Meet a girl just trying to survive college as a vegetarian triathlete

Last Thursday

Today is the last Thursday of classes of my freshman year in college! How exciting! Luckily, my chemistry lab was cancelled but I still had to turn in my lab report. I am officially done with chemistry lab (no final! score!!). I am also done with going to my chemistry lecture and business class. My business final opens online at 5 today and closes tomorrow at 10pm! Wish me luck! I also had a horrible night sleep last night! Ugh. I could not fall asleep and tossed and turned all night… certainly because my room as excruciatingly hot! So I took a Melatonin and then…. it started storming and woke me up! I was totally bummed that the thunder was so loud, but I really can’t complain since so many people suffered horribly yesterday because of the storms.

I really want to go ride my bike today, but I am worried about the weather. We didn’t have it too bad in VA, but it looked pretty bad in Tennessee and Alabama. Its pretty scary to think that I was in Alabama only 19 days ago for Triathlon Nationals. I am so grateful the weather was good when we were there. Thank goodness the woman’s house we stayed at was okay. My heart goes out to everyone who was involved.

I had a lovely run yesterday with one of my good friends. He was a little sick because he ate a ton of food like 45 minutes before the run, he obviously wasn’t thinking. We only did about 45 minutes then walked the rest of the way back. Not really feelin’ it yesterday. My post run snack was awesome! As weird as it sounds… I took one of my leftover Easter eggs and took out the yolk (it had the green ring, yucky!) and replaced the yolk with peanut butter! You HAVE to try eggs and peanut butter. It is so tasty! I went to dinner with some friends I hadn’t spent time with in awhile and had my typical salad with a ton of veggies, hummus and cottage cheese. Mongolian grill was also being offered so I had steamed tofu and veggies with terriyaki and rice. Then… I saw my favorite food offered at the dining hall… rice with coconut sauce! So obviously, I had to get a plate of that and disregard my mongolian grill terriyaki and rice because coconut sauce and rice is SO MUCH BETTER!

I used my own advice today when I was swimming this morning. I actually stopped my swim workout early this morning, I could have continued to push on but my triceps were killin! I went with a bunch of my friends that swam this morning. I may have 2 bowls of oatmeal this morning, the first one was cranberry, walnut, cinnamon, and vanilla soy milk. Then I had my dessert oatmeal– it was perfect in every way… CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN OATMEAL! OH MY GOODNESS– it was so amazing. Semi-sweet, of course, because I am definitely a darker chocolate kinda girl :). My good friend Lindsay came up with this creation and it was so amazing because the chocolate melted all over the oatmeal and hit the spot! Fruit was also included in breakfast which included pineapple, canteloupe, honey dew, and applesauce! So yummy! A “venti unsweetened iced coffee with a splash of soy milk” from Starbucks followed! It has been a great morning so far!

How bad were storms in your area? 


April 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment



I don’t know why but I am in a rather chipper mood this morning. I woke up with the usual swim workout and am currently enjoying a lovely bowl of cereal, however, my lovely bowl of warm cinnamon kashi heart to heart, PB puffins, cornflakes, kashi go lean, kashi go lean crunch, apple cinnamon  granola, homemade granola, blueberries, bananas, flax seed, and vanilla soy milk is almost gone. I really enjoy eating cereal at this point because it has gotten kinda soggy… yum!

Now today, I have so many things I want to post about, but for now I want to bounce off of Courtney’s  blog at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. She discussed how she had eliminated oatmeal from her diet due to allergies but was able to reintroduce it. I almost feel like an expert in the area of eliminating a food and then reintroducing it.

When I was diagnosed with my allergies, I was forced to stop eating beef, pork, milk, and wheat, but since I was still getting sick, I also stopped eating poultry including eggs. I love eggs: scrambled, poached, boiled, etc. I honestly didn’t mind not eating meat though. I mean steak was good, but I was not devastated that I couldn’t eat it. But wheat and eggs were a serious challenge for me. It was so hard. You all know how much I love cereal and trying to find new cereals that were as good as my regular cereals was so difficult. I also really, really missed bagels. I remember how excited I was when I was able to eat a Triscuit with NO pain. I was still very careful with the amount of wheat I ate, but I remember how amazing that first taste of bagel was.

