I didn’t run at all while I was away for a conference in San Jose, but I did make sure I jogged and did yoga the day before and the day after my trip, so I was actually able to finish my training for the week on time, which included a 14 mile run (2h48). Very proud of my high-mileage week, but not so proud of my eating habits… So far I have lost only .5 since Week 20. How is it possible to run 20-35 miles a week and not lose any weight?? Breakfast burritos, steak, wine, nachos, whiskey, pizza, cookies… That’s how. Decided that I needed a change, so I’m giving up Girl Scout Cookies for lent. Don’t laugh. It’s been a huge sacrifice already.
For years I’ve been trying to host an Oscar Party, but it never works out, so this time around I decided to post it as a meet-up and let strangers with similar interests (basically movies, dressing up, eating, and drinking) come. The result: best Oscar party ever! Well, we actually knew most of the people that came, and between that and making new friends, we never really watched the Oscars.
Out of 20 people, only one person didn’t dressed up. Everybody else looked AMAZING, especially the boyfriend, who wore a tux with a bow tie and studs to match my dress. Our friend D. won the style contest for best dressed female with her creative outfit, while V. won best dressed male with his formal Indian attire. Everybody also brought drinks and mostly homemade appetizers, which made it the easiest party to host. I will definitely try to make it an annual event from now on!
It was a crazy stressful week trying to fit it all in before my Oscar party and the conference trip.
Super slow training week: completed my long run of 13 miles with 13 min/miles. That’s barely jogging, but at least I did it.
As a continuation of our Valentine’s Day, the boyfriend and I went to San Francisco after Napa. The weather was perfect, sunny, and in the 70′s, so I couldn’t be more excited about running by the water. My friend J. and her boyfriend just got a new place in this cool part of town and from their apartment it was only 1.5 miles to AT&T Baseball Park and another mile to the Ferry Building.
Tons of people were out enjoying the beautiful weather, so after the run we got a table outside at “The Ramp” for some drinks, guacamole, and crab egg benedict. Then, after a nap, more drinks and food at a Senegalese restaurant (“Bissap Baobab“) that was having live Brazilian music, which was the next best thing after trying to find a Brazilian restaurant open on a holiday without success.
The pattern of drinks/food/sleep was repeated throughout the weekend, although we did walk what it seemed over 10 miles uncovering clues during the Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt. The first part of the clues had to do with the name of a San Francisco street, and since I don’t know much about the area, I wasn’t much help. We teamed up with a group from the Bay and eventually figured out all of the clues, even if it look us forever to cross the Chinese New Year Parade that was going on at the same time. We felt pretty good about our accomplishment, but ended up getting 30th place :(
Starting with red roses and ending with a bottle of champagne, it was an amazing Valentine’s Day with the boyfriend. Besides the flowers, he also got me truffles and took me to Napa for the night. Couldn’t have had a more romantic day!
It only took us 3 hours to get to Napa, so I had enough time to get all pretty with my short pink dress and 5-inch heels. Leaving the hotel room, I was feeling all hot and confident and then: face-plant. So lucky it didn’t happen in the middle of the restaurant! We ended up having a really nice dinner at Tra Vigne, with drinks, good wine, calamari, venison, scallops, and butterscotch pannacotta. The next day we went to celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega restaurant for another great meal. The boyfriend has learned quickly that the way to my heart is through my stomach.
By the way, besides the mug I painted for him, my real gift was my name change: I am back to E.M now.More: Valentine’s Day Starting with red roses and ending with a bottle of champagne, it was an amazing Valentine’s Day with the boyfriend.
Last week I got avocados from my organic basket delivery and made guacamole for the first time. It didn’t last a day. So a couple of days later I had to make it again for the boyfriend to try. It almost didn’t last until his arrival.
3 avocados – peeled and pitted
½ cup diced onions
1 lime – juiced
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together with an electric mixer.
Makes 4 serving of 185 calories each.
Eating: Guacamole Last week I got avocados from my organic basket delivery and made guacamole for the first time.
Since I was going away for the weekend, I had to do most of my runs during a weekday.
A couple of weeks ago I made some gluten-free, egg-free banana and candied walnut muffins that were absolutely divine, but for some reason I kept forgetting to buy walnuts last week and had to change the recipe to blueberry muffins. Another favorite muffin recipe was born!
Gluten-free Egg-free Blueberry Muffins
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
Egg Substitute (2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed dissolved into 6 tablespoon of warm water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup mashed bananas (2)
1 1/2 cups of Jules Gluten Free Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons flaxseed
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 350ºF (static) or 325ºF (convection).
Oil or line muffin cups and set aside (makes approximately 16 muffins).
Cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg substitute and vanilla and beat well. Mix in yogurt and banana until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients then add gradually into the wet mixture until thoroughly mixed. Lastly, gently stir in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before removing from tins.
Makes approximately 16 muffins.
Recipe adapted from Jules Gluten Free.Eating: Gluten-free Egg-free Blueberry Muffins A couple of weeks ago I made some gluten-free, egg-free banana and candied walnut muffins that were absolutely divine, but for some reason I kept forgetting to buy walnuts last week and had to change the recipe to blueberry muffins.
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