This morning, my alarm went off 40 minutes later than usual – ECK!  Luckily, I had a quick breakfast planned:


My breakfast included:


  • 3/4 cup Chobani vanilla yogurt
  • 1 crushed Kashi TLC Roasted Almond bar
  • Sliced Banana


And a cup of crack coffee on the side.


My right leg is still killing me — the muscles are freaking out and I can feel them pulling on my patellar.  I’ve been foam rolling like a nutter, and I’ve been forcing Maggie to stand on my thigh and dig into my knots with her little weiner feet.  She’s the best massage therapist, ever!


I also begged the Husband to give me some acupuncture this AM while I sat at my desk and worked.


Hurts so good!


Since I had a lighter breakfast than normal, I ate lunch around 11:00 AM.  I made an awesome Falafel wrap using this mix.


I use 1/2 cup of the mix instead of 1/4 cup (because 1/4 cup only has 130 calories in it and that’s just not enough for my lunch!) and baked the falafel patties for a few minutes on each side.


All wrapped up in a Flat Out Wrap with mustard and cucumber:


Plus a nectarine and some grapes:


And a chocolately dessert:


Back to work I go!


I will be posting a summary of the Stretching Questions post tomorrow, so if you have some input, please add it to this post! Thanks!



  • Katie June 4, 2009, 9:08 am

    I have that same mix! I got mine from our Discount Grocery Store. They have TONS of random stuff for super cheap. I got PB&Co for $1.35/jar! That falafel mix was only $0.30 but I've yet to use it! Maybe for tomorrow's lunch 🙂

  • The Novice Berker June 4, 2009, 9:17 am

    That's really neat that the hubby can help you feel better (and I love your doggie masseuse, what a cutie!). I used to do that with my baby sister HAHA. When she was a baby, at least. 😛

  • Stacey June 4, 2009, 9:18 am

    When I was in physical therapy for my back, they gave me acupuncture all over my body to help ease the tension that was built up, and I swear I didn't feel any different afterwards!

    Maybe they weren't that experienced or something? Does it always work for you?

  • Katherine June 4, 2009, 9:18 am

    So nice to have an "in-house" acupuncturist! I've never had it done, but I'd really love to. Too bad all the places I'd heard about in NYC are so expensive!

    Your lunch looks delicious and those Dove pieces are so perfect for a small, sweet dessert 🙂

    Have a great afternoon!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog June 4, 2009, 9:19 am

    your lunch is making me wish I didn't already open a can of black bean soup!! mmm i love beany wraps…I just discovered this hole in the wall mediterranian (sp?) place near us and their falafels are deliciously awesome. and cheap!

  • K from ksgoodeats June 4, 2009, 9:20 am

    Sorry you're having so many leg issues 🙁 Hope it gets better!! Those falafels look fantastic!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 4, 2009, 9:21 am

    stacey – were your PTs also acupuncturists? there is NO WAY i would let a non-doctor of oriential medicine needle me. it's very complicated and there's a lot of stuff (like you know… lungs, spinal fluid, arteries) that you can hit and fuck up!

    not all treatments help everyone right away. but in general i think its great.

  • Rachel June 4, 2009, 9:22 am

    Hehehe, your doggy masseuse made me smile this morning! I wish I could make my cat do that – he's certainly fat enough to provide some weighted relief – but he's too wiggly.

  • The Reeds June 4, 2009, 9:27 am

    Your dog is TOO CUTE! I had weenie dogs growing up.. They matched my hair… Good to know in case I ever went bald. Ha.

    Just found your blog yesterday- i think I will be following for a while if you don't mind. My fitness blog is at I'm leaving you this comment form the "us" (me and hubby) blog. Congrats and reaching a great "health" place!

  • GreenDogWine June 4, 2009, 9:32 am

    Maggie AND falafels??? I'm not sure how much better this post could get! 🙂

  • Mica June 4, 2009, 9:36 am

    Oof, the acupuncture looks painful, but Maggie is the best-looking masseuse I have ever seen!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health June 4, 2009, 9:37 am

    I have thought about buying falafel mix but I thought it might be a pain to make. Another thing, My BF's parents are renewing their vows and I am going to be a bridesmaid so I was looking up where the David's Bridal was in town. I ended up looking at wedding dresses because I was bored. I found one I totally loved, It was THE ONE (based on looking at it online haha), but it looked so familiar. Then it hit me. I searched for your wedding recap, and sure enough it was your same dress! HAHA so random and weird!

  • Emily June 4, 2009, 9:43 am

    I've always been to nervous to do acupuncture because I'm so afraid of needles! (foolish, i know!) Do you love it?

