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Mama D’s birthday cake baking was a success!

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She blew out her candles under the watchful eye of Cecily. Doesn’t Cecily have such a well kept look about her? She is such a clean and neat child. Forever begging to have a bath or her hair brushed. Why am I telling you this though? It’s completely obvious just by looking at her. 😉

But Mama D isn’t the only one who had cake.

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I had some too. These were little chocolate marshmallow cakes that were positively scrumptious. Meredith found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen, which, if you haven’t been there, well you should.

Before I had my cake, I had dinner.

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This folks, we shall call a Whit Special.

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In this bowl we have:

  • tempeh
  • spinach
  • 1/2 an apple
  • soy sauce
  • BBQ sauce

Don’t ask what was going on in my head as I was adding ingredients. I just dumped stuff in the pan and stirfried it. Wasn’t half bad.

REALLY.

Quit looking at me that way.

It really wasn’t bad.

Ok, I’m just going to ignore you and continue on.

Since I’m already going backwards, I shall keep that up, I think.

Before I ate dinner I ran 3 miles. Woot woot! The leg barely bothered me, and the foam roller I purchased at Target today is taking care of the bit of botheration I did have.

I had a huge smile on my face the whole time. It was just a perfect day for a run. 😀 😀 😀 😀

In the span of the afternoon, I also ran approximately 47 reports for work, got my car inspected and my tag renewed. I will mention that if your tag is expired and you live in North Carolina, they do not allow you to renew it online. Also you have to have your inspection up to date before you renew your tag. Found all that out today.

At some point I ate this:

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And now all my apples are gone. 😦

Alright, I am off to spend some quality time with that foam roller, and also my bathtub. See ya on the flip side!

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48

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48 degrees! Yep, fall is here!

Not just fall, but MAMA D’S BIRTHDAY! 44 years she has lived today. Our weekend trip was for her birthday, so I think tonight we are going to keep it chill and let Pops take her to dinner while we bake a cake and watch the kiddos.

After wishing Mama D. the happiest of birthdays I proceeded to start my incorporation of veggies into my veggie diet on the right foot.

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Coffee and green monsta to go!

Double the fun, double the energy.

In the green monsta:

  • spinach
  • frozen banana
  • pb
  • ice
  • scoop of protein powder
  • soy milk

Got my vegs, right along with my carbs and nut butter. 😀

I don’t know why I haven’t been relying more heavily on veggies. I like them. Now my ten year old self didn’t like them, but then my ten year old self also wore sweat suits and had frizzy hair.

I like think I’ve improved in many areas since then, eating habits being one of them.

For lunch I doubled my veggies, and probably my energy as well.

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Green peas! I do loooove these.

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Yellow corn! What’s not to like?

I finished up my baked tofu with some BBQ sauce.

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nom nom nom.

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Look there. Not a nut butter in sight. 😉

 

Something to listen to: The links to ‘Really Knowing God’ Pt. 2 & 3. Enjoy!

Currently excited about: Going for a run after work, and Glee tonight! 😀

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an apple a day

keeps the doctor away.

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Or so I hear, anyway.

After work I had quite the adventurous evening!

I found a surprise in the mail.

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Sealed with love…who could it be from?

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Thank you! (I like the sounds of this!)

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It’s a gawjuss handwritten note from BROOKIE!

How adorable, sweet and talented is she?!?! Love that girl, and her mad drawing skillz.

So then I went to church, which was fabulous as always. I shall get those links posted as soon as they are up for anyone who wants a listen. Todd Phillips finished up his ‘Really Knowing God’ series with a bang. FABULOUSIO!

On the way home from church I was just pleasantly singing in the car, being my usual law abiding self, when I saw the flashing light of disobedience behind me! ACK!

I quickly pulled to the side, and alas, MR. POLICE OFFICER informed me that my tag was expired on my car. Gulp! I guess I did get one of those pesky little notices in the mail.

So to make a long story short, I prayed real hard, and MR. POLICE OFFICER said I had a clean driving record, (say what? yep, I was surprised to hear that too!) and I could go on home, but to go online and renew my tag right away. You can do that on the internet?!?!

