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Weekend on the Couch

I was invited to a ton of fun events this weekend. Despite being sick, I told myself I’d be able to make it to every single one. I refused to admit that I wouldn’t be able to make it. I gave every person who invited me a “we’ll see, but probably!”

I could drag this out for a bit longer, but I’ll spoil the surprise: I didn’t make it to a single one.

Instead, I sat on my couch and ate a lot of soup, tried to consume a lot of immune system-boosting foods (read: garlic, cinnamon and blueberries), and drank a lot of tea, orange juice, and ginger ale. Oh, and I ate a lot of Saltines… but that’s different. Sort of.

Don’t believe me? Well, I definitely didn’t take a ton of pictures (pretty much the last thing I care about when I’m sick), but I did take a few just to prove my point.

Mark made the antioxidants part pretty easy. See, when I got home on Thursday, I found that Mark had made an entire batch of whole wheat, refined sugar-free blueberry muffins, simply because he wanted one muffin.

I’m a really good roommate because I’ve been all over eating the rest of them.

For the antioxidants, of course.

Alongside the muffins on Friday, I also had less than half a cup (all I had left) of nonfat greek yogurt with more blueberries and cinnamon.

Over the weekend, the muffins were enough. Seeing as how I haven’t really gotten off the couch, I haven’t really needed much food.

Alongside every breakfast? Orange Juice.

That cup you see holding the orange juice is a Tervis Tumbler, which was sent to me because I’m a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers program. Pretty sweet, right?

Foodbuzz tells us that these cups are “virtually indestructible” and that they keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. So far, so good! No arguments from me. I’m happy to have it. It seems pretty kid-friendly, too! Of course, I don’t have any kids, but I do have Mark. ūüėČ

Anyway, I didn’t just limit my¬† Tervis Tumbler to OJ — it was also used for ginger ale, which I’ve been drinking fairly heavily alongside Saltines because my meds make my tummy hurt.

And the cup has been enjoyed alongside many a bowl of soup, too.

This bowl was filled with Chicken Pot Pie soup. It was good! I started to get a little sick of Italian Wedding and Chicken Noodle, so I had to start branching out.

The rest of my weekend has been basically taken over by my television. I have now not only caught up on almost everything on my DVR, but I also managed to watch four different movies.

I watched True Grit on Sunday, which I definitely enjoyed (though I felt it was a little bit long).


I think Hailee Steinfeld is amazing. I actually worked with her once on a movie when I was in grad school!

But it’s Saturday’s collection of movies, actually, that I think was interesting. I didn’t mean to do it with movies #1 and #2, but I realized the theme before #3 and thus made my choice accordingly.

Movie #1: Winter’s Bone


Movie #2: The Last Song


annnnd Movie #3: The Kids Are All Right


I know. Three Oscar contenders and The Last Song. The irony does not escape me.

Buuuut who can figure out the theme of the three Saturday movies?

The Hunger Games!

Winter’s Bone starred Jennifer Lawrence, The Last Song starred Liam Hemsworth, and The Kids Are All Right starred Josh Hutcherson. That’s Katniss, Gale and Peeta, respectively. And honestly, after seeing these three movies, I am absolutely sold on each of these actors. I am so happy, especially with Katniss and Peeta (the last of whom really matters to me!).


I am so excited for these movies, it’s not even funny.

Who else is a Hunger Games fan? How do you feel about the casting choices?



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Sick Food

Yesterday was not a happy day.

So, here’s the deal. I intended for this to be kind of a big reveal, mostly because I had a hard time believing it was actually going to happen, but my knee surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday, October 12th.

Turns out, though, that my superstition wasn’t that far off. Why, you ask?

Well, on Tuesday,  I officially went through with my Pre-Op and decided for sure that I was getting the surgery next week.

And then, yesterday morning, I woke up with a terrible sore throat.

There wasn’t really any time to deal with that, though, because I needed to go get my blood drawn for the surgery.

