Picture overload

Sorry I didn’t post again last night. We got back a little later than expected and I was exhausted! So let me tell you a little about my day. I watched Howie till the afternoon. Then my friend Laurie (the girl I’m moving in with this August) came over and we caught up. Since I haven’t been home since March I really missed shopping, so we decided to go to Target! One of my favorite stores! I bought a few things that I wanted and only one that I needed. ha. Figures.

For a snack before we left. I ate a thinkthin bar. I know I said I was going to do the cleanse but I figured I couldn’t do it this weekend because I forgot I had a few things going on.

Now, I’ll show you a few things I bought.

I bought this cute dress for a wedding that Kyle and I have to attend in September. I couldn’t pass it up! It was only 25 bucks!

Next, I bought some new sandals because I saw my sister had bought some and I thought they were so cute so I had to get them!

Of course I had to get them in two colors! πŸ˜‰

Laurie got hungry, and I was craving Panera since I haven’t been able to have it! So we went. She ordered the turkey artichoke panini. And I of course ordered a salad. I ordered the Meditteranean Salmon salad. I love this salad. Ever since it came out, whenever I go there I order this with a slice of whole grain bread on the side.

I ate it all! I was soo hungry yesterday for some reason.

After our shopping and lunch date I headed home to get ready real quick to go to Costco. We arrived at Costco and realized it closed at 6, so we only had an hour to grocery shop! I kicked into high gear and grabbed everything I needed! For some reason the time crunch gave me a little anxiety that I wasn’t going to be able to get everything I wanted or I would forget something. Well, turns out I got everything I needed and more! πŸ™‚

So here’s what we bought…this isn’t everything, but it’s most of it. I was too tired last night when we bought it all so I took a lot of things out of the fridge and did it that way! haha

After we left Costco we headed to Longhorn Steakhouse and waited a half hour before we were seated. We sat down and right away knew what we wanted. I ordered the chicken strawberry salad with a side of sweet potato because I freaking love roasted sweet potatoes at places. This salad was soo good. It came with fresh fruit, feta cheese, candied pecans, grilled chicken, and a raspberry vinagerette. I ordered it with no pecans because since they were candied I knew I wouldn’t eat them.

Sorry no picture, then we stopped at kohl’s and this happened…

So cute! Our last stop was culvers! I ordered a small concrete vanilla mixer with strawberries and bananas. They ended up not having bananas…I was soo mad. So the girl gave me a medium instead with extra strawberries and I thought since I didn’t get my pecans at dinner I’ll have them right now…So she added pecans as well. Can you say stuffed like a turkey?! That I was…almost uncomfortablly full actually. yuck. so today I started with coffee and lemon water! Lemon water is great for detox!

I’ll be having wheat toast with peanut butter and bananas for breakfast. Picture to come.
Now, to get the day started. I have a long day ahead of me! Walking the dog after breakfast and then getting ready for a graduation party in the city…should be fun! πŸ™‚

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Chili’s fail

Last night was relaxing. My parents and I originally planned on going to Costco but we decided to go today instead. For dinner we went to Chili’s. This was my first time ever going to that restaurant, but quite honestly I wasn’t impressed. I ordered the plain grilled chicken salad. However, when my order came out, there were tortilla chip pieces on top and honestly I’m picky and would not eat that. First because I think I may be gluten intolerant seeing as how I rarely consume glluten. Is that possible to become gluten intolerant just because for so long you have not consumed it?

So I didn’t eat the salad because the second time it came out it had the same tortilla pieces on top! Really?! and I waited an extra half hour! For a salad! I know, right?! It didn’t stop there though. Our waitress wasn’t very good either. We kept having to ask for more drinks. Usually I don’t mind, but yesterday I was a thirsty girl!

Last night after dinner, we went to bed, bath, and beyond and I found the best straws ever! The other day when Kyle and I went to Zarlengo’s for gelato he ordered a strawberry slush and in his slush was a really thick straw and I told him I wanted a straw like that. Well, B,B, and Beyond had them! You better believe I bought them.

This morning for breakfast I had chocolate shakeology with a banana mixed it. I will be doing the cleanse for the next two days just because I feel yucky and I need to reset my digestive system.

Today we are watching Howie and going to Costco! I loveeeeee going to Costco! It has everything in bulk and for a hungry beast like myself it’s perfect! I’ll post later what we buy!

Now I think I’m gonna go for a run!
Have a great morning! πŸ™‚

Healthy Living Survey

I thought since I’m just starting to blog again I would do a survey to let you guys get to know me a little better! I saw this one on and thought I would try it out.

