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training week #5 + groceries

Andrea

Happy Saturday!  I hope that everybody is enjoying their post-Thanksgiving weekend with family, friends, relaxation etc.  

Brian and I started the morning right with a run with the 10-Miler training group.  We ran 2 full miles on the track (boring!!!) but it went really well and felt great.  This morning was especially important for me because I was trying out a loaner pair of shoes that my running coach gave me out of his shop to see if they would help to correct the foot pain I've been experiencing.  Verdict is....success!!!  I ran the full 2 miles pain-free.  YAY!!!!  He says that I have a very unusual foot and that this is their least-selling shoe because it combines the soft, cushioned sole with added support for pronation.  They are still Brooks, which I've been running in off and on for about 9 months, just a different style.  I love them so far...aren't they pretty?!?!?  Not that that is the point...

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Breakfast:  I had 1/2 a banana before my run, then came home for a bowl of oats.  This yummy bowl contained

  • 1 cup prepared rolled oats

  • 1 apple sprinkled with 1 tsp turbinado sugar and a dash of cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds

  • sprinkling of pom seeds


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I spent some time catching up on blogs this morning, then made our grocery list for the week.  I took a thorough inventory of the fridge, pantry and freezer and was able to keep the trip pretty light.  But first, we stopped at the running shop so I could buy my shoes.  I also picked up a wind/rain breaker from the sale rack and a pair of gloves.  Anything to keep me motivated to run through the winter...

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Its not really day-glow pink...more of a bright raspberry.  I figure I won't be missed when running on the road!  Brian also got a new pair of shoes, and since we spent so much money (eek!!!) I got a free t-shirt (yeah!).

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After that spending spree we stopped at Hot Cakes for lunch.  They have an awesome selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, quiches, lasagnas etc.  I selected the Salad Sampler which had

  • Spicy Lentil Salad (sooooooooooo good, has me craving lentils now)

  • Tomato/Onion/Feta Salad

  • Roasted Cauliflower w/ Dried Cherries and Capers (such an unusual combo but really tasty!)


I skipped the piece of bread that came with it.

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Next was Whole Foods.  I was shooting for $50, but was thrown off after my amazing lentil salad from lunch (I just had to buy bulk lentils to try and replicate it), a sale on Amy's soups (who can resist?) and a persimmon!  So the total wound up at $63, which is still good for us considering we typically spend at least twice that (scary...I know).  I paid for detergent and dish soap separately to help us to get an idea of our actual food cost for December.  We're trying to cut our grocery shopping in 1/2...  

Here's our loot:

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  • brown rice pasta

  • corn meal

  • walnuts (BSI!!!)

  • dried lentils

  • bars!!!  (we're taking full advantage of the coupons in the Whole Deal and stocking up every week)

  • canned beans

  • enchilada sauce

  • Amy's Soups (in hearty bean flavors for added protein for me)

  • organic Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt (no Oikos for me this week...)

  • eggs


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  • bell peppers

  • carrots

  • spinach

  • potatoes

  • bananas

  • sweet potatoes

  • persimmon


I also picked up these flavors of Clif Nectar bars yesterday when we were shopping at our local sporting goods store...they don't carry these at our Whole Foods so I had to get a few.

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After getting home, unloading and photographing groceries I was ready for a snack.  I decided to try out the infamous PB-filled medjool date for the first time.

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FANTASTIC!!!  Now I know what you all have been raving about!!!  I also had a couple of tortilla chips with some salsa that Brian was munching on...

Now we are going to spend the evening decorating our Christmas tree while I bake up a few treats in the kitchen!!!  I should have a BSI post tonight or tomorrow morning, and I'm going to try another of Sweet + Natural's recipes!  Woohoo!!!