Toward the end of last summer, about 6 months after I was diagnosed with my allergies, I wanted to try eggs. I was sick of having to eat protein shakes to keep my weight up and I knew that eggs were an amazing source of protein and would make me stronger. At first, I only had an egg white. I waited about 2 days and with no pain, I tried half of a scrambled egg and again no pain. I just remember that first taste of scrambled egg. It was the most amazing taste in the entire world. I ate scrambled eggs like it was my job previously. Seriously, I had 2ish scrambled eggs for breakfast at least 3 days a week. I can’t wait to start making scrambled eggs this summer.

I think that eliminating any food from your diet is not a good idea. I have found that when I eliminate a food, I just crave it even more. For instance, one of my friends gave up chocolate for Lent. She craved chocolate SO bad by the end of Lent that it just took over her life. There is no point in depriving yourself of anything (food) or making yourself do something (exercise). Sometimes it seems like its the only option we have when trying to maintain a healthy life, but depriving yourself or forcing yourself to do something you don’t really want to do is going to come back and haunt you. It may cause cravings and motivation loss. (P.S. when I say “you”, I don’t actually mean you.) I just wanted to throw out some food for thought. I have found myself saying, “Oh, I really shouldn’t eat that,” or “I really need to exercise today,” even though I am hungry or tired. But it is so important to remember to eat what your body craves and rest when your body needs it (to an extent). So remember that when you find yourself struggling with your goals, and remember that you always have support! 🙂

Off to class my friends!

April 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Breakfast Tuesday

Today is Tuesday. Tuesday is breakfast Tuesday, my favorite day of the week  school week/work week. So what is so great about breakfast Tuesday?

Breakfast Tuesday starts bright and early at 6:00, except I may have hit my snooze once this morning but I will neither confirm nor deny that… I then make my way over to the pool and hop in at about 6:40. The swim usually concludes around 8 and it is time to head to breakfast with the other triathlon kiddos that swim! Breakfast on Tuesday consists of: oatmeal (nice and thick…the way I like it!!) with craisins and walnuts (yes our dining hall does have walnuts!), fruit (melons, oranges, pineapple, grapes), and usually a hardboiled egg… but today I ventured out and tried the scrambled eggs. THEY WERE DELICIOUS! Oh my gosh, totally hit the spot. Then it was off to the library (aka STARBUCKS… venti unsweetened iced coffee with a splash of soy milk) to study.

After my class at 11, I went on a bike ride with 2 of my friends. It was so gorgeous. It was pretty hot but a little bit windy. After the bike trip, we went to the mall and Target. I was introduced to Cocoa Roast Almonds– very delicious and a new addiction. Dinner included a lovely salad with lots of veggies, cottage cheese and hummus. I also had brown rice, kidney beans, balsamic marinated portobello mushrooms, and marinara sauce! So yummy!

Time for me to go to bed. Goodnight friends!

April 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Easter brunch=food coma.

I always plan on doing a really good job of not stuffing myself… but I did it today. And I’m actually a little bummed because the food wasn’t that great. But whatever! I hardly ever indulge so it felt good. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t very warm. And there was no fruit on display, but since my mom always pulls the “she’s a vegetarian card” the wait staff will usually bring me extra vegetables and fruit, so I got a nice little plate of melon, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries (best blackberries I have had in a LONG time).

So what was good…?

Omelette–> onions, green pep, ‘shrooms, extra spinach :), tomatoes. Yummy.

Roll–> crunchy outside, soft inside, oh and it was multigrain so it was topped with oatmeal. Always a winner in my book!

