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hello everyone!  thanks to bobbi’s reader’s challenge, i actually feel like i have people reading my blog now.  hooray!  i look forward to learning more about everyone as i continue this blogging journey 🙂

anyway i know i said i’d update last night, but i suck.   i promised myself that i would keep my computer in the office so that i’d actually get a chance to unplug when i get home from work, and since i had some real housewives to catch up on, i just didnt make it back to that room last night.  (mind you i could hardly even keep my eyes open to finish watching my favorite divas, but thats a different story!)

anyway since its been so long since i’ve posted, i’m going to zoom through this.  one of these days i will become a more regular blogger… i hope you understand 🙂

soo menu monday.  ha i suck at sticking to menus!  monday i got home and was in a GRUMPY mood.  i dragged myself to the gym and did some strength training, but couldnt muster up the energy to cook.  the bf and i got individual pizzas from felicia’s in ardmore.  i got a “veggie” pizza (aka broccoli, haha.  i was disappointed.) and i ate THE WHOLE THING.  oy.  it was good though, and i mean it wasnt that big! hehe.

tuesday i was able to snag a picture of my goodies for the day:


so to break it down for ya – breakfast was yogurt + kashi, grapes, and tea (no surprise there)… lunch was a grilled chicken, sharp prov, tomato, pepper sammy from the cafe downstairs – oh and a side of the best roasted asparagus i’ve ever had.  holy yum.  snack was the string cheese and carrots… and dinner – despite eating the carrots with the intention of portion control at dinner… was a big bowl of pad thai that i had while out with some work friends.  hopefully the fact that we laughed all the way through dinner meant i had a good ab workout 😉

wednesday was the standard breakfast (second verse, same as the first) but with a naner instead of the grapes.  i also had a morning snack because i was helping out with a recruiting event at work and wasnt sure when i’d be able to eat, so i had the string cheese early.  the recruiting event stressed me out, so when i got to lunch, i made a beeline for the calzone line… oops.  but my spinach and chicken calzone (with the fluffiest ricotta ever!) was SO GOOD.  so i didnt feel too bad 🙂  i skipped the carrots for snack, but had a kudos bar instead.  i know these have like zero nutritional value, but it was just the right amount of chocolate that it works for me.  i headed to the gym where i ran the first day of yesterday’s training schedule (15 minutes running +5 min warmup/7 min cool down = 2.37 miles!)dinner was taco pasta salad, which robert officially said is his favorite of my meals!  i have to admit its so good, and i had this portion… and then another.  oops! 


finally today – breakfast was the same as yesterday (its so much easier to do breakfast when you have a routine!)  and lunch is currently the best salad ever!  again from the same little cafe downstairs (pagano’s market, if anyone is interested!) i’ve never had a salad there because i was never overly impressed with their salad bar, but today it was calling my name – it had everything i love!  i had only a little bit of spring mix, topped with lots of garlicky asparagus, snap peas + tomatoes, fresh green beans, grilled eggplant (omg this is my favorite part!), grilled chicken, and a little taste of pasta salad.  i am in love.  oh and honest tea moroccan mint green tea on the side.  heaven.

i almost forgot to mention that i tried my first yerba mate tea tuesday!  it was honest tea’s tropical version of yerba mate, and it was pretty good!  i had it again yesterday and thought it was a little too sweet, but as a once-in-a-while drink, its tasty.  i love these honest teas – they are usually just right – not too sweet.  my fav.

oh!  and guess what?!  our little garden is finally coming along.  i present to you our first tomato!


who else is growing a garden this year?  what are you growing?


ok ok so i havent posted in a while. i promise i will have a decent post later tonight.  in the meantime, i found this great training program for a 5k from runners world that looks perfect for the next four weeks.  i was using couch to 5k, but kind of fell off track with the wedding and haven’t been able to jump back on board.  this will work perfectly with my midsummer night’s runs!  my first 5k is july 9, so the timing is impeccable.  hooray!

