Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.


Banana and Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Oh My!

Banana and peanut butter has been my go-to snack lately (sometimes with chocolate chips).  I used to never eat that large of a snack.  I’d stick with the banana only in most cases.  But now that I’m running so much more I’ve found that I really need the extra protein.  Obviously.

snack 1

Learning that it’s totally ok to have a more substantial snack has been a bit challenging because of that whole ballet body image thing.  In the past, a larger snack would freak me out and make me think I was going to gain weight.  But you know what?  I haven’t.  I guess what they say about eating more actually helping your metabolism is true.

snack 3

I’ve been eating a small mid-morning snack too.  Lately it’s been string cheese.  I’ve had a mini protein shake (just 1/2 scoop protein powder and water) after morning runs.  I haven’t really altered my main meals.  Or my desserts.

And you know what?  I’m not gaining weight.

I finally took the risk with eating more (in a good way) and didn’t freak out.  If you had told the bunhead Melissa that this would happen, she would have laughed in your face.

snack 2

I guess I’m making progress.  🙂


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I Ran 21 Miles Today

Today I did something that my old ballerina self would have never thought possible: I ran 21 miles.

Like 2 weeks ago when I ran 20 miles, I got up at 6 so I would have time to eat and wake up.  And use the bathroom, of course.

I ate the same bread with peanut butter pre-run snack.

pre-run snack

And I went to the same beach where I ran my 19 miler and 20 miler.

I ran almost 2.5 miles to the wedge and stopped for some photos.  I mean, come on, if you live 15 minutes from the beach and have the chance to run it anytime you want, you have to take pictures, right?

wedge view 1

wedge view 2

wedge view 3

I guess the other side of that argument would be that if you live close enough to the beach that you can go whenever you want you have no need to take pictures, but whatever.  I digress.

This run felt surprisingly good overall.  For being terrified of it and incredibly lazy this morning, on top of bleh runs in general lately, I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how good I felt throughout.  I still took walk breaks, but I actually ran the first 8 miles or so straight minus stopping for my photo op at the wedge.

Speaking of the wedge, the highlight of my run (except for finishing it) happened there.  I saw 3 corgis.  And I got to pet them!  OMG SO STINKING CUTE.

I didn’t take pictures with of them because I figured it would have been creepy to ask their owners if I could.  But ohmygoodness I want a corgi.

So anyways, I ran and ran and ran.  I ran the piers today each time I passed them and discovered that running the pier is roughly .4 miles.  That was basically awesome because it cut down on the actual coastal distance I had to cover.  Plus, it was really nice to run with the water literally underneath my feet.

When my Garmin read 13.35 I stopped to snap some photos before turning around to head back to my car.

13.35 view 3

13.35 view 2

13.35 view 1

Smiling normally.

13.35 1

Smiling creepily.

13.35 2

Did I mention I ran the whole 21 miles without music?  I did.  It just sort of happened that way.  When I first parked it was so quiet and peaceful that I decided to just enjoy it and turn the music on later.  And then I zoned out and just never turned it on.  It was actually really nice.  I was able to enjoy listening to the water and just be zen.

When I finished the 21 miles I was SOOOO proud of myself.  I snapped more photos.


done view 3

happy to be done

done view 2

done view 1


When I got home it was protein shake time.  This one was a scoop of chocolate protein powder with chocolate coconut water.  And guess what?  My hubby had it all ready in the fridge for me.  (He also did a crapton of cleaning today so I wouldn’t have to.  I love this man).

protein shake

After a shower and foam rolling, real food was a banana that I scarfed down and overnight oats with coffee.



Food never tasted so good!


To quote Chef Katelyn, how did you sweat dirty today?

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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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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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Running and a Wedding

This morning started with a 7:00 alarm and a pre-run snack of a graham cracker with peanut butter and pumpkin butter.

I ran 8 miles to complete week 1 of LA Marathon training. It’s funny-8 miles used to feel like nothing back when I’d run 14 miles every other Saturday no haven’t run 14 miles since before our wedding. Now that I’ve been taking it a little easier in preparation for some tough training, it feels like a decent amount. Weird how training skews your thinking about what a normal amount of exercise is. Monica was just talking about the same thing today.

When I got back, I made a protein shake since my calves had been pretty sore the whole run.


And then Oakley helped me foam roll.



She’s a very silly kitty – something I tell her frequently in a baby talk voice. I’m not ashamed.

