Company is coming!

I’m super excited because my mom and aunt are arriving tomorrow!  We are SO lucky that we have multiple visitors lined up over the next month.  I have not really met many new people down here in Atlanta yet (that is a hazard of working from home I guess) so it will be great to have some family and friends come and stay with us for awhile.

As far as training things are going well and actually align really nicely with my visitors.  Tomorrow I have an easy run which I can do in the morning before heading to the airport to pick them up.  Friday is a rest day and Satruday is just a 3 mile pace run so I should be able to cross that off the list early in the morning before we get started with our day.  Our last long run of the training cycle is  Sunday and is 12 miles.  I have to drop my mom and aunt at the airport late morning so we can do the run later in the day which actually will be good practice for the race since that will be 5:30pm start.

I honestly am getting kind of burnt out on the speed work, etc. and will be looking forward to some nice, easy miles in November! Remember – Pile on the miles – not the pounds!

Yes - it's true!

Yes – it’s true!

OK – I made up a new healthy recipe.  I wish I would have taken pictures as I was assembling but wasn’t really think it was something  I’d post.  i was just playing with random stuff in my kitchen.  It turned out good though so here it is!

Eggplant/Quinoa Casserole

  • 1 C Red Quinoa
  • 2 Baby Eggplant, cut into about 1X1 inch pieces
  • 2-3 mushrooms, Chopped
  • Approx 1C tomato sauce
  • Approx 1 C water
  • 1 TBL Italian Seasoning
  • 1teaspoon Sea Salt

Combine in mini crockpot on high for about 2 – 2/12 hours or until Quinoa is cooked and vegetables are soft.   Then eat and enjoy!  Super healthy, zero added fat, high in fiber and FABULOUS!

Eggplant Quinoa Casserole

Eggplant Quinoa Casserole

 

 

Long time no Blog!

I’ve been so not good about updating here!  Life has been crazy and there was a minor emergency but all is resolved and good now!

What’s been up the last 3 weeks?  Well workouts are mostly getting done with the exception of 2 missed runs.  We have also been doing a few things with our rental house as far as updates and painting a tragically ugly bathroom.  The time/money investment was totally worth it even if we are only here a year.  Proof is below in the form of before and afters:

Before

Before

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We are also working to get things done as my mom and aunt are arriving Thursday!  My mom in no uncertain terms said she wanted a margarita since she has been avoiding them while on her weight loss quest (she is down 10 pounds and back to right where she needs to be – go mom!) so Tony and I took this seriously and tested out some margaritas for her.  Here is the LARGE – it can also be utilized for bicep curls:

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Lexy has homecoming this weekend and Athena has a horse show – my mom’s timing is perfect to be able to see this stuff – we didn’t specifically pick this date for her trip to coincide with these things but the universe is putting it all together for us!

Finally – check out Run Eat Repeat for the “Piling on the Miles” challenge.  The goal is to Pile on Miles rather than pounds during the month of November!  I’m signed up for 100 miles in November and excited about the accountability factor!

 

 

Guest Interview – The Friendly Fig!

Happy Wednesday!  I’m excited to have my first GUEST INTERVIEW on the blog today!  I want to introduce you guys to Bianca and Sara from The Friendly Fig!

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I came across their blog and LOVED that in addition to food they had great posts about cruelty free fashion and vegan tips.  I’m excited to try a couple of the styles from the Cruelty Free Boots post and Tony drooling over the recent Vegan Donut post (I’m sure we will be recreating those delights soon)!

I asked and they answered – enjoy!

Tell me a little bit about your blog:

Bianca: I’ve been a writer all my life, and starting a blog was always on my list of to-do’s! Once I became vegan, I noticed how much I posted pics of my food – because let’s be real… you can get pretty creative in a vegan kitchen! I finally decided that I wanted to share that with more than just my friends and family. I wanted to spread the word and show people that veganism and a plant-based diet is not hard, nor boring! My #1 hope is to inspire, and hey, maybe encourage a few people to make the change.

I’m also interested in much more than veganism, so I like to consider The Friendly Fig a lifestyle blog. There will be fun, style, inspiration, health tips… all that good stuff! I have also recently finished a novel, which will be included on the blog in the *near* future. Very excited about that!

