Oh goodness…I just returned from a night out at the movies to see My Sister’s Keeper. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Even the guys were sneaking in a few sniffles. I’ve only read my way through half of the book, so I was not prepared for the twist. I won’t give anything away, but if you’re reading the book (and enjoying it,) definitely go see the movie! I think the book is better in that it goes further into developing the characters, but the movie was really well made too.
On to this morning…
When my alarm clock went off, I was feeling super sleepy and seriously considered resetting my alarm…especially with the sound of rain pattering on my window, practically screaming for me to go back to bed.
But nope…I managed to pep myself up and was out the door, after first chugging some water and eating a small bowl of cheerios with a scoop of chunky peanut butter…
The run was absolutely beautiful!!! The clouds were dark on one side of the sky, with one blue circle of sky coming through. Over the hills, the sun was peaking through just a little, making the clouds look like they were glowing. It was stunning, and I was so glad I had the chance to be out so early!
I went with a short 2-mile run again, so that I would have time to shower and eat breakfast before heading to the hospital. And thanks to the fact I had prepped some quinoa last night, this breakfast was super quick to put together…
I reheated 1 c. of cooked quinoa and added this good stuff on top:
- 1 banana
- 2 T. almonds
- 1/2 c. soymilk (heated)
- cinnamon sprinkled on top
I really liked this mix. It wasn’t oatmeal by any means, but it was still really good. And it made a nice change from my normal breakfast routine. I have another cup of cooked quinoa to use up, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing it again tomorrow morning.
Then I was off to the hospital, with my coffee-to-go. :D
I spent 3 hrs. in the kitchen for my food service lab component today. I told the cold prep worker to put me to work, and I’m so glad she did. I was happy to see that their methods of cold prep were different then the assisted living facility I worked at last year. No cubing or cutting by hand! Everything was simply thrown into a food processor and packed away for the chefs and hot food workers. I was pretty slow at what I was doing, but the woman I was working with was super patient…and incredibly fast. :D I also spent some time in the cafetaria. Aside from one very burnt toast, it went smoothly…haha.
During break time, I joined the workers at the employee table for a midmorning snack. The bagels and egg sandwiches looked mighty tasty, but my breakfast was keeping me nice ‘n’ full, so I went for a nice light snack of activia strawberry yogurt.
I’ve never tried these before, and it’s not the usual yogurt I would choose. But it was actually pretty tasty. Super sweet, yes, but not fake tasting or anything. It was also lower in sugar then some of the others (17 g) but that may be due to the smaller size as well… It’s only about 4 oz. Nothing that would keep you full for very long, but it made for a nice quick snack, especially since I wasn’t overly hungry.
By the time lunch rolled around, I found myself sitting in the nutrition office upstairs, with the RD’s. The manager had invited me over to eat with them in a staff meeting, so of course I said yes! I packed this tasty lunch before heading out. It all started with a spinach and carrot salad…it’s as simple as it sounds: spinach with a carrot and balsamic vinegar to drizzle on top.
+ an egg salad sandwich. Another simplistic component of my lunch…I simply mixed 1 whole egg + 1 egg white + 2 tsp mayo + salt & pepper. All on top of two slices of German Dark Wheat bread (which tastes like pumpernickle…love it!) I haven’t had egg sandwiches in ages… Only lettuce would have made it better, but alas…the fridge is becoming more empty by the minute. ;)
Last but not least was another yogurt that I had packed along with my lunch and a bit of FEED bittersweetness granola sprinkled on top. Never fails to hit the spot…
There was a crazy rain storm, after I arrived home. It was only 3 in the afternoon but the clouds were so dark that it looked more lik 8 at night! Then an hour later–following thunder and giant sized rain drops–the sun came out. This weather has just been so strange! But of course I wasn’t complaining to be seeing the sun. Mom and I took advantage of it and headed out for a 4-mile walk.
As soon as we got back from our walk, I hopped in my car and dropped it off for an oil change. I’m hoping it’s going to be ready by tomorrow morning, because it’s going to be a challenge trying to juggle cars since everyone has different time schedules. But somehow we’ll manage. At least mom has a day off tomorrow, so I can take her car to the hospital. And Thursday is my day off, so that will work out fine too.
After dropping off the car, I got to work on dinner. Spaghetti with broccoli and red sauce was on the menu. But a minor clumsy moment—which caused one pot of pasta to be dumped in the trash with another on the way…eeks!—caused it to be coming a little later then normal. So we all split a grapefruit to hold us over…
….soooo juicy and perfect!!
Then dinner finally came and it was worth waiting for. I love broccoli with red sauce…I think they’re perfect together.
On the side I had some leftover green beans from last night which were still mighty tasty.
Mom and I were off to the movies to see My Sisters Keeper. I brought along about a cup’s worth of puffins to munch on throughout. Thankfully I ate it at the beginning of the movie, since I was too choked up for the rest of it. Ha…
Now I’m getting ready for bed. I think I’ll be going out for another 2-mile run tomorrow morning, and take a rest day on Thursday. But I’m still not sure…I guess it depends on how much I feel like I need the sleep tomorrow morning.
Happy early Hump Day!!
Exercise: 2-mile run this morning and a 4-mile walk pre-dinner…both were super enjoyable.