Happy Dance, Happy Dance!

Hey hey! Sorry I missed my morning post. As you could probably guess, I was running late. Again. Which kind of perplexes me, because I just told my boss I’m going to be changing my schedule. Instead of coming in 7:00-4:30 M-Th and 7-11 on Fri, I’ll be working 6:30-4:00 M-Th. and 6:30-10:30 Fri. My reasoning? Well, 1., it’s getting darker earlier. I want to be able to leave work and go for a run when it’s still light out in the winter. And 2., all the good classes start at 4:30 at my gym, and I’m sick of missing them! Sounds good enough for me 😀 But I digress..

Dinner last night was leftovers as I predicted. With so much yummy food in the fridge, we just couldn’t have anything else. Shane requested leftover steak, in which I turned into steak quesadillas:


And I reheated the Pork and Slaw dinner from Monday night:

Reheater


And a yummy side salad with tomatoes, goat cheese, and Goddess dressing.

Drool face.

Then I was SUPER STOKED to find this lying on the table when I got home:


Yay!! My first issue. I did a little happy dance (happy dance, happy dance – Baseketball anyone?) when I saw it:D

In fact, when I woke up today, I put it to use by doing a little runner’s yoga by following the stretches in this article:


Then had an awesome Green Monster with spinach, kiwi, pineapple, plain yogurt, and ice and almond milk.


The tanginess of the yogurt added a wonderful taste to the monstrosity.

Once I got to work, I had my most favorite breakfast EVA. Bananaberrybutter oats + flax. but my picture did a disappearing act on my camera, so use your imagination. Or just go here 😉

That’s some yumtopia right there.

Oddly enough as usual I was a hungry beast today, and was grumbly just two hours later, so I busted out some strawberry Chobani:


It was really good, though I’d still love to try out the new flavors that are no where to be found!

Then came the highlight of my day! My company has one day each month where they have a “Walk Around the Lake” for the “Live Well Be Well” program there. I managed to sneak out over lunch with my friend Missy for a quick loop around the lake (1.6 miles.) It was such a nice day and it felt great to get up and move. Plus, they were giving out free loot!

You know I like free T-shirts!


Holler!!

Lunch was a wrap that, let’s face it, we’ve seen before this week (a couple times, yes?) and then a few meetings later and I was ready to try out my Dark Chocolate Amazing Grass SuperFood bar.

I was a little hesitant, since the last bar I tried wasn’t too tasty. However, this bar was excellent! It was even better than the peanut butter chocolate one I tried last week! I gobbled it up and felt perfectly satisfied:)

Currently, I’m trying to motivate myself to walk a few steps over to our workout room to do some strength-training. Motivator: I get to watch Gossip Girl while pumping ze iron.

Question: Who do you go to when you just need to vent or spew out your problems/daily occurrences to? I go to my mom. She usually has something profound to say, to make me realize and see the big picture, or she sympathizes when I need sympathy. She’s pretty good at it 🙂 And when she’s not, she just let’s me vent.

My Monday Night Pork Me Ups

Yesterday wasn’t too bad for a Monday, I gotta say. I left work almost two hours early, because I finally got to the doctor’s to see what’s wrong with my ankle. More on that in a few..

While at work, I was very productive and plowed through my tasks. Notable snacks include this banana:


It’s notable because it’s been in my banana keeper (above) for three days, and looked the same as when I put it in there as when I took it out! This thing is seriously awesome. NOt only does it keep your banana from getting banged around and squished while transporting it in your purse, but it keeps it fresh longer! On the banana was some Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter. Yum 🙂

Also this Amazing Grass Berry Bar:


I really wanted to like this, I did. But I just didn’t. The peanut butter one is really good! But this one wasn’t so great. The first Amazing Grass product I didn’t care for!

So I left work around 3 to go to the doctor’s office. They took x-rays, which I’m sure is procedural, and nothing came up – no stress fracture, so that’s good 😀 However, the doctor told me I have tendinitis. He looked at my feet and said I stand on the outter edge of my right foot, which is definitely causing the ankle pain.

This made me pretty mad since the girl at Often Running told me I had a neutral stance and gave me cushion shoes. Thankfully the second time I went there, the manager helped me, and actually took the time to watch me run and listen to me and gave me the opposite of cushion shoes! Urgh…Always ask for the manager if you want to be sure I guess.

So a pair of orthodics and a px to an anti inflammatory later, and I was out the door. It could have definitely been worse. The doctor said I didn’t have to stop running:D However, if the orthodics and Px don’t help, then I do:( *Please please please help.*

Luckily, straight from the appointment, I was going to a 60 minutes full body massage. Hells yeaa-aahh! That felt sooo good. My friend Trina is a masseuse, and I haven’t let her work on me before, so I was super pumped. She did an AWESOME job. She even massaged my face! Wow, I feel 1000 X’s better. Anyone in the central IL area looking for a massage? Contact me and I’ll hook you up 😉

I didn’t end up getting home until about 7, but I was determined to make another recipe from The Food You Crave.

On tonight’s menu:….

Apple Glazed Pork Chops and Slaw!

The meal contained two portions – the pork chops and the apple cole slaw. I’m pressed for time at the moment, so I can’t type out the complete recipe, but the cole slaw had a slew of ingredients and it cooked in the stove:


Sooo good. I was a little hesitant – especially if Shane would like it. Alas, we both devoured it.

While cooking, I had a little of the edmamame hummus I made on Sunday. This stuff is seriously SO damn good.


I cooked the chops on the stove, too – about 3 minutes per side. Then after the cole slaw was cooked, I put the choppies back in the pan, and smothered them with the slaw to kick up the flavor a notch. The result? Nothing short of complete and delicious AWESOMENESS:


Actually, that’s Shane’s plate. I thought his was prettier than mine. I had about half of this – but the same ingredients – and the whole glass of wine 😉

After dinner, Shane and I settled in down in the theatre for what will be our Monday night tradition this fall. We watched One Tree Hill! I didn’t know that Lucas and Peyton would be gone, though. That’s kinda weird. Oh well, Peyton kind of bothered us anyway, and Lucas, well, he’s a d-bag in real life. What? He is!!

What show are you super pumped for this fall? I’m also excited for Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives. Yay! 😀