Week 1:
Tues 15 min.
Thur 17 min.
Long Run 2.5 miles

Week 2:
Tues 17 min.
Thur 20 min.
Long Run 3 miles

Week 3:
Tues 20 min.
Thur 20 min.
Long Run 3.5 miles

Week 4:
Tues 20 min.
Thur 20 min.
Long Run 5-K race




happy sunday!  can you believe tomorrow is june?  where has this year gone?  i decided that since i started this blog to track my goals, i will update about them on the last day of the month.  i’m nervous!  🙂

1) run a 5k. – i was so inspired by all the incredible girls running the san diego marathon today that i started looking up races to run!  i came up with a schedule for myself, with the longer-term goal of running a half marathon by this time next year!

june 11 – midsummer night’s one-miler

july 9 – midsummer night’s 5k

aug 13 – midsummer night’s 5k

these races sound really cool because they are in my town and are after work.  i’d usually be working out anyway, so why not race?!  i’m excited!

sept 26 – dragon run 5k

this race is in my hometown, and benefits a scholarship for a boy from my HS that died a few years ago.  what better reason to run?

oct 24 – footsteps for friends 5k in haverford pa

nov 22 – rothman institute 8k

this race is part of the philadelphia marathon!  it will be such a great atmosphere around my favorite part of philly, and i cant believe i’m even thinking about running an 8k already!  i told you i was inspired today 🙂

2) get my freaking life in order. – i spent all day today cleaning and organizing!  and for the past week i’ve been putting away all my clothes as soon as i take them off… which sounds like something a 7 year old should be proud of – but trust me, its a big deal! next up is dusting and vacuuming regularly.

3) pass the cpa exam! – i did it!  i did it!  did i mention that i did it!

4) make dinner more frequently. – ohh boy.  not as many times as i wanted to, but enough for a good start i guess.  i had a rough week at work, but hopefully next month i’ll be making dinner all nights except friday and saturday!

5) lose 10 pounds. – yeah i dont like this goal anymore.  i decided with all the racing i’ll be doing (ha i’m so cool, right?) that this will come naturally.  i hate talking about losing pounds.  boo.

anyway, let’s dish.

friday:  ugh remember that diet-crashing manager?  well right after i finished this charming breakfast of yogurt w/go lean crunch, a naner and some tea:


i felt guilty for not eating a donut, since he had brought a dozen, and NO ONE ate any.  he was giving us crap about it, so i wanted to be the “good staff” and be nice.  ugh 290 calories of being nice.  it would have been a different story had i not already eaten a filling breakfast!

anyway lunch friday was a buffalo chicken quesadilla… which was so good!  and the cafeteria at our client puts nice emphasis on eating healthy so you can never feel too guilty when you eat there!  i had a few pieces of candy for snack (again, manager pressure.  he just doesnt get it!), but balanced it out with a few carrot sticks!  dinner was at our favorite bar, and i was craving a grilled cheese with chili.  weird combo but it was so good!  and our bar started serving frozen drinks and mojitos for summer.  this spells trouble!

yesterday started with breakfast at our favorite local place – ardmore station cafe.  i had the eggs florentine, but forgot to swap out the potatoes with a fruit cup like usual :-/ it was still scrumptious though!   we skipped lunch bc we ate pretty late, but before we went to a housewarming party i had my favorite snack:


this picture makes it look like the apple and peanut butter are falling off the desk!  haha.  the beverage of choice is bitter lemon – it’s like tonic water with lots of lemon in it.  it is so good and refreshing, and also contains quinine which quiets down my wacky legs (its like restless leg syndrome, but before i go to bed!)  its a good thing i had this snack, because while the bf and i expected a cook-out at this party, we got some snacks.  i tried to be good and just have some veggies and cheese, but it just didnt take the place of dinner… and before you knew it, i had housed the bbq chips.  the darn things are just so addicting!

