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A new semester and a clean slate

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I had an amazing summer of 2012, unfortunately my fall could only be described as awful. I got back to school and was dumped, I then lived with him for a couple months before I moved. I went home for a few days because my parents were sick (and are having ongoing health problems) and I ended up getting pneumonia. Then I had 2 severely herniated discs in my back that were causing muscle spasms and numbness all down my leg so I missed several weeks to get back surgery. A week after I got back to school I got meningitis and missed the rest of the semester. I'm not saying this to whine though. You know why? Because I overcame all of that crap and am stronger for it. I had so much going on in my life that really sucked and I still lost 30 pounds since May. THIRTY POUNDS! The old Tori would have gained that much with all the stress going on, but instead I still made progress.
So now here I am in the beginning of 2013... I am living in the dorms again, I am making up my school work from last semester and starting new classes as well, and I have a great outlook. I know that whatever is thrown at me I can handle. I start my PT next week and hopefully will be able to be on track with exercise soon. In the meantime I am going to keep a close eye on my food. I may do a fruit and vegetable "cleanse" not because I think it will be a miracle diet or anything but because I really like eating fruits and vegetables and it is easy to do in my dorm, and I feel good when I eat them. I would like to hit my goal weight (130lb) during 2013 but I want to set closer goals. Spring break is a little less than 2 months away and I would like to be at 175lbs before I go. I will be seeing everyone from this summer who supported me during the beginning and I want to show them they were right to believe in me, and that they gave me the strength to finally believe in myself. That is the true gift I got from 2012.

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PJBONARRIGO 1/17/2013 12:14PM

    Wow, you have triumphed through a lot of adversity! I am very inspired to read your story, thanks for posting it. A huge congrats on your weight loss and progress. I'm wishing you a healthy and happy 2013! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Moving out and moving on...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I moved out! I have been living with 3 other people this summer including my ex-boyfriend. It totally sucked. Being around him made me sad all the time. We fought all the time. He would alternate between trying to feel me up (despite my telling him to stop) and telling me about all the other girls he wanted be with. He was constantly bringing up reasons why we broke up, and talking trash about me to other people. Seriously... I cried ALL THE TIME. I have even debated transferring because I have been so unhappy here. I really struggled with depression in high school to the point I was almost hospitalized on several occasions. So when I realized how low I was feeling - crying all the time, gaining weight, missing classes, failing tests, etc. I realized that it was time to get out. I am not sure I like my school anymore and I think I want to change majors (which would mean I would have to leave). But I am giving it one last shot here. I am now moved into a crappy dorm room but the good news is that it is MY crappy dorm room. So it kinda throws a wrench in my plan of healthy cooking so I will have to find diet-friendly microwavable foods. But I am going to start running before class in the mornings, I will be able to study without anyone interrupting me, and I can work on my mental health.

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BARCLE 9/27/2012 3:12PM

    emoticon you have done such a positive and empowering thing by moving out of that toxic situation - you should be so proud of yourself. You are strong and I applaud you. Maybe others in your dorm may be interested in running too? Just an idea.

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Trying something new: A Week of Pinterest! Day 1 - Mushrooms

Monday, September 17, 2012

I had a wonderful weekend visiting my best friend. We celebrated her 21st birthday and my success so far and toasted to new beginnings. MY family told me they wouldn't give me a hard time for piercing my nose if I lost 20 pounds first. So this weekend my friend and I got our noses pierced together! here is my new nose:

Unfortunately I really cheated hard this weekend. So I was thinking about jumping back on the wagon and about how much I hate limiting myself to rabbit food (carrots and other veggies). Variety is the spice of life right? Well, as true as that might be I really haven't been paying attention lately. I was sick, and then social drama, and... well if college is the best time of my life then things need to turn around. So I am back to ignoring everything and focusing on me. If people are really my friends they will want me to succeed and stop trying to force chocolate down my throat right? Well there needs to be a medium between chocolate and rabbit food, and that is what I am focusing on now.

A couple of months ago I posted that I wanted to take a 3 ring binder and dedicate it to my success. Exercises, tracking measurements, motivational quotes, and recipes, recipes, RECIPES! So here is my first step at doing that. I am calling it "a week of pinterest" because that is where most of my recipes are coming from. "A week" might also be deceiving because Lord knows how long I will keep this up. So I will be trying a new recipe every night and blogging about it.

Now that we have taken care of the boring details let's get to what everyone really cares about... the recipes emoticon

Day: 1 - Cream of Mushroom Soup
A few years ago my parents surprised us all by announcing they are secretly hippies and are starting an organic farm on our property. You definitely won't hear me complaining though, especially after those delicious shiitake mushrooms they gave me this weekend. The only problem is what was I going to do with all the tougher, harder mushroom stems? Only possible solution? Make soup!
Let's take a minute to reflect on something. I love creamy, fatty, dairy products. I simply can't help myself. I do not usually have a sweet tooth and can say no to most unhealthy things except dairy. For whatever reason my heart bleeds milk, butter, and dairy. (What a disgusting mental image...)
So when making a soup I really wanted cream of mushroom soup which has always been a favorite of mine. But I can't do that right?? Wrong! I found a lighter mushroom soup which was just as creamy and satisfying as I remember. I had to change the recipe around a little because I didn't have certain ingredients. Here is my final result:
-1/2 cup of mushrooms (I used all stems from shiitakes)
-1.5 cups of 1% milk
-2 tbsp of all purpose flour
-2.5 tbsp of grated parmesan (I used the parmesan from earth fare with the Merlot soaked rind)
-1 pat of butter
-2 cloves of garlic (I like a LOT of garlic)
-Salt and Pepper to taste

First I had to raid all my mushrooms for stems. Check out the sweet mushrooms my parents gave me!