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
Eggy oatmeal only this time I made plain oatmeal with water then added two poached eggs as well as a little cheese and salt and pepper. Then sliced some tomatoes and put it on top. To top it off I added hot sauce. πŸ™‚ Sorry no picture :/

2. How much water do you drink a day?

A lot to say the least! I’m always thirsty! I usually buy the 20 oz bottles from Sam’s club and drink about five atleast a day!

3. What is your current favorite workout?
I love spinning. I haven’t spinned since last summer and I’m going back tomorrow since I’ll be in town a while! I can’ wait!


4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Right now I have no idea. I’m just kinda listening to my body and trying not to focus on the number but rather how I feel.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Cottage cheese, plain greek yogurt, fruit, or raw veggies! πŸ™‚

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

It depends what I’m in the mood for, what leftovers we have, what I’m planning for dinner, etc. I do love my salads though!

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

I love arms but since I have this annoying sprained wrist I’m trying to lay off of it so for now I love doing my legs.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
I’d have to say abs. It burns so bad haha but we have to do it!

9. What are your β€œbad” food cravings?
Fro yo and gelato! that’s about it! because I limit sugar I don’t really crave sugar a lot…disregarding the past two days! haha

As promised here is my gelato from today! We went earlier than expected…this was a mix of red velvet, Blackberry cheesecake, and pistachio at the bottom! nom nom nom soo good! πŸ™‚ I’m a happy girl right now!
10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Sporadically I will go on a kick…but right now no.

11. How often do you eat out?

I eat out atleast once a week, mostly on the weekends. Since Kyle and I moved to southern Illinois this past year, we’ve been trying a lot of restaurants to see what’s good and what’s not.

12. Do you eat fast food?

Not at all. Sometimes subway salads or an unwich veggie sandwich from Jimmy Johns when I’m intoxicated! πŸ˜‰

13. Who is your biggest supporter?
My daddy and Kyle. πŸ™‚

14. Do you have a gym membership?

Oh yes! LA Fitness all the way! I used to be employed there! The good old days!

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

I need at least seven to function. I usually get like nine! I’m a granny, I love sleep.

16. Do you have a β€œcheat” day?
When I was really strict with my diet I started with cheat days then I decided that was derailing all my work in the gym so I switched to cheat meals. Now, I just eat what I’m craving and try not to focus too much on a bad choice if it happens.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

I do, but only at occassions or randomly if I go out with my friends. I get really bad hang overs and just feel like the next day is sooo unproductive!

18. Do you have a workout buddy?
Yes, one of my best friends, Braunz at school. But, now that I’m home I work out with a few girls and I love all of them! We talk about everything under the sun!


19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a Healthy Lifestyle?

Since changing to a more healthy lifestyle I’m almost always happy and hyper!

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

Played outside with my godson.


This was taken as I was typing this entry.

Giving in

So I gave in yesterday. I couldn’t stand the fact of knowing that I would be by myself. Alone, for over a week. What was I supposed to do? So I decided to pack up real quick (by real quick I mean I packed within two hours). I thought it was pretty good time considering I packed almost all of my summer clothes, shoes, makeup and food from my apartment. Here are a few pics of the mess.


This is what I managed to pack up.

This was his pile.

And then we were off. The three hour drive back to Chicago. I stopped and grabbed some passion fruit iced tea from Starbucks before we headed onto the highway. I ate a raw revolution 100 calorie bar yesterday also during our drive. So when we arrived home, needless to say, me and kyle were STARVING to say the least. Good thing my parents were prepared for our hungry bodies. She prepared her famous meatloaf! I’m sorry I have no pictures. It was all scarfed down by the time I thought about it. My dad made his famour mashed potatoes. They are the best! And we also had corn, carrots, and peas. We shared this meal all together, and it was nice because my sister, her husband, and my nephew came too! I was so pleasantly surprised!

Afterwards Kyle left to go get in his run with his best friend and my mom and I caught up. Our conversations are always great. She always gives the best advice. My mom showed me her new ceramic mold she had bought in Ohio and we just talked about my next year down at school. I will be living with my best friend from home, but recently we’ve been getting in little tiffs. I hope everything works out.

I mentioned to Kyle I wanted Italian gelato from one of the little Italian ice cream shops in town. He remembered and we went! I’m so sorry no picture again! ugh I suck I know… but I ordered cookies and cream (my fav) coffee and blackberry cheesecake. It was delicious and hit the spot!

I may be going back tonight with my sister because she didn’t get to go last night because of school! I will snap a picture tonight if we end up going. The chances are looking pretty good!

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What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Have you ever tried gelato?

