Please sir, may I have another?

Sorry about missing last night, it just means you get an extra long post tonight!

Breakfast yesterday was a very green monster and bread with peanut butter

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The green monster had a very ripe banana and a handful of frozen rhubarb, water and a ton of spinach. It was really thick and it was nice to have one fresh that didn’t have to be shaken!

The farmer’s market was small but pretty cool. It was hard not to buy everything I wanted, but I reminded myself that the winter squash season is just beginning. I came away with a big bag of basil

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Okra!

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I also bought a bag of granola. I had this granola at a coffee shop about a month ago and really liked it

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And I brought home a raspberry muffin and a blueberry muffin to split with Hubby for (second) breakfast

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The raspberries were pretty tart but the blueberry muffin seemed to have a bit of cinnamon in it!

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Since we had the muffins at about 11:30 we didn’t eat lunch until about 1:00. Hubby and I just split a blue box of macaroni to which a hot dog was added after the picture was taken

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Everyone was pretty hungry after sitting out in the sun during the football game so after a brief stop at Kroger we came home for some mozzarella sticks

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Dinner was burgers, finally! My craving for burgers had actually faded, but I won’t say no! With pepperjack cheese, red onion, and ketchup

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We watched Watchment before, during, and after dinner (it’s long!). Something I could have lived without. It’s long and slightly complicated and I was tired. I know it was supposed to be big, but I don’t get it.

Breakfast today was fast and easy. Yogurt and Kashi Go Lean Crunch. The sweetness of the cereal helped a lot with the plain yogurt.

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I ate on the back deck with the dogs while mystery roommate and his buddy slowly woke up in the living room. I already forgot about my new granola! It was nice to eat outside though.

My parents and one of my brothers came out today for the annual Atlanta area Shop Hop. Atlanta knitting stores host a week where if you buy something from each participating store you’re entered to win big prizes. One of the stores is all the way out in Watkinsville, about 15 minutes from our apartment. Mom organizes her trip to see our new apartment around the shop hop every year and dad and my brother decided to join. We had hoped to go back to Last Resort for lunch but there was a line out the door so after trying a couple of other places we ended up at Mellow Mushroom for lunch.

I got a Greek salad

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I also had a slice of veggie pizza. I know many bloggers who ask for no butter or parmesian on the crust, but I adore MM pizza crust. My favorite ever. Butter it up, my friends!

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Unfortunately the crust seemed really thin and a little too toasted. I stole some of Hubby’s crust from his ground beef and mushroom slice and that was much better. The boys stuck to the meat while my mom and I had veggie. And I got to bring some home for dinner tomorrow! Yum yum yum. I also drank about half of my mom’s Bass.

After lunch we dropped the Jasons at the apartment to watch football and picked up Alex to go to Mainstreet Yarn and Fibers. It is such a cute shop. I need to finish the projects I’ve got going now so I can find something new to knit! Soon after the family left and I took a nap. Waking up it was kind of disappointing to realize that all the things I was looking forward to this weekend are over. I sat outside and finished reading 26.2 Marathon Stories. Until it started raining.

Dinner ended up being some brown rice and beans that have been in the fridge since Friday.

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And I couldn’t resist having a few pieces of okra, microwaved with olive oil and salt

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Yum yum yum.

Now I get to look forward to seeing my cousin, running my first race, and exploring the Ellijay Apple Festival next weekend!

The unhealthier side of me

Well I didn’t get up at 8:00 to run, but I did get one in later! It was tough, slow, and I was running with a cramped diaphragm the whole frickin time. I strongly considered waiting and just doing tomorrow’s scheduled run but chose to run today, skip tomorrow, and run again on Monday.

I had a couple of unpictured pieces of bread with peanut butter, one at 11:30 when I got up and one after my run. After my shower I had a green monster! It included the last of my spinach, banana, protein powder, some rhubarb.

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We had football games on all afternoon which of course requires football snacks. The gang decided to wait to grill burgers and dogs until after the game so lunch/first dinner was Totinos pizza rolls.

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I’m annoyed to say that I ate my weight in these things. But I’ve been thinking I need to experiment with eating more to lose more weight (as explained in this post) so I’m not beating myself up too much (though it should be healthier food I’m eating more of, not junk like this). After a walk to get the mail and a nap I’m no longer uncomfortably full.

