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Satisfying Second Choice

by Courtney on September 14, 2011

Happy Wednesday! How’s everyone doing this morning?

Last Night’s Dinner

So because I shared my Ode to Buckwheat Bowls with you all last night, I never got a chance to share last night’s dinner. It wasn’t anything fancy, but ohmygosh it was so good.

The first part of dinner was crab salad: I used up the rest of the package of faux crab meat from Monday and put together a simple crab salad on top of some romaine and tomatoes.


To make the crab salad, all I used was a big spoonful of plain Greek yogurt, ~1 tsp light mayo, salt, pepper, and dill weed. Honestly, it was the dill weed that made this salad awesome. I need to use that spice more often.

On the side I had the rest of the crab salad (because my other pile was getting to large) and a cheese quesadilla which I heated up in the toaster oven just until the cheese got melty.


Mmmmm. Smile


Simple and delicious…and probably done and ready in about 15 minutes.



You’d think that after all the talk on buckwheat bowls last night that I’d be craving it this morning. Well, I was…at lot. But sadly, I’m all out and am currently waiting for my iHerb order to come in. (Hopefully SOON!)

Luckily, this morning’s second choice was just as satisfying.


More fresh peaches sprinkled with cinnamon – loooove them.


And a lightly toasted Thomas’ Health-Full 10 Grain English Muffin (<—with 6g of fiber & 6g of protein) topped with some Raisin’ the Roof peanut butter and more cinnamon-sprinkled peach slices.


Coffee was also consumed, which is a given, and I should probably just stop taking the time to remind you all. Winking smile



Once breakfast settles, it’ll be workout time…but I really have no idea what I feel like doing today. I’m taking BodyPump tomorrow morning, so I don’t want to do much strength training. Any ideas for me??

Questions for the Morning:


  • For a whole month, do only cardio workouts –OR- only strength training workouts?
  • For a full year, not be able to taste anything –OR- not be able to hear anything?
  • Do the cooking –OR- do the cleaning?

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1 Meg September 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

That breakfast looks yummy!!
I would rather do only cardio for a month even though I love strength training!
Not be able to hear anything definitely!! It would be awful not to be able to taste!
Cooking- I like cooking way better than cleaning!
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2 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health September 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

Your coffee mug is so cute!! You could try one of those workouts I sent you- they’re cardio! And quick question, my new kitten is still pretty much hiding under my bed all the time :( do you have any suggestions?
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3 Courtney September 14, 2011 at 9:24 am

Oh no…still?!? I wish I had some advice to give you!
Maybe there’s someone else out there who can help? Any scared kitty experts out there?!? :)


4 Emmarie @ Bananas and Beer September 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

When we inherited my sisters kitty, she hid in a kichen cabinet and would not come out. We had to pull her out and she peed all over us because she had been in there all day. I’m sure it was very traumatic to see us coming to get her in her “safe place” but we had to. Wish I had a better answer, I guess she just got used to us! Good Luck Lindsay!
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5 Lindsey September 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

I love dill, it and cilantro are my two favorite herbs!
Only cardio – what can I say I am a cardio junkie ;)
Hear anything – there is always sign language! And I love food way too much not to taste it!
Cooking :) That’s the deal in our house, I cook, my husband cleans up.
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6 Whitney September 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

RUN, my favorite thing to do! :)


7 Hope September 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

Dinner looks delicious! I love dill! It adds so much flavor. I really like it in chicken soup. :)

I’d much rather do all the cooking than cleaning. I despise cleaning! ;)
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8 Jodi September 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

Everyone’s has peach fever!

I am definitely going to pick up some that ‘crab’ meat next time I go shopping. I bet its relatively low in calories, and it looks scrumptious! Happy Wednesday!
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9 Arimey September 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

This REALLY makes me want peaches!

I’d rather only strength train. I just can’t get into running! Any suggestions to help with that are more than welcome :)
Defintely not be able to taste. As much as I LOVE food, I’d probably die without music and social interaction.
Do the cooking! Dishes are the worst and I find cooking relaxing.


10 Shayla @ The Good Life September 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

What about one of your OnDemand workouts? Yoga would be nice!

And the raisin peanut butter looks out of this world delicious!

Definitely do only cardio workouts – I’ll always be a cardio queen at heart :)
Not be able to hear anything – I wouldn’t stand not being able to taste food for even just a day!
Definitely the cleaning – hubby is the cook in this household ;)


11 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries September 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

Right now I’m training for a half marathon, so a year without cardio might be a nice reality in November :)

I’m a horrible cook, and I’m a horrible person when I’m hungry – so I’ll just leave that to Cory. I’ll take dishes over hanger any day.
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12 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

Dill weed is great! I LOVE how much it adds to fish dishes! Mmmm! :)
And “Perfect as a Peach” is what your breakfast is!
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13 Ruthie Hart September 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

I would be sad to not be able to do zumba or cardio dance party for a year but I think I would choose to only do strength training for a year! I feel so much better after a weights workout! And I really need to try peaches on my morning toast!
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14 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

Hmmm wow deciding between strength & cardio is tough! I love doing circuits that mix both kinds, but I guess I would go with strength.

