Beet Girl


Today has been a day of smoothies. Yep – all smoothies, all day. Two sweet, two savory, and all delicious. My Vitamix got one heck of a workout today!

I decided to do a day of smoothies to give my upset belly a rest. I noticed yesterday afternoon that my digestion is not exactly what it should be. Things are not “moving along” as they should, and I find myself not even feeling hungry because parts of me feel so full (TMI – sorry). This happens around “that time of the month” if I'm not diligent about my diet. Clearly, I may have snacked on one too many tortilla chips in the last week! Sunday night's dinner (the Latin Fiesta) was also very heavy, and I didn't recover well from it. Not to mention one of the empanadas had gluten – so to make a short story long, I wanted to give my belly and digestion a rest to catch up on the past few days!

The best way I know how to do that is to have juice or smoothies only. The thought is, the juicer or blender already chews your food for you, so you spend less energy digesting your meals. Since I just decided late last night to do this, a juice fast was out of the question. It requires so much more preparation than an hour before bed, but I'm always ready for smoothies.

If you can get past the fact that you're not chewing anything, you quickly realize that your not hungry. Smoothies provide plenty of calories and nutrients to meet your needs. It's definitely a psychological thing to get over the chewing thing. I know from personal experience on 3-5 day juice fasts that at several points you just want to munch! Fortunately, that didn't happen for me today.


I went for a 3 mile run at lunch today. I will be honest – my preferred time of day to run is smack dab in the middle of it. Would I like to be a morning runner someday? Absolutely. I just hate mornings, so that sort of works against me.

I usually run late at night, but that contributes to my difficulty sleeping because my body is all amped up and sleep is the last thing it wants to do.

So – mid day runs are my favorite. It also helps break up the monotony of the day, and when I can work it in (and a shower, of course – my co workers don't want to smell me!), that's my preferred time.

The problem is, I have very pale skin. And my face turns this horrendous beet red for HOURS after any cardio workout. So, not only do I need to plan my mid-day runs around my work schedule, I do try to do them when I either don't have any afternoon meetings or if I do – that they're conference calls. That way I can hide in my office until the glow subsides.


Things have been going well today. My oldest texts regularly about college life, and she's clearly enjoying it. Hope she thinks that when classes start up!

D is going up on Friday to spend the night (at a hotel for him, of course) and visit with her. He'll be bringing up her bike, some clothes, laundry soap, rolls of quarters, etc. And they're planning a photography day on Saturday too.

While he's gone, R, M, and I will be playing Ultimate Frisbee! I imagine it's going to be very comical, since I don't even really know what it is. My hiking meet-up group is doing it, and since it's all ages (and skill levels…that's important), I thought it would be an excellent way to try out a new activity. With kids!

D and I finally had massages today after work. Wow…totally what I needed. I was tell D that we had to become independently wealthy so we could start each morning with a professional massage. He decided that we will have a dedicated massage room, and that's how we will kick off every morning. Someday 🙂


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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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