100 Foods

Morning! Well almost afternoon! How did that happen? I am still so sleepy! This morning I woke up feeling like I didn’t sleep at all. Does that ever happen to you? It’s like some kind of sick joke. I was talking to a friend of mine at work about this once, and I was like “Sometimes I am so tired I think I am going to throw up.” And she looked at me like I was nuts. OK maybe I am, but now I am curious, does anyone else ever get so tired that they want to throw up? Is that even a thing?

Also my hip is MAD at me today. I have had issues with bursitis in the past, and I am really REALLY hoping that this isn’t that again, but it’s usually one of my first signs I am pushing it too much. SO, we will see. Maybe I just need a good foam rolling session.

So have you seen this 100 foods list floating around? I am not sure where it originated, so I don’t know who to source, but a bunch of my friends have been posting in on Facebook. I thought it would make a fun post!

  1. Abalone: Nope, I’ve seen the shells though
  2. Absinthe: No again, but I think I’d give it a go. Just so that I can float like Robin and Lilly on HIMYM.
  3. Alligator: No and no intention to.
  4. Baba Ghanoush: Yes! There was a place in Long Beach that had this on an appetizer platter that I loved J
  5. Bagel and Lox: This was one of my favorite breakfast treats until once I got some stuck in my throat and threw up, then not so much.
  6. Baklava: Yep yep!
  7. Barbecue Ribs: Um seriously? Of course! I am pretty sure my dad would BBQ every day if he could. He makes some with this blackberry sauce, AMAZING.
  8. Bellini: I am just going to throw it out there, if it involves sparkling wine, I’ve most likely tried it. So that’s a yes.
  9. Bird’s Nest Soup: No. And no plans to.
  10. Biscuits and Gravy: Yep, not in years though. They have it at the cafeteria at work, but it holds no appeal now.
  11. Black Pudding: No.
  12. Black Truffle: I’ve had a dish with black truffle oil, does that count?
  13. Borscht: Nope.
  14. Calamari: YEP! Funny story, we stayed in a fancy hotel on our wedding night and we were SO HUNGRY and we ordered calamari from the Greek-style restaurant in the hotel as room service. Totally random but totally delish.
  15. Carp: I don’t think so…
  16. Caviar: See above.
  17. Cheese Fondue: YES. I could eat it every day if I could!
  18. Chicken and Waffles: Yep! Again, a place in Long Beach (did I mention that I went to college there?) was really well known for them.
  19. Chicken Tikka Masala: Never from a restaurant but I’ve had the Trader Joes frozen kind.
  20. Chile Relleno: Si!
  21. Chitlins: No, and NO plans to.
  22. Churros: So good.
  23. Clam Chowder: When we went to New England for the first time I made it my personal mission to try clam chowder at every restaurant we went to. So healthy of me.
  24. Cognac: I’ve tried it, not a fan.
  25. Crab Cakes: One of my favorite meals!
  26. Crickets: Ew, no. I am not adventurous when it comes to this kind of stuff. Not going to happen.
  27. Currywurst: No, but I would.  
  28. Dandelion Wine: No, but I like me some wine!
  29. Dulce De Leche: Yep.
  30. Durian: Nope
  31. Eel: Love it on sushi!
  32. Eggs Benedict: One of my all-time favorite breakfasts.
  33. Fish Tacos: Yes!
  34. Foie Gras: No.
  35. Fresh Spring Rolls: Love ‘em!
  36. Fried Catfish: No…
  37. Fried Green Tomatoes: I’ve seen the movie, does that count?
  38. Fried Plantain: I think I’ve had this in some kind of sweet dish, I can’t be sure though
  39. Frito Pie: I had NO idea what this was until a few weeks ago when I was at a business communications work luncheon and didn’t want the Fritos with my lunch (hate them) and someone started talking to me about it. No intention of every trying it either. For those of you who don’t know, it’s when you take a bag of fritos, cut it open along the side, add chili and top with nacho cheese. I am pretty sure this represents everything wrong with America.
  40. Frogs’ Legs: No, and this is one dish I seriously don’t understand.
  41. Fugu: Nope! I try to avoid foods that could kill me (see #39 haha)
  42. Funnel Cake: Is it possible to go to Magic Mountain and NOT get one?
  43. Gazpacho: No, cold soups weird me out…
