Balanced day and bring on the questions!

Thanks for all your input on my to goal or not to goal post from yesterday!  I am always looking for ways to challenge myself, and without any specific events or anything to train for right now, it seems as good a time as any to see what I can do with the scale.  Nothing may happen, but I am willing to give it a try.  I do know that if it doesn’t really want to move, or I find it too hard – I am okay with where I am.  😀

Started off the day with a pre-run snack!

I need to make my own and quit with the bars.  (Yeah, I know I keep saying that…).   Today was run day at the gym.  I am glad I lifted light yesterday, because my legs felt nice and fresh today.  The goal was 5 miles or whatever I felt like doing after that, which turned into 6!  I had covered up the electronics after mile 1 and just listened to my tunes (Hot Club of Detroit).  When I uncovered, it was just about 6 miles, so I finished it out.  Going at a slower pace (for me) really helps the longer runs.  I do between 5.5 and 5.8 mph for the longer runs.


I was totally ready for breakfast!  Banana custard oats and cafe au lait:

Topped with PB&J!

Got right to work this morning.  Busy, busy.  And watching the snow start to fall.  We are predicted to get a good amount of snow over the next couple of days of 8 to 16 inches (could they maybe have narrowed that down a bit??).  Regardless, there will be some shoveling happening tomorrow.  Not sure if that will affect bagel Wednesday or not 👿

Lunch break of greek yogurt, hemp plus granola and strawberries!

Yum! Today was really a yummy food day.  Or maybe it was the long run that made everything taste extra good.

My own personal barista made me  latte, which I paired with an Attune bar.  I really think the raspberry ones are my favorite.

I finished up work right at dinner time, which was nice.  Most evenings I have about 1/2 hour or so left by dinner time, so this was a happy thing.  Needing to eat up those potatoes!  I also had thawed out some ground beef.  We purchase our meat from a local smokehouse, and they do not have any lean mixes, just straight up 80/20.  So, ground beef is a little rare (hardeehar) around here.   I cooked it up and mixed it with some barbeque sauce (addiction alert!) and topped a baked potato with it.  Really, really good:

Overall, I did quite well with the eating today.  I had extra calories because of the run x2:

and I balanced my meals and snacks pretty well.  And fairly clean. Tonight will be some stretching and working on a strength training workout for tomorrow (if I can make it to the gym!)

FAQ time: Okay – I am going to do another round of FAQs as there are a lot of new readers.  So please, ask me anything in the comments or email me at javaqueen01 (at)  I am going to use these to compile an FAQ page, along with the ones I did before.  Long overdue for that….

Don’t forget about the 15% off coupon at OpenSky for the Olympics promotion!  It expires on the 23rd.  I have some new nut butter in my shop, too.

Question:  Are you seeing any snow?

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18 thoughts on “Balanced day and bring on the questions!

  1. Shelley B

    Freakishly, I can answer YES to your question!!! Nothing like what you will get, but still…this is south Texas after all!

    The other day I was eating an Attune bar for a late afternoon snack at work and apparently I made it look so delicious (probably because I took my sweet time eating it) that several people had to take a look at the wrapper so they could get some! Haven’t tried the raspberry yet.
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Wednesday Workout Update – With Apologies to Clint Eastwood =-.

  2. Leah

    We are looking to get some snow by the weekend. I’m seriously wishing we could invest in a treadmill so that when snow hits too hard and my kids don’t have school I can still run. I think I’m addicted.

    I am going to email you a couple of questions.
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..A Few Of My Thoughts on Running =-.

  3. Britt @ Runnerbelle

    Great job on the 6 miles. I WISH I could keep myself from staring at the mileage on the treadmill for that long. I try to cover up the display but it lasts a mile at the longest before I have to peak. 😉

    We are suppose to get snow/rain/ice…. who knows what the next couple of days. I just want the mountains to at least get some snow! I have some skiing to finally get around to this winter!

