Weekend Recap: Grr, Aw, and Ew

Really, cable box/DVR? Did you purposefully wait until the Olympics were on until you decided to stop working?

Tuna and I went out for Mexican on Friday evening with my trusty DVR recording the Opening Ceremonies, only to return home, press play, and see the live version of the Queen/James Bond jumping out of the helicopter for approximately 30 seconds before the TV froze.

Needless to say, I was not amused.

Luckily for my cable box’s life, I took out my grumpiness on the treadmill on Saturday and ran 4 miles at Crunch. But lately I’ve been letting my mind get the better of me on treadmill runs. Last week I set out to run 6 miles, and quit at 5. On Saturday, I set out to run 5 miles, and ran 4. Ruh roh.

I can’t keep doing that! It’s bad for my ego self esteem.

Today I shall run 4 miles – and I WILL run 4 miles! No more shortcuts allowed.

After my run I went over to my dad’s to see his new….

PUPPY!

I. want. one. now!

What a muffin.

Sorry for all the grainy pictures – this little gal would not stay still long enough to take a good photo!

Dinner Saturday was a partial success. I heated up the last of the frozen shrimp and put it over brown rice (Tuna makes the best brown rice) with some sauteed zucchini. To continue my French dressing discovery week, we added French dressing to the skillet and stirred in the shrimp and zucchini with some pepper.

We also boiled some corn on the cob for a side dish. I thought it would be smart to ignore the fact that the pre-cut corn was sitting in my fridge for two weeks and had begun accumulating nasty grayish powder on the ends.

Once the corn was cooked, the core turned kind of red/brown color. I took a bite and thought it was alright, but Tuna said “Ummm. I don’t think we should eat this corn.”

Ew.

On Sunday afternoon I stopped by my mom’s house and was pleasantly surprised to find this whole wheat pasta salad waiting for me. I’ll have to get the recipe from her soon to share.

I hope you’re getting excited for a cookie filled What I Ate Wednesday!

Did you watch the Opening Ceremonies? What was your favorite part? (I’ve been looking up clips on youtube.)

What did you do this weekend?

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Unplanned Rest Day

I tried something new…

French dressing! And – I liked it!

This salad officially wins best salad of the month award:

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– “Power greens” (including kale)
– Shredded cheese
– Quinoa
– French dressing

I love the tomato flavor of the dressing – I never knew French dressing was made with tomato paste. I was always just weirded out by the redness of the dressing and assumed it was weird.

This salad reminded me of a wintery tomato soup with melted cheese in the center, but with the summer freshness you need an office lunch to have.

Delish!

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I’m actually quite pissed today because I really was looking forward to a relaxing 5 mile run this evening. I haven’t run since Sunday and it is pissing me off royally.

My week fitness wise so far:
– Sunday: 6 mi treadmill run
– Monday: Arms and Abs workout
– Tuesday: Rest
– Wednesday: Yoga

I wanted it to include

– Thursday: 5 mi run
– Friday: Rest
-Saturday: 7 mi run
– Sunday: abs + something

But my body apparently had other plans. My right knee has been hurting a little on bit on runs lately  from an old wrestling at track practice pole vaulting injury and yesterday my klutzy-ass self smacked my knee cap super hard on the side of my desk at work.

It still felt ok yesterday night, so I did some typ Sunset yoga. When I woke up this morning, I could barely walk on it! I think the yoga must have aggravated it. I hoped it would loosen up throughout the day, but I have been hobbling around and it hurts to straighten my leg all the way.

So, don’t think running is happening today. Wah/boo/hiss.

Hopefully the unplanned rest day will allow my knee to buck up and get better so that I can do some weekend running!

Maybe napping all evening will help too….

Whaaaaat I Ate Wednesday

Oh heyyyyy, it’s that time again.

Last week I promised myself I would make something new and exciting this week in hopes that it would jolt me out of my current food rut.

After stalking pinterest to find some fun clean eating recipes, I settled on making this one from the Domestic Mama and the Village Cook’s blog.

