Highlights

May 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Raise your hand if you’re not ready for Memorial Day weekend to be over.

Ah, I see it’s unanimous. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Me, too. ¬† I actually had to work today, but I still got off in time to enjoy the whole day. ¬†How is that possible? ¬†Drum roll please….

I’m working my co-worker’s shift for the next 6 weeks while he takes time off for “paternity” leave. ¬†Cute, huh? ¬†As radio announcers, he works during the morning drive time and I work the afternoon/evening drive time. ¬†This means our hours are slightly different than the average 9 to 5 Joe Schmoe.

I”ll be working 5am (yep, that’s right) until noonish until mid-July. ¬†Whoa. ¬†It’s okay. ¬†I had a minor spaz attack about it, but I’m looking on the bright side of things and appreciating all the projects I can tackle by coming home earlier in the day. ¬†Tomorrow, I’m super excited to come home and start tackling the next phase of the drywalling project Sam and I started this weekend *sarcasm*. ¬†The sooner I work on it, the sooner we can reclaim our tranquil, awesome bedroom.

I got home around 9am this morning, ready to tackle a 5.5 mile run. ¬†With the home renovation projects and the extra doggy visitors, running didn’t make the top of the priority list.

Sam joined me and it made for a pretty pleasant little jog (said with a soft “j” ;)). ¬†I remembered my promise to myself to NOT get on the train to Negativity Town and only let one little “hrmph” slip out when the humidity start to get to me. ¬†I gave myself a pep talk and started listing all the things that were great about the run. ¬†Worked like a charm. ūüôā

Highlights from today’s food intake include:

“Brunch” when we got home:

Banana pancakes! ¬†I love banana pancakes. ¬†Something about the way the heat can kind of¬†caramelize¬†the sugars in the banana. ¬†I ate mine with REAL maple syrup and drank a ton of water. ¬†We ran those 5.5 miles in some serious humidity and I’m particularly¬†sensitive¬†to dehydration, so as the weather changes, I’m being extra conscious to keep water handy at every meal.

Post brunch, more work was done on our room…nope, no pictures yet, I’m waiting until we have a perfect final product to show you. ¬†You’ll just have to whet your whistle with this:

We kind of look like the doctor’s on Grey’s Anatomy, no?

Lunch:

A fave. ¬†Tuna on an Earth Grains thin with schmeared avocado, mustard and spinach. ¬†Want to know the true secret to portion control? ¬†Eat on a plate with pant legs — it makes it significantly harder to heap the Kettle Cooked BBQ flavored chips onto your plate. ¬†I gave Sam half anyway. ¬†I made Sam the wrap version of the tuna sandwich and kept asking, “and do you want this? ¬†how about that?” ¬†He finally answered: “just make it like you do on the blizog.”

Love it.

After an hour and half nap (hellllllllo, Memorial Day), dinner went unpictured. ¬†I must have still been groggy. ¬†We went to Gran Ranchero. ¬†I ate chicken fajitas. ¬†You know what those look like. ¬†Oh, you don’t? ¬†Stick around, you’ll see them tomorrow for lunch because I couldn’t finish all of them.

Spoiler alert ;).

T-minus 5 days until 10K day. ¬†I’m excited! ¬†I hope former Roommate Rachel is ready to run her booty off. ¬†It’s going to be great.

Happy Memorial Day, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. ¬†Take a minute and remember why everyone has today off — not just for the cookout, but for the country.

In memory of veterans everywhere.

Weekend Warriors

May 30, 2010 at 7:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Have exciting Memorial Day weekend plans?  I sure do!

Sam and I are going to be weekend warriors and tackle a little home renovation.  We bought our first home in September of 2008 and pretty much purchased the home for its amazing backyard, four walls and roof.

