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  1. Good news: I bought agar agar! Now I never have to go without hospital food again. (Actually, I needed it to make pie...which I haven't yet...) anyhow, my first two attempts have been crap: first I used tea (sweetened) but the "jello" came out as hard as gummy bears, and with no flavor. (diet food...haha!) then I tried using all natural root beer, and the consistincy was ALMOST what I was looking for, but not quite. Still a little too hard. Unfortiantly, it tasted like shit. Right now I'm making coffee to make into more jellos. I am really really looking for the same texture as geletin, but I haven't had it since I was eight! Am also looking for good flavors--orange, apple and cranberry being obvious ones (with juice as the liquid) but will coffee and tea work? (Don't worry about it not--the coffee will get into me somehow!!!) PLEASE help! I told my mom that the agar will last a while, but if I keep screwing up I'll have to get more! EDIT: my sister has been using the root beer jello to cut into shapes. I can just see the adds now. "Rachel's jello! Fun to play with, but not to eat! Buy now!!!"
  2. that is... the most DESGUSTING thing I have ever seen... seriously. Ewww.... even my brother was grossed out, and he used to enjoy stomping on spiders.
  3. WOW. I haven't posted in a looong time! It is sooo flippin cold out. And sooo dry. I've had a cold this week and THIS ISN'T HELPING. THERE IS ABSOLUTLY NO POINT IN IT BEING 18F OUT AND NOT SNOWING. THERE IS NO POINT IN IT BEING BELOW 32F AND NOT SNOWING. I want snow. Really...really...BAD. Anyways, I'm stuck in the house. It's brilliantly sunny out, and I'm stuck in the house. AAAAHHH!!! Anyways, the past few days have been just normal--2 hr. water polo, 30 min. run. (however, I stayed an extra 1/2 hour at h20 polo on Thurs.) We didn't have water polo, THANK G-D, as the subcoach didn't want to coach us. Why a sub-coach, you ask? What a wonderful question. Well, the rest of the team IS IN FLORIDA I swam for 1.5 hours yesterday, and ran for 1. I think I'm gonna step outside and just PROVE to my body/mind that it is COLD COLD COLD. Cuz right now it looks like summer. Anyhow, today I've eaten: greenbeans/broccoli/brussle sprouts 3 T cream of wheat 1 muffin w. 1/4 T jam some tortilla chips w/ salsa YES that was ALL BREAKFAST. I WANT SNOW. NOT SUN!!!! by the way, I leave for New York on Tues. so I won't be posting.
  4. have been eating like crap today: meal one: 2 jam muffins, green beans, bite of bagel meal two: more green beans,1/2 bagel w/ 1 T strawberry jam meal three: 1/2 cup stawberries, another 1/2 bagel PROOF that New Yorkers can't drive: My uncle was snowed out of new york. Chose to go to LA (where my fraternal grandparents, uncle/aunt/3 cousins, and great aunt/uncle live) for dinner (my uncle LOVES spontanious stuff). They (uncle, aunt and newborn cousin) left at 1:15 for a flight that lifted off at 3. They are coming back now. Got caught speeding ON THE ISLAND. AKA, they were ten minutes away from my house. (I live on Mercer Island.) http://www.vrseattle.com/catmaps/mercer_island.map.gif Also, something happened w/ their flight. Tonight my best friend is coming over, so we will watch the Olympics and have a bagel party. (strawberry jam, hummus, bagels, tomatoes, lettuce, and (for her) lox, cream cheese and tuna) Yay for bagels!!!
  5. yesterday: 1 cup pasta w/ 1 cup tomato sauce (homeade sauce!!!) salad tons of broccoli and... 1/4 CUP PURE CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES!!!! mmmm....sooooo goooood.... TODAY: breakfast: 2 muffins, 3 T cream of wheat lunch (at lunchin): 1/4 bagel, a massive plate of fruits, 1 pita pocket and a 1/4ish cup hummus snack: 1/4 bagel (we got to bring all the bagels home--2 grocery bags full!!!!!!!!!!!) dinner: 2 plates salad, 1 can tomato juice, 1/2 a popsicle, 10 marishino cherries snack: (just finished) 1/4 bagel, 1 T jam excersize: TONS of situps (gotta look good in my dress!!!) 1 hr. running 2.5 hours vigourus dancing More about the bar mitzvah later when I am not about to collasp dead on the computer. GOOD NEWS!!!! MY FRIEND FROM FRANCE IS COMING TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!! THERE'S A BLIZZARD IN NEW YORK SO MY UNCLE MIGHT HAVE TO STAY LONGER!!!
