Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Sun Also Rises even if you have no Breakfast

The sky was so beautiful this morning! I have officially turned into the most boring person in the room, I know. Always talking about sunsets.048032 It was purple and pink with spots of fire red and orange! I wish I could have taken an unobstructed picture.

Breakfast: I accidentally skipped breakfast. I made oatmeal with dates, flax, and walnuts, and completely forgot to eat. By the time I looked at the clock it was 10:30 and almost lunch. I went ahead with lunch at this point. My salad was romaine lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, bell pepper, and croutons. 059 058 In this package are mostly the Pepperidge Farm whole wheat ones which I like ‘cause they're sweet. I topped my salad with a little spicy ranch, which was a bit much for my palate today.

I moved on to split pea soup, which I added water to. Before it had the consistency of mashed potatoes (like yesterday). 064 It was super tasty. I know we always make the same soups. I'm working on that. I want to make cuban black bean soup. You know if it has beans in it, I'm there! Split pea soup is my boyfriend's favorite non cream based soup (that I know of), so we make it a lot. His favorite is something called southwest chicken chowder, which I've never had. I would love to make a low fat version, if anyone has any ideas. I've made a chowder once, and he wasn't super impressed. My favorite soup is probably gumbo.

For a snack I had a Pay Day, I mean a Big Nut bar. I like them, but it's not worth 250 calories. Also, it wasn't as filling as a Clif.068


I also had multiple cups of hot tea. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride to be exact.

Around 4:00 I wanted something to snack on, and decided on a 100 calorie popcorn bag. Well, I burned it in the microwave. After some mental debate, I went to the snack machine to see if there were any full sized bags of popcorn there. Nope. I did score a bag of Cheezits which were more than twice the calories of my original goal. Sigh. I did enjoy them though.086

When I got home from work I went straight to weight lifting. Today I did bench press, front squats, situps, and rows. I’ve been mixing up my squats instead of always doing squats with weights on my back. I hate overhead squats, but front squats aren’t too bad.

Pre-run I had part of a carrot and a tablespoon of peanut butter. 088 093

We started week 3 of couch to 5k. It was not bad. My ankle and back hurt a little bit.

When I got home I fixed some chicken salad into a rather disappointing wrap. 097

The wrap consisted of chicken salad, tomatoes, romaine, and sprouts. The chicken was mixed with mayo, coarse ground mustard, celery, and walnuts.

The chicken salad was good, but the tomatoes were off, and the sprouts were weird with the rest of this. I cannot tell a lie, I mostly ate the chicken.

I retired with a heating pad and a very full glass of shiraz. In fact when my boyfriend saw my glass he started laughing.  I told him I was being realistic. I knew I would have two glasses of wine, and I didn’t want to get up from my heating pad and lounging.106

Should I be embarrassed to post that? I don’t think so.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Breakfast Burritos & extra exercise

I was off on Monday and did not have to go into the office for Overtime -wahoo! We split a large breakfast burrito for breakfast. It consisted of 3 eggs, an ounce of sharp cheddar, mushrooms, bell pepper, and onions. Divide that in half and you get what I ate for breakfast. 168Divide a shamwow in half and you get two of 'em!shamwowclean


There was lots of studying from inside warm blankets. The cat likes to help with this. She also likes yoga. I know a lot of cats do. She bonks your head at very inappropriate times though.

At lunch we had split pea soup and a half turkey sprout pita sandwich. Yes, that is soup below. I added some water to thin it out. Mmm mmm, tasty! That’s not trademarked, right?172 180 176 I always count the whole pita loaf as one sandwich, although I know some people don't.So in my book this would be half a sandwich.

Around 2:00 we went for a jog, even though it was an off day from Couch to 5k. We both felt like exercising. Also, I usually work out at my gym every day that I’m not running at home, but today I was off from work as well. Does that make sense?

I was proud of us for running in the cold drizzle. We ran in a park we don't usually run in, because it's too hard to see at night. There are lakes and nice trees, and if you're lucky some Louisiana wildlife. Great White Egret 268005 [source]

Also, if you're not so lucky, some Louisiana wildlife.nutria-004 [source]

For dinner I had Duang Tawan leftovers, and the boyfriend had Vindaloo. I also had a bite out of curiosity. And another bite for quality assurance.021I also had most of a store brand Granola bar. If you’re curious the store was Winn Dixie. As my old high school friend would say, “Get over it, the south lost the Civil War.” 183 187  There was also a cranberry mocktail.

I went to my night class which was luckily short, and brought my coffee with me. We’ve been cutting back on the more expensive coffee, but have realized that we can scrape pennies elsewhere. Coffee is too important.

After class I came home and had a couple of glasses of shiraz and watched reruns of The Office to unwind.