Behind The Butter


I’ve been pretty much a lazy bum all day. My legs aren’t sore but I’m just TIRED so I decided to deem today officially rest day and then to just pick up tomorrow and go from there.

I figured I could get all my laundry done so I piled it all together and then headed downstairs to the newly found laundry room in my building. However, once I was in I realized I didn’t have enough change for the machines.


I piled everything back up and headed back upstairs. Then, I covered myself in my quilt and watched Dear John. It was positively delicious. My laundry never got done but its sitting by the door waiting to go when I finally muster up enough quarters under my car seat. Until then, I might smell.

I snacked on some yogurt with jam and granola mid-afternoon

And then made the biggest manatee salad ever. I needed some lettuce in my life.

I used two big heads of this lettuce plus some goat cheese and thinly sliced fennel. Fennel makes me smile!

I tossed it all in this random dusty balsamic vinegar that I got months ago and never opened.

I definitely could NOT taste the pear but it was still good.

I also had my last salmon burger (with honey mustard) and a gigantic baked sweet potato

Then, not even two hours later I ate this bar on my way to small group

And then, like five minutes ago, I stood in front of my fridge and completely zoned out while cleaning the inside rim of the jar of almond butter with my index finger. Tell me I’m not alone here!
I’ve done nothing today but I’m exhausted. Tomorrow I have a really busy full day and there’s about a 43% chance I might wake up and use my apartment complex’s elliptical machine before breakfast. We’ll see…no promises.

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  • John
    May 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    After doing something small like riding 100 miles it’s not surprising you need more than a day or two to recover! Don’t be surprised it takes another day or two even as you really did push your body Sunday!

  • Margarita
    May 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I always end up munching on almond butter straight off a spoon from the fridge… Mmmm!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Haha, I do that nutbutter jar thing ALL the time 😛 i’s like those little flecks are asking to be swiped!
    You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself – you biked 100miles!! You’re allowed to be tired and do nothing 🙂
    Oh, and Dear John? Channing Tatum = true love 🙂

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    May 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Ohh, not doing laundry and watching Dear John sounds so good right now!! Are those salmon burger from the frozen section? It looks so good and I’m intrigued!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Wow–great salad idea…very fresh and cleansing. Thanks!

  • Amanda
    May 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    No your not alone, haha. But there is no shame in resting : ) Besides: you have the best excuse to rest.. “I rode 100 miles on a bike!”

  • Casey @ Chasing Casey
    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    You’re not alone. At least you take you finger, I take to the spoon >.<
    If it's chunky almomd/peanut/ or pretty much any nut butter, it's basically a wrap.
    P.s. Totally didn't know get that you actually are from Sonoma! We're "semi-close" haha. I'm from Union City!

  • jenny (green food diaries)
    May 25, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    goat cheese and fennel… interesting pairing! i wonder how it tastes??

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    May 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I really love that you feel like a manatee when you eat big salads. That image makes me laugh.

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    May 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Isn’t fennel delightful 🙂 I used it in a risotto last night!!

  • Lisa
    May 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I’ve never had fennel before, what’s it taste like??
    And I am more than guilty of spreading pnut butter on toast/banana, then taking another scoop straight from the jar to my mouth!! Deeelicious 🙂

  • Erin
    May 26, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I find that if I stay home all day I eat waaaaay more than if I am out and about. But seriously, you rode 100 miles! 100 MILES!!! Thats amazing, and your body is obviously just needing a break. So enjoy the time under your quilt! 🙂

  • Liss
    May 26, 2010 at 2:27 am

    What brand of salmon burgers do you buy? It looks delicious 🙂

    • ava
      May 26, 2010 at 7:36 am

      She buys the 365 from Whole Foods. I read her reply that another poster asked.

  • elizabeth
    May 26, 2010 at 2:49 am

    I am also curious about what kind of salmon burgers you have. They look great. So many that I see are full of “junk”

  • Kerry Dyer
    May 26, 2010 at 3:01 am

    loooove balsamic vinegar! apparently its a appetite supressent? xx

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 26, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Balsamic with pear sounds so delicious!

