I’m Really Boring.

Hey!!!!! How is everyone? What have you been up to this week? Can you believe that it is Wednesday? The week is halfway over! And I still have TONS of exams……yuck.

Yesterday, I took my first challenge exam. I opted for the Webpage design test, thinking that it would be easy. Well, I was sure wrong! Most of my grade will actually come from building my own website, which took about 3 hours to do. I had initially planned on taking two exams yesterday, but that one took up my entire afternoon! Fun stuff.

It has recently struck me how incredibly boring I am. I take tests, mope around the house, bake occasionally, and go to the gym. That’s pretty much it. And then I share it all with you guys, and throw in some random musings and stories for good measure…..:P

Speaking of stories, I happen to have a cute one. I’m a klutz and fall down….a lot. Every day, I go to the bread store to buy bread, cheese, lunchmeat, etc. There is this sweet, poor man in a wheelchair who sits outside the bread store every afternoon and chats with customers. He knows pretty much everyone, and everyone likes him. So anyway, he has noticed that I tend to trip a lot. Now, whenever I’m leaving the store, he says: “See you tomorrow! Be careful and don’t fall down on your way home!”. He also tells me if there is a lot of traffic on a particular day, so that I know to pay even more attention to my surroundings. Always watchin’ out for me! hahahaha

Here’s someone (or something) else who is always watchin out:

The only difference is that he’s watching out for himself, not me. :D

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!!!

May 25, 2011 at 6:05 am 6 comments

(Hopefully) The Last Week!

Hey!!!!! So I completely fell off the face of the planet this weekend…….I was relaxing with my family before another test-packed school week. If everything goes as planned, I should be done with everything by Friday! Yay!!! So, anyway, this weekend, we hung out and watched a few movies. Wall Street (the newer one), The Young Victoria (really, good), and another one whose name I cannot remember! hahaha How was your weekend?

I was originally going to take a chemistry test on saturday, but my mom decided to let me off the hook for the weekend! :D So now, I’m studying 18 weeks worth of chem work. Fun stuff. If anyone out there is a chem whiz and would like to take my test for me, you are welcome to do so….just kidding…maybe. :P

My sister and I have made a habit of baking a little somethin’ somethin’ on Monday mornings! Last week we made some yummy lemon cream scones, and this week, we tried our hands at homemade pop-tarts!! We made wild berry and strawberry flavored pastries!!!!! So good and it was fun to bake something together!!!! Here’s our recipe:

Pop-Tarts

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 T sugar

1/2 c butter

2 T milk

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients in  a medium sized bowl. Cut in butter. Add milk and vanilla, and knead dough until it all sticks together. At first it’ll look really crumbly, but it will work and if you add any more liquid, the dough will be too sticky (personal experience speaking here…hehehe). Roll out dough and cut into 14-16 rectangles. Spread half of your rectangles with your filling of choice and use the other half to cover them. Then, place on a baking sheet and bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Top with a simple sugar glaze and sprinkles!!!!!

These were so fun and easy to make!!!! Everyone loved them!! I’m definitely going to try “healthifying” this one so that we can make them ALL the time!!! hahahaha

Well, I really should study some…..see ya’ll tomorrow!!

May 23, 2011 at 6:00 am 10 comments

Nutrition

Glad ya’ll liked the homemade body scrub/hair rinse!!!!! Do you make any of your own beauty products????

So, as you all know, yesterday was my meeting with a nutritionist at my gym to talk about what I can do to reach my goals.

I ended up having a really awesome chat! Basically, the nutritionist knew that I want to gain weight, and also that I have major trouble doing so. So, he looked at a typical day of eats for me, and gave me some really good ideas. I don’t know if ya’ll remember, but a while ago I had mentioned going vegetarian. Well, here we don’t always have access to good veg products (or gf either, which is why I still don’t eat completely gluten free), and as it turns out, I’m anemic, so for now, the nutritionist recommended that I eat meat at least twice a week. I pretty much already do that……I mean, meat is not something I usually crave, but if its there, I’ll eat a little. Oh, he also said that I definitely get enough veggies, because my hands are tinged orange! hahahaha I think it actually caught him a little bit off guard. Also, I need to increase the amount of fat I have in my diet, which should be easy considering the fact that my momma just opened a jar of pb….:P hahaha

All in all, I had a good meeting, and left with a little checklist of things that I’m supposed to do throughout the day to improve my nutrition and to help me gain weight!!!!!!

