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12 Aug

Well, I am not going to lie and say I am not disappointed that I am not attending this year’s Healthy Living Summit.

It was actually around this time last year that I started reading blogs, and all of the bloggers were talking about the first HLS. I told myself I would be attending this year, and it just didn’t happen.

I actually got put on the waiting list to get a ticket, and when I was contacted to see if I wanted a ticket, I just could not make it work. Oh well, at least I will be able to read about all the fun everyone is having. I just can’t help but think about all the blogging opportunities I am missing. I really would like to make my blog become something other people would like to read, I just don’t know how to get in that direction…

My bike ūüôā

At any rate, instead of getting ready to hop on a plane to Chicago, my day started off with a 45 minute bike ride.

After my ride, I met up with TP and her mom, who are actually heading to Maryland for the next couple of days. I was invited to join them, but JP and I have tickets to a baseball game tonight and a concert tomorrow, so I declined. I think TP needs some alone time with her mom anyway, so it’s for the best.

After a delicious breakfast, I stopped at the local Amish market, where I picked up some dried fruit and nuts. Then it was off to Kohl’s, where I made some minor purchases, but nothing too exciting.

Then I stopped to get some coffee before heading to the library, where I currently sit in a bit of a slump.

The doctor’s office called while I was here and said the blood work I had done on Monday came back normal, so I am still trying to figure out why I feel so wonky. Maybe the tests I have scheduled for next week will tell us something?

At any rate, I have a baseball game to get ready for, so I better get going.

Cross your fingers it doesn’t rain!

Talk to you soon.

Keep smiling!

Do you have a favorite MLB team? I love the Red Sox, but since I live near Philly, I pull for them, too. Well, up until playoffs anyway ūüôā


My first Larabar

11 Aug

Holy Deliciousness

Oh. My. Goodness.

Yes, my first experience with a Larabar  deserves its own post (well, mostly its own post) because it was THAT good.

I¬† must admit, I was a little sceptical of the hype I’d been reading on other blogs. I mean, really, what could be so special about a fruit and nut bar?

But then I had one.

And really, they are that good.

Well, the carrot cake flavor is anyway, which is a new flavor. I can’t wait to try the others. I had wanted to try the cookie dough flavor, but I haven’t spotted one of those yet. I felt lucky enough to have found the carrot cake one!

I picked this bar up yesterday when TP and I ventured over to Philly to visit Whole Foods.

This visit was another first for me. I wish I had brought my camera to document the event. I was so impressed by what the store had to offer, and I really didn’t think the prices were that outrageous. In fact, TP and I are already planning a trip back!

I love big coffee mugs and I cannot lie...

I also picked up this little gem from the Philly Starbucks.

I know we’ve already established that I’m not the biggest Starbucks fan (love me some Dunkin Donuts), but I do love big coffee mugs, and the fact that each city has its own mug. I think it will be so cool to see how many I can get from all over the place. Of course, I really don’t have any place to keep/display them right now, but some day. I can’t wait!

Aside from all my excitement, I did run 11 miles in one hour and 40 minutes today (okay, there was some walking in there, too, but given my current health situation, I was pretty proud of myself for getting as far as I did). I love how running makes me feel, and I am so pumped for the rest of the day after a good run.

Oh, I almost forgot. I also picked up this guy  from Whole Foods yesterday.

I hope he tastes as good as he looks!

I LOVE chocolate, and I LOVE hazelnut, so I am so excited to see how this combo tastes.

I decided to go with the “travel” size just to be sure I really like it enough to pay $6 for the jar, though.

I mean, I really doubt there is going to be an issue, but you never know!

Now I just need to decide what I want to try it on. An apple? Bread? Any one have any suggestions?

Well, I guess that’s about it for now.

Have a great afternoon everyone.

Keep smiling!

What’s your favorite kind of nut butter? What do you like to spread it on?

Thirsty Tuesday?

10 Aug

I know it’s supposed to be Thirsty Thursday, but after the day I had, I was so happy to indulge in a margarita at happy hour today. Don’t you think Thirsty Tuesday could catch on?

But let’s back up. I know I haven’t been here for a few days.

A re-cap:

Saturday: 8 mile run, followed by playing nurse to JP, who had a swollen eye, then down to TP’s to help her for the pig roast. We didn’t get home til 11:30. Let’s just say it was a looong day.

