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a special day

Hello!

Today has been a very special day.

This morning when I rolled out of bed, I decided that today would be one of the best days of the year. And it was!  It was!

For starters I booked it to the gym and made a leap towards getting out of my workout rut.  After sadly taking a step back from marathon training, I’ve had a hard time getting back into a groove.  This morning I stopped making excuses and got my be-hind in gear!  Right after popping 3 dried apricots for some energy.

I kicked things off with a 25 minute interval run on the treadmill.  IMO intervals make the time go by so much faster.  Well, that and a killer playlist.  Anyway.  Instead of focusing so much on getting through a 25 minute run, I was able to break it down and focus on getting through each interval. Here it is:

walking warmup
-  2 min. at 6.0
-  1 min. at 6.5
-  1 min. at 7.0
-  1 min. at 7.5
-  2 min. at 6.0
-  1 min. at 6.5
-  1 min. at 7.0
-  1 min. at 7.5
-  1 min. at 6.0
-  1 min. at 6.5
-  1 min. at 7.0
-  1 min. at 6.0
-  1 min. at 6.5
-  1 min. at 7.0
-  1 min. at 6.0
-  1 min. at 6.5
-  1 min. at 7.0
-  1 min. at 7.5
-  walk for 5 min.

Felt so great when it was over.  Exhilarating:)

Next up: the weights.

I’ve been avoiding the iron for months.  But not today.  I started with free weights, working my arms; then moved to machines to work my legs.  And I finished it all off with some serious plank action on the mat.  Serious plank action, I tell ya.  Hardest part of the entire workout.

Once I got home, I refueled with a green smoothie.

1 scoop Vega powder, 1 cup almond milk, 2 handfuls spinach, 1/2 banana, chia seeds and ice

Lunch was leftover vegan spinach enchiladas from last night.  Just as good the second time around.

And then it was off to tutoring!  As you guys know, I adore the students I tutor.  Okay, okay.  Nada sometimes drives me a little batty, but other than that they always bring a smile to my face.   Not only that, but I almost always come away a wiser person.  Here’s what I learned today:

from Hey-Kyoung: Korean people keep two refrigerators.  One for regular food.  And one for kimchi.  An entire fridge for kimchi!  Are you, my fellow nut butter lovers, thinking what I’m thinking? muahahaha.

from Nada: the cookie monster (you know the one – from Sesame Street) no longer eats a lot of cookies apparently.  Have you all heard about this?  Somehow it was decided that he was partially to blame for childhood obesity, so now he eats veggies and says that “cookies are a sometimes food.”  What?!

They never cease to entertain.  My students that is, not Sesame Street.

By the time I got done tutoring it was past 5:30, and I was famished!  I had snacked on a Larabar between meetings, but it was quickly wearing away.  I decided to keep dinner simple and quick.

I chopped up a kabocha squash into thin wedges and then brushed them with coconut oil before putting them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

Next, I drained and rinsed some canned chickpeas, spread them on a cookie sheet and shook cumin, garlic powder and seasoned salt all over them before sticking them in the oven as well for about 15 minutes.

I also cut up one flax protein pita into triangles and baked it for about 10 minutes.

Our oven was full of love tonight! ha.

Everything was going great until I opened our fridge and was attacked by a soy yogurt.

Time to clean out the fridge, folks.

Anyway, dinner came together nicely.  A bit random, but it worked.

spread with a little bit of Earth Balance

I had so much leftover squash tonight that I couldn’t help but come up with a tasty way to use it…well, besides the obvious of slathering it with EB and eating it straight up, but you already knew that.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the creamiest vegan squash soup you’ve ever laid eyes on.

Now that’s special.

G’night!

Did you watch Sesame Street when you were a kid?  What was your favorite childhood TV show?  Mister Rogers? CareBears? My favorite was My Little Pony.  Every day after we took my sister to school, I would run straight to the TV and ask “is it 43 or 34?”  I never could remember which channel, but I had to have my pony fix:)

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20 Responses to “a special day”

  1. Ely says:

    I loved carebears until it went to cable!

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    candice Reply:

    Sad! I had no idea it went to cable. Is it still on?

