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surprise!

so i got in the scale this morning. 135.2. lost .8 pounds. i have never been so shocked by a loss. i didn’t feel skinny. i cardio is the one thing that actually makes me feel skinnier, but i’m trying to be better about mixing it up with weight training.

speaking of cardio–i did 4 miles today under 38 minutes and it felt great. i’ve decided taking days off and varying my workouts is the key to good runs.

here’s a little look at what i ate today–

breakfast:

best breakfast of my life. for realsies.

oatmeal with bran buds, peanut butter and a banana; ww english muffin with butter and a fried egg. and i ate it in bed while watching pretty little liars. life is good.

lunch:

in process....

mmmmm.....

it’s simply a 4 oz. can of tuna, half an avocado, a little light mayo, scallions and garlic powder in a ww pita with some delicious ketchup.

then i had leftovers and this happened:

i love ketchup. no shame.

onto dinner:

look at those photography skills.

garlicky riced cauliflower (left over from dinner last night, i’ll post that recipe soon), baked tofu with garlic powder and sweet potatoes cooked in the microwave then sautéed with rosemary and thyme. the cauliflower was meh, but the sweet potato…..LOVE. so filling and warm and wonderful.

good day all in all. i was productive, ate healthy and had a good run. that’s pretty much all you can ask for!

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guess what?

today i just don’t care. at all.

i counted my calories and ate 5 servings of produce.

i didn’t binge. or eat chocolate.

i worked out.

but i simply just do not care. if i stay the same weight this week. if i gain a pound. i just don’t.

what matters more is my life. and my education. and my sanity.

hopefully i’ll see that number go down, but if i don’t, i know why. i took in more than i put out.

hopefully i’ll snap out of this mind set. i want to achieve my goal weight. i want to lose these last 10 pounds.

but tonight, i just do not care.

dear bloggie,

the past four days have been an emotional roller coaster of both terrible and amazing life events

in the terrible column:

  • going to happy hour the night before your first 5k. subsequently drunk ordering pizza (especially when you’re lactose intolerant), and meeting friends at the neighborhood bar.
  • running a 5k hungover. i thought my tummy was going to explode after the first mile

    after finishing. ready to kill someone..

  • an emotionally draining letter from my ex-boyfriend.
  • subsequent mean emails from my ex-boyfriend.
  • spending $250 on textbooks
  • unreliable car betteries.

now for the amazingness that has been my life:

  • finishing my first race in 28:49. not bad for a hungover runner!
  • this idea:

    individually packaged cheddar bunnies in correct portion sizes. then have your roommate hide the big bag from you. keeps me from eating a whole box in one sitting!

  •  my classes! i LOVE them! well, mostly
  • nice guys who are attentive and respectful and wonderful.post-5k wine and dance parties. i highly recommend it.
  • the weather. this winter has been wonderful in terms of not having a blizzard yet.
  • homemade cookies.

i’m busy getting into the swing of things with school, but life is looking up in pretty much every way.

mid-day: what i’m eating

so i decided to weigh myself this morning as tonight i have a date (!) and there will be drinks involved. and nothing makes me as frustrated as a dehydration-induced false weight. so yeah the scale said 138. back to pre-holiday weight! what up?

i’ve officially decided my goal weight is in the 125-128 range. and i want to get there by the end of the school year in may a.k.a. bikini season. soooooo yeah let’s get sexy up in here!

so here’s what’s gotten into by belly so far today

breakfast: whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter, a banana and fage total 0% with some bran buds mixed in and a touch of honey. sorry breakfast is always boring.

lunch (so far): bruschetta! i finished my bottle from trader joe’s (sad face) so since this will not be making an appearance again soon, i immortalized it’s deliciousness with a photo.

sorry this is the worst photo ever posted on a food blog

then i was off the the gym/whole foods to pick up healthy yummies for the weekend.

my run was awesome and i ran 5 miles in 47:25. go me!

after i got home i snacked on a pear, some tofu from yesterday and a wee bit of yogurt dip with carrots. yummy. but now i’m counting down the minutes until dinner. SO HUNGRY. i’m planning on some simple (whole wheat) pasta with olive oil and parmesan and steamed broccoli on the side.

then it’s date time. yeah, i’m a little nervous. i haven’t been on a like date DATE in a year. this should be special.

