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Relaxing Sunday

Today started with a BANG . . . or maybe just an awesome workout. :) I don’t know why I don’t try to workout more often (maybe it’s that whole sleeping thing), but morning workouts always leave me feeling more energetic and ready to face the day. My dear husband slept in and then woke up just as I finished my workout on the elliptical. And wonderful husband that he is, he made me a wonderful breakfast. Yay.

I had a major craving of bacon and eggs after my workout of Pilates and cardio (but then again, when don’t I??). But today, I did add some strawberries that I drizzled with honey. Yummy.

Doesn't my husband cook the prettiest eggs?

After breakfast and a nice (long) shower, Corey and I headed to Whole Foods for some grass-fed steaks to cook for dinner tonight. We were planning on marinating them all day so they would be nice and juicy. By the time we got home, it was time for lunch. I had leftovers from dinner last night. A friend and I went to PF Changs for dinner last night and I got a great chicken dish with sliced potatoes, leeks, and some brown rice. And there was no way I could eat all of it. So I enjoyed the rest of that for lunch today.

I also made a nice Italian vinaigrette dressing. I’m still experimenting with homemade salad dressings, but I can’t have most of the store-bought ones because of MSG and different ingredients that may cause a migraine. The salad dressing I made came out pretty well. It was one I kind of modified from another one, but it was pretty tasty and I can definitely share the recipe.

beautiful italian vinaigrette

So I enjoyed my leftovers with a nice spinach salad and homemade salad dressing.

what a balanced meal!

My husband also wanted me to take a picture of his lunch just so I could compare the two on here . . .

Yes he eats like this every day.

And on his plate is a chicken nugget “sandwich” on a hot dog bun with swiss cheese, a Nutty Bar, and Coke Zero. I guess I should be grateful he is drinking Coke Zero instead of Coke. You have no idea how much Coke he used to drink before he made that switch. :)

And here are the steaks that were marinating before we set off on our afternoon date.

beautiful steaks

After Corey and I were sufficiently satisfied with our meals, it was time for our afternoon of fun. This consisted of going to the Botanical Gardens, where there was a Chocolate Cooking Demonstration. Mmm. . . . fondue. It was an awesome afternoon spent with my wonderful husband.

tasty fondue

The fondue had a little cayenne pepper in it and it was my very first taste of a fig. It was very tasty. If chocolate didn’t give me a migraine, I would eat more chocolate with cayenne pepper in it.

me and my husband

When we got home, it was time for serious relaxing. I was so tired! After a little relaxing, dinner was prepared and Corey prepared us the most amazing steak dinner ever. Mmm . . . boneless rib-eye steak, baked potato, and fresh corn on the cob. Yummy. I think I ate way too much though. Not only did I clean my plate, but I helped clean Corey’s. Ooops. :)

yes, that's garlic butter on the steak. don't judge!

So now I am in a food coma and I am relaxing with Corey, getting ready for the True Blood season finale. I love that show! Now, I will leave you with the recipe for the Italian Vinaigrette Dressing. Enjoy!

Italian Vinaigrette Salad Dressing – as adapted from Sparkpeople

1/3 c. white wine vinegar
3/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
pinch of black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder (I used ground onion powder, so if you have dried you may want to use a little bit different measurements or you can use fresh onion diced really fine if you like)
1 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (again, I used ground)
1/2 – 3/4 c. olive oil

Combine all ingredients, except olive oil. Can whisk in a bowl or use blender to blend them more throughly. Blend together while slowly adding olive oil. It may be better to let dressing sit for about 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors blend.

Creamy Salad Dressing and Long Runs

I  could tell I overindulged on pizza last night at dinner. I still had an upset stomach when I woke up today. When that happens, you know that you have to get back on track . . . and fast.

Today was a lot better. I had a light breakfast of an egg with some whole wheat pita bread. This being my day off, I decided to make a batch of granola bars using a new recipe. I could tell as I was making them that it would be a bad recipe. There were too many sugary ingredients and then when I baked them, they were too hard to cut and they smelled overpoweringly sweet. I just threw them out immediately. I hate when that happens, but that is the price of cooking. Win some, you lose them. Not sure if I should throw out the entire recipe or just modify it a little.

I did manage to make some of my wonderful Creamy Salad Dressing. It is so tasty and is kind of a low fat alternative to Ranch Dressing. It’s great with salads or as a veggie dip. Mmm . . . tasty.

Recipe for Creamy Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fat-free milk
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, milk and vinegar until combined. Whisk in the oregano, basil, sugar, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Serve with salad greens. A serving is 2 tablespoons.

The highlight of the day was definitely going to lunch with a friend that I haven’t seen since I got married about two years ago. We were able to catch up and we were laughing and joking with each other as if time had stopped. It was awesome.

