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Sparks fly, I cry.

Posted Oct 07 2008 9:00pm

My roomie and I - from here on out, she will be known as K, since she’s also my best friend and deserves more than just the roomie title - had such a lovely afternoon. We caught a 5:00 showing of Nights in Rodanthe, the new movie based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. I think Nicholas Sparks is a great writer - a bit cheesy at times, but even at his cheesiest, he always manages to make me cry my eyes out. Tonight was no different. I hadn’t read this particular book of his yet, but I knew I should expect a teary ending, and so it was. I still recommend you go see it because Diane Lane and Richard Gere are wonderful together.

Before the movie, K and I took advantage of one of our $5.00 coupons from Big Bite Nite and headed to a new restaurant for dinner - Lulu’s Dim Sum and Then Sum. Cute name, eh?

The menu has much to choose from, but eventually I decided on the Wide Rice Noodles, a dish that was described as “thick rice noodles stir-fried with broccoli and chicken” in a Chinese Oyster sauce.

The portion was huge, so I took 1/2 of it home for lunch tomorrow. The taste? Unbelieveable! I’d never tried wide rice noodles before, but they had a chewy texture and went well with the oyster sauce. I can’t really pinpoint what the oyster sauce tastes like. It’s not fishy at all - in fact, it didn’t taste much different to me than teriyaki. Maybe my taste buds are on a hiatus? The texture of the sauce is more reminiscent of a ketchup than a soy sauce. I highly recommend it if you’re ever at a restaurant that features it on the menu.

After the movie, K and I ran home in a torrential downpour - the streets were flooded! - and watched the debate. I was a little chilled after getting soaked, so I ended the evening with a mug of Decaf Coffee Cocoa.

Today was one of the few days of my senior year thus far that I was able to be completely self-centered. Ok, so I know that sounds AWFUL, but I mean it in a good, non-bratty way - if that even makes sense. I’ve been running around for the past two weeks trying to please everyone but myself, so it was nice to take a day and just breathe :) Beyond the lovely dinner and movie, I also woke up early and went on another 4-mile run. That’s right - TWICE in three days! That’s relatively unheard of for me when it comes to running! I made a conscious effort to slow down my pace today and finished in 34:40. I honestly felt so much better when I told myself to slow-the-heck down.

When I got back from my run, I did some stretching and ab work before cooking up a wonderful breakfast. It was the typical bowl of protein oatmeal, but today there was one extra special ingredient…

I topped it with a slice of Betta Banana Bread! Yum-o! This bowl consisted of 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp. ground flax and 1 crumbled slice of banana bread. It was just what I needed to refuel!

A nice, leisurely morning was just what the doctor ordered.

Speaking of doctors, Dr. Mercola posted this article today which talks about mounting evidence that certain types of soy can be harmful to our health. If you click on the link, you should scroll down to see the section that has Dr. Mercola’s comments because it definitely had the most information. Essentially, he wraps it up in the first line when he says, “If you were to carefully review the thousands of studies published on soy, I strongly believe you too would reach the conclusion that any possible benefits of consuming soy are FAR outweighed by the well documented risks.”

I don’t know about you, but I find all of these “latest studies” and “newest evidence” articles to be so CONFUSING! It just frustrates me that we as consumers of these foods can never seem to find concrete answers. What’s your opinion?

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