After washing some dishes and changing the bedsheets, I ran over to my sister’s place to borrow some dress options for the wedding we’re going to tonight. I have plenty of dresses, but I don’t like re-wearing them to nice events when I’m around the same people. There’s been a lot of weddings and wedding-related events this year, so I’ve maxed out my dresses.

Amanda to the rescue!


That was a picture from right before we left. The dress and sweater are hers and the shoes and belt are mine. I think it works!

(Side note: my legs have clearly lost their summer tan. Bummer.)

Before getting ready, I finally ate lunch. Banana and peanut butter and jelly with a leftover Halloween Oreo for fun. And coffee in a red Starbucks mug. 🙂

And now we’re off to the wedding! Have a great Saturday!

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OMG Overnight Oats

For breakfast this morning, I had my beloved overnight oats in a jar. This time, I did it the proper way with an almost empty jar of peanut butter. I used the last of the white chocolate peanut butter that came in my foodie penpal box last month.

I put 1/2 cup of oats, chocolate chips, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, and milk in the jar last night. It was delicious!


In other news, prop 30 passed and prop 32 went down. I can’t even express how thankful I am for that. I now don’t have to be (quite as) scared about losing my job or getting a pay cut. HUGE RELIEF!

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Dinner for 12

I’ve been a little distant from the blog in the past 24 hours.  Part of that is from being busy and part is just from feeling blah.

Last night we went to dinner at Yard House at Fashion Island for a belated birthday dinner. Since we were at Kelly’s wedding the night before my birthday, I decided to just do the family thing the weekend after.  We had quite a group: Mat and I, my parents, his parents, my sister and her boyfriend, his sister and her husband, my aunt, and my grandmother.  Dinner for 12!

I totally didn’t think to snap a picture of my Gardein burger, but I had a Gardein burger.  It was actually the avocado swiss burger just with a Gardein patty instead of beef.  It came with fries, which was a huge part of why I decided on a burger.  I don’t usually eat fries, but I had a craving for them.

After dinner, we all came back to our place where I opened gifts and we had cake.  I failed to take a picture of the cake too.  However, my aunt took a bunch of pictures so once I get those I’ll come back and edit this post.

This morning, I really felt that I needed to go to church.  Mat was exhausted from hardly sleeping on Friday night that he opted to sleep in.  I didn’t feel like driving up home, and the service here in Irvine starts at 8 am.  I asked Amanda if she wanted to go, and since birthday cake and presents didn’t take super long and therefore we would be able to get enough sleep (well, I would – she’s a college students and stays up late), she agreed.

The catch was that once we got there, it was empty.  I was confused.  I hadn’t bothered to check the church website because why would I need to?  I pulled it up on iPhone and still didn’t see anything.  A couple of other girls showed up and remembered that they were having a combined service today with the Korean church that shares the building.  The combined service didn’t start until 10:30.

We both still wanted to go to church though, so we headed to Starbucks to kill some time.  It actually ended up begin a blessing.  Amanda and I don’t hang out nearly enough even though we only live about 3 miles away from each other.  We sat and talked (more like I talked – like I said I’ve been blah lately) and she listened and gave me advice.  Then we headed to church where we heard the Korean choir sing and heard a sermon that was given by a guest minister from Concordia College Alabama.  He’s originally from Ethiopia and had an accent.  The Korean pastor translated everything!  It was a really awesome experience.

I came home and took advantage of Netflix while browsing for wide-calf boots online and folding laundry.  I watched Something’s Gotta Give.  It was pretty good I guess.  I was only half watching.

Finally, I decided to set out in search of wide-calf boots.  I have monster calves and am very self-conscious about them, so I was only sort of excited about shopping.  After going to DSW and TJ Maxx with no luck, I headed to Target to get some more running clothes.  I checked out the boot there and found some!  I got my clothes and also got a Yankee pumpkin spice scented candle.  I had a Target gift card from Auntie Kristin and money from my parents so I spent nothing!


And while I was at it decided to take pictures of some of my other gifts.  Because it’s fun.  🙂

From Aunt Rhonda and Uncle Doug.  Super excited to read this one!


From mommy and daddy.  Date night!  🙂



From Jim and Kathy:


From Nicole and Ryan:


From Auntie Kristin (Target card already spent):


And Amanda handwrote and framed her maid of honor speech for me.  I cried.  Literally.


I finally got around to having a snack/lunch at 6 pm.  But it’s ok since dinner is going to be on the late side.  I had half a honey crisp apple with peanut butter and a pumpkin oatmeal muffin.


And speaking of dinner, I need to get that started soon.  Avocado mac and cheese tonight!