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All Natural* With An Asterisk

Good morning – Happy Hump Day already! I really do love short weeks. Except sometimes you have to pack a lot of work into those four days. Anyway – still nice.

I’m pretty tired today because I spent another late night with my book, The Historian. I’m only about 15o pages in (600+) pages, but it’s one of those books that I think about when I’m doing other activities and look forward to picking it up again. And then when I do, it feels like an old friend. I’m such a nerd, I know.

Anyhow, my day went by very quickly yesterday. Breakfast was oatmeal with apples, cinnamon and a bit of agave with a side of light cranberry juice mixed with orange juice.

The day was busy and before I knew it, it was time for lunch. I hadn’t packed anything and was craving veggies, so I grabbed a salad with romaine lettuce, raisins, dried cranberries, cheddar cheese, carrots and chickpeas.

Afternoon snacks were a clementine (two shown, but I only ate one) and Chobani yogurt with granola.

I literally flew to the gym after work because my marathon training plan called for a 5-mile run and I wanted to get there before it got packed. I tried to run as fast as possible because I really hate being one of those people that ties up a machine, but I ended up running 5 miles in 42 minutes. Not awful, but there definitely was one guy waiting for a treadmill for about 3 minutes when I was on and the guilt was building.

Do you adhere to the 30-minute rule at your gym (if you have one)? Will you break it if no one is waiting?

If no one is waiting, I feel slightly better about bending the rule a bit. Anyway, I jumped off and did some quick ab work and got the heck out of there. I’m not sure if I was thinking maybe the guy would tell on me and then the gym managers would come yell at me or what, but I wanted to leave fast.

I came home and was ravenous after banging out a quick five miles, so I set to work on making dinner. Hubby had purchased more chicken, so I decided to give in and use some of it. I looked at the label and was rather confused:

Where was my confusion you ask? Well, what are all the asterisks about? And when you have an asterisk, aren’t you supposed to look for the footnote? There were no footnotes here, but there sure were asterisks all over the place. *No artificial ingredients, minimally processed; No Hormones Added** (that one got a double)!

I took the label out and checked the back, but found nothing. And I went on the store’s website today, but couldn’t find any info about their “All Natural* fresh young chicken.” I’m going to keep looking. That label really angers me.

Anyway, I moved on despite the ambiguous label and made a stir-fry dinner with brown rice, All Natural* chicken (ha), carrots, onion, green pepper, broccoli and a little corn. I topped it with organic soy sauce.

After dinner, Hubby and I watched The Biggest Loser. It’s sad to say, but I didn’t once flip over to American Idol. Spoiler Alert: So, what do you think – was the Red Team Wife throwing the weigh in? I can’t decide,  but I’m kind of leaning toward maybe.

After BL and before I read my book into all hours of the night, we had a little Murphy photo shoot. Here are some of Murph’s best shots:

Apparently, Murphy does not like feet. Doesn’t he look huge in the last shot – he looks so long!

I hope you have great* (asterisk with no footnote, so you’ll have to just guess what I mean) Wednesday everyone!

Hair Cut and Hump Day

Happy Hump Day all! How is your week going? My is kind of flying by – work has been very busy. I am also very excited for the weekend ahead, so I hope the remainder of the week goes quickly.

So here is Tuesday’s recap:

Breakfast was oatmeal with raisins, walnuts, almond milk and a squirt of agave.

For lunch I ventured outside for a salad and got my usual: romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, carrots, walnuts, dried cranberries and chickpeas with balsamic.

My first afternoon snack was Chobani pomegranate yogurt. I’d never tried this flavor before – it’s always sold out at the places I go to buy it. I really liked it – the arils were actually really good.

Later in the day I had two clementines. However, the second one I peeled was really tough and tasted strange, so I ate about two slices and threw the rest out – sadness.

I was still craving something sweet, so instead I ate one piece of Lindt Lindor Truffles – dark chocolate.

I may have had a few unpictured rice chips as well – bad I know.

After work I headed to a nearby salon for a hair cut. I am weird about getting my hair cut. I used to work in a hair salon as the receptionist from age 13 – 19, so the same two girls would always cut my hair and I trusted them implicitly.

Well, I don’t live in Upstate New York anymore and sometimes I can’t plan far enough in advance to make it upstate for a trim, and my hair was getting out of control. So I searched a few places near my apartment online, read some reviews and made an appointment.

All in all, the experience left me unscathed and hopeful that maybe I can go back to this salon. The guy was very nice and listened to what I wanted. I think he cut it a bit too short, but it will grow out. And I don’t get my hair cut all that often, so it just means I won’t have to again for a while. I’m terrible – I know. But I just hate it.

My one pet-peeve of almost all salons is the product pushing. That and putting gel, spray or any kind of “product” in your hair when you don’t want it. This guy didn’t push the products on me much at all – thank goodness. However, I did tell him right off the bat that I wasn’t much of a “product” girl, so he probably gathered he should tone it down. But that hasn’t stopped others in the past though.

I think I will go back – the price was reasonable, the guy was decent, my hair is in tact (if a bit short), and I didn’t feel that they were trying to “sell me” left and right. Another hair catastrophe diverted.

What about you – have you found “your” hair stylist? Have you ever had to find a new one? Does anyone else get as nervous about getting a hair cut as I do? You’d think I was going to the dentist!

After my hair cut I came home, started a load of laundry and contemplated dinner. It was getting late, I was tired, I was really into reading my latest book and didn’t feel much like cooking. Hence, my dinner turned out to be this:

Awful I know. I should be honest and note that I had two handfuls of chocolate chips. It was not a healthy dinner at all, but I was having some cravings and was feeling lazy.

So today I am completely exhausted because I was up till a little after midnight reading my book: The Weight of Silence. I was so close to the end, I just had to know what happened. So I finally finished it around the midnight hour and may have a review coming later today or tomorrow. It was a good one.

Do you ever find yourself up late at night when you can’t put a good book down? It’s happened to me many times.

Today I am back on the wagon: going to the gym after work, making a decent dinner and trying to get to bed before 11 p.m.

I probably could have finished my book earlier if The Biggest Loser and American Idol hadn’t been on, stealing my attention away. And why couldn’t they schedule their commercials to NOT be on at exactly the same time? It made flipping back and forth impossible!

Until tomorrow…