Miso Soup

Getting Settled

Hello! I am glad to say I finally made it to OKC and had a nice little evening exploring. If you saw me on Twitter, I got delayed by about an hour in Atlanta, but we made up for some of the time in air. It was actually semi amusing because the Delta guy came over the loudspeaker and kept delaying us every 5 minutes and then reported the reason for our delay was because the crew hadn’t showed up yet! I had never heard that excuse before…

But I made it and when all was said and done I arrived around 4pm OKC time (5pm my time) and was happy to be out of a plane and on solid ground!

I got to my hotel around 4:30 and had to make sure everything arrived for the course tomorrow (which it hasn’t!) but decided to just deal with that in the morning. I was getting super hungry by the time I was done with that because it was after 6pm my time and I had eaten pretty light during the day. I ended up finding a cute little to-go sandwich shop in Atlanta and getting a grilled veggie sandwich which had green peppers, mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

It was actually really good (the picture does it no justice) and I got it with mixed greens instead of fries. I also ate my baby carrots + cucumber slices while waiting for the plane, had a pack of pretzels (45 calories or 1 pt) on the plane courtesy of Delta, and then ate my apple while waiting for the shuttle to come get me at the airport.

I almost talked myself out of going to the gym, but decided to just go and do a quick workout since I’ve taken several days off from working out this week. I kind of forgot how boring the treadmill can be since I have been running outside so much, so here is what I did

0-5 mins: Walk 4.0 mph at 1.0 incline

5-15 mins: Run 5.5-6.5mph

15-25 mins: Walk at 3.8-4.0 at a 10.0 incline

25-35 mins: Run 5.5 – 6.5mph

35-40 mins: Walk 4.0 mph

I ended up doing 3.26 miles and burned 457 calories according to the treadmill but I know that count is way off. Still, I was pretty sweaty and it felt good! I ran up to my hotel room to quickly shower and change before heading out to food. The hotel is super nice and has a lot of cool amenities (on top of the nice fitness center) including a pool, a hot tub, a bunch of restaurants, and a dessert cafe where I am currently blogging from. Check out my room:

After a quick shower and changing, I ran out to find food! I walked all around Brickdown, a really cute area in downtown OKC. There are tons of restaurants and bars and I’ve heard its “the place to be” if you’re in OKC. I was in the mood for Sushi, and went in search of a sushi bar called In The Raw based on a recommendation from the hotel. It was pretty good, but I think I’m a little bit of a sushi snob. Well, I know that. ­čÖé I was pretty ravenous by the time I got there so I ordered a Miso Soup before I even sat down.

Then I perused the menu and decided to order a few rolls and the sunomono. My first clue that this might not be the best sushi I ever had was there was a white guy making it. I don’t mean to sound prejudice, but its almost never a good sign when there’s white people behind the sushi bar! It just wasn’t THAT authentic, and one of the guys behind the counter kept asking the other guy what was in the rolls I ordered, which made me a little skeptical. In the end, I ordered a Rock N Roll (Avocado + Cucumber with Eel on top), a spicy scallop roll (new to me!), and a salmon skin roll.

It was pretty good, but I definitely left 1-2 pieces of each roll, and that is unheard of for me. It definitely felt good to be eating so I chowed down, but if you’re really into good sushi, I don’t think this place is worth going out of your way. I also ordered the Sunomono salad, which is basically fish (octopus, crab, and shrimp in their version) with a rice vinegar sauce over it. Mine mostly just had soy sauce over it, I didn’t taste the vinegar at all. Usually the dressing is sooo good you want to lick the bowl clean. Not so this time.

I only had iced tea and water with dinner, and drank a TON of water today. That was good for my June goals, but not so much for having to get up to go to the bathroom on the plane since I was never in the aisle seat. Oops.

