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Greyhounds & A Yoga Winner

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting some of the sweetest, gentlest, cutest dogs I’ve ever encountered! Michael and I had planned on going to the greyhound fair at the Sellwood Dog Supply store but ¬†Michael had to take care of something last minute so I went by myself. I am so glad I did. My heart was stolen by two of the dogs I got to meet!

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The Oregon Greyhound Adoption team was there with a bunch of dogs that are need of loving homes. There were about five dogs at the fair and unfortunately none of them were cat-friendly otherwise I would have left with one of them! I fell in love with two of the dogs I met that day.

The first was Dean. He was a¬†gorgeous brindle greyhound. Dean is 75 pounds and 3 years old. He was probably the sweetest, most lovable dog I’ve ever encountered. He struck me as the kind of dog that just wants lots of cuddles, kisses and hugs. He was glued to my side and would nudge my hand for pets just like Fat Kitty does!

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DEAN

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Look at that face! How could you NOT love that face?!

The other dog was Jered. Jered was another sweetie but about 8 years old or so. Jered was a little grumpy when the other dogs got too close to him but he was still very sweet. I think he is just the kind of dog that needs to be the only animal in a house and gets undivided attention from his humans.

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JERED

 

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Jered never got sick of me petting him and scratching his ears. He was so cute. I was at the adoption fair for over an hour. I asked a ton of questions and got to spend time with the dogs. I didn’t want to leave! According to the adoption counselors greyhounds are giant couch potatoes. After they are “retired” from racing they don’t want to run like they used to. I asked how often I need to take them outside to run and she said once a day for like 10 minutes. Seriously, they are couch potatoes. They sound more like cats than dogs!

Some of my concerns are about our lifestyle. We’re looking for a dog that can go hiking with us and they said a greyhound was a maybe on that. She wasn’t sure what kind of endurance they have–which makes sense because when they were racing, it wasn’t like they were running 30 miles at a time. Not that Michael and I hike for super long distances, but I’d be concerned about the dogs. Also, she wasn’t sure if they’d be good dogs to run with me (even if I’m only doing a few miles at a time).

So with the lifestyle concerns on top of being worried about my kitties, I’m starting to wonder if they would be the right breed for us. I haven’t crossed them off the list entirely, but I have serious doubts. When Michael and I get back from vacation I want to go to the humane society and see a bunch of different dogs all at once and see what kind of feelings I get then.

When I was done checking out the dogs, I went home and made pesto with the basil from my garden. I wanted to do that at the end of every summer that we’ve had a garden and just haven’t gotten around to it. I finally did! And I’m so glad. It’s delicious.

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I found a few different recipes online and decided to try this one. It was great! I had TONS of basil I needed to use.

Fresh Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

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Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.

Notes

From: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_basil_pesto/

Nutrition Facts

Fresh Pesto

Serves

Amount Per Serving
Calories About 280
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0
Saturated Fat 0
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 0
Total Carbohydrate 0
Dietary Fiber 0
Sugars
Protein
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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It didn’t take long to make this recipe. I doubled it so I could freeze most of the pesto for this winter. After making the pesto I made lunch–a turkey and pesto sandwich on gluten-free bread Michael bought at Costco (it’s surprisingly good).

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Awesome sandwich! And I used up 90% of my basil. Mission accomplished. The only downside to making pesto is that it is REALLY high in calories. I use it sparingly. I love to use pesto on sandwiches and in pasta dishes but again, it packs on the calories so it’s not something I eat often.

YOGI CLOTHING GIVEAWAY

Finally, I wanted to announce the winner of the Yogi Clothing giveaway. Using Random.org it chose #16-Ashley C! Email me asap with your mailing information. Thanks again!

I’m Okay With My Body

I kicked my own ass Wednesday night at the gym! It was a fantastic, refreshing workout. First, I ran 3.56 miles. But I alternated between no incline and 2.0 incline at 5.0 pace.


All winter long I’ve run on the treadmill with zero incline because I didn’t want to aggravate my IT Band. I shied away hills for fear of re-injury, when I used to run hills all the time! When I was running my neighborhood training for Hood to Coast, I was running humongous hills. It was time to get back to it! It felt awesome to run “hills” again (even if they were small hills).


After my kick-ass run, I spent some quality time in the Scary Weight Room area where all the big guys were. I don’t often use those machines with the weight plates, or the free weights because I feel unsure of myself. I’m glad I got back to it because I was able to get in a fantastic weight session after weeks of mediocre weight lifting. It was clearly time for a change from the “machines.”


I focused on Chest, Shoulders and Back.


I felt stronger and could lift more last night compared to what I used to be able to lift!


I spent about 30 minutes lifting weights, feeling really good about my abilities, and ended with some stretching.


Gym Stats:

Time: 1:28
Calories Burned: 693


After the gym I cleaned up and Michael and I went out to dinner for our Date Night. He was craving Mexican and since he’s still on The Diet, we chose The Matador. He ordered a steak with broccolini (on the plan!).


I decided that I was no longer on The Diet. I will eat what Michael eats (on the diet) but in smaller portions and I won’t be avoiding carbs or restricting fruit anymore. I decided that I am okay with my body and I am okay with not losing weight!


I ordered a glass of Shiraz to go with dinner. But we skipped the chips and salsa. Despite the fact that I will be eating whatever I want, I’m not going to try and sabotage Michael’s efforts. I didn’t need the chips and salsa anyway.


I ordered the shredded chicken enchilada. It came with rice (carbs!), black beans, guacamole and sour cream. It was delish!


I ate one of the enchiladas, most of the rice and half the beans. I saved the rest for lunch.


I also had dessert when we got home. A little bit of vanilla ice cream, low calorie fudge sauce and some chocolate chips. I was under my calories for the day and happy I was able to eat whatever I wanted!

I am happy with what I see in the mirror. I am happy that my jeans aren’t tight anymore and I’m happy with what I’m eating. And I feel SOOO good today from last night’s weight lifting! I’m sore and it’s awesome!

QUESTION: Are you okay with your body?