Which is where this happened:

“Why two arms?” That’s what I’m imagining you’re probably asking yourself right now.

Well, I won’t go too into detail, but let’s just say that two different technicians refused to listen to me about my tiny, hard-to-find veins and decided it would be a better idea to dig around my arms with needles. I wish I was exaggerating.

Sorry, I guess I did go into detail.

Anyway, by the time I got to work, I’d already given up pints and pints of my blood, hadn’t eaten, and was dealing with a burning and aching sore throat as well as quickly dwindling energy.

It was time to replenish said depleted energy, which brings me to the point of this post: sick food.

Here’s how I’m looking at the idea of sick food right now:

  • I HAVE TO GET BETTER BEFORE NEXT WEDNESDAY. No question about it. If I’m sick, I can’t get the surgery. Point, blank.
  • ¬†I have to treat the situation as though I’m going through with the surgery next Wednesday, so I have to follow the rules: no pain medication and no vitamins or herbs for the whole wee. This means I can’t take anything to alleviate the symptoms and I can’t take any vitamins or herbs to help. All of this means I have to get my alleviation and my vitamins through food.
  • Obviously, I need to fuel correctly.

And I need your help.

This was my breakfast:

Orange juice, orange black tea with honey, and an egg & veggie burrito.

My lunch was just a frozen Amy’s Organics.

And my dinner looked like this:

Italian Wedding soup with added garlic and parmesan and garlic bread. I hear garlic is good for the immune system and that sodium is good for the throat. This dinner was perfect, in following those guidelines.

What are your best “sick foods?” What did you grow up eating when you were sick? What tricks did your moms teach you?


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Slow Cooker Beef Stew


I used my Crock Pot! Woohoo! Cross that one off the New Year’s Resolution list. Well, at least note that I started the process.

It was so easy. I need to do this more often.

Plus, I used beef. I never, ever, ever make beef. Don’t believe me? Look in my archives. I count only once before. Progress. I like it.

It helped that I didn’t have to touch the raw meat. Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

Here are (most of) my ingredients:

Not pictured: salt & pepper.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

makes about 6 servings


  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 1 container Premium Steak Tips (sorry, I did not catch how many ounces there were – I think there were about 10 oz)
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, chopped
  • 9 mini potatoes, chopped (I used 3 russet, 3 red, 3 purple)
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bag broccoli florets (so, half of what’s pictured above)
  • 2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ~ 1 tsp everyday seasoning (though, really, I couldn’t tell the difference)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parmesan to garnish (if you’re like me)


Chop up all ingredients.

Throw them all in a pot and, if you have room, stir. If you don’t have room (I didn’t), wait until it’s all cooked down a little bit.

Set to “Low” and cook for 6-8 hours.

That’s it, yo!

Top it with parmesan, if you want, and you’re good to go.

It heats very well as leftovers, too. I’d know. Trust me. I ate it allll last week.


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Sick Day and a Knee Update

I’m home sick today. I’d show you a picture of all of the tissues, but… gross.

Instead, I’ll show you some food. And a few gratuitous shots of my swollen leg. Hot, right? Don’t worry, I’m going to make you wait for it.

I know. I’m such a tease.

So, this morning I broke some bread out of the freezer that I’ve definitely already started on but never managed to capture on camera. Whoops.

I was send this Nature’s Pride Hearty Wheat With Flax from Foodbuzz as a part of their Tastemaker’s Program.

As a quick breakfast before my MRI this morning, I toasted a piece of this bread and topped it with Bee’s Knees peanut butter, half a banana (sliced), and a sprinkle of chocolate granola.

It was pretty great.

I will say, though, that this bread is probably better for buttered toast or, mostly, as sandwich bread. It leans more toward “savory” than “sweet.”

I bet it makes for a mean grilled cheese. Or an egg sandwich. Yum. I’ll have to try that. Or those. Probably both. You know, all in the name of research. I’m selfless like that.

