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Well, it’s officially finals time here at Stanford- whoop whoop. So it’s miraculous I’m posting at all. That’s just how much I love you guys.

So- in my study snacking I have found two things that I absolutely adore:

The first:

Weird, because I really hate Fig Newtons

Weird, because I really hate Fig Newtons

FIGS! I love these things– and I thought I would hate them because I never liked Fig Newtons growing up. Here is a glamor shot of my new b-fri:

You're lookin' good!

You're lookin' good!

And… now… for the most delicious discovery of the YEAR (bold claim, but I’ll stick with it):

NO LACTASE!!!!!!!!!

NO LACTASE!!!!!!!!!

Goat cheese is okay for people who are lactards! YAY! I can feel so decadent and my belly doesn’t say “No NO NO!” Glorious.

Alright back to the books (er… actually going to go on a hike…).

No worries— I have consumed a lot of Peanut Butter in the past week. A. LOT. Like… a whole jar of this. Which was awesome expensive delish 🙂 Gotta fuel that brain!

Question: Anyone do Bikram? How many times a week do you do it? I’m usually “yoga-ed out” for a day or two after an intense session.

Daily Joy- early morning run/bike ride to the grocery store 🙂

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Bikeran.

Bikram + run + biking = Bikeran (Bike-ran)

It’s 9 am and today I have already

  • Gone to an hour of Bikram
  • Ran 2.5 miles
  • Biked to the grocery store and back

I also had una desauna deliciosa:

You were mighty tasty, yes indeed.

You were mighty tasty, yes indeed.

1/2 cup Fiber 1, 1 cup Special K Protein Plus (I adore this cereal, HFCS can kiss my booty), 1/2 cup skim milk, 3 GINORMOUS strawberries. I also had some coffee with some half-and-half.

That right there is a breakfast of champions. It was delicious, I felt like I was indulging, and I was wholly satiated with just 315 calories. Boom. I’m all about protein. I’m all about fiber. That baby had both. WINNER!

Happy Friday party people!

Also check out my boy’s blog from India: www.nocrustnoproblem.wordpress.com. That boy cracks me up.

Don’t forget to lather up your sunscreen!!! 🙂

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Yes, ’tis true- I’m blogging from the library and PROUD OF IT! I have so much work to do in the next few days (the quarter system is crazy people!) that it has been hard to find time to blog. However, I am sure you didn’t miss me.

Last night I got out all my eats for today including pre-10k snack, post-10k protein-hearthealthyoat-packed Fitnessista breakfast cookie (wanted something filling, yet cold while I was a sweaty mess), snacks, and lunch. I have dinner planned between my late classes tonight.

For you visual people here are my eats (pardon the 5 am photography):

Wow, great photography skillz, Juli

Wow, great photography skillz, Juli

A PB (mmmmm!) Chocolate Luna Cookie. It was no Mint Chocolate, like lovely Heather enjoys (and I think is my favorite too), but with PB in it- I was a fan. I also downed some coffee, but I was so groggy I don’t even remember drinking it. I live in a studio so my coffee maker is my alarm. I’m worried someday I’ll just drink it out of the coffee pot…

I ran with my friend. We wanted to do about six. Both of us were exhausted, but she has a Garmin Nuvi and that thing is the BOMB! It was so encouraging to know how far we had gone. Anyone have one? Are you happy with it? After my 6.23 miler I chugged a HUGE sigg of h2o and slowly ate this MASSIVE bfast cookie (3/4 cup oats, T DCD dreams PB [review coming soon!], 1 scoop Whole Foods Soy Protein Powder, 1/2 banana, stevia, 1/4 c light soy milk):

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

May not look big, but boy, that sucker’s got depth. I barely ate it all! But I consider myself a breakfast champion and know how to put it away with the best of them..(it may have taken me a solid 40 minutes to eat though…)

And snacks:

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Cinnamon Raisin PB in 1/2 Ezekiel Pita (yep! That’s my next review!)

Because 7 hours in the library and 7 hours of class deserves a treat

Because 7 hours in the library and 7 hours of class deserves a treat

A treat for me! I plan to eat this between my 7 hours of library and 7 hours of class. Sigh.

Lunch:

Weird for two reasons

Weird for two reasons

1. Those are in deed KALE CHIPS!!!

2. Yes I plan on cooking the burger before I eat it. But they expire today. Thoughts on it still being good tomorrow? I don’t know if I can eat two in one day!

Me gusta Kombucha

Me gusta Kombucha

I know some of you dislike Kombucha. I really enjoy it… but then again, I think I get a weird buzz from it… anyone else? Guava is my FAVE.

CHALLENGE UPDATE:

  • 30-Day Shred– A little on hold this week as I am prioritizing cardio and yoga, but plan to start it back up asap.
  • Yoga– I AM SO IN LOVE. It calms me when I need calming, makes me feel strong when I feel weak, and rejuvenates me like nothing else. Wow. I love Hatha, Power, everything I’ve tried. I’m easy, I guess 🙂

CUPCAKE UPDATE:

The winner is….