All this time I thought the internet was just for blogging, facebook and twitter. Had no idea you could use it for such handy dandy stuff as paying bills and renewal fees. 😉

So as you can imagine, after such a scare I needed what else but a SNACKY SNACK PLATE for dinner!

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How rando is that thing?

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Grapes, peas, spinach artichoke dip, chips and another apple thrown on there for good measure.

I didn’t eat the apple though. I know one a day keeps the doctor away, but I got to thinking about it, and two a day might cause a stomach ache. So I put it back after I photographed it. Don’t want to run the risk of tummy troubles.

Food for thought:

One of my favorite bloggers, and the inventor of the famed breakfast cookie, Gina had a great post today. Basically it was the anniversary of her switch to ‘quasitarian’ which means she eats fish, but no dairy or eggs.

In the end of the post she had some advice for vegetarians, which I found super helpful, since over the past few months I have pretty much phased out meat. I won’t paraphrase it here, but she pretty much says a vegetarian diet should rely mainly on just that, vegetables. She pointed out that a lot of vegetarians begin relying heavily on carbs and nut butters, and as a result gain weight. 

Um hello! I felt like she was talking to me! I have been surriously relying on the carbs and nut butters lately!

In the future, I hereby resolve to incorporate more VEGETABLES into my VEGETARIAN diet. Isn’t that kind of the point anyway?

Tell me:

1. Ever been pulled over for something el stupido, like an expired tag?

2. What is your take on Gina’s post? Thoughts? (It doesn’t matter if you are vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, quasitarian, meat eater, or an unlabeler.) Chime in! I wanna hear!

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Cookie Tuesday

Fall is finally here!

It was crisp and cool when I left for work this morning.

Much like my breakfast.

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Cool breakfast cookie and crisp strawberries. If you can call strawberries crisp. These kinda were.

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See? Crisp.

The falllllll weather is GAW-JUSS. Just the kind of weather that makes you want to get outside and go for a run. 😦

I had a couple of people tell me to use a foam roller on my calf, so perhaps I will be able to go for a run one day this week. The high temps are supposed to be in the 70s all week, so it should be FABULOUS weather for such.

I had the most fantastic fall lunchie.

Wanna see?

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A tofu, spinach and provolone sammie.

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mmmmm.

Paired with one of those Mango Oatmeal Cookies.

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I would call this a spice cookie, if there is such a thing. It was really interesting, but tasty. Me like.

Between breakfast and lunch, I would say this has been a Cookie Tuesday. I’m still planning for a Cookie Friday, so today will just be a make up day from last week. 😉

Have a fabulous Cookie Tuesday!

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The Great Debate

First came snacks in a bag(s).

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Almond butter and pretzels.

These were shortly followed by me leaving my place of employment and then proceeding to rest. My yoga classes were all used up, and I did not care to shell out the mega$$$ for more, so I stayed home and rested the leg. It will probably be better off with just no activity for these next two days anyway.

Dinner came later.

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Savory oats!

  • 1/3 cup irish oats
  • 1 cup water
  • S&P
  • large handful spinach
  • egg
  • hot sauce
  • bit of cheese

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The bit of cheese melted into the oats mixture makes all the difference in the world.

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That and the runny yolk of course.

I do love runny yolk in my oats.

These oats were soon followed by the great Hershey’s taste test ‘09.

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Raisins and chocolate.

Tell me, are you a special dark or a milk chocolate fan?

I’m usually not a Hershey’s girl, but if my hand is forced I’ll go with Special Dark every time.

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Hey hey!

Still got a sore leg over here, but I’m not complaining. It could be much worse, judging by some of your comments. I’m just going to do like you guys said and take it easy. Ya’ll are right, it’s not the end of the world. It just feels real close. 😉

This morning I incorporated my new jam into breakfast.

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French toast w/ blackberry jam and a pretty strawberry.