Right. So… then, I went to my MRI. I may or may not have fallen asleep during it with my book on my face. No big deal. We don’t judge around here.

Anyway, the MRI showed that I don’t have a meniscus tear (yay!), but I do have warning signs of potential tears. I’m going to have to be careful about that.

What I definitely do have (no surprises here – I already knew this) is “Excessive Lateral Patellar Compression Syndrome” (I got the official name this time). Since PT hasn’t really been working for my left knee, and since the clicking, etc. has been so prominent, the doctor decided we should try a cortisone shot. After hearing about what it does and what any side effects or consequences were, I agreed.

Basically, the idea here is that we’re breaking the inflammation cycle and loosening everything up.

I was super nervous for the shot, but it wasn’t so bad. It was more of an uncomfortable pressure than actual pain.

I am, however, now sporting this bad boy:

(Gratuitous knee shot #1)

Ignore the redness. It’s from icing. See?

(Gratuitous knee shot #2). You’re welcome.

My knee is pretty stiff and sore, but the doctor told me that I’d likely feel a little pain for about 48 hours. He also said that in about 5-7 days, I should be seeing improvements. He even said that, if it works (though, no promises there), I may get to work out again — MY way, not the easy way.

Seriously, is that not the best news, ever?? That is, if it works. We’ll see. But, please, cross your fingers for me.There is nothing I want more than to return to boot camp… and possibly – possibly!!! – running. God, that would be amazing.

In the meantime, I’m also still nursing this cold. Which means I’ve been eating lots of soup/ stew and drinking lots of orange juice. See?

I actually made this stew the other day. It’s pretty good. I can’t wait to share the recipe.

Plus, I was able to work on one of my New Year’s resolutions in making it!

Anyway, other than the doctor’s appointment and the icing, I’ve basically been spending my day watching Lie To Me, a new-to-me show.

Have any of you seen it? I like it so far.

Also, can anyone get me my dark chocolate-covered almonds? They’re all the way over there.



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This Is What A Migraine Looks Like

(In Food. Mostly.)

I fell asleep on Sunday night with a migraine that had hit me suddenly and hard. I hoped I’d wake up headache-free, with the migraine just a distant memory.

I hoped wrong. Monday morning began with me waking up to go to the gym, walking as far as the bathroom, and realizing I was in trouble. No gym for me. I went right back to bed.

(Well, I called my mom for a pitiful “I don’t feel well” pouting session first. I’m 24 years old. No big deal.)

I woke up again at 7:30 and pretty much went straight to Starbucks and CVS. I had some migraine supplies to get.

Morning cocktail: Coffee and Excedrin. (Parrrtay!)

Breakfast: coffee #2 of the morning and cinnamon raisin toast with peanut butter.

It definitely did not help that my office’s heat was broken yesterday.

That was awesome.

Lunch: tomato soup and Wheat Thins.

Dinner: homemade Tortellini, Kielbsasa and Spinach Soup (recipe from Runs With Spatulas)… minus the Kielbasa.

I kind of (read: totally) failed. Never use vegetable broth as a soup base unless you’re a vegetarian. Chicken broth is so superior.

Lesson learned: I should (almost) always listen to my mother.

Dessert: Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Tea.

Actually, that’s my roommate’s tea (and its not the Candy Cane one), but his mug was so much prettier than mine that I decided to use a picture of his instead.

And early to bed.

Monday Morning Workout

Non-existent. I was fast asleep.


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Dark Chocolate Dreaminess

Boy, did I have no energy last night. I came home and made a can of chicken noodle soup … and I didn’t even take note of what kind it was.

And now I’m going to force you to look at an unappealing picture of my boring dinner.

I’m so sorry.

I followed dinner with an equally effortless dessert. Peanut Butter Bumpers, Shredded Oats and carob chips.

