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Modge Podge

It’s Friday! Another BEAUTIFUL day here in Seattle – I swear it looks like it should be 80 degrees outside! I am here wearing my capris, a tank top and some sandals.

Speaking of sandals, these are my most favorite pair of sandals EVER!


They are made by Ecodragon and I have owned several pairs. The have a 100% vegetable fiber sole and 100% hemp canvas top. They are so comfortable! I’m actually in need of a new pair, or two. I’ve had these for over 5 years. Whenever I go the the Seattle Hemp Fest, Ecodrago has an amazing sale – like 2 for 40$! Looks like I will have to wait until August =)

Another green monster for breakfast – I have been drinking these like crazy! BUT they are just so darn good!


The norm – almond milk, frozen fruit (peaches, strawberries, melon), flax meal, half of a banana and spinach.

At first, GM’s never kept me full. I must be getting used to them because I can go all morning on them, now. Strange…..

Look what came in the mail!!!



It’s charging right now but as soon as it’s done I am going to start playing with it! =)


It looks huge on my tiny wrist, though. =)

I don’t know if I will be using it this weekend or not. After last Saturday’s long 8 mile run (my longest to date) my legs have been crapping out on me. They feel tired and weak. =( I have been ramping up my training because of my half marathon on April 17th but I think I have been pushing myself too hard and not enough rest.

Today is my normal rest day but I might take an extra day, or two, to give my legs a break. The last thing I want to do is injure myself. I did, however, run a 8:13 minute mile last night! Last night was my speed night and I was pretty proud of that time! I was grunting and huffing towards the end but it was a good feeling. =)

Ok, and just because I haven’t posted a picture in a while….



He has just passed the 18 month mark! I cannot believe it!

I made something special for lunch today.


I found a recipe for an amazing sounding salad dressing on NicolesNutrition blog and I knew I had to try it! While I didn’t have all of the ingredients, I improvised and it turned out amazing!

  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic
  • 3 tablespoons dijon or stone ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup
  • salt and pepper taste


Whisk everything together in a bowl. Simple and tasty! I actually needed some lemon juice but I was totally out! It still tasted amazing but I will need to add it next time.


As far as mustard goes, I love this brand of stone ground mustard.


I had one of my Black Bean Burgers on top of a bed of romaine, topped with avocado, raw mushrooms, baby corn and dressing, along with some carrot and celery sticks with hummus and Mary’s Gone Crackers. Amazing lunch.


And I had this cookie (x2) that I made the other night.


I’m not sure what I am doing the rest of the day. I need to pick a few things up at the grocery store… or I might continue reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I am loving this book and I highly recommend it! I am only 30 pages into it but I will be writing a review after I am done. Already it has opened my eyes even more than they were before.

Have a wonderful day!


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Run, eat, sleep, repeat

Hey guys!

Sorry for the lack of posting – been a bit pre-occupied with things! I promise I am am here, I will be back and I am not taking a break. J has been SUPER active the past week and I just have not had the time to sit and write. AND my half marathon training has been taking a lot of my free time, too.

Speaking of my half marathon training, I did a great 8.10 mile run today in 1:19! I stuck to an average 9.40 mile which is more than ideal for me! YAY! I am feeling GREAT about my run in 5 weeks!

I love that I am feeling stronger with every run, both mentally and physically. I am achieving feats that I never thought was possible. It has really put a positive step back in my life!

I hope everyone has had a great Saturday and an even better Sunday! My mom has J for the weekend so Marc and I can do some much needed bonding and work around the house. We love our son to death but it is nice when we have time for each other again.

PS – I hate that we have to turn the clocks ahead. Why can’t we just be the same time all year round? Is it true that some states in the US don’t change? If so, I want to move there.

That’s all for now! See you again real soon!


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Veggie Tales

Happy Wednesday! The week half over, folks!

Ok, so some fun things to tell you all about: I have decided to run a half marathon in 5 WEEKS!

