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BBQ stealer

To continue my “fruit bowl breakfast” trend of the week, I tried hot oats today!

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Cooked on the stove:

  • 1/3 cup oats + 1/4 cup wheat bran + 1 cup water
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • Cinnamon + maple syrup
  • Protein powder (stirred in towards end)

Topped with:

  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • Handful of Nature’s Path granola
  • DCD peanut butter
  • Blueberry jam

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This was delicious – I liked it better than with overnight oats.

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But so so filling. I never use bananas in my oats, and for some reason thought it would be a good idea today. The addition of banana and the honeydew? Yeah, I barely ate any of the honeydew, and cut up the rest for later.

I then proceeded to do an hour of strength at home consisting of

  • Upper body weights
  • 9 minutes ab work
  • Hip strengtheners

And 40 minutes of foam rolling. I was near to tears. And definitely swore/yelled out a couple times. Damn IT band!

Oh how did my run go yesterday? Thanks for asking πŸ™‚ GREAT!!! I did 4.5 miles in 41:40. And that includes walking times. I was on cloud 9 the rest of the day – just beyond happy. I’d been having a rough couple days, but yesterday’s run just turned my mood 100% around. My knee was a bit stiff, but not bad at all. YAY!!

Since breakfast so late and filling, I had a light snack late afternoon of yogurt, kiwi, & honeydew. Topped with granola (added after the picture) & Crofter’s jam.

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For dinner, we hit up a local BBQ joint (Firestones) that has the best BBQ sauce. I got the “Firestone Salad” – chunks of tomato, bell peppers, onions, feta cheese & pinenuts. I added shredded chicken. And lay on the BBQ sauce!

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I honestly normally ask for extra containers of the BBQ sauce and come home with 2-4 of them. Yes – BBQ stealer over here. Today I only got 1 😦 Oh well – gives me an excuse to go back soon!

Now we’re taking an easy night in and watching The Lovely Bones.

It’s been a couple weeks since my last flashback, so I thought I’d do another today. But I wasn’t sure on what to flashback on! After looking through my Picasa albums, I came across my cousin’s wedding back in June of 2006.

She had a very small wedding at th Monterey Plaza Hotel.

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Siblings. HAHA. So funny – my brother’s hair!

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Little sister entertaing herself and playing πŸ™‚

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I swear, this is a picture of my sister, not the guy’s butt.

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Afterwards, before our drive home, we changed and chilled on the beach for a bit.

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LOL How lucky for a 5 year old to just strip and run in the waves πŸ˜‰

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I’ve only been to 2 weddings, and neither was very big! I can’t wait for friends to start getting married πŸ˜‰ Party!!

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Hello folks! I’ve been a tad busy over here the past couple days. I drove back to “school” (I still call it ‘school’ even though I technically don’t go to school anymore. It’s ‘home’ to me, but I feel almost like a traitor calling this my home, when I still call where my parents live ‘home.’ Know what I mean?).

So I drove back to school home this place where I live. Snack on the way?

Pomegranate tart topped with fruit & Cap’n Crunch? Yes please.

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Tuesday’s nanny job was 11-6:00. But before that I obviously had to have breakfast.

Mmmm I love melon bowls. With yogurt, fruit & cereal. Oh and nut butter duhhh.

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I had stomach issues all day, and wasn’t very hungry for lunch.

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I swear it was tastier than that looks. Dark chocolate dreams PB, blueberry jam, and smushed ‘naner in a Flatout Wrap.

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Tried to capture the inner goodies.

Once off at 6:00, I worked again from 7-11 (I used to get icees at 7-11 every Sunday after church. It was our “reward” for being good. I miss those icees) at Old Navy.

Quick dinner – southwestern soup and cheesy quesadilla. Which I dumped in the soup. Great idea. Β Enough sour cream there? πŸ˜‰

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So what if I was in such a hurry I tore my quesadilla into strips rather than cut it? Tasted the same.

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I then rocked out at Old Navy for the night while American Idol, Glee and The Hills are played without me.  😦 Thank goodness for TV online.

Now you know I love my melon bowls, but I’ve never done anything besides yogurt + cereal + fruit combos in them.

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That is definitely not yogurt. Or fruit. Maybe a little cereal.

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Overnight oats! Which I dumped into my second half of honeydew in the morning.

  • 1/3 cup oats + 1/4 cup wheat bran + 2/3 cup almond milk
  • Scoop of protein powder
  • Cinnamon & maple syrup
  • Raisins
  • Couple spoonfuls of yogurt
  • Nature’s Path pumpkin granola

Okay okay so I lied. There is yogurt in there. And cereal (oats & granola). And I guess the honeydew counts as fruit. But still…it’s different! And delicious.