Dan’s friends brought okra from their garden! Love love love okra. I’ve been meaning to buy some and Hubs now agrees that it needs to be on the grocery list. I had a few pieces which were just microwaved with a little evoo and some salt. Loves it.

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There will be more food later but until then I have the apartment to myself (and three dogs). I plan on reading more of the Thrive Diet (since I have to turn it in on Thursday) and watching some Gossip Girl!

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Don’t scroll down unless you want nightmares… Our neighbors (we live in a duplex) unfortunately hunt deer and occasionally (okay at least once a week for the past month) clean them from something they have rigged between our decks. I thankfully haven’t seen them at it yet, but they left a nice skull hanging from it Wednesday night. I’m not a fan of hunting. Or catch and release fishing, for that matter.

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I run so I can drink!

Well that makes me sound like I get shit-faced most nights of the week. I don’t. But I feel less guilty about having a beer if I can look at my Garmin and see that I burned about 460 calories earlier in the day. And cake. I run so I can eat cake!

I was completely exhausted all day, moving nice and slow. I almost let myself talk me out of running this afternoon but I knew I’d regret not going tomorrow when I had to get up to go run instead of sleeping in which is what my body really needs. All morning it was just begging me to find somewhere to curl up and sleep for another couple of hours. So tomorrow I will indulge since I got my run out of the way today.

Breakfast: Today I had a leftover smoothie from yesterday (spinach, water, whey protein, strawberries, rhubarb, frozen banana) and a piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter. So tasty and so filling!

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Snackage: Since I couldn’t make it all the way until lunch yesterday without a snack and was too lazy to make granola bars last night (but realized tonight I still have one in the freezer!!) I took the last of my dried fruit with quite a bit of Kashi Go Lean mixed in. So scrumptuous! I ate part in the morning, part in the afternoon:

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Lunch: Lunch was also leftovers, imagine that. Yesterday the Husb invited me down to the student center for lunch so I got another veggie burrito in a wheat tortilla with black beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa and onions. I neglected to specify “just a little cheese” so it was quite cheesy at points. Here’s today’s portion:

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Exercise: Like I said I almost talked myself out of exercising today, thinking I would just stretch this training week out over two weeks since we’re going out of town next weekend. But my legs weren’t feeling too tired so I thought I’d give it a try. I made it all the way through! Today’s plan called for: Run 32 minutes; for the next 8 minutes run two and walk two. I ran faster today than I did with Alex on Wednesday. It was more my normal pace but the last half was tough! I think zoning out to a MotionTraxx podcast really helped get me through. My average pace while running was a 10:51 mile, which is actually a tad slow. But I made it through and I can sleep in tomorrow 🙂 I’ve got my priorities straight.

Tomorrow is the first home game of the season and I actually got to run past the drumline who was out practicing! I paused my podcast to listen to them while in hearing range. They’re quite good! That was a fun treat. As I got closer to home and the highway again I started to see the RVs rolling into town for all those high-rolling alumni (or wannabe alumni) to enjoy the game from the “comfort of home.” I’d occasionally walk past those things parked last year and they have huge flat screen tvs loaded in those things!

I might root for the hometown team’s rival from my hometown but it was pretty cool to start to see the town really come alive. (I’m a GA Tech girl, what can I say? My dad’s an alumni as are many of my friends’ dads and I went to Agnes Scott, Tech’s “sister school”) Seeing the big ol’ football players riding around on their little free scooters makes it a bit more personal too. Traffic was terrible after work, but I’ve heard that Athens doubles its population on game days. I hadn’t realized before just how many people come into town the night before but I’m sure downtown will be packed tonight with all the bar hoppers.

Alright, enough football musings, it’s time for dessert and more Gossip Girl! Last episode of disc two so that I can send it back tomorrow. Mystery roommate Z has actually shown up tonight (first time I’ve seen him since we met him and agreed to let him move in. He moved his stuff in while I was at the beach) and brought a friend so I quietly surrendered the living room and I’m going to watch the preps on my laptop instead.

Here’s a shot of dessert:

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It looks exactly the same as last night! How strange… 🙂