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Look who made her debut today!


This is little miss Sophie, Jon’s boss’ new baby girl.  She arrived late last night, so we stopped by to see her this morning.  We don’t mess around when it comes to babies.


Isn’t she beautiful?

You know what else is beautiful this morning?  The weather!!

I’ve been pining away for cool fall mornings.  Isn’t fall such a wonderful season?  This morning we headed out for a run, and my first step out the front door took my breath away!  I didn’t check the temperature, but it had to have been in the upper sixties.  My fingers actually got a bit achy cold during our run.

I soaked it up.

For our training run this morning, we ran 400 meters (.25 miles) four times (with a quick walk break in between) at the pace we would run a 5k.  We normally run a 5k at about a nine and a half minute mile, but it was hard to keep that slow of a pace when only running 400 meters at a time.  So, we ended up averaging about an 8:30 pace on each one.

We’re incorporating this type of run each week in an effort to improve our half marathon time.  We ran our first half marathon in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds.  I was actually pretty proud of that, considering it was our first one.  And considering Jon and I aren’t the speediest runners around, it will be a challenge for us to improve upon that. But we love a good challenge:)

Before we hit up the hospital this morning, we ran by Panera because the husband has been itching for a breakfast bagel sandwich.  It’s a special treat for us to go grab breakfast or coffee together in the morning…and it totally makes my whole morning.

I went all out and got an iced half caf americano:)

Once I got home, I made up a quick Ezekiel english muffin with a smear of natural peanut butter and sliced banana.  It paired perfectly with my iced coffee.

A cool, breezy morning + breakfast out with the husband + sweet baby time = the best morning ever.  The rest of this day has a lot to live up to!

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giveaway time! spreading the chia love <3

Jon and I woke up bright and early this morning and headed out for a three mile run.  It actually wasn’t too terribly humid and hot, and therefore was almost enjoyable.  I said almost ;)

Soon after we got back, I was starving for breakfast and was wasting time on twitter while trying to decide what to have when Evan tweeted an idea for the Vega Shake and Go Smoothie mix from the HLS swag bag.  It sounded too good to pass up, so I went for it!

It may not look too appetizing, but don’t knock it ’till you try it.

First, I mashed a whole banana until it was fairly smooth. I then mixed in two heaping spoonfuls of Vega powder, 1/3 cup of raw oats and a splash of almond milk.  It turned out like a thick chocolate pudding!  My only complaint is that it was a tiny bit grainy from the powder.  Next time I think I’ll go a little easier on the powder, but otherwise it was awesome!  And full of protein!

The Vega mix is completely plant based and is corn, dairy, gluten, soy, wheat and yeast free. Per serving it has:

  • Two servings of veggies
  • 2500 mg Omega-3-6-9
  • 11 g complete protein
  • Only 100 calories
  • 1 billion probiotics cultures

Pretty cool, right? I have yet to find a protein powder that I like, but I’m a fan of this.

This morning I had my first meeting with a new student that I’m going to be tutoring!  She’s from Korea, and I’ll be tutoring her 3 days a week now.  I’m pretty excited about it – something inside me just lights up when I work with international students. :)

After my meeting I had lunch with my friend Grace at Panera.  I ordered a version of my favorite – Mediterranean Veggie sandwich, Garden Vegetable soup and a whole grain baguette.

And an Adora disc for dessert.  Not sure what I’m gonna do when these run out – I’ve gotten kind of attached:)

Okay, now onto the good stuff.  Sorry to leave you hangin’.

How about some chia seeds from ChiaSeedsDirect.com to make it up to you?

I don’t like to bombard you guys with giveaways, but I honestly just cannot pass up an opportunity to spread the chia love:)

The lovely folks at ChiaSeedsDirect have been gracious enough to offer a free 2lb. bag of chia seeds to one fabulous ChiaSeedMe reader.

There are five different ways you can enter (1 entry for each one you do):

  • leave a comment on this post telling me the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done OR something adventurous you want to do in the future
  • add ChiaSeedMe to your blogroll and tell me you did or if it already is tell me that
  • follow me on twitter (@chiaseedme) and tweet about the giveaway using the following:    @chiaseedme enter to win free chia seeds!!  http://chiaseedme.com/?p=2235
  • decide on one random act of kindness you will do sometime this week and tell me what it is (and you have to do it – honors system!)
  • mention the giveaway in a blog post and link to it in the comments

Please make sure and tell me which of the five you did in the comments.

The giveaway will run until Sunday, August 29th at midnight.

If you’ve never used chia seeds before and need some ideas – click here for tons of ways that I love to use them.  Also, make sure and check out my post on why chia seeds are so awesome.

