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asian food rocks

for lack of a better title..lol.

Hi!

Thanks for the sweet and encouraging comments on this morning’s post.  You guys are so great:)

It’s funny how the blog community works – I am so freaking excited for Caitlin, and I’ve never even actually met her!  At least not yet.  I’m really looking forward to Healthy Living Summit for that reason…among many others.  It has been such a fun day of seeing so much support from everyone and all the Operation Beautiful posts that have gone up.  I’m loving it!  Don’t forget to tune into the Today Show tomorrow morning at 8:30am to see Caitlin talk about the book!

Today has been so crazy!  Sadly, Jon and I did not get outside for our run this morning.  We stayed up so late working last night and just couldn’t pull ourselves out of bed this morning.  It is for that very reason that I must make this quick!  So I can actually get some sleep tonight.

Even after we finally got up, I still felt like I was dragging so I whipped up an energizing green monster.

2 handfuls of spinach, 1.25 cups soy milk, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 banana, ice

After a couple of hours of writing, it was due time for a snack!

Ezekiel bread with homemade Classic Garlic Hummus

Today was my weekly lunch date with my sweet friend, Grace.  We met at Qdoba.  I ordered the vegetarian salad with black bean and corn salsa, grilled veggies, black beans, pico, verde salsa and guacamole.

I promise there is lettuce under there;)

It was just meh.  I have come to like Chipotle so much better than Qdoba.  It is good to change it up occasionally, though.

After lunch I worked on some Outbox tasks for awhile, and then it was time to get crackin’ on my photography class.  It actually started on Monday, but today was the first time I really studied for it.  Every week there is an online lesson and then a homework assignment.  My assignment isn’t due until Sunday night, but there is a live chat with the instructors tomorrow, so I wanted to make sure and be prepared for any questions I might come up with while shooting!  I’m so excited about this.  Today I learned about all the parts/settings of my camera, aperture and shutter speed.

I literally spent about 3 hours studying, taking one short snack break of course:)

recycled photo.  You guys know I’m obsessed with this snack.  I can’t help myself!

Anyway, I wrapped it up and flew out the door just in time for yoga. It was a great class as always, but also the last chance for me to talk to my instructor before I teach on Friday morning.  I’m getting so nervous, y’all!  I’m definitely feeling more confident about it than I did this time last week, but it’s still so nerve wracking.  I can’t wait to accomplish this, though.  I’ve dreamed of being a fitness instructor for so long…and it’s finally happening:)

Dinner tonight was fun and easy!  We decided to copy a dish that we used to eat a lot in Thailand – stir fried rice.

Tempeh Stir Fried Rice

Ingredients

1 cup dry brown rice
1.75 cups water
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 block tempeh
2 organic, free-range eggs
3 tbsp gluten free organic teriyaki sauce
2 tsp olive oil

Directions

1.  Bring water to a boil.  Add rice and lower to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
2.  Meanwhile, add 2 tsp oil to wok or skillet.  Toss in green onion and tempeh and heat through.
3.  Add two eggs and continue to stir fry until eggs are cooked.
4.  Add rice and 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce and mix everything together well.

I served mine with a side of sauteed brussel sprouts, seasoned with garlic powder and ground red pepper

Delicious!  I loved this meal.  It really took me back to our days in SE Asia.  I’ll definitely be making this again.

Well, folks, I’m off to bed!  I’m already getting a late start.  Tomorrow is a big day – my last day to prepare for PiYo and my first photo class instructor chat.  Yay!

What’s your favorite type of food? It’s no secret that Mexican food = my life.  But I do love me some asian food as well!

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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 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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let’s celebrate

All was quiet on CSM last night.  I just needed a little bit of time to unwind and disconnect from everything. Jon and I took Olive and went on a walk, which we haven’t done in awhile bc we’ve been so busy.  I’ve missed our walks so much!

