Thursday, August 28, 2014

Virtual Smoothie Date

Let's have a virtual smoothie date. Again! ...Smoothie season is dwindling down, after all. Soon, these Summer nights are going to be darker and crisper, and there's going to be a whole lot of pumpkin everywhere. 

If we were having a smoothie date right now, I'd tell you that this past week was C-R-A-Z-Y! It was my first week in my post-bacc RD program, and I pretty much just did what I had to do to get through the week. Lots of new faces, lots of orientations and new classes, and lots of getting lost on campus (a sense of direction is something I seriously lack). But, while I have worries about getting good grades and doing well academically, I have no doubts about why I am doing what I am doing. And that feels really, really good. 

It's amazing to finally feel like you're where you're supposed to be. 

If we were having a smoothie date right now, I'd tell you that I read some great, thought-provoking posts and articles this week. I love the diversity of the blog world. Here are a few things that really resonated with me: 

Five Reasons You're Not Losing Weight, by The Real Life RD:
(I love how this post goes beyond food; it's about ensuring you're taking care of yourself too)

Is a Low-Carb Diet Ruining Your Health by Laura Schoenfeld, MPH, RD: 
(I love reading the comments on this article - it just reminds me of how everyone is unique) by The Minimalist Baker 
(OK, not thought-provoking, but I can't get these off my mind. Must make! With olive oil, not Canola oil, of course)

And finally, I would also tell you that in all honesty, I felt very uninspired in the kitchen this past week. I think this was because of all the change happening in my life, as well as the fact that I don't have a routine established quite yet. And that's OK. That's why sometimes, we really have to take life day by day, sometimes. However, Thursday was a special day. My boyfriend turned 29 years young! Unfortunately, he was traveling for work for the past few days, even on his birthday. I decided to bake him a cake, homemade, my Mom's style (or Debbie D's style, as I like to refer to it). I bought all the ingredients (can you say gluten? The things I make for those I love!) and spent a few hours in the kitchen baking my Mom's chocolate cake with cream cheese chocolate frosting. And can I tell you something? Frosting this cake was so therapeutic. Something about holding that knife, swirling pillowy frosting around, smoothing the edges, in silence, with just the window open. I could have done it for hours. But alas, I finished the cake. And we celebrated, in our small apartment that smelled like butter and sugar. I made sure he made a really, really good wish. Because he deserves for it to come true. 

We had our cake. And we ate it too. Happy Birthday B!

And a very happy long weekend to you all! 

XO Laura

1 comment

  1. CAKE. Looks so, SO good. So proud of you for diving right into classes! Inspiring. Also I love reading comments in articles like that - I do a lot of "PREACH" and a lot of "have you ever read ANYTHING?!" while perusing those... ;-)