  44. Goat: Not the meat, but a lot of the milk!
  45. Goat’s Milk: Oh, right, see above haha
  46. Goulash: No, but it sounds good!
  47. Gumbo: yep!
  48. Haggis: No thank you.
  49. Head Cheese: Again, no thank you.
  50. Heirloom Tomatoes: One of my farmer’s market favorites!!
  51. Honeycomb: Yes
  52. Hostess Fruit Pie: Gosh I hope not.
  53. Huevos Rancheros: LOVE them. I had them from this place in Nevada City once and none will ever measure up to that perfection.
  54. Jerk Chicken: yes
  55. Kangaroo: no.
  56. Key Lime Pie: Yes
  57. Kobe Beef: I just had this for the first time ever, my husband got some ground on sale and grilled it up into burgers. I couldn’t really tell the difference…
  58. Lassi: No
  59. Lobster: Yes
  60. Mimosa: Again, sparkling wine is always a win in my book.
  61. MoonPie: Yes.
  62. Morel Mushrooms: No, but one was growing in my yard once. I didn’t feel the need to risk it though.
  63. Nettle Tea: No and after a nasty run in with some stinging nettle in my parent’s back yard, I have no interest.
  64. Octopus: Yes. Too chewy.
  65. Oxtail Soup: no
  66. Paella: LOVE it! I watched the Barefoot Contessa make it once and she pronounced it “pie-EL-LA” made me crazy every time.
  67. Paneer: No
  68. Pastrami on Rye: Yes, not a huge pastrami fan though. Sorry Crown Burger.
  69. Pavlova: Love the dish, love the dancer.
  70. Phaal: No
  71. Philly Cheese Steak: yes but never from Philly itself.
  72. Pho: One of my favorite foods ever. Just meat though, none of the gross stuff.
  73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese: Yes, but I am not a cottage cheese fan. Sorry if you can’t ever talk to me again Janae.
  74. Pistachio Ice Cream: One of my favorites!
  75. Po’ Boy: No but I always think of 30 Rock “I’d like the carp po boy with extra chuckle”
  76. Pocky: No
  77. Polenta: My husband really likes it, it’s fun to try different ways!
  78. Prickly Pear: no
  79. Rabbit Stew: no but I IMMEDIATELY thought of Katniss in the arena.
  80. Raw Oysters: yep!
  81. Root Beer Float: Yep! I am actually not a huge root beer fan, but throw ice cream in there, and I am SOLD!
  82. S’mores: Is it possible to sit around a fire without them?
  83. Sauerkraut: yep! My dad has even made it at home before.
  84. Sea Urchin: no
  85. Shark: no
  86. Snail: Sadly yes, I had some at some French fair in Santa Barbara. My friend’s mom was trying to get me to try new things, and said she would buy me a crepe if I tried escargot. I think I am still chewing on it… shudder…
  87. Snake: No thank you!
  88. Soft Shell Crab: yes
  89. Som Tam: no, sounds good though!
  90. Spaetzle: One of my all-time favorite foods that I hardly ever eat.
  91. Spam: unfortunately, yes.
  92. Squirrel: no
  93. Steak Tartare: no, it scares me
  94. Sweet Potato Fries: Heck yes!
  95. Sweetbreads: yum!
  96. Tom Yum: yep!
  97. Umeboshi: no idea what that is
  98. Venison: yes, I’ve had elk and bison too
  99. Wasabi Peas: I have a huge thing in my office of them! I only had them for the first time about a month ago though.
  100. Zucchini Flowers: Yep!

She’s Going for Speed

Morning! I hope you are all doing well. My husband got up to go swimming this morning, so I had to get up to take care of the pup (if one person gets up, she is up) at about 5:30 a.m. Gross. It’s no fun doing this when you don’t have something to show for it (like going to the gym or traveling somewhere). But this little love makes it worth it 🙂

So can I rant really quickly? I have quite a few pet peeves, but one of the biggest is when I am at work and people call me for something and act like it should be the MOST important thing ever. My voicemail CLEARLY states “if this is an urgent matter that need immediate attention…” and I leave instructions about how to transfer to my boss or to the operator. Fact: scheduling a tour is NOT one of those times. Especially when you’ve had more than a week to do so, and didn’t bother to contact me. So basically something that really should have been super simple is now complicated and people are leaving messages for my out-of-town boss, making it seem like I am not around to do my job. NOT THE CASE. Sorry, it really grinds my gears!

