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What a great day! I met up with Liz, Kate, and Kate’s adorable baby Daniel at the farmer’s market, then we walked over for a coffee at Progress. I treated myself to a hot mocha; it was good! Some mochas are either too heavy on the chocolate or else the coffee is too strong; this one had the perfect balance…..Then I went for a nice, long run at Town Lake. Running really clears my head, and I had a lot of thoughts that had to be cleared today. Thank goodness! It was a beautiful day too, sunny and blue skies, and a strong breeze…..I wrapped the outing up with a quick trip to Whole Foods for various items. I think I’m getting a little jaded, because going to WF isn’t as fun as it used to be. Austin has the BEST WF in the US, but we’ve been going there so much lately that its charms are starting to wear off. Oh no! I still love it, but maybe the honeymoon phase has run its course.

Today was kind of weird with the meals because of the timing. I never really had lunch, and I’m about to go play an indoor soccer game, so I don’t want to have dinner yet. I did have a snack to tide me over. I plan to eat a BIG salad when I get back!

8 mile run at Town Lake.
Next up: indoor soccer game (40 minutes–no subs tonight! 1 sub, thankfully!)

Lunch: Esentially, it was the hot mocha.
Post-run: 7 dried Cali figs
Early evening snack: Cup of Fage 2% with a teeny bit of Ezekiel Original and rolled oats, and a generous drizzle of agave nectar

I brought some plastic vegetable bags and containers from home and “reused” them for my purchases at WF.

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Somehow, today turned into a day of doing nothing. It was supposed to be a day of doing something. Lots of somethings. I had a lot of somethings to do. What happened?

Post-breakfast: I had a tiny bowl of greek yogurt with agave nectar and again..straight from the jar….2 tbs of PB! Oh, and I think a square of the orange-chocolate worked it’s way in somewhere.
Lunch: Two eggs over whole grain toast, with a side of salad. I ended up not eating the salad. It seemed to complicated. Or not complicated enough. I don’t know. I wasn’t feeling the greens.

Warning: graphic image below. One of the eggs was severely injured in the cooking process.

Post-lunch: A cup of greek yogurt drizzled with agave nectar and a couple of tbs of Ezekiel Original. Later, some Happy Rice. And a cookie. Lucas has just brought me a small snickerdoodle cookie. Thanks. A lot.

So you see…it’s not an unhealthy eating day. It’s just random. And not the best. No fruits, no veggies (except for the carrot at breakfast). I’m just not into that at all today. Maybe dinner will see a change?

None. Not into that today either, apparently. 🙂

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Me, that’s for sure. It’s 10:34 and I’m zonked. I can barely keep my eyes open to write this post. Trust me, once I finish I am hitting the hay. So zzzzzzleeeepy.

Afternoon snacks: A couple of dried dates and 2 tbs of peanut butter straight from the jar. How I love PB.
Dinner: 1 whole margherita pizza from Mandola’s. Sooooo good. The crust is  paper thin and the cheese is BARELY existent…I have to justify my whole pizza somehow!!!

60 minutes of toning exercises at home

Good night!

Oh, and I almost forgot—
Dessert: 1 serving of orange-flavored chocolate. Really good. I forget the brand. Got it at Whole Foods. Have you been to their chocolate section? Pretty darn great…..Hee, hee. One serving makes it sound so small….in reality, 1 serving size is half the bar:)

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Buenas noches

Day off

Afternoon snacks: Large apple; Ezekiel Original with soymilk and chocolate chips(!)
Dinner: Soup with squash, carrots, celery, onion, sweet potato with a chicken-based broth
Dessert: Greek yogurt with agave…and more chocolate chips. Chocolate chip overload today. I was feeling a bit too “snacky.”

We watched “Rudo y Cursi” on Nextflix.com. Like Gael Garcia Bernal, it was cute….Keeping up with subtitles before bedtime–a little tiring! Best to watch this movie when you are wide awake!

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The Evening Post

Yawn. That 5:30 wake-up call is catching up to me.

Dinner: Lucas made a delicious vegetable quiche. Really, the man is amazing. He made the whole wheat dough from scratch! Am I lucky, or am I lucky?

The quiche had leeks, green onions, eggs, and corn (frozen).

