Today was surprisingly busy so I’m sorry to say I don’t have many pictures of what I ate because most of my eating today was done on the go.

This morning I went to the barn and hung out with my horse DJ for a little bit.

Yup that’s him!

I had to leave early though because I was getting a hair cut later and and a trip to the gym beforehand was required.

The gym was just torture today. It was super hot inside, and I just didn’t feel like running. I tried the elliptical and then remembered why I stopped using it in the first place, it’s boring! I went back to the treadmill and eventually I was finished, oh what a relief!

My hair cut today was very impromptu (as in scheduled this morning). I have been a little bored with my hair for the past few weeks. I have had the same hair cut for almost a year now without much change so I was ready to mix it up! I decided I didn’t want to wait until after I got back from my last trip so this weekend was my last chance to get it cut!

My previous hairstyle was inspired by this photo:

(Ew fake tan!) Although it was curlier on me because my hair is pretty curly naturally and I also got a perm a few months ago to make it even curlier.

The new hair cut I wanted looked something like this:

It looks really good! It has been awhile since I had bangs though so they will take some getting used to. My stylist gave me less bangs than she has in the picture because of my curls. My bangs are quite curly, but I think they look cute and I can always straighten them if I want!

So after my haircut my mom and I went shopping!

First stop was the shoe store for new running shoes. The running shoes I have been wearing I got for dirt cheep on the sale rack at Famous Footwear or someplace similar. They were certainly not fitted by someone who knew what kind of shoe would be right for me! But they were cheep and now they are old! So the time for new (and better) running shoes had definitely come.

We went to a real running store and I walked around so the woman could see how I walk (apparently I underpronate, I walk on the outsides of my feet), and she brought out 3 pairs for me to try on.

These babies were the winners!

Were they cheep? No. Comfortable? YES! I can’t wait to try them out tomorrow!

Next we hit Whole Foods. Where I got freeze-dries peaches.

Isn’t that cute!

They are like peaches on flavor steroids! So yummy!

I also got peach preserves. I guess I was on a bit of a peach kick, can you blame me?

Then we went to the regular super market, they have cheeper produce that is just as good, and other things worth buying!

I got protein powder because I think maybe I”m not getting enough protein since I have been eating less beans and greek yogurt lately.

So I can add this to all sorts of things.

I also found these bars!

They are certainly not all natural but you can’t beat the nutritional stats! 100 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber! Normally all the high protein bars are also high in calories so these are perfect! I have yet to try one though, so hopefully they taste ok 🙂

When we got home it was dinner time. We were both hot and tired and the only thing that sounded good was salad, so I whipped up a huge salad!

There is tons of stuff in there so to name a few there are tomatoes, corn red pepper, broccoli, red beans, chickpeas, light Baby Bel, and some flax seed for good luck. I also had a toasted Flatout (which is basically a giant cracker) with peanut butter and my new peach preserves for some carbs. Ahh so refreshing!

Now I am one tired blogger from my busy day!

I can’t believe that I am leaving again on Wednesday! Summer goes to fast!

How has your summer been so far? Done anything interesting?

Any suggestions for ways to use my new protein powder?

Nighty- night!

Elli 🙂

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Today is my official day off from working out. I love my day off ,but I also kind of dread it because I love to workout and I feel really lazy when I don’t. I’m also normally more tired in the morning without my morning run. Today, however, I had the pleasure of paying a visit to my orthodontist to get my braces tightened (oh joy)! I have had my braces on for over 3 years with no apparent end in sight despite that fact that I am in the “end stages,” as they told me this morning. Apparently the end stages can last 6 months or possibly more though… grrr.

So why did I tell you that little story? Because now my poor little bottom teeth hurt from being manhandled by the orthodontist.

This happens pretty much every time and the treatment is always that same, plenty of Aleve and soft foods. So the next few days will mean lots of soup and oatmeal!

Before we get to today’s food, though, I have to tell you about the dinner I made last night. Aside from being the first meal I have cooked in what feels like ages it was pretty darn good if you ask me!

We (mom and I) had quinoa with soy sausage and sauteed veggies.

I sauteed almost a whole red onion ( I love onion!) with a little olive oil, then I added garlic (2 cloves), a yellow pepper, broccoli, and some lemon juice.

I put that mixture onto some quinoa which was on some lettuce (gotta fill up the plate, Go volumetrics!), and topped all that off with half of a soy sausage for each of us. Yum!

So onto today’s eats…

Breakfast was the same as usual cereal and fruit (what can I say I’m a creature of habit).

For my post-orthodontic snack I had a banana with almond butter. (sorry no picture :/)

By the time lunch rolled around my teeth were really starting to hurt so the answer to that was soup!

I made my self some egg and veggie soup. Sound weird? Well just think of egg drop soup only not 😛

I boiled some veggie broth, whisked up an egg and then slowly poured the egg in, stirring the whole time. Then I added a tiny bit of butter, some frozen spinach, half a can of petit diced tomatoes, some dried basil and oregano, paprika, lemon juice, and some leftover quinoa from last night. It was a huge bowl of soup but very light.

Along with that I had a Flatout with some almond butter and creamed honey, which I thought would be safe for my teeth but I toasted it and that made it harder to chew. For those who don’t know hard to chew = ouch!

It tasted good though!

Dessert was a Chocolate Chip Chewy bar. Can I get an amen for the chewies?! Love them!

My snack today was quite similar to yesterday, like I said I’m a creature of habit 😛

I had a Cherry Vanilla Light n’ Fit with blueberries, cherries, and some cereal.

The taste difference between real cherries and this yogurt was really comical, but it was yummy anyway.

To spare my teeth as much pain as possible I had a little plate of fruit (<3) with my yogurt.

Oh man do I love fruit! This peach pretty much made my day! It was so sweet and juicy without being mushy! Pure heaven.

Hopefully my teeth stop hurting soon so I can eat crunchy things again because I love me some crunchy!

Dinner is still undecided, but it will probably be oatmeal of some kind because I can’t eat much else 😦

Well I’m off to walk my doggies with the madre to get some exercise in today, since all I’ve really done so far is read blogs and watch Grey’s Anatomy!

Peace out!

Elli