Deep breath.

Moving on. So as many of you know, I’ve been somewhat lost when it comes to running motivation since completing my half marathon. The thought of running long distances sounds awful. I’ve done some 5Ks, even set a new PR. When I was getting towards the end of that race, I realized I had a lot left in my tank! I had been training at such a slow and steady rate in order to complete long distances that I wasn’t pushing my pace at all.

And I really want to be faster! I feel like I am more of a short distance person, and while I am so proud of myself for completing my half marathon, I am not sure I am going to want to do another one (anytime soon at least). But I do want to be fast! At the 5K when I really started to book it, my Garmin said I was doing about an 8:30 minute mile. That’s pretty much lightning speed for me! And guess what. I didn’t die.

Here are some running faster tips I’ve found:

  • The single component that most improves pace in races, is a weekly speed session. At the track, start with 4 to 6 x 400. Increase the number of 400s every week by two more until, 10 days before the race, the final workout is: 14 x 400. Each 400 (one lap around a track) should be run eight seconds faster than you want to average per quarter mile. For example, if you wanted to run eight minutes per mile, your quarter-mile race pace would need to be two minutes. The workout pace per lap should in this case be 1 minute, 52 seconds. Walk for half a lap between the 400s. (source)
  • Breaking through to a personal best requires discomfort. Once a week, redefine your comfort zone by getting uncomfortable. Hill work, fartlek runs, speed work, running with a group or taking your run a little farther are all ways to create challenge and change in your running. With proper challenge, you’ll find improved fitness and strength that help you achieve your running goal. (source)  

So here is my plan, I want to get back into running more (I haven’t actually run by myself since before the race haha sad) preferably three times a week. One speed workout, one easy run (I have a course that involves me walking up a KILLER hill), and either a tempo or long run. I really want to use my Garmin for speed workouts, I know it’s capable of doing so, but I haven’t gotten that far into the user’s manual.

What do you prefer to focus on, speed or distance?

Clean Eating Research

Morning lovelies!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, whether you had a holiday to celebrate or just the fact that it was the weekend 🙂 Ever since we moved to Utah, our holidays have been fairly low key because we don’t have any family nearby, which has actually been kind of nice.

If you spend any time poking around the health and fitness type blogs, you are sure to come across the term “clean eating.” There are books, blogs, magazines, and diets named after it, but for the longest time I just kind of thought it was a phrase that had lost its meaning and kind of became a catch-all phrase for just healthy food. I mean, I picked up an issue of Clean Eating Magazine and I was like, how is this different from Cooking Light? Or any other health-centered publication?

I had also received a few comments on my blog stating I was such a clean eater and how I did it. I was a little confused. I thought that was a diet or something.

So I did VERY minimal research and I’ve discovered that basically clean eating = eating food as close to its original state as possible. No processed foods, no preservatives. So yes, I do eat fairly clean. But I want to dig a little deeper. I am pretty sure I know what the benefits are, but I think I could use a refresher. Honestly I haven’t been eating that great lately, and I think that doing a little research into the benefits might help me get back on track.

So here is my plan, I am going to head to the library and check out some books about clean eating, read up, and then read some more. Websites, blogs, etc.

Do any of you have any suggestions? Do YOU try to eat “clean”?

Salad Weather

Happy Friday!! This week has been seriously NUTS for me. Seriously. I am really looking forward to enjoying an adult beverage later.

