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Thank you so much for all of the well wishes about culinary school!! Each and every comment and word of encouragement means so, so very much to me. Thos comments were so very uplifting and encouraging 🙂 Having the support of the blogging community behind me makes me so happy! And I can’t wait to share my journey with you!!!

And now what you have been waiting for.. the winner of the $40 credit towards anything from www.cookware.com

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#47, Emily!! Congratulations girl!!! If you will e-mail me your contact info, we will get you working on receiving your prize! And thank you again Jason from CSN for setting this up!!!

I am going to quickly breeze through today’s eats because I have a special guest post from a very special lady.

Feast your eyes on this bowl of deliciousness…

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The base was oat bran (1/3 cup oat bran, 2/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of salt, 1/2 banana) that was topped with Greek yogurt… topped with TJ’s salted almond butter… topped with Crofter’s.

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Do I even have to tell you how good this was? I think the pictures do it justice.

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The combination of the sweet oats with the salty almond butter with the tangy yogurt was just pure perfection. Mmmm….

 

Lunch was another hit!

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This salad had:

  • romaine and butter leaf lettuce
  • avocado
  • strawberries
  • tomato
  • pineapple
  • TJ’s poppy seed dressing
  • wheat berries
  • cilantro (AWESOME in this!)

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This was SO good!!! It was like a tropical salad of happiness 😀

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Today was just one of those days that required some frozen yogurt. Know what I mean? So I made a frozen yogurt run to Blueberry Frog.

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It was plain frozen yogurt with raspberries, oreos, and blueberries.

And it was a medium, not a small.

Totally necessary.

 

My mom and I then met some family for dinner at a small seafood restaurant, One Fish, Two Fish. Cute name… the food? It was ok.

I started with a hushpuppy… times two.

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Hushpuppies are SO addicting!!!! And these were excellent, I have to say.

Next up, a salad.

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Um, not that great. It contained some iceberg lettuce (some of which was wilted) with 2 grape tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, onions, and 3 croutons. With a raspberry vinaigrette.

And then for my main course I ordered stuffed flounder (stuffed with crab and shrimp). Sounds good right? I usually adore stuffed flounder. But now, I don’t know if you have ever had stuffed flounder well.. this was not what I was expecting.

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It came in this little ramekin and it was flounder and stuffing but it was DROWNING in butter. I mean totally drenched. Now, I like butter and I do enjoy it but not when my food is completely covered in it. SO I ate a couple bites but I couldn’t stomach anymore. I did eat my sweet potato that came with my dinner and it was good. Thank goodness for sweet potato love!

So the dinner was slightly disappointing but the company was great 😀

I then had dessert in the form of a yogurt mess when I came home. I’m sure you are sick of these yogurt messes by this point but they are fabulous…

This one started with this yogurt from Publix. I usually prefer plain Greek Yogurt but every once in a while, change is nice 🙂

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I then topped it with raspberries, strawberries, and some Quaker Oatmeal Squares.

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YUM!!

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I’d also like to share the story of amazing reader who had shared her story of her experiences with injuries. Her story inspired me so much that I asked her to share it with you lovely readers and she graciously obliged. Now, without further ado…

Name: Kristina

Age: 27

Blog: www.FreestyleFitnessAddiction.com

Activities pre-injury: gymnastics (former competitor); break dancing (I would actually get paid to perform); boxing; a little bit of everything

What happened: 2008 Right ACL reconstruction, arthoscopic meniscectomy (twice), synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane)

Playing the victim: Sitting in the house, months upon months upon months…frustrated me beyond tolerance. I felt utterly despondent, felt victimized, hopeless…felt separated from all the friends I had who I had been active with, felt so much of my identity disappeared, felt all my cherished activities vanished and I had no more joy in life. I felt bitter, angry, frustrated, disappointed, defeated, and wanted to give up, stop caring, stop working out, stop trying. I felt my mind scanning, searching for answers, the meaning behind these challenges. I just wanted to MOVE, to be a kinetic frenetic bubbling, flame-ripping, torrent through the gym, through wood-chipped trails, across grassy fields, hopping and skipping and striding from landscape to landscape. I then ATE to distract from these emotions and ended up gaining weight then feeling helpless and depressed because I couldn’t over-exercise to compensate for all the food I was eating. (I could barely walk.)

Realizing my power: I get stronger from each challenge. My mind grows more resolute every time I test it with resistance. I learn to control myself more, be at peace with myself even when scenes crumble around me. I control the meanings I attach to things. Will I let this tear me down? Will I just collapse and fall in an ocean of tears? Or will I reinforce the quality that I am a positive person, and still be positive? I will. I will learn what the universe is offering me. This is an opportunity to grow. I will demonstrate my expertise and challenge my CREATIVITY by working around my injuries! I believe that when my body and mind are ready, everything will fall into place. I am more patient and understand that I have more to learn. Even so far I can see how life has changed for me in ways I never would have imagined if I didn’t hurt myself.

Ways my life has completely changed (for the better):

1) Chatting about injuries connected me to the love of my life

2) After I tore my ACL, I decided to change careers and became a certified personal trainer to learn more about fitness and corrective exercise/rehabilitation. I am now a trainer as well as earned an advanced certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I know so much about injury prehabilitation and rehabilitation that I never would have known, if it wasn’t for my experiences. Not only that, but I would never had learned all the things I know about training, nutrition, and other skills I’ve developed in the past two years if it wasn’t for the time AVAILABLE that I had to invest in studying, because I was not consumed with my athletics.

3) Recently, I started my own business, called Freestyle Fitness Addiction. I never would have done that if it wasn’t for the circumstances originating from my torn ACL!

Message: Appreciate the ways that an injury steers your life in another direction and opens you up to new opportunities.

Amazing Inspirational Quotes:

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. ~Vince Lombardi

My life tomorrow will be the result of my attitudes and the choices I make today. ~Anonymous

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. ~Anonymous

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success ~Napoleon Hill

Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. ~Napoleon Hill

A positive mental attitude is an irresistible force that knows no such thing as an immovable body ~Napoleon Hill

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. ~Pietro Aretino

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. ~Lao-tz

 

Thank you so much for sharing Kristina!! I think everyone can be inspired by her story. She is right, even things like injuries, things that we see as roadblocks or difficulties in our journey of life, may sometimes lead us to and open doors to greater things than we could ever have dreamed possible!

So again I will ask – if you have a story of an injury, whether you have recovered or are still going through “the process of healing,” I encourage you to share! You never know who may read your story and be touched in a way that you could never have imagined. You just never know who you may encourage and inspire!

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