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The Power of Putting Relationships In Motion

5 Oct

Yesterday JWD and I went for our first tandem bike ride, about 30 miles roundtrip to a microbrewery. For those who aren’t familiar with tandem riding, here’s a quick lesson (the sum of my knowledge when our adventure began): a tandem bike is built for two or more riders. The person in the front (the captain) pedals and steers and the person in the rear (the stoker) only pedals. I quickly learned something else about tandems: the tandem experience depends greatly on the state of the riders’ relationship.

Maybe some would advise against such heightened activities when your marriage is still in its fragile infancy, but we decided to take the risk ;). As we took off, I began to doubt our decision. As the stoker, I had to relinquish control to JWD, my captain, something I am not very good at. My obstructed view, limited mainly to JWD’s back, left me clueless to the treacherous terrane ahead (pebbles, puddles… you know, the really dangerous stuff). Admittedly, I started out as a pretty annoying backseat driver- giving tips on gear shifting and steering (things I know nothing about- this was, after all, my first time on a tandem), delivering a swift pinch to my captain when I thought he needed to slow down, gasping and swaying my body every time he took a turn…

After several miles of white-knuckling my breakless handlebars, I decided that the only way I was going to enjoy this day was if I let go of my desire to be in control and put my trust in my captain. Most of our twelve riding companions had been on a tandem before- many of them, in fact, were experts. I admired their trust in each other as they rode fluidly, communicated almost telepathically, and told wild stories of their tandem adventures. As I settled in to my stoker role, I felt JWD and I begin to fall into a similarly fluid rhythm. Based on the fact that he hadn’t killed me yet (and the culmination of our entire relationship’s history) I decided that he deserved my trust.


Maybe it was the pints of pumpkin beer or maybe it was my decision to trust our relationship, but the return trip was was even more enjoyable. We rode along smoothly, feeling very much on the same page. Our strengthened connection with each other left us more able to enjoy the company of our riding companions. We only knew five people in the group at the start, but we walked waddled (saddle sores…) away with seven new friends and a deeper connection to those we already knew.


Yesterday’s tandem fun left me with two thoughts:

  1. If you want to see what a relationship is made of, put it through an exercise test. Tandem riding (or really any type of group exercise) is a great metaphor for the requirements of a relationship. You must be in sync with your companion in a way that can only arise from trust. Maybe you will hop on the bike with an already established trust or maybe you will have to work to earn each other’s trust. Trust is built on communication, another key requirement of a relationship. If JWD fails to tell me that there’s a big bump coming or he decides to zig or zag without warning, he weakens my trust. Mastering trust and communication with someone delivers a great reward- human connection built to last.
  2. Building activity into your everyday life can be more sustainable and enjoyable than a structured exercise program. I’m not saying we should ditch structured exercise altogether (going to the gym, yoga class, etc.), but there is much to gain from exercising for fun with friends, family, and even strangers. Research shows that when we socialize in a context that requires nonverbal mimicry (pedaling along on bikes, flowing through the same yoga poses), we walk away from that experience with a stronger emotional connection with our companions. In short, moving together creates a bond. Also, as you talk, laugh, and share an endorphine-rich experience, the time and the miles will fly by. You get layers of life’s moments wrapped in one experience: spending time with your significant other, socializing with friends, exercising, decompressing, and self-care. Thirty miles felt like a breeze and we walked away from our riding companions feeling a little closer and a little more connected than when we started.

So if you want to put a relationship to the test, build a new one, or strengthen an existing one, put it in motion. Your relationships will be happier and healthier for it… and you will be too.



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13 Jul

Yay, it’s finally the weekend! I love that cozy place between last week’s craziness and preparation for next week. Saturdays are where the magic happens!

After a glorious 8 hour slumber, we headed out for breakfast and the farmer’s market.


fruit/yogurt/granola parfait, scrambled egg, Companion 5-Grain toast, and coffee.

