Monday, April 23, 2012
Don't you love it when you turn it to the discovery channel and a show about hoarders is on, and you feel so grossed out you clean your apartment from top to bottom? File that under cardio 'Heavy Cleaning' on top of my upper body workout today. Yikes.
I served Nitz the Spark Recipe with the Black Beans and Quinoa I spoke about earlier. I was a little apprehensive when I gave it to him. I mean, I made so much of it. If it's a failure, it's a total waste of time, effort, and money. I told him it was vegetarian and gluten free. I shouldn't have. He got his back up over that, hahaha! But he tried and loved it. He even went back for seconds. I love it too. He said he didnt even miss the meat!
"Yay! Spark People!" He said as I served him another bowl.
He was eating it cold for lunch today and still raving about it. This is just awesome.
I love finding new, healthy recipes we can both eat, and look forward to eating. He's being so supportive, and he's encouraged to be active too. Yesterday he wanted to go to the mall. I had parked around the corner, so when we walked down the steps of our apartment, he started to jog.
"Come on! Keep up, I'm getting away!"
I laughed. I was hardly dressed for the situation: makeup, an underwire bra, jeans, ballet flats....not work out gear at all. But what the hell, I'm game! At the mall, I got new workout pants and a sports bra. It was so busy, but I'm glad I got something I set out to buy...
On Ebay I found a really cute dress, and these really adorable gothic punk-type leggings with bows on them. They are coming from Hong Kong, so in about three weeks, I will have them. Something to look forward to!
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Yesterday I waited for my boyfriend to come home so he could help me with groceries. I usually go during the week by myself, but he agreed an extra set of hands would help. We had no meat in the freezer and I was running low of frozen fruit.
I found this new store where our dollar goes further, it's closer to home, and the produce is really good. Nitz is going through an avocado phase. He eats one a day, instead of a salty snack. When we got our cart set up he immediately went over to seek out avocados. We bought lettuce mix, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, bananas, frozen strawberries, all sorts of good stuff.
I took Nitz on a tour, since he had never been to the store before and we parked in front of the bread.
"This is the bread/carb section." I pause and wait.
"Meh, we don't need any crap from there," we both laugh and push the cart onward. Normally I would check on the cheese bread, but it was best to walk away. Instead, we went and picked up some frozen shrimp, tilapia, extra lean ground beef, chicken sausages, and porkchops. I tossed some greek yogurt and salsa into the cart and we were good to go. I asked Nitz if there was something else he wanted. He took the cart to the 'garbage aisle'. You know the one. The one with the pop and chips and stuff. He parks the cart in front of the V8 and starts inspecting the cans. He ultimately decides he wants 2 cases of 6. There are 3 flavors: original, spicy, and low sodium.
Much to my surprise, Nitz picks up the Original flavor and the Low Sodium flavor and compares the two. Turns out the Original flavor has 13% sodium per can (yikes.... and thats your overall intake for the DAY) but the Low Sodium one is only 4%. They both cost the same so she throws the low sodium one in the cart. I hate V8, but Nitz says if I would just give it a chance....
Wow, he's starting to sound like me! I promise I will give V8 another chance.
Last night I made a Spark Recipe that was gluten free. Quinoa Black Bean Bake. The Sweet potatoes werent cooking through. I actually need to put it in the oven for and other 30 minutes today because the sweet potatoes (shredded into the recipe) were still kinda crunchy. VERY annoying, but not life threatening in any way. It's good, but preparing it was taking forever (it yeilded way more than a 9x9 pan they suggested.....it made a huge lasagna dish full!!) , so Nitz ordered a vegetarian pizza. I only had two slices and I was satisfied. Nitz Only has 2 as well, so I wouldnt call it a set back really.
Today was 20 minutes of DDR, as the ground outside is a little mushy for a run. Technically it was supposed to be a rest day but I felt up for it. It makes room for an end of the week glass of wine.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Today there were temptations by my own hand, but I resisted them pretty well.
I did my kickboxing today and I ran up the stairs of our 4 floor walk up twice. I forgot something on the trip down to the recycle bins on purpose, just so I would have to run down again. My legs still felt like lead, but I soldiered through.
Then temptations started to come. I opened the cupboard and saw all my Easter snacks: chocolate eggs, bunnies, a chocolate bar, cotton candy. I keep it around to offer guests and enjoy the casual treat. I was staring at them pretty hard today, but I grabbed a handful of dry roasted almonds instead and forgot about them.
