I’ve been in a fog all day today. I’m guessing it has something to do with the fact that I’ve been decreasing my caffeine intake over the past couple of days, and it’s just finally catching up with me. One cup of morning coffee? Yes, please. Routinely drinking coffee in the afternoon? Not so much. It was fun while it lasted, but reality is setting in. Once school starts, I won’t have the luxury of an afternoon cup of joe, so I had better start getting used to it now!
I was also reading up on caffeine withdrawal after receiving a blurp about it in my inbox this morning. Appears that a decrease in appetite is one of the symptoms. Umm…yeah. Not so much. I think I’m having the opposite effect. I’m telling you, I go against all scientific data when it comes to such things.
On to breakfast…
I was feeling chocolate last night, so I decided to make my morning a chocolatey one.
- 1/2c. oats
- 1 T. peanut butter
- 1 mashed banana
- 2 T. crushed flax
- 2 T. unsweetened cocoa
Topped with the rest of my banana and 2 T. pumpkin flax granola for a crumbly topping. Served with a glass of milk. Mmm….twas delightful.
I decided to do my best in terms of being productive this morning. Sometimes I’ll convince myself that I’ll finish up chores and duties in the afternoon—but it never happens! I’m a morning person, and I know myself enough to know that if it doesn’t get done in the morning…it simply won’t get done!
I carved out an hour to work on internship applications, and found myself feeling relieved to get so much done. I’ll be ecstatic once I finish the application letter. It’s going to require some deep thought and a bit of creativity. Hopefully that will come once this fog in my brain clears up.
Once finished, I grabbed a toast ‘n’ almond butter before dashing out the door…
Such a great run today!! My hips were feeling a little on the sore side from yesterday’s run and walk, so I wasn’t sure how far I was actually going to go today. But after a qarter of a mile or so, I was feeling on top of the world. Energetic. Fast. Carefree. You get the picture. With moments like that, it’s only right to keep running and enjoy it. It was one of the best 5-mile runs I’ve done in a very long time. That being said, I plan on taking the next day or two off since I’ve been having some higher then normal mileage and I don’t want to introduce any injuries.
When I came home, I fit in some s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing and a juicy grapefruit.
After a quick shower, it was time for lunch.
First I warmed up a tortilla with some greens on the side…
…then heated up the leftover cauliflower curry from yesterday’s dinner.
Simple and delicious! Iended up rolling the curry into the wrap with the lettuce for a messy and tasty lunch.
I had an intense craving for chocolate and peanut butter after lunch. I satisfied it with a peanut butter kiss cookie and enjoyed every morsel.
Mom headed out for a 3-mile walk again this afternoon, and I happily joined in. I love going for walks with her..the best conversations always ensue!
When I came home, I dove into my latest favorite fad—yogurt with flax and granola. Mmmm…
With some warmth!
Still feeling hungry this afternoon, I munched on a giant sized cortland while prepping dinner.
A little while back, Al Fresco had sent me some chicken sausages to sample and review. Tonight I wanted to put the sweet italian style to good use with one of my favorite Runners World recipes!
The Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Penne (click for the recipe!) became more of a ”Sausage and Broccoli with Shells.” I subbed in whole wheat shells since I had no penne. The only other changes I made were in eliminating the oils and using pitted olives instead of the oil cured one.
The feta made the dish amazing.
On the side I roasted some carrots with a bit of salt & pepper.
Now I’m munching on some cereal with milk while watching the Biggest Loser season premiere! Anyone else out there joining me?