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!

March is shaping up to be a busy one

As I mentioned in the previous post, this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” I love this because I love food! I enjoy cooking and baking as well. Since January I’ve been trying hard to plan out our meals (primarily dinner) on a weekly basis. I’ll plan Saturday or Sunday, we’ll go grocery shopping for exactly what we need, and then if I need to make something ahead of time I’ll spend Sunday afternoon/evening doing so (like if we want soup for lunch during the week). That being said, we did the planning and shopping last night. While in the store I came across something I could not pass up. Paczki! I get it – it’s just a donut. But I’m Polish and I grew up eating packzi when Lent came around. Considering I don’t make it a habit to eat donuts everyday, I went ahead and bought a pack. Bavarian crème of course Smile My husband and I bought immediately ate one when we got home last night and then had the other two for breakfast this morning.

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Everything in moderation, right?

The rest of my Sunday was primarily dedicated to all the fitness challenges I signed myself up for. Currently I’m in training for my first half-marathon (!!!) which the only difficulty I’m having so far is fitting in my workouts. It’s great to be on a training schedule though because it forces me to workout when I get home from work rather than just eat dinner, watch tv, and go to bed. (Hey don’t judge. Sometimes those 12 hour work days really just drain everything out of me). Anyway Sundays are my “long run” days and 5 miles were scheduled for today. Prior to heading out, I had a more substantial and nutritious meal: whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter and a banana. Oh yea, and cinnamon. Always have to have cinnamon. It’s simple, filling, and provides a good amount of energy for a longer workout.

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My Garmin was not cooperating very well today but nonetheless I did my 5 (+ a bit) miles in just over an hour. I looped around the outskirts of the Arlington Cemetary, made my way through the Georgetown Waterfront and headed home. It was 50 degrees but cloudy and windy and halfway through it started raining. Despite the elements, I felt great when I got done.

My other challenges for the month are the #BackbendMadness2014 challenge on Instagram. Today was cobra pose – pretty easy. I’m not a hardcore yogi so this is good for me! My last challenge is a wall sit challenge initiated by some fellow AXiD alums in the area. We started off with just 10 seconds yesterday and 20 seconds today. By the end of the month we’ll be up around 5 minutes!

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Suffice to say, today was pretty laid back. We just finished up our first planned dinner of the week – Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya with Brown Rice – and leftover are packed up for lunch tomorrow. 

I’ll leave on an exciting note. I opened up my latest issue of Food & Nutrition magazine (it comes through my membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and I saw one of my tweets had been published! I’m pretty happy about that Open-mouthed smile

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How do you plan on celebrating National Nutrition Month?

Do you do weekly meal planning?

What did you do to stay active this weekend?