5 on Friday – Is it Thanksgiving yet?!

Happy Friday Peeps!

1. Applications open!

It’s surprisingly been a quick year of waiting for applications to open up for the Post Grad/Masters Dietetics course again. The deadlines are December and January, but since I know the drill it shouldn’t take as long as it did last year.  I’m also going to apply to a university that has a 3 year undergrad dietetics course if I don’t get a spot on the masters at least I’d be on my way instead of wasting another year waiting hopefully.

Unfortunately my interview last year was 1 week before I started my new job as a dietetic assistant.  Now that it is my full time job, in 2 completely different hospitals, I’m hoping a years worth of experience will be everything I need to get through this time.

2. I’m a licensced UK Driver!

The year has not been a quick year of driving lessons! I started taking lessons back in February and initally had an hour lesson a week during my lunch break and then switched it to a 2 hour lesson on the weekend.  I had so much dred and anxiety before every lesson!

It’s scary driving a manual….sitting on the other side of the car that I’m not used to…..and driving with hardly any or sometimes no room on the road for 2 cars to pass!

But I’ve finally passed, the whole driving test experience is a whole nother drama.  Most people don’t pass till their 2nd or 3rd time taking the test, and you have to pay £62.50 each time!  I much preferred drivers ed in high school where my last lesson was my driving test, so easy!

I passed on my second time, I thought I passed the first time cause everything went pretty smoothly but, apparently it’s against the law to drive and stay in the right hand lane since the right lane should be used for overtaking only and you should always stay in the left so I failed because I didn’t move back into the left hand lane.

I really wanted to make sure I passed before my mom comes at the end of November so we can drive around everywhere instead of having to bus it like we did last time she visited.  It still kind of freaks me out cause it’s so hard to tell how much space I have when passing parked and oncoming cars. 

Still reppin’ the USA!


My mom will be here the weekend before Thanksgiving, it’s been awhile since she was here last.  I’m so happy she will be here for Thanksgiving, we will be having it with Greg’s parents and his Aunt, Uncle and cousin who have never experienced a Thanksgiving, so I’m looking forward to showing them what it’s all about.

Last time she was here we went to Scotland, and this time we are going to Paris for the weekend.  Can’t wait to show her the city, we are also going to see the Palace of Versailles which is amazing, so excited! Plus fresh baguettes, almond croissants, and crepes with nutella every day, and maybe a few times a day!

All the Christmas markets are starting to open up in London too.  They skip from Halloween right to Christmas here! All the German bratwurst stands and mulled wine really gets you in the festive season.

4. Elf the musical.

Elf is definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies.  Once I found out there was going to be a musical for Christmas, we had to get tickets.  We are going the week before Christmas, woot woot!

5. Salted caramel

After my step mom made these mini salted caramel cheesecakes, I have been obsessed and want all things salted caramel.

It is a friend’s birthday dinner tomorrow night so I’m going to try and make this cheesecake sandwiched between chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream, finished with chocolate ganache and topped with some more salted caramel. Hopefully it’s not a Pinterest fail!  Had to make this purchase.

Followed by this purchase.   Heated up cookie with above ice cream on top.  Buying a 4 pack was not a good idea, because I could not stop at just one!


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5 on Friday- Vacation edition

  1. Seattle Story book baby shower!

My sister’s baby shower was a few days after we arrived in Seattle.  She wanted a story book themed party and it turned out really cute!IMG_6961

IMG_6906My Pinterest fail at making a Seahawk

IMG_6907My little caterpillar creation!

IMG_6913We got homemade scones freshly baked that morning from a local bakery, and 6 different types of jam.


IMG_6910We played a few games after we ate:


IMG_6958Tinkle in the pot! This one was hilarious, the girls were in team and had to put a balloon under their shirts and walk with a ping pong ball and drop it in the mason jar.

IMG_6954I saw this on Etsy and had to get it for her.