Yesterday, I also took my second spinning class!!!! I loooove it!!!!!!! Its hard, but definitely in a good way, and I’ve loved having the opportunity to switch it up with my cardio!!! What are some of your favorite classes at the gym?

Well, that’s about it for today……see ya’ll tomorrow!!!

May 19, 2011 at 5:44 am 8 comments

Homemade Stuff

Hey! Today’s post is gonna be sort of short because I’ve got a lot to cram in to the morning before I head over to the gym for my meeting with the nutritionist!

A quick recap of yesterday:

I took another final (4 to go!), and did pretty well on it!!!!!! Then, I went to the gym, had a strength training workout, came home, and did some more studying. Oh and I had a yogurt bowl that I absolutely loved for a snack! It had about 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, cinnamon, about half a caramalized banana and honey!!!!! Refreshing and tasty after a sweaty workout! :D

I also made some homemade body scrub and did a hair rinse last night!!!!! They are both pretty basic and not very fancy, but they do the trick and I have soft hair and skin now! :P Plus, its all natural for those who are looking for more natural beauty products!

Here’s what I did:

Body scrub:

I mixed 5 T rock salt with 1 T oil. After I had coated all of the salt in oil, I squeezed about half a lemon into the mix. You need to add the oil first otherwise the lemon will dissolve the salt. I then used this like a typical body scrub and it worked wonders! :D

Hair rinse:

Not really a recipe here; I just heated up about 1 1/2 cups of water in the microwave until it was pretty hot but not boiling, and then added about 1 – 1 1/2 T of vinegar to the water. Then, after I shampooed, I poured the warm vinegar/water solution into my hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes, while I used the scrub. Then, I rinsed it out, and because I don’t usually enjoy smelling like vinegar, I used a little bit of conditioner in my hair! This really works well!!! :D

Hope ya’ll don’t mind the random sharing of my body scrub/hair rinse. hahahaha

I’ll tell ya’ll how the meeting with the nutritionist went tomorrow!!!!!

See ya then!r

May 18, 2011 at 6:01 am 8 comments

Nutella is Good.

Heeey!!!  What’s up??

I have one final down and 5 to go! I basically took the easiest one yesterday because I figured that I should get it out of the way so that I wouldn’t worry about it while studying for my other, more difficult tests. It was nice to be able to check something off of the list so early in the week, though!!!! Now, all I have to do is take the other 5 finals, and then order 6 challenge exams and take them! Then, I’ll officially be done with my sophomore year of high school!!!!!!!

Now, you all know by now that I love me a good circuit style workout, so when I found this one a couple of weeks ago on Jessica’s site, I couldn’t wait to try it out. Wow!!!! It was pretty stinkin’ tough!!!!!! Which means I get to bake some of her recipes and its ok if I eat an entire batch!!! :D Seriously though, if you’re looking for a good strength/cardio combo workout, check this one out!!!

So, by now you’re probably wondering about the title of this post, especially since I haven’t even mentioned Nutella yet. While we were in the States, a couple of our friends lived in our apartment, and apparently  one of them bought some Nutella. I have absolutely no idea why it took me so long to try it out, given my love of both chocolate and nut butters, but last night I finally did and LOVED it!!! Now I know there are probably a TON of chemicals and sugar in this stuff, but it was AMAZING!!!! Don’t worry Dark Chocolate Dreams  or even just plain ol’ peanut butter, I haven’t forgotten you and your place in my heart has not been taken. I’m sure there is room enough for everyone!!! hahaha

http://fitchocoholic.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/nutella.jpg?w=296&h=385 new love. :D

What is your favorite “flavored” nut butter????? Don’t make me choose between nutella or dark chocolate dreams, because I can’t!!!! I’d also love to try Mighty Maple someday soon!!!!! :D

Well, I had better get to studyin’……

See ya’ll later!

