Six Al Fresco Meals and All Three Varieties of Activity

Just have to brag for a second about where I’ve spent the majority of my weekend… ūüėõ

Friday: REST

Saturday’s Workouts:¬† swim – 30 min, cycle – 1 hour

Sunday’s Workouts:¬† run 4.3 miles + .5 (?), swim 150 meters, cycle¬†2 miles (?)

The additional workouts on Sunday are in reference to the transition clinic I participated in for the Tri Club.  We did a short segment of each discipline in order to practice transitioning between each.

It made it all seem so real!¬† It really hit me today that I will be completing my first triathlon in about one month.¬† I definitely got the butterflies as I fumbled around the mock transition area after my swim and after my bike, trying to get started on the next leg as quickly as possible.¬† I can accept the fact that my transitions will be slow this first time around and that’s OK, but I know it will be stressful and frustrating on race day to have that slow me down.

The other realization I had today is that I am ill-prepared for the run.¬† I have spent too much time biking and swimming and not enough running.¬† I am thinking I might really drop back on one of those (biking?) over the next month and focus on running.¬† While there were only five of us running today, I was definitely the slowest.¬† Admittedly, part of it was the heat – I ran this morning at 7 AM and had a great run – knocked out over four miles with relative ease in the sub-65 degree temps.¬† Switch that to 85+ degrees and I’m worthless, as was clearly illustrated this afternoon.¬† Luckily, the triathlon will be in the morning, but in July, so the¬†possibility that the temps will be warm is likely.¬† My upcoming week at the beach will hopefully help with acclimating me to running in warm, humid weather.

Let’s look at some recent eats!

Breakfast Friday was my renewed usual Shredded Wheat ‘n Bran with fresh blueberries, unpictured ’cause you’ve seen it a hundred times.

I snacked on a peach Fage Greek yogurt with granola.

Lunch was a turkey, Muenster cheese and avocado sandwich on an Everything Bagel thin.

Dinner Friday was courtesy of 12 Bones Smokehouse, of recent Obama fame and the best bbq and sides I have ever been privileged enough to taste.¬† I unfortunately have no pictures, as it was at a friend’s party (catered) and I just didn’t think to bring the camera.¬† I know, I know, bad blogger.¬† ūüė≥¬† Anyway, it was a fun evening of BBQ, sides, ice cream cake (which I somehow had the willpower to completely skip – albeit after stuffing myself with multiple helpings of bbq and mac ‘n cheese…), and The Michael Jackson Experience on Wii.¬† Fun stuff – really wish I had my camera!!

Breakfast Saturday morning continued the theme of avocado and bagel thins, but this time with egg as the protein instead of turkey.

I went to the City Market after my swim and cycle and came home with a haul of spinach, broccoli, and a loaf of whole wheat bread, all locally grown/made.¬† So…lunch was an open-faced¬†sandwich with Farm & Sparrow¬†Economy Whole Wheat¬†bread, local spinach, leftover¬†rotisserie chicken, and melty Muenster cheese.¬† YUM.

Dinner was cheese¬†ravioli with¬†Joe’s home made red sauce; a huge salad with the local spinach,¬†red onion, avocado, tomato, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and gorganzola cheese, topped with home made balsamic vinaigrette; and a buttered slice of¬†the bread I brought home.¬† Oh, and the requisite glass of red¬†wine.¬† ūüėČ

I fueled for my run this morning with¬†half of a Peanut Butter¬†Cookie LaraBar.¬† I have to say, this is not¬†my¬†favorite variety of these bars, hence¬†eating only half.¬† I couldn’t stomach the whole thing.¬† It was very dense and dry.¬† Following my run, I ate another egg/cheese/spinach sandwich on a bagel thin with¬†a cup¬†o’ java.¬†¬†It’s such a nice reward to get your workout out of the¬†way early and come back and relax with food and¬†coffee.

