Recapping Wednesday wackiness

Rest assured that I was a winner Wednesday despite a massive smoothie fail.

Since I went to the grocery store Tuesday night, I had the ingredients on hand for Healthful Pursuit’s Red Rooster Smoothie — most of ’em anyway. I didn’t feel like buying a whole raw beet for two tiny slices, so I decided to use the cooked beets I bought at Trader Joe’s.

Umm … turns out not everything from TJ’s is a miracle waiting to happen.

Red (?) Rooster SmoothieAt least my use of cooked beet instead of fresh is why I suspect my smoothie didn’t take on the gorgeous bright red color of Leanne’s. It had to be, because other than that, I followed the recipe to a T.

Mine looked more like the worst kind of green smoothie — a greenish-brown mess.

Sadly, that’s what it tasted like, too:  A mess. (Sorry, Leanne. I’ve loved the other recipes of yours that I’ve tried, and I regularly pin things of yours for future reference.)

I think it was the cucumber I didn’t like. I’m not a HUGE fan of cukes, unless they’re A) smothered in hummus or blue cheese dressing or B) pickled. This half a cucumber was neither … and blending it with a bunch of fruits didn’t sufficiently mask its taste.

The good news? Much like the Blueprint Cleanse green juice I tried at Blend2013, the more I drank, the more the taste grew on me.

Another plus was that the smoothie had just 138 calories and 6 grams of fiber. It did have 32 grams of carbs, though.

As for the #colourfulsmoothie challenge … Brown’s a color, right?

My softball team had a doubleheader Wednesday night because one of the games got canceled earlier in the season. The games were at 7:15 and 9:15. Since I had to work, I was only able to make one of the two.

I chose Game 1 — excellent decision. We won by a huge margin (17-5, I think). Better yet, I scored a run.

Let me say that again: I scored a run!

If that’s not #winning, I don’t know what is. It was, after all, my first run of the season. Hours later, I’m still basking in the accomplishment.

You might have noticed I didn’t say I got a hit. I walked to first, then ended up running in a couple of batters later.

I won’t be voted team MVP anytime soon, though: My next at-bat, I made the third out. Then I managed a hit, but got thrown out at first. I really need to work on sprinting to first.

We also won Game 2 pretty handily, from what Mike said. I wish I could have been there, but I was already pushing deadline pretty hard as it was. Spending another hour-plus at softball wouldn’t have been the smartest choice.

It was just nice to get out of the office for a while. I enjoyed the fresh air and a gorgeous sunset. Behold my view from the dugout:

Softball sunset

In other news:

— Don’t forget I’m blogging at The Chicklets today. I’m hosting one of my Starcatchers sisters, Kimberly Kincaid, who’s in the kitchen to dish about her new release, “Outside the Lines,” and serve up a recipe for the stuffed French toast her hero and heroine share.

It’s because I got that post done before work that I had time to write another one here afterward. Gotta love planning ahead!

— And if you didn’t read Mel’s post at The Clothes Make the Girl Wednesday, do yourself a favor and do it now. Be sure to watch the Cookie Monster video. Not only is it a catchy tune (I’ve watched it twice already), but it also has some excellent advice about coping with cravings.

Side note: I didn’t know Cookie Monster was hip enough to record such a slammin’ video. I don’t remember him being nearly so cool when I was a kid. But I guess it’s in keeping with his new “cookies are a sometimes food” message.

— I ate a bit more junk Wednesday (but ended up just 4 calories over my Lose It! limit). Even so, I could tell I was hungrier and less satisfied. Lesson learned — again.

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