Spinach Burgers!

I’ve actually never made a hamburger, so I was pretty pumped to make these spinach-y ones.

To make 4 spinach burgers, you’ll need:

1 bag of spinach
1/4 cup chopped onion (I used red)
1/2 cup crushed pita chips
1/2 cup shredded cheese
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder

I hoofed it over to Whole Foods to grab the shredded cheese and eggs, and of course I forgot about the bread crumbs. Luckily, Tuna had his thinking cap on and remembered he had some pita chips in the pantry (he calls it the cupboard? WTF?) that we could crush up and use as bread crumbs. The substitution worked just fine.

Tuna was nice enough stir up everything in the bowl and make the patties for us so I didn’t even have to get my hands dirty. Bwahaha (evil laugh.)

Aw, look at ’em! Perf little spinach patties.

Put your burner on medium high and make sure to spray some PAM before you plop your patties down.

Let the burgers cook for 4 minutes on each side.

Tuna played photographer and got some cool action shots of the flippage.

Look! I flipped it!

Flatten ’em out….

and put in a toasted pita with hummus. Definitely adding some kind of Mediterranean yogurt sauce next time.Mmmmm.

We were both pleasantly surprised how our spinach burgers turned out! Tuna said that the only drawback is that it gets a little smoky in the kitchen, so make sure to open a window if you are one of those people who always sets the smoke alarm off who has a sensitive smoke alarm.

The other surprising thing – I was actually full after one spinach burger. Whaaaat.

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Dessert this week is a keeper. At first I was disappointed that I couldn’t find my Powerberries at Trader Joe’s but these aren’t so bad either. 😉

Did you make something new and exciting this week too?

Girls’ Night and Practice in Patience

While I waited for my friend Natalie to arrive from Baltimore yesterday I had a Friday afternoon snack. Sprinkles made it fun!

Once Natalie arrived, we made our way over to one of our favorite spots, Thai at Silver Spring.

We started off with the lettuce wraps for our appetizer.

And chowed down on our usual entree, Pad Thai with chicken.

On our way home we picked up a Redbox rental – a girly chick flick, of course.

It was actually really cute and well written for a chick flick. Chelsea Handler is basically my favorite person on Earth.

And let’s get real, you can’t have a girls’ night without:

some Riesling…..

Make that the largest, prettiest bottle of Riesling you’ve ever seen.

That would only fit in my fridge after we took out the middle rack.

Oh yeah, and the best froyo ever.

I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream/froyo because my very first job in high school was being an ice cream scooper at Ben and Jerry’s. We got to take a pint home a day and I would always do half brownie batter and half chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s my absolute favorite.

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After a fabulous girls’ night, I felt rejuvenated and refreshed. Until I went out in public.

Everybody and their brother decided to go to the grocery store on a rainy Saturday afternoon, including every person in the Metropolitan DC area over 85.

This sweet old lady who was approximately 103 shuffled down the after-you-check-out aisle with her cart and adult son in tow. She was super cute until it took about (no joke) 7 minutes to make her way out the door.

I guess I looked slightly peeved, because another man behind me smirked at me knowingly and threatened, “You’re gonna be like dat some day.”

EXCUSE ME??!?!!?!?

1. Do I really look like I’m going to drop kick this old lady? Maybe I need to work on my facial expressions.

2. I’m probably a waaaay nicer person than you, buddy.

3. My favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon isn’t actually thinking about turning into an old lady.

4. I may look nice (or apparently, I don’t) but you don’t want to mess with me.

Instead, I smiled politely at the toolbag concerned man and shuffled a few feet in front of him. When we got outside of the exit door, I leaned over the old lady’s cart and helped her son take out her bags of groceries.

The old lady happily stuttered at me, “Oh, thank you sweetie.”

I looked over my shoulder as I walked to my car and smiled at the mean dude.

“Have a great day!” I shouted.

Dick.

