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Thank You…Dinners this Week…And Remember Handheld CD players!?

Hi. And where do I even begin to thank you for the incredible support you showed on my last post? It was amazing and touching to hear from every single one of you that commented via Facebook, Instagram, email or on the post. I will respond to all of the comments because each one was so special to me. I truly feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Thank you for being so receptive, respectful and loving.

This week has flow by. I feel like I blinked and it’s already Thursday. Here are a few scenes from my week.


First, the sisters were reunited today and they are too freaking cute for words. This is their “intensely focused on a ball” face. I love Zoey’s posture in this one. She had her eye on the prize!

banana oatmeal

I’ve still been all about banana and egg white oatmeal for breakfast. I have had a few smoothies too but I keep coming back to the oatmeal.

lumi beet juice

I’ve also been working my way through my sample of Lumi juices. One of my favorite things about them is that they are not only organic but shelf stable and most of my juices were good until mid-April. Yay! This morning I had the Belmont Beet and it was really good. 10 ounces, 55 calories, 10 grams of sugar and a mix of beet, celery, orange, carrot, cucumber and lemon.


I have been cooking every night despite long days. It’s my favorite way to unwind although we don’t end up eating most nights until after 9 p.m. Sunday was steak marsala, sauteed kale sprouts and roasted herb and garlic potatoes.

chicken and vegetables peanut sauce

Monday was chicken braised in a mixture of Trader Joe’s Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette and coconut milk with roasted veggies on the side.

salmon dinner

And Tuesday night was my favorite easy lemon parmesan salmon with pureed cauliflower and green peas. I have such a soft spot for peas. They are delicious!


And finally…I was watching The Walking Dead tonight (I just can’t stop) and they were listening to a CD labeled “Running CD.” This brought me back to the days when I used to run with a handheld Sony Discman Sport (with shock protection!). Can you believe how far we’ve come!? I seriously remember making CDs, strapping this thing on my hand and going running. I actually still have a few big books of CDs that I’m just too nostalgic to throw away. I read recently that Starbucks is going to quit selling CDs. It’s the end of an era, for sure! (Let’s not even talk about the Boyz II Men and Whitney Houston TAPES I had when I was really young!)

Beet juice…yes or no?

Did you ever run with a handheld CD player?

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  • Emily April 1, 2015, 10:25 pm

    Love beets! I have been switching it up and putting golden beets in my juice I make at home. That is the exact discman I had! I used to love making “mix” cd’s and going for a run. Too funny!

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:18 pm

      haha, me too. i remember buying stacks of blank cds. and yes to golden beets!

  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run April 1, 2015, 10:36 pm

    I love that you say “we” now when referring to dinner πŸ˜‰ Too cute!

  • Kristi April 1, 2015, 10:41 pm

    First off – long time reader here, I must say congratulations!!

    It was so weird – I just read this post, and then went to facebook and saw that my alma mater had posted a video about Lumi juice. The owner went there for business school. I will definitely have to get it next time I’m at Whole Foods (I hope it’s made its way to Maryland)! Maybe the best juice will be the first I try!

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:20 pm

      hey kristi – yes, the owner hillary did go to business school at UVA. she lives in cville now and that’s where the company is based from!

  • tara April 1, 2015, 10:59 pm

    to me beets are a staple in my juice right next to whatever green. They are healthy, the sugar is OK, the color is fun, and it sweetens without too much of an earthy taste. For a smoothie, I sometimes par-boil or bake an unseasoned, un-oiled beet and put the softened beet into a smoothie. It gives amazing viscosity and tastes great.

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:20 pm

      thank you so much for the smoothie idea tara! i love that!

  • Liv @ Healthy Liv April 1, 2015, 11:29 pm

    The “sisters” are starting to look so similar now! I remember running with a “Walkman” when I’d just started running, and the CD skipped around all the time unless I ran really carefully and smoothly– haha! Things sure have changed πŸ™‚

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:21 pm

      i know, they’re so cute! and yes…times have changed for sure!

  • Janelle @ WhollyHealthy April 2, 2015, 2:03 am

    I never ran with a CD player but did walk with one – now that we have digital music, I have no idea here how we dealt with all the skipping!

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:22 pm

      and scratches. i have so many cds that won’t even play because they got so scratched over time!

  • Michelle April 2, 2015, 5:47 am

    Aging myself here but I started with the walkman and it was quite a few years before I had a portable CD player which I thought was so cool! I actually grew up with an 8-track player before my parents were able to get a large stereo which played both records & tapes!! Thanks for the nostalgic reference – it’s nice to think back!

