Here are some of the things you’ve encountered while getting your sweat on:
- Road runner (Are you sure you weren’t just watching Looney Tunes? )
- Cows that somehow escaped the farm
- Family of turkeys
- Man walking on the treadmill at a 1.5 pace while using his arms to do dance moves
- A kid on a school bus who threw a pencil at the runner
- Guy doing push-ups in work attire
- Naked man sweeping his driveway
- Mockingbirds dive-bombing a squirrel that was trying to steal from a bird feeder
- Dog running down the street with a mailbox attached to its leash
And my personal favorite:
- A middle-aged Amish man walking across a road with a dead turkey on his back while his wife walked behind him in her dress holding a gun.
All of your comments reminded me of a weird thing I once saw while working out:
One time a guy was doing ab exercises on an exercise ball near the treadmills at my gym.
He had his legs propped up on the ball, and mid-crunch the ball flew out from underneath his feet and into a nearby treadmill.
The problem? A woman was running on that treadmill and the ball caused the treadmill to stop, sending the woman flying. While this was happening, the exercise ball squeaked loudly as the treadmill tried to keep moving.
It was insane! Luckily the woman was okay, but she was clearly very shook up. It also took a good two minutes or so for someone to turn off the treadmill and stop the ball from squeaking, which made the whole scene seem all the more dramatic. Totally nuts!
My lunch today included two new things!
They’re probably not new to you, but they’re new to me! Well, I’ve loved avocado for years, so it’s not technically new to me, but since I rarely buy avocados, it felt like a new discovery!
The tabouleh, on the other hand, was definitely a new dish. I’ve tried tabouleh (a Middle Eastern salad featuring bulgur, mint, parsley, and other herbs and spices) one other time at TooJay’s Deli when I was in college. I liked it a lot back then, but totally forgot about it until Sunday evening when my friend Merri gave me a box mix to make my own!
Using Fantastic World Foods’ box mix, I made tabouleh last night while dinner was cooking and let it chill in the fridge. By the time I was ready to eat it for lunch today, it was nice and cold.
I topped a bed of fresh spinach with the tabouleh, along with grape tomatoes, cucumber and celery and half of a large avocado.
I used Ryan’s method to prep the avocado, which made it super simple! Ryan makes the most amazing (and simple) avocado salsa dip and has perfected his avocado slicing technique.
To prep the avocado, simply cut it in half, lengthwise, and twist to separate the two sides. Stab the pit with a knife to remove it before carving a grid into the avocado. Scoop out the avocado! You should have perfectly diced chunks of avocado!
My lunchtime salad was definitely taken to another level due to the addition of the tabouleh and avocado. I forgot how much creaminess and flavor avocado adds to any dish (not to mention it’s a great source of good fat!).
I’ve actually noticed something about my body and food recently.
I seem to feel much fuller off of fat and fiber than I do when I consume protein alone. A simple protein shake might calm hunger pains for a little while, but if I eat a small handful of nuts with the shake or add some high-fiber fruit to the mix, I feel much more satisfied. I guess the whole “eat protein + carbs + fats” at every meal is a pretty decent equation.
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