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I Just Wanna Run!

Hey!  How’s everything going out there?  I hope wonderfully!

I spent all day at work today (in between taking phone calls for patient food orders) trying to figure out some new ways to make living healthy more exciting for me.  I feel like I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut lately with my diet and working out, and I need some way to get myself out of it.  Without anything specific keeping me motivated my fitness is slumping and my food is getting pretty boring.

The first thing that occured to me was that…Duh!…I have a blog and readers that I need to keep entertained with what I’m eating!  If I’m bored with the food I’m eating everyday, how can you guys not be?  This week I am going to try to step it up a notch, and make an effort to prepare more, and more interesting, meals at home.  Check back in tomorrow night to see where that leads me!

Secondly, I remembered just how motivated I was to workout when I had something to work towards.  My adventures in running started because, a little over two years ago, I decided to sign up for my first 5K.  I ran on a somewhat regular basis for about two months preparing for the race and then slumped off again for the rest of the year.  The next year, I decided to sign up for the same race again, put myself on a strict training schedule, and blew my first race time (32:26) out of the water with 26:59!  That might not be a great time to some people, but for me, it felt amazing and set me off on a year of a crazy running obsession.  At the end of last summer I began training to run the Seattle Half Marathon, and even ran the full distance in training.  Unfortunately, I had to drop outof the race a few weeks ahead of time, because my schedule at work changed, forcing me to work every single weekend, as I still do today.  My work schedule has kept me from doing any races, but now I think it’s time to change that around, take a Saturday off of work, and run myself a race!

I believe I have decided to run the 4 mile Whale of a Run in Silverdale, Washington on July 30th!  I still need to look into taking the time off work before I will know for sure, but I believe that having a tentative date in mind will be the motivation I need to get out and run my butt off on a regular basis.  I will also take a page from my own book, and actually schedule my runs with myself, rather than leaving it up to chance.  I’m going to begin tomorrow with a 3 mile run, and go from there, mostly following the Hal Higdon Intermediate 5K Training schedule.  Wish me luck!

With that news, let’s get into todays eats!

I’m always a light breakfast eater, but this morning I was in such a hurry that I didn’t really have a chance to grab breakfast, so I just sipped on a Naked coconut water on the ferry, and had a Tazo Passion tea when I got to work.  By the time 2pm rolled around I was ravenous, so my PB&J was extra delicious.

This lucky sandwich actually survived the ride in my backpack today, unlike so many of its predecessors!

My second meal was, as usual, a lovely salad.

I don’t think I will ever give up my salad for work tradition.  They’re just too good, and healthy, and the energy that all that fresh raw produce gives me can’t be matched.  This was pretty standard: spring mix, Roma tomatoes, orange peppers, sprouts, chickpeas, and miso vinaigrette.

My evening meal was a nice bowl of Wolfgang Pucks Classic Tortilla soup. (Which may or may not have influenced tomorrow evening’s meal!)

 

It was good, but nothing too memorable. 

I am currently starving and almost home, so I am definitely going to be making myself an awesome snack when I get there.  I’m pretty stoked to get home and see my Arlo baby.  He spent last night at Keenan’s mom’s house (she’s madly in love with him), so I haven’t actually seen him since she stopped by and picked him up yesterday morning.  I miss him so much!!!  I know, I’m a crazy puppy mama.

What’s your favorite racing moment?

Honestly, mine was completing a 13 mile training run for the half marathon that I never completed.  At least I know that I would have been able to finish if I’d actually run it!

I hope you all have a wonderful night, and I will see you tomorrow!

❤ Lindsay

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I Could Cry

Not really, but I am so bummed that the Heat lost the NBA Finals!

This is my sad face.

I know, I’m a total weirdo and way too obsessed, but I have been rooting for the Heat since the season started, thinking that they definitely wouldn’t make it this far since they were such a new team.  Plus, I totally love LeBron. 

He’s awesome.  He’s the next Michael Jordan.  I don’t think he’s there yet…he’s too young, but by the time his career is over I think he’s gonna show us all what’s up. 

Okay.  Enough with that rant.  Let’s get to the food!

My first meal at work today was this lovely sandwich.

By “lovely”, obviously I meant “didn’t survive the trip in my backpack, but still tasted bomb”.  Hummus, cucumber and sun-dried tomatoes on Dave’s Killer Bread Good Seed bread.  Great combo!

My salad was also super delicious today, as always.

Spring mix, roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, orange pepper, grated carrot, sprouts, garbanzos, and this fantastic Asian miso dressing that I picked up recently. 

I’ve noticed that in my salad pics, all the good veggies seem to hide under the greens. 

See?? Once I get past all those greens there actually are other veggies hiding under there!  Lots and lots of veggie goodness!

By the way, I’ve decided that I need to drown myself in beta-carotene-containing foods so that maybe I can give myself a tan from the inside out.  Not a horrible plan, right?  😉

My soup of the day was Wolfgang Puck’s Classic Minestrone.

