I do love that each breakfast on my Carb Cycle program is high carb – something about jumping your metabolism with carbs because I think bacon and eggs would get old after a while.  I thought about making breakfast muffins yesterday before work, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I saw that I had sourdough bread and that sealed the deal.

  • 2 slices sourdough bread, rolled thin
  • 1 ounce deli ham
  • 1/4 cup chopped baby spinach
  • 1/2 ounce American cheese
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons spicy salsa

Heat oven to 350.  Roll out the bread and then use a bowl to cut out a circle and get rid of the crusts.  Spray a muffin tin with Pam, then gently press the bread into the muffin tin.  Divide the ham, salsa and egg whites between the two muffins, then top with the cheese and bake for 20 minutes.

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The bread was slightly crunchy yet the filling was fluffy if that makes any sense.  These would be perfect for a brunch because everyone could add their own personal favorites of veggies, cheese, etc.  With the watermelon this plate came in at 309 calories, 8 fat, 30 carbs .8 fiber and 26 protein.

It was a partners birthday in my office yesterday, so even though I am carb cycling, doesn’t mean I can’t bring good treats!  I made blueberry scones with lemon glaze – I adapted the recipe from here.  I’ll rewrite it because I did make some modifications to bring each scone down to 247 calories, which I don’t think is too bad!

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The biggest tip I can tell you about scones is that no matter what recipe you are making, when you shape your dough into a circle, put the dough on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and let it freezer for about 45 minutes.  It gets firm enough that you can use a bread knife to get nice clean cuts before baking.

Meal #2 – plain Chobani with sliced peaches and granola

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Since I had running club after work, I switched it up and did strength at lunch – a new exercise to me?  The wrist curl – holy balls that was hard!  Guess I haven’t built up any forearm muscles!

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Meal #3 was an Aldi Italian sausage topped with some pizza sauce and mozzarella and put under the office toaster oven broiler.  I mixed the remaining pizza sauce with a can of green beans – the flavor of pizza was there!

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My co-worker that I am doing this running club with had to go home after work to watch her son because he husband got called into work.  I am very proud of the fact that at 9:45 that night she texted me a picture of her 30 minute run from Map My Run – she wanted to be accountable to me and not take a pass – so cool!

So here’s the deal with the running club.  There are definitely people who know each other – whether they are neighbors, high school friends, whatever.  We are half way through our program so I said hello to everyone since I was by myself.  Tried to strike up a couple conversations that went no where.  And well, basically ran by myself.  Yesterday was 3 minutes walking, 7 minutes running for 30 minutes. 

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My goals:  Not let my blood sugar drop so I could finish strong.  Shot bloks are amazeballs and taste like eating candy!   2. Get faster as I went along.  I kept reminding myself “it’s only 7 minutes!” and never once thought of stopping.  I decided to believe that I could, so I did.  It made all the difference!  How many times have you talked yourself out of doing something because it was hard.  Me?  All the time.  But once I put a positive spin on it, it became that much more attainable and I was very proud of myself for that.  Look at my last .38 miles – at an 11:57 pace!  Um, that’s fast for me if you didn’t know.  And while a few thoughts popped into my head thinking if I didn’t weigh 165 pounds and were closer to 140 – I wonder how much faster I could be?  But I quickly tossed those thoughts aside because I did it.  I showed up and did the work and didn’t chicken out because it was just me.

So by the time I got home I was very hungry, and had steak on the menu.  My blood sugar was 80, so I needed some carbs, so I tossed in 4 ounces of potatoes into the deep fryer to have on the side with the steak, mushrooms, and 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary butter.  Perfect meal.  That was a 7 ounce steak, I ended up eating half even though I probably could have eaten the whole thing.

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CONTRACTOR NEWS UPDATE!  OMG, these guys are amazing!  I have windows, my wood has been treated and the insulation is starting to go in.  Not sure what is on tap today, they usually get here around 8 when I am leaving work and we chat a bit.  The windows will be trimmed in black to offset the white house.

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So much light!  Gah, it’s so exciting! 

Alright, have to get this show on the road – totally excited because I am going to another friends house tonight who just had her kitchen remodeled and she is hosting her first Cooking Club in her new kitchen tonight.  The theme is Mexican and one person is responsible each time for the entrée, and everyone else is assigned another task.  I was assigned a Mexican side dish – you’ll just have to come back tomorrow to see what I made!  Make it a great day!  Can’t wait to see you tonight Courtney!