Lunch was another open-faced melt, on the same bread, with a Boca burger, spinach, avocado, and cheddar.¬† I cannot get enough of¬†these open-faced¬†sandwiches with this delicious artisan bread!!¬† We usually don’t buy bread because with just two of us, we rarely make it through a loaf before it molds.¬† I was given the brilliant idea of freezing¬†the loaf I bought at the market (she was quite the sales-person), so half of it is in the freezer and I’m working diligently on¬†the other half.¬† Should be gone by mid-week at the latest.¬† ūüėČ

Dinner is TBD for tonight – at the moment I am quite enjoying¬†my glass of rose and snack of cheese and crackers.¬† Something about the late afternoon/early evening in the summertime…it’s my favorite time of day to just relax and mentally re-charge for the week ahead.¬† Speaking of which:¬† it’s my LAST WEEK OF WORK before school’s out!!¬† Whoohooooo!¬† Get ready for more regular blog updates with more variety of material (hello, time-to-think!) in June and July.

Looks like a much-needed summer storm is rolling in…gotta get off this porch and back inside to start on dinner.¬† Thanks for reading!¬† Have a great week!!

Do you have a Sunday afternoon/evening ritual to prepare you for your week ahead?¬† What do you do to “recharge”?

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Hot Hot Hot! Adjusting to Heat and a Changing Schedule

Tuesday’s Workout – cycle, strength

Wednesday’s Workouts – cycle, endurance; swim 30 minutes

Thursday’s Workout – run, 3.5 miles

This week I have really tried to balance my training amongst all three disciplines.¬† I still am definitely heavy on the cycling but at least I got in some running and swimming.¬† Again, I opted out of my swim this morning in favor of running, which I hated to do, but the pool is only available for lap swimming at certain times and I just can’t fit it all in on Thursday mornings.¬† My run today was challenging – it was very hot and humid even at 8:00 AM.¬† My goal for this summer is to try to move into morning workouts as a regular thing…and then to keep it up as work cranks back up in August (I am a school system employee).¬† I find that I really appreciate getting it out of the way…I just hate getting up so early – my days start earlier than the average 9 to 5 and it makes morning workouts tough.¬† But I think that if I can ease into it over the summer when I’m not having to get up at the crack of dawn to make it happen, I can make it a habit that I will be willing to adjust to as the start of the school year approaches.¬† We shall see.¬† ūüėČ

A quick summary of some recent eats:

I’m finally back to my Shredded Wheat ‘n Bran Squares after several mornings of egg, cheese, and spinach sandwiches and a couple of weeks of trying other cereals.¬† The others were delicious but I find that I really need my…er…fiber.¬† ūüėȬ† Seriously, whole grains and fiber are so crucial to a healthy diet – I am so against these diets that rule out carbs completely.¬† Whole grain/brown/unprocessed grains are very important for a healthy digestive system and energy supply.

Dinner Tuesday night was a treat – we actually got into Doc Chey’s, one of the most popular restaurants in Asheville.¬† I don’t have pics but I ordered the Thai Red Curry dish and Joe got the Chinese Lomein.¬† We had not been to this restaurant in, literally, a couple of years, because the wait is always so insane.¬† I remembered from my restaurant working days that Tuesdays are traditionally the slowest night of the week so I figured we could give it a shot.¬† We were lucky!

Lunch Tuesday and Wednesday were different variations of this:¬† greens, black beans, and leftover fresh corn and basil salad.¬† I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – there is no better way to use leftovers than just throwing them on some greens and calling it a salad!¬† You can do this with almost anything.¬† This one didn’t even need additional salad dressing because the cider vinegar and olive oil in the corn salad was plenty to flavor the whole thing.

Dinner last night was rotisserie chicken, leftover brown basmati rice (again, grains!), and from-the-garden squash and zucchini courtesy of my cousin Margaret who lives in Charleston, SC and is already harvesting veggies!  I sauteed them with Vidalia onions, garlic, and olive oil, and seasoned with kosher salt and ground pepper.

Lunch today was at home, so I made myself a quesadilla with leftover rotisserie chicken, greens, black beans, avocado, and cheese.  Served with Green Mountain Gringo Medium Salsa (my *favorite* store-bought salsa!) and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.

That about covers it!  I am looking forward to being home this weekend and getting in my regularly scheduled workouts, as well as some other fun happenings.  Stay tuned!

