Pomegranate Pancakes

This morning I woke up determined to get out on my bike.

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It’s been way too long since I took good ole’ RED out for a spin. In fact, the last time I rode  was with Kelly on our crazy 50 mile adventure!

My bike has been sitting on the patio so lonely. I spent part of yesterday afternoon fixing the tubes and reattaching the chain.

I rode a typical running route..

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It felt so good to get outside. The weather is in the mid-low seventies, and it feels amazing!

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It was a leisurely bike ride:

  • Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Time: 42:49
  • Average Speed: 14.0 miles/hour
  • Average HR: 146 bpm

Before I left, I ate a quick snack:

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When I returned, I made a REAL breakfast. I saw Caitlin make pomegranate pancakes, and I have been dying to try them!

We’re all out of eggs, so I decided to give the “flax egg” a try.

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For one egg:

  • 1 TBL Flax
  • 3 TBL Warm Water

Mix!! It was so easy, and I couldn’t even tell a difference in the taste of the pancakes (although I’m used to flax).

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I mixed the pomegranates into the batter, poured them onto the skillet…

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…and let them do their pancake thing.

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I enjoyed four pancakes out on the patio, with maple syrup on top. 😀

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Chomp. The pomegranate arils added a nice crunch!

Off to work on school stuff again today! I’m working hard this weekend, so I can have fun in New Jersey next weekend!

Happy Sunday!

❤ MegaNerd

Twice the Speed, Half the Effort…

…ok, maybe that isn’t totally true. I would say 1.5 times the speed with a different type of effort.

I took my road bike out for my first ride this morning. My dad and I got up early and went to Flatwoods Park in Tampa. It took me a while to figure out how to pump the tires with air (I am seriously a COMPLETE newbie at this) since it was different than Old Rusty.

I fueled up in the car with the other half of my Peanut Toffee Buzz CLIF bar—I really like this flavor!

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Flatwoods Park is a 7 mile loop, but it is 2 miles of trail to actually get to the loop. I rode the first two miles at an easy pace to get used to shifting gears and breaking, all while keeping my dad company.

Once we got to where the big loop actually started, Dad told me he wanted to go onto the off road trail and to go ahead around the loop. We decided to meet back in half an hour which ended up working out perfectly!

I could tell from the beginning that I was going way faster than I ever had on Old Rusty. I felt great and was using about the same amount of effort and going so much faster.

Half way through the ride, I could tell that my back and arms were starting to hurt. I tried to switch the position of my hand to keep the blood flowing. The hunched over position will take some getting used to!

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Stats from my first road bike ride!

  • Distance: 7 Mi loop + 2 mi warm-up + 2 mi cool-down= 11 Miles
  • Time (7 Mile loop): 27:34
  • Average Speed: 15.1 mph
  • Max Speed: 19.8 mph (weeeee!)
  • Average Heart Rate: 147 bpm

I am really happy with that! Especially for my first ride! 😀

I came back all hot and sweaty and really wanted a big bowl of cereal… so I made one!

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My bowl contained:

  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup kashi heart to heart
  • 3/4 cup milk (waaay too much for the amount in the bowl… but I like to drink it at the end!)

I think that biking will be a great alternative to running—especially in the heat! The wind from going faster really cooled me down, something I never experience when I am running.

Do you cycle? What was your first experience with a road bike like?

❤ Meganerd

Flatwoods with Dad

Good Morning! I can’t believe its already Wednesday. The week seems to be flying by!

I fell asleep pretty quickly last night. I think that the yoga helped me relax last night. Did anyone else try it?

Last night my dad and I planned to wake up before the sun and head out for a bike ride! My dad is the only person I will currently bike with because he rides the same pace and also house a mountain bike (as opposed to a road bike).

I wasn’t too hungry when I woke up but I knew I would regret eating nothing before our 11 mile ride. I snacked on this banana in the car:

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We headed to the local Flatwoods Park in Tampa. It was daylight by the time we got there, so we hit the trail!!

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This morning’s bike ride stats:

  • Distance: 11.2 Miles
  • Time: 57:00
  • Average Pace: 5:06 min/mile

So as you can see, we were going pretty fast!! On my crappy bike, that is amazing!!

It was fun riding with my dad. We discussed all kinds of stuff like nutrition, road bikes, and how the people on road bikes thought they owned the road!!

Once we got back, I was pretty hungry. I’m sorry that my breakfasts aren’t that exciting, I have limited choices at my parent’s house!

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My Oatmeal was pretty uneventful:

Ok well I better hurry so I’m not late for babysitting!!

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Meet My Crappy Bike

Despite last night’s beer and bowling, I woke up wide-awake at 5:45 am. UGGGH. I wanted to wait for Jason to wake up to eat breakfast, since this morning would be our last time seeing each other before I leave for my work week in Tampa!

I started the morning reading the Sunday paper and drinking a fresh cup of Tazo Awake Black Tea.

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For a little bit of sweetness, I drizzled organic honey into my tea.

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YUMMY! I finished my cup of tea by 6:30 and decided to go for a bike ride. Hey, why not!? I still had a good 2 hours before Jason would wake up.

IMG_2813  Before I left, I toasted an English muffin and added some smart balance spread to it as a pre-bike snack:

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Let me introduce to you to the crappiest bike you have ever seen…

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Yep, pretty bad. At least the reflectors work! I even rigged it so that I could bring along a water bottle.

