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Celiac test

This morning, I tried the new brand of instant oatmeal I purchased at the store on Monday: Better Oats. This was the best instant oatmeal I have had in ages. The cinnamon plum spiced flavor was different and so delicious. The ingredients and nutrition facts are great as well.



Lunch was another smashed white bean sandwich, some carrots and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. The highlight of my lunch break was trying this little So Delicious coconut chocolate milk. Craig had it for lunch too and enjoyed it.


Besides being dairy and soy free, it’s also gluten free. When I saw that on the back of the carton, I couldn’t help but think of the lab test I was having drawn after work today. I had to get the Celiac panel done. Let’s just hope I don’t have to go gluten free. I’ll let you know when I get the results, of course.


After eating lunch, I ventured outside into the windy, yet warm January temps for a nice walk. I returned this video to the library before I started walking around downtown Milwaukee.

We watched this Jamie Oliver’s Food Escapes show last night and it was fun! I liked seeing the scenery and food that is typically found in Stockholm, Sweden. I don’t like fish, so I am not sure how I would do traveling there. I am willing to try everything once though. 🙂


I made myself a homemade pizza for dinner tonight. I was trying to use up some things in the freezer-a whole wheat Boboli crust and some pineapple. So, 1/4 was pineapple and ham, I made some with just cheese and ham for Craig and then veggies on the rest! My favorite flavor of pizza is Hawaiian and I rarely get to have it, so this was the closest I got to it in a while (no Canadian bacon but the ham gave it a nice flavor that was close).



The evening flew by tonight! After I rested on the couch, we got to the gym where I got an intense 5.21 mile bike ride in and some weights lifted.

Good night!

Gorgeous Fall Day

Hooray for the work week being over!

I started off my Friday with stovetop oats with a small banana, pumpkin puree, apple slices, and wheat germ.

This was the first time I remember having wheat germ, although the taste was familiar. My mom said she buys it, so maybe I had it at my parents’ house before. I liked it! I especially loved the apple slices in the oats. I think I’ll be adding those again soon. I seem to be addicted to apples lately. When I run out of them, I instantly feel like I need to go and buy more.

wheat germ, apples, stovetop oats, coffee

I left work a little earlier than normal today because it was just so beautiful outside and I couldn’t stand being indoors anymore. Before Craig came home, I went on a long walk around our neighborhood while listening to the Dishing Up Nutrition podcast about diabetes.

One of the nutritionists mentioned working with a Minneapolis area based company where their cafe actually charged more for junk food than for whole foods. The whole foods were cheap on purpose so the employees would choose the healthy options more often. Pretty cool!

walking on a beautiful fall day

The “haunted house” in our neighborhood had this guy outside. Eek! The house actually has haunted house tours every Friday evening during October. Kind of fun for the neighborhood kids.

Halloween decoration--scary face

Craig and I decided to hit the tennis courts after work. We both like playing tennis, but hadn’t done so all summer! Can’t believe the first time we played this year was October 7th! I guess it was a hot summer, but the other excuse is that Craig hurt his knee doing some yard work in May and didn’t want to risk hurting it more by playing tennis. It felt good to get out with my racket! We weren’t the best, but that’s ok. We had fun and got some exercise in. There was a cross country meet at the park we went to and that was neat to watch.

I had half of this Berry Almond Crunch Pure Fit bar before we played. It’s gluten free, dairy free, low glycemic, vegan, no wheat, and has high protein at 18g per bar.

Pure Fit Berry Almond Crunch bar

I really liked the texture. It was chewy and tasty! Can’t wait to try more of the Pure Fit bars.

Pure Fit bar

I picked up another Matt Damon movie at the library today, The Adjustment Bureau, so that’s what we’re watching tonight. I already saw it in the theater with my friend Laurie, but Craig hasn’t seen it yet.

And tomorrow morning, I will or will not chop my hair. Either way, the side bangs will give me a bit of the change that I am yearning for with my style. Thanks for all of your feedback on which styles you like from what I posted yesterday.

Hope you’re having a fantastic start to your weekend!

A baby shower, trip to Target, and a nice walk outside

Hope your Sunday has been good!

We went for a bike ride this morning and it felt good to get out on our bikes again. We didn’t go far though because it looked like it was going to rain.

After working on a lengthy blog post this morning, I got ready to head to a baby shower for Craig’s cousin, Amber.