Today’s haul included eggs, beets, peaches, blackberries, green beans, sweet corn, broccoli, heirloom tomatoes, and summer squash.


We also made a quick stop at the mall (before it got crazy busy) and made it home by 11a.m. Love Saturday mornings like that!

Let’s reverse– some highlights from last week…

Overnight oats with the sunrise. Blueberry/peach is my new favorite combo! I’m also loving Wallaby greek yogurt. This batch of oats is topped with toasted crushed walnuts.


Christmas in July! French press for one with Nutcracker Sweet inbru that I found in the depths of the cabinet.

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Gracie wishing I’d made French press for two…


Food For Life Ezekiel Flax toast, scrambled eggs, and peaches +blueberries…


My new favorite snack: frozen banana slices with a schmear of coconut almond butter.


Popcorn + almonds


A few epic salads were devoured last week….

This one is a mix of greens, roasted corn/green beans/onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons, and tofu. Baked salt & vinegar chips on the side.


And this one is greens, a crumbled veggie burger, brown rice, cucs, tomatoes, and dolups of hummus and greek yogurt. The salt & vin chips made another appearance!


The best dinner of the week was this Mexican bowl, hands down!

Brown rice, smashed pinto beans, sautéed summer squash and onions seasoned with chili powder/cayenne/paprika, tomatoes, greek yogurt, cilantro, and a heap of nooch! So. Good.


Also had some fun with the spiralizer. More on that later!


Also last week….

Mornin’ garden gazin’ (check out that bedhead, hehe)


And a midweek Dave Matthews Band concert! Out past 8pm on a Wednesday night? Who are we??


Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I’ve got some good stuff in the drafts folder! Thanks for reading 🙂

Weekend Workouts and Pinterest Recipe Inspiration

28 Oct

Hello friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Today I slept in until 9am (!!) This is rare for me. I has yoga plans, so I shoveled a frozen waffle in my mouth and hurried out the door. A different teacher was subbing the class, it was hard but fun-  a lot of abs and a lot of crow practice. The soreness is already setting in. I’m afraid I won’t be able to get out of bed in the morning. The rest of the day was a typical Sunday of cleaning, homework, and prepping for the week. Oh yeah, and this happened…

I found these cookies on Pinterest and they’ve been on my “To Cook” list for a while now. The ingredients are simple (and bizzarre): peanut butter, honey, baking powder, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and.. chickpeas! They are surprisingly delicious!

Let’s back up a bit and check out some recent workouts and eats…

The temps have certainly dropped here which made for a few chilly runs last week/this weekend. I am slowly trying to get back into running. I took a long hiatus due to a string of injuries and bad races, but I finally have the racing itch again!

On Thursday JWD and I squeezed in 4 miles before the rain hit. We averaged an 8:45 pace. Considering I am very untrained in the running department right now, I was happy with that 🙂

I planned on Saturday being a rest day, but I woke up in the mood to move so I bundled up and knocked out 6 miles at an easy pace. I was STARVING when I got home, so I showered and promptly inhaled an egg on toast and this leftover soup that I found on Pinterest. (highly recommend!)

Lower temps trigger the return of oatmeal cravings, so oatmeal has been my breakfast of choice lately. 

In this bowl: rolled oats, almond milk, bananas, stevia, cinnamon, and walnuts.


Plain greek yogurt topped with homemade pumpkin-flax granola, apples slices, and cranberry apple butter.

Love this Trader Joe’s butter!

Larabars are always in the snack mix 🙂

Chocolate covered espresso beans for afternoon pick-me-ups.


Lemon sparkling water.

Now it’s time to put my sore body to bed. Thanks for reading 🙂

Running on Sunshine Favorites List

6 Oct

Happy Saturday, everyone! Mine started out with coffee and computer work on the couch, a successful trip to the farmer’s market, and babysitting. JWD and I are about to have “date night”, but before we do I wanted to share with you ten things I’m loving right now.

