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


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