Everything else has to go. ūüėČ

Before:

After:

Warriors:

Yes, at one point, Sam did NOT have a beard.  I hardly remember those days. *sigh*

This weekend’s project is renovating our master bedroom. ¬†Each of the bedrooms has this awful paneling the previous owners painted over. ¬†The paneling buckled, split and generally gives off the image of a 1970’s rompus room.

Not good.  Not good at all.

We’ve re-done the other bedrooms and now, it’s finally time for our room. ¬†HOORAY!

While I’m off demolishing and re-creating, I’ll leave you with some weekend warrior tips we’ve picked up along the way:

ūüôā Take the amount of time you think a project will take and multiply by 1.5. ¬†That is the actual duration. ¬†Apply this formula to your estimated cost and estimated number of trips to the home improvement store.

ūüôā Don’t get discouraged. ¬†It will all be over soon — in 1.5 times the amount of time you think it will take.

ūüôā Aim for long weekends. ¬†We’ve done most projects on Labor Day, MLK Day, Veteran’s Day. ¬†Memorial Day is no different. ¬†It gives you extra time to finish the project without really sacrificing vacation days.

ūüôā Similarly, if you know you have a project coming up that requires a new tool, aim to purchase the tool on holiday weekends or better yet — during a Father’s Day sale. ¬†Sam has gotten some killer deals on majorly expensive tools from a Father’s Day sale and no cashier has ever demanded we pony up the offspring to prove he’s eligible for the sale price.

ūüôā Take a trip to the store BEFORE you start and write down all the tools and equipment you need, including prices. ¬†This way you’re sure not to forget anything crucial, you have the opportunity to consult the experts at your home improvement store before you’re elbow deep in drywall mud.

ūüôā Accept the mess. ¬†When one space in your house is a construction zone, the others are bound to be affected. ¬†Ripping apart our bedroom means our furniture suite is in the living room and the bed is resting up against a wall in the office. ¬†It’s cool. ¬†It’s not for forever. ¬†The same with meals and routines. ¬†Things will be skewed for a while. ¬†I know it will all return to normal soon — and with a better, more tranquil bedroom. ¬†*swoon*

ūüôā Finally, always remember safety first! ¬†Glasses and gloves, please. ¬†You may not feel very sexy, but think of how un-sexy you’ll feel only applying mascara to one eye or paining just 9 fingers for the rest of your life if you’re not careful. ¬†Exactly.

Tres chic.

Gotta go! The foreman says my lunch break is up! ūüôā

Fuel to the Fire

May 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Yesterday, I received an email from the Columbus Marathon people letting me know all the up and coming events regarding the marathon — including early bird registration rates. ¬†The funny thing is, I didn’t sign up for these email alerts. ¬†This is the marathon I plan to run, but I haven’t registered for it yet. ¬†This email just randomly showed up.

I took it as a sign that I am definitely supposed to follow through with this dream.  This is it!

When I g-chatted with Sam about this, I asked if he was still down with running it together. ¬†He said of course and we started talking training strategy and schedules. ¬†That’s the point in the conversation when he said:

Sam: just don’t be grumpy pants with me, OK? I want to cheer you on!

I immediately knew exactly what he was talking about. ¬†During our half marathon training, everything was cool and my attitude was all balanced until the long runs. ¬†More specifically, until the last few miles of the long runs. ¬†That’s when the bad attitude started to show up.

Four letter words, exasperated sighs, eye rolling, clenched fists and teeth, the whole nine. ¬†Yes. ¬†I, the running princess, turned into the running street urchin. ¬†It was quite a transformation — quite the terrible transformation. ¬†For Sam, I’m sure it turned an otherwise pleasant run into a hellacious experience once a week until 13.1. ¬†Once we got to the end point of the long run, it was like the attitude vanished. ¬†I was thrilled to have run that far, excited about the next run and ready to have my picture taken, fingers displaying my new mileage accomplishment. ¬†From the smile on my face in all those pictures, you’d never know I had been such a terror just miles before.

For me, the bad attitude would soon be forgotten.  For Sam, apparently not.

