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Palm Trees

by Meghann on March 11, 2010

So my guess is not every gym has palm trees inside?


Honestly, I didn’t even notice the palm trees until I saw the comments last night referencing the tree in the background of the photo I posted of Sarah.


See it?

Today I counted FIVE palm trees throughout the gym! Maybe its a Florida thing because seriously palm trees are everywhere around here! You should see how many are in the malls!

This evening I had another gym date with Sarah this evening to it hit the weights, only tonight it was all about legs.

Before I left worked I had a light snack of multigrain cereal and freeze dried strawberries.


Sarah had a great work out planned for us. She had some great tips including a nifty move she showed me that involved walking lunges on the treadmill! I need to do a ‘how to’ video of the lunges on the treadmill because I was seriously impressed with that move!

We worked the hamstrings, squads, calves, etc. My legs were BURNING at the end!


I promise to post the work-out plan Sarah built for me sometime tomorrow! Sarah did a great job laying everything out and even color coated which moves work out which muscle groups. Basically, Sarah ROCKS!

To thank Sarah for all her help the past couple of days I brought her home, gave her a beer, and made her a killer dinner.


I couldn’t let Sarah drink alone! I popped open a brewskie for myself as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I asked Sarah what se wanted and her only request was for some of my famous cornbread. I spent all day trying to think of a fun, creative meal that would go with cornbread and was was pretty excited with what I came up with.


Tempeh Sloppy Joes anyone?



Tempeh Sloppy Joes

  • Tempeh
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Mushroom
  • Garlic
  • S&P
  • Ketchup
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Honey Mustard

I started by chopping all the veggies and adding them to a hot pan with the tempeh and S&P


I then added generous portions of ketchup, bbq sauce and mustard


I let it simmer for 5 minutes and served a heaping serving on a reheated piece of left over cornbread


With some roasted sweet and white potatoes



I think Sarah was happy with her meal!


But, I think she was even more excited about dessert!


You’ve heard about customized granola, customized cereal, and customized bars, but what about customized chocolate?!?!


Chocomize is a great site where you can do just that!

You start with a chocolate base (such as dark, milk, or white) and then select from a variety of amazing toppings that range anywhere from dried fruit and candy pieces to coffee, cayenne pepper, and potato chips (!) then you load it up!


Chocomize gave me the option to create a few bars to review for the blog. I had so much fun deciding what should go on what bar and am quite proud of the amazing combinations I came up with.

  • Dark Chocolate, Dried Strawberries, Ground Coffee, Hazelnuts
  • Dark Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts, Coconut, Dried Pineapple, Basil
  • Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chips, Toffee, Mini Marshmallows, Oreos
  • Dark Chocolate, Cayenne pepper, Cinnamon, Mango Dices, Potato Chips

Tonight we decided to break into the peanut butter chips, toffee, marshmallow, and oreos combination first.



One thing is for sure: they do not skimp on the toppings on these bars!


Hello toppings! I <3 you all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I broke off a couple of pieces to sink my teeth into.


The overload of toppings may be overwelming to some, but in this case I think the flavors melded together perfectly. This bar is rich and meant to be savored and enjoyed very slowly. I loved it and can’t wait to try the other combos I picked out!

So far I am digging Chocomize and believe they would make great gifts. Who doesn’t love chocolate overloaded with fun toppings?!?! I know I do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Alright, I need to get my pack on!

Good Night!

1 Heather March 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm

i’m drooling on the couch here looking at that chocolate…yum! can’t wait to hear about your workouts some more!

2 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Ok, we definitely do NOT have palm trees in the gym around here!
I must try Chocomize and SOON!

3 Evan Thomas March 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Those bars sound delicious!
In my mall, the only tree growing is a christmas tree, haha

4 Lo-Jo March 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Chocolate!

5 Kellie March 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm

you really need to ask the company to do a giveaway. Those look amazing!!

6 anotherannabanana March 11, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Excuse me?? Chocomize?! Where has this been all my life? (I think you just revolutionized my life…)

7 Matt March 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I am interested in those moves! I need to revamp my strength training!

8 theprocessofhealing March 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Customizable chocolate?! NO!!! They didn’t! oh yum…. looks great!
As does your dinner!!!
I think palm trees are for sure a FL thing. And a beach thing in general ha

9 tramey1 March 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This blog boy is officially jealous of a palm tree filled gym. Just throwin that out there.

10 Anna March 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Chocomize…lol, love it! Those look awesome…as does y’all’s dinner!

11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Dinner in exchange for a personal trainer–too perfect. I’ll cook for someone willing to kick my bootay too.

I sometimes make my own customized chocolate but ordering a batch would be fun too!

12 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

That loaded up chocolate bar looks delicious – maybe the company wants to sponsor a give away? Hint, hint! ๐Ÿ˜‰

13 Alison March 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I know what you mean about the palm trees. I grew up in Arizona. Palm trees are so ubiquitous there that I don’t even notice them anymore. Whenever tourists or northerners ogle at them, all I think is “it’s just a palm tree…”

14 Jenna March 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

That’s the first thing I noticed yesterday was the palm trees too!
Dinner and dessert look so good!

15 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm

You know you’re from Florida when you don’t even bat an eye at things like palm trees and alligators, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Laura S March 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Is anyone else not able to see the pictures anymore? I lost the ability to see them yesterday and now only see the image title…

17 Amy @ Second City Randomness March 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I think Chocomize really would be death by chocolate for me. Just a guess…

18 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm

ooooh that all looks so good!!!! YUM!