2. 1 year wedding anniversary celebration

I planned for my family and I to go to dinner at the restaurant right next to our wedding venue, which was the same company who catered our wedding, to celebrate our first anniversary.  IMG_6981

IMG_6983Blue cheese bacon burgers all around!

IMG_6986I ordered the same flavored cake from the bakery we had at our wedding.


IMG_6991Vanilla bean and raspberry jam!

Of course I made us repeat the same posed picture we took on our wedding daylenablog2Then..IMG_7008and now.

3. Maui!

We woke up at 2am to drive to the top of Haleakala mountain to watch the sunrise.  It was a little cloudy so we didn’t see the sunrise clearly, but it was still beautiful!

Pancakes with vanilla macadamia nut sauce!
View from our hotel at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

Dinner at Merriman’s.
  Our road to Hana adventures! 
  Hurricane Ignacio was close to the islands a few days before we got there so the ocean was going crazy!  Hiking the Pipiwai trail.
   Black sand beach.

Our view as we are driving around the island.
Boogie boarding at Black Rock.   
  Turtles coming in from the ocean for the evening, was so cool!   We woke up early on our last morning to get to the beach one last time.
Tired eyes!

4. Vegas Eats! 

In-N-Out animal style, so.effin.good.  I don’t know why didn’t take much more advantage of this place when I was living in California.
Caesar’sP Palace buffet.   All the desserts!
Carmine’s. Veal Parm, amazing!   Their house salad is delish.
Hash House A Go Go.  Grilled banana pancake with pecans.  I think I ate about a qtr of this, plus a biscuit on the side of course. I take advantage of biscuits when in ‘Merica.   
Staple Cheesecake Factory stop.  White choc macadamia nut, I also had their new salted caramel which was wayyy better.   Bad picture, but steak with blue cheese butter at Vic and Anthony’s.  I had the potatoes au gratin and he had the baker.
One last Rueben at Planet Dallie’s before we go!   Had to have one last In-N-Out too :)
5. Vegas fun!

My besties came from California to hang out with for the weekend!
We went to XS to see David Guetta  Cruising down the strip.

4am white russians at New York New York playing $5 black jack for hours!   

Football drink at Fat Tuesdays while walking down the strip, always a good idea.   Broken by Vegas, until next time!


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WIAW- Vegas Baby!

We had to connect in San Francisco on our way to Vegas from Maui so we didn’t land in Vegas until midnight. We are staying at Elara which is part of Planet Hollywood. They have free laundry service and had a lot of laundry to do when we got there, so we put a load in then went to Planet Dallies to share our staple first meal in Vegas, the Rueben, so good!  

 By the time our laundry was washed and dried we didn’t get to sleep till close to 5am, so we slept in till noon.

For breakfast, well it was almost 3pm by the time we got there so brunch more like it, we went to Mr Mama’s. We wanted to try it last time we were here and it’s ranked high on trip advisor. The owner greeted us when we got there and was so friendly! It was his birthday and he insisted on us having a piece of his birthday cake which was really nice. 

I ordered poached eggs with sausage patties, home fries and a biscuit. The biscuit was so good!   

We went to the outlets after to do some shopping. I got some workout clothes from the Nike store, much needed workout shirts, shorts, and really comfortable bras. 

I also found the cutest converse I had to get. 

We went to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants for dinner, Lindo Mihouahcan.  It’s very authentic Mexican food and so good! I ordered bacon wrapped shrimp and a margarita of course!  

We walked around the strip for a couple more hours after dinner. We stopped at O’Sheas for a quick drink, blueberry vodka and lemonade that was way too strong, and gamble. I played a dollar in the black jack machine and tripled my money!



 It’s after midnight now, early for Vegas but we’ve logged 21.5 thousand steps for the day and we’re pooped! 

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What I Ate Wednesday- When I traveled back in time 8 hours


Our vacation day finally arrived!

Our cab picked us up at 6am, so I got up at 440am to get a quick HIIT workout in. I am loving this quick 7 minute workout! Seriously try it, so hard and so effective.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSVFjrlg-s0)

Knowing I’ll be sitting and eating for most of the day, I wanted to get some movement in!

