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Dos and Don’ts

Hey there, strangers! How was your weekend? Mine was lovely… I spent the last few days relaxing in upstate New York with my parents.  Time seems to move slower there; I never felt like I was rushing to catch my breath or finish five things at once.  It was a nice change.  What did you do?

Here’s a quick re-cap of the weekend chez with Mom & Pop LVP, Do/Don’t style!

DO make Eggs In A Basket out of an open-face grilled cheese sandwich.  Thanks for the idea, Kaytee!

DO enjoy pumpkin whole wheat pancakes on a frosty fall morning.  The secret to their fluffiness? A little bit of vinegar.

DO support your local farmers and buy apples at the orchard…

…and while there, DO pick up an apple cider donut for your mama.

It will make her happy.

DO top your salads with Red Ants On A Log (celery with Sunbutter and dried cherries).

DON’T feel silly when you squeal with delight after finding holiday teas at your local food co-op, after searching every chain grocery store with no luck.

DON’T gloat about winning some fancy protein powder from your neighborhood Everythingtarian.

DO share Holly‘s pumpkin molasses cookies with those who gave you life… albeit grudgingly.

DO cozy up to a mug of Spiced POM Cider

DO have a nice dinner at Church and Main, a sustainable restaurant that supports local farmers and uses only the freshest ingredients (and DO go home and watch Food, Inc. afterward).

DO drink local Riesling

…eat wedges of bread

DO share two appetizers with Daddy-O to maximize tastings, like these bay scallops with parsley pesto over cappelllini...

… and this spinach and arugula salad with candied almonds, parmesan and goat cheese.

DO have the pan-roasted Atlantic monk fish with creamy white beans, celery root, warm baby winter greens & roasted beets for yourslef.

DO share three desserts (warm chocolate cake with caramel sauce, gingerbread crème brulée, semolina cake with roasted apples).

And, in case you were wondering, this is a salsify root:

…this is a celery root:

… and this is a turnipDON’T worry, these aren’t sea creatures!

Do warm up for your first 6 mile run since your injury with Yoga For Runners.

DO give your knees a break and run on a track.

DO utilize the Lap function on your heart rate monitor; DON’T feel bad for taking a year to notice it.

Total distance: 6 miles
Total time: 59:54

Mile 1: 9:49
Mile 2: 9:57
Mile 3: 10:07
Mile 4: 10:14
Mile 5: 10:03
Mile 6: 9:41

Average Pace: 9:58

DO refuel with a bowl of apple cinnamon raisin oatmeal.  Microwave a diced apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, for 90 seconds. Insta-baked apple.

DO enjoy an end-of weekend bowl of Marcella Hazan’s Spinach and Rice Soup.

DO buy packaged falafel based on the brand name alone.

And most importantly, DO take advantage of your boyfriend’s absence to load up on things like Garlic Lovers Hummus and raw onion.

For an added bonus for body and soul, DO a free Lunar Flow practice before bed, with your eyes closed and the lights off.  You’ll thank yourself.

What are your most recent DOs and DON’Ts?

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Un dimanche en ville*

Bonjournée et bon lundi, mes amis! How is your day going so far? I still can’t believe that it’s a) not summer, b) fall, c) October, and d) a month and a half away from THANKSGIVING?! WHAT? Ari and I made the happy mistake of watching Reality Bites on Saturday night (which, embarrassingly, I used to watch about 5 times a month during my Junior year of high school); I also read a letter my mom wrote to a friend on her 22nd birthday.  Well?  Everyone seems to feel a little “lost”, a little broke, a little… malformed… after graduation and before they find a career.  My experience is not unique or exceptional and, well, it kind of helps to know that.   Moving right along….

I got up bright and early on Sunday morning to go on a long run.  I ate half a Chocolate Chip Clif bar, drank some water, and bagged up my gummies.

Running snacks

I ran at a snail’s pace.  Shouldn’t I be getting faster, and not slower, as I keep doing this?  I think it was my worst time ever.  I’d planned on running 6.5 miles, but ended up stopping after 4.5 and didn’t end up needing my gummies.  However, this didn’t bother me at all! It was not even 9 in the morning on a Sunday, and I’d already knocked out a decent run before breakfast.  Not bad.