No food pictures, but I did have Craig snap this one of me with my baby, Karma, before leaving.

me and Karma

My lunch at the shower was a smattering of green salad, fruit salad, taco salad, cheese, and tomatoes. No pictures of my food because I was sitting by Craig’s grandma and she probably would have been a little weirded out by me taking pics of my meal!

We played lots of fun baby shower games. One of them involved each of us cutting a piece of string that we thought would fit best around Amber’s belly. Mine was close, but didn’t win!


Another game had us all receiving this cute little mini “diaper” and whomever had the brown marker stain in it, or “the poop,” won a prize.


Amber opened lots of nice gifts–cute clothes for her little girl and not too many pink items, as she requested. She got this need framed print of her baby’s name, her and her husband’s names, and other words printed on it. Loved that idea! So personal!


The funniest game we played was this one and you’ll see why from the picture.


We had to try to draw a picture of the baby on the paper plate while keeping it on our head the whole time.

And the last game–we had to write down as many baby things as we could in five minutes. I came up with 32 and the winner got 39. I did pretty well for someone who doesn’t have kids! I guess I have been around babies so much my whole life, that it isn’t hard to think of all of the little things they need.


Can’t wait to meet her little baby girl when she arrives in late September!

After the shower, Craig and I went to Target. For once, I didn’t go with a list of food or household items I needed to buy. Craig needed some pants and I looked in the clothes section too–coming away with a pair of dressy dark jeans that fit perfectly, a black skirt that will be great for traveling because it’s the material that never wrinkles, and a gray dressier sweatshirt that may just be perfect for yoga or fall walks outside.

I also looked around at cell phones at Target because I need to switch from Sprint to a new carrier in October. I love the idea of picking out a new phone, but hate finding a new carrier. I had luck with Sprint for years, but my mom and I both use it and find that the reception is not so great lately. I swear it’s not our phones either. I am debating about whether or not I should get a data plan. I don’t really “need it” but it would be nice to have on occasion.

Instead of going to the gym tonight, I just went for a solo 20 minute walk outside while listening to the Dishing Up Nutrition podcast. I always learn so much from those podcasts! The other day, I learned that I probably should ask about why I have been on my acid reflux medicine so long, because the nutritionists said that no one should be on the med I am for more than four months. I think I have been on it for two years now. Eek! Today’s episode got me thinking about eliminating gluten, dairy, or soy from my diet and seeing if that helps me feel less bloated and sick at times. It’s so addictive to listen to those podcasts in particular, but maybe it’s my genuine interest in nutrition and health.

This post is getting wordy and chatty, so I better end it. I need to finish up my Kodak gallery post tonight too.

Can’t get enough tempeh!

I actually had a pretty good Monday! I wasn’t too tired either. 🙂

Susan of The Great Balancing Act had an even better Monday.

I am sure most of you have heard about the awesome fundraiser Janetha at meals & moves put together for Susan. I did bid on a few things, but didn’t win anything and couldn’t keep up with the bids while at work. I was just following the twitter stream on the Great Fundraising Act and saw that they are nearly up to $25,000 raised! That is so wonderful! I am so happy to be a part of this supportive and giving community. Now Susan can hopefully cover the cost of her meds down the road so she can bravely battle cancer.

I just started reading Susan’s blog about a month ago and I have teared up a couple of times reading her posts. She writes so beautifully and honestly.

The rest of this post seems boring compared to the excitement that the Great Fundraising Act created among the blog community today.

Breakfast was Mom’s Best Naturals cereal.

Mom's Best Naturals Sweetened Wheat-Fuls

The ingredients aren’t too bad. I found it at our local grocery store, Pick N’ Save, and had never seen the brand before.

Ingredients cereal

Mom's best sweetened wheat-fuls

I didn’t take a picture of my lunch, but I had a big spinach salad with warmed up tofu, grape tomatoes, green peppers and feta. Yeah, basically what I had yesterday without the mushrooms. I was so full, that all I could eat after that was two Back to Nature peanut butter creme cookies.

My after work snack was Chobani non-fat greek yogurt, berries, and homemade double coconut granola. This tasted divine together. I know what I am having for breakfast tomorrow! 🙂

yogurt, berries, granola

I also dug into some Food Should Taste Good Toasted Sesame chips (I am picking the giveaway winner tomorrow evening, so get your entries in)!

