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Lovely Saturday

I’ve had a lovely Saturday so far. 🙂  I slept in a bit and then went downstairs and used my new French press to make two cups of seriously aromatic coffee, sipped while I checked my email, caught up on blogs, ran a load of laundry and dishes, and planned my day.  I made my usual breakfast topped with natural apple butter and Barney Butter almond butter.  From there it was into jeans and a sweatshirt (this is a college town), a whirr of the toothbrush, and out to the farmer’s market.

Because it was chilly and damp outside there weren’t many vendors set up at the market.  However, I did buy six beautiful naval oranges and a couple of heads of fresh broccoli.  Next, I drove to a local health foods store where I finally found farro!  I also bought a pound of French lentils, 1/2 lb. of fresh spinach, and some regular and decaf coarsely ground (did it myself!) fair trade organic coffee.  Then I stopped into a gourmet cooking shop to replace my old spatula with a pretty aqua spoonula and added an inexpensive bamboo spoon to my order for use with my French press (after pouring water over your coffee, you are supposed to gently stir with a plastic or wooden spoon to avoid breaking the glass).

After that it was off to the second health foods store for a red onion, a pound of  walnuts, and a pound of organic arborio rice.  I have a bunch of leftover butternut squash from Thursday night so I’ll either make the same dish again or perhaps a lighter version of this butternut risotto.  Each store was only a couple of miles away from the last but due to my lazy, indulgent browsing the whole trip took about two hours.

By the time I got home I was hungry again and feeling a little low on energy despite having had a banana while I was out.  I had four wholesome cookies and one of the juicy oranges I’d bought earlier.  I still didn’t feel as if I had enough energy for a good, strong run so instead I decided to break out my yoga mat, which I’ve been meaning to do for months!, and flow my way through a YouTube yoga class with Sarah:

It was just what I needed.  In fact, I encouraged D to join me for round two so I ended up doing it twice.  I feel relaxed and more thoughtful now.

I’m off to grab another snack, take a shower, and make cookies for game night.  M&M are bringing dough made from scratch for homemade pizzas and the rest of us are bringing toppings (mine is spinach and possibly some mushrooms 😀 ), drinks, and dessert (cookies!).  Have a relaxing Saturday night!


Weekly Menu

(Courtesy of Org. Junkie)

Week of 1/11-1/17

  • Monday
    • Lunch & snacks – Already packed: tuna sandwich with mustard and fresh spinach on wheat, small orange, carrots w/ almond butter, one low fat cheese stick, banana
    • Dinner – Pounded walnut strozzapreti
  • Tuesday
    • Lunch – Leftover strozzapreti or salmon salad with veggies, orange, yogurt w/ apples and granola, nuts
    • Dinner – Mushroom casserole
  • Wednesday
    • Lunch – Leftover mushroom casserole, strawberry greek yogurt, low fat cheese stick, carrots, banana
    • Dinner – Veggie lasagna
  • Thursday
    • Lunch – Salmon salad, yogurt with apples & granola, zucchini spears
    • Dinner – Girls’ Night for me; leftover veggie lasagna for D
  • Friday
    • Lunch – Standing Friday lunch with friends
    • Dinner – Easy mushroom sauce on whole grain pasta with veggies on the side
  • Saturday
    • Dinner – Breakfast for dinner (whole grain pancakes, hash browns cooked in olive oil, scrambled eggs w/ cheese and veggies)
  • Sunday
    • Dinner – Lean turkey burgers with thick slices of fresh mozzarella, spinach, mustard, and any leftover mushrooms

I almost always have the same breakfast 🙂 – a toasted sprouted grain english muffin (I have to visit 3 or 4 stores to find them these days, not sure what’s up with that) with natural apple butter or natural peanut butter (sometimes both) and coffee.  These days I’ve been trying to reduce my caffeine consumption so I make half-caf coffee.

Last week’s menu plan and what I really had in red

  • Monday
    • Lunch – Leftover ham/bean/veggie soup and one leftover slice of spinach/mushroom/olive pizza; raw veggies for snackiness
    • Dinner – Leftover turkey & veggie chili
  • Tuesday
    • Lunch – Natural peanut butter & apple butter sandwich, hard-boiled egg, veggies (tuna, Laughing Cow cheese, and spinach sandwich)
    • Dinner – Hamburger ‘n beans, veggies
  • Wednesday
    • Lunch – Egg salad sandwich, blueberry greek yogurt, veggies
    • Dinner – Leftover hamburger ‘n beans, veggies
  • Thursday
    • Lunch – Egg salad sandwich, blueberry greek yogurt, veggies (tuna, Laughing Cow cheese, and spinach sandwich – the egg salad turned out pretty poorly and I couldn’t take another day of it, ha)
    • Dinner – Open-faced scrambled egg & veggie sandwiches, or black bean burgers (Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich w/ honey mustard, fries)
  • Friday
    • Lunch – Standing Friday lunch with friends
    • Dinner – Shrimp & veggie stir fry (lentil, brown rice, veggie soup)

Cookies, pull-ups, and lentils, oh my!

