Thinking Out Loud

Thanks Amanda for hosting another Thinking Out Loud party. How else could I justify publishing such a random sampling of thoughts?!

thinking out loud1. This song has been in my head for 3 days straight. It’s comical. It’s catchy. I like it. BUT I can’t relate to it. My hubby, along with any fellas I’ve ever dated, don’t like “a little more booty to hold at night.” I wish they did; I’d get a little more wiggle room in the diet. Plus, I don’t think everyone is beautiful even though I do think some folks of every size, shape, color, age, etc. are beautiful. See the link before calling me a meanie-head. I digress… it’s still a cute song.


2. Routine change! Ethan’s first nap has slid back a bit, which means I can squeeze in a walk or jog before first nap without him falling asleep in the stroller. Y’all, this is huge. It means I can do a quick strength workout and/or get a shower during his first nap and after a walk/jog. Huge I tell ya!!

stroller3. Speaking of the stroller, I’ve gotten a walk in three days in a row, and I’m planning another today. I might even try a 3-mile slow stroller run tomorrow. I’m feeling so much better after this half than I did after the first one. In fact, I’ve hardly felt it. No PT for me!

3. This quote: “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. There is clearly room for more wine.”

4. Wine is good, but so is beer. I just bought tickets to the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Yaaaay!!! No, Ethan won’t be going, but let me know in the comments if you are so that we can meet up.

charlotte oktoberfest #cltbeer5. Runger. My body still thinks it’s going to be running another half marathon, and it’s just.plain.wrong. I went to the fam’s place yesterday to pet-sit, and I found myself so ravenous that I tore into one of their emergency Lean Pockets. I hadn’t had one of those in forever, but I needed something. Anything.

6. Ethan’s been eating us out of house and home as well. I should hold my tongue seeing how he’ll eventually be a hungry teenager. Maybe he’s in a growth spurt. Maybe we’re both having a growth spurt. (I wish… and by the way, when did he get so big???)

ethan7. I’m bummed the flowers from yesterday’s post are wilting. Only the beautiful wilt young, eh? I once told Kevin that I didn’t like flowers because they died too soon. What a mistake! Until this bunch, I haven’t gotten flowers from him since this bouquet in college. I take it back, I take it back. I do like flowers! (Ha – love you Kev.)

clemsonAnd I think I’ll end on lucky 7.

  • Ever had runger issues?
  • Got any beer fests on your calendar?
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What I Shared (And Didn’t Share) Wednesday

Hi All! How is this week treating you? My week has been going pretty well, but it’s slower than Christmas comin’. Is it Friday yet???? No. Okay, so it must be Wednesday, which means that it’s also What I Ate Wednesday!!! (WIAW)

wiawThis Wednesday, I’m highlighting a bit of what I did and didn’t share. I’m happy to share my healthy eats with Ethan, but I’m also happy that he’s too young to realize when he’s missing out on something good. I’ll eat my yummy snack while he has vegetables or something. Ha. Sucker.

Breakfast: protein oats with a little added peaches and raspberries

Snack: a handful of raw almonds

Lunch: summer veggie bowl (pinto beans, corn, zucchini, eggplant, basil, and feta)

lunchIt was a winner! Ethan was happy I shared this one.

ethanSnack: Life cereal… don’t let the little cup fool you. I went back for much more.

cerealOh, and because the sugar/carb cravings were outta’ this world, I had some toaster pastries too throughout the day. I was happy not having to share.

sugarDinner: Something like this recipe (1/2 chicken breast, sauce, zucchini, eggplant, onion, and feta over a wee bit of brown rice, though Ethan & Kevin got pasta instead of rice)

dinnerI wish I had a picture here of my little naked baby at his high chair. I know to strip him down before giving him pasta with sauce. The kid’s a mess, and I love it. I also love that he eats his veggies.

