Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Well I definitely haven't posted in here in a hot minute!

That's probably because I deleted my blog in a moment of extreme lowness (that's a word, right?) in my recent life.

But, I am back at it, with a new perspective, and a new blog! Check it!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


I don't know what is with me right now. I feel like I am already failing at the goals I set just 24 hours ago. Since the beginning of September, I have gained about 7 pounds, and I am freaking out. I am trying so hard not to fall back into the patterns I had before, but what I want more than anything is to lose those pounds!

I haven't been able to be as disciplined as I used to be. The rational part of my brain knows that this is good. The "discipline" was unhealthy. But the rest of me wants nothing more than to be able to restrict in the way I used to.

I am so blessed to have parents that support my vegan lifestyle, and they make sure to stock the kitchen with lots of options. Too many options. Some that, although vegan, are downright crap. I can't control myself, and I don't have my college gym to go to to burn it off. I feel like I am digging myself into a deeper and deeper hole everyday.

I need some inspiration or something to snap me out of this. I hate the way I look and feel physically right now, but I am not taking the necessary steps to fix the problem. I am only making thinks worse for myself. What am I supposed to do now?

All I can do is tell myself that tomorrow is a new day. A new chance to make better choices for myself. Starting over, I make my winter break pledge. Here we go.

* I apologize for the freak-out/self-loathing pity party. My usual support of all my girlfriends are miles away, and I don't know where else to turn. Sometimes I have to rant to feel better, so that fell on my blog this time. Sorry *

Friday, November 25, 2011

My Winter Break Pledge

With this last piece of peanutbutter toast, I call the end to Thanksgiving. The feast and leftover day have passed, and it is time to get back to business. I am rededicating myself to my journey towards health. I remember in grade school, we always learned that there are 3 types of health: mental/emotional, physical, and social. I am taking the next month off of school to focus my attention on mending myself in all three dimensions.

Here's the plan. I am using this blog as my "accountability partner".

1. Back to healthy, WHOLE, vegan foods that make my body feel good (physical health, check). Not bloated and uncomfortable and longing for more after a meal. Within this is the following:
     - back to a commitment to a completely plant-based diet. I slipped up a few times recently. I blame delicious pumpkin cookies.
     - only whole and minimally-processed foods. I need to be able to read all of the ingredients or be eating the plant itself. No more white flower or white sugar, and NO HFCS.
     - no more binging. It has happened a few times recently. Mostly our of boredom or an under-consumption during the day rearing its ugly head late at night.

2. Stay active (physical health, check x2). It is so easy to just lay around all day when I have nothing to do and my parents are working. Not this December, hunny. Getting out to try and start running or doing my trusty workout video will be daily requirements.

3. Enjoy time with friends when they come home and the occasional night out (social health, check). Everyone deserves a good time, and while I am definitely looking more closely to the products I put into my body, I don't want it to hinder my relationships anymore. I'll go out with high school friends, and I even have a few dates to try out. I want to allow myself to enjoy them.

4. Begin seriously rebuilding myself (mental/emotional, done). My confidence took a major hit this quarter, and with the party weight that I put on and a few not-so-great decisions that I made, it only seemed to fall. No more. I am going to remember all of the things that I like about myself without needing the confirmation from others. I am going to re-explore my art and music, and I am going to begin to love myself for me again.

5. No health related, but I wan to blog at least 4 times a week. I literally have no other commitments, so I have no excuses. And it makes me feel good. I want to shape my voice and point of view. Learn more about how everything works from a technology point of view, and maybe even explore some design stuff.

Structuring and writing out my goals always helps me to be able to carry them out and reflect on them later. I am in control of how this break will go, and I want to do everything it takes to make it a great one.

So, I am wishing myself "Good Luck, girlfriend! I know you can do it".

Thursday, November 24, 2011

¡Feliz Día de Gracias!


It's so hard to explain, but this year's Thanksgiving was met with a high level of anxiety on my part. Don't get me wrong, I loved spending time with my teeny family, and the food was amazing. But, this holiday has been one that, ever since I became health-conscious, has concerned me.

Any day that is completely dedicated to gorging ourselves on fat-laden, high calorie food is going to set off my disordered thinking. This one was no different. Since I am so aware of the 5 pounds of "party weight" that I put on over this quarter, I was afraid of setting myself farther back. I did make myself a well-balanced, vegan meal, but I put a lot of pressure on myself not to eat too much of everything. I had to keep reminding myself that I was filling my body with fuel- and some very nutritious fuel at that.

I am actually pretty proud of how I ended up eating. It was more than I planned, but again, my expectations may have been unreasonable. And I find myself no very full, but I enjoyed every bite, and I know that each one was full of fresh, colorful, and nutritious fare.

The second not-so-happy part of the day was the overwhelming loneliness that I couldn't keep out of my mind. I didn't realize how hard all these upcoming family days are going to be. I feel like I am missing part of my family. It has been nearly 2 months since the break up, but I am still a mess. I feel like this isn't how it was supposed to go, and I am drowning, grasping for some sense of normalcy.