Half a waffle–> warm maple syrup and whipped cream. Mom and I split this bad boy.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!–> okay, so Courtney really isn’t a huge cookie girl. I like cookies when they are soft and chewy out of the oven best, but usually they aren’t my melt over dessert because that is for chocolate cake or tiramisu. But OH MY GOODNESS! The cookies were delicious, the outside was a little crunchy and a soft inside, and the best part, the chocolate chips were still gooey! mmm, mmm, MMM! Its funny because none of the other food was the right temp.

Everything else isn’t really worth commenting on. I had a bite of everything here and there. But I defintiely had a food coma after brunch this morning, although my belly is already beginning to rumble a bit. I love being a triathlete, I eat whatever, whenever!

April 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Easter

Good morning all! I hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend and Easter Sunday. I sure have.

Being at home this weekend has called for some serious R&R. I need to recharge both mentally and physically to get ready for my race this weekend and finals the following week! On Friday night, my sisters, mom, and myself decided to watch Black Swan. What a strange movie! It was good, don’t get me wrong but it was quite an interesting movie. I went to sleep around 10:45 (I am SUCH a party animal…someone please calm me down!) and slept until 10:22!!! THATS ALMOST 12 HOURS!!!!!! I sure needed that. I had really good intentions to run yesterday morning, but I just couldn’t make myself do it.Therefore, the day included half a honey whole wheat bagel with pb and the messy side of an everything bagel with butter and a soft boiled egg… mom was making hardboiled eggs to dye. The remainder of the day included some Easter bunny, grocery, and RUNNING SHOES shopping.  I got a pair of Brooks Ghost shoes. They are awesome. When I got home, I cut up the pineapple I bought at the grocery store and began making my homemade granola. I don’t really have a recipe but it roughly includes:

3ish cups of old fashioned oats

2ish? cup of chopped walnuts, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, almonds

1/2 cup of honey and maple syrup mixed…this is up to you depending on your taste. do you prefer to taste syrup or honey?

2ish tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup dried cherries, craisins, raisins

half handful of mini semisweet choc chips

Set over to 325. Mix oats, nuts, honey/maple syrup mix, and cinnamon. Make sure all oats are coated and put on baking sheet (I use the Pampered Chef stone that has the edges). Cook for about 28 minutes stirring every 7. This is CRUCIAL. The first time I made this granola I forgot to stir so the edges got burnt 😦 Let the oat mixture cool and put in bowl. Add dried fruit and chocolate chips. Stir. AND EAT!

I had to be careful not to eat too much because my mom was making sushi for dinner! My favorite roll is crab, avocado, spicy sauce, and cornflakes! MMM! I’m gonna take some back to school with me.

We went to church at 7:30 for Easter Vigil, and I am telling you, Mass hadn’t even started and I was starving! Mom said I could go home to get a snack, but I definitely would have felt guilty so I sucked it up and told myself I would enjoy a lovely bowl of cereal, yogurt and soy milk when I got home…which I did! I was supposed to help the Easter Bunny stuff eggs and hide them, but unfortunately I fell asleep on the couch at midnight watching Chopped (<3 foodnetwork). Next thing I know, my mom is waking me up to get me to go to bed. Oops. I stopped by the candy bowl and grabbed some jelly beans before heading up to bed.


I woke up this morning to my alarm going off at 6:15. I hate forgetting to turn off my alarm. I couldn’t figure out how to get that bad boy to shut up so I just kept hitting buttons so it kept going off every 5 minutes! SO annoying! My little brother finally came in to wake us up (I slept with my mommy last night 🙂 I swear I really am 18!) I decided to go on a quick run with my little sister. It was fun because I would take off at my own speed and get my heart rate up, then fall back to grab her and my heart rate would fall, so it was actually a good workout. I also gave her some running tips (she isn’t much of a runner, but dang, she’s got a beautiful stride and looks so natural. I guess thats what its like when you are 5’8″. She lands perfectly on her forefoot.) We got home and it was time to collect eggs and look for our baskets. GUESS WHAT I GOT?! A HEART RATE MONITOR! And a chocolate Dove Bunny! Yum! I’m actually wearing it right now. YES! I am really excited to start working out with this bad boy.

