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Another Blogger Brunch and Dehydration

Saturday started off right.  I awoke without my alarm clock, mosied down to the kitchen and decided to make myself some steel cut oats. 
I love steel cut oats because they’re nice and chewy, but they take a lot longer to cook than normal rolled oats, so I don’t make them that often.
Into the pot went 3/4 cup oats and 3 cups water. 
Cooked for about 30 min.
I added maple syrup, almond milk, some Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, and fresh strawberries.  Yum 🙂
Then it was off to hot yoga with Katie.
We met Emily there and did 90 minutes.  The place was packed mat to mat.  I can’t remember if I’ve done a 90 minute class there before or not, but wow, I was soaked to the bone after! 
After yoga we hurried to Emily’s as she hosted a brunch.  She and Casey are leaving Charlotte later next week and she wanted to get together one more time for some blogger food and fun.
After a much needed shower, I joined the fun downstairs.
Emily’s dogs really wanted to be involved in the fun.
The bloggers:
Kelly posed with her scones.
Emily made a giant fruit salad
and millet salad
Diana made roasted chickpeas
Kate made banana bread
I made the blueberry pie.
Also, Whit made an awesome avocado, tomatillo dip, which I somehow didn’t get a picture of!
EVERYTHING was awesome!
Later Katie and I went back to her house so that I could meet her cats, as I’m going to cat sit while she’s away next week.  Stew finished the remainder of the pie.  And since we were on a pet tour, we decided they would stop in at my house and meet Clyde and the bunnies.
Clyde and Stew hit it off.
Even Katie seemed to like him 😉
After hanging with Stew and Katie for a bit, I settled in on the couch to unwind.  And started feeling REALLY crappy.  I knew I was kind of dehydrated from yoga.  I had water at Emily’s, but probably not enough, and never had my Gatorade (I’d packed one, but forgot to have it at brunch).  I got a headache and got really tired.  I took a nap, but still felt crappy when I woke up.  I had planned to go out Saturday night, but it became apparent I was not in good shape to go anywhere and cancelled.  😦
I made some mexican soup.
In the soup:
one small onion
green chiles
roasted red pepper
1/2 zucchini
can of diced tomatoes
2 cups of water or stock
can of corn
can of blackbeans
a couple shakes of cumin and chili pepper.
Topped with cilantro, cheddar, and non-fat plain yogurt.  Served with tortilla chips.
I sauteed the onion, peppers, and zucchini in a little EVOO for a couple minutes, then added the spices and everything else and simmered about 20 minutes or so.
I felt better after a bowl of soup, but still not right.  Lesson learned- HYDRATE!
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August 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm 4 comments

An Introspective Day

Today I got up and decided to have an egg sandwich for breakfast.  I cooked two eggs with dill and then topped them with a slice of muenster cheese on a sandwich thin.  I also had a banana with some Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  This was my first time trying this and OMG, I know understand what all the hype about Justin’s butters is about!  So YUMMY!
I headed out to the greenway to meet Emily, Michelle, and Diana for a run.  Emily did about 12 miles because she’s training for a marathon, half of which was with Michelle.  Diana and I just met them for the last couple miles.  Diana is just getting into her running grove, but I applaud her effort in getting out there and doing it!  I didn’t really feel any pressure to run long distance today since I’m still coming back from my injury and just ran about 4 miles yesterday, so any distance was fine me with me today. 
Post run sweatiness…
After our run, Diana and I decided to grab some lunch at Panera. 
I am sometimes a creature of habit at certain restaurants and Panera is one place where I LOVE to get the greek salad, because it’s so friggin good, so I rarely branch out. 
Got this with the whole grain baggette on the side and some water.
Nom nom…
Do you order the same thing at certain restaurants or mix it up?
I then headed home, showered, finished Eat Love Pray and decided to do something I’ve never done before in my 32 years on earth.  I WENT TO THE MOVIES BY MYSELF!
I know, I know, I’m weird.  I just like going to the movies as a social activity and never really felt a strong urge to go alone.  But if there was any movie to see alone, I felt like this was it.  The story is largely about one woman’s journey alone to find herself.
Have you ever been to a movie by yourself?
I liked both the book and movie.  The movie definitely was a little different from the book, but I felt that the overall message translated.  Both left me a very introspective mood for the rest of today.  Between yesterday’s fight/talk with my husband, conversation with Diana at lunch, and the overall theme of the book and movie, it really had me thinking a lot about life and what I want in life.
I don’t know that I’ve completely answered that question.  I think I’m still kind of a work in progress.
I took Clyde for a long walk, still thinking a lot, then went home and made myself dinner.
I had yellow rice with black beans, garlic, onion, tomato, mushrooms, salsa, cilantro, olives, avocado and a bit of plain non-fat yogurt.
I got kind of artsy with the presentation…  🙂
I may not have my life all figured out yet, but I’m pretty happy in general.

