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Beat the Heat Tip

Fall is coming up soon but this summer has been a pain and I wouldn’t be surprised if the relentless heat and humidity stick around for a while. Keeping well hydrated is important. I tried out this little iced lemon trick to spice up my water.

I sliced up a lemon and placed the slices in a muffin pan, lining the bottom of each cup with a slice of lemon. I did my best to take out most of the seeds.

Then pour water over the slices and fill the cups.

Place in the freezer until they’re all frozen.
Set the pan in a warm, shallow bath of water in the sink so they can thaw just enough to slip out of the cups. You can also let them sit out on the counter for a while. When they have thawed out enough, use a toothpick or fork to pull out the “lemon cube.” I stuck a knife into the pith, right below the zest layer of the lemon. This gave me a better hold on the whole lemon cube.

Store the lemon cubes into a container so they’re ready to use whenever you want to throw one in a drink.

I love this idea so much! I use the lemon cubes when I want a refreshing drink of water at home.

They’re also so convenient when I’m on the go. I throw a lemon cube along with some regular ice cubes into my blender bottle to help me beat the heat. Fancy drinking right there! Winking smile

Fun fact:  I also added in about half a packet of stevia to my blender bottle, and the faint lemon taste and sweetness made me feel like I was drinking lemonade. Super yummy.

Give it a try! Open-mouthed smile

WIAW First Timer

It’s What I Ate Wednesday over here…finally! I was supposed to do this a long time ago but time got the best of me.

WIAW is kind of like a food diary for a day. You keep track of what you consume once in a week. It’s a good way to get creative with your foods and note changes that you make in the kinds of foods you take in. “[WIAW] is about celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common:  we all eat!” Check out Peas and Crayons for more thoughts about WIAW.

This is a day’s worth of meals from last week. I was on the road and out of town with Kyle on this day, too, so let’s see how I did! Winking smile

I started my day out with a powerbowl of a breakfast:  rolled oatmeal, cottage cheese, raisins, a little bit of milk and cinnamon. Sounds like a crazy combo but I love this for breakfast. I usually stir in some almond butter and honey to it also. Talk about yummy…

I had another small meal like 1-1/2 hour later because I had to get some more food in me since I knew I wouldn’t be eating again for a while, and I had a big day planned ahead of me:  shopping and baseball. Red heart How great of a combo is that?

So I had this leftover homemade chicken tortilla soup. I topped it off with some black corn tortilla chips.

It was gonna be a long hot day so I made sure to start drinking plenty of water early in the day. To keep extra hydrated, I added some chia seeds to my water. The stuff works.

Finally we were on the road. Coby…always sleeping…

I was smart enough to bring along a PB Dark Chocolate Kind + protein bar. I had this yummy snack right before arriving at the mall–after about 2-1/2 hours of being on the road. I was already hungry by that time! Forever hungry… This did the trick, though, and held me over for the entire 3-4 hour shopping trip.

The mall we went to was awesome! It was overwhelming…in a good way. Winking smile If there are three floors in a mall, it’s a good mall. I hadn’t been to a mall as big as this one since I lived in Los Angeles–like 13 years.

When you find and purchase a gorgeous dress from the first store you step into, you know it’s going to be a glorious shopping trip. This adorable dress was the first thing that caught my eye and I fell in love with it. Red heart So happy I got the chance to wear it just this weekend, too.

Huge mirror in Chico’s. I had way too much fun! Also, side note on the matching Molina shirts:  Kyle and I were so adorable. We got so many comments in the mall about our shirts. Most of the time I was like, “…what?” and then I would look down and be like, “…oh yeah.” Good times. Winking smile

I was sad that I had to be pulled away from shopping but it was time for the rest of the day’s activities and time for food!

We went to Hard Rock Cafe. I had gotten the nachos from there before and loved them so much. Best nachos ever–in the world–right along with crab nachos from Joe’s Crab Shack. I tried to be good, though, and I ordered a goat cheese chicken salad sandwich sans fries and with a side of steamed broccoli. Thumbs up

It sounded promising and most definitely looked like it when the waitress set it down in front of me. It was all good until I took a bite from it and realized I didn’t like goat cheese. Ugh…the taste was so not pleasant to my taste buds. I did my best to scrape off as much of the goat cheese as I could but it was in vain. I couldn’t even touch the second half. Bad choice. Good choice:  I helped myself to Kyle’s leftovers–he got the delish nachos! That slightly made up for the unfortunate order I had placed.

We were off to a Card’s game after dinner. I was so tired by now, though, I just wanted to go home to shower and sleep. The game was the main reason for going, actually, so our day seemed like it was far from over.

After the game, I wanted one last treat to call it a day. Kyle and I got some slushes from Sonic. I had a medium cranberry-lime slush–one of the best slush combo’s ever.

Longest day ever! But I give myself a pat on the back for eating quite clean even while on the road. Yay!

First WIAW done. That wasn’t too bad. Winking smile What a good way to start off August!

