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today was a good day.

some days are just awesome.

i’m still on winter break so i hung out in bed catching up on hulu and reading until mid-afternoon; when i went to the gym. my run was great, apparently khloe and lamar on the tv + girl running on the treadmill next to me = fast alice. i did 5k and it felt really great. then i switched to the elliptical for 45 minutes to burn off some calories and although it was pretty boring, my legs definitely felt the hill course i chose.

my eating today was solid–lots of yummy whole grain carbs! i had an apple, plain non-fat greek yogurt with bran buds and honey plus a ww english muffin with peanut butter.

my meal schedule over break has sort of fallen into breakfast-second breakfast-after gym snack-early dinner. so second breakfast meant oatmeal with a tablespoon of peanut butter and half an english muffin with butter.

after my lovely workout i snacked on baby carrots dipped in a laughing cow cheese wedge (garlic and herb) plus a little bit of cream cheese on a toasted pita (my favorite snack, which sounds super weird but is delicious!).

dinner meant half an avocado with cilantro and garlic powder smashed up on half a toasted english muffin with a little drizzle of olive oil and my left over tofu and broccoli stir fry from last night.

sorry for the lack of pictures but i was super hungry/too lazy to find my camera!

tomorrow marks my last day home alone of winter break and i plan to celebrate it by not leaving the house. in all seriousness, i haven’t been at all dedicated to any exercise other than running (i was reminded of this by a little ache in my knee at the gym today) so i plan to do one of my dvds and spend the rest of the day chilling/reading on the couch!

just me.

so since i started this blog i’ve been struggling to define exactly what i want this space to be. exercise, weight loss and health are truly very important to me, but i’m also at the stage of my journey where i am under 20 pounds away from my goal weight,  happy and motivated to integrate exercise into my daily life, and eating a healthy, balanced diet comes pretty naturally. in essence, i think i “got it”. knock on wood.

in truth, losing weigh hasn’t been that hard for me. although i was over weight, it was pretty much entirely due to the fact that i just really didn’t think or care about what went into my mouth. the way i felt/looked and what i ate were not connected yet in my brain.

then all of a sudden i realized my health was something to value and nurture with smart eating and regular exercise. once i made that connection and got used to the new array of foods i should eat; fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins, i made the switch and soon things just fell into place.

don’t get me wrong, i am very grateful i’ve never had issues with food other than liking it a lot, and i am so appreciative of and awed by others who share their struggles on the internet, the most public of venues. but that’s not my story.

in short; i think about food and care about the food i put in my body. a lot. i care about my own health a lot. but i’ve reached the point in my journey where i am no longer self-conscious about my body (most of the time). i have a normal healthy weight. i crave a run when i miss too many. this holiday season, i proved to myself that i can handle those moments in life full of goodies while essentially maintaining my weight.

but food is a part of my life, food is not my life. exercise is a part of my life, exercise is not my life.

so in being authentic to myself as a person, this blog is not going to be strictly an account of my daily eating and exercising habits–although that will happen. i am so much more than that, and since i view this place as an extension of myself, the rest will inevitably be reflected.

i hope you enjoy getting to know me beyond my love of baked tofu, oatmeal and steamed broccoli!

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