Trapped With A Spider



Well, my day off yesterday did not go as planned! We ran some errands in the afternoon and I was struck with really bad lower back pain– I think it is hormone related because I get it at certain times of the month on occasion. I spent most of the night on the couch with a heating pad (felt so good!), so we unfortunately didn’t get to go to Raw Aura or to a movie.

However, we did do a lot of Florida Road Trip planning!!!


It looks like our first destination after visiting my mom and stepdad, will be Miami and then Key West. We spent all of last night just looking at Key West and we aren’t even close to figuring out what we want to do yet! If anyone has been there and can offer some help with planning, we would greatly appreciate it. We are going to spend a night in Miami and 2 nights in Key West. We also booked a rental car- Eric found an awesome deal with Budget for 50% off. Score!


This morning I was happy to find that my back pain was 100% gone!

I got up early and baked some orders and then I had a delicious Green Monster:



  • 1 cup hemp milk
  • 1 scoop Manitoba Harvest protein powder (Hemp Pro 70%)
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter (whoooooooa yea)
  • 3 steamed kale leaves
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 t maca powder
  • ice ice baby

SO GOOD!!!!!

Then I hit the treadmill for a great interval run!

The workout:

  • 3 min walking warm up
  • 5 min running at 6 mph (10 min mile pace) at incline 5%
  • 3 min running at 6 mph incline 1%
  • repeat, repeat repeat for total of 2.5 miles run
  • 5 min walking cool down

It felt great! As you may know, I took a very long break from running after my second half marathon (about 2.5 months!). Given my injury prone body I think it is important for me to take long running breaks to give my body a rest.

I have recently been easing myself back into it over the past couple weeks. I was surprised to find that my endurance with running has not really gone down as much as I thought it would. I think that is due to keeping up with really high intensity cardio workouts (treadmill hill workouts, mainly). I will be talking more about my goals for the next 2-3 months on the blog Monday!

Post workout and shower I downed two delicious Carrot Chia Spelt Muffins from yesterday:



Then it was rush rush rush as we have not one, but two family get togethers today!

I brought along a vegan chickpea dish:


VERY easy. Chickpeas, chopped peppers and carrots with EVOO and red wine vinegar. Plus seasonings.

Two boxes of Glo Bars:


And gifts! Lots of birthdays in Jan/Feb in our family.


Thank goodness Eric is on call this weekend because I am blogging in the car right now!!

Oh a funny story- we were driving in the car and I reached to get my sunglasses out of my purse when I saw a HUGE, thick, super speedy spider in my purse!!!!!!!!! I freaked out. I made Eric take the next exit and pull over at a gas station so he could remove my purse from the car and then remove the spider. I have a HUGE fear of spiders and my anxiety was through the roof being trapped in the car with one by my feet! Thankfully Eric came to the rescue (after lots of laughing at me) and we were able to carry on with our trip! :mrgreen:

Onto family visit #1, then #2 shortly thereafter!

Enjoy your SUN-day!


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1 Angie's Appetite January 31, 2010

Oh MY GOSH! I can’t believe I looked!! I was scared to click on the twitter link expecting a huge photo of a big hairy spider!!


2 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 31, 2010

I totally understand – I have a HUGE fear of spiders myself. Like, sometimes I feel they are crawling on me. I hate going into our garage or basement for fear of them being on everything I pick up!


3 Laura Georgina January 31, 2010

EWWWW… I would have flipped too, and I’m not even afraid of spiders! Down this way, we get huge flying roaches, no matter how clean you keep your house or how often you fumigate–I once opened my cabinet to see one just chilling on the inside of the cabinet door. Wildlife definitely belongs OUTSIDE!

Have a great Sunday with the family!


4 Mrs. Money January 31, 2010

I my house, we call them “pideys” LOL

BIG PIDEY!!!!!!!


5 Paige @ Running Around Normal January 31, 2010

Oh I would have FREAKED out, too. Ugh that’s such a horrible situation! Eeek!
So sorry your day off didn’t go as planned. Sounds like you got in some much needed relaxation, though :)
The road trip sounds so exciting!

Have fun today!


6 Karla January 31, 2010

Your Florida trip sounds so exciting!!
Also, your chickpea dish looks delicious! So bright and colorful! I went to the store yesterday and REALLY wanted a red pepper but 1 red pepper was $2!!! I couldn’t justify it! I’ll just oogle yours!


