Hi! My name is Jamie, and welcome to my day-to-day journey in finding balance in life. Although there are many surprises and challenges in our every day, I believe life can be made easier by controlling what we can. By eating real, honest, wholesome food, living an active lifestyle, and looking at things optimistically, we can feel free to attempt the impossible: take chances, make mistakes, yet still find our way back to balanced.
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Happy Monday! Did work go by as fast for everyone as it did for me today? Hope so! 🙂
Now the question becomes…what do I do with all of those veggies?
Well, some I ate raw…
^^See that red-skinned carrot?^^
^^Peels to orange!^^
^^Slices to rainbow!^^
Aren’t vegetables just the prettiest!
Look at these!
^^Trimmed off tops and bottoms^^
^^Wrapped in foil^^
Roasted at 350 convection for an hour and 15 minutes (times vary depending on size of beets.)
^^All done and Tupperware-ed up for the week^^
Aren’t golden beets so cool looking with those rings?
Remember when I made red baby beets?
Next to roast was these beautiful Russian Blue (but kinda purple) potatoes:
^^While you chop potatoes, keep the chopped in water^^
…This is to provide the water the potatoes may have lost, dissolve the starch and make them less sticky. Plus I think it helps them crisp (from getting rid of starch).
I then chopped red potatoes (not from farmers’ market)
^^Lay potatoes on baking sheet and drizzle lightly with olive oil.^^
^^Roast at 350 convection for 20ish minutes until crisp^^
Sprinkle with salt when they come out of the oven, and pepper too.
I wanted to make these on the 4th of July- but couldn’t find the blue potatoes then! Oh well…
So Sunday morning I was supposed to run 7 miles! My longest run yet. I mapped my run and set out. It was going really well until I was an hour and ten minutes into it (shoulda been about done), but I was somehow soooo far from home! Ut oh…I messed up! I accidentally ran to a street called Westminster instead of Westleigh…I had to walk 2+ miles home. I got home and mapped the route I actually did and it turned out it was 9.8 miles! Took me exactly 2 hours. The bad part? I thought I had over done it. My body was hurting a bit, not bad or anything, but a bit. Walking is hard after 7 miles of running! The good part? I was on foot for 2 hours- hopefully about the same amount of time I’ll be running for for the 1/2 marathon. And I felt fine! Sure, I’d have 3 more miles, but ONLY 3 more miles! I think I can do it- and I’m feeling good about it!
When I got home I was exhausted to say the least. All I wanted to do was collapse, but I foam rolled to prevent soreness and injury, and did some yoga stretches. I then made my favorite smoothie EVER!!! Hit. The. Spot.
^^A raw veggie and hummus wrap^^
That’s a raw red carrot, raw rainbow cherry tomates, raw kale, and globs upon globs of hummus! All on a Flat Out Wrap.
My mom asked my sister and I if we wanted to go to my aunt’s to hang out. Since all I wanted to do was play dead on a couch, I said no. But then she reminded me…It was the neighborhood festival and they had eggplant sandwiches. But not just any eggplant sandwich…
^^THE BEST EGGPLANT SANDWICH!^^
Eggplant+me=LOVE. Eggplant parmesan+me=LOVE for LIFE!
For dinner I needed something lighter.
My mom made me 2 slices of sesame Ezekiel Bread with hummus, hard boiled egg, and hot sauce.
^^Dad’s chopped salad with a roasted beet^^
After that I went to Danielle’s for a private pilates class 😉 She is getting pilates certified and needs hours, so of course I’m happy to be her guinea pig! I love pilates! She is intense- it was such a hard pilates class! And she even taught me some new stuff- which I didn’t think was possible at this point…
Afterwords we just had to go to McDonalds for a 47 cent vanilla cone- I mean that has to be one of the best deals on earth. Really. 47 cents for a good sized, creamy, low fat vanilla cone? And fast? Yes please!!!!
Lunch today was a variation of last night’s dinner (as my lunches usually are…)
^^Subtract bread, add feta, pine nuts, and tomatoes^^
^^Roasted potatoes with parmesan cheese^^
I have some other stuff cooking up now…more on that later.
But here’s a clue:
Onto (more) pilates, bye!