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Continuing the bowl/container theme I had a yogurt + granola at my desk this afternoon.

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The combination of my breakfast and lunch kept me full, full, full, so I snacked later than usual, around 4.

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Normally I would have skipped the snack and opted for an early dinner, but I had plans to go to the gym this evening as it was raining today and I knew I needed the extra energy.

Instead of going to the gym right after work though, I let my uncomfortable full stomach settle to something a little more workable, and headed to the gym around 7. It was really nice, because by that time it’s pretty empty so I had most of the machines to myself.

I’ve really been lacking in the strength training department lately, since I’ve been focusing on my marathon training; so I took advantage of being in the gym and did a 1/2 hour upper body and ab workout. I love strength training, and I’ve really missed it.

Afterward, I did a quick 25 minute treadmill workout.

  • Mile 1: 9:00 pace
  • Mile 1.5: 8:30 pace
  • Mile 2: Incline 15 13:00 pace
  • Mile .75: 7:00 – 7:30 sprints

Yes, I just did 2.75 miles, but I was a sweaty beast. Those sprints at the end were KILLER!

I didn’t get home until around 9, so I heated some vegetable soup up for dinner. (BOWL!!!) 😀

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Yes, that is my second tomato based soup of the day.

On the side I had some Stacy’s Pita Chips posing as crackers.

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GENIUS!!! The pita chips went perfectly with the soup.

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For dessert, I was planning to have this Honeycrisp,

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but Cecily wanted to share it, so I just had half, and finished off the chocolate pudding that she didn’t want.

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What four year old wants apples over chocolate pudding?

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This one, apparently.

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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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Reset

Hey, hey friends!

Sorry, I was M.I.A last evening. I went unplugged for the night. I found that I just needed some time to myself to rest and reset.

Before my unplugging I enjoyed a chocolate happy snack.

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Unplugging myself was exactly what I needed!

I woke up refreshed and ready to take on the world this morning. Or at least this stack of PUMPKIN pancakes.

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To make my pumpkin pancakes I used Kath’s yogurt pancake recipe, and substituted 1/2 the yogurt for pumpkin.

I swear by this recipe for light, fluffy, perfect pancakes. It’s so easy and versatile. You can literally adjust it anyway you want.

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I topped my pancakes with almond butter and honey. YUM!

I am becoming quite the honey addict, I know. Another reason not to go vegan.

Lunch was veg-happy, which also = Whit-happy.

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Zucchini, onion, carrot.

With pita crispies on the side.

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These were crispy indeed! A little age + a lot of time in the toaster made these extraordinarily crunchy.

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Veg bowl + plastic fork.

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Do you ever feel the need to get away from everything electronic and just spend some time by yourself?

I don’t often, but last night was a great time to catch up on lots of things, not the least being SLEEP.

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Wow, the Why I Run stories are great! Keep ‘em coming! 😀

I was also inspired by Megan’s post this morning, simply titled ‘Running’. In it she talks about the health benefits of running, as well as how she became a runner. Like many of us, when Megan began her journey of running, she couldn’t even run a mile. Her hard work and dedication paid off and Megan just finished the Susan G. Komen 5k in NYC this past Sunday, and also just signed up for her first half marathon! Way to go Megan!

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Look what I found in the cabinet this morning.

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I went from 😦 to 🙂 when I realized what this meant.

Oats in a jar!

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Never mind the flax. I went a little flax happy this morn.

Under the flax lies a big batch of pumpkin oats. Yum!

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

Oh.My.Goodness.

This was simply divine. There are no other words.

Lonchi ‘twas yummy as well.

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Just a simple veggie wrap consisting of:

  • carrot
  • zucchini
  • romaine
  • hummus
  • flat out

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It was what was on the side that counted.

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Sweet tater fries, it’s been too long!

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Due to this being a particularly Hugh Jass tater, I was not able to finish all the goodness that was these lovelies. It’s just as well, because that’s a lot of orange.

  • pumpkin
  • carrot
  • sweet potato

In just two meals, too!

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Surprise baking revealed!

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Some of you were right, in guessing chocolate zucchini cupcakes! These lil’ buggers raised $35.00 for breast cancer research. Now I’m off to the post office so that the lucky winner will receive them in a timely manner.

But first, a few things that are making me happy this Tuesday.

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Like my headband? I do. 

I like even more the fact that I swiped it off my sister’s dresser. It doesn’t even belong to me.

I’m also really excited for my new bible study that starts tonight. I am hoping to make lots of new friends.

What are you excited for today/this week?

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Thanks to all who have donated to my page for Race for the Cure, (Caitlin, Megan, Kacy and my dear Aunt Melanie, this means you) as well as all of you who are bidding on the items Shannon has up at Bake for the Cure! Awesome stuff, awesome stuff!

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More awesome stuff:

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Yep, my jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams was nearing empty.

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Add in some banana oatmeal, and it makes for a breakfast of your dreams.

Plus:

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That says it all.

No.

3 day weekend! That says it all.

I can’t wait for five o’ clock, but until then I will entertain myself with pita mugs.

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  • 1 TJ’s WW Pita
  • Spanish brown rice
  • romaine lettuce
  • soy cheese

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Look! MATERS! 😀

Not to sound like a creeper or anything, but I totally saw Leslie tweet this the yesterday:

from my sister: "tomatoes are so hot right now. they are so in."

I cracked up laughing. How funny is that?!

Ok, so you tell me. Any fun plans for the long weekend?

