Raising Our Glasses

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Evening, lovelies.  Today was a typical Monday in the Boyle household (yayyy)… we worked, went to the gym, went to the grocery store, bought lottery tickets, made dinner, and we’re now watching sports/Gossip Girl.


Mid-day snacks included…..  the ever-faithful combo of Grape Nuts + yogurt (con blueberries).


Two truffles


Some crackers.  I was in the mode to MINDLESSLY EAT at work (don’t you hate that?) so I decided on a few crackers.  Maximum hurt for minimal calorie damage (60 calories).


My pre-workout snack included WW toast with a smear of PB.


The gym was uneventful, but it was my first time back since the honeymoon, so I caught up with a few "gym friends" on the recent happenings.  I wish I could transition one girl to a REAL friend, but I’ve kind of put the ball in her court, so we’ll see.  :)  A girl can never have too many friends!


I did 25 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes of weight-lifting and ab work.   Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Average Heart Rate: 115 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 140 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 200


I recently read an article about how a stronger core makes you a fast runner, so I am much, much more motivated to do ab work now!  I did a mixture of planks, side planks, crunches, and X Obliques.


After shopping, I headed to the kitchen to cut up the fresh fruit.  Isn’t it strange how you can never fit all of the fruit into the tupperware?  Especially with melons! I ate this slice to make the rest fit. 🙂


I tried to re-create the Quinoa Mama Mix I ate at my favorite veggie restaurant on December 30.


I didn’t measure while cooking, but this hunk of yummyness included cooked quinoa mixed with:


  • Ground turkey, marinated in BBQ sauce and wok cooked
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Onion
  • BBQ sauce
  • Pepper
  • Salt


With a side of broc:


It was pretty good, but the version at Dandelion was better.  I think I needed more BBQ sauce (I ran out halfway through cooking!).


Plus a glass of wine for CELEBRATING!


We had the Beringer Merlot.  We visited Beringer on our honeymoon, so this wine holds a special place in our hearts.




Can you guess what we are celebrating? :)  Hint: no one is preggers!



  • inmytummy January 19, 2009, 7:58 pm

    Obama? That is what I am celebrating!

  • greendogwine January 19, 2009, 8:16 pm

    LOL – loved the “no one is preggers” comment! 🙂

    You recreation looks pretty darn good – I might try that this week!

  • amy. January 19, 2009, 8:20 pm

    Great eats today and awesome errands and such. Love the blueberries, the quinoa recipe (yum!), and the Beringer…I love beringer! Very jealous of your visit there. Hope married life is going well, Mrs. Boyle 😉

  • Meghann January 19, 2009, 8:26 pm

    haha.. I would hope you wouldn’t be celebrating your pregnancy with a glass of wine.. COuld be the inaugaration tomorrow???

  • audrey January 19, 2009, 8:36 pm

    were those lottery tickets winners? or is it the big event tomorrow…

  • Molly January 19, 2009, 8:45 pm

    a toast to Bush’s last night?

  • Meg January 19, 2009, 8:47 pm

    Love your quinoa creation! I can’t wait to hear what you are celebrating!

  • sweetandfit January 19, 2009, 8:47 pm

    i loooove those truffles!…I thought you sia you weren’t going to drink anymore when you were on your honeymoon.

  • Lindsay January 19, 2009, 8:51 pm

    What article did you? Was it online that you could share?

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  • HangryPants January 19, 2009, 9:33 pm

    I want that quinoa mound.

    I definitely need to work on my core, so I am going to up it like you.

    Celebrating? Being married for 16 days?

  • chasedaylight January 19, 2009, 9:34 pm

    Must be the inauguration! I’m extremely excited about that!!

  • *Andrea* January 19, 2009, 9:43 pm

    hahaha no bun in the oven yet 😉 i am sooo pumped for tomorrow! obama love <3

  • An Apple a Day January 19, 2009, 10:45 pm

    Looks like you are back to your pre-wedding schedule. I love how excited you are about your new last name!

  • Mica January 19, 2009, 10:50 pm

    Great way to celebrate!

    I’ve never tried quinoa. It’s next on my list of things to try!

  • Elizabeth (thelongweigh) January 19, 2009, 10:59 pm

    Anytime is a good time to celebrate when you’re a newlywed, but I’m going to go with the big events for tomorrow! And I love your creativity in the kitchen!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 19, 2009, 11:22 pm

    Few thoughts:
    1. I’ve heard that about the core/running too. I’ve been working on mine as well!
    2. The quinoa pilaf looks great…I have a recipe with dried cranberries and veggie sausage that I have to try.
    3. How fun that you can relive your honeymoon every time you crack open a bottle of wine! Hope you bought a lot.
    4. Celebrating Bush out of office?!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog January 20, 2009, 5:19 am

    Thanks for the comment Caitlin! I definitely agree with you about speedwork and it was reading your blog and you experiences that made me incorporate more speedwork into my running! Particularly a treadmill speedwork sesh that you spelled out.
    The ultimate half marathon plan has speedwork at least 3 times a week which is what I found intimidating.
    We’ll see how it all goes! I look forward to reading more about your training! I’m running the Atlanta ING half on March 29th so my training will be a few weeks behind yours.

  • VeggieGirl January 20, 2009, 5:27 am

    Mmm, love the truffles & quinoa!!

  • Kristin January 20, 2009, 5:53 am

    Or on a more personal note, a new house?
    Either one would be faaaabulous!
    Love the dinner, I’d like to try that some time soon!


  • haya January 20, 2009, 6:04 am

    i read an article in runners world about how important a strong core is for being fast, so i’m working hard on it too!

  • D10 January 20, 2009, 6:32 am

    Core training is something I need to work on. I hate doing them.

  • Tami January 20, 2009, 6:40 am


    i have been doing these sb moves from runner’s world for a few weeks now, they are simple and helps you stretch at the same time.

    go obama go

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina January 20, 2009, 6:43 am

    toast to the end of bush?!?!?

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina January 20, 2009, 6:44 am

    i actually came to your bloggy first this morning to see what kind of Obama goodies you had for us this morning!!! an article? or a small video perhaps? my colleagues (aka brother and sister in law) are streaming the inauguration on their computers!

  • Caitlin January 20, 2009, 7:00 am

    molly- you got it right first! obama celebration is today, but bush’s celebration was last night.

    lindsey – hey! i looked on runners world.com and i couldnt find the article about ab work, but i know its in the feb 2009 issue. i will look further online and let you know if i find it! 🙂

    kristin – a new house?! i wish!! husband is still in school 🙁

    rhodeygirl – hahah i am pretty excited but im going to try to keep the propaganda to a minimum today!!!

  • skinnyrunner January 20, 2009, 7:34 am

    I LOVE those Lindt chocolate truffles with the cream inside. i could seriously eat a whole bag in one sitting.

  • Sarah W. January 20, 2009, 4:24 pm

    your re-creation of the mama mix from dandelion sounds great!!

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