What an awesome weekend! Friday night I laid low and just watched TV and slept, and then Saturday night I went for dinner then out on the town with a bunch of my girlfriends and had a blast. My favorite kind of weekend! And, I stayed in DC, which is the only weekend in May where that is the case.
There were two firsts for me this weekend.
On Saturday, I tried the 10:1 running method because I was having trouble getting myself out the door. The idea behind this is you run for 10 minutes, then walk for 1, and the 1 minute gives you a small break and brings your heart rate down. The idea of running 12 miles was extremely daunting, so thinking about just 10 minute segments was much better in comparison. In general, I don’t do well taking walking breaks, but I thought the structure would help me.
I was wrong.
The 1 minute break felt so short and not like a break at all, and the 10 minutes of running felt like an eternity. I think having that system in place made me so focused on the time that was passing rather than the scenery or just thinking through life happenings, and it really backfired. I ended up walk/running the entire time and after the first 3 10:1’s, I started walking more than I was running. In the end, I did 7.2 miles at a 10:39 pace, which is obviously not 12 miles but is better than nothing. I won’t be trying that method again!
The second first was far more exciting – I roasted a whole chicken for the first time!
I’m not quite sure WHY I thought cooking the whole bird was so intimidating, because it honestly was so easy and pretty foolproof! I rinsed the chicken, dried it with paper towels, then stuffed it with a quartered onion and three large cloves of garlic. I seasoned it with salt and pepper on the outside, and then cooked it for 1 hour 50 minutes (it was a 5.5 pound chicken) at 375º. It turned out PERFECT and so juicy!
I went really basic with the flavors because I plan to use it in a lot of different ways this week for meals, but I will definitely be doing this again. After I pulled all the meat off, I made some stock with the bones, and it turned out awesome.
The last random mention is that I have been eating soft boiled eggs several times a week for the last few months and I am obsessed.
I have been using Jenna’s method where you boil water, add the eggs, reduce the heat and cover it for 5 minutes. Then you run the eggs under cool water before peeling them. I have been having them on a toasted English muffin and then smashing the eggs and they turn out perfect every time! The meal is also super filling, especially with some fruit on the side, for just 7 pts+.
And here’s the plan for the week:
|Monday||Savory Oatmeal||Simple Curried Chicken Salad||Greek Yogurt w/Banana||Soft Boiled Eggs|
|Tuesday||English Muffin w/Egg Whites and Cheese||Simple Curried Chicken Salad over greens||Popcorn + Chopped Mango||Homemade Veggie Burgers|
|Wednesday||Oatmeal w/PB + Banana||Leftover veggie burger w/salad||Grapes + Greek Yogurt||Chicken w/ Tzatziki + Baked Sweet Potato|
|Thursday||Greek Yogurt w/fruit + cereal||Leftover Chicken Tzatziki + Baked Potato||Cottage Cheese w/Berries||Chicken Tortilla Soup|
|Friday||English Muffin w/Egg Whites + Cheese||Chicken Tortilla Soup w/greens||Greek Yogurt + banana||TBD|