Happy Saturday bloggies!

My Friday started off with a large cup of coffee and an egg wrap:

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3 egg whites and LC French Onion wedge in a Cedar’s wrap

I’m not very hungry at all in the mornings, so simple and small is the way to go for me.

After math, I trotted to work where I actually did internship work the whole 3 hours (unheard of!), sipped some Tazo Zen green tea to fight the slight cold I’ve managed to contract in less than a week on campus, and had a delicioso and unpictured lunch of a Strawberry Banana Chobani and MultiGrain Cheerios. Big Y and Whole Foods were slacking in the new Chobz flavor department, so I am currently only stocked with plain, strawberry, and blueberry. Tragic.

Pre-gym, I snacked on the other half a Cherry Pie Larabar (review to come):

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At el jimnasio, I spent 30 boring minutos on the stair stepper, watching “Taking the Stage” and thinking of who I would kill for that blonde girl’s body. NBD. I then stole my friend’s treadmill upon her 5k completion, to rock out one of my own in such an order:

  • Mile 0-0.25: 6.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile .25-.5: 6.4mph, incline 1.5
  • Mile .5-.75: 6.4mph, incline 2
  • Mile .75-1: 6.4 mph, incline 1.5
  • Mile 1-1.25: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.25-1.5: 6.5mph, incline 1.5
  • Mile 1.5-1.75: 6.5mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1.75-2: 6.5mph, incline 1.5
  • Mile 2-2.25: 6.6mph, incline 1.5
  • Mile 2.25-2.5: 6.6mph. incline 2
  • Mile 2.5-2.75: 6.6mph, incline 2.5
  • Mile 2.75-2.9: 6.6mph, incline 3
  • Mile 2.9-3: 6.7mph, incline 3
  • Mile 3-3.05: 6.8mph, incline 3
  • Mile 3.05-3.1: 6.9mph, incline 3

I felt like the incline wasn’t working (at least as well as it should be) and also that I wasn’t really working that hard – which I guess can be a good thing in that it would mean I’m getting faster and stronger (a la Kanye), or I unknowingly ingested some roids yesterday. Either way.

I finished up with some crunches, side crunches, and plank sets and was sweating harder doing abs than cardio. Sad? Or the result of built in fans on the treadmill and a gym built after 1970? Who can really tell?

Upon returning and showering, I made my way over to the mailroom for my anticipated PB2 package. However, it was not PB2 as the package was from December. I check the mail a lot. However, the package is still a mystery because the mail room lost it. Mail fail. Their job is really hard, though. Oh, wait ….

ANYWAY, I had my planned snack without its peanut buttery counterpart:

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Organic pinata apple

I got myself pretty-fied and re-did my nails in OPI’s We’ll Always Have Paris, which phrase I hope to apply to me and the future hubz some day. Some of my girls frisked me away for a night out of sushi and a movie. FAB!

At Japanese, we started off flirting with a two year old named Lorenzo. NBD. But fo realz (and I have no photographic evidence of this because I didn’t really know two of the girls) I started off with a hot tea and a house salad with a tub of addicting ginger dressing. I housed it. Hahahaha, get it? Sorry, caffiene kick.

I also ordered two rolls – the tuna and avocado roll and the Philadelphia roll, which has salmon, cream cheese, and scallions. I “challenged” myself to order the Philly roll (which is my all time fave) because of the cream cheese – I can’t remember the last time I ate it due to its supa fatty content and the fact the I don’t eat bagels really. Anyway, I’m glad I did because it was SO WORTH IT. Delish. I also ordered both rolls with brown rice, which cost an extra dolla bill, but my health doesn’t care about my wallet. Plus, brown rice is chewier and nuttier in texture and flavor. It also falls out of the rolls more easily, but no big – I just had an extra mini pile of rice to eat after.

In regards to the post title, I realized later I consumed a significant amount of saturated fat today, at least when compared to a normal day, where I try not to consume anyway, unless in the form of a Larabar or something out of my eating control. My 2% yogurt, Larabar half, and cream cheese in the sush all contributed to the sat fat intake – yet all in a very small way. None of these portions were out of control and are in healthy foods as a whole. So really, everything in balance really does apply everywhere. Small revelation, sorry.

After dinner, we had some time to kill before the movie, which is in the same “mall” and right across from the restaurant. We wandered through the closing down “mall,” bought some scratch offs (with which I won the $2 I spent on it back) and meandered through Kohl’s, on the search for jeggings. No jeggings were found, but we did manage to smell every single candle they had in the store.