Will you go out with me? Check yes or no.

Will you go out with me? Check yes or no.

BLACK AND WHITE!!! SO FREAKING AMAZING. My mom and I were simply waxing petic on this tasty morsel of heaven. I hope we meet again… The red velvet was good too, but really only because the cream cheese frosting was divine and that was mostly what you tasted.

PEANUT BUTTER REVIEW UPDATE:

  • PB and Co Dark Chocolate Dreams coming as soon as finals end
  • PB and Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl is next on my agenda!

Ok, time for me to actually research Zero Tolerance in schools, read about Non-Profit Management, and hydrate some more.

Also, I am still reading your blogs- just not commenting much. I hope to be back soon 🙂 Thanks y’all!

JuliOUT

I am considering a heart rate monitor or GPS. Any recommendations?? Which do you prefer?

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Morning folks!

Started my day with an intense hour of P90X Plyometrics. My heart rate was through the roof, but I feel really great now that I’ve done it. I haven’t done any work and my mom gets into town tomorrow so I’m getting a little antsy.

After P90X I started with this:

I want to pump... you up!

I want to pump... you up!

Then I completed my breakfast with:

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1 cup millet puffs, 1 HUGE strawberry, 1/2 banana, Chobani plain, 1/2 T flax seeds, 1 T Dark Chocolate Dreams. So yummy. The millet puffs were crackling! It was so fun to eat and reminded me of rice krispies!

Now that I’m chock full of protein I am ready to do paper research like a mad-woman and clean like a fiend.

I want to try kale chips later! I also missed having my Oobleck (i.e. green monster) drink today. Tear.

Anyone got any fun-filled Friday plans?

Have a great weekend!!!

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I am not sure I slept a wink last night 😦 But I woke up ready for some Jillian Michael’s Level 2. Since I was pretty hungry I started with this snack:

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But, y’all… it does NOT look like a cookie! What cookie is SQUARE?

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That’s okay, though. It’s thinking outside the circle. Plus it was delicious and carried me through Jillian Michaels Level 2, mile run, 30 minutes elliptical, and a computer crash. A+ Luna.

I also booked a ticket to go visit my sister in Seattle in April! I AM SO EXCITED!!!

After all this I decided to make a Lean Green Fighting Machine Smoothie.

In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 T ground flax
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup Silk Plain Soy Milk

And the most amazing addition:

  • 1 T Dark Chocolate Dreams PB

Can’t say I wasn’t a little scared about the mix, but I LOVED it!!!

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I could really taste the DCD PB! It was absolutely wonderful.

Green Monster Smoothie- A+.

For lunch I’m planning on getting my cereal and greek yogurt fix in for the day. Yippee!

Question of the Day: What trip do you have coming up that you are super excited about?

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Woke up this morning to an email saying I had a paper due by 10 am. My morning workout went out the window and I cranked out the paper while eating banana-cocoa-egg-white oatbran (no picture since I was in paper-mode). This breakfast held me for a SOLID three hours. Yay! Afterwards I decided to go to my favorite store in the world: Whole Foods.

I found lots of gems including these:

Treats!

Treats!

After I go to the grocery store, especially Whole Foods, I always want to try everything I have just bought. Instead I picked one to have with my Bender inspired coffee cocoa:

Snacky McSnackerson

Snacky McSnackerson

THIS LUNA BAR IS SO DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!! I highly recommend it!

Today I have had no peanut butter! Yikes! Hopefully I’ll have some soon…

But now I’m going to finish some research then do some Jillian Michaels (woo 30-Day challenge!) and some Power Vinyasa 2 from yogadownload.com. I need to center myself before a very long 6 hours of class.

Question of the Day:

What is your favorite Luna bar flavor?

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Yesterday I ran into a friend of mine who asked me whether or not I wanted to run with her this morning at 6:45. Despite being in a major funk, I agreed thinking it might help me out. Lo and behold I feel amazing after our run. It has been raining nonstop here but it cleared up right as we started running and as we ran it became upper-50s and sunny. Perfect running weather.

I now feel refreshed and ready to face the day. I am a morning person and want to start to try to workout nice and early again. I forgot how wonderful it felt to have accomplished so much before 8 am.

Also when I got back I had Gina‘s breakfast cookie awaiting me. I used Dark Chocolate Dreams in it and it was divine! In the mix: 1/3 c oats, 1/2 scoop Whole Foods Vanilla Protein Powder, 1T DCD PB, 2 T plain silk soy milk, 1/2 mashed banana, and a stevia packet. I actually threw it together before my run, so I put it in my freezer to expedite the process. I was worried it wouldn’t be the same as having the flavors marinate over night, but it was delicious. I thought it needed an extra kick to celebrate a new day so I squirted some whip cream on it 🙂 PERFECT!

Happy morning

Happy morning

Question of the Day:

What is your favorite way to start your day?

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