Arrrgh (said like a frustrated pirate). I just realized that my pictures from the last few days are being held hostage in my camera, which goes through batteries like a black widow goes through husbands.  In the meantime, you’ll just have to make do with my ramblings and glaring eccentricities.

Exercise 11/30/09 – After I spent the day pulling out my hair at work and stuffing myself full of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that were meant to be shared (yeah right, are they ever?) with all of the coworkers who never showed up, I felt especially motivated for a good workout.  I am not usually a comfort eater but yesterday I definitely was.

  • 30 minutes of strength training including pyramid sets of push-ups (75 total) and pull-ups (21 total), squats, and ab work.
  • 2 mile run easy on the indoor track to test out my ankle.  It did fabulously!  I’ll take today off and try for an easy 3 mile or so run on Wed. or Thurs.
  • 10 minutes elliptical above 5.5 speed on level 6 or 7, can’t remember.

Work kind of blew but I felt fantastic after my workout.  I went home, had a recovery shake to get my post-workout 2:1 ratio of simple carbs to proteins, followed by a glass of wine (a perfect pair if I do say so), and made my loose interpretation of Angela’s red lentil soup again.  I had been craving it for hours.  It was perfect and ended up being ready just as D walked in the door.  I served it with a toasted slice of sprouted grain bread because it’s December in the bleak Blue Ridge and exceptions are made.

Our friend came over and we watched an episode of Dexter.  If the opening sequence of that show is not one of the very BEST EVER, I don’t know what is:

Absolutely brilliant.

That ties with the opening sequence of The I.T. Crowd as my favorite television show  sequences.

There are only a few days left to vote in the Love! This Site Divine Caroline contest.

As I said above, my ankle is doing miles better now than it was.  However, it’s popping something crazy.  It hurts yet feels good in the process, sort of like a spanking.  Did I just say that?

Stuff Me Silly

Are my pictures worth a thousand words?  Probably not.  Probably not even a hundred. 🙂  But here’s what my meals have looked like over the past few days:

Thursday dinner:

That was lentils, brown rice, kidney beans, spinach, pine nuts, low sodium chicken broth, garlic, red pepper flakes, and some other stuff.  It was fab.  D absolutely loved it.  Served with a slice of lightly buttered leftover Sweet Water Co. bread, which is delicious.  That other piece of bread is D’s.  Promise.

I don’t normally serve bread alongside a carb-heavy meal but this is November in the bleak Blue Ridge.  Exceptions are made.

Friday’s dinner:

This was pretty much an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup.  It had fresh butternut squash, low sodium organic butternut squash soup, kale, zucchini, mushrooms, pine nuts, chili powder, red pepper flakes, nutmeg, quinoa, parmesan cheese, and some other unidentifiable things.  It was….interesting.  Let’s just say I ended up eating most of it.  And it tasted better on Sunday scrambled with spinach and cheese in some eggs.

Lunch today:

Black bean veggie burger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mustard, and a side of fruit.  I don’t normally eat pickles as they are high in sodium and I don’t love them.  Also this one wasn’t having a very good day.

The burger was great.  Good flavor, filling, and nicely paired with the cheese.  I was a little surprised when I opened it to learn that by “Black Bean Burger” they really did mean black beans…and nothing else.  Still, it was good.  And so was the fruit. I can’t wait until we get a fridge in here because it’s killing my wallet.

After lunch, I had:

Banana bread! 🙂  Yumyumyum.  That brings me to my next post, which will follow sometime tonight.

I need to get more reusable containers.

Previous meals today were:

Breakfast – sprouted grain english muffin with natural apple butter and 3 lite LC cheese squares plus coffee + nonfat milk

Morning Snacks – lite cheese stick, baby carrots, grapes

Afternoon Snacks – low sugar granola bar, large banana

I’ve been above-average hungry today.  I’m not sure why since I didn’t exercise yesterday and this morning.  Exercise normally revs up my appetite for about 24 hours afterward.  On an average day I would have been fine without either of these afternoon snacks.  However, I went with it in order to top off my energy stores for tonight’s lifting and run.  Can’t wait!

10K Follow-Up

My official time was 55:28.  I placed fourth in my AG, missing third place by six seconds. Nerts!

A picture if you please.  See if you can spot the RoadID and Sports Beans!


Tonight I made this recipe for the first time (I added fresh spinach and used chicken broth instead of veggie broth) and it was delicious, especially with half of a toasted and lightly buttered sprouted grain english muffin for dipping.  YUM.

Recipe and image from 101 Cookbooks: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/red-lentil-soup-recipe.html

Has anyone else tried Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream?  Holy crap.  I am a true chocolate lover at heart and definitely not a big ice cream person but I make an exception for this one.  It is cinnamon ice cream with chunks of oatmeal cookie and dark chocolate and it is fantastically addictive.

Piles 1 and 2 are almost gone!