An old friend

Today was fantastic.  I refused to think about my stomach issues, and instead focused on what was really important: The sun, the surf, and my family.

Getting out of bed this morning was a chore, however.  I fell asleep around 11:30 and managed to get myself up and out the door by 7, after nibbling on half a banana.  I wasn’t very hungry, but I knew I should eat something before biking down to the gym.  And man, I’m glad I did, because halfway through my workout I was considering eating my shirt!  Apparently the amount of food I ingested last night only lasted me through half of my 35 minute interval training on the elliptical and the bike ride to and from the gym.  Brutal.

I walked into my house like a woman on a mission.  A mission for a yogurt bowl!

Same exact thing as Thursday’s creation: 1/2 banana, strawberries, blueberries, 1/2 c Kashi Golean Crunch, 1/2 c Cinnamon Life, blob of Polaner Black Cherry Jam, drizzle of honey


I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of yogurt bowls in the morning.  Maybe some day I’ll get adventurous and start putting peanut butter in them…although I read this morning that you shouldn’t eat a lot of fat right after a workout, as it halts your natural fat-burners.  Interesting!

After a morning of worshipping the sungods (with SPF 70 of course), I came back and made my lunch, which you’ll recognize once again from Thursday: 1/2 bell pepper, Thomas Bagel Thin Turkey Sandwich w/ Arugula, Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel, Anjou Pear with Justin’s Almond Butter.

I am nothing if not a creature of habit.  Although I will admit, the green bell pepper tasted way too bland for my taste; I prefer the sweetness of the red and yellow ones.  I ended up saving half of it for another time.  And I only have one pear left.  I’m thinking about incorporating it into my breakfast tomorrow, instead of saving it for lunch!

Something I realized today while sunning myself on the beach? I was wearing the same bikini I wore last summer around this same time, when I was ecstatic about reaching my lowest ever weight.  I’m currently about 2 pounds less than that, but without the psychotic dieting and exercising I was doing at that time.  Take a look at the before and after and judge for yourself!

June 2009

June 2010
I wore a really long tshirt today to try and avoid getting more burnt.  Ended up making my tummy very, very white!
After the beach, Mom had me bike down to the produce market in order to find some bread and an onion for dinner tonight.  We were originally going to have lasagna and salad, but then Dad called to say he’d be getting back from Philadelphia late so the rest of my family ordered cheesesteaks while I prepped my original dinner.
Before I left for the market I had an Edy’s Simply Fruit Strawberry Popsicle.  
Haven’t had one of these in a LONG time, and it was absolutely perfect.  Sweet, icy, and gave me a sugar rush to complete my 4 mile bike ride (while carrying a heavy bag of groceries!)
When I got to the store, I bought my groceries (including something that’s going to go into my lunch tomorrow, stay tuned) and drank a Peach-Mandarin-Mango SkinnyWater.
This was absolutely delicious, and provided the potassium I needed to complete my bike ride!
For dinner, I had to use up the rest of the broccoli I had purchased on Wednesday.  I also had some marinara sauce in the fridge, as well as some newly purchased sun dried tomatoes.  Add to that the final chicken cutlet, and I think you know where I’m going.
I sauteed broccoli, asparagus and rehydrated sun dried tomatoes in a little bit of olive oil, then topped it with a 1/2 c marinara sauce (and a little more on top for garnish/added flavor).  I served it alongside the last of my grilled chicken with a hunk or two of the produce department’s multi-grain baguette, which was a lot tastier than I thought it would be! I thought it’d be kind of bland, but it was extremely flavorful and hearty.
It was awful.  😉
I may have snuck into the pantry and grabbed a hunk of bread after I was done, as well…
I found another old friend for dessert as well, instead of my Lindt Orange Square…
A Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter TastyKake! 
Back when I was younger and we came to Philadelphia all the time to visit my grandparents, my cousins and aunts/uncles would ply us with Krimpets, Lemon Pies, Peanut Butter Patties, the works.  I could easy down 3 packs of Butterscotch Krimpets in one sitting.  Today, I settled for one of these babies and savored every bite.  
Now, off to read and get some sleep in anticipation of my hopefully 6 mile run tomorrow! It’ll be the longest I’ve ever run.  SCARY!
Have a good night!
Ally
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