Dog Attack

So after waiting a couple hours to digest my breakfast Skype with my sister, I went for a run. It’s extremely humid outside and going to thunderstorm any minute…which I am anxiously waiting for. Gotta love hardcore thunderstorms when you have nothing to do but cuddle up inside.

On my run, I came across a dog. There were two people (brother & sister I assume) walking a dog…sans leash. The dog was running straight toward me and it felt odd to keep running, but I did. It just kind of circled me and then finally went away and followed its walkers. I giggled and nodded nicely.

About 20 minutes pass and who do I run into again? No actually… the DOG runs into me. I literally see it sprinting around the corner towards me and because I already came across him, I figured he’d just circle me and go away. NOPE.

He legit ran into my legs, almost causing me to trip over onto my face. I gathered myself and kept running but he jumped on me again and I accidentally kicked him (oops). I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It scared me!!! The brother and sister need to control their dog. Thank GOD I’m not afraid of dogs, otherwise I might’ve died from a heart attack from this dog attack. Here’s some evidence:

Dried slobber on my Victoria Secret Yoga Pants. Cute.

[YES that is my upper thigh…that dog went wild on me…]

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On a lighter note – I realized I had some thawed frozen fruit salad in the fridge waiting for me!

Along with cottage cheeeeeese! It’s been way too long.

Sprinkled with goji’s, soy beans, pepitas, and whatever else happened to be in the trail mix I bought yesterday. And cinnamon (duh). I’m going to turn into cinnamon soon…

The fruit at the bottom looks pretty gross but it’s just the concentrated juice that it’s been sitting in.

Tasty as can be! Pineapple and cottage cheese has always worked, so I figure it would be even better with all sorts of fruit. Perfect post-workout snack! Full of protein and healthy carbs.

I feel bad for those who dislike cottage cheese. Cheese (in general) completes me as a person. Truth.

Tune in later to find out what’s for dinner (and maybe a snack…or two)!

xoxo

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Mexican Delight

Lunch brightened the mood a tad (hence: Mexican Delight), although it is still raining cats & dogs.

I should take a picture of my fridge because it’s just about empty. But I’d rather you not feel bad for me and focus on what I can create out of the very little groceries I have left. I like to call this Mexican Delight:

  • Lettuce
  • Lentils
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Fresh Chopped Garlic
  • Lemon Squeeze, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper

Simply mix all ingredients (except lettuce) and let sit in the fridge for a bit before eating. That way, the flavors mesh and it turns into a decadent guacamole-type thang.

This would be superb with black beans, onions and cilantro. That would totally Mexify it! Mexify is a word if I say so. But of course I ran out of onions yesterday and do not currently have black beans or cilantro on hand. It was still exceptionally yummy without them. Oh tortilla chips, duh! Yes get your hands on those, too!

SO good with these bad boys:

In case you’re wondering, these are the crisps I have been using. Now that I’m all out (damn) I will have to wait to buy more (or something like them) when I get back to NY. If you click on the picture you can more easily see the wonderful nutrition facts. Yes, KJ is Kilojoules which is about 4 times the amount of calories (1 Cal = 4.18 KJ).

After devouring my very last rye crisp (sad face), I tossed the mixture & lettuce together to make a wondrous salad. Then I squeezed more lemon juice atop and WALA!

Needed something else (and warm) so I made popcorn for one! Again, no pity needed.

Rummaged through the cupboards and BINGO popcorn to the rescue.

I love homemade popcorn more than any other kind. All you do is coat the bottom in canola oil, throw in some kernels on medium heat, and do not forget to COVER IT. Obvious, but important to not forget. Then sprinkle with kosher or sea salt. Course salt is the best. Get some if you don’t own any. You’ll thank me later.

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The gym isn’t looking good. I wanna get the H outta here, but the rain+cold= no thanks. If I didn’t have to walk through this miserable weather to catch the bus, then alright. But no. Not today folks.

Mini Meals

Today was the perfect weather to exercise outside! It’s about 80°F, very cloudy and most importantly low humidity. The humidity has been killing me lately. I didn’t realize how horrible it gets here (Gold Coast, Australia) in the summertime. The weather is predicted to be rainy for the rest of the week, so I’m glad I got a nice run in before the storm(s)!

I covered about 4-5(ish) miles. I walked for the first half hour or so. It felt so good to walk for some reason and I just wanted to enjoy nature for a while. Then I alternated sprinting (about 20-30 sec. at a time) & power walking. I wish I had a Garmin watch like This One so I can track my progress for real instead of guesstimating. Ooh I just noticed Allie has a pink iPod Shuff, too! Very handy for running (clips right onto my shorts).

Before

After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before… I drank a nice cup of joe and was more than ready to get running. During, I felt like my head was going to float off because of a big ‘ol coffee buzz. After, I was sweaty and extremely attractive 😉 . Notice my vibrant pink sports bra (from Target).

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After my invigorating workout, I had some yogurt!

This consists of:

  • Non-fat (low sugar!) Berry Yogurt
  • A Chopped Small Apple
  • The rest of my Failed Granola Bars
  • Flax Seeds
  • Cinnamon

I settled in bed with it as I watched my favorite movie of all time: Center Stage!

[Fun Fact: I met two of the main actors at my past hostess job in NYC – “Charlie” and “Cooper.” The restaurant where I worked is right across the street from Lincoln Center and  turns out… they still dance there! I wanna go to the ballet when I get back to the city and see them perform.]

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When the movie finished, I was hungry again. So I made a nice lil salad. It’s sort of a combination of my favorite salads: Caprese and Tomato, Cucumber & Feta.

The simple ingredients:

  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Basil
  • Dressing: EVOO, Balsamic Vinegar, Squeeze of Lemon, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
I love basil, don’t you? Here’s a tip: When storing any fresh herb in the fridge, wrap it in a damp paper towel and keep it in a container or plastic baggie. It’ll last longer! You’re welcome.

If you make this, I suggest you add in either feta or mozzarella. Also use less onions than I did. WEW! A very strong mint couldn’t even cover up my crazy onion breath. It was really good though & I think the lemon squeeze makes a big difference.

Oh and did I mention the two squares of dark chocolate I devoured after this salad? Mmm.

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Now I’m thinking about what I should make for dinner. Life is hard. BYE!