May 17, 2011 at 6:13 am 18 comments

So Many Tests!

Heey!!!! So, I disappeared over the weekend…..mostly because I slept in and was too lazy to turn on the computer….:P We didn’t do too much though, I think I only left the apartment twice…hahahaha! My sister and I hung out at home on Saturday and yesterday, the whole family was here. Not a lot of activity, but definitely relaxing. Which is a good thing, considering the fact that the next 2-3 weeks will be packed with tests for me. This week, I have finals, and then after that, I’ll take “challenge exams” which will basically prove that I actually took the course, and will give me the credit on my high school diploma. The thing about challenge exams is that they are pass/fail, so no do-overs!!!!! Sorta stressful…hahaha! How was your weekend????

As you all know, I recently joined a gym. One part of their program is to provide a personal trainer for each member. Over a period of 45 days, this trainer will design an initial workout program and a nutrition program for the new member. After that period, you still work with your trainer, its just not quite as intense. The past two weeks have been devoted to designing my workout program, and this week I have my first meeting devoted to nutrition. I’ve been asked to keep a food diary, and on Wednesday, my trainer, a nutritionist and I will talk about what I need to change in order to gain some weight. I’m sort of nervous but also pretty excited about this! I’ve been doing a lot better emotionally, but its just been really hard to put on any weight.

On a lighter note, we still haven’t fixed our coffee pot, but this has not stopped us from making coffee every day!!! hahahahaha Dad has been looking for a tube or something that he says will fix it, but hasn’t had any luck so far…..oh well! :D

This morning, I made Emily’s microwave baked oats for one!!!! So, so good!!! You should definitely try this out!! In my microwave, the whole cooking process took about a minute, and then I had a bowl of yummy baked oats for me brekkie!!! Quick, filling, and nutritious! Gotta love it!!!! :D

That’s about it for today…..I’ll see ya’ll later!!!

Questions:

What’s your favorite way to study for a lot of tests????

What did you do over the weekend??

Have you ever met with a nutritionist? What was it like????


May 16, 2011 at 5:47 am 19 comments

What I Learned Yesterday

Hey!!!! Hope ya’ll are all having a good week!!!!!!

Guess what? Our coffee pot reservoir sprung a leak, so we can’t exactly make coffee the traditional way. Well, coffee pots are expensive here, so this is what we’re doing:

Step 1. Boil water

Step 2. Pour boiling water into filter w/coffee:

And there ya have it! What to do when your coffee machine is broken but you still want some coffee!! :D

Yesterday, I went to my first ever spin class and LOVED it!!!! Made me think of this blogger and this one, too! I will say this though, it was TOUGH! hahaha I’ll definitely be taking more spin classes in the future.

Yesterday was also a day of lessons (some goofy, some not-so-goofy), so I thought that I’d share some of them with you(mostly goofy hahaha, you know me!! :D).

Lesson #1

Ignore the creepy old man at the gym who tells you to lift more weight. You’re already lifting twice the amount that he is, and plus, he’s like 70 years old.

Lesson #2

Don’t be afraid to try out new recipes. Sometimes, you’ll have flops, but others will turn out really well (homemade pasta and cashew butter!)!!!!

Lesson #3

Push yourself, but don’t overdo it. Most likely you will have the opportunity to redo whatever it is, and you don’t want to burn out completely.

Lesson #4

Eat chocolate. It helps with virtually anything. I promise. :D

So, there ya go! I hope I haven’t scared anyone away…..hahahaha! I am who I am, I suppose, and apparently I like to make random lists!

I really can’t believe that its already Thursday!!! After Friday, I’ll only have one more week of school until I’m DONE! This entire year is just flying by!!!

I guess I had better get goin’……I do actually have school to do! :P

See ya later!

May 12, 2011 at 5:56 am 10 comments

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