Happy Halloween!

Halloween Proctologist

Happy Halloween!  I hope you are all having a wonderful night, whether you’re at a party, parade, or staying at home watching movies.  Ari and I decided to do the latter, although we’ve been sitting in our costumes all day waiting for Trick-or-Treaters!

Yesterday I started the day with my first (ever!) batch of Oats in a Jar.

Oats in a Jar 1

I added 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of water to the almond butter jar and microwaved it for one minute.

Oats in a Jar 2

I topped it with 1/2 banana, 2 chopped prunes, 3 walnuts, a little skim milk and brown sugar. It was delicious! I may or may not have rescued an empty jar of peanut butter from the trash so I can make this again…

My mom gave me an idea about how to solve the Ester-C powder problem… try mixing it in something else! I put a scoop into a little bit of plain yogurt.

Ester C in Yogurt

It’s still really disgusting, and I had to down a cup of coffee right away after I ate it.  But… it did the trick, and it went down a lot faster than if I’d had to drink it.  I’m out of yogurt, though, so I’ll have to find some more creative ways to eat this.

I wanted to get an early start to my day, so I said goodbye to the hair this guy and headed to the gym.

Ari's hair

Time was limited, so I just did some arms, abs, PT stretches (which I will post at the end for Melissa) and 18 minutes on the elliptical.  Short and sweet.   Afterward, I met George for lunch at Pizza Gruppo.  Always one for deals, I ordered the salad + 1/2 sandwich special.  The salad was bigger than I’d expected, and came with mushrooms!

Side Salad

My panini came with goat cheese, pesto, and roasted vegetables. It was really good! I haven’t had a sandwich I didn’t make myself in a looong time.

Gruppo Panini

After lunch I stopped by Paragon to pick up a foam roller.  There was so much pre-marathon mania going on… very exciting to be around!  When I got home, I sprinkled 1/4 packet of YouBar‘s YouShake Blended Bliss into the last of my yogurt.

Yogurt w/ YouShake

I also split an apple with cinnamon with Ari (who proudly told me he had green juice for lunch!) while we ran some Halloweenie-errands.

Apple w/ Cinnamon

For some reason I was snackier than usual, so I had some chunks of energy while getting ready to meet my little redheaded friend for dinner.

Chunks of Energy

Kalle and I found a Japanese restaurant with a great dinner special.  It’s so easy to spend a lot of money when ordering sushi, so the specials are imperative.  I ordered the Sashimi+Roll combination, which came with miso soup and salad.

Miso & Salad

The sweet potato roll was delicious… and my second in one week!

Sweet Potato Roll

The sashimi was beautifully presented.


It came with two pieces of cucumber-wrapped fish… what a great alternative to rice!

Cucumber-wrapped sushi

The special also came with shrimp shumai and edamame.

Shumai & Edamame

Kalle’s rolls were also creatively presented and looked delicious.

Roll Presentation

After dinner, we went back to her apartment to talk and drink Malbec out of black goblets.  I broke the cork in half, but managed to get it out of the bottle! Looks like my waitressing skills are falling by the wayside…

Malbec in Black Goblets

I got home pretty late and didn’t end up going to bed until almost 3… the night was definitely worth it, though.

And now, onto the physical therapy!

One exercise that I’ve been working on with my PT is called the clamshell, which strengthens quads.  Lying on my side in bed or on the floor, I stack my knees at a 90 degree angle.  Clenching my glutes and quads, I slowly raise one knee while keeping my feet together.  I repeat this twenty times, then switch to my other side.  Repeat series.

Another exercise that strengthens quads and calves is done by sitting on a chair or on the edge of the bed.  Extend one leg straight out and flex glutes, quads, calves and toes.  Twist leg to the side, then back to center.  Repeat until leg is fatigued, and switch legs.

Around the blogs: Jungwha is giving away a Sodastream!

Happy Halloween from the Upwelling and LVP… have a great night!


16 responses to “Happy Halloween!

  1. how about putting the powder into a smoothie with lots of other stuff to hide the taste? like something sweet, like a banana!

  2. Everything looks so delicious I need to eat lunch now!


  4. would you mind sharing the japanese restaurant? thanks!

  5. holy moly does that sushi ever look fabulous 🙂
    have a great halloween!!

  6. Happy Halloween! 🙂

  7. Hi! Do you like the YouBars and powders? I am debating if I should try them out or not!

    Thanks! 🙂

  8. We gave out candy tonight too! It was so fun. We also rolled our kegerator out onto our porch and gave the adults cups of Miller Lite! I think we were one popular house. Your lunch looks so good. I ❤ the goat cheese. Happy Halloween

  9. Oh my that first picture! LOL yikes! We just stayed home and gave out candy tonight too. We didn’t dress up, but our dogs did!!

    Sweet potato roll?! That sounds amazing. I knoew what I’ll be on the hunt for…

  10. You microwaved the jar?? (I’m going to have a few empty jars — um, within the next century! — and I always wondered!)

    ❤ ❤

  11. I still am coveting the sweet pot sushi rolls…dang those look so good. Ive never had oats in a jar. Sorry your Ester C is so nast. I feel for ya girl 🙂

  12. You’re right. Sushi places are so expensive. That’s a good tip to take advantage of the specials. I’ll remember that, since I wanna hit by a sushi place soon!

  13. there’s a really good variation of the clamshell that works the glutes.. put your knees at more of a 45 degree angle, and with feet together, lift them up and keep the knees on the ground. then do the same ‘clam’ open/shut with your legs 😉

  14. southerngracesblog

    I love when you post sushi pictures because it always looks SO good!! That sweet potato roll gets me every time, haha.
    I hope you had a fun Halloween. Staying in and watching movies sounds fabulous to me, and if it weren’t my friends bachelorette party last night I can almost guarantee I would have done the same thing! While enjoying some candy of course 🙂
    Happy Sunday!!!

  15. we opted to stay in last night also. it was a good choice, I think.

    I think I’d probably try adding the powder to a smoothie too. you can sneak all sorts of stuff into a smoothie! 🙂

  16. yes, what Japanese restaurant was that?

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