Last Kombucha Standing

Hi guys! Thanks for all the congrats on my blog’s first anniversary/blogiversary (if you will.) I was pretty stoked, haha. Now I can say “last year today, I/we…” and have a clear picture of what went down. It’s the simple things, people.

Anyway, what a great 4th of July! After training and getting in a little cardio and weights myself, I was in need of some fuel. I bought some tempeh over the weekend, and had been wanting to try it out with jam. I’ve seen it so many times on other blogs, but have only eaten tempeh savory. Let me tell ya, it was a winner!

IMG_0046Tempeh with Crofters jam on a whole wheat bakery bun…it was divine!

Before Independence Day festivities, I ran some errands, and cleaning relaxed. One of my finds was some kombucha!

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This is pretty exciting because kombuchas being taken off store shelves for its alcohol content, and I grabbed the last two bottles standing at Fresh Market!

Later, we finally headed over to a friend’s house for a barbeque.

I brought red, white, and blue green cookie dough balls (Averie’s recipe) and sweet and savory coleslaw (which will be on the recipes tab soon. I’m slowly but surely chipping away at it:) )

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We had a great time at the cookout – good food, wine, and company. Actually, I should say DELICOUS food. Take a look at these kabobs (TWSS heh)

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I also tried lychees for the first time. They peel like an orange, look like a strawberry, feel like a grape after peeling (or some other unnamed object) and taste like melon!

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Pretty weird!

When it got dark, we drove over to the park to check out the fireworks.

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The show was actually pretty weak sauce. It lasted all of 10 minutes! Feeling the effects of the economy I suppose. We headed home shortly after because while many people have today off, I had a client to train at 6:00 a.m! Luckily, I woke up feeling not too shabby at 5 this morning, and headed on in, trained, and then stayed for a 4 mile sweaty tready run of my own.

Starved, I ate over night 25 minute oats.

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And then headed to the Dr’s office to get some bloodwork done *cringe*

I had grand plans of finishing my recipe’s tab afterward, but I came home to an office that looked like this:

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The husband apparently caught the organizing bug, heh

So I fueled up:

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Veggie baked beans, potato, carrot, and onion mix, and aforementioned sweet and savory coleslaw.

And am now going to go help him tackle this impromptu project.

Wish me luck ;)           

 

What were you doing on this day, July 5th, last year? I went to my parents’ anniversary party and then to another cook out! Fun times.

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Time’s a Changin’ and a PDR!

Morning all! Happy Daylight Savings Time! Remember to set your clocks ahead?

So how was everyones’ weekends? Mine’s been filled with good fun and good company!

One Friday a month I get together with a group of girlfriends for wine, shenanigans, and bunco, and this Friday was one of those nights! It was such a blast. Like I said in my previous post, it was one of the girl’s birthdays, so it gotta little more crazy than usual 😉

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Oh, and everyone loved the balls I brought 😀

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Birthday cake…that I never got a chance to try! Oh but don’t worry, there were other goodies sampled 😉
I didn’t end up winning anything, but it was a great time, nonetheless!

After a night of indulgence (i.e. glasses of wine and an abundance of sugar) I had a nice, stabilizing breakfast:

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Oat (bran) in a jar!


In the jar of goodness was:

-1/2 c. oat bran
-1/2 c. water
-1/2 c. almond milk
-1 packet of Purevia
-1 T. hemp powder
-1 banana
-About a T. of almond butter

Then it was time to get ready for a long run. The weather was rainy and about 45 degrees, so it was a bit of an internal debate on whether it was happening inside on the dreadmill or outside on the road. During the couple hours it took to digest breakfast, while I was majorly indecisive as to whether I’d run in or outdoors, I received THREE packages!

Here’s a couple of em:

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Birthday Lulu’s!

My mom got me some of the new Wunder Groove crops, and I am in LURVE with them. Two best styles combined into one, if ya ask me!

Another package was from Ryan at POM Wonderful, who sent me a case of their 100% pure pomegranate juice to sample:

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Review and experimentations coming soon 😉

After tearing into my packages, I finally decided on manning up and hitting the open road.