Food Should Taste Good Toasted Sesame chips

And dinner will look familiar because it’s what I had last night (except for the cooked green beans).

tempeh sandwich, green beans

That’s right, the tempeh spinach tomato sandwich will probably be one that keeps appearing on my blog because it’s so good that I can’t get enough of it.

I cooked up some green beans from our garden and made them the way my cooking teacher did in class last week. I boiled the water, threw them in for about three minutes, put some olive oil and sea salt on top and they were perfect! Craig tried one and didn’t even mind that they weren’t as cooked as he likes his.

I took my usual pictures of the cats being funny tonight.

Right before I snapped this picture of Tanzi, he was making an Elvis face that had Craig and I cracking up.

Tanzi the kitty

He looked like he said “thannk you verrrry much” with his lip curled up. Too bad I couldn’t snap a pic fast enough to capture it!

Karma was up to his weird antics sitting on the top of the recliner. It drives Craig nuts (and makes him slouch), but we still think it’s cute. I have seen pictures of other cats doing this, but this is a recent thing for Karma.

Karma and Craig

I’ve been keeping up with reading blogs by using this iPod/phone app called Feeddler.



It’s like Google Reader but better. When I am on a computer, I still enjoy using Google Reader. Reading blogs on my iPod through the Google app just wasn’t cutting it anymore.


And to end this lengthy post–my workout today included a 25 minute walk on the treadmill while watching HGTV. I lifted some weights and used the Freemotion machines tonight in addition to the normal machines I usually use. I could really feel the Freemotion working my arm muscles!

When I got back from the gym, Craig and I went on a walk around the neighborhood.

Buonasera tutti!

Nutrition Podcasts

I can’t believe the week is almost over! I had a great day at work. That is awesome considering today marks the start of one of my busiest seasons at work. I guess I just needed a change of pace and getting away from my desk most of the morning felt good. The day flew by! I always had something to keep me busy and I kind of thrive on that, as long as I am not too stressed out.

I’ve been listening to nutrition podcasts on my way to work lately (all pictures were taken at stoplights, not while the car was moving) and while this one hasn’t impressed me yet:

Vegetartian Food For Thought

There just has been mostly promoting of the podcast author’s books and her being apologetic for not podcasting for a while. I haven’t learned much at all quite yet!

Vegetarian Food for Thought Podcast

This one did impress me today! The subject was “The Dark Side of Soy.” I can’t wait to keep listening. I kind of like the speaker’s voice though because she’s from Minnesota and I find her Midwestern accent soothing. I know, I am weird. 🙂

Dishing Up Nutrition

They were cautioning using soy for menopausal treatment and eating too much of it in general.

Dishing Up Nutrition

Do you ever listen to nutrition/fitness or other podcasts? Any favorites? I like language podcasts too. I am sort of a language geek though.

While I lived in Switzerland, I missed hearing the English language, so I used to listen to podcasts on my iBook each night. I looked forward to it while having dinner most evenings.

Back to last night–I did go to the gym and I lifted some weights and ran/walked on the treadmill. I set an incline on the treadmill to sort of prepare for Sunday’s 10K run. I did pretty well with the hills! I guess I am used to them from living in San Francisco and running two half-marathons and Bay to Breakers there.

After the gym, I needed a quick dinner, so I had a veggie masala burger on whole wheat bread with spinach.

veggie masala burger

Dessert was Stonyfield vanilla yogurt with berries, which is what I had for breakfast this morning too. One of the strawberries was from our garden and it just smelled so delicious!

strawberry from garden

berries, yogurt

Right before we went to bed last night, Craig and I went for a nighttime walk. It was fun to walk under the street lights. Kind of romantic too! 🙂


Breakfast was Stonyfield Vanilla yogurt with strawberries and blueberries. This was exactly what I wanted!

Stonyfield yogurt with berries, coffee

Lunch was a nice potluck one at work. I brought the veggies. I haven’t purchased baby carrots in ages, but they were easier to just bring instead of preparing some for the lunch.


This was our wonderful spread of food. I had turkey meatloaf, fruit, carrot cake (heavenly), gummies, doughnut holes, veggies, and pasta salad. We had a celebratory goodbye lunch for a volunteer that has been in our department for years. It was sad to hear her reminisce about her wonderful time at my workplace.

pics 6-9-11 002

Clearly I am feeling better today because I enjoyed a nice big plate of food and wasn’t too worried about what I ate. Sometimes when I get sick like I have been the last couple of days, I am ravenous for the next couple of days. I swear it’s because my body isn’t processing food correctly or something and then it craves all of these nutrients.

