Running to start the week

Another week begins 😀

I was up and ready for a run today.  Must be all that Super Bowl food I ate yesterday!  Hooray for pretzels! I headed out for the treadmill and did 3 miles with a speed arc going from 5.0 to 6.0 mph and back down over the course of the 3 miles.  All in preparation for the Blogger’s Healthy Heart weekend!  Don’t forget about it everyone (or sign up if you have not).

I came home for breakfast.  No grains today.  I made peanut flour waffles and topped with blueberry sauce.

I had cream in my coffee today, which is really unusual for me, but part of my lower carb experiment.  I think I am going to go no grains for 4 days a week, then have grains 3 days a week.  We’ll see.  I am just playing around here, so enjoy the ride.  When I don’t have grains as part of my carbs, then I am free to have several servings of fruit and dairy.  Obviously this causes all sorts of reactions from people who still consider 100 g of carbs too much, but to each her own, right?  Like I said, this is the Lori-eo version.  I should have an interesting report on this experiment at the end of the month.

I’ve never been an extreme on either end of any ‘diet spectrum’ with the exception of thinking fat was evil.  I remember going on the pasta and Snackwell diet in the early 90s.  You know – eat all you want, just watch fat because it’s evil (especially saturated fat)? That worked well… snort…  I could pack away the Snackwells like nobody’s business (especially the devil’s food ones).  Eat a sleeve of cookies?  No problem – and hey, they are fat free! 🙄

Think I might have to do a dietary fat musings post for fun.  Just need to source up some material.

Lunch time was a large salad.

Most of you know that I have BBQ sauce on chicken in place of dressing.  The reasoning for that is 2-fold:  I don’t like a lot of bottled dressings and those that I do like I never use the bottles up before they go bad.  Okay 3-fold, I just also really like the BBQ 😀  On a side note, I don’t do well making my own.

Here I am in my early 40s and I just had the idea to purchase packets of dressing in the deli section of the grocery store:

Of course, this is still too much dressing for me to put on one salad, but I can save it for another day.  And even if I only use part of it, I don’t feel so bad if I forget to use the rest.  Why this never occurred to me before, I don’t know. There are some things I am willing to pay more for to get smaller packaging that works for me.

So I had this with some cooked chicken, feta cheese, and toasted almonds.  I was quite happy with this.

Afternoon snackage before the latte was something interesting.  My mom made some of this up just for me at the Super Bowl because I had mentioned how much I liked it LOL!  It’s dried beef spread with cream cheese and rolled up.

Sounds gross, doesn’t it?  I don’t know why I like it, but I do. Salty and creamy.  Just a couple pieces go a long way, too.  I nibbled on a few of these.

Then it was time for the good stuff:

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and latte time is my favorite snack of the day!

Spent some time shoveling the driveway this afternoon.  We have a slate roof and the snow and ice slide off in big cascades with huge rumbles.  It’s like being in an avalanche.  Since it was so cold, none of the snow we have had has slid off until the last couple of days.  Giant ice hunks came down, too.  Some of them were at least 6 inches thick and very heavy. Sure wouldn’t want to be standing under those.  More snow on the way tonight, too… Anyway, that was a good pre dinner workout.

I cooked up the last of the pork.

Working tonight and getting ready for more snow.  It never ends, I tell you.  This winter has had a lot of snow, and it’s only the first part of February! 😯

I made up my snack to have for later on, and it is chilling in the fridge:

This is 1/2 cup of pumpkin, a pinch of stevia, 1 egg white, spices cooked in the microwave for a couple minutes.  Topped with toasted pecans.  Like a mini pumpkin custard!

Question:  What strange food pairing do you like?

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26 thoughts on “Running to start the week

  1. Lisa

    HAHA! I used to mow through those Snackwells too! I mean come on, one cookie was like 45 calories so “it was ok”. 🙂

  2. Lori's Mom

    Lori, if I knew you were going to put those dried beef roll-ups on your blog, I would have tried to make them prettier! LOL….I should have known! Also, the photo of you and your latte looks like the photo you took of Pixie looking over the table.

  3. Kim

    I totally remember the Snackwell craze. I think Americans got fatter than ever during the low-fat days. Are Snackwells still around?

  4. Helen

    LOLOL at Lori’s Mom! Hilarious!

    Oh goodness. Back when the fat free/Snackwells revolution was on, I was a WW leader. At the time we had tow choices of program: the selections program based on eating various selections of proteins, breads, veggies, etc., or fat and fiber which was based on how many fat grams and fiber grams you ate in a day. I could not seem to get it through my members’ heads that just because Snackwells were fat free didn’t mean they were calorie free! And they’d wonder why they gained… Oy!
    Helen´s last blog post ..Go for the Green!