I used map my run to determine my route, but ended up getting a little more than I bargained for…

At what should have been the half way mark, I was already at 5 miles, and around mile 6, I ate to Clif Shot Bloks I packed in the bottom of my water bottle:

 

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And got back to my house after 8.5 miles total, 1:22:46 later I got back to my house not feeling too shabby aside from my right hip being a little tight.
Stats n Splits:

Mile 1: 9:39
Mile 2: 9:46
Mile 3: 9:57
Mile 4: 10:06
Mile 5: 9:43
Mile 6: 9:48
Mile 7: 9:38
Mile 8: 9:29
Mile 8.5: 9:02

Woot! Average pace was 9:44. Not too shabby!

And that, my friends, is a personal distance record for this girl!  Yep, the farthest I’ve run is 8 miles. This…is was 8.5 miles felt like:

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It also finally feels like running season has officially started for me. I came back with blisters and a wound (warning)

 

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Let the race season begin! 😉

After a quick shower, I made a delicious refueling Green Monster:

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This GM contained a little more ingredients than the ushe:
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 c. frozen cherries (which are natural anti-inflammatories)
-1 T. maca
-1 T. chia seeds (great for joint lubrication)
-1/2 scoop of choc. protein powder
-1 T. almond butter
-Almond milk
-2 handfuls of spinach

So good, and kept me full for a good few hours, even after a long run!

After a little laziness, the hubski and I headed out and braved the rain to do some runnin’ around town. We were on the hunt for a nice centerpiece for our kitchen table! We seriously went to about six stores looking for the right centerpiece, and finally settled on this beaute from Pier One:

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Whatdya think? Doesn’t it go perfectly with the painting behind it?! I love, love, love it:D She’s a keeper.

While we were out, I polished off this lovely bar:

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Quite the fantastic bar, if I do say so myself!

Also sipped on this as we were bumming around:

 

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Around 5, we picked up a couple Papa Murphy’s pizzas and headed home!

 

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These pizzas were for the company we had over last night! My brother and sister-in-law came down for some pizza, movie, and family time and it was a blast! While the pizzas were cooking, we just hung out in the kitchen for a while talkin’ up a storm, munching on some snacks, and sippin’ on some drinks:
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My SIL loooves Kahlua, so I knew she’d join me in an after dinner drink of decaf and Kahula + cream:

 

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We sipped on this while watching Couples Retreat. It was a pretty good movie! Kinda hokey at times, but overall, a good flick, in my opinion! It was so nice to see them – seems like it’s far and few between that we get together like this. Wish I woulda gotten a picture!

Well it’s already almost noon! The time’s a changin’ and it’s catching up with me! On the agenda for today:

  • gym with Heidi for a run and legs
  • grocery shopping
  • going through LLC and other self-employed business
  • laundry
  • floors

Yikes! It’s a busy one!! Better get crackin’ 😀

Have a beautiful Sunday, everyone!!

Which daylight savings do you prefer more? Springing ahead or falling back? I’m a HUGE fan of springing ahead. I hate when it gets dark so early! When it stays lighter later, it reminds me of barbeques, long evening walks, and SUMMER!

Is that Fish Eggs?!

Hey hey lovelies! How’s your Saturday going?

Mine’s been great! I woke up supah early around 7:00. Why so early? Well, let’s just say the hubski and I couldn’t even make it until Conan last night (we DVR’d it though.) Talk about a couple of par-tay-ers! haha

But before crashing out, we watched Valkyerie (which I really enjoyed!) and I made a fab potato soup. When I saw Angela’s Quick and Easy Potato soup, I knew I had to try it.

Pretty much followed her recipe, except added some org. heavy cream (muahaha) to the mix. Turned out deeelicious:

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The hubski and I each ate one big bowl with a several whole wheat rolls:

 

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I never typically make homemade soup, but this was definitely a winner.

A little movie and Good Eats watching, and cocounut ice cream slurping later:

 

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and we both were crawling up the stairs to hop in bed. But first, I had to try something out…

When I was at the local health food store yesterday, I picked up a bag of chia seeds from the bulk bin. I’d been meaning to pick up these critters for a while to try and make some chia seed pudding that I’ve seen around the bloggy world. Well last night before crashing out, I mixed a 1/4 c. chia seeds with 3/4 c. almond milk, some flax, and some hemp powder.