After work, I was trying my hardest to make it to Zumba class at 5, but due to a baseball game, I had to take the long way home. I just decided to take a rest day because I usually do on Wednesdays anyway. Craig and I went on a walk around the neighborhood instead.

Dinner was late and quickly made-the pizza bagel with basil, bruschetta sauce, pizza sauce, and provolone cheese.

pizza bagel

pizza bagel

Time to go read some blogs and then call it a night!

Noticing a gap in my diet today

Glad Monday is over! It was hard to wake up this morning. I think I hit the snooze button three or four times.

I was in the mood for cereal for breakfast, so I tried Raisin Bran crunch. For some reason, I’ve been having cravings for Raisin Bran and I got a good deal on some with double coupon days on Saturday. I didn’t think the “crunch” was a whole lot different than the regular though.

Raisin Bran Crunch cereal, coffee

At work, I had an almond iced coffee and a cinnamon mini bagel just plain and warmed up in the microwave.

Lunch today was thrown together quickly, which is why it lacks veggies. I had a pb & j sandwich, a peach chobani and Stacy’s pita chips. I also had a lovely German chocolate Ritter sport mini bar.

lunch-pb & j, peach chobani, pita chips

After meditating and “being vocal” about my day (my way of saying complaining), I hit the gym and that made me feel better right away. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and completed some pretty tough intervals while watching House Hunters International. I then lifted weights and did some abs. A pretty normal workout, but I felt energized at the end.

Dinner was some of the spinach I got at the farmer’s market (which seemed unusually dirty compared to spinach I have bought from farmers before. I know veggies and fruit are sometimes going to be dirty, but this was very dirty), red peppers, and I topped it with a Morningstar black bean veggie burger. This was a great & quick meal. You’ll be seeing more of this on the blog!


Enjoyed the meal outside while the hubby watered our plants with fertilizer.

It was pretty nice out this evening, so we went for a walk around the neighborhood. And finally, we read outside together. Craig is reading the sample of the “127 Hours” book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and is enjoying it so far. I didn’t comment on the movie on any of my weekend posts. It was pretty good. We could not watch the really gross parts! I definitely want to prepare for the worst whenever we go anywhere in nature now or on a long road trip.

So, after writing this post and reviewing the preview, I noticed something. I didn’t eat any fruit today and I am not happy about that. I mean, I have lots of it in my fridge, but I just didn’t incorporate fruit into my meals. I guess you could sort of count the raisins in my cereal and the peaches in my chobani yogurt. This is why I like to blog my meals because I see what I am lacking and also what may be affecting my tummy troubles. I better go eat a bowl of raspberries!

That’s all folks. It’s already 9 p.m. and almost time for me to hit the hay.

Biking, bugs, and bungalows

Yesterday afternoon, I went on a 40 minute bike ride on the city streets to the Oak Leaf trail.

me and my Trek bike

Oak Leaf Trail, Greenfield area

I got as far as Root River parkway and turned around. I probably rode around 6 miles roundtrip, maybe more.

Trek bike handels, trail

My helmet is a Nutcase one that I received from my brother and sister-in-law for my b-day last year. They got me a different print in a size too big, so I exchanged it at REI for this cute one. It protects my head better than my old bike helmet and it’s super comfy to wear. It also allows me to wear my normal sunglasses with the helmet, where my old one didn’t do that.

biking, nutcase helmet

During times like these, I wish I had a garmin to wear or a bike computer. My husband has a bike computer, so I usually just rely on him to tell me how far we’ve gone. Anyway, it was a nice ride on such a beautiful day! I am glad I took advantage of it.

My heart was racing when I got home and plopped in an outdoor chair to drink water and read magazines in the sun. I didn’t stay out long because I fear getting burned. It felt good to soak up the sun for a bit.

One of the magazines I paged through was the April 2011 edition of Rachel Ray’s Everyday and I found this recipe, which sounds delicious. I hope to make it soon and report back on how it is!

Quinoa and Bean Salad Rachel Ray

Quinoa and Bean Salad

I kind of snacked my way through dinner–a bowl of raspberries, some Food Should Taste Good cheddar chips, some pieces of french baguette, a tofutti cutie. Later on, I enjoyed a Woodchuck Cider and a blueberry chobani while watching Food Revolution.