It was a tough one! It’s my 6th day in a row of working out, and since they have been the days leading up to our vacation they have all been pretty hard!

Sat-1.5 mile run to the gym and hour of boxfit

Sun- Bodypump (still sore!)

Mon- Insanity Upper body weight training- it’s not all upper body weights either, it’s a full body workout!

Tues- Total Body Workout – Body by Jake (40 minutes of weight training mixed with high intensity cardio)

Wed- Insanity Max Interval Circuit

So my body will probably appreciate the rest today!

I had some coffee after I showered.  I like a little addition of hazelnut flavoured coffee!    I normally don’t eat breakfast till 9am so 5am was still a little too early for me. I had a couple bites of some smoked trout and fage when I was clearing out the fridge.   Through security and checked in! This is when we can really relax and walk around care free!

Breakfast at airport pub: Poached eggs, avocado and toast.

Plane meal time- chicken and mashed potatoes

Snacks! Sweet onion wheat thins we brought, BBQ corn nuts and a chicken and pesto sandwich with a scone and clotted cream before we landed.


First purchase in the U.S. Of A!


Yay for sunny Seattle!

It’s become a tradition when my Dad picks us from the airport we have to stop at Dick’s for cheeseburgers! (It was even one of our wedding photograph stops)

Pam and Greg-434 Pam and Greg-465My Dad always calls them covert doubles because when we usually get there it’s right before dinner and when my step-mom has a feast waiting for us when we get home.  I think my Dad enjoys them as much as we do since it’s usually the only time he stops and gets them too.

My sister’s baby shower that I’m hosting is on Saturday so I have to go to the grocery store and pick up the dishes I will be making for it.  I seriously feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m back in the States and go grocery shopping.  I miss all the options and all the yummy new stuff I’ve been missing out on, I want to get everything!

I start getting some of the games ready for the shower, want to make sure everything is not rushed the next couple of days so I can take my time with it all and enjoy my family time.

Having fun with my brother’s girlfriend getting ready for the shower:

My dad helped out getting those candies secure.   Mexican and a margarita for dinner! Carne asda for me
I spotted this in the freezer and had to have a couple bites, dangerously good!   I always have to get these when I come back, I love the honey walnut cream cheese!


We made it till around 10pm which was about 6am for us, time to pass out!

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My year on the roller coaster of loss and gain..and loss and gain?

Now that we are a day away from our first year wedding anniversary, how has it been a year already?!

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Pam and Greg-512IMG_2374

and a few weeks from our vacation, I’ve been back on the weight loss train for a few months in the attempts to get back down to my pre-wedding weight.


My recent daily Time Hops have been a fun reminder of the days leading up to the wedding.


A year later, I’ve tried adding and cutting back on certain things in my diet that I hadn’t previously tried and I’ve also found myself in a similar pattern that I was stuck in last year, don’t eat enough all week, binge, repeat cycle!

What led to binges:


I completely restricted my carbohydrate intake to around 65 grams a day, when I should’ve been having AT LEAST  130 grams a day not even factoring in the extra I needed for 4-5 workouts I did a week. So the pattern was eat ‘well’ for 7-12 days, have a 3000+ calorie carb binge.  It would start out with a few handfuls of cereal, then a small bowl – then 5 small bowls which led to, any form of bread with lots of peanut butter, half a bag of vanilla goldfish, oreos, I’d check out the freezer, see what kind of ice cream we had in there, you name it- if it was a sugary carb I was all over it until I was sick to my stomach and would end up consuming 350+ grams of carbs in about 20 minutes! Since I did this in the evenings, going to bed at night was painful because my stomach was so full I couldn’t get comfortable, and my stomach made me pay for it the next day, it was agony! So I’d completely restrict intake the following day then ‘back to normal’ the next day, and repeat cycle 7-12 days later. You’d think I’d learn my lesson, but when you restrict your body of what it needs, it takes over!


