Random Rambles

by tinareale on February 15, 2013

I’m sipping my coffee right now hoping for a jolt of energy to come quickly. Man alive I feel drained for some reason. It’s not even like I had a late night last night or anything. We don’t really do Valentine’s Day here. I put some strawberries cut up to look like hearts in the kids’ oatmeal. Peter gave me this gem of a Sweetheart candy he found when raiding Makenzie’s treats from preschool as his romantic gesture of the day.

Haha! What a guy, I tell you. He pulls out all the romantic stops. It gave me a good chuckle…and then we realized later it is meant to say “Jump 4 Me”. Not quite as fun, but good to know “Jump Me” isn’t floating around in candy young kids pass out. That would be slightly questionable. Winking smile

I did get one special treatment for Valentine’s Day, though. I treated myself to a massage because I needed one badly. My lower back, psoas, and hips have felt extremely tight and I needed to remedy that.

Such a lovely picture, no? But it certainly captures that post-massage high!

I have no problem being my own Valentine. Besides, I would rather enjoy sweet moments than overpriced chocolate candy. Like the moments I know I will remember for a lifetime when Peter & I get to make use of these soon…

Wooo!! Cruise time is coming up. We’re now just ten days out. Sweet!  I just may have a countdown going on my calendar. Sun shining skies and adventure? I’m ready! My hair is ready too. I made sure to make the time to finally get a much overdue hair cut. 

I ended up going back to a bit shorter of a cut. I did more of a bob with it stacked up in the back. A very friendly style for my super-fine, super-thin hair. Feels so much better.

Another thing feeling so much better? RUNNING!

I’ve done a few two mile runs the past couple of weeks and it has felt nothing short of amazing. Even if 3/4 of them have had to be in windy, chilly, drizzly weather. Yet another reason I’m ready for some sunshine. Ohhhh it better not rain on our trip! Back to the point. Running? Feels so good again! Ready to keep building things back up s-l-o-w-l-y. It’s hard to stop at just a couple miles, but I know very worth it. I’ll be bumping up a mile per week max for awhile here. Thanks for those of you who gave me some virtual high-fives on Instagram.

Oh, that reminds me! I posted a couple food pictures that I got some questions about what exactly I included. Since I’m in a rambly mood today, I’ll go ahead and share those.

I have been having a lot of protein smoothies lately. Even with the chill, I seem to crave them. I have been blending up the same thing and it never fails. Super simple, but the thick almost soft serve like texture makes it so satisfying. My protein smoothies as of late have been this blend:

Yum! I love it and think you will too.

Then, there was this quick and easy dinner I posted.

Greek Chicken Salad Pitas (served with roasted potatoes and green beans)

I got some requests for the recipe…but I don’t really have  a recipe. I always say I don’t cook. I toss things together. Stir-fries. Quinoa bowls. Sandwiches/wraps/pitas. Salads. So this is just some things I tossed together and then served up in a pita. Either way, it took about 10 minutes to put together the pitas for dinner and they tasted fabulous. Here’s what I used for the Greek Chicken Salad:

  • leftover chicken breast, cubed
  • Kalamata olives, halved
  • artichoke hearts, chopped
  • red onion, chopped
  • Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • Trader Joe’s Tzatziki dip

No measurements. Like I said, I don’t cook or do full blown recipes really. Just mix up amounts that look good to you if you so choose to put together this little concoction. Smile

Okay, I gotta get going. Have a workout to get done and then some of this to do…

Deifnitely planning to hit up Aldi again where I can get a cart full of groceries for $65. Now that is a good deal. They even have local produce for some things at ours! Score!

Happy Friday!

Do anything for Valentine’s Day? Are you a recipe/cook person or a toss it all together person  like me? Any good combos or recipes (easy ones!) to share?


1 Katie H. February 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

I love the idea of freezing almond milk cubes. I will definitely be trying that.

I’ve become more of a throw-it-together kind of cook. Especially for salads and stir-frys. Although, I have to admit, I think it’s mostly out of laziness that I don’t want to follow a recipe :-)

2 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

We didn’t do much for valentines – we don’t really exchange cards or anything either. However, I did tell John the only thing I wanted was for him to bring home dinner because I didn’t want to cook. Success!!

3 Coco February 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

Oh, I missed hearing about the cruise! Good news on the running. Ramping up slowly is hard but definitely will pay off. I usually ad-lib my recipes, but most start with a can of diced tomatoes!

4 Linz @ Itz Linz February 15, 2013 at 7:32 am

I’m def a combo person but mostly I throw stuff together. When I feel super motivated, then maybe I’ll follow a recipe. I’ve totally been into protein smoothies lately too!!

5 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) February 15, 2013 at 7:39 am

At first I cracked up at that candy heart, then got weirded out that it was in a kid’s candy pile! I’m glad you clarified that a child didn’t give M sexual candy- haha.

Your cut looks great on you! Totally vacation ready. Are the kiddos going with you guys?

6 tinareale February 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Nope. Just the 2 of us. My parents will be staying with the kiddos. :)

7 misszippy February 15, 2013 at 7:42 am

I am a big protein smoothie fan but I have yet to freeze bananas or make ice cubes like that–I need to try it.

Glad the running feels good. Keep rolling with it!

Very envious of your warm trip coming up. I am DONE with winter!

8 Sadie February 15, 2013 at 7:46 am

I love your smoothie! I’ve been making a very similar one for breakfast lately, but I like to stick in a couple handfuls of spinach. It starts me out with some veggies and it doesn’t really affect the taste!