Total distance: 4.5 miles

Total time: 48:59

Maximum heart rate: 201 (102%)

Average heart rate: 164 (83%)

I had brunch plans with Kalle, Lisa, and Lizzie, so I grabbed an apple on the way out to keep the hunger beasts at bay.

Apple Snack

We ate at City Bakery, and by the time we got there I was so thirsty and so hungry that I wanted to eat everything and it ended up taking me so long to actually pick out my food.  Don’t you hate that?

I ended up loading my plate with smoked salmon, roasted cauliflower and butternut squash with Asian pears and hazelnuts (must make this):

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I also got a bowl of fruit.

City Bakery 2

Black coffee and water was a must…

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I also grabbed a bite of Lizzie’s cornbread/jalepeño/white cheddar sandwich.  Great in theory, but strangely sweet in execution.

City Bakery Cornbread Sandwich

It was very nice to catch up with my ladyfriends… I do not do this nearly enough.  On the way home, I stumbled upon a street fair and picked up cups of lemonade for me and my mom.

Street Fair Lemonade

I was still parched… I’m usually very good about rehydrating after a run, but I was in such a rush to get out the door that I didn’t think about it.  This will be a lot easier soon (hint, hint)! I was also, somehow, still hungry, so I made an open-faced sandwich with peanut butter, banana, honey & cinnamon when I got home.

PB, Honey, Cinnamon & Banana Bread

A little later, George and Judy came over.  My mom set out tomatoes with sea-salt and Maker’s Mark… that’s how we do it chez LVP.

Dinner Party

I wasn’t feeling the whiskey, so I went for a nice glass of Riesling.

Riesling

Ari came over, and we got the party started.  My dad made us a feast! We had spicy ginger potatoes… who doesn’t like fancy home fries?

Spicy Ginger Potatoes

We also had spicy corn chowder (see a theme?), which I’ve been begging for for years.

Spicy Corn Chowder

Fresh-baked bread to sop it all up…

Fresh bread

Sweet and spicy scallops

Sweet and Spicy Scallops

It was a delicious meal, rounded out with wasabi-spiced cucumber salad.

Dinner plate

My aunt, uncle and cousins sent a very special Edible Arrangements presentation:

Edible Arrangements

My dad also made one of my favorite cakes…

Daddy-O Prepping the Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake #1

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, from this cookbook.  It’s made without butter or egg yolks, but is so rich and flavorful.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake #2

Blowing Out the Candles

I enjoyed my slice with quite a bit of fruit.

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It was a fabulous birthday weekend, and I’m pretty sure I sailed through it on a constant sugar high.  But wait! The treats will continue indefinitely; there are still a couple cupcakes left, and George and Judy gave me some fancy dark chocolate as well.

Pure Dark Goodies

I also enjoyed some snail mail from my long-lost lovelies, Carlye and Luke, great new running gear, fashion items… very spoiled, I am.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!  I’m off to do more reading and job searching.  Have a fabbity fab day!

*Sunday in the city

Long Runs & Last Days

Good morning and a happy Friday!  I am so excited for the weekend.  For one of the first times in a long time, I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and everything really will be okay.  Thank you so, so much for your kind comments on yesterday’s post.  Leaving my job was a really hard decision for many reasons, but I smiled every time my phone buzzed with an e-mail yesterday.  It’s incredible to know how supportive our community is!

Yesterday I’d planned to do another- my second- 6.4 mile run.  I fueled up with a piece of peanut butter-topped butternut squash banana bread.

Pre-Run Butternut Squash Banana Bread

I was still really stiff from the 30/60/90 class, so I warmed up with Yoga For Runners.  With loose mussels, I laced up and stuffed the Hammer Gel my dad gave to me into the tiny pocket of my running shorts for mid-run fuel.

Hammer Gel- Apple Cinnamon

Do you bring energy snacks for long workouts?