Do you adjust your workout routine for the summer?¬† How do you maintain when “life” gets back in the way?¬†




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Memorial Weekend Recap + Training Highs and Lows

Friday:  REST

Saturday:  run Р3.5 miles?

Sunday: ¬†recover ūüėČ (not from running)

Monday – swim – 15 minutes?

I wish I could say this was my view as I type, but the laptop died shortly after I got started on my last post – which was, in fact, as I sat looking out at this view. ¬†And I couldn’t find the plug. ¬†So, this post is now coming from the sad, un-sunny, un-waterfront locale that is my home. ¬†Sigh. ¬†It was a great weekend with perfect weather, delicious food, and amazing company.

Quick recap of workouts over the weekend:

I got up Saturday morning and knocked out a relatively easy 3.5 miles.  I love running at the lake Рsomething about the change of scenery kind of recharges me.  The area around the lake house has some good hills, too, and there was hardly any traffic.  It made for a nice run.  It was hot, though!  I was glad to be finished by 9:00 or so Рthe sun was getting high and it was really humid.

Sunday…well, Sunday was just Sunday. ¬†I had planned to cycle but didn’t get up as early as I intended and the morning just got away from me. ¬†Instead, I spent the day sitting on the dock in the sun and floating in the water on a raft. ¬†No complaints here.

Monday was my planned lake swim. ¬†I was up literally at the crack of dawn with anticipation. ¬†I tried to roust my spotter (that would be my sleeping husband) to no avail. ¬†I was told to come back in an hour. ¬†So I paced around, ate a banana, and watched the clock. ¬†After an hour and some gentle prodding, we were down on the dock. ¬†My plan was to swim across the cove and back – probably about 1/2 a mile, maybe less – accompanied by Joe in the boat beside me in case I had any trouble and as a visual indicator of a swimmer in the water for other boat traffic. ¬†A grand plan. ¬†Then, the boat wouldn’t start.¬† ūüėĮ¬† At this point, I had been ready to swim for about an hour and a half and I was out of patience. ¬†Joe thought the engine was just flooded with fuel and if we waited 30 minutes, it would crank. ¬†But I was not waiting another 30 minutes. ¬†So I set off by myself, swimming parallel to the shoreline instead of across the lake. ¬†I set my sights on a boat dock that seemed equidistant to what I had originally planned and plowed on. ¬†Then my brain took over. ¬†I made it about halfway and completely psyched myself out over being alone in the water, so I turned around. ¬†I don’t know if it was a silly fear or a justified one, but regardless, I was done. ¬†Perfect example, again, of mind over matter. ¬†My mind completely ruled me on that one, but not necessarily in a good way. ¬†As capable as our minds are of pushing us forward, they are just as capable of holding us back. ¬†I experienced that yesterday and was really frustrated. ¬†There are definitely highs and lows associated with all training.

Moving on.  Food this weekend was potluck style Рwe grilled meats and everyone contributed sides.  I have no pictures of the actual food, but I will need to get recipes and post them because it was all SO GOOD.  I made a fresh corn salad that was perfect for an early summer weekend.  It called for fresh basil as one of the ingredients, and I LOVE basil.

It also called for red onion. ¬†This was one of the strongest red onions I have ever chopped. ¬†I had tears streaming down my face and had to walk away several times. ¬†Finally I went and got my swimming goggles and put them on to complete the job.¬† ūüėĬ† Silly but it worked!

Dinner both nights was a wonderful gathering around the table(s) full of lively conversation with dear friends. ¬†We could have eaten cardboard and it still would have been special. ¬†Instead, we feasted on things like grilled pork tenderloin, steak, hamburger, fish, soba noodle vegetable salad, zucchini and summer squash gratin (with veggies from cook’s garden – yum), cole slaw, Southern baked beans, green salad…the list goes on. ¬†We snacked on boiled peanuts and watermelon during the day. ¬†It was a perfect Memorial Day weekend.

Off to the start of a four-day work week!  Have a great one and thanks for reading!

What did you do for the holiday weekend?  How did you continue your workouts if you were in a different place than usual?    

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Just. Not. Into It. An Off Day.