He’s right though — no one wants to run with a “grumpy pants”.

Sometimes, bad attitudes can be addicting. ¬†Ever notice friends or co-workers who start to complain about office life or the most current drama? ¬†Like fuel to a fire, the negativity just snowballs the bad attitude until it’s out of control and everyone leaves the conversation feeling depressed and angry. ¬†Why engage in that behavior? ¬†Why seek it out sometimes? ¬†Why contribute to the toxicity?

On my long runs, at mile 8 or 9, I would start to feel the negativity building. ¬†It felt like pressure inside my body and I just had to let it out. ¬†I thought the naughty words, sighs and eye rolling would alleviate the feeling — I thought if I let it escape, it would fly away; it would leave me alone. ¬†Instead, it just grew. ¬†Negativity and bad attitudes can sometimes feel like a sore muscle — it hurts, but you want to rub it anyway, even if you know that’s not going to make it feel better.

Funny thing is, negativity will weigh you down on a run. ¬†It makes your feet feel like cinder blocks and your legs feel like two ton lead pipes. ¬†It will not encourage you to move faster, freer or with the grace and happiness your run deserves. ¬†More often than not, it will instead convince you you need to stop before you have reached your goal. ¬† I always run faster and stronger when I’m happy versus when I’m angry or negative.

Now the trick is to remember all of this — not just in running, but in life, too. ¬†Positivity and a clear mind will always trump cussing out a problem that won’t go away.

I’ve got a little while before we start marathon training and in that time, I’m going to work on my attitude. ¬†I’m going to seek out mantras and thoughts that will help chase away the negativity and instead inspire me to keep doing what I’ve suddenly become so enamored with: running.

26.2 miles is just too far to go with the heavy legs of a bad attitude, wouldn’t you say?

How do you stay positive?

Furry Friends

May 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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*whew* I had totally planned on another full post tonight, but we’ve had some furry visitors arrive and I need my two hands for more important things than typing.

Our back door is like a big screen tv to dogs.

Recognize our two monsters in the pictures? ¬†Well, now add two more: Lilly the Chocolate Lab and Bernie the Golden Retriever. ¬†Two more in our wolf pack — at least for the weekend. ¬†My in-laws are heading to Georgia for Memorial Day weekend and since we’re sticking around the homestead, we agreed to babysit. ¬†How can you say no to a face like this?

He really just wants you to throw his ball.

See you soon!

Recipe Resurgence

May 27, 2010 at 11:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Woot woot, peeps!

How’s your day going? ¬†I hope you’ve experienced some fabulosity so far. ¬†If not, go find it! ¬†Sometimes you have to search a little harder for the good parts of you day — but they’re there. ūüôā

Let’s rewind a little bit, shall we?

I bopped home from work and immediately satisfied my growling belly with an Earth Grains thin smeared with creamy Trader Joe’s PB. ¬†A little glass of skim milk helped the PB from sticking to the roof of my mouth.

Yum. ¬†I needed a little somethin’ in my system because I had serious work to do.

Real women ride tractors.  Period.  End of story.

Okay, it’s not really a tractor — it’s a riding lawn mower. ¬†When I’m astride my red Troy Built Pony (in fact, its real model name) I feel very country in a Gretchen Wilson yee-haw kind of way. ¬†Empowering! ¬†Of course, the best part of yard work is the beer you’ve earned afterward.

Dinner was a recipe taken from the Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 cookbook. ¬†This little gem has been scoring big points in the casa lately. ¬† I made the Crazy-Good Coconut Chicken Taco recipe on Sunday…

Which resulted in a ton of “mmm” and “yummm” and one “you have to make this again!”. ¬†I returned to the lovely Hungry chica for last night’s dinner: E-Z Tomato Basil Chicken. ¬†The recipe called for crushed tomatoes with basil, but since we have a basil plant growing the goods right in the backyard, I opted for fresh leaves over canned.