Yesterday afternoon I took a trip to a new Farmer’s Market on our university’s campus.  It was fairly small, but each farmer had a good array of fruits and veggies.  I was hoping to pick up some swiss chard, and while they didn’t come through for me on that, I did score all of this

cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, canteloupe, squash

I love all the different shapes of produce you find at the Farmer’s Market.  When food is grown naturally, you don’t get the perfect, uniform look that you see in the grocery stores.   It reminds me of how fresh and natural these veggies are.  Beautiful!

It also reminds me of us as humans.  We are all so different in shape and size…and that is something to celebrate!  It’s our individuality and uniqueness that makes us beautiful. I know I need a frequent reminder of that!  All too often I find myself envying someone else – their job, their body, their personality – but I try to redirect my thoughts to focus on what I love about myself

squash the size of my arm!

This morning I got up and enjoyed a bowl of plain soy yogurt, fresh berries and raw oatmeal before heading off to PiYo class!

A little while after getting back home I snacked on a whole wheat tortilla and some salsa.  I usually try to base snacks around fruits/veggies, but when a serious craving strikes…I have no choice but to listen!

I’ll be spending the rest of the day working on Outbox tasks and practicing PiYo.  Things are moving along with preparing to teach.  Slowly, but surely.

Tonight Jon and I are going to make a run to the city, so I can look for a dress to wear to the Healthy Living Summit cocktail party!  Hopefully I’ll be able to find something on sale!  Wish me luck:)

What is one thing you can celebrate about yourself? It can be something about your body, personality…whatever!  And you can’t avoid commenting on this post because you don’t want to answer the question;)  We all have wonderful amazing characteristics, and it’s good for us to remind ourselves of those things.

I’ll get the ball rolling:  I love that I have a high sense of compassion for people.  My heart breaks so deeply when I see other people hurting.

Ready…GO!!

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second time around

Thank you all for the wonderful comments this morning!  You guys totally made my day!  Well…you and Foodbuzz :)   lol.

I really do appreciate your support tremendously.  ChiaSeedMe would not be the same without you.

After yesterday’s 7 hours of driving and 8 hour certification class, I just could not pull myself out of bed on time this morning!  I slept in until Jon left for world at 8am, then finally lured myself out of bed by envisioning a refreshing and energizing juice. mmm.

1 beet, 1 apple, 1 pear, 2 carrots

Totally did the trick:)

I also managed to make it to the gym and crank out a 5k on the treadmill.  It was a tough run…but I’m really trying to start pushing myself more.  Instead of focusing on the discomfort, I want to focus more on the satisfaction of sprinting that last mile….or running it 20 seconds faster. Whatever it may be.  It really worked today, and I felt so great!

Lunch was leftovers from the other night.

stir-fry veggies with bulgur, chick peas and chias

I had mentioned before that this stir-fry sauce I made was a total fail…but honestly, it tasted better today than it did the first time.  I kinda liked it!

Later on I snacked on a brown rice cake with natural pb, sliced banana a chia seeds – one of my favorite snacks:)

Dinner tonight was leftover enchiladas.  muahahaha.

Today when I met with Mohammad for our tutoring session, he had some bad news to tell me – he’s moving!  This was totally out of the blue.  Basically (we learned that word today:) he just isn’t happy with the classes he’s taking at the institute here, so he’s moving to OKC to attend a different one. Wednesday will be our last meeting together.  I’m really going to miss it because I’ve been enjoying tutoring a lot!

So, you guessed it.  That leaves me jobless once again.  And once again, I’m just trusting that God has something better for me. It’s not easy, but I’m turning away from lies and believing truth.  Something that I’m getting to work on a lot lately:)

In other news…

…this little guy left us yesterday.  While Olive certainly has a little more peace in her life, Jon and I are kinda missing him.

Well, I’m off to cuddle with the husband.  What a great day it’s been; let’s try to top it tomorrow!

And a couple questions for you guys because I love getting to know more about you!  What better way to find out more about you guys than hearing about your lovable fur babies? Or lack thereof;)

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Or neither?
What kind of pet(s) do you have and what are their names?

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