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Busy Sunday - Run, Pool, Paint

Saturday Follow Up
I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words about yesterday's pictures. I certainly hope you don't think I'm fishing for comments by the way!!! You all are far too sweet.

Last night we ended up making veggie burgers (some I had pre-made and frozen in the freezer) and sweet potato "fries." I used the Vegan Spinach & Sundried Tomato dip on the buns and topped with the usual roasted red bell peppers, spinach, and Soy Kaas "cheese."

Hot Run
This morning I was itching to get in a run. My legs weren't as sore as I thought they might be from the backside workout, so I thought a run might be good. It was HOT, but I sucked it up and got it done. I told myself I'd at least do 1.5 miles then see how I felt. I ended up doing a speedy 3.5 miles at an 8:05 average pace. Guess I was ready to get it done huh?!

I really had no idea I was going that fast. I thought my heart rate was up because it was so freaking hot. When I went to wave at people, I slung sweat off my fingers LOL. I came in and did abs and stretched while trying to cool back down.

Pool and Painting
I felt I had earned some pool/patio/reading time (always easy to justify really), so I sat outside for about an hour and a half. Then I started feeling guilty for being so lazy. Jason was going to head out for a bike ride with a friend. I was torn on getting ready (hair and makeup) to go to Pier 1 and Kroger. I ended up painting the trim in our living room instead. Funny how I was too lazy to get ready to leave the house, but ended up in the midst of a huge painting project instead.

When we first moved into our house, 9 years ago, I had it in my mind that I wanted to strip the paint from all the trim and stain it all. We have a historical home. I started the project about a year after moving in. I managed to get one room done - the living room (which is really the dining room, but the pool table resides in the living room).

It took FOREVER to successfully get all of the layers stripped off. I was so worn out from doing that, that I just stopped. And that was about 7+ years ago. Soooo, I finally realized that I was not going to ever finish stripping the paint in the rest of the house or staining the trim in the living room.'s painting session. It was so hard to put that first stroke of paint on the trim, I won't lie. But, I think it's really does look good and am happy with the results.

Mexican Sunday
Time totally passed me by while I was painting. The next thing I realized, it was 5:30. I really didn't feel much like cooking after painting all day. Jason ended up making the decision: tamales, "Spanish-style" rice (his version anyway), and sauteed zucchini, onions, bell peppers, and black beans (the only fresh veggies we had). The tamale brand is White Mountain and they are completely vegan. This flavor was a chipotle mushroom. So far we've enjoyed any of the flavors we've bought.


  1. I know what you mean about the historical homes and painting trim. We don't have one, but you want to be good to a home like that. I think it is good to put your personality on it too. It looks good! Dinner looks delicious. Enjoy your evening!

  2. Since our house is about the same age as yours I can't believe you even tried to strip the paint. While I would love to do that, there is no way, LOL. I think it looks great in white, BTW.

    Good for you taking a bit of a cooking break. I say go get back in the pool and relax.


  3. I know you aren't fishing for compliments--but you deserve them. You look great!

    Glad you got to relax a little--you need more of that in your life. Even superwoman likes some pool time ;)

  4. AnonymousJuly 18, 2010

    I love White Mountain tamales! I eat those, DBF eats the traditional type. I haven't tried that flavor, but I have them in my freezer, lol!

  5. i love hot hot hot runs, i seriously think im addicted to sweating, if there is such a thing! this morning i went for a quick run around the neighborhood, it wasent too hot out, but it felt really good and i was definitely upping my pace which was nice. yay im glad you got a good run in, embrace the sweat hehe.
    im just jealous u had a nice pool to relax in later on!!!


  6. AnonymousJuly 18, 2010

    The paint job looks great! Painting in the heat is not fun at all, though. Great job on the super speedy run!

  7. Your obviously a complement magnet! LOL! with abs like that??
    I love mexican food and I've been to so many countries but not to mexico! can you believe it! And I live four hours in the car away from the border!

  8. Your trim looks beautiful! I love that you started it 7 years ago and never finished haha you remind me of my uncle! I think he consistently has 5+ projects going on at a time - and never finishes a single one.

    Those tamales look pretty good! I've never had one though so I really can't say. It's probably the only area of Mexi-food I've never dabbled in (:

  9. Sarena @ The Non-Dairy Queen Yep, I gave it my best then I realized just how much trim we had in that house! Yikes. When I get rich I can just hire someone LOL.

    Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean Thanks! I knew you had an old home too. I just love it when the original woodwork is seen. Oh well. Must be realistic.

