Needless to say I am very unprepared! My studying this semester just has not been as productive as it should be.
At 6pm tomorrow I will be taking my final on Evidence. I have not memorized all the Federal Rules of Evidence, but have memorized most of the hearsay rules thankfully! I will be up late tonight studying, then do practice questions tomorrow!
The rest of the week will be dedicated to Tax. Tax final is Friday night. Then next week I have 3 finals! Ugh!
Anyway, sorry for my major complaining vent. I will return to regular blogging after December 12th I promise!!!
Wish me luck!
Hope you all are enjoying top beginning of the holiday season!
For not celebrating the holiday, we have had a decent day here in Houston. The weather is beyond beautiful! The hubby and I had a nice 40 minute (4miles-ish) run this morning at Memorial. I was glad to see there were a lot of runners out there.
There was not stuffing our bellies with endless calories, but we enjoyed some good food and watched a Christmas movie.
I made a pretty decadent turkey sandwich.
This is lightly toasted sourdough bread
1 Swiss Laughing Cough Cheese
Thinly sliced apple
thinly sliced onions
sprinkle of moz. cheese
drizzle of balsamic vingarette
I then broiled this for a few minutes until warm and gooey
Soooo good! My husband was extremely jealous and actually ate a huge chunk of my sandwich when I walked into the kitchen to get a napkin!
On the side I had apple slices not pictured and handful of chex mix.
I followed this recipe, EXCEPT I used a store bought reduced fat graham cracker crust, Splenda instead of sugar, and used a pumpkin pie spice mix for the spices. I also used about 3 times more spice because I really, really like pumpkin pie spice!
Store bought crust--so much easier
Mixing the cream cheese part (I used my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer because I love this thing!)
Separating 1 cup cream cheese mixture-adding in 1/2 cup pumpkin (that leaves leftover pumpkin for oats tomorrow~)
I am quite a sight this week. When I get up from my computer, there is a circle of books, papers, notes, flashcards that radiates out from the center.
Not to gross you out, but I actually did not shower for two days! Yes, that is how intense studying for finals is while in law school.
Currently I am trying to master Evidence. My final is Monday. I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving although I was given a wonderful offer by my friends in Houston!
Please wish me luck in memorizing all the Federal Rules of Evidence in the next few days!!!!
Here are some highlights of food:
Central Market Bar stock up--Yum!
Turkey, hummus, lettuce, spicy mustard on Arnold Mult-Grain Sandwich Thin
Side of carrots and pretzels
Brain Lunch (or so I would like to think)
The hubby and I had baked sweet potatoes last night. I don't like skin on potatoes (I know it has fiber and goodness for you, but I just can't stand it!) I peeled my potato, chopped it into large chunks and microwaved until tender. I then rolled a foil packet and added butter, brown sugar (Splenda mix), cinnamon, and drizzle of honey. I let this heat in the oven while I microwaved the hubby's sweet potato
I added a little Kashi on top. I like my sweet potatoes SWEET! We also had a slice of toasted sour dough bread.
I have had a rough week with stress, so the cheer me up Jordan put a costume on the doggie! I laughed so hard!
He is such a good sport!
I hope you all enjoy the holiday, I plan on doing a 4-5 mile run tomorrow then studying all day! The hubby will be busy with football.
Things I Thankful for:
My legs-they allow me to run all the miles that I do
My husband- who is supporting me while in school, and deals with a spouse in law school (it is not easy folks)
Trooper-he makes me smile on even the worst day
My brain-it amazes me the amount of information I have learned in my life
My friends-friends are my family and I am thankful for all of their support
Yesterday was a very rainy and cold (TX cold of 50 degrees) and I only got in 3 miles + elliptical. So this morning the hubby and I got up and decided to get in some serious miles!
We ran from our apartment to a park, did a 3 mile loop at the park (the hubby didn't this part of the run), then ran back to the apartment for a total of about 11.5 miles! Woo-hoo!
It felt awesome, and I was really pushing it the last 2-3 miles!
After ice, shower, snack, we went to Academy and I searched for running tights for when we head back Midwest for Christmas.
Fact: Running tights are not flattering on anyone!
On the plus side, I found Pumpkin Pie and Gingerbread Clif bars! I bought two of each to try!
We then hit up Central Market--my favorite grocery store ever!
We got all kinds of goodies!
Then it was time for lunch! Surprisingly I was not really hungry at all. That could be either stress or that sometimes my appetite leaves when I exercise a lot.
I made this ginormous yogurt mess. It had half a HUGE apple, greek yogurt mixed with canned pumpkin, cinnamon, Kashi, and honey! This was huge and I ate the whole darn thing!
We couldn't resist this fresh loaf of sour-dough bread at CM, so I lightly toasted a slice with jam. So good I nibbled before I could get the picture in!
Need Some Inspiration?
My best friend is a very creative and positive person and sent me these photos. She has been dealing with a relationship that was very unhealthy and hurtful. To remind herself that she is amazing (She is!) she created post-its with inspirational sayings and lyrics.
Although I managed to run 9 miles Saturday and 6 miles today. I am still suffering food hangover. I even skipped breakfast--which never ever happens!!!!
