Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

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Sunday Morning at Church

This morning we got ourselves up and out and to church.  We were able to give my parents a set of wedding pictures which I know my mom is happy about.  🙂

Church this morning was really good.  The sermon was exactly what I’ve been needing to hear lately, and I’m hoping that I can get myself back on track.

After church we stopped at Mat’s parents’ house to give them their copy of wedding pictures.  They just got back from a 2 week European vacation complete with Mediterranean cruise.  We got presents!


Pasta from Italy, saffron and herbes de provence from the Turkish spice market, apple tea, and lemoncello complete with a stopper.  Fantastic!!


When we got home, I was pretty hungry.  I’d munched on some frosted shredded wheat before we let for church but it wasn’t a meal.  I had one of my usuals: cottage cheese with Greek yogurt, granola, strawberries, and honey:


Mat made himself a giant omelet with jalapeños, spinach, and cheese and topped it with the last of the green chiles and some fresh salsa.

And now I’m on my own for the rest of the day because Mat is at work.  😦   On the bright side, we finally got our blu-ray player hooked up to the internet and signed up for a one month free trial of Netflix.  I’ve been prepping dinner in advance and watching Law and Order SVU reruns through Netflix while doing it.

The rest of the day (after finishing dishes and laundry) is going to consist of rest.  Lots of rest.  I need to have a good running week!


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Newly Tenured

After school today, a bunch of teachers went to a restaurant called Karl Strauss to celebrate the newly tenured teachers at our school.  And guess what?  I’m one of them!  I enjoyed a glass of wine courtesy of Mr. Cush and shared the hummus and pita appetizer with Ms. Park.  I intended to leave around 5 so I could get home and have an evening, but wine on an empty stomach is not the best idea for driving, so I stayed longer to get some food in me.

I had some sautéed veggies for dinner along with my usual cottage cheese meal from the summer (cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, honey, granola, and strawberries).


Today was another good day at work, and I’m thrilled to be able to say that.  I have a lot more motivation and a lot less dread, which in turn helps the overall tiredness.  That being said, I’m hoping it’s nice and overcast tomorrow so I can attempt 14 miles, something I haven’t done since mid-June.  Hopefully I wake up as motivated as I felt today.

Busy weekend planned: picnic and outdoor concert of Tchaikovsky music with my parents, my sister, and her boyfriend, my mom’s church choir is having a reunion and they’re all singing at the service on Sunday, and Diana is coming over to hang out in the afternoon.  It should be good!


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Sticky and Sunny

I’ve never really shared my pre-long run snacks, and today I remembered to take a picture.  I try to keep these snacks easy and pretty small.  I also like a mix of some sort of carb/sugar and protein.  Peanut butter is usually used.  🙂

Today was no exception.  A graham cracker with peanut butter:


I love peanut butter.

If you saw my DailyMile post this morning, you’d see that I had a sticky and sunny run.  I got up at 6 (that’s going to get harder and harder as the school year gets going…hopefully the weather calms down soon so I can start getting up at 7 again) and of course, by the time I got out the door all sunscreened up and with a full bottle of water in tow, the sun was already coming out and the air felt thick.  This does not do good things for the psyche.

When I first started, I instantly thought, oh crap.  This might be painful.  I had that tired feeling that I’ve been having a lot lately and just can’t seem to shake.  It’s getting really frustrating.  But, I pushed through anyway because I’m the idiot who doesn’t want to keep going and gets really tired yet still doesn’t stop.  I only stop when I really and truly cannot physically keep going.  It’s both good and bad.  That’s not to say though, that I don’t get slower as I run.  🙂

It was hot this morning.  Have I said that already?

After my run, I showered and threw on some clothes and went to pick up a couple prescriptions from the pharmacy.  I’m glad I got that over with.  It was a pain waiting for my face wash to come it because they had to order a slightly different one.  I’m completely out of my old one and my skin has been flaring up again all of a sudden, so I’m very thankful to have it back.


I love breakfast.  Especially when it consists of this:


Overnight oats: peanut butter (told you I love it), 1/2 cup oats, chocolate chips and milk sat overnight in the fridge and this morning I added a few strawberries and granola.  I had a banana on the side and iced coffee with milk and Hershey’s.

Today I have little things like laundry to do, and I also want to get a few things done for school.  The school stuff may carry into tomorrow, but I don’t mind that because I have the entire morning until about 2 pm before we go to a going-away party.