Hammer Gel- Apple Cinnamon- Nutrition

I ran to the same soundtrack I used on my first 6.4 miler… I’m a little superstitious about things like that. I didn’t have a problem with stitches until I was about 30 minutes into the run, but it wasn’t so bothersome.  It got really bad during the last 1/2 mile, but since I could literally see my house I pushed myself through it.  Erin gave me some great suggestions about belly-breathing, but I don’t seem to be able to puff out my stomach while inhaling! When I try, I sort of default into a double-inhale-gasp thing.  Overall, the run was a success.  I had to stop more than usual for traffic (which is a good thing, since I forgot to wear my RoadID), but now that I’ve done it twice I know that the first time wasn’t just a fluke!  It’s very exciting for me 😀

Total distance: 6.4 miles

Total time: 1:09:53

Maximum heart rate: 184 (92%)

Average heart rate: 171 (86%)

Calories burned: 773

I soaked some steel-cut oats in the fridge on Wednesday night, so when I came back from the run I dove into them.

Overnight Oats

Steel-cut oats expand a LOT; I had 1/2 cup of soaked oats with Greek yogurt, a banana, and cinnamon.

When stirred, they turn in to a sweet, tangy and delicious mess.

Stirred Overnight Oats

Paula made a return around lunchtime, when I enjoyed a bowl of leftover lentil soup.

Vegan Lentil Soup

I also gobbled up the last of my mom’s brown sugar Brussels sprouts.  I LOVE Fall produce!

Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts

I packed up the last of my chunks of energy to snack on during my last wait shift ever (I hope).

Chunks of Energy

I left a little early so that I could make two important stops.

Stop #1: Sephora!  Ladies (and gentlemen), if you are not yet apart of the Beauty Insider Club, what are you waiting for?!  I am not in any way affiliated with Sephora, but this perks club is the best. You get great online discounts, free goodies every time you earn a certain number of points, and birthday presents!

Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift

My birthday is still a week away, but they let me pick up it up early.  Pretty sweet, hmm? I also took advantage of being in the store to play around with the makeup a little bit… killing time at Sephora is one of my favorite things to do.  I can experiment in really silly ways without having to commit to actually buying a product (although I do that too, from time to time).  ALSO, if you want to try out any of their skincare items, just ask! They’ll make you a nice little to-go sample.

Stop #2: Liquiteria for some Grasshopper Juice (pineapple, pear, apple, wheatgrass & mint).  This is definitely not cheap, but it was my gift to myself for my last day of work.  And lordy lord, is it tasty!

Liquiteria Grasshopper Juice

Before I went into work I decided that I was going to make this day one of my best.  I was going to have fun, enjoy the company of my co-workers, and not let any restaurant stress get in the way.  Behold the power of positive thinking…. It worked!  I left on a very good note.

My dad came in for dinner, and after Judy joined him I got off early and we all went out to ice cream.  I think I’ve successfully hooked them all on Stögo! From left to right:

Judy’s: Coconut Vanilla Bean/ Coconut Strawberry; Dad’s: Banana’s Foster/ Chocolate Hazelnut; Mine: Bananas Foster.

Stögo Lineup

Now that I know how to make ice cream, Bananas Foster should be a cinch! This is made with banana “ice cream”, cinnamon, rum and caramel.

Stögo's Bananas Foster

On the ride home, I dug into dinner (for some reason whenever I go to Stögo, I eat dessert first!).  For my last meal, Ramón had hidden some of the scallops from our dinner special under my salad.  He is so sweet.

Scallop Dinner Salad

I came home to an adorable goodie kit from April at Sweet Leaf Tea.  I can’t wait to try out their different flavors! And I’m sure Ari can’t wait to try out those guitar pics 😉

Sweet Leaf Goodies

I slept hard last night, and now I’m off to the gym.  What are your weekend plans? I’m looking forward to catching up with a lot of my best friends!

Have a great Friday 🙂

Edited to add: Congratulations to my friends Shannon and Fredo, who welcomed baby Lucia into the world yesterday afternoon!!!