I love the smell of basil. ¬†It’s so easy to grow and adds great flavor to simple dishes. ¬†Apartment dwellers, you can grow herbs too! ¬†Planter boxes and pots will do…no need for a back 40. ¬†Back to dinner:

This recipe called for a lot of sliced onions and all I could find was one sad looking one, so I subbed in spinach for a little more veggie oomph.  It turned out to be a delicious dish.  In all, 5 ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven.  Sold!  Best part: the ingredients were all natural and flavor was amazing.  A few slices of multigrain baguette rounded out the meal nicely.

The moral of this post: when you’re stuck in a recipe rut, turn to a cookbook for a recipe resurgence!

I woke up this morning with a 5 miler on my mind. ¬†I had to get that baby out of the way and off my brain. ¬†First things first, a little fuel in the form of a slice of Nature’s Pride whole wheat bread (all natural) and some Trader Joe’s Chunky PB.

That piece of bread looks a little like the Go Red for Women dress logo, no?  Some people see shapes in the clouds, I see them in carbs.  Whatev.

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I pounded out those five miles like it was nothing. ¬†I ran on a new (to me) stretch of the bike path. ¬†It was cool (65 degrees) and a little foggy. ¬†It felt like nature’s air conditioning. ¬†I’m so glad I got the five out when I did — it’s supposed to be 90 here today. ¬†Yowzas. ¬†I’m getting more and more excited about the 10K with former roommate Rachel. ¬†I think this little mini-training was just what I needed to keep my focus until it’s time to start training for the big dog.

Post-run breakfast: a super helping of protein.

And another Red Dress slice of bread. ¬†I’m trying to get better about my protein intake after exercise. ¬†I think my energy levels might be suffering a little and sometimes I feel it takes my muscles longer to recover after a hard workout than I’d like them to. ¬†A little protein should help that.

Back to the grind for me…

But Ruby says, “come back later to find out why something Sam said made Bethany re-think the marathon training.”

Ciao!

Dreams and Goals

May 26, 2010 at 9:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“It’s a dream until you write it down, then it’s a goal.” – Anonymous

What dreams are you dreaming lately?  Will you turn any of them into goals?

I loved this quote when I stumbled across it because I feel it perfectly describes how I feel about marathon training. ¬†I haven’t started the training yet (the schedule doesn’t start until mid-June) and am keeping busy in the meantime with training for the 10K I’m running with Rachel. The marathon is in the back of my mind on every single run I take, though. ¬†It is still a dream. ¬†It won’t be a goal until I actually write it down — in a calendar, in this blog, in an exercise log. ¬†We’ll get there. ¬†One step at a time. ¬†ūüôā

This morning was a good morning. ¬†I pulled out the Awful Waffle mix I made a while ago from the freezer and baked up three waffles — one and half each for Sam and me. ¬†Yum. ¬†The mix seemed to do better than the last time when it got stuck in the iron and then split apart. ¬†This ickky incident is how it earned the name Awful Waffles.

Much better, eh?  I ate mine with a little bit of REAL butter and REAL maple syrup.  Coffee with organic half and half rounded out the meal nicely.  I love coffee.

The monsters took me for a walk around the neighborhood. ¬†We covered about 2 miles and soaked up the sunshine and checked out the ‘hood. ¬†We have an active little community. ¬†Kids getting on the bus, parents leaving for work, retired peeps doing their retired thang. ¬†What do they do all day? ūüėČ ¬†I guess I’ll just have to wait another 40 years before I can answer that question.

The walk put me in such a good head space all I could think about for lunch was my favorite summertime salad:

Spinach, strawberries, chopped walnuts and hardboiled egg whites dressed in EVOO and balsamic vinegar. ¬†Try it some time. ¬†It’s best chilled. ¬†It will change your salad world.

Sliced peppers with salsa for dipping on the side…

Who says only tortilla chips get to take the plunge?!