August 23, 2010 at 1:13 am 8 comments

Things I Do on Weeknights

I haven’t really gotten back into my bloggy grove yet this week after being away in Chicago last weekend.  I’m still kind of coming down from the high and not sure my head actually made it back to Charlotte with me.  I totally lack focus!
My weeknights have been pretty similar to other weeks.  Some exercise, some food, some puppy kisses…the usual.
I did hot yoga with Jessie and Cindi on Tuesday night.  It was good to get back in the yoga studio.  Aside from my quick yoga class at The Healthy Living Summit, I probably hadn’t been to yoga in about a week and a half.  This was my first time meeting Cindi and she seems really cool.  We have a lot in common and live close to each other.  I for see us hanging out again in the future. 🙂
Last night (Wednesday) I did another run.  I’m still Garmin-less for now so all I can do is estimate my mileage.  I’d say I probably did about 3 miles and it again felt good!  I think I’m really on the way to recovery and building mileage again.  I might make a deal with myself that if I can do 6 miles with no problems again I can go ahead and get a Garmin (I’m still holding on to a Coin-Star gift certificate to Amazon that I got for the very purpose of ordering a Garmin with right before I hurt my knee!) and sign up for another half marathon!  The idea of this excites me!!
 I have to be honest.  I haven’t been to the grocery store all week.  There was a fleeting moment last night where I considered going and even went through and organized my coupons, but I just didn’t feel like it.  It was kinda rainy and I was feeling lazy about trekking over there.  Here’s the thing.  I keep A LOT of food in my house.  My husband gets on my case all the time about how I need to eat what we have instead of buying more stuff.  I LOVE having a stocked pantry though.  I love having many cans of black beans and chick peas, a variety of different kinds of grains, pasta, and rice.  I love having many different kinds of frozen veggies, fruit, and bread in the freezer, just in case.  Really, fresh produce is only thing I’m low on.  I have about a 1/3 bag of spinach, some grapes, and some carrots, and that’s about it for fresh fruit and veggies.  I definitely need a bunch of things, but I can get by without a little longer.
That said, here’s some of “eat what’s in my house” eats this week- using up what I had:
I had this Zone bar to get rid of (hubby and I have a box from Costco).  So, I chopped up about half the Zone bar and put it over banana soft serve (I now keep a giant ziplock freezer bag full of chopped banana pieces for soft serve at all times!) as a topping.
I had this for breakfast one day.  It was actually pretty yummy.
Tuesday night I had what was left of my quinoa with veggies from Sunday with a little cheese melted on top, with a side of oven roasted brussell sprouts for dinner. 

I tried my hand at another round of overnight oats this week.  This time in my mix I had:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk
about a tablespoon of macadamia nut butter
Strawberries
Chia seeds
In the morning I added shredded coconut to the top.  Wow, this was good!  I actually did it two days in a row because I loved the combo so much!
Last night when I decided not to go to the grocery store, I threw together a quick burrito.  I used:
an Archer Farms (Target) multigrain wrap
black beans
canned organic diced tomato
fresh spinach
cottage cheese
shredded cheddar
salsa
I just wrapped it up and microwaved it for a couple minutes til it was melted together.
One thing I haven’t addressed much is the fact that because I’m married to a pilot, I eat alone A LOT.  I like to be kind of creative when I cook, but at the same time, it’s sometimes hard to get excited to spend a long time cooking something complicated when it’s just for one.  I’m all about quick and easy meals, like the burrito above.  Even when Greg is home, I rarely spend more than about an hour total cooking a meal for us unless it’s something really out there. 
How about you?  Do you eat alone or with people?  How much time do you typically spend cooking dinner at night?

August 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm 6 comments

Healthy Living Summit – Sunday

Sunday began with an AWESOME run along the lake in Chicago!
A lot of people came out to run and walk and we headed out the door of the Congress.  I opted for the 5K group as I’m still getting back to normal from the knee injury, and also didn’t want to be out too long since I had a flight to catch and wanted to make sure I gave myself plenty of time.
So the run was soooooooooooooo gorgeous!
Check out the skyline!  Amazing!
I talked to a bunch of different people on the run, but ended up mostly with Rachel, who is awesome and so fun to run with! I wish she lived closer so we could run together more, because we seemed to be close in pace. Her family is close to Charlotte and I was telling her to call me when she comes to visit 🙂

By the way, the knee felt GREAT!  No pain or irritation at all!  Yay!