7 Lizzie January 31, 2010

I hate the fact that peppers whole as SO expensive. Even the green ones!


8 Audrey January 31, 2010

Where I live, organic red bell peppers were $2.49 USD last time I checked. But I still buy them on occasion because I like them and because I would easily spend that much on something else (e.g. a bag of chips or cookies).


9 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2010

We don’t buy organic peppers because they are so expensive :( I hate that about produce!


10 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 31, 2010

Oh. My. GOD. I would freak out if that happened to me!!! Eek!

That dish that you brought to the partay looks amazing– such beautiful colors and vibrance!!

Glad to hear that your back is feeling better….also, I can’t wait to hear more of your goals on Monday!


11 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 31, 2010

Yikes, spider in your purse!!! I would’ve freaked out too and probably end up throwing my purse out the window. yuck!!!!!

Glad you are feeling better and I also look forward to hearing your goals!!


12 misti January 31, 2010

You’re Florida trip is going to be exciting! Have fun!


13 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 31, 2010

Woah, a spider IN your purse?! Eeeeek!


14 Candice January 31, 2010

Hearing about your Florida trip planning makes me anxious to plan our vacation for this summer!

Your chickpea dish looks awesome – I may have to duplicate it for our next family get together! Glad you had a great day off:)


15 Lizzie January 31, 2010

I also took a 2 month break from running in November. I was supposed to run my first half but did something weird to my ankle and was advised by my (awesome,super smart) trainer not to run. I lost $60, but probably gained an important health and fitness lesson (and I am VERY stubborn when it comes to this sort of thing). Started back a few weeks ago, just doing a couple of t-mill sessions a week and am now running 3 and feeling great. I was also surprised by the fitness level I sustained even though I was off a regular training schedule. Cross training is great and especially with it being tough to get outdoors, it’s a good time to take advantage of other options so we’re ready for the warmer season! :)


16 D January 31, 2010

Hmm that’s scary. I don’t know how you’d go from extreme back pain to no back pain! Please be careful! Maybe take a week off from exercise? You don’t want to further injure yourself. Pain can sometimes come and go, but it may be serious!! Be careful!


17 Ameena January 31, 2010

I am not scared of much but spiders seriously freak me out! And if one came out of my purse I might have had a heart attack!!


18 Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) January 31, 2010

My bf is terrified of spiders. One day there was a huge piece of lint in our bed and I went to flick it off and he screamed, “What if it’s a SPIDER!!!!” It was soo funny. But in your purse??? How random. For some reason your chick pea soup reminded me of candy corn. Mmmm.


19 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 31, 2010

We rented a car with Budget when we drove down to Orlando earlier this month. We had 4 people and luggage and the car they gave us for mid-size was kinda small. Since it’s only you and Eric I don’t think sizing will be an issue but we had to upgrade to an SUV when we picked it up.

We got a great deal online though and then to upgrade was only $10/day so it all worked out.

Just to warn ya :)


20 One Healthy Apple January 31, 2010

I am also injury prone and it’s hard sitting it out, but good to know that it’s better for my body in the long run!

I can’t wait to hear about your goals- you are such an inspirational goal setter and getter!


21 Heather (Where's the Beach) January 31, 2010

I’m so jealous of you FL vacation planning. I’ve been wanting to visit Key West. Can’t wait to hear about it. Glad you had a great interval run!


22 Heather @ Side of Smeakers January 31, 2010

I love your wrapping paper–so pretty! (I’m a sucker for a pretty wrapping job)


23 TanyaS January 31, 2010

I love how your Things to Do & See list is largely restaurant/food based. The first thing I google when I plan a trip the US is the closest Whole Foods. Love US grocery shopping and having a chance to sample all the fab foods featured in all the blogs.


24 Mae @ OhhMay January 31, 2010

Haha the spider story is too funny!! I don’t have any weird fears anymore, but I have a fried who is seriously AFRAID of ears. if someone touches her ear, she actually starts tearing up. It’s so strange because she’s normal in every other sence!


25 KellyMH January 31, 2010

Hello Angela!!

I have been reading your blog for sometime now, and I am super impressed. I aspire to be like you someday. I’m in school in Ohio, to become a Dietetic Technician, and will eventually go to Eastern Michigan University to become an RD. I’ve been vegan for awhile, and I love to bake.. Someday I hope to start my own blog and open up a bakery out of my house!!

