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Yesterday I had a track meet in one of the most shadiest places I’ve ever been to I thought I was gonna get shot or something. I ran a 3k, hit my PR time, ran without inserts for the first time in months  and with no spikes as my calves are KILLING ME (I have planters faciitis)

Night before, prerace meal got invaded by the pink Domo. (I still don’t have my camera battery, I just have my backup camera)

Spaghetti, edamane, veggies, and canned tomatoes.  Pretty cheap (edamane = plant protein for non vegheads out there)

This morning…2 hour long run of 14 miles.  Afterwards….the best breakfast in the whole entire planet…I mean you can’t make blueberry pancakes without fresh (or frozen!) bleuberries, it just ain’t right!

I also added cinnamon and brown sugar to the mix.  I also used strawberry preserves instead of syrup, I honestly cannot handle the sweetness of syrup.  I might as well TRY and post a recipe, I don’t know how long I cooked anything for or how much of the stuff I put in.

Blueberry Pankcakes:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Krusteaz fluffy pancake mix (or any pancake mix that spells FLUFFY!)
  • 1/4 cup-1/2 cup of blueberries (somewhere in that range)
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • 1/4 water (for the mix, less water for thicker pancakes, more water for thinner pancakes)
  • 1 Tbsn strawberry preserves

Directions:

  1. First you need to turn on your stove and ready your pan with Pam or butter, a stuck pancake is a sad pancake.
  2. Mix the pancake mix and water together until mix is not clumpy and lumpy.
  3. Add blueberries.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon ontop.
  5. I don’t know how long I left the pancake sit there, it was probably 5 min.  But the middle was still moist so I put a lid ontop to cook the top.
  6. Take a spoon and loosen the pancake once you think its ready to flip, slide the pancake onto a plate.  Place the pan upsidedown ontop of the plate and flip it so that the pancake is now in the pan.
  7. Now cook the other side, this shouldn’t take as long as the first side.
  8. Now slide the pancake back onto the plate, get your strawberry preserves and spread some ontop.

As for the budget challenge…well I havn’t really spent anything, but I need gas BAD. I’m so scared to know what gas prices are now lol

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So the internet shut off here…so I’m cramming 2 days worth of stuff.

Morning workout on Tuesday morning, I got pulled from it since I decided yesterday to just blast through the run lol.  Also I found out that my graduation is the same weekend as the last track meet…whelp guess I’m going to graduation…and pull $100 out of my next paycheck and sign up for the Pittsburgh marathon…or half…I don’t know!

Did you know that it was national peanut butter day?

I took yesterday’s oatmeal mixture and added 1 Tbs. of Peanut Butter.  I should’ve added 1/2 Tbs. because it wouldn’t set and I almost burnt it because it wouldn’t microwave correctly….<insert durp moment>.

I also got a ton of work done regarding school, my senior project is destroying and completely redoing this website for my dad.  I only have the layouts….100 different layouts (I’ll be here all night!)

Wednesday…was a long day. I woke up at 5:15am to run before class, forgot to make breakfast but packed a ton of stuff for lunch (peanutbutter sandwich and mac n cheese and something else).  So…ended up using mealplan money to buy breakfast.  Then took a walk around downtown to get rid of the bad mood i was in to get some serious decent coffee from a Crazy Mocha – $2.50! But it was totally worth it.

I also made smileyface pancakes…and i wish i had a working camera right about now (no pictures are lame right?) I’m still waiting for the battery to come in the mail.

 

Today’s weather….sunny with a chance of pelting rain.  Yup that was an enjoyable 10 miler of pelting rain that pretty much blinded me for a few minutes…did i mention there was a lot of oncoming traffic?

Back to Budget Challenge….I ended up buying stuff yesterday at the cafe and some more stuff today from the cafe. I might be over on my account now (I really have no idea anymore my meal plan got changed so many times).