My hometown, Wenatchee WA, is having their annual full, half, 10K and 5K on April 17th and I bit the bullet and signed up for it! I am currently training for a half marathon in June, but as soon as I saw this one I knew I had to do it. It’s my hometown, you know?!

I’m not looking to set a record or to finish first, but just to have fun! I haven’t been home in a while and I have been feeling a bit homesick; I thought this would help my blues go away. =)

AND this morning I bought a Garmin – man, who knew that simple running could have so many gadgets!

I have never been a runner until this past year. My first step was fitted shoes and I was hooked. I love to run now and I hope to continue for many years to come!


I recently had a question concerning my dinner a few nights back. I thought it was a great question and wanted to share with all of you.

Kim asked if I thought Morningstar Veggie Burgers were really “clean”.

I do have a small correction on that post – that veggie burger was Gardenburger brand. Never the less, I still feel it’s an important topic to write about.

It is so simple for anyone to look in the freezer section and start buying non-meat products thinking they are a “healthy” alternative. But when you start looking at the actual ingredients in these products, they are filled with preservatives and ingredients the average person still cannot pronounce.

Here is an example from  Morningstar Farms® Grillers Prime® Veggie Burgers:


There are plenty of ingredients that are not “clean” nor are they natural.

Please do not think I am bashing Morningstar, or any other company that makes frozen, meatless food. In a pinch, I buy them. Jordan LOVES meatless chicken nuggets, too. And if I am at a restaurant that has veggie burgers, I order it with a smile.

The actual product that I was eating was Gardenburger GardenVegan.


Not horrible, in my opinion, and a lot “cleaner” than some.

Although this is one of my favorite pre-mad veggie burgers that I have eaten: Chez Gourmet.

You can read my review here – I love them!

However, 99% of the time I make my own veggie burgers. This is the simplest and most effective way to eat wholesome food – make it yourself! You know exactly what goes into your food and it ALWAYS tastes fresher and better than store bought!

Here is my go-to veggie burger recipe:

Spelt Veggie Patties

  • 1 cup or one can cooked beans of your choice
  • 1 carrot, chopped in large pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion in large pieces
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped in in large pieces
  • 1/4 cup raw spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh cilantro (optional)
  • tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of spelt flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking oil.

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor, MINUS the seeds and flour. Blend until mixture is creamy and dense, scraping the sides when needed. Remove the mixture and place in a large mixing bowl. Add seeds and stir until incorporated. Add flour a little at a time, stirring after each time. Salt and pepper the mixture to your liking.

Shape patties and bake for 15 minutes, flip and bake for another 10 minutes. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serve them on your favorite bun, flat bread or wrap them in lettuce.

Makes 10 patties


We are all busy and eating healthy takes time, I know this first hand. What is one thing that I say over and over in my posts?

BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE EATING! Know the ingredients, know the product and stay away from chemicals and preservatives.

Healthy Eating!


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8 week training plan

The dream of running a half marathon is still fresh in my mind but I cannot get past certain barriers; like running more than 6 miles and to start to really push myself. After looking at several half marathon plans, both beginner and advanced, and came up with my own training that I feel I can successfully complete. I also think it will really challenge me and help me see that I can do more than I thought.
It’s pretty self explanatory and straightforward. I am designating the weekend for my long runs and a day of easy cardio, either outside or at the gym. Friday’s are a rest day but I will do a small strength training session like abs or pop in a 30 day shred DVD if I feel I need to. I really do not want to hurt myself and I know that I perform much better with more rest than not.

By the end of week 8 I hope to be able to run 12 miles at one time and increase my stamina and endurance.