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Can’t wait to try hot oats next time!

Lunchage was frozen (obviously not eaten frozen) butternut squash lasagna.

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And afternoon munchies of frozen green peas + a kiwi.

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And iced coffee in my new cup.

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I don’t know if anyone remembers, but I was stoked when I found the insulated Starbucks cups in a store. But I dropped it and was devastated 😦 My roommate got me a new one for my birthday! It’s not Starbucks (it’s Jamba Juice), but it does the job πŸ˜€

And dinner was eaten in 2 parts.

Soup at around 6:00 when feeding the kids.

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And “pancakes” around 8:30 when I got home.

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Using this recipe.

Today I finally have a bit of down time, and am excited for a run! Unfortunately I left my knee brace at home (the parents home, not school home. Β Oh wait, deja vu here), so I’m testing out the waters and see how it goes without it. The physical therapists have all said that the knee brace does nothing to help my condition, I’ve just used it anyways πŸ˜‰ So we’ll see! I’m attempting 4-4.5 miles. An increase of .5-1 mile from last week! Eee I’m excited πŸ™‚

Pre-run fuel of 1/2 hemp bagel spread with DCD PB and banana slices. I ate the rest of the banana with PB on the side.

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All right here I gooooooo!!!

PS: Can I just say that foam rolling is ridiculously painful after taking 3-4 days off? Last night I could just feel the knots in my IT band, and I had to get down and foam roll them out while watching Law & Order SVU. I had to bite onto my sweatshirt while doing it – ouchie!! But so worth it πŸ™‚

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Happy Sunday to everyone πŸ™‚

I’ve kept extremely busy since my last post, so I won’t recap everything, but here are some highlights!

Friday I got busy in the kitchen. I saw this no meat dessert, and wanted to test out the waters. I have a good amount of soynut butter that I’m not the hugest fan of the taste on it’s own. So I wanted to try it out with that. I also made a few other modifications.

  • 3 tablespoons water 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Flour whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup organic palm fruit oil shortening canola oil (I really had no idea if this would be an acceptable substitution)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter chocolate soynut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Since I wasn’t concerned about making the recipe gluten free or vegan, I used 1 egg instead of the flaxseed substitution, and regular whole wheat flour.

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The cookie dough was extremely oily, I swear I could squeeze out the oil as I was putting the dough on the cookie sheets. I’m not sure if that was due to the fact that I used a different type of nut butter, or oil.

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They turned out decent! I wasn’t a huge fan of them, but they went quickly and got great reviews at the BBQ I took them to. Everyone just said they tasted like a very mild peanut butter cookie and just needed a bit more flavor.

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I didn’t tell my roommate what I used in them, I just told her I used “a different type of nut butter.” And she loved them. Later when I said I used soynut butter, she squealed out “EWWWW!!!” haha. Oh picky people, why are they so against other forms of food? πŸ˜‰

I also made a batch of brownies if these didn’t turn out. They were a hit last time so I knew they’d be a success. Again, I used this recipe and used egg starts, whole wheat flour, and omitted the walnut because that’s what I had on hand.

Yes I baked my brownies in a pie pan. Our cake pan and square pan were both at separate locations. Β And don’t mind the hole in the middle πŸ˜‰ Because of the different pan, I had to keep checking if they were done yet.

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Such good brownies. Highly recommend them! Ironically, these weren’t nearly as popular as the cookies though. Maybe because they were more moist and harder to eat? πŸ˜‰

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My roommates are in complete shock whenever I make anything from scratch. They always use boxed brownie mix or cookie mix from a bag. I admit, I did grow up using boxed brownie and cake mixes (I didn’t make real brownies until here at school!). But my whole life my mom would always make her special cookies from scratch. I would never even think to use a bagged mix! Funny how people are raised differently πŸ˜‰

Yesterday (Saturday), I was up early to run around on my feet at work from 9-12. It was Old Navy’s grand re-opening and it was crazy!! It was fun to rock out to the DJ though. I wish we had a DJ everytime!

Pre-work fuel:

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  • Greek yogurt (homemade)
  • Kashi Good Friends cereal
  • Bottom crumbs of my Life cereal (pretty much the best part of the box)
  • Dark Chocolate Dreams PB
  • Crofter’s jam

Soooo full, but I couldn’t eat for 4 hours and I’d be on my feet!

