I’d rather be camping

Thank you for the get well wishes! They must have worked because today was a lot better than yesterday. I still don’t feel 100% myself but pushed through and accomplished the things I wanted throughout the day. Instead of getting up early and running like a freak (I already had plans for Group Power tonight) I decided that one work-out was more than enough and slept in until I had to get up for work. I was literally counting down the minutes to get out of there so I could go pump some iron in Group Power. I was hoping that the endorphins from my favorite work-out of the week would make me feel a litte better and give me that burst of energy I had been missing.

First, I wanted to try this “almond butter” I see everyone blogging about. I spread a little on some whole-grain toast before my work-out and survey says?? I’m a JIF girl. I grew up on that stuff and while Almond Butter is OK, it’s going to take some time for my tastebuds to get used to. None the less it gave me plenty of energy for the class, so I was thankful for that.

I was right about my mood and energy perking up from Group Power. I was practically skipping out of the gym because I was so sick of the way I had been feeling prior to the class. I had to take a picture  because I seriously love GP. Running is something I am starting to love but still struggling with, it’s challenging and therefore provides a great rush but GP is all about strength training and it has helped immediately with lower back pain, posture and just my overall strength.

When I got home I made Chris and I dinner, and I was actually pleasantly surprised on how much I liked this recipe.  I got it off the blog carrotsncake.com and boy was it tasty for a healthy dish!

Tuna and Chickpea Salad with Pesto


  • 2 15.5-ounce cans (3 cups) chickpeas, roughly chopped
  • 1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and thinly sliced
  • 24 black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, thickly sliced
  • 3 6-ounce cans tuna, drained
  • 5 tablespoons store-bought pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 sprigs fresh basil (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, red peppers, olives, celery, tuna, pesto, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Divide among individual plates. Garnish with the basil (if using).

I placed the salad on a bed of greens to add more substance and as a side I ate multi-grain sesame pita chips with some yummy humus. I heart humus. This one had a little kick to it and I have to say, I’m not disappointed.

I was feeling like some dessert tonight and I had some peaches that I wanted to eat before they went bad. I decided that instead of making a full on crisp I would just pop a sliced up peach in the oven for a few minutes, once it was warm I put it in a bowl with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream. I topped it off with some chopped up walnuts and a dash of brown sugar and it hit the spot!!! I had to have a cup of apple cinnamon caffeine-free tea with the dessert because I’d hoped it would help me sleep….

On a personal note, I’m super bummed I’m not camping with my family in California right now. My Dad sends me pictures pretty much every couple of hours of the things they are doing, kayaking, playing at the beach, eating, and sipping on some microbrews. Wish I could show you these pictures, they look like post-cards but unfortunately they are being sent to my phone and they are too small to upload 😦

Hump Day is tomorrow and we are moving right along with this week! Tomorrow me and the DD running club are going for a nice 3-mile run and then hitting up Eclipse. I can’t believe I’m not going to the midnight showing but Eclipse was my least favorite book in the series, so I can wait until the day after. I’ll let you guys know how it is!



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Carmen on June 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    You just had to throw in that it was your least favorite book didn’t you…;)


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