Sloppy run and snack free!

Lots of great tips on the giveaway thread!  And ‘hi’ to the new peeps visiting!  😀  I need to do a giveaway open to everyone soon.  Need to see who I can hit up what I can arrange.

With the weirdness at the gym yesterday, I wasn’t feeling like going there and running on the dreadmill.  Luckily, it was not precipitating and I saw snow dripping, which meant it was above freezing.  Good enough!  I didn’t check the temp.  Sometimes it is best not to know these things….  I bundled up and headed on out.  It was not the greatest of runs.  The sidewalks were a bit sloppy.  I also really felt like I was slogging for the first mile or so.  Then around mile 2, I went through some slush that was hiding a deep puddle. (insert profanity here).  Problem with mesh top shoes is that if water gets on top, water goes in.  Then it happened again with the other foot! (insert profanity here). I saw a 3rd puddle and leaped over it, thinking I was oh-so-smart, but when I landed my mp3 player popped out of my pocket, detached from my earphones and smacked into the pavement (insert even more profanity here). I thought it was broken because it was skipping and I could not turn it off!  I actually had to take out the battery and hold my breath while I put it back in.  Seems okay now, though.  Yay!   I ended up doing 5 miles.  Turns out it was 34 degrees out, too.  See my wet feet?


I was worried about getting blisters with wet shoes, but that didn’t happen.  I do see that I have a new hole in this pair of socks, though 🙄

Hangry at this point!  I was thinking about these during the last couple of miles:


Nom, nom!  Wymans – I love you!

So my goals today were to keep snacking under control again and spend some time cleaning.  30 minutes instead of 15.  Snacking was quite good, although I had about a tablespoon of peanuts while I was making lunch.  Speaking of, I had another hit of vitamin S!  You might want to look away, though – it’s not attractive:


  • 3 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 small banana
  • 5 grams of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ice and water.

The color is nasty from the cocoa powder.  Wish I had thought of that beforehand.  It tasted really good, though!  Like a chocolate banana.  I won’t add nut butter to any more of these, as I think it is wasted and I would rather just eat it off a spoon 🙂

John made some awesome lowfat gingerbread cookies to send to his family.  These are amazingly chewy and super gingery because there is chopped up candied ginger in them!  I’ll get the recipe up sometime this week.  You would never guess they are lowfat.  I had 1/2 a cookie (he makes them big) with my afternoon latte:


Work has been busy still.  Usually it slows down in the MT world at this time, but it hasn’t yet.  I’m glad for that!

Dinner was simple.  I tried to make an omelet with broccoli and feta cheese, but I had so much broccoli that the omelet could not hold its integrity!  Looks ugly, but very tasty.  Looks aren’t everything!


We took some relaxation time tonight.  Needed to renew my library card today  to renew the books that were due tomorrow!  So we chanced a quick run to Target to get some protein powder and I picked up a pack of socks for myself :mrgreen:

Then it was to Starbies, where I had some decaf coffee and a bite of that coffee cake in the background.


One nice thing about our business is that we build up a ton of rewards points on the card paying for inventory each month.  So, we turn those points in for gift cards to Starbucks.   That’s a money saving way to be able to go out and not spend extra money!

Ornament of the day:


Keeping in the horn theme from yesterday.  This is one of those scroll cut brass ornaments.  It’s very ornate and is 3-D, although this picture doesn’t take advantage of that.  Maybe I need to hire a new photographer…..

Question:  Do you use reward points?

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20 thoughts on “Sloppy run and snack free!

  1. PTG1002

    I use both ebates and mypoints as rewards for shopping online….not to mention our credit card that has reward points as well. And our check card has reward points.

    So yea, we use reward points. 🙂
    .-= PTG1002´s last blog’s a quickie =-.

  2. Heidi

    Broccoli and eggs.. magical! Thanks for the Wyman’s shout out – I searched their website and it turns out my local Wally World sells their products. I now have a reason to look forward to a Wally World trip!
    I have only 2 cards that I “use” for reward points – Max & Erma’s for the 10% discount and my Regal Cinemas card. That warrants me a free popcorn, drink or movie ticket about every 2 visits. Score!
    .-= Heidi´s last blog ..Lazy weekend? Check! =-.

  3. debby

    Ooh, lots to comment on! LOVE the ornament! Broccoli and eggs–can you believe I was thinking about having that tonight for dinner??? I opted to have a ‘repeater’ of last night, but still…

    Ginger cookie looks amazing. And I have some candied ginger in the cupboard–bought it to try to make some granola. Vicky sells some granola with the ginger in it and it is amazing.

