Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

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Just an Ordinary Day

Nothing special happened today.  I did my 5 am 5 mile run and immediately cuddled the kitty when I got back.  She can be such a snuggle kitty sometimes!

snuggle kittyWhen I got back from my run I also had a mini protein shake, got ready for work, went to work and had my usual cottage cheese, and taught my classes.



Lunch was my usual pb&j with an apple pear.  I also snacked on a mini Clif Bar between periods 2 and 3.  Now that I have lunch later (which I actually prefer) and am running more, I NEED mid-morning snacks!

Dance practice was successful and productive and fun.  That’s exactly what you need when you have a pep rally on Friday!

Dinner was leftover shrimp barley stuff and roasted Brussels sprouts.



That’s actually Mat’s plate because I doused mine in parmesan cheese to the point where you couldn’t see that actual food.  First world problems.

Was your day ordinary or out of the ordinary?


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Super Commercial Game

Yesterday for the Super Bowl, Steph came over to hang out.  We were really interested in it for the commercials and the excuse to eat junk.  To us (as a friend put it), it’s the Super Commercial Game.  Even then we didn’t pay attention to every single commercial.  But it was still good times.

Mat made his guacamole and we also had salsa and cheddar/sour cream chips.  Delicious.

super bowl snacks


I also made chicken tenders, but I forgot to snap a picture.  Dang it!  I always realize when it’s way too late.

But it’s ok, because I made sure to take a picture of dessert.  I had some lava cookies in the freezer that I warmed up and topped with very Super Bowl appropriate ice cream.

ice cream




I think we enjoyed the halftime show and the power outage the most.  It amused us.  🙂

Oakley wasn’t very interested in the game either and decided to plop on the floor in odd positions.



Thank you Steph for getting this picture when my phone decided it didn’t have enough storage space left.  🙂

And now it’s Monday again.  Honestly, where do the weekends go?

What did you do for the Super Bowl?



Drama Drama Drama

Remember when you were in high school and people started drama over NOTHING?  No?  Well I envy you.

Things like this make me wonder why the heck I willingly hang out with teenagers all day.  They feed on drama!  Basically, the cheer team thinks that my dance team is copying them (which we’re not, by the way), and have gone up to some dance kids about it.  I’ve talked with my dance kids about not doing anything to encourage the rumors and to just focus on what they’re supposed to do.  They’ve always been good about that in the past, so I hope that their annoyance won’t overpower their good sense.  We shall see.

I told them that drama doesn’t go away when you graduate from high school.  I’m sure they were thrilled to hear that.  But it’s true.  I think I’ve had more drama in the last year or two than I did in all of high school.  Oy.

For breakfast I had my obsession: cottage cheese and granola.  Yeah it’s boring, but it’s so freaking good.



Last night Oakley decided she wanted to be a human baby instead of a kitty baby.  We’re practicing for our niece on the cat?

kitty baby


My appetite has been crazy lately with the increased running.  It’s actually kinda fun.  I’m adding fuel to the fire by going to ballet tonight on top of the 5 mile run from this morning.  Whoops!  😀

What are you doing tonight?

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MacBook Pro is All Better Now

After several weeks of having only an iPad to use for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, blogging, etc, my MacBook Pro is now working again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the iPad, but it’s lovely to be able to type freely and quickly.  One of the reasons you didn’t see as many posts from me lately was simply that blogging from an iPad every day was a pain in the butt.

I replaced the hard drive and RAM myself, and reinstalled the operating system and all my programs.  It was fun!

hard drive



But now, I’m back.  And I have big plans for the blog.  Oh yes indeedy.  I’ll cover that more later.  First, let’s backtrack to yesterday, shall we?


I woke up yesterday feeling pretty good considering I had just run 20 miles the day before.  Mat and I took my sister to get her first ever pair of REAL running shoes, and as I mentioned to Skinny Runner, she went with Mizuno Wave Rider 16s.  Mat and Daddy and I are all about New Balance, but Mizunos worked better for her feet.

