Breakfast

Kicking off the Long Weekend!

Good morning and happy Friday/July 4th weekend!!!!!!!! YESSS. I am so excited for the weekend even though I don’t have any grand plans, I am NOT traveling so that is getting me very excited. I literally traveled for every single weekend in June, starting with a work conference, then a bachelorette party, then father’s day, then visiting my boyfriend’s mom. It was all pretty fun (minus the work portion) but I am so ready to relax and just stay put! PLUS, Tuesday is my birthday so lots of celebrating coming up… 🙂

Last night was so fun. My former boss took me and my old coworkers out for drinks at the Sofitel for my birthday. Here’s a picture of Noelie, Traci, and I.

We had such a nice time catching up, and the weather outside was incredible. I had two martinis that were probably the best cocktails I’ve ever had in my life.

It was called a Westside Smash, “Hand pressed cucumber and mint, Ketel One Vodka”. It was so delicious that I ordered a second one of the same thing even though their whole drink menu looked inviting. We got two appetizers to share, the mini crabcakes:

And the 5 cheese plate:

We ate every last bite of cheese and crabcake, and both were really delicious.

I left still a little hungry though since we had shared those two between the four of us, and when I called my boyfriend to see where he was, he was at Harry’s Tap Room with the girls about to eat dinner. It was on my way home, so I joined them. I ended up ordering the veggie burger, which was kidney beans and corn with some other veggies mixed in, and it came with fries and an aioli sauce.

I ended up eating just half the bun, most of the burger, and none of the aioli. I had a few of the fries but not much… I was kind of surprised with myself because I can’t normally control myself with french fries, but I was just not that hungry so I kept giving them away so that they wouldn’t be in front of me, and I only ended up eating 1/4 – 1/3 of them.

This morning I made myself a cereal yogurt mess which was delicious and really point friendly considering how much food it was!

In the mix:

It was SO good! The Cinnamon Crunch cereal tastes a lot like Cinnamon Toast Crunch but its only 2 points for a cup and organic, so healthier. The peach was from my CSA yesterday and was juicy and soooo delicious. That bowl was really filling since the greek yogurt is packed with protein, but also completely delicious. I ate it out on my balcony while watching some planes take off since I can see the airport from there. Very nice way to start the day. 🙂

Today I’m actually leaving work early to use the last of my comp time from Oklahoma City, and the girls are in a fashion show since today is the last day of Fashion Camp! I’m going to go see them and then hopefully hit afternoon Bikram and go see a movie outside later tonight. I can’t wait for 1pm!! 🙂

What are you looking forward to most about the long weekend? Me? Not traveling and the gorgeous weather coupled with pool time!

Picnic and a Mystery

The weather has been amazing in DC since yesterday, which left me with no excuse to not go running both yesterday and today before work! Not to toot my own horn (ok, maybe a little) but I have been doing a really good job at getting up and working out in the AM which is very unlike me. It feels so good and I hope its a habit I can keep up!

OK rewind to last night… my boyfriend has a daughter, Charlotte, and her and her sister Nora have been staying with us since Monday. Last night I got to hang out with the girls while my boyfriend worked, and we decided to have a picnic! They brought bikes with them, so we went on a quick bikeride (3 miles in total) and I was super impressed with their biking skills, considering they are 6 and 9. Here’s a picture of them with their bikes:

That’s Nora on the left and Charlotte on the right. We brought a sheet with us and I we packed up sandwiches, fruit, and chips to have outside.