After I raided all the mushrooms to steal their stems I was left with about half a cup of stems which I then diced up. See all my not so pretty stems?

Now that all that "exhausting" "prep" work is done you can start the soup. Hello 10 minute recipe, where have you been all my life?
Turn stove eye to hot: Combine butter, garlic, salt and pepper, and mushrooms into a sauce pot. Saute until mushrooms are golden. Then add in about 1/4 cup of water. Cook until over half of the water has evaporated and then add the flour. Once flour is thoroughly mixed in and there are no clumps left then add milk. Bring milk to boil then reduce heat to medium stirring regularly until soup begins to thicken. Slowly add in the parmesan cheese and stir until all lumps are gone from soup. Cut off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes before eating.
Wait for 5 minutes? Pretty much the longest 5 minutes every. But when I tasted it... Holy wow, Batman! It was incredible! Better than the soup I am used to and way healthier! I cut the fat by more than half and doubled the protein. I think using the merlot flavored cheese made a huge difference. In the future when using regular parmesan I would probably add a splash of wine just to duplicate that flavor. Look how pretty it looks!

This recipe makes 2 servings (1 cup each) and so there is plenty to share with someone. Just make sure it is someone you really care about because this soup deserves to be part of something magical. I chased my ex-boyfriend who is also my roommate (I warned you about the social drama) away with my spoon when he tried to steal some of this. Instead I ate both servings, which only amounted to 347 calories total, by myself. I was planning on pairing it with a spinach salad and calling it a meal but honestly I am so full from the soup I might explode. I feel like a tick.
Here is the nutritional information per serving (half the recipe):
Calories 173.9
Total Fat 5.8 g
Protein 10.1 g

I hope everyone enjoyed my rambling blog. Especially since if I am blogging about this every night you will have to put up with me running my trap almost constantly.

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PURPLEPEONY 9/27/2012 3:29PM

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I broke 200!

Friday, September 07, 2012

So I finally broke the 200 pound mark a couple weeks ago. M weight has fluctuated and I have gained and lost a little above and below but as of my weekly weigh in today (despite being super sick and unable to exercise) I seem to be hovering around 198! I am feeling pretty confident but would like to have a little more distance between myself and the scary 200s. That is a place I don't ever want to let myself go again. Despite all that has happened this semester in the past few weeks, getting dumped, having a health scare with my parents, and getting pneumonia I still seem to be making progress. It is slower than I wanted but it is still progress! My next goal is to be around 190 by fall break about a month from now.
I also just got a new computer after weeks of not having one so it will be nice to be more active on sparkpeople.
I am getting a little overwhelmed though because I can't run because I have had pneumonia (from visiting my Dad in the hospital) and I am trying to get in shape for the color run. I have until November 17th to train so I am getting kind of nervous! But I am trying not to let anything shake the confidence that breaking 200 has given me.

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ONEGREATCAT 9/10/2012 7:54AM

    So glad to see you broke the 200 mark. The process IS slow, but slow is better than rapid weight loss. It sounds like you're setting attainable goals.
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HAWAIIANMAMMA 9/9/2012 11:36AM

    You can totally do it! Just make sure you're taking care of yourself in the process.

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FLAMENM 9/8/2012 12:08AM

    Welcome to the wonderful world of One-derland!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/7/2012 11:21PM

    emoticon Please take care of yourself!

(Just 4 Today team)

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THELOVELYBIRD 9/7/2012 10:27PM

    That's amazing! Don't overwhelm yourself, do what you can without sacrificing your health. If you can't train for the color run with compromised lungs, try to strength train or research a new routine to start when you're feeling better! You can't help it if you're sick, but you can totally use the time in new ways.

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HUNGRY4ACUREMOM 9/7/2012 10:12PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment! emoticon

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"The Spark is Gone..."

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Worst phrase ever right? I find it pretty ironic to be writing about it on SPARKpeople.... but that is the reason I was given this past week when my sorta boyfriend broke up with me. I thought I would break down and give up on this journey... it would have been easy. My birthday was the 6th and then I was moving and everything and had gotten a little off track. So After a week of being off course how did I react to him calling things off? I went running. I have exercised and burned at least 300 calories every night the past 4 nights. I didn't doubt my worth, I didn't give up on myself... I didn't even eat any chocolate! I am pretty sure chocolate is allowed for breakups right? You know what though? The more happy I have been with myself lately the worse I felt in our relationship. I think this is for the best even though it hurts. And you know what? The spark isn't gone! I clearly have "the spark" in the most important way possible. This spark inside of me is going to keep burning and keep me going on this path.

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KIMBERMCC1981 8/17/2012 10:17PM

    way to push through! I'm proud of you. I hope any hurt you're experiencing heals soon, but way to go pushing through!

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BARCLE 8/17/2012 8:20PM

    emoticon sorry about the relationship breakup but it sounds like you'll look back on in later as a really good thing - your positive attitude and actions will make you even stronger and bring you so much closer to your goals emoticon emoticon

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ANGYAS 8/17/2012 9:15AM

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/17/2012 2:04AM

    You go girrrl! As you say, maybe he breakup is good from a longtime perspective, but as it hurts, take care and allow yourself to feel sad over it - and keep on taking good care of yourself!

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SUNNYRUTH 8/16/2012 3:06AM

    Keep up the great attitude! Sorry to hear about the break-up, but you're managing it well. Good things are ahead.

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EOWYN2424 8/16/2012 2:48AM

    {{{Hugs}}} Be good to you! It's excellent that you're running! Better than seeking comfort in food!

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