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Playing Catch-Up

I had thought briefly of dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn this morning to do some strength training mixed with cardio. But somehow I knew I would not be able to do it. Despite the fact that 3.6 miles isn’t that new to me, my legs are feeling somewhat sore today. I attribute that to the fact that we were on a trail where I was constantly having to work my legs muscles to keep my balance, not to mention all the hills that were present.

So I decided to sleep in a little (tough decision that it was) and save the strength training for tomorrow. Perhaps today will be one of my days off?

Since today was my early day at work (hence my desire to sleep as much as I could), I wanted something quick and easy for breakfast. I’m not usually hungry until around 8:00 or 9:00, so on Tuesdays I end up taking a breakfast with me to eat when I get to work. Today I made a cottage cheese parfait with cottage cheese, Back to Nature Sunflower Seed granola, and some fresh peaches. It was sooo yummy that I’m not even sure why I hadn’t done this before. I used to make these kinds of things a lot with canned peaches, but I had never done it with fresh peaches. As I’ve stated before, fresh peaches are so much better than canned and I will never go back.

the highlight of breakfast!

This breakfast really hit the spot. It was very filling, so much in fact that I couldn’t even finish it! The best part was that I let go of my guilt for not cleaning my plate. Hallelujah! I think the only thing this breakfast needed was a touch of cinnamon or something just to give it a bit more kick. I did love that it kept me full right up until lunchtime.

boring cottage cheese and granola

see how the peaches liven things up!

protein + fiber + lots of nutrients = very filling breakfast

Lunch was also quite tasty. I made myself a grilled cheese out of pita bread and also brought some 365 Organic Tomato Basil Soup. It was like sick food . . . only I wasn’t sick! 🙂 This is the only packaged soup that I love eating, even when I’m feeling at the top of my game. It is sooo good.

Does anyone else ever feel like licking the bowl when they are done? I totally felt like doing that. But alas, I did not even though no one was watching me. 😉

had to keep myself from licking the bowl

Snack was a delicious red apple.

For some reason, there are times when I have to literally force myself to eat the fruits and veggies that I brought with me for snack. It’s not because I don’t like them. It’s because my mind wants something else, like maybe another item in my lunch box that isn’t fruit or veggie related. I am trying to eat the “good stuff” first because otherwise I fill up on the other stuff and then I don’t have any appetite for the apples or grapes that I have with me. But even though I had to force myself to pick the apple as a choice for a snack, I still wholeheartedly enjoyed it once I started eating it. My body enjoyed it, even though it took my mind a few minutes to catch up. Sometimes I feel like my mind is always playing catch-up.

Snack #2 was my favorite: hummus with some whole wheat pita breads. Mmm . . . yummy. Excuse me if you can smell my garlic breath from the computer. 🙂

Dinner tonight was one of my favorite, go-to simple meals. It was whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and chicken as well. The only thing that this dish needed to add some extra nutrients was maybe some broccoli so I could mix it in with the pasta or something. But typically, my husband and I take about 6-7 oz. worth of chicken (2 servings worth), season it with some paprika and red pepper and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes. In the meantime, we cook the pasta and some tomato sauce as well. I always add some extra seasonings to our tomato sauce to spice it up a bit. I usually add some oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper (can you tell we like things spicy?). Then when everything is done, we just mix it together. Corey usually put in an extra serving of sauce so that I can have leftovers. So basically this makes about 3 servings. I know what I will be having for lunch tomorrow! It is very tasty and very filling (much more filling than just noodles and sauce).

I was so hungry that I cleaned my plate AND my husband's!

Now I must relax and watch some TV. I think I will take a little time off from exercise tonight. If I work out tonight, I know that I won’t feel like doing anything tomorrow. And I have GOT to do some strength training! I never do enough of it and I want to be nice and prepared for tomorrow’s session.

Trying Something New

Tonight was an adventure for both myself and my husband. Corey had said last week that he wanted to try something new at least once a week. This conversation started when he informed me that he wanted our (future) kids to eat healthy. He wants them to eat fruits and veggies, he doesn’t want them to drink soda hardly ever, etc. I had to raise my eyebrows at this. Really? This coming from a man who eats chocolate pop tarts every day and says they contain 7 essential vitamins and minerals? This coming from the man who thinks mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese is an appropriate meal? (And he actually eats those things when I am not here.)

I think that when you have kids, they pretty much follow by example. And I think he has finally realized that it may be hard for me to get the kids to eat their broccoli if he refuses to eat it (regardless of the fact that I may be eating it). So he has decided to broaden his horizons, albeit kicking and screaming. 🙂

The first thing that I suggested was . . . a rutabega. I had never, ever tried one before either. Maybe I could have suggested something a little more wimpy tame for him to try. But there was a recipe for Rutabega Fries that I found on another blog that I read on a regular basis and I was dying to try it. Thanks Julie for the idea!

the star of dinner - scary looking!

We basically just cooked them like we would a potato. You peel it and chop it like fries. Then put some spices on it. We have “baked fries” that we make on a regular basis (like tonight) and we just put the same spices on it as the potato. We put some red pepper and paprika on it, tossed it with a little olive oil and cooked it for about 20 minutes or so.

Final product!

As I am never one to shy away from tasting new items, I didn’t hesitate to grab one, dip it in some ketchup like a regular fry and try it. And . . . it wasn’t horrible. The spices covered up (most) of the rutabega taste.

I should have taken a picture of Corey’s reaction. For some reason, he didn’t want to put ketchup on it because he didn’t want to “mask the flavor.” I’m not sure he realizes that it is important to do what you have to do to vegetables so that they taste good. He was immediately turned off by the smell (which I barely noticed). He said that they “smell like throw up.” Honestly, my husband can be very melodramatic. But he did take a bite and then he proceeded to spit it out. Nope, he did not like it at all.

I ate some of it, not all. I think I still have to get used to the taste. I read somewhere that a person (on average) needs to eat something at least seven times to develop a taste for it. And I firmly believe that. So I will be having that again. As for whether Corey will try it a second time . . . that’s another story.

I think the next thing he tries will be something a little easier to handle. Grapes maybe??

Nature's Candy

After dinner, Corey and I did try to go for a run. However, I became sick with what I like to call “runner’s upset stomach” and we had to turn around. We only managed to do 1.75 miles instead of the 2.5 miles that I wanted. At least I got some exercise, even if it was walking instead of running.