Eh, it’s so gross out… again! After a longish day at work, I decided to walk home only to stumble upon a rain storm. What?! I didn’t know it was going to rain! Thankfully there was a cab nearby so I didn’t get too wet. Still it was gross and freezing cold and I am really ready for spring… it couldn’t come any sooner!
Today was interesting. I discovered this morning that our blender wasn’t working. Dead. It was on its last legs this weekend when I whipped up the peach pie smoothie (took a while but I made it happen) but this morning it wanted to do nothing with my blended spinach oats alla Heather. Yeah, kitchen gadget malfunctioning is just what I need at 6:30 in the morning! Good thing I chose to go straight to breakfast instead of working out this morning… which gave me plenty of time to prepare my breakfast. I scraped everything out of the blender and plopped it in the food processor. Wasn’t as creamy as I would have liked but it got the job done
So yeah, today’s interesting food was spinach oats! I used 1/2 c dry oats again (made with 1/2 c skim milk, 1/2 c water + 1/2 banana on stove top), then added a bunch of raw spinach to the oats and blended them in the food processor. Toppings included some choc chips, dried bing cherries (so plump + no sugar added!) and 1T TJ’s almond butter. I’m out of Barney Butter which makes me sad, but I think I’m back to liking raw TJ’s AB. It’s kind of grainy so I understand why many people don’t love it and it’s no BB but still pretty delicious in its own way
So did the spinach oats taste like spinach? Yeah, they kinda did. I prefer avocado oats The color was gorgeous though!
I love all the geometric shapes in this pic
This bowl held me over for 4.5 hours. I think having more oats is the key to preventing mid-morning hunger pains. I need to go easier on the toppings, though. This was a bit too much calorie wise for this girl Oops, I went a little crazy adding stuff in
Lunch was 2oz of whole what pasta with creamy paprika mushrooms. It was delicious but even with the pear I was hungry 1.5 hours later!
So I had lots of snacks. I was a bottomless pit today!!
I ate 1/2 of the bar above. After reading Ashley’s post on the Odwalla banana nut bar, I went to the grocery store the same day and bought it… how could I not after such a review?! Today was the day to finally give it a go. What did I think? Not bad… I liked the strong banana aroma the moment I opened it, but the crunchy bits (oats?) distracted me. I prefer banana bread Larabar
Then I wanted chocolate, so I had this…
But what I really wanted was this…
And no, this is not a stand-in photo. I actually went out and bought this these cookies. There are actually TWO of them (1 still in the bag). I didn’t plan on eating both (they are BOGO free) but I did. These are wonderful. I love them and I felt good enough about myself and knew I wouldn’t feel guilty or be mad at myself for indulging. And I’m not… BUT I discovered something interesting after eating them. I finally found out the nutritional info on these. You see, these are full of fat and butter and delicious chocolate and I never ever pretended like they were health food, but because I didn’t know exactly how many calories they are, I either didn’t input them at all into Sparkpeople or just estimated (and the estimate really depended on the day). Well, FINALLY, somebody discovered that they are 300 calories a pop. That makes the 2 cookies I consumed (on top of all the other food I already did right before that) 600 calories!! Let me repeat – I do not feel guilty for eating them, BUT knowing their exact calorie count will surely prevent me from eating 2 at a time the next time around. I’m sure I could be happy with just one
Total calories consumed up until this point: 1967 … I haven’t had dinner yet, but of course I’m not hungry after all of this. I still have to do my run + Shred and I’m usually not hungry after working out. We’ll see what happens There was fish on the menu for tonight and I bet my husband didn’t eat 2 ginormous cookies for a snack earlier
Lastly, I should mention that I went to a sports yoga class today and it was intense but amazing. This is my favorite yoga class ever! I wish it wasn’t smack in the middle of the day (at 3:15pm) when I am rarely able to sneak out of the office. I definitely toned my leg muscles with crazy poses that we did but I also stretched many muscles that definitely needed some love. I’ll edit this post with my workout stats from my run. I don’t want to do it, but I am not deviating from my training schedule unless there is a really good reason (which there isn’t tonight) so you’ll definitely hear back from me. All right, I’m off…
*Edited to add* I just finished my 9×200 interval run + level 2 of Shred and feel fantastic!! I LOVE exercise! So for the run, I started with 0.15 mile walk at 4.3mph to warm up, then did another 0.15 mile run at 6.3mph and got started on my 9 intervals of 0.13 miles at 8.0 mph. I rested between each interval at 6.3mph for about 0.13-0.20 miles. Nine intervals is a lot mentally but because they were so short, I knew I could do it. At the end I actually had a bunch of energy, but I just did another 0.15 mile run at 6.3 mph and 0.15 mile walk at 4.3 mph and got off the treadmill to stretch. So total running amounted to exactly 3.o miles + 0.3 miles of walking, for a total 30 minutes on the treadmill. I think next time I can even slightly increase the pace on the fast intervals (maybe 8.2 mph?) and see how that goes.
I was super pumped after finishing this run and my Shredding was extra energetic Total workout stats (for both):
- Duration: 0:55 (+stretching)
- Calories burnt: 496 (30% fat)
- Ave HR: 151 (78%); Max HR: 169 (87%)