I was really proud of myself during the meal. Instead of inhaling the bread basket, I had ZERO pieces of bread. And instead of splurging on a burger or pasta or something like that, I had a salad with grilled peppercorn chicken, corn, black beans, and some pico de gallo. It was so awesome. The worst thing on the salad was some tortilla strips, but I did the research on the nutrition and the entire salad (without the dressing) was 610 calories. Including the dressing, it was a little bit more but I had the dressing on the side and only had a portion of that. So I think I did very well. This time last year, I probably wouldn’t have thought of choosing healthy options at the restaurant. And I probably would have used a lunchtime “splurge” as an excuse to binge all day long. Now I am conscious of the fact that if I am having a meal that is a little higher in calories than normal, I definitely need to balance that out with lighter options the rest of the day, as well as more exercise.

Later in the afternoon, I was feeling very tired and I’m sure it was because I didn’t go to bed until after midnight. I wanted nothing more than to curl up on the couch and not exercise. But that was not going to happen.

I was supposed to do my long run yesterday of 4 miles. I know that’s not long to some, but since I usually do about 2-2.5 miles during the week, it’s definitely long to me. Since I was feeling yucky yesterday from some leftover migraine symptoms, we didn’t get to do that. Of course I was feeling some “runner’s guilt” so I wanted to do that tonight.

My Beloved Running Shoes

So when Corey got home from work, we took Callie and we were off! It is amazing how a run can rejuvenate you. Before the run, I was feeling so tired and lethargic. But the run totally energized me.

We actually went running on a different surface than normal. It was a trail rather than a paved surface. Because of the measurements, we actually ended up doing 3.6 miles instead of 4. I am always disappointed with my pace. I feel like I am so slow. And let’s face it . . . I am. I read on someone else’s blog that they consider themselves more of a “long distance jogger” rather than a “long distance runner.” That is probably a really good way to put it. I just go at my own pace and I guess speed will come later. At this point, I am just working on endurance because I still can’t run more than 5 or 6 minutes at a time without stopping to walk. But I am getting better!

And trail running is definitely another ball game. I had to go a little bit slower because the ground was uneven and I was afraid of falling (which I almost did a time or two). I’ve done 4 miles before, but I noticed that around mile 2.5 or so, I started getting super tired. I don’t know if it was because I started out too fast or because there were a LOT more hills that were tiring me out super quick. I guess I should do trail running more often because it will test my endurance even more.

I am so glad we went ahead and got our run out of the way because about half an hour after we were done, it started pouring down rain. But my major workout is done!

Callie waiting to start the walk

“You don’t make friends with salad”

Every time I make a salad, I think of the Simpsons episode where Lisa becomes vegetarian and the family sings that song, “You don’t make friends with salad.” Catchy tune. But whether salad wins you friends or not, tonight definitely felt like that kind of night. I had a late snack so I wasn’t even hungry when I got home from work. Since Corey is out of town on business, I was on my own. Whenever he is out of town, I want to do as little cooking as possible. Cooking for one is really no fun. I watched TV for a bit and then hit the elliptical for half an hour. I had already went out on a 30 minute run this morning, but I usually like to work out for an hour total whenever I do work out. After my workout, I definitely needed some sustenance.

I decided to make a salad out of some leftover rotiessirie chicken Corey had made on Sunday and some spring mix lettuce I had purchased at the store earlier.

I had originally wanted some spinach as the base for my salad, but this was all they had by this brand at the store. And it was organic and I had a coupon, so you can’t beat that. I know that iceberg lettuce is healthier, but for some reason I can never bring myself to eat anything but iceberg when it comes to sandwiches. Maybe that’s something to work on. But when it comes to salads, iceberg is definitely boring (not to mention lacking in serious nutrients). So I try to get just about anything else (usually spinach).

Regarding the dressing, I actually took a chance and made my own. I can’t have store bought dressings because they have a lot of ingredients in them I can’t have (due to my headaches, but more on that later). Last time, I tried to make my own dressing, it didn’t turn out well at all. But this one turned out really well. It has a base of fat free mayo, some vinegar, fat free milk, and some different herbs. I even put a pinch of cayenne pepper to spice it up. I may even use this dressing as a veggie dip.

delicious creaminess

The salad tasted wonderful and really hit the spot. I even added some yellow and red peppers that we had gotten at the Farmer’s Market last week.

Final Product!

For dessert, I had some Breyer’s all natural strawberry ice cream. Yummy! My favorite dessert right now. And now I am so incredibly tired. Went to bed late last night and then forced myself to get up at 5:45 am to go for a run this morning. It was extremely hard to drag myself out of bed, especially since my husband wasn’t here to drag me kicking and screaming. But I managed on my own. I had energy for most of the day, but now I am fading. I am watching Bachelor Pad on my DVR (which I can’t believe I am actually getting into) and then it’s off to bed!