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    Hey! I'm Beth - a 27 year old foodie living and working in the Washington, DC area who has lost almost 90 pounds through Weight Watchers. I love good food, wine and getting creative in the kitchen, and then balancing that out with running, The Shred, and yoga. Please feel free to browse around and hopefully you'll find some ideas, recipes and motivation!

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Back At It

Thank you guys so much for all your comments and support on yesterday’s post! It seems like a lot of you can relate to feeling like you barely know your old self anymore. When you lose a significant amount of weight and/or make drastic changes to move towards a healthy lifestyle, a lot more changes than just the way you look to others. For those of you just starting or thinking about starting on your journey, realize that it’s much more important to focus on the day at hand and making smart, healthy decisions for yourself right now, rather than looking too far ahead and getting discouraged. I promise you that those little choices you make will eventually add up to huge strides in your own healthiness journey and before long, you’ll have a similar story to share.

Moving along – though I desperately miss the perfection that is San Diego, I have to admit it does feel pretty good to get back into my normal routine and be sleeping in my own bed (though the beds at the Westin ARE heavenly). Because of the severe weather alerts that actually did come true, I got let out of work at 3pm yesterday in hopes of beating the storm home. While I did get home before the storm, I immediately went out to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I could have made due with frozen veggies, grains, and the tofu and tempeh in my fridge, but I really wanted to get some fresh fruit and veggies and stock up the kitchen. So I did. And the drive was kind of intense with slush/snow, but the supermarket was shockingly not busy at all and I was able to zip around the store and be done in less than 30 minutes. Luckily, too, because as I was pulling back into my garage afterwards, the weather was getting worse and worse and let’s just say I was glad not to be driving anymore.

After the grocery store, I ended up doing a 35 minute tempo run, and it felt wonderful. I was trying to figure out why I felt so good during the run, and I’m pretty sure I was experiencing runners high, for the second time ever. It’s crazy how runs can be so hit or miss, and this one just felt so good that I was almost disappointed when it was over.


Man I love my Polar. I honestly don’t know if I can go back to the Garmin, even when I start running outside again… You’d be proud of me though – I stretched for 8 minutes after my run. I think that’s a record for me.

After a quick shower, I whipped up a quick and healthy dinner with Wil, and it felt so good to be back in my own kitchen. I picked up a few parsnips at the store, and I just love them.


This might be obvious to some, but I only learned it within the last several months. If you cut a parsnip in half before you start chopping it, it makes it way easier to handle.


Same story with carrots. You slice those ones in half again, and then chop them to your desired size, trying to get them all about the same.


I used to always try to cut them in half lengthwise while they were still intact, and they would always come out so uneven. Doing them this way helps a lot.

Anyways, I ended up roasting two large parsnips and four carrots in a little evoo, salt, and pepper, making some red quinoa (1/2 cup dried, rinsed, added to 1 cup of water, boiled, then brought to a simmer until the water was all gone – about 15 minutes total), and steaming just under a pound of shrimp for Wil and I for dinner (plus lunch for me today).


Plus a little cilantro for some green and extra flavor. Super simple and clean, but totally delicious. I love steaming my own shrimp – just a touch of salt and they are sweet and flavorful on their own without much seasoning. Plus, they only take 3 or so minutes to cook this way. (This is the steamer I use, which works really well for veggies, too. Best $17 I ever spent.)

What’s the thing you miss most about being home after you’ve been away (even if you are really enjoying yourself!)? For me, it’s definitely cooking my own meals.


31 Responses

  1. Mmmm…dinner looks great!

  2. The thing I miss the most is my cats…but I would say I definitely miss sleeping in my own bed too, even if the hotel beds are comfortable. There is just something about sleeping in your own bed.

  3. there is nothing like coming home and sleeping in your own bed and being back on a routine. i just read your last post and boy Beth you have come a long way and you should feel PROUD! you have taken baby steps towards living a healthy and whole life. have a great day!

  4. I’m with you – I HATE being away from my kitchen. I need to be able to cook for myself!

  5. Having my alone time- when I’m traveling, I’m constantly surrounded by people. And I’m a very social person, but I like going home again and having a night all to myself. 🙂

  6. I always miss my cat the most when I travel.

    Yay for good runs – I wish I could somehow harness the power of my great runs and keep it in a jar for the runs where I’m just not feelin’ it.

  7. Sleeping in my own bed! Oh gosh, I love the comfort of my bed. I hate unfamiliar beds……I sleep so much better in mine 😀

  8. I miss my pups and fiance!

    I’ve never had parsnips.. what exactly do they taste like?

    • I think they’re awesome! They are in the carrot family, but taste kind of like a cross between a potato and a carrot if you can picture it. They are so good roasted and also great as fries!

  9. I always have to force myself to fully stretch after workouts too. I’m just ready to be done at that point.

    • SAME. Though since I’ve sort of made it a “rule” its become more of a habit. I really am trying not to get injured during training for this half marathon!

  10. Love that you had such a great run! I love cooking when I come back from vacation. Usually I end up spending an entire weekend day cooking and baking after a trip.

  11. I have never used my steamer on anything besides vegetables. I will have to try that soon! Such a fast and healthy way to prepare them 🙂

    • I only starting using it for shrimp in the last few weeks. I love steamed shrimp from a Chinese restaurant, so I thought, why not? They’re great that way!

  12. I’m with you. I miss being able to cook while I am away on trips. It’s the thing I look forward to once I get back.

  13. I have a feeling if I ever went to San Diego I’d be ruined forever! I know I would love it there. 🙂

  14. My own bed and snuggles with my puppy!

  15. I really miss all of my stuff! Being able to do laundry in my house, my dishes, my food, MY BED, working out at home or at the gym, etc. I just like the routine of being at home. And as fun as vacations/traveling is, it is better to be home!

  16. I would have to agree with quite a few others that I miss my bed the most! Then I miss my “normal” routine and like to get back into when I am home.

  17. Really my own bed!

  18. Dinner looks great! Once we get home from a vacation, it feels so great to cook my own meals again 🙂

  19. I love my Polar watch so much too! I don’t think I could ever switch watch companies!

    Glad that you got some groceries before the crazy part of the storm hit, those storms have just been cruel.

    My favorite part to being back home is my quiet time alone just moving at my own pace and doing whatever suits my fancy. I love just turning on music, opening all the windows and cleaning or working on home projects. It is my zen that I can only find at home. 🙂

  20. I was just thinking about parsnips today! Thanks for the reminder- I’m going to add them to my grocery list 🙂

  21. Okay, so I am just learning more about you through your blog and I must admit when I read, ” I whipped up a quick and healthy dinner with Wil” I thought it said Wii – I thought how did she do that?! LOL! Then as I read lower, I realized that was an L not an i – I just lost my 20/20 vision and I feel blind! I should be getting my specs soon! Thanks for posting about parsnips, I have never tried them and your tips and pictures make it something I think I could venture out and try!

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