The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Running Well, Wedding Bells + Internet Hell August 16, 2009

Yep, that pretty much sums up my weekend.

Let’s start with the good stuff – I got up at 7am bright n’ early on Saturday morning and ate a nice carb-heavy pre-run meal consisting of a 1/2 cup Special K with 1/2 cup skim milk and a chocolate chip granola bar.  There is no better running fuel than pure white carbs.

Then, yours truly did what she has NEVER done before – run 16 miles!

The first 9 miles went well despite the Minnesota heat and humidity.  I made sure to make frequent water stops (also stopping to splash water on my head to cool down) before returning back to my friend Ashley’s where I popped 3 Clif Black Cherry Shot Bloks and some Diet Cherry Pepsi (don’t judge).  Then Ashley headed out with me to finish the last 7 miles, and my other friend Megan joined us for the last 3 miles.  My friends are seriously the best :).

In the end? The run went AWESOME.  I finished in my marathon pace of just under 10:00 minutes/mile, equaling about 2 hours and 40 minutes.  I seriously think I could have gone even further. It was that kind of glorious running day.

post-run Pomegranate Paradise Jamba Juice (with soy protein)

post-run Pomegranate Paradise Jamba Juice (with soy protein)

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Indian buffet of love from Whole Foods...with a Cilantro Chutney Samosa!

Seriously…if I could marry Indian food I would.  Shhhhh, don’t tell McMac I am cheating on him ;).

After lunchie, it was off to IKEA –  ummm, holy anxiety!  Soooo many people, soooo many things to look at and tooooo little time.  Luckily, I had my trusted Meggy Moo in tow.  If this isn’t a friend, I don’t know what is:

on the floor checking the unmarked chair for a price...that is love right there

on the floor checking the unmarked chair for a price...that is love right there

Then, I gussied myself up and headed off to my girl Charlotte’s wedding!  Charlotte and I studied abroad together in college in London, and we’ve pretty much been soulmates ever since.  LOVE that girl.  I also got to see Brittany (who also studied abroad with us) for the first time in years.  LOVE that girl too.

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Hobag, CharChar Binks and Brittho (our nicknames)

started with a red vino...

started with a red vino...

then continued on with a berry spinach salad...

then continued on with a berry spinach salad...

followed up by some vegetarian ravioli...

followed up by some vegetarian ravioli...

and finished off with turtle cheesecake and a brewsky!

and finished off with turtle cheesecake and a brewsky!

Yeah, that’s right.  My girl Char had a plethora of CHEESECAKES at her wedding instead of regular ol’ wedding cake.  That is reason #4,276 that we are friends.  Brittho and I may have split an additional piece of Key Lime Cheesecake.  Just sayin…

a lil' bubbly to toast the bride and groom

a lil' bubbly to toast the bride and groom

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fabulousness all around

Did I mention Charlotte also had a photo booth AND late-night pizza?  Reasons #3,231 and #6,121,989 we are friends.

two slices of veggie pizza were most certainly devoured

two slices of veggie pizza were most certainly devoured

When I got home, I crashed harder than Lindsey Lohan’s career.

After almost 10 hours of glorious sleep, I woke up to coffee and a lovely chat with Ashley.  Then, right as I started contemplating eating Ash’s carpet, it was 10:30am and time for me to meet another fabulous lady you all know – Ms. Angharad!

We met at the Uptown Diner…looks like a total dive from the outside, but inside you will find such fabulous delicacies such as this…

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tex-mex breakfast burrito (Angharad)

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french toast kamikaze-style (aka with bananas, blueberries & pecans) para moi

After brekkie, I skedaddled back on the road (wasn’t I just driving?) back to Madison.  Five LONG hours later, I arrived safely.  After successful shopping trip #2 at the co-op (including a free coupon for a French Meadow bread product and a bottle of organic agave syrup – score!), I made it back to my apartment to find the Internet still not working.

WTF?!?!?!?!

I can’t handle this.  ATT is apparently coming on Tuesday to fix it, but that means another two days of paying for coffee at the cute coffeeshop for free Wi-Fi.  I guess there could be worse thangs…

green ap + peppahjack stick

green ap + peppahjack stick

emergency stash of almonds was consumed when i hit mayjuh traffic

emergency stash of almonds was consumed when i hit mayjuh traffic

Ah, home sweet home.