A banana begging to be eaten and a Golden Delicious apple in much better standing.

and this yogurt with Cascadian Farms granola has 4 o’clock snack written all over it!

Lunch photo shoot in the backyard — lunch eaten at work. ¬†Booooo.

I’m going to hang on to this good mood as long as I can today. ¬†Ever notice how sometimes you have to work harder to keep a good mood than to be dumped into a bad one?

Why is that? ¬†ūüėČ

Hope you have a good mood kind of a day and turn some of those dreams into goals. ¬†You’re the only one who knows exactly what they are!

Miss-Matched

May 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’m not quite sure what happened…but the majority of lunch outsmarted the paparazzi and all I have to show for it is a bowl of leftover Beef Stroganoff.

Since I know you’re intelligent peeps with bright imaginations, you can mentally picture an apricot, sliced cucumbers, an apple with schmears of creamy all natural PB and trail mix (almonds, walnuts, dark chocolate chips and raisins). ¬†Yum!

That 5 mile run I skipped out on is still on my mind, but I think I’ve got the 10K schedule flip flopped switch swapped enough that I’ll cover it eventually without over-training or missing out. ¬†Tonight: 3 miles. ¬†Tomorrow: cross training. ¬†Thursday: 5 miles. ¬†Friday: Rest and back to scheduled workouts.

I’m glad I decided on just 3 miles tonight…it was still really warm and a little muggy out. ¬†Check out that sweat!

Ewwww.

Oh yeah. ¬†That’s my back. ¬†Yuck.

I felt a little like a Nike model, I’m not going to lie. ¬†I’m convinced the key to my sweaty success was my mismatched socks.

How did that happen? ¬†I’m usually a very careful laundry ¬†folder and sorter ;).

Sam was nice enough to start dinner while I pounded the pavement, so when I crossed the threshold, I was greeted with the amazing smell of Barley and Asparagus. ¬†It was much more than that, thought. ¬†This Betty Crocker recipe had carrots, asparagus, onion, barley and herbs like thyme and sage with a creamy stock base. ¬†So delicious. ¬†Betty and I have been getting closer lately; she’s basically my kitchen BFF. ūüėČ

Mmm. ¬†I drank a big glass of skim milk with dinner for a little protein. ¬†Now, it’s time to kick back and see which contestant wins the Biggest Loser. ¬†I didn’t keep up with this season as much as past seasons, but I still think the stories are inspiring and I enjoy seeing how happy the people are when they change their lives.

Do you watch the Biggest Loser? ¬†What was with Michael’s belt buckle? ūüėČ

A Whirlwind

May 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Whoa. ¬†Where was I yesterday? ¬†Ah…yes. ¬†Yesterday. ¬†I worked my co-worker’s early morning shift (at work at 5am!). ¬†Before heading out the door, I slurped down a Green Monster Smoothie…

Time check:

Yowzas. ¬†That’s AM, peeps.

At work, some banana oats in a pb jar and coffee made an appearance…

Take that coffee and¬†multiply¬†by two or three. ¬†There was also an apricot that slightly resembled the sun…

…until I adjusted the flash…

…there, that’s better ;).

Once home from my super long morning, I had cereal on the brain.  I munched on some while I meal planned dinner.

Mom’s Best! ¬†Love this cereal. ¬†LOVE IT. ¬†It is the all-natural, inexpensive answer to my cereal question. ¬†It completes me.

I did some laundry and promptly crashed with the monsters for a 30 minute nap. ¬†When I woke up, I tried to head out for a five mile run I’ve been putting off….but running in the middle of the day (apparently, it’s hot outside now…I missed the memo) with milk in my stomach = disaster. ¬†I made it 2.5 miles. ¬†Sad face. ¬†I still need to tackle those 5 miles, though. ¬†Why, you ask?

