Thank you all SO much for all your insightful cardio cross-training comments! I definitely took them all to heart and am going to try to incorporate them to break up the elliptical boredom. Good thing I bought that bike last Christmas, right?! I think that biking outside is my number one cross-training exercise of choice just because you get to be out in the bright sunshine and its not boring! I need to find more trails and paths around where I live though because I’ve just been doing the same loop every time. Oh, and quick question about heart rate….I have a Polar f4 and use it when I run, but I’m not sure I have it set right because it always says my heart rate is anywhere from 175-200. Is that normal?! That seems awful high! Any heart rate monitor gurus out there?
So, today I went to church and then Ryan and I hit up our number one date spot—-PITA PIT!!! Oh how I adore thee! I got the usual hummus pita on whole wheat with:
- mix of hummus and babahanoush
- banana peppers
- black olives
- red onion
- hot sauce
It was absolutely divine. This time I asked for “a lot of hummus” (those were my exact words) since sometimes they skimp you on that! Not today…this puppy was absolutely overflowing with hummus and babaganoush goodness. I inhaled it.
After lunch Ryan and I met a few of our friends at the pool and proceeded to spend the next few hours being lazy and basking in the sun. I never want the weekends to end!!!
I was so full from my pita and was planning on an early dinner with Caitlin and Meghann so I didn’t snack. However, when I got home I cored and sliced up the big pineapple I got the other day from the produce stand and I ate a few pieces in the process. I also had a glass of coconut water and a frozen dried figgy (I keep these in the freezer because they get totally chewy, cold and delicious in there!)
And then at 5:00 I met the girls at my favorite Thai place, Royal Thai Palace for a bite to eat. I started with this soup that I had never had before but I had just bought the Amy’s version and wanted to test it!
It was AMAZING!! We all thought it would be heavy and sweet because of the coconut milk, but it was very light, savory and incredibly flavorful…and packed with veggies! There was broccoli, celery, carrots, mushrooms and onions in it. I am so glad I bought the Amy’s version of Tom Khar and can’t wait to have it for lunch this week!
And for my entree, I ordered ginger tofu. I always order the basil tofu and wanted to branch out! I ordered mine spicy (to clear out my congested head!) with steamed tofu instead of fried and brown rice instead of white.
Little ball of yummy brown rice on the side:
It was delicious! SUPER spicy and definitely cleared my nose right up! 🙂 I ate about 80% of the actual entree and a little less than half of the rice. The soup really filled me up and I got full pretty quick.
Our dinner ended on a not-so-good note though when Meghann got a very upsetting phone call from home….her sis was in a bike accident this evening and is in the hospital, so please say a prayer for her and Meghann’s family tonight and maybe leave Meghann a little note on her blog telling her you care. They ended up (obviously) ditching Britney and driving straight back to O-town so Meghann could hurry and get to the hospital. We don’t know too many details yet but it is very obvious that her wearing her helmet totally saved her life. I’ll admit, I need to be better about wearing mine and this was a huge wake-up call for me.
When I got home from dinner I needed something for my sweet tooth even though I was totally full so I grabbed a big chunk of vegan chocolate chip almond blondie a la VeggieGirl!
Now I’m getting ready for bed and a very early wake-up call tomorrow. I can already sense that this whole time change thing might make going to bed at 7 pm a liiiiiittle more challenging because it is so light outside still! I have black out curtains but they only do so much. Meh. Hopefully I will get some sleep though so I feel somewhat normal tomorrow. Mondays are always hardest.
oh and ps–
Ryan really wanted me to post a picture of the breakfast that I made him this morning—-
Strawberry shortcake waffle sandwich! Basically, all I did was toast two Kashi Go Lean Strawberry Flax waffles and layer them with strawberry sauce, all natural whipped topping and more sugary strawberries. Breakfast of champions?! Maybe not, but I think my boyfriend loves me just a little bit more after eating it! 😉