So add anxiety about the food + lingering heartbreak + this chest-cold that I haven't been able to get rid of = an emotional holiday for Rachel.

The highlight of the day was definitely the eats, and the time spent with my amazing family and new niece-doggy, Jolene.

Let's take a look shall we? Thank you to Jenn for hosting another WIA event. Two in one week? Did I go to heaven?

Breakfast: baked apple oat bran with orange tea.
OOTD. Thanksgiving is an informal affair at our house. Real pants are totally not necessary.

The spread, and my broski ready to dig in.
My plate (x2 + some picking): salad, green beans, homemade cranberry sauce, lentil-stuffed portabello, roasted sweet pot with acorn squash and some unpictured mulitgrain bread.
Desert spread: mom's pumpkin pie w/ cool whip, my vegan apple crisp.

My plate (x 3) I seriously ate like half that pan. Vegan apple crisp with black decaf.
 For some family shots:
Meet Jolene. My bro and his girlfriend just adopted her. 6 mo old puggle. Absolutely adorable and the sweetest dog ever.

One more because she is too precious

Me and the broski

The men assume their positions.

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I am thankful for resiliency and knowing that there is always tomorrow. A new day, for a new start.

Monday, November 21, 2011

DIY Sushi Night

I finished the last of my school work on Thursday around 2. But I didn't actually pack up and drive home for break until Sunday around 2. When my dad asked my why I wasn't heading home sooner, the only response I could come up with was "I want to stay and hang out."

And that is just what I did. All three days and nights of this weekend were devoted to spending as much time as I could having as much fun as I could with my roommates and friends before we all headed to our respective homes for our 6-week break (OU's quarter system makes it so that we are off of school from Thanksgiving to New Year's every year).

All of this included a lot of laughing, partying, and just hanging out. My roommate's new boyfriend was in town visiting, and as part of the dates she planned, she came up with a Make-Your-Own Sushi night. She asked me help her get things ready and join them, and of course, I was all about it. In order to no be the total 3rd wheel, I invited my neighbor, friend, and fellow sushi lover to join us. It was a great double-date(ish) night!

Allie and Tom all ready to get started!

Slicing my roll. Look how tight that baby is! So proud of that one.

We even broke out the "fancy" plates. So pretty. My rolls, with marinated tofu instead of that weird krab stuff, cucumber, carrots, avocado, asparagus, and rice.

Our damage. It is literally impossible for more that one person to do anything on our kitchen without making a huge mess. Totally worth it, though.

Enjoying my rolls picnic-style because 1) it's fun that way and 2) we don't have enough space or chairs for 4 of us to sit at the counter.

Clay (the neighbor) being too cool.

Happy Sushi couple.
It turned out to be way more delicious than we expected. And way more fun. This one gets an A for sure!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My final Final, finalized

About an hour ago, I turned in my final, final of the quarter. I love that. Final, final. It was in the form of a Spanish research paper about how Magic Realism has entered the world of English literature...blah, blah, blah... I'M DONE!!!

This quarter which can only be described as miserable but awesome is finally behind me! It's been a tough one, to say the least, and I am itching to hit the road and say goodbye to Athens and everyonething in it. I'm ready for some time away.

I thought for the end of the quarter, I would reflect on the goals I set for myself. Let's see how I did, shall we? Here's how the report card looks (the black is what I set for myself at the beginning of the quarter, and purple is from the halfway checkpoint):

1) Strait A's- This one makes an appearance every quarter, and was never realized until last winter   
when I was abroad. I was able to do it again in the spring, so I hope to keep the streak going.
Looking good so far! I haven't gotten any grades back that would indicate anything different!
Still, looking good! But we won't know for sure until grades come out in a week or so. But, still feeling good! This one gets a A- only because of the uncertainty. 

2) Keep nourishing my body with healthy, natural foods - This should be a cinch because it is     something that is really important to me, but when the sched gets crazy, it's difficult to find time to  
make well balanced meals. But, I am determined to do it this quarter.
Actually, I am surprising myself with how well I have been doing with this. Ever since the break up, and effectively losing the only person I could talk to about it, I have kept up all of the progress I have made, and then some. I'm finally doing it for me. And it feels really amazing.
This one has been up and down. Thankfully, my one roommate has really been there when I have been upset about it. But, as the quarter finishes up, I have really been feeling better, even with the few pounds I have gained. B deduction of one letter grade for the few binge/breakdown episodes that happened.

3) Work out most days of the week- I am aiming for 5 days a week, but, again, this gets tricky when 
things get busy, but I think if I make it part of my daily routine and get it done in the morning, I can stick to it.
Tricky is an understatement...time is definitely not on my side with this one. I have been averaging         3 or 4 days a week. I'm still happy with this, though.
I slipped even more the second half of the quarter. I got sick, and with my crazy schedule, just lacked overall motivation. I hope to change this over break, though, when I literally have nothing else to do. 
C my performance was nothing but average. 

