What a Difference a Day Makes!

Yesterday I was in a funk.  I’m not sure what the real problem was but nothing was going right. 

I felt sad.  I couldn’t focus.  I felt fat.  Worthless.  Just plain terrible. 

Today, I felt better and was ashamed of how I felt yesterday. 

I decided that I had to take some steps to help me stay on track and not go down that self pity trail again.

I never go out to lunch.  Practically never.  I am very frugal and take my lunch almost every single day.  It’s usually leftovers, or tuna, a piece of fruit, …. things like below.


However, today I had to drive to another site and I passed by one of my favorite lunch spots.  I never stop.  But today I did!


Feast your eyes on the Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery Leonardo da Veggie®

Light herb garlic cream cheese, red peppers, muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato & red onion all on top a crunchy but soft Asiago Parmesan bagel.

And you see that Snapple there.  I never get a drink.  It’s always a cup of water for me.  But today I did.  I got this Snapple in honor of Cheryl Strayed and her book Wild.  Cheryl hiked the Pacific Coast Trail and her book is all about her life and the adventure.  I loved it!  And now, every time I see a Snapple, I think of Cheryl and how much she wanted a Snapple when she got to a wayside store off the trail and barely had enough money to buy one.

My next lunchtime stop was at Whole Foods.  A lot of people make jokes about how over the top Whole Foods is but I still love it.  I was there to get some Cacao powder and some spaghetti squash.  I heard about a recipe for chia seed pudding and I was dying to make it for Mason.  I had the chia seeds but I needed the cacao powder.

While I was at Whole Foods I splurged and got 3 other items.

This little organic date bar for my lunchtime dessert.


They are my absolute favorite.  You can find them in the bulk bins and this one was only 32 cents.  You’ve got to try them.  So yummy!  (The code 5450 is the number you write on the bag for these dates so the cashier will know what to charge you.)


I got this $4.99 bouquet of flowers for my desk.  Aren’t they lovely?

And, this hand sanitizer.


I needed some and I love the spray kind.  When I saw the lavender on the bottle I just had to get it in honor of my new book I’m reading, What Alice Forgot.  I’m only a few chapters in so far and I can already tell this is going to be a wonderful read!  (Alice mentions lavender and romanticized it so much it sold me.)

Then on my way home from work, I continued on in my splurging and strayed into Starbucks.  I never go to Starbucks.  But today I did.  I read Pour Your Heart Into It a while back and Howard Schultz was so inspiring.  My barista  today was talking to me about having only 10 minutes left on her shift and then she was off to her 2nd job.  She loved Starbucks but her passion was coaching volleyball.  Passion.  She exuded passion.  I want that passion! 


One tall Pumpkin Spice Latte PleaseSmile

Once I was home, I made one of Andie’s favorite dinners.  Spaghetti squash.  Those are real meatballs on top this time.  (We usually do veggie meatballs but we had these on hand from when Lydia wanted meatball subs the other week.)  The okra on the side was a purchase from the Farmer’s Market.  I didn’t bread it this time and just stir fried it in a little coconut oil.  Man were they delicious!  I’m going back tomorrow for some more!



Lastly, I’m swaying back away from the full marathon again.  I want to do one again but I want to do better.  I know I can cover the 26.2 miles with relatively no problems.  What I know my body isn’t capable of doing right now is running a sub 4:30 marathon and that is my goal.  I’m signed up for 2 half marathons coming up soon and I’m really excited.  I’m going to hold off on a full until I meet these standards regularly.


There we go.  It’s official.  The goals are written down and on my bulletin board.  Now to put in the work and do it!

I have a file in my email labeled “Inspiration” and I often look through it when I need a pick me up.  Today I found the 45 point email below.  It’s one of those forward me emails that I never forward but I really love getting.

I had tears in my eyes as I was reading it. 

Life is really short.  I embraced it today.  I can’t splurge like I did today all the time but I’m going to try and budget some wiggle room in now and then and try to do more of the things I love.  

Hope everyone has a Happy Week!


Adapted from an article written by Regina Brett, 90 years old.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Change the way you

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
family will.  Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your debts / credit cards every month..

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Release your children when they become adults, its their life now.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children / parents see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their
journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.

16. Take a deep breath It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is
up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no
for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy pajamas.
Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Just because you believe you are right, doesn’t mean you are.
Keep an open mind.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will
this matter?

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. When children become adults…Your job is to love your children, not
choose who they should love.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Allow them to have one.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43.. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

44. Yield..

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Plant Powerful

Ron and I went to my favorite restaurant tonight:  The Remedy Diner in downtown Raleigh.  I just love that place.

Our choices were all vegan with the exception of the cheese on the Greek salad.


Oh my goodness.  This salad was just what I was craving tonight.  We told the waiter that we were sharing and he split it up for us before he brought it out.  I just love it when they go that extra mile and do that for you.

