That’s what I really wanted today. A good stretch!

My legs are still feeling tight from Saturday’s 15k! I know I pushed it hard, and being a little sore still just tells me that I pushed it to the limits.

I decided to take a 30 minute break from studying to hit the gym. Normally, I hate the elliptical, but I didn’t today. I just cruised along at the slowest pace ever for 20 minutes. It felt good to get the blood flowing in my legs, since I pretty much sit all day.

After my non-workout, I did this stretching routine from Runner’s World Magazine:


It felt soo good!

Before I left, I ate another Honeycrisp Apple. Seriously, best fruit on the planet. I’m not even a huge apple fan and I LOVE these babies.


Lunch and dinner are only 5 hours apart on Monday nights (I have to eat at 5:30 pm) so that was all I needed.


I warmed up some leftover Chicken and Sweet Potato Dumplings from the other night for dinner and added some peas:


Still good, a couple days later!


A few of you asked for the Chicken and Sweet potato dumplings recipe, but honestly we didn’t follow it exactly. For starters, we used chicken, not turkey. For veggies we used broccoli, carrot, onion, mushroom, kale, okra, and cauliflower. Other than that we pretty much followed the recipe, but had to add more chicken broth because we had so many veggies!



(I tried kale, okra, AND cauliflower! All things on my LIST!) 😀

Once I got home from class, I had  a small glass of vanilla soymilk…


and a handful of dark chocolate peanut m&m’s. I have been craving these little guys!


I can’t wait to run in the morning! Two days off will do that to me. 😀

❤ MegaNerd

Afraid to Try New Food?

Normally waking up is a breeze, but today I was quite tired! I still managed to drag my butt out of bed and into the gym.

I ran 2.0 miles on the dreadmill, and did about 15 minutes of free weights. I am LOVING lifting weights! I feel so strong. 😀

When I got back, I only had half an hour to get to my 7:30 am class, so I made a quick bowl of cereal:


It had:

  • 1/2 cup Kashi H2H
  • 1/2 cup Kashi GoLean
  • banana
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 TBL flax

I got back around 10:30 am and felt starving! I munched on a handful of the mixed nuts from the ABC expo…


…and a bowl of grapes.


Those two combined actually held me quite well! I didn’t get hungry for lunch until almost 2:00 pm!

For lunch, I tried to recreate the Mega Veggie pizza from the other night at Mellow Mushroom:


It was Delicious, but something about their crust… MMM.

I started out with a whole-wheat pita, buried deep in the freezer. I had to let it thaw first, but it didn’t take too long.


I then added sauce, tomato slices, spinach, and green peppers:


Next layer was broccoli, onions, and mushrooms:


Topped off with black olives and banana peppers.


That’s right… NO CHEESE! I didn’t even miss it.

This may sound CRAAAZY… but I actually never had black olives OR banana peppers until Saturday night. I feel like I’ve been missing out!!

I really liked both! It made me realize that I was always scared of trying them for no reason really. It’s pretty silly!

This year I have tried to venture out and try new things! Examples of stuff I’ve tried…

  • Tofu (love it!)
  • Tempeh (hate it)
  • nuts other than peanuts
  • soy milk
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini/squash
  • eggplant
  • Greek yogurt
  • flax

There are still a few things on my list of “need to try” and some may shock you:

  • okra
  • pears
  • starfruit
  • all olives (other than black now)
  • artichoke
  • brussel sprouts
  • kale
  • pickles
  • chia seeds
  • beets
  • cauliflower

Are there any foods that you have been afraid to try?

❤ MegaNerd