  • Annie D. from Annie's Simple Life
    May 26, 2010 at 3:32 am

    I get tired and hungry too. I think of it as my body telling me to slow down so it can catch up :o)

  • Kelly
    May 26, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Haha I definitely would take a week off after biking 100 miles! maybe do yoga only!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    May 26, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Fennel makes me smile, too 🙂

    Good for you for taking a whole rest day- after 100 miles it is well deserved!


  • Tina
    May 26, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Boy do you deserve to be exhausted. I’m glad you enjoyed a relaxing day. I just rented Dear John too and can’t wait to see it. I loved the book.

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    May 26, 2010 at 4:17 am

    That vinegar looks so good, I love vinegar!

  • Stacey
    May 26, 2010 at 4:21 am

    You deserve all the time your body needs to rest. Enjoy your recovery you earned it.

  • diana@mymarblerye
    May 26, 2010 at 4:30 am

    you’re still eating healthy even though you are a bum! My day would have consisted of a Sonic Sundae and MAYBE a cream soda!

  • Sarah
    May 26, 2010 at 4:40 am

    You’re not alone! I do that with my peanut butter jar. Sometimes I do a little more than clean out the inside of the rim…

  • Alison
    May 26, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Messy nut butter jars are one of my pet peeves; it’s my duty to make sure the rims of each jar are pristine. My husband wipes his knife on the side of the jar to clean it (what, he doesn’t lick the knife?) and then leaves the pb blob just hanging there. Totally drives me crazy. So, I clean it up, with my fingers. It’s my duty.

  • eatmovelove
    May 26, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I liked Dear John too. Seen it in the theatre, probably wouldn’t rent it again though.
    Have you seen “It’s Complicated”? SOOO funny.

  • OK Chick
    May 26, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Nope you are not alone!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    May 26, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I’m a huge fennel fan, too. That, plus radicchio, romaine, shaved Parmesan and some lemon and olive oil make the best salad.

  • Carolyn @
    May 26, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I’m currently reading Dear John, so maybe I’ll Netflix the movie after I finish.

  • Lindsey
    May 26, 2010 at 5:11 am

    I have to say I was impressed that you didn’t ake a rest day the day after your ride. The day after I ran my half marathon last year, all I could muster the energy to do was drive to the pharmacy to find the biggest bottle of ALeve they had! Enjoy the rest!

  • theemptynutjar
    May 26, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I pretty much wake up every morning with an empty jar of nut butter by my side….trust me.

  • Erin
    May 26, 2010 at 5:24 am

    You definitely deserve a rest day or two. After 100 miles, it’s no wonder you’re exhausted!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    May 26, 2010 at 5:30 am

    You totally earned and deserved that day! 🙂

  • miladybowen
    May 26, 2010 at 5:31 am

    You are definitely not alone! I barely got out of bed after my century. Just average the 100 miles of activity and the couple days of reduced activity and it all evens out. And if you don’t make it on the elliptical, who cares?

  • Jenn
    May 26, 2010 at 5:33 am

    You are not alone! I will stand in the pantry with the almond butter from Fresh Market and the big dates (I now eat b/c of you:) and dip them in…heaven!

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged
    May 26, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I’m totally guilty of finger-spooning peanut butter! Seems like a perfect grazing day, though, and your body totally needs it!

  • Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries
    May 26, 2010 at 5:46 am

    I had to laugh about the almond butter thing- I totally do that! Except sometimes I go and realize I just did it a few hours ago and it’s all clean.. that’s when the spoon makes an appearance. 🙂

  • Krystina
    May 26, 2010 at 5:47 am

    That salad looks deeeelicious.
    I love licking the leftover nut butter off my spoon/knife.

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life
    May 26, 2010 at 5:48 am

    HAHAHA, oh geez, you are TOTALLY not alone on that one! I do that allll the time 🙂

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner
    May 26, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I did the same thing on yesterday after my half marathon the day before. Right down to zoning out to Dear John! Your workout was far more intensive than mine though – rest up!

