Tony and I tried to vote early on Saturday. We walked up to our County polling venue, only to find out that it was a 2 1/2 hour wait! Our local polling place is at a church basement a couple miles from the house. I got up early this morning, figuring if there was too long of a line, I’d just have to try again after work.
I walked in at 6:15 a.m. and was back in my car at 6.18 a.m. Winning! And I got a sticker that said I Voted! I really can’t wait for today to be over because I am tired of my mailbox being 75% campaign ads, and the repeated annoying local politician commercials.
My 21 day challenge plan was to get my 4 mile runs done in the morning, before work. Only one teeny tiny problem yesterday. It took me 50 minutes to get to the gym, nearly 20 minutes longer than usual. I thought, no problem, I’ll just run at lunch.
I did get a 9 mile bike ride while watching HGTV though.
In the car I had a Carnation Instant Breakfast and ate that at my desk – I was busy right off the bat, so my cell phone stood in at breakfast. Mixed with 1 cup of skim milk, this cup comes in at 231 calories, 1.4 fat, 34 carb s, 3.5 fiber and 15 protein. I drank this around 9:00 a.m.
Around 10:30 I was hangry! I had the last of my poblano potato quiche – this slice comes in at 226 calories, 12 fat, 12 carbs, 1.6 fiber and 15.9 protein.
I normally take my blood sugar around 11:15 to see where I am at. If it’s too low I have time to have some fruit to bring it up. I went to test it, and got an error message. WTF? I looked up the error code, and my battery was dead. It takes a 3 volt battery.
I can’t work out not knowing where I am at, so I had to hit up Walgreen’s before my workout. When I got to the gym I tested it, it was 199 – I would have liked it to be over 200, but I figured I’d go as far as I could.
Um, who forgot to tell me that 4 miles is a long run?! I don’t know how I thought I could finish walking/running 4 miles in my lunch hour. And as luck would have it, my blood sugar was dropping and I only got in a 5k.
When I tested it when I got back in the locker room, it was 69. I then started thinking that I might make this challenge a “5k a Day” with the hopes of running a 5k without stopping, and under 35:00 minutes. I also realized when I was at the gym yesterday, that I never take advantage of their exercise classes. So here is my revised “changed my mind” 21 day challenge!
21 Day Challenge
- 5k a day
- strength training 3x a week
- 5 group classes
- getting water in, even on the weekends
- adding more fruits and veggies to my diet
- keeping my carbs under 135 grams per day
- no alcohol for 21 days
- only fruits and veggie snacks after dinner
Guess what I had for lunch yesterday? More lasagna soup! Seriously, if you haven’t made this yet, please do. It’s pure comfort in a bowl. I didn’t make the cheezy mixture that Suzie does, but its still delicious. And I scored at the discount meat rack and got a package of mild Italian sausage for 75% off.
I also didn’t have any lasagna noodles, so I cooked up 8 ounces of manicotti, and when they cooled, sliced them in rounds and added them to the soup. 354 calories, 15 fat, 34 carbs, 3.0 fiber and 17 protein.
While I was busy all day, right around 4:45 I thought I might have to work late. I called Tony and he said “keep me in the loop.” I called him at 5:15 – crises averted and I was on my way home.
Now here’s what is the problem with my kitchen. Since I do 99.0% of the cooking, I pretty much know where everything is. Except I hardly EVER put anything back in the same place twice. Our kitchen is tiny, and I tend to just shove place things in the nearest cupboard. It drives both Tony and Hannah nuts.
But Tony prevailed and dinner was ready by the time I got home. Spicy pork chops with rosemary parmesan potatoes. He told me that he didn’t use any oil in making the chops, just Pam, and added just a splash of olive oil to the potatoes – thanks Tony! This was an 8 ounce chop, I ate 6 ounces of it. My guess is dinner comes in at 399 calories, 8 fat, 34 carbs, 4 fiber and 42 protein.
Can you see how flippin juicy that chop is?? And Tony has learned over the years that just because I like spicy shit, it can’t JUST be spicy, it has to be what I like to call “flavorful” spicy. He added just a touch of cayenne pepper to my chops – can you see the flecks of cayenne? Perfectly spicy! Thanks Tony!
Stats for the Day:
- 1305 calories, 38 fat, 135 carbs, 12.8 fiber and 91 protein
- 9.1 mile bike ride before work
- 5k at lunch
- no alcohol
So all in all, not a bad Day 1 of this challenge!
Since I am not going to the gym before work, I have time to cook up my Cincinnati chili for dinner tonight, and take the dog on a walk – I have a whole hour before I have to leave for work – love it!
I talked to Hannah last night and she had a great first day at work! She has orientation for 4 hours on Thursday, then a dinner orientation on Sunday, then she’ll get her schedule. She said everyone was really nice, and when she left she got to pick out a pastry, loaf of bread and a bagel to take home.
But she said the best part was that they get 65% off any food purchase AND she gets three free drinks during her shift – which knowing her, will all be coffee! So excited for her.
Make it a great day!