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Time to Regroup

Today is the first day I’ve had off in two weeks since I worked through last weekend at the conference in Columbus. I was so looking forward to sleeping in and not setting an alarm for the first time in 15 days… but at 5:10 am Wil’s alarm went off because he accidentally set it and I woke up for about an hour and a half before I could fall back asleep. Boo.

I feel like I’ve gotten pretty off track since my half marathon. Granted, I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life as well as my work life, but excuses are excuses, and it’s important for me to focus on myself a bit even when a lot of other things are going on. You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t written about working out in some time… that’s because I took 10 full days off from any form of exercise! I can’t even tell you the last time I went that long without working out, and it didn’t feel very good. It hung over my head almost daily, but I just couldn’t get it together to go to the gym. I was working almost 17 hour days in Columbus and then just exhausted when I got back and had to go grocery shopping, clean, unpack, laundry, etc, etc.

On top of the lack of exercise, I’ve been really lax with eating junk and drinking, and I think all three go very hand-in-hand for me. I’m not saying I haven’t had fun or enjoyed myself with it, I’ve just been feeling kind of gross lately for lack of a better word. Last night after work I went for a drink with my coworker Emily at Bar Dupont. They had an awesome drink menu with cocktails that are normally $11 priced at just $5 for happy hour from 4-6.

I went with the Alan’s Love, which had Smirnoff Pear Vodka, St. Germaine, Honey, Muddled Cucumber, and Lime.

It was AWESOME. Perfect level of sweetness for me and had a nice fresh taste from the cucumber and lime. We were served some bar snacks:

Mixed Nuts, Wasabi Peas, and Corn Nuts. Perfect crunch to go with the drink. We also ordered a flatbread to share.

With fig jam as the sauce, gorgonzola, dried figs, and arugula. SO good. Figs twice in one day is fine by me! 🙂

After Bar Dupont, we ventured over my friend Jess and Amy’s new apartment and had a few more drinks and snacks. We also played dress up…

Amy, Me, and Jess. They have a chest full of costumes and we went a little crazy with it… I have a flapper wig on, a hula skirt, and a sequenced tube top over my clothes. Ha. ‘Twas a fun night!

But I woke up today feeling like I really needed to get it together and start taking care of myself better. I started out by making a delicious breakfast with potato hash and an egg. I started with a potato, a green pepper, and an onion…

I chopped up half the potato

And then nuked it with some water for 3 minutes to cook it. While that was going, I chopped up half the pepper and a chunk of onion.

And then added the onion, 1 tsp of olive oil, and 1 clove of garlic to a pan. After a minute, I tossed in the pepper too.

Once that was going for 3-4 minutes and the onion and pepper were getting soft, I tossed the cooked potatoes into the mix…

And cooked it for one more minute. I cracked an egg directly on top of the potato hash…

Added a little veggie stock to create some steam, and covered the pan until the egg white was cooked through.

Carefully transfered it to a bowl, and voila!

I also had a toasted Bagel Thin on the side.

To help soak up the perfectly cooked yolk…

So good. (FYI – this whole bowl was 4 points on WW, plus 1 for the bagel thin, for a total of 5. 1/2 potato = 1, 1 tsp olive oil = 1, egg = 2, bagel thin = 1)

After that, I went on an amazing bike ride and it felt sooooo good. My goal was to keep all the miles under 5:00 minutes, and I discovered this 11 mile loop the last time I went biking (11 days ago…) that I went for again. Here are the stats:

Distance: 11.01 miles

Duration: 48:50

Avg. Speed: 13.5 mph

Avg. Pace: 4:26 min/mile

Calories: 701

It is an absolutely gorgeous day in DC – around 70 degrees, sunny, and clear. It felt so nice to be outside and work up a sweat. I don’t know WHY I let myself go so long without exercise because its one thing that always makes me feel good.  My plan for the rest of the day is to try to hit up Bikram at 4 because that always helps me get back into a healthy mindset and sweat it out big time, and then laying low. I am really enjoying the relaxation factor this weekend is bringing, and really need to take some time for me. I’m also going to try to lay off drinking because I much prefer waking up feeling refreshed, rather than with a headache. It’s just so hard when if you want to hang out with friends, all there is to do is drink! Argh.

How has your weekend been so far? What is your favorite way to “regroup” when you feel like you’ve gotten off track? Suggestions welcome. 🙂

Brunch for One

Happy Saturday!! I love weekends where no travel is involved… so relaxing. Unfortunately, I woke up to this:

Which put a major damper on my plans to lounge by the pool all day… Better things are in store though!