Sunday: slept in, had some Dunkin Donuts (love!), then headed down to JP’s uncle’s for the afternoon. It was so nice to spend such a lazy day by the pool after Saturday’s craziness.

Monday: down to the shore with TP

Tuesday: got up to go for a run this morning and could barely move, so I went to the doctor’s. I had some blood drawn and need to have some other tests. I’ll keep you posted on how it all goes, but after such a crappy morning, I needed some retail therapy, so TP and I drove to Philly to visit Whole Foods. The plan was also to get Phileo, but one of our friends called to invite us to happy¬†hour, so we opted for that instead. Good choice.

So that’s my weekend, and the past two days in a nutshell. Sorry it’s so quick, but I’m obviously not feeling so great, and I’m really just ready for bed.

I hope everyone else is having a great week so far.

Keep smiling!

Do you prefer Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? I am a Dunk girl all.the.way.


9 Jul

Good Morning Blog World (well, technically almost Good Afternoon, since it’s 11:30 here, but ya know).

I hope your day is going well so far. Mine has been great!

(Please excuse the sleepy eyes. While I am really a morning person, I'm not terribly photogenic)

Things did start off a little slow, as I had planned to get up at 6 a.m. to get my work out in, but my body just was not having it.

Instead, I waited until JP got off to work around 7:30 to finally get my butt in gear, and even then I settled for a 65 minute walk rather than a run. Yesterday’s speed work was a little difficult, so I knew today’s workout¬†was probably going to be a rough one, and I really wanted to save myself for my long run tomorrow. Today is a scheduled rest day anyway, but I wanted to get some exercise in since it just makes me feel better for the remainder of the day.

(Part of the route I walked this morning)

(The park where I did my speed work yesterday)

(Part of the development I walk through to get to the park)

It was nice to see the thermometer drop a little bit this morning, but it was still warm on the walk, and I immediately regretted not getting up when my alarm went off the first time. Oh well, you win some, you lose some, I guess. I was back to the house by 8:35, where I completed some toning exercises for about 20 minutes.

(Breaking the fast)

The workout was followed by some cottage cheese mixed with Kashi¬†Go Lean, blueberries and grapes, and a cup of coffee and water. As a side note, I drink coffee every morning, usually when I first wake up. Today, I had my coffee with my breakfast, and I definitely did not enjoy either my breakfast or coffee as much. I couldn’t taste the sweetness of the fruit, and the coffee just seemed too bitter. I will definitely be enjoying them separately from now on.

After that I was out the door and headed to the library, where the free internet and AC awaited.

(Soooo many books!)

I was VERY excited to discover the cook book section in the library today, which definitely could be trouble. JP and I are headed to the Tim McGraw concert tonight, which I have been looking forward to all week, but I think he may have to pry me out of the library after this little discovery. Woohoo! Who wants to bake!?

(South Street in Philadelphia, photo from Gabriela's recap of the day!)

On another note, I alluded yesterday to the Philadelphia blogger meet-up I attended about a month ago (June 5, to be exact).

I didn’t want to totally forget about the comment, but in all honesty, I wasn’t blogging then, so I really don’t have any pictures to show from it, and I was so intimidated to actually be meeting all the bloggers that I didn’t say too much. I was also (nervously) sweating so badly that my armpits were soaked, so my main concern was keeping my arms down so that no one could see the sweat that had crept practically down to my waist.

The important thing is that I was there, though, and it was a totally awesome experience.

(See, I was really there! I'm the girl in the purple tank top, looking like an idiot. I believe this photo is from Jenna's recap of the day)

I got to meet Tina, Jenna, Anne, Sabrina, Gracie, and Gabriela, among others, and I got to try self-serve fro-yo for the first time ever! The girls were in town for a conference, which Monica also attended. I was hoping she would make it to the meet-up as well, since I love her blog, but she did not get into town in time. Alas, it was still awesome to meet everyone, and it definitely inspired me to start this blog (Even if it has been over a month since I met them all. What can I say?)

I must admit, I love me some ice cream/fro-yo, and while the yogurt was delicious, it was not so friendly on my wallet. Oh well, for a special occasion, I say go for it! I can’t wait to take JP and TP (although I have a feeling JP might really break the bank on this one :o)

Well, I am off to check out the stack of cook books I just discovered, and to prepare myself for the Timmy concert tonight. Can’t wait.

Do you have any fun weekend plans?

Also, what is your favorite cookbook?

And, do you like self-serve fro-yo, or do you prefer just ordering from a waitress?

Have a good one!