I had this whole post ready about loving this warm weather, then it goes ans SNOWS. Hi, it’s April 6th people. Not OK. So if it’s not sunny spring weather where you are, take a look at this pic and pretend it is before we get on with the rest of the post 🙂

I grew up in California near Santa Barbara (that pic was taken out one of my parent’s windows) then slowly made my way south to Orange County when I went to college (in Long Beach) and then got my first job. There are essentially three types of weather: pleasant, rainy, and hot. And even at that they tend not to be extreme (except for the hot, once it was something like 108, I wanted to cry but my tears would have just evaporated anyways). So moving to Utah, a place that truly has all four seasons, has been really exciting (don’t get me wrong CA is great, but this is just so new to me).

One thing I noticed in my first year here is how my tastes change throughout the year. Once the temps start to rise, I suddenly abandon my love affair with soups and other comfort foods and start craving yummy fruits and veggies. Especially salads.

In the past week I think I’ve had more salads than I have this whole year. It’s awesome. But whether you are at a restaurant, the salad bar, or making one at home, salads can become fairly high in calories fairly quickly. Here are things I keep in mind to make my salads amazing and healthy.

  • The greens: I am a huge hearts of romaine lover, not a real mixed greens gal, but I always try to throw some other greens in with my romaine to vary the nutrient content.
  • The veggies: The more colorful the better! Different colors mean different nutrients so the more the merrier.
  • Add quality protein: This is really only necessary if you are planning the salad as a meal, not a side. I usually add in a lean protein like hard-boiled egg whites,quinoa, tuna, beans, or grilled chicken, steak, or fish. I ALWAYS grill extra meat when I can to have some on hand for quick salad assembly.
  • Choose one “rich” item: I wasn’t really sure how to best describe this, but this is what I do. If I am going to put in cheese, I don’t use a creamy dressing (I usually never have them really) or add in pine nuts or something like that. If I want a creamy dressing, then no cheese or nuts. If I throw in avocado… well I think you get the picture. Get the idea? Sometimes I will use cheese and avocado, but only if I am using the cheese as my source of protein.
  • Use a smart salad dressing: Salad dressing seems to be the place where most people go wrong. Don’t worry, for years I wouldn’t touch a veggie unless I couldn’t see that it was a veggie due to the amount of ranch dressing. Like I said, if you do use a creamy dressing, don’t add cheese, avocado, or whatnot, and be sure to measure it! I think everyone tends to over do it when they just pour it on top. I love the Bolthouse Farms creamy dressings because they are made with yogurt and contain less than 50 calories per tablespoon. Otherwise use vinegar-based dressings or just drizzle on a little balsamic (this is super yummy if you have cheese on the salad, it kind of makes its own dressing), its delsh. My biggest tip for enjoying your salad with less dressing is to make sure that you toss it super well. This helps it coat all the veggies and you won’t even realize you’ve used less.  

Writing all this made me super hungry for a salad, even id it is still snowing out…

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a salad?

Trying to Find a Routine

Morning friends! Remember me? I used to be a blogger here. Sorry I’ve been so flaky lately. I’ve been having quite the last few weeks. I love my pup so much, but goodness she needs a lot of attention! I’ve also been so crazy at work, I just haven’t been able to think in complete sentences, let alone write them!

Now that Aurora has had enough vaccines to go out and about without fear of getting sick, we can go on walks, go to the dog park (we live a few blocks from one) and take her places with us. This means she has more outlets for her energy other than trying to chew a hole in the wall (she’s done it) or dig in the backyard.

So we have been trying to get our little family in more of a routine. I know that it can be good for her to have some stability, especially since she seems to have some separation issues, so we have been trying a few new things like morning walks (my job), evening walks (my husband and me if I am around), and I’ve tweaked my work schedule so I can spend a little more time with her each day.

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I don’t work full time, so my hours are flexible as long as I am attending meetings and meeting my deadlines, which is great for having a pup!

OK, so get ready for some ramblings, because I’ve just missed you all so much!

I am SO excited because I am going to start helping out at the dance studio where I am taking class. I worked as a receptionist at a dance studio through high school, so I asked if they might be willing to trade some hours of work for classes. And they did! I am basically working a few hours before the classes I want to take. So fun! I am just so happy to be back dancing. And seriously motivating. Nothing is more motivating that getting into a leotard.

Funny story about class last week, we had a guest teacher, which was super fun, but he was trying to get me to use my core more and basically flex my lower abs more. He kept poking me and I was like, I CAN’T FLEX ANYMORE! Haha, awesome.

