Happy Monday! Is anyone else dragging? I know I am. This morning I did NOT want to get out of my warm bed to run. Temperatures are lows in the low 40s (which is pretty darn cold for this California girl). Plus, all of my workout pants were dirty-or so I thought. I found one straggler-and gratefully! 

Once I finally mustered up the courage to go outside, it definitely wasn’t as cold as I was expecting. Even so, I may have to rethink this morning running thing. Or buy a lot of warm and reflective clothing. It was really dark! I ran “The Dish,” which is a hilly 5 mile round trip. At the top, there are panoramic views of the entire bay area, so I was hoping to make it to the top around sunrise. Sadly, it was too cloudy for a decent sunrise. I did see some wildlife though-squirells (of course), a frog that may or may not have been alive, and possibly a snake. I ran a little too close to the edge of the trail and hear what SOUNDED liked a snake slithering away. That woke me up in zero seconds flat. 

My foot was not 100% cooperating. And I’m kind of starting to rethink my desire for one more long run-my Crossfit box is doing “Murphy” on Friday, which I would clearly not be able to go to if I had a long run the next morning. I’ve told enough people about my plans for the run though that at this point, I kind of have to go through with it!

In other news, I went to buy more kombucha today.


I actually checked how many more meal plan dollars I need to use this quarter. Yeah, in the next 4 weeks, I can buy 39 bottles of kombucha. Hey, that’s only 8 a week, right?? So expect to see a lot more kombucha. Like A LOT a lot. I’m thinking of stopping my gummy vitamins because they do have a ton of sugar, and that’s something I want to significantly cut back on-more on that in a minute-but I still need my probiotics, and kombucha definitely has less sugar than gummy probiotics. Plus, ironically, it’s cheaper. Gummy vitamins require real money. 

I had a slightly weird lunch today-and I swear it actually involved some planning, and I didn’t just throw it together in 2 minutes. Ok, maybe I still threw it together in 2 minutes, with some (albeit not very good) planning.


Lettuce with laughing cow and hard boiled egg, plus a CSA box pear. Guys, I am so sick of lettuce and hard boiled eggs. Together, apart, I’m DONE. But lettuce is one of the few veggies I have access to right now, and hard boiled eggs are a really nice, packable protein source. 

This also happened though:


The cafe I eat my lunch at between classes usually has an insane line, so I never even consider getting anything at lunchtime. Today, for some reason, the line was non-existent for a few minutes after I had finished my lunch. Go figure. So I seized the opportunity. 

The only thing is I’m pretty sure sugar gives me a stomachache. I had an interesting cycle this afternoon of eating something sweet, getting a stomachache, having the stomachache go away, and then eating another sweet thing, only for the cycle to repeat. Like I said before, I’m about to significantly cut down on sugar. My roommate and I are both kind of on a war on sugar, and she’s writing a paper about how sugar is a drug (best. roommate. ever.) and she thought it might help her paper if she had some anecdotal evidence about the benefits of giving up sugar for a while. So we’re going to do that together. No pressure Aurora, if you fail it’s just your roommate’s grade on the line. 

So this is another way of saying I ate way too much Halloween candy today. But I feel like at Halloween, everyone kinda has to have one of those days. Anyways, here are some other snacks from this afternoon:


An oat bar with a side of Biochem. I was actually really disappointed-the cafe I normally love for doing homework in was really loud today, and I could NOT focus. So I had to go to the library. 


I’m still working through the free samples from the race!

I also went to Crossfit tonight-we worked on clean and jerks. It was only up to 80% of my maximum weight, but it felt good to get some technique work in. I really wish my Crossfit had open gym though. There are so many things I want to work on, just on my own, and the school gym doesn’t have all the equipment I would need! The workout was a lot of jump roping, mixed with some kettlebell swings and sit ups. In the first set, my calves were dangerously close to cramping up, but they felt better after stretching! I worked on double unders for a few minutes after as well, and was able to string a nice little sequence of them together! I might actually do them for a WOD if it didn’t involve hundreds of them. Because I would be there forever. 

Dinner at the dining hall was actually really good! I even went back for seconds of the meat!


It was in theory Mexican, although it did have a sort of Italia feel. Which is okay with me-the last Mexican meal I had at this dining hall burned my tongue off and had me chugging milk!

I think that’s all I have for you guys tonight. Wish me luck in avoiding sugar-I think I’m finally ready to do this! 

What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

It’s not necessarily my favorite, but I’ve been enjoying KitKats a lot this year-out of the candy varieties I bought, it’s one of the few without nuts, and since my face FINALLY is cleared up, I don’t want to risk it!

4 comments on “39 Bottles of Kombucha on the Wall…

  1. Health, Love, and Chocolate

    I am admittedly dragging a bit also, midterm season will do that to you! I am so jealous you can use your meal plan dollars on kombucha, I remember when I was leaving Santa Cruz and had to use mine up the only thing remotely good to buy was brown rice and deodorant, so now I have loads of both piled up in my apartment 2 years later…

    1. Aurora

      Haha last year before they allowed us to but cool things, I ended up buying the entire quidditch team food. And no, I’m not in the quidditch team.

  2. Matt @ Runner Savvy

    It’s always hard to get out of bed to run when it’s dark and cold!

    1. Aurora

      SO hard!

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