It’s Wednesday. Thank God. This week needs to be over! Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing seems to go quite right? That is this week.. I don’t want to be negative, or dwell on things that aren’t good, but this week has not been my favorite. At least it’s nearing the weekend, when I can recharge and get myself together! I am writing this over my lunch break from the comfort of my couch – I needed to go home and take a load off over the hour today. Here’s to hoping the rest of this week will fly!
The week starting with a bad GMAT experience probably didn’t set a great tone. I tend to be kind of hard on myself if I don’t feel like I’m fulfilling my potential, and I know I can do better on that test. Onward!
I’ve also been forgetting things.. dropping things.. spilling things.. really. I am struggling.
Not all of Monday was bad! After arriving home from what turned out to be an odd day at work (I couldn’t snap into “focus” mode and was sort of bouncing from task to task – still productive, but weird), I wanted some protein, and needed to get rid of some turkey sausage in my fridge. So I made an egg white turkey sausage scramble, served on a 50 cal whole wheat mini tortilla, with a little cheese:
Mmmm. This was pretty tasty. I had planned to fold it in half and eat it like a sort of taco, but ended up digging in with my fork instead!
Monday was also the night I made the highly anticipated (at least in my world) black bean avocado brownies!
Black Bean Avocado (yes this is legit) Brownies
(courtesy of Holy Cannoli Recipes)
– 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
– ½ an avocado (chopped into small pieces to make for easy blending)
– 1 egg
– 2 egg whites
– 1 tsp canola oil
– 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Nestle’s)
– ¼ tsp baking powder
– ¼ tsp salt
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 3 tbsp chocolate chips
Blend all but the chocolate chips in your food processor or good blender – Note this batter must be very thick. Pour into greased 8×8 dish and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
These are not half bad, but here’s the thing: I omitted the sugar, as I noted some other bloggers had. Though these are rich and of a fudge-like consistency, unless I have a bite loaded with chocolate chips, they don’t taste amazing. I think in the future, I would definitely add the sugar, if not just find some other healthy brownie recipe. I’m glad I tried it, though!
Tuesday.. Back to Running
Yesterday morning I decided it was time to start running in the mornings before work again. I am pretty happy with where I am weight-wise right now, but I need to tone up. I’ve decided to make sure I get in a good run 3-4 days a week, and include strength training on at least 3 of those days.
I had taken a couple of weeks off of running for no particular reason. I’m not sure if I just had some decent karma coming my way or WHAT, but my 3 mile run yesterday was.. dare I say.. a breeze. I did not find myself struggling at all – I ran the route I often run down by Lake Michigan, and there are little milestones that I can identify as “trouble points” where I find myself wanting to take walk-breaks when I’ve been bad about running. You know, “Just make it to the Brady St. Bridge stoplight and you can walk to Alterra”.. or, “run to Alterra then you can walk up the Lafayette hill.” But I didn’t have to stop once. I was grateful for the universe giving me a nice little break on that one!
I decided ahead of time on Monday night that I would make myself a post-run smoothie for breakfast on Tuesday morning, and did something super simple that made Tuesday morning’s smoothie prep easy! I cut my bananas before I froze them.
I’m sure plenty of smart people do this, but I often take the lazy route – throw the ripe banana in the freezer and deal with the peel/cutting when I’m ready to use it. Having my little pre-sliced chunks made throwing my smoothie together a breeze. How could I not have done this before?!
My smoothie wasn’t anything too fancy, but was delicious: The frozen banana, a scoop of Muscle Milk Light, a tbsp of chia seeds, a cup of Almond Milk, and a spoonful of almond butter. Yum!
I’ve also recently decided to start using MyFitnessPal to track my calories and exercise and general nutrition/fitness progress. I like that they have an app that makes tracking super easy on my phone, and their database of foods/ingredients is pretty extensive. I am pairing that app with MapMyRun, which logs my run routes/times/calories burned/etc. I think the two together will help give me a good big picture view on everything I’m doing!
In efforts to make life easy this week, I also decided to prepare my poultry for a few days in advance! Time to try a new recipe – Salsa chicken!
Salsa Crock Pot Chicken
(Courtesy of PBFingers)
– 2 chicken breasts (I like the WW pre-portioned breasts. They are all exactly 140 calories, and take the guess work out of portion sizes.)
– 1 jar mild salsa (or spicy, depending on your taste!)
I put the chicken breasts in my slow cooker and covered them with the entire jar of salsa – The recipe calls for half of the jar, but my chicken looked a little naked with that much, so I used it all!
I cooked over night on low (10 hours), then cut up one breast to have in a pita for lunch, and saved the other for later use.
It was really yummy!
While perusing PB Fingers’ (she really is my favorite blogger) site the other day, I also found a recipe for flour-less Peanut Butter cookies. I thought these would be good to have one or two for dessert last night, and freeze for future munching.
Flour-less Peanut Butter Cookies
(courtesy of PBFingers)
– 1 C peanut butter
– 1 C sugar
– 1 egg
Mix well.. and be sure to take a big bite of the dough, as it is taaaasty!
Form into 16-18 dough patties. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
These were so soft and chewy, sooo good!
The problem is… I had two after dinner last night.. and then they stared and stared at me afterward. So, I brought them into work to share with others on my floor today, in order to avoid letting myself eat them all in one sitting at home this week. I think I did the right thing. I loved these! *great with coffee or milk!
(Obligatory foster kitten picture from Tuesday night – she is such a little weirdo)
Today started out with another morning run, though this one was rushed as I completely overslept! (I told ya, rough week.) I hope I am back in the swing of doing these! I love the convenience, weather-proof use of my treadmill at home, but do like when the weather is nice enough for me to run outside.
I started a 7 day cleanse today that I am already a bit nervous about, but I am going to try! My good friend Alli is doing one too, and I thought it would be a nice little recharge for my system. I had a fruit-filled breakfast to start today… I am drinking a ton of water (I normally drink about a gallon a day, so I am just continuing with that habit), and am mostly going to be eating more fruit, veggies and lean protein, in addition to the 3x daily supplements that come with the cleanse. My challenge is that my body craves carbohydrates, especially when I’m running regularly, so I am going to do some internet-perusing about other people who have done the cleanse and how they’ve handled the “vegetable and protein based, balanced diet” deal. I want to be sure to listen to my body and give in the fuel it needs, while actually “cleansing” properly!
That’s it for now!
Does anyone have any “This-Week-Sucks Pick-Me-Up” tricks to share??
**Update, the week already got much better. PG is the best boyfriend in the world –
these were waiting at my office when I returned from lunch today. How lucky am I?? :)