WIAW: A Day Off of Work

1 Oct


Monday: 4 miles @ 8:45 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 8:15 pace on treadmill/ Pilates

Wednesday: 4 miles @ 8:30 pace on treadmill


Today’s eats are from last Thursday. Thursday’s are probably one of my favorite days, because I get to a) run with my girlfriend Kristen and b) take Body Pump with my favorite instructor. The icing on the cake this particular Thursday was that I had the day off, so I also got to have some good eats and enjoy a nice dinner with Todd! Thanks to Jenn for the food party!

5:25 AM: Wake up, drink a cup of water and eat half a banana. Then drive to Kristen’s neighborhood to run 4 miles in the dark and hopefully not fall.

7 AM: Drink Nuun on the drive home. Get home and grab a few frozen grapes to cool off… it’s still 75 degrees and humid here in FL. Stretch on the floor with Ry girl and drink an iced coffee. I always make extra coffee and put it in a glass in the fridge so that I can have cold coffee after running.

Frozen Grapes

7:30 AM: Rinse off in the shower.

7:45/8 AM: Pumpkin Oatmeal! It’s back in full force people. I do 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup almond milk, shake of pumpkin pie spice, squirt of vanilla and 1/4 cup pumpkin puree. I like the old fashion oats, so I mix all that together and then microwave it for 5 minutes at 50% power. That way I don’t have to worry about watching (or cleaning) a boiling pot. Alongside that I had 2 dippy eggs to get some protein in. And of course a few cups of hot coffee.

IMG_20140925_091354676 IMG_20140925_092701645Dippy Egg

10:30-11:30 AM: Body Pump at the Y with my fave instructor. She’s loud and spunky and pushes you to do your best… unless you’re me and are not supposed to push yourself, in which she makes sure you’re doing just enough :)

12 PM: Get home and make a protein shake. Poor Riley still couldn’t go for a walk last Thursday, so we stuck with trying to catch lizards in the back yard. She loves it when I sit out there with her. In my shake is a scoop full of vanilla protein powder, heaping spoonful of PB2, shake of stevia, large handful of baby spinach, ice and almond milk. Peanut butter bliss without the calories. We all know I save the healthy fats for my shot glass.

Shake Outside

12:45 PM: Finally take a full shower- wash my hair, shave, you know… all the hygienic stuff, not just a rinse.

1 PM: More pumpkin! I’ve got some good Trader Joe’s stuff coming at you guys soon. I’ll kick it off with their Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli. SO GOOD. It’s slightly sweet, but only an itty bitty baby amount. It wasn’t super cheesy, but did have a nice hint of ricotta. It was perfect. Even better than Bonefish Grill’s from last year. I love the bright colors, too. I had to have some greens, so I paired it with brussel sprouts roasted with TJ’s South African Smoke Seasoning Blend <- I’m obsessed!

HoneyRoastedPumpkinRaviloi.jpg Brussel Sprouts

6:15 PM: Todd grilled us some burgers (we use lean 93/7 ground beef), green pepper/onion/mushroom kabobs and potato wedges to share. I also had some sauteed zucchini and squash, while he had baked beans. I used Trader Joe’s sandwich thins for my bun and I’ve got to say, this is the first product of theirs that I’m not a huge fan of :( They were kind of stiff and almost old-like. I’ll stick to my Arnold brand ones from here on out.

Burger and veggies potato wedges

8:30 PM: The obligatory shot of almond/cashew butter for dessert. (Yes this is a recycled picture.)

Riley Nutbutter Shot GlassHappy Hump Day my friends!

A Pretty Great Saturday

28 Sep


Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:30 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump

Friday: 4 miles @ 8:40 pace on treadmill

Saturday: Thin Mint Sprint 5k  @ 7:45/ Guardian Angels Virtual 10k

Sunday: Rest


Run The Edge teamed up with the charity group Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs to put on a virtual race. 100% of the registration fees ($5.95) go to the charity, who rescues, raises, trains, and then donates medical service dogs for many veterans returning with PTSD. In case you didn’t know, the Run The Edge team is comprised of Tim Catalano and Adam Goucher- yes, Kara Goucher’s husband. We all know I’m a fan of Kara’s, so that fact is just icing on the cake.

When I registered, I chose the 10k. Little did I know, I was working a race on the same day as the virtual race- Sept. 27. I was also given an entry to the race, so OF COURSE I ran it. The race was called the Thin Mint Sprint. Yuppers… Thin Mint like the Girl Scout cookie. As a matter of fact, the Girl Scouts put on the race and the top 50 men and women got a box of cookies! By “working” the event, I mean that I got to run the 5k and then hand out boxes of delicious cookies to runners. Pretty awesome!


