Bad Blogger

28 Aug

I’m pretty new at this still! So basically, I manage to forget to take a picture of a single thing I ate today. Which means this post will be purely for me.

Afternoon snack: two dates with almond butter, a handful of cherries, peach

Dinner: eggplant w/ quinoa dish, cherries, another date,

Night snack: 3 cups of grapes, tiny piece of dark chocolate

This was all accompanied with cup after cup of lemon water! I mix bubble* water with a squirt of lemon juice and it’s so much fun to drink! Lately, the water in our filter has been tasting a little sediment-y so this is a nice alternative. I’m going to drink myself poor if I keep buying Perrier though!

Something I’ve noticed: No matter how healthily I eat for that day, some nights I just have this crazy urge to eat everything in the house! I’m getting better at controlling it and just having a few fruits or a small bowl of cereal these days but geez, what is it about me? I’m trying to just skim through all the nutrients my body could be deficient on and therefore, craving but I can’t think of anything! Any ideas?

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about a mantra I’ve picked up that has SERIOUSLY improved my life.

Until then, here’s a picture of me trying to take a picture of my hair in the wind and sun.

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Awkward! This one’s a little better.

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Haha, there we go. Now there’s three unflattering pictures of me on this blog.

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Best Oats Yet

28 Aug

Last night, after having a late lunch, I wasn’t too hungry for dinner so I listened to what my body wanted and just had a nutrient-packed green monster and some fresh fruit. I managed to stay away from all the chocolate that my family bought and just had a small piece of dark chocolate. Delicious!

After dinner, I made an overnight oat bowl for the next morning and boy, was I ever looking forward to it!

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This didn’t look very appealing but believe me, it was my best yet! Every bite had a little bit of something tasty and it was just fantastic.

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In the bowl, I had oats, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a third of a peach, a handful of white raisins and a handful of cranberries. All topped up with cinnamon and absolutely no sweetener, the fruits were enough.

Funny story, I woke up at 6:30 to the sunrise and a grumbling stomach so I ate this up, read a few blogs, then fell back asleep for 5 (!!) hours. By then, it was practically time for lunch.

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I made a little snack plate with a sandwich thin spread with hummus, a red pepper (didn’t eat the whole thing, I think the hummus had gone bad!), and a spinach pancake. That was a frozen product but it only had about 6 ingredients and tasted SO great.

I think I’m going bowling later today but I really hope not. Bowling alley’s never have any healthy choices and the ‘rents will probably want to go out to eat afterwards. I’m really more comfortable making my own food.

What about you? Do you prefer preparing your own meals or having someone else prepare them for you?

So Many Cats

27 Aug

Continuing my story where I left off leads me to the adoption center. I was ready to be shot down for not being 18 years old yet but when I got there, they said they needed cat socializers and that I was welcome to come in over the weekends. I had been looking forward to it for so long and taking care of those cats DID NOT disappoint. I didn’t even notice how fast the time was passing, but more on that in a bit.

The cats all had unique personalities, it was like a sitcom!

(BEWARE: If you don’t like listening to people talking about cats, this post is not for you! Scroll to the end where I have food pictures and life updates and such.)

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First, we had Tessa. She acted like she hated the world but you could totally tell she was a sweetheart and whenever I rubbed her neck, she would purr so much, the whole bench shook! (Don’t tell the others, but she’s my favorite)

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Next up was Lily. She was totally adorable. I would pet her with one hand and then she would flip over on her back and start chewing on my fingers. It was the cutest thing!

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And Emme! Gosh, she was cute and SO FLUFFY. Emme was lucky enough to be adopted by a nice older lady today. Hope she likes her new home!

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Tandy! She looked like an angel, I swear. I just wanted to pick her up and snuggle with her but she didn’t like me very much.

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WALLY. Oh my goodness, was this cat every fat! I kept thinking of a dark haired Garfield. I would wave toys in front of him, trying to get him to play with me but he was SO lazy. And I totally made a rookie mistake and gave him a treat when he gave me the puppy dog eyes (or would it be kitty cat eyes)? He’s supposed to be watching his weight, you see.

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Zoya was so creepy when she would just stare at me. But she was a doll, once you got past her shyness. And it was sort of funny to see whenever she got frightened and jumped!

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Seriously though, she was the shyest thing ever. I’m just trying to take your picture, Zoya!

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Tiger was like a teddy-bear in cat form. Adorable and snuggly and cuddly and all those types of words.

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Apparently, there was a trick to telling these two (Laya and Louis) apart but I never could! Not to mention the fact that they were constantly flying across the room! These two were definitely the trouble-makers of the group; they were always trying to start a fight or rip into a bag of treats.