If you haven’t checked out ChiaSeedsDirect yet, you should!  They are an awesome company that offers the highest quality chia seeds at very low prices with free shipping on all U.S. orders.  You can’t beat that!  Also, if you are interested, feel free to download a free 16-page booklet on chia seeds, chia seed uses and chia seed recipes by using the following link: http://www.chiaseedsdirect.com/frreonchsehe.html.

**giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.  Sorry!

See you all later!

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giveaway: Operation Beautiful book!

Hey peeps!

A couple of you guessed right earlier today – I got my nose pierced!  What’s funny is that I don’t think most people would consider me the type to have a piercing anywhere other than my ears.  But alas, I have an affinity for nose piercings.  That is, as long as they’re the right kind, ie. very teeny tiny.

The night before we left Thailand after our year there, a bunch of my friends were getting tattoos, so I decided to get my nose pierced that night.  On our journey back home to the U.S., we had a 3 day layover in Tokyo, and because I couldn’t find a smaller stud to replace the monstrous one they pierced it with, I took it out.  I hadn’t seen my family in a year, and I didn’t want to freak them out right when I stepped off the plane:) lol.

Tokyo

So, now that I am not teaching anymore, I decided it would be the perfect time to get it done again!  I love it!

Anyway, lets get to eats for the day and then I have an exciting surprise!

I actually had a really weird eating day today.  I just didn’t really have much of an appetite.  A couple hours after my coffee this morning, I snacked on the tiny bit of leftovers from last night’s Tempeh Stir Fried Rice.

This was just as delicious as it was the first time around!

And then a few hours later I finally broke down and just made a peanut butter and grilled banana sandwich.  It seems that when my appetite is gone and nothing sounds good – peanut butter always saves the day!

For dinner tonight we decided to go out.  Don’t even ask why…we just felt like it!  How’s that for livin’ in the moment;)  Anyway, I picked up some Panera, and it was deeelicious!

Mediterranean veggie sandwich (hold the feta!) and strawberry poppyseed salad

major lol – I didn’t realize until after I uploaded this photo that there is a huge fly on my sandwich! Doh!

I die.

So today I ordered two Operation Beautiful books (by one of my favorite bloggers, Caitlin) off Amazon – one for myself and one for my little cousin.  Then I went to the website of our local bookstore, which by the way I’ve been to twice since the book dropped, and found out that they had just gotten it in!  Obviously I had to buy a 3rd copy:)

waiting at Panera

Hmmm…any ideas on what to do with this lone 3rd copy???


How ’bout a giveaway!?!

For those of you who have already purchased a copy (yay!), enter anyway and think of someone you love who you can pass it on to!

Here’s how you can get up to fifteen entries.  Do as many or as few as you would like!

  • For one entry: leave a comment on this post with an Operation Beautiful message of your own.  It can be as simple as “you are beautiful!”
  • For two entries: leave an Operation Beautiful note somewhere and just tell me you left one (honor system;)
  • For three entries (this is getting serious now:): follow me (@chiaseedme) on twitter, tweet about the giveaway and let me know you did so in the comments.  You can use the following: enter to win an #operationbeautiful book! @chiaseedme http://wp.me/pMkFT-tN
  • For four entries: put ChiaSeedMe on your blogroll and leave a comment telling me you did. If it’s already there, just tell me that!
  • For five entries (I know, right?!): blog about the giveaway and copy and paste the link (to the specific post) in the comments

Giveaway will run until midnight on Tuesday, August 10th (my birthday!).

I’m so excited about this giveaway, and I hope you are too!  It’s time for a revolution in the way we see ourselves. We can’t do enough to spread the word.

Also, if you win and you would like for me to take the book to Healthy Living Summit and get Caitlin’s autograph – I’d be happy to!  I’ll pop it in the mail as soon as I get home.

See you guys tomorrow!  You are beautiful:)

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my husband bought us a mobile

Hey everyone!  TGIF, right?!  Per the usual Friday syndrome, I haven’t been super productive today; however, I was able to get caught up on some tasks built up from shopping with my mom all day yesterday, so it’s all good.

Speaking of yesterday (how’s that for a creative transition;), we had the best time.  It is rare that mom and I spend time just the two of us, but I’m always so thankful when we do.  Our day primarily consisted of talking, shopping, eating, eating…..and well, eating.  Wahoo!  My kind of day.  Unfortunately I didn’t get home until late and then spent the rest of the night cuddling with the husband, sooooo I didn’t do my online yoga.  Tomorrow.

Onto lunch

Black bean soup + whole grain baguette (my Panera usual) = not the most photogenic fare on the block

Strawberry Poppyseed salad (mom’s meal) = at least not a total fail in the looks dept. *ahem, iceburg lettuce*

I love that I now base my feelings about my food as much on how well it photographs as I do on how it tastes.  Priorities, right?!