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My French toast was whole wheat bread dipped in a mixture of:

  • soy milk
  • flax
  • 2 egg whites
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon

‘Twas yummers, and the new jam was just PERFECT! Thank you so much, Je!

Work was work, but I pretty much have the office to myself today, and that’s nice. 😀

I guess you could say I’m a bit of a loner. 😉

Lunch was chikin nuggets.

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aka leftover baked tofu.

French fries.

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disguised as carrots! How clever!

And of course the required condiment for dipping.

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Ketchup. It’s actually the real stuff. No disguise or fake name here.

I had grapes to keep my chikin and carrots company.

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I’m a bit obsessed with grapes at the moment, but the minute I make a trek up to an apple orchard you can bet I’ll forget all about these babies.

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I hate to be fickle with my affections, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

Speaking of cookies, I haven’t had one for a week. They were sorely missed during No Sweets Week. Cookie Friday will be well celebrated this week!

Did you participate in No Sweets Week? How’d you do? I’d love to hear!

In general it wasn’t too hard to replace fruit for cookies and cake, although the camping trip was pretty hard. I didn’t have any COOKIES or CAKE though. We won’t mention candy corn, cause some of that may have snuck in my mouth intermittently.

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Well, more like a bad run, actually, but we shall get to that.

My day started with this:

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A PACKAGE!

What was in that package, but FOOD!

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I was lucky enough to win some homemade jam off the lovely Je’s blog. She is uberfunny and honestly has the cutest blog name ever, so I was super stoked. After receiving this, I knew just what I wanted for bfast.

PB&J oats.

Unfortunately the lid was stuck on the jar. I tried, and Mama D. tried, and we could not get it to budge.

So I settled for some of Mama D.’s jam.

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‘Twas wonderful, I can’t complain. I just wish it was blackberry.

*Note, after church my dear soon to be bro-in-law Matt was able to get the obstinate lid off the jar. All is well.

Also after church, I skipped lunch in favor of pb toast and a run.

It was the worst run of my entire life. Including the time I called my sister to come pick me up. It was that bad.

My first mistake was running in the afternoon. I do terrible on afternoon runs, and I know this. Also for some reason Charlotte has not gotten the notice that it is FALL, and it was 80 degrees. Not hot, but not pleasant by any means.

Anyway, I had 14 miles scheduled, and like the stubborn brat I am, I was determined to do it.

The first two miles started off really well, and as far as I can figure I was clocking a 9:30 pace. It was a little warm, but nothing I could not handle.

I started slowing down around mile 3 though, and turned back toward the house so I could use the rest room. (Not trying to be gross, here those are just the facts.) Around this time I also had 1/2 a clif bar to refuel.

After my stop at the house, I had done about 4.5 miles, and figured the last 10 would be no problem.

Was I ever wrong.

Around mile 6 I started cramping in my left calf. Every time my foot hit the pavement a dull cramp would shoot up my leg. Eventually the dull pain turned into a sharp pain and I could not go on any longer.

I knew if I did I would seriously injure myself or worse. I really had no choice but to turn around and head home. I ran/walked the last four miles home for a total of 10 miles.

I immediately iced my calf and then soaked in a hot bath, but my calf still feels painfully tight.

I don’t know what to do!

I have a 5k this weekend, a half in November and a marathon in December.

As I am in the middle of training for all these, I just can’t see taking weeks off to heal, as I normally would.

I think I will go to yoga tomorrow, and see if it’s not something that will stretch out, take Tuesday off completely and then wrap my leg for a short run on Wednesday.

I seriously hope this helps, if not I am going to be in big trouble!

After my soak in the tub, I baked some tofu and had some much needed greens in my life.

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  • 1 head boston lettuce
  • 3 slices tofu
  • soy cheese
  • cherry tomatoes

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Between the cheese and my tofu, I probably got my allotted amount of soy today.

I also had some grapes on the side.

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Despite the blinding flash due to the darkness outside, these were quite tasty and wonderful.

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My question for you is this: Have you ever experienced injury while training for a race? If so what did you do with training? How do I continue training without further injuring myself?

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