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Cue The Slow Clap.

18 Jun

I am honestly having a hard time believing that the humidity was only 48% yesterday, but Siri says it’s so.

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Sure felt like 100* to me!  Suck it mother nature.  I feel groggy, bloated, tired, and generally just disgusting when it’s hot and humid.  I’ve been going to bed earlier and sleeping past my alarm.  And yet, I did the almost unthinkable and forced myself to run after work yesterday.  I only had 2 miles on the books, but I was dreading 2 miles in the muggy misery.  To really dig it in to myself, I opted for a 2 mile trek that included several hills.  Honestly, it was forecasted to be hotter on Wednesday (today) than Tuesday, so I knew if I didn’t get the miles in they would be there waiting for me.  But they would be hotter.

This arrow in the picture below points to the spot where “Yay!  I get to run down hill!” became “Oh…we are going back up hill again.”  I forgot to bring my Garmin with me today to check the actual steepness, but I will make sure to include it in my weekly recap.  There wasn’t anything special about this run – it was probably pretty slow considering I walked a lot because DUH.  It’s really super friggin’ hot.

You’re lucky I love your curves, Pittsburgh.  That’s all I’ve got to say.

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When I got home, I was sans energy.  Sans spirit.  Sans vitality.  I knew dinner needed to be mindless and needed to drag out into lunch for the next day.  So, I grabbed one of my most recent Patak’s Simmer Sauces (swear, they do not even know who I am – I’m really just enjoying trying all the different flavors!) which was Mango Curry and some chicken breasts.  Very yummy and I’m not worried about a little extra sugar after a long, hot run.  I got 3 servings out of the jar, here is the nutrition facts per serving:

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Mango Curry Chicken w/ Coconut Rice:

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Yes, I know there was a startling lack of veg on my plate.  I was too hot and tired to even care.  There was more than enough chicken for lunch today and now I have to figure out how to use the extra coconut rice!  It would make a fantastic rice pudding.  So anyway, there was really no point in today’s post other than I am really proud of myself for getting uncomfortable!!!

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“You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

5 Nov

I write a blog, so obviously I read a lot of blogs.  All kinds – food, fitness, healthy living, green living, even some mommy blogs just because I like them!  While I am hooked on reading and following the lives of these women, there is a lack of realness from bloggers: unachievable goals which are actually attained by unrealistically athletic superwomen who eat in strange, disordered ways.  I suppose if I was in their shoes, I wouldn’t feel that way.  People probably think it’s weird that I dumpster dive for coupons.  From the outside looking in, its frustrating to compare my habits and progress to theirs.  Its like watching a celebrity lose weight after they have a baby.  Two weeks and BAM!  Back to size -3.  That’s just not in the cards for me.

I am a real person, with real problems (like balancing my 2 jobs and my dogs and my family obligations and my home renovations and my laziness and being tired and trying to find healthy things to eat and oh yeah shower while all of this is going on) and I’m doing the best I can.  I have to keep reminding myself of that without the context of superfluous excuses.

So I am here to unapologetically declare that I enjoyed every bite of the pizza I ate at 9:30PM last night – when I finally had a chance to sit down and relax after a string of extremely long days.

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We are entering the actual home stretch with the kitchen reno.  Finally.  After like a year.  It’s crazy that we flipped an entire house in a few months, but our own home projects linger on.  Realistically, they are the ones that are always moved to the back burner because they aren’t really effecting anything!  Here is what my kitchen looked like a few days ago:

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You may see this as chaos.  I get that.  But, I see this as PROGRESSSSSS!!!!!!  So yeah.  I literally walked away from what I was doing and took this picture.  Realness. Since this photo was taken, the cabinet doors have dried and rehung (they look awesome!), the dishes have been done (duh), and the island has been cleared of all my on-call paperwork/binders/phone.    Honestly, all we need to do is stain and rehang the pantry doors, throw on some baseboard, caulk, and replace the countertops.  So…..friggin……close.