Anywho, I took a trip to key west through a cruise I took over New Years Eve… I have some great advice on where to go…

JIMMY BUFFETTS MARGARITAVILLE!! I have been there twice, but until this last trip, I saw a Vegan Burger on their menu!! After having a couple of their delicious margaritas it was nice to see that there was a vegan alternative on their menu! It was I believe a Boca burger, so it did just fine curing my alochol-induced food craving! =) The atomosphere is great in there and they play some great music!!

For things to do, check out . My boyfriend and I did parasailing through them, (our first time) and it was AMAZING. The crew is awesome, and they really do give you the time of your life. For 20 dollars (a small price to pay when you think of the memory that will last forever) they will record on video your parasailing adventure, and give you the disk to upload to your computer right when you’re finished. They truely are reputable and amazing!

If you’d like to see my pictures or key west and my video from parasailing, I can send them to you, so you get a good sense of what you’re in for!! =)

One last thing, sorry I’m talking your ear off… I’ve been making my own cold breakfast for awhile, and for sometime I thought I was weird because I never heated it, but it just tasted wayyyy too good cold, so I am happy to find someone else does just the same, try out my rendition sometime if you’re bored, I have tried yours and love it too!!

-1/2 cup old fashioned oats
-1/2 cup or a little more, soy milk
-about 1 teaspoon agave nectar
-a few chopped nuts- pecan, walnut
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-a small handful of blueberries OR
-about 1 tablespoon golji berries…

put all ingredients in somekind of tupperware container that it will fit it, and make sure you have a lip..
after all ingredients have been placed in the tupperware, place the lid on securely and shake the container to equally spread out the ingredients. Let sit overnight or a good 4 hours, open up when you’re ready, and ENJOY.. it’s HEAVEN!!

Thanks for having a website that I follow religiously and gives anybody with past eating issues some light at the end of the tunnel and someone to look up to!

=) Kelly


26 ariffa January 31, 2010

I would FREAK too if there was a big spider near me I got goose bumps just reading about your encounter with one! I feel its on me =S


27 Jil January 31, 2010

I would have freaked out too — especially in the purse. eeeek.


28 Kelly Michelle January 31, 2010

COME SEE ME IN MIAMI!!! Key West is all about being laid back and partying at the same time. You will have a blast there. It is pretty touristy but there are lots of cute little shops and places to eat. actually driving there is a bit of a pain due to the tiny little roads that lead there so try and plan to go during a non rush time. Once there you can rent a scooter to ride around on while there which is really fun! The days are pretty much low key beach/pool/ beach activities, etc. Lots of rental type stuff since all the tourists if you are into that. Nights are all about the party but in a very very laid back kind of way. The bars get kind of crazy but not in a bad way just lots of people having fun. You can really wear anything and they are all on one street so people just wander around. its so different than miami. Irish Kevins is always a lot of fun. There a few more clubby type places but really the bars are the best.


29 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 31, 2010

I get lower back pain during a certain time of the month too. Enjoy your day with family =)


30 Marissa January 31, 2010

Hi Angela, I know you will enjoy your Florida vacation. I went to Miami and Key West 4 years ago, and really loved them! I did like Miami a bit more than Key West, but I think this is unusual. Miami is beautiful, the shopping is fabulous, and the food is delish! Key West is very colorful with a lot of character. I can’t think of anything specific to recommend, but I think you’ll enjoy both places. I hope Glo Bakery isn’t doing a number on your back. I still need to order some bars!!


31 Kris | January 31, 2010

Hey Doll! I would have crapped my pants if I found a spider in my bag!!! A friend of mine once found a MOUSE in her purse!!! EEEEKKKK

Planning before a trip is so beneficial! I always map out ALL the WholeFoods locations before I go anywhere with maps, so I always know a safe place to eat ;) LOL



32 EaterNotARunner January 31, 2010

You must be so excited for your Florida vacation, sounds like a blast!


33 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 31, 2010

I can’t wait to start reading about your running goals.

I’ve been to the Key’s once during a college Spring Break. We stayed on Duck Key at a resort. Key West was about an hour and a half away if I remember right. Just a caution. Key West is like a college spring break hot spot filled with drunken college kids and bars.


34 Danielle (Coffee Run) January 31, 2010

I would have FREAKED OUT if I found a spider in my purse lol

Your roadtrip sounds exciting! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Key West


35 Laura B. January 31, 2010

Good afternoon!