After my Saturday run, I toasted up a Whole Wheat Flax waffle, smeared on some pureed pumpkin, cinnamon, and honey. I ate this on the walk to the bar for a dual Alumni Watch Party. Because the game did not go well for us, I won't talk about it more. But I ended up drinking at screw driver at 10am (hello college days) and 2 beers.
I also snagged a pretty good hot dog from the Alumni Club. They were cooking out on the grill. Even toasted to bun. I actually love hot dogs cooked on charcoal...tastes like summer fun. (P.S. It is over 80 here still, so it feels like summer fun)
Dinner was at Chuys (Mexican cuisine) to celebrate a friend's birthday. I ordered a pretty darn good soup and salad combo. I could not resist the Tortilla soup! This was really good tortilla soup. Chunks of white meat chicken, tomatoes, celery, corn, avocado, and spices.
My soup cam with this large-sized dinner salad. I ended up eating about half.
Before we ordered I literally downed an entire basket of chips and jalapeno dip all by myself!
Needless to say I was uncomfortable stuffed!
We hit up a bar for a bit and headed home early to take the doggie out!
My husband also drove all the way back from the burbs at midnight to surprise Trooper and I. Trooper might have been disappointed because he had quite quickly moved into Jordan's spot on the bed and even claimed the pillow!
Unpictured for the day are 4 snickerdoodle cookies and a brownie! Yes, that is a ridiculous amount of sweets and goodness knows how many calories. The realization that I have not started studying seriously hit me yesterday and when a package arrived with homemade bake goods I had a mini-melt down. I admit I felt pretty darn guilty/bad about eating that many cookies (large cookies at that). I am working really hard to get my pre-Texas body back and to drop a few pounds that have crept on from being inactive. Being as short as I am (barely over the 5ft mark) even five pounds can have a pretty negative effect on how my body looks and how I preform athletically.
What do you do to get past a calorie overload? Or how do you keep yourself on track?
For me, I ran 6 miles today when I had planned on 3 earlier this week. I am also going to be way more careful throughout the week to negate all those sugar calories!
Now onto Sunday:
The hubby and I woke up and hit the park. I did a very slow, food/sugar hangover 6 miles. The hubby even managed to run 2 and walk 2. We came home, took the dog on a nice little walk, then hit Sams to stock up until the new year.
At Sams I found a pretty good deal on Arnold's Sandwish Thins, so I decided to cave in and finally give them a try. Upon opening the bad I noticed they had a pretty nice hearty smell to them. I also liked that you could see grains on the texture.
I just lightly toasted my thin, then added red pepper hummus, turkey, mushrooms, and lettuce.
On the side was carrots and grapes.
I really wasn't hungry given all the food I ate yesterday, but I knew my body needed some nutrients after my run this morning.
The rest of the day is dedicated to getting my classwork done(only one more week) and trying to cram in 3 weeks worth of studying into one week!
While many runners prefer warmer/cooler temps, 55 degrees is considered to be the ideal running temperature. For every 20 degrees above/below 55 degrees a runner will see a 7% degradation in their running ability.
I need a weekend away to relax and say "Ohm" because I am a law student with two weeks until finals. Exercise has been pushed to the back burner and all forms of relaxation disappeared weeks ago! This semester I have a final the Monday after Thanksgiving, so I will be studying Federal Rules of Evidence instead of celebrating!
I would love a weekend of relaxation and wellness as a reward for surviving finals!
This great contest is brought to you buy Oikos- my favorite Greek Yogurt! (P.S. my favorite flavor is the one with honey!)
I am still trying to get over this illness, aka I sleep all the time. Sleep is bad for studying, so my posting will be limited.
Today I had an awesome brain power snack after class. Gala apple sliced with cinnamon. I made peanut butter dip by using about one and half teaspoons of PB with 2 tablespoons of Dannon Light n Fit Vanilla. I used my mini-drink whisk to mix together until smooth! So good!
Also a few cocoa roasted almonds-they seem like a brain food to me!
Started my morning with baked apple oatmeal. So good.
I used the stove for oats because I forget to set them overnight. I cooked the oats normally 1/2 oats, 1 cup water. While they were cooking I microwaved diced apple with cinnamon and splash of water for 1 minute. At the end I mixed the apples into the pot and let them cook just a minute or two more.
Last night the apartment complex had their monthly meal and last night's theme was Thanksgiving dinner. I of course filled my plate with a sample of everything. We more than likely will not be celebrating this year because I have a final on Monday, so I needed to get some traditional food in now!
Sunday night we went over to a friend's to watch football. I packed a salad and topped it with a piece of the grilled chicken they made. I may or may not have stolen some cheese fries!
This is me hanging my award from the 10k!!!
I must return to the books. I hope to post again soon!
I am a 23 year old law school student who moved from a Midwestern college town to Houston, Texas. I am trying to regain the healthy lifestyle that has gotten lost in a "Texas" state of mind. I have now run my first half marathon and look forward to continue challenging my body. Check out www.cardiofoodie.com (or click on My Webpage at the left) for info about me, food, and running!