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a crazy week: wrapping it up!

Hey!

I want to start with a shout out to Caitlin from one of my very favorite blogs, Healthy Tipping Point.  I’m sure many of you are already avid readers, but if not you must stop by and check it out.  Today is a very exciting day in the blog world because Caitlin’s book Operation Beautiful hit bookstores across the country!!  Way to go Caitlin! Snag your very own copy at Barnes and Noble, Borders or Amazon.com.

Today has been only semi productive:(  Honestly, these last few days have been sort of tough.  I’ve just felt a little down in the dumps for no particular reason.  And it’s definitely affected my productivity levels.  I’m really hoping things start looking up soon!

Jon and I kicked off our morning with a fairly brutal 3 mile run.  We got started way too late, and therefore it was way too hot!  We actually ended up walking between miles 1.5 and 2.  But, fortunately we did finish strong so it wasn’t a complete disappointment.  Some days are just like that, ya know?

Stats

Distance - 3.o miles
Avg Pace - 10:48 (walking killed our pace obvs)
Best Pace – 7:59  (told you finished strong)

Splits
Mile 1 – 10:09
Mile 2 - 12:42
Mile 3 -9:34

After our run I was so overheated and dehydrated!  I’m certain that my lack of hydration during our runs is responsible for how tough they’ve been.  Today my mouth felt like cotton and it was hard to swallow I was so thirsty.  It’s quite the conundrum, though, because I really don’t want to carry water for short runs.  Camelback or hydration belt – neither is very comfortable, but for long runs I make it work.  I guess I really don’t have another option though – I’m just going to have to start carrying water every run…at least until it cools down some. bah.

Needless to say after we got back I couldn’t even stomach the thought of a heavy breakfast, so I made up a little fruit plate

Which of course left me starving about an hour and a half later.  Enter mid-morning snack of homemade Classic Garlic hummus, baby carrots and a few Back to Nature crackers.

Tonight Jon and I met up for a late dinner with our friends, Jonathan and Grace.  We had such a great time catching up…aren’t friends just the best thing in the world??

We went to McAlister’s, a cute deli that we don’t really hit up that often.  I used to think they didn’t have very good vegetarian/vegan options, but I have come to know better!  Tonight I went with the veggie pita with honey mustard on the side. And a side of steamed veggies.

delicious!

Okay – now on to finishing up the series of posts about this crazy last week.   If you missed it, here is part I, part II and part III.You would think after the chaos that had ensued since arriving at the lake, we would have high tailed it home.  But oh no.  We Marsh/McCoy/Fryar girls are not to be deterred when it comes to lake fun!

So after lazing around in the water for an hour or so, I decided I’d give wakeboarding a whirl.  I have been skiing since I was 6 years old, at which age they had to tie my skiis together because my little legs weren’t strong enough to hold them steady:)  I’ve wakeboarded a couple of times, but always struggled with it a lot more.

So, I dive in, get myself all fastened onto the board, wait for the rope to tighten up, and yell “GO!”

I don’t think at that point I really expected to get up.  It had been so long since I’d done it, I expected it to take me at least a few tries.  But no.

I popped right up on top of the water, wobbling like crazy and trying to maintain my balance while my mind attemtped to register what was happening.  Before I had even absorbed that I was in fact on top of the water, the front of the board dipped slightly, getting caught in the wake.  My body continued to propel forward, while my feet remained fastened in the boots of the wakeboard, causing me to violently slam into the water face first.

My first thought was that I was either A. going to die, B. have a concussion and/or C. black out.

Thankfully, none of the above happened.  But as I floated to the surface, waiting for the boat to return, I seriously could not feel my face.  The entire front side of my body felt as if it had been slammed into a concrete wall at a high rate of speed.  The wind was knocked out of me and every cavity of my body was filled with water.

All I could do was moan.

After several minutes, I began to regain feeling in my body and my mom and sister hauled me out of the water and into the boat.  No more extreme sports (as my husband calls it:) for Candice. We decided to call it a day and head back in.

Fifteen minutes of painful jolting later and we were back at the ramp to load up.  Of course only to discover that the boat trailer tire was completely flat.  Flat as a pancake.

We proceeded to spend the next hour and a half waiting, while some nice men helped us get it fixed.

I took the opportunity to get in some yoga.

And that was that.  After having the tire fixed, we said thank you to the nice men and made our way back to the cabin.  I packed up and headed back home, sad to be leaving such great time with my mom and sis, but exhausted after two full days of unexpected glitches.  And with a slight headache.

So, you can imagine my distress the next day when Olive ate an entire bar of dark chocolate and had to be rushed to the puppy emergency room.  I was this close to deciding to crawl back into bed and try again next week. lol.

I’m off to bed now, so I’ll “see” you all in the morning.  Hope you had a great day!