I follow your blog, it is wonderful! I enjoy a Green Monster everyday now. Anyway, I’ve driven from Ohio to the Keys about 5 times. I’m a scuba diver. The reefs off of Key West are amazing, I suggest a snorkling trip. Also, the sunset cruises are very nice (look for a sailboat), and bike riding through Key West is wonderful (watch out for the protected roosters that freely roam the streets). As long as you avoid Duval Street during peak hours, then Key West is sort of laid back. Also, the drive through the Keys is beautiful. Bahia Honda State Park is on the way and offers a nice beach and hiking trails. Check out bed and breakfasts for places to stay there. I hava a lot of pics, information, etc. if you would like to email me.

I suggest staying in South Beach when you’re in Miami. The shopping and dining is great. I attend Art Basel in Miami every year, so there are some great art galleries throughout South Beach. The hotels are great-very boutique and luxurious but affordable. Look for boutique hotels when you seach for lodging.

What a great trip to look forward to in this cold Winter!


36 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 31, 2010

Sorry to hear about your back….hope it feels better soon! And have an awesome trip!!!


37 Jolene ( January 31, 2010

I am super afraid of spiders too!!


38 Leah @ Simply Fabulous January 31, 2010

Sorry you had some back pain yesterday but glad it was gone today!! Looks like you took your days off at the perfect time!! :)

Have fun with your fam today!


39 Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life January 31, 2010

Oh gosh, I am TERRIFIED of spiders too! The way you described it, though, you sounded much more calm than I would have been! I wouldn’t have been able to wait to pull over and everything… I would have jumped into the backseat and freaked out immediately! Eek! Just thinking about it is giving me the chills…


40 erin January 31, 2010

Hi Angela! Seeing people ask you to come and see them during your trip really makes me want to ask to meet you! It’d be awesome and I can tell you I really enjoy you in my life even if it is ust a blog and not you in person…but I wanted to ask where you got the Booty camp dvd you talked about yesterday. It looks like a good workout and I’m interested in that! Have a great day!


41 Kris January 31, 2010

bahahahahaha!!! YIKES!!! :)

I’d freak!!!


42 Jewel@fit-and-fabulous-jewel January 31, 2010

Okay…I am not afraid of spiders but if I had one in my purse and in my car and I was trapped with it I would totally freak too!!! Especially a huge, thick super speedy one!!!!

I have always loved the drive down from Miami to Key West…it is a two-lane stop and go road but so much character and surrounded by water on the bridges on both sides!

and you can stop and drive through the neighborhoods in Big Pine Key and see the key deer wandering around too…very cool!


43 Rachel January 31, 2010

I think my husband & I would freak if there was a spider anywhere in our car, haha. We’re both afraid of them! I actually think he’s more afraid than I am.


44 Sarah January 31, 2010

Ugh Spider…. I’m impressed by how you handled yourself. I’d have caused an accident. The other day I literally stared a spider on the wall with a wad of tissue in my hand for like 10 minutes, trying to work up the nerve to grab it, until HTB finally came in the room and took care of it, lol!


45 Naomi January 31, 2010

Oh I hate spiders but Canadian spiders are nothing compared to Australian ones. Ours are seriously enormous and / or poisonous. :(


46 Laura @ Strong and Steady January 31, 2010

ooh i was in key west around nye this year!

definitely try to stay around southernmost point (there’s a collection of hotels there) – it’s right on the beach, right next to the main drag, walking distance from everything worth seeing, and definitely the more attractive part of town.

blue heaven is a restaurant everyone talks about. i didn’t go, but apparently the food is ridiculous and the atmosphere is really unique. i think that the only restaurant with awesome ocean views is the westin’s cafe, but the menu looked really good, although we got there too late for brunch and went elsewhere. instead, we *did* go to a restaurant called Bagatelle for brunch (after the activity i mention below) and the huevos rancheros was perfect! so light and balanced! loved it.

ONE THING YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO: yoga on the beach! my S.O. and i did this one morning – a really nice couple from cape cod holds a yoga class every morning right on the sand with palm trees overhead and the waves lapping in the background… so incredible! it’s $15 which includes park admission for the day (public beaches!), and they provide all equipment. we found it by googling “beach yoga”: afterwards, go for brunch :).

ok sorry for the ridiculously long comment! have an amazing trip!!!


