do you ever have those weeks where you wake up on tuesday and swear it has to be friday.. but it is only tuesday.. and then the rest of the week proceeds to drag on like there is no tomorrow? well that is me this week. and i am really hoping there is a tomorrow.. because that would mean that it would be friday. and that’s just what i need.
had to vent. work crap. moving on!
there is a massive sale on all the cereals in the natural foods aisle at my grocery store. i bought two boxes. kashi go lean and the all natural version of honey bunches of oats (i think the brand is mom’s or something like that). SO, breakfast this morning was two bowls of cereal with skim milk. yep, two. granted, i was too lazy to take a photo of said breakfast, but it had to be noted to prove that cereal, while very tasty (it is one of my favorite foods!), does NOT hold me over until lunch time.
lots of problems and drama at work and an empty coffee cup don’t help, either.
when i finally got around to making lunch, 4.5 hours after my not so filling cereal, i practically inhaled this. pardon the blinding florescent lighting.. i had no time to make it look pretty by the window like i usually do…
i got more “eww, what are you eating?” comments than usual today. not sure why, this looks perfectly normal to me.. although i have to remember that my preferred meal combos are NOT the norm in society. oh well, it sure was tasty.
a big pile of normandy style veggies (just a fancy way of saying carrots, cauliflower & broccoli), one baked sweet potato (sliced), 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese and a healthy squirt of ketchup. i think it was the ketchup that set one co-worker over the edge. what? ketchup goes on everything! (hi, amanda!)
i think i let my hunger go too long between breakfast and lunch (i blame work issues) so i was just NOT satisfied with eating something that would typically fill me up. less than an hour later, i headed to the kitchen to grab my snack.
gala apple + mighty maple peanut butter. match made in snack heaven.
eaten at my desk. oh, guess what else is at my desk now??
cuuuuute. now i can stare at his mug all day long :)
the nut butter did the trick to getting my belly to finally decide it was full. hey, maybe i should have put a dollop of peanut butter on my cereal this morning?!
because i ate my snack earlier than usual, i didn’t have anything to eat around 4 PM when i usually eat a snack. i headed home at 5 and grabbed something light to fuel me through my workout.
two swedish crackers from IKEA topped with cottage cheese and black pepper.
i didn’t want to eat too much because my planned workout involved cardio.. and i hate doing cardio on a full belly. the crackers are 40 calories/10 carbs each and i distributed 1/2 cup cottage cheese over the two.. so the snack was about 180 calories total. just right.
kristen and i had not seen each other in almost two weeks. that should be some kind of crime.. nobody should go that long without seeing their best friend! she had mentioned her desire to run bleachers, so we made a date out of it tonight. we headed to a local high school for some track & bleacher shenanigans.
the bleachers had 22 steps.. my favorite number!! score. what you don’t see is a stairway leading up to the bleachers on the right (10 steps) and a stairway leading back to the ground on the left (10 steps). keep that in mind when you read the workout.
we did the following routine:
- 1 lap around the track (0.25 mile)
- up the 10 steps to the bleachers
- up and down the right row of bleachers (22 steps up, 22 steps down)
- run across to the left row of bleachers
- up and down the left row of bleachers (22 steps up, 22 steps down)
- down the 10 steps to the ground
- run across back to the “up” stairway on the right side
- repeat the up/down/around process five more times (for a total of six laps in one routine)
after the sixth lap on the bleachers, it was back to the track for another quarter mile. we did this four times through. that equates to a full mile on the track and 24 laps on the bleachers. whew!
catching some air!
we left just as the sun was setting.
this was probably the most time i have spent on a high school track. ever. in my life. ten years out of high school. i was not an athletic gal growing up. snowboarding was the only physical activity you’d catch me doing and i despised gym class. i hated climbing the rope, running laps around the track and doing those stupid fitness tests where you had to see how far you could reach on the ruler. i never even made it to the ruler! (in fact, i still cannot touch my toes, to this day.) i especially hated the days where i had to participate in competitive sports. i do not excel in any sport involving balls (TWSS)… soccer? nope. basketball? yeah right. softball? no thanks. volleyball? maybe the worst of them all! i’m not going to lie, i am sad that i suck at sports. but the fact remains: i suck at sports. i am glad i have embraced weight lifting and running, these are two things i am not too bad at and i enjoy them both! track star i am not, but at least i don’t fall flat on my face ;)
after this workout i was tired and hungry.. two things that don’t work well together because i had NO motivation to make anything elaborate for dinner.
we were in luck because our boys agreed to make dinner! what sweeties, eh?
the menu: bison burgers, brats and broccoli. how’s that for alliteration?
while they prepped the food, kristen cracked open this unusual veggie that a co-worker had brought from her garden:
do you know what that is??
it is a yellow cucumber!
how crazy is that?! it isn’t even shaped like a cucumber! but lo and behold, it tastes just like one.
bison! lean & delicious.
the poor pups were chasing cats earlier when they were outside, so they weren’t allowed outside when the grilling action was going on. they cried at the window.
note: that is kristen’s miracle whip. she wanted it front and center.. i just couldn’t. i just hate it.
this was so, so good! i love bison. it has 75% less fat and 35% more protein than typical ground beef. count me in.
things are digesting.. and we will probably head home here in a bit. at least the crappy day ended on a delicious note :)
before i go, a few items of business!
- i picked the random winners of the cheese giveaway by asking marshall, kristen and rory to pick a random number between 1 and 93. the winners are:
- comment #11 (kristen’s pick) krista!
- comment #52 (marshall’s pick) ashley s!
- comment #75 (rory’s pick) eryn!
congrats to the three winners, please email me your address so i can send you your cheese coupons! mealsandmoves (at) gmail (dot) com
- i updated my pumpkin protein shake recipe page~and added xanthan & guar gums to the ingredient list.
- i made a recipe page for the pasta roma & feta stuffed chicken.. for easy access.
- you have until midnight tonight (thursday) to enter my ceramic grater giveaway.. good luck!
i will be back tomorrow for flashback friday. hopefully i won’t be as grumpy! thanks for putting up with my rant :)
1. did you like gym class when you were in grade school? were you involved in any sports?
2. have you tried a yellow cucumber? what is the strangest fruit/veggie you have tried?
xo. janetha g.