Finally some pictures!

Today my friend (we’ll call her “Flo”) and I travelled up to my old college town to do some visiting and, more importantly, to introduce her to some of my more favorite eateries up there.  It was a lovely trip, and we really enjoyed catching up since we haven’t seen each other since I left for our overseas trip.

Prior to leaving this morning, I had a 4 mile run that was surprisingly nicer than I expected.  I was a little sore from trying a new weight workout yesterday (courtesy this month’s Women’s Health magazine), but I think a little light run was the perfect thing to get some of that lactic acid worked out.  I also made sure to have a nice long stretch and did a (very) short ab workout to boot.


I was originally going to have oatmeal or something similar for breakfast this morning, but when I got back to the house from my run, cereal was calling my name.

Pardon the awesome lighting, taken on the fly with my phone camera.

I assembled some Kashi Go Lean!, almond milk, sliced strawberries, blueberries, and half a banana and had a scrambled/fried egg white on the side.  It was an amazing combo of flavors and I’m thinking will probably be a heavy feature in tomorrow’s breakfast too.  Yum!


For lunch, Flo and I stopped at the best pizza on the entire planet–Mother Bear’s Pizza in Bloomington, Indiana (Go Hoosiers!).  We split a medium deluxe pizza (pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, green pepper, and onion) which was just as fabulous as I remembered.  Unfortunately, I wolfed it down before remembering to take a picture.


Flo and I were originally going to hang in Bloomington late enough to enjoy dinner at my most favorites restaurant in town, an Afghani place called Samira, but unfortunately we finished our campus and town tour a little early and were both still so full from our pizza lunch that we decided to call it a day and head back home.  Instead, I munched on a light dinner with a salad.


I topped a bed of baby spinach, tuscan kale (from our farmer’s market yesterday!), and cabbage with some leftover sautéed veggies (green beans, zucchini, mushroom, onion, and golden zucchini that I had sautéed yesterday in chicken broth and garlic with some spices), along with artichoke heart, red pepper, and some chickpeas for added protein.  On the side I had a small slice of cracked pepper and rosemary beer bread with a spread of Smart Balance.

If you have never tried beer bread, I highly recommend it.  We get some from a local baker occasionally and it is always moist, thick, doughy, and delicious.  Cut it thick and grill it on a griddle–you will not be disappointed!

Not pictured are the two slices of frozen banana and half a chocolate chip cookie I grabbed for dessert.

Tomorrow we’ll be kicking things off with a bright and early workout because my orientation for my new position starts at the lovely hour of 7:30.  Off to bed–5:00 is probably going to be more than a little painful!


I’m Baaa-aaack!

So obviously I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus–my family took a 10 day trip overseas to England and France, and just got back last night!  The trip was amazing and I had such a great time…for one of the first times ever, I was NOT ready to come home at the end of a vacation.  Lovely all around.

The downside, of course, to being on such a wonderful trip is that it makes for 10 days of difficulty in the areas of working out and eating right.  Luckily, I took my computer with me so I had some workout videos and pinterest-inspired “do anywhere” workouts available to me, and I was actually able to have some kind of workout about half of the days we were gone.  As far as eating, I’d say I did pretty well about half the time.  I tried to choose food options with more veggies and less fried food as often as possible, but definitely indulged in some delicious pastry, scone, dessert, and bangers-and-mash style yumminess too.  On that front, it is definitely very nice to be back home where I can get back into my normal eating and exercising habits!

Speaking of, this morning was the perfect way to start things off.  I couldn’t sleep in (thanks, 5 hour time difference) so I hauled my butt outside bright and early into the beautiful weather and an awesome 3 mile run.  My legs felt so fresh, having not run in almost two weeks!  My lungs, on the other hand, were not used to the heavy cardio so I went ahead and kept things short for the day.  I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll feel a little more up for a long run.  After my run this morning, I did a short arm workout and some abs, including trying out a few new exercises from Jillian Michaels in this month’s Women’s Health magazine.  I picked it up in the airport on the way home, and I definitely liked a couple of the exercises, though I don’t think I’ll incorporate all of them into my routine.

Breakfast after my workout was a Van’s light waffle with natural peanut butter and chia seeds, along with a few frozen raspberries that I heated up.  Breakfast options were rather slim this morning due to a lack of any fresh produce/milk/perishables in the house since we used all those up prior to our trip!

While Daniel had a noon-time engagement, I ran to the store to stock us up fully on produce and other yummies, and then we made some MONSTER salads for lunch.  It felt so good to have a pile of fresh veggies in front of me again!  My salad involved spinach, carrot, red bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, artichoke heart, broccoli, yellow corn, chickpeas, and tuna with some fat free Italian dressing.  I ate it with half an apple, and I was a happy girl.

Tonight I’m hoping to actually snap a picture of dinner before consuming it, especially since it’s one of my favorite recipes ever–stuffed mexi sweet potatoes!

Today’s Recap

I was an epic fail today and completely forgot to take pictures of anything I ate.  I blame the whole “getting ready to leave on a huge vacation” thing.  This afternoon, the husband and I got some money exchanged, and I cleaned up the house some this morning, so at least we can call the day mildly productive!

