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I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump. Gone are the days of posting thrice daily. Quite frankly, it consumes precious time and energy, and let’s face it: it’s not exactly the most interesting material.

But I can’t just give it up. I still want the message of my blog to be out there: live well, eat whole & organic, and be as green as you can be. Maybe the direction of the blog will change, in fact I’m pretty sure it will, but for now, I’m forging ahead. I just might not cover as much distance as I did in the previous months. We shall see.

Food:
Breakfast: Two fried eggs with mozzarella cheese and two slices of toasted baguette topped with olive oil, parsley, and garlic
Snack: Two whole carrots; raisins
Lunch: Whole grain toast with crunchy peanut butter, one slice topped with Jan’s jam and the other topped with honey

Fitness:
Friday….went to the gym and later ran 4 miles after work
Saturday…..soccer game. We didn’t have any subs, so I played the whole game. This old lady was tired!
Sunday….plan to go on a run. 4 to 8 miles, not sure yet.

I’ve put on at least 5 pounds in the past few months, exercising less and eating more sweets.  Ellen, what gives? I have no good excuses. So I’ve created a little challenge for myself. I was going to call it the Lose Weight, Look Great Challenge or something like that, but that’s lame and overdone, so I’m going to call it like I see it….

The “I’m-28-and-have-not-had-kids-so-if-I-can’t-look-hot-now-when-will-I-ever?!? Challenge”.

I don’t want to get all crazy with a diet. I just can’t do diets. Don’t like them, don’t support them, especially for someone that is not technically overweight. Basically, I’m focusing on two things: I am trying to make my exercise more consistent and frequent. Everyone thinks I work out all the time, but that’s not true. Maybe 3 days or 4 days a week? Time to step it up. The second thing is cutting back on the ice cream, chocolate, etc. So far, so good. (It’s day 3 of the challenge).

Wish me luck!

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Mood:
Z is for Zombie

Food:
Breakfast: Oats-to-go. Today’s oats had:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 cup water
-1/3 cup soy milk
-3 tbs Ezekiel Original
-2 tbs rolled oats
-2 tbs raisins
-1 tbs creamy peanut butter
-1 small banana, mashed

TGIW.

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Mood:
It’s bad. Stay out of my way.

Food:
Breakfast: Oats-to-go. Today’s oats had:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 cup water
-splash of soy milk
-1 tbs oat bran
-2 tbs Ezekiel Original
-2 tbs raisins
-2 tbs rolled oats
-1 tbs creamy peanut butter
-1 banana, mashed

Really. I’m in such a bad mood. For your own good, stay out of my way.

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What a day! Is it really 10:00 pm?

Fitness:
Ran 5 miles

Food:
Breakfast: Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal w/ raisins
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 and 1/4 cup water
-1 and 1/2 tablespoon rolled oats
-2 tbs Ezekiel Original
-2 tbs raisins (not counting the tons I ate while making the oatmeal)
-1 tbs creamy peanut butter
-1/2 large banana, mashed
Being the classy lady that I am, I ate this straight out of the pot as I was rushing around getting ready.

Lunch: Leftover spaghetti topped with a simple homemade tomato sauce and pureed spinach

Dinner: Famished after my run, I avoided snacking and hopped in the shower for quick cold one. Brrr! The gas services man should be by tomorrow, which means we will FINALLY have hot water and a working stove and oven (we’ve been cooking on a portable single burner, the one I use at work)….The L-man had dinner on the table as soon as I was done. Good timing! For dinner, I ate three veggie tacos (spelt tortillas topped with sauteed green peppers & onions, wild rice, fresh spinach, and homemade salsa. Sooooo good.

Green heart:
This one is on Lucas. We had to take one of our cars in for a repair. Instead of taking two cars and driving back together, Lucas did a major Green Heart and went solo, taking the bus on the return and then later to pick up the car. Got to give him props.

Yesterday recap:
Fitness: 1 hour kayaking (leisurely); 2 hour hike on a 3 mile trail
Food:
Breakfast: Whole grain toast w/ creamy peanut butter
Lunch: Two huge blueberry pancakes at Magnolia Cafe
Dinner: Lucas made whole wheat spaghetti with a homemade tomato sauce, topped with freshly grated parmesan. I wanted some greens with my dinner, so I pureed some fresh spinach leaves and added them to my dish.

Buenas noches!

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Mood:
Content

Food:
Breakfast: A cup o’ tea and a toasted onion bagel with two generous tablespoons of creamy peanut butter. I almost never eat bagels anymore, but I do love them, and when I saw the rows and rows of bagels (cranberry, chocolate chip, jalapeno, honey oat, you name it) staring at me from behind a glass case at Central Market, I had to take a couple home. I adore the onion & peanut butter combination. This stems from the days back at home when my Dad would buy the Blue Light Special onion bagels at Super K-Mart and would slather them with crunchy peanut butter. It’s a weird combo, but my tastebuds are in love.

Yesterday recap:
Lunch: Half of a leftover brie & smoked turkey sandwich, half a cup of chicken tortilla soup, a side of butter & sugar sweet potatoes.
Snack: Apple slices topped with creamy peanut butter and raisins.


Dinner: Half of a pork fajita burrito and chips and salsa at Chipotle
Dessert: Candied pecans and half of a chocolate wafer; tea

Fitness:
Nothing since Wednesday (I’m counting moving day as a day of mega fitness)….I plan to go on a run today in the new ‘hood! The big idea was to go for a run this morning, but I just got so into unpacking…aiming for the afternoon now.

Green heart:
Makes my heart flutter: Chipotle shares not only our food philosophy but also a love for Mother Earth. I snapped this photo, although my operation was soon shutdown by an off-duty employee….”Chipotle doesn’t want to have pictures all over the place.” Whatever, man. It’s called free publicity! Don’t you know I have thousands following this blog? Well, maybe it’s more like four people, but whatevs….I still love you, Chipotle.

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Mood:
Excelente. I got such a good night’s sleep, and that makes a world of difference in how my day goes…I went to bed last night at 9:15, and got up at 6:15 this morning.

Food:
Breakfast: Fresh juice and later whole grain toast topped with peanut butter, and a cup o’ tea.
Mid-morning snack: Hot mocha
Lunch: Leftover Happy Rice, lentil salad, garbanzo salad.


Dying to know what I’ve been dining on the past day or so? Were you lying awake at night, wondering?

I know, I know.

So here’s a (partial) recap!

(Note: That goo in the jar isn’t a science experiment. It’s breakfast. I ran out of to-go cups since I’ve been running home from work and leaving everything behind. The jar sufficed, although it didn’t keep the oats as warm as my travel cups do).


Not pictured: SMS Cake!

Fitness:
Tuesday- Ran 4.5 miles home from work
Wednesday- 55 minutes at gym
Thursday- I plan to work out after work…we’ll see!

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Mood:
A-
I’m so well-rested! I was exhausted last night and fell asleep early for once!

Food:
Breakfast: Lucas made me a fresh juice. I’m not sure what was it in exactly, but probably carrots, orange, apple, celery, ginger…..I made a batch of oats-to-go for work:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 and 1/4 cup water
-1/4 cup milk
-1 tbs crunch peanut butter
-1 cup carrot juice pulp
-2 tbs Ezekiel Original
-1 tbs agave nectar
-a sprinkling of cinnamon



Recap from yesterday:

Food:
Dinner: a handful of pistacchios and Fage Greek 2% yogurt with 3 tbs Ezekiel Original and a very generous drizzling of agave nectar. Too tired and not that hungry, so this was the perfect dinner.


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