Driving and Chilling

I’m back in Virginia…finally.   Meaning I have a ton more time to just simmer down and relax.  This next month is going to be spent being stress free (thank goodness) and just taking time to organize and declutter my life.  As well as updating the blog a little bit.

driving views
driving views

It took me a bit longer than normal to drive home this trip (700 miles), but you see friends it was mostly because I wanted to stop and hang out with Sarah.  She is an awesome runner and actually did something similar to me and quit swim during college.  (though she was an amazing sprinter).  I really feel like we similar in a lot of ways and needless to say when I got there we spent 4 hours just straight up chatting when I got there.  I don’t think we ever ran out of things to say, which is awesome!

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We woke up earlyish for a 10 mile run (not planned to be 10…it just happened that way). We could have done anything from 5-10 but it just felt so smooth and easy we just kept going. It literally flew by and didn’t feel like 10 miles or 10 miles of hills…typical.

Then we went to a cute little upscale diner.  When we got there, the hostess seemed rather frazzled and short with the waiter which for some odd reason bothered me a lot.  So I wrote a review (something I never really do).   He was a hilarious waiter and asked me if I wanted more CRACK, erg…coffee.  (But he really did say crack).

Coffee (after I stole some of Sarah's whip cream)
Coffee (after I stole some of Sarah’s whip cream)

I got a smoked salmon omelet (and coffee) while Sarah got pancakes with probably some of the best whip cream I’ve ever seen.  I swear, you didn’t even need syrup…I’d drizzle the pancakes in the whip cream.

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So it was certainly a lot of fun and hopefully we get to hang out again very soon. 

On a random side note: If you wanted to nominate me (only if you think so) for funniest running blog…I would love to have that honor.   In my mind I think I’m funny…but I’m mostly just really awkward with no filter.

Question for you: Do you have any plans this weekend or for the Holidays? 

WIAW: While Traveling

So my traveling is over (for now).  I can’t say I’m that sad for the actual traveling…I hate driving  I honestly ate out about 90% of the time.  We all know how much I like to eat out but eating out that much got to be a bit tiresome towards the end and I’m glad to spend the next few days cooking and preparing food for myself.

So with that here are some (not all) of my food.  Pretty sure it looks more healthy when you take photos of it.

Coffee and Red Velvet Creamer
Quiche (made by Tammi and basically awesome)

Tim ate frog legs…not my style…LOL
So I got salmon instead…
and pancakes too…

Obviously this is not two weeks worth of food…just the ones I remembered to take photos of.

Also are you participating in PMB tomorrow?   I think I’m going to do it up vlog style!  ;)

Question for you: Do you ever get tired of eating out?

WIAW: Being Injured and Stuff

 Piggybacking off of last weeks not shopping at super organic with a hint of specialty only found on the second Tuesday of every other month stores…(I don’t even know what that means reading it back to myself) but anyways this is what I’m currently eating on my fourth (and it looks like it will be much longer) of being injured. 

Though my bone is healed in my foot, my cyst has grown larger which is no bueno.   They want me to do some treatment options similar to those for plantar fasciitis to reduce the cyst before draining it. 

Anyways all of that to tell you that I’m still injured and eating less.  Where I was eating roughly 2600 calories daily, I’m now eating about 2000 most days.  I don’t actually count calories but do have a rough estimate daily.   So right then.

Sorry not sorry but I still have a waffle daily.  I’ve been craving a lot more chocolate lately so I had a chocolate waffle.  Basically it’s a standard waffle with ¼ cup cocoa powder.    There are a few recipes on my recipe page, but I keep meaning to update it when I’m not so busy.  I have a ton of new recipes that I’ve made and loved…I just haven’t posted them yet…All in due time.

Fage 2% yogurt and syrup is on top incase you wondered….

As normal, I still have coffee and 75% of the time it’s from a gas station.

and it always has whip cream. Everytime.  Best 1.73 that I will ever spend. 

Lunch I’m still having sandwiches and yogurt.  Though I’ve mellowed down from nutella (mostly because I’m out) and had peanut butter all week.  With my greek yogurts…because I’ve been just keeping them in my work fridge.  Risky but oh well.   Though there is only one pictured, I always have two sandwiches.  One at 11 and one from 1-2.

On my way to the gym at four, I realized I was pretty hungry so I had a quest bar.  These are probably one of my most specialized foods (I guess) but you can get them Vitamin shoppee or GNC.  They have really good stats, the only thing I wish for is a bit more calcium.

For dinner, I was feeling more lazy then usual and decided to make eggs and add all the vegetables in my fridge that I assumed were going bad in the next day.    I would make an omelet but everytime I flip them…they break.  In there is also some goat cheese because I like that.

