Working Out: Solo or No?

Working out is something I like to do on my own. I enjoy the time to myself, listing to my iPod and thinking about the day ahead.

I do, however, have one workout buddy that I absolutely adore:

My Running Machine

Lots o' Love

Sadie is the best running partner because:

  • She is always in the mood to run
  • Her pace is faster than mine, so I never have to drag her along (Quite the opposite, really)
  • She takes time to jump around, pick up sticks and enjoy the run
  • I never feel pressure to run faster or slower than I want to with her

"Oh, Hello."

Pretty Giiiirl

Her energy is unsurpassed by any human or animal I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. She really is a non-stop dog, and while this can get annoying at times, it makes her the perfect running, hiking and walking companion.

This morning I leashed Sadie up for a 5-mile run in the dark.

I felt really strong in the beginning, but was definitely ready to be done by the last mile. I felt my tummy grumbling!


Post-run, I made myself a strawberry banana smoothie.

Smoothie Time!

I was craving something cold since my body was dripping in sweat.

Into the blender went:

This smoothie hit the spot! I drank it rather quickly as I drove to my Invisalign appointment.


Cold + Creamy

I think drinking my smoothie so fast made me feel extra-full. I wasn’t all that hungry when my morning snack time rolled around. Still, I love my morning snack time, and made myself a quesadilla (Colby jack cheese microwaved on a Joseph’s whole wheat tortilla) anyway!

Question of the Day

Do you prefer working out alone or with a partner? Who is your favorite workout partner?

Peanut Butter Buddies

Meet my peanut butter buddy!

"I Love PB Almost as Much as My Mama!"

Sadie and I were peanut butter buddies this morning. As I enjoyed a peanut butter finger, Sadie enjoyed a peanut butter spoon (or two).


I had to spoil Sadie a little bit because I’m going to miss her so much this weekend!

Ryan is taking Sadie up to the Appalachian mountains to go hiking with his dad and his friend Terry, while I head to Jacksonville to spend the weekend with my family. Being away from Ryan makes me sad, and when I don’t have Sadie with me either it’s like a double blow.

At least I have a fantastic and fun family to hang with! 😀


If you didn’t already guess, peanut butter made a starring debut in my breakfast this morning.

Creamy PB

I topped a honey wheat Arnold sandwich thin with the creamy goodness and microwaved frozen banana slices.


Open Faced PB & B

The banana was hot and gooey and tasted extra sweet.

PB 'n' B

Elvis would be proud of this breakfast. 😉


My workout began with an early morning BodyPump class. We had a substitute instructor who decided to do an old throw-back release, which was a neat surprise. I love challenging my muscles in new ways and this release definitely did that.

The throw-back release was easier on the lunges and squat tracks, but my biceps, triceps and chest we killin’ me! I actually increased my weight by five pounds during the chest track. I figured I should give it a go since the release we’ve been working on has a really challenging chest track.

Post ‘Pump, I headed home and leashed Sadie up for an easy, breezy 20 minute run around the lake by our apartment. She seemed to enjoy it and I relished my last moments with my lil’ girl for the weekend. 🙂

A big spoonful of peanut butter was Sadie’s post-run reward.

Worth the Run

Question of the Day

Do you treat yourself to something especially yummy after a tough workout?

I usually eat similar things regardless of the difficulty of my workout. However, after running in a race I always eat a BIG breakfast with dippy eggs, toast, fruit and whatever else I’m cravin’ at the time (like whipped cream, straight out of the can).

Overcoming Fallback Recipe Mode

With such gorgeous weather outside, Ryan and I knew we had to take advantage of the wonderful breeze before the sweltering Florida heat kicks in.

We decided a trip to the dog park was in order and Sadie was more than happy to romp around with a stick the size of her face.

Sadie and Her Stick... Err... Log

Nom, Nom

Clearly Sadie couldn’t get over how fantastic her stick was…

"Oooh Stick, I Love You"

Sadie + Ryan (+ Stick)

Smilin' at the Park

"I'm Just a Love Machine!"

 After the park we headed home to make some dinn-ah.


I didn’t realize it at the time, but Ryan and I bought three packs of chicken (two packs of breasts and one pack of ground chicken) at the grocery store earlier this week.

Oddly enough, I’m not a huge fan of chicken unless it’s really doctored up in a tasty recipe. It bores me otherwise.

Seeing the numerous chicken packages we had to use this week, my mind went into instant “fallback recipe mode,” and I figured we’d use the chicken in three dishes we make for dinner regularly:

Though they’re delicious, I realized I wasn’t really looking forward to any of these dinners.

