Running with Blends

Hey there:)

I’ll start this Saturday post off by sharing with your meal one of Vita-Mix month!




Fill er’ up!




Pretty exciting, eh? 😉



This is a classic smoothie I make – a Chocolate Mint green monster. As the month progresses, my Vita-Mix creativity will too, I swear hope.

The secret ingredient is mint leaves from our garden! I love our mint chocolate plant, but it is soooo aggressive.




When I went to snip off some leaves, I had to cut it down something fierce. The mint + Vega Choc-a-Lot Shake and Go (which is now gone, sniff sniff:( ) makes a gooood tasting smoothie!

I ate this after getting home from doing the full body lifting routine I posted yesterday. It was tough, and both my quads, chest, and triceps aren’t letting me forget it this morning;)

After some cleaning, relaxing, and Glee re-watching, I started to get ready for workout #2 of the day. I usually don’t do two a days, but this was a special workout. I was meeting some Bloomington/Normal bloggers for a run/walk! 😀

Pre- run/walk fuelage:




I used one of my Arnold’s coupons from the Healthy Living Summit this year to buy a package of Fill ‘Ems, Arnold’s bun-version of the sandwich thin.






As you can see, I wasn’t able to fill it very well, but it did the job – and it was yummy! Spinach, tomato, avocado, red bell pepper, + hummus.

Then I was off to meet the girls on a running trail in town!




Laura, Lindsay, Christine, and me. Love Blogger friends! (Blends)

We all had such a great time! I had met Lindsay and Christine before, but it was my first time meeting Laura. It was so nice to meet you, Laura! My Garmin died about 5 minutes into the run (typical) but Christine let us know we ran about 3.9 miles and walked even more. We were out for about an hour and a half and the time FLEW because we were gabbing the whole time.

I kinda lost track of time, because I meant to get home by 6:00 to meet my parents for dinner!




But after the quickest shower in the world, a little spray dry shampoo, and a makeup reapplication, we were out the door. We went to Olive Garden and it was one of those nights where I just forgot to take pictures of anything, y’know? How exciting is Olive Garden really, though? We’ve all been there 🙂 But I ordered the whole wheat linguini pomodoro and had 1.5 breadsticks and some salad. And I was stuffed!

Even too stuffed to have one of Lindsay’s mom’s famous cookies she gave us today:



The husband and I started a True Blood episode when we got home, but when it ended we were both fast asleep and it was only 10:00. After trudging upstairs to bed, we amazingly slept another nine hours!! I’m never able to do that anymore, so it felt awwwesome.

Today it’s pretty rainy around here, but I’m working at the gym a good part of the day anyway, so that’s just fine with me:



I hope everyone has an awesome Saturday!!

What are you weekend plans this weekend? Aside from my 10 miler on Sunday, I hope to take it pretty easy, because this coming week is very heavy on the work-side.


**I am bound and determined to finish my new blogroll this weekend. If you’d like to be on it, and are not on my current blog roll, please let me know! (Also obviously adding everyone in my Reader:))


Glee Makes Miso Happy

Hi there!

How’d your weekend round out? Mine was A-OK 😀 Jealous of everyone who has tomorrow off, though 😉

After I left you this morning, my plans pretty much changed right away. My friend and I cancelled on each other, yet again, deciding next Sunday would be better for trying on bridesmaids dresses. I still can’t wait to see how it looks 😀 She got them from J Crew, and they’re about knee length, sleeveless, and plum-colored. Adorable.

So instead, I worked a little more on a project, and then had the hubski be my victim guinea pig, and then had him take pictures/shoot a video of me doing one of my favorite strength-moves for Janetha’s mini guest post.

I made the BEST juice ever from our Jack La Lane juicer.

The suspects:


I shook things up a little this morning. Usually I just do carrot + grapefruit. Today celery and beety came to play!


Turned out magnificently! Although the beet was rather…stainy, it produced the deepest red shade of juice ever.

Lunch was a mix of some new veggies I purchased over the weekend, and I knew I wouldn’t have time to make during the week before they went bad.

Radicchio pizza + Steamed Bok Choy:


For the pizza, I simply toasted an Ezekiel tortilla (which toast up superbly, by the way – so crispy!) in the oven, and then topped with sliced raddicchio w/ some olive oil and s&p.


Looks pretty fancy, doesn’t it? Well it tasted like feet! The recipe was from The Kind Diet, and it looked super good on the page, but I wasn’t a fan.

Apparently I don’t like radicchio. Who knew? It’s way too bitter for me. I did, however, omit an ingredient since I didn’t have it on hand, so perhaps that had something to do with it.

The steamed bok choy, however, had a different story to tell!


It was delicious! I dipped each bit in a wee bit of miso paste I made from this miso:


with a little tahini and lemon juice.  SO good. I’ve never tried miso before, either, so I was super pumped to find that I liked it.

Some of you have commented that I’ve been trying out lots of new things lately. Well, yes, yes I have. I don’t really have an explanation for it. Sometimes I just get bored, and need a little variety in mah life! I’m sure we all can relate 😀

I also finally got around to giving Niko a bath today. She’s getting groomed later this week, but I felt it just couldn’t wait.

She got in a little floor-rubbing-action before I took a blow dryer to her rat face 😀  IMG_4985

I had been having a weird feeling of anxiety all day (happens when I’m working on something important…or sometimes for no reason at all) but didn’t feel like working anymore, so when Hubski suggested cocktail hour and Wii bowling, I was so down.

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Bloody Mary for the him.

Two-handed OJ for the her.


Watered down OJ (can’t stand the full taste,) rum, amaretto.

He totally killed it in bowling. All four games. Did about 20 strike dances. Hmph!

Right after he kicked my ass for the fourth game we finished our fourth game, my parents arrived!

We had plans to do a little shopping and get some good grub.

Oh, btw, Niko is crazy obsessed with my dad.

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And I think the feeling is likewise 😉

We stopped by Von Maur, where I got a cute shirt, and two doubly cute mugs for some holidays coming up!

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I diee!! How cute are these mugs?! I couldn’t help it. Shane gets made because I’m such a mug collector. So to compromise I threw out two neglected Ikea ones 😉

Dinner was at the Olive Garden. We hadn’t been there in forever, but it’s our usual dining spot when the parental unit visits.

I forgot my camera, so behold some crappy iPhone pics:


Pinot and H2O.



Ravioli di Portabello…+ 1 bread…aaand now I’m stuffed.

Now it’s time to continue watching the Golden Globes. Glee just won best comedy/musical!! Hooray!!! 😀 I’m probably 80% watching just for Glee.

Are you watching the Golden Globes? What’s your favorite part of awards shows? The fashion, the bloopers, the presenters, the awards? I love seeing all the amazing fashion, but I typically only watch when I’m really, really rooting for someone/some group (Glee, case in point.)

Also…head on over to Katie’s blog for a shot to win your own Vitamix!

Have a wonderful end to your weekend and a great Monday morning. I just made my first batch of overnight oats for tomorrow morning. I haven’t hopped on the cold oats train, so I’ll let you know how that goes over tomorrow!