I made turkey and cheese on wheat for them, and I had tempeh and cheese for myself. Here’s a picture of my plate:

The sandwich had:

  • 2 slices of wheat bread (2.5 pts)
  • a little more than 1/2 serving tempeh (2.5 pts)
  • 75% RF Cabot Cheddar (1 pt)
  • yellow squash (0 pts)
  • romaine (0 pts)

On the side I also had:

  • raspberries (.5 pt)
  • carrots (0 pts)
  • watermelon (1.5 pts)
  • pretzels (2 pts)

We had such a fun time sitting outside by the water and then climbing on the rocks. Hanging out with kids makes me feel like a kid again, and I love it. 🙂

Fast forward to this morning and I woke up really early (as in 6:45am) to go out for a run. I snoozed a few times and then finally got myself out of bed, into my running clothes, and out the door. I ran 3.0 miles in just under 30 minutes, but I honestly struggled a bit today during my run. I had to really push myself to keep going and felt like stopping after the first half a mile and then for most of the rest of the run. I’m not sure why exactly, but I did feel great after it was over and proud that I got up for the second day in a row to run before work.

Breakfast was true overnight oats (as in I actually made them last night!) with a topping I haven’t had in years.

Fluff! I saw fluff as a topping on Lori’s blog on several occassions and finally bought a jar of it when I remembered. I got around to using it today and it was a nice treat. 2 tablespoons only has 40 calories (1 pt), so the 1 tbsp I put on there only added .5 points to the bowl and was totally worth it.

In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (1.5 pts)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (1 pt)
  • 2/3 cup light soy milk (1 pt)
  • 1 tbsp fluff (.5 pts)
  • 1/4 cup fiber one (0 pts)

Mmmmm. I ate breakfast out on my balcony and it was SO nice to be outside. I’m trying to spend as much time as possible outside to soak in this amazing weather! After breakfast, I picked up my CSA for the week, which had a lot of fruit this time!

This week I got:

  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • A mystery herb

Do you know what kind of herb this is?? Ever seen it before?

Also, is this not the tiniest beet you’ve ever seen?

🙂

Whipped Oats

So, back to normal, for now. 😉

I woke up early this morning to go for a run since I hadn’t worked out since Saturday. To be honest, I was kind of dreading the run before I went (mostly because I was awake before 7am, but partly because I hadn’t run in a week and I thought it was going to be hard!). It ended up turning out really well! Because of my dead computer, I couldn’t plug in my Garmin for the breakdown of stats, but I found this cool running calculator that can help you calculate pace or speed to figure it out.

Duration: 38:59

Distance: 4.00 mph

Avg. Speed: 6.16mph

Avg. Pace: 9:44 min/mi

Overall, a great run! The weather was perfect, a lot cooler than it has been for the last week or more. I think it was around 70 degrees and a little breezy. Amazing.

After I got back from my run, I was HUNGRY. Yesterday I saw this technique for Blended Grains, where you make your oatmeal like normal (or any other grain you want) then you blend it up. You can use a blender, food processor, or handmixer, and it basically gets really fluffy and turns into whipped oatmeal. I was thinking about it during my run, so figured why not give it a shot! It’s kind of hard to gauge the consistency of it from this picture, but it was really creamy and delicious.

I topped it off with some cherry craisins

And it was goooooood. For this bowl, I used:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (2 pts)
  • 1 cup water (0 pts)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (0 pts)
  • ~2 tbsp cherry craisins (1 pt)

I added the egg whites to give it a little protein and I couldn’t even taste that they were in there. I will definitely be blending up my oats or some other grains again – I loved the texture of these! I had a pretty huge Pink Lady Apple (1 pt) for a mid-morning snack.

Lunch was half successful, half not-so-much. Bad news first. I had some arugula in my CSA from last week that I wanted to use up (since I get a new box tomorrow) but it has so many tiny holes in it! I looked it up and found out that the holes are from flea beetles and I guess it’s common for them to eat arugula that is organic. That said, I rinsed the arugula really really well, but it was grossing me out as I was eating it.

I ended up picking the feta and blueberries off the salad and throwing most of the arugula out. 🙁

The successful part of lunch was pizza! I picked up these flatbreads at Trader Joe’s:

I heated up some spinach in the microwave and dried it off really well with a paper towel. I added some pizza sauce, the spinach, and some reduced fat mozzarella cheese to the flatbread and threw it in the toaster oven. The end result was this:

So good!! The point breakdown for lunch is:

  • Arugula (0 pts)
  • RF Feta (1 pt)
  • 1 cup blueberries (1 pt)
  • Flatbread (3 pts)
  • Pizza Sauce (0 pts)
  • Spinach (0 pts)
  • RF Mozzarella (1 pt)

So 6 total, which is not bad at all.

