The “what’s next?” syndrome

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend 😀 I’m FINALLY here in Orlando and chillaxin after 24 hours of insanity.

Last night, I grabbed a cucaracha before taking off on a glorious 6.5 mile run.


Not gonna lie, it’s been really hard for me to get out and run lately, even though I have a half marathon coming up. For my last half marathon, I trained my booty off. I had goals to accomplish (run the entire time and beat 2 hrs) and I did it. The feeling is that since I’ve been there, done that, I’m not as motivated as before. It’s more like, “ok, what can I challenge myself with now?”. The obvious would be to try to make a faster time but I feel like it’s more of an ability thing. I know I could run it faster if I wanted to… I’m just thinking that if I were training for a full marathon, or triathlon, or something I’ve never done before, I’d be working a lot harder. Strange, eh? Does this happen to anyone else or am I the only weirdo like this??

Anywhoo, I did 6.5 miles, went to the gym for a 20 minute weight sesh, and then got in my car to find it wouldn’t go faster than 30 mph. No joke. Since I had plans to leave for Orlando early this morning after dropping the puppies off, I went into panic mode.

I drowned my sorrows in some butternut fries while the pilot and I made phone calls


And some roasted veggies


After pleading via Twitter that my car would miraculously drive like normal again (and receiving magical good vibes from Averie), I took the car out for a test drive last night to see what would happen and IT WORKED!!!!!!!! I could go to sleep happily and woke up bright and early to take the puppers to the kennel.

Grabbed my airplane snacks (Larabars, eggplant bacon, macaroons, fruit, zucchini chips)


I dug into some of these while I drove:


Eggplant bacon, how I love thee. (Recipe is in Everyday Raw by that awesome raw cheffer guy)


(Please excuse the hair, it was early and I apparently don’t brush it until after noon, haha)








And I also had an unpictured nanner with almond butter when I got into town for pre-shopping fuel.

I was on a mission to find a dress to wear Tuesday night and was successful 😀 I blitzed through Florida Mall, Fashion Square mall and Targizzle for forgotten toiletries (how do I always manage to forget contact solution??) and then went to heaven on earth for dinnunch to bring back to the hotel.

An AWESOME New Orleans veggie soup with sweet potato, corn (I usually hate corn but it tasted lovely in this), black eyed peas, tomatoes and a spices


And a salad beast with romaine, hearts of palm, tomatoes, mushroom (mushroom, mushroom!), kalamata olives, bell pepper, hummus among us, and tabbouleh.


And a gigantic overpriced water (there is a taste difference, haha)


Dinnunch of champions


I then proceeded to put on my sleep mask and drift into a deep Whole Foods-induced food coma 😀

After all of that, I had to go back to the mall because the jokers at Express forgot to take a sensor off one of my sweaters, came back and hit up the elliptical for 40 minutes, and here I am.

I’m gonna call it an early night so I can wake up to pack and snag free bfast before my flight, but I have a very special guest post in the morning that I promise you won’t want to miss. Let’s just say I’m hosting a little party on the blog 😀

See you from CALI, baby!!!



San Diego bloggies: Make sure to tune into radio station 933 tomorrow!!! My favorite morning show ever (Johnjay and Rich who are originally based in Tucson, where I grew up, and are now broadcast in Portland and Colorado as well) is going to be starting in San Diego tomorrow and I promise they’re hilarious. You can download their podcasts on iTunes and it has gotten me through many a cardio sesh (I was seriously laughing but trying not to while I was running and listening to them yesterday). Check it out yo 😀

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  1. Yum Yucky on October 18, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Wow! That eggplant thing looks so good. I grew up on eggplant, but haven’t made it even 3 times since I’ve been grow. I’m gonna buy me some eggplant!

  2. Meghan on October 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    For some reason I have a much easier time staying motivated training for marathons than I do for halfs. Sort of like after running a marathon I feel like I could wing it for a half. I really really can’t, but my motivation goes out the window!

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 18, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Ok I am soooo glad that somehow my magical powers transcended the globe and my good intentions I was sending to you and your car…worked! Seriously though, I was really sending love and light to you b/c I have been there with car trouble and no husband in sight to help and it’s a super panicky kinda feeling. Whatever did the trick, glad it worked, thanks for the shout 🙂

    And I swear, I just moved from San Diego 6 weeks ago and Ch 933 was my go-to station, especially in the a.m. Wow…what a small world you brought that up!

    Eggplant bacon…have never tried it cuz I dont like bacon but the zuke chips look intriguing. However, I have been on this RIDIC kale chip kick and have been really grooving on trays full of those. It’s been nuts 🙂

    Anyway I wish I was still in Cali, sounds like all the cool girls are going to be in N Cal, have fun sweetie!!!!!


