WIAW + Reminiscing

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I’m a bit late in getting online tonight – I had a fabulous dinner with an old friend from Israel, and I just got home a few minutes ago. 

She and I used to live a few doors away from each other in the graduate student dorm in Jerusalem, and we hung out all the time. Chatting with her made me think of how much things have changed since then (it’s a really obvious realization, I know, but it still baffles me).  

The venerable grad student dorm at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, AKA: my 2005-06 home

Back then we were both 24-year-old, fresh-faced grad students who routinely went on random adventures around the Middle East (some would call these trips dangerous, but we’d beg to differ); now we’re both working in stable office jobs.  We used to spend hours upon hours lamenting our love lives, and now I’m married.

Cavorting around the Middle East

It would stand to reason, of course, that a lot can change between the ages of 24 and 31 — but when I actually stop to think about it, it smacks me over the head.

But anyways, I digress.

It’s time for What I Ate Wednesday! This little cyber-potluck is organized and hosted by the lovely Jenn from Peas & Crayons.

After my morning chai, I hit the gym for some cardio (30 minutes on the elliptical) and strength training (15 minutes).  I also did 50 seconds of plank and 50 lunges for Girls Gone Sporty’s LungeForLeftovers program.

Post-workout, I whipped up a smoothie with kale, nonfat Greek yogurt, a banana, a cup of berries, and honey, and then topped it with some Kind granola clusters.

I was dragging this morning, so Starbies was calling my name…

Lunch was a huge salad with grilled chicken, grapes, red onion, and olive oil.  Snacks were pretzels + hummus and an apple with almond butter. 

Dinner, which I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of because I was gabbing away with my friend, was at my favorite Thai restaurant in DC – I had a salad with avocado and larb gai, and they were freaking delicious.

I’ll write more tomorrow with an update on the November Challenge – but until then, I hope everyone has had a fabulous Wednesday!

4 thoughts on “WIAW + Reminiscing

  1. Caitlin Helsel November 15, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    You lived and traveled through the Middle East??!! That's awesome!! I am emailing you later to demand details when you get a chance to share haha. I've never been a big fan of smoothies, but that is one I actually think I might like. Can you taste the banana though? I'm not a huge fan of banana, so I'm not sure if I would really like to taste it.

  2. Lillian November 15, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    Thanks, darlin'! I lived in East Jerusalem while I was doing a year of language immersion and graduate research before getting my MA (I did that back here in the States). It was an amazing experience – going there was the best decision I've made thus far in my life! As for the smoothie, it does taste banana-y (for lack of a better word), but Greatist recently showcased an awesome compilation of smoothie recipes, and a lot of them are free of the offending nanners. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here's the link: http://greatist.com/health/healthy-smoothie-recipes/Hope you're having a fabulous day!

  3. Caitlin Helsel November 15, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    Orrrr I'm going to leave you my email address and beg for an email of details and what it was like when you have the chance ๐Ÿ™‚ chelsel28@gmail.com

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