Running on Sunshine Current Favorites List

1. Trader Joe’s Frozen Vanilla Greek Fat Free Yogurt

This is amazing stuff, my friends. For only 100 calories you get 1/2 cup frozen yogurt and 6 grams of protein. A great low-calorie dessert option!

2. Trader Joe’s Raw Crunchy Unsalted Almond Butter

This almond butter is addictive. I put it on everything from apples to rice cakes to oatmeal. It’s drippy, sweet, and crunchy. AND it only has one ingredient: almonds!

*Tip* Want natural nut butter but hate stirring it? Store the jar upside-down in the pantry and it will mix on its own.

3. Salt & Vinegar Popchips

I am a sucker for salt and vinegar chips. These Popchips let me get my fix without the extra fat and calories. If you aren’t a salt and vinegar fan, they make tons of other flavors to choose from. I love them all!

4. Nike Frees

I am on my third pair of these babies. They are a great “minimalist” running shoe. They’re light as a feather, breathable, and come in great colors. I wear mine for everything- to run, lift, run errands, and to work.

5. Coconut oil as moisturizer

I’ve always had troublesome skin and for many years focused on drying out my skin to prevent breakouts. I avoided moisturizer like the plague. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that moisturizer is my ally in having good skin. I prefer something natural, so every night I slather my skin with coconut oil. It makes my skin soft, minimizes redness, and smells great. The Trader Joe’s brand is incredibly affordable!

6. Sunwarrior Protein Powder

I’ve been on a kick with Sunwarrior protein shakes. I’m constantly on the go, so I blend a shake in the morning and store it in an insulated travel mug with an icepack in my lunch bag. It makes a perfect post-workout or midmorning snack. We don’t often think of smoothies as “on-the-go” food, but it actually works great as long as you keep it cold!

7. Yogi Tea Pomegranate Green Tea

This tea is my after lunch staple. It gives me a little caffeine boost and keeps my tastebuds occupied so I don’t reach for my afternoon snack too early.

8. Sparkling water

I love my tap water, but sometimes it’s fun to have bubbles! To me, sparkling water is fun to drink and I find the carbonation very satisfying. If I’m feeling really crazy, I’ll throw some frozen fruit in it. You can get store-brand sparkling water at any grocery store and it’s relatively inexpensive. It’s a great zero-calorie option for those of you trying to cut down on soda!

9. Bob’s Red Mill 8 Grain Hot Cereal

I got a free sample of this hot cereal at a women’s health fair I worked at and its been a staple in my pantry ever since! It’s a nice alternative to oatmeal and I love the creamy texture.

10. Strength training

Strength training has been my workout of choice recently. It makes me feel strong, toned, and I love the satisfaction of bumping up my weights as my strength increases. Tune in next time for a full breakdown of my workout routine!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

16 Sep

Hello, friends! Happy Sunday 🙂

It was a very fall-like weekend in STL, complete with cooler temps and fall activities. We enjoyed a cozy bonfire with my family. It was fun to break in to my fall wardrobe for the first time!

I was inspired to break in to my pumpkin puree for the first time too! I posted the recipe for these energy bites and mentioned I was planning on playing around with the recipe. Here is my latest creation, a perfect seasonal snack.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

makes 15-20 balls


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (or ground flaxseed)
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (I used vanilla Sunwarrior. If you don’t want to use protein powder, substitute extra wheat germ or shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped or crushed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (I used almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • about 1/3 cup honey 

How To:

  •  Combine first 8 ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Add nut butter and pumpkin puree and mix with a fork until mixture is crumbly and the nut butter and pumpkin are evenly distributed. 
  • Drizzle in honey and mix until evenly distributed. 
  • Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  • Wet hands and form mixture into balls. Store energy bites in the refrigerator.

Mix until crumbly.

Add honey.

These little guys are great for pre- or post-workout fuel and midday snacks. I always stash a couple of them in my bag for the day. They are portable and delicious! 