19 rebecca lustig March 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

OHMYGOODNES: my worst nightmare/greatest fantasy has come true! customizing your own chocolate!!! going to the website as soon as I finish this comment.

dinner looks delic. if there were palm trees in my gym perhaps i’d be extra motivated. ok, i can’t stop thinking about the chocolate… sweet dreams ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Emilyeatsclean March 11, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Customized chocolate….sign me up too!!!!! YUM!


21 Ashley March 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm

You are a girl of my own heart! You dug into the one that I was drooling over. I think we may have to do a lil swap soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see the weight workout. After this long week and crazy bachelorette trip down to Atlanta I am going to focus on my body and food next week before the half. Could you ask Sarah her take on lifting/spinning the week of the half? I think i’ll ask Gina too. I tend to think that I should spin on Monday and Tuesday then just run Wednesday and Thursday before resting Friday and Saturday. Thoughts?

22 Sammi March 12, 2010 at 12:11 am

That chocolate website looks dangerous! Good thing it is entirely too expensive for me to even consider!

23 Tracey March 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

Those candy bars look fantastic! I’m not so sure I would be able to control myself around them. They would be gone in a day!

24 Tay March 12, 2010 at 12:46 am

LOL the palm trees! I didn’t notice, but now that you pointed it out, it is WEIRD! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I got my mom some chocomize bars for her birthday! I think she liked them? haha

25 Cheryl H. March 12, 2010 at 12:52 am

A silly question from a Northern Californian~~so are the palm trees real? They look so perfect that in the pic that they look as though they could be fake. BTW, awesome gym. I am looking forward to the video of the treadmill lunges. I want to try them out.

26 caronae March 12, 2010 at 1:32 am

Very jealous of the palm trees in the gym! So fun and tropical. Why can’t we have that in NY????
The chocomize sounds absolutely divine. i might have to get my hands on some ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday!

27 Fallon March 12, 2010 at 2:22 am

mmm chocolate!

28 britchickruns March 12, 2010 at 4:40 am

wowow @ that chocolate!! Crikey. That looks SO GOOD.
As does your dinner – I’m going to do something like that tonight I’ve decided – thanks for the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

29 Jessica Zara March 12, 2010 at 6:50 am

Potato chips on chocolate!? That even beats your hummus/jelly combo! Can’t wait to hear about how that one tastes.

Both you and Sarah look gorgeous ~ I wish I could be that beautiful after leaving the gym. I’m usually a hideous, sweaty mess!



30 Carolyn @ March 12, 2010 at 8:26 am

You’re seriously making me miss Florida! I can’t wait to go visit my mom in Pensacola in May!

31 Becky March 12, 2010 at 8:32 am

I can’t wait to check out Sarah’s plan. I need some serious help and ideas! I could also use more chocolate in my life…that stuff looks ah-may-zing!

32 amandapanda1981 March 12, 2010 at 8:33 am

Oh wow, those chocolate bars look awesome. I love toppings!! BTW, I know Flordia does the palm tree thing too. Did you get a palm tree christmas tree? I know my friend bought one and she just moved down there last year. lol I thought it was the funniest thing ever.

33 Sara @ ActiveGal March 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

I have never seen trees INSDIE a gym before! Looks like a very nice gym! How do you come up with such great recipes on a whim? Happy Friday!

34 Katie March 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

Those chocolate bars look so good! How fun and creative! mmm, sloppy joes… I am hungry. =P

35 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

I’m not sure I’d dig the marshmallows, but the peanut butter chips sound awesome!

36 abbynormally March 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

I love Tempeh sloppy joes!!! Perhaps I shall try your recipe sometime!

37 Kelly March 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

I WISH my gym had palm trees, that’s so cool. Those chocolate bars look to die for.

38 Heather March 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

My gym barely had lights on at all, let alone sunshine or palm trees ๐Ÿ™‚

39 runningwithsass March 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

haha sorry I had to notice the palm trees! so cool. i love palm trees, we have none in MS.

I have been wanting to buy from that chocolate website but just haven’t yet! yum yum

40 NYCRunnerGirl March 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

Chocomize sounds amazing. I think it would make a great gift, and I noticed they had gift cards, too. Yum!

41 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear March 12, 2010 at 11:21 am

The customized chocolate must be the best idea ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

42 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 12, 2010 at 11:32 am

I won a gift certificate to Chocomize and it was AMAZING! The chocolate is really high quality as well ๐Ÿ™‚

43 cara March 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

Those chocolates sound soo incredibly ridiculously amazing. I want some now, even though it is 930am. hahaa.

44 Hillary March 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

Yes, I have heard about Chocomize I’m anxious to create my own bar. You’ve got some crazy combos to review : )

45 peonynutshell March 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm

aha we have palm trees in our shopping centre and i live in south england!

46 Lorin March 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Oh man! I just looked up the website for chocomize, all the chocolates look sooo good! Maybe I’ll get it for a graduation gift? It’s not as expensive as I thought it would be though, which is good! I want to try making chocolate pizza (chocolate spread stuff, ‘mellows, ect.) anyone have a good recipe for that?

47 Kerri March 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Why do you work out twice a day?

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