Dessert: to spare my body from a sugar coma, I opted for a little red wine instead of my usual ice cream

  • Can you tell summer veggies were on sale at the grocery store?
  • Ever have rest-day crazy hunger or sugar cravings? Just me?
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Breakfast Cookies

Cookies? For Breakfast? Tell me more!!

cookiesHold your horses. They’re healthy, and frankly, I’m not sure if they’re more “cookie” or “haystack” or “fritter” or “baked thing I’m not sure what to call.” I could have titled this “Whole Wheat Apple Carrot Cinnamon Baby Breakfast Cookies,” but that seemed like TMI.

Call them what you will, Ethan calls them delicious!

apple carrotI prepped these on a Sunday and froze them for baby meals or snacks in a hurry. Of course, adults and older kiddos can snack on them too.

frozenIf you’re making these for anyone other than baby, I’d consider throwing in a bit of brown sugar and/or maple syrup. I keep things simple for Ethan. The little dude doesn’t yet know what he’s missing.

Baby Breakfast Cookies
  • 2 carrots, very finely diced or grated and cooked*
  • ½ apple, finely diced
  • ⅓ cup old fashioned oats
  • ⅔ cup flour (I opted for whole wheat)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (approx)
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg (approx)
  • ¼ cup oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 egg (if your pediatrician is cool with whole eggs)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Be sure to cook your carrots. This is easier for baby's sensitive digestive system. I grated about half the carrot and finely diced the other half before cooking in a very lightly oiled pan.
  3. Mix dry ingredients. Stir in wet ingredients.
  4. Drop onto a nonstick or greased cookie sheet, and flatted a bit. They don't spread much and melt down like fatty cookies, but they should rise a little bit.
  5. Bake 10-15 minutes, probably closer to 15 but it depends on your oven.

Oh, and there are a few other things worth noting…

Kevin and I had this awesome dish for dinner, hot and sour shrimp with broccoli. Shrimpieeeeesssss!

shrimpLastly, I know I was a bit downhearted in yesterday’s race recap, but as a followup:

  • I felt surprisingly good yesterday. I was a bit sore in the morning, but it went away quickly.
  • My blister doesn’t hurt and didn’t bother me much during the race.
  • I’m not looking to race again soon since I don’t want to travel, but I’m not throwing in the towel on half marathons all together. The truth is, even though I didn’t have a fun race, I did enjoy most all of my training.

So I guess today’s probably another rest day, but I hope to get back into some walks/pilates/yoga or something tomorrow. I’m eager to start on a new workout plan!

  • Do you get excited when changing up your workouts?
  • Cookies for breakfast, yay or nay? <– nay for me, but yay for E
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Race 13.1 Fayetteville Race Recap

Hiiyaa! I completed Race 13.1 Fayetteville yesterday, so I think I owe you guys a little recap. I reached 2 of my 3 goals, which is good, but I wasn’t very happy with my performance.

Goals: (1) To Finish <– always important, you never know when internal or external conditions aren’t on your side (2) Finish under 2 hours (3) PR

I didn’t set a new personal record since my only other half marathon time was 1:56:00, but this one was still under the 2-hr mark at 1:59:32.

runI originally wanted to leave Ethan at home with Kevin in order to take a relaxing alone trip to Fayetteville (3 hrs from Charlotte), but that didn’t happen. Kevin had to work Saturday and Sunday, so I took E with me. I couldn’t run with him (no strollers allowed, and I’m not that fit), so my parents came along too. They watched him and chauffeured me to/from the race. It was nice to have the help and the company.

runSleep wasn’t working for me Saturday night, so I was able to get up before my alarm on race day without waking my entourage. I was happy to let the others sleep, but it meant I enjoyed a cup of coffee and my pre-race breakfast in the hotel bathroom with the door shut. Anything to not wake the baby!

breakfastTo keep this recap short n’ sweet, I’ll throw in some bullet points. Forgive the negativity, but like I said, I wasn’t too happy with my performance.

