I weighed myself this morning and OOF. I ain't posting the number here, but suffice to say it's not a number I want to be at. Ah well, time to get back to work. I also took measurements on myself, since honestly that's a better way to prove that you're losing, since the scale can and does lie at times. I am trying to not weigh myself and take measurements again until November 1st, just so I don't get obsessed about it the way that I do.
Before I talk about my first day of training, I am pretty bummed out about my new pants from Old Navy. I got an XL because the large was just too tight and making me look like a candidate for the "People of Walmart" blog. But like all women's exercise pants, I've noticed that they are cut really really low, like, you practically have to have a bikini wax in order to wear them. Has anyone else noticed this? The "waist" band hits at just about your pubic bone, so if the pants are lose, then you end up having them practically fall off within 5 steps. I wore them yesterday to the pumpkin patch and kept having to yank them up every 2 feet, so there's no way I'm going to be able to run in them. I am so irritated, WHY in the name of God do they make women's compression pants like that? Is it with the assumption that we'll be like Jillian Michaels and be working out in just a bra and pants cut down to below your hip bones? Not all of us can or want to show our stomachs off, and if I'm buying pants in an XL, then I most likely have a stomach that people would prefer I keep under wraps. And for the record, this is why I prefer to buy men's compression pants, and will be doing so in the future!
Anyway, today I had 3 miles on the schedule, and was really wringing my hands before I left over what to do with Molly. She is used to me taking her for a 2 mile walk every day in the morning. When she sees me getting up to put my shoes and walking pants on, she goes absolutely apeshit, and nothing is going to suit until you take her for her walk. I don't like walking her around our house because it's boring and not very safe, so I drive her to another location that's quiet and peaceful. I didn't want to drive 15 minutes away, walk her, bring her back, and then drive back to do my run. I just decided to take her with me, walk her, then leave her in the car while I did my thing, but then I ended up feeling bad about leaving her in the car. I ended up walking her for a mile, then putting her in the car while I ran a mile, then got her back out for me to do my last mile at a run/walk.
I was proud of Molly, normally I would sooner take a rabid mosquito on a run than her, but she actually behaved herself on the last mile. When I jogged, she jogged without veering off, and when we walked she didn't sniff too much and make us stop. I am SO out of shape though that my run part was discouraging. It definitely was tough, but I'm glad I did it! It was pretty today but still too warm for my taste.
I will do my best to post my menu here with some pictures every day just so that you can see the types of things I'm eating. I think all of the recipes I picked from the RW cookbook are ones that I haven't made, so I'll also post whether I would make them again or not since not every recipe in every cookbook is a home run. I spent a grip of time inputting everything into My Fitness Pal, but that couple of hours means that I barely have to do any tracking this week since it's already done! Here was today's menu:
Breakfast: Creamsicle Smoothie from the Hungry Hottie cookbook
This was a nice, tropical way to start the morning! It was a little more runny than I would have liked, but the flavor was great. It's just basically an orange, banana, one date, vanilla and almond milk. Oh, and I actually threw in a half cup of frozen pineapple chunks, because as the talented Samantha Fox once said, naughty girls need love too. (That was just for you Eric) I know my picture probably doesn't make it look appetizing, but that's because I tweaked the recipe and added 2 tablespoons of chocolate hemp protein powder just to give the smoothie a little more bulk and protein. The hemp protein powder from Manitoba Harvest is the only type of protein powder that I can really stomach, and I think it's actually pretty good! Certainly healthier for you than a lot of the powders out there, and at least it doesn't give you 5 alarm food poisoning like Vega One products. *shudder*
Verdict: Was very tasty and kept me full, so I'll definitely be adding it to the rotation.
Lunch: Roast Beef Pita from the Runner's World cookbook
Right off the bat there was a little bit of a fail on this, since it's supposed to have hummus on it. Unfortunately since I was about to have a panic attack in the store yesterday because it was insanely crowded and everyone was being a douche that I simply forgot to get some. Ah well. The second fail that ultimately isn't a fail I guess is that I could not get the damn pita pockets to actually be a pocket. So annoying, so I just had to cut them in half and use them like a normal piece of bread. It all ends up in the same place in the same condition ultimately, so I guess it doesn't matter.
It's pretty basic just like most of the recipes in RW, it's sliced roast beef on pita with a dill and cucumber Greek yogurt sauce. I used dried dill, threw a sprinkle of garlic powder in the sauce too just to give it a little more pizzazz, and also put about a half handful of baby greens on the sandwich. I added some carrot sticks and cucumber slices on the side to even things out.
It's not THE most exciting thing I've ever eaten, but I was perfectly happy with it and it made for a very filling lunch. The hummus would have been tasty on the sandwich but I don't think it really lacked anything without it. And this may sound weird, but that carrot was one of the most amazing carrots I've ever had! I oddly enjoyed it the most of everything! Anyway, the sandwich ended up being messy due to the yogurt sauce, although it was tasty. Next time I might just reserve some of the sauce as a dip for vegetables.
Verdict: Basic and not majorly exciting, but definitely filling and satisfying. Would make it again.
Dinner: Polenta and Vegetable Casserole from the Runner's World cookbook
I really love polenta, which is just a fancier way of saying "yellow grits" in my neck of the woods, so I was pretty excited about this recipe. I deviated from the directions a little bit. It is supposed to make enough for 10 servings, but I reduced it it 4 servings so that we only had enough for dinner tonight and dinner tomorrow. I also roasted the vegetables before putting them into the dish. I didn't include the eggplant just because I didn't have room for it in the dish. Basically you layer the polenta and vegetables with marinara sauce similar to a lasagna. My vegetable mixture was zucchini, mushrooms and asparagus, and once I got all of the layering done, it got topped off with marinara sauce, fresh basil and goat cheese.
Back to the casserole. This was definitely the winner of the day. The marinara and polenta was a much nicer pairing than I'd anticipated, and it was overall a very homey and comforting dish. I could foresee making this with all kinds of different vegetable combinations, and it's also gluten free so if you are one of those people who worries about it, well, here ya go.
Verdict: In the rotation for sure!!