5-miler and blood donation

Happy Thursday and the last day of my work week!  Yay!  I *finally* will get 2 whole days off in a row.  I need it.  Headed off to do my run at the gym.  I put on some music from the jog tunes indie podcast and just used that to do my different speedwork with.  That was fun.  I normally use this outside to help me keep a pace.  It’s easy to do on the treadmill 😀   I did 5 good miles today and it felt great!  I am surprised my body wasn’t a little more sore from the shoveling yesterday.  A little in the back, but not bad.  John said he had “shovel back” today.  Shhhh… don’t tell anyone, but he needs to be lifting weights….

I had a little trouble deciding on a breakfast today as I just wanted to eat!  I wanted blueberries, though, so that meant protein waffles!

I am randomly going to answer some of the FAQs over the next few days:

As a NWOL4W veteran, how did you track your progress? Did you update charts each lifting day? Are there any aps for this?

I tracked my progress using the charts at the website.  I just printed out the forms and used those.  It was kind of neat to see how I progressed over time.  I brought those sheets with my to the gym and recorded my weight tallies as I did them. I don’t know as there are any apps for something like that.  Go NROLW!!!

For lunch I was wanting something kind of sweet, for whatever reason.  I decided to make a PB and nana wrap using a Smart Carb tortilla with 1 tbsp of PB and half a banana, plus a drizzle of chocolate sauce.  I then pan grilled it.  It was quite good, although a bit messy.

After more work, it was time to do one of my civic duties!  Blood donation.

There was no line today, which was nice.  I think the weather scared people away, although it was just raining.   I was pleased that my iron was good (hematocrit) at 13.1.  My blood pressure was also pretty good at 118/68.  A little higher than normal for me, but it goes up a bit for donations because I get a bit nervous.  Travel safe to your new home, little blood cells….

After donating, I restocked that iron with raisins!

I so wanted one of the cookie packs, but they were the really caloric kind – to the tune of 300 calories for 1 pack!  Probably full of trans fats, too.  Ah well, the raisins were good.

Dinner time and I felt like some shrimps 😀  We had extra in the freezer from our Mardi Gras dinner, so I cooked some up.  Mmmmm…. pressed and formed shrimplets.

I love how using smaller dinner plates makes it look like a huge amount of food.  We are on the 3rd pound of strawberries we bought on Sunday already.  Guess that is why John calls me a fruit Hoover.  🙂

Working later tonight as I had to flex hours to donate blood (better be getting some good karma back, I tell you).  Then it will be time for the weekend!

Snack time – one of my favorite combos is dark chocolate chips and something salty crunchy – like these whole grain Wheat Thins.

There is some chocolate under there!

Question: What snack texture/taste do you like? Crunchy, smooth, sweet, salty?

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23 thoughts on “5-miler and blood donation

  1. Leah

    I love salty with chocolate to snack on. That’s why I always love seeing your snacks. Oh, and coffee…if I haven’t had too much already. 🙂

  2. MB

    I love chocolate covered pretzels but I can’t stop eating them so they are off limited (for now). I love the sweet/salty combination.

  3. Kelly

    Good job on the run! I did my C25K outside today instead of the treadmill. What a difference. It was much tougher.

    Love all of the yummy food! The idea of the grilled banana PB & chocolate sounds incredible. 🙂

    Did you (or are you) following the exact plan for NROL4W? Have you noticed a difference?
    Also, how do you know how hard to push yourself?

    So many questions. I’m going to talk to a personal trainer tomorrow to see if it’s something that I could afford.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Wednesday Stuff & New Recipe =-.

  4. debby

    Yummy food today! I like salty and sweet too. But I think my favorite is chewy…as in, chewy chocolate chip cookies or caramel or…I better stop talking about this stuff. But the raisins remind me, I really like to get a little bowl of raisins, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Kind of a pricey snack, but I really love it.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..One Day Off =-.

  5. Miz

    maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. you, friend, are a runner indeed.

    me? Im a sheep in wolves clothing,errr, a weight lifter in running garb 🙂

    1. Lori Post author

      Funny – I don’t think of myself as a runner, just somebody who runs LOL! I always think of myself as a biker and a lifter first 😀

  6. Lillian

    We’re going through strawberries like crazy around here, too! And just had to tell you that I finally make your protein pancakes this morning as waffles. I keep wanting to and forget at breakfast, so today I remembered and my 2.5 year old and I LOVED them, especially with the blueberries! Thanks for sharing:)
    .-= Lillian´s last blog ..Good Food =-.

  7. Susan

    Hahahaha, I always nagged Chris about lifting weights. He thought holding himself up on a road bike was work enough to maintain upper-body strength over the summer 😛

    I am definitely a soft and sweet kinda gal. Give me a rich piece of chocolate fudge and I think I’ve died and gone to heaven 😉

    Have a wonderful “weekend” Lori!!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..The Age Old Weight & Rep Debate =-.

  8. Jody - Fit at 52

    I love the crunchy! I guess that is why I like my healthy animal cookies from Costco vs. a low fat ice cream or something like that. More people like the ice cream! 🙂

    Like you, I am a 2 day off person so yes, today(Friday) & tomorrow off for me! I may do a few core/abs & stretching today but nothing major.

    Enjoy your rest!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Dieting & Life Help – Are you Whole or Hole =-.

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