4 eggs+kale, mushrooms, tomatoes and goat cheese and yes this bowl is as big as one of the stove burners that it is sitting on.  I love bowl plates. 

I ended up falling asleep really early because my anti-inflammatory medicine (think 8:30pm) so I never had anything else.   This added up to be around 1800.  I probably would have ate more if I hadn’t fallen asleep but alas it happened.

Until next time I talk about food…

Question for you: 

1.       Do you have a staple lunch? 

Mine is two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as two greek yogurts…simple and fast to make because I’m always running late.

2.       Is it getting cold where you live? 

10 Foods I eat on the Regular

WEGO: 10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without. Write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.

We all could write a mushy gushy post about 10 people, things, friends, family we couldn’t live without.   That would be easy now wouldn’t it?

I get a lot of questions about food and what better way to answer then talk about foods I consume close to daily.  I mean this is called Fueled By LOLZ afterall, in between all those lolz-I have to eat…sometime…

  1. Peanut flour-Lately a lot of my pancakes have been peanut flour based.  I make bread with it, whatever.  I consume this type of flour more then any other. 
Chocolate peanut flour pancakes
  1. Flax Meal-If I don’t consume peanut flour pancakes, I consume flax meal pancakes.  Chances are-I’m having one or the other daily.  I enjoy the amount of fat in flax. 
  2. Muscle Milk-Ever since I tried a free muscle milk with Laura at my 5k in Atlanta, I’m addicted.  It’s an expensive habit but they are so easy for on the go and when my tummy is constantly grumbling in class.
  3. Gas Station Coffee-Always having this.  Every day.  Another expensive habit.  No explanations needed. 
Yeah I normally look like a crack addict when I go in to buy it as well...

4. Eggs.  Eggs are easy to cook-I am simple and not talented at cooking.  It’s like god knew I needed an inexpensive easy to cook food to make up for the expensive crap I buy

5. Hot chocolate.  It’s still 40 degrees in Northern New York.  So while ya’ll enjoy your ice cream, I’ll enjoy my hot chocolate.  (Also-diet hot cocoa sucks…just saying.). 

I don’t know why I decided to hold up three fingers but I put in hot cocoa and this is what I found.

On that note-life just got tricky and I just went to look at my pantry and refrigerator to see what I have stored in there.   Clearly I eat a lot at home…

7. Canned and frozen vegetables.  I normally try and steam something at night to go with whatever meat I’m having because it’s easy and quick.

8. When I eat on campus I eat a lot of quiche, but I guess that falls under eggs…I guess…not really.  I like to get wheatberry salad but they never seem to have that anymore.  Rude. 

 9. Oh I just noticed the giant hoard of pumpkin that I have in my pantry.  I add pumpkin to everything (mostly to get more servings of vegetables but also so I can maintain my orange glow…).  I kid.
10. Finally, I go outof my way to find products with calcium.  Whether it’s milk, greek yogurt, ice-cream, whatever else…if it’s got a lot of calcium-I’m all over that because I am 100% paranoid of getting another stress fracture.  #calciumwhore

That was almost too hard for me to figure out.  Right then.

Question for you:  What foods do you eat on the regular? 

Bloggers Exist in Real Life Too!

It all started at 6:17 am Monday morning.  Why  I woke up I don’t really know-my alarm clock goes off at 6:30.  I think I was just super excited to have breakfast with NikkiAnyways-the wedding was lovely (maybe I’ll have some photos in another post…no it wasn’t my wedding.)

So anyways-Nikki and I were meeting at The Biscotti Café located right near her in PA. 

 

I was super excited because come on…who doesn’t love going out for breakfast?  Or meeting really cool bloggers?  Or having breakfast with Nikki?  Gosh could this day get any better. 

We met right before 8:00am and I automatically knew it was a place  I would love.  They had chocolate chip biscotti that came with the coffee.  I wasn’t sure if you were supposed to dip the biscotti in the coffee but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

And it was.  HA!  I wanted to get more of those guys to go-but decided I would probably be eating poorly on the road so decided to let me taste buds experience other places along the road.

Anywho-for my breakfast I had “Nova lox (salmon) with poached eggs on a muffin”

And a fruit cup because I feeling healthy. 

So anyways-back to my meet up with Nikki.  She is so awesome and absolutely hysterical.  We traded terrible swim stories, chatting about life and had such a great time.   I honestly can’t wait to hang out again.   If you don’t follow her blog (you should) she is a great athlete and downright awesome and most interesting blogger.

Question for you: Tell me your favorite blogging adventure. 

Fear Foods Conquered.