I also made this nomtastic oatmeal cake from Love Veggies and Yoga.  She has a lot of awesome recipes I want to try. And she also has a link to a yoga site that you can download some free PDFs and audio (yogadownload.com, check out the poses tab)

I changed it up a bit:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Packet of apple cinnamon oatmeal
  • 1 bannana

Directions:

  1. Mash Banana (microwave it for a max. of 10 seconds if it came from the fridge, its so much easier)
  2. Mix both ingredients together. Split the mixture in half. (it makes 2 servings!)
  3. Place 1 serving of mixture in a microwave save bowl.
  4. Microwave for 90 seconds.
  5. Let it cool down a bit and harden before removing from bowl
  6. ENJOY! (I need to be more consistent with layouts lol)

I also found out today that I might possibly have a protein deficiency. I mean I usually have dry hair, my nails show that I’m not getting enough (This fortune teller last fall told me this). Although I think I may have gone overboard with the budget thing and forgotten how to eat healthy. Did you know your ankles swell up when you have a protein deficiency? I didn’t know that! Also that your gums bleed more easily (this happened last night). So I think I need to start taking things in a new direction.

These past 2 weeks I have learned a lot I guess, like planning my meals in advance and planning them according to what my schedule is going to be like for the next couple of days it will still be edible.  Also I need to start eating healthier. Budgeting =/= cutting out certain nutrients.  I mean yes, I’m not going to the extreme on this, but hte fact that I’ve been buying the cheaper stuff (things with lots of carbs) has probably thrown me out of balance a bit.

I am a vegeterian also, so this probably is also a challenge concidering trying to come up with meals that fit my nutritional needs as a competitive runner (60% carbs, 20% protein, %20 fat, at least from what I’ve always seen/heard/read).

Havn’t bought anything from the cafe, except for milk (I ran out, I cant drink coffee without it). I also started using the massive storage of food in my room.

Two nights ago, a blizzard came to town (I somehow managed to drive to my house afterwards last night), I went over my friend’s house to kill 1 of the 7 boxes of pierogies in my freezer.
Then yesterday was the long run of 2 hours, then I ended up at iHop (once again, it was offered). I probably made dinner twice this week, which I like to cook my food so that was different. Although I did end up buying coffee creamer (Shopper’s Value from Kuhns, under 3 dollars!) and then I realized that I needed to buy my graduation application…..this makes me angry because I am already 40,000+ in school loans and they want me to pay them another “small” sum just so i can graduate???? ugh…seriously? And on another note, I still can’t pick up hours at my old job 😦

Question to all those reading this:

Did/Do you have to pay a fee in order to graduate? Im curious.

Today is Day 10 of my mini-challenge.
First off, I went home for my birthday this weekend. Ate out A LOT. Had my phone get blown up and literally brick itself because it couldn’t handle all the notifications D:

Anywho, my mom and I wen to this Japanese Restaurant (We were gonna go to this place called Loving Hut, all vegan, but they were closed). Nothing to take home and eat later because we ordered appetizers (the main dishes were expensive and there was no way I was going to fit a salad, soup, rice and the whole dinner and dessert and take it home lol)
I also durped on the recipe from yesterday, it makes up to 2.5 cups, not 4. 1 serving is 2 Tbsp not 1/4 cup. Ahaha I’m a goose sometimes.

Now here’s a real kicker…I went up to the cafeteria to get a salad (and some other things) since I really didn’t feel like cooking and I ate like a pig the past 4 days. I found out that I am possibly $200 under for the week…how is this possible? Probably because I bought a bunch of crap last week and forgot about my stash in my room of 10 boxes of rice, 10 boxes of oatmeal, spaghetti, mac n cheese, half the market place just sitting in boxes.
My next plan of action? Not to buy anything from my meal plan until Monday (I work mondays and I literally have no choice but to buy dinner there), I mean that’s pretty much one of the reasons why I am doing this.

So I guess adding to this challenge would be to not waste food. (Last week with the rice and the remaining amount of curry I had left…yea).
I made about 4 cups of hummus…well I THINK it is hummus, I thought I had chickpeas and it turned out to be a pound of pinto beans. I substituted peanut butter for tahini, since I had no idea where to get it anyways and didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a jar.

Pinto bean & Peanut Butter Hummus:

  • 2 pound can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 6 Tb. Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tb. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 squeezed Lemon
  • Ground Red Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  • Drain the can of pinto beans (save the liquid!) and rinse them good.
  • Microwave pinto beans for about 20-30 seconds (easier to mash)
  • Mash the pinto beans (or use a food processor, I prefer this way because it still leaves some of the texture)
  • Add the peanut butter, olive oil, and lemon. Mix well
  • Add in the Ground Red Pepper, mix in. Adjust to your tastes.
  • Add the liquid (or water) for a less thicker hummus.
  • REFRIGERATE!!!