I also made some egg salad for my little sister with our dyed Easter eggs. Doesn’t everyone love egg salad? I didn’t put many egg yolks in because we totally forgot we were boiling the eggs so some of the eggs have a green ring around them. So it actually is pretty low fat and healthy! I put tons of mustard and pepper with some mayo! I thought it tasted pretty yummy. We aren’t allowed to eat this morning because we are going to an expensive Easter Brunch at 11:30. Too bad I have already eaten a hardboiled egg, half a banana, and 5 Robins Eggs.. SHH! don’t tell on me! Robins Eggs are my candy weakness. And Cadbury creme eggs! YUM!

I am off to shower, friends. Wish me luck at this brunch buffet I am going to. I may come back about 20 pounds heavier 😛

What is your candy weakness? Do you have a favorite Easter Candy? What is your favorite brand of chocolate? What is your brunch buffet favorite? Favorite FoodNetwork show?

April 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Guess who is chillin’ on her couch at home! Yep thats right. I am back home. Its so great to be here and hanging out with the family.

Also, I got my chemistry test back today… I am not doing as poorly as I thought I would be doing. I only have one more week!

I had a chocolate chip peanut crunch Clifbar (MY FAVORITE!) during chemistry and as soon as chemistry was over, I was ready for my  running date with one of my friends/training buddies. We ran about 50 minutes, neither of us timed it though. It was a little chilly but since I wore leggings and long sleeves, I warmed up really fast. The clouds were looking pretty heavy throughout the run, but luckily it didn’t start to drizzle until we were about halfway in. It felt really nice.

Post run, I took an amazingly fast shower and finished packing up to go home. I then enjoyed a lovely Athenos brand plain greek yogurt with Honey Roaster Honey Bunches of Oats. It was delicious. Unfortunately, I was hungry about 30 minutes later and had a 2 hour car ride ahead of me. Luckily I had brought the remainder of my homemade granola (which wasn’t much) to snack on in the car.

As soon as I got home I made scrambled eggs for my brother and myself. Now these weren’t your average everyday scrambled eggs. Why? BECAUSE I MIXED IN AVOCADOS! Avocados are my favorite vegetable and I usually end up eating 2 avocados when I come home on the weekends! Onions, green pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, and avocado, probably one of the best creations known to man. You know, my favorite thing about scrambled eggs is putting tons of veggies in which reallyadds volume to the eggs. Accompanying the scrambled eggs was some cereal (cheerios, frosted miniwheats, multigrain puffins, french vanilla granola, and blueberries) along with a piece of toast, pineapple and strawberries, and corn. Obviously, today was clean out the fridge day at home.

Off to watch modern family with my family!

Have a good night!

What is your favorite “cleaning out the fridge” meal? What kind is your favorite vegetable to add to scrambled eggs?

April 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


ITS FRIDAY!!! Good Friday actually.

I don’t know about you all, but I have been one tired girl this week and am really looking forward to this weekend. My dad is coming to pick me up from school this afternoon so I can spend Easter weekend with my family. I have always loved Easter, it is just such a happy time for me: music at church is always so upbeat, I get to spend time with the family, reminder that summer is right around the corner, and EASTER BRUNCH.

Since you are reading this blog, you are probably some sort of foodie/fitness nut like I am and any foodie that doesn’t get excited about Easter Brunch should probably consider finding a new hobby. But anyhow, since I am the foodie of the family, Mom asked me to look into some places to go for brunch. Rewind a bit: I moved during the summer of 2009, so we have only celebrated one Easter since, but we were in Jacksonville, FL during Easter last year. So, being the college student that I am, I put off doing my chemistry homework and searched for a restaurant my whole family would enjoy (prime rib for the Dad, seafood for me, chicken nuggets for the brother, etc.) and found this piece of loveliness. Now doesn’t look FABULOUS?! I’ve never been before, but I am really excited to check it out.

Now I wanted to share a few more things about myself. Since I am a college student living on campus, I don’t really get a great opportunity to cook and bake and come up with awesome and interesting creations in the kitchen while at school. Therefore, I probably won’t be detailing every thing I eat since it is relatively the same every day. However, I will definitely share my workout and school adventures.