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I’m going to go take out my aggression on the treadmill. Have a good rest of the weekend!

What is your must-have item for a girls’ night?

Do you ever have tiffs with strangers?

Homemade Lean Cuisine and Weekend Workout Inspiration

Last night I needed to have a quick dinner before trekking to book club. I knew I would snack a lot at book club, so I wanted to have something healthy and light.

Even though I hate Lean Cuisines because of their preservative-y taste , I kind of wished I had something I could just shove in the microwave and gobble down.

Then I thought – why not make my own Lean Cuisine?

I bought shrimp from Whole Foods on Monday for my protein source this week because I am currently too lazy to make chicken. I like to buy the already peeled, deveined, and cooked ones because I get grossed out by ripping out the shrimp poop.

All you have to do with these guys is thaw them by rinsing them under cold water for about 7 minutes in a cute purple strainer and they’re ready to eat.

I heated up some frozen organic broccoli in the microwave for 3 minutes and tossed it into a bowl with the shrimp, olive oil, salt, pepper, and hot red pepper flakes.

The steaming broccoli warmed up the cold shrimp nicely. It was a pretty sweet quick meal for a Thursday night.

There you have it – a plain Lean Cuisine without the preservative-y taste. Though I don’t really understand why frozen shrimp and veggies are still preserved but don’t have that nasty flavor and prepacked meals often do. Whatever.

It only took nine minutes to make, so I enjoyed my homemade Lean Cuisine on the balcony before heading off to book club.

 The book we chose last night for August’s book club read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Here’s the book description from Amazon:

“On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.”

Since I just finished Born to Run, I can’t decided whether to start this one, finish Fifty Shades Darker, or keep up the running reading with Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run.

I’ll probably just work on all three and take turns depending on my mood. 🙂

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I need to live at the gym this weekend since I haven’t had a sweat-filled workout since Monday.

In order to get my butt off the pool lounge chair and on to  the treadmill and weight machines, I need a little extra workout inspiration for the weekend.

Was that good for you, too?

Hashtag…overshare.

Since this week is busy (a cappella Tuesday, work late Wednesday, book club Thursday) I haven’t gotten to the gym as much as I would have liked.

After working late last night though, I wanted to do some kind of exercise. I am now a little scary to be around when I don’t have my endorphin fix, I think.

I wasn’t feeling running in my nasty one-treadmilled apartment gym, so I settled for some yoga. When I say I’m doing yoga, it most likely means I am doing:

I started doing the Sunrise episode of this DVD in the Fall when it was on my Comcast On Demand. I loved Sarah Ivanhoe’s calm voice telling me “Anddd if youuu topple outt of ittt….just be gladdd you are doing it at allll.”

Ahhhh. Sarah Ivanhoe, please make a goodnight/lullaby talk tape. I’ll spearhead that endeavor for you, if you’d like.

Anyway, it was especially nice to unwind to the Sunset episode at night after a long day of work. Yes, I turn off the lights and light vanilla and lavender scented candles and sometimes do yoga in my underwear. Hashtag…overshare.

I try to do yoga about once a week,  and I have gotten so much more flexible from doing it in the past few months. But since I haven’t done yoga lately, my joints were a little tighter than usual.

After I got stretchified, I promptly did not make my sleep challenge. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow night.

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I lucked out for lunches this week – we had extra sandwiches from Brown Bag available at work both yesterday and today.

My delectable concoction consisted of turkey on multigrain bread with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onions, and pickles.

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I think the best part of having lunch provided at work is that I didn’t have to make my bag lunch last night, and I won’t have to tonight. Sine I made my Wednesday lunch on Tuesday night and haven’t eaten it yet, I get to use it for tomorrow’s lunch.

Yessssss.

For some reason, I loathe making my lunch/overnight oats the night before work. I’m too lazy to make it right when I get home from work, so I make it right before I go to bed. But then the whole night I feel like I have some annoying chore hanging over my head.