Sara: Bianca approached me about helping with The Friendly Fig earlier this summer. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as I had recently decided to cut most animal products out of my diet. I find that the blog has helped keep me accountable. Plus, Bianca’s recipes are really delicious :)

What has been your favorite post so far?

Bianca: Of my posts, my favorite recipe is Vegan Apple Cider Donuts, so I’d have to go with that one! For Sara’s, she just wrote this passionate & incredible post on what it means to be vegan, and why it’s okay to cheat. I love this! While I have been strict on my vegan diet, I think this appeals to a wider audience, as a lot of our readers are not vegan, but may be interested. It’s all about doing the least harm and most good!

Sara: I got pretty passionate during my post about cheating on veganism. The vegan community is not at all what I expected, in both good and bad ways. The support I got for that post really helped me see that I’m doing the right thing.

5 words that describe you:

Bianca: creative, passionate, kind, witty, dedicated

Sara:witty, passionate, pragmatic, cultured, traveler

What would you do with a million dollars?

Bianca: Invest!! Pay off loans, travel, and donate to The Humane Society International: Be Cruelty Free Campaign, Save the Whales, and the Born Free Foundation.

Sara: Invest and travel the world!

What is your dream job?

Bianca: A full-time blogger, of course! Well, that and a best-selling author. Crossing my fingers!

Sara: I’d love to do something with dogs. Whether that’s training, running a shelter, or just dog walking, I’m all for it. But I’d really like to do something where I’m saving the lives of dogs and educating people about the horrors of puppy mills, animal cruelty, etc.

What big goal of yours scares you yet inspires you?

Bianca: To become a best-selling author. I finished my first novel, and am ready to start my second. So, I guess that is what scares me! Writing another novel… so scary to start on a blank canvas, but so so inspiring. The possibilities are endless.

Sara: I want to live all over the world, and that’s terrifying because I don’t know people all over the world and it’s hard to make friends, let alone deal with language barriers! But I think it’s so important to get out there and see everything this world has to offer.

Do you have a favorite quote:

Bianca: “It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” – Joaquin Phoenix

Sara: “If you don’t like where you are, change it. You are not a tree!”

Favorite quick snack:

Bianca: A Smoothie Bowl – so pretty and delicious! And I am going to share my favorite recipe with you guys :)

Sara: Apples and peanut butter for life.

Sarah and Bianca are also all over Social Media so check them out!

AND in addition to the bomb dignity interview that they agreed to we ALSO get a awesome recipe today – check out the Smoothie Bowl!

AND in addition to the bomb dignity interview that they agreed to we ALSO get a awesome recipe today – check out the Smoothie Bowl!

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RECIPE:

Green Dragon Smoothie Bowl

This is my all-time favorite bowl thus far! And it’s so easy…

In a blender:

  • 1 peach, cut in chunks
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 dragon fruit
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 tbs flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 cup soy milk

Top with frozen raspberries, chia seeds, and dragon fruit. If I had some at the time, I would have probably added some coconut chips, too. So delish!

Thanks again Bianca and Sara for your time and your amazing recipe!  I’m so happy we were able to collaborate!  Everyone go check out these fab girls over at The Friendly Fig!

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Weekend Recap!

How is it Monday again?!  Luckily I had a great weekend to re-vigorate me for the work week!

As I had mentioned the other day we were going to the Asia concert Friday night.  It was actually really fun!  We headed down to the Variety Playhouse in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta.  it is a smaller venue and a great place to see a show.  We went down a little early so we could explore the area and eat.  After walking around a bit we decided on the Brewhouse Cafe.  It was great because we could eat outside.  I figured we could always get a salad and fries but we lucked out since all their burgers could be substituted with either a Black Bean Burger or a Veggie Patty – yay!  Still got the fries though…….

Brewhouse Cafe

Brewhouse Cafe

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Veggie Burger with mushrooms and fries!

The concert ended up being really fun.  They sounded great, there was a little bar, seating was good – overall a great time.  I wish this pic was better but you can see we had pretty good seats. This show was open seating and reminded me in size of a movie theater.

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Saturday we did our usual round of grocery shopping which included a big haul from Costco. Being plant-based we really go through the produce so this is a great place for us to purchase it.  Additionally,  they have a decent amount of organic choices – this time they had both conventional and organic bananas.  We also got organic spinach and organic mixed greens – we use those like crazy with smoothies!

Love Costco!

Love Costco!