We eventually made our way over to the theater to see The Lovely Bones. I read the book maybe 5 or 6 years ago, definitely in high school, so I don’t remember all the details. but I was super excited to see it. Plus, I love Stanley Tucci – and therefore was somewhat disturbed about his role in the movie, but he rocked it. I won’t go into detail in case you haven’t read it and want to be surprised, but a lot was changed from the book, but not in a detrimental way. You just can’t fit 8+ years of book into 2 hours. Regardless of the book, it is a really excellent movie. I was expecting to be really upset and disturbed by it (as I sobbed hysterically reading the book), but I actually didn’t cry once. There were a lot of gasps, though. See it and let me know what you think!

This morning I woke up and did yoga for the first time since I’ve been back at school – the 20 minute podcast of Morning Flow #1 from YogaDownload.Com. It.was.fab.u.lous. I have missed you, yoga. Plus – I GOT INTO FULL WHEEL POSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am incredibly inflexible and my back is always particularly tight. This flow focuses on back bends and openers, and I took it slow, listened to Dawnelle, and actually got my arms and back to cooperate and flex into Wheel Pose. I seriously got a rush. Like, a legitimate rush. From yoga. I can’t express how much I love it right now. After the flow was done, I tried it again to make sure it wasn’t a dream/fluke. Nope. My day just started out awesome in Wheel Pose.

I just had some brekkie:

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Coffee with skim and PureVia + Plain 0% Chobsies with MultiGrain Cheerios and half a banana.

I’m heading to the gym with my roomie in a bit, with some definite strength training on the plan. I think we’re going to grab lunch and head to the lib for a little, before going to the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s step show tonight. If you don’t know what that means, Google it and be amazed. Have a great Saturday!

PS – This is my second-day-of-school outfit. I was feeling pretty fab and bossy in it. The first day I wore leggings and a hoodie – standard, as I thought I was going to the gym midday.

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Tunic and belt from Anthro, AG jeans, classic Uggies. Love.

Good evening bloggies!

I headed out to the mall after this morning’s post and came home with some goodies! Two new nail polishes – Status Symbol, a bright pink by Essie, and We’ll Always Have Paris, a rich plum by OPI. Love them! Status Symbol is drying on my nails right now. I love deep, dark shades for winter and fall, but I also like switching them out with bright, cheery colors for warmth!

I also got these beauties:

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Hello, lover.

I’ve been wanting boots like these for a year. $100 from $190. Thank you, Steve Madden.

I came home to more goodies!

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Need a closer look?

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PB2!! I took the plunge and ordered the sample pack of PB2 and Chocolate PB2. I’m so excited to try these out – there will definitely be a full review involved as well!
Breakfast held me over for a surprisingly long time – 5 hours, including shopping cardio! However, I was verging on becoming a hunger monster when I got home and quickly assembled the first thing I could think of:
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Healthy tuna salad in a Joseph’s pita with half a sliced Fuji

I mixed a can of tuna with a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, a large squirt of deli mustard, diced celery, pepper, and paprika and threw half the mixture in my pita. Before the gym, I had a snack:
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Key Lime Pie Larabar

I ate half before my workout and half after. This is one of the bars I received from Larabar for commenting on their blog during the holidays. Not sure I would have bought this flavor on my own, but I’m glad they did!
Key Lime Pie Larabar Opinion
Taste: So good! Sweet, tangy, and citrusy. I was “mmming” out loud the whole time. Not a strong lime flavor, but it’s definitely there. I’ve never had key lime pie so I can’t compare it to the real thing. 5/5.
Texture: Moist, chewy, nutty. 5/5.
Fill Factor: Held me through a 5 mile run and until dinner! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Dates, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut, lime juice concentrate.” I feel like lime juice concentrate should be higher up, since it’s the flavor so 4/5.
Nutrition: On the high end, calorie-wise, with 220 per bar. 10g of fat (3.5g saturated, 0g trans fat, 1.5g polyunsaturated, 4.5g monounsaturated, no cholesterol or sodium, 330mg of potassium, 31g of carbs (4g of fiber and 24g of sugar), and 4g of protein. 4/5.
Overall: Loved it! I’ll definitely be buying this flavor!
5/5.