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I’m bringing organic sweet potato chips to my once-a-month girls’ book club tonight. I’m excited to nosh on yummy snacks all evening and catch up on some girly gossip. I’ll let you know what book we choose for next month!

WIAW: Food Rut Edition

Since I skipped What I Ate Wednesday last week, I wanted to show you a beautiful and innovative recipe this week.

You know, the kind that healthy living bloggers post with the perfectly shaped homemade bean patties and ripe strawberries on the side glistening in the afternoon sunlight on a checkered tablecloth.

But of course, I forgot to research any new recipes during the week, and my weekend debauchery resulted in spending my Sunday afternoon trying not to throw up.

When I arrived home after a Monday night Whole Foods run, I unloaded the same food I had last week. And the week before. And the week before that.

It was then that I knew the sad and painful truth:

I’m in a food rut.

My worst fear (well not the worst, but a pretty big one) has come true. I’m actually Chicken Nugget Girl again – only eating certain foods, not especially wanting to try anything new, getting the same thing over and over again at the same restaurant. The only difference now is that I’m just healthy Chicken Nugget Girl.

Part of the reason I was so excited when I first started eating clean was that I was finally discovering food in an unabridged way. I learned a myriad of information about the nutrients and deliciousness that food exudes. I was all about trying new foods and figuring out how to make them.

Now that I found healthy foods I like I’m sticking with them again. I’m going back to the food safety blanket of repetition. For example, looking back at the photos I took of food this week, I thought I could post my Mexican Friday meal:

Yum. But…. are you sensing some deja vu, too?

Omg, tomatoes. Omg, corn. Omg, avocado.

I thought about tricking you and posting some old recipe and raving about how I ate it this week. But I decided to be honest. I haven’t made anything of variety lately. And I’m not going to pretend I prepare and inhale awesome new recipes all day every day.

This week prompted me to reevaluate my healthy living goals in regards to food. I found out what to eat and how to eat it to lose weight, but I actually found a whole new self confidence by surprising myself and opening my mind (and my mouth) to new things. I was proud of myself.

Eating the same thing every day is boring. I want to buy different items at the grocery store every week and bring different things to lunch.

One day I want to not have to worry about if there is something I will like to eat at a family’s dinner party or at the exotic restaurant I’m out to dinner at with friends.

As much as food is about nutrients for me, I need to re-find my new found passion about it too.

Next week’s goal: make something new, fun, and exciting to eat.

Do you ever find yourself in a food rut?

Sun and Sleep

My second lake weekend in a row!

It was a blast hanging with friends from my a capella group. We floated, we drank, and we sang. I finally remembered to take a picture of myself doing cool things for you.

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Surprisingly, I stuck to my plan to try and mostly eat clean for the weekend and it paid off because I didn’t gain the pound or two over the weekend like I usually do.

But I wasn’t so responsible on the sleep front. I decided that it would be a great idea to stay up drinking on Saturday night until 6 in the morning. Double whoops.

In addition to my “I’m never drinking again” attitude in the morning, I also kept feeling guilty for depriving my body of the sleep it needs.

I’ve always been a sleeper. Even when I was little, I would sleep in until 10 or 11am on Saturday mornings.

My naps are known as “nap comas” to my family and friends, because I can often be found sleeping for three to four hours on an afternoon when I told everyone I was going to lie down for a quick cat nap.

My friend loves telling everyone the story of how one time in the sorority house everyone thought I had gone out of town because they hadn’t seen me all day. When I came downstairs for dinner at 5pm with sleep-filled eyes they just laughed and laughed.

During the week, I usually go to bed around 12:30 or 1am and wake up at 8:30am, so I usually get a good 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. But sometimes I am still exhausted at work. And I always have a hard time waking up.

I am notorious for sleeping through my alarm(s). Currently, I use three alarms: a clock radio across the room on my desk that I have to get up to turn off, my iPhone alarm set for three different snooze times, and a deaf person alarm clock that has a vibrating disc that goes under your pillow. Hilarious, I know.

