Well, this mission was kind of a downer. I won’t spoil it but yeah, was sad. Either way, I still managed to run the full 10 minute intervals without taking any extra breaks. I kept reminding myself that during lockdown, I was doing c210k and did 20 minute intervals so 10 shouldn’t be an issue and I shouldn’t give up. I’m not sure if I’ll do the 10k training again because the workouts are really fucking long as the you go through the plan and that was easy to do during lockdown because if I had a webinar or something, I could throw on my headphones and be on the treadmill at the same time. Between single mom things and my side hustle things, I don’t have time for workouts that are an hour or more. Maybe if more of my books are selling and my adsense goes up but for now, that’s not in the cards.
For lunch I did the beef and steamed veggies again. I think after I’m out of the ramen noodles, I won’t buy anymore to cut down on some carbs.
Dinner had to be lighter to balance out lunch. I still have some lamb left but I’ll eat that another day. That’s romaine, scallions, and avocado with tuna. I finally remembered to plant the butts of the veggies to grow my own and try and save some money. Lettuce of various types, onions, and scallions are the most popular in my house and it would be amazing for my budget to have them on hand in the garden containers. I would like to try some cucumbers and tomatoes but, we’ll see what I have time for.
I did lower my speed a bit today since I was feeling sore but it was a good run. I stuck to the intervals and had decent posture. I’m a little annoyed that TLCGo no longer works for me and locked all the content but that’s ok. I started watching Breaking Bad instead.
Over the weekend, I made some pizza (really happy I got that bread machine) and I ate the last of that for lunch. Dinner was me trying to replicate a gyro platter and it turned out pretty good! I wasn’t able to cut the really thin strips but I think I nailed the taste. I didn’t get super home crafty and make the naan and my seeds aren’t any where near the point where I can eat veggies I grew myself but it was tasty and I have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow. Maybe I’ll pack a cute lunch again.
Okay soooooo, I was doing really well today. I am aware that I don’t eat enough fruit and I had a bunch of grapes for lunch, I did my workout (that cramp in my calf is really fucking annoying…), I took a nice walk… Then dinner came around and I ordered a burger and fries. I’d been craving it all week and finally caved. And you know what? IT WAS DELICIOUS AND I REGRET NOTHING. I don’t eat like that all the time, I was super active this week, I made smart choices the entire time, and I wanted a damn treat that I didn’t have to cook.
This was my last run of the week and I like the Mon, Wed, Fri type schedule but I usually don’t workout on Friday’s at all. I get weekend brain and just wanna relax. But, if I wanna hit my goals, I need to do something everyday. Since my calves are all crampy, I need to do more stretching and upper body work while that sorts itself out. Over the next week, I am acutely aware of how much blogging, writing, and editing I have to do so, it’s very likely I’ll be switching to the bike for a couple days and continuing to incorporate more walking. I’m doing pretty good at moving around more in my day and don’t want to fall back on that.
I’m almost done with these side missions and I did notice my calves cramping a little during this run. It wasn’t terrible, I powered through it, but it was not fun. I’ve also been trying to go out and walk for a few minutes; even if it’s just to play Pokemon Go for awhile. I get some sun (so I don’t look so pale and dead) and more steps in my day. It’s a win win.
Now, it was a pretty regular day food wise but I made bacon and eggs for the first time in MONTHS. I had a later breakfast (I am really not a fan of eating first thing in the morning. It felt super nostalgic to have this but I won’t be doing it too often. Bacon is a weakness that I can’t have too often. I put some red pepper flakes on the eggs (which were cooked in the bacon fat) and while not the healthiest, it was super satisfying.
I ended up snacking on popcorn for dinner since I just wasn’t that hungry. I was under my calorie goal and I hit over 6000 steps. I count this as a good day.
I’m all done with season 9 and there isn’t much of season 10 out yet so, I’m going back to finish the side missions from seasons. I can be a completionist when it comes to these things. And it was a good run; I had to adjust my posture from time to time. I have a bad habit of hunching over and that makes my back hurt.
These were my meals for the day; leftovers for lunch and a salad for dinner. I took the picture before I added croutons, full disclosure. I did add them to my food diary. I just used olive oil and red wine vinegar instead of salad dressing and the cheese was not low-fat. I am not concerned the fat content of a pinch of cheese. I’m looking at the big picture here and treating myself with a bit of cheese is not a big deal. Especially since I’m becoming more active overall.
Today was a beautiful day yet also gave me a taste of running in the very warm room. Not a fan but I’ll just have to deal with it. Since it was such a nice day, I decided to take the walk to fulfill my very powerful craving for a bagel with egg and sausage.
Could I have made something like this at home? Yes. Was it half the cost of the tuna bagel? Also, yes. And all those steps plus my run got me to the 10k steps for the day.
