Jealousy Pasta

Monday mornings are typically run mornings for me, but after my 8:00 mile stint on a Woodway Friday compounded by my 9-mile long run on Saturday- my hip was so tight it was shooting pain through my quad and knee.  I sat out this morning; I don’t want injury!  I hate rest days that I don’t plan, but they are necessary sometimes. 

This morning’s breakfast was a concoction of oatmeal, banana, cinnamon, and chocolate mocha meal replacement.  

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I think the vanilla meal replacement would have been better in the oatmeal…

I struggled with my hip all day at work (hello grandma status!). Could barely walk! Around 3:00, our physical therapist noticed I was in some pain and offered to look at it.  An evaluation and a hip ultrasound later, I felt better.  Thank you, Tyressa 🙂

Ate lunch with my colleagues today (which I don’t always get to do, but loveee doing).  Today 4 of us wore the exact same color without calling each other this morning (I swear).

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I was SO JEALOUS today- they all had baked pasta or veggie lasagna and I ate a super boring salad for lunch.  Which inspired tonight’s recipe for baked pasta (which I named “Jealousy Pasta”- I know, I’m so clever).

The ingredients:

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And the highlight- Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo (amazing- hurry up Tallahassee and get your Trader Joes!)

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Step 1:  Heat soy chorizo over low heat, add onions and saute.  Boil pasta until tender.

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Step 2: Spread pasta noodles in baking dish

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Step 3: Add chorizo/onion mix 

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Step 4:  Add chopped, frozen spinach (10 oz-defrosted) and handful of sweet peppers, chopped

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Step 5: Add marinara sauce and mix together

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Bake at 350 for 40 minutes and viola!

PS- always cook with a glass of cab 🙂

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While the pasta is baking, I’m sipping wine and going through photos from this summer.  I’m desperately missing my adventure in Mexico- I need to do something fun, adventurous and crazy again soon!  

Background for those who read that aren’t FB friends- I presented an opening session at Mexico’s first annual national student affairs conference in Monterrey and led various workshops throughout the course of a week in Guadalajara in June of this year.  It was the time of my life…

View from my hotel in Monterrey:

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View from Cerro de la Silla (one of the toughest hikes I’ve ever been on)

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In Guadalajara:

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At a church outside of Guadalajara- in Tequila, Mexico.  During a baptism, children wait outside the church and it is customary for the father of the baptized child to throw coins to the crowd outside

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Also in Tequila- one of my good friends, Tom (also a conference speaker) and I toured the Jose Cuervo factory (yes, the tequila- yes, we tequila-tasted!). Tom shares his drink 😉

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That’s it for tonight- more reminiscing to come (and along with it, some adventure-planning probably…)

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The Big Easy

Was soooo much fun.  I loved Athletic Business.  And there were more Campus Rec colleagues there than I anticipated.  Here’s the recap:

We left Wednesday morning and got into New Orleans that afternoon.  It was strange to have to drive so far to get to NOLA- I’m used to a 3.5 hour trip and voila!  There.  Not so much in this case. 

Our hotel was beautiful- I’ve been to NOLA quite a bit and never stayed at the Renaissance

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That night we went to dinner with Precor Vendor.  Bill Martin is our rep for FSU- he is one of my fav vendor reps as he checks in often, takes care of any issues that come up almost immediately and clues me into new opportunities with equipment, technology, etc.  He definitely takes care of us!  The blondies get in a pic with Bill:

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LT, Lo and I got a lot of “are you 3 sisters??” the entire time we were in NOLA.  Nope, just work together and  play together! We did have a lot of fun in that city together and with the rest of our crew.  I feel like I got to know the FSU staff much better and we all had such a great time!

Later that night I NEEDED to take a picture with this chicken.  It was clearly a matter of life or death. 

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Many of my breakfasts were meal replacement shakes and apples- I didn’t want to pay the buffet price ($17 breakfast) or deal with the calories buffets bring. 

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Lo and I went to our first session together- on Charismatic Leadership.  The session was an hour and a half and was so amazing- we were both iPad typing like maniacs the whole time!  By the end of the session I had to pee so bad but didn’t want to miss a thing he said!  We’re going to take the information we got from that presentation and adapt it into our own to submit for FSU’s spring staff training. 

