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New obsession: lentils + cheese sammie.


The pre-cooked lentils are my new favorite Trader Joe’s item (here’s a list of all my favorite Trader Joes goodies).  Expect me to overdose on lentils in the next two months or so.  They are especially yummy warmed and smothered in Havarti cheese!


With greens.


Creating Accountability Follow-Up


Looove reading all your responses to the Reader Q&A: Creating Accountability Without Spending Dough post!  My favorite response was actually one I received on Twitter from Courtney Anne.  This is a great idea, especially for friends who have similar workout goals but are separated by geography or busy schedules.


Here are some other great ways to hold yourself accountable to exercise without spending a dime:


  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed: “That’s why I started a blog! I knew it would keep me accountable for my workouts if I blogged about them.”


  • Maggie: “For runners, I highly recommend iMapMyRun. There’s a great (free) app that lets you track your progress, and you can share your workouts on Facebook for added accountability. There’s also a great website where you can find routes that people in your area have run. It’s a great way to keep track of your workouts!”


  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy: “One tool that I use is fitness DVDs that I’ve rented from the library. There are so many great ones (Jillian Michaels, yoga, etc) that will give you a great workout, for free, in the comfort of your own home.”


  • Kathleen: “My neighbors and I created a fitness club. Zumba at one neighbor’s, aqua aerobics at another, plus group walks and motivational text messaging to help everyone get excited about workouts.  So far, so good and very convenient and fun!”


  • Shannon: “I created my own challenge: to run 100 miles in a month. I kept track of the miles on my calendar and worked up to some long runs. It kept me motivated because I told people about the challenge and they would check in on me later in the month.” (Psst – Shannon met her goal – amazing!)


Y’all are so smart. Smile



  • Sam May 18, 2012, 12:46 pm

    You should cook your own lentils! 1/4 of the cost of the Trader Joe’s prepared ones and SO easy – way easier than using dried beans. I’ve messed up soaking and cooking dried beans before, but lentils are nearly infallible 🙂

    In other news, I could put lentils and feta on anything and everything and call it a day. Love the sandwich idea!

    • Sarah May 18, 2012, 1:10 pm

      I agree! This is what I do:

      1. rinse lentils (look for pebbles, like with any bean)
      2. boil in veggie broth until tender
      3. eat!

      If you use too much broth, pour excess off. Too little, add more. It’s easy! The broth gives it a little extra flavor boost.

  • Mel May 18, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Lentils and cheese sounds like an amazing combination! In fact, I’m shocked I hadn’t thought of it before since I love both of those things. I’ve been eating a ton of lentils lately too because in Morocco (where I’m volunteering) lentils are a mainstay dish! Yum.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 18, 2012, 1:09 pm

    My blog is definitely one of the best things for keeping me accountable too! At the beginning of each year and each month I declare my goals, and I don’t think I would have really gone for as many as I have if it weren’t for my blog. 🙂

  • Sana May 18, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Everything at Tj’s ruleeeees!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well May 18, 2012, 1:45 pm

    I haven’t thought about putting lentils on toast but I love the TJs variety. Good idea! I wonder if they’d be good with some Mmmm sauce???

  • Kailey May 18, 2012, 1:54 pm

    I love using Training Peaks – it came with my garmin so it adds up my weekly miles & total time. Im kind of obsessed 😉

    Ohh in my Food Selection & Preparation class we made a great cheesy lentil stew. I died.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 18, 2012, 2:24 pm

    I love both cheese and lentils, so the combo of those two sounds amazing!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 18, 2012, 3:50 pm

    I love using daily mile for running!

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 18, 2012, 4:02 pm

    I’m making a TJ’s run this weekend, and will have to pick up those lentils 🙂 Really liked your Trader Joe’s favorites post, a lot of our favorites were on there as well. My new favorite indulgence, their chocolate covered crisps (potato chips), sweet and salty combo is so delicious!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 18, 2012, 4:27 pm

    I love it! The google spreadsheet idea is genius!! I am accountable b/c I HAVE be fit/have fitness in my life (I teach fitness classes). Or else everyone would hate me if I didn’t show up. Hah. But let’s be honest, I get paid to workout…doesn’t get much better than THAT accountability and perks 🙂

  • BroccoliHut May 18, 2012, 7:59 pm

    I’ve been buying the pre-cooked lentils every week too! They’re so convenient and tasty–perfect for making lentil burgers 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 18, 2012, 9:00 pm

    I love Kathleen’s idea for a fitness club with her neighbours! That sounds like a blast!

  • Amy Q May 18, 2012, 11:06 pm

    I love lentils, too- but be careful in the first days of nursing Baby HTP- my first son and I had a longgggg night after I ate pea soup– gassy baby was not happy!

  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy May 19, 2012, 12:22 am

    Ah, thanks for sharing my comment. It’s true that there are SO many great motivators out there that are freeee! Mmm…grilled open sandwiches are the best. I don’t have them enough. Looks so good.

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