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About 8 weeks ago my boyfriend decided he needed to keep up with his amazing girlfriend (moi) and run a marathon.  His buddy conned him into it and I helped them piece together a training plan to go from 0 to 26.2 in 8 snowy weeks. Well the National Marathon was this weekend and, might I say, it was epic.

I woke up with him at 4:30 to go to the metro in order to get down to the race in time. It took a solid hour to get to the race in time. Once there we took a group shot:

Then we bid adieu and I drank my delicious, nutricious, high fuel green monster:

It had:

  • Cup spinach
  • Organic Wheat Grass
  • 1 scoop Jay Robb Protein Powder
  • Pineapple
  • 1/2 c Coconut Water
  • 1 c Hemp Milk
  • 1/4 avocado

It kept me full from 6:30 am until about 11 am. WIN!

While my green monster was a win, my photograph skillz were severely lacking.

Exhibit A:

This should have been a picture of my boy right at the start. Instead as I was happily trying to click away, he yells at me, “Lens cap, babe!” Yes, my lens cap was on. FAIL #1.

Exhibit B:

What an awesome picture at mile 6, except, oh, what’s that? Yes. My camera was on MANUAL not AUTOMATIC.

Fail #2.

By mile 17 I had my shiz together:

And at the end:

Afterwards, he felt great (lucky duck), so we headed back home. There he laid around and stretched while I baked my booty off for a potluck. I decided to make bread- you know ex post facto carbo loading.

This is the famous No Knead Bread. It is always a winner and impresses everyone. I HIGHLY recommend making it! So easy!

And for dessert I made Nutella Challah Bread- adapted from here:

This is before it was baked- as I baked it at the people’s home. But let me tell you, Nutella + Challah = CRAZY DELICIOUS. Steamy Kitchen is an awesome website- I highly recommend it. This bread got eaten in about 5 minutes. People were calling dibs on it and eating it before others even were able to get up to it. Again, easy, impressive, delicious.

We had some guests staying with us Saturday night so I used the left over dough to make Steamy Kitchen’s adaptation of No Knead Cinnamon Rolls. HOLY YUM! But these rolls cannot be ruined. They take some time to rest, so I got up before everyone, prepped the rolls (I halved the brown sugar), and ran while it rested.

I came back and put ‘em in the oven and soon everyone woke up due to the delicious smell emanating from the kitchen (despite the sugar coating spilling over the sides and burning on the bottom of the oven–apparently only I smelled that). The smell was nothing compared to what emerged.

Behold:

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I’m exhausted now- but Spring Break is so soon! Yay!

Green Juice!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of this green day I started my day with some green juice.

A bullet of health

In this juice:

  • 1/4 head of cabbage
  • 2 organic green apples
  • 2-inch piece of ginger
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • head of broccoli
  • 2 large pieces of kale

It was divine! It tastes like lemon-apple-ginger even though it’s sneaking in all those other amazing healthy foods. *SWOON*

I always make my juice the night before and then store it in a glass container overnight in the refrigerator to make sure all the good stuff stays in it. I also drink it within the next 24 hours.

Hope everyone had a great green day!

Absence.

Since last May I have had a very on-and-off relationship with my blog.  I believe that this carries over to my relationship with food.  My time with my blog is also my time to reflect and enjoy being healthy– from exercise to food to serenity.

Beginning March 1st I decided it was time to start again. I needed to reset my body once and for all to truly find my balance that was now missing. I needed to go back to what makes me feel good. This means I cut out dairy, gluten, corn, citrus, wheat (basically the elimination diet) until March 26th. I am having a ton of green juice and green monsters. For the past two weeks I am slowly beginning to crave the foods I once did and feel a balance and energy in my body that was once missing.  If it’s green- I want to eat it. If it has health benefits- I’m all about it. Coming my way? Maca, cocoa butter, and chia seeds.  I am so excited to start this journey of clean eating and I am excited to share it with you all.

Here’s to this new journey!

Without that third leg... it would be a DISASTER

My post tonight is my new tab– either click the tab “Third Leg of the Stool” or this link.

Enjoy :) I’m off to watch TV with mom, drink tea, and make books for my students. LOVE break!!!

 

Today was a beautiful day in DCizzle– 70 and sunny! My boyfriend had been asking to go on my favorite long run in the city (appx 6+ miles), so off we went. I had him carry the camera to document this awesome run from Woodley Park down and around the monuments.

