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Lean and Green

So how did everyone do with the Self Love Challenge #1???  Keep it up!  If you had a tough time, that’s ok!  Change takes a little while, so keep working on it.  🙂


I finally got an antibiotic, so hopefully I’ll be feeling better before I head home next weekend!!! Yes NEXT WEEKEND!!! I can’t wait.  I miss my family and my home soooo much. 

Not only did I take my antibiotic…I took my vitamins like a champ and ate very well!



Breakfast consisted of a lot of coffee, and an amazing peanut butter toast, topped with banana and raisins.  So many of my favorite things.  Also, if you’re looking for a new bread selection from the supermarket, I recommend Nature’s Pride.  My favorite is the Nutty Oat.

I taught cycling tonight also!  I love my group of girls, they really help energize me after long draining days in grad school.



Made a yummy healthy salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, and yellow bell pepper.  Followed by……


MORE ACORN SQUASH!!!! Oh how I love acorn squash.  I need to go to the farmer’s market and get more ASAP because I’m all out 😦 .

Now it’s off to watch the Biggest Loser!!

^one of my favorite contestants!

Jillian and Bob went over healthy weight loss with the contestants tonight.  Some of the main points:

  1. You NEED to eat for weight loss.
  2. It’s all about calories in vs. calories out – so eat well but make sure you take in less than you expend (don’t go below 1200 calories a day and try not to go above a 1000 calorie deficit.  Your body may go into a starvation mode, which will inhibit your weight loss)
  3. Make your choices lean and green.  Make your meat choices lean: lean chicken, lean turkey, sirloin, lean pork.  And choose lots of vegetables and fruits. 
  4. Eat whole foods.  The less processing the better.

I’m glad that Bob and Jillian are advocating healthy choices such as these.  At least they aren’t buying into the media and promoting different fad diets (ie: Zone, Atkins, South Beach).

Have a wonderful evening everyone!


Charlie has been very active lately.  I have a feeling that the toy I got him had catnip in it.  Need to read the label!!!!  Till next time, I have a crazy kitty 🙂


I Miss You


Acorn Squash has become my new favorite thing.  It can be savory, it can be sweet.  So last night I whipped up the quickest and most satisfying healthy dinner using a few leftovers.

Stuffed Squash

See this post for how to cook the acorn squash (super easy!)

Use 1 chicken breast.  Mix 3 tbsp of canola oil and 1 tbsp of chili powder.  Make into a paste and spread over the chicken.  Bake for 30 minutes at 375 (or you could grill it) flipping once.

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Dice half the chicken.  Mix with black beans and salsa.   Put into the cooked acorn squash.

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I think you could even do this with baked or fried tofu.  Make it vegetarian!(World Vegetarian Day is Oct 1st…THIS FRIDAY!)

I topped mine with a little mexican shredded cheese.  Soooooo good!  Definitely filled me up enough for me to handle the few beers I had going out.  Have you ever tried Goose Island?  I had 312 last night and LOVED IT!!!  Would have taken a picture, but I haven’t gotten comfortable enough being a food paparazzi to whip out my camera 🙂


Lately I’ve been really homesick.

I finally figured out when I’ll be able to go home again … Oct 8th – 12th.  Thank goodness!  But I still don’t like being this far away from my home or my family.

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I miss Penn State and State College. (as everyone who graduates does!)

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I miss Penn State Fitness.

I think this is normal.  I think everyone who moves away from home goes through this adjustment.  I just hate it.

Let me please make it known that I am so blessed to have this opportunity to get my PhD here at Purdue.  I could do my thesis on just about anything because of the plethora of people and equipment that they have to offer.

I just wish this school wasn’t so damn far away.

Quote to Leave you With:

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”