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Accidental rest

So, I had totally planned on attending bodycombat class at the gym tonight. I was going to make 1 of 2 grocery trips, head home to put things away, change into gym clothes and head out again.

Then around 2:00 my hips started hurting like crazy. I don’t know if its from yesterday’s run, my long-overdue stretch session, or the shoes I wore but it hurt just to walk. Oops.

I thought about just doing a Jillian Michaels DVD at home or scrapping the workout altogether.

After grocery store #1 wasn’t as horrible as I thought, and left me with just a few items from store #2 I decided to finish the trip. I got everything purchased for thanksgiving dinner and headed home.

When I tried to get in the apartment I realized I’d forgotten my house key. In the house. Still tucked in my SPIbelt after yesterday’s run. Whoops. Thankfully Matt was just about to leave the office so I just hung out in the lobby for 15 minutes.

So with the combo of being sore and locked out I decided to rest today. I took advantage of the extra time to prep thanksgiving desserts.

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Cinnamon Apple Crumble from Skinnytaste

I’ll also be making a pumpkin pie from the Weight Watchers website. It seems a little silly to have two desserts for just the two of us, but it’s not thanksgiving without apple and pumpkin pie. I’ll send the rest to Matt’s work Friday.

The rest of dinner is pretty simple: turkey, hash brown casserole, asparagus, rolls, and salad. And I’m making Weight Watchers 1 pt+ vegetable soup for lunch. We’ll be starving after the Turkey Trot and I wanted something easy and low-cal for lunch.

Just one more day of school til the long weekend, so I’m relaxing with a cup of Trader Joes pumpkin spice tea. Yum.

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Hope you’re having a great pre-holiday week!

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Loafin’ Around

 

I love bread. Like, really love it. I don’t really know where or when it happened, but I can remember being the one at every family party who ate 3 dinner rolls and more pieces of Irish soda bread than I count.  (This also happened pre-weight loss, but that’s neither here nor there.)

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Bagels? I’ll eat one. English muffins? Sure, love those nooks and crannies. Fresh baked bread? You better watch out and leave me some butter, because I’m gonna eat that bread up.

So, of course, with losing many pounds comes a change in what you eat. No longer can I indulge and enjoy big doughy bagels every day for breakfast. No more soft pretzels accompanying trips to the mall. No endless dinner rolls at dinners out or holidays. Sad smile

Instead, I eat Bagel Thins, or Arnold sandwich thins, super low-cal bread that isn’t quite the same as the calorie-laden regular breads.

But! Baking bread is surprisingly easy (and fun). I honestly don’t know why I don’t do it more often, especially since I love chewy, doughy, fresh bread. A bajillion times better than a sad loaf in a plastic bag from the grocery store. It’s usually cheaper, too.

So, last night I started looking around for a good wheat bread recipe and found one here. I followed the recipe exactly, so head over to Tammy’s Recipes for this and tons of other delicious looking recipes.

First step: gather the ingredients

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Not easy to do when you have about 2 square feet of counter space.

 

Computer on the other side of the sink.

Hmm. I should probably cut up that pineapple.

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Follow recipe as directed. Let bread rise twice. Begin to turn on oven, then lose power for the evening after a car accident knocks over a transformer. Oh wait, just me?

I baked my bread for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven as directed. My oven is electric, though, so that may make a difference in time. Everything seems to cook (and burn) faster in there. Also, I covered the loaf pan with foil for the first 15 minutes to avoid burning the top. Worked like a charm.

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Oh man, was this good.

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A bit chewy and nutty from the whole wheat flour, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot delicious.

Trust me, I’ll definitely be baking more of my own bread (and other carb-y treats) in the future.

Have you tried any new recipes lately?

Is there something you’ve always wanted to cook but haven’t tried yet?

Three and Six

I hadn’t intended on not blogging this weekend, but it was kinda nice. We didn’t really do anything terribly exciting, but it was a nice weekend anyway.