I ended up placing 8th women with a time of 24:11, a 7:45 pace. I was very pleased with this time, as I haven’t run anything that fast in a long time. Sure I hit a few intervals at 7:30 on the treadmill a few weeks back, but that short and with rests, so I wasn’t expecting to do anything close to that. It’s refreshing to know that when the time comes that I can train again, I still have it in me :)

On my drive home, I pulled up next to my friend Melissa. We pulled over and said a quick Hello! I also stopped at my parents to share my race goodies…


It’s always a great day when I see my parents! (I even went shopping with my mom later in the afternoon) Once I got home, I jumped on the treadmill to finish the rest of my 10k for the virtual race (and make use of the sugar high I was on from cookie eating!). I did 3.1 miles on the treadmill in 26:31, which is an 8:32 pace. I had to get a pic of Ry girl since the Guardian Angels is a charity involving dog. They even provided a printable race bib!

ThinMintSprint.jpgYa, that’s Kara next to my bib on the treadmill. I have two pictures of her taped to the tready for motivation, haha. We had breakfast for lunch after my run. It’s never too late for pancakes. And it’s never too early for a birthday surprise! Todd will be in Taiwan again for work on my birthday, so he decided to surprise me with my present early!

IMG_20140927_150602955See that bling?! haha I’ve been wanting a diamond pendant necklace for a while now and he didn’t disappoint! I love that today was a completely random day for him to give it to me and that I was totally caught off guard. He even wrapped it all cute. Thanks, baby! I love you <3

So let’s recap my Saturday… I hung out with runners, ran a 5k and got a bunch of girl scout cookies while getting paid. I ran into Melissa and got to say hey. I hung out with my parents. I ran another 5k for a great cause. I got my birthday gift early. And most importantly, I spent most of my day with Todd and Riley. I’d say that’s a pretty great Saturday :)

How was your weekend?

 PS For you running nerds… Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record in the Berlin Marathon with a 2:02:57! WHAAAAAT!? And sadly, Shalane wasn’t able to break Deena Kastor’s American record of 2:19:36 BUT, she PRed with a time of 2:21:14… not to shabby if you ask me :)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

24 Sep


Sunday: Rest

Monday: 4 miles @ 8:34 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:17 pace outside/ Pilates

Wednesday: Rest



Buy one get one free LaCroix sparkling water at Publix. I love a good BOGO. I’m a pretty big fan of LaCroix- even if it is super carbonated- and this was my first time trying the peach-pear flavor. Ehhh. I could take it or leave it. I probably won’t buy a whole case of it again, but it’s good on occasion. Riley photo bomb!

IMG_20140921_165922848Marker selfies… as Addy like to call them. Check out my shirt by the way. RUN HAPPY!!!


More Publix bliss. I usually get the fresh ground PB from the deli, but they were out at BOTH Publix’s I go to, so I resorted to their glass jarred all natural PB, which only has peanuts and salt, and was PLEASANTLY surprised! The deli PB is JUST peanuts and I like how this one has salt :) And who ISN’T excited about pumpkin galore?! Looks like I’ll have a lot of pumpkin oatmeal/pancakes/bread in my near future!IMG_20140917_172707257IMG_20140923_073156781


Reaching the bottom of BOTH jars of nut butter- almond and cashew. Always have to have a picture of Ry girl :) Don’t worry… there were more jars in the pantry. This girl can’t go a day without her beloved nut butters!

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Taking a shower and reaching for the towel when you’re done, only to remember that you never got them out of the dryer. Wah wah.



The after effects of eating a WHOLE butternut squash. I love love love roasted butternut squash, but I’ll tell you what… It makes me BLOATED!


Not realizing that something you thought was only 100 calories was actually 600 calories AFTER you finished eating it. Ugh. Not gonna lie, I had a mini panic attack. I mean, it was good, but not 600 calories good. I’m usually such a good label reader, but in my moment of hunger when I picked up this spinach pie, I didn’t realize the misleading nutrition facts. Never again.


Having to shove pills down your precious dogters throat for 2 weeks. Riley is fine with taking a pill every once in a while, but 2 pills, twice a day. She wasn’t having it. It was so frustrating. After several days of struggling with her, we finally figured out a way to get her to take them- putting them in pieces of bread covered in PB.


The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. There you have it. Tell me something good, bad or ugly from your week!

Someone Slept in the Living Room and Someone’s Turning 4!