We started in beautiful Woodley Park, by the zoo, but took no pics as we were busy hurdling strollers, tourists, and small children (my boyfriend literally hurdled a small boy–unsuccessfully– wish I had that on camera for sure!)

After about 2 miles we got to the National Mall:

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Hello beautiful pond

We headed west until we hit Honest Abe:

let's put our hands up for Lincoln

And then we ran around the Reflecting Pool:

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My goodness I'm speedy

Yes, tourists were laughing at this picture… but I had my Boo with me, so I needed to take advantage of the situation. Besides my fab form, look at that view!! BALLER!!

Then we ran towards the somewhat ph@llic monument:

The most random looking monument ever

OOo other runners. I love seeing other runners in tourist locations– we always share a look like, “man these tourists are CRAY-CRAY, but we’re badass, have a nice day!” I love the secret runners club looks. *Swoon*

We kept going past the museums toward the Capitol Building, where I really need them to fix our Educational System, k thanks.

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Arne DOOOO something

Great Frisbee form, btws. Should have told him that in the mo’.

We ran up into China town, but no pics because boytoy was a little ready for the run to end.

One of my favorite parts of running in the city is that I can run to a place and then metro home. It’s awesome and makes it possible to run through so much of the city without worrying too much about mileage (I’m trying to keep it low, low, low cuz I *heart* my knees). We metro-ed back up to my neighborhood:

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Hello, glutes. Get to work.

And walked the quarter-mile back home:

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The shadow is hiding his exasperation with me and the camera

We got back and were capital-R READY for some Green Monsters!

Here was what I put in mine:

1 cup filtered water (not that exciting to photograph)

1 very ripe banana (so ripe, in fact, nobody needs to see it)

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You probably can’t tell, but it’s AmazingGrass GreensSuperFood… love how it tastes and all the good things packed in it!

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LOVE this stuff!

1 cup Unsweetened Ricemilk — this is my go to milk now– since I can’t have almond breeze (thanks almond allergy), this is a nice low-cal, low-sugar, non-dairy option! Thanks Whole Foods!

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This was so refreshing! Might be one of my favorite combos yet!

I didn’t get hungry for dinner for a while (thanks to major snackage), but once I did I had an awesome dinner from things I needed to use up with a new ingredient:

-1/4 cup Leftover Quinoa

-1/2 cup Roasted Chickpeas (@450 for about 6 minutes)

-left over spinach (~ 1/2 cup cooked)

And my new discovery at Trader Joe’s:

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Nice to meet you

I used about a quarter cup.

It was DELICIOUS and so filling! I would recommend this for a quick dinner any evening. In fact, I’ll probs have it tomorrow!

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And that’s all I’ve got– time for tea and reading! Have a great week everyone!

–Juli

So I owe the blogging community somewhat of an explanation. I disappeared.

I could sum it up with this picture:

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But really so much more has happened in my life– especially regarding fitness and working out.

After I graduated in mid-June with my Masters in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies, I went straight to Los Angeles to work with an education non-profit training new teachers. I knew it would be rigorous (I had gone through the training myself), but as an advisor I was working 6 days a week from 6 am until 10 pm. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not. I am still stunned at how I was able to keep it up for 6 weeks.

I loved my job, I loved seeing my teachers grow in the classroom and their students learn so much so fast. But my body was hurting. As a vegetarian, who is lactose intolerant and allergic to almonds, cashews, and pistachios, eating was tough. All our meals were provided for us, and my options were limited. Normally eating whole grains, veggies, and fruit, I was now eating white carbs: bagels, cookies, and a TON of cereal. And caffeine, gallons of coffee and gallons of diet coke. I inevitably began to gain some weight, as I was stressed, sleep deprived, and malnourished. All I craved was instant fake energy, instead of what I know truly gives me sustained energy: whole, fresh, organic food.

Luckily the other members on my team highly valued working out. So every morning we woke up at 4:30am to go for a quick run and some cross training.  So while I stayed marginally in shape, my eating habits deteriorated rapidly.

My job in LA ended on July 31. The next day, August 1st, I began my teaching job in Washington, DC.

This is when things began to get really rough… and this is where I will pick up again for Part 2.

What foods do you  reach for when you are exhausted?

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This is how happy I am to be back

Just a note to say that I am back from living in a cave– and by cave I mean working 6 days a week, 12 hours a day since June 20th. Things are slowing down and I am excited to be back on the blogosphere :)

Coming soon:

A full run down of these tumultuous five months

A new plan for PB and J

Other awesomeness, TBD

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