What are some of your favorite things to healthify? I love making pizza at home because it’s one of my favorites! Regular pizza can have so much fat/calories/points (which I still eat a bit too much), but making a healthy version at home is pretty easy and delicious. I also like to make my own fries at home, another one of my favorite unhealthy things that can actually be really good for you if you make it in your own kitchen.

Technical Difficulties

Hiya! Sorry I disappeared yet again, but I’m having some major technological difficulties. When I was in Oklahoma City (first week in June) my laptop charger broke and then I bought a new one a few weeks ago but it doesn’t work unless I put it at a really strange angle and lay my computer on the floor pushing it in further (I’m pretty sure it’s not an ideal fit). That said, I haven’t had a computer at home, and then we went to visit the boyfriend’s mom on Sunday/Monday (used comp time from OKC to take the day off!) so I got back to the office yesterday. But then, I went to update you all on what was going on in my life and I realized that I left the cord at home to connect my camera to my computer!

Instead of boring you with the details of my every day for the last 5 days, I’ll just fill you in on a few highlights.

Workouts

1.) African Dance Class – SO fun! It was kind of ridiculous because the instructor could ways in move my body wouldn’t even dream of, but I literally had a smile on my face for the whole class. Some of the women in it (there was one guy) were really amazing dancers, and some, like me, haven’t yet found their rhythm (will I ever?), so there was a mix of different levels. I definitely broke a sweat and danced a lot for almost an hour and a half! If I was a better dancer I’d probably make it a semi-regular thing because it was fun, but I’m not sure how much I’ll actually go back.

2.) Bikram – I had an awesome Bikram class on Saturday! I hadn’t been in a few days and I was just really feeling it. For the first time ever, I was able to get my toes behind my calf in Eagle Pose!! It was such an exciting moment when I actually saw my toes poking through! Sometimes when I go I have  really good class and it just “clicks” but sometimes I struggle my way through. Saturday’s class was awesome.

Eats

I had breakfast with one of my best friends on Saturday morning who was visiting from NYC. I’m so sad I didn’t get a picture with her, but I did take a picture of my delicious breakfast.

Eggs Florentine, which is basically Eggs Benedict, but with spinach instead of ham. Eggs Benedict was always one of my all time favorites before I got healthy, but I figured out how to enjoy it but still stay on track – just order it without the hollandaise! Because the eggs and poached and the yolks runny, when they break and ooze all over your plate, it makes the perfect sauce, so you don’t even miss it!

I also had an awesome breakfast bowl yesterday, nothing special, just delicious and filling.

1 cup blueberries (1 pt), 3/4 cup puffins (1 pt), 1/4 cup rolled oats (1 pt), 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s FF cottage cheese (1 pt). It was a great meal to get back on track after the night away on Sunday because I always have trouble staying on track when traveling, which I don’t think makes me unique. I wasn’t THAT bad, I just wasn’t measuring or counting points, but we did go to Olive Garden for dinner Sunday night. I looked up the menu beforehand to figure out what I should get, and I found out that the Mussels di Napioli only have 180 calories and 8 grams of fat (4 pts), so I ordered that (which is an app) plus the Minestrone Soup (1 pt), and had 2 breadsticks (6 pts) and some salad (1 pt) because I got it without the dressing. Monday we ate breakfast at the hotel buffet and I ate too much even though it was pretty gross. We ended up going to Mexican on the way home for dinner and I ordered a light entree but ate way too many chips and salsa, story of my life at a Mexican restaurant.