Friday morning I had a pretty great workout. I hit up the arc trainer for about 30 minutes, then did a shoulder workout from this months Oxygen magazine. I also did a little bit of ab work too.

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Then I worked until 7, then came home and did laundry while Matt cooked dinner and washed the dishes. DSCN2493

Pasta with meat sauce and veggies. And cheese of course. Yum yum.

 

Saturday morning I woke up to storms and high winds that cancelled my planned long run. We actually lost power for about 3 hours after a broken tree branch downed a power line. The fireman were hanging out on our block too.

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We eventually showered and headed out to run a few errands. I got a fun new cup from Bed, Bath & Beyond because the green one fell on the ground and broke Sad smile (This one hold 8 more ounces though – yay!) We also get a few groceries and grabbed a quick dinner out, followed by a scoop of TCBY. We also met some friends for a few beers as well. It was a pretty nice night.

Sunday morning started off early – and with no rain! I got my running gear on, ate a light breakfast, and headed out for a nice 6 mile run. The weather was pretty nice – not too warm, overcast, and just mildly humid. I ate a strawberry-banana Gu at mile 3, and felt pretty good overall.

A little over an hour later I came home and made a yummy smoothie to fill my new cup. (1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 banana, 1 scoop protein powder, handful each frozen strawberries and mixed berries)

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And a sourdough pretzel. Love these things.

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Then hung out in bed and read/wrote/listened to podcasts while Matt did some baking in the kitchen:

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End result? Cinnamon raisin sweet rolls. They were so good, especially right out of the oven.

Today has been semi-lazy. I didn’t work today, but I’ve done a few things around the house and planned out my workout for later. See you later with a recap of it!

Another Monday

 

Mondays always seem so long and dreadful. I don’t know why. Maybe because I realize how much I didn’t get done over the weekend? How many things are still on my to-do list?

I wanted to blog last night, but Comcast service was out and I decided to read a bit before bed instead.

Some of yesterdays eats:

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First orange in a long time.

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Vanilla ice cream – boring!

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My first butternut squash!

 

I was very happy to wake up knowing that I was working today. Working is always a great way to start my week off (though some of you may disagree, haha). I had a fun time today in a 2nd grade class. I’m pretty lucky in that I’m their sub the next two days as well. I also met one of the district music teachers today who asked if I’d like to play in the pit orchestra for the upcoming community theater performance of Cinderella. Um, yeah! She is supposed to be bringing me the book tomorrow. Yay – a reason to get out my flute and play! I may also be playing with the community band in their Christmas concert in a few weeks, I just need to get in contact with someone.

Making new connections and possible taking steps (albeit baby ones) towards a full-time, fulfilling job make me so happy!

I had totally planned on being at the gym for an hour or so today – 30 minutes cardio, then legs and abs.

Then I checked my phone and the sick (w/strep) fiancé texted to ask me to bring home some orange juice and more Sprite. So after about 30 minutes on the stepper and elliptical I left the gym and ran to the store. The things I do for love, lol.

Tonight’s dinner was baked sweet potatoes and this salmon from Skinny Taste. Both were super delicious. There are 2 pcs of salmon leftover and I’m definitely bringing one for lunch tomorrow. Along with the last of the butternut squash. Seriously, why did I wait so long to try one? They’re delicious!

I was pretty bored tonight – Matt’s spent most of the evening in bed trying to feel better (at least enough to work tomorrow) so I’ve been hanging out in the kitchen/living room. Then this happened.

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See? Chocolate chip cookies – all is right with the world.

I only made a half batch because I’m out of flour! I literally had just enough to make these and leave a dusting in the canister. That means I’ll have just about 3 dozen cookies to get rid of instead of 6 dozen.

Now I’m off to pack tomorrow’s lunch and gym bag (I will be doing strength tomorrow!) and maybe a cup of tea before bed.

Hope you all had a sweet Monday too!