Voodoo Children

Good evening! I hope your long weekends were restful and rejuvenating and just what you needed to get ready for Fall.  As I mentioned, Ari and I took a 24-hour trip to Woodstock, NY, to get out of the city and enjoy a little mini-vay.

Before we left, I went on a 4.5 run, which I fueled up for with 1/2 banana w/almond butter and coffee (the image has been lost!)

When I got back, I made a portable breakfast using my new Ambrosial granola, which I found on sale at Whole Foods.

Ambrosial Granola

I layered Greek yogurt, warmed frozen berries, and the granola in my cup for a great on-the-go meal.

Portable Parfait

We hustled over to the rental car agency, where we learned that somehow the rate we were getting was $50 more than what had been advertised online.  Well… we were still ready to have fun!

On The Road

We split a bottle of POMx Pomegranate Hibiscus Light Green Tea to keep us hydrated on our journey.

POMx Pomegranate Hibiscus Green Tea

I’d packed a yummy sandwich for the road: TJ’s Marsala Veggie Burger, hummus, mustard, and arugula on Ezekiel.

Yummus Sandwich

I also snacked on an apple. Ari thinks I’m a little crazy for packing so much food, but a girl’s gotta be prepared!

We stopped at Roy Rogers for Ari to get lunch (it’s the boy’s favorite… he’d been talking excitedly about it for days), and I picked us up some disguises.

Stachios

Finally, we got to the house.

Woodstock

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Woodstock Windchime

Woodstock House #3

Woodstock Picnic Table

Woodstock Woods

I found a slug on my shoe…

Shoe Slug

We finally got our acts together and went into town to have dinner at Cucina.  I ordered a glass of Verdicchio, which I’d never tried.  Whenever there’s something new on the menu, I try to make a point of ordering it.

Cucina Wine

Bruschetta is one of Ari’s favorites, so we ordered the trio: basil-tomato-garlic, white beans-rosemary-sage, and (what was supposed to be free of) proscuitto and mozzarella.  I let Ari have that one.

Cucina Bruschetta Trio

I was in the mood for pasta, so I ordered the special: orecchiette with seared scallops, and mixed vegetables.

Cucina Scallop Pasta Special

Unfortunately, this wasn’t very good.  I picked up all of the scallops, ate all the vegetables, and had about half the pasta.

We split warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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This was a crowd- pleaser 🙂

Crowd Pleaser

I’ve only heard good things about Cucina, so I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they were just having an off night.  However, we still had a wonderful time: we sat outside on a beautiful old porch, and it was very cozy and romantic.

We left the restaurant, popped Big Eden into the DVD player, and curled up with a bottle of 2008 1883 Pinot Grigio.

2008 1883 Pinot Grigio

Here’s what Howard says about the wine: A Wente Pinot Grigio from Monterey, CA; near maturity but can be down for 2-3 years; medium weight, moderately dry; have at 45 degrees F; as an apératif or with lobster or fish.

We didn’t exactly follow the instructions, but I had had fish earlier in the night… my uneducated palate also thought the wine had a bit of a smoky flavor.

In the morning, we got up, showered, and went to Bread Alone for breakfast.  I ordered a bowl of their multigrain oatmeal, made with flax and dried fruit.

Bread Alone Multigrain Oatmeal

I’m always hesitant to buy oatmeal at breakfast spots, because I know they make it in bulk and it usually isn’t as good as the way I make it at home.  Let’s face it, we food bloggers know our oatmeal! I was right: this was mushy, and I had to dump almost all of the brown sugar in it just to give it some flavor.  The woman who took my order gave me a strange look when I asked if there was any other fruit I could put in it, so…. I think I’ll stick to eating it at home from now on. Oh well!

Right around the corner from the bakery, the Woodstock Flea Market was in full swing. Woodstock Flea Market

We didn’t buy any fruit…

Flea Market Fruit Stand

… but we did get some good car music.

Flea Market Car Music

We had time for a little lounging…

Woodstock Chairs

We stopped at a sandwich stop to pick up some road food on the way back to the city.