Yesterday afternoon, I went on a BEAUTIFUL bike ride with two of my good friends. It felt so great to be back in the saddle, I hadn’t been on the bike in over a week! But man, my legs were definitely feeling it after. I took a nap when I got back to my dorm (of course after eating my other half of a peanut butter crunch clifbar and a mug of cereal). Then I went to dinner and had the usual salad full of spinach, green peppers, mushrooms, peas, tomatoes, carrots, hummus, and cottage cheese with balsamic vinegar. OH but the best part of the salad… they were serving steamed asparagus so I plopped a number of those babies right on top of that salad! DELICIOUS! I also had grilled veggies and tofu with brown rice and some terriyaki sauce mixed in with fruit for dessert!

I passed out last night while doing my chemistry lab write up… fail! I was really dissapointed because I fell asleep around 10 and I was supposed to go on adventure last night with some of my friends around 11. Total let down, but I am sure I will be joining them for Waffle House Thursdays next week! Not to worry friends.

I got up this morning and had a wonderful swim at 6:45 and just finished my breakfast. So now I am off to class!

Until next time…

What are you doing for Easter? What is your favorite brunch item?

April 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Courtney Fun Fact

Good morning everyone! As promised, I will be sharing some more fun facts about myself today. But first…

I woke up this morning at 6:30 to run with one of my friends from high school before our 8 am classes! We haven’t run together in awhile so it was rather enjoyable. Sometimes its really nice to run with boys, even when they are kicking your butt! Pre run snack of peanut butter and banana (you will soon learn that pb and banana is my go to pre workout fuel). We went for about 40 minutes, it was such a lovely morning.

When we got back, I showered real quick, ate a handful of cereal and apple and headed out the door. I had a chemistry lab that I knew would end early so I would be able to head back to the dorm after the lab and get my cereal (which I am enjoying as I write this) along with my venti unsweetened iced coffee with a splash of soy. Bowl of cereal includes: cornflakes, kashi warm cinnamon heart to heart, homemade granola, peanut butter puffins, half a banana, frozen blueberries, and a handful of almonds… with some grapes on the side 🙂

On to the first of many Courtney fun facts and probably the most important.

I am a vegetarian. Why? I’m allergic to meat! Yep! You heard read correctly. During my senior year of high school, I began experiencing horrific stomach pain after I ate and no one could explain why it was happening. I got to visit the ER multiple times and missed 20 days of school for doctors appointments! Finally, after about 4 months of suffering and countless medical tests, my mom decided to take me to the allergist. I kept a food diary during this time to see if we could find something that was making me so sick (I had already been diagnosed with gastritis, so I was already limiting my intake of acidic foods), we saw that I felt the worst after eating meat. After multiple scratch tests at the allergist, they found that I was extremely allergic to beef, pork, milk, and possibly wheat. However, I still continued to feel sick so I cut all forms of meat except fish. I was also able to build a tolerance to wheat again after a month of being gluten free.

So here I am. A college freshman trying to support my nutritional needs without a kitchen and training for and competing in triathlons!

…..still more to come, but I am off to class! Have a good day friends!

P.S. Pictures will be up soon. My camera cord is at home unfortunately.

April 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So guess what…

This blog was intended to be for my Nutrition class as a portfolio for future employers. I have recently become a food/fitness blog junkie and have been toying with the idea of starting my own blog. So what have I created?  A blog to serve as both a portfolio for future employers and…

to share my college experience as a competitive and VEGETARIAN triathlete and foodie. I like writing in a diary, but I always forget to write in it, so it lasts oh, about a day. Hopefully, blogging will remind me to document my experiences, workouts, and favorite recipes while attracting future employers.

So follow me as I make my way on this crazy journey called Life.

Stay tuned for more about me!

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello my name is Courtney…

And welcome! Please explore my blog to find a out a little more about me! 
Please contact me and I will get back with you as soon as possible.
Thanks for visiting!

April 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment