WIAW: Getting in Early

4 Mar

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This week I’ve had to get into work a lot earlier than usual, so I started off my morning with a pre-breakfast of an egg over easy. It was quick to make and eat and put a little something in my belly.

Egg over easy

Early Morning espresso. My boss recently got a Nespresso machine and I am in love! He also bought the little pods you use, similar to the whole k-cup thing, which is awesome. They come out to about .70 cents per cup, so on the “expensive side” if you ask me, but REALLY good! I was definitely awake after this cup!


Breakfast= Greek yogurt and zoatmeal. Same ole same ole here. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I semi froze the yogurt and added TJ’s coconut creamer to my zoatmeal, so it was super creamy and delicious.

Frozen Greek Yogurt Zoatmeal w coconut creamer

Morning snack. A smallish organic gala apple from Trader Joes. I’m loving the organic apples lately, SO much tastier.

Chicken Salad for lunch. In the mix is romaine/spinach, roasted red peppers, feta, chicken, banana peppers and light ranch dressing.

Chicken SaladWith a side of avocado! My paleo coworker walked by as I was eating this and gave me a big high five, haha.avocado side

Snackage: PB & J. DUH!


Winner winner Thai Green Chili Chicken Dinner! I sauteed some cut up chicken in the Trader Joe’s sauce I got back on this trip and served it over a cup of brown rice with left over green beans. I needed some more green to go with this meal, so I cooked up some mustard greens. I’ve been eating a lot of kale and wanted to switch up my greens.
TJ's Thai Green CurryMustard GreensObvs I had to finish the night off with a nut butter shot. Look at those layers :) Homemade almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, and PB. The whole thing is about 3 table spoons. Three tbsp of healthy fat goodness!

Nut Butter Shot

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Weekendness and Emotionalness

1 Mar

I think every Sunday post starts this way, but that’s because I’m predictable and obsessed with Body Pump. I had some pancakes for B-Fast before heading to Body Pump. It was a great class because my old Pilates instructor was the instructor. I say old, because now that I have a big girl job I can no longer go to her 10am Tuesday class, in which I used to be a regular and as Todd would say, the teachers pet. (PS reading that linked post makes me both happy and sad.)

I was going to stay for Yoga afterwards, like I did a few weeks ago, and I did go to the class, but again I left early. It was toooo yoga for me. We were looking out of a tiny window at the rainy sky and breathing. I get it. I’m sure it’s important, but I’d rather sit at home and stare outside with Riley. Just sayin. I DID however, go home and do an online Yoga for Hips. I REALLY enjoyed it, but Riley just wanted to play!

Riley Yoga

The weather was super crappy on Saturday and my mood certainly matched. I had a cry sesh with Todd (well, Todd didn’t cry, haha) about all the babyness. I’ve read so many blogs about people who stop running, gain weight and boom get pregnant. Nope. Not me. About people who have to gain weight and they just love their new body and “don’t mind the extra at all!” It makes them feel more womanly. NOPE! Either they’re complete liars or they are much stronger than me.

fun images, funny, monkey, meme

Let me tell you guys, it hasn’t gotten any easier. I still get upset about how unfair this all is. I still feel uncomfortable with the weight gain. I know I’m not fat, but I just don’t like the way I look. I gained 15 lbs of FAT, not muscle. There’s a huge difference. The pic below is NOT ME, but is a perfect example of weight gain I’d be fine with vs the weight I’ve actually gained.

I’m not saying all this for sympathy or to get compliments that I look fine- Todd, my family and friends have that covered ;) I’m just saying writing it so that if anyone else is going through a similar infertility issue, they can read the truth and know they aren’t alone- as stupid as it sounds. Sometimes it just feels good to complain to people who understand. Do I feel crappy all the time- no. It’s not even most of the time, but I’d be lying if I said it gets easier.

If you’re still reading… THANKS FOR LISTENING! Sorry for all the complaining and emotionalness of this post. I guess the closer we get to the injections and actual process, the more the time actually seems to be slowing down and I just think about it more. Moving. On…

On Sunday, I ran few miles on the trail to test out the Achilles/heel. Instead of my usual Asics 2000’s, I wore my Mizuno Wave Riders. The heel cup is different and it felt fine. I didn’t want to push it and do anything long, so hopefully this little run didn’t set me back. I made sure to ice it after.

