Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

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Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad

Since it was so hot yesterday (our apartment got up to 84 degrees before I gave up and turned the air on for a few minutes to take it back to 78) I was craving something cold for dinner. I also wasn’t in the mood for anything heavy after having the protein pancakes earlier. I decided to take the pasta that my in-laws had brought back from Italy and create a pasta salad with whatever veggies we had in the fridge. At the moment, we have lots because Mat got groceries after work on Friday afternoon.

I also decided to make a Greek yogurt dressing, just to mix things up.

Wisk together:

  • Greek yogurt
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar


Italian pasta:


Veggies mixed in:


My plate, after tossing with dressing, basil, and Parmesan:


I totally had seconds. It was too good and I was apparently pretty hungry. We had garlic toast on the side – I had two small pieces.


It was a totally yummy dressing. I didn’t really measure – just did what felt right. I’ll definitely be making it again!


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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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Mmm Paninis!

In dance production today we ran the mile.  I ran with the girls and finished in 8:33.  I never knew what my 1 mile time was until today.  I was hoping it was closer to 8 or even under 8, but I really wasn’t pushing it today because it was afternoon and pretty hot/muggy.  I also have never run the track with a bunch of other kids around so I guess I was a little cautious.  Still though, 8:33 wasn’t bad at all.

My afternoon snack was simple: Greek yogurt with cereal and honey:

I got the dance shoes ordered today and hope the order the bags soon too.  Hopefully the reimbursement goes through quickly.  I’d really rather not be out $400 for several months.


Dinner was paninis.  Tuscan bread with pesto, mozzarella cheese, avocado, spinach, and heirloom tomatoes.  Paired with salad.

There was half an avocado left, so naturally we ate it on the side.

He ate two.  Except I sort of had the last few bites of his second one.  Shhhh….

Look at that oozy gooey goodness!

Seriously delicious.  The only downside to paninis is that you always think they’re going to be fast but they’re not.  Hence it is 9:45 and I’m finally writing this post.  Oh well.  They were worth it.  Sooo good!

Tomorrow is Friday and then a 3 day weekend!  Almost made it through the first full (tiring) week of school!

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Usually I Don’t Bring Work Home

If you’re a teacher, it probably sounds disgusting that I don’t usually bring work home.  But it’s true.  With the exception of Friday quizzes that don’t get graded somehow in between things during the day, I really try not to bring work home.  I get my planning done during my prep period or in the morning, and I’d rather stay after school an extra half hour than bring stuff home.  Bring work home, while sometimes unavoidable for a teacher, is never healthy.  I discovered this the hard way.

However, today I had to do work at home.  I just haven’t had a chance to finalize my syllabus and all of those first day/week of school type things.  So, for a good 2 hours I was sitting with my laptop working on stuff.

It’s interesting because the concept of working from home has intrigued me in the past, yet somehow that doesn’t feel the same as taking work home.  Who knows.

After I finished my work, we sat in the jacuzzi for a little while.  It wasn’t as enjoyable as usual because it was still pretty warm outside, which was a bummer.


Dinner was leftover bean and rice stir fr from the other night paired with salad and cantaloupe.



Because I’m a bit anxious about work, I’m craving chocolate BADLY.  But I’m trying really hard to resist.

On another note, I love this cartoon:


I can’t tell you how true that is.

Time for Bunheads and then bed.  Good night!

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Busy Busy Busy

This was my snack today.  I inhaled it:


Greek yogurt with honey.  I swirled it all in.  Like I said, I inhaled it.  I swirled it all in before I took the pictures because I was so starving.

Sort of like how I was so distracted that I never took pictures of my breakfast or lunch today.  But honestly?  Breakfast and lunch were boring today.  For breakfast I had cottage cheese with strawberries and granola like on Friday, and for lunch I had an apple and half a pb&j like I have every work day.

Today was a long day full of meetings.  I basically worked through lunch trying to get a jump start on organizing my classroom.  I have most of tomorrow to work, and my sister is coming to help a bit, but I also have an afternoon meeting related to dance production – something that anyone with an account in ASB has to go to.  I’d rather not be stuck at school late tomorrow, so I need to be super organized about what I need to get done and when tomorrow I’m going to do it.  I think I’ll go in as early as possible – I’d rather do that than be there late.  Plus I like working in the morning when it’s quieter.

Either way I’m going to blast some music and wear shorts and a t-shirt.  Is it weird that I’m excited to go to work dressed like a bum (well not a total bum, but bum compared to how I’ll be dressing on Wednesday for the first day)?

Time to get a few things done and printed so I can make copies tomorrow.  And I need to do abs and weights.  And the jacuzzi is calling my name…

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Busy Morning

I had set my alarm for 7 this morning but woke up before it.  I figured since I was awake, I may as well get started on the stuff I had to do.  I headed straight out to get gas and put air in the car tires.  My poor car – it was getting pretty low on gas and the tires were just barely above 20 psi.  They’re supposed to be at 40.  Oops…

The main thing is that I thought to fix up the tires before driving 260 miles to Vegas today.

The fridge is getting barren since we’re leaving for a few days, so for breakfast I had a good-sized bowl of Greek yogurt (trying to finish as much as I can so if we do end up throwing it out, we won’t throw out too much.  With it I had a few strawberries, honey bunches of oats, and some of the new cereal from Attune Foods.  (Don’t worry, I’ll be doing a full post on their yummy cereal later, probably after Vegas.

I also drizzled some honey on it and had iced coffee on the side.

Then it was time to start packing.  I think I’m just about done except for the ice chest.


We are SO excited for this little vacation.  Yeah, I have to start back to work on Thursday, the day after we get back, but I’m trying not to think about it.  One last vacation!!

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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!