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Happy Halloween!

This morning started out with a BIG bowl of punkin nanner oats.

Punkin Nanner Oats

My oats were topped with some almond butter and a handful of PB puffins, accompanied by coffee of course.  I needed to run 10 miles this morning so I needed a substantial breakfast.  When I have plenty of time on a long run day, I really like to eat a good breakfast then wait about two hours and then run.  On race days I typically eat less because I don’t have two hours to laze about.

My ten miles went great!…better than my 8 miles or my 9 miles.  The only real problem with any of my runs is that where our condo is situated in the city, it is virtually impossible to avoid a long run up a big hill on the stretch back.  I felt really good on mile 9 but the one mile run up a never-ending hill really tired me out.  Overall I feel pretty confident about my half marathon coming up, however I’m not being very astringent about my time.

After I got back Brad and I showered expecting to try the new sushi place on the same block as our building.  We were really sad to see it was closed.  So, we walked a few more blocks to try another new sushi place….also closed.  At this point I was ravenous and my legs were pretty tight despite stretching them well after my run.  Thankfully the sushi place in Brad’s office building (Room 112) was open and our sushi craving was satisfied.


Here is our sushi feast for two.  I ate all six pieces of the nigiri.  From left to right is tuna nigiri, salmon nigiri, and eel nigiri.  I also had two tastes of the rolls: one of the spider roll, which is on the right on the back row, and one of the spicy tuna, which is on the left on the back row.  To be honest, it was okay.  It cured our sushi craving but it wasn’t the best sushi I had ever had, although the eel was pretty good (my favorite).

After lunch we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Salvation Army looking for Brad’s Halloween costume.  I’m going as a flapper and he is going as Charlie Chaplin.  I think both of our costumes look pretty great.  I also went to TJ’s for some grocery shopping (and a bit of snacking) while Brad went by Target to complete his outfit.  Pictures soon to come!

After arriving home, I folded laundry and then made myself some dinner.  The sushi I had didn’t really hold me over very long, but I was afraid to eat too much as I often do when I’m ravenous, so I saved my appetite for later.

Dinner was humus and lite jarlsburg on TJ’s OWN SPROUTED WHEAT BREAD!!!  Is this new?  I’ve never seen it before.  Usually I go back and forth between Ezekiel and Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Bread, but I really loved TJ’s version of sprouted wheat.  It was much softer than Ezekiel’s.  I think it’s a keeper.

Sandwich + salad

To go along with my sandwich, I had a salad of spinach, cherry tomatoes, cukes, and slivered almonds.  I also had some green goddess dressing on the side.  It was much too thick so I added a little apple cider vinegar.  I often find that all salad dressings besides vinaigrette are too thick but I wish I had a better way to dilute them without increasing the flavor of the vinegar so much.  If you have any ideas or methods for doing this, I would love to hear about them!

Now I’m off to get ready for Halloween.  There is a party in our building thrown for all the residents and then we’ll probably go out to a restaurant/tavern/bar afterwords.

Happy Halloween!



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Rascal is a minimalist and a gentleman

Rascal would like to show you his Halloween costume.

I'm cute

He’s quite the exhibitionist.  The bow tie is actually part of the devil accessories package I bought to make my devilled egg costume.  He loves his collars so we thought we would try the bow tie.  It’s been about 12 hours and he’s still wearing it.  🙂

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I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus here for the past two days.  Work is all-consuming and when I have plans with friends in the evening I have learned that this leaves me little or no time to blog about my eats.  This is probably going to be a pattern from Thursdays and most Fridays as well.

Thursday morning breakfast was pumpkin almond butter yogurt.

Punk'n PB Oats

I made it with TJ’s organic french vanilla yogurt.  I love Greek the most, but pumpkin is completely un-sweet so it really needs something to counterbalance that.  Of course it was packaged in plastic for the ride to work.