The weekend itself, splurging aside, was realllllly fun. Saturday I had that delicious breakfast with my friend, spent a few hours at the pool, and then went to Bikram in late afternoon. It felt so good to just relax and actually enjoy my Saturday rather than traveling. Sunday we left pretty early to get my oil changed and then get on the road, arriving at Wil’s mom’s house around 2. We brought some food over to throw together sandwiches for lunch and just sat around chatting. It was very low-key, but very nice to relax and just sit around. Olive Garden was that night, and then we met one of Wil’s childhood friends for a few drinks at a bar near our hotel. I stuck to vodka sodas (had 2) and then got to bed pretty early. Monday we had breakfast at the hotel and then went back over his mom’s house for a few hours before hitting the road to get back to DC. Yesterday was INSANE at work since I had been out on Monday, so the day flew by. Today I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things.

I’ll be back in a bit to show you today’s eats and get back to my regular program!

I know it’s long gone, but what was the highlight of YOUR weekend? Or, anything fabulous to look forward to for the 4th?

TGIF

Heya! Last night’s festivities turned out to be quite a bit of fun, but this morning was less so. I had a few of these:

Earl Grey Julip, which was basically a glass of bourbon on the rocks. yum. I also had two steamed veggie buns and a delicious salad to eat.

(Veggie buns are top right of the salad). The salad had shrimp, a citrus vinaigrette, and rice noodles on it. SO good.

The one win for the night was that I always tend to crave pizza after a night out, and last night was no different. BUT, instead of calling Domino’s like I usually do, I decided to make my own low-cal version of a pizza, with RF shredded cheddar on a flatout wrap with garlic. No picture but it was a victory none the less.

Today I made another Breakfast Parfait but reworked it a bit so it was only 3 points!

This had:

  • 1 cup of blueberries, microwaved for 90 seconds and then refridgerated overnight (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup fiber one (0 pts)
  • 1/4 cup raw rolled oats (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt (1 pt)

It was a little smaller than the one earlier in the week since I used half the yogurt, but it still kept me full for a few hours and tasted delicious. Plus, only 3 points for a breakfast parfait? Sign me up!

Lunch today was also really delicious and colorful.

This had:

  • 1 flatout wrap (1 pt)
  • 2 cups arugula (0 pts)
  • 2 fresh apricots, sliced (1 pt)
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese (2 pts)
  • 2 tbsp cherry craisins (1 pt)

On the side I had 2 sliced up baby cucumbers (0 pts)

And then a pink lady apple for dessert (1 pt).

This wrap was AWESOME. The arugula was spicy and peppery, so worked perfectly against the sweet craisins and apricots. Plus, the goat cheese was crumbled throughout and was creamy and rounded out the wrap perfectly. I got the apricots from my farm share yesterday and honestly cannot remember the last time I had fresh apricots! Dried, yes, but fresh? They are so delicious, sweet and juicy.  My boyfriend put a fresh goat cheese, apricot, and asparagus pizza on the menu at the restaurant, so I’m thinking about using the rest of them to make an at home version of that. Mmmm.

What are you plans for this evening? I am looking forward to tonight because I’m trying out an African Dance class with a few friends for the first time! It’s an hour and 15 minutes and I was told “Prepare to sweat!” so I think it’ll be a good workout, but something new and fun. I rarely ever do classes since I don’t belong to a gym, so doing this with my girlfriends will be a treat!

Two Showers

And I thought yesterday was hot… Nothing compared to today so far. I woke up early to go for a run since I have a happy hour after work, and I thought I’d be OK since it was 7am… not so.

Last night after work I went over my friend Rachel’s new apartment who I haven’t seen in months! We hung out by the pool for a little bit but I was getting eaten alive by bugs, so we went inside instead to make dinner. I just watched but this dinner was DELICIOUS and seemed pretty easy!

In a food processor, she put:

– sun dried tomatoes

– olive oil

– breadcrumbs

And then added some parsley to the mix, and coated two tilapia filets. She just pan fried it and made some green beans to go on the side.