Week 1
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 4 miles
(easy) Ended up doing 3 miles and 10 minutes of rowing & core work
Wednesday – Cardio of choice 60 min + strength train I did 45 min on the elliptical and 15 minutes on stair stepper
Thursday – Speed Repeat (
jog 15 minutes, then 1 mile at push it pace. Jog for 2 minutes the another mile at push it pace. Jog for 15 minutes then end) – This was awesome! I did my two miles at 8.45! And over all completed 5 miles.
Friday – Rest and/or strength train depending on how I feel. I took a nice 45 minute walk with Jordan – no strength
Saturday – 6 miles
(easy) I did 6.15 miles in 63 minutes – a nice slow pace but I kept my water breaks to only 2!
Sunday – Cardio of choice 60 minutes
I did a 5k in race pace – a little over 27 minutes, then did stairs for 15 minutes
Week 2
Monday – rest  I did a workout video for strength.
Tuesday – 4 miles (easy) REST
Wednesday – Cardio of choice 60 min + strength train Ran/walked 5 miles – I had really bad hamstring cramps from the strength on Monday
Thursday – Hill Train ( jog 15 minutes. Run uphill for 2 minutes then jog back down to recover for 1 minute. Repeat 4 times. Jog 15 minutes then end.) No hill train, 3 miles and 15 minutes on stairs. Legs are still giving me problems.
Friday – Rest and/or strength train.  REST
Saturday – 7 miles (easy)  I did 8.10 miles in 1 hour and 19 minutes
Sunday – 3 miles at race pace
Did a 5K in 27 minutes, then stairs, then some strength
Week 3
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 5 miles (easy)

Wednesday – Cardio of choice 60 min + strength train
Thursday – Speed Repeat (see week 1)

Friday – Rest and/or strength train REST
Saturday – 8-9 miles (easy) REST
Sunday – cardio of choice and 2 miles at race pace
8.5 miles (forgot to track time but I was running at a 9:30-9:40 pace)
Week 4
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 4 miles easy  3 miles and 15 minutes of stairs at level 17
Wednesday – Cardio of choice for 60 min + strength
Thursday – Hill Repeat (see week 2)
Friday – Rest and/or strength train
Saturday – 7 miles (easy)
Sunday – 3 miles at race pace

Week 5
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 3 miles (easy)
Wednesday – Cardio for 60 minutes + strength
Thursday – Speed Repeat x 3 (see week 1)
Friday – Rest and/or strength
Saturday – 11 miles
Sunday – light cardio or rest

Week 6
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 3 miles (easy)
Wednesday – Cardio of choice 60 min + strength
Thursday – Hill Repeat (see week 2)
Friday – Rest and/or strength
Saturday – 7-9 miles (easy)
Sunday – 4 miles at race pace
Week 7
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 2 miles easy
Wednesday – Cardio of choice for 60 min + strength
Thursday – Speed repeat x 3 (see week 1)
Friday – rest and/or strength
Saturday – 12 miles (easy)
Sunday – light cardio or rest
Week 8
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 2-3 miles (easy)
Wednesday – Cardio of choice for 60 min + strength
Thursday – Hill repeat (see week 2)
Friday – Rest and/or strength
Saturday – 6 miles (easy)
Sunday – 4 miles at race pace


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Exercise Chart for 2010

 My goal for 2010 is to keep track of all of my workouts Not only will this hold me accountable for everything that I do but I will also be able to keep track of my mileage ran.

Treadmill: 5 minute warm up, 3 miles in 30 minutes
Stationary Bike: 20 minute hill intervals
Core: 5 minute ab work
Treadmill: 5 minute warm up, 4 miles in 40 minutes
Elliptical: 20 minute hill work at a level 7
Treadmill: 4 minute warm up, 3 miles
Elliptical: 20 minute
Treadmill: 4 minute warm up, 6.25 miles
Core work and arm work
Treadmill: 4 minute warm up, 3.50 miles
Stairs: 20 minutes at level 14
Elliptical: 43 minutes
Core work, arms, shoulders and back
Treadmill: 5.30 mile run
Core work
Treadmill: 1 mile
Elliptical: 25 minutes
Treadmill: 5.30 miles
Core work

1.17.10 – I missed logging in some workouts, but I know I worked out at least twice

Treadmill: 6 miles
treadmill: 3 miles
elliptical: 20 minutes
core and arms

I ended January with the flu bug and didn’t workout for a week =(

treadmill: 3.5 miles
stairs: 20 minutes

breakfast, dinner, half marathon, lunch, workout

Lucky number 6!