We also had a pace run on Saturday which we waited until about 5pm to do.  In retrospect, since we had a longer run (9 miles) on Sunday and we did that at 9am, we should have done that pace run earlier.  Tony and I were both incredibly sore yesterday afternoon.  I did the pace run at 8:54 and the 9 miles at 9:25.  I KNOW we need to stretch more and probably should have taken at least 24 hours between the runs.  But, regardless, it’s done!

On a fun note, we got Athena’s room painted this weekend and I covered some cork boards for her.  Her room has gray and aqua so I wanted to accent with yellow and picked these fabrics.

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I was happy with the final result – and more importantly so was she!  I also got some of her pictures hung up so the place is starting to feel more homey.  Next project – using the extra fabric to make some pillows for her bed……….if I can find (and remember how to use) my sewing machine!

Work in progress but almost done!

Work in progress but almost done!

Lastly – I’m excited to share an interview with Bianca and Sara from The Friendly Fig this week.  Look for it Wednesday!

Lentil Soup and a good book!

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday – this week has been busy, busy, busy!

First off, we are in the middle of week 7 on the half marathon training plan.  This weekend’s long run will be 9 miles.  The weather looks great for it too!  I will say that my legs are a bit tired – likely due to the hard 6 miles on Sunday and then my “easy” 4.5 probably should have been easier then I did it.  Sometimes the darn Garmin makes me competitive with myself!  Anyhow, as a result of the Sunday run and pushing too hard Tuesday my speed work was extra difficult last night.  I got it done though  –  I just didn’t get the intervals as fast as I’d have liked.  My two take aways from this:  Easy runs should be easy – I’ve read numerous times that “most people don’t do their hard runs hard enough or their easy runs easy enough.”  Second take away – not every workout will be perfect.

On a different note – I made soup yesterday!  Not many dishes are as easy and nutritious as Lentil Soup.  Plus my whole family likes it – score!  Here’s the scoop on this one dish wonder:

This is all you need!

This is all you need!

Lentil Soup Recipe

  • 1 1/2 c Lentils  (I have an organic tri color lentil mix form Costco that I use but you can use all one type if you want)
  • 8C water or veggie broth
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 potatos peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sea salt if you use water – broth will already be salted

Put all in crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours.  My soup was still a little watery so I added 1/2 c cracked wheat – I’ve also used rice in the past – switch to low and cook 1-2 more hours.

All done - let's eat!

All done – let’s eat!

This soup is SO versatile.  I usually add an onion but was out, unfortunately.  It still tasted great! You can also use celery and or sweet potato.  Sometimes towards the end I’ll add some chopped spinach or you can do that when you are re-heating as well.  If you don’t want to add a grain at the end you can reduce water to 6 cups or so and it will be thick without the cracked wheat or rice!

In other news the eCornell class is AMAZING!  I so enjoy listening to T. Colin Campbell’s lectures and will likely buy his “China Study” book as well as “Whole”.  Some of the information is review but I’m learning a lot of new stuff as well.  It’s so funny how when something is interesting it’s actually easy to do the homework!

Personally – I am reading “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown.  The book gives a lot of good insight in to shame, vulnerability and the like – great thinking points to ponder on.  I am reading this as part of the Fierce Forward Book Club – check it out if you are interested!   There will be a couple online discussions the month of October – I think he first is on the 15th so still time to get in on the action!

Finally – guess what I’m doing tomorrow???? Going to see ASIA in concert!

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Tony scored some tickets from a colleague and we are children of the 80s (well technically children of the 60s who grew up in the 80s) so why not?  I’m looking forward to it and excited to check out a new area of Atlanta as well!

 

Weekend recap!

Well I meant to get this up earlier but things like work and whatnot kind of got in the way!  We had a GREAT weekend which of course went by way too fast!

Friday night we went to this really cool restaurant Sushinami – we had been once before and they had some great vegetable options.  Tony and I both love the salad with ginger dressing and this place actually has a large size – um – yes please!

This salad was ahhh-MAZ-ing!

This salad was ahhh-MAZ-ing!

We also got these sweet potato things that are fried and have some powdered sugar sprinkled on them and are served with a side of Tobasco.  I know it might not SOUND good but it does TASTE good!

Sweet Potato delight!

Sweet Potato delight!