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Okay, so this one doesn’t seem to the white spot between his eyes which means it’s Laya… or wait… maybe I remember that wrong and this is Louis? I DON’T KNOW!

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Don’t be tricked by his adorable face, Cole hated me! I have bite marks all over my leg and pretty dress. Well, a lot of the bite marks were from him but if I’m honest, they all bit and scratched! Better get used to me cats, I’ll be here pretty darn often.

The time with the cats, like I mentioned, whizzed past.  It was 4 o clock before I got home and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. Can you say STARVING?

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Luckily, my parents are awesome and brought me tofu sushi! Gosh, I love this stuff. Three of the rolls have a little soy sauce on them and the fourth has Annie’s Barbeque Sauce. At first, I didn’t like the sauce but it’s definitely grown on me and YUM.

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After an hour biking and 6 hours without eating, that sushi wasn’t enough! I stole some of the eggplant leftovers and holy crap! They got BETTER the next day. The tomato ended up being pretty grainy so I didn’t finish it. Shame, I usually love tomatoes!

Now I’m sitting at home, trying not to over heat and planning a green monster with figs for dinner.

Have you done any volunteer work?

I think it’s super rewarding and INSANELY fun. But I’m obsessed with all things cat.

Dressed-Up Shopping

27 Aug

Last night for dinner, I had a Chinese-inspired dish with eggplant and quinoa. I didn’t get a chance to ask my mom for the recipe but it was so good that she’ll probably make it again soon and I’ll be sure to steal it! The dish didn’t look too pretty but it was amazing!

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After dinner, I watched some Charmed with the family which was a fun way to unwind after my last day of work! Finally, I get to enjoy the summer for one week before my school starts up again.

Before I went to bed, I did a bunch of planks, crunches, and other ab exercises that my chiropractor recommended to me. They were hard! I was definitely sweating towards the end of the work out but part of that was because of the fact that the house was 94 (!!!) degrees. Talk about a hot day! It’s time like this that I miss having A.C.

Today, I woke up and got dressed for success. Since I haven’t put a picture of myself up yet, here it is! This is me, everyone. Ignore the fact that I look about 12, it’s all those darn braces!

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I had a peach and orange at about 7:30 when a text woke me up. Later, at 10 or so, I had the rest of Silverhill Squirrely bread (this stuff is my favorite!) we had in the bag with peanut butter and my mom’s home made jam. OH MY GOODNESS. I love that jam so much! Not too sweet, plenty of strawberry chunks and it just tastes homemade, you know what I mean?

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While I ate, I started making a list of the Day Zero Project (check it out, it’s really cool!) . Basically, you chose 101 goals that you want to complete in the next 1001 days. I only have 50 or so tasks right now but I’m excited. It’ll help me make sure I’m actually doing something with my life and not just letting these amazing years pass me by.

After breakfast, I went on a bike ride to the local Sprout’s which is basically a mixture of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I love shopping there, it’s nearby, clean, and well-stocked with health foods. Where else can I go get chia seeds?

Because I’m a total dork and I haven’t been able to dress up for awhile, I put on a dress just for grocery shopping. Who’s going to stop me?

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After I bought some Hemptation Bread, chia seeds, and royal jelly (for my mom), I decided to stop by the local pet store and drop off my application. I decided that I wanted to start volunteering in the adoption area seeing as my parents won’t let me have a pet. This is the next best thing. I got some really great news while I was there but I’ll save that for my next post because this one is getting pretty long.

Hope you all had a fantastic day!

Let’s Get it Started

26 Aug

I’ve been putting off making this first post for almost a month! I figure the best thing to do is just get it out of the way and hope regular blogging follows naturally.

Hi, I’m Melody and more information is on my about me page. Shorter version: I’m a 15 year old girl with a huge passion* for healthy living. More specifically, healthy eating. I wish I could say I was also a runner, biker, triahtlete, gymnast, anything! but I’m really not. I dabble in every sport and love them all. Right now, I’m training for a triathlon, a 5k obstacle course, and participating in a few dance classes. I’m also preparing for cheer leading tryouts.

This blog will primarily be a journal-type outlet that I can use to keep track of my goals, some of which include the triathlon, eating close to the source, and choosing to be a more positive person.

I really hope that I’m soon able to experience the amazing blogging community that so many of you gush about.

Until then, I should probably get posting! Starting tonight, I’ll have pictures of me, my food and my life.

Cheers,

Melody

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22 Aug

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