Falling for Hiking


I honestly can’t remember everything of the past week.  My guess?  Smoothies, salads, and fruit are mostly likely what I ate.  Nothing is standing out though, so no amazing new (or accidental) creations.

I was lazy a few days.  This was my dinner one night...
I was lazy a few days. This was my dinner one night…
avocado and pickle on a rice cake!  I do so love this combination.
avocado and pickle on a rice cake! I do so love this combination.
a greens and berry smoothie
a greens and berry smoothie


I was all over the map last week when it came to fitness.  I’m trying to find my groove-thing without running, and I found myself pouting more than once about how life would be so much easier if I could just go run.

I did, however, get to go on a beautiful hike on Saturday.  A part of a meet-up group, R and I went with about 20-30 other hikers to a place called Crabtree Falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 4 hours from home.  My HR monitor said it was 1200 calories burned in those couple of hours.

I live in a region called Tidewater.  To give you some type of explanation….it’s flat.  Sea level or below, it’s flat, marshy, wet, and flat.  The 1-2 hikes I’ve been on haven’t been the most fun, and I was really trying to find out what the big deal about hiking is.  Turns out, just a few hours away is the Piedmont region (as R was lecturing to me on the drive), and it’s NOT flat.  It made for a much more beautiful and challenging hike, and I’m starting to understand why people like hiking.

On a personal note, R flew to the front of the group and was the first to reach the summit.  I was somewhere near the back!  We had lunch and then hiked back down.  It really was an awesome time.  I’m glad she’s my hiking buddy.

R ready to hit the trails!
R ready to hit the trails!

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an her at the summit with the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains behind her
and her at the summit with the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains behind her


Since R and I had woken up just before 5am on Saturday to get to the group hike, we spent the night in Richmond at a hotel.  We went swimming, had dinner, and then curled up in bed watching the Harry Potter movie marathon on ABC Family until we fell asleep – around 830 or so.

Sunday we met up with D, A, and M in Williamsburg and did a little shopping at the outlet mall and then over to Busch Gardens, where we had a blast (as always).  R is tall enough to rider her first big rollercoaster, and she loved it!  Yay…looks like we’re a rollercoaster family!

all 5 of us
all 5 of us
my girls....
my girls….

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D and I
D and I
M and R - about to go on their ride!
M and R – about to go on their ride!
random picture of Bumble, who can get comfy and sleep anywhere....
random picture of Bumble, who can get comfy and sleep anywhere….

So, all in all, my Mother’s Day weekend was absolutely amazing!

When You Notice the Reception In Your Bathroom Sucks….


Yesterday was an epic food folly.  I fell off the bandwagon, and holy poo, did I pay for it.  I’ve taken for granted how good my body has felt since giving up gluten, but yesterday I was put to the test.  And failed.  Never again will I suffer from lack of planning.

D and I did our anniversary trip to Busch Gardens.  I had a good breakfast (Vega One and a banana), but didn’t really prepare for eating up there.  At a theme park.  Stupid me….

I did have a salad at first, which was OK but not remotely filling enough.  After not finding anything and getting hungrier by the minute, I ended up with a grilled veggie panini.  A few hours later (safely at home), I was in belly hell.  This reminds me of first being veggie and needing to plan in advance when I traveled or ate out.  This is no different, and I need to be more diligent about both researching options for where I’m going and bringing food with me until I’m comfortable ordering out again.

On the plus side, today rocked.  Breakfast was a BAS with romaine, marinated Italian tofu, red onion, and topped with some homemade Italian dressing and the mediterranean brown rice salad I made the other day.  Yum!

a really light, but hearty breakfast salad. Really got me going this morning – and felt cleansing at the same time after yesterday.

For lunch, I made a tofu “eggless” salad.  I often add turmeric just to color it, but seriously didn’t even care today.  I made a tostada (in honor of Taco Tuesday….and my love of all things on tortillas), layering some romaine lettuce, eggless salad, and sprouts.  It was absolutely yummy.  I ate two 😉

this is the tofu I use for this dish. It’s totally different from what I normally get, but it works perfect for eggless salad.
it has a very “hard-boiled egg” like consistency. I cube it up, and put it through the egg slicer.
here’s what it looks like before the mix-ins
I add some veganiase, dijon mustard, agave nectar, pickle relish, red onion, and salt and pepper. I’ve made it before with dill or curry as well, for a slightly different flair. It’s really versatile, low-fat, and filling.

