What I Ate – 2/4/17

It was my rest day from running. But I still got up at usual time and did strength training instead. HIIT is so challenging!!!

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then I saw through the monitor that someone was up and playing already

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after changing I went to see the family. They were already starting to have breakfast.

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I joined them. I had toasts with LC, fried egg and goat cheese with blueberries. I think I’m approaching the borderline of getting sick of this combo. 🙂

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looking at these two playing and laughing together put me a great mood for the day

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Sofia and I went to indoor climbing, meeting with our friend Ruweri, climbing partner for few years already.

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Sofia was not officially allowed to climb yet since kids need to weight close to 40lbs to be able to start, but Sofia was eager to test the water

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and then it was my turn. Despite of not coming often, I was surprised that my body still remembers the movements and kept the fitness quite well. I managed to do several 5.8-5.9 routes without much problem.

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then we went to bouldering area

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and that was definitely challenging!!! It needed much more power than going up

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after climbing, I took Sofia to her ballet class and did groceries. When returned home, we were starving. We had spaghetti with homemade Bolognese sauce made with grounded turkey. Simple but always tasty.

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then it was nap time for the girls. Tony took his parents to the mall, and I did some work

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snacked on plain roasted almonds

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when girls were up.. it was all playing with them. Lizzy loves standing up these days… and it is so funny to see a tiny person trying to move around

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then we had a delicious dinner. I made baked lobster, salmon with onion, and my mother in law prepared some veggies to go along

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after I put the girls to sleep. I enjoyed a cup of the chia pudding I made in the afternoon. It was amazing! Rich, decadent, and couldn’t tell that it was a healthy dessert.

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Snuggled in bed before 10pm… excited for my long run the next day. 🙂


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What I Ate: 1/29/17

I started my morning with a decaf coffee with Tj’s soy cream.

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followed by a small bowl of oatmeal in preparation for my long run

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whenever I go over 8 miles, I bring water and energy beans. Once I didn’t and I was miserable the rest of the day.

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I enjoy Sunday long runs the most because I don’t need to rush to home. I run slowly. I don’t have a set number of miles to hit but a range. Today was anywhere between 10 to 12. I run with Tony for the first 3 miles, and then 9 miles by myself that went in a blink. 12 miles later, I felt energized, world was a better place. 🙂

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First thing after I step in was to put the NUUN into a big glass of water.

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then I stretched for 10 min, showered and put on compression socks. These are wonderful for after long run. The first time I tried it in the store, I couldn’t believe how well I felt after just 10 min. The calf I put it own felt 100 times better than the other one. Now I wear it for couple of hours after long runs.

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During the run I thought about what I would have for post-run fuel. Something cold, sweet, indulging sounded appropriate. So I made a high protein smoothie bowl with frozen banana, berries, protein powder and coconut milk. As any smoothie bowl, the best part was toppings. I put some more berries, goji berries, coconut chips and PB. It hit the spot!!!

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Tony left with his parents to do some shopping. I was by myself with the girls. Sofia was happily watching papa pig, her weekly treat, while snacking on some grapes.

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meanwhile Lizzy took her nap so I had time to do meal preparation for the week. I had some veggies roasting

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while Sofia joined me to make pancakes for her breakfast

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meal preparation was done. I prepared roasted Japanese sweet potato, ginger-soy roasted cauliflower and broccoli, and bakedtofu

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and an apple balsamic glazed purple cabbage. Divided into individual containers.

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Lizzy woke up around 12:15pm, perfect timing for lunch. Sister love!!!!

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Sofia lunch consisted of two fried eggs, 1 pancake and frozen peas. She happily finished them all and had another pancake later.

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Lizzy had pancakes too. I made those with breast milk, egg yolks and baby oatmeal. She prefers finger food over puree.

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I gave her some green peas too and she loved them, kept putting more into her mouth.

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I love having them alone sometimes because I feel that I am more engaged with them. Needless to say, they love having me focusing on them 100%.

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after the girls went for nap. I finally sit down to have my lunch. I made for the first time Jimalaya with turkey sausage, vegetables and quinoa. Really filling and delicious meal that I can’t wait to play with other ingredients.

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while the girls were sleeping, I worked on my side project for 2 hours straight while snacking on some high fiber cereal.

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when girls were up from nap, Tony and in-laws came with a big shopping haul. I left them with Lizzy and took Sofia to buy some serving ware.

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when we arrived, dinner was ready. We had bok choy, napa cabbage with egg dumplings, green beans, and a curry beef soup with tofu pockets.

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after dinner, I nursed and put Lizzy down for the night

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while Tony read Chinese books to Sofia

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then I had some quiet time with my bowl of kabocha

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8pm, it was time for night routine. I accompanied Sofia to brush her teeth, bath, Pj.

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read a Chinese book and goodnight to her.

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9pm, I was in bed with a magazine and a ginger tea.

