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Worn Down Wednesday

It’s been a long day and I’m happy to finally have some down time. I just finished dinner…which I ate after 9 p.m. for the third night in a row. We eat pretty late in general but these super late dinners are not sitting well in my stomach when I get in bed and then have to get up at 5 a.m. Hoping to get that under control soon.

I say that and then Brandon just came home from his bowling league with half of a Mellow Mushroom pizza and I definitely just ate a small slice. Sigh…it’s 10:30 p.m. I have no willpower when it comes to pizza. It was worth it. πŸ˜‰

I was up at 5:30 a.m. to teach yoga with weights at Flex + Fit. It took every ounce of motivation I had to make it out of bed. I’ve been really tired today for some reason. I ended up taking a rest day (when I teach yoga, I don’t practice with them). A large cup of strong black coffee and some overnight oats helped me snap out of it when I got to work.

Brandon and I came home for lunch. We stopped at Great Harvest on the way home to pick up a loaf of Whole Grain Goodness. I made a veggie sandwich with herb mayo, cucumbers, avocado, tomato and spinach.

We have a Great Harvest bread card. When you buy six loaves you get a free cookie and 12 gets you a free loaf. Today was free cookie day! Brandon suggested peanut butter chocolate chip and it was soooooo good. We split it – lunch dessert was a nice treat.

I got some sad news late this afternoon. Our family dog passed away. His health had been declining the past few months.

Big Foot joined our family in fall 1998. Our local barbecue joint had a sign outside, “Buy a pound of barbecue and get a free puppy.” (Remember, I am from a small town!) My parents were in the market for a new puppy so Big Foot came home with us…he was a little fur ball with really big feet, thus the name.

These pictures were taken when Sullie was about four months old and we took her home to meet Big Foot for the first time. Look how tiny she was in comparison to him. He was almost 14 when he passed away. He was a great family pet with a wonderful personality and we will all missΒ  him so much. Gosh, it’s so hard to lose a family pet. πŸ™

I taught an evening hot vinyasa class at Y2 and then came home and made a gigantic salad.

Spinach and mixed greens with peppers, celery, carrots, avocado, almonds, feta, dried cranberries, cucumber and a Trader Joe’s Masala Burger with homemade honey balsamic.

Off to read in bed. I’m not setting an alarm for an early workout tomorrow. Shooting for eight hours to recharge my batteries.

Something HAPPY and INSPIRATIONAL to read…Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World on the Positivity Blog.

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  • 1
    Meridith August 10, 2011, 11:04 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Big Foot – I feel like pets become such a big part of every family. My 18 year old family cat disappeared a few months ago and things have seemed strange without him.

    I’m on a homemade honey balsamic dressing kick! And I’m totally jealous that you have a Great Harvest nearby.

    • 2
      Jen August 11, 2011, 4:48 pm

      the homemade honey balsamic is my “go to.” so much better than bottled stuff!

  • 3
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 10, 2011, 11:05 pm

    That salad looks delicious πŸ™‚

  • 4
    Alaina August 10, 2011, 11:16 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. πŸ™ I’ll bet he was a great companion to you and your family.

    Ok, we are definitely stopping by Great Harvest when I come down there. I was so bummed when they closed the shop near my college. I love their sandwiches!

    • 5
      Jen August 11, 2011, 4:57 pm

      yes! we will definitely go! i love any excuse to eat yummy homemade bread and treats!

  • 6
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad August 11, 2011, 7:22 am

    Jen, I’m so sorry. Losing a pet is a horrible feeling. But it sounds like your family has many wonderful memories of Big Foot.

    I would not have split that cookie — it looks too good to share πŸ™‚

  • 7
    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 11, 2011, 8:00 am

    I’m so sorry about Big Foot. He looks like he was a sweet dog. Pets passing away always makes me so teary eyed. Koda is my first dog ever and I can’t imagine life without her. Hope Thursday is a better, more energizing day for you!

    • 8
      Jen August 11, 2011, 4:59 pm

      thanks brittany – it’s crazy how much pets become a part of the family. i miss sullie even when we are away from her for the weekend. she is just so sweet!

  • 9
    Holly @ RUST BELT RUNNER August 11, 2011, 8:46 am

    So sorry to hear about your family pet. I only had hamsters growing up but losing them was rough enough. Can’t imagine a dog.

    Your sandwich looks sooooooo good in that photo BTW.

  • 10
    erin August 11, 2011, 9:51 am

    I’m so sorry about Big Foot. Losing a pet is so difficult.

    That sandwich picture is making me crave a big veggie sandwich!

  • 11
    Jen August 11, 2011, 10:47 am

    Aww Jen, I am so sorry about Big Foot πŸ™ Losing a pet is one of the hardest things to go through!

  • 12
    Sera August 11, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the day I have to be without Marley, so I hope your family is doing well.

    On another note, I am glad to see you are human πŸ™‚ Sometimes I wonder where you find the energy to do so much and get so many workouts in each week. I hope you got all of the rest you needed last night and are feeling recharged today.

    • 13
      Jen August 11, 2011, 4:59 pm

      thanks sera.

      i am most definitely human. usually i go, go, go and then hit the wall…hard!

  • 14
    Holly @ Pink Runner August 11, 2011, 1:23 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear the sad news. Sounds like you need a little vacation! Take it easy!

  • 15
    Krista (kristastes) August 11, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Aww, I am sorry to hear about big foot…losing pets is like losing a family member. Hopefully today you are feeling refreshed!

  • 16
    Bonnie August 11, 2011, 2:26 pm

    Oh! Sorry to hear about your dog…we haven’t had many pets as a family but I can only imagine how hard it would be to lose such a faithful companion. Hope you were able to sleep lots – here’s to a relaxing day of recharging!

    • 17
      Jen August 11, 2011, 5:02 pm

      thanks bonnie. yes – eight hours last night!

  • 18
    Amy August 11, 2011, 9:24 pm

    Thought of you this AM during ashtanga (been too long since I have been on my mat) but was great to have a double sided practice due to hamstring as well. So nice when we can accept what our bodies can do (or not do). Tried to leave some emotions on the mat as tomorrow I will prob be seeing my grandmother for one of the last times so savor those times you have with yours ( I know you do!). And a thought for running is the jeff Galloway method of run/ walk. My hubby loves to run and when he does he runs a mile and walks a minute. Check it out I ran 2 halts last year and really does help reduce injuries. Guess this is a response to several of your blog posts and is comforting to know others are in the same boat. My daily motto “things turn out best for those who male the best of the way things turn out”

    • 19
      Amy August 11, 2011, 9:26 pm

      And today I titled “throw it at me Thursday”!

  • 20
    lindsay August 11, 2011, 9:35 pm

    i’m so sorry to hear about your family dog. He’s in a better place now. doggie heaven. And the mold has been high here, wiped us out! I wonder if the humidity and heat in NC is doing the same making you feel that way? Maybe??

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