I hope your Thursday is going well. Mine is pretty swell so far.
I’ve been battling strange stomach pains lately. It’s happened a few times in the past week just after I eat breakfast. It happened really bad last Wednesday to the point where I really couldn’t do much all day. Well, yesterday it happened again but not quite as bad. I have to assume it’s something I’m eating but my breakfasts haven’t included anything new or abnormal.
Today I was really in the mood for a classic breakfast: eggs, toast, and turkey bacon.
On the days I’ve gotten sick, I’ve had egg whites topped with cheese, and a piece of peanut butter and banana toast. I’m nervous that it’s my peanut butter that has been making my stomach hurt, since that’s the main thing I omitted today. But peanut butter is supposed to help soothe upset stomachs so I’m all kinds of confused.
I hope these strange unpredictable pains don’t turn up anymore, but enough about my illnesses. I’m feeling fine today and am excited to complete the second day of a workout plan I started yesterday.
I found this plan on bodybuilding.com, which is usually my go-to when I’m looking for workout plan inspiration. I know how to build my own plan, but sometimes it’s more fun to find something new and exciting. I like that it balances weights with cardio pretty well, but I will most likely tweak some things to add some HIIT cardio here and there.
Today is a legs day which I always dread since I know I won’t be able to walk for the next day or two. Woo!
In other news…Mike and I carved pumpkins this weekend.
Yes, my pumpkin has the call letters of the TV station I work at. Good thing I like my job, right? Last year I did the NBC peacock which was a little cooler if you ask me.
It’s a little toasty for mid-October in Sioux Falls right now, but I’m still embracing the fall spirit and making one of my favorite Crockpot fall meals this evening: Crockpot Cream Cheese Chili
Alright, I’m off to the gym!
Even though I work weekends, I love having the mornings free! I’m naturally a morning person and feel much more productive during the first half of the day than I do at night. That means I’m way more motivated to get up and workout before work as opposed to after. This is especially important when you’re training for a race, and have some long, time consuming and exhausting runs scheduled on weekends.
This morning’s run wasn’t too long, but it was definitely exhausting.
My eight mile run was fueled by my typical pre-run snack: PB & banana toast plus a hot mug of coffee.
I waited just over an hour for everything to digest before setting out on my run.
The temperature in Sioux Falls is great for running right now; upper 60s with a light breeze. However, the humidity is unbearable. It was about 95% humidity this morning and it didn’t taper at all throughout my run. I was sweating buckets by about mile three. I have an extremely low tolerance for any type of heat or humidity, so this did not go over well at all.
I felt drained by mile five and really had to work to keep myself motived and focused on finishing strong. All I could think about was the sweat dripping from my face, and how great it would feel to jump into a freezing cold lake.
Despite the unfortunate conditions, I finished. I wasn’t a great run, but at least I did it.
As soon as I was done, I walked straight over to the outdoor pool at my apartment complex to wade in the water and cool off. I was greeted by a very sad sight.
Noooooo!!! Life goes on.
Since I couldn’t immerse myself in cold water, I decided to fix myself a cold post-race snack.
Smoothie with frozen strawberries, blueberries, banana, spinach, chocolate protein powder and almond milk. It cooled me down almost instantly.
Am I the only one who can’t stand any type of humidity during a run? Or an outdoor workout for that matter? I don’t know how Floridians do it. I can’t imagine running in the extreme humidity and extreme heat. Yuck. I can’t wait for the fall weather that’s just around the corner!
I have a peachy recipe to share this morning! Literally.
Mike and I visited the first South Dakota Peach Festival this weekend. Apparently these festivals are pretty popular everywhere outside the midwest, but this was our first experience at the event. They featured the world’s largest peach cobbler, and of course lots of peaches! All the peaches are brought in on trucks from Georgia, and are supposed to be some of the best around.
I ended up buying a bag for $8 that gives you the option of fitting as many peaches in it as possible. Now I have about 20 peaches that need to be eaten one way or another. Mike had a great idea last night – he told me to create different healthy recipes that feature these sweet fruits and share them! So I bring you the first installment of this peach saga, however long it may last.
I have been craving Quaker Peaches & Cream instant oatmeal for weeks. I loved the instant oatmeal packets growing up, and this was always my favorite flavor.
Since I’ve matured slightly since the age of ten, I decided to make a ‘grown-up’ version of my favorite oat flavor.
Peach & Blueberry Protein Oats:
- 1/3 cup dry oats
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 ripe peach, peeled and diced into cubes
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tbs chopped pecans (optional)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Cook the oats according to directions. I typically just eye-ball how much water I’m adding to them.
- Once they’re cooked, stir in egg white, protein powder and cinnamon. Heat for 30 more seconds.
- Add peaches, blueberries and almond milk. Stir until nice and creamy.
- Top with chopped pecans or any other nuts!
This breakfast hit the spot. I’d like to try an overnight oats version as well. I feel like some greek yogurt would really add some good creaminess.
I know Friday is a celebratory day for most people as it marks the start of the weekend. However, my schedule has changed dramatically and Friday is now actually my Monday! I’m currently working a Fri-Tues schedule. Sounds depressing, but I’m still pumped that it’s Friday because that means Mike comes today!
I also will have a chance to enjoy some weekend-like activities over the next couple of days. I’m not complaining!
