Music Monday: 10 Songs For Your Workout

  1. Chris Brown – Love More
  2. T-Pain – Up Down (Do This All Day)
  3. Drake – I’m Goin In
  4. DJ Suss One – Single For Tonight
  5. Young Jeezy – R.I.P.
  6. Childish Gambino – Bonfire
  7. Far East Movement feat. Lil Jon & Colette Carr – Go Ape
  8. Ben Folds Five – Army – Live UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC, 9/18/08
  9. David Guetta – Play Hard – feat. Ne-Yo & Akon
  10. Girl Talk – Smash Your Head

All tracks available on Spotify!

9 Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

1. Mike Tyson

A plant-based diet helped Mike Tyson lose 100 pounds over a 3 year period.

A plant-based diet helped Mike Tyson lose 100 pounds over a 3 year period.

2. Betty White

92-year-old Betty White has been vegan for years and vegetarian for decades.

92-year-old Betty White has been vegan for years and vegetarian for decades.

3. Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton adopted a vegan diet in 2010 after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery several years earlier.

Former President Bill Clinton adopted a vegan diet in 2010 after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery several years earlier.

4. Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is newly vegan, according to Forbes.

Former Vice President Al Gore is newly vegan, according to Forbes.

5. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor Joaquin Phoenix says he's been vegan since the age of 3 after watching a fish die on a family outing.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix says he’s been vegan since the age of 3 after watching a fish die on a family outing.

6. Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette says she eats vegan about 80% of the time.  She has done so since 2009.

Alanis Morissette says she eats vegan about 80% of the time. She has done so since 2009.

7. Usher

Usher turned to a vegan lifestyle in 2012 several years after his father died of a heart attack.

Usher turned to a vegan lifestyle in 2012 several years after his father died of a heart attack.

8. Russell Brand

Russell Brand has been a vegetarian for years, but switched to a strict vegan diet after watching the film "Forks Over Knives".

Russell Brand has been a vegetarian for years, but switched to a strict vegan diet after watching the film “Forks Over Knives”.

9. Woody Harrelson

Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson has been animal-free for over 25 years.

Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson has been animal-free for over 25 years.

Jena the TV Producer Tells Us… “What’s For Lunch”!

Today’s “What’s For Lunch” contributor is kind of a big deal.  She’s the breaking news producer for Fox News’ Shepard Smith Reporting.  Her name is Jena.

JENA PHOTO

Jena, breaking news producer for Shepard Smith Reporting on Fox News

We met when we were producing news together in Cincinnati, and if her job is anything like mine is now, she’s almost always eating at her desk.  So when you want to eat well, you need to pack well, and that’s exactly what Jena does.   Her trick – dinner leftovers.  Let’s take a look!

Jena’s Lunch

JENA'S LUNCH

  • Poached salmon
  • Steamed & sautéed veggies
  • Quinoa
  • Fig Newtons

Jena told me she ate her leftovers cold, and they were amazing!

Now I want YOU to answer the question… “What’s For Lunch?”!  E-mail me a description of your meal (with a picture!), and we’ll feature it on the blog!  The address is thehungrytortoise at gmail dot com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

10K Turkey Trot = SUCCESS!

Training for a race kinda sucks… until you show up on D-Day with 17,000 other people and realize you’re ready to go. Even though I’ve run many organized races, I often wonder why people, including myself, keep spending money to run when they could just do it for free.  THIS IS WHY: TURKEY TROT 2 There’s just something about the crowds, the anticipation, the collective anxiety, and the thought that no matter how slow I go or how fast you go… or how fat or skinny or old or young we are… we’re all in this together.  On this day, we’re all runners.  We’re all athletes.  We prepared for this, and now it’s time make ourselves proud.  Well worth the $35 fee, right?  That, and the free snack buffet at the finish line.

On Thanksgiving morning, it was about 20 degrees, and I’ll be honest with you.  I didn’t give a shit.  My boyfriend Eddy and I bundled up and promised to stay together on the course.  Although there are ZERO pictures of us actually running, we finished!  We didn’t break any records, but our time was respectable: 1:11:20.

And I’m so proud of Eddy.  As I mentioned before, he’s more of a sprinter… so long distance running, for him, was a challenge.  And guess what.  He didn’t stop once!  Well, he did stop ONCE, but it was for maybe 10 seconds as we were going up a massive hill.  I’m not counting it.

Here’s my final tally for training.  I stuck to the chart (and even did some extra) during the last half, and it showed! 10 Novice I’ve done two races with Hal Higdon’s programs at this point, one for the marathon and the other for this 10K.  I can’t say enough good things about them.  No matter your fitness level, he has something that fits.  Check out his site!

Now on to a new physical challenge.  Any suggestions?

Music Monday: 10 Songs For Your Workout

All of these tracks are available on Spotify.

Daily Dexter Finds A Friend!

Don’t be fooled by the grin.  He is terrified of his adorable cousin.

DEXTER AND LINDEN

Recipe Rewind: Sweet Potato-Stuffed Mushrooms

It’s Thanksgiving!  On day 4 of my recipe blitz, I’m cheating a little and re-posting one of my seasonal favorites, Sweet Potato-Stuffed Mushrooms.  Yum!SWEET POTATO STUFFED MUSHROOMS 1I sincerely hope you’re able to enjoy the day with family and friends.  There is lots to be Thankful for!  The boyfriend and I are running our 10K Turkey Trot this morning.  Will we survive?!  Stay tuned for a full report!

Wishing you health & happiness this holiday,

Jess🙂

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