Happy first of August Everyone! Open-mouthed smile

Weekend Recap

Ahh I’m so bummed I missed yesterday’s PowerMeal Week Round 4. Next week, next week. Winking smile

My whole weekend was spent in Mt. Rushmore!Just kidding. I have yet to visit. I’d love to some day, though. This was taken in a museum under the St. Louis Arch–I’m not quite certain about it’s relevance to the arch or St. Louis, though. I’ve been to this museum twice and I never read the history; just take pictures and look at the displays. Open-mouthed smile

So yeah…I got to spend the weekend in the St. Louis/St. Charles area with my brother. I hadn’t seen him in a long time so it was an overdue visit. He apparently turned into a self-proclaimed photographer over the span of time that I had not seen him. His new toy, a Nikon, was on his person the whole time. He recently got it so he’s still been learning how to work it.

Big brother had never seen the St. Louis Arch so that was a must see on his list. We got a little turned upside down heading to it but we got to it around sundown.

It was such a lovely day to visit the arch.I Red heart green!

My brother looked so pro taking shots of the arch with his Nikon.

I always like taking pictures of the arch whenever I go visit. I got some good ones. I’m sure my brother took all the awesome ones, though. Winking smile This one was my favorite. I got some sweet line work going on.
Night time made it interesting to take shots of the arch but this one was pretty cool.

One of my favorite parts about taking trips is the hotel life:  big comfy bed, tons of pillows, free breakfast and pools/hot tubs! I got a chance to hang out in the pool and swim some laps. Cardio, done. Winking smile The hot tub at the hotel was so amazing, though! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a good way to unwind.

It was such a fun and tiring weekend! I got to spend time with my brother, catch up with some friends I hadn’t visited with in forever and visit the arch once again. Good times. These twinsies are super sweet! Red heart

All good things come to an end, though, right? Well, not all the time. Winking smile Back to work and all that fun stuff for now, though.

Tomorrow is the last day of July. Summer, come back!! But you know what that means… it’s July Foodie Penpal Reveal Day! Yay! See you tomorrow for that one.

Anything fun and exciting happen to you this weekend?
Has it been a good Monday thus far?

Strong week so far!

Red heart  Happy Wednesday y’all! Halfway through the week!  Red heart

I saw this little banter earlier on twitter between @DrSherryPagoto and @mbfgmike that tickled my funny bone. #RunnersHumor  Winking smile

I can’t say I’ve done this but the thought has crossed my mind on some long, summer runs…

It’s been a good week for me so far!

More fun stuff from twitter (social networking, guys)! Yesterday I saw #RWRunStreak floating around on my newsfeed. Obviously I had to find out what that was all about. The hashtag is brought to you by Runner’s World’s official twitter. In a tweet kicking off the first day of #RWRunStreak, a link to an article was included explaining the idea behind this streak. It’s pretty cool. The primary benefit of taking part in this running streak is to motivate runners to keep going out on those runs even though temps are going up and we’re all going on vacations or out of town. It’s easy to say, “I’ll go for a run tomorrow instead….” You can’t do that anymore! Even if it’s just one mile a day, it counts. You can do it!

The Streak started on Memorial Day (5/28) and ends on Independence Day (7/4). That’s a whopping 38 consecutive days of running and in temperatures that will only be steadily rising as the days go by!
SunHoly heatstroke! Two words to anyone participating in this:  water and sunscreen. You’re welcome. Winking smile

When I saw the start date, I was glad I decided to go for a run on that hot Memorial Day, unknowingly kicking off the start of #RWRunStreak. One point for me. Thumbs up I also thought this couldn’t have come at a better time for me. At the end of my last post, I mentioned wanting to make running a daily part of my everyday routine. This was just the motivation I needed!

I knocked off Day 2 of #RWRunStreak with the help of Coby! We ran a mile around campus while waiting for Kyle to get off work. Coby got distracted a bit with squirrels and birds but he did a good job for the most part. He was a thirsty boy after the run!
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Hydrating and cooling off!

Also exciting news in the world of fitness (…in my life…), I finally started out Phase One of the P90X system everyone was/is talking about–I’m not sure if that’s popular anymore or not. That’s how it usually is…fitness trends come and go as with every other trend.

Anyway, in or not, it was a good workout. I completed it along with Kyle and I had a blast doing it. We worked on chest, back and abs. I could feel a burn on the target areas throughout the workout and I was definitely exhausted at the end. I didn’t wake up sore this morning as I was expecting to. Maybe I’m just awesome…? Or I have room to push myself harder. We’ll go with both. Winking smile

I’m excited about incorporating this training program into my running routine and so thankful I have Kyle to suffer along with me. I know how important full body muscle development is for runners, and I know this will help me with it. On top of increasing my aerobic capabilities with running, I do have a goal of increasing my muscle mass and developing definition. So I look forward to the results I’ll see with this program.

Progress will be posted. Winking smile

Are you setting any goals and working toward them?

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