Post-work fuel:

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Gotta love free pizza πŸ˜€

I then hit the road for my 3 1/2 hour drive home. I came home this weekend for the Brooks and Dunn concert!! We picked up dinner on the way, and I absolutely had to get my favorite burrito ever:

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  • Chicken breast
  • Mango vinaigrette (instead of salsa)
  • Pico de gallo
  • Lettuce
  • Brown rice
  • WW tortilla

The sauce the cook this chicken breast in is amazing. LOVE this burrito.

Unfortunately we hit incredibly bad traffic on the way to the concert and missed Jason Aldean (the opening performer).

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We made it there for Brooks and Dunn, though! They were great live. I had fun with my sisters πŸ˜€

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And since they have a ridiculous amount of singles and have been around for 20 years, there were a lot of “down” moments where we just hung out on our blanket and goofed around with good music in the background πŸ˜‰

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And it was great people watching. Hilarious to see everyone completely drunk and dancing. These 3 guys were grinding up on girls in front of us the whole time!

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This morning started with a yogurt mess that escaped the camera (but you’ve seen it all before πŸ˜‰ ). But I did capture this delicious looking beauty that my mom had for me.

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Cinnamon apple wrap.

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But honestly not a big fan. It was too much wrap and not enough apple. And the apples tasted too lemony. I’m not a big fan of lemon zest in my apple pie or apple desserts.

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It had great potential though!

I’m off to spend the rest of the day enjoying time with my family. Which probably means a family trip to Costco πŸ˜‰ Not going to lie – my family enjoys going to Costco together. And celebrating my birthday! Enjoy your Sunday!

Were you a boxed mix or a make-from-scratch kinda family growing up? What about now?

Like I said, I never think to make cookies from a box/mix. But brownies and cake? That’s another story. I’ve recently started making brownies from scratch, and it’s super easy – and delicious!

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No not this type of foam party.

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More like this type of party:

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Looks happenin’.

But seriously, I can’t even begin to tell you how excited and happy I am. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been starting to incorporate running back into my routine starting about 4 weeks ago. I started with 2 minutes run/2 minutes walk, then gradually increased to 5 run/2 walk (all of this on the treadmill). Unfortunately, my knee still hurt. Although not incredibly bad, I couldn’t deny the pain was there.

Around this time I also started foam rolling after every run, and on most of my days off. Let me tell you, it hurt. Especially my IT band and parts of my quads. I could feel those tight knots hanging out in my muscles!

I also went and got refitted for shoes as part of my birthday present (thanks Nana!), and got a completely new style of shoes. The days after my first run in these, my knee was throbbing. But eventually it died down. And I’ve gone on 3 runs since then, and here’s the exciting part – my knee is almost pain free!! Okay, it’s not 100% pain free (it hasn’t been 100% at all in the past year), but it’s almost as pain free as it was when I was taking 2 months off. I’d say it’s at a 2 or 3 on a scale of 10. And that’s incredible considering I’ve been running – outside.

This is amazing amazing to me. I know it’s not just the new shoe style. But I believe it’s the combination of foam rolling and the shoes. While still painful at some points, foam rolling has gotten so much easier and I can tell I’m massaging out those tight muscles. All I can say is, if you’re having some sort of knee pain – try foam rolling!! I spent the past year going to multiple doctors, x-rays, MRIs, and physical therapists, and I can’t believe it’s foam rolling that’s finally making a difference! I only wish I knew to do this all throughout my long distance running to help prevent injury.

I usually spend 15-25 minutes (depending on how tight my muscles are, and how much time I have) foam rolling focusing on my IT band

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Hamstring

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Quads

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Adductor (this might look wrong, but my inner leg muscles are super tight)

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And even sometimes my hip.

After foam rolling, I also stretch for 5-8 minutes, and ice my knees for a good 20 minutes.

Moving on from my foam roller infomercial…

Yesterday before my run, I chowed down on a sprouted cinnamon raisin bagel with whipped cream cheese and Crofter’s jam.

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Yum – these bagels tasted just like a bigger Ezekiel english muffin.

I then went on a 3 mile run (5 min run, 2 min walk intervals). My other two runs this week were .5 mile more than the week before (making them 3.5 miles each), so I knew I needed to keep this one closer to 3. Bringing this week’s total to: 10 miles. Crazy how my weekly total is the same distance as how much one run used to be on anyday of the week. I need to carefully follow the 10% rule or increase my mileage based on how I feel.

I’ve been craving a nice fresh salad lately too.