As promised, here is a peek into my favorite room in the house- the kitchen, of course! What sort of dietitian would I be if I didn’t unpack and organize the kitchen first? 

Bulk food heaven 🙂

The bottom shelf is full of things we use on a daily basis- coffee, oats, brown rice. The second shelf is all dried beans and the top shelf is grains.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. See you soon, friends! Thanks for reading 🙂

Rice Cooker Oats and Vagabonding

26 Aug

Hello friends!

Hope you had a great weekend. Although we were travelling, mine was pretty low-key. We went to a soccer game with friends on Friday and a going away party for a friend on Saturday. Today I caught up on emails, blogs, and perused Pinterest. I am not a very committed Pinterest user, but when I log on you can count on at least an hour of browsing and many, many new pins! I’m in a crafty mood right now and have several Pinterest-inspired projects in the works that I’ll post about. Follow the madness:

When we were in Colorado, we stayed with our friends who make their daily oatmeal in a rice cooker. It eliminates the need to babysit the oats- brilliant! This allows for morning multi-tasking. The oats turn out deliciously thick, creamy, and hearty. We’ve visited JWD’s parents for the past two weekends and pulled out his mom’s rice cooker to make oats both times.

So easy and convenient. This might be my next kitchen gadget!

Lately I’ve gotten much of my dinner inspiration from the new Forks Over Knives cookbook. Monday’s dinner:

Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Stew (made with lentils)

This cookbook is full of recipes I want to try.

Remember how I said we recently moved? We’ve been temporarily residing with our kind friends who offered to take us in while we searched for the perfect apartment. Last week we found it! It has everything on our “want” list, even space for a garden. I’m excited to share it with you when we get settled in.

Have a great week and thanks for reading 🙂

Addicted To Sweat?

9 Jul

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start. Today is the start of two weeks of insanity for me. Full explanation on all of that to come.

Let’s back-track to the weekend. JWD and I spent the weekend at his parent’s house. It was a good weekend full of family time and old friends (JWD and I grew up in the same town and have the same childhood friends, making trips “back home” a lot of fun). We went out with friends to see a band on Friday night. JWD was up bright and early on Saturday morning for a 7:30am tee time and my intention was to get up when he left at 6:30am… the next thing I knew, I woke up at 9:30 to an empty house and this weather report:

I haven’t slept that late in ages. I sat on the back porch sipping coffee for a good 20 minutes contemplating a workout in the heat. Hot yoga has made it easier for me to tolerate the heat and I was in the mood to sweat, so I downed some water and half a banana and hit the pavement. Since I was racing the rising thermometer, I went for a timed workout.

5 minute warm-up run

4 sets of 5 minute intervals: I gradually picked up the pace during each 5 minute interval until I hit a full sprint for the last 30 seconds, then returned to a slow jog to start the next interval.

5 minute slow jog to cool down

Total: 30 minutes

I was drenched when I returned, but felt much better.

Post-run overnight oats to cool me down. Loaded with blueberries, blackberries, and banana.

The increasing number of sweaty workouts in my life, my recent need for electrolyte replacement nutrition, and the countless loads of laundry we do each week to keep up with the piles of soaked workout gear brings me to this question: Are we addicted to sweat?

There is nothing more satisfying than wringing the sweat out of my yogitoes after my Vinyasa practices. Sometimes JWD and I will go for runs where “getting a sweat” is our only goal. I honestly feel like my day is not complete without breaking a sweat.

Awhile back, I read an article in the NY Times on this very subject. Hot workouts are all the rage from Bikram Yoga to heated spinning classes, but is all that sweating really a good thing?

Here’s what experts have to say about the claimed benefits of hot and sweaty workouts.

Is a “hot workout” a better workout?

Yes- to a point. Your body has to work harder at higher temps, but anything past 100* is entering the danger zone. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious consequences of of a workout that’s a little too hot.

Does all that sweating detoxify the body?