Lastly we ordered some veggie rolls.  They actually  didn’t have much listed on the menu in the way of veggie rolls but we just asked what kinds of vegetables were available and they put them together for us.  On a side note, when we went to this Mexican place on Sunday they also told us they had 4-5 vegetarian options that were not on the menu which we could “veganize” by leaving off cheese, sour cream, etc .  You really CAN make it work when dining out by just asking a few questions.  Oh, and the list of side dishes frequently can be a good place to look for plant based options.

OK back to the rolls – they were fabulous!

Yum-a-liscious!

Yum-a-liscious!

All that eating and no workout on Friday – our current training plan has Fridays listed as rest days – and I take them!

Saturday Tony and I headed to the gym with Lexy.  After a quick weight workout we all hit the pool for some laps.  This was my first time in the water since Puerto Rico and it felt GOOD!  I always forget how much I enjoy swimming until I am back in the water.  It really is a good complement to running to since it is gentle on the body.  The best part was that Lexy got in the water too!  She has officially started the swim portion of her triathlon training!  YAY!  Mother/Daughter bonding moment :)

For Sunday we were suppose to do a 10K race but there were no local 10Ks that I saw on the Georgia Running Calendar for Sunday and not even many to choose from on Saturday so we decided to run a fast 6 miles on our own.  My first 3 miles felt SO good and were SO fast (meaning fast for me) – it was awesome!  But then we had to turn around and run back.  Um, yeah, I had gone out WAY too fast.  Regardless, it got done and my pace was 8:42 which is incredibly good for me at that distance.

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Oh, and because I burned 603 calories according to the above picture we had to replenish.  We decided fajitas and a margarita would do the trick and stopped by this adorable restaurant we had seen a few times – PURE.  It did not disappoint – we will be back for sure!

We went to the Aplharetta location – how cute is this place?

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And how good does this look?

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Lastly………..today I applied to be a “Sweat Pink” ambassador over at Fit Approach which is a “healthy community” site with a blog ,inspiration, transformation stories and lots of other great stuff.  One of the things I like best is that they have a program for college students.  It’s a great way for young adults to get involved and on track to a healthy lifestyle as opposed to becoming a victim of the “freshman 15″.  This is especially close to my heart because Lexy will be heading off to college next fall and I think a program like Sweat Pink University would be great for her.  Stay tuned for more information on this!

 

 

Where did the week go?

This week has been insanely busy!  I’m pretty sure that I use to think that people who work from home didn’t really do much.  NOT THE CASE!  Now that I’m doing that I find that although, yes, I have flexibility, I also find it difficult to step away from the desk.  On top of work stuff and my class starting this week (YAY – LOVE it so far!) Tony was traveling.  That just meant that I had to do all the kid-related stuff myself.  I am NOT complaining, and the girls are FAR from babies anymore, but there are still plenty of things that I do for them.  Make breakfast, make lunches, make their beds, straighten up their bathroom every morning after they leave for school.  Yes, I probably do more for them then I should.  The result is that they have failed to learn certain things – like how to replace the toilet paper:

But putting it on the roll is TOO HARDDDDDD.....

But putting it on the roll is TOO HARDDDDDD…..

This is what I found in the bathroom.  I will take time this weekend to instruct them on how the TP holder works.

Runs have been on plan.  The day got away from me yesterday so I took that as a rest and did yesterday’s run today – basically just switched the two days.  Tomorrow is “easy run or rest” so I think I’ll actually get in the pool with Lexy.  It will be a good cross training workout and I have not been swimming since Puerto Rico 70.3 in April!

Oh, I tried to put together a collage of food pics for “What I Ate Wednesday” but that obviously didn’t happen so here are some eats from the week :

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Note – hummus with Siracha is da BOMB!  Also, chic peas with sea salt as a snack are not bad at all :)  This week I have been trying to get through what is in the fridge – don’t want to waste anything!  We didn’t go through things as quickly as usual since we were down one person with Tony traveling but overall we did fairly well.  I hope to try a new recipe this weekend – one that I REALLY want to do is the Cinnamon Berry Fig Bars from Southern Blonde Vegan – they look AMAZE-BALLS and not too difficult.  Sarah’s food pictures are gorgeous – check out her blog or Instagram (be prepared to drool!)

Tonight – sushi date!  Minus the actual sushi……we will do veggie rolls and wine.  Should be fun!

Have a great weekend!

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