breakfast

Well That Was Absolutely Disgusting

I have been told before that I was a good cook, and some of you have commented on pictures of my food and said how delicious it looked. I’m here to tell you today that everyone, no matter how good of a cook he or she is (and I’m no professional) makes some bad meals and tries some not so tasty recipes. Last night was a huge reminder of this to me.

I tried a new recipe for black bean soup, and I wish I could tell you it was at least half way decent. But if I am being honest, it was absolutely disgusting. Like, so bad I couldn’t eat it, and I will eat almost anything. It was so bad, I couldn’t even take a picture to share on here because not only did it taste gross, it looked gross.

I absolutely HATE throwing away food because it is such a waste, but getting rid of that soup was the only right thing I did in the kitchen last night.

So what do you do when the dinner you had planned for the night falls through? You throw together whatever you have and make a dinner out of it.

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Last night I took two corn tortillas, spread some peanut butter and banana on them, and then microwaved them so that it was hot. I also enjoyed some broccoli, zucchini, squash, and roasted sweet potatoes. Then I had the rest of the banana that I didn’t put on the tortillas. I also ended up eating a few bell peppers that I didn’t take a picture of. Β I made Ryan a cheese quesadilla that he had with roasted sweet potatoes and a piece of leftover pizza from Sunday night.

Last night’s dinner was a total bummer since my planned recipe didn’t turn out, but that is totally okay. Just remember to not get discouraged if a recipe doesn’t turn out how you thought it would. It happens to all of us at some point! If you have healthy staples at home then you will still be able to throw together a quick, easy dinner! (Reminder: Always have healthy stapes at home! This saved us from having to go out and buy a dinner!)

On a happier kitchen note, breakfast yesterday was delicious!

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I sauteed onions, bell pepper, tomato, broccoli, and spinach, and then cooked it with two scrambled eggs. I put half of the egg mixture on top of a baked sweet potato, which you can’t even see in the picture because all of the eggs and veggies are covering it. The pile of eggs on the right is on top of the small sweet potato, and the pile on the left is just the egg and veggie mixture. I topped it all off with salsa and avocado, which made it perfect! After I finished this plate, I enjoyed a banana. Perfect way to start my day!

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Oh and on a random note, this cold weather requires me to wear several layers to work! My school is an outdoor campus, so luckily on really cold days my principal lets the teachers wear jeans and our school sweatshirt. Yesterday I wore fleece lined leggings underneath my jeans, Ryan’s wool hiking socks, my long sleeve under armor running shirt, my school t-shirt, and then my school sweatshirt. Over that, I wore the purple jacket you see in this picture, a white scarf, and this super fun hat. And obviously I had gloves. I don’t play around with cold weather. I am so ready for it to be warm, but I was excited to get to wear my colorful hat. πŸ™‚

Oh, and sorry for going everywhere with this post, but I made another food mistake yesterday.

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I bought this non dairy cheese from Natural Grocers after school since I heard good things about this brand. I read that it tasted a lot like real cheese, but let me spare you, those people lied. Okay, so I’m a little dramatic; I’m sure some of you like it, but I couldn’t eat it. Ryan and I both thought it was too strong or something. I tried it once, didn’t like it, and had one more bite to see if I thought different, and I hated it even more. Another food fail. 😦 Once again, I hate wasting food, so I didn’t throw it away. So if any of you like this “cheese”, come visit me and we can chat and you can eat this cheese. πŸ™‚

And even though I didn’t share too many foods that I have been eating lately, I will still take part in Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesdays, since I did share part of what I ate yesterday! Plus, I just love WIAW! Thanks for hosting Jenn!

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Sorry for the randomness of this post, but that’s what was on my mind! If you missed my post yesterday you can check it out here.Β You can decide to join in on the Love Challenge anytime!

Questions:

1. Have you had any recipes that ended up totally disgusting? Were you super disappointed like me?

2. What are some of your favorite meals for breakfast? I should change up my normal routine of oatmeal or eggs.

3. Have you ever tried this nondairy cheese or any other nondairy cheese? Is there another brand that I should try? Right now I’m thinking real cheese is the best option. πŸ™‚

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1. Have you had any recipes that ended up totally disgusting? Were you super disappointed like me?

2. What are some of your favorite meals for breakfast? I should change up my normal routine of oatmeal or eggs.

3. Have you ever tried this nondairy cheese or any other nondairy cheese? Is there another brand that I should try? Right now I’m thinking real cheese is the best option. πŸ™‚

 

80th Birthday Party and Homemade Pizza

Are you all ready for a great week?? Let’s be positive and say HECK YES! πŸ™‚

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Our weekend was fun, but very busy!

