Verse of the Day
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
– Ephesians 2:10
Sometimes on the blog, I fear getting too personal will skew someone’s perception of me. Other times, I just feel like getting REAL with the readers just makes me human. They can relate to that. Not everything is always perfect in my life, as I’m sure it isn’t in yours either. Even if it is, bear with me while I vent, please. I’ll be here for you to vent to too, if you need it.
You wouldn’t think starting out the day with a breakfast like this would be setting you up for anything less than perfection, right?
Overnight oats: 1/3 C. old-fashioned oats, 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds, 1/3 C. unsweet almond milk, splash vanilla extract, Organic Zero, & sliced banana
Topped off with a dollop of Chobani mixed with 1 tbsp. sugar-free Log Cabin & cinnamon.
This was deeelicious. Like a chilled version of bananas foster or banana bread pudding? I was sure after eating this that it would be a good day.
Then lunch came along around 12PM and gave me some REAL reassurance!
Spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, sliced baby bell peppers, baby carrots and Better N’ Peanut Butter for dippage,
HealthValley Organic Vegetarian Chili Black Bean Mole for protein, and apple fruit crisps for dessert!
The chili is absolutely fabulous. Don’t be freaked out by the coffee-and-cocoa thing…I read about it in Hungry Girl and had complete confidence in Lisa’s taste Great stats, too!
Sorry for the shotty lighting! In the tin foil, I wrapped up
1 La Tortilla Factory Low Carb High Fiber WW wrap with 1 tbsp. apricot Polaner + fiber & a Sonoma Jack’s cheese wedge.
Work was busy, but not unbearable, as I got to study a bit for my final, which I was totally thankful for. First final in 4 years! Surprisingly, I felt prepared and ready.
I saved my fruit crisps for snackage with a packed string cheese, and then I marched into the gym on campus around 4:10PM with my head held high feeling confident and equipped to tackle a nice cardio workout before my final. All I got in was about 40 minutes of cardio on the Cross Ramp before showering & leaving to study a bit before the exam. Just enough to get the blood pumpin’!
The exam went REALLY well….I’ll post my final grades. Afterward, my family had plans to go to a Senator’s Baseball game, but since the rain ruined those plans, we went out to dinner together in celebration of the end of class and my sister’s birthday (which is actually Saturday!) To Arooga’s, we went!
Our “surrogate” mom, Hainey, me, and Momma FF
Seester FF & “surrogate dad”, Todd
My uncle (who got CARDED when he ordered a Captain & Coke!) and cousin.
Appetizers were ordered including
MARYLAND STYLE CRAB DIP: Our special blend of cream cheese, Old Bay and crab topped with Monterey Jack cheese then baked in a homemade bread bowl.
I wasn’t very hungry though, so these didn’t even look appetizing. Instead, I ordered something light for my entree:
Enter: Veggie Platter with salsa instead of ranch and shrimpie cocktail.
I ended up taking 1/2 the shrimp home and all the celery, but ate everything else.
As happy as I should’ve been after successfully completing my class, going out with family and friends, and having some great food, I wasn’t. It’s a constant battle for me to feel significance…I guess its because I’m always made to feel like an inconvenience…to my Dad at least… Why is it that we CONSTANTLY seek the approval of the ONE person who refuses to give it to us? I thought just MAYBE he would be proud of something…anything…that I’ve been doing…but even good grades, good health, good jobs, and a fake smile can’t earn it. Pretty sure that’s why my appetite was “off” at dinner. I can’t eat when I feel so trivial. I’m not writing for a pity party, I just need it to get offf my chest…or have someone who can relate give advice?
Love you all. Somedays your sweet comments are the only things keeping my chin up, so thank you!
Let’s end on a positive note, shall we? Not only is Katie having an organic chocolate giveaway, butttt we have a WINNER of the CRAYOLA giveaway!