It’s just a material thing

Sorry kiddos for being MIA last night. I had a little incident that threw me off. I lost a very nice earring that my husband got me for my birthday. :cry: I had a rough day at work and was on my way to the gym to relieve some stress and realized that one of my earrings was missing. Of course the next half hour was spent walking over and over around my work, checking every inch to see if it fell off my ear. No luck. Walked all over the mall and the farmers market where I’ve previously been. No luck. I definitely felt tears forming in my eyes and desperately just wanted to get home. No gym. Losing this earring made me really upset. I know my husband spent a lot of time, trying to pick the right gift for me, and I really loved these earrings! I wore them almost every day. But instead of crying I decided to think about all the things I’m happy about. I’m healthy; I have a husband who loves me, great family and friends. And I have you guys :) This earring is just a material thing. It can be replaced (not that it will be…). As upsetting as it is, it’s not important in the big scheme of things. So I made dinner ;)

Dinner was part of the CEiMB installment. On the menu for the night: Ellie Krieger’s mexican tortilla pizza. I actually made the black bean dip the night before. Planning ahead worked out well since I was still a little shaken up by this lost earring thing. I omitted the onions from the dip, and added cheese to the “pizza.” I told my husband we had pizza for dinner. There was no way in hell I could omit the cheese on this one. Treaky, Ellie. Don’t omit the cheese next time you present us with a pizza recipe :lol:

The husband’s 2 “pizzas”

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Mine:

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The black bean dip is definitely the star of this! It’s quite yummy. The jalapeno added a nice dimension to the dip, without being overpowering spicy. We have a bunch left, which I’m sure will be gobbled up with some tortilla chips. :)

REST OF THE DAY’S EATS:

Man this breakfast was delicious! I planned to have some yogurt with the leftover nutty topping for breakfast but waking up to a freezing cold house, I was craving something warm. The solution? Combine the 2! :D

Breakfast: 2 Nature’s Path wildberry buckwheat waffles with Barney Butter, oikos plain organic greek yogurt, Maine organic blueberries + nutty topping

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I love how the Barney Butter is oozing out. Rocking breakfast!

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Lunch: leftover almond crusted pork with brown rice and Asian cucumbers

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Remember these guys?

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These little beasts definitely tasted like cucumber. As you can see they were quite seedy and spiky. The skin was also quite tough and a little bitter. I didn’t have too many of them. A little too intense for me :)

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Dessert: Flour Bakery banana chocolate bread pudding

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I was in the hood by Flour Bakery during lunch, and decided to stop by to get a tiny cookie. I almost had a heart attack because I just couldn’t decide what to get. At the end the banana chocolate bread pudding jumped out at me, although now I’m dreaming of just about everything else I saw there. Not good. I savored this guy throughout the day but to be honest I’m now feeling guilty about it. :( Too many super indulgent treats lately, and at the end I didn’t even make it to the gym! I’m going to try to eat a little cleaner today, and try limiting the crazy indulgent treats to once or no more than twice a week. I haven’t gained any weight yet but I know these can add up.

Pre-workout (that never happened) snack: 100 calorie pack of pistachios

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Post dinner snacks: 1/2 FFL cinnamon raisin english muffin with pb

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+ roasted almonds:

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Have you ever lost a material thing? How did you handle it? The first thing my husband looked at when I told him I lost something was my hand. I guess it could be worse (although my ring is insured…) :D

Cake for dinner

I’ve been dreaming of a creamy cake for days now. Not sure why. I always crave sweets, but a cream filled cake is typically not my favorite. I prefer flourless chocolate cakes and dense brownies (the more chocolate you can pack into 1 bite, the better!). The worst part about this craving is that I didn’t have a specific cake in mind. There seemed to be no easy fix to this problem, since I also had no intention of searching for the perfect recipe and baking for hours to satisfy my crazy sweet tooth. And then the stars aligned… I happened to be in the neighborhood of my favorite bakery, Tatte. The second I realized this, I knew what was for dinner: cake! :mrgreen:

Not just any cake – a chocolate mousse cake (read: creamy = exactly what I’ve been craving!!!)

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My guess is that this is white and milk chocolate mousse, covered in a rich dark chocolate ganache. There is also a bottom little chocolate crust with nuts.

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Absolutely perfect with a skim decaf latte!

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This slice of cake was actually gigantic! I drew a line on top where half of it was, and made sure to save that half when I got to the line. I also only drank maybe one half of the latte. Too much of a good thing. While enjoying my cake, I found a fun magazine:

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Can you think of a better way to spend an evening when your husband is out watching football with his friends? I can’t!! ;)

OTHER EATS

Breakfast:

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Looks like my usual Food for Life english muffin with Barney Butter and organic Maine blueberries, doesn’t it? Today there was a special little twist to my breakfast… cinnamon raisin FFL english muffin! Can you see the raisins hiding in the dough? Loved this kind too!