we woke up super late this morning and again headed to station for some food.  i had a rueben sandwich, which i love there because it’s not a standard 10 lb sandwich.  just enough corned beef to taste yummy!  and a salad on the side.  snack was one two string cheeses, and dinner was this yummy concoction… homemade general tso’s chicken!  i got the sauce from trader joes (so good, highly recommend!) and picked up some brown rice from the local chinese place.  (we have no food in the house, its pretty embarrassing!) and cooked the chicken, stirred in the sauce, and BOOM! chinese food.  yum!


i also got reacquainted with the gym today… i did a short run – just one mile (in prep for my first race, haha!) and stretched a little.  it had been over 2 weeks since i hit the gym, and wanted to start out slow.  but it sure felt good!

what was your first race?

wow so i had three posts in a week last week, and dead air since then.  but i can explain!  it wasn’t even me not wanting or forgetting to blog.  the past six days have been a blur.  lets see how much i can actually remember (and how much i probably wish i don’t remember!)

tuesday night:  i am PUMPED to go for another 20 minute run. at least my head is… my body not so much.  i make it 5 minutes, so with warm-up/cool-down i had exercised for a whopping 15 minutes.  i felt like crap when i got home, until i checked my cpa exam score online.  I PASSED!  and not only did i pass, but i passed with a 91!  and not only did i get a 91, but it was the only exam i had left!  guess who’s a cpa?!  (*dances*)  so needless to say that made me feel better… and prompted me to have a glass of wine 🙂

wednesday:  you couldnt touch my mood on wednesday, even if i did have to stay at work til 8pm.  but i was taking off on thursday, and we had a four day weekend for the holiday, so i figured it was worth a few extra hours of work.  of course i decided not to exercise, because the night before had thrown off my schedule… so the bf and i went out for burgers and frozen drinks. 

thursday: didnt quite work out how i’d planned… aka i had wanted to get one more arms workout in before i had to wear a strapless dress on saturday.  guess what didnt happen?  and guess who met one of her friends at chick-fil-a in the mall?  and who then proceeded to drink orange juice and melon rum with her bff later that night?  (yes, btw, this makes three days in a row with an alcoholic beverage.)  oh but it was so good to just talk with my ashley girl. 

friday:  the day before the wedding!  i was supposed to plug in the treadmill at my parents house and crank out another 20 minutes… well i’m sure you can tell where this is going!  so i took my brother to the dentist instead, and then ran out immediately to spend the rest of the day with ashley girl.  it was well worth it in my opinion – i got a pretty red pedi for summer, and went shopping with my best friend, what could be worse than that?  i ate horribly that day too – including, but not limited to: mozzarella sticks, cheese fries, buffalo chicken sandwich, and crabby fries (with cheese, of course) at chickies and petes for the rehersal dinner.  oh, and beer.  (for those keeping track, that makes four days.)  but we had so much fun – i realized how much i’m going to miss some of the incidental people in ashleys life too, like her family and even waynes friends… i wont see them much even when she comes home to visit from CA, so it was nice to spend some time with them.

saturday was the wedding.  i will have a whole post on this when i upload the pictures to my computer.  it wont be about food or running or anything, just happiness – and i am going to make sure you all are forced to see the pictures 🙂  i hardly ate much on saturday – we didn’t have any time !  but at the reception i had filet and mashed potatoes.  and umm… wine.  no dessert though, i wasnt keen on anything they really had to offer.  it was prob for the best! 

sunday:  things started off well when i ordered my favorite veggie sandwich on million-grain wheat bread.  yum!  and i only ate  FEW fries (seriously!)  we went home and the bf and i completely vegged out, we even took a nap!  i havent napped since soph year in college!  and then we decided to go on a little date to the movies to see wolverine, and also to our favorite little brewery in king of prussia.  we had coupons, so we got a shrimp appetizer, which i was upset came fried (somehow missed “crispy” in the description), and an ahi tuna salad.  and beer.  (6 days.)