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We both chose the Green Club

Mayo Veggie Sandwich

unfortunately, both sides of our sandwiches were slathered with mayo.  I managed to scrape the majority off of mine, but just the thought of “the white and creamy” ruined the whole thing for him. Poor guy.

We also snacked on Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Dr. Krackers.

Dr. Krackers

I also ate the Papa Bear portion of a Whole Foods Granola bar, that Elise successfully convinced me was heaven on earth.  Oh, sweet heaven.  I need to break that bad boy into pieces in the future… that thing is half a pound!

Whole Foods Granola Bar

Seriously, look at the size of these things! I need to figure out how to make these.  The coconut was perfectly integrated, and the sesame seeds gave the bar the perfect level of crunch.

WF Granola

When we finally got home, I made an important to-do list:

To-Do

The hours just got away from me.

I was still really full from my granola bar, so I just heated up a cup of TJ’s Low Sodium Minestrone, mixed it with sriracha, and ate it with an Ezekiel English Muffin.

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Dessert was Oikos Plain Greek 0% with frozen berries and bee pollen.

Yogurt with berries and bee pollen

For those of you who’ve asked what bee pollen tastes like: the texture is a bit chalky, but the flavor is pleasant and reminds me a lot of herbal tea.

I’m so sorry to be so behind on the blogs… it’s going to take me a bit of time catching up.  Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

7.5

Good evening, friends! I don’t know about you, but this has been a very long day! Tuesdays seem harder to get through than Mondays. I did manage to get 7.5 hours of sleep, which set a nice tone for the day.  I’ve decided to start logging my sleep to make sure I get enough…

I decided on a hot breakfast this morning, and oats were just the thing. I incorporated some of my nut meat into the bowl, and it was terrific! It’s a little sweet, and went perfectly with the salty peanut butter.

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  • 1/2 cup oats (made w/ water)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 nectarine
  • cinnamon
  • 1 scoop almond nut meat
  • 1 scoop chunky peanut butter

I ran a lot of errands for my internship today, and on one of the four trips to the post office I picked up an iced coffee to keep me going through the humidity.

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My boss let me leave at lunchtime, so I took my food to the park and enjoyed a leisurely meal.  I’d made Heidi Swanson‘s Giant Black Bean Salad:

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Really delicious! I didn’t have time to blend the jalepeño dressing this morning, but it tasted just fine.

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I also had a Musselman’s Key Lime Cupaçao applesauce and a Banana Nut Vitatop:

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Deliciously filling lunch! I’m glad I brought it to work instead of spending money to eat out.

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I was right by the gym, but my tum wasn’t quite ready to work out.  I sat in the locker room and read my magazine for a while… probably looked a little odd, but that’s okay 🙂  I was pretty zonked and only did 20 minutes on the stairs and a few weight machines. Better than nothing!

I took advantage of my time in the locker room to do some Operation Beautiful work…

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… then rehydrated with some coconut water.

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Since I was in the neighborhood, I went straight to my mom’s office with good intentions of getting work done, but… she found me 45 minutes later, napping on the couch. Whoops.  When I woke up, I snacked on some Oh Nuts sunflower seeds:

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I never was a huge seed-girl, but these were pretty good.  I’ve noticed my taste buds changing recently… for example, I’ve been craving a lot of coconut, salty and fruity things. Normally, I’d have just gone straight for the chocolate.  Strange.

My mom and I met my dad for dinner at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants, Nam.  We split everything:

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Shrimp dumplings wrapped in banana leaves

Unwrapped, they look like this…

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Grilled prawns wrapped in rice paper with cucumber, basil & peanut sauce

Grilled prawns wrapped in rice paper with cucumber, basil & peanut sauce

Steamed mushroom ravioli

Steamed mushroom ravioli

Crispy red snapper in chili lime sauce

Crispy red snapper in chili lime sauce

Grilled shrimp and scallops with vegetables in a lime basil sauce

Grilled shrimp and scallops with vegetables in a lime basil sauce

Warm banana bread with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and taosted coconut

Warm banana bread with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and taosted coconut

We get that dessert every time… it’s amazing, like a mix between banana bread pudding and rum raisin ice cream. Mmm!  It was a lot of food, but it was so, so good.