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  • Sauteed Costco chicken patty (thew away the container – can’t remember the flavor) and onions
  • Craisins
  • Kooloos
  • Balsamic dressing

I then ran out the door to use my free Coldstones birthday coupon that was going to expire! Cakebatter + Twix

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However, due to my “no sweets for the day” challenge, I didn’t eat any, just brought it home to refreeze for later πŸ˜‰

I did, however, pick up a Mango Mantra flavored Jamba Juice right next door.

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And then quickly hurried to work, where I helped myself to more salad.

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I think this was from Costco. It was okay – but I think it needed more flavor, and I didn’t like the texture of the lentils. Or maybe it was the split peas. It was also quite calorie dense due to lots of oil. I’d love to recreate something like this on my own!

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And a staple of mine:

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Dinner was unpictured, but it was another pita pizza and salad.

And now, the winner of the Green Giant/My Blog Spark pack is #1, Cara who said We are eco-friendly by only having 1 car between the two of us, and using reusable bags while shopping!”

Congrats Cara!! Email me your address at TaydorTott@gmail.com and I’ll have your package sent out to you asap πŸ™‚

Have any of you tried foam rolling and had success with it?

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Happy Earth Day friends!

Your earth-friendly tips are awesome guys! Be sure to enter the giveaway and keep ’em coming!! πŸ™‚

Here are some great ones so far:

  • Bringing reusable bags to the grocery store
  • Driving only 1 car per household or walking/biking!
  • Recycling
  • Taking shorter showers and using less water
  • Hang drying clothes
  • Unplugging appliances when not in use
  • Using reusable snack bags (there is even a giveaway going on here!)
  • Reusable water bottles

Great idea guys πŸ˜€ I do much of the above as well. In fact, I am always taking things out of our kitchen trash can and putting them in the recycling!

Now on to the junky part of this post. The past few weeks have had quite a fair number of indulgences.

Starting in Vegas with a little bit too many of these bad boys…

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And too many blue cups

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Then came Easter, and with it pies

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Cookies

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Endless weeks of chocolate (among 5 roommates – we accumulated lots of Easter packages! πŸ˜‰ )

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And when this chocolate finally died down, my birthday came a knockin’! More of this

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And lots of this:

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And can’t forget all the treats at nannying I manage to snack on occasionally.

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And somehow ice cream found its way to my freezer this past weekend:

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See what I mean?!

I obviously love my sweets, and am all for enjoying them! But it’s quite unfortunate when your pants are too tight. And my stomach has been hurting every morning (I often times have stomach problems, and I’m not sure what exactly this is due to. But I’m going to try and eliminate late night eating and ice cream right before bed to see if it’s possibly related).

First step – I’m going to try and go through just 1 day without any sweets. I literally haven’t done this in who-knows-how-long, but it’s my challenge for the day!

Even though I do have my new job at Old Navy, and jeans are more afforadable now, I don’t want to have to buy larger sized jeans! πŸ˜‰

In other news, I managed to snag my roommates near empty jar of nut butter as she was throwing it away. NO! Trash to her, valuables to me πŸ˜‰

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Yesssss.

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  • 1/3 cup oats + 1/4 cup wheat bran + 1 cup almond milk
  • Cinnamon & maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 spoonfuls yogurt stirred in at end
  • More nut butter and whipped cream cheese on top
  • Sprinkling of granola (post-picture)

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Yesterday’s lunch – Southwestern soup with cheese & chips.

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And Costco chicken burger chopped up with mustard & BBQ sauce (for more filling protein)

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I tried the blueberry Yoplait Greek yogurt!

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I really like the plain Yoplait, but I wasn’t a fan of this flavored. The blueberry was pre-mixed in, and I didn’t get much blueberry flavor. I definitely like Chobani blueberry more – I like the actual blueberry chunks! But I do love that Yoplait Greek yogurt has more calcium – 35% of your daily value!

Have you tried any of the new Greek yogurts on the market? Thoughts? Favorites?

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Today’s eats have been eaten on the run.

Quick breakfast eaten right before my run – 1/2 hemp bagel with almond butter and crofter’s jam.

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I then ran 3.5 miles in 34 minutes. Plus 7 minutes warmup and about 5 minute cooldown. Foam rolling, stretching, and icing.

I’m trying to concentrate on taking shorter strides during my runs, and incorporating walking breaks every 5-8 minutes. Today’s run was an increase of 1/2 a mile.

Lunch was then quickly devoured as I was running to job#1 (nannying).

Roasted cauliflower (seasoned with olive oil, garlic salt, paprika & curry) with ketchup.

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And in between showering, blow-drying, and straightening the hair, I managed to whip together a quick pizza and stick it in the oven.