Last night I went to bed late!


It could have been from this:


Yes, that is some coffee. I only had a half of a mug of half decaf/regular, too. It usually relaxes me but not last night!

Or it could have been that I wound up running 6 miles at nine last night!

Either way, I ended up catching up on blogs, watching Conan and Jimmy Fallon.

I did end up crossing more than half off of my list from yesterday, too! I still need to go over bills and take back library books. I feel very accomplished! =)

Breakfast was a lovely spread of eggs with asparagus and spinach, along with a half of a bagel.



I did quite of cleaning once J was taking his nap. I think I have finally figured out his sleep schedule! I wish kiddos came with instruction manuals – I swear it looks easy but really it’s rocket science!

Lunch was Amy’s soup with celery, crackers and hummus.



I had a lunch date with J!


Then we were off to run my errands and grocery shop.We didn’t arrive back home until 6 which is a lot later than I was hoping for. I knew I wanted to head to the gym so I ate fairly light.

I picked at some left over pasta that had green beans, zucchini, broccoli and spinach tossed with quinoa pasta shells, some pesto and tomato pasta sauce.


Marc was home at about 7:45 and I quickly headed to the gym. I bought new running pants yesterday from Target and I was excited to try them out. My go-to pair were getting too big and they kept falling down when I was running – I hate worrying about your clothes when you are running!

The verdict? Awesome! They have a high waste and are pretty snug so they stayed up great! I ran another 6 miles last night, too. I am really starting to fall in love with running. Now I just have to wait until it gets a tad warmer so I can start running outside. But running on a treadmill doesn’t bother me one bit. I hate hearing about runners getting hit – it really scares me! Plus, I just turn on the TV that is on the treadmill and zone out. But I know to increase my leg strength I am going to have to start running outdoors.

I know it is over 6 months away but I am getting very excited for my Half Marathon! I want to be in the best shape and feel confident going into it! But I must admit that after running 6 miles, which is my longest yet, 13 doesn’t see too bad. :crossing my fingers:

Well I am dropping off J with my mom today for a sleep over. Marc and I are going to the Nutcracker tonight and having a nice dinner out! I am very excited! I love the ballet! =)

Have a great day all!


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Taking the lead

Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s day started out wonderfully!

So the snow didn’t last very long, just a few flakes here and there. But it’s extremely icy out this morning! Be careful, Seattlites!

I had a great run on the treadmill yesterday! I did 4 miles between running and walking on hills. My legs were feeling great and so was my throat; until I got home and started to cough again. Bummer.

I had an amazing lunch, though.

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I took out some frozen lasgna that we had in the freezer and warmed it up + paired it with a wonderful caesar salad.

I love caesar salads. I normally do not eat salads with dressing on them besides a little oil but caesar is one of my favorites. I ALWAYS make an exception for them! 😉 With A LOT of fresh cracked black pepper – a total must!

It was a nice, lazy day yesterday. A lot of football watching and lounging. Dinner was not exciting last night – an apple with PB and some yogurt with granola/trail mix. I didn’t end up eating the yogurt, though.

I also put on my baking apron and whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies for Marc.


I used an entire bag of chips – chocolate heaven!

I made another juice drink this morning – I am in love with my juicer! Can you tell?! =)


I used my good ole standby mix – an apple, a beet, one carrot, 3 clementines, 3 huge handfuls of spinach, a banana and some ice.

Never disappoints me.


Confession time – I need to workout more.

I need to make time for working out as I have problem areas that I have been lazy about. Yes, I do run but that’s about it. And even this is few and far between. I think I use J as my crutch – making excuses that revolve around him. I hate it, I know I need to up my time and effort to start results again.

