Preparing myself for the next 40 days

Like I mentioned last night, school was closed again today so I had another day to myself. Unlike yesterday however, my husband went to work so I had the place to myself. I started off the morning with 2 cups of coffee and then a delicious breakfast which I savored every bite of. It’s one of my new favorites. If you haven’t tried this before, I’m telling you now that you must Smile Sunny-side up egg on toast with avocado. I overcooked the egg today though… And a side note, it’s even more delicious with fresh parsley on top but alas I didn’t have any of that. On the side I had a mix of blueberries and blackberries for an extra boost of color.

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For lunch I had leftover Kale Spinach, White Bean, & Sweet Potato Korma with quinoa. I didn’t take a picture; didn’t think it was necessary. Just as good the next day!

After getting some things done around the house and such, I finally set my mind on workout out late afternoon. According to my half-marathon training plan, today I was to do 3.5 miles. Now I am not a fast runner by any means. Heck, my brother jokes that if I go any slower I’d be going backwards. Lately I’ve been comfortable putting the treadmill at 5mph and just going. Today I pushed myself a little more and ran the first 3 miles at 5.5 and finished the last half at 6mph. It was good enough for me and I was a sweaty mess at the end. I think a quote I saw before is quite applicable here Winking smile

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I also completed Day 4 of both my March challenges. Today’s wall sit was 40 seconds. They are definitely getting harder but I’m determined to keep at it. The AXiD alum who organized the challenge made a nice Facebook group so we can all support each other and keep everyone accountable. So far I think we are all doing well! For #backbendmadness2014, today’s yoga pose was Upward-facing dog. Another easy and gentle backbend to ease into the month. They are also going to get progressively harder as time goes on.

Once I was done, I refueled with cottage cheese (1%, no salt added) inside half a cantaloupe. It’s cute because it’s its own bowl! Or maybe I’m just cracking myself up as usual.

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Cottage cheese is another food that I’ve been obsessing over. Hmmm I’m seeing a pattern here! Maybe I do tend to get obsessed with certain foods but I just can’t help it when I find things that are so delicious! Pairing cottage cheese with fruit is my favorite way to eat it. Peaches. Pineapple. Mango. Cantaloupe. All yum.

As for dinner, I made chicken and broccoli with peanut sauce over whole grain spaghetti (as per our planned dinner schedule). Basically I just cook up chunks of chicken and broccoli and pour a mixture of ~1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and a little water over it. Once its thickened up a little I put it on top of the spaghetti.

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Today was a day of eating some of my favorite animal products because starting tomorrow, I’ll be eating vegan! Tomorrow is the first day of Lent if you didn’t get the correlation. Last year was my first year giving up all meat, fish, eggs, and dairy for Lent. It was tough but isn’t that the point? So I’ve decided to do it again this year. Honestly the toughest part is probably coming up with meals that I can make for both my husband and I without them being 2 completely different things. That’s where the planning ahead will come in. Like for Thursday, I have stir-fry on the agenda. I will make chicken for him and tofu for me and the veggies and rice we’ll both have. It makes for extra dishes but I can’t really help that.

If you have any vegan recipes you would like to share, please do!

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