Next temptation was to not make dinner, but I thawed out some pork chops and made a marinade. By the time Nitz was off the phone, I had finished making the pork chops. I served them with a bit of canned beans for sweetness. Not ideal, but better than fast food.
Lastly Nitz needed to go out and cash a check I made up for him. We went to the drug store on our way back, and I really wanted a sugary drink, but I told myself I have a huge jug of water at home. Nitz grabbed a V8 and told me he wasnt drinking any beer tonight. I havent drank since Sunday. It's not a huge deal, but I used to drink every single day (not much but still daily) so distancing myself made me realize I dont really miss it....and it's expensive anyways! Nitz is having the tallest glass of water I could pour for him. He even suggested he could join me on a job soon. I feel like such a good example ^_^
It's 9pm and I had a case of the snackies, so I got out the Nori. Nori are those wraps made of seaweed for maki at sushi restaurants. They are decent in fiber content, low in salt, low in calories, high in iron and pretty darn tasty. Sometimes you can find them in asian food stores, but I just go to the international section of my grocery store and buy the sushi assembly ones. They're pretty cheap too. Less than a bag of chips. Sometimes the snacking ones have added salt in them, so that's why I grab the maki assembling ones. A few times I have put tuna salad in them and used that instead of a pita but it can get hard to tear with your teeth. I just grabbed two sheets and cut them up into bite sized pieces. I think it was a total of 16 calories (according to my tracker) and a huge glass of water and I'm back to being content.
I so need to drink more water. It never seems like its enough. Drink up!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
So I did that pesky jogging thing. Man, did that suck. It was basically more like walking with intermittent sprinting. But I did what I could.
I was trekking through a ravine. There are lots of joggers there, so it was safe. You have to climb down into the ravine to start on the trail. No worries, there's a set of stairs by the bridge. I hop down the stairs (I love stairs! No lie!) and stumble around in my workout, wishing I looked professional but I know I look more like a bumbling idiot. I finish my 'jog' and I know it's time to cool down by walking home.
I forgot about those god awful stairs. I have to go back up them now!!
So I decide to 'hail mary' up the stairs. I got 2/3rds of the way up before my damn legs started feeling like lead bricks. I hauled my butt up those stairs and trekked home.
I live in a 4 floor walk up, so I had to go up 4 more flights of stairs, which was okay, because my cool down let me recover a bit.
Just now I did some of the weight training exercises Spark picked out for me, so I logged those too. Dinner was salmon patties, water, green tea, yadda yadda. The only sugar I had was a bit in my coffee this morning and a little baby Lindt bunny. He was only 50cals so it's all good.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I was with my boyfriend at Mark's Work Warehouse today. I hate Mark's. All the clothes are lame and they cost too much. But the best pair of ballet flats I ever owned came from there, so I always look at the shoes when we go.
Do you guys find running shoes at the mall an insane price? Nitz was at FootLocker the other day. Because of his knee and feet, he needs a shoe with really good support, so he bought this crazy-cool greeny-grey running shoe for too much money there. I replaced my ballet flats with new ones, as there was a buy one, get one for 50% off sale. But I had no good running shoe, and I cant run in ballet flats, even if they are sporty looking. There was nothing for less than 100 bucks that wasn't a sandal.
So I noticed at Mark's there's hiking shoes that don't have laces. That was great, because laces wear on me faster than the damn shoe. These shoes were also well ventilated and had a good grip on them. There was a sale, so I was really surprised when I found my size. I tried on a Wind River hiker. Yup, these are awesome! And for under 60 bucks. Totally affordable. Nitz didn't even buy the steel toed boots he was looking at. They weren't in his size. Go figure....
I hate running, but DDR and resistance training isn't enough, and I can't afford a treadmill (also, where would I put it?), so it looks like I'll be jogging this week. Sometimes strength training doesn't make me feel like I worked out, because I didnt leave the house. I'll try to do it three times a week. Maybe the change in scenery will bust me out of my funk.
A few night ago I was suffering from a bit of belly bloat. I looked back on what I was eating, and yup: beer and biscuits. So Im drying up and cleaning out. I had a fruit smoothie for lunch today and green tea, ginger tea, and water for fluids. I did my kettle ball and planks yesterday. I'm trying really hard to set a good example, and Nitz asked me to teach him how to use the kettle ball (kettlebell? whatever...) for a workout. I'm happy to help!
But running.....ugh. I joke that I won't even run to the bus. I used to run a while ago, and I was pretty decent at it, so we'll see if I can get up that way again. As motivation, I asked for an MP3 player for my birthday, since that is about a month away. Anything to drown out hearing the blood pounding in my ears...
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