I had 1/4 of the entire quiche. And I wolfed it down because I was anxious about something. When I’m anxious, I inhale my food. Not a good habit! But, it brought me one step closer to…

Dessert: I just finished off the milk chocolate bar from last night. I’ve been a dark chocolate girl for many years, but this milk chocolate is growing on me fast.

I’m on an ongoing quest for good chocolate—do you have any recommendations?

Combined my commute with my work-out today! I ran 4.5 miles home from work. A dog tried to bite me, but luckily he only managed to slobber on my shorts. Whew.

Green heart:
I took the last of the bottled waters out of the cabinet as I was setting up for a meeting at work. The bottles had been sitting in a cardboard box, which was wrapped in a big piece of plastic. I chunked the box into the recycling bin, and was about to trash the plastic, because I didn’t think it would be recyclable. But then I decided to check just in case, and it was! So I saved the plastic to take home to recycle, since I’m pretty sure they only recycle plastic bottles at work.

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El vino did flow

If you can tell me what character from what t.v. show said that, I will send you a treat! You will be my hero if you know!

How does linguini with meat sauce sound to you? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It sounds pretty darn good.

Afternoon snack: Tangerine & a couple of dried Cali figs
Dinner: Linguini with meat sauce, by Lucas. And a glass of wine.
Dessert: We were thinking Amy’s Mexican Vanilla, but we’re too stuffed. I’m sure I’ll manage some chocolate before bedtime. I now have a gourmet stash! Yipee!

Note: Ever since we saw Food Inc. (oh, the horror!), we’ve  been buying grass-fed beef or beef that comes from reputable ranches (i.e. Niman Ranch). If you haven’t seen Food Inc, I highly recommend it! 🙂

Note: Yes, I did manage the chocolate, before I even finished this post. Scharffen Berger Extra Rich Milk Chocolate.

Gym-45 minutes of strength training (upper body & lower body)

Green heart:
This is the stack of paper that I keep at work to reuse. I save every little sheet of paper that crosses my desk (the luckies get a second life!)

Unless I have to print an official document, everything I print goes onto a paper that was once printed on before.

For example:
This flyer for a study abroad program in Mexico….

……has been reincarnated as a Facilities Use Request!! Thrilling!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Looks like everyone and their dog decided to join a gym for their New Year’s resolution! The gym was packed tonight. Granted, it was gym rush hour, but still. Lots of peeps. Good for them!

-40 minutes on the treadmill: 5 minute warm-up jog, 30 minutes at 7.5 to 8 mph, and 5 minute cool down jog/walk.
-5-10 minutes of ab/core work: 3 x 20 on the ball, 3 x 30 second face down planks

Afternoon snack: Slice of banana bread and a cup of green tea
Post-workout snack: 2 dates and 2 figs. I should have had an apple–didn’t get much fresh fruit today.
Dinner: Quibebe. I should have had a salad, too. Nothing green today.
Dessert: 3 assorted chocolates. I wasn’t really even craving sweets. But I knew the box of choco was there. So…

Quibebe recipe:

1) Cut a medium-sized butternut squash into large cubes (pumpkin is ok too). Place cubes into a large pot, fill with water until it covers the squash half-way. Heat on medium heat until tender.
2) Remove from heat. Scrape out the squash “meat”
3) In a large pot, sautee 1 chopped onion until tender and golden. Add a bit of salt.
4) Add squash to the sauteed onions. Optional: you can puree the squash before adding it to the onions for a creamier texture.
5) Heat over low fire. Stir occassionally until mixture is relatively smooth.
6) Optional: add 2 cups of corn. You can used canned corn kernels, frozen corn kernels (prepare first as directed), or fresh corn kernels. Stir, then season to taste with ground pepper and cayenne pepper
7) Add 1.5 cups of grated cheese. Mozarrella works well, but be sure it’s not “fresh” mozarella. It should be a low-moisture mozarella. 8) Mix well. Let cheese melt a bit, or a lot if you like it nice and creamy.
9) Continue to heat over low fire until mixture, mixing occassionally. Add a handful of chopped green onion. Salt to taste.
10) Heat over low fire 10-15 minutes more. Serve hot. (It’s good at any temp really!)

Lucas makes this dish. It’s one of my faves.

Green heart:
It was cold and dark by the time I got to the bus stop after my gym workout. Lucas offered to pick me up, but I turned his sweet offer down. The bus was going towards home, what’s a little wait? (Plus, why waste my hubby’s time?)

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