10 Things I’m Loving Lately (Part 2)

Here’s the rest of my post! I was too tired last night (ahem, early evening) to finish it up. 

6.) Mad Men

Luckily the newest season of Mad Men came along right after the 3rd season of the Walking Dead Ended.  Phew! I was afraid that I might have to actually be productive on my Sunday evenings instead of just vegging out on the couch, dodged that bullet!  Well, having missed the actual first showing of the premier because I was relaxing in Desert Hot Springs, I watched the 2+ hour long episode on my computer in bed.  The episode is available for free on the AMC website, but be warned: it’s streaming and if you have the cheapest (i.e. the slowest) internet available like I do, it takes forever to load and get often get choppy.  At some points the video looked like it was dubbed.  If you can get over that, go and watch it!  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by first episode of the season, but I’m still so excited to see what’s to come. 

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P.S. Sally Draper is looking so chic this season! I know she’s only 12 in this season, but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to raid her wardrobe. Judge not.

7.) Good Running Shoes

Most specifically, my K-Swiss Kwicky Blade Lights.  I got these sneaks about a month before the LA Marathon this March and I love them!  I’ve struggled with achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, so I was beyond delighted when these shoes alleviated my foot problems.  They fit like a glove and just feel right.

Having tried a million different shoes, I’m really happy to have found ones that work.

That being said, I’m still really curious about the Brooks Pure Flow line, as well as Mizunos.  I’ve heard that both are fantastic shoes.  Guess when I find a couple extra hundred buckaroos laying around, I’ll give em a go.

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8.) Dates

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YUM

The food, not the activity.  But I do love me some nice dinner dates!

As per my last post, I’ve visited Costco recently and stocked up on massive containers of food.  I’ve been looking at a lot of energy bar, cookie, and brownie recipes that call for dates as a healthier sugar, so I’ve been needing to splurge on some.  They’re not the cheapest sugar in the store, so when I saw a $7 bucket of dates at Costco, I had to go for it even though it was more dates that I could conceivably consume.  

Feeling inspired, I referred to Chocolate Covered Katie, an amazing vegan healthy food blog, for a recipe using dates.  So, this afternoon I whipped up some Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls.  I would have posted a picture but they, ahem, have miraculously all disappeared!  Wouldn’t have any idea how that happened! …

9.) NutriBullet

If you don’t have a NutriBullet yet, go get one!  I was completely 100% skeptical until my mom forced me to try on of their juices at the LA Marathon race expo.  I was a bit turned off because they were the least interested promo-crew I have ever met, BUT you can deny the deliciousness.  Usually, they’re pretty expensive, but recently they went on sale at Macy’s, so I got one and haven’t turned back.

I know, I know, juicing, so LA, yadayadayada

This stuff is delicious!  Plus, it’s the only way to get me to eat raw spinach without gagging.  What I like most about the NutriBullet as opposed to smoothies or juicing is that it’s incredibly low-sugar, and it keeps all the fiber from the veggies as opposed to juicing, which removes all of the fibrous matter from the vegetables/fruit.  One of the main reasons you want to eat fruits and veggies is that the fiber is so great for you!  Don’t underestimate the importance of fiber, it has been demonstrated to lower ones risk for cancer, and many other common diseases.  And I’m talking legitimate scientific studies, not some flimsy nutrition-fad crap that some fake expert made up.

The NutriBullet gives me an easy way to consume as many veggies as possible-doesn’t get much better than that! 

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Gotta love my good friends comment about this picture:
“That looks like a perfectly good fruit and spinach salad in there!”
Hahahaha!!! Still cracks me up 🙂

So, if you have the cash and are looking for a healthy way to jump start your spring, I definitely recommend the NutriBullet.  Just make sure the majority of what you fill it with is made up of vegetables.  And only add water as the liquid.  You could add coconut water if you really wanted to, I am not a fan.

 

 

 

 

 

10.) Blogging!

No brainer!  I’m really excited to share my thoughts, and express my love of food and running.  Trying to figure it all out can be tough.  No one told me my twenties were going to be this confusing!  I remember naively thinking early in my undergraduate career that my post-college life would include me immediately getting a high paying somewhat bio-related career that perfectly fit my interpersonal and academic strengths, and that I would spend my evenings relaxing, shopping, and doing fancy things.  Boy was I deluded!

I’m really excited to use this blog to talk about what I love to do the most, and hopefully it will get my creative juices going so that I can figure out how I can make a living doing what I love.  Fingers crossed!

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Can’t you pay me to just look at this picture all day? That counts as a full-time, legitimate-career job, right? 😛
SO CUTE

10 Things I’m Loving Lately (part 1)

Having gained some inspiration from an OhSheGlows recent post on the 8 things she’s loving recently, I’ve decided to do my own version.  Now, since I have a thing with numbers, I preferred posting 10 things I’m loving, as opposed to 8.  Hope you don’t mind!