Salad and snacks

Lunch and snacks were just so-so…nothing to be excited about, which might have the underlying root of the problem I had on Thursday, which involved finishing off my Halloween candy bowl.  Snacks were an apple and nut mix, 2 kiwis and a light string cheese, and for lunch a salad with shrimp, avocado, spinach, and cherry heirloom tomatoes.  For some reason, salads always are delicious at home, but just taste kind of bland at work.  I have no idea why – this should have been a great salad in theory, but for some reason just didn’t work for me that day.  In lieu of the 6-7 Mars minis I had, I forgoed the kiwi, but that was the only thing I skipped.

Thursday nights are always really fun.  That is the night I run with my running group.  It is a really large group of people (we usually average anywhere from 35  people on a slow night to 50 on a good night).  They are really into themed runs and this week was the Halloween run.  Costumes were anywhere from low-key (like mine) to completely outrageous (like the guy who had stuffed cats attached all over him to look like he was being attacked by them) as you can see below…

Halloween Run

Our run always begins and ends at this little eclectic market called The Common Market.  After the four mile run, which includes some killer hills, we hang out there, grab a beer, and maybe a sandwich.

Halloween Run


From this picture of Brad and I (who didn’t have time to come up with a costume), you might thing I went as a devil.  But you are wrong… (Please note that all but two of the bottles on the table were left there by previous patrons. 🙂 )

Brad and I after the run

I was actually a devilled egg!

Pilot and a Deviled Egg

My yoke was looking a bit tattered by this point.  My friend Brittany pictured here with me, was a pilot.  She actually was Pilot Sully Sullenburger, which you can see is on her photo ID if you look closely. Josie, however, was indeed a devil.

Two devils

As for my eats this evening…I had a huge snack when I got home consisting of a banana, lots of PB, half a pita, and a small ramekin of cereal.  I was out of control.  Then when I got home, the sweet tooth had not subsided and I had one more piece of gingerbread with a bit of frozen yogurt blend.  At running group I had two beers, the Blue Moon winter seasonal and some other domestic light beer (can’t remember now)…not a very balanced evening for food.

Thursdays are one of my favorite nights of the week because of the really fun people we run with and also because of the accountability of the running group.  I know people are expecting me to be there, just as I expect them to be there, so it is something I never back out of, unless I have a really good reason.  Sometimes I prefer to work out by myself, but there’s just something about working out with other people who makes fitness more fun.

What about you, do you enjoy exercising in a big group or with one other person?  Which do you do most of the time?

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Ho hum day

Today’s breakfast was…was…so long ago I can’t quite remember.  Let’s look at the photo.

Banana PB OatsIt looks like it was banana oats with PB and peanuts.  Yum!  That was great.  I ate most of it before I even made it to the interstate.

This is what my lunch looked like last night when I packed it.

Lunch/Snacks on the go

From left to right, here is what I ate at work today:

  • I nuked the raspberries and added them to the Greek yogurt with half of a pumpkin flax Kashi granola bar (afternoon snack)
  • Humus with cherry tomatoes and one carrot was my morning snack.
  • Lunch was leftover acorn squash with garbanzo beans on top.

To tell the truth, lunch was a little bland.  It needed more salt or maybe a sauce like bbq sauce.

Sometimes my lunchbox will not close because it is filled to the brim with Tupperware.

Too full

Today was a bit dull because my one meeting was canceled and I sat at my desk all day long.  I’m just not cut out for little to no interaction with people all day.  I’m definitely an extrovert and have read that extroverts get energy from being around other people.  So when my day is filled with sitting at a computer, I feel pretty drained.

On the way home I swung by my grandparents’ house.  They weren’t home but I knew there was something inside waiting for me.

baby cast iron

My trusty little cast iron frying pan from college, all refurbished and shiny new!  It had been the victim of a roommate who unfortunately was unaware that you do not soak cast iron in soapy water.  The results were rusting and flaking, which my grandfather fixed right up. 🙂

Later on at home, Brad worked on dinner…

Brad cooking shrimpWe are all about shrimp right now because we bought 14 pounds of shrimp from the NC coast (where Brad is from) and it is sitting in our freezer waiting to be eaten.  Actually, we probably only have about 1/2 that much at this point.  So far, we have made a lot of shrimp and grits (my favorite) and shrimp tacos, which was on the menu tonight.