Needless to say, I would have some severe Zumba withdrawals… :(
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15 Mallory @ It's Only Life September 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

Your breakfast looks delish! I am so going to miss peaches when they go out of season.

When I run out of ideas for a workout, I just do some random HIIT treadmill workout. It goes by fast since you’re constantly changing speeds and you can switch it up to make it as challenging or easy as you want, which I like!
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16 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

1. Strength – I much prefer it though I would miss running

2. Not be able to hear – I am a food blogger after all ;)

3. Definitely cooking – I hate to clean!
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17 Khushboo September 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

Oh wow about dinz and 6g protein in an English muffin! I feel like the spelling police so tell me if it’s annoying….I think you meant GreeK yogurt, not GreeN (unless of course this is something new I need to try ;))!

*For a whole month, do only cardio workouts –OR- only strength training workouts? Cardio for sure

*For a full year, not be able to taste anything –OR- not be able to hear anything? haha the foodie in me is going to go with not be able to hear anything for a full year!

*Do the cooking –OR- do the cleaning? Cooking!
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18 Courtney September 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

I think I should hire you as my spell checker.
Thanks (again), Khushboo! ;)


19 Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy September 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

Came across your blog after your guest post at Une Vie Saine! Cannot wait to read more of your blog!
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20 Courtney September 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

Awesome! Welcome, Hillary!
Looking forward to “seeing” you around :)


21 nicole @ simply Nicole September 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

much rather do the cooking! i hate cleaning up after dinner. always too tired by then!
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22 Shanna, Like Banana September 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

Ooo tough WYR’s:

For a whole month, do only cardio workouts –OR- only strength training workouts? Cardio — I like weights, but

For a full year, not be able to taste anything –OR- not be able to hear anything? This is TOUGH I’m actually going with not tasting anything — maybe I could lose a few pounds..haha

Do the cooking –OR- do the cleaning? I love cooking! That one’s easy ;)
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23 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers September 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

Ah, no way you could be Crabby after that dinner (polite but quiet laughter from the back.)

But really: onto the good stuff.
-Hmm…. for a WHOLE month straight? I might wanna do strength training just to see how truly jacked I could get. I mean, let’s be honest, so far, it’s pretty jacked. But a month of solid strength, I’ll be looking like Stonecold Steve Austin (relevancy check? anyone?)
-Hearing be damned, I’m trying to taste the foods I just spent hours cooking. And, as long as I can get the closed captioning for the important stuff (read: Jersey Shore and Say Yes to the Dress), I really don’t need to hear anything.
-This is the kind of question where there is really only one answer for me: cooking. Cleaning, the bane of my existence, makes me contemplate buying the 3 room maid service groupons every time they come out, despite living in a 1 bedroom apartment, in hopes that they’ll just come back 3x.
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24 Courtney September 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

I’m with ya on Stone Cold…I used to absolutely LOVE watching wrestling. It’s like one big soap opera, right?!? ;)


25 Jen September 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

1. Do only cardio, because I can’t go without spinning!
2. Not be able to taste anything.
3. Cooking!

*To answer the question you asked me about the muscles in Chapter 4 of NASM, you don’t need to memorize all of the scientific names, and the little details about each one. There are some questions on the test regarding which muscles are used in which exercises, so you probably want to know the general area of the muscles, but don’t slave away trying to remember them all in great detail! I passed the test without having them memorized. What proved to be the most valuable studying aid for me were the practice tests!


26 Courtney September 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

Awesome! That’s so great to know, thank you!


27 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

You’re giving me peach envy… the ones I bought most recently aren’t ripe yet!
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28 RunEatRepeat September 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

Fun questions!

Cardio :) all the way!
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29 Kait September 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

PEACHES!!! The thought of these wonderful little fruits almost makes me change my gut reactions to your questions….i would have to say I’d rather not taste anything for 1 yr than not hear. Not being able to hear really freaks me out! Otherwise…. I would rather do cardio and cook for a year!! Now if I could only talk Keith into cleaning for a year, we’d be in business!!!


