To Bake or Not to Bake

After work yesterday I headed over to mom and dad’s neighborhood for a run. I really enjoy their neighborhood because there are great sidewalks and trails everywhere. The run was really not easy for me today (who am i kidding, it’s ever easy for me). I was having some tightness in my legs,  on the outside of my shins. I had to stop and rub them a few times. I am thinking I could really benefit from a tiger tail or some other type of massage tool for muscles. Anyone have any input on any massage tools? I still managed my way through the run and feeling pretty fantastic towards the end. I finished 4 miles in just under 40 minutes.

I cannot believe that I didn’t realize Spring had officially sprung until about 4:00 yesterday afternoon. My gosh, I have been so excited for it’s arrival and then when the day finally arrived, I completely forgot about it. Anyway, HAPPY SPRING friends, just one day belated! Woo eee I cannot wait for the tulips to start popping up! I think that is my favorite part of Spring.

I want to be here preferably with a skinny caramel latte in hand.

Once I got home from my run and showered up, I sat relaxing on the couch, and was struck with a terrible urge to bake. It was gloomy outside, I haven’t baked in a long time, and Pinterest had sucked me in and was inspiring me to get creative in the kitchen. My  mouth watered as I oogled these goodies.

I was left with a terrible hankering for chocolate BUT I gave up sweets for lent so if I were to make any of these treats, I would not be able to make them for myself. I could make them for my co-workers, that would be really nice right? That means I would have to resist licking any batter or eating any dough which happens to be my favorite part of baking in the first place.  I decided maybe it wasn’t the best idea. I know I would have strong enough willpower to resist but I guess I didn’t feel like torturing myself. I botched the baking idea, threw it out the window. Maybe on another gloomy day.

Instead of baking and savoring every morsel of a chocolate chip-oreo-brownie bar, I popped in a piece of dessert gum.

This helped to snap my craving but let’s be real, does not nearly compare to a REAL dessert. I mean, come on. At least my pants will thank me. 😛 Eighteen days until Easter.

Dinner last night was an old favorite/go-to meal: a big veggie-filled salad topped with a runny egg. It was G-O-O-D.

Mixed greens, mushrooms, broccoli, tomato, banana peppers, quinoa with Western Dressing and an egg on top! I completely flopped on the first egg attmept because the yolk broke on me in the cooking process. This would not result in a runny yolk and I was just not having that, so I ditched it even though I hate wasting food, and started on egg number two. Success.

I had a couple of snacks and relaxed the rest of the night. And that my friends is what you call a random, all over the place post. Good day.

So, here is my question for YOU: What are some of your “go-to” meals?

9 thoughts on “To Bake or Not to Bake

  1. That salad looks so good!! As for massage tools…I work with athletes and have both the Tiger Tail and “The Stick” for them to use on themselves. I personally prefer the Tiger Tail just for the feel of it, but honestly anything you can use for soft tissue release will be helpful!

  2. Go to meals:

    Chopped veggies (usually peppers and onions, and whatever else I have on hand); brown rice; chicken sausage (especially when I have a pepperjack or spicy kind). Little bit of tahini sauce and I’m set. So nummy!

  3. As an avid runner myself, I too love the Tiger Tail and Amazon is a great place to order one. I also use a foam roller when my leg muscles feel especially sore or tight. Foam rollers are cheap and I bought mine at Target. I hope your legs feel better soon!

  4. First off.. Hi Mel! It’s been way too long but I love your blog :).. My go to meal- Black beans mixed with salad over white/brown rice. Super easy and a great way to use up left overs!!

    Also, I have been having the same kind of issues running and my solution was to switch shoes! I read a lot about the right shoes for injuries and ended up getting “Merrell Barefoot Run Dash Glove” shoes. They ROCK! I use them on shorter runs (4-6 miles and under) and then use my Brooks shoes for longer runs over 6. It worked for me and the pain is gone 🙂 Let me know if you try the Tiger Tail, I’ve heard good things about it!

    • Molly it is so good to hear from you! Thanks for reading my blog and thank you for the input on the running issues. I am going to search online this weekend for tiger tail I think, and will let you know how I like it. Hope you are well hun!

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