Back to what I mentioned at the beginning -

What do you do for hydration?  Do you carry water on every single run? Any brilliant ideas? Heck, any ideas at all?? :)

Oh, yeah – and I did something kind of fun and crazy tonight…but I’ve gotta tell my mom before I spill it on the blog. lol.  I’ll tell ya about it soon:)

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a crazy week: part III

Let’s get right to the next part of the story, eh?

So Wednesday night we drifted off peacefully to sleep after our eventful evening.

Suddenly, at about 3am, we were all jolted awake by an unnaturally loud noise.  It was so startling in fact, that we all 3 simultaneously bolted straight up in our beds. It almost sounded as if someone had rammed a car into the front of the cabin.  Loud, but muffled. Our cabin only has two rooms for sleeping, one of which has two pull out sofa beds.  So, my sister was sleeping on one and my mom and I slept in the other.

Just to set the scene a little better – as I mentioned in part I, we have been going down to our cabin my entire life.  While we all feel at home there, there is also a slight uneasiness at night.  Over the years, the area has changed a bit – a lot of the people my grandparents knew have left, and the people who have moved in have not kept the neighborhood up very well.  When we’re there with our whole family, we don’t really think about it much, but being just us 3 women was a bit unnerving.

So we’re now all 3 wide awake with our hearts beating out of our chests.  We got out of bed and started exploring around, attempting to discover an explanation for the noise.  Nothing. There was nothing out of place.  No one around outside that we could see.  Nothing.  Finally giving up, we crawled back in bed, only to spend the next several hours in a fitful sleep.

You know those kind of nights when for whatever reason, you just can’t sleep?  You toss and turn and keep watching the clock, wishing for the sun to show his face…but he stays in hiding for what seems like forever.  You get the idea.

Finally he did reveal himself, though, and we went about our day.  After eating a quick breakfast…

brown rice cake, natural pb and banana (tired of seeing this yet?) muahaha

coffee

blackberries and strawberries

…we spent some time driving around the cove, stopping to ask a couple people if they had heard anything strange that night, receiving only humored looks in return.

Deciding to put the scary night behind us, we made lunch and started packing up to head out on the lake.

lunch – whole wheat spaghetti, grilled zucchini, squash and onions and jarred pasta sauce that my mom brought

Thankfully, our trailer tire had not gone flat overnight, so we were able to get back out on the water without a hitch!

Of course it would only be a few hours before the next big incident(s).  That’s how we roll.

I’ll be back later for part IV and today’s eats/exercise!

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a crazy week: part II

Hey hey!

First things first, and then I’ll pick up where I left off earlier today.

Trust me, I don’t want to keep you in suspense any longer than necessary;)

After my stint at the bookstore this morning, I actually managed to get some stuff accomplished!  After much debating I decided to start with Be Happy Without Being Perfect. So far it’s really insightful.  I’m recognizing a lot of stuff about myself since I quit my job and actually have time to process.  I’ll be writing a more extensive post on this topic once I have time to get through more of the book and think over everything a bit more.  Good stuff though!

Anyway, between reading, blogging and working on my PiYo class I managed to work up quit an appetite! Actually, I was ravenous!  I think it had something to do with the caffeine from earlier…

Either way I needed something, and I needed it quick!

bird bowl courtesy of my lovely sister as an early birthday present (my bday is not until the 10th:)

I went with a bowl of Amy’s reduced sodium vegetable lentil soup – my favorite!

A little while later, the hunger monster struck again, so I decided to whip up something special!

Since trying to cut back on our budget, I’ve decided to start making my own hummus.  Jon and I eat hummus like it’s goin’ out of style, so I figured it’d be a good place to start.

I started off with dry chickpeas (the cheapest and cleanest way to buy ‘em!).  I brought a large pot of water to a boil, dumped in 2 cups of chickpeas, removed the pot from the heat and let them soak for about an hour.  After soaking, I drained them, returned them to the pot with fresh water and brought them to a simmer, leaving them for another hour.  Perfect!

Classic Garlic Hummus


Ingredients

2 cups cooked chickpeas
juice of one lemon
3 tbsp tahini
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2-3 tsp minced garlic (we like our hummus super garlicky!)
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
4 tbsp water – I will probably use more next time
paprika (to garnish)
parsley (to garnish)

Directions

1.  Combine all ingredients excluding paprika and parsley into food processor and process until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides.

2.  Continue to add water until you reach desired consistency.  One thing I noticed is that my hummus thickened up a bit once I put it in the fridge – just fyi.

3.  Eat up!

adapted from Angela’s recipe

I partook in plenty of taste testing during the making of this hummus.   I also snacked on canteloupe.

do you sprinkle salt and pepper on your canteloupe??  It’s the best way! IMHO:)

And now for the best news of the day – the husband got a bonus at work! yay!  Way to go husband!