While Brad was working on the shrimp, I was making not one, but two pies.  Don’t let me fool you, the recipe is really simple.  I will be sure to post it later. I signed up to bring one pie to the Halloween luncheon at work on Friday.  Since Brad really loves this pie, I made him one to take to work with him.

When Brad finished the shrimp, I dressed up the soft corn tacos.

Shrimp tacos

I added salsa, avocado, and FF sour cream. Not too different from my black bean tacos from the other night.  But the shrimp made it so much better.  The beer was also a nice compliment.

The gingerbread in the fridge was calling my name.

gingerbead + yogurt blend

I just can’t pass up sweets when they’re in the house.  I think I’m going to try to skip dessert all next week during the weekdays and maybe have a cup of tea instead.  And in case you were wondering…yes, my thumbs do look like toes.  In my family we call them toe thumbs.  My aunt tried to hide hers all through school, but I have always shown mine off proudly.  I don’t mind being a bit weird.  Brad says I’m the weirdest girl he knows. 🙂




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Uno mas

The dessert from last night was peanut butter puffins and milk.  Delish!  At least I put it in a ramekin and not a bottomless cereal bowl…even if it is an overflowing ramekin.

Overflowing ramekin of PB Puffins


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Big apple takes a bite out of Charlotte

Big Apple

This was the second part of my snack when I got home today, which took place after my Kind bar.  Notice my little man in the background. 🙂  Also, notice my bandaged thumb that I almost sliced the tip off of last weekend.  I’ve been keeping it covered because I can’t forget to refrain from using it.

Kind Bar I felt like I was starving and when the Kind bar didn’t fill me up, I knew I needed to eat something else or I was going to skip the gym and eat everything in sight.

But maybe we should start at the beginning of my day.  I made oats the night before so I reheated them with a bit of milk and some sliced bananas.  I added some TJ’s pumpkin butter and some almond butter to my oats and it was all ready for the car ride.

Oats on the Go

And here is my snacks and lunch for the day also packaged and ready to go the night before.  There is just not enough time in the morning to pack it.  If I wait that long I’ll eat frozen meals and a bar for both snacks.

Lunch on the go

Starting on the right:

  • Morning snack: 2 kiwis and one light string cheese
  • Lunch: leftovers from two nights ago – barbecue salmon, acorn squash quinoa, and freshly steamed green beans
  • Afternoon snack: 1/2 a peach which I later nuked until it was half peach/half juice, mixed in with 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt, and a bit of macadamia nuts, almonds, and dried cranberry mixture.

I also had a small Hershey’s dark chocolate square.

You would think that my afternoon snack could have gotten me home and through my workout, but it did not.  I had intentions to wake up early this morning and run, but after tossing and turning all night, I needed that extra 40 minutes of sleep.

After running a little over 4 miles and doing 5 measly little minutes of ab work, I was so ready for dinner. The weight class I took the night before (Group Power) involved doing endless amounts of varieties of crunches until we were all laying flat on our back and gasping for air.  My stomach muscles were not ready for another workout just yet. I was actually kind of disappointed in myself.  I wanted to run 6 miles but was pretty tired (and bored from treadmill running) at about 3.5 miles.  On the elevator ride from the gym to the condo, two guys in the elevator asked me what I had done at the gym and how far I had run.  They made a big deal about me running four miles.  Now granted, these guys were completely full of it, but they helped me put my exercise into perspective.  I did go exercise after all when I really didn’t want to.  I need to stop being my biggest critic and accept these small things as little victories.  Moving away from the negative talking in my own head is probably my biggest challenge in life.  Maybe I didn’t run as far as I wanted to, but I did something good for myself and that’s all that matters.  I can only hope the next time you find yourself in a self-hating situation because you didn’t hold up to your own expectations, you are also talked up by some guys in the elevator that put everything back into perspective.

