I took a nice long walk to the store today. It was gorgeous out, I needed to pick up a few things from the store, so I left the car at home and hoofed it. Completely worth it and it felt so good to get out of the house. I can already tell my skin is finally losing that pasty ‘librarian who is always indoors’ tone.
The problem? I ended up needing to put on the air conditioner. All I can think of whenever I turn that thing on for the first time in the year is how big my electric bill will be (have mercy on me and check out my books). As the weather heats up, I know taking a walk outside won’t be as comfortable as it is now (unless I go very early in the morning). The treadmill and desk bike are gathering dust so, I’ll switch to those when it gets really hot.
One of the things I grabbed at the store is more of that pre-prepped chicken from Trader Joes for my salads. Yes, that is a lot of cheese. No, I don’t care what you think. If in the end I’m still around 1000 calories (remember, I’m on Saxenda so, my calories are kept lower than a normal diet) and I’ve had some decent activity during my day, Imma eat some damn cheese.
This was my main meal for the day, other than snacking. I’m gonna try and be more diligent on peal prep on my non-work days. Work days, I’m super prepared; I can fill in my food diary first thing in the morning because I already know what the rest of the day will be. When I’m off, it’s chaos. We’ll see how that goes in the future.
I hate to admit it – no, I really do – but lower impact workouts like walking and the stationary bike are actually helping the weight come off faster than when I was running. What sucks is I like running. I feel good doing it but, I can’t deny the results. I’m down to 202.4 and have been losing little by little every week.
This means I’m going to stick with it and push myself harder with body weight workouts. I also need to dig out the kettlebell again. I bet with a few more little tweaks, I’ll really start seeing some changes.
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.
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.
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.
Despite not running, my thighs feel like jelly after using the desk peddler. It’s less impact on my knees and ankles (which are feeling better but not 100%) but my muscles are working. But my steps were down today so I’ll have to make up for that tomorrow.
For lunch I made my classic steamed veggies and steak and for dinner, I tried out Trader Joe’s new lemon Torchietti. I made it with just some garlic, olive oil, herbs, and a bit of parmesan on top. I didn’t really like it with this combination but I have plenty left and some ideas for other combinations. To replace breakfast, I’ve been having a handful of almonds so I’m not starving around lunch time along with a thermos of coffee I nurse throughout the morning.
Next week, it’s back to running and I start my ab workout app again. I probably will never have a six pack but I would like to firm up for a smoother look overall.
I’m back to the desk peddler because my knees and ankles are aching. It happens sometimes during my period, I know it’s temporary but I’m not running again until it stops.
Here’s the food I’ve been eating these days. That chicken had rice under it and was marinated with lemon juice and the lime cajun seasoning from Trader Joe’s. It just made me happy to make my Caesar salad pretty. Sometimes, it just feels good to plate something nice before you dig in and destroy it.
Next week, I’ll get back on the treadmill. I’m also working on making sure my veggie scraps go into my little composter so I can try and grow some veggies this year. Anything to save a few bucks and take advantage of the unused space in my yard.
I am so glad I picked up running again because out of the blue, the kid decides we need to buy pizza and I needed to burn that off. The rest of what I ate today was my normal type of lunch:
And over the weekend, I made an amazing sandwich:
I marinated the chicken in olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon pepper seasoning and just cooked it in a frying pan. I diced up red onion and mixed it with avocado (and more lemon juice) and as you can see, I had a bunch of cherry tomatoes that I needed to finish before they went bad. I had those as a side instead of chips. I still haven’t mastered what is apparently a daunting task of building a sandwich in a way that doesn’t fall apart if you look at it funny but even though it was a mess to eat, it was delicious. I think I would use a whole chicken breast next time instead of strips so there’s less chances of something falling out.
Over the weekend, I didn’t workout. I had overtime and I had to take apart the dryer hose to fix a blockage. That was not fun. I wasn’t really in the mood after dealing with that.