30 Nicole @ PancakesandPilates September 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

Peaches look gorgeous. I haven’t been able to find any nice ones down state for a while now :/

Strength, for sure. I love feeling strong.
Not be able to hear. I love eating delicious things so much :)
Cooking! Always the cooking. I hate any cleaning beyond straightening the bed spread and throwing out stuff that shouldn’t be on the floor.
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31 Melissa September 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

1. Cardio for sure. I never strength train because I HATE it. (I know :/)
2. I think I could not taste food for a year. I sometimes lose my appetite when I’m super stressed and nothing tastes good, but I still eat. It’s not that bad. Not hearing, however? Well, I’m waaaaaaaaaaay too neurotic to be locked inside my own head for that long!
3. Cook! I always clean as I go, but I love it when someone else does the dishes afterward. And if I never had to clean a bathroom or dust again, I’d be one happy lady!
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32 Caitlin September 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

Considering I LOVE RUNNING and when I’m not running I love the arc trainer I would TOTALLY love doing only cardio for a month :) I pretty much already do…And for a full year I’d def do the not tasting anything, I can’t handle silence…

As for cooking and cleaning, do only cooking screw cleaning!!
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33 Ari @ Ari's Menu September 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

Cardio (although that’s so hard because I get soooo BORED if I only do one or the other for too long!), taste (it would be hard to teach musical theatre if I couldn’t hear), and DEFINITELY cook. I would rather cook every single meal for the rest of my life than clean haha.

That crab salad sounds delicious! I love imitation crab!
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34 colleen @ thegiftofmondays September 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

go running outside while the weather still lets you. all too soon my option will be to only run on the treadmill because i struggle in the coldest months (it hurts my inner ears-i know, weird right?) so i’m trying to run outside while i can.
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35 jordan @ thedancingdonut September 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

i like to do yoga on my days off (i’m not a huge fan, but i know it’s good for me and i always feel great afterwards!). there are some good videos on youtube if you don’t have a dvd or class to go to :)

and i’d definitely rather do cardio, not be able to taste anything (i’m a dancer so music is important!) and do the cooking. always!
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36 Andrea @ Andrea out loud! September 14, 2011 at 11:55 am

I would choose…
only strength training all month
not be able to taste
and do all the cooking for sure!! :)

And you make me want a quesadilla for lunch!! yummy!
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37 Molly September 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

do cardio for a month
not be able to taste for a year
and do the cooking!
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38 Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly September 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I would choose:
do cardio for a month
not be able to taste
do the cooking for sure- ugh I hate dishes!! blegh
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39 Samantha @ Because I Can September 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

If I were you I’d go for a run outside, since we know that the weather in the north is going to prevent that very very soon!!!!

I would rather do cardio (obviously LOL)

I would rather not hear – not being able to taste WOULD KILL ME!

And I’d rather cook!
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40 Ally September 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

That peach looks amazing. I forgot mine this morning, thinking I’ll definitely use it in my dinner tonight.

I would rather do cardio for a year for sure.. I grew up a swimmer so I am used to getting at least *some* strength training in my cardio.

Run outside! I was finally able to somewhat enjoy my morning run (weather not in the 100s is a major plus).
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41 kbrown September 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

1. Cardio, b/c I feel I could make resistance different in order to build muscle or do different activities that would train different muscles.
2. NO TASTE- ah no hearing, that would be insanity. Plus, when you have a cold, you don’t taste anything, and although it sucks… I’d much rather be able to hear loved ones, friends, the tv etc!
3. COOK! :) withoutadoubt!


42 Jess@atasteofconfidence September 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

i’d rather not be able to taste anything, although it’s a hard call. but being in college and not knowing sign language would be difficult.
and cardio and cooking!
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43 Hannah September 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Yummy food! I have been loving peaches with oat bran or oatmeAl.
Rather cook than clean, rather not hear and I lovecardio but I think u can see more change from a good weight workout
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44 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats September 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I would rather do cardio every day for a month. I’m not sure I could stay away from running for that long! Not being able to hear anything would be easier. Doing the cooking for sure. That one isn’t even hard! :)
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45 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Only cardio.

Not taste anything.

Do the cooking–but hopefully not when I can’t taste! lol
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46 Amy September 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I must try the peaches with cinnamon that looks so good.
I’d much rather do weights anyday than cardio. I’m not fond of cardio and I like the way weights transform your physique.
I HATE cleaning but I love cooking!! Easy peasy!!


47 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I’d definitely rather… do cardio, not taste, & cook!
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48 Kathleen K September 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Awesome giveaway! I’d love to win that great outfit!


49 Kathleen K September 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I re-tweeted about the giveaway!


50 Katie @ Plates and Paste September 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Depends on the cardio…If it’s running I’d rather lift weights all day long. but things like HIIT, rumba, etc I love.

Not hear…can’t imagine not being able to taste!

Cleaning…that’s how it works in our house…my guy cooks and I clean :)
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