That’s no way to live!

A big turning point for me in adopting healthier eating habits was making healthy meals I wanted to eat and couldn’t wait to enjoy.

Before work today, I still had my “fallback recipe” blinders on and threw the ground chicken into the crock pot with taco seasoning and ¾ cup of water to cook on low all day. I figured we’d behaving tacos tonight.

When I thought about dinner on my drive home, I realized I wasn’t in the mood for tacos. I knew I’d just be eating them because they were there and easy.

So, what’s a girl to do? Get creative in the kitchen!

Oh Crock Pot, How I Love You

Instead of using the chicken in tacos, I decided to use it to create taco pasta!

My taco pasta included:

  • One serving Carba Nada egg fettuccine noodles
  • 3 ounces ground chicken (prepared in the crock pot with taco seasoning)
  • One Laughing Cow light Swiss cheese wedge
  • 1/2 c. diced portobello mushrooms, sautéed
  • 1/4 c. diced onion, sautéed
  • 1/4 c. corn
  • 1 hard shell taco, crushed

While I cooked the noodles, I sautéed the mushrooms and onion and microwaved the frozen corn.

Onion + Mushrooms

When everything was ready, I drained the noodles and topped them with the veggies, chicken, crumbled hard shell taco and cheese and stirred it all up until everything was taco-tastic!

Taco Pasta

With the Fixins


Fiesta in a Bowl

Close Up

Though tacos are delicious, this meal tasted like victory! I overcame the fallback recipe hump and made myself a dinner I wanted to eat and thoroughly enjoyed.


Dessert was simple and simply delicious: Gingersnap cookies.


They were a great conclusion to a great meal.

So what about you… Do you ever fall victim to fallback recipes?

Action Mode

Three cheers for Ryan! He figured out that my camera has an action mode, which means I can capture Sadie in motion without her looking like a big blurry blob. 

This new discovery prompted me to take about a billion pictures of Sadie in action at the dog park this evening. 

"Look At Me Goooo!"

Air Sadie

Lovin' the Park

I also captured two crazy people in action… 

Nut Jobs

…But they turned out to be okay afterall. 😉 


Once again the weather was just perfect and our little family had a great time takin’ in the rays at the dog park. 



Eventually we made our way home and I got started on dinner while Ryan tried to locate the source of a strange smell in our apartment. 

He pinpointed the location to a hall closet and after removing everything from the closet and scrubbing the floors, we still do not know what stinks! Right now the closet is airing out with a fan blasting inside. Let’s hope that helps! 

Dinner tonight was a bit more involved than usual and we didn’t even sit down to eat until about an hour later than our typical dinner time. 

I made roasted eggplant lasagna, but unlike last time I made it, I didn’t prep it ahead of time, so it took longer than I would have liked. From start to finish it was ready in under an hour, but I like my 20 minute meals! 

Eggplant Lasagna

Ready for Eatin'

Between the two of us, we polished off the entire thing. 

My Bowl


I must admit, this dinner was worth the extra effort. 

It was oh-so-cheesy, warm and delicious. 😀 

Hope you all have a fantastic night!

5K with Sadie: A New PR!

After breakfast today, my family and I headed to Dunedin where my sister and I ran in a doggie 5k!

My Dad and His Girls

The Runners

Sadie joins me on many runs and I loved being able to run with her in a real race!

The race started around 11 a.m. The sun was shining and it was H-O-T!

Apparently Sadie has a little competitive spirit in her, because she liked to be in front. I could tell she was having a blast sniffing other dogs and running among the people and their pets.

The course was an out-and-back route along a bike trail and when we turned around to make our way back toward the finish line, Sadie saw my sister and lit up! Her Aunt Leslie!!! 

Fortunately Sadie’s excited jumps lasted less than 30 seconds and we were back in our groove in no time.

Almost Done!

We ended up finishing the 5k in 24:28 (a 7:50-something mile pace!). A personal record for me!

I always run races for fun (never for time), but I think having Sadie with me made me want to pick up my pace a bit. I knew we were the second dog/woman team out there, and I wanted to keep us in that position, so that little motivation, coupled with Sadie’s energy level made me push myself a little bit more than usual.

If you compete in races, do you participate for fun or for time?

Me and My Race Buddy

The race directors were really nice, and after dropping off my timing chip, I headed back out with Sadie to meet up with Leslie to run the last third of a mile or so with her.


Leslie did awesome and we were quite the set of sweaty sisters after the race!


It was a fun race and a great kickoff for a fun Easter weekend!

I’m off to lay out on the dock and get some sun. Catch ya lata!