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I know it has been a long time since I’ve posted, so here’s an update.

Farrell’s is over.  The last week just so happened to be the same week of a record-breaking flood in my city.  We had water in our basement and spent several days cleaning up from that.  The day we were supposed to have our final testing, pretty much the whole town was shut down or chaotic.  The University where I work was even closed and that never happens, ever.  Even once the floodwaters receded and our basement dried out, the town was under emergency water conservation orders and a boil order since our drinking water was potentially contaminated.  In the end we were fine and a lot luckier than some people who lost everything in the flood.  I’m actually writing this post from a sketchy laundromat because we lost our washing machine in our basement flood.  I’m trying to remember that I’m lucky that’s all I lost, even as I was fishing a dead cricket out of a washing machine basin before I threw my clothes in. We had a lot of stuff in our basement that had to be hauled out and much of it was spread all over the main floor of my house until things dried out down there and we were able to go through everything.

So as far as Farrell’s, it definitely fizzled out that last week.  They told us we could make up our final testing the following Saturday but I was out of town, so I never got to do mine.  I took my own measurements and did a few of the tests and I will post the “results” in another post.  I have to say I’m pretty disappointed, but what can you do.  Right now I’m trying to get back to running.  I’d like to get my base built back up to 3 or 4 miles and then start training for a longer race.

On top of all of that, a few days after the flood I was scheduled to host a bridal shower for my sister!  I was thrilled to get out of town but I had a hard time relaxing after that crazy week.  The shower ended up going well, and I have my mom and my aunt to thank for all their help!  I had to scrap some of my original plans, but I did end up making several vegan things – Black Bean Pasta Salad, a fresh fruit salad, Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes, Cream Cheese Mints, and Cream Cheese Cucumber Dill Sandwiches.  Everything went over really well – we hardly had any food left!  And people didn’t even know things were vegan until I told them.
The spread:

Then, the day after the shower was my birthday!  I usually like to go to the Iowa State Fair for my birthday, since it always falls close.  I wasn’t sure if we would be able to make it this year since I was out of town the first weekend, but we had a chance to go yesterday and I’m glad we did!  It was very hot and humid – we tried to stay hydrated and pace ourselves.  My favorite parts were the goats and the sky lift.

Luke cooled off with some ice cream. It was the perfect day for it, I found myself wishing aloud that the fair had non-dairy ice cream!

There were some amazing flowers, fruits, and veggies, like these:

And this “biggest cabbage” award winner, which I just thought was so beautiful:

So that’s what I’ve been up to.  Things have been crazy with school starting tomorrow (not for me, but at work), and I’m still trying to get back to some normalcy in my routine and around my house.  I have been cooking very little, but I plan to get back into it this week, so be on the lookout for some good vegan eats! Thanks for sticking with me and I promise to post more regularly. I missed blogging!


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After my Saturday class at Farrell’s, Amanda from Vegacious and I headed down to Des Moines for the Downtown Farmer’s Market!  I wanted to go this weekend since July is a busy month for me and I’m not sure when I’ll get down there next.  It stormed pretty severely overnight but fortunately it cleared off just in time for us to enjoy some nice weather before the afternoon heat wave hit.  Unfortunately, this is the only photo I took the entire time:

Which happened to be just as they were trying to clear the street for the firetruck and ambulance to come down and help someone who had collapsed in the middle of the Market!  I never heard what happened but I hope the person was okay.  I ended up getting some kale, zucchini, strawberries, this awesome salsa (two jars) and some jam (mulberry rhubarb) for my dad.

After the Farmer’s Market we also checked out Gateway Market (Amanda had never been) where I got some Barney Butter (amazing stuff –  very dangerous for me to have an open jar of this in my cupboard!) and a few other things.  Then we proceeded to get lost several times while looking for the Penzey’s store.  We did find it eventually and I was able to stock up on their awesome cocoa powder (which I use in my smoothies).  We also checked out World Market before heading home.

It got really hot later in the day, and at one point our power blacked out for a few seconds.  When it came back on, the air conditioner appeared to not be working!  That would be bad news, it just broke over Memorial Day weekend when my mom was here visiting and we had to replace a $180 part.  Fortunately we turned it off for a few minutes and when we turned it back on it worked fine.  I do love the warm weather but I like to be comfortably cool at home – I don’t know how people without central air do it!

My next FXB video will be about the “free day” and a Week 3 recap – let me know if you have any questions or things you’d like me to talk about!

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I filmed this video last night, which is why I say it’s the beginning of Week Three.  I tried to keep it short but failed, sorry!

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Week One is almost over!  Here is an update on this week’s experience so far.  I’ll be back later with some vegan product reviews.

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Here is my first video about my Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping (FXB) experience.  I’m still really new to making videos/vlogs so hopefully they will get better as I make more!  I’m just using the built-in camera on my macbook so if it looks weird that’s why.

And here is my weekend reading:

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So I’ve signed up for a program here locally called Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping (FXB).  It’s a 10-week, 6 days a week, 5:15 a.m. (!!!!) program combining kickboxing and strength workouts on alternating days.  There is also a nutrition component, and I’ve been assured that I will be able to adapt it to a vegan diet, but it sounds like they’ve only had vegetarians follow the program before and no vegans.  I’m pretty confident that I will be able to manage – from what little information I could find online it sounds pretty close to a Body For Life style of eating.  I’ve heard mostly good things about it, but one of the reasons I really wanted to try it was that I couldn’t find many personal experiences online.  I found just a few blog posts and a few more messageboard posts, but nothing very comprehensive.  So I decided it would be a good opportunity to try something new, get back into kickass shape, and chronicle my experience on the blog.  The program doesn’t start until June 5th, but starting then I plan to do regular updates about my experience.  I also plan to keep up with my yoga practice and keep running/walking with my dog, though I still can’t run much because of my foot.  I created a new category for posts on this topic, I’m excited to get started!  I wish it started tomorrow instead of June 5th.

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