Finally Fall

Happy Monday! If you’re annoyed today, just think, it’s the start of a new week. A new week that could bring anything! Enjoy the fresh start today, and find something to make it special. My mom and I have declared Mondays yoga and yogurt (frozen) days. I totally look forward to Mondays now.

Last night I lit a Pumpkin Spice candle and it wafted through my house wonderfully! It finally feels like fall! It’s chilly here and I had a nice cool run along the ocean this morning with my friend Courtney. It’s so nice to run with a friend, and I hadn’t seen her since we both lived in Bend, OR and now we both live in So. Cal!

I came home and made myself this:

IMG_0497We’ve got a veggie and egg scramble with zucchini, mushrooms, spinach and lots of onion and garlic! And organic ketchup on top of course (I love ketchup)! Then 1/2 a WW bagel and a wonderful mug of french press coffee. My only regret is that I totally could have put some pumpkin butter on that bagel.

It was nice to sit and enjoy my breakfast this morning. I was supposed to work but the owner of my store thought I was leaving for DC today (I’m leaving tomorrow!), and didn’t schedule me. I was bummed, but am enjoying this time to pack and clean before I leave tomorrow!

I have an acorn squash I want to use for dinner tonight. Any ideas?

What was the best meal of your weekend?



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Race Day!

The Mission Bay Triathlon was a success this morning! One of my favorite parts about racing, is the pre-race excitement in the dark! It’s the best people watching. The moon was really pretty this morning too.

IMG_0476The race went pretty well for me! I took 9 minutes off of my PR! That’s once nice thing about a triathlon, is there are several areas that you can shave off time (the three obvious, swim, bike, run and then transitions). The bike felt good, but it was really windy. I felt a little sluggish on the 5K run, but I still had a great time!

Mission Bay 2007

Mission Bay 2007

Mission Bay 2009

Mission Bay 2009 - Lighter and Faster

My dad is the one who inspired me to do triathlons! You can tell we have both lost weight, and we’ve both gotten faster! Our pre-race meal was 1/2 WW bagel with peanut butter, with some banana later down the road. Our post-race meal was a little bit more greasy. Neither of us were hungry right after the race (9/1oam) and then when we got hungry we wanted mexican food!

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

This was taken AFTER I made my fajita. The order was huge, and even my post-triathlon stomach couldn’t take all of it. I did take out all of the veggies though! Here are a couple more fun pictures:


I couldn't get my wetsuit off!

I couldn't get my wetsuit off!

Finish Line

Finish Line

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T-minus 2 Days

Well, I just have a bit to decompress from work and head out to have a little mini high school reunion with the girls I hung out with! It should be fun! I have no idea where we are eating, but I will let you know.

My next triathlon is on Sunday! I am getting excited and trying to rest as best as I can (resting is not something I do well).

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Pumpkin Monster?

As promised I had my pumpkin waffles again this morning, this time drizzled with honey. SO good. 


They are not crisp, they are actually really soft. My dad says he doesn’t like them that way, but I LOVE them that way! I made up batter yesterday using 1 cup of the mix, butter, an egg, and water. I used that batter again today and still have some leftover! This breakfast has officially made it feel like fall. I think I might have a new addiction. Do you see what’s in the background? This little guy…

IMG_0474This morning I made my first Green Monster. I admit, I was nervous. So I made a small one. I shouldn’t have been, it was SO good and I believe it really did give me great energy for the day! It was easy…

  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 ice cube

I blended all of it together (blending the ice in after everything else) and it was really yummy. I couldn’t taste the spinach at all! So as you can tell I had a very successful breakfast!

I am doing well making my lunch for work. I did a chicken salad today with a vitamin water. I would love some new ideas though! What are some of your favorite lunches to pack? I have to be creative because we don’t have a way to heat anything up!

One more: Are any of you Green Monster fans? If so, what’s your favorite recipe?

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Run, Don’t Walk

Oh my goodness, if you live near a Trader Joe’s you HAVE to try their Pumpkin Waffle and Pancake mix! I’m serious. Run, don’t walk to your nearest TJ’s and pick some up! I know I am new to this, but I might just have to do a giveaway soon because I am so excited about this pumpkin mix.