When I got home, I was still feeling munchy, so I had one of the apples my dad brought me from the Farmer’s Market.

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*Upwelling update: Thanks to each and every lovely fan out there, the boys have sold out Amazon, Barnes & Noble and J&R in New York, and I still have not been able to pick up a copy! You can still order it on iTunes, reserve a copy on Amazon, or you can order the album directly from their label, which I just did to ensure the giveaway winners get their copies!  I’ll announce the winners of the contest tomorrow morning.

Healthy Living Summit Pt. 1

Good evening and greetings from the Healthy Living Summit in Boston! It’s been quite a long day, but it’s been interesting. I’ve met some great people, eaten some tasty food, and can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store.

This morning I got up bright and early to get some household chores done.  I had a great breakfast mess of yogurt, a plum, 1/2 banana, grapes, and chocolate PB2.

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After I packed and took out the trash (without incident, thankfully) I had time to go for a quick run.  I don’t know if I was excited for the weekend, or was enjoying a good jam, but the run was great! I didn’t stop and ran my two miles readily and happily.

Total time: 21:14 minutes

Maximum heart rate: 194 (97%)

Average heart rate: 165 (83%)

Calories burned: 225

I showered quickly, strapped myself with baggage (I always over-pack) and met my mom for lunch at the Lafayette Grill.

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I ordered a niçoise salad with grilled scallops, egg-whites (I threw out the yolks), lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

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Pretty good for a lunch on the fly! We loaded back up and headed into Chinatown to catch the Fung Wah bus. Lucky for me, this meant passing by a special produce stand…

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… and picking up a young coconut! I love New York.

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Despite some horror stories, the bus ride was fine.  Over the five-hour ride, I had a Peanut Butter Cookie Luna bar:

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I also had an apple while trying to figure out how to navigate my way to the hotel from Boston’s South Station.

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I checked into my room and was very happy to discover this king-size bed. Ari was planning on coming with me but had to leave for bigger and better things, soooo… I love you, sugarpie, but I am going to s p r e a d OUT tonight!

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At seven, I left the hotel and headed next door to Rustic Kitchen, where the first Healthy Living Summit event was taking place.  We had a separate room all to ourselves (bounced by Mark); it was beautifully laid out with lots of light and unique decorations.

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The menu was interesting; food was served buffet-style on the bar.

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The highlight of my night was finally meeting Anna, who writes Blue Plate Special, one of my favorite blogs. This is a pretty atrocious photo of me, but she looked fabulous!

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Lucky for me, Anna came with her hilarious sister Meg.  Tomorrow gonna be a good day 🙂

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I started the night with a vodka soda, and dragged it out for as long as possible.

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I loaded my first plate with mixed greens, wild mushroom & goat cheese bruschetta, arancini, and margharita pizza.

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My second and final drink was a glass of Pinot Grigio.

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The next plate was loaded with ratatouille (I didn’t finish this), portobello & goat cheese pizza (my favorite), and fig preserve pizza (sans proscuitto).

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I may have had another “cheese ball” or two… these babies were good!  I was, however, insatiable. Why? Alcohol + salt = one serious chocolate craving. Luckily, I’d brought a 1.2 oz bar of Green & Black’s Mayan Gold (dark chocolate with orange & spices) with me.  Thank heavens!

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We have a very early day tomorrow (registration starts at 8) so I’m going to go enjoy my giant bed.  Have a great night!

The Wrath of Veggie

Good afternoon, friends! It always feels like it’s been so long since I’ve checked in, because I’m used to posting three times a day! I miss the routine, but… life happens.

Thanks to all of you who gave me mid-work snack suggestions! Here are some of your ideas:

  • Nutrition / granola bars
  • Veggie crudité with nut butter
  • String cheese
  • Kashi Go Lean w/ almonds & raisins
  • Trail mix
  • Oatmeal
  • Annie’s Mac & Cheese
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Fruit leather
  • Applesauce
  • Sliced apple w/ extra sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 avocado w/ lemon wedge (I might try to keep this one in the fridge!)

