Had a great treadmill run today. 5 miles of increasing speed up to 7.0! I was sweating like crazy and loving every minute. Exercise is such a great stress buster, don’t you think?
I spoke with the gym owner this morning, as I hadn’t seen him since last Monday and offered my condolences on his friend and co-owner. I asked him if there was anything I could do and he said, “Just keep coming in between 7 and 8 in the mornings like you usually do so I won’t be staring at the walls, since you are usually the only one here.” That about broke my heart. It does seem that at least for that first 1/2 hour or so, I am alone – which I actually like.
I was so ready for breakfast when I got home. My Luna bar was good for the run, but I was ready to eat!
I pan sauteed a pear in a tsp of coconut oil, cinnamon and a tsp of brown sugar and topped it onto steel cut oats. Nummmmmm…….
Regarding the refinance I was speaking of, this is a rental house we own, not the house we live in. We were refinancing to get a better interest rate because as an investment property, it is quite high. We are probably just going to put it on the market in January, as there is one tenant in there now who can’t afford the rent by himself (his roommate moved out). I like the tenant. It’s just annoying to deal with at this point. The house was originally a fix-and-sell, but it didn’t sell.
Lunch was some greek yogurt, protein powder, strawberries and my chai granola.
Yum, but it’s too cold for this now! I am done with yogurt for a while, I think.
Then it was off to get stuff for Christmas dinner and to use my BJ’s wholesale gift certificate:
I have a 2-month free membership, so we had to check it out before the end of the year. Have any of you been to this place? Everything is giant size! I died when I saw a 5-pound bag of protein powder:
Too bad it is artificially sweetened, or I would have gotten it We did get some great deals on almonds ($3.99 a pound!) and milk, so we had no problem using up the gift certificate. The fresh produce wasn’t such a great deal and the bulk buying is too much for just 2 of us. I don’t think we will get a membership.
After fighting the crowds there, we went to relax at Virgil’s. A cool thing about Virgil’s is that they ask that you turn off your cell phones and have no laptops there. The place is full of books and games.
The atmosphere is cozy and what I would like in a cafe if I had one 😀
Had a delicious skim latte.
Then we had to hit up the other grocery store to get things we couldn’t find at BJ’s. I was ready to get home and away from the crowds, that’s for sure!
Dinner was a bit of a mish mash that turned out quite good! We cooked up a sweet potato and split it in half. I topped mine with some sauteed broccoli, chicken, and cheese. I had a lot of broccoli on the side, too.
John had his half with butter and brown sugar LOL! Sweet and savory from the same potato. Warm and yummy in the tummy!
Ornament of the day:
Cardinals are one of my favorite birds. We have a pair that had a baby last year and they were so fun to watch! Debby, I know you will appreciate this ornament. 😀
Off to wrap presents and have a bunch of tea and a snack to keep warm!