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  2. I used to love seaseme street. Then I saw one of the big bird movies and all the sudden started getting nightmares about big bird.

    Once you think about it, he really is creepy.

    I stopped watching after that…

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    candice Reply:

    lol. Did that movie happened to be named Follow That Bird?

    Because if so, that is one of my sister and I’s favorite movies of all time! It’s about big bird getting sent to live with a bird family and then he runs away to get back to Sesame Street and these people are trying to kidnap him.

    Anyway, I better stop now… ;)

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  3. Rhea says:

    I LOVED Mr. Rogers and Eureka’s Castle. I remember posting up RIGHT in front of the TV and eating a carrot while watching them. Take that, Pied Piper Cookie Monster!

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    candice Reply:

    haha! I loved Mr. Rogers too, although my sister claimed it as her favorite. And her snack of choice was always a pudding pop, rather than a carrot:)

    Never heard of Eureka’s Castle? Might have to look that one up…

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    Rhea (Greek Feaster) Reply:

    I had to look up the theme song (I love stuff like this)… brings back memories! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpnZPM99JSM

    Another childhood favorite was The Littl’ Bits.

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  4. Your enchiladas always look so good. And I love kabocha, just had to say that. I totally agree with you on intervals making the time go faster. That’s about the only way I can manage the dreadmill. And high fives on weights!!!

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks, girl! I hoped you’d be proud;) Oh, and I don’t know if I mentioned this to you, but I’ve totally come around on Daiya. You can see it peeking out of my enchilada. I guess I just had to get used to the texture – either way, I love it now!

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) Reply:

    Oh I had been meaning to ask you about the Daiya. Glad you like it!!!

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  5. I liked Mr. Rogers & the Getalong Gang.
    I’m curious…what’s on your playlist?

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    candice Reply:

    I think my playlist might be a little odd…the kind of music that keeps me going is a bit interesting I think, but maybe it’s not as odd as I think it is. I love it though! I’ll let you be the judge:)

    I created this playlist while we were marathon training, but I still use it even just for intervals on the treadmill. Oh, and I put it on random order so I don’t get the same artist 19 times in a row.

    100 Years – Five for Fighting
    Fallin’ For You – Colbie Caillat (CC)
    Droplets – CC
    Fearless-CC
    Realize-CC
    Big Yellow Taxi-Counting Crows
    Hanginaround – Counting Crows
    A Long December- Counting Crows
    The Climb – Miley Cyrus (I’m a bit embarrassed by this one, but it’s honestly one of my favorites for runs:)
    God of this City – Chris Tomlin
    Her Eyes – Pat Monahan
    Pirate on the Run – Pat Monahan/Sheryl Crow
    Someday – Pat Monahan
    Vegas – Sara Bareilles
    Love is a Ladder – Pat Monahan
    Many the Miles – Sara Bareilles
    Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
    The Riddle – Five for Fighting
    World – Five for Fighting
    Johnny America – Five for Fighting
    Two Lights – Five for Fighting
    Freedom Never Cries – Five for Fighting

    Not sure if you were looking for a comprehensive list, but here it is! ha

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    amber@SAHM's musings Reply:

    Thanks for the list!!!!! I will definitely check these out! Don’t know if I’ve heard of Pat Monahan.

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    candice Reply:

    Your welcome! Have you heard of Train? Pat Monahan is the lead singer, but he also does some solo stuff. You should definitely check him out if you get a chance!

    amber@SAHM's musings Reply:

    I bought Miley- The Climb. Had a code for some free music from Quaker and this was on the list :-)

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    candice Reply:

    haha – yea!!

  6. kelli says:

    oh my, i had no idea about cookie monster! that’s pretty funny, actually. i loved sesame street, mr. rogers (who was vegetarian!) and reading rainbow. as a kid i was a huge tv lover and would get up early just to watch carebears and dr. fad. cute you couldn’t remember the channel!

    ps – i LOVE kabocha squash and garbanzos. that dinner is right up my alley!

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  7. kelli says:

    omg – i loved follow that bird too!!!

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    candice Reply:

    really?!! I thought I was the only one! My favorite is Ms. Finch:)

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