At the gym, I ran 5 miles in 47:13 doing this routine:
  • Mile 0-0.5: 6.0mph
  • Mile 0.5-1: 6.2mph
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.1mph
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.3mph
  • Mile 2-2.5: 6.2mph
  • Mile 2.5-3: 6.4mph
  • Mile 3-3.5: 6.3mph
  • Mile 3.5-4: 6.5mph
  • Mile 4-4.5: 6.4mph
  • Mile 4.5-5: 6.6mph

So every half mile, I added .2mph and then subtracted .1mph on the next half mile. I also threw some inclines in there randomly, for giggles.

Today’s gym session led me to today’s Tuesday Top 5 – The Top 5 Weird Things I Saw at the Gym – today, because obviously there are new phenomena every single visit. Except there were only 3 today, so bear with me.

The Top 3 Weird Things I Saw at the Gym (in no particular order of strangeness)

  1. This was more of a smell. COLOGNE. Strong, strong cologne. Seriously – so unnecessary and radiating from the elliptical across the aisle (?) from me and legit making it hard to breathe. Stop. Thanks.
  2. Jean leggings. Capri jean leggings. With painted on stitched pockets and seams. Now, I am an advocate of the “jegging” – comfortable, with the illusion of effort. I wish I had invented them myself. However, these were not stylish, good looking, or passable for actual jeans.
  3. A man with shoulders as wide as he was long. Boys, this is not a good look. “Gorilla” is not a good look. This is not attractive. It is unnatural. We, as humans, evolved from this look. Let’s keep on evolving.

If I was able to add two more things, not from today, I would add in the man who sings to himself on the treadmill – yes, sir, others can hear you, even if you have headphones in – and the man who was angrily rapping at the elliptical, 8 Mile style last week.

Dinna:

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Spaghetti squash with onion, peas and brussels sprouts and a multigrain english muffin with garlic salt


I mixed a plain Laughing Cow wedge into the marinara sauce, heated in the microwave before topping. We were out of parm and I love peas in pink sauce with pasta. Obviously, it didn’t taste the same, but I’d eat it again! Sooo many peas overflowing onto my plate. I love peas!

So – what should I do with my PB2????

Good evening bloggies! First of all – I’m trying out a new layout and a new picture size. I think the default ratio on ecto is a tad too big. Also, I am LOVING getting all of your comments – keep them coming! I also respond to each one, so go back and check if you wrote me a note on my last post!

Where did we leave off? Dinner, last night .. turned out to be super boring. Mah b.

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Buffalo Crackwrap, steamed brocc with parm, steamed carrots and brussels with S&P

I got expectedly snackalicious:
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Plain Chobsies with frozen blueberries

It turned into a giant purple mess of antioxidant-y goodness – loves it!
Today. Ohhhh, today. Well, I haven’t been sleeping that well at home this break, which is incredibly unusual for me, as I always sleep the best at home, in the sense of restfulness and not waking up. Every single night this break, I have woken up around 3:30. Sometimes I can toss and turn and fall back asleep, sometimes I’m in and out until about 5:30 when I actually fall asleep again. But this morning, I could not get back to sleep. I turned my TV on for white noise. I flipped channels. I read blogs. At 6ish, I finally got up and did the 20 minute free podcast of Morning Flow #1 from YogaDownload.Com – ahhhh. I’m pretty sure I’ve finally fallen in love with yoga, to the point where I crave doing it, all thanks to that one-hour class and Heather.
I made coffee, watched some TV, read some more blogs, tried to nap, gave up, ate breakfast:
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Fuji, pom, MultiGrain Cheerios with warm skim

I thought about going to the gym. I continued the TV, blog, and nap attempt cycle a few times. I made lunch.
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Tuna salad in a Joseph’s wrap with some granny covered in cinn

Santa’s not going away anytime soon. Well, until I’m back at school a week from today. Blech.
I dressed myself for a Target and gym trip, felt snacky, popped a cookie:
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Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar

and immediately felt too full. Fail.
I bought some socks, a new pair of sweet royal blue running shorts, and the new pina colada Orbit flavor at Tarjay, and still super full, headed to the gym where I had a hideous run. Hideous. I won’t dwell on the worst run I’ve had in at least two months, but I finished 4 miles in 37:37 and walked another 20 or so minutes. My hamstrings are gloriously sore (but not too too bad) from yesterday’s amazing yoga. The run and walk made them feel fab but they’re still pretty tight – in a good way. I love sore muscles!
I snacked on some very friendly clementines while I made din:
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They’re only a couple weeks late. Dinna:
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Baked sweet potato rounds with s, p, and chili powder + hummus and spring mix on fluffy whole wheat

