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Carbo loading and why I really want to punch something

What have I been doing the past couple of days? GRE (studying and taking the actual exam), running, eating.

I normally eat pretty healthy, but this week I want to be extra careful. I’m carbo loading and eating super cautiously because of my half marathon on Sunday! A lot of people think carbo loading is a license to eat all the delicious carbs you normally glare at with a little bit of hate and a lot of “get in my belly.”

Generally speaking, your caloric intake shouldn’t increase. What should change is the distribution of Calories. So I will be eating more carbohydrates, a little bit less protein, and trying to minimize fat (but all in the same Calorie range of my normal days).

Quick fun fact: Notice how I capitalized the “C” on Calories? That’s because Calories (also equivalent to kilocalorie/kcal) is different than calories (lower case “c”). 1 Calorie = 1 kcal = 1000 calorie

Sunday's breakfast- oatmeal with blueberries
Sunday’s breakfast- oatmeal with blueberries

For lunch (still on Sunday), I really wanted a quesadilla- so I tried to make it healthier

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Sprouted wheat tortilla, low fat cheese, black beans, and kale

And then remember how my parents brought cupcakes back on their anniversary? We tried them last night, and they were good- nothing amazing though. Kyle and I went halvsies on 2 of them so we could try 2 different flavors (passion fruit and red velvet). We both agreed the red velvet was better. BTW I’m totally considering this part of my carbo loading…shhhh…

Those cupcakes from my parents' anniversary
Those cupcakes from my parents’ anniversary

And now on to the, “why I want to punch something portion” of the blog.

So I took the GRE today. And I want to go punch something. <– does that tell you how it went?

I wasn’t even going to write a post on my GRE experience, but I calmed down a bit and remembered the reason I started my blog- help and/or inspire others. So if my pain and misery helps 1 unlucky SOB with their GRE experience, well then I guess I’m happy?

I am not a strong test taker. I get nervous, even when I know the material well. I would much rather take an oral test where I explain my answer to you, and I could ask for clarification.

This past time, my studying approach was to work on timing. In my opinion, the GRE doesn’t have really hard questions. They pose fairly average (in difficulty) questions, but a buttload of them under time constraints. When I took the GRE previously, I would take my time on early questions and then rush to finish the last questions (sometimes picking an answer at random).

I studied, studied, studied, until I knew this stuff really well. I worked on timing, but in all honesty, not as much as I should have.

I came out of the test thinking I had done really well- nope. If I were to look at the situation glass half-full, I did improve from the last time. In terms of percentiles, I went up 5% in verbal and 4% in quant. Definitely need more work.

Anyways, I got home and was angry, so I did what I normally do to calm myself down: chill with my pets, and bake. I also usually workout in some form to decrease my stress, but I’m on a strict tapering schedule.

The only good thing that came out of today: I got to create a recipe for less-butter/lower fat chocolate chip cookies (which I will bring to work so I don’t stuff my face at my pity party).

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Sorry, no recipe yet because I want to keep working on it!


8 thoughts on “Carbo loading and why I really want to punch something

  1. I am sorry about your GRE experience, I haven’t taken it so I have no idea what it’s like!
    At least cupcakes make everything better 🙂

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