Anywho, a quick recap of lunch and dinner.


My lunch was rather…eclectic.  We’re trying to clean out the fridge before leaving rather than buying a bunch of new stuff, but I still wanted to work in my fruits and veggies.  I polished off the final bits of the edamame corn salad (which I realize I forgot the recipe to earlier…so I’ll do that in a minute!) on some spinach, along with a carrot, half a banana, about a quarter of a gala apple (sliced up), and a piece of toast with peanut butter and some Trader Joe’s reduced-sugar raspberry preserves.  It was quite tasty all the way around, even if it was a little…odd.


I made the ever fabulous Skinny Enchiladas tonight.  They are a combination of two recipes I got off of Pinterest, and basically involve combining chicken, green pepper, onion, and a little greek yogurt and mexican cheese and spooning them into tortillas.  You then cover with the sauce, which is a magical combination of onion, cumin, chili powder, garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes, and chicken stock. Add cheese.  Bake.  Wonder ensues.  I had mine with a side salad with light Italian dressing and the leftover turnip fries from last night.  Again, eclectic.  But it worked!


Today was a very snacky day.  I felt kind of hungry and tired all day and I think this contributed.  After dinner I had a couple of bites of some Kemp’s chocolate caramel brownie frozen yogurt, half an iced sugar cookie we had sitting around, and a couple of random chocolate eggs that were also about.  More than I had planned on munching–which I especially hate because I honestly didn’t even feel the need for dessert.  Oh well.  Tomorrow will be a better day.

Edamame Corn Salad (as promised!)


1 bag (16 oz) frozen edamame, shelled (I often use mukimame, which is pre-shelled)

1 bag frozen yellow corn

1 red bell pepper

1 bunch green onions

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp dijon mustard

1/3 cup lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:  Combine all the veggies in a bowl.  Combine the olive oil, mustard, and lemon juice in another bowl with some salt and pepper.  Pour over veggies.  Mix.  Enjoy.

Edamame Corn Summer Salad

First things first…let’s catch up with yesterday!

After breakfast and a quick trip to the hospital to check in on my grandpa (he’s fine, just had an outpatient procedure), I got back home and whipped up a quick lunch for Daniel and myself.  I was so hungry by the time I got around to it that I completely forgot to snap a picture, but my lunch consisted of a large salad that involved one of my favorite recipes–edamame corn summer salad!  I’ll post the recipe below, but it basically entails edamame, corn, red pepper, and green onions, tossed in a dressing made up of olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Yummmmmmmy.  I originally made this as a side dish but it works just as well as a main or as an accoutrement to salad (especially for lunch).  I threw some on a bed of spinach and actually mixed a little bit of leftover cooked wheat berries into the mix.  On the side I munched on a carrot and some frozen peaches.

After lunch, Daniel and I tackled the yard!  I pulled weeds, trimmed bushes, sprayed, raked, and bagged while he mowed.  The house looks infinitely better and now I don’t feel like we’re leaving the place looking like a dump.  Also, extra exercise!  Winning!

Dinner:  I actually had to run out early last night to meet friends for a birthday celebration, so we enjoyed a nice early dinner.  I wanted to use up some of the things we still have sitting in the fridge and also still wanted to have something nice and filling because of the fact that I knew we’d be eating so much earlier than usual.  I made some salmon with italian seasoning and crushed red pepper sprinkled on, broccoli, and tried out Julie at PB Fingers’ recipe for turnip fries!  I must say, I thought these were a great idea and I found them to be quite delicious.  Definitely a great alternative to regular fries–they felt so decadent even though I knew they were healthy.  Daniel was a little more iffy about them, but he’s a huge proponent of all things fried and I think the texture was a little off–next time I might bake them a bit longer or even add just a minute of broiling at the end to get them a little more crisp.

Ignore the ugly picture, I was using my phone and, as I said, we were eating quickly.  Also ignore the fabulous burned garlic toast–oops!  (It was still tasty though).


Last night I went to bed with every intention of knocking out a long run this morning.  I knew the weather was going to be fabulous cool, so I figured maybe it would be a good time to try for my longest distance yet!  My long runs are typically about 6 miles right now, so I mapped out a route for 7 and was hoping for the best.  Unfortunately, when I woke up, I was once again just plain NOT in the mood to do any kind of workout, and grumbled my whole way out the door.  My legs were also more sore than I expected from my workout yesterday (probably because of the added yard work) and I just didn’t have that “strong” feeling I typically have (and need!) on my long run days.  Rather than force it, I cut things short and went just a little over 3 miles.  The weather did kick in and help out though, because I definitely ran faster than usual–my first mile was an almost record-breaking 8:24 and I finished with an average pace of 9:16.  Pretty good for little old me!

When I got back, I was craving some cereal, so Kashi fit the bill quite nicely.  Forgot to take a picture once again, but I think everyone knows what cereal looks like.

Goal for the day:  Get the house clean (really clean) in preparation for the folks who will be house and dog-sitting for us while we’re gone.  Wish me luck!