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Grade A. Good night’s sleep. In bed at 9:45 and up at 6:45.

Breakfast: Lucas made me a glass of fresh juice (mostly carrots). I also whipped up a batch of oats-to-go and ate them at work.
Today’s oats:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 and 1/2 cup water
-3 tbs rolled oats
-1 tbs oat bran
-1 tbs ground flax seed
-2 tbs dried currants
-1 banana, sliced
-1 cup of carrot juice pulp
-2 tbs agave nectar
-a generous sprinkling of cinnamon

Recap from yesterday:

-50 minutes at gym (stretching, abs, arms, legs)
-4.5 mile run home (my first run in over a week. Felt good!)

Mid-afternoon snack: Granola bar
Pre-dinner: A handful of dried currants and a few forkfuls of leftover salad
Dinner: Spinach and mushroom quesadillas….spelt tortillas with spinach, mushrooms, and shredded cheese and Lucas’s homemade salsa. I had 6 triangles and a few swigs of beer.

Green heart:
I usually eat two meals at work, so naturally, I need napkins on a daily basis. But rather than use paper goods, I bring a cloth napkin from home. Reduce that paper waste!

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Pasta Dinner

Dinner: Pasta with homemade tomato sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese
Dessert: Fage 2% Green Yogurt with Ezekiel Original and agave nectar

My Netflix workout : 40 minutes boxing moves and core work

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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.

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!

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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Mid-morning snack: 4 glorious Medjool dates.
Lunch: Salad greens with cucumber slices and celery sticks, topped with a bean salad (pinto beans, olive oil, tomatoes, parsley)….and later ham & cheese (non-organic) on homemade white bread

-45 minutes gym (abs & legs)
-Plus I plan to run home after work (4.5 miles)

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Tired, but fine

Breakfast: I made that beautiful banana bread that you see before you! I am posting the recipe later tonight. It’s super moist and flavorful AND healthy (olive oil instead of butter, honey instead of sugar, you get the idea)…..We were low on fruits/veggies, so I only had enough to make a half glass of juice this morning (a few carrots, an apple, and some ginger)…..At work, I had a couple of slices of the banana bread and a cup of tea.
Lunch: Fresh spinach topped with shredded cabbage, brown rice and zucchini, lightly heated in a skillet, and an egg on the side.

-45 minutes at the gym (stretching/abs/legs)
-Plan to run home if it’s not raining (4.5 mi)

Monday’s over!!!! 🙂

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Soup & Salad

Mid-morning snacks: 4 Medjool Dates. Absolute perfection. Delicious and satisfying.
Lunch: Salad greens with 1 chopped carrot and 1 chopped celery stalk, drizzled with olive oil. A bowl of homemade soup leftover from last night.

Gym – 15 minutes stretching/abs, 25 minutes legs, 15 minutes arms

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-Ran 30 minutes in my neighborhood hills. Saw a gorgeous sunset and some cute deer.
-My Netflix workout (40 minutes boxing moves & abs)

Afternoon snack: 2 teensy-weensy pieces of dark chocolate…and…. 4 Medjool dates. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. They taste like PASTRIES!
Pre-dinner: A large apple
Dinner: I made chicken tacos; I had two. Ezekiel tortillas topped with lemon-pepper chicken, spinach leaves, and sauteed onions. Fabuloso!
Dessert: Peppermint tea and a thick slice of banana bread

Weekend Recap:
Where did we leave off?….Here’s a nice little summary for you.

Fitness: Day off
Afternoon snack: Lucas and I shared an oatmeal raisin cookie and large coffee with half & half at JP’s Java.
Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce
Dessert: Strawberry gelato sweetend with agave nectar—made in our juicer! That juicer can do anything. Ate my gelatto while watching “Amadeus.”  I forgot how long that movie was–but it’s so good! So is the song from the 80s. We were singing it all weekend thanks to the movie!

Fitness: 10k at Town Lake
Brunch: Whole Foods: A breakfast taco (spelt tortilla with vegan chorizo, black beans, cheese) and later Lucas and I split a humongous Carmelita bar. Ooooohhhh my goodness. The best. Hands down. Ammmmazing. I love WF Carmelita bars.
Pre-dinner: Salad greens with Happy Rice.
Dinner: I made oven-roasted vegetables (potatoes, Japanese yam, onions, carrots) and Kale Chips.