Speaking of flexing… I am participating in the Arms and Abs challenge that Aly posted on her blog, I need it!

I am also getting my bum running more, but I am easing back into it. I really needed a break after my half, more mentally than physically. I was talking to my husband about it, and I explained it as taking a break so that I can still enjoy running. Running is something I enjoy and I don’t want to get to the point that I dread heading out. Something that was starting to happen while training. Running has been great for so many reasons, I want to enjoy lacing up my shoes and getting out there.

To do so I am focusing on things I want to achieve through running, not things I feel like I NEED to, if that makes sense. Honestly, long distances sound just horrid right now, but speedwork sounds awesome, and I want to be faster (I will do a post on this soon).

So what has been up with all of you?! (Sidenote: my photo uploader isn’t working… I had some cut puppy pics for you too…)

Healthy Habit: Lemon Water

Morning friends! I am not feeling great, I don’t want to get into it on the blog, but man, I really wish I could work from home today!

Last week I talked about some healthy habits I am trying to incorporate, and it got me thinking about how healthy and wellness doesn’t happen overnight, so why should the changes we make happen overnight? I think that gradually trying new things and focusing on another aspect of health can work wonders for your overall wellbeing, and I think you’re much more likely to stick with it.

This week I am trying to drink more water with lemon. I am lucky at work that there’s a cafeteria with access to lemons and ice and water all day, so it’s not that hard, but I just keep hearing good things about drinking water with lemon. Also, I know a lot of people aren’t huge fans of the “taste” of water (I love it) so this is a great way to add flavor too!

According to this article on LIVESTRONG.com drinking lemon water can cleanse your system, aid digestion, and help stimulate the liver. All things I think are good for someone who drinks as much coffee as I do 🙂

Anyone want to join me in drinking more lemon water this week? Or share a healthy habit you’re implementing in the comments!

Hello There!

Morning friends! I hope you had a glorious weekend! Mine was… interesting. I popped into work for a few hours on Friday, which I normally don’t do and had a horrifying experience on my way into work.

I was driving along a busy street downtown (South Temple for those of you in the know) and there’s this area where there are stairs coming down to the crosswalk. Well, a stroller rolled down the stairs, and the baby who wasn’t strapped in fell out ONTO THE ROAD IN FRONT OF MY CAR. Luckily I saw him and stopped, I pulled my car forward and sideways so that other cars would have to go all the way around. I hopped out just as the baby’s mother was picking him up and helped her off the street and got all the stuff out of the road.

The baby was screaming and flailing, which I took as a good sign, and an ambulance was already on the way. I had to leave because I was blocking traffic, but holy cow, it was one of the craziest things that’s ever happened to me! I can’t stop thinking about what would have happened if I had been driving a TINY bit faster or had looked down at the radio at the wrong time. I am just glad he was OK.

So that tragedy aside, I took a ballet class on Thursday night! I was AMAZING. It felt so friggin good to be back in a dance studio, but after the hour and a half class, it was very clear to me that I am not in college anymore… we were doing the grande allegro across the floor and I was scared that my legs were just going to crumple from tiredness. Needless to say I am still sore.

OR I am sore from my 5K that I did on Saturday. Yeah, I am ridiculous. For those of you paying attention I haven’t run since my LAST 5K the first weekend in February. I don’t recommend this style of training at all. But luckily the course was 99% downhill and I finished in just about 34 minutes. I think that might be a new 5K PR, I need to double check. It was great because it proved to me that yes, I can still run, and that I still enjoy it!

Then on Saturday my husband was out and about in the yard (I am so not used to spring and having to do all this yard work, I’ve never had a yard before! Sad) and some dirt or a rock or something got in his eye and he couldn’t get it out. It was really bad, he tried to flush it out with water and eye drops… nothing worked. So I took him to the urgent care where they told us it would be an hour wait, no matter what. Um, I am pretty sure you’re supposed to do a first come, first serve type thing BUT if someone comes in and is more urgent than the others, YOU SEE THEM FIRST.