I woke up naturally at exactly 6:12 a.m. on Saturday and layered up for my long run.

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I am so over this cold weather, and by cold weather, I mean like barely freezing. You know, I live in Texas, so I’m a huge baby when it comes to cold. So all of you Northerners are way tougher than me. I apologize for complaining about weather that I can still run in, when a lot of you can’t even run outside it’s so bad out there! But it was 27 degrees when I started my run, and only 32 when I finished, and to me those are some low temperatures!

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Despite the cold weather, the 15 miler felt great! This is a huge encouragement for the rest of my training!

When I finished my run, I came in and stretched while I talked to Ryan laying in bed. Then I showered and got ready for a wedding shower! One of my best friends from elementary school/junior high/high school is getting married in April, and her shower was Saturday. I am so happy for her, and I can’t wait for her big day!

Oh, and just a tip, if you run a long run and you want to wear your procompression socks or sleeves, just wear a dress with leggings and boots, and no one will ever know. πŸ˜‰ This totally saved my legs Saturday!

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The shower was in the town where my parents live, so Ryan and I drove to their house so my Mom and I could go to the shower together. While we were gone, Ryan, my dad, and my brother, Ben, went and played disc golf.

The shower was beautiful, and Amber was gorgeous!Β It was also nice to see some people from my hometown that I hadn’t seen in a while. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures here, but just take my word that everything was wonderful. πŸ™‚

After the shower I hung out at my parents’ house with my Mom, and with Ryan and my Dad when they returned from disc golf . Ben and Kaleigh came over about 5 that night and we all left to go to my aunt and uncle’s house to celebrate my grandfather’s 80th birthday!

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This is my wonderful Pappy. I guess some people call him Max, but that’s not his real name; it’s Pappy. He is one of the most amazing men I know, and is such an incredible role model and leader for our family!

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My Mom with her two parents!

We all enjoyed a delicious dinner of lasagna and salad, and then homemade chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. It was so nice being together with everyone and just talking and having fun.

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Ryan, Ben, Kaleigh, and I played Monopoly for a little bit that night with our two little cousins, Cooper and Cade.

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When we left my aunt and uncle’s house we stopped by Mammy and Pappy’s house so the boys could help them fix on of their televisions. So us women had to get a picture together. πŸ™‚

Ryan and I drove home right after this, where we immediately crashed and fell asleep in bed.

Saturday morning I had a great breakfast!

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I sauteed tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, and mushrooms with some leftover quinoa and then cooked two over easy eggs. When it was all done cooking I topped it with 1/4 of an avocado and some salsa. Then obviously I needed a banana with some peanut butter. πŸ™‚

We went to church that morning, came home and had leftovers for lunch, and then I went to Aldi to go grocery shopping. I came home and Ryan and I got to work making this homemade pizza dough. I had never made pizza dough like this, but Ryan had, so he was such a huge help and taught me some things!

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Once we made part of the dough it needed to rise for a bit, so Ryan and I went to Wal Mart when it rose so I could finish getting a few groceries I couldn’t get at Aldi.

When we got back we finished making the dough, and I cooked and chopped some veggies for the week.

Here is the final crust.

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This recipe is amazing for numerous reasons, but one of the reasons is it was enough to make two pizzas! Ryan and I love leftovers, especially homemade pizza leftovers, so this was perfect for us!

I sauteed onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and squash to put on top of the pizza.

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I am so happy that Ryan eats all of these beautiful, tasty vegetables now! I mean, look at all of those pretty colors, who wouldn’t want to eat that?

We topped our pizza with pizza sauce, the veggies (I also put broccoli on my half), mozzarella cheese, and some pineapple. Once we fixed the pizzas up, we baked them for 10 minutes, and they came out perfectly!

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This was seriously the most delicious crust Ryan and I have ever had. We absolutely loved it! You need to all try it. And don’t be intimidated by making your own pizza dough, it’s not as hard as it seems. It’s just intimidating, but you can do it, I promise. Plus, Angela gives great instructions and pictures to help you!

The rest of our Sunday was spent cleaning and getting ready for the week. Ryan and I have been talking, and we have decided that we think it would be best if I could do our grocery shopping on Thursdays after work. It’s just so exhausting to do all of the grocery shopping, food prep, and getting ready for the upcoming week on Sundays. Ryan and I love being able to relax on Sundays, but when we have to go grocery shopping, clean, and cook, we just can’t relax. We love being outside when the weather is pretty outside (which it was yesterday), and we want to be able to go outside and enjoy it, and not have to be stuck inside working all day. So hopefully I can start meal planning and grocery shopping at the end of the week from now on!

