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Thursday: All good things…

Rainbow CupcakesMust come to an end.  It was bound to happen.  This mornings run was not full of rainbows and cupcakes like the other two have been this week.  Was it the cupcakes?  Probably not.  But I ran the 4.  Pace was good.  But it just didn’t feel as easy.  But hey, it got done.  And getting it done when it feels hard should mean more than getting it done when it feels easy.

Run: 4miles / 46:40

Hey look, its a rainbow OF cupcakes!  LOL!

Breakfast was coffee and a protein bar.  I need to whip up some oats for tomorrow.  PB and Choc Chips as a Friday treat!

There was then a nectarine and some carrots.

Lunch was egg beaters with salsa and an english muffin.  It was GOOD!  After that was a peach and more carrots.

Dinner was a turkey burger, some leftover salad and corn on the cob.  I saved just enough room in my day for a couple of unfrosted cupcakes!

I have been letting the scale get to me lately.  My weight and BMI are healthy.  And I know I am eating healthy food.  I am eating healthier right now that I have in a long time.   The only thing that nags at me is that I might be a tick faster if I were a little bit lighter. Even 5lbs lighter.  And when you run as slow as I do, every second off of a pace means a lot.  But I will keep trying to eat healthy and let the scale take care of itself.

Did anyone watch Survivor last night?  Without spoiling it, I thought it was a bit dull.  And that the wrong person went home.  Probster needs to get back on his game.  Hopefully things will pick up when they start with the reward challenges.

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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…..you 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.

Food Friday: Orange Coconut Cupcakes

Fridays bring the weekend.  And for me, the weekends bring a long run in my half marathon training plan.  Because of the long runs, I usually treat myself to something I wouldn’t normally have in the calorie bank to eat.  Most of the time it is something homemade, baked and over the top.  But I can’t lie, once in a while it is Five Guys.

This weekend, it is Orange Coconut Cupcakes.  Let me be clear.  I am not a fan of hot fruit with the exception of anything apple.  And I don’t particularly like white chocolate.  But something about these cupcakes just works.  With the white chocolate chips and cut up pieces of mandarin oranges.  I cheat on the frosting and use buttercream out of a can.  But who cares.

Since I am seeing my good friend on Saturday for the W-S Open tennis tournament, she will score a bunch of these for her and her family.

Enjoy!