Return of the Appetite

What a day! I feel better than I felt yesterday, which is almost 100% I’d say I’m about at 90% actually. Hopefully I’ll be back to normal by tomorrow morning.

This morning started out bright and early with a Body Attack class. My friend Heidi somehow drug me out of bed and to a 5:30 a.m. class. Did I mention I don’t have to train today until 4:30 pm? I’m glad she did, though, because it was a blast! Erika, you’re right – this class is awesome! It was quick paced, fun, and booty-kicking!

After the class I did about 15 minutes worth of back and hamstrings, but I needed food like whoa. I forgot to grab something on my way out and I was famished.

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Much bettah. Once breakfast digested, I finished out the workout with a 20 minutes heart-opening flow. And then got my work-from-home on for the BIC. It’s a deadline week, which means working more than I usually do.    IMG_0265

I’ve been craving nothing but fresh fruit the past few days, so I’ve been going with it as documented by my mid morning snack:

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A juicy (Brown?) pear. Anyone know what kind the brown ones are called? I know they’re not Bartlett…

Then I showered up and made my way to running some not very fun, but very grown up errands, like changing my oil, getting my tires rotated, and making a return. What should have took under two hours took much longer than that, but we won’t go into the boring deets.

Juice for the run:

 

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True Blood-esqe, no?

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I digress…Let’s take a minute to regroup.

Signs that I’m feeling much better:

  • I exercised voluntarily and enthusiastically
  • I put on make up today
  • My appetite is back! and my ever present appetite for spice and veggies is back!

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I hadn’t had a single vegetable (well, one that wasn’t attached to pizza or a sandwich) since Friday since I had the stomach flu, and today – I had a hankering for cauliflower!!

And see what’s on my pizza?!

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Crushed red peppaaahh!! My favorite pizza topping. I had this, plus another half slice of pizza.

And I may or may not have had another piece of Mama Pea’s pumpkin bar…

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See told ya my appetite was back 😉 Anyone know how long vegan baked goods last in an air tight container in the refrigerator? These are going on 8 days…

Well I have a client in a little bit [and a volleyball match after that – woot!!] and need to get some cleaning done beforehand!

Hope everyone’s Mondays are going OK 😀

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:

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

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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:

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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:

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Pinot and H2O.

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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!