so how IS real life going?

i’d have to say….pretty swell.

it’s winter break so i get to read a lot of fun books in preparation for the upcoming semester and lay around thinking about going to the gym!

just kidding, i actually have been doing well fitness-wise. yesterday i ran 4 miles straight in under 40 minutes. wohoo!

then i dragged my butt  to the gym again today (after laying in bed for a few hours debating health vs. laziness) and did a 5k in 29:03 and 30 minutes on the treadmill.

both runs this week have been really awesome and i’m feeling almost back to normal after the extended holiday celebrations.

however, i’m having one of those weeks when i want to eat EVERYTHING. it doesn’t help that my lovely roomie brought me back a (hello kitty!) advent calendar from oman, complete with chocolate.

but i think i have managed to keep my eating under control, just on the higher end of calories i allow myself. think 1500-1600 a day. sometimes you just need to eat.

breakfast: whole wheat english muffin with natural peanut butter and a banana

lunch: 3 spaghetti squash tacos topped with scallions and fage 0% plus a salad of spinach and baby romaine topped with goat cheese, scallions, my amazing garlic expressions dressing and a sliced up pear (i only put about half the pear on the salad and i chomped on the rest plain). also yes, i LOVE scallions.

dinner: baked (sorta) tofu and garlic/balsamic vinegar brussels sprouts

this dinner was a little bit of an adventure. i got the idea for the brussels sprouts from this recipe: http://www.theschellcafe.com/?p=2183, which my family made for christmas.

i simply sautéed the sprouts with in olive oil with garlic until they were browned and tender. about an hour before dinner (i.e. when i got hungry) i sliced up a package of tofu and put it in a bowl to marinate in trader joe’s soyaki sauce a.k.a. my absolute fav.

i was determined to bake my tofu, but i didn’t pat it off enough before i started marinating it so even after 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven they were still soft so i used my brussels sprouts to fry them for a bit to crisp them up.

i plan to use the rest of the tofu on salads and sandwiches etc. throughout the rest of the week 🙂

delicious and filling if i may say so myself!

why running is awesome.

so i’m not really sure what to write about today–i’m having leftovers for dinner, doing nothing fun (aka finishing my last final paper) and in general not feeling too fancy. probably because i’ve been wearing sweats, glasses and zero makeup for about two weeks now. thanks grad school.

so. i’m writing about why i love running. i never thought i would think about loving running, let alone write it. in a blog.

i literally hadn’t run since my 9th grade p.e. teacher forced me to do a (very slow) mile until this august. now i’m planning on doing a half marathon in september.

so how did i get here?

well i discovered running is awesome for these reasons:

1. it makes me feel like a boss.

2. it’s a handy excuse to be outside in the 4 months a year milwaukee has  bearable nice weather.

3. running = meditation/alone time/emotional breakdown time (yes, i have cried on a run)/general sanity.

4. unlike most things in life, i actually keep getting better at it.

5. it makes me more confident i can escape muggers/rapists/kidnappers/serial killers. i literally thought about this today on the treadmill. like “oh yeah, i can run so fast now i’ll definitely never be murdered.” yes, i know.

6. it drastically changed my body for the better.

7. i am truly tired at the end of the day and sleep like a baby.

8. as much as we complicate it–it’s simple. one foot in front of the other. repeat. just run.

workout?

so here’s todays dilemma. i’ve been exhausted for the past few days. i mean really truly, i-can’t-get-off-the-couch, tired-to-the-bone exhausted. i’m not too surprised, last week i had a final paper due–which came with the usual stress and sleep deprivation and i did not treat myself very well over the weekend (i.e. i barely slept 8 hours between friday and saturday nights). i ran friday, sunday and monday.

bahhhhh i’m tired. boo hoo. i’m feeling a lot better after 10 hours of sleep last night, but the new question for the day is to workout or not workout?

i have class this evening and i could go the the gym after for a short 30 minute elliptical session. OR i could walk the 2 miles to school instead of taking the bus. i’m less keen on the second option since it will be sunset/twilight/dark by the time i’d be walking (which is like 4:30-5, thanks wisconsin).

i’m trying to vary my workouts a little so it’s not all running all the time. however, i don’t want to over stress my body and i’d like to have a nice long awesome run tomorrow.

sooooooooo to gym it or not to gym it?

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