Jess Finds Balance

My journey to finding a healthy balance with eating, exercise, and life in general

Happy iPhone Day! August 19, 2010

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Today was my first day with my new iPhone and I am liking it. I haven’t had enough time to sit down and play with it, but it is easy to use and fun! I’m wary of becoming one of those people who is always attached to my phone. I think it’s important to look around you and smell the roses! I know that I won’t find happiness in my iPhone or in constantly being connected to technology, so I’m going to make every effort to not make it an extension of my hands.

I didn’t end up eating the Larabar this morning. I was so busy at school setting up my classroom that I didn’t mind being a little hungry and putting off lunch until noon. I’m so glad that I went in to square everything away and that I didn’t leave it for next week. For the last two years, I was teaching 6th grade geography but was moved to 8th grade World History. It’ll be interesting to teach a new curriculum and work with some of the same kids I taught two years ago. I absolutely loved the geography curriculum and the teachers in the sixth grade, so I’m still sad about leaving them. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude about all the learning opportunities I’ll have. Who knows? Maybe I’ll enjoy it more than I think I will! Even still, it will be a lot of work creating a whole new year’s worth of lesson plans and I’m glad that I’ll have next week to really start thinking about how I want to start the year.

After running some errands on my way home from school, I was hungry for a mid-afternoon snack. I picked up some fresh figs at Russo’s yesterday and wanted to use them up since they go bad quickly. I decided on a Chobani honey greek yogurt topped with four of five chopped figs and then finished off with a sprinkling of walnuts.



A glass of Barnie’s decaf Cherry Chocolate Cordial iced coffee on the side is the perfect accompaniment!

I spent the afternoon doing things I’ve been trying to fit in the last few days but haven’t managed: playing a lot of piano, reading Women Food and God, meditating for the first time in a long time, and chatting with Dave. How is it that I’m so busy when I’m not even working? I am SO ready for retirement…

Dave was in charge of dinner while I was out of the house this evening. The menu included barbecued chicken, grilled corn on the cob, and green beans. My addition was making a sauce for the green beans. Going along with the southern theme, I mixed up about a tablespoon of Light Butter (50 calories per tablespoon) and some Frank’s Red Hot. I nuked it in the microwave for 20 seconds and then we tossed the steamed green beans in it. Lots of flavor without too many calories.



Little fork for me, big fork for him.



My plate:



It was all so delicious that I finished every bite and then the green beans still left in the serving bowl.

My best friend from high school, Syd, e-mailed me a recipe for peach blueberry crumble the other day and I’ve been meaning to do something with the very ripe peaches I have in my fridge. I’m not usually the baking type, since I am usually afraid to have baked goods in the house, but I figure that the only way to take it off of my “forbidden foods” list is to make it and eat it!

First I sliced up 3 peaches and threw in 2/3 of a pint of blueberries. I drizzled some maple syrup and mixed it all up. Next, I combined 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup of dry rolled oats, ~1/4 cup of brown sugar splenda (it’s really a 50/50 mix of real brown sugar and splenda), and 2-3 tablespoons of light butter. It seemed a little too dry so I added more butter, which then made it too doughy. I added a little bit more flour and oats, but it still seemed too wet. It tasted good, so I said “What the heck” and spooned it on top. Into the oven preheated at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and here’s the finished product:



My serving in one of my favorite little bowls:



The verdict? Eh. I think that using the softened light butter was a mistake because it made the crumble part too wet. It probably didn’t help that I used too much, either. I also found the crumble to be a little too sweet. And I never thought I’d say anything was too sweet (except for pixie sticks). Next time I’ll try stick butter and less sugar.


I’ve decided that yesterday’s stomach ache was due to having dairy after the run. I had a similar reaction to dairy after a run a few weeks ago and am glad that I’ve discovered the cause of my stomach woes. I’ve learned my lesson: no more dairy after challenging runs! I’m going to try for another even longer run tomorrow and am optimistic about how my stomach will react. I’m planning on hitting the hay early tonight to make up for my last night’s poor sleep. See you bright and early tomorrow morning 🙂

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One Response to “Happy iPhone Day!”

  1. Margee Says:

    Hmm, I’m okay with you having a little iPhone attachment. It seems that using it will help with great pics, quick posts and keeping other schedules in balance.

    Is Barnies coffee a location or name brand?

    Figs look yummy. Only had my first one 2 years ago. One night at a ‘farm meeting’ someone brought dried fruit. Omg- dates are so sweet and yummy too.

    Your run the other day was impressive. All the training is doing you well.

    Can’t wait to hear some more about meditation.


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