I then bundled up under my covers, watched the two episodes of “Covert Affairs” on which I had to catch up, and I went to sleep.

I woke up this morning with a sore throat but went to the gym anyway. If I’m about to get sick, I want to get every day of training in that I can, while I can! I can’t tell if I’m really getting sick, but I do know that I am very nervous about the idea of missing a bunch of training days. I need every single one of them to feel comfortable going into the 10K.

Thankfully, boot camp this morning was intense and also incorporated running. We did about 25 minutes of running-based drills and then followed it with about 20 minutes of strength training. I really enjoyed it and forgot I didn’t feel well while I was doing it.

I’m basically planning on fighting this potential illness with all I’ve got. I can avoid a cold with sheer willpower and stubbornness, right? Because that’s the plan.

In brighter news, I did something dangerous (but awesome) last night before coming home. I went out and bought this:

Yes, yes I did. This jar will be my ultimate test in self-control.

Of course, I tore into it and ate a spoonful the second I got home… before I even broke out the can of chicken noodle soup.


That was the sound of me dying and going to heaven. That stuff is dangerously, dangerously good. I remember Heather saying it tasted like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and she was not kidding!

Obviously, I made plans to incorporate it into my breakfast. While I don’t think it blended as well as I wanted it to with my overnight oats, it was still a fantastic way to start the day.

To be clear, that’s a bowl of overnight oats with sliced strawberries and a spoonful of Dark Chocolate Dreams.

It was, in fact, dreamy.

Up close with the good stuff:


10K Training Day Nineteen

5 minutes elliptical

45 minutes boot camp

45 minutes elliptical (40 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

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Human Again

I slept for 12 hours on Wednesday night, probably about 5-6 hours during the day yesterday, and another 12 hours last night. Think I’m getting enough sleep?

It seems that’s exactly what I needed, though, because I actually feel human again today.

The hardest part of having a cold, for me, is the fact that I lose out on most of my favorite things. I have four broad categories of things that make me happy: people, exercise, food and television (I’m obsessed with good TV, by the by). When I’m sick, I only get to enjoy one of those four things (television), because people (understandably) avoid me, I can’t exercise, and I can’t taste food. TV is great, but it can’t sustain happiness alone.

Last night, while enjoying “Covert Affairs,” I ate one of my all-time favorite “sick foods” (and, let’s be honest, a favorite food even when I’m not sick): eggs on toast.

This definitely counts as a Ten Minute Dinner.

Open-faced KWH-ified Egg McMuffin

I toasted two pieces of Ezekiel and topped them each with an over-easy egg covered in salt, pepper and shredded low-fat cheddar cheese. I could only sort of taste it, but my memories of past installments of this delicious dinner filled in.

Served up with a side of OJ.

Happily, my taste buds returned with my functioning brain this morning.

I made much the same smoothie as I have for the past three days (sorry), but I added strawberries this morning. I had been hoping for a pink color, but sadly the three strawberries I added only served to make the smoothie a kind of dull, beige-ish green. Oh, well.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful baby spinach
  • 1 level scoop Greens & Whey
  • 1/2 cup 100% juice orange juice
  • ~1/8 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 strawberries

On top:

  • drizzle 1/2 tbs melted coconut butter
  • handful Shredded Oats (definitely my new favorite)

If you look really closely, you can see the red strawberry specks…

Lame. It tasted good, but I couldn’t tell any difference with the added strawberries vs. the previous few smoothies.

In other news, Simon Cowell had quit already, and now both Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi are out, as well. Wow. I guess “American Idol” is over, even if they’re still forging ahead. But, seriously, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson as judges? No thanks.

I just snacked on Goldfish, knowing they have sugar in them. Why, oh why, do I sometimes do stupid things?

I really do love and miss Goldfish… but that is really no excuse. Stupid office kitchen with its tempting snacks.

Anyway, sorry for the short post, but I’ll be back later today… it is, after all, a Coffee Bean Friday!

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