It was the last day of my quiche and pork chops! I am actually surprised that I still looked forward to it, even if I did have the same breakfast four days in a row! I did add some grapefruit that my parents-in-law sent me for Christmas. So good. Nothing like Florida citrus!
Before I knew it, it was time to hit up the gym. The gym I belong to is a Tennis Club, so there is a boutique off the main entrance where you can buy tennis outfits, running bras, tennis rackets, etc. I looked through the racks once when I first joined –um, did you know that some tennis outfits can cost a couple hundred bucks?!
But when I walked in, they had a rack that said “2013 Closeout.” I really need a new bathing suit. I’ve warn (and put in the dryer – oops!) my old one for years. It’s getting really thin and it really stretches out once I get in the water. So I started looking through the racks – even some of the bathing suits on discount were $50-$80. But then I saw this bathing suit.
This is a Speedo endurance suit – originally $74. You can’t really tell, but its blue and that’s my favorite color. Better yet? I didn’t see the sign that said “50% off lowest price.” Yep, I got that suit for $18.50 – and with tax just under $20!! Score! And guess what? It fits perfectly. I could barely tell I was wearing a bathing suit while swimming! I do have a question though. When looking for cheaper bathing suits online, I found a lot of references for “practice suits.” I found some other Speedo bathing suits for under $25 – what the hell is a practice swim suit? Can you tell I am not a swimmer?! And guess what? I had the whole pool to myself! I am happy that the lifeguard doesn’t sit on the chair anymore when I swim, she sits in her office now. I think she’s confident by now I won’t drown!
When I got back from the pool, I heated up my lunch. Remember that big pot of roasted vegetable marinara I made over the weekend?
- 4 tomatoes
- 2 green peppers
- 3 carrots
- 5 cloves garlic
Roast the vegetables for an hour at 325. Once a bit cooled, put in a pot with two cans of crushed tomatoes (look for no sugar added – I had to buy organic to get just tomatoes) and add Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. Using an immersion blender, blend until the vegetables are pureed. I used this sauce on my spaghetti squash pizza, and then yesterday for lunch.
I mixed 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash, with 1 cup cooked butternut squash. I added 3 ounces of sliced cooked Italian sausage, and 1 cup of baby spinach and heated it all up with about 3/4 cup of the vegetable marinara.
This was a lot of food! While my co-worker and I loved the flavor – the texture was a bit off putting. Blog reader Peggy suggested I make Zoodles next time – zucchini noodles!
That being said, we both ate everything – the perfect bite was when you got a little bit of everything on the fork. All tallied up, this whole bowl was only 277 calories, and 176% of vitamin A and 50% of vitamin C for the day!
I haven’t done a full grocery shop yet this week. When I went shopping last Saturday, I had no idea how much longer Tony was going to be in the hospital. I knew I had some chicken breasts that needed to be cooked up. Poor Tony had a taste for an apple, and I have absolutely zero fruit at home – well, except for oranges and grapefruit, but he’s not a fan.
When I said “not sure exactly what I am going to make for dinner” Tony said “it’s because you didn’t buy any groceries” or words to that effect. I am sure he was kidding, but I could feel my blood sugar dropping and that comment didn’t sit well with me – I was thinking “between working and going to the hospital before and after work, not sure I would have found time to grocery shop.” I need a plan when I shop, otherwise I just throw stuff in the cart, get home and think “now what am I going to make with this stuff?”
He suggested pasta, so I cooked up the chicken breast, made angel hair pasta and added baby spinach to mine. I brought the food to him, and started eating – I was hungry, pissed and not that pleasant to sit next to. It takes about 15 minutes after I eat to come back around to my normal self. And to make matters worse, I bit my lip for like the 10th time and I just tossed my plate to the side and said “why do I even bother to eat??!!”
It was a culmination of emotions, from Tony being in the hospital and getting different opinions every other day, the stupid cold weather, the snow, I felt like I was going to lose it. BUT, happy to say that before long, I was back to my happy self. I had a busy afternoon and only have 277 calories after swimming for 40 minutes probably wasn’t the best idea! I plan on bringing snacks to work this afternoon!
Happy Friday! I am working a double today – I haven’t worked at the restaurant since New Years Eve – they probably forgot what I looked like! Off to iron my shirt and get my food together for the day – make it a great day!