Craig and I went on a 35 minute walk around a different neighborhood not far from our house. We kept noticing strange things around this particular area, like a lit up flamingo in the window! A couple of blocks away from our house, I managed to have a typical Lisa moment. A bug flew in my eye, stuck to my contact lense (Craig could see it and was telling me he could, which almost made it worse), and I had to take out my lense. I carried it home like it was an injured bird, cupping it in my hand. Gross. Why do those strange things always seem to happen to me!?

After our walk, it was Jamie Oliver time! Turns out his TV show will be canceled probably after the next episode airs. Yes, folks. That means no more Food Revolution, for now at least. I hope he continues onto another city and tries to make an impact there. Jamie, come to Milwaukee! We need your help and I would love to meet you! 🙂

Here are my Food Revolution takeaways for the week:
-Jamie visited a high school in Santa Barbara. They changed their food program from junk to healthy foods successfully and it was clear that many whole foods were prevalent in their school kitchen! It also helped that they receive some of their produce from the school garden. One of the girls on the show said that she appreciated learning how her food was grown through the school garden.
-Jamie visited the family that he met with last week–the one who ate all of the fast food before meeting Jamie. Turns out that the dad lost 16 lbs. already, he cooks a lot more, and the older kid in the family said he feels better in general. They also started growing a small garden, which impressed Jamie.

And onto today…we slept in a bit, I meditated and then hopped on Craig’s mac mini to get my e-mail and google reader under control!

I ate this while reading blogs. Chobani with raspberries and blueberries.

Chobani, berries, coffee

Around lunch time, we headed out to have the buffet at Royal India restaurant. I didn’t take a pic, but the meal was the standard one I usually have when I go there–paneer tikka masala, naan, veggies (cooked and fresh), mango ice cream, and today we got to enjoy tea as well. I had some kind of dessert that was new to me–carrots cooked with butter, cinnamon and something else I can’t remember. It was really good and you could not even tell it was carrots!

My food baby needed a good walk, so we headed over to the Best Food store on 13th and Holt to check it out. This is the grocery store my Indian class cooking teacher recommended for a good selection and great prices. She was right. I came with my recipes in hand, but didn’t feel like buying anything and searching for ingredients. My stomach was so full that I just felt icky.

Next door was Bombay Sweets, but we didn’t go in. They have a Vegetarian restaurant and my teacher said they had snacks (which are called chaat I believe) in Bombay Sweets.

Best Food and Bombay Sweets

Then it was time to go to Craig’s grandma’s house, which has a pending offer on it. It’s on the southside of Milwaukee in a typical Milwaukee bungalow neighborhood. Craig’s dad had rented it for the last 5 years, but now the renters are out and he has had a lot of cleaning/fixing up to do. The renters really trashed the place. So, if you are a renter, take care of your place for the sake of landlords like my father-in-law who had to take care of the place because his mom had a stroke and was put in a nursing home.

Milwaukee bungalow-Craig's grandma's house

Seeing the inside brought back memories of the bungalow I grew up in for half of my life in Wauwatosa.

interior of Milwaukee bungalow

I always loved the built-in cabinets, fireplaces, and larger closets in the house I grew up in.

On the way home, we picked up a free photo collage at Walgreens. Ok, it was supposed to be a “Father’s Day” deal, but I always take advantage of these free collages when I can, which is usually during random Hallmark holidays. I made one of our trip to Florida. If you live near a Walgreens, get their photo e-mail updates and you’ll know when these freebies are available.

Walgreens collage Florida 2011

And finally, I got myself to the gym this evening. I went during dinner time because my food baby was still very big. The gym was dead, which was great.

I planned out what I was going to do ahead of time in terms of free weights. I used this book I checked out from the library.

The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises

I looked up some tricep exercises, some of which I do already. This book lays out the moves in such a nice way and as a visual learner, I appreciate being able to picture the correct form in my head while at the gym.

dumbell kickback


I also biked while reading Health, did some squats on the BOSU, did some balance work and lifted a few weights in the circuit.

Ok, it’s getting late, so I’m going to end this super long post. How’s your weekend going?


I headed to yoga class tonight, but as I went there, I discovered more and more traffic lights that had lost their power. When I got to the YMCA, the parking lot was nearly empty and I figured their power was also out. I had to turn around and go home. 😦 I was bummed because I hadn’t been to my favorite yoga teacher’s class in a while and now I had to miss it again. At least I have yoga at work to look forward to tomorrow.