Hmm, because weekend exercise looked like this: Saturday — levels 1 and 2 of the 30 Day Shred. ¬†Yes, you read that right — 2 levels. ¬† After I did level 1, I didn’t feel like I had workout out, so I did level 2. ¬†I felt sufficiently worked out after that. ¬†Sufficiently sweaty, sufficiently sore, sufficiently smacked around, etc.

Sunday – I opted to spend a lovely afternoon with my hubby hiking for 5 miles. ¬†Right distance, wrong activity. ¬†I thought “eh, I’ll just switch it up and do the 5 on Monday.”

Well, we know how Monday worked out. ūüė¶ ¬†Maybe today…maybe in the shade…maybe without dairy involved.

Back to eats…

When I dragged myself back in to the house post- dairy disaster run, I inhaled some mixed berries (blue and black) and started in on dinner.  Beef stroganoff!  Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker.

Delish. ¬†I made plans with my friend Kelly to take a bike ride and didn’t want to bail on her because of my crummy run. ¬†Biking in the heat = easier than running in the heat. ¬†We did a shady 16 miles along the bike path and chit chatted it up for about an hour and a half. ¬†The fresh air and good company helped erase my self-imposed funk from the less than stellar run. ¬†It happens, get over it, Bethany!

I woke up HUNGRY this morning and with a taste for the island.

That may look like a standard Green Monster, but it tasted like a Jamaican vacation.  In this baby:

ūüôā Three handfuls of raw spinach

ūüôā 1 cup light soymilk

ūüôā 1 scoop vanilla whey powder

ūüôā 1 frozen banana

ūüôā 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

ūüôā 1 tiny bit of coconut extract

ūüôā 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Ahhhh. ¬†So good. ¬†If you’re a GM drinker, you should try and mix things up. ¬†I’ve loved the new flavors I’ve created with strawberries and pineapple. ¬†Some frozen cherries await me in the fridge, so you know those will hit the blender soon!

Hope you’re having a loverly day, whatever you’re doing! ¬†Don’t worry — I’ll be back later tonight. ¬†I only unplugged for the weekend and yesterday! ¬†Back to blog! ūüôā

Tales from the Trails

May 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Sam and I took a wonderful 5 mile hike today in the Hocking Hills. ¬†I couldn’t help but notice along the way, nature seemed to be reinforcing some sage wisdom.

Tales from the Trails…

Remember to stop and enjoy the beauty around you.

When the path seems impossible…

Find another way…like on a fallen log. ūüėČ

Always take the high road to avoid the mud.

Try and be flexible with your surroundings.

Grow where you are planted. ¬†If that means on top of a rock — grow up and over it.

And always always be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how big…

or how small.  They are yours and yours alone.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. ¬†I’ll see you tomorrow! ūüôā

Feelin’ Friday

May 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Well, hello there! ¬†I am deliriously happy it’s Friday, I hope you’re having a great one. ūüôā

Last night after the Young Professionals happy hour, I hitched a ride home with Sam where dinner was ready and waiting.  Just heat and eat!

So what was the brown goo I showed you earlier?

Black Bean Burgers! ¬†I made this recipe again. ¬†I can’t help but love it — four major ingredients (beans, onion, bread crumbs, egg whites) and some spices and a short cooking time. ¬†Try making some instead of buying a box of veggie burgers, you might be surprised how much you like them (and how much cheaper they are!).

Mmm.  So pretty.  I heaped corn and sliced tomatoes for side dishes.  I wanted to eat this baby on an Earth Grains thin, but sadly, the two we had started to grow a little mold.  No bueno :(.  Funny enough, this morning, Sam remarked some leftover hamburger buns he bought for a work event about a month ago have yet to grow mold. Hmm.  Wonder why one bun grew mold quicker than the other?  *gasp* shock* Could it be?  Because one bun is made of REAL ingredients and the other probably has a bunch of chemicals and preservatives?