  6. Yesterdays eats: breakfast: 2 jam muffins, 1 cup salsa (eaten out of the jar with a spoon...) lunch: forgot at home! snack: salad snack: handfull potato chips dinner: penne pasta drenched in olive oil with a 1/4 cup veggies (actually called Roasted Vegetables over Penne...but my title fits it better!) Wow. What a weird food day! I ran for an hour yesterday, and walked home (1.5 mile) from school. And did a lot of running around in choir! TODAY: breakfast: 2 jam muffins, handfull green beans lunch: AAAAH!!!! It was in my other backpack! snack (just ate right now): 1 cup green beans, couple handfulls tortilla chips gotta go...going to friday servaces for my little bro!!!
  7. I forget yesterday... TODAY: breakfast: 2 jam muffins, green beans lunch: 1 cup grapes, 1/2 pb&j sammich, 1 mint choco cookie snack: 1/2 a luna bar dinner: green bean/brussle sprout/salsa mix (dump all those ingrediants in a bowl and microwave for eightish min.), 1 apple snack: 1 bowl (2ish cups) raisin bran with very vanilla silk (1 cup???) excersize: 50 min. walking 50 min. running 2 hr. 15 min swimming TOTAL SWIM: 6000 yards NEWS OF THE DAY: My sister ate four green beans. I told her I would alert the media.
  8. breakfast: 2 jam muffins 2 T cream of wheat with 1 T pb, 1 T jam, and a 1/4 of a nana green beans for lunch I'm bringing: 1/2 a pb&nana sammich 1 apple 1 handfull carrots 2 cookie that my mom made snack: gonna be a luna bar I am sooo tired.
  9. My baby brother (fine...he's only 14 months younger than me!!!) is becoming a man (getting bar mitzvahed) this Saturday. He wants a special breakfast according to this: Energy-filled Good wake up Taste-good no oats or milky stuff (porrige, cereal...) and he doesn't want it to be "weird". (aka--anything really yummy!!!) I'm looking at: pancakes sliced nanas orange juice Or: Fronch toast apple sauce orange juice Any ideas? In his heart (if it's still beating after all the bacon he's eaten his entire life) he wants bacon, eggs, toast, juice and sausage. I wouldn't even make that on his death bed, as the last time (three years ago) I made something meaty I didn't cook it all the way.
  10. thanks!!! I know lots of men who watch ANTM--my dad, for instance, came into the room to get my sister and me, and stayed for an entire episode! anyhow... I should've been more clear. I really don't care about numbers/weight. (I'm intrested in calories and stuff, but only because I noticed once that I eat can eat 3000 calories in raw veg and fruits (mostly smoothies) during the summer, and not gain a thing, but when I eat 1500 cal. during the winter, same amount of excersize, but with 500 of those cal. coming from pb, I gained. It was just a little science experament.) I also sometimes will add up the cals if I think I'm going too low/too high, just to check. I do this anywhere from every day (during breaks) to once every three months. (summer!) HOWEVER...I'm extemely self concious, and eating a lot makes me feel like everyones looking at me. Currently I deal with it by wearing my water polo sweatshirts wherever I go. (athletes are supposed to be pigs, right???) anyhoo: for lunch I had tomato soup (2 bowls), a peace a ww bread, and 2 smallish muffins dinner was a four servings brussle spouts (16 sprouts--my sister asked how many sprouts I ate so I counted them one by one by one...), 1/2ish bag of green beans, 2 T cream of wheat, and 2 muffins. mmmm...muffins.... I just finished some "night-night" tea. I'm gonna crash soon. ;lasdhflkajdhflkajsdhfkjadshadsfh... just joking!!!!! haven't fallen asleep on the keyboard ever! anyhoo... excersize: 2.5 hrs. water polo (I stayed to swim with the grommets--14 and unders--warm up) no weights...again.
  11. Sunday: eats: breakfast: 3 T cream of wheat w/ cocoa powder one apple, cut in half, micronuked for 3 minutes, topped with 3/4 cup raisin bran and 1/2 cup soymilk lunch: 1 nana 2 apples 2 mini-muffins 1/2 a bagel (white ) with 1 T pb snack: 1 soy latte (tall) snack: (eaten while watching...no... not the Super Bowl, but AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL!!!)...I am such a girl! 14 tortilla chips 1 cup salsa dinner: (wasn't really that hungry, I think the fat in the chips fills me up to much!) salad 1 peace whole-wheat bread Excersize: 1 hr. running, 45 min. walk, 15 min. sprinting (home from library) Last night I heard my mom talking to her sister (WHO IS COMING ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!) about me. She was like: "The doctor put her at 103 pounds, but I don't know how she can be that light with all the food she eats!" that is my ONE annoyence about being vegan (depsite my brother walking down into our kitchen and saying, "what in the WORLD smells like garlic!" or people pronouncing vegan VAY-GAAN") is how much I have to eat. All my brother and sister eat is junk food--like they'll have a big bowl of chips and guac. (the kind with geliten and sour cream) for breakfast, a sammich, more chips, and cookies for lunch, more junk for a snack, and then my mom tries to make dinner but they don't touch it, so it's more chips or bagels then. No fruit (ok, fine, my bros makin. a smoothie right now, but it's gonna have ice cream in it) and no veg. So they eat a lot "less" food than me when it comes to volume... (like I could eat an entire FOUR BAGS of frozen peas in place of a serving of chips and some guac.) but when it comes to CALORIES and (especially)fat and sugar, they eat probably twice as much. For example, yesterday I had about 1,600 calories. my brother and sister can have that much in junk before lunch. and, of course, I leave a bigger "mess", (as more dishes) than they do. ANYWAYS... rant is done... breakfast: 3 T cream of wheat with 1 T cocoa powder (120 cal) 2 minimuffins (100 cal. (50 each)) 1/4 bagel pizza (1/4 bagel, 1 T salsa, 1 shroom, toasted) (40 cal.) 4 tortilla chips (40 cal) 1 cup broccoli (25 cal.) TOTAL: 325 cal. See, that is a normal breakfast--about the amount of a donut or a bowl of cereal. (a BOWL, not, like, a "serving size" which is teeny) I didn't lift as weekends. Maybe some tonight, if I'm not to tired. But... my cousins are coming!!!! Yay!!! Thank you G-d for inventing bar mitzvahs!!! (my little brother is becoming a MAN. <---(tears of happiness)
  12. Me!!! http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f372/rachelpotter12/rachelinside.jpg I'm just posting this so I can make sure I can... my dad's coming over today to take pics of me.
