Confession Thursday : I’m going to hell

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It’s that time again! Confession Thursday: I’m going to hell. And to think I used to be such an Angel… Confession #1: Last night I had a drink. I was nervous about the test and couldn’t turn to cake, so I drank. This wouldn’t be that big of a problem, but I really wanted another drink or two or eight tonight. Confession #2: The only reason I didn’t devour this food in 5 … [Read more...]

I’m ACE Certified

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I’m officially an ACE certified Personal Trainer! My “long appointment” this morning was actually my test. I don’t like to talk about specific things before I do them because I’m very superstitious. So now I can come clean - this morning I wen to take the ACE Personal Training exam. And I passed   The biggest miracle of the whole thing was that I didn’t pee for 3 … [Read more...]

Stop and Strength

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I always talk about how I need to stop and make myself stretch. But, I also need to stop and do some strength training! I dislike that it doesn’t make me sweat. Sweating makes me feel like I’m working. I know  strength training is super important and need to come up with a challenge to make myself be more consistent with it. That’s coming soon! Today I did 20 minutes of … [Read more...]

Baking Fail

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This afternoon I tried to reign my normal snacking in a bit. I limited myself to a yogurt and leftover chickpeas. But, I was dreaming of a piece of chocolate cake the whole time. What I ate: What I wanted: I think Vegas realizes I’m going through chocolate withdrawals. He looks worried. As he should be… Dinner was a burrito stuffed with beans, chicken and guacamole. … [Read more...]

English Muffin Pizzas

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English Muffin Pizzas hold a special place in my heart. First, because Pizza is my favorite savory food. And second, because my mom used to make these for us growing up. Wait – there’s a third reason today - I love using fun seasonal plates and my Easter plate from last year made me smile with tomato sauce in my teeth Darn it. I can’t really call this a “side salad” as … [Read more...]

Little Big Bread

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This morning’s run require ear covering headband this morning. It was cold out! The weather report said it was 38 degrees! Crazy right? When I went to turn on my Garmin it said Low Battery, so I decided to go without. I think I did about 5 miles. I’m bummed I didn’t have it because I felt speedy, but have no idea if I actually was. I got this new bread at Whole Foods … [Read more...]

Ask A Monican #9

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I don’t have pictures of all my eats today because YouTube takes forever to upload my Ask a Monica vlogs and my memory card was “busy”. I do have the highlight of my evening in the form of cereal. I spotted these French Toast Squares at Whole Foods this weekend, but didn’t get them. I am trying to be better about buying things that might set me up for failure (in the form of … [Read more...]

A Running Joke

I really wanted a Subway Tuna sub for lunch after my interview. But, I got lost on the way home and didn’t want to deal with it after driving in circles for a half an hour. At least I went home and made a salmon salad wrap to try and satisfy the craving! In the mix: mayo, relish, onions, random veggie mix about to die I eat the whole can of tuna salmon – is that normal? … [Read more...]

A Running Joke

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I really wanted a Subway Tuna sub for lunch after my interview. But, I got lost on the way home and didn’t want to deal with it after driving in circles for a half an hour. At least I went home and made a salmon salad wrap to try and satisfy the craving! In the mix: mayo, relish, onions, random veggie mix about to die I eat the whole can of tuna salmon – is that normal? … [Read more...]

Bagel Thin French Toast

Hello and Happy Tuesday! This morning I did some light ab work and then ran/walked 3 miles with Ben. I forgot I have the group run tonight so I didn’t want to do my tempo. Plus, Ben’s been slacking on his Couch to 5K plan and I needed to get him motivated When I got home I knew I wanted a breakfast that met 2 requirements: 1. Have PB 2. Be warm I went through a list of … [Read more...]

Chickpeas and Ice Cream

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Despite my healthy serving of hummus at lunch, I was still craving chickpeas for dinner. I decided to roast up a can of them with broccoli, onions and spices. Roasted chickpeas + broccoli = an amazing combo choccoli (or brocpeas?) I know I desperately need a manicure, but I couldn’t help but snap a pic of the way I ate these – with my man hands. Ben and I took a walk … [Read more...]

Sabra Hummus

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As a founding member of the Chickpea Lovers Club, I feel it is my duty to find the world’s best hummus. I fully accept this challenge and have made it my mission to seek out the winners and the duds of this smashed garbanzo bean goodness. I’ve tried hundreds of restaurant versions and different brands (including all the TJ’s varieties). But, I always come back to … [Read more...]

Bad Yogurt and Bed Time

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Hello and Happy Monday! I started my week with an easy 6 miler. My legs felt heavy this morning, so  my planned tempo run went out the window. I don’t want to slack off so I’m going to do it tomorrow instead. Then, I went straight to the kitchen for breakfast. A while back Chobani was on sale big time so I stocked up. But, for some reason I always “save” them and … [Read more...]

Strawberry Pizza Recipe

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It was raining this afternoon, but I was determined to walk the dogs. Enter – ridiculous rain gear. I think my dog is looking at me judgingly… We don’t own an umbrella, but we do have rain ponchos from vacations past. And a hat my mom brought me back from Alaska! The dogs were wet but happy to walk. Well, Bailey wasn’t. He kept trying to shake the whole time to get the … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Omelet

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Hello and Happy Sunday! I’m interrupting the regularly scheduled Pancake Sunday breakfast for a fun new recipe. I got the idea from Tripe D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), see I told you I’m obsessed with that show! This morning I made a Peanut Butter Banana and Jelly Omelet. It started out like your usual omelet  except I added vanilla extract and a dash of stevia and … [Read more...]

The Counter

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Ben and I have been watching a lot of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It’s our new obsession. We were going to hit up a local dive, but it turns out they are only open for breakfast. Boo. So, we went with Plan B – finding a super awesome local burger place. We decided to hit up The Counter for “custom built burgers”. I’ve known about The Counter for a while, but I’m not a big … [Read more...]