Not eating enough carbs also comes with-


You always read about when trying to lose weight, never go below 1200 calories and I’ve heard so many times from different fitness professionals, their clients are working out like crazy eating a low amount of calories and not losing weight, when they start eating a bit more, the weight falls off!

brocolliAll or nothing approach.
I also struggle with being able to be ‘normal’ with my diet.  When I’m trying to lose weight I’m really strict and completely avoid anything processed, fried, or full of sugar, and when I’m off I’m completely all for it!

I lost about 16lbs to get to the weight I got to before our wedding which was probably the smallest I have ever been in my life and definitely not a realistic or sustainable weight for me.  After the wedding and up until about May this year, I was eating anything and everything I wanted to make for the 8 months of not eating enough, so I gained back the 16lbs that I lost and gained another 6 on top of that to get to the heaviest I have ever been.

So here we are today, I’ve lost 14lbs and am still unfortunately succumbing to frequent binges.  They aren’t as bad as they were last year, but they are still a clear sign I’m not getting enough to eat.

I have started eating a lot more oily fish which have helped keep me fuller for longer, and also get the omega-3 benefits.  I have learned that cereal is a trigger food, and if I even have a small handful it can and usually leads to the uncontrollable spiraling to eat everything, so I have to avoid it.

I recently got some work with a pharmaceutical company that Greg used to work for, they are selling sports nutrition products, and wanted a nutritionist for support and to help educate people on healthy eating.

After digging back into my sports nutrition books and reading about how exercise increases your requirements for basically all macro and micronutrients, it’s not surprising why my body wants all the carbs. Doing mainly high intensity interval training, the only source of fuel that your body can use for that is muscle glycogen, which is carbs in its simplest form or energy from the breakdown of muscle. You would have to be continously supplying your body with carbohydrates with fuel so those sources aren’t all used up and muscle isn’t broken down.

Going crazy on vacation

Once the restrictions are off and there isn’t anything off limits, the re-feeding is taken to an extreme. The biggest thing probably is that if I know I’m only going to be eating at my dads house and all our favorite restaurants on our vacation once a year, I feel like I need to make sure that I eat everything, especially things that I feel like I’ve been missing out on throughout the year, like these!   Biscuit and gravy chips!!!

What I really need to keep in mind is that I don’t have to be in the clean plate club with every meal. I don’t need an appetizer AND a dessert. I don’t have to go crazy with all the new snacks I want to try. Once we are back from vacation I don’t need to continue eating like I’m on vacation for the rest of the year.  Working out on a regular basis my body needs the right fuel and restricting anything is only going to be counterproductive in the long run as time as shown.

Let me know if you guys have any other tips that help you out. I’ll report back on how it all goes :) 

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A day in the life….

I love reading these posts from other bloggers so I thought now that I’m a couple weeks into my new job that I love I thought it would be fun to share! Here’s a look at my Wednesday:

06:12- alarm goes off, wahh too early. I get up, get in the shower to wake me up

06:33- Get to the kitchen, turn the burner on and start cooking my breakfast.

I’ve pretty much had the same thing every day for at least a year! It seems to be the only thing I really enjoy that keeps hunger at bay for most of the morning.  2 eggs, 1 egg white, 2 pieces of bacon in a mini tortilla.


06:45- Make a salad and leftover chicken to take for lunch.  Lettuce, avocado, green onion and some cucs.


06:55- Out the door and make my 20 minute walk to the train station.  I’ve set a my fitness pal goal to try and get 12,500 steps a day and this is where I get a nice chunk of it.


It’s always nice on clear sunny mornings like this one.


Listening to Joel Osteen Podcast on the way.


07:21 – Take the train for 10 minutes, where I wait for the bus to the hospital. I check the bus arrival time and have 6 minutes to spare so I quickly run to Starbucks for a sugar free vanilla latte. I guess my American accent throws people off when I tell them my name is Pam.  When I got to work and met the chaplain across from our office, I told her my name and she was like Peam? I need to practice saying my name with an English accent so people understand me!