  • Christina June 4, 2009, 10:17 am

    I'm seeing falafel all over lately, I definitely need to get around to trying it! I like your healthier baked version.

  • Brandi June 4, 2009, 10:29 am

    I hope the massage + acu helped! I love that Maggie helps you out like that 🙂

  • Kelly June 4, 2009, 10:30 am

    I LOVE falafel. Need to go find some and make it with tzaziki sauce. Yum.

  • Matt June 4, 2009, 10:32 am

    Mmm falafel! Have you tried the falafel pita from Pita Pit? So good!

    I also recommend "the stick". It puts the foam roller to shame.

  • Jewels June 4, 2009, 10:32 am

    Thank you so much for putting that post up this morning, I am starting to view health for less vain reasons and that story really helps put things in perspective.

  • Always Running June 4, 2009, 10:37 am

    This might be a stupid question but what is falafel? I am new to the food blog world and have yet to try out all the new things I am learning about! thanks!

  • seesaraheat June 4, 2009, 10:47 am

    Aww, doggie massages are the best 🙂

    I love falafel! I had it for dinner last night, yummm.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 4, 2009, 11:09 am

    always running – its a middle eastern dish that is typically a fried ball or patty made from spiced chickpeas and/or fava beans. i baked mine.

  • Nicole ( June 4, 2009, 11:10 am

    I've got to get my hands on that falafel mix! I had a really delicious falafel wrap yesterday, and I need to make a healthier, but just as tasty version!

  • elliebelle June 4, 2009, 11:14 am

    I almost died laughing when I read "weiner feet" hahahaaha! It just sounds ridiculously funny. 🙂
    When you say accunpuncture hurts so good, does it really hurt? I'd always heard that you don't really feel it. It's such a curious thing to me. I'd love to learn more about it and how it works.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 4, 2009, 11:16 am

    ellie – it just depends on what you are doing. if you're getting a needle into a tight muscle or sensitive nerve, its not going to feel GOOD at first, but overall it is soooo helpful and nice.

  • stephanie p June 4, 2009, 11:27 am

    i LOVE your dog….sooo cute

  • Jessica June 4, 2009, 12:13 pm

    Wowza – I am not squeamish when it comes to needles but I am not sure I could do acupuncture. This post has definitely piqued my interest though:)

  • Julie June 4, 2009, 1:12 pm

    hope your leg feels better!!

  • april June 4, 2009, 2:53 pm

    Your meals look delicious! Your so lucky you have your own personal acupuncturist (don't think thats a word!) I've been wanting to try acupuncture for a while!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 4, 2009, 3:17 pm

    That's too bad you are still sore! I hope you feel better soon!

    I hate when the alarm goes off late! Luckily you were prepared!

    I hope you are enjoying your evening!

  • gutenmegan June 4, 2009, 3:44 pm

    What did you think of the falafal mix? Did it compare to homemade? It seems like every restaurant's falafal is different, but my absolutely favorite falafals are the ones from Vegan with a Vengeance. To die for!

  • Bec June 4, 2009, 4:13 pm

    what an adorable massage therapist!

  • elise June 4, 2009, 4:54 pm

    ok i neeeeeeeeeed to find that mix…ive been on a insane falafal kick lately. you recommend, yes? also, as for acupuncture – i know your hubz is able to do it, but ive been thinking of getting acupuncture lately, and i was wondering who i should be looking into doing it? are there certain licenses? what specialty would be the safest way to go? maybe your hubz could do a guest post on the pros of it and where one should look?

  • Nate June 4, 2009, 4:58 pm

    If I was James, I'd be pissed. There are currently 3 pictures of Maggie on the HTP homepage, and 0 pictures of James. This just isn't fair, and needs to be addressed.

    Concerned Citizens for Pet Equality

  • Jennifer June 4, 2009, 5:12 pm

    I have to admit one of my favorite things about your blog are all the cute Maggie pictures! I just love weenie dogs 😀

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 4, 2009, 5:49 pm

    nate – i'm sorry, i just love maggie more!! i know, im a bad mommy!!!

    re: falafel mix – yes i think this one is good! obviously, fried falafel at the restaurant is better 🙂 i've never made it from scratch so i dunno how it compares to homemade!

    re: acupuncturist, check out a LICENSED acupuncturist who is ideally a doctor of oriental medicine. you want someone who went to school for 3 years to do it! laws vary by state, so you'll have to look up your local regulations.

  • Anna June 4, 2009, 6:07 pm

    FALAFEL. enough said.

  • L June 4, 2009, 8:10 pm

    I started cracking up when I read about you having Maggie dig into your knots with her paws because I have a dachshund that just PUSHES her paws right into you when she's sitting on you. They look like weak little dogs but are actually pretty strong lol

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