This makes about 2.5 cups of hummus.

    Serving Size: 2 TB
    Calories: 95
    Fat: 5g
    Carbs: 8g
    Fiber: 2.5g
    Protein: 4g

This actually turned out VERY good. In fact my dad tried to steal the whole container (I am promising him a portion of it, as he keeps eating it lol). I did add a little bit of garlic, but you can’t really tell there is garlic in there. (I add a lot of spices)

Since I have no class today, I decided to run before the crack of dawn. For those of you who like to run, run when the sun is coming up. It’s so beautiful.

EDIT: I really miscalculated the amount it makes.

So…I threw out the rice, it got all hard and dry (can’t seem to get around it) and i remembered reading somewhere that rice grows bacteria = food poisoning (yick).

I went to the market place on campus to see if they actually got bread in…and they don’t have any.  The only other option was to buy their bread, which is an extra dollar. …Um no.  You’d think that it being the first week of classes that they would put bread on their shelves by this point.  I’ve been here since last Friday and I have yet to see bread…This calls for an adventure to Aldi’s.  Cheap food that is also healthy and not filled with preservatives (most of the time), except sometimes the stuff they sell is so close to the expiration date…so to the freezer my big ol’ loaf goes (where I stumbled upon 7 boxes of pierogies and 2 tilapia fillets.) The bread ended up being $1.15…and it’s a lot of bread.

So dinner turned into tilapia with roasted red pepper hummus (I eat fish once in a blue moon, I need the omega’3s).  Some of my pierogies and frozen veggies, i need to make more freezer room.

Cheap-o hot chocolate:

  • 8 oz. hot water (or milk if you have any, i don’t at the moment 😦 )
  • 1 heaping tsp. of baker’s cocoa
  • multiple tsp. of sugar, depends on how sweet you like it.
    Directions
    MIX MIX MIX MIX MIX!! mix very well or you will get clumps!

I’ll be gone for 2 days, so hopefully I can save meal money I am getting for my trip. So far I havn’t spent that much money on food, didn’t eat out, didn’t get my usual cafe au lait when I go downtown. Next week I might as well add a goal to my budget challenge to make it more interesting.

Every meal…rice rice rice…lots and lots o rice.

  • Breakfast: greek yogurt, banana, rice.
  • Lunch: rice, edamame, mixed veggies, curry sauce.
  • Dinner: left over curry from last night…more rice…hot chocolate (from the dollar store across the street).  Well, I ended up eating all the curry because I read something about how long I could store this stuff in the fridge and freaked out over food poisoning (I’ve had it before, right before a race, it sucks)

This morning I woke up at 5 am to get my run in (long day awaited me).  It was extremely humid and warmer than I was expecting it to be.  (Does anyone notice that the air is more humid in the morning?)  Just as I was entering the neighborhood section, this guy comes running around the corner with a helmut on and a light attached to it.  I don’t know whether I should’ve laughed or been freaked out but it’s weird running into people running at the same awkward time of the morning as you where I live.

Since I was downtown all day for class, I decided to visit a good friend of mine and walk around the University she goes to.  Took my camera…with a massive camera bag (seriously unnecessary ).

Photostream from today

Awesome tip of the day:

Make use of your giftcards!  I know that a lot of you reading this are probably like “well duuuuhhh.”  But there’s a lot of people out there who forget they have them :D.

My boyfriend got a giftcard to this local thai place that we both really enjoy.

I walked out with 2 cups of tofu green curry (with eggplant…NOM <3), 4 quart container of white rice, and the rest of my curry sauce (which is a lot)…I now have dinner for the next 2 days, and hopefully i can eat all of this rice before I leave Friday afternoon lol.

Downloaded wordpress on my itouch (it’s free!).
Tried to download Mint (someone had mentioned it in my last post) wouldn’t download because my itouch is…old.
On another note…today is the first day of classes. My first dealing with different coding and scripting for web design. The professor recommended 2 books…..I really need a reference book for PHP, JavaScript,Ect. So what did I do? Google book prices. I do want to point out that there are a lot of thongs on amazon that turns out cheaper than eBay these days…
So there goes $25….I never buy textbooks anymore.
As far as food…mostly cheerios and oatmeal and yogurt and basic stuff. Nothing special really.