Went to a few more sessions and then met my old UWF crew for lunch.  We picked up quite a few alums to join us and we all had a blast catching up!  Miss them!  

Lunch was at a restaurant in the garden district that has amazing po-boys.  I got a fried green tomato with remoulade – very Big Easy-ish. It was the size of my arm.  I ate half then had to stop.

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That afternoon I got all spandexed-up and got ready for the Trade Show.  It was actually pretty comparable to what I’ve seen at NIRSA conferences.  

The Expo Halls are fun- got to test out new equipment and products and connect with all of our vendors.  My first stop was precor and I got to see the new technology they’re featuring for all of the pieces we already have.  THAT’S exciting- we will already be getting upgrades.  I ran through the demos to learn the user and admin sides, then talked to consultants about when we could schedule our upgrades.  

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I spent 4 hours in the Expo Hall trying out equipment. Billy, one of my fav Woodway reps and I decided to race each other on their new biking system.  The system is an advanced trainer for those that are cyclists but I thought it was a pretty cool system (and I’m not a cyclist).  It showed exertion for each leg, heart rate, power, and much more…

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Later that night we went to dinner with Life Fitness vendors- to a place called Mannings that had pretty good food but was booked.  We sat outside and that night was pretty cold.  We all huddled under heaters for dinner then decided to hit up the Athletic Business’ social and dance ourselves warm again!  

The next morning, LT, Lo and I made a quick trip to Cafe du Monde.  Lo had never been before but we never thought about the fact that she has a gluten free diet and couldn’t eat the beignets!  She didn’t care though, and we got in our “touristy” NOLA Cafe du Monde trip.

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When we got back to the Conference Center, we stopped for Starbucks and I got a free vanilla latte!  It reminded me of the principle of Surprise and Delight that Starbucks employs and that my former supervisor, Christine, loves so much!

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We hit up the Expo Hall again that afternoon to try out Octane’s lateral trainer.  The lateral trainer is like an elliptical but the legs go out side to side instead of front-to-back.  We all tried it out- it definitely works out your outer thighs and glutes!  Lo gets a demo from an Octane rep:

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After conference and before dinner that night, Lo, LT, and I decided we wanted to run by the river – it was supposedly a great running route and very scenic.  We should have known we were going to have a very strange run when on the elevator on the way down to the hotel lobby, a European gentleman was dressed EXACTLY like LT and I- in white tank tops and black cropped pants, and asked us if we had on singlets. Things just went south from there.  

I almost got ran over by a vehicle that blew through a stop sign going at least 45mph.  I should have been scared for my life, but those things just make me mad and push me harder.  We kept going- trying to access the riverwalk by the conference center.  We went up the stairs, into the mall, back out of the mall, back down the same stairs, took another wrong turn and just didn’t know where to go.  The whole time Santa Claus in coveralls was watching the three blondes laughing and running in circles.  We finally found our way to the french quarter and the riverwalk.  NOLA was definitely not ready for 3 blondes to be running throughout downtown.  We got strange looks, lots of comments, and made a group of small schoolchildren scream when we passed by them.  By the time we got back to the hotel we were laughing so hard it prompted a gentleman getting on the elevator with us to ask: “Is it safe to get on this elevator?” (which made us laugh harder).  Quite the run, I’m telling you. 

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After dinner that night, the FSU crew decided to try our luck at Harrah’s.  I’m not a big gambler, but I do view casino’s as cost of entertainments and decided to spend a little.  It was really fun.  I played some roulette by myself for awhile.  I ended up losing $60 at the table but met some guys from Texas that were keeping me laughing the whole time.  I walked away and found a couple of our crew to play blackjack with.  Mike Collins and I tag-teamed it and I ended up making back about $40 that I lost at roulette.  We had a blast.