Nom. My favorite sweet potato parts were the burnt ones! They taste like toasted marshmallows. I need to remember to slice much thinner slices for the crunchy, fry-like texture. Actually, I might do a batch super thin, like some of mine were, so that they’re like chips! Honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Oh sweet potato, you are the perfect food.
Congrats to all the Disney marathoners! Meghann, Caitlin, Ashley, the twins, Megan, and everyone else did AMAZING! My friend Jess, who I’ve known since kindergarten and ran (she ran, I walked) cross country with in high school finished in 3:37.48 – she is obviously beyond awesome and qualified for Boston!!!!!!!! I’m so proud of her! AND it’s her birthday! She celebrated by running a marathon. I went shopping and ate a lot of Japanese and had cake. It’s cool.
I really want to make an inspiration/goal board a la Gina for 2010. I have a few ideas of what to put on it, but it definitely needs to be fuller :0) Did you make an inspiration board? What is or would be on it?

I’m feeling snacky!

Pomelo!

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Related to the grapefruit, this guy tasted like a super mild and extra sweet version of a pink grapefruit – yum! That super thick rind does NOT want to peel off and reminds me of cotton candy or insulation in its texture.

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Looks like lungs!

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I chopped some up and paired it with plain Chobani and pomegranate arils …

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And then covered the mess in MultiGrain Cheerios!

Pre-gym, I had half a PB cookie Larabar – one of my favorite flavors!

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At el jimnasio, I ran a 5k:
  • Mile 0-0.75: 6.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 075-1: 6.4mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.5mph, incline 2
  • Mile 2-2.25: 6.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2.25-2.5: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 2.5-2.75: 6.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2.75-3: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 3-3.1: 7mph, incline 1

Finished in about 28:40, with a 9:14 minute per mile average. I jumped over to the elliptical for 15 minutes on mountain setting, level 7 and finished with 15 minutes on the stair mill, rolling hills level 5. It was a really good workout! Not too hard and not too easy – juuuuust right!

Lunch was quickly assembled as soon as I got home:

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Joseph’s pita with LC Garlic & Herb wedge, black beans, avocado, salsa, and Frank’s + more pomelo

AKA Tex-Mex-Mess. It could have used something else .. or a better job mixing it up? Next time … I also snacked on an unpictured apple mid-afternoon.

Dinner was SO GOOD and the perfect amount of food!

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La cena perfecta consisted of:

  • Half a can of tuna with celery, plain Chobani, and deli mustard with romaine on a Joseph’s tortilla
  • Sweet potato half moons roasted in the oven, with salt, pepper, and organic ketchup
  • Overly roasted brussels with s&p

I honestly wasn’t hungry the rest of the night. I snacked on a piece or two of pomelo with some seltzer because I was thirsty and it sounded good (which it was), but I didn’t need my usual 4th meal. Yay filling food!

Last night I watched Reservation Road a la Netflix, with some of my favorites – Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connely, Mark Ruffalo, and Elle Fanning, Dakota’s little sister. She looks just like her! I honestly thought it was Dakota until I IMDB’ed it. I didn’t know it when I started watching, but they filmed part of the movie in Connecticut! They even shot at my FAVORITE breakfast/brunch place – The Olde Bluebird Inn in Easton. I was seriously so excited when I recognized it. They also shot at Lake Compounce, an amusement park I’ve been to multiple times, including with my campers the past few years – so cool!

Brekkie:

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Egg whites with broccoli, reduced fat cheddar and Frank’s + Thomas’ Light MultiGrain english muffin

Have a great day!

So obviously as soon as I posted about not being hungry, my stomach immediately demanded food. I went with my second sample from Chobani. Thanks again!

