Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I swear I'm not a quitter, but....

I'm calling the 30 Day Photo Challenge "kaput."

I started this blog as a way of documenting my random musings, and the challenge was just too much structure for me.  I found myself thinking too hard about the challenge, which caused all of my creativity to be lost for other blog posts.  I also feel that a lot of the daily assignments were a bit repetitive or useless information.
So sorry, senoritas.

Let's talk about my day instead.

As you know, I've been working out a lot more than usual in attempts to train for the Miss Charleston USA pageant.  My body isn't Miss USA material, but I've definitely noticed big improvements.  I haven't lost any weight (and haven't been trying to), but I've toned a good bit.  

I haven't changed what I eat.  Yes, I've made smarter choices, but I wasn't an unhealthy eater to begin with.  My average day starts out very healthy and gets a bit more "less-nutritious" come dinner time.  I start off with overnight-oats for breakfast with blueberries or strawberries.  For lunch, I have a turkey sandwich with avocado and spinach on whole grain. Those are my first two meals every weekday, like clockwork.  These are easy meals I can take on the go.  I eat my lunch in the car every day as I travel from my work to class.  Yes, I know I need to switch it up every now and then to give my body more variety.  

But that's where dinner comes in.  Talk about variety! I eat most every dinner with Brandon and his taste buds are quite different than mine.  I usually try to make his ideal meal of pizza a bit healthier by adding a salad and and maybe a veggie.  Many of you know my love for chocolate.  I'd be just fine eating strawberries & white chocolate morsels for dinner.  
No, I really would.

Anyway, this long introduction leads me to the one thing that I wanted to tell you regarding nutrition. Now that I've been watching my eats, I try to snack more sensibly.  I picked up a nut/fruit blend from the store the other day and am completely surprised at how wonderful it is!

A goal of mine recently is to increase my fiber intake.  I used to take a fiber supplement each day to ...ummm... keep me regular, for lack of a better phrase. I ran out of those, so instead of buying more, I'm trying to get the same amount of daily fiber through my food.  So when I saw, "Excellent Source of Fiber" on this can, I decided to give them a try.  

This blend of nuts, granola, and dried fruit is so tasty! I had to use a lot of willpower stop myself from eating too many.  I definitely recommend that you try these for a healthy, filling snack. 


Look at the beautiful tree I saw on my walk around town today.  

I say walk as if I was just strolling around town. Really, I power walked to the store to return something that I bought (and once I got home, I thought, "Why on Earth did I buy this?").  I got sidetracked while in the store and tried on some necklaces.  

So I left, then walked about a mile back to my parking garage and realized I wasn't wearing the scarf that I was wearing when I walking into the store.

I decided to walk back to the store because it would be more exercise, which is always a positive.  Also, if I drove, I'd have to deal with parking on King Street, which I always try to avoid.

Oh, and my scarf was right where I left it to the necklaces.

So on my second walk back to my car, I saw this tree. 

That is my long, drawn out story of the tree, so please appreciate its beauty! 


One more matter of business before I cram my head back in the books (while occasionally looking up to watch the freakish "Toddlers and Tiaras" show.)

I have some exciting news to announce.

I've signed with a modeling agency! I'll give more details later.  I have my first "go-see" tomorrow.  I also have a speech to give at noon, so this gal must get her beauty sleep.



  1. Congrats! Good luck with your speech, training and your go-see!! -Erika

  2. I'm doing the photo challenge too and I highly considered quitting because it's getting to be too much effort. I'm glad to see someone else thinks the same thing!!

    But I lovee those trees, they are so pretty this time of year!


  3. ok I know this might be TMI or ... not but I used to eat oatmeal all of the time & then I switched to frosted mini-wheats with berries. I have a large bowel movement every single day. Best diet trick I've ever tried. The "frosted" part makes it sound unhealthy but I swear ... like clockwork baby.

  4. How exciting!!! You are too cute! Good luck with it!

  5. oh and ... CONGRATULATIONS on signing!!! It sounds like SO much fun!

  6. I, for one, would LOVE to know what you're doing to tone up...You had a pic in one of your last few posts and I just thought you looked A-MAZ-ING!!!! Please share your tips!!!

    And congrats....Can't wait to hear how your "go-see" goes! Whoot!

  7. I think I've tried every add this to your diet trick since I was 13 to have regular you know....bathroom movements lol every person is diff no matter what 'tricks' worked for them to get them to go...I finally caved this Sept and went and had a colon I take colon cleanse pills every night with dinner and thus can go every day rather than every four days. :)
    Congrats on the modeling thing!!!! What are you going to school for though?

  8. So excited for you! BEst of luck with the go-see. And my sister's baby shower is the day of your pageant! I will be thinking of you!

  9. Congratulations and Good Luck with your new agency! I added a daily Yoplait FiberOne yogurt (my fave is the key lime pie) and a daily FiberOne bar (my fave is the Peanut Butter) and I'm usually pretty good to go with my daily Fiber intake and it works ;) of course everyone is different but I like to hear what works for others too!

  10. Congratulations on signing!

    Come by and enter my giveaway for a gorgeous Jacquie Aiche ring if you like:
    just click here

  11. Congrats! I am for sure goimg to try that nut mix!

  12. Congrats, gf!! Hope your speech & go-see went great!


  13. Congrats on signing with the modeling agency! YOU GO GIRL! And those nuts and fruit blend snack looks great! I love anything Planters and it is so hard to keep my hand out of the jar! Know the feeling!Have a great weekend!

  14. Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more!

  15. I found your blog when I was looking for a different sort of information but I was very happy and glad to read through your blog. The information available here is great.

    Promotional BPA Free Water Bottles


I love reading your comments! If you ask a question, please make sure your email address is connected to comments through your Blogger profile. If you aren't sure how to do this but still want your question answered, please leave your email address at the end of your comment! Thanks! :)