We came across the walkers below near the water on the way back on the 5K.
Rachel and I headed back to the hotel and straight into the breakfast spread to get water and nourishment.
Unfortunately, we were kind of pressed for time to catch our flights, so I ended up picking up some bananas, a cinnamon raisin bagel thin, and some water.  I was kinda bummed I missed the make-your-own-cream cheese, but maybe I’ll just have to try doing that at home myself some time 😉
Jen and I found a third person to share a ride with to O’Hare.  Lisa was really fun!
From there the photo journey of Chicago ends, but basically Jen and I got to O’Hare early enough to get lunch and ended up going to Chili’s where I had a chicken wrap and salad. 
We parted ways in the B terminal, as she was headed to NJ for another week or so, and I was going back to Charlotte. 
My flight left on time and I landed right on schedule.  I rushed home to check on my puppy, who was fine, thank god!  I was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy to see Clyde!  I missed him sooooooooooooo MUCH!
Life in Charlotte resumed.  I made Quinoa with veggies for dinner.  Basically, quinoa cooked in stock with some onion, red pepper, peas, and green beans.
And found a half a peanut butter cup sundae left from last week in the freezer, which was consumed for dessert.
I blogged A LOT last night to make up for the lack of it this weekend, and then it was off to bed.
To some up my experience of the Healthy Living Summit, it was a seriously awesome experience.  I loved meeting everyone.  It was just as cool meeting people I knew nothing about and had never read their blogs as it was to meet people whose blogs I’ve been reading for a long time.  Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and I often found myself standing next to someone and just starting a great conversation based on nothing more than the fact that we shared the blog world in common.  So so cool!  I loved it!

August 17, 2010 at 1:43 am 4 comments

Healthy Living Summit – Food Tour of Chicago!

Before the Healthy Living Summit, emails were flying around left and right with activities to partake in throughout the weekend.  One that popped up was a Food Tour of Chicago, and I couldn’t pass that up.  Luckily I got in, because they only accepted 30 people!

(Arnold photographer)
Arnold and Oroweat sponsored our tour, so thank you to them!  Here was our Oroweat rep introducing us to our tour guides.
First up was The Berghoff.  German food.  We had a bread basket at the table.  I just had a tiny bit of a flaky cracker.

                       Also featured was a homemade root beer.  AWESOME!  I love root beer 🙂

Then on to the main taste, which was a brat with sauerkraut and potatoes. 

I am not usually a fan of stuff like that (I’m notorious for hating sausage), but admit it was pretty delicious.

I loved the inside of the restaurant too.
Next stop on the tour was The Palmer House.
 
(Arnold photographer)
Check out the view we had coming up the escalator into the main lobby:
 
Really gorgeous ceiling!
We actually saw two wedding parties come through while inside.
We were there because we had brownies with a story behind them that involved the hotel.
(you’ll have to take the tour yourself to hear that story!)
Next we tried Chicago style popcorn, which is cheese corn and caramel corn mixed. 
Not bad, but I prefer classic popcorn with a little butter and salt.
We passed by some famous Chicago sites.
Then went to The Halsted Street Deli to try an authentic Chicago Dog.
The funny thing is that I work right near Matt’s Chicago Dog in Charlotte, and have never tried the actual Chicago Dog!  What can I say, I love his grilled chicken sandwich…
I digress.  So the Chicago Dog was actually pretty awesome!
Guess I should order one at Matt’s sometime…
We passed over the river.  So pretty!

Then went to our last stop.
This place is tied in with the Chicago Cubs curse.  Something about them not letting a goat on the field, and ever since the Cubs have been cursed?!  See here
Anyway, they are famous for cheeseburgers.  Cuz I needed a cheeseburger after consuming a brat, hotdog, and brownie…lol.
I rolled with it and ate mostly the bottom bun and burger. 
We liked the hats we got.
Katie and Jen
How cute is Kendall??
Jen and I called it a night after the food crawl.  
I got some upsetting news that my puppy was chewing cordings (and shorting power in doing so!) and peeing at his puppy sitter’s and had kind of a melt down worrying about him!
The food tour was cool, but it was not a healthy food tour of Chicago by any means.  I was glad I’d gone heavy on veggies at lunch, because there were none to be found on this tour unless you count the toppings on the hot dog at Halsted!

August 16, 2010 at 9:56 am 6 comments

Healthy Living Summit – The Summit Presentations

Saturday started with a pretty sweet breakfast.  I had oatmeal with some brown sugar and raisins, fresh fruit, a caramel Oikos, and some coffee.  They also had free bags of Adora dark chocolate calcium supplements.  I grabbed one.  MMM, they rock!