I understand why school starts earlier than it used to, and believe me once November comes and I have a week off at Thanksgiving and then December comes and I have 3 weeks off for Christmas, it’s worth it.  But right now?  Right now it’s hot and gross and I’d rather be at the beach.  It’s just wrong to be back in school when it’s so hot.  Oh well.  I’m employed.  I’m happy and thankful for that.

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Second Day

I got up earlier than usual for a Friday so I could fit in a 3.5 mile walk rather then my usual 2 miles. It also helps that on staff development days I can get to work just before 8 instead of in the 7s. Less rushing=happy Melissa. 🙂

That also means I can eat breakfast before going and avoid the temptation of continental breakfast (i.e. bagels that always make me crash). I’m enjoying cottage cheese with strawberries and granola and iced coffee while catching up on the news and blogging.


I realized a minute ago that today is an actual full day back to work. I need to readjust my blogging schedule again. Please bear with me as I do this!

On another note, I’m trying to figure out how to get a short dance choreographed, taught, and rehearsed for the dance production girls. There’s an assembly on September 14th that I’m fairly certain they are performing in. I’m thinking of going to YouTube for inspiration. Thoughts?

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Today I’m motivating myself to clean.  So far I’ve changed the sheets on the bed and I’m pretty proud of that accomplishment.  🙂

I walked 3.75 miles on the treadmill this morning, doing roughly the same incline intervals as last week: inclines the last 1/4 mile of the first mile, the last 1/2 mile of the second mile, and the last 3/4 of the third mile.  The treadmill decided to stop on me approaching the end of the third mile, so I also did the incline for the last 1/4 miles of the whole 3.75.

After my ab workout, weights, and extension stretching, I quickly showered and got the sheets changed.  I finally sat down to my all-too-often-eaten cottage cheese/Greek Yogurt/granola/honey/strawberries and iced coffee:


Side note: I love these placemats.  One of many gifts we got during our wedding festivities.

On the agenda today:

  • dust
  • vacuum
  • get boxes into storage
  • prep some of tomorrow’s meal for when Mindy and Joel come over
  • try to work on more stuff for school
  • get up the guts to call the cable company and try to negotiate a lower rate

Tomorrow I need to start thinking about packing for Vegas – after my run and hair appointment.  I can’t wait to see Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” again!

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I woke up this morning to see a Facebook post from a friend about an earthquake.  I thought, “we had an earthquake?”  So I googled, and sure enough there was a 4.4 earthquake last night at 11:30, centered in Yorba Linda which is about 20 miles north-ish of where I live.  There were several small aftershocks afterward.

I slept through all of it.  It’s not the first time I’ve slept through an earthquake.  In a weird way I was sad.  I know, I know, it’s crazy, but when earthquakes are small and not dangerous, I almost think they’re fun.

Go ahead and call me a weirdo.  It’s ok.  🙂

I guess I got my wish though because about 20 minutes ago we had another one.  This one was a 4.5, also centered in Yorba Linda.  Then we got a teeny aftershock a couple minutes ago.  For me, since I’m about 20 miles away, it doesn’t feel big.  But a lot of family and friends are only 10ish miles from it so they’re feeling it worse.

My 5 mile run this morning was pretty good.  I got up at 6 to beat the heat.  It worked ok, I guess.  I got through all my ab work and arm weights, showered, made the bed, etc etc.


The same as usual: cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, honey, granola, and strawberries.  And ice coffee with milk and Hersheys.


Soon I’m off to the district office to get a new ID badge made.  I also need to call our cable company at some point to try and negotiate a lower monthly price.  They suck you in with this lovely rate for the first 6 months and then it goes up, for us by $40.  While the price of cable/internet/phone doesn’t make or break us, it would  still be nice to have that $40 back.  It tends to take me a while to make phone calls like that.  It’s highly likely I’ll end up putting it off until tomorrow…


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I Eat Boring Breakfasts

After my 3.5 mile run this morning (in the sun again – boo) I helped Mat take his car in.  It was just an oil change, but you have to make appointments.  The place is easily walking distance from home, but it’s summer and walking would be very unpleasant later in the morning.

When I finally got back and was able to eat breakfast, I went for my usual:


I’m definitely a creature of habit.  I find one or two things I like for breakfast, and that’s all I eat for a while until I find something else (or until strawberries aren’t in season anymore and then I’m not as excited for this particular meal).

I’ve been spending a lot of time researching blogging techniques and things lately.  I’m also hoping to hear back from WordPress on an ad program I want to join.  Hopefully I hear good news soon!