Wednesday’s Workouts – run – hardly; swim – 45 min

Thursday’s Workout – run – 3.5 miles (?)

Yesterday I really tried to run.¬† I really did.¬† But I really didn’t want to.¬† AT ALL.¬† I hemmed and hawed around the house after work debating between going to cycle and running.¬† I actually really didn’t want to do either.¬† It was just one of those off days that I didn’t feel like working out in any way.¬† Lounging around the house, reading, cooking/eating dinner before 9:00…all of that sounded wonderful.¬† And I almost just went with it.¬† But at the last minute, I laced up my running shoes and hit the road.¬† I ran for a grand total of…oh…10 minutes.¬† Around the block.¬† And I was done.¬† It didn’t help that yesterday’s high was record-setting and I was running around 6:00 PM, which isn’t much cooler than the high temp.¬† So I arrived back at the house, drenched, and decided the pool was a much better option (I had planned to do that anyway following whatever I chose to do prior).¬† So I went to the gym and swam for a good 45 minutes.¬† It felt great.¬† Then I came home and cooked dinner and ate at 9:00.¬† Oh well.

This morning, I kind of redeemed myself.¬† I got up and was determined to run in the cooler morning temps.¬† I fueled with a banana and a glass of water and hit the pavement.¬† I ran for about 40 minutes, which I’m guessing was a little under 4 miles at the slow pace I was maintaining.¬† It felt fine and I’m glad I did it.¬† But what is with me and running??¬† I really struggle with making myself try to like it.¬† Add to that the fact that I had to skip my usual Thursday morning swim in favor of a longer run and I downright resent it.¬† ūüė°¬† Does anyone have any tips for enjoying running??¬†

Enough whining training talk – here’s a quick recap of a few recent meals:

Breakfast was another bowl of Kashi U and almond milk, unpictured.

Lunch was more leftover eggplant parmesan and a small salad.¬† I snacked on apple slices and almond butter.¬† Pardon the less-than-aesthetically pleasing presentation but this is what portable lunches look like!¬† ūüôā

Dinner (at 9:00!) was a delicious new recipe that I had saved in my email from WebMD’s Daily Bites.¬† If you aren’t aware of this website, check it out! I get healthy recipes in my inbox regularly – it’s nice to have them given to you sometimes instead of searching and searching for new ideas…anyway, these Pesto-ricotta Portobella Burgers were awesome!¬† However, high-napkin-count alert – they were totally messy to eat.¬† I ended up scraping my plate with a fork to pick up the remains.¬†¬† I did them in the oven as the recipe calls for but I bet they’d be great on the grill, too.

Aaand breakfast this morning – a nice way to beef up that last little bit of cereal remains in the bottom of the box.¬† You know, that amount that’s too much to add to the last bowl you ate to finish the box but not enough on it’s own for a full bowl of cereal (am I the only one that has this issue??)?¬† Anyway, instead of pouring milk/almond milk over it, add some Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.¬† It ups the protein and is much more filling.¬† And who doesn’t like a little crunch in their yogurt?¬† This was a satisfying, yummy breakfast.

And with that, I’m off to get ready for work.¬† Hope your day is great!¬† Thanks for reading!

Do you struggle regularly with some aspect of your workout?  How do you work through it? 

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Lube, Gears, and Flats, Oh My!

Sunday – REST

Monday’s Workout – cycle – endurance

Tuesday’s Workout – cycle – interval

After Saturday’s activities, I felt it was OK to take the day off on Sunday.¬† I burned 1200+ calories on my ride alone on Saturday so I did not feel guilty about missing a workout.¬† Monday and today have been pretty non-eventful.¬† My knee pain is subsiding and I continue to do some foam rolling when I’m at the gym.¬† I worked it out last night after cycle and it felt less sore/tight than it did last week.¬† Good news.