It was in the upper 90’s today, but Craig and I improvised and went on a little walk around our neighborhood when I got back from the gym. After I post, I will probably turn on the Wii and use that to exercise as well.

I’m still not taking pictures of my daily meals, but I did take some of the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Black Sea Salt that I had for dessert today.


While it tasted pretty good, I was a bit disappointed when I saw the ingredient between cream (milk) and cane sugar.


See it? Corn syrup–oh no! Not that I don’t eat other products that contain corn syrup once in a while, but I expected more from TJ’s.

Not sure if this label below is true then. Don’t want to cut on my beloved Trader Joe’s, but I am concerned they are using corn syrup in more products and I am not reading their labels enough when I shop there.


I finished The Help on my lunch break today so I can get it back to my friend when I see her for dinner tomorrow. As I said before, I really enjoyed it and I think it was very well written. Impressive for the author’s first novel! Can’t wait to see what else she comes out with in the future and to see the movie when it comes out this summer!

After I do some yoga and other exercises on the Wii, Craig and I have to finish a movie we already started called Hereafter.


You see, I am a huge Matt Damon fan, so I have seen every movie he has ever been in. Even the horrible ones. I am liking Hereafter so far. Hope the rest is good!


I may not be able to blog tomorrow night because I am headed to dinner at Kil@wat with the girls. It’s downtown dining week in Milwaukee and I am excited to experience a new restaurant! I had to be picky and choose a place that offered a vegetarian meal. Hope it’s a good veggie meal because sometimes they are disappointing and smaller than meals with meat and veggies. I’ll let you local readers know how it is.

Oh and I just saw the cutest commercial with cats in it on TV. I found it on you tube, but I am not so good with you tube, so I have no clue how to post it here. This is the link to it if you’re a big cat fan like I am!

Off to squeeze in some more exercise!

Happy and lucky

It was tough getting out of bed this morning! We woke up to Karma pounding away at the baby gates and meowing–before my alarm went off at 5:30. At least the little guy still has energy because we had another health scare with him over the weekend. He was struggling to breathe and was coughing a lot on Sunday. I hope he hangs in there and overcomes what the vets thought about his condition.

Karma the cat

Anyway, breakfast was a leftover homemade pancake and Chobani with preserves and fresh blueberries.


It was so hot out today and I decided to wear a dress to work. Everyone was surprised how dressed up I was. I guess I am usually a scrub!? No, I am not, but I usually just wear pants and a top. I dress kind of plain like most people at my workplace do. I probably got about 10 comments ranging from “Lisa is wearing a dress and heels!” to “do you have a fancy meeting today?” to “is Craig taking you out on a hot date tonight?” to “Craig better watch it when you are wearing a dress like that.” I was also told my dress flattered my figure and that my legs were tan (thank god for Sephora self-tanning spray that I put on before the wedding this weekend). I am pretty pale, so the tan comment probably was the nicest one I got all day!

Lunch was leftover pizza, carrots and a granny smith apple. Oh and I snagged a swedish fish gummy for dessert.

lunch 5-31-11

I read The Help outside on my break for a bit and it was getting so good that I didn’t want to put it down! I have to say that it is weird to read out of a real book after reading a couple on the kindle. I miss the kindle, but can appreciate normal books too.

I had a major chocolate craving strike at work around 2 p.m. and bought a chocolate chip cookie. I really wanted to bake some yesterday, but the hot temps prevented me from doing so because it was already near 90 in our house before we put our air on.

After work, I came home and snacked on peanut butter from the jar, some chocolate (notice a theme here?) and then I ate a pumpernickel roll with swiss rye cheese.

I went to the gym and cranked out 15 minutes on the bike, 25 minutes walking and running on the treadmill and some leg weights. My ankle was really bothering me while walking on the treadmill and surprisingly, running didn’t bother it at all. You probably are wondering what will happen with the 10k I signed up for. I will most likely just walk/run it. We have to do better than a 15 minute mile pace, so that should be feasible. My friend/co-worker who is also signed up for it agreed to probably walk/run with me, so that will be good!