Crazy EMT Situation:

On our way out of the casino for the night, I ran into the restroom, and noticed a lady that was passed out inside her stall.  No one seemed to care that she was down, but CPR training kicked in immediately and I began care for her while I yelled at the custodian to call 911.  Luckily, she was breathing but she was in and out of consciousness so I stayed with her.  Another lady came up to me and asked if she could assist.  I asked if she was CPR certified- she was so we tag-teamed medical care for the woman on the floor.  However, when the “EMT” got there (aka, most likely casino staff with the letters E, M, T on his shirt), I was miffed that he didn’t have any medical supplies with him, and his “care” was to ask if she was ok (she was mumbling by this time), and yanking her by her arms into a standing position.  Then I got really angry and asked him over and over if he was “really an EMT” while the lady assisting me kept saying “I don’t think you are!!”  There was nothing we could really do about the situation though, and the woman was conscious.  The lady assisting me I talked to for a bit and found out she also worked in Campus Rec at University of Illinois- Chicago.  We are both instructor certified, and were both upset at the way the situation was handled, but we did get to bond over that experience.  Always look for the silver lining.  

The next day, we set back for Tallahassee.  We’d had a blast, bonded as a team, gotten some good sessions in, and been able to have fun demoing in the Expo Hall.  ABC = success! 

When we got back, I was due for a long run.  I had been very good about continuing my #RWRunningStreak while in NOLA, but they had mainly been short runs due to time constraint.  It felt good to get in some distance.  And the holiday lights were breathtaking in my neighborhood.  I did miss running with my blondie friends though!

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Last night I slept like the dead and I have almost no motivation today.  I did get to pick up my “Pup-Chow” (that nickname is going to stick) from her dog sitter (aka, adopted daddy).  She absolutely loves David.  

Time to switch laundry over, go grocery shopping, and bake some cookies! 

“Stop Being So Dramatic”

Said my personal trainer to me this morning….and I looked at him and burst out laughing.  He’s so freaking awesome.  And doesn’t put up with my BS.  Props to my trainer… he is definitely what I need for early morning workouts!

That workout felt like eons ago. I’m so tired, it’s been a long day. To be fair, I had a tough workout this morning:

1 mile progressive treadmill run #RWRunStreak (and through downtown Chicago on the Woodway)

Band-assisted pull ups- 3 sets to exhaustion (this was the “warmup”- and also where I began to get a little dramatic…)

Incline bench

Shoulder press

Tricep extensions

Bicep curls

Powerplate crunches

And then, I died.  

After I died, came back to life, and attempted to lift my arms to wash my hair; I shook up Meal Replacement shakes.  Love them, they’re filling and taste great. 

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This morning I sat in on fitness instructor auditions (so fun to watch- and I definitely admire people who teach group fitness, I have zero coordination), then went to sweepings presentations to SGA to support our Recreation initiatives and present healthy campus initiatives.  

Lunch was steamed veggies:

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…and an apple. 

I spent the afternoon in meetings, catching up with vendors that were passing through on their way to New Orleans, and taking care of projects that needed done before I leave tomorrow. 

Headed to the Athletic Business Conference in New Orleans tomorrow.  I’m excited- I’ve never been to this one, I hear it’s a great professional development conference, and I’m super excited about the fitness equipment expo to check out all the new trends!  Should be a good time – although I definitely can’t promise blogging everyday while I’m there.  I’ll do one “super blog” on Sunday recapping NOLA. 

I dropped Laney off with her dog-sitter, one of my students, David.  He’s already calling her “Pup-Chow”- a term of endearment- and she was best friends with him after 3 minutes.  I think when I get back this weekend she won’t want to come back home! 

Dinner when I got home was a tortilla-bean-tomato bake that I totally made up.  It turned out ok, but I was too tired to really try to care. 

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Afterwards got to packing.  I’m terrible at that.  I tend to just not care and everything gets thrown into a duffel bag- then I hope and pray when I get there that I have what I need.  It tends to workout (usually).  At least I’m not the only one stressing about packing… Lo at least has me covered if I need it!

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One more shoutout tonight- one of my former students and brilliant friends helped with my published article by combing through for grammar.  VERY appreciated- thanks so much Gabriel!  

And on that note, I’m exhausted… I’ll take plenty of pictures and do a recap this weekend, but looking forward to New Orleans and seeing good friends! 

This Ain’t NASCAR…Who Explodes the Champagne?

It’s been a busy Thanksgiving day!

Chan made cute little breakfast this morning (she’s so “Martha Stewart”).  Pumpkin and leaf doughnuts (yummy!)