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2% Strawberry Banana Chobani Opinion
Taste: Just like a strawberry banana smoothie! More strawberry than banana, but seriously – gasm. 5/5.
Texture: Thick like any Greek yogurt and extra creamy since it’s 2% = perfect. There were definitely strawberry chunks, but no banana – it would probably brown? 5/5.
Fill Factor: Great for my nighttime snack with some MultiGrain Cheerios. 14g of protein and 3g fat will keep you satisfied! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, bananas, natural flavors, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color), contains five live active cultures including S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L.Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei.” 4/5.
Nutrition: Like the other 2% flavors, there are 160 calories in 1 6oz. cup. 3g of fat (2g saturated), 5mg of cholesterol, 65mg of sodium, 19g of carbs (1g from dietary fiber and 17g of sugar), and 14g of protein. Again, sugar is pretty high from lactose and fructose, but also from the third ingredient of evaporated cane juice (before both strawberries and bananas). 4/5.
Overall: Seriously did not want it to end. I’ll definitely be buying this regularly once it’s in stores. It was absolutely delicious. 5/5.

The carb/fat/protein combo kept me full into the morning, when I had to get blood drawn without eating anything first – so good job smoothie yogurt! After that surprisingly calm experience, I did some glorious detox yoga a la YogaDownload.com podcast. After that 7-miler yesterday, my legs and hips are kind of stiff but yoga definitely helped.

I kept breakfast light:
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1/2 pear, mango, with cinnamon and milk

Surprisingly wasn’t feeling this at all. I dumped it and made apple cereal instead:

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Huge fuji chopped and warmed with cinnamon, TruVia, and warm skim

Before my mom and I stopped at the store, I snacked on the other half of my super juicy pear:

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And came home and roasted a small country’s worth of vegetables:

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Zucchini, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, sweet potato, eggplant
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La Tortilla Factory wrap with hummus, brussels, onion, sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, carrots with a side of crispy broccoli

Broccoli fries, anyone? Delish. I think I’m going to add balsamic to the three tons of leftovers I have in the fridge – like my favorite balsamic grilled veggies from the student union at school!

I lazed around all afternoon and had my mom’s amazing minestrone soup for dinner:

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With a Joseph’s low carb pita – mmm!

There were so many goodies in the soup!
  • Whole stewed tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Pink beans

I snacked on the other half of my Cashew Cookie Larabar for some pre-gym fuel and some tea for caffeine:

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Larabar Cashew Cookie Opinion
Taste: Pretty light taste of cashews, which apparently aren’t my favorite.  2/5.
Texture: Moist, chewy, nutty – perfect!  5/5.
Fill Factor: Kept me fueled for 7 miles yesterday and an hour on the elliptical today without hunger pangs either time, which is really, really unusual for me. 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cashews, dates.” Maybe they should throw some salt in there? But still – 5/5.
Nutrition: 230 calories (highest count in a Larabar I’ve seen), 13g of fat (2.5g saturated, 0g trans fat, 2.5 polyunsaturated, 8g monounsaturated), no cholesterol or sodium, 340mg potassium, 23g of carbs (4g from fiber, 18g from sugars, and 6g of protein. 4/5.
Overall: Least favorite flavor yet. I was pretty disappointed, considering that I’ve heard such great things about. I won’t buy it again unless I’m craving cashews – and I can’t be trusted around unportioned nuts. 2/5.

At the gym, I did 60 minutes on the elliptical – “Kilimanjaro” aka mountain setting, at level 10. I probably should have taken today as a rest day after running more than I ever have before yesterday, but my legs weren’t sore at all, just a little tight, so I thought going easy on the elliptical would loosen them up. It did, and I don’t regret it, but it just wasn’t a good workout. I was however, extremely entertained the entire time.

To my left was a small man I see a lot, maybe in his late twenties, watching “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on ABC Family. To my right was Rabbit, from 8 Mile. Legit. Complete with black hoodie covering his head and face (yet I could see him creeping) and ragging his finger – you could just tell he was angrily rapping at the poor elliptical. The finger wagging was so intense and consistent it actually really started to annoy me. Pretty persistent out of the corner of my eye there, Slim Shady.

I also watched the first half of “The Bachelor” premiere. Wow. Some of those girls are just … they just have to be following a script. There’s not way that show is unscripted. “Do you have a registry for those guns?” First of all, is your hair up or down? Second of all, that is not the proper term. Third, really?

Anyway. Post-gym snack:
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0% Plain Chobani, a clemmie, and a packet of Stew Leonard’s Cranberry Fitness trail mix

Looks just like my brother! Except his eyes are green, not walnut hazel. I loveee this trail mix! It has peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pepitas, cranberries, raisins, and maybe one other seed? SO healthy and SO good.

I need to rehydrate – maybe with some more clementines! Have a great night!