I made a batch of blueberry-chia jam!  Very fortuitously, I read Oh She Glow’s post today about making a jam with blueberries and chia seeds.  I was running out of time to use the tons I had, and this was perfect.  It came out awesome too.  My oldest told me she made a mid-day snack  of a toasted bagel and smothered it in this.  I’m thinking it’d make great pie filling too.

For dinner, it was a blended meal of things I made, and things D made.  I made some tempeh tacos, served on a lettuce cup.  A simple dish – I boiled the tempeh cubes for 15 minutes or so (allegedly helps in the digestion), and then did a quick marinade in fresh OJ, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, ancho chili powder, and adobo seasoning.  Stir fry it up, and eat!  Simply topped with some red onion, they were simple and filling.  D grilled up some corn and veggies (red potatoes and broccoli), and that rounded out my dinner.

my Taco Tuesday Fusion supper 🙂


Yesterday I hit up a 6am crossfit class.  I knew that I wouldn’t work out if I left it later to the day, so I got up at 5 (I was actually already up), had some coffee and a banana, and headed out.

The 6am class is much bigger than the evening ones….and much more subdued.  They were a great group though, and we pushed through a run, warm ups, weighted push ups (hello….who ever came up with doing push ups while having weights stacked on your backs….either should be shot or given a medal), and then the WOD of wall balls and kettle bell swings (10-20-30-20-10 reps).  It was tough, but felt great to get done.


Yesterday was D and my anniversary.  We always say that we don’t need a date to commemorate how we feel every day.  We’re fortunate to be happy together pretty much all of the time, and aren’t one of those couples that requires frequent “date nights” in order to be stupidly happy (though we do go out once in a while).

We did, however, celebrate anyway.  We did our annual trip to Busch Gardens to drink beer and ride roller coaster (and yes…Budweiser products are considered gluten-free….so I was good with the Michelob Ultra for the day.  Sorry Dad….).

We had an absolute blast!  We only rode 2 coasters, but spent the day walking around, talking, holding hands, and having a really, really great day.

D while waiting in line to ride in the front row of the Griffon

I’m glad I didn’t start feeling icky until that night.  That’s when I discovered the wi-fi and cell reception in my upstairs master bathroom leaves much to be desired.  I won’t get into gory details about WHY I was there long enough to notice…but let’s just say it’s frustrating when stuck there and my iPad just didn’t connect to anything….

Today was work.  Not a heavy meeting day, so that was good.  I got a lot done to prep heading into budget season.

Today was also a mid-year Christmas!  All D and my Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Anniversary gifts came through the miracle of FedEx and UPS (except his anniversary gift to me, which is a couples spa day this coming weekend)!  First of all, D’s new phone got here.  He’s been wanting one for a long time, and we made a deal when he got the new iPhone earlier this year that once his coveted phone came out, he could get it, and then he’d give me his new iPhone.  So really we both got something today.  He got the Samsung Galaxy S3, and he gave me his 5-6 month old iPhone 4.  And I have a Chelsea FC case for it, so it’s even doubly awesome 🙂

D’s new golf clubs came today too!  They are left-handed, and for a tall guy.  He totally killed some weeds in the back yard with his 5 wood….


And most importantly.  My new camera arrived!  It’s a bit overwhelming, but I really can’t wait to start taking beautiful pictures with it.  Between the botanical gardens, the beach, Disney next month, my kids, my Godson, and my food, I’m going to be a picture-taking fool!  I have two instructional DVD’s and two books, and am looking at local camera clubs.  I’ll try to not post a billion here, but plan a LOT of Flickr albums I’ll link to.

Yay! I finally have a big girl camera!!


So yay!  Not-Quite-Christmas-In-July at my house 🙂

I leave you with random pictures….

R hiding in the golf club box…..(this was taken with my old Samsung point and shoot).


playing with the sport mode on my camera, and catching R kicking the ball to M
R petting Sammie
my honey, getting his portion of dinner ready
cooking up the veggies!
last one, I promise….