**Tomorrow is the last day of the sweet potato challenge! 😀 Remember, nothing is too small or too great to be entered. 😉 Just let me know when you post the picture on your blog, and I’ll post them all up on Saturday for all to admire.
Twas a busy morning, but I was totally a-ok with that, because it’s also the first day of spring vacation after my 4pm class.
I started the day with two large slices of French toast.
- 1 whole egg + 2 egg white
- splash of milk
- cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
- 1 T. flax
- 1 T. raisins
- 2 large slices of whole wheat sourdough bread (dunked in the above mixture)
- toppings: 1 T. peanut butter + 1 banana
With a belly full of breakfast and a cup of coffee, I was ready for the gym!
Elliptical: 2.5 miles, resistance 11
Treadmill: 1.0 mile, 5.0% incline, 4.4 mph
Elliptical: 1.5 mile, resistance 11-12 intervals
Stairmaster: 10 minutes, 8% incline
I’m trying to extend the time that I spend on the elliptical in one go. I have a tough time mentally staying on the machine for much longer then 15-20 minutes, but I think if I can get through this, it will help me hold on to more of my running endurance.
Once home, I quickly set out to do my knee and foot stretches. I’m curious to see what the physical therapist will give me for “homework” tomorrow morning! 😀
I made good use of my knee icing time by studying for today’s quiz and munching on a snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt with 1 T. crushed flax, 1/2 a chunky bran muffin and a tsp of peanut butter.
Thursdays usually throw me into an “end of week” economic mindset, as I clean out the fridge and combine whatever leftovers I can find to call it lunch. 😀 Today’s hodge-podge included:
- leftover brown rice with peas (about a cup)
- 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
- leftover broccoli and carrots, steamed (about a cup)
- “dressing”: 1 tsp olive oil and balsamic vinegar (because what doesn’t balsamic taste good on? :mrgreen:)
Sometimes I forget to add a bit of oil to my lunches, but I try to remember. Not only does it add such a great mouth feel to the entire dish, it also aids in the absorption of the important fat-soluble vitamins. If the meal itself doesn’t have fat in it, it’s a good idea to add a bit through healthy olive oil, avocados, nuts, etc. 😀
Along with my concoction, I packed an orange as well as a pear with some almonds for an afternoon snack. I ended up stopping by Starbucks for a tall soy misto too since I had some extra time between classes. It was so nice sipping a hot misto while reading some fresh new magazines. 😀
Once my last class was complete, I happily drove home with the country music blaring on the radio. Vacation leaves me just a little on the happy side. 😉
Soon enough there was pizza on the table, along with a huge side salad. I was absolutely starving tonight for some reason…I’m pretty sure I could have eaten an entire pizza if it was put in front of me. 😉 I ate the first slice, then moved on to the voluminous salad which slowed me down.
Still feeling a little grumbly, I went for a second slice. So delicious…it was piled high with green peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, onions and black olives. My absolute favorite toppings. 😀
Tomorrow morning I have an early physical therapy appointment. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say and I plan on asking them about the causes of my knee pain so I can prevent it in the future. I have a feeling it’s related to week quad muscles, and possibly overpronation of my foot. I haven’t ruled out weak hips either, hence my adding hip strengtheners to my daily stretches too.
Ready to do some R-E-L-A-X-I-N with tea, LIFE cereal and Everybody Loves Raymond reruns.
Question: Favorite Pizza Topping? I love any and all veggies on my pizza…especially ‘shrooms and broccoli! Pineapple is a nice addition too. 😀