    LOVE chocolate-banana smoothies. Have to try it with the spinach. Some of my spinach smoothies are hideous colors, but taste great. You just have to concentrate on not looking at the glass while you drink!

    Wet feet–aaarrrgh! When I went out in the snow last week, (which I realize is not the same as a puddle) but I wore at least 2 pairs of socks, and one of them was my hand knit socks, which are usually a combination of wool and angora. And my feet stayed warm and dry the whole time. Just a thought. You can usually find wool and/or angora socks at Marshall’s pretty cheap. Anyway, very impressive that you kept going. I really hope your MP3 player is okay.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Let’s Try This Again =-.

  4. Jody - Fit at 52

    I lost track when you said low fat gingerbread cookies!!!! I went right for the computer monitor to eat thru it! I am eagerly awaiting that recipe! I LOVE COOKIES & I wait all year for this time of year when these are available & this year they are hard to find here in southern CA 🙁

  5. Foodie Girl

    I can’t wait until you post that recipe. I love those cookies!

    Let’s see… reward points? I use my reward points when I stay at Marriott and Holiday Inn for free night stays when we travel. I let these build up once a year and redeem them the following year.

    I also use my grocery reward points to save a dollar on gas. For every $100 you spend, you get 10 cents off, up to a dollar.

    I also get reward points when I use my Kroger Mastercard. They send check vouchers each quarter and I use them toward my grocery bill.

    So, yeah! I use Reward Points as much as possible!
    .-= Foodie Girl´s last blog ..Still On The Go =-.

  6. Shelley B

    That was a wild run…hope you can stand to go to the gym tomorrow as you are lucky you didn’t slip and fall in one of those puddles!

    That cookie looks amazing. My address is… 😉

    My husband travels quite a bit so we get reward points from La Quinta, which can be used for free nights OR gift cards – in the past three months or so we’ve gotten about $500 in various gift cards (Amazon, Chevron, TJ Maxx, to name a few) – it’s really helped with Christmas!
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Food, Glorious Food! =-.

  7. Kat

    You are so brave and committed to run in the slush. I am glad your ipod survived. I think I would have lost it at that point…:-) The cookie looks great. We run almost all of our expenses through our visa card and it has travel benefits. This year business was slower for me, but we cashed in on the travel – we got 4 tickets to the east coast and back, two nights in a hotel, a rental car for a week, an entire weekend in calistoga (napa) including a massage. Granted – this was a few years worth of saving up he rewards points, but it was the perfect time to use it.
    .-= Kat´s last blog ..Day 29 of The 30 Day Shred =-.

  8. Jo

    You know, it makes my toes hurt thinking you were in the cold running with wet feet. lol I was thinking I hope Santa brings you new socks, but glad you took care of it yourself. =)

    We had a Starbucks for a very short time. It was brand new, building and all, and when Starbucks closed over 600 stores, ours was one of them. Now every time I go to Mankato, I hit Starbucks. It’s only $2 because I just get a half caf or decaf, but it’s heavenly.

    I’m really behind on blogs and catching up–just wanted to say I love your ornaments. Thank you for sharing them with us. And your flowers in the summer were beautiful!
    .-= Jo´s last blog ..NSVs and Other Stuff =-.

  9. Susan

    Gasp!! Taking pictures in Starbucks. Tsk tsk 😛 You know, I’ve been having bites of all the pastries since I started back, and I have yet to find one that I think is absolutely delicious. So far most of them are “meh.”

    You are brave for even trying to run outside!! I just can’t do it. The sidewalks are barely plowed and the streets are a danger zone. I’m perfectly okay with being a wuss if it means I can run on the treadmill this winter injury free 😉
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Answered – Motivated for a Healthy Life =-.

  10. Cindy

    That cookie AND the berry sauce on your pancakes look deadly!

    getting over the “snackies” is a pain. I seem to have lost my appetite completely and it’s un nerving. (but so I being starving all the time )

    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Yoga Mishap =-.

  11. pubsgal

    Another person looking forward to your ginger cookie recipe! My husband doesn’t think our old standby is spicey enough…I agree with him.

    We’ve used hotel reward points, and we earn frequent flier miles with United on our grocery shopping, which we put to good use every now & then.
    .-= pubsgal´s last blog ..Weekly Update, 12/16/09 =-.

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