I am watching the absolute weirdest movie right now – I Know Who Killed Me (with Lindsay Lohan – anyone seen it?). A scene in it was filmed in the town I live in right now, so I wanted to check it out. But I think I missed the scene…and time to change the channel!
How is everyone’s week going? You’re almost done! Except today was my “Friday” and then I’m heading out of town on a wonderful surprise vacation! It was pretty last minute, and I’m super excited about it 🙂
Tuesday morning started out with a gym trip, where I fit in:
- 15 minutes elliptical level 12
- 20 minutes stairmaster level 12
- 25 minutes ab work
I know so many people love the elliptical, but I can’t stand it! I find myself bouncing on it (which I know is bad), and I just can’t seem to get in a great workout on it. I also get super bored and antsy.
While walking through the locker room the other day, I glanced in the mirror as I walked by, and found myself completely criticizing my body. “Ugh I look awful. Ew, look at the belly pooch. Ugh I’ve gained so much weight recently…” What was I saying to myself?!?! These awful, awful comments just popped into my head. Yes, I’ve gained a little weight recently, and along with my running hiatus, it’s been a hard thing to deal with. But here I was, finishing up an awesome workout, and an awesome thing for my body. I was strong, empowered and just worked up a good sweat. I should be feeling on top of the world! So I decided to post myself a little operation beautiful note to myself on the inside of my locker.
You are strong and fit and can lift more weights than most girls! 😉 Go you! SMILE!!
Never again should I feel bad about myself upon leaving the gym. Hopefully seeing this note will help me out with that 🙂
Physical Therapy was fine. We did strength moves, ultrasound, and he also put a 24-hour anti-inflammatory patch on me. I highly doubt it’s going to do much considering all the other anti-inflammatories and corisone shot haven’t helped. But here’s to hoping!
It’s quite the fashion statement, huh? 😉 The 2-year old I babysit called it my “giant band-aid”.
Can I help it if I kind of have a slight crush on the PT Aide who helps me out? Too bad Friday is his last day 😦 Maybe I’ll run into him around town, since he is my age! haha
I hope everyone took advantage of the Free Starbucks pastry!! There weren’t too many options by the time I got there, so I chose a Toffee Nut Bar, and I have to say, I was madly disappointed.
It was wwaaaaayyyyy too sweet, but also lacking a lot of flavor. I ate half and tossed the rest. Blah. I should’ve gotten the wonderful pumpkin bread I love!
It seems that the Berry coffee cake was a popular choice around blogland! Did anyone else get a free pastry? What’d you all get/recommend for next time?!
I came home to a surprise in the mail. My sunbutter sample!!
Wait…what happened?! It came wrapped in a baggie from the post office apologizing for the “damage to my mail”. Well…yeah! Did it explode? Melt? Leak? All I know is it was all over! Booo 😦 At least I can still use the coupon! I’m sure they’ll appreciate that messy oily coupon when I use it 😉
Dinner was fab! Falafel, hummus, spinach, tomato & cucumber-yogurt dip all grilled up in a whole wheat tortilla.
And my fave – BBQ sauce on the side for dipping! I love these falafel balls they sell at Costco. Yummmm
Not much of an exciting day…I planned to do some sort of cardio (swim, run/walk, etc), but I was instructed to take it easy due to my new fashionable giant bandaide knee patch. So I grabbed my dumbells and did 2 sets of 10-15 (20 or 25 lb dumbells) of each of the following:
- Standing bicep curls
- Shoulder presses
- Tricep extensions
- Tricep dips
- Chest flys
- Chest presses
- Seated bicep curls
Along with 10 minutes of “tae-bo” like jabs & punches. And about 5 minutes of ab work. Totaling 40 minutes of strength.
Lunch at work – Kashi sandwich pocket (got these for .88 cents each, so that’s why I’m eatin’ lots of them!), 2 apricots, and homemade “broccoli slaw” made with cucumber-yogurt dip, raisins, slivered almonds, & grapes.
I made the most beautiful omelette of my life for dinner. My omelettes usually fall apart or turn into scrambles, but I still call them omelettes. This one actually looked like a legit omelette. I was in awe! Unpictured, but I wish I had captured this moment on film!
Then onto today (aka Thursday). Did a little running this morning (although it probably wasn’t the smartest of ideas. My knees have been much more sore lately). First I did 20 minutes stairmaster (level 12) & sweat buckets (nothing makes me sweat more!). Then I moved to the treadmill where I did:
- 1 mile run 6 mph
- 3 minutes walk
- 1 mile run
- 3 minutes walk
- .5 mile run
- 6 minute cooldown
Total: 3.35 miles (2.5 running), 40 minutes
This is the first I have ran in quite a while. I usually like to wait until my knees have been feeling better for a few days before I embark on running. But physical therapy has been keeping them aggravated (due to the lower body work we’ve been doing). But I felt like running today (feel free to yell at me). It’s really how they’ll feel later today and tomorrow that will tell me the amount of damage I might have done. It felt good to run though!
So who else here loves Safeway/Vons deli sandwiches? So delicious for such a good deal of $4.99! Can’t beat that! Picked one up for lunch since I had a coupon for a $3.99 sammie! Turkey, avocado, lettuce, tomato, extra (everyone stand clear!) onions, pickles, & peppercinis on a rustic Italian roll. Ranch spread on the side that I added on to my own liking. And I also added a bit of whipped chive cream cheese.
Soooo good! Because of my usual habit to stay healthy and get whole wheat, I was about to get whole wheat sliced bread (that’s the only whole wheat they have), but I knew I would enjoy it so much more on white rustic Italian bread. Sliced bread sandwiches are just more blah and can easily be made at home. Why deny what I knew I would love more just because it’s not as “healthy”? I might as well get what I really wanted, right?! I also had the rest of my cucumber-yogurt dip broccoli slaw & a side of strawberries.
And a handful of these chocolate lovies:
Because I had so much salad left to eat (don’t want it to go to waste!), I only ate half of my sandwich and saved the rest for dinner tonight on the road….Should I give you a hint where the road will take me? It’s a pretty happy place. And it may or may not be a place on Earth. Guesses!?!?!?
All packed up and I got my stash of food ready to go…
Can I help it if I want to spend the least amount of money possible this weekend and therefore many meals and snacks will probably consist of bars? Where I’m going food is insanely expensive! I also have no idea what my options for breakfast will be at the houses I’m staying at, and since a satisfying breakfast is a must in my book, I’m also bringing along some cereal. Better safe than sorry, right?! I obviously never overpack. Who else plans their food so much so far in advance? No one else I’m traveling with, that’s for sure! haha. Wonder what they’ll think of my stash…?
I’ll be back Sunday, and then two of my younger sisters are driving down to visit for a few days and to go to the local Mid-State fair. The country group Lady Antebellum is performing on the free stage!! Woohooooo. 😀
Since I’m not sure when I’ll get another chance to post, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you all when I return from…Ooops! Almost spilled the fairydust! 😉