Get on My Level

What a B-E-A-Utiful weekend we’re having so far! Here in Central Illinois, it’s 80’s and SUNNY. I’ve been soaking it up for the most part, but thought I’d take a little bloggy break. How’s the weather where you’re at?

So as you know, yesterday was my last day at my full time job. I submitted my notice three week’s ago, and today it feels…freeing. I need to clean my house, but I don’t have an urgency since I only have one day to do it. Pretty awesome, I gotta say.

My last day ended a few hours early, however. Around 1:00, I realized I had everything done, so I took off and headed home to get in a run. Planning on running a quick, 3 mile interval run, I was on mile two when I got received quite the startle. A dog came running by me, turned around, and jumped on me. I wasn’t scared for myself, but was for the dog. This was a busy street we were running on! My instinct was to check the dog’s collar to see if I recognized the address, but unfortunately didn’t. So I walked Lizzie up to the first house I saw, and we called the number on her tag. No answer. By now I felt responsible for the dog, so I had it run with me for about a half mile until it decided to peace out. Hope you’re OK, dear Lizzie dog!

My interval run ended up being a 4 miler, run in 37:31. Not bad. Especially since I was walking around freaking out with Lizzie for a bit there.

Once home, I needed some post-run fuelage. Remember my Sweet Tortilla Breakfast wrap? Well, I took it to the next level for and made this snack:



Because apparently an Ezekiel English muffin is the next level up from an Ezekiel Tortilla?


Oh, wait. Adding almond butter is taking it to the next level. To make this, I simply mixed together 1 T. of Tofutti cream cheese, 1 t. honey, and 1/2 a banana and topped it on a toasted half of an Ezekiel bran English muffin. And added almond butter of course. Surprisingly, I liked it sans almond butter better! Never in a million years did I think I’d utter those words!

Shortly after devouring, I was off to train my only Friday client. This woman is a hoot! Never a dull moment when training with her :)

I had plans to relax on my girl, Carmody’s back deck for the evening, so before I headed over there, I whipped up a hubski non-friendly meal.


Shane had to work on a test from 8-midnight, and whenever he’ll be gone for the night, I have my chance to make meals he’s not fond of. Tonight’s choice? Quinoa!

Savory Succulent Veggie Quinoa:

1 c. quinoa

1 1/4 c. water

1/4 c. EVOO

14 c. Balsamic vinegar

1/2 cremini mushrooms, chopped and grilled

1/4 c. chopped artichoke hearts

1 c. chickpeas

Salt and pepper.

Cook quinoa per directed. While quinoa is cooking, mix together the EVOO, vinegar, mushrooms, chickpeas, and artichokes. When quinoa is almost done, add the veggie mixture to the quinoa, and finish cooking until all the water is soaked up. Top with the hummus.


Amazing, amazing, amazing.

With it, I had roasted Brussels sprouts.


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The rest of the evening consisted of a couple glasses of wine at my girl, Carmody’s house, and then hanging out with one of my best friends from my home town. She was in town for the night, so we watched Sex and The City episodes and caught up:)

This morning, I made everyone oats!

IMG_6839 IMG_6840 Oat bran for Jessica and me, and cream of wheat for Shane.

IMG_6841The lovely, Jessica. She said she really liked the oats 😀

Since breakfast, we took Niko to the dog park, and when she headed home, I headed to the gym for a kick booty weight workout.

Now I’m off to meet my friend Heidi for her first outdoor run! She’s been doing couch to 5 K on the treadmill, and today will be her first run outside. I hope she likes it as much as I do! :)

Not sure what’s going down tonight, but I have a feeling it will be pretty low key.

What are you up to this weekend?

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  1. Those brussel sprouts look awesome!! :) And yay for not having the full time “icky” job anymore!! WOO HOO! Have a great weekend Paige!

  2. ohh that quinoa looks delish! I just made myself a pot today- now I have to do something with it!

  3. Mmm, that quinoa looks fab! I love big ol’ bowls of food like that!

  4. We went to a peach festival this morning and I picked 13 pounds of peaches. Peach recipes anyone?

    I got in a great run this morning and plan to do weights tomorrow morning. Have a great rest of your weekend, and enjoy your new “freedom.”

  5. Congrats on being free from your job!

    That run sounds a little scary. I’m glad nothing happened to you and the pup.

    Have a great weekend.

  6. stumbled upon your blog today-had to laugh while reading because we have so much in common. i too am finishing up a “desk” job while training clients before and after. totally feel you on the 6am clients, followed by training my replacements at the office, followed again by more clients up till 7:30pm…keeps things real interesting!

  7. RAN mom says:

    I saw Jessica’s mom Saturday. Jess told her about your site and recipes. She also got a taste of and a copy of your guacamole recipe that I now make about twice a week!

    We went out with friends on Friday, ate at La Fiesta with Mike on Saturday and watched the Cubs beat the first-place, Texas Rangers last night! Because of the Cub game, we had to record Arlington Road with Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins. Anyone hear of it?

  8. I’d be totally freaked if a dog jumped on me while running! I’m glad it was a nice one :)

  9. congrats on the last day at the job!!!!! how awesome!!!!!!!!!!

    and the dog jumping on you..i would have FLIPPED out! I have a childhood-based fear of bigger dogs, small dogs are fine, but if a big dog jumped on me, it would have scared me so much!

    you are awesome for handling it so well!


  10. that cream cheese/muffin mix looks terrific – on my to-try list for sure.


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