Tonight after cycle, I went to a “Bike Maintenance 101” class at one of the local bike shops, Youngblood Bicycles.¬† They are sponsoring the YWCA Tri Club and they are awesome!¬† I haven’t shared here on the blog that I battled with a flat a couple of weeks ago, had it repaired, pumped it up, and had another flat again immediately.¬† I am determined to know how to change a tire/tube with relative ease.¬† There were only three of us there and the small numbers kept it very helpful.¬† I successfully changed my tube twice and I think I have it.¬† My struggle was getting the tire back on after changing the tube – I got some good pointers and, while I’m sure I will continue to struggle, at least I was shown some good techniques for accomplishing this task without complete failure.¬† It’s all about the finesse.¬† ūüėČ

I am determined to run this week but with record highs tomorrow, it’s not looking good.¬† I will most likely squeeze a run in Thursday morning and maybe Friday, too.¬† I love the fact that it’s getting relatively light outside by 6 AM now.¬† At least I have a cool running option, even if I do have to get out of bed at the crack of dawn.

On to meals over the last couple of days…

Breakfast yesterday (and today) was a bowl of Kashi U.¬† This cereal is amazing.¬† The picture doesn’t do it justice – it’s full of currants, walnuts, and whole grain flakes.¬† It’s not cheap but if there’s only one person eating it, it’s justifiable.

Lunch was a smorgasbord of leftovers:  steamed kale, roast chicken, and brown basmati rice.  I just combined it all in one bowl and heated it up when it was time to eat, and it was really good!

I snacked on a Fage strawberry Greek yogurt with some granola.  I love the fact that Fage puts the fruit on the side so you can control the sweetness yourself.

Dinner was an al fresco treat – homemade eggplant parmesean and a salad.¬† Joe doesn’t typcially love eggplant but we breaded and sauteed it for this recipe and the whole thing was SO GOOD.¬† I won’t comment on the “healthiness” of the dish but it sure was delicious.¬† Part of that was because we used Joe’s homemade tomato sauce…and y’all are in for a treat, b/c he agreed to share it here.¬† Keep in mind that he is a true “cook” – he doesn’t really measure much of anything and does it all “to taste”.¬† So here is the gist of the recipe – feel free to play with it yourself!

1/4 c olive oil

2 28 oz cans tomato puree

1 28 oz can Chef’s cut tomatoes

1 small can tomato paste

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

12 – 15 cloves garlic, minced

small handful each of dried basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, fresh ground pepper

1/4 – 1/3 c dry red wine

salt to taste, at least 1 tbsp

Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and herbs.  Saute a couple of minutes, til onion is soft.

Meanwhile, in separate pot, roast tomato paste in a little olive oil until fragrant.  Combine with spices and add wine.  Let cook down 10 minutes or so.  Add salt.  Add tomatoes and puree, stir well, cover, and simmer as long as possible, adding water as needed, stirring occasionally.

This makes enough sauce to put in the freezer for later use.  I separate it out into 1 c servings and use individual sandwich-size Ziploc bags to freeze.  Then you have delicious, homemade red sauce ready to grab whenever you need it.  Perfect!

Breakfast today was another bowl of Kashi U.¬† I won’t bore you with another picture.¬† Lunch was leftover eggplant parmesan and 1/2 an apple with almond butter.

Dinner was late and fast:¬† an Amy’s California veggie burger on an Arnold Sandwich Thin with a side salad comprised of spinach, purple cabbage, red onion, avocado, and pumpkin seeds.¬† I didn’t get back from the bike workshop until after 8 PM so I was ready for something quick and easy.¬† This definitely fit the bill.

It’s close to my bedtime so I’m going to call it a night.¬† Thanks for reading!¬† Come back to see more variety in my training – it’s been sort of a hum-drum week so far.¬† And stay tuned for weekend plans that include a change in locale for training!

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Fear. I Pretty Much Told It to Kiss My Ass. ;)

