Jillian Michaels Kicked My Butternut Squash

GUESS WHAT?!?!??

I DID LEVEL 2 OF THE 30 DAY SHRED! Remember a couple days ago when I posted about how I haven’t gotten past level 1 yet? Well, I woke up on Wednesday morning determined.

Verdict: I LOVED IT! It was intense and I felt like I was going to die. That’s my kind of workout! I felt so accomplished afterward. It might take me another 3 months to get to level 3 though. We’ll see.

After laying on my living room floor for 5 hours minutes, I got up and made breakfast.

I stole Erin’s amazing broccoli scrambled eggs idea.  OK, it probably wasn’t her original idea to scramble broccoli with eggs but she’s the one who gave me the idea! :-) I sauteed fresh broccoli in a pan with a teaspoon of EVOO, then added 2 eggs (mixed with ~1/2 Tbsp of milk), and a pinch of shredded cheddar. Then I topped it all with black pepper and Frank’s Red Hot. I had 1/2 of a toasted Arnold Sandwich Thin on the side.

Wednesday was the first day of classes for my Spring Semester. I am taking 4 journalism classes and 1 English class. (I’m a Journalism Major/English Minor- in case you’re new to the blog. Check out my FAQ page for more info!) All of my classes are writing intensive. I’m scared and excited at the same time!

Here’s a list of the classes I’m taking this semester:

  • Magazine Writing
  • Opinion Writing
  • Narrative Journalism
  • Info Strategies for Journalists
  • Expository Writing- the theme for this class is Writing About Nature. I am so excited! This is also the last English class I’m ever going to have to take!

I had two classes yesterday from 10:25-12:25. I brought a Kashi Bar to snack on.

This bar came as a surprise in my mailbox on Tuesday. I forgot that I signed up to receive a sample! I thought it was ok. Not my favorite bar ever but it kept me full for a long time. So full, in fact, that when Jeff suggested we go to Uncommon Grounds after class, all I got was coffee. I’m usually not one to turn down lunch at Uncommon Grounds.

On the way home from class, I dropped my car off to get an oil change and an inspection. My whole car smelled like oil and I thought it was going to explode.  Rather than sitting in the waiting room for 45 minutes, I decided to walk the 1/2 mile back to my apartment and made a delicious lunch.

I heated up the other half of my veggie pizza from Tuesday night and had grapes and celery on the side. I dipped the celery in Sabra Chipotle Hummus. Yum! I had a handful of Dark Chocolate Chips for dessert.

When Jeff got home from class, we walked back to get my car and then we went to the mall. I brought a bag of Popchips for us to share.

(I ended up eating most of them. hehe) I was still hangry when we got home, so I had an unpictured bowl of Peanut Butter Puffins with soy milk. I blame level 2 of the shred for my ravenous hunger.

Dinner was absolutely amazing!!!

While Jeff and I were at the co-op this past weekend, I picked up a butternut squash and spinach spaghetti.

I knew exactly what I was making with the squash:

My mom made baked squash for Thanksgiving and I’ve been meaning to make it ever since. It is sooo good! So I called my mom, wrote down her instructions, and voila! I got the masterpiece you see above. I could eat this everyday for the rest of my life and not get sick of it.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Cut a butternut squash in half length wise and get rid of all the seeds and weird looking stringy things inside
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F
  3. Place each half of the squash cut side down on a baking sheet. Pour 1/2 cup water around squash
  4. Bake in oven for 45 minutes
  5. Take out, flip over and topped with whatever you’d like. I used a tiny bit of Smart Balance margarine, a drizzle of wildflower honey (from the Farmers’ Market), 1 Tsp Cinnamon, and 1 Tsp of Brown Sugar.
  6. Bake in oven for an additional 6-8 minutes or until you can push a fork through the squash easily.
  7. Feed your face.

Outstanding! This dinner is definitely a new favorite.

For dessert I had another piece of Spice Cake topped with Monkey Boy PB and Dark Chocolate Chips. I didn’t take a picture but here’s a repeat from Tuesday night.

Plus a cup of Tazo Berry Blossom White Tea

I only have one class today and it’s not until later in the day. Time to be productive!

  • Gym
  • Reading for class

What was your favorite class in college? (Or high school!)

I am so excited to take Magazine Writing this semester!

Have a great Thursday!

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  1. That butternut squash is literally making me drool. Make anything sweet with cinnamon and I’m in!

    Two of my favorite classes in college were Writing in Global Context (got to learn a whole lot about other countries!) and Fantasy & Romance (had to write a 12 page paper on Harry Potter…fun!). I’m assuming they’re my favorites because they’re the only ones I remember..lol

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