Happy Hump Day! Being busy is making this week FLY by. Plus, tomorrow is my Friday since I have the actual day of Friday off for bridesmaid events including nails, a bridesmaid luncheon, the rehearsal, and the rehearsal dinner. I can’t WAIT.
On that note, I have some excellent news. I went back to the seamstress last night and she said she can let my dress out and “doesn’t know what happened”. I didn’t even respond to that comment so that she would still fix my dress, but apparently its going to be ready tonight, so I plan to go right after work with my fingers and toes crossed, praying that I can not only close the dress, but breathe in it too. Wish me luck!
I had a 4 mile run on my schedule yesterday, so after my visit with the seamstress I ate 1/2 a frozen banana (1 pt) straight up, and it was GOOD. I’ve never eaten a banana while it was still frozen but it has a great texture and stays kind of soft even when frozen so it’s easy to eat. I also had the rest of those Gu Chomps from yesterday (67.5 calories worth or 1 pt) and then set out on the run.
It was HARD. I hate how sometimes I run and it feels like I can go forever, and sometimes I start and I can tell right from the beginning that it’s going to be rough. It’s not usually a physical thing because I know my body is capable of running the distance, its much more mental. This 4 miler was 10x harder than the 6 miler I ran on Saturday, but I kept talking myself through it and repeating the popular mantra, “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever” over and over in my head until it passed. It wasn’t really PAIN, it was more just uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to stop to walk. I know a lot of people like to do the walk/run method, but for me, once I take a walking break, the run is basically over. I lose my motivation to keep running and it just screws with my head. But yesterday, I was able to push through, and I always feel so good and so happy when the run is over. The stats:
Distance: 4.0 miles
Avg Speed: 6.1mph
Avg Pace: 9:48 min/mile
Whew that was a rough one, but I did it, and only have to do 3 tomorrow before my long run of 7 miles this weekend… eek.
After the run, I wanted a snack and found a piece of leftover Humboldt Fog, which is a goat milk cheese with a line of ash down the middle. I had some of the Crunchmaster Crackers from Costco on the side, and ended up eating about 2/3 of this for ~4 pts (it was supposed to be to share with Wil but I was greedy).
It was less blurry in person. Damn Droid.
For dinner, I made Roasted Tempeh and Green Beans. I heated the oven to 400º and while that was heating, cleaned the green beans and cut up the tempeh. I cut the tempeh into 3 sections for 3 points each, and roasted 2 of the 3 (so there’s leftovers). I made a very similar dressing to the night before with 1 tbsp honey (1 pt), 1 tsp olive oil (1 pt), minced white onion, mustard, and salt and pepper and dipped the tempeh in that. For the green beans I just added 2 tsp of olive oil and then salt and pepper, and then threw everything in the oven for about 30 minutes, mixing it up/turning it over at the 15 minute mark. I drizzled the rest of the dressing over the tempeh once it was done cooking.
The whole plate was 6 points, 3 for the tempeh, 2 for the dressing and 1 for the olive oil on the green beans. SOOOOO good. I’ve never had roasted tempeh OR roasted green beans before, and roasting them both gave them an awesome texture and flavor. Though I do like raw tempeh, I think it tastes better roasted so I’ll probably cook it from now on when I have the time.
Dessert was a smoothie courtesy of Wil.
It had skim milk, nonfat plain yogurt, frozen peaches, strawberries, and blueberries.. plus the secret ingredient.. honey! it was so good with honey in it, though it did feel weird having a fruity smoothie that wasn’t green.. my how times have changed for me.
Breakfast this morning was quick and simple since I had such a hard time waking up (AGAIN).
A peach (1 pt), toasted light english muffin (1 pt), 1 hard boiled egg (2 pts) and one hard boiled egg white (0). This breakfast was really satisfying and I have been loving these light english muffins lately. They’re pretty bulky for just 1 point and taste great even plain!
How do you deal with mental hurdles during exercise? Lately, I’ve been experiencing a lot when running, so I am curious to hear your ideas and strategies on this!