  13. Story o' the day: So I decided to play "nice sister" and I took my 10 year old sister to the mall today. First stop: lunch. (for her, I had lunch before--see below at food log) we were in Bellesquare, and there's this one resturant that sells REALLY decent food (really decent for me means something other that salads that is vegan--in this case soup). I suggested to my sister to get some soup or a salad, as she didn't know what was going to "happen" later that day. (works great on kids... they instantly think dessert!) She gets a turkey sammich. On white bread. No avocado. Yes cheese. I whispered to the "cook" to take off the mayo and butter, and to go lite on the meat/dairy, but, naturally, there was still a lot. *Sigh* Ten is such a hard age. I suggested that she get whole-wheat bread, or pick between the meat or dairy, but she wouldn't listen. And I couldn't force her, as then I would look mean, and I'm not her mom. Anyhoo... then we went to CAYwT (Corrupt America's Youth with Toys, AKA Build-a-Bear) and after that she said she wanted dessert, as she had gotten a "lite" lunch. It was between Mrs. Fields and 31 flavors. I said 31 Flavors, as she can have cookies anytime, so we went there. When we got there, I officially told her that she could only get frozen yogurt. One topping with the yogurt or sherbert, and 2 if she got an ice. (like dauquari or watermelon.) I mean, low fat or fat free dairy is better than whole or cream, right? Finally (as I was walking around with 120 bucks in my pocket) I told her that if she got something animal free (not vegan as I didn't know where the sugar came from) I would pay. My sister is offically 2 bucks less. Oh well. I tried. Anyhoo... I got a bra from Victoria Secret and some "night-night" tea from Teavana. (My fav. place!!!) It's supposed to help with insomnia. rest of todays good eats: lunch: 1 cup coleslaw. (This stuff is so so so so good. My grandmother makes it, it's just purple cabbage, dried cranberries, and rasberry vinigrette. mmmm...not only is it tasty, but it comes out purple, my favorite color!!! ) 1 cup raisin bran w/ 1/2 cup very vanilla silk snack: 1 cup iced tea (vanilla bean) from teavana. Now that I think of it, I should've gotten the tea that cost 23 bucks, just to try it. Oh well. dinner part one: stir fry. (broccoli, carrots, onion, tofu, green beans, mixed veggies from G-d-knows-what, 1 T canola oil, 1/2 teas. sesame oil, 1/2 teas. chilli oil) dinner part two (after my mom came home): this chinese noodle mix stir-fry thingy my mom's boyfriend makes. I had prolly a 1/4 ish cup. (it's really oily) and 7 tortilla chips. (Yes, tortilla chips go with ANYTHING.) post-workout snack (around 8 pm): 3/4 cup raisin bran with 1/2 cup v.v. silk Right now (10 pm) I'm working on a cup of the "night-night" tea. Excersize: (total for day) 30 min. run in place (by the way, our power is back now!!!), 1 hour running, 3.5 hr. shopping. No weights. My foot hurts.
  14. SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!! Actually, I'm not gonna watch the superbowl. (another quote from my h20 polo coach that I couldn't fit in my siggy is, "If you're so damn stupid go play ______ [swim team, football, soccer, basketball, softball, gymnastics, hockey, rugby...replace with a more common sport]) I can't stand football. I don't understand it, and even when I do, I can't sit still for three hours!!! I think (and it is a VERY GOOD THING right now that my mom is not athletic and not vegan, therefore will NEVER venture onto here!!!) that my mom has a boyfriend who is a football freak, as she has recently discovered an extreme liking for the sport. I'm being a typical girll...TO THE MALL I GO!!!!!!!!!!
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