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Posted Jul 07 2010 7:45pm

Before I get to explain my title, let me get through my day first!

I’m right there with all you East Coasters melting in the heat of the summer!  I had my fair share out in the desert today, but thank goodness for the hefty breeze running through the area!

I wasn’t hungry at all this morning so I kept it simple but stable:

  • 3/4C Kashi h2h
  • banana
  • strawberries
  • 1T PB


So I spent my day out walking all over this…getting my hamstrings kicked to oblivion they hurt so bad.  Bah!


Luckily I had an awesome view to keep me motivated!


We actually had a client for one of the energy companies come out and look for some birds with us so that kinda mixed things up a bit…among other things (ahem…you know if you follow me on twitter…tehehehe!).

Checking burrows is pretty simple so we did that all morning and finally got to the real walking for the afternoon.  I wasn’t really hungry for lunch (appetite is way off today) but I knew I’d be walking lots so I stomached this anyhow: Cashew Butter, Cinnamon and Apple FlatOut Wrap.  I kept it in my cooler bag so the apple was nice and crispy!


After a good sweat session of 6.5 miles in the desert/valley we headed home and as soon as I cooled down, BAM!  Hunger is no longer suppressed!  I slowly ate a Blueberry and Raspberry Oatmeal Bar on the way home (also to help keep me awake) and got to some work that was so frustrating I wanted to kill my computer and GPS.  Sometimes I freak’n hate electronics!

I spent some time playing with Honey but was more entertained and getting a good laugh from her acting like a dog, ie chasing her tail. 


She does this ALL THE TIME.  Such a crack up.  Tomorrow is going to be interesting though as I’m going to have to cut her nails for the first time and I’m terrified.  I’m so afraid I’m going to hurt her, but better to learn and get her used to it now right?  She’s such a rebel though…biting and clawing at myself and my roomie all the time.  Currently covered in scratches.  Ouch.


After a bit of play and trying to come off my fumes from frustrating work stuff, I snacked on 2/3C Kashi h2h and 6 Unsalted PB Pretzel Nuggets.

But I can’t tell you how excited I was for dinner!  I set out all the ingredients this morning so I wouldn’t change my mind this evening by being lazy and made an awesome grain salad!

Quinoa, Black Bean and Mixed Vegetable Salad


  • 1/2C Quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/4C water
  • One Butternut Squash, cut into 1/4/-1/3 inch slices and seasoned (to taste: garlic powder, cumin, curry, paprika, chili powder, ginger)
  • 1/2C Black Beans, seasoned to taste (same as butternut squash)
  • 1C chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 Thick Tomato Slice, diced
  • 5 Thick Cucumber Slices, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 Red Bell Pepper, diced



  1. Preparing Quinoa: Combine 1/2C thoroughly rinsed quinoa in rice maker with 1 1/4C water and let machine run until finished.
  2. Preparing Butternut Squash: Preheat oven to 400F while you peel, deseed, cut and season butternut squash pieces and place on cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes and flip pieces, then cook for 15 more minutes until cooked through.
  3. While your quinoa and squash are cooking, chop up your spinach, tomato, cucumber and bell pepper pieces. 
  4. Rinse black beans and season to taste.
  5. After letting the squash and quinoa cool, layer like so: spinach, quinoa, butternut squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes and black beans.
  6. Eat and enjoy!  You can always add some extras like chopped avocado, cilantro, some lemon/lime juice; anything your heart desires!


Hopefully that wasn’t too hard to follow!  It was a very tasty and filling dinner, but of course never enough to keep me from eating dessert:


My Vegan But Not-So-Vegan Brownies.  I made these a bit back from The Joy of Vegan Baking but had to use an egg (hence the not-so-vegan) instead of the flax-water combo the recipe called for.  I had one the day I made them and didn’t really enjoy them, but now?  Wholly moly they taste so much better after sitting in the fridge!  How does that happen?!  Weird right?

[[Side Note: ANTS

Any idea what ANTS stands for?  It’s something my therapist is having me work on this week and I started today…

ANTS = Automatic Negative Thinking/Thoughts

I have a horrible tendency to put myself down, even when I know full well that I’m more than what I think.  I often receive compliments on anything from my looks to my independence and my travels but I always somehow turn it around to a negative thought in my own mind.

My exercise for this week was to look at my negative thoughts and realize that I’m thinking them.  So every time I made an automatic thought I was to say out loud, “That is a negative thought.”

I woke up this morning ready to tackle this exercise and really, to see how many of these thoughts I have on an average day. 

I was astounded. 

It started the moment I woke up to now, and I’m on number…I’m ashamed to even admit it!  I’m actually going to keep it to myself because well, it’s just sad to say!  Let’s just put it this way, it has motivated me to try even harder to combat these thoughts in my mind and work on letting them go.  We haven’t talked yet about how I’m going to combat them (though I’m sure i know how, but I’m just supposed to focus on recognizing they’re happening) as that will come next week, but I’m excited to get to that point!  I don’t like being so negative all the time!

So if you have negatives thoughts about yourself and want to think more positive, work with me: Every time you think something negative, realize, recognize it and say, “This is a negative thought.”  Over time hopefully the number of times you,and I, say these things will become less and less…I know I don’t like saying it all the time!

How do you combat negative thoughts?  What do you do to help pick you up? ]]

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