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Friday: Same Hills, Different Day

Friday was a quiet day.  A non-running day. I did the same 6 hilly miles on my bike from Wednesday.  My speed and control are definitely improving!  And it was plank time trial day as well (Carrots n Cake 4 Week Plank Challenge).  I beat my Monday time (1:45) by 15 seconds (2:00).

Food today was a protein bar, coffee, a turkey burger and veggie straws, some snack mix, red wine and Michael’s spaghetti with one garlic stick.

I did my Costco and Sam’s errands.  I was initially excited to see Sam’s carrying my GNC Vita-Packs again, only to realize they were the wrong ones.  After I bought them.  I used to take (And like) Active. These were Energy.  So they will go back to the store.  I see other people talking about what they get at the warehouse stores.  So here you go:

Sams: Chicken Sausages, Caribou KCups, Stauffers Animal Crackers

Costco: Baby Carrots (2 5lb bags), Half and Half, Muffins (Apple and Pumpkin), Propel, Almonds, Cashews, Shrimp, Dog Toys

I thought the Honeycrisp Apples were OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive, especially when I know they are on sale at the grocery store this week.  And because I am a big sucker, I had to buy Annabelle more Do-Do Birds.  I have never seen so much doggie-joy from something so small (and cheap).  I will stockpile the new ones away for a rainy day.

Any big weekend plans?  I have an 8-mile run, a Halloween party and not much else!

Sloth Sunday: NO Do-Do

Sunday is typically a rest day.  But I still had 4 miles to get in somewhere this weekend.  I walked 2 yesterday and then we took the dogs on a hike for another 1.5 miles.  I won’t count this towards my overall mileage, but I felt better getting most of it done. This trail (Kiwanis) is nothing like the other (Mormon) trail.  Less elevation gain and easier for the pups.

I managed to clean most of the house by 9am.  Then we made our pilgrimage to Costco.  It was meat day.  What the heck happened to the price of flank steak?  It seems to have doubled.   I couldn’t resist the Do-Do Bird dog toys.

Solo took exception to his Do-Do bird.  I am NO Do-Do.  Annabelle knew how to put her Do-Do in its place.

Meals were odd for a Sunday.  A protein bar to gear up for Costco. Then waffles with PB.  A peach.  An apple.  And then a pork chop and a baked potato for dinner.

Wednesday: New Apps and Kicks

YES!  I have discovered PicFrame like everyone else.  LOVING it.  Here is the haul from my afternoon errands.  A trip to Costco for cat litter, Propel, peaches, carrots, turkey sausage, Aleve, Clorox wipes, sponges and raspberries.

And my new kicks.  I went with the Brooks Pure Flow.  I am a bit nervous about it being on the edge of a minimalist shoe.  But thought I would give it a try.

I did get out and run 3 miles this morning.  My stomach issues persist, but I had to do something.  I am pretty much thinking the half marathon is out for Sat.  BUT, I did run a fast (for me) pace for part of my 3 miles this morning so now I am thinking I could pull out a decent 5k.

Meals were purposely bland and boring.  Coffee, protein bar and peach in the morning.

PB&J with some chex mix for lunch.  Then some snack mix and an apple.

Dinner was chicken with rice.

We avoided the presidential debate.  Watched Life After Top Chef instead!  Bravo has been advertising all day.  New Seasons of Top Chef (SEATTLE!) and Housewives of Beverly Hills coming in November.  I am more than excited for a new season of Top Chef.

Wednesday: Shop by Color

I can TOTALLY be bribed.  I can even bribe myself.  I told myself all day yesterday (and on Twitter and on Facebook) that I could have cupcakes IF I ran the 6 miles this morning.  DONE!  And it was a good 6 miles.  I KILLED the hill that is Central.  Which is more than 1/2 mile long.  I finished with my fastest mile.  And really did feel satisfied with the effort and the results.  WHAT the hell is going on this week?  2 good runs so far.

Run:  6miles / 67:50

Breakfast was… guessed it.  A cupcake.  They are just plain, Dunkin Hines Devils Food cupcakes.  No frosting.  PERFECT.

There was an apple and some carrots.

Lunch was yet ANOTHER round of Chicken Tortilla soup.  I think that might be about it for the soup.  I am on the only one in this house eating the leftovers.  And 4 times in one week might be enough.

And then another cupcake.  Hey, at 130 calories apiece and a 6 mile run today, I am good to go on the cupcakes.  And I had a peach (see below).

Dinner was a boneless pork chop with salad and corn.  I dipped the pork chop in the salsa you will read about below.

I ran to Sam’s Club this morning to buy grown-up sized notebooks (see yesterday).  I was also looking for eggs, fruit, chicken sausages (for my sister) and half and half.  What I ended up finding was notebooks, eggs, salsa, PB M&M, pb chips, dish soap and egg beaters. I did manage to resist the OMG-they-are-so-pretty package of ultra fine Sharpies.

So off to Costco I went for fruit, chicken wings, and half and half.  What I got was nectarines, peaches, carrots, corn, half and half and beer.  Proof of the orange food obsession.  I already have sweet potato fries or I would have bought those as well!

Just a quick book recommendation for anyone that needs a good one: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.  It was excellent.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  And I don’t at all think it matters if you like baseball or not.  The writing is amazing.

Sloth Sunday and Bountiful Baskets

Bountiful BasketsMy favorite tradition.  It will include a trip somewhere for Allegra-D (my prescription for 30 at a time ran out so I have to sign my life away for 10 at a time OTC).  Michael said he is cooking some sort of BBQ that he saw on DDD (which means I will spend an hour cleaning up after him).  And I making homemade guacamole from last weeks Bountiful Basket.

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op is a participatory experience. Participants all save a substantial amount of money on healthy food. In exchange there are no employees to guide participants through the experience.

You decide when to participate (each week or as often as is appropriate for your family) and they have multiple pickup locations in multiple cities and states.  It is $15 each time (extra $3 first time) and then there are add-on’s.   You receive a variety of fruits and vegetables (50/50) and they keep it as seasonal and local as they can.  The add-on’s are things  such as bread, granola, or the guacamole pack that I added last time.  There is also an organic option.

The baskets are HUGE and you are allowed to look through them before you choose.  Some may have more fruit, some more veggies, etc.  Our first week, some had more cherries than others.  Some had more blueberries.  Michael wanted more blueberries (remember the muffins?).   This last time was a lot of radishes.  But it definitely makes you eat things you might not normally buy and find new ways of preparing them!