So I thought I would come up with a spreadsheet, filled with each day of the month and I would fill in what I would like to do. Like a check list. Workouts that I can do at home and at the gym – I generally stick to doing all cardio at the gym. I’m a little self conscious about doing weights at the gym; I don’t know how to work the machines =(

I want to run a half marathon in June and I know that I am not going to be ready at the pace I have been going. Plus I need to start incorporating more resistance training – I have NOT been doing this at all.

So I need some ideas: what keeps you motivated to continue to workout? What are some tools that help you?

I need to start being more proactive and talking the lead!

Chelsea : here is the nutrition information for the scones. I made half of the bag – the instructions and nutrition info is for the entire bag. So I am guessing that it’s fairly accurate for one of my scones. All I do is add water, that’s it.

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Adult time… for the most part.

Good evening my lovelies – how was your Friday? Any big plans for the weekend?

Marc and I have an “adult weekend” planned out! J is at Grandma’s and we are going to run wild!    Ok… maybe not extreme but we do have some adult activities planned – wine tasting, food, night away… fun stuff!

I started the day with a Green Monster – kinda yucky, though.


I added the norm – alomd milk, almond butter, peaches, berries, spinach… but it tasted bland. I didn’t even drink it – I felt bad about wasting it but I was not enjoying it. Then it dawned on me… I forgot the banana! DUH!

Poor J was not having a good morning. Lots of drool = teething and fussiness. He didn’t even take a nap until 12:30 which is extremely late for him. He did sleep until 2 but still… I hate when he fights it.

Lunch was leftover chili, some veggie tortilla chips and some clementine’s.


I was reading recipes on some juicing (I am determined to start using our juicer more often!) and it sparked something in Marc – he started to juice! He hasn’t been feeling well and he thought the extra vitamin c and nutrients would help his immune system.

His concoction:


Let’s see… he juiced 2 oranges, 2 carrots, 2 celery, an apple, then dumped it into the blender and added some fresh strawberries, a banana and some spinach.

Results? AMAZING! There was enough for two so he poured me a glass too! I was pretty full form lunch so I only drank half. Good job, hubby!

We packed a bag, gathered some toys and headed up to Grandma’s house! Marc and I were starving so we took my mom and step dad out to dinner – pizza and beer time!


J and I shared this plate of food – I had the salad and he had the fruit and cottage cheese. My salad had baby spinach, tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, broccoli, chickpeas, baby corn and a small amount of ranch dressing. Do you know how long it’s been since I have had ranch!


Bud light!


And my mom shared a veggie pizza – I actually have no idea what was on it but I *think* there was onions, peppers, olives, mushrooms with some cheese and the tomato on top. Next time we come here I am going to order thin crust – there was a lot of bread!

Then we had some hugs and lots of kisses and came back home. It is so strange not to have J with us. We miss him terribly when we are away! But we know the times we need for ourselves, adult time, is good for the entire family.

Hehe – he looks so chubby here! I LOVE his hat!


MIss you my little Bubba-loo! PS – I have MANY nick names for him! But I use Bubba-loo quite a bit! =)

So after we returned home I did some last minute chores and watched 4 Christmas’s. VERY CUTE movie! Along with some coconut ice cream 😉

Now I am blogging in bed and Marc is on the couch, snoring. Alas, nothing changes… even with an adult weekend. =)

Big day ahead of us tomorrow! Good night!


Get your run on!

So I decided I’m going to sign up for the Rock n Roll Seattle 1/2 marathon! :gulp:

I really need a goal in my running, and this looks and sounds like it would be a lot of fun! Wait…. run for FUN? I never thought I would say this! But here I am loving to run! AMAZING!

The Seattle area is known for their music scene: Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Jimi Hendrix, Candle Box… to name a few. The half is only 13.1 miles – I think I can handle it in 6 months!

Now I need to get a game plan in gear, write a schedule and keep at it! WOOHOO!