I don’t know what the proportions of ingredients were for this, but it tasted DELICIOUS. I didn’t think there was any way I could finish the piece of fish since it was pretty huge, but I inhaled it with no problem at all. I’ll definitely be trying to recreate something similar and will share ratios and WW points once I make it myself. Yum.

So this morning as I mentioned above, I woke up before 7 to go out for a run. I didn’t even check the weather but did drink a huge glass of water before I went. I decided to do 4 miles today since I woke up a little earlier, and from the second I stepped outside I could not believe how hot it already was! I made it through the first 2 miles no problem and then turned around to head back, and I was just having the hardest time. I kept saying “You can do this” over and over in my head, and then I made it to the 3.1 mile mark, but I knew if I started walking it would just take me longer to get home. I saw 3.2 on my Garmin and kept going, then 3.5, then 3.65 and I just could not run anymore. I stopped to walk, for the first time ever on a run! I literally had no choice – – I was parched, hot, sweaty, and just miserable. You gotta listen to your body sometimes when it says no, so I did and walked the last .5 miles home.

Here were the stats:

Distance: 4.14 miles

Duration: 47:10

Avg. Pace: 5.3mph

Avg. Speed 11:23mph

Calories: 497

It’s crazy how that last .5 miles brought down my pace and speed SO much. The first 3 miles were 6.1 mph 6.1mph and 5.9 mph, and then the 4th mile was 5.0 mph. I was so happy I ran since I didn’t work out yesterday and have plans after work, but man that was rough.

One of the things I do whenever I’m working out is think about what I want to eat afterwards to help me get through. This morning I was trying to think of what to have for breakfast, and for some reason my mind was saying Blueberries with Milk, eaten like cereal. I’m not sure why but it is just what I was craving. For good measure, I added 1/2 cup fiber one cereal, and then 1 cup each of light soy milk and blueberries to the mix.

The picture makes it look like there’s more cereal than blueberries, but the blueberries cover the whole bottom of the bowl. This bowl was only 2 points total and while a little strange, totally hit the spot.

After I ate and showered, I decided to run and pick up my farm share for this week. It was more substantial than the last few weeks and is a good mix of veggies and fruit.

I got:

  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Green Onions
  • Basil Plant
  • Apricots
  • Yellow Plums (babies!)

I am pretty excited to try the plums because I’ve never had them before – – and I haven’t had a fresh apricot in AGES so I can’t wait to dive into those either. I now have 3 herbs that I’ve been watering but NEED to plant from the last few weeks at the CSA – cilantro, chives, and now basil.

Walking home from the CSA, I started profusely sweating. Like sweat dripping down my face and back so I had to stop to wipe myself off a few times. No joke. I ended up making it back to my apartment in much worse shape than I had left, so I had to take a second shower! It is that hot out… crazy.

After I got to my desk I was still a bit hungry, so I had some watermelon (fresh from a NJ farm stand) with a few more blueberries. (2 more points)

So good and refreshing.

My plan is to go back to Weight Watchers today over lunch….. EEK. I haven’t been since April 1st, but I need to suck it up and cross of this June goal while it’s still June! Plus, I’m still paying for it, so it’s time.

After I get back from weighing in and eating lunch, I’ll post my game plan for getting to my goal weight/fitting in my bridesmaid dress by August 7th.. stay tuned!

New Races!

Good morning and happy hottest Wednesday of the year so far! It’s supposed to get up to 99º today… eek. I woke up today feeling GOOD though definitely didn’t wake up before my alarm with enough time to go out for a run before work… 🙂

I did have time to throw together a simple but delicious breakfast which I ate outside on my balcony in the sun (before it was TOO hot).

Sometimes simple breakfasts are the best. This bowl had:

  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (2 pts)
  • 1 cup blueberries (1 pts)
  • 1/4 cup raw rolled oats (1 pt)
  • cinnamon (0 pts)

This bowl was packed with protein, antioxidants, fiber, whole grains, and deliciousness. Yum.

