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Sometimes you just have one of those days.

Where nothing seems to feel right on your frame, when it feels like there is a bubble of air in your tummy nothing will pop it.  For some, this is annoying, but manageable.  For a girl eager to flaunt her new body in a bikini, this is torture!

As someone with IBS, there are things I should definitely NOT be eating.  High up there on my list include: Splenda (or any form of artificial sweeteners) and sugarfree gum.  I had quite a lot of both yesterday, and felt the effects-big time-today.

I thought my run was going to be severely hampered by my stomach, but fortunately it ended up being a pretty good one! I even managed to clock in an 8 minute mile, something I don’t think I’ve ever done in my entire life.

When I came back, once again I felt no desire to eat anything.  I waited until I absolutely HAD to put something in my stomach, and created a yogurt/cereal bowl.

I topped a container of plain Oikos with 1/2 c Kashi GoLean Crunch, 1/2 c Cinnamon Life cereal, 4 strawberries, a handful of blueberries, a drizzle of honey and a tbsp Polaner Black Cherry Jam.

It was a perfectly filling breakfast and was more than enough to get me going to the beach!

I didn’t want to leave the beach (or my book) to eat lunch, so I came back to the house and quickly packed a lunch to take with me.

Box of baby carrots and yellow bell pepper

Yes, I eat aluminum foil.  ROFL I totally forgot that maybe people would want to see my actual sandwich.  It was quite boring, just a couple pieces of turkey on a Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin with a sprinkling of arugula.

One Hugh Jass pear for dipping into about 1 tbsp + 1tsp Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  WOW. This was so good! I’d only been dipping apples and sundry into my tub of Justin’s, but now I know how great a pear tastes with it, I think I know exactly what I’m having for lunch tomorrow!

I also had a Snyder’s of Hanover Large Sourdough Pretzel (which I seem to only eat when I’m down at the beach), but I ended up eating it before I could photograph it.  Although please note that pretzels also taste good in the almond butter, if you’d like to do your own research on that issue.  😉

I spent a good long time on the beach today, and despite my best efforts not to burn, I’m very red on my chest and upper legs.  😦  I didn’t even realize it until I hit the outdoor shower and felt the blazing water hit my skin!

Because my stomach was so unbearable, I didn’t really have an afternoon snack.  I grabbed a handful of blueberries and called it even.  I had zero appetite, but I tried to make my dinner quite memorable, and it was absolutely delicious even though I currently feel like hell!

I had the exact same thing as last night (cold chicken with salsa and guacamole, side of broccoli) except this time I stir-fried the broccoli with some spinach until it had a little bit of a crunch left to it, and covered it in the ketchup.  

Instead of bread, I had Food Should Taste Good Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips and salsa:

I haven’t had these in a long time, but the crunch factor remains a beloved favorite.  I still long for their Sweet Potato flavored ones and wish my grocery store still carried them!

And of course, no day would be complete without a little chocolate…

I think I’m going to work my way through this Lindt Intense Orange bar this weekend.  It’s so hard to stop myself at one square! Thankfully I had this last Hershey Mini  to tide me over.  I wish I’d brought down my Trader Joe’s Mini PB Cups, but I think I’ll be okay considering I’m planning to have a gelati on Sunday!

That is, if my stomach behaves.  😦

Now, off to watch a bit of Game 7 (GO CELTICS!) and perhaps get some more reading in.  What are you all reading this summer?

In closing, I’d like to share with you some ideas for a running playlist.  These keep me motivated and ready to pound the pavement.

Christina Aguilera, “Bionic” (because the lyrics make me feel like a superhero!)
Lindsay Lohan, “Rumors” (I loved her back before she lost her ever loving mind, the poor girl)
Britney Spears, “Gimme More” (tragic VMA performance aside, this song is fabulous to work out to)
Usher, “More” (because the lyrics suit the situation perfectly…you gotta push it to the limit!)
Eminem (feat. others), “When The Music Stops” (I maintain The Eminem Show is his best work, although Recovery may beat it soon!)
Jay-Z, “On To The Next One” (that beat is so rhythmic, perfect for running)
Whitney Houston, “Queen of the Night” (the best song for speedwalking, or should I say strutting?)
Lady GaGa, “Poker Face” (God, I love this woman.  This and “Bad Romance” are just perfection)
Pussycat Dolls, “When I Grow Up” (they annoy me but they make damn good running music!)
Muse, “Uprising” (this song makes me feel like I’m in an action movie)

Any others? I have so many on my gym list, sometimes I skip through ten of them at a time while working out…sometimes you just don’t want to listen to Ke$ha, and sometimes it’s all you want to hear!

Have a good night! Tomorrow is hopefully my day off from working out, so I plan to get some much-needed rest and catch up with my sister and brother-in-law, who are making the trip down!

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