Stress-Eating, and My #1 Happy Activity

I’m about to get super honest with you in this post.

I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to easily fall into stress-eating. Whenever something gets me overwhelmed emotionally, I look to comfort in food.

It was really hard for me this time around because I still can’t eat desserts (because of Lent). It is so much easier to go face-first into sweets than to eat salty or savory things.

BUT I was definitely looking for things that were crunchy, so last night (while studying for the lab practical final) and today after the final (even though the stress is gone), I ate a lot more than I needed.

I really need to look to God for comfort and ask Him for peace during these times, but I didn’t… and I found a temporary source through food. If you know my story, then you know that I had issues with food and, once in a while, I get really down on myself and can’t quickly let it go when I overeat.

Then again, let’s get real. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it used to be. I just happened to eat about two or three meals’ worth (extra) of food during times when I wasn’t actually hungry (in the span of one day), but just avoiding the cause of the stress (finaaaaal).

Okay. That was my little venting and confession of what happened. Now, I will move on.

After the final this morning, I went to Joe’s and ate half of his footlong Subway sandwich (sweet onion chicken teriyaki). This sub came loaded with every single item, so once I picked out the onions from Joe’s side and added it to mine, the poor sandwich looked like it exploded.

I think Subway might get really made at me for making their sub look totally nasty and unappetizing. Whatevs. It was totally delicious.

Even though I wasn’t hungry anymore, I ate some of these fig crackers with Greek yogurt (2%) and grapes. It was sooo yummy! I also ended up finishing about 0.75 ounce of goat brie and eating about 15 multigrain crackers from Trader Joe’s. Dang, crunchy foods. Stop being so gosh-darned irresistable!

I was sufficiently stuffed. At least I ended up going to the gym!

Today’s workout:

Treadmill: I gave myself exactly 50 minutes to see how much I can run. When I stopped the treadmill at 50 min, it was at 6.21 miles. I just ran a 10K! Woo hoo! (Oh, I usually leave the treadmill at 1% incline, but I had to move it down to 0.5% after 40 minutes because I was feeling super tired, but I didn’t want to slow the pace).

Bike: 10 minutes as a cool down. It was clicking and making weird noises, but I was too lazy to move to the one right next to me.


Ate a granola bar before going in for two hours at work. I had a really nice student for the second hour, so I left with a big smile on my face.


I dropped by the market in the same plaza as my work and got a little container full of veggies that we don’t have at home. Even though some of them are super cheap (canned beans/corn/beets), I didn’t want to buy like 5 cans of vegetables and open them all to make one salad.

I came home and added soba noodles, asparagus, marinated black beans, and chicken, and made a random mixed salad.

The ingredients from the store are the mozzarella cheese, kidney beans, sprouts, green bell peppers, corn, beets, and sunflower seeds. A generous drizzle of poppyseed dressing and this salad was good-to-go.

I actually took a pretty long time to eat everything because I was using chopsticks and it’s harder to get a big mouthful of food when the beans and corn are falling off of it.


Joe allowed me to take home two nearly-empty peanut butter jars from his place. I already made one overnight oats in a jar, and I will prep another one in a couple days.

What are overnight oats in a jar? It basically a way to use the last bit of peanut (or other nut) butter by putting in some ingredients and allowing it to soak overnight to be enjoyed in the morning.

I’m my jar, I put 1/3 cup oatmeal, 1/3 cup milk (2%), 1/3 cup water… and that’s it. If I had a ripe banana, I would have mashed it and put that in, too. Whoops, I forgot to put in chia seeds!

I took a picture of it, but you will seriously just think it’s barf in a jar (I don’t know how other bloggers make it look good!), and I would hate for you to barf in your lap, so I will spare you the picture.


So you may have noticed that I haven’t done an Insanity workout in a while. I realized during the run on Saturday that I truly enjoyed that activity, though it was hard at times, and I felt amazing the time during AND after the workout. Even though Insanity is great and I feel like a rockstar after it’s done, I don’t enjoy it nearly as much as running.

Yes, I have definitely seen results, but I think if I want my running to get better, I need to be running more (instead of doing jumps and pushups… and a slew of other dreadful things). SO… I decided to incorporate it into my workouts, but it will not be my main focus. It shall now be the supplement to my running, not the other way around.

I plan on doing more of this workout before a trip to Hawaii (in May). It definitely makes me look really fit, but it just doesn’t make me as happy as running.

Even today’s treadmill run made me feel like I was flying!… or at least as if I was light on my feet like a gazelle.

I love running.

I am so happy to have my thunder thighs.


HAHA, WOW. I’m super all-over-the-place with this post. At least it ended on a high note 🙂


How was your Monday?

What is an activity that truly makes you happy (both during AND after)?

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