In other exciting news, I’ve signed up for 3 races in preparation for my half-marathon in September! I’ve been working out a training plan which I will share once I have it all set in stone, but I’m largely working off the Hal Higdon Novice Half Marathon Training Plan, but changing it around a bit to accommodate dates where I’ll be out of town, and fitting in Bikram yoga and bike riding so that I can still keep my fitness routine well rounded.

The three races are…

July 16th – Run for the Gulf 5k

July 24th – Crystal City Twilighter 5k

August 28th – Blue Crab Bolt 10k

September 19th – Philly Rock N Roll Half Marathon

Yay!

It feels so good to have these races on my calendar because I haven’t had anything since the Love the Run You’re With 5k back in February. Races always keep me on track with my running, plus give me something to look forward to! Plus, the money goes to charity so it’s something I can feel good about spending my money on. All pluses!

Do you run in road races? What do you have coming up that you’re looking forward to, or what race have you run in recently/how was it? If not, why not? Is running not your thing?

Calling My Name

Morning! It is crazy hot here in DC… already in the mid 80s this morning and heading for the mid 90s by the afternoon! It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t so humid, but it is what it is.

Last night my boyfriend ended up having the night off so we decided to do happy hour by the house. It was way too hot to run or bike outside and I was thinking about swimming, but then realized my pool is closed on Mondays. When he asked if I wanted to go to Kora for happy hour, I couldn’t say no…

We ended up splitting a small white pizza (which normally comes with sausage but we asked for it without).

It’s actually a lot smaller than it looks but just as delicious. I had a few glasses of red wine with my pizza and then had a vegan pasta dish, which was also quite small.

This was vegetable agnolotti, which is similar to a ravioli in that its a stuffed pasta. Because it was vegan, it had no cheese and was just stuffed with tons of veggies! The sauce was a housemade red pepper coulis (with no cream) so the dish was very light. This is something I’ll definitely try to recreate at home sometime soon. Twas a fun night, and a rare occassion I get a weeknight with my beau, so I enjoyed it.

This morning I woke up BEFORE my alarm went off, which never happens to me. I looked at the clock and was wide awake and realized it was before 7. Though unplanned, I decided to go out for a run and take advantage of the day before the heat set in. The run was great, and this time I remembered to drink a lot of water before going out which was a much better idea than the last time I ran in the morning and left without taking a sip. Here are today’s stats:

Distance: 3.20 miles

Duration: 31:45

Avg. Speed: 6.0mph

Avg. Pace: 9:56 min/mi

Calories: 373

Though I don’t think I’ll become a consistent morning exerciser, I’m loving getting my workouts in first thing. I feel like it sets me up to have a good day and make better food decisions since I don’t want to “waste” my workout from the morning.

After I got home, a blueberry breakfast parfait was calling my name. Last night, I heated up 1 cup of blueberries in the microwave for 1 min 30 seconds. I refridgerated it over night so it chilled, and looked like this in the morning:

Into a tall glass, I layered:

  • 1 cup of chilled blueberry syrup (1 pt)
  • 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt (2 pts)
  • 1 serving of vanilla protein cereal (2 pts)

That was a sample I had received a while back and hadn’t yet tried. I really loved the texture of the cereal – much crispier than regular cheerios a bit “airier” if that makes sense. The parfait turned out great!

The plain yogurt was creamy and provided a nice contrast against the sweet blueberry syrup (which had nothing but blueberries!) and the cereal added the perfect amount of crunch. This is one of the best breakfast parfaits I’ve ever made/eaten.

I think you could do the microwave fruit trick with lots of different kinds of berries/fruit – raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc. The microwaving gets it melty and syrupy, and then chilling it makes it almost jelly like. SO good.

And the background on the parfait is a view of my pool, which was also calling my name this morning.

But work won out on that one… 🙂

Are you a morning or an evening exerciser? What’s your pre workout routine. Do you eat/drink before you go?

Blueberries!