Mental note, when at blog conference, bring computer!  In a last minute decision, I decided not to bring my laptop so it wouldn’t take up extra room and I wouldn’t have to worry about it.  Honestly, I had so much going on, I probably wouldn’t have had time to really blog much anyway, but I still felt left out… 😦
We got so much cool swag at this conference!  At check in we got an entire back of stuff, and then on Saturday there was even more:
I attended the first seminar on Ethical Eating:
Interesting discussion ensued…
Next up was a photography class, which was introduced/hosted by Meghann!
I obviously need help with my blog photography (case and point, above picture!), and took some notes on a few tips, but will still need to read my camera’s manual to really explore its full potential I think!
Then it was on to the lunch spread!
I ended up making a random lunch of grilled veggies: eggplant and squash, salad, quinoa and endame, chick peas, fruit, and a sandwich thin with some cheese, lettuce, and tomato (I got confused and the meat was elsewhere).  Ate most of it, minus most of the sandwich thin (it kinda didn’t go).
I had two mini pieces of cheesecake for dessert:
Post lunch, I went to a panel discussion on blogging hosted by Anne P.

Then I did some yoga…

(I had to take this picture quick because we were starting!)
Last up was a wrap up presentation on blogging, hosted by Caitlin and Gena.
And then my favorite part of the day:  Katie’s speech
OMG, it was sooooooooooo good and left us all teary!
She is amazing, and should have a career in public/motivational speaking!
Post Summit seminar, a bunch of us took a quick walk over to Millenium Park (same crew as Open Sky party)
We walked by the brick fountains.
Found “the bean”.
Got a photo of our reflections in the bean…
Then we quickly went back to the hotel for the next activity!

August 16, 2010 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

Healthy Living Summit – Friday Fun

Whew!  It was a whirlwind first day in Chicago!  I was up about the same time I usually get up for work.  I gobbled down a bowl of puffins with strawberries and milk.

 Greg and Clyde brought me to the airport. 
I got there early enough to get a Skinny Vanilla Latte (my fav!)
and read more of Eat Pray Love…
I arrived in Chicago right on time and Jen landed RIGHT after me (she was flying in from NJ since she was up there this week) and was literally 3 gates down, so that worked out perfectly!
We caught the “L” train into the city.  It kind of took a while, but it’s cheap 😉
We arrived at the Congress Plaza Hotel around noonish.
We checked in to our room and took a second to decompress…
Then met up with Katie to have some fun in Chicago!!
First up was lunch, as we were absolutely STARVING!  We hit up Fox and Obel, after Katie raved about how good it was 🙂
The place was really cool!   They have a neat gourmet market with all sorts of specialty food and then an area where you can order food and sit and eat.  I got a spinach salad that had green beans, apricots, goat cheese, and pecans.  Really yummy!
After lunch we decided to walk around.  We were right near Navy Pier and Jen hadn’t been before, so that was our first stop.
We even got our picture taken with a huge piece of macaroni!
Us at the end of Navy Pier!
Great view of Chicago Skyline from the pier.
Next up was a bee-line to some FRO-YO.  Cuz what would a blogger meet-up be without it 😉
On the way we passed a building that has stones/bricks from every state.  I paid homage to my home state and had a picture taken with New Hampshire!
On The Magnificent Mile we saw some pretty insane street dancers:
One guy jumped over all those people bent over!
Finally we made it to Berry Chill.
I had Pina Colada flavored fro-yo with raspberries, strawberry, and pinapple. It was SO FRIGGIN GOOD after walking around on a hot Chicago day!!
Ugh, see how hot I was??
Mmmmmm.
We headed back to the hotel to get ready for the first HLS event- the Open Sky Cocktail Party!
All ready to go!
Here’s our little crew ready to head over in the hotel lobby.  L to R: Rachel, Me, Jen, Katie, Kendall, and Sana.  They are awesome and I hung out with these ladies a lot throughout the weekend 🙂
Crazy cab ride over…hehe.
Ready to go in!
We had the third floor of this place.
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, we might have been the first people there.  Fashionably early, I say 😉
Shot of our table while we consumed some delicious food!
It soon filled with bloggers though!
Tina, Kath, Heather, Caitlin, and Meghann kicked off the weekend (worst picture ever, sorry!)
I dove into the food and had some chips and spinach artichoke dip, hummus and a pita, a veggie quesadilla, mozzarella and tomato skewer and some salad.  I also got a mini turkey burger:
I met soooooooooooooo many bloggers that it was a little overwhelming!  But awesome!
(Arnold picture)
Me, Jen, and Anne P!  First time meeting Anne!  Love her 🙂
Kendall and I.
Also saw a bunch of familiar faces…
Emily, Me, Jen.  Charlotte people represent!
It was a total blast! 

August 16, 2010 at 12:08 am Leave a comment

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