If when I ever start racing, I know what my pre-race dinner will be – a bento box with teriyaki shrimp and scallops and brown rice. Maybe minus the shiraz and carrot cake.

I seriously had such a great run at the gym. I planned for 4, but I felt so great I decided I’d go for 6 and cool down until I had been running for 60 minutes. I finished the 6 miles in 55:27, but by the time 60:00 rolled around, I was at 6.48 miles so I decided to just speed up again and get to 7 – a new PDR for me! I ran it in 64:50, averaging about a 9:15 minute mile.

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Pre-run, I had half a Cashew Cookie Larabar that my mom put in my Christmas stocking. Definitely not my favorite flavor – I’ll post a full review when I finish the other half. I’m sure the dates and cashews (the only 2 ingredients – why I love Larabar) helped keep my energy level up as well! Honestly, I felt so good I could have gone for 8, but I my knees were starting to feel the pounding and I knew I needed more fuel for a run that long.

Post-run, I really was not hungry at all (normally my stomach is growling after a workout), but after I showered I made a snack plate to refuel.

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Baby carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and hummus x3 – plain, garlic, and plain with hot sauce

I got a little hungry again a couple hours later, so I heated up a small dinner of leftovers:

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Curried chickpeas and sweet potato rounds with organic ketchup

While I reheated the sweet potato rounds in the oven to crisp them up, I sauteed a tiny bit more onion and spinach to add to the chickpeas, and microwaved some frozen peas to add to the mix. When the onion and spinach were fully cooked, I threw the leftovers and the peas into the skillet to heat up and mix in. The peas were definitely a great addition!

4 hours later and I’m still uncomfortably full from that small meal. Running does such weird things to my appetite – 3 or 4 miles will leave me starving, but 7 miles and no appetite? My huge dinner and dessert from last night is probably contributing, but still! I guess my metabolism was just having a quirky day!

Sad, quick, and poorly-lit pictures are due to my camera’s quickly dying battery and my complete cluelessness as to where the charger is.

Have a great night!

I hope you all had a great day, whether you celebrate or not!

I started Christmas morning with an egg white omelet with Laughing Cow and some apple with cinnamon.  And coffee, of course.  After opening presents, my mom and stepdad headed to his sister’s house and my brother and I just hung around until it was time to go to my aunt and uncle’s.  We were supposed to be there around 1:30, so I figured we’d be eating around 2 but I wasn’t sure.  I also didn’t know what we’d be eating, so I ate a small lunch around 12:30.


Half a hummus and spinach sandwich, green beans with salt and pepper, and spicy black bean soup with a dollop of Fage

We ended up opening presents around 3 and not eating until 4:30ish.  I snacked on a couple plates of apple, pear, blackberry, and pomegranate fruit salad – yum!  For “dinner” I had salad – mixed green with mushroom, cucumbers, balsamic vinegar, and EVOO – plus veggie picked out from some vegetable fried rice and some roasted chicken.  Eating at weird times throws my stomach off.  I don’t understand why we can’t eat meals at normal times on holidays.  It seems like an American tradition to eat a huge meal in the middle of the afternoon, with snacking before and desserts after.  I think that’s part of the problem people have with holidays and overeating.  If we just kept meal times the same, I don’t think people would overeat as much or have to strategize!

Anyway, before bed I ended up snacking on a piece of whole wheat bread smeared with a plain Laughing Cow wedge.  At first I didn’t know what I wanted – I heated up some soup (Campbell’s Chicken Tortilla) but it was gross and too much food anyway.  Then I decided on a CrackWich, but ended up putting the hummus and hot sauce back into the fridge.  Sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to snacks.

I woke up this morning and had coffee and half an apple pie Larabar before heading to the gym:

I took it relatively easy – at least on the treadmill.  Still incredibly bored on it – 3.1m in 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes on the stair mill and 15 on the elliptical – the last half in reverse mode.  I did reverse mode today and on Christmas Eve.  It’s something that quickly becomes obvious I never do, since I feel my quads and other muscles working in ways the stair mill, running, and forward ellipticalling do not make them.  It’s hard.

Breakfast part two was simple and quick:

Plain Cheerios with skim and half a banana

What was your favorite present of the holiday season? I got lots of fun stuff yesterday!  DVDs, gift cards, new Pandora charms, etc.  Pretty sure my favorites are the Whole Foods gift card from my brother and this:

A Swedish massage from my mom and stepdad!

Off to make lunch and watch season one of Weeds!