20 Sep


Thursday: 4 miles @ 9:07 pace outside/ Body Pump

Friday: 4 miles @ 8:30 pace on treadmill

Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:33 pace on trail


Remember how I told you Riley had to get 4 staples and a larger cone?  Well, as you can see in the “pre-surgery” picture below, our bed is raised and Riley likes loves to sleep under it. It’s her safe place. Her “home.”

IMAG2206She already couldn’t fit underneath it with the first cone, but then she was given a larger cone and couldn’t turn around in our room without hitting everything.

IMG_20140908_184555122IMG_20140917_075100542Can you see the size difference? All the banging from her cone kept keeping me up at night and I’m already a light sleeper. One night, Todd said he was sleeping in the living room on a mattress pad with Riley with the door to our room closed.


What a sweet guy! I seriously got a GREAT night sleep. The things he does to make me happy :)

The weekends before Todd leaves for Taiwan are dwindling down and we’re trying to make time to see everyone before he leaves. He’ll be gone for our niece Addy’s 4th birthday, so we decided to watch her for an afternoon as an Uncle Todd/Aunt Heather play date. We went to the community pool in my SIL’s neighborhood and had a blast!


They have an awesome slide that we slide down a million times (seriously) and did cannon balls and swam all afternoon.


There were some older girls doing cheerleader stunts and Addy wanted to one up them, so she stood on my shoulders and jumped off…

AddyJump.jpgWe had a blast! We also got lucky, because it was raining ALL. DAY. the previous day and there was 60% rain/thunderstorms predicted. Lunch time rolled around and the birthday girl wanted chocolate chip pancakes for lunch. With her help, we measured the ingredients, mixed them together and made a yummy breakfast for lunch! We colored some Barbie pictures and called it a day. I think she had a great “pre-birthday” :)

And THIS girl (me) had a great run this morning. I was going to run on the treadmill, so I slept in. When I woke up (7:32AM) I looked at our thermometer and because of all the rain and clouds the day before, it was 73 degrees out! At 7:30!!! Todd usually sleeps until 8:30-9AM on the weekends, so I wrote him a note letting him know I was running on the trail and what time I left and headed out for a great run. Granted it was still 90% humidity, the temp was cooler and made for an awesome run. I can’t wait for nicer weather!

Happy Weekend :) :) :)

WIAW: An Opening Shift

17 Sep


Monday: 30 minutes on stationary bike/ Body Pump

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:15 pace outside/ Pilates

Wednesday: Rest


Here’s another What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) for you! Thanks to Jenn for hosting the foodie party! Today I’m highlighting what I eat on a day that I open at work. The stores hours are 10-7 during the week and I get there at 9:45AM to open the store and get everything ready. This means I have to leave around 9/9:15. Some mornings I’ll run before work, but on this particular day I didn’t. I “slept in” until 7:15 and brewed a pot of joe! I’ve been doing half Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee, half decaf to minimize my caffeine, but still enjoy my beloved coffee.

Chicory and Decaf coffee

After two cups of coffee, watching the news and browsing the web, I took Ry for a quick walk and showered off before having two eggs on a piece of toast and another cup of coffee :)

2 eggs and toast

Once I got in, I had a oatmeal in an almond butter jar made with 1/3 cup of oats, 2/3 cup almond milk and about a tablespoon or so of AB left in the jar.

AB Oatmeal JarIt was a slow day and I grabbed my snack early. Some kettle corn popcorn and lightly salted peanuts. Sweet and salty.

Popcorn and peanuts

 My snack and lunch pictures were taken at home before I packed everything up. After my snack and a few customers later, I had lunch…

Plum, Fage, Bulgar Work veggies

A plum, 2 % Fage Greek yogurt, 1 cup cooked Bulgar wheat and zucchini/squash and green beans as veggie sides. A well balanced meal :) But no meal is complete without dessert…

Pumpkin DlitesI met Ashley up for a DLites date after work for some delicious Pumpkin Pie ice cream! Yes that’s a large. Fun fact- I always get three flavors when I go here, so I also got chocolate and espresso. I sat in traffic on the way home thinking about what to make for dinner. I decided on something chicken…

Chicken Marsala and greens

I whipped up chicken marsala with mushrooms. Mine was over asparagus and collard greens and Todd’s was over rice. Again, I’ve got to have some kind of dessert, so I went with a nut butter combo shot glass. I don’t think I’ve told you guys about the Trader Joe’s cashew butter I recently found. It’s uber delicious and I love mixing it with their almond butter. Just a bit of the AB adds a nice texture and saltiness to the cashew butter.

Nut butter shot glass and RileyAnd that’s a day of my eats! Of course there were a few snackage items that aren’t pictured, but I tried to capture the main items/meals I eat.

Do you have to have a dessert after every meal?



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