After getting really frustrated and angry speaking calmly with the Internet peeps, I needed a snackie.  Enter in perhaps, my other new love (sorry McMac AND Indian food :()

i am a firm believer in dessert before dinner

i am a firm believer in dessert before dinner

Ingredients: organic coconut milk, organic agave syrup, organic pineapple, organic pineapple juice concentrate, organic coconut extract, organic rum extract

One word: AMAZING.

look at those pineapple chunks of love

look at those pineapple chunks of love

After dessert, I had dinner…

mixed greens
cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado
1/3 cup cumin-spiced black beans
1/3 cup mild salsa
1/4 cup sliced green pepper
crushed blue corn chips 

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Mexican Fiesta Salad

And a lil’ calcium for (more) dessert…

i think the barista gave me Vitamin D milk...decaf iced chai was still yummo

i think the barista gave me Vitamin D milk...decaf iced chai was still yummo

I just scrolled through the post and realized it’s practically a marathon long, which by the way, the Twin Cities Marathon is in T-minus 49 days.  Eeeeeeek!

Bloggy thangs I still have planned (even if they are taking uber-longer than I expected):

  • Marathon training post
  • Holly Investigates… post (It’s been 75% done for like three weeks now!)
  • Two exciting announcements
  • Updates

Hang in there my children…mama WILL eventually get there!

Now, I am downing the rest of my drank and gettin’ down to read some bloggy love!  Say a prayer for my Internet por favor and have a relaxing Sunday night!

 

Highlight of the weekend?  Put it out there peeps!  Mine was probably the amazing run on Saturday morning and the pictures Char, Britt and I took in the photo booth.  They were epic.

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The Perils of Peanut M&Ms May 18, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,Thai — Holly @ 20:14
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I think the title of the post says it all…but you’ll see the chocolate in a bit :).

This morning, I started out with one of my faves which I haven’t had in awhile…a BREAKFAST COOKIE!  Using Fitnessista’s genius recipe, I concocted a strawberry coconut cookie using berry acai hemp protein powder.  Strawberry + coconut = heaven.  With a cuppa joe & skim milk (not pictured)…

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Unfortunately, this didn’t hold me over as long as I hope so I was just forced to enjoy this new, delicious Larabar a little earlier than usual…Peanut Butter Cookie!

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I don’t know how Ms. Lara does it, but this tasted soooo much like a peanut butter cookie!  Each flavor I try tastes so much like what it is supposed to be but still uses under 6 ingredients and is soy-free, gluten-free, raw, unprocessed, etc. etc. etc.  If you haven’t tried these yet, you must!  They are a bit expensive but just think of it as a healthy treat!

Lunch was a semi-repeat from last night…Italian-style chickpea burger with cherry tomatoes and a cocktail of my TJ’s raw chocolate chip cookies (made with vegetable extracts!) and the last of my Black Mission Figs.

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After lunch, I took a nice 30 minute walk in the GORGEOUS weather.  It was sunny and warm…finally!

For some reason, NOTHING was filling me up today.  There are certain times of the month where this just happens and ya gotta give in.  My stomach started grumbling about 2 1/2 hours after lunch, so I kind of snacked all through out the afternoon.  First up?  The last of my TJ’s Raisin Pecan bread

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An hour later it was a perfectly juicy, sweet and delicious mango

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Then another hour later, it was two handfuls of these babies…

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Peanut M&Ms are seriously one of my faves!  Once I start, I often just can’t stop, which I why I try to stay away from them and enjoy in moderation.  Today I knew they would hit the spot, so I dug in and voila!  they did!  These suckers are easy to down so I kept it to 2 handfuls and planned on a healthy, nutritious dinner.

When I got home, I headed off for a 3 mile run.  I kept the pace slow (about 10:00/mile) and took her easy.  My legs were still feeling a bit fatigued from Saturday.

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I actually got back last year from teaching English abroad in Thailand.  In other words, I had a hankering for some Thai!  I used the yellow Thai curry sauce I got from Trader Joe’s, I sauteed sweet potato, onion and tomato in canola oil and garlic.  Then I added the sauce and served it over the Lentil Biryani Rice pack (also from TJ’s), topped with cilantro and coconut.  Oooohhh…it was just spicy enough and HIT THE SPOT!

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Now I am sipping tea, finishing watching some good trash TV – Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelorette.  This gal is in definitely need of a rest, so I am kickin’ back tonight and enjoying!  Hope you do the same!

What is your favorite guilty pleasure TV show to watch?

P.S.  I know there was no edition of Holly Investigates… today, but no worries, it’s on its way!

***Update:  Since I was up kinda late (for me at least, haha!), I had a spoonful of almond butter right out of the jar (1-1.5 tbsp.), just like I did when I was a kid!