This morning around 5:45 I set out for an 8 mile run, and ended up doing 8.5 miles. It felt really good! I enjoy running in the dark for some reason, it makes time pass quickly! I came home and made a delicious spinach, cheddar, and egg white scramble with one of these incredible pumpkin waffles on the side. It’s simple to prepare (eggs+water+butter), but not too simple (is it weird to anyone else that you need to add anything but water to some mixes?). In my hurry, I didn’t take any pictures. I know that’s terrible. When I read blogs, the pictures are my favorite part! 

I plan on making these again tomorrow and I promise to take pictures! 

What is your bedtime routine, or something that helps you get sleepy? I love to listen to instrumental soundtracks (like Finding Neverland)!

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Still Here

I am alive, and well. I didn’t mean to disappear, I just got overwhelmed with life and not being used to blogging, I just didn’t get to it. Here I am though, and still figuring out my niche!

 Today, I had a surprise day off from work and I planned to rest (I had an insane week, driving all over southern california and catching up with a lot of friends)! I ended up doing so much:

  • 1800 yard swim
  • TJ’s shopping trip (they FINALLY have Pumpkin Butter out here in the land of heat and no Fall)
  • 3.5 mile run
  • Baking (Pumpkin Wheat Rolls)
  • Yoga and Yogurt with my Mom

It was all great! My mom and I have started a tradition of going to yoga on Monday nights and getting frozen yogurt afterward. I really like this class. It’s a power yoga and just feels so good. Tonight especially was fantastic. The pumpkin wheat rolls I made were pretty good! It was my first attempt at anything needing yeast. They turned out well. They don’t taste anything  like pumpkin, but had a pretty orange color! And they are great with TJ’s pumpkin butter. 

Pumpkin Wheat Rolls

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and stir in sugar, salt, 1/2 cup butter, pumpkin and eggs. Add 3 cups of the flour and beat well. Stir in enough additional flour to make dough easy to handle. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, covered, and allow to double in size.
  2. Punch down, and divide into 4 parts, rolling each into a 12-inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges. Roll up each wedge beginning at wide edge. Or roll into 8 balls (this is how I like them). Place on greased sheet and allow to rise. Brush buttermilk (or melted butter) on each roll. 
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15-20 minutes.

*Pictures tomorrow hopefully!

I almost forgot! This weekend I played in my first football game of the season! At school I played on an intramural team and they let alumni play, and we were playing our big rivals so I had to make the 90 mile drive up there for the game! (I drove up the night before and hung out with my best friend.) Well we lost and honestly didn’t play very well, but it was fun to be out there again! I am so sore though! It’s amazing the different muscles that football uses. I play defensive linebacker and offensive line. My strategy is that I look small and un-intimidating, but I can hold my own. I just love it so much, even when I get crazy injuries like this one:


IMG_4531I got an elbow and a fingernail to the eye. You can’t tell too well here, but I had a real good shiner and my face was sliced open. The EMT at school sent me to urgent care because it wouldn’t stop bleeding. All for the love of the game! That was my first one, and I was hooked. It’s good to be playing again! And Sunday I had some yummy Thai food after the game. 

Well congrats on finishing your Monday! I hope you all have a great week!

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Just Lovely

Well, hump day is coming to a close. The store was SO slow today, but I met some really lovely people. After work I headed over to the pool and did a nice and mostly easy 1500 yards. Afterwards, all I wanted to do was eat frozen yogurt and watch last night’s Biggest Loser. So I did just that! It was lovely. Golden Spoon needs to get their fall flavors in though, I am getting impatient.

Speaking of yogurt though, did you know that probiotics are not just good for your digestive system, but your immune system as well? Pretty great, right? Especially if you like frozen yogurt with probiotics! 

Here’s the packed lunch I ate today:

IMG_0470So we have a turkey sandwich on an Onion “Alternative Bagel” (110 Calories and 7 grams of fiber)! I used half of a laughing cow on one side and onion mustard on the other, stuck some romaine in there and grilled in on my George. Even when it’s cold after being in my lunch bag, a grilled sandwich is just better. Then I had some carrots and Jalepeno Hummus. I added a Joe-Joe from TJ’s after I took this picture!

Dinner I didn’t take a picture of, but I had TJ’s Chili Lime Chicken Burger (grilled on my George, I love that thing) with my dad’s baked beans and a side of grilled veggies. SO good! 

I hope you all had a great hump day! As I like to say, Goodnight Neverland!

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