And because I love being outside and being with my husband, we went for a 20 minute walk when I got back from the gym! A little teenage boy told me he loved me on the walk and Craig yelled back “I love her too!” Aaah, too much love in the air tonight! I was really chatty on our walk and it’s because I was just happy today when I got back from work. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too happy to be back at work all day, but I appreciate my life outside of work even more then.

It ended up being my lucky day! I won a fantastic giveaway for this book from Kitchen Conundrum. I love to bake and prefer it over cooking, so this win is perfect for me!


I am sure I will be baking some recipes from the book soon and can share the recipes and thoughts on them with you then! Do you prefer baking over cooking too or do you like both equally? Maybe I like baking because I love sweets.

On that note, I am going to sign off of here and read some blogs, plus my book.

Greek yogurt comparison: Chobani vanilla vs. The Greek Gods

I tried a new brand of Greek yogurt for breakfast today. My sister-in-law works close to a Woodman’s and she offered to pick me up anything I needed. I got excited because I had just run out of Chobani last week and needed a big tub again desperately. Unfortunately, Woodman’s was out of the plain, so she got me a vanilla. She also mentioned the Greek gods brand over the phone and I figured I would just try their plain. When she brought the yogurts over yesterday, I did a quick comparion of the nutritional stats and saw why the Greek gods yogurt was cheaper.

Chobani vanilla yogurt; Greek gods greek yogurt

The protein was only 4g per 4 oz serving compared to Chobani’s whopping 22 grams per 8 oz serving. I may pay extra for the Chobani, but it’s worth it to me, especially because I eat a mostly vegetarian diet. Also check out the fat content in each. 0 for Chobani’s 8 ounces, 11 grams per serving in the Greek Gods’ 4 ounce serving. Sure the sugar is higher in the Chobani, but that is because it is the vanilla flavored kind.

Chobani, non fat vanilla

Chobani vanilla yogurt nutritional stats

The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt

Greek Gods greek yogurt nutritional stats

So, I piled strabwerries, raspberries and Bonne Maman wild blueberry preserves on top. Because I am feeling sick lately, I couldn’t eat the whole bowl. Boo. I don’t think it was the protein filling me up or anything.

greek yogurt, berries, preserves; coffee

The verdict? The Greek gods was just ok. I still prefer the consistency and flavor of the Chobani greek yogurt. Can plain yogurt have a “flavor?” I guess so in my opinion!

Lunch was a salad with grape tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese and lots of tofu on top. I also had a string cheese. I couldn’t eat the clementine so I saved it for my afternoon snack.

tofu, clementine, string cheese, salad, salad dressing

While I was meditating tonight, the UPS truck delivered my new running shoes from runningwarehouse!

runningwarehouse.com box

Asics gel cumulus

I got 10% off of them because Kelly from Beneath It All just picked up the same shoes and got her discount through Runblogger. They were only $71.95 and I get free return shipping if I am not satisfied!

Asics Gel Cumulus shoes

Asics Gel Cumulus shoes bottoms

My Brooks Defyance shoes were over a year old and granted I didn’t do that much running in them over the last year, I did wear them to the gym, wore them on walks and probably while biking and playing tennis last summer.

running shoes--Brooks Defyance

I decided to go back to my old favorite from when I worked at a running shoe store in California! I got the Asics Cumulus 12. Since I have knee pain occasionally when running, I thought the extra cushioning would help me out. I wore them on the carpet and then for a bit on our kitchen tile and they felt so supportive and cushiony (is that a word?). I know that the feeling of the new cushion does wear out pretty quickly, but I remember that feeling lasting a while in my old pair of Asics.

I thought I would go to the gym tonight, but then it was getting late and I was hungry. Craig was making a burrito, so I also decided to do the same and used chicken, rice, greek gods yogurt instead of sour cream, cheese, Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming spice, and Frank’s Red Hot.

homemade burrito

After eating too much food and with my stomach still giving me problems today, I decided to skip the gym and get out in nature with my husband. We went on a 25 minute walk around the neighborhood and covered a little over a mile. It felt so good to be outside, even though I missed doing my routine at the gym.

It’s time to go read blogs and some magazines! I am trying to power through my magazine pile and I managed to clear three from my huge stack over the weekend.

Tomorrow, I only have a half day of work because I have to go to Craig’s work for our annual Health Risk Assessment appointments. We get a discount on our insurance as a result, so it’s a must! After, I’m getting my haircut and a partial foil done! Can’t wait because my hair is at that nasty feeling stage–thick and the ends feel dry.