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Salty sweet

Runnin’ free and it feels so good πŸ˜€

Today I hit the road for my long run of a planned 8 miles. Because it was my longer run, I made sure to do 1 1/2 minute walk breaks every 5-6 minutes NO MATTER WHAT! Because of the slightly slower pace and more frequent breaks, I tried to keep my pace to slightly under 10 minute miles the entire time.

Distance: 8.5 (yippee!)
Time: 1:23.21

I have to say I felt pretty awesome the entire run, and definitely could have gone farther. Let’s just hope my knee doesn’t hate me later since this was 1.25 miles longer than my last long run over 2 weeks ago.

Before the run I made up a yogurt mess:

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Had a few bites, but then decided it would be too filling for a run in about an hour. So I ended up with toast with PB and jam. 2 slices

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Post run I iced, foam rolled and then stretched (in that order). And then whipped up a sammie.

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Egg salad sammie, if you will. Made with

  • Egg
  • Hummus
  • Mustard
  • Paprika
  • Garlic salt
  • Relish

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Mmmm looks appetizing, I know πŸ˜‰

+ unpicture saltwater taffy.

Errands followed (I was out of milk – what’s a girl to do?), which included a spontaneous hunger purchase.

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Sweet & Salty chex mix!! Which I admit, I bought mostly for these cookie swirls.

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+ beverages of sorts.

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Why do the McDonalds employees laugh and give me weird looks when I say “no creamer” in my iced coffees? Sorry that you guys put too much and I just add my own single container.

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Dinner was a chicken sandwich from Farmer’s Market that looked similar to this:

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Except about half the size. And uber fatty because of too much skin. Not so impressed McLintocks. Not so impressed.

And nighttime snacking consisted of my other spontaneous purchase

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They’re tasty and okay. But not my fave. Not chocolately enough for me. And the saltiness of the prezel wasn’t strong enough. Good concept, but not quite there.

And microwaved strawberries with blueberries, nut butter & a blob of yogurt “frosting”

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All of our microwavable bowls were dirty, obviously. Β So I improvised.

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Oh and can’t forget the 2 glasses of sparkling peach wine from TJs πŸ˜‰

Wine + chocolate + roommates + stretchy pants = definite girl’s night in.

Other BLTs:

  • Slice of turkey with hummus
  • Chip dipped in nutella (sweet & salty to the extreme!)
  • Carrots & guacamole

Are you a sweet or salty person?

I’m definitely more of a sweet person by far. But I do LOVE the sweet & salty combo. Yogurt covered pretzels? YES PLEASE. Chips crumbled over ice cream? Been there.

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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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As I ran out of my beloved Einstein’s pumpkin cream cheese last week, I tried to re-create it myself my mixing:

  • Trader Joe’s reduced fat cream cheese
  • ~1/2 cup pumpkin
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Agave

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Unfortunately, this cream cheese has that fake “non-fat” cream cheese taste to it, even though it’s only reduced fat. I should have stuck with Philedalphia brand. But it tastes decent enough! I’m tempted to remake it with a better brand of cream cheese.

Smeared a little of that onto my pumpkin pancakes this morning.

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Also topped with some

  • Strained yogurt
  • Nature’s Path PB granola
  • Sunbutter (on 2 on the pancakes)
  • Syrup

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Overboard on toppings? Who me?

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Gym was awesome. I felt great on my run – much better than Sunday & Monday’s workout. I think I’m finally recovered from the weekend, hah. Or not so funny…

Total: 4 miles of 1/4 mile intervals (ranging from 6.0 – 8.0 mph) + 15 minutes ab work

I was a sweaty beast afterwards πŸ˜€

On the drive to work, I dug into part of my packed lunch, since I didn’t have a post-gym snack. Β I was hangry and knew I wouldn’t have a chance to eat for another 1 1/2 hours.

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And then once at work and after the kiddies were down for their nap, I put together the rest of my mid-day meal.

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Blueberry Oikos with Kashi Honey Sunshine.

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I actually like Chobani’s blueberry better. It’s been about a month since I’ve had one, but I remember it being more creamy.

And a WW english muffin with pepperjack cheese.

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Afternoon snackages.

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And then dinner which I slowly and thoroughly enjoyed scarfed down in probably 3 minutes flat while the baby was close to screaming and the 2-year old was finishing her dinner. Sorry kids. Β Miss. Taylor was starving and needed to eat.

Kashi southwest chicken & black bean meal. Topped with some cheddar cheee (post-picture). Β And a couple of tortilla chips for dipping.

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Mehh, not my fave. But I had it in the freezer to use up. So use it up I did.

How did this sneak into my backpack?

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Mmm what a grand time.

Can I just say that 100 Grands, Take 5, and Twix’s are seriously some of the best gifts ever granted to this planet? Thank you.

I’m glad this “dinner” held me over for the rest of the night a whole 1 hour. Wooohoo!!!

So I stopped for a froyo on the drive home. Chocolate & vanilla swirl + pumpkin.

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And then was of course still hungry later that night. I spotted this on Whit’s blog a bit ago, and decided to try a micro’d pumpkin pie out for myself.

  • ~1/2 c. pumpkin
  • 1 egg white
  • Spices
  • Maple syrup

Microwaved for 2 minutes, topped with some greek yogurt & sunbutter…

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It was more a bowl of pumpkin mush….but still delicious pumpkin mush πŸ˜‰ As I go back and read the actual directions now, I realize it probalby should have been on a plate and micro’d for 3 minutes. This, my friends, shall be re-done in the future. Oh yes it shall.

And what night doesn’t end with hot chocolate, of course? Do I even need to tell you that? Just assume every night ends with hot chocolate. Ya’ dig?

And now it’s 11:08 and exactly 1 hour past when I planned to go to bed. I’m so glad I always stick to my “bed-time”. Sweet dreams all.

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