It’s no secret that we use anything as an excuse to go out and celebrate.  So off we went to one of our fave little cafes – Cafe Bella.

As usual I ordered the garden veggie with guac and hummus

and the husband ordered the falafel pita

I ended up a bit jealous and stole a couple of bites:)  I never lean toward ordering falafel, but every time I encounter it I love it!  What gives?!

Okay, now that the eats are out of the way, let’s pick up where we left off earlier, shall we?

So, we made it back to the ramp and began the process of loading the boat.  Due to very poor engineering on the part of the resort, loading the boat was not an easy task.  There is virtually no protection whatsoever from the wide open lake, so at this point we were taking a direct hit from the white topped waves as they crashed into the cove.  After much distress, the boat getting caught on something under the water and my sister very nearly losing her life (or at least a limb), we got the boat loaded and pulled out of the water, only to realize…

the tire on the boat trailer was flat!!  What now?  It is now lightening and thundering like crazy, and we can see the sheets of rain in the distance, inching closer and closer, threatening to drown is in the midst of our desperation.

We did the only thing we could do – began to slowly creep up the road, hobbling on one good tire in a desperate attempt to reach the free air station.

Just before the monsoon started we were able to figure out how to work the thing (the station was closed up tight!) and get enough air in the tire to make the 10 minute drive back to our cabin. We were SO thankful we made the last minute command decision to come in…it would not have been pretty otherwise!

Despite the rain, things seemed to be making a turn for the better as we curled up in the cabin, waiting for nighttime to envelope us in it’s sleepy grasp.

What we didn’t know is that we were in for an uncomfortably long night…

Stay tuned for part three tomorrow:)

Do you sprinkle salt and pepper on your canteloupe?  Or is that weird to you?  I say perfectly normal, the husband says weird:)
What odd food combination do you love?

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a crazy week: part I

I love books.  Aren’t books just amazing?

This morning I spent over two hours just looking at shelf upon shelf of books.  I first went to Hastings to see if by chance the Operation Beautiful book would be there already.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck with that, but then I started browsing around and found a load of books I wanted to just sit down and soak up.

So, I booked it (pun intended:) to the public library.  Our public library is not super extensive, unfortunately, and I usually leave in disappointment.  While they didn’t have the specific reads I was trying to hunt down today, I was able to pick up a few good ones.  I came home with

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie K. Norem
Be Happy Without Being Perfect by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose

I picked up each of these books for a different reason (obvs:) – and I’m looking forward to sharing those reasons and my thoughts on these books as I read them.

Something that really should have been noted on my confessions post last week is that I tend to hoard books.  I love to read so I accumulate books like crazy, and then it takes me forever to get through all of them.  I guess it’s not necessarily a bad problem to have, but sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming!

This morning started off with a trip to The Daily Grind (our local coffee shop) for an iced soy latte.  I failed to get a picture unfortunately, but the bland styrofoam cup wouldn’t have been too exhilarating anyway.

After I got home, I was about to eat my arm, so I fixed a quick mid-morning snack

brown rice cake slathered with natural peanut butter and topped with sliced banana

Today is cross training, so Jon and I opted to sleep in and we’ll be going for a walk later on tonight after it cools off!

I have so much to catch up on since I’ve been at large the last few days.  As you guys know, I was at the lake with my mom and sister last Wednesday and Thursday.  If you missed my spiralizer review or the most awesome guest post ever :) make sure and check them out!

It’ll take me a couple of days to catch up on everything, so I may as well get started!

On Wednesday, I got up super early to head to the lake.  I had to stop through my hometown to pick up my mom before making the long drive to the lake to meet my sister.  We finally arrived around noon and after hanging out at our cabin for awhile, we headed out to spend some time on the water.

For a quick bit of history on my family and the lake – my great-grandparents built our cabin when my mom was 2 years old.

My mom grew up going there every summer, and our family continued the tradition throughout my childhood.  There really is a little piece of each of us in that cabin and on the lake.  So many memories.  When we were little, we used to tell people our grandpa owned Lake Texoma.  And to us, he did.

After we spent a couple of hours on the lake, we decided to venture out on the 15 minute boat ride to one of the fancier resorts just to look around.  Not even 20 minutes after arriving, we noticed some storm clouds brewing on the horizon.

even little Bentley was getting concerned:)

We’ve had our fair share of close calls with storms on the lake – getting caught out in the middle with waves coming over the front of the boat, being stranded on the beach with the wind whipping the sand, stinging as it collided with our skin.  Once my dad got caught out in a storm, and our boat took a nosedive into a huge wave, breaking the windshields off the boat and losing most of his fishing equipment.  Needless to say, we don’t mess around anymore.

So, we took off back across the lake, barely beating the storm back to the ramp.  It was then that we realized our first real problem…

…to be continued:)

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