The First Day of August

Hello again! And Happy August! (Seriously?…where did July go???)

I apologize for my lack of posting lately…as the summer winds down, I seem to be getting busier and busier while trying to fit in appointments, finishing up my online class (finally!), working, and finding time to spend with friends and family.


Isn’t this a fun idea for this month’s WIAW?


A protein smoothie made with mixed berries instead of strawberries. Isn’t that color amazing? Berries are one of my favorite summer staples. You just can’t beat fresh picked raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries. 🙂


I didn’t take a picture of this for a few reasons. One, it was really a hodgepodge lunch and not much to look at. Two, the boys I babysit don’t really get WIA blogging, and they look at me weird when I take pictures of my lunch. Not that I feel weird under the stares of a 4 or 8 year old or anything…. 🙂

Anyway, lunch included: some brown rice, half a sweet potato, some watermelon, string cheese, and a few slices of salami.


Two open-faced ham and cheese sandwiches, drizzled with honey, mixed veggies, and watermelon (another great summer staple!). Not exactly an elegant dinner, but it was very good!


Raspberry swirl brownies…I’ll post the recipe soon! They’re super easy and next to impossible to stop eating.

Workouts July 29 – August 4
Sunday: off
Monday: 30-Day Shred + 20 minutes elliptical
Tuesday: Circuit training + 15 minutes elliptical (<– I just realized I never posted those circuits I mentioned a few weeks ago. I’ll make a mental note to do that soon! Oops!)
Wednesday: 15 minutes running + 20 minutes walking on treadmill
Thursday: rest
Friday: 30-Day Shred + circuit training
Saturday: Circuit training + P90X yoga

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been taking it kind of easy on my legs (as far as running goes). I’ve been having some problems with my ankle/foot area that stretching, resting, icing, and elevating don’t seem to be helping. The other day when I went to buy a new pair of running shoes, the lady helping me mentioned that I might be tying my shoes too tight and hitting a nerve on the top of my foot. According to her, once you bother that nerve, it takes a long while for it to feel better.

I hate shoe shopping…unless it’s for new running shoes 🙂

Because a lot of what’s going on feels like tightness in my ankle and heel, I’m not sure if that nerve is the only problem. Tonight, however, the same shop that I bought my shoes in is having some doctors from the local hospital come to answer any questions about injuries people have. How cool is that?? As soon as I’m done with this post, I’m going to head on out and hopefully get some answers! I love running and have had plenty of injuries in the past…I’m hoping I’m not in the midst of another bad one!

Ella would be happy if I gave my old running shoes to her! (She grabbed this one when I wasn’t looking.)

So how about those Olympics? Now, honestly, the only  – and I do mean only – way you could get me to voluntarily watch (and actually get into) sports is to tell me they’re being played in London. Honestly. I will admit, though, that even though I first started watching the Olympics just to see the views of the city, I’ve actually been starting to watch it for the events, too. My favorites so far have been the gymnastics, rowing, cycling, and volleyball. This morning, when I turned the games on, the time-trial cyclists were passing by Kingston after starting at Hampton Court Palace! Too cool! The kids were in awe when I told them I had lived there for three months. 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your week!


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