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I’m going to make this quick because I am exhausted! The sun was shining this afternoon and it was a little bit warmer than it has been so I headed out on a run! I really have missed running and once I decided to go I couldn’t wait to lace up my sneakers.

By the time I got on the road the sun was starting to go down…brr! It felt a lot colder than 30! I even had a base layer, a fleece, ear warmer, and gloves! My lungs were on fire! I planned to go 3 miles but cut it short at 2.5…I’m a wimp. I had to walk the last .25 and breathe through my glove…that’s what I get for not exercising outside for so long!

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Come back green trees!! I’m not even sure what my time was since I shut my Garmin off when I started walking…I think I did the first 2 miles in 21 minutes or so…

I came home snacked on half of this…

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Delish! Even better than the pomegranate & passion fruit. It has bits of candied ginger in it…yum!

We went to my parents’ house to visit with family and now we’re home, preparing for the week! I’m enjoying the other half of my yogurt with chia seeds and blueberries.

Do you hear that? It’s my bed calling me! 😀

I tried my first fresh juice in Florida and have been craving one ever since. I don’t have a juicer but have plans to get one soon…especially after buying this for $8!

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Ouch! But so worth it! I stopped into a new natural grocery store called Nature’s Green Grocer in Peterborough, NH today to look around…I could spend hours in there! And a lot of money…I bought the above juice, The Big Three (carrot, apple, and kale), and a bag of chia seeds. The juice was really yummy, though the kale was a bit bitter. I will have to limit my trips for my wallets sake.

It was a little after one when I got home so Reid and I made some fries for lunch…to balance out the juice… 🙂

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Alexia all-natural waffle fries with ketchup and honey mustard for dipping…yum! All-natural means healthy, right? 😉

I laid down for a bit and actually fell asleep for an hour! I never nap so I must’ve needed it! We decided to stay in tonight so I started on dinner using some veggies that were about to go bad…an eggplant and butternut squash.

Enter…

Eggplant Parmesan and Roasted Butternut Squash

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It sounded really good and looked yummy but didn’t really taste that great…I don’t think I’ve had eggplant before and it has a really earthy flavor. Let’s just say it’s not my number one favorite. 🙂 The recipe is here if you’re interested. The squash (recipe here) was good but didn’t really go very well with this dish…oh well! We ate the pasta at least!

Movie time! We may need some popcorn…and maybe some ice cream too! 😀

I set out yesterday to finally finish the pillows I had started for a friend…I had dragged it out long enough! This was my view for about 5 hours…

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It took me forever!! Probably because it was my first time installing zippers, but my sewing machine kept jamming up and I was ready to give it a boot off the porch.

Some eats that I grabbed in between stitches…

I’m addicted to this granola right now, eaten as cereal with blueberries. It’s pretty high in sugar, though, so I need to cut back! 🙂

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Leftover Zuppa Toscana for lunch…

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And finally…

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Success! Now on to the next project… 😀

Work passed by quickly this morning and I was headed home before I knew it. I’m only working part time so I get out at 1. I reheated some leftovers for lunch…meatloaf! I hated it as a kid but it equates comfort food now. I also had some mashed potatoes and carrot sticks (not pictured).

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It’s pretty ugly, I know. But it tasted good! 🙂 My mother-in-law sent me two new cookbooks as an early birthday gift (Thanks, Nola!) and I found the recipe in there. I made up my own sauce for the top but this was really, really good and I will definitely make it again when the need hits. It’s a basic recipe but it’s delicious!

Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1-1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 small onion, minced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Form into a loaf and place in a greased baking dish. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

For the sauce I combined about 1/2 cup ketchup, 1-2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2-1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard, and a dash of soy sauce. Adjust to your tastes.

Spread sauce over baked meatloaf and return to oven for 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

I ran to the grocery store to grab some things for dinner and just happened to find a few things that I’ve been wanting to try! Crofter’s Superfruit Spread Asia, Siggi’s yogurt, brown rice syrup, and an Attune probiotic dark chocolate bar.

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I was most excited about the yogurt and had to open one up for a snack…

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Ah-mazing! 🙂 I’m not sure if you can tell how thick it is from the picture below but it’s the thickest yogurt I’ve ever had…and it has 16 grams of protein in 6 ounces! The flavor is subtle and not overly sweet…perfection! They are a bit pricey at $1.99 each but they are a nice treat. I ate half of the container.

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I also snacked on some goldfish…cuz they smile back! 🙂

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Hope you’re having an awesome day!!

A few of my girlfriends have been getting together to workout so I have joined them for the past two days just for something different. We did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Level 2…a great workout if you can handle her! 🙂

I had to work this morning but had the afternoon off so I rolled out my mat, planning for some yoga On Demand. And we are still figuring out the living room situation…

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Flipping through, I found a piloxing workout (a combo of pilates and boxing) and decided to try it out. It was only 20 minutes but I really enjoyed it! I find some cardio videos hard to follow but I was able to do all of the moves and it got my heart rate up!

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I still wanted to get some yoga in and settled on Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown (On Demand) since it was one of the shorter ones (30 minutes, I think). She mixes yoga with aerobic movements to get your heart rate up…I enjoyed this too! I got to try some new poses (camel) and even was able to complete some balancing ones (warrior 3)…I was quite pleased with myself! 🙂

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Some friends and I are planning on starting P90X in a couple weeks so I might put my gym membership on hold and see how that goes. I’m really enjoying doing something different than running and/or the gym! We would do it 5 days a week and take before and after pictures, weight, and measurements to track our progress! Should be fun! We will just be doing the workout, not the nutrition plan.

Time to make dinner! I’m in a pancake kind of mood…

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