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Mid-morning/pre-workout snack: 2 Ryvera crackers with toasted almond dessert hummus + 1/2 pear:

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Lunch: mixed greens, roasted beets, pulled chicken, cucumber, goat cheese and cranberry salad:

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Lots of great flavors going on here:

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Mid-afternoon snack: 1/2 Koka Moka Pro Bar that I got at the Summit

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I’ve seen these bars on blogs before and REALLY wanted to try them. At 360-400 calories, the bars are meant as meal replacements, packing a lot of nutritional punch on the go. There are lots of oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate in this guy. I loved all the chocolate chunks and the almonds but overall found the bar to be a little weird. The seeds with the oats made for a strange chewy consistency and I thought they were a bit bitter. I may buy this bar if I’m away from home, in a hurry and really need a meal in a bar, but I won’t voluntarily buy these for snacks (only eating 1/2 at a time of course). Just my opinion :)

Lastly, I got a little hungry later in the night and wanted a savory snack. I guess cake for dinner doesn’t totally work ;) I made a half ham and cheese melt (with a little dijon mustard).

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Say cheese! :grin:

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I’m off to do some foam rolling. My muscles are SORE. Took a power yoga class today that wasn’t particularly hard in general but kicked my butt legs. My foam roller came with a little video I think I’m going to watch to learn some fun stretches with that beast. I’m just so wild when my husband is gone! :cool:

Cake may not be the most nutritious choice for dinner, but I ate lots of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats and whole grains during the day (+exercised) so I thought it was important to satisfy my craving so I could stay sane. :D How do you feel about cake for dinner (on occasion)?

Finally running again

I finally ran again!!!!!!!! It felt absolutely amazing. As promised I took it very easy, pace wise, and there were a ton of walking breaks. This was basically a run/walk/run kind of a run, and it was exactly what I needed. My new running buddy Molly (who I seriously think I can no longer run without!) and I were just chatting the entire time. It’s been 3 weeks since we saw each other last so we had lots to talk about :) I apologized a few times when I had to take breaks to walk but she was super understanding and just said she wanted to have fun. We certainly did that and I’m SO proud of myself. I ran/walked 11 miles (average speed 10:57) + walked probably another 1.5 miles during warm-up and cooldown. That’s a lot of miles covered for someone who just recovered from the flu. I’m just amazed at what my body can do. Yay!!!!!! (PS – when did running become so fun?! I can’t get enough of it!!!)

Pre-workout breakfast: 1 ww toast with Barney Butter and 1/2 banana + coffee

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During the run I had 1 Clif shot block (strawberry flavor). I thought the flavor was really delicious (like strawberry preserves in a block) but the texture was not at all was I was expecting. I was expecting a firm gummy bear type thing, but this thing was sticky!! Really sticky. I don’t bring water with me on my run and this was a problem right away. The second I put that thing in my mouth I instantly started mentally thinking about where I could buy water. Thankfully there was a gas station only a few minutes away. I don’t know if it was the shot block or the fact that I didn’t push myself very hard, but I had plenty of energy the entire time. I’m looking forward to having more of these on my next run. I will make sure to have water with me, though. Otherwise it’s not pleasant :lol:

Post-workout lunch: grilled zucchini, eggplant, roasted beets, tomato and goat cheese paninis

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I grilled the veggies while getting for the run in the morning. A little planning goes a long way. This was exactly what I wanted after recovering from the run -  lots of warm veggies + goat cheese. Mmm :D

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Then Adam and I continued our sofa bed hunt (I think we’re getting a fancy futon) and I got a sugar craving. Wow that never happens ;) I got a craving for a very specific cookie from When Pigs Fly when I realized we were in the neighborhood of the bakery, but they were out of it :( I had to get a different cookie – chocolate heath bar and this guy was nearly the size of my head!!

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This cookie was actually kind of dry. It wasn’t bad, just not great. I ate it throughout the day, and at the end finished it. Not sure if it was worth the calories but I was a hungry monster all day so whatever (I burnt ~1300 calories during the run/walk!)

Mid-day snack: oikos, peanut butter granola + organic berries (raspberries, strawberries, Maine blueberries)

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Open wiiiiiiide

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Dinner: CPK wild mushroom pizza (on thin crust)

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I swapped a slice of my mushroom with my father in law’s chicken bbq. Yummy :)

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I ate 1/2 pizza at dinner, and then another 2 slices as a late night snack. The pizza seriously doesn’t taste unhealthy although I know it’s still caloric. Does running so much justify all this food? Probably not. I was listening to my body, though, and fed it. I’m cool with that.

At night, a little champagne was also consumed (I only had a few sips)…

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… and a few caramel filled milk chocolate turtles:

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Plus some roasted almonds and pecans (unpictured). No more nuts straight out of the bag. That’s a new rule in this house. Dangerous habit.

Do you run by yourself or have a running buddy? Which one do you prefer? I just love chatting with Molly during our runs – it makes the time fly by. Most of the time I even forget I’m exercising! :mrgreen:

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