finally monday, and this weekend just caught up to me.  i had a greasy chicken sandwich for lunch, and wine.  (yup, one week straight of having at least one alcoholic beverage.  i am never drinking again! haha) by the time dinner came around i was feeling sick with a capital S.  luckily for me (but not so much for heather ) i read about how you shouldn’t really eat anything else if you have a stomach ache, so i had a few bites of burger and put it down again, and had some peppermint tea instead.  i am finally feeling better and ready to detox my life!  i bought a bunch of fresh veggies for dinner this week, and am glad to be back home and to my slowly-becoming-normal lifestyle.  i’m looking forward to exercising tonight and wearing my new running skirt that ashley gave me on friday for my birthday!  (do i have the best best friend or what?!)

anyway i know that was a mean ramble, and thanks for anyone who stuck with me the whole time.  i am pretty upset with the way i treated my body this weekend, so hopefully i’ll turn this wagon around this week and get back on track.  now that i’m not worried about fitting in my bridesmaid dress, i can actually focus on more substantial goals, like running that 5k!  hooray!

what do you all do when you’ve fallen off the wagon?  how do you turn yourselves around?

so three posts in less than a week – i think thats a new record for me!  this blog has officially gone farther than any of my previous attempts.  woooooo hoo!

anyway i’m trying to distract myself from constantly checking my cpa exam score online for the 10,000,000X today.  they were supposed to be out last night, and i am going crazy over here checking!  keep your fingers crossed for me.

things have been pretty good over this way.

friday for dinner, we went to one of my favorite places on the main line – sam’s grill.  i got a half chicken marinated in honey, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar… grilled veggies (i’m addicted) and mac&cheese (bad cassie!)  then went out with some great friends and had THE BEST DRINK OF MY LIFE.  it was the alcoholic version of an arnold palmer (jack daly maybe?  i dunno they named it after some alcholic golfer) with sweet tea vodka and lemonade.  omg i could drink it every day!

saturday we went out for breakfast, and i had eggs florentine and a fruit cup… lunch was a bad idea aka chicken cutlet sandwich!  (so good though) and dinner was sushi, 3 glasses of wine, and two mixed drinks when we went out with my bffs from home for my birthday.  (oh boy!)  the place we went in jersey was awesome though… the people were hysterical!  i think we went more for the people watching than the dancing!  i managed to squeeze in some strength training in there too.  woot!

sunday was breakfast again (same place every weekend!) and i got an egg white omelette with tomatoes and spinach… turkey bacon… and a fruit cup.  lunch was mia (i have a tendency to forget to eat on weekends) so i had a kudos bar and an apple with peanut butter before i went for my twenty minute run!  i was so proud of myself, it felt sooo good!  i’m almost there… a few weeks to go before i am running a full 3.1 miles!  dinner on sunday was an individual size pizza with turkey sausage, artichokes, and low-fat mozz.  i ate the whole thing, ugh.  add portion control to the list of goals too haha. 

yesterday i finally tried greek yogurt as a meal, instead of as a replacement for sour cream lol.  i hate fruit on the bottom so the strawberry was an icky choice for me.  but i can see myself liking it more eventually… we’ll see!  lunch was a roasted veggie sandwich from cosi, and dinner was pasta and sausage courtesy of the bf, and gossip girl!  xoxo!

haha well yeah so keep your fingers crossed for my scores tonight.  i really need to get these tests out of the way! 

oh – so robert and i got in a little argument about pizza toppings.  he said “how do you justify eating healthier by putting more food on your pizza?”  the boy doesnt quite get protein and nutrients hah.  what do you all like on your pizza?