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We all watched more of the Macy’s Day parade, then the dog show. Laney and I took naps throughout the dog competition…although I think she was more interested in it than I was…

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We had a family tee time at 1:20 and had a blast trying to outdo each other in golf.  

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There were 5 of us so mom and Chan switched playing holes.  Chantel reverted back to her cheerleading days on the holes she didn’t play.

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My bro showing off his golf moves (he used to be on his HS golf team)

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I actually had a pretty good 8 holes out of 9- and the shot below I hit out of the water and right onto the green for par!

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We got back from golf to finish up cooking Thanksgiving dinner and pop open mimosa’s… only mom decided she should shake the champagne (ai yi…no bueno).  Poor Chantel and the fridge got blasted with champagne….

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Fresh market sells pre-made mimosas that are actually pretty good:

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Dinner was next (yes, yes that is a little bit of turkey on my plate- I mean, it IS Thanksgiving!). I also took Carb-Ease beforehand to alleviate some of the damage the indulgence of the day is having on my bod.

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After dinner, we made a golf cart caravan to go listen to a band in the heart of the villages and have some wine.  It was fun!

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Back at home, mom gave all her kids advent calendars- I haven’t had one since I was really little!  How fun! 

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And I’m off to help the girls with dessert!  Hope everyone has had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  

You Know You Have a Bad Day When…

…Your car explodes clothing.  Luckily this wasn’t me today but I felt terrible for this poor guy whose car exploded (clothing…).  Your guess is as good as mine. 

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I woke up feeling about 75 years old.  I hurt everywhere from this weekend’s activities.  

Breakfast was quick:

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I had an early morning meeting with the Director of Wellness, then had to rush to get out to the Rez for our staff meeting and holiday potluck.  

Potlucks are kind of bad news for me- I really want to eat everything!  I have to practice extreme self-discipline (especially around mac and cheese).  I did eat some sweet potato casserole though (I mean, it IS the holidays!)

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Dave proves he sometimes eats some vegetables.  I like giving him a hard time about it- he’s a good sport and he does like to tell me all the days he doesn’t drink soda (of which I’m very proud… 😉 ).  

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After the potluck I came back to a present–  Nike Frees…I wonder if I’ll be able to tolerate them?  I love Nike products, minus the shoes…which tend to hurt my feet.  I’ll try them out though and let you know. I also had a new gym bag and some headbands waiting for me.  Love Nike!

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Worked until 6, then headed home for the nightly Laney-April run.  Not as many acorns on the ground, and homegirl was real disappointed. 

Afterwards, I went in search of some Dreaming Tree.  I love Dreaming Tree- it’s one of my favorite wines and tonight I just really wanted a glass.  Didn’t find any, but I did discover a Syrah blend from France. And the name is freaking cool “The Wolftrap”.  Anything “wolf-y” reminds me of my brother (who I get to see soon!).  

Dinner tonight was easy.  Target’s Archer Farms Whole Grain Blend and Publix Veggie Medley.  Tear, pierce, use methods of violence to cook and viola!

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Country Music and Cheap Chardonnay

Laney and I played hide-and-seek this morning.  I won.

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Last night was sooo much fun.  It’s my friend’s birthday today (Happy Birthday LT!) and we celebrated last night with dinner and some country music.  Chase Rice is one of her childhood friends and was playing on campus as the Club Down Under.

Dressing for dinner I had a personal victory- I haven’t been able to fit into this shirt in a year!  My arms, chest, tummy were all too big.  Now it’s perfect!  Love it!

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Dinner at Andrews was their California Salad- it was actually really delicious!

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My first time at Club Down Under.  It’s strange to have a venue like this on-campus- my previous institution didn’t have anything like it at all…

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They didn’t have much of a drinking selection so LT and I settled on some cheap Chardonnay.

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And the best part- she gets pulled on-stage and he sang “Happy Birthday” to his old highschool friend.  So cute!

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This morning I woke up VERY sore from my multiple workouts this week.  Breakfast was yummy: Frozen strawberries + vanilla shake = delish

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When I got to work, Kitty Kat and I made a quick Starbucks run before meeting craziness took over our days.  I ventured out and got a skim sugar-free peppermint latte.  It was so festive in the store- holiday festive!