1. Running Routine
I’m running the Sioux Falls Half Marathon in September and started my training about 2 weeks ago. I haven’t ran more than 2 miles since my last half marathon was cancelled over a month ago. I’m slowly getting back into my running routine and it feels great! Of course, the most important part of the routine is the pre-run snack/meal:
I have the same pre-run meal anytime I’m running more than 5 miles. If it’s less than that I may just have a cup of coffee or handful of cereal before. Well, yesterday I was supposed to complete a 6 mile run that got cut very, very short due to a full on thunderstorm that popped up out of nowhere.
I made the decision to turn around once it started pouring. I even spotted lightning a couple times. Yikes! I finished just over 4 miles, and even with the rain, it was still a good-feeling run!
2. Summer Smoothies
While I’m no fan of scorching hot weather, I am a fan of smoothies. And hot weather means I consumer more and more smoothies! We have had some very hot days in Sioux Falls lately so I’ve been having smoothies for lunch, breakfast and snacks. The smoothie above consisted of frozen mangoes, strawberries, vanilla whey protein, plain greek yogurt and pineapple juice. Nice and tropical!
3. Dasani Sparkling Water
I’m a big fan of sparkling water and am always on the lookout for new kinds to try. Dasani sparkling water was on sale at the grocery store last week, so I picked up a 12-pack of the lime flavor. This is naturally flavored, unsweetened sparkling water which is typically my favorite. I love the lime flavor, but would also like to try some berry flavors. If you’re a sparkling water fan, I recommend trying the Dasani brand!
4. Skinny Cow Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches
There are certain foods I can’t control myself around; potato chips. french fries, brownies, etc. Ice cream is not one of those foods. Call my crazy, but ice cream is something I can normally do without. That said, I’m loving these Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. My family bought them while they were here for 4th of July. That shows you how untempted I am by ice cream, I’ve been able to let these sit in my freezer for almost a month! Anyway, these are delicious. Like I said there have been some hot hot days here lately, so ice cream comes in handy when I need a good cool down. Plus, mint is my favorite ice cream flavor!
5. Kitty Cat
Lyra moved in with me almost two weeks ago when I brought her back to Sioux Falls from my childhood home in Minneapolis. She’s already used to her new home, and I love having a little friend around when I come home from work. Don’t worry, this won’t become a cat picture blog.
I’m off to complete that 6 mile run!
I make protein pancakes a lot. Sometimes they’re delicious, and sometimes they’re kind of a fail. It can be tough to get the perfect texture, especially when you’re using protein powder. They can dry out easily and even get a little crispy. Not good.
This morning’s blueberry protein pancakes were a success! And like all my protein pancakes, they’re super easy to make.
- 1/4 cup oats
- 2 egg whites
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 tbs ground flax
- 1/4 cup almond milk (or any other kind of milk)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender until batter is smooth.
- Cook half the batter in a heated skillet, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, repeat with other half of batter.
- Top with more fresh berries, nuts, but butter or syrup.
I almost always top my pancakes with PB2 when I have it on hand. I like to add a little extra water to give it more of a peanut butter sauce consistency. I also added fresh blueberries that I heated in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
The texture of these pancakes was about an 8 on a scale of 1-10. To me, that’s a success. They would be perfect with maybe a little cottage cheese added to the batter to moisten them a bit. Next time!
The rest of my day has included catching up on some news events, hitting the gym, and grocery shopping for the week. Mangoes were on sale today and I felt compelled to buy a couple. I don’t remember the last time I bought a mango.
I’d almost forgotten how amazing mangoes are. For lunch, I cut one up and added it to some plain greek yogurt with chopped pecans, protein powder and lots of cinnamon. So good! I’m feeling tropical now. Which is perfect, since I’m about to go lay out in the sun for the rest of the day!
I survived my first 60 hour work week!
I don’t even remember getting into bed last night I was so tired. I slept for 9 hours straight and am feeling like a whole new person!
I love making a special breakfast on Sunday mornings. This morning a scramble was sounding real good, and I knew I had a couple slices of turkey bacon that needed to be cooked sooner than later. The sweet potato & turkey bacon scramble was a success and I’m excited to share the recipe!
Sweet Potato & Turkey Bacon Scramble:
- 1/2 sweet potato, cubed
- diced onion
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- fresh spinach
- 2 slices turkey bacon, cut into pieces
- 3 egg whites
- feta cheese
- salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
Scrambles are pretty self-explanatory. Throw everything but the egg whites, cheese and seasonings into a skillet with a bit of olive oil over medium heat. Cook until potato and veggies soften, throw in seasonings. I cook my eggs in a separate pan, then mix into the vegetables. Top with feta cheese and any other seasonings you’d like! I always throw a little sriracha on mine.
Now onto some pressing matters.
Does anyone ever try to eat salads while driving?
I’ve been really pressed for time at work this week, and haven’t had much time to sit down and enjoy a mid day meal. During my two hour drive back to the station yesterday, I did my best to balance a ‘strawberry fields’ salad from Culver’s on my lap while simultaneously watching the road. Not an easy task! But sometimes you’ve got to get creative when you’re trying to eat healthy on the road.
P.S.- This is by far my favorite fast food salad. I order it with grilled chicken and it’s delicious!
My Sunday plans include lounging, cleaning, and watching a lot of mindless TV. Just what I need after a crazy stressful week!