47 Miss T January 31, 2010

While you’re in the Keys, go to The Cafe on Southard St. Its a great vegetarian/vegan place and the chick pea fries are amazing (if they have them). Also you should take the tour of Hemmingway’s house, the pool at the Southernmost House, sunset at mallory square, and if you have the chance the beach at Bahia Honda.


48 Lois January 31, 2010

Make sure you check out the total actual price you will pay for your rental car in Florida. When we were there we paid almost the same in state taxes that we did for the car… just a warning.

Key West is very pricey. Hotels are limited and expensive – you might want to try to find a guest house or even B&B. I wouldn’t bother spending 2 nights in Key West. You might want to think about stayin a bit further North, and then having a day trip through the keys. Just a thought.


49 Lois January 31, 2010

One more comment… while you are in the keys and you are at the huge sign that says CUBA 90 miles DO NOT give your camera to some stranger to take a picture of you and your husband. I watched a couple do that, and then the guy sold them their camera back for $100!!


50 Emily January 31, 2010

Key West rocks! A relative of mine owns a hotel there so I can’t recommend where to stay as I haven’t stayed anywhere else, but they have some adorable looking B&Bs there. Since Key West is so small, wherever you stay is bound to be within walking distance of almost everything on the island.

For restaurants I HIGHLY recommend Blue Heaven. I go there every time, and its delicious. I’ve been there both for breakfast and dinner and its always been fantastic! I’m pretty sure the veggie stir-fry I got there once was vegan (and yummy!) and I’ve never had a bad meal in general.

I also have been to Louie’s Backyard which is really good, but pricey (if I remember correctly).

I highly recommend going to Mallory Square at sunset, they have tons of performers and little stands. And its a great place to take photos!

Ahh, just thinking about Key West makes me envious that your traveling there!


51 AGS January 31, 2010

Happy Vacation Planning! I have my first vacation in two years coming up in May, and thinking about the beach always puts me into a happy state of mind. ;)


52 jenna January 31, 2010

yikes! i do not do well with spiders. once my friends and i were in the car, and i was doing the driving. they saw a spider in my hair but they knew they couldn’t tell me because i would freak out and possibly crash. unfortunately for me, they didnt tell me about the spider until we arrived at the destination and i got out of the car!

i don’t the name exactly, but search kayaking in key west. you can either rent kayaks and explore on your own or take a guided tour through the everglades. it’s a great activity outside that really gives you a great look at the keys, you may even see some manatees!!


53 Michelle @ Eatingjourney January 31, 2010

I hate spiders. But cockroaches..I scream.


54 Andrea January 31, 2010

Yikes! I would’ve probably threw my purse out the window out of complete and utter panic if there was a spider in it!

You will love Key West! It’s a beautiful place to get in a run too! I definitely suggest Willie T’s for lunch. They have a fabulous vegan burger and delicious mojitos.

I would also suggest visiting Ernest Hemingway’s house. Lots of Sketchies running around. ;)


55 Rachael@SpachetheSpatula January 31, 2010

I see Sarasota marked on that map! That’s my hometown so if you have any questions about the area I’d love to help!


56 Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN January 31, 2010

Oh. My. Goodness. Spider = total freak out! Bless your heart… I’m impressed you were able to contain yourself until the next exit. I probably would have made it to the back seat by the time the car was stopped. ;) I’m glad you made it out safely. tehe.


57 Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) January 31, 2010

That Green Monster looks EPIC! I have just gotten into making them and they rock.


58 Elis January 31, 2010

Miami area – check out Sublime if you can. However, I highly reccomend trying Seasons 52. They’re not a vegan restaurant, nor are they a vegetarian restaurant, but they have a great vegetable platter which is vegan. It’s to die for! Ohmegawd. Come visit me! Lol.


59 Katie February 1, 2010

When you are in Key West you have to get key lime pie at the blonde giraffe. It is to die for! I love Key West! Also, rent scooters. My husband and I had a blast riding around.


60 Meghann February 1, 2010
61 Erin February 3, 2010

Your road trip looks like fun! Florida is a loooong drive :) If you’re stopping through Gainesville, I would highly recommend Reggae Shack for dining. There are other good places, but I think that’s my favorite.


62 Becka @Studio222 February 19, 2010

I live in Orlando and Dandelion is one of my favorite places to eat. I live about 2 miles from it if you want some dining company! :) If not, try the hibiscus ice tea… it’s so good!

Drunken Monkey is my other favorite place. It’s just a few blocks from Dandelion and is more of a coffee shop instead of a tea house. :)


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