  4. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 18, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I love those Emily Griffen books! Have you read something borrowed and something blue? They are really cute!

  5. carolinebee on October 18, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Fun road trip and aaammaazing dinner! I’m sorry the Pilot is away but you’ll have a blast in Norcal 😀

  6. Erica on October 18, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    ah! Glad the car got working again! What half are you running? Maybe if its close by…maybe I will join you? Let me know! The “bacon” and the soup both look way too yummy

  7. Alyson on October 18, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    You are definitely not the “only weirdo”! Sometimes I find myself looking for the next thing even before I’m finished with my current objective. I think that just means we like to push ourselves to new limits.. gotta put the positive spin on it!. Have a wonderful trip!

  8. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Have a safe trip my dear!!! I’m jealous you get to go 🙂 your next thing is going to be fabulous, i just know it!

  9. melissa (fitnessnyc) on October 18, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I totally feel that! That is why I have decided to always space out marathons. After this marathon I will be excited to try and improve my speed on shorter distances. Stick with it, I am sure you are more than prepared to finish, but you can use the long runs for you time 🙂

  10. Stephanie on October 18, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    That Emily Griffin book is the best!!! I couldn’t put it down this summer, loved it 🙂

  11. Molly @thevegandorm on October 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Half marathons are my fav distance!
    A tri would be fun though!

  12. Jenn (eating bender) on October 18, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I kind of have the “what’s next?” syndrome about life right now 🙂 It sounds crazy, but now that I’m out in the working world and don’t have a new semester, midterms or finals to focus on, it’s strange for me and I’m finding a lack of motivation because I just don’t know what the next life stage will be! I guess I need to put all my effort into wedding planning – agreed?

    Love that eggplant bacon! I’m on a mission to try it now.

    So excited about this partay on your bloggie! Sounds like it will be very fun. Have a great night!

  13. Annabananabomb on October 18, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Sometimes it’s good to just be, it’s hard to stop the “what’s next” syndrome but “the ground has to be fallow for a certain period of time before something new can grow”… it’s good for new growth to be a little fallow from time to time

  14. Julie on October 18, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I love that sweater you’re wearing, super cute. I love argyle. Where is it from?!

    I made your almond butter chocolate chip cookies today…I made 14 HUGE cookie and had about 4. Yikes! They were GOOOD!!!

  15. Lyss on October 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I have to agree – Fiji is worth the extra cash-money!

  16. Jenna on October 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    that looks like one delish dinner! can’t wait for the guest post tomorrow!

  17. glidingcalm on October 18, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    you are so beautifullllllllll, and I love your food!! I hope one day I can hang out with you- eat eggplant “bacon”, kale chips, yummy veggies, and seafood/Indian.

    Love you Mamaaaa

  18. Marissa on October 18, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I think everyone struggles with living with now + being excited about the future. Part of being human I guess 🙂

  19. Leah @ Simply fabulousnow on October 19, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I JUST blogged about the whats next syndrome a couple of weeks ago..

    Mine was more of a “life” syndrome, rather than racing..
    I say live in the moment! You’ll figure it out!

  20. Emily on October 19, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Your road snacks look good! So does your Whole Foods dinner – yum 🙂

  21. Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness on October 19, 2009 at 2:23 am

    I have been really hung up with “what’s next?” syndrome lately as well… haven’t found a great resolution yet, but am taking one day at a time and keeping a ‘gratitude attitude.’ I am not religious but am grateful to have each day, each experience, etc. The positivity is keeping me afloat!
    I haven’t heard of that author – looking at the other comments I should grab one of her books, stat!
    Will look forward to the blog party.

  22. The Pilot on October 19, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Hey baby, glad you made it safe to Orlandy. It looks like you’re doing alright 🙂 Hope you have fun on your way to Cali. The insanity really kicks off for me tomorrow night. Miss and love you!

  23. Maggie on October 19, 2009 at 3:11 am

    I want the eggplant bacon! That book was pretty good 🙂 I enjoyed it.

  24. Becky on October 19, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Haha! I totally agree – there IS A TASTE DIFFERENCE – even though you completely pay for it! I’m sticking by it. 🙂

  25. Heather-For The Health Of It! on October 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I love Emily Giffin.

  26. Tina on October 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I love your purple argyle sweater! My favorite color and one of the best patterns 🙂

  27. Tavolini on October 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I had to join a class in order to get myself in gear to run my second half marathon. (and I ran it waaaaaaaaay slower than you did!!) The class didn’t focus on running, but we ran a lot and that way I really only had to do a few long runs on the weekend. Its hard to stay in the groove indefinitely 🙂

    Keep up the good work and have a safe (fun) trip!

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