaging those aching muscles with the roller that is so relaxing.

foam rolling after working out

the cost of eating qdoba

I killed 4 miles last night in the gym after my work shift ended at 8pm, and here’s why.

qdoba taco salad

I haven’t had Qdoba since the summer. And I caved yesterday. Because it was cold. I was hungry. I was tired.

I got my usual of taco salad with picante ranch, cilantro rice, brown rice, fajita veggies, grilled chicken, corn salsa, fiery habanero, spicy queso, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and cilantro toppings. All for $8.03.

That also added another 10 points in my Qdoba Rewards card, which already has 1 free meal on it. You get 1 free meal for every 100 points, and Thursdays are double points day.

My stomach and body hated me with every step I pounded in the gym. But who cares? The food was goood! No regrets.

a foodie’s chronicle of cheat days

Last fall, I started a “eat healthy” streak. No more daily Chick-Fil-As, lots of salad, well-portioned meals… you get the idea. And I found out what a saving grace cheat meals are.

This semester, I’ve been meal prepping. I’d cook a large batch of a healthy, balanced meal on Saturday or Sunday, and then take it with me to campus everyday.

Weekends, however, are devoted to eating a variety of other foods. That usually means one cheat meal where I go out with my roommate to some food place on our “food bucket list.” It’s always worth it, and I have more time to workout in the gym on weekends anyway (at least that’s how I rationalize things).

All that to say… I had a cheat meal last week, and cheat meals are what keeps me sane during the week. Heck, if one cheat meal isn’t enough, I have 2! Or 3!

Okay, maybe not 3, unless I’m feeling extra adventurous about working off those unneeded calories… which never happens.

sonic

Cheat meal #1: I was running errands on Friday at lunchtime. Somehow, Sonic made its way into my errand list. The Jr. Breakfast Burrito was tiny, so that made me feel better.

indian food

Cheat meal #2: Indian food from a restaurant in a sketchy gas station by the highway. 2 cheat meals in 1 day…. what!!!

chicken briyani

I ordered chicken briyani with a side of paratha. The food was authentic, delicious, and the price was good. When you gotta have a cheat meal, you have to either go big or go home!