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Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

Happy Hump Day!

It was SO easy to get out of bed today! The sun was shinning nice and bright and I found myself hopping out of bed as soon as I heard the alarm. Slept like a baby, thank God!

I was out with my lecturer and two of my best friends, like I said. We were contemplating between Fondue or Greek, and ended up going to a Taverna near my university. It was so gorgeous, and immediately as I stepped in and heard the music, I felt like “home”!

This is precisely where my Middle-Eastern roots emerge at their fullest. I picked up the menu and knew exactly what to expect…well, almost.

We started with some appetizers (no, I didn’t take pictures, but their menu has it):

Grilled pita bread (I just had one triangle because it still wasn’t my lovely, fluffy Israeli pita)

pita-w-spreads

Halloumi, which I hadn’t had in years. It tasted like heaven so I had two pieces.

A massive Greek Salad filled with onions and green peppers

greeksaladsep052003

We then went on to the main course. Everybody was ordering meat but I was already quite full, and besides, I am not a huge meat fan. My fullness, however, was mainyl due to the immense amount of oil my lecturer, and the chef! put in there. She knows my friend and I like to watch what we eat but she realized that as she was pouring the olive oil, and then joked about how she probably threw in there our annual supply of oil.

Hahaha. It made my laugh and, at the same time, relax, since she is one of the first people who has treated my way of eating so casually. Normally people raise an eyebrow and start lecturing about enjoying today and how we only live once.

What people don’t realize is that I do not feel like I am restraining myself from anything, or forcing myself into a life style I do not enjoy. I like eating healthy, I like eating whole, raw foods that make me feel full. What can I say, they taste good to me!

Back to the Taverna, I just decided to go for grilled eggplant, which I assumed would be served with goat cheese at the side (that’s how we do it in Israel). Obviously, I was wrong. Drained in oil and topped with cheese

Nevertheless, worth every bite! I felt way just about full by this point and was so freaking impressed with myself. No bad feelings about splurging, no inner feeling like I had to eat everything else that was on the table (and trust me, there were tons of things, including Halloumi!).

Most importantly, I enjoyed hanging out with my friends and catching up!

Today

So even though I went to bed after midnight and had to wake up six and a half hours later (for me, that’s very little!) I woke up. I have been kind of moping for the past three days ( no.idea.why.) so I was almost expecting this sulky mood to be clouding over me today, but as soon as I got to work and spent some time with my kids, it was all gone!

It’s been awfully windy here today too, even though the sun was shinning. I went to the gym right after work and did 35 minutes on the elliptical, and then 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill. I went up to 9% incline and my HR was actually in the high 150s BPM! Never thought walking would be able to get me working hard!

As I promised myself, I went off to do some free weights for upper body purposes. I did just about everything I could think of, and then headed out.

Now I am catching up with the news, and getting ready to finish off my finance essay. I am also reading about Natasha Richardson. I don’t know if many of you know her, but it is so sad for me to hear about her situation! I really hope she is going to pull through it! God bless her and her family!

Happy Hump Day!

It was SO easy to get out of bed today! The sun was shinning nice and bright and I found myself hopping out of bed as soon as I heard the alarm. Slept like a baby, thank God!

I was out with my lecturer and two of my best friends, like I said. We were contemplating between Fondue or Greek, and ended up going to a Taverna near my university. It was so gorgeous, and immediately as I stepped in and heard the music, I felt like “home”!

This is precisely where my Middle-Eastern roots emerge at their fullest. I picked up the menu and knew exactly what to expect…well, almost.

We started with some appetizers (no, I didn’t take pictures, but their menu has it):

Grilled pita bread (I just had one triangle because it still wasn’t my lovely, fluffy Israeli pita)

pita-w-spreads

Halloumi, which I hadn’t had in years. It tasted like heaven so I had two pieces.

A massive Greek Salad filled with onions and green peppers

greeksaladsep052003

We then went on to the main course. Everybody was ordering meat but I was already quite full, and besides, I am not a huge meat fan. My fullness, however, was mainyl due to the immense amount of oil my lecturer, and the chef! put in there. She knows my friend and I like to watch what we eat but she realized that as she was pouring the olive oil, and then joked about how she probably threw in there our annual supply of oil.

Hahaha. It made my laugh and, at the same time, relax, since she is one of the first people who has treated my way of eating so casually. Normally people raise an eyebrow and start lecturing about enjoying today and how we only live once.

What people don’t realize is that I do not feel like I am restraining myself from anything, or forcing myself into a life style I do not enjoy. I like eating healthy, I like eating whole, raw foods that make me feel full. What can I say, they taste good to me!

Back to the Taverna, I just decided to go for grilled eggplant, which I assumed would be served with goat cheese at the side (that’s how we do it in Israel). Obviously, I was wrong. Drained in oil and topped with cheese

Nevertheless, worth every bite! I felt way just about full by this point and was so freaking impressed with myself. No bad feelings about splurging, no inner feeling like I had to eat everything else that was on the table (and trust me, there were tons of things, including Halloumi!).

Most importantly, I enjoyed hanging out with my friends and catching up!

Today

So even though I went to bed after midnight and had to wake up six and a half hours later (for me, that’s very little!) I woke up. I have been kind of moping for the past three days ( no.idea.why.) so I was almost expecting this sulky mood to be clouding over me today, but as soon as I got to work and spent some time with my kids, it was all gone!

It’s been awfully windy here today too, even though the sun was shinning. I went to the gym right after work and did 35 minutes on the elliptical, and then 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill. I went up to 9% incline and my HR was actually in the high 150s BPM! Never thought walking would be able to get me working hard!

As I promised myself, I went off to do some free weights for upper body purposes. I did just about everything I could think of, and then headed out.

Now I am catching up with the news, and getting ready to finish off my finance essay. I am also reading about Natasha Richardson. I don’t know if many of you know her, but it is so sad for me to hear about her situation! I really hope she is going to pull through it! God bless her and her family!

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