December 23, 2010

A little extra sumpin for the night before Christmas [Eve]


I went to CYCLE class today! Met my bud Suzanne, who is in town for the holiday, at the 12:10 class.

Can you guess what MOVIE the instructor played?

A Charlie Brown Christmas. I really couldn’t imagine a worse movie to cycle to! Our room has a big screen for showing the road and rolling hills during a class, but I never would have thought to show an actual movie during the class. I will say it was fun to watch a movie, and the time did seem to fly.

Biking to and from the gym gave me over an hour on two wheels – my legs are tired now!

I usually walk in the door from my noontime workouts ready to dig straight into a lunch! My 10 minute shower seemed so long today because I couldn’t wait to heat up this leftover beetlejuice soup!



Oh it has been a while since we’ve had Sriratcha in the house!


Served with a pile of bread cubes. I was too hungry to wait to toast them! I should have because they were a bit blah dry (these were from that sunflower loaf Karen brought us – Great Harvest bread is great plain!)

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I can’t stop eating Lauren’s pecans!! They are so perfectly salted – it’s the salt that I keep going back for!


Gotta go book hotels for our Montana training – and research probiotics for a Breathe article!

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1 Taysa December 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I love A Charlie Brown Christmas, but it is a tad slow. I would lose all momentum trying to cycle to it.

And I love the set-up in the first photo — makes me think of a holiday abroad!


2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I love Sriratcha sauce – it’s pretty mighty stuff!! I remember the first time I used it I figured it’d be like sweet chili sauce – my tastebuds definitely felt the fire quickly!! Love your first photo – the blue bowl in particular!


3 Beth December 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Can’t wait to read your article on probiotics. I did pretty extensive research on them a few years ago for a project at work (I’m a clinical pharmacist) but I’m sure that there’s been more research published since then. Good Luck!


4 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I hear so many wonderful things about Great Harvest. I wish there was one close to me. Alas, there isn’t. I’ll enjoy from afar.

Merry Christmas!


5 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] December 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

you’re busy busy!! i don’t think i would have been a fan of watching cartoons while cycling either. bring on the pumping tunes please :)


6 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

That soup is stunning in that blue bowl! How beautiful.

Charlie Brown Christmas during a class? No thanks!


7 Lisa Fine December 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Yum – I love Sriracha! I’ve never bought it though, since I rarely spice up my food with hot sauces at home. But when we go out for Thai, I love having some to add to my food.

As for Charlie Brown Christmas, while I love it, it’s way too slow for a workout.


8 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Hahaha she couldn’t have played something with more action? Too funny. Lauren’s pecans ARE great! Mine went really really fast :). I even ate the extra salt at the bottom of the bag.


9 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

what an interesting movie for a spin class…i would have preferred something like “Love Actually” or something :)


10 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

How long is the spin class?


11 Paige @Running Around Normal December 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

A movie during spin class?! That is pretty strange! I think I’d prefer the music to pump me up :)


12 Bronwyn Coyne December 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Those pecans look really good. Hmmmm.


13 Camille December 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

What a horrible cycling movie! That wouldn’t put me in a workout mood at all!


14 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Charlie Brown while spinning? As much as I love Charlie Brown AND spin, I don’t think the two go together very well. It does remind me that I’ve yet to watch it this season, though!


15 Lisa December 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Yum, sriratcha! I love that stuff.


16 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Haha your spin class made me laugh!!!

Lunch looks great as usual.:)


17 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

That’s a weird movie to cycle to, but I love it! What a fun idea!


18 Connied December 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Wondering if you know much about hotels in Charleston. My mom is going on Sunday and would like a cute place to stay near the action. I know that is not where you are, but you seem to know the Southeast cool places.


19 Kath December 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm

While I can vouch that Charleston is super awesome, I have never stayed downtown so I don’t have a recommendation. Sorry!


20 CMae December 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

The Francis Marion is a really nice hotel and centrally located, but the rooms are a tad on the small side. My hubs and I always stay at Renaissance Charleston on Wentworth Street. Another great location, really pretty decor and a fabulous hotel bar. Enjoy your visit!


21 Amanda December 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm

The Francis Marion is very nice! We always stay there. Its an older hotel and very pretty!


22 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I’m not sure I would enjoy cycling to that movie. I think I’d need something more…upbeat? Good luck with the hotels/cabins!


23 Jess December 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Oh I love Sriratcha! I put it on EVERYTHING!!


24 grocery goddess jen December 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Gosh, I haven’t had Sriracha in the house in forever…I should go get some.


25 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I couldn’t imagine trying to watch a movie while cycling. Especially that.


26 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I love Charlie Brown Christmas, but I can see why that would be a bad movie to cycle to…haha. 😀


27 [email protected] December 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Sriracha is the bessssssssssssst!


28 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Mmmmm…we have some salted pecans in our pantry right now, and I CAN’T stop eating them!


29 SOUL + FOOD December 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm



30 Meagan December 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I love that bowl! What a great color


31 Hannah December 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm

As someone who has been eating beetroot everyday this week, I wholeheartedly support purple meals 😉 Merry Christmas Eve! (here in Australia)


32 Laura (Starloz) December 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

that soup looks incredible, i want


33 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I love probiotics! I am the queen of all things fermented from probiotics to homemade kombucha to homemade kefir to sauerkraut. Have fun reading bout the friendly bacteria.

Love those red beads, too!


34 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Wow, really..A Charlie Brown Christmas?! Geez..I can’t even watch that without gettinb ored, there’s no way it could motivate me while spinning!


35 Jil @ Big, City, Lil Kitchen December 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Love Charlie Brown Christmas, but I agree – it seems like it wouldnt be quite the right fit for a cycling class.


36 Katie December 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

If you like the saltiness of those pecans, have you ever tried eating salted shelled peanuts whole… Asinine shell and all. My fried started doing it years ago and told me if I loved salt (which I do) to try it. I thought it was weird at first but I’ve been hooked ever since. Now I make everyone else try it. It’s so salty and delicious!


37 Kath December 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Yeah, love ’em!


38 Lauren December 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Ah, Kath, I am so glad you love them! :) It has to be that Black Truffle Salt. Good stuff! :)


39 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Love the color of that soup!!


40 Gloria December 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Cycling to a movie sounds like the worst.idea.ever. Bring on the Rianna, Beyonce, etc


41 Leanna (Raptor Toe) December 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm

There is no T in Sriracha!! But it is DELICIOUS. I’m actually just going to leave the house for some Pho and I will def be adding some to it ! 😛


42 Eileen December 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I’ve never heard of watching *any* movie while spinning. I got stuck in a class with bad music last week, and it nearly drove me crazy, yet I felt I’d be rude to leave. (Also, I wanted my workout, gosh darn it!) Good tunes are key for me!


43 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 24, 2010 at 8:41 am

I’ve never heard of playing a movie during spin class! It’s a neat idea, but I think it would be hard to stay energized without the loud music!


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