4) Fix and maintain relationships with roomies- Although I get along fine with all of them, I seemed to drift apart from them over the course of last year. It is really just that our priorities are different (this may come a lot from the struggles I have had with my eating/body issues. more on that later) and our schedules don't match up well. Still, they mean a lot to me, and I don't want to lose them.
Again, it's amazing how the worst thing that has happened to me in years has actually helped other aspects of my life. My roommates' support through everything has really brought us closer. I am also around them a lot more since I am not always with the boy. I love them, and I am so happy to have seemed to found them again.
From the pumpkin festival. Completely re-connecting!
Thank goodness for girlfriends! That is all I can say about this quarter. I really don't know how I would have made it through without them. A+  But this grade really goes to them, not me.
5) Keep things with William going well- He means so much to me. This is not optional.
Let's just strike this one from the record. Wow, it's painful.
Is there a way to double cross this out? And spit on it? And stomp it to the ground? How is it possible that after almost 2 months, I am still such a mess over this? When will it get better? No grade necessary here. You know what it is. 

6) Be a kick-ass peer mentor- One of my jobs on campus is to help 25 incoming freshmen with their transition into college life by being someone they can go to with questions, for advice, and as an example. It means a lot to me that I create good relationships with them and between them. 
Again, loving this job! I only have 12 this year, and it's really given me an opportunity to get closer with them. I am excited about the events I have planned for the rest of the quarter.
I dare say, I passed this one with flying colors. I really made some lasting connections with my group and my instructor this year. At our final dinner, she had some really nice things to say about how I did. Nothing like a little pat on the back to make everything worth it. I love these kids, and I can't wait to see them grow over the rest of the year, even if I am not longer getting paid for it. I will miss them!  

7) Make/Save at least $600 $400- I think that with my peer mentor job and my job at the restaurant, this is feasible. This is the type-a part of me trying to get a control on what my financial situation will be post-graduation. Always have to plan ahead.
Necessary change since I quit my second job. I still think that was the best decision I could have made. though.
Done! And then some! Even with my outrageous grocery bills, I managed this one. Next quarter, when I'm not working, I will have to budget a little better, but until then, I am going to celebrate with some Black Friday shopping next week. Anyone else participating in my favorite national holiday?  A+

8)Write 2 new songs- writing music is something that I do when I feel the need to express some sort of strong emotion. I only do it sporadically, but I would really like to challenge myself with a quota this quarter. It is therapeutic, and I think it is really good for me especially when I am overly anxious or upset about something.
No go, as of yet. Although, I do have plenty of things swimming around in my head that would be great to write about.
Still a no go. I lost my voice around Homecoming, and it still hasn't come back! This seriously hinders the writing process. It's hard to write a song when it sounds like a old, barking dog everytime I open my mouth. I do have all of break to get to this, though. For this quarter, big fail.  
Well this quarter's GPA is a 2.83. It's been a rough one, so this is better than I was expecting. Let's hope my actual grades from school are better than this! Crossing my fingers! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weekend ReCap

I can't believe that this weekend is already over. why is it that days seem to crawl when I am sitting in class, but they seem to fly by when on the weekends?!

Well, here is a quick reminisce of the weekend before the craziness of exam week starts up tomorrow. Finals! Yikes!

Friday night was spent laying around and being a lazyass couch potato with my roommate. Nothing exciting because...

Saturday morning:
I took the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam. 2 hours. 12 essays. 24 multiple choice. Ugh pure torture. I am usually a really fast test taker, and I was working until the last second on this one. Keeping my fingers crossed that I passed and won't have to take it again! I'll find out in about a month.

My friend, Val , and I took the test together, and we celebrated with a coffee at the best coffee shop in Athens:
Donkey Coffee. Perfection in a mug.
We decided that a Spain-girls-wine-and-spaghetti night was in order to celebrate further, and it was a great start to Saturday evening.
What my bowl looked like x 2 + a few more glasses of vino. So good! I haven't had white pasta in so long, and it was a nice change.
Las Chicas Guapas: Rebecca, Val, and Kristen (and me on the right). So much fun remembering the Spain trip! South America over the summer maybe?

Saturday night didn't end quite as positive as it started. Can anyone say "ex boyfriend drama"? Oh well, what's done is done.

But, everything was made better on Sunday night:
My (college) family's second annual Thanksgiving dinner! Yes, we are a few weeks early, but with everyone packing up to go home for break soon, we had to get together one last time. My bestie, Johnny, hosted.
The spread: turkey, hame, (vegan) mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, stuffing, and my creation on the right (brown rice, lentils, zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, tomato sauce, lots of garlic and onions all topped with bread crumbs and baked to bubble perfection). It was a hit with everyone. Even the carnivores!
My plate: mashers, sweet taters, salad, and my casserole. There may have been one or two repeats of this plate. So good!

Me and Kayla with our plates. Hungry girls!

The fam at the table

The second table. All the boys sported their button downs and sweaters. The napkin bibs were totally necessary.
And the mandatory hand-turkey decorations. Yes, we are all seniors in college.
I am so thankful for the wonderful friends family I have built here. Who knows where I would be without these kids.