I got some new shoes too.  About time – I’d been running on my other ones since August/September!

new shoes

We made chicken fajitas for dinner last night and ate them with salad.  Good stuff!





Today was a non-student day since the kids all had finals last week.  That meant that us teachers got to go to school and have meetings and get our grades done.  My grades were done by Saturday afternoon, so that meant that this teacher got to go to school and have meetings and then sit around.

I could have gone out to lunch, but I opted to bring it from home because I didn’t want to spend extra money and didn’t want to consume extra calories.  I’ve been consuming enough calories lately in the form of Chipotle and frozen yogurt.

We made a barley shrimp risotto recipe in the crock pot for dinner.  We accidentally bought 10 minute barley so it got a little soggy, but otherwise it was good.



Steamed Brussels sprouts on the side.  I covered my plate in parmesan cheese.

dinner with parmesan



In other news, I realize it’s now Tuesday night and I’ve only covered Sunday and Monday.  That’s because not all my pictures had re-uploaded to Google drive.  I think I mentioned it briefly last night.

In still more news, my husband went from this, which he’s had for about a month,



no beard


He went on a beard kick for a few weeks and then suddenly decided never mind.  Not gonna lie, I like the smooth-shaven better.  🙂

Hope your Tuesday was good!

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20 Miles

I ran 20 miles today. This is something I never thought I would be able to do. The human body amazes me. With proper training, nutrition, and a whole lot of patience and determination, you can run a long distance. Ultramarathoners cover 50 miles at a time. I will never become that crazy, but it’s still an amazing feat.

I suppose it’s also amazing that the human body can do this too.

On your toes



Side note: I need to do more ballet again. Post-marathon I hope this will happen.

I woke up at 6 to give myself time to a) wake up b) eat something, and c) use the bathroom at least twice. Runners, you know what I’m talking about!

My pre-run fuel was a piece of wheat bread with plenty of peanut butter.

Pre run snack

I left around 7 to meet my dad at 15th street on the boardwalk in Newport Beach by 7:30. He had gotten there an hour before to get 6 miles in before meeting me – he had 26 miles planned for the day! He had to have such an early start because I needed to be home by noon to get ready for a 2 pm hair appointment. He said it was all good training though because these races start early. So true.

We definitely took some walk breaks and paced ourselves pretty slow in general. He actually has been going a little slower than I generally have, but it was good for me to do that. When we were done, my knee wasn’t nearly as stiff as it had been last time. We kept just under a 10 minute mile when running. I had a Clif shot gel at miles 8 and 15, and drank a Gatorade/water mix that became less Gatorade and more water as the run went on.

We started at 15th street and ran to the wedge where I had taken this picture last week.


Today was much more foggy and I didn’t a picture. You could hardly see the water.

From there we went back down the boardwalk and all the way to the Santa Ana River Basin. We crossed the bridge and knew that we had to go until my Garmin said 12.7 and then we would turn back. Here was the view in Huntington Beach at mile 12.7.

12.7 mile view

Daddy eating Gu, not getting tired at all. 🙂

Daddy at 12.7

Me at mile 12.7, also not getting tired at all.

Me at 12.7

Not sure what’s going on with the red skin.  Or my half-closed right eye.

We kept running, or as Daddy called it, trotting, stopping to walk when necessary. Eventually we made it back to the Santa Ana River Basin and were officially back in Newport Beach. The entire way back was much easier mentally because we were going toward the cars rather than away from them. The Garmin beeped 20 miles a couple of blocks ahead of where we thought it would, and we walked back to the cars. Daddy still wanted to cover about a mile more because he hadn’t quite done the full 6 before meeting up with me. I thought he was crazy, but I also totally understand wanting to finish what you set out to do.

When we hit 20.

20 miles done


I got home, foam rolled, and drank a protein shake made with chocolate protein powder and chocolate coconut milk. ‘Twas delicious. I didn’t snap a photo. Oops.

After my shower, lunch was a banana and overnight oats. With well-deserved milk and Hershey’s iced coffee.