08:05- Get to work and start going over the weekly presentation I have to give to pre-op patients.


12:35- Presentation done! Lunch time and now I can relax! So far no one has asked me any questions at the end, I think I’m more nervous from not knowing what I may be asked.  The only question I had was where was I from, because ‘toe-MAY-tos’ gave it away instead of ‘toe-MAH-toes’!

I have my own caseload of patients, usually between 4-6 that usually just need some encouragement to eat and sometimes fortified drinks to help bulk up their nutrition if they aren’t eating enough. I love my job and am so thankful for it, it’s so rewarding and I never thought it was possible to feel this way about work. Working in a hospital environment is definitely something Im getting used to though, it really makes you appreciate health and life.

415- Get the bus back to the station.  It only comes once every 20 minutes so can’t miss it!

440- Catch the train back home.  I’m usually too tired to walk all the way back so I try to catch another bus closer to the house depending on how long the wait is.  I just missed it, so a walking a go! It would be another 12-15 minute wait for the next one and I’ll pretty much be nearly home by then if I walk.

510- Home time. Off with the work clothes on with the workout clothes.

520- Time to get a quick workout in-I signed up for the Beachbody 30 day trial and have access to all the Beachbody programs, and have been loving trying workouts from P90X3, Asylum, Cize Shuan T’s dance workout program, its a fun workout if you want to take it easy, but still works up a sweat!

630- Get back in the kitchen and start the chop chop chopping! Tis the season for tennis, Greg has a team match tonight so I’m cooking for one.  Baked chicken pesto with mozzarella please! I always make a ton of roasted vegetables and a big salad with our dinners.  all.the.veggies to keep my hunger at bay!

830- Dinner and dishes done, I try and get my lunch and anything else I need ready work so I’m not rushing around all morning.

900- I have to give training tomorrow on fluids & nutrition to health care assistants and it’s the first time giving it so go over my presentation a few times for practice. 

We are having a 4th of July kickball party next weekend, I’m making all the English celebrate with me and they have to bring their favorite American dish with them! We just registered with Costco so I made a list of everything we may need and then we can get lots of American branded goodies in bulk.

930-Time to catch up on my shows! Have you guys watched The Affair? Pacey is back! I’m just finishing the mid-season finale, such a good show. Snack of my pumpkin banana oatmeal pancakes topped with cinnamon, chocolate PB2, banana, and a drizzle of toffee nut peanut butter.

1045-time to hit the hay!

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Five on Friday- The Road Blocks of Life

1.  So I had my post grad dietetics course interview about 6 weeks ago, and have been anxiously waiting to find out what my future holds! I was told we would find out sometime mid-April and when I didn’t hear anything last week, I knew it had to be sometime early this week.  Sure enough, Tuesday evening I got the email saying I didn’t get a spot and have been put on a waiting list if someone else declines their spot, but they aren’t allowed to tell us where we actually are on that waiting list.

At first I was like….


Then I was all….


So now I have to wait till next year to apply again, but luckily in the mean time I’ll be getting a years worth of experience as a dietetic assistant that I didn’t have before so it should only make me a stronger candidate next year.

2.  House hunting- We’ve also put our apartment on the market and have found a buyer and also planning for the future and looking for a bigger place for us, so considering all the delightful costs that go along with that it’s definitely best that I can continue working full time instead of having to go part time if I was going back to school this year.  We have spent every Saturday for the last few months looking at places, so I’m hoping we’ll find the one soon!

3. Undisclosed The State vs Adnan Syed-Have you started listening? I’ve listened to the first episode and it’s crazy how much more information has already come out that is completely changing the story!


4. Full-ER House – I got an email showing Kimmie’s tweet to DJ, I was OBSESSED with Full House and Mary-Kate and Ashley growing up.


 I’m really excited for  Full-ER House but I hope it’s not a let down!!



5. Amsterdam- We all get the 4th of May off from work, so why not take advantage and spend the weekend in Amsterdam.  Bring on all the Dutch goodness of fries, pancakes and biking ride alllll day!


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