Today was a beautiful day… well at first, it was a little skeptical whether or not it was going to be a beautiful day or not. It started overcast and rainy, and I was feeling nervous. I really needed to run 5K at least once this week (even though my goal is to do it twice this week but we shall see how that happens). Luckily, the clouds broke enough that the fiance and I decided to risk it. I told him I wanted to go the distance today. In fact, I needed to because I didn’t want to let my blog down! (See, blogging can be such motivation!). So off we took running (even though he is adamant that it is just jogging but even if it is a slow pace, I feel like it is running!). We decided to do a little bit of a different route so instead of driving to the beginning of the trail through the woods, we just started from our apartment and ran to the trail head and then proceeded from there. Now, I have only gone running once since I have been back and that was just a small 2 mile run… and today? I ran 4 miles. That’s right, folks! 4 miles! I was so excited! I did it without any walking! We did have to stop for a moment and do some quick stretching, but we picked our pace right back up. So that was more than a 5k so I feel like that is a lot of progress.
Now after a run like that, we were starving. Lately we have been really obsessed with turkey and avocado sandwiches! They are so filling and really easy to put together, though there are lots of yummy layers to it.
Look at that masterpiece! I know. The top of the pocket ripped! I just try to put so much in there! Ooops. Anyway, all it is is a 100 calorie sandwich pocket, 1 teaspoon of light mayo, 2 teaspoon of fresh avocado, 1 slice of very thin sliced cheese (45 calories), and 1 slice of skinless low sodium turkey breast, and a little bit of salad greens. It comes to be about 280 calories for the sandwich which is not bad at all! I also had some organic yellow corn tortilla chips and mild salsa! So delicious and like I said before, so filling! It just all comes together to make a very happy combination on my tongue!
Then we went on a spontaneous road trip this afternoon. It was so much fun to just enjoy the sunshine and each other’s company. I know that sounds crazy since we work together and spend lots of time together…but when it is just the two of us, going to new places, taking in the scenery… there is just something that feels perfect about it.
After the road trip, we stopped at the grocery store to pick up supplies for dinner tonight and ingredients for goodies this week. Tonight we were trying something different…
I have never tried it before but kept hearing amazing things about it. It is much more nutritional than rice and have protein! Yummy! So I decided to give it a go in the form of Quinoa “Fried Rice.”
This is another recipe that is really easy to make! I got the recipe from SkinnyTaste.com and changed it a little bit. Her recipe called for fish sauce and I just can’t stand the smell of it.
- 4 cups cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 peppers, diced (I used a red and orange pepper! I really like having a lot of color).
- 1 tomato, diced small
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame seed oil
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- spray oil
- 3 egg whites, scrambled
- 1 whole egg, scrambled
1. Spray a frying pan with oil and cook up the scrambled eggs. Once cooked, set them aside.
2. Add the vegetable oil to the pan and the peppers, garlic, and scallions. Cook for about 5 minutes. Then add the tomatoes and cooked quinoa. Mix it together with the soy sauce and sesame seed oil and let cook for another minute or two. Add the cooked scrambled eggs and more soy sauce for flavor. Sprinkle some salt (and I even added a little more garlic power because I really love garlic).
And wha-la! You have yourself a pretty decent meal! Also only 350 calories. I made it more of a meal by making up some broccoli to go with it as well. It was delicious!
I finished off the evening being a little bad… my upstairs neighbors needed butter for some cookies, and I am an avid baker so I always have butter and as a thanks, brought down 4 hot from the oven chocolate chip and nut cookies. Oh my goodness. The smell alone was amazing and it tasted like eating an ice cream sundae (strange as that sounds). So I cheated a little but it was so worth it.
Tomorrow night is also going to be a little bit of a cheat night since my friend is having a BBQ! The one thing I have come to realize on this diet is that this is going to be my lifestyle for the rest of my life… so I need to have days where I just have a little fun and let loose. Life is too short to be strict all the time (just most of the time. :p).
So tomorrow’s game plan is horse back riding in the morning, make low calorie red potato salad, low fat raspberry cheesecake, do my work out DVD since I haven’t done it at all this week, eat very lightly and then have a good time! =D