Post run food

I’m SO proud of myself for this run. I was nervous, and it was tiring, but I did it. Running it with my daddy helped immensely. Perhaps we can do it again before the race. My longest run before the marathon will be 22 miles, but it won’t be for a few weeks. I’m running the Surf City Half next Sunday, and I plan to treat it like a training run and either take walk breaks or just run it nice and slow. No PR goals for this one.

And now it’s time for a relaxing evening at home. Chipotle and Yogurtland are on the menu tonight!

Oh, and here’s a picture of Oakley trying to steal more hair elastics. I moved the basket of them from the counter to under the sink so she wouldn’t get them, but she promptly figured out where they were and now every time I open the cupboard for something she comes looking.

Kitty thief

What did you do today? Run? Something else? Rest? Share with me!

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We Really Like Pizza

Tonight’s dinner was leftover pizza from last Friday. Because we had pizza on vacation also, we’ve had pizza 4 times in the past 8 days.

We decided to mix things up by having steamed zucchini instead of salad. I love salad, but I’m getting tired of it. I topped the zucchini with Parmesan cheese like my mom did when I first tried zucchini and liked it. You’d never know it now, but I was a pretty picky eater as a child. I liked broccoli and peas, but I wouldn’t touch strawberries, any kind of melon, or salad.

I know right?

Anyhow, this morning I intended to get up around 6 and enjoy a quiet morning while also getting my body used to waking up early again since I go back to work on Monday (sad face). But, because I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t fall back asleep right away, when the alarm went off I sort of hit snooze a couple times and then turned it off thinking I’d get up in a minute. I woke up again an hour later. Oops.

I still managed to run some errands and do some laundry before my doctor appointment and taking my computer in. Fingers crossed they can get the data off my hard drive without costing me an arm and a leg! I can’t wait to get back to blogging from a real computer!

And now a cute picture. Oakley decided to help me watch tv this morning.

She’s a crazy kitty, but I really missed her while we were gone.

Alrighty…15 miles planned for tomorrow and it’s supposed to be 37 degrees at 6 am. This SoCal girl doesn’t understand that temperature! At least 15 will seem sort of easy compared to last week’s 17!

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Home Again

We’re back from Solvang and it’s sad. We love it up there. For those who don’t know, it’s just inland from the coast in central California. It’s about 40 minutes north of Santa Barbara, which is about 2-3 hours north of Los Angeles. The town itself is only about 2.5 square miles and is full of shops and wine tasting rooms. Since we’ve gone up there nearly every year for the past 4, we’ve noticed a lot of turnaround with the shops. But, it never fails to be incredibly fun and relaxing.

Our wine fridge was looking pretty bare before the trip. It’s still bare now but it’s definitely better.

We came home with 4 bottles. We could have bought plenty more but we restrained ourselves. Sometime we’ll have to go up there and have a good chunk of money set aside just I buy wine to come home with. Nothing beats a good glass of wine. 🙂

If I was on my computer I’d share pictures of the town, but sadly all I have for blogging is the iPad/iPhone still so I only have a few phone pictures. I’ll have to make up for that later! I’m taking my computer to the data recovery people tomorrow so fingers crossed!

Back to getting home from vacation, someone was very relieved to see us.

My sister came over to feed her while we were gone, but she definitely missed mom and dad. She was super needy when we got home and tried to sit on my lap while I rode my little bike.

Dinner came together easily using leftovers from before we left. We reheated the sweet potato/bean/quinoa stir fry and made a salad on the side. Topped with Greek yogurt and hot sauce.

For dessert we shared this awesome little chocolate bar we saw as we were buying groceries this afternoon. The flash on iPhone was being dumb, but that is cookie butter (like peanut butter but crushed cookies) inside dark chocolate. 😀

And now we’re enjoying decaf Christmas blend coffee with our chocolate, watching some tv, and reading. I have three books going, this one being the newest.

I’m super excited to keep reading it and, more importantly, put it to use. I’ve been intrigued about it for a while ever since reading about it on Meals and Miles

Question of the Day
Do you go on winter vacations? Where’s your favorite place to go?