…for the weekend! My weekend started out fabulously last night, but more on that later! First things first people. Yesterday morning, I was running late, which almost always happens on Friday mornings :). So it was a quickie breakfast of 1.25 cups Kashi GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax (one of my Faves!) with 1 cup vanilla soymilk and a medium banana (1/2 sliced in the bowl, the other 1/2 eaten plain).
For lunch today, I decided to take my hour (plus some) and squeeze in a run! I love that I have the flexibility to do this at work, so I try to take advantage of it at least once a week. Pre-run I fueled up with the last of my Tarjay trail mix (pecans, yogurt raisins, goji berries, cranberries & raspberries). Two days ago, I would have bought this mix again in a heartbeat, but I looked at the ingredients list more carefully yesterday and realized the dried fruit was sweetened 😦 – no need for that!
The 4.5 mile run was AWESOME! The weather was perfect, the temperature was perfect, the timing was perfect – it was one of those days when the stars align, and it all just works! I showered quickly (I belong to the fitness club just next door – very convenient) then headed back to work to enjoy…
a good ol’ PB+J sandwich, roasted root veggies (sweet potato + parsnip) from last night and a giant pickle (courtesy of a co-worker). It was good! Unfortunately, I ran out of my beloved TJ’s almond butter so I borrowed some JIF Natural from my friend – not my fave. After having raw nut butters with just nuts and/or salt, these taste sooo sweet and almost artificial.
After lunch, I was still yearning for a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ because I burned those cals midday with the run, so I snuck a Quaker Oatmeal Raisin granola bar from another co-worker (thanks Angie!) and had it with a nice cuppa Celestial Seasonings Sweet Coconut Thai Chai decaf tea. Later in the day, I had the usual plain yogurt/granola/berries combo – hit the spot as always!
Then came by far the best part of the day….dinner out to eat (sorry TSL Challenge!) with one of my college besties Jess at the Cheeky Monkey Deli in St. Paul. Jess and I had been planning to go here for months, pretty much because we saw this and knew we had to have it….
Nutella & Banana Pressed Sandwich, anyone?
Now that is a foodgasm if I’ve ever seen one! To balance out the nutritional profile of this meal a bit, Jess and I also split a salad: arugula, bacon, egg, red onion & blue cheese dressing. It was good and had LOTS of arugula, which I loved. This meal was definitely a Friday treat, but since I’ve been really good about eating at home and eating healthily, I honestly had NO qualms about enjoying this delish meal!
Later, us gals hit up the mall on this rainy Friday night and spent two hours browsing! Jess is getting married in 3 weeks (ahhhh!) and naturally, we were on the lookout for rehearsal dinner attire, cute shoes, jewelry, dresses – the usual :). Unfortunately, I found nothing but this cuppa decaf coffee with skim milk and almond anise biscotti!
Whew – I was tired last night! Even more tired knowing I needed to tackle 11 miles this morning! As soon as the mall closed at 9pm, I skedaddled home and jumped in bed, which I know is super cool of me to go to bed at 9:30pm on a Friday night, haha! This morning I woke up at 7:15am, went downstairs to make myself some breakfast/prerun fuel. For the life of me, I couldn’t decide what to have (everything involved my precious empty jar of almond butter!) so I decided on some toasted Ezekiel bread with JIF Natural peanut butter, a sprinkle of coconut and banana.
Along with another cup of coconut chai tea…
Now it’s off to finish up this post, get ready for the run (it’s cold and windy, argghhh!), run the 11 miles and then enjoy the rest of this Saturday! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!