  • maggie
    May 26, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I am in desperate need of some motivation to eat healthy and cheap, can u please do a grocery post.
    me thinks it’s long overdue 😉
    thanks and u r a w e s o m e!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 26, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Oh, nutbutter from the jar is pretty much the only way I do it! haha

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    May 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

    sounds like a perfect day to me!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I’d say that a day of two or rest is something that your body NEEDS! So enjoy being a bum 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    May 26, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Haha….I always tend to find myself zoned in front of the fridge with a finger in the nut butter container. Always. It’s a mystery how that happens sometimes, and you are not alone in this. Shall we blame it on the power of the nut butter gods? I say yes. It’s not us; it’s them.

  • Julie
    May 26, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Am I the only one who thinks the residual nut butter on the rim is nasty?? It kind of grosses me out even thinking of it. It gets all dry and crusty. Some times I accidentally get some on the spoon when I’m trying to get some of the good stuff out, blegh, haha. Maybe I need to get over my fears..

    Geez.. 100 miles.. I rode 7 miles the other day and my butt/legs were sore! Awesome job!

  • Kelly
    May 26, 2010 at 6:14 am

    You totally deserve to veg out…and eat almond butter straight out of the jar with your finger. That’s one of the perks of living alone, so do it while you can. 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    May 26, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I think you deserve at least a day of solid rest!! If not 2 or 3 or 10– you worked hard this weekend girl!!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    May 26, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I’ve got to get my hands on some fennel. I love crispy things like that in my salad.

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist
    May 26, 2010 at 6:59 am

    You are NOT alone!!!
    My whole blog has been dedicated to my “funk” (although I did not ride 100 miles Sunday!!) and how I am going back to basics to get out of it!
    My clothes are tight and I have embarked on the road towards changing that!!
    You probobly need more recovery, 100 miles is no joke!!

  • Kati @ Living Well
    May 26, 2010 at 7:00 am

    That salad looks great! Don’t think I’ve ever tried fennel though :> I’m jealous of your movie day.

  • katie
    May 26, 2010 at 7:00 am

    i love that you go to small group 🙂 have you ever read Jesus Calling? GOODNESS its so freakin good! slaps me in the face every AM when i read it.. haha and i NEED that!! youd love it!

    girl if i did 100 miles id be in the hospital.. so props to you for real!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 26, 2010 at 7:20 am

    it just sounds like your body is still tired…i mean, it takes a while to recover from 100 miles of riding! your salad sounds AMAZING though, and i kinda want to make it for breakfast 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    May 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Oh I believe eating almond butter straight out of the jar from time to time is one of life’s greatest pleasures 🙂

  • Jackie @ carolina_vogue
    May 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Umm you are definitely not alone! I spent my evening on a date with my jar of almond butter as well 🙂

  • Rachel
    May 26, 2010 at 7:38 am

    That salad looks so good and very refreshing! I do the same thing with almond butter, I’m too lazy to get out a spoon so I just “clean” the inner rim with my finger!

  • Lilly
    May 26, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Get That Laundry Done !!!!!!!

    Your salmon burger looks delicious!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 26, 2010 at 7:59 am

    You deserve the rest girly! Your body is telling you that and it’s great that you’re listening. 😀

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    May 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

    mmm – butter lettuce!

    i tried to rent dear john last night, but the redbox was broken. sad day.

    here’s to a productive wednesday!

  • Sarah
    May 26, 2010 at 8:04 am

    You deserve some rest – and lettuce 😉 – after that 100 mile ride!

  • Kati
    May 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

    These veggie bags you are getting seem great. I need to find something like this in my area. I know it will encourage me to eat more veggies and to try new ones in recipes.

    Congrats on the 100 mile ride!! You deserve a few days off, so enjoy!

  • Camille
    May 26, 2010 at 8:31 am

    You deserve a rest day girl!

  • Lisa
    May 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

    You biked 100 miles! No wonder you’re tired!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I’m the only one eating the almond butter in my house so I sometimes just stick my finger in if I’m zoning 🙂

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    May 26, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I did the same thing tonight! I swear sometimes I’m just never full! or satisfied. PLus a few swoops of almond butter never hurts right 😉