Hi Guys! Another weekend gone – sad story. Mine was low key and relaxing for the most part, with the exception of the awful 11 miler I did on Saturday. I talked with my friend Vera and think I realized exactly why I ran out of steam towards the end of the run – I did not fuel well enough while I was running. She asked me how many calories I consumed while running, and I had eaten 1.5 bags of those Sports Beans, which is 150 calories total. Since I ran for almost 2 hours and burned around 1300 calories, 150 calories to replenish is just not enough! It’s “funny” how obvious that sounds when you just lo0k at the facts. I’m planning on fueling during the race with GUs and Beans, and hope to take in at least 300-400 calories so that same thing doesn’t happen on race day.
On that same subject, I’m rethinking my training a bit for the next two weeks leading up to the race. I’m leaning towards skipping the 12 miler I have planned for this coming weekend, and instead doing a shorter 6-8 mile run. I want to keep my legs fresh, and since I’ve been sort of dreading the long runs, I want to keep my head fresh too. I know physically I am capable of running a half marathon and that I’ve already put in the training to run a good race, but I want to make sure that I’m mentally there, too.
We’re halfway into March and I’m still going relatively strong with the Grocery Budget Challenge of keeping spending to $75 max and doing a better job with meal planning.You can see weeks one and two here and here.
Yesterday I went to two different grocery stores – Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s – and I went over by 35 cents (75.35 between the two stores). If I’m being completely honest, that 35 cents is driving me a little wild because I could have just gotten one less thing and have been under budget, but you’ll see why I impulsively bought extra stuff at TJ’s below. I would have done all my shopping at Harris Teeter, but then I realized I was going to eat dinner extremely close to a TJ’s and I couldn’t resist.
For starters, here’s my plan for the week with food:
|Monday||Wheat berries w yogurt, frozen berries, and a banana||Leftover shrimp + brown rice + arugula||Cottage cheese w apple and orange||Lentil Loaf in Muffin Tin w mashed cauliflower||The Shred|
|Tuesday||Oatmeal w pb flour, banana||Leftover Lentil Loaf w cauliflower||Vanilla Oikos w Fruit||Quinoa burger w pita (defrost)||5 miles|
|Wednesday||Wheat berries w yogurt and frozen berries, banana||Tempeh Chili (in freezer)||Cottage cheese w fruit||Potluck – Mexican Casserole||5 miles intervals|
|Thursday||Oatmeal w pb flour, banana||Lentil Loaf w cauliflower||Vanilla Oikos w fruit||Tofu stir-fry w soba noodles and veggies||The Shred|
|Friday||Pumpkin Oatmeal, banana||Leftover stirfry||Cottage Cheese w fruit||tbd||Rest|
Tomorrow night I have Weight Watchers training, so I wanted something quick since I won’t get home until 8:30. I pulled out a frozen quinoa burger since all I’ll have to do is cook it in a pan, which should take around 5 minutes total. I also pulled out tempeh chili from the freezer for lunch on Wednesday so I’m not having leftover Lentil Loaf every single day – I’d get too bored.
First stop, Harris Teeter. Total damage $22.30.
- 3 Barlett Pears (On sale for 1.59/lb)
- 3 Lemons (On sale for 3/.99)
- Sliced Mushrooms
- So-Yah Red Vindaloo (on sale for 2.59 – impulse buy)
- 2% Four Cheese Mexican Blend
- 6 Bananas
- Corn Tortillas
- Chunky Mild Salsa
- 2 Family Sized Cans of Black Beans (Buy one, get one free – so $2.25 for both)
- 2 Oikos Honey (Had store coupon for $1 off two, so $1.50 each)
A close up of what you’re all probably wondering about…
It caught my eye because I’d never seen these meals before AND it was on sale – double whammy. I don’t love Shirataki noodles, but you can’t beat the nutrition info and I really love vindaloo so I figured it can’t hurt to give it a try.
Since there’s not much protein in there, I’ll probably add some tofu to bulk it up when I eat it, and will let you all know what I think.
Next stop – Trader Joe’s! I can’t even articulate my love of this store. I ended up spending 53.05 there in total and here are the goods:
- 2 organic pink lady apples
- 2 organic fuji apples
- organic onions
- red bell pepper
- 2 containers 0% Greek yogurt
- Crumbled Blue Cheese
- Spring Mix
- Mini Brie Bites
These are mini brie wheels!! 2 pts+ each and portable. Such an exciting find.
- Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted Sesame Bread
- 3 packets Taco Seasoning (the best one I’ve found by far)
- French Roast Coffee
- Whole Wheat English Muffins
- 2 PACKAGES OF PEANUT FLOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not resist picking up two packages of this because I’ve heard it’s being discontinued so I almost jumped for joy when I saw it on the shelves.
- Gone Bananas (frozen banana covered chocolate chunks! 3 pts for 6 pieces)
- Coffee Latte & Cream Bars (3 pts+ each)
- Frozen Mango Chunks
- 2 Packages Frozen Strawberries
Overall, I’m really happy with how much I got and my entire kitchen feels very well stocked, even if I did go .35 over budget this week. I’m also happy to have found four new items to have in my rotation – the shirataki vindaloo, the mini brie bites, and those two desserts in the last photo – coffee latte & cream bars and gone bananas.
Have you found anything new at the grocery store recently? Please share!