Last night I got home and had a package from Amazon.com, which had my gift from my birthday gift from my sisters!

A Camelbak!! I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now because I hate holding a water bottle when I run, and my water belt can be a little much for shorter runs. But in the intense heat, water is necessary on any length run for me, so I couldn’t wait to get out and use it! I decided to go for a run even though it was SO hot last night, so I did a walk/run instead which seems to be my new thing. I ran for 4.25 miles, and walked just over 1 mile. I took .25 mile walking breaks 4 times during the run, so the longest stretch of running straight was 1.5 miles. I LOVED having my Camelbak because I didn’t have to worry about conserving water as I do when I carry a bottle, and it felt so light on my back I could barely tell it was there. My Garmin says I burned 575 calories.. woohoo!

I should have planned better with my post run eats, becuase I had a peach and then just couldn’t think of what else I wanted, so I ended up grazing and just eating a bunch of stuff instead of a good, solid meal. I had an almond butter sandwich on wheat, lots of Dr. Krackers, and a bowl of Special K with soy milk. It doesn’t sound like much, but it was actually a lot and basically all carbs rather than having a balanced meal. Mental note to plan better for meals post workouts because I always end up grazing and eat too much when I don’t plan well.

After seeing the gloom today, I decided to make myself brunch for one. I wanted eggs and pancakes, so I figured why not have both!? I made two mini protein pancakes, which were 2 points combined, with 1 tbsp pancake mix, 1/2 scoop protein powder, and 1 tbsp each of light soy milk and egg whites.

Then I sauteed a green onion with kale over nonstick spray (0 pts) and put a fried egg (2 pts) on top of it.

Then, for good measure, I had a small peach and an apricot (1 pt) from my farm share.

This whole plate of goodness for only 5 points!

It really hit the spot!

What are you plans for today? Is it rainy/gloomy where you are? I’m going to get my nails done with two of my girls, Lianne and Rachel, and then going to a 4pm Bikram class with them. It will be Rachel’s first Bikram class ever so I am so excited for her. After that, we have the celebration for Lianne and my birthdays tonight, where we’re going out to a fancy dinner and then out to a few bars. I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap!

CSA Day and Roses!

Good Morning and Happy Thursday! It is sooooo humid outside still, but they are saying rain is on its way which should help some. I cannot wait for this to break so I can go for a run outdoors! I’m happy to report that I am feeling nearly 100% better since I started having those stomach issues/feeling weird on Tuesday night. I think it was largely do the heat and humidity and not drinking enough water, but also maybe partly a minor stomach bug/virus. Whatever the case, I’m feeling better.

Last night I went to the mall after work for a bit to check out the sale at Express. I got a really cute dress and a pair of shoes.. both for $22!! All of their clearance stuff is an additional 30% off.. score! I split a pretzel with Emily from Aunt Anne’s and it was awesome – though 4 points for just half of it! I was glad to have someone to share it with because the whole thing is 8, which is a ton for something that won’t fill you up!

I just made a simple dinner of an egg on toast:

It was one fried egg (2 pts), with 1 oz reduced fat mozzarella (1 pt) and 1 tsp garlic gold (0 pts) on 1 slice of wheat toast (1 pt). I also had a mini bar from Weight Watchers which is actually awesome:

It has pretzels, chocolate, caramel, and peanuts (plus a ton of other ingredients on the not-so-short list) but is also 1 point and a nice little treat.

This morning I got to pick up my CSA and it was full of fruit again! Love love love.

Look how beautiful those apricots are! Plus there were plums, peaches, swiss chard, and green onions. I love it when there’s so much fruit in the box because I feel like I really get my money’s worth… I’m excited to see how the season progresses!

Breakfast was overnight oats and I went back to adding yogurt and soy milk, instead of just soy milk like I have been for a while. It makes a huge difference in the texture – – it gets thicker and creamier with the yogurt in there instead of just the soy milk.

Into the mix:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (2 pts)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 1/2 cup soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt (.5 pts)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (.5 pts)

Having a cold breakfast like this is essential on days like today!

When I walking outside to my balcony to check the weather, I walked by my birthday flowers and they looked so pretty I had to take a pic!

Good job, Wil! 🙂 I also got the Sony E-Reader Touch, which is like a Kindle but it’s touch screen. I bought Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food last night and just started reading it on there this morning.. it is SO cool!

Have you read any good books lately that you’d recommend?