It was busy, but still a great weekend, so I will link up with Katie! Thanks for hosting girl! πŸ™‚

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Questions:

1. Tell me some fun things from your weekend?

2. Have you ever made homemade pizza crust? What are some of your favorite toppings for pizza?

3. When do you do your grocery shopping?

4. Will you have a busy week this week?

Weekly Meal Plan and Pumpkin Protein Pancakes!

Yay for Sunday! My favorite day of the week! I think Sundays are perfect because I let myself relax on this day, I usually don’t wake up to an alarm, I go to church, enjoy family time, good food, and just relaxing. Sounds like a good way to start off a week to me! πŸ™‚

So if you follow me on Instagram you have seen that my poor husband hurt his ankle pretty badly on Friday morning. He went to play basketball with some guys at 6:00 am, and in the last 15 minutes of playing he came down wrong on someone else’s ankle. 😦 Now his poor ankle looks like this.

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I should have taken another picture of his hurt foot next to his other one so you could tell just how bad it really is, but just trust me, his ankle is more of a cankle right now. 😦 Luckily he didn’t have work this friday (he is off every other Friday at his new job), so he was able to rest it all day. On my way home from school I picked up a milkshake to make him feel better. Even though Ryan was hurt, we still had our date night with homemade pizza and a movie in our living room. Those are the best date nights. πŸ™‚

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This pizza is delicious, and I will be sharing how I made it soon. πŸ™‚ Oh, and if you notice, the green and red vegetables are only on half of the pizza. Guess whose half has vegetables and whose half does not? πŸ˜‰

Yesterday our sweet friends, Bryan and Ruth, came over and just sat with us in our living room all day talking since we couldn’t do much else with Ryan’s injury. Ruth and I went out about lunch time to grab us all something to eat at Chick-Fil-A, and then we played cards for the rest of the afternoon. We had a blast, and it was such a great reminder of how we have been blessed with such awesome friends!

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Sorry, this was the only picture I got with our friends from yesterday. But all of their hands are included in the picture so it’s better than nothing right? πŸ˜‰

For dinner I enjoyed a little left over spaghetti (made with spaghetti squash) and a small bowl of leftover butternut squash soup. Everyone eats these two foods together right?

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Please notice I am eating the rest of the spaghetti out of the tupperware I was keeping it in. Using tupperware means one less dish to clean. πŸ™‚

So now that everyone is caught up on my weekend, which I know you all care deeply about, let’s get to this week’s meal plan.Β 

Sunday:Β Whatever we can find, maybe leftovers, maybe breakfast for dinner. We will figure it out πŸ™‚

Monday: Avocado Chicken Parmesan and vegetables(we just had this two weeks ago, but Ryan loves it and requested it again)

Tuesday:Β Chilli (even in Texas our mornings and nights are getting cold so this meal sounds perfect!)

Wednesday:Β Meal at the church

Thursday: Sweet chili glazed salmon with vegetables (and I will have some chicken in case Ryan doesn’t like the fish)

Friday:Β Still not completely sure, but I’m thinking maybe fajitas.

I haven’t had a chance to go grocery shopping this week so I will probably try to get out at some point this afternoon. I don’t like leaving my grocery shopping until Sunday, but sometimes it just happens.

Last Week’s Workouts

Monday: Danica’s full body x2 strength workout fromΒ itsprogression

Tuesday: 5 mile run

Wednesday: Jumping jacks circuit workoutΒ from pbfingers

Thursday: 6 mile run, plank

Friday: really wanted to work one out, but couldn’t fit one in. I know the extra rest was good for my body.

Saturday: A new full body workout that I made up and will be sharing tomorrow, plus a two mile run.

It was a good week of workouts and now I am enjoying my day of rest. πŸ™‚

But before I go get ready for church I want to share with you the recipe for the pumpkin protein pancakes I made this morning!

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I would say these are perfect for a Fall Sunday morning, but in all honesty they are good enough for any morning in any season. But, especially good in the fall…on a Sunday morning. πŸ™‚

I like these because unlike many protein pancakes, it doesn’t require any protein powder, which I am currently out of right now. Plus, protein powder can be pretty expensive, so if you don’t have any it’s not a problem! Here is what you will need:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Now just follow these easy steps and you have a nutritious, filling, delicious breakfast!