Saturday’s Workouts – swim 600 meters(?);¬† cycle 3o miles

I had a pretty intense Saturday.¬† I had planned to participate in an open water swim sponsored by the YWCA Tri Club.¬† I assumed that there would be many people there like me, who had never participated in a triathlon, and therefore that the swim would be short and beginner-friendly.¬† I arrived to find that not only were there very few participants (perhaps due to the high temps being in the 50s all week and the water temperature in the 60s), but that I was the only one there who had never participated in a triathlon.¬† Then I learned that the swim was to be a 1/2 mile, or 750 meters (gulp).¬† I seriously had a moment of near-panic.¬† As I looked out across the (very cold) lake, and visualized the route as our fearless leader was pointing it out, I had thoughts of having to stop in the middle of the lake and summon the lifeguard to save me.¬† The part of me that is afraid to push myself beyond my comfort zone said, “Don’t do this.¬† You will be embarrassed and humiliated because you will fail.”¬† As we continued to discuss the route and various pointers for successful open water swims, my self doubt grew.¬† Had I gotten myself in over my head (no pun intended)?¬† As I put my toes in the water and gasped with the realization of how chilly it was, I wondered if I was going to be able to breathe – I had heard horror stories of cold water causing the most experienced swimmers to be unable to breathe and have to abort their effort.¬† The route looked so long and so far away!¬† Finally, we all shuffled in and I felt my feet leave the slimy lake floor.¬† I put one arm in front of the other and forced myself to stroke, kick, breathe.¬† As I came up for my first breath, and sighted our trainer in front of me leading the way, I realized that I was keeping up with minimal effort.¬† This continued for a few more minutes and then I realized that I was fine.¬† I was going to do this without a problem.¬† I settled into my stroke and continued to just follow the leader, without any further thoughts or stress.¬† It was almost automatic.¬† Before I knew it, we were two thirds of the way through and plowing toward shore.¬† As I saw the lake floor rise up underneath me indicating my arrival on shore, I could not believe how…dare I say it?¬† …easy it was.¬† Granted, I learned afterward that we didn’t quite stick to the route of 750 meters, but did more like around 600.¬† Still.¬† Way more than I had planned on doing and I was successful!¬† My heart was soaring as I realized that I had taken a leap of faith and had completed what I wasn’t certain I was going to be able to complete.¬† More and more, as I move through this experience of training and fitness in general, I am learning that I am capable of way more than I have ever given myself credit for.¬† I am learning the importance of mind over matter, and that my mind is the only thing that can stop me.¬† For a long time in my life, I have been afraid to push myself, for “fear of failure”.¬† That old perfectionist conundrum.¬† I am learning to ignore that little voice in my head that says, “You might fail.¬† Don’t even try.” ¬† Instead, I am learning to listen to the voice that says, “What have you got to lose?¬† Give it a shot, you might surprise yourself!”¬† I hope that some of you are able to read this and begin to believe that you, too, can do things you never thought you could.¬† Go ahead and try something you’ve been wanting to try for a long time.¬† I bet you will surprise yourself with your success.¬† And if not – “better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all”.¬† (Who said that?)¬† ¬† ¬†

Then I went and rode my bike for another unplanned amount of time – three hours.¬† I was beyond exhausted by the time it was all said and done.¬† But it was a happy exhausted.¬† ūüôā

OK.¬† Enough of the serious.¬† I ate like a starving athlete all weekend, and here’s a recap:¬† ūüėČ

Fuel for the swim Saturday morning – spinach, egg, and cheese sandwich and a cup o’ java.¬† Way before I had to swim (more than the requisite hour).

Following my swim and before my bike ride, I finished off the leftovers from Friday night’s dinner of fish and shrimp tacos.¬† I heart leftovers.¬† ūüôā

After my bike ride, we ventured out to a wine tasting with some friends and then headed over to a wine bar and had a glass or two on the patio outside.  It was a lovely way to wind down the day.  I was so tired from my activities that we declined staying out for the evening and instead went home to whip up some dinner.

I made two individual pizzas out of store-bought whole wheat naan.  Topped with home made tomato sauce, artichoke hearts, red bell pepper, onion, spinach, and mozzarella.  This was so quick and easy Рthe whole operation took less than 20 minutes, including cook time.

I then promptly crashed, sitting up, on the couch.  Once I moved into an actual bed, I slept like a baby.

Splurged on breakfast this morning with real bacon and real English muffin sandwiches.¬† I also made some smoothies (frozen blueberries, mango, peach, strawberries, protein powder, and almond milk) that we ended up putting back in the fridge because we were so full.¬† They later became lunch.¬† ūüėČ

As evening approached and we began to discuss the dinner menu, we popped open a bottle of Proseco that had been chilling in the fridge all weekend.  Love this special, sparkly, refreshing rare treat.