Anyway…Brad was on his way home from Raleigh and had mentioned that he had been craving eggs so I whipped us up some omelettes.  I decided to make them Italian-ish.  I sauteed some garlic and spinach, later adding cherry heirloom tomatoes I had sliced in halves.

Sauteed Rainbow of Veggies

Then I removed the veggies and added 1/4 cup of egg substitute and 1/4 cup of egg whites to the frying pan that I had whisked together with some salt and pepper.  I chopped into cubs about 1 oz. of buffalo mozzarella and added that to the eggs.  Then I added the vegetables back in and about 1/2 a tsp of dried basil and flipped the egg over in half.

Italian Omelette

Somehow this made it on my plate without spilling out all of its contents.  I topped it off with some whole wheat bread and pumpkin butter.  I had used only half of the veggies and made the same for Brad using the last two real eggs we had in the fridge.


I think my body is craving carbs because I still fell a bit unsatisfied.  I see dessert in my future.


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Monday, we meet again

Because I work soooo far away from where I live, breakfast is usually eaten in the car, meanwhile lunch and snack look like a Tupperware party.  I didn’t wake up quite as early as usual.  I like to run about 3 miles in the morning and then leave the evening to see if I feel like doing anything else.  But I knew that I should really go to Group Power tonight at the gym so I let myself sleep 40 more minutes.

Breakfast was a peach nanner smoothie.  Prior to the smoothie was a cup of coffee and again when I got to work.   The smoothie consisted of:

  • 1/2 large peach
  • 1/2 of yesterday’s small banana
  • 1/2 cup organic TJ’s french vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup organic skim milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein

and last but not least….spinach!

Before the spinachAfter the spinach









See how it changes the color to green?  BUT it does not change the flavor at all!  I get a big kick out of the fact that you can eat a bunch of vitamin rich spinach without even tasting it…not that spinach isn’t good.  I just don’t want to taste it in my smoothie.

On to lunch and snacks of the day.  This is what they looked like the night before.

Lunch and snacks

From left to right:

  • Mid-morning snack – cherry tomatoes, carrot, and part of a cuke with humus that somehow didn’t make it into the photo
  • Lunch – Amy’s Thai curry soup and the return of the whole wheat pita stuffed with humus, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and more spinach
  • Afternoon Snack – Pink Lady apple from the farmer’s market and light string cheese

I was spooked at work today, which means that someone left a basket of candy on my desk for Halloween.  Now I have two days to spook someone else.  So of course I had to have just a bit of the candy.  I chose two mini candy bars  (Milky Way Dark and Twix).  Not the snack size,  the minis, which are smaller.  🙂  I co-led a meeting today so I just brought the basket a long and passed it around.  The group took about half of it.

Rushing home, as usual, to make it to the gym, I dropped off Rascal and grabbed a cashew cookie Larabar.  I took a picture of it with the iPhone, which I think I have left in the car.

Returning from the gym I wanted something quick because I was sooo hungry and not too far from bedtime.  I chose leftover black beans in two small corn tortillas with a little avocado, salsa, and a dollop of FF sour cream.

Black bean soft tacosI also roasted some Kale topped with sea salt.  I gotta admit, I didn’t really care for it.  It wasn’t gross or even bad.  It just wasn’t something I would choose to eat it again.  Dinner was on a small salad plate to give you an idea of the size.  I definitely needed a bigger plate.

Lastly for dessert, even though I probably didn’t need it, a somewhat strange combination of 1/3 of a piece of gingerbread nuked with raspberries and topped with two generous spoonfuls of Greek yogurt.

Yogurt messI tried to swirl it around to show what was in the entire ramekin, but it just kind of turned into a mess.  I’m off to make oats to eat on the ride tomorrow, pack my lunch, walk Rascal, and find my phone.  Goodnight!

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