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:23 pm

      this is awesome! i definitely had a walkman before the cd player too. love the 8-track memory! we never had one of those but i always played with my grandmothers record player!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles April 2, 2015, 6:10 am

    Haha I had a yellow Sony Discman and if I hit a bump the disc would skip lol.

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen April 2, 2015, 6:37 am

    You are so good about cooking dinner! When it’s late, I typically end up eating something in the car/office/wherever I am because it’s hard for me to digest late at night, but your meals look awesome! Running with a CD player!? That’s something I can honestly say I never did BUT I have TONS of CDs that I mixed and matched for car rides πŸ™‚

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:24 pm

      i love cooking! πŸ™‚

      and running with a cd player wasn’t super fun but i didn’t know any better so it was all good! girl, i have so many mixed cds too that i made for the car! they’re so funny to look back at.

  • She Rocks Fitness April 2, 2015, 7:36 am

    HAHAHA…I love Zoey’s face in that picture…Too funny! It’s definitely been one of those weeks that have flown by. It started out as a hard one, but I am beyond ready for the weekend. Your post the other day was BEAUTIFUL! Love ya woman!

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:25 pm

      her posture cracks me up. i love how she hold herself when she’s super focused. i’m so sorry you had a rough week but i hope the weekend is lovely. <3

  • Jessica April 2, 2015, 7:39 am

    I love beets and beet juice! And OMG I had a “discman” – I even had a fanny pack style holder that I wore around my waist so I could run with it! I’m sure I looked so cool!

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:25 pm

      now that takes it to a totally awesome new level!

  • Julie April 2, 2015, 7:57 am

    I remember when we were in college and my husband had one of those discmans that had a belt to go around his waist while he worked out. Talk about old school πŸ˜‰ We don’t have dinner until 8 or 9 most nights either! It’s so nice on the weekends to get to eat at a decent hour when nobody is waiting for the other person to get home from work πŸ™‚

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:26 pm

      i love the the belted discman. that is hilarious.

  • Liz April 2, 2015, 8:13 am

    Oh my goodness – I went through so many discmen it’ not even funny. I was marathon training and used to trip all the time. Even with shock absorption they didn’t last for me!

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:27 pm

      ditto! i sent so many of them crashing into the pavement!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H April 2, 2015, 10:07 am

    beet juice: definitely yes. those pups are the sweetest! we went to my parents house last night just so we could play with their two year old golden.

  • Chicago Jogger April 2, 2015, 10:08 am

    So happy to hear of all the love and support! It also brings me back to the anti-skip handheld player…I used to mow the lawn and run on the treadmill with that thing! Ha.

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt April 2, 2015, 10:27 am

    I have a couple of tapes I keep for nostalgia sake! Totally dating myself there! Yikes.
    The beet juice looks yummmmy!

  • Dana April 2, 2015, 12:04 pm

    Zoey Girl– You are killing me….
    Cuteness achieved~

  • Sarah @ SarahRuns26 April 2, 2015, 12:07 pm

    Who didn’t have a CD player with anti-skip technology!? I want to know what they tested them on because mine skipped all the time anyway. I remember having an Ace of Base tape. It was awesome!

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:28 pm

      GIRL! i had an ace of base tape too! i actually played a remix of “all that she wants” in my yoga class this week!!!!

  • Amy April 2, 2015, 2:35 pm

    I love beet juice! I will have to try this Lumi brand. My juicer just broke this morning πŸ™ I had a hand held tape discman (is it even called that if it’s a tape?) lol.

  • lisa April 2, 2015, 6:13 pm

    I love this post. It takes me to back in the day! I could have posted Michelle’s post for sure!

    I love your fur babies. My son and his girlfriend have a golden doodle named zoey! She’s beautiful.

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:30 pm

      thank you! they make me very happy! golden doodles are so so so cute!

  • Cheryl April 3, 2015, 12:33 pm

    Yes to beet juice! So good with orange, carrot & ginger. My Sony with shock protection got a workout…had to have that Destiny’s Child while I ran! Though I spent so much time trying to “fix” the skip during said run…

    • Jen April 3, 2015, 4:30 pm

      haha! i totally feel your pain. crazy how much it’s all changed!

  • erin April 5, 2015, 4:30 pm

    haha – you brought back memories with the mix tapes – i loved making mix tapes with friends – roadtrip mix, break-up mix, beach mix… you’re right, end of an era!

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