4-miler and snack change-up

Tuesday and it is midweek for me!  Hope you had a chance to read my running post from earlier.

Speaking of running, that was on the agenda for today!  I almost ran outside, as it was 29 degrees, but there was frost on the car and I decided just to go to the gym.  Feeling a little cold wussy today.  I was a little sore from yesterday’s strength session, but not what I was expecting (thinking steam-rolled was going to happen).  My glutes are the most sore (thank you dead lift).  I hopped on the treadmill and did 4 miles.  It felt pretty standard, although a little stiff at first.  No speed work or anything fancy today, just a sweaty run.

Came home thinking bananas for some potassium!  I was needing to replace that:

Banana custard oats to be exact!  I felt like being different and put my oats in a mug!

I am such a rebel…..

I had a little trouble concentrating at work today.  Not sure if it is the mid week hump day for me or what.  We all have days like that, I guess.  I did find out that our favorite coffee shop had closed as of yesterday, though!  The place where we went each Wednesday.  I am so bummed. It was very sudden.  There aren’t that many places to get a good bagel around here.  (Please don’t make me open up a bagel shop….).

I was wanting a sandwich for lunch, so I decided to make a batch of protein waffles to use as bread!  (I have a waffle iron in my Open Sky shop, too 😀 )

This was 3 egg whites cooked in the microwave (they get nice and puffy) with some laughing cow and topped with hot sauce.  Egg whites are boring, let’s face it, so the hot sauce was a welcome addition.  Needs to be hotter, though….

I still have a few more FAQ questions, so after looking at a bunch of my races while compiling the running post, it got me thinking about this one:

What has been your greatest health/fitness achievement to date?

I have to say there are 2 moments that stick in my mind.  The first one was my triathlon last July.  It almost seemed like the culmination of so much work (which it was) combined with rising so far above any expectations I could have had of myself a few years ago.  I cried when I finished, which was not the reaction John was expecting LOL!  The close second was the duathlon.  That cemented to me the fact that I can challenge myself and push myself and *love* it!

You know how I was saying my snack of ricotta and protein powder had some potential? I tried this mix: ricotta, vanilla protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, heaping tbsp of pumpkin.

This was quite good and really hit the spot. Think you might see this around a lot.

I have been playing around with snack times this week, and it seems to be working pretty well.  I added another one into the day between breakfast and lunch, so I could push lunch a little later.  That way I won’t be tempted to snack between latte time and dinner or lunch time and latte time (or both, as I have been doing 😳  ).  So far, so good.   I’ve been making it a protein snack as well rather than too carby.

Dinner time… ding, ding, ding!  I cooked a huge amount of broccoli in some coconut oil.  I just used the rest of the bag, so there is probably almost 2 cups there!

This is a frozen crab cake that I cooked in the toaster oven.  Too many peppers in this for a traditional crab cake, but pretty good.  Yum.  I probably could have used a bigger plate.

I am now proud to say that I have not had a protein bar for over a week now!  Not one Balance Bar has crossed my lips (or any Zone or Luna) since Feb 28th.  This was a major hurdle for me, so I think I will try to make it my goal for March to be store-bought bar free.  I might make some at home, but that’s a different story.

Now if I could get control of these:

You’ll have to stay tuned to find out where we will be having our bagel day tomorrow – we don’t even know yet!

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22 thoughts on “4-miler and snack change-up

  1. Ron

    ok, I think I should read blogs another day… I was just going to leave you a note here that said..”I was here”. It must be the mood I am in. Sounds like you had a great day!
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..Another successful week =-.

  2. Ishmael

    Ahhh…those peanuts look GOOOOODDD! There are two types of nuts I simply can not stop eating once I start — peanuts and cashews. Just. can’t. stop. Walnuts, pecans, almonds, sunflowers, no problem. Can have 10 and step away. Why are peanuts and cashews so delicious, and so fattening too? Sigh. Your day looks yummy and sensible, eating-wise. You have this down to a science, I think!
    .-= Ishmael´s last blog ..The Snow Must Go On =-.

  3. m i c h e l l e

    Love the oats in a mug – need to do that more often as it makes a smaller portion look plentiful AND I am getting some fat-free ricotta asap to try that concoction of yours .. I think I will tire of greek yogurt and cottage cheese soon so it will be nice to add it into the rotation.

  4. debby

    That is a really cute picture of you. I want custard oats, and I want protein pancakes tomorrow. Decisions decisions…

    And good for you on the no bars for a while. I have been going without for quite a while now, but indulged in one today. I empty my cupboards of them, and then I see a sale and stock up again. But in general they are too high in calories for the amount of energy they actually provide.

    My most favorite nuts are walnuts, but I am with Ishmael–I can’t stop the cashew eating once I start.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..New Food Blog Review =-.

  5. John

    I know what you mean about the peanuts. I kept the scoop from my now empty Protein Powder and use it to measure my peanuts. Helps me not over do it. I understand your post from earlier saying you’re not a runner. It’s like me and badminton. I play but I’m not a player yet..maybe never. But it’s fun!
    .-= John´s last blog ..Toughest One Yet =-.

  6. Ex Yo-Yo Debbie

    What a shame that your bagel shop closed…I am starting to catch on that you really love bagels….here in Moscow, you’d hate it…nary a bagel to be found. Not in the stores OR in any shops!

    I looked into making bagels…I never knew they were put into boiling water! Who knew?
    .-= Ex Yo-Yo Debbie´s last blog ..Me and My Spanx (154 lbs) =-.

  7. Susan

    If you’re looking for a barista for any future bagel or coffee shop, you know who to call!! 😉

    My triathlon is my biggest fitness accomplishment to date too. Do ever think about doing another one? I’m not sure if I’d want to, just as it was a lot of stress for me at a the time. But I would also be a lot more comfortable going into it a second time I guess…

    Love that picture of you!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Three Generations =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      Like you, I don’t have pool access right now, so I am not sure about doing another tri. I am thinking about it, though!

  8. Jody - Fit at 52

    A triathlon & duathlon – AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW is all I can say! OH and yes to deadlifts! 🙂

    OH NO on the bagel/coffee shops. The economy takes its toll.. 🙁

    I love your protein mixture! I have been having those types of snacks lately too! I was going to share the one I have been eating Friday on my post but I guess I will yours too! Same process of using protein powder, water & whatever else ya want to spice it up with! It really is good & feels like it hits the spot! Like you, trying to play around with the carb/protein ration again. Age hormones! UGH!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Weight Loss Sanity! Happy Bday Sydney! =-.

  9. Kelly

    OK. I’ll have to give the ricotta a try.

    You mentioned that you love riding your bike. I’m hoping to get a bike for my birthday. Any tips on what to look for in a bike? I’d like to ride both road and trails. What did you use in your triathlon?
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Armadillo Dash 5K Weekend =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      Sounds like you might want a hybrid bike. That’s pretty much what I have. Not as heavy as a mountain bike, tires that aren’t as thin as a road bike, so I can ride on the paths and the roads. That’s what I used in the tri, but I would have loved a road bike for that race.

  10. Aimee

    That’s too bad about your favorite coffee shop. I hope you find another place you like just as well.

    The ricotta mixture looks great! You come up with some inventive meals.

  11. Nicole

    I also can’t wait to get outside to run more regularly. We got out last weekend and went for an awesome run and it felt soo good to be outside! I am proud that you haven’t eaten a bar in awhile, I need to work on doing that. some days I have my own goji bars that I made, but like 3 days a week I have a bar. I need to do something about it, but they are SO easy to grab before the gym.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Stuffed Red Peppers with a side of Sea Scallops! =-.

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