We obviously didn’t get much cooking done over the weekend in this hullabloo, though.  I did manage to concoct this monstrosity:

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A buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potato.  It was….not good.  I should’ve gone with BBQ sauce, but changed my mind at the last minute.  So for future reference, not a good combo.

And laundromat breakfasts have been looking like this:

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Half-ass cooked oats with almonds, cinnamon, stevia, and frozen blueberries.  Shockingly not as bad as it looks.

So you see…I could never be a celeb-status healthy living blogger.  Because I am real person who hasn’t been to the gym since Friday, takes my time getting projects done, struggles to find clean eats and vegs out with delicious white pizza and MNF.  I am also a fucking rockstar who rolled out of bed this morning, got coffee, hurried to the rental to bundle about 50 lbs. of landscaping mess to beat the garbage truck,  washed the car, VOTED, made it home in time to put our own garbage out, did the dishes, made myself some egg whites and turkey bacon, did 2 loads of laundry, AND managed to catch half an episode of Teen Mom 3 on DVR before work.  I think I would prefer my real life to a contextualized pedestal that I have to create and never fall from.  🙂

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Laundromat Lunch

18 Dec

This week, my business achieved a huge milestone!  (Damn you, Facebook, for making that sound so cheesy.)  We moved into our new location.  It took many many weeks of constant toil, but we did it.  We now have room to run our business and plenty of room to grow.  I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now!

Saturday marked our official grand opening, which we celebrated with a party at the new facility.

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That means Monday was our first official day of “normal” work.  It was both exhilarating and anticlimactic.  It’s so hectic right now between the puppies and launching this expansion that I have barely cooked a substantial meal in weeks.  Call me crazy, but the thing I’m most excited about right now is having a schedule.  Knowing when and where I need to be helps me get back into the habit of cooking all three meals instead of depending on “grabbing a quick bite.”

Today, for lunch I made broccoli bites from Stacy’s Snacks

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What You Will Need:

16 oz. broccoli florets (fresh or frozen will work), with the liquid squeezed out
1 c. bread crumbs (I use Panko)
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

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Lucky for me, I live just around the block from where I work.  Since we are currently whelping puppies, we have to check in every hour.  Unless it is unbearably cold or wet outside, I try to walk home on these breaks.

I’m learning to love my little walk, even when it looks like this outside:

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So, this is the first of what I’m sure will be a long series of laundromat lunches.

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I had plenty left over and we reheated them for dinner.

Urban Recycling: Steel Valley

1 Jun

Growing up in the ‘burbs left me kind of ignorant to the idea of waste management.

Yes, I know I talk about waste, poop, and compost a lot.  Move on.

I had grown up with curbside garbage and recycling and didn’t realize that other people don’t just walk their yuckies to the end of the driveway and never think about it again.

As an educated adult, I no longer have that option.  I know too well that what goes out, goes someplace else – someone else’s place sometimes.

Did you know that Pennsylvania is the U.S.’s larger importer of waste?  According to ActionPA, we import waste from 28 friggin other states.  Only 23% of the garbage in PA landfills comes from Pennsylvanians.  Why?  Because Pennsylvania has extremely low tipping fees compared to other states.  Pennsylvania averages around $20-$30 per ton to dump, whereas neighboring states average about $80-$100 per ton to dump (source).  Yes, we are making money off of other people’s garbage.  But we are also becoming a dumping ground.

This is an image of a landfill near my hometown.

I live in a small borough that borders the city of Pittsburgh.  We do not have curbside recycling.  But what am I supposed to do?  Not recycle?  Yeah, right.

So about every week or every other week, depending on how much crap we generate, she♥ and I pack up our car with recyclables and drive:

And dump:

Trust me, 5 miles away isn’t that serious and we normally swing by when we already have plans to be in that neighborhood.  But why?  Why doesn’t my borough make it easier for its citizens to recycle?  Why wouldn’t they want to do something that would lessen vehicular traffic which would result in lesser pollution and less dependence on fossil fuel?  I intend to find out.

That’s enough ranting from me, I suppose.

Do you recycle? 

Does you community make it easy or hard?

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