This week was full of many wonderful firsts. To begin with, the week started off with my first ever trip to Whole Foods. This was quite the experience. I had a basic idea of what I was walking into, but actually experiencing it is much different! I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful choices, and by the prices! I will admit that I liked the selection of items a lot, but I really liked all the delicious free samples! (Guacamole and chocolate cake!)
Here is a picture of my haul. It was a small trip, mostly focused on the experience. I love apple cider this time of year and have a long list of baked goods to make using pumpkin. I had never tried this pumpkin granola, but I am officially obsessed! I also love some fine Parmesan cheese, and lastly I had a coupon to try some Clif bars. I had never had Clif bars before, but a running friend recommended I eat them before our Tuesday night run, and with the coupon, I just couldn’t pass them up.
I also got an incredible deal on weights at TJ Maxx. I really love that store. I don’t know why I ever bought anything full price before! I have started doing some workouts, but would love any suggestions for exercises. The leader of my running club recommended we all practice “running arms” to work on our form and strengthen our core, so I have been doing a little of that.
Speaking of my running club, I had the greatest run of all time on Tuesday! (Well, at least for me!) I usually average a 10:00 – 10:30 mile pace when I am out on my long runs. Tuesday was supposed to be devoted to speed training, so I really pushed myself, and look what I accomplished! I am so proud of myself. The motivation from all the girls at the club really helped. It is starting to feel like family. Joining the club was definitely one of my best decisions since moving.
And now, I will end with the greatest chocolate muffin recipe of all time. I tried this for the first time this week, and my boyfriend didn’t even notice there was anything different. He actually liked them! I cannot tell him that they don’t have any flour, oil, or butter. If he ever found out, he would swear he could tell, but honestly you can’t. The muffins are moist and delicious. Here is the recipe! Enjoy!
Have you had any firsts lately? Do you know any great exercises with weights?