Kale Chips!! Don’t be fooled by their healthy, green appearance. Kale chips = potato chips without the guilt.

Kale Chips!! Finally I know what all of those food bloggers have been fussing about.

Kale Chips are nothing short of a miracle. Basically, it’s kale (a leafy green) tossed in salt and olive oil, topped with some Parmesan cheese, and baked in the oven. After baking, they become potato chips. Basically. If you blindfolded me, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two. Honestly. Try it. Do yourself a favor. You will be amazed. Really!

Before the oven….


Light, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth salty goodness. Unbelievably tasty.

This is a recipe I got from Kath’s blog:

  • Preheat oven to about 375*
  • Use about 1 OXO salad spinner’s worth of kale (which was a stuffed grocery store veggie bag). Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets.
  • Drizzle with about 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan, Asiago or your seasonings of choice. Plus a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are brown and kale is crispy when moved in pan.

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Tasty tasty

Finally! I cleaned my workspace today in a major way. AND created a nice little space for my personal odds & ends that I keep here at work: utensils, condiments, dental care, etc! This cabinet was previously cluttered with papers and folders; I went through all of them and was able to get rid of the bulk of it.

By the way, that is NOT a bottle of wine 🙂 Well, it was once upon a time, but we converted it into to an olive oil dispenser.

-55 minutes at the gym: 15 minutes stretching/abs/core, 25 minutes legs, 15 arms.
-I also plan to run home from work, about 4 miles.

Mid-morning snack: 6 dried Cali figs
Pre-workout snack: a small yogurt with a cup of Kashi GO LEAN Crunch! Honey Almond Flax
Lunch: Salad grees with sprouted sunflower seeds and brown rice, drizzled in olive oil, and two slices of Alvaredo Street Bakery Sprouted Multi-Grain toast, drizzled in olive oil

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I’d like to write a bit longer post, but I’m just so tired right now, so I will make it snappy instead.

-Ran 2 miles with Alex and Melanie. Afterwards, we made a game plan for triathalon training. I actually don’t know if I’ll be able to do the triathalon due to a schedule conflict, but I’m going to try to keep up with the training part.
-My Netflix workout: 40 minutes boxing moves & core work

Afternoon snack: Slice of banana bread
Dinner: Grabbed something to eat at Whole Foods before we did our grocery shopping. Vegetarian taco: spelt tortilla topped with vegan chorizo, lime rice, black beans, roasted veggies and cilantro. Plus a half cup of tortilla soup–I couldn’t handle the spiciness, so I let Lucas finish it.
Dessert: Kashi GO LEAN Crunch! Honey Almond Flax. It’s really sweet, but I like that.

Remember my little To-Do list from this morning? The only thing I accomplished was work and a work out! Where did the day go? We were at Whole Foods forever….maybe that’s the problemo.

Anyway, so I’ve noticed that no matter how often or how well I tidy up the house, it seems to get cluttered the next day. So I’m trying a little something new before I go to bed: set the timer for just 5 minutes, and tidy up as much as I can in those five. I’ll test it out this week and see if this is worthwhile or not!

Ooops! Just realized I had NO fruit today. 😦

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Three cheers for Girls’ Night Out!

Happy Hour:
Apparently Sampaio closed down, so we headed next door to Blue Star Cafeteria. Uh, can I say thank you Sampaio for closing down, or else I would have never discovered the wonder that is The Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Blue Star?!?!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Imported swiss, provolone, cheddar & gorgonzola cheeses on sourdough served with apple & dried fruit chutney and dijon mustard.


Afternoon snack: 7 Cali figs and later a banana
Happy Hour/Dinner: Grilled cheese sandwich and 2 glasses of Reisling

My friend Peggy ordered this beautiful pink drink: cranberry juice with sparkling French wine. I had two glasses of the house Riesling. I should have asked the name of it—it was lovely!

After our gabfest at BSC, we headed over to see “It’s Complicated.” A cute film—lots of laughs, and I LOVE Meryl, Steve, and Alec. (Yeah, we’re on a first name basis).

Gym: Treadmill – 25 minutes jogging (6.8 mph) and 20 minutes walking (4.0 mph)

It was a fun night! I’m going to finish my cup of peppermint tea and hit the hay—so sleepy.

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