Heel Icing

Don’t laugh at my set up! I used junk mail coupons to keep the “sweat” from the peas off of the chair. Classy.

The rest of the day consisted of food prep for the week, household chores and dinner at my parents, per usual. Grilled chicken salad for the win.

Grilled Chicken Salad

What “ness” sums up your weekend?

Stupid Heel, Pre-Breakfast, Core, Bulls Eye

27 Feb

Happy Friday! Today I present to you some of my favorites, and not so favorites, of the week. Let’s start with the bad and end with the good…

Before Gasparilla, I broke in a new pair of shoes for the race. Granted, I only put 10 miles on them, but they are the same shoes I’ve worn for years and have never had a problem.

New vs Old Shoes

Not sure if it’s the shoes or something else, but ever since the race, my left heel has been bothering me. It doesn’t hurt when I’m barefoot or in sandals, but even just walking around the house in my shoes puts pressure on it and it hurts.

I ran on Tuesday and it hurt (not painful, but more uncomfortable than it should be) for the first .25 miles and then felt OK… until I stopped. Not cool. I ended up walking Riley this week with the heel cup pushed down so it could heal.

No heel

This really pisses me off and puts me in a crappy mood because in a few weeks, when I start injections to get preggers, I won’t be able to run or workout. Not to mention, I was going to meet up with Stephanie again this weekend for a run.

I really wanted to get as much running in as I could before starting the whole pregnancy thing and this has really derailed that plan. I’ve pushed through injuries one too many times and know I need to play it smart and let this things heal. UGH!!! OK. Enough of the pity party. Moving onto the positives…

Pre Breakfast Avocado

So the above happened for pre-breakfast on Thursday. I woke up extra hungry and polished off half an avocado before heading to work.

I came across this Dirty Dozen Core Routine for Runners and wanted to pass it along.


A co-worker of mine had a bunch of these Bulls Eyes candies at her desk. I took a few because they remind me of my childhood summers when we’d go to North Carolina. I love reminiscing and these certainly brought back good memories. And yes, my sister is in my phone as Shalane- her real name is Kristin. And I am Kara. It’s our thing.

Bulls Eyes Candy

And lastly, the website Playback.fm will tell you what song was #1 on the day you were born. Pretty neat!

See other people’s Friday Favorites HERE.

What’s your favorite thing from the week?

Unconventional WIAW

25 Feb

It’s questionable whether or not a WIAW link up will be posted today, but in the spirit of the food party, I figured I’d do an unconventional WIAW with some random eats and treats.

Let’s start out with Sunday Family dinner at my parents. This was similar to a dinner a few weeks ago, but it’s baked chicken, green beans and roasted cabbage, onions and carrots.


Found these little munchkins on sale at Publix. SUPER good. And addicting. I like the chocolate to filling ratio in bite sized candies.ButterfingerPBCups.jpg

My poor little dogter has been sick :( She woke up two nights in a row with diarrhea (luckily she made it outside before going!) and threw up twice (on our brand new carpet). I was sent to THIS WEBSITE by a co-worker about certain foods that might help, so I made Ry Girl a yummy dinner of: 1/2 c WHITE rice, 1/2 c BOILED chicken, 1/2 c water, 1/4 c pumpkin. She freakin LOVED it and didn’t have any diarrhea that night! Maybe it’s a coincidence, but who knows?!
RyStomachFood.jpgI really like this new to me La Croix flavor! I “stole” it from my parents on Sunday. And this Guava Goddess Kombucha- so good! I also tried the Cranberry one and it was just OK.

LaCroix Kombucha

I saw these cut up veggies (mushrooms, onion, tri color peppers) at Publix and thought it was a pretty good deal since they were fresh (not a fan of the particular veggies frozen), pre chopped and $2.69/lb. Most peppers are more than that and while it looks like there’s a lot of mushrooms, that’s just on the top. Mom- is this a good deal?! Anyways, I sauteed it up with a chicken sausage and ate the whole package myself :)

Prechopped Veg

I also tried my hand at a protein mug cake using the Summer Berry protein I got from MyProtein, which gave it a nice fruity flavor. It’s easy to make and packs a good amount of protein. Still don’t see what the huge fuss about these are though. Recipe below.

