• 5 Things I Learned Late Last Night

    October 15, 2012

    After a late night celebrating Jen and Mike’s wedding, Mal and I slept in on Sunday. We woke up to a gray, rainy morning and no iced coffee. Oh, the horror!

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    For me, I could have easily made a batch of cold Dandy Blend, but Mal didn’t want to wait for a hot pot of coffee to cool down, so we took a ride with Murphy to Starbucks.

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    Muddy pug feet… oops!

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    At Starbucks, I ordered a hot decaf Americano with one pump of pumpkin syrup. (Mal ordered an iced coffee.)

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    I drank half of my Americano while eating OMG Pancakes (topped with maple syrup and sunflower butter) and a couple of pieces of bacon.

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    After breakfast, I got my life together Sunday style, which included lots of food prep in the form of baking and roasting veggies. Yay, carbs!!

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    While I worked in the kitchen, I drank the second half of my (supposedly) decaf pumpkin Americano. I poured it over ice this time.

    I spent almost 2 hours in the kitchen—chopping and cooking veggies, making a frittata for Mal (he wanted something new and different for breakfast this week), and cooking dinner—which might seem like a long time, but it was totally worth it. Our fridge is full of ready-to-go, healthy food now!

    Dinner

    Last night’s dinner was inspired by this recipe, but I forgot to buy shredded coconut and coconut milk at the grocery store (duh), so I did my own thing. I dipped the haddock in egg and then in a mixture of coconut flour, almond meal, and garlic powder for the breading, and then baked it in the oven. It turned out great!

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    On the side: roasted potatoes and sautéed kale.

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    After dinner, I shared some red grapes with Mal while we watched TV.

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    I went to bed a few hours later, but I could not fall asleep, so I…

    • Read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
    • Caught up with my favorite blogs on my iPhone
    • Watched TV
    • Ate a snack (sliced banana with almond butter and raisins)
    • Read a couple of magazines

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    Around 1:00 AM, I finally felt tired enough to go to bed. I’m usually a really good sleeper—I can pretty much sleep anywhere and fall asleep within minutes of my head hitting the pillow—but I’m starting to think my pumpkin Americano was not at all decaf. I was wired last night!

    I spent a lot of time reading between the hours of 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM, so here are 5 interesting things I learned:

    • In 1972, only 278 runners signed up for the New York City Marathon (for this year’s race, 47,000 have entered) and paid just $1 to get in (instead of today’s $255). [source: Runner’s World, November 2012]
    • $2 is the additional amount that people will pay, on average, for a bottle of wine with a name that’s difficult to pronounce. The hypothesis: A wine we can’t pronounce seems rare and unique, so we may think it’s worth a premium. [source: Real Simple, November 2012]
    • $112,692 is the salary a 2012 stay-at-home mom would earn (that is, if she were paid), as determined by Salary.com. The income was calculated by combing the average wages, plus overtime, for the jobs a mom typically performs, including laundress, janitor, driver, cook, facilities manager, psychologist, and CEO (of the household). The results also showed that the average stay-at-home mom works a 94.7-hour week and would make an average of $22.94 an hour. [source: Real Simple, November 2012]
    • Shoppers holding a basket (as opposed to pushing carts) were seven times more likely to buy “vice” products. The slightly weird theory: The flexing of your arm triggers an unconscious desire to acquire things that bring you pleasure. Holding something (here, the basket) close to your body makes you crave things that offer instant gratification. [source: Real Simple, November 2012]
    • Eating a banana can cheer you up! Bananas are the only fruit to contain the amino acid, tryptophan plus Vitamin B6, which together help the body produce serotonin—the natural chemical which makes you happy and alleviates mental depression. (It’s also found in Prozac.) [source: TodayIFoundOut.com]

    Weekly Workouts

    • Sunday: Off
    • Monday: CrossFit
    • Tuesday: 6 miles
    • Wednesday: Yoga with Martha Stewart (no big deal)
    • Thursday: Off
    • Friday: CrossFit
    • Saturday: Off

    Question of the Day

    What do you do when you can’t sleep?

    P.S. You still have time to enter to win a Reebok #getafterit t-shirt! I’ll pick 4 winners this afternoon!

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    Caitlin October 16, 2012 at 7:13 am

    LOVE this post…esp the stay at home moms salary :)

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    Theodora October 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I test that banana hypothesis daily.

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    Kelly@BalancedDaily October 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I hate not being able to sleep, its literally the worst. And living with a roommate who works at a restaurant rather than a full time job, she comes it at all hours of the night, and I always wake up. What I usually do is put on soft music really low, like the John Mayer Pandora station.

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    Annette October 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I LOVE fun facts!! Usually when I cant sleep, I’ll curl up with a blanket on the couch and watch a movie. I dont know what it is about the couch, but I can get some great sleep there :)

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    Tina October 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I sleep well on the couch too. I should have just stayed out there to sleep!

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    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I am seriously impressed with your multi-tasking veggie roasting skills! Meal planning is so worth it. And that’s an interesting fact about bananas…good thing I eat one almost daily. I don’t have a hard time falling asleep, but I do have trouble sleeping in. On the mornings I wake up at 5am, I usually poke around on YouTube which usually turns into watching Tara Stiles videos one after the other. I just love her. She seems so “perfect” but is too nice to hate her for it, ha! Plus I love her balanced approached to food.

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    kristle October 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    reading always puts me to sleep, cuz my eyes get tired. but i am like you – 99% of the time i can fall right asleep just be getting a little comfy or putting my head down. not good when i’m trying to stay up for SNL! i love to watch it with my bf, but its soo hard to keep my eyes open lol

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    When I can’t sleep I normally read. It seems to do the trick.

    What do you saute your kale in?

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    Tina October 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Either coconut oil or olive oil. Depends on my mood! :)

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