  • Start to mile 3 or 4, I felt great! I was running a bit faster than my goal pace, but it just felt so darn easy. In my last half, my first few miles were difficult and felt “off,” so this gave me false confidence.
  • Mile 5-6ish, I settled into my goal pace and started to get a blister. I also think I expended faaaaaaar too much energy fixing my ear buds that kept falling out as I got super sweaty.
  • Mile 6, I took a GU.
  • Mile 7, I hit mile 7 right at about an hour, which was my speedy goal pace… but I also started to slow quite a bit. Negative thinking hit. I wasn’t getting a runner’s high, and I couldn’t believe I had only recently hit the halfway mark.
  • Mile 8-9, Yup, felt terrible. Slowed a bit.
  • Mile 10, Walked through the water station, took my second GU, and tried to get it together. Fail. I had to walk and jog until mile 12.
  • To Finish, I think I jogged until the end, but it didn’t feel good. In my last race, I sustained an injury. Here, I just felt terrible but didn’t have anything giving me real pain… or giving me a real excuse.
  • Finish, As I made the last turn, a guy yelled “1:59!!!” I gave it all I had to get over that finish line before 2 hours.

My fault: I started too fast. I didn’t do enough hill work. I also didn’t do enough strength training. My glutes and hamstrings were very tight and tired and could have used a bit more muscle, but I guess that will happen when you can’t get to the gym. Minor GI issues, but I think I was fairly hydrated and ate “normal” pre-race stuff….?

finishDislikes: I really didn’t like that course. We ran on a highway, which was extremely monotonous. You could see mile markers far ahead of you, so it felt like it took forever to reach them. You didn’t pass buildings or anything interesting/pretty. The course also seemed off. The mile markers didn’t match up with anyone’s GPS watches, sometimes by a quarter mile!

Likes: They had some really great volunteers. Everyone was very friendly! I’d totally run another Race 13.1 event, but I think I’d skip this particular one. Luckily, Race 13.1 is adding lots of races to their 2015 calendar, including one in Charlotte!!

playAfter the 3-hr drive home, mom duties resumed. Lots of play = very tired mommy! I told Kevin to stop by Trader Joe’s on his way home from work to buy a quick dinner.


  • Is it wrong I also told him to buy me flowers? Nahhhh
  • Is it crazy that I’m already stalking the professional race photos website?
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Chocolate Chip Protein Mug Cake

It’s Fridayyyyyy! I bet you knew that though, didn’t you. Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve actually got my &#%^ together. Though this may just be the feeling you get before the aforementioned &#%^ hits the fan, but let’s focus on the positive.

braEthan and I are understanding each other better than ever. I’m making him healthy meals, which inspires me to eat healthfully too (why cook more than once?) I’ve got my race this weekend. And last but not least, I restocked my ice cream supply. Totally winning.

mug cake

Oh, and I even had time to make this mug cake during nap time yesterday. I have to say, it turned out pretty well! Then again, chocolate chips. Need I say more?

spoonI attribute some of the richness of the flavor to PB2. If you don’t have PB2, perhaps you can just decrease a bit of the applesauce and use real peanut butter. Or not. Or just add a little extra flour in place of the PB2 powdered peanut butter. (PB2 has 85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter, but I really just bought it for baking things like this.)

Chocolate Chip Protein Mug Cake
  • 2 TBS vanilla protein
  • 1 TBS whole wheat flour (or flour of choice)
  • 1 TBS PB2 (or maybe just more flour? or regular PB? let me know how it works in comments)
  • ½ packet of stevia, or sweeten with sugar to taste (maybe ½ tsp, but depends on your liking)
  • 2 TBS liquid egg whites
  • 2 TBS unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-2 TBS chocolate chips (darker semi-sweet are great)
  • dash ground flax (about ¼ tsp)
  • dash salt (about ⅛ tsp)
  • dash baking powder (about ¼ tsp)
  1. Spray a mug with cooking spray or olive oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients in mug.
  3. Microwave for 60-90 seconds. (mine took 65)
  4. Let it cool slightly, then dig in!


What better way to kick off the weekend than with cake? Okay, beer. But really, it’s still morning over here, so let’s stick to cake. Yes. Cake for breakfast.


  • Are you a fan of mug cakes?



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