Not really. Although sweat does contain trace amounts of toxins, heavy sweating is not a reliable method of ridding toxins from the body. The primary purpose of sweat is to cool the body, not detoxify it. Leave detoxification to your liver and kidneys.

Are hot workouts for everyone?

No. Exercising in the heat requires a certain level of fitness and slow acclimatization to higher temperatures. Exercising in heat could be very dangerous for someone with a low fitness level or who isn’t used to it.

The bottom line:

Extra sweaty workouts are best suited for those with a higher fitness level and should be eased in to. Hot workouts should not make you feel dizzy, light-headed, clammy, or nauseous!

If you’re going to amp up the sweat, it’s crucial to replace what you lose. Two easy ways to monitor hydration: 1. Check out your urine color- it should look like pale lemonade. Apple juice-colored urine is an indicator of dehydration. 2. Weigh yourself before and after a workout and replace 150% of what you lost (24oz. of fluid per pound lost). Include sodium and potassium-rich foods in the 24 hours post-workout, especially if you are a “salty sweater”.

For me, sweaty workouts are a way to turn up the intensity. I always compensate my sweat sessions with tons of water, coconut water, electrolyte powder, and foods high in sodium and potassium. I am a really salty sweater (my skin gets coated with a white, gritty residue when I sweat a lot), so that last part is important for me.

Between the sweaty workouts, the hot temps outside, and few nights of cocktails ;), the weekend left me feeling dehydrated. I had a headache most of Sunday, so I skipped my Vinyasa class and opted for plenty of water and rest.

On the drive back to STL, I picked up a Lemonade Vitamin Water Zero at a gas station. It has some electrolytes in it and it’s sweetened with stevia, so I gave it a try.

It was pretty good! I was disappointed when I checked the label more closely in the car and found out it doesn’t have any sodium or potassium (the electrolyte biggies). Case-in-point for why it’s important to investigate those front-of-the-package claims! Flavor-wise, definitely something I’ll try again. My state of dehydration was also a great excuse to partake in some salty Mexican food at one of our favorite spots back in St. Louis, Tortillaria.

I had one fish taco and my fare share of chips and salsa. The rest of the day was spent packing and doing some work. Today I am a prisoner of my desk and my lonnng “To Do” list. Lunch:

Almond butter and half a banana on Ezekiel bread and a peach on the side. It’s rare that my lunch is veggie-less. I foresee a giant green salad for dinner!

See you later in the week for an iced coffee post.

Thanks for reading 🙂

The ABCs of Me

1 Jul

The other day I asked a friend for her opinion on how to make Running on Sunshine better. I am in a better place in my life right now to be able to give more and want to amp things up around here. Her answer was simple and something I kind of already knew: get more personal. I tend to be a tough shell to crack- I’m introverted, private, and pretty guarded. But I want you all to get to know me better. We’ll kick it off with a fun game that has made its way around the blog world: “The ABCs of Me”

The ABCs of Kayli

A. Age: 3 short months from 25. This is my first experience with the concept of a “scary age”.

B. Bed size: Full.

C. Chore you dislike: It used to be cleaning the blender until I learned this trick: fill the dirty blender halfway with warm water and a squirt of soap. Put it back on the base and whirl away until it’s clean. It’s like creating a little dishwasher inside the blender. Now, my least favorite chore is putting away clothes. You’d think this would deter me from shopping, but it doesn’t…

D. Dogs: No dogs, just two seriously adorable cats.

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee, oats, and social media/blog/article catch-up on the iPad.

F. Favorite colors: Turquoise.

G. Gold or silver: Love them both, but I tend to wear more gold.

H. Height: 5’4’’

I. Instruments you play(ed): I took guitar lessons in high school. I can play one Nirvana song 🙂 I hope to pick it up again someday.

J. Job title: Blogger, soon-to-be dietitian and personal trainer, and graduate assistant in the Nutrition Department at SLU.