1. Mix half of the banana with the eggs, yogurt, oats, and pumpkin. Stir and combine well.

2. Next add in the baking powder, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.

3. Mix all of this well (I even used a little hand mixer we got at our wedding so that the oats were well blended.)

4. You will want to make sure the oats are fully blended so that you have a type of batter.

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5. Cook them over medium heat

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6. When you are done put them on your plate so you can fix them up the way you like them!

7. Finally, EAT! πŸ™‚

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I highly suggest you make peanut butter frosting (pb2, water, plain Greek yogurt, and a little honey) to put on top of the pancakes, with the other half of the banana that you didn’t use to cook the pancakes. Oh and if you have strawberries, add those too. πŸ™‚

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This meal was so good, and I am ready to have them again! Β Please let me know if you make them and how you like them!

Questions:

1. What are some of the meals you are making this weekend?

2. Have you ever hurt your ankle?

3. Protein pancake lover, yes or no?

4. Favorite topping for your pancakes?Β 

5. What fun thing did you do yesterday? πŸ™‚

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Oh man guys, I have a yummy and veggie filled recipe to share with y’all! But first things first, let’s get to this morning’s workout.

I have been running (combined with strength workouts) all week and tomorrow is my long run for the week, so I decided to do strength with a bike ride today. I completed this arm workout, and I felt the burn!

Amazing Arms!

  • 15 push-upsΒ 
  • 12 bicep curls into shoulder press
  • 12 tricep extension
  • 12 arm raises
  • 12 hammer curls
  • 15 dips
  • 12 rows
  • 12 wide arm flys
  • 15 diamond pushups
  • 30 second punches

I completed three sets of all of the exercises, and did them as a superset, meaning I would do three sets of the first two exercises and then move on to the next two and so on.

Also, to all of my blogging friends who are so much better at this whole blogging thing than me, how do you make a cute picture or something for your workouts? I know I always just post mine in bullets which is SO BORING and not cute at all. This girl could use some help. πŸ™‚

After I did this arm circuit I went out for a six mile bike ride, which was glorious! The weather was perfect, and it put me in such a good mood!

Breakfast

After my workout I was ready to refuel. Eggs and veggies sounded delicious, but I scrambled eggs with vegetables yesterday so I decided two eggs over easy on top of a bed with spinach, bell pepper, onion, tomato, and avocado sounded amazing

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I love making this because once I break the egg up the yolk spreads out over everything and becomes my dressing!

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This is seriously so good! I actually have this same meal a lot for lunch or dinner too. That’s why I love eggs; they are so versatile. πŸ™‚

Afterwards I wanted some fruit and some peanut butter, so a banana with some natural peanut butter hit the spot!

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Dinner

Okay, now onto dinner. So in case you don’t know, my amazing husband hasn’t always been a veggie lover. I am trying to find new vegetables that he will eat and enjoy because I love him so I obviously care about his health. Last night’s dinner was a huge success in finding some vegetables that he liked, so I was super excited!

For the spaghetti squash casserole I first cut the huge spaghetti squash in half (try not to cut off any fingers or body parts, cutting those things are hard!) and take out all of the seeds. Well, when I say “take out all of the seeds”, I mean try to take out as many as you can. It never fails that every time I cook a spaghetti squash I always find a few seeds I missed after I cook it.

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After you have cut the spaghetti squash, put it on a cookie sheet with the cut side facing up. Drizzle some olive oil on the inside and then season it with salt and pepper. I also used some garlic powder. Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like. FYI, I have actually read that you can cook it with the cut side down or up, and I have done it both ways, but last night I put the cut side facing up. Then bake it at 375 for about 45 minutes. When it is done let it cool, and once you can handle it use a fork to get all of the “spaghetti strands” out of it.

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It yields a lot of spaghetti, trust me! This is how much I ended up with last night.

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I put it all in a huge mixing bowl, so it really is more than it looks like in this picture. (Also, I forgot to take pictures last night until this most recent ones, so the first ones of me cutting the squash are from earlier in the summer at my parent’s house πŸ™‚ )

Next mix in two cups of cooked chicken, one shredded zucchini, and about half a bag of frozen spinach. I only used half of the bag of spinach because I had a big family sized bag. Finally, don’t forget (like I did at first) to add in your favorite jar of marinara sauce! Sorry I forgot to take a picture of everything once I mixed it together!

Once you mix all of this yummy goodness together put it in an 8×8 pan and top it with mozzarella cheese. Finally bake the casserole at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.

Once it’s done let it cool, cut, and enjoy!

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I was so hungry when it got out of the oven, and it smelled and looked so good that I forgot to take a picture until I had already served Ryan and I some.

