I Did It!

by Heather on March 25, 2010

Hey guys!  How are you?  Today has been a pretty specatcular Thursday thus far:  I’ve been featured on Tastespotting for my Sweet Potato Orzo & Fruit Salad, the brownies I made last night were a HUGE hit (I would know, I ate 3!), and oh, I don’t know, I RAN A MILE TODAY WITH NO PAIN! That last one might not seem like a huge deal to anyone else, but if you’ve been following along you know this is a big deal to me.  I’m smiling like this right now —>  😀

So yes, 3 brownies, and an endless number of crumbs have been consumed today thanks in part to Jessica.  Now, I only used the frosting recipe because I found a really great fudgy brownie recipe that works really well at high altitude (it’s based on this recipe, but I’ve made a couple of changes); however, the frosting makes these!  Just check it out:

  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter,  melted
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips or chopped bittersweet chocolate

Combine all of the wet ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and water) until smooth.  Add all of the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and instant coffee) and stir until moistened.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350.

That, my friends, is what’s known as “the perfect icing-to-brownie-ratio.”  SO incredibly rich and moist!

Let’s just say it’s a darn good thing I had a healthful lunch planned!  Wandering the soup isle the other day I came across this bad johnny:

I figured it couldn’t be that bad since most canned tomato soups are pretty good.  I will say the ingredient list isn’t the best thing I’ve ever read, but it’s still MUCH better than the chicken-flavored Top Ramen I was considering!  It was creamy and didn’t taste like canned soup; however, it did start getting really sweet in a weird way towards the end, at which point I stopped eating it.  Served with some roasted brussels sprouts:

Seriously, brussels sprouts are some of my favorite veggies ever, but methinks their season is passing because these weren’t the best I’ve ever had.  They sure do look pretty though!

And a little artsy shot of the soup:

The afternoon drug on a little bit, but I was feeling pretty good when it came time to go on my walk.  So good in fact that I decided to try a little running just to see what it felt like.  So, as you can see on my newly-formed official workout page, I was planning on doing 2 minutes of jogging and 3 minutes of walking.  I did that for about 25 minutes, but it felt SO GOOD that I decided to see if I could run a mile.  The whole time I was mentally checking myself to make sure that if I felt the slightest bit of pain I would stop.  Y’all, there was no pain. I was so excited that when I told Nate I started to cry!  [Side note:  I’m pretty emotional and cry when I’m happy/angry/sad/annoyed/tired/sick/frustrated]  I know that tomorrow is definitely a day that I’m going to need to take to rest, but I was just so excited.  The more I think about it, the more I miss running.  I don’t really care if I ever run a race, but I do miss being able to just go out and jog for fun.  I’m hoping those days are coming back!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate success with something?  Do you go out with friends/family?  Stay at home and reward yourself with some rest? I’m not sure what we’re doing tonight, but I want to do something fun to celebrate my mile.  I am typically a homebody, but I think it could be fun to go out!  Just trusting my body enough to actually do it was a big step, and the fact that I completed it is even bigger.  I’m thinking a movie with friends?  Or maybe a bubble bath?  The possibilities are endless!

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