9 tinareale February 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I love adding spinach to smoothies and normally do. Come to think of it, I must have been out when I had this particular combo because I always have it. It really is a great way to get in some extra veggies.

10 [email protected] Palate February 15, 2013 at 7:52 am

I have an Aldi five minutes from my house so handy! :) Great news about the running! Slow and steady!

11 Lee February 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

A conversation heart that says “Jump Me” is kind of awesome!

12 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

Haircut, upcoming cruise, and naughty conversation hearts – sounds like things are going really well on your end! :) Happy Friday!

13 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life February 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

I love your haircut Tina! Sounds like a perfect Valentina’s day to me, a massage and excitement over your upcoming cruise! I really want to make that Greek pita. I love chicken, artichokes, kalamata olives, etc so I know I would love that quick dish! :) I may have to throw in some feta too!

14 Heather (Where's the Beach) February 15, 2013 at 8:42 am

I love your hair that length. And that salad sounds great – in a sandwich or as a salad. I could so easily do that with tofu, chickpeas or tempeh. I’m a sucker for kalamata olives. Happy Friday!

15 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast February 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

I love the hair cut! I’m so glad running feels good as you ease back in. You were so smart about it, it will pay off. And how exciting about the cruise!!

16 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

Sometimes I like to follow or create recipes but otherwise I’m all about just throwing together foods for a quick and delicious meal. There’s a time and place for both. :)

And when i first saw that “jump me” candy my reaction was “we let our kids eat those?!” I thought it seemed potentially racy…haha

17 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona February 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

The boyfriend and I had a pretty laid back date last night. I stopped by the grocery store to get dinner, then we cooked up dinner at his place and watched a movie. We figured it would be too busy to go out anywhere last night.

18 tinareale February 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Sounds great!

19 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige February 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

Cute hair, Tina!
LOL – Shane cooked me dinner last night, which consisted of setting off the smoke alarm and sitting down to still kinda raw chicken. Eventually, though, the meal was delicious. Just funny :)
A cruise!! So exciting :D

20 Katie Heddleston February 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

I sooo miss pita pockets – used to eat them ALL the time before GF :(

Glad you are slowly able to run!! Yay!

21 Heather February 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

I am SO excited for you for the cruise. You are going to have a BLAST girl! So glad I could help!

22 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions February 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

That Greek chicken salad pita sounds aaaaaaamazing! I actually made a crock pot mediterranean chicken dish a couple weeks ago and have a bunch of leftover Kalamata olives, so I can DEFINITELY see this happening in my kitchen soon.

Glad to hear you’ve been able to get back into running, even if it’s just a little bit. Keep up the good work!

23 Lauren February 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

Glad you treated yourself to something nice for V-Day! And it sounds like everything else is going well! Yay that running is making a come back for you.
Have a lovely weekend hun!

24 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

Are you nervous about the cruise after this Carnival thing?? Talk about a freak occurance!

Recipes.. I do try to follow them but my strange but good inclinations get in the way. ;)

25 tinareale February 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I was a wee bit nervous but glad we’re going Norwegian so it makes me feel better that its a different cruise line. Haha!

26 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I went Nowegian in 2009 – it was a great experience!

27 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I’m a total throw it together person, I never follow recipes!

28 Jess February 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

LOVE the new cut my friend, looks great on you! Happy weekend!!

29 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen February 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Ah! That massage looks amazing!! :) Brian and I really just enjoyed each other’s company last night and went on a walk for fro-yo and tonight we are cooking together. Those are the best dates in my book :)

30 [email protected] February 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Oh my goodness-I cook like you do!!! People are like “what’s the recipe?!” HAH. none. I never measure stuff either–and I’ve never had more than 2 major failures, so it works for me. :)

YAY cruises!

31 jobo February 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

HaHA! I totally thought that said jump me too!! I was thinking, wow, that’s inappropriate for kids hehe ;-) LOVE that you got a massage, I need one! I just got my haircut too, isn’t it the best feeling? yours looks fab!!

32 purelytwins February 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm

we both had a great Valentines day!
we are a mix of a recipe follower and just throwing things together – that makes it fun ;)

33 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf February 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Oh I know what you mean about those first runs back. It IS so hard to stop after a few miles and I have to remind myself to build up slowly. So glad that you treated yourself to a massage. I saw your picture and was very jealous.

34 [email protected] February 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Ha that heart! I’m excited for you and your cruise!

35 Katie February 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I am addicted to grocery shopping at Aldi! I save so much money! I’m not a huge fan of the Greek yogurt there, though :(

36 Bek @ Crave February 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm

We have aldi here also! Not sure I’d get a whole cart for 65 though. I love their different brands and products though :)

37 Kim February 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

I love your new hair cut!!
And, how exciting to be fixing to go on a cruise!!! Where are you cruising out of and to?
I love to cook (hate baking because it is so much more precise)!!

38 Stephanie @ MyFreckledLife February 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

Aldi is seriously the best! You can get some really great stuff for ridiculous prices! Especially produce! That is usually our first stop every week.

39 Jess @ Blonde Ponytail February 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

What delicious looking eats and a fabulous week! Massages are heavenly as are facials! Excited for you and your hubby’s getaway! :) Always important to plan couple time like that!

40 char eats greens February 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

It would seriously be funny if the candy heart said “jump me,” but you’re right, so not appropriate for the little kiddies who eat them. But still, funny. ;) haha

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