1.5 tbsp. coconut flour
1 tbsp. protein powder
1 tbsp. apple sauce
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. egg whites (about 1 large egg white)
1 tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

Spray a microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add flour, protein powder, baking powder, and sweetener if u wish. Mix well.
Add egg whites, almond milk, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons water. Stir until uniform.
Microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds, or until set.

Nutrition: 125 cals, 16g protein

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Gasparilla 15k & 5k Recap

22 Feb

Let’s start this recap off with the expo Friday. I was able to leave work early and meet up with Mary and Grant (her adorbs 11.5 month old). It was great seeing her. Just as Grant was getting fussy, Stephanie arrived and we made our way around the expo, grabbing free samples and talking about race paces.

Stephanie ExpoSee all the white on the walk behind us? Those are the names of all the runners!

Gaspy NameI’m on there twice because I’m double awesome. Just kidding. Kind of ;) After the expo, I headed home to walk Riley, start dinner and go to bed early. The 15k started at 6:45AM Saturday morning and I planned to get there around 6AM so I had time to use the restroom, because inevitably, I have to go more than once. This means I had to get up around 5AM. All that being said, I was able to fall asleep by like 9:15, which on a night before a race is unheard of because I’m usually full of nerves. Awesome. Until…

Chirp! (2 minutes later) Chirp! (2min later) Chrip! And so on. The freakin smoke detector was dead and beeping. Of course it was the detector that’s on the highest vaulted ceiling. UGH! Needless to say, I listened to that darn chirp all.night. and got barely any sleep. I got up, had a cup of coffee, handful of blueberries and 1/2 cup oatmeal (no zucchini ;) ) made with water and a small spoonful of peanut butter mixed in.

The race started without a hitch and we were off at 6:45AM with 10-15 mile per hour winds and a chilly 50 degrees. The wind definitely made it colder than 50. I decided to just run by feel and while of course I looked at my watch, I didn’t let that dictate my pace. I ended up negative splitting and getting a time of 1:12:39. A 7:48 pace.

I changed my clothes and grabbed a banana before heading back to the starting line for the 5k. I again decided to go by feel and wound up with a 23:25 time. A 7:32 pace. My race paces weren’t too shabby considering my lack of training. While they weren’t my best times, they are something I can be proud of given my current situation.Finished Gasparilla

I didn’t mention the best part… My parents and Kristin and Rich surprised me and came out to cheer me on. My dad was about .2miles from the finish and yelled out “Finish Strong!” Something he used to always tell us when were kids and practicing for soccer. I say that to myself at the end of every race and it meant a lot coming from him :) And just like at Space Coast in 2013, Kristin made signs for me. I love when my family comes out to support me <3

Columbia Restaurant Post Race Food

Freshly pressed REAL Cubans from the Columbia Restaurant, buttered Cuban bread and the perfectly soft chocolate chip cookie. SUCH good post race food. Oh, and coffee… Cuban coffeeeeee. Plus I had a donut, that I intended to give to my dad, in the car on the ride home. #fatty #allthefood #runnerperks  Now that I’m on Instagram I’m allowed to hastag everything right?! (JK)

Gaspy Bling

Did I mention my top 10% Age Group Finisher mug? That’s the best bling… the kind you can take in public, haha. Later that night I met up with Marissa to see the McFarland USA running movie. It was super cute AND a true story.

MarissaI just want to give a shout out to all my ladies and men (FLRunnerBoy) who ran Gasparilla this weekend. Marissa and Jolene, both speedy pants, ran the Challenge- 15k, 5k, 1/2 marathon, 8k. Stephanie ran the half and PRed!!! And of course, my cute parents… Like last year.

Mom n Dad Gaspy

Hopefully ya’ll had a great weekend, too! Random, but after this weekend, here’s my fave hashtag… #IneedtogetpregnantsoIcanrunfastagain

What were you up to this weekend?


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