K. Kids: Not any time soon 🙂

L. Live: St. Louis, MO- where the food scene is highly under-rated. Come visit me, I’ll blow your mind.

M. Mom’s name: Corrina 🙂

N. Nicknames: Kay, KP, Kaybear.

O. Overnight hospital stays: Never!

P. Pet peeves: Grammar, incorrect use of homonyms, when people aren’t true to themselves, bad listeners. I’m sure JWD can add to this list 😉

Q. Quote from a movie: Hmm… not a big movie watcher (can’t sit still that long), so I’ll give you my favorite yoga mantra: “I have enough, I do enough, I am enough.”

R. Righty or lefty: Righty.

S. Siblings: A beautiful older sister!

T. Time you wake up: Usually between 6am and 7am. I love mornings.

U. Underwear: I said I wanted to get more personal, but I have to draw the line somewhere!

V. Vegetables you don’t like: I honestly can’t think of one! Maybe frisee lettuce, not crazy about the mouth-feel.

W. What makes you run late: Uh, anything and everything. Much to JWD’s dismay, I am always running late.

X. X-rays you’ve had: Stress fracture in my foot from back-to-back half marathon training.

Y. Yummy food you make: I would like to think most of it is pretty tasty! Some current favorites: Sunshine Smoothie, homemade peanut sauce, homemade black bean burgers, and banana pops.

Z. Zoo animal you like: I’m not crazy about the zoo, but I do like the lions. They remind me of my cats.

It’s been a great Sunday over here. Some of today’s eats so far:

Cereal! I’ve been on an overnight oats kick, but cereal always sounds good before yoga on the weekends. Plain cereal usually doesn’t hold me over for very long, so I always jazz it up: Trader Joe’s Flax Cereal, Greek yogurt, 1/2 a peach, 1/2 a banana, almond milk, and a sprinkle of oats and walnuts.

Lunch was much-needed after hot vinyasa yoga and some pool/sun time with JWD.

A veggie and egg scramble, toast, and watermelon while prepping for a BBQ later tonight. I’m off to finish up the veggie burgers before we leave!

Happy July and thanks for reading 🙂

So Many Mini Vacations

6 Jul

Hey, hey! How was your holiday weekend? Mine was very relaxing! Let’s hop back to Friday and see what I did…

I usually kick off my weekend with yoga, but my favorite Friday class was cancelled (boohoo), so JWD and I walked to the park where I led us through our own practice. With the temp nearly 90, it quickly turned into a hot yoga practice!

After yoga, we whipped up a very quick and delicious creation- Veggie Burger Bowls with Avocado Citrus Sauce (sauce recipe post coming soon!).

In the mix: brown rice, crumbled Amy’s veggie burger, and veggies, topped with one of my favorite super easy creamy sauces.

The veg: Anaheim pepper, carrots, zucchini, and parsnips (use what you have on hand!)

The rest of the evening was spent packing and prepping for the weekend.

Saturday morning started bright and early with Kaldi’s Highlander Grogg (my favorite coffee!) and another outdoor yoga practice. My farmer’s market offers a donation-based yoga class, how great is that?! I get to practice under the trees, then meet up with JWD to buy produce and listen to live music. This is why Saturday morning is my favorite time of the week!


This practice was particularly challenging and sweaty. Perfection. Yoga in the heat is the best because your muscles get very loose and stretchy. I was triumphant in three challenging poses.

crow, birds of paradise, and one legged king pigeon

After the market, we packed up and got on the road to JWD’s parent’s house. The trip was spent reuniting with our oldest friends, hanging at the lake, eating incredible food, and enjoying some great family time.

Our Fourth of July meal was especially incredible!

Roasted beet, tofu, spinach & walnut salad, tomato with basil, Asian slaw, salmon, and broccoli- almost all cooked on the grill. Enjoyed with a Schlafly Pale Ale. So yummy!

We are only going to be home a few days this week and our cupboards are bare! JWD’s mom was nice enough to send us home with her pantry surplus. When we got back to the cocoon, I set to work making a meal plan for the week with the ingredients we have.

