Guys. This is it. The home stretch. I’m submitting my vet school app tonight! Eeeeee!

I last posted, what, Tuesday?

Since then I have:

Written countless essays.

Majorly soul searched to write said essays.

Taught spin 2x.

Gone to Crossfit 2x.

Visited friends 2x.

My brain hurts…

Wednesday highlights:

We did 4 sets of 10 back squats at Crossfit which is always sort of yucky. But I hit my numbers so that was good. I’m definitely not a fan of sets of 10. The WOD was mean. It was an EMOM (every minute on the minute), but not really. Normally, for EMOMs, you’re supposed to do an exercise on the minute and then have some time to rest. This was 10 minutes, 5 deadlifts on the minute, and then double unders until the next minute. NOT how that’s supposed to work, haha! The prescribed deadlift weight was 155 which is what I’ve been using in WODs, but I dropped it to 135 given the whole no rest thing.

Moving on.

For lunch I had more leftover stew. I love this lunch, and am sad that the stew is all gone now!


Plus some GF cinnamon raisin toast with butter and cinnamon sugar, basically the best thing ever.


Snack was a welcome bread from essays of a plum and the other protein muffin flavor I got to try, double chocolate. I didn’t overcook this one, which was nice! The chunks are really what make these. Without the chocolate chips honestly this probably would have just been a boring not super flavorful mug cake.


I taught spin that night, which went well. After, I had plans to meet a college friend for dinner. He and some friends recently moved into a house literally 400 feet from where I went to Crossfit while at school, so I stopped in to say hi to my friends and coach there on the way!

My friend and I had a good time catching up over Mexican food. I had chicken tamales, which were delicious and thankfully not too spicy!


We then hung out in the house for a while until a bunch of my other friends in the house got back, and it was nice to be able to see them all before I have to leave for St. Louis tomorrow (!!!).


^not actually the same friend I had dinner with.

Thursday morning I started the day with Crossfit once again. It was a lighter workout. We worked (well, I. I was the only one at that time yet again!) on handstands and negative pull ups (which are always tough). The WOD was pretty quick and a nice break from all the heavy heavy stuff lately.

400m run

24 kb snatches

600m run

16 kb snatches

800m run

8 kb snatches

Kettlebell snatches are my jam, so most of the workout was spent running. I started doing kettlebell snatches long before I started Crossfit, so they are one of my points of pride!

For breakfast afterwards, I had the typical chocolate banana smoothie, but also tried my hand at protein pancakes. I used Quest salted caramel protein powder, with egg whites and a pinch of baking powder. I topped it with cinnamon sugar and a little butter. It was pretty good! The cinnamon sugar helped a ton. It was a bit dry, so I think it might be good with banana in it.


Lunch was leftover stew again, with Glutino multigrain crackers.


That evening I taught a small spin class. Dinner was pretty excited. We had Japanese roasted sweet potatoes, which are pretty much my favorite thing ever. Plus a Greek salad with Greek feta dressing, tomato, cucumber, red onion, kalmata olives, grilled chicken, goat cheese, and roasted red pepper hummus.


In what was an incredibly fast turn around, I cleaned myself up in time for dessert with some of my best friends from high school. Protip: I used waterproof eye makeup and was super careful when I took a shower, so I didn’t have to redo it as I got ready!

It was so nice to catch up with everyone. I don’t think the 4 of us have been together since Christmas!

And the cheese cake was good. We split a few things, namely the Godiva chocolate cheesecake. This is actually I think the only gluten free cheesecake option. It has a flourless chocolate cake base! Yum!


And for some reason, the only picture we took for the night was just me?


Because I was out on the later side, I decided to skip morning Crossfit and go for the last time in the evening, so I had a relaxing morning, sleeping only about 30 minutes longer than I would have for Crossfit! My body has felt a little tired lately though, so the extra few hours of recovery before going again was not a bad thing.

My breakfast happened to be basically all protein? I wanted to make an egg white scramble with laughing cow and spinach.


And I had ~1/3 of a packet of the Quest protein powder left (a whole packet at once is kind of a lot of protein at once for me), so I made a single pancake. I topped it with sea salt and cinnamon sugar, and ate it while I cooked my eggs.


And finally, some watermelon:


Lunch was a wrap with a tortilla, shredded mozzarella and cheddar, avocado, tomato, butter lettuce, and a drizzle of champagne vinaigrette. I always wrap my wraps up in tinfoil so I stand some chance at eating them. On the side, I had some cheddar and sour cream Baked Lays (those things are the best).


As I study break, I did some baking in preparation for my trip tomorrow. Pumpkin bread! I never actually made real, non-banana pumpkin bread last year, so I got started early!


I used Cooking Light’s recipe for Pecan-topped Pumpkin Bread, and obviously omitted the pecans. The recipe made two loaves, and my mom requested chocolate chips for my parent’s loaf (I will be taking most of one with me). Another change I made was a reduction in the amount of sugar. The recipe calls for 2 cups for two loaves, and 1 cup per loaf is far higher than what I would normally do. I used a heaping cup of packed brown sugar+maple syrup (we ran out of brown sugar), and it tasted perfectly sweet!

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Unfortunately for picture purposes, the loaves were cut immediately for my sister and her fiancé who were stopping by on the way to the airport.

Last dinner at home: turkey burgers and roasted zucchini and tomatoes with parmesan.

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And Halo Top+GF cookies+caramel.

See you in St. Louis!


2 comments on “Home Stretch

  1. sprint2thetable

    Can I just follow you around a eat please? It all looks amazing… but especially the cheesecake and that bread. YUM!

    Fingers crossed for your app submission!

    1. astottler Post author

      Thank you!

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