Last day of the work week for me!  Thursday’s are run days for me.   I snacked on a couple pieces of protein waffles with jam before hitting the gym.  This was a nice snack.  It’s also good to know this recipe does well reheated in the toaster oven.

I ran with a download from jogtunes that was a 45-minute jog with a sprint section.  I did 10 minutes past the podcast and ended up at 5 miles today.  Felt really good.  I am surprised my hammies weren’t sore from the dead lifts yesterday, but I’ll take it!  Also as a side note, Robin from Running Circles Around the Turtle did a running Q&A with me for her blog.

Came home and made some oatbran today.  We got a new protein powder from Puritan Pride.  It’s soy and strawberry flavored.  I avoid sucralose like the plague and it was not on the ingredient list for this powder, and then after I made this bowl, I see that it has acesulfame potassium in it, which is another type of artificial sweetener.  Grrrr….  Tastes way better than Splenda, though, although it made this bowl very sweet to me with only a 1/2 scoop in there.  It has beet powder in it for color, so my oats were a little pink:

Also note that if you make the ricotta/protein powder combo – the soy versus whey makes a huge difference in moisture content.  Here is some made with soy powder.

I actually had to add some water to get this consistency, too.  It almost looks like ice cream, doesn’t it?  Just a heads up.

Regarding all that chocolate from yesterday, almost all of it is up high and out of reach of my hot little hands 😀  Just the bars are in the pantry, which I am okay with (for whatever reason – who knows how my mind really works).  The nuggets are what would be most problematic for me, so they went up last night out of reach:

Lunch time included a fun combo.  I knew we were going out for dinner and I wouldn’t get my broccoli, so I had it with lunch today.  I made an egg/egg white puff in the microwave and put it on a corn tortilla with laughing cow and topped with hot sauce!

Yum.  I love hot sauce.  Those are some peanuts on there.  I was nibbling those while I cooked.

Work went pretty smoothly this afternoon.  Always nice to end on a good note for the week 🙂  Of course, snack time always makes things better.

John doled me out one treasure to eat with it.   Then I realized I didn’t have any fruit with lunch, so I got a kiwi out.


Since it is my Friday nights of sorts, we decided to have an inexpensive dinner out.  That means one of our favorite local pizza spots: East End Eatery

We both started with a side salad, which was really small, I have to say.

And then we split a cheese calzone.  Normally we get the pizza wraps, but decided to go for this one.

I usually guesstimate about 500 calories or so for the 1/2 calzone.  It is soo good here.  The staff at this place is really friendly, too.  I am very glad John will split one of these with me, because I could eat a whole one myself, but it would be way too much.

Trying to decide how to spend my night now, either a netflix or just some vegging in front of the TV with my jammies on!

Question: Are you a Splenda lover?

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  1. Danielle

    I am not a Splenda lover. Or a lover of any artificial sweeteners for that matter. One sip of anything with aspartame in it gives me stomach cramps, and similar side effects (though not as immediate) occur with all other artificial sweeteners.

    Any recommendations for protein powders that don’t have artificial sweeteners? (Every time I look at some they have artificial sweetener in them, but maybe I’m just not looking in the right places or just have bad luck.)
    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..How much food? =-.

  2. Kelly

    That calzone looks incredible. I mean so good that I would consider booking a trip there just to have some. *drool*

    What protein powder do you usually use? I’ve been enjoying Jay Robb. Supposed to be sweetened with stevia I think. I guess I should read a little more carefully.

    I’m not a huge Splenda fan but I do use it occasionally. I prefer stevia, honey or agave. I really liked xylitol when I tried it but I’m not sure if it has any health issues.

    I love the pic of your hand reaching for that chocolate. LOL Cute. 🙂
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Armadillo Dash 5K Weekend =-.

  3. Alissa

    Those calzones always look so good! I use artificial sweeteners but I know that I shouldn’t. While trying to lose weight they come in handy to help lower the calories though.
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..I’m on Twitter =-.

  4. Pubsgal

    Artificial sweeteners…I’m not crazy about them, and I could do without them if I had to now, but it would mean cutting out quite a lot of things that make the type 2 diabetes lifestyle more palatable, such as sugar-free jam (a must for mornings, that’s my most challenging time of day, blood glucose level-wise), sugar-free syrups (maple, and I like the ones they have for adding to coffee drinks, which are handy for sweetening up cocoa made with unsweetened chocolate), and sugar-free beverages (still like them, but I aim for plain tea most of the time). Sometimes I do get sugar-free candy, but the stuff sweetened with maltitol is, er, self-limiting. (*blush*) Because I exercise and watch my carbs overall, my body can now tolerate small amounts of the real stuff, but I’d rather use that for the occasional dessert food.
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Weekly Update, 3/10/10 =-.