I think so. ¬†This is a beautiful example of why I am committed to eating REAL foods that either have a mama or grow in the ground. ¬†I do NOT want whatever is keeping that bun so pristine in my body. ¬†I’ll keep my body pristine on my own with hard work and exercise, thank you!

The dessert urge forced me to make a little Roll With It Ice Cream treat. ¬†I love the way this dessert tastes like fried ice cream, but isn’t nearly as bad for you. ¬†Plus, portion control is built in!

I had an awesome two mile run this morning. ¬†I left the iPhone and RunKeeper Pro at home and opted for a peaceful, technology-free run. ¬†This is how they used to do it “back in the old days”…like the 80’s, right, Dad? ¬†He reminded me last weekend he ran the ’83 Chicago Marathon without any music — no iPod, no Walkman, no 8-track. ¬†Nothing. ¬†What a pro.

I came home with oatmeal on the brain. ¬†I made a double helping of the Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats with milk and water. ¬†I plopped some blueberries for fruit content and sprinkled cinnamon for flavah and drizzled honey for a little sweet.

It was awesome. ¬†That white orb is a hardboiled egg white. ¬†I ate two, but only one peeled pretty enough for a photo shoot. ¬†I have a sneaking suspicion I’m not getting enough protein into my meals, so I’m making an effort to include lean protein in each meal.

A little pink brightens another dreary, rain day.  I liked it because it matched my mug.

Besides, weren’t you getting tired of stripes? ūüėČ

Lunch was pretty standard and nothing to get your panties in a bunch about:

Chicken salad (recipe here), mandarin oranges, Golden Delicious apple, Peppercorn and Ranch chips. ¬†Delicious leftovers. ¬†The lighting is so much better in Sam’s office (where I had a lunch date with him). ¬†He has TWO windows. ¬†I have ZERO. ¬†Not fair.

Into the afternoon, some strawberries did a disappearing act…

…into some plain yogurt. ¬†Now that’s what I call fruit on the bottom yogurt!

Do you find it tough to get all your recommended fruits and veggies in? ¬†(don’t I sound like a V-8 commercial?) ¬†I considered myself a moderately healthy eater before I kicked un-naturals out the door, but even then, I had a hard time eating…what is it? ¬†5-7 servings? ¬†It seemed like so much. ¬†Now, not so much. ¬†When you cut out crap foods, you don’t have much choice but to munch on natural foods like fruits and veggies.

I try and think about it like this:

ūüôā add one fruit to breakfast (or if you’re drinking a Green Monster Smoothie — you’re knocking out a fruit AND a veg right there!)

ūüôā pack two or three of both fruits and veggies for lunch (so, strawberries and carrots or an apple with some pepper strips and sliced cantaloupe)

ūüôā have a veggie duo for dinner…a side salad and a steamed pile of broccoli or corn would take care of that!

Then you’ve easily met your recommended amount. ¬†Just tryin’ to help you out. ūüėČ ¬†Fruits and veggies are good sources of important vitamins and minerals and they are often the most natural source. ¬†Next time you’re feelin’ snacky, try reaching some produce first, then see if you still want the processed stuff. ¬†Betcha you don’t.

My dinner was veg-rrific. ¬†Okay, well, kind of. ¬†It’s Friday and Friday dinner has always felt like it should unofficially be the official dinner of pizza and beer. ¬†What can I say, I’m a klassy girl.

At least we got a veggie pizza — or Garden Fresh as the reputable chain we ordered from calls it. ¬†Whatev. ¬†I added a side salad for good measure. ¬†I ate more than I should have, but care only a tiny amount. ūüėČ ¬†See? ¬†Veggies!

A Friday necessity…

I’ve got 60 minutes of cross training staring me down early tomorrow morning so I’m off to whoop it up, Friday style. ¬†I’m just feelin’ Friday. ¬†I’m feeling a little stuck in a rut with the cross training — what should I do?

What’s your favorite way to cross train?

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