Morning! Man, I was dreading coming to work today just because the weekend was so fun and definitely not long enough. The best way to ease myself into a Monday is to start the day off right with pancakes, which is exactly what I did this morning. When I was in NJ over the weekend, my dad took me to a blueberry farm where they grow, pick, and package the blueberries for distribution. You can go to the farm and buy the already picked blueberries for really cheap. We split a flat, which is 12 pints of blueberries, and it was $15 total. So, I got 6 packages of blueberries for $7.50, or $1.25 each! Fresh, delicious, plump blueberries for cheap!? Yes, please! You’ll be seeing a lot of them over the next week or so.

I made the basic chiacake recipe with:

  • 2 tbsp flax seed pancake and waffle mix (1 pt)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (0 pts)
  • 3 tbsp light soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1 cup blueberries (1 pt)

I added the blueberries to the pancakes as soon as I poured the batter into the pan.

This recipe made 3 good sized blueberry pancakes.

I took the rest of the cup of blueberries and microwaved them for 1 minute total which made them get all melty and pop into a delicious blueberry syrup.

This made the perfect topping for the blueberry pancakes!

Soooo good.

These pancakes had just 4 points, syrup and all! I think I’ll be making more of this 1 ingredient syrup, which could be great chilled in a yogurt parfait or as an oatmeal topper.

What is your favorite way to use blueberries? I need some ideas so I can make it through these before they go bad!

Happy first day of summer!

Crabby in a Good Way

So I wrote this title this morning but now I’m feeling SLIGHTLY crabby in a bad way because I left my camera at home with all my pictures from last night and this morning! 🙁

Last night turned out to be a lovely evening. The boy got off from work early and brought home crabcakes from the restaurant, so we cooked dinner together and ate out on the balcony. Before he got home, I went on a 2.5 mile walk (in 38 minutes) around my neighborhood just to get out and move a bit. I sometimes forget how nice just walking around and exploring can be sometimes. We had some collard greens from the farm share that I wanted to cook, so as my sister Heather suggested, I grabbed an orange and cooked the collards with the juice from the orange and segments from the orange. We also made some bulgur with onions and carrots for a grain, and I had one huge crabcake (the boyfriend had two). We drank some wine and sat out chatting on the balcony, and then all of a sudden it was 1am! It was so nice to just sit outside because the night was so nice instead of in front of the TV like normal.

Even though I was up so late (I’m usually in bed by 11pm tops!) I forced myself to get out of bed and go for a run this morning! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I am NOT a morning exerciser. I sometimes try but can never get myself out of bed to actually go. But today was a bit different because I am going to my parents house tonight after work and won’t have time to workout, plus did a very light workout yesterday (the walk) so wanted to get in another good one before going away for the weekend. I woke up at 7am, put on my running clothes, and went! My biggest mistake was I didn’t even have a sip of water before leaving – – I’ll make sure not to do that again! The weather was PERFECT – sunny and clear and in the low 70s. Here’s the stats:

Distance: 3.11 miles

Duration: 30m:45sec

Avg. Pace: 6.0 mph

Avg. Speed: 9:59 min/mile

Calories: 361

When I set out I wasn’t sure exactly how far I wanted to go and ended up going a different route than normal. I ended up doing a 5k which is shorter than my normal runs but I was pressed for time.

After the run, I wanted to use my leftover crab cake from last night for breakfast. I made it into two smaller ones because the size of the restaurant crab cakes is huge, and just cooked it up in a pan. I toasted an arnold thin and put the browned crab meat on top, and then pan fried an egg with nonstick spray. I actually bought some eggs at the farmer’s market last night on my way home from work, and so I was looking forward to eating them for breakfast today. All of the eggs are a slightly different size since they’re fresh, so I of course picked the biggest one. When I cracked it into the pan, I noticed there were two yolks! I love how the yolk makes a sauce on whatever you’re eating if you leave it runny, so I did not mind one bit.

So 5k run and delicious Eggs Chesapeake for breakfast. What did you do to kick off Friday?

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