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Looking forward to dinner with my cousin tonight and seeing my beautiful Michelle!!!!

“Run Annie Run” (THAT’S What Killed Me Today)

The Healthy Campus meeting was so much fun.  Everyone had great ideas and is willing to contribute to make our campus healthier.  Exciting!

Right after the meeting, Kellie- our Marketing Coordinator and crazy competitive workout freak of nature (all love, Kel, all love…)- convinced me to workout with her.  1) I had zero plans of working out until my nightly dog run; therefore had zero workout clothes with me and 2) am not even close to the fitness level Kellie is.  I agreed though…

First, we maxed out sets of 5 squatting.  I maxed with 3 sets of 5 at 165 lbs.  I think Kellie was at 220…

Then we maxed out sets of 5 reps bench press.  I maxed with 3 sets of 5 at 100 lbs.  Proud moment…wait for it… Kellie maxed at 80.  I couldn’t believe it…definitely a fluke today if I could outlift her in anything!  

She then showed me how to use the Jammer machine.  I mean, attempted to show me.  Or showed me and I just made a fool out of myself trying to get my form right. 

After our weight session, we got our heart rates up (WAY up!) with “Run Annie Run”.  The exercise consisted of 200 unders in jump rope, 50 situps, one lap around the track.  Come back and descend the ladder- 160 unders, 40 situps, one lap around the track; then 120 unders, 30 situps, one lap around the track (you get the idea).  

By the end of the session I really just wanted to know- WHO is this Annie that I’m cursing and why did she create a program of cardio torture???  🙂  Then I told Kellie we should do that every Monday/Wednesday.  I may have  a little of the Kellie-workout-freak in me. 

On the way out the door our Group Exercise Coordinator gave me one of the old body bars for my office (since yesterday I was in Kellie’s office doing deadlifts with her body bar- in my skirt.  I’m classy). 

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I inhaled a quick salad lunch

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My afternoon was spent doing Supervisor evaluations.  It really just made me so grateful that I have such wonderful and competent student supervisors working for me.  

Afterwards, I went out to the Rez to join the Rec board for dinner

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Taylor’s excited for her food!

My plate…

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My boss’s plate…

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I got all preachy about greasy BBQ just to tease him, but he just grinned and stuck a forkful of pork in his mouth.  So much for that…

Got home to run Laney and make my dinner. I’m going to have to put Laney on an acorn cleanse I think.  She’s addicted.  My dinner was leftover couscous with avocado.  I wasn’t too creative and I did already eat some veggies, so figured I didn’t have to try to hard tonight. 

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And that’s it today…going to make tea!

WAIT… Smoothies And Granola Are Bad For You??

I know, I know.  We’ll get to that later. 

After a long day, I ran home fast to get in a quick walk with Laney-dog then had to run back into work to talk about the Fitness & Movement Clinic at the SGA town hall meeting.  

I grabbed a quick “protein shot” (aka boiled egg) on the way out the door.

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The meeting went well… I told the students about the new facility, equipment, and programs we’re offering to help them be healthier, then took them on tours of the space and did some powerplate and TRX demos with them.  They were excited!

Walking out of my facility, I’m always amazed at how beautiful the courtyard/garden area is.  Landscapers were intentional in the design to include elements that would make it a “healing garden” and place for reflection.

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Ok, I’m SUCH a dork that the whole night I was looking forward to getting back in my car so I could slip on my comfy sweatpants.  Truth.  I know–dorky. 

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Got home and made dinner:

Wheat fettuccine

fresh-cooked broccoli

green olives

marinara

fresh chives

Viola! 

By the way, the broccoli is being sold in bags in the produce section of Publix- steam-in-bag- and is on sale right now for $1/bag.  Great deal.

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Ok… now…let’s tackle the smoothies and granola!

I was reading Shape magazine online and came across “50 Seemingly Healthy Foods that are Bad for You”.  Some of these are shocking, but when you read why you understand–most of it has to do with the added processed sugar.  Added sugar very quickly adds calories to any food.  Their suggestions were to 1) look for granola that is low in added sugar and high in fiber and 2) make your own smoothies.  A lot of smoothie places add high-sugar additions to their smoothies and many use full-fat ice cream.  Make ’em at home and use your own ingredients!  (cheaper too)…

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My favorite way to make my own smoothies:

frozen fruit

light non-sweetened soy milk

no sugar vanilla pudding mix (or try a meal replacement shake powder!)

a touch of agave nectar

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The pudding mix makes it thicken and taste- smoothie-like- just make sure it’s the sugar free kind!