I don’t have to work again until Sunday, so I have some time to get my snack’ums together. Thanks again for the tips!

Yesterday morning we slept late-ish (bed at 2 will do that to ya!) and went to the diner for breakfast.  Coffee abounded.

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I got an egg white omelet with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms and feta.  I held off on the potatoes.

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There was some funkiness going on with my toast.  I ordered it dry (a rarity!), but if you look closely, you can see that the bottom half (the top half, in the picture) has been chopped off! This half-toast business was a little half-cocked, eh?

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I modeled my new sweater over breakfast;  Ari’s mom made it for me as a graduation present.  You can’t really tell in this photo, but it’s made with beautiful multi-colored ribbon yarn.  Homemade gifts are so special, especially when they’re something I’ll actually wear!

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After I devoured finished my eggs in a lady-like fashion, I headed into the city to go to the gym.  The subway was all messed up and I ended up waiting for my train for almost half an hour.  I had to shorten my workout, so I pushed myself extra hard with the time I did have.  I used the speed training function on the Stairmaster and worked it out on a higher level than I usually do.  It was really hard, and there were a few minutes when I thought my heart might leap out of my chest, but I felt great after 20 minutes! I also did some arm machines (which might not be the best thing to do before an 8-hour wait shift…) and abs.

Total time: 47:22 minutes

Maximum heart rate: 201

Average heart rate: 160

Calories burned: 465

I realized once I’d already left the house that I’d forgotten to bring my corn soup 😦 . I went to Whole Foods and picked up a small bowl of cold cucumber mango soup and a hummus, sprout & cucumber “petite sandwich.”

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The soup was good… it was made with a lot of curry and would probably have been really good poured over veggies, rice and tofu.  The sandwich was eh… I couldn’t taste the hummus at all.  But… can’t beat the $1.99 price tag!

At work, I had a skim cappuccino (and no, I won’t be quitting my day job to pursue art):

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I got really lucky with dinner, and it was so pretty that I ran upstairs to grab my camera to take a picture for you.

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My favorite chef was working and made me my favorite salad: mixed greens with beets, tomatoes, oranges and candied walnuts in a balsamic vinaigrette.  We were serving a scallop special, so Ramon fried some up and plopped them on.  (I would prefer they not be fried, but beggars can’t be choosers.)

So here’s where the wrath starts.  Most people who know me, physically or virtually, will agree that I’m pretty nice, and am usually a very calm and rational person.  It takes a lot to “push my buttons,” or rather, it takes a lot for me to show that I’m upset about something. Well.  Last night, I went out with a friend after work for a quick drink.  As soon as we walked into the bar, one in a group of middle-aged men made a really nasty and degrading comment about me, and didn’t even attempt to saw it quietly.  Without thinking, I called him out on it, but because I did it calmly (and had the upper hand by being sober and articulate), I think I shamed him. I hope I did.  Ari wanted to go in and say something to them when he picked me up, but I just wanted to let it go… but 12 hours later, I’m still fuming! GRR.

This morning I was craving cereal carbs.  I made a big bowl of Basic 4 and topped it with a fresh nectarine (my first of the season) and skim milk. Parfait!

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It’s now time, at the late hour of 1:15, to start the day.  We’re going to try to go to Hot Power Fusion Yoga: A powerful blend of the healing postures of Hot Yoga with the strengthening flow of Heated Vinyasa. Each of the 26 postures in the Hot Power Fusion series is intended to prepare students for the next posture. This class balances the entire body by strengthening, opening and flushing all the anatomical systems. The set sequence is thoughtfully designed for all levels and with continued practice promises to become a moving meditation. The postures have no end nor does the perfect, ultimate posture exist. Hot Power Fusion is a yoga practice students can evolve and enjoy throughout their lifetime.

Sounds promising! Have a great day 🙂