The woman at the front desk pretty much turned us away, and directed us to other locations. So we drove 20 minutes to another urgent care (same company) and there was only us and another woman there. After she got checked in, the woman at the front desk was taking her sweet time, and I just went up and was like look, he is in pain, he has something stuck in his eye, can you PLEASE get him checked in. Within 5 minutes he was back seeing a doctor and they got it out. Luckily he didn’t scratch his eye too severely and everything is going to be just fine.

The rest of my weekend involved sparkling wine and puppy loves. I mean look at this little love bug.

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Who wouldn’t love to cuddle with that 🙂

Ultrasound Update

Hi everyone! How are you all doing on this fine Monday? I am SLEEPY! Which doesn’t make too much sense, I went to bed early last night and slept like a rock, but I feel like I could have used another hour of sleep. Sleep, which was by they way, one of the most popular healthy habits to add 🙂

I’m sorry I’ve been so sporatic with my posts lately, I will do my best to stop being a slacker soon.

I wanted to give you an update on my ultrasound, I had it bright and early on Friday morning and was able to get my results right away because I went through Urgent Care (for when I went with my sickness). No gallstones!! Hooray! They did a full abdominal ultrasound, and the radiologist said everything looked fine.

Of course I am releived that I don’t need surgery, but a part of me is somewhat dissapointed. I thought that maybe this was going to be the end of it, when clearly there is still something going on. I am still not sure what I am going to do next, but I think take taking a good hard look at my diet and tracking my symptoms is a good place to start.

In other news, I have been SO UNMOTIVATED lately. I don’t know what’s going on but I haven’t worked out in a MONTH. Pathetic, I know. But I’ve also realized how much I have been missing dance. So I’ve done some research and found a dance studio I’d like to try, so my goal is to go to a class once this month to see how I like it. I hope they are lax on their dress code, because there is NO WAY I am getting into pink tights. *shudders*

What have I been missing? Tell me something you want to do this month!

From A to Z

Hi there! How are all of you doing this week? I am going to be honest, I am having a craptastic week, and I just want to curl up in bed and not come out for like a month. I don’t know if it’s just a lot of things happening at once or what, but I am in serious need of a break.

My new BFF (even if she doesn’t know it yet… 😉 ) Janetha posted a fun survey, so it is ON! Here is a link to the template if you want to participate. She actually made this one all by herself, so when you get this in a chain email 3 months from now saying if you don’t fill it out in 10 minutes and respond to 18 people or you will DIE, know this is where it came from, and it didn’t have those intentions 🙂

A is for age: 24

B is for breakfast today: almond milk vanilla latte and an amazing breakfast sandwich. I needed some comfort food 🙂

C is for currently craving: I JUST finished dinner, so nothing really, my belly is FULL! I could take another one of those latte’s

D is for dinner tonight: Chicken strips 🙂

E is for favorite type of exercise: DANCE. Ballet to be specific.

F is for an irrational fear: My husband getting in a horrible accident or getting really sick and passing away.

G is for gross food: Okra

H is for hometown: Los Olivos, California. If you can find it without looking it up you are my BFF.

I is for something important: Family

J is for current favorite jam: When I originally read this I thought she meant fruit spread, so I am going to go with it: seedless rasperry. ALWAYS.

K is for kids: Not anytime soon, thankyouverymuch.

L is for current location: My couch.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: Groceries. I go for coffee and I end up spending $40 on random things…

N is for something you need: A nap and a hug.

O is for occupation: Public Relations Specialist

P is for pet peeve: Too many to list, but today, people talking for no good reason in a meeting and making a fool of themselves and wasting my time.

Q is for a quote: I am too sleepy to think of one right now.

R is for random fact about you: I graduated college early. I don’t know why that popped up into my head but it did.

S is for favorite healthy snack: Right now, WASABI peas.

T is for favorite treat: Depends on what I am in the mood for. Ice cream or pizza.

U is for something that makes you unique: I seriously can’t think of something right now.

V is for favorite vegetable: Any squash.

W is for today’s workout: Nada. Playing with a puppy counts, right?

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Ankle a few times, mouth A LOT.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Yesterday was a pit of horribleness. My lunch was good.

Z is for your time zone: Mountain Daylight Time.