Valentine’s Day Came Early


Let me recap yesterday’s workout:

10 minutes of core work with the stability ball,

and a20 minute Upper body weights video that I found online.

Wow! The core work left my abs and obliques sore the rest of the day. I kept massaging it during work, and my student asked if I had a tummy ache. I answered, “… Yes… yes, I do.”

Also, my upper body, especially the rear delts and upper back, was getting sore. Who knew that a 20 minute workout with 12 pound dumbbells can get you sore?

Then I was at school for 5 hours, and had a couple hours of work.


Our Valentine’s Day celebration came a day early, since Joe has school tonight.

I went to his place right after work, and we headed out to dinner.

Where did I choose to go? Cafe Artemis! The place with my current favorite salad (chicken, avocado, pomegranate, orange slices, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, almonds, and a good drizzle of the olive oil… perfection, yo):

I got so sad because I didn’t see it on the menu… then Joe said we were only looking at the dinner menu. I asked the server if I could still order this salad off the lunch menu, and he said SURE. HOORAY!

I was going to get the smaller portion, but Joe got me the large one. I said it would be a lot, and he said I can probably demolish it.

Demolish it, I did. πŸ™‚

Ooh, and their bread is super duper delish. I tried to save my appetite for dinner, so I ate one lovely slice. Then I ate the last one with my dinner.


After dinner, we picked up some Roti buns for his family. We had our Monday night family Bible study! It was my turn to lead, and I was pretty nervous about it… butIreally got a lot out hearing from everyone.

I chose the passage from Romans 15: 1-13 to focus on. The part that stood out to me was a tiny part of Romans 15 verse 7: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

How challenging! God does not ask us to just accept others with our own standards. It is to a different standard… the way Christ accepted us. He is the ultimate forgiver of sins, the best encourager, the most patient, and the most loving.


So we didn’t get dessert after dinner because Joe already had some stuff prepared for me! He didn’t tell me what it was, he just told me he had dessert ready… and I was so excited!



I was a real lady about it and started eating the box to get to the chocolate covered strawberries! Like my crazy face? Yeah. Me, too.

WHAAAAAA? Joe reminded me that it’s fruit, and they don’t last forever. So he practically gave me permission to eat them in one sitting, right??

I kindly let him have ONE. And he said the rest are for me and I’m not allowed to share them with anyone. Yes!

I ate two, and ate some brie on crackers, with grapes, and a fair amount of vino.

We watched 500 Days of Summer. It was pretty good! I really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt


It was a fun night. Good food, good dessert, great company (even though he looks so bored in this picture, hehe).


This morning, I ate a good breakfast of Greek yogurt, peanut butter Cheerios, and banana:

AND two of these:

I enjoyed my coffee with yummy creamer… but I realized something important the other day.

The creamer has “hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oil”… meaning it contains trans fats. Even though the nutrition label says zero grams, they are technically allowed to round down if it is less than 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving. With the hydrogenated oils in it, if I have it often enough, I can end up getting about 7 to 10 grams of trans fat per week.

YIKES. So… after I finish this creamer, I will just switch to milk as my dairy base in coffee. Make sure you read the ingredients list carefully to see if there are any hidden trans fats in there!


Michael and I are going to hit up the gym for the ultimate leg-trashing session. I’m so excited!


What are ya’ll doing tonight?Any special plans?

Either way, if you do or do not have a significant other, chocolate-covered strawberries should be a definitely part of your evening. πŸ™‚

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