1.) Great weather

Now this is a no brainer for the number one thing that I’m loving lately.  And sorry to all you folks who don’t live in California where the weather is pretty much perfect all of the time!  But come spring, Los Angeles really becomes the most lovely place around.  Long afternoons, 70 degrees at all times, a light breeze, the flowers are blooming-it’s great!  I’ve been feeling extra appreciative on my early morning runs for how beautiful the weather has been, not too cold, not too warm, and some amazing views to top it off.

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2.) Costco, Sprouts, and grocery shopping in general

If you don’t know me personally, I better start off by saying that my all time favorite activity, apart from eating and running of course, is grocery shopping.  I could absolutely be a contestant on Supermarket Sweep and I would win in a breeze.  Unfortunately, I’m a dirt poor student so I don’t always (never) have the disposable income to visit fancy food purveyors such as Costco, Sprouts, or Whole Foods. However, spring means spring break.  And spring break means going grocery shopping with mom and/or my sweetheart and slipping the occasional luxury item into the cart.

How did that get there?  Sure, I’ll take the $6 organic, fair trade, coconut-butter-peanut-butter spread!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m an independent, self-sufficient gal, so I’m still footing the bill for the great majority of what I eat.  But in addition to sneaking the rare fancy food into someones cart, spring has generally gotten me even more stoked about grocery shopping than usual.

Everything is in season, and everything tastes great!  So even my non-organic, sale kale tastes fresh and delish.

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This is my dream

3.) The Desert

Most specifically, the Mojave and Colorado Deserts.  I recently visited Desert Hot Springs and spent most of my time in Joshua Tree.  There is something so mystical and cleansing about Joshua Tree.  This is a national park that is like no where else you have ever been.  I felt like I was on Mars and I never wanted to leave! And no, I didn’t eat any mysterious cacti or anything of the sort, it was just a super cool place!

In addition to spending my days hiking, I also made sure to put in a lot of good hours by the pool.  My sweetheart and I stayed at the Sagewater Spa, which is the most darling small, but luxury motel.  Our room had a kitchen so we were able to make most all of our own meals.  The owner was beyond welcoming, and made us feel like we weren’t staying at a spa hotel, but rather, living in our own dream residence.  Did that sound too hippy dippy?

Anyhow, this is a very modern, relaxing place to stay.  I love Desert Hot Springs because unlike Palm Springs, there’s nothing to do!!! I loved not hearing any traffic, and not having anywhere to go or see. Very relaxing.

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Can you spot me?

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If you were wondering, that’s a Joshua Tree!

4.) Mediterranean Food

I’m going to be honest, it took me quite a few tries to actually spell that correctly. Back to the point though.

Spring weather makes me want to eat fresh food with tons of herbs.  Now, this pretty much sums up Mediterranean food, and it’s been tasting even more delicious than usual lately!

This evening I whipped myself up a Mediterranean salad made up of cucumber, fresh tomato (I finally learned how to properly core a tomato! Thanks YouTube!), Kalamata olives, red onion, cashew feta, PLUS dill, oregano, thyme, lemon, and of course, salt.  Are you hungry yet?

I got this recipe from the Vegan Eats World cookbook by Terry Hope Romero.  Now, if you’re a fan of the end all be all cookbook, Veganomicon, you will have recognized that name.  Terry is a co-author with Isa Chandra on several of the best vegan cookbooks out there.  So if you’re looking for somewhere to start with vegan cooking, look for those names!

5.) Jillian Michaels DVDs

As I mentioned previously, I’m on spring break.  So this means that I actually have time to work out! YIPPEEE!!!! I’ve gotten back into doing Jillian Michaels DVDs post-run to get my post-marathon muscles back in working shape.  For whatever reason, I’m always a bit hesitant to do weight bearing exercises while training for a marathon, so I’ve neglected my poor muscles for the past 6 months.  Thanks to Jillian (we’re on a first name basis now), I get the opportunity to gleefully suffer for 30mins-1 hour daily!  And no one gets me in better shape than her.

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OK. So I know that was just 5, but there are 5 more to come tomorrow.  It’s already 10:20pm, so that means I’m already up an hour past bedtime! Wish I was kidding

Ciao for now! 🙂

Winnie and Timmie (not pictured) are not included in my 10 things I'm loving this spring, because I love them so much already!  I love them through all seasons.  You'll quickly come to learn how obsessed I am with these pups.  Isn't she cute!?

Winnie and Timmie (not pictured) are not included in my 10 things I’m loving this spring, because I love them so much already! I love them through all seasons. You’ll quickly come to learn how obsessed I am with these pups. Isn’t she cute!?