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Banana Peach Muffins (And I Still Hate Running)

After a long weekend of relaxing and not doing much  more than swimming a few laps to combat the adult beverages I had consumed….

I don’t know why, but I was mysteriously bit by the running bug last night.  I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and how last summer, I was running a couple miles a few days a week, and that I haven’t ran in… well a while.  Kacy mentioned maybe running a 10K and I guess it had me inspired, so I decided to forgo the gym after a long day of meetings, and hit the track at my local park with the pup in tow.

Well…

Yeah, I still hate it.  I don’t know how I got into my “sweet spot” back when I was actually enjoying my jaunts around the neighborhood/track, but I just cannot find it these days.  I run a little at the gym, but usually no more than a mile, and it just ends in me being frustrated and my knees barking for a few days.

Maybe it was because it was so hot (poor little Mac was giving me the sideways eye towards the end) but unlike Stella, I just couldn’t find my groove.  I’m going to try and build back up, even though I want to (ironically) run away and never look back.

Speaking of sweet…


I bought like.. a crate of peaches about a week ago, and even with eating one a day at lunch, I was left with a plethora of peaches.  God I love alliteration.

I also had a few ‘naners on their way out, so I decided to  bake something (no, I wasn’t drinking….yet) and figured I should try and keep it on the “healthy side”.  I also try to think of things to make that I can tote into work and pass off onto my coworkers, ensuring I don’t wake up in a sugar daze, surrounded by crumbs and chocolate chips, so I figured I’d go with muffins.  Because seriously.  Who doesn’t like muffins?

Whole Wheat Banana Peach Muffins
Makes: 18
Cook time: About 20 minutes
You’ll Need:
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar (or 1/2c if you like yours a little sweeter)
2 large very ripe bananas
4 large ripe peaches, diced
6oz lemon Chobani yogurt (or plain if you prefer)
2 eggs
1/2 cup vanilla, unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk)
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350, and line muffin pan with liners, or spray with cooking spray.  Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine peaches, bananas, and yogurt, and mash until pretty smooth.  Then add remaining wet ingredients, stirring to combine.  Add wet to dry and mix.  Spoon or pour into muffin liners, until about 2/3 full, and place in oven.  Bake for about 22 minutes, checking with a toothpick (if it pulls out clean) to see if they are done.

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These muffins were insanely moist and not as light and fluffy as others I’ve made, but I actually still really liked them.  They fell a little when I took them out of the oven, but again, they tasted great so I wasn’t too worried about it.

Plus who am I to judge imperfection?

Anyone have any tips on how to not hate running that they’d like to share?  It’s like I completely forget what it’s like to just go and enjoy it.  Sigh…


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Spoiled

Well now I’ve gone and done it.  I’ve tasted the forbidden fruit.  Little did I know, that with one little clickety-clack of my mouse just a few short days ago, that my life would be forever changed.

I am, of course, referring to buying a Groupon to a real life yoga studio.

Do you know what they do in there?? They burn incense.  And candles!  And it smells of eucalyptus and dreams.  They use props, I tell you!  Blocks and straps and bolsters (oh my!).  It’s like this whole little community that I’ve always been destined to be a part of.  You guys know that I’ve done yoga before (many times, in fact) but this is different.  My distractions are lesser, my poses are deeper and my awareness of breath is heightened beyond any other yoga experience I’ve had before.  Something happened to me when I first stretched out on my little turquoise rubber mat, in that dimly lit room, and it can only be described as magical.

So what really hurts is the realization that in just 8 short classes, this magnificent experience will be ripped, nay, wrestled away from my grasp and I’ll be faced with a very expensive decision.  One that I think I know the answer to and my purse strings clench just at the mere thought.  I’m still not totally sure why a membership to a yoga studio costs a year’s salary and your first-born child…  But what it comes down to is that I am less of a psycho-emotional-anxiety-ridden-best of a human with a little more om in my life, and can you really put a price tag on that?

Also it smells like angel kisses in there.

Do you guys pay to go to a yoga studio?  Do you think it’s worth the hefty price tag?


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Bad Rap?

Thanks for all your input on my post yesterday, I always do feel much better about my plethora of issues once I get your feedback.  Apparently one of the other perks of blogging is maintaining one’s sanity.  Who knew?

But as I started to reply to a few comments, I decided instead that I wanted to get into one of the topics from yesterday just a little deeper.  Basically I wanted to ask the question: do cleanses get a bad rap?  I mean, I know they tend to be kind of a “fad” (see: SkinnyGirl) and a lot of times are the way people turn for a quick weight loss.  But for me, I look at cleanses like a facial for my insides.  I know that it’s just a little deep cleaning, but I don’t expect any major changes.  I did a cleanse a few years ago where I cut out basically everything I love (caffeine, booze, all meat/dairy products, gluten and sugar).  Not as a way to drop a few lbs, but I wanted a challenge and was actually really intrigued by the book that went along with it.  I read all about the benefits your body can get by giving it a rest from the aforementioned items, and I have to tell you, it was actually pretty accurate.  I felt amazing.  I lost zero weight, but I had more energy, my skin was better than it had been in years and I was really proud of the fact that I demonstrated such control over the things that often times get the best of me.  Ever since then, I have always been open to trying other cleanses and giving my body a little spa trip.

So I say this not at all from a place of being upset by any of the comments yesterday (hearing your feedback is my favorite part of blogging!) but to shed a little more light on the topic.  Again, I am not a believer in crash diets or crazy and restrictive eating just for the sake of dropping a few quick pounds.  I know firsthand what it takes to lose weight the “right” way (for me at least) and I know that short-term solutions just aren’t the right path.   Although I can’t deny my immediate temptation to try the old Slim Fast plan the first time I try on a bikini every year…  but I know it’s just a quick fix, and not at all realistic.  Also it makes me ravenous and on the verge of homicidal.

So I really want you guys to be honest: do you think all cleanses are bad?  I feel like maybe they get a negative connotation from being abused as a means to lose a lot of weight quickly.  Have you ever done one, and if so, did you have a good or bad experience?  Spill it!

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