I was wondering how I was going to use the bacon ends I got from Misfits Market and a BLT salad with lime juice and avocado was exactly what I needed. I also packed a portion for lunch tomorrow and now I have something reasonably healthy to use up all the bacon I have in the house.
Since I did so much walking and running, I decided that was enough for the day and only did some stretching after this. It’s getting warmer and I feel the clock ticking closer to NYCC. If I want my cosplay to look right, I need to push but not to the point where I end up hurting myself and can’t workout at all. Yes, there’s an outfit I want to wear but I also want to be healthier and stronger overall.
This is the point in c25k where I start to wonder if I can make it through the longer runs because I feel every second of those 5 minute intervals. I did them but wanted to have a fucking party once they were over.
I’ve mentioned how my kid won’t take cute lunches to school because they’re “embarrassing” and of course I am told this AFTER I purchase all the stuff to make them. So, I decided I deserve cute lunches and I’m gonna make them for my damn self! This is that soy marinated salmon with rice, garlic baked in sesame oil and red pepper flakes, avocado, tomato, and onion with rice. It was a LOT of rice. I’d put in half the portion next time but the two layers were the right way to go so the cold stuff stayed cold while the warm stuff went in the microwave.
Since I had some of that lemon tuna left, I threw in some lettuce and onion to finish it off. After all that rice, it was really refreshing and also light for after my workout. I don’t know how long I can reasonably keep the lemon tuna in the fridge but I wouldn’t mind making a couple extra portions for a quick, light meal. It sucks standing and chopping for a long time after a workout. I’m already sore and that doesn’t help. But if I have this prepped, all I need is a few extra veggies and bam! All done. I’m all about time management with these things since I have all these other projects going on.
Today I did my run while dinner was in the oven and it worked out sorta well? The salmon got a little overdone but the marinade saved it from getting dried out and the rice cooker kept the rice nice and hot. But this seems to be the most efficient way to use my time: set up the food, go run, check on it before I shower, food is done once my shower is also done. I end up eating later than I’d like (a bit too close to 8pm for my liking) but it’s better for my stomach not to eat right before or immediately after my workouts.
I’m working on using up this bag of broccoli and I think I like the fajita strip type cut for the electric lunch box. They cook fast and are easy to eat.
I didn’t eat the salmon for dinner; I packed it up for lunch tomorrow. I was determined to give making that lemon tuna another try and I fucking NAILED it! It was sooooo good. I used this recipe and tweaked it by adding some lime juice and slices of cherry tomatoes. I put some avocado on it, used homemade bread from the breadmaker, and used the foil to keep it from making a huge mess. It could have used a little more onion for my tastes and some lettuce (I was just done with cutting vegetables by the time it came to lettuce for the sandwich) but I’ll remember that for next time. I bet if I make bagels again, I can put the tuna on it and get the exact experience from the bagel shop. Or just eat it with a spoon on its own; which I was sorely tempted to do.
I wanted to get in a run at least once this week and keep on the schedule in the Ultrahuman app for this three week challenge. My arms are still sore from the first day (I can’t tell you how much pushups annoy me. They’re almost as bad as burpees) but I committed to this so I’m doing it.
For lunch I had time to prep the Itaki food and I’m still working on all those delicious chicken wings. I put them in the oven to crisp up while I was on the treadmill and by the time I was showered, they were perfect. I probably should have had some veggies with them but I had some editing to do and wanted to get to it before my brain turned off.
As for the Ultrahuman app, apparently I need the app on my watch as well and my watch is not supported yet. I’ll keep checking but I’ll have to rely on GoogleFit for insights for now. I was hoping for more feedback on when I eat and how it affects my workouts but we’ll see.
Since I had some salmon I wanted to eat, I was searching around for a recipe to also use some avocado along with it and found this recipe. Of course I find it at work while the salmon is defrosting at home so, the plan became to let the fish marinate while I was doing the above run. By the time I’d finished, cooled down, and taken a shower, the fish would be ready cook!
The soup was my lunch. And the smaller bowl is mine, the bigger one was for the kid.
Of course I had to put my own spin on it by adding chopped garlic to the top of the fish, some sliced onion, and Trader Joe’s Furikake seasoning. All non-sponsored links, of course. This meal was bowl-lickin good. I’ll have to prepare better in advance in the future but WOW. The salmon was perfect, the crunch of the cucumbers and onion was a perfect balance to the soft avocado (which is a sensory nightmare for me). I put some lime juice on the veggies and to keep the avocado from turning brown. I wasn’t getting sick of the usual steamed meat and veggies but I did want more variety in my meals, still be healthy, and not make too much work for myself. Things that require a lot of work to cook mean I’m doing that instead of running on the treadmill. If I prep properly ahead of time, I’ll be able to add more healthy meals to my rotation.