Jan 20th- I have a confession to make. I had planned on yesterday being totally healthy. I had fruits and vegetables, roasted chicken at lunch, some spinach salad, the whole 9-yards…then I got home to find that the Hubby went above and beyond for dinner, and I ate about 2 servings of EVERYTHING instead of one.
He made whole wheat gnocchi with pesto and baked chicken, bought Feta Cheese Bread from Farrell Farms, roasted extra small artichoke hearts with asiago and romano cheese, made an AMAZING salad (even chopped up some hard boiled eggs!!) and roasted a whole head of
garlic…which I ate half of by spreading it all over my feta cheese bread.
Did I remember to take a picture of it? Fail. Did I enjoy EVERY SINGLE BITE OF IT? Pass!! Oh!
And we paired the meal with Dynamite Chardonnay. I was so surprised
that he went all out for dinner last night. Melts my heart, I tell ya!
I’m eating the leftovers today…it’s not very pretty, but super tasty!
January 21st- I had all the intentions of meeting my veggie/fruit goals and exercise this week, but I didn’t quite get there- the past 3 days have been extremely busy (due to spontaneous changes in my plans), and I didn’t get my recommended fruits and veggies in on the 18th, 19th and 20th. I also missed my workout last night because I had to work
So, I’m making up for it today! I ate a half a banana at breakfast with the rest of my blueberries (about ¼ cup). I’m eating an apple with peanut butter for my mid-afternoon snack. For lunch, I made an EXTRA LARGE salad of mixed baby greens and spinach (2 cups), a whole yellow pepper, 2 celery stalks, reduced fat blue cheese crumbles (1 tbsp), roasted chicken breast (4 oz), some sweet balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp olive oil.
Tonight, I’m going to get a full hour of cardio in instead of just 30 minutes. SCORE!! Yes, I made my salad in the container it came in- I’m lazy and didn’t feel like doing dishes at work.
OFF TO HOUSTON- I spent the weekend in Houston for my very good friend Kristy’s Wedding Shower and Bachelorette Party. There weren’t a lot of notable meals; however, I did eat some fun food on Saturday. We started the day at her friend Lisa’s for the Wedding Shower.
Lisa made a cake to represent some stromatolites found near the Saratoga NY region (where Kristy grew up). Stromatolites can be made up of blue-green bacteria or green algae …so the cake was blue and the frosting was green. The pink sparkles represented the river that goes thru the region (we’re geologists- just go with it).
REAL STROMATOLITES (courtesy Wikipedia)
After the shower, we went to Downtown Houston and had dinner at Massa’s Seafood. It was STELLAR. We started off with some sourdough bread, St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc and calamari (I skipped the calamari).
The restaurant gave us a bottle of Segura Viudas Champagne ON THE HOUSE to celebrate- how sweet is that?!?! It was deliciously dry and went amazing with everyone’s seafood.
I had Shrimp Cocktail for my appetizer and the Grilled Veggie Platter for my entrée since the servings there were so HUGE. I wanted to eat something semi-healthy since I ate such a big piece of stromatolite cake earlier that day.
The shrimp was served on a tortilla that looked like a starburst and had avocado salsa at the bottom to dip the shrimp in.
The veggie platter had grilled carrots, squash, zucchini, asparagus, mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed spinach with garlic.
After dinner, we went to a concert at the House of Blues and then went to a dueling piano bar to end the evening up! Here’s a shot of me and Kristy at the end of the night.
We had so much fun!! It was a great evening out- I had great wine and champagne and GREAT HEALTHY FOOD! WOOHOO!!
January 25th- Health Check!! Well, kids, last night I started training to RUN my first 5k in over 2 years!! Normally, I walk/power walk/walk and jog 5k’s. But, I have never jogged one straight through the whole time.
I’m going to do the Run Lucky 5k on March 13th in OKC. I’m following an endurance “couch to 5k” plan I got off the internet. I don’t care about speed right now. I just need to get some stamina built up.
I just went to the doctor for a check-up last week and my blood pressure was down to 117/74. It used to be 137/83 a few months back. YAY for cardio! When I first started power walking a few months ago after being completely sedentary from my surgery, my heart rate would jump to 170 or 180 (about the MAX for my age) after power walking for only 10 minutes at 3.5 mph. My doctor said he wanted me to keep it around 135 (for fat burning) and 155 (for cardio)
since I was just starting out.
So, I dropped it back a notch and walked between 2.6 mph and 3.2 mph. That usually kept my heart rate in the target zone (125-140). Please check with your doctor for your target heart range- everyone is
different depending on age and how cardiovascularly fit they are.
My first day training: I had to walk briskly for 1 mile, run for 2 minutes every half mile until I reached 3.5 miles, then cool down for a half mile. It was really tough, sweated a lot, ran out of PowerAde Zero during the last run interval, BUT I kept my heart rate between 125 and 165 the whole time…which is amazing for me.
My brisk walk was 3.2 mph and my run was 4.0 mph. My “recovery walk” in between jog intervals was 3.0 mph. I focused on keeping good form for the most part. I’m hoping to get out of this injury free
January 26th- Well, I was supposed to walk 4 miles last night, but I only was able to do 3. My legs were killing me, I slept awful the night before and I’m fighting off some kind of allergy/congestion again. I hate being sick all the time. I made some lentil curry to help, but even that didn’t make me feel better.
I decided not to push it to 4 miles because I always say if you are not feeling up to it, don’t push it. Better to take it easy one night than injure yourself.
Tonight I do my first round of strength training so that will be a nice break from cardio. Have a great week!
QUESTION FOR THE WEEK: I need some ideas for high protein, low fat breakfasts. I’ve been doing eggs or waffles with peanut butter. Please suggest ANYTHING! Especially you vegetarians/vegans out there- I’m a meat person so I’m not familiar with other high protein/iron foods. And I LOVE to try new things! Thanks!
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