Eats

Good Morning Everyone!

So recently I thought I would try some soymilk instead of the usual almond milk. I used to drink soymilk as a kid and remembered loving it! I remembered well and so did my taste buds! πŸ™‚

These are the nutbutters that I currently use in my oats every morning. Yes, I use all three…please don’t judge me.

My oats from this morning…pumpkin eggy oats with all three nut butters on top.

And finally my coffee with soymilk in it! πŸ™‚

Now, I’m gonna go have a sweaty work out with a friend and get some blood pumpin’ to forget about Kyle leaving me today! :/ And I guess I’ll pack a little too!

Have a great Thursday!

Are you guys as attached as I am to your significant other? What do you find yourself doing when they leave?

School is Out!

Today was the last day of school for me till the end of May when I’m gonna take some summer classes. However, I’ll be staying here in Charleston a little longer than I’d like to. I won’t get to leave for a few days, but my boyfriend is leaving tomorow! 😦 Oh well. I guess I will get a little me time. I just have an issue being alone. I don’t like it. Probably because I feel the need to jump into old habits when I’m alone, and the thought of jumping back into those habits scares the hell out of me. 

I feel like I’ve progressed a lot more with my eating disorder since last year, but I’m having trouble recognizing if I’ve progressed or just brushed it off to the side… Through this whole process of becoming “normal” again about eating I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned just how much an eating disorder can effect the mind and body and other people for that matter. I realized that through my disorder I have pushed a lot of people away, especially the closest ones. Thankfully, they understand now and have accepted me back into their lives. I remember lying to my friends just so I wouldn’t have to be be “tempted” by all the bad foods. 

Nevertheless, I’m happer where I am in my life today than a year ago. I feel like I’m actually living again, because for a while there I felt as though my life was passing me by. So I just started rambling and forgot to introduce myself. Again. My name is Sara Fiorenzo. I’m from the south suburbs of Chicago, IL. I attend EIU and have the best boyfriend ever. His name is Kyle and I’m sure he will be a star on my blog. I”m studying Kineisiology and Exercise Science. I currently have my own apartment but am moving back home for the summer. I’m in a sorority, tri delta! πŸ™‚

That’s about it! If you wanna know anything else just ask! 

As always, thanks for listening to my nonesense! Hope you have the best Wednesday ever! 

New new new

So I’ve been a horrible bloggie! But, I’ve decided to pick it up again. I miss blogging and letting everything out. Since, summer is near I will have more than enough time to blog even though I’m taking two summer courses! I’m hoping to re-vamp the blog a bit. But, I can’t remember how to do certain things, so I’ll be learning this all over again! But, that’s okay! If any of you want to teach me how to add links on the page it would be greatly appreciated! πŸ™‚

Howie’s First Birthday

So I know I’ve been MIA. I’ve just been trying to enjoy life as much as I can. Let’s have a recap of some things. Lately, Kyle and I have been connected at the hip which makes me super happy. He told me he loved me the other night before we went to sleep. I’m so happy with him. Regarding my eating disorder, I have been trying not to think about it and when I do I just try and distract myself with a book or magazine that doesn’t have anything to do with food like cosmo. I feel like it’s working to a certain point. I feel like i’m just trying to hide a serious problem and below the surface the problem is still huge and lurking. But I”M TRYING. Trying not to get as anxious when I go out to eat or not know what kind of food is going to be at a party. I still need help though and I’m looking into it. My best friend is helping me thank God for her.
Also in the works…as you know I came home from U of I because I couldn’t handle change. Well, hopefully I start to handle it better because starting spring semester of 2012 I will be attending EIU and hopefully living with Kyle. I can’t wait. My mom is making my dishes for my kitchen now. I will upload pics of what my apartment will look like and how I will decorate. I’m really excited and can’t wait!
Sorry if this writing is all over the place I just have so much to write! LOL

So Saturday was Howie’s first birthday, my Godson. It was Fabulous for a lot of reasons! First was because it was his first birthday and he looked freaking adorable but also because it was the first time that Kyle had met my family. This made me so happy. He fit right in…


as you can tell…This is my aunt Barb and Kyle being crazy!

I really loved how he interacted and mingled with everyone. He talked to my grandpa for two hours about history and life in general. Two things that both my grandfather and Kyle love. It was really nice.

I was hoping Howie would smash his face in the cake my sister made, but it seemed like he was more scared of it than anything, but after staring at it for a while and all of us cheering he started to dig in!

The night went amazing and here are some of the desserts that were there…
ALL the beautiful cupcakes were made by my sister and also his smash cake! She’s going into business!