    1. Pubsgal

      Oh, the good ol’ Fat & Fiber program! One of my key finds during that time was a fat-free chocolate sorbet made by a local premium maker that had *12 grams* of fiber per serving? I shudder now to think of the amount of sugar that would need to have been in there to make that stuff palatable. 😉

      Your mom’s comment made me laugh! Dried beef roll-ups remind me of ham roll-ups. A friend of ours used to put minced green onions in them, too, although I suppose the chive cream cheese would have worked fine and with less effort. Hmmm…strange food pairings? I’d have to say chia seeds in my coffee & half-and-half. It looks awful and people who are squeamish about texture are completely icked out by it, but I love it. I don’t know if this is weird or not, but I also like dill pickles with hard cheese (cheddar, swiss).
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  5. Kimberley

    I don’t eat bread anymore (I might if I find a good gluten free one), but I used to love peanut butter and tomato sandwiches.

    The dried beef and cream cheese sounds great to me!

    Hahaha! Your mom is funny…they look delicious just the way they are.
    Kimberley´s last blog post ..Super Bowl Sunday!!!

  6. cammy@tippytoediet

    I never really cared for the Snackwell’s. I just ate the full-fat deal. 🙂

    I do the same thing with salad dressing packets. I can go 4 or 5 salads on one packet of Chick-Fil-A’s salad dressing, and then I toss what’s left. 🙂 There’s a great site I just remembered, . They sell lots of products in itsy-bitsy servings, even the Ken’s dressings.

    And for food pairings…a fellow blogger hooked me on mashed sweet potato with crushed pineapple stirred in. Yummy!
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  7. debby

    Funny, I never liked the Snackwell’s. I think they came around when I was not trying at all to lose any weight. And like Cammy said, I went for the real thing.

    Your little pumpkin custard looks lovely. Love single serving stuff like that.

    Hey , I never thought of buying those dressing packets. Great idea. I do like making my own, though. Its not too hard.

    And yes, Noah and I are also revving up for your challenge–6 miles this weekend!
    debby´s last blog post ..Obsession

  8. rose

    I recently bought vegetables and fruit in bulk at the market because of their price. I was supposed to prepare and freeze some of the fruit within a few days but did not have enough time on my hand. I threw out quite a bit after going bad. Now I think I would rather buy expensive and according to my immediate need rather than throw food out.

  9. Fran

    We don’t use dried beef with cream cheese but we use ham for it and we mix a small chopped onion with the cream cheese.

    I believe that when you’re a runner or a biker you need your carbs but like with all food: all in moderation.

  10. Fran

    Oh and I buy smaller packages often, especially when you can’t keep it for long. If I have to throw it away it’s sometimes more expensive.

  11. Jody - Fit at 53

    Can’t wait to see the results of this experiment Lori! I like grains more than dairy & fruit & I can’t do most dairy so…. but I will have to see what you think about this at the end of it all. You are the test case for me & like you, I am not into the full on thing.. just can’t live that way…… I guess I should say I don’t want to. 😉

    OMG, I was into that fat is evil too.. boy did I learn my lesson! YUP, the Snackwells – I liked those ones that tasted like Vienna finger cookies.. ate them like crazy!
    Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog post ..Counting Calories or Not Weight Loss Works in Many Ways

  12. Joanne

    First, I have to tell you that photo of the blueberry smothered waffles is AWESOME! You should submit it to foodgawker, tastespotting, or photograzing.

    As for food pairings, nothing really weird because if my mind thinks it’s a weird pairing and it even comes close to my lips, I’d get nauseous. As a little girl, I did like apple sandwiches: slices of apple between two pieces of buttered white bread. A little odd but not too off the wall.
    Joanne´s last blog post ..Energy Boosts &amp Quinoa Tropical Fruit Salad

  13. Rachael

    Actually the dried beef and cream cheese looks yummy, I like the salty and creamy stuff. I am enjoying your progress reports and looking forward to the results of your experiment. I agree completely with your statement “to each their own”, it is so true. 🙂

  14. Shelley B

    Weird food combos? McDonalds french fries dipped into their chocolate shake. Haven’t done that in years, but I bet it still tastes pretty good…er, gross…that’s it – I’m sure it’s disgusting! 😉
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Its a ChoiceEveryday

  15. Ang

    I think the dried beef and cream cheese sounds really good! I guess my only weird food pair if you can even call it that is cottage cheese, tuna, and edamame. I eat this for lunch often. It grosses my coworkers out.

    I loved the Snackwell’s commercials! I used to take the little chocolate chip cookies in my lunch when I was in school. Not to lose weight, I just really liked them!
    Ang´s last blog post ..Things that you dont see everyday

  16. Katy

    I like ham and cream cheese rolled up! Yum!! 🙂 … I love your blog! Especially your recipes! 🙂

  17. Mandy

    I think those meat/cream cheese roll ups look yummers! I like peanut butter and mayo on my BLT’s and ketchup on my grilled cheese. Some people don’t think that’s weird but most people look at me funny!
    Mandy´s last blog post ..Super Bowl Party

  18. Biz

    That totally reminded me of when my Mom used to make chip beef toast with white gravy for my brother – he loved it! I’ll have to ask her if she used cream cheese in the sauce!
    Biz´s last blog post ..Best News!

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