Hi there! Goodness, I’ve got lots of great things to share – I guess that’s what happens when you abandon your blog. If today’s Friday – it is, right? – then I believe I’ve left ya’ll hanging since No-Waffle Wednesday. Well, I spent the day running errands and packing every item of clothing I own in preparation for my journey West. I stopped at the natural foods store to pick up a couple of items [Artisana minis], and came out with a can of…
Of course not!
Coconut this and coconut that. It seems to be everywhere lately. I have been wanting to give this so called “thirst-quencher” a try; since I’ve been sweating so much – especially in spin – I thought this ‘isotonic sports drink’ would be ideal for the gym. I filled my water bottle half with coconut water, half with regular purified water, and lotsa ice. Of course, I took a few sample swigs before class – not bad at all!
Despite arriving at The Resort 30-minutes early, I wasn’t able to get a bike for my antipcated spin class – shucks. I was terribly disappointed I wasn’t going to be able to test out my new liquid during an hour of high-intensity riding. Instead, I ran 1.5 miles around the indoor track, spun solo for 17 miles [45 minutes], and finished with arms + abs strength training [machines + 10lb. free weights].
Unfortunately, the coconut water was not appealing during my ride. I was weary that this might happen as I have never been of fan of sweet sports drinks. I don’t like the neon-color for one, and my taste buds are very sensitive to sweetness when I’m exercising. Odd, I know, because I have a huge sweet tooth, but I’m usually only able to stomach water. I’m going to try it again as a post-workout hydrator since its nutritional profile is quite exquisite. It is naturally low in carbohydrates and sugar, and is 99% fat free.
A few hours before my workout, I enjoyed a new frothy blender creation:
- 8 oz. chocolate soy milk
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 tsp. instant espresso powder
- extra dark chocolate chips for garnish
* If you make this at home [please do!], I would suggest using 1 whole frozen banana in place of the ice for added creaminess/thickness.
Photogenic phood = love.
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Alright, so yesterday… I was off to an early start with a less than par night of sleep [chocolate overdose = wide awake with a tummy ache]. After stuffing Little Blue to the max with my belongings, and eating a bowl of bran, I knew next I needed to inject my veins with caffeine for my day of driving. Luckily, I had a free birthday drink : )
I used the gift to its full advantage and ordered a venti iced soy latte – it was a monster!
After a 4.5-hour drive, I finally made it to my destination. Humboldt County, sweet, Humboldt County. I was so anxious to get out of the car and loosen my tense traveling muscles, so I immediately slipped into my running shoes and sprinted my usual, short route – just 29 minutes and I was a red hot, sweaty mess!
I showered up quick and then met my dad for sushi at our favorite sushi restaurant. I’ve been dreaming of this roll for months. Ahhh, at last…
My Dragonfly Roll: tempura prawn, avocado, cucumber, shredded carrot, cilantro, chopped macadamia nuts + a sweet chili sauce w/ brown rice
I saved room for a scoop of local, organic ice cream.
Honey Vanilla Lavender perfection
I attempted to blog last night, but between a finicky computer, SYTYCD, and heavy eye lids – there stood no chance. Instead, I headed straight upstairs to my little yellow and blue room and fell fast asleep.
After a solid, cool night’s sleep – finally! – I walked down to my old dance studio for 1 hour of DanceFit this morning… nostalgia hit hard as the studio was filled with props for tomorrow’s 10th anniversary recital. Thinking about twisting and turning in that studio for 10 years is something so so special to me.
Breakfast after class – I was hangry!
- 1 c. water
- 1/2 c. thick cut oats
- 1/2 T ground flax
- 1/2 banana – cooked
- organic blueberries
- organic raspberries from our garden
- walnuts + honey
Grass is good
This beautiful bowl didn’t keep my hunger satisfied as expected, so I headed downtown to find a bite to eat and to bring my mama a coffee and cookie at work [Happy Cookie Friday!]. While walking through the isles of our local groceries and standing in line at the corner coffee joint, I found myself thinking about how each and every visit home, I am amazed by the place I’m from, my roots. Here are a few reasons why:
1. No matter what season, you are surrounded by beautiful nature.
2. The people are free spirited & friendly.
3. The baristas take the time to make art atop your latte.
4. Your 5-year-old neighbor comes pounding on your door moments after you pull into the driveway just to show you his new toy cars.
5. You don’t have to run with your cell phone in fear of being a girl running alone; you are able to run with ease & confidence… and there aren’t stoplights.
6. Jeans and a sweatshirt are appropriate 365 days of the year.
Do you like where you’re from?
Do you like where you reside now?
What is something unique about your hometown?
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My mom and I are going to stroll around The Plaza tonight for the monthly showing of local artists’ work – including live music, munchies and wine [reason #7].
I’ll be “seeing” you soon…
P.S. Happy Birthday to JENNA, my daily inspiration for doing what I’m doing.