can you believe it’s friday?  i spent the first part of the week looking forward to my birthday, and the past two days looking forward to friday, its almost been like two short weeks!  this week hasnt quite been my healthiest, which is unfortunate because i am in my BEST FRIEND’s wedding next weekend and the dress is a little too tight for my liking around the chest.  normally the boobage would be embraced, but not until after the 23rd!  i was supposed to do my 20 minute run yesterday, but crapped out.  what a great start to the “new year,” right?  but i was really exhausted and feel like i’ve been getting sick… and all i wanted to do was curl up and watch two hours of grey’s.  well guess who fell asleep about 1:15 in?  and then woke up with about 5 min left, so i know how it all ends without any of the good stuff of how we got there….. oh well.  i feel much better after sleeping so much last night so i guess thats good at least.

anyway dinner last night was delish.  i picked up a salad with artichokes, red peppers, tomato, chicken and steak to share with the bf, and he baked a bunch of pierogies for us to share.  it sounds like an odd combo, but it really hit the spot and i didnt feel too gross afterwards, so that’s good news!  this morning i ate 3 egg whites with some cheese (my weakness.  add weaning myself off of cheese to the list of birthday resolutions!) and tomatoes and spinach.  i had some strawberries and pineapple on the side.  yuum-0!  lunch was delish as well but unfortunately out of convenience (my boss-person wanted us to work through lunch… on a friday!)  my only option was caesar salad.  at least it tasted good!

in other news, my brother got me some tomato and pepper plants for my birthday, so the plan for the weekend is to get them going!  it was such a sweet present, and i cant wait to eat home-grown veggies!  (yesterday, my boyfriend, being the city boy that he is asks “are those veggies even going to be edible?!” he’s got a lot to learn!)

any good plans for the weekend?

sooo yesterday was my birthday.  i was supposed to write this post yesterday, and mark the start of a new year, yadda yadda.  i got a little busy annnnd well, at least i created the blog yesterday, that counts, right?

anyway i’ve been feeling pretty inspired by this blogging world lately and i’m going to give this a go.  i have a lot of things i’d like to accomplish this year, and so screw new years resolutions, lets try some birthday resolutions…

1) run a 5k.  so this goal is a little cheap, because i’m like 80% done with my training (not that i havent quit running at this point before, but minor details, haha!)  i’ve been using couch to 5k, which in my opinion is such an awesome training plan!  it literally tells you to be lazy and run only 3X a week.  thats my kind of exercise!  today i’m supposed to run 20 minutes straight for the first time.  it doesnt sound like a lot, but trust me… i was reading one of my favorite blogs  the other day and she pretty much said it all.  i have asthma, and i never thought i’d be a runner… i never even liked running!  so now to say that i’m even thinking about a 5k is big for me! 

2) get my freaking life in order.  i am a mess!  my poor boyfriend has to put up with my crap all over the house.  i want to have a cleaning day once a week, and also actually put my clothes away and do laundry like a normal person.  (i swear sometimes i’m like a dude.)  add to this not being such a klutz.

3) pass the cpa exam!  again, this one is kind of cheap bc i am only one part away (and will hopefully be getting my score back next week!) but i like to cross things off of lists… hopefully this will be the first to go.

4) make dinner more frequently.  i want to make a menu every week, and actually stick to it.  i have lots of lovely cookbooks that i never use, so maybe it’ll awaken some hidden homemaker gene.

5) lose 10 pounds.  i hate actually writing it, but it needs to be done.  i am not going to stress over it, but hope that it will naturally happen by running more, and eating better – both need to be long term goals and not short term fixes.  i need to make some life changes!

ok so that sounds good for now, right?  i’m sure i have more things that i want to do over the course of the year… so you’ll probably hear some of them eventually.  i am hoping this blog will help keep me accountable for actually making these changes in my life. 

in the meantime, what do you guys listen to while you run/workout?  as crazy as it sounds, i have been running to jimmy eat world’s “chase this light” for like 2 years now.  (pretty much since it came out).  it just seems to fit the pattern of my runs.  but as much as i LOVE jimmy eat world, i am getting kind of bored with it.  help me out!


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