    Lisa @ I'm an Okie Thanks girl - I appreciate that. LOL - I'm picturing superwoman in her cape and tiara lounging in the pool ;-)

    Mel @ Melissa Dishes So glad someone else has heard of them. Apparently they are fairly localized. If you like spicy, this one was soo good.

    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel Good job with the run - guess your legs are feeling better? Yep, I totally embraced the sweat ;-)

    Sarah @ Run Sarah No, I was definitely hot and tired after painting. You're moving around up and down ladders and such too. I think that was a workout in and of itself.

    Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga LOL - yep, been procrastinating just a bit huh.

    Eden's Eats We've only been to Mexico via a cruise. Don't really think that counts much to be honest. And we didn't even eat while we were there.

    Alycia @ Fit n Fresh I am horrible about starting projects and not completing them - especially big projects like this one. I only tried these tamales maybe 7 or 8 months ago and had never had one before. These are really good and not bad for you. Gotta love that.

  10. AnonymousJuly 19, 2010

    I have never had that brand of tamales but BOY do I LOVE homemade tamales. They are freaking awesome!!

  11. Painting is rough, but it's so rewarding to look back at the accomplishment. Awesome job. I totally have days where I don't want to put the effort into getting ready and end up busting booty around the house. Girl you don't need to fish for compliments. You look fabulous!

  12. i never feel guilty for laying around the pool all day! If it's summer: i deserve it. lol.

    Great tamales--never really had them but love that these are vegan!

  13. You do look GREAT in those pictures!!! No need to think you're fishing for compliments- you totally deserve them :D
    8:05 pace?! NICE! Go you!!!
    The trim looks great- it always feels good acomplished house projects- it seems like our 'to do' list never ends- haha
    Those tamales look delicious as well & chipotle mushroom flavor?! YUM YUM! I LOVE mushrooms!!

  14. I have been dying to make tamales! I bought all the stuff and THEN read the recipe that said you have to steam them for about two hours. As of yet I just haven't had the time. Yours look so tasy.

  15. AnonymousJuly 19, 2010

    I'll have to look out for those tamales. I LOVE them but here in Phoenix you can mostly just find the ones made with all the "good" stuff, which makes them not exactly great for you...

  16. Jill @ My So Called Healthy Life You should be able to find them where you're at now - they are made in TX.

    Lindsay @ Pancakes N Pajamas I must admit that I am glad I ended up sticking around the house and getting that project (mostly) done.

    Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose LOL - love it. I typically don't feel tooooo guilty.

    Holly @ Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices I think I was running from the heat ;-) My to-do list is never ending as well. I think most are.

    Dawn @ Florida Coastal Cooking Don't you just hate it when you get all geared up to try out a recipe then realize how long it's going to take you??? Very daunting.

    Madeline @ Greens and Jeans They are really quite good and you don't feel guilty about eating them - even better!

  17. I can only imagine how hard it was to paint over all your hard work, but if it makes you feel any better...I think the white looks awesome!

    I seriously don't know how you run so fast. I just cannot keep that kind of pace! I'm lucky to stick to a 9:30 pace on average. I'm so impressed with your speed.

  18. Oh I hate stripping paint off things or wallpaper. Such a pain. I think you made the right choice and it looks nice.

    Awesome job on the run!!!

  19. Painting is a low-cost change, but high-cost personal workout. Trim, I cringe thinking about when we painted ours white:)

    Glad you got in a good run, I know it's so hot out there.

  20. Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly Thanks girl - I'm fairly pleased with it!

    Candice @ ChiaSeedMe I seriously had no idea I was going that fast. I'm very happy with it and very happy that it felt so good despite the heat. I was proud ;-)

    Tina @ Faith Fitness and Fun Oh wallpaper is horrible. I will never hang it on walls ever. Though, the paint was definitely worse - messy and toxic.

    Nichole @ Live for the Run You're so right - it's cost effective in regards to the wallet, but not on the personal time!

  21. AnonymousJuly 20, 2010

    i LOVE your blog- i just saw your post of you in your bathing suit.. you look DANG good!!! So you split your leg workouts into 2 days? Im thinking about doing that! let me know what you think!

  22. I love those tamales. I usually get the sweet potato walnut ones (I think that's what the mix is.)

  23. ktbwood @ Faith Food & Fitness Thanks for the compliment! This was the first time I split up leg work like this, and I really liked it actually.

    Jenny @ Vegan and So Forth They were really pretty good we thought, if you like spice. I love the sweet potato one as well.


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