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Okay…today was a good day.  The red cup is back at Starbucks and so are Gingerbread Lattes.  I am on generally one of those people who counts down to Christmas.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  But I like the fact that it is now November and the holidays are upon us.  It doesn’t get better than this time of year!  I made a point to leave my apartment a few minutes early so I could swing by Starbucks.  For some reason when I drink coffee my appetite is altered for the rest of the day.  It KILLS my appetite!  Maybe it is the caffeine?  I hardly drink any caffeine.  Who knows.

IMG_6915Today was Day 2 of my half marathon training and on the plate for today was a three mile run.  I got out at lunch and ran the trails behind my office.  They are pretty hilly and since I threw out my back last week, this was my first day running in about 10 days.  It was also a lot hotter out than I had expected.  Wow…these are a lot of excuses, huh?  As you can see from the blurry picture above, I averaged a 9:55 min/mi pace.  I prefer to average about a 9 min/mi pace, so I was a tad disappointed.  I realized I need to take the first mile a bit slower so I don’t burn out so quickly.  This will be crucial for my half marathon.

Speaking of training, I signed up for the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in June last night.  I am really excited to try another marathon.  I ran my first on in 2005.

Time to eat some dinner…  🙂

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I love the start of a new month.  There is a feeling in the air of newness.  Like you can start all over.  I don’t like to wait until New Years to start fresh.  But I feel like starting something new on the first of a month is special.  But before I get into my plans for the month of November, I HAVE to share about my night last night.
Lion King

Yup, I saw “The Lion King”.  I know many, many people have seen it already, but this was my first time.  This was my second Disney show I had seen, however.  I saw “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway when I was in high school.  This show was INCREDIBLE!  The costumes alone were enough to see.  I must admit that going to see professionals “dress up” on Halloween is much nicer than dressing up yourself!  And we had AWESOME seats…fourth row in the center.  Just amazing.

Menu

I went to show with my friend Drew and we had dinner at The Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego prior to the show.  They had a fixed priced meal available suited around “The Lion King” and that is what we both got.  Three courses, plus a glass of wine for $40?  Sign me up!  I had the Warm Green Asparagus Spears Salad with Green Asparagus Coulis, shaved Parmesan Cheese and Lemon Sabayon for my appetizer.  My friend would only allow me to take a photo of the menu and not my food…he said I was embarrassing him…ha ha!  For the main course, I had the Prime Beef Tenderloin with Yukon Gold Potato Espuma, Shallot Jam, Port Wine Pearl and Rossini Sauce.  Holy yum!  At this point, I was in foodie heaven.  Seriously.  Finally dessert was an espresso, because I just can’t say no to an espresso at the end of a good meal and my dessert choice.  I chose the  Coconut Parfait with Lime Shortbread, Lemongrass Reduction and Pineapple Sorbet.  All in all, it was a great night.  There is something so fun and special about getting dressed up, having a fabulous and special dinner and seeing an amazing show.  Not something I do often, but something I quite enjoyed.

Journal

Okay, now onto my love of the first of the month.  I start training for my half marathon tomorrow (stay tuned for my training plan).  So to combine with this, I have decided to make November “Body Awareness Month”.  I weighed myself this morning (something I don’t normally do) and saw a number on the scale I am not a huge fan of.  I fit in all my clothes perfectly, however I would feel better if I could lose a few pounds.  I have realized lately that my body reacts to foods in a certain way.  I feel different after eating different foods.  And I don’t know why.  Mainly because I am not in tune enough with my body to understand these things.  Therefore, I have decided to journal all of my food and exercise for the month of November.  I will include how I feel physically throughout the month as well.  I want to be able to make a connection between the food I eat and the way it makes me feel.  I am going to essentially be more mindful of my body and its cues to me.  Hopefully I am able to learn a little about myself along the process and I feel better by the end of the month.

Egg in a Hole

This morning started off great with a delicious breakfast.  I have always wanted to try out making an Egg in a Hole.  So I used my very cool Halloween spatula and did just that this morning.  It was delicious!  Paired with a small glass of milk and some hot tea (it is freakin’ cold here this morning…Southern CA my butt!) it was a great way to start the day.

Happy November!

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