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I have seriously had this bike since MIDDLE SCHOOL. I think I got it when I was 12… which would make my good ole bike 10 years old.

IMG_2825  I still managed to get in 10 miles, and at a decent pace. It’s so embarrassing to tell people I bike because I’m afraid they will ask me to go with them, and there’s no way I could keep up with road bikes on this thing.

IMG_2834Bike Stats:

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Time: 55:53
  • Average Pace: 5:35 min/mile
  • Average Heart rate: 141 bpm

Once I got back I made scrambled eggs with 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites. I had 1/2 a banana, and a handful of blueberries and strawberries. Delicious!

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Anyways, the point of me showing you my crappy bike is that it doesn’t matter what you have to work with. Just get out there and exercise. I don’t have an expensive road bike or special biking shoes/clothes. I have a dorky Target bike and I still get a great workout on it. Don’t get me wrong, I have wanted a road bike for at least a year, and talk about it every single day. I just don’t have the money for that right now. One day though!! In the meantime, I’m content riding my crappy bike and enjoying the fact that I’m fortunate to have any bike at all, or even legs to be able to ride it! 🙂

Well, I’m off to Tampa! Yay for starting my new job this week, and for wedding dress shopping with Debbie!! 🙂 I’ll see you tonight.

❤ Meganerd

Happy Memorial Day [Virginia Beach]

Happy Memorial Day from Virginia Beach!!

I hope you are enjoying your day whether you are at a family BBQ or catching up on laundry. Hopefully you will at least take a moment to remember the armed forces that fought and died for our country.

This morning we barely got 2 miles before we hit up the closest Starbucks. Some serious caffeine was needed. I got the Perfect Oatmeal and Latte Pairing. It’s only $3.95 for both!


I added half the brown sugar and half the nuts to make MY perfect Oatmeal.


Taylor, is this how you would say it… “Iced Double Tall Nonfat Latte“???

It took about 3.5 hours to drive from Jason’s sister’s house to Virginia Beach. I’m glad Jason was driving because I would have been so annoyed at traffic. He’s much calmer when driving then I am. We got to drive thru a tunnel under the Chesapeake Bay which I was super excitied about. Being a civil engineering student, I love bridges and roads and tunnels lol.


Once we were on Atlantic Blvd. (the main drag) I kept noticing a bunch of these signs- my guess is that it means no cursing lol?

We stopped for lunch at this cute little place on the Boardwalk:

I ordered a Sesame Seared Ahi Salad. It was romaine with cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, pine nuts, gorganzola cheese, and julienned carrots topped with a few slices of seared ahi. The dressing was a mandarin flavor. It was soooo good, even Jason kept saying “if you don’t finish that don’t worry I’ll take it” lol. Sorry I finished most of it Jason!

We finished lunch and decided to check out the boardwalk. We noticed TONS of people riding beach bikes and I spotted a place to rent them. We each rented a bike for 4 hours but only used 1 hour, so we can go back tonight or tomorrow to use up the other 3.


We leisurely rode the entire length of the boardwalk and back, totaling 5 miles. It was such a nice afternoon which made me happy because the weather channel said it might thunderstorm!!

We made some pit stops along the way for photo-ops.



Now I’m munching on some Rye Mini Toasts that I purchased the other day at Trader Joes in DC. (In case you just started reading – my boyfriend, Jason, and I are on an east coast road trip and are making are way back down the coast to Orlando.)

Well, Jason keeps bugging me to go get cleaned up for dinner. I don’t know what we are doing yet- he’s trying to figure out where we should go since I’m up for anything.

Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day!! What do you have planned for this evening?

❤ Meganerd

Summer is for Swimming and Salads!!

Welcome to summer!! Today feels like my first official day of summer!! Last week I was finishing up finals and doing graduation stuff (not for me) and so the week flew by. Today is the first day I have absolutely zero responsibilities to take care of… its so strange!!

I started my day off wanting to go for a swim. I don’t have a membership to a gym, so I have to just use the little 20 yards or so pool at the apartment complex. I swam laps back and forth for 12 minutes, and then this old guy jumped in and started floating back and forth across the short side of the pool. It was super annoying and I kept going for a few minutes and then once I had to swim like waaaay around him, I realized that this just wasn’t worth it. Oh well that was a long enough swim for me! I don’t actually know HOW to swim, I just act like I know how and ignore people looking at me funny.

Since that didn’t work out too well…. I headed for the downstairs storage area and dusted off the ole’ bike. I brought my new Garmin along and decided to check out the distance of some of my usual running routes.

Sorry it’s so blurry I just think it’s so cool how it does all this stuff.

Bike Stats:

  • Total Distance: 7.2 miles
  • Time: 39:01
  • Average heart rate: 148 bpm
  • Average Pace: 5:25 min/mi

Overall it was pretty enjoyable, even tho its hot as you know what in FL…. After my run I made one of my two favorite salads!!! This is the veggie-riffic one! (the other one is fruity)

Megan’s Veggie-riffic Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • one carrot chopped
  • celery chopped
  • 1/2 tomato
  • cucumber slices (on the bottom)
  • some brocoli chopped up
  • reduced fat feta
  • leftover chicken
  • Sliced almonds
  • Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinagrette

It’s super delicious, so I thought I would share it!! 🙂

❤ Meganerd