Woke up and it looked like this:

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Congealed and puddingy. Not to mention when the husband saw this, he now really thinks I’ve gone bonkers.

Even the pets gave me weird looks:

 

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I mixed in some agave, PB2, bananas, cinnamon, and granola:

 

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Deeelicious   Meehhhh not for me. I don’t know if it was the consistency, the fact that Shane said it looked like fish eggs, or the texture, but I couldn’t finish the bowl for the life of me. It might be good if I added a tad to overnight oats, but on its own – no way jose.

Since I had a full body weights sesh planned at the gym, I choked down as much as I could for fuel and then spent an hour at the gym working on legs, glutes, and upper body. Twas a muscle and heart pumping (I just wrote pumpking hehe) workout in deed.

Refueled with a grande soy half pump vanilla latte with my girl, Heidi, as we bee bopped around town, shopping for random odds and ends.

Came back, mowed on some roasted sweet potato and Quorn chik’n nuggets:

 

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These chik’n nuggets are meat and soy free and are SO delicious. Couldn’t believe it. Also had a 1/4 of an avocado on the side.

And some booch.

  

 

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Now I gotta skidaddle in to town to meet Jessica for bridesmaids dress fittings and Destiny for dinner and drinkies!

Probably won’t be able to blog lata today, so have a sweet Saturday and I’ll catch ya’ll tomorrow!

Post Over-Indulgence Practices

Hey there everyone! Hope your Sunday is going just how you want to be! Is it snowing where you are? I know some places got inches upon inches of snow! Unexpected places, even, like Virginia and Carolina’s, right? Well, inevitably, here in central Illinois, we also got some, too, but surprisingly, only a couple inches.

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Niko’s not a big fan of the snow and hates when I have her go outside to potty. She walks the perimeter of the yard, where there’s the least amount of snow.

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So one week from today, I was just getting back from my cruise. Now, I’ve already said that while I did practice some healthy habits, like working out and getting some veggies in, moderation wasn’t very prevalent in my vocabulary during the cruise, and indulgence was. However, the day I got back from the cruise, I decided to put my body in uber-healthy mode. Not only did I want to be in tip top condition for the ACE personal training exam I had last Thursday, but I also wanted to jump start my body to start getting rid of the toxins and wastes I’d accumulated during the cruise. I’m not talking about only eating fruits/veggies/juice or anything crazy like that, but just implementing a few basic habits to purify my body and get my healthy habits back.

I basically kept three things in mind the whole week.

The first one was to start each day out with an abundance of raw, leafy greens…in form of a Green Monster, of course!

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Since this was breakfast, and I needed it to tie me over until lunch, most of them were with chocolate Amazing Meal, and this bad boy:

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Secondly, I tried to eat a couple high raw meals per day – the Green Monster obviously being one of them. But to add to it, I often had big, colorful salads for lunch:

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and pretty much just added veggies in wherever possible, whenever possible.

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(veggie burger)

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(kale chips)

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on a pizza!

You get the picture.

I also drank a butt load of delicious, detoxifying liquids.

Like Kombucha!

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This stuff is amazing for you. It’s super purifying, and once you get past the acquired taste, it’s actually very delicious!

And tea!

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I also tried to get in as much exercise and stretching as I could. A nice good sweat does SO much for the body. OK, so I guess that’s four main tactics I followed, but this one I really struggled at. Last week, the majority of my time was spent studying, so my workouts tended to be intense and not very long when I got one in.

And that actually reminds me of one more…I didn’t feel like I had to eat/drink/workout perfectly! Just because you over-indulged one week, doesn’t mean you need to set yourself up for disappointment by setting rigid, impossible standards for yourself the next week. Do what you can, but don’t forget you don’t need to be perfect. Have fun!

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Do you guys do anything differently regarding eating or workouts after a long vacation? I could see how easing back into it would be beneficial to some, or to even just not do anything different at all!

Did you do anything fun this weekend? I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away! Friday night I went to the annual Girl’s Night Secret Santa with all of my girlfriends. Such a blast seeing everyone this time of year 🙂

 

Also–

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