Pug Breakdance

Hi, friends!

Murphy and I just returned from a lovely walk around the neighborhood in the rain. 

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Usually, I need to draggg Murphy outside into the rain for our walks, but he was fairly willing this afternoon. I guess he really needed to potty?

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(Murphy only likes water when it’s hot outside as seen here and here. He enjoys cooling off his pug butt!)

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When we got home, Murphy dried himself off on the carpet”¦ like a freak. It actually sort of looked like he was breakdancing.

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[insert Run DMC]

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What a nut. This dog makes me laugh everyday.


Lunch was pretty random today, but still delicious. I mixed together Lime Leaf Noodle leftovers with cheesy mashed cauliflower.

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To make the cheesy mashed cauliflower, I steamed 3-4 cups of cauliflower in the microwave, added two triangles of Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb Cheese, and then mashed it all together. Mmm… tasty.

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After lunch, I made a protein shake with vanilla protein powder, soy milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and ice. (To make: combine ingredients and shake.)

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Then, I headed to NuVal for a couple of hours.

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NuVal is hosting a Twitter party with Lowe’s Foods tomorrow night at 7:00 PM (EST) for consumers to learn more about the NuVal system. If you’re interested in participating, the hashtag is #LowesNuVal.

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After spending a few hours at NuVal, I headed straight to the gym for a quick workout. The Ellen Show was on, so I grabbed a treadmill right in front of the TV with it on. I <3 Ellen.

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I ran 5 miles in 43:17 (9:03 pace) and felt pretty good. My hip still feels weird, but not painful. I think the cadence stuff is helping”” well, at least it’s not making it worse. I based today’s running workout on a variation of this 45-minute Treadmill Workout.


When I got home from the gym, I was starving, so I downed half of a bag of Pretzel Crisps that the company sent me as part of a new partnership. I’m going to be contributing some posts to their blog in the coming months!

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My stomach is growling like crazy! It’s definitely time for dinner!

Enjoy the evening!


  1. I’ve been on a cauliflower and cheese kick recently! I picked up these adorable little (4-5″ diameter) individual cauliflowers that I was theoretically going to roast and make beautiful, but they kept finding their way into cheese grits for breakfast… Delightful!

  2. love the pic of you and Murph…he is the coolest dog!! Heard about NuVal at a conference I went to this weekend, very cool.

  3. So I love watching TV while I do cardio, but sometimes I feel like a loon for laughing or smiling because of the show. That happens A LOT when I watch Ellen. aha
    Oh well, it’s so worth it.

  4. Murphy is so cute….and great Fox News article. I was reading and was like…body pump…Feel Great Weight…this sounds familiar! ha!

  5. My roommate’s pug likes to dance, too! She stands on her hind legs and does the “ballerina”. I think Murphy might need pass on some of his swag to her…

    Love the idea of adding the Laughing Cow to the cauliflower mixture. I’m going to have to try that at home.

  6. Our local grocery store is a Lowes foods. When I first saw the NuVal tags at the store, I thought about you! I enjoy reading your blog, especially about running and eating healthy.

      1. @Tina:
        Yes! I have found myself making choices based on the points. I love having it right there, not having to read labels. I hope to see more products with the nutrition value. I don’t know if it is my store, or if NuVal doesn’t label all products yet.

  7. Murphy is so cute. I absolutely love the garlic and herb laughing cow cheese on pretzels. My boyfriend totally grossed me out this weekend when he ate one plain though. I love cheese, but I thought it was so weird. Is it just me?

  8. Those pretzel chips are so addicting! I bought them a few months ago to put out with wine and cheese, and I could not stop eating them. I guess there are worse things you could be hooked on…

    Just wondering…for how long did you steam your cauliflower in the microwave? I’ve made mashed cauliflower by boiling it and then putting in the food processor, but your method looks much easier and mess-free!

  9. Awesome idea to add LC to mashed cauliflower! I love roasted cauliflower but never have tried mashing it… I’ve heard that it tastes like “mashed potatoes”- fact or fiction?!

    P.S. Pretzel Crisps are great, congrats on the new partnership!

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