I had picked up some fresh corn at the Farmer’s market last week, so we grilled it in its husks along with some salmon I got at the grocery.¬† Find details on how to grill corn in its¬† husks here.

Joe prepared a dijon cream sauce to top the salmon, and I made a quick batch of cous cous to squeeze in our whole grains for the meal.  Needless to say, it was all delicous.

Well, it’s way past my bedtime and I’m going to call it a night.¬† Thanks for reading!¬† Have a great week.

When have you pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone?¬† If you haven’t, what’s stopping you?

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Pool Love

Wednesday’s Workouts – cycle; swim 35 min.

Thursday’s Workouts – run 3m; swim 30 min.

Friday – REST

Wednesday’s swim was great.¬† It was immediately following a cycle class during which I sweated tons and it felt so great to jump in the pool afterward.¬† It was one of those swims where I felt like I could just swim forever.¬† Thursday’s morning swim was a little different – I ran to the gym and then got in the water and between Wednesday night’s swim and the run there, I wasn’t feeling quite as strong.¬† I still pushed through and managed 30 full minutes with an IM (individual medley – a lap each of fly, back, breast, free) to finish.¬† I can really gauge my endurance with an IM…when I first returned to the water, I could barely get down the lane one time doing butterfly.¬† Now I can complete a lap and then follow it immediately with three more with a good effort.¬† Still a long way from my competition days but feeling stronger each time.¬† ūüôā

The run to the gym was for two reasons:¬† first, I need to be running more.¬† Second, this week was the YWCA’s “Strive Not to Drive” week, and I was determined not to drive the less-than-two-miles to the gym from my house.¬† So I strapped on my Camelback full of my swim gear and heel-toed it down the road.

Kind of funny.  But it was a beautiful morning and I was so glad I did it!

On to some recent eats:

Breakfast Wednesday morning was a bowl of Kashi with fresh blueberries and almond milk.

Lunch was a small salad with spinach, avocado, tomatoes, onions, and cashews, along with another serving of leftover chana masala (unpictured).  I snacked on 1/2 a banana mid-morning.

My handy-dandy lunch box.¬† This thing saves me every day!¬† I never have to buy lunch or live out of vending machines.¬† Packing my own lunch ensures that I’m not impulse eating and/or consuming way more calories than I planned on.¬† Not to mention the fact that it saves tons of money and utilizes leftovers!

Dinner Wednesday night, thanks to my talented griller hubby, was a grilled bone-in pork chop rubbed with olive oil, sage, kosher salt, and pepper.  Accompanied by grilled summer squash and zuchini, also seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Simple = good.

Breakfast yesterday morning was whole grain oats, Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Hot Cereal, dried cranberries, fresh blueberries, a pinch of salt, a dash of cinnamon, almond butter, and almond milk.¬† I was turned on to different versions of this combination by Jen, a fellow food and healthy living blogger.¬† Thanks, Jen!¬† Oatmeal will never be the same.¬† ūüėČ

Lunch was – you guessed it – more leftover chana masala.¬† The recipe made a LOT.¬† I think we finally finished it off today.¬† ūüė≥

Dinner last night was roast chicken, steamed kale, and shitake mushrooms sauteed with onions.¬† I prepped the chicken before I left for work with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper, stuffed with a lemon and a head of garlic.¬† I stored it in the fridge covered with tin foil and Joe popped it in the oven while I was at work (Thurdays are my late night).¬† He prepared the mushrooms and kale himself.¬† I don’t know what he did to them but it was all delicious!

Today has been a little all over the map with food Рlunch was leftovers from an academic banquet at the school last night, and I honestly only had time to eat a few bites of the green beans, rice, and bread.  Dinner was out with some friends at a new California/Mexican restaurant by the name of Que Pasa, and I ordered grilled fish and grilled shrimp tacos a la carte.  We also could not resist the made-at-your-table guacamole.

In early and headed to bed soon – I have a busy day planned tomorrow.¬† Stay tuned for updates on the rest of the weekend’s training and eats!¬† Thanks for reading!

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