Next came our entrees.  I chose the Philly Fake Steak.


I asked for it on gluten free bread instead of the hoagie.  That made it a bit messy to eat but boy was it good.

Ron got the Tempeh Tantrum.

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This sandwich was the winner of the PETA’s Top 5 Vegan Sandwiches in the USA.  Pretty cool huh.  It consisted of marinated tempeh, homemade vegan pesto mayo, vegan bacon, avocado, and lettuce.  The bread was toasted Sourdough.

I ended up cutting my Philly in half and gave it to Ron so he could give me half of his.  I loved my Philly but I must say that Tempeh Tantrum was pretty darn good.  When I bit into it, I could have sworn I was eating a BLT (minus the T) with the creamiest, tastiest mayo you could imagine.  Loved it!

I left my chips and opted for Remedy’s famous coconut cream pie.


Don’t let those 2 forks fool you.  Ron was drinking Aviator beer on tap and when he does that he has no interest in sweets.  I ate the WHOLE thing.  It was delicious.  Don’t quote me on it but I think it is vegan too.

Our next stop was Whole Foods.

I was just introduced to YumUniverse by my good friend Rebecca.  It’s a website devoted to a Plant Powerful diet.  I’m not saying I’m going vegan again.  I’m not even saying I’m giving up salmon and tilapia on Friday nights.  I’m just saying I do feel much better when I eat mostly plants.  YumUniverse is also big into being gluten free.  I tried to go wheatless for a few weeks before Christmas and I failed miserably.  It is very hard not eating wheat.  I think it’s harder for me to go without wheat than is is dairy.  However, the evidence is mounting up on the benefits of a gluten free diet so I’m going to give it another go.

YumUniverse is having a 30 day challenge beginning Feb. 1st.  Ron and I were too excited about it to wait.  We shopped tonight and got almost everything on the shopping list YU provided in our starter kit.


(Please excuse the sloppy panoramic picture.  I tried to do it right but my camera stitched my 2 shots together a little off center.)  You get the idea though.  Lots and lots of really great fruits and veggies.

Take a look a our wonderful kale!


The darker one in the back is called Dinosaur Kale and it’s grown organically in Asheville, NC.  The kale in the front is the regular curly one that we eat and juice all the time.


There were 7 lemons on the shopping list.  I haven’t looked ahead to know what in the world we will do with those.


We got some oregano, dill, and chives there in the front.  I really hope to grow some fresh herbs myself soon.  That little thing behind the red onion is a shallot.  For some reason I was thinking a shallot was more like a leek.  I looked everywhere for it.  Ron knew immediately and found it by the garlic.


Some of these items are gluten free oat flour, hulled hemp seed, and the pricey Madagascar vanilla in the front.


All those brown bags in the back with the numbers on them are from the bulk bins.  We got things like shredded coconut, cannellini beans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and raw cashews there.


One of this week’s recipes calls for dried blueberries.  A nice sales girl named CJ helped us find them and since they were a little expensive and we hadn’t tried them, she marked on the back “Sample.”  I was so impressed with her customer service!


Free Dried Blueberries!  Smile  Woohoo!

Here’s a couple more shots of our loot.


Gotta admit.  The Bone Suckin’ Sauce was not on the list but I’m addicted to it.


We are having quiche one day.  No idea how we are going to make it without eggs or cheese.


Ron’s one splurge was a growler of Green Man beer.


I really am not a big beer drinker but I love Green Man!  I think it’s because the brewery is so nice.

When we got to the register, Ron and I were trying to guess how much we spent.  I guessed $200.  Ron said it would be more like $300.  We were both so happy when it only came to $150!  And, some of the items will last and last.  I told Ron that my Bone Suckin’ Sauce is not to be used to bathe in.  (He loves it too.)  We won’t have to buy vanilla or that gluten free oat flour for a while.

I’ll post some pictures and link to the recipes this week as we make our meals.

Oh, and one last thing.  I spent $4.99 on the new Runmeter App.

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It is supposed to be the most advanced iPhone app for running, cycling, etc.  It worked really good for me while I was running and I think it was dead on accurate.  I ran my normal neighborhood route and I know I went 6 miles.  The 1:15 was probably correct too.  Ron was running near me and his Garmin recorded a similar time.  The only problem was that it’s supposed to automatically post your run to Dailymile and to FB if you want it to.  It did, but it posted that I ran only 5 miles in one hour.  I’ve got to do some reading up on this to see if I can figure out where the error was.

I’ll do a full review soon.  But so far…..Runmeter is not worth $4.99.  Sad smile

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.  I’m running again after church tomorrow and then it’s all housework and cooking for me.

Night all!


(Like my new haircut?  It is super short!)