Energizer Bunny

THAT’S the kind of energy I’ve had today.  I have no clue why.

I went into the office to get a little work done and decided I would actually work out.  First, I wanted to get my weight and some measurements.

Day 1: 157 lbs, waist = 31.25″, hips = 40″

Day 12: 151 lbs, waist = 30″, hips = 36.5″

Progress- love it!

I downed an apple for some energy

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My workout started on the Woodway treadmill- their virtual active trainer put me in the California mountains on a run.  I did a quick mile and the entire time felt like I was dodging trees and jumping rocks.  I got a little into it…I’m sure my staff was like, what is she doing on that treadmill?  Was so fun though!

Then I did a leg circuit- squats, hams, quads, calves, stairmaster.  Afterwards found a slice of pumpkin cream cheese roll from Leanne- all my staff has been super supportive of my venture, some just show it a little differently :).  Love it!  I’ll have to try a little later…

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Got home and needed to clean the house.  Always feel better after that. Also pre-made lunches for the rest of the week and got some laundry done.  Then ate a late lunch of chili and a hardboiled egg for protein.

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I still had plenty of energy so took Laney for a run.  We did twice the distance we typically do and I could have gone longer.  So crazy! Typically if I do a long run I’m out the next day so this is very strange behavior for me.  Laney loved it though…. she could have kept going also.

I came back to an adorable picture on my phone- one of my best friends got a bulldog puppy today- she is so precious.  He had a bulldog before and gave it to his mom to look after as he moved coaching jobs, but she didn’t want to give the dog back so he decided to just get another.  She really is so sweet, I can’t wait to see her in person.

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After running I decided to make chocolate chip cookies for one of my friends who’s going through a tough time.  Even though he’s not vegan, I still make them that way :).  I use the recipe on the back of the Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chip bag, then substitute the butter for Smart Balance 50% lighter with flax and the eggs for 1/4 can of pure pumpkin puree. They are delicious but I wasn’t even tempted to eat any.  I’ve felt so incredible by just avoiding processed sugar in the past week that I was able to resist.

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I like to set the mood with candlelight while I’m baking.  Or…maybe one of my lightbulbs in the kitchen went out and I’m too lazy to replace it right now.  You know, either way a little natural light is refreshing.

Dinner tonight was Indian-inspired: couscous with spinach dal and a side of broccoli and avocado.  Yum!

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And I’m off to fold laundry and do my nails before bed…

Half Marathon Planning…

Love Hal Higdon’s marathon and half training plans.  I decided to start with Novice 2.  Intermediate is possible, but I’m pretty far removed from last year’s half and I’m not sure I’m up for the speedwork, etc yet.  Next one, next one.

Gearing up for the Tallahassee Half– February 3, 2013- who’s with me?!

I was ravenous by 12:30pm today- even after breakfast, an apple and an orange.  5 miles made me starving! Lunch was salad with tomato, carrots, green peppers, apple, and smoky tomato vinaigrette.

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My poor Coordinator agreed to help out in a bind and teach her second spin class at 12:30 today since no one else could do it.  She had a tough time walking down the stairs…  The best part was Starbucks was full so we had to go right back up the stairs to go back to my office to meet.  Poor Syd 🙂

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Got home and checked the mail- latest issue or Runners World!  It’s like Christmas once a month.

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The nightly Laney-April run was a COLD one tonight.  I suited up like Catwoman!

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Meow!  I do amuse myself.  And I do feel like Catwoman in that outfit.

Laney and I had a more eventful run than most nights- halfway through she stopped to throw up Lamb Chop (I thought that saga was over… apparently not).  She clearly felt better and started in on acorns until a deer crossed in front of us.  And… Laney now has a new, bigger goal.

Dinner tonight was leftovers- rice, peas, onions, and chickpea blend.  I’m too tired to get creative with food tonight…

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