I suppose I should preface this.  I am in the complete healthy BMI/weight/life range.  In fact, I’m nearly square in the middle of it.   Of course, I strive to eat somewhat healthy but I think most people in the blogging community do.  Please don’t read if you think it might trigger bad thoughts. 

With that being said, one year ago my swim coach asked me to gain weight.  I’ve probably said this a lot, but runners and swimmers don’t exactly have the same body type in which they excel in (and yes I know that everyone is different…)

When he asked me to gain weight, (I was still in the healthy range) he said my swimming would improve.  It was only the first month of season, but it was already looking like a rough season for me.  I was also always getting cold in the pool.  They keep it at roughly 75ish degrees (I think….maybe I’m pulling that out of my ass) anyways-it’s cold and a few practices I had to get out early because I was shivering more than actual swimming.  I never warmed up while being in the being doing HARD practices for 2 hours (and I had plenty of body fat to keep me warm).

At this 2 mile swim, it took me close to an hour to warm up afterwords

It was very hard for me to start actually putting the plan into action.

Because I wasn’t a rail but with swim practice you are burning roughly 1000 cals per practice and we were doing 8-9 of them weekly.

So saying gaining weight was hard was the understatement of the year.

He also suggested that I do it somewhat healthy (aka don’t booze it up and eat fried crap every five seconds and expect to gain weight and feel great in the pool).

He wanted me to eat a lot of eggs.

Five eggs for breakfast...that day still makes me vomit.

And a lot of peanut butter.

Fried platains+peanut butter+sprinkles. I basically had this for snack everyday.

And a lot of protein powder. 

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With my healthy weight gain, came better times for swimming than I would have probably had at my lower weight but it was still an overall not great season.  That is a story for another day.

After I gained the weight, I didn’t touch eggs or peanut butter for a very long time.  I had so much (think 4-5 eggs daily) and the look of eggs made me vomit.  I also (in my mind) equated eggs and peanut butter to why I was so unconfident with my swimming. 

It’s hard to explain but basically for the last year I have had nothing to do with either peanut butter nor eggs.  It’s a shame because both are so healthy for you.

Until last week when I began slowly integrating them into my diet (I had been talking with people…shout outs to you about the benefits of them).  Before last week, I had maybe a dozen eggs since last January.  Maybe.  I had not bought them myself or sought after them for my own refrigerator.  If they were in food I ate on campus and at restaurant so be it-but I didn’t cook them myself.  In fact, most of my protein came from protein powder (not purposely but it seems that is just where it came from).

Here is where you can be shocked about my life.  I haven’t had protein powder in over a week and I’ve been eating a lot of eggs and a lot of peanut butter (not together though lolz).

I’m also not dead.  It took some getting used to and telling myself “Hollie you aren’t even swimming anymore, why do you avoid these foods.”  I never avoided them because I was afraid of them per say, I just ate them more than most humans saw possible and grew sick of them.

I think I cycle in and out of food.

So here is to you eggs and peanut butter.  New staples in my diet.

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Question for you:

1.       What foods have you grown tired of and then liked again?

  

Friday Favs

Somehow in the last few months, I fell off the photography bandwagon.  Maybe it’s because my camera died and my cord was under my bed.  Who really knows.  Anyways-I promised myself on Thursday morning, that I would document a good amount of my eats so I can actually add new photos to Friday favorites.

But first in honor of Friday, I decided to dress like a real girl…lumberjack.

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This weeks Friday favorites are a little different because I have been more or less eating different things.  Change is good.

I’ve taken a liking to eggs.  A lot of them.  I’ve literally had at least 2 eggs daily.  Right now-eggs are a big protein source for me.   For now, I’ve stopped completely using protein powder.   As in none.  I have been using it for 3 years daily, so it’s a big change for me.

Oatmeal-it’s nomtastic.  I can add an egg in there too.  Then get complete sources of protein as well as nomtastic carbs.  I used nomtastic twice in one paragraph.  I’m a toolbag.

Oatmeal pancakes, just because.

Lots of sweet potatoes.

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Other favorite things of the week include this sweet shirt that I found at Walmart for a dollar.  Why I felt compelled to buy it-I don’t know.

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Fun Facts of Friday:

  1. It has been 30, 70, sunny and sleeting all in one week here.
  2. I got my hair chemically relaxed and I can’t wait for it to grow out.  I miss my curly hair fo real.
  3. Well I’m off to go jog my cross country course and prepare for our championship race tomorrow.  By prepare, I mean the broski’s team is also going to be there and I’m picking his ass up for adventures.

    Minus his hair is all chopped off.

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Question for you:

1.       Best oatmeal creation.  Go.

2.       Tell me a fun fact about you.