For fear of me sleeping through exams in college, my dad bought me a puzzle alarm clock. The batteries were screwed in to the side of it and you had to put a four-piece puzzle back together before the damn thing would shut up.

No wonder my first year roommate hated me.

When I got home from the lake last night, I promptly slept from 6-11pm, and then went back to bed at 1 o’clock and slept through the night. For the first time in awhile, I really felt rested and wasn’t sleepy at work at all.

That got me thinking. I have a busy week ahead of me and normally I would probably push my bedtime back an hour or so, resulting in less shuteye.

But as I work on becoming a healthier person by eating clean and exercising regularly, I can’t forget about making sleep a priority too. I want to be healthy all around, not just healthy about this thing and not healthy about another.

If I’m going to treat my body right, I need to treat it right on all accounts.

And that means going to bed earlier. I remember hearing somewhere that your body wakes up naturally if you have had enough rest. Since I have such a hard time waking up, that makes me think I’m not getting enough rest – even though I do get 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night.

Some people can get by with 5 hours of sleep, no problem, and others need more like 9 or 10 hours of sleep a night. I think I’m one of the latter. During the week and even on the weekend’s my A-type personality forces me to go go go all day long. So it does make sense that my body wants to sleep sleep sleep more.

This week I am going to try my best to go to bed earlier around11:00-11:30ish instead of 12:30 – 1ish. Maybe it will feel so good that next week I’ll try and go to bed around 10:30pm.

Maybe then I’ll be able to actually wake up on time.

How many hours of sleep do you usually get a night?

Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning too? 

Going Barefoot

As I slowly navigate my way through the running world, I am learning more and more about basic things that I never realized were important.

I’ve almost done with Born to Run and not to sound sappy, but it has changed my whole perspective on running.

If you haven’t read it yet, you must.

The book description from Amazon reads:

“Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.”

Not only does the book inspire you to find happiness in running, which I love, it breaks down the mechanics of running naturally.

I tried switching my form yesterday and run how I should be – by aligning my feet with my center of gravity and hitting the ground mid-foot, and running with quick little strides to put less pressure on my joints. Apparently you should be taking around 180 steps per minute.

I felt so goofy and had no idea if I was actually using the proper form, but I sure as hell felt way lighter, smoother, and less fatigued.

I definitely want to work on my stride as much as possible while I’m still a beginner.

Born to Run also explains the ideology of barefoot running, which I am now obsessed with. This doesn’t mean actually running barefoot, except for Barefoot Ted, who would run up the canyons literally in bare feet, nor does it necessarily mean running in sandals or Tevas like the Tarahumara or the main gringo ringleader, Caballo Blanco.

Born to Run, page 168.

The idea of running barefoot is running with minimal cushion. The heel cushioning on many modern running shoes can make you more likely to heel strike, which in turn makes you more likely to get injured.

Well….I don’t want to get injured. And I have foot problems to begin with! Currently, I run in:

Saucony ProGrid Mirages.

I bought them about a year ago because I thought they were cute. Typ.

But lately, my left arch (on the foot I broke twice) has been aching during and after I run. I even went as far as to purchase orthotics.

I guess they work, because I have less arch pain when I use them. But after reading that orthotics are the devil, I reconsidered what was really at the root of the problem.

1. My stride (which we’ve already covered – I’m working on it…)

and

2. My shoes

My friend recommended these Merrell shoes to me:

Like most of the running research suggests, my friend warned me NOT to go straight into running with these babies. My feet are used to the cushioned 4mm drop shoes that I’ve worn for most of my life, and simply can’t handle the poundage. That would most certainly result in a stress fracture. No thanks!

Instead, I opted for these:

The description on the Merrell website says these beauts are, “for distance runners and those new on the path to barefoot running, our Bare Access Arc 0mm drop running shoe gives you a barefoot feel, with added toe to heel cushioning. Still allowing your foot to land flat and follow its own natural motion, its cushioning protects from sustained impacts due to longer runs or a new barefoot training program.”