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I enjoyed a pretty big serving, with a spinach salad on the side.

This seriously tasted so good, and it is extremely healthy since it is filled with nothing but vegetables, chicken, marinara sauce, and a little mozzarella cheese. That’s my kind of meal! And ladies, the best part is, this meal was husband approved! He liked it so much he is even letting me pack it for his lunch today! (Yes, I pack my husband’s lunch every day. It is healthier and much cheaper than him eating out!)

Now I will not try to claim this masterpiece as my own! The only thing I added was the chicken for extra protein. I found this recipe on Pinterest, which led me to the blog, twobrokegals. But I am super sad because I can’t find the link on Pinterest or their blog! If this is your original recipe, please let me know and I will put in your link! πŸ™‚

But just so you know here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 zucchini (shredded)
  • 1 bag of frozen spinach
  • Jar of favorite marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese for topping

There you go! An easy recipe with not too many ingredients! That’s exactly what I like! If any of you try it please let me know what you think! πŸ™‚

Questions:

What is your favorite veggie filled meal?

Does your man like vegetables? If not, have you found a certain healthy meal he really enjoys?Β 

Do you like to eat vegetables with your eggs too in the morning? πŸ™‚

Protein Omelette

So I have realized that most of the recipes on my Recipe pageΒ are breakfast recipes, so I really Β need to post more dinner meals and other things, but once again, today I have another breakfast recipe to share. What can I say, I love breakfast! Plus, it is the most important meal of the day! πŸ™‚

I had been having oatmeal all week, so this morning I decided I wanted some eggs and veggies. I was also really hungry so I thought some extra protein would fill me up more and keep me full longer. I decided to delicious protein omelette sounded wonderful! For this you will need:

  • Two eggs
  • Spinach leaves
  • Onion
  • About 3-4 sliced of turkey lunch meat (or any other meat you have could really work. Turkey is all I had this morning.)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Hot sauce for flavor (optional)

Okay so first I chopped up some onion and spinach leaves. I didn’t measure out how much spinach or onion I used, so I would just suggest using as much as you want. Then I cut up a few slices of turkey meat real small and mixed it in with the veggies.

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Then I sauteed the veggies and meat in one tablespoon of olive oil to let them cook for a few minutes while I cracked and whisked the two eggs.

After the vegetables and meat was cooked I took them out of the pan to pour my eggs in, and then I put the mixture back in with the eggs to let the omelette cook. After a couple of minutes I flipped the eggs and let it cook for a few more minutes on the outside. Luckily, my omelette didn’t fall apart this time, and I ended up with a yummy (and pretty) omelette!

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I ended up pouring some hot sauce over the omelette after I took the picture, and it made it so much better! On the side I also enjoyed one pice of toast with some sugar free jelly, a banana, and a couple of strawberries. This omelette is super healthy and full of protein from the eggs and turkey meat!

Yesterday’s Workout

Yesterday I ran five miles, and I am still trying to get back into running after taking off a couple of weeks from being sick. I ran at a pretty easy pace, but it still felt so good to run! I also wanted to do an arm workout, but I was pressed for time, so after my run I did 30 push-ups and 30 tricep dips. I guess a little bit of arms is better than nothing!

Olympic Speakers

Yesterday was very exciting because Misty May-Treanor, Ryan Lochte (both Olympic gold winners) and ESPN Sportcenter’s Linda Cohn were on my university’s campus! (Sanya Richards-Ross was supposed to be there as well, but with the computers crashing at the airport yesterday, her flight wasn’t able to come in. 😦 )

Last night Misty, Ryan and Linda all spoke in one of our auditoriums and students were welcome to come in and listen. Linda was basically like the host on stage and asked Misty and Ryan questions all about their lives and olympic experiences. Students were even able to tweet in questions for Linda to ask the olympians.

I really enjoyed listening to these three, and it is so cool that I actually got to hear two Olympic Gold Medalists speak! I especially can’t believe they came to our campus! I tried to get a picture, but this was the best I could do with my phone.

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I was sitting pretty far back, so sorry for the super bad quality, but I still think it’s pretty cool!

Ryan was very excited because he helps host a sports radio talk show with two of our friends, and they were able to interview Linda Cohn yesterday! I tweeted Linda Cohn to see how the show went, and she re-tweeted me, which totally made my night!! So of course I had to take a picture. πŸ˜‰

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I mean, she is like a major lady with ESPN. I thought this was so cool!

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Questions

  1. What did you have for breakfast this morning?Β 
  2. What is your favorite sport to watch in the Olympics?
  3. Who is your favorite Olympic athlete?