Anyway, after shopping around for another few hours, we stopped for a snack

Oh for the love of all things good and holy.

Not sure why, but this yogurt was the best I’ve tasted in years.  And it was completely sugar/artificial sweetener free (not dairy free, but who needs to know that?)!

Insert more shopping…aka exericise;)

And dinner.  My step-dad drove an hour to the city just to meet us to eat.  He likes to do nice things like that (line stolen from my FIL).  Although, I’m not quite sure whether the company or the food motivated him to be so kind.

Appetizer – corn tortilla with spicy carrots, onions and tons of salsa.  Just a side note, when eating Mexican, I try to eat fewer chips, instead replacing them with a corn tortilla or two.  Saves in the calories dept. as well as your health!

Wanna know one way to keep it vegan and still enjoy Tex Mex?  Order tacos with black beans instead of meat (you will most likely get a strange look for this, at least in Oklahoma) and hold the cheese.  Also, make sure and check with the server because re-fried beans (cooked in lard ewww) and mexican rice (cooked in meat stock) are often not vegetarian.  I find that there usually is a vegetarian bean option, even aside from black beans – all you have to do is ask!

My mother and her charming husband

It was a fun day indeed.  And can we say relaxing?  Thanks mom!

Not sure what Jonathan and I are going to do tonight.  Actually, I do know one thing we’ll be doing.  My ever so creative husband ordered a mobile for us.  No, we do not have a little bundle of joy on the way.  This mobile is more of a mobile for adults.  Hmmm…that still doesn’t sound quite right.  Either way, after we assemble it we’ll be hanging it in our office, and I’ll just have to show you pics tomorrow.  Simmer down, guys.  Don’t get yourselves overexcited now.

How do you healthify Mexican food restaurants?
What plans do you have for the weekend?

Have a great Friday night, friends!

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a good day

Yesterday ended up being quite the busy day!  I have several “projects” in the works right now that I am not quite ready to reveal, but they are taking up a lot of my time.  The cool thing is that I am loving working on them. It’s been awhile since I’ve had something going on that doesn’t really feel like work even though it is.

I’m wanting to get into doing more yoga this summer, and my gym had a power yoga class yesterday at 5:30 pm.  I still wanted to squeeze in some cardio so I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill in the morning.  Over the course of the last month of school and then vacation, my running endurance levels have backslid a bit, so I’m trying to build my stamina back up.  Let’s be real, the hardest part of running is the phase where you are out of shape and just trying to build up endurance.  For me, running is not much fun during this phase, but it feels dang good when it’s over!  I think that’s why people sometimes have trouble getting into running – it is hard in the beginning.  But it does get easier and more fun the stronger you get. You just gotta hang in there!

I came back to a nice big bowl of overnight oats.  It’s been awhile since I’ve made them, and I have no idea why!

This bowl started off with 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup soy milk, 1/3 cup oats and 1 tbsp chia seeds.  They marinated in the fridge over night, and I added chopped fresh cherries and sliced almonds in the morning.  The cherries added just the perfect sweetness.  Aren’t cherries the most wonderful fruit?

Lucky for me, I had a hot date for lunch

Grace is one of my favorite people, and we had such a sweet time of catching up.  Her husband’s name is Jonathan also, and we love getting together and having play dates for Olive and her little Bichon, Lucy.  She always shoots it to me straight and speaks truth into my life.  Friends like that are not on every corner, and I appreciate and love her immensely!

I ordered one of my two usuals from Panera – mediterranean veggie sandwich (hold the feta!) and a cup of vegetable soup.  Also a whole grain baguette for dipping.  I haven’t been getting my baguette fill since being back from vacation, so it really hit the spot;)

Several hours and one refreshing power yoga class later, I mad a quick and easy dinner.  We had some frozen pasta from a few weeks ago, so I heated it up.  I made two sauces – one for me and one for Jon.  Actually, I sort of cheated by using this awesome new Bove wine and mushroom organic pasta sauce I bought at the store last week (shhh!). I added tons of chopped bell pepper and onion to mine and bell pepper, onion and ground turkey to his.  I loved this sauce!  I don’t know how often I’d buy it considering the steep price, but maybe for special occassions.

We were up working late last night, so I ended up having a toasted Ezekiel muffin with Earth Balance a little later.

I’m off to clean out our office and get some work done on our budget.  Fun!  We are using a program called Mint. You basically set up your budget online.  Mint links to your bank account and automatically sifts every transaction into a category.  It sends you frequent updates through your phone, so you always know if you’ve gone over in a certain area. I hate those evil little messages.  Admittedly I’ve been guilty of just deleting them when they come through, but I’m getting better!

Have you heard of or used Mint?
Do you have a system you like for keeping track of your budget?

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