After I got done with dinner I spotted a serve your own Frozen Yogurt place but was too full to stop. I will definitely be going there at some point during my stay, maybe even tomorrow. I did come back to the hotel and come to Caffeina’s, a coffee and dessert bar that has free wifi, because┬áunfortunately┬áthere’s none in the rooms! I’m going to try to keep on my normal blogging schedule as much as possible during this trip, but its going to be a little difficult. I ended up getting a fruit cup for dessert to eat while I sit here:

I am about to go back to my room and unpack a bit and watch some TV. I have a really early day tomorrow because I have to be there at 6:30am, so am going to try to make it an early night!

PS: It does NOT feel like a Wednesday.

Happy Hour and Bikram Are Not A Good Combo

This is the first and last post you will see that talks about both Happy Hour and Bikram because this combo will never happen again for me!

Happy hour last night turned into quite a late night (for me). Several coworkers and I went to Cafe Asia after work. The night started innocently enough with some sake.

And I got a bowl of miso soup

and some sushi.

A spicy tuna roll and one piece each of octopus, salmon, yellowtail, and eel to be exact. The sushi and soup were both delicious, and the sake kept flowing. I ended up overdoing it bigtime with Sake because we were all sharing the bottles of it so it was hard to tell how much I was drinking. Towards the end of the night, I ordered a large bowl of udon noodle soup because I needed something more in my stomach.

This was incredible. There two two tempura fried shrimp in the soup and lots of udon noodles in a delicious broth. I’m glad I got that bowl of soup because I couldn’t imagine how I would have felt this morning without it.

I woke up at 7am and could not go back to sleep. My body tends to do that to me if I drink, and so I just decided to get up and go on my way. I went to Target at 8 to pick up a few things, and I was not feeling so hot while there, so I got some gingerale. I came home and decided to make a Grilled Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich, which was delicious.

I have seen peanut butter banana sandwiches all around the blogsphere but I was out of bananas so decided to try it with an apple and it was awesome! I sliced up the apple and microwaved it for 1 minute with a little of water at the bottom of the bowl. Then I took 2 sliced of whole wheat toast and spread 1 tbsp peanut butter on each piece. I placed all the cooked apples on top of the peanut butter on one piece and then the other piece of bread on top. Then I grilled it in a pan to brown the bread for about 1-2 minutes per side. The apples were soft so worked great in this sandwich and you can never go wrong with peanut butter.

It was sooo good and definitely made me feel a lot better. I also drank a lot of water all morning (and throughout the night). I met up with my friend Lianne to go to Bikram at 11 like we had planned. Once I got in the room, I started sweating almost immediately. This was a different studio than I’d been to before, and this was Lianne’s first time doing Bikram! I did the first few postures and then just started feeling awful. I had to sit down through many of the poses, which I didn’t have to do either of the first two times I went. I felt┬ánauseous┬áand uncomfortable but managed to stay in the room for the whole 90 minutes. I was┬ádefinitely┬áthe first person to leave once we were done and practically ran over the teacher on the way up the stairs to the locker room so I could get more cold water.┬áThey gave us pineapple after the class which was juicy and delicious. I love that you get fruit or a popsicle after the class is done because it really replenishes you.

Moral of the story, never go to Bikram if you’re hungover. Drinking dehydrates you anyways and you need to be super hydrated since you sweat so much in the 105 degree room. Both the other times I did it I was loving the whole series and this time it was just so hard to even stay in the room and not throw up. ­čÖü Lesson learned.

When I got home, I wanted something cold and filling, so I made a Green Monster.

Not the greenest monster I’ve ever made but it sure was delicious.

My GM had:

  • 1/2 frozen banana (all i had left!)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • frozen strawberries, pineapple, and honeydew (end of that 6 pound bag from Costco!)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • last packet of Amazing Grass
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach

I haven’t had a GM in a few days so it really hit the spot. I keep drinking lots of water and will continue to throughout the day. I’m going to Bikram again tomorrow, so will not be drinking today even a sip! ­čÖé I have to go grocery shopping and clean my apartment and maybe take a nap since I was up so early. It’s gorgeous outside, 90 degrees and sunny, so I’d like to spend some time outside, too!

I’ll be back!