Portobellos and Body Image

Good evening!

I hope everyone had a great day. The day went by so fast again. I feel like I missed some hours or something.

Class was ok. We had an in-class assignment. They are never fun, but I feel pretty good about this one.

Here was my post workout smoothie.

  • 1 BIG handful of spinach
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • water 
At this point I blend it. Just to make sure all the spinach gets dissolved (for lack of a better word). 

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • ice
Blend it all up again, and it's ready for inhalation! 

It was the perfect way to fuel my body after my 4 miler. It felt so great to get my sweat on this morning! I'm trying to convince D to come with me for my 8 miler on Friday. I want to run in our city's river valley and I'm not a huge fun of running there alone. So we'll see if I can budge him. I'm nervous about this 8 miler. That's quite possibly the farthest I've ever run! I'm trying not to doubt myself. Running is all about the mind games, well at least for me it is. 

Next up, lunch. 

  • Half a cucumber
  • 5 dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 3 strawberries
I packed it all up to take to class with me. 

My appetite has been cranked up over the last couple of weeks. I'm pretty certain it's due to my ramped up workout routines. So it was no surprise that I was hungry around 3 p.m. and ate a protein bar I found in my bag. Sorry - no pic. 

Dinner was marvelous tonight! 

  • 1/4 cabbage head
  • 1 BIG handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (I like things spicy)
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce 
  • tons of cracked black pepper
I sauteed these ingredients for about 15 minutes. While they were cooking, I got to work on the pretty portobello. 

  • 1 portobello mushroom
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil (I'm not quite sure why I used two kinds of oil...)
I baked the mushroom until I could smell the garlic, give or take 15 minutes.

I plated the veggies and poured about 1/2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar over everything. It balanced out the heat of the red pepper flakes. 

And walla! You have an amazing dinner. 

I gotta finish a paper tonight. It's on a topic that I'm actually excited to write about -- the media as a source of women's body image issues. I'm looking forward to all the dirt I can find on the subject! 

Have a great night :)

Question: does anyone have anything topics/points that they think are important to address when talking about the media and women's bodies? I'd love to hear about them!! Thanks :)


  1. Your supper looks and sounds amazing! I have been wanting to try those big portobello mushrooms for a long time.

    Answering your question, I personally dislike all of the stuff the media is spinning, about having 'me time' to pamper yourself and 'loving yourself'. In my experience, once I get to know people, they are extremely selfish and do everything for their own benefit. "me time" just gives one more excuse to be selfish. I think putting others first is a positive thing, and very rare in our society. Everyone is out for themselves. Moms no longer stay at home and raise their children. Dads are no longer around to see their children grow. Teens only care about satisfying their desires. I am generalizing, but this has been my experience from seeing the world's true motives.
    Sorry for the long post. ^^; I enjoy your blog!

  2. Thank you for answering my question! I completely agree with you, 100%

    Focusing on others is a much better use of our time, and after doing it, I usually feel better than I would if I went to the spa for an hour.