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then Tony came. We chatted a bit and felt asleep before 10pm. It was a relaxing but productive day. Fully recharged for a busy week to follow.

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What I Ate: 1/19/17

It was a day to be remembered since it was first time I was at home with two girls all by myself from 8am to 7:30pm. And I have to say, although it was totally manageable, I gained more respect to stay at home moms. 🙂

My day started off in total darkness. I didn’t sleep well the night before, waking up around 2:40am and couldn’t sleep until almost 4am. Nonetheless, I head out at 6:35am for my run.

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I came across few souls on the trail. Every time I come across a runner, I’d say good morning and give my respect for the diligent runner/cyclist. I am sure they feel the same way toward me. It feels noble to be out there.

The last 0.25 mile of the run is the hilliest but I always feel huge fulfillment when I reach to the top.

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Once home, I prepared breakfast for Sofia and Tony. Homemade sour cream pancakes with PB for Miss Sofia, and homemade bread with assorted spreads for Tony.

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while they had breakfast, I fed Lizzy. Sweet potato/zucchini/pear puree was on the menu for her.

Just before 8am, we got ready to drive Tony to the metro.

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Once home, I nursed Lizzy while Sofia played by herself, and Lizzy went to take her nap without fuss.

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8:45 AM – Breakfast

Fluffy coconut pancake with peanut and chocolate sauce

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It has been a long time I made pancake for breakfast and oddly I craved sweet that morning so I obliged and made a big batch.

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It was like eating dessert for breakfast, so decadent and filling

Fluffy coconut pancake with peanut and chocolate sauce

Serves 1

2 eggs
1 egg white
4 Tbsp coconut flour
2 Tbsp flax meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of stevia
1/3 cup water
cooking oil/spray
2 Tbsp PB2
1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

  1. Heat pan
  2. Separate egg yolk from egg whites
  3. Beat egg whites with an electric beater until foam
  4. Mix coconut flour with flax meal, salt, baking powder, stevia
  5. Add egg yolks to the flour mixture and add water until a thick bater consistency
  6. Fold egg whites to the flour-egg mixture
  7. Drop 1/4 cup of batter to the pan and cook for 3-4 mins, flip, and cook another 1-2 min
  8. Mix water with PB flour to make peanut butter sauce
  9. Mix water with protein powder to make chocolate sauce

Sofia and I spent the morning organizing her toys

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assorted her books by language (english, spanish and chinese)

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11:30 AM – Snack

We shared a navel orange for snack

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then I started to prepare dinner while Sofia did some coloring

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I had a big butternut squash that was sitting in the fridge for days and some leftover corn tortilla. Enchiladas sounded perfect.

I first roasted some sweet potato with coconut oil

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then prepared the sauce and the sweet potato & grounded beef mixture. Sofia joined me for the assembly.

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ready for the oven

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she snacked on tortilla while I did some cleaning

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Lizzy woke up from her nap at 12:15pm, that was solid 3 hours nap! 😀

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Then we went to Trader Joe’s for some groceries. We all need to get out of the house for some fresh air once a day, and doing groceries seemed to be the easiest task with two kids. Somehow they’re “trapped” in the cart.

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Once home, I prepared lunch for the girls. Eggs, broccoli, and pita bread for Miss Sofia. Broccoli, pancake, and yogurt for Lizzy. After lunch, they both went for a nap.

2:00 P.M. – Lunch

Sautéed cabbage, kale, and tofu in olive preserve sauce + steamed corn

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I was starving by the time lunch was ready, but I prefer to eat it late alone than juggling two girls at the same time.

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A coffee while I catch up with some work emails.

3:45 P.M. – Snack


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Pistachio is my favorite nut for the moment so whenever I’m not too hungry for a snack, I’d have some for healthy fats.

At 4pm, my friend Sarah and her daughter Tara came to visit us. While Sofia and Tara played, later joined by Lizzy, Sarah and I chatted. Sarah is moving to Kenya soon so it was really nice to see her.

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They left around 6pm. Tony texted me that he was running late so I had dinner with the girls by myself.

6:45 P.M. – Dinner

Sweet potato & beef enchilada served with avocado

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It was my first time making and eating enchilada. I was happily surprised by how easy it was to make for something truly delicious.

After dinner, I gave a bath to Lizzy. Love seeing her chewing bath toys.

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By 7:20 pm, she was in bed with Pj and full belly of milk. 🙂

Tony arrived home almost 8 pm. Heated up enchiladas for him which he loved as well. Then I asked him to read a book to Sofia while I had my ME time with my kabocha.

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By 9pm, I was in bed with a cup of chocolate almond milk and a book. Perfect way to unwind my day full of silly words, diapers, and home errands.

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First time of “stay at home mom of two” went well. It gave me confidence for the time I’ll have to do more of these in a couple of months. It is so true that with kids days are long but years are short. Always remember this to cherish every long day. 🙂


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