We hung around the homestead today.

I ate fruit.


This sort of looks like something I might have hacked up and coughed onto the plate when in truth this was something I consumed. Fork smashed banana and fork scooped almond butter.

Smashed Banana and AB

I played “One For Me, One For You” with my mouth and the Gladware container as I cut up watermelon.

Pink Pink and More Pink

And around lunch time, I enjoyed my latest trend in sandwich eating these days. Open faced. Toasted sesame Ezekiel bread, avocado slices and homemade salsa.

No, not Poker Face.  OPEN face.

Muggy but at least cool, I headed out this morning to run a comfortable 6.24 miles in 50 minutes. My legs felt pretty tired toward the end but nothing a little green juice couldn’t fix.

The star of today’s green sludge:

A beat up pear.


Thank you Heather for this fab idea!

Today’s concoction consisted a HUGE head of romain, cucumber, pear, lemon and ginger. Go ahead and call me a lettuce vampire, I love drinking the blood of plants!


Someone Knew it was a Rest Day

July 23rd, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (10 Comments)

A totally soggy morning.


How convenient I’d planned for today to be a rest day.


Even the cats are taking it easy. Minus a little neck biting.


Maxine was up early. Only to fall back to sleep.


A leisurely breakfast cookie for me.


And coffee.


Time to lace up my shoes and get to work around this house. I can’t help but be reminded of my new favorite quote as I dig down to find the motivation to get moving:

Old School

July 17th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (5 Comments)

Last night I thought I might try to do my scheduled long run this morning, but the soreness in my shoulders and arms from yesterdays push ups and plank made me reconsider. I just wasn’t feeling up to it and figured I’d save my long run for Saturday or Sunday as planned and stick with a usual weekday run for today.

Before setting off, I consumed a reasonable sized portion of watermelon (as opposed to my normal watermelon attack) with my good friend Farmer Jed.


4.76 miles at an easy pace, out and back in 38 minutes.


July 1st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (6 Comments)

Out the door first thing this morning for a 4.2 mile run in 34 minutes. I took it easy and just enjoyed a jaunt around the neighborhood. A perfectly cool, sunny morning with my girlfriend Jillian.

Once I got home to find everyone still sleeping, I decided to take a cool down ride and rode the long way to my little grocery store to pick up coffee knowing we were out. After I read Master Your Metabolism a few months ago and along with listening to Jillian talk on and on about the pesticides that conventionally grown coffee beans are covered in, I decided it was worth it to make the switch to organic.

Never again will I look at overripe bananas and think “maybe I’ll make banana bread”.

Forget banana bread. Banana bread is stupid.  Banana Whip is where it’s at.

Here, let me prove it to you.

If you’ve got even 1 banana in your house, run to the kitchen right now.  (wait.  finish reading first.)  Do not pass Go.  Do not collect $200.

Peel and then slice into cut into 1/2 to 1 inch chunks.

Slicing Bananas to Make Banana Whip

(note that your bananas don’t have to be overripe, but the riper the banana, the sweeter your Banana Whip will be – thus a great way to put overripe bananas to good use.)

Pancake Breakfast

June 17th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (7 Comments)

I find it SO easy to get out of bed when the sun is already up and the air is warm. I woke up at 5:45 and hopped on my bike sometime after 6 to breeze around town for 13+ miles in about 50 minutes.

Today was a Sarah inspired breakfast. Oatmeal pancakes! I haven’t had these in ages and was in the mood for some pancake love.

I used:

1/2 c rolled oats
1/4 c whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c organic 1% milk
1/2 smashed banana
1 Tbsp almond butter

Breakfast Paradise

June 11th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (Comments Off on Breakfast Paradise)

No work out for me this morning, not an official one anyway. Today is a rest day but I still couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a short little leisurely ride on my bike to the corner grocery store. It’s such a perfectly sunny, cool morning! The banana hammock is empty and I need my bananas for breakfast.


I enjoyed coconut in my breakfast cookie so much yesterday I decided to add it in to today’s breakfast too.

Saturday Success

June 6th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (2 Comments)

Who wants French Toast?

One egg, a (large) splash of vanilla soy milk, a bit of vanilla extract and some cinnamon, scrambled together.


Two slices of whole wheat bread, soak each piece in egg mixture for about a minute, or until bread is good and saturated.

Soakin’soakin sizzlinSizzlin’

Breakto Perfecto


Breakfast is not complete without almond butter! A couple of tablespoons of pure maple syrup for dippin’ and sliced bananas piled high!

Change in Plans

May 22nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (3 Comments)

Last night I planned a nice long bike for first thing this morning. But someone decided they were going to get up with me at 5:30. I decided to make the most of it and invited that someone to come along with me in the bike trailer with an Ariel mug full of Heart to Heart and a travel cup of OJ. Still a little hesitant, I told her she could wear her 3 Sizes Too Small “flip flops” that she loves Oh So Much.

Max Ready

I had myself a deal!

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