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So many movies, so little time

And now . . . here are my meals from yesterday and today. Join the “What I Ate Wednesday” over at Peas and Crayons! And her blog isn’t half bad either. 😉

Yesterday was a great day with my husband, even with my disappointment over getting pancakes instead of waffles. 🙂

Ever since I saw the list of Oscar nominees for best picture, I have had the urge to see as many of the nominees as possible. That may be because every year I have no idea who to root for since I usually have seen hardly any of the nominees. That’s not surprising since my taste usually falls in the romantic comedy category . . . not exactly Oscar worthy. 😉

Since I have not seen even one of the nominees, I have a lot of catching up to do. So yesterday Corey and I went to see not one, but two movies. We saw 127 hours and Black Swan. They were both pretty good movies. 127 hours made me uncomfortable in certain parts because he was so close to dying. And I had to look away at the infamous arm self-amputation scene. Black Swan was odd and more than a little dark, but still a good movie. I can see why both James Franco and Natalie Portman were nominated. I may be biased because I have had a crush on James Franco ever since he appeared on General Hospital. I told you guys I was a fan of soap operas. 🙂

In between movies, I went to the mall so I could get a bra fitting at Intimacy. It was kind of a waste of time. I did get an idea of my true size, but the woman didn’t even tell me. I had to look for myself, among all the bras she was bringing into the fitting room. She was mainly just trying to get me to buy something. At $145 a bra, no thank you! I have a budget after all. Even if I did use credit cards (which I don’t), I wouldn’t have put one of those expensive bras on it.

We had lunch at Jason’s Deli. I love that place! It’s one of the precious few sandwich places that I can eat without getting a migraine. No MSG baby! 🙂

I got a turkey on whole wheat bread with organic greens and roasted pepper hummus. It was pretty good, but I think I like their guacamole better than the hummus. It was such a big sandwich that I saved half to eat for later.

The star of the show though was the tomato basil soup I purchased along with my sandwich. Tomato is my favorite kind of soup, but I don’t usually get it here because I like their Southwestern Chicken Chili so much.

This was hands down the best soup I have ever tasted. It was so creamy and I could taste how fresh the tomatoes were. I was so sad when I was done with my soup.

What is your favorite soup?

The best part of lunch was the free soft serve!

I’m not afraid to say that this one of the reasons why I love this place so much.

Yesterday I actually slept in kind of late and we didn’t eat breakfast until after 10:30. Because of that, our whole eating schedule was thrown off. We had lunch late and then neither of us were in the mood for dinner. I ended up eating a light snack of cheese toast and a piece of chicken sausage around 9:30.

It seemed like the weekend just kind of flew by . . . especially because I worked on Saturday and then had to be back at work today. Argh. And Callie woke up early and started whining so she woke us up earlier than necessary. I don’t know what her issue was but we have a rule that we don’t get up to take her out until the alarm goes off (even if she’s whining). Because of this, she doesn’t whine too early before the alarm because she knows that is the signal to get up. She is such a smart dog!

I started the day with some leftover Gingerbread Walnut Pancakes.

Mmm . . . I love leftovers!

The work day was kind of slow. I had what seemed like a lot of work to do, but no immediate and pressing deadlines for anything. The day passed quickly anyway. For lunch, I had some spinach fettuccine, pasta sauce, and grilled chicken.

I don’t think I will get this pasta again. It tastes just like regular pasta, so the flavor is fine. However, it seems like no matter how long you cook it, it still tastes a little undercooked. Ironically, it seems to be more cooked the next day and it seems to soften a little when you reheat it.

My snacks included a couple of clementines,

a bagel with some Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter,

bagel half times two

and the second pack of Biscoff cookies that my husband brought me from his trip (or should I say the airplane?).

I can’t believe I held onto these for two whole days before eating them. Talk about self-control!

Today was rainy and much colder than the weekend (which was a very warm 70 degrees). But I wanted to do another round of 10K training when I got home. My husband is going out of town (AGAIN) tomorrow so I wanted to go for a jog with him and Callie. It was drizzling most of the time and I had to walk the whole time (instead of jog) because my legs were shaking or something. But we still walked for around 40 minutes and it was nice to relax with Corey and discuss our day. It was truly the best part of my day. 🙂

Dinner was a simple baked chicken strips and sweet potato fries (fresh, not frozen).

Can you tell that I love orange vegetables? I have eaten a lot of sweet potatoes lately.

Now I am relaxing with my hubby and catching up on some White Collar and Royal Pains. Love those shows. 🙂

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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