Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lightened Up Coconut Watermelon Salad


I found this recipe in the Food Network magazine a year ago, and have been dying to try it ever since then. I finally bought all the ingredients and made my own version of it today…and it was delicious!

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Wicked Random Wednesday 3.26.14

Well, folks, another hump day has come and gone! I have to say this one has felt quite…strange to me. Usually I always have something BAD happen to me on Wednesdays. I guess I should say, something happens that really throws me for a loop, whether it’s at work or at home. But today was, in fact, totally random. So, without further ado, here are some random things to share with you for this week’s post. Continue reading

Clean Eating, Days 1 and 2

Today’s Workout: Walked 2 miles with the dogs

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and although I vowed to practice clean eating this past weekend, starting yesterday, I forgot that I would have to overcome the hurdles and pressure of the rest of the world, especially when I would be attending my mom’s birthday party.

Hurdle #1: Find some “clean food” when going out to eat.
It’s really hard to find something that you consider to be “in it’s most natural state” when you go out to dinner. Half the time you have no idea what’s been added to it. Some people may call me a weirdo, but I’m not a huge fan of eating out for this reason. Ive always avoided most foods with “cream sauce” because they generally don’t help my cholesterol; and generally, most salads and salad dressings have hidden additives. Luckily, I found some chicken kabobs on the menu that were grilled, with no additives in them.

Hurdle #2: Re-defining good coffee.
I have always been a big fan of coffee, and my absolute favorite way to drink it had been in a huge honking mug with 4 tablespoons of International Delight Almond Joy coffee creamer in it. Well, considering the fact that this creamer can last for months in end without going bad, it’s not exactly “natural,” or even good for you. This morning, I replaced my regular creamer with some skim milk, a half teaspoon of vanilla extract, and two packets of stevia. It’s not Almond Joy, but not bad, either.

Hurdle #3: Going completely GF.
This one is going to take some time. When I’m baking, I do use GF flower when possible, but I’m not quite ready to give up my regular, non-GF bread just yet. Clean eating does not mean you have to go gluten free; this is just a personal decision that I’ve made because I’ve been having some GI problems. I’m seriously thinking about seeing an allergist to find out for sure if I’m allergic to gluten, but since I have some family members who are allergies to it, I’m thinking it’s likely that I am, too. Although I haven’t gone completely gluten free, the bread that I have been eating is freshly baked (no preservatives) and I’ve noticed that making this change has made me feel less tired than I usually am when finishing a meal.

Hurdle #4: Replacing my Crystal Light and other Splenda filled water additives with natural sweeteners.
This one I’m definitely still working on. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my water plain, but sometimes you need a change. When I go out to eat (like yesterday), it’s easy to order water with lemon (or lime), but if I’m going to do this at home, I need to make sure I buy fruit to flavor my water. Luckily, when I went to the store this evening, I purchased some yummy looking oranges…nom, nom, nom!

Hurdle #5: Giving up birthday cake.
OK, let’s be real. I am human. And I ate some cake at my mom’s birthday party. Although my plan is to use natural alternatives to sugar (my new go to sweetener is honey, because there’s nothing more natural than that), I know and accept that sugar will be found in plenty of foods which I won’t always be saying no to…like cake at my mother’s birthday party.

Was there ever anything you really enjoyed eating that you had to give up because of an allergy, new lifestyle, or diet? If so, what was it?

Do you follow a healthy eating regimen, such as clean eating, going GF, or paleo? If so, what type of healthy lifestyle did you choose (notice how I don’t use the word “diet”)?

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Confession: I went running today, but not a lot. It was really for just a minute. OK, maybe two. I was walking the dogs (I have to walk them separately, because if I’m walking them alone I can’t handle both of them at the same time), and it was so gorgeous out that I couldn’t help but want to run. Bogie was going at a trot, so I said to him, “you want to run a little bit?” Of course he immediately picked up the pace and the two of us ran for a minute until he got distracted by something (most likely somewhere that another dog had peed), and we stopped.
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6 Things I Love Saturday

Today’s Workout: Walked the dogs, lots more walking involved.

Today I was planning on finally going running. It was Saturday, I had all the time in the world, the sun was out (most of the time), and it was supposed to be a high of 52 degrees here in Massachusetts.

Before I planned to go for my run, though, JP bribed me to go to work with him in the morning – if I went with him, he said he’d take me to brunch at a new restaurant he had tried with my dad. Continue reading

Wicked Random Wednesday 3.12.14

Today’s Workout: Walked the dogs, 1 mile, untimed.

Hello all! I don’t know if it’s just me, but this week, I’ve felt off by a day all week long. I’m not sure if it’s the time change, or what! JP has felt the same way as me, so maybe it’s just because we’re in our own little “we want the weekend to be here” bubble. Either way, today was hump day, meaning that the weekend is just within arm’s reach now. Well, sort of.

My wicked Wednesdays have become one of my favorite blog posts now. I get the sense that y’all enjoy them a lot, too. This week I’ve reverted back to Wicked Random Wednesdays, because a) I don’t feel whiny anymore and b) this post was supposed to be a Wicked Healthy Wednesday post until JP bought me a huge bag of Swedish Fish and I ate half the 1-lb. bag. There’s an epic fail for ya! Well, without further ado, here are some random things for you! Continue reading

My Life: Where Horses and Running Meet


Me in my college riding days…

…and at a horse show as a child (sorry the pic is kinda blurry)!

Today’s Workout: Sorry to disappoint, other than doing very few squats just to try and get a feel for how my knee was, the only thing that was worked out was my brain!

It was another 13-hour workday for me today, with minimum breaks, other than running out to get Petco to buy dog food right after work, and a couple food breaks. I’m trying to eat healthier, but when we were on our way to Petco, JP saw the Arby’s sign in the near distance and immediately made a U-Turn to go get some. That man makes me laugh, although he’s not always a good influence on my waistline (especially not lately, since I haven’t been working out!). Continue reading

Blogger Profile: Girl Goes Running


This week’s whiny blogs are interrupted by my first runner profile. Meet Heather @ Girl Goes Running. I can’t remember who found who first, but after I first started reading Heather’s blog, I couldn’t stop. This girl is a huge inspiration to me. She’s completed the Boston Marathon, as well as a number of other marathons. That’s very cool in itself, but what sets her apart from other runner bloggers is her total commitment to running. This girl really does go running! Through snow, rain, sleet, and subzero temps (well, pretty close to it), Heather goes running. If you’re not familiar with her blog, read on to learn a little more about her…and then, go check out her blog! Continue reading