Some recent eats from the past week:

Have a good monday everyone! πŸ™‚

Not the best pic of me but it was the only one of us that looked presentable! I wish you could see my eyes though! Oh well!

My July 4th!

Yesterday was awesome minus a few points that I will get to. Yesterday I did my first 5k! My time was 32:25. I thought that was pretty awesome considering I hadn’t run in so long! The last mile was ALL steep hills so I almost vomited 20 feet before the finish line but I quickly grabbed a bottle of water and found my cousins. I probably should have trained for it or at least started running before! LOL But I am ADDICTED! It was such a feeling of accomplishment and I loved all the energy everyone had and was such a positive experience! I want to win a medal next time! The boy who won the race clocked in at 15:08. I was like whoa! By about ten o’clock we were home and I was hungry so I made some chocolate shakelogy, cleaned my room and headed to my friend’s house to pick up a dress for the evening. I then left there and went home and took a power nap then got ready for the evening! I wish I got some pictures of what I was wearing but I have to wait for my sister to upload her pics! That may take a while! lOL I wore a blue and white fitted dress! It was so cute! πŸ™‚ So now I will tell you about my not so happy moments…
My best friend Laurie arrived hungry like always and started to annoy me because she was hovering over my mom waiting for food. I was like “Laurie calm down!” My mom hates hoverers! lol So then she comes to me and grabs my stomach and says “are you three months pregnant?” I mean REALLY?! How rude is that! What kind of best friend does that? She knows about my body issues and still persistently puts my body down! So I replied, “well what are you 25 months prego?” She is by no means skinny. She is 5’10 and over 200 pounds. She wants me to help her lose weight but I’m not sure if I want to help her. Anyways so we’re eating dinner and she brings it up while my other friend is there too, Braunz. Braunz is my gay best friend. So then he tells me that Kyle and I should be using protection. Really?! What kind of dinner talk is this? Then he goes on to say that if I ever got pregnant that Kyle would leave me. WOW! This didn’t help that I was already mad at Kyle because he said he would be at my house by 3:30 for dinner but didn’t end up getting there till like seven. He later explained himself when I pulled him aside and apologized. But hold on I’m not done yet. So when Kyle gets there, Laurie ( supposed to be one of my best friend, I’ve known her for 15 years) decides she is gonna be all over him. At first I didn’t notice because I was helping my mom but then my mom and aunt pointed it out to me. I was like wow if I ever did that to her now ex-boyfriend (they just broke up, she cheated) what a surprise, she would have flipped her shi*. So I pulled her aside and talked to her about it. I’m just still in awe at the way she’s been acting lately. I don’t know how much longer I will be friends with her, she has changed and not in a good way.
On a good note the fireworks were amazing and made my night! Everyone went home around eleven and Kyle and I were in bed by 12! I know we’re old people! LOL Hope everyone has a good day! Here is my plate from fourth of July!

This was chicken, BBQ sauce and ketchup, potatoes and onions (hey, I needed to refuel after my 5k) x) , baked broccoli, and salad and for dessert I had a non-pictured bowl of fruit.


And this was my breakfast this morning. 1/2 cup wheat flakes 1/4 cup fiber one 1/2 banana a few blueberries and some milk! πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Relieved…

So lately I have been hanging out with my friends for a change and not being totally and completely secluded and to myself. I like it! I didn’t realize how much I have missed my friends and how much I have missed being apart of their lives. I feel like I have missed so much. I feel kind of guilty and a little selfish for it.
Last night we all hung out and of course drank. I feel like complete poop today but I ate an egg sandwich and am feeling a little better now. I saw one of my best friends last night and I was so happy to see her! She lives 20 minutes away now so we rarely see eachother because we are both so busy. She’s very close to my heart and yesterday while I was a little intoxicated, I spoke of my eating disorder with her. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my chest because now atleast someone knows. I told her I need help and she’s willing to go with me anywhere to seek it. It makes me so happy that I will finally get my life back and everything I have been missing out on! It makes me sad to think I have let it get this far. I thought I could stop at anytime, but now I know that I depend on it now whether I’m happy or sad. It’s my go-to coping method. I’m ready to let go of my past and embrace my future of unending possibilities. Hey, I’m only nineteen! I hope I can remain strong in my recovery process!
On a lighter note…It’s fourth of july weekend! YAY! As I write this I already feel the anxiety as to how much I am going to eat and what it is I will eat.

How do you stay healthy at parties?
Have you ever gone through the recovery process from an addiction or disorder? What was your experience with that?

I know I’ve been a bad blogger about my food but here are some pictures from throughout the week of what I have been eating.