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on monday morning i got up and had no want to run.  i bargained with myself  and decided 3 miles at a reasonable speed would do.  i am not really training for anything because i am working with my fiance to build up his running abilities so it sometimes is tough for me to decide what to run.  i came, i ran, i would not say i conquered. here are my times

mile 1: 13:30
mile 2: 14:50
mile 3: 12.25

not bad. vin and i are currently doing the 3rd week of couch to 5k and he is doing really good.  this week it is run 90 second walk 90 second run 3 min walk 3 min twice.  i keep trying to push him to run more but we are running around 8:30-9:30 which is pretty fast for me even for a short time so i just need to remind myself he is just starting out.  i think he might even be starting to understand why i like to run so much, but lets not jump the gun.

before the 3 milers i had some unphotographed oatmeal, with raisins, flax seed and peanut butter.  when i got back i did some rearranging of the book shelves and dusting.  after that i was hungry for lunch.  i usually try to have a big spinach salad but we are out of spinach so i thought i would try to make a smoothie.    in the mix

2 hand fulls of kale

1 frozen bananna

1 frozen mango

1/2 cup of reduced fat milk

1/2 2% Fage yogurt

3 frozen strawberries

2 handful of ice

we currently only have a chocolate protein powder that i think is a little strong so i also made 4 hard-bowled eggs on the side with a slice of chedder cheese.  I did not think i would eat all the eggs but i did, just the whites i have never really liked the taste of the yellows.  one summer i had a major love affair with jamba juice and they were always super yummy but they never filled me.  while i had one and half glasses of this I did not feel full so i grabbed a couple sun chips which was a total mistake.  I was so full plus I do not drink milk so my stomach was really being pushed.  next time no sunchips and maybe one less egg.

because i was so full i did not have an afternoon snack which led me to be really hungry by the time i met up with my two girl friends for dinner and decided that wings and a side salad was a smart choice.  i do have to say that was not what put me over it was the brownie encased in a cookie with ice cream that we all shared that made all of us feel like we were bursting at the seems but we were celebrating so why not! what were you celebrating you ask? my birthday of course! so that is more or less how i spent my 24th birthday.

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Vin and I have been loosely following Couch to 5k plan and it has been going really well.  Today was a rest day for him and a sleep in day so I got some exercise in after he left.  Little Rodney Yee’s Ultimate Power Yoga, which I started to like.  Its so different doing yoga from a dvd, but my wallet likes it and I am getting used to it.
after yoga i had some oatmeal with peanut butter, flax seeds, rasins and a half of apple.  yumafter this i got on my bike and ran the two errands i had, post office and bank.  it is beautiful outside, sunny though the breeze is a little stronger then i would like especially when riding into it and i going about 2 mph. i am so lucky to live in flordia and get to enjoy this beautiful weather but i really wish i could ride my bike on the roads.  I see people doing it but I am way to scared.  80% of the bikers around where I live, not on glorious bikers heaven A1A, ride on the sidewalk and what mainly sucks about this besides dodgy the occasional pedestrian is waiting for the cross walks.  I try to be so good and only go when the cross walk changes but even then i have people making right hand turns and to top this all off  here in florida, or as vin and i call it the wild wild west, people can have all there car windows tinted so you can’t even tell if people see you.  any fellow bikers, flordians have any tips?after getting back from that i buckled down and got some work done.  when i finally was hungry for lunch around 2 thanks to yummy oatmeal and late breakfast I tried a trick from one of my fav bloggers, Kath at Kath Eats Real Food who actually uses some paper that we finished a bunch of our furniture with, story for another day, so I grabbed some scrapbook paper from the craft draws to spruce up my lunch photo as well as added a dexter head deciding weather he should eat my food or not, the verdict was no.  Lunch was left over chicken, pea, pasta pesto from last night over some yummy organic girl spinach.  yums.

vin and his family are big into the oscars.  ever since we started dating we have watched the oscars even if that meant sitting in a friends apartment while they were not around so we could watch.  we want to a hippie school there was only cable in the common rooms.  also our on campus apartments were called mods.  anyway, on saturday night we watched the live action and animated shorts via on demand which would have been great if on demand worked, comcast i swear is the worst ever.  i have to say they were pretty good.  we like 80% of them a lot and the other 20% well those are what won.  we once read that the ones you hate the most, especially in the animated short category always win and that was so true this time around.  so on sunday morning we printed out of ballads and started doing our magazine and online research.  an hour or so later we finalized our ballads and sent them off to vins aunt, who hosts the party in jersey.  i would like to mention that before this vin and i went out for vin’s first outdoor run ever.  we are working on getting to a 5k and making me faster but it is just super great to be out there with him even if he pretends to puke and die while we run, he has a flare for the dramatics.

for the oscars since we are many miles away we had a low key get together with two of my girlfriends but having people over is a great excuse to make cookies! so i whipped up a batch of these awesome pumpkin cookies that i made for valentines day.  here is the recipe if you want.  i just realized i forgot the vanilla, oops they still taste amazing.  we also did not make the icing and if you do half the recipe.  you can kinda see i add an extra can of pumpkin as well as a teaspoon of pumpkin spice.  vin loves pumpkin.the recipe says to cream the butter with the sugar but i am impatient and lazy so i just melted it in this super awesome butter melter thing that came with all my “vintage” pots, read vintage as my nana’s old stuff we had sitting around the basement that was safe to bring to college.while the butter melt vin read his science book about sciencey stuff.  i have never seen him be so into a book. The book is The hidden reality : parallel universes and the deep laws of the cosmos by Brain B.  Greenemix the rest of the ingredients together and bakecookies all done!since i knew we were going to nosh on chips we decided to make a salad for the main course.  the salad is based off one of our favorite restaurants in our college town, judies, there is like nothing on the website but if you are ever in the area go its amazing but dont go to hungry because you will have to wait they dont take reservations. any way so for the salad we used spinach as our base, then made yellow curried chicken, along with bananas, cranberry sauce and poppy seed dressing.  i am pretty sure the one at the restaurant also comes with peanuts and raisins but our bowl was full so we left those out. nonetheless everyone loved it as well as the cookies.

The girls enjoying all the yums while we watch the Oscars.