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Last Night in DC

Hiya! Happy Tuesday (!?) night. I am running around like a crazy lady trying to get my life in order/ready for a business trip tomorrow. I didn’t get a work out in today because I had too much packing and random other things to do before my trip tomorrow morning, but my eating and water consumption has been very on track. Plus, I get to the hotel tomorrow and am by myself until Friday, when my other coworkers arrive, so I plan to try to get a workout in both tomorrow and Thursday.

Afternoon snack today was watermelon chunks (1 pt) leftover from the party yesterday.

I loove watermelon – it completely reminds me of summer and I love that its so juicy and messy. Not the cutest fruit to eat at your desk but as long as no one’s looking, it’s fine. 🙂 I also had 3 Wasa Crackers when I got home (1 pt)

I just ate them plain because I was hungry before dinner was ready, and 3 of these is only 1 pt. They are crunchy but a little on the bland side – but I like them.

Wil made us dinner for my last night – Lemongrass Bok choy soup. It was sooo good and so healthy! First, he chopped up some lemongrass. Have you seen lemongrass before?

I hadn’t! We actually got it a few weeks ago at the Asian Market, but as long as you peel the outside parts of, it has a long shelf life. He put it into a mix of water and veggie broth and cooked it for 20 minutes or so.

While we had a glass of wine on the balcony.

I know I said cutting out unnecessary drinks is one of my goals for the month – but tonight was necessary – its my last night with him until Monday! 🙂 I ended up having 2 glasses of wine, one before and one with dinner (total 4 points). It was actually quite good – Garganegna, a leftover bottle from the party yesterday.

Once the lemongrass had infused in the liquid for 20 minutes or so, he strained it out of the water/broth, and added in chopped bok choy, a fresh ear of corn, 1 package of Nasoya pre-cubed tofu, and 2 servings of rice noodles. It made an awesome, super flavorful soup that was so delicious.

The lemongrass really flavored the broth, but we decided it probably would have been better to leave it a bit longer to let out even more flavor. The entire recipe had 14 points, so half of it (what’s pictured x2) was 7 points. Very worth it and something I will definitely make again – though next time I would probably add even more veggies to bulk it up a bit.

So overall today’s eating was really good, though it does feel a bit weird to be counting points! My daily target is 24, and the break down is like this:

Breakfast – Oats w/Vitatop – 5

Lunch – Huge Salad + Grapes 5

Afternoon Snacks – Watermelon + Wasa Crackers – 2

Wine – 2 Glasses – 4

Dinner – Lemongrass Bok Choy Soup – 7

I still have one left so I’ll probably have a snack in a little bit. I still have a bunch of random things to do before tomorrow – finish packing toiletries and other random things I need (phone charger, camera charger…) so I have to get back to it!

What are your best tips for staying on track during business travel?

Super Saturday

Today has been such a fun day, minus the one little bump in the road (quite literally).

My friend Lianne met me at my apartment, and then we biked into DC along the Mount Vernon Trail to meet up with our other friends. There were 6 of us in total, and we ended up biking all around the monuments and feeling like tourists, in a good way. It was fun snapping pictures of ourselves around the monuments, but the crowds everywhere did leave something to be desired.

We had a picnic down near the monuments on the grass and everyone contributed different things to the picnic.

We had:

  • Egg Salad
  • Regular salad w cheese, grapes, and chickpeas
  • Celery
  • Crackers
  • Bread
  • Hummus
  • Strawberries
  • Goat Cheese
  • Brie Cheese
  • Wine

I had a bit of everything while we chilled out in the sun. It was such a gorgeous day and the weather held up the whole time. After our picnic, we biked over to the Jefferson Memorial to explore a bit. Here we all are during a break from biking:

Katie, Kat, Me, Lianne, Amy, and Martyna

And here’s Lianne and I, a little sweaty but happy 🙂 We stopped for frozen yogurt at one point in the Old Post Office building, and I got a medium half vanilla half strawberry nonfat.

It was good, but not as good as my regular fro yo place. This was sweetened and didn’t sit that great in my stomach on the rest of the ride, but definitely tasted good and refreshing during the day of being outdoors.

We also went by the White House and saw a few other memorials, and then I ended up biking home. My Garmin said we had gone around 17 miles when I was within 2 miles of my apartment, and all of a sudden I heard a “pop” and my tire blew out! I had never had this happen before, didn’t have a repair kit with me (not that I would have had any clue what to do with it) but kept surprisngly cool and just decided to walk my bike the last 2 miles home. One guy stopped and asked me if I needed some help but said he had a tube but it wouldn’t fit my tire and apologized. I was surprised how nice he was to stop and offer to help considering he didn’t know me at all.

Then, another girl, Christy, stopped and insisted on helping me. She pulled out all these tools, an extra tube, an air pump, and several other gadgets that I needed to get. She said she was happy to help and it gave her a break from riding. She took out the tube and replaced it with an extra one she had, and walked me through the whole process so I think I can do it on my own next time! She was so nice, and I was seriously taken aback by how out of her way she went for me. Something I will definitely pay forward as soon as I figure out what I’m doinge. I was able to ride the last 1.5 miles home no problem on the tire, and I’m so relieved it was a simple fix! I must go to the bike store soon though to get all these gadgets I need, and now vaguely know how to use.

In the end, the Garmin said I traveled around 19 miles and the total time was a bit over 2 hours. I was biking pretty fast to DC and home from there, but the whole time around DC and the monuments we were all going very slow because there were so many people out and it was impossible to go fast.

All in all, today was a fabulous day! I can’t believe how nice people are in DC, and it was so amazing spending the whole day outside picnicking and biking. What a day!