I’ll still be careful, I promise! I will ease in to using them.

Soooo, they’re a little expensive (like all running shoes are), but it’s OK, my mom gave me a little cash money because she saw on the blog that I needed new running shoes. I shall start writing everything I need on CNG. Just kidding….kind of.

Oh yeah, I also bought these today. But seriously, I need them. Remind me to never buy an iPod shuffle ever again to work out with. As you know – since I’ve been complaining nonstop about them – the damn remotes on the headphones are just not waterproof.

Can you tell it’s payday?

I swear I’m not buying any other superfluous stuff/running gear/anything except food until after August 15th! Just like Janae is doing a personal challenge, that’s my personal challenge to myself.

Shut up, Georgina.

What is your take on the barefoot running debate?

Have you ever tried Merrell’s shoes?

Back to Reality

Long time no see!

I’ve been running around Southern Virginia for a few days (not literally) at Smith Mountain Lake with my Dad’s fam. I caught some rays, kayaked, jet skied (omg, best thing ever – I felt like Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider) and played lots of Hand and Foot, my new favorite card game.

No, I don’t have any pictures for you. I’m good at remembering to take pictures of my food, but bad at remembering to take pictures of me doing cool things. I need to work on that.

But, lucky for you, I did remember to take a picture on our special road trip pit stop of the best lunch on the planet.

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That’s right, Bodos. Bodos Bagels is a legendary place of hungover happiness and glorious study breaks from college co-eds in Charlottesville. And it makes me so happy.

The thought of having a wheat bagel crossed my mind for approximately .2 milliseconds, but in the end I had to go with my usual-slash-never-tried-anything-else-because-it-is-so -good.

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Plain bagel with cream cheese, a caesar salad with no cheese, and a large diet coke.

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Bliss.

You know your gf is a blogger when you have to say, “Are you texting or taking pictures of your food again?”

Bwahaha.

I get to down this glorious concoction AT LEAST one more time in the near future – when one of my BFF’s ties the knot near C’ville in early October. Praise the lord.

I have been cheatin’ up a storm lately when it comes to clean eating. I started the mini-vacay trying though! I brought some of my own food, and made oatmeal with sliced bananas and granola sprinkles every morning.

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I’m going to a lake again this weekend for a quick trip, this time with my a cappella group – and I think bringing some healthy food again is the way to go. This time I’ll bring more options so I reach for carrots and wheat thins instead of the wavy ruffles. Mmmmm….wavy ruffles.

I ran once while I was there, but it was more of a trot/walk because it was hot, humid, and hilly. I’m not used to that shit.

I was actually excited to get back to my trusty cool (temperature-wise) treadmill at Crunch. And all day, I couldn’t wait to try out my new headphone plan.

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I got the idea from this guy and trusted him because he recommended the BudFits which I use and love. Dummy me, I didn’t realize that the the problem was the remote on my iPod shuffle headphone wire getting sweaty instead of the actual earphones. This method is DIY, which is right up my ally = cheap.

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But when I pulled them out at the gym, the remote was already long gone. I wasn’t sure if the remote wasn’t being responsive because of the plastic, so I ripped it off and tried again. Nope. It wouldn’t change songs or the volume up anymore. Blown.

So I did what I had to do. I ran my 5 miles without music. And you know what?

It wasn’t too bad. 

Maybe I’m channeling my new-found idols idols from Born to Run.

I did miss my music though, especially toward the end of the run. I don’t know if I should buy a new set of iPod shuffle headphones and re-try the DIY method, or if I should invest in some heavy duty waterproof headphones with a remote/compatible with iPod shuffle 3rd generation (which I have yet to find) or what.

I am glad to be back into my running routine though, nonetheless. The Tough Mudder is just around the corner, and I’ve still got a lot of work to do.

What music player/headphones do you use while you run? Puhlease help me figure out my headphone situation! What headphones do you use with your shuffle?