We’re going streaking!

Last night I really wanted a peanut butter sandwich made from my new giant jar of Jif natural crunchy. I spent about 5 minutes with my head stuck in the freezer trying to decide what vegetable to eat with my sandwich. Nothing I had seemed to go very well with peanut butter. I finally decided on okra. I knew I didn’t want it boiled because it would be to slimy and I didn’t want it fried because that’s not healthy (though oh so good!).

I looked in the cabinet and found a box of panko breading and decided to have baked okra. First I put the frozen okra in a bowl and ran water over it to defrost and wet it so it would stick to the breading. I added a half serving of the panko breading (only added 55 calories to the dish) along with some seasoning and pepper.

I shook that around in the bowl and then put it in a pie tin that I sprayed with Pam. Popped it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and then broiled it for another 3 minutes.

While it was broiling I made my peanut butter sandwich and I was so eager to eat that tasty goodness I forgot to get a picture of the best part of the jar. When you crack open one of these bad boys there are tons of peanut chunks at the very top, Chris and me often fight over who gets this part.

And the finished product, not really a cohesive meal, but it hit my cravings, so I was happy.

I told Daisy I was going to leave her for a couple of days so I guess she got sad and decided to cuddle with me last night. It is so hard to go to sleep with a 12.5 pound cat laying in your stomach but I allowed it because she doesn’t cuddle with me very often. Apparently sleeping on me didn’t give her enough shut eye.

This morning I spent some quality time with the bike, stair climber, and treadmill. Then after I got home I went for a 1 mile run outside.

Why only 1 mile?

Reason #1 I have decided to do the Runner’s World holiday streak challenge where you run everyday from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. I started a couple of days early to get mentally prepared, so I did an easy 2 miles yesterday and a faster (8:20) mile today.

Reason #2 I’m planning on running in a 10k fun run tomorrow morning so I can burn calories that I will eat back later in desserts.

Here is the link to the streak challenge if you are interested in participating.

Runner’s World Holiday Streak

After my run tomorrow, I will be headed to the boonies to spend the weekend with my parents and cousins. I most likely will not have internet, so if you don’t hear from me that is probably why, that or I have slipped into a food coma from all the deliciousness.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

The spinach and egg craze!

Yesterday after my stellar workout at the gym, I guess I was in a spinach and egg kind of mood because I had it for lunch and dinner. Let’s start with lunch, shall we. I had a bag of raw spinach that needed to be eaten, so I decided to make a spinach salad. Please keep an open mind and enjoy what I added to my salad: spinach, avocado, strawberries, hard boiled eggs, and cottage cheese. I know, a very odd combination but it was quite tasty and full of interesting flavor combos. Here is the result:

I wish I could have gotten a picture with just the spinach and strawberries because those colors together are the most delicious looking combination! While deciding what to have for dinner, I noticed I had some leftover steamed spinach. I thought it might taste good scrambled in with some egg whites, so I threw them in a pan together, added some shredded mozzarella and BAM, another great creation. I ate it with some toast and grits and it was delicious!

This morning I got up and decided to do a workout I hadn’t done in months: Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred. I did level one and two for good measure and boy did I feel how out of shape I have gotten. I guess randomly doing strength training does not keep you in Jillian Michaels shape.

After making my arms feel like jello, I decided to head outside and try a short, easy run to see how my body felt. One mile at a 9:33 pace felt good so I decided to keep going for one more mile. During the second mile my ab muscles starting hurting, hopefully from my ab work with Jillian. Second mile was done at a 9:24 pace. I made myself stop and decided to walk a mile. To make it interesting, I started competing with myself to see how fast I could walk it. I finished with a 14:45 pace, the fastest mile I have ever walked!

After stretching, showering, and eating breakfast (shredded wheat with strawberries) I sat down with my computer for some social media action. I spent the majority of my afternoon adding a new page to my blog. Check out my race results tab at the top of the page to see my handy work. I think I am getting the hang of this blogging thing!

As you probably know, today is Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (G.O. H.A.R.D) and I have no runners nearby to hug so I am sending out a virtual hug to all you runners out there. Pass it on!

I know I’m weird, but it tastes so good!

Be prepared for a bunch of randomness!

Getting out of bed and getting my sweat on is feeling so good! Day 2 of getting moving and testing out my foot involved going to the gym and jumping right back in to my half marathon training. 20 minutes of intervals on the treadmill (though a little slower than I have been) followed by an hour on the bike. By the way, I recommend not reading touching magazine articles in public if you are a big cry baby like me. I read this great article in Runners World at the gym, and thank goodness I was already sweating up a storm so no one could see the water coming from my eyes. I’m such a sap, but it really gets to me when I see how much running can change people’s lives for the better!
I had a very productive day yesterday, including spending 2 hours on Skype with my parents and brother. I finally got all my bags unpacked and my laundry done…it only took 5 days! I have been pretty lazy with my food the last couple of days and this has lead me to be a bit inventive. I am amazed at some of the food combinations I come up with and how awesome they taste. Dinner last night included grapes and cottage cheese (this will become an obsession) and a cheese, greek yogurt, and salsa wrap (I know, I’m a little weird)

  I have been experimenting with raw spinach salads and have found a few combinations that seem very odd but are really good. Today was no different: spinach, shredded cheese, avocado, greek yogurt, and salt & pepper. My other favorite is spinach, shredded cheese, hard boiled egg, avocado, and cottage cheese. I think I am just obsessed with the taste of cheese, spinach, and avocado together. Hmm, now that I am talking about it, I think I may have a grilled cheese sandwich with spinach and avocado later. Really, try it, it takes grilled cheese to a completely different level!

On another note, I went to the eye doctor this morning for my annual exam and they took my blood pressure, the doctor asked me what I am doing to have such an outstanding BP and I said exercise. It is amazing the health results you can get from exercise and running!  That and not having anything to stress out about anymore (nursing school, I am looking at you!).

In other news, Daisy is starting to hang out with me again. I think she has finally forgiven me for the trip to my parents house…just wait until she has to go back again next week mwhahaha.

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