Motivation

I have a huge exam on Monday, so yesterday I decided what better way to motivate myself and power my studies, than with some awesome awesome meals! I really don’t like studying…. like more than normal. And I certainly don’t study like a normal college kid. I like to intermingle my studies with some good meals and lots of breaks to keep me focused and sane!

Let’s just say I’m glad it’s my last hard semester of college!

I woke up early, on a saturday to get my run in before my marathon of studying. After my run I headed to the boyfriend’s house to study (They have a kitchen table to spread out on…. and I don’t). I had bought one of Chobani’s new flavors friday night while I was at the store and was dying to try it!

Lemon! I may just buy more of these to eat for dessert! So good!

I studied the morning away and finally around 2 pm felt lunch calling my name…. I get super distracted and can’t focus when I’m hungry or tired, so I knew I had to stop and take a break. Let’s just say I’m not the normal college kid that stays up late a studies for hours…..

Flat out w/ hummus, black beans, and bell pepper

After lunch I decided it was time for a nap. I was happy with the progress I had made that morning. When I got up I studied for an hour or two and go hungry AGAIN….. yep I eat allllll the time. So I decided to have a snack, because I knew I wouldn’t start dinner for another hour or two.

Wheat thins w/ PB and apple sauce w/ cinnamon were snack on

Finally, I had enough! Staring at the computer typing a study guide and reading over notes gets the best of me after about 6-7 hours…. I go a wee bit crazy if I do work for too long, just ask the boy.

Friday night I had went grocery shopping and gotten a ton ofย  fresh vegetables and other “new” things that I don’t usually buy, so I decided that we were going to have a nice dinner tonight. That is after I layed on the couch and watched Wedding Crashers for about 30 min….. sometimes you just have to unwind.

Dinner started off with some awesome sauteed veggies! You really can’t go wrong with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, onion, zucchini, and bell pepper!

Then I moved on to some chicken which I had been marinating in Light Italian dressing all day. I sprinkled it with a few whole wheat bread crumbs and set it to bake in the oven at 400ย  for about 25 min. –> easiest way to do chicken, marinate it in salad dressing and then bake. Super tasty and moist!

This was gonna be it for dinner…..

But then I was going through the pantry and found some cornbread mix. So we had cornbread as well ๐Ÿ™‚

It was sooo tasty and fast. The boy LOVED it! He came in from studying and immediately went YUM that smells amazing and I got countless compliments throughout dinner! I make this boy dinner nearly every night, but this meal was def a favorite of his!

We ended the night with some chocolate chip cookies and TV…. I’d say it wasn’t a bad day. ๐Ÿ˜€

Chocolate chip, cranberry cookies

I’ll be back with that recipe tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

What is your favorite way to unwind after a long day/week?

Definitely a movie or TV with the boy and some cookies or wine ๐Ÿ™‚