Loving Lately

Today’s Friday Five topic–Friday Favorites–comes at a perfect time, because there are lots of little things I have been loving lately that I want to share with you! Hopefully you’ll forgive me if there are more than five?

Loving Lately

Breakfasts I’m Loving Lately

I am still loving these three-ingredient breakfast cookies for pre-workout fuel. I pop one or two in the toaster oven and top with a schmear of peanut butter. They seem to be easy to digest and have enough staying power to get me through a long run or indoor cycling class.

Pre-Run Breakfast

My favorite way to refuel after a long run is to enjoy a slice of leftover pizza with a sunny side up egg. This means we have to have leftover pizza in the house, but that isn’t a problem, since I am so addicted to our favorite pizza place!

Pizza + Eggs

I usually have oatmeal for a mid-morning snack at work, and I’ve got a new “recipe” that I’m loving lately. As a Tastemaker for BlueDiamond and Almond Breeze Almondmilk, I was given an opportunity to try Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk. As soon as I tasted it, I knew it would be good in oatmeal. And, with only 30 calories per 1 cup serving, it’s also a great base for protein powder smoothies. 

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To make my oatmeal, I use 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 tablespoon Hemp Hearts, and 2 tablespoons of raisins. The unsweetened vanilla almond milk adds great flavor and depth without making the oatmeal too sweet. 

Snack Bars I’m Loving Lately

To prepare for our ski trip, I bought a variety of snack bars for easy fuel on the slopes. My favorite was the apple cinnamon Health Warrior Chia Bar (100 cal, 3g protein, 4 g fiber). They are delicious and satisfying. Plus, they provide hours of entertainment as you try to use your tongue to free the stray chia seeds from your teeth. ;-)

Chia Bar

I also discovered Caramel Almond and Sea Salt Kind bars–I still love that salted caramel flavor!

Books I’m Loving Lately

Two long flights to Utah and back meant time for reading, and I enjoyed both of the books I downloaded to my Kindle.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is #2 on Amazon, so maybe you’ve already read it.

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It’s a murder mystery told from three perspectives: Rachel (the girl on the train) who is an alcoholic, the murder victim, and Anna (Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife and the murder victim’s neighbor). It’s a real page turner as you try to figure out “who done it” and also brace yourself for the train wreck that is Rachel’s personal life.

Speaking, of wrecks, the other book I read was Wreckage by Emily Bleeker. I was able to download this book for free via the Amazon Prime/Kindle First program, which lets Amazon Prime members download two out of four selected books every month. I stumbled across that program while looking for my next book to read and may be hooked!  

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Wreckage tells the story of Lillian Linden, who has survived a plane crash and two years of living on a deserted island, but the experience and secrets she is keeping with her fellow survivors may be tearing them all apart. It was interesting to see how the characters coped with survivor’s guilt, and to follow their struggles to re-establish family relationships after they were rescued. It might not have been the best choice for airplane reading, but at least I wasn’t flying over the ocean!

Compression Socks I’m Loving Lately

I believe in the benefits of compression socks, and I wear them for hilly runs, races, and post-race recovery. With my history of DVTs (you can read more about that here) I also wear them on long flights, and probably could benefit from wearing them for long days at the office. 

A few weeks ago Susan Costa Walston, the founder of Lily Trotters, reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying their new line of compression socks. There are so many brands of compression socks out there, but she got my attention because while Lily Trotters have all the compression technology of performance compression socks (they provide a pressure of 15-20 mmHg), they are made with a proprietary 100% micro nylon weave that makes them thin enough to wear with regular shoes. Oh, and they come, in several fashionable designs!

Lily Trotters

Are these cute or what?!

I wore these to work the day after the Reston 10 Miler, and I definitely noticed the compression. Plus, my legs felt good during my run the next day. Lily Trotters is still in their pre-launch phase, but I’m watching their progress on Kickstarter.   

Blogging Things I’m Loving Lately

I am loving the community and camaraderie of the link ups I participate in, including the Friday Five link up, and the Tuesdays on the Run link up. I know every link up has their freeloaders, but I find that most people who participate in these link ups play nice and I am getting to know some great people.



Tomorrow (March 7) is the March edition of The Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up that I co-host with Deb and Lynda. One nice thing about The Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up is that it is not limited to any specific niche or theme. If you haven’t joined before, check out last month’s link-up to see how it works. We’d love to have you join us! 

Another fun thing about blogging is blogger giveaways, and I’m hosting one now for MealEnders, which are lozenges designed to help you stop mindless munching. See what I think about them so far and enter the giveaway here.

Want to know what others are loving lately? Check out the Friday Five link up hosted by Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up for What!

Have you tried any of the things I’m loving lately?

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My Meal Enders Review

When I was offered the chance to do a MealEnders review through my affiliation with SweatPink and FitApproach, I was intrigued but wary. I do struggle with after-dinner grazing, but I don’t want to take any products with stimulants or herbal ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA. I was intrigued to learn that MealEnders is based on a two-layer taste system instead of a drug effect, and eager to give them a try.

MealEnders Review
When I was dieting, I often would “ruin” a day of cutting calories by raiding the kitchen cabinets at night. I broke the cycle of restricting and over-eating a few years ago, but many evenings I still find myself peering into the pantry looking for “something” to nibble on. I’ve realized that my evening snack attacks ebb and flow with my monthly cycle–some weeks I am not at all interested in eating more after dinner, some weeks I will raid the pantry if I am tired or stressed, and then during those last PMS days all bets are off! Continue reading

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A Snowy Reston 10 Miler

My first race of 2015 is in the books, and it was quite an adventure!

Reston 10 Miler
First, the weather. When I signed up for this race in December, I thought of it as an early spring race. Little did I know I’d be stalking Weather.com and checking the race website for a possible cancellation.  Continue reading

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Living On Mountain Time

The very day that I was sucked in by the ads for Park City, Utah, my friend invited us to go skiing with her family, promising that there was plenty of room in the condo they had rented in … Park City! We checked our work calendars which were miraculously clear, made our plane reservations without balking at the last-minute fares, bought ski pants at end-of-season sales, and packed our bags. 

mountain time

While I was schussing down the slopes on our last day, I starting thinking about what I learned about myself while living on mountain time.

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Hearty Tomato Soup Recipe

I love the recipes that Deb shares on the Meatless Monday link-up she does with Tina Muir, but I don’t usually make them myself because my husband is not a big fan of vegetables. A few weeks ago, though, she shared this Creamy Chick Pea and Tomato Soup recipe that looked like something my husband would like, so I decided to make it. It was so delicious–and so easy– that I have made it a few times now. Since I am loving it so much, I thought I would share my own variations.

Tomato Soup

Deb’s tomato soup recipe is very simple, but it calls for jalapeno peppers to add a bit of bite, and jalapeno peppers are one ingredient that I am just afraid to cook with. The first time I made her recipe, I improvised with hot sauce instead, but the hot sauce overwhelmed the other flavors. So, the next time I used flavored tomatoes and that worked out well.  Continue reading

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