  4. Kelly

    No snow here but north Houston got some. Not a lot and I doubt if it stuck.

    To answer your question I have a Canon EOS 20D. Still haven’t read the manual on how to use it! LOL

    I ordered the gloves from your shop. I’ve never bought gloves so I have no idea what size I wear. I chose a Large.

    Question for you: how/when did you start lifting weights? At what point in your journey and what difference did it make in your weight? Did you have a personal trainer or did you read a book or what?
    Yes, I’m asking for myself as I try to get acquainted with free weights. 🙂 I have the New Rules of Lifting for Women. Thinking about putting it into practice next month but I still have so much weight to lose.

    I wish they had those Raspberry Attune bars here!! I have tried the dark choclate and chocolate crisp (which is like a Crunch bar!). Love them so much.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Some San Antonio Pics and My Daily Stuff =-.

  5. Ari

    Oddly enough, we have seen snow today…in Central Texas! Almost 3 whole inches! The city is on the verge of shutting down. :-p

    Props on the long treadmill run! My iPod died the other day at the start of 3 miles, and I was thisclose to quitting. Ah, the dreadmill!

  6. debby

    NO SNOW ! NOOOOOOOO! I don’t like snow. Unless I have a lot of days off work.

    And yes indeedy, that was a very good food day. Yummmm! You’re making me want potatoes, which I haven’t eaten much lately. Have you had them with cottage cheese and other toppings, like cottage cheese and salsa, cottage cheese with olives and italian spices. Yummy.

    I am jealous of your workouts. Because of my work schedule, I am feeling a bit off. Its less than a week, but it feels like I haven’t worked out for a month.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..One Day Off =-.

  7. Rachel

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Attune bars! People don’t believe me when I tell them how tasty they are! One question for you: I saw flax seeds in your store and know I can sprinkle them on oatmeal and just about everything else. I take it you are supposed to grind them first? What’s the difference between golden and brown flax seeds (and others)? Do you have any recommendations for a newbie just starting out with flax? Sorry, that was more than one question 🙂

  8. Jody - Fit at 52

    Great workout Lori!!!! Yup, nice & sweaty & proves you done good!

    I like your strategy for your goal…. and that you are happy with where you are now too. Never hurts to try a new goal! 🙂

    I have a pretty decent recipe for protein bars if you are interested. I posted in on my site a couple times if not more.. 🙂

    NO SNOW HERE except in our mountains!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Eating Strategies; National Eating Disorder Awareness Week =-.

  9. MB

    It’s raining here in Boston but they are getting snow up in VT (YAY!). Of course, I’m stuck in the city this weekend so I hope it doesn’t all melt by the time I get up there next weekend.

  10. Heather

    Hi Lori,

    I am new to your site, but I have a question – I’m just curious.

    Have you done any experiments with fasted workouts? That is, heading into your morning run without a snack before hand? What’s your opinion on that?

    All the best,

    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Do You Know How It Happened? =-.

  11. Susan

    I am fiiinally off the store-bought bars and making my own regularly. It was quite easy actually – I just stopped buying them! If they’re not in the house, I can’t eat them 😉 Mind you, my bars aren’t as decadent as a Balance bar, but they do get the job done. I found I was eating all those bars for my sweet fix, when I might as well just have a small piece of chocolate to put it to rest, then get the other calories from more quality food.

    Question: If you were to do it all over again (lose the weight) knowing everything you know now, would you do anything differently?
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..The Age Old Weight & Rep Debate =-.

  12. Lara (Thinspired)

    Ok, I think it’s safe to say that you and I are both addicted to the Cookie Dough Balance Bars as well as (possibly) the Attune bars, though I haven’t tried the raspberry flavor yet. You know I will now, though! Man, we’re going to need a support group pretty soon!
    .-= Lara (Thinspired)´s last blog ..After the Fall =-.

  13. Nancy in AK

    My question is – do you have any coffee before your afternoon Latte? Do you have any in the morning with breakfast or before your workout? why or why not?

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