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Pasta sauce, Italian blend cheese, and garlic powder on a WW pita.

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Please excuze my rugged nails.

Dinner was then consumed on the run drive to job#2 (Old Navy).

Leftover butternut squash lasagna (I froze some last week). But since I was driving, this is an old picture πŸ˜‰

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I got home from my Old Navy shift exhausted and hungry. I finally got to collapse and eat rather than eat on the run πŸ˜‰ Enter unpictured protein powder PB mixture (similar to Holly’s no bake cookies) that I wolfed down.

Oh and some of my new purchases (on “introductory price clearance” at Vons):

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Helloooooooo caramel

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And

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ummmmmmmmmmm pretty sure one of my new favorite flavors ever. Tastes like cookies n’ cream but with cookie dough instead of oreo chunks. Um yum.

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I had about a serving total amongst both of them.

In more green news, I recently received a “Seeds of Change” package from Green Giant/My Blog Spark!

Included was:

  • A reusable tote bag (love bringing these to the grocery store!)
  • A mini-herb garden
  • An eco-friendly bamboo spoon set
  • And a coupon for a free package of Green Giant frozen vegetables!

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I used my Green Giant coupon on a basil flavored vegetable package which I am excited to try out!

I’ve always wanted to grow my own herbs and vegetables! So much cheaper and earth friendly πŸ™‚

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In the spirit of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (this coming Thursday, April 22nd!), Green Giant and My Blog Spark have offered to give away a “Seeds of Change” prize pack to one of you!

If you’re interested in winning your own package:

1. Leave a comment below stating one way you make an effort to be eco-friendly!

2. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a separate comment when you do so.

You have until Thursday, April 22nd at midnight and I’ll announce a winner on Friday!

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First news – I got the Old Navy job!! I was quite excited when I got the phone call. Even though it’s close to minimum wage, a job is a job. And I just need something to supplement nannying for the next couple months.

Now for a birthday recap! Thursday night (on my actual birthday) the roommates and I went to the Madonna Inn for dessert. It’s pretty much a very tacky tourist attraction – but still cool to check out at least once. You might have seen it on the travel channel, The Bachelor, or even The Girls Next Door πŸ˜‰

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The desserts are intense! It took us a good 15 minutes to decide what to get. We all ordered something and shared bites πŸ˜‰

Banana cream pie (with huge chunks of real banana pieces!)

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Apple spice cake – tasted similar to carrot cake.

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Toffee crunch cake (sorry no close up)

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And me with my strawberry cake

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All sooooooooo good!

Unfortunate blurry photo 😦

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I was also surprised by flowers on my doorstep!

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I seriously did not expect my parents to send me flowers since I’m going home this coming weekend to celebrate with the family. But it made me happy πŸ˜€

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The day of the party, we ordered pizza for dinner.

I had 2 slices of pesto cheese.

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And two BBQ chicken.

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Pizza never has never failed me for a night of drinking. I was hoping it would be my friend again πŸ˜‰

We then got ready for some celebrating! Started out with my new purchase – bubblegum vodka (yes – you read that right). Β Wasn’t bad as a shot, and quite tasty mixed with sprite!

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Oh and PS – I obviously chose this dress πŸ˜‰ I loved the other one too. But got many more votes from all of you and people here for this one. I didn’t decide until 10 minutes before I got ready!

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I also got my hair cut the day of our party. It’s hard to tell in many of the pictures. I only got a trim and a bunch more layers added. I actually wish I got more – I love layers πŸ™‚

Then we headed over to our friends’ house for the joint birthday celebrating to begin!

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And then we headed downtown to dance away, but there are no decent pictures to post. Or that I feel comfortable posting. πŸ˜‰ Sorry – just not attractive photos! haha

The night was lots of fun and it was a great birthday success! πŸ˜€

Today was filled with french toast

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“California Dreamin” sandwich from Vons (sans bacon) for lunch (turkey, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, peppercinis, mustard, and ranch spread on rustic Italian bread).

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Pssst Vons/Safeway has the best sandwiches! And for $4.99!! Can’t beat it.

And egg scramble with Amy’s veggie burger for dinner.

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And multiple snacks throughout the day – of course.

What was your most memorable birthday ever?

My 10th birthday, my mom took me and some friends to spend the night in a hotel. It was so exciting! And my friends also kidnapped me the morning of my 14th birthday to go to breakfast before school. Both those are pretty memorable πŸ™‚ But this one is up there! It was lots of fun to dress up and celebrate wtih friends.

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