A Trip to the Farmers’ Market

This past Saturday morning Patrick and I woke up extra early to drop my car off to the dealership to get my seat belt finally replaced after driving around for a week without a working seat belt.  (It recently locked up in the retracted position.  They didn’t have any rental cars available either so I had to wait for them to order and receive the part.  How dangerous, right!? Don’t worry, I submitted a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to try and get the part recalled!)

Anyway, we were out and about and passed by a farmers market (that I am honestly guilty of knowing it occurs every Saturday morning but I never make an effort to get there).  Well, I sure am glad I did because I picked up some beauties!  I’m so excited to cook with my new bounty of fresh produce bought straight from the source, and I didn’t have to wait in a checkout line to pay for them.  You can’t get much more fresh, healthy, and supportive of your local environment than this!

Is it me or is this bowl just gorgeous!?

Is it me or is this bowl just gorgeous!?  I love the idea of fresh food!

Just beautiful, right!  Okay, so let me give you the lowdown and prices:

Plum Tomatoes: $2.00 for all of them!

Organic Cucumber: $1.00

Bunch of Kale: $1.00

Sweet Onions: $1.00/pound

Red Onions: $1.50/pound

Spaghetti Squash: $4.00

Onion Bread: $3.50

The loaf of onion bread smelled amazing the whole way home!  In addition to tasting the onion loaf, I am most excited to use the spaghetti squash.  I’ve heard so much about it being a good way to substitute pasta so I cannot wait to try it!

I’ll definitely have some recipes posted soon with all of these goodies being put to use.  Stay tuned!

– Jessi 🙂

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A Beautiful Morning to Begin a Weight Loss Battle

Since Patrick and I started dating a little over two years ago, I’ve gained 30 pounds.

I know, I know – it’s somewhat normal and expected to gain weight in a relationship but this isn’t good at all – not for me or for Patrick, who has weigh-ins coming up in a few months for work.  I don’t know about you, but this weight gain phenomenon has happened to me in almost every relationship I’ve ever been in.  Granted, this is my worst, and that’s exactly why I now need to put my foot down and focus on me.  Why do we let ourselves go?  Here are a few reasons that you are probably familiar with but I’ll remind you of these culprits for fun, or at least from my experience.

1) When we are in a relationship, we are comfortable!  We got the guy (or girl) and we aren’t “fishing” anymore in that vast sea.  No need to be in tip top shape to impress or attract a potential fish-mate.

2) We want to spend all of our time with that person.  Especially in my situation, where my boyfriend’s and my schedules rarely match up – when we are together, I want to be with him!  I don’t want to be running off to an exercise class or to go for a run and part ways with him.  So we end up relaxing in front of the TV together, or even worse… (continue to #3)…

3) Your time together usually involves meals, and those meals aren’t always healthy.  Conversations and memories are made over a meal, and these meals are usually had out out at a restaurant where you are “treating” yourself.  Therefore, the calorie intake is rarely paid attention to, or you justify your actions with a celebratory, or an “I deserve this” type of mindset.  Not to mention that random weekdays by the TV sometimes end in the venturing out for a “treat” such as ice cream.  Relationship or not – you could probably tell by my food posts that I love eating, and that’s not something I’m entirely willing to give up.  (And I haven’t even gotten into the calorie content of alcohol!).  So, I’ll have to find another way (or some additional activities) to help me battle this bulge.

As I was going to bed last night and thinking about these things, I prepared myself to begin to combat this relationship poundage.  I figured I’d at least start by taking a few extra steps outside of my comfort zone in order to prove that I mean business.  So, today I added in a run, but not just any run.  Today I ran BEFORE work.  I am 27 years old.  I don’t think I’ve EVER fit in exercise before school or work EVER, unless it was mandatory on a team (and normally any dance team, cheerleading, soccer, or lacrosse practices I had in the past would only be in the morning on days that we didn’t have school afterwards).  But the alarm went off at 6:00am, and around 6:40am I stumbled out of bed, brushed my teeth, threw on some workout clothes, and hit the pavement around 7:00am.  (Waking up on cue to my alarm and not using the snooze button is a whole other task I’ll try to combat one day… lol).

And let me tell you, I’m so glad I got out of bed and went out for a run.  It was beautiful!   I mean, it wasn’t even that early but there were very few people out and about and it was just so peaceful.  The sun was shining, yet there was a lot of dew in the air (or perhaps it had rained throughout the night).  I had tunes blasting in my headphones as I was working out my body.  It was wonderful!  Here are some of the pictures I grabbed during my peaceful run:

The run can wait... I couldn't help but stop and take some photos!

The run can wait… I couldn’t help but stop and take some photos!

Weeks Road - Usually VERY busy yet it was so peaceful today.

Weeks Road – Usually VERY busy yet it was so peaceful today.

A canal/bridge that I passed over on my run.

A canal/bridge that I passed over on my run.

On any given day the Patchogue River is bustling with boats.  This morning?  So tranquil and not an engine to be heard. (PS - That's Patrick's boat right there) :-)

On any given day the Patchogue River is bustling with boats. This morning? Look at that tranquility.  Not an engine to be heard. (PS – That’s Patrick’s boat right there) 🙂

Guilty as Charged... here I am sweating but smiling.  So happy with my decision.

Guilty as Charged… here I am sweating but smiling. So happy with my decision.

My run. :-)  Love the Nike+ Running app!

My run. 🙂 Love the Nike+ Running app!

I am hoping that this is the start to getting back on track with my weight-loss goals as I commit myself to some additional training (and maybe even a little bit better eating habits).  I hope this post has inspired you in some way as well!  Especially you, Patrick – countdown to October weigh-in’s has begun.  Let’s kick some weight loss butt, starting now!!

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