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WIAW #24 and Running After Work

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Happy WIAW!  I hope your week is going well.

I started my day off Monday with a delicious green smoothie, I served it up in a nice big mug/bowl and added some Ezekiel 4:9 cereal and blackberries. It was thick, creamy and good!

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Lunch was a big bowl of salad goodness.  Romaine, spinach, grape tomatoes, red onions, dried cranberries, raw almonds, crispy fried onions sprinkled on top and dressed in a light honey mustard dressing.  Yum, Yum!

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For an afternoon snack I grabbed a mango from my desk fruit bowl.

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I took my workout clothes to work with me and changed before my drive home. My thinking was that it would save me the time of changing once I got home and I would be more motivated to workout if I were already dressed for my workout.  It worked, I went for a 4 mile run, I struggled the first half mile or so, but once my body warmed up I was feeling good.  It’s amazing how running even after a long day at work can give you an energy boost. I felt so good after my run, but I think running in the early mornings is my favorite time to run, it gives me energy to face the day.  After my run I took leftover veggie pasta, mixed in meatless italian sausage sautéed with onions, tossed with alfredo sauce and sprinkled on some nutritional yeast for the smokey flavor.

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After dinner I did some blog reading and had a very good nights rest.

Check out the other WIAW’s at Peas and Crayons.

Question of the day.

What time of day do you like to run?

WIAW and Spring on Holiday

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Happy WIAW!  Spring took a little holiday Tuesday here in Texas. Just the night before I was running in Nike shorts and a sleeveless top. Tuesday it was cloudy, cold and windy.   I started my day with a banana protein smoothie and when I arrived at work I had one cup of coffee, (not pictured).  I made a rice paper veggie wrap tucked inside romaine lettuce with a side of baby carrots, grape tomatoes and lemon pepper hummus.  During the afternoon I snacked on blackberries, chopped mango and a banana with lots of water.  For my dinner I made a kale, baby bellas, vegan cheese and ground flaxseed scramble, scooped inside lettuce. I spiced it up with red pepper flakes.

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Before bed I did 8 minute arms and 8 minute abs

 Feels like the longest 8 minutes during both of the workouts.

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Have a great WIAW and visit Jenn at Peas and Crayons for a peak at more WIAW eats.  Thank you Jenn for being a great host.

MIMM #2 and Headache Free

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Welcome to another Monday!  I hope you all had fun this weekend, Saturday I lounged a bit and I started to pull clothes from my closet to donate, but I became so overwhelmed I decided to go for my long run.

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  I had planned to do a loop, run out 4 miles turn around and come back to make 8, but as I was approaching the 2 mile mark I was starting to feel tired, weak and my head was beginning to hurt.  It ended up being a 4 mile run instead.  I prepared a fruit bowl of non-fat greek yogurt and blackberries when I got home and after a shower I had a great big salad, and my energy level was coming back, but I still had a huge headache.  I was determined not to take any meds for my headache, because earlier in the week I took them and ended up with a killer stomach ache.  Finally after drinking lots of water and eating a sunflower seed butter and banana sandwich, my headache went away. THAT WAS MARVELOUS.  When I was training with Tean-In-Training the coaches used to always say “stick to what works for your long runs “, but Saturday I had Eggo pancakes instead of my old trusty oatmeal.  I know every run won’t be a good run, but I think I have learned my lesson to fuel my body adequately before my runs.

Sunday was a much better day, every third Sunday my daughter and I volunteer in our church nursery caring for infants  and toddlers.  After returning home, and doing an interval workout, I  made coffee smoothie with leftover coffee, chocolate flavored protein powder, frozen banana and chia seeds.

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Marvelous was my Sunday lunch of roasted potatoes topped with salsa, cheese and greens, SOOOOO tasty.

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Marvelous was Sunday dinner my daughter begged me to make because she loves the cute little noodles.

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Be MARVELOUS in your Monday!

A big thank you to Katie @Healthy Diva Life for hosting MIMM.

Question of the Day.

For all the athletes, what do you use to fuel your body before and after workouts?


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Great Use of My Veggies

Hi, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and staying safe, especially those of you in the northeast area under so much snow.  I used to live in Denver, Colorado and I loved the beauty of the snow, I just didn’t like traveling in it.

Well on to the subject of this posting.  Some of you may remember that some of my goals for 2013 was to be more organized, less wasteful and to use recyclable bags when shopping.  Last weekend I went grocery shopping and I remembered my shopping bags, I had my list and I stuck to it.  For some reason I become like a kid in a candy store around produce.  I have to admit, a lot went into the cart, that wasn’t on my list.  Yesterday I was faced with the task of deciding what to do with the unused produce.  Some of it was chopped and sliced and put in the freezer.  The remainder of the produce, zucchini, red, yellow and orange peppers, tomatoes, onions and poblano peppers, I chopped and tossed with some seasoning, some Chilpotle Mexican hot sauce and roasted them in the oven.

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Also roasted and smashed some fingerling potatoes.

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Tossed some fresh baby spinach on top of the smashed potatoes.

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Topped the baby spinach with the oven roasted veggies sprinkled with nutritional yeast. (you could also top with cheese if you like).  It was so delicious.  I call this my potato bowl.

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For Sunday lunch I took the leftover veggies and made an open-faced sandwich, topped with cheese. It was placed under the broiler just long enough to melt and brown the cheese. I must say it was a marvelous lunch and a wonderful use of some great produce.

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The question of the day.

 Is there anyone who sticks to their grocery shopping list.