  5. Ari

    The only thing I use artificial sweeteners (Equal) in is Special K. I always think Splenda has a funny taste and is way too sweet. I mostly use Sugar in the Raw for my sweetening needs.
    .-= Ari´s last blog ..La Twinge =-.

  6. Leah

    I use Splenda to make sweet tea. In fact, I can’t drink too much sweet tea with regular sugar because it just coats my mouth. That’s about it though for the splenda. I use Sweet N Low in my coffee.

  7. Ann Reiland

    I am a relative newcomer to your blog. I am also a lapsed lifetime Weight Watcher and long time runner who has been floundering for the last several months. So glad I stumbled upon your blog as I am once again inspired and motivated.

    You can laugh, but I had to start at the beginning, so spent much of my vacation week catching up from where you started. LOL I have laughed and cried with you and cheered you on when you did your first run and your first race. It took me back to the feelings I had when I did my firsts.

    Oh, and I DO use some Splenda. I am not using as much as I used to and have started to move away from “diet” type foods. For me, a little bit of the real thing is much more satisfying. Besides, in my pea brain, the word “diet” on anything tells me it’s ok to eat as much as I want and we all know that ain’t true.

    Happy trail!

  8. debby

    You know I love my splenda. I consider it one of my last vices. I’m working on limiting my use of it, but I still buy it in bulk!
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Decision! =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s just a beaten egg with egg whites cooked in a bowl in the microwave. They puff up and take about a minute. Quick and easy!

  9. Joanne

    I just downloaded Pandora to my iphone. Although I won’t listen while running with Shane, when my miles get long and he can’t come w/ me the whole when, I’m hoping to kick it on and listen to some motivating country. I get “skipping” more than running when I listen to country. Talk about weird! Did you see the episode of Seinfeld when Phoebe runs? ….me! 🙂
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..CEimB: Lemon SCALLOP Soup with Orzo =-.

  10. JEM

    I *try* to avoid artifical sweetners too. I don’t know if you have tried it yet but my favorite kind of protein is Jay Robb. He makes a whey, brown rice, egg, ummm, and one other kind I think. They are all good and low in calories, high in protein per scoop! He uses Stevia to sweeten them. Usually Stevia has a weird after taste to me but this protein just tastes yum! Let me know if you ever try it. I get mine at whole foods but I am sure they have it a lot of places.
    .-= JEM´s last blog ..Go Nuts! (but not too nuts!) =-.

  11. JEM

    PS. I love that you still eat your favorite foods in moderation. Bagels, pizza, and chocolate are still enjoyed among all the healthy food you eat. I think it is a great example of living the life instead of being on a diet. Go you!

  12. Ang

    I finally have a reason to rant about my hate for Splenda! lol! Seriously I think it has a terrible aftertaste and I’m not a big fan of artificial sweetners anyhow. I will drink coffee and tea 100% plain if Splenda is my only option. I cannot stomach it. My cousin on the other hand uses 26 per beverage. No that wasn’t a typo. 26. I’ve seen her tea spill over the side of the cup after she adds her boatload of splenda.
    .-= Ang´s last blog ..Weary of winter but loving chai lattes! =-.

  13. Susan

    I’ve finally, finally, learned how to like stevia. Before that I did do Splenda. I’ll eat it though, it’s just not my first choice. Actually, my first choice is maple syrup or honey – both which I use a lot in yogurt 🙂
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..A Day in the Life: Part II =-.

  14. Nicole

    I used to be OBSESSED with splenda! I finally gave it up last june by weaning myself off of it. Now I can’t believe how sweet I used to drink my coffee and tea. It’s amazing how hard it is to give it up, but it’s worth it! I try not to use any “fake” stuff!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Chocolatey PB banana "ice cream"! =-.

  15. Barb

    Love my Splenda. I’ve been telling myself on a daily basis I need to work on cutting back and am struggling….with that and a lot of things right now. I have to catch up on your blog!
    .-= Barb´s last blog ..Bon Voyage =-.

  16. Haleigh

    I used to pour splenda on everything a few years ago!! I have made a conscious effort to cut back and now I don’t use it at all but it took me months and months. Those waffles look too die for! Yum!! 🙂

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