Honestly, I think I might like it even more than Amy’s minestrone soup.  Shhhh, don’t tell Amy!!  Wolfgang Puck was the soup brand on sale when I went to Fred Meyer last week.   They were cheaper than the rest of the soup in the health food section, but still more expensive than I would like, at $2 a can.  I think I see some soup-making in my future!

I guess Keenan is bringing me home some tasty treats from the restaurant tonight.  I can’t wait to see what he whips up!

I have the next two days off of work, and other than beginning a new Bible study group tomorrow morning, I really have no idea what my plans will be.  I’m definitely going to get some workouts in, and hang out with my little man, Arlo.  It’s really going to take some adjusting to not having Keenan around 100% of the time that I’m not at work.  I will definitely miss it, but I think it’s good that I’m getting some time to just chill out and do my own thing on occasion.  I will certainly be savoring the time we have together a bit more now that I can’t take it for granted.

What’s your favorite brand of soup?

Any cool plans for the week ahead?

Have a good night!

❤ Lindsay

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Sleepy Sunday

Morning my lovelies!

I’m feeling much better today!  I even got my appetite back last night.  I ate a piece of toast with Earth Balance, finished up the other half of the rice and seaweed combo that I made, and drank a big ol’ green smoothie with almond milk, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, dulse powder, spinach, a banana, a small nectarine and a small peach, and a few frozen strawberries.  It definitely felt good to get at least a few nutrients in my body for the day.  I was even lucky enough that when Keenan finally got home from work (around 1:30am) he brought me another one of the grilled portobello burgers from the restaurant.  I’m definitely liking this situation.  🙂

Today is one of my typical Sunday’s where I’m going to be in the office at work all day long taking phone calls.  The lack of patients on the weekends can make it pretty boring in there.  Hopefully I can stay awake!  I am pretty darn tired after last night, what with not sleeping well for the first couple hours because Keenan wasn’t there, and then waking up and sitting up for a bit once he did get home.  Most of his work nights shouldn’t be THAT late though, I don’t think.

Here is my batch of work food for the day:

Pretty standard fare.  Smoothie, sandwich, salad and soup.  All lovingly prepared for me this morning by my wonderful boyfriend, who dragged his sleepy butt out of bed to help me get ready for work.  Be jealous. 😉

Want something to read?

 Like This Veggie? Try that One! from Women’s Health Magazine
Summer Grilling Tips from VegNews.com
Costco: Surprise Vegan Haven from Savvy Vegan (they also have lots of great articles on how to save some cash as a vegan!)
Healthy Food Awards from Self Magazine (Not everything might be vegan, but they definitely have some great stuff on there.)

Have a wonderful day!!

❤ Lindsay

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Good Evening!

Good Evening everyone! Did you have a good day? I sure hope so! 🙂

I’m on my way home from work!

So tired!

Aren’t self-taken pictures fun?  They remind me of my early days in college, taking Myspace pictures of myself to procrastinate on studying.

Lindsay Circa March 2007

Yes, I used to have short hair.  And a lip ring.  What can I say?  I was a badass. 😉

Work today was really, really slow, but I spent most of my time getting caught up on all my favorite blogs, so time passed fairly quickly.  Plus I finally got my blogroll up!  There are some awesome blogs on there, so definitely check it out!

On to the eats.

My lunch consisted of this awesome veggie sandwich.

Same combo as yesterday, but minus the bell peppers. They just didn’t suit me too well in sandwich form.

My second lunch (I have a 15 minute break at 2pm, then a 30 minute break at 3:30) was this gorgeous salad.

I can’t say too many times how much I am totally IN LOVE with Annie’s Goddess dressing.  I don’t really even buy other salad dressings anymore.  I should probably try something new one of these days, but why ruin a good thing?  Then again, I was equally obsessed with honey mustard prior to trying the Goddess, so who knows, maybe there’s another dressing out there just waiting to claim it’s spot as “Lindsay’s Favorite Dressing”!

As much as I love Goddess, is about as much as I hate radicchio.  Every time I bite into it, mixed in with my spring mix, I almost was to spit it out.

Ew.

It just kills me. 😛

My dinner was a can of Amy’s minestrone soup with nutritional yeast. 


This was actually my first time trying it with the nutritional yeast, but it was actually really good!  I could barely taste it, honestly.  I love this soup, so it’s pretty hard to screw up.

Apparently, at home, a ginormous veggie sub from the awesome sub shop by our house is waiting for me.  I’m pretty stoked to get there and dig in.  I still have about 20 minutes til I get there, but I guess I can wait if I really have to…

Honestly though, the best part of getting home at night is seeing my two loves, Keenan and Arlo, waiting for me when I get off of the boat.  Doesn’t matter how bad or stressful of a day I’ve had, their faces and kisses make it all better. 🙂

Have a good night, and I’ll see you in the morning!

❤ Lindsay

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