M- We made farmer’s market grilled veggie sandwiches. Yum! Mine was open-faced.

+ a TJ’s Reduced Guilt Brownie from the freezer. (Tip: I freeze brownies individually in parchment paper for pre-portioned treats that last longer. It’s much easier to pull one serving out of the freezer than it is to resist diving fork first into a giant brownie pan! Eat them frozen or microwave for 10 seconds.)

T- Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

I sliced this GIANT zucchini in half lengthwise and scooped out the inside. Then I diced up the zucchini insides and mixed it with cooked lentils, spinach and Lemon Parsley Cashew Cream (I’ll post this recipe soon). We stuffed the hollowed-out zucchinis with the mixture and threw them on the grill!

(sorry about the sad, dark iPhone photo)

W- Veggie burger bowls + kale chips (I’m filming a kale chip video for you!)

TH- Tomato basil frittata with all the beautiful basil from JWD’s parent’s garden. (This video is coming soon too)

This week in fitness:

M- Weightlifting session actually happened after driving home and before dinner. JWD motivated me.

T- Hot and sweaty run

W- Weightlifting session

TH- Yoga practice + a run

F- Squeezing in a run before the kickoff of another full weekend

Stay tuned for more adventures, recipes, and videos and LIKE the Running on Sunshine Facebook Page for some brain food!

So many food shots, not enough humans! Must take more people pictures.

Thanks for reading 🙂


Stretching The Groceries

27 Jun

Hi friends, Happy Monday!!

I just wanted to pop in and give you my food+fitness forecast for the week!

It is already shaping up to be a busy week. I just started a couple new jobs (more on that later). Grocery shopping will be out of the question, so I had to get creative to srrrretttttch the odds and ends in our kitchen to fuel us until the weekend. I am a HUGE believer in using what you have on hand. You will never catch me rushing to the grocery store in the middle of the week to pick up the exact ingredients a recipe calls for. I always go with the flow in the kitchen (much to JWD’s analytical dismay), improvising and modifying 🙂

Here’s what I came up with for the week:

M- Tonight we had Ancient Harvest Linguine w/ crumbled tempeh, goat cheese, broccoli (florets AND stalk), onion, parsley, fresh diced tomatoes, and canned diced tomatoes. We inhaled it before I remembered to photograph 😦

T- Coconut Red Lentil Curry (loosely based on this recipe) + brown rice + kale.

W- out to dinner (I promise I will share the details this week!)

TH- Veggie burgers (Amy’s brand) w/ roasted green beans

F- Tempeh tacos

In fitness news…

M- Today I did quick a.m. treadmill workout to stimulate my appetite. Usually I am more than ready for my morning oatmeal and coffee ritual, but late dinners call for a little workout to rev my appetite in the morning. I also did a full-body weights workout followed by a short but fun yoga sesh with lots of inversions 🙂

T- I’m shooting for an early morning run or bike!

W- Full-body weights with a lot of plyometrics in the mix

TH- Either 40 minutes of machine hopping at the gym or a run, depending on my schedule

F- Full-body weights + yoga! My favorite fitness day!

Brain food:

The age-old question… Does Exercising on an Empty Stomach Burn More Fat?

9 Reasons Why Summer Might Make You Pack On The Pounds

A New Study Shows Potato Chips and Soda = Weight Gain (um, duh)

I desperately need this! Time Management Tips

And this! Stop Worrying: 9 Tips For Confidence

Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha- all Greek to you? Yoga Styles De-Coded

For my friends with baby fever (You know who you are! And NO, I am not one of them!!)- check out the newly preggers Fitnessista’s very sweet baby posts.

Oh, and JWD and I have challenged each other to a “Sugar Abstinence Week”. I find myself only able to think about the following…

Oy, it’s gonna be a long week.

Have a wonderful week and hopefully I’ll see you again midweek if my schedule allows!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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