I have some fun meet ups, a long run and lake time! YAY!

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I am glad that you guys enjoyed my review of The Shack.

I’ll admit, I was a little nervous posting on something that is rather controversial, but so far I have received mainly good feed back. I’ll take it.

I also wanted to share with you an e-mail that I received from my friend Rachel today.

She says:

I just read your blog about The Shack. I read it a couple months ago…and I agree with you 100% that it is one of those very few books I’ve read in my lifetime that changed my life. I am so glad to hear someone else say the same thing. I have gotten into so many arguments (maybe argument isn’t the right word; disagreement might be better) over this book! People can’t open their eyes past the fact that God is a black woman! It really makes me sad that people can be so closed minded. I loved the fact that they took it outside the box and did that…who ever said God was an old white man with a Santa Claus beard and white robes? I don’t know what Bible that came out of, but it wasn’t mine. God is for ALL of us, not just a certain race and gender. I feel that’s sort of what the book was trying to portray. And the relationship between God and Jesus was just beautiful. I had never thought about their relationship, but it was so intense and loving…I cried many times through this book. Just wanted to say thanks; I enjoyed reading your opinion and it being a favorable one, because I loved that book and I will definitely reread it many times!

I wanted to share her thoughts with you as well, because I thought she hit on several points that I overlooked, that were just as important as what I did mention.

Ok, enough about books.

Here’s what we all came for.

Oh wait, first I will note that I ran 4 miles this morning, but it was cloudy and muggy and kind of sucked. Ok moving on.

To FOOD.

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If you can call that food.

  • 1 packet Amazing Meal
  • cocoa powder
  • coffee
  • frozen banana
  • spinach
  • ice

As you can see, I was going for a mocha flavor here, plus I was out of milk. Of any kind. Cow, almond and soy. It was a sad day in my household. Honestly, it would have been good, minus the Amazing Meal. It gave it a truly gritty texture that I did not enjoy at all. Blech.

I drank it anyway, and was starving by 10:30.

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Hello, dark chocolate chips that I found in the freezer. Please come keep my stomach company.

Those tided me over until lunch, which was what I call a working lunch. Also my cabinets are rather bare. I need to make a TJ’s run.

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Yes, that was my whole lunch. Eaten at my desk.

Lonely plum.

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+

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Pro Bar that packed; ‘ello, 370 calories in about 3 square inches of bar.

It was pretty good though. Had a nice peanut butter flavor, and I liked the texture a lot.

By 3 pm my stomach was SCREAMING for something else.

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I quieted it with another juicy plum, plus a bag of Oh Nuts! almonds. I almost ate the paperweight too, but it cracked my front tooth.

By dinner it was time for some Real Food.

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Spinach mac ‘n cheese

  • large handful of spinach
  • 2/3 cup of whole wheat penne
  • 1 LC wedge
  • spoonful of spinach + artichoke dip

The dip was a last minute, but fabulous addition.

On the side I had some juicy homegrown cantaloupe.

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Mac ‘n cheese and cantaloupe.

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Yep, that’s real food.

For dessert I had a most creepy and unappetizing combo.

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I KNOW! It looks like a creepy creature/alien/bug of some type.

In reality it was just TJ’s Nothing but Naners schmeared with Barney Butter and rolled up into frushi.

‘twas delish.

In the same frame as last night’s verse, I was reminded of this verse today whilst chatting with a dear friend via e-mail.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (New Living Translation)

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

People are in your life for a reason, a season, or sometimes a lifetime. It doesn’t make the friendship any less special or meaningful whichever it is.

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My snackage was AMAZING!

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Amazing Grass Chocolate GreenSuperFood bar.

I had been dying to try this bar for months now, and was super excited to see it in our swag bags at the summit.

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Look at all the green!

I have seen mixed reviews on this bar, and I will be quite honest. I liked it. I really did. It had a light fruit flavor, with the added chew of nuts. I did have it stored in the refrigerator though, so it was nice and cold.

I munched on it on my way to the post office.

When I got back to the office, the power went out and according to the energy company, would not be back on until 7:30.

I took advantage of this and went home early.

Was nice today, probably will not be so great tomorrow, when I have to catch up.

Anywho, since I was released early, I took advantage of the fact and squeezed in my run. I wish I hadn’t.

It was HAWT, and the sun was beating down. I ended up running about 4.5 miles and walking .5 a mile. It was so hot, and I was going slower than usual. Quite miserable, to be honest.

I glugged down some water when I got home, and waited a bit before preparing dinner.

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I know, I know.

It was 95 degrees and I had oatmeal.

After I had ran, no less.

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At least I had savory oats.

These were SO GOOD.

All I did was prepare plain steel cut oats and top it with an egg (leave the yolk runny) and hot sauce.

The combination of runny yolk, egg, hot sauce and oats is divine! After seeing these on several other blogs, I had been planning to try them for quite some time. I think this is a new staple.

I dug into my Newman’s Own stash for a little something sweet after the oats.

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I had two of the milk chocolate caramel cups, and let Linden have the last one.

Still looking for a little something, I settled on dates + barney butter.

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YUM! That hit the spot.

Or not.

Mama D. may or may not have made some peanut butter brownies that I sampled also. I was so SNACKY FEELING! I think it was the horrid run that did